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lor, Lntour fancy conjures upsome fairy
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r patches of cartb, lingering long among
flowery fluids of ambrosial sweets, sip
'r nectar from Hwm'i cup. of ptiret
',and artfully dodging thorny roiues,
I most of the ill of life to which llesu u
f the "Standard" lad rejected tbii as
tiiajthy of hi paper," we should have
illiim duo asonc of Sbakspear's charaer
ir .possessing it heart
'Fit only for treason, ttrntagemt and
.!' . - - "
, , . THE WORLD.
io will of the wurl.l M deter of thral1,
(till tliere i a b'oom i lit lM ;
' ehv'c.-. .if Vh lisih lu cia and gall,
him. tiiMps-tot) tat thVste.
in ! .'t v .V'' w " -!o'' irny,
U C?.!.tnl j( O'.r !'! ' , '
vi:if,jtiuiw ii;t .'glitni (rnrw iy,
c b.nHrd m enji'veA and f.irgo:. .
; h vio ieoV on niortuliiy'a oenn wight,
"V i not mooU o'er each b l.lmv tlint rolla j
Hoi dell on ihe glurku, the beuuCon, liio niiijlit,
Asiich ua the aliipwreclu a thon'.t.
V i be who rriiifnibcn alone
(er. ihe dreiirenl tbedark ;
faveo may ware with ita -woe bo ling
tlo U iiuVr lin.it the aon'g of the lurk, t
V niiiy niter farewell whvit 'tin torture to pjrt ,
lint in meeting the dear one again,
. w never r-iio.eoU with that w.lducw of
1 limit '
H lii.li otit-baluncce agee of pain I
t li. iM'i not b. mouirn'if n laden uilb bliao
. , T)uX the aoul io it fullnca of love, .
V o!ild wmer if b dden to ehonae betweet tliia
., And the Pardiee pronme.l above f ,
Tuoiigh the' eye. may be dimmed with ita grief-
diop awhile, .
And the while.ied lip i"gh forth lu feiir j
let i eule Indeed ie tl.t face where tbe m!le
lttolk aeeu than the tear. 'J"'
P.iera m titti- when thn auu-m-guaU may rattle
. atoiwid ', . , ,
(. Thi rc wk sjiota where the poianu ahrub grows,
"at u re therit not houta when naught elte cau bj
liut the mth wifcd, the tunehine, and rose I
jb, liuplfiaiy rare i the portion thaft oure !
J,! AnJ Uranjre ia tl path that we take,
li there eprifcg not b?ide us a few precious flow-
.'..( r'e,,; . . " -
To xofteii the tboro ia Uie brake. ,
X!ie wall of rr gret ' rude clashing of strife, -
".'!'tt w v-.' ' 4rtn hut nrf
Tet nhink we m ' omiin the dtsoords of life " .'
..'Tis 6oiselfUvr .100ft Vaken the jar. ' .' '
XsrJi i net all t yet it is sot all gloom
And (hi Tcice of the gmwful will tell
.Tlmt n who olio' t.d pain, death, and the tomb,
la' hoxi, health, and the bridal as well. ,
Sliiuli fate do its wont, and my spirit eppreswe A,
. r O'V own saattenxl happiness pisw,
aW tfcese thi joy lu another's glad breast, ''
' Jii some pWaBtue must kindle in mine.
Sea lay net the voild is a deswrt of thiall ;
There is blot " tere is llghf on the waste (
5fhqh the-cbl ' if life hath its acid and gall,
J Taw aw U ' gtops toe for the taste. , i
Thn Maine Law baa passed the
Hmwetn Delaware by a ote of 11 to 10.
Kp earthly power can stay the onward pro
res prohibition. ' lu destiny right
n! iTha Temperauce party nw receive
U flatteriuif attention of the political par
i feaiiri" 1 hb" IJold upon the Bcarts
Ue people , Voe to e pomiciOj aspi
rant iio u- pi rL EWE?
cetheal 'J in tp the" law W
filed botb 1 J. rceetred the aanction
KeGo-rn .ad U now U,. law of tbe
SALTfjAKF. I'OLYOAMY. A VIEW BE
HIND THE CURTAIN. BEAUTIES
OF SQUATTER SOVEREIGNTY
Some of our renders tnuy b.'tve seen the
following extract from a private letter to a
crrojiondi-nt of the New York Tribune,
written by a lady. To an individual pos
raaod of the leait sensibility, nnd not whol
ly blotted by a brutal coarseness 6f organ
ization, this simple, narrative from an unso
phisticated "Latter day detnou"will more
cffottunlly cxpo.'O tho rottenness of the pe
culiar "domestic institution" of Salt Luke
than a voluino of arguments. The great
wonder to ua is that a nation professing to
bo civilized, to say the least, nnd claiming
so'iiio sort of superiority over such pontiles
as .iro represented to be "without natural
affection," such nbomtuations as this
modern Salt Lake Sudom reveal?, are not
only lolerat'id, but even viewed with a sort
of complaceut simile by many of our politi
cal demagogues, who disgrnco llio Councils
of the nation.
Utah will soon be knocking for admission
into tho Union, clothed ns she is in ths ha
biliments of a harlot. We shall then see
whether she will be able to show any . im
perative constitutional provisions for intru
ding ber lonthesome carcass into o social
compact upon an equal footing with her sis
ter states. We hope to see ' no dodging
among the Douglas Nebrajkaites, but ex
pect tliem to walk up liko men and extend
the right hand of fellowship to their sister,
who conies bearing in her right hand her
credentials, as being sound to the core ou
the Piorco doctrino of "squatter soveruign
tv" in "domestic institutions." Oregoninns !
shall wo support 'a delegate to Congress
who will not use what little legitimate- influ
ence he may possess in remonstrating, at
least, in our behalf, against the admission
of Utuh into tho Union I .
You as me to give a little mure in detail the in
cident In the ears that occurred as wo were oros
ing ;'.e Alleghanies, of which I briefly spoke
vlii-a we mt L I could not half tell you the story
new after the vividness with which it impressed
me fVts ft? ncorty passed away ; and if I could, it
wnu A not produce the effect it did upon me. I
heard it after weeks ef anxiety had' weakened iny
iymeni, whtn my long; and wearisome journey bad
let me but tlie strvngth-of a child, and my restlem
and i ncilrd mind senrd upon it lu all its reality
without the melioration always lent to a subject by
our own indifference to and personal disconnection
with t. A wrong dons to onother becomes an out
rage v.hen practised upon ourselvee. I had, thro'
wmehing and fasting, become 84 cllierealiied as to
lore sight of this sclfisli difference, and to see my
neighbor 'as' myself. I felt thst all womankind
had been insulted and sacrificed in Ihe perron of
MuraareU'' It was my duty to aveiigo it.
could have sent the aggressor tumbling into the
gorge of one of those mountain torrents and con
sidered it but retributive justice.
. Tuu Mormon Elderoame into our car, near the
foot of the mountains, and sot nour us. He would
have beeu good-locking if he had looked good.
He had a peculiar manner it indicated such, per
fect satisfaction with himself and the world. 1
heard him say he had gone to Salt Lake City be
fore the first furrow had beon turned in the ground
I listened, for who is not curious concerning that
wonderful esodus, 1 heard him tell of their great
temple, and bow it wont on stone by stoue, and
with each the power of tho devil grew loss and
ten.' How new nroeelvtee came pouring ih to
awell the host that was waiting ,'to receive the
Christ when be should come to reign a thousand
years upon the earth.' . '
He was a ntnn of no reading. His knowledge
was (like Mr. Orailjriiid's) ronfiii'id to 'fuels,' but
he had a natural gift for conversation, and gave a
rapid nnd skillfu' outline of bis subject in a way
that iuterested you at once.
When the n'ght grew dark he came and sat be-
hind us. He had fallen into the lianas ot a genus.
man whose dexterity in nuertinning led hint on to
speak freely of himself, and so gradually they
came to tbe 'peculiar ini titution.'. j He said the
women seldom carod to marry men of their own
age that their alfentions inclined towards the
priests and ciders. This convinced mo. that if the
men are all hypocrites the women are not wholly
so, but that they do this for the exaltation of their
souls. My lawyer (for so I shall call the question
er) asked whether the women were not jealous of
,rh other. aiDcciallv the vjuneer ones. The
saint answertd, 'No.' 'Some few,' be continued
were a liule difficult, but it was mostly confined
to the young. To be sure, his wife felt it when
he married a second timet the rost had never
cared.' . ?
Did she care so very much" eouliuutd the
'0 yes; I thought at first it wonld have killed
beri You see when I became a convert, I did not
raderstaad that part of it, because my wife and
had been so happy together. We married early
and bad scarcely been a day apart When
wanted to to to Salt Lake abe did not incline to go,
became she did not see so clearly as I the truth
of oar great religion bat the idea of my marriage
was no hindrance ; it did not occur to ber as pos
sible, and it was not Cor a long lime after.) got
there that I thought ef it myself , ''.
'Margaret did not mix with the people. Sue re
tained her old Eastern ways, and was si ways at
boom. 1 never let her do much work her bands
CITY, ORKGON TJ5U1UTOBY, SATURDAY, APRIL
were too small for that. She was stately in her
firm, and she had a queer way of twisting her long
hair round her bead, su ft looked liko a crown.
Tito fulkssaid she was proud, and and one or two
who had daughters asked n e why I did not take
a wife, and if I were not afraid. So' It came npon
me gradually, while upon her, you seo'it fell like
a st oke
'You must have found it difficult to break sucb
thing to ber'
'Yes, it was hard todo. But at lust I said I will
doit on Thursday, and on Thursday evening when
cume home, she wua standing In ths garden, and
when I went and put my arn around her, and
told her how. It had been revealed to me that I
must inurry again
What did she say?'
'Nothing. Not ene word. . She just gave one
scream. 1 declare l ahull never pet mat scream
out of my tan. I believe I should hear it If I were
on the Andes. I thought I heard it a mimita ago.'
The sleet rattled against Ihe windows of our
ear, and the bleak midnight wind swept down the
mountains. I thought I beard it too.
The Mormon proceeded 'And then she fell
ke one deed. I thought she wiu dead, but she
come to after a while", and, would you believo It,
she never meutioned the subject to me. I could
not fiud It in my heart to say a thing about it again
for more than five months Meantime she had
taken a cold.imd did not get strong again. I saw
that she was wearing the thought of It about her
like a mourning weed, and so, when she seemed a
little better, I talked to her about the gn-at princi
ples of our Faith, and how those to whom the Spir
it revealed itself must follow Its dictates, or be for
ever cast into Hell. And I toW her she need cot
fear my ntle.ctioii.for her forever, and that we should
never die, but live together and see the thousand
ears of Christ's reign upon tho earth, and bo by
Him rewarded for our obedience and willingness,
now to cast aside our selfish humawill and sacri
fice to Him.'
'Margaret was always a true believer. But I
had always been wandering in searoh of a rock of
Faith until I anchored here. 1 hod heardjiom
pulpit after pulpit, such conflicting doctrine, could
lay my hand on nothing that seemed secure, and
I think ahe was unwilling io set me aurm sgniii,
.j ... .h. rniueitted.- Mv oartuii from her was a
dreadful one, for she moaned nnd wept like one In
dcsDuir, and: I was fool enough to cry, too.'
'I don't wonder," said his intorlocutorv 'It is
jard wholly to subdue nature, even at the call of
duty t' and be cavo a low laugh.
Wheiit came oaek eoounnen-ine jwormcu,
it had leen been jnst o all the lime. She had
never eut'n and never slept, but only walked up and
down always hour after hour.'
'Well, how did she get used to it r .
'She retained tho home I had first built, of
, . j . i.! .... i.:nM
course. It was large, ana wo nu .uuuu-u,
and she was vary lonely, for I was necessarily much
away from her. I went as oftou-as I could, but I
married in quick anccessioa two others, and so we
were much soporulcd, and she fretted on my ab-
.., .1. . ic.llu j.F
Hence. At losi ii was nils, or mo w,w mc i.n.j
restating her fate ; she got iitiel in her mind used
to It. In fuct. People do get used to anything
on know. - When the iron foroe of circumstances,
irssFOj them on every side, and they do uot know
where or how to resist, they at least grow 'quiet.'
She took it into hor head after a while, that sho
would not live very long, ami she said it -vas not
worth whilo to be separated so much ths little time
she was hero, and it I pleased the families might
sll come and live together. . I told her she was
sensible, and getting used to things. Uut she
only said something to heielf about the collapsing
sides of an iron shroud, press ng out her life. It
sounded like poetry, She always had a way of
picking up odd things out of books. ".
'Did the get well ?'
. 'No, not vet. . Indeed her cough b rathor
worse, and she is more feeble, but she seems happy
eu6ugh. Sho is very kind to every one, especially
the two children, and she 'will' get better wnen
the spring comes, I know she will, because it has
been revealed to me that she is to live and dwell
with me a thousand years when Christ shall reigu
and judge the world.'"
LOUIS NAPOLEON GOING TO THE
.The Now Orleans Picayune gives the
following extraordinary" intelligence to its
readers, and says :
"We are. not permitted to name our au
thority, It will suffice to say that by the
last mails a lottor was recetveo trom i uris,
by an individual in this city. We have
been permitted to publish a translation of a
portion of this correspondence."
"Ihe iwiperor nas icrseeu mi vuo calami
ties, aud reverses of Sevastopol, evor since
the Allied army sat down before the city.
SLArnaud was a trooper (panaW) he
ani'eht have taken the place by a charge of
cavalry, at me nrst. onsei, um iuhiuj: m.,.., .
step-e became necessary. Neither Raglan
nor Canrob'tt were enual to their position,
and Louis Nupolcon loew it.. He did not
want .Sevastopol to be taken thi 't inter,
no knew that, short of a butchery, of which
the history of war affords no parallel, the
place coald not be carried." He determined
that Sevastopol should subserve a mighty
For thi he has been delaying supplier,
while he has concentrated bis forces in
France. Ab overwhelming army is gather
ing on the Prussian frontier. At Marseilles,
Toulon ana Algiers, iiou'us, u uo hjiu
forced by English vessels, will be ready, to
sail witb"70,000 men on March 15th. On
the arrival of tbis armada inthe Crimen, the
Emperor will leave Pariv and appear in
person before Sevastopol. A eoup dt truun,
upon a gigantic scale, will: be attempted.
Sevastopol will ' falL Tbe JaM army,
flushed with tlto ( 'Al, will sweep oviw the
Crimea and occupy the Ithmaa of rerokop.
After a campaigu which will endure a fort
night, Louis Xapplvan will return to Paris,
where the atiddtiinnsa o.' his departure and
the promptness of his return will find all
conspiracies unprepared fur duvclopomeiit,
oud whore tho glory of his vtelory will
scatter all further treaton to tho winds.
"Such is the campaign contemplated by
Louis Napoleon. Do assured that if Provt
donee does not 'interfere, it will take' place
as I have said. 'Collaterally with the de
parture of tbe Emperor for tho Enit, the
French army on tho Russian frontier will
operate upon Rhenish Prussia. A note
will be emit to the fving ot 1 russia, nomnnu
ing frco passage for the French troops
through his dominions, which, if refused,
will advance to tho Rhine."
If tho above proves to bo correct, Louis
Napoleon has out phred the wholfl world.
We hnve ouly been creating a monster in
Sevastopol, we have been endowing it with
terror, so as to appreciate the feat in con
templation by tho astute Emperor of achiev
ing agroatTkUssian victory whore his nncle
encountered his most disastcrous defeat.
"We will venture to suggest to the rumsellers of
this city, the formation of an exclusively moral
suasion tcmpersuce society. They have so much
faith in moral suaaon and so sinoere a love or the
temperance cause, that they cannot but take some
active measures to try moral suoson to its utmost,
aud remove intemperance entirely! Should like
to attend some of the meetings."
Tho foregoing hint to vhe 'moral suasion'
gentry of Auburn, by the fair edit ress of the
Cayuga Chief we think eq 'tally applicable
to the gentle advocates of the moral suasion
fraternity in Oregon. We presume quite a
numerous society could bo organized at
short notice, of warm advocates of such tru
ly pious and gentle means in rolling back
the darkelouds of iutemptrnnco in Oregon,
by posting notices fur a grand rally, in the
dillerent grogshops of tho country. Wo
are quite sure that grog-selleri themselves
would bo found flocking into such an asso
ciation like "doves to' their windows.
niHt.illrrs nnd svirituaHv minded parsons, i
as par nubile fnitrum might sit down in
svvee'. e'";ir:""" nd -discuss the mighty
superiority of "gentlo suasiuu" over the
harsbor method of prohibition. .
Jf tbesn gentlemen will call a convention
aud organize, we will chcirfu!!y,pub!ish
every plunk iu their platform, provided they
will inform ua by a mathematical computa
t!on, just nboul how many thousand years
ahead, according to tho doctrine ot progres
sion, by "moral suasion,'' wo niay look for
their temperance millennium.
THE IMMACULATE CQXCEPTIONJN
Thoro ure somo signs of opposition in
France to the new ducma of the Immacu
late ' Conception- Tho Council of State,
whoso approbation is necessary nt tho pro
mulgation of any bull from tbe Pope, is
said to show symptoms of a revolt. A
Judge of the Court of Cessution.is writing a
pamphlet against it, nnd oue of tho mem
bers of tho Council will pronounce an elab
orate oration against granting tho vita:
The above which wt. clip from the
"Register and Citizen'1 would seenr to in
dicate that th( 'thrillingly interesting qure
tion of tbe immaculate conception of the
Virgin Mary has not lieen wholly put to
rest as yet among the Pope's spiritual chil-
drotsf Whether tho "Council of Stats" and
"Judge of tho Court of Cecession"in France
will join issue-with this new born dogma,
upon the ground of a doubt as to its having
issued from the true and veritable oracle of
infallibility, tho only mouth divinely au
thorized to speak "greatswelling things,"
or whether it will lie based upon the im
perfection of tbe decision in mt having
traced back tho lineal chain' of Mary's an
cestry, to seo that no intervening link from
hor to Adam, (if, indeed, she were descend
ed from him) was touched with the rust of
"original sin," remains yet to bo seen.
We fear, however, that these presumptu
ous dissenters will soon be tossed in middle
air upon the horns of the Pope's bull, and
reach the earth with their, spiritual carcass
es dreadfully mangled if not mortally woun
THE NEW TARIFF BILL.
The House of Representatiyes on Satur
day adopted an auiendmont or postscript to
the Ueuerai Appropriation jiu, Dy which
tl, rataa ti( Italics on Import navable
under the subsisting Tariff (of 1846) are to
be reduced, from and after tbe 1st of July
neat, as follows: - '".
Schedule A (comprising brandy and all
other distilled liquors, including cordial)
from 100 por cent, to 800 per cent, ad
Schedule B. fincludinir all wines, cigars.
snufTand other forms of manufactured to
bacco', cut glass, meats, rasint and other
preserved fruits, game, spices, manufacture
of mahogany and other fancy woods, with
a ftr more articles of no importance,) from
21, - 18:S
40 per Cent, to 8i! nor cent, ad rahrem,
S;hedul.i C, including iron in all shapes,
cotton fabrics, woolen do. (with exceptions),
carpets, arms, ale and beer, clothing, bon
net, boxe coal, crockery, chinavcutlory,
furniture, fur manufactures, glues Tumblers,
cVc,, not cut, hats lump, jewelry, laces, linen
manufactures, molasses, paper, pepper,
plated ware, silk manufactures, soup, sugar,
raw tobacco, umbrellas, wood (common)
and manufactures of do., willow do., wares
of bn,s, iron, copper, tin, Ac , which have
bitheiU) paid 30 per Cent, shall hereafter pay
24 per cent, ad valorem.
yool, unmanufactured, hitherto paying
30 per cent., wjll, after July next, pay but
por cent. . ..
, lilaiikoU, fall kinds) Jiitherlo paying 20
por cent., ana flannels, hitherto paying 23,
will both pav 20 per cent, hereafl ir, w hile
the imported wool used in their manufacture
will pay but 8 per cent,, instead of 30.
Flax manufactures will continue to pay
20 per ceut, ns nt pro'nt.
Silk manufacture' hitherto paying 25
per cent., are horenftcr to pay 24 per cent.
Flax raw, silk raw, with or without the
gum, hitherto paying 15 per cent., Manila,
sisnl grass, brimstone, India rubber, indigo,
cochineal, acids, Ac, bithoito paying 10 per
cent, or over, shall hereafter bo charged but
4 per cent.
Books, engravings, flaxseed, furs, (dressed
or undressed) periodica.! Ac, hitborto pay
ing 10, will horcailcr pay but 8 per cent.
Salt, Brazil woed, madder nnd dyestntf,
unmanufactured except as before enume
rated, burr stones, bnltinj cloth, seeds ice
and aniimtls of all kinds, to bo henceforth
freo. . ' .
Articles not nnnud above will nearly all
pay 20 per ceut, h'a thnu they have hitherto
WIIATIS A Ml NIK RIFLE?
Every account received from the war in
the Crimea is loud in praise of tho "Miuie
Rille." ' '
These fire arms in the hands of good
marksmen deal certain destruction nt an im
mense distune, and the wholesale simili
ter of the Russian gunners at tho batteries
of Sovastopol, has won for this weapon of
death ' the soubriqueut of "King ot Fire
Arms." Su dreaded is this fatal ball that a
Russian gunner gne to his station at an em
brasure as to certain death. .,
The barrel of "V ihs. nmn'r. 'be
Iongut otw ltraor".. Cb."p'"-" ki'x.v.t, w
channels banco li-j..jtii'-'vT nrlo, which
... a wk..J..4 f--n Tli..nii.l
mcniia iihvu ui m -. ..... - - -v
ject of a rifle barrel- iV in gi"o greater pre
cision W tho ball, by co'nn'.uicating to ita
rotary motion. This mo'ion it receives on
its passage out of tho gn.i, provided tho ball
is so crowded into tin); barrel as to fill up
partially or entiroly tha grooves ; and the
more perfectly tho ball fits into tbo barrel
the truer its course, and tho less windage
there is '. that is. tuo less space there is bo
weouthe ball and tho barrel fur tho strength
of the powdot to oseapo, . It is estimated
that when the windago is only ono-twoutieth
of tho calibre of tho gun one-third of the
powder escapes and of eourso its strength Is
Tho urent object therefore to beobUmod,
is a perfect fit to tho barrel by tho ball, thus
to give tho rotary motion, nnu to save tuo
1 . . .... .!!
A trench guti-simm invemea a rinc
which bad its brooch pin project wedge-
shaped, nbott. two inches into tho barrel.
Tho ball, a conical shaped one, win then
dropped into' the burrol. and a few heavy
blows by tho rammer, nrove mo weago or
pin into the ball so as to till tho grooves in
tno onrrei... -
Tho Minio ball, now so famous, is nn im
provement upon nil bulls, inasmuch as it
makes the powder slug or spread tho ball,
instead of the rammer doing tlint worn
The ball is oblong with a conical point
In its base it has a conical hollow running
half or two-thirds the length of the ball.
A cun made of sheet iron is placed in the
orifice of this hollow, which at the instant
of firing is driven by the powder with great
force into the ball. Thus spreading it open,
so ns in its course out, to perfectly slug or
fill tho grooved barrel. Ibis accomplishes
the whole obiocl : it saves time in ramming
it destroys windage, thus economizing in
powder, and makes tho ball perfectly fit the
barrel so as to civo the ball a complete rotary
motion, and certaintity of direction. Thus
the Miuie improvements taking its name
from a I'rench orhrer named Minni .
The conical shape of tbe bullet gives it
greater weight of uv:tul than a round one,
affords lea resistance to tho air, and greatly
increases the distance it can be thrown.
This shaped bull, however, has been used
for a long time bv sportsmen.
A I'aris correspondent of the Tribune,
some months siiico, was witness, to experi
ments made by Major Minis himself with
his ball, and taw tbatomcer plant three balls
in succession iB a target the size of a man's
hat at the distande of three-fourt'i i f a
mile. And this officer said he could do it
all doy long and teach any other man to do
so. . V ..
It is not to be wondered at that the Rus
sians have a horror of tho French chass i rs
and their Minio bsll.
The present popularity of the rifle owes
iU origin to the skill nf Amfricau sharp
shooters, bred and trained in our new sct
iJemenU, have shown tho efficacy of the rifle
ball in nickirz off officers, gunners and
prominent objects ; but its perfection, we
imagine, has been accomplished ny the
hands ff the French. CVsvfiW UtraH.
Tho ClmoUud Herald gets eloquent on
tho Miuie ritloand lakes up a position that
shows he it not posted up in projectiles.
We clip a, paragraph :
"There is probably no riflo in existence
that is Io deadly iu its evcu io J a the Miuie,
nn invention of a recent date. It has been
extensively used in Crimea Af tho Allies,
and with terrible oiled. The Enslish
officers state that a shot from a Miuie Rifle
w II kill four nun in file and disnb'e the
fifb, whilo th best shot from an ordinary
musket will kill but one."
The Mitiie rillo is a very good instrument
for a European production, but it does not
begin with the rifle invented by Col. Co!--
Tho opinion entertained by the CleveUm.
Herald, was once vory popular in LoP1'
To do away with that popularity, Col. O1
in November last, invited the officers ot
the Ordnance Department to make a trial
with him. Several of them did so. They ,
fired a Minio rifle and ball, aud Col. Colt
fired one of bis repeating rifl 'S -each being
loaded with an ordinury charge. Colt's
beat tho Minie, driving a ball through six
teen inch boards, while the Minie penetrated
only thirteen. They then loaded Colt's
rillo with a Minio ball, ami it bent by great
odds the gnu orJinarily used with . thoso
balls, loaded iu the same way, with precisely
tho same amount of powder. The ex
periments were varied, by loading each gun
with its own charge of powder and ball, and
then tach with the Minie cartridge and ball ;
and in oiery ci.se Colt's arm proved itself
to be decidedly superior to tbe Minie.
American editors should make a tote of ,
these things. In the manufacture of tho
rifle, the citizen of tho United States have
'ever uikcu precedence of tho world. This
precedence is still maintained ami wo im
agine always will bo. Tho Cleveland Her
ald should back down on tbe Minie and
acknowledge tho corn. . Will it do so?
WHISKEY AND NEWSPAPERS.
A glass of whiskey is manufactured from per
haps s down grains of mashed oorn, the value of
which is to small too be estimated. A pint ef this
mixture sells at retail at one shilling, aud if of s
brand, It is considered by lit consumers well worth
the money. It is drank off in a minute or two it
tires the brain rouves the passions sharpens the .
i, j-,1 ile deranges and weakens ths the physical
system: it is gone and swolea ;. pa.ohsd
tip tolling 1 rid a. its f.-ltosn.. .Ou Ihe
same sideboard iipn wh.ch this it served lies
u, vpaper, the MW WL.ui paper ot wnion cosi
threefourihs of a cent iho compoiitien for the
whole edition costing from leu to fifteen dellars per
day. It is covered with half a million of types;
it brings intelligence fiom the four quarurrs of the
globe it lias iu its clenrly printed columns all that
is orange or new at home it tells you the stale of
the mukets gives accounts of the last develop
iiniiit, the execution of the last murderer and the
InU-st slenniboat explosion or railroad disaster and
yet for all this, Ihe newspaper coats Ices than tb
glass of grog the juice of a few grains of com.
It it ns less strange than true, that there are a large
portion oflhe community who think the corn juice ",
chenp and the newspaper dear J aud tbe printer has
hard woik to collect his dimes, where .the liquor
ilenlers lire pnt(cheerlully. -How
is this f Is the biiy a better paymaster
than the bead, and things of the momejil more
priwd than ihirgs of eternity 1 lathe transient
tickling of the slomach of more consequence thaa
the improvement of the Jful, and tho Information
that is essential Io a rutioiial being ? If this had
its real value, would not the newspaper be worth
many pints of whii-ky 7 forest Ci'y.
OR WIN OF -OVER THE LEFT."
The following extracts from the old court
records of Counocticut are sufficiently pWu,
without tho opinion of any of our modern
"At a county court hoi 1 at Hartford, Sep
tember 4, 1700.
"Wherens, Jarnes Steel did commence an
action against Bevel Waters, (both of Hart
ford,) iu this conrl, upon hearing nnd trial
whereof the Court gave judgment againt
tho said Waters, (as in justice they think
thoy ought,) upon the declaring the said
judgment the said Waters did review to the
Couitiu March next, that beitiggrantcd and.
entered- tho said' Watew, ns he departed
from the table, he said, 'God bless you over
the left shoulder.'
"Tbe Court ordered a record thureof to
VA truo cpie :,Tet.
' Clkb Stanley, Clerk."
At the next court Waters was tried for
Contempt, for saying the words recited, "so
cursinff tho Court," and on verdict fined 6.
lie asked a review at the court following,
which was granted ; and ponding trial, the
Court usked counsel of the Rev. Messrs,
Woodbridge and Btickingnam, the minintor
of the Hartford churches, as "to the common
acceptation" of the offensive phrase. Their
reply constitutes a part of ths record, and is
as follows: '
. "We arc of opinion fnatth wr'da, said
on the other side to be spekea by lictV
Waters, iucludo 1 profaucness, bv usin
the name of God, that is holy, with such ill
words whereto it weVjoiticd ; 2 that they
carry great contempt in them, arising to the
degree of an imprecation or a curse, the
words of a curse being the moat con
temptible that ordinarily can bo used.
''March 7, 1705-6. "T. Bi'ckingium."
The former judgment js affirmed on re
view. This, it is believed, is the earliest iottwce
of then of thi phrase to be rntl with. .,