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HOME JOU11NAL. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1849. The question is often asked by mechanics, " What chance is there for us to cultivate our minds ? Our time is nearly a!l employed in earning a living." In answer to this inquiry, there is much that can be said. Mechanics, many of them, think they have a hard life to live. They think that because they have to toil on, day after day, that they are among those of the human race -who were doomed to be miserable beings. But they are entirely mistaken as regards this. The laboring clas ses are really the happiest set of beings on earth ; they enjoy more true happiness than do all the monied aristocracy, revelling amid the profusions of wealth. Money does not purchase happiness or contentment. Social enjoyment is not always to be found in the ta pestried halls of wealth ; pleasure does not reign where Mammon rules. There is a great deal of enjoyment to be gained by improving the mind. The me chanic's time, to be sure, is mostly employed in manual labor, yet there is a large field him. for mental improvement. His i ... evenings can be passed in storing his mind with useful knowledge ; his leisure moments can be employed in reading useful books, and he can thus be laying up a treasure, which will prove to be a source of enjoyment, both lucrative and beneficial. Neither is knowledge acquired altogether from the study of books. The mechanic should not depend entirely on the labors and experience of others, if he wishes to analyze the mysteries of mechanism. There is little to be learned of the action of a steam engine from an engraving ; see it in motion, examine its construction, study into the cause of its ex act revolutions, and there is more to be learn ed from an engine than can be learned from books in a life-time. Mechanics should strive to become masters of their business. Odd moments and leisure hours should be profitably employed in the cultivation of the mind, and the fruits arising from such a course of study, cannot be any thing but satisfactory to those Avho thus em ploy thoir leisure time. TEMPERANCE. There has lately been quite a temperance revival going on in our midst. The State Temperance agent, Rev. Mr. Haile, has been raking the temperance embers together, and by a good deal of hard labor and sweating, he has rekindled a flame once more. At the Town Hall, on Monday evening las', there was a very large audience. The Mayor pre sided, and spirited remarks were made by Rev. Mr. Haile, Rev. Mr. Blake, B. W. Tomp kins, Dr. Hooker, and by the chairman of the meeting. A good deal of enthusiasm was manifested by the audience ; but whether the same enthusiasm will extend outside of the Town House Avails, remains to be proved. Enthusiastic temperance meetings have been held in the Town Hall before. Mighty revo lutions of the temperance cause in Norwich have then been predicted, but like the man shearing the hog, " there was a great cry but little wool." The enthusiasm lasted the au diences until they reached the bottom of the steps below the Town House, and then all was forgotten. We were glad te see so ma ny of our mechanics and young men present at the meeting on Monday evening. Intem perance is one of their worst enemies, and one against which they should guard, with the fnntaof nra an1 t)iA trrpni(!d: rantion. There DVl IVitb VWt V. - is to be another temperance rally on next Wednesday evening, at the Town Hall, and we trust the mechanics and young men will rally again in full strength. Mr. Haile, who is a fine orator, and finished scholar, will ad dress the meeting. A. Chamanskv & Co. are selling their stock of ready-made clothing at greatly reduced prices. The concern is soon to be closed, and those who are in want of clothes these cold days, and wish to buy cheap, should give them a call. . See advertisement. There seems to be a continued stream of customers going into Bulkeley & Co's Dry 'annds store. Their masrnificent stock, of goods, their reasonable prices, and their polite and attentive clerks.' cannot but fail to draw ANECDOTE OF DANIEL " We mean Daniel Gardner, the man .who so positively affirmed that he did not eat ten pine apples at once. Our readers must know him ; go where you will, by land or water, and you will be sure to see Daniel, the soap man, alias the shoul der brace man, alias well, he is "engaged in so many different kinds of business, that we shall not undertake to enumerate them. He is a regular, true-born Yankee. Talk about your Yankee Hills and Dan Marbles ; non sense, get out ! There is more real Yankee, bona fide Yankee, in Daniel, than there is in a dozen of them. The razor strop man' is considered a genius in his way ; the ' soap man is called some pumpkins, but Daniel soars above the whole ; he is a hero, in fact, he is the king of Yankee pedlers. x His curious physiognomy will meet the at tention at once, the beholder, whiie gazing upon him, thinks he is viewing somebody more than common, and thus it was with an old countryman who came into Norwich a few weeks ago, to dispose of some chickens, apple-sauce and turnips. He saw Daniel in front of the Post Office, and he was sure that he was one of the lions. " Who is that 'ere fellow with a blue velvet cap and cloak on ?" inquired the countryman of a customer, who was making a bargain for a pair of chickens and some turnips. Him, sir ! don't you know him ?" exclaim ed the Norwichian, with surprise ; " that's the celebrated Daniel." " Wot ! the man that was put in the lion's den, eh ?" said the countryman, letting a peck measure full of turnips fall to the ground, and looking at Daniel in wonder and aston ishment No, it's Daniel, the chap who sells so much soap ana me rsorwicnian paid lor a pair of chickens, and left. Daniel, in the meantime, with his eye on the countryman, commenced feeling in his pockets, to get his soap in readiness to dispose of. Finding everything: all rigrht. he walked up to the farmer, and seizing his hand, as if he was an old friend and acquaintance, ex claimed How do you do, Mr. Mr. excuse me if you please, your name has slipped my memo ry, I" " Brown, sir, Brown," interrupted the coun tryman, trying to discover the features of an acquaintance in the physiognomy of Daniel. Brown T an yesrange rshould have for gotten it. How is Mrs. Brown and all the lit tle ones, eh ?" " , " You must be mistaken in the man," said the farmer ; Mrs. Brown died twelve years ago next hf ying, and as for the little 'uns, they have all got to be big 'uns." " To be sure they have, but I mean her who is to be the second Mrs. Brown, and the little ones who are now in the perspective," and Daniel touched him on the ribs slyly, and winked mysteriously. " Oh, nonsense ! you get out !" exclaimed the farmer, blushing as deep a scarlet as his apple sauce ; " but how did you happen to hear anything about it," and he looked seri ous. Just as if I shouldn't hear. When is it to come off? send us a piece of the cake, eh ?" and Daniel touched him on the ribs again. The farmer looked serious, and a sigh es caped from his lips, as he wTent to reload his mouth with a fresh quid of tobacco. " Then she hangs off, eh ? good-looking, but rather proud," said Daniel, with a know ing look. The farmer nodded his head In the affirma tive. " She's got the dimes, kinder loves you, but don't love your cowhide boots and home-spun clothes, eh ?" The farmer signified his approval, by wi ping a tear with his coat sleeve. " You are just the man I have been lookingLjigajgiy, after, said Daniel, with a mysterious whis per in the farmer's ear ; " you are just the man I relieve suffering humanity," and he tri umphantly pulled a cake of soap out of his pocket, and held it up to the farmer's eyes. " Bless my stars !" exclaimed the latter, " do you think you could help me a bit ?" " Help you ! I could make you and your dul cinea one, just as sure as Davy Crocket went to Congress. My soap, sir, but I won't say anything .about the soap, until I have related a short anecdote that occurred while I was in New York, a few days since. I went up 8th Avenue, and turning: down 23d street, I was going along, looking at the pretty girls in the windows, when all of a sodden, a man ran against me with such force that he almost knocked me into a cocked hat. " Halloo !" said I, as he went on, his equili brlum not being disturbed by the concussion ; Halloo i stop you sir," " What do you want?" said he stopping short, and looking fiercely at me. 1" I -Want to sell you some Soapy said I, and I pulled two cakes out of my pocket, and held them towards him. Vf,. Who are you ?": exclaimed he, looking as savage as a meat axe. " My name is Daniel, your honor, Danieli the philanthropist. I spend my, time in doing good and selling soap. It's the greatest stuff for smoothing the tempers of sweet-hearts, that you ever see. It is " "How much is it"?-he interrupted, in a somewhat softened key. I saw that he began to melt ; I had touched him in a tender spot. I stept up to him, and putting my hand on his shoulder, said "only twelve and a half cents. This blessed soap hfcs saved more chaps from throwing themselves into the dock on account of the Mrhims of pretty girls, than you can shake a stick at in a fortnight. It not only takes grease spots out of clothes, but out " " WThat !" he exclaimed, seizing my hand, "you.dou't say it takes out grease spots ; will it take 'em out of silk dresses ?" " Sure as blazes," said I. ' " Give me six cakes," said he, handing me a two dollar bill. I handed him the soap, and ere I could give hinTback the change, he was out of sight. I thought nothing more about it, only that he was more generous than com mon folks, until the next day when I met him on the Battery. He grasped my hand, and gave it such a shaking that I thought it would have come off. " You have proved the salvation of me," he exclaimed. " A coroners inquest would have been held over me ere this, if it hadn't been for your soap." " Explain yourself," said I. "I will," says he. " I was out to an even ing party night before last. She was there. She sat next me athe table. I was asked to carve the turkey ; I attempted to. In try ing to cut off a wing, the turkey slipped and went into her lap. It was a magnificent silk dress that she had on , was bought at Stew art's and cost tha worth of a small farm. She gave a wild scream, and fell fainting, to the floor, the turkey going with her. She was carried out of the room in hysterics. I called upon her yesterday, to ask her pardon. She was not able to sit up ; she was white as a 1 , WW' 1 1 . sneet. w e were 10 nave Deen mamea next month. I asked her pardon for the accident, and referred to the happy day. She shook her head and pointing to the silk dress, she said firmly, but with a feeble voice, "Never, untiTTharreaespStLS ouu"- 1 plead with her in vain. It was of no use, she was inex orable. I rushed madly from the house, bent on self-destruction. 1 1 came across you; the soap I flew back with, got the silk dress, and by following the directions on the paper, the big grease spot soon disappeared. The lady got well in a moment ; it was one of the most sudden cures that I ever see. The roses man tied her cheeks again, and fondly putting her arms around my neck, she kissed me, and said the happy day should not be postponed, " The thread of the narrative was here bro ken off by the farmer, who nearly fainted, but was so lucky as to be caught in the arms of Daniel. " How much is it a; cake ?" he asked as soon as he had somewrhatrecovered. ' "Only twelve and a half cents, cheap as dirt," responded Daniel, " I'll warrant it to do anything but black boots ; if you will make her a present of a dozen cakes, it will upset Shakespeare's theoryj? . " What was that ?'1asked the farmer. " That true love p run smooth. Offer yourself to her, wheii you give the soap, tell her shell never be twubled with grease spots again, and I'll bet al cart-load of California gold dust, that she'lVaccept you. What do you say ? will you tate a cpuple dozen cakes?" Will you takeyiur .pay in apple sauce,?" honestly asked the farmer, It is needless to sar that Daniel sloped im- - r i - . . We understand tlat our citizen, Mr. Na than Scholfield, is aYout to start for California in pursuit,' as wepresume. of the glittering dust. Mr. Scholfidd is one of the best me. chanics in "dre' eounxt, and has gained an en viable reputation, as an author, of several works on Trigononetry and Civil Engineer- me. we wisn nrni success.- RAILROip ACCIDENT. On Friday evening,1 at 6 o'clock, a train on the Worcester Raiioad came in contact, at the West Newton Irossing. with a hofse and wagon, in which was Mr. Bellows of Fra mingham. The' htrse was instantly killed, and Mr. B. was sespusly injured. The wagon was ruined. . . Conductor KiLiinf-On Saturday last, Smith,-conductor o the Manchester and Law rence train, in stefpU'g from one car to an other, slipped -on tiiails and was instantly Kiuea..- v-tf. fv. f CHRISTMAS AND NEW TEAR. 1 J We would call the attention of our read ers to the advertisement in another column, of J. H. & T. M. Gale. All those - who are in tending to make presents to the little uns, on the coming holidays, should examine their ex tensive assortment of fancy articles, before they purchase elsewhere. " Give them a call, at Santa Claus' head quarters, No. 82 Main street. GREAT BANK ROBBERY. The Phoenix Bank, Westerly, R. I., was broken open on Sunday night, and robbed of $ 1 5,646. The money stolen, was of the Phoe nix Bank, of the denomination of Is, 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, and 20s. The entrance was effected by means of false keys, through the outer door, and by means of a bitt the inner door was perforated with holes, so that the money was reached, and the above amount taken. This is the most daring burglary we have been called upon t record for a good while. So great and successful a robbery could only have been planned and perpetrated by the most accomplished rogues. As yet, the scoundrel goes uncaught. Dividends. The Providence and Worces ter Railroad Company have declared a divi dend of 3 per cent, for the last 6 months. The Fitchburgh Companj' have declared a dividend of 4 per cent., payable on the 1st Jan uary, also, interest on new stock. Wonder when the Norwich and Worcester R. R. Co. will do likewise. The lecture by Prof. Hopkins, at the Town Hall, on Wednesday evening, was really an intellectual treat. Notwithstanding it com menced snowing in the early part of the even ing, the Hall was well filled with attentive listeners, who went home, we have no doubt, well satisfied with this, the first lecture of the course. The speaker displayed more wisdom than he did oratory. The lecture was deliv ered in a plain, scholar-like way, and left a better impression on the minds of the hearers, than it would, had it been delivered in a bom bastic style. His theme was "The Study of Nature," and he advised those who listened to him not to depend entirely upon the study of books for a learning, as the great book of Nature contained treasures of hidden know ledge, which could be easily gathered by the diligent and studious scholar. His compari sons were beautiful, as well as original, espe cially thatt in whiche compared the Geolo gist to Old Mortality, as wandering among the tomb-stones of, ages, and reading the epi taphs of past generations in the stratas of hidden rocks, fcc. But wratit of room forbids our making any more comments on this ad mirable production of a great scholar. DCj" Readers, have you examined the ad vertisement of Prof. Gordon ? Have you ever purchased a bottle of his Hair Tonic, for the groAvth and preservation of the hair ? If you have not, just give him a call. " One of the most essential ornaments of the human family, is a good, healthy head of hair." This Tonic will prevent the hair from falling off, eradicate dandruff, and impart a beauti ful gloss, and keep the hair always moist. . SIDE "WALKS. The side-walks on the West side of the ri ver, are in a aepioraoie condition. VV e go over that way occasionally, and if the City Authorities nave waded through such mud there as we have, they would have those side walks flagged immediately. A few nights since, three ladies got stuck in the mud, in front of Davis store, and their vigorous cries of " help !" brought us to their rescue. They were at last relieved from their perilons con dition, not, however, until they had lost their shoes, and we our boots. We trust the la dies will carry a bill of damages against the City, and as for our boots, we will charge no thing for their loss, provid.ed thc City t t4 to the suffering humanity on the West side. THINGS IS WORKING. Matters in Washington are getting no bet ter fast. The members have done a little,- that is to say,; two of them came very Pear having a regular knock down. We were glad tt, see them evince a disposition to do something, if not more. If they would have a general knock down, and pitch each other out of doors, they would be doing their coun try service, and rendering aid to the pockets of surgeons. They are now in the third week of the session, and no Speaker yet. O, Patriotism!! O, Humbug!!! O, Eight Dollars a Day !! !i ; ' . , l- Great Men. Great men stand like, solita ry toirs in the city of God, and secret pas sages running deep beneath external nature, give their thoughts intercourse with higher intelligences, which strengthens and consoles them, and of which the laborers on the sur face do not even dream, . - ; VS.. : Happy ffir Is, who can but love them ? . with eheeks like the rose;-bright eyes and elastic step, how cheerfully they go to work Uur reputation for it, such girls will mak e excel lent wives. Blessed , indeed win loose men be who secure such prizes, s Contrast those w ho do nothing but sigh all day, and live to follow the fashions, who never earn the bread they eat, or the shoes they wear ; who are. languid and lazy from one week's end to an other. Who but a simpleton and a popinjay would prefer one of the latter, if he were looking for a companion. Give us the work ing girls. They are worth their weight in gold. .You never see them mincing along, or jump a dozen feet to steer clear of a spider or a fly. They have no affectation, no silly airs about them. WThen they meet you, they speak without putting on a dozen silly airs or trying to show pn to better advantage, and you ieei as u you were laiiung to a numan being, and not to a painted, fallen angel.. " If firls lrn.w Vinw aH 1v.tVK.tr mica "it -ivWiIm they endeavor to shew off their delicate hands : and unsoiled skins, and put on a thousand cut a , uicjr uuiu gitc wunus mr lue siiua tion of the working ladies, who are so far above them in intelligence, in honor, in every, thing, as the heavens are above the earth. Be wise then, you who have made fools of yourselves through liie. Turn over a new leaf, and fegin, though late, to live and act as human beings as companions to immor tal man, and not playthings and dolls ; in no other way can you be-hy, ana subserve the designs of your existenceA School Scene. Green spectacle gogue, enthroned upon a three-legged si a- wini Bttruiic ui uiivu in 1111 v enuueu. n claims "Big boys come ijp' and parse The pig squeaks. Now tell me what is the ?" " The, sir, is a preposterous article, nomina tive case to pig." " Why do ycu call it a preposterous article?" "Because it stands before pig. I wouldn't stand before one for a shilling." Next boy, parse pig." Fig is a common noun. " Why is it a common noun ?" " Because it's so common, that you can't see nothing else in the streets." " What is squeaks ?" " A noun proper, sir." " Why is it proper, Ezekiel ?" " Because it makes a proper loud noise, and disturbs all the neighbors." " That's O K. Now you can all go and carry on with .he gals." Willimantic. We are sorry to know that this road is not managed as it ought to be as it must be, if justice is done to the public and the stockholders. Things do not go on in shape; there is no use of making -an enu- meration of deficiencies. Fourteen miles an' hour will never do. The persons who have the management of this road must put mat- . ters in better trim, or they will not please the., public. We here speak only what is spoken by the people. Gazette. Left. A chap who has been driving a stage from New Britain to this place, was one day last week, entrusted with several hundred dollars, more or less, to bring .up here. He took a sudden notion that stage driving was not good business, "and left vjth the money. He has been pursued, but we do not hear that he has been caught yet. .; His name was Hazard, and in our opinion, he has started on a hazardous business. He wasn't smart, or he might have done better than run off. - - P. S. The gentleman has been nabbed in Boston, brought to this city, and deposited in Mr. Morgan's Pearl st. Institution. Musty. Zachary's message, which was prepared three weeks ago, at least,, must "be getting musty. If Congress does not hurry up them cakes, the document won't be any better than a last year's one. , '.; A New Game or Poker. Two Irishmen, who were emplo-ed on the public works at Bonaparte, Iowa, lately got into an alterca tion at a grocery. As the quarrel waxed hot, one of them, who was heating a poker in a common stove, withdrew it, and run the red hot iron through the other's windpipe.' The wound is very serious, and it is thought will prove fatal. The aggressor was committed to jail, to await his trial at the spring term of the. district OUiin-Vn HunuMXViwtrv Predestination. " Do you believe m pre-1 destination ?" asked the captain of a Missis sippi steamer of a Calvanistic clergyman who happened to be travelling with him v " Of course I do." , ; " And you also believe that what iakto be, ' will be r A "Certainly." , , " Well, I'm glad to hear it." ' "Why?" . , " Because I intend to pass that boat ahead in fifteen consecutive minutes, if there be any virtue in pine knots and loaded safety valves. So don't be alarmed, for if the bUers 'aint to burst, they won't."; . r ; Here the divine commenced putting on his hat, and began to look very 'much like b&ekt ing out, which the Captain seeing, he observ ed : ' .' v. i ;vni 2 ' "I thought you believed in predestination, and what is to be, will be." .,r ,. ?. ; " So I do,but I prefer being a little nearer the stern when it takes place." j:.Jc-, ' : " ' , .- ; I v. ,i T I . He who wishes to pay twenty per cent,- more for his goods" than they are worth,, can go to those who do not advertise.; I Jrr WORKING GIRLS.