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"We will cling to the Pillars of the Temple of oar Liberties, and if it must fall, we will Perish amidst the Ruins."
W. F. DURISOE & SON, Proprietors. EDGEFIELD, S. C., APRIL 4, 1855. - - -
As I strayed from my ce.t at the close of the day,
To muse on the beauties of June,
'Neath a jessamine shade I espied a fair maid,
And she sadly complained to the moon:
"As a hart on the mountain my lover so brave,
So handsome and manly to view,
go kind and sincere, and he loved most dear,
Oh Edwin, no love was more true.
But now he is dead: and his youth once so gay,
.Is cut down like a rose in full blom ;
And he silently sleeps, and I'm thus left to weep,
ly the sweet silver light of the moon.
"But his grave I'll seek out 'till morning appears,
And -weep for my lover so brave ;
I'll embrace the cold earth and bedew with my tears
The flowers that bloom o'er his grave.
"Oh never again can my heart throb with joy
My lost one I hope to meet soon
And kind friends will weep o'er the grave wherehe
By the sweet silver light of tne moon.
"Roll on silver moon, guide the traveller on his way,
While the nightingale's song is in tune;
I never, never more from my lover will estray,
By the sweet silver light of the nioon."
A PRIVATE ROOl.
OR, THE EFFECT. OF PUNCH DRINKING.
One particular dark, damp, dull, drizzily
and disagreeable day in the latter part of
November, a tall, gaunt, queer-looking cus
tomer, dressed in a blue coat, with metal
buttons, with " yaller" striped pantaloons,
-and calf-skin terminations, sat "solitary and
alone," in a little room, situated in a certain
little tavern, in- street, Philadelphia.
Before him was a little, round tahie, on
whose marble top was " not a little" pitcher
-of smoking punch, "screachen hot," and a
'wine glass. The solitary individual was
York-nothin' else-dear child-and that
was his second pitcher full-nigh his second
-empty. One minute after, and you couldn't
-fact, you see-have squeezed a drop out
of either pitcher or glass, by a forty-two
pounder hydraulic press.
York. rang the bell.. The waiter popped
Iis head in the door.
"Of course I did. Is it clearing off?"
"No sa-damp, sa-fog so thick, san,
you could ladle out 'ith a spoon, sat. Have
" More punch, and strong."
" Yes, sa,-i mmediately sa."
The waiter withdrew and in a few seconds
the third pitcher of punch, and was begin
ning to feel glorious, when, on raising up
.his eyes, he saw his cwn figure in a pier
glass, directly opposite. lie rubbed his eyes
" By thunder !" said lie, " here's some fel.
low sitting right before me, I'll swear there's
impudence for you! This is a private room,
sir, for my sole accommodation."
He waited a minute, expecting an answer,
but his reflection only stared at him and
held its peace.
" was saying, sir, that this is my private
room, mine sir," cried York, fetahing hais
v'oice an octave higher than it w~as before.
No answver was made, and he rang the bell
furiously. Thec waiter made his appearance
"Ring sa ?"
" Yes I did ring. Did'nt I ask for a pri.
vate room ?"
"Yes sa, this is a private room, sa."
" It is ! Why there's a fellow sitting right
-opposite me now, on the other side of the
table. Rot his impudence."
"Table, sa-fellowv, sa ?
"Yes there is. Well, just never mind.
Bring on some more punch and a couple of
In a very short time, the fourth pitcher,
.with two glasses, made its appearance.
York filled one of the glasses, and thena
shoved it over the table.
"Will you drink, said he addressing the
figure in the glass.
"Oh you won't ehli Well, I will."
And so be did.
" Better drink, old fellow," continued he.
-" Your liquor is getting cold," and you look
as if you was fond of the thing."
No answer being returned, York finished
-the pitcher, and rang the bell again. In
popped the waiter.
"'To be sure I did. Did'tnt you hear the
" Did'nt I order a p.p- private roomi Eh 1"
" Yes, sa, this is a private room, sa."
"A pretty private roonj this is, with a
!f.f-fellow sitting right opposite that won't
,take a glass of punch ivhen it's offered him,
*and a r-r-red nosed man at that. 0, well,'
pnever mind, bring me more punch, and t
tumblers. I'll try him again."
Presently pitcher number 5, and glasses
:to match, was borne in with due state.
" Better try some, old boy," said York,
zoaxingly, to his double. Th'le reflex merely
looked good natured, but said nothing.
"Well, continued York, with a sigh if
this is'nt the most infamous. Never mitnd,
I'll drink the punch."
And so he did, every bit of it. About
five minutes sufficed to end the pitcher.-I
York rang the bell superfuriously. The
wailar came again.
" Ring, sa I"
"Why, certain. Why should'nt I I
Where's the man-who keeps the-place 1"
"Boss, sa? Il'll see 'im sa.
Shortly after, mine host, a quiet-looking
little man, with a mottled, calico-patterned
-- face and a shining bald head, made his ap.
"W-w-whbat's to pay ?" demanded York,
rising arid assuming an air of dignity.
" Five pnches-five leavies. sir."
"There's the money, sir," said York,
forking over the coin. " And now I want
to know why, when I call for a private room,
you should put me here with s.s-somebody
" There's nobody here but you and I, sir !"
" Nobody I. Do you s-s-spose I can't
see I Do you think I am drunk! There,
look there! two of 'em by jingo!"
" Well, sir, I must confess I can't see any
but us two."
"You can't eh ?" And York dragged the
land-lord to the table. " Look there," con
tinued he, pointing to the glass. "Th-th.
there's the rascals now. One of'ems enough
like you to be your brother, and the other is I
the most Lordforsaken, meanest looking I
white man I ever saw."
Vulgar.-" Take the rag off the bush."
Refned.-Removing the dilapidated linen
from off the infantile tree..
Vulgar.-" Money makes the pot boil."
Refined.-" The precious- metals cause the
cauldron to effervesce.
Vulgar.-" Money makes the mare go."
Refned.-" The circulating medium com
pels the female nag to absquatulate.
Vulgar,-" A fool and his money are soon
Refted.-The parnership existing be
tween a simple one and his small change is
Vulgar.-" What is bred in the bone can
not come out of the flesh."
Refined.-That which is matured in the
ossified substance, cannot emanate from the
Vulgar.-" Tell the truth and shame the
Reflned.-Proclaim what is veracious and
cause Diabolus to blush.
Vulgar.-" Each dog has his day."
Reflned.-Each masculine of the canine
species is entitled to the possession of one
diurnal revolution of the earth.
Vulgar.-" Does your anxious mother
know you are out?"
Refned.-Is your solicitot maternal
guardian aware that her offspring is abroad ?
IRS. PARTINGTON, speaking of the pro
visions of the Constitution, said, " For my
part I should be glad to see 'em. Heaven
and all of us knows provisions is searce
enough and dear enough, and if they can
turn the constitution to so good a use I'm
glid of it. Anything that will have a ten
dencyjto cheapen, the .necessities.of ife."
Ike came running in at the moment, and
asked her if he shouldn't give her a 'tig
WnIc HE WOULD AKE.-A gentleman
was once walking in a street, when he met
a stone cutter whomn he thus addressed:
" My good felloaw, if the devil was to
come now, which of us would he take I"
After a little hesitation, the man replied:
" Me sir."
Annoyed by this reply, the querist asked
him for a reason.
"Because, yer honor, he would be glad
to ketch meself-sure; and he'd have you
at any time."
ARTLESS CANDOR.-A gentleman inquired
of a carpenter's boy:
" My lad, when will this job your master
has now on hand he completed?"
" I can't tell, sir," said the honest boy,
artlessly; " it's a day job, and it will depend
upon how soon the old man has another
A clergyman in a certain towvn, as the
custom is, having published the banns of
matrimony between two persons, was fol
lowed by the clerk, reading the hymn, be.
ginning with these wvords: " Mistaken souls,
who dream of heaven."
A man with a moderate appetito dined at
a hotel, and after eating the w~hole of a
young pig, was asked if he would have some
pudding. He said he didn't care much
about pudding, but if they had another little
hog be would be thankful for it.
WoRK.-The lady who did not think it
respectable to bring up her children to work,
has lately heard from her two sons. One
of them is bar-keeper of a flat-boat, and the
other is stewvard of a brick-yard.
A gipsy, going through a village on a
rainy day in a paiir of torn boots, was ac
costed by a passer-by, whlo suggestea that
his boots were much too bad for such wea
ther. "You are mistaken, sir," said the
gipsy, proudly, "it is the weather that is too
bad for my boots."
A N exchange mentions hearing an address
from one of " the strong-minded," and says:
-" She made some good hints, but not a
very strong case, and tipped over all her
arguments for women, independence of the
other sex, by passing a man's hat to take up
'- CoMEa here my lad," said an attorney to
a boy about nine years old. The boy came
and asked the attorney what case was to be
tried next? The lawvyer answered, "a case
betwen the Pope and the Devil-which do
you think will be most likely to gain the
The boy replied, " I guess it will be a
pretty hard squeeze-the Pope has the most
money, but the Devil thme most lawyers."
AN Indian got drunk oiie cold day, lay
downand froze to death. His tribe imita
ting the whites, held an inquest. After a
long pawv.vowv, they finally agreed that their
verdict should be, he mixed too heap water
in his whiskey, which froze and killed him
" How do you keep booksi"-" By dou
ble entry. I make one entry and father
SUITABLE TO THlE TIMEs.-There is a
firm doing business at St. Louis, Mo., under
the name of "Grinn and Barrett."
Hu who receives a good turn should never
forget it; he who does one should never
NIEOS EPISCOPOS, Editor.
" WirE in the course of human events" it ie
deemed expedient for one to take upon himself
the responsibilities which attach to the editorial
profession, "a due regard for the opinions o
others" requires that he should set forth, to
some extent at least, the reasons which influence
him to the assumption of its duties, and to indi.
cate the position he proposes to occupy in refe.
rence to such matters as may pertain to so
im ortant a calling. Let the follow:ng then be
submitted to the reading public.
As respects the importance of the undertaking,
whilst the editor feels that he places a proper
estimate upon it, and whilst he is conscious ol
possessing a good share of self-esteem, he yet
cannot promise that anything very extraordinary
is likely to result from it. It may not be that
any "vacancy which has been long and seriously
felt," will be filled, nor that " the long expressed
wants" of a large circle of readers will be met.
Should he even be able, under more favorable
circumstances, to accomplish things so desirable,
the lack of experience, the lack of space in a
paper already crowded with other matter, to
gether with other duties calling imperatively for
attention, all combine to render the task difficult,
if not impossible. It is hoped nevertheless by
the arrangement, something will be added to the
benefit of at least a certain class of the nume
rous readers among whom this paper circulates.
especially of those who, by not subscribing to
a religious journal, are not posted up in the his
tory of the Church's progress and various mat
ters which affect the doctrine and practice of the
Christian Israel. In the prosecution of this de
sign, we may say some things not suited to the
taste nor in accordance with the doctrinal views
of some readers, but certainly nothing will be said
in the spirit of intolerance, nor w ith an inten.
Lion to injure the feelings of any, even the leas-.
of those who, striving to live with "a consciene
void of offence toward God and toward man,"
re acting out the part assigned them in the great
drama of the world's recovery from the ruins of
" the fall." And if by reason of anything herein
contained, any one should feel himself aggrieved,
the editor hereby engages to make such expla
nation as shall be satisfactory, or such defence
ws shall maintain-tho-pointent -iae, -or-auh -r&
Lractioni as shall acknowledge himself mistaken.
We also invite communications from any
uarter, suited to this " Department ;" and any
-riticisms which our readers think fit to bestow
upon the subjects presented in it. No one will
be excluded by name or faith. Be he Catholic
or Protestant, Jew or Mahomedan, believer or
infidel, he shall as far as our limits will allow,
have a fair showing in the expression of his
honest convictions. All that we stipulate for is,
that all contributions in this line shall be brief,
chaste, dignified and respectful in thought and
language, and the right claimed by and conceded
to the whole fraternity, to make such replies as
we think proper. Living in the freest land on
which the sun shines, and under a dispensation
which in its every feature, forbids the persecu
tion of men for " conscience sake," and accus
tomed ourselves to speak out on all matters re
lating to the spiritual interests of our race, we
hold it the right, sacred and inviolate, of all
honest men to be heard on the subjects connect
ed therewith. Weo fear not the powers of evil,
relying as we do on the maxim that " truth is
mighty above all things and will prevail." And
instead of treating with contempt the views of
those who may differ from us, we will try to
follow th~e admonition of an Apostle, to " Prove
all things, hold fast that which is good."
Lastly, we request such communications from
the friends of religion and benevolence as may
be useful in benefitting humanity, and thus~
lend a hand to " hasten the time" when the curse
shall be removed; when throughout the domains~
of sin's desolation shall ring the trumpet of the
gospel jubilee, proclaiming freedom from the
dominion of Satan, and when every heart shall
respond to the angelic benediction, " Peace on
earth-good will to men."
The above we offer as our salutatory, ivhich
though necessarily brief and to ourself not sat.
isfactory, we hope will answer the purpose, and
therefore dismiss it with the promise to try and
do better in the future communings which we
trust, the Lord willing, to hold with our friend.
gr WE send copies of this paper to the ad
dress of several friends who will oblige us by
reading and circulating them, and also by return
ing their own and other names as subscribers.
See terms on next page.
-WhAT IS THE MATTER WITH OUR PEOPLEi
IT was said of the Jew.As of old that they had
a " zeal for God, but not according to knowl
edge." This indeed was not a desirable state of
things, but it may at least be made a question
whether a mistaken zeal is not alnost as good
as a stolid indifference which takes no interest
in anything. If there be any part of our coun
try where the charge of apathy does not, in
some degree, lie against the Church with which
it is our lot to be connected, it is more than can
be said of that with which we are acquainted.
That it does, with but little variation hold the
truth, as respects the theory of doctrine and
government, we fully believe, and this latter as
regards both civil and ecclesiastical polity. B3u
it must be confessed that in ::eal for the truth,
in interest manifested for the prosperity of purc
and undefiled religion, it is in many instances
sadly wanting. SuCh has not always been the
case, and why should it be so now? But does
any one deny that it is so ? Then look through
the country at the old shapeless shells called
Churches," blackened with the weather, win
dow-blinds hanging by one hinge, with cracks
innumerable, in roof, floor and ceilin g-no, beg.
ging pardon for the mistake, ?oeatherboardinlg
to the genial rays of -a summers sun, and to tne
biting blasts from the N. W.; unenclosed against
the irruptions of cattle and swine. But as there
is said to be some good mixed up with all evil,
perhaps this last cirOu4stance is not altogether
without its benefit, as the result is the produc
tion of an insect of remarkable activity, which
at least itaparts some nervous energy to the
preacher,and keeps the congregation awake. To
what extent it interferes with tho devotion of
the worshipers, we leave to be determined by
their own experience. 00
Once more: How many papers devoted to the
interests of the Baptist denomination have been
started in this State we do rot know, but un
less we are much mistaken, they have all lived
through a brief and sickly existence, and either
moved in search of a more favored region, or
been consigned to the " tombs of the Capulets."
The present issue, if we are correctly informed,
instead of being sustained as it should be by
the some ten thousand white communicants of
the State, is kept moving by the sacrifices of
individuals, and the gratuities of Associations.
And among those who subscribe for it, we asked
a brother some time ago, and an intelligent man
too, if he read the paper. His reply was that
he "looked at it." Now under these circum
stances there is but little encouragement to
editor or contributors'to write when the printer
and proof reader are all that pay any attention
to their potted brain-children. But so it is,
there's a hasty glance at the editorial,a hop, skip
and jump through the correspondeene, and a
perusal of the out-side, and the paper is con
sidered as "looked at," and condemned as a
" dull concern."
We have much more to say about these mat
ters, and some things "hard to be uttered," but
must defer them to another issue. In the mean
time let what has been written be at least
"looked at" sufficiently to be remembered in
connection with whatever else may come; and
especially let the brotherhood be stirred up
to improvement in the particulars mentioned.
FAIT, HOPI AND LOVE.
BY THE EDITOR.
O where shall we find in this world's desert dreary,
A green spot relieving the waste of life's way,
A shade, underneath whigh, the lone pilgrim weary,
blay rest from the burden and heat of the day ?
Is there no sweet oasis, no clear gushing fountain,
To brighten the prospect, the soul's thirst to as
fo l 'd ow f i'1's, 'no breeze from the
When clouds gather over, when life's fevers rage?
On earth's broad domain surely all is not sadness,
Humanity's cup is not all filled with wo ;
The halo of hope ever glistens with gladness;
In the storm ever glows the sure coveuant bow.
Tho' this be a world or affliction and sorrow,
In pleasures sweet goblet be mingled the gall;
To-day hopes arrive to be mocked on the morrow,
And 4 the trail of the serpent is over it all."
Yet there's light midst the gloom in which man is
And faith, hope and love are the stay of the soul,
When with trials beset and temptations beelouded,
And the world's disappointments over him roll.
Then bear up and hold onward, poor eartli-slighted
Look upward, move homeward to mansions above;
Trust in him who on earth tho' a child in a manger,
Now enthroned in IHis glory bids you trust in
THE LEAR.NED BLACKSMlITH ON THE HORRORS
LooK at this picture, ye who are accustomed
to associate with the idea of war, only gay pa
geants, soul-stirring music, and laureled glory.
Weu copy it from an old number of the Biblical
" Here then, Mr. Editor, are a few of the re
miniscences of War, entirely shorn of poetry.
They are bloody witnesses to tbe truth, and let
them testify. In the periodical butcheries in
the human family; the following hecntomba have
been offered up to that god of battles which
both Christians and pagans have worshipped
with the same devotion:
Loss of Life in the Jewish Wars 25,000,000
By Wars in the time of Sesostris, 15,000,000
By those of Semiramis, Cyrus and
Grecian Wars, 15,000,000
Wars of the twelve Cresars, 30,000,000
Roman Wars before Julius Caesar, 60,000,000
Wars of the Roman Empire, Turks
and Saracena, 180,000,000
Wars of the Reformation, 20,000,000
Wars of the Middle Ages, and nine
Tartar and African Wars, 180,000,000
American Indians destroyed by the
Wars of Napoleon, 6,000,000
The above is a mere extract from the bloody
statistics of glorious War; one chapter in the
annals of the violence, crime and misery that
have followed in the foot-prints of the GREAT
DESTRoYER. The losts of souls is entered where
human eyes may not read the list. Dr. Dick es
timates the number of those who have perished
directly and indirectly by war, at fourteen thou
sand millions, or about one-tenth of the human
race. Edmund Burke placed the number at
Thirty-five Thousand Millions. Taking the esti
mate of Dr. Dick, and assuming the average
quantity of blood in a common sized person,
the veins of those fourteen thousand millions
would fill a circular lake of more than seventeen
miles in circumference-fen feet deep ; in which
all the navies of the world may float ! Suppos
ing these slaughtered millions to average, each,
4 feet in length, if placed in a row, they would
reach nearly 442 times around the earth, and
four times around the sun. Supposing they ave
raged 130 pounds each, then they would form a
globe of human flesh of nearly a half mile in
diameter, weighing 1,920,000,000,000 lbs-14
times more than alt the human being now living
on the globe !"
-RUMORED DEFALCATIoN.-The New Yo,k pa
$crs give publicity to the following, as a des
patch from Washington, dated Saturday. The
Washington papers aae no mention of any
suCh rumor. "It is rmored here to-day that
Governor Price, of New Jersey, who was for
merly a purser in the Navy, is ascertained to be
q defaulter to the Qovernent~ to the amount
THE PROFLIGATE'S DREAM,
WHAT are dreams? To this question, so
often so earnestly asked, there never yet has,
most probably never will be, a satisfactory an
swer given. It is one which seems most parti
cularly to rouse the inquisitiveness of human
nature, and has, accordingly, drawn forth from a
thousand minds a thousand speculations and
hypotheses. Some clever and ingenious-many
more inanely silly than ever was dream of a
To these I have no intention of adding one,
good or bad. I am content to observe, that
while Judgment sleeps, Imagination wakes; and
relieved from the surveillance of her staid sister,
she revels amidst the inexhaustible stores of
ideas which she finds in the mind; and seizing
these in heterogeneous handfuls, she trusts them
into her kaleidoscope and then forces the help.
less and unresisting soul to gaze at the some
times gorgeous and bewitching, sometimes hi
deous and appaling, scenery she has thus crea-el.
Who can wonder if, amidst the interminable
combinatious thus produced,a little truth should
sometimes mingle? or if, the endless wheelings
of the phantasmagoria, they should occasionally
assume the attitude of the future, as well as of
the past? Nay, which of us, whose mental vi
sion is bounded to each successive point of our
own existence, shall venture to assert, that
these combinations are not at times permitted, if
not ordained, by " Him in whom we live, and
move, and have our being ?"
Whether my readers shall think these ideas
:onfirmed or otherwise by the following dream,
I do not know-nor, in very truth, do I much
care, since it is not for the purpose of supporting
any preconceived theory that I relate it here,
but merely as a most uncommon instance of
continuity of purpose and of imagery in a dream,
and a graphic force of delineation, that might
almost suit it for the subject of a drama; and
let my readers rest assured that the dream was
dreamt, and the descendants of the dreamer's re
latives are among the most wealthy and respec
ted families in Glasgow.
About ninety years ago, there was in Glas
gow a club of gentlemen of the first rank in
that city, for the meetings of which card-playing
was the ostensible cause and purpose; but the
members of which were distinguished by such a
fearless and boundless excess of profligacy, es
pecially in the orgies of this Club, as to obtain
for it the cognomen of" The Hell Club." They
gloried in the name they had given or acquired
for themselves, and. nothing that the most un
restrained licentiousness could do to merit it
was left untried.
Whether the aggregate of vice be greater or
less in the present age than the one gone by, I
am not prepared to decide; but of this I am
certain. thatamong the upper and middle ranks
of society, it is forced to wear a more decorous
diguise ; for assuredly, in this our day, habitual
drunkenness and shameless licenses dare not
prank themselves forth in the eyes of all be
holders, as if they thought they derived a glori
ous distinction from conduct too degrading for
the brute creation. Still less would such men be
now unhesitatingly received into the best so
ciety-that of cultivated, refined, and virtuous
women-as if they were indeed the " fine fel
lowe," they chose to call themselves.
Perhaps it may be that vices-those diseases
of the soul-run a round like the diseases of the
body; and some rage with virulence in one age
or period, and die away only to give place to
others that succeed to their devastating preva
lence and energy.
But I have wandered from the Club. Besides
their nightly or weekly meetings, they held a
grand annual Saturnalia, at which each member
endeavored to " outdo all his former outdoings"
in the united forms of drunkenness, blasphemy,
and unbridled license. Of all who shone on
these occasions, none shone half so brilliant as
Archibald Boyle. But, alas! the light that daz
zled in h-im was not " light from heaven," but
from the dread abode which gave name and en
ergy to the vile association destined to prove his
ruin-ruin for time and eternity !
Archibald Boyle had been at one time a youth
of the richest promise-possessed of the most
dazzling talents and most fascinating manners.
No acquirement was too high for his ability ;
but, unfortunatel y, there was none too low for his
ambition! Educated by a fond, foolishly indul
gent mother, he too early met in society with
members of the "Hell Club." His elegance,
wit.,unbounded gaiete de coeur, and versatality
of talent, united to the gifts of fortune, made
him a most desirable victim to them; and a vic
tim and a slave, glorying in his bondage, lhe
very quickly became. Long erc he could count
twentyfive as his years, he was one of the most
accomplished blackguards it could number on its
lists ; even his very talents-those glorious gifts
of God-but served to endow him with the
power of being more exquisitely wicked ! What
to him were heaven, hell, or eternity ? Words,
mere, words, that to him served no purpose, but
to point his blasphemous wit, or nerve his exe
erations! What glory to him, the immortal
spirit ! was there, equal to that of hearing him
self pronounced " the very life of the Club ?"
Alas!l there was none ; for the moment the im
mortal spirit so far forgets the Giver of its im
mortality as to plunge headlong into the mid
night ofvice,i its moral vision becomes so distor
ted, that its deepest degradation is hailed as its
utmost glory, even as the wretched lunatie de
vors the most revolting filth, and calls it a
Yet, strange to say, while all within-all in
the empire of that heart, " out of which are the
issues of life"-was thus festering in corruption,
he retained all his very remarkable beauty of
face and person, all his external elegance and
fascination of manner ; and more extraordinary
still, continued an acknowledged favourite in
the fairest and purest female society of the day.
One night, or morning, on retiring to sleep,
after returning from one of those annual meet
ings of the Club, to which I have already allu
ded, Boyle dreamt, mounted as usual upon his
famous black horse, he was still riding towards
his own house-then a country seat embowered
by ancient trees, and situated upon a hill now
bililt over by the most fashionable part of Glas-.
gow-nd that he was suddenly accosted by
some one, whose personal appearance the gloom
of night prevented his more than indistinctly
discerning, but who, seizing the reins, said, in a
voice apparently accustomed to command, " You
must go with me." " And who are you? ex
elaimed Boyle, with a volley of blasphemous
exerations, while he struggled to disengage his
reins from the intruder's grasp ; " That you will
see by-and-by," replied the same voice, in a cold
sneering tone, that thrilled his very heart stream.
Boyle plunged the spurs' rowels deep into the
panting sides of his hitherto unfoiled and unfail
ing steed. The noble animal eared, staggered,
and then suddenly darted forward with a speed
that nearly deprived his rider of breath and sen
sation; but in vain, in vain! fleeter than the
wind he flew-the mysterious, half-seen guide,
was still bofore! Agonized, by he knew not
what, of indescribable horror and awe, Doyle
again furiously spurred the gallant horse. It
fiercely reared and plunged-he lost his seat,
.an mpecte a the moment to feel himself
dashed to the earth. But not so; for he continu
ed to fall-fall-fall-it appeared to himself
with an ever accelerating velocity. At length,
this appalling rapidity of motion abated, and to
his amazement and horror, he perceived that his
mysterious attendant was close by his side.
" Where," he exclaimed, with the frantic energy
of despair, " where are you taking me-where
am I-where am I going?" " To hell," replied
the same iron voice, and from the depths below,
sullen interminable echoes repeated the sound
so familiar to his lips, so stunning now to his
scared and conscience-smitten ear.
" To hell," onward, they hurried in darkness,
rendered more horribly dark by the conscious
presence of his spectral conductor. At length,
a glimmering light appeared in the distance, and
soon increased to a blaze; but, as they approach
ed, instead of the hideously discordant groans
and yells he expected to hear, his ears were as.
sailed with every imaginable sound of music,
mirth, and jollity. They soon reached an arch
ed entrance, of such stupendous magnificence
and beauty, that all the grandeur of this world
seemed in comparison even as the frail and din
gy labora of the poor earth-born mole. Within
it, what a scene! No amusement, no employ
ment or pursuit of man, is there to be found on
earth, which was not going on there with a vehe
mence which excited his unutterable wonder.
There the young and lovely still swam in the
giddy mazes of the midnight dance. There the
bounding steed still bore his far more brutal and
senseless rider through the excitements of the
goaded race. There the intemperate still drawl.
ed, over the midnight bowl, the wanton song or
maudling blasphemy. There toiled the slaves
f Mammon, and, grinding their bitter task of
seeking THROUGH ETERNITY for useless gold
confessed that their insatiate thirst of it on earth
had indeed been but the apprenticeship of hell !
And there the gambler plied his endless game:
while, as if in utter mockery of their unremitting
toil, there sparkled and around such a flood of
gem-like light, and all that we, poor children of
the dust, call magnificence, as for a time quite
dazzled and confounded his senses.
He at length perceived that he was surroun
ded by those whom he bad known on earth, and
khew to have been long dead, and each one of
them he saw pursuing the employment or object
that had engrossed their lime here-time lent
them to prepare for a far different scene ?
Suddenly observing that his unearthly con
ductor has disappeared, he felt so relieved by
his absence, that he ventured to address his for
mer friend, Mrs. D-, whom he saw sitting,
as was her wont on earth, absorbed at eoo.
- Ha, Mrs. D- , I am delighted to see you;
d'ye know a fellow told me to-night he was
bringing me to hell !-ha, ha! If this be hell, I
can only say it is the must devilish pleasant
place I ever was in-ha, ha! Come now, my
good Mrs. D-, for auld langsyne, do just stop
from your game for a moment, rest and -"
" Chaperon mc through the pleasures of hell."
the scoffer would have said; but with a shriek
that seemed to cleave through his very soul, she
exclaimed, " REST ! there is io rest in hell I"
and from interminable vaults, voices as of many
thunders prolonged and repeated the awful, the
heart-withering sound, "' HERE IS NO REST IN
She hastily unclasped the vest of her gorge
ous robe, and displayed to his scared and shud
dering eye, a coil of fiery living snakes-" the
worm that never dies"-the worm of envy, spite,
and malignity towards our fellow-men-wreath
ing, darting, stinging, in her bosom; the others
followed her example, and in every bosom there
was hell-devised punishment. In some he saw
bare and throbbing hearts, on which distilled
slow drops, as it were, of fiery molten metal,
under which, consuming, yet ever unconsumed,
they writhed, and palpitated in all the impotence
of helpless, hopeless agony. And every scald
ing drop was a tear of hopeless anguish, wrung
by selfish, heartless villainy, from the eye of
injured innocence on earth.
In every bosom he saw that which we have
o language to describe-no ideas horrid enough
even to conceive; for in all he saw the full
,rown fruit of the fiend-strown seed of evil pas
ions, voluntarily nourished in the human soul,
luring its mortal pilgrimage hare ; and in all he
saw them lashed and maddened by the serpent
irmed hand . tDsar
--or hell were .O-r hell
If hope had ever entered there !"
And they laughed, for they had laughed on
arth at all there is of good and holy. And they
sang-profane and blasphemous songs sang
hey ! for they had often done so on earth, at
the very hour God claims as his own-the still
nd midinight hour ! And he who walked among
hem in a mortal frame of flesh and blood, felt
row inexpressibly more horrible such sounds
:ould be than ever was the wildest shriek of
"'These are the pleasures of hell," again as
sailed his ear, in the same terrific and apparently
nterminable roll of unearthly sound. He rush
Id away ;sbut as he fled, he saw those whoim he
knew to have been dead for thousands of years
still employed as they had been on earth, toiling
hrougwh their eternity of sin; their choice on
arths became their doom in hell!
H~e saw Maxwell, the former companion of
ris own boyish profligacy, mounted on a steed
leeter than any of earthly mould, still pursuing
the headlong cbace. " Stop, Harry ! stop, speak
to me ! 0 rest one moment I' Scarce had the
words been breathed from his faltering lips,
when again his terror stricken ear was stunned
with the same wild yell of agony, re-echoed by
ten thousand thousand voices: " THERE IS No
RET IN HELL !"
He tried to shut his eyes; he found he could
rot. He threw himself down, but the pave
Lent of hell, as with a living and instinctive
movement, rejected him from its surface; and,
rorced upon his feet, he found himselfcompelled
to gaze with still increasing intensity of horror
it the ever changing, yet over-steady torrent of
Iternal torments. And this was hell !-the
scoffer's jest-the by-word of the profligate !
All at once he perceived that his unearthly
inductor was once more by his side. " Take
re," shrieked Boyle, " take me from this place;
by the living God, whose name I have so ofte~n
utred, I adjure thee, take me from this
" Canst thou still name his na me?" said the
mend, with a hideous sneer; " go then ; but-in
year and a day, WE meet, to part no more.
Boyle awoke ; and he felt as if the last words
of the fiend were traced in letters of living fire
upon his heart and brain. Unable, from actual
bodily ailment, to leave his bed fer several days,
the h'orrid vision had full time to take effect
upon his mind ; and many were the pangs of
tardy remorse and ill-defined terror that beset
ue -vice-stained soul, as lie lay in darkness and
selusion, to him so very unusual.
He resolved, utterly and forever, to forsake
The Club."~ Above all he determined that
rot hing on earth should tempt him to join the
ext annual Saturnalia.
The companions of his licentiousness soon
iloked around him; and finding that his deep
ejection of mind did not disappear with his
bodily ailments, and that it arose from some
ause whioh disinclined him from seeking or en
oying their accustomed orgies, they became
larmed with the idea of losing " the life of the
,..ans they bonda themselves by ain ath
(never to desist till they had discovered what
was the matter with him, and cured him 'of
playing the Methodist ; for their alarm as to 1o.
sing "1 the life of the Club" had been wrought
up to the highest pitch, by one of their num er
declaring that, on unexpectedly entering Boyle's
room, he detected him in the act -of hastily hi
ding a book, which he actually believed was the
Alas! alas! had poor Boyle possessed suffi
cient true moral courage, and dignity of mind,
not to have hidden the Bible, or whatever other
book he chose to read, how different might have
been the result!
After a time, one of his compeers, more deep
ly cunning that the rest, bethought himself of
assuming an air of the deepest disgust with th
world, the Club, and the mode of -life they had
been pursuing. He affected to seek Boyle's
company in a mood of congenial melancholy,
and to sympathize in all his feelings. Thus he
succeeded in betraying him into a much mispla.
ced confidence as to his dream, and the effect'it
had produced upon his mind.* The result may
readily be guessed. His confidence was betray.
ed-his feelings of repentance ridiculed; and it
will easily be believed, that he who "hid the
Bible" had not nerve to stand the ribald jests of
his profligate companions on such a subject.
I cannot trace the progress, and would not,'if
I could. Suffice it to say, that virtuous resold.
tions once broken-prayers once offered, volum
tarily called back by sin from the throne of
Heaven-all was lost! yet not lost without sich
a fell struggle bttween the spirit of good and
evil as wrung the colour from his young cheek,
and made him, ere the year was done, a haggard
and a grey-haired man!
. From the annual meeting he shrunk with in
instinctive and shuddering horror, and made-up
his mind utterly to avoid it. Well aware of this
resolve, his tempters determined he should have
no choice. How potent, how active, is the spirit
of evil! How feeble is unassisted, unvrayerful
man! Boyle found himself, he could not tell
how, seated at that table on that very day, where
he had sworn to himself a thousand and a thou.
sand times nothing on earth should make him
His ears tingled and his eyes swam, as he
listened to the opening sentende of the pres!.
dent's address: * Gentlemen, this is leap-year,
therefore it is a year and a day since our last
Every nerve in Boyle's body twanged in ago.
ny at the ominous, the well-remembered words.
His first impulse was to rise and fly; but then
-the sneers! the sneers!
How many in this world, as well as poor.
Boyle, have sold their souls to the dread of a
sneer, and dared the wrath of an almighty :End
eternal God, rather than encounter the sareastic
curl of a fellow-creature's lip!
He was more than ever plied with wine, ap
plause, and every other species of excitement,
but in vain. His mirth, his Wit, were like the
lurid flashes fim'the bosom ofabro6ding thin
der-cloud, that pass and leave it all darker than -
before ; and his laugh sounded fiendis' even to
the evil ears that heard it.
The night was gloomy, with frequent and fit.
fal gusts of chill and howling wind, as Boyle
with fevered nerves and a reeling brain, mounted
his horse to return home.
The following morning the well-known black
steed was found, with saddle and bridle on,
quietly grazing on the road-side about half-way
to Boyle's country-house, and a few yards from
it lay the stiffened corpse of its master!
FOREIGN POWERS PROTESTING AGAINST UNITED
The United States Government have recent'y
entered into a commercial treaty with the Ec
quadorian Government, by which it is said the
former grants a protectorate over the Islands of
Gallipagos. This treaty, which is proper enough.
in itself, and which is within the sovereign pow
ers of the two nations to ratify, has been protes
ted against by the Minister of Peru, the Charge
d'Affaires of Spain, the Charge d'Affaires. of
France, and the English Consul at Quito, on
the ground that the Government of Ecuador
cannot and ought not to bind itself, without the
assent of the four nations they represent. Here
we have another unjustifiable and impertinent
interference with the national rights and peroga.
tives of the United States, and an addition to
the combination against its interests. We can
not make a commercial treaty, giving us such
advantages as any other sovereignty chooses to
confer, but we are to havesthe lea ding govern
ments of Europe, with a South-American State,
combining against it, and asserting a right to be
consulted, though the matter, as between the
two contracting nations, is clearly none of the
business of such intermneddlers. But what will
such a protest as this aval? Who cares for it f
What will it accomplish, except to show the ar
rogant pretensions of the parties making it? It
will amount to nothing at all. Such pretensions
as these no nation will submit to that has any
respect for its dignity and honor, or any power
to assert its own just rights. The people of~
this country care not whether other nations are.
pleased with their progress or not. They wili
make such treaties as will promote their own
interests, always bearing in mind, however, the
rights of others and the obligations of interna
tional comity. Acting justly, fiiirly and honora
bly towards others, they will submit to no Im
pertinent intermeddling with themselves, or
their progress. The nations that attempt it
should be warned in time, and see the abannlity
of attempting to impose upon this contineut the
nonsonsicah theory of a balance of power,.which
has so often deluged Europe with b lood&
DESTRUCTIVE FIz..-We are indebted to the.
Savannah News for an extra containing the- par..
of a destructive conflagration in Sanderaville,.
The largest and most valuable portion of. the
town was consumed by fire- on Saturday, at an.
estimated total loss of 8121,000, only 835,000
of which is covered by insurance. The fire
broke out in Mr. Renfor's carriage establishment,.
near the centre of the town, and in about two
hours swept nearly all the building on and in
the vicinity of the public square, including the
court house, the hotel and county jail, anad the - -
Masonic and Odd Fellows' hall, which latter con
tained the records of the Masons, Odd Fellows
and Knights of Jericho Lodges, all of which
were consumed. A portion of the county re
cords were burned. No mention is made of the
post office, which was kept in the court house
building, and it is therefore hoped that its con
tents of letters, &e., may have escaped.
GEORGIA MARBLE.-Two specimens of mar
ble-one of beautiful white color, almost trans
lucent, of a very fine grain, itid susceptible of
very high polish ; the other variegated, and ex
ceedingly beautiful-have been discovered in
A BJIG Snir.--It is said that Commodore Van.
derbilt, of New York, is about to lay the keel
of a monster ship, which he says will eelipe
anything afloat-costing some 6800,000.
General A. C. Garlington,.of .Month'Carolna
has been elected Commenemel Oratoi', tode
liver the Address before the .W'atft Socie
ties' of the University; oi' Qeorgiav IsA gost,
1855.-Soutliern Banne~ - . -