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   Bloomington Post (Newspaper) - August 10, 1838, Bloomington, Indiana                                 WB an Monmrci WBOS aerar a« wow bt Binuuno.  TOIi. 3.  BLOOMIIVOTOIV, FRIBAlT AUGUST 1888.  no, »ñé  EDITED AND PUBLISHED XVBRY FRIDAT  BY M. L. DEAL.  OFFICE ON MAIN CROSS 8TRF.BT, FIKST DOOR WEST OF MAJ. HIOHT'S.  TERMS.  Two dollare in advance, two fifty in six months and three at the end of the year.  No paper will be discontinued until^Il arrearages are paid up.  ):^avertisement9 6t ten lines or less, will be pub-lisf^d three weeks for one dollar, and 25 cents for each additional insertion.  All advertisements must be marked with the number of insertions, or they will be inserted till forbid and charged accordingly.  The CASH must invariiiMy accompany advertisements from a distance or they will not receive atten tion.  All letters and communications addressed to the editor muet be free of postage. No variation whatever need be expected from tliese term».  LIST OF AGENTS.  The  following gpiitlfnien are requested and au-_ i'io act as agonts: to receive Subscriptions,  iob Work, advertising &r. and receipt for same. Thomas C. Johnson, Spencer. la. H. H. Throop, Mill Grove, La. Samuei. H. SiVVTH, Howlinggreen, la. lohn Parh, Frodotiia, Indiana. Wm. Herod, Esq. Cohimhus, la. E' G. Waymas, Martiiislmrg, la. D. A. Rawlinos, New Albany, la. J. S. Irh in, Louisville, Ky. Gf.okge May, I'arkenjbiirg, Montgomery Co. la. Ww, S. Roberts, Efuj., Nashville, ia. Dr. 1. 1!. Maxwell, Frankfort, la. John Batterto.n, (Jreeiicasile, la. Geor«e '(t Dunn, E.'q. Uedford, Indiana.  From lUc G€ntlrinaii''s Magazine for May—Edited hy IF. E. Jiurton.  f  V,  ]?!}' Fir»f CoiiKin and my First Kiss. BT WIXXIAM E. BUBTOK.  "Away wiih thone (iciior:-- of »liinsry romance,  Tlioes liKsifos of f.ilseliood wliicli folly has wove; Give me the wildplfam of I iie Koiil-hrcathing glance; And I he ia[iim(! whiili.! wt lis in the first kiss oflove."  Byron.  Tni: Hiitioi of ilic above well-iiiiown lines is un-iloubiclly (I liiuli aiiihiirity in iimttcrs connected Willi ihi couil ofL'iiiii,),\L't i have the hardihood to luncy that the whole ofiht; above stanza is but sweet suunding nonseiisi;. What does the poet mean by Q wild i^lcaiT» cif a ^iaiicc? and we know f rom o\|)ei ience thai the iniieh vuinited "first kiss (if love," is seliloni more tlinn a .sneaking, cowardly ntteinpl, bunjiliiiyly o\eeut(;d by the masculine, and if not positively o|)[)osei!. for decency's sake, by the feiiiinnirLjii^"iai)tiire"' i>H at least chilled by the icy mmporCTlhe lady's lips. Allowing everyj proper latitude, uiiil s)lp|>o^in^ that shu resigns her basial iroasiiioii with the honest conlidencc ofa reciprocating lovo, still no female ran bo so disguisingly bold as to return the warm |Messiiic of her lover's lips at the hrsi attaek—if she does, she ought never to have a second kiss; and if she docs not, where can the pleasure be? " The rapture of tho first kiss of love''sounds well, and looks pi etty on paper; but in sober eanu stnoss, it con bo but prospectively nice; and, like the lirst plunge into the cold stream, is but to be eiulured in Cotisidoration of the delight afterwards to Ixi attained hy fre(|uent practico.  'Kissing hud a heavenly origin—it commenced in I'aradiso. Adam, newly awakened from that sweet i^leep wherein ho lost his rib, opened his eyes and luat his heart, lie immediately invented the ecta-tir custom, and practi.sod his discovered joy in the lirst morn of the first ICvn—feasting heartily upon ro.scbuds, and ainbroNia before he asked Iter to breakfast; or perhaps he agreed with Sir Philip Sydney, who prettily terms a kiss "the breakfast of love." Milton .says—  (Jur filial fniher Smiled with superior love, as Jupiter On Juno fiiiilfP, when he impregns the clouds That shed May liowt r.s, and prest her matron lip Willi ki^Bl piiie.  Ki.ssing is an attribute peculiar to humanity a-lone. .Man has been termed a cachinnatory animal, but apes grin and mow, and hyenas laugh. A nuxJern savant has tcrnxd man "a bipid with a breeches pocketthe Australian kangaroo claims the hame deliinition. Kissing, then, is the divinity of our nature—ft>r uo know of nothing that ia able to participate in this, our exclusive privilege. Doves (jiil Ri:d coo; but their bcdk, pnckings and the biti iiukjiitfs cannot In; termed kis-ving; 1 should as soon tlf!llw5P\.HJ>, liiiisiim her calf w lien she licks the iiiock-lurtle |kiilion ol tlie incipient veal.  Kvery rhyme-grinder and moon-struck maker of verbose jingle, rapturesovor tlie luxury of the kiss. Some of the ina.iities utter such nonsense, that they deserve never to strike thii key-note of the music ofluvc. L(Mgh Hunt, in his Amyntas, has given us one of tho prettiest pices of lip «ervice; and it x\ell dt-iervM acquaintance. Phillis, a shcpherdeHS, has befn btung by a bee; Sylvia, her Diend, aucka the poison from her chcek—whereupon, iho love -sick swain observes— ^  1, who till (hen had ncvei had a wish 1 fvond iliB eunny sweetness of her oyes, Or her dear dulcet words, more dulcet far Than the soft murmur of a humming stream I'luoking iiH way among t e pebblestones, Or feuinmer airs that babble in the leaves, felt a new wish move in me to apply "" 7'hiH mouth of mine to lierh; and so, becoming ' CraOy and plotting,(an unusual art  With me, but it wasluve'a intrlligcncc) I did bethink ni« ofa genii«» strctagem To work out my new wit, 1 mad« pretence Aft il A heo had bit my un<ier lip; And fftll tolamentHtiona ofauchsort, 'i'liat the Bweetlnedicinu, which I dared notaak With word of inoDth, I aaked for with my Up«> The simple Sylvia, than, CompMsioniug my pain, (irti'r'd to give her help 'Jo iliat prelcndeil wound.  And, oh! the real and the mortal wound, 'Which pierced into my being, When her Hps came on mine! Never did bee from flower i'^utk sugar so divine, As was the honey that I gathered then. From thoae twin-roses freah. But while into my boeom'a core, the aweetneai. Mixed with a secret poison, did go down. It pierced me so with pleasure, that atill feigning The pain of the bee's weapon, I contrived That more than once the enchantment wasrepeated.  This was pretty pastime in the golden age, but Indies, now-a-days, sting us to the heart, suck our souls from our IxxlieB, and seldom think of mending the mishap with a kiss.  There are eight sorts of kisses mentioned in the Scriptures;—La'oan kissed Jacob with tBte kiss of affection. Genesis, chapter, XXIX, 13.—Naomi kissed her daughter-in-law with the kiss of valediction, Ruth, chapter, I., V. 9.—David kissed Jonathan with the kiss of salutation, see Samuel I., chapter, XX., V., 41—David greeted his son Absalom with a kiss of reconciliation, Samuel II, chapter, XIV., V. 33.—The kiss of subjection is enforced in the second Psalm, V. 12.—The kiss of wantonness is mentioned in the seventh chapter of Proverbs, V. 13.—Judas exhibited the kiss of treachery, Matthew, chapter, XXVI., V. 49—and Mary Magdelene kissed the Soviour's feet with the kiss of humility, in the seventh chapter of Luke, V. 38.  But who can enumerate the endless varieties of the kiss? of the many delectable variations of basial enjoyment? Kisses are the droppings of the honey irom the hive of love—the minglinga of the heart's whisperings—ambrosial breathings of conjunctive spirits, communing through the portals of the soul. The father lifls his bright-eyed baby from the mother's lap, and as the hope of his future days entwines the arms of innocent affection about his neck, he kisses its chubby cheek, and with tender care replaces the tender budling in its mother's arms. The brather greets his sister with a cold & constrained kiss, while ayouth who has been watching the door for half the day, would give his birthright lor the privilege that is slighted by fraternal love. The gray-haired man exalts his hands above the curled head of his grandchild, and while imploring the blessing of the Most High upon the darling of his heart, kisses its forehead, and smiles through his tears of love. The burning kiss of deep aRuction that is stolen by the accepted lover from the chosen of hia soul, exceeds not the intensity of the mother's kiss bestowed upon her son—the im-ace of her departed husband—the lord of her virgin heart—the monaich of her widowed love.  Kissing the vermeil lips of a young and lovely cousin is a dangerous matter for a young man, and when most to be desired, is most to be avoided. Kissing a sister, or a sister-in-law, or a young step-mo'.h'er, or a juvenile aunt, is an affair of holy love; but when, emboldened by the license of a relationship, n pretty bit of cousinage poi>s up in a plump pair of coral streaks, and half coyishly presents you with a nectareous smack—with a wicked twinkle in her eye, as if rejoicing in the liberty allowed —it is odd if you do not feel a tingling in your blood; and if the recesses of your aoital region are not already occupied by the image of some far creature, the chances are that your cousin steals away your heart. Ask any one of the numerous pairs of cousins who have connubiaiiscd, and you will find, if they have the honesty to confess, that the silent eloquence of the lady's lips carried convictioa to the husband's soul, and taught him how to talk of love. 1 was thus cozened—of which, more anon.  I trust that no spinster reader—no lady who has attained the uncertainty of a certain age, and pines for a corner of Hymen's saffron-colored robe, will imagine that kissing always produces aflection terminating in matrimony. It succeeds amongst cousins, because it is not designed; but it IS a dangerous attempt between comparative strangers, seldom ending in honest love, for it destroys the reverence with which naan delights to enwrap, the wandorous sex. The "again philema," pr kiss of |)eace, given indiscriminately by the early Christian« of the aga-/ME, or love feasts, afler lusting for three or four centuries, was wisely discontinued for fear of the consequences St. Epiphenius tells us that when a Christian husband presented a newly ekctud convert to his wife, the strength of the ncw-comer's faitn was vstiinated by the warn.th of his Ui.sial sul-ute.  Let it not bo imagined that I xn expatiating indecorously; Montaigne, the moralis', observes that "we boldly speak of killing, wounding, and betraying, but we whisper our remarks upon the subject of kissing, of whieii we should 8|ieak without the least reserve." A kiss is the outward sign and inward visible graco of hearty love, and pcace, and heavenly joy. 1 do not refer to the puerility ofa bashful damsel's snatchy buss which comes against your lips like the visitation of an erratic June bug in its evening flight—nor the slobbery mouthings of the hoyden who ia ready to kiss every body, (I never countenance an omni-buss,)—nor the niminy-piminy nothingD«sse8 of the prude—nor the noisy smack of the country wench—nor the cold touch of the heartless coquette, who suffers you to preM ber lips, while her mind is flirting with another. Her-rick, the author of the words of "Cherry Rip«," the  Erettiest aad most |K)pul«r compliineol ever paid to idioa' lips, says iu one ofhiasweet itanzas, ia «a-other poem.  The ufireiess customary kiss which some tius-baodiMitow upon their wives, and young and prêt ty wives, too, is a positive libel upon Hymen's prerogatives. L«t^infauis, who know no beUer, slober their delights, a'nd rub together their immobile-lips —let aged crones, with parchment cheeks, and withered lips, and toothless jaws, and ej-es "dropping thick amber and plum-tree gum,*' defile the heavenly luxury of kissing by mechanical collision of their labialities—but let not a man, "whose blood is warm within," who reverences the master-piece ofnature's fairy-hand, insult the creature he is bound to love, to cherish, and protect, by coldly pressing her ripe and pouting lips. Many a warm heart has engendered thoughts, which, rising to the empyrean, "make the angels weep' '—many a family has been rendered irremediably miserable— many a black sin has been added to the foul catalogue of human fraility, by the cold formality of a husband's kiss. "Hell knows no fury like a woman scorned,*'says the poet; and innumerable instances are on record of the snd effects o( jealous rage and the potency of female revenge.  Giovanni Battista Guarini, who was born three hundred years Bgo,e.\patiates largely upon kissing, in his Pastor Fido a dramatic pastoral of some bi.\ thousand lines; the plot is founded upon a kiss given to a rustic beauty, by a swain disguised as a nymph. His description of the sccno is pretty, but too lengthy for transcription. The chorus indulges in some curious reflections upon kissing, tho traiislation ol a part of which is here presented to my readers:—  'Tis true, the kiss which to the vermeil cheek All delicate is given, we own is sweet; But those who rightly judge, as ye can judge. Blest lovers! who have prov'd it, must declare That's but a lifeless kiss, where the dear maid Doth not herself with joy return the kiss. But when the lips ofan enanior'd pair Most cordally encounter—and the smack iJust when with sweet revenge the God of Love Wounds either mouth) so charmingly resounds! These are true kisses; where, with honest will. As much is rendered back as was received. Let the nice curious mouth refin'dly kiss The forehead, neck, or hand; 'twill ever find No part of the swoot maid, who tastes the kiss. Can like the mouth its grateful sense expresH, For here doth either soul, with eager joy. Rushing, the kiss repay—and, with new fiic, Gives to the precious kisainn; rubies, life.  Pout your joined lip«—then tptnk your kiss.  In that one line iscontaiocd tesial Morvt. But few persons know how to kis«; they robth« love token of its Ikir proportioD-^bil« itip half, •• it were —and, instead of ^a Umg, long kisS) a kiss of youth and lov«," regale upon a cola and animpaaaloDod smack. Drayton, a po«t of worth,' juftiy ridloalee these inatchay kia«e»-th« reai'lts oNbaoM-fiMad af-l<«tion, or of careless and languid lov«. H« aa;  Tbe«e poor half-kisaos kill me quitei •  Waa ever man thus sorvedl AmidMao ocean of delight. For pleasure to be starved.  Alain Chariier, wlio was esteemed to be the falh-er of French eloquence, and flourished in the fifteenth century, had a royal compliment paid him by Margaret, wife to the Dauphin, afterwards Louis XI. She was crossing a gallery in the Louvre attended by her maids of honor, when she espied Chartier asleep in the recess of a bay window The princess stooped over the sleeper, who was re markal'ly ugly, and kissed him. The ladies ex pressed their astonishment, but Margaret silenced them by saying,'"! do not kiss the man, but the lips which have uttered such beuuliful things." Alack for the gallantry of modern days! Tommy .Moore who says the prettiest things on love matters, is not ugly, but he is nearly sixty, and consideriibly griz zled, yet I doubt, if he was to fall asleep in oiio ol the anti-chambers at Huckingliam ralace. if Ciueeii Victoria would kiss the lip-> .which have "uttered such beautiful things." This elegant icmaik ol Margaret was almost as conipliintntHry a.s tho celebrated observation ofthe dustman or coal heaver, who was passing along one of tho streets in London, when he saw the bcnuiiful dut liess of Devonshire step into her carriage. Struck with the brilliancy of her eyes, he involuntaiilj rxclain.td, "Lord love them eyes, marm, do let n.e light my pipo ai them."  Kissing is, and ever has been, omnipresent and omnifarious. Vortigern resigned his kingdom for kiss, and Mark Antony gave up the world. Shakspcare, with his usual skill, has mad«} the proud patrician of Coi ioli exciuim, at the sight ol his wile—  Oh, for a kiss!  Long as my exile - sweet as my revenge?  Byron and Lamb drank gin and water white engaged in cumiKwition; Ben Juhnson drew his inspiiaiiun from tho wine cask; but Massinger, with a truer taste, makes one of his t/r««». }Hrs. wish to taste the nectar of his lover's lip, adding—  Let me drink often from this living spring,  To nourith my invention.  Our respectable great gi^ndiiiothers and very great grandmothers must have indulged in the practice of kissing with a ghnerality that quite oui shines the modesty of modern maimers. I'olydou Virgil 8ays,"The women of England not only sol ule their relotions with a kiss, but all jiersuna ¡ iv tniscuotuly, and this ceremony they repeat, geiitl) touching them with their lips, nol only wnh grueu, but without the least immodesty." 'i'he philosophic Erasmus melts into lovo and playful thoughts wl.cii ho mentions kisses; in one ut his letters trom England, he says—'4Jere are nymphs of tl»« lovelicsi looks, good humored, and whom you would pref? even to your favorite muses. Heie also prevaii's a custom oever enough to be coauiiended, that wherever you come, every one receives you with a kiss; and wh«o you take your leave, every one fives you a kiss; when you return, kisses ai;atn meet you. If any ou« leaves you, thev give you a kiss; if you roeflt any one, the first salutation is a kiss. In short, wh«rev«r you go, kiss«» ever) where aboundj which, my Fsustus, did.you once taste how v«iYsw««t and now very fragiant thu> are, you would not, lika Solon, wivh for ten year« exile in Bngland,but would desire to spend thuie the whole of your lif«."  Kissing hand« it ao okl custom, and is nteniioned by Uudan as m oflbring of to the Qods t'loiu  th« poor, who kia^ thcirown haiids upon enter-log the tampl««. TMua and Psyche were adored io that way alón», ftuil rtcehred th« tanw token of vaocration. HooMr nwntionu Priam kisaiag the hand of Achilloa, wbM b«M«ching for the dMtd bo dy of his son Haotor. Job and Solomon r«lbr to the custom. Th« Roman tmperor* gave lh«ir hands  to be kissed by rtieir favorite courtiers, but the minority party, or op|)osition. were obliged to be content to touch the hem of 'he loyal robe with the right hand, which they afterwards carried to the mouth. Cortez found this custom established in Mexico, where the conquered Incas soluted him by touching the earth with their hands, which th^y afterwards lifted to their lips. In England, the roble» of the land, upon presentation at court, kiss the hand of the sovereign; most of the European potentates are thus saluted; but the king of Prussia never allows his royal fiat to be thus desecrated— indeed, strange notions ofkissing [»ervade all Germany; if a young girl ia kiswd against her will, it constitutes an assault of tho most aggravated kind, and tlieofíundor may be severely punished; it matters not how gently the affair be managed—if the lady declares hor non-consent, the kisser is adjudged guilty. In Berlin, ihe kisses connected with the ceremonies of the various religious sects, were put down by royal authority.  The Arabs ki!«s i4ie eyes of their brood mares, but never salute the lips «»ftlieir wives. Catholics kiss the tip of the Pope's toe—a custom introduced by the debasing tyranny <.f th« Iloman emperors. Kissing the foot-used to be an old feudal tenure in Europe. Kollo, the celebrated Danish gianf, was required, upon liecoming a vcs.snl of the French throne, to kiss the foot of his monarch; but Rollo was n radical, and refused to submit to such a degradation. He was theiefore allowed to performthe ceremony by deputy;and the grim-visaged wrarrior who was selected for Ihe oflicer, ]ierformed it with such an ill grace, that instead of stooping his head to the royal foo', he raised the f«x>t so high, that the most sacred monarch fell to the ground, amid the ill-suppressed laughter of the court—for even ma-je.sty, when rfiley-plcvish, is food for fun. The cardinals of the holy church have the prerogative of kissing tho lips of t^e queens of Sfwin, but aré not allowed to salute the feminine French majesties in the same nianner^—although these Gallic dignities alio"-/ enormous latitude, and suäbr every whis-" kered-faced and moustached monky-looking nobleman to salute her cherry pouters upon the honor ofn first introduction. In Montaigne's time, the matter was something worse, for he declares that ihc high born beauties had to offer their lips to 4he three valets in the nobleman's cMtte, however repulsive theirappcarance.  Among tho many singular quiddities in the "Ba-sia" of Juhaniics I'^veradus, a/ia« Nicolaius, aiias Secundiis, there is one exquisite little bit that I cannot pas.s by without quoting.. It is the original oí' a very fine concell—iho origin ofthe red rose. Venus has conveyed the young Ascanius to the Paphi-an bower, "wilh shadowing roses crowned." The youth is sleeping, and the goddess wishes to kiss iii:i cherry lip.  Tut fearing, lest mich fond cxcessofjoy Miglii l>reak tlio slumber of the beauteous boy; On evpiy roHe-biid iliat around liiin blow'd," A llM)ii:=Mid nectar'd kíwe»! nlie beistow'd; Aiiii .-^iiai^'it eacli 0|)eninglmd,to/ttrA/a<eica4rtoAiVr, Uitiih'ti a wait/i critntOH Ihe atlouitli'd sight.  I have pioiri'Cil "moie anon"' about my cnuain üikJ ii,y (irst ki»s of love. Ileie il is* At the age (<1 .sc\eii;eei), I was invited to spei.d one of'my college vacuiions at the country residence of my maternal nuiit, homely, good natiircd, motherly widow, possessing some half dozen sons and daughters, wiih uhom I had fiHiiid but liitle acquaintance siuc« thedaysofour extreme juvenility. I knew that my aunt lived in a delightful country, abounding wiih game, and on the bunks ofn river"full of fish; so packing up my double-barreled fowling piece, a bag of shot, a tunister of powder, my fishing poles and my tackle, I started of!', with my favoiiie spaniel, Dido, in e.xpectation of glorious sport. But wf.cn the bright eyes of my cousin Maria smiled a welcome, 1 thought no more of fish or fowl. Slhe was a'graceful, lively, joyous creature, with an oc-ensienal dash ol the rump in her manner, but her iiaiural (olitenesa and good sriife prevented her hoyden tricks fiom being provoking. i>ho was a-bout eighteen. 1 «hall not describe her. Let my male rcadt-rs imagine her resemblance io the ob-j<Tis of their luves—let my fair peiusers fancy a sin.iliiud«; lietween my Varia and their own opin-ii. i,:> of their looking glass ledections, and I shall be snii- tied. Of course, we all think Maria a bcaiMifbl caliite. My attentions soon bccame particular, aiid i!i u luw days we weie seldom afcunder. Tho |x.'i leciuin of my shooting and fishing apfKiintments excited iho n(ln:iraiion of her brother»—fixuies were made lor (lu}s's[iort which I never attended; trout, pukeiel, niid piBriiii¿;an graced the larder-he produce (it my cousins' industry, while Maria and I stiolkd through the meadows by tho livcr suie, or (¡«latod down the Mrtam in a small and era zy battcau belonging to the bi.ys. Some deer were reported in the iicighboi hood, and although it was someihing too soon m the season, a parly was made lor their desiiuciiuii. Maria agreed to ride with ne to iho placo of lendexvous. Wo set forth, a t^ullant cavalcade, in all the exuberance of youthful spirits; but Muna tired ere we reached the deer walk, and, spite of the rcnionst ranees of my cousins and the sneers of my friends, resigned all chance uf participating in the gioruus s{)ori, and renwiaad by the si«le of my fair enslaver. And y«t, we never spoke of love; nay, she laughed at the earnestness <M my devotion, and ridicultd my habits of home staying and neglect nf my u(«uatorued spott. 1 soon found that 1 was over head and ears in love with my pretty cousin, and resolved to tell hnr so, yet no^er could muster up courage to discloM what 1 iinagioed to be my leorot, but what the littte gyp> aey knew to be tho case «leooer than 1 did mysaif. I used to sit and gas« at hor, wondoring at the deli-uious blueuess ol hor ayes, tti« iitarUe pulish of her brow, and the tempting plumpness of bar «berry lips— lip«t which would haxe Miv«a «nm of sbv iUi> |«rs to have kisaMt. Indeed, in« arcompllili—t ^th« kiss bacaiçaiat last, tb« sot« ohi«et« «y 4ay tkottghts and my revaries by uight. Mirk'« Ufa weru foroied for kissing: th«y w«r« aot Ibia sli^ of flesh, scarcely serving to cover th« pal« guasa, nor the thick, Mausag«-shapi.-d rolls that distigur«  Vfc   

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