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CVLVLX H. WILEY. I i
WADDELL, JR., J
A F A M IL Y NEWSPAPER NETJT R A L I POLITIC S .
drntctr to all te Bntests of iortj) Catolma, Strumfton, rtculture; Cttemture, les, tjie MmMz, &t.
V!IL 1 1 1. -NO. 8.
R A LEI Gil, NORTH CAROLINA, SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 1854.
WHOLE 10. 112
From Putnam's Magazine,
THE CONQUEROR'S GRAVE.
. - : BY WILLIAM CCIXEX BRYANT. t
'Within thU lo wiy grave n conqueror lies,
ni vet 'the monument proclaims it not,
-or nAjiiJ the sleerer's name hath chisej wrought
The emblems ojarneJtnt "e7er die3z ,
'joined wiih the laurel's fair, imperial leaf.
A -ftnplc name ' alone;
T' the, great world unknown.
sraven here,' ad wild flowers, rising round, '
Mrfif 'meadows sweet ;ind violets of the ground,
'' Lean lo.-lng.flgainst the humWc stone.
Ilf re.H the qniet enrth, they 1 'id apart
"So ninn of iron mould and bloody hands,
Who sought to wreek upon the cowerin? .lands,
; Tlie passions that i-onsimed his restless heart ;
Jut one of tender spirit and d'-licate frame. .
(h-ntk-t, in mien and mind, ,
. i Of sren'le womankind, - .
Timidly shrinking f rom the breath of blame ; .
One in w!io-!e -y.'S themi!e of kindness made
! Its haunt, like flowi-ri by sunrly brooks in May,
jet, at the thought of others' pain, a shade
Of sweeter sadness chased the smile away.
Kor deem that when the hand which moulders here
Wa raised in menace, realms were chilled with fear,
. Awl armies mustered at the sin, as when
Clouds Vise on clouds before the rainy East f '
Gray rapt-iinn leading bands of veteran men..."
And-fiery youtlis -to be t';e vulture's feast-
Not thus were waged the mighty wars that gate
The victory to her who fills this jrrave ;
Alone her task was wrought, '
' A'one 'he battle fought :
THrousli that long -strife her. constant hope was staid
Oii God alone, nor looked for other aid.
She met the hosts of Sorrow with a look-
That altered not beneath the frown they wore,'
And soon the lowering brood were tamed, and took,
Meeklv, her gentle rule, and frowned no more.
Her soft hand put aside the assaults of wrath,
' And calmly broke in twain
The fiery shafts of pain,
And rent the nets of passion from her path ;
! By that Victoriou s hand, despair was shun.
With love she vanquished hate, and overcame
Evil with good,- in her Grtat Master's name. . '
Her glory is not of this shadowy state, ,
Glory thut with the fleeting season dies;
But whcnsjie entered at the sapphire gate,
What joy was radiant in .celestial eyes ! rung,
How heav.m's bright depths with sounding Welcomes
' And ilowers of heaven by shining hands were flung 1
j And lie who, long before,
Pain, scorn, and sorrow bore,
The mighty "'Sufferer, with aspect sweet, ;
-Smiled on the timid stranger trom his seat;
llo wlro, returning glono'i-- from the grave,
Dragged Death, disarmed, in chains, a crouching slave.
See, as I linger here, the sun grows low ; ...
... Cold airs are murmuring that the night is near.
Oh. gentle sleeper, from ihy grave I go,
Consoled, though' sad, in hope, and yet in fear.
"-.'Brief is ihe time I know,
"1 The warfare scarce, bejiun : -.
Ye! a'l m iy win the triumphs thou hast won.
Still flows the fount whose waters strengthened thee ;
The vjetorsT names are yet too few to fill""""'
HeiVeivs' mighty roll : the glorious armory
That ministered to thee is open still.
A KIDSHIPMAN'S FIRST LOVE, V
,: - ' ..
A CRUISE IX THE MEDITERRANEANS
Wi: were "lying in the harbor of Genoa "tle
iitv of Palaces." -Our frisrate. one ot the finest in
the American navy, w;as in -splendid trim-her
ueeks-' clean and white as "holy stones" could'
make them, lier brass work glittering like burnish
ed gold, and 'not a belaying pin or a ring-bolt but
shone like polished steel. Our crew, too, as fine a
t of fellows as ever manned one of Uncle Sam's
flouting batteries, were in excellent discipline, and
'h their white frocks turned over with blue, their
l,'aek neckerchiefs, snowy duck trowsers, and glos-
black tarpaulins, thev presented a beautiful, uui-
-pnn. and sot
.... t . . 1 . - " 7 '
ier-like appearance. Our ship was
to day to visitors- and a great many
"'n during t
1. themselves of the opportunity to examine
a-w i'llhire.oto'of the most 'splendid .specimens of
tt-iVal architecture th.-lt (-i,r- fl.-oto.Pin't!-oca ix-ntava-
a model. -man-of-war, from the great model re
t'liUie. ;- The Genoese were particular!, delighted,
aM . Al.ibited the best evidences of that sympathy
Wh- men, born on the same soil with Columbus
and enjoying1 the traditions of a once free and hap-
iv oerumeiu uiemseives, naturally feel for the
freemen of that mighty clime which' their iUustri- !
oUs countryman; under Providence, redeemed from I hi a few seconds, a tall, stately Englishman, as
larbarism, and gave.'- as the -'grand theatre of hu- I listing an elderly lady, appeared at the top of the
tnan development through enlightenment and'li- j accommodation-ladder, and I hastened to offer my
rty: Invitations flowvd in upon our officers, from ; services. They were followed by a younger girl,
all quarters, and a most delightful time they had not so pretty, As soon as he stood upon the deck,
-. U' ! the rrentlemnn rotnrnod mv salute, and said -" I
t ' -
for my own part, I was perfectly enchanted
with Genoa, or ought to have been, if it be true
"distance lends enchantment to the view ;"
,jr U was only from the deck of our ship that I
uu any opportunity of contemplating the "su
P"rt city.". Thad been refractory in the eyes of .
llr u first linT'- a perfect Tartar and was enjoy
to? the pleasures of quarantine. " ''
k x no facile matter to repress the buoyancy of
undihipraan'a spirits, however, especially when
lie has an easy conscience, a tlean shirt, and is out
of debt to the purser so I took it quietly. I was
a master's mate of the gun-deck,, and had : plenty'
of leisure, after the morning watch, to dress and,
play the dandy an amusement I was rather given .
to, anyhow, but which afforded me peculiar satis
faction at that time, as it offered the only means
by which I could . touch the sensibilities of my ty
rant, who was quite a "Beau Brummell," but as
4 aifflqmtg&iiB worthy -would 4
seem, could he re-appear -in his favorite costume
upon the world's stage at this latter day. "What
made our "first luff" more sensitive, was the want
of that bappy self-conceit, without which foppery
is awkward. He:seemed to know that the cut of
his garments was antiquated, and made various
endeavors to modernize them ; but whether the
tailors were perverse, or whether he lacked per
ception in giving his orders, somehow the fashions
of long, long ago, prevailed over all his attempts.
Dressed in a close round jacket, snow-white trou
sers of exquisite fit, with my rakish little cap set
jauntily on my head, I used to strut by him with
all the airs of conscious superiority -in'taste and ele
gance, and was fairly delighted 'when ordered to
some disagreeable: duty, which, being sure to dis
arrange my apparel, was, I thought, an evidence of
his jenvy. In ten minutes after it was over, I al-
fcj ways appeared on deck as scrupulously neat as be
fore. Whether the " first luff " had conscientious,
motives in behalf of mv washerwoman, or com
misscration on the shortness of a middy's purse,
he sqldom put me to trial twice in one dav.
"Well, I believe I said we were anchored off Ge
noa. It wras a bright and beautiful day, about
j which an Englishman might have gone into ecsta-
cies, but which one accustomed to; our American '
skies would not have thought " milch to brag of."
I had gone through my morning duties, finished
my toilet, and was leaning over the hammock
nettings on the quarter-deck, watching a boat-load
of officers who had just put off for the shore, the
" first luff" among fthem, filled with bright antici
pations of pleasure., I began to feel my confine
ment a little irksome, and had half determined I
would praise the first lieutenant's last new coat to
his boy, who not unfrequently brought his gar
ments for me to exereis my critical acumen upon,
when a frank, bluff voice hailed me from the other'
side of the deck.
"Here, youngster, why didn't you go ashore
with the rest of them, as you seem to have on
your ' muster' suit ?"
This inquiry was put by the second lieute
nant, a rough, kind-heartqd man, " every inch a
sail ay' and, barring his brusque manners, a true
' " I am in quarantine, sir."
""What for ? Not neglect of duty, I hope?"
"No, sir: I differed with the first lieutenant
about painting the combings of the hatches on
the gun deck."
" I remember, and you were right. , am first
lieutenant to day, so get ready, and go ashore in
the next boat, if you wish."
"Thank yon sir, but I would rather not. I'll
apply to the Captain, when I want my quarantine
" Well, perhaps, you are right," said he, appre
ciating my motive, which was to prevent any un
pleasantness between him and the first lieut ; '.'but
don't forget to come in the ward-room and dine
with me to-day."
I accepted the invitation, and was just about to
enter into conversation with him, when the quar
termaster rep'orted a shore-boat alongside, with a
gentleman and some ladies who wished to come
onboard. The officer stepped lightly upon the
" horse-block," and, looking over the side, saw they
were respectable persons. !
"Let them come on board, quarter-master,'
said he. "Mr. II , this is a chance for you
there's a pretty girl in the boat. Go and receive
them at the gangway."
I obeyed promptly. The first who came -up was
sure enough, a beautiful girl. Her golden locks,
fair complexion, and large dove-like eyes, might
have well told me she was no native of a sunny
clime; but I had seen blondes even in Italy, and
was not in a very discriminating humor, so I at
once essayed to address her in Italianwhich I had
been studying diligently a whole month : " Volete "
premiere il mia bracchia, signorina V
- " That's literal enough," thought I ; but what
was mv astonishment, not to .say confusion, when
the reply came in English such sweet, soft tones,
redolent of home recollections : " Thank you ;
I believe I'll wait until papa comes up ;" and doubt
less seeing that I looked embarrased, she added,
with perfect self-possession " but I will take a
seat on this gun-slide in the meantime, if you
O j M- V - -t.-W J J
j understood in the city that your frigate was open
l.to visitors- -;' n cm an Amen-
jean man-of-war, took the liberty to come onboard
j without an invitation." - '
" You are welcome, sir, and 1 shall be most hap
py to show you the ship," I replied, at the same
time again offering my arm to the dove-eyed beau
ty. I did this because I saw the appearance of
the party had attracted the attention of a group
of officers near the taffrail, who were approaching
and I had no idea of being cut out. Whether
the young lady'divined my motive I cannot say;
but she looked at her father with a smile, and, re
ceiving a nod of approval, said sweetly, " I will
take your arm now, if you please, sir."
. The -second lieutenant eame up, and exchanging
salutations with the Englishman, ordered me to
escort him through the ship. This I did with
pleasure, explaining with, all the eloquence and vo
Julalkytiof arhleli TtAwSsCexitjai in
terest. Englishmen all know something about na
val matters, and I found the, one in question well
informed, and disposed to take great interest in
all he saw. Hence it was easy to protract their
visit, which I did not fail to do ; for there was
something in the sweet, homely words of my com
panion that went right to my heart.
When every part of the ship had been visited,
and there was nothing to detain the party except:
to offer them some hospitality, I invited them to
the captain's cabin. This was at first declined,
with the natural diffidence of well-bred folks to
anything that seemed like intrusion ; but I knew
our good old captain well, besides being an assur
ed favorite- so I insisted, giving the orderly notice
to announce us at the same time, . and of course
Capt. N 's reception was frank and gentleman
ly and removed any scruples the Englishman might
lave entertained as to his welcome. Our time
passed very pleasantly, and was only interrupted
by the English gentleman's remembering he had a
" Never mind Mr. B will attend to that,"
said our urbane skipper; " and the fricrate's boat
will see you on shore."
I flew upon deck, and dismissed the boat. On
my return, I found the party just coming out of
the cabin for another tour of inspection. Mary
that w as her name had been monopolised by a
dashing commander, who happened to be a guest
of our Captain for the time being: confound him !
1 tancied he smiled in triumph at me as 1 was obli
ged to offer my arm to the younger sister. When
we returned to the cabin, we found an excellent
lunch set out, which was properly appreciated. I
availed myself of the second lieutenant's friendly
disposition so far as to accompany the party asfcore.
The old gentleman returned me many thanks, and
just as they landed, Mary said
" Papa, perhaps Mr. B will take a family
dinner with us to-dav."
"Thank you," said I, endeavoring to look my
gratitude ;." but I cannot be excused from du
ty." ' "
"We should.be very happy, and the captain
I am sure, would spare you," said the father, with
that genuine frankness a true welcome always
1 fear not, as we sail to-morrow."
" Oh, you go to Leghorn, I heard your com-
" I believe so, sir."
" Of course, you intend visiting Florence, Mr
B -. ," said Mary. " We expect to leave for
that city also, to-morrow."
" I shall certainly try to go there,"
" Do, for we shall be there some time, and would
be delighted to meet you, and return some of your
kindness of to-day," said the father.
A cordial pressure of the hand from all parties,
and I pulled back moodily to the ship.
"Je veila ! in Florence! How did you get
there?" asks the reader. "Why, thanks to'my friend,
the second lieutenant, who brought mv case before
t&e captain, my quarantine was removed when we
got to'Leghorn, and, in company witli three of my
messmates, I set out in a lumbering old vehicle
which we hired for the enormous sum.of seven dol
lars. The incidents of the journey were unimpor
tant, except that two of my companions came near
enacting over the story of the white and black hog,
in Tuscany, until I pacified matters by telling it to
them. Arrived at Florence, we were soon quarter
ed at a very agreeable English boarding-house, and
at once commenced sight-seeing. For my own
part, I was in a land of romance, and seemed to
walk on air. At my age seventeen summers
one naturally looks through a rose-colored at
mosphere, and I confess that even to this day my
recollections of the beautiful city of the Medici are
like those of a pleasantliream.
We found our distinguished countryman, the
Hon. 'R. II. Wilde, sojourning in Florence, and
were indebted to his kindness for many agreeable
hours. Sacred is his memory to all who knew
him! The morniqg after our arrival, we visited
the Florentine gallery. 'I had not mentioned my
hopes to any one, and was devising some means to
discover whether my English friends had arrived.
The wonders of art which surrounded me soon en
grossed all my attention. With such a cicerone as
Mr. Wilde, the dullest apprehension could not fail
to be enlivened ; but, to my fresh young nature, all
was wonder and delight. The Tribune, as it is
called a small octagonal room, enriched with the
purest gems of the artist's genius which the world
possesses was reserved for the last There, im
mortal as the spirit of beauty which it tipifies, is
the Medician Venus. There also are the St. John
and Venus of Titian, the voluptuous Fornarina of
Raphael, and Van Dyke's Charles V. No one col
lection on earth contains such treasures !
I entered a little ahead ot my companion, not
always waiting for the explanations, lucid and in
teresting as they were, of our guide. At that ear
ly day, I cared little for the history of art -my on
ly knowledge was to admire. How the presence
of beauty, diffuses an indefinable sensation of pleas
u re 1 . I paused at the threshold of the temple,
awed andsubdued. Before me was a world of
lovelinessr;even in the lifeless canvas, and cold
hard marble; but lovelier, far lovelier than all to
mV enraptured vision warm, breathing, animate
with parted lips, flushed cheek, and soul-beaming
eyes-t ere stood before me the impersonation of
all rr'is of beauty, the peerless Mary S- V
' True passiuh "refines and restrains ;.. and bad not
my social education taught me that too great em
prrssement was . ill-bred, diffidence alone would
have held me back ; as it was, my approach was
frAnk, but modest. -She recognized me at once,
and with evident satisfaction. Long years have
passed, and yet the thrill which her soft tones sent
through my breast still vibrates along the strings
" Mamma and papa are in the gallery, and will
be delighted to see you. Let us find them."
There was a natural frankness in this invitation
which put tne at once at my ease.
"I won't attempt to ask you in Italian again,
until I am better acquainted with the idiom," said
I, offering tny arm.
" Oh, you must certainly cultivate Italian," said
she, accepting my escort without hesitation.
We soon found her party, passing on our way
my own friends, who gazed in evident admiratio
and envy at the lovely prize I had picked up. Mr.
S received me not only kindly, but almost fra
ternally. The ice once broken, there are no warmer-hearted
people than the English. My age, too
was such, that I was the more readily admitted en
famille, and I at once experienced the delightful
glow of home feelings.
The neit morning I breakfasted with my friends
at their hotel, and accompanied them to the Pitti
Palace; and from that time I was every day, during
my stay, included in their plans of amusement. It
was delightful intoxicating ! and never was mid
shipman happier for a week ! The time of my
stay began to draw to a close, and I became corres
pondingly miserable. Th S family were evi
dently sorry to part with me, and hoped I might
visit England befo e I returned to my own country.
The night before my intended departure I de
clined an Invitation to joni rriy r "companions at an
entertainment given by . an American gentleman
resident in Florence; my English friends I knew
were engaged out; and I determined to pass the
evening in solitude and thonght. One of mv mess-
O O ml
mates happening to feel unwell, returried home
again, however, and found me with three or four
sheets of paper, scribbled over and blotted, before
" ITallo, B ! what are you at ? Writing your
travels, eh ?"
" Only scribbling," said I, gathering up my ef
"Sonnets to your fair one's eyes, eh? Well,
she is beautiful, and no mistake! I don't blame
you for b:.ng spoony, Jack. Why don't you mar
ry her ? I have no doubt the old one is rich as
"No joking, Fred, for I am regularly floored,"
said I, opening my heart to his friendly sympathy ;
" and I know all hope is madness."
" Remember the old adage of ' faint heart,' Jack.
Take my advice burn up all that silly writing,
and tell her right out to her face that you love
her. and that you'll go home and resign, and go
to Congress just to marry her ; for, confound our
navy, there is no hope of a fellow being a captain
or a commodore until he is grey-headed."
Don't smile, reader. Fred was earnest in his
sympathy, and more than half earnest in his ad
vice ; for midshipmen are generally romantic, and
not always world wise. Well, we discussed the
matter over a bottle of wine, and I made up my
mind to do something desperate, and then went to
bed and dreamed I was a post-captain and Mary
S : my bride.
There must have been a great change in my
countenance next morninor, for at the breakfast ta-
ble I was taking my last meal with the S
family all noticed it, and asked me if I were sick ;
I ; might well have answered yes, at heart, but I
rallied and was soon as gay to all appearance as
After the meal was finished, Mr. S , with his
youngest daughter, went out to make some pur
chases, telling me not to leave until they returned,
as it was the last day we should seef each other.
" Oh no! Jack shall stay, and I will charm away
his 'blues ' with music," said Mary, playfully.
I did jbot like the familiarity with which the
beautiful girl addressed me, delightful as it had
hitherto been, for it lowered my sense of dignity,
and was not auspicious of success to my desperate
hopes. . , - -
The old lady left us to attend to some domestic
matters, and W4 were alone. Mary sat down to
the piano, and, after running her fingers over the
keys, asked me what song I would have.
"The first which comes," said I, picking up a
piece of music from that which lay before me, and
handing it to her. :
She smiled as she began, in a simple and ex
He wu a knight of low degree, ;
And a lady high was 6he."
What fate placed that song at my hands ? By
the time she finished, my very heart was melting
with tenderness, and, on looking up, I saw Mary
herself was not without emotion. With the im
pulse of the moment, I Bank on my knees ajid ut
tered the burning words that came in lava-tide from
my heart. Mary was startled at first, but her man
ner subsided into one of deep interest. As I con
cluded with an eager hyperbole, extravagant enough
perhaps, but with the impress of truthfulness, in
every word, she laid her hand gently on my head,
while her eyes were moist, and angelic sweetness
was in her sft!y modulated tones, and said
" Poor boy ! I am truly grieved to see you feel
so much, but you will soon ferget me, or remember
rme onlyas one; who felt a sister's kindness for you.'
" I dreamed last night "
"Lvt it still be a dream, Jack, and if any
thoughts of me can cheer you to good and noble
actions, you shall be my dream-lover." This was
said in a tone of half raillery, half tenderness ; but
so calm and earnest that it tolled the death-knell
of all my hopes, if in fact I had any.
Notwithstanding all her kindness, I was fairly
overwhelmed with confusion, and would have re
treated precipitately ; but, with a kindness which
never lost its impression upon my heart, she sooth
ed away each ruffled feeling.
"Come, Jack, you shall take a morning walk
with me along the pleasant banks of the Arno. I
would not have you part with me sadly ; and when
you write poetry hereafter do you know, I think
you a poet V then you may immortalize in verse
this little episode in both our lives."
That hour's walk by the Jtruo ! My heart learn
ed many a lesson then which it will never forget,
and the experience of years cpufiruis the wisdom of
that young English girl, so full of truth and ten
derness ! She had no love to give me in my sense
of the term, but the influence of her spirit has been
upon me through life, always to soothe and to bless,
and, hovering at the portals of the eternal gale to
welcome me, in the guise of white-winged angels,
will await the pure and holy sympathies she evok
ed in that happy hour!
CURIOSITIES OF SLEEP.
In Turkey, if a person happens to fall asleep in
the neighbourhood of a poppy-field, and the wind
blows over towards him, he becomes gradually nar
cotised, and would die, if the country people who
are well acquainted with the circomstance, did not
bring him to the next well or stream, and empty
pitcher after pitcher on his face and body. Dr Op
penheim, during his residence in Turkey, owed his
life to this simple and efficacious treatment. Dr.
Graves, from whom this anecdote is quoted, also
reports the case of a gentleman, thirty years of age,
who, from long continued sleepiness, was reduced
to a complete living skeleton, unable to stand on his
legs. It was partly owing to disease, but chiefly
to the abuse of mercury and opium, until at last
unable to pursue his business, he sank into abject
poverty and woe. Dr. Iteid mentions a friend of
his who, whenever anything occurred to distress
him, soon became drowsy 'andjell asleep. A fel
low student also at Edinburgh, upon hearing sud
denly the unexpected death of a near relative, threw
himself on his bed, and almost instanteously, amid
the glare of noon-day, sunk into a profound slum
ber. Another person, reading aloud to one of his
deafest friends stretched on his death-bed, fell fast
asleep, and with the bookstill in his li3tid, went on
reading, utterly unconscious of what he was utter
ing. A woman at Hainault slept seventeen or eigh
teen" hours a day for fifteen years.. Another is re
corded to have slept ionce for four days. Dr. Mac
nish mentions "a woiran who spent three-fourths of
her life in sleep, and Dr. Eiliotson quotes the case
of a young lady whojslept for six weeks and recov
ered. The venerable St. Augustine, of Hippo, pru
dently divided his hours, iuto three parts, eight to be
devoted to sleep, eight to recreation, and eight to
converse with the world. .
Maniacs are reported, particularly in the Eastern
hemisphere, to become furiously vigilant during the
full of the moon, more especially when the deterio
rating rays of its polarized light is permitted to fall
into their apartment ; hence the name lunatics. -There
certaFnly is a greater proneness to disease du
ring sleep than in the waking state ; for those who
pass the night in the Campagna di Roma, inevita
bly become infected with its noxious air, while tra- .
vellers who go through without stopping, escape
the miasma. Intense cold induces sleep, and those
who ierish in the snow, sleepon till they sleep the
sleep of death. Scientific American.
Vegetable Monsteks. Ogon seems to rival
ever, California in the productiveness of its soil
aad fhe mammoth size to which vegetables attain.
Mention is made by the papers of a huge cauli-
flower raised opposite Portland, weighing forty-
five pounds, and the world is challenged to beat
it. Mr. Justin Chenoweth writes from the Dalles
that he is growing in his garden a cabbage which
he has carefully measured, and found it to cover a
space embraced in a circumference of nearly four
teen feet, being four feet and six inches in diamet-
In the same garden he has grown turnips,
manv of which weighed ten-pounds; and water
melons and tomatoes rivalling, both in size and
flavor, the best that he had seen in the Mississippi
Valley all being of the first crop, without plough
ing or spading, the planting and tending having
been done exclusively with a light Yankee weed
ing hoe and a garden rake.
" De congregashum will please sing the von'
thousand two'th psalm, " said a Dutch parson, as
he gave out the morning hymn.
" There are. not so many in the book, " respon
ded "the chorister. w Veil, den, plesh to sing so
many as tare be. "
Licentiousness of Pompeii. The discovery
of Pompeii has been worth thousands of .sermons
as a vindication of the reforms worked by Christi
anity. Had it not been for the paintings that still
survive on the walls of the exhumed dwellings,
the moderns would have had no adequate concep
tion of the immorality of the ancients. . All that.
Tacitus has written of the licentiousness Jof Roman .
produced by these indecent pictures. For that an I
idle, luxurious and despotic monarch should vio- !
late every law, human and divine, seems not im- , i
possible, but that private citizens should imitate
their example, surpasses belief, which is proved by
the walls of Pompeii. On these walls the walls -of
the common sitting room the walls on which
husband and wife, mother and daughter, maiden
and suitor, gazed in company are seen paintings
which would, disgrace the vilest modern bagnio.
The universality of these pictures proves that it was
not a few dissolute young men who had thus co
vered the walls of their rooms, but 'that fathers of
families, citizens of highest rank, and even grave
senators were equally guilty. How gross and cor
rupt must that state of society have been, in which -licentiousness
not only shook oft' all decorum, but . '.
sat in the very domestic. circle.
Barking at the Moon. A story is told of the
late Judge Olin, of Veimont, '.lathe was presiding -upon
a certain occasion in court,- when a waspish
little lawyer, full of ignorance and conceit, who was
pleading a case before him, took occasion in the
course of his remarks, to addiess some very con
temptuous language to the bench. '
Every one in the court turned instinctively to
wards the Judge, expecting a severe rebuke would
at once be administered to the insolent offender,
but what was their surprise to see the Judge sit
ting with brow serene and unclouded, quietly mak
ing his notes, as if he liad not heard the language,
or as if nothing out of the way had been uttered.
After the adjournment, as most of the officers of
.the court met around the dinner table of the ho
tel, a friend asked the Judge for an explanation of
his strange forbearance why he had taken no no-,
itice of one who iustlv -deserved to be committed
for contempt of courtly I'll tell you a story," said
iue- o uuge, Lne quiet numor ueaming irom uiseycs
the while; "my father once had a dog a mere
wiffet of a thing that had a strange' fashion f
going out every moon-jight night and barking fu
riously at the moon ! '? Here the Judge paused
and went on deliberately eating his dinner, as if
he had finished the story " WTell ? " "Well ? "---said
several voices" What of that ? " " ! noth
ing, " said the Judge : " the moon went right on ! "
Punctuation. An ingenious expedient was
once devised to save a prisoner charged with rob
bery, in the criminal court at Dublin. Thfprinci
pal thing that appeared in evidence against him,
was a confession, alleged to have been made by"
him at the police office, and taken down in writing
by a police officer, and the follow ing passage was
read from it '
" Magnam said he never robbed but twice said
it was Crawford."
This, it will be observed, has no mark of the
writers having any notion of punctuation, but
the meaning he attached to it was this :
" Magnam said he never robbed but twice :
' said it was Crawford.' " -.
Mr. O'Gorman, the council for the prisoner, beg
ged to look at the paper. He perused it, and ra
ther astonished the peace officer by asserting that,-
so far from proving the guilt of the prisoner, it
clearly proved his innocence. . -
" This," said the learned gentleman, "is the fair
and obvious reading of the sentence :"
Magnam said he never robbed, but twice said it
This interpretation had its effect upon the jury
and the man was acquitted. . . "
; : m I i - .
Truth. Every word of it.
Cut it put and learn
it by heart
We should make it a principle ( to extend the
j hand of friennship to every man who discharges
i faithfully his duties, and maintains trood order
j who manifests a Jeep interest in the welfare of
j general society whose deportment is upright and
j whose mind is intelligent without stopping to
j certain whether he swings the hammer or draws
J a throaL is thing Umt from all na-
tural claim 38 the reluctant, the backward sympa-
th the forced mile, the checked conversation,
the hesitating compliance, the well off are apt to
moYiiAo V vo- n little lwar rtx-n 1 1 .
"'au,1"L l" a uui,
txi -i: . il,. l i j
in the comparison of intellect and principles of
virtue, they frequently sink into insignificance.
Making Bread too white may sound like an odd
phrase to the reader, yet we see by a late foreign
letter that Messrs. Mounez k Cbearuel, two French
chemists, who have superintended the provisions of
bread for the hospitals, and subjected all kinds to
experiments, have submitted to the Academy of sci
ences at Paris a memoir, in which they condemn
the practice, remarking, that when too white it is a
condiment and not aliment. The exclusion of bran
is a loss of nourishment to the consumer.
, Remarkable. A few mornings since, we heard
& young lady of our acquaintance say, she saw the
run rise for the first time in two or three years.
Lokgfellow calls j Sunday the golden clasp
which binds together tne volume of the week.