Newspaper of The Weekly Ottumwa Courier, March 27, 1861, Page 1

Newspaper of The Weekly Ottumwa Courier dated March 27, 1861 Page 1
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MEW SERIES, VOL. 6 NO. *».) J. \v. N Oil it IS, Proprietor. -V IS PUBLISHED EVERT WEDNESDAY IH YXJ^CROTT'S X«Q 0 B:, (THIRD n.oon) RZWNA, TF.I PELLO CO. IRA, By J. W. & O. P. XORBIS. E I I S FFFFVA UY ABJJY IN ADVANCE One copy, peryear Pourcoples Ten Twenty" JBr 90T18 wtshtng to jear can do so •Ames unless they are accompanied with monev. MARCH. BT WfULAM CCLL** BBTAKT. The utormy rch ha* come atlnst. With wind nw\ cloud nnil changing AIM I I hear the rushine of the blast, That through the tuowy valley flies. Ah. nasslng free are thoy who tpeak. Wild, atormv month In praise of the*. Vet, thouuh thy winds are tout and tiTptHt^. Thou art a welcome month to me. For thou to northern Imdf a^ain The (fUil ard slm-Inu* sun do«t hrinf, And thou hast joined 'lie pentle tr*in And wear's the gentle name of ^rinp And tn the reign of hliwt and jtortn, Smile* mHny a lone, brljrht sunny rt«yt When the changed winds are vift and #im, And Heaven puts on the blue of Ma,y. Then s.lns niongthe gushing rills, AmMhe full spring, from frosts set free, Thai, brightly leaping down »he hills, Are just set out to meet the sea. The year's departing beauty hides Of wintry Morms ilie sullen threat B,u,t in thy stearnejt frown abides A look of kindly promise ye'. Thou bring'st the hope of those calm KWMS, And thai soft time of sunny showers. When the wide bloom of earth that Hei^ Seems of a brighter world than ours. Two Xiglib.iu the VOW SENATORS LOOK AOT TAUHT The editor of General Lane's speech attacked, with sar paxm and sneer, the homestead bill, whh which Senator Johnson's mmc ist*onnected. Johnson's reply was one of the most do quent bursts ever ho%rl in the Senate. I re member, he said in substance, when, after rears of rainful struggles, /T |Yjv rt^tfinnh*J ft 11 rirv talked constantly ever sincc. On Sa'urday much pluck J|/jjC vy UU.lUUii OUllfU „:ght hevery near1y killed the rct!0hlVion AiTEiirATio fl.M .. 5,0(1. 12,00. ..24,00. subscribe for A less time than OM thnt by remitting the amount they wish to »eso appropriated. In uo case will we enter new 1 41 Harper's ITreehly gives bis •ipcrienceof two nights :n the reporters' gallery of the United States Senate sJMhe close of the Thirty-six'h Co^n JOE LANE AND ANDY JOLISSO*. When I think of that speech, and when I rememVr that Gen. Line was at one *ime a probable candidate for the Presidency, can not find words to express my thanks to di vine providence fr our escape. True, ihe speech had its advantage. It gave a rest to wearied reporters for the press, and en abled Senators to write their letters undis turbed. When it was done. Andrew John «on, of Tenn^see, roge to reply. Sflr. John Ron is a self made man. In his youth he was a tailor's apprentice, and he learned h\s letters'from his wife. He is n natural orator, and brave a man as lives. The author «-f with the young wife I had brought from my native place in SfQrth Carolina, and the little family which had grown up around us, I was enabled to purchase a small plot of ground in Tennessee and build a cabin upon it which could ca'l l^y own. I remember the fueling of tri umph and exultation with which we looked upon the poor little shed, and knew that at last we had A IIOME OF ocit OWN. And then, long years ago. I made up my mind that, if ever I had the powor. every poor man. stru? gling as I was, should be enabled to obtain a home—should have one -pot of earth, how ever small, one cabin, however rude and scanty, which, in the light of heaven nnd the fact of roan, he should bo able to call his own. THREE CHEERS FOR TIIE UNION, r.^^n«ominous rustle in tVic gaPcies follow this outburst, but subsided in A -rrowl from Senator Mason. Senetor Johnson con tinued, laying stripe after stripe scientifically the back of pqor General Lane, and final ly closing with a magnificnt pu'ng^um n the Union. On this the pent tip frelimr of the spectators could no longer be restrained. A tremendous chesr aro»e. S -nator Mason instantly moved that the galleries cleared. A few hisses were heard then a stentorir.n voice should, "THREE CHEERS FOR TOE UNION!" They were given with a will Not only did the men's eallcrv shout, but tl ladies screamed and waved their handk*r- cniefs. Never, sincc tho first meeting of the Senate, did that body endure such an insult. For some moments the din was overpower in "Tho sergeant-at-arms will clear the gil levies!" commanded the Chair, fiercely. It was easier said than don". There were at least fifteen hundred excited men in the galleries. For some moments if was a ques tion whether the Senate wuld clear the gal leries, or the galleries the Senate. The fight was on the Seward-Oorw'n amendment to the Constitution which had already passed the House. Night had fallen, and the Senate, after IW: opposition from Senator Mason, resum ed the debate on the resolution. Senator Pugh moved to strike out the words "au thorize, or," on the ground thft thegr were had grammar. peon's PAnr. am enough of a grammarian to perceive 4$ Senator PugVs speeches t'nt he is him self no friend to Lindley Murray. V'fth 'r his amendment would have improved the grammar of the resolution I really know too little to sav. Mr. Pugh is the yourgest member of the Senate in more sense than one. He haaan invincible tendency to pet t'O" was a upon his legs—which are short of the kind, like thOie of Mr. Douglns. But if his legs be short his tongue is long. He generally spunks whenever tho President will let him. Not that he has anything to say. He seldom has. Perhaps the most useful office be ever per formed in the Senate was to read extracts fur Senator Douglas during his great speech OQ the Leoompto.i question. Oti this occa sion words of senso proceeded tn bis mouth, and Senators listened. This unex ^ected attentioo turned Implead, and lie has Had his amendment been adopted the reso i lotion i-t have gone back to the House, which had adjourned to Monday at 10 o'e'ock A. M., nnd it could not have pas&°d. Out of 88 members, present, voted for it and Vice President Breckinridge—an opponent of all settlements—giving a casting vote in the affirmative, the amendment was carried. CRIAXDLKR \ND WILKINSON. A French gentleman, of large public ex perience, who heard this debate, remarked Wilkinsouand Chandler were fair types of Northern, while Wigf.tll Souttiern Ilis reply fa Wilkinson end Chandler was extremely smart. Mr. Chandler had alused Gov. Fiord n« a common thief and scoun drel. WigfaM t'vit'ed him with offerintr in sults for which he would not answer in the fieM. "I will make a bargain with the Sen ator." he Mtl I, "If he will no was statesmen. a fair type of Without 2oin-"so far as this, one must admit that there are super ficial ground-1 Cor the assertion. Western men like Cbnn'Uer and Wilkinson—and they •re nearly all alike—are very unpleasant orators to listen to. Their language is not Well chosen, nnd their delivery offensive.— Trained to address out of door audiences, th^y never overcome the habit of bawling their tones .ilternate between a conac and a roar. Their gesticulation is abominable.— Wheif they become excited, th« hearer's anxiety f»«r the saf-ty \f their blood vessels absorbs every other feeling. To see them sit down 'lis on'y wish. Men like Jeffer son Da\is and William Seward speak in Ordinary tones, yet are heard throughout the Semte Chamber. But these Western Ciceros al vnys seem to be addresing some one wh'i is three miles off. They appear to consider themselves oratorical Columbiad*. warranted not to burst with any charg-*.— Their matter, too, is generally ill-disrested They take jn hour to say what could be bet ter said in ten mmutes. The of their own voice disturbs then memory, and they repeat themselves endlessly. W1OTALL. T$c is a fiiv's ied orator.—p'o^ably the -nost charming in the Senate. His vo'ce ts clear, melodious, and sufficiently powtrfnl to be heard everywhere. He speaks eramtnatieal!v, elegantly and without effort. He never bawls. He never soreams. I^s delivery is perfect, and his actions suitable. When to these merits ndi\ that he is witty and smart, I have said everything that can be said in Irs favor. For he h?\s the m'^Wtune of bcin? almost always Illogical, incorrect, and often absurd. He is a duelist, and cart ies Irs life \n his hand. When be was a young man. he went to j.rart'relaw in Ashmore's district, in his native State. South Carolina. wrote article* for the county paper, ifnd made enemies. One of them challenged him.— Thev fought, and Wigfall wintred hi man. Ar o'hT »ok up 'h eudg"l, and was winjred likewise. The lending men of the country notified the younz stranger that he did not suit their temper, and must go. Wigfall re plied thnt be pref-rred to stay. "I will shoot a regiment of you." said he. "but won't go." He shot eight al'ogetber, I believe, in cluding the brother of the la^e Preston S. TJrook'', who shot him too the two belliger ents lav seven or eight weeks side by side, on their beds, in a tnvrrn on an island in the Savannah rivr. The end ef t'tju war was that Brooks died, and Wi^fall, notwithstand ing bis bravado, left the State, and migrated to Texas. write a letter to Gov. Floyd, saym?, -Governor Floyd, you are a scoundrel nnd lama gentleman. Hez-1 iki^h'—no. pr.ean 'Jeremiah'—no, I beg! pnrd"n. 'Z^eharinh Chandler.' I will coven ant that Governor Flovd's friends sbal' pav the whole amount which is ncetised of Stealing from th Un:tol States Trwsury.1' Th" N irih rn trains had ut arrived, and the gallerv was full of Northern spectators. Waving hii band crac Tullv to them. Wig fall continued "The difficulty between you and us, gentlemen, is. thnt you will not send the ri?ht sort of people here. Why will von not send either christians or gentlemen Either people who will not insult, us with gross words, or people who will admit their personal responsibility for their language. CTttTTESpEX's SPEECn. An hour or more after midnight the Sen ate adjourned to meet on Sunday evenin". When it met. Senator Crittenden had the floor, and dt-livered a thiee hour*' speech in favor of compromise. Senator Crittenden will go down to posterity as a good man.— He is pure, h^n^t and patriotic. IJo has served his country rn'ioy years with credit His weak point is in «h' lmckb ne. When Lincoln was elected, ^rittenden, like a good citizen, was .r qncond subrais*i 'n.— But Breckinridge and others fell upon the old man, and hegnil him to father the res olutions which they had contrived. In an evil moment he yield d, and has ever since repented the act in sackcl«th and ash s. The sucession:st had to sit up with him at night to pn vent h:s denouncing the "Crittenden impromie i.nd, in fact, when the vote was taken on Sunday, he voted against it. His speech was patriolic, but it was very long. Senators on both sids listened w'th rcspcctful attention but for all practical pur poses the speech might as well havenot been delivered. DOl'GLAS AND A BREAD I*JLt. When he endi'd, fillibu-tering was renew ed, Senator Mas n declaring that the resolu breud pill," such as doctors give to patients who are im aginary invalids. Senator glas instant ly retmted that the Soush was. in lact, an imaginary invalid, and needed precisely such a bread pill. It was dangeruus ground.— The K' public ins hastened to "take act" of the admission of the Senator fr Illinois, and be was forced to qualify it liy adding that, in his opinion, tome Republicans did really pronose t» interfere with si i"ery ii. tl.e Stiles Tlvs riding of two horses, you see, has its incunvcniunces. But Dou^bu has so yluetfio, a sort of a that a fall doesn't hurt him. V.TERCATION BETWEEN DOUGLAS AND MASON. An altercation between him and Mason arose. Douglas declared that he had over heard a conversation between Mason and Pucrh on the subject of the defeat of the res olution by indirection. Mason sneered at people who repeated to the S?onte "scraps of private convrrsntionv which they overheard, and wound up in his inimitably insolent manner with t^ie adage De (justibut, e'c.— Douglas fiercely retorted that he permitted Senator to accuse him of unparliamentary behavior. Mason took two steps hastily for ward, and $r an instant the prospect looked warlike. But stopping midway, after a pause of some mr-ments, the haughty Sena I tor from Virg n'a condescended to utter a half analogy. He was "backed down." MASON'S MANNERS. Let me take this opportunity of cayinjr that, with all bis faults, Senator Mason is, perhaps, the nearest approach, in the present Senate, to the beau idwtl of a Senator. He seldom makes long speeches. What he has to say he? says in good language, with a rood manner, and in a parliamentary way. When he has don" he does not ro over th? ground again, but sits down Th!s art of sittin? lown is the higVst accomplishment of par liamentary science, and one which our North em men find it very difficult to acquire. Mr. Mason never rises needlessly, and never says foolih things. He sneaks always to the Senate, never to thn ga!!"rics. In parliamen tary tactics h° is unrivalled. His defects are obvious. His manner and tone are unbear ably insolent. I^e talks like a Pacha ad dressing eunuchs. TnE LEADER OP TfTE SENATE. The leader of the Senate, under the Re publican regime, will be Fessend'-'ii, of Maine, the Chairman of the Committee on Finance. He seldom speaks. He is a cold, hard fiiced man, with a gray chew^-'Je/rise round bin inftcxib'e as the laws of the universe cool as a mountain top, and brave as a lion. PRESTON KtNO. Vext to him in influence, perhaps, may be ranked Preston Kinz* New YCTJC. He too. is nrnlv ard in the Senate. His voice is a shrill fal-etto, which, coming from a man built like a rum puncheon, sounds queer enough. But he is very sound in council, and perfectly bYave, His temper is merry, and the normal c-'nditicn of his face is a broad grin. CLARK. Clark, of New Hampshire, is a bold con trast to Mr. King, yet also a leader. He is a thin, tall man, of sallow complexion, with Inntcw^ 1 U-l i TT?. voice is keen, h's sentences crisp. When be speaks it seems that a sharp knife Is fal ling at the end of each period. SCMNER A WHITPER IN. Sumner of Massachusetts, Mr. Mason's successor as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations, acted during the debate which I witnessed, as whipper in. He watched warily, and was ever ready to avail himself of all pat liamentftry expeditions to defeat the resolution. Ilis voice is very good, and his elocution admirable. Weight he has little, as he is known to be an aboli tionist nnd though \ic is probably the mos^ learned plan in the Senate, efficient Senator or debater. DOOI.1TTLE AS A DEBA^OFE Pn-bably the most efficient Republican Senator in debate will be found to be Doolit tle, of Wisconsin. His peculiar merits are. fir-t, thnt he speakc§ clearly, sensibly, and secot.dly, that he knows how and when to s't down. This tno-t difficult of all arts— the ait of sitting down—In setms to have mastered. 'Tis probably a natuml pjft At ny rate he possesses it, and consequently he is always heard with attention. TIIE BL'LL DOG TAVACITY OP DOCOLAS. Hour after ho ir slippvd away, it was six o'clock in the morning and iio vote had been taken on the resrlution. In six hours more the inaugural ion was to take place.— Senators began to lok jaded. Half of them were as'eop on the sofas, and some in their seats. The galleries had thinned out Re peated motions for recess were made. But Douplas, with bull dog tenacit}' stuck to his point. At the bare mention of the w rd recess, bis "I object, Mr. President," rq-c cleanly ahqve the din. His patience was beyond all praise. Nat a sign of impa tience escaped hun even during the most wearisome of the long speeches which con sumed the precious hours of the waning ses sion. But the instant the floor was vacant he pressed his point. Tq personal attacks, and they were many, his sole reply wa*— Let us vote. And so at last, half an hmr or so I ef r*' daylight, the aves an 1 nays were called fpr an ihe resolution iss.ul by just the ncccs-ary two-thirda. Two Bald IIcadi old in othor respects. We are both ball headed, and aco certain that our bald ness wa* occasioned by tlie practice ajlt)d&d to." reported. snd the largest gain of any State in tbeUnion session. Among rts peaceable and industri ous population there was one dame who. ihongh neither the wealthiest nor tho best born, stood, in her own esteem, above nil but the laird and the minister and her style and title was Widow Simpson. This lady valued herself—not on the farm left Jy her go dman, who had departe 1 this life some seven years before the commencement of our story, for its acrcs were few, and they con sisted of half reclaimed moorland—not on her giown-up ioi» Robin, though he was counted a likely and sensible lad—nor on her own thritty housekeeping, thoush it was known to be on the tight-screw principle— but on the possession of a dozen silver tea spoons. Her account of was that they bad belonged to the Yung Chevalier, and had been bestowed upon her grandfather in return fr entertaining that claimant to the British crown on his march from Cu'loden \n proof of which she was accustomed to point out a half-obliterated er. st and the ini tials G. S., with which they were marked The widow's nei ghbors, however, had a dif ferent. tale regarding the coming into the family. It was, to the effect that er grand father, who kept a small inn somewhere in Fire, had bought them of an ill-doing laird for three cations of Highland whisky, and bestowed them on his granddaughter as the ne of his fam'ly most lik .'Iy to ho!d lhat to such an impoitmt acquisition. In the fan ilv i led, in the capacity of help, one Nancy Campbi 11, a girl of about nineteen, who was suspected of having taken a fancy to Robin, who reciprocated the sen timent. Nothing, however, could soften vf ibv tfMvn ma ac£«&ius lUV tuatvti until at length the following event occurred and caused her give way About the hay-making time a distant and comparatively rich relation was expected to call and take tea that cv.ening on his way from Linlithgowshire. It was. not often thas this superior relative honored her home with a visit, and Mrs. Simpson determined that nothing should be wanting to his enter tainment, brought out the treasured spoons early in the afternoon, with many injunctions to Nancy touching the care she should take in brightening them up. While this opera tion was being performed in the kitchen, in the midst of one of tho^e uncertain dsys which vary, the northern June, a sudden darkening of the sky announced the ap proach ofa heavy rain. The hay was dry and ready for houseing. Robin and two farm men were busy gatheiing it in but the •rreat drops began to fall while a considerable portion vet remained in the field, and with the tnstincj,of crop preservation, forth rush ed the widow, followed by Nancy, leaving the spoons balf scoured on the kitchen table In her rapid exit the girl had forgotten to latch the door. The weasel and the kite were the only depredators known about the moorland firm but while they were all oc cupied in the bay-field, who should come that way but Geordy Wilson.

These correspondents say: "We have beard many r?wm« given the rapidly increasing hal jnoss among men wh" have not even reached middle life but the true reason, we think has r.ot yet been guessed. We declare it to be mainly owing^ to the fact that business men arc in tho hab it of iveanpg their hata to so great an exteut in their heated countini-rooms during busi ness hours. All physicians kuow that caps constantly worn by infants in the house re tard the growth of the hair. This old fash ioned custom, therefore modern mothers state of the farm-house may be imagined.— have lung sincc dispensed with. We think The widow ran through it like one distract business men had better endure an occasion- ed, questioning, scolding, and searching.— al "draft" than this run the risk of parking, Robin, Nancy, and the firm-men were dis witJa all their hair before they begin to grow patched in different directions, as soon iis Well, the kitchen-door was open, nnd Geordy stepped in. He hanged the settee with his staff", he coughed, he hemmed, he saluted the cat, who sat purring on tho win dow-sill, and at length discovered there was no one within. Neither meal nor penny was to be expected that day, the rain was growing heavier, some of the bay must be wet, and Mrs. Simpson would return in bad humor. But two objects powerfully arrested Geordy s attcntfon one was the broth pot boiling on the fire, and the other the silver spoons scattered on th* table. Bending over the former, Geordy took a considerable sniff", gave the injjretJients a stir with the pot-hook, nnd muttered "very thin.'' His proceeding with regard to the latter must remain un menMoned but half an hour afterwards, when he was safely ensconced in a farm house a mile off, thu family were driven within doors by the increasing storm they found everything as it had been left—the broth on the fire, the cat on the window seat, bitiog and fltnnel on the table, but not a spoon was there. "Whuar's the spoons cried Mrs. Simp son to the entire family, who stord by the fire drying their wet parm°nts. Nobody Bdiln (Dttnimua ran it. OTTUMWA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27,1861. Widow fctnipsou's Spoons. A •VOBYTBA* IAS THE MEKT OP BKUO TBVB. The parish of Bathgate, in Linlithgowshire, coqld tell. Nancy had left them on the table It ascerta'ned on further investigation! "n t'ic parish. Nobody thought of Geordy that Illinois will be entitled to fourteen mem-! was disturbed. The drawer was pulled out, and the stocking exhibited. Every shelf, every corner was searched, but to no pur- the rain abated, to advertise the neighbors. under the supposition thaj some strolling becrgar or gipsy might have carried off the treasure, and would attempt to dispose of it Wi,son ho ha(1 not ought to be reckoned among the ctossiespots ow bade fair to loose her senses. of Scotland, inasmuch as it formed part of The rich relation came at the appointed the dowry which Robert Brucc bestowed on time, and had such a tea that he vowed nev his elder daughter, Margery, when she mar- ,er again to trust himself in the bouss of bis ried Walter, the IIi,j Steward of Scotland, entertainer. But the search went on rabbit and thus became the progenitrix of the royal, holes were looked into for the missing siVver, and jnluckv house of Stuart Lying mid-1 and active hoys were bribed to turn out mag way between Edinburgh and Glasgow, those pie's nests. Wells and barns in the neigh rival queens of East and West, but out of, borhood were explored. The criers of the tte common track of traffic and travel, it his nearest parishes were employed to proclaim been for ages a pastoral parish ol small and loss it was regularly advertise-! at kirk rather backward farms. Of late years coal gate ^nJ ng^rkat-places and Mrs. Simpson has been fou id there, anl stenn and trade, began to talk of getting a search warrant for which bid fair to leave the world no rustic when she ran to the hay. No one had been hoped turned her attention more to in the house, they were certain, for nothing _racjjc0. fly pose the spoons had disappeared, and the thcn sP!e'1 hous0 not from thc ha^ hers of Co,,2res»inst ad of thirteen as first circuits were wide his u its tojyour whims would oe much my This is a gain of five members, *nv Widow Simpson'* frm the day of her loss, she replied, j^w^na tigijigjiirtififirttf^ iili'fftifjr? iMi it was because Goordy knew that neither her temper nor her liberality would be im proved by that circumstance. Lost the spoons were, beyond a doubt, and, the Wid- the corne-, are rapidly turning it into a mining jaVmed through all its bqrders concerning district, which no one thought of about the thi spoons but when almost a month wore time of the general peace, when Bathgate awiv, and nothing could be heard concern lived on its own oats and barley, wore its i irg own hodden gray, and had but two subjects !from heggars, barns, and magpies, to light of interest—the corn mrrket and the kirk !on beggars' meal pouch. Bathgate was the spoons, the widow's suspicion turned or Nancy. She had been, scouring the spoons, and left the house last silver could not leave the tabb without hands. It was true that Nancy had always borne an un questioned character, but such spoons were not to be met with every day, and Mrs. Simpson was determined to have them bacjc in her stocking. After sundry hints to Robin, who could not help thinking that his mother was loosing her judgment, she one day plumped the charge, to the utter aston ishment of the poor girl, whose anxiety in the search bad been inferior only to her own. Though poor and an orphan. Nancy had some honest pride she immediately turned out the whole contents of her kist (box unstrung ber pocket in Mrs Sioip son's presence, and then ran with tears in her eyes to tell the m'ni-ter. As was n^non tUen in the country par ishes of Scotland, difficulties and disputes which might have employed the writers and puzzled the magistrates were referred to his arbitration, and thus lawsuits and scandal prevented. The minister had heard—as who in Bathgate had not—of Mrs. Simpson's loss. Like tho rest of the parish, he thought it very stran-r" but Nancy CamjheTl was one of the most exjmplary girls in his congre gation—he could not believe that the charge preferred against her was true yet the pe culiarities of the case demanded investigation. With some difficulty the minister persuaded Nancy to return to her mistress, bearing a message to the effect that he and two of bis elders who happened to reside in the neigh- borhood, would come, over on tne following! evening, bear what could be said on both sides, and if possible clear up the mystery. ter and his elders coming to inquire after the spoons. She put on her best cap, prepared her best speeches, $i4(' enlisted some of the most serious and reliable of her neighbors to assist in the investigations. Early in the evening of the following day —when the summer day was wearing low and the field work was over—they were as sembled in the clean scoured kitchen. The minister, elders, and neighbors soberly lis tening to Mrs. Simpson's testimony touching her lost silver. Nancy, Robin, and the farm men sitting by till their turn came when the door, which had been left open to admit the breeze—for the evening was sultry—was ouietlv pushed aside, and in slid Geordv, 1, came io speak about your spoons." "Hae ye heard o' them cried Mrs. Simp son, bouncing from her seat. "I could na miss bein' blessed wi' the pre cious gift o' hearing Mid what's better, I saw thsm." "Saw them, Geordy Whaur are they and here's a whole shillin' for ye and Mrs. Simpson's purse, or rather a glove used for that purpose, was instantly produced. "Weel." said Geordy, "I slipped in one day, and seein' the silver unguarded, I thought some ill guided body might covet it, and jist laid it by, I may say, amang the the leaves o' that Bible, thinkin' you would be sure to see the spoons when you went to read." Before Geordy had finished his revelation, Nancy Campbell hail brought down the proubly displayed, but never opened Bible, and interspersed between its loaves lay the dozen lon r-sou»bt spoons. The minister of Bathgate could scarcely commond his gravity while admonishing Geordy on the trouble and vexation bis trick bad caused. The assembled neighbors laugh ed outright when the daft man, pocketing the widow's shilling, whiclvhe had clutched in the early part of the di-course, assured them all, that he kenned Mrs. Simpson read her Bible so often, that the spoons would be certain to turn out of it. Geordy got many a basin of broth and luncheon of bread and cheese on account of that transaction, with which he amused all' the firesides of the parish. Mrs. Simpson was struck dumb even from scolding. The discovery pt,t an emltoherostentatious professi0ns| nnd it way unjust How Senator Higfuil Ulld Looks, wit i s u s u a a o a n i e n s o s a a n f"-1 to his feeble ideas. As to patriotism, lus mind is disordered on the subject. With a e e s n a e o o o y e e e w o y pretense that Texas is his country, and with said she "we re on weighty business. .v T. e i e a a e o e o a n e i e o s i i y "Weel, mem," said Geordy, turning to deoart, "it's o' nae consequence. I only of making amends for her imputations on Nancy Campbell, she conscntej4., receive her as a daughter-in- hw wUhin game year £ml it u sai(i pcace cver afterwards in the farm house but the good people of Bathgate, when A real latly never gossips. She is too thoughtful, too amiable, too inodest, too wise to gossip. Gossiping women are ooi womanty ladies. MI can 1 undortako' Talks, 9V Philadelphia Bulletin tfrftw* the fol lowing picture cf the belligerent Tens Sen ator Wigfal! is a man by no means imposing in figure or appearance. lie has a profu ion of hair on his face, and he tugs and fondles his moustaches and whiskers all the time that he is stated. When he rises to speak, be puts his hands in his pockets, thus spread ing apart his frock coat and exhibiting a black satin waLt coat such as Southern Congressmen especially affect. Wigfall has a good, clear voice, that fills the Senate Chamber, and when not confused or excited by too fr. quent refreshment, be speaks de liberatehT and ii? such a forcible, emphatic in a fe^y inexperienced minds, that he is talking sense. His speech yesterday was i i in a grammatical point of view. Wigfall has some advantages of ed^icatiop, and has now evidently the advantage of a book of classical quotations, for he can bring in a Latin line at times. Yesterday he employed that highly fresh quotation, "Tempora mu tantur, et nos mntamur in ill is" giying it an emphasis, as if it was something that had been discovered since the annexation of Texas, and was intended as her npnology for secession. But there is nothing classical about Wigfall except his book of quotations. He is of the vulgar order of orators, without wit, without dignity, without the solemn earnestness that must ever fill the patriot's heart and speak't!-rough his lips. His illus- trations arc common place and give no force between her and the United States, the better he will serve her, he says he. is a patriot, and thinks he can prove he is so by what he calls a "logical" process for this most illogical and erratic of blusterers is very fond of using the language of schollars. He talks about the teachings of Jefferson, Madison, Webster anil Jackson, on the subject of se cession, as "sophistries," which must hurt the feelings of the august shades of those departed statesmen, if they hover in the atmosphere surrounding Wigfall. After each climax or finti-cliinax in the oratorical passages of Wigfall, he lifts the tumbler from his desk to take a fresh sip of his inspiring fluid. He then resumes his remarks with new vigor. But sum up all that he says, analyze it as yqi may, and it amounts to nothing less than treason. In any less indulgent and paternal Government than ours, the traitor orator arould be im prisoned at once, and banged as soon as it could be done decently. But Wigfall will be suffered to bluster at Washington and to de^avt peaceably to resume bis bluster at Montgomery, for he boasts of having been accredited to the Secession Congress, while he holds a seat in the Congress of the Union. His power for good or evil, however, is not great, and cannot be great, into whatever body be may carry it. WAS LINCOLN IN DANGER AT BALTIXOU? —A correspondent of the Macon, (Ga.) Tel­ egraph, discussing a character of more pre Washington correspendent of the I'hilidel tense than performance still)$fer to W idow phja P)(S* says Mr. Lincoln "risesearly, and Simpson's spoons/ .: begins to receiv *,fe« fr*luent 5 *nd *f he eschewed life is wort*T «0t», «W, •nUwng, to a11 Wigfa'l has been prepirmgfor an assault city of Washington in 1829, the first yearof upon President Lincoln's Inaugural Address Qen. Jackson's administration. Ilis "filth*, ever sincu last Monday, and Thursday the the Hon. Francis P. Blair, was the foundim floor was assigned to him. He figeted about the Senate Chamber for some timo after the session began, occasionally disappearing in writing from Baltiipore, s'ates that Mr- Lincoln would have been egged beyond a shadow of a doubt had he passed through that city according to tho programme. The writer speaks of bis own knowledge, for he was in the crowd at the depot, heard the threats of those composing it, saw the eggs, and, what is mere to the purpose, nasal proof of their bad quality as they were premature ly crushed in the swaying of the crowd. Mr. tiincoln's W^ite House habits are very regular and simple. The servants of his predecessor are still retained. The .begins to receive confidential friends at tight o'clock in the morning bears himself with dignity and courtesy, and attends to the duties of his cfflce with great regularity. As soon as the burrv is over, the White House will be refitted and rearranged, ac cording to precedent, Congress having made the usi^al approbation for this pur pose." One Strong Advantage of Pock 8an»ter« !t can never get out of water. O.LD SERIES, VOL. I#. NO. TKHMS"Jl,ao,ln of the Olole a mysterious way into a retiring room, and Buren, Gen. Harrison and President Tyl«jr% rear pja? ing with a refreshed air. hile tlie its sole editor. I^e is a man eminently di(^ Clerk read the Joyrntd of th? previous day, tinguished fo: his talents, learning, politic^' and while seme other matters of business were in progress, Wigfall was setting him self in his place a tumbler fuM of whisky and water was placed on his desk Senator Douglas turned his chair around so that he could face him Senator Mason took a place in front of him, and one or other Democratic Senators arranged themselves in a manner to show some respcct to the secession orator, whose position is even more sublimely inso lent than was that of the Senators that have quitted the body. On the Republican side there was no appearance of excitement or expectation. Mr. Trumbull was quietly sit ting at his desk, except when called aside by some one anxious to cultivate a Senator so near to the President. Senator Sumner was standing beyond the circle of desks, in a lively chat with a couple of others. Sena tor Hale was moving about in an ea«y, in different way, seemingly not conscious that a great oration was impending. The new Senators, scarcely vet at home in their places, were locking nmre respectfully towards the Democratic quarter. The galleries, especially those assigned the mer were filled for people go to see and hear Wigfall as they go to a menagerie, and since Rarey's de parture, there are no places of amusement but "a one-horse theatre" that is not half so entertain*: as Wigfall in the Senate. TJe proprietors of nal a.i AdTa|C«. a 'i ll*' i*o*Eiiia*ti?i* (jii'iicrul. [Vrcm the Boston Courier, March 3.] Bon. Montgomery Blair, the newly ap pointed Postmaster General, was born in thft State of Kentucky, but removed,in his youth, with the other members of his family to th* newspaper in Washington os« of its first proprietors, and, during the a|« Ministrations of Gen. Jackson, Mr. sagacity and mlegrity of character. As an editor, perhaps, we have never had in th% country his superior, in the general mana^ ment of a political journal. He was an injft. mate friend of Gen. Jaoksoc, nnd pvobafe^ more trusted by the old hero of the Hermit age than any other man. Ilis son, the present Postmaster General* inherits largely his father's talents and gacity. He has been most faithfully educa ted, first at West Point, and then asalawyek He was placed upon tho bench in the Staj^ of Missouri at a very early age in life, wberti he acquitted himself as a judge with grea^ ability. Subsequently he received from Presi dent Pierc^ the appointment of U.S. Attorney for the Court of Claims, than which a morfc, laborous position cannot be found in any dt the departments of the government. Thous ands will bear willing testimony to the ready learning, the great ability, and the persever ing and untiring industry which Judge Blair brought to bear in the discharge of the da* ties of that responsible office. Whatever differences of opinion may CJK ist in' his party, as to his political tendencidlj or affinities, all who have made the acquaint* anceof Judge Blair will accord to him tal ents of the first order, profound learning as a jurist, the most energetic industry and per severance in whatever he undertakes, and a moral character entirely without reproach. Judge Blair is an elder brother of the Rep-t rcsentative in Congress from the State of Missouri, Hon. F. P. Blair, Jr. and bis wife —a lady of rare accoomplishments—is a da^h^er of $he late Hon. Levi Woodbury. IQark tho Flunkey. Harper's WeeTcly Jour* have seemed determined to show the ut most extent of meanness to which a dastard ly far of losing their Southern customers can carry men who are otheiw'se decent: Unless, indeed, wc in charity assume that a partisan malice ha3 helped the meanness, and that detestation of the Republican prin -1 c part inspired their recent course. In one ol their recent papers they try to conciliate their Southern patrons—whose only ground of offense agninst them seems to have been that a tolerable picture of President Lincoln was displayed in The Journal just after the election—by representing Mr. Beecber and John Brown as presiding at a communion service where Lincoln, Sumner, and others are partakers, but where the Sc,c rament is violently and saornfully refused to Washington on the ground oi "No commun ion with slaveholdersand beneath this they show a still more odious and disgusting caricature of the present President of the United States, in which he whom so many millions of his countrymen honor and con» fide in, as among the purest and most eaii r^ent of Statesmen, is represented as a stupi^ driveling, maudlin sot, rehearsing silly anj tips)'jests to a company of wretched sots like htmself, while the Constitution ani| the Union aro in the distance born^ by up on a hearse. and oil am§ No language seems to us adequate to characterize the detestable meanness or tho criminal malice of these mendacious misrepjj resentations of men whom the best portiog of our countrymen are every day learning more and more to honor and to trust. If any such scurrilous and libelous exhibition^ shall be made by them in future, it will be duty which every respectable Northern man owes to himself, to his family, to his countr# to make his reprobation of such ekborat^ foulness of falsehood felt by these peoplf where only they can lie expected to feel it— in the pocket—by refusing to purchase an other number of the sheet which they defi|| with shch poisionou3 scum, or make precious in the eyes of the South. If thel are willing thus to \iolate the truth, anl override all public decencies, let them learR at any rate that the North has some senai of what is due to itself, and that such rib&14 slang will not be purchased by those wb^ heretofore have been their best patron9. 2§ F. Independent. The Bains of Rome. Dhe Italian climate, moreover, robs age its revercnce, and makes it look newer than it is. Not Uie Coliseum, nor the tombs K the Appian Way, nor the oldest pillar in th* Forum, nor any other Roman ruin, be it IS dilapidated as it may. ever give the imprdt sion of venerable aniiqaity which we gathtr along with the ivy, froiyi the gray walls an English abbey or castle. Andjyet eveijj brick or stone which we pick up among tha former, bad fallen ages before the foundation of the latter was begun. T*iis is owing to the kindliness with which Nature takes sit English ruin to her heait, covering it with ivy, tenderly as Robin Readbrest covere^ the dead babes with forest leaves. &h» strives to make it a part of herself gradual^ obliterating tlie handiwork of man, and sug planting it with her own mosses and trailigjg verdure, till sho has won the whole* hack. But in Italy, wherever uian has on«a hewn a stone, Nature forthwith relinquishUB her right to it, and never lay herjf nv er on ft •gain. Age after age fin^s it baie and nfe» ked, in the barren sunshine, ard leayjs it aa —tfouth&rne. )|r. Lincoln rectived la.-t week from office seeker, a petition said to be cwtr i in*!