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THE NEW ERA.
What is it but a Map of busy Life?—Oourper. NORFOLK AND PORTSAKHJTH. MONDAY. APGU8T aft, 1845. OUR FLAG! FREE TRADE—LOW DUTIES NO DEBT SE • PARATION FROM RANKS -ECONOMY RE TRENCHMENT AND STRICT ADHERENCE TO THE CONSTITUTION. STEAM ENGINEERS IN THE NAVY. We would call tho especial attention of those interested, to the communication in this day’s pa par, signed “ Saul.” llis name is left with ns, and he stands ready to prove all the assertions he has or may advance. NORTH CAROLINA. We are gratified to state to our friends through out the country, that Thomas L. Clingman, the abolition friend of John Quincy Adams, from North Carolina in tire last Congress, has been left at home by the Whigs of the First District. We rejoice in this, because it proves to us that on the great question of southern rights, the people of North Carolina will permit no treason. Cling man sold himself to the abolitionists, and south ern men have left hint to fester in his own cor ruption. THE CASE OF HOMICIDE. The evidence of this case is not continued in the Washington Union, from which wo extracted on Saturday, as was expected. The testimony of Mr. Hailey, we understand, was very severe against Elliott. The argument of Gen. Jones before the Exam ining Magistrates was not concluded on Thurs day evening ; it was on the question of admitting Elliott to hail, the prosecuting attorney, Mr. lloban, having argued that it was not a bailable case, and showing that the shooting of Kendall was prima facie evidence of wilful murder. Mr. Kendall, the father, arrived in Washing ton on Thursday evening. We quote from the Daily Bee : Jakmnr advantage of ilic delay of a witness, H. H. Dent, Esq., assistant counsel for the de fence, made a few remarks; during which he said that, on Tuesday, he had received a let ter from the family of Mr. Kendall, asking him to take such a partin the examination as he might deem advisable. On a brief reflection, he consented, as the parents and friends of the de ceased were so deeply interested; and he was there humbly to exert his energies, in accordance with the request, to prevent any undue reflections from being cast on the fair fame of the departed. The heart-stricken parent had arrived at 3 o’clock that morning from New York, lie had already had an interview with him, and Mr. Kendall heartily approved of what he had done. Both that gentleman’s and his own conduct in the sub sequent proceedings would be governed by the rules legally prescribed. .Mr. Kendall desires that all the mildness and forgiveness which the laws would permit should be extended to the prisoner; in his own language, he regarded the condition of Mr. Elliott more unfortunate than lie did that of his own son.” The funeral of William Zebedeo Kendall, says the same paper of I' riday morning, took place yesterday morning. The services were perform ed by the Rev. Mr. Sprole, in a deeply impressive manner. A large number of friends and acquain tances wore in attendance. The surviving mem bers (with the exception of Elliott) of Ea Belle Boat Club, of which the deceased was a member, seryod as pall-bearers. We were told that be fore the coffin was closed, Mr. Kendall looked at the face of his son but for a moment and then re tired . OUR NAVY AGAIN. Among the most important of our interests, and one which requires the most constant vigilance for its protection and security, is that of Commerce. Our flag is now unfurled upon every sea. Every quarter of the world is visited by our hardy sea men, bearing the fruits of our industry, and those of surrounding nations, to the farthest limits of the earth, and in return, bringing back tho results of the labor of others, either in the products of their soil or the manufactures of art, aided more or less by the principles of science. This business of transportation from nation to nation is most im portant and lucrative. Hence we are not alone, without competition allowed to carry it on, but upon the contrary, we are directly the competitors of other nations. And those nations watch with jealous distrust our onward progress in a career which they alone formerly pursued. What, then, is our obvious policy and duty, with reference to this matter ? Is it to rely im plicitly upon the forbearance and good faith of those with whom we are in competition ? Shall we rely upon their magnanimity to secure our nation al rights and the privileges of our citizens? Does the history of the world warrant the supposition, that those who regard it as their interest to de stroy our commerce, will protect and foster it when we are not prepared to protect it for our selves, by promptly punishing any aggressions upon it? We think none can doubt on this point. It is the dictate of prudence as well as true economy to be prepared at every point to ward off every attack. If we would do this, if we would not become the prey and sport of every plunderer we must adapt our means for protection to the emergencies that may arise, we must pro vide means of defence according to the capabili ties of others for attack. If others advance in the arts of war we, too, though pacifically inclined, must make corresponding improvements, or the odds will most assuredly be found against us in any emergency that may arise. And whenever it is known that we arc unprepared to meet a conflict, our competitors will be sure to become our ene mies, and the necessity of defending ourselves will be forced upon us. To avoid this, the only alternative is to he ever prepared, to keep pace with the world, and if possible, outstrip her in advancement of every kind. Instead of being be hind let us be ahead of our cotemporarics, in arts and arms, as we are in freedom and prosperity. I lien they will dread rather than court collision with ns. In order to this it is of the utmost importance that we should ho forthwith supplied with a com plement of steam vessels. Ollier nations are pro viding themselves with this most efficient auxil iary to the Naval arm. We must increase our number or he left in rear of the onward march of improvement. The nation will not consent to he ; thus distanced while wo have the energy, enter prise, genius, and resources to enable us to out strip, instead of lagging behind all others. Steam vessels are then to ho constructed, and wo would most respectfully suggest to the Honorable Secre tary the propriety of recommending to the next Congress, that a foundry with all other necessary machinery for the construction and repair of en gines, and all of their appendages he here erected. We would suggest that this would he a far more economical course, than to he always dependent upon private contracts for all work of this kind required in the service. There are many reasons why our \ ard should he selected fur the location of such an establishment. We have the most extensive \ard. Our Dry Dock is largo enough to receive the largest class of ships. Our climate is favorable, vessels can he taken in and repaired at all seasons of the year. We are comparative ly near to inexhaustable supplies of timber for ship building. In fact every consideration seems to point to this as the proper location. Of the expediency of the government doing this, as well as other kinds of work, for herself, by workmen employed for the ex press purpose, there can he no doubt. And in addition to the con siderations before mentioned for the establishment of a steam marine, is the fact that we would thus ho prov.ded with the most prompt, efficient, and i least expensive means for transportation of stores of every kind, to whatever portion of tho world it might he necessary. Then, instead of depend ing upon hired transports, often at exorbitant charges, we should ho prepared to transport our soldiers at once from one portion of the seaboard Jo another, where their services might bo neces sary : for instance a transfer of troops as of late to Texas, or elsewhere. We should also be efficient ly prepared for defence at any moment. Will not the Secretary and others, consider and act upon this important subject. felix o. McConnell, Who ian against the regular Democratic candi date in the seventh Congressional district of Ala' bama, has been elected. McConnell is what is called a “ hard ease,” and bis conduct was very severely censured while in Congress by his friends, as well as his political opponents. It is said he told his late constituents that he was “ a plain, flat-footed, venison-backed, unsophisticated loco foco”—and that “ if they did not choose to re-elect him, because he took his glass of grog like an independent citizen, they might go to-, and he would go to making harness; and that he didn’t care a curse, only that he didn’t like to be cork-screwed out of Congress by the intriguing of your moccasin-footed nominating convention.” There is a prospect in the next Congress of some “ rich scenes.’’ BILLIARDS. We accord most fully in all the views express ed below, in the article extracted from the Rich mond Whig. There can be no doubt that the unwise restriction of the game of Billards in the Territory of Virginia, has done more to promote gambling, and all its concomitants, than any other negative act passed by our Legislature.— Billiards is like chess, a game of science, action and thought, and will not allow of heavy hazards. It contains enough excitement in itself, and does not require tho stimulants that games of chanco do to make them even bearable. It was a mistaken idea to have driven litis amusement from the State. Anti-Gambling Association—Billiards. —We tinvo received, and shall publish to-morrow if possible, a communication from tho pen of a friend, addressed to Ro. R. Collier, Esq., asking some more definite specifications against the pro fessional gamblers, recommending a Society for the suppression of Gaming, and requesting a re ply to the suggestion, (from Mr. Collier.)' Much unquestionably could he accomplished for the suppression of the vice of gambling by in dividual combination. That which men of honor would unanimously or even generally concur in discountenancing, would fall of itself. The lamp would expire for want of the oil necessary to feed the flame. It is such rnen—the unwary and un suspecting, the ardent and tho uncalculating— who have chiefly contributed by their own ruin, to sustain and enrich the gambling elass. An asso ciation among these, would prove fatal to illicit gambling. But, it this is too much to anticipate or to hope, it is in the power of legislation to lend the most powerful and effective assistance. Tho method is perfectly simple, and as effectual as simple.— LEGALIZE BILLIARDS: Repeal the statute ; ry prohibition against a game, which of all games is the most innocent and unproductive of betting, the most philosophical in its physical and mental combinations, an instructive amusement to the mind, and an agreeable and salutary exercise to the body. The suppression of Billiards in Virginia, was no doubt suggested by the most patriotic motives; but that it was unwise, the result has established, in the promotion of secret and murderous gam bling—gambling hidden from public observation; gambling destructive in the ratio of its secrecy._ This was the opinion of John Marshall, and in one of the last conversations which the author of the observations held with that great and good man, more truly great perhaps than all save Washington and Franklin, to whom that epithet has been applied among our countrymen, he urged the restoration of Billiards, as a measure which would prove morn efficacious in suppressing vi cious and predatory gaming, than all others com bined, which it was within the power of.Legis lation to adopt. Amusement, he said, would be | sought, and it was presented by no other game, , in a form so harmless and at the same time so at ! tractive, as to subdue the thirst for more danger ! one games: Amusement, he farther continued, i was craved by nature, and necessary, if not to all, I certainly to most, and tt ought tc be the 6tudy of llip laws to pr> mo e tliat which was the leas! per nicious: whereas, the laws of Virginia, in at tempting to suppress all gambling, had only suc ceeded in suppressing Milliards, the most innocent and elegant of all, because the apparatus of the game was larger, and could not he hidden, while they had, by injudicious penalties, driven gam bling into dark recesses, rendering it more un principled. demoralizing and destructive. Such was the opinion of Judge Marshall, enter tained at tho time of his death, when age had subdued his own passion for Milliards, which tra dition reports to have been excessive in his earlier years. Hu was anxious to have headed a petition to the General Assembly for the restoration of Milliards, under restraints which would correct the evils which led to their suppression. For tlu- New Era SEAMEN. 1 lie government should not pay their men in advance. So far from paying them in advance, they should nut take them without they have clothes enough to last them until they have pay dun them to buy mure. Let the quantity of clothes, however, he moderate, say, a working suit, a blanket and a change of linen. Paying sailors in advance, has done a deal of mischief. The sailor is always tempted to run away as he runs from his creditors, and the offi cers, to prevent them from running, oftentimes subject them to unnecessary restraints. A sailor might be made to take better care of himself than he does at present. In the first place, you should say to him, we will not receive yon unless you have a few decent clothes, and, in the next, wo will not require you to have more than a suitable wardrobe for comfort and show. J lie rest of your pay shall he yours, with oppor tunities of spending it. Thousands of lads would go abroad in our men-of-war. if, when they got abroad, they were allowed their pay and oppor tunities to spend it. The old system was to force the sailors into spending their money at home. Wo du better now, but there is room for doing more. A merchant ship has lately sailed without the men taking any advance. Those fellows will get their money abroad if they want it. Where our lads have scores to settle, let them, when the ship is ready for sea, have advances proportioned to the remoteness of the stations to which they are going, so that by the time they get there, they will be out of debt, or, if they prefer it, let them leave quarter or half pay tickets, as, indeed, they are now more or less in the habit of doing. For the New Era. NAVAL ENGINEERS. The article in the Union of Friday last, refers to the disasters which have been sustained by the Naval Service from the incompetency of its En gineers—a fact the public were long since made acquainted with at the cost of the finest War Steamer in the world—the ill starred “ Missou ri,” which was destroyed in the Harbour of Gi braltar, through gross carelessness or inattention on the part of the Chief Engineer, or from his be ing unacquainted with the highly dangerous and combustible properties of Spirits of Turpentine. In further evidence of the ineompptency of the principal 'Engineers, the public have witnessed the result of the Abortion or Quixotic Steam Boats that were introduced into our Naval Ser vice, mainly through their recommendation, thereby causing a large amount of the “ People’s Money” to be appropriated without Law or Au thority, by way of bonus, in addition to the enor mous amount expended for the Construction, Equipment, Repair and Transformation of these worthless Steamers. Had these vast sums of money been applied under the direction of that able and Scientific Officer, Commodore Stockton, they would have been amply sufficient for the Construction and Equipment of several common sense Steamers like the “ Princeton,” and placed the Steam Marine of the Government in a fa vourable and proper light before the people, in stead of rendering it a mere laughing stock. Since the establishment of the Naval Engineer Corps but two serious accidents have comelo the writer’s knowledge—the one recorded above, and one other; both of which occurred onboard sea going Steam Ships, at the time in charge of “ Chief Engineers;” the only grade which it seems to have been considered unnecessary to ex amine and reorganize. i my, wimi. uuiiki navB excused me urane o! Chief Engineers from the late examination ?_ They who, above all others, “ require from the Department the severest scrutiny of character and qualifications,” as they are the commanding grade, to which is attached a responsibility tha"t does not fall upon the subordinate grades—conse quently, they should have been the first to pass a thorough and impartial examination, to have proved their competency—can it be possible the two accidents alluded to were sufficient evidence of their competency ! or did the fifty dollar Black Mail skreen them? Was there no personal mal ice that could l»e brought to bear against any one. of them, no “ said to be hood winked Commo dore,” to have prejudged any of the gentlemen comprising this grade, in his private or official Letters to their Commanding Officer? as teas the case, with Mr. Copeland, the Assistant En gineer, while stationed at the Gosport Navy Yard, who was recently stricken from the Engineer ( orps by the I He Board of Engineers, ostensi bly h»r the crime of being “ F>0 years of age, and too oi,D for sea service!” But in reality, was it not to gratify the gentleman who threatened Mr. Copeland two years since, “ that he would work him out? it looks like si continuance of the persecutions of that man, and when the par ticulars are placed, as they will be, before your readers, some will at least suspect more “ black mail” was required. The Board should have appended to their Report, that Mr. Copeland was too or.t> to burn op a War Steamer with Spirits of Turpentine! ! and too old to allow accumu lations of Halt to cause an explosion, scald sever al Firemen; and place the lives of all on hoard in jeopardy! !! these being the exclusive privi leges of Chief Engineers, they were probably omitted in the report of the Board. Being entirely at leisure, I will endeavor to place before your readers, at an early date, the irn portnnt services that have been rendered the coun try by two members of the late Board of Engi neers, and also how ably the Western folks, and other citizens residing in dis'ant parts of the Lnion, who wished to become participators in the fat contracts for the Memphis .Vary Yard arc said to have been “ jockicd” by Ofti-! errs attached to the Naval Service, for the espe-j rial benefit of more fortunate contractors, “ whoi have, superior claims on the Bureau” of Docks and 1 »1 Yards, or its officers, through the ties of consan guinity, or If one “ kathole” is stopped with blackmail, other sources can be opened, for our party most, and shall ho made acquainted with the evil doings of many ir/io were in office when it came into power, and that through the medium of its own papers,or those of tho Independent l,ress _T „ . SAUL. IV B. “ Baltimore Turning Lathes” can be furnished Assistant Engineers for the sum of Two Thousand Dolllars. when their “Requisitions” are properly approved, so that charges can he pre ferred against them for Black Mailing. One As sistant Engineer has been found too old to take the Bait, and stricken from the Corps. i>. Aug. 25—It. From the Washington Union. To the Editor of the Union : Galveston, Aug. 0, 1845. We have no late intelligence from the conven tion. Rumor says that the President has left Washington for Austin, having been invited to do so by the convention, who wish to gpt his con sent to change our form of government immediate ly. The manner in which it is proposed to do this, is not known. I do not believe, myself, that President Jones will consent to any such mea sure. Ilis friends here, generally, are of the same opinion. I have every reason to believe that Major Donelson, so far as ho is coneerned, would decidedly disapprove of such a move. I do not believe, however, that anything can. by possibility, be done to defeat annexation. The people are determined upon it, and it is to be hoped that no precipitate action on the part of those delegated to act for them, will throw diffi culties in its way ; and I am satisfied, in my own toind, that President Jones will do all in his pow er to earry out the expressed wishes of the peo ple. lie will do it in proper season, and in a proper way; and I have no doubt but ho will, in all matters, show himself worthy’of the high con fidence of the people of Texas. N. B. Major Unnelson arrived hereon the day before yesterday, from Aransas bay, where ho had been to visit General Taylor and the United States troops stationed at that point. He had been quite unwell, from exposure in going down in an open boat. He leaves here to-day on the “Woodbury,” for tho United States. STILL LATER FROM TEXAS. The cutter Woodbury. Capt. Foster, which left Aransas on the 6lh, 'Gal veston on the 10th, i has just arrived. Major Donelson came passenger in the Wood bury. The ships Victoria and Suviah were to leave Aransas on the 8th. The United States steamer Monmouth had ar rived at Aransas in a leaking condition, so bad that the pumps were going continually to keep her afloat. We have received the Galveston News of the evening of the 8th. The sloop-of- war St. Mary’s arrived at Galveston on the 7th, from Corpus Christi. There are 1000 troops at St. Joseph’s island, where they are comfortably situated.— Their ulterior destination seems not to have been fully determined upon. The Falmouth was daily expected in the Gulf. Speaking of the Mexican elections, which took place on the 1st instant, the News says: “ The result of the contest for the presidency of Mexico, between Herrera and Gormez Farias, which was to take place on the 1st instant, will be looked for with considerable interest. Herrera is said to be in favor of centralism, and Farias has the full confidence of the liberal party. He ad vocates the restoration of the constitution of 1824. It is said his prospects of success are far the most favorable. Possibly his election may give to Mexico a period of comparative repose from the oppression and anarchy of a succession of civil re volutions. The 2d Dragoons.—The VanBuren (Ark.) Intelligencer, of the 2d instant, mentions the re ceipt of intelligence that the dragoons which were ordered into I'exas rendezvous near Nacogdoches, waiting for wagons and supplies ; and that while there, they were ordered to proceed immediately to Austin by forced marches. Much excitement, says the Intelligencpr, was caused in Harrison county by the movement, ns the orders wero not accompanied with any assigned cause; and many feared that the Cumanches might have threaten ed a descent upon that city while the convention was in session, to capture the members. The orders for the engagement of wagons, etc., were countermanded, and the troops at once put in mo- ) tion for Austin. By the subjoined notice from the Mobile Her ald and Tribune, we perceive that the Mexican Consul for the port of Mobile has also closed his office. To the Editors of the Herald, and 'Tribune : Gentlemen : Please insert in your paper, as a notice to all concerned, that I can no longer, as an American, continue to discharge the duties of Consul of Mexico, after seeing published, in the New Orleans papers, that. Sr. de Arrangoiz, the Consol of that Republic there, has closed his of• fice, and sailed for Vera Cruz. Therefore my ser vices, as Consul of that country, have ceased. Respectfully, C. LfcBARON. Mobile, Aug. 11, 1845. Colonel Whistler and Major Staniford, of the 4th Infantry, were to leave last evening for Aran sas bay, on board the schooner Mary Wilkins. Also, two companies of the 4th Infantry, under the command of Major Graham, accompanied by Lieutenants Hoskins, Cochrane, and Berry, on board the barque VVm. Ivy. Colonel Whistler, on his arrival, will assume the command of the gallant 4th.—,/V. O. Jeff. Rep., 14. From the New York Morning1 News. SHEA, THE DECEASED POET. The remainrs of John Augustus Shea, the poet, were deposited in the new Catholic cemetry,cor ner of First Avenue and Eleventh street, on Sun day. His funeral procession was large, the Hib ernian Burial Society forming part of it. The very Rev. Dr. Power conducted the religious exercises. From a contemporary wo learn tho facts contained in the following brief memoir : “ Mr. Shea was born in the city of Cork, in ! Ireland, in 1803. He was educated for the min- I istry, f >r which ho received a thorough education. | Due of his early companions in study was the cele brated Bishop England of Charleston. Ho was also a companion, in early life, of Maclise and Hogan, two artists worthy of the brightening hopes of their country. At the ago of 16 he quit his literary studies, and turned his attention to mercantile pursuits, witn which ho was en gaged till he came to this country. At the age of 20 he published a volume of poems, which he dedicated to Thomas Moore—containing “ Ru- I dekt,” tho “Lament of Hellas,” and other po- * iMiis. I his volume received high commendation trout Campbell, and introduced him to the a« |oaintanco o| Sir Walter Scott whose friendship ho enjoyed, and with whom ho had a frequent correspondence. In 18*20 he came to this country and obtained a situation at West Point with Col. Thayer of the Military Academy. At this beautiful' place ho composed several fine poems, in 1832 lie went to Philadelphia, where ho was connected edito rially’ with the Chronicle in that and the follow ing year. He was also a regular contributor to the Lady’s Book and other periodicals He then went to the District of Columbia, where he was connected with the JYntional Intelligencer, Telegraph and Georgetown Metropolitan. Ho here published in 183-”),lhe volume entitled “ Par nassian Wild Flowers.’’ In 1830 lie removed to jNow York, where lie has been connected with the I'ribune sinco about its first publication. In 1812 he published his last vulume of Poems, cal led “ Clontarfand other Poems.” The principal poem, “ Clonlarf,” is a very spirited and patriot ic poem, in which his love for his native country is finely blinded with his loyalty to the land of his adoption. At the time of his death ho was a contributor to several magazines of high literary merit. He was likewise engaged in writing a Tragedy for Mr. Forrest, and also in writing a lifo of Lord Byron, tor which his intimate acquaintance with several ot the most familiar friends of Byron gave him great advantages. He was the first Secretary of the “ Association for Catholic Emancipation,” in this city, of which the late lamented Dr. McNevin was the Presi dent. Dr. McNovin and Mr. Shea were intimate friends. Ho has left a widow and several orphan chil d ren. Sun Stimtck.—The most melancholy case of “ Son struck” occurred yesterday over the canal, says the Portland Argus; an old man upwards of sixty being knocked down and kicked by a vicious and drunken son lor remonstrating against his evil practices.—Boston Times. ACKNOWLEDGING A DEBT. BY T. S. ARTHUR. According to the provisions of an net of Assem bly in a neighboring State, an insolvent debtor, on giving up his property, is released front all his moneyed obligations so far as the law is concerned. If he should become possessed of a million of dol lars, the result of application to business after his Cilure, he can hold it free from all demands of his creditors, provided he does not acknowledge his indebtedness in writing, or verbally in the presence of a witness. ft often happens that a man who has a good deal of hope in his mental composition, with intelli gence and energy of character, gets beyond his depth and fails. The insolvent law releases him from the burden of debt, and a wiser and moro prudent man, he starts again in the world. As soon as he is fairly under way a certain class of his former creditors approach him, and endeavor to get from him some acknowledgement of his old claim. 'loo often it happens that the debtor as sumes enough of these obligations—which aro usually pressed for at once—to swamp him again. But, in general, even the strictest honest debtor— that is he who fully intends paying off all claims against him, if ever able—is very cautious not to acknowledge anything until he is ready to pay it. There are too many, however, who positively refuse, even after becoming comparatively weal thy, to meet a single obligation contracted pre viously, even though the debt be to one who great ly needs what is owed to him. A case of this kind occurred with a man whom we will desig nate by the name of Woodfall. He was a fellow of the coolest temper in the world, and had a high regard for justice and honor when they brought dollars into his own pocket, lie did businrss rather carelessly, and failed in consequence. One of his creditors, named Jacobs, was a man who had a large family to support. He could not bear the loss of five hundred dollars without great incon venience. One day after Woodfall went* through the mill,’ as it was called, Jacobs met him in the road. 1 hey both lived in a country village. I am sorry from my heart at your misfortune,’ the latter said. ‘ And so atn I,’ was returned. ‘But what can’t be cured must be endured. I shall try a gain.’ * With more success I hope.’ ‘ Doubtless. And then I will remember you, Jacobs. I know you have as much as you can do to get along, and it grieves meto'think that, through my failure, you should be brought into more trou ble.’ I know, if ever it is in your power, all will be made up to me.* ^ es, principal and interest, f shall look overy honest man in the face—when no man can say to me, ‘ Pay me that thou owest.’ ’ If that is your spirit, you will see it.” ‘ I believe so,’ was the confident reply. * So don’t let the loss you have met with through me, inconvenience you more than you can help. All will turnout right. Vour five hundred dollars may come at a time when they are needed much more than they are at present.’ After this conversation, Jacobs felt more com fortable. Ho knew that YVoodfall was an active, enterprising man, and ho believed that lie would in the course of a few years, be in a condition to pay him five hundred dollars, ‘ principal and in terest.’ I ime passed on. YVoodfall, who had kept a store previous to his failure, managed to get a new stock of goods, and again commenced basiness. At the end of the second year, ho had done so well he was able to build a house. But not a word had he said to any one about paying oflf old scores. At length Jacobs, who, poor man, had been growing poorer instead of richer, thought that it would be no harm to call his debtor’s attention to the fact of bis having promised to remember him. So, one day, he called in and said to him, in the presence of bis clerk— ‘ Mr. YVoodfall, if you think you are nble to do a little for me—no matter how little—I shall feel greatly obliged. I wouldn’t have said one word, only 1 am dreadfully put to it to get along.’ ‘ Do a little for you? how? J don’t exactly understand yon,’ was NVuodfall’s reply, with a look of innocent surprise. ‘ That old account, you know, Mr. YVoodfall.’ ‘ Old account ? 1 don’t know of any old ac count Mr. Jacobs.’ * Dli, yes! Don’t you remember tho five hun dred dollars that you owed me?’ I do remember that I once owed you that sum ; but it was paid long, long ago. No man can come forward in this world and claim a dollar from me.’ Jacobs looked confounded. At first he was strongly tempted to get angry, and speak out a piece of his mind pretty freely; but he restrained this feeling, and merely remarked, in a low tone that reached only his debtor’s ear—* From you I