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OUR SUMMER GALE. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
OUR SUMMER GALE. 'Tis not the balmy breath of Spring, So redolent with perfumes sweet Of tinted flowers, whose praise we sing— It is our Summer Uale we greet. In sooth he is a wuyivaril chid, This frantic Summer Ball of ours; When he's let loose he pearl the tte'il. And dearly loves to show his powers. At dewy eve he seeks rejKjse, Hut where he hideth none can tell; Perhaps lo som« dark cavern goes, Where gnomes anil water-sprites do dwell. But when the noon-day sun is high. Then comes he whistling o'er the hilts— And as he nindly rushes by, A merry roundelay lie trills. The dust and rulihish in his track, He hurls on high with fiendish glee; For man or maiden turns nol back, Bui bl.nds them all most recklessly. Our Summer Gale does much delight To snatch your hat as he whisks by; The lawless, rude, uncivil wight! Il pleases him to make it Ily. He sports amongst the ladies curls, And wrestles with their silken reives— The sand and dust about them whirls. Inflicting troubles worse ta...
LOVE ON A CARPET FOB ME. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
LOVE ON A CARPET FOB ME. They may talk of low in a cottage. And bowers of trelhse l vine — Of nature bewitchinplv simple And milkmaid* half divine. They may talk of the pleasure of sleeping In the shade of a -preading tree. And a walk in the ftoMi at moriiir.g. By the side of a footstep free! But cive me a sly flirtation By the light of a chandelier— With music to play in the pauses And nobody very m-ar; Or a seat on a silken sofa' With a glai-aof pur.- old wine, * And mamma m Miad to di.-corer The small white hand in mine. Your lore in a cottap** is hungry, Your vine is a nest for flies—* Your milkmaid ataoekl the Graces, And simplicity talks of pies! You lie down to your shady slumber And wake with a hug in your ear, And your damsel that walks in the morning Is shod like a iiiouuiaiuee-rr. True love is at home on a carpet, And mightily likes his ease— And true love has an eye for a dinner, And starves beneath shady trees. His wmg is the fan of a lady. His foot's au iovisible thing...
The Silencing System in France. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
The Silencing System in France. The following is a letter from a correspondent in Paris to a LoowMl paper : Before 1 go farther, let me n\wn a parenthesis, and tell you an anecdote, too illustrative ol this resolute system of denial—and belief in theefiicuoionsness of falsehood, to be passed by. dust after the Karperor's marriage, a grocer, poosessed of a very handsome house at Versailles, in which Madamode Moutijo and her daughter had occupied the lirst Hour for some wee Us. very innocently treat about saying to every one he met : ' Duly think of Mademoiselle de Moutijo, being the fount 11 vi'■ wife ; she lodged in my house, and 1 saw her go in and out every day.' - No great 1 harm you will say. Hut the grocer was sent for to the prefecture and thus addressed : — 'So and so. you say the Kmpress 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—' ' 1 tell you her Majesty never sot her fo...
Forgetfulnesa. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Forgetfulnesa. / kumr a great overgrown, first-rate man in this place, writes a correspondent, engaged \ n the mercantile business, who is much troubled to recollect names, and who. one morning, with pencil in hand, and quill behind his car, called out to his partner : " Hilly, 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: hxcuse me, Bitty, but I have forgot John feupplebeam's last name now !" Tbe roar of laughter which ensued, restored his memory. Hkaw s.u.ks. Llfe «tmmmi advertises a satire-" Modern Inols-Fifteen hundred sold tv as many days. Price 15 cents, single." One a day for five years I There must be one more left. The above portrait of one of the individuals banished by the Committee ot Vigilance, will at once be recognized by every resident of this city as an excellent likeness. Aldrieh was the chosen conipunion of the bullies who have so lon...
(TIk Blark Book. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
(TIk Blark Book. I'nuVr the head "I " The Lnrkinc Literature of London ' au Knglish journal give, an a i-umt nf \arions documents printed lint niwr published, and inure or less, privately circulu'id. fur tbe 1-enfflt of partienlar dam* of the community. Among tut most curious .if these is the following •• 'I'he la-t s|M.,'imen of larking literature to ■ Men we .shall allude, is a pwiotflcti work, tn which me shall five the name of th- Black Book Thi- if) a work of portentous imiKirtnticc and sigi,i|j m t|,,„ ~f which ninety nine out of a hundred ol our readerhave never had a -ighl. and of which as Stenver, let them labor to thai eial as they uiav.ihrv w ill nevei succeed in gvitimr a glimp-e. Wii , are it- edit ,r printer, and piililtduT. we cannot say ■ the whole business is girt through with a nvivsv as iiiarvollouas the apiK-uratiiv and clandestine distribution ol the work itself ate regular. What is the ex tall of its circulation, no man knows, but it niu-t he considerable, for ...
Dodging and Doing. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Dodging and Doing. I bulging is an art of universal application. It enters into polities as an element of mm) tad tweesBtty. Dodging will try tosacasisiael iiissiiiiiliilT ■ Oomg will o„ to work and lilt the load. LsoeMng will co„t,,vc to draw its neck out of every yoke ; Joing will walk up to the rack and face the music. I bulging will hide property or change nsidence to evade the just tax.-s that should ho equally borneI'oing will l„- willing to be taxid lor the securities '•r home. law. goveriiuient. and schools. Doing i remit* aa el a man always upright, always honest, always stunghtiorward in ■meca and" in act ; I bulging reminds us of a poet who says: "Hers lies old Dodge, who dodged all good In II I nig Is d.atge all oil: * Hut 111 all his dodging, d..dge which way he would, il. could not Sanaa the d I."
Vices That Pay. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Vices That Pay. A reply of the French Kmperor 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 lakes a glass of mineral water with sarsapariila syrup, and her cavalier asks for a glass of " tlie same," it is always given to him out of a different bottle, and is of pa*lc amber color, with stroug 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 lllnckwnoil ; " no unmixed form of government has ever long continued to rule for the 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 ktikistocnici/, or government of the worst." Kakistocracy ! the 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 Hynders, with his big gun, and Herbert the murderer of Keating, and all the noisy riff-raff of the Union—and when we considered that the x-oiee of this heaving multitude might determine the policy of our government for years to OMnarit occurred to us lhat we had pretty nearly reaenM a kakistocracy. Surely Douglass, Rynders, Herbert, and Preston are kakistocrats ; and are they not our m...
fitrmrn llotirrs. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
fitrmrn llotirrs. We have received the folkmiog new publications from tbr Noisy Carrier* Itook anil Stationery Co., (6 Lang Wharf anil '.'7 Battery street: The S/xtrr,mmfrmm I'.iper/. These papers are a coll. rtiou of essays originally published in Pvtaom'l Mat/a-.-m', and as genial •MillU nt quiet, effective humor, they hare had no parallel in American literature since living's pen lapsed into idloniva. We have frequently copied extract! from these productions, and those, with tie following, will (jive our readers such a taste al the ipialitv of the entire b.«.k that they will h udly be able to refrain from larlnlffitu themselves iv its entire perusal. Mi.cv baa made up bis mind to liuv a horse, and the kindred and interesting question arises where to put him. in this [mint the purchaser of the animal thus di-c..ur*cs : It i» a mooted [sunt whether it is best to buy roar horse before yon build your stable, or build your stable bH re t,„i buy your le.rse. A lease without' a -table i...
Playing the Hind Legs of a Camel. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Playing the Hind Legs of a Camel. The Paris correspondent of the Boston Post tells the following funny story : The man that plays tlie hind legs of tlie camel at the Folies 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 gambol 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, and it is exhibited nightly to crowds of delighted spectators. A spotted body, properly humped, and a well manufactured head, and propelled, as large ns life, and three or four times as natural, by two men inside. Their legs only appear to the public ns 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 aud a turban, who puts him through his paces...
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 Been to entitle him to a higher position in tbe scale ol animal instinct and sagacity than that of almost any other rraadraped. For instance, he says that before making his bed to lie down, the animal invariably goes several hundred yards with tho wind, at a distance Irom his track. Should an enemy now come upon his track, he must approach him « ith the wind : and with the bear's keen sense nl smell, he i- almost certain to be made aware of \"r l ,re *' 1 • »nd has time to esca|ie before he is himself seen. 'He also states that when pursued, the bear -oinotimos takes refuge in eaves in the earth or neks. who, ~ the hunter often endeavors, by making a smoke at the entrance to force him out ; but it not unfrei|uently happens that. Instead of coming out when the smoke la-comes too oppressive, he very deliberately advances to the lire, and with his fore Icel boa...
The Spoils System. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
The Spoils System. Wherever we 1..0k. we see proofs that we are an illsgoverrjed people The general government, the state government, the city government—the c.x---e, ■nice, th,- legis*utui*j, the judiciary—all are bunirling. ex|H-iisive. slow, and corrupt." The cause is apparent. It is—that the offices are filiwl by low . mean men, who have been useful as the tools ~f party, and are rawaidud with place. \\ ban an ollice holder i- pointed out to us, we at Once a-k OUISeIfCS, How did at degrade himself ? tlnre ii aras not so. To hold office was a very booorable thing, down to the administration of John ljuincv Adams, and the men to hold office were selected from the able and the honest portion of the people. Whence the change ? We answer the question in three words: Rotation in office. The deadly elleet of the rotation swstem lies in the fact, that under it. it is the interest of the officeholder not to do his duty. His great concern is to keep his office, by keeping his party in pow...
Pyrotechny, or Fireworks. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Pyrotechny, or Fireworks. The word pyrotechny is derived Ironi two Creek words, which signify fir* und art; it was originally useil in a military sense, and implied a knowledge of the art ol using gunpowder in warfare. In the present day. pyrotechny is understood as fireworks tor the display of devices and colors of a burning substance, used as signals of distress or joy. All fireworks are composed principally of gunpowder ; that is, saltpetre, sulphur and charcoal in different proportions. For pyrotecbnical displays the gunpowder is used in the form of n fine dour", commonly called meal powder, while for the " shooting iron th* 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 three parts with meaLnowdcr, aud the end or fourth part with gr...
Matrimonial. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Matrimonial. A very romantic gentleman puts the following advertisement in a New York paper. Where's the young lady that will " circumnavigate" him ? " A gentleman twenty-five years of age, a Kentuckian by birth, possessing an iudepeudent fortune, and whose only happiness is found in mooulight, music, love, and flowers, is desirous of devoting himself to the cultivation of those sweetnesses ot 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-Sabbatarian iHawmrnt IN FRANCE. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Anti-Sabbatarian Movement IN FRANCE. Says Life l/luil rated : " The anti-Sabbatarian movement has e.xtend.'d itself to France, where, one would suppose there were no inconvenient Sabbatical restrictions On.- M. Mellet, a French clergyman, has just published a treatise, the object of which is to prove that, to a Christian people, the Sabbath 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 New 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 the slightest allusion to this ditty ; and fifthly, that the Gospel expressly declares the ancient Sabbath abolished. These positions are supported by a great array of qoetatioos and arguments." To tins, we ate induced to add a reflection or two. Re...
Jenny Lind and Bamnm. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 3 August 1856
Jenny Lind and Bamnm. 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 Mrs. Goldsmidt (Jenny Lind) 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 I might expect from the known goodness of that lady and the cordial terms upon which we parted when she returned to F.urope. she cnuld not conscientiously attribute the charity concerts that she gave in this country to me. and she u-ould not assist in circulating a misapprehension. " To Jenny Lind alone belongs the entire credit of 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 subj...
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," and who wishes her children to grow up with sympathetic hearts and benevolent dispositions, not long since wus 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 electing account of the death of a neighbor's son, that had been run over and killed hv 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 gumdrops, a kind of confectionery of which Charley hansel lis particularly fond. On returning, Sammy iv attempting lo dodge a cart which came suddenly around the corner, rushed in front of an approaehiug car ; aud before the driver could stop his horses, they knocked the poor little fellow down, the gumdrops were scattered in the road, the car-wheels crushed little Sammy's legs, and after a few hours of dreadful suffering, he died. As Ch...