Newspaper Page Text
Correspoindence of the Char. News.
Wsamao-roN, April 11.
1n die Senate, to day. after the propo
,s .fome unimportant matters, the res
6l sots of Mir. Ciayton. calling on the
President for copies of all the recent Ore
gon correspondece. -was -taken.up and
adopted by a vote of. Yeas 27, Nays 1.7.
it is expectei that an answer will be re
ceived early next week, after which there
will remain no excuse for farther delay in
deciding upon the question of notice.
On, Mtion of Mr. Allen, a resolution
was adopted. calling for further inform
'ation; and for copies of all correspondence
with the Secretary of State from 1840 to
Mr. Upham who had the floor on the
Oregon question, being indisposed, the
subject was passed over, and Ahe remainder
of the day devotedr to f-w ntE' business.
In the House, a personal explanation
was made by Mr. Winthrop. relative to
,what he had, said yesterday relative to the
charge that Mr. Webster had said, that
this morning be desired to make the fol
lowing statement by authority.
"Mr. Webster does not own a single
dollar's worth of stock in any manufac
turing company whatever; nor is a dollar's
worth of such stock held by others in trust
for him or his family, or in any way to be
beneficial to him or them; nor is he inter
ested in any way, in any manufactory
whatever, nor in the rise or fall in any
sort of manufacturing stock or property;
nor has any ttansaction of any kind taken
place on condition of Mr. Webster's ro
maining in the Senato or leaving the
"Mr. Webster has disposed of certain
valuable western lands at prices not ex
ceeding their actual value, for which be
has teen paid. An arrangement, intended
for his benefit, which he regards as highly
honorable to him, and which, I may say,
is as high a compliment as was ever paid
to any public man in our country-being
tbe provision of an annuity for life-was
announced to him here last month." .
After further remarks, he said that this
annuity was given by persons who felt
grateful to Mr. Webster for his zeal in
advocating the commercial interests of the
Mr. Yancey asked Mr. W. o 'state the
amount of the annuity and the names of the
donors; but the lat ter declined trakittg any
further explanation, as he had uo right to
enter upon the private affai:s of any man.
Mr. Yancey then wen' ,n to justify the
speech he had made yesterday against Mr.
Webster, and contended that the gentle
pnan had not-mended the matter.
The House then resumed the consid
eration of the Senate bill providing for one
regiment of mounted riflemen, and for
establishing military posts on the route to
The Committee of the Whole had
reported the bill with an amendment that
all the officers shall be taken from the
regular line of the army. in which amend
ment the House had concurred.
O.repleceof theChar oier.
The House again occupied some portion
of the day in a continuance of the Web
ster and Ingersol discussion.
Mr. Dickson moved a reconsideration
of the vote by which Mir. Ingersoll's reso
lution was passed, in order to make a
speech in defence of Webster, and recrim
ination of his accusers. Thej allusion to
Mr. WVebster's war votes was unfortuna te,
as Mr. D. said, for his adversary, Mr.
ingersoll. had declared that if he had lived
in tbe revolution, he would have been a
tory, anid he had lately written a ictiotn
called a history, to prove, among other
things, that the Declaration of ludepen
pence was .the result of accident, and nor
wisdom, or patriotism, or any high motive.
Nullilication, and other politcal aber
rations, were discoursed of by .\r. D..
which elicited replies from M1r. Burt, aud
Mr. Yancey, anid others.
Mir. Y. alluded to the fact that .Mr.
Webster was not a favorite with the whigs,
aud that he had been supPosed to be the
author of a severe attack on .Mr. Clay in
the Madisonlian. He said too that whben
he wvent to Europe, he levied a large sum
on his friends, to pay his debts and ex -
peuses; and, while in England, received
a fee of 1,000 guimeas, for a legal opinion;
also, that he rfused to corne to the Sen
ate, until the sumt of a hunidred thousand
dollars was made up for tiim.
Finally, the subject was got rid of by
laying tthe motion to reconsider on the
In the Senate. .\r. WVebster, in view of,
a further discussion of the WVashington
treaty, offered a resolution calling on the
President for certain correspondence rela
tive to the right of search or visit, which
Sorte explanationts were made by Mr.
Fairfield, in reply to Mr. W.'s late speech,
on the subject of the views of the people
of Maine, as to the treaty of Washington,
and Mr. WVebster replied.
Correspondence of the Charleston News.
In the Senate to-day, after the disposal
of petitions, Mr. Allen again urged upon
Senators tbe necessity of fixing some day
for taking the vote on the Oregon notice
resolutions, in order that the absentees
might make arrangements to be present.
When the proper time should arrive, he
said he wvould move to lay on the table
the resolutions reported from the Senate
Committee on Foreign Afliairs, so that the
vote on the House resolutions might be
A fter some discussion of a conversation
al character, the matter was dropped with
the understar~din~g that the vote shall be
taken en Thursday. This beinig the case,
Mr. Alien will waive his right to nmake
the closing speech..
Gen. Sam. Houston gave notice that he
will give his views on the Oregon question
. Mr. Huntington having the floor spoke
~or an hour upon the Oregon notice reso
utions, after which the following Message
was received from the President of the
United States~ -
~the Senate of the vitejd. tata :
"i:answer. to the resolution- nfthe Sea
.tt. brf.. 11ith instant. calling for " copies
of any corresponaeuce. that-may have ta
ken place between the authorities of the
United States and those of. Great Britain,
since the last documents transmitted to.
Congress, in relation to the subject of the
Oregon territory, or so much thereof as
may be communicated without detriment
to the public interest," I have 'to state that
no correspondence in relation to the Ore
gon territory has taken place between the
authorities of the United States'and those
of Great Britain since the date of the last
documents on the subject transmitted by
me to Congress. JAMES K. POLK.
Washington, April 13, 1846.
Mr. Webster said the Message did trot
preclude the idea that there have been
letters between the Department and Mr.
McLane; but if there were such letters,
they were clearly not within the terms of
Mr. Clayton said he did not think it
proper to call for such letters.
Mr. Webster said that sometimes there
was nothing more proper than to call for
The Message was then laid on the table
and ordered to be printed.
The remainder of the day was devoted
to Executive business.
In the House the bill to protect the
rights of American citzens in Oregon,
until the termination of the joint occupa
tion of the same, was taken up in Con
umittee of the Whole.
Mr. McHenry moved to amend the bill,
by inserting after "West of the Rocky
Mountains," the words " South of the
49th parallel of Nortb latitude," upon
which he made a long speech.
Mr. Wentworth complained that at the
last session when Western votes were
wanted for Texas, our title to Oregon
was considered good up to 54 40. He
wanted to know what had occurred to re
duce our title to 49.
Mr. Mlclenry replied, and a long collo
quy ensued between him and Mr. W.,
chiefly relating to political matters.
Aflter a speech from Mr. Rockwell,
against the amendment, Mr. Adams took
the floor, and made a real gunpowder
speech in favor of 54, 40.
Mr. Burt made a pointed reply. In the
course of his remarks, he asked how it
was, if the gentleman had always 'elieved
our title good to the whole, that when
President of the United States, he should
have offered to take only a half?
The amendment of Mr. McHenry was
then rejected, as were several others, and
the debate continued without any particu
lar interest, until the rising of the Com
As an answer to Mr. Ingersoll's resolu
tion relative to Mr. Webster, was expect
ed to-Gay, the galleries were filled. No
answer came, however. We shall proba
bly have it in a day or two.
Among the visitors now in this city is
the celebrated Henry Schultz, founder of
the town of Hamburg, South Carolina.
He has come on to consult his counsel,
who are members of Congress, relative to
the Augusta Bridge suit. now pending at
Savannah. The amount involved is half
a millioa of dollars..
er aspo dencif the Chalsaon. Cosrier.
The Senate have come to an informal
understanding to take the question on the
Oregon notice on Thursday. But I pre
sume that when the form of the notice is
agreed upon, there will be a further de
The late language of the London Times
does not lead any -one to the conclusion
that the notice will hasten the adjustment
of the question. The mreasures which are
with rapidity following it in the Ilouse,
and wvhich will probably pass the Senate,
will, according to the Times, be the sub.
ject of remnonstranice, and ultitmately, per
haps, of hostilities.
Mr. McDuffie said, rightly, that thme
question was now further frorn adjust
ment thatn ever.
The President has not yet answered the
call of the Senate for the further corres
pondence. It is expected beforte Thurs
The Hiouse has taken up the Bill for the
protection of settlers in Oregon, and the
extension of thme laws of the U. S. uover
The Bill leaves it in doubt whtether- we
laim to exercie jurisdict ion up to 54 deg.
40 mimn. or not. It ap)pen1ts that the .Judges
are to decide for thetmselves upon the ex
tent of their jurisdiction. It was comn
plained that the Bill in this respect was
tot candid ; but Mr. M-D~owell gave no
ice, that he would move to insert 54 deg.
0 min. as the limit of our jurisdiction.
The Bill does nut extetnd our laws over
British subjects until the expiration of the
It was contended that the British had
xtended their jurisdictiott, by the Act of
821, over the whole territory, and over
all its inhab.titants, Atnerican as well as
Enalishi. This constiuction was disputed
y J.. R. Ingersoll.
A miotioni wast made and lost to limit the
urisdiction under thme Bill to049. Another
otion is piending to confine the jurisdic
ion to American cittzens, both now and
after the expiration of the year's notice.
This will not pass, because it is said thfe
ilt be no British jurisdictionl in the terri
ory. after the year. The British power
ill cease altogether, and British subjects
will have no protection of laws, and be
amenable to no lawvs but ours.
John Bull will, I suppose, have a differ
et story to tell as soon as a process ts
erved North of the Colombia, and upon
oe of the Hudson Bay Company's people,
e shall have an issue ; for compromise,
in the mean time, is not to be looked for.
Mr. Adams spoke an hour, in support
f our title to the whole of Oregon. as
usual, he was very forcible and eloquent.
Mr. A. did not wish to proceed with
this Bill, until it should be known wheth
er the Senate intended to pass the notice,
but he gave thmat body a pretty hard rub on
account of their delay and hesitation.
He spoke of the change of opinion that
has taken place on the subject. It had
been announced to us that the Senate and
House, and nine-tenths of the people.
were tn favor of settling the question by
offering England 49, which she had so
often rejected with contempn. He was
ales afraid to say thathe was not in favor
of .settin thisanuestna on A9, but he muss
venture the declaration, 'rtVas-true.
ie would vote to inserr54.4ig. 4Oaiin
Mr. Adams Arg;ned theg 6fleov& for
ced our exclusive claim to tiU atyj of
1819, with Spain. The reason for bis
opposing 49 formerly, was thatwe-did not
wish the country then, and now we do
Mr. Rurt replied to Mr. Aasanis with
success on some points, but -f.. -will
vote for tne bill.
The -Senate, on yesterdayreonsidered
the resolution reportod by the Committee
on Contingent Expenses of the Senate, in
relation to providing additional aceoinio
dations for the public in the Senate cham
ber, and changiag the location of the ac
commodations alforded to the paliie press.
An amendment, providing that equal ac
cotumodation should be. afford* to. the
public press, as is now so afforded, was
offered and agreed to.
Tie Oregon question was takij upand
Mr. Westcott spoke. He took the posi
tion that the British claim to-Oregou was
wholly founded upon the stipulations of
the Nootka Sound Convention, and the
Conventions with the United States of
1818 and 1.827, and that Great ritain had
no just rights founded on discovery, ex
ploration or postsssion, of anypart of the
coast of Oregon from 42to54 dqg.40 min.;
that her orcupt.t ion.was under,'aod there
fore controlled by, the treaties above men
tioned, and gave no right to Great Britain
to continue it, or to predicate any claim to
the exclusive possession of -any part of
the coast within those limits inithe-intetior
country, naturall) tributary tuthe rivers
emptying into the Pacific on that coast;
and be further argued that whebhthe-Con
vention of 1823 was abrogated, when the
twelve months after notice had expired,
she was bound to surrender tie territory
to the United States, as they had in 1819
acquired the paramount ti:lei of Spain
by the Florida treaty. Though Mr. W.
sustained the title of the United States to
the whole of Ouegou, he was Opposed to
the notice, as he believed it would lead to
war before the year had expired.- He was
in favor of coluuization by the United
States of the co:Jntry, and preparing for
war before the notice was givea.
Mr. M-Dullie thought that thu Senator
from Florida had misconceived some ob
servations mado by Mr. Fox, in the Brit
ish House of Coinmoniseiwhich he had
quoted as asserting the goodness of the
Spanish !itle to the Northwestern territory.
Mr. M'D. read an extractrom Mr. Fox's
speech on the ne.ct page to that which Mr.
Westcott had gqoted,'ifhich led to a di
rectly different conclusion.
In the House, the Bill to proteit settlers
from the Unitet States in Oregon, was
taken up and discussed.
Mr. Vinton, of 0., and'Mr. IHolmes, of
S. C., opposed the Rill as a violation of
the treaty stipulations with Groat Britain.
The Bill, in theso particulars, Me. Holnes
said, asserted the right of emineut domain.
Mr. Holmes also took occasion to reply to
Mr. Adams' argument in stipibort of the
duties on imports, and for other purposes.
The Bill is similar to that- framed by
Gen. Houston will speak to-day.
It is rumored that the President will
not furnish the papems relative to the dis
bursements of thu secret service fund.
The Argunment for Peace.-Pressing and
imposing reasons for a settlement of our
differences with Englandi, seem to acco
mnulate upon the two countries as if to
comtimand Peace. In India, instead of a
wenk, distracted and ignorant foe, Eng
land has founid herself involved in bloody
conflict with a gallant, determined and
disciplined peuple, who can bear defeat.
without scattering, and who can bring into
battle all the resources of civilized war
fare. It is no longer couinted the work of
a d ay, to subjuga te the Sikhs, but promises
to give hot empllloymnent to the British
armies for, per-taps, years. The war
with the Argentine Confederacy, is not
platy, nor profit. hut a grave call for men
and money, tmore than it may be conve
nienit to waste or a quarrel without object
and without justification, but fromn which
the invaders cannot now withdraw. Why
should England nv~ite more wars?
The revoltutiotz ary movement in Poland,
a struggle for pio itical liberty in the heart
of Euirope, is something to make the mutn
archies of Europe around it paeuse ere
they add to the fiame which has already,
as MU. Guizot said, set all Germany on
On our side. Mr. Slidell has returned
from Mexico, without peace, or a promise
o peace, and the armies of the two Re
publies face coch other on the Rio del
Norte. We have no need of other hostil
ities, antl prudent statestmanship demands
that we incur no other.
But niot only the dangrers and the suffer
ings that impend over the catastrophe of
war, but the incalculable blessings that
peace nw especially promises, command
the t wo countries to make haste and cc
ment it. The downfall of the protective
systemi itn Etnglandf, and the promised tmodi
ication of our own tariff system. open a
prospect olf increasing prosperity sueth as
even we have never witnessed, and prom
ise to make these two nations the pioneers
af a mighty movement that shall only end
in establishing universal peace and the
reedom of trade for all timne.
Is it possible thiat all these mnotives of
interest anti policyr and generous ambition,
an be lost on us, and that in despite of
them all we can -ush into a senseless and
ruinous war1 We cannot believe it.
Charleston Merca ry.
The following resolution has been re
ported in the Te sas -Legislature, and has
passed the Seanat a:
'Resolved, That General James [Ham
ilton, for his earlysupport of the cause of
Texas, and defen:e of the character of her
citiens in the Se-nate of South Carolina,
ad for the zeal, ability and success with
which he conducted her foreign negocia
tions, in procuring thie recognition of her in
dependence by thin leading Europeasl pow
ers. deservemsthe gr-atitude of the counmry."
He who pt'eac3eai~p war, iua fis chap
lain fr ths dil.i -- -
EDGEFIELD C. H.
- WEDNESDAY. APRIL 22, IBIG
Friday next the 24th instant, having
been set apart by the South Carolina
Couference of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, as a day of Fasting and Prayer,
for the prosperity of Zion, there will be
preaching in the Methodist Church, in
this Village. on that day. Service to cow
meuce at 11 o'clock.
Died, on Saturday, the 18th instant, from
a rupture, (it is supposed.) of a blood vessel
near the heart, JOSEPH MooRE. Jitt., the grand
son.of the Rev. Jobeph Moore, who has resided
for several years in the vicinity of our village.
The deceased, we lbarn, was chasing a rabbit,
and while running with considerable speed,
suddenly fell dead.
He was an excellent and amiable young
man, and promised to realize the mstsangnine
hopes of his friends and relations. He had
scarcely attained to manhood, and had just
commenced his career of usefulness, when he
was thus most unexpectedly snatched from
We have seen from the field of our friend,
Dr. Goodwin, some stalks of Rye, seven feet
or more in length, and having a most luxuri:ant
and healthful appearance.
The crops of small grain, throughout this
whole. section of the State, are remarkably
flonrishing, and promise to yield the richest
harvests that have ever blessed the hopes of our
Our fruit trees, of every description, are
literally burthened with young fruit ; and ev
cry thing indicates taut the abundance of the
present year, will more than compensate for
the deficiences of the last.
The Yous1o PErLE's MAOAtZINE, and the
LITERaRY EzPonaiu, published monthly by J.
K. Wellman, New York, at the low price of
one dollar for each, per annum.
We have just been delighted with the peru
sal of the March and April nutnliers of these
beautiful and attractive Magazines. They ah
stain entirely from sectarian controversy, and
from party politics, and contain as well select
ed and pleasing matter as any works of the kind
we have lately met with. They are neatly
embellished and illustrated with elegant steel
engravings, and delicate prints of flowers. We
heartily wish ,chem a.good circulatina-for
t "fan*csishadiP68tfat fi fium
and sickly nonsense which so much imnpairs tlhe
value of the periodicals of the present day;
and they are also calculated to exercise a truly
wholesome influence on the tastes, morals and
manners of all who read them.
The Young People's Magazine is edited by
Seba Smith, a gentleman well known to the
RELIGION IN CIIARLESTON.
We learn that there has recently been quite
a revival of religion atmongst the Baptists of
Charleston. Seventy whites have already
been baptized, and there ir a strong probability
thut many mere will be added to the Chturch.
We also learn fmrom seome of our extchanmges,
that a new zeal seemus to be burning in the
hearts of almost all the Protestant christians
in the city.
We say, God speed the good work. True
christianity can do-no harm ; but it way do all
the good in thme world. Evenm if it were the
greatest humbug on earth, it would be a most
glorious anid inestimable humbug; for it dues
purify thme heart, elevate the aoul and regener
ate otur whole mural natu re. M1enm, sometimes,
wvhte ini the tull tide of prosperity, are dispos
cd, notwithstandinmg its tmanifest benefits to
their kind, to speak lightly and Ioolishly of
reigion; but when thme storms of adversity are
showered upotn themn-wvhen man deserts them.
and when friends betray, they instinctively
fly to it as their only source of consolation and
encouragemnent in this life. It is then. tha
they catn fully appreciate amnd apply to them
selves, the beautiful admonition addressed by
Burnms to his " Young Frietnd"
Whea ranting round in ptensurc's ring,
lteligion may be blinded ;
Or if bshe give a random sting,
It may be titl minded:
Buit when on life we're teompesit driv'n,
A conscienco but a ':anker
A correspondunee fis'd with I~cavca,
is sure a nobte anchor.
Fair at Washington Ciy.-A project has
een started, amid generally appruved, to hold a
reat National exhibition, at Washington City,
f the various articles of A merican m-tnufac
ure. The month of May is the time desig
ated. 'rhoeschema, was broached by several
nembe.-s of Congress, whlo though diffeting
n politics, thought that such it fair would
rove an excellent meants of comparing our
ome tade fabrics, anid other manufacture8.
ith the speczimetns lately sent from Enigland,
nd now lodged iun the "rootm of the nm
mittee onm the Pest Office and Post Roads."
A curd signed by several members of Cont
gress, has been published for thme artisans, mle
shanics and manufucturers of the U. States,
to send specimens of the various productions,
ith the prices attachied, to be compared with
the British manufacetutes, sent from Man
hester. The object, it is stated, is to itnflu.
ence the action of Congress. in relation to the
proposed nmodification of the tariff.
A company has been formed in 31i1
ledgeville,..Ga., wvith a capital of' $50,000,
for te purpose of mannfacturing cotton.
THE FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE.
The news brought by the packetrship,
Northumberland; and the pilot-boat Ro
mer, is rather unfavorable to the'settle
ment of our controversy with England.
The English papers are making a hide
ous noise about the rashness of our Go
vernment and the tertible prowess of the
British arms, but we can very readily in
form those warriors of the quill, that if
boasting is the game they go for, w2 are
disposed to yield the precedence to no peo
ple on the face of the globe. In a war of
the tongue, or the pen, we are perfectly
unconquerable-,We are equal to any two
nations in Europe. Some of the British
journals deprecate a war with us as being
rather uncivilized and unchristian, but as
for the danger to 'which their country
would be exposed, they treat it as the
lightest matter in the world. One odd
paper goes on to enumerate with great
precision, the whole of our strength, both
by land and sea, and comes to the very
correct conclusmon, that by a most heroic
exertion, we could probably raise nearly
30,000 land troops; and as for our poor little
Navy, he says that would be crushed by
the most mighty and invincible fleets of
Great Britain, like a bundle of pea-hulls
in a threshing mnachine, or that in a fort
night or two, it would be completely
kicked from the fitce of old Ocean.' If we
should be so unlortunate as to be involved
in a war with England, we will teaeh
these European braggarts what is the true
e'xtent of our resources, and what is in
reality the might of our arm. We will
teach them that the chastisements we have
hitherto so mercifully bestowed upon
them, was but a tender admonition of
what thy may expect from us hereafter.
We were never in half sr good a condi
tion for fighting, as we are at the present.
1 e may quarrel and squabble with our
selves about our little domestic concerns,
when we have nothing else to do, but if we
are driven into a war with a foreign power
by the haughty pretensions of Great Brit
ain, or even by the rashness of our own
rulers, we will demonstrate to the world;
that where the honor or spirit of the na
tion is involved in the contest, our whole
country will be united as one man, and
every citizen will be prepared to die in
the discharge of his duty. The U. States
were never so able-never so"proud
never so full of war-mettle, as they are at
the present time. -.
But we do not think that iehave aby'
serious reasons for apprehending a war
with England for some years 'et. The
news we have received lately has corne
from th -, l:uglish' newspapers not from
ment will probably speak-rin the next
steamer, when in our opinion, the whole
of this war bubble will entirely vanish.
'rite news from Ireland shows that op
pressed people to be in a state of great
fermentation and distress. An Irish Co
ercion Bill has been introduced in the
British Parliament, to authorize the Lord
Lieutenant of Ireland, to proclaim whole
Districts- to he in a state of insurrection,
and to forbid any of their population to
be our of their hourcs front one hour
after sunset in the evening, to one hour
before sunrise in the mornind.
The latest accounts fronm Intdia are
rather unfavorable to the progress of the
British artns. rThe deterinted and hardy
Sikhs had defeated mbe last force they liad
met with, atnd they i' ere still rallying their
people, and still tobly stru ggling to defend
theiir country frotm the domintion mf Euro
pean invaders. They may be successful,
for they have proved mlhemtselves to be am
fearlees race, arid they have arms in their
The Poles have made another effort for
freedom. They have organized a govern
moent, and raised an armty of about 12,000
'menm. Their chances of success are doubt
ful arnd gloornmy. for- they have to cotetnd
nith three of the greatest nations itt Eu
r-ope. That gallant people cling to their
national existeuce with a tenacity, which,
if nations htad souls, would excite the
cortnmiseration, and command the hearty
sup~port of all Christendom.
A Kentucky Giant.-A cotemporary says,
thtat there is tnow livitng in Kemttucky, a tmtan
whokeeps a public house, otn the biatnks of
the Ohio river, amnd who is a sort of human
mastodon. A correspondent of the Chris
tiatn Wvatchmttan. lately paid him a visit, atnd
sja that lie is a perfect wotnder in humatan.
shape, walking like an elephant, atnd lookitng
like a man from another world He mteasures
eight leer antd six incites in heightt. This story
is said to be tie hoax.
Death of a Great Counterfeiter-A Phi la
delpihia paper attnotunces the death, by con
Bunpion, of Dr. Charles F. HitClmeil, a no
torious countterfeiter. He was said to be one of
the most expert counterfeiters ini the coumttry,
especially itt any executiomi reqtuired by the
pen This mart spent tmany years in prisont.
Hieseduced many men into crime, and em- I
ployed them to uttem his bad money, whilst hte
himself frequently escaped.
Melancholy Accideunt-Thle South Car- I
olittiant, of the 16th instatnt, says: A son
of Mr. McAndrews of this piace, about I
four years of age, while playing Ott a8
passing wvagon, gotisl entangled ittE
the spokes of otne of the wheels, and was
instantly killed. -The acciderit occurred
on Tnesday last.C
SOMNAM BULISW-A ilf P -R
Ifoks. Editors :
Shea fllowiug story -wil. 'aa
Ilustrarinu of a must singuldraniie irar
inary phenomenon thit: is'sowehOIuO ti
within inlividual, and isil, at iLeeam'
lim show'how' is' fr o
be imposed upon ibyexcessi er edic
and an 'unii'e love-for ile inas i
T'hero are mna ny persons, ;at
present day,"-"o i: are line to berev
that the disembodied spirits irdead erf_
lions are pertiitted it: appear at certain
times in sensible shapestifad;ididifsr2
Win circumistaricei. to liau tthosl who.
bove been instrumental in t'eiendat
their earthly existen'ce.AdilPa no of
us listen to the most exaggeratd kle
based on this superstiuous beliefKyzba
degree of interest 'which argil
erable credulity, notwithstadiiig' ihco'
victions of our' mindidisto'th6"
sibility of such phenomena. Tha'ee=?or
of the christiau wo'rld are in tb
habit of invoking the 'aid aid'pr
of saints that have ~been dead~or;p
centuries, -which impliesabeli( e
that the disemtidied spirits o
ceased sai.lts are capable ofigltii
sible shapes at pleasuie, and by laIsaii''
making themselves visible to ahe s
cants, or that they are'c'bie of
ing them the desired assistace
asauuing any particular'foring or else,zh
invocanous themselves are entireyn 'Aghat i
tory, and nmeaning. And tbhee ana
little doubt that the habit of invofi
saints has duii'e more to keep'tlig ;
stitious uotioins in the cbrisian.worl sthan
any otlier causo. Chldren, aidypg
persous especially, listen withrds aessa
to stories of ghosts, .and haun'ted houI
and their minis are more or less iiied
with a belief in the existence 1f su ati'spa-:
ritions. And I have heard evenggreytt
persons say that they cannot avoid think.:=
itg of the stories they bail. heard,.we
young, from supersthious old womian,fvi
some norror, if they happened to pass.hy
a grave yard after night without copa
Aud who has not fet his hair rise on en,
at the consciousness of being alonue.in ab
dark on the very spot where ghosts are
said to have been seou ? This is tihe Neo -
of imagination, and I beliere there arai
few persons who have not felt eatmdionk.of
horror under such circumstances, in-con
sequence, perhaps, of impressions. made
upon their minds. while young: 1Juto
our story :
l the vicinity of Baltimore, a,.ahort.
time after the tevolution, there liveda,
respectable and wealthy family byihe
name of M-1 in a large and comfortaole(
though somewhat aeitiqsated buildin
which had been the .sceue of a, oifjbl
and bloody murifersdmabme pr yousyi
its being owned by this atmily,
soon alter it cgme into 11t..p 4
the family of M? -a partiulea b f
the housi~gained t' repulati l
haunted. 'This room.had if'etilsehp
a sleping ap~artmenii ud Utoughi a
not used by any of the family for this pur,
pose, and notwithstanding .the 2 'wRas,
carefully locked evergbighiz e'hbediiore=
the traces er.or Inorutg of havngeen
reds an the s No..ue ou
rowever, who alept on i. .It happen ed.
un one otcasion that a party of.rind
Lame from a distance on a visit, o this.
family; and around a cheerful fire on al
winter's evening, the party were interest;
ing themselves, as is common in jsuch.
:rcles, with diffreiit kinds ni torisand
at leugih the haunted room,. naturaly
enough, became the subject of cooversa-.
mion, anid trom that, one story. after anoth
er was detailed about ghosts and goblins,
&c., till hed time, when a controversy
Srose as to who suould sleep in the hauint-.
ud room. A t length, however, a young.
mn who was some what imore heroic thian
the rest of the panmy, consented to risk a
uigiht's rest itn that room, and was accord-.
ingly coJnducted to his quarters for the
uight. Ho was left alone; and the idea
ul being all alone in a room of such dubi
~uscharacter, was any thing but agreeabfe.
The wimd blew violently without; the oldl
window blinds creaked upon their hinges,
wihile the rat. and mice acted welt their
part in the ceiling above, and the crickets
i~tuped maournfully on the hearth below.
T'he old faily cluck struck~ i2, the hour
it wnich ghosts are said to visit .the earah,
mi visible tormis, to do their devoirs to those.
aver whose destiny they are supposed toe
vaich. iBut this hour passed away and
Juttling occurred/io disturb the equanimnily
if our iaero's miud, and be began to flatter
iimusetf that hoe would not be trouabled
vith nis ghostly complanion that. nignt.
lIts imaganato, however, was excited,
and tie felt little inucination to sleep. -He
ieurd the clock strike 2, and s~he bad
icturcely settled himself on his pillow for
lie last tunte, preparatory to rest. swheuas
ie heard a kej turn in a lock ; andadoor
A hich led from his to an adjoining room
>pene~d and a tearful appariin appeared
:o his astonished vision. He fancied be.
tawt a giant-like figure, clothed ist raimient
>1 snowy nhttteness, and his .terror. was
aot in any wise diimiished when-be-peri
:eived that it was approaching the bedon
which tho u as 13:nga. All the ghost stofrics
ie had ever heard rushed like laghmuin -
hrough his tmeamory, but he had.pvr
aeard of one tike that. It came up tophe~
ied, and without seeming to be conscious
if the presence of our hero, lay .dgown.
eside him. In all the agony of~suspen0'p
and terror he lay half unconselous ofthis'
:ionditioui for somec considerable liine...,li
a us, mauwever, a brave young -man,-a
me began at length to recoginoite hista
ition. le first listened attentivgly, end
ancied ho could hear.a deep brealhing.as
r a person in a profound sleep..a H0se
ipphled the sense of touch, and wrasptis
ied tuat his nnceremonious. comn.paniomr
vats itideod flesh and bloodenuad.4ouget
hat waus nut the stull'.,thataghosts, aretf
nade of. lHe felt ihe hand,.Jasofr,
tnd smooth, and Jhere was a diamond ring
mi one of the fingers. He thought thact+
ing woutd perhaps he altey to the gsbole,
nystery ; so he slipt. i off' ottli ingeraf
he miysteriousstranger asqguajtly as posg
ible, and putjt on his own, intcnding-t1
elate his udvenature the9 next moraing aud:
ivei clue to the mystery of the hanated:
gom, if possible,'by~discovernin e owo-i
r. of the ring.. lie had just go pabsioas
f the ritng as the clock s~truck r at=wich