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length of cable to allow of an indefinite quantity of waste the ocean might be spanned. But the level plateau,' as it is called, which is supposed to reach
from Nowfoundland to Ireland, is nearly in the lino NOVEMBER, 1857.
traversed by ocean steamers, and if the cable should get drifted away out of that line before it touched the
bottom, there is no knowing what subterranean obEDITORIAL NOTES AND GLEANINGS.
stacles it would have to encounter. The feasibility
of the scheme is predicated entirely on the existence THE TERRIBLE STATE OF AFFAIRS IN INDIA is of this plateau, the irregularities of the bottom of the
ocean elsewhere precluding the idea of a cable being just now attracting the attention of the civil
laid. Besides, if thousands upon thousands of miles ized world. That country has become an ob of cable existed, the transmission of the electric fluid ject of great interest, and several correspond would be impossible. ents have inquired where may be found the
"Looking at these plain facts, we cannot see how
any hope of the success of the enterpriso can be enterbest history of the rise and progress of British
tained. On the contrary, we must look upon it as ono power in the East. We shall do a favor to of those things that cannot be done, such as propellsuch, and to many of our subscribers who may
ing vessels with hot air, obtaining light from water, or
extinguishing fire by Barnum's patent backet." have slightly passed over the articles, by referring them to THE NATIONAL for March, April,
From GEORGIA. — It may gratify our suband May of the present year, where may be found an admirably condensed account of the that his envelope, with the inclosure, came
scriber at Cuthbert, Georgia, to be informed origin of the East India Company, its resources, wealth, and power. At this time those articles safely to hand, and afilicted us quite as much will be read with increased interest. They are
as could be expected. The inclosure was two
or three leaves of THE NATIONAL for July, with from the pen of our esteemed contributor, I marginal annotations upon Dr. M'Clintock's W. Wiley.
sketch of Judge M'Lean. Over the bold brow THE ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH.' - Mingled with
of the judge our Georgia friend places, in very
neat penmanship, done with a lead pencil, the regret for the untoward accident by which the
classic quotation, “ Too much pork for a shilhopes of so many were blasted, we find in the pub- ling.” We submit, with all meekness, whether lic prints of England and the United States
some of the notes are not couched in rather the opinion almost universal that success will harsh language for so chivalrous and wellyet attend the effort. It is said to be deferred educated & gentleman. The bad Latin we atonly for a season; a mere question of time.
tribute to a defective memory. “It is rare," Its absolute practicability, we are told, has
says the article referred to, “in these latter been demonstrated, and those who hint at the
days of the republic, to find a man of pure ma possibility of failure are regarded as croakers. rality in public life.” To which our Georgia There are, however, a few who have spoken of
“This is false. Mr. Pierce, Cal. the enterprise, from the beginning, as likely to be unsuccessful. Among others’ a writer in houn, Buchanan, Cass, Hunter, Varcy, 'et id the Brooklyn Bagle, who seems capable of form
omners, etc., are men of pure morals.” Possibly
he is right about the id omnera! Again, Dr. ing & scientific judgment upon the subject, thus M'Clintock says: “Religious men generally respeaks of the accident, and looks gloomily upon fuse to enter the arena of political strife,” the prospects for the future:
which sounds very much like a truism in our "At the time the deep-sea soundings were being unsophisticated ears. But the Cuthbert submade which resulted in the supposed feasibility of the scriber italicizes his indignant dissent thus: Atlantic telegraph, it was supposed that some parts of the ocean were unfathomable. The line would run
“Pre-eminently false, as is proven by more than out eight or ten miles, and yet give no evidence of five hundred Methodist preachers at the North." having touched the bottom. The simple reason was To the sentiment that " Many, if not most of at last discovered to be, that when the weight on the end of the line touched the bottom, the line itself was
our political leaders are men of doubtful charborne off by the undercurrents, and was merely float acter," the reply is, “A slander unmitigated, ing away, while it was supposed to be going directly unless it be confined to Northern politicians.” to the bottom.
He adds: “The devil reproving sin would pro" In order to remedy this difficulty, a sort of sinker was adopted, in which a tube was passed through &
voke derision, but for a New York Methodist heavy ball, and the moment the ball touched the bot preacher to talk of honesty in politics excites tom this tube-we must call it tube for want of a better contempt." There is much more in the same name, as it would require a model to explain the contrivance of its operation--caught up some of the mat
strain, and there are two or three naughty ter at the bottom, the ball becamo detached and ro words that we may not copy; but, on the mained below while the line was hauled up again. whole, the annotations do quite as much credit "Now the cause which rendered ordinary sound
to the writer's heart as to his head, and the ings impossible was preciscly that which caused the breaking of the cable. The cable was running
entire article, although we must decline to out more rapidly than the ship progressed, just as tho print it in extenso, is worthy of the high source ine ran on for miles upon miles in the soundings, and from which it emanates. we doubt not that those on board the Niagara could have paid out the whole cable on the spot without the ship moving another mile. And this is the cause
EGOTISM is universally denounced and almost why it seems impossible for the scheme ever to suc universally indulged in. The editorial fraterceed. There is, no doubt, still water at the bottom of the ocean, but the strong currents above will nity pluralize the pronoun, and the great “We” prevent the cable from ever reaching that quiet loca
assumes the post of honor in long-winded tion. If it is ever attempted to keep up a strain that "leaders" until it becoines nauseous. Curran's Fill allow the cable to be paid out a mile for each mile the ship sails, the result will be the same as before-to
tribute to Grattan is suggestive: snap it like a spider's thread.
"Lord Erskine was a great egotist, and one day in A cable of sufficient strength to admit of such a conversation with Curran he casually asked what strain would load all the ships afloat on the ocean. Grattan said of himself, *Said of himself,' was CurBat it may be supposed that by providing a butficier vis astonished reply; nothing; Grattan speak of
himself! Why, sir, Grattan is a great man. Sir, the in fuc simile for the Homes of American Autorture could not wring a syllable of self.praise from thors. It is dated Grattan; a team of six horses could not drag an opinion of himself out of him. Like all great men, he knows
"NAIANT, July 9, 1852. the strength of his reputation, and will never conde.
"My Dear SIR-As yon desire, I send you a spescend to proclaim its march, like the trumpeter of a
cimen of my autograph. It is the concluding page of puppet-show. Sir, he stands on a national altar, and
one of the chapters of the Conquest of Peru,' bouk iji, it is the business of us inferior unen to keep up the fire
chap. 8. The writing is not, as you may imagine, And incense. You will never see Grattan stooping to
made by a pencil, but is indelible, being made with do either the one or the other.' Curran objected to
an apparatus used by the blind. It is a very simple Byron's talking of himself as a great drawback on his
affair, consisting of a frame of the size of a common poetry. Any subject,' he said, but that eternal ono
sheet of letter-paper, with brass wires inserted in it to of sell. I am weary of knowing once a month the state
correspond with the dumber of lines wanted. On one of any man's hopes or fears, rights or wrongs. I would
side of this frame is pasted a leaf of thin carbonated as soon read & register of the weather, the barometer
paper, such as is used to obtain duplicates. Instead up to so in any inches to-day, and down so many inchies
of a pen the writer makes use of a stylus of ivory, or to-morrow. I feel skepticism all over me at the sight
agate, the last better or harder. The great difficulties of agonies on paper; things that come as regular and
in the way of a blind man's writing in the usual inan. notorious as the full of the moon. The truth is, his
ner, arise from his not knowing when his ink is exlordship werps for the pre88, and wipes his eyes with
hausted in his pen and his lines run into one another, the public,
Both difficulties are obviated by this simple writing.
case, which enables one to do bis work as well in the THE QUARRELS OF RELIGIOUS JOURNALS are dark as in the light. Though my trouble is not blind. attracting the notice of the secular press, and
ness, but a disorder of the nerve of the eye, the effect,
as far as this is concerned, is the same, and I am wholly the rebukes administered are in many instances
incapacitated from writing in the ordinary way. ID truthfully severe. The Springfield Journal pro this manner I have written every word of my histori. pounds soine queries on the subject which we
culs. This modus operandi exposes one to some
embarrassments; for, as one cannot see what he is may copy, perhaps, without giving offense; and
doing on the other side of the paper, any more than a which, it seems to us, all editors of professedly performer in the treadmill sees what he is grinding on religious papers may profitably ponder:
the other side of the wall, it becomes very difficult to
make corrections. This requires the subject to be “We sit at the editorial table, and take up & religious
pretty thoroughly canvassed in the mind, and all the newspaper. The first article which strikes the eye is
blots and erasures to be made there before taking up controversial-nay, worse-personal. One professed
the pen, or rather the stylus. This compels me to go Christian is pitching into another, questioning his can
over my composition to the extent of a whole chapter, dor and truthfulness, and endeavoring, with might and
however long it inay be, several times in my mind main, to become a personal victor over his brother,
before sitting down to my desk. When there the the point in difference having no special importance
work becomes one of memory rather than of creation, with the public. We take up another religious news.
and the writing is apt to run off glibly enough. A paper, and we find it upholding a bigot who refuses
letter which I received some years since from the ihe use of his pulpit to one whose blameless life, and
French historian, Thierry, who is totally blind, urged noble genius, and gentle good fellowship win the love me by all means to cultivate the habit of dictation to of every man with whom he is brought into associa
which he had resorted; and James, the eminent noytion, because his sectarian affiliations are not identical
elist, who has adopted his habits, finds it favorable to with those of the editor. ... At this moment, a mail
facility of composition, But I have been too long accomes in. The first document we take from the pile
customed to my own way to change, and, to say the is an Address on the state of Knox College, delivered truth, I never dictated & sentence in my life for public by Rev. Edward Beecher, D.D., before the citizens of ! cation without its falling so flat on my ear that I felt Galesbur, nl.' It occupies, with its shameful story,
almost ashained to send it to the press. I suppose it is sixteen newspaper columns, showing how the college
habit. has literally been rent in pieces by movements baring
"One thing I may add. My manuscript is usually their basis in a sectarian strife between Presbyterians
too illegible (I have sent you a favorable specimen) for and Congregationalists. If the address be true, nothing
tbe press, and it is always fairly copied by an amanu. less than rascality has been at work there, rooting out
ensis before it is consigned to the printer. I have acPresident Blanchard, grieving and disgusting the stu
companied the autograph with these explanations, dents, ruining the hopes and thwarting the aims of a which are at your service if you think they will have hundred Christian families who had coine in to educate interest for your readers. My modus operandi has their children. ...
the merit of novelty, at least I never heard of any "As these things followed one another, the exclama history monger who has adopted it besides myself. I tion sprang unbidden to our lips : How long? How remain, dear sir, very truly yours, long shall Christian men quarrel in the name of Chris
Wm. II. PRESCOTT." tianity? How long shall partisan feeling in the Christian church disgust the world with Christians LIFE FROM THE DEAD.-The Newburyport and with their religion? How long shall religious newspapers engage their most powerful efforts in per
Herald announced, some time ago, the loss of a sonal attacks, or disputes upon points of little practical | pilot belonging to that place in the following importance to the world! .... low long shall the brief but emphatic sentence: Jesuit point to the conflicts, growing out of private judgment,' between sects that are counted by fifties, "All that we know-all that will ever be known, as his comment on the sin of forsaking the infallible till the ocean shall give up its dead, is that the story rule of Rome How long shall the world repel the ap man and brave, the useful citizen and valued public peals of the real Christian by referring him to such officer, has disappeared in the waves." fruits and developments of Christianity 88 are represented in the cases we have cited? .... low long The same paper of the next day has the fol. shall those who represent religion to the world be al
lowing : lowed to prove to the world that the religion they profess has not liberalized or softened them, but has rather
"THE PILOT RECOVERED.--The day of miracles is intensified their selfishness by concentrating it, and
past--so it has, and let it go, but so long as Michael embittered their temper by yoking it with partisan
Stevens, Jun., shall live, we shall look upon him as zeal ?"
one risen from the dead. Wbile we were all lainent.
ing that this worthy man was gone, and the flags had PRESCOTT'S MODE OF WRITING. — In former drooped in mourning for the dead; while people were numbers of THE NATIONAL much has been said
stopping each other at the corners of the streets to talk
over the matter, and some were raising a subscription relative to the blind, their ingenuity, and the for the benefit of his family; after we had published obstacles overcome by many of them in various his obituary, and already had another paragraph writmechanic arts. An exceedingly interesting | ten, calling for a material testimonial to aid the widow
and orphans--as suddenly as though he bad fallen from letter accompanied the reply to a request for a
the heavens above, Captain Stevens, yesterday, at noon, appeared in our streets. Wildly the story goes
puse Ol A
about town: speedily he is rushed home to a family per was folded before the ink was dry, and the mourning his demise; instantly the flags from half
writing is blotted in many places. The legamast are run hard up; and gladness is upon all faces, for the lost is found and the dead is alive again.
tees assert that the apostrophe is one of those With the tide of men moving to the south end, we blots; but the heir-at-law, a legitimate son of go to greet him and learn his story. Almost immedi the defunct, maintains, on the contrary, that the ately after his companions had retired below, as he was
apostrophe is intentional. This apostrophe is standing on the quarter with the spyglass to his eye, the main boom jibed over, striking him in the back
worth, to him, two hundred thousand francs, or of the neck and sweeping him into the sea. Instantly eight thousand pounds sterling; and as the the boat filled away, and sailed off with a six knot
learned in the law cannot find in the context breeze. He turned in pursuit; but one hundred yards swimning satisfied him that that was useless. He
any clew to the real intention of the testator, balloed; but the noise of the sails, the rushing of the it will be curious to watch the result of the conwaters, and the intervening decks, shut off all com I test. munication. There he was in the midst of the ocean; the boat receding, and no friendly sail in sight; he lay for some time upon the surface, when, by and by, five VALUE OF TIME.:-When the Roman Emperor miles away, a sail appears standing toward him; it is said, "I have lost a day," he uttered a sadder bis only hope; a faint hope, but the last. He did not
truth than if he had exclaimed, “I have lost a swim to her, but reserved bis strength; and when she was within two miles it was evident she was going a
kingdom.” Napoleon said that the reason why long way to the windward.
he beat the Austrians was, that they did not He then, cool-0, how can a man be cool with the
know the value of five minutes. At the celedeep waters below and daught but the deeper heavens above-struck out to head her off. For three quarters
brated battle of Rivoli, the conflict seemed on of a mile or more he swam for dear life; but now be the point of being decided against him. He begins to fail. His legs are already cold and stiff, and saw the critical state of affairs, and instantly hang down deep, the waves breaking to his mouth,
took his resolution. He dispatched a flag to 'Tis the last chance; be raises his head and shonts; and a woman-a woman's ears are always open to the
the Austrian head-quarters, with proposals for cry of distress--says, I hear a voice.' All hands look an armistice. The unwary Austrians fell into around. It is now or never; and as a last effort he
the snare ; for a few minutes the thunders of stretches himself above the waves and says: 'I am drowning! They hear; they see. Ease off sheets!
battle were hushed. Napoleon seized the preup helm! man the boat! It is done as quick as said, cious moments, and, while amusing the enemy quicker than written. 'I shall drown,' calls the brave, with mock negotiation, re-arranged his line of struggling, but sinking man, before the boat can row.'
battle, changed his front, and in a few minutes "The captain turns the craft full upon him, and minus of help, gives the helm to his wife, while with was ready to renounce the farce of discussion the coil of rope he stands in the bows. The rowers for the stern arbitrament of arms. The splendid pull strong, but many yards are yet between them and
victory of Rivoli was the result. The great the sinking man, when the vessel's prow came near the spot, and with the captain's call- catch hold,' the
moral victories and defeats of the world often rope falls upon his head and is turned around the waist. turn on five minutes. Crises come, the not The rope is paid out, the sails shake in the wind, and
seizing of which is ruin. Men may loiter, but in two minutes more-after he had been in the water an hour and a half-the captain and his wife pulled
time flies on the wings of the wind, and all the him over the side, helpless, and for a long time clouded great interests of life are speeding on, with the and wandering of mind.
sure and silent tread of destiny. * This yacht proved to be the Bloomer, from Salem, Captain Dudley Davis, who was taking his family on a trip to Portland, Me. He rendered Captain Stevens
Ericsson's CALORIC ENGINE.—Mr. Ericsson all the assistance needed; landed him in Portland on does not despair of success in applying the Sunday; and with the first train that reached here at
“new motor.” He is said to have built eight noon on Monday, he was returned to his family; returned to startle, to gladden, to change! Great Godi | small engines, on the hot-air principle, since the what a change! The father with three score and ten experiment with the Ericsson steamship, and years upon him; the young wife stricken to the soul; to be still engaged in the pursuit of his favorite the little children to whom home was gloomy; they can tell; we can't."
study. The Scientific American says: He has
now floating on the Hudson a small steamer, THE AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY, at its last
or air-er, about seventeen feet long, which he
has succeeded in driving at a good rate by the annual meeting, voted the publication of Tracts
combustion of an almost incredibly small quanon the moral evils and sinful aspects of Slavery. This duty was assigned to the Executive Com
tity of pine kindling wood. There are two en
gines, horizontal, single acting, and apparently mittee, who, in a public manifesto, inform us that they have deliberately determined to dis
about thirty inches diameter by thirty-six inches
stroke. The vessel is an open boat, or mamregard the instructions of the society upon the
moth yawl, and the paddle wheels are about subject. They have gone further, and sup
ten or twelve feet in diameter. We believe air pressed a tract which was in course of publication. And all this, because some slaveholders
alone is the fluid employed as a medium to genthreaten to withhold their sympathies, prayers,
crate the power. and cash, if that particular sin is alluded to in
Cost of KEEPING A Lion.-From “Gerard's the society's publications.
Lion Hunting and Sporting in Algeria," we
learn that the cost of keeping a monarch of the AN APOSTROPHE WORTH EIGHT THOUSAND | forest amounts to considerably more for his Pounds.--A nice point is said to be likely to animal food alone, than for half a dozen sovoccupy the French courts of law. Monsieur de ereigns of the United States. He says that the M. died on the 27th of February last, leaving duration of the lion's existence is from thirty to & will, entirely in his own handwriting, which forty years, and that he destroys an annual he concludes thus : “And to testify my affec- value of six thousand francs (one thousand two tion for my nephews Charles and Henri de M., hundred dollars) in horses, mules, oxen, camels, I bequeath to each d'eux [i. e., of them] [or deux, and sheep. Taking the average of the lion's 3,0., two] hundred thousand francs."" The pa- | life at thirty-five years, each lion costs the
Arab two hundred and ten thousand francs, to endow our little friends with instinctive powers of (sixty-seven thousand two hundred dollars.) perception. The face is the index of the mind. They
tead our character wben they catch our eye." The thirty lions at present existing in the province of Constantine, and which will be replaced
Small Feet.-An Anglo-Chinese journalist by others coming from the regency of Tunis or
has the hardihood to attack the native practice Morocco, cost annually thirty-six thousand dollars. In the district where I generally hunt,
of bandaging the feet of female children to make
them small-a practice which, he says, is conthe Arab, who pays five francs a year to the State,
trary to the principles of Confucianism, and not pays fifty to the lion,
more ancient than the tenth century. AwaitWE FORBADE him, said John, of the man he suredly do away with so barbarous a custom,
ing the spread of Christianity, which will assaw casting out devils in the name of Christ. We forbade him, because he followeth not us.
he proposes, in the meantime, a new method Somewhat similar was the spirit manifested by abridging by several years the tortures of the
of abridging the feet, and at the same time the late English Wesleyan Conference toward
Here it is : the Rev. Mr. Caughey, as indicated in a letter poor girls. to one of our exchanges:
"Now, as regards my method of making feet small
Call, while the girl is still at the breast, a butcher to “Without any open dissent the Conference deter
operate with a cleaver. Let him cut the feet from mined that, as Mr. Caughey had come over to this above, downward to the sole; then carry the knife country at the invitation of those who were in a state outward, reserving sufficient integument for a comfortof hostility to us, and had already identified himself able flap, which, after tying the vessels, turn over tho with them by administering the sacrament of tho wound, and keep in place by plasters. In a few days, Lord's Supper to them the first Sunday after his ar it will heal naturally. If small feet be beautiful, these rival, and had already commenced revival services in will be more so: if the pain be severe, it is but tempothe Reformed Chapel at Sheffield, it would be inex
rary, while cramping with bandages is a daily torture, pedient for us to permit him to labor in any of the consumning much time. I hope that benevolent gentle chapels under the control of our Conference,
mnen will exhort people to discard bandaging, and adopt
my method." But Jesus said, Forbid him not; for he that is not against us, is on our part.
SIALL CHANGE. Tue STRYCHNINE OF COMMERCE.— The source
IN THE WRONG PULPIT.-A correspondent from whence this poison, which has gained so sends the following, which, albeit a little more world-wide a celebrity recently, is obtained, is personal than we like, will, we are assured, thus noticed in Dickens's Household Words:
give no offense in any quarter: "In Ceylon, and several districts of India, grows a moderate-sized tree, with thick, shining leaves, and
* The Rev. Dr. Strickland is & inan of rare industry, for
besides bis labors on the old sdrocate be both writes a short, crooked stem. In the fruit scason it is readily
and edits books with Wesleyan facility. Moreover, he recognized by its rich orange-coloredi berries, about as large as golden pippins. The rir.d is hard and smooth,
preaches every Sunday as if he had nothing else to do.
The fact is, the doctor don't know how to deny any and covers a white, soft pulp, the favorite food of many kinds of birds, within which are the flat, round seeds,
one who asks hin for help. A few weeks since a
brother from Newark came to him with what the misnot an inch in diameter, ash-gray in color, and covered with very silky hairs. The Germans fancy they can
sionary speeches used to call the 'Macedonian cry:' discover a resemblance in them to gray eyes, and call
"Come over and help us.' them crow's eyes, but the likeness is purely imagin
*** Certainly,' said the doctor; 'name your time.'
** Next Sunday morning.' ary. The tree is the strychnine nur romica, and the
** Agreed-look for me.' seed is the deadly poison nut. Tho latter was early “The next Sunday came, and, faithful to his promused as a medicine by the Hindoos, and its nature properties understood by oriental doctors long before
ise, away went the doctor. In an hour's time he was
in Newark, in the identical street on which the church it was known to foreign nations. Dog-killer and fish
stands. As he walked along the doctor measures scale are two of its Arabic namnes. It is stated that at present the natives of Hindostan often take it for many
some distance on the earth's surface at each step) his months continually, in much the same manner as
busy inind was threading its way through the sermon opium cators cat opium. They commence with taking
to be delivered. Presently he came to a church-not the eighth of a nut a day, and gradually increase their
the right one to be sure, but no matter, it was a church. allowance to an entire nut, which would be about
The congregation were pretty woll assembled. Their twenty grains. If they eat directly before or after
own minister was in tho pulpit and just about to begin food no unpleasant effects are produced; but if they
according to the form and manner of Congregational neglect this precaution, spasms result."
worship. The doctor, thinking that all was right, (good, unsuspecting man that he is,) walked straight to the
sacred desk, and knocled down to say the usual short THE MYSTERY OF TAMING BIRDS.-Kidd-the
prayer for a good time. Wbile ho was praying, tho
Rev. Mr. Brown, who sat beside him, began to wonder ever delightful Kidd-in his “Treatise on the what explanation could be mado of all this. The doctor Garden Warbler," says:
rose from bis knees, and supposing that the minister
of the church was a local preacher who had found his "Some masters and mistresses can never "tame' way into the pulpit, offered bim bis band. birds--never get them to be on terins of intimacy. «. You have the advantago of me,' said Mr. Brown. The cause is evident. There are no feelings of affec ** Have I !' said the doctor, still suspecting nothing, tion in common between them. They do not love and assuming the easiest and most independent man. their birds. The latter know is much; and are as ner, just like bim. “My namo is Strickland; I bare suredly aware that they are kept simply for the sake come to preach for you. of furnishing amusement. We have noted the same "Mr. Brown was puzzled to know whether this ununerring sagacity with all our pets, our squirrels in expected offer of help came from above, or below, or particular. They would instantly detect any person horizontally; and signified his confusion so plainly who might be preparing, or wishing to play them off that the doctor's koen eye soon saw it. some practical joke; and would, to onr great delight, ** Isn't this a Methodist church !' said be. fasten on them at once-paying handsomely, and in ** Ah,' said Mr. Brown, 'that relieves the mystery. full, for all favors about to be received. It was, how Our brethren of the Methodist persuasion worship in ever, impossible for us to anger them. They too well a house a littlo firther up street.' knew the friendliness of our disposition-seeing what “The doctor left on suspicion, but soon found himmerry romps and gambols we had together, both by self in the right place, right side up with care.
If we day and night; up stairs, down stairs, and in the gar are not misinformod, his text that morning wes : Indon. No doubt it is a wise provision of Nature thus l quire for the old paths.'"
A PIC-NIC AND A Bird's NEST.-Peter Pimp- the Rev. Mr. B., while alluding to the intimate kins, of Pimpkin's Park, went on an excursion, relations between the professions of the clergy a few miles from New York, with his wife and and the physician, in all seriousness remarked bairns, and thus relates two exploits of the day. that it was somewhat a singular fact that The first was the taking of a “hang-bird's nest," " when the doctor was called the minister was sure and the second-well, read, and you'll see what to follow." The doctors gave him three cheers. the second was:
- Portland Transcript. “Never saw such a thing before : Mrs. P. thought it The above reminds us of a hard hit at the must be a bird's nest, but I said not; there was no doctors, which may be found in the Bible. In place for the birds to get in; she took a great fancy to the thing, whatever it might be, and thought it would
the sixteenth chapter of the second book of be so nice to have it at home; suggested that I could Chronicles is the following: carry it; I said 'No'it was fast to a twig; she said, 'How stupid ! could I not cut it off with my knife!' I did
" And Asa, in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, was not like to meddle with it for fear of accident, but
diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceedingly Mrs. P. was peremptory; went up close, and saw very
great; yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, large flies about; thought it was their home; they
but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, seemed knowing little creatures: looked almost like and died in the one and fortieth year of bis reign."little men with yellow jackets on; thought it a pity to Lynn News. disturb them; said so to Mrs. P. Man and boy came
A harder hit at the medical fraternity is in a wagon along the road; asked them if they could tell me what the singular looking object was; man said, given in Mark's Gospel, (v., 26,) relating to a • Yes; wasp's nest; asked what wasps were; boy "certain woman" who “had suffered many things laughed and said, “Why those harmless little things that were flying in and out;' said I would like to take
of many physicians, and had spent all that she it home; boy said, “Nothing easier;' man smiled; boy had, and was nothing bettered, but rather greu said, 'Take hold of it at the top, and cut the twig off
worse !" close to the ground;' man laughed right out; thought he fancied I was afraid i determined to let him know I was not; seized and cut it off in an instant; what a
The Charleston Mercury is responsible for the buzzing! little things in yellow jackets flew about me, following: and bit me fearfully; man and boy in wagon langhed very much to see me dance with pain, I got angry,
“When a musqueto is artistically smashed flat with and threw the nest at them; it struck and remained
& slipper, the stain left is precisely like the picture of on the whiffle-trees just by the horses' tails: with a
a rosebud! Draw & line from the lower part of the snort and a plunge away they went; and I don't think
bud, with green paint, add & cup and two leaves, and there was much langhing by the occupants of the
the illusion is perfect. If the season is very musquewagon about that time, the last I saw of them was a
tory, and you are very expert with the slipper, you cloud of dust disappearing over the brow of a hill about
may in a short time cover the wall with a beautiful half a mile distant; wasps all went after the nest, ex
bower, and surround yourself with thornless roses !" cept one who had got up the leg of my pantaloons. Mrs. P. wanted to go on after more adventures; I said, WARMING-Pans.-Bayard Taylor, in his last No; bad quite enough for one day; would go right
letter from Norway, thus describes the Norhome; did so, got off steamboat on dock, found hogshead of molasses had burst, and lay all over planks wegian method of giving the traveler & warm about two inches deep; little Peter managed to fall reception : down in it, and rolled over twice before he could be rescued; and consequently all the way homo he was
"At sunset we left the lako, and climbed a long a moving pagoda of flies!"
wooded mountain, to a height of more than two thousand feet. It was a weary pull until we reached the
summit; but we rolled swiftly down the other side THE THREE MONEY-CHANGERS.
to the inn of Teterud, our destination, which we
reached about ten P. M. It was quite light enough to As Brokers will do,
read, yet everybody was in bed, and the place seemed Messrs. Moore, Strange, and True,
deserted, until we remembered what latitude we were Tried their wits 'tother day on the 'Change.
in. Finally the landlord appeared, followed by a girl, Says Moore, Of us three
whom, on account of her size and blubber, Braisted The whole Board will agree
compared to a cow-wbale. She had been turned out There's only one knave, and that's Strange.
of her bed to make room for us, and we two instantly
rolled into the warm bollow she had left; my Nilotic Then said Strange, rather sore, I'm sure there's one Moore,
friend occupying a separate bed, in another corner.
In the morning, I was aroused by Braisted exclaimA terrible knave and a Jew,
ing. There she blows! and the whale came up to Who cheated his brother,
the surface with a huge pot of coffee, some sugarAnd would cheat his mother. O yes, replied Strange, that is-True.
candy, excellent cream, and musty biscuit." QUERIES.—The Very Rev. John McEvoy, who
On LAKE ONTARY. The following production is more of a printer than a parson, asks himself
is by the “ poic" of the Boston Post : a couple of questions, and answers them as fol Green are thy waters, green as bottle glass. lows:
Behold 'em streached thar;
Fine Muskolonges and Oswego bass “ Where, where are life's lilies and roses,
Is chiefly ketched thar,
Wunst the red Injuns thar tuck thar delights, Dead as the bushes Around little Moses,
Fisht, fit, and bled;
Now most of the inhabitants is whites,
With nary red. “Where are the Marys, and Anns, and Elizas,
Lovely and loving of yore?
A good story is told of a grave divine on Cape
Cod, not long since, who awoke from a com
fortable nap in his chair, and discovered his CLERICAL WIT UNWITTINGLY.-At a recent amiable helpmate in the performance of an act medical convention, holden at Lewiston, the for which Governor Marcy once made a charge clergy and members of the bar were invited to of fifty cents to the State ; in other words, the repast given at the De Witt House by the mending his pantaloons. Inspired with a love followers of Galen, and after the cloth was re- of fun which seldom affected him, he inquired, moved, during the interchange of sentiments, | “Why are you, my dear, like the evil adver