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„ THE new era.
What is it but a Map of bu*y L’fe ?— Cowper.
£tCPH‘»n. James Shields, the able and popular
Commisioner of the General Land Office, came
down in the Osceola from Washington, on Sun
day, and is now an tiffing the sea breeze and en- 1
joying the piscatory luxuries of Old Point Com- ;
Messrs. Hodges &, Co. have received by the !
last packet from New York their usual supply of
books from the Harpers, of which they have laid i
the following works on our table, which for cheap- I
ness, beauty and excellence cannot he supassed, j
No. S-1) of the Pictorial Bible, which includes '
part of the Book of Zechariah.
No. GI-G2 of the Illuminated Shakespeare.
No. 1G of the Wandering Jew.
No. 173 of the Family Library, containing the
Travels of Marco Polo in the East. This trav
eller has long been regarded as the earliest
and most distinguished of European travellers,
and his works are held in high repute in Paris
and London. 'I his is a real treat tho Harpers
have given the Public.
Abercrombie’s Miscellaneous Essays. This
volume contains many of this distinguished Es
sayist’s best papers and didactic writings—the
matured fruits as it were of his well stored and
philosophic mind. It is the first American from
the 19th Edinburg edition.
The Duty of American Women to their Coun
try. This volume is said to he from the pen of th«
widow of the late Wm. I,. Stone, Esq., long the
able editor of the New York Commercial Adver
tiser, and will, we have no doubt, he a valuable
manual in the hands of mothers, to instruct them
in the arduous duty of rearing their offspring.
This, as it appears to us, very injudicious im
perative power of mercy possessed by the Execu
tive of pardoning offenders, the wisdom and utili
ty of which wo have always doubted, was ex
ercised by the Governor in the case of Jim Smith,
a most brutal black, who it will be recollected
made a violent assault upon Reuben Frelhey,
mate of the bark Calisto, with intent to kill._
The attack was made with an axe, and Frelhey ;
goes to bis grave a maimed, mutilated, miserable
man, while Smith, with all his brutality and
villainy is free and unscathed of justice. The
Courier, of Saturday says:—“ Smith received the
intelligence with the most stoical indifference.—
He is evidently a heartless wretch, with a dish
shaped head, and no trace of the organ of benevo
lence. He will he sent out of tire Slate this
afternoon, by the steamer to Baltimore."
We believe the pardoning power was given to
the Executive, to he exercised for purposes of
furthering tire ends of justice, and to he interposed
only in favor of the condemned, where strong
mitigating circumstances intervened, or proof was
given that the condemned was not guilty of the
crime charged—and in this instance we look upon
the exercise of it as a most gross abuse of a privi
It is not without some degree of excitement,
that we observe the effect produced in this coun
try by the gnsconding of the Mexicans about us,
and our relations with Texas. While all may
and must regret the foolish temerity of the Mexi
cans in attempting to force themselves into a hos
tile attitude against us, while all do and must
deplore the necessity of ever resorting to deadly
strife as a means for sustaining either individual
or national rights and honor, while all would de
precate even the appearance of asserting claims to
which we are not justly entitled against any nation
and more especially against a comparatively weak
and defenceless one, yet we cannot well control
our indignation when wo observe the whining,
whipped school boy tone in which some of our
public journals speak upon this subject. One
would suppose their conductors are alarmed, lest
onr commerce might be destroyed, our energies
paralyzed, and onr territory invaded, conquered
and subdued. What nonsense is this! What
have we to fear? We repeat, what have we to
fear? Justice and right are on our side. These
alone constitute a host. Our resources are with
out stint, the energies of our people are sufficient,
if properly conducted, to carry us safely and tri
umphantly through all the difficulties and dangers
that Mexico, though allied with the world, can
array against us. It is true, that among the
monarchies of the Old World there is a disposi
tion to throw obstacles in the way of our onward
course. Gladly would they check the progress of
those free principles which flowing forth from nor
own loved country, are surrounding the thrones
and principalities of the eastern continent, and
washing away the foundations of ignorance ami
fear upon which rest their institutions of oppres
sion, demanding blind submission, and humble
adoration of the powers that be. As in the days
of Napoleon they regarded it a dangerous prece
dent for any to rule out of the ordinary course, so
now, much more do they fear tho successful 0po
ration of a government based upon principles of
liberty,to which their own subjects a re entire stran
gers. All they can safely do, we may expect will
be done, to stop onr career of greatness and glory.
But are we to pause, when our national rights
and honor are in danger, because there is a possi
bility that these potentates may desire and insist
upon our submission to their dictation? God f>r
bid that we should hesitate fo maintain our rights,
because those whose interest i* may be. desire ns
to do so
« ■ ■ ■*. eeu«w«i»firw w u—Mwciffn—
We have before said, and believe that we have
fairly and fully proved, by reference to the author
ities, and those Kuropean authorities, that io the
annexation of Texas to our territory we have not
violated any principle of national law ; but on the
contrary have done what the laws of nations ex
pressly and clearly declares to he just and right,
proper and expedient. Shall the gasconading,
the braggadocio of the Mexicans, though coupled
with secret assurances of aid from all the courts of
Europe, deter us from the performance of our du
ty, drive us from the fulfilment of our solemn
engagement, an engagement which in justice to
ourselves, and in justice, to those of our fellow be
ings who asked at our hands aid, wo. on the com
mon principles of humanity, were hound to grant ?
Mexico, we again repeat, has no ground of
complaint against us. If she undertakes hostilities
it will be upon her part a war of aggression and
injustice. The first hostile foot that invades our
soil, the first hostile banner that is unfurled upon
our territory, should he the signal for teaching
the world, that when our rights are infringed,;
whether by the strong, or the tveuk Lacked Lt/ |
the potcerful, we know how effectually to punish
and prevent aggression for the future. Let none
of the appeals presented to the world with a view
to paralyze our operations, and enable those who
desire to attain a practical control over os, lead to
the slightest indecision on our part. We have a
most solemn and important duty to perform, a duty
we owe to mtr own Country and countrymen, and
to the oppressed throughout the world. It is to
refrain front all aggression upon others, and to
punish, as it merits, all aggression and interfer
ance on the part of others.
If Mexico will have war, let her have it to tlie
knife. J lint war most bo unjust and aggressive
on her part, and we should be ready to redress
our wrongs on the instant of their commission._
\\ e are glad to see that the President is con
centrating troops in Texas. To he ready to pun
ish, is the most effectual mode of preventing an
injury, lint it the evil cannot he prevented and
we must fight let it not be a mere border skirmish.
If the Mexicans are not yet satisfied with years
of predatory warfare, plundering, and marauding
upon the frontier of a neighboring State, we say,
give her, at once, a dose that will quiet her ner
vousness, and end what in justice she should
never have commenced. Judging from the past,
as well as present position of some, we may ex
pect a few at home, to oppose the government at
every step. But we do hope that Toryism,
Federalism, Abolitionism, and all the other un
holy, treacherous, and Anti-Americanism of the
day will not induce any to swerve from the high
course of honor and right. VVe hope if the war is
commenced that Mexico, not Texas, will bo made
the theatre of operation. “ Let the war be carried
into Africa.” With the city of Mexico in our
power, we may do good to those who want the
senes, discernment and patriotism to do good to
themselves and their country. And should other
nations connive at the unholy efforts of Mexico
by allowing and aiding the fitting out of privateers
against our commerce, let the strict doctrines of
the Law of Nations be meted out to them. Let
those who act the part of Pirates be hanged as
such and that game will soon be ended.
The Union of Friday last, contains the follow
ing apologetical and approbatory article on the
“ Regulations ” and movement in the Navy
Department in relation to the steam engineers in
the Navy. We agree with the editor that there
cannot be too many precautionary checks intro
duced to insure the employment of skilful and ex
perienced scientific men to manage the steam en
gine, but what we object to is the manner in
which capable men have been ruthlessly driven
from the public employ by a set of ex post facto
Regulations, by a set of men, who if all or the half
of what is said about them be true, ought them
selves tube made to “ walk the plank.” The
“ Regulations” in themselves, are right and prop
er, to be applied to all future appointments, but
what right had they to be applied, under the $50
fen, to those, who had been appointed and received
their warrants under a previous Administration.
If those Engineers weie unworthy, or incapable
of performing the duties to which they had been
promoted, why then let them be dismissed for
cause—now they labor under the reproach of a
secret action, of which Mr. Haswell is the'head
manager. The Government suffers unjustly for
! his act. This ought not to be.
Board of I!’NOi.vKF.ns.—The regulations re
cently a do pled fur the admission and promotion of
engineers in the Navy, are receiving from thp
press the approval to which they are entitled.
The whole country cannot fail to appreciate
! their importance. The duties of engineers are
J so responsible—so much skill and discretion are
necessary for their just discharge, and so fatal are
] the consequences which must flow from his nrg
; lect or ignorance, as not only to justify, but to
: require, from the department the severest semti
! ny of his character and qualifications. Well
would it he, were it practicable, if snch a scrutiny
j conld he applied, as well to engineers in private
employment. aR to those in the service of the
government. The experience of the disaslerR
i which have been sustained, both by individuals
j and the public, from the incompetency of engi
neers, is sufficient to indicate the wisdom of pro
j viding every possible guard fur the protection of
life and property on board of vessels propelled by
j steam. . lo ibis protection an examination of na
val engineers by a competent board, must, of ne
cessity contribute; while it must also elevate the
standing of the engineers themselves. They, at
! least, if they feel a just sense of their position
and duties, ought not to complain of it, f,,r it will
tend to insure them worthy associates, and make
their corps more honorable, by making it more I
The late examination has,doubtless, disappoin-1
ted some of the candidates, while it has gratified !
others. This was to have been expected. But I
it was conducted by those at the head of i|)r.
corps—gentlemen placed in their pf>siti.>ns for]
the very purpose of watching its interests—and ]
who, it is fair to suppose, would not have been I
selected for such guardianship, hut from the belief]
lit their entire competency and disposition to <lo it
justice. I he fairness of their examination we
can only infer from their high standing and char
acter; that the-examination itself was proper, is
too manifest for donht. Certain it is. that the
Secretary of the Navy, who is personally a stran
ger to most of the hoard, and is, perhaps, acquain
ted with only one of them, had no motive to mis
lead his judgment, and he exercised no cmirol
over their free and unbiassed decision,
Vrom tiie Boat on Post.
'I'lie .HIas has republished the lion Charles F.
\ilains’s stereotyped anti-'I'exas resole linns agnin.
I hese resolutions rather differ in sentiment from
the letter of
.1. Q. Adams to Elbridgr Gerry—1841.
“ It that party (the federalists) are not ulti
mately put dow n in Massachusetts, as completely
as they already are in New York and Pennsylva
nia, anil all tho Southern and Western btates, the
Union is gone. Instead of a nation co-extensive
ivilli the ,\iirth Jlmericnn continent, designed by
God nnil nature to lie. the most popular people,
ever combined unilcr one social compact, we
shall have an endless multitude of little insignifi
cant elans and tribes at eternal war with one
another for a rock or a fish pond, the sport and fa
ble of European masters and oppressors.’’
This looks to the ANNEXATION OF THE
NEN T. Tho father’s views were rather mure
extensive than the son’s
i r.”
The Pottsvilie (Pa.) Anthracite Gazette re
ceived the following from a friend, to whom the
conversation was related as having actually oc
curred, a few weeks since, at tho Poor House in
that county. There’s wit and truth in Paddy’s
expression. It says that a gentleman, passing by
the Poor House of that county, not long since,
thought it was the mansion of some country na
bob, and desiring to know his name, inquired of
an Irishman who was laboring in a field near the
mad, “ Sir, will you please to tell me who owns
that building there?” “ Troth, an’ there's a
company of us owns it /” was the instant reply
of Pat.
'The following story from the Portland Adver
tiser, would almost lead ns to believe that some
wonderful change in nature’s laws is about to take
place :—
“ A gentleman of this city, upon whoso veraci
ty wo can rely, informs us that lie has a cat which
has recently fostered and nursed a large rat with
as much care as she would show towards one of
her own offspring. She first brought it into his
house about a fortnight ago, carrying it hv the nape
of the neck in the manner that cats usually carry
their kittens. She seemed particularly anxious
to shield it from harm, and finally carried it to a
snug little hunk in one of the closets, where she
was accustomed to sleep, and laid down with it—
the rat all the while seeming to take the manoevres
ascoolv as though they were in the common course
of things. Curious to know how far she would
carry her strange penchant, the gentleman pushed
the rat back into the middle of the room. Gri
malkin was evidently displeased, and quickly re
turned it to her hunk, and showed it a deal of at
tention for two or three days, when our informant
turned it out of the house. It has since, however,
been seen in one of the out houses, playing with
its strange nurse as familiarly as a kitten, and
seemed to be perfectly tame and docile.”
'The Salem Advertiser copies the above, then
seemingly anxious to “ tell a bigger story ” still,
relates the following: —
“'The above is not more ex troard inary than the
following facts, related to us by a gentleman of this
city. 'Take the two together,they may he called
wonderful freaks (lifeline nature. The gentleman
referred to had a car who was the mother of an
interesting family of five kittens. The number
being more than he was desirous of having about
his premises, lie one day took four of them, and
carrying them to one of the wharves threw them
overboard. The old cat had followed him and
watched his movements throughout, and immedi
ately on the conclusion of the tragedy, returned to
her violated and almost deserted home, seized the
only one of her loved progeny hy the neck, re
traced her steps with it to the wharf, dropped it
overboard into the water, and then jumping in
herself, gave up her last breath in the midst of
her idolized offspring. Comment upon this in
stance of self sacrificing affection is unnecessary.”
From the Staunton (Va ) Democrat.
Ex president 'EyLF.it pissed through this place,
on Tuesday last, cn route to the White Sulphur.
The news of his expected arrival reached our
town on the morning of the same day, but entire
ly too lnt»* for our citizens to make anv extensive
arrangements to honor his arrival. However, a
respectable number of Republicans, and a few
Whigs, assembled at the Washington Hotel, for
the purpose of receiving in a suitable manner, the
man who had filled the highest station in the gift
of a free people. His entrance into the town was
hailed by the discharge of cannon, and other de
monstrations on the part of our citizens. Upon his
arrival at the Hotel, he was met by a number of
Ins fellow-citizens, who insisted upon his present
; iog himself to thorn whom he had so lately served.
( hkaley Kinney, Esq., introduced him to the
l assembled crowd, whereupon I). W. Patterson,
k.Aq . addressed him as nearly as we can retnem
! her to the following effect:_
“ Mr. 1 Yt.v.n.—A number of ynnr personal and
political friends having learned hy the arrival of
the mail stage, a few hours since, that yon would
probably be here ibis evening, have assembled to
greet you; and have requested mo to welcome
| you to Staunton, and to ttic “ Mountains of An*
| gusli.’ where (Jen. Washington said “ Liberty in
the last resort would he secure.” I need scarcely
inform Von how mtteli pleasure I take in perform
ing this duty in their behalf; though you may
gather scores of welcome, by just easting your
eyes on the countenances of tl.e Ladies of the up
per portico, in the windows, &c.,and of the crowd
of citizens around, above, and below you. I take
the more pleasure in giving voice to the welcome
you see around you, because this has been a promi
nent point of defamation and detraction of your
personal honor and political integrity. I trust,
sir, that you re^d in this demonstration, the opin
ion of disinterested freemen, that the former lias
been fully vindicated, and the latter entirely ap j
proved. Pardon me for any allusion to politics, of
whieft you must have had quite a surfeit. Per
haps my own feelings, rather than good taste,
have controlled rne. | congratulate von on tho
success of yonr efforts to bring two brilliant stars
into union, one with yourself, and the other with
the family of 20 sisters. [Here a beautiful hnn
iI'ict was banded Mr. P. by William II. IUr
m an, I£«q., with a note : and be resumed.] ••Yes,
sir, (to Mr. H.) I’ll do it with u relish. Mr. Ty
ler, here is a bunch of flowers sent by some Demo
cratic Ladies—What do you think of that ? Dem
neralie fjiuiica!! to be presented through you to
Mrs. Tyler, with this message, “ Unit these are
'I'yler Jlmcers,” and so called because they have
stood unharmed tho present protracted and severe
drought—pretty much as you did the very scorch
ing and fiery ordeal through which you have re
cently passed as President. You see, sir, they
are unhurt and fresh. Again, I lender you in be
half of the crowd around you, and very many
others who would have been here, if they had
known tit your coming, a most gladsome and
hearty welcome.”
Mr. iyler responded briefly to the remarks of
Mr. Patterson. He said that it was every way
becoming, that before adverting to the other top
ics of Mr. P's address, he should, on behalf of
Mrs. Pyler, return thanks to the democratic La
dies of Augusta, for the beautiful bouquet he had
presented her in their name. Ho knew that it
would ho highly valued—and for himself, he
would be permitted to say,that there were no flow
ers mure sweet or beautiful than than those which
composed it, other than the fair daughters of
Augusta themselves.
Alluding to the other topics ad verted to by Mr.
P. he avoided all reference to the assaults which
had been made upon his motives and purposes in
the administration of the public affairs. He left
bis revilers and their assaults to the arbitration of
impartial history. It was enough for him that he
had left the country free and happy ; its Consti
tution inviolate, and its condition improved, and
lie trusted still improving. The government was
strong in the affections of the people, and the
love of Union was in th r honest hearts. In the
consummation of one g at measure he hoped he
might he indulged in the expre Mon of an honest
pride. For that measure lie had struggled by
night and by day.—Debated by majorities in
Congress, ho hail appealed to the people; and
the people, the great people, had declared, that
Texas was. and of right, ought to be, a part of
this happy Union. A new and bright star was
destined to shine in our glorious Constellation,
whose bright rays would fall upon the heads of
nur remotest posterity, and call into new life and
vigor the dormant energies of the country. He
had no lime to dwell further on this topic. lie
said ho now “ reposed under his own vine and
fig-tree, with none to make him afraid.” He
had quoted ihe expression from Holy Writ—but
be could say, that whether in public or private
life, he had always been unconscious of fear in
the discharge of his duty. True, lie had navi
gated a tumultuous ocean, and his barque had
been assailed on all sides by the violent and raw
ing billows; but be had safely entered the haven
of rest—the repose of which was made the more
delightful by the storms he had encountered.
He could safely leave his principles and conduct
to the vindication of Mr. Patterson, with whom
ho believed he had never politically differed, and
! whose attachment to the great principles of the
Republican party admitted not of question. His
sincere aspirations were that the government into
whosesoever hands it might hereafter fall, should
know no change of evil import, nor the prosperity
of the country be visited by the slightest blight.
He expr 'ed his warmest thanks to his fellow
citizens present, for the kind welcome they had
given him to their town, which sounded in his
ears as music most delightful. He nad anlicipa
ted no such public demonstration of their kind
feelings towards him, as lie was on a journey to
the attractive watering places of ihe mountains
for recreation and health, and travelled as a pri
vate citizen. He repeated his thanks again to
them, and wished for their town and county every
possible prosperity.
At the conclusion of Mr. Tyler’s very appro
priate and eloquent remarks, to which we do not
' profess to have done justice in the above short
! sketch, three loud and long cheers were given for
! *• Tyler rmd Texas,” which made the welkin
From the Si. Clairsvillc (<>.) Gazette.
The instincts of the young, the expansive spirit
of freedom, the ardor of patriotism, the generous
sacrifice of self, the vigorous freshness of fpeling
and glowing enthusiasm that pervade the heart,
all tend to harmonize the soul to the very elements
of the Democratic creed, for in its principles con
genial spirits find the strongest attractions. The
young are naturally democrats, and it is by a per
version of their nature that they ever join a party
which opposes liberty, progress and reformation.
But what causes this perversion? Partisan schools
and teachers, proud parents, seductive business
men, elementary books in law, the slanders of
cunning men and presses upon Jefferson, Jackson,
Macon, &.C.. and, worse than all, the desecration
of the pulpit by men who preach not the equality
of rights laid down by the Savior of mankind.
Again, the young w ho are caught by the glow
ing periods of a Kent or Webster, early imbibe
the miserable heresy, under federal lawyers and
teachers, “ that property is the teal of merit,” that
the “ laborer, can do nothing, unaided by capital,
for himself, his family, or country,” when labor
creates all the capital in the world—thus these
federalists who would legislate for capital, and
therefore crush labor, teach the young a grovelling
idolatry for the rnammom of unrighteousness, and
by such examples the young make a bible of the
I day-book and ledger, and a god of heaped up pelf!
i Then comes forth to the world a misshapen set of
| politicians, whose political principles let loose up
[ on their souls, cramped n mind, deformed in sci
; cnee, by a species of moral puppyism, emaseu
j lated of all the energy of freemen, and weakened
in soul by an empty, arrogant, debasing “ mental
foppery.” They abandon reason, contemn the
spirit of manhood, become tools of a cunning clique,
and falling a prey to passion, avarice anti lust of
I office. They will talk of “ hoge paws,” that
j “ farmers and mechanics are unworthy to legis
J'te,” that we must have “ a strong government
| in check the turbulent democracy,” and that it is
['‘honorable” to cheat, lie, and pass laws to rob
j thp many to fill the pockets of a few.
Me who loves liberty, equality of rights, and
constitutional freedom, will resist the seductive
blandishments of the tempter, and despise the de
nunciations and teachings of men who would re
strict human progress, or impair those inborn feel
ings and spnrimenls that pervade the Imarts of the
; honest, and unsuspicious. Who set one man a
hove another? Who gave men the power to cre
ate political distinctions? Whose dictatorial spirit
is that which daimt to be entitled to immunities,
j offices, and honors beyond all others? Who is
! the arrogant wretch that says the people have no
inalienable rights, and are unfit to bo the depository
of power ?
Young Men : ponder on these things—use your
reason—contend for young rights, be true to your
selves. your country and your God, and we have
no fear of the perverted teachings, grovelling
temptations, proscriptions and denunciations of
Loss ok Six Whale Ships.—Within but a
few hours we have to chronicle the loss of no less
than six vessels in the whaling licet of the United
Stales. The 'Tacitus was owned at this port,
and had 150 bbls. sp., 150 do whale oil; vessel
and outfits fully insured. 'The Isabella was own
ed in Fairhavnn, and had a cargo of 1200 bids,
sp. oil. We understand that there is insurance
on the cargo of the Isabella, at the Mutual Marine
Insurance Office in this town, to the amout of
80000, and there is insurance also on the vpsspI
and cargo for §3000 at the Commercial Office in
ibis town. ‘The balance of a full insurance is
said to be at New York.
'The Emerald belonged at Salem, and was last
reported with 1100 bbls. sp. oil.
1 lie Lucas belonged to New Bedford, and had
at last reports, 1800 bbls. whale, 70 do sperm oil.
The Thomas Williams was a Stonington ship,
and had at last dates, no oil on board, having
snilpd May 24th, 1845.
The Charles and Henry sailed from Nantuck
et, June 3, 1845.
'The insurance offices, as well as the owners,
officers and crews of these vessels will lose quite
too much for comfort.—JYew Bedford Register.
More 'Troops for Texas.—Orders were
received on Saturday requiring Captain Duncan,
at Fort Hamilton, a few miles below New York,
to be in readiness at a moment’s warning with his
company of Flying Artillery, to march for 'Texas.
It will require two small vessels to transport this
company with their horses. Their destination is
ihe mouth of the Arkansas. Capt. Ringgold, at
Fort McHenry, is chartering a vessel to transport
his troop to the same destination, hot they will
not be prepared to start for some days yet.— Bal
timore Sun.
Done Fob.—John McLean of Ohio was
nominated by the Native American Covention of
Massachusetts, which met in Faoeuil Hall, for tho
office of President of the United States, and his
name now apppars at the head of the organ of that
party. The Boston Journal has also manifested
its preference for Mr. McLean.— Constitution.
Capt. Holmes of the ship Herculean in a card
which he has published in several of the papers,
tully clears himself from all blame in coming in
contract with a water logged vessel, an acount of
which we published some few days ago.
Woman’s Fidelity.—A brute of a husband
at Portland, whipped his wife unmercifully; her
cries attracted some passers by to the house, who
wanted to arrest the husband, blit the wife refus
ed to tell where he was, she having secreted him
wliilo they were entering.
Tub way to tei.i. it.—Gen. Cass, in allu
ding to Oregon, says : “ It is better to fight in
defence »f the first foot of land than the
The General is about right, there at least so think
the American people.
New Cotton.—The first bale of cotton re
ceived at Mobile, on the 25th ult., was sold at 11
eenis per pound, which was considered a fair pre
mium price for the first bale of the season. It
was classed fair.
A New idea.— IIow to uecome Owner of
a House.—A society has been incorporated in
Montreal, called the Montreal Building Society,
by becoming a member of which a persson is ena
bled to build a house, by means of a loan granted
him for that purpose, repayable by instalments,
for what the rent of such a house would cost him
in ten years. The working of the plan is as fol
lows:—“Having a piece of land, an individual
becomes a subscriber to the Society for one or more
shares, at §500 each, paying a monthly subscrip
tion of two dollars and a half for each share, for a
period of nine or ten years, at the end of which
time he finds himself owner of his house, having
paid off the principal. This sort of Savings Bank
has, it is said, been found to wotk very well in
No Ear for Music.—The romantic young
l:idy who recently adopted a deserted infant at
Brooklyn has been foiled in her generous purpose
by her husband. The child cried a9 most chil
dren do, and he returned the poor little thing to
the Commissioner of the Alms House. We hold
this to be just cause for a divorce, and we hope
the lady will immediately take measures to get
rid of a monster who cannot appreciate the deli
cinns music of the little cherubs. He does not
deserve the pleasing realities of the matrimonial
state, and should be plunged into single wretched
ness again.
It was a beautiful turn given by a lady, who,
being asked where her husband was, when he lay
concealed for having been deeply concerned in a
conspiracy, resolutely answered that she had hid
den him. The confession caused her to be carried
before the Governor, who told hpr that nothing
but confessing where she had hidden him could
save her from the tortures. “And will that do 7”
said she. “Yes,” replied the Governor, “I will
pass mv word for your safety on that condition.”
I hen,” she replied, “/ have hidden him in my
heart, where you can find him /”
A poor tailor being released from a troublesome
world and a scolding wife, appeared at the gate
Paradise. Peter asked him if he had ever been
in Purgatory.
“ No,” said the tailor, “ but I have been mar
ri I.”
” 0,” said Peter, “ that’s all the same.”
'I’he tailor had scarcely got in, before a fat,
turtle eating Alderman came puffing and blowing.
“Halloo! you fellow,” said he, “open the
“ Not so fast,” said Peter, •* have you ever
been in Purgatory.”
** No,” said tbe Alderman, “but what is that
to the purpose ? You let that poor, half starved
tailor in, and he has been no more in Purgatory
| than I.” *
“ Hut lie has been married,” said Peter.
•• Married!” exclaimed the Alderman, “ why
I’ve been married twice.”
“ 'Then please go back again,” said Peter.
” Paradise is no place for fools.”
Company.—'Them is a certain magic or eharro
in company, for it will assimilate and make you
like to them by much conversation with them. If
they be good company, it is a great means to make
you good, or confirm you in goodness ; but if they
be bad, it is twenty to one but they will corrupt
and infect you. Therefore be wary and shy in

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