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incrusted ashes, and on the surface of the body in various parts was distinctly visible the web of the linen with which it had been covered. There was lying by the side of the child a full grown woman, the left leg slightly élevated, whilst the right arm is broken; but the left, which is bent, is perfect, and the hand is closed. The little finger has an iron ring; the left ear, which is uppermost, is very conspicuous and stands off from the head. The folds of the drapery, the very web remain, and a nice observer night detect the quality of the dress.

The body of the man lay upon its back, with the legs stretched out to their full length. There was an iron ring on the little finger of the left hand, which, together with the arm, was supported by the elbow. The folds of the dress on the arm and over the whole upper part of the body were visible; the sandals were there, and the bones of one foot protruded through what might have been a broken sandal. The traces of the hair of the head and beard were there; and the breath of life, adds the writer, had only to be inspired into this and the other three figures to restore to the world of the nineteenth century the Romans of the first century. They might have fallen but yesterday, for were there not still remaining their sandals, their dress, the very tracery of their hair? They were trying to escape from destruction, for the bodies were found at a short distance one from the other, as if in the act of running. What could have induced them to remain so long it is only permitted to imagine. They were three women who, terror struck, bad been unable, perhaps, to act until aided and urged forward by the man. It may be that with that attachment which binds us all so closely to our native place and our hearth, they still clung to their homes with the hope that the storm would soon pass away.

PROGRESS OF RAILWAY CONSOLIDATION, Much as has been said of the absorption of other lines by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, it seems to be outdone by the recent combination made in Ohic, of which, as yet, very little has thus far been said here, most probably for the same reason that the great struggles at the West have made less noise in the world than the battles in Virginia--that is, distance from the seaboard. One of our exchanges states briefly the scope of this consolidation in the following terms:

" The combination includes both routes leading out of Cincinnati via Zenia and Dayton, which are practically one interest, reaching, via Columbus, to Cleveland; the Bellefontaine line from Indianapolis to Crestline; the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad from Crestline to Pittsburg; the Ohio Central Railroad from Columbus to Bellaire; and the Pittsburg, Columbus, and Cincinnati Railroad from Newark to Steubenville; also, the Lake Shore Road from Cleveland to Erie City.

“ In other words, the combination extends from Cincinnati to Cleveland, and from this' base line,' eastward along the lake shore, eastward to the Ohio river at Steubenville and Bellaire, and westward from Crestline to Indianapolis, comprising in all about 1,100 miles of road.

“ The basis of this stupendous compact is a perpetual contract between the Little Miami and Columbus and Zenia Railroad companies of the first part, and the Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati Railroad company of the second part, which contract is to go into effect June 1, 1863."


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