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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
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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.
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
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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
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
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.
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
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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
" 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-
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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.-
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.
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
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.
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
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, . - ;
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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
wini Bttruiic ui uiivu in 1111 v enuueu. n
"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

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