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w r jU Ft e- ;1 Volume iH. Hit jmt jiitiil, U yNV .J . HI 'AT'1.' 13 R "PkJmd lo gii rnry rbltrar)' uniiy, We follow rrulh berf'erhf lead the way.' BS3" Subscriptions for a shorter time than onn year must be paid in advance, gSjf Herooftor no club subscriptions jt Ikss limn the reeulnr nrice (&,!) will , - u i .... be received. However, when a club of five subscribers is sent us, we will allow an extra copy gratis to the (,'cttor-up of the club. j&jySinule copios sold at 10 cents. fd" When crudit for tho paper is giv en lo tho end of I he year threo dollars will be invariably charged. Postmasters throughout the country will do us a fuvor, as well as bo doing their tuty, to iiilonn us when a subscriber re fuses his paper, or when the pn per lies dead at iheir oflice. Clubbing. We will supply cither Harper's Miigriasine, or Gruhtim'ii, or Go (ley's and tho Hnnio Journal, one year, for Tour dollars. Arthur's Homo Magazine, or Peterson's, and the Home Journal, one .year, for 3 25. Tilt: KAlLllOAl). The Lincoln Journal of ihe lf:h Inst., says: "We lire gratified to bo able to announces to our readers that the heavy work at Bray's Hollow has at last been overcome, aiv.l the track laying is again in progress. The contractors say they will reach this place by the 4'.h of July, .with standing the delays they have had to encounter, while others who prole:: to he judges of such work express tho opinion that it will be impossible to do so much work as yet remains to be done before the 1st of August. Even the latest lime set, will bring the iron horse lo Fayettfivilte within the short space of 0 weeks. Long as wo have been talking and thinking about the, the road, wo cannot realize tho fact that tho cars will really and positive.-' ly be, arriving and departing daily to and from Fayettevillo within six short weeks from the present day, yet the fact is so, and however strange and like a dream to some it may appear, it is nevertheless an absolute reality u truth a fi.ml fact. It has been for some time understood that the people here would celebrate appro priately this great event, and it was de sirable to do so on the glorious Fourth of July, but if it is possible for the track-layers to reach Fayettevillo by that time, the fact cannot be known in time to make the necessary prepar ations for the celebration, as it can not be told with Hiiy decree of certain ty on what day the cars will make their first arrival until the track has .crossed the, river and arrives vvjthin a lew miles of town. So soon however as it can be known, we are assured by the officers of the road that notice will be given in time for the most ample preparations for the celebra tion." SOPIHSTlCA LABGUME T. We do not agree with the skeptic, that the man who puts up a lightning rod is as much guilty of Atheism as ever Spinosa was. We do not agree with him, that by endeavoring to pre serve a church, in this manner, fiom the destructive effects of a thunder .storm, you are abandoning a proper trust in Heaven to put it in mechan ics, and exhibit more confidence in a few yards of copper wire than in all .the prayers that may be uttered. On the contrary, it is our duty, while pe titioning divine authority for protec tion, to neglect no means, on our own part, that may tend in the same diiee tion. It would be a foolish proceed ing to leap into a cataract and pre sume that a prayer sl.ould avert the natural consequences of an act so reckless. It is the nature of light' ning to destroy what it strikes, and we do not pray to Gud lo alter, for our .sakes, that nature. We adapt me chanical means to that nature, in or dcr to avert it fKn oor pr"perty, and pray for moral results from moral icauses. The atheism is not in put ting up tho lightning to I, hut in mis representing iis purpose. This, how ever, is the usue.l course of skepti cism. It places its own impotence in the hands of Christianity, and then fails at it as unhristian. Increase of Old Ma:iw. The IMiil adclphia Ledger has discovered lint there is a heavy increase in the num ber of old maids, and that (he number is augmenting sadly every year. Wiih an increase of old maids of course comes an increase of bache lors; anil this last class of persons art: much less deserving of sympathy or interest than llm lirst. Tin- causes of this extended life of single blessedness, or of single misery, as fancy or fact may choose to consider if. are mainly attributed to erroneous ideas of living. Many young men hav not courage to meet the expenses cf supporting a family, and are often deterred from marriage by a positive apprehension of want. The fact is apparent in the United States, and still more obvious in Eu rope, especially amonj the middle or upper classes. Ulrtli Nrst roll. ice. Nnrhvlllo, Saluidiy NltUil, Juna II, ISM. J My Dear Frik.ni : Tis such a glorious night ! so calm I so clear ! so radiantly beautiful, that to sleep is quite impossible. I can only sit here in my hmchj little sunclum gaze up into the blue, o'erarehing heavens, and dream, and sigh for wings, that I may soar away mid ex plore those worlds on worlds of mys tic light the wonderoiis works of the "grand Architect" of tho Universe, and unite in that never-ceasing hymn of praise inaudible, save to the chris-tiau-poet's ear. Oh ! how oft on such a night as this does my soul long to cast, aside the fetters that ever bind and chain her down lo tho dull, cold realities of enrtli, until methinks (ho task were nn easy cue to lay down life's heavy bur. then and be at rest forever; anil some times 1 am weary, oh ! so wcaiy, Of the daily toil and strife Thai is slowly, surely wearing Out the vital springs of life, That ofl-limes I'd fain bo lying Where earth's tired pilgrims rest, And my heart no more bo sighing Willi iis secret wou oppressed, Duy by day my joys are going, Dcalh hus tu k tin nearly all, Yet, ttbovo the dark waves roaring, Oft 1 hear sweet voices call And I watch a(nr the gleaming Of their angel pinions bright, That are softly o'er me beaming, In the slurry heavens to-night. And (hey whisper low and gentle, As the sighing breeze lo me : "llopo on, pale and silent watcher, Wo are ever inert) wiih iheo, As the moonbeams veil thee softly With their pure und holy light, So wo fold our pinions o'er thee, In the lonely hours of uiglil." "Ci.aiu." THE ORPHAN- BY MltS. KMKI.IE C. S. CHILTON. Close her eyes genlly l.iiy her to rest With her IkiuiU' meekly folded Upon tho still breast. No more wild throb'-iings Of unspoken pain, No more deep sobbings Will move it again. Let her grave garments lio spotless and while, No sin ever tarnished, No crime cast iis blight. From a life sail and lowly She has glided nwny, To a land blest ami holy To a bright endless day. Carefully lay her, In the hard, narrow bed; Say "It is ended Susie is ilea. I." No need of weeping, No need of sighs, For now a new angel la crowned in the skies. Why should wo whisper, Why idly mourn There's few that will miss her, Or think ol ihe gone. Her sweet spirit mother, Will welcome her uhero There is no pain to stiller, No tears and no care. Tho world lias no sorrow, For tin: orphan unfed, And why should it borrow Regret for tho dead ? Then lay her down gently, Where ihe forest trees moan; She's an orphan no longer, Slio now has a home. Takktiik 1'ai'kiis. There are sever - al reasons why those persons who are not .subscribers to their County News paper, should become so at once. Among the many, the following ore the most important : 1st. Iheygetthc paper peblishetl in (heir own County free of nostave. in mi ii uii i,iium) mi even where they take it out ola I ost oflicc out ol the County. 2ml. This is the year in which nl! our elections come on, l.om Uovernor ! down; and every good citizen is inter- ested in knowing who are candidates, and what are their sentiments. 3:d. 'I lie nations seem to la; on the ew. of a bloody and protracted war, which may cither involve our country eventually, or all'ect its interests in various ways. 4th. The a flairs of our own coun try, foreign and domestic, are in a crii ical and complicated condition; and every citizen should keep himself well informed of the progress of events that lie may be prepared for the full and intelligent discharge of hi.s duties. AroMRoniE to tub Ei.miAKT In Van Amburgh's Menagerie, that cx hibitcd in this place a few weeks since : Oil hi,p nr n.iirnl "f li-ist If II ti.r. .:nl iwluii- ire l'i" -til Oi- y-t In riiMii y.Mi In .1-- Id i"1i a It-itlit, lli-ri-l. mi-a-ily ii!im - iljUcJ.t A'-Mit luti iiuui at.il a l.all brlmo th roo-trr c rnw -1 Aral ou tliornteli bffJ or low ? t'niik no cirit lui.it tiuukai. I let in obvrr lirir-r yii a.e or ii" I Al Own M,r wuiiltr I no mnr pari t lui Inn tiul) mi, ' l' ' Oi felri'luut:-' . Ladies, beCai -.ioi s. Women often lose the man they love, and who loves thern. By mere wantonness or co quetry they reject, and then repet.t. Thpy should be careful not lo take this (tep hastily, for a proud, high-minded, gifted man. will seldom ask a woman twice. THE GIFT 1 ASK. BY LUCY A, STUDMAN. The gift I ask is a priceless boon, And for it I'm wandering through Tho weary m.izo of a thoughtless world It's a heart that's warm and true : A soul where puriiy ever dwolls, Unsullied by ono bnso thought A heart that beats wiih love and truth, Is the prize I long have sought. I stom to ask for tho wealth of earth II would bind my spi ri t free ; But tho worshipped one of a faith ful heart Is what I would like to be. A soul ihatis noble, kind and good, Is a gilt 1 would value more Than sparkling gems from the diamond mine, Or tho pearls of India's shore. Denuty ni best is a fading flower, And for it I would noi care ; But when I gnzo in snul-lil eye, I would find it beaming ihcre. To the heaven horn gift of intellect Alone would my spirit bow ; Ami ne'er would ask for clustering curls To shallow a noble brow, With hope and faith our beacon lights, While virtue guides our way, Secure we'd pas temptations by That our hearts would lead astray. And each to the other kind and true, While earth was our spirit's haven, Would piay that we uo'er might part on e a i ill But lo meet again in heaven. THE SHLF-SAClilFlCl'US, Oil, v i: r s r s LA V. L 0 V Fi r.v w. (i. iiatox. To do deeds of st ll'sacrilice, when we are young and strong, is easier, and more our duty, than at an age w hen (he blood Hows more slow ly and coldly; when the limbs sooner fail us; when (he hem l, through flic suspicion of experience, has grown less trustful, and the eyes hi hold fewer friendly aspects in ihe human throng around us. Old age is liiuid, with the mem ory ol dead or broken friendships to i... t... I I i uiaoc untune iuiiB-i, vwien ie lie- eessmes ol others app. al for "itl- Willi its diminished cap.lal of time I i. i. i.i i . . i . .. .... . . mio su cnyi ii, il oenouis i in: gieiiier.' necessity ol sell-deli nee; and caution attends its footsteps to (he grave when Andrew Lemorn. at the age of sixty, lounu liiinsell wiMi a wilo and only cue daughter left of a unco nu merous family, he clung more closely to those idols whose happiness was but a portion of his own. lie. had been wealthy was even ! now ucen M so 01 , i t est! laier i i .... i ... :.. .i i . ... years, Ihe schemes ol designing men, who had drawn him, unguardedly, in- I o s neeu at o s, I ,t I grai all y t 1 a j : a . l l : i i - . . .... i . . i isl.ed his propel I y, and his estate had i become so hampered with debt, im posed by fraud or cunning upon him, that alter a long and anxious review - of his alia irs, he felt compelled to ad- rnit to himself that, pecuniarily, he was a mined man. The sad silence of tho aged husband and lather, ami the ashy paleness ol his desponding face, were the lirst signs to the wife and daughter of any change in the family all'airs; and, as now they hung upon him, with sail solicitude, and asked what had occur- .....I ,...;( i, in iw.oiii. ..-..o i..;i;.,.r i... U, Ul II IIU llt.lltlj I. tiling, II I 1 e,. ?, ,,,.., ....;,., i ,,, ...u ,i n ,i, overthrow of his fortunes his despair of retrieveineut and the d.u k lore- sight of lhat In tu re which ago in pov - erly must naturally expect. But, father," said his daughter : .-..,, ... ;mi . ,...,.,,.. t,,i :, ,,. I .' i 1 1 . .i , i , worst should come lo the worst, I can j ()(J ((J k,lf.p tm, woIf Vm . i, j (un . au, .. to work i .... , -!( , d n,tlUne. . . , U..rl!tUH I cal, I I1:lk(; som(. urrM,,,.mmt with my make some arrangement with my j creditors but the prospect is small. j Yet I mud try. "Could not Mr. Lurker he persuaded to be lenient with you?" asked .Mrs. Lemorn. "He has profited su iniica j through you, ami is so prosperous; and lit; seems friendly enough." The husband shook his head gloom ily. "I doubt Job Linker. lie is Ii scheming fellow; and. I fear, heartless. Y'et, don't distress yourse I vrs. There may be a way" and he looked at hisdiiughlermouriifiilly nn lp itted her head, as she kmdt .affectionately by his side; "there may be a way, which Uoa will pomi our, w.ia.uu ...,.,. - ..,. - .ng us io sacriuc s m.m. . d we" "l"'"'" "Whatever they may be, I will meet . i it -ii . i . t i' . . 1 u.eni an, wuungiy, luuicr, .or ...ou.- r anu lur you. Tears Hewed from ihc father's eyes. and fell upon the. fair, while hands which held his own-those hands which Lad never yet known the rude- nses of labor, and on which he now gazed will, doling fondness more iluting now than ever; for within hi heart a strife was going on about their dutiful and beauteous owner, "NVINC1-IK8TKII, TKXX., J 17X10 '44, 185i). It was but the day before when he hud held an interview wiih Mr. Job Lurker, upon (he subject of his daugh ter's tunning!. "I hold." said Lurker, who was a hard-visaged, imperious-looking man of some forty years, "bonds of yours, elude, and give our answer, resulting lroin our schemes and spec- The time nppointed for tho inter ulations, which are sullicient to more view arrived, and Mr, Job Lurker, than cover the value of the properly made up carefully for tho occasion, you own. Now sir, another man, I in dress, manners, and smiles, having with less heart, might feel disposed to j thoughtfully rehearsed for itappear distress jou, Mr. Leuiorn, particularly ! ed before tho family, with a renewal at a time like ibis, when (he scarcity ! of his proposition. Tho bight of the of money leads men to do even des- j beautiful and amiable young woman perate things to obtain it for lliieir reg ular business all'ait's. lint I am not a man of that, kind, Mr. Lemorn; and yon are old, and have a wife and lovely daughter to support; and I have a friendly feeling for you, growing out ol our long association aforesaid, as I hope you know, Very well, then. Now ahem! Mr. Leuiorn, I am a plain, matler-of-fact business man, as i i s important meeting, and kissed all you know; and, being a bachelor, am : iheir hands at parting, not much neipiaiulcd with the honey- i " y()u shall have no cause lo coin ed terms and graceful cireumloetilions 1 plain of me, I promise you, either in which may be proper in approaching j a subject ol this kind; bin tho sum- I total of it is, that 1 wish to marry ' your dau : liter. Flora !'' j j The astonishment of Mr. Lemorn ' j u as undi-guiscd at this announce-! incut; and Linker at once saw, by the play of the aged father's features, Hint the surprise was not greater than i ''i disst and horror, as he ejaeula-' ted, with a stare as lie drew back : 1 Ureal Heaven! my daughter!; Marry her!" j Lurker was displeased; but hesmil oil, and kept calm, as he proceeded lo ; prefer his suit. "Yes; marry her ! Why not? I suppose I am old enough lo he her i father; but I am still young enough, I ( Lemorn was engaged wiih Linker, i think, to be her husband; and, for j calling him often lo the olliee, young 'that matter 1 don't wish lo hurt your ; Belmont became familiarly acipiain i feelings, sir hul 1 am much belter j ipiainled with him, his family, and his ' able lo lake care of her than her fa! h- j nll'airs. I!:il Belmont did not long ro ; or, just now ! Now don't look hurl, I main with his crafty employer, after , t,ljtl;- j j,,,,,,,, anvll,',, )Ul ,M)l llllt kin.Iliti.-ss. On the contrary, 1 j , , S(TV U1. deeliui ng years I 1 n Vexatious ol poverty, (live me your daughter, and i 1 will irive von hack all the the bonds j h()(1 ilsl y(U Tlj; . you ample means for the rest of youri life; your wife, who is now old ami j iiilirm, will still have the luxuries ami j comforts of life to which she has al- ; ways been used; and jour daughter, will be in allied In a weallliv man. of i - . i i i . i i i i , stenuv habitsaiui li.xed prinemlcs, who ,'iidy habitsaiui li.xed principle ill take much better care of her than any of the young whippcr-sappers , , . ... ,. , I v. he n s he gnl ) reler, as I l r ' ' )! II near- er ii r own age. What, say you "1 fear," said Lemorn, wiih aghast l.) ik,"ihal it would it would be im- ; , ,i , , i pi actio. ihle. .. , i , . I "1 could not make a saerilice of my daughter for my own selli.sh benelil And 1 think she could hot ma lesi she loved!"' llll- las si is she any lover None that I am aware oi." "Then, why not?" peisisted (he un abashed Linker, Irembic in his coh wiih a malicious i reniii,c in his coki eyes, "(.oiiei sue j ; not bo persuaded into a match which would lesult in so much good lo Lit parents?" 1 "I will ask her," sighed Lemorn, I after a long and painful pau e; and, ! rising, with a look ol deepest sorrow, .1.,. ,,,wed. and look his leave. I ... i , i huch was the interview upon which j . 0,,, IMlls(.j ,.tlsuil,g d.,y. when he l.dd his wife and daugh- ,r th(, M;((! of .,,;,.,. ,, I ,.,. psliriK!1.,i wi;.,,.f.K!t to do ! u.uthine- in her nnuvr to-.-Hieve (heir ! condition, her faiher ft It ihe more re- luctance lo tell her of Job Lin ker's proposal. "l'overty is slavery, it is true," thought he ; "but not so hitler, where lit is home Willi a lice heart; and ' jnv c;,, purchase wealth by the saerilice of so lilial a child. Y'et I will tell them, at least." And he did so. The mother's painful emotion was evinced by the continued terror which shook her aged fnme, as she went forward and listened; while Flora, I calm, but pale as marble, grasped her j father's arm lirmly, and bent her sad.i . 1)luu ,. yes upon liu trembling lips, as ,. ,, ,.r a.i. J " rm ,vi 8 " h!,B TCl'Vl'"i ! C,S - ively. . !.. .!.. a.. .( lmt hint. ..ut ,.,u u.t , cum. : She shuddered, " Lve him 1-0. no! But tin n, you know. I love none j but you an I mother ; nnd perhaps 1 shall be as lo.ppy wi n mm as any. Her eyes sought the ground ns she ipoke, and her father divined the truth. i You are willing to sacrifice your- self, Flora, and seek to make us think it less great than it is. I will not urge you to marry him ; but wo will have a further conversation with him if you will i and, from what you then shall think it best to do, we shall con- stimulated his eloquence, and the re suit was as he wished in consitlera lion of a written agreement of mar riage within nix months, now signed by Flora and her parents, Job Lurker ut once ivslurei lo her father all claims whio'.i he possessed upon the Leuiorn estate. Job was overjoyed at the close of relation of husband, or of son," said he, and departed ut such an elastic pace, and with such a cheerful visage ihnt but fi w would have recognized him. ' It may be all for the best,'' thought fne paienls, looking mournfully at Flora. "It shall be all for the best," said Flora lo hersell, for reasons which will appear. In the olliei' of Mr. Job Lurker, sov- era I years previous to li e. lime of I which we have been speaking, was a young man, who served him for u lime in the capacity of a eoulidential clerk. His name was Henry licl- mont; and ihe enterprise in which Mr. gaining an insight into his character, lie had loo much honor to assist in the nefarious schemes through which 1 Lurker managed rapidly lo amass a large properly, lie left him, wiih scorn, for inure honorable employ ment in another city ; yet still pre- served the friendly acquaintanceship of .Air. Lemorn. ( )a ihe day proceeding (hat closing inlerview, by which the hand of Flora heeaine pligbled to Job Linker, young Belmont on a visit lo Ihe city ac cidentally met Flora in the street. "You look nale anil hajrgard," said I,,. Ii',. vim ill' ii or lias any misfor- liie happened In your lamily?" In a few words, she told him what had been proposed tho hold which Linker had upon In r Father the extreme age of her parenls the cer tainty of ruin, did she not comply with the retpiest of one (o w hom she had learned to be averse, from remarks of her faiher concerning his duplicity, and, linally that ilin thought it was her duty to comply, lo cave her father and mother from absolute penury. The frown which at lirst passed ! over Belmont's face gave way lo a i smile, as he replied: 'Miss Leuiorn, though you do make the agreement, it cannot bo fullilled on your part.' I tlo not understand you.' 'Job Lurker is a villain. lit! has a wife already. You are suprised. But, let me assure you, it is so. .Some den years ago, he was married ,, ; , , ,. in Flight ml; but, after a year or so, he ahondoncd her, without cause or warning, and she was obliged to seek her uncles house for shelter. Lurker has tol I me this himself, while 1 was his clerk, years ago; and one day in a communicative mood, though he may have forgotten it, or thought 1 had. or was outol his way, ho showed me a letter of hers, sent to him when he was in London, before he returned lo this country. Of his w hereabouts she is probably ignorant. But 1 remem ber her address) and, by your p r missioii, will w rile to her to interpose, by either sending proofs of her mar- i r'uige, or by coming, in person, lo put I a. slop to this iniquity, and confound ' I,:,,. :,t tin. moper time. That Lur- i-.. .cm I.ieive. I knew trom Ins . i , , , f cr; but I did not think that he was so .. -t vidian, as this J ))rou.s ,lim , b(.;. 1 ' .. Hut what would you advise n,e to meanwhile ?- asked Flora. , ,,. ny fatlipr of ft hi- ?., u If you will lollow my advice, il is this: Meet him to-morrow, and sign Ihe agreement. By so doing, you will receive the documents which redeem your fi ther's properly, which . f .. I... I . I IIIHI U.Tb.llllC ijUl 111 I 9 ) 1JUI..-?1 , ,. , , dealing, l ost pone the jnarriage-tlay will bo prepared to defeat Urn, trlth the positive proofs which will then bo in your power." "I will follow your advice. But should I reveal all to my father V " I think it would he unnecessary and, perhaps, unwise. Lurker is cun ning, and might ascertain that his se cret was known, ami thus have time enough to defeat us I hat is to say to defeat you, in escaping from his toils. If you preserve a cheerful iook, it tvill make your parents more reconciled, until the proper time comes to unde ceive them all." " Then I will readily sign the Agree ment, which i'ih' be fullilled," said Flora, smiling. "Deem it no dishonor, Miss Leuiorn. Voii must combat knaves with their j own weapons ; and you will save your i parenls ami yourself from ruin and disgrace, by an act which will right j LNlt a happier dciwucment awaited the wronged, and punish the guilly." j the virtues of Flora Lemorn, and tho And so, after some further words as j merils of Henry Belmont, her proser in thtulctails of iheir plan, they parted j ver. The long appointed day was lo act upon it. ja marriage day f'oi Flora ; but she We have seen the joy of Job Lur- , wore the bridal-robes for one who had ker nt the fancied accomplishment of saved nnd loved her. his criminal scheme Tho exullal ion grew deeper, as month after mouth passed by, and he observed that the parenls appeared inure reconciled to the match Flora evincing much less anxiety than they had expected. Muring the intervening lime, Bel mont absented himself entirely from the family, lc.-:t his visits might give Lurker any ground for suspicion ; set lie had fieijiient meetings with Flora. And when ihe last inoiilh arrived, and no tidings i.id icon received from i he- I ',,1 I I. I'm eheeiiiilnes gan to vanish. " l'i rluijn she is dead she sighed ii .... 1 . 1 1 . . .11 . .. ,'! .iini i ii i-ii wuai cnuiu save me: i " My evidence would hi! sullicient, j :il li'ril In ili'i.MV l.i tMiiri'in ri. intltl ' ' some positive intelligence i tained," said Belmont. "It may be so," said Flora. " But are we not building a great hope up on a very slender foundation ?" "llopo to tho last. I do not des pair yel," replied Belmont. "I shall en.l Idlers till the truth is ascertain ed, what ever it may be." Willi mi aihing heart, Flora Lem orn was linally compelled to prepare for the bridal, which still might take place. Tin' bitter possibility haunted her, day and night preying upon mind and body, till she grew mure like a corpse than a bride.', The evening before the bridal day arrived, ami, according lo his custom, the expectant Job Linker repaired to the house of hi.s betrothed. What was his astonishment on entering the par lor, lo i i iid his fonncr clerk, Belmont, seated by the side of I 'liK'a, alone, and wiping away her tears. "How's this ?" he demanded, with a scowl of suspicion. " You here. Belmont and so familiar. Are you aware that peculiar relations now ex ist between Miss l.cinoin and my self f " I am, and have lung been," replied Bcliuoiil, (irmly, as he rose from his seal. "They aro more peculiar than you can possibly be aware. I have an excellent memory much belli r ihau yours appears lo I.e." " 1 don't understand you," stammer ed Lurker in confusion, remember ing, now, that Belmont knew he had been married once. " Be quiet pray do, Henry,' whis pered Flora. " You sliould'nt hint anything until you can produce the proof." " But 1 can produce it, Flora," re plied Belmont; "anJ 1 have delayed, till is; arrived, the communication of ill., nti:i:int noil f:in"ili!o tidings. ,. , . ,.n. . .. which came to me this day. Mr. Lurker, allow me lo ask after the health of your w ile." " 1 have no wife, sir!"' said Linker, indignantly. " Y'ou forgot that you told me once that you had." "And if I did, women are not im mortal. She is dead." I brg your pardon," said Belmont with a Miiih walking across the apartment, ami throwing open the lidding doors, through which now ad vanced, to Ihe surprise of both Flora and Lurker (the plan having been concerted without Flora's knowledge) Mr. and Mrs. Lemorn, leading the de- serletl wile ami iter uncle, The exclamation in which .Mr. Job Lurker indulged on that momentous occasion, it would be indelicate to mention to ears oolite. It was, how- ever, a sullicient admission that the j unexpected ladv was his wie ; and. as i.uch, Belmont now introduced her tol'lora.nndalsolier uncle. Bage, shame, and disappointment, nintleLurkcr's face now dark and palo by turns. That smiling tableau was I ,,- . , - la ino-l appalling and conclusive one ,. ., r ,. ., - a defnce h eixingl Number the opportunity to compriso a general curse in one, he fled from tho room and tho house, with wise, but unbecoming-precipitation. Ilis'gamo was up. And now followed an explanation as to the delay of the wife in respon ding to tho many urgent summonses which had been sent by Henry DeU mont. Mrs. Lurker, with her uncle, had been abroad upon tho Continent, and scarcely returned in lime. They then rusolvcd to answer in person, that (he recreant husband should not only be summarily foiled in his list scheme of crime, but he forced to an swer fur his unprovoked and heartless i abandonment of his wife which, in duo time, his property did atone for- nud t'.c ruined miscreant soon 'after j lied to parts unknown. TUB DISCO V Kit V AND LMl'UOVJv MF.NT OF MAKING PATENT DUO!' SHOT. Amony the many useful and valu able discoveries which science nnd the skilful perfection of machinery has brought (o light and perfected, that of the discovery of patent drop shot i is one of value and of general utility j to the civilized world. Its accidental discovery is not unlike that of the dis covery of gunpowder': (composition) accredited looiic Barlholdus Schwartz (a Herman Mon:) but one Friar Ba- ; eon disputes his claim to the original I diseoveiy, as in hi.s works written at t kfurd about the year l'.'!), fifty years before Schwartz, expressly named the i r,..,,i.. r i... l ll. , ' ll .1 III.? H t?UllIW 111 I Be this I as it may, the original discovery of n.iop shot originated with Watts, who, being a plumber by trade ill Bristol, England, about 11S-. dreamed he w as in a shower and the clouds rained lead instead t.f waler. Watts was by trade a plumber, nnd all shot previously to this discovery was iiindo by persons engaged in that business (imperl'eclly ) They let the meld (Mead drop into water, and the part that first came in contact wiih tho liquid was always llattcncd. Mrs. Walts assisted her husband in Oat; business, and il was her particu lar province to cast the shot. They were both anxious to make round shot, and Mrs. Watts was one whole day employed trying if she could round them. !She dropped the metal into oil, anil many other liquids, but they all came out indented on one side. .She relired to rest that night, full of anxiety her mind being en tirely absorbed by round shot. Du ring ihe night sho dreamed of going into a neighboring shop (a halter by trade.) and, while talking to him, sho heard i:hot falling, and on asking hiin if he made shot, he went out, brought a handful of shot, and they were per' fcctly round. In much surprise, sho exclaimed, "My (!ud ! how d) you make them round"' "By dropping them from a great height," says the bailor. Mrs. Wutts awoke under the exciting discovery, aroused her hus band, informed him of her dream, w hen they both dressed themselves, tried it from the highest place on their own premises, and found the shot rounder I ban before, but still indented The next day they tried it from tho Tower ol rt. Thomas' Church, that leans some feet over its',base, when (hey attained shot rounder than the homo attempt, but not yet perfect. The next attempt was made in the i . . .. ' . shaft of a coal mine, a few miles from Bristol, at a place called Kingswood, and from this trial they obtained per fectly round shot. This remarkable and interesting narrative of the dis covery of making round shot, is both curious and instructive as it goes to prove and establish the truth, that all huin iii knowledge is central light and wisdom, communicated and revealed to the dark and benighted 'mind and intellect, and not unfrcipicnlly through Ihe agency of dreams ond.rcvclatioiis, the very reverse of tho preconceived notions and arrogant opinions of mau. Tub Ltg Frost Wc find by our Western exchanges that tho destruc tive effects of the late frost have beeu much exagerated. Wheat, potatoes, corn and fruit, have tuli'ercd, in pla ces, to sor.io extent, but not near go seriously as was at lirst reported. The frost appears to have been most severe in Northern Ohio, but even there the farmers arc recovering from their alarm, The growth of Ihe crops in the districts vuitcd by the frost, has been retarded ; but this except", the general appjarance cf the crop iKani,l.ni,i , 1. in,imr i dicatcs ft bountiful harvest. bill UUgUVUh UV VW'"