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A ; ASHLA ASHLAND ;COUNTYv OmOv WEDJSD AY MORNING, DECEMBER 20, 1854
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.- UTTtK BESSIE, ,-.;r'
- AMD TIU WAT MIK ml IMtT."
vJot Wore tk Un? w lighted,. , .
v Jot49rc tb cbildrea cwe ..- .
Vti: ihc room vm rery quitt, ,. : ; "
M. I .:! lama on call my Mmc,
; ui iwm a window opedt '"
n cre larobaaud bep; " j - ;
e rroin trat brook wer drioXing . .
i . .i;e waw fiiif Jut ulccp, . '
tit I ernild BotuM tka Satiob,
-m: t i tntionl my r to ee j
A: ; i r.-nnaer'ii.if htuwue;
li fce'U ipek touch n. ' ' f
it: moment 1 wt looking '
(in a world M brtjM and fair,. - i
s a ich wai fU of tittle tbildreij, " ,
Bd thy aoamad ao happf Utartt
T!t were singing oil, kowaweeil,,
a welter KBgr i oever beard - , ---
They were tinging eweeter, mother, ' ' -a-
1 fian cQ wiuf our yellow bird -Jl
ui whne I my breath waa holding, '
- Oa ee bright vpo me eniiled, . " r .
And I knew it muat be Jaara, .
. Wbca he eald, - Come iiere.uy child.. .
But me closer, dwtr, mother, '; '
hut yourarrosaroaad me tight, '
1 a 'ii cold and tire, meUar, - -
Aid I feel eu etrange ta night, .
' Something hurte dm acre, dr.- ru other, .f ;
Like a a time ppo my bxeaii
Oh. I wonder, wonder, mother, ; ' :;J..
Why itie I cajiaotrest.- :'J',".
Ml the day while Tuft Were working,
Ae I lay upon my bed, . -
I wa trying to be patient, . " ' -
Aad to think rf wbat yna aaid .;.
How toe kind and blexed Jeana,
ZTes hie lambs to watch and keep, ;
. And I wish'd he'd come aod taka S3 .., -
la hbt arms that L might sleep-
Cent i riesa.aB little XSeesie, ' " .'-
Come up here, aiul Una with aw,.: .t
"Where the children newer suffer, .
- ' - hat are happier than yon see."- ' ' . -Ten
I thooght ei ail yoa told ma "
Of tbat bright and kappr land.'
I was gotag wbaa yoa cail'd sne. . ' ;
. Tn bea won earn aad kiss'ai my band,
And, at first, I fclt ao sorry ' 1 -
Voa bad callM me would go .'.
Oh. ta sleep ana never suffer - . - - -.
Mother, doa't be crying ao I - -. - -.
Burma eleaer, closer, notier, '. " "! u '.
Put yoor aruta arouad mo tipht. '
Ob, rw much I lore yon. mother,-- '--
-i.. But i feci so strange to night. - " . ..
Aad tbe noltrer press'd her closer . -i
To her owcr-burdn'd brest ; . r.. .
On the heart so near to creaking,
.Lay the heart so near Its rest. ' . . -
la ll.e solemn hour of iniffiigbr,''' '
'-. in the daTknejs calm and deel, "
V Lying on her mother's traaoro, . .. ; . -'
aiule Bessie tcllasieep. . , .
"XTOItY OV ilAlUOlTS MEN.
; : chaptei rv".-;.;-
.'.. i",OurfurtresUuegoad.grefl wood' -. '
Oar tents the cypress tree ; "
Wm kaow the purest jounil ua, .... . "
As seamen know the sea-"
-" N ercr fc-ar for me,- captain T'-was
tue and careless rcplj of Micliael
Allacott, u he reincjl iu fDr:iv iucment
big noble atcetl on tLe - bunks of tho
lilack F iver, a few milea below the spot
where Kings tree now stands, for a par
ting word with his companion: ,; .
"Never fear for roe a fortnight
among my old friends, and I will return
to ur eamp in the green woo4 safe,
Bound, and ready for duty.' ; True, -it U
rather an 'ngly time for a rebel like '-ny-self
aa the epaulet ted minions of King
George call mew to venture oat of our
faetnesa in ' the -swamp. The craven
hearted tories are swarming through
-the ooan.try,and that last blow we struck
them at Black' Mingo has by do means
appeased their rage; but if a 6trong arm,
a cautious head and a bold heart, can
accomplish aoght, tru&t. nc to come out
safely." ,, .:. :-
44 Mike, I know you too well," repli
ed his comrad in a cay tone, " jou are
the greatest dare-devil in the brigadot'filies, joined to their own' privations and
Trufit yc?. , On' in j life, I: would as
. lief trust a callow gosling t make-.it3
way in - the world ' without- the : sago
watchfolness of a mother goose. I give
you up, Mike, to yoa manifest dstiny,
and will report at tao -c&mjf -in -.duo
time' that you have been swung up inlhe
usual style by the rascally tories."
--' " Well, be it so", captain,- si ace you
will.", responded Mike lataghia but
jrray .Godit;le in any other thanThfe-
usual style.. X nave .exceeding ; Bice
' aeosibilities, and trust I may not,' like
poor Calwert, and many others of our
eomrads, be hnng upon a rough grape
vine. I trust, hewever to fall into gen-?
.tier hands than those of the tories.1,' .
-- ' Well ' Mike," responded - Cantata
Convera, hia commander and friend, "I
ana loth to lose so active a lieutenant;
but sinco you will venture your neck
into danger,- the fair- faca and 'btiht
e7a of ir'Singleton defend you 1". .
-u Amen V responded Michael lightly.
What would I not gif6' he con
tinued in a 'graver tone, V to see the
end, of thia bloody and harrassing "ar
Were vou erer . in . love, captain ?" he
asked in a lighter tone," ." .." "' , . .
. . Ay, Mkcn-Bl,. tout tue grave is oe-
'tweea us now," answered Conyers, in a
grave and saddened tne, while a cloud
;m over his brow." " Two short years
of wadded happiness, 'spnt mOBtly ia
the privationa and hardships of the
.camp, with brief and stolen interviews
with one of the loveliest and best of her
ex,:and I was left alone, heartless,
aad -comfortles as .cow. - You havti ,
kaowa me long, Mike ; yoa have lain by
my side in the Bivouac, and gone shoul
der to shoulder with me in the charge,
tut yoa -little Knew what wasting and
consuming thoughts go with me wher
ever I go, -You knew me -too well to
doutt my eoarage orjmy honor, yet there
have "been momenta when I would .have
. bartered away all, ay, even the hope of
ny'ertPiBtry'a Independence for peace
JM, the blessings of my own' loved fire
fid. -It U painful, ay, it is a heart rend
ing acriSx;e, to turn away as X have from
the, domestic, hearth, hallowed and en
deared, by fond and almost sacred asso
ciation, and undergo the toils and .pri
vations of the cainp, and endure the
pangs of absence, with tho ' hope of ina
kiug onr country freo. ; '.God grant that
those who come after us may faithfully
defend that Independence -J which is
boocht at tha price of blood and- tears.
Yoq know not vet Mike none but those
who are wedded can know the rapture
of meeting after a ' long ' absence ; nor
can you know ho-.v - bitter " Jt Is tp turn
away ircm the fair face- of a loving wife,
and undergo the agony of a long scper
ation, perhaps aa everlasting one. -.
Tholast time I vjsited.my home, "oh !
how the memory of it clings to me now!
The very sunlight es it eame down from
heaven seemed to fall around my home
stead with a softer light than elsewhere.
My life was like a' dream f boy-hcod
realized.. But" the summons came to
part, and more reluctantly than ever, I
tore myself away-. Sad and gloomy
presentiments', filed the hearts of both
of us. Alas 1. wo mot no more on earth!
Three months' from that time having
solicited a furlough, I eped homeward,
with joyful anticipations. I found my
house in ashes, my children mot her less,
my fond, my-gentle wife slept the sleep
that knows no ' waking I Iriven from
her burning house on a cold and rainy
night in ' winter, after having given
birth to my youngest chilcL'she was'
seised wih the fever .that carried her to
the grave. ; She. diedr died in calling
upon my came died clinging to the
last to a hope that I would yet stand
beside her and hear her last prayer and
close her eyes in. peace.- . I .found "my
children r-tao youn-; -to know their loss
luxueless, dependant upon the charity of
strangers. . Think you that I can forgive
these wrongs or . that they can be
blotted from my "brain, or cease to burn
or rankle in my .heart Think you that
a wife so kind, so gentle, whose love was
the world in which I delighted to dwell
can so soon be forgotten? As God
hears me, I will not rest until my Bword
is red with the blood of her destroyer 1''
; Never befcro had Allscott seen Con
yers so-, completely mastered by fierce
and - vindictive : passions. "'Ilis " bosom
he&ved with tumultuoti emotions, and
his face became livid with; rage, while
his dark eye gleamed like a diamond.
His voias grew boat se' and hollow, and.
his utterance was chopked by the eager
ness with which be panted for vengeance:
Allscott' looked upon.' him with senti
ments ' approaching -" to : awe While - the'
rtorm of passion ; shook" his frame and
fixed Its impress. upon his features.;.-. ; :
Ordinarily 'as playful i.i tei. ; c m a
child, ; and of a gay and cheerful diapo
iii.c." lUat .pprSxnxraicu lly lt!l'j, viia"
would scarcely have - dreamed that be
neath ao fjuiet nd gentle an- exterior,
there slumbered deep, and volcanic pass
ions. . Usually, his features wore ua al
most feminine softness and rcntlcueaK
fexpregsion."; -"Even- ia fho wild and
bloody pr;;rVriierff the most luliuman
pauions re called into !xerciBet his
features bore no trace of cruel or viadia
tive . feellaga. ' His dark, bold, lustrous
Cyo," fringed by long sheltering lashes,
might indeed flash with a somewhat in
tenser light ia full view of the conflict
but his finely, chiseled, features were aa
inexpressive of ferocity , and as unmoved
by angry emotions as the calm marble
freahr from the hands -of the sculptor.
'Captain James -'Conyers,: to whose
company -of dragoons Michrcl Allscott
was attached .was, one of that band cf
partizan loaders by' whose .'skill, eDergy,
and invincible firmness, the country was
redeemed from the iron yoke of the in
vader ; His generosity and kindness of
heart with hia recklcs and almost des
pevate exieitiona of courage, had ren
dered him the daring of " Marion's Brig-
ado " a name which was applied to the
J-9id .followers-of the" wily partizan.
whether there ctiisiperB acioutitid te ten
or a thousand men. . In those -.
of gloom and despondency when
sufierincrs and destruction of their fam
toils, causedthe stout hearts of the'sol-
diera.td sink iu dismay, he stood forth
as the ministering angle of the camp,
and infused into-their despondent souls
tho courage and t'.ie iuviucii-le fifiuness
and spirit which shone- oh "hia owu brow.
A bold cud dashing soldier, .'shrinking
from ao . danger- or . Uil, confident -and
sanguine wh-'u- others -arouud him-'wero.
almost driven to despair, CYjer. foremost
iu the .'foray and last irr.-the retreat", te
won the Heart- -jf-urixjohlier in the
brigade, T and was rcrarUea Ho -th
right hand of the army.,, A dexterous and
fearless horseman," scarcely equalled in
deed' by the sanguinary- Tarlton iii this
manily . accomplishment,' Lis positipre as
captain of the dragoons gave him ample
oppertunity to display to" the "brigade."
his qualities to the best advantage ; and
often "whoa-, defeat eoejiH'a'iSevitabJe,"'
am?, the- battie'Utppeared lost r beydndrer ';
demptton, . from some unexpected quar
ter of the field he burst, into jrlew with
his troop following at his heeLj and bore
down with -his undaunted troopers like. a'
hurricane - upon; "the" - enemy,- and by 'a
singly reckless and'- impetuous.' charge
broke their serried ranfes, and 'in a mo-,
ment retrieved the fortunes of. the day.
Well known amonng themtniob of the
British King as th--'i handsofne'ltor'sti
man," his terrible" daring jcansd the
enemy to quake at 'whatever 'point he
made hie appearance;. The Bayard of
the; partisan - brigade, kia heart was-.
stranger : to fear and Lis' . Veputatian fo
reproach. . Such was the man whose
lipa had just uttered a so'ema.oath'td
pursue t the death an- enemy who had
wronged him beyond forgiveness.,
" .'. And who W he, . captain ?" asked
Allscott in astonishment, '' As I live,'!,
will labor with ycru unceasingly to hunt
him from the face if the earth."
'-- Bare you not hoard of.him?'r asked
Conyers, while his roioe gew yet more
hoarse with emotion. : " Have you not
beard of that bloody renegade, Robert
Hrrrison, whoso name , is a by -word of
cruel and hellish , deeds! But leave
hina to me. ' Should you ever bohold
him, spare him for that, certain hour of
reckoning with- me which shall surely
come. My hearts tells me that I have
act long to live, that I must soon glori
ously -fall -in the service of my country;
but I feel a 'presentiment within mo
strong and anBhaken( that I shall not
sink into' that welcome rest, to which I
go, before biyhand has struck down' thp-t
fiend in human foraj who has made me
the heartless mourner that I am
Twice have I sonzht him out iu battle,
end - twice Jias he escaped my" aword ;
but when we meet again, their is some
thing in my heart that tells me he shall
die. The hope of that hour has snstaiu
ed m until now. - But foe this, and the
tender years of mv children, that claim
a father's care and protection, I would
have tons since laid down a life which
is but a burden. ' 1 But enough .of. this
Mike, I shall detain 'you no longer.
uod guard yoa, and, restore you safe to
the camp. Beware,"'be vigilant, and
throw not yourself in the way of danger,
farewell, my brave boy, I shall feel ill
at ease, until you return again."- - -
. Pressitrg the hand of his comrad, Con
yers turned his horse's head, and depart
ed. ' Mike paused and gazed after him
as he rode away, bearing himself prondj
ly on. his bounding charger, - as though
no raving sorrow Hew with him on his
course. '.'". '; - '
'. "''Alasl" poor Conyers." mattered
Michael as he; turned to leave the spot.
" As gentle as the dove, but as brave
as the lion ; the smile of Eden is ever on
his brow, while its' serpent is guawing at
his heart."' Thus soliloquizing, he turn
ed away'with a saddened brow, and pro
ceeded at a quiet pace until he had clear
ed the crazy bridge which spanned the
river, and picked his way along a rotten
and broken ealseway which led through
tho oozy swamp ; and then giving the
rein to his horse, be plunged . through
the dense forest through which his rout
lay.'. . -'" .;' .'' ' V- :;;
It was already past the hour of noon
when he separated from Conyers; and
fearing lest night might overtake him
before he reached -the end of his journey
he permitted ' his "noble stead to meas
ure over the ground with rapid strides,
lie had not gone far, - however before
the heavens gave tokens of an approach
ing storm, by signs which' might have
nassedirnnoticedby a careless observer,
but which - one so attentive aB Michael
could not.but remark and interpret
aright. " The wind, which had slept for
the last twenty-four hours, began ' to
spring up from the east, in short fitful
puffs, and; casting his rrlance to the
westward, a dull hazy atmosphere just
upon the horizon, tautrht him ere many
hftnra should -"Jerpfclf iu ' louV Aji ui
tlfose violent gales to which the southern
country is so subject, about the incoming
of autumn. - Meantime the declining
sun w::s kindling up one-half the. heavers.-
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"Stft M la nortbren climes obscurely bright,'-'-'
But la ona aloadleaa blaze of glorious tight:" -
But accustonied as be was to all the
signs of the heavens, the deceitful glare
of the burning sun did "not lead him to
erf in his prognostications. Anxious to
reach his journeys's end, before, the
anticipated storm ' should burst upon
him, he cheeked not the speed of his
willing horse," but suffered him, uncheck
ed by the rein, noiselessly and fleetly to
scud along tho i.arrow bridle-path that
wound through .the forest.'; '
; The eyes of the" brave young trooper
grew bright, and pleasant fancies nestled
around his heart,as he hast end away frWm
the toil and confinement of the camp, to
meet once more the beautiful and idoliz
ed Dora Singleton.'-' -, ' -- . -' ; :f
. Lovely indeed was the maiden whose
heart followed the young soldier to the
camp, and whose joyl'ul. smile welcomed'
hia glad, returniugs. 'A dark-haired
black-eyed creoture, of scarcely the me-
dium height,' with a complexion- pale,'
yc-t -wondrously fair and ; transparent'
aui a forni of more than ordinary grace,:
and of exquisite proportions,1 she was the;
very being to bring a host of lo vera to j
lier.ieeb. voruiaa. . iu iiu-r uiauuci e,
proud, TivacioQS, and with that dash of
coquetry in her nature from which no
really beautiful woman if wholly exempt,
the sphere in which she moved was a de
lightalr yet a dangerous'centre of attrac
tion." . - I' '.'.'. ' '-'-.; ';-." '.': ": -;
Her father dying when she was "but a
mere Child, her -mother contracted a sec
ond matrimonial alliance; which was soon
terminated by. her death J and at the age
if twelve", years, Dora? was left to. the
guardianship of a ' moody ; and unsocial
.stepfather,' with -whom she continued to
residoupo-tWxbvt'e of pur story. -Ins
hcrtting from her fatLTerJ an ample, 'and.
evn a splendid fortune, yet without relative-
or friends, in whose sympathy she
could confide, the beautiful woman, now
lsolatioaand lonliness of heart so pain-J
nil io'evsn the manly and self-depend
ent," but especially so to a warm-hearted
and sympathizing woman, whose heart
yearned for the friendship and affection
ate companionship of her sex, ' even as
the dying gazelle m the sultay aascrl,
longs for the biiblin'' femntain and the
grateful shade. ' -The mode and the cir
cuoistances of hot life had, however, im
pressed upon her 'character somewhat of
the iiowe ana. generous traits of the Jie
rcnuei '"Naturally ' pf proud ' though
gentle spirit, her very' habits of seclu
sion", which in" another niicht have pro
duced painful diiadence.and timidity,
had added stfeugtli 'flnd self-reliance to
her character,"' ." ''""' ' .".-'.' "' '" "- ' "' '
Her . .sorrows, poor creature, 'had of
late beep greatly multiplied by the dis
tractions which ensued from the contest
with- tho mother -country. "" Entering
with all the ardor of a heroine into the
feelings and sentiments of the patriotic
and bold defenders of liberty, eo soon
as she could' comprehend the principles
upon which they based the resistance to
the mother country. Sho unfortunately
encountered the bitter' opposition of
Isaac Wharton, her . step-father, who,
though desirous of Remaining neutral in
the contest,' yet at 'heart favored '"the
cause of the royalists,1 and ridionled and
denounced what he considered the folly
and crime of the whigS in entering into
a contest with the mother country. The
undisguised sentiments of his fair step
daughter, who openly rejoiced at every
discomfiture of the British arms, but
increased his dislike and hatred to the
cause of Independence. On all occa
sions, even in tho presence of the Brit
ish officers themselves, she fearlessly and
warmly espoused the cause of her coun
trymen, to the creat mortification of
Isaao'Wharton, an imperious aud over-
bearinfr man. who could sot endure such
inflexible opposition in a member of his
The visit of Michael to his house had
long since been forbidden, and latterly
ho had met his betrothed only by stealth,
sometimes at a house 6f a friend, and at
others in the open . greenwood always
apprizing her of his presence m the
neignnornooa, oy some preconcertuu sig
nal which shereadily recognized. Many
a stolen interview nad taken place be
tween them, little iBuspected by her un
gracious stcp-fatner, who little dreamed
of the artifices to which lovors will re
sort to elude the vigilence of those who
would sunder tliem forever.
M.ichael well knew how anxiously
Dora longed for his coming, and what
ever dangers beset his way, be ' seldom
failed to hasten to her side, when the
public service permitted his abscenoe
from the camp. Sometimes hia signal
freeted her ears from the forest near her
welling, when the sun had but a few
hours commenced his course, and again
when it had sunk to rest, and the Stars
of heaven were shining brightly in the
illimitable Vault, sometimes not uttered
from afar, unregarded and unrecognized,
save by herself, would cause her young
heart to flutter with that strange sensa
tion of delight only felt by those who
love passionately-, and only to be ex
perienced by them when after a tang ab
scence a husband or a lover' return's to
repay them for the long vigil of love.
The son was within an hour of his
setting,' when the line of hazy : vapor
which had long lain motionless on the
western horizon, began to grow dark aud j
dense as it loomed np fearfully in the
distance, and the wind, which had lulled
for near an hour, again sprang . up ; but
this time from the thunder cloud in the
west, in fitful blasts now surcharged
with vapor, and now hot and sulphurous
as the recking breath of a valcano. The
muttered thunder began to groan aud
growl in the west fearfully and deep, and
with its wings wide spread, the clouds
rode wildly down upon the gale, turning
day into night as its black shadow roll
ed over the earth. In an instant all na-
aglctt" irf BesfutJss'Tbr4
sheeted lightnings glimmered and flash
ed incessantly ; the deep toned thunder
shook the earth with its terrific tongue
and the tall trees of the forest bent,
shivered and snapped in the' gale the
crash of their fall swallowed up and lost
in the .yet louder thunders of the bellow
ing storm. '
As accustomed as Michael had been
to scenes of peril and danger, a feeling
of superstitious awe came over him, and
ho felt like a frail and helpless creature
of the dust, in the contemplation of so
imposing and terrific a scene. The narrow-pathway,
along which be rode,
stretched away through a dense pine for
est, and on every side the tall trees
were broken and scattered arcund him
like stubble before the wind.
- Michael would fain have turned aside
to seek a shelter from the storm in some
of the scattered habitations that lay by
the roadside, for the hurricane was now
upon him in all its fury ; .but his past
experience had taught him to act with
cautious circumspection in ' a -country
where civil war had loosened the " hands
of society and set neighbors in bittej
and exterminating strife.' Well known
through all that portion of the country
as an active and uncompromising whig,
he was equally an object of terror and
bitter hatred to all who were esjjsted
against the independence of their coun
try. - Fearing lest in seeking a shelter
from the storm, he. might nnawaros place
himself in . the power of the tories, in
whose hands his fate would soon . have
been sealed, .he hurried by dwelling af
ter dwelling,-preferring rather to 'suffer
exposure, to toe elements than to risk
falling into the hands of bloody minded
iand unscrupulous men."'"" -, '
As tho road, however, emerged from
the forest Into an open clearing of con
siderable exteat, be found himself with
in a few rods of a house which lay upon
his right too dilapated ia appearance to
render it probable that he might there
meet with dangerous adversaries. The
rain too,' was nearly upou him, just as
he reached the narrow lane which led
down ' to the building. Hesitating only
for a rr.rrmcnt"b.o-toriied his horse's, head
and galloped up to the house, turning
his horse into the. shelter of aa unoc
cupied stable, the door of which opened
into the lane. Entering the gateway,
where, half torn from its, hinges, the
gate hung obstructing his way, with a
few easy strides he mounted the steps of
the' piazza that tottered under his tread,
and. . rapped loudly at the door for ad
mittance. '.' " "" ' - '.,.'
Everything, about the place wore a
deserted " and cheerless aspect. ' ' The
magnificent shade trees around, which
seemed tho growth or centuries, stood
unpruned and neglected, with their jag
ged boughs descending within, a few feet
of the ground the rank grass was. allow
ed to cover the entire yard, and grew up
even to the doorsteps, while here and
there a refractory abutter, too rotten to
be Vetained by its hinges, was kept in
its place by rail or pole, .cut from the
woods and placed ' as a prop against it.
The hand tailing around, the piazza was
partially gone, and tho pillars which
supported the roof were nearly rotted
away at the base. Altogether the build
ing was as dilapidated aud cheerless as
if it had ' remained untenanted for, a
His first .summons failing to attract
attention Michael knocked m?re loudly
than- before, and in a moment' after, a
firm and masculine step was heard ad
vanclrj"e''within the apartment tho door
was thrown open, and he found himself
face to facia, with a tall, alhMtio. and
powerful tnitn of about forty years, who
JUV11CU UIU V CUhVI,
-The furniture of the room into which
Michaoi was -ushered, was of the most
costly and luxurious description. ' In
deed considering the time and condition
of the country, it might have been es
teemed eleiut and tasteful. Rich car
pets of rare'tnrtpWacture yielded to his
tread as he jaed. along, -and polished
mahogany titbits with skillfully carved
arm-chairs ft oak, met his view ou every
side.'. A btaaVifcl 'cIock of a most cost
ly Btyle, ticked upca the mantle-board,
which was elegantly orriafrfented with
vases of pare alabaster and costly be-
jcnUcrie of exquisite . workmanship. So
rrch inaeed"wa"s the apartment furnish-
e'd, that Mschuel could not repress a
glance of surprise and wonder, when he
compared the interior of the apartment
with the mean dilapidated appearance
of the building from without. His exr
pression of trondef and astonishment did
not escape the observation of his host,
whose smile as he remarked it might
have seemed to arise from gratified vani
ty, but for the expression of scorn and
bitterness by which it was accompanied.
Advancing to a chair pointed out to
him at the jrther side of the fire place
Michael seated himself, while the indi
vidual who had admitted him into the
house, resumed his place at a table a
few feet distant, just in front of the fire
place and busied himself among a pile
of papers which lay before the entrance
of our hero." .
Bat these two were not the only ten
ants of the too in. Immediately before
our hero ou -the opposite side of the
hearth- tvas 4": small "wiery," pug-nosed,
red-hea'de'cr, Merited little individual, who
from the first moment of the entrance
of Michael had fixed upon him his di
minutive grey eyes, with an impudent
wondering stare. ' His pantaloons, that
seemed to shrink back instinctively from
any kind of. intimacy with the coarse
and rude brogans that encased hia neith
er extTemeties so tightly , encompassed
hia epindle shanks, that his ever .having
established himself in them could not
be accouuted for by any process short of
liquefaction 6r hydraulic pressure. For
the scantiucrs of his neither garment,
however ample amends were made by
the huge proportions of a large blue
overcoat, that hang about his body, like
the ship sails arouud the mast in a dead
calm. . ' . . - .
The other individual who sat with
sever-il papers: scattered before . him, I
- wfeSck li5vp- Xil'ut.iTi
glanced at their contents, was evidently
a man who had seen somewhat of the
world. Though not an ill-looking man,
his physiognomy was certainly not an at
tractive oue. His heavy brows, and a
certain sinistrous expression in the
glance of his eye, which seemed to shrink
boncath the calm quiet gaze of our hero,
caused him to regard him somewhat un
favorably, firs eye fell whenever he
casually - encountered the glance of
Michael. .Our hero did not fail to re
mark that he started, and with an ex
clamation of surprise, glanced hastily
and suspiciously towards him, as his
oomrade left his seat,' and hurriedly
whispered a few : words in his ear. " A
sense of insecurity, and ' a presentiment
of danger began to steal over - Michael,
for he was greatly apprehensive of hav
ing fallen in with unscrupulous tories,
who Were aware of his part in the contest
with the mother country-.' Dissembling
his uneasiness, however, he-manifested
no symptom of distrust or suspicion. "
"Meantime the storm was raging iu all
its fury. - The - old ' house rocked and
tottered in. the gale ae though its decay
ing timbers were abqnt to yield to the
shock of the tempest, and be driven by
the storm. -
As wild as was the contention of iho
elements Michael-felt Ikat it would -hve
been far more prudent and, safe to have
encountered fie tornado nnou the hip-ha-Lneed
than to havov placed himself
men who muzht
. . . :
belong to that class 'of I
desperadoes, ''.who tinder "the' name of
lovaltv to a distant monaroh. rjeroetra-
ted the most revolthgand heiious crimesv
At the time or which we speak there
existed, between the whigs and tories,
the most unsparing enmity. " The blood
of war was shed in peace with cool and
fiend-like atrocity, and the loyalists as
they termed themselves asked no other
excuse for their deeds of blood than the
victims of their sanguinary cruelty ad
hered to" a political creed different from
their own, and were animated by an un
utterable devotion to their country's in
dependence. ;" - i
-: Michael already began to suspect that
the two individuals before him belonged
to that reckless band of marauding .to
ries that invested the country, and he
well knew that if his surmise proved to
be correct, his safety - would depend up
on his concealing from them the part he
had taken in the struggle for independ
ence. Such being his apprehensions, he
was determined to take advantage- of
the first pause of the storm to withdraw
from the shelter of1 roof, which offer
ed so precautious - a hospitality, -and
make his way at once to the end of hia
journey, where be mizht rest in safety.
" Well my friend," , began the better
looking of the two individuals, thrust
ing his papers into a drawer, and taking
his seat in front' of tho fire-place,' " I see
you have" hot escaped without a wet
jacket, Join me in a social glass, and
it will not be the worse for your health.
Here, Stoker, set out our decanters and
glasses upon the sido-board." '
Stoker bustled about to perform the
bidding of his superior, looking for all
the world in his immense blue over-coat
like some diminutive dog emerging from
under a carpet.' All three were soon'
standing by the side-board with their
11 give you a toast," said Michael's
host with a moaning and malicious smile
as he raised his glass : " His gracious
maiestv Kine Georee the Third. - Sue-
I cess to bis banner wherever it is spread.
.' Michael laid down his glass and calmly
in ne power or iwo recKicbuB muunuu
regarded' his Lest and 'his companion,
while they tossed off the toast gleefully.
"" Permit me now to give you a toast'
said he raising his glass from the board,
while his eyes Hashed with pride ; Ueo,
Washington, the Coutinential Congress,
and American Independence.
"That is a toast to which a freeman
can drain his cup ! "
Little Billy Stoker, almost petrified
with estonishuient at the audacity of our
hero looked .- from his companion to
Michael, and from Michael to his com
panion as though looking to see the lat
ter annihilate him for his temerity.
That individual, however, so far from
fulfilling the anticipations of iis subor
dinate, bit his lip with mortification,
and with an' irresolute air passed his
hand over his beard yet at the same
time casting a side-long glance towards
the corner of the apartment beyond
Michael, where a couple of rifles were
leaning against tho wall.; -The watchful
eye of hero at once detected the siguifi-
cancy of nis glance.
" But my friend, " said his host,
averting his fixed and steady gaze, 'do
I understand that you are not a' friend
to King George ? "
Michael's heart began to beat thick
and fast : The name of that misguided
king had became odious to every lover
of his country - and our hero of an im
pulsive and excited temperment, was not
one to oissemble his sentiments, es
pecially when such dissimultation in
volved a recantation of those political
principles in the maintenance of which
ho would nave Buttered martyrdom
Sooner would he have torn his tongue
from his mouth than have given utter
ance to so degrading and hypocritical an
avowal as that of illegiance and respect
for a xing against whose powers be had
8 wore to do battle while the breath of
life was left him.
'- - A friend to King George ? V he ex
claimed with honest indignation. "Nay.
God forbid that I should be the tool of
so odious and despicable a tyrant. . Look
around you, and neglected fields, ruined
homes, and a vast host of bleeding mar
tyrs proclaim his tyranny. 2io, I am, a
foe to him and his government : and
God grant that his contemptible and
bloody tool's may meet with tho fate
they so richly merit ! "
" My good sir, " answered his host,
" you suffer yourself to speak too freely.
Such language might not prove agree
able to every company into which chance
might throw you."
" And what signifies that ? " answered
SrieitS-l,-- oluutly-p-TMnk you I am
knave orpaltroon enough to fall in with
the humor of the hour, and measure my
language to suit the ears of cravens.-
On my soul, IV shall ever speak as I
think, even if 1 stood before the tyrant
George himself. ' ,
" But have you no fear of tho failure
of your rebellion," asked the other red
doning with irritation " no jaeions of
halters in perspective to suclfrryou as
the sword may spare f
" Rebellion, sir ! do you talk to me of
rebellion I responded Michael, while
an angry flush began to burn upon"Tis
check ; " and who are you who preswcr
to brand our holy resistence to tyranny
with the name rebellion
The eye of the tory for such he in
deed was quailed before the firm and
angry glance of Michael, vand for a mo
ment he looked around at his compan
ion, hesitating and doubtful as to the
manner in which he should reply to the
premptory and menacing language of
Michael. ' '"
" I might well object to the tone and
manner in which ydtl demand my name,"
answered the other, shifting, as casually
his position, so as- to place himself be
tween Michael and that corner of the
apartment whetie. the fire-arms stood,
" but aaface you,dmpear urgent for a more
intimate aelquaiiftance, knowHhat my
name lsVRobert Harrison. S ay,
Harrison. -Si ay, you
tot introduce VOUrselfhe con-
ued. observing our hero to3tat at
he'inention of nis name, and wishing
r - . - a ... . -1 . 1 1 11
" possiDie to mnmiaaie mm vj ioiiow
ing up one surprise witroother "you
n ed not introduce youwr.; you are al
ready, known to us as Michael Allscott,
t.he rebel follower of a rebel camp, now
byA-lneky chance thrown into the hands
of those who will deal with you as a
traitor ! "
Little Bill Stoker was overcome with
joy at the surprise which the tory lead
er, Harrison, had prepared for Micheal,
and seeming to anticipate that he would
fall upon his knees to plead for his life,
in the extremity of bodily terror, he
clapped his hands gleefully and shouted
aloud with laughter. .
Michael was indeed, in sailor phrase,
taken aback, and astounded at finding
himself thus unexpected in thv power of
a merciless and malignant foe, whose
savage deeds, had made his name a by
word of cruelty among both friends and
foes, but as Bwift as lightning, and be
fore his intention could have been sus
pected, he seized upon a chair which for
tunately stood within his reach, and
dealing his blows to tho right and left,
laid the panic-stricken tories stuned and
pf ostrate at his feet. Then rushing
from the house, he mounted his horse,
was firmly seated iu his saddle and far
beyond pursuit before' his discomfited
foes had recovered from his stunning
blows sufficiently to followed in pursuit.
" Up Bill,-ana to your horse !" grasp
ed Harrison, in a voice hoarse with rage
so soon as he had regained his feet.
' As I live the rebel shall hang for this,"
though I follow him to tho ends of the
As great as was the rage of the tory
leaded, and as sharp as was the spur of
anger, it was nevertheless deep twilight
when with his confederate in guilt he
sat out in pursuit of our hero. ' He had
determined upon collecting ' to aid him
in tho pursuit and " capture, all of the
tory party who were in his immediate
" By the Gods of Olympus, he shall
not escape me," hissed Harrison be
tween his closed teeth, as he 'mounted
his horse. I know full well the rebel's
haunts, and before midnight he 'Shall be
dragged from . his , bed and swing for
this." 7 . .
A deep gash had been indicted upon
the cheek of the. tory by the 'sudden
blow of our hero ; the blood had flowed
profusely from the wound and the ban
dages in which his face was ' enveloped
were stained ' with blood.; Impetuous
and bitterly vindictive, the angry pass
ions of .Harrisons' raged ia - his breast
like the flames of a volcano. He had
sowed revenge, and he was hot a man to
be appeased until he had combassed It.
With his renegade follower he put
foot in stirrup, cousumed with a thirst
for vengeance, and soon the old crazy
building, the scene of their late discom
fiture, was left behind them cheerless
TO BE COHTINUED.
THE WAR. -
Tike Battle ef Inkermnsa.
The Journal ' de Constantinople, of
November 9tb, contains the following
accounts : . j
Early on the morning of the 5th, a
Russian army, about 40,000 strong, of
whom 30,000 men consisted of re-inforce-ments
which arrived on the preceding
evening, under the command of General
Dannenburg and the Grand Dukes Mitch
ael and Alexander, profiting by an in
tense . fog, marched upon Inkermann, to
the extreme limit of the English army
and attacked, them vigorously.
General Cathcart assembled about
8,000 men, whom he opposed to the Rus
sians, and for more than two hours this
handful of brave soldiers had been strug
gling with the most heroic intrepidity
against . an army so superior in number,
wlien the French troops arrived in all
haste, and, joining themselves tothe
English with an admirable spirit of fra
ternization, opposed to the enemy a body
of about 3,000 men. who charged the
Russian masses one against hve, and
repulsed them with the most irresistablo
The Monet brigade arrived soon after
wards, and its arrival completed the
route of the Russians, who retired in dis
order about four o'clock in the after
(Viens-, SomirlS.! CoTreapondeca of London Times.)
Aa yoT will see by.thefollowinz dist
patches, which have been received here,
the news from Sebastopol is conflicting
although all of it is from what must be
considered autheutio sources.
On tbe,6th, the garrison and the whole
of the Russian army under Menschikoff
madei an attack on the besiegers. '
One of the dispatches says that the
allies " where setttnaj the upper hand."
and the other "'that Gten. Liprandi had
been completely defeated.7' Une of the
great embassies is said to have received
news to the tojlowinatf ttectj -
On .the th, tbeKussi&nswith their
whole force attacked, the right wing of
the allied army. The battle ended with
the7 complete discomfiture-tit. trie Rus
sians, who had a gr. ,itma.;j moa killed
and besides - lost may prisoners.'- The
English suffered a considerable loss, and
had four of their, gepexals more or less
severely wounde'!.i-.tTwo of the generals
were Sir -yrci I-r'own and Lord Ben-
think. '( two-of the French, d' is-
ow " ere -jun gaged. It- was supposed
thsuxeneral Canro beta-would take ad
vantage cf the compl-' defeat " of the
i&uasionSi -ana at onQ 'saaii oe pasto
ral - - mm ;!.
Another dispatch lells nearly the same
story, with the addition that the -battle
"- which was most 'fa.nrderous," lasted
eight hours. It also says that three
English generals were killed.
Prince Manshikoff speaks of a divis
ion having arrived too late, and it was
probably under Liprandi, which was to
have attacked the English in the rear.
The Russians tell us that in the conflict,
" which was murderous," . Lieutenant
General Simonoff was killed, and this
fact plainly shows that the Russians
had some months ago begun to send rein
forcements to the Crimea. . Gen bimon-
offs name was continually mentioned in
connection with the affairs at Giurgevo,
but, long before the Beige of Silistria was
raised, we heard that bis corps had reach
ed Moldavia. The spiking of 15 guns
in the churchyards was a serious misfor
tune, as tbat French flattery was iu a
very commanding situation, and did
great damage to the besieged. As the
main attack was made on the right flank
of the allies, it is not clear why only two
out of the six French divisions were sent
to the assistance of the English. - We
know that the divisions under Gen.
Forey and Prince Napoleon, was occu
pied with the Russians who made the
sortie from bastion No. 6, and we can
only suppose that the other two were so
placed as to keep the Russian 'troops in
check, whose object it was to cut off the
allies from their basis Of Operations at
Balaklava. On the days preoeeding the
5th there had been skirmishes daily, and
., . 1 .1
on the ztn ucconor luere vu more
serious affair, in which the English were
the assailants. They attacked the left
wing of Gen. Engalhardt's (?) division,
(should probably be Liprandi e), but as
the Russian reports state, without suc
cess. . ; ,,. . .. . . ;.
Death of t.OrA Fitsffl.lama-Crmeltr
Lord Fitzgibbon's death is now quite
certain. The poor young follow had
been Seen by his men, as they retreated,
pursued by the Russians, Bitting up,
though very severely wounded and it was
hoped he might go still alive. , A dead
body, supposed to be his, had been
brought in , but it was subsequently as
certained that it was a mistake. The
Russians stripped our dead. . Their
lancers-were seen killing the wounded as
they lay on the field. This is credita
bly affirmed by many witnesses of the
horrible deed. .: .. - -i . . :
A JSXW WAY TO MAKE TEA ANl)
. , . , COFFEE.-;;:, .
' - -- .--v. v ;--
. In the refreshment department of the
Sydenham Crystal Palace is introduced
a new mode of making coffee and tea by "
hydrostatio pressure. : It ris the invent :'
tion of M.- LoysI, a French chemist of'
celebiity, and by its agency he propones " -to
achieve the following results : - ; ' .
" The production of tea and coffee of T
peculiar flavor and clearness, and a great '
economy and saving in the use of the-
material. With a pound of coffee", vol
ued at oue shilling and four pence, he '
undertakes to produce an imperial gal- .
Ion of the infusion, too strong for rdi-
tflary use, and ef a limped clearness tbat :
would be quite unattainable by any oth
er mean's. His process is by scientific
appliances, and a recognition of the
known tendency of liquids, to find their .
level, to force the boiling water twice
through the coffee, and thus to get hold '
of the entire principle called cafiene, tk
thing which he alleges is never done by
the ordinary mode of preparation. In v
the preparation of tea, his great discov
ery is a yery simple one, and one of whicll .
every housewife may avail herself. M . .
.Uoysel says tbat he has discovered that
by grinding the tea in the same manner "
as coffee, before infusion, the quantity
of exhiliarating fluid obtained is nearly
doubled. , The experiment is a very
simple one, and may be safely recom- .
mended to all connoisseurs in the prep
aration of the cup that cheers, but not -'.
inebriates. Having, says our London . -authority,
had an opportunity of tasting -;
the tea aud coffee as prepared by M. -,
Loysel's apparatus, we can vouch for the . .
delicacy of flavor and limpibity of both.
The s renght did not strike us as satis
factory, bat that is a matter of taste, t
and of course is influenced by very aim- ?
pie governing circumstances 1 . , . - j
TO BOIL A TURKEY.
. A boiled turkey is a most delicate
and excellent dish, and reduires to be
dressed . with extreme care. Clean the
turkey from feathers and stumps, and -' :
singe off the hairs, taking care not to "
burn the akin. Drain and wipe it inside '
with a clean dry cloth : eut off the legs '
at the first joint ; draw out the sinews ;
and then pull down the skin and push : .
the legs inside ; cnt the head off close to ;: .
.a w w
the body, leaving me BKin long, ana
draw out the craw. Make a good vef "N
stuffing and put into the breast, leavfi.
sufficient room for the stuffing to swell ; .
then draw the skin of the breast over 1
the opening, and sew it neatly across the -
back, so that when the turkey is brought.
to the table no sewing will appear.
Place the gizzard in one wing and the
lives in the other ; turn the wings on the .
back, and fix them to the sides with a : ',
skewer ; wrap it in a cloth dredged with ----flour,
and put it into a pot of warm wa-
tor, in sufficient quantity to keep the. ,
turkey always covered. Skim it. while
boiling. A small, young turkey , will '
not take more .than an hour and a half ":
to boil ; a large' one about two hours
and a' hall- , When done, place it in a
hot dish, and pour a little sauce over the . .
roreast. There should be oyster sauce
nr nanul and bntter in a tnren. ' Somi
cooks make the stuffing of chopped bread '
?,nd butter, oysters, cream and the yolks
of eggs. - . . . . -, . ' '..
. BAKES APPLE PUDDINdr. .
Stew your apples in as little water as ;
possible, and not long enough for the .
fieceto l)reak and lose their, shape. "."
'utHhem in a colander to drain, and - '
mash them with the back of a spoon. - .i
If stewed too long, and in too much wa- . ; r
ter, they will lose their flavor. When
cold, mix them with the nutmeg, rosewa- , r
ter, and lemon-peal, and two ounces of
sugar. Stir another two ounces of su-
gar with the butter or cream, and then .
mix it gradually with the apple.. Bake -it
in buff-paste", about half an hour in a 1
moderate oven. Do not sugar the top. '
. . - ':
... - -K-
Potato Jeixt. Peel the potatoes '
and grate them into a vessel of water and
then stir it well into a fine sive and col- '
lect that which passes through into a ba
sin ; let it stand, and in a few minutes ,
the starchy matter r will' be deposited, ;
from which the water may be bdurea off.
Now stir np the starch from the bottom t
of the basin and add boiling water ana :
it will pass into a beautiful jellyj which ?
has only to be flavored with sugar. . '
The bitterness of veast. which
is often a cause of complaint, may be r6 ' '
moved by straining it through bran or ; 1
by dipping a red hot charcoal in it .'.
Rut tViA mrat effectual and easily availa- "
ble remedy is, to put the yeast in a large . .
pan and. cover it witn spring or wen
water, changing it every three or four'
hours. The bran seems to impair the -i
strength, and coal sometimes stains i,
but the water purines it in eoior ana in
taste. - .1
tt. i AtV liiwhr.M- -Candid: " '
wick, if steeped into lime and saltpetrej "
and dried in the run, will giro a cleare v
light and be-less apt to run. Good fcan;,.i
dies may be made thus ! Melt together ,
ten ounces of mutton tallow, a quarter ?
of an ounce of camphOrfour ounces of '
beeswax, and two ounces of alum ; then '.
run it into moulds or dip the candlesi
These candles furnish a Deauiuui ugu.
- ,: ... . r : i i a
Tn Tinraa a T!nx.n Fowl. Peel off
the skin, and pull off- the flesh from the ;
bones in as large pieoes as posiDio ;
dredge it with a little flour, and fry to a
nice brown in butter, serve it up wttb
rich gravy, well seasoned, and thicken it ;.
with a piece of butter rolled inour.--
Just before you serve it up squeeze in - ;
half the juice of one lemon. ; - t