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We find in it families of Bulface, Bullhead, Budoxhead, Swine. head, Pearhead, Owlsgrave (grave as an owl ?), Merrymouth, Yel. lowhaire (yellow hair), Oakenbottom, Shufflebottom, and Whale. bone, Pigfat and Bonefat, Zizzag, Rottenherying, Sly body and Smoothman, Truebody and Prew body, Whitelegg, Shakelady and Shakestaff, Spirit, Gbost, Demon, Talker, Tellwright Testimony, Welladier, Rattlebag, Dumbell, Suezum, Rigmaiden and Butterfly, Widebose, Topast, Trigger, Thankful, Sweerlove, Bitter, Plum, Youngmay, Toot and Tootal, Weatherhogg, Whitehorse, Wolf hont, Woodpecker, Sefowl, Wealthy, Thousandpound, Ticklepenny, Whirlwind, Winfarthing, Purslove, Silverspoon, (the progenitor of this family was doubtless born with a silver spoon in his mouth), Twopots, Twelvetrees, Twiceaday, Napkin, Lenfound, Portwine, Stonestreet, Chalklime, Pilsworth and Plaister, Priesthouse, Shephouse, (the sheephouse, shepherdbush,) also, the miscellaneous names of Scrase, Skegg, Stigging and Stiggson, &c.

The startup family is now quite ancient. Mr. Lower mentions a family of Paternoster, which held lands by the tenure of saying the Lord's Prayer in Latin, for the repose of the souls of the king and bis heirs. He also states that Piazza was a favorite name for foundlings in the time of Charles II. Mr. Gallery lives at Rochester, N. Y., Mr. Napper and Mr. Odam are on Mr. Lower's subscription lists. In the appendix is a list of names copied from the office of the Registrar-General, in which I find Anthem, Preacher, Proverbs, Tenet, Peasoup, and Coldham, Scraps and Tableporter, Doorbar and Hinge, Ropeyarn and Whitebread, Pinnacle, Scaffold, Windmill and Ironbridge, Horsepool, Smut and Taphouse, Pitchfork, Splayfook and Bladder, Purr and Buglehorn, Titter Giggle and Hiccups, Tortoise shell and Two-year-old.

Benjamin, son of the right hand, that is, of good fortune ; Clement, mild-tempered; Sebastian, to be reverenced; William, golden helmet; James, a supplanter; David, well-beloved ; Stephen, a garland ; Alfred, all peace; Jesse, firm ; John, gracious gift of Jehovah; Judah, renowned; Charles, noble spirits; Albert, all bright; Daniel, a Judge from God; Thomas, a twin; Joseph, addition; Simon, a hearkening; Jacob, a supplanter; Solomon, peaceable; Lot, a veil; Rufus, red-headed ; Josiah, whom Jehovah beals; Ezra, a belper; Susan is a lily, Ida, happiness; Mitilda, heroine; Deborah will sing, for she is said to be a bee; Diana is a pink; Anne and Hannah are gracions; Jemima is a dove; Laura is a bay-tree; Penelope is a weaver; Polly and Molly like Miriam ; Phylis is a green bough ; Rhoda is a rose; Abigail is her father's joy; Elizabeth is good ; Hephzibah, my delight is in her; Roxana was the name of the wife of Alexander the great; and Zenobia was the wife of Jupiter.

Julia, soft and tender-hearted; David, the beloved : Susannah, a lily; Walter, signifying to rule an ariny; Marah, bitter; Rachel, a sheep; William, from the Danish, a shield; Lucifer, ligbtbearer; Chloe, from the Latin, a green herb; Dorcas, a roe-buck ; Thomas, means twice; Roger, desire for rest; Gertrude, true to her trust;

Mary, signifies a tear; Ellen, valor ; Dan, brown eyed; Henry, honor; Magdalen, tears and penitence; Eve, she lived; Esther, hidden, secret; Beaulah, married ; Edward, Edgar, Edwin, witnesses ; Margaret, signifies a pearl ; Sophronia, prudence, temper. ance; Francis, from the Teutonic, free; Rutb, satisfied, fullness; Philip, a lover of horses; Eugene, nobly born ; Arabella, fair, al. tar; Aynes, chaste; Adelaide a generous spirit, from the Teu. tonic; Adelia, from the Saxon, excellent; Asa, physician or cure ; Herbert, the glory of an army.

Benjamin, son of my right hand; Sarah, a princess; William, a defender; Henry, an export soldier; Abigail, a Lady's waiting; Amanda, hearty to be loved; Tamar, a palm-tree and Hannah sig. nifies favor.

Nearly all the names in use at the present day are derived from significant words, and originally possessed some appropriate mean. ing as applied to persons. The people of the olden time chose titles expressive of merits, or had descriptive ones conferred upon them by their neighbors, indicating profession, personal appearance, or some peculiarities.

THE MOTHER'S SACRIFICE.

LINES TO A CHILD ON ITS BAPTISM.

No harsh transitions Nature knows,

No dreary spaces intervene :
Her work in silence forward goes,

And rather felt than seen:
For where the watcher, that with eye

Turned Eastward, yet could ever say
When the faint glooming in the sky

First lightened into day?
Or maiden, by an opening flower

That many a summer morn has stood,
Could fix upon the very hour

It ceased to be a bud ?
The rainbow-colors mix and blend

Each with the other, until none
Can tell where fainter hues had end

And dee per tints begun. .
But only this much doth appear-

That the pale hues are deeper grown;
The day has broken bright and clear,

The bud is fully blown.
Dear child, and happy shalt thou be,

If from this hour with just increase,
All good things shall grow up in thee

By such unmarked degrees ,

If there shall be no dreary space

Between the present self and past
No dreary, miserable place

With spectral shapes aghast;
But the full graces of thy prime

Shall, in their weak beginnings, bei
Lost in an unremembered time
Of holy infancy.

-Dr. Trench.

DIFFERENCES OF OPINION.

"Who shall decide when Doctors disagree." When the March Number of the Guardian appeared, which, among others, contained the article on « The Religious Character of Washington," the Lutheran Observer, in noticing it, allowed himself to indulge the following flat attempt at wit and ridicule :

“The Guardian is certainly a remarkable periodical. It ought to be the most individual, consistent monthly in the land, for it is nearly all written by one man. Of the thirty-two pages of the present number, twenty-six are by the editor, Rev. Mr. Harbaugh. The Guardian is the organ of no faction, unless, indeed, there be such a thing as a one-man faction, It represents no party, it has no constituency. It stands for itself. It has no back ground. To make the thing thoroughly unique, Ur. Harbaugh ought not only to write, but also to print and mail his magazine. Of course he gets all the profits, pecuniary and otherwise. Of course he must take all the cudgelings of offended subscribers, for he who writes all he publisbes cannot well lay the blame to anyone else. The pumber before us, considered as the production of a one-man power, is good There is a good deal of sameness, but that only proves that Mr. Harbaugh is no literary harlequin. He is plain Mr. Garbaugh from title page to finis."

This classic notice was enongh to demolish the Guardian forever! The Guardian has had subscribers who are Lutherans, from the beginning. We expected that they would immediately send it back as a ridiculous thing; but so far as we know they have not been disturbed by this demolisher. Hence we took heart, and concladed to go on with our Magazine. The April number has even since been issued! And the May number is coming—the Editor figuring as usual !

A short time after the above notice, appeared the following in another paper :

“The readers of the “Guardian” will remember, that an article, with this caption from the pen of the Editor, appeared in the March number of that monthly. It is a most excellent article, decidedly the best we have ever seen on that subject, and we are glad to find that it is appreciated, especially in quarters where it can be turned to profitable account. The Committee of the Christian Commission for the District of Maryland have had ien thousand copies printed in a tract form, covering twenty four pages, for distribution among the officers and soldiers of the army. Its influence for good cannot fail to be very extensive in this particular sphere. We are pleased to learn also, that it is contemplated to issue fifty thousand copies of it in the form of a small volume for similar use. It certainly cannot be too extensively circulated. It exhibits Washington's religious character in its true light, and furnishes the most indubitable evidence, that the highest style of a patriot is a Christian soldier.!

The “Christian Commission" could certainly not have seen the Observer's notice, or tbey would not have looked into the Guardian for “the production of a one-man power.” But the thing is done. That one article of the number ridiculed, at least, has “a constitu. ency.As the Guardian's subscription list is increasing at the rate of over forty every month, we thought it due to our readers to quote the Observer's notice, so that they may know that they are sustaining a magazine which has no “ constituency, and (i no back ground."

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LIFE-PICTURES FROM CHURCH HISTORY.* No. 2.

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When Attila, the warrior-king of the Huns, called the Scourge of God,because the provinces of the vast Roman Empire had been given into his hands for the execution of judgment, had started against the West, he led his wild warriors from the Tbeiss, south of the Danube, through the provinces of Noricum and Rhaetia, which are now part of the Austrian and Bavarian possessions. Like an impetuous torrent, which bursting its dam rushes over the fields and in its fearful whirlpools carries every thing that the patient labors of the year has constructed, so these hordes roamed over the land, destroying farms, burning cities and slaying the inhabitants. Terror went before, death and destruction followed after them. When at length they had passed over these countries, and the few who had escaped destruction dared to raise their heads and look around them, it seemed as though the flood had a second time visited the earth; comfortless and despairing they stood in the midst of a dead field, of wreck and ruin, on which misery only could thrive.

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* This series may be considered as commencing with the sketch of Nicholas, translated by the Editor from Krummacher, and published in the February number of the Guardian.

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