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"LET US HAVE PEACE."
ALEXANDRIA, PARISH OF RAPIDES, LA. 'Miscellaneous Selections. FEBR UARY. BY c. F WOOLtso. ''It is the heIart's own cheer that makes it glad, And one', own bitterness will drive him mad; It needeth not that other help be had." -Magic Mirror. ''Oh, little verse, just glanced at carelessly, F rom the old magazine you speak to me, Telling the tuthl Why shoitd I let the dull day cloud my eyes? \\ hby shoull I care what color are the skies, Having my youth? Fr y', Ith and I can imake good cheer together, .\A rd I'art and 1, in spite of gloomy weather, tan still he glad anal merry, In February. ' 'Tis tite that rray monotony Is here, I~ 'rlorn, as death unmlourned, lies the new year Under his pall; Slristmas hats gone, with all his holly-boughs, And January's holw'lul, sanguine vows Are broken all; \,.w, on me.n's hearts, with endless failures dreary; Sow, on men's hands, with endless labor weary, Like curse hereditary Falls February. ' I fling defiance at thee, month accurst! I oart not for thy ghost-voice; do thy worst, My heart is strong; 'I th spring will come, despite thy chilling frown; I al,.pte the doubts, success willt bring the crown Ire long-ere long; I take the brtushes, and my picture, growing ila beauty spite of thee, shall make all glowing My heart a sanctuary, Dark February! 'Mi little room, high up beneath the stars; My little window, dark as prison-bars, bhall gleam like gold With warmth and light, though all my little store 1I -ietnt to keep thee from my attic-door, Thu ou doubter cold! The barren walls, like some Arabian story, Ihaull bloiom with climbing vines of tropic glory, In beauty visionary, Itark February! "IRare fruits and flowers I'll bring to fill the room, And purple wines shall drive away the gloom That thou hast brought; While my one picture, lighting all the place, 'hall tlood me with the glory of the face That I have wrought, 'rall heaven's beauty, with the mortal blending, .Ihall tlt mue far from thee, on wings ascending Thou somber adversary, Dark February I " aeh, rare-bright golden curls! now, now, they glow In the warm radiance that so well I know, Poor painter-lad! ( lh, earnest, wave-blue eyes! that gaze on ms, I 'Tender and true, speak they a prophecy To make him glad? Y]es; crowned with lore, my future shall be glo rious, 1 es: crowned with fame, o'er thee I rise victori ous,f Nevermore solitary, Dark February!'" -Appletonr' Journal. I JOHN GILLIS. c ' In 1,85. I resided in St. Paul's Parish. My plantation was situated about thirty nihls on the other side of the Ashley Riv- n ir. not far from the small hanlet of ' Will- a toun's Bluff.' The parish at that period s was thickly settled by opulent, educated, I and decidtlely exclusive gentlemen. The sac-iety among ourselves was charming. c Every person occupying a certain social b position was intimate with his neighbor; r aind what with clubdinners, whist-gather- ' ings, balls, and hunting-matches, theewin- 1. ters passed merrily enough. But as I i have said, we were aristocrats In both feel ing and practice. Any new-comer, de- i sirons of"'pitching his tent" in St. Paul's, g was well aware-if he knew anything s whatever of us-that admission to ourno ticc and frieudship was not to be dreamed I of. unless his credentials in regard tobirth t and breeding were of an unexceptionable a character. No French noble, under the d reign of the Fourteenth Louis, could have t been charier on these points than we f were. or mlore alisposed to look de haf e as bas upon those we had reason to consider v our social inferiors. This.principle ofex- It clusvieness, however, was destined to re- i ceive a shock. A fellow named John Gil lis, who for years had acted as overseer $ upon dlffrrcnt plantations near the Edis- i to, a' d whose wealth-by no means scru pulously acqulred-was reported as enor motis, came to reside in St. Paul's, some a time, during the winter of '26. He came under the worst possible auspices ; for. in f addition to the gene-al bad opinion of his character, he forced the sale of the finest a phlntatiae in the parish (after having u bought up the floating notes of its own- n er. one of our favorite friends,) and, final- h ly, so maneuverd as to possess himself of sl the entire estate. h a'He had scarcely been settled therein a p month, before, with unparalleled audaci ty, he sent his name In as a candidate for tl admission to our club. The magnates of it that asssociation stood aghast. For my b part, I couldn't help laughing at the a ma:'s impudence, but, of course, Ijoined the others in blackballing him. i "llThis rejection, instead of abashing, tl merely inturiated Gillis. He took advan tagc of the circumstancethat nothlng had ri be·en absolutely proved against his chara- I k ttr for honesty and upright dealing, to y asert his claims to be receivetd upon an w equal footing socially, in the most aggra vating and offensive manner, . ' Perseverance, backed by unlimited ' cheek' (to borrow a slang phrase), are t capable of accomplishing a great deal. " It so happened that one of our young a men-the 'bluest'-blooded perhaps o6" them all-got into a personal diEculty with Gilllis, who, being combative as a rame-chicken, and brave as Jalius Csart w Im~uediately challenged him to the feld si of honor. The youth, in his anger, ao- a cepted the challenge and was shot ot through the lungs for his condescension. it lIt did not die, but his health was permia- ti nentlT injured. d " Ihe consequence of such a meeting 1 "z a tc'ssarily to weakea, if not destroy, thie efficincy of our tboo. A man whom n one of our comrides had fought, we (It was maintained) could not caoninue utter- sa 1o toignore. rue, our dlub-doors were Li closed aainust his admission as slrmi t - ly as ever, and in both our individ Fnd t ollective capaci.ty we rei_ sed to a sociate with him. Nevertheless, the w shrewd rascal comprehended that, onm one essential point he 'had .s.' as Be. di sanio says, 'upon the hlp.' A fastidious number of our circle had established a it precedent it weald scarcely be sa trg to hi violate. In extreme cases, therefore, Mr., ,o lt un s wU to esjqy the iPrivlege of popping away at our honorale carcasses p -a concession which I alone vainly op- a Iposcd as foolish and demoralizfngO "'l'hua the resolute-pssrvea e*deavored t to frct his way upward, pistol In hand. Eva'ry year, for the three years following, i hlie was 'ollt' with some member of our ol a.lia.:, and on every occasioni he had sue ced1Oil i1 'witl'ing' his adversary. We s began rather to respect his pluck and cool ness, and to be careful about giving him unnecessary offence, when certain occur rences took place which ended in ridding us forever of Mr. Gillis and his preten sions. d; " There lived at 'Willtoun's Bluff' a gentleman of considerable property,whom everybody in the parish liked fbr his free handed, liberal ways, his jovial temper, and his proverbial generosity and unsel fishness. Arthur Wilson was, in some re spects, a Falstaff, without Falstaff's vices. Like the hero of Gadshill, he was phys ically a 'tun of a man,' and he resembled him likewise in his super-abundant wit and humor. But, poor fellow, , e had been destined to suffer from a terrille 'thorn in the flesh.' His wife, a dried-up little creature one could hardly see in her hus be, band's gigantic and overpowering pres ence, ruled him nevertheless with a e sway absolute, despotic, and admit ting of neither appeal nor moditi cation. It was the most ludicrous thing on earth to observe this 'man mountain,' a wave of whose hand would have annihilated his tiny consort, shrink ing with the dread of a school boy from the mere sound of her shrewish voice, or ; deprecating her displeasure by elaborate genuflexions and anxious concessions, none of which ever soothed or satisfied ng her exacting ladyship. -"The Wi sons had no children of their own, but a nelce of Arthur's resided with them, who, in her nineteenth year was the handsomest girl I ever remember to re have known, which is saying an immense deal, I can assure you. " 'Handsome is as handsome does,' re y, marks the proverb, and it must be ac knowledged that Kitty Wilson's conduct added nothing to the general appreciation of her beauty. She was a wild, eccentric, reckless young thing, whose depraved taste was exhibited in a manner wh* al most ran her good-natured uncle mad. 1 For mirabile dietu, Kitty fell in love, of all persons in the world, with John Gillis. R, "Thougha widower and middle aged, he was good-looking, and had certainly ac quired not a few of the externals of a gen- l tle man; but still the young lady's guar y dian could not entertain, for a moment. the idea of such a match. It was opposed to every rule of lea eonvenanees, a circum- I stance which only strengthened Kitty's parverse determination to carry out her own will in the matter. f "How she had made the acquaintance I- of Mr. Gillis, where and when they had first encountered each other and been c smitten with a 'mutual flame,' remained v a profound mystery; but there is little doubt that Kitty would have married her cavalier if she had had only her kind and t somewhat yielding uncle to contend I with. " 'But Mrs. Wilson, a host in herself, ( now rushed to the rescue. She had been c absent from her home during the initial stages of the courtship, or it would never p have been allowed to go so far. W e "' No, indeed !' as she viciously ex claimed.' I would have nipped it in the a I bud!' Whether her authority could be o rightly stretched to that extent,( - whether in truth she had any legal authority in this case, the fiery ti I little woman did not pause to consider. a -" She only yearned to show her hand, tJ to begin hostile operations with a ven- a geance. The chance she looked for a speedily arrived. s S"Gils called at her house, requesting i to see Miss Kitty. He was admitted to b the presence of the indignant matron in r e stead. What she said to him precisely C e did not transpire; but herlanguage and e bearing must have been bitterly insulting n a for Gillis left the house in a white rage, n a and in less than an hour's time had re- V r venged himself upon the wife by subject- tl ing her husband t4, the grossest of indig- fi nities. "But one course remained open toour o r good-natured Mend. He must meet Gillis a - immediately, and in a fight a 'ou-tranee. - "In this dilemma he applied to me. i "' Certainly. I will serve you, Arthur,' a Ssaid I, replying to his somewhat woe-be. h egone appeal; buthow about your shoot fing? Are you in hir practlee ?' S"' Practiee P he eekoed, dolefully; ; I've 1< t never shot a pistol but oues. Then the a Sthing burst, and carrk d away the tip of a my left ear--look !' And throwing back I his gray, but still luxuriant locks, he a f showed me where the organ in question n had been slightly marred of its just pro portions. a "'There's not a moment to be lost, h then,' I exclaimed. ' Come, I'll let you ri have my own weapons; they are perfect It beauties, and a baby almost could man- a age them.' ci ' If that were so, it speedily became ev- al ident that Arthur Wilson was less skiliflal p than the suppositious baby. " When Ihd rage all prelimina Srim for a meeting with Gllis on the fol lowing morning, I took my man into the [yard anmd drilled him. Good Heavens! a .what a raw awkward recruit for the g ,' noble army' of duelliats he turnad ouo to be! he turnedou "Instead of redsedg his huge person h Ito its least rcticbl size, be insisted n upon suaing his body toward the mark, y ad ta hin blshots in *hat most hetero- p dox postin. t " And sue shots as they were i Out of e: a dozen trials, be lodged only two ballets a within a pee of ten feet in height and six in ireadth. The others were plumped i into the round, with the exception of one wild-l: piece of lead, which ti flew over the ourIldimg that snstained tc the tret, sma, s kiteheawln- t. dow oppohte, elicited shrieks long and v load from the cook. al " Luckily that responsible domestilc was hi not hurt, but her fright was extram. w "No use, o usel 'tisonlya wasteod fa ammunition!' cried Wilson, after the tr twelfth shot, which grazed his own boot; le ' but cheer up, F----, I may do better on to the ground, you know.' aL "Really it was extraordinary. The at wilder his shooting, themore confident pc my fat p becmam. Al his former es despd y rdvanished. He was now at as coolas usual, and even in higher spir- fa Its. I tried to encourage this mood in gi him, buhat, to confs the truth, I looked p upon the poor ilow as doomed. Why, v GiUlls conuld cat ta e, hit a quarter piece, or muff a eandls, twenty paces, o and was hard and stead as the rock of j Gibraltar. We could only trust to the c chapter of ucidents. "Contrary to my vice and entreaties, 1 Wilson insisted upon~lngasnamll party fu of frietnds to sup with him that night. bi " If I'm to Ie killed to-morrow,' he said. • as I know you think I will be, for ti ool- Heaveu's sake let me enjoy the society of him my comrades for the last time. Nothing cur- can make my shooting worse than it is; flng I therefore, what matter?' ten- " We sat up until after eleven, drinking and playing whist. As the clock struck r a the half-hour to midnight, I took our tom guest's arm and mildly compelled him to ree- retire. per, ' ' Take care,' I whispered on the Isel- threshold of his chamber, ' don't over re- sleep yourself in the morning.' ces. "'Pshaw, man!' he replied, ' you ,s- I needn't be so cautious: my wife knows all )red about this quarrel, and she'll see to it that and I'm up in good time; never fear.' een " He spoke a little bitterly, as if his con orn sort's tender care for his honor was a ttle characteristic which, under the cir ius-, cumstances, he would have preferred to res- dispense with. ia "The morrow dawned through a driz nit- zly, cold, uncomfortable mist. Never in liif- life had I felt so savage and gloomy-feel 3us ings by no means softened, when, stand tan ing on the appointed ground, which over uld looked a cemetery, I watched our friend's nk- elephantine person, looming bigger than ow its wont through the gloom. ,or ' '"Doctor,' 1 muttered to the surgeon, ate 'have your instruments ready. They'll be us, needed.' led "The doctor grinned, evidently with professional satisfaction, as his eye dwelt teir demurely upon the man, whose body he ith would soon, doubtless, be engaged in vas carving, unless he fell dead at the first to shot. which might happen. Mse "Gillis, with his second, reached the ground a few minutes after us. He rode re- up in a magnificent landau, drawn by a ac- pair of blood-horses, and looked so dia set bolically cool tranquil, and assured of Ion victory, that i yearned to trounce the ar ýic, rogance out of him with a stout manila red cane. al- "There was little time, however, for id. these idle longings. I approached our ad all versary's second, and we tossed up for p ,sitions and the word. he "He won them both-which was a Lc- charming omen, I thought -and we then pn- proceeded to station our principals at the sr- regulation distance of ten paces, which, I ot owing to Wilson's height and bulk, had ed never seemed so fearfully short to me be m- fore. 's "Out came the pistols next, but, in load er ing the weapon designed for Wilson, I I found a trifling impediment in the barrel, ce which occupied me some minutes in re- r ad moving. While thus engaged, GIllis ad- i en dressed his second Impatiently, and, in a ed voice loud enough to reach us all : le "'What's the matter now?' he cried. Pr 'Come, Phillips, hurry up, and don't keep id me waiting here the whole morning. id Havn't I told you I must be in Charleston by three this afternoon? and see I lf, (pulling out his watch), 'it's growing 'n cursed late!' al "'Mr. Phillips,' I said, 'if your princi- a er pal violates the rules by speaking in that f way again, we shall retire from the field.' a r- "'Quite right, sir,' Mr. Phillips replied. I re who really seemed exasperated at the I se other's conduct. 'Another word' (to a it, Gillis), 'and I'll leave the ground myself.' ty "This incident did not improve Gillis's 1 7 temper you may be sure; and so when, p r. all preliminaries duly arranged, the par d, ties confronted each other before firing, It a- saw the devil in the scamp's eye as plainly >r as I have detected it in the eyes of a vicious t stallion. p g "'Gentlemen,' said Phillips, clapping v to his hands sharply, 'gentlemen, prepare to ii n receive theword! Areyou ready? Fire! a y One !-' t "We never heard the second or third n ig numbers, and I scarcely think they were is e, repeated, for, between 'Fire' and 'One,' e- Wilson had blazed gallantly away, an- p t- ticipating his enemy a shot by just the it K- fraction of a second. " Simultaneously with the report of his h ir own pistol we saw Gillis leap into the air, a s and then drop heavily on his side. Yet, v wonderful to relate, before anybody could b reach him, he had partially recovered him self, and, staggering to his feet, yelled e hoarsely out :'The other Distol, Phillip. 't- quick. the other pistol ! Blast his soul I'll bag him yet! Don't you hear me, F re tool, the other pistol!' In uttering these ie words, the wounded wretch blundered of and stumbled about the ground, but he k had got his quietus, and in a short time re was stretched once more upon the earth, d in never, by his own efforts, to rise again ! - " In less than twenty-four hours, Gillis was a dead man ! While being carried to t, his home he raved and blasphemed hor- d u ribly, and such were his sufferings before u at insensibility came to his relief that, as I d a- was told, none but the attending physi cian could muster up the nerve to remain a r- at his bedside!"-Paul H. Hayme, in Ap- . 11 pleton's Journal. Oplum Eating. e Unless taken for the relief of disease, t I and even then administered with the ii e greatest cantion, the continued action'of i it opium, a a bensual stimulant, tuends rap idly to the wasting of youth, strength, a n health and beauty. Those who begin its P d use at twenty may expect to die at thirty ', years of age; the countenance becomes , > pallu; the eyes assume a wild brightness; a the memory fails, the gait totters, mental o Sexertion and moral courage sink, and a Sfrightful atrophy reduces to a frlghtfhl c d spectacle, the victim, who has ceased to a d live before he has ceased to exist. f There is no slavery half so complete as h that of the opium-taker; once habituated a d to his dose, as a fetitious stimulhat, every- f - thing will be endured rathebr than the pri- P d vatlon, and the unhappy being endures t all the mortfdcation of i onsiosnes of 5 his own degraded state, while ready to d sell his wife sad children, body and soul i for the continuance of his wretched and a transient delight; translentindeed-for at I ; length the utmost edfect produced is a Stemporary suspension of agony; and, e finally no dose of the drug will remove a e state of sufferaing which it is utterly im- c It possible to describe. The pleasurable 4 r sensations and Imaginative ideas arising a Vat first, soon pass awry; they become to falinter and fainter, and at last eatirely to i give place to horrid dreams and appalling d pictures of death. Specters of fesrihl , visage haunt the mind-the ight whleh It once seemed to emanate hom even is , converted into the gloom of heil--sleep, f balmy sleep, has fled forever-night so e-p e eeds day, only to be clothed with never ending horrors; inessant slekness, vom i' iting and total cessation of the digestive Y functions ensue; and death at length a brinra, with its annihilation of the corpo Sreal structure,' the sole relief to the vie r tim of sensual and criminal indulgence. of The Physiologic Effect of Intense Cola ig - i; The recent terrible snow storms i Minnesota, in which so many human Nb I ings perished, suggest several importar k and impressive lessons, which physiolog r will value, and which may be of great sei o vice to the public. The graphic report of the fate of the frozen sufferers, are rs e plete with instruction upon the physiologl r- effects of intense cold on the huma, frame. If, amid the frightful and deadl, u visitations of heat and cold which annual 11 ly assail him, man can find no secun it retreat, he may at least learn to mitigat their horors. Although incapable o re 1- during any great change of temperatun a in his body, he is known to be capable o r- passing safely through many excessive o changes in the atmospheric mediun which surrounds him. It is well known to physiolo ist than n when the bheat of the body Is reduced to a - point where freezing begins the blood glo - blues become thoroughly disorganized, and when the disorganized fluid, thtu a poisoned, re-enters the circulation it cor. n rupts the blood. Experiments on ani mals indicate that the deadily effect does not occur while they are in a semi-frozen e condition, but subsequently, when the heat is increased and circulation quick i ened so far as to allow the disorganized t matter to penetrate the blood vessels and e thus overwhelm the nervous system. It has often been noticed that the fatal t moment arrives just when relief and comrn fort reach the sufferer. Sir John Franklin related instances la which fishes in the po lar regions when laid on ice became inani mate, but, when removed, recovered vi tality after a few days. f Travellers have sometimes observed tAat some kinds of fishes in the shallow Siberi t an lakes (when frozen to the bottom) are restored to life on the very gradual melt r ng of the water in spring, and it has been said that' even the gold fish re vives from frozen water in which he has been confined. While the delicate human frame is, of course, unable to bear such thermal variations, It has been inferred, from such capabilities in other animals and from the other circumstances men tioned, that, by allowing the frozen parts to thaw by almost ininitesimal degrees, sudden alteration of the life blood may be prevented, the shock to the nervous sys tem averted and life saved. Amonr" those who were lately overtaken by tie late snow storm in Minnesota we read of a newly-married couple, who, when the crisis of their fate arrived, though driving on the highway, turned loose their horses, overset the sleigh, and then crawling un der it wrapped themselves in the buffalo robes. A wiser and bolder thing could not have been done, and after two days' imprisonment they were rescued alive. The very element that threatened them with speedy "eath proved their deliver ance. From its looseness of texture, and from its harboring within its fleecy folds about ten times its bulk of air, the snow is an excellent protection. It often hap pens that in times of intense cold the soil of the earth is forty degrees (Fahrennelt) urmer than the surface of the outlying Q1rr of snow or the air above it. The greatest peril of the traveler overtaken by the snow hurricane is in the furious winds that accompany it, and make the cold far m ,re intolerable than it would be in a tranquil atmosphere. The aerated and porous character of the snow covering will permit the man who is buried beneath it to survive for many hours, as the mam mals, of the arc'ic regions, who make their lairs beneath it, and as the Esqul mnaux, who burrow under wails of sol id ice. We may confidently expect befobre the present Winter passes away a repetition In the mountainous parts of this State and New England of just such snow stormsas have overtaken the people of Minnesota, and these practical suggestions may be of value to the benighted traveler overtaken by their blinding fury.-N. F. Hroald. The Royal Speech. The prorogued session of the British Parliament re-opened on February 6. The Lord Chancellor read Her Masty's speech, of which the following is a verba tim report: Mr Loans Ao Gu rr I gret you cor dially on your reassembling the discharge of your momentous duties. I have the satisfaction in announcin the maintenance bf relations of friendship with foreign powers throughout the world. Yu were inlbmed when I last d dressed you that steps had been taken to prepare the way for dealin more ebotally with the slave trade on the eat coast of Afriae. I have dbw dispatched q envoy to Zanmiber, Ibranshed with such instructioas appearto me best adap ted for obtaning the object la view. He reent reached his place of destination, and had entered into consultation with the ultan, my ally. The Emperor of Germany, who hab nadrtken to pronounce Judgment as arbitrator on the lie of water bond .o ong t disate in e terms wit thecos uctno e Govnmntat of tem United Statee, th athe ber cheaael peoents the line mat in a·cordeaae with the tre laterprete uion of tha treat. I amve thout t the mesas moat befttl ths aplrlt of ihntrnSatloe- friMad shi~p and d toro o sf onatry to giv med The proceedinpgs before the Tribnal of Arbi tration at Geneva, which I was saMe to - cute in cosqec of the excmlason of Olaim fered en behalf of the Government the United States, have sermlastd in en awad which in part established and in pet reled claim allowed to be televent. ya wll ndne course of time, be asked to provide for pey meat of the sums comlag de lo the Ulnited Stae under this award. y acknowlodgmentae m dueI t the GBerma ma ora , lwk s to the rbemal of Geeva, o las au d eare betewedt by at emthbo peecaM ltmet of otroveoaemkl n as conmd bImt Ip. e tP b o emvala of taiewa O s o tl in araemelr s w as in u epa c ly to be eheaib i, eenie- o. ae wedll en debalood ea hhd tb pobMoy, Imhse nmeded a trafor the exrrai o nlala with my tea governsa$not lrea s re mewed Ite eomnmnlastio witb emygoverai for tshe per a dostnle leso of el xentg Lcn rlar Idoplto clrtancm, sad of seenarg ag Oeval IroviL Ion more permant Ia lb dara r, or on a re ciprecei ed efreesal haust, eor neemrdel nitierelationsof thetwocounrle. Ilope I to be enabld within asert periodto ammosace to vo thebaimal resit. It a been hr ace L htltby th evern art st m/m y of bsw- e d ha nimm.- ze tivel .that it webla be enadmrlve to ttranqul ity of Central Asia If ha governmeau shadE arive a eidereddnrti y of v r WrIaga line inison of Athsesnrdblat scones p0d.mms baa pned. of whh thislthe mak nebiac. Iseoanor, no less tba Itos wil, Itrs be approved by the public opia o bot ton, in relation to conamins negotiati wt France, and also tr relation to the northerm Lon tier of the Domnion of Atheeletan. Gentlemen of the House ofCm~nos:-Thee - id. tlma for the couig aneal yarwwll be Snted yaou. They have beau formed wifh a e view to the eitent operation of ar establuih met . munder circumstnem of Inaeollcale BM be- tanled by cvrtaipions of a exeptie l atrel in ant the priceofsome important ermmoditl.s Yy Ldtos and Gentlemen altltuab tim hevet has been to some extent dehoient, conditein sr- of the the Kingdoms with referenae to trlads and .rt commerce, to the sufficiency of revete r meet Sing public charges, to the decre of euperim, gi 8y he prououncedalgneraly sa . aorima di A measure will be submittedto yoia tn rly Sday for settlin the question of universal edua ion in Ireuand. It will have for t object the ad vancement of learning in that portion of my do re minions, and will be formed with a ar re te gard to the rights of concience. Yo will find I a- ample occupation In dealing with other legla re tie subjects of Importance, of which part has already been under your notice i vario form of at different periods. Among these, your aUbn re tiion wil be speedily asked to the formation of a Supreme Court of Judicature, includng provis ions for the trial of appeals. mong the meass urea which will be brought before jou, also, are tat proposals for faclitating the trMas, of land, for a the amenlmenof our system of local taxation, and of certain provisions of the educatloal act of 1n70, and the general acts regulating railwa and canals, together with variou other bils or Its the improvement of the laws. I earnestly om or- mend your deliberaltion to the guidance of Al dhi mighty God. "wý Combative SoutLhro,. en SFoote and Davis were in Contress in e 1848 (while Taylor and Caso were candi Id dates for the Presidency), and occupied a room together at the Willard hotel. One evening, seated by the same fireside, Mr. Davis read aloud from a poitical letter of Go oen. Taylor, and made running oom ments for Mr. Foote's delectation, which - the latter thought were rather too ftend - ly for a Democratic Senator to give ex pression to in the heat of a canvass. In tfact, he intimated quite strongly that he - ought Mr. Davis, at heart, was aTaylor Sman; that spite of his prossed support ,..Mr. Davis had marrieda daughter of Gee Saylor, and this little ciremstance, Mr. L Foote sumgested. ws at the bottom of hi h colleagues compliment of the letter, add , ing, in his impetuous way, that it would Sdoubtless be avery nice thing after all, to I a son-inlaw of the Pre[dent,-.evm I a Whig President. Mr. Davis could not brook this sarcastic Intimation of treach Sery on his part, and retorted in severe Slanguage, one word bringing on another Suntil the "grave and reverend" came to blows. The noise of the sticuf aroused other Congressmen who rushed into the room and sea the combatants, ad monishing them of the shame which would attach to two distinguished Sena tors from the same State esdulging ins to disgraceful knock-down. This view of d the matter naturally brought the two to terms, and li k the man and wlf who "ab gued" the question of "rat or mons," they shook hands and made f miends, "Really," said Mr. Foote, after a smile d all around ; "really, I should not have o, thought of such a thing as stri- d king Mr. Davis if he hadn't passed the first blow." "Are you not mistaken?" urged Mr. Davis, apologetically. "Indeed, I am not," retorted the Lm-I e petuous. t" It is my impression you struck first," Spleaded Mr. D). r "O no, it was you." a"No, it was you." 'But I'il siwear it was you." in " And I would swear it wasn't." " You did strike first." "' I did not strike first." a e You did." " I dlidn't " " You did." "I didn't." "Well," said Foote at last, rising hasti- ^ ly from his seat, "ther, ahant be any die- a Spute as to who struck first Is time," and as he spoke dealt Mr. Davis a l g a ing blow on the cheek, which realted In Ssoother recontre that, but for thelntet*r- h Sens of mutual friend might have beea d goingon until now, for both were "game" t all over. The question as to who struck frst being thus settled, nothing serious grew out of the matter; pee1us y as either party prefered to have tLe mtte Sbushed up a, speedily as pousibls-Louis.a Ville Cbutub-ourhsal. Good .Iots of a Cow. Observation and expenshave taught oi some rules to be obeerved in the hoice of Sood milkers, which, thogh not inflli- d ble. are by no means to be epised, The characteristi of a good milker, are: 1. Youth. A owls her prie t from T four to six years, and the best paJylagtime to bey is just after the birth her ond iM orthird alf. m. Promlnem amdllnesefm lk veins, and velvety softness of skin. The veins run down on dether sideof theM ani rel toward the udder, and m adlyes ceptible to the eye, or am be as i y Ihond by presure of tmhe hand, the St eaul snotover at. Tlheskin should he soft aind meilow, not hard, rough, and 1 3. B~mmetry, -M ln , and s oa t r the udder. Itahould bebred,wso sireod out , proj eting behi.d thme I a aimu sholddbea softes w ad thins to te t I tieh,and an abece of flashinu iad t thickness. 4. Perieotnrnwhatsddiemtofda, L If one to i waattindg. bo au athim Ia milk will be te resut. A eow's midstr not, as some aeh of whieh sb wr eaS.a beis ntot only imPiet ntl that det, bet It the ut i~ ~o Land unlforml apa; rethwim and m. Dore ili tn ssadqsbd s G Msr - Thea are i,00 a oed by su lMad orl. teow , t aJau mof more milt t1 an oa Isoe plade. -ed,it is stllla louswaome place. - etanls of the Northleet Disaster. / The details of the terrible diaster to the a ship Northfeetarepublished, from which it appears that at 10) o'clock at night the captain and others were alarmed by a cry d from the ofoer of the watch, "A steamer - is right into us." The captain and pilot . rushed on deck but before they got there the steamer ha run into th vessel, trik. y nlg he amidships and cutting her below the water mark. The carpenterquickly reported her nearly half of water. The . pamps were started promptly and the d crew worked hard at them for some min utes, but while it was found the water was rapidly gaining, a enls seened to swze both crew and passenker, and the " officers could not keep them in check. A crowd of men and women dushed uf -fom their berths, many only halflohd. r The passengers had mostly retired, and but few were undressing. The noisheofthe collision s liksed by one of them to a pealof thunder, and sucb was the violence of the shock that thoe standing were knocked down. It appear that the steamer rebounded and ease a second time in collision with the Nort fleet. The water began to pour In, and in a very short time the passengers' quar ters were swamped. Women wre sower to rush n deck than men, and many were not In a condition to go till the water rose threateningly around them. No one on board the steamer was heard to sneak, al though load and eager shouts from the Nortbfieet must have made her crew aware of the terrible danger that existed. She backed for two or three minutes, and then steaming away, was soon out of sight. For half an hour the scene on the deck of the Northfieet was ; men cursi and swari fo . way toward the boats, whletcepsna aM first mate roared out comms o the men to keep back and allow the women to get to the side of the vessel, but ap parently without success. Rockets were fired and blue lights burned. A gun was loaded, and the screw f the raned be. came detached from the handle, and the piece could not be discharged. Signals of ditress were seen by several vessels, but appear to have been rerded as signals for a pilot, for no assiance was rendered. Meanwhile the scene on deck baffled description. The captain, finding the men determined to leave the vessel, went below, armed himself with revolvers and ascending the poop, de dared his determination to shoot the first man who tiled to leave the vessel before the women were saved. The first boat launched was lowered by a number of passenger. by cutting the pes. 'here being no ladder at band, the osy way of gettig Into It was by leaping or dropping some %an or fifteen feet. As there was a terrible rush towards the boat, the scene was one of distressed con , and a man and boy fell into the water and were drowned. The officers did all they could to force the men who first got into the boat to leave it, that the women might be saved, but to no purpose, even ring with blank cartrils, it ppoed, at lrn-. It was unavailing, hower. About thir ty persons having gat into the boat it put off with notone of the crew in It. An other life-boat was launched and a man got into it ; he was ordered to leave, and re f , the captain shot him in tse calf of the l. Capt. Knowles then placed bl wife n the boat and said to the boat swain, who had already got in, "Here's a charge for you, boson I Take ears of her and the rest, and God bless you." Wrtingdr his w 's and he bade her good bye, saying : "I shall never see you again.' It impossible to descrlbe the panic that dat this time. Heart-reng shrieks on all sides. A sa erJ seelng the apotain's wif in the threw his own wie in, passed her baby to her and then entered the boat himaself A lttle girl was thrown into the boat by her hher, who tried to save the rest of his family, bat the seething, maddened crowd pressing toward thede of the vessel prevented him, and with his wife and two other children be wet own with the Il-tsed vessel, The egsneesr made badtio eihrts to save his wife and bhildus, hot was jas-ed between the cook-house rad gua wale sad reeilved dreadl Inaltes, though he wasattertds resumed Ina pree carious state. Only two of the seven boas aboard were launmbed, owig: no dobt to the panic, and one was rioly lnusd,a U be dtke and boat ell into l e sea. Whi the seod boat had get of it seetmed to become a question of moments. The quarterdeck was crowded by men, women and ehildsp. some eriei, eer ing d pra ing. The captaIn nd plote were t e, and the ltt was heard to y, I yer wnt to save Yourselves, make for the top-mast," to which many poor people ru d. In a quarter of an our a tag- ap the second beho wlb thirty occupants, ad then steamed tor some tune round the spot. Abeu three eees of bar srasbing awtals tbe Nrthlet went down wit snaw umddennesa . Three hundred ad twes - aeven souls were on board at that o at. The first boat was 100 yan, and the meoed only tweaty so s er n ebe ,vesseL Tl s rw of ti I, a der thsWdwse ivrenw , thes e s•: ethb e ru d awd aream, dto sm wto the arl . iAls maeerigging. Threvmsul iM Is devem eems of weter. e rlwh re th si I he pade- T a tty h'ravey "; weetew t : r, elia_ b the ship. The srvivors tbs other boata got adrift when the ship and uraa belief if thensinw'5 ea rames ofbased at 1essB Aiewl : 1mq u be ha* S U otemnhave beafge tosbe b wth a broomastiek. am sorry for it DOw."