OCR Interpretation


Mexico independent. (Mexico, N.Y.) 1861-1872, August 01, 1861, Image 4

Image and text provided by Northern NY Library Network

Persistent link: http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn83031559/1861-08-01/ed-1/seq-4/


Thumbnail for 4
ifiTTintrrrii arsr •tim* V-. ••§ ^H| H| ^B H ^H ^^B ^^n ^B- ^^w PI [f'W j&^jpP ^ ^-'iljjsv §§ \?*» -''?«* • •' fiB- .. I&j >: .aB\ '•'' *Ti .'\'• : {*' ; j '-' ; >m ! •• \ 'fl\ l •M trulm \1 - •• { - • * .-•' 'I j ; i 1^1 >lSH -Jafl 1 '•'H MEXICO I N P E P E R D E FT. tin; s ake. and the oth^r observe the course that bH uHmttiikc The friendly barn now con- cealed him from the si&Bt pf the girlV. He knew they wtre iu the ynrd, having caught a glimppf of them as they,!ushtd:from the bouse^ A few more bounds and he would be iu their tnidf*..- For a moment modesty overcame fear, and he once more halted. The srSHke, evidently pleased with his rapid transportation; manifest^' ed-bis gratitude, by attempting to enfold the i legs.of our hero within his embrace. • ' With~an explosive \ouch .'\ and urged for-1 ward by \circumstances over which be had no i control,\ poor John bounded on. The next moment he was in full view of the girls, and as h\ turned by the corner-of the barn, the snake, o tine round with a whiz, somewhat\ after the fashion of a coach whip. Having reached the barn-yard, to his dis-, may, he t'ouud the bat up. But time was too precious to be wasted irft letting down bars. Cratberiog all bis strength, lie bounded Into the air. snak,e ditto, and as. tfl alighted upon the other side, bis suakesbip's tail: cracked across the upper bar, snapping 1 ke an Indian cracker. Again John set forward, now utterly regard- Iws of the presence of the girls, for the extra tii kle»from the snake's tail, as he leaped the bars, banished all bis bashfulness and modesty, and again he had the pleasure of finding the Bnftke in a straight line, drawing steadily at the hem of bis solitary garment, . \ The house now became the center of attract tion, and around it he revolved with the speed of thought. Four times in each revolution, as he turned the corner, bis snakeship came round with a whiz that was quite refreshing. While describing this third circle, as he came near the group of wonder-struck girls, without ro^nrfng' hw gaze from the snake, he managed i&ilPKto. to cry out, 1 \Call a man.'\. The next moment he had^. whisked out of Bight, and as quick as thought re-appeared up- on the other side of the house— »•\ \Call a man'\ And away Be whirled again, turning the corner so rapidly that the whiz of the snake sounded half way between a low whistle and the repeated pronunciation of double-o. Before any of the girls had stirred from their tracks, be had performed another revolution— \Call avian!\ Away he flew once more, but his strength was rapidly failing. Nancy^ Clark was the first to recover her presence of mind, and seizing a hop pole, she took her station near the corner of the house, and as John reappeared, she brought it down upon the snake with a force that broke his back and* his hold upon Jbba% garment at the same time. John rushed into the house and to his room, and at tea time appeared in his best Sunday' suit, looking but little worse for his race, and to all appearances\ entirely cured of his bash- fulness. That -night he walled h6me with Nancy Clark. The next New Year's they were married, and now, whenever John feels inclined to laagh at his wife's hoops, she has Cnly to say, \Gall a man,\ when he instantly soberi down. The Dignity of Labor. An Engjish writer has siid, -'The pride of' Americans, is the pride of successful toil. Not the toil of conquest; not the struggles for em- pire ; not the etibfts of grasping ambition ; but the persevering toil of the intelligent mass ot- her people.\ We .believe that it is the dignity of persever ing labor, guided by intelligence, that consti- tutes the basis of our fceedom, and the great feature of our present systems. It is the dear- bought hereditary honor, which our people are now so anxious to guard and preserve. To hard and successful labor we owe our greatness as a people ; and if we«would retain our position or advance in wealtband greatness. it must be°dome by the same means. And why has the labors of our people been successful? Because it has been directed by intelligence; because the mind has aided the hands, and both have worked together. The rapidity with whiob, the Amerioau forest has fallen b»fofn the woodman's axe, and given place to field* of grain, villages and'oities. is ch'efly owing to ih^ unwriToT in tetligeoce and labor. ------ For eighty-five years providence has smiled apun this union, and millions are now rejoicing in prosperity, where but a few years since the dark forest covered the face of the earth, and instead of human voices, naught but the bowl- ings of wild beasts were heard. Our nation ha? increased iti wealth and greatness with unpre- [attributed then to aft auroral glare, but which be suggests might possibly be o^ing to near- ' new of the comet's tail, \it a similar* illumi- \-ration of the heavens,\ he. concludes, '-has ! : been remarked generally on the eartb'ssmjface ! it will he a significant fact.\ | lis a t>-w more nights the comet will be im- 1 perceptible-to the naked eye, It is now far • j away and dull, and scarcely noticed in the sky. Cromwell's Discharged Soldiers. - Immorality and irreligion are among the great evils of war. Knowing this, every Christian should be most diligent, not only in ptayiog for the soldiers, and .with fumfsing them with religious privileges iu the camp, but in oherirhing a strong and enlightened public religious sentiment. Public sentiment is a pow- erful stimulant to moral principle, a.s well as to patriotic feeling. It hence becomes the who!** Christian community to frown upon Sabbath day parades and displays. A country sometimes suffers immensely after war is over, from murders, robberies, and other depredations and immoralities of its own dis- charged soldiers. The principles and habits of the camp follow, or rather accompany, the men through life. In this aspect of the ca-ie, it be- comes net only Christians who feel for man's immortal welfare, but it beoomes all who bftve personal interest at stake, all who have prop- erty or families to preserve, to see to the cbar- acter*qf,tbe camp. Cromwell kept up religion 'n fa's army. He had chaplains, prayers, Sabbaths, p-eauhing, Bibles, p^alm-books, and withal the bravest men that ever went into battle. And a'ter their return to private life, history, in recording their heroio deeds, bears this testimony to lh-ir moral worfi: \Fifty thousand men. accustomed to the pro- •,*>.••• '; Neatness and Order in Farming. Neat be your farms ; 'ti« long confessed The neatest farmers are the beit Each bog and marsh industrious dmin, Nor let rile balks deform tbe plain: No bushes on your headlands grow. Nor briers a sloven's culture show Neat be your barns, their contents sweet, Your doors be clean, your houses neat,. No moss the sheltering roiof enshroud, No wooden panes the window cloud, Sa filthy kennel* foully flaw. No weeds with rankling poison grow: But shades expand, and fruit trees bloom, And flowering shrubs exhale perfume. With pates, your garden circle round; Defend, enrich, and clean the ground I PriM high, this pleasing, useful rood, And fill with vegetables good. Let order o'er your time preside. And method all your business guide. Early beginand end yonr toll, Nor let your tasks your hands embroil; One thing at once be still begun, - Contrired, resolved, pursued and done. Sir* not for WhaJ yourselves can do ; And send not when yourselves can go ; Nor till to morrow's lfght delay \What might as well be done to-day. By steady efforts all men thrive. And long by moderate labor live ; While eager toil and anxious care, Health, strength, and peace, and life impair. Nor think a life of toil severe ; No life has blessings so sincere : Its meals so Insoious, sleep so sweet, Such vigorous limbs, snch health complete ; No mind so active, brisk and gay As his who toils the livelong day. A life ot sloth drags hardly on ; Suns-set too late and rise too soon. Youth, Manhood, age, all linger slew To him who nothing has to do. The drone, a nuisance to the hive. Stay t, but can scarce be said to live ; And welithe bees, those judges wise, Plague, chain,and sting htm till he dies. Oedeated rapidity, because her people have in a di-gree appreciated the dignity of labor. Let us then, the\ sons and daughters of America, forever remember that our country owes it? hooorable-and lofty position to tne intelligent labors of our. ancestors—and may we also re- member that this position can only be retained by the enlightened and persevering industry of succeeding generation. Idleness is disgraceful —a bane to society, and a curse to mankind— but there is a noble dignity in labor, whenever suoh labor is to add to our own prosperity and increase the prosperity of our nation. There 18 no peculiar honor of disgrace attached to any calling, and any intelligent youth will scorn to leave the farm* or workshop with the view of obtaining a living^in any other way than by hard labor. - Far too many, we fear.' have abandoned the occupations of their fathers, hoping to find a ; livelihood, or perhaps a fortune, by teaching ; ; buS they Jftve been disappointed, arid learned, often to their Borrow, that no honorable voca- tion yields a-eompetescy except to hard, perse- vering labor. What higher occupation can there be than the cultivation of tbe soil.? It is an occupation to which all others must how, for by it all others live. It is one which afford em- ployment not only to the hands, bnt to the head —one upon whioh geniuB may labor and science expend its treasures for _ ages—one which strengthens,the phyaUal powers and enlarges the mental faculties of-man. So also it is with -our vocation. We have a soil to till—seeds to sow and a harvest to reap. Bat unlike the farmer, the soil which we have to do with is of a finer kind—of far more value, for it is the immortal mind— that whioh i9 above the power of decay or corruption. Af- ter all the beautiful things of creation have passed away forever, the mind, the thing on which we are to work, will bat have entered on the infancy of a being whiob knows no age, and \blushes\with the rosy dawn of a morning to which gray evening never comes.\ flow important that all who engage in thia field of labor should feel the dignity of their profession and have right viewB of itscmagnitude and ob- ligations* An unskillful sculptor may spoil a block of marble-^an unskillful physician inay injure the mortal body—but an unskillful teach- er may ruin forever an immortal mind. Let us then seek guidance from a higher power, and— Pause not to dream of the future before us, ~ Pause not to weep o'er wild cares that come o'er us j Hark 1 how creation's deep musical chorus Unintermitting goes up to heaven 1 Never the ocean wave falters in flowing, Never the little seed stops in its growing ; More and foore riehly the roBe'besrt keeps glowing Till from its nourishing-stem it is riven. *\•' Let us then be encouraged to labor, and watt patiently for the coming harvest, knowing we are working for some good, be it ever so slowly. JBRS. JONATHAN PAOB. Hannibalville, July, 1861. fession of arms, were at once thrown upon tne wofld. In a few months there remained not a< trace \indicating that the most formidable army in the world had been absorbed into the com- munity. The royalists themselves confessed that in every department of hon.est industry, the discarded warrior prospered beyond other men, that none was charged with theft or rob- bery, that none was heard to ask an alms, and that, if a baker, a mason, or awagoner attract- ed notice by hisdiligence and sobriety,he wa« in all probability one o! Oliver's old soldiers.\' waved, and the birds sang, und the water plash- ed, and where Nature was just as beautiful as it had been in the» days when' plague bad not yet desolated the fair land of Italy. Thither went some scores of fair women and gallant men ; and there they ate and dratiU«nd slept; and read old ballads and old tales, and drumjatd old ballads on the guitar, and lay lazily orMbe the grass looking up iu each others eyes^ and thanked God with merry hearts fer what they' b¥3\e\bjoyed. and took no care for the evil of' pestilence. whielPinfgbt: fall upon them, and lived and. loved' as they might httvo done at another time in history. So all the long, sad summer to Florence; and though fjiey never \tied away from the city, or escaped the tainted air that would creep out even into the Val d'Arno—not one died—not one sickened, while the work of .desolation went on among the thousands and thousands they bad lelfc behind them.\ And to tbis day, in the Decamerone, are preserved the charming stories with which the bards and raomt-urs beguiled the time during that losgpenoiL„.. Why did they live when others'died ''. Not alone because the Sowers were fresher, or be- cause the air was purer than within the gates of Florence; but they that had not lost the idea and hope of living, and looted up instead of down, and kept the heart high instead ot al- lowing it to faint and grovel, Whoever will, of the soci-al'-or' busine;* world, inay take this lesson, and real it every morning while the war shadow looms over tht land, and take his coffee and his enjoymeut together, and thereby make the world the richar eveutually. Eamily Troubles. Was there ever a family without its troubles? Certainly Adam ind Eve had their trouble* In and all familiesi have bud k heir troubles. Bathing. . The best time for bathing is immediately af- ter rising in the morning, as then there is great power of reaction, without which there is no tnvigoration. no benefit. The aponge^bath is the'general application of water to the surface of the body by means of a sponge. When per- sons are fet ble, one portion of th8 body should undergo tbe process at a time, then quickly wiped and covered, before another is exposed. There are few persons, indeed, who would not be greatly benefited by the followingprocedure every morning, winter and summer : Wash the band% first in a small amount of water with soap, for if but a little is used, a tea cupful, it is warmed by the hands and thus becomes more cleansing, without the trouble ot preparing warm water; then rinse them well; afterwards wash the lace in a Urge basin of cold water jupt drawn or brought into the room, for all cold water becomes filthy in an hour or two if kept standing in an unoccupied apartment. After the face has been washed plentifully throw the water up to the elbows, then a little higher at every dash with the band, until the arms, neck, throat, behind the ears, arm pits, 'and upper portion of the chest, have been deluged with water; next ^except women with long hair), wash the whole scalp abundantly, rubbing the water into and about the coots of the hair with the ends of the fingers; then wipe with a towel, absorbing\ as much of the dampness of the hair as possible with an extra dry cloth, and dress, leaving the arrangement of the hair to the last, so as to give it an op- portunity of drying somewhat; for if it is wringing wet it will not dress well, and be- sides will keep the head cold by its evapora- tion, In dressing the hair after such a washing of the head, the comb should be passed through it in the gentlest manner, so \as to make»no strain upon the roots, nor break any hair in dis- engaging -the tanglep. The hair thus dressed in the morning, will retnain so the whole day, or,-if not. can be easily redressed, with the ad- vantage of perfect cleanliness. £den Every family has a skeleton behind the door; every pefsou a thorn in his side. It is said that misery loves company, so take courage hapless man—wearied woman. You are In the majority. 'Man is born in trouble a%- the sparks fly npwa'd.' A useless family would yours be if it knew no trouble.—Trouble is our great teacher. It nerve* us with strength ; it gives us coat-age : it tempers oar mettle ; it develops our self-control; it quicken* o lr in- ventive powers. Troubles are to w what the winds are to the oak. what labor is to mu.sole. what study is to mind. Life is a schopl, and trouble is one of the great lesions. Troubles are not to be courted, but wTienthpy do come, we must g<H ever them the be»t w.iv we can. or bear tfiem with the best fortitude we can arouse. T»ke courage then, troubled one. Not in vain are your trials'. VJhey make you brave. Rtronjr. and it is hoped, bettor. Be jot cast down; cheer up; cast aside your weeds and woes. Look the world in the face ; do your duty ; take every trouble by the horns ; overcome it with the courage of a true soldier in life's great campaign, and stoutly contend for tbe victory of will and wisdom. THE 'COMET.—Mr. J. R. Hind, the English astronomer, in a letter to the London Times of July £>, thinks that it is not only possible', bat probable that, on the - 30th of June the earth passed through the \ail of the comet, at a dir tance of perhaps two-thirds of its length from the nucleus. Be adds that upon that date he observed j in the evening, a peculiar phosphor- eiceiice or illumittatioa of the sky, which he' The Valne of Cheeifalness. Florence waB once desolated with a plague. Hrindreds died with disease, and thousands -died w.i|h fear mi melancholy. The dead cart wexrt s ita dismal round in the streets, day and night, and men and women fled away from the kindred of their own blood, the moment that the fell Btispiolon of phguo was discovered.— All was gloom—darkness-desolation. All, True. We never thought of that. Adam never played marbles. He never playwl \hokey.\ He never drove a tandem of hoyawnh a string. He never skated on a pond or played \ball or rode down hill on a hand sleigh. And E?e, she never made a playhouse; she cover took tea with another little girl iromt the little tea table set out with the toy tea things; she never rolled hoop, or jumped a rope, or pieced a baby quilt, or dressed a doll. They never played \blind man's buff,\ or \pussy wants' a corner,\ or \hurly burly.\ or auy v( tbe games with which childhood disports itself. How blank their age^must have been, wherein no memory tes of early youth-came swelling up in their hearts, no visions of early childhood floated 'back from the long past, no mother's voice chanting a lullaby to the ear of infancy in the still hour of the nigfc^ no father's word of kindness speaking from the churoli-yard where he sleeps. Adam and Eve, they alone, of all the countless millions of men aed women that have lived, bad no childhood. Worth Eememberkg, We should be most especially on our .guard in the sunny days of our-prosperity, lest our hearts get a chill in the-groves of worldly pleasure and wanton enjoyment;, k Idleness is the mother of mischief; the mo- ment a horse has done eating his oats, he turns to and gnaws down his mangetv Substitute la- bor for oatSi and virtue for manger, and what is true of horses is equally true of men. \* A wife's bosom should be tbe tomb of her husband's failings, and his character far more valuable in her estimation than his life. It is less a misfortune to be born with a club- foot, a hare lip, and a hump-back, than with a. did I say? Not sol There was one little villa cross and envious disposition, with hanging gardens, just outside the walls. When a man takes more pleasure in earning bat within the very reach of tbe infected air— I money than in spending it, he has taken the a place where the flowers hlew.and the trees' first step toward wealth. / 1 d 8 ' • i C / 1

xml | txt