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an iron merchant. His firm, Thompson and Commandant in 1877. He was elected for Shaw, made notable contracts, including the North Leicestershire at the last general first railway in Greece, and the bridge election. across the Nile at Cairo. He contested June 2.-At Lendinara, Signor Alberto Aberdeen in the Conservative interest three Mario. The head of a distinguished Venetimes.
tian family, he was educated for the bar, At Damascus, Abd-el-Kader, who gained but fought in the five days of Milan in world-wide renown by the bravery with 1848. Expelled from Genoa in 1857, he which he maintained the independence of came to England, where he married Miss Algeria against the French.
Jessie White, already known in the Italian May 28.--- Alexander Kennedy Isbister, cause, and with her made a tour of America. M.A., LL.B., Dean of the College of Pre- He was afterwards closely identified with ceptors, Bloomsbury, aged 61. He was edu- Garibaldi, being one of the leaders who cated at the University of Edinburgh, took crossed the Straits of Messina to prepare the the degree of LL.B. at the London University way for Garibaldi's landing, and with him in 1866, and was called to the Bar at the took part in the triumphant march on Middle Temple in 1864: For more than Naples
June 7.--Sir George Bowyer, formerly tional Times.
M.P. for Wexford, aged 72. He was an May 31.-At Hove, Major-General Bur- eminent lawyer, heir of two English baronetnaby, M.P., aged 53. Educated at Eton, he cies, and a Knight of Malta. As a champion entered the Grenadier Guards in 1846, served of the Roman Catholic faith, he received all in the Crimean War, and became Colonel- | possible marks of honour from the Papacy.
tion of revolution in it. The French and the ringing of bells. The very sky has gave it a bourgeois cast, choosing it as the a red and sulphurous aspect, and the permonth in which to set up the rule of Louis formance is opened by Mars instead of PhæPhilippe, which lasted for eighteen years bus. The glowing east is supposed to reunder the name of the Government of July. semble the gaudy and beloved banner of the It had a hot reputation before that as the Union, Liberty herself stands tiptoe on the month in which the Bastille was pulled down, mountain-top, and the Eagle is expected to and replaced, for us, by the Column of July. appear sailing on even wings, bearing in one But this was only a reflection of our own claw the Declaration and in the other a performance, which has sta ed July for bunch of sky-rockets. And the boy realises ever as the month of independence, liberty, how sweet it is to sit up all night for his gunpowder, noise, and extra hazardous on country. The elderly citizen would be perinsurance books. In the American climate haps more patriotic in the morning if he had only the hot season of the year is favourable been permitted a night's rest on the 3rd, but to rebellions and popular uprisings, when it the Drawer counsels him to make allowance is pleasant to make war out-of-doors, and for the enthusiasm of youth, and to reflect live in tents, and bivouac under the sky. upon the miserable condition of the nations The thermometer has no doubt a good deal that have no Fourth of July. to do with all revolutions. It was certainly fortunate for the popularity of the American THE Fourth naturally evokes the shade of birthday festival that it fell in July. There the sage of Monticello. would be small sport in sitting up all night My recollection of Jr. Jefferson, says an blowing horns and exploding rusty cannon old gentleman of Virginia, is vivid, as I on the 3rd of February, or ringing in the day knew him well, and often visited at Montiwith the thermometer at zero; and, besides, cello. He was the handsomest man I ever fire-crackers and rockets are not as likely to saw, as straight as an arrow, very dignified ignite roofs that are covered with snow. On and courteous in his manners to all. A the Fourth of July everything is apt to be superb rider, he exercised himself on horsedry and favourable to conflagrations. back till the last year of his life.
THERE is a curious superstition connected A relative of Mr. Jefferson's, though very with the Fourth in the minds of youths, and desirous of visiting him, was yet disinclined that is, that it is the only morning in the to thrust his rusticity and illiterateness on his year when it is worth while to see the sun great kinsman. Upon one occasion, however, rise; and this creates a false impression that he was prevailed upon to attend a social sunrise is a sort of theatrical spectacle, ac- gathering at Monticello, when, upon being companied by the throbbing of drums, the ushered into the salon, he was duly pre
sented by Mr. Jefferson to the company. It is the duty of the Drawer to check the During this ceremony the awkward country- tenden cy of people to say and do absurd man slipped up several times on the well- things by recording them as warnings. A waxed floor, and then, seating himself, recent trav eller in the South notes among thoroughly ill at ease, was perfectly silent. the evidences of progress the adoption of the After chatting with some of his guests, Mr. Northern fashion of covering the natural Jefferson took a seat beside his relative and scenery with gigantic signs. Painted on a made an unusual effort to be agreeable, talk- big rock beside a railway leading to Raleigh ing on all manner of topics, but without is this cheerful advice to the wayfaring even receiving answers to his queries or making the slightest impression upon the Tey SMITH'S COFFINS AND CASKETS. visitor, who remained as dumb as an oyster. In despair of drawing him out, Mr. Jefferson
ALTHOUGH the electric bell has invaded happened to ask him if he liked blackjack” fishing. The countryman's eyes snap- allowed to disturb the leisurely habits of the
the hotels in the interior, its use is not yet ped, and his mouth poured forth a garrulous budget in regard to his favourite sport, to waiters, if we may judge by the following all which Mr. Jefferson, amused, as were the directions pasted over one of the bells in å others present, listened attentively.
Southern house of entertainment: “Push in
When at last the countryman made an end, Mr. the knob. If you do not get an answer in Jefferson opened up eloquently on the same
fifteen or twenty minutes, push it again." subject, displaying an intimate knowledge of “ black-jack,” so far surpassing that of his SOME people's ideas about hospitality are relative that the latter was held spell-bound. pecular. A servant in Brooklyn recently When the great statesman stopped talking, answered the door-bell, and, returning, inthe countryman rushed for his hat and formed her mistress that a man at the door bolted from the mansion, nor could he be wanted to know if he could come in to the persuaded to return.
front hall and have a fit!
KATIF, a person well known to many of There was greater fear of, but less faith in, Jefferson than his relative exhibited, “I know a girl who has been keeping com
our readers, recently said to her mistress: among the Northern Federalists, who firmly pany three years with a young man, and was believed that he was little better than Anti- married two weeks ago, and last night he christ. A story illustrative of the state of was run over by a train and killed. Ain't feeling with regard to the French Party is that discouraging?” related of a pious old Federalist lady, who lived in a town in Connecticut. It was be
This reminds one of the discouragement lieved in her neighbourhood that if the of the man who, when asked about the health Federalists were overthrown, and the Jeffer- of his wife, replied: "She may get well, and son Democrats came into power, the Chris- she may not; there is danger both ways." tian religion would be put down and Atheism proclaimed, and among the first persecutions would be the destruction of all the Bibles. The
The danger to morals of illegible writing lady referred to was terribly wrought up at is illustrated by the lady who recently wrote this prospect, and cast about in her mind to her husband, whose attention to religious how she should preserve the Scriptures in literature has been slight, to get her Coulthe general destruction. At length it occur
burn's Personal Religion ; but in her hand red to her to go to Squire S, the only the name of the author appeared to be SwinDemocrat of her acquaintance, and throw burne. He replied that he could get Swinherself upon his mercy. She accordingly
burne's Poems, but not his Personal Religion took her family Bible to him, and telling
-which is quite likely. him that she had heard of the intention of the Jeffersonians, asked him to keep it for WHEN John Quincy Adams and Henry her. The Squire attempted to persuade her Clay were at Ghent in 1814, in association that her fears were groundless, but she was with several other statesmen appointed to too panic-stricken to be convinced. At last negotiate a treaty of peace with Great Britain, he said:
they were on very intimate terms of friend“My good woman if all the Bibles are to ship. Mr. Clay was always a very gallant be destroyed, what is the use of your bring- man, and in many respects the very opposite ing yours to me. That will not save it when of Mr. Adams, who, though studiously polite it is found.”
to everybody, avoided even the appearance 'Oh, yes," she pleaded, with a charming of familiarity. The young girl who had burst of trust. “You take it; it will be charge of the rooms of the Peace Commisperfectly safe. They'll never think of sioners was very pretty and modest, and was looking in the house of a Democrat for a treated with great respect hy all of them. Bible.'
But Mr. Clay would now and then indulge
in compliments to her beauty, and on one indefinable rapture, swells with sweet vibraoccasion playfully solicited from her a kiss. tion on every nerve.” Of course he was refused the favour; but in relating the incident to his associates he
“It is thus I have felt,” said the allcould not forego a joke on Mr. Adams, who impassioned Glorvina, clasping her hands, had what are known as watery or tear-suf- and fixing her humid eyes on mine; "thus fused eyes. As Mr. Clay repeated it, the in the dearth of all kindred feeling have I conversation following the refusal of the kiss felt. But never-oh, till now, never ran as follows:
And she abruptly paused, and drooped her “You would not deny Mr. Adams such a head on the back of my chair, over which favour?” "Indeed I would,” she replied. “I have my hand rested, and felt the soft pressure
on her glowing cheek, while her balmy sigh just done so, and left him with tears in his breathed its odour on my lip. eyes.”
That is something like! A Mount HOLYOKE girl who was studying to be a missionary wrote the following on
REVISED ANECDOTES. the fly-leaf of her text-book on Moral Science, the name of the author of which is suppressed on account of the respectability of DIOGENES the Athenian having by his his family:
cynical remarks induced the citizens to “ If there should be another flood,
believe that their rulers were no better than For refuge hither fly:
they should be, and that he had a corner on Though all the world should be submerged, This book would still be dry."
virtue and intelligence, met one day at noon the Committee of One Hundred, and upon
inquiring of them their mission, was inEITHER the language of courtship has formed that they were looking for an honest deplorably fallen off since the days of our man to run for Chief Magistrate of the city grandfathers, or our novelists have lost the on a non-partisan ticket. art of reporting it. There is an instructive “In that case, fellow-citizens,” replied scene in The Wild Irish Girl, a romance by Diogenes, “ you need go no further. I am Miss Owenson (afterward Lady Morgan), the man you are looking for. Your candidate which our grandmothers, before their mar- I will be." And after accepting the nominariage, read with the emotions proper in tion he added, in confidence, to the friends society at the beginning of this century- in whose hands he had placed himself, that a scene that can profitably be studied : he did not believe in a man hiding his
lantern under a tub. " It is a sweet hour,” said Glorvina, softly sighing. " It is a boudoirising hour,” said I.
ALEXANDER AND BUCEPHALUS. “It is a golden one for å poetic heart," PHILIP of Macedon was the possessor of a. she added.
horse, Bucephalus by name, which all his “Or an enamoured one,” I returned. “It grooms had in vain endeavoured to train so is the hour in which the soul best knows that it would show a three-minute record. herself; when every low-thoughted care is His youthful son Alexander, however, excluded, and the pensive pleasures take undertook the job, and was not long in possession of the dissolving heart.
subduing the animal. . Ces donces lumières,
The news of this exploit having been Ces sombres clartés,
brought to the king, he was not slow in Sont les jours de la volupté.'
sending for his son, to whom he addressed And what was the voluptas of Epicurus but the following words: “You must seek out those refined and eloquent enjoyments which for yourself some other kingdom than mine, must derive their spirit from virtue and my son, because people who go into the from health, from a vivid fancy, susceptible horse business are rarely good for anything feelings, and a cultivated mind, and which else." are never so fully tasted as in this sweet It was upon hearing these words that season of the day? Then the influence of Alexander wept to think that he would have the sentiment is buoyant over passion; the to conquer other kingdoms instead of coming soul, alive to the sublimest impression, into one at the old man's death. expands in the region of pure and elevated meditation; the passions, slumbering in the soft repose of nature, leave the heart free
CÆSAR AND THE PILOT. to the reception of the purest, warmest, C. JULIUS CÆSAR having occasion to make tenderest sentiments, when all is delicious a sea-voyage, a storm sprang up, and the melancholy or pensive softness, when every vessel was placed in imminent peril. vulgar wish is hushed, and a rapture, an At this moment Cæsar's freedman, Cn.
MOHAMMED AND THE SPIDER,
Pompilius Mucilaginus, whispered to his ways, and, if possible, persuade him to master, “Would it not be well for you, reform. In going from his house to that of O Cæsar, to encourage the pilot by remind- Brother Griffin's he was compelled to cross a ing him that he carries Cæsar and his stream of water, over which there was a fortunes ?”
row-boat ferry. In crossing, the Deacon told “By no means," replied the conqueror. the ferryman where he was going, and his “It would only rattle him; and besides, if business. When he arrived at Brother G.'s he saved us he would expect a liberal tip." he found him in the hay-field at work with
He was very cordially received by Brother G., who suspected his errand and
invited him to a seat in the shade of a large The Prophet Mohammed, while fleeing tree. from his enemies, was compelled to take
“It is a very warm day, Deacon, very refuge in a cave, across the mouth of which warm; won't you take a little something?"
said G. a spider spun her web, so that the pureuers on coming up were convinced that no one
“Well, I don't care if I do take just a had entered there.
swallow," said the Deacon. Upon rejoining his family in safety the
To make the story as brief as possible, Prophet did not fail to give an account of the bottle was brought into requisition his wonderful deliverance, and ever after pretty often, the Deacon forgot his errand, ward his young wife Ayesha, it was observed, and started for home toward the close of would rate severely or
the even chastise the
afternoon, considerably intoxicated. slaves when she noticed that they had When he arrived at the bank of the river, neglected to sweep down the cobwebs from which was very steep, he had to call the the roof of the harem, observing that people and wait for him to come
ferryman, who was upon the opposite side, could not be too careful about such things.
By Mohammed, in recognition of her affection waiting in the hot sun his intoxication was and thoughtfulness, thereupon adopted Aye
increased, and when he finally started for sha's black petticoat as the standard of the the boat, instead of going toward it, he
rushed down the bank into the river. The Arabian nation, quelling the murmurs of the haughty chiefs, who were reluctant to ferryman fished him out, and after the follow so feminine an emblem to the field, Deacon was on dry land, said: by the remark that if he, the Prophet of
“Why, Deacon, what is the matter?” Allah, was so much afraid of that petticoat, for Brother Griffin I can't stand!”
‘Oh,” whimpered the Deacon,
I feel so much more would the infidels be terrified.
After this if any one in that neighbour
hood got intoxicated it was said : “ He feels A SICK man was telling his symptoms- for Brother Griffin!” which appeared to himself, of course, dreadful—to a medical friend, who, at each new item of the disorder, exclaimed, “ Charming!
Nor many years ago, in answer to the call delightful! Pray go on!” and, when he had of a country parish in Virginia, there finished, the doctor said, with the utmost appeared a young clergyman whose sole pleasure, “Do you know, my dear sir, you earthly possessions consisted of two black have got a complaint which has been for trunks and a horse, whose ill-kept condition some time supposed to be extinct?”
gained for him the sobriquet of Buzzard. The parson, however, being a man of fine
address and brilliant parts, soon made for A DEALER in horse-flesh, of Jewish per- himself friends, and, it may be, excited the suasion, sold to a gentleman of little ex- envy of some, by securing the affections of a perience in such matters a steed as perfectly lovely young widow of great wealth. The ãs without faults." Next day the buyer came time for the wedding came. The ceremony back in great fury, because his groom found had proceeded to that point where the out that the alleged “faultless” horse was groom, in presence of the company, solemnly blind in the right eye. “Why,” replied the declares to the bride, “ With all my worldly sly jobber, “this is not the horse's fault, it is goods I thee endow," when his gravity, and only his misfortune!
that of the guests, was completely upset by
a rude man in the background exclaiming, A VALUABLE temperance story is told about
“There goes Buzzard and the two black
trunks!" a couple of church-members-one of them a Deacon by the name of Bennet, and the other & Brother Griffin. Brother Griffin On some American railroads it is cuswas addicted to the use of intoxicating tomary to have a lock on the stove to prevent drinks, and was the cause of some trouble passengers from meddling with the fire. A to the church. On one occasion Deacon wag being asked why they locked the stove, Bennet was sent by the church to talk with coolly replied that "it was to prevent the Brother Griffin in regard to the error of his fire from going out!”
Evan Evans, a bright little Welshman, in it was dry at the bottom, he uncoiled the one of the Welsh settlements of Pennsylvania, rope which he had brought for capturing is very fond of playing the harp, but com- the cow, and after several attempts to catch plains that he cannot improve for the want the hat with a noose he concluded to save of proper instruction. A waggish Yankee time by getting down into the well himself. consequently advised him to subscribe for To accomplish this he made fast one end of Harper's Magazine, which he did at once, the rope to a stump hard by, and was soon supposing it to be a publication intended on his way down the well. It was a fact, of specially for harpers. Meeting Evan some which he was no less oblivious than the time ago we asked him how he liked his reader hereof, that one Ned Willis was in the Magazine, and he replied: “Tat Yankee is dilapidated old building aforesaid, and that a great rogue ; but ta Harper is a vera goot an old blind horse, with a bell on his neck, book.”
had been turned loose, and was lazily grazing
within a short distance of the well. Some Not a hundred miles from Philadelphia wicked spirit put it into Ned's cranium to lived, a few years ago, a couple of old have a little fun; so he quietly slipped up farmers; they were brothers and bachelors, to the old horse, and unbuckling the strap, and both had filled out their threescore and approached with a slow and steady “ting-a ten years on their ancestral farm; they, ling” to the edge of the well. moreover, belonged to the Society of Dang the old blind horse!” said the Friends. The old gentlemen one autumn man at the bottom of the well; “he's became suspicious that some was coming this way sure, and ain't got any helping himself from their corn-crib without more sense than to fall in here. Whoa, consent of the owners-and, oddly enough, Bill!” each, without consulting the other, resolved But the continued approach of a “ting-a to watch in person on a certain night, with- ling,” said just as plainly as words that Bill out informing any one of it, and try to catch wouldn't whoa. And the farmer was at the the thief. Accordingly, about nine in the bottom, resting before trying to shin up the evening, Joshua, the elder, wended his way rope. to the corn-crib, which he entered, and, Great Jerusalem!” said he; "the old closing the door, seated himself on an in- hoss will be a-top of me before I can say verted basket to await developments. Jack Robinson. Whoa! dang it! Whoa!” Shortly after Joshua left the room, John, Just then Ned drew up to the edge of the who had been dozing behind the stove, well, and with his foot kicked a little dirt awoke and bethought him of the rifled corn- into it. crib and his design to watch it, and pro- “O Lord !” exclaimed the victim, falling ceeded leisurely to the spot. He had been on his knees at the bottom. “I'm gone gone but a few moments when the family now—whoa! Now I lay me down to sleepwithin-doors were startled by the most w-h-o-a!-I pray the Lord my soul tounearthly yells and shouts, and the cries whoa, now! O Lord, have mercy upon of, “ I have got him! yes, I have got him! me!” Help! quick, before he gets away!
Ned could hold in no longer, and fearing The nephew, albeit somewhat alarmed, the poor man might suffer from his fright, rushed valiantly to the rescue, to find his he revealed himself, and hurriedly made off. two ancient uncles prostrate on the floor of the corn-crib, each holding desperately to DURING a revival at Barnstable, Massathe other, and shouting lustily for help to chusetts, the Baptist minister deemed it his secure the thief.
duty to diffuse himself about the country The old gentlemen's chagrin can be better and induce as many of the unregenerate as imagined than described when they learned possible to come to meeting. Among others, the truth; and the subject of stolen corn he called on an illiterate old farmer, and had to be thereafter carefully avoided in asked if he knew of any lost sheep of the their presence.
house of Israel about there.
Well, no," was the reply, “I r'ally don't Not long since a certain New Hampshire know of any. Fact, the only sheep I do farmer went in search of a truant cow. His know of 'bout here are owned by Squire course was through an old worn-out patch Francis Bacon." of clay land, of about six acres in extent, in the centre of which was a well twenty-five A JURY in Alabama had been empanneled or thirty feet deep, that at some time, pro- in the case of a man charged with killing bably, had served the inmates of a dilapi- his wife. The evidence was positive and dated house near by with water. In passing conclusive, leaving not a doubt of his speedy by this spot an ill wind drifted his hat from conviction. To the amazement of all, the his head, and maliciously wafted it to the jury, after a short absence, returned a edge of the well, and in it tumbled.
verdict, “Guilty of horse-stealing!” The He immediately set about recovering the judge, astonished, asked an explanation, lost hat. Examining the well, and finding stating that the indictment was not for