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PU BLISII El) WEEKLY, AT HONOLULU, OAIIU, S A N I) V I C H I 3 LANDS.
J. JAItVES, Edilor.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 1(5, 18-11.
Vol. 1. IVo. 33.
t'ro:,! thcjtloston MuiTimtilu Jo'imil.
in mi'ci.'v trim ivi' -!
f J TAIN AM) A MM.ITAKY O! Tl T.U.
'?Vt!hijw somkj of my readers may have
tnl of the story of the duel between
'a Captain Lovett of New Bedford and
$ KnudifSi officer in Demerara. It has
i n variously related, but the only true
'Lion is as follows:
' Tuptaiu Zechariah Lovett, after having
1 -formed several whaling voyages to the
rific. found himself in command of a
" ill ) belonging to New York, on a
uge to Demerara. He was a worthy
in and a good specimen of a Yankee
lor. His heart was full of the milk of
man kind jess, but he possessed a noble
irit, and would neither give nor take an
While his little brig Cindcrc 11a lay at
i lior in Demerara River, Capt. Lovett
o afternoon entered a coilce-houso
icre he met with a friend, and they
msed themselves by knocking the balls
nut in the billiard room. Soon after,
il before the game was half finished,
llU lillinil IIIIHIUIJ whi-i.t .iivtvw,
of whom, Captain Bigbee, stepped up
Cant. Lovett, who was arrayed in a
) plain, not to say ordinary costume,
with a bullying air demanded the ta
as himself and brother officers wished
ttlav a match.
JUantain Lovett gave the red-coated
ltlcman a sicrn iook, nui rcpneu mm
irtcsy, that he and his friend had cu
red the tabic and would play out their
nc, after which, if the gentlemen wish
to play, it was at their service.
Hut we can't wait," said Capt. Big
i in an insolent tone.
You must wait," coolly replied Capt.
T Rut we shall do no such thing," cx
Mmpd i f in surlv Briton : " we came here
il:iv liiHi.inls. nod have no ilea of he-
hrl disappointed by a couple of fellows
hardly know a mace from a cue, or
lfcill from the Docket. It will take vou
Jjthe afternoon to finish the game so
'aptain Lovett and his friend played
'Come." continued the officer,
tough of this marker, place the balls."
aing which, with, a most impudent air,
..8 seized one of the balls which Captain
1jviU's opponent had just driven into
-J pocket, and caugnt up anotlier one
T.ach was near him.
i,lle matter was growing serious. Cap
Lovett's eye Hashed fire ; for al
igli he had mingled a good deal
ng Quakers, and respected that inor
ect for their humility and quiet dc
nor, he was no non-resistant man
self. He dropped his cue and doub
up a fist of portentous size. " Put
halls upon the table, you scoundrel,"
luirncd he, imperatively, " and leave
r Who do you call scoundrel, you Yan-
ulackguard ? Do vou know you are
-ling to one of His Majesty's officers?
. that for your impertinence, at the
e nine suiting the action to the word,
giving Cantain Lovett a smart rap
s the shoulders with his cue. But in
Wstant ho rrrnivpfl n blmv on his fore-
Jf exactly where phrenologists locate
organ of eventuality, which would
c felled an ox, and submissively ac-
knowlcdgcd the favor bv measuring his
length upon the floor !
His brother officers who were with him
had the good sense to see that Bigbee was
to blame, and although they looked ra
ther black at the Yankees, they wisely
forbore to molest them further, but assist
ed the stunned bully to another room,
where, by the help of some restoratives
he soon recovered his senses. His rage
and mortification at the result of the ren
contre, knew no bounds, and with manv
a bitter oath he declared he would have
Before Capt. Lovett left the coffee
house, a l illett was handed him by Lieut.
James, which proved to be a challenge a
peremptory challenge from Capt. Big
bee, in which it was insisted that arrange
ments should be made for an early meet
ing, that ho might have an opportunity to
wash o!V the affront he had received, in
Capt. Lovett's heart's blood.
- Capt. Lovett smiled when 'he saw such
manifestations of a christian spirit. " Tell
Capt. Bigbee," said he, " that I will not
balk him ; he shall have the opportunity
he so earnestly seeks. Although not a
fighting man, I am familiar with the duel
laws, and if he will be to-morrow morning
on the bank of the green canal, near the
South Quay rather a secluded spot he
shall have satisfaction to his heart's con
tent." Lieut. James bowed politely and w ith
drew. Capt. Lovett went on board the
Cinderella soon after, and ordered his
mate, Mr. Starbuck, also a veteran whale
hunter, to select the two best harpoons
and have them nicely ground and fitted,
as an opportunity might offer on the mor
row of striking a porpoise. Mr. Slarbuck
obeyed his superior officer with alacrity,
although he wondered not a little why
Capt. Lovett expected to find porpoises
in Demerara River.
The next morning, as soon as all hands
were called, Capt. Lovett ordered the
boat to be manned, and requested Mr.
StarbiK k to take the two harpoons, to
each of which some eight or ten fathoms
of ratlling-stulf were attached, and accom
pany him on shore. In a few, moments
the boat reached the South Quay, where
Capt. Lovett was met by several of his
countrymen, who had been attracted to
the spot by the rumor of the duel, as well
as several merchants and others, inhabit
ants of the place. They one and all re
monstrated with Capt. Lovett for his folly
in consenting to fight with the English
military bully, who was represented as a
practised duelist, an expert swordsman,
and an unrivalled marksman with a pis
tol, being sure of his man at twelve paces.
Capt. Lovett, however, did not show the
least inclination to back out, but on the
contrary seemed more eager for the en
gagement. " I'll give that quarrelsome
fellow a lesson," said he, " which will be
of service to him, and which he will never
forget as long as his name is Bigbee."
The challenger, with his forehead orna
mented with a large patch to cover the
impression left by the Yankee's knuckles,
and his swollen eyes dimly twinkling
with anger and mortification through two
hugo livid circles, accompanied by his
second, soon made his appearance. He
was followed by his servant with a pistol
case and an assortment of swords. He
bowed stiffly to Capt. Lovett, and Lieut.
James, approaching the Yankee, iitked
him if he was willing to fight w ith swords.
' If so," said he, " I believe we can suit
you. W'o have brought the small-sword:
j Mr. Slarbuck," fiercely continued Capt
Lovett, 111 a loud and rough voice, such
as is seldom heard, excepting on board a
Nantucket whaling-vessel when a shoal of
i unfit. jT'iiflcruMtililvP u-fne.nn ! llm cut- whales is in si'ht. " btund bu to haul that
and-tluust, good in a titVp, and which I Jell' r in !'
will answer indifferentlv in a duel ; audi The mate grasped the line, his eyes
the broadsword or cutlass, which is often
preferred by those who are deficient in
skill in the use of arms. My friend. Cup
tain Bigbee, is equally expert with either.
You have only to choose. As the chal
lenged party, you have an undoubted right
to select vour arms."
beaming with as much expectation and
delight as if he was steering a boat bow
on to an eighty barrel whale; while Cap
tain Lovett poised his harpoon with both
hands, keenly eyed the Britisli Captain,
shouted in a tremendous voice, " Now
for it!" and drew back his arm, as in the
"Of that privilege I am well 'iware,"'act of throwing the fatal iron.
replied Capt. Lovett, " and mean to avail The Englishman was a brave man
myself of it. 1 shall not fight with ; which is not always the case with bullies
swords." and he had often marched, without
I expected as much," resumed Lieut, flinching, up to the mouth of a cannon.
James, "and have brought with men
beautiful pair of duelling pistols, with
long barrels, rifle bores, and hair triggers.
What distance shall I measure oil:"
" Eight paces."
"Only eight paces!" cried Lieut.
James, a little Mirpris d. "( ), very
well," and he measured it off and placed
his man at his post. Then advancing to
Capt Lovett, he presented him with a pis
tol. " I do not fight with pistols !"
" Not fight with pistols after having
refused to fight with swords? What
brought you here then r"
" To fight !" shouted Lovett in a thun
dering voice, which made the British of
ficers start. " I am the challenged party,
and have a right to choose my weapons
according to the laws of the duello, all
the world over ; and you may rely upon
it I shall not select weapons with which
I am not familiar, and with which my an
tagonist has been practising all his life.
Such a proceeding on my part is not only
not required by the rules of honor, which,
after all is a mere chimera, but would be
contrary to all the dictates of common
sense. No; I shall fight with the weap
ons of honorable warfare, with which I
have ever been accustomed. Swords and
pistol indeed !"
" But, my dear Sir," cried the aston-
And if he had been met in simrle combat
with an adversary armed with a sword or
a pistol, or even a dagger or a Queen's
arm, he would have borne himself man
fully. Indeed, he had already acquired
an unenviable notoriety as a duelist, and
had killed his man. But the harpoon was
a weapon with which he was altogether
unacquainted ; and the loud and exulting
tones of the Yankee Captain's voice
sounded like a summons to his grave.
And when he saw the stalwart Yankee
raise the polished iron, and pause for an
instant as if concentrating all his strength
to give the fatal blow, a panic terror
seized him his limbs trembled his fea
tures were of a ghastly pallor, and the
cold sweat stood in large drops on his
forehead. Ife had not strength to raise
his weapon ; and w hen his grim opponent
shouted "AW for il!" and shook his
deadly spear, the British officer, forgct
ing his vows of chivalry his reputation
as an officer, and his honor as a duelist,
threw his harpoon on the ground, fairly
turned his back to his enemy, and fled
like a frightened courser from the field,
amid the jeers, the jibes, and the hurrahs
of the muhitudc assembled by this time
on the spot !
Captain Bigbce's duelling days wero
over. No man would fight w ith him after
his adventure with the Yankee. He was
ished Lieutenant, " we must proceed ac- j overwhelmed with insult and ridicule, and
cording to rule in this business. What ' fn found it advisable to change into
weapon have vou fixed upon ?" and in 'another reirimcnt ; but his story not there
fancy's eye he beheld before him a huge'' before him, and he was soon sent to 1 Cov-
blunderbuss, loaded, with buckshot.
Captain Lovett said nothing, but beck-
entry as a disgraced man. He was
compelled, although with great reluct-
loned to Mr. Starbuck, who approached : ance, to quit, the service; and it may
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nun wiui great 'alacrity, hearing lite two wiiu gn ai iruui no said, mat nc never
harpoons. He seized one of the formid-1 forget the lesson he had received from
able weapons, and thrust it into the hands' the veteran whaler, as long as his name
of Bigbee, who seemed absolutely naral-i was Bigbee.
... . . 1
y.cd with astonishment.
" My weajn," said he, " is the jave
lin such as the Grecian and Bouian
knights often fought with in olden times
a weapon which no man who challen
ges anotlier, can refuse to fight with at
the present da), unless he possesses a
mean ami craven spirit."
Thus saying, he took the station which
had been assigned him, at eight paces
distant from his startled antagonist. lie
coolly bared his sinewy arm grasped the
harpoon, and placed' himself in an atti
tude. I'll bet," said he, casting a tri
umphant look upon his friends, " n
smoked herring against a sperm whale,
that I'll drive the harpoon thiough that
fellow's midriff the first throw, and will
finish him without the aid of the lance.
1 KO.M MR. ADAMS.
From llio It tltiiuore Cluonide.
A Ldlcr mftl rested by Ma. Adams to the of
ficers tf a .Literary Society in Baltimore.
Washington, June 22, 1838,
(if.nti.kmkn: I have no words to ex
press my gratitude for the kind feelings
and more than friendly estimate of my
character contained in your letter of the
Dili instant, and am not less at a loss for
language to utter the humiliation of a
deep conviction how little your panegyric
has been deserved.
Were it een so far deserved that I
could find myself qualified to give you
the advice which you desire, it would af
ford mo the most heartfelt pleasure to
give it, but situated in life as you rcprc-