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DOTCH BANKER OF LOUISVILLE WHO KEPT RESUMING. The Missouri Democrat relates the following anecdote of a sagacious and persevering Dutchman, in Louisville, (Kentucky,) who “ kept resuming ” as fast as he could " realize.” He evinced a good spirit, and set an example which might be profitably followed by some who are not Dutchmen :
At the height of the panic and run upon the banks and bankers in Louisville, a German banker of that city named John Smidt, found that he had paid out all bis money, and that he was compelled to stop. Instead of writing a card for publication, he announced his suspension by a bandbill affixed to his open doors, in which he said he had no money on hand, but expected in a day or two to make some collections, and that he would then resume payment. Accordingly, in a day or two, another handbill appeared on his doors announcing that he had collected some $15,000, which he would pay to those of his creditors who should first call on him for it. This was soon paid out, and the first handbill agaiu displayed, and in a few days be announced that he had collected some more money which he was ready to pay on demand. This manly and straightforward course had the effect which was to have been anticipated. Ilis German fellow-citizens seeing that Jobo Smidt was in earnest about paying his debts, and was not disposed to higgle for an extension, concluded he was a man who ought to be sustained, and accordingly came forward and deposited the gums they had withdrawn, and induced others to do the same thing. At the last accounts there was no run on John Smidt. He was doing a perfect land-office business, and was able to assist those who were in want by the money of those to whom his pluck bad given confidence.
EXAMPLE WORTHY OF IMITATION. A correspondent of the Christian Mirror says, that at a meeting of the directors of the extensive Glass Works it was decided to turn off a large number of hands, and also to reduce the wages of those who remain, 30 per cent. And what is still worse, these men have employment only half of the time He adds :
In view of these things, a gentleman who has for his tenants a large number of the workers at our glass factory, has, in the generosity of his heart, concluded to give them their rent free for the coming winter.
We would say to all those who own houses tenanted by the industrious, laboring poor, “ go and do likewise.”
CHANGE FOR A DOLLAR. The Boston Post says, since the banks have "shut down" on the specie, some of the people hold on to what coin they get hold of, to the annoyance of the retail traders, who are importuned every hour to change a bill for a small purchase. The Post relates an anecdote of a Celtic woman who entered a grocery and called for “ cint's 'orth o'sand." The article was measured out, and put into the customer's pail, who tendered a one dollar bill to take his pay out of. “I can't change that for so small an amount,” exclaimed the grocer ; "you may take the mand, and be welcome to it.” “ Indade, sir, and it isn't the sand that I'm wanting at all at all; but it's the sulver--the spashy that ye'll be giving me back."
" LIVES OF AMERICAN MERCHANTS." Lives of American Merchants. By Freeman Hunt, A. M., Editor of the Mer
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The story of Burr's “strange, eventful life" is now told by one who seems to have studied his character with the mind of a philosopher. No American statesman was ever more universally denounced. John Neal, some twenty years ago, published a paper in one of the periodicals of the day, entitled “The Man of One Virtue." "That man was Aaron Burr, and that virtue was self-reliance. The author of the present memoir has availed himself of every accessible source of information, condensing the "trial for treason,” which covers more than three thousand pages, consulting the literature of the period, the correspondence of Jefferson, Hamilton, and Adams, the newspapers of that day, which he found in great numbers in the library of the New York Historical Society, and finally Aaron Burr himself, through his surviving friends and connections. Mr. Parton is apprehensive that some of his readers may think the good in Burr's character is too conspicuously displayed, or his faults too lightly touched. To such be would say, that it is the good in a man who goes astray that ought most to alarm and warn his fellow-men. To suppress the good qualities and deeds of a Burr, is only less immoral than to suppress the faults of a Washington.” In either case, the practical use of example is lost. He thinks, moreover, that Aaron Burr has been most cruelly and basely belied, by men far beneath him in moral respects. “ Aaron Burr," says the author," was no angel-no devil; he was a man and a filibuster.” The opinion of the author, near the close of the volume, that " Burr was, upon the whole, a better man than Hamilton,” will strike many strangely; but the graver errors, the radical vices of both men belong to human nature, and will always exist to be shunned and battled. Aside from the views of the author, which the reader may accept or reject, the volume contains more facts connected with the eventful life and times of Burr and his cotemporaries, than can probably be gathered from any other single source. 7.— The New York Speaker : a Selection of Pieces designed for Academic Ex.
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