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3f gaWriptlon price tit a advajtcx, or 2 60 at
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OFFICE In tlx- Masonic Building, upstairs, south
aide of the Public Square. '
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llitf (or toiiiP'"Pou; l fncibouiuiiMl u:ss., :,
Jllsn'.ayed advurttoaincutii clurgej for tho space oc-
ltd'. J notices chiuyed 15 cent a line.
t-iT Articles of a personal ciiaruetur only admitted
mt tit Anttnn of tho 1 mum-tar ar..l linw..l ii .,..-
tor, arid chanted o cents
a line.
The pay for yearly ai,d half yearly advertise
iiwiiU dim qaaiwly, and those inserted 'for less than
tlirot uioutiis, Ji Jpiiy due whou tho advcrtiscuioiit U
Transient sdvortlsomenta payable in advance,
AunouucUij Candidates tor Oily ollicca.,.. 1 M
ia-"V " " County onioes.... SW
" " " UMtnctai.il Suite
to be prui Invariably in advance.
10 oo
The IM-ouil .Milkmaid.
Ir is more than a hundred years ago, upon
a brilliant afternoon of September, a coach
and four, covered with dust, had just stopped
in front of the only tavern of a small villap
in the "merry country of France." The hos
tlers were busy taking the harness from the
faded horses, and, amidst sundry ejaculations
and impatient exclamations, were exchanging
commentaries upon tho rank or profession of
the traveler. The latter had disappeared with
the host in the bright and cheerful kitchen,
where, in thoso days, guents and hosts used
to partako, together, of the same fare. After
giving his orders for a bountiful repast, and
and adding that he wanted it in a hurry, as
ho willed to reach, before night, a large town,
somewhat distant, he had sauntered along the
street, gazed at by the children at play, and
by tlie old women spuming in front of their
dwellings. A'l delighted to have such Bn
event as a " tram. Ur" to discuss. What a fig
ure he would cut, now, to be sure! with his
carefully powdered hair, his threo-eonare.l
hat, his bright blue coat, with shining but-
tons, his butt knee-breeches, and buckled
shoes. His whole appearance denoted the
rich man; the rutUcs on his bosom and wr
were of the finest fabric, wide and uudula
. ling with rare old lace; his hands, white and
'.mall, showed no sign of hard work; his
step, even, had that saunter and ease which
tJl of bo obligation to hurry, and bespeak
the inaa owner of his time, subscjvient to no
He was a young man; perhaps not over
twenty-two. His clear, blue eyes and fair
complexion showed, at a glance, his northern
Ariiriit hia fi.ntiirn.a woro ivmilar. lug n'rnre
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tall and straight, his whole appearance noble.
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A we have already said, the stranger was
quietly walking along the little vil!:igo street,
and soon had reached its last house, prettily
inclosed by a little garden filled with the
flaunting blossoms of the hollyhocks and sun-
Wott. Here the street was merging itelf in -
to a Una a real old-fihimrd country lano-
meandering among meadows, and crossed by
bubbling brooks, all fragrant with the manv
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tmy flowers of the fields, and here a.. 1 there
verarrhed by the luxuriant wild pear-trees,
It was near sunset : uiu lowing oi uie cons
od the tinkling of their bells was hoard ev
erywhere The fields were alive w ith the boys
and girl driving tho cattle home. It was
that cheerful hour of the day when every !-
joct is tinged with the brightest shades, and
the sun, before disappearing, turns everything
into cold. The traveler was em-banted.- lie
v.. 7 ,,( Java before, left the noisv and busv
u., v- - . ;
-city of Paris, and ever since hurried through
scarcely less busy or less noisy towns. Here,
at, last, he could refresh his eye and mind ;
.and he was feasting on that peaceful agitation
of country life.
Just as he was turning from the main road
, i , A,. t.,.i,
into a narrow path running Mong tlie laiin -
luw . . . ., ,
wwt ho saw. coiiini" acrs tlie meal-
ow, a young giH, carrying on her head a pail
brimming over with milk. She must have
been wonderfully fair and lovely, that rustic
i mllVmaUL to attract and rivet the attention of
i milkmaKl, to attract an
the eomewhat Un$e yonng man, used to the
ocauties of the unrivalled city. Never hnd
, lie scea sach pcrfccUon of features and such
graccfalness of form. Her bare arm, raised
f o,te-ly the pail poised on hcr head, though
annbumt, ' was faultless in its shape Tlie
rotmded oatlioe of her best, and the beauty
r the ankle arid foot, which neither shoe
r, rtockirttr concealed; the noble and grace-
Twl 2e ?wUt rdlips, and beaming
ful head, tbe onr.ni reu y , -
itwy of tbe atraagct He was at hrst spit-
K,,-,,4 little thinking fiat fca should meet
with such rare beauty in such a rastie parh ;
bnt soon recovering, ffcoqjfli and speith, hc
the low fence uua iiicu mc
. pretty country Usa .H fcr woroa were
do heeded, only the gat f toa-
1.1k, and somewhat rwf"' 'e. wh.ch
Ht W. enhanred her beaatr teif .ld, for
u ZZ man eressel his'a-lmiratioa in
VT f " .J ventnrc,, on
waml and p.na latt?na :
propoaal. ah.cn, in his p.y uie in t.ie
piUl,bhaJ M'er known r ,,a
" rm-r- . . f i
"Wh-t nave bee ais
c r,g gH, who ""l utUreJ !c?1e
w ik yet, took tlrt Ik pail from her Jiead,
W0 ? w-lflt ceatcnls Into tie yonng
. J - That of c wr,
. 1 .HJmilt Oil titthii
Lnru to Lhotedxvs. ! mond bracelets; but so
young gui - a-Mress j
one f w " " " . , .k. . .. . l-tifl
impertinent follow 1" . And leaving him thus
diilugcd, he quietly .walked off. -
There waa no further traveling that night;
nor the next day, nor for many day after.
The energetic answer of the insulted girl had
touched a vibrating chord in our young man's
heart, from a mere timateitr'i admiration
hi.s feelings had turned to respect. It was so
novel au adventure that he resolved to follow
it to the end..
On that very night, after he had announced
his wish to stay at the inn for a few days, he
made enquiries about the young girl Slit
was well known as the " beautiful petronella,"
and Letter known as the proudest girl of the
country ; one to whom do one dared to offer
the least familiarity, and whose low birth was
hidden un-J. -rher noble ami spotles character.
Our traveler went to the small fann-house
where she lived with her old parents, the
youngest of four children, and the only daugh
ter. Ho saw her there ; he apologized to her;
he spoke to her with the respect he felt : and,
at hist, after many a parley and discussion
with tho old people, the young girl was taken
to tho school of tho neighboring convent,
there to be educated; taught to read and
write, and embroider on satin the threo re
quisites of a lady's education in thoso plain
and easy times.
Threo years did she stay there, until the
day she became twenty. On that day, and
by tho pastor of the village church, she was
married to tho young man whom she had
once so bravely repulsed, and" whoso patient
waiting and deferential courtship were fully
rewarded by the loveliness and rare beauty of
his rustic bride; they had lost nothing of
their perfection by being taught how to shine.
Tho milkmaid becamo the wife of the rich
banker, and for many a year adorned his
princely mansion, and did the honors of her
husband's table, with a native and striking
grace that every ono noticed. But very few
were made acquainted with hor early life and
rather novel courtship : she did not wish to
become a wonder and a curiosity to her hus
band's friends, but to those who had become
intimate enough to be told of her native place
anj RVcation, she used to say that when she
j cmri0(j the milk-pails and milked her father's
COWs. she felt as hinh-brcd, if not as his-h-
j borrl) M til0 nrst lady of the land. Nature
' hail made her a lady, and circumstances had
only given her the lady's attire.
Her first child, a daughter, named after l'e-
trouella's mother, Jenny, married one of the j
most widely known, living religious writers. I
In that daughter's house my grandmother en-!
tied nor anys, respeeiea ana lovea ny an, ana
beautiful even in death. She was buried very
near her native place, and, by her wish, in an
out of tho way, secluded village church yard,
surrounded by shady fields.
Tub Gitsirs or Napoleos m a Skkoeaxt
, . .
I How a CoMPANr was Saved. We navo been
. lnformcJ ,y m of thoUmU;a Suteg armT
of mort rcmark.Wo in8Unc of Ingenuity and
pro8onCo of mind in a Sergeant of the srmy,
which occurred a few weeks ago, by which he
j saved his own life and that of his party. A ser-
1 geant, wilh about twenty -five soldiers had been
i 0,lt n0 miIu from Fort Defiance, New
I Mexico, t. guard some stock which were sent to
whcn- """P"" k , !
party was hurrounded bv about four hundred
, ( gkinfu,
j MTgnnl took Oon on an eminence, and by, a
ToUt.y from tllc iong.8hooUng rifles of his party,
at first drove of tho savages, who, however, soon
rallied, and were preparing to storm the little
party on all sides. The sergeant, in taxing his
brain for an expedient by which to convey intel
h'jfence of the desperate peril in which his party
was placed, took a tinglo dog which had accom
pmirJ &r party, fastening to his collar a note
written with a pencil, informing the coiuirmder
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' at tnc iri oi ra Hiiiauon, vxuiuo cup in
J wW(.n hc Jmt Kime pvi.hcs which were confined j
i w;th a pje f c0i 0Tcr tha top, fastened it ;
' with a string to the dog's tail, and turned, the j
dog loose, knowing Out he would in his affright, j
J ran to 11,0 f,,rt ,Ie dahc1 with hi gtst
speed to Fort Defiance; the note was discovered ,
i and read. Straightwcy a party wis sent to the i
1 . ; .
rescue, and arrived j ust in Umc to save the lives .
. ...
j .u a i which we hope will be awar- j
j dcd hjm by PrateeHttKly Flog.
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! The Ekpkfss Lc.iEME.-A letter from Pans
, dfflcril)CS hcr g;,e ,ppe4red u Court
FmprCfiS ig betutifui m tl,e truest sense !
of hc t(irTOmorc dutiful on near rlcw than )
j B (jtanc more beautiful in evening than in !
carriage toilette. Hcr features are beautiful in
; detail and beautiful riii ; beautiful in re j
: pose, and beautiful in expression. Beautiful is I
' the r-ly word that can express the charms of '
lon. So e.r, so ehi!dUk a. elepnt m j
i V 7 ta !
pcrftk.n of cracc. She never seems con-
sciou, of her diamonds. Her Majesty wore a I
rf trjmraed pg I
i , . to knees with areen leaves, and
j over thw was thrown a twiic of argmtir,. IJar j
i ,wan-like neck we out of a bed of diaraoods, j
ana ncr eon auoam nair uy osm onocr m ua-;
dcra of the most exquisite fiietm. r-he wore dia- I
well docs she know
one scarcely notices i
nactnre hvircled in 1
, .tmoHere-an atmosrhrre of!
j Joe IUlowi. Jae Baldwin, of AkWa.haa
cttei one of the judge, of the Supreme
Cnrt of California, and he wefl deserve. H.-
, , aaecdoW of the Judjre.
, Wm fa m.a
. nocjtJ. Vim k, rfecp with anj
. Irishman. Say. the Judge to Pldy, "you d j
We a Ion- brae in Ireland Wore you could sleap j
! with Jad?c" Says Paddy to the Judge, "Tie,
! an 1 ye'd he a long time in the ould counthry i
! Wr yed be eiect4 JV i
$2 Per AnrmTn in
A Bailroad Adveolwre,
raoM acTLEnoa
By and by the cars came tearing through the
towl) with a whoop and a shriek that seemed to
excite everybody wonderfully, considering the
frequency of the occurrence. Passengers, por
ters, newsboys, ie one mad crowd, rushed to
ward the dqtot, each .mutating, in his own
proper person, the noble rage of the snorting,
impatient mopst, upon whose energy we were
all depending. The only individual entirely tin
excited was my escort, who never for a moment
lost the appearance of sang froid and indifference
that an earthquake would not have startled him
out of, I was convinced. Though we did not
hurry, we were, before many of cur fellow-voyagers,
in possession of the bent scats, and most
comraodiously, because most deliberately, settled
for the journey. Mr. Rutled;t Tas emphatically
a good traveler, carrying tlie clearsighted pre
cision and deliberation of his, mind into all the
deuiils of travel, and thereby securing himself
from the potty annoyances that people often
think unworthy of attention, but which do more
than they suspect toward marring pleasure and
destroying omfort I aptly followed his man
ner, and marvel of unconcerned deliberation in
tho matter of securing my seat and arranging
my shawls, books and bags ; which drew from
him the remark, with an approviog glance, that
he perceived t was used to traveling. That ob
servation, either from tho fact of its being so
absurdly incorrect In its premises, or from the
stronger fact of its being the only one addressed
to me until 7 p. .,' when we stopped at F
for the purpose of refreshment, impressed itself
much upon my mind.
After the wretched meal, called by compliment
tea, which we were allowed twenty minutes to
partake of, had been dispatched, and we were
again settled in the cars in which we were to travel
all night, commenced the trials of the journey
to mc, at least, f ir I was an cntiro novice, not
having been twenty miles sway from St Catha
rine's since I first went there, and having but a
dim recollection of that, my first and last Journey
tii! tho present time. Being also subject to the
most unbearably severo headaches upon any un
usual excitement, it is not very wonderful that
on this occasion I was attacked with one, and
before night had actually set in was as completely
miscrahlu as in the morning I had been com
pletely happy. Excitement and weariness began
to tell most painfully upon mc Not a bone but
ached, not a nerve in my whole body but throbbed
and quivered It was as impossible to think
quietly as to sit quietly. Homesickness for the
home I had been longing to get away from for
years all the miserable things I hud ever suffered
or dreaded all the fancied and real trials of my
life then and there beset my aching head, and
msde slocp or composure an impossibility.
If there had been a soul to speak to, a human
voice to say a single word of sympathy, however
commonplace, I thought it would have made the
night endurable. But among the sleepy, sense
less crowd around, the only one I had a right to
expect sympathy from, or to whom I was entitled
to address a word, was as regardless of my exis
tence as any of the rest Mr. Rutlcdgo occupied
the seat before mc, and the imperfect light of the
lamp that rattled and flickered above us showed
me more plainly than any other object his fixed,
unsympathizing face, as hc leaned against the
window of the car, his lips compressed and his
brow knit He did not sleep any more than I
did, nor do I think he was a whit more comfort
fortable; but he had his impatience under better
control, and never moved a muscle or uttered a
sound for hours together.
It was the most torturing thing to watch him,
so entirely unmoved by the discomforts which
were, I was firmly convinced, driving mo mad;
and in my jaundiced eyes, his profile took a
thousand wizard shapes. It would have been a
relief !f ho had moved in ever so slight a degree to
one side or the other; but a painted face upon a
painted window could not hare been more rigid
than the one before ma I was dying of thirst,
was smothering for want of air, ached in every
limb, and there wore hours yet to morning! Tho
monotonous motion of the cars, and their accom.
panying noises, harsh and shrill, made to my
perfectly unaccustomed car a frightful combina
tion of discard; and this all coming upon my ex
cited and sensitive nerves, worked me up into a
state of wretchedness that naturally resulted in
that climax of woes feminine, a fit of crying.
I could no more have helped it than the wind
could hrvre helped blowing, and never having
learned to control myself, coi.-Id not suppress the
indulgence of an emotion which, an hour after
ward, I remembered with acute mortification. I
tried to smother my sobs, but they reached at
last the ear of my silent companion, who started,
and turning toward mc, asked, with a shade of
impatience in his tone, what waa the matter f
Was I ill?
That question, so put, in the indescribable tone
that shows to a sensitive ear a want of sympathy
the most pilling, was the best cure that could
have been devised for my tears. They were done,
altogether; but in their place, the angry blood
flew to my face, and I inly vowed, in accordance
with school-girl notions of right, never to forget
or forgive the insult . Angrily averting my bead,
I d'.rlined any assistance or attention whatever,
and pride having thus stepped in to the rescue, I
was able to maintain as rigid a demeanor as Mr.
Rullcdge himself- For a moment he looked at
me with an expression that I could not quite
make out, then with the slightest possible shrug
of the ah 'toilers, turned away, and seating him
self again in the corner, resumed bis former atti
tude. That was enough; all any spirit was
roused; I had always been good at hating, but
the present crisis brought out powers I had
never been aware of Vefore and there was a
great deal in the fact of my having made a fool of
myself in the piwnce of Mr. Putledge to help
me along in detesting him ; and not being in a
particularly reasonable or well governed frame
at mind, the aversion I had conceired inoreii
with alarming rapidity. It was wonderful bow
nAmnl n MwtntmMit ' J in Lmti mv wean- '
riess and impatience in check. I did not more an
inch nor utter a single word ; I would have borne
tbe rack and torture rather than exhibit, after
that shrug, another shade of emotion.
When at but, morning being broadly awake,
we were released front oar prison for aa hour to
breakfast at a wij-flatKm that eemed most
Advance, or $2 50 at the end of the Year.
utterly repugnant to thqe two ideas, Mr. Rut
lodge asked me if t would not prefer, oo account
of my fatigue, waiting there till tlie next train,
which would arrife at noon f
I answered, " heeidtdly not," with so much
empha-sis, that he only bowed and turned away;
with what opinion of my temper it is not pleasant
to think. Before the day was over, he had, I
presume, concluded that he had taken under his
cliarge about as wilful and disagreeable a young
miss as ever tried the patience of parent or pro
tector. The day wore on, much after the manner of
yesterday. That night at twelve, we expected
to arrive at C where we were to rest tin
morning ; and (hence taking the boat, were to
reach our jourac 4 end about noon.
It was toward evening of a weary day; I waa
sitting listlessly looking out upon tlie dreary
suburb of the town which we seemed approach
ing, and thinking, by way of diverting myself,
of Kelly and Agnes and school, and what they
were doing now, and whether they missed me .
when there came, a sudden Jar, then a horrid
crash, a shriek that rent the air, a blow upon my
head that mado a hideous glare of light, then
darkness absolute, and I knew no more.
From 1'arton's Life of Jackson,
ir The Untile of New Orleans.
.Final Preparation. When, soon after
dark, the noise of preparation in the British
camp grew louder and caine nearer, there
could not have been much doubt in the lines
that another most unquiet Sunday was in re
serve for them. There was much silent and
rather grim preparation in Jackson's camp; a
cleaning of anus, a counting out of cartridges
and adjustment of flints, and a careful loading
of muskets' and rifles. Beside the thirty-two
pounder was heaped np a bushel or two of
musket-balls and fragment of iron, enough to
(ill the piece up to the muzzle, ami which will
til! it up to the muzzle if the enemy conic to
close quarters, and deal susl wholesale death
among them as no thirty-ta o pounder has ever
dealt before. Yes, grimncss certainly pre
vails to a considerable extent. We are in
earnest. Jackson walks slowly along tho lines
just before dark. He, too, is grim, but confi
dent, lie wears the look of a man whose
mind is wholly mado np, and who clearly
knows what he will do in any and every case,
lie stops occasionally, to sea that the stacked
muskets are all loaded, and says to I'lanche's
men, as he goes along their part of the lines,
" Don't fire till yon can seo the whites of their
eyes, and if you want to sleep, slo -p upon
your arms."
Th BArrL.-SU.-adily and fast the column
of General Gibl marched toward batteries
numbered six, saven and eight, which played
upon it, at first with but occasional effect, of
ten missing, sometimes throwing a ball right
into its midst, and causing it to reel and pause
for a moment. Promptly was the gaps filled
up; bravely the column camo on. As they
neared the lines the well aimed shot made
more dreadful havoc, " cutting great lanes in
the column from front to rear," and tossing
men and parts of men aloft, or hurling them
far on one side. At length, still steady and
unbroken, they came within rango of the
small-anus, the rifles of Carroll's Tenncsscans,
the muskets of Adair's Kentuckians, four
line, of sharp-shooters, one behind tho other.
Gen. Carroll, coolly waiting for the light mo
ment, hold his fire till the enemy were within
two hundred yards.and then gave tho word
At first w ith a certain deliberation, after
ward iu hottest haste, always w ith deadly ef
fect, the riflemen plied their terrible weapon.
Tho summit of the embankment was a lino
of spurting fire, except where the great guns
showed their liquid, belching flash. The
noise was peculiar, and altogether indescriba
ble ; a rolling, bursting, echoing noise, never
to be forgotten by a man that heard it. Along
the whole line it blazed and rolled; the Brit
ish batteries showering rockets over the
scene; Patterson's batteric. on the other side
of the river joining in the hellish concert
Imagine it, Ak no one to describe it. Our
words were mostly made before such a scene
had become possible.
The column of Gen. Gibbs, mowed by tho
fire of the riflemen, still advanced, Gibbs at
its head. As they caught sight of tho ditchf
some of the ofiiocrs cried out :
" Where arc the Forty-fourth I If we get
to the ditch, we huve no means of crossing
and .caling the lines T
Here come the Forty-fourth 1 nere come
the Forty-furth T shouted tho General ; add
ing, in an undertone, for his own private so
lace, "that if he lived till to-morrow he would
hang Mullens on the highest tree in the cy
press wood."
Reassured, these heroic men pressed on, in
the face of that murderous, slanghtering fire.
But this could not last With half iu num
ber fallen, and all its commanding officers
disabled, except the General, its pathway
strewed with dead and wounded, and the men
falling ever faster and faster, the column wa
rered and reeled (so the American riflemen
tbotight) like a red ship on a tempestuous
sea. At about a hundred yards from the line,
the front ranks iialted, and so tbsw the col
umn into disorder, GibU shouting ia the
madness of vexation f.r them to re-forra and
advance. There was no re-forming tinder such
a fire. Once checked, the eolama eonld not
but break and retreat ia confusion,
Pkai-h or PacaCKHAii. Tbe heroic Pack
euljuq had not fir to go to meet his doom.
He was three hundred yards from the linca
when the real nature of his enterprise seem
ed to flash npon him; and he turned to Sir
John Tylden and said :
" Order np tho reserve,"
Then, aeeing the Highlander advancing to
the oppott o? Gen. Gibbs, he, still waving
hi hat but waving it with his left hand, his
right being wounded, cried out :
u Hurrah ! bravo Highlanders r
At that moment a mass of grapeshot with
a terrible crash, struck the group of which
he was the central figure. One of the shota
tore open the General's thigh, killed his horse
and brought horse and rider to the ground.
Captain McPougal caught the General in his
arms, removed him from the (alien horse, and
supported him upon the field when a second
shot .struck the wounded man in tlie groin,
depriving him instantly of consciousness. He
waa borne to the rear, and placed in the shade
of "an old livo-osk, which still stands; and
there, afUir gasping a few minutes, yielded
up his life without a word, happily ignorant
of the sad issue of all his plans and toils.
Death or Gen. Gibbs. A more painful
fate was that of Gen, Gibbs. A few momenU
after Packenhani fell, Gibbs received his death
wound, and was carried off the field writhing
in agony, and tittering Surco imprecations.
He lingered all that day and the succeeding
night, dying in torment on the morrow.
Nearly at the same moment Gen. Keane was
painfully wounded in the neck and the thigh,
and was also bomo to the rear. CoL Dale, of
the Highlander., fulfilled his prophecy, and
full at the head of his regiment Tlie High
landers, under Major Crcagh, wavered not,
but advanced steadily, and too slowly, into
the very tempost of Gen. Carroll's fire, until
they were within one hundred yards of the
Tbe Tournament,
raoa "il rcaxioia."
Only the fresh youth of the tribe had a part
in this nulitary exercise. Mounted on pcrfcltty
trained horses, of which the riders seemed part,
they arranged themselves In two parraltcl lines,
each youth 'facing his. opponent, and awaiting a
signal to -commence the charge, Abdoul, con
spicuous among his companions both fur beauty
and grace, was stationed at the extremity of that
line which was nearest to the sheik's tent, and
the simple waving of his hand served through
out the game as a word of command. Only a
single antagonist advanced at the first summons,
and was met by Abdoul in mid-career, both horse
men holding their lances high above their heads,
and causing the thin reeds to quiver until they
seemed like things of lifo. As the ambition of
each youth was to disarm his adversary, these
lances wore the objocts of attack. At the first
charge, the thrusts on both sides were unsuccess
ful. With a rapid evolution the attempt was re
sumed, but was in a like manner foiled, one rider
bending to his saddle-bow, and holding his lance
close to the ground, the other vaulting upon one
side and sheltering himself and his weapon Ira
hind tho body of his horse. Both tiltsmcn were
skilled in the game; but, though possessing a
formidable adversary, Abdoul triumphed in sure
success, and challenged his comrade with superb
effrontery. Tho opponent'. lanco was the prize
of the contest Nevertheless Abdoul ventured to
toss his weapou high ia the air directly above his
combatant's head, then dart forwerd, recover it,
and dash on at a flying pace. Again, relying oil
the unequalled speed of the Khadherc, he hesi
tated not to fling his phrmcd reed in advance of
him w ith such ki1l as to plant it upright in the
the ground. The game now became a race, but
one in which tlie sheik's son was sure to win.
The adversary made but feeble endeavors to imi
tate tho young chiefs daring, satisfied with act
ing on the defensive, and striving to take advant
age of the risks which Abdoul run. But to do
this waa impossible. Abdoul' s skill was only
equalled by his wariness, and at length, in tlie
very moment when he had carried his own temer
ity to the utmost he bounded upon his enemy',
lance and bore it off in triumph.
This act was the signal for fresh lancers to rush
into the mimic warfare, both the conqueror
and the conquered demanding fresh adversaries;
and as one after another was disarmed, and new
opponents were called for, the whole company
were gradually admitted into the lists. Thus
the scene becamo more and more complicated,
wild, and exciting.
The old chief and his guests meanwhile watch
ad the progress of tho game, their eyes instinc
tively following AbdouL who, acting under the
inspiration of Havilah's presence, Appeared to be
endued with magic powers. He wa everywhere
in the thickest of the melee, the tU plumes of
his Unce towering above those of his comrades.
So wonderful and rapid were the feats he per
formed, that sometimes he knelt, sometimes stood
aloft in the saddle, sometimes seemed for a second
to be suspended from the Khadhcre by his wiry
hand or the hollow sole of his foot which clung
as it wore by magnetic attraction. Occasionally
he losped to the around, ran a few steps, and
vaulted again upon the back of the animal, who
apparently understood and aided her master'.
tnaiMEUvere, One after another his antagonist,
were discomfited and disarmed, but in no case
was Abdoul baffled or his lance wrested from
lum. It was evident to the most careless observ
er, that the chiefs son was the unrivaled vic
tor in the contest '
The New York Tribune of Saturday has an
Infamous article on Jefferson Davis. That gen
tleman Is pronounced u the veriest of cowards.
The best answer to this, the Portland Jtyue
thinks is that while Davis Was riding at the
bead of his Mississipplans through a hailstorm
of buIlcU, on the field of Buena Vista, the era.
ven who wrote that article set in bis garret scrib
bling a defence of tbe Mexicans; trusting that
they would wehvrne his countrymen with bloody
hand, to hospitable graves, A pretty fellow
this to have a conception of what courage is!
AmAsm CVarier. V
A Text. " My brethren," said a good old
backwoods preacher, " fm gwine to preach
you a plain sarment - that even wimuiin
can understand, Vod caa find my text in
the five verses of the two-eyed chapter of the
one-eyed John." It was some time before it
was perceived that he meant John 1, chap
ter II
What's TUT Watchword f
What, thy watchword, brother, toiling
' Where the hurrying stream of life
Sweep, along, 'mid fierce turmoiling,
Anxious cares, and restless strife f
Many delve and toil in blindness,
Lured by phantoos grave and gay ;
Brother! then, in love and kindness,
What', thy watchword ? let tne say.
Is it "Pleasure f Seek it never
Where the gay and thoughtless throng;
Flies it from tho wine-cup ever,
And from bacchanalian song I -But
the Christ-like, the pure, hearted,
Dwell beneath joy', purest light;
And "whoever will" may find it
In the holy path, of right
Do the glitterinf earth-toys lure thee
For the lore of sordid gain ;
Woul(fst thy bind the immortal spirit
With a gleaming, golden chain f
Bind it to thy hoarded treasure,
In the gay wold', busy mart?
Oh! be wise I for with the treasure
Evermore will dwell the heart!
Wouldst thou reach a clime immortal
Where the brightest flower, bloom
- Far beyond Death, shadowy portal,
Far beyond the dreary tomb?
Oh! the treasure, vanish never,
Where the blessed angels roam ;
Joy and gladness dwell forever
In the Christian's happy home !
Mortal! wake from sinful slumber!
Strivo to do tie good you can!
And, though cares thy mind encumber,
Learn the brotherhood of man !
Oh! be strong, be brave, be earnest!
Onward, upward bo thy way!
Then will Faith', clear light conduct thee
Unto pure and perfect day I
Leap Year. A correspondent sends the fol,
lowing lines on leap year to the Si Lois Bulle
tin: Then let us nerve our bashful hearts,
And quell each timid doubt
And raise our drooping hopes and smooth
Our wrinkled features out:
And write thereon in letters plain,
That those may read who run
" Proposals thankfully received
'Till ejghtocn sixty -one."
Japuncae l'ecullarlllc..
The Japanese, during their stay at the Intcr
national Hotel, have exhibited a groat many pe.
culiaritics, which may be interesting to many
readers, and, we believe, have not been told bo
fore. They have all shown themselves Very
easily pleased, and exceedingly well bred. When
asked to try some dish, new to them, they do
so ; if they like It they continue eating, expres
sing themselves pleased; if not tl icy taste no
more, but never express dislike. Tho Ambas,
sailors are very dignified, and command rcspec
The Inferior officers never enter their apartments
without bowing, and tho BervanU invariably
drop upon the knee.
They are all very light caters, but they take
their meals very quickly; almost everything
they do slowly, but eating with them is a rapid
operation. The subordinates cat nothing but
rice, but the dignitaries are fond of sweetmeats,
cakes, confections of all kinds, and sauces.
None of them eat any meat except that the
dignitaries take a little chicken, and none of them
use cither milk or butter. They drink both tea
and coffee, and are no sooner through with their
meals than they go to smoking their wild tobac
co in small pipes.
They are all very apt at learning anything.
The manner of folding napkin, artistically, for
instance, which for any other specie, of the ye
ntee homo would require an apprenticeship of a
day or two, the Japanese learn by seeing it done
once. Their powers of imitation arc consequent
ly very great and for any kind of manipulation
apter scholars could not possibly be anywhere
found. They learn to write tlie English letters
in a few minutes, and can copy anything they
see. The faculty of constructivencss, indeed,
seems to be a natural development and also a
certain serene good humor, which is indicated
by their universally fat, plump, smiting round
faces. Another national characteristic seems to
be their inquisitivencsa. There i. hardly any
thing that escapes them ; about our government"
laws, customs, manufactories, country and so on
they are never done asking questions. At the
International, they were very curious to under,
stand the relations between Mr. Haley and his
employees; what sort of government waa estb
lished there; how Mr. Haley coukl have Vt-y"
thing attended to bo well, and now tie fcould ex.
ercise so complete a control unless he was a
sort of a prince or master. And, it is almost
necessary to add, they were surprised at much
which they learned in regard to the American
people ; and strange will be the accounts which
they will carry home of the great nation which
has no Princes and no Emperor. San Fraud
Politics in a Cnracn. The Hartford Timet
give, another remarkable scene in a enurch as
follows: lathe Methodist Church at Portland
opposite Middletown, 6n the Sunday preceding
the election, a sermon wa. preached by a Bt.
dent from the Weslyan University at Middle
town. Portland is the strongest Democratic town
in Connecticut rolling up about 400 majority
for Seymour. Probably the dtrlnfty student
who it appear Is a rank Abolitionist thought
it a good field for political missionary operations,
for he worked his sermon into a pfiUlienl argu
ment in favor of Brack Republicanism. We are in
formed that ft was grossly and intolerably po.
Utical and partisan. Mr. Kidlogg Strong, of that
town, an old JeffeTsonian Democrat stood it as
long as he could, and then rose in his place In
the church and spoke in a loud voice to tbe
preacher " Young man, ys came here to preach
the Gospel, came here to hear ft And, un
less you cease this preaching of politics, I shall
go up into that purr.it and take you out of it
The preacher stopped fa his olsoourse. One of
the congregation said to Mr. Strong, ' Brother
Strong he is a young man. Perhaps you are a
little too hard en hha." Mr. Strong replied,
" It i. because he it a young man that I desire
to teach bfm better." The preacher then resumed,
but Tii more politics were preached during that
Ratification or the Japa Treaty. The
formal ratification of the new treaty with Ja
pan took place at Washington on the 82nd
ult A letter aay:
The treaty boj was carried on pole, home
on the shoulder, of two men, instead of four,
as formerly, when taken t tho President',
the other day. There were four carriages,-!
In the first were the two Ambassadors, Cen
sor, and Capt Dupont ; in the second were
the Vice Governor, Gensiro and JougorroJ
in the third were three doctor, and one iu.
terpretcr, and in the fourth Mr. Fortmsn and
three others, under officer, of the Vice Gov
ernor. Accompanying the treaty box war
Tommy and two sen ants as an esoort , .
Tlie comparison and exchange of treaties
took place in the presence of Geo, Caas, Mr.
Apple ton, and the Embassy. The original
treaty, in Japanese, waa compared with the
copies in Dutch and English, and certified co--pies
given ; also that the Senate had ratified
and approved of them all. , ' ,
Tlie box containing the one in Japanese
and Dutch was lined with crimson satin, gold
lock, key, hinge., Ac After the ceremony
was over the box was, deposited in tho big one,
and taken back to WUlard's in the same or
der It was taken np.
Inoekioi'b Mode or Tying Horses. Tlie
Icelanders have ' a most curious custom, and
a most effectual one, of preventing horses
from straying, which, I believe, is entirely
peculiar to this Island. Two gentlemen, for
instance, are riding together without atten
dants, and wishing to alight fbr tho purposo
of visiting some objects at a distance from the
road, they tie the head of one horse to tho
tail of another, and the head of this to the
tail of the former. In this state it is utterly
impossible tljat they can move on, either back
ward or forward, the one pulling tho ono way
and the other the other; and, therefore, if
disposed to movo at all, it will be only in a
circle, and even then, there must be an agree
ment to turn their heads tho samo way.
Lurrow'l Vieit to Iceland,
Topic, of General Conversatiok.
Whatever can Interest only lu a particular
place, Is frivolous ; whatever can Interest only
thoso who have pursued a particular course
of study, Is pedantic Those topic, of con
versation only which are capable of interest,
ing nil tolerably informed men are dignifkid
and elegant They are thoso on which men
of all place, am! professions may converse
i with each other. Human nature and charnc.
AvAnts m-liijih atTiv-t tho nuhlitfi
and consequently politics; polite literature
which delights every moderately refined nan
as much vf scionec, arts and professions, a
when expressed in popular lnnga.-igc tlie world
'n goncral can understand these arc tho anb
jeets of interesting conversation.
A man w no had recently beca elected a ma
jor of militia, and who was not overburdened ' j
with brninsi took into his bond, on the morn '
ing of parade, to exercise a little by iVimsclf.
The field selected for the purpose was his ewn '
apartment Placing himself in military Xtti.- '
tude, and with his sword drawn, he exclaim
ed: "Attention company"! Hoar ranlt, threo
paces, march l and ue tuniuiea ao-wn ram
tlie ceHftr.
His wife hearing the racket, camo Ta-rmng
in, saying: ' " 1 ' '
"My dear, have you killed yourself?
" Go about your busines, woman," said the
hero, " what do you know about war f '
Two Irishmen 'ere going to fire off a can
non just for fun J but being of a rather ecoi '
mimical turn of mind, they did hot -wish to
lose the ball. So one of them o1sBJi'iroa
kettle in his hand to catcli "it -in"; and Btation-"
ing himself in front of the loaded piece, ho ,
exclaimed to the other who stood behind H '
holding a lighted torch . ,
"Tonchitamy, Tommy f . . , : :
Two clergymen, entering tiu convcrsatitfir,
one lamented the little power his preaching '.
and admorrition had "toward reclaiming his
parislAortcrs from thetr vfce. to wnich the ,
other replied he had been more lucky, for ha.,,
had made manv of them ftroaelyte to the
three capital virtues, namely, faith, hope, airiA -repentance.
"Ay," said the other, "yon hav '
been very fortunate, indeed. - But, pray, by
what mean, did yon bttngfteTB to ao tappy'"
a eonverslop P Why, by Dorrbwing 'their k
motley; tat, nadthey hot had faith in me '
that I should pay them, they, would fact Wa
lent it; after I had been indWd to ..them ,
some time, they hoped I wotted rekara it Wt ,
now they know I cannot pay them,! they ,!,
ncartHy repent ever having lent it to me." I
A frequenter oY poolfic onHefS . cotntWn.
of the overwhelming quantity of dry toast. C(.J
A man On passing through a gateway ia thfc" '
darhntt hi iwe against the post
wish that post to Tsaid he. -
"Better wish it somewhere else," sail a
i bystander, " vou might run against It again. T
W hen orceswT gin is susseu sue
anitritto tin d aava? "Ho could, Tonf" tas
which Ae wai is tore to reply : -, " It will
give me pleasure tehi yon, and proceed
to give her a dopricato. : - v.i
I The Welsh have a sayiflgJLtbat if a wo' 'J
man were as quick with bflr feet aa her ttmpa
she would catch figntrfug ewwigs. to kindfct ! V J
the fire in the morning. r ' ' ' 1' j I
It was remarked by Tonysiu-S the tMwjhiV 1 I
in connselling moderation In pleture, " that
hohey should be .eaten from the.tip of iV
finger." i .. . , , .' v- ).'.
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