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Local Observations.

--Of all the grief that harass the distressed, sure the most bitter is a quiet day, when the patient "Local" wanders east and west, yet never find an item in his way; neither incident, accident, fire or fight, murder or suicide, from morning till night. Yesterday was one of the days on which, as a celebrated classic writer has observed, incidents were as scarce as hen's teeth. Speaking of hens reminds us of a Shanghai fowl which we saw last week; it had four legs, (as sure as eggs is eggs,) and we should like to have some naturalist tell us what particular species the creature belonged to. So well furnished was it with the means of locomotion, that it must have been a Yankee, at all events. With regard to Yankees, we may state that there were twelve fresh arrivals at the prisons yesterday, but there is no very strong anxiety for any more of that sort of game. The luxury is too expensive in these times. If anybody wants to find out anything about the price of luxuries, of the domestic kind, let him go through our city markets early in the morning. If he be a bachelor, it may settle his opinion very suddenly upon the subject of matrimony; for however much of romance and bliss there may be in wedded life, one cannot divest his mind of the practical truth that wives and children must eat. Speaking of children reminds us that the holidays are almost over, and the now vacant school-houses will very soon resound with the prattle of tiny voices, almost battling the patient pedagogue's efforts to teach the young idea how to shoot. By the way, learning how to shoot is not now confined to the young idea. We have some sharply disciplined schools, with accomplished teachers and myriads of pupils, devoted to that particular branch of experimental science; and the experience of the past year has shown that the practice has not been entirely thrown away. Yet, while the weather offers every advantage for a fight, the Yankees remain in their strongholds, and give our men no chance to present them with Southern farms--six feet by two. A remark upon the weather brings up the ice question. The ponds have frozen over for two or three nights past, but the mid-day sun dissolves the ice, and dissipates all prospect of brandy smashes next summer; while the boys look with despair upon their rusty and long-unused skates. Still, it is some advantage to have open navigation, even though there is not much doing in that line. Cargoes of wood constantly arrive from below, which is generally used for army purposes. Oyster boats, too, come in occasionally, and the market is pretty well supplied. Prices seem to be regulated by the demand, as the demand has been immense during the whole season, dealers find no difficulty in fixing their own "figures." We believe everybody likes oysters, and will have them, no matter what the cost. It is dangerous for an individual to drink too much while on his way to inspect the oyster fleet (of two boats) as one did yesterday. He was badly beaten by somebody, and the officers picked him up and carried him to the cage. There was no other arrest during the day that we could hear of. It was a very quiet day — a great many sturdy soldiers (not always steady, though) about the streets — a great many ladies promenading — and a great many cheerful faces, notwithstanding the Northern barbarians assume that Richmond presents a picture of despair.

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