Newspaper of Bedford Gazette, March 23, 1855, Page 1

Newspaper of Bedford Gazette dated March 23, 1855 Page 1
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161 GEO. W. BOWMAI. NEW SERIES. Select |3octnj. TIG SABSITU. BY SIU EDM LLLU 111*I.WKU LYTTON. Frr*h "liiles the brook, anil blown the cale, Yd vender halts the quiet mill ; The whirling wheel, the rushing sail, How motionless and still! Six days of toil poor child of Tain, Thv seventh the slave o! Want may IIP. Thy seventh thy limbs escaped the chain— A (Jod hath made thee free ! Ah. tender was the law that gave This holy respite to thy breast; To breath the gale, to watch the wave, And know —the wheel uiav rest! • But where the waves the gentlest glide, What image charms to lift thine eye® ? The spire rellecteil on the tide, Invites thee to the skies. To teach the soul its nobler worth. This rest from mortal toil i> given; (Jo, snatch the brief reprieve from earth; And pass —a guest to heaven. They tell thee, in their dreaming school, Ol power from old dominion hurled, When rich and poor, with ju-ter rule, Shall share the altered world! Alas! since time itself began, That lahle hath but fooled the hour ; Each age that ripens power in man, But subjects man to power. Yet on one day in seven, at least, One bright republic shall be known ; Man's world awhile hath surely ceased, When <!od proclaims his own! Six days may rank divide the poor, Oh, Dives, from the banquet halt! The seventh the Father ope. the door, And holds his least lor ail! eoiliTiio'Wfiill The following is from Mrs. Moor's "Life in the Clearings." "And then, this absurd fashion of wearing black for some months and years for the dead ■ let us calmly consider the philosophy of the thing, ls use and abuse. Does it confer anv benefit on the dead ? Does it afford any con solation to the living? Morally or physically does it produce the least good ? Does it soften one regretful pang: or dry one bitter tear, or make the wearers wiser or better? If it does not produce any ultimate benefit, it should be at once discarded as a superstitious relic of more barbarous times, when men could not gaze on the simple, unveiled face of Truth, but ob scured the clear daylight of her glance under a thousand fantastic masks. The ancient were more consistent in their mourning than the civilized people of the pre sent dav. Thev sat upon the ground and fast ed, with rent garments, and ashes strewn upon their heads. This mortification ol the flesh was a sort of penance inflicted by the self-tortured mourner li>r his own sins, and those of the dead. If this grief were not of fasting nature, the mourner found relief for his mental agonies in humiliation and personal suffering.—He did not array himself in silk, and wool, and fine linen, and garments cut in the most approved fashion of the day, like our modern beaux and belles, when they testify to the public their grief, (fir the ioss of relative or friend, in the most expen sive and becoming manner. • Verilv, if we must wear our sorrow upon our sleeve, why not return to the sackcloth and ashes, as the most consistent demonstration of that grief which, hidden in the heart, surpas se th show. But, then, sackcloth is a most unmanagahle material. A handsome figure would be lost, buried, annihilated, in a sackcloth gown: it would he so horribly rough: it would be so hor ribly rude; it would wound the delicate skin of a fine lady ; it could not be confined in graceful folds by clasps of jet, and pearl, and ornaments •n black and gold. "Sackcloth? Faugh!— away with it. It smells of the knotted scourge and the charnel house." We f too, say, "Away with it!" Trtie grief has no need of such mis erable provocatives to woe. Ibe barbarians who cut and disfigure their faces for the dead, showed a noble contempt of tne world, by destroying those personal attrac tions which the loss of the beloved had laught tnem to despise. But who now* would have the fortitude and self-denial to imitate such an example? The mourners in crape and French merino would rather die themselves than sacri fice their beauty at the shrine of such a mon strous sorrow. How ofteii have I heard a knot of gossips e\- Flaim, as some widow of a gentleman in fallen circumstances glided bv in Iter rusty weeds, what shabby black that woman wears for her husband ! I should be ashamed to appear in J'uhiic in such taded mourning." And vet, the purchase of that shabby black tnay have cost the desolate mourner and her orphan children the price of many a necessary tneal. Ah, this putting of a poor family into Flack, and all the funeral trapping for pa!l bear ers and mourners, what a terrible affair it is! what anxiuus thoughts ! u hat bitter heart-aches it costs! But the usages of society demand the sacri fice, and it must be made. The head of lire family has suddenly been removed from his earthly toils, at a most complicated crisis of his a-airs, which are so involved that scarcely enough can be collected to pay the expenses of the funeral, and put his family into decent mourning, but every exertion must be made to do this. This money- that might, after the fu neral was over, have paid the rent of a small house, and secured the widow and her voting family fiorn actual want, until she could look for and obtain some situation in which she could earn a living for herself and them, must all be sunk in conforming to a useless custom, upheld by pride and vanity in the name of grief. "Mow will tht- funeral expenses ever he paid ?" exclaims the anxious, weeping mother. "When it is all over, ami the mourning ho'f, there will not remain a single copper to find us in bread." The sorrow of obtaining this use less outward show of grief engrosses all the available means of the family, arid that is ex pended upon the dead which might with care ful management, have kept the living from starving. Oh, vanitv of vanities! there is no foilv on cart!) that exceeds the vanitv of this! There are many persons put off their grief when thev put on their mourning, arid it is a miserable satire on mankind to seetlv se sombre clad beings in festive halls mingling with the gay and happy, their melancholy garments af fording a painful contrast to light laughter, and eyes sparkling with pleasure. Their levity, however, must riot be mistaken fur hypocrisy. The world is in lault, not they. Their grief is already over, —gone like a cloud from before the sun, but they are forced to wear black for a given time. They are true to their nature, which teaches them that "no grief with man is permanent," that the storms of to-rlav will not darken the heavens to-morrow. It is complying with a lying custom that makes them hypocrites; and as the world always judges hv appearances, il so happens that In adhering to one of its rules appearances in this instance are against them. Nav, the very persons who, in the firs! genu ine outburst of natural grief besought them to moderate their sorrow, to dry their tears, and be comforted for the loss they had sustained,"are J among the first to censure them for following i the adv ice so common and useless. Tears are jas necessary to the afflicted as showers are to ; the parched earth, and are 'lie best and sweet est remedv for excessive grief. To the mourner we would say, weep on: na ture requires your tears. They are in mercv by Him who wept at the grave of his friend Lazarus. The man of sorrow himself taught us to weep. We once heard a very beautiful volatile young lady exclaim, with something very like glee in her look and tone, after reading a letter , she had received by the post, with its ominous j black bordering and seal—"Crandmama is dead! We shall have to go into deep mourning. I i am so glad, for black is so becoming to rue !" An old aunt, who was present, expressed ' her surprise at this indecorous avowal; when the yourig ladv replied, with great nnivete— "1 never saw grandmama in my life. I cannot be ' expected to feel any grief fur her death." "Perhaps not," said her aunt, "ilut why, ! then, make a show of that which you do not j feel ?" "Oh, it's the custom of the world. You know we must. Jt would be considered shock | ing not to go into very deep mourning for such j a near relative." The voung lady inherited a very nicp lega cy, too, from her grandmamma : and, had she spoken the truth, she would have said, "I can | not weep for jov." Her mourning, in consequence, was of the I deepest and mor-l expensive kind, and she really ; did look charming in her "love of a black crape t bonnet" as she skipped before the glass, admir ' ing herself in it, when it came home from the | milliner's. In contrast to the pretty young heiress, we ! knew a sweet orphan girl whose grief fur the i death of her mother, to whom she was rievout -1 iv attached, lav deeper than this hollow tinsel ! show : and vet the painful thought that she | was too poor to pay this mark of respect to the | memory of her beloved parent, in a manner ; suited to her birth and station, added greatly to j the poignancy of her sorrow. A lamilv who had long been burthened with ! a cross old aunt, who was a martyr to rheu matic gout, and whose violent temper kept the ! w hole house in awe. and whom they dared not i offend for fear of her having her wealth lo strangers, were in the habit of devoutly wishing tlie old laiiv a happy release from her sufferings. When tins long anticipated event at length took | place, the verv servants were put into the deep | est mourning. What a solemn farce—we should say, lie—was this I The daughters of a wealthy farmer had pre pared everything to attend the great agricultu- j ra! provincial show. Unfortunately, a grand father to whom thev all seemed greatly attach-' ] cd, died most inconveniently the day before, J and as thev seldom kept a body over the second day in Canada he was buried early in the morning of the one appointed for their journey. Thev attended the reinain*to the grave, but nf | ter the funeral was over they put off their black | garments and started to the show, and did not ' resume them until after their return. People ■ may think this very shocking, hut it was not the laving aside of the black that was so, hut | the fact of their being able to go from the lone j liness of the grave to a scene of gaiety. The i black clothes had nothing to do with this want |of feeling, which would have remained the ; same under a black or scarlet vestment. A gentleman in this neighborhood, since dead, who attended a public ball the same week that he had seen a lovely child consigned to ; the earth, would have remained the same heart less parent dressed in the deepest sables. No instance that I have narrated of the busi ness-like manner in which ihe Canadians treat death is more ridiculously striking than the fol- I lowing : The wife of a rich mechanic had a brother lying, it was supposed, at the point of death. His sister sent a note to me, requesting me ! to relinquish an engagement I bad made with a BEDFORD, PA. FRIDAY MORNING, MARCH 23, 1855. i sewing girl in her favor, as she wanted her im j mediately to make up tier mourning, the doc tor having told her that her brother could not live many da vs. "Mrs. is going to be beforehand with . death," J said, as 1 gave the girl the desired re- j lease. "I have known instances of persons be- i ing too late with their mourning to attend a I'u- I neral, but this is the first lime I ever heard of it j : being made in anticipation." After a week thegiri returned to her former' | employment. "Well, Anne, is Mr. dead?" ".No, ma'am, nor likely to die this time, and his sist'T is so vexed that she bought such ex-j ; pensive mourning, and all for no purpose ?" The brother of this provided lady is alive to j to this day the husband of a very pretty wife,! and the father of a family, while she, poor body,j j has been consigned to the grave for more than ' I three vears. - - - Rrnmlv Eand % Below will Ire found the law passed towards j the close of the last Congress, giving lands to: soldiers and others who served in the armies of j tht" United States since 1790. I I) r if enacted by the Senate urn! House of Rep- j resent'dives of HIP In iter I Stales of Ameri- \ cn in. Congress assembled, That each of the | surviving commissioned and non-commissioned j , officers, musicians, and privates, whether of the j regulars, volunteers, rangers or militia, who I were regularly mustered into the service of the ! United States, and every officer, commissioned! and non-commissioned, seaman, ordinary sea- ; man, marine, clerk, and landsman in the navy, j in any of the wars in which this country lias' been engaged since seventeen hundred and i ninety, and each of the surv ivors of the militia, I or volunteers, or State troops of any State or Territory, called into military service, ant! Reg- } ularly mustered therein, and whose services have been paid by the United States, shall he, entitled to receive a certificate or warrant from the Department of the Interior, for one hun dred and sixty acres of laud: and where any ofj those who have been so mustered into service j and paid, shall l ave received a certificate or j warran', he shall he . ntitb-d to a certificate or ! warrant for such quantity of laud as will make,' m the whole with what he may have heretofore i received, one hundred and sixty acres to each j such person having served as aforesaid : Provi- j vided. The person so having been in service sbail , n >i receive said land if .t shall appear by the muster rolls of his regiment or corps that he ile- j serted, or was dishonorably discharged from ser- ! vice: Provided, further, That the benefits ofy this section shall be held to extend to w agon master- and teamsters who may have been em ployed, tinder the direction of competent au thority, in time of war, in the transportation ofj military stores and supplies. Sec. *2. And be it further enacted, That in ; case of the death of any person wiro, if .living, j would be entitled to a certificate or warrant, as ! aforesaid, under this act. leaving a widow, or. if no widow, such minor child or children, shall j he entitled to receive a certificate or warrant ' for the same quantity of land that such deceased : person would be entitled to receive under the j provisions of this act, if now living : Provided, i That a subsequent marriage shall not impair the j right of any such widow to such war rant, if she : be a widow at the time of making Iter applica- ! tion : And provided, further, That those shall he considered minors who are so at tile time this ! act shall take effect. S.'C. 3. And he it further enacted, That in no case shall anv such certificate or w arrant be issued for anv service less than fourteen days, except where the person shall actually have i been engaged in battle, and unless the party | ' claiming such certificate or warrant shall es-j ; tahlish his or her right thereto by recorded evi- ; deuce of said service. Sec. 4-. And be it further enacted, That said j certificates or warrants may be assigned, trans- j : (erred, and located by the warrantees, their as- j i signees, or their heirs-at-law, according to the; i provisions of existing laws, regulating the as- ' i signment, transfer, ami location of bounty land i warrants. Sec. 7. And be it further enacted, That no! | warrant issued under the provisions ol this act ; < shall lie located on any public lands, except such ! i .as shall at t 1M- time lie subject to sale at either j the minimum or lower graduated prices. S<-c. 8. Ami be it furl In r enacted, Tha't ho re- j gister arid receivers of the several land offices , shall be severally authorized to charge and re- j . ceive for their service in locating all warrants', under the provisions of this act, the same com-j, pensation, or [ r centage, to which they are en- i | titled hv law, tor sales of—the public lands, for ! , cash, at tire rate of one dollar and twenty-five j | cents per acre. The said compensation to he paid by the assignees or holders of such war- , rants. ( Skc. 7. And he. it further enacted, That the provisions of this act, and all the bounty land , laws heretofore passed hv Congress, shall he ex tended to Indians, in the same manner and to •. the,same extent, as if the said Indians had been | . white men. . Six-. 8. .Hid be it further enacted , That the officers and soldiers of the revolutionary war, or their widows or minor children, shall be en- , titled to the benefits of this act. Sec. 9. And be it further enacted, That the | ( benefits of this act shall be applied to, and em-; brace those who served as volunteers at the irr- j < vasion of Plattshurg, in September, eighteen ■ ( hundred and fourteen ; also, at the battle of , King's mountain, in the revolutionary war, and j ( the battle of Xickojack against the confederated , , savages of the South. Sec. 10. And be it further enacted , That ! the provisions of this act shall apply to the chape- : l.ii ns who served with the army in the several j i wars of the country. Sec. 11. And be it further enacted. That, the provisions ol this act be applied to flotilla- j men and to those who served as volunteers at the I Freedom of Thought and Opinion,

attack on Lewistown, in Delaware, by the Brit ish fleet, in the war of eighteen hundred and twelve-fifteen. An Act to Repeal Ihe Tavern License l,av. SEC. ]. Beit enacted by the Senale and j Mouse of Representatives oflhe Commonwealth ! of Pennsylvania, in General Assembly met, and j it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the ! same—That, from and after the passing of this ! act, all laws relating to inns, taverns,and retail j ersof vinous arid spiritous liquors, wilhin this j Commonwealth, be, and the same are hereby repealed, and thereafter it shall be unlawful to : keep or maintain iy house, room, or place, I w here vinous, spiritous, malt, or brewed liquors, | or any admixtures thereof are sold or drank. SEC. 2. That il any person or persons, with in this Commonwealth, shall keep for sale and j sell, or in connection with any other business, j or profitable employment, give, receiving there i for any price, profit or advantage, by any J nft-asure whatever, and at the same time yolun j tariiy afford a place or any other convenience or ; inducement, by which the same may be used as a beverage, any vinous, spiritous malt or'brewed ) liquors, or any admixture thereof' he, she or I they, and any one aiding, abetting or assisting ! therein, shall be deemed guilty of a misdeiiiean j or, and subject to indictment, and upon convic- I tion, shall be sentenced to undergo an imprison -1 inent in the jail of the proper county lor the first offence, for a term nut less than three, nor irfore than six mouths; and for a sec j ond offence not less than six, nor more than • twelve months: and in either case to pay a i fine not exceeding one hundred dollars. SKC. 3. That if any two or more persons conspire together, bv which one may sell and ; the other afford the place, or cither convenience : for drinking with intent to evade the provisions j, of this act, he, she or they, or either of them, in ! dieted together or separately, upon conviction, shall be sentenced to undergo an imprisonment i in the jail of the county, not b-ss than lour nor | exceeding eight months, and be fined not exceed ing one hundred and fifty dollars. Sn-: I. That it shall he the duty of every constable, of every town, borough, township, or ward within this Common wealth, at every term |of quarter sessions of each respective county, to make return on oath, whether within his knowl edge, there is any place within his bailiwick, kept and maintained in violation of this act, and it shall be the especial* duty of tlie* president judges, ol all the said courts, to see that this re turn is faithfully made: and if any responsible i citizen, of any county shall make known to such constable, the name or names, of such person -i- p** earns, who shall have violated this act, with the names of witness who can prove the fact, it shall be his duty to make return thereof, to the court : and upon his failure so to do, he shall he deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon indictment and conviction, shall be sen tenced to imprisonment in the jail of the coun ty, for a period not less than one nor more than three months, arid pay a fine not exceeding fif ty dollars. A NV.nr.r: DEED* —During the night of No vember 2fith last, in a thick snow storm, the wind blowing a heavy gale down the lake, the water chilled and making ice fast, tke Canadian schooner Conductor, Cnpt. Market, struck on the bar outside of Long Point cut, on the island side, beat over and filled with water immediate ly, some distance from the shore, the sea ma king a complete breach over her, driving the crew to tire rigging for their lives. In the morn ing at davlight they were discovered clinging to the wreck, by Mrs. Margaret Becker, a Trap per's wife, the sole inhabitant of that end of the island, her husband being over on tire main land. She immediately went down abreast of the ves sel on tire beach, and built a large fire of logs, made some hot tea, and prepared some food for them in rase they reached the shore, and to re fresh and encourage their drooping spirits by showing them succor was at hand. All that long day, with tire tempest raving around her, did that heroic woman watch the suffering seamen clinging to the rigging of the wreck. Just at nightfall the Capt. called to the Mate, who was on the other side of the rigging, that they would all perish if they had to remain in the rigging another night, and that he was going to attempt to swim ashore ; if ho succeeded, the rest could follow him : if he drowned, they could cling to the rigging and run their chances. Me leaped and struck out. As he reached the undertow and backwater, his strength failing, and chilled and benumbed with cold, he would certainly have been drowned, had not the wo *man gone to his rescue. She waded in through the surf tip to her neck, giaspirig him and drag ging him out safely. The balance of the crew then followed him one bv one, with the same iesult, this noble woman breasting the sea, and meeting and dragging them out singly as they came ashore; being, in the main, instrumental in saving the whole crew. Such noble conduct deserves more than a passing notice. She is a woman of the most humble position in lite, but showed herself on this occasion a true heroine, and possessed of the noblest qualities of heart and soul.— Buffalo Com. Adv. b• h. 28. A FEAR FIX ADVENT IRK— I Boy Fulling One. Hundred Feet. — Last Saturday, a thrilling incident occurred at Patterson's Falls, in Spar ta, about live miles north ol this village. A little boy only four years old, son of Mr. I. Pat terson, left the house of his parents about two o'clock, and wandered to the head of the falls, half a mile distant. He not returning at five o'clock, a search was made in the direction of the falls, when at once the worst fears of his parents were realized. Fie had gone over the brink of the frightful precipice, as his track in the snow gave evi dence, which covered the more abrupt juts of the falls. In the distance below a dark speck was all that could be seen, and nothing could be heard except the sepulchral roar of the wafer. After considerable difficulty the summit of the ■ j falls was effected. The dark speck proved to be I the hole produced by the fall, from which he was thrown into the snow about three yards to the left. He had fallen one hundred feet, and find • ing he could not retrace his steps, he ventured further, passing over three other falls less dan gerous, where he was found nearly frozen.— Danville Deocmrat. DEATH FROM TAKING ETHER. —Mrs. Michael Fai ley, of Lynn, died yesterday from the effects of ether administered by Dr. Davis, dentist. Bat * teries were used to bring her to, but with no ef fect. She leaves a husband and two small chil dren. The dentist was about to extract it in the regu -1 Ia r way, when the woman requested to have ether administered. To this objection was made by Dr. Davis, he stating that it would cost her seventy-five cents more. She pulled out some money, stating that she had enough to pay, and persisted that the ether should be given her.— The doctor then inquired of her as to her state of health, if her lungs were in anv way affected, &.c. She replied in the negative, when he pro ceeded to comply with her request. After sire had inhaled from the sponge a w-hile. he asked her it she could feel the pain in the tooth, and she replied that she did. He then held the sponge to her nostrils for a furth er brief period, noticing nothing unusual, and lie went to g**t his instruments. On his return he found that her month was set. He immedi ately proceeded to give her air, and took other means to restore her. Mr. Games Buffum, a well-known citizen came in, and physicians were sent for: but nothing availed ; she revived for a moment, breathed a little, and then died. A coroner's inquest was held and a post mor tem examination ofthe body took place, when it appeared that the lungs of the deceased were considerably diseased, and the report of the ex amining physicians was that she no doubt died of congestion of the lungs, brought on by the inhalation of ether. The female who accompanied the deceased having substantiated the statement of the den tist, as to the persistent desire ofthe deceased to inhale ether, the jury returned a verdict ex culpating him from all Liame in the matter. — Bos. 7'/i7i'. 3?c :i GctHSesnan at Zlome. There are few families, we imagine, any where in which love is not abused, furnishing a license to impoliteness. A husband, father, or brother, wiiLspt-ak harsh words to those whom he loves the best, and those who love him the best, simply because (he security of love and fam ily pride keeps him from getting his head broken. It is a shame that a man will speak more impo litely at times to his wife or sister, than he would dare to any other female, except a low and vi cious one. It is thus that the holiest affections of man's nature.proves to be a weaker protection to woman in tke than the restraint of society, ancfeffiai i woman usually is indebted fin- the kindest politeryess of life, to those not be longing to her own household. Things ought not so to be. The man who, because it will not be resented, inflicts his spleen and bad temper upon those of his hearthstone, is a small coward, and a very mean man. Kind words are the cir culating niedinrfi between true gentlemen and ladies at home, and no polish exhibited in socie ty can atone !■>: the harsh language and disres pectful treatment too often indulged in between those bound together by God's own tfes of blood, and the still more sacred bonds of conjugal love. —Springfield Republican. SAGACITY or A HEN. —A Spanish hen which was a great favorite with her mistress, was ac customed to be fed with a dainty meal every time she laid an egg. Chucky found this out and would go to her nest and sit there a few* moments, and then come forth chuckling as loud as if she had performed a great fi at, and for a day or two got her usual reward ; but on no egg being found on several occasions, it was suspected that Mrs. Chucky was playing false; and her usual feed being withheld, it was found that for two or three times together on the same day, she would repeat the same dodge of going and silting for a short time on her nest, and then come forth c huckling as loud as she could for her expected reward. We have heard it rumored that the colored population intend rising in arms against the whites iri this county, during the corning holi days, next month—we presume it is nothing but a rumor; but it behooves every citizen to be on his guard about the matter, as we see negroes running around the town very frequently; and it is a common thing for them to have guns and ammunition in tin ir houses, although the law forbid it, without an order from the Circuit Judge. It is well known that an attempt of this kind was made some years ngo, by Ihe negroes of this county : therefore it is the duty of every officer in the county to see thatlhey are with out guns, &.c.— Cambridge j.W.) Democrat. On Christmas day, Mr. T. W. Bates while doing the exploit of sticking a bar of lead down his throat, let go his hold, and it descended into his stomach. The physiciansol this place, not knowing but Bates was trying to hoax them made a slight examination at the time, inasmuch as he had made but little ado about it, and at times denied having swallowed the lead at all. A few days alter, the victim, having swallow ed some acid substance, the lead began to corrode, and be became very sick. The physicians were then called in, and il was soon found that every other attempt to extract the lead would he un availing,save opening thestomach. This being resolved upon, some five or six physicians were called in on Wednesday last when Dr. J.Bel!, of this place, performed the operation, probably the first on lecord, of opening the stomach and extracting the lead. The bar was eleven inches in length, and about one-half the length showed the action of the acid upon it. The patient at last accounts was getting along finely, with a prospect of speedy recovery —tlie inflammation TERTIS, 82 PER YEAR. VOL XXIII, NO. 32. | caused from the lead while in his stomach, being (he greatest difficulty tocontend with at present appearances.— Wnpella ('own) Intelligencer. STRYCHNIA AND ITS ANTIDOTE —In the last number of the Medical and Surgical Journal, published in Richmond, we notice an article in it on the above powerful and sudden poison fcv Dr. Tewkesbury, of Maine. He says: " The frequency with which strychnia is used for poisoning purposes has attracted the serious attention not only of medical men but the public generally. The deadly certainly with which it acts, the ease of administration, and the dilficulties which surround every at tempt to prove with posilive certainty its pre sence in the stomach, all unite tu give this drug a dreadful notoriety. "Dr. P. then proceeds to mention instances of his being called to see persons who had taken wilfully and by mistake doses of strychnia, and that lie had given them about two teaspoonful.4 of saturated solution of camphor with manifest effect and prompt relief. He also tried it by way of experiment on dogs and found that when ever he could administer the camphor speedily enough he w as .successful in preventing the poi son from causing death." A SCOCNSSFCL SPORTSMAN.—.V Powers, of Fayette county, lowa, lately drove into Dubri que with a load of game, consisting of 1,000 quails, 1,000 prnrie chickens, 100 rabbits, eight deer, five wolfskins, and two bearskins. FKJOHTFI J. ACCIDENT AT MEREDITH, X. H. A frightful accident occurred at Meredith, X. H., on Tuesday last. Whilst the people were balloting in the Town Hall, the floor sud denly gave w ay, precipitating some three hun dred persons into the stores beneath, a distance of 18 feet. Forty persons were taken out with their limbs broken and otherwise injured, four of whom are not expected to recover. The af fair produced a most intense excitement. A GIANTESS IN A FlX.—They have a giant ess in Maine. She is seven feet six inches in height. The Portland Argus tells the follow ing anecdote ol her: "While she was passing through the kitchen of a farm house one day* with a large pan of milk in each hand, her hair canght upon a hook which projected two or three inches from the ceiling, and held her fast. She could neither stoop to set the pans down nor raise her hands to disengage her hair, and was con.pelted thus to remain until her cries brought others to her assistance." IS" 3 " A correspondent of the Boston Post tiav-lling in the west, tells this story : Railway travelling would he far more weari some than it is, but for the little scenes that oc casionally occur in the cars, to reliete the mo notony of the day. These are often very amu sing, and sometimes quite dramatic. One of these I will endeavor to rehearse, though with small hope ofgiving you a correct idea of the aflair. It happened that on the route between Albany and Buffalo, last week, ail the seats in the car in which 1 was seated, were occupied by tw o persons, save two or three which were tenanted by one passenger each, and one of these was a blooming, well dressed maiden of eigh teen or twenty years. At away station, in came a woman, " lair, fat and fcrtv," hand somely dressed, hut with a bold, vulgar ex pression of countenance, and bearing in her arms a " bouncing big baby." As she pushed along, looking for an eligible seat, her eye fell upon the one occupied by (lie damsel aforesaid, and slw immediately went up to the spot and pre pared to sit down ; but the occupant, with a pret ty toss of her head, told the matron she would "find a seat further on." She started accordingly, and. seating herself in a remote part of the car, locked back to the aristocratic ladv,and exclaim ed, loud enough for everybody to hear, " Ac commodation, certainly ! T hope, mv nice young w oman, you'll have a DOZEN young : uns yet, and every one of'em as heavy to hold as this It was a terrible anathema : the maiden blushed to the very ears at the mere mention of such a thing (in public,) and the ill-suppressed laughter oi the audience was itself too cruel u punishment to allow its objtct any idea of sev erer retribution. SINGULAR RAILROAD ACCIDENT. —Last Sat urday morning, as the express passenger train on the New Albany and Salem Railroad was going south, and when about seven miles from Michigan City, met with a singular accident.— The train was descending a grade at a velocity of thirty miles per hour, when the baggage car suddenly jumped from the track, and Went down an embankment, while tire rest of the train ran on nearly half mile before it could be stopped. The baggage car contained about twenty per sons, who all escaped serious injury except one man, namfd Roberts, employed on the telegraph line: he received internal injuries of such a na ture, that his recovery is regarded as impossible. It is difficult to assign a cause tor the car leav ing the track : a stick of wood from the tender may have fallen under the forward truck. Those in the passenger cars felt only a slight shock as the* baggage car broke away from the train.— Chicago Devi. TESTIMONIAL TO A BRAVE WOMAN. —It will he remembered that Margaret Baker rescued the crew of a vessel from death by drowning, during a storm on lake Erie, in the month ol November, the particulars of which we publish ed at tlie time. Captain Dorr, who furnished us with the particular ol the rescue at the time, has now been instrumental in donating a handsome family Bible, on the covers of which appears an inscription embodying the facts on which the gift is made. The story will thus be handed down to her posterity, and will be a rich inheritance. Captain Dorr intends, also, to procure a quantity of clothing to accompany the gift, which we understand will he accepta ble. The whole story from beginning to end, is an honor to human nature, and stamps tins woman as one of the lieroinps ol the Grace Dar ling School.— BuJJalo pa per t 10// V t hint.