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The Silencing System in France. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
The Silencing System in France. The following j s a lp tter f roln a C orres|)ondcnt in I aris tn a 1/mdon paper : '• Before I go farther, let tne open a parenthesis, and tell you an anecdote, too illustrative of this resolute system of denial -and belief in the efficaciousness of falsehood, to be passed by. Just after the Kmperor's marriage, a grocer, possessed of a very handsome house at Versailles, in which Madame de Motrin and her daughter had occupied tlie first Hoor for some weeks, very innocently went about saying to every one he met : • Only think of Mademoiselle de Moutijo, being the Kmperor's wife ; she lodged in my house, and I saw her go in and out everyday.'- No great harm you will say. Hut the grocer was sent for to the prefecture and thus addressed : — 'So and so, you say the Kmprese lodged in your house?' ' Yes,sir, with her mother, at such a date." 'So and so, the Kmpress never lodged at your house—* ' Hut, sir, I assure you—' *] tell you her Majesty never set her f...
Forgetfulness. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Forgetfulness. / knmr a great overgrown, first-rate man in this place, writes a correspondent, engaged in the mercantile business, who is much troubled to recollect names, and who, one morning, with pencil in hand, and quill behind his ear, called out to his partner : " Billy, what is John Supplebeam's first name?" And he never discovered his mistake till he began to write it, when he forgot the last name ; and with the same unconsciousness, sang out: " Kxcuse me, Billy, but I have forgot John Supplebeam's last name now I" The roar of laughter which ensued, restored his memory. Hkaw Sai.es.— Life Illustrated advertises a satire — • Modern Fools—Fifteen hundred sold in as many days. Price 15 cents, single." Odb a day for five years ! There must be one more left. The above portrait ef one of the individuals banished by the Committee ul Vigilance, will at once be recognized by every resident of this city as an excellent likeness. Aldrieh was the chosen companion of the bullies who have...
<TI)r Blflfk Book. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
&lt;TI)r Blflfk Book. Under thehewd ol M Tito Larking Literature of London." an Kni:.i&gt;h journal Liv- an account of Mirious document- printed out never nnhlishcfl. ami more or It's.-*, privately circulate*l. for tile l-rtwOi •»f particular cla of the community. Among fl*B most ctirioti-i oft&amp;ese i-* tin- IbUowuiff:« m The hist &lt;|Hvimrn of lurking literature to which wp slut tl allude, is a periodica! work, to which we shall pive llie name of the Klack Hook 'Hit* a work of portent, importance :i nd »ii"ii!iciirion, «.f which niiM'l v-niiu' out of a hundred of ntir reader&gt; have never had a B%wS, and of which. moreover, let litem labor Io lhat end as I lie y may. they will nevei ■yoreed in totting a flisspnn \\h&gt; arc Its editor, printer, ami publisher, we tvowol my ; the whole baaoeiw is got Ihrongh m ith s sssms* as ■mi nullum a-i ISM apjHarance and clandestine distribut i- &gt;v oi the work itself are regular. Wh...
Dodging and Doing. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Dodging and Doing. D.-dging is an art of universal application It enters into politics as an element of use and neces sitv. Dodging will try tnesea|a-j„st rcponsibilitv • Doing will go to work and lilt the load. Disking will contrive to draw its neck out o| ,-very voice ■ Doing will walk up to the rack and lac,, the music' Dodging will hide property or change residence to evade the just tnx.-s that should lie equally borne ■ Doing will be Kiting to he taxed for the "securities ol home, law. government, and schools. DoitW reminds ~sol ■ man always upright, always honest, always straightlorward m speech and" in act ■ Dodging reminds ns of a poet who says : "Here lies old Hodge, who dodged all good In trying lo dodge all evil: lint in nil his d.Mlging, d„dge which way he would. He could not d.alge the d- I."
Vioe« That Pay. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Vioe« That Pay. A reply of the trench Emperor to an indiscreet dame, may fit the pipes of the anti-tobacconists. She was declaiming in his hearing, against the use Of tobacco, and wished for some means of arresting the advances of a mania which had become a vice • " Vice it may be, madame," said Louis, " but find me a virtue which brings a hundred and twenty millions a year into the treasury." "The Same."—When a lady takes a glass of mineral water with sarsapaiilla syrup, anil her cavalier asks for a glass of " llie same," it is always given to him out of a different bottle, and is of pale amber color, with strong tonic qualities. Just watch him next time, Julia.
Kakistocracy. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Kakistocracy. " Alas for human nature !" exclaims a writer in H/iickwimrl; "no unmixed form of government has ever long continued to rule for the ■good of the governed. Iv a generation or two the paternal monarchy becomes a tyranny ; the aristocracy, or government of the best, an oligarchy, or government of the few : the orderly democracy (dreamed of by many theorists, but seldom realized on a large scale) a kiikistncrnci/, or government of the worst." Kakistocracy ! tlie word is new, but the thing is old. When we read the daily reports of the Cincinnati Convention — how that Tom Hyer was there, and Captain Rynders, with his big gun, and Herbert the murderer of Keating, and all tbe noisy riff-raff of the Union—and when we considered that the voice of this heaving multitude might determine the policy of our government for years to collar—it occurred to us that we had pretty nearly reaenrd a kakistocracy. Surely Douglass, Rynders, Herbert, and Preston are kakistocrats ; and are they n...
fitrmrn Hotirrs. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
fitrmrn Hotirrs. We have received the following new publications from the Noisy Carrier's Book and Stationery Co., 66 Long Wharf and 97 Battery street: The Sparrowgrass Papers. - These papers are a collection of essays originally published in Putnam's Magazune, and as genial efforts at quiet, effective humor, they have had no parallel in American literature since Irving's pen lapsed into idleness. We have frequently copied extracts from these productions, and those, with the following, will give our readers such a taste of the quality of the entire book that they will hardly be able to refrain from indulging themselves in its entire perusal. Mr. S. has made up his mind to buy a horse. Bad the kindred and interesting question arises where to put bim. Oa thia point the purchaser of the animal thus di-curaes: It is a Booted [s'liit whether it is best to bnv i.mr horse before ion build your stable, or build your stable Mi re you buy your horse. A hois,, without a stable is hk.'a bishop ...
Flaring the Hind Legs of a Camel. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Flaring the Hind Legs of a Camel. The Paris correspondent of the Boston Post tells the following funny story : The man that plays the hind legs of the camel at the Folios Nouvelles Theatre, is just now the most talked of individual in Paris ! The circus has its elephants which stand on their heads, and gesticulate with their trunks, and rntmbol in various massive ways ; and there are wild beast shows without number throughout the city. So the Folies Nouvelles, always up to the mark, caused to be constructed an out and out dromedary, aud it is exhibited nightly to crowds of delighted' spectators. A spotted body, properly humped, and a well manufactured head, and propelled, as large as life, and three or four times as natural, by two men inside. Their legs only appear to the public as furnishing forth the animal's lower limbs, and nankeen pantaloons essentially assist the illusion. The camel is led in by a little fellow in flowing clothes uud a turban, who puts him through his paces i...
Sagacity of the Bear. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Sagacity of the Bear. " Several anecdotes which were related to me by our guide, concerning the habits of the black bear would seem to entitle him to a higher position in the scale ol animal instinct and sagacity than that ol almost any other quadruped. For instance, he says that before making his bed to lie down, the animal invariably goes several hundred yards with the wind, at a distance from his track. Should an enemy now come upon his track, he must approach him with the wind ; and with the bear's keen sense of smell, be is almost certain to be made aware of his presence, and has time to escape before he is himself soon. "He also States that when pursued, the bear .sometimes takes refuge in caves in the earth or rocks, where the hunter often endeavors, by making a smoke at the entrance to force him out; but it not unfrequently happens that, instead of coming out when the smoke becomes too oppressive, he very deliberately advances to the fire, and with his fore-feet beats upon i...
The Spoils System. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
The Spoils System. Wherever we look, we see proofs that we are an ilbgorerned people. The general government, the state government, the city government—tbe ex,ec 1 1live, the legislature, the judiciary—all are , leiicriing. c.\|HMiMve. slow, and corrupt." I In- eattc it apparent. It is—that the offices I are filled by low, mean men, who have been useful as the tools of patrtv, and are rewarded with place. \\ htm an office holder is pointed out to us, we at once a.sk OBS Ml ILIA, How did lie degrade himself ? (luce it was not so. To hold office was a very honorable thing, down to the administration of John Oyiincy Adams, and the men to hold office were selected from the able and the honest portion of the people. W\ at the change ? We answer the question in thret words : llotatton in office. The deadly effect of the rotation system lies in the fact, that under it, it is the interest of tlie officeholder not to do his duty. His great concern is to keep his office, hy keeping his party ...
Fyrotechny, or Firework* [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Fyrotechny, or Firework* The won! pyrotechny is derived Irom two Greek words, which signify Jhc and art; it was originally used in a military sense, and implied a knowledge of the art of using gunpowdeY in warfare. In the present day, pyrotechny is understood as fireworks lor the display of devices and colors of a burning substance, used as signals of distress or joy. All fireworks are composed principally of guupuwder ; that is, salt|&gt;etre, sulphur and charcoal in different proportions. For pyrotechnical displays the gunpowder is used in the form of a fine flour, commonly called meal powder, while for the " shooting iron"' the gunpowder is formed into fine grains, like seed. The mere difference in the mechanical state of the ingredients causes a great difference in the way it burns. In the grain, as ordinary gunpowder, it •• goes off with a bang ;" but in the meal it merely burns with a " fizz."" Thus a rocket is filled throe parts with meaXiiowder, aud the end or fourth...
Matrimonial. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Matrimonial. A very romantic gentleman put* the following advertisement in a New York paper, where a the young lady that will " circumnavigate - ' him ! " A gentleman twenty-five years of age, a Kentuckian by birth, possessing au independent fortune, and whose only happiness is found in moonlight, music, love, and flowers, is desirous of devoting himself to the cultivation of those sweetnesses of existence, in connection with some beautiful young lady, who will esteem it her chiefest joy constantly to speak with the effulgent halo of her loving heart. Will such a maiden please address Fernando t"
Jlnti-5abhotorion fllovtmtnt IN FRANCE. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Jlnti-5abhotorion fllovtmtnt IN FRANCE. Says Life Illustrated : " The anti-Sabbatarian movement has extend jd itself to France, where, one would suppose there were no inconvenient Sabbatical restrictions One M. Mellet, a French clergyman, has just published a treatise, the object of which is to prove that, to a Christian people, the B*bbavth is abolished. Firstly, he shows that it is a ceremonial ordinance : secondly. that it was given specially to the children of Israel; thirdly, that it is abolished with the Decalogue of which it constituted a part ; fourthly, that in the Xew Testament not a single passage speaks of a day of rest; that not one exists which contains the least threat against those who should not observe it, or which makes tbe slightest allusion to thisdntv ; and fifthly, that the Gospel expressly declares the ancient Sabbath abolished. These positions are supported by a great array of i|outatioiis and arguments." To this, we are induced to add a reflection or two. K...
Jenny land and Bam urn. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Jenny land and Bam urn. The following letter from Mr. Barnum appears in a New York paper : " Permit me, as a simple act of justice to one of the best of women, to pronounce the letter a forgery which purports to have been written by Mi-s.Gold-smidt (Jenny I,ind) to a friend in Philadelphia, concerning my pecuniary embarrassments. "It cannot be genuine, because, although the sympathy and kindly feeling expressed in it are such as 1 might expect from the known goodness of that lady and the cordial terms upon which we parted when she returned to Kurope, she could not conscientiously attribute the charity concerts that she gave in this country to me. and she irou/d not assist in circulating a misapprehension. " To Jenny Lind alone belongs the entire credit ol having originated all her concerts here in aid of the cause of benevolence. The natural impulses of her heart are in the highest degree noble and generous Long before she visited America her disinterested humanity was the common su...
Infantile Sympathy. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Infantile Sympathy. A fond mother, who believes that "just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined," aud who wishes her children to grow up with sympathetic hearts and benevolent dispositions, not long since was trying to sow some good seed in the mind of her little son Charley, a bright boy of about three years old, by giving him an affecting account of the death of a neighbor's son. that had been run over and killed by a city car. a short time previous. Little Sammy, (the neighbor's son.) had been sent across the avenue to a candy shop, to buy some giimdrops, a kind of confectionery of which Charley himself is particularly fond. On returning, Sammy in attempting to dodge a cart which came suddenly around the corner, rushed in front of an approaching car ; and before the driver could stop his horses, they knocked the poor little fellow down, the gumdrops were scattered in the road, the car-wheelg crushed little Sammy's legs, aud after a few hours of dreadful suffering, he died. As ...
A Long Cow*. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
A Long Cow*. In the biography of McKean Buchanan, posted on the street comers, it is related that, " the monotony of home naval life not being adapted to his active habits, he abandoned that and engaged in the pursuit of a shipping merchant." At last accounts they were going it with a perfect rush—ni, and tuck—bets two to one on the great American Tragedian.— Sierra Citim*.
Page 1 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
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