Wellsboro Agitator, April 14, 1857

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Agitator, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1857, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania T Terms of Pwblicaiion. THE TIOGA BOUNTY AGITATOR 19 pub ished every Thursday Mornmg, and mmled to sub- scribers al the very reasonable price of Om Dot- ijkm pel annum, w advance, ftis intend- ed to notify every snbacnbet the term for which he has paid shall have expuedib; the stamp. __" Time on the margin of lUe last paper. The paper will then he stopped until a farther re- mittance be received By -tins arrangement no man can be brought in debt to the printer, THE AGITATOR is the Official Papeii pf the Conn ty, with a large and steadily increasing circulation reaching info neatly every in the County It is lent fret of postage to any. Post oftico wtflurUlw! coonly limits, aitd to those lining wilbtn the limitsbut whose mostconcement postpffice may he in an adjoining County Business Cards, not exceed ag 5 paper in- tludcd, per year THE A of COBB) STURROCK CO., VOL. 8-. "THE AGITATION OF THOUGHT IS 16HE 1EGINNINO Of PROPRllETORS.' TlbGA COUNTY. P4k, THURSDAY I01KJNG, MAY 14 1851. NO. 42. PSALM OF LIFE. H W LONGFEUXW. Tell me not in mournful numbers, "Life is but an empty dream For the soul is dead that And things are not whit they seem Life is veal' Ljfe is earnest' And I he grave is not its-Seal "Bust ibon art, to dust Was not spoken oJ the seal Not enjoyment and not sorrow, Is oar destined end or way, But to each to-morrow Fmd us belter than lo day. Art is long and time is fleeting, And onr hearts, though strong brave, Still, like muffled drums are beating, Funeral marches lo the grave In the red field of In the bivouac of Life, Be not dumb, like driven cattle! Be- a hero in Lhc slnle fio pleasant, Let Ihe dead pabt burj its dead in the Living Present1 Heart within and Lives of great men all remmd-us We can make our lives sublime, And, behind us Footprints on Ihc sands of Time. Footprints that another, Sailing o'er life's solemn main, A forlorn and shipwrecked brother, Seeing, shall take heart again. Lc us then, be up and doing1, With a heart for any fate Slill adi eving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait. MY LITTLE BOY. quite drive away. 1 thoughl him growing j stern and cold but oh, I wronjjed him Never had he loved us both so tenderly be- fore, Weeks passed on. My ryes looked intelligently mlo mine, and the lilt e rosy lips smiled whenever I came. ButsuNhhose little lisping utterances lhat thrill the heart deeply were silent., and all my loving lessees, fell on an unheeding ear. The shadow on Arthur's face grew deeper as he walcned my unceasing efforts. At last the blow came. I had been silting in the door way wuh little Ernest in my arms, try- ing lo leach him to say His large blue eyes were fixed upon me wt h [a wishful expression, but snll the lips were and vexed and disoppomled, I heaved a deep sigh, and I a I'd him back in his ciadle. Something I in the Ipok my husband gave me startled me. went beside him, and put my arms about his neck "What is ft, cried. "God help yoiii to bettr it, Mary he an- swered solemnly. "Our child is dumb1" CHAPTER n Dumb' Could it be possible? What have I done lhat so- dpep a be sent to ctnsien me'- Olher mothers {gighl hear their Puldren's voices calling ihem, but mine woulc 38 forever sileflt. It was so long a -I Had it been for weeks, or months, or years, 1 could have borne it, but to know that it could never through, childhoodj you.h and manhood he could never srjeak my it was too much to c H i I was rJut a childish mother. I had nol Autumn and winter passed away, and my forgotten ihe meiry laugh of my girlhood baby and I threw daises at each other on the uhTn they I nil my baby on mv breast, and 1 lawn before the cottage, while Arthur looked looked upon lijm more as a curious playihing Smilingly from his study window. 1 had not thin as a hafean soul given into my hands -grown to the great misfortune, only accus for its enrlhU training But my tomed to it, and the mqte kisses of my child ah ho vvas grjve and wise enough for were almost as" dear me as hfs spoken moiher artich Id alike words could have been. My was many years older lhan It vvas a strange task to teach lhat soul nnself lie Ind known many a joyandsor- how to expand its wings. Il was strange to ruw long before I was on the vertv learn lhat child his litlle eVening pnver by m> nurse vvas holding me (a helpless, sign, and ye as he clasped his small hands, 1 niching, crowing baby) oul to pick the dai- and raised his sweet blue to Heaven, I scs lor my birlh day'garlantj, he was bendipi; pf'eri wondered if any labored supplication tearfu ly over ihe grave of one who had have gone more quicky lo Ihe Throne made his home happy for wife of of Grace, II was strange to sit si- 1 is j outh and the mo her of his children lently above his playthings, lo hear no sound Strange thai 1, who had no knowledge of from him except ihe plaintive, half sufled cry sorrow, vvas vet to d spel his, that he who he uttered when in pain, to feel the delicaie had never giztd upon that child's face of hinds clasping mine when something new mine, wus one day to lake us owner lo ils i had puzzled him, lo see the wishful, observant heart, as the and joy of his declining look with which he regarded every one who I.CTIS conversed around him. Long, bclore I met my husband 1 wrong or impure thoughts could ever Knew him Hie name of Arthur Haw cnler thai little breost. He w is as set tborne vvas lumihu to me from my earliest apart to shnw us whit an early childhood yea s, and the poems he had written werdj should be, as stainless and innocent as when among the choicest of my treasures. In my j the Maker's hand first sent the litlle spirit heart 1 had the wi3h and hope to meei fluttering into us earthly prison. Could ask h I would sleal one look at for him happier destiny lhan this, lo pass fare may be, touch the hind lhat had through life shielded by my unfailing love, jcnned those beautiful thoughts, odd go and safely -.helieied by the snowy wings of away and remember him all my Fife, while the guardian angoi ever by his sidle, he forgot me1 Ibis was my I VVe make idols for oui-elves out of clay, diffn nt ihe reality1 and they arp taken from us I needed ihe We metsurlden'y upexpecledly, erribarras- one lesson more. My little boy failed slowly iMy 1 had bokid lor a pluloso- before my eyes, as the summer came on. It m-in vvlu had ojlwitted the passion was nol so much wuh him a painful sirkness of hie, and was kind and benevolent lo all the gndunl wasting away of the spring ol But when I raised my ejes to the handsome, life. 1 hr- mission he was-sent lo fulfil was face, and saw it rmrktd wuh Imes of care accomplished. j nnd 1 saw the flolv- Many days before he was taken I knew he ing hair, ihe erect and stately jnusl go. I vvas with him by day and by more than all wVn I met ihe glance of those' night. I sang him lo sleep, and wet ihe slill fire (could u be an admiring gazep golden curls vviih tears when he was slumber- that rested upon my girlish face and ing quieily Day by day gathered up my my own dropped, my heirt beat quick, and Otrenglh for ihe parlmg which I knew musl stood before him. timid, blushing and irem- come, nnd day bv day my heart sank within blrag, like a frightened bird 1 me, and the blood forsook my cheek if the I, who had scarcely dreamed of love, won! chinge took place, his' I, who knew nothing of the great world; We sat beside the bed of our boy j the be j ond my home, pleased him vvho had seen languid head vvas resiing on my breast, and' i fairest women I, who had no beauty, the tiny transparent hands lay liketmo lillies no grace.no talent, won him who had all, in rhe, brood palm of Arthur I Sang in a and won him too from a throng vvho were I hushaH voice the songs he loved the best, and far more worthy the} the setting sun sank slowly in ihe sea. They were were weallhy and. Cool breezes, the plash of oars, and the fashionable, but they had grown cold and rude songs of sailors-, down the bay, came bird in a long apprenticeship lo in upon us. My darling I ly and I gave him a heart lhat vvas as fresh and listened. I could not see lhal his breathing pure as ihe mountain daises I had loved fa fainter and fainter, and that ihe lids of well Trtcy would have given him kive the plue ejes were drooping slowly towards the) could nol lavish on their diamonds and eachlotlier. At last they closed, and think. gave him all1 To he ing Hje slept, I laid my weary head upon my would have been a mB he was a God. husband's breal and tried lo sleep also. A Did not my perfect fanh, trust strange drowsiness, which was not slumber, sincerity, ouivveigh their more glittering qual- crept over me. I storied from it suddenly, ities Perhaps 1 fell u then, and here to dpy at last, vvfth an instinctive feeling lhat all was when ihe jears have made me older, and the not well. Tears fell from my cheeks as I world has made me wiser, I believe it from lifted my head. They fell frorri Lite eyes of my ver> heart Arthur, who had sat ind thought ywlule we Our hnme vvas a hitle paradise beside ihe were still. j sea, a small, roofed, brown cottage, with I benl over my lillle bov. The littlelcheelij a rustic porch and latticed windows over- I had kissed seemed growing cold, and wijn grown with climbing trees. The low mur. suspended breath I listened to hear the bjea tner of the ocean sooihed me into a happy ing of his heprt. moved slightly As sleep each svveel song of the swal- called his nape, and Ihen looked up in'my low waked me 10 a happy day each1 morning, fact smile. here in Ihe pleasant summer time, my It failed soon, as he seemed lo be slrug- olue eyed boy vvas born, my cup of joy some Ijernble pain. His lips were was full to lunnmg over drawn bocrk, his eyes upturned, and his handr like all other's bojs, was beauli, clinched, I could lo look at him. I And yet his loveliness jfnade my heart lurned away and groaned in agony. i H'S, foloriess' "See, u is all over now I" said Arthur, as cheek, his slender form and large and pul bw arrrt around my waist and held me irmly to his heart. I looked. My darling raised his feeble and prayed armg and as he head, ihey fell heavi- >ess thai his life around my neck, hit pale Jips met mine in foolishnprayer, an a kiss. A sudden trembling seized l.'im UUB, UBl llleQ could not see it. Hls eyes Ilt up wuh a happv his cheek My very life seemed wrapped up in lhat of flashed, his half opened lips seemed IQ speak mv oaov Wuh him by me every day I for the first time. Did I hear, or dream I urn 6ef fading, and, the moaning heard the One word had vainly tried to sea could le.l no But flow and then a leara him I "Mother came over his father's brow as he I could nol For the next moment the us that pot even my rosy qijsh faded, the little breast heaved with melanc.h sand f2r y r mn as h h J M wrh all a ml be "nw e on I ,h T unwise one, bat ihen I could not see ,t. one short sigh, and my little boy had Waatlutt luiteWe in Was no lesson taught, no lesson learned, in thai brief year of companionship with an angel T Oh, yes a lesion which the mother's heart can never forget, while.U beats with (he love it has fell for the lost. "Dearer is earth to God for his sweel dearer lo me, because he loved its beauty so, 3 Maivy years passed since my little boy fe I, asleep. Other children play around ihe door of my collage, and kneel each night at my knee, to say the prayer heonh looked another Ernest, with bright dark eyes and goldeC hair goes singing through ihe house, but slill my heart is mosl with him My children stand outside that grave and listen wuh serious faces, when I tell them of the little brother who died before Ihey were born, and then, sjeal away silently and leave me there beside him. I have grown and careworn the cheek he kissed is ihin nnd faded, and ihe sunny hair with which he used to play is streamed with silver. But my child will know me when I meet him, and I shall hold him to my. heart he same as when he left me, an infant angel, freed from every taint on earth. No barrier tnen between us, no weak, im- perfect uiierance, or look of pain, (or in Heaven my child will speak, and the first word shall hear him utter (here will be the word lhat lingered on his lips when he was dying. He will call me "Moiher" ihere as well as here, Else I cauld npver have given him up, through all ihese weary yearsj and fed my heart upon the hope of hearing that half-ullered word brealhed freely when I die. Singular Circumstance. The Sacramento (Cal.) Age publishes tho following singular statement, under the cap- tion "how our first church was built." The history of almost everyihing presents curious facls. Were we1 to say, a correct history of Sectarianism in Sacramento could not be written, unless it admitted lhat gam- blers nelped to build the first church, the statement might appear wicked and absurd, but this toould nol impair Ihe truth of an in- cident which occurred before the "big floods" and before the "big fires." A preacher ar- rived lere among those who unintentionally contributed toward founding a flourishing city, tnd afier a while, when persons were cfflicled with a combination of worldly fevers, s.uch as winning and losing al several popu- lar games, he concluded lhat noihmg would be so praiseworthy as an endeavor to estab lish a religious society. He soon discovered lhat practical phrisuanity was not a feature nfear so prominent as others, which gQ'pel rules are no! supposed lo countenance. But he persevered and nt lenglh-fpund a rew who approved of his plan. Frequent consulta lions were held, and finally Ihey were deter mined to erect a church edifice, if monev enough could1 be obi lined for tlie Those belonging to ihe litlle "monl" at once subscribed all in their power to gwe, but not half of the required sum vvas received. The old should have referred lo his age his subscripuonj paper one day, and walked towards Ibe iSacTamenio, whose waters were nol soiled as now by ihe gold washers. In passing a crowded, noisy gamb ing house, where he-saw heaps of Mea- sure in many with bags in Iheir hands, a wonderful thought came hjr- riedlyl to him, and not allowing it permission suddenly to depart, he hastened lo siand in 'the midst of ihe reckless gamesters, and to commence telling them how much he wished to build church, and needed iheir assistance. Scarcely had he ceased speaking when large pieces of gold thrust into bis hands, all made'libpral donations, aryl in a lew minuies he had collected nearly a thousand dollars.-j- Than he was about leaving when one belling at monte called to him in a loud voice, saying: "Hold on, old feller, I'm 'o bet two hundred on this card, and if I win, by G-----, I'll give ye a clear hun- dred The money was staked, the gambler won, and ihe promised "clear hundred" was pjjsspd lo ihe minister. This is how our first church was came of evil but the sequel to this story let the present and future tell '__________ A HtRD SwfeAHBR good story is told of a tall, raw-boned fellow, who went into a market house al the Qnincy seeing a large exhibition, was mightly struck with it. said he, "lha 's a great hog I swear I never saw a finer looking one in my life, I swear what short legs he's got. I "Look here, said a Intile dry.' looking individual, trotting up, you must nol Swear so." "I swear I should like lo ages to show that the citizens obey the law; but omifs to sbite wha.1 his pastoral advice would have been to mothers babes Iwo years of age in the loiter days of Herod of Judea. He i Iso does nol find room in his prolix djs- quis lion upon the duties of ihe American Citifcn, which is the title of his book, lo in- fo rrn his pupil what he is to do when the law of i lip land contravenes ihe plain law of God For U is evident that, if a law is to be obeyed, been use u is a law, a regulation lo lie, or to stea or (o deliver up ihe fugitive, so it be le- gall., enacted, has the same authority as one to ctjlect laxes. But if the discretion of ihe or his conscience are interfere, in other words, if there be the individual coflectivejiighl of rebellion, it would be onjy complaisnrU m a bishop, who wrires a book in which he finds rojprn. lo discuss the propriety and morality at dancing, to indi- cate when lhat right may be asserted. The singe point of interest in Ihe American Citi- 3fn s the elaborate reiteration of the scriptu- ral irgument for which is easily enot gh refuted by the younger classes of Sunday-school girls, and which falls at this this rountrv, With peculiar edifi cancn from the lips of a (high in the i hurch of Him who said, "Do unlo others as would ihey should do unto you." Bish op Jopkjns anticipates a millennial when "thai whole world shall behold the happy fruiuj of slavery in the reaeriferation of Africa from her long bondage vf barbarism and idolt ry.'' If it were nol so tragical, this wou df be loo ludicrous. Let this gentleman cons der one question: Ejven if you knew that some of ihe Africans, Who should survive the 'orrors of the and the lortg, drealful, compulsory labor" in swamps fitltis i the gradual imbruting of human beings tfea -as cuttle, wiih every natural right and affec ion out it you knew some it and attain a kind of fund nnrlj ignorant feeling lhat you would call Christianity, do you, as a man, not as a op, believe Iqr one momeni that the ihe trader, vvho paid money for al .single one of those vicinns, was doing nnyrjung but an accursed act' Do you think lhat nny honest Chris- tian -nan suppnses for o solitary instant ihai trader to be any belter than a a servant of Qod only as al criminals Of ourse God will brin" gpod oul of it. God O D brings good out of everything Would thnl reflation reconcile Bishop Hopkins to havin" his; ause burnt down and all that was dearest to hhn in u? There vv.as on? whr> It mus needs be lhal bffng the weight of ihe bod; arches in- 1} aopractKed, will ao well to peraovcre tut she u requtsi us to rest m a general way equally, or when in movement alternately, upon both ends qf ihe arch, Ihe toes and ihe heels. By ihis ihe weight is equally sustained, and there is BO stress upon either part in particular. But when ihe heel raised, as in dancing, ihe equilibrium is dis- turbed, ihe weight of the bndy is thrown forward consiamly upon (he toes. When these are thrust for a of time mlo shoes, which, on the inside, (form inclined planes, especially when the inclination is great, the SfMisalion is extremely pimlul, for the Weight of the bodv is thus, made to rest on toes, the muscles of the inslep nnd front of the leg are also stretchjed, while ihose of the cnlves become pernmnenlly contracted. The high shoe, so adopted, then becomes absoluielj essenlial for the wearer, once accustomed to them, cinnot do uiihout them. Lei all person1' of sense, then, abstain wh le it is vet lime from following ihis lory absurd and unbecoming fashion. The small additional height winch il communicates lo In conclusion, then, let those who are de- sirous of preserving Ihe perfect use of their feel and punly of iheir form., give llietr serious attention to ihe subject The reme- dies are in iheir own hands, and the resulls will amply repay ihe labor attendant on car- rying oul'lhe suggestions I have ventured to {jobbing, a short time since, at statue represent ng u Roman lady, my was attracted lo her (eel, on which she wore shoes nearly lesemblm'g those now in use. They were somewhat clumsy, u is irue, tor ihe lioman shoemaker did not possess ihe art of our sons of Crispin, of moulding the upper leather to the shape of ihe loot, bui laid over, wiere nyecessary, in a so joined in sole, which was in this case at least hall an inch thick. Il was easy to perceive that the Roman, ladies were uoi lo pinch Iheir feel lhan ibeir waists, and ihey were content lo let bolb retain1 ihe shape given lo them by nature. J could not help contrasting ihe easy, clumsy- Rom4n shoes wuh the neai but am- ficially-lo'rmed productions of a fashionable shoemaker. Surely, 1 thought, corns and the f'Sure does surejv compensate for ihe bunions must wve been unknown in those deformuy which u induces da) s of fool-f, eedom. And why s lould we have these Deformities "and inconveniences now f Simply because the shoes art; hot shape of tho feet, and because we endeavor lo conhne Ihe jailer in a case whidi is too small lor ihem. As long as ihe infant remains in arms, the shape of Us fiijl is preserved but us aoou as make on lnls very unporlanl subject. U begins lo vjrulk, and (he assistance ol ihu shoemaker is called in, U is ihought necVssa- ry IQ he shape of the loojt by forcing U into shots nch ore loo narrow fur U. In order, also, to dimmish 'he apparent breadth of the loot, shoe is made to extend in length full three-fourths, ol an inch beyond Ihe toes. The immediate effect of ihe nar- row shoe is 10 preSs ihe iocs firm y together; the ulterior, 16 change the direction ol ihe toes and occasion corns and bunions Ltl us consider, njavv, the change incuced in ihe shapi ol foot by Ibe compression of ihe loos. When the rjaLcd foot is firmly planted on ihe ground, uS in walking, the loes separate, especially the hrsi and second, and by ex loading the base of support, givt additional firmness ihe posilion- The mplde line of Ihe shoe should be nearly a straight line, lo allow for ihis expansion of ihe loes, which, in a lashionable blioe, is impossib e. Lei us now consider ihe consequeoces of the compressioi ol the toes small space provided for ihem by fashicnt WJien ihe toes are pressed togifiher by ihe shoeithey not on4y ride on over the oiher, and mus occasion corns and crcoked nails, but the direction ol the bone of the great toe is altered by the ends being forced closer logether Ihe joint becomes enlarged, and a bunion, wuh its pain and deformity, super- venes. The reader who would avoid these deformities, should rigidly examine the shape of her own and Jf the direction of ihe fir4 toe changed, should lime in endeavoring lo Us former pos, bm he tion. In yout i or middle age, when the dis-1 loriion is no excessive or ol long Mandinj, this may be easily by placing between the toes a lumi ol wool sufficiently thick lo toe to resume its original position. By constantly keeping the wool there, and attending to the shape of the shoe, the toe will at last recover Us proper ihe enlargement ol the joml will be t.o appareni, nenher will it increase. The same ample means may bs adopted to restore ihe other toes to their normal shape. If should be most effective cure is to be :ula felled wool or pf coiton with 9 hole in the Hoars AMI HIGH HLH.S i-> CHURCH The Richmond Whig few Sundays seflled himself, and ta- ken nn observation of h s nt ghbofs, before a beautiful }oung lady quleied, and with a graceful vv uve of the jhmd pieven ing our friend from r >mg" to give her a place, quietly sunk mto the seal near the end Whjen a hymn was given out she skillfully found the pigp, and wnli a sweel snjile lhat set his heart a ihumping, hapided her neighbor ihe book, ['he minister raised his hands in prayer, and ihe fair gnl knel', and this posture perplexed her friend to know whic i mosl lo admire, her heauly