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Page) tion beats harmonious ; and that
the best men in each aim to make that general justice practicable which can
alone secure the peace of the world.
THE BOSTON SAILORS' FAIR.
ON the morning of election day
Captain WINSLOW, of the Kearsarge, came ashore at Boston, and going at once to
his home in Roxbury, voted for the cause for which he had fought. On the next
day the great Fair for the Sailors was opened in Boston by the customary
speeches ; but with a variety of material and a cordiality of purpose which show
how true the national heart is to the brave men at sea who defend the national
honor and the flag.
It was a happy event for the
opening of the Fair that Captain WINSLOW, the hero of what is perhaps the most
interesting single naval incident of the war, should be present. Yet the sinking
of the Alabama was only one incident. The history of the navy in this war is
fully worthy its earlier exploits. The fight at Hatteras ; the opening of New
Orleans, the defeat of the Merrimac; the capture of Hilton Head; the occupation
of Mobile Bay ; the sinking of the Alabama; the explosion of the Albemarle ; the
capture of the Florida, with the inflexible blockade maintained along the coast
of a continent, and the hundred illustrious episodes of individual daring and
victory, are all naval triumphs upon which the shades of LAWRENCE and DECATUR,
of ESEK HOPKINS and OLIVER PERRY may approvingly smile. When the war began there
were some forty ships in the navy, and ISAAC TOUCEY, the Secretary of the Navy,
knowing that the Government was to be attacked, had put all but four of them out
of its reach. Less than eight thousand men sufficed for the service of these
ships. Now the vessels have increased to nearly six hundred, and fifty thousand
seamen care for them. Meanwhile
FARRAGUT and DU PONT, and
WORDEN and PORTER and
WINSLOW, have written their names bright and clear in our history.
The object of the Boston Sailors'
Fair is to found a home for seamen, such as the United States has not yet
provided. For by some remarkable arrangement nineteen or twenty years must
elapse before one of the men, for instance, who fought upon the Kearsarge can
become the permanent inmate of a United States marine hospital. To secure that
berth a sailor must have been in the service for twenty years. This is making
what the French would call a long antichamber.
The Fair has opened with such
spirit that there can be no doubt of realizing a large sum for its generous
purpose. Every body will be glad to cheer the honest heart of the sailor boy,
and to assure him, wherever, in strange and remote seas. he fights for the flag
that those whom the flag protects hail his work and honor his bravery.
MR. STEPHEN MASSETT is lecturing
in Baltimore, where his " Drifting About" has proved very successful.
THE MILITARY SITUATION.
THE interest in the military
record of the past week is chiefly prospective, gathering especially about
Sherman's projected campaign. In Virginia no important event has occurred,
except the withdrawal of
Sheridan's army to the vicinity of
Winchester. He was
followed by the rebel
cavalry who, November 11, engaged Merritt and
latter retired, but did not succeed in drawing the enemy northward. The
skirmishing was renewed the next day, Sheridan trying in vain to bring on a
general engagement. General Powell advanced with his division, and drove the
rebels through and beyond Front Royal, capturing two cannon, 150 prisoners, and
several wagons. There is nothing new from the Army of the James, except that the
enemy is lining the west bank of the James from the Howlett House, near
Drury's Bluff with a chain of formidable batteries. It is evidently the
expectation of the rebels that on the completion of time Dutch Gap Canal
Richmond will be attempted by a combined assault of our land and naval force.
The Richmond Examiner (November 9) even supposes that
Grant will be reinforced
by the best part of Sheridan's army. Early's army is supposed to number from ten
to fifteen thousand men. The rebels have on the
James River three iron-clad
rams,, built on the plan of the Tennessee, and four wooden gun-boats.
On the night of November 5 about
600 of A. P. Hill's men made another sally to capture the pickets of Mott's
Division A sharp skirmish followed, in which time rebels lost many men.
Commander Macomb's official
report of the capture of Plymouth by our naval force gives as time results of
the victory the capture of twenty-two cannon, many small arms, large quantities
of ammunition, and a few prisoners. The Albemarle was found completely
submerged. The following vessels took part in the expedition against Plymouth:
the Commodore Hull, Shamrock, Chicopee, Otsego, Wyalusing, Tacony, and Valley
General Hood's movements for some
time past have indicated an intention on his part of taking up finally a
position on time Mississippi River. On the 23d of October he was at Brookeville,
in Northern Alabama. At this point his army separated into three columns, all
moving toward the Tennessee River with the design of crossing at three different
points Decatur, Whitesburgh, and Gunter's Landing. From this time his movements
are not certainly known to us, but time necessity of supplying himself from the
country probably led him to scatter his forces pretty widely along the banks of
the Tennessee. Whether he will move northward on
will develop. The Charleston Mercury of October 31 volunteers the opinion that
Hood had better whip Sherman first and make his advance afterward ; it does not
see how a rebel army, not numerous enough to confront its adversary in the
field, can afford to leave him in the rear. It says : "The idea of recruiting
our army in Tennessee is good, provided we go there in time right way, inspiring
confidence and showing power and skill. But a fugitive campaign of a week or
two, ending in retreat or disaster, would do much more harm than good would
chill the lukewarm, and confirm the desponding and timid."
In the mean time General Sherman,
leaving Thomas north of the Tennessee with a force sufficient to confront
Hood, has moved with his main
army in another direction. October 23 he was at Gaylesville, Alabama, having up
to that time kept well in Hood's rear. From that point he moved to
had reached Atlanta and joined Slocum's Corps at that place during the first
week of November. Here the election took place on the 8th. Wednesday morning the
rebels made three attacks on Atlanta, but were repulsed, retreating toward
Macon. From this date we have no information, and the most various conjectures
are made as to the movement upon which he probably set out on the 10th or 11th.
General Gillem had just routed the enemy in East Tennessee, driving him into
Virginia, and this has led to the supposition that Sherman's move will be along
the line of the Virginia and East Tennessee Railroad. All of the Gulf States are
open to him, and it is conjectured by many that he is moving southward to the
coast, taking Andersonville in his way. This inference is also drawn from a note
addressed by him to the Western Sanitary Commission, in which he says, under
date of October 25 at Gaylesville : "I thank you for the prompt fulfillment of
the request to send certain articles for our prisoners at Andersonville. Things
have changed since, and I may go in person to deliver these articles to the
prisoners." Others have supposed that he would move on Savannah or Charleston.
The rebel papers, it is to be hoped, are as much bewildered about the affair as
we are at the North. Atlanta is still held by the Twentieth Corps.
General A. J. Smith's Division
Memphis is at
Paducah. Forrest has been operating on the Tennessee River in
the western part of the State ; but he failed in taking Johnsonville, which was
his chief object, the river being always navigable to this point. On the 8th
Wheeler and Forrest withdrew from Johnsonville on the approach of a Federal
naval and land force to this point.
Several attempts have been made
to cross Texas cattle over the Mississippi River for the benefit of Hood's army.
It is supposed that a strong force of Texans were ready to cooperate with Hood
on time west side of the Mississippi.
FROM THE SOUTHWEST.
On the 18th of September
Porter presented a sword to Brigadier-General Joseph Bailey, who did him such
service in extricating the gun-boats and other vessels of the fleet from their
perilous position above the falls at Alexandria during the Red River expedition.
The rebels have three gun-boats
Red River, the most formidable of which is the Missouri, mounting six
heavy guns, and thickly armored. These are supposed to be lying at Shreveport.
As the Red River is rising these boats are daily expected to descend.
General Canby was
severely wounded by a guerrilla while ascending the White River on time gun-boat
Cricket. It is thought that his recovery is doubtful,
EXPLOSION OF THE " TULIP."
On the 11th inst. the gun-boat
Tulip, attached to the Potomac flotilla, left St. Mary's in the afternoon for
time Washington Navy-yard. While passing Rugged Point in the early evening her
boilers exploded, rending the upper portion of the vessel to atoms, scalding her
officers and crew, and sending them about in every direction. She had on board
69 persons, officers and men. Of these only nine are accounted for, and some of
these nine were mortally injured.
RESIGNATION OF GENERAL McCLELLAN.
The following order was issued by
the President November 14:
That the resignation of George B.
McClellan as Major-General in the United States army, dated November 8, and
received by the Adjutant-General on the 10th inst., be accepted as of the 8th of
That for personal gallantry,
military skill, and just confidence in the courage and patriotism of his troops
Philip H. Sheridan on the 19th of October at
Cedar Run, whereby,
under the blessing of Providence his routed army was reorganized, a great
national disaster averted, and a brilliant victory achieved over the rebels for
the third time in pitched battle within thirty days, Philip H. Sheridan is
appointed Major-General in the United States Army, to rank as such from the 8th
dry of November, 1864.
On the 7th of November the rebel
Congress assembled at Richmond. Among those collected together on this occasion
we recognize the familiar names of Hunter, Bocock, Johnson, Wigfall, Orr, Foote,
and Rives. Of the members of the House, only 62 were present at the opening of
the session, nearly half of whom represented rotten boroughs. The Richmond
hotels embraced the opportunity to advance the price of board to $40 per diem.
Davis's Message is of especial
interest on account of the important measures upon which it touches. He devotes
time first portion of the document to a review of the military campaign since
June. He sees no disparaging feature in Sherman's advance into Georgia or in
Grant's near approach to Richmond. The loss of all their cities, he claims,
would still leave the contest undecided. He does not once allude to the
Confederate defeats in the Valley, but points with an indignant gesture to
Sheridan's barbarian mode of carrying on war. Mr Davis then proceeds to a
consideration of the Confederate finances. The total amount of the rebel debt on
the 1st of October was $1,147,976,208, of which about half was funded. The
increase in debt during the six months from April to October was nearly
$100,000,000. In these statements the foreign debt is omitted. This amounts to
£2,200,000 in gold, or about $50,000,000 in Confederate currency, and is
provided for by about 250,000 bales of cotton owned by the Government. To the
foreign debt must also be added the soldiers' dues. Hood's army has not been
paid for fifteen months. The chief difficulty, he says, to be apprehended is
from a depreciated currency, which he attributes to two causes redundancy in
amount and want of confidence in ultimate redemption.
Mr. Davis advocates a universal
conscription, exempting no class, and he advises that the detailment of editors,
teachers, physicians, etc., he left to the discretion of the military
authorities. In regard to the employment of slaves in the army he expresses
himself with great caution. He thinks it would be wise to increase the number of
slaves employed in accordance with the Act of February last, which provided for
the impressment of 20,000 slaves. He claims, however, that time slave is not
only property but also has a personal relation and obligation to the Government.
If the slaves were used as soldiers then they would cease to be private
property, and must pass over to the possession of Government. But Mr. Davis is
not in favor of conferring freedom on the negro in order to make him a soldier,
but only after a period of faithful service.
After time reading of the Message
in the House, Mr. Blandford, of Georgia, presented a bill, placing all domiciled
white males between 18 and 45 in time army, revoking all exemptions, and
authorizing the President to make details when necessary. This was referred to
Committee on Military Affairs.
Mr. Murray, of Tennessee, offered
a joint resolution declaring that the Confederate States will give neither
sympathy nor aid to the establishment of a monarchy in Mexico.
Then Mr. Swan, of Tennessee,
offered a resolution declaring that no exigency exists or is likely to occur
requiring the placing of negroes in the army, and he was desirous of prompt and
decisive action which should put at once to rest the idea at which his
resolution was aimed. The resolution was postponed to Thursday, November 10. A
resolution was agreed to instructing the Committee of Ways and Means to
introduce a bill for the purchase of clothing for Confederate soldiers in
captivity. The House adjourned till the 10th. The Senate adjourned immediately
after the reading of the President's Message.
On the 10th the Senate sat in
secret session. In the House the subject of arming slaves was the order of time
day. Mr. Chambers, of Mississippi, offered the following resolution;
Resolved, That the valor,
constancy, and endurance of our citizen soldiers, assisted by time steady
co-operation of all classes of our population not in the field, will continue a
sufficient guarantee of time rights of the States and the independence of the
Mr. Chambers spoke at length in
opposition to making soldiers of slaves.
The news of
re-election had been received at Richmond November 11. The rebels accept it as
a declaration on the part of the
North in favor of four years more of war, but claim that our perseverance will
be exhausted before another year shall have closed.
It is officially announced that
the efficiency of the army in the field requires that the furloughs of all
regimental officers and enlisted men fit for duty shall terminate on the 14th
It is reported that General
Hancock, in consequence of the condition of his wounds, is to be relieved of the
command of the Second Corps, and assigned to the command of the Department of
Washington, General Augur succeeding him in the Army of the Potomac.
Mosby, the famous guerrilla
chief, a few days ago ordered seven of our men in his hands to be hung in
retaliation for seven of his men who had been executed by
General Custer. Four
of these escaped ; the others were hung near Berryville.
Lieutenant Brain, the captor of
the United States steamer Roanoke, has been released by the Bermuda authorities
upon showing his commission from the Confederate Secretary of the Navy.
MR. JOHN LEECH, the celebrated
illustrator of the pages of Punch, died on the 29th ult, aged 47 years.
The Schleswig-Holstein question
has been finally settled by the treaty of peace signed October 30. Denmark cedes
Schleswig, Holstein, and Lauenburg to the victors. Lauenburg, in accordance with
the vote of her Diet, will probably be annexed to Prussia.
A terrific cyclone has broken
over Calcutta, causing enormous destruction of property. Of two hundred vessels
in the Hoogly (a branch of the Ganges), nineteen are reported to be totally
lost, and of the remainder, twenty only are reported to be sea-worthy.
The fleet of the English, French,
and Dutch has successfully attacked the forts of Prince Negato in the Straits of
Shimonosaki. The Japanese have sued for peace and promise to open the Straits.
INCIDENT OF THE LAST ELECTION.—At
the last election a very interesting incident occurred at Sturbridge,
Massachusetts. Deacon John Phillips, who is 104 years old, appeared at the town
hall and deposited his ballot for Presidential electors and State officers. He
was brought in a carriage, and then conveyed into the hall in a chair, supported
by a platoon of our returned soldiers, and received by the citizens of the town
rising from their seats, amidst the tears and heart-felt emotions of all
present. After resting for a moment, the venerable patriot expressed a desire to
shake hands with all the returned soldiers. Some thirteen soldiers then formed
in line. When each one was introduced to the patriarch, and took him by the
hand, with the announcement of the time each had served in the army. After this,
three hearty cheers were given for the returned soldiers, and three rousing
cheers by the whole assembly for the " old soldier of the Revolution."
Colonel Edward Phillips, eldest
son of the venerable deacon, now in his eightieth year then made an impromptu
speech to the soldiers, in the course of which he said that he was the oldest
man in town who was born in town, and yet, said he, my father is here and still
lives." The old gentleman was then presented with two sets of ballots, one for
Abraham Lincoln and one for
George B. McClellan, and requested before all
present to take his choice, when he reached out his hand, and in an audible and
deep-toned bass voice, said, " I shall take the one for Abraham Lincoln."
The town then voted that the
chairman of the selectmen present the ballot-box to the old gentleman, who took
his ballot with both hands and deposited it in the box, stating that he had
voted for Washington for President, and had attended all the Presidential
elections since, excepting that four years ago, when he was sick, and did not
A CHAPLAIN in Arkansas says a man
buying furs was conversing with a woman, at whose house he called, and asked
her" if there was any Presbyterians around there ?" She hesitated a moment, and
said she "guessed her husband hadn't killed any since they'd lived there."
MURDER WILL OUT.--A case is under
examination at Albany which illustrates the importance of trifles in the
detection of crime. In September a cattle dealer by the name of Thompson was
murdered in West Albany under circumstances which appeared to furnish no clew to
the detection of the murderer. A stranger had gone out in the evening with
Thompson from his hotel to look at some cattle just arrived from Saratoga, and
penned in an obscure portion of the market. The next morning the cattle dealer
was found murdered, and robbed of about $5000. The criminal had escaped. But a
drover had seen the two men together on the day of the murder, and remembered
the stranger, who had asked him, '' Didn't you keep bar somewheres? Haven't I
seen you before?"
A month afterward. the drover was
in the cars on his way to Schenectady, and falling into conversation with a
stranger, the latter abruptly asked him, " Didn't you keep bar somewheres?
Haven't I teen you before ?" Upon this followed the arrest of the murderer, who,
but for this casual repetition of a question, might possibly have escaped
This case reminds us of a similar
one of recent occurrence in England. This, however, was a case of robbery. A
house breaker having plundered a house of considerable valuable property in the
course of his rummaging went into the upper story. No one was at home but the
house-maid, and she was at this time preparing to retire for the night. As the
robber peeped in he saw her before the mirror with her night-dress and night-cap
on, and heard her remark, "How nice I took in my night-cap!" A few days
afterward this girl encountered two young men on the street and one of them
thoughtlessly said, " How nice I look in my nightcap !" The recognition then
became mutual and the robber was arrested.
ARTEMUS WARD writes that he is
tired of answering the question as to how many wives Brigharm Young has. He says
that all he knows about it is that he one day used up the multiplication-table
in counting the long stockings on a clothes-line in Brigham's back yard, and
went off feeling dizzy. Even when in Mormondom Artemus, about to give an
entertainment, gave a prominent Mormon a family-ticket, and as a consequence he
found his evening audience made up entirely of " dead-heads," with a long string
of the privileged family trailing some distance outside.
FIVE miles from Waterville is
Derrynane, the well known residence of O'Connell. It lies low on the shore of a
little bay, and is sheltered to landward by a grove of trees ; it looks like the
quiet drowsy residence of an old fashioned country gentleman, and it is
difficult to realize in it the head quarters of the Emancipation and Anti Union
agitations. His eldest son and successor, the late Mr. Maurice O'Connell, was a
celebrated shot, and one of his amusements in driving along the road was to
shoot the wretched little dogs which rush out from every cabin to bark at
strangers. He was an unfailing shot, and it was a grotesque thing to witness the
zeal with which men and women would snatch up the yelping curs and hurry them
out of sight the moment his carriage was seen. It was not always, however, that
such precautions were availing, for on one occasion he shot a dog in the arms of
its owner. Another day, walking in the streets of Tralee with a friend, they
espied a luckless tobacconist peacefully smoking his cigar in front of his own
shop door. "You can't knock that fellow's cigar out of his mouth," suggested his
friend. "Can't I?'' said Maurice you shall see." This time, unluckily, his aim
was not as true as usual, for he carried away the tip of the tobacconist's nose,
and had to pay a fine of £400 for the pleasure of performing the operation.
THE sponge business has become a
prominent department of industry in the Bahama Islands. It is almost entirely
the growth of the last twenty years, and nets an-
nually about 20,000 dollars. The
sponge is fished and raked from the sandy bottom of the ocean at the depth of
twenty, forty, or sixty feet. It belongs to a very low order of animal life,
organization hardly being detected. When first taken from the water it is black,
and becomes exceedingly offensive from decomposition. It is so poisonous in this
condition that it almost blisters the flesh it happens to touch. The first
process is to bury it in the sand, where it remains for two or three weeks, in
which time the gelatinous animal matter is absorbed and destroyed by the insects
that swarm in the sand. After being cleansed it is compressed and packed in
bales like cotton. The sponge has been applied to a variety of new purposes, and
within the past few years has quadrupled in value.
TIGERS AT SINGAPORE.--In
Singapore the average mortality caused by tigers has for a long time been
calculated at one man a day. The local Government have recently made great
efforts to drive away these destructive animals. Convicts have been specially
employed to hunt them down, and the reward offered for their destruction has
been considerably increased. These measures have to a certain extent proved
successful, but that they have not been altogether so is shown by a statement in
a late number of the Straits Times. In little more than a fort night in the
month of August last five men had been killed by tigers, and these were not
merely conjectural cases, but cases in which the evidence of the cause of death
MARIE ANTOINETTE.--In the
beginning of her married life, to use the poetical yet truthful language of
Burke, "she glittered like the morning star, full of life, and splendor, and
joy." Radiant with hope, and dreading no danger, for she felt no sin, she may
have been, by excess of candor or the too unrestrained flow of animal spirits,
occasionally thoughtless or even imprudent. But after winnowing and sifting
every act of her life for seventy-two years and more, most impartial men have
now come to the conclusion that, in every passage of her history in which
unfavorable opinions were formed of her conduct, she has been the victim of
calumny and slander. To her mother she was always a respectful and dutiful
daughter, as to her husband she was always a dutiful and loving wife. This she
showed in her whole conduct, as well as in the letters collected by Count
d'Hunolstein and M. Feuillet de Conches, in which appear that careless candor,
that perfect abandon and espieglerie so compatible with, and oftenest joined to,
the most perfect purity of mind and morals.
THE rewards of literary success,
as indeed of success in any pursuit whatever, are in these days something
marvelous. It is said that Mr. Tennyson has already realized L10,000 by the sale
of his last volume, and that Mr. Wilkie Collins is to receive .£3000 for his new
novel in the Cornhill Magazine, and still be at liberty to republish it in a
complete form after it has appeared in the periodical. And it is not only in
England that these large sums are realized by authors. No less than 30,000
copies of an illustrated edition of Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" were lately
sold in a few days, and 1500 more were ordered. The times are changed indeed
since Dr. Johnson was obliged to dance attendance in Lord Chesterfield's ante
room in the vain hope of obtaining a paltry dedication fee.
A YOUNG nobleman of the Papal
States, on succeeding to his family title, found that his uncle and predecessor
had expended nearly the whole property in assisting the Pope at the time of his
flight from Rome. Time young man was left all but penniless ; he naturally
determined to seek Pio IX., expose his condition, and implore from his Holiness
either repayment, or some such office as would recompense his loss. It proved,
however, no easy matter for him to obtain the desired interview. By some
unaccountable contingency the Pope was never able to receive him, though he
applied through many channel for the favor. Months passed on, and finally two or
three years, and the young nobleman was still soliciting the permission to lay
his claim before his holy debtor. At last the Pope under took one of his
journeys; the nobleman followed him, found him on one occasion less carefully
guarded than usual, forced the consign at his private door, and entering the
sacred presence, threw himself at his Holiness's feet, and expounded his case.
The Pope listened both patiently and amiably while the youth detailed all that
his uncle had given, and how the family estates were mortgaged in consequence,
and how since the uncle's death he had been seeking the Pope to obtain favorable
consideration of his claims. The Pope, as I have said, listened most graciously,
insomuch that the nobleman congratulated himself in the confident hope that his
petition would assuredly be granted. "And how long ago is it," said the Pope, "
since your excellent uncle died?" "Just four years ago, may it please your
Holiness." " Then," returned the Pope, " for four years exactly, il suo signor
zio has received in heaven the reward of his magnanimous devotion to the Holy
See. Benedicite !" This said, and extending his two fingers over the abashed and
kneeling suppliant, Pio IX. swept out of the room.
A BISHOP IN PURIBUS.—We can not
resist the temptation of relating the following anecdote of the Apostolic Bishop
of New Zealand, the suns of whose adventure lies here. Be had persuaded the
Bishop of Newcastle to start with him from Sydney on a missionary cruise in his
little yacht to New Caledonia, the New Hebrides, the Loyalty, and other islands
in his then extensive diocese. Like our selves they put in at the Bay of
Islands. The Bishop of New Zealand wished to show his brother of Newcastle a
little of the country, and for that purpose proposed to take him to a distant
station on the other side of this very river. The ground was soft and boggy, as
we had found it, and the Bishop of Newcastle had never been accustomed to "rough
it" in such a country as this. He could ride his fifty miles a day in his own
diocese; but his hardy brother always walked, and besides there were no horses
to be had here. Always neat and spruce in his dress, looking " as if he had just
conic out of a bandbox," and afraid like a cat to wet his feet, he picked his
way most carefully and delicately, unlike his brother Bishop, who tramped on
through thick and through thin,"
till at last they came to the river side. The river was swollen with the heavy
rain which had been pouring down in torrents for some days previously, and he of
Newcastle looked awfully puzzled, wondering how they were to cross neither
bridge nor ford being visible in any direction. He was still further puzzled
when he saw the Bishop of New Zealand, without a word, deliberately taking off
shoes, leggings, stockings, and, last of all, his breeches. In reply to his
brother Bishop's "whatever next?" he coolly collected his various articles of
dress and stepped into the river up to his apron, calling out as he did so, "
Now then, Newcastle, off with your breeks, and follow your leader !" There was
no help for it, as there was no other means of crossing the river, and the good
Bishop invariably refused to be carried across by any of his Maori suite, on the
ground that it was not right to treat such noble fellows " like beasts of
A BANQUET of horse-flesh at
Lyons, which came off lately, was attended by a considerable number of
commercial and manufacturing notabilities, advocates, medical men, and others.
The guests expressed great satisfaction at the dishes prepared.
THE daily consumption of oysters
in Paris, notwithstanding their high price, ranging from 80 cents to 100 cents
per dozen, is between 7000 and 8000 baskets. Each basket contains 150, so that
Paris requires daily from 1,050,000 to 1,200,000 of these mollusks—a total of
36,000,000 a month, or 228,000,000 for the eight months containing the letter r,
during which oysters are in season.
DEAR WALNUTS.—On Monday, the 26th
of September, General Hitchens, Mayor of Tenterden, England, sitting alone at
the Town Clerk's office, sentenced a boy of sixteen, named William Webb, for a
theft of six walnuts front a tree, to six months' imprisonment with hard labor.
No previous offense of any sort was alleged against the boy.
A WHEEL-BARROW FULL.—An ancient
barrow was opened a few days ago near Whitechurch in Hants. It measured eighty
feet in circumference and four feet in height, and was composed of chalk,
rubble, and flints. A small crushed urn, four skeletons, three those of adults,
and the other of a girl of about twelve years old, and a small sun baked urn
filled with calcined bones and ashes, and nine small rudely-chipped flint
arrow-heads were found in the barrow.