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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOE THE AD
VANCEXLENT OF EDUCATION.
. PirrsBCRG, August, 8,.fl 853.
; Mr bear Post : Know-ins vour intert in mat.
fcrs pertaining to popular Education, I propose
send you a few notes of the proceeding of the "
to
A-
inerican Association for the advancement of Educa
tion," which is to convene in this citv to morrow.
Desirous of settling myself in comfortable quarters,
before the influx of strangers drawn together bv the
occasMjn, should, render such a consummation some
what doubtful, I, have come on here a few days
in advance of the time appointed for the meeting.
1 left Ihiladelphia on the morning of the 6th, by
the Lenusylvania Railroad, which runs through an
exceedingly rich and beautiful country A stranger
in that reg.on. my attention was, arrested by seve
ral features of the landscape thVat seem peculiar.
Hirst; I noticed the great number of noble trees, ap
parently re he of the primeval forests, that were
scattered hroughout even the cultivated fields re
freshing the eve with their verdure, and Affording
grateful shelter from noontide heats. In this coun
try the valueiof art occasional shade tree is but lit
tle appreciated ; would that it were more so
There, upon the hill tops, and in sheltered nooks, I
could catch glimpse of comfortable farm cottages
not standing " out of doors " in unbhishfno
nakednes, but modestly peeping out from beneath
overhanging trees, and from the midst ofsembower
ing shrubbery ; and finally my eye waslattracted
by ths uniform appearance of the huge barns,ihat
stood-near them, suggesting ideas of wealth and
comfort: However humble the homestead of a
genuine Pennsylvania Farmer, his barn lofty, ca
pacious, conveniont,often built of brick or stone,
while he himself dwells within an enclosure of los,
gives unmistakable evidence of thrift.
Two of . the most annoying attendants unon Rail
road traveling are the dust that buries you, and the
smoke that almost suffocates you ; on the Pennsyl
vania road, one f these an novances is effectually
obviated ; throughout the whole length of the route
the (fact b tween the rails, and even for some dis
tance beyond them, is macadamized with coarsely
broken stones, which effectually prevents any dust
from being raised by the passing train.- Whenev
er any method shall be discovered, of getting rid
as effectually of the smoke and cinders from the
loco.i.'otive, this will be a model road.
But-1 have forgotten the American Association.
My -object-m- writing previous to the meeting, is to
give your readers some idea of the object of the as- I
soeian. n, and to enlist their sympathies in its behalf., j
In .October 1849, a convention, called by gentle- i
men from almost every section of the United States, !
to devist? plans for the advancement of popular Ed-
aavancemeiit ot Education " was formed, and the
Rt.Rev. Btsbop Potter of Pennsylvania was elected
President. The first annual tneetino- was held ih
the city of Cleveland, Ohio, and was largely attend-
ed.
d. The second annual meeting was
ity of Newark, New Jersey, Bishop Po
held in the i
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meeting which is to convene to morrow is the third,
at which Prof. Josepb Henry, of the Smithsonian
institution, is expected to preside.
Tie objects of the association are catholic, em
bracing the interests of education, in all its depart
ments, from the primary school to the university,
and if its plans can be carried out by the hearty
cooperation of the friends of education, throughout
the United States, I believe it -will prove a great
blessing to our country. In regard to its proceed
ings during the coming week you shall be dulv
Pitted; , R. L. C.
c-iuchl ior a seconn Term, i i
1'iltsburg, August iurn,r
1 FIRST DAr MORNING SESSIOX.
lhe ttiird session of the " American Association
for the Advancement of Education," convened yes
terday morning, at 11 o'tlock, in the Cumberland
street, between Wood and Smithfield streets
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The officers elect, of the Association, consist of I
the following gentlemen : " j
Preshleul--Vruf. Joseph Henry, LL. D. !
Recording Secretary R.L.Cooke.. i
Corresponding Sec re 'org" 1 P. Morris. :' j
Treasurer John Whitehead. '
The Standing Committee consists of the follow- !
ing gentlemen : Dr. Asa D. Lord, Prof. W. M. !
ly.liespie, Edward C. Biddle, Wm. D. Swan, Wil
Iiaiii Travis, and Prof. Caleb Mills.
The Association was called to orden by' the Rt. 1
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Ihe Association was opened with prayer by the j
Rev. A. W. Black, of Allegheny city. , '
The Secretary, li. L. Cooked read the minutes
of the preceding session, held in Newark, New Jer-
sey. The minutes were approved. - '
M cssrs. Coiperwiiitbe, of Pennsylvania, Sherman
o ; . kll
of Michigan, and Andrews of Ohio. wre mv. in
a comimuee on Uedautmls. j . .1
i-ia- i'uiiu.8, i x ennsyivania, ureenleat, ot
New YorK, and Swan, of Massachusetts, werejap-
)ap-
pointed a committee to audit
th
e accounts
of the
lreasurt-r.
The. following gentlemen were announced
members ot the Association :
Rev. UVD. Howard, Rev. Wm. H. Paddock, F.
R, Brjiuot, L. N. Whiter L. Harper, Prof. James
Thompson, Hon. Wm. F. Johnston, Hun. Charles
Shaler, D. II. Kiddle, D. I)., A. W. Black, D. IX,
Ib mer J. Clark, D. D., H. D. Sellers, M I)., Rt.
ljv. Bishop O'Connor. Rev. Bishop Simpson, Rev.
Dr. McMabpn, and L. T. Covell.of Allegheny coun
ty V Rev. Alex. H. Larkey, of Jersey Shorse, Pa.,
J. S. Trovelli, Sewickley, Pa., James .k.M'Lain,'
Zmesyille, Ohio, and James B. Richard of Phila
delphia. ' . ' - : - . '
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ohn Mortimer, All
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the special thanks of the Association were returned
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to the Trustees and Directors of the Third Ward
Public School, for the liberal offer of their Hall for
the Use of the Asstiation. ,
The motion was afterwards amended, and tbe
use of ihe Hall accepted. This was owing to the
Church being engaged during the latter "part of
the week.
; Bishop Potter arose and said that it became his
duty to retire from' the office which it haseen his
honor to occupy for the last two or three years.
ComUned with the pleasure be felt in being re- i
lieted from the pnorons duties of the office was the
gTeat pleasure of introducing Prof! Henry, of the j
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successor. It was not necessary for him to say to j
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was. J bat was not the place for tbe exchange of
courtesies and compliments. But they had asso
ciated themselves together for'the accomplishment
of objects with which Professor Henry's name had
become honorably identified. He had ever been a
practical laborer for the advancement of science.
He bad the sympathies of the laboring classes. It
would hot be deemed uninteresting by the audi
ence to state when the speaker first heard o him.
lie was at that time living in the privacy of an ar
tisan. His leisure moments were devoted to the
acquirement of knowledge, early arresting the at
tention xf intelligent citizens bv his solitarstudies.
From the w-ork bench be went to the Acemy
world, the knowledge he Lad acquired. He was soon ,
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ucamm, was nem in the city of Philadelphia. This
was followed by another, of the same natureand
in the same place, in August of the following year,
at which tiino .tUa t '." .i
4.. ...., .,., ivuiei icaii Assoc aL on Tor ine
advanced to a Professorship at Princeton, and more
recently to the Smithsonian Institute, at Washing
ton i City the only natiotal institution for the tiff
fusion of knowledge, in this country. In his posi
tion of administrator of the affairs of that Institute,
he was the associate of those eminent persona1 who
filled th& executive ofikes of the country, and stood
before them as the exponent of American Physical
Science. The speaker was proud of him in that
capacity, and he was still more so that with in
creasing fame, he did not forget the responsibility
he owed to the seminaries of the land, and to those
young spirits whose ambition may be to tread
through the same unobtrusive paths'
May the labors of the members of this Conven
tion always Jbe associated with such men, men
whose lineage is traced back to the masses, and
who are looked up to by the people with confidence
and respect. ' ' ,'.''.
The Reverend Bishop then formally introduced,.
Professor Joseph Henry, of the Smithsonian In
stitute, as incoming President of the Association.
Professor Henry, after speaking of theeulogium
bestowed upon him by Bishop Potter, as the partial
praise of a dear. friend, proceeded to give a short
account of his career in life, apologizing for his ap
parent egotism. At the age of eighteen he com
menced his education in a log school house; he
left school, andwjw apprenticed by Imjrnother to
a watchmaker. His employer failed irTbusiness,
and he (the speaker) was thrown upon the world.
At this time he was cast into company of a very
deleterious character, and, became intimate ,with
literary young men; books were thrown . in i his
way, but, happily, by the impression produced on
his mind by a single work, he resolved to devote
bis life to the acquisition of knowledge. He went
to the country, and commenced his new life in the
character of the pedagogue, jln a sbort time he
left the school for the academy ; but was compelled
twice or thrice to return to teaching. This course
was continued until he had received an education.
He was then employed as a private tutor in the
Van Rensselaer family ; next as an engineer ; then
as principal of the Albany Academy, He was ,
then transferred to a Professorship at -Princeton ;
and he there remained until called upon to preside
over me institution with which he was connected
at Washington City. This was a simple statement
of the history of his life.
Professor tH. .thanked the Association for the
honor, they had conferred On him. He would glad-'
ly have declined it, had his sense- of duty allowed
him to do so. His time wa mostly occupied by
his duties in Washington, but yet he hoped some
good might be worked, out of his selection, and that
the members would not be entirely disappointed in
any hopes they mas entertain.' The Professor
stated that at the dose of the year, he would em
body his views' in the- annual address incumbent
on him by the Constitution.
. Prf. Henry concluded by congratulating the
members of the Association on the prospero'is con
dition of the cause in' which -they were engaged.
He also adverted, in closing, to the great good that
could be accomplished byhe meeting together of
men from all parts of the countrv. nnrl Kv f hi -v.
JI1 regarci to tne mode ot eduea-
f""n vtTtvh should be pursued. Tf rpm. -..-!
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to be brief in their remarks the cause in which
they were engaged ..was a holy one; and idle re,
marks, would be injudicious as well as injurious.
The gentleman was frequently interrupted by ap
plause. - "
.The hours of meeting adopted, were from 9 A.
Ma to 12 M. ; from 3 to 5 P. M. ; and from 71-2
to 9 1-2 o'clock P. M.
The following conditions in regard to member
ship of the Association, were explained by the! Sec
retary, Mr. Cooke : ;
All persons enrolled as members of either of th
JNa ional Conventions, held in the city of Philadelphia
in me cu oi irnuaaeipnia
shall be entitfed to Jte-
&ing n admWtoriTeefoH
xoTOBTnifmber! of this Assoc
the.Constilution, and
$2,00.
Also, in like manner, and on th Km inn
on nav
tions, all delegates from Colleges or Universities, in-
F,.lCu nuauemies, ivormai ana High Schools
from Sfat rnnntr nfKn. A n i-li- L
io promote education, provided lhat no morel th
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tnree delegates shall be received from
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one Assogia-
tion at the same time. .
AM other persons who have been nnminnfo b
Standirig Committee, a.-id elected by a majority 6f the
i members present, n;ay become members in likelman-r
I nr. and on the s.mie conditions.' Those be!ono-ng tpr
I the above named classes, hhall be eligible to alfoffices
of Ihe Society. i -
Distinguished Educators and Friends of Education
, in other countries, mav be elected CorrespoWino-
Members by a vote of two-thirds of tne members
! present, ,
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Associates for the vear. Anv nersnn rpfftmrnon
owi.unis '.ojiiimiipe snail, nn navmsr he sum
y me stanaing .ommi:tee shall
hall not be eligible to anv office.
Life Members. Pt-rsons entitled of a rihtlto be
members, or elecied as prescriled bv the Constitution,
may "constitute themselves Life Members, bv paying
at any one lime the sum of twenty -five dollars."; nd
subscribing to the Con-titutioi. and Rules, i They
shall be eligible to all offices, and shall, be entitled to
receive all the publi.hed transactions of the society
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. Regular members paying one additional dolUr, an-
- r - O . x . v. . V' , ti il
nualhv shall be eqtitled to receive the transactions in
like manner, free of charge. The omission to nav .br
nnu Vdir crill ..,-.. .Ka . 1 . - , .
j -i , .-uai i ivjuci. mc pujnee to receive tne
transactions free of e.harge; and the omission to Dnv
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iui iwo fuccessixe years, sn;m torteit membership.
Meinber.-hip may be. resumed, however, by resuming
payment but not the privilege to receive the transac
tions as aforesaid.
The association adjourned, the regular hour for
that purpose having arrived.
AFTERXOOX SESSION. -
The association was called to order at '3 o'clock.
After the transaction of some uninteresting busi
ness, Bishop Potter arose and remarked that there
were present in the room, two men distinguished in
their own country for their demotion to the cause of
letters and learning. He referred to Professor Wil
souV and Mr. Dilke. appointed by the British, govern-
ent as Royal Commissioners to the industrial
exhibition in this country. He called unon Prof
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i rtjLjrt.s in- associat
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' idThegaff"aivSf 'gave an
interesting account ot the manner such institution
were conducted in England. In 1 845, the speaker,
with other g-ntlemen, entered into an enterprise of
this kind. The ground selected was p of this
ground was selected in order that the good! effects
flowing from the seieiitifie culture of land might be
made more visible. It was at first thought, that
thatthe nstitution would in a great degree, aid
the tenant farmers ; that it was peculiarly'adapted
to the education of that class. But little encour
agement was received, and the course of instruction
jd price of tuition wt-re changed, in order tUt the
higher class of pupils should be attracted to ithe in
stitution. . Tie change was successful, : ud the in
stitution placed on a sure footing. ; i
The institution had attuhed'to it, about seven
oiu,iu uiriiuu- IO
admission, was required to pass an examination and
uuuureu itcres oi jaiiu. icti scho ar nrevions to
a partial acquaintance with Mathematics; Lajt in and
Greek, and the natural sciences, was necessary to
obtain admission. Ail the newly invented aorit-ul-tural
implements, of : established "merit werejon the
farm, which, together with the use of steam, in con
nection with tbe mai-hinery.gave the pupils! an op
portunity of learning of great practical advantage
to them. The knowledge they acquired of the
working of the agricultural implements, was obtain
ed from, practical observation. They were required
to participate in the work done on the farm; The
collegiate term is three years, and each year, the
tasks of the student are increased. There (are in
the institution departments for the study of chem
ist! y, of natural history, Botany and Geology j there
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was also a veterinary department with a hospital for
the reception of diseased stock ; tbe students were
required to pay particular attention to this branch,
as one of .the most important acquirements to a
farmer-. J5y attention in the lecture room, and
tbe practical carrying out of the lessons received, in
the treatment of diseased stock, the student became
acquainted with the disease of cattle and the cure.
Another important department was the instruction
given in regard to physical Jaws, as applicable to
agricultural implements and farm labor. ' The fifth
department was devoted to generatengineering P,,r"
p-'.ges such as measuring land, making roads, and
applying the knowledge of surveying to obtaining
a knovl-.lge of the situation of land, and its appli
cability f,r drainage. "
The speaker occupied the chair of agriculture ;
and it was his duty to see thatthe students applied
to" the firm labor, the knowledge which tljey ac
quiied in the lecture room. Their lessons in bota
ny, chemistry, geology, engineering, &c, were
brought iuto practical use on the farm. If one stu
dent had a particular inclination for any particular
branch of farm labor he was assigned that depart-
mci-fc milii an its responsi unities, ai one wisnea w
take charge of the cattle, he could do so ; another
of the feeding department, and so on,
In England, there were not more than ten of these
schools, but in Ireland there were over twenty ; and
they were working a great deal of good. In that
country, students were admitted at fourteen years
of age, but were lequired towbrk part of the time,
oa the farm, for their tuition, " There was also a 4s
partment in the Institutions under" the charge or a
Chaplain, to regulate the habits of the students.
The statement of Prof. Wilson was listened to
with deep1 interest.
Mr. Dilke, of London, was called up by Bishop
Potter, and gave a short and interesting account
of the efforts making by the British government,
to make the laboring masses more intimately ac
quainted with practical science, and the relation it
bears to the every day labor of the Artizan. 'A
department of Practical Science and Practical Art
had been established, and by the means of. a com
prehensive system of public lectures, on appropri
ate subjects, to ariizans alone, a great good was be
ing aone. ihe masses are taking an interest in
the lectures, and thronged them. An address,
for instance, by an able lecturer, would be deliver
ed on art, in connection wuh-textile fabrics; anoth
er on iron manufactures ; another on wood enrra -ing,
Sre. Mr. Dilke stated that the sum of 150,
000, remaining over from the fund of the Indus
trial Fair, of 1851, would probably be devoted to
this object.
Bishop Potter followed in an address of great
powjfer, arguing the importance of paying greater
attention to the education of men and boys, after
they had left school, and were engaged in the pur
suits of life.' By practical lectures, such, as those
spoken of, great good cou Id undoubtedly be done;
it, would direct the mi'ndsof the artizan'and labnr-
i er to habits of self-educatfon. Thev could associ
ate their studies with their dailv toil'; and a knowl-
me cinims oi meuianics ana natural sci
ence, the character of the operative would be ele
vated. The lecture system, as at present in vorrue
in this country, never had any effect on the labor
ing man our lecture rooms were crowded with
fashionable people, instead of those most likely to
receive benefit. '
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x ror. tiai.ieman continued the subiect. bv advert-
ing to the beneficial intluemce resulting and flowing
from the Franklin Institute, in Philadelr.bia
The President, Prof. Henry, also noticed the
Franklin Institirte, and related several instances
where it had been instrumental in ovoii'r.-
a great degree, measures of vast public importance.
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Prof. Wilson followed, in a few remarks, in
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nien ne dwelt torcibly on the importance of Me
chanics' Institutes, as a means of accomplishing
Tue pimctical sciences
JVerv town in Tvnnrlan
me geniieman stated, ot A thousand population,
Mechanics' Institutes were in successful operation.'
Bishop Potter made a few remarks, in which he
strongly urged on the citzens of Pittsburgh the
very seat of the industrial' pursuits of the country
the importance of such an institution; of lectures
to the artizan, and of other measures calculated to
elevate the character of the working man.
At the request of MrfPlffts, of Pa., ProfHen
ry consented to .'eliver an address, detailing the
manner in which the cause of education was ad
vanced by the Smithsonian Institute.
List evening was selected, but owing to the an
nuaraddress of Bishop Potter at that time, the
period was changed.
Aa invitation from the Library Committee of the
Young Men's Library, inviting' the association td
visit the rooms of the Iustitute; was accepted.
Mr. Adamson, a gentleman whoh:is ben in this
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vouui,i uut snort ume, irom .uth Africa, deliv-
I ered an interesting address on the geography and
coud'tion of the people of that country. Before
he had concluded, the hour of adjournment arrived.
j '
! -rt r , evis-g session.
: the i resident called the Association to order, at
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me oisnop commencod bvstat nrrtw,t
e years
; since, steps were tasen to form an Association for
! the Advancement ot Education : and that two rears
A ' vi i i til (i n
ago,.m Cleveland, the present Association, was fi
nally organized. The speaker then spoke in regard
to the object of the Association, which, he said! ac
cording to the Constitutiou was to promote inter
course among those who are actively engaged in
promoting. Education throughout the United States
to secure the cooperation of individuals, Associ
ations and Legislatures, in measures calculated to
improve Education, and to give to such measures
a1 more systematic direction, and a more powerful
impulse.
Another prominent object was to bring together
the friends of education throughout the country, in
order that they might smooth the difficulties which
lay ifa the wav of-more o-eneral Fi,. ,........ .,;.
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f -National Association an : Am
nericau Association
a iHxtv wnich sh
i should lear the same relat?rn fn tUa
minor educational associations throuhont tiJ
I country, as the General Government Hop th
btate Governments. The object had not been
crowned vmh- the success that was desirable ; vet
we should not despair. It is imnossiKl- tK, ' :i
meetings should take place without benignant re
su.ts Iree and earnest discussion cculdnever be
misplace,! where the interests of truth alone are
coifceroM.
Th time has now arrived for the Association to
engage in earnest work. It lias been suited
mat a premium fund should be raised, to offer for
a work suitable to Educaton and the Timesa
work which should heal essting difficulties The
shaker earnestly advocate theising 0f a premi
um fund for such a purpos. He also adverted to
other wants )n the eHur$;.nl k. ..
times.
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The reverend gentlemat then entered into an
eloquent d.squis.tioh on thi philosophy, object and
means of education. For nearly two hours be seem-ed-to
hold the audenceJpell bound by his elo
quence, and his sound andgical reasoning In the
course of his remarks, the fesent style of text books
was discussed, and criticisd ia a pointed manner.
The Reverend Bhop ffter devoting considera-:
ble space to the scnool Iitratura r.k. j . .
eluded by eloquently exegsing his desire'for
success of the Asociation .
AfteT he. had conclude the Assodation, on mo
tion adjourned. . . Ii. L. ,C.
To be cdhMued.)
I WRITTEN FOB THE SOUTHER WIED.T rOST.l
NOETH CAROLINA SKETCHES.
NUMBER I.
THE COON HUNT.
The field which I design occupying in the pres-
ent campaign," that of portraying the past and
passing scenes of real life has been so often occu
pied before, and bv men of such eminent ability,
thai I might well b'e excused, were I to shrink f'-om
the task, even after having resolved to perform it.
Washington. Irving,-Judge Longstreet and Col.
Jos. B. Cobb, not to mention others, have all occu
pied it, and each, in his time and way, has invest
ed his State, with a peculiar interest, which, butf -r
him perhaps, would not have been thrown around it.
Others, prompted perhaps by a laudable ainbi -tion,
have made honest, unsuccessful efforts to fol
low in the footsteps of these illustrious men, while
others still, have" brought themselves into ridicule
by persisting in trying to do what nature and a
look of talents had' eutire.y unfitted them foj
It is not with the hope of winning a place by
the side of the gentlemen I have named above,
that I mount theaded hobby, but because so little
has been and sq much vvty be written by the sons
of North Carolina about their native State; be
cause the field, is so open, so inviting, so beautiful,
so rife with interest,
So flowing; with every beauty bright,
So mark'd whh gems of living lmht.
So strewn with Sow'rs of eViy btie. , ' - ,
And fill'd with hearts warm, brave and true. '
Even a beginner may dare to occupy a corner in
a field so broad and extensive and so free and un
occupied here? without the fear of incurring the
charge of vanity, or being regarded as an intruder.
And, if he should fail to do justice to the theme,
his defects may be generously winked at, and his
presumption pardoned, in as much as he does not
even attempt to occupy the whole ground. The
field has been long open and ' entirely unoccupied.
It was free to all, bo one else seemed disposed to
enter it and I have determined tliat will, not
however, to the exclusion of others who desire to
do so. I shall be glad of company.
With this perhaps too long exordium, I will now
proceed to the narration of
THE COON" HUXT.
I must necessarily date back to' the " davs of
yore" when fun and frolic, were mo? e 'sought after
than npw, and when every fellow aspired to be the
inventor of some scheme for raising a laugh .and
having a jovial frolic. The man who was most
successful at inventing and playing off ''quizzes"
was certain to be considered the " best fellow" if
not the "smartest man" in the community.
In the sprightly little town of H--- (suppose
I say Hamburg for short), lived as jovial a set of
fellow? as ever put their heads together for the
purpose ot making up a budget of fun.
.1 lie toreuiost
man irt the troop we will call
I Jemmie Halondale, a merry, good-natured Scotch-
man wno naa emigrates t,o tnis country many
years before, and amassed a snug little fortune
which he still continued to incrjiase bv strict at
tention to a profitable mercantile business in which
he was engaged. He loved his friends very much,
but he loved his joke too, and would go any rea
sonable length to have it, and so verv shrewd and
i sucessiui was no wiat wtieuever be tried to invent
a " quiz" ai"' P,a) off. or :'to
' he was never known to 6il.
raise a good "joke"
I wlIld have the reader understand what I mean
f bJ t!ie worcl "joke" I mean, of course, an inno-
1 cent niece of snort to raise a heart v lancrh with nut.
i . I .., . .
ooing lur.tner injury than creating a little si le
ache I was one? Editor of a newspaper, and a
very punctual country subscriber a courting char
acter called in my office to pay his subscription
-uj-aavance. , me naymnt made and a receict
given, my subscriber" roseo depart, but seemed to
uae something on his mind, which he did not
care to deliver ifi the presence of a third nerson
niu ;;s mere was a tnend in
time, he hesitated, but finally
..-.j . i . . . . r
mv sanctum at the
said " od dav Mr.
inoriin, out i wish you would print some good
love-jokes in the' paper that you send nn ." pro
mised as a matter of course to .!. th.. h T .,, u
to accommodate him, and lie left. But these are
fiot the kind of jokes that Ilahmdale was fond of.
They were something of a different order. One for
example is this. There were two hotels in Ham
burg, and both were pretty well tilled .with- board
ers. Jemmie boarded at The Mansion'' and on
going down one evening before supper, he found
every seat around the fire in the sitting room occu
pied, and himelf crowded out. " Ah gintlemen !"
said he " haye ye seen the great - American Ear!e
Col. C is carrying on with him to Washington
as a present to General Jackson ? a fine bird gintie-
men, a very hue turd. Col. C - was Indian
j Agent in Florida, and had arrived in Hamburo- that
evening and put up at "Fennell's hotel. " No" an-
I swered 'half a dozen,, rising from their seats and
i surrounding Jemmie, " where is he?" Over at
i FennellV answered Jemmie, " and the Col. leaves
i on the next stage. I would advice ve to take a
,......
i Pp aitnenooie, bird bv a mean' Tiov .mtl,.
K ?W KS anU OVC
rcoats and put out
----- I - V-4.J V ..IJ I lt, "UllC
wiinout anv mrr ier r...,-
nna At idi i -. iv hib.
! Jemmie quietly threw ,off his cloak and seating him-
self by the fire, put his. feet np on the mantel and
leaned oacK wun the utmost nonchalance
The eagle-hunting partv went over to " Fen
nells" and taking Mr. F. out aside asked for an
introduction to Col. C iu order that they might
get an opportunity pf seeing "the eagle that Col.
C . was carrying on to General Jackson."
"Col. C has no eale gentlemen" said Fen
nel, " he has bee.n to Washinton and i now on
his way home and has with him a rooster which
he is taking along; if you wish I can show that to
you;" but they did'nt want to see it, they all saw
through the whole affair at a glance ami turning
round they left " immediate! v, if not sooner," some
of them not in the very best humor, while others
smiled and coi'lw. it a " take in "
A thev walked into the sitting room or - me
sen li-
; r -. 1 j -x.-ts I iia do-
without movinf
mn. rtlJU Hllen Ulcv .a.J oil
y naa all grot
g, very ouietlv ml-A .
in.
e,
it
Weel
gmwctuHi, uia ye see the Eao-le?"
omt n.l a ".....
laugu irom
or two, was Uie
i I.... 1 r
-...,, S,UI1L Ir0in one
.nlv rinlr .,! i
ZZ tmS Jt then, all ad
Besides Iiis iokes
and his friends, Jemmie was
... V1 .huuiiv, ana had often dav and
mght, hunted aUe,and by this
familiar with all the " hh,- u.. CoQ
MJXI VMrV Timlin r.f l.iinti
aud crooi,,' from - Mud " ' "
noie.
One evening Jemmie made im a "r, u .
with his friends Sam Jenkin ad irl T , ' a
off they started , with old CJtt
'.own trees, and take char- of b. J I, ?
:forin th,,sedays there wet
socie .es, and this last article was aroutTne
sary m a coon hunt as the don, , T , ,
young fe,io7 mA no0?:iZu:jt
rumcr on rii. Ii an ...- inougiit or
a i 7 , -u'sion wittiout a uv full , f
Applejack, than .!.... .i. - . . Ju? 11,11
Ti.I j ' ' :uvir nata and boots,
-..v. paivi ueterininea
?n hunting throuo-h a,
i , ' 1 rr, anj cor
lj very much cut up by muddy, wet v
aiil. Ul WOOUS IVln'T on Jh . .
river, and consequ.-nt-
ous, run-
o : iV uai Jan. s nto tb
Jpmmio u--i - m-,.n - . . " " me
river.
IhA K.11-. . it. .
ocation of
" if f; tz1', "! '',ed .
iuus Htiu Had
successful. Ilf thnrr.,. ....
. u1uulu i.i uve un-
invent some Iittl. ZCZ: its to o
joke,")
. . , v.-.t.uc ,ura --tft
-
(not
a love
i
ut su;cful!v.
a0oQtl Try hiaifdlowr "Find
him boys I" and others equally familiar to coon
hunters uttered in a kind of shout several keys
above his ordinary, tone of voice ; but, alss ! it was
to no purpose no coon could be found. The glad
sound of a yelp had not yet reached the ears of
the hunters. All was quiet and still in the' woods.
l and no sound arose above the gentle breeze of
nigut, or tue still more gentle Tailing dews, to star
tle the birds from their slumbers, save the cracking
of dry twigs beneath tbe feet of the huntsmen
and now and then, tbe aforementioned cries from
"old Ceasi" , True, Jemmie would occasionally
ask his companions to "take a little to keep up
their spirits," and anon would sing out " Heow
d'ye like tbe sport gintlemiu ? the coons keep
shy, but we'll hev' one up directly." " Bow wow
wow !" opened old Hector. " ".Whoop ! Stand
by him fellow !" shoiited Ceas, and away he darted,
leaving his white skin companions to follow at their
leisure. The doga seemg.1 to be running; there
could be no doubt that '.they had a coon fairly up.
The voice of Caasir was heard every moment or
two urging, them on i- the sounds grew fainter and
stiil more faint, till at last they were entirely lost
to the organs of our three friends; and they were
left, as Jemmie expressed it, "in a pretty pick! e
gititlemin.' - Traveling on, they at length reached
what in Roanoke Valley parlance is called "a gut,"
broad, wet and very muddy. The moon was shin
ing out in undisputed sway, save anon
when
floating cloud swept over her face, as if Jo kiss the
beauties there. Jenju ie saw the' gut and deter
mined to have a little fun at the-expense of his
companions. ; " Stop . gintlemen,? said he, . jist.
stand here till I go dbwn a leetle and try me ear,'
and'away.he went leaving Sam and Nick to await
his return. ; v.
Now, the fact is, Jemmie knew that a large tree
had fallen across the bayou some one or two hun
dred yards below, and his ol ject was to get safely
across, and make the others take the mud. When,
therefore, he reached the log, he shouted to the
other two hunters to " come on," and then crossing
the bayou, hastened up on the opposite side, and
met t hem about half way.
" Hallo !" said he " what 're ve doing there."
'' Coming on," answered they "bow did you get
across
"Came across, came across; how ilse did ve
think ? Come over w"i' ye, come over."
" But the gut 's muddy, and we Ml get mired."
" Oh ! niver mind a leetle mud, niver mind that
when ye 're hunting; come hurry up."
" Sam," said Nick, " I reckon if old Halondale
can 'go it we can, and perhaps it 's not so muddy
as we think."
" Well," replied Sam, "it wont do-- to go back,
evert-if we knew ! he way, for Halondale would have
the whole town laughing at us to-morrow, and so
here- goes," and down they went into the gut.
Here it was about fifty fe.-t wide, and the bottom,
for at least .fortytVrt across, Was covered with soft
mud, varying in depth from one to three feet.
There was hot more than one or two' feet depth, of
water any where, and wherever the mud was deep
est, the water was most shallow.
Kerslosh went S un,, right into the mud. " Ugh,"
sai l he, "come on Nick."
" Is it deep Sam V asked Nick.
"Only moderate," said Sam, puffing and blowing
ana striiirgnnor
lorwans.
Ssnla.sl
i came Nick right after Sara, and endeav
oring to follow in his footsteps.
"How 're ye gittiug on ? How 're ye gitting on ?"
enquired Jemmie.
" ou 'd better ask how we 're going to get out,"
answered Sam.
"Hallo Sam !" sung out Nick; "I 'm in up to my
knees; hold ou and help me." . .
" I say knees !" answered Sam, " I 've made three
or four lunges almost up to my waist. I tell you
what it is Nick, we 're fairly in for it and must work
Uu-atighJ?. T i. , -
"I "Ji be dag if ever I go coon hunting with
Halondale again," said Nick. " nallo ! here I am
nearly waist deep ; stop Sam and wait for a fellow."
" Any where else with pleasure N ck," answered
Sam, but there 's no stopping here,r a 'fellow 's
lotind to keep irioying forward or he 'II keep'goinir
down. Halond de's long legs were no doubt pecu
liarly convenient to him in here."
" Weel gintlemin, it 's very tiresome waiting here,
and besides Old Ceas and the dogs will distance us ;
do come on if you please," sung out Jemmie.
" jur legs are not "as long as yours Jemmie, and
we cdVt navigate this mudlike you can," replied
Sani.
" Down again deeper than ever," cried Nick.'
"Sam, I don't believe I shall ever get. through.
Cool a it is, I 'm sweating like a corn-field negro
in July. Let 's go back."
tome on ick,-tlie worst -is over," replied Sam
blowing and struggling for life. .
1 do btlieve 1 'velost one of my boots," said
Nick.
"One!" said Sam, "then you must throw away
the other to be even with me", for I've lost both of
mine."
" lhere eroes mv hat rirrbt into tbo viator
ick, "eaten it Sam I" liut it floated avay too
fast, they could not catch it.
; " I can't catch it Nick, it 's too far."
- - ..v..,
said
' W ell it don't make any difference, it was a very
old one, and I intended to throw it away to-morrow
any how," said Nick, too much rejoiced at the
prospect of getting out to regret the Joss of.his hat
and boot.
They soon, now, scrambled up the bank, and as
they did so, Halondale greeted them with, " Weel
gintlemin, and how do ye like the1 river mud ?"
" I guess we 're got some of it. But it was pretty
hard work Jemmie, didn't you think so "
" Pretty hard," " .
f Why Hailo Halondale !" said Nick, " there isn't
a particle of mud on your pantaloons! How did
you getxhrougli without getting 'muddy !"
Oh !" said Halondale carelessly, " 7 here ' a log
just a few yards below here; but come gintlemin
it's time we were trayeRng," and not waiting to
tak for them to keep up with him
It is needless to say the partv caught no coons
and thev wer. nm : , coons,
J..t i r 1 5 "iiuing me way home.
i ? I 1 tLef P?rated, Nick called out to Hal
ale and said : "Now loot here Halondale, I 've
! ost a boot and a hat, and Sam has lost a pair of
boois, but we '11 fore-ive vn., if , u -P "
in . a.f ,orgive you if you 'jl promise not
to sav anything about this."
! yeoTLerke pr0n?Ues Siemm, I'll Jwt
! left Zm 0rDU,S- Good DSh e
reYnn,e and S3m Were oW chelors, but- Nick
rne. :ir.d d'x .rmen.tsa and boots
Z Z tfcli her ?. Hegot home, knock
ehnuired
ooened it
13 VOUr nustr-e .ct. '
" Yes sir.
w - - - wi.ci ; ,
it dnll 1 1 f 6 her'take thU 5001 ad tbrow
tdovnthe horse-lot we'J, and hide these panta
loons and s.cks, and have me some clean oneV and
a very early breakfast in the mornin- "
" es sir." "
The next morning by breakfast time, the af&ir
was all over town, but Nick was at his plantS
seven mil off, and Sam very busy i n
Ihey were not seen " n como tnr " f ojace.
Halondale, however, in P
morning saw then! in the crowd bat Tjtt "t
around. They winked at M.k ... ' Sred
ed to dodge, but heesoied tC n , attmP-
ntlemin," said be, -glad to
ehol Ho -.. t.-.
-r.i : I. - , , : ' VJOflll
roarmnar
se ye out, hoie J
; w,e P,?asure of tak
i re soon" and nn & r"er coon hunt
HlfT .mil
he had raised as much as " enl?S laugh
Onlf one of thtr0 ,n the.
ctciers m tbu narrauve now
uvea kiuu-ucmuu Aim ciever a man ag
haled the fresh air of .Heaven and if ,;
meet
t his eye, be will no doubt recoirr.;,. , .
but lf hedoesn 7t 1 snail not introduce him
i 1. - ill 1 -
if .he doesn't I shall not "in trod ue.. k;
ltie - coon jiuuv must oe its own gar.y
WXITTEJf FOR THE SOUTHERN WEEKLY r0ST 1
A FEW QUESTIONS.
Is Nash-square the public property jn
sense, that it may be taken possession of bv '
of rude and "noisy ladsduring t,e afternoon'f
Sabbath, for their sports ; such as dog-fio-jj
wrestling marble playing, &c, to the great?"
noyance of those who dwell in the neud.borh
If such lads are beyond tbe reach of Lr,
traint, or if these are parents w 0 do not '
control them, lest it should cuib their -
is there no other authority lhat can anrKjif
train them ? Do the officers of the city profess
such power .and if they do, w, u!j tlitrre '
impropriety in their exercising it . " , '
Would it not be well to have a small and t
cient police traverse the city in all its more J
resorts every Sabbath ake up such deli1)0
and confine them in the Guard II,. use one iUe&U
hours for punishment; and subject their parems2f
white people to a moderate tine, and ifblact
ten or fifteen lashes, for allowing theiut o disturbth
: These questions are asked in no petulant gpiriA
ritr tnrn a cirii).ri niKirfi- in rfr-i .
these little Sabbath-breakers ; as well
gooarf
icrva tri reKt-oetj-bilitv fif our lnn ' '1 r
a
a s. and to secure if nossi b e. som fra..,. .
ani,.iMi.Bnt rlnrinrif tliA ff I?T.VT
. - A PAKEXT.
Foi the Soiitherti WekJr P
THE WABASH RIVER.
t. t..i i i . t
,n is H mv uay, anu as i gaze out tm tL
I C ..1 W. .l...l. T .. ; , . . ' l
irai iuh icu m au.isn i remilKIeu Ot its aiir
ance when it was first beheld bv the white Jt t'"
Ooull one have beheld it in 1800, and tlien am.
t l 'C :.' t i: .. ' t i i .. "'
iiaeiniig in liiuiaua 1 uae loutiii lnucli to iie
est. s
Tl i now fi fsiafa fur i t. Qrl.-ot.r- .r.. r
age. At an Jp.xannnation of the Indiana F.nsi
College last liionth, during the Kxlii! itina u,
thereof. Miss Hall, a beautiful and aceu.ipj.4
young lady, reaU a poem m reference to tbe
progress of the State, and its prospects.
The following lines are part of the same:
In those days of danger the red foe hw,o round '
The C'-t of the woodsman, and paled '
The cheek of his daughter, with terror's wild o.r,i
But the heart of the woodsman ne'er quailed.
And still, thiough the forests were .broken, a;td lair
The fresb fruits of ha n est w ere slitd ;
The savage foe linger'd still serpent-like there,
By the banner of Britain o'erspread, '
But thy sonp, Indiana, who seeking a land
In the deuths ol the forest's dark deo.
Have proven their lineage ruin Plymouth's breve bad
Miown ttje spirit ol bunker rlill m.n.
For the braye-nearted Jl"-rrison cume to the west,
And passing our humfs in theWild,
Fair fa. es.llong pahd with fear and iinn-st,
Look'd fonh from the casement and smiled.
'Soon gathered around him our pioneer? then
No hearts ever braver or truer
They huntpd the wolf and wild deer n'er tb4"1"
And theilong-trusted rifle was sure. j
Yes, sure as the edict of fnte, and our (jes
Ru?hcd haek to the wild-wood again,
Whilst ihQ shout of the hunterTriumphanti
From Tippecanoe and Fort VVaynu.
How lovely the olive whh rnlor has won.
How lovely the briglH bird of .nee ;
As to the losfied seaman the lighyf the su
Breaks forth when the nighr tempests ceal
jiius, iair inrougn oar tx-roere tne ugui oi
VVhen the white man might wonder seco
Shone fortb oa-aar wuodlwlaM fading a
, And our, rivers transparently pare. 1
The conclusion is as follows, and 'shoj
future for Indiana. .
: i .
One foe yet remains in the mifct of onr laq
Intemperance is roaming abroad : j
But atrainat him are gathered a patriot band
And their trust is their country and God j
Not aloneiin our State but from center tol
The tyrant hatb mled in his hour, '
Till even the hearts of the faithful and free
Have qua i I'd at his terrible power.
But a hope for the wretched arose like a star,
And shone sw. etlyoa hill top and plain,
I iU the sunlight of Tenipernnee, brsiming afar,
bhone ffrth v Vr the mountains of Maine.
Ye champions of right ! be yocr banners unfarii-
Indiana has joined in the strain
And soon; iike her sister, wtll give to the world.
An example ot freedom again !
I
V hen thd blessings of ebariry.temp'ranc?, andpeik
V..I.1H Vr oi.-iie wan a nalu surround,
Not then fehajl our cry f Kxcel. i r cense-1
-4? bur Kniowledee her einrv mun crown.
nvWi through tbe length of our bloora-coverV a4
i ne rivers ol bcienee are rolrd ;
And the laurel grows fair in the depths of our diA '
As on tofty Parnassus of old.
Universities rise in the midst of our land
Like fountsins of knowledge and Inrth,
And around them are gathered a brave-hearted bri
The nriblest and best of our youthr
But the chivalrous sons of Indiana drink not
Ot theiCastalian fountain alone;
They haye giTen io woman a glorious lot,
A portion as fair as their own.
j
Go on Indiana ! thv erlorv inrrefij.nor
Thy sons and thy daughters withjiew g'ory -flq
itirty my anmem oi inumpti still vibrate unc aei
Till Earth's farthest nation re-echoes he eomt-
Poetry is. of value when calculated to stinH
to effort. !
Let sorn!e of the fine poetry written fortfM
lions in -.orta Carolina be published.
j -can
flHE COUNTRY CHTJRCH-
1 , .
"Hark, how the sacred charm that breathes irons
Bids evpry fierce tamuhaous passion cease
In still pmall accents whispering from the po
A grateful earnest of eternal peace."
To a person of any sensibility, who b
visitea a country church, there is, we tlunK,"
quisite enjoyment in store, wkkh few ttitf
In.suclj . reference, we of "coursa
lude to those who have a reverence for 4 bo);
and nottj the scoffer, who finds no pleasure irr
tictpating; in aUy Df the ordnances
creator. ;
And oirao..!1n -. i r . k i ti!
tu one wnose ioriunc i
mostly wfthin city walls, is mi.-Ji a thiDir f'F6
ble. The quiet, orderly dervr.rtm.-nt which i
on all sides; the 'meet feiti.'.' trdv e -
the members, and withaPthe holy calm
vades the entire scene, is peuiiariv refr J
apeeabk Happy indeed is, suchV coDtr &
placed ia oDiosii.,o - .:,;i. f3S(
Zf? 80 man- So, far les., it wooU'
MVW Prpt of a ptYrifying rd rr
than to make a .i;Cr.i-.. .Ji ...: . rr.ereM
of worldfy. vanity. . '
HlSTontCAL Arc
was a beautiful youth of Athens who, for iK
f Vg '". disguised himself, and
at the Eleusinian rites and at this time t
er with his beloved, and divers other yonrf
of that citv, were snrnrifd bv nirates and ' .
off, whoisunnosintr l.i'm fr. fc whaf he aiP. ,.
was
lodged with his mistress. In the dead of' i
when the robbers were all asleer. he cut their tire
Ihen iiol-;.. i t-L 4 .i.n. b'1
gained 5th the parents that he would revere ?
their ri-iVrk-r ..-.,1 ..ii l niins. It r-
Would rintiit mt tn !,.:- ..... .... mh'wh pror'7
very happy it became the custom to 'wa
name ofjllymen at ail nuptjsls.
Beauty fndes
that jf
Ibe girls in the cijy were to 'wipe their iUcef
'l. 1 - r : t . . . -
cj tuieiti, an ineir good looks wou
    

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