JANUARY 14, I860.]
T HE IMPENDING CRISIS.
GROG AND GOVERNMENT.
The charmingly social and unconventional proceedings of Extra-Billy Smith and others, in
the House of Representatives, during the famous egg-nog session, have found, it seems, a worthy counterpart in the Kentucky Legislature. There was a " Breckenridge Festival," at
Frankfort, recently, which is described, by a correspondent of the Louisville Journal, as being
"a perfect saturnalia." Vice-President Breckenridge was there; Governor Magoffin was
there ; Lieutenant-Governor Porter was there ; Ex-Governor Meriwether was there; Judges of
the High Court were there, and many other magnates, all of whom hob-nobbed, says our
authority, "with people who would be considered savages elsewhere." But all are fishes—
and loaves—that come to the political net, and as the affair was "a free blow," it was of
course expected that the Dear Public, and the bell-wethers (and Meriwethers) who lead the
Dear Public by the nosej should get very drunk indeed.
The next morning, the Legislature convened. "There was a good deal of fun in the
House "—as much, perhaps, as during the egg-nog session Of Congress. The Journal's correspondent says : " JohhO; Harrison located himself on a sofa in the lobby, and slept sweetly and
innocently as an infant. A resolution Was passed (introduced by Mr. Armstrong, of Hardin),
providing for the initiation of all the members into the Sons of Malta. The member from
Fleming had a motion to introduce creature comforts. ' Governor Meriwether had his dinner
sent him. Various gentlemen had theirpocket-flasks filled," etc., etc.
How charming! How easy and gracious those chivalric Kentucky legislators can be ! With
what pride and respect must their constituents regard them! We are delighted to see this
growing tendency toward good-fellowship and sociality among our law-givers, and hope that
the day may come, ere long, when, if a knotty question arise in Congress, instead of arguing
and quarrelling over it, the Honorable Gentlemen will send for a few baskets of champagne,
and all get gloriously tight together, independent of party or politics.
What a beautiful sight it would be, to see a Grow and a Branch, or a Davis and a Porter,
lying down together/ side by side, like the Scriptural lamb and lion—or like Mr. John 0.
Harrison—to sleep "sweetly and innocently as an infant!" By all means, let this vinous
millennium come as quickly as possible. Let bottles be substituted for ballots—let V. 0. P.
take tbe place of V. 0. T. E.—let treats supplant treaties, and let the Honorable Gentlemen
treat every good Resolution—let calls to order be considered as calls to order drinks, and in
fine, let us avoid the terrible example of the Republic of Rome, by vigorously upholding the
Republic of Rum I
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Putting His House in Order.
. The Herald says :
" An Imperial decree in the < Bulletin des Lois 'opens an extraordinary credit of 140,000 francs, for the expenses
of repairing the old residence of Longwood and the tomb of Napoleon I., at St. Helena, and the appropriation of
other parts of the domain of the Val Napoleon." . ■ .
This is a commendably prudent measure. Napoleon I. having suffered many inconveniences, when he was "sent up to the Island," his Nephew takes pains to have everything
made comfortable against the time when,:in following the Footsteps of his Uncle, he will be
obliged to Make Tracks for St. Helena.
Is Sleepy Hollow a Yawning gulf or a mere Gape in the mountain ?
VIRTUE ITS OWN REWARD.
[Mr. Glossbrenner has already advanced
large sums of money to the members, and
says he is prepared so to do to the extent of
$200,000 if necessary.]
Out of the pocket,
Or out of the box
Which Glossbrenner locks
"—But has to unlock it
To furnish the rocks
To the Members who chance
To play Jeremy Diddler
And keep up the dance,
While Glossbren&^r Mndly shells out to the
Chink t chink,
Comes the glittering gold,
And! '£is very well known
—At all events, /know—
Can furnish the "tin,"
The "needful," the "rhino,"
The ' * soap,'' and the '' brads/'
The root of all sin,
To these rollicking, jolly Congressional lads,
Whose labors they've hardly begun to
Is almost as funny
, As spending.
—Indeed, but the act
Has powerful charms,
That's a fact-^
For Glossbrenner wants to be Ser-
And when they have spent
The cash he has lent,
They've got to elect him,
'Twon't do to reject him,
Too keen for his three
Per cent, say, a month, or as^some
have told me,
A still higher igure of flat usury !
Clicketty clink 1
Let me ask where,
If I dare,
Does Glossbrenner get all his money to spare,
That lending appears to confer such a pleasure ?
Is he somebody's heir,
Or has he
Got the key
Of that coffer that we
Are taxed to replenish—the National Trea-
What if Wood could?
Mayor Wood calls loudly for the inauguration of the■ ■" One Man Power." If granted
in his case, we fear it would soon degenerate
into a One Horse Power.
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Armse virumque, etc.
Every one has observed the remarkable
slenderness of leg in the Frenchman.generally . It can only be accounted for, we think,
by his disposition to Fly to Arms on the
most trivial provocation.
Did Nebuchadnezzar go to grass in the heyday of his youth ?