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VOLCANO WEEKLY LEDGER.
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. for quarterly and yearly advertisemcU.
■ legal advertisement*
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i JOB PRINTING.
.. sre nrepare<l to do Job l’rintin(f of every de
■ in a style superior to any other office in
H Southern Mines, and at a* fair rates.
W, KR< -R* R*
Vifflfo two .loon South of the Empire Hotel.
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i [r. r. Johnson.
TEBB* A IOH!H»OH,
ATTORNEYS at law.
voij-ano, amadou coi-ntt, cii-
T ILI. Practice in the County and District courts
,i „f Amador, Calaveras and El Dorado.
All business entrusted to their care will receirc
rnipt attention. .. . . , „
idice, on Main street, adjoining the Post office.
P C. Johnson.—Notary Public.
net 27 1 qy _____
SAMUEL .1 K. HANDY,
(late of pi.acervii.i.e, cal.,)
COUNSELLOR AT LAW,
AVINO removed to Volcano, will strictly at
tend to all Professional Business confided to
... in the several Courts of Amador. Calaveras
d El Dorado counties, and in the Supreme Court
the State.
I Klice on Consolation street next door to the Res
irant of Spangle & Co.
Idee 8 7-ly
BROWN A GRANT,
ATTORNEYS AND COfNPEI.I.ORa AT LAW,
Jackson, California,
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Jim;* It. RDVNOI.D*,
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT I.AW,
Volcano. -Imadnr County, Cal.,
ATE Territorial Judge of the Court of First
J Instance,of California, commissioned by Gov.
ley. in 1 H4!>. Office on Main street with S. M.
■att. Jeweller.
nov .1 _____ * 3m
N. Harding,
I Justice of the Pence, Township, .Vo. it,
Office on Main street. Aqueduct City.
John 11. I>«>nnia,
Constable Township .Vo. 3.
tiffins with N. Harding. Esq., Aqueduct City.
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HORACE SMITH.] [JAMES H. lIARIIY.
Smith A Hardy.
TURNEYS AND COUNSELLORS AT LAW, SACRA
MENTO, C Al
ii.!, attend to causes in the Supreme Court,
and in all the courts of Sacramento and ad
tiing counties.
Drrirr, in Lathnni'a Iluilding. North side of J st..
tween 2nd ami 3*l.
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T Tl I’AWLIlti,
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW,
May lie found at Justice Gale's office.
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H. H. BRIOOS.] [s. B. AXTKI.I
- a axtell,
• -4 TTOIf NE YS A T L A W,
JACKSON, AMADOR COUNTY, CAL.
DIFICE—At the Court House.
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WM. W. GIFT A CO,
Banker*.
ohneu nr j and third hth.. hacraMKNTO cat.
)EALERS in Kxehangc, Gold Dust, Suite, City
and County Ktoeks.
loot 2
ounly Stocks.
e-W'.Votff and Profit Collected.
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A. B.
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MOV. M.
Dcnlbt.
Permanently located in Volcano,
lhaving a enmtortable and convenient
Office, with all the necessary latru
nts. Tmlsjaq appliances, will do any kind of
P'R that pertains to the profession of Dentistry,
■ a manner which shall give entire satisfaction, or
p money refunded..
Artificial teeth inserted on Gold Plate or Pivot,
e ease may require. Toetb plugged with Pure
k • «r extract***!. Children's Teeth regulated
n necessary- and all diseases of the oi ms, (the
Vi i iiiv '1 c *Med scurvy of the Gums,) cured
Chloroform administered if desired.
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Hoi ottrAUNO.] [w. U. rUILBUICK.
HARDWARE, STOVES. Ac.
Subscribers would respectfully inform the
Ifit Volcano and nurrounding country,
i ® lve f“ r| ned a CopartmTuhip. and have
hit .?“** a * lll< 'ir store, next door to the Empire
! ’ 1 ' I "' largest and most complete stock of
o' 7 KMI stOPES, TI.VH’.IHE. tfC.,
fer offered in thu place onr rtock „f STOVES
I .oi V* 11 ,M ‘l cctt *' l with particular cure, and are
F;‘PM to the season.
L„'? r • ! *‘*tnient of HARDWARE embrace* eve
li. I;' I ‘“f, I* usually kept in an establishment of
Inns U ' U we oiler on the most liberal
ii h " # "' l all kinds, done to order
r“ e »horU«t notice. Give t
nov 17
- us a call.
BOUGHTAX.ING A PHILBKICK.
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Butte
ole
malt ee house ikitk City.
has opened the above Hotel
solicit* a share of public patronage.
r . 4 VT MALTEK CHIEF.
City, Nor. 9th. 3m.
unoLortgt*, No. 9&, I. O. of o. r.
Meets every Friday evening
at Odd Fellows’ Hall, Vol
cano, Amador county, Cal.
JAS. A. CLARK, N. G.
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For the Weekly Ledger.
A TEAR.
A tear! what is it but a drop
Of water—living water!
The breath of summor drinks it up,
Like other drops of water ;
Its coming may betray the roll
Of Passion's billow in the soul,
And yet, ’tis only water.
Wild A pony obtains relief
In scalding drops of water !
And gentle Sorrow finds her grief
Evanishing in water!
And Pity, when her scanty store
(Tan nothing offer to the poor,
Pours out a drop of water!
As Joy lifts high her golden cup.
It brims with sparkling water!
As Laughter shakes bis pitcher up,
It bubbles bright with water!
And Penitence—that gives her all
To purchase pardon for her fall—
What CAN she give but water *
Lo! Mercy, from her rainbow seat,
Sprinkles the air with water!—•
And Hope kneels grateful at her feet
Amidst a spray of water! —
While Hoi.t Lon, serenely high,
Scatters effulgence from the sky
In radiant shafts of water!
A Prospecting Tour.
A Tramp among the Mountains of Cali
fornia!
BY WILLIAM H. THOMAS,
If any person will take the trouble to
glance u|>oii a good map of California, he
will find that the Rio de los Plumas, or Feath
er River, takes its rise among the wild, bar
ren monnfains. called the Sierra Nevada, and
empties into the crooked Sacramento. If,
after a careful examination of the map, the
reader has any doubts on the subject, he can
lake a trip to the gold regions, following the
winding course of Feather River, and return
home perfectly satisfied that such is the case. ;
The bank of the latter river would be a ;
pleasant place to spend a few weeks, and a '
hunter or any |K>rson disposed for rough sjiort,
could manage to employ his time to good ad
vantage in shooting deer, or having a crack (
at a grizzly bear, although I would not ad- •
vise strangers to seek a combat with the lat-!
ter, ns they might repent it, and perhaps, if
their hands are not steady, or their aim good,
or their legs extraordinarily swift, they might
not live to give an account of their expedi
tion.
1 have had the extreme unhappiness of
meeting with a number of these four-legged,
shaggy gentry, and 1 can’t say that 1 ever
came off with much honor or profit. One
time 1 was chased up a tree with a dozen oth
ers, equally as brave as myself, and another
time 1 abandoned my mule and thought 1 had
made a cheap bargain, w hen I returned a day
afterwards and found some of the iron-work
of the saddle. As for the mule or leather, I
never saw either of them again. Rut 1 con
soled myself with the reflection that the brute
would he troubled with indigestion, and per
haps get cross and kill one or two of his spe
cies, before his usual placid temper returned.
In the summer of I was ou the hanks
of the Feather River, striving each day with
a huge pick-axe to get a few grains of yellow
dust from mother earth, and rather inclined
to quarrel with the old dame, because she
would not supply in proportion to my deserts
or exertions, when my partners after a late
supper one night, promised that we should
prospect a little, and see if we could not find
a lietter place to dig, where gold was more
abundant.
We were seated around the fire at the time
the proposition was made, each man w ith a
short, black pipe in his mouth, trying to jht
suade himself that he was perfectly happy,
far away from friends or home, and living on
fried jKirk and " slapjacks” done in the grease
of the aforesaid jKirk, to make them relish,
while, for a rare treat, we would cook an oc
casional mess of beans, and fancy that we
were dining at a first class hotel.
“ I am tired of this,” said one of ray part
ners, an irritable young gentleman, who had
always measured off calico and ribbons for a
living, and who came to California under the
impression that gold could lie picked up on
the surface of the earth, like stones. Ills
name was James Counter, a very good fellow
at heart, but not over fond cf using the shov
el or rocking the “ cradle.” " I tell you lam
very tired of this,” he repeated. We were
all tired, so we didn't care about contradicting
him. “ Here we are, getting only four or
five dollars a day per man, when we should
certainly take out an ounce each.”
The rest of us smoked on in silence. We
again agreed with Counter. We deserved an
ounce, but the deuce of it was, we couldn’t
get it. “ How long, think you, we shall make
•mill ends meet,” continued Counter, “ when
flour is one dollar per pound, jiork ditto, »hq>-
hread seventy-five cents—and short weight at
that. Reims, you know, are ninety cents a
piut—and w hat’s a pint of beaus ? 1 can eat
a pint of stewed beans at a meal, and then
wish for more and, as though he would like
to prove to ns that he could keep his word,
our friend hauled u saucepan towards him,
and began eating the few that were left from
supjicr, without noticing the angry glances of
his companions.
The fact of it is, each man had lieen watch
lug the few remaining vegetables with a jeal
ous eye, aud each intended to rise early in the
morning and finish them before his comrades
were stirring. It is no wonder, therefore,
that Counter was mentally damned by each
member of the party.
VOLCANO, AMADOR COUNTY, CAL., SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 22, 1855.
T. L. It.
" There’s some truth in your remarks," re-
I plied our captain, a native of Oregon, and
j known by the extraordinary name of Smith.
He was a man about fifty years of ape, a qni
-1 et, hard-working fellow, and good shot with
a rifle. His only sin was a lovo of whu •ky,
and liquor be would drink, if be could get it,
" I never speak anything but the truth,”
replied Counter, scraping his saucepan, to see
if he couldn’t find another beau to till his ra
venous maw.
“ W hat did yon say that you’d finished
your supper for, some half hour since ?” ask
ed Smith.
“ Hecausc I had.”
" Hut you are still eating.”
" Do you supjioge that what little I stowed
away at supper was to lust forever V
Smith made no reply. He knocked the
ashes from his pipe, silently reloaded it, light
ed it, took tw o or three winds, and then said:
“ I think myself, that lietter diggings can
be found higher up the river, but you must
recollect that we are not acquainted with that
part of the country, and 1 think that the foot
of a w hite man never touched the soil beyond
these mountains.”
“ The more reason why wc should explore
in that direction,” replied Counter.
“ True," answered the old man.
" Who knows but we may find a gold mine
a few miles further up the river, where we can
pick the stuff up, without the trouble of
breaking our backs by lifting huge rocks and
shovelling dirt ?” said Counter.
“ Hut we may meet with something more
disagreeable than yellow metal.’’
" What?”
i “ A grizzly bear," replied the Oregonian.
Counter removed his pipe and laughed loud
I and scornfully. "A man like you afraid of
a hear !” said Jim. “ Shoot them, if they
cross your path.”
“ H is no easy work,” replied Smith, calmly.
“ Not easy ? I can imagine nothing so very
difficult in the act. Let me make one of a
party of three, and we’ll risk your bears,”
“ Have you ever seen one 1" asked Smith.
" Well, no, not in a wild state, but then
I’ve looked at them pretty close in a travel
i >"K menagerie, and they appeared sleepy and
dull."
Smith laughed in a jicculiar manner, as he
said :
. “ So, if we undertake this prospecting tour,
you wish to make one of the party, Coun
ter r
" I should be delighted to go.”
“\\ ell, then, you shall bo gratified. I w ill
make the sceond. Who is the third ?”
As no one else answered, I thought 1
would.
“ I will go, uUhotigh I warii you that I go
not to light grizzly hears. 1 have had enough
of their company,*
“ Humph,” muttered the old man, “I might
have had two better companions; lor I’m cer
tain that you’ll both run, upon the first uj>-
pearance of danger.”
“ Speak for yourself, Smith,” cried Coun
ter, indignantly. “1 am not iu the habit of
shying at danger.”
I knew the weakness of my legs, and kept
silent 1 had made a number of resolutions
while 1 had been in the mines, and one was
to face a grizzly bear and kill him in single
combat. Vet my resolves were always for
gotten, upon the first appearance of the ani
mal, and instead of turning to my ride, 1 al
ways preferred my legs. I thought under
the circumstances 1 would not boast.
" My nerves have been tried by the sight
of the beasts,” replied Smith. “ 1 didn't
know but you might feci a little weakness
about meeting one. We may test your cour
age before we get back,”
“ You’ll find me nil right, Smith. But
when shall we start V’
“ To-morrow morning at daylight.” replied
our leader.
" That is sudden.”
” True, but we can start then as well as the
next day. Each of you will have to carry
three days' provisions, besides a blanket and
rifle. You see that it is no light load you
will have to carry.”
** But we have no provisions cooked." said
Jim.
*• How long will it take to boil a few pounds
of beef ?”
II But we couldn't live on that I” cried
Counter, with consternation.
“ No, each one will carry three pounds of
ship-bread.”
“ Well, I can do that like a book. Now,
who is to boil the pork ?” Jim cried iu high
glee at the thought of the proposed prospect-'
iug tour.
‘‘(io to your blankets,” replied Oregon, ‘‘l
will have everything iu readiness by daylight.
Long before to-morrow noon we must be
miles from here.”
We finished our pijies and retired to our
hard couches, a few brunches of (ir keeping
onr bodies from the ground and forming the
only lied which we were accustomed to.
There was no signs of day when we were
called by Smith, who apparently had not been
to bed during the night. A huge fire was
burning in front of the tent, and by the hid
ing sound that greeted our cars, we knew th;.t
breakfast was being prepared, so as to start
os soon as light.
“ Why, Smith,” yawned Counter, as he
seated himself before the fire—for the morn
ing air was cool— 11 1 should think from ap
pearanccs that yon had not slept during the
night.”
“ I had some balls to cast and a few stitch
es to take iu my clothes, so I thought i would
sit up and be ready for a start. It is about
three o’clock, 1 think. By the time coffee
has boiled, breakfast will be ready, and after
that is despatched, daylight will be here.”
“ And then we leave ?”
" Yes, if you are of the same mind as yon *
were last night. There is plenty of time if*
if yon wish to liack out,’’ replied Smith, with
a taunting laugh.
" I hack out,” shouted Jim ; “I never re
treat ; and were there fifty grizzly bears
standing in my path now, I would venture.”
" I am afraid one would lie enough to turn
yon,” muttered Smith,
“ I suppose I may as well clean my rifle,”
said Counter. “ I don’t think f shall need
it, but still one ought to be prepared.”
“ While eating breakfast, grey streaks of
light made their appearance in the heavens,
and by the time each man had swallowed his
pint of coffee, objects were distinctly visible
at quite a distance. After finishing onr fru
gal meal we divided out provisions for throe
days, placing them securely in packs, examin
ed our ammunition, loaded the rifles, and were
ready to start upon our arduous journey.
Our companions turned out to bid us good
bye, and wish ns success on our tour, and
then with a hearty shake of the hand wc
were off.
For the first twohoursonrcour.se lay along
the banks of the river, with no very difficult
hills to climb ; but suddenly we came to a
wild, dreary region, where not a blade of
green grass was to be seen, and even the very
trees looked as though stunted for the want
of projier nourishment at their roots. A
huge mountain, that I had examined with
great interest for the last hour, mentally de
bating whether I should be culled upon to
scramble up its sides with a rifle iu one hand
and a large pack upon my back, was over
looking where-wc stood, and partly shut out
the light of day by its lofty grandeur and
blackness. A few pines were visible upon its
sides, and an occasional bush, bearing a pro
fusion of deep red berries, were the only signs
of vegetation. There were rocks, however,
and white patches of sand or clay, that look
ed as though placed their for land-marks by
the omnipotent Maker of the mountain.
“ Here,” said Smith, throwing down his
pack, ‘‘is our lust resting-place on level ground
for four hours. If you wish a drink of cool
water from the river, you had better got it,for
there is no other place until we reach the next
valley.’’
“ And do you mean to fell me,” cried
Counter, casting up his eyes towards the lofty
summit, “ that I’ve got to climb that all-fired
hill r
“ Yon can go back, if you wish,” replied
Smith, coolly lighting his pipe.
Jim meditated fur a few moments in silence,
but he did not remove his eyes from the imay^
“ Is there no way, Smith, of
this confounded hill?"
“ Yes.”
“ Then, by George, let us do so!” cried
Counter, springing to his feet with joy.
“ You see the line of mountains that ex
tend os far as the eye can reach, don’t you?”
asked Smith.
" Certainly I do,” replied Counter looking
in that direction.
“It is near about forty miles to a place
where the river can be reached, and then we
would find ourselves after travelling about
eighty miles, only three miles further up the
stream than at present. 1 have walked the
whole distance and know that this is the eas
iest mountain to climb in the whole range.
Jim got down on his pack in a meditative
mood.
“Then you have scaled this mountain,
Smith?” I asked.
“ Purl of it, my lad.”
“ Why did you not cross while about it!”
“ For a variety of reasons. Hut come,
drink your fill, ami let us lie off. By twelve
o’clock we must be on the summit,” cried
Smith, hurriedly, as though fearful 1 should
ask more questions.
1 had a peculiar fancy to know what those
reasons were, but I said nothing more, and
following the others to the river’s side, I
quenced my thirst, shouldered ray pack, slung
my rifle over my neck, so that 1 could use ray
hands, and declared myself ready
With slow, uncertain steps we commenced
the steep ascent, Smith leading the way, and
showing the la-st path for us to follow, while
I kept as close to his heels os possible, and
after me came Counter—blowing and groan
ing like an old-fashioned steamboat.
“ If this is a sample of prospecting I don't
care if I never make unotU-r tour, Where
in the devil are yon fellows going to? Can’t
you wait for a chap?” said Jim, impatiently
—half angry at the manner in which wc left
him.
“ It ap|>cars to me,” cried Smith, “ holding
on to a bush and looking back, with a grin
upon his sunburnt face, “ that if you saved
your breath and used your feet to more ad
vantage, you would get along much faster.—
Wc are not fifty miles from the valley—so
don’t get tired a-ready.”
" Tired!” muttered Jim, “1 don’t know
who wouldn’t bo tired, crawling along on
their hand and knees with a twenty pound
pack upon their hack, beside a rifle."
“ I’ll tell you what it is, Smith,” Counter
suddenly exclaimed, “if you wish to kill
yourself, God forbid that 1 should make any
objections —only do it in a decent manner;
but if you think I’m to be murdered by
climbing this accursed mountain—all that 1
can say is that you are—mistaken. I go no
farther until I am rested.
He dashed himself down beside a tree and
threw off his pack.
“ Wc must stop and give the lad a resting
spell,” said Smith, with a grim smile of ap
proval at my endeavors to keep j»uce with
himself. “ The lad is not used to traveling
and should not have ventured prospecting.”
As he spoke he reached a slightly level
place where we could stretch ourselves at full
length, without danger of rolling into the
valley beneath us.
“ I can walk with any man alive," cried
Jim, overhearing Smith’s remark, “but I
don’t boast on my crawling, I thought I had
done all that when I was an infant.”
“Come where we are seated, Jim,” I said
“ No, I thank you, I am perfectly contented
where I am,” he replied, clasping the pine
tree which he was clinging to, as though de
termined never to leave it.
“ Smith," he said, at length, “ are these red
berries good to eat?"
“ I have never known men to eat them,”
replied Smith.
" What animal does eat them?”
“ Grizzlys are very fond of them, and will
eat a bushel without much exertion," replied
Smith, again lighting his pipe, and leaning his
head upon his pack.
“ What gluttons they mast be," we could
bear Jim mutter. “They must have apa
tites something like mine, for I feel as though
I could eat the hind quarter of a tolerable
sized bear."
For a few minutes all was still, and then
wc heard a rumbling sound as though some
dirt had become disloged and was rolling
down the mountain. We paid no attention
to if, however, and were about dozing off to
sleep, when we heard Counter’s voice.
If may be very gratifying to yon fellow up
thereto roll stones on me; but I’ll bo cussed
if I like it. I don’t object to reasonable
spot but when rocks weighing fen pounds hit
me on the head, I shall speak."
We supposed he was joking, ami paid no
attention to his words; but before many mo
ments he again cried out—
I don’t care who it is, but I wish you’d
quit. It seems to me you might find other
ways of amusing yourselves. I won’t be im
posed upon by any one.”
“ Why, what is the matter with the lad?”
eried Smith, slowly raising his head and re
moving the pipe from his mouth.
He gave a sudden start he gazed upon
the mountain, and his hand sought his rifle.
My eyes followed his own; and then with
an exclamation of horror, I scrambled to my
feet.
“Be quiet,” whispered Smith, laying one
of his strong hands iq>on my shoulder and
forcing me to my knees again.
It required considerable nerve to even fol
low this advice, for about twenty yards above
us was a large grizzly, looking with every;
murk of astonishment at our humble selves, j
ami apparently debating whether he would i
make a meal of us at once, or wait until his |
appetite was good enough to swallow the
whole party. The stones which were rattled
the head of Counter, were displaced
v the animal in his descent, ami while that
pliable young gentleman was blaming ns for
that which wc knew nothing about, the bear
hud gradually approached us uni>erceived. —
As yet he showed no signs of hostility, but
how long would his good temper last?
"Be quiet,” again whispered Smith, “and
let me sec if I can’t bring him down at a sin
gle shot. His eyes is the only place to aim
at and he sits fair. Tell Counter to climb
the tree and take his rifle with him. He is
in the exact path of the varmint.”
I spoke to him in a low voice, but he was
sulky and would return me no answer until I
had hailed the third time. Ho then looked
around with an angry frown; but when I
pointed with trembling hand to the grizzly
brute, a change came over his face that was
wonderful to behold. The frown left his
brow; his mouth opened to its widest extent
and his eyes glared like those of a maniac.
For one moment he looked at the i>ear and
then muttered —
“ A grizzly b ”
The balance of his remarks was lost; for
in his excitement he quitted his hold on the
tree, flung his arms wildly in the air in his
endeavor to gain his equilibrium, and the next
instant he was rolling down the steep side of
the mountain at more than railroad s[>ecd. —
There was u fearful fascination in watching
the poor wretch whirl over ami over, some
times descending feet first for a few yards,
and then suddenly dart headlong, until his
body would strike some obstruction, and
then it would again revolve like a cartwheel.
For a moment I lost sight of him in a cloud
of dirt, where, after laying motionless for a
minute, ho scrambled to his feet and dashed
off in the direction of the camp. 1 heard a
slight chuckle at my side, and then the sharp
rcjKjrt of Smith’s rifle recalled me to a sense
of my own danger. I turned, expecting to
find the bear within anus length; but, to my
disagreeable disappointment, he was rolling
down the mountain, following in the exact
wake of Counter. When he reached the
valley, however, instead of picking himself
up and starting off in pursuit of him, he lay
perfectly quiet and without signs of life.
" That’s the first grizzly that I ever killed
with a single ball. He caught it right in the
eye," said Smith, calmly reloading his rifle.
“ Are you sure he’s dead?” 1 asked, with
some faint idea that the brute might be play
ing possum
“As sure as I am that Jim will not stop
running until he reaches the camp. Lord,
how comical he looked going dow-n the
mountain!" Smith replied, preparing to de
scend.
We found that it was useless to continue
our prospecting tour that day. and after we
had taken off the skin of the bear and hung
most of the meat on a tree, we retraced our
steps, and after arriving at the camp, learned,
to our no small surprise, that we had ho -n
killed and eaten, and that Jim, after using up
all his ammunition, had only mode his escape
by the fleetness of his legs!
Counter was a sorry looking object for a
few days, but when his bruise got well, he
pleaded business in town and we never saw
him afterwards.— True Flag.
The weather is cold, rainy, hazy, sunshin
injj, &c.
f NUMBER 9.
TbchmcaC Observations.—A few dats
ago, a couple of men got into a fight, and at
a consequence, it being naturally the case, a
ring of excited individuals got around the
parties, and each according to his own feel
ings in the matter gave his advice:
“ Peg into him," said the shoemaker;
" hammer his upper leather for him—that’s
it! wax him, my, lad—bent his sole out for
him.”
"Cut into his fat, old fel,” said the butch
er; "knock him on the bead. Say! why
don't you punch his ribs! You’re a regular
calf, you are! Knuckle him, now yer got
him. and make mince meat of him.”
" Dress him well," said the tailor; “see
how he pants; fell him! give him a stich in
his ribs; button up his lip, and knock him
bang np.”
"Tan his hide,” said the currier; “peel
the bark of his nose—and damage his skin.”
“This suits me exactly,” aaid the lawyer;
“get his neak in chancery, and bleed him till
he pleads, and then he’s a good case.” Then
advancing to the other one, he said, "He’s
doing you an injury; he’s perfectly ferocious;
take the law on him, and I’ll look out for the
remainder.”
“ 1 saw him stick you first," said the car
penter. “ Nail him! Knock his uprights
from under him; cross-cut him until he lies
dormant. I'll bet a basket of shavings on
you old chip.”
" Plug him in the eye,” said the tobaccon
ist. " Get a double twist on him, and then
chaw him up Don’t let him stump you; give
him one on bis nigger head.”
“ What’s the row?” said the police, com
ing up after every one had gone. “Show us
a chance to have a grab at somebody.”
A Fist Stream.—A good story is told of
a Philadelphia Judge, well known for his
love of jokes. He had advertised his farm
for sale, with a fine stream of water running
through it. A few days after a gentleman
called on him to speak about it.
“ Well Judge," said he, “I’ve been over
that farm you advertised for sale the other
day, and find all right hut the " fine stream”
of water you mentioned."
“It runs through the piece of wood in
the lower part of the meadow,” said the
J ndge.
“ What, that little brook? Why, it don't
hold more than a spoonful. lam sure if you
were to empty a bowl of wafer into it, it
would ovcrliow. You don’t call that a fine
stream do you?”
“ Why, if it were much finer you could not
sec it at all,” said the Judge blandly.
We never heard whether the gentlemen
bought the farm, but we rather suspect
l he didn't.
Morai. Ciiabacrer—There is nothing
which adds so much to the beauty and power
of a man as a good character. It dignifies
him, in every station, exalts him in every
period in life. Such a character is more to
be desired than anything else on earth. No
servile fool, no crouching sycophant, no
treacherous honor-seeker ever bore such a
character; the pure joys of righteousness
never spring in such a person. If young
men but knew how much a good character
would dignify and exalt them, how glorious
it would make their prospects even in this
life,.never should we find them yielding to
the groveling and base-born purposes of hu
man nature.
The Wife. —lt is not unfrcquently that a
wife mourns over the alienated affection of
her husband, when she has made no effort
herself to strengthen and increase bis attach
ment. She thinks because he once loved her
he aught always to love her, and she neglects
those attentions which first engaged his heart.
Many a wife is thus the cause of her own neg
lect and sorrow. That woman deserves not
a husband’s generous love who will not greet
him with smiles as he returns from the labors
of the day; who will not try to chain him to
his home by the sweet enchantment of a cheer
ful heart. There is not one in a thousand
so unfeeling as to withstand such an influence
and break aw ay from such a home.
Advice to Yocnc Mf.x. —The Diary and
correspondence of Amos Lawrence, recently
published in Boston, has been extensively pur
chased by the large wholesale and retail busi
ness firms in that city for gratuitous distribu
tion to their clerks. It should be read and
(tendered over by every clerk and apprentice
in the country, for no one that reads the book
can fail to be more diligent and trustworthy
in the service of his employer. Such maxims
as these abound in the book;
“ Take this as your.motto at the commence
ment of your journey, that the difference of
going just right or a little wrong will be the
different* of finding yourself in good quarters,
or a miserable bog or a slough at the end of
it. “It is of much importance, in forming
your early character, to have correct habits
imd strict regard to truth in all you do. For
this purpose I advise you never to cheat your
self by making a false entry.
“ Avoid rum and tobacco, in all forms, un
less prescribed as a medicine, and I will prom
ise you better contracts, heavier parses, hap
pier families, and a more vigorous and youth
full old age, by thus avoiding the beginning
of evil.'’
Tacts**.—“ Borrowed garments seldom fit
well.” liable often trips up its own heels.
Men often blush to hear what they are not
ashamed to act. Pride is the flower that
grows in the devil’s garden. More are drown
ed in the wiae.cnp than iu the ocean. Ho
who buys too many superfluities may be ob
liged to sell his necessaries.
Mr In Paris, apothecaries are obliged to
nnt all poisons in red paper, while labels must
be used for medicine intended for internal ap
plication

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