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perhaps a little strong for a juvenile; neverthe-cisco every spring by the whalers who cruised in less, as it is vouched for by a Yankee school- the Okhotsk' Sea and the North Pacific, and ma'am, it may as well go into type:

were given by them to the natives on the seaAmong her pupils was a boy of about four coast, who, attracted by the pictures, sought them years, who did not speak very plainly. One day, eagerly, and circulated them in their winter wanwhile the others were at their studies, he got pos- derings throughout the interior. How far the session of a pin and string. He bent the pin in pacific disposition, hospitality, and general good the form of a fish-hook, tied the string to it, and character of the Siberian natives is attributable put on a small piece of cheese. He had seen a to the refining and humanizing influences of mouse come up through a hole in a corner of the Harper's Magazine I will not undertake to say, hearth, and set himself to bob for it as though it but that it circulates among the Tchucktchis and had been a fish. He was observed, and asked Koriaks regularly and extensively I know from what he was doing. “Fishing for a mouse,” | personal observation. If the American Board of was the reply. As this was not allowed in school Foreign Missions would listen to the humble sughours, he was ordered, as punishment, to con- gestions of a traveler among the heathen, I should tinue bobbing. So the little fellow sat, as grave propose that it buy a few thousand copies of as a judge, bobbing away, until soon the mouse Harper's and give them to the whalers for gentook a strong hold of the cheese, and the boy, eral distribution. It is generally conceded by giving a sudden pull, sprang into the middle of philanthropists that education must precede conthe room, and swinging the mouse around his version, and I know of no better medium of inhead, astonished the whole school with the ex- struction than the said Magazine. If the exclamation, “I thwar I've got him!”

plorer of our Western prairies, who has been

robbed, scalped, and left for dead by Apaches, A GENTLEMAN recently returned from a little will live for a few weeks with the Tchucktchis pleasure trip in Kamchatka is courteous enough of Northeastern Asia-a no less barbarous tribeto send us the following note, showing that in the he will become convinced that Harper's Magawildest and most uninhabitable parts of the globe zine, as a civilizing agent, is in no way inferior Harper's Magazine and Harper's Weekly are to a first-class missionary. popular with the natives. He says:

It is customary, I believe, among a certain class. We fear there was a little self-righteousness in of authors to beg a favorable reception of badly- that venerable old sinner who, being at seventywritten articles by the most exaggerated praise five on his death-bed, was fervently exhorted to of your "excellent and widely-circulated Maga- the duty of repentance. “Repent!” answered zine." I hope, however, that it will not be at- he, indignantly; “I don't see what I have to retributed to any such motive if I tell you, as a pent of. I don't know that I ever denied myself mere matter of curiosity, how wide your circula- any thing!" tion really is. I have been engaged for the past three years in explorations for the Russian Amer- Louis NAPOLEON's dislike for journalists is ican Telegraph Company in Kamchatka and tolerably well understood, and those who surNortheastern Asia, and returned only last March, round him at court of course partake of his novia Irkutsk and St. Petersburg, to America. My tions toward that style of person. We have, in duties, of course, necessitated constant and ex- one of the comic journals of Paris, a report of tensive travel among the wild tribes of natives the conversation of two old conservatives, who who inhabit the lonely steppes between Bering attributed all the misfortunes in this world to the Strait and the Amoor River; and you can im- press : agine the surprise with which I met every where “And what has become of the son of our copies of Harper's Magazine and Weekly. I friend X- ?" knew that they were to be found in almost all “Don't ask me: he has turned out badly.” parts of the habitable world, but their presence “How is that? I thought he was intelligent in localities which no white man had ever before and industrious. What has become of him?" visited was an almost inexplicable mystery. The “He has become a journalist.” walls of several native huts in Kamchatka were "A journalist!-and his father is such an honpapered with Porte Crayon's sketches, and the est man! It is incredible!” proprietors evidently regarded them with pardonable pride, as incontestable evidences of their Mr. Dilke having asked a Western man his own æsthetical taste and superior cultivation. I views on the Indian question, was answered : even saw in one Kamchadal yourt on the Kam- “Well, Sir, we can destroy them by the laws of chatka River a portrait, cut from Ilarper's Week- war, or thin 'em out by whisky-but the thinLy, of Major-General Dix, and as the limited ning process is plaguy slow!" means of the owner forbade the purchase of a As showing the little valne paid to human life saint to put in the corner, our distinguished Gen- throughout the mining regions in California, he eral was elevated to that sacred. position, and quotes this brief paragraph from a mountain votive candles were burning before his stern, mas journal: “The Indians begin to be troublesome culine features. I suppose the poor Kamchadal again in Trinity County. One man and a Chinathought that as he was an American he must be a man have been killed, and a lady crippled for saint, or that if he were not he ought to be, and life." he reverently crossed himself and said his daily prayers before the canonized image of a Major- A CLEVER Englishman, Mr. Charles WentGeneral in the United States Army! I learned worth Dilke, has recently written a book of travsubsequently in what way the publications of els entitled “Greater Britain," which has been Harpers reached this neglected corner of the republished by Harper and Brothers. It conworld. They were brought up from San Fran- 'tains here and there a neat anecdote, new, and worthy of reproduction in the Drawer. He men- | ally. On one occasion, while Choate was adtions having been told by a Southern planter that dressing a jury, and working up the evidence the only change he could see in the condition of into a most fantastic shape that little agreed with the negroes since they have been free, is that for | the Chief Justice's notes, the latter arrested him merly the supervision of the overseer forced them in mid-career. “I can not permit you to go on occasionally to be clean; whereas now nothing in that line of argument, Mr. Choate; I find noon earth can make them wash. He says that, thing in the evidence that warrants it." writing lately to his agent, he received an an- Choate stopped and looked at the Chief Jusswer to which there was the following postscript: tice for a moment with an expression of coun“You ain't sent no sope. You had better send tenance that brought a smile upon every face, sope; niggers is certainly needing sope." | and then, turning round to his assistant in the

| case, said, in a subdued tone, but loud enough to The story goes that California boys, when be heard by the bar, “The Chief Justice don't asked if they believe in a future state, reply: know much about law, but he is a PERFECT gen“Guess so; California !”

tleman"-with his well-known emphasis upon

perfect. THE Rev. Dr. Hawes, of Hartford, was a preacher of great power, and sometimes made ANOTHER, of Webster. A certain ex-Judge personal applications of his text that made some and Mr. Webster were, at one time, on very inof the brethren wince. “Many of the male timate terms. At a particular time, during the members of this church," he used to say, “are changes of political relations contingent upon the very good Christians here in Hartford, but what breaking up of the Whig party, the Judge found are you when you go to New York ?” As in it convenient, perhaps profitable, to court some Hartford, so, to some extent, in Washington. other rising stars, in preference to the great conWhen the census-taker of the District of Colum- stitutional luminary that had hitherto been the bia was making his official round he came to the idol of his worship, and neglected to pay his dehouse of a wealthy member from New England. votions at the accustomed shrine. This was noThe door was opened by a black boy, to whom ticed by Mr. Webster, and, besides, some interthe white man began:

ested friends had advised him of the Judge's de“What's your name ?”.

linquency, while at the same time the Judge was “Sambo, Sah, am my Christian name." warned by some of his friends that if he did not “Well, Sambo, is your master a Christian ?" look out he would lose Mr. Webster's friendship

To which Sambo's indignant answer was, "No, altogether. This alarmed the Judge, and de Sah! mass' member ob Congress, Sah!" termined him, after a coolness of several months,

to renew, if he could, his old relations. So, one RATHER practical people those who manage morning, he went up to Mr. Webster's office in the little details connected with public worship Boston, which was then on the corner of Court at the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher's church. Up and Tremont streets. The latter happened to to a certain time the seats of pew-holders are re- be alone, pacing the room backward and forserved without question. After that strangers ward, with his hands behind him, in one of his are treated with all the courtesy that time and gloomy moods. occasion will. Now and then a presumptuous The Judge opened the door part way, and, ass appears, and attempts to "travel" on his looking in, addressed the great man in his soft dignity; as was the case not long since, when a and musical tones, which had, moreover, sometall, thin - visaged gentleman, white-cravatted, thing of pleading in them : presented himself, and proceeded to march into! “Good-morning, Mr. Webster.” the house.

“Good-morning, Judge — " (with acidity, “You can't go in there," said Mr. Palmer, and considerable emphasis, not of the pleasant the veteran usher.

kind-still pacing backward and forward, with“But I am a clergyman."

out looking at the Judge). We have no particular need of your services. “A fine morning, Mr. Webster," continued to-night, Sir."

the Judge, still holding the door by the knob. “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers," said “A ver-r-y fine mor-s-ning, Judge - " the minister; you may entertain angels una- “Good-morning,” replied the Judge, shortly, wares."

I giving up the attempt and retiring slowly. · “Very true," said Mr. Palmer. “I have seat- "Good-MOR-R-NING, Judge - " (with ined persons in this house for twelve years. I creased emphasis), when the Judge closed the have seen 'all sorts of people. I am very certain door. if I should see an angel I should know him. You must bide your time and take your chance, Sir." We were remarking to a witty friend of onrs,

| learned in the law, upon the confusion of a cerPROBABLY no more learned or upright Judge tain General, whose name need not be mentionever sat upon the bench of any court than the ed, during one of the battles of the war, and late Chief Justice Shaw of the Supreme Court said he couldn't have known whether he was of Massachusetts. Choate practiced a good deal standing upon his head or bis heels. before him. The two were, in most respects- “Yes," he replied, “he was in the situation certainly in mental characteristics—the oppo- of a man who had a trustee process served upon sites of each other. There was always a degree him-he was puzzled to know whether he had of empiricism in Choate's pleas and general man- sued somebody, or somebody had sued him." agement of his cases, and this was extremely obnoxious to the practical mind of the Chief Jus- We are indebted to a friend at Yankee Hill, tice, who did not hesitate to snub him occasion. California, for the following particulars of the


antoward circumstances that terminated the re- the quality of the remainder sacrificed to a delucent session of the Academy of Natural Sciences sitory quantity. at Smith's Crossings, Tuolumne County, Califor- “Frank,” said he, “what is the matter with nia. It is to be deplored that organizations un- the milk ?-it is half water." dertaken in the highest interests of humanity “I dunno, General; I didn't put no water in should come to so abrupt a smash :

it," said Frank.

“Some one did," said the General. “Ask I reside at Table Mountain, and my name is Truthful Ben if he knows any thing about it."

James ; I am not up to small deceit, or any sinful games : In a few moments Frank returned, and, with And I'll tell in simple language what I know about a very grave face, said, “General, Ben says he the row

didn't put any water in the milk, but he watered That broke up our society upon the Stanislaus.

| the cow just before milking her !But first I would remark, that it is not a proper plan For any scientific gent to whale his fellow-man,

SPEAKING of climate, we find in Ross Browne's And, if a member don't agree with his peculiar whim,

| last clever work, “The Apache Country," pubTo lay for that same member for to put a head" on him.

| lished by the Harpers, a sketch of the warm sea

son of that region, which is in the best style of Now nothing could be finer or more beautiful to see Than the first six months' proceedings of that same

The climate in winter is finer than that of Italy. Bociety, Till Brown of Calaveras brought a lot of fossil bones It would scarcely be possible to suggest an imThat he found within a tunnel near the tenement of provement. I never experienced such exquisite Jones.

| Christmas weather as we enjoyed during our soThen Brown he read a paper, and he reconstructed journ. Perhaps fastidious people might object there,

to the temperature in summer, when the rays of From those same bones, an animal that was extremely

same bones, an animal that was extremely the sun attain their maximum force, and the hot rare; And Jones then asked the Chair for a suspension of winds sweep in from the desert. It is said that the rules,

a wicked soldier died here, and was consigned to Till he could prove that those same bones was one the fiery regions below for his manifold sins: but of his lost mules.

unable to stand the rigors of the climate, sent Then Brown he smiled a bitter smile, and said his back for his blankets. I have even heard com

greatest fault Was that he had been trespassing on Jones's family

plaint made that the thermometer failed to show

the true heat, because the mercury dried up. vault: He was a most sarcastic man, this quiet Mr. Brown, Every thing dries: wagons dry, men dry, chickAnd on several occasions he had cleaned out the ens dry; there is no juice left in any thing, livtown,

ing or dead, by the close of summer. Officers Now I hold it is not decent for a scientific gent and soldiers are supposed to walk about creaking; To say another is an ass--at least to all intent; mules, it is said, can only bray at midnight; and Nor should the individual who happens to be meant I have heard it hinted that the carcasses of catReply by heaving rocks at him to any great extent.

tle rattle inside their hides, and that snakes find Then Abneir Dean of Angel's raised a point of order a difficulty in bending their bodies, and horned

A chunk of old red sandstone took him in the

frogs die of apoplexy. Chickens hatched at this abdomen,

season, as old Fort Yumers say, come out of the And he smiled a kind of sickly smile, and curled up shell ready cooked; bacon is eaten with a spoon; on the floor.

and butter must stand an hour in the sun before And the subsequent proceeding interested him no the flies become dry enough for use. The In

dians sit in the river with fresh mud on their Then, in less time than I write it, every member did heads, and by dint of constant dipping and sprink

engage In a warfare with the remnants of a paleozoic age,

ling manage to keep from roasting, though they And the way they heaved those fossils in their anger usually come up parboiled. Strangers coming was a sin,

suddenly upon a group squatted in water up to And the skull of an old mammoth caved the head

their necks, with their mud-covered heads glisof Thompson in.

tening in the sun, frequently mistake them for And this is all I have to say of these improper games, seals. Their usual mode of traveling down the For I live at Table Mountain, and my name is river is astride of a log, their heads only being

Truthful James;
And I've told in simple language what I know about

visible. It is enough to make a man stare with the row

amazement to see a group of mud balls floating That broke up our society upon the Stanislans. on the current of a hot day, laughing and talking

to each other as if it were the finest fun in the During the Atlanta campaign one of our Gen-1 world. I have never tried this mode of locomoerals, being rather unwell, was fearful of a bilious tion; have an idea it must be delightful in such attack, owing as he supposed to the too free use a glowing summer climate. of coffee. The commissary procured him a cow, which yielded him a good-sized bowl of milk The recent contest at Albany for the United night and morning. Frank, his body-servant, States Senatorship caused the gathering at that and Ben, the cook, were responsible for the ap-capital of so numerous an assemblage of politipearance of the milk on the table morning and cians that bed and board became matters of solicievening. One evening, after a hard day's work, tude, and prices "ruled high." But Albany the General sat down to the table anticipating figures are cast in the shade by those demanded by his usual refreshing repast of bread and milk, keepers of public and private citizens during the but upon tasting it thought it appeared to be di- recent Senatorial contest at Carson City, Nevada, luted with water, and suspected surreptitious where the rates charged for lodgings were, aolove had been made to part of the original, and cording to the Virginia Enterprise : "For a bed


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in a house, barn, blacksmith's-shop, or hay-yard | have experienced a change, as I told my husband, (none to be had-all having been engaged short-Mr. Rogers, after I came home from meeting. ly before election), horse blanket in old sugar when I became convinced that I was the most hogshead per night, $10; crockery-crate, with sinful creature in the world, as I told my hus. straw, $7 50; without straw, $5 75; for cellar- band, Mr. Rogers; and, says he, I think so too. door, $t; for roosting on a smooth pole, $3 50; I told Mr. Rogers, my husband, I was going to pole, common, rough, $3 ; plaza fence, $2 50; lead a different life; was going to trim my lamp. walking up and down the Warm Spring road, if and have it burning again the bridegroom come. cloudy, $i 50; if clear, $1 25; roosting places Then Mr. Rogers, my husband, said he didn't in pine-trees back of Camp Nye, 6 bits."

see what I wanted of another, but he didn't mako

no objection. Then I told Mr. Rogers, my husIn a late Western paper, under the heading, band, that I would join the church, and prepare “Situations Wanted," appeared the following, myself for the place where the worm dieth not which in a fair degree shows the versatility as and the fire is not squenched ; and my husband, well as the retiring character of the American Mr. Rogers, told me I'd better!printer : TANTED Situation by a Practical Printer, who

As a specimen of military dialogue how does VV is competent to take charge of any department in a printing and publishing house. Would accept a the field too hastily, when the provost guard professorship in any of the academies. Has no objec

cried, tion to teach ornamental painting and penmanship, geometry, trigonometry, and many other sciences. Is

** Halt!" particularly qualified to act as pastor of a small evan "Can't." gelical church, or as local preacher. Would have no

“Wounded ?" objection to form a small but select class of young ladies, to instruct them in the higher branches. To a

"No." dentist or chiropodist he would be invaluable; or he “Sick?" would cheerfully accept a position as bass or tenor 6 No." singer in a choir.

“What's the matter ?” The local editor of a very far West journal hay

“I'm scared, and want to go to the rear tom ing attended a ball on the frontier, has felt moved. / rally!" after the manner of the Jenkins of the metropolitan press, to furnish a report of some of the

That the schoolmaster when he next is

“ abroad" should visit a certain locality in dresses worn by the more eminent persons pres

“Bennsylvana" is, we think, conclusively prored ent. Thus:

by the following copy of a letter lately received Miss A. was everlastingly scrumptious, in an under- | by an agent from a school trustee : skirt of red calico, flounced with blue mousline, eurmounted by an over-skirt of linsey looped in the rear Me. AOHENT, --Blase Scent our pooks gou sune you en saddlebag, with yellow bows. Waist à la anarugeon, cane. We bay de frade. We scent sewende tile bosome de bustee. Hair in a chignon resembling half | Thaler.

FRANZ HOXSYAN. a cabbage. Extraordinarily hefty.

Fepruare 3 1869. Mrs. B. wore a short skirt of home-made flannel, displaying in a very beatific manner her No. 11 moc.

The authorities of Council Bluffs, Iowa, are casics. Corsage de Shoganosh, ornamented with soldier buttons. Hair en fricasce: perfume of cinnamon taking praiseworthy steps for the destruction of drops. Excessively highfalutin.

the gophers that infest that section of country. Madame C., a noted half-breed belle, attracted an They offer twelve and a half cents for each one all-fired sight of comment by appearing in a hoop skirt, ornamented with fox tails arranged en circums “kilt,” provided that “the tails decapitated and bendibus. Waist of yellow flannel slashed with stripes presented for redemption.” That ought to bring of buffalo hide. She carried a large sunflower, and danced with great luenesse, Territically magnolious.

Hon-ki-do-ri, chief of the Dirty Paws, was the lion of the evening. He wore a blanket de Mackinaw, with A WISCONSIN correspondent desires to perpetbreeches de bouk-skine, terminating in shoe packs. uate the smartness of a local preacher in his Rooster feathers in his hair. His whole ensemble was

neighborhood, who is as sharp and shrewd at a very antagonistique,

Nit-che-check-shirt, a distinguished representative bargain as he is prompt to attend to the spiritual of a neighboring friendly tribe, fairly divided the hon requirements of those in affliction. He was reors of the evening with the first named chieftain. He

:cently called to attend a funeral, and on returnwore his coat cut d la wammouse, hair plaited, blanket cenu classically slung, breeches de tomihaque. Redolent ing home remarked, with no small satisfaction, with perfumerie de Chippaura.

that he had “improved the time by making fifMich'l M Mackarel, Esq., a festive importation from

teen dollars in a wood trade while the mourners the "Ould Dart," was gorgeously resplendent in a red shirt and shillalah.

were viewing the corpse."


In narrative the points always to be kept in From the same source this specimen of high view are clearness and succinctness. These re-commercial integrity. A merchant of that requirements scem, to a certain extent, to have gion being unable to live as comfortably as he been acted upon by a respectable old lady in Con- desired and at the same time pay his debts, failnecticut, who, in a revival there, was struck with ed several times in business, and made assignconviction, became a convert, and was proposed ments of his property. Not long since this inerfor membership of the church. A meeting was chant-prince died. Among those who had cause held for examination of the candidates. The to remember him was Mr. B- , who, meeting venerable examiner said: “Well, my dear sister one of his neighbors, was informed that Uncle Rogers, please relate your experience.” Where- - was called, was dead—had paid the debt upon the good woman thus spoke: “Well, I of nature. don't know what to say, as I told my husband, “Is that so?" replied B ; “why in thunMr. Rogers, before I came here; but I believe I der didn't he make an assignment?”


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ABOUT four hundred and twenty-five years It was a rude period of the world. A pirat

A ago a little boy might have been seen play- ical warfare raged so generally that the mering about the wharves of Genoa. His name was chant and the corsair were often the same. EvCristoforo Colombo, which he afterward, ac- ery mariner was of necessity a bold warrior. cording to the custom of the time, Latinized | Wherever he went, and at every hour, he was as Christopher Columbus, and still later wrote liable to meet a desperate foe. His guns were it in Spanish, Colon. His father was a poor consequently always loaded, and pikes and cutman, a wool-comber, industrious and virtuous, lasses were ever at hand. Through this rough who labored hard for the support of his family. tutelage Christopher grew to manhood. He Nothing of interest marked the early youth of was in many bloody conflicts, and through them Christopher. He was born probably in 1435. all manifested the same serene spirit and unThe shipping with which the harbor of Genoa flinching courage which embellished his subsewas ever alive excited his imagination, and cre- |

nis imagination, and cre- quent life. ated in him a passion for the wild adventures. At one time he was engaged in a desperate of the sea, and at fourteen years of age he be- conflict with four Venetian galleys. The vescame a sailor-boy.

| sel in which Columbus fought was engaged with The Atlantic Ocean was then a region unex- a huge galley, which it had grappled. Handplored. The Mediterranean Sea was almost grenades and fiery missiles of every kind were the only scene of nautical enterprise. A few thrown from one to the other till both vessels bold navigators had crept cautiously along the were enveloped in flames. Bound together by shores of Africa on voyages of discovery ; but grappling-irons, they could not be separated. appalled by the imaginary terrors of a vast and Columbus, pursued by the fire, leaped with an shoreless ocean, even the most intrepid feared oar into the sea, and swimming six miles, atto venture far from the land.

I tained the coast of Portugal.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1869, by Harper and Brothers, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York.

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