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SOI. MILLER, EDITOR AND PUBMSHEB.
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VOLUME XV.-1VUMBER 52.1
WHITE CLOUD, KANSAS, THUKSDAY, JIJN1T 20,1872
f WHOLE TVUMBER. 780,
BT J. T. TKOW2EIDQX.
rail down the boDgfa, Bab! Itn't thU font
Nov gf re it m, shake, and tb ere eoe one.
Now pal your thamb up to the other, and free
If it isn't mellow mm mellow can be!
I know by the stripe.
That It most be ripe!
Thata one apiece for jon and me.
Grern, are they t Well, no matter for that;
Sit down on the graaa, and we'll hare a chat;
And 111 tell you what old Parson Bote
Said. Iat Sunday, of unripe fruit:
"la a bountifal tree,
nearily laden with beautiful fruit.
"For the youth there's lore, Jost atreaked with red.
And great Joys hanging joat over faia bead;
Happiness, honor, and great estate,
For those who patiently work and wait
Blewngs, said he,
"Of erery degree,
BJpening early, and ripening late.
"Take them in season, pluck and eat.
And the frnit Is wholesome, the fruit Is sweet;
Bat, O. my friends!" here he gare a rap
On his desk, like a regular tbunder-clap.
And made such a bang.
Old Deacon Lang
Woke np out of his Sunday nip:
" Green fruit," be said, "God would not bless;
But half life's sorrow and bitterness,
Half the evil, and ache and crime.
Came from tasting before their time.
The fruits Heaven sent.
Then on he went.
To his Fourthly and Fifthly wasn't It prime!
Bat, I say. Bob! we fellows don't care
So much for a mouthful of apple or pear;
Bat what we like is the fun of the thing.
When the fmh winds blow, and the bans-bird bring
Iloroe grubs, and sing
To their young ones, a-swing
In their basket-nest, tied up by its string.
I like apples In Tartans wars:
They're first-rate, roasted before the blate
Of a Winter's fire: and. O, my eyes!
Aren't tbey nice, though, made into piesf
I scarce ever saw
One, cooked or raw.
That wasn't good for a boy of my size 1
But shake your fruit from the orchard tree.
And the tune of the brook and the hum of the bee,
And the cbfpmnnk's chippering erery minute.
And the clear, sweet note of the gar little linnet.
And the grass and tbe flow era,
And the long Summer hours.
And the flavor of sun and breeze are in it.
But this Is a hard one ! Why didn't we
Leave them another week on the tree!
Is yours as bitter I Glre us a bite!
The pulp Is tiHizh. and tbe seeds are white.
And the taate of it packers
My month like a sucker's!
I vow, I believe the old parson was right!
MARKED FOR THE KNIFE.
About two years before the tartlingreveI.itions
respecting the dissecting trade in Edinburgh, had
placed the legal supply of "subjects" njion its
present satisfactory footing, tlirrc. occurred to
niy elder brother, at thnt time a delicate Ihiv, of J
about fourteen, a singular adteutiire, involving!
such a shock to lus nerves an, tne doctors lieliev
eil, very much hastened bin death, which occur
red in less tbaaa.year after it.
We then resided, in a large white house, with a
row of poplars in front, close to one of our canals.
Within a stone's throw of our ball door was a
lock and a lock house, and then followed, in the
London direction, one-of the longest and most
solitary levels to be met with in the United King
dom. The rnnal, at a point about seventy yards from
tbe lock, makes a slight deflection. The conse
quence is, that neither the lock nor our house is
visible from the long, straight level that follows,
and which is closely fenced between tall hedges
and old trees.
My brother had been ordered walking exercise,
mid my father generally appointed the path lie
elde tbe lev el I have described for his walk. The
traffic, never very active, was at that time, in a
state little better than extinct. Not more than
two or three boats passed in a day, and chiclly,
owing to its perfect quietude, it hail been chosen
for the walk of our solitary invalid.
It was now Snmmer, and the hour of his daily
walk was from live to seven ; the earlier hours
of tbe afternoon being pronounced too hot for ex
ercise. Ou the evening in question, he set out alone.
His usual walk was to a point two miles up the
level, where there was a stone block, on which
he used to sit and rest a little, before setting out
While he was taking his case on this stone
bench, and listlessly looking up and down the
long and deserted reach of water, there, emerged,
a few hundred yards to his left, from a sequester
ed path, a singular figure, which approached
slowly and panoml him by, with only the narrow
path "between them. It was moving in the di
rection of our home, and was of an emaciated
man, with a complexion dark as very old box
wood, limping, as if painfully, very much stoop
ed, and with a big, angular hump upon his back.
His hair was long and sooty-black; he had prom
inent dark eyes, under thick black brows, and his
face and chin were stnbbed with a week's growth (
of beard. He was leaning heavily on a long
stick, and walked with a kiud of hitch, which re
sembled a spasm, and gave one the idea that each
step wasaccomplishcd by a separate sting of pain.
The face, of this man expressed extreme weak
ness and suffering, and might almost be that of a
man dragging himself away, wiih mortal wonnd,
to some spot where he might lie down and die in
He hail a long and heavy bottle-green coat,
which had grown to be, indeed, a coat of many
colors: for over the threadliare and greasy gYonnd
it was overlaid, with fantastic and extraordinary
indnstrv, with a tesselation of patches, of every
imaginable color, in which yellow, and red, and
blue, and black, were discernible, nuder a varn
ish of grease, and toned with a variety of dirt;
and even these patches were patched again, and
had broken he're and there into rents aud fissures,
and bunches of shreds and tatters. Bonnd his
body was buckled a broad, discolored leathern
strap; and he wore a wide-leafed felt bat, with a
rather conical crown, brown and grimed by time
and ill treatment- .,..,
n,;. Rmire. with lone gaiters of rabbit-skin,
and shapeless "brogues," limped past my broth
er, without taking the slightest notice of him;
and ottering now and then a short groan, as tror
suppressed pain, he excited the wonder, and In
some degree the compassion, of tbe lioy.
He wat!hed tbe progress of this man, who was
moving with great difficulty, and with many
Jialtminthe direction of our home. It was not
until he had got on nearly -a quarter of a mile,
that my brother got up, now quite rested, to fol
low in the same direction. .....
As this strange, crooked manwith the stick got
on he appeared to grow more and more exhsnst
cd'andat length he tottered into a little recess
at 'the edge of the path, and fell helplessly on his
side among the bushes.
The boy qnickened his pace, and as ho ap
proached the spot, he passed the head of a nar
row lane, in which he saw a donkey aud cart
standing. The yCart had in it, upon some straw,
a piece of old carpet, from under which emerged
some folds of coarse canvas, like part of au old
sack- but he could not see any one in charge of
this conveyance, though, being anxious to obtain
help, he called repeatedly.
Despairing of snecor, he went on, and reached
the point where he had seen the man fall. Here
he found him. He had crept a little farther in
among the bushes. He was supporting himself
feebly on the ground upon his elbow, his eyes
turned np as ifhe were on the point of swooning,
and he moaned faintly. ,,.,... .,,,
The boy's courage almost failed him; oat tbe
sick man, seeming to perceive him, turned his
eves npon him imploringly, and extended his
hand toward him, so evidently signaling for aid,
that my brother could not help drawing near.
The fainting roan then told him, In a whisper,
that if ho would take his band and draw him
eentlr toward him, he would perhaps be able to
WWmaelf Wile, to Jlis great relief.
MnkoUexdi4sre lum his hand accordingly,
- - iniYhB fainting man, instead of taking It, seized
his arm above tbe elbow, with a gigantic hand,
in a gripe like a vice, and jerking him under,
sprang over him, thrusting his other arm roupd
and beneath him, so as to pinion hint-Jaat. He
had carried in his hand the end of the belt which
he had removed from around bis body while wait-J
ing fur his prey, and with a dexterity acquired,'
no oouur, uy long practice, in a moment, with tbe
now disengaged hand, he drew it and buckled it
round the boy's arms and body at a single jerk,
with a pressure so powerful that he could scarce
ly breath, much less disengage hisarnis.
In another moment, with his knee on the boy's
chest, and one broad hand placed right across his
month, so as to stifle his screams effectually, he
hitched round what had seemed to be his hump,
but what proved to be, in fact, a bundle, from
which, with the other hand, he took out, with
the Quickness and neatness of a skilled maninn
lator, two things: one a sort of enshion about
r.irlift Ihami Ana- .iT, i.1iiilili.iiBiiiinT liiili
.fju .un cbiunc, ww.rv mio tuwumtAiu-
er I have that horrible relic, no doubt intending
to aid in tbe process of' suffocation, still in my
possession; the other was the renowned pitch
plaster. My brother had not an idea what be intended,
for the disclosures in Edinburgh had nut yet en
lightened and terrified jieople of all ages through
The miscreant kept his face close tohis victim's,
with his powerful eyes fixed on his. His dark,
lean features and long beak, aud tbe thick hair
that hnng forward like a sooty plumage round
them, and the long, sinewy neck that arched over
ray Hmr brother, as he lay at his assailant's mer
cy, gae him, in the fascinated gaze of the boy,
the appearance of a monstrous bird of prey.
I dare say this ghoul had an actual power, such
as many men are said to possess, of controlling
the springs of action, mental aud bodily, by some
occult power of the eye. To my brother, it seem
ed that it needed a perpetual and desperate
straggle of will to prevent a frightful trance from
stealing over him.
For a moment the wretch's hand was slightly
raised from tbe boy's mouth. He intended, no
doubt, at this moment, to introduce tlio pitch
plaster, which was to stop both mouth and nos
trils. Hut my brother, now struggling frantical
ly, uttered two piercing yells, which compelled
tbe murderer to replace liis hands before be had
accomplished his purpose He was evidently
now transported with fury. Up to this he had
been operating as methodically as a spider. He
looked so fiendish, that my brother fancied he
would cut his throat, or otherwise dispatch him
His plans, however, were different. He had no
idea of losing sight of his interests, much less of
his safety. No principle of his nefarious trade
was better established than the absolute necessi
ty of leaving no trace of actual violence upon the
person if his victims. Even the knee with
which he held his prey was padded so carefully
that this young boy's hreaet did not exhibit- the
slightest contusion, although so long under a
pressure which held hiui at tbe verge of suffoca
tion. I'apidly, and with more surcexs, the villain
again essayed his liual sleight. One dreadful
jell escaped, and the. deadly pitch plaster was
fixed on mouth and nose, and another sound or
respiration became impossible.
The leafj- liti-hes above and aliont him, the fig
ure, the fare of the spectre, ln-gan to swim liefore
bit eyes. Ho saw the mail, still on his knees, rise '
with a start, -and pause, with eje askance, and
dark hand to bis ear. In the next instant, he had
In bis siniggles, the boy now tolled from the
lair in nhirh be had been attacked, into.the clear
light tiiHin the open path, where he la- perfectly
When consciousness returned, whiih was not
for some minutes, three men were alout him,
drenching his head with water, and all endeav
oring to extract a word of explanation ; but for
long after he could not speak n syllable, nor for
some time, even hear distinctly what they said.
Not a moment was lost, so soon as he was able
to decrile wliat bad happened, iu directing pur
suit, wherever any results were the least likely.
All my brother could say as to the point toward
which the assassin had directed his flight, was
that, as his sight failed, be, though cry indis
tinctly, saw him pass away obliquely iu tbe'di
reetiou of the. lane in which he had obsencd the
It must have belonged to an accomplice, "who
was there, by an arrangement. Every thing had
been prepared to carry away the body of the poor
fellow, which would" have been secured in the
sack, enveloped iu the carpet, and coered with
straw, and thus secreted in some louely lock-up
yard, until, atthe dead of night, it would have
lieen conveyed to the dissecting-room. The lsiy's
hat thrown' upon the water, would hae turned
inquiry off the frcen', and iudnced delay.
The "strap, still bnckled with cruel force about
the poor fellow's arms aud ribs, the chamois cush
ion I have mentioned, and tbe pitch-plaster fixed
over the loner part of his face, were the only
" properties" of tbe villain, left to indicate hi
The cool old assassin had carried off every oth
er trace of his presence, and be and his comrade,
taking the doukey-cart with them, had decamp
ed with a celerity, and managed their disgnise
with an art which, as matters then were, aud
with a full hour's start, hail baffled pursuit.
No doubt, with the police force now at our
command, the result might have been different.
As it was, no clew whatever was discovered; and
this was positively marvellons, considering tbe
marked peculiarities of dress aud of person that
belonged to tbe culprit. The persons best ac.
quaiuted with the ways of onr criminals at that
period, were of opinion that the strange details
of the dress, thu gait, the hair, the complexion,
and the distortion of the rignre, were parts of an
elaborate piece of masquerading.
There was some controversy as to the object of
the projected crime. It was not until the terri
ble exposure at Edinburgh had made all the
world horribly familiar with the machinery of
that peenliar species of murder, that all debate
upon tbe matter ceased, and the pitch plaster
was accepted as conclusive evidence that the
body was intended for sale to the surgeons.
No donbt these poachers ou a great scale were
thoroughly skilled in all the finesse and strategy
of their contraband art. The regularity of my
poor brother's solitary walk, its favorable boiuy
and the easy suggestion of drowning as the cause
of his disappearance, had all lieen nojed, and the
enterprise was, as I have told yon, very nearly
accomplished, wheuan unexpected interruption 1
saveii " nn.
My brother was ailing at the time this dread
ful attempt was made upon his life. He surviv
ed it little more than ten months, and the able
physician who attended him, referred his death
to tneawiui snocic w uicn nis system naa receivea.
Prraaakalatlaaia of a Pi later.
The following strange, eventful record of a
journey man printer's life, says the New YorlcEVn,
we are positive is correct to a letter. It develops
what a man can do if he likes, and hat queer,
enterprising, nnclfish fellows the majority of
printers are: "The life of a printer is, to say the
least, one of variety. Lleft home at the age of
nine, and was apprenticed to the printing busi
ness at thirteen. Since then I have been in Eu
rope lieen in England, IreUud. Scotland. Wales
and France in. Canada. Nova Scotia. Labrador, '
con in America, vest jniues, ana an tne Atlantic
States in the Union, from Maine to Lonsiana;
have lieen fixed in twenty cities and towns of the
United States. I have lieena sailor in the mer
chant service, and have sailed in all manner of
craft ship, bark, brig, schooner, sloop, and steam
er in tbe regular army as a private soldier, de
serted and got- shot in tbe leg. I have studied
two j'ears for the ministry, oue year fur an M. D.
travelled through all the New England States,
,ew torK,ewjersey,rennsjnsuia.ani i irgm
ia, as a journeyman printer, generally with little
else than a brass rule in my pocket. I have been
married twice, and am now nearly twenty-six
years old. I have been a temperance lecturer,
and a proprietor of a temsrance theatre."
JruFisK isreportatohave said, "Ifleonld
only have fifty vears added to my life I'd show
what could be done." A natnral wish; bnt son
nets must be written in sixteen lines, and plans
of life shaped to be executed within DO more
years than three-score and ten.
Sixtt per cent, of the population of England
live on the narrow line which divides sufficiency
of food from starvation.
THE OL.B f.l,K TREE.
O, tlva old ehn tne U sUndhif now.
Where it stood so long sea,
"PTbeD in Its sbsde we childrni plsyed.
Till tbe sob tn tbe west jtrewlov.
And iu biawbe reach ss tar and hirh.
And the my above u a, clear.
Bat under it now no children play,
In the golden day of tbe year.
Tbe annbeama creep through the rattling leaves.
That fall on the moea-grown seat.
And tall gran waves where, in other years.
It was trodden by children', fret:
And tbe bee. bnm lazilT tn the shade,
Throagh tbe long, bright Summer's day.
And the soft wind mnrmnra, with lunelj eeuid.
Where the caUdiea need to play.
Tbey all Bragoa from tbetr ehndaood't borne.
And have wandered far away;
Of all tbe band of that dear old time.
There ia not one left bsda j.
They are parted now by many a mile.
And the wares, and mountains high ;
And one baa gone to tbe home beyond.
Through the golden gates of the aky.
And many a weary year bat gone.
And many a Saattmer'a aun
lias paMed aduwn the golden west.
When tbe long, bright day waa done;
And many an Autumn wind baa blown.
And many a Winter cast
O'er hill aad vale ita shroud of anew,
Siacetbe children met there laat.
And the weary years will still more on,
Wttb their sunshine and their rafn;
But there, in the ahaile of tbe old elm tree.
They wilt never an meet again.
But there is a baven of quiet rest.
And Its portab are oprn vide;
Ma r we, one br one, at the Savier'a can,
All meet on the other aide!
A BETOM7TIOJIABV LANDJIABK.
The old Trenton mill on the banks of the As
sanpink creek, which was bnniedon Wednesday,
will probably be torn down, as the manufacture
of paper there has proved unprofitable, and the
mill was about being fitted np for the manufacture
of woolens. This mill has had much of an histori
cal interest connected with it, and stood on the
site of two revolutionary battle fields. On the
banks of tbe Assanpink creek, at the point where
afterward this mill w'as erected, the Hessians
met with their rout ou Christinas e e, Washing
ton having crossed the Delaware amid the break
ingiceat King's ford, some distaficealtoeTreiiton.
At the same place lay Cornwaljis' army on the
night when deceived by the watch fires of the
continental army, they awaiting the dawn, expec
ting to rout the provincials, and instead were
awakened by the firing of the gnus at Princeton,
ten miles away, and noticed that their own army
was cut in two, and knew that divided they
could only meet a- terrible defeat. When the
foundations of the mill were laid, 30 j ears ago,
workmen funnel many marks of the presence of
the troops, Hessian, British and Continental, with
their distinctive marks; portions of knapsacks,
helmets, lielt buckles and bayonets; large niim
liers of 1 Mines, cannot balls and unexploded shells,
ami. in fact, every article likely to lie found on a
battle field. These relics were sold. Many of
thtiiifoundthciruay totheState arsenal museum,
the museum of the Historical Society, aud there
is hardly a house iu Trenton where some such re
liiiiiixceiicu of the revolution cannot be found.
Ill l&D. when the vaults of the United. States
bank at Philadelphia were cleared out, all the pa
pers nero sold to the Trenton mill and removed
there, where, they tilld two lofts fro'm llotrto
ceiling. Many of these papers were of more in
terest than ordinary banking papers. Murh of
the private correspondence of Nicholas Itiddle,
Daniel Webster, aud others who had an interest
in the bank was brought to light, and the ban
king correspondence contained letters from all
the men who had taken part in public for seventy
vears. Autoirranh collectors ranged through the
.hundreds of tons of paper tied with" red tape for
months, ami several complete collections ot auto
graphs of the Presidents from Washington to
Taylor, were secured by the more diligeut sear
chers, and most complete collections of the
autographs of signers of the Declaration of Inile
depeudence were ill some instances secured, as in
the vaults were large quantities of papers belong
ing to the treasury department prior to the time
of the establishment of the bank, and as far back
M the time wheirRoliert Morris was at the head
of the treasury. Among the ship load of can
celled checks taken from the bank, were all those
on which the salaries of Presidents, vice Presi
dents, Seuators, Representatives and members of
the cabinet had drawn tbeir salaries from the
time of the establishment of the bank, and which
were, of course, all endorsed b those in whose
names thej'were drawn. Such an opportunity
was never given to autograph collectors in any
country, nnd probably not one paper iu the mill
failed of examination; and tons were carried
away, the owners of the mill never making ob
jection to the search. Acs? York Standard.
Horace ma ssrwleer Hie Camllcage the
While Alfred Livingston was foreman of the
Tribmnr composing-room, they took down the
stove in Mr. Greeley 's old-fashioned, dingy sanctum,
where he was wont to sit on a very low chair
with his chin resting on a very high desk; tbe
stove-pipe bad gone straight through the ceilling,
and after its removal no provision had been made
for closing the hole. Above, in the composing
room, were three printers' stands eqni-distant
from the hole. Printers are proverbially tobacco
cheners. These," three were tobacco-chewers ex
traordinary. Hav ing covered the floor with their
tobacco juice, the- alternately eudeavoreil to spit
through tbe stove piie hole, using it as a target.
It was a warm May day. Mr. Greeley sat underneath-
and, wuni out with his labor, had fallen
into a gentle and innocent slumlier. He had on a
white waistcoat and a clean shirt. His dreams
were suddenly distnrbtd by a pattering on his
forehead. He awoke, half blinded with the nico
tine visitation, and seeing his waistcoat aud shirt
soilcd'tberewith, aud sn'specting the source from
which it came, he started up-stairs at a gait that
would h-ivestarlllStarlte. Theprinters, hearing
him approaching, aud fearing trouble, bramered
to other parts of the composing-room. Mr. Gree
ley, ap)iearing on tbe scene in the character of
the "Gladiator," shouted, with an outburst of
profanity that gave a sulphurous odor to the
apartment: "By . where is the man that
spit down that hnlel I can lick the man that did
it! Where is her
Sam. GaIXOWAT, who died in CoInmbns,.Ohio,
a few days ago, was one of the most effective pub
lic speakers in the West. His force was in his
face-makings, of which he was almost as perfect
a master as Tom Corwin. He would get np lie
fore an audience and make what would read like
a veiy plain speech to those who had not witnes
sed the facial emphasis with which it was inter
spersed dnring its tlelivety; but be conld hold a
crowd for honrs and keep it in convulsions of
langbter. not by what he said so much as by the
way he looked" just after he bad said it. There
were those who thonght be merely imitated Tom
Corwin, but he was not an imitator of anybody.
He had a very homely countenance to begin with
as bad Corn in also and he had a wonderfnl
faculty for twisting into shapes to snit tbe tenor
of his speech. It used to be said of bim that he
could make a first rate speech without ntteriog
a syllable; and it was a habit with him to go
through with a few facial contortions before pro
ceeding with his discourse.
MACK-writes from Washington a story of an
unsophisticated gentleman from the West who
recently dropped into tbe House of Representa
tives to see sights. Bcckoningto a neatlyattired
citizen of African descent who stood near him,
and who modestly answered his call, be saia to
him, "Jim, will yon show nie to the barber's shop;
I want to get shaved and have my boots blacked."
This was a little toomncb for "Jim," who was
none other than one oft he honorableroembers from
SonthCarnlina Mr.Elliot. "'Scueme,sah,"said
tlliott, -re nota waitahjTse a roemhah." The
gentleman from the West retired, deeply morti-
.tlSl'1 f ,be knon " lost entirely
abolished in En.i. .j i , .. j .- i .l.
all EMMBB . C. M18W T TKI.I..
Hie Eaeautrr with Mt-Wascatr a
Everyone who has been in Bait Lake City, or
tne tar west, Knows wiw wuai recsiessness we
gamblers there seize npon erery opportunity to
Dla v a practical ioke. No dignity of character or
official place deter these desperate men from their
fnn. A preacher is Just a likely to bo a victim
as the roughest miner; and even the nominee of
the Dolly Varden gathering at Cincinnati did not
escape unscathed. (
George Norris was a saoate eapperi"aad was
Bojonrning in Salt Lake, at John Wallace's gambling-house,
when Horace Greeley carac tferongb,
on bis overland journey to California,' ia 1859.
A wagon train haigjost arr'ved from tjte States,
and Norris went down to Jrl ere tbey we; corral
led. , V J&L
"I understand that there la a very-Boo short
card player here among yon, boys," said Norris,
addressing the crowd huddled aronnd tbe camp
fire, eating tough slap-jacks and guzzling strong
coffee, innocent of milk or sugar.
" Well, pardner, I dun-no. I believe I hold a
little over the balance of tbe boys, bat I ain't
mncb," said a big, raw-lioned Pike.
"Then 11 you ain't!" said Norris. "Charlie
Harrison tells me yon lay over any card player
that ever struck this country. Kow, that's a man
here with money enough to buy every nigger in
Missouri, and we kin get every dollar of it if you
beat him ; and I will stake yon."
Pike was too much flattered by what Charlie
Harrison had said, aud too mncb elated at the
prospect of wiuniug a fortune, not to fall readily
into Norris' plan. It was arranged that the bull
whacker should come np to Wallace's gambling
house after night, where and when Norris was to
have man and money ready. Of course all the
gamblers aliont tbe bouse understood that there
was to be fun on hand, and that Pike was the
tool. Norris pnt into the Missonrian' hand,
when he sat down, forget! ranch receipts for $."00
mules, and gave bim C00 in gold. The bnll
whacker turned out to be a better gambler than
tbey anticipated, and it took bis supposed oppo
nent nearly all night to break him. Bnt at last
he put up his last innle and bottom dollar, aud
lost. The party broke up in silence and dispers
ed. After breakfast Norris agaiu sought the
Missonri corral. "Look here, Pike, do you know
how von lost all them mules and money for me,
last night f"
" III swar I don't how f "
" Do you know old Horace Greeley, that's come
here from New Yorkl" Norris asked.
"No! who in thunder is bet"
"Well, he's an old sport that's come out here
from New York to shake chuck-luck for Brigbam
Young. He tipped out'n your baud last night: if
it hadn't beeu for him, jest see wh.ir we'll have
li-en; now we ain't got nothin'," said Norris,
with well-dissembled sorrow.
"I'll kill tbe old thief on sight ; jest show him
to me," exclaimed Pike, rising to go with Norris.
"Sow, you be quiet,' soothingly put in the
capper, "and come to n here yon was last night.
Him and old Brigham, and Proctor Rockwell, and
ole Bill Hickman will be cumin' down past thar,
after awhile, and then e kin fix 'em."
About ten o'clock that morning, every availa
ble seat was occupied by the nnmerons gamblers,
eager to see the fun. Norris and Pike were on
lu-nd, the latter armed with the inevitable bowie
knife and six-shooter. Pretty soon the word
went from month to mouth, "There ho comes
that's him!" Norris bad his man in the right
dace. "Do yon see that ole rooster with a white
lat, thar, right between ol Brigham and Proctor
Rockwell!" Norris naked.
" Ton hrtrtd me! " was Pike's significant reply.
"Well, he's the coon."
The Goliah of the American press and the head
men of the niodrm saints drew mar. Pike step
ded up iu front, aiid.lajing a branny hand upon
H. G.'s shoulder, and pulling an Arkansas arbi
trator from his belt, said:
"Is your name Horace Greeley I"
"Yes, sir, that is my name, sir" said he of the
white hat, and iu his blandest tones.
"Well, I want to know what you meant by
tipping out'n my hand last night f " said like.
"1 18 your (union, sir, I don't understand yon,
sir," answered the philosopher.
"Oh, yon d d old chuck-luck shakin' gopher!
Yon come here to open chuck-luck for Brigham
Young, aud meddle in a gentleman's game, the
fust night you get here, will jerf I'll larti yer
to tend to j-oiir own business, you ole thicvin'
sardine," shouted the infuriated Pike, and, suit
ing the action to the word, he was proceeding to
hamstring aud jayhawk the philosopher on the
siMit. when, by preconcerted action, a score of
gamblers seized the lielligerent bnll-wbaeker and'
bore nun luto tne House n ttarmu.
II. G. is an old man, and has, doubtless, been
frightened often, but he was sramf bnt one time.
The Mormon leaders nnderstooil the thing at
once, bnt there came near lieiug a serious riot
over it. This is one story old Horace forgot to
tell in his "Oierland Notes." Louitrille Ledger.
The Oldest I.adr la Fraaelara.
To What SiikOwks Hf.r Long Life, Accord
ing to Hkk Own Account. Iu an account of the
May day festival at the Powell street Presenta
tion Convent, it was stated that a lady one hnn
dred and nineteen years old visited there. Onr
reporter, in the interest of the readers of this pa
per, made it a point to get tbe fnll particulars
about this venerable and interesting person. She
is at present of medium height, though when
younger she was tall and portly, and, as one or
two of her old friends say, she was considered
beautiful; and even now, though her face is a
net-work of wrinkles, she has an agreeable ap
pearance. As a matter of course, she is consider
ably stooped from age, but not so mnch as one
would natnrally imagine. Her maiden 'name is
Madrogal Mary of the Immaenlate Conception
Madrugal. Her husbands' name is, or was, Jua
rez. She is descended from Castilian emigrants
to Mexico, and was born in the "City of the Ro
sary," in Sinaloa. She has several children, the
youngest of whom is fifty-six years of age. She
speaks the Spanish language so as to be distinct
ly understood, but cannot speak .English. Her
health is remarkably good, and the faculties of
her mind are entirely unimpaired. She goes al
most daily to holy communion, which requires in
a Catholic the greatest purity, and attends rrgn
Iarly the holy sacrifice of tbe mass; and to this
habit she attributes her long life. She has latter
ly made this city tlw place of her permanent
abode, tbongh she traveled mnch dnriug bcr life
time in Mexico and California. The reason she
has decided npon ending her days in San Fran
cisco is because she finds in this city more
"paste" (peace for her sonl). Judging from her
present appearance see is likely to live for some
years more, tbongh her lease of life -cannot lie
very long. She has always been temperate in
her habits, and now she reaps the benefit of liv
ing well. San Franeiteo Bnltrtin.
Sewn time ago an old and favorite dog, belong
ing to Mr. William H. Beyett, or Hemen County,
Ga., died under cirenstanres that his owner
thonght warranted a post mortem examination.
The examination was accordingly made, and
three living snakes -were found attached to tbe
dog's liver two of a spotted copper color, and
one of a dark brown spotted color. Two were
abont thirty inches in length, and one "about
twenty inches, all very slender as regards size.
The liver was considerably decayed. The snakes
lived abont ten bonrs, and were finally auiea
with a stick.
A room with pictnres in it, and a room with
out pictures, differ by" nearly as mnch as a room
with windows and one without. Nothing, we
think, is more melancholy, particularly to a per
son who has to pass mnch time in bis room, than
blank walls : for pictnres are loopholes of escape
to the soul, leading it to other scenes and other
Ms. James KanE has examined some of the
bituminous mortsr adhering to a brick from tbe
Bios Niwrond, Babylon. He found SS per cent,
bituminous matter and 75 per cent limestone.
The lime had never ln burned, bat was simply
broken or ground, containing pieces from tbe sua
of a pin-bead to that of P"t pea.
IT is so pleasant to know that Agaaaix has found
a few species of gasteropoda, fourteen kind of
shiBoderaa, iadoding . Tje, Mty specimens
of opDiBTMa. aad, to eww the whole, . Lux
TIB 013 M!SaVAll-AWAT.
The wild Urda warUa. Mks rflnry rOs - '
StarrkeertlyroaadUieaaot. ' .
Aad the aaaeefej shadTaf b aanls UaT
FaDa dim on my motbetw eat;
Iu -windowi arejow, aad hi tastea ia lav,
01 law itl TloT.ltt.wasc. .el (el
The old boose faraway! - '
The MUeciUck rash's JaJtowaH.
Beeordnic tbe paaalat aaam .
And the pat raranhna- grew raaksasl taK
With ita brilliant scarlet Aswan!
And tbe old atravxaalr. as cosy aad law.
Where mother eat kHUng- all aaj:
That old hooea' far away! ' ,
Dear mother! bow 'plainly? aea bar aew,
Reclined la thafSdari chair,
With the aaaaat nttimt aa her brew, -Tbatwa.oneea.aDMU
aad fair;. -
&. . AaCJawaaeaaaraaalraavawan - .
Obt I aee It! I lore ItTVairSerTco! '
Ia that old bosaa far away 1
Xot all the treaaorea tbe world aflorda,
The rtehea of land and aea,
a2ior all the wealth of earth proad lords.
Can blot from my memory
Tbe roof that ahelteredeaeh dear, dear head.
And the hnrnbte flour of clay..
Where the feet I loved wera went U tread.
In tbe old hottae far away 1
NATIXAX Ctv;TK!TltJrB. v
Wane a Wkea They ataya sin Held.
It is noteworthy that tbe first Congressional
caucus for the nomination of Presidential candi
dates, of which there is any record, is said to have
been held in Philadelphia in the year 1600. Jef
ferson and Hun-were then nominated. Again,
the first political national convention in the coun
try inet in Philadelphia in 1630. It was composed
of Anti-Masons, bnt transacted no business beyond
the adoption of a resolution providing for the
conveuton of the same complexion.wbicb met in
Baltimore in September, ltH, and nominated
William Wirt for President, and Amos Ellmaker,
of Philadelphia, for Vice-President.
Philadelphia is also famous as the sitting place
of the first native American national convention,
held February 19, l&G, andof the first national
convention of'lhe great Republican party which
was destined utterly to crush tbe manevolent
slave power, thereby saving the Union from de
struction and forever abolishing human slavery
within its boundaries. This convention assem
bled on the 17th of June, 18uC," and 'nominated
John C. Fromont and William L. Dayton. Tbe
convention called in 1866 to organize anew party
in tbe interests of Andrew Johnson, also met in
The only successful "presidential candidates of
the old Whig party were nominated in Pennsylva
nia. Harrison was nominated iu Harrisbtinr. De
cember 4, 1639, and Taylor in Philadelphia, June
Previous to 1831, the two parties Federalists
and Republican or Democratic into which tbe
nation was dh ided. left the selection of their can
didates to Congressional caucuses. Iu December
of that year a natioual, Republican or Federalist
convention assembled in Baltimore, and unani
mously nominated Henry Clay aud John Sergeant
for President and Vice-President, respectively.
In the May following a Democratic national
convention met in tbe same citv, aud formal! y
placed in nomination Jackson anil Van Iiuren. In
May, 1835, the Democrats nominated Van Iiuren
ami Johnson at Baltimore.; The Whigs held no
natiouid convention that year. Gen. Harrison,
who n as named by several State conventions, re
ceived tbeir votes in tbe electoral college.
The year 1839 was signalized by the nomination
of Harrison and Tvlerat Ilarrisburg, December 4,
by the Whigs, and of James G. Ilirney arid F. J.
Leuioyue by the Aholisionists, November 13, at
Warsaw, N. Y. The Democrats named Van Iiuren
at a national ennveution held at Baltimore, May
5, 1840, but expressed no choice for Vice-President.
In 1844 the W higs led off by a convention which
met at Baltimore May 1, arid placed in nomination
Clay and Frelinghnysen. The Democrats, by a
convention which assembled in the same "city,
May 27, put forward as their standard-bearers
Polk and Dallas. In 1843, however, there was a
national convention of the Liberty party at Buffa
lo, in August, which nominated James G. Birury
and Thomas Morris.
The proceedings of the more recent coin entious
may be presumed to be familiar to most readers.
Iu 1848tlie Whig convention met at Philadelphia,
June?; the Democratic at Baltimore, May 2x; the
tree-soil Democratic couteution at Utica,r. x
June 22. aud again ou the 9th of August following,
In. 1852 the Whics nominated at Baltimore,
June 16tb; the Democrats, Jat the same place,
June 1, and the tree-soil democracy at Pittsburg,
August U.. ,
In'ISSG, the first Republican national conven
iinn in the same city, February 19; tbe Democrat
ic national convention at-Cincinnati, June 2, and
tbe last Whig national convention at Baltimore,
Iu 18430 tbe Democrats held a convention at
Charleston, April 12. which resulted in a split.
The convention reassembled at Baltimore, June
18. and eventually each wing of tbe party placed
candidates in nomination. The Republican con
vention met at Chicago, May 16.
In 16G4 the Republican convention was held in
June, at Baltimore, and the Democratic at Chica
go, in August, lud laba the Kepnniicans nomi
nated at Chicago, iu May, and the Democrats at
New York, in July.
afeser she 3ietu.
It will be two hundred years in Jnne since Pe
ter the Great was horn, and it ia proposed to cel
ebrate with due nolemuiny tbe memorable day
the eleventh of the month which gave to Rus
sia ita greatest Emperor. As usual in this highly
cultivated age, the commemoration will assume a
prominently educational character, the founda
tion of two six-class elementary schools being
contemplated, for tbe buihlingof which govern
ment has set apart a sum of 2,000 roables, and for
tbe maintenance of which an endowment of 7,
000 roubles a year is appropriated. A statistical,
topographical and historical account of the city
of St. Petersburg is likewise to bepnblisbed in
honor of the day. Czar Peter's maritime merits,
too, are not forgotten. An imposing stone monu
ment, to be erected at Lachten, is to commemo
rate his gallant saving of shipwrecked mariners
at that place, and collections will lie set on foot
for tbe enlargement of the mercantile fleet In the
Baltic.;' A full-length portrait, to be painted by
one of the first artists of Rnssia, and a solemn
procession with it, through the streets of St. Pe
tersburg, will conclude the festive programme by
which tbe grateful capital purposes to record its
thanks to its founder. -
iTi predicted tha Lake Erie, now the path
way of . mighty commerce, will in time dry np
and become tbe.home .of a teeming population.
Careful .surveys have shown that while Lake
Michigan bar an average depth of 1,800 feet, Lake
Superior of 900 feet, and Lake Ontario of 500 feet,
Lake Erie nas aa average depth of 120 feet,
which is said to be constantly decreasing. The
bottom of -the lake is quite level, and composed
of soft clay. This day is otwtaotly accnmnlat
iug from sediment carried down by tributary
streams. Tbe sooth shore' ia composed of easily
disinteregrating bine, gray; and olive shoals and
gray sandstone, ine western ana nonnern
masts are made no of limestone of the Helder-
beg group, which quickly yields to the action of
tne waves, lonsequeniiv oota snores eonwtani
lv are contributing to fill np the bed of tbe lake.
The work is not rapid, bat it is said to be as cer
tain as late.
Tirr. Smitbsoniaa Institute has Inst received a
enriositv of trrrat noveltv and value lor the na
tional museum. It is a battle trophy of a race of
natives living near tbe Headwaters of the Ama
zon Hirer, aad U the.bead of a opt ire condensed,
by some unknown process, to a size not more than
three incites in diameter, the original proportiona
of tbe feature being preaerred. It looks like the
head of some pigmy. These trophies are esteem
ed highly by tbe natives, and they are dimcalt to
.obtain. Only one other is known to have been
brought to this country. Tali one was a pnaaa.
to the inatitate by Bayaond no Fetger, of Ecua
dor, through E. Ramsey Wing, oar Minister at
. X CaxisTlaw should never plead splritaality
for bek slovenly. If WW a-al -st,
r mm a r.bb .
TaTJK If AMMX LltnU.
Mr. nTaaky I Caamtr an lisibm la.
as aaeaaa aa a-axaaaj am ibmi taamua
MS en iistials ajae Lokea
Cosrsbtt X Roads.
(Wick IS THS Statx trv Kkntccky.)
Joou 8. 1872
I wax invited to so to n Countv In Sutheru
Injeany, in wich I hed some arenas, and assist in
nxtn tue coaiisnna betwixt the Ihmocrlsy and the
Liberal Repnblikiua, that they mite march to vic
try without question. I didn't like to leave the
Corners. The sarins? time hex come airin. o-entla
.Anne, and it U plesant bare. . The trees is out in'
blossom, the Bttle birds U Jiftiu np tber voices
harmonioasly, the weather, is warm enuff to go
barefooted, aad the stoop in front nv Bascom's r
i laut'to slaao tnanfen now. Tbe,
warmth dUpcata yoo-toshrinber,-and the flies
aiot come to murder it- Likker never tastes ex
well in Kentucky ex in Joon. But when did I ev
er hesitate to go wher dooty eallsf I went.
Tbe County hex alius bin slitely Republikin;
that is, Republikin by perhaps two hundred ma
jority; jiat enuff to let ourpeeplegit a site at the
proaist land, without ever entemi into it. The
Liberal movement took so well ther, that it be
come a certin thing tbat ef the Dimoeriav and the
Repnblikin bolters cood only pull top-ether, triumf
"wux asuoorea. iui, x tuoi to m sell, mis can t
possibly be. It will go well enuff till tbey come
to makiu a platform, and then they'll split into
fragments. Ther is too hefty a difference at ween
the Injeany Dimocrat and Republikin a differ
ence based on principle to admit nv a hope that
thev kin ever pull troo together. But I determ
ined to do my best, and smooth things so ez to
make airreeioent ez casv ez possible.
I advised, to wnnst, that a 'informal consul ta-
shun bo held, aud that six representative men
from the Dimocratic party, and six from the Re
publikin party who bed gone over to Greeley,
shood be appiiitcd, and empowered, to fix every
thing connectid with the campane. The caucus
wnz held, and tbe follerin wuz them ex wuz ap
pointed to arramre the detales:
Dimocrats Smith, Brown, O'Shanghnessy,
McCloskey, Peters, and Blmlgett.
Liberal Repcbukins Jones, Thompson, Ad
ams, Dtslder, Potter, and Muggins.
These gentlemen met the same afternoon nv
ther appintment, and I acted ez a sort nv umpire,
tbat tber mite lie order aud sistem observed.
Mr. Smith (Dem.) remarkt tbat the fust thing
in order wood be to fix the platform uv prinsiples
in sich a way that both wings uv the new party
cood stand onto it. Without a platform to stand
outo, no Dimocrat cood go into a campane with
any feeliu nv sjfety. lie wood propose the dis
cnsbeii uv the different ishoos aforo the ieep1e.
It wood be nessary, nv course, to whittle down in
one spot, and swell ont in another, to git the prin
siples adapted to the slitely diverse ijeesnvmen
wich hedn't kept step together, ez it were, and
he wood fcejest that Yoouivcrsal Amnesty be fust
"Now," sez I to myself, "the fust installment
uv trouble is onto ns." But it wuzn't.
Tbe other eleven bed bin yawnin fearfully doo
rin this orashnn, bnt tbey each choked off ther re
spective yawns lung enuff to exclaim in kurus:
"O, .blarst Yonmversal Amnesty! Tber ain't
no donbt bnt wat we shell all agree ou that pint!
I wuz delited to see them rufi pints got over so
"Wat shel we do with the suffrage question V
askt Mr. Smith.
"Blarst the suffrage. question! exclaimed the
eleven, with oue voice. We shel hev no trouble
with tbatr "
"D n the tariff!" shreeked the sturdy eleven;
"ther ran't possiblv be auv trouble about the tar
iff, nor will ther be any difference nv oniuvuu re-
ganlin Nashnel banks. Civil Servis, Revenoo, or
nuylliing else. e sltel agree ou all uv tnat.
Pass it !"
"Thank Heaven," I tbot," they see the necessi
ty nv sneceos, and are tractable. Tber aiut noth
in else that kin make trouble."
Tbey all yawned terribly. Ther wuz a anxious
silence forperhapsamiiiit, wich Mr. Peters (Dem.)
"Wat wo want to know,"sed he, is who shel
we nomiuate for Sheriff t"
Mr. Jones (Lib. Rep.) sed with much warmth
and feelin, that bis trends hed nrged him to accept
tbat place, and he hed, after much solisitashen,
consentid to take it.
Mr. Peters remarkt, in a sarkastic tone, that
Mr. Jones bed bin, ef we cowl take bis word for
it, solissited by bis frends nv tbe Republikin party
to take that posisbed for ten .veers, bnt ez his
frends wnz composed principally uv hisself, his
father, one son, nnd a brother-in-law, he bed nev
er took it very much. He wood see tbe coalisben
in Tofet afore he wood consent to see it made the
vehicle for carryin played-out Ablisbnists. "I'll
never consent," sed Mr. Peters excitedly, "to see
the lies t offls in the Connty filled by a rotten, de
cayed renegade. I want that offls myself."
Iramejitly Mr. Jones and Mr. Peters wnz settlin
tber personal differences on tbe flore, in the man
ner for wich Snthem Injeany is celebrated.
Mr. Thompson (Lib. Rep.) sed the majic word
"Auditor!" Immejitly Mr. Brown (Dem.) sed
that tbat place he hed considered hizzen; to wich
Mr. Thompson replied that Mr. Brown wnz only
in this movement becox the regler Dimocriay
wood never nominate him for nothin.
"That place," sed Mr.Thompson, "is sopekool
yerly adopted to my abilities, tbat I hev "
Mr. Thompson aud Mr. Brown wnz, in less than
a second, rnllin the flore in a bear hug, each fran
tically endeavorin to possess hisself nv the other's
left eye and rite arm.
Mr. McCIoskey (Dem.) and Mr. Adams (Lib.
Rep.) got into a argyment on tbe flore ez to wich
shood be nominated for Recorder; the Treshrer
ship furnisht Mr. O'Shanghnessy (Dem.) and Mr.
Dodder (Lib. Rep.) a okkasbun for a set-to; Mr.
8mith (Dem.) and Mr. Potter (Lib. Rep.) altercat
ed coneemin a seat in the Legislachrr; and over
the Connty Clerkship,Mr.BIodgett(Dem.)andMr.
Mnggina (Lib. Rep.) partook nv each, other's ears,
and tasted each other's gore. They wuz all on
the flore, rnllin in each other arras, to wunst ;
the air nvtba.room bein thick meauwbile with
groans and oaths of the gentle combatants.
I didn't know, at tbe time, how the matter re
snllid, for a Injeany free fite lasts a hoar, and I
hedn't tbe time to stay. But the whole thing
went np. They all hankered to be Brigadiers,
wich in politiks, ez in military life, can't be.
Each man wnz in the movement to promote his
self, and ef he coodent git wat he yearned for, he
E referred to bast tbe movement. And it wnz
I eooden't help thinkin, on my way home, that
no matter how kind and eonsiliatory the average
Libra! Repnblikin and Diroolcrat may be iu the
matter nv prinsiples and platform, they are fear
fully and dredfully in ernest when it comes to
nominaahena. I don't know wich sbockt me moat,
ther apathy at tbe beginntn nv the awetin, or ther
Bery zeal at Its ennin. roium is queer.
PKHTOLEtJlf V. NASBT,
(Wich wax Postmaster.)
HeFtxkd It. An insenioas bat over-conceited
man undertook to mend a tin tea-kettle the other
May. He had seen tinners do the thing, and he
Knew ne coniu ao it too. in prooing auoni tne
bottom'of the kettle for weak places, be found one
where be least expected it, and ran tbe brad-awl
clear through his finger. Whereupon he "howled
with anguish, and dropped the kettle on tbe head
of his Infant son lying prone npon the floor at bis
feet, chewing a robber rattle. The infant's bead
was badly ent, and in tbe excitement which fol
lowed, another young Pureed managed to tip over
tbe solder, and catch about a spoonfnll of it In bis
little shoe, and added his lnsry yells to tbeamily
chnrna. The unhappy Pnreell tied np his finger,
pot sticking-plaster on tbe baby's head, plastered
ointment on tbe boy's foot, and left tbe tea-kettle
at the tlaabop on his way to tW doctor's.
MM. Axes, in n recent Washington letter, says:
"I never saw Lydia Thompson ; tat, from what I
Wve heard of her, Wve come to the eoncrosion
tbat her attire Is just aa aaadest as that of away
ladies whom I meet at fashionable parti. TWy
cast ap their eyes in Wrier at -the name of peer
Lydia Thosnaaan Xan goto aea Lydia Thomp
son! NindW! How coald their eyes endare
the right of that dreadfaj woman t So less tWy
vary svnlig m 5fa mifly jaito a nfal ifrs.1
Away hi the dim and distant past,
That UtUe valley Ilea.
- -''- "' 1 1" ' I llllll JISIS.
Were ttaced with hope's sweet dyea.
That seaeefel spot from whiea l looked
To the fatara unaware
That the has aad bardea of the day
Were aMart Jar as te bear.
AUlalaat'l area bane the heat. ,
, 'To the bardea leaned to bow;
. Aad I aee the aaawM now.
To the way behtsd me asread i
lit to the path my fcet have trad,
net the path they atitt moat tread.
Aad etnia-ht and elala I
a oat certain iniara ilea;
- As ha toarela down aha lltsa
Tea. the sen ef my hope (raws largs sad rranwi
For. with my cUMidi yean,
I bare left the mint that dimmed my alfht,
1 hare left my double aad feara.
AH&J hTe false"! In hope and trust.
Till the futnre loose ao brbrht.
That, lettiar so of the band of faith.
I walk, at timea, by eight.
Tor wa only feel that faith la life.
Aad death ta the fear of death.
When wa ennVr up to the aglenui helenta
Of a tne aad Uvinr faith. "
whtn wa do act say, the dead aball rlaa
At the reearrectiea'a eall ;
But when we tnat In the Lord, we know
That we cannot die at ell!
AltECBOTM 0V Pl'BXIC 3(B.
BY COU J. W. rOHSEV.
lirM,,.K,l!an w.y "'dlel'gte in tbe Eenub
IL il ,Th".t"Ue'i,,io11 in Pu'ladeldbia, June
Hhetrii!iif J!,hu C- Calhoun, Barnwell
wtth his jolly yet imperious ,,Tle. johnX
hour, of Virginia, with his plantation manners'
Governor Manuiug, of South Carolina, as hand
some as Mrs. Stowe's best picture of the old
Southern school in "Undo Tom's Csbin;" Pierre
Sonic, with his handsome, haughty face, true
types and apostles of the peculiar institution, I
wonder how they would feel to see the South rep
resented iu a National Convention by their form
er slaves. A little more than ten years have suf
ficed to disprove all tbe predictions against tbe
colored race, bnt iu nothing so much as in the in
telligence of their representative lenders and in
their own general imjtrotement. If you were to
compare the chiefs of the freednienwith the chief
slaveholders, knowing them as I know them, you
would soon realize that John M. Langston, Pro
fessor of the Law Department of the Howard
University, is as .thorough a lawyer as Pierre
Souleinhis best days; tbat Robert Brown Elli
ott is a better scbolarand speaker than Laurence
M. Kritt, who ha ing helped to create the relwl
lion, died in fiirhtinir font: and that Ileniamin
Sterling Turner, of Seliiia, Alabama, a self educa
ted slave, and uow a freeiiuiaii in Congress, is as
practical a business man as John ForxWh or
George S. Houston.
I redcrick Douglas was famous as nn orator bo
fore the war. With the full ofsluverv, however,
he rose to tbe highest position. His eloquence is
formed on the best models. Captivating, persua
sive, and often profound, he wields au increasing
influence iu both races.
But among the colored delegates in tbe Repub
lican National Contention, none will attract
more attention than Roliert Purvis, of Philadel
phia. 1 nope some day to relate tlio romance ot
bis life. I torn in Columbia, South Carolina, he
left it fifty-three years ago, when he was aliout
seven years old. A few weeks since he rrtnrued
to his native city, and was early welcomed by
his own people, and by many of the old citizens,
who favorably rememtiered his father and moth
er, and bad watched his own career with friendly
eyes. The changes wrought in this, more than
half a' century, were mom than revolutionary.
The stone rejected by the builders hail lcconie
the bead of the column. The magnates had dis
appeared, and those who made them so had tak
en their places. It was a liewildering dream;
yet tbe retribnthe fact stood prominent.
Tim descendants of Calhoun, Rbett, McQueen,
lis ne, and Brooks no longer ruled like their fa
thers. New influences and new ideas prevailed. '
Mr. Pnrvis stood among his kindred like another
Rip Van Winkle, with tbe difference that he waa
not forgotten ; and, as he walked the streets of
Columbia and received tbe ovatiou of his friends
in Charleston, he saw and felt that, although sla
very was dead and tbe old slave-lords deposed,
the sun shone, the grass grew, the flowers bloom
ed, the hints caroled, and the waters ran as when
the magnates lived ou tbe lalior of others as good
as themselves, aud often died confessing tbat
tbeir liad work must come to a bitter end.
Robert Purvis is one of tbe best proofs of the
influence of edncation, travel, good associations,
and natnral self-respect. Few wonld distinguish
him to lie what he often proudly calls himself,
"a negro." His complexion is not darker than
that of Sonle or Manning. His manners are qui
et and courtly. His general knowledge is large,
and his conversation easy and intellectual. Edu
cated at some of tbe best of onr Philadelphia
schools, before there was any prejudice against
the reputable man or woman of color, and when
calored votes were thrown at all the elections, be
bsa reached sixty, universally esteemed. His
family is among the most reftaed in the aristo
cratic conutry neighborhood where he lives, and
be commands respect or olnen by the courage
with which he and bis children respect them
selves. Yet, while he wslks erect in all circles,
and yields to none iu tbe graces of manhood and
in tbe observances of what we call society, he is
the anient friend of his people, determined that
they shall eventually secure all tbeir civil, aa
they have now their political rights. No more
useful or influential man will sit among tbe dele
gates to tbe Philadelphia National Convention,
Wednesday, the Stli of June, 1873.
As these colored colleagues of Robert Purvis
from the South gather aronnd their friend and
teacher, how many a story they could relate of
tbeir individual lives. Each has had bis romance
of hard reality. Their struggles as slaves, tbeir
by flood and field," tbeir restoration to family ,
and friends, the fate of their old "masters,"
what material for tbe poet, the novelist, tbe his
torian, and tbe philanthropist!
Wllllaas Callra atryaai Jasnse Cardan
To eall Mr. Bennett a "great journalist " is an
entire mistake: be was a great newsvender, and
made in his calling a world-wide notoriety. Bnt
be never discussed any great public question, ci
ther social or political, with knowledge or sincer
ity. He never enlightened tbe public mind try
tbe variety or extent of his information nor di
rected it by tbe earnestness of his convictions.
He was not a states man, nor a scholar, nor a phi
lanthropist, nor even a politician. What he said
from "lay to oay was earn merwy to produce a
sensation, to raise a laugh, or to confirm a vnlgtf
prrjndiee; and, so far as be had any Influence at
all as a writer, it was one that debased and cor
rupted tbe community in which his paper waa
read. He did more to vulgarize tbe tono of the
press ib this country than any man ever before
eunnerted with It; and the worst caricatures that
tbe genius of Balzac, Dickens and Thackeray has
given nSof tbe law, slang-whanging, disolute and
unprincipled Bohemian, of tbe Lonstesns, Jeffer
son Bricks, and Captain Shandona of tbe journal
istic profession, fail to depict what Bennett ac
tually was. liis earlier career, indeed, to
saamrfnl and disgusting that be was banished
from respectable society, and the Impression It
left waa so strong that, with all the wealth ha
sahsaqawtly mada by tbe proatJtntlonofWa en
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