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Mwera ft lire, Importers of BRANDIES, WINES, OlMa, BUB, SCOTCH ALB, BROWN STOUT, SAL AD OIL, CAS, TILE SOAP, Ac. Mo. 7J Ezchaii)ra Place, Morember IS, l»o7-ly< ~i. It C. I-. SMITH, mumij johk smith a 00., richmobd, WHOLESALE DRUGGISTS, AMD DBALKRa IR •TB aTUFFB, PATENT MEDICLNKB, Ac. 80. SM 18. Baltimore Btroot, (Up Stair*,) BALTIMORE, MD. Boreralier 15.1W7.—1y.» ICUOFIELD'S ]" WHITS HOURS RESTAURANT, ISS 'West Pratt Street, Adjoining Maftby Mourn, BALTIMORE, MD. November 15, 1867—1y. Ac-BBSS, Cole, Price ft Co., WBOI.KbAUi CLOTHIERS, ABS.Baltlaaore *t.,:_*-r Okarlo* at., BALTIMORR. S> H. AUA-a. B. V. OOLB. ».Z»- raica. *. V. ADAJia. BoTember IS, im.— ly. Carroll, Adams ft Meer, SSS B-lllm.r. etreet, BALTIMORE, MD., BonalMtnrer aand WholewUe Uoolen la Boots, Shoes, Hats, AND STRAW OOODfI. lixm CABBOLU t. Q. ABAKS. I. r. 8888. S. 11. LUCAS. Mo-OBiber U, IM7.—«m. Goldsborough, Buck It Henry, Wholesale Dealers In NOTIONS, HOSIERY, FANCY GOODS, Ao. 80. S BU-»-er.Str*et, (Up Stair*,) BALTIMORE, Mt>. V. C. OOMWROROIIIIII, Maryland. R. H. Buck, Viraiula. J. W. lUkki. Maryland. November 15, 1867-ly.* eso. W. H ERR INC. ft SON, DKAI.BBS IM CIIIXA. GLASS WOUIEEXSWAHK, Bn. T Run tli Charle* Street, BALTIMORE. JgSßßjtborW, IBJ7.—«m. ~fTm. ii. Ryan, NOTE & BILL BROKER. ABB DBAL-CR 1M SOUTHERN MONET, ax. I'Air_ Htreet, _-VI_riMOI-_.ltD. N«»e. It. CADDESS HI-OS.. MlcCKgaoita To ai.kx. iiahhim, STEAM MARBLE WORKS, Ooruer o Sharp ami (iermol St*., HVI/I'IMOKK. r"». is<i7.- ly. <£nrbs. JOHN T. « CREIGHTON & SON, IMrOHfTKKK AMI DtIUM IK HARDWARE AXV HOUSEKEEPING GOODS, No. 88 King Btrevt, ALEXANDRIA, VA. April 10, ISHB—ly. A. M. TUBMAN, ran.™ in WALL PAPER, WINDOW SHARES, OVAL AND HQUAKE PICTUKK KRAMEB, LOOKING GLASSES, Shade Fixtures, dornU :«s, CURTAIN HOOKS, CORDS, TASSELS, AC, , 12? King Htreet, ALEXANDRIA, VA. ORDERS for Papering iv city or country promptly attended to. April 10,1888—ly. \T J1.1.1A.- A. SHOOT. J. BOIJEKT KIIMO.MW. W. A. SNOOT ft CO., FORWARDING ANDL'OMMISSION MERCHANTS, No. 3 King Street, Alexandria, Va, WE give strict personal attention to the Haiti of Wheat, Corn, Flour, Wool and all other kinds of country produce; nnd for the purchase of (Iroccries, Guano, and Merelmndlsn generally. Prompt returns made on all sales. Keep constantly on hand . In quantities to suit purchasers, iSdtt, Fish, Lump and Ground Plaster, No. 1 Peruvian Guano and Lime.. AltonU for the sale of Miwro. J. R. McOraw , * Co*, and U. C. Barton's Potomac Herring and Shod. Cumberland Coal by the cargo, ear load or hogshead. Hags furnished if needed. April 10, 1868-ly. _ ME PLUS ULTRA DOLLAR STORE, Kino Steet, One door beloxe Marshal House. ALEXANDRIA VA. I AM now opening in connection with ' my Paper and Periodical Store n gptenrild ! assortment of Jewelry and Fancy Goodscou- ] sisting In part of Coral, Jet, Dogwood, Ktriti ean and other Sets ; Sleeve Buttons, Chains, ' King", Silver Plated Spoons, Forks, Mugs und ' Onbleta; I_ullen' Companions, Photograph I Alliums, Work Hoxi-k, Ac. | These giKidn nre worth the attention of all , persons, not only favourably comparing, but excelling In design and quality, the goods ! usually sold for 4 and o times the amount. ' «n_ dome at once and examine. Only One Dollar for a Choice prem-nt. April 17—3 m A, V. COX. WILLIAM T. HERRICK ! BANPFArTVRrn or SADDLES, HARNESS, ! Bridles, Collar*, Ac, No. 35 Kins Street, ALEXANDRIA, VA. CELLING! oil'cheaper than any other O house South of Now York. A largo stock on hand. April 10,1868—1y. , GEO. 11. ROHINSON & SO\, OROCKIUs AND COMMISSION MERCHANTS, Corner King and Union Strict, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. PARTICULAR attention paid to tho nulling of Grain, Flour, Tobacco nnd all kinds of Country Produce. Goods forward ed promptly. April 10, 1868-6 m» WILLIAM W. HERBERT, WITH CEOROE WASIIIIVOTOIV, COMMISSION MERCHANT, OflleoNo. 11 Union Streot, ALEXANDRIA. VIRGINIA. PARTICULAR attention paid to the i selling of all kinds of Country Produce, and Ailing orders for Groceries, Guano, Plus* ter, Seeds, Fish, Salt, Lime, Ac. April 18, 1868—ly, B. T. TUBMLAIV, ffnUULI »Kn RKTAII. DKAI.HR IS i HOUSEFURNISHING GOODS, WOOD AND WILLOW WARE, Block and Plain Tinware, , Table Cutlery, PLATED TABLE WARE, BRUSHES, AC, ' No. 129, King; Street, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGIN tA. April 10,1868— ly. • w. ii. rowi.it, m. w. keitii armistraix. | FOWLE ft ARMISTEAD, ' PRODITCK, FORWARDING AND I COMMISSION; MERCHANTS, ! Also, Dealers In i Lump and Ground Planter, 4.1 S. I ; ulouSl„:i>iirl IS Siiiilli Wlmrrei, j ALEXANDRIA, VA. IMTRE fine ground Mile Windsor - Plaster always on hand and for solo at market rates. December 6th, 1867.—1y. CASSIUS WIIEAT, GROCER, FEED AND OEN'L COMMISSION MERCHANT _ N»J.JO North Royal St rout, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. S FECIAL and prompt attention paid , to all consignments. April 10, 1868—ly. I "WILLIAM H. MUIR, j MJMKII'TIH AND DEALS* IN AM. KtHVt f F , CABINET FURNITURE, Chairs, Mattresses, ! LOOKING GLASSES, 4V. Coiner of King and St. Asaph Streata, ] ALEXANDRIA, VA. April 10, 1868-ly. | SMOOT & PERRY, n K.W.KitS IN ; LUMBER, NAILS, , Llm«, Cement, Sttlngle ft, c, No. 40, earner Cameron nnd Union Htreoto, i ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 10,1868—1y. ' house. ; lawrence d. i)ietz a co., 308 and 310 West Baltimore; Rtreet, betwoen Howard nnd Liberty Streets, BALTIMORE, MD ~ NOTIONS, HOSIERY, FANCY GOODS, Stationery, Perfumery, FURNISHING GOODS, COMBS, &C, Ac. ( April 10,1868— ly. - _^ Wltmcr it Miiiuiakti, • lIk.AI.MIS IN FOREIGN AND DG.MKRTIC , DRY GOODS, CAHPETIHOS, OIL CLOTHS, MATTINGS *c Corner J-I»K *■ Roral Street*, ALEXANDRIA, VA. November 15. 1867.-ly. , ' THOSfAS PERRY, " UENEJIALtiOMMISSION MERCHANT, No. 15 King Sk.i, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, , TJTARMERB tifniUlied with «;uano, -1 I'luslcr Hull, Flih, Kiirmliii! liopl cnU GriKerles, Ac., ivt lowest m.irkcl rata (tat cash. January 11 1868 -om. THREE MEETINGS. BTTHK AUTIIOIt OF "JOHN HALIFAX, OKN TI.EMAg." <lh, tho happy meetlnK from over thomoa; When I lon my frimid and tny friond lovnn me, Ami we Htiind fivec to face, and for let torn rend There are pmllosa words to be hoard and Bald, With a glance between, »ly, nnxiouH, lmlf strnnge, As If nuking, "Bny now, in there anght of change?" Till wo both settle down an wo used to bo— Since I love my friend and my my friend loves inc. Oh, the blissful meeting of lovers trlie, Against whom fate baa done all that fate oan do; And then dropteotitucr'd; while over tboto slain Dead yearn of nngrrinh, parting, pain, Hope Hits her bnnuer, gay, gallant, fair, Untainted, untorn, In the balmy air; And the Heaven of tho future, goUlcn nnd bright, Arches above them—God guards the right I But oh for the meeting to come one dny, When tho spirit slips out of its hoaso of clay; When the standera-by, with a pitying sign, Simll softly cover this face of mine, .mil I leap—whither, uh I who can know! But outward, onward, as spirits go; Until eye to eye, without fear, I see Uod, and and my lost, as they see me. I GO TO SEE JOHN ESTEK COOKE. Br 0. liriiUlSl WI'FFIX, X. P. A moment mora and ws arc in the parlor, before a great Are of logs, blaz ing and roaring merrily up the chim ney. There is lire enough to roast an ox, but the night is colli and Cooke culls for more wood, llis command is quick ly obeyed. Before we arefairlv warm, lam introduced to my friend* sister and nieces—the widow and daughters of the poet, and receive a kindly Virgin ian welcome. Tea is soon served. Af ter it is over, tho Novelist and myself return to the parlor, till our pipes with "Lone Jack." and thou comes a great smoka and a great talk. Cooke talks fluently and well. Books, war, horses, men, sometimes politics—he talks well on all tfese subjects, but Is particular ly interesting, to me at least, when he Is discussing the merits of his owit coin-' positions. ICe is candid, Btrmfchtfor ward, outspoken in regard to all that he has done or intends, to do. His aspira tions (or the future are so daring that what lie has done counts as nothing in the balance, against what lie Intends to do. As he sits in an easy attitude,dis coursing of things to conn", With his eye* lighted up and Tiis mind aglow, let me diaw lam for yon, O Biyidcr. My pic ture will not compare' with FlMier's ad mirable crayon head, which hangs a gainst the wall there, but it will serve as.an outline. The crayon indeed was taken years ago, when the original was longhaired and full-bearded; when Ms cheeks were fuller and the sober work of war hod not wrought its truces on his brow. Then he looked more like an artist than an author. Now, with his hair cut short aad only a heavy brown moustache shading his upper lip; his cheeks pale and thin, showing men tal labour, he looks neither the artist not the author, but rather the young lawyer in full practice. Yet this gen eral expression is belied by closer in spection of his features, and especially by his yes and mouth—tho format largo,brown, soft and slumbrous in re pose; the latter .shapely and refined, save only an undue liilness of .he low er lip. The shrewd, cool optics; the wide, thin mouth of the lawyer are wanting—tliisiran could lardly succeed at the'bar, albeit his father was a fa mous lawyer belorc him. lie tried ouce, but soon quitted In disgust. llis forehead is high, well-packed, full over the orbits and between the tem ples, but not expanded laterally or an teriorly—rather a square than a round forehead. His head is shaped, broad behind tho ears iinir high aver them; not an unusually large head, lie is combative and proud, if there be truth in phrenology; and I am Inclined to think there Is some truth in it, in spite ot Sir Win. Hamilton's experiments on the frontal sinus. Ilia nose' is straight, rather large but not thin—by no means a 'veiilc or undecided feature. Ills chin is masculine but not heavy, as was By ron's. There is enough of it, if we may trust Lnvatcr, to indicate determina tion of character, but nothing of the harsh, animal nature. As to ills tem perament, I would say that it was sail gulue-uervous, with some admixture of the bilious. In person, lie is above the medium height, say 5 feet 10 inches, slender and without an ounce of super fluous flesh; defective indeed in muscu lar development, as measured by mere volume of brawn—the race horse build, not the Conestoga. Formed forendur ancc, not for lifting or hauling. Ills age is 36 or thereabouts, and he has never been married.* This is my outline—pale indeed and rough, with no attempt at the finish of Darlcy or the force ot ltetzscli—but ac curate so far as it goes. Yon, whoever you are, who desir« a I'etter picture, take this my adviec—wait a few years and you will And said picture as the frontispiece to Cooke's Collected Works. The likenaM published somo years ago, as one of a group of distinguished American authors, Is not good. "Vultus index" is true of the face of the Novelist as ol other faces, and no otherwise. Once discover the character of a man, you llnd it easily enough in his countenance. The ensemble is un questionably that of a man of decision and ol energy, yet tlicre are lines which tell iinmistakcably of a love of ease — Descended on the father's side, from a race of hard workers, ho Is capable, when occasion demands, of emulating Ha/.lltt, without thcaidofffiulitt's tea. Six to eight hours« day of steady, rap id work is his rnic, and this strain, ex hausting as It is, he will maintain for weeks, until the work before linn what ever it may be, Is finished. Under a whip and spur of this sort and with such bottom, it is not to be wo'ideredflhaf, lie accomplishes enormous results l.ian In credibly short »hne. Ills longest, most finished and most successful novels have been written in six weeks working time! lie Is no worker In mosaic, but drivei on under a full head of steam, rarely flagging until the last line is completed. But there is another side to the shield —the maternal element succeeds the paternal. On the mother's side, he comes of a race loud of luxury and ease; and when his work is done, he (tn> use again his own term) "lounges" as fcmg and even more contentedly tha:> Cole ridge ever did. This is not Iho IMHi* f •He lim since been ruaiiU.«L J as in Coleridge's case, of intellectual torpor produced by indulgence in opium, nor by natural indolence, nor vet by tlmt recuperative idleness, which the Country Parson commends; but grows out ol a positive liking for "lounging," as a good thing in itself, and because it is in bis blood, lie loves work, delights in it, indeed; but be loves "lounging," ton, and delights in it thoroughly.— Doubtless this play of light and shade, these tidal waves ot action anil repose are essential to the well-being of every man. literary or not literary: but the peculiarity in Cooke's case is this—that he is not beset, as so many literary men are during their periods of inaction, with vain regrets about lost time, yearnings for some impossible faculty ot incessant labour,accompanied with hearty dam nings of their mental impotence, but aocepts the situation frankly, and ro' isbcß his loungings as sincerely as his labours. This happy .frame enables him to make his vacations what they ought to be to all authors—seasons of absolute rest, without one troubling thought— and brings him back to his work ever fresh, vigorous, joyous. Hence the chai'in of Tiis writings, which always en liven and seldom Ifever fatigue. You are borne bounding and gaily along, as upon a mettlesome steed, not jolted and dragged at a funeral pace on a jaded, wind-broken and thick-ankled hack. The character of my friend, as a man, not as an author. Is easily told. His tastes are simple, his disposition Affec tionate, his habits quiet, his maimers unstudied. He is a friend-maker, a lover otchildreuandof servants. While we were in the midst of our great talk, the evening 1 reached "the Vineyard," a little negro girl appeared suddenly before us. "Marse John. I come to show you the new dress you give me." Cooke made her turn round to show the fit of the dress, approved, admired, and sent her away rejoicing. When he lived in Richmond, his old 'Mammy" paid him regular visits at hisroo ns, and often, when I called to take n smoke with him, I found his rocking.ehalr en circled by little girls, the daughters of bis friends. On Ids return to Richmond, alter the wnr, one of the first visits he made was to his"Mammy." Separated from her now, he still keeps up the old relations by menus of frequent presents nnd kindly messages to her iv letters to his relatives. He is a friend maker, but lie does not wear his heart upon his sleeve for daws to peck at. He is none of your jolly good fellows, band In glove with Rob, Tom aiid'Hobnail. llis friends are few but firm. They are Arm, because he himself is l ; rni and true. He loves, not for position, but for positive qualities of the soul, and his love is returned in kind. He is high-toned. Littleness and in direction are his detestation. His natu ral pride, chastened by Christianity, has never degenerated into insolence, but has served its ligitimate purpose in keep ing him true to himself and to his best interests. Beginning life in Richmond as an author, under many disadvantages and against the wishes of his friends, he held steadfastly to his purpose, never running in debt, never borrowing mo ney, resisting till temptations lo conviv iality and the customary pleasures of young men in society, denying himself resolutely nnd pressing forward to the high mark before him without swerving to the right band or the left. His self denial anil devotion to the profession be had chosen were speedily rewarded. In a very few years and beforeße was four and twenty, lie had made a name in letters and a repiitntion which brought him money, work and fame such as comparatively fe-v men in the South, alter a score of years of arduous literary toil, ever attain His novels were republished in England and Ger many, and as a contributor to the lead ing periodicals of the North and South his name became familiar in all parts of the country. Harper's Monthly was often enriched by his contributions, and some of the most Important biographi cal sketches in Appleton's New Ency clopedia came from bis pen. Indeed, there arc not a few who esteem these sketches more highly than his most elaborate compositions. But his novels have made his fame. As n curious re sult of this fame, lie showed me letters from correspondents of whom he hail never before heard, who had rend his books and desired to express their gratitude for the pleasure they had de rived from them. These letters came Irom all parts of the Union, and were addressed toCapt. Cooke, Major Cooke, Colonel Cooke, add even Q»fl, Cooke. His proper rank is that of Captain.— He is. I lielieve, the only prominent lit erary man in the South, who was in the army from the beginning to the close of the war. This is a high' honor, Other literary men were in for a time, and some ot them played their parts well, but, sooner or later, they all got out.— Cooke joined the Richmond Howitzers before the war, and accompanied them to Harper's Ferry at the time of the John Brown raid. When the war broke out and the Howitzers increased to a batallion, Cooke was promoted to the rank of seargeant in Capt. Shields'* company and as such comma idcd a gun at the first Manassas anil the battle of Leesburg. In the fall of '61 or the win ter ot 'tis, he was assigned to duty on the stall of his connection, Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, and remained with him until he was mortally wounded at the Yellow Tavern. After that, he was attached to the artillery corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, as Inspector Gener al. While he was with Stuart, lie saw active service in its most arduous forms, and was by the side of "the llowcr of cavaliers" In his hottest engagements and most perilous raids. With the rest of the faithful, he "went up" at Appomattox C. H. But 1 am not here to discuss Cooke as au author, man, soldier or anything else. lam no biographer—l'm a Wuf fix. My aim was to tell about my vis it, and here I have gone off in a pane gyric, like a biographer for all the world. But Cooke has bis faults, plenty of them; he wouldn't be a man ,miich hiss a Cooke, if lie didn't have them. Am Ito incur Ins Ucrce displeasure, the rage Of till family and friends, and, belike, the en mity of the immortal gods, by describ ing those faults? 1 will do no such thing. Hut here certainly Is a problem! You Ought by no means tosty anything but good of lliu dead, and, unless you want to raise, urow, you had better not Miy anything hut good of the living.— 1 low is it possible, then, to tell the truth, which. Napoleon 111 says should be to the historian biographer) no less sacred than religion ? Clearly, it is Im possible, and your only safe plan Is to keep your mouth shut am! say nothing about nn vhiid v living Br dead. Which WuMx will hereafter do. Possibly, il' he rluiiiee- to light upon a frientf, who is about half dead and intends to re main w> lor n series of yearn, be mwy venture to speak bis mind Otherwise, \w will !'etTlTk>U3ly not. iCeo_s '(-:■ ajpnras f*is arv n> toU-A-.i-V v; _*.(-i.l_**i ■A_»iJ,o*«'lvi- , 1 tans (enough for :i small shop) nnd , smokes and writes nil tho time. He eats right heartily, too, but docs not chew tobacco—which is profanely In; -; Virginian in him. I doubt bis sound ' ness, on tho field pea question. I . hope he loves ash-cake, but I will not swear to any man born North of the 1 James river. He begins writing in the morning, soon atfrr breakfast, ami writes rapidly until a late dinner.— Writes on line note paper unruled. — llis I'niidwritlng is smooth, easy, uni form. Hears lightly on the pen; makes no nourishes or curly Qs. A page of bis Ms. is pleasant to look at. He re quires to be alone when he is composing. His door must be locked, his table, pa per, ink, pens Ac., must he just to his liking, or he cannot write to his satis faction. Like me in that. The uoise of children, any noise—the thumping of a dog's tail against the lloor—bothers bin. Me, all over. Wonder If he ever had a young rooster, just learning how to crow, to come antf practico by the hour under bis window? 1 have. It is the curse of country life, ami euough to madden two or more Jobs, ot a literary turn. Ho writes on a common pine 1 will most positively not call it deal table, mi varnished', and without acover. Has plenty of books in his room, but iioho for reference. At least, I saw none. His library is mostly in his head. He draws his inspiration thence nnd from the beautiful scenery amid which he lives. 1 on ly wish his chim ney would draw equally as well. Whan I was there, it imitated its master — smoked all the time. What a snug room he had then at "the Vineyard,'' cut oil, as it were, from the rest of the i house, and all to himself! I'lainly furnished, ton, quilt; so; the pine table aforesaid, a double bed, wnrdrobe, a few , chairs, wash-stand, &c. Od the wall, a i sabre; most of the chairs full of books; ' in the wardrobe, Job Stuart's uniform I coat presented by him to Cooke.— : Stuart's picture over tho mantel. He is loud of talking of Stuart and of telling about the coat. Rut the day I i reached the Vineyard, he had just re ceived and put on a bran new suit of clothes, made in Baltimore. "Ain't they elegant r Wulilx, just feel that! > I never saw a better piece of goods— i thick as a board and soft as velvet—good color, too—made up In style. "lie was as proud of them as a boy. I liked it in lii in. It was midnight when we wound up our long talk, during which Cooke smoked any number of pipes, and, an nounced lilt intentioii-to write better • novels than he bad ever written." My mind, "said he," has been lying fallow during the war. I have seen and felt enough to furnish me material for a • life-time of arduous labor." Arrived in bis room, mine author > said. I 'Shall I rend a verse or two in the ■ Bible?" "Yes, surely," The verses read, the novelist knelt 1 reverently, and soon we were in the i realm of dreams, or rather be arms, for ' for that copious dinner, those many pipes and a certain strange noise over ; bead, which sounded as If a spirit-rap ping.vermes were in active bUit, proved too much for me, and 1 laid awake a long time, revolting gravely tho differ ence between a successful author (to whom the publishers stood in reverent attitude, hat in bind, so to speak) and an unsuccessful no-author, whose writ ings all publishers, with beastly unan mity, refuse to print. Revolving this, not without a due amount of envy and mean jealousy (very hateful in you, Wufnx) I tell asleep, and the first thing I knew it was morning—a splendid No vember morning. Without lifting my head, I could see the rime on the leaf less tree-branches just outside the win* , dow, and the cold pearly sky, flushing lightly before the unrisen sua, like a maiden who knows her lover is coming. Cooke waked up.wide awake as a school boy who has bad plenty of sleep ami don't want to sleep any more, bounced out of bed nnd, to my amazement, said. "Come, Wuflix, lei's taKo a bath." "Where r" "In the creek, at the foot of the hill." "You're crazy." "Not much;" and off ho went, full tilt. Twenty miuutcs afterwards, he re-appeared, looking very bine about the gills, and with his teeth fairly chat tering in his head. 1 laughed at bim. "So much for 'shewing off.' A sill didn't know that great authors had thin skins nnd felt cold as much as other peo ple." "Fact, Wiiflix-, fact. I don't think I'll try it again soon, By Jove! it was cold. Whew." That day was Sunday. So. after breakfast, we went to Church in Mill wood. Cooke bestriding Ids war-horse, "Ruck," a llea-bitten animal, ns com pact and serviceable a piece of horse flesh as Lee's army could boast, rather too big in the barrel tor beauty, but with unequalled "bottom," to which Cooke owes his escape from capture more than once. Coming to a level bit of grass, just before we reached Millwood, Cooke said, "Let's have a canter." And away we flow, over the stream, up the bill, by Maj. Randolph's, past Mr. Clarke's, and so on to the Church with a rush—s grand entret as I thought —which didn't at all astonish the dozen young Men stauding near the Church doer—for that's their ewn way of doing things. Cooke is a bold rider. Horse bac* exercise is the only kind he in dulges in. When be feels out of sorts and unable to work to llis satisfaction, he dashes down the pen, mounts "Buck" and gallops madly across the country, as ifiie were going to see bis sweetheart. »r hail the Yankees at his heels. Unlike his brother, the poet, he cares little oi nothing for hunting or Bailing. Philip Pendleton Cooke was the greatest venator and piscator in that whole countryside, and came to his death, as I have heard, of a cold, con tracted while swimming the Shenan doah for wild ducks which he had shot. Tho church at Millwood is an uncom mon one for the country. The weal thy Episcopalian families of the neigh borhood would not be content Willi a homely cditlcc of any kind, private or public. The preaching, that da*% was not extraordinary, but the singing was unusually good. 1 certainly heard one yery fine voice. It was not my own or any other man's. Here I must really stop. I have writ ten too much already, but not as much as 1 wanted. Dow often must 1 tell you, Wufllx. not to make your articles so longitudinal—that's tho reason you never can get them printed. Rut, ma ton knon, as Socrates bath it—which Is the classic mode ef saying "dog 'on it!" —If nobody else will print this, I will.— What's a publisher to a man who has a newspaper of his own ? How Cooke took mc aside, after i church, and In a sheepish way excused himself far parting company with me then and t icic—Mclierele ! (we jnust be .u-icily cla.sic) metteluk* that voice which was not mm' own lmd something to do with it—and left me to return all alone to the Vineyard—how kindly the ladies treated me (insomuch that 1 didn't miss Cooke at all) what a sweet home It is—how grandly beautiful the scenery around it is—haw Cooke drove mo in the new carriage to Battletown— what 1 saw and did there—bow I re turned and stayed with Mnj. Randolph awhile and Cooke » while—what n mag niiireiit sunset we suw,"belokeniug tho end of the werld," very much—how I took stage back to Paris, waggoned my way to l.'ppervilte,stumped it on swift ly-oscillating pins (8 tough, plkoy miles in the dark) to Middleburg—and how beautiful tho memory of all this is to me, I cansot tell. But I am glad 1 went to see John Esten Cooke. Ue is a high-toned fellow—a Virginian—ageu tlcinan. HOW DICB-US AHO BULWIB WBITK. From a paper on "Busy Brains" in the last Atlantic we extract the follow ing : Dickens's favorite time for composi tion is said to be iv the morning. .Pow ell, iv his "Xotices of Living Authors ef England," says that ho writes until about 1 or 2 o'clock, when ho luncliet, anil afterwards take a walk for a couple of hours; returns to dinner, and gives the evening to his own or a friend's fireside. Sumcti.iies his method ol la bor is more intense and unremitting.— Of his delightful little Christmas book, "The Chimes," the author says, in a letter to a friend, that he shut himself i up for one month close and tight over "All my affections and passions got twined and knotted up in It, and 1 be came as haggard as a murderer long be fore I wrote "The End." When f had done that, like 'The man of Thessaly,' who, having scratched his eyes out in a quickset hedge, plunged Into a bramble bush to scratch themln again, I Mad to Veiilca to recover the composure I had disturbed." When his imagination be gins to outline a new novel, with vague thoughts rife within him, he goes "wan dering about at night into tho strangest places," he says, "seeking rest and mul ing none." "Bulwer accomplishes his voluminous productions iv about three hours a day, usually from 10 to 1, and seldom later, writing all with his own hand.— Composition was at first very laborious to him, but he gave himself sedulously to mastering Its difficulties, and is said , to have re-written somo of his briefer productions eight er nine times before publication. He now writes very rap idly, averaging, it is said, twenty octa vo pages a aar. Ho says ol himself, In a letter to a ffiend: "I litsrati-e away iv the morning, rise at 3, go to bed at 5, dine at 6, sad get through the even ing as best I may, some times by cor recting a prooi." BAISIHG TOMATOES. A writer in the Rural American says : I put the soed in boxes. The lied should be sown between the Ist and itlth of April, in order to have the plants well started before transplanting ; be care full to keep as much dirt as possiblo Around the roots. Set the plants In goodgro.ind, but not too much. If the bugs commence destroying the plants sprinkle them with plaster and alter- i wards water them. A sapportof some i kind should be provided to keep tfe I vines from lying on the ground. When i a few of the tomatoes have set, cut out < all of the main stalks, except four or < five, but none of bearing shoots. In trimming the vines the leaves should I bo cut close off, about an inch Irom the 1 main stalk. Some persons may tbiuk i that this harsli treatment would kill i the vines, but this is not the case. The I fruit will be much larger an d better i than on lliosc vines that woio not trim- i mod. If any one don't bclcive thisjlet i him try it. And when he sees the re- 1 suits he will never let his vines grow without trimming. MAY. — I This beautiful and ever-wclcomc < month comes to us like a ministering < angel, casting aside with one baud the storm, wind, anil mist* of April, and holding out in the other a picture of 1 cloudless skies, bright sunshine, g/een i fields and flowers. In ancient books I of poetry, May has been described as a ( beautiful maiden, clothed iv sunshine, i and scattering flowers on the earth, I while she ilauced to the music of tho 1 birds and brooks. In the bright war- I mth of her smiles the grass assumes a I greener hue, the buds expand into full < luxuriance, nature, songsters twitter i and warble on every band, and old I Mother Earthglows in her change from f the sombre hues of winter. Humanity ; joins in this feeling of gladness, and I and there is a natural impulse on the ' day which ushers in the month, to seek l the quiet and beauties of the woods and i Melds. This disposition to commune I with nature may also rise in part f:-om i a grateful sense of the divine good- I ucss which makes the. promises of sea- i sans so stable and so sure. |t_jr»'Twas Sunday night. The moon ' shone bright, and all was cool and shs- . dy, when a gay young gent, down Main ' street went a walking with a lady.— They talked of love; he called her dove; he told of his affection. She beared a sigh and turned her eye in nn opposite , direction. But why that start that chills the heart, as if with ice incrustedf Ah do not blame sweet Sarah Jane, to hair pins she has trusted, but hear her shriek or rather speak ; "My waterfall has busted !" SCjfjA poor old man busily engaged planting an apple tree was rudely ask- ' cd. "What do you plant trees for ? yon ' can't expect to eat the fruit of them." lie raised himself up and leaning on his spade answered. "Some one plan ted trees before I was born and I have eaten the fruit. 1 now plant others to show my gratitude when I'm dead." Thus should we think and act for die welfare of others. ....___.. SO* A lady found occnsion'to call on a dentist to have, her teeth" filled.— Among those filled were two front ones and when In a pleasant mood the lady's face shone with smiles, while polished gold glittered from the upper incisors, i'hey were ohserveii with admiration by lier little neice, who by and by se riously remarked : "Aunt Mary I wish I bad cop per toed teeth like yours." ICP A paper In Indianapolis, Indiana proposes that hereafter Instead of say ing, "let us sing the Doxology," the minister shall say, "Let us putonover i coats adjusted furs, slip on gloves, grab' our hats,look to the Lord and, bo dis ' missed." | * i ICP" "I feel too lazy to work," said n i loafer, "and l have no time to play. So I I'll go to bed aud split tho dillercuee." T HE BA TIVETIItG IHIA N ,• m ruiii.isificn'ifEHKL* n"? Or. U. W. B«gl>y 4f K.T. Stofcr. Truss OF IJl'lWe'llirTlOl*. one Copy * months.. .. —. II on' " •' « " , _ ..... i » " " v " _„ „... siKf ♦luhsof Aye, one year,....-.- 12 Hi 111 ah* of ten, one year, _«. ......-'o> Club* of twenty, one y«ai,..«--_.-_. 10 VU *J- Voluntary oonm_antoaßo_*,*ont_lnti» Interesting <_■ Important u-;we, *_-_.;*l from any qo-rtor. **•- i4ej.<e«»i <xnuimu_w_a_na bb onono im<l<>rta-e to return. ST-OMtoary aottoua ssenwifng five Mno« will be charg-J bratw w»jtali_r mlwll* ins rates, «3-All letters an houfnaw smrneeeoJ with thooffloo, most be aMmSMi to fbaltaUTo' Virginian." li—l I ■ __.__.. -' .l—lUii—Llgl! BIGHT AIID LETT HAKD PLOWS, We copy as follows frDtn the Bt. Lou-< is Jvumalof Agriculture, Whether a plow should be made to turn a furrow to the right sr left has been a subject for discission among farmers from 'time immemorial ; but the matter seems not to have been to a subject of dispute between individu als as between differeat sections of tho ocuntry. A "New Engliindcr" would as soon think of using a left handed scythe, as a left hand plow,and a I'en sylvauinn is thoronghly convinced that nonejbut s left-handed plow is fit t<>' work with. Ex\miuing the subject without pre judice, we shall see that both parties' are right, nnd that other circumstances have much to do with turning tke fur row into the right or left, lv New Englaud It is the custom to drive tho team with two reins, consequently if there was a driver he must walk on tho near side, and of courte prefers to walk on the unplowed land. If there is no driver It is still much more convenient to have the uuplowed land on tho left side. In Pennsylvania and parts of the Soutlt and West plowman usually drive with' one line ; this i( attached to tho "near" horse anil of course he must govern the team. Now if a right hand plow is used, the oil horse walks in the furrow and consequently governs the direction ef the plow, and like every other ease of divided power, produces codfusion/ A left hand plow remedies sll this by putting the "near" horse in the furrow.. Farmers should remember what kind 1 of team they propose to use with It when they buy a plow. An ox team should always have a right band plow. For horses it may be right or left according to how they are driven. This circura-" stance alone should decide which hand plow to buy, because it is the only one which can effect the caso. It con by no possible means make the least diirercneo' whether the furrow is turned to the right or left so far as the future crop is concerned, The question then Is not really wheth er a right or left hand plow is best, hut whether with one or two reins is the best way of driving the team. This will be decided* by the prejudices of different sections of the country, and, with good teams, Is really of no conse quence. FBOfTTS OF*]?OuXTaY, Nothing which the fanner produces is of quicker sale than eggs and. poul try. The prices received thcrfor are in the main remunerative; tho labor incurred is light and agreable, arnle.au be performed by the junior members of the family. The poultry yard pro duces food which Is highly palalnblo and nlitrlobs at allscaions, and in this respect is hardly equalled by any oth er part of the farm. Is it not worth while then, to bestow more care and skill in taking care of the poultry ?— Left to themselves, half their products are sasted, and half the year they are non-layers. In winter they need sim ply warmth, light anil sunshine, clean roomy quarters nnd plenty of food. Every day they will pay for this. In tho summer Ihey want range, fresh earth, shade, water, seclusion and pro tection from vermin. An abundance* el eggs, broods of nice plump chickens, either for the market or for the fanners own table, will result from this care.— It is not feasible to carry on the poult ry business on an enormous scale. Many have tried it and failed, but every far mer should make a couple ot hundred dollars worth of their products yearly that at least can be done with profit and pleasure. It Is a business adapted for the boys and girls, and they will speedily lake a llvely|interest in it U on ly proper encouragement is given. BOWIHO GEASS SEED. Mr. Cephas Johnson said ho had usually mad" a ) ractico of seeding down to grass, with the oat crop ; how ever, any other grain could be used.— The ground is pnt'ingood condition. Then that desired to he used is wet up lightly by stirring it. up with water,' and draining so as only tin! surface ol the graiu will be moistened. Then to every three bushels of oats turn on 12 quari s.of timothy seed and one and ono half pounds ot clover and mix thorough ly with the grain. Tho grass seeds ad here to the kernels of tho graiu, ami both can be sowu broadcast at one op eration. The grass seod is spread very evealy by iliit> method, and was very sure to take. Mr. Johnson thought tho grass seed being in contact with tho grain received considerable iioiitriment from its decay ; andr for this; reason was sure to take and to do well. He remarked that when the land was ma nured in the spring previous to seeding he omitted the clover as his soil was' natural to clover, the clover coming in too thickly, if seed and manure are used at the same time. Mr. Willard said he bad tried tlie method recommended by Mr. Johnson and found it to succctj well. r J-ICKIPT WOBXH OX2 THOUSAND SOL. LAB*. The following receipt Is worth a thou sand dollars to every house-keeper.-— "Take one pound of sal soda and a half a pound of uuslacked lime and put them in a gallon of water, boil twenty min ute*, let it stand till cool, then drain oft a_d put iv a small jur. Soak your dir ty clothes over night, or until they are wet through, then wring them out, and rub on plenty of soap, and in one boiler of clothes well covered with wnter, add one teofiupful of the washing fluid, boil half hour briskly, tlien wash them thoroughly with one suds, rinse, and your clotlteswiH look better than by the old way of washing twice before csollng. This bi aajnvaluaUle receipt, and every poor woman should try it. PBtmiira tbxib is srsinu- When pruning trees in spring, re member that for every bud or inch of wood}on cut away, two more will bo formed ; and if you do not so cut tho throw the elongation from the last bud on the shoot left In an outward direction, your tree will soon be a mass of shoots and branches, and cause you to oppose the publico, of pruning.— On the other hand, if you carcnilly study the probable enrrtfnnation of each buu left at the end of the shoot primed , you can form your tree into a round open compact or spreading head accbrding to your fancy. We could write a whole book on this item, but our belief Is that a few practical words or guidance are all that is requisite to in duce thought in the good common sense of our readers.— Exchange, |C?" The right man in the right place —a husband at home iv Lho evening