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our pupilage to England. We have come of age, cal. It may be true, but is it any truer of nations and have learned that we must count upon ourselves than of individuals? Peace and good-will are clearalone. Very soon, if the strenuous, devoted, and ly the way of happiness for all of us. We all know noble labors of Agassiz are supported by public sym- it, but quarreling has not yet gone out of fashion. pathy and aid, as they ought now especially to be, In like manner, it is easy to foresee the terrible blow we shall have a scientific museum which surpasses that the withdrawal of our supplies of food would any in England, and American science, with its emi- be to England and that our privateering would be nent leaders, will no longer foolishly defer, as it now to her commerce, nor less easy to understand to our does, to that of Britain. Our literature has been disadvantage that two foes are more formidable than taught by the contempt which it receives from En-one. But wars are not waged any more than duels glish criticism that it can not hope for justice from are fought upon philosophical principles. Indeed British critics. It sees also that English literature, all human affairs are conducted upon the Yankee represented by many of its chief authors, has been principle of make-shift. We choose to do what pressteadily maligning and opposing a cause which, in ent circumstances allow, nor can we practically admaintaining liberty and order, is the champion of just ourselves to what ought to be the condition of intellectual freedom. Who reads an English criti- human affairs. The European nations, for instance, cism?

are nominally “Christian” nations, but do any of The British spell is broken. But it does not fol- them ever forgive international injuries when they low that war is desirable. British statesmen sneer: are at all able to revenge them? The ruler of France British papers slander: British public opinion dis- is traditionally “ His Most Christian Majesty.” But believes; but after all we must not forget that con- what is the most Christian Potentate doing in Mexstitutional liberty exists in no great nation in Eu- ico? You may be as innocent as you call yourself, rope but Great Britain. Our common language is the housekeeper said to the suspicious man whom the symbol of a permanent common interest, and he found in his silver closet, but what are my spoons that is the progressive security of human rights. doing in your pocket? We claim that Shakespeare is ours, because he be- And that reminds us, of course, that war threatlongs to the language and to all who speak it. We ens us upon the French horizon also. In fact there must claim also that the great statutes of human are very few editorial chairs whatever which really right, written in the same language, belong to all feel themselves to be easy. An American empire is who speak it, and impose upon them all unity and suddenly erected by foreign bayonets under our very co-operation.

eyes. There is the usual juggle of the invader to It is a two-fold class interest that opposes us in the effect that he comes to enable the people of the England. First, it is the aristocracy which repre-country to choose without constraint a Government sents the political interest which fears our success that pleases him. But who asked him to interfere ? lest coronets should fall. And, secondly, it is the Precisely those who had been cast off by their felcommercial interest which would monopolize trade. low-citizens. In the case of Mexico, it was the They are certainly the two most powerful classes, Church and reactionary party represented by Mirafor the aristocracy owns the land and controls the mon, Almonte, and Miranda. Two of these persons laborers, while the commercial class owns the mills. arrive in Mexico with the invading French army. There is probably no class in England, as such, which When that army has defeated the Mexicans, these is friendly to us; but there are members of all class- persons, supported by the French, invite Maximiles who wish us well, and do and say for us all they ian of Austria to be Emperor. Is that the wish of

Indeed our debt to Cairnes, Cobden, Bright, the Mexican people? Who knows? Those who Mill, Newman, Dicey, Goldwin Smith, and others, speak for them they have repudiated, and where is with the Daily News, Star, Spectator, and other the proof that they have since acquired any authorjournals, which have faithfully told the truth, is ity to speak ? greater than that of our fathers to Burke. But But still further, the army which proposes to proBritish public opinion is now our enemy as it was tect the Mexicans in expressing their honest wishes then; while, beyond a doubt, in the hearts of the not only brings back these repudiated persons, but, people, who would be the soldiers and sailors in case before it sails from France, before Mexico is conquerof war with the United States, there is a profound ed, before there is even a pretense of a popular desire and vital sympathy with this country, so far as its for an empire or an election of emperor, these persons condition is understood.

proceed to Vienna and propose to Maximilian to Of course the considerations which make an En- make him Emperor. Lord Cowley, British embasglish war with us so sad to contemplate are not the sador in Paris, writes to Lord Russell in January, usual ones of blood and waste and sorrow, but they 1862, that Thouvenel, the French foreign minister, involve the interests of the principles which have told him that these persons had gone to Vienna to been the hope of the best men of every nation in the open negotiations. Thus that the midnight-conworld. The constant struggle of European nations spirator, as Kinglake calls Louis Napoleon, is simhas been the effort of the people to obtain constitu- ply a party to a cunning plot is as clear as that it is tional security of rights from their Governors. The the French army, and not Mexico, which has changed forms which have been granted and then violated, that Government to an empire. Indeed, who shall are the homage offered by Privilege to Justice. They tell the catalogue of the crimes of every hue comshow the conviction that the only way of holding mitted by His Most Christian Majesty? or who on" for a despotism is to persuade people that it is doubts that he means the utmost mischief to us? liberal, as Louis Napoleon began his career of wars Our duty is plain enough. It is to see exactly by announcing that the empire was peace.

what is going on, and not to seek safety in the repIt is useless to sit down, as W—and I do, by etition of a phrase. One war at a time is true polthe fire and argue why there should or should not be icy, but only because only one at a time is possible. war. It is vain to see and to say that little could If France and England both make war upon us, it be gained for either side by bloodshed, and that, at will not make three wars—it will only multiply our bottom, the interests of all great nations are identi- present war three times. The present enemy will

can.

be reinforced, that is all. But, if he is so, we must that he had no eye for color, and was invited to stoop adapt ourselves to the change. If, for instance, very near the ground and look at it sideways, and Great Britain wars upon us by a pirate fleet, and then declare upon his honor if he saw nothing. He France by planting an army upon our frontier which stooped and looked, and upon his honor he did see can only help our enemy, the practical question is, nothing. But he put out his hand upon the hard whether it is not safer for us to move before we are surface and felt, and upon his honor he did feel somebound hand and foot; in other words, whether we thing much like what a man feels who passes his should not use the means directly against them hand over his chin before shaving in the morning. which they indirectly use against us; or, to put it By the middle of July there was a thin growth of in another way, when three wars are made upon us, oats and brilliantly blossoming weeds upon what had shall we continue to engage in one war only? been the lawn; and in September operations were

Such are the questions that fill all minds and resumed toward developing a lawn for another year. hearts, and occupy all Chairs. Events move so There was, therefore, no place to sit under the rapidly that between writing and printing grave Sassafras during the summer. But the correspondchanges may occur. The war-cloud may be blow- ing member for Woods and Fields has not left us ing over while we talk. But it may also be gather- without music for the waning year. There is a racy ing. But whether the troubled history of the time New England flavor in the lines; none the less that is to record more extensive war or not, no man who the form and the phraseology smack of good old values justice and honor as the foundations of gen- English reading. These that follow have the air uine peace but will join in hearty thanksgiving that of being casually thought aloud, like the few notes the nation was willing to endure such a war rather dropped by a swift, home-fitting bird at evening. than to tolerate such a peace as was offered it.

FALL The little grass-plot that we have sometimes

The maple's changing leaves declare

The season's hasty close, good-naturedly called a lawn was plowed up this

Yet still along the wayside fair year, so that the Sassafras Club has had no meeting.

I see the sweet wild rose.
The grass was quite thick and turf-like last year.
But a more exquisite texture seemed possible; so

Still from the orchard's leafy bowers

The bluebird warbles clear, last autumn the sod was removed and the ground

And still our garden sports its flowers, trenched. It seems that there had formerly been a

Though nipping frosts are near. garden in the same spot, but the mould had been buried under the soil thrown out from the excava

The autumn days in youth are sweet, tion of a cellar. The trenching was intended to re

For hope then keeps us strong,

But ah! how differently we meet store this old mould to the surface, and by the mixt

When busy memories throng. ure of other earth to obtain a strong soil for a noble grass-plot. But, for the warning of posterity, the

And here is a similar effect-lines that seem to be Easy Chair is almost persuaded to erect a marble taken from a longer poem, as indeed in one sense memorial under the Sassafras with the old Spanish they are, for they grow naturally out of the life of epitaph, “I was well, I would be better, and here I our associate, the friend of woodchucks and the conam.” For after carefully trenching in the autumn, fidant of robins and thrushes. and leaving the earth to be manipulated by the

OCTOBER'S CLOSE. frosts, and then loosening, and raking, and grading,

A golden sunset closed this autumn day, and smoothing, and rolling in the spring, we were

The last sweet day of sweet October's month. sure of a glorious green result before mid-summer.

Ye days of golden light, farewell! No more So on a soft, still, cloudy morning a skillful hand The woods and fields, my favorite haunts, scattered the seed, the heavy roller smoothed all, the Shall smile amid decaying Nature round; wire fence was set up to guard against any chance

Now welcome darker skies and gusty days, intrusion, and we waited patiently for the lawn to

Keen cutting winds, and storms of rain and sleet; develop.

Welcome November! month of wind and storm. The bark of the Sassafras swelled, and the silver

Far down the valley sounds the anthem loud,

'Mid rustling leaves that whirl along my path, velvet leaves burst out, and the blossoms opened. Where I again my old companions meetHis Grace the Elm, our sylvan Bishop, unfolded all The rabbit and the squirrel, genial friends, his splendor, and imparted his benediction to the That seem to recognize my friendly looks landscape. The grass elsewhere grew luxuriantly, And scarcely shun me. and we patiently waited for the new grass to appear.

How rich a man's life is who loves and knows the The Forsythia, the Japan quince, the flowering almond hastened to show that winter had not harmed birds and trees and beasts! Our corresponding memthem, and that the old beauty is forever new, and ber is never alone. Winter can not spoil his society, still we waited. Then came June and roses—wlfite, and the shanty" has its warmest welcome for the damask, pink, yellow. They sweetened the sunny its January greeting to one such friend :

friends that come with the coldest days. Here is air which brooded over the sheltered little lawn; and still we waited. At length the Easy Chair be

THE CHICKADEE. came alarmed. Early in the morning, when nobody Thou little blackcap, chirping at my door, was near, he carefully examined the smooth, hard And then saluting with thy gentle song earth which last year was so green and pleasant. Or lonely whistle my attentive ear, He cheerfully said that the season was rather dry

A hearty welcome would I give to thee, for grass, or that the hot sun baked the ground sad

Thou teacher blest of quietness and peace;

Sweet minister of love, for hearts awake ly, and gave little seed no chance. But when he

To the rare minstrelsy of field and wood. was asked if he supposed that the lawn was not do

Thou constant friend! I hail thee with delight, ing very well, and answered perhaps as well as Who at this season of rude winter's reign, could be expected, but that it did not seem to him When all the cheerful summer birds are fled, exactly of a grass color, he was sarcastically told Dost still remain to cheer the heart of man!

And though in numbers few thy song is given, |ing Cardinal Richelieu, does not suppose that he Two tranquil notes alone thy fullest song,

would deliver the curse of Rome like a maniac ravYet scarcely when the joyous year brings back

ing in Bedlam. Yet nothing can be more exquiThe swelling choir of various notes once more, Have I found deeper or more welcome strains.

sitely rendered than other portions of the same play For when all nature glows with life again,

a hundred-fold more impassioned. There may be When hills and dales put on their vernal gear, a necessity, of which every speaker is sometimes When gentle wild flowers burst upon our gaze, aware, of whipping in the attention of the audience, With all the exultation of the year,

but it is always a gross injury to the art both of the Our souls unequal to the heavenly boon

actor and orator. Are often overwhelmed, and in the attempt

While the three most eminent players in the counTo enjoy it all droop listless and confused: But in the dearth of these sweet sights and sounds

try have been thus combined in the city, the AcadeThis grand display of God's enriching power,

my has thrown open its wide doors inviting the pubThe trees all bare and nature's russet stole

lic to rush in. Mr. Manager Maretzek promises us Thrown o'er the landscape, dull must be the heart, at least two new operas, "Ione" and “Faust;" the Ingrate to Him who rules the perfect year,

Faust of Gounod, probably, and not Spohr's. But That is not gladdened by thy gentle song.

an opera new to us is not necessarily a good thing. There is a heartiness and rural homeliness in these It is much pleasanter, for instance, to hear Norma, lines which are no less remarkable than delightful or the Somnambula, or the Barber, or Lucrezia, in this day of highly colored verse. They have a

which are very familiar to all of us, than to hear sobriety which reproduces not only the general win- Roberto Devereux, or Don Sebastian, or Il Pirata. ter scene, but its New England 'aspect. And the To sing old operas better than they were ever sung poet who is most faithful to nature is necessarily before is a much less expensive business for the truest to man. There is no good cause, no high manager than to produce those that have no remarkhope, no earnest effort, which has not the same able merit, and are merely new. There are certain hearty welcome as the chickadee from our genial works by all the great composers which have some member of the Sassafras.

special and limited excellence; some fine song for the

soprano, or the tenor, or the bass, but which are upon THE Easy Chair observes that no public crisis the whole tedious and unpopular : but the manager long disturbs the even tenor of the theatre. What has not always the firmness to resist the singer who ever happens we mnst be amused. Our army at shines in the special song or scene, and, deluded by Port Royal or the Kane expedition at the Pole must his consciousness of a popular demand for novelty, equally divert themselves, and generally with the he yields and suffers. drama. As for the great city, reeking out of the

But with the truly excellent Italian opera of wanton and murderous riots, and reminded of su

Maretzek, with the Philharmonic concerts, with the preme law and absolute order by the imposing army German opera of Anschütz—from which we have the in August, it turned quietly to Forrest and Booth, right, based upon experience, to expect the most and shouted with delight over Bandmann.

faithful and musical rendering of great works-and The hold of Mr. Forrest upon popular favor is re- with the Chamber concerts of Messrs. Thomas, Mamarkable. It seems to be undiminished in strength, son, and other musicians, with the virtuoso performand the spell is certainly unchanged. They speak ances of Gottschalk and the soloists, we shall not in England of a muscular Christianity, and Mr. For- want the most delightful opportunities during the rest offers us the physical drama. His acting im- winter. parts a shock of exhilaration to the animal man. The tenacity of the public regard for his perform

Editor's Dramer. anoe may be explained upon the same principle with

A

NOTHER YEAR of the Magazine closes with bathing. There is a purely physical "fillip" which this Number, and the man who keeps the key is always agreeable. Perhaps it would not occur to of the Drawer takes the opportunity to return his Mercury, new-lighted upon a heaven-kissing hill, thanks to the numerous friends who have so freely and thence proceeding to the parquette of Niblo's, contributed to this department of the Monthly. that acting is an intellectual art. But if he crossed In the midst of arms, it has been said, the laws the street to the Winter Garden and saw Edwin are silent, but the laugh comes in to enliven even Booth, or waited to see Bandmann the next even the grim visage of war; and it will not have esing, he might be of another opinion.

caped the notice of any that the camp, the field, Yet whether it be the force of tradition, or the ir- and the sea have furnished much of the liveliest repressible desire of an immediate response betray. humor that flows into these pages. The soldier ing him into a more sensational style, the friends of and the sailor enjoy a good thing, and they send us Mr. Booth do certainly remark an occasional extrav- mapy. Our thanks are due to the officers of the agance, which is plain in his Richelieu. And in- army and the navy for favors received at their deed it may be fairly doubted whether a faithful, hands. We love to know that the art and practice purely intellectual, and sustained representation of of war are not all horrors, and that the merry quip Hamlet, for instance, would be acceptable to an au- and turn are enjoyed with as keen a relish in the dience. A subtle portraiture of so delicate and con- tent and on the march as they are by the evening templative a character appeals to the finest percep- fireside at home. tion and cultivation. Can those qualities be pre- The gentlemen of the clerical order have usually sumed in any audience at any theatre? As there been the Drawer's most frequent and prolific conis necessary to make music a continuously popular tributors. As none enjoy its collected humor more amusement that it should be spiced with all the ex- than they, so none are able to communicate more travagance of the Opera, so to commend the rarest largely and acceptably. We will never have a line creations of the drama there seems to be required or word in these pages to which the best of men can a certain coarseness of declamation. Surely Mr. object; and if mirth is measured by the bounds of inBooth, reading the memoirs of the time and study- | nocence the wisest may enjoy it, as we know they do. Ladies are valued correspondents of the Drawer, , folded, and that persons could be placed before him their delicate appreciation of the humors of the day without announcing their names, and he would read encouraging them to write when they would not their several characters as from a book. The M. C. venture on the display of wit in the social circle. was of course brought forward, and after certain sig

And there are thousands of the Drawer's readers nificant “ahems" the lecturer commenced manipulatwho have never written a line for it, or only now ing the cranium of his subject. Full fifteen minutes and then a little. We bespeak their kind assist were occupied with thumb and fingers, measuring and ance to make this department the spice of life. calculating, without uttering a word. The immense When you hear or say something that drives dull audience were as still as so much flesh and blood care away and lights up the face of friends with a could be. Not a whisper, not a shuffle of a foot merry smile, that belongs to the Drawer.

could be heard. Finally the lecturer seemed to have

settled the question as to the preponderance of the WESTERN eloquence continues to improve. A mental powers of his subject, and exclaimed, “LaWisconsin reporter sends the following sketch. A dies and gentlemen, this man is a perfect peacock !" lawyer in Milwaukee was defending a handsome young woman accused of stealing from a large unoc- ONE of the soldiers tells the Drawer of a sudden cupied dwelling in the night time, and thus he discovery of the “politics” of a family down in spake in conclusion:

Dixie : “Gentlemen of the Jury, I am done. When I

Our regiment, he says, was in Northern Missis

gaze with enraptured eyes on the matchless beauty of this peer- sippi, and halting near a fine mansion the boys were less virgin, on whose resplendent charms suspicion never making for the chicken quarter, when the lady of dared to breathe; when I behold her radiant in this glo- the house appealed to the Colonel for protection, as rious bloom of lustrous loveliness, which angelic sweetness she was “a good Union woman, and they all stood might envy but could not eclipse; before which the star on the brow of night grows pale, and the diamonds of Brazil up for the Government!” Just then one of the chil

dren cried out, are dim; and then reflect upon the utter madness and folly

“Oh, mother, that horrid Yankee's of supposing that so much beauty would expose itself to got Jeff Davis [a big rooster], and is going to wring the terrors of an empty building in the cold, damp dead his neck!". There was no further doubt about the of night, when innocence like hers is hiding itself amidst loyalty of that household. the snowy pillows of repose; gentlemen of the jury, my feelings are too overpowering for expression, and I throw A CORRESPONDENT who was among the surrenher into your arms for protection against this foul charge, dered at Vicksburg, rejoicing that he can once more which the outrageous malice of a disappointed scoundrel has invented to blast the fair name of this lovely maiden, get Harper, and read it, says that he has gained whose smile shall be the reward of the verdict which I

more fat laughing over the Drawer than he got from know you will give!"

all the mules that he helped to eat during the siege. The jury acquitted her without leaving their A VINTNER in London sent Lord Derby a sample seats.

of wine that he recommended as a specific for the

gout. Afterward he sent to request of his Lordship HENRY ELLISON, of Herkimer, New York, was a an order for some more of the wine; but Lord Derby man of sound judgment and acknowledged integrity. replied that he preferred the gout! A neighbor of his, by the name of John Fvoted by universal consent a “hard-faced" man. Rev. MR. JONES's people made him a tin-wedding After F—'s death his disconsolate friends erected visit on the tenth anniversary of his marriage, each to his memory a costly monument with a wordy in- one giving him a present of some article of tin-ware. scription enumerating his many virtues. Ellison One of his hearers, who had never joined his church, being called upon as a neighbor to render assistance presented him with a long tin pen, remarking at the in raising the marble shaft over the last resting- same time that he did not give it to him to write any place of his departed friend, after the stone was in its longer sermons. The hint was well taken ; but Mr. place, and every thing completed, sat down and read Jones instantly answered, "I hope they will be long over the inscription. Pondering on the subject a enough to reach you, Sir.” few moments, and as if communing with the spirit of the departed, he was overheard to say, “John, if A young lady, a teacher in an academy, was also you could arise and read that inscription, you would a teacher in the Sunday-school. The lesson of the think that you had got into the wrong grave!" day was about the two MITES of the widow, which

she pronounced mits. Explaining the reason why Some years ago Derby, the great phrenologist, these mits were so valuable, she said that the widow lectured in the old court-house of Joliet, Illinois. probably knit them herself. During the afternoon previous to the lecture various citizens called at the rooms of the lecturer, among A SOLDIER in the army writes to the Drawer whom were the late Judge — and the late W. and says: One night, dark and rainy, Colonel S E. L, both at that time practicing attorneys in and I were coming from Marietta to Camp Orchard, the Fourth Judicial District. At that interview it where the — Ohio State Militia were encamped, was agreed between the lecturer and the two law- being on the rampage after Morgan. We were ridyers that when persons were placed before him for ing at full gallop, and I told the Colonel that we the purpose of an examination of heads, that he had passed a sentry. He wheeled and returned to should give a certain lawyer in town (now Member of the sentinel, asking him why he did not order him Congress) a particular style of character, and that to halt and give the word. The fellow was busy at when their man was placed on the stand before the something, and cried out, “Hold on till I load my lecturer they would notify him by certain signs. gun!" When evening came the old court-room was filled to its utmost capacity, and after an able lecture the au- WHILE at Berryville, Virginia, writes an army dience were informed that the lecturer would be blind- I correspondent, we established our lines, and all per

was

sons residing within them and wishing to go beyond “Oh yes," said the old man; "he's behind the them were required to take the oath of allegiance. barn now, holding the calf!" An intelligent “contraband,” wishing to go through, This was a little too much; Robison was ahead; on learning the requisition, very innocently asked, and Jones gave in--just as Cage did, as narrated, * What is de oath?"

with a picture of the scene, in the Magazine for "You must swear to support the Constitution,” June, 1862. replied the marshal.

“Why,” said Sam, “I can't hardly support the WHEN Dr. Paley was dining with the Bishop of old woman, times is so drefful hard !"

Durham and a large party an old gentleman reThe marshal let him pass.

marked, as the subject of domestic life was under

discussion, that he had been married forty years, The following came under my observation while and had never had the slightest difference with his serving under General Palmer on the Tennessee wife. The Bishop was expressing his great delight, River. There was in Company C of our regiment when Dr. Paley very archly inquired, “Don't you (Forty-second Illinois) a singular genius, familiarly think it must have been very flat, my lord ?" known as Jerry, an easy, careless, jovial fellow, thinking a man a man any where, and paying no Tom is a bright little boy, and very much attached attention to the shoulder-strapped gentry" any to his mother. The other day his father came home in more than if they were not about. One day, while a bad humor, and was scolding and finding fault with General Palmer was upon our boat, he was among things generally. Little Tom sat and listened until a company of officers, looking with his glass at the he thought it necessary to interfere in behalf of his battle-ground of Pittsburg Landing. Jerry was mother, when, looking up at his father, he said, in near by, and, stepping up to the General, slapped a very decided tone, him familiarly on the shoulder, and said, “Say, old “ If you did not like her ways, what did you feller, let me see that thing, will yer?" The officers marry her for ?" expected to see Jerry sent in on bread and water; I need scarcely add that the weather cleared up at but, always ready fur fun, Palmer handed Jerry once, and that storm was over. his spy-glass. Jerry took it, and very deliberately looked it over; and, placing it about two feet from THERE is so much drinking in the army, and pahis eye, looked through it. One such look was suf-triotism so often sports itself over the wine-cup, to ficient, and turning to the General, with a look of the injury of the glorious cause, that it is well for extreme contempt, he said, “Here, take the tarnal soldiers to remember an old saying of Bishop Kenthing; I can see through it!" and retired amidst the nett, of Oxford, in the times of James the Second. shouts of the General and his officers.

He was Proctor of the College, and going his rounds

one night he found a party of students engaged in a In the good old times before the war, writes a drinking bout, and making a great noise over their friend in the lower regions, the candidates for office wine. He reproved them sharply, and ordered them in this Southern country were accustomed to resort to disperse to their several rooms. One of the comto strange dodges to conciliate the people and get pany said to him, their votes. One of them, in the Old Dominion, "Mr. Proctor, you will, I am sure, excuse us while stumping the outskirts of his district, came when you are told we are met to drink prosperity to early one morning upon a clearing where a solitary the Church.” man was hoeing. Alighting from his horse, he took To which the Proctor answered: “Sir, we are to an extra hoe standing by, and commenced working pray for the Church, and to fight for the Church ; not very vigorously, at the same time delicately hint- to drink for the Church.” ing who he was, and for what purpose he had come. Our army boys would do well to pray for the counThe man, however, was obtuse, not seeming con- try, and fight for the country; and not drink for the scious of his visitor's design till just as the sun was country. sinking beneath the horizon, when he suddenly brightened up and said,

“OLD JOE" keeps a noted saloon in a basement on “Wa'al, I reckon you're mighty good at hoein', and Leonard Street, and along the front he stretched a if I was only over in Old Virginny I'd vote for you.” | canvas, upon which, in large letters, was painted

The dismayed politician did not let the grass grow THE SHADES. Time wore on, and with it was under his horse's feet till he was safely out of North worn off the first four letters, leaving the appropriCarolina, where he had labored hard all day for ate designation, HADES. Joe still survives; but naught.

he took down that sign when he was made to under

stand the English of it. The same correspondent sends the following, which is very good-none the worse that it has ap- "I am an alien,” says a correspondent of the peared before in substance in the Magazine. That Drawer, “and was expatiating the other day upon time the scene was laid in Lower Mississippi. Very the duty of every good citizen to support the Govlikely it happened in several places. Politicians ernment, and declaring myself in favor of the draft are very much alike.

as the best means of filling up the army. “Yes,' Another candidate came upon a "poor white said a friend standing by, 'I haven't seen an exempt man,” who had a vote to give, if he did have to do but was in favor of the draft.”” his own milking. The candidate, Jones, asked him if he should hold the cow, which seemed to be un- The Bostonians, even the men in the cemeteries, easy, and the old man consenting very readily, he are the smartest people on this planet–or, what is took her by the horns and held fast till the opera- | the same thing, “in this universal Yankee nation." tion was done.

One of them says, in a letter to the Drawer : "Have you had Robison [his rival] around here Having occasion not long since to ride in an omlately?” he asked.

nibus, I could not help hearing a part of the conver

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