Newspaper of Bedford Gazette, February 28, 1862, Page 1

Newspaper of Bedford Gazette dated February 28, 1862 Page 1
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THE BEDFORD GAZETTE PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY MORNING BY * BV B. F. MEYISRS, At the following term*, to wm $1.50 per annum, CASH, in advance. QQ <I if paid within the year. 50 il not paid within the year. UyNo subscription taken for less than six monfhs. paper discontinued until all arrearages paid, unless at the option of the publisher, it bts been'decided by the Unitod States Courts that the'stoppage of a newspaper without the payment t arrearages, is 'prima facie evidence ol fraud and is a criminal offence. jjyphe courts have decided that persons are ac count; ble for the subscription price of newspa pers, if the) take them from the post office, wheth er fhey subscribe for them, or not. THE LINCOLN DYNASTY. The history of the present administration has V ct to be written, but we may supply a chapter in anticipation of the volume of startling dis closures that is to astound the world with the recital of the grossest bribery, corruptions, def alcations, plundering*, extravagance and profli gacy that has ever disgraced or overthrown a Government. Through the basest falsehoods, this party has obtained eontrol of the national affairs. It professed to roll up its eyes in holy horror at the. amount of flic national expendi tures under the late administration. It retailed its danders, and howled its charges of corrup tion and extravagance against the Democratic party, until the' people were deceived into bc fieviii" them. Its "smelling committees" trump ed up the vilest stuff", and through their lying "Reports," spread it over the length and breadth of the land. The President was denounced as an Aristocrat, reveling in regal splendor in the White House, where all manner of dissipation reigned supreme. A "Government" was want ed! A plain, simple, honest President was want ed ! A back-woodsman, a flat-boat man, a rail splitter —anything to bring us back to the puri ty. simplicity and economy of the days of the fathers of tlio Government, "llonest old Abe" was the man for the crisis. He was to be, a sec ond Washington, a Jackson, a Cincinnatus, a Lyeurgiis, a Socrates, and wo don't know how many ot'ief illustrious warriors and statesmen he was to resemble. Well, enough of the peo ple lxdieved this trash, put forth with so much audacity and impudence, to drag down the Dem ocratic party, the Constitution and the Union all together. One could not well survive the other. The Democratic party is the only party that has "kept step to the music of the Union," and preserved inviolate the Constitution and Laws, and they must stand or fall together.— "Honest old Abe," byway of a change, was elected, but the extensive promises of "a good time, coming," have not been realized. The Union is broken up, the eounlry is involved in civil war, the treasury is robbed, the public debt is piling np by millions, the tuxes arc enormous, and "smelling committees" are obliged to 1M 1 at tached to every department of the Government to drive away the thieves. This is the HONEST administration the people were, promised, ami this the HONEST party that dares to arraign oth ers for corruption anil extravagance. Would that we could stop here, but the duty we owe the public, compels us to go a little further. No sooner had the rail-splitter and his family taken possession of the White House, than they turn ed up their plebeian noses at the shabby furni ture of the I'residential Mansion, although it remained furnished in the same stylo as when occupied by the "Old Aristocrat." The House must tie re-furnished to suit the rail-splitting re finement, and Republican simplicity, of the new President. The following is a description ol the re-fitting up of the Mansion, and we vouch for its accuracy:— The carpet for the East Room is a very rich Axminstcr, woven in one entire piece—101) by 50 feet. It was made and designed expressly for that apartment. The pattern consists of three medallions, so arranged us to form one grand medallion for the whole room, and pre sents a most magnificent appearance. The de sign displays a taste of the most recheiv/te char acter. The entire ground work is composed of UOtilliTS AND Will'* ATI IS OF I LOWERS AND ITiITT UIEHES. The curtains are of men CRIMSON SATIN, TRIM MED WITH GOLD L'RINCIF. AND TASSKT.S. The lace curtains were designed and MADE IN SWITZERLAND KXI'RESSI.Y EOli THIS ROOM. They arc six yards long and two yards wide, and are of THE FINEST NEEDLEWORK EVER BROUGHT TO Tins COUNTRY. Tlicsc splendid hangings are mounted with magnificent carved gill cornices of national design, representing a shield and the United States coat of arms. The pajier hangings for the east room are of IllCll CRIMSON OARNET AND HOLD, and WCIV also manufactured expressly for this room. Thevare of precisely the SAME DESK INS AS THE HANGINGS INLOITSNAFOLKON'S UECEITION ROOMS IN TIIETF- H.I.ERIES. The whole, room now presents a more gorgeous appearance than it has ever done, and RIVALS IN MAGNIFICENCE, ANY SIMIIAR APART MENT IN THE WORLD. The green room has a carpet of the same do sign and quality as that of the oast room. The curtains and paper here have also been renewed. The |,i u „ room has also liecn newly papered and carpeted, and new coverings put on the fur niture. The. windows had lieen newly curtain ed) with broeatelle and laee. Next eoincs the Crimson Room, which is Mrs. LINCOLN'S prin cipal reception room. This has been entirely new furnished. The furniture covering is MAG NIFICENT FRENCH BROCADE SATIN, CRIMSON, MA ROON and WHITE. I'ho window curtains, carpet and paper hang ings ARE all in keeping with the ELEGANT FURNI TURE of the apartment. In this room is also a grand action piano. The hall and stairways have all been newly carpeted and DECORATED. The 1 'resident's PRIVATE dining room has also been newly furnished with GREEN SILK UHOCATET.T.F.. The diplomatic dining room lias also received similar attention in the matter of re-furnishing, <&o. The guest room in which PRINCE ALBERT was domiciled on his late visit to this country, has lieen fitted up in the RICHEST POSSIBLE STYI.F.. — The curtains arc of ROYAL PURPLE SATIN, trim med with RICH GOLD BULLION FRINGE AND TAS SELS. The carpet is a heavy Wilton. The fur niture of the RICHEST CARVED ROSEWOOD. TILO paper hangings correspond with the halarfpc of the room, giving the whole a REGAL APPEARANCE. The T'resident's room lias also lieen entirely re furnished, as also the private Secretary's, Mr. NICOLAY, and that pf the assistant private Sec retary, Mr. HAY. The sleeping rooms and the various other a partments have also lieen re-furnished in appro priate and superb style. Mrs. LINCOLN lias ex pressed herself in the highest terms gratified with the change the house has undergone. Ckiifmii it. VOLUME SB. NEW SERIES. • The Mansion lieing made to present a "REGAL APPEARANCE," in imitation of the residences of the crowned heads of Europe, a Hall and Ban quet is forthwith projected to show off' the deco rations. The Chevalier Wikotl, that Prince of Profligates, who lias been taken into the. bosom of Mr. Lincoln's family to do the foreign nil's, is dispatched with bouquets and perfumed invita tions to assemble the guests. Over eight hun dred ure invited and all save the exclusive bou tou are snubbed off". The great dignitaries of the land, in civil and military life, with their wives and daughters, were out in full feather on the occasion, and none other. Mrs. Lincoln, the plain, unpretending wife of "Old Abe, the rail-splitter," was dressed in all the gaudy adorn ments of the height of fashion— "Curl id, and hooped, anil jeweled, She danced before them all." The following is an inventory of the. "finery" she sported on the occasion of her Grand Hall in the White House, furnished expressly for the reporters:— Mrs. LINCOLN was dressed in a magnificent rolie of rich white satin, with full train, and richly plaited in broad bands over the bosom.— The skirt was looped up with white ribbon, with black borders frilled with bows; around the low er edge of the skirt was a broad row ol' black thread laee, nearly twelve inches wide. She wore a head dress of artificia lwhite crysnnthe inums, sparingly interspersed with red roses.— She wore no other jewelry than a heavy pearl neck luce, car-rings and brooch, which glistened in harmony with the ample folds of her white satin dress. Iler whole dress was in exquisite taste. The Grand Banquet for this magnificent en tertainment was pronounced the finest display of gastronomic art ever seen in this country. It was prepared by Millard, of New York, and cost thousands upon thousands of dollars. Our handsome and graceful President did the honors of the festive board with all the NATIVE hauteur he could sum up. In looking over the dishes prepared for the hungry and thirsty guests, we are pleased to observe that such vulgar "ration.*" as "army crackers and old bacon," are entirely excluded from the table. What business would they have there at such a time, to shock such re fined tastes! This is the artistic bill of fare serv ed up:— Steamed oysters, seolloped oysters, boned tur key, pato dc foie grassc, aspic of tongue, l'atti giblet a la Eimis anse, chicken salad a la I'nris sicne, Filet do Ixciif, stuffed turkey with truffles, quails, partiilges, canvas back ducks, Charlotte. Russe ii lu I'crskme, Mnrienaes, ohnto.ftubrinnd chocolate Bavnrion, Jelly Bavnrien, Compcttes, fruit glace, lain lions, orange glace, biscuit glace, fancy cakes, rich mottoes, flower mottoes, sand wiches, l'ruit and grapes. In the centre of the bible was a looking glass, and along it were ranged the fancy pieces of con fectionary. At the head of tlio table was a large helmet of sugar, signifying Avar; then a huge fancy basket of sugar—a pagoda temple of Lib erty; a pagoda cornucopia covered with sugared fruits and frosted sugar; a huge fountain of frosted sugar, and setting around the candy glas ses apparently full of frothing beer, four bee hives, a handsome Swiss cottage in sugar and cake, and a Chinese pagoda. On a rude table was a very bilge fort, named Fort Pickens, made of cake, and sugared; the inside AVUS filled with quails, candied; and the Avliole presented a per fectly gorgeous appearance, the tables fairly groan ing with expensive luxuries, heaped one upon another. What estimate will the. moral sense of the peo ple place upon these doings? We have had three days of Fasting, Humiliation anill'rayer, in one year, for deliverance from our National afflic tions, and now wo wind it nil up with a Grand Revel at the White House! We have wiif, ruin and desolation spread over the land, and the men who hold the destinies of the nation in their hands are reveling in grandeur and dissipation, and "killing time" in feasting and .dancing. If it is right to squander the people's money in such extravagance and folly, then it is right, to plun der the treasury of the nation, ami we have no more need for investigating committees. In oth er times Avhen afflictions and disasters came up on the people, their rulers humbled themselves liefore God, and in soberness and sack-cloth and ashes received His judgments, now our riders make a feast and have a midnight revel in music, dancing and gaiety. If this is Avliat the people bargained for when they elected "Honest Old Abe the rail-splitter" to the Presidency, AVC are much mistaken. Would that our President and government officials at Washington, could lie brought to observe the proprieties Incoming the present situation of our unhappy country, and made to remember that it is "righteousness ox altcth a Nation; but sin is a reproach to any pooole."—[ Vidlri/ Spirit. STORY OF THE WAR IN KENTUCKY. A Campbcllsvillc (Ky.) correspondent of the Louisville Democrat tells this story ; "I now have before mc. a letter to a friend from a private in Colonel Haggard's cavalry regiment, stationed at Columbia. The writer was formerly a justice of the peace, is a'rough spocimcn of mountain character, is fond of his grog and a good joke, anil always ready for, a fight whenever it inny suit his convenience of his or his country's enemies. Tlis name is An drew Jackson Garman, (rather significant of the pugnacious propensity.) It seems tlmf'Squire Garman took a very active part in favor of the Union cause in Cumberland, (his county) Mon roe and Metcalfe counties last summer ami fall, captured come twenty head of contraband mules and several horses, and bad a hand in bringing to a boat on Cumberland river engaged in the contraband business—in a word, 'Squire Gar mon was a terror to the secesh generally in that locality, rendering himself obnoxious to their bloodthirsty proclivities. "Some ten or fifteen days since 'Squire Gar mon learned that his family were all down sick with the measles, and determined to visit them, • Freedom of Thought and Opinion. BEDFORD, PA., FRIDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 28,1862. cost what it might. So he obtained a lurlough from his gallant, colonel under protest that he (Garmon) would never return to his regiment. —The first or second night after his arrival at home the. secesh, his old neigliliors and relatives, twenty-eight strong, armed cap-a-pie, visited his house and knocked at the door. The 'Squire hailed them ;no answer. lle sprang out of lied, gathered his irons, and lighted a candle, when he discovered three men in his Tlining room, and fired at them. They all scanqiered nut of the house, one falling dead at the door. The cap tain then ordered him to come out, Avhieh he refused to do, and in turn invited,them to come in and exchange bullets there. This tlicy de clined to do, and immediately oponecl fire on his house thro' the doors and Avindows, the 'Squire returning the lire as fast as he could. This was kept up, the 'Squire thinks, about one hour, Aidien his assailants left, leaving three deal in the yard and carrying off' five mortally Avoun deil, (since dead.) The 'Squire then lighted up the house, and his sick family came out from their hjding-places. Not a whole pane of glass remained in seven AvindpAVS. Three balls hud entered the posts and rails of his daughter's bed, she being too unAA'ell to get up; 25 halls w#re found in his Avife's bed-tick and the furniture of his house Avas literally riddled. "The 'Squire's personal ousualities wore as follows: One ball severed a finger, another bled him in the temple, a third crossed his breast, severing his sliirt bosom, a fourth pass ed his hat and a fifth unbuttoned his shirt slee\'C. "The 'Squire thinks they nuist. have fireil some two hundred rounds at him; but. none the worse for Avenr, he is ready to repeat the op eration Avhcnever they are. "The cool and deliberate manner in Avhieh the 'Squire details the rencontre to bis friends, aside from bis reputation for veracity, gi\ r es tlio highest assurance of its entire truthfulness!" ROMANCE OF AN OLD COUPLE. The following someiVhat remarkable narra tive is related by a Western lady, UOAV on a visit to this isty front Mariposa. She is her self" a character. She lias crossed the plains tAviee—first in 1819, during her hus band perished—and is the first American lady who returned to the East by Avuy of Panama. She is a genuine heroine—a fine specimen of stout-hearted Western womanhood—and her adventures in the Avilds of the uiqieopled West, have lieen numerous and exciting. If the good folks of Mariposa have missed a lady from their neighborhood, they ore hereby apprised that stie u< eomtori.rta/ wuuut'S— v ii.. r i. „ of Mrs. Nesliet, on tl c corner of Montgomery and Sutter Streets, and will not return to the mountains, until Holmes, of the Gazette, ceases to harrow the hearts of Mariposa mothers by calling tlicir little babies "brats." Well, Avliile tlio train of which this lady was a member AVUS encamped at a point on tlio Ilumliolt where the Lesser trail intersects the Carson track of travel, she visited the tent of a family, consisting of an elderly couple and one child—a daughter of fourteen or fifteen years. The old lady AVUS sitting on a pile of blankets, under the canvass, encouraging a most deter mined attack of the "sulks," Avhile the mascu line head of affairs had planted himself on his wooden tongue, and was sucking his pipo as leisurely as though lie expected to remain there forever. A single glance dovelojied the fact that there was a difficulty in that little train of one wagon and three persons, and that it had attained a point of quiet desperation beyond the reach of adjustment. Three days before they had pitched their tent at the forks of the road, and as they couldn't agree on the route by which to enter California, there they hail re mained. The husband expressing a preference for the Carson road —the Avife for the l-csser— and neither would yield.—The Avife declared she would remain there, through the winter; the husband said he should lie pleased to lengthen the sojourn through the summer folloAving. On the morning of the fourth day, the Avife | broke a sullen silence of thirty-six hours by proposing a division of the property, Avhieh con sisted of two yoke of cattle, one wagon, camp furniture, a small quantity of provision, and twelve dollars in silver. The proposal AVUS ac cepted, and forthwith tlio "plunder" AVOS divi ded, leaving the Avagon to the old man and the daughter to the mother. The latter exchanged Avith a neighboring train the cattle belonging to her for a pony and pack saddle, and piling the daughter and her portion of the. divided spoil upon the animal, she resolutely started across the desert l>v the Lesser trail, Avhile the old man silently yoked the cattle and took the other route. Singular as this nmy seem, it is nevertheless true. It is among the many occurrences of life stranger than Action. Of course both parties reached California in safety. We say "of course," for it is scarcely possible that any obstacle, death included, could have seriously interfered witli the progress of stubbornness so sublime. Arriving at Sac ramento Avitli her daughter, the old woman Avomen were less plenty then than now, and subsequently opened a boarding bouse, and in a fcAv years amassed a handsome fortune. Two

years ago she Avent to San Francisco, and the daughter, whose education had not been neg lected, w'as married io one ot our most sub stantial citizens. Awl Avliat became of the old man ? The wife 'and not seen or heard of hiin since they parted on the Humboldt. Tlicy had lived happily to gether as a man and Avife for years, and she sometimes reproached herself for the wilfulness that separated them after so long a pilgrimage together through this rough life. But ho AVOS not dead.—Wo cannot trace his course in Cal ifornia, hoAvevor. All that we know of liirn is, that fortune had not smiled, and that for years he had toiled without hope. Finally feeling scarcely able longer to Avleld the pick and sliOA'- el, he visited San Francisco, in the hojie of find ing employment, better adapted to his wasted strength. For tlirec months he rcmnincd idle after nr- riving here, and then for want of occupation became the humble retailer of peanuts and or rnges, with his entire stock of traffic in a bas ket upon his arm. This was about six months ago. A few weeks since, in the southern part of the city, lie observed a lady in the hall, and stopping upon the threshold the lady approached, and the old man raised his eyes and dropped the liasket. And no wonder, either—for she was his wife—his "old woman !" She recognized him, and tlu'owing up her arms in amazement exclaimed ; "Great God ! John, is that you ?" ''All that is left of mc," replied the old man. With extended arms they approached. Sud denly the old bidy's countenance changed, and she stcpi>ed back. "John," said she, with a look which might j have been construed into earnestness, "how did j you find the Carson track." "Miserable, Suky—miserable?" replied the; old man; "full of sand and alkali!" "Then I urns right, John ?" she continued,, inquiringly. 'That's enough," said she, throwing her arms 1 arcunil the old man's neek; "that's enough, John ; and the old couple so strangely sundered, were agnin united.—l kith are living with their daughter on Second street. — San Francisco Mir ror. KEEPING A SECRET. The thriving little New England town of Nantucket, which smells strongly of fish, and is bound to lie lkiston, No 2, some of these ilavs, was the scene, last week, of a feminine exploit worthy to be recorded in the npjiendix to the history of poor Joan of Arc. It eiune t<> pass, that on Saturday night, when a dozen of -Nantucket citizens arrived at home for the evening, they found the partners of their bo soms non est, those gems of womanhood hav ing disappeared from the domestic hearth in a manner savoring of magic. Each individual husband made up his mind that his individual wife stepped iuto lier neighbor's to have one of; those amiable chats in which women delight to figure up the bail qualities of those personally j known to them; and each husband at once eoni- 1 mcaecil composing an elaborate lecture on the sin of "gadding," for the express benefit ol his wife when she would return. Horrible to re late, however, 9 o'clock passed without bring ing one of the wives home, and a dozen sets of children commenced to cry, in a dozen different keys, that they were' "so sleepy." it is the excellent custom in Nantuek o*o nudity aim nasu DID rising gosniuui, every Saturday night before sending it to bed, in order that the aibrcsniil generation may lie infracted, "though tiic heavens full;" and as iho dozen wives we have mentioned still remained absent, the dozen bonified husbands had no choice but to go into the juvenile business them selves ! Accordingly, Avith set teeth and much inward profanity, the twelve Bmrtyrs proceed to denude their offspring anil suh;ccfc tliem to unique hydrophatliic treatment, holding the lit tle sufferers to such unspeakable, awkivaril atti tudes, and transfixing them with sueti stabs ol soap, that the howling AVT> that of small bulls of Bashan. Having once tucked the re sponsibilities safely into bed, however, the just ly exasperated pater j'ainiUases armed themselves with lanterns, and Avcnt forth to hunt tor their missinrt halves.—lnto all the houses of their ac quaintances went those raging Ruin cos; but no- Avhero could they find their Juliets; and after interchanging vows of A'cngoanee with each oth er, the\' returned to their severe! domiciles in despair. Sunday and Monday came and passed, and yet no AA'iA'Cs! I'ho tA\'olvc Benedicts had to get their own meals, spank their own progeny, and clean the knives. Gno ot tl.eni tried to make the boils, but gave it up when he found that he hail made his couch resemble a Avhaio wrapped in blankets. The absence of the bete tor-halves commenced io excite a Avihl conster nation then, that might have culminated in dozen suicides, had it not leaked out. that the ladies were in a deserted house, past which the husbands hail gone twenty times in search, en joying themselves like Arcadians Avith nil sorts of nice eatables and intensely enjoying tlie dis may of their lords. To tell the truth, these Avives had taken this means of their husbands that they could keep a secret, though thoy Avcrc women, and had skill enough io hide, anil have a good time, where their lordships could not find them. It hail long lieen secretly a grecil between them to pay their husbands thus for 0011:1*111 taunts about women being incapa ble of keeping a secret; anil for forty-eight hours they had taught their musters that WIACS could "go to lodge," and "have business at the office" at night, as AVCII as husbands. The merry dames consented, after much persuasion and humble-pie, to return to their homes at I hist, stipulating, liowc\'cr, that they should be treated en masse to a turkey supper, in expia tion of the many things tiiey hail to forgive. Twelve happier men could not be found than AATM'C those tAvehe Nantucket citizens, Avhen Avoman's smiles and woman's buckwheat cakes gladdened their doniicils once more, and the humility with Avhieh they received their lesson in matrimony shoAved them worthy to live- in the same State with Cambridge University and the "Atlantic Monthly I" Husband* ! it is to you AAC speak ; behave yoursches like lamli*. C 3" A hint to landlords in general and one in particular, AVUS recently given by a tenant in Ixinilon in these words: A gentleman Avho is a bout to leavo the house in which he resides, and being desirous to return it to his landlord in the same condition in Avhieh he found it will pay a fair price for five hundred full grown rats, an acre of poisonous weeds, anil a carload of rub bish to be left on the door step, and the rnts suffered to run loose through the house. Ad dress, &c., &e. evr HOAV docs a young man of genuine integ rity resemble a thief? He is difficult to find J WHOLE NUMBER. 2994. VOL. 5. N6. 30. THE SCHOOLMASTER ABROAD. EDITED BY SIMON SYNTAX, ESQ. and friends of education are respect fully requested to send communicationßto the above, care of "Bedford Gazette." OUR COMMON SCHOOLS We arc indebted to HON. JOHN CESSNA, for a neatly bound copy of the "Jle/xirt of the Su pierintendent of t!ic Common Schools," from which we take the following in relation to the schools of our county. It is rather a favorable report of the system in this county, but Directors will find some hints for improvement in their sever al districts : School Houses —sufficient in all respects:—Bed- ford bor. 1, with seven rooms; Monroe 1; Na pier 3; E. Provideivcc 2; W. Providence 3; St. Clair 2; Snake Spring 2; Union 1; S. Wood berry 2—17. Insufficient School houses:—Bedford township 3; Broad Top 2; Colcrnin 1; Cuml>erland Val ley 0; Harrison 4; Hopewell 2; Juniata 4; I Londonderry 5; Monroe 5; Napier 4; Provi | dcncc, East 1; W. I*rovidence 2; Schellsburg 2; i St. Clair 5 ; Union o; Mid. Woodberry 3; S. Woodberry 2—39. i Furniture —sufficient:—Bedford lx>r. 4 rooms; Broad Top 4 schools; Monroe 1; Napier 3j E. Providence 2; W. Providence 3; St. Clair 2; Snake Spring 2; Union 1; M. Woodberry 2; S. Woodberry 3—27. Insufficient furniture:—Bedford lxir. 1 room; Bedford township o schools; Broad Topi; Cole rain 2; Cumb'd. Valley 9; Harrison 4; Hope well 2; Juniata 4; Londonderry 5 ; Monroe 10; E. Providence 2 ; W. Providence 2; Schcllsb'g. 2; St. Clair 9; Union G; M. Wootlbcny 3; S. : Woodl>crry I—GB. v> Schools —properly grnded:—Bedford bor. 5, — I in the now Union school not yet fully occupied j Neither graded nor classified: Bedford bor. ! (colored school) 1; Bedford township 3; Broad Top 3; Colcrain 5 ; Cumb'd. Valley G; Harri son 3; Hopewell 2; Juniata 4 ; Monroe 9; Na pier 5; W. Providence 4; St. Clair Gi Union "J: M. Woodlxn+y 4—-lit). I'eaehcrs. —l7 ic scarcity of teachers will not j justify the raising of the standard of qualifica tion for provisional certificate the ensuing year, Last year the lowest figure was 3E Visitation. —Schools visited once 133; twice?; not visited at all 51; average length of visit 2J hours. Ilegular visitation was commenced in November, but found so few pupils present in many, that I thought it better to devote the time to those in each district that wore comparative ly filled and in care of inexperienced teachers, i to the visitation of which a longer time was ' given. Much time was also lost in procuring teachers for unsupplied schools. The county is j so broken by mountains, and the schools so dis ' tant from each other, that not more than two a ■ day can be visited; but the ensuing year it is in ; tended to visit every school in the county. Directors of the following districts accompa nied me driving my visitation of their schools: Bedford township, Broad Top, Colcrnin, Cum berhtnd Valley, Harrison, Juniata, Napier, E. Providence, St. Clair, Union, M. Woodberry anil S. Woodlxrry. v Institutes. —Tne annual meeting of the Coun i ty institute took place in Bedford borough in j December, was lnigely attended by teachers and citizens, and was of more than usual interest i and utility. The scmi-nnnunl meeting of the I county association was held in April, awl was well attended. District institutes were organized and gene rally well attended, in Colcrain, Hopewell, Lib ert)-, W. Providence, St. Clair, Union, and in 'M. and S. Woodberry. As a general rule, it may be said thai these useful institutions existed in all the districts whose directors only required twenty-two days to the teacher's month, allow ing the other two for this purpose. This is a most Ixmcticial practice, and one which should generally prevail. Progress in Districts. —Bedford borough has liecn furnishing its huge union school, and fen cing and ornamenting the campus during the year. Cumberland Valley has advanced the salaries of teachers, and graded them nceording to certifi cate. Its school houses are yet insufficient — particularly that at Centrcville; but it is under stood they are to be improved. Bedford town ship, Broad Top, Colcrain, Liberty, E. and W. Providence, St. Clair, Snake Spring, Union and the two Woodberrys arc making consideralfie advancement by improving bouses, seeking good teachers, and encouraging district institutes.— Some of tho houses in all the districts, except Bedford borough, Napier and S. Woodberry, are lamentably deficient in furniture. Southampton still rejects the school law. Ono general objection is to the provision which re quires the schools to be kept o]>cn four months each year; when, it is asserted, that owing to the distance from the schools, the difficulty of the roads and the employments of the people, they can only be respectably fillet! only three—the Hates of 3ttrotrtia/ng: One Square, three weeaeor lei*..flOO One Square, each additional insertion lest than three months gg 3 MONTHS. 0 MONTHS. 1 !Ut. One square • $3 00 S3 00 $9 00 Two squares 300 500 000 Three squares 400 700 12 00 1 Column gOO 000 15 00 § Column 800 12 00 20 00 i Column 13 00 18 00 30 00 One Column 18 00 30 00 50 00 The space occupied by ten lines of this sise of type counts one square. All fractions of a square under fire lines will be measured as a half square t and all orer fire lines as a full square. All legal adrertisements will be charged to the person hand ing them in. other month, being thus, as it is said, nearly wasted. Perhaps a change in the law allowing such districts to shorten the term to three months, with the assent of the County and State Super intendents, might be the meaas of inducing such districts to adopt tho system, ami thus gradually bring them into ity support. Public Sentiment., —lt can safely be asserted that the system is growing in favor with tho peo ple at large. This is manifested l>y a greater willingness to visit the school room, ami attend the public examination of teachers; by the en couragement of teachers' institutes, the desire for better teiichcrs, and by a readier supply of the necessary lrooks for tho children. Plans Jt>r ne.rt year. —To urge directors to make membership in the district Institute obliga tory on all their teachers, and to oncournge the reading of educational works. To grant no private examinations till after the close of the public examinations; and then only in special cases, and at the written request of a board of directors—such examinations on ly to bo held on Saturdays. To visit as many districts as possible, and ad dress the citizens, on the duties of citizens, di rectors, parents and teachers, toward the schools. To sustain our newspapers In tho generous grant each hns made of a column for education al purposes. To endenvor to carry out tho decisions of tho Department in reference to tho employment of no teachers, except such as arc of good moral character and deportment. A SINGULAR INCIDENT. The Lynchburg Hopublican publishes the fol lowing incident, remarkable alike for its mel ancholy fulfilment to the brother of one of tho parties concerned: Just before tlie war broke out, and before Lincoln's proclamation was issued, a young Vir ginian named Summerfield was visiting the city of New York, where he made tho acquaintance of two Misses Holincs, of Waterbury, Vermont. He became somewhat intimate with the young ladies, and tlie intercourca seemed to be mutu ally agreeable. The proclamation was issued, ami the whofo North thrown into a blaze of excitement On present meeting would prolmbly be tllcir ltim, they must hurry home to aid in making up o vereoats and clothing for the volunteers from their town. Suuninierfield expressed his regret that they must leave, hut at the same time es pecially requested them to 800 tlmt the overcoats were well made, as it was his intention if ho ev er met the Vermont regiment in battlo, to kill one of them and take lus coat. Now for the sequel. Virginia seceded.—Tho second Vermont regiment, a portion of which' was from the town of Waterbury, was sent to Virginia. Tlie battle of Manassas was fought, in which they were engaged, and so was Sum merfield. During the battle, Siimmcrficld marked his man, not knowing to what State he belonged; tbc fatal ball was sped on its errand of death ; the victim fell at the flash of the gun, and upon rushing to secure the dead man's arms, Summer. field observed that he had a fine new overcoat strapped to his hack, which he determined to appropriate to his own use. Tho fight was o ver, and Summerfield hnd time to examine his prize, when, remarkable as it may appear, the eont was marked with the name of Thomas Holmes, and in the pocket were found letters signed with the names of the sisters whom Sum merfield hail known in New York, and to whom ho had made the remark we have quoted, in which the dead man was addressed as the broth er. Tho evidence was conclusive—lie had kill ed the brother of his friends, and the remark which he had male in jest hiul a melancholy fullfillmcnt. Wo are assured this narrative is literally true. Summerfield now wears the ooat, and, our informant states, is not a little impress ed with the singularity of the coincidence. Cvr A young medical student, who hail been screwed very hard at his examination for ad mission to the faculty, on a very warm day was nearly overcome by the numerous questions put to him, when flic following query was added; "What course would you adopt to pioduco a copious perspiration After a long breath, lie observed, wiping his forehead: "I would have the patient examined before tho Medical So ciety !" CST One of Dean Trench's Sermons upon tho subject, "What we can and cannot carry away when wc die," commences thus appositely:— Alexander the Groat, 1 icing on his death-bed, commanded that, when he was carried forth to the grave, his hands should not lie wrapped, as was usual, in tho ccrcelotlies hut should bo left outside the bier, so that all men might see they were empty. Gs*Punishment of a Murderer in Miehiijan.— Win. I). Klngin was convicted in Michigan, last week, of a murder marked by very atrocious circumstances. Jn accordance with tho law of the Stato, he has lieen taken to tho State prison, there to endure solitary confinement fbr life.— Prom tho time he enters his cell, ho will never see a face' again. I Tis meals are conveyed to him' through an opening in his cell, and when it be comes necessary for human lieings to approach bhn, tl\ey are hooded so as to conceal their fea tures. IST No doubt honesty is the Itest policy, but those who do honest things merely because they think it good policy, are not honest. frjT Spare that you may speed; fast that you l nay feast; labor that you may live; and run that you may rest. . Difficulties and strong men, like strop and razor, are made fbr each other.