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ecession element-by which he is surrounded: Sometime ago Gen Butler finding that it was almost impossible for him to devote to his wife the cares to which the is entitled, resolves to part with her and send her homeward. The day of departure arrived, and he went with his wife and children to the boat on which they were to embark. Unfortunately the water was high and the boat difficult of access. The plank throw upon the water between the deck and the shore formed an acute angle, and Blondin himself would have found it difficult to maintain his equilibrium upon it. But Gen Butler, confident this his centre of gravity was sufficiently ponderous to secure him against all accidents, ventured bravely upon the sleepy road. Hardly bad he walked two steps, however, than his feet glided along, and down he went, measuring the plank with all his length, and producing at the same time a noise something similar to that of an old kettle. His servants ran to his assistance, and he was soon