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THE NEW ERA.
\\ hat is it hut a Map of busy Life ?— Cowptr. IS OR FO LK AND PC) Rr PS MO U F H TUESDAY, NOVEMBER it, 1846. yt OUR UO \f;! FREE TRADE—LOW DUTIES NO DEBT—SE PARATION FROM BANKS—ECONOMY—BE TRENCHMENT AND STRICT ADHERENCE TO THE CONSTITUTION. THE LOT OF NEW BOOKS Which we have received from the Harpers, through Messrs. Hodges &. Co., are a real treat. Among them we will notice first a new and beau tiful publication of .Morse’s Gerographio M ips, in Nos. Each number will contain four maps, at 25 cents each. The first ten numbers, says the publisher, will form a comprehensive and elegant “ North American Atlas,” for the Library, &c. It iR indeed a valuable publication, and we have no doubt will meet with an extensive sale. Nos. 1 and 2 are already out. The value and great popularity of the Wander ing Jew, has induced the Harpers to issue anoth er edition, with beautiful large type, on excellent paper superbly illustrated after the French style! of engravings. We have not yet seen the first No., although iIip sei*ond is on our table. It is published in numbers containing Gi large octavo ptgtt at 25 cents each. The 41st No. of the Pictorial Bible is also bp fore us, which runs a considerable distance into the New-Testament. We have now a longing desire to see this work completed, as it will to gether form a work of letter press printing here tofore unsurpassed. We have received Dr. John P. Durbin’s “Ob servations in the East, chiefly in Egypt, Pales tine, Syria, and Asia Minor.” This work is compiled in two volumes, duodecimo, and is illus trated with numerous engravings on wood and metal. Those who have read this gentleman’s “ Observations in Europe,” published last year by the Harpers, will know how to appreciate the I present work. EDUC ATION CON V ENT I () N. Che citizens of Norfolk hold a meeting at the Court House to morrow evening, for the purpose of selecting delegates to attend the Education Convention, which will he held in the city of Richmond next month. Is not Portsmouth and Norfolk County going to move in this matter, or will the}' let the whole subject go by default. That a great move will he made on this important subject this winter there can he no manner of doubt, and every portion of the State should be j represented, because every portion is deeply and ; directly interested. , THE MAGNETIST. VVe have received the first number of the “ Magnelist.” just issued in the city of Richmond. This paper is edited with ability, and will be found a valuable aid to conduct to truth, in the present struggle of prejudice against increasing knowledge. It is published by Alfred Thomas, Richmond, at $2 per volume, payable in advance. A volume contains 24 Nos.of 8 quarto pages each. “ IN PEACE PREPARE FOR WAR.” The state of our foreign relations being such that war may possibly fall upon os, in consequence of onr position in relation to Texas and Oregon, it is a part of wisdom that we should he folly pre pared for any emergency. We therefore respect fully urge upon the Administration the propriety and importance of putting onr hardy mechanics to work in the different Navy Yards. In our Yard there is plenty of work to be done, and plenty of hands to do it, and they are only waiting the ne cessary orders. Let the Irigate St. Lawrence, that is now in the ship house, almost ready for launching be put into the water, and her ways will be ready to receive another ship, at a mo ment’s warning. This can be done at a trifling expense, without waiting for the action of Con gress, and vve hope the Secretary of the Navy will see the propriety of giving the order at once. It will give employment to our hardy mechanics, put our work shops in order for business, when the lime arrives for expeditious work. The last news from England, informed os that the Dock Yards of that nation were in an extraordinary state of activity, and the public opinion seemed to point to Oregon as the prize aimed at. It may or may not he intended for actual war with os, but the part of prudence dictates that we should be prepared for any emergency. VVe ask then of the I3ep.iriineni to let us go to work. Will our request be heeded ? England is guided by no prin ; ciple, hot interest, and her operations in the River Platte, should arouse our most zealous at tention. NEWS. The most important item of news which we have this morning is that contained in the corres pondence of the Norfolk Herald, in a letter from the U. S. ship Princeton, in the Italize. No other 1 paper has it. We wonder if tlie National In- 1 telligencer will be ro very anxious to defend Mexico, from the demands of France as it has shown itself willing to denounce this country for maintaining its rights in the gulf of Mexico j After a very boisterous passage ()f seven days from Vera Crne, (our coal having been all con somed on the 4th day out) we have arrived oil' this place to land a bearer of Despatches, who i proceeds to Washington via New Orleans—he ' left the City of M-xico on the IOth u|t, profn ! him I glean the imp,riant intelligence—(Ant on, difficulties frith that Country may be consider eil at an end : at hast, the Mexican Government have now signified a willingness to receive a Minister on the part of our Government, and one will be sent on the part of (ho Mexican Govern ment Thus matters now stand with ns—while on the other hand, a new and serioos difficulty has oc curred wt h the French Em ha say. Baron de Cy prey reached Vera Cruz t urs day In-fore our de parture, having demanded his passporta and with ■_ I ■■ »> ■■ - drawn (rum the Capital on the 15th instant._ I l he services of the British Frigate Eurydice was | tendered him, but he waits the arrival of the British Steam Packet from Tampico, (momently expected at Ve:a Cruz) and would take passage with his family and suite for Havana, and it was Confidently asserted that a French Squadron would make its appearance oft' Vera Cruz, by the latter part of December. Nothing new from our land forces—they remain in statu (pin. We sailed in company with tho U. S. steamer Mississippi, for Pensacola. Lelt L . $. ship Falmouth, (flag ship,) John Adams. St. Marys, Saratoga, and brig Poriioisu— all well. “WHO SHALL DECIDE WHEN DOC TORS DISAGREE.” Yesterday, we published Dr. Warner’s state merit on the subject of Clairvoyance, which, in the Enquirer ot Nov. 8, is pronounced bv Dr. John i homas, ot Richmohd, false in many par ticulars. Tim letter of the doctor is of a personal nature, and it appears to us that it would not ad vance the object we have in view to publish it. Dr. Warner assumed a bold, not to say an impu dent stand when he undertook, by his mighty mind, to put down the troth of Clairvoyance, ami denounced De Bonneville, and his supporters as “humbugs” and “impostors,” and it was necessa ry to maintain that ground in his defence before the public, as lie did when he asserted that there was no one known to the medical profession who espoused the cause, or gave countenance to De Bonneville. Dr. Thomas, after showing that lie is entitled to be known, and is known to the ppople of Richmond, if nut to Dr. Warner, as a medical man, concludes Ins communication as fol lows :— In conclusion, gentlemen, permit me to say, that ** lawyers’ lettwrs,” and clamorous assertion, cannot eradicate Clairvyyance Irom the City._ The time is at hand, when those who have thus thought to put down truth, will be regard ed hy the public as Professors of that Horatian philosophy, which does not comprehend among its facts ail the things contained in Heaven above, or in the La rib beneath! Clairvoyance may be contrary to their experience, and to their know ledge of the Laws of Nature, hut it is yet to he proved that these comprehend all the things hy which the universe is affected and controlled.” COASTERS, LOOK AT THIS! The “ Old North Statu” newspaper, published at Elizabeth City, contains the following para graph, of importance at least to the Coasters._ What a trade is here if our citizens would only invest their surplus capital in vessels fit for this trade and the W est Indies. W hile our town is drooping, trade dead, mechanics idle, and taxes eating up our capital, we remain inert and stupi fied, while others are invited to reap the reward which is at our own doors:_ W e are requested hy one of our merchants to state, that, in consequence of the lowness of the wau-r in the Canal, thirty or forty vessels, fit f1)r the Coasting Trade, can obtain Freights from this place, and the different landings in the neighborhood, and possibly obtain employment throughout the winter.” 'HIE ALTON DEMOCRATIC UNION. We take much blame to ourself, that we have not heretofore spoken of this able Democratic Journal, published at Alton, Illinois, which has been corning to our address for the last ten weeks. It was started by M T. Hope, Esq., formerly of Hampton, after he was turned out of the office of Marshal of Illinois, hy the present Administration. Mr. Hope is one of a hundred illustrations which go to show of what sterling stuff Tyler Demo crats are made of. Instead of rebuking and de nouncing, as did William B Lewis, the Adminis tration for a severe exercise of prerogative, these men true, to their principles, have donned their armor, and are fighting the battle of the demo cracy. We take pleasure in laying the following article from the pen of Mr. Hope before our readers: — “ WHO ARR THR TRAITORS ?” Tyler infamy ! * — Hah ! The “ monoerats” ar,d the conviclocrata continue to brand the States Rights party with treason—treason to whom? 1\. the whirrs? To Mr. Clay! They say to both—that the Iyler party, w ith the aid of Cal hmm s friends, defeated the “ monocracy” ind their distinguished leader in New York, and the nation. The warliness of the affiliated “ mono crane journal* from Bangor to New Orleans for ihetr illusiriou*dead, for iheir slanghtered brethren. filled ihe Bank and Tarriffites of the land —the “ ‘‘tiiv.-r^al whig party now no more—with gloom and sorrow. They consoled themselves honor with reflection that James R. Polk could not have beaten “ Harry of the West” hut for the treachery of John ryler—and yet. before the election it was very gravely argued that John Tyler’s friends could not vary the result, and it wasof little con sequence for whom they voted—for when “Harry of Ihe West” ascended the judgement seat, they would be gullotined without mercy. “ fjPrp and there, tine of the condemned criminals, who were then standing with halters about their necks, would he left in office as monuments of whitr mercy ” |t is true that policy was carried out bv Mr Polk, but, we have every reason to believe he regrets it now. VVe fpar that this error in the beginning of his administration has induced him to pursue the course, which the JWt/i Y'nrk polilirinn* complain of so loudly —of keeping H’/iig.s in office nod removing good and true friend*. W e lake this occasion, however to say that these New Yorkers are very apt to urges Iree and lavish ••distribution of the spoils,”~and when they have disposed of their portion, they still cry aloud fora second division. We assure the President that, however unjust he may have been to the .States R.ghts me,,, who held office under John I yler, they will givp ,f) hifl admmjs. .rat.on, If he sticks to the doctrine of “ 8,rinl r„n. struct ton, a firm, willing and undivided support We gave you our votes, not as Jarr.es R p„||/ hut as the leader of the Democracy of the nation -the nominee of a Convention, which bold!* flung it* Banner to the winds and inscribed on eve^v f dd./\o Hank*—no protection—no Internn[ / * proremenls—no assumption of State debts_TP as—Oregon. Aye ! and the boundary of the tun seas. Our enemies, “ monoerats,’’ denounced us as traitors; and our friends forgot the aid it,, <'rr« *■ h«n.i. »t.,n V r,;”; aniYuT ?,t00d thp j"Vment sea, 0f “ Old Hurry" with halters about their necks.” to receive their sentence of death. “Old Veto,’’ solitary and alone came to their aid, routed the Devil anti his angels and saved the democratic party. “ In perfect conformity with a lung life of usefulness am! honor,” alone in the wilderness he met the enemy of man surrounded by Ills sat telites, with all his infernal engines of power_a Hank—Tariff—Internal Improvements—assump lion of Slate debts—consolidation. Forty days and forty niglils lie wrestled with them, and the divine providence which made him President of the Great North American Republic gave him a most triumphant victory. The most distinguish ed Democrats of the land, are Buchanan, Cal houn, Walker, Mason, Benton, and Wright. I have already shown, were just to John Tyler, and placed his acts before the country in their speeches on the floor of the United States Senate, uncuutaininated by the misrepresentation of his enemies, and bearing their most unqualified ap prohat inn. In addition to the evidence of these men, the lights of the nation and the world, hearing testi mony that the charge of “ treachery" to the monocrats, against the State Rights party was talse; we propose to close by shewing that the leading democratic papers of the country also de fended the course of the President. One distin gnished among the rest, closed its mortal career when tin* gullotine was doing an active business among the friends of Tyler ar.d Calhoun. The Globe which had held undisputed swav hitherto was sacrificed on the altars of the “ Union.''_ Its oracular mouth was elospd forever, and Blair and Rives, the Rothe.hilda of the Press, its min istering priests, sunk with it to rise m, more._ \\ hat said the Globe, when speculation was rife as to the course of President Tyler on the Bank bill ? Read, and take heed, all yon who “ iIllu minated your houses" when the defeat of the st'li treasury was announced in Illinois. “ You who are guiltless east the first stonp.” “If Mr. Tyler were now to sign flip Bank biM. it would he nothing less than an admission that he consented to he set op as a candidate to cheat the people intothe support of a Bank Presi dent, disguising: himself under the profession of a long life devoted to opposition to it. To day the law establishing the Independent Treat* ury hill was repealed, with a view to eoeree the President into the adoption of the Bank as the fiscal agent of the Government. Mr Cr.w is determined that the President shall have no ground to retreat to Imt the first Treasury act. 1 His ivii.i, re found sufficient, under the support of popular opinion. The belief gains I 2r«»"id hourly that the Bank will he met by a ve m.” J The Oregon Question.—YVe Inve seen it stated from so many sources that a letter lias been received from Mr. MrLane. in which the ..pinion i« confidently expressed that unless President Polk heats a retreat from the position lie has taken on the Oregon question, a war with England is inevitable, that we begin to believe it to be true. Great preparations, we have shown before, are making for such a contingency in all parts of the kingdom.—Express. This is undoubtedly al| true, and it is equally true also, that neither Mr. Polk nor Mr. Buchan an will ever heat such a 4 retreat.’ The President of tbe United States and the Secretary of State will fulfil the wishes and desires of the American people, and net as becomes brave and patriotic men to the end ol the whole controversy between the two nations. I hey will never compromise the dignity and glory of the Republic, nor cause the most cordial hater of Great Britain to blush for their conduct in the premises; and. notwithstand ing England may threaten, thpy will do their duty unterrifipd and unmoved by either threats or de monstrations. England may threaten as much as she pleases, and may declare war too ifshe thinks it expedient : but the sooner she proceeds to open hostilities, and Hip longer shp continues them, the worse it will he for her. She can never hy such means convince the American people that they ought to allow her to establish a new colony on this continent, and it is highly probable that she will lose the foothold she already holds here. If she feels so belligerent as to go to war with the nation that furnishes her with the staff of life, we can cool her down hy stopping supplies for a short time ; and moreover, if she will fight, our ppople ran stand the brunt of a war as long as hers can. and look through the double sights of a rifle with as true an aim, and pull the trigger with as dead a certainty of hitting their mark, as the best of her disciplined troops can look over the polished and glistening barrel of a ‘smooth-bore’ mus ket. Let her boast, then, and threaten. She threat ened hr when the Tcxor question was on the ta pis, and she quietly and prudently held her peace, instead of declaring war. when she found that there was ‘ no terror in hpr threats.’ She is pur suing the same course now that she did then, and will give op in this case ns she did in that. She gives the world to understand that she is ‘ ma king great preparations’ fora contest with us. hut the world is aware that there is a great differ ence between preparation and demonstration ; and England will learn in a very short time that the people of this country are not to be deterred from the consummation of their purposes hy any threats or preparations she may make. Then let her prepare. It is a game at which both parties can play. and as far as the Oregon question is con cerned.she may as well let her preparations alone, for the people of this country have right and jus tice on their side, and they will furnish convin cing proof, if need he, that * thrice is he armed who hath his quarrel just!’—A\ V. Glohc. ANECDOTE OF MR. WEBSTER—IF TRUE, OMINOUS IN REGARD TO OREGON 1 he “ New York Morning News” of ypRter d iy relatps the following expressive anecdote about Mr. Webster: " The privileges „f aristocrats and the protec t.ve system cannot stand under the influence of railroads. I I.is feeling was expressed a fortnight since by Daniel Webster. Mr. A. Whitney u,e pr.jeeter of tin- great western ra.lroad, called upon Webs er lo know if he was favorable to the p.f.ject. “No?” “Why?” “ Because I will not support any means of improving the inter course with the country west of the Rocky moun tains. All that country must become a separate and distinct nation; and for that object | will oppose this railroad with ali my influence?”_ I Ins was said within three w eeks, and is very significant from the negotiator of the surrender of Maine,” We regard this anecdote as important, not as hearing on the question of railroads, hut of Ore gon. Is it true that Mr. Webster (one of the whig Champions or the Senate) is in favor of erec ung a distinct repub!,c on the shores of the Paci fic ? Then does he not share the American feel ng but he adopts the policy »f England and f France. Mr Guizot is f„r trimming the “ bal ance of power in America. Mr. Webster sp-* t I pears to fall into a similar policy. Great Britain was in fa vor at establishing an independent govern ment in I exas. 1 he “London Times” enforced it with all its power. It was for establishing an other republic on our borders, for the purpose of balancing the weight and counteracting the influ ence of the United States. For the same reason, too, many of the English politicians are anxious to cut ns off from Oregon, as well as from Cali fornia, and, indeed, to cripple us in all directions. Such, we apprehend, is the spirit of Mr. Webster himself If he has made this declaration to Mr. Whitney, lie is for cutting us adrift from Oregon, and inviting her people to erect that country into an independent republic. How different is this feeling from the sentiment ascribed to General Jackson: "No compromise (of Oregon) but at the cannon's mouth !”—Mirror. We insert in to day's paper the inaugural ad dress of Gov. Aaron V. Brown. This will be found to be quite an interesting and valuable doc umeiit—Gov. Brown discusses with great brevi ty and force the leading political questions which divide the parties of the day, and recommends in conclusion the erection of a monument, in this his adopted state, to the memory of Andrew Jackson, to be located somewhere on the Mississippi river. I his suggestion is well worthy of consideration, and we hopn will be adopted. There could be nothing so appropriate as this testimony of grati tude on the part of the citizens of a State whose name has been rendered somewhat famous, by the deeds both military and civil of ihis gallant chief. I he location too. would he peculiarly appropriate, as that noble stream lias been the scene of many a well fought battle field under its banner, and particularly one which will never cease to bestow unfading laurels upon American arms. It is be sides a public thoroughfare which is an additional and very important consideration. We believe that Memphis would be the best place for its erec tion.— Columbia (TV.) Democrat. It is high time to arrest the report which has been so current in the whig papers for several days. It has assumed different phasps. At one time, it was reported in New York, before the at rival ot the Great Western, that the poposition would be made hy the British government.— Then it was stated in the New York “ Journal of Commerce, ’ in a letter from this city, that it was said tube made. Then the speculation ran, that it had been made in consequence of instruc tions received by the Great Western. These versions of reports rclatpd to a proposition said to emanate front Great Britain, to let Oregon re main in atutu quo for twenty years, and then her destiny to he decided by the wishes of her in habitants. We understand that no such proposi tion has been made to our government.— Union. The Quaker Embassy.—The four Friends, Josinh Foster, William Foster, George Siary and J«'hn Allen, who lately arrived in this country, on a mission of peace, as it was reported, excited much suspicion, according to the Cumberland Allegation, in that place. They called at the dwellings of the free negroes, and their apparent interest in that class of the population, awakened many apprehensions, the result of which was a •* gentle hint” to leave. The Alleganian thinks that they came all the way from England to es tablish, on an entensive scale, a system for run ning off negroes. By the way, vve learn that the object of this mission is not, as was suppnsed, to meditate between “ the body” in Indiana, and the Anti Slavery Friends who have separated but to prevail upon the latter to lay down their meet ings for worship, and again unite with the former. The Anti Slavery Friends, as appears hy recent prom edings at Newport, are greatly displeased with the course pursued by the English Friends, whose integrity as Abolitionists they seriously q estion.— Cincinnati Herald. The following ballot was voted in the First Ward, 3d District: ‘ For the amendment of the Constitution in re lation to the removal of Judicial Officers. ‘ For the removal of all officers, and the ap pointment of new ones, from the body of the peo ple. evpry six months: ‘ For the division of property every Saturday ni; h —oftener if required : * For making the dealing out of winp behind the counter a legal tender for the Banks, instead spe cie— particularly ‘ for the Dutch :’ ‘ For the establishment of Stated Preaching, and the Bible in the Schools, at all places this side of Sandy Hill: ‘ If negrops shall be allowed to vote, I am for straightening their hair and whitewashing their d-d black faces :’ The individual who deposited the above vote, does not apppar to he very particular as to the re forms he would introduce. He is certainly a wag hut not a Legislator. He goes negro suffrage* to a hair, quite alraighl,' but does not reflect the spirit of the age in his desire to connect Church and Statp, by the establishment of slated preach ing.—JV. V. Globe. Saved from thf.Gau.owi bv Marriage.— A novel occurrence happened last wpok in Boston, in a capital trial in the Supreme Court. James Powers was tried for a crime punishable with death, when, to the surprise of all, the prosecu tion was withdrawn, the girl (Hannah Welsh) w hom he had injured having become his wife that morning, and thus by law was incapable of tes tifying against him. Mr. James Power* is now a gay bridegroom at large, enjoying hi* honeymoon, instead of being a prisoner in the dock on his trial, with the prospect nfa hempen halter. Singular as this occurrence may seem, there is no doubt, says the Post, of the honesty and virtue of the girl, and of the truth of her charge against the prison er, W’ho had confessed his guilt. Received into the penitentiary during the last week, from Butler county, Martha A. Skipper, with a child six months old. Crime incest_two years imprisonment.—Ala paper. What a melancholy reflection?—a poor inno cent to be incarcerated along with its mother, and for that mother’s sin, too, in the walls of a pris on ! Suppose the child to live cut thp mother’s term of imprisonment ; it will then he two years and a half old—an age when children have (r,.n erally learned to speak and lisp a parent’s name —an age when their little minds, first unfolding noticp all that is around them. And what will be around this poor unfortunate? The grated cell • being stained and stamped with every hue of guilt; the murderer, the incendiary, the thief the perjurer and the incestuous mother» Alas' poor innocent? what is to be thy (j Picayune. The most atrocious thin$ of the week.—Tho >ew York Post proposing to the southern plan lers a plan to purchase •• Mr. Daniel Webster, the eloquent and distinguished senotor of Massachu setts.” and.have him slay the tariff [—Boston Post. From the New Orleans Picayune. AN UNEASY PREDICAMENT. We were the witnesses of a ludicrous incident which occurred in this city a few days since, f,,r relating which we crave the indulgence of the gen tleman directly concerned—deeming it too good a joke to be lost. While sitting at our desk and laboring assidu ously with pen, scissors and paste, to make ont a readable paper for our patrons, we were suddenly “ frightened from onr propriety ” by the hasty en trance of a gentleman, exclaiming, “ For God’s •^ake, help me to see what’s the matter ! I’ve got some dreadful thing—scorpion or tarantula—jn the log 0f my pantaloons! Quick—quick—heln me!” v W e instantly rose from onr chair, half frighten ed ourselves. Our friend had broken in so sud denly and unexpectedly upon us, and was so won derfully agitated, that we knew not whether ho was indeed in his senses or not. We looked at him with a sort of suspicion mixed with dread, and hardly knew whether to speak with, or seize and confine him for a madman. The latter wo came near attempting. There he stood quiver ing and palu, with one hand tightly wasped upon a part of hts pantaloons just in the hollow of the knee. “ What’s the matter ?” at last asked we. 1 he matter!” lie exclaimed, “ oh, help me! I v» got something here, which just ran up my leg! Some infernal scorpion or lizard, I expect! Oh, I can’t let go; I must hold it. Ah, there!” he shrieked, •• I felt it move just then! Oh, these pants without straps! I’ll never wear another pair open at the buttom as long as I live. Ah! I feel it again!” I'eel what?” we inquired, standing at the same time at a respectful distance from the gen3 liftman ; for we had jn9t been reading our Corpus Christi correspondent’s letter about snakes, lizards and tarantulas, and began to imagine some deadly insert or reptile in the leg of our friend’s “ unmen tionables,” as they are sometimes railed. ‘‘I don’t know what it is,” answered the gen tleman ; “ help me to see what it is. I was just passing that pile of old rubbish there, in front of your office, and felt it dart up my leg as quick at lightning, and it stopped just here, where I have my hand and he clenched his fist still more tightly. If it had been the neck of an anaconda we believe he would have squeezed it to a jelly. By this lime two or three of tho nowsboys bad come in ; the clerks and packing boys, hearing the outcry, stopped working, and editors and all hands stood around the sufferer with looks of minaled sympathy and alarm. “ Br‘n? a chair. Fitz,” said we, “ and let tho gentleman bo seated.” ”Oh, I can’t sit!’’ said the gentleman; “I can’t bend my knee !—if I do, it will bite or sting me ; no, ( can’t sit!’’ “ Certainly you can sit.” said we ; “ keep your leg straight out, and we’ll see what it is you’ve got.” “ Well, let me give it one more hard squeeze; 1 II crush it to death,” said he, and again he put the force of an iron vice upon the thing. If it had any life by this time, this last effmt must have killed it. He then cautiously seated him self, holding out his leg as stiff and straight as a poker. A sharp knife was procured ; the pants were cut open carefully, making a hole largo enough to admit a hand ; the gentleman put on a thick glove and slowly inserted his hand, but lie discovered nothing. \\ e were all looking on in almost breathless silence to see the monstrous thing—whatever it might be; each ready to scamper out of harms’s way should it be alive • when suddenly the gentleman became, if possible, more agitated than ever. •* By heavens!” he ex claimed, it’s inside my drawers. Its alive too—I feel it!—Quick!—give me the knife again!” Another incision was made. In went the gentle man's gloved hand once more, and, lo! out came —his wife's slocking! How the stocking ever got there we are una ble in say ; hut there it certainly was; and such a laugh as followed, we liav’nt heard for many a day. Our friend, we know, has told the joke himself, and must pardon ns for doing so. Though this is all about a slocking, we assure our readers it is no “ yarn." WILLIS ON HIS TRAVELS. OfAix la Chcpelle, he says, there are to be seen, amongst other sacred relics, swaddling clot hr s of our Saviour, the robe of the Virgin Mary, the shroud of John the Baptist, some man na nt the Isrealites in the wilderness, a lock of the V irgin’s hair and the leathern girdle of the Saviour. At Cologne he saw other relics. He says : I relished exceedingly my ramble through the narrow streets, and over the beautiful cathe dral, and I puckered my lips with doe wonder at the sight of ihe bones of the “ eleven thousand virgins” in the Convent of St. Ursula. Alas, that, of anything lovable, such inav have been a part! There was no choice, I thought, between the skulls—yet there must have been a difference in the beauty in the flesh that covered them. large papers. The London Spectator finds fault with ths enormously large papers of the metropolis.— “ sheets, says the Spectator, are as unfa vorable to newspaper literature as large thea tres, iave Pro*erf «" dramatic art. In both ca ses excessive space has led to coarseness of execu Hon. To the excessive size of nUr newspapers may in no slight degree be attributed the want of artistical handling in their reports of murders. It is useless to complain of the prominence given to such topics. The public will have them. The monotony of orderly business life begets an irre sistible craving for such strong stimlants. Even those who cry out against such pandering to a vitiated taste, can not resist reading. But the same ciose which has driven ottr newspapers to reprint parliamentary reports and foreign office protocols entire, instead of presenting their readers with a manageable analysis—the necessity of filling up -oblige them to enter into all the revoltin'7 minutae of every act of butchery.’’ “ Pa, is Mister Clay got hurt?” “ No child; why do you ask ?’’ “ Because the papers say that Mr. Polk run ngnin.il Mr. Clay, and 1 thought it might have knocked him down.” WHIP IS lows. PORT OF NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH, Monday November 10. ARRIVED, Steamer Curtis Pock, Davis, fm Richmond. . Sij!T k;,£,c> Brown, fm Petersburg, flour to Smith & r i*hrr, Schr Morgan, from Fredericksburg, flour to J. Wills. * s^hr,,Y’rF*r|'» Francis, from Petersburg, flour to R A. Worrell. and Butler & Camp. Schr Elizabeth Emily, William*, fm Petersburg, m-izc to R. A. Worrell, 8mith & Fisher, and J Will*.