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VOL. 5.
Hotel Marketing in Hew York.
Oar New York correspondent, says the
Press, sends us a sketch of the market statis
tics of a first class hotel in “the Empire City.”
He has been invited to accompany the steward,
or inteodant, to market, and assist in purchas
ing one day’s food, and says :
"I confess the programe was rather appalling,
what hungry wretches we are I What heca
tombs it takes to tame down our appetites.'
First to Washington market "the land of the
beef, the home of the bird.” Here the slew
ard intimates to the man who “runs wid de
masheen and kills for Keyser,” that he desires
thirty racks of mutton three setts of ribs of
beef for roasting, three surloins of beef, two
lambs, four legs ol mutton, two rumps of ine
briated beef, besides any quantity of calves’
heads, kidneys, tripe and sweetbreads. Next
of the feathery tribe, he rails for thirty pairs
toasting chickens, thirty-five pairs for broil
ing, thirty-six Philadelphia squabs, fifty chick
en partridges, and several flocks of young
ducks and green geese—the whole making a
cart load of things to roast, boil, broil and
fry.
Our anticipatory appetite gorged with the
Besh of beasts of the field and fowls of air and
barnyard, over we trudge to Fulton market,
•t the other terminus of the street. Here, af
ter a few satisfactory experimental tests and
tastes, we think we shall be able to get through
the day with six barrels of rausk-mellons, six
of water-raellons, four baskets of peaches, fifty
pounds of bot-bouse grapes, four baskets ol
tomatoes, two hundred ears of corn, two hun
dred okras, two barrels potatoes, and frightful
quantities of string beans, Lima beans, turnips,
carrots, onions, cabbages, cucumbers, lettuce
egg-plant, parsley, mint, &c &c.
Perhaps you may have the honor of recol
lecting three highly respectable old gentlemen
of antiquity called Apicius. The first, who
lived in the lime of Syila, was simply a fec-der
and of not much account. The second who
was more of a gentleman, lived during the ad
ministration of Tiberias. This chap went in
strong for fish and cake. Ordering up his
yacht, he made a special sail on one occasion,
over to Africa, where he understood the shell
fish were tip-top; but when he approached
the land, and the fishermen came off with
what they asserted to be their best article, the
rubicund old gentlemen found them to be infe
rior to the Italian, placed them to the lip
of bis nose, made a certain peculiar move
ment with his fingers, winked a very sly wink
ordered the pilot to put about and “put” for
home without even landing. Apicius number
three was a great fellow for oysters, and wrote
several scrappy pamphlets on cookery. Could
these musty old ancients have witnessed the
general lo<«eness with which we ordered the
day's edibles, they would have incontinently
confessed the maize, at once ordered dinner at
the hotel we catered for, and solicited the hon
or of an introduction to its genial host.
Thk Cocstbt around Mabtinez. — A. cor
respondent of the Contra Costa Gazette thus
writes :
Leaving Martinez, wc traveled upon a grav
elly but smooth road, between rolling hills cov
ered with wild oats and the evergreen live and
white oaks of California. Hero and there we
passed beautiful cottages enclosed hy good
fences, and blessed with fine shade and fruit
trees. About four mitles fiom Martinez, we
arrived at a new and quite thrifty place, called
Pacheco Valley. At this place wc found
several neat stores, quite a number of dwelling
houses, a fine flouring mill, with new and ex
cellent machinery ; a very i cat butcher's simp,
wherein can be obtained all kinds of edibles
that the country affords. We noticed on sale
fowls of all kinds, which we were informed
were very numerous in that neighborhood, of j
both the tame and wild species. About a
mile below Pacheco, we alighted and inspected
a fine store-house, also situated on the creek,
which we learned was capable of h dding 40,-
000 sacks of wheat, of a hundred pounds each.
Ihe house was well filled, and heavily laden
teams were constantly arriving driven by the
happy and smiling husbandmen of the sur
rounding country. Another mile lower down
the cieek. brought us to another store-house,
which is also capable of holding some 30.000
sacks of wheat, and from all indications was
being rapidly filled At the village of Pache
co, there are also established two lumber yards,
which contain every variety of lumber necessa
ry for building purposes, and from what we
learned and witnessed, we judge they are well
satisfied with their sales. A new hotel was
completed and torown open to the public a
few days ago.
leaving Pacheco, we found spread before
ns one of the most delightful valleys the human
eye ever met, and of considerable extent, being,
we supposed, about eight miles long, and
averaging two and a halt miles in width. It
is called Nassau Valley, and presents a beau
tiful appearance when viewed from the dis
tance, or as one passes through it, being cover
ed and shaded by the noble, wide-spreading
oaks, standing at quite regular distances apart,
as though set out by the hands of man. Na
ture, however, did the work. Adding very
much to the beauty of this valley, is the far
famed Mount Diablo, situated on thecast side,
and the rolling hills on the west. While riding
along through the valley, we were constantly
iu view of comfortable residences, with out
houses and appurtenances; and if happiness
ever appeared in its fullest glory, it is here to
be witnessed, as one views the husbandman
and his wife, sitting under the shade of a state
ly oak, or porch of the house, resting from
their toils, whilst their laughing children are
playing with pet dogs, our feeding the fowls of
the yard. Grazing between the trees, through
out the valley we witnessed herds of fine horses
cattle and sheep, the property of the thrifty
and industrious husbandman, whose toils had
been thus rewarded.
I®” “Set Lovegood” is responsible for the
following ;
Jim H tells a good yarn about one of
our ‘•sboll bark lawyers.” His client was up
on two small charges, "frivolous charges," as
shell-bark designated them, (forging a note of
hand and stealing a horse.) On running his
ere over the jury, he didn't like their looks, so
he prepared an affidavit for continuance, set
ting forth the absence in Alabama of a princi
pal witness. He read it in a whisper to the
prisoner, who, shaking his head, said, “Squire.
1 can't swear to that ar dockymint.” “Why?”
“Kase hit hamt true." Old shell inflated and
exploded loud enough to be heard throughout
the room. “What! forge a note an' steal a
boss, an’ can't swear to a lie ? IV—n such a
squeamish sumick as that .' I'm done with all
such infernal faoK” And he left the conscien
tious oue to bis fate.
A Religiocs Slander Refuted.—A man
was charged with having violently dragged
his his wife from a revival meeting, and com
pelled her to go home with him. He let the
story travel along until he bad a (air opportu
nity to give it a broaside. Upon keing charg
ed with the offence he replied as follows :
In the first place, 1 have never attempted to
influence my wife in her views in a choice of a
meeting. Secondly —my wife has not attend
ed any of the revival meetings, in the third
p lace— I have not even been to any of the meet
ings whatever. To conclude —neither my wife
nor myself have any inclination to go to these
meetings. Finally —l never bad a wife.
THE WEEKLY BUTTE RECORD.
The Wants of the Age.
What wants the age ? Heart-earnest men
To spread the truth the truth defend;
Such on earth we need again
As God indent times did send;
Men reckless or of wealth or fame.
Of ignominy,scorn or shame.
The stake, the faggot, or the flame;
Their only object God; and truth their only aim.
What wants the age? Hcaven-given powers,
The seeds of discord to remove;
To make this daepel earth of ours
A scene of ave-increasing love.
To banish hatred, sl.ife and feud.
And Error's evil-brining brood ;
To gain the pure, the true, the good,
Tojoin our struggling race in one great brotherhood
This lovely tress—this raven tress—
That oft to heart and lip I press;
I know not if it used to deck
The Parian whiteness of her neck.
Or o'er her blue-veined temple strayed.
Or on her beaming brow was laid.
Or fell upon the stainless snow
Of her young cheek—l only know
It is the loveliest of curls,
And from the loveliest of girls!
Ay, ? tis a thing to love and bless,
This little dark and shining tress;
Dark as the midnight forest’s gloom,
Dark as the tempest spirit's plume.
Dark as the stern Death-Angel’s seal,
Bnt shining as the battle steel,
And she, b}’ whom this gem was given,
Seems to my heart a thing of Heaven—
An angel dream—a gentle dove
Sent forth from God's own ark of love—
A aision come from paradise
Awhile to gladden mortal eyes—
A star, of Heaven's own star the pride,
Glassed in the dark world’s stormy tide.
Caught on the Jury. —The following,
which we have heard told as fact sometime
ago, may be beneficial to some gentleman who
has a young and unsuspecting wife :
A certain man. who lived about ten miles
from K , was in the habit of going to town
about once a week and getting on a regular
spree, and would not return until he had time
to "cool off,” which was generally two or three
days. His wife was ignorant of the cause of
his staying out so long, and suffered greatly
from anixiety about his welfare. When he
would return, ot course his confiding wife
would inquire what had been the matter with
him. and the invariable reply was ; "that he
was caught on the jury and couldn't get off."
Having gathered his corn and placed it in a
large heap, he, according to custom, determin
ed to call in his neighbors and have a real
corn shucking frolic. So he gave Ned, a faith
ful servant, a jug and an order to go to town
and get a gallon of whisky—a very necessary
article on such occasions. Ned mounted a
mule and was soon in town, and, equipped with
the whisky, re-mounted to set out for home, all
buoyant with the prospect of fun at "shuck
ing.”
W hen he had proceeded a few hundred
yards from town he concluded io try the 'stuff,'
and, not satisfied with once, he kept trying
until the world turned around so fast that he
turned off -the mule, and then be went to sleep
and the mule to grazing. It was now nearly
night, and when Ned awoke it was just before
the break o'day, and so dark that he was una
ble to make any start until light.
As soon as his bewilderment had subsided so
that he could get the “point,” he started with
aif empty jug, the whiskey having run out, and
afoot, for the male had gone home. Of course
he was contemplating the application of a
"two year old hickory” as he went on at the
rate of 2:40.
Ned reached home about breakfast time
and "fetched up" at the back door with a de
cidedly guilty countena ce.
‘‘What in thunder have you been at, you
black rascal,” said his master.
Ned knowing his master's excuse to his wife
when he got on a spree, determined to tell the
truth if he died for it, and said :
“Well, master, to tell the truth. I was kotch
on the jury and could'nt get off. —Nashville
News.
Haunted Chamuer.—A room in the princi
pal inn a country town had ihe reputation
of being haunted. Nobody would sleep in it
and it was therefore shut up ; but it so hap
pened that at an election the inn was quite
full, and there was only the haunted room un
occupied. A gentleman’s gamekeeper came to
the inn, exceedingly fatigued by a long jour
ney. and wanted a bed. He was informed that
unless he chose to occupy the haunted room he
must seek a room elsewhere.
“Haunted!” exclaimed he; “stuff and non
sense! I’d sleep in it! Ghost or demon. I'll
take a look at what haunts it.”
Accordingly, after fortifying himself with a
pipe and tankard, he took up his quarters in
the haunted chamber and retired to rest. He
had not lain down many minutes when the bed
shook under him most fearfully. He sprang
out of bed. struck a light (for he had taken the
precaution to place a box of lucifer matches
by his bedside.) and made a careful examina
tion of the room, but could discover nothing.
The courageous fellow would not return to
bed ; but remained watching for some time.
Presently he saw the bed shake violently ; the
floor was Arm; nothing moved but the bed.
Determined, if possible, to find out the cause of
his bed-quake, he looked in the bed, uuder the
bed and near the bed. and not seeing anything
to account for the shaking, which every now
and then seemed to seize upon the bed, he at
last pulled it from the wall. Then the “mur
der came out.” The sign-board of the inn was
fastened to the outer wall by a nnt and screw,
which came through to the back of the bed,
and when the wind swung the sign-board to
and fro, the movement was communicated to
the bed, causing it to shake in the violent
manner. The game-keeper, delighted at hav
ing hunted up the ghost, inlormed the land
lord the next morning of the real nature of his
unearthly visitor, and was handsomely rewar
ded for rendering a room, hitherto useless, now
quite servicible. All the ghost stories on re
cord might no doubt have been traced to sim
ilar causes, <* those to whom the “ghost” ap
peared has been as plucky as our game-keep
er.—Ex.
Douglas. —Every body here as well as else
where, wants to know how the Little Giant is
making it go against the fire of his ancient foes
and the money of his late friends. Let us say
to the thousands of Douglas' friends who read
our paper that he is whaling the whole of them
in a style that is beautiful to behold. Crowds
of five to ten thousand meet to hear him and
the shouts of applause are indicative of a hold
in the popular heart that cannot be shaken.
The Chicago Times publishes the match
speeches of Douglas and Lincoln in full and to
read them makes one sorry that “Abe.” ever
left his Grocery for the field of debate. Lin
coln has “mixed liquors” a good deal in his
business, but the “mix” he has made of politics
has well nigh nauseated his warmest suppor
ters.
To carry the Illinois Senate, Douglas has to
get eight Senators and Lincoln twelve. A
well informed Republican from Chicago tells
ns “that no man can beat Douglas in Illinois,”
and we believe it— North lows Times.
OROVILLE, SATURDAY MOEKING, NOVEMBER 6, 1858.
The following was one of the late Major
Noah's stories;
“Sir, bring me a good plain dinner.” said a
melancholy looking individual to a waiter at
one of our principal hotels.
‘•Yes, sir.”
The dinner was brought and devoured, and
the eater called the landlord aside, and thus
addressed him :
‘ You are the landlord ?”
“Yes.”
“Youdo a good business here?”
“Yes,” (m astonishment.)
“You make probably ten dcl’ars a day,
clear ?”
“Y*.”
“Then lam safe. I cannot pay for what I
have consumed. I have been out of employ
ment seven months ; but I have engaged to
work to-morrow. 1 had been without food four
and twenty hours when I entered your board
ing bouse. I will pay you in a week."
“I cannot pay my bills with such promises,"
blustered the landlord ; ‘ and I do not keep a
poor house. You should address the proper
authorities. Leave me something for securi
ty, sir.”
“I have nothing.”
"I will take your coat"
“My dear sir, it 1 go into the street without
that, I will get my death, such weather us
this.”
’“You should have thought of that before you
came here.”
“You are serious? Well, I solemnly over
that one week from now I will pay you.”
“I will take the coat.”
The coat was left and a week afterward re
deemed.
Seven years alter that a wealthy man enter
ed the political arena and was presented to a
caucus as an applicant for a Congressional
nomination. The principle of the caucus held
his peace—he heard the name an 1 history of
the applicant, who was a member of a church,
and one of the most respectable citizens. He
was the chairman. The vole was a tie, and
he cast a negative, thereby deleating the
wealthy applicant, whom he met an hour af
terwards, and to whom lie said—
“ You don’t remember me ?”
“No.”
“I once ate a dinner in your hotel, and al
though I told you 1 was famishing, and pledged
my word and honor to pay you in a week, you
took my coat and saw me go out into the in
elemontuir at the risk of my life without it.”
“Well, sir. what then?”
“Not much. You called yourself a Chris
tian. To night you were a candidate or nom
ination, and but for me you would have been
elected to Congress.”
Three years after the Christian hotel-keeper
became a bankrupt. The poor dinnerless
wretch that was. is now a high functionary in
Albany. We know him well. The ways of
Providence are indeed wonderful, and the
world’s mutations almost beyond conception or
belief.
Didn't .See It.— A short lime since a young
man living in Ogdensburg, whose name we
shall call George, took to drinking rather more
Ilian usual, and some of his friends endeavored
to cure him. One day, after he had been drink
ng several times, they got him in a room, and
commenced conversing about delirium tremens,
directing all their remarks U> Uua, and telling
what fearful snakes and rats were always seen
by the victims of ibis horrible disease, when
the conversation waxed high on this terrible
theme, one of the number stepped out of the
room, and from a trap which was at hand, let
a large rat into the room. None of his friends
appeared to see it ; but the young man who
was to be the victim seized a chair and hurled
it at the rat, smashing the chair in the opera
tion. Another chair shared the same (ate,
when his frien ; s seized him, and with terror
depicted in their (aces, demanded to know what
was the matte.
“Why. don’t you see that big rat ? ' said
he, pointing to the animal, which, after the
manner o r rats, was making its way around the
room, close to the walls.
They all saw it, but all replied that they
didn’t see it—••there was no rat.”
“But there is!" said he, as another chair
went to pieces in an ineßeclual attempt to crush
the rat.
At this moment they again seized him, and
after a terrific scafiie, (hr-w him down on the
floor, and with terror in their faces, yeiled :
“Charley ! run for the doctor !’’
Charley started for the door, ween George
desired to be inlormed “what in h— was up.”
“L’p 1” said they, “why, you've got the de
lirum tremens !’’
Charley opened the door to go out, when
George raised himself o" his elbow and said.
“Charley where are you going 1”
“Go n'g !" said Charley, “going lor a doc
tor.”
“Going for a doctor,” rejoined George, “for
what ?”
“For what!” repealed Charley, “why.you’ve
got the delirium tremens !”
“The delirium treraecs —have I?” repeated
George. “How do you know I’ve got the de
lirium tremens?”
“Easy enough,” says Charley; “you’ve com
menced seeing rats.”
"Seeing rats I” said George, in a sort of
musing way ; “seeing rats. Think you must
be mistaken, Charley.”
“Mistaken!” said Charley.
“Yes. mistaken,” rejoined George. “ I ain't
the man—l haven’ seen no rut.'’’
The boys let George up after that, and from
that day to this he hasn’t touched a glass of
liquor, and hasn't seen no rats."
The Thackeray and Yates Literary
Row.—Thackeray vs. "Young Grub Street” is
likely to become a cause celebre in the Eng
lish courts. Young Grub Street, who is Ed
mund Yates, as is well known, said in a pen
and ink sketch that Thackeray was supercil
ious and that the bridge of his uose had been
broken. This last, is not concealed even by
spectacles ; and, though Samuel 1-awreuce. the
artist, when painting the author of Vanity Fair ,
represented him with upturned face, as if he
were snuffing up the morning air, after a late
sup|icr, be was unable wholly to conceal the
effects of the accident. Allusions to personal
deformities are what public men are usually
very tetchy about. So not content with stick
ing Yates into The Virginians as the manag
ing committee of the Garrick Club, of which
both are members. Here, rather unexpected
ly, Charles Dickens and Sir James Willis (the
judges) sided with Yates, declaring that the
complaint was frivolous. But a majority de
cided that, to avoid expulsion, Yales should
apologize or resign. He declines doing so ;he
had been duly elected a member of the club ;
be had as duly paid bis entrance fee and an
nual subscription ; the committee had no right,
he says, to enter into the merits of a private
misunderstanding between two members ; he
would not retire ; and he could not legally be
expelled. The last point was submitted by
the club management to "counsel learned in
the law,” and their opinion favors Yates’ view.
So, it is proposed to dissolve the club; to dis
pose of its property (including an unrivalled
gallery of theatrical portraits, once the pro|ier
ly of the elder Charles Mathews) and then to
re model the club, re electing each and every
one of its present members except Yales.
Thackeray, who has caricated and satirized
more people than any writer of the day, can
not bear to have a little attention paid to bis
own points. Hence the scrimmage.
The World.
By the Overland Mail.
We are indebted to the San Krantisco Her
ald for the following intelligence :
Burning of the Austria.— The following
dispatch dated Halifax, September 27th, af£
pears in the Fort Smith Time* of October 6th :
The bark Lotus from Liverpool, arrived at
Halifax harbor on Sunday afternoon, with
twelve of the sixty-seven surviving passengers
of the steamship .. nstria—burnt at sea Sept.
13th. in lat. 45 deg. min. 100. 41 deg. 31 min 01
taken from the bark Maurice on the 14th.
At a little after twoo’clock, on the 13th,
dense volumns of smoke burst from the after
entrance of the steerage.. The ship was instant
ly put at half speed, at which she continued
until the Magazine exploded. The engineers
it is interred, were instantly suffocated, h ire
was next seen breaking through the lights mid
ships, and travelled aft with fearful rapidity.
Some persons let down a boat from the port
side of the quarterdeck, and she was thought
to be crushed under the strew. An attempt
was made to launch a boat OB the starboard
side but it w§s swamped trom the numbers who
rushed into it, and all were lost. All the first
cabin passengers were on the poop except a
few gentlemen who must have been smothered
in the smoking room. Many* second cabin pas
sengers were also on the poop, but a number
of them got shut into their cabin by fire. Some
of them were pulled up through the ven
tilator, but the greater number could not be
extricated. The last woman drawn op said
there were six already sufficated. The ladies
and gentlemen on the poop jumped into the
sea by twos and threes, some of t 1 e ladies
in flames. Several hesitated, but were driven
to it at the last moment. In half an hour not
a soul was to be seen on the poop.
The French bark Maurice, Capt. Ernest
Bruce, came along side the steamer at about
6 o clock p. si., and rescued forty passengers,
chiefly taken off the bowsprit. A few were
picked up floating around.
At about eight o'clock one of the metallic
boats came up with about twenty-three persons
including the first and third officers. After
wards three or four men were picked up floa'-
ing on a piece of floating boat. The second
officer was taken up, having been swimming
six hours. He and the thrid officer were se
verely burnt. One male passenger was burnt
frightfully and others slightly. There were
but s x wonoti saved, three of whom wore
burnt. A Norwegian bark came up with the
steamer next morning, and a boat was observ
ed going round the burning ship. They may
have picked up a few persons but only a few.
The Maurice had no communication with the
Norwegian bark. The Austria belonged to
the Hamburg-Amcrican Steam Packet Com
pany, and was built by Caird <Sc Co., at Green
ock, in 1857. She was 2.334 register, 311
feet long, 40 feet wide, depth 26 feet or 33
feet from spar deck, and her draught of water
at the load line was 19'y feet. Her frame was
of wrought iron plates of 1 1-8 to I 5-8 inches
thick, fastened with a rivet % of an inch in
diameter and 2% inches apart. Her engines
were direct acting, with two cylinders of 70
inches each, stroke of piston 3}i feet, and was
provided with four horizontal tubular boilers.
Site also had an independent steam fire and
bilge pump, and two bilge injections. The
value of the vessel was $290,000, for which
amount she was equally insured in Hamburg
and- England* She bad «. I rd about. 4C3
lons of valuable freight f-om Hamburg,
amounting, probably, to 250.000, of which
there was considerable insured in this city.
The Heavens before and after Dawn.—
I had occasion, a few weeks since, to take the
early train from Providence to Boston, and lor
this purpose rose at two o'clock in the morn
ing. It was a mild serene midsummer's night;
the sky was without a cloud ; the winds were
hushed. The moou, then in the last quarter,
had just risen, and the stars shone with a spec
tral lustre, but little affected by her presence.
Jupiter, two hours high, was the herald of the
day ; the Pleiades, just above the horizon, shed
their sA'cet influence in the East; I.yra spark
eled near the zenith ; Andromeda veiled her
newly discovered glories from the naked eye in
the South ; the steady pointers, tar beneath
the pole, looked meekly up from the North
their sovereign.
Such was the glorious spectacle as I entered
the train. As we proceeded, the timid ap
proach of twilight became more perceptible ;
the intense blue of the sky began to soften; the
smaller stars, like little children, went first to
rest; the sister beams of the Pleiades soon
melted together; but the bright constellation
of the West and .Vorth remained unchanged.
Stead ly the wondrous transfiguration weni on.
Hands of angels hidden from mortal eyes shif
ted the scenery of the heavens; the glories of
the night dissolved into the glories of the dawn.
The blue sky now turned more softly gray ; the
great watch stars shut op their holy eyes ; the
East began to kindle. Faint streaks of purple
soon blushed along the sky; the whole celes
tial concave was filled with the inflowing tides
of the morning light, which came pouring
down from above in one great ocean of radi
ance, till at length, as we reached the Blue
H'dls. a flash of purple fire blazed out from
above the horizon, and turned the dewy tear
drops of flower and leaf into diamonds and ru
bies. In a few seconds the everlasting gates
of the morning were thrown wide open, and
the lord of day, arrayed in glories too severe
for the guze ot man, began his state. —Edward
Everett.
The Long Path— The Autocrat of the
Breakfast Table proposed to the sweet young
school-mistress, and was accepted, it was
done on Boston Common thus :
•‘lt was on the common that wc were walk
ing. The mall or boulevard of our common,
you know has various branches leading from it
in various directions. One of these runs down
ward from opposite Joy street southward across
the whole length of the common to Boylston
street. We called it the long path and were
fond of it.
I felt very weak indeed (though of a toler
able robust habit) as we came opposite the
head of this path on that morning. I think I
tried to speak twice without making myself
distinctly audible. At last I got out the
question, will you take the long path with me ?
Certainly, said the schoolmistress with much
pleasure. Think. I said, before you answer; it
you take the long path with me now, I shall
interpret that we are to part no more! The
school mistress stepped back with a sudden
movement, as if an arrow had struck her.
One of the long granite blocks used as scats
was hard by, the one you may still see by the
tiiuko tree. Pray sit down, I said. No, no,
she answered softly, I will walk the long path
with you!
The old gentlemen who sits opposite, met us
walking, arm in arm about the middle of the
long path, and said, very charmingly—-Good
morning, my dears 1’ ”
An old settler, bragging to a new
comer of the grazing land in bis neighborhood,
said, ‘lt yields two pounds of tallow to every
square foot, and the cows come up with butter
in one side of the bag and cheese in the other.”
Pale ale and ale pale is all the same. Bat
there is a distincsioo, with a difference, be
tween a rump steak and a stump rake, as well
as between boiled onions and oilded bamnions
Wifdom of Topping.
Athletic Sports.
The readers of the Times must have noticed
the extraordinary incr ase of attention’ lately
on the part of the public to base ball and
cricket playing. For a score of years back,
persons anxions to see a game of cricket could
be gratified at Harlem, or at Hoboken, on al
most any fair simmer Jay, but the players
were genet ally Englishmen, and the few Yan
kees who went in came out with blistered
hands and defeat. Yankees protested that
when they fairly a 1 tempted 1 a share of the lion
ets of the field, they stood no chance; that the
old cricketers, by lair means or foul, always
conspired to seize the victory ; even that they
hired professional players to conduct the game
lor them when the odds were on Jonathan’s
side, and so it came at last to be believed that
no man who did not drop his Hs could possi
bly win btnors at bowling or wicket-keep
ing.
Meanwhile, bas,' ball was one of the games
we read of. and remembered as in pretty near
ly the category of the blind-man’s butt, goal,
and tag. that so delighted us when we were
quite young gentlemen. On some grand holi
day, certain grown up bold boys would go
down into a secluded suburban valley, us fur as
possible out of sight of the multitude that
would be sure to make merry over the awk
ward pitching and the outrageous misses to
catch, and have a grand time. But the young
folks wete kept too busy to think of playing
ball as a business, and the old folks frown jd
upon all such wastes ol time.
Bot the newspaper have been talking up the
value of bodies— preaching for years past that
liumau flesh was a very fair article whin well
kept—indeed that is was the only pickle that
would keep souls from spoiling above ground.
Certain Germans—Turners—by their exploits
have kept before the public, too, the excellence
of muscle, and glorified the employment of phy
sical exercise. This preaching and these ex
amples, are at last telling on our people, and
now every fair afternoon all the heights in the
neighborhood of New York and Brooklyn are
crowded with men and women, old and young,
to see these ball-players. The (lag of some
dub is always living, and two lads seldom meet
in the street with ten minutes to spare that
they are not practising throw and catch. The
talk of all the urchins, is of bats, and runs, and
umpires. The old people are pretty nearly as
much infected as the young. The oldest deacon
in one of our straightest churches was around a
few days since with an invitation to join and
Old People’s Club, which is to play every Sat
urday afternoon.
We bail the fashion with delight. It prom
ises, besides its hosts of other good works, to
kill out the costly dissipating target excur
sions. We predict that it will spread - Irom
the city to the country, and revive there,
where it was dying out, a love of the noble
came; that it will bring pale faces and sal
low complexions into contempt; that it will
make sad times for the doctors, and insure to
our well beloved country a generation ol stal
wart men, who will save her independence, not
withstanding that she is bitched to her old
mother by a cable through which a London
Lord Mayor can receive and return bis con
gratulations with the Honorable Mayor of New
York all within a week. —New York Times.
How Eooßsb.Spb pgitp to WjutkFrom
the great square of Annecy, any of the inhabi
tants will show a stranger, if he is disposed to
travel so far, a very neat little residence about
half a league off. on the slope of the hill—that
is the present abode ol the Apostle of Social
ism. Jfe is not now awakened by yonng
nymphs in Greek caps and gauze tunics, ilis
friends, the genuine democrats, have coun-clled
him to conduct Ids domestic concerns in a style
less pagan ; so his household at present con
sists of a comely housekeeper and one male at
tendant.
Kugenc descends, receives a bamboo cane
from the hands of his servant, takes a consti
tutional walk under the lir trees of the hill, or
on the velvety margin of the lake and re-enters
with a good appetite to partake of breakfast.
[ The fresh breeze from the Alps has agreeably
excited the coats of his stomach, and he makes
an excellent meal. His presiding Hebe re
plenishes his cup. and when “thirst and burger
cease,” he enters his study, where this fortun
ate Socialist is greeted by numerous orders
from the publishers. On a sculptured salvor
of gold, the domestic of the bamboo presents
his straw-colored kid gloves, without which,as
is well known, he never writes: and at every
chapter a new and perfumed pair is assumed.
0 people of black and rough hands ! is it you
who recommend to your favorite writers these
delicate precautions, these coquetish prelimi
naries to the works you so eagerly devour. ?
By way of recompense, and for the sake of
economy, no doubt, he never goes to the ex
pense of gloves for bis stylo. He writes five
or six hours without scateh or revise, dis
patches his manuscripts to the publisher, and
from the bottom of bis dreary exile, gains six
ty or eighty thousand francs one year with an
other.
After labor comes the toilette—the toilette
ot a prince—and then the sumptuous dinner
attends tne noble author, who has just finished
such eloquent pages of the misery of the poor.
He partakes of every dish with the relish that
justly rewa ds a duly well discharged, rises
Irom table and finds ready bridled and saddled
at the door, a magnificent Arab. Oh, good
ness ! what fiery nostrils ! what gracelul sin
ewy limb! He bears his master at full gallop
along the avenues of the park, and brings him
back to the door in two or three hours, with
the work of digestion perfectly done. Again
installed in his salon, Hebe presents him opium
in a Turkish pipe as rich as amber and gold
can make it; he smokes and goes to sleep on
his silken cushions—wake him not.
Grizzi.if.s Around.— The recent snow storm
in the mountains has driven these ferocious
monsters down into the warmer atmosphere of
the valleys, and those who have occasion to
travel through the woods will do well to keep
a sharp look out for them. On Sunday last,
whiles man named Mead was out hunting, on
the old Carson Valley read, he came suddenly
upon a large grizzly, and being a good marks
man, concluded to shoot the bear through the
neck and kill it as he had frequently served
others. Accordingly he blazed away, and sup
posing he had accomplished bis purpose, pro
ceeded into the bushes in search of his game.
Like the fellow who went after the Know
Nothings, be found Ursa Major, but to his sur
prise, the beast was only wounded, and mad
ened with pain, instantly sprang upon his per
secutor. The hunter concluded to try the old
game of feigning ‘dead,’ and fell upon his (ace,
but the mad bear was not to be deceived in
that way, but immediately began to chew up
! his man with savage ferocity. For a wonder.
Mead was not killed outright, but escaped with
his life, and on Monday last was brought to the
County Hospital most shockingly mangled
Last Tuesday, near Sly Park, in this county,
another man, whose name we have not learned,
was attacked by a grizzly and subsequently
found dead and torn to pieces. As an evidence
of the terrible ferocity of the grizzly, the body
of the man was completely severed into three
pieces. —Mountain Democrat.
Stg~ A Hottentot got up a painting of
Heaven. It was an inciosure by a fence made
of sausages, while the center was occupied with
a fountain that squirted pot-pie.
A Yankee.
Tl'.e Boston Olive Branch haring called the
editor of the X, T, Atlas a Yankee, the Atlas
| man gets off the following :
! "Bet we own up to the Yankee, and fed no
i little pride in it: but we didn't bail from Berk
i shire exactly. We have dropped pumpkins
! seed and eaten hasty pudding and milk in New
I Hampshire, and have plowed, mowed and log
ged in the State of Maine. We have fished
for minnows with a pin-hook, and carried our
I bread and butter to school; we hare seed log
driving on the Kennebec river ; and we have
coaxed a club-footed girl to slide down hill,
made slippery by the fall of pine leav *, for the
fun of seeing her catch her toes, and roll over
and over ; and we have gone into the swamps
with two yoke of oxen and a bob-sled, when
the snow was five feet deep, and felled trees,
and ‘twitched’ logs all day, and went home at
: night fall to ‘bean porridge hotwe have been
to a lew prayer me, tings that's a fact, and
we've been to ‘bushings,’ too, and ‘apple-boeA,' i
and raisings,’ and ‘militia-musters.’
‘We have helped make cider, and afterwards
set ‘a straddle' of a barrel and sucked it with
a straw. We have sat up all night in a saw
mill, ami sat up all night with a ‘gal.’ We
have a high opinion of ‘johnny-cake and sas
singers.' and we have frequently had a finger in
the making of the latter ; we have eaten our
share ol codfish and potatoes with pork and
scraps, and we guess we have licked a proper
portion of ‘lasses candy,’ and some boys ; we
have pulled flax fur a ninepence a day, because
we had a sick head ache and couldn't go to i
school, and have had teeth pulled with a piece
of strong thread; we have traveled over the'
fields in spring with a maul, knocking about
the wbat-you-call-cms, and have popped corn
in the ashes ; we have turned the grind stone
all day to sharpen a new axe, swapped jack
knives, broken steers and colts, set traps for
skunks and wood-chucks, tapped our own shoes,
•licked the school-master,’robbed the milk pans
of cream and laid to the cat, pitched into the
‘apple-sass,’ hooked loaf sugar, and numberless
other things ‘too numerous to mention,’ but for
particulars of which see small bills."
Remarkable Longevity. —Probably the
oldest person known in America was the vener
able Indian Placido, who died on the 20th of
September, 1858, at San Buenaventura, at the
extraordinary acre of one hundred and thirty
seven years. “Eighty-four years ago, ’says the
Gaceta de Santa Barbara, fr m which we
translate the fa it, “the Mission of San Buena
ventura was founded, and he worked at
it as a blacksmith.” Thus as long ago
as 1774. the year of the first Congress at
Philadelphia, Placido was in vigorous man
hood. lie was born in 1721, during the reign
of George I. when Robert Walpole was Prime
Minister of England, and when none of our
great patriots—Washington. Samuel and John
Adams, Putiick Henry. Jeffer.-on, and Han
cock had yet seen the light. In the year of
the Boston massacre, he was past the prime of
life, being forty nine years old. At the lime
of the Declaration of Independence he was
fifty-five, and at the time of the las: war with
England, ninety-three. When the Spanish
Padres journeyed up from the southward and
discovered the Bay of San Francisco, Placido
was nearly half a century old ; but had he
beca gifted at that lime with the spirit of pro- 1
pht-ctf. with the cultivation of mind to appre
ciate the possible future, it is doubtful if he
could have conjured up the magical reality
upon which i.e has gazed (or the last time.
These are perhaps inappropriate speculations
to associate with the file and death of a poor,
ignorant Indian, but the question presents it
self at the same time, will equally momentous
changes lake place in the world's his’ory with
in the next century and a quarter ?
Extraordinary if True. —An eastern pa
per publishes the following, purporting to be
an extract from a California letter. It appears
in the Nevada Democrat.
“A singular metamorphosis, followed by cu
rious results, showing the effects on some peo
ple. has occurred here. About four years since
a man from the Eastern States came to this
country to engage in mining. He went up to
Tuolume, and commenced laboring in a claim
upon Wood's Creek. In a short time his hair,
which was of a light brown or Auburn color,
began to fall off, and soon there was not a soli
tary hair on any part of his body ! Singular
to relate, the man's general health was good
during the lime of his peeling. But, what is
more remarkable, the general physical appear
ance of the man began lo change rapidly. He
was originally‘long, lank and lean,' but now he
began to assume Salstaffan proportions. Al
though a large boned person, when he came to
this country he only weighed one hundred and
sixty pounds, but in seven months after his ar
rival at the mines bis weight was upwards o(
three hundred pounds. All things must have
an end, and so did our hero's increase in size
come to a slop. Then i' was that hair began
to grow. But now, strange to say, bis hirsute
appendages, instead of being auburn color, as
before, are ccal black. Instead of the sandy
whiskers be has whiskers as black as jet. One
would naturally think that the individual, after
undergoing all these transformations,had grown
out of the recollections of his friends. Now
the hero of this singular transformation, on
leaving his home, left behind an affectionate
wife. After residing here about three years,
he sent for her, and she came to meet her long
absent lord. When the steamer arrived, a very
large man with black hair and whiskers met
her and claimed her as his wife. Bhe repudia
ted, would not hear him, for she had beard of
the wickedness of this country, and she was
cautious. She endeavored for two months to
find the husband who hud left her, then gave
him up for dead, and retur cd to her old borne
sorrowful and broken-hearted. The metamor
phosed husband is still here, and bitterly does
lie curse the change in bis fortunes which so
altered his personal appearance that even bis
own wife cannot recognize him. At present
there is not the least prospect of losing his
superabundant flesh or bis hair again changing
color.
Tup. Mo.nkkt that comf.s nearest to Mam.—
At a lute meeting of the Academy of Sci
ences. M. Geoffroy St. Hilaire presented a
printed essay of his on the kinds of monkeys
approaching nearest to the human type. In
this essay he established the fact that the Go
rilla is a distinct genus. and not a species of
the Troglodyte (Chipaozet) genus ; the latter
being nearer to the human type than the for
mer in many respects, besides being witherto
the only monkey known having flattened nails
like a man. and’ only eight bones at the carpus
or wrist. The Gorilla however goes fbrtner
in this respect, for it not only has both the
above peculiarities, but also Another equally
characteristic of the human rac:. namely a
broad palm. It is, moreover, the most gigan
tic of all monkeys, aud in habit* the western
coast of Africa north and south of the equator.
The negroes call it Jina or N Jina ; it inhab
its the forests, and lives upon reeds, and fruit
and leaves of various plants. The hut* the
Gorillas build for themselves are much more
clumsily made than those ol the Chimpahzees.
These two races do not mix together, and the
Gorilla Is by far the stronger of the two.
8®“ A I»nd<in writer in a provincial paper
says the circulation of the Times is decidedly
on be wane, damaged by the issue of cheap
daily papers.
NO. 52.
Indigenous Sugar Cane.
In getting to California we made the jour
ney of the plain*. v>a Platte River the South-
Pas* and Humboldt River. In coursing
along the valley of the Humboldt, a distance of
over three hundred miles over almost intermi
nable sand and aage plains, with little good
grass for oar animals, save here and there at
long intervals a fine meadow upon some moist
ened alluvial of the stream, we at length reach
ed that lower portion of the route known as
the Big Meadows, twenty mile* above the Lake
or Sink. Here are Vthbmeadows of gran, the
higher portion producing that which is fit for
animals; the lower, a coarse sedge upon which
no animal will feed unless it is absolutely ne
ecsssary to keep life within. Along with this
sedge, and sometimes in patches entirely apart
from it, is seen a still coarser product,' resem
bling .broom-corn in its growth, though not so
rank or thick in the stock as broom-cora grows
with us. It was noticed that whenever our
animals strayed within reach of this product,
they invariably commenced feeding greedily
upon it. prelerring it even to the finer grasses
ol the higher grounds. Here too, we found a
small band of Pah Utahs, cutting and bundling
the same product—after stripping it of its
leaves— and having loaded themselves to their
utmost strength, started (or a wooded ravine
in the mountains full four miles distant to the
east.
The product is simply a variety of sugar
cane indigenous to that locality, and well
known to the Indians of the interior, and from
which they make with their own rude means a
very far article of syrup. John Kirk, Ksq.,
United States Road Commissioner, in Ids sur
vey of the route from Honey laike to City
Rocks near Salt Lake, also speaks of a variety
of wild sugar cane, as growing upon the lower
section of the Humboldt, upon which animals
eagerly feed, and from which the Indians of
tiie country manulacture a sirup. The same
plant also grows in prolusion upon the borders
of the sinks of both the Carson and Walker s
Rivers.
Now it this product, be it what it may,
growing wild, will, by the use of the rudest of
all rude appliances for its extraction—pound
ing in stone mortars—yield a juice so easily
convertible into a sirup that the very lowest in
the scale of human beings can effect it. may it
not be a product that with proper cultivation
would prove a valuable addition to our list of
sccharine producing plants? As the plant
flourishes in soils tulc-producing and highly
alkaline, are we not sale in believing that there
are vastlractsof land admirably adapted to
its growth, and wholly unlit lor any oilier as
useful product, within tho bordcsof our State?
So well satisfied are we from repeated tastings
of tliecane of its highly sacharine quality, and
its usefulness as a cultivated product, if only
for puiposes ol stock-feeding, around the bor
ders of our lule and marsh lands, that we have
made arrangements to secure its introduction,
either by seeds or rooted plants, as early as
human agency can well effect it. —California
Cultural.
Bio Brindi.k. — ln Nashville, many year*
ago, there resided a gentleman of great hospi
tality, large fortune, and though uneducated,
possessed of hard-knot sense. Col. W. had
been elected to the Legislature, and had also'
been Judge of the county court. His eleva
tion, however, had made him somewhat pomp
ous, and he became very loud in using big
words. On bis farm be bad a large mischiev
ous ox, called "Big Brindle,” which frequent
ly broke down his neighbors’ fences, and com
mitted other depredations, much to the Colo
uefs annoyance. One morning after breakfast,
in presence of some gentlemen who bad stay
ed with him overnight, and who were now on
their way to town, he called his overseer and
said to him :
“Mr. Alien, I desire you to impound Big
Brindle in order that I may hear no more an
imadversation of his eternal depredations.”
Allen bowed and walked off, sorely puzzled
to know what the Colonel meant. ’So after
Colonel W. left for town, he went to his wife
and asked her what Colonel W. meant by tell
ing him to “impound” the ox ?
“Why,” said she, ‘ the Colonel means to tell
you to put him in a pen.”
Allen left to perform the feat, for it was no
inconsiderable one, as the animal was very
wild and vicious, and after a great deal of
trouble and vexation be succeeded.
“Well,” said he, wiping the perspiration
from his brow and soliloquising, “this is im
pounding is it 7 Now lam dead sure the old
Colonel w ill ask me if I impounded ‘Big Brin
dle,’and I’ll bet I’ll puzzle him as bad as he
did me.”
The next day the Colonel gave a dinner
party, and, as he was not aristocratic. Allen,
the overseer, sat down with the company. Af
ter the second or third glass was discussed, the
Colonel turned to the overseer and said :
“Eh, Mr. Allen, did you impound ‘Big Brin
dle,’ sir 7”
Allen straightened himself up, an J ’ooking
around on the company, said ;
“Yes I did ; but old ‘Brindle’ transcended
the impanel of the impound, and scalterlophis
ticated all over the equanimity of the forest.”
The company burst into an immoderate fit
of laughter, while the Colonel's face reddened
with discomfiture.
“What do you mean by that, sir?" said he.
“Why I mean, Colonel,” said Allen, “that
old ‘Brindle,’ being prognosticated with an idea
of the cholery, ripped and tared, snorted and
pawed dirt, jumged the fence, tuck to the
woods, and woald not be impounded no how."
This was too much, the company roared
again, in which the Colonel was forced to join,
and in the midst of the laughter, Allen left the
table, saying to himself as be went:
“I recicen the Colonel won’t ask me to im
pound any more cattle.”
A Katl’«ai,ized Chinaman. —The S. F.
Call says : Among the Chinese in attendance
at the Police Court recently, we noticed the
venerable Nip-son. In his early days he was
a servant of the Emperor Napoleon at Bt.
Helena, and on his death he came to the Uni
ted Stales, settled in Charleston. South Caro
lina. where he married an American wife, be
came an American citizen, end entered into
mercantile business. When the gold fever
broke out, and a large number of Chinese
flocked to this Slate. Nip-son left affairs at
Charleston in the custody o; a grown son, and
came to this city. From this port he re-visi
led China, after nearly forty years’ absence,
and was arrested for appearing in European
costume. It was only on his donning the Ce
lestial habits and cue that he was relieved from
the odium of outside barbarism, and he once
more trod the streets of Canton “native to the
manor born.” Since then, we believe, he has
resided in this city in the quiet pursuance of
his business, and baa relapsed into the regular
habits of his people. He is au intelligent man,
and when in proper humor will sfieas of the
great conqueror, his English captors, and in
dulge in reminiscences of South Carolina poli
tics.
tgr- In reply to Mrs Julia Branch’s reso
lution in the Vermont Free-Love Cooventior,
that “the matrimonial contract deprives wo
man of her legitimate labor,” the Nashville
Bonner wickedly retorts : “This is a slight
mistake, it is only by marrying that a woman
eon eome to legttmatt labor.''

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