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process, as regards a leaden envelope, may
be advantageously employed in various ways.

Usefulness of Toads. — Editors of the Cul-
tivator. — I will fake the liberty of stating to
you some facts, relative to the protection of
garden vegetables from the attacks of the cut
worm, and some others of the same tribe.
Some years ago, when dressing my garden, I
discovered a toad nestled under a plant, and
shortly after hoed up a cut worm, which I
shoved near the toad, who snapped him up
as soon as he got sight of it. The thought
occurred to me, as the toads and worms both
come out at night in search of food, it would
be good policy to gather up the toads and put
them in my garden to catch the worms. I did
so, by catching all I could find about my door
yards, hopping about at night-fall, put them
in my garden, and was not troubled with the
worms that season. I have repeated the ex-
periment with the same success ever since. I
consider it also an act of humanity to keep
them out of the boys' way, who are apt to tor-
ment the poor creatures, when hopping about
in search of food. If the heads of families
would prevent their small children from de-
stroying the toads, and larger boys from
shooting and pelting with stones the birds
which feed on worms and insects, they would
come around our premises, and do a great
deal in relieving us from their depredations
on our fruit and gardens.

S. M'CoT.
April 20lh, 1849.

Old Man of the Movntains. — This is a
name given to a great natural curiosity in the
northern part of New Hampshire. Leaving
Franconia, you find yourself in the midst of
the most beautiful and romantic scenery im-
aginable. Mount Lafayette and adjacent
mountains present a grand and imposing ap-
pearance, which have oft been a subject for
the pencil. As you pass on for a few miles
over a tolerably good carriage road, your
attention is arrested by the word " Profile,"
painted on a board nailed on a tree. You
look in the direction pointed out, and on a
high peak of bare rock is presented a c-jm-
plete profile of the human face. The old man
has somewhat the appearance of a revolution-
ary worthy, his three-cornered hat a little
disproportioned by the assaults of the enemy.

So exact is the resemblance to the human
face, that one is inclined to think it the work
of art ; but as you proceed along the road
winding around the hill, instead of obtaining
a front view of the old man's countenance,


your eye rests only on craggy rocks, and you
find the profile is Ibrmed of many projecting
crags, so arranged as to present tlie appear-
ance of one solid rock. Kittredge, the tem-
perance agent, pronounced the old gentleman
a cold-water man from the emblem at his feet.
This was a pond of pure water, the source of
one of the head branches of the Merrimac



We issue to-day the first number of llie six-
teenth volume of " The Friend." As our
periodical has heretofore been conducted, we
purpose it shall continue. Dedicated in the
first place, to the cause of religion and the
interests of our Society ; and then, to furnish-
ing our readers w'ith unobjectionable literary
and miscellaneous reading.

Scattered as the members of our religious
Society are over this land, it is very desirable
that they should have a paper, in a peculiar
manner intended for their use, whence they
mav know how their brethren in other places
fare, and what subjects are prominently claim-
ing the attention of Friends. Such a paper
is calculated to have a cementipg effect ; and
we are pursuaded that our journal has operat-
ed beneficially. This declaration may be
made with propriety by the Editor, while he
is willing to award the credit to those who
have written for its pages, and those who have
exercised a sound judgment in the selection of
appropriate matter.

While the Editor feels obliged to those
who have forwarded from a distance obituary
notices for " The Friend," he has again to
request, that discretion be used in their pre-
paration, and that some Friend of religious
discernment, in the neighbourhood of the de-
ceased, may peruse them ; and that they may
be early forwarded. Accounts of departed in-
dividuals are often instructive and awakening ;
but laudatory notices of those, who in their
lives have not borne the cross, however they
may gratify family affection or partial friend-
ship, cannot subserve the cause of Truth ; and
the Editor desires he may not be the medium
of conveying wrong impressions.

We enter upon another volume, with no
excited hopes or depressing anticipations; but
with the intention of doing what we can to
keep our journal an appropriate and welcome
visiter at the dwellings of our subscribers, —
the list of whom we should gladly see increas-

We earnestly request our correspondents to
remember us when lively essays dawn upon
their minds, or suitable extracts occur in their

An index for the volume just closed is in
the hands of the printers, and it is expected
will be forwarded with our next number.

Our friend Anne Jenkins of Rhode Island,
who, it will be remembered, went to England
on a religious visit early in last spring, has
returned, having accomplished her prospect.

She arrived at Boston in one of the steam
packets, about two months since.


From an obliging correspondent we have
received the following satisfactory account of
this Yearly Meeting.

" Ohio Yearly Meeting convened at Mount-
pleasant on Second-day, the fifth, and con-
cluded on Sixth-day, the ninth instant; the
meeting of ministers and elders being held on
Seventh-day, the third. 'I'he meeting was
largely attended, among whom was a consid-
erable portion of our young Friends, whose
attention and orderly deportment were en-
couraging and strengthening to their elder
brethren, and gave promise of their future
usefulness in the church.

" On considering the state of Society, as
reported from the Quarterly Meetings, much
concern was felt on account of the deficien-
cies still too apparent among us, and utter-
ance was found for pertinent and wholesome
advice, calculated to stir us up to greater
faithfulness in the discharge of several of our
Christian duties, among wliich the attendance
of our meetings for worship was felt to be one
of primary importance.

" The subject of the guarded education of
our youth again claimed the serious consider-
ation of the meeting ; and it was cause of sor-
row and regret to find so large a number re-
ported as going to District Schools. Yet,
notwithstanding the discouragements which
attend it. Friends were earnestly advised not
to relax their efforts in this very important
engagement, but to persevere in the hope that
we shall more and more see the necessity of
educating our children in select schools, un-
der the care of the Society, and thus with-
drawing them from the many temptations and
allurements incident to mixed schools.

" It was a source of encouragement to find
that our Boarding School had been satisfacto-
rily conducted the past year ; and that not-
withstanding the pecuniary difficulties of the
present times, the institution had supported
itself. If Friends would duly appreciate the
advantages it affords, we believe its useful-
ness would be more generally extended among
the youth, throughout the bounds of our Yearly

" We received an interesting report from
the Indian Committee ; from which it appears
that Friends' establishment, west of the Mis
sissippi river, (under the joint care of the In
diana, Baltimore, and Ohio Yearly Meetings,)
is in a more prosperous condition than at any
previous time. The school numbers upwards
of thirty Indian children, who are makin^
considerable progress in learning. Many of
the natives have forsaken their roving habits
and are now giving their attention to agricul-
tural pursuits ; and have comfortable dwelling-
houses, &c. &c.

" The situation of the people of colour,
both bond and free, claimed the feeling sym-
pathy of the meeting. Friends were tenderly
entreated to dwell under the deep religious
concern, which has always characterised the
movements of our Society on this interesting

subject. By being thus united together, and
acting as a body, our strength will not be
wasted, but we shall be prepared, when the
proper time presents, availingly *o plead the
cause of these oppressed people.

" Having been favoured to transact the
airs of Society in much harmony, a pre-
cious covering of solemnity overspread the
meeting at its conclusion, affording the com-
fortable assurance, that He who is the crown
of the assemblies of his people, had not lieen
unmindful of us. S."


John Mabie, is appointed agent for Wil-
mington, Ohio, and its vicinity, in the place
of Micajah Baily, resigned.

David Bell, Rochester, N. Y. for Farming-
ton Quarter, in the place of Jesse P. Haines,
resigned some months since.

We intend publishing next week a general
List of Agents.

A Meeting of " The Philadelphia Associa-
tion of Friends for the Instruction of Poor
Children," will be held in Mulberry-street
meeting-house, on Second-day evening the 3d
instant, at seven o'clock.

Joseph Kite, Clerk.


The committee to superintend the Board-
ing School at West Town, will meet there on
Sixth-day, the seventh of next month, at ten
o'clock, A. M.

The committee on instruction to meet on
the preceding evening, at Tj o'clock.

The semi-annual examination is to com-
mence on Third-day morning, the 4th of
Tenth month, and continue till Fifth-day af-

Thomas Kimbek, Clerk.

Philadelphia, Ninth mo. 24th, 184-2.

A meeting of the Institute for Coloured
Youth will be held in the Committee room,
on Mulberry street, on Second-day, the 3d of
the Tenth month, at 10 o'clock a. m., for the
purpose of considering the propriety of accept-
ing the charter granted by the Legislature at
its late session.

George Williams,
John Paul,
William Biddle,
Blakey Sharpless,
Samuel Mason, Jr.
Casper Wistar,
Thomas P. Cope,
Thomas Wistar, Jr.

Thomas Wistar,
Charles Roberts,
M. L. Dawson,
Philip Garrett,
John G. Hoskins,
Thomas Evans,
John Elliott,
Joseph Scattergood,
Ninth mo. - iOth, 1842.


A well qualified female teacher, who is a
member of the Society of Friends, is wanted
to take charge of the senior department ia
Friends' Select School, in New York. Apply
to Mahlon Day, 374 Pearl street. New York.

Ninth mo. 14, 1842.


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