A new tale, by the author of the “Lamp-life depends upon right principles adopted in Licliter," is just published, simultaneously, in youth, and persevered in through mature age. London, and by Jewett f. ('o. in Boston. It is a Its perusal can hardly fail to exert a happy indomestic story; the scene is laid in this city , fluence upon the youthful reader. (Gould $ Linmainly, and partly in the Great West. It is coln, Boston.) entitled, Mubel Vaughan, who is a very esti History of King Philip. Him of Macedon, we mable young lady, far above the average to be supposed, on taking up this volume, and finding inet with in real life. Her career, from child it one of the series so frequently commended hood to matrimony, is traced skillfully; and, in our pages, from the pen of Johxs. C. ABBOTT. with the other personages introduced, makes We were mistaken. This King Philip was the up a readable narrative, inculcating patience celebrated Wampanoag Indian chieftain, and and cheerfulness in the hour of trial, and con- here he is, in admirable portraiture, to be fident trust in the wisdom and goodness of an placed on the same shelf with Julius Caesar, and overruling Providence.

Hannibal, and Nero, and Cortez, and the other

men of renown, to whose biography Mr. Abbott Of books specially designed for the young, has devoted so many volumes. Like the others we note, with commendation :

of the series, King Philip is written in a style The Wilmot Family; or, Children at Home; one that, for purity and simplicity, will commend it of the recent issues of the Sunday-School Union not only to the young, but to readers of all ages; from the press of Carlton d Porter. It is an En- and there are few, even among educated men, glish story, religious in its aim, and written in so well versed in the early history of New Enan attractive style.

gland, as to be incapable of deriving information The Poor Boy and Merchant Prince, by Wil- from the researches of the author. (Harpers.) LIAM M. THAYER, is a skillful adaptation of the Viola, and her little Brother Arno, is a pleasing more prominent events and striking traits in tale, with a good moral, from the wonderfully the life and character of the late Amos Law- prolific pen of Jacob Abbott, whose skill in rence. It is designed to show, and the design story-telling is unsurpassed by any living auis very successfully carried out, that success in thor. (Harpers.)

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Plants in Rooms.- This is a subject in which | home. We often bedizzen it excessively with we hope to interest all, but more especially our gew-gaws and tinsel, the glare and novelty of female readers. There is no more interesting which for a while fix the attention ; but they and instructive pastime than the culture of soon pall the senses and lose their interest, and plants ; more particularly of room plants during the mind wanders abroad for fresh excitement. the winter. No matter how few they may be, These things are not beauty, and can never they serve to break the monotony of the winter awaken and strengthen that sacred sentiment months, and contrast charmingly with the bleak which lies deep in the heart, a love of home; and scene without; and they give a spirit of life we know of few things better calculated to do and cheerfulness to the home circle which few so than the care of plants. We can hardly fail can fail to feel and appreciate. There can be to become attached to any beautiful object no doubt that we are all of us too indifferent which we feel to be dependent upon us for the to the beneficence of the Creator in bestowing continuance of its being; and the mind is so conupon us this most precious gift of plants and stituted, that, however lost to ennobling feel. flowers, which, man alone excepted, constitute ings, the love of flowers springs up spontaneearth's pre-eminent beauty and her chiefest ously in the heart. In addition, and unlike glory. We can form no conception of the most other things, they never lose their novelty world without them; the painter, the poet, and and interest, but are ever presenting new phases the descriptive writer, are indebted to them for of beauty to awaken fresh sentiments of love. many of their best thoughts; and they form a It is precisely these elements which so peleading element in our most glowing concep-culiarly fit plants and flowers to beget, and contions of happiness in this world and the next. stantly minister to a love of home. Let us, Since, then, they are so intimately blended then, always have by us some of these good with the soul's loftiest aspirations, and minister ministering angels, and especially let us give so largely to its cravings for the beautiful and them a place in the fireside circle during the true, let us draw them closer to our bosoms, dreary winter months; they will greatly conand give them a choice place in the domestic tribute to its cheerfulness. We wish specially home, that they may add a keener zest to all to interest the girls in this subject, for we our joys.

know their influence over the boys. The care We must make home attractive, if we would of room plants is peculiarly suited to the former; have its inmates seek their chief enjoyment there is not only a certain fitness in the assothere. One of our great faults as a people is a ciation, but the labor is light, pleasant, and want of home attachment; it is a serious fault, every way appropriate to woman's hands. There and may be imputed, in a measure, to the fact is no such insuperable difficulty connected with that we make so little endeavor to beautify I the culture of room plants, that any should be

deterred from making the attempt, provided a beyond the length we wished; but the subject few necessary conditions are at hand. A wine is both interesting and important, and we could dow having a southern, exposure is the best, not say less with any hope of making the subbut one fronting either the east or west will ject of practical value; we shall not regret do very well. Have a table made of the width the space if we shall succeed in iuducing eren of the window, and nail on the four sides a strip one of our readers to take up this elegant and about two inches wide ; the corners should be instructive pastime. We are really in earnest tightly joined. This makes the top of the table about this subject, and hold ourselves ready to a shallow box, which is to be filled with clean answer all queries the fair reader may propound. white sand, which not only catches the water that falls in watering the plants, but evaporates Blackberries. The demand for this fine fruit a moisture congenial to their health. The legs is on the increase, and now exceeds the supply. of the table should be furnished with rollers, | The cultivated varieties should be extensively and it can then be readily moved from the win-grown to supply the markets of our large cities. dow at night when the weather is severe. A The culture is not difficult, and the crop is a table of this kind can be placed at one or more profitable one if grown within a reasonable diswindows, as may be convenient. Its advantages tance of a good market. It is usual to plant in over the ordinary flower stand are too mani the spring, but we have met with almost unifest need specification. The plants should form success in fall planting, and recommend it be arranged in such manner as to have the tall to others. A sandy loam of good body or a est at the back and sides of the table; but no well-drained clayey loam is well adapted to its arrangement of the plants should be permanent; growth. The ground should be plowed deep their position should be changed from time to and heavily manured. Plant in rows four feet time, so that all may receive a due share of sun apart; the plants are usually placed three feet shine, and different sides of the plants should apart in the rows; but we think this rather too be presented to the light to insure a uniform close. Weeds must be kept down, and the and symmetrical growth. Soft-wooded plants ground mellow, by the use of a light plow and need more light than hard-wooded kinds. All the hoe. All the wood that has fruited must these various conditions may be met by proper be cut out early the following spring, and the attention and occasional changes, and the plants leading shoot and the laterals shortened in. kept in a healthy growing condition. In mild, Suckers must not be allowed to come up at ranpleasant weather, the window may be thrown dom ; all except those immediately round the open to admit fresh air.

“stool" must be destroyed on their first apMuch care is needed in watering: the earth pearance; otherwise there will in time be such must not be soddened with water, neither a mass of cane as to set cultivation at defiance. should it be suffered to get so dry as to cause In regard to kinds, the Dorchester (Boston the plants to wilt. It is quite necessary to High Bush) and the New Rochelle are the best sprinkle the foliage frequently; and for this for market. The first named is the handsomest, purpose, and also for watering the plants gen- sweetest, and best flavored berry; the latter is erally, a watering-pot with a finely-pierced rose somewhat more productive, and perhaps a little is the best thing that can be used. The spout more hardy; but both will go through our orshould be at least two feet long, to facilitate dinary winters uninjured. The New Rochelle the watering of plants in the middle of the ta is sometimes called the Lawton, but very imble. The top of the table being filled with properly. Mr. Lawton has not the shadow of a sand, water may be freely poured over the tops claim to give it his name; and we are glad to of the plants without risk of soiling the carpet ; see that this name is beginning to be repudiated the sand is thus kept always wet, and by evap by pomologists and borticultural societies all oration produces à moist atmosphere around over the country. Two or three new varieties the plants very conducive to their health. of blackberries have lately been brought before

There are some kinds of plants better adapted the public, but we have not seen enough of them to room culture than others; and we here add to be able to speak of their merits. the names of some of the best, from which a selection may be made. The list of annuals we Hyacinths. The ground for these may be pregave in our last all succeed well in a room, and pared the same as for tulips. Plant the bulbs will bloom freely; but the easiest to manage three inches deep, either in beds or clumps; are Sweet Alyssum, Lobelia gracilis, and Mig- and if the colors are known, arrange them with nonnette. Of perennials, the following are best: reference to the best effect. The outdoor treatAzaleas, Cactæ, Primula Chinensis, Scarlet Ge ment of the hyacinth is very much the same as raniums, Calla Ethiopica, Oxalis, Ixias, Babi that of the tulip, and the directions given for anas, Oranges, Lemons, Hyacinths, Tea Roses, that will apply here. Hyacinths are often Coronillas, Verbenas, Petunias, Cupheas. The grown in pots and glasses. The single varieties list might be extended, but it is best to begin are best for these purposes. The soil should be with a few plants of the easiest culture; and & mixture of rich loam and sand ; pint pots are when experience has been gained, others of large enough for a single bulb; put drainage in more difficult culture may be added.

the bottom of the pot, and fill up with soil, just It will be necessary to repot the plants at covering the crown of the bulb. Water freely times to meet the demands of increased growth, when in bloom. When grown in glasses, just as well as to prune them occasionally, and to the bottom of the bulb should touch the water, keep the surface soil open and the pots clean. which should be changed at least once a week. Insects will also need looking after sharply. Hyacinths are not only beautiful, but many are These and other topics we must recur to here- exquisitely fragrant. They are great favorites, after. We have already extended this article I especially with the ladies.

The Garden.—Everything about the garden Vero School Presbyterians held at Richmond, Vir. should now be put in order for the winter.

ginia, resolutions were alopted to the effect, that inas

much as the relation of master and servant does not Cut off the tops of herbaceous plants; tie up properly belong to church judicatories as a subject of such as are liable to be broken by the lodg- discussion or inquiry, therefore, that it is resolved by ment of snow; clean off the walks; if the soil

this Convention that the General Assembly of the

Church has no power to pronounce 8 sentence of conis stiff and heavy, spade it up rough, to be

demnation on a lower judicatory, or individuals, for mellowed by the winter frosts; if you have any cause, unless they have been before the Assembly plenty of manure, give the flower borders a in the way prescribed by the constitution; tbat the coating of it; top dress the lawn, if necessary; the agitation of slavery to appoint delegates to the As.

Convention recommends all Presbyterians opposed to protect with straw or manure all half-hardy sembly to meet at Knoxville, on the third Tuesday in plants; and otherwise see that everything is in May next, for the purpose of organizing & General condition to be safe from accident during the Synod, under the naine of the United Synod Presby. winter. A little care and attention to theso hail storms on record visited some parts of Green

One of the greatest matters now will save much labor in the spring, County, Pennsylvania, in the month of August last. and your plants will be the better for it. The hail came down in a perfect torrent; the stones

varied from the size of a partridge's to that of a hen's

egg, and came with such foroe, and in such quantities, Tulips. These may continue to be planted as to do great damage to nearly everything in the track as long as the ground can be worked. The of the storm. Shingle roots were split to pieces, tho soil should be deeply spad and enriched with

growing corn was perfectly stripped of its blades and

shoots, the apple trees were left naked of leaves and good old manure. They may be planted in barren of fruit, the buckwheat was entirely destroyel, beds, clumps, or rows, or in any form the fancy the forest trees were left almost as naked as in mid may suggest. When planted in beds, verbe

winter, and the fruit trees of all kinds were almost en

tirely stripped of their foliage and fruit. The fowls nas, petunias, etc., may be put in between

which were without shelter were killed by the weight them in the following spring; the bulbs should and force of the hail stones.

The Minnesota be lifted as often as every third year, and di

Constitutional Conrentions closed their sessions at vided. Two inches is sufficiently deep to plant stitutions produced by both bodies wero identical.

St. Paul after deliberating for seven weeks. The con. them. The single varieties are best for out They were regarded as fully meeting the requirements door culture, and are more generally admired of the public welfare. ... An interesting report bas than the double ones.

been received by the War Department from the superintendent of the Wagon Road Expedition from Fort

Detiance. The camel experiment is pronounced sucBrooklyn Horticultural Society.—This active cessful. These animals carried seven hundred pounds and vigorous young Society held its annual ex

burden each, principally proven for mules, and

were much less jaded than the mules. Their temper, hibition at the Athenæum on the 23d and 24th

tractability, capacity for bearing burdens, and going of September. The exhibition was one of the without water, while they live on food upon which best yet held, and was well attended. The dis other animals would starve, render them valuable for play of fruit was fine, but the great feature of

transportation on the prairies. ... The Steamship the exhibition was the large collection of speci- Cape Race, by a fishing smack, when only eight days

"Arago" was boarded on the 6th of September, off men plants. We have no room for details, but out from Southampton, and telegraphed from St. John's, we cannot help saying that such plant growers

Newfoundland, to New York. This was the first suco

cessful result of an experiment which has for some time as Louis Menand, Martin Collopy, George Ham

been projected; and until the completion of the Atlyn, J. E. Rauch, etc., deserve a high meed of lantic telegraph, we may look to the frequent receipt praise for the great care and manifest skill er. of European advices of only a week old; after which; hibited by their splendid specimen plants. This

we shall havo it daily perhaps. . the Centenial

Anniversary of the birthday of Lafayette was approsociety is moving on with a steady determina- priately celebrated in New York on the 7th of Seption which promises to make it the leading so tember, by the Garde Lafayette and a number of ciety of the State, if it is not already so. We

French and American residents, who partook of a

banquet at Jones's Wood. ... The nero steam frigate wish it great success.

"Roanoke" broke her back on being launched from Norfolk a few months since. She has to be built anew

about midships, at a cost of twenty thousand dollars. THE WORLD AT LARGE.

A curious law question arises in the lapsing of

a legacy which recently came before the Surrogate of A map of busy life,

Now York. Mr. McLoskey, a gentleman worth ono Ita fluctuations and its vast concerns. ---Cowper.

hundred and fifty thousand dollars, dying in Paris, left six thousand to a niece in Dubuque, Iowa, who died on

the same day as himself. If the hour of hor death preThe Rev. James B. Finley, a well-known minister, ceded his, the legacy lapsed, if it succeeded his the legand for many years a missionary among the Indians, acy is vested in her. The time of their decease was so died at Eaton, Ohio, September 6th. He was a native nearly identical that it is supposed it will have to be of North Carolina, and had reached the ripe age of determined by the differenco between solar and true seventy-six. Thomas Dick, LL.D., author of the time, the legacy thereby depending upon a question of "Christian Philosopher," and of several other valuable longitude. Tho lalo Convention with New Gritworks, recently died at his residence in Broughty nada covers only the matter of claims of American Ferry, Scotland, in the eighty-third year of his age. citizens against that republic. New Granada regrets Dr. Rufus W. Griswold died in this city, on the 27th the Panama massacre, and promises to punish the of August. He was born in Rutland County, Vt, offenders when convicted. A commission is to pass February 15, 1915. Early in life he was ordained as a upon all claims of American citizens against New GraBaptist minister, but soon left that profession to devote nada from 1818 down to the Panama riot. One hall tho himself entirely to literature, and was successively sum annually paid by the Panama Railroad Coinpany connected with the weekly papers, the Ve Yorker, is to go toward satisfying the claims. The balance of the Brother Jonathan, the New World, and the the claims is to be otherwise provided for. Our gov. monthly publications, Graham's Magazine and the crnment is allowed the privilege of purchasing an island International Magazine. . . . A National Compen in the bay of Panama for a coal depot, and our citizens sation Emancipation Society was organized at Cleave and mails are to be exempted from annoying and land, Ohio, in August last. Its object is declared to be oppressive taxes on the transit of the Isthinus. the extinction of American slavery by contributing to By the will of Mrs. H. II. Coalter, who died lately, the compensation of slaveholders for their losses in the ninety-tico negrocs were set free in Stafford County, emancipation of their slaves. Professor Silliman, of Virginie. They are to go to Liberia, or whatever freo Yale College, was elected president; and Elihu Burritt, State thoy may select. . . The forty-eighin annual corresponding secretary. At'a Convention of meeting of the American Board of Commissioners for

150 upon the at Dellalkoow, TE

Foreign Missions met at Providence, Rhode Island, in, bill were then lebated with varyiug results, governSeptember, and was larvely attended. Light hundred ment in some divisions being in a minority. The and forty laborers are employed by this society, at bill was finally passed.... Tuhabitrons atrorities home and abroad, and there are nineteen thousand two perpetrated by the rebels in India continue to all a hundred and thirty-six children in the schools of the large place in our latest English papers. It is said mission. Before the convention adjourned Dr. Arm that at Cawpore, on the 24th of June, in consequence strong read an autograph letter from the H:waiin king. of Sir Hugh Wheeler being mortally wounele, the It was a very well written production, presented the force had accepted the proffer of safety made by Nena need of a college at the Sandwich Islands, and expressed Sahib and the inutineers. Nena allowed tbem tu get the hope that the project would be favorably received into the boats, and then fire was opened upon then and liberally aided in this country. The Reformed from the banks of the river, and all were destroyed. Dutch Churches formally dissolved their relation to The London Timex, after dwelling on this inhunan the Board, intending hereafter to conduct their own act, and also upon the brutal manner in which the missionary affairs. ... The corner stone of the Mar women were treated at Delhi before they were iner's larbor Baptist Meeting-house was laid in the put to death, says: "It ought to be known, reluctant city of New York on the 9th of September. ... On as we are to tell it, that the women and unmarried the same day the corner stone of the new church edi. girls who fell into the hands of the matineers and fice for the Methodist Episcopal congregation, forinerly populace of Delhi were carried in proceasion for bours worshiping in Mulberry-street, was laid, corner of through the chief thoroughfare of the city, with every Twenty-Second-street and Fourth Avenue, New York. horror that could degrade them in the eyes of the peoThe church is to bo of rough marble, built in the Roman ple, previous to the last brutalities and cruelties that esque style, and, with the ground, when completed, then, in the sight of thousands, were perpetrated upon will cost one hundred and twenty thousand dollars. theni. It was done of settlod purpose, to degradie It is intended to accommodate about twelve hundred England, to degrade Europe, to degrade a Christian people. ... The presentation of General Jackson's empire, and a Christian queen. Now, we say it afier Ould snuff boor to Major Dyckman did not take place full deliberation, and with a due regard to the objecat the time expected; Mr. Jackson declining to perinit tiuns always forthcoming against any real and electual the relic to pass from him, there being so many re-l policy, that not one stone of that city should be left monstrances sent to him denying that the major was | upon another. Delhi should for the future be only New York's bravest son in the Mexican war... The known in history as Sodom and Gomorrab, so that its Scott Legion, the remnant of the two Pennsylvanian place shall not be known."... The ratifications of regiments that served in the late war with Mexico, the treaty of amity and commerce between Great celebrated last month the anniversary of the entry of Britain and Honduras, containing the article guaranthe American army into the Hall of the Montezumas, teeing the Honduras railway, have been exchanged by a procession, after which they were addressed by in London. Senor Haran, the Honduras plenipotenseveral individuals, who distinguished themselves on tiary, had re-opened negotiations on the Bay Island the occasion, among whom was Major Dyckman. ... and Mosquito shore contentions, and there was every Brigham Young is making the most fiery demonstra- | prospect that the modifications desired by Hondutions against the action of our government in sending ras would be at once conceded, in which case these out troops and a new governor to keep him and his conventions would immediately go into effect... The deluded followers within the bounds of reason. ... British Minister to China, Lord Elgin, bad explained The steinship * Central America" was lost in s ter the Chinese policy of the English government to the rible hurricane, off Cape Hatteras, on the 12th of Sep- people of Hong Kong. The Emperor of China must tember, when upward of four hundred passengers, either disavow the acts of Yeh in Canton, or take the the Californian mails, and nearly sixteen hundred very unpleasant consequences. An American citizen :housand dollars in specie, were lost. ... The stern had been convicted of piracy at Hong Kong, and senpost of a new flag ship for the Russian navy was | tenced to transportation for life. ... The Ree. Dr. raised at the yard of William H. Webb, in this city. Livingston had attended a meeting of the ManchesThere were present a number of distinguished officers ter Cotton Supply Association, Chamber of Commerce, and gentlemen, and all paid honor to the Czar for gir etc., for the purpose of explaining the commercial reing to an American mechanic the preference of build sources of Africa. He said that country was well ing what is to be, when completed, the swiftest war adapted for producing cotton, sugars, etc., and he prosteamer in the world. ... The Attorney General posed to devote the next fow years of his life to special has given his decision on a point of law submitted to efforts developing these pursuits in Africa. Resolutions bim by the Secretary of the Interior, regarding the were adopted calling on the government to furnish payment of pensions to children of deceased revolu Dr. Livingston with a steamer to ascend the Barbest tjonary soldiers. He decided that children had no River, and to enlist the Portuguese gorernment in legal right to pensions granted to deceased parents. . . favor of the enterprise.... Letters from Lady The quantity of public land sold by the government Franklin's arctic steamer, Fox, at Baul's River, in during the last fiscal year was nearly 4,143,000 acres, Greenland, report the progress of the expedition, and and the amount realized upward of $8,500,000. The say that it has exceeded expectations, and that the Commissioner of the Land Office has decided that rail Vessel answers admirably. The weather had been roads are to have no lands set apart until after actual very severe, which would have the effect of breaking survey and location. ... General Scott has replied the ice up, and rendering the head of Baffin's Bay to General Pillow's recent elaborate revelations re- clear. ... Advices from Madrid state that Queens specting the alleged bribery of General Santa Anna Christina had written to her daughter, Queen Isg. during the pendency of the war with Mexico. Gen. bella, that she should have the greatest pleasure in beeral Scott positively declares that he never gave Santa | ing with her at the period of ber accouchment, but Anna a dollar. ... A terrille explosion vccurred that she neither could nor would go to Spain while on the evening of the last day of September, in the the Duke of Valencia was at the head of the governKnickerbocker Plaster Works, situated in West-street, ment. ... In Italy things are in a very unsettled New York. The explosion blew to atoms the factory, state, and must sooner or later result in an outbreak, a three story brick edifice, together with two or three the success of which will, of course, be determined brick dwellings adjoining, occupied by several poor by the action of the great powers. England bas families. A large number of persons were buried be enough on her hands at present to prevent her atneath the ruins, & few of whom escaped without injury, tempting any active interference in the political albut the majority were either killed, or so badly fairs of the continent. This fact, it was thought in wounded that their lives were despaired of... The some circles, would operate as a stimulus to Mazzini American Sunday School Union, of Philadelphia, and his adherents. ... The French Minister of have published a card announcing the defalcation of Marine has issued an order to all captains of ships of the Corresponding Secretary, Mr. F. W. Porter, for an war to give every aid to English vessels conveying amount believed not to exceed ninety thousand dol troops to India, and to take them in tow when be lars. He has issued notes and acceptances at various calmed. An English troop ship having put into Al times to that amount without entering them upon the giers in distress, was towed thence to Gibraltar by s Dooks of the Society.

French steam frigate. ... The Chinese refused to alThe Reports of the Mirrest from all parts of Eu low the Russian mission to enter the country of rope are ninst encouraging, and an abundant supply Keakhta. It had consequently descended the Amoor of tool is promised. ..The Divorce Bill was taken in order to present itself at Shanghae. Russia is tak. up in the Ilonse of Lords, last month, and a motion ing active measures to increase her fleet and strengthen that the Commons amendments be taken into consid her position in the Pacific. ... A narrative of Prince eration that day six months was rejected by a vote of Napoleon's Voyage in the North Seas will shortly forty-four to sixty-six. The various clauses of the appear, written by a Polish gentleman.

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THE CAMELS ARE COMING. THEN we remember that the camel To Major Henry C. Wayne, of the

was among the earliest animals do- United States Army, was assigned the mesticated by man, it seems surprising special duty of importing the camels, and that we should have remained to the pres- Lieutenant D. D. Porter, of the United ent day so little acquainted with its phys- States Navy, was associated with him in iology and habits. In 1855 Congress the commission. Porter's orders were to resolved to make an experiment of intro- set sail with the storeship “Supply” diducing camels into the United States. rect for Spezia, in Genoa ; Colonel $36,000 were appropriated to this object, Wayne took passage for Southampton in the animals to be employed for military May, 1855. Through the politeness of purposes under the War Department. The Professor Owen, F. R. S., the Cuvier of information acquired during the progress England, he was introduced to Mr. of this experiment is highly interesting, Mitchell, the Secretary of the Zoologand the trial thus far has exceeded the ex-ical Society. In its garden the colonel pectations of success in the undertaking. found two fine specimens of the Egyptian

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