The weather and the month.
--Yesterday, summer toggery was in great request.
The extreme warmth and sultriness of the day made the morning almost a dead calm in a weather point of view; yet the streets were thronged with an eager multitude, among whom were not a few soldiers.
The ‘"merry month of June"’ is now rapidly using itself up by a process peculiar not alone to months.
We confess to a lasting regard for June.
When it comes around we are reminded that in that month, along down the dim vista of lapsing years, (more, in fact, than it is pleasant to remember,) the writer was sent on a pilgrimage in what the play right has not inappropriately termed ‘"a sad, wicked world."’ There is a comfort, however, which every one can take to himself, for it is as immutable as truth: he has the consolation of knowing that, at least on this earth, he can't last always.
It is a rather meagre consolation any how, seeing that most people want to live as long as possible; but it is the best after all, because one can't be robbed of it. In a historical point of view, June is not without some claims to polite consideration.
Great events, at various periods of the world's history, have dignified and adorned the days of June.
The derivation of the name of June for the sixth month in our calendar, is not certainly known, but is generally referred to the Goddess Juno
In the calendar of Romulus
, June was the fourth month, and originally consisted of only twenty-six days. This fact gives probability to the theory that its name is derived from Juniors, (younger or smaller,) as May was called Majores.
It is said that Romulus
added four days to the month.
changed the calendar, and made June the sixth month, he deprived it of one day, but it was again restored by Julius
Cæsar, and has ever since remained unaltered.
The Saxons called it weyed-monath
The former title was bestowed because their cattle then weyed,
or went to feed in the meadows; and the latter name, vere,
signifies dry. In the poetic language of our Indians June
is called the month of leaves,
for then our forests display their richest foliage.
Perhaps before it is ended Gen. McClellan
may verify before our eyes the name the Red Man
has given it. At any rate, as previously remarked, great events have occurred during this month in past times, and similar ones may happen in our day and generation.