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EDGEFIELD, EBRUARY 16,15.
DITIUoE d~CO., Ietff. 4'EDGEFIELII,$* E RU R 16189. ..
.AL. oonfusi'on, hufy and bustle in
eean n of Philiy' Douglass.
ran and thither onall imaginable e
6r t -Was still muW 'to be accompli
I w1 o hours. The sun had
red t a ht was fast gatheri
* ey tie arouid the princely dwellin
the and around the-lowly sheltering of,
ght descended and the moon
the bridal ye of Estell Dougk
costly had been the gifts broug
her within the last few hours
es lay scattered about-bracelets d
gs, broacles and hair ornam e,
tie pearl-inlaid bureau,
ufusion- no disorder; the fui
gn-t, but every article was in k
enameled dressing-csse dowto
m a; all evinced a most perfct
e. The bed wAa stro
nip -stlf* AbrizziJk
of w' robe- the most elegant that
e midst of all this stood Estell Dou
dove-eyed, fair4aired,' lovely and
d Estell, robed in a dress of white
out flounce or trimming of any kind,
n blond looped back with orange
e Parian brow, disclosing a face of
venly beauty; so ineek in expression,
,spiritual. Neither diamond nor pearl
e fair girlish form; no jewel, save the
ess one, of a pure and virtuous heapt. -
trange to tell, this child of fortune, with
scortiof admirers, who looked upon her s a
being little below the Angels, a Father who
idolized, and Brothers who considered her light
est wish a command, and were ever ready t6 do
her bidding, petted and spoiled by every one
and still she had been kept unspot ted from the
But'stell possessed one treasure, and thisgorv
erned every action of her life, and predominated
over every motive of her being. It was the
" pearl ef great 1 rice." She was indeed, a
Christian-not only in outward form, but in
heart as well ; a sincere follower of the Saviour.
Many. a consistant professor of ren
gion, and .kd instilled into the winds of her
children, si an early age, 'those principles she
had found so beneficial to herself, and considered
so essential to their peace of mind. Under the
- guidance of such a mother, Estell grew up to
womanhood as perfectin mindas person ; beloved,
respected and esteemed by all wh.o came within
the circle of her acquaintance; and was now,
at the ag of nineteen, more pure in her senli
ments, more trusting in filial cbedience than
many girls who have not entered their teens.
On this, her bridal eve, she was as much a
hild at heart, as she had been three yca:s pre
us, when first solicited to become the wife of
ce Stuart. But her parents considered
to too young to think of marriage at
- she being only sixteen and Clarence
y. So Mr. Douglass tol them that,
expiration of two years, they both
of the same mind, he would Ithen
e matter into consideration. Tlhe two
pbation passed slowly away and a
tion, Clarence again made application
d ofEstell, and was told by herFather
ould not withhold his consent, but
t wa 4ther year before he'should
t 'Them marry. Mrs..Douglass
ly of her husband's opinion ; so fhere
elp for it, and Clarence was obliged to
ther year. But at length the year was
d, the consent of Estell's parents gran
dnow the day had at last arrived that
ake her his for life, and bind him to
cherish her, and her only, so long as
larence Stuart had been left an orphan at
ely age, consigned by his dying father to
~he care of a wealthy Uncle, who neglected
the child thus left to his charge ; and having pro-.
cared for him the situation of runner, or errand
boy to a wholesale dry goods house, thought he
had done his duty by his tlead brother's son,
and never after took the troublaeto enq'uire after
thme lad. But Clarence.,~ struggled hard to
elevate himself in the social scale, and had suc
* eeded. MHe was, at the opening of- my story, a
wholesale dry goods merchant in the City of
New York-wealthy an~d respected; and what
is better still a member of society, settang an
examle worthy ofidmitation. Added to these,
a fine personal appearance and" gentlemanly
manner, rendered him a suitable match for the
\lovely anmd gift~d girl he was aboqt to wed.
-They were indeed w eli suited to each other.
Estell stood within her bridal chamber, her
uoilet was completed-her tire wonanu dismissed
-and there was still much of the child about.
Ir as she ,urveyed the full length figure, so
*4uply clad in drapery of purest gwhite ; she
~as indeed lovely as the dawn. "1 am sure i
'alIl be happy !" she murmured, " Very happy ;
4r Clarence is so good, so high-miniled andI no
~e. I hope I maay be worthy of-hdi, anid make
jm as happy in return as he deserves to be."
The door of her room softly oened and a
)1endid looking lady entered. E-tell, miy
jling," and the next moment shewas clasped
~oher muother's breast, tears gushgig from her
~es, murmuring, " Mother ! 0 Mother, must I
kve you,-you who have been every thing to
mhe for voamany years ? How SI~jI ever learn
todo without your counsel?'" Ie Mother's
ie' wa,"n nGd my child, and he will
ide yop arght. Come, cheer up, my darling.
Lhiva brought you the last gifti~ ever expect
to present 'to Estell Douglassmj .ad with these
ter's hand, bound in white morocco, -with gold
dlsp,on which was inscribed, 'Estell Douglass,
frqm ker Mother."' And with a fervent "God
bless you," left the room.
So they stood side by side-Estell bouglass,
And Clarence Stuart. And the man of God
pronounced them one, to be seperated no more
till death should part them. The marriage had
been quite private, only a very few friends be
ing inited to witness the nuptial. Mr. Dou
lass wished to have a large wedding to cele
brate the marriage of his only daughter, but
Estell would not agree to it ; and, as usual, she
was allowed to have her owr way. The Father
was loth to give up his child, and offered every
inducement to Clarence, .to come and make his
4ome in Windham, (that being th.e name of the
wnwhereMr. Douglass resided.) And Clarence
promised that as soon as he could bring his
business to a close, he would bring Estell home
to reside near her parents.
The happy couple left for New York City,
looking forward to a long life of bliss in the so
ciety of each other. What & mercy it is that
there is a curtain drawn between -us and the
future; for could that happy: trusting bride have
known that.day -whatrould na ire e'er she
sbfakl-tagain behold the hmor f er chldliwal
she would have laid her head her Maher-$
breast and ptayed to die. I w true, that
"sufficient for the day is the evil thereof."
Sad and tearful was the parting ; for the only
daughter, the light and sunshine of her parent's
dwelling-the solace of their declining years
was about to leave them. Deep was the grief
on both sides; but youth is ever buoyant, and
Estell's tears were soon dried. There- was so
much to engage her attention. .They went on
board the steamboat at Albany; the day.was
delightful, and the prospect enchanting. Al
most the entire day they remained on deck.
Estell was delighted with all she saw-every
thing was new to her. She had never been on
the Hudson River before, and enjoyed the trip
with a zest that delighted Clarence, who never
grew tired of pointing out to her places of in
terest, and Towns of note-the stupenduous
Cat.,kills with their blue tops, and West Point
with its many interesting associations.
It was four o'clock in the evening when ,they
reached New York, and Estell could scarcely
comprehend that they had really been all day
on the water, and was almost sorry when they
drew near to the dusty and crowded pier at the
foot of Chambers Street.
In a few days they were pleasantly' settled
in Astor Place, Seventh street; and the youig
overflowing. Mr. Stuart's place of business was
in Pearl Street, but his business hours were
from ten, A 31, until three in the evening; so
he always dined at home, and spent the evening
in his wife's society. Every day appeared but
to add to their happiness. Estell would won
der at times if such happiness was intended fur
mortals ?" 0 ! I am so happy," she would say
to Clarence, " thit I am fearful it cannot last."
Alas! that her prophecy ahould have been so
soon fulfilled. Their happiness was indeed too
perfect to be of long duration.
They had now been married ten months. Mr.
Stuart had nearly clued his business, and they
anticipated -pending the first anniversary of
their mafiage in Windham. Estell longed. to
see her parents and tell them that now she had
come to live with them to be parted from them
no more. Yielding to their entreaty, M1r. Stu
art had sold out in New York and would in
future make his home in Windham. But it
was not so to be. One evening he returned
from the store feeling ratir.r unwell; the day
following fever set in, and the ninth day he
called his wife to the bed-side and told her that
he must leave her. Uie had felt confident from
the first of his illness that he should never re
cover, and had delayed telling her as long as
possible; but now ]'s hours were numbered,
and he lad much to Alk ie iamplored her to
be calm and listeni'himn. He spoke cheerfully,
saying, "Estell, try and submit to the will of
the Almighty, without murmuring. It is hard
to leave you, but I have no fear of the 'dark
valley.' Do not think of mec as being dead, on
ly 'gone before.'"
The parents of Eitell were sent foir inmmedi
ately, but they came too late ! When they ar
rived, Clarence Stuart-had already passed away !
And they laid him beneath the tall trees in
G rednwood Cemsetary, to await the promised
resurrect ion. .
"Not dead but gone before," is the simple
inscription on the plain marble slab that marks
tbe spot where .seep the mortal remains of
him I havo in 'tii' story name1 .Clarence
The widowed Estell returned with .her.pa
rents to her childhooid lhomi, and entered again
the chamber where one short y-ear before she
had seen herself reflected from her mirror a
bride. Ahi! what a change ! ln'.tead of bridal
attire, widow's #5eed5 now draped the slender
form ; and the -fair young face appeared even
more fair, contrasted with her mourning garb.
It was thus Estell Duglass was wedded and
widowed in one short year. Two years
passed anid still widow's weeds draped the
slender girlish form, and the long veil was never
thrown back from the sweet sad face, and sel
dom seen exeplt at Church.
I saw Estell quite frequently during her wid
owhood, as there were a large family of my
relatives residing in W'indh'am. Cousin Ellen
Sanders and myself corresponided regularly, and
as I never failed to inqjuire after the lovely
young widow, I was kept duly informed of
the events as they tranpired. Time, the great
Physician, brought balm to thme wounded heart,
and laid his linger healingly upion the crushed
and broken epirit. By degrees Estell grew
cheerful and appeared happy -in ,tesoiety of
her parents. eimnes she~l.(b-t be seeni =t.
a soemal g~.ut oftener b~y far in the
aick chame ythe be /of death, giving
confidnce t lying a'' consolation to the
living1m o~ the suffer a"t faith to the
i ADieving-and like !he diamond, shining
br.gltest in the darkest and most gloomy place.
Many were the offers of marriage recieved
by the beautiful Estell. The most noble, gifted
and wealthy of our lind sought an alliance with
the young ;and lovely Mrs. Stuart. But her
answer was to all alike ; "I am not insensible
to the compliment you pay me, nor the honor
you would confer, though I cannot accept your
proposal. I.should be deceiving you and per.
juring myself before. my Maker, for I have no
heart to give in return for the one you offer
* * *.* * * #
"Dr. Allston is dying !" " Eustice Allston is 1
dying! His Physicians say-ie cannot possibly
live more than twenty-four hours at the far
therest."' Such were the exclamations that
rang through the streets of Windham, spreading
consternation through the quiet town. For
very few knew of the Doctor's illness, and the
few who knew of his being aick did, not auppose
him dangerous. And now he was dying! not
yet twenty-five years of age, and- about to pass
away from..earti! Two years before, he had
married a; lovely girl, little more than a child
in yea, ikl almost ethereal in her frail loveli
ies 'oo'pure h,tmany aid, and so
it p One y flali passed-onp short,
blissfu'lyear, since Suy Calbert, the lone, home
less orphan, had become the happy, cherished
wife of Eustice Allston. And now, bright
blissful hopes were blossoming in that frail young
bosom; hopes to be realized for a few short
1 is the old story, told ten hundred thousand
times, still always new. Light feet tread xois
lessly over the thickly carpeted floor, lights are
shaded, drawers opened and closed carefully,
quiet, blissful happiness pervades that chamber,
for the crown of' motherhood has descended upon
the fair, almost childish brow of Amy Allston.
Eustice Allhton had been happy before; very
very happy had he been for the last year-ever
since he brought his lovely orphan bride home
to his princely dwelling. But this new happi
ness, so different fiom anything he had ever
known before ; this feeble infaut life entrusted
to his keeping. In the excess of his joy and
gratitude he knealt and kissed the pallid cheek
of the frail child tuother.
. " Let us nane our baby for your sainted
mother, Eustice. Let us call her Alice," and
the voice of Amy Allston was low and feeble as
she turned her head liaguidly toward her hus
band. " Well, darling, we will call our little
for ~J ~'t et'T"h5 1 n' ,,
we now, and I must take all pusible care of t
you; not only for my sake but for the sake of t
our child as well."
" Ou- child," what nut.,ic in those two words.
What a world of joy, and hope, and happiness 1
they conveyed to the heart of Amy. The deli- t
cate, blue-veined hands were cla'.ped in prayer,
-prayer to the Almighty for a blessing upon
the head of him who had called that fluttering C
tinywee thing " one child." B ut, alas I young I
other ; and joyous, happy father ! alas, for the I
leser lire that ham ab-webed' the greater. I
Watehful, tender eyer are there, but they do
not see the death Ang-- flapping his murky wIngs
above the maternal couch. Already the bright 1
golden .ringlets are damp with the dews of death. 1
The delicate blue-veined hands un~chl) nerve- 1
lesly ; thte azure eyes are turned heavenward,j
a gasp, a slight t jemior, anid t he A ngel spirit of<
Amy Allston has flown to nestle in the bosom
of our Siviour !
"Father in heaven, make me submissive to
thy will," was the-anguished prayer of -Eustice
Allton. In his lone agony be strove to be both
father andl mother to the little Alice. Often
times did he walk th~ floor with her in his
arms while the little wadimngvoice tolled out the
hours of midnight. The little crib was placed
baide his bed and the hired nurse slept in an
adjoining chamber. He had no female relative
to take charge of his treasure, and he could not
trust her to the care of stranger hands, for she
was the child of his dead Amy, and dear to him
as the apple of his eye. And now, as the young
bud was expanding, just as the lit tle pra~tler had
commenced to call him " dear papa," and cling
about his neck in her infaintive love, h~e must go
hence ! There was agony in the thought. Not
that.he feared to die, but what would become
of his orphaned child.
" Dr. Allston is dying, Sister, and wishes to
see you," said Ihiram Douglass, theeldest broth
er of Estell, as he entered the sitting room with
an open note in his hand.
" Wishes to see mne, Ihiram ?''
4 EYes. Siste'r, lhe vishes -to see ynit. Why do
you louk' so~ asto;,ished. D~on't you recollect
" Yes, I recollect him per'feof y';,but. What
can he posibly want to see mue about 1',
"Well, to tell you thte truth, E.,tell, [ believe
he wants you .o take charge of .his littl'e
" I will go directly, Iliram. WdTal you aecom-'
pany' me ?
"~ Certainly I will.. But make haste or we
may be too late." .-.
In less than an hour Ihitaina andl Estell were
tanding beside the bed of' Dr. AlIston.
"hIow do you feel now, Eusqtice ?" enquired
" I am sinking rapidly. I feel and know it."
Then moving .his eyes fromt Hiram to Estell, he
irmcontinued, " I have sent for you, Mrs. Stuart,
to implore, as a dying request, that you will
take my child and be as a mother to her. I
have no relations with wvhomnI would be williig~
to leave her, and you are the only person on
earth to whose care [ would entrust nmy moth-'
erless Alice. I shall sooni pass from amnon - the
lving, but, my child provided for, I can enter
the " dark valley," without .regret, and say
drit.ahi4art of hearts " Father thy will be
dune, no mi Wt w~ rvaut depart ia
I..s.he fRd menik-ing his eye. ca.d*01.
ly, and theyiwho stood 'ideim thought that
he had ceased to brth '.
"Is he dead " Est-ll. ." 0, tell me
that he still lives,--Iv to hiar me promise to
be a mother, a true, fond, faitiful mother to his
"He is not dead, Mrs. Suart ;.only very
much exausted," reblied Dr. )sborn, the atten
"Where is my child 'asled Eustice, with
out opening his eyes.
Estell took the littl Alic5 from the arms of
Mrs. Malory, the nursJ, ani placed her upon
the bed, beside her I her saying, " Here she
is, Eustice. I have he and whilelife last. shall
love and protect her hotigh she were indeed
my own little one; a41believe me, I am not
ungrateful for this t+4 of your confidence
"I have still anothe equest to make, Mrs.
tuart, and I beg that you will listen to
the proposition I am. about to offer; and I sin
:erely trust you will .t efuse me the last re
luest I ever expect,t ke. Much 'as I res
pect and esteem you, cagnot bear the idea of
laving my. child .to t e caire of ons who does
ot.bear ny name. 0: 1 but that-allow your
elf to be ;oined in wlok tp a dying man.
u will not have -;'r -tie yoke long, for
hours I knoikar A eredU I know I ani
sking agreat self-sacr 't your bands, and if I
iave wounded your feelngs pray forgive me,
br to what lengths will not a dying parent go
rhen the good of his cliM is at st'ake."
"I will take your nsme and be indeed a
nother to your child," answered Estell in a
:lear firm voice as she tnrned to her brother,
rho smiled faintly and bswed his approval.
Theirs was a stran marriage. Etell knelt
d clasped the cold dunp band with a shud
ler as she contrasted this strange bridal, with
he happy one of years pne bye, when she had
ven her heart and hand to Clarence Stuart.
ut that had been a -mrriage of choice, while
his was one of duty. She felt that it could do
ier no harm, this unioiWith the dying, and was
villing to make any saiiflce of fee!ing, if by so
loing, she could smpootl the death-bed of a fel
The soleumn cereumopy over, the certificate
ras duly drawn up %Ed signed by Dr. Ooborn
LUd Hiram Douglass. There was.no smile-no
vord of gayety:no congratulation for the bride.
ittle Alice was the uily joyous one; she laugh
d, and ciowed, and elapped her bady hand, in
1 the joy of unconcious infancy, while her
tung bright eyes %p;Ied from very gle.
,illw~aerema 6-11e still bhl
he hand of Estell fir r within his own. " To
hink,"hesaid "that i-..st die just uslife hasbe
ome worth the havidg. -Hiram to your kind
are I entrust those I leave behind ; and lastly
call you all to witness that I wish my proper
y to be equally divided between my wife and
How strangely it sounded to Estell to be
alled " wife," by the dying man, and he coin
aratively speaking to. a stranger. True, she had
own him all her life, though they had never
)een on terms of intimacy. But then she had
3ined a priceless jewel. Alice was hers-they
,vould bear the rame name; through life they
would be all in all to each other. 0, Low she
onged to go hone, that she might place her
reasure in her mnoth'er' arms and weep) for very
oy. This child, though not her own, would
:all her mnother ; andl she felt that she had now
nothing left to wish for.
It was decided tLat she should r.eturn home
aking Alice and her nurse with her. Hiram
would remain with Eustice and send word of
us condition every half hour. Dr. Osborn would
mse rcmain through tbe night, and should any
particular change take place, Estell was to be
'ent for. -
And so they parted--the husband and wife
f an hour-expding to meet no more on
earth, for it never even occurred to the mind of
Estell that " while there is life, there is always
hope." So great was her haste to reach home
that she almost flew. Mrs. Malory, who carried
lice, could scarcely keep pace with her ; and
n reaching home, she rushed into her mother's
room exclaimning "Mother, see what I have got,
Dr. Allston has given me his child, and she is
to be mine,-my own-you know, mnother, we
ar to bear the same name." And then, suad
denly recollecting herself, she said in an altered
tone, " But mother, I had forgotten to tell y ou
I am married to Dr. Allston."
Mrs. Douglass had risen on the entrance of
her child, and taking the lovely babe had almost
smothered it with kisses. But upon the last
exclamation of Eslell slhe dropped into a chair
quite overeinne. $he could only say in a help
lessly sort of' way "Estell, nmy poor child, what
ail you'? Something dreadful must certainly
have happened since you left home, to unsettle
your mind in this manner, I wish your-father
would. come, I feel very .uneasy about you.''
" There is no reason why you should feel un
easy about me, amother, dearest. It is all just
as I tell you; there has nothing happened . to
me, only Dr. Allston did not wish to leave his
child to one whea~did-.not bear his name; and
you know it could do no. harm for me to marry
him and he dyin. And just see what a little
darling I have paned by it. Come to mamma,
y own preelots one." And strange to say,
Alice held up her little waxen armas, and in a
moment was nestling in the bosom of her adop
" Well, amy child," said Mrs. Douglass, "I
hope it is all for the best, but it certainly ap
pears very strange to me that you should con
sent to marry a nma on his death-bed. I have
heard of ddath-bed repentance, but never before
in my life have I heard of a death-bed bridal
though I hope and trust you have done right
The child is certainly a precious trust, and 1
hope the end mysanctify the means." Stil
the old lady shiolk her head doubtfully, and
drew a very Ion breath as shejimprinted a kisi
u.on the bro her child . - .
Hiram came -home at day break the ne
morning, bringing the intelligence that Dr. All
ston had rested better than he had for sever
nights previous, thoggh it was the opinion <
Dr. Osborn that he could not live through th
day. He sent a message to Estell, through he
brother, to assure her of his undying regart
and begging that she would come and remai
with him through the day. Mr. Douglass ha
returned about midnight, having been fror
home several days on business; and as he wm
much fatigued, Mrs. Douglass did not tell hit
what had occured. To tell the truth she di
not know how to go about telling him at al
But Hiram told him the next morning at breal<
fast, and though the old gentleman was greati,
astonished, he argued that it was the duty (
his daughter to go and assist in taking care <
the man who was at all events her husban
while he lived. And Estell went, expecting t
see him breathe his last before night. But t
the astonishment of all, instead of growin
worse, he grew better, and at sunset the phys!
cian gave it as his opinion that there was som
slight hope of his recovery. The followin
morning he was still improving, and one weel
from the day of his marriage was pronounce
out of danger.
Long years have paied since the above re
corded events occurred. Alica' At tn is no
nearly grown, and five little curly heids, besid
hers, have nestled in the bosom of her mor
than mother, and still Alice i-s her idol. le
treasure, she is want to call her, and man;
times her own little ones grow jealous becaus
"mamma is always petting sister Alice." An
though not so bouyant as formerly, she is happ
and content with her lot in life and has neve
regretted her marriage with the man she b
lieved at the time to be dying, and says she mos
positively believe that at least one match wa
made in heaven.
Dr. Allston. is still in the prime of life, an
the very picture of health and happiness. Call
Estell his guardian Angel; talks of writing
book for the benefit of posterity, and says th
title of his book shall be " Twice Wedded."
SOFTLY INTO HEAVEN SHE FADED.
bv XISS 3. C. IEU.EY.
6oftly into Ieaven ahe faded,
As the star when muoru appenrs,
While we stood in dilence round hr,
Gazing at her through our teare.
.. n ...1.m.i 1 A k d not n 1hIlow,
A1I the vale was full of ligh t,
And the left us, smiliug sweetly,
Bidding us a last good night!
Saying, as she kissed us fondly,
" Do not drop for me one tear
Jcsus, Jeuns, stands beside mC
I am safe while he is neor!"
She is gono and I am lingering
In thi., weary world of our',
learing on my heart the ashes
Of affection's broken flowers;
Ever lunging to be with her
In that better home above,
Where the heart rejoices ever
In the deathless bonds of love.
For a taoutont death divides us,
llut when I have crossed its gluom,
I shall then be reeting with her,
Ever, ever mure at howe.
From the Abbeville Danner.
GEN, MCG06W.N BEFORE T7E18 P3IETTO Al
eMr. ED:Tont: We notice in the last issue I
your paper, an article which originally appeal
ed in the Edgelield Adverdiser, reviewing tU
first Anniversary Address delivered before ti
Palmetto Association, in May, 1867. 'rho crit
cisn is evidently by one who was a mnemnber
the Palnetto Rtegimnent, and fruom its mnoderal
and considerate tone, deserves our attentio1
We think it not unfortunate that the inciden
of the Mexican Campaign should now and the
be brought under friendly discussion, and thi
kept in rememibrance. The Anniversary Ai
dress referred to, which was evidently-prepart
with the most scrupulous regard for truth, cot
tains a brief account of Santa Anna's attem)
upon Quitman's Brigade of Volunteers, betwer
El Piual and Amnozoque, which this writ
thiks " a little inacurate."
The Address states that the Volunteers we
on the point of encountering a surprise on th
occasion, wh iich wa only prevented by the n
cidental discovery of a drummer bdy, belongu
to Worth's Division, which was lying in a
vance of Quitmnan, at Amozoque ; whil.,t t
writer referred to thinks that Gen. Quitmi
was in no danger of a surprise, but had be
informed by express, the night before, that t
attack was contemplated, and had - made .1
dispositions accordingly. . It is not conceiv
that the matter is at all important. N~osorpri
actally took place, and no bad consequtene
resulted. But we think the mouvemnent of Sarl
Anna was entirely unexpected, Alet' the rot
ef (erro Go~rdo -It wau not supposed that. t
enemy *ould be able to make a stand thls el
of the Capiltal, or at tinet the pas of Ri, Ft
ic the Mountain rim of the i alley of Mteile
and it reflects no discredit upon any one ift
statements of the Address are, as we belie
them to be, entirely true. It certainly was
fault of the distinguished Generals Quitman al
Worth, if neither of thema knew what wasi pas
ing il the mind of the wily Mexican chi
especially as they behaved so handsomely wb
the alarm wasq given. The nmost gratifying pui
of the whole atleir, was the gallant and spirit,
preparation made in such a sudden emergenc
This incident of the batfled surprise is mentic
ed in the Address, evidently not for any purpc
of disparagement, but only because it was
interesting incident, and had scarcely beeni
luded to by any of the histories of the Cal
paign. These arc the reasons expressly assign
But as the matter is questioned, it may
est to state the evidence, which, to our minn
at least, affords the proof conclusive that neiti
Worth nor Quitnman kntew of the contemnplat
attack, and that Quitman's ,Brigade was in f
on the point of being surprised in a danger<
defile by an overwhehn~ing force of Lanacers,.'
der the command of Santa Anna himself. i
think the condition in which. Quitman's lit
command was found-consistmng as it did
but two Regiments of Volunteers, number:
less than twelve hundred effective men-rai
the strongest presumptionl that he hadl no
Ipectaion of the threatened attack. When
I ancers were accidently discoveredisih
t oGtbe roau, uesegmnus w-u n -
. not fightiig order. The advance guard was
small, and some distance ahead of the body of
the command. The wagons--including a large
if provision train-were stretched out over the
a broken road for at least a mile. The rear
r guard consisted of but a single company, and
having been delayed at camp in disposing of a
a:ck aan, was some distance in the, rear. We
2 happened to be with the rear guard when the
I sound of the first cannon was heard, and we. re
2 member distinctly-so unexpected was the at
tack-that we thought the firing was in honor
of some new victory, the intelligence of which
I had just arrived by express. It was our opinion
I then, and it is still, that the condition of the
command was such that they could not have
withstood a dashing charge of three thousand
Lancers. Mounted troops move rapidly and
they might have swept' from front to rear
f -lancing the. men in detail or in squads, before
f it was possible to close up in battle array. To
have been crushed under such circumstances
would neither have been dishonorable to the
3 volunteers, nor very creditable to the pomp of
a the Mexicans.
Gen. Quitman himself says, that he was only
informed of the threatened attack by a mes
senger from Worth, after the firing had com
menced, and the train was coming up at full
gallop. See his Address before the Palmetto
But in addition to this, the statements of the
Address are confirmed in every particular by
the only history of the war which alludes, so
far'as we know, to this incident. In Ripley's
'"War with Mexico," second volume, page 108
~in4-efounid-is ~ran ' ae
"Affair at Amozoque," corresponding precsely
' with the statements of the Address.
PAT'S EVASlVE ANSWER.
1 Patrick O'Neil, before he became joined in
the "holy bonds of hemlock" with Bridget, was
r in the service of Father Counloy.
One day the priest expected a call from a
Protestant minister, and he wished sone excuse
t to get rid of him. So calling Patrick, he pro
s ceeded to give some instructions.
"Patrick," said he, "if thai minister cames
here to-day I don't wbih to see him."
1 "Yis, yer riverence."
S" Make some excuse and send him away."
"What shall I tell him ?"
"Tell him I am not at home."
e "Would you have me tell a lie, yer river
" No, Patrick, but get rid of him some way
give him/an evasive answer."
"An evasive answer is it'? I will do it."
"You understand me, Patrick 7"
"Av coorse, yer riverence."
The matter thus arranged Father Coonloy mi
tired to his library, and Patrick went about his
duties. About dusk in the afternoon the-priest
came out of his room and found Patrick iu un
usually good spirits.
" Well Patrick, did the minister call to-day 7"
"1 Yis, ir."l
" And did you got rid of him ?"
"I did, sir." -
.LIbidh6-k if I was in?".
" He did, sir." -.
" And what did you say to him ?"
" T gave him an evasive answer."
" An evasive answer, Patrick I"
" Yes yer riverence."
"And what did you say to him '?"
" He axed was ye in, and I towled him was
his grandmother a monkey 7"
TuE WAR INDIcATrONS iN EURoPE.-The Pa
ris correspondent of the Globe, writing on the
14th ultimo, says:
" Every symptom of war is apparent in the
most varied quarters. The ball at the Tuilleries
might pass for a revival of that famous assewnblee
dansante at Brussels, so vIvidly set forth in
" Childe larrold," forth from which the dan
cers sped to encounter balls of other sort.
Nothing but strategetic conversation was heard
all night. The Emperor was in -pirits, and led
" olf with Lady Cowley, while Austria's Envoy
was nowhere. The percueiion cap factory is
. working double tides as long as daylight lasts,
no lanmp or gas being allowed on the premises.
It will be rememnberesl that after the Oraini ex
>f plosion on this day last year, Government had
-taken into its own hands the fabrication of cap
e sules all over France. All the old steamers that
e conveyed the Roman expedition in 1849 with
|such ease and despatch to the Italian coast, are
>f being put in order for another convoy, and every
e disposable ship carpenter at Brest or Cherbourg
- is sent by rail to Tioulon. People at Marseilles
a write on the 11th that, every preparation in the
P Commissariat is hastened, and the business on
s "Change has become exclusively of a military
1 kind, the transactions having -all reference to
>t Woon CLrr-rIsa AxD SPLITTING MAcHIN.
n The Baltimore Patriot thus describes a machine
for the above purpose, patented by George Page,
of Washington: .
e " We proceed, thercfore, to describe it as best
it we can, and in doing so it is necessary to remark
e- that the motive power is steani, and that the
gimplements thus set in motion are a singularly
Ssuspended saw and a peculiarly shaped axe.
ie That is to say, that in appearance and arrange
Lu ment the machine of M~r. Page is unique, and
m differs very materially from eimilar inventions.
:s But that which concerns the public most to
tis know Is this, what is its capacity ? or what ean
ad it do'?. -(Canit cut acoord of wood- in less time
s than any other machine ? Yer ; and split it
8 much more handsomely. Wheni set at work in
ta the wood, andl taking the logp just as they come,
it wlill cut a cord of Woodl, aniy Iength deuired,
ean ptit baufllly, iitide of five mnitei,
::s an rn tthat rate, f deditedI, the ctiire days
fleft utt ofWood are sp~hlit tont'd, the fl.!
S;' belIUg diiiih With liamenile fob~e on the princd
e|ple of a pile driver. The slats, splits, finders,
:or whatever else you may be pleased to call
10 j themi, are uniiforumly piled togcther by the samet
id j agency, in such a way that the outside layer
5! protects the bulk from rain and snow and thus
facilitates the seasoning process."
a FaEE N Eoaous mN AaxAxs~ts.-A hilllias beei
1 -uduCiitnur.tegistaUre or Arkans wnuse
y' object is to rid the State of free negroes. It pro
vides,in substanice, that all free negroes now inthi
State may become slaves, by choosing their owi
mmasters or owni mistressed, who shall niever sel
d them to third patis and that they shall not be
nliable to seizure for the debti of their ma~sters o0
d. mnistresses thus chosen ; that, all free negree
be found in the State after January 1,1860, shall be
d indicted lby the Grand Jury of the respectim
er counties, and may be covieted of a high misde
ed 'meanor (in bein; so found in the State) and sex
Lct tenced to the" jail anb p..nitentiary house" for
u' year, amid if again found in the State six month
n- afterwaaids, to be again arrested and sent to tI
Veenitentiary for life. The Arkansas papers thial
tle - he bill will pass...
ng AU.AMA Poax.-Many of the planters 4
es' Alabama begin to raise their own perk. I
x- Cherokee County, a lot of nine was killed, atfet
e. days since, which averaged 410 pounds' esel
ofTh ea f fat taken from one weighed 70 pound
many of the Sioux indians Iih
adopted the habits and customs ofeivilized white
men, and become very respectable Indians. This
gratifying changehas-been brought aboutthrough
the efforts of the Indian agent. Those Indians
who have thus given up their old habits havb
been arranged into one band celled "the far.
iners." They live in comfortable log and frame
houses, and last year fourteen of them raised in
the aggregate, three thousand and eighty-two
bushels of potatoes, two thousLnd four hundred
and twenty-seven bushels of 'corn, and one hun.
dred tons of hay, besides numirous jarden veg
etables raised by each .family.- The benocrat
"Since their adoption .of agriculture, these
fArmers have been a constant theme of ridicule
for the other Indians. They wete called the
'- diggers," the -"wood-chopprs," the ":Paf
breeds," and other names, all implying that they
were no better than women. Yet, they bore up
under it briiely, -and were firm.' It was neces
sary, however, in order to bind them more firmly
to the customs they had adopted, that a last saUl
should be nuade upon their moral courage; in
accordingly, at the suggestion of Major Brown
it was proposed to them that they should h
their hair cut off and adopt the whites' d
toto. This was a dasher for them. They
bear the white man's dresa and stand the,
of the Indian, but this was; striking. di
their own hereditary customs aiid belie
was a disgrace and a sbaie I.'.
They hesitated, demuired, and all butrt
but finally came up inanfuljypn W;
orde;l... Sixteen came.. a
Dm tiiar, er the'
and superintendent,' to stand firm
customs, both by word and deed. .
presented with two new suits of cloth
out, a yoke of oxen, a cow,- and An
presents. They were told that theU
would protect them, and that they
ter do all they could to encourage,
a'lopt the same mode of life."
HIGH PRICED NEGnOES, AND
CoTTox.-The influx of negroes Into.
and sugar producing States the pres
has been enormous. The Mobile
mates the number as high as 50,000.
same time, the prices at which the al
held are unprecodentedly high. Coupling
facts together, and accepting the theory tha
prices of negroes are graduated by, the price of
cotton, the Register is led to speculate as to the
probable effect of this condition of things upon
the business and financial interests oft thei South.
As the present atuount of home slave labor is
sufficient to till the lands now open and under
cultivation, this large influx-of labor will require.
that new lands should be opened and cultivated,
thereby largely ineresing the crops. The ques
tion then ari-es, will the demand be equal to
the supply-the price of cotton ruling as at
present ? If not, (the .Reister argues,) prices
must decline, and with consequences by no
"If the neroes have been purchased on time,"
says the Register, "and we aa is -
such is the casp with alarge p M
a decline of a few cents in cotton
duce a re-action that must necessarily sen
embarrass the planting interest that have
chased on these terms. It is too much the
torn for planters to anticipate their crops in dol
lars and cents, and shape their liabilities acord
-The demand for laborers is good, but we do
not think it justifies the exorbitant and high
rates which prevail, although the Soutli Was
never more solvent than now."
"To what point we are drifting, for weal or
fir woe, is a problem to be solved by the future.
SOUTH CAROLIA COLLEGE-. W. DAV1DSoN,
Esq., contributing editor-and lately active edi
tor-of the Winnsboro' (S. C.) Regreater, and noR
associate of the Carolina High School in Cul
bis, writes to the Register:
"Dr. La Borde, ot' the South Caroli
is preparing a history of that institut
we understand, nearly ready for the'
L. is eminenitly fitted for that labor-'
any man we kuow. His long conne
College gives him a personal kn
great part of its history. He is thes
sor now. The appendix will contai
catalogue of the alumni. Every alu
interested in the work. We bes
predict for it- a very wide. cireul
be, we presume, a biographical
College. W~e hopetohave the oc
a note on its appearance soon."
AN UNJUSTv TAx.--The Go
United States, in the nineteeth
tinues to make an Englishman
ever he solicits a patent for an Ins
country-all other foreigners only
for the same privilegeu. This, inth
of all liberal men, is an indecent di
-..a di.grace to our statute book
to be wiped out at once. If th.
gumption in the Congr-essional Pate,
tee, this disgrace would not be toler
month. We despair of -any changea
there is no one to lobby it through,t
there is little or no chanceof its succes.
tific American.. .
BAn PEwPa.--The &ien e~ American re*
commends as a substitute for a hot whisky punch
of a cold night, the following:
Put three or four lumps of sugar, with bl
teaspoonful of cayenne peppr, in-atwusbleu',
fil up with hot water ; when the sugr i. de,
ulved,' drink. -lt is not unly pleasant to, t e
l tate, but wanntstesWholev btod7 sore eff.
Wear tia cithe tubh theme.slfes of cold nights
with red peppe~" 'This Wtives a glow equal t4
the " warmth of several blankets.
Wuns EASTR Coxn.-lI will be interestI
to learn that Easster, which will be onthe2t
of April this year, last fell'on that dad'1 9 .
and will not fall 6n the ane dat. gn
211 Sincethe introuction f*ai
years 1639, 1707 and 17P1. The 'iod la
which Easter can fall, reaches from .2dot
March, earliest date, to the 25th of April,.latest
date, leaving thirty-five different day's for .the
celebration of this festival. In this centuff
Easter will fall only once, 1886, on the latest
date, the 25th of April. .
TIJR I.LIN'G ScENS IN.A Cuuaciie-At the Made*.
leine, inr Paris, on Christmas eve, thie welkasowR
Adde Bautaiat preached in the-eveniing, and a~he
is one of the most eloquent pulpit oralo*., as-well
as one of the most learned theol.gians of Franoeg
a very large congregation assembled to hear
hi~n. Ascending the puljit,, he gave forth no
text, but after a pause cried in a sonorous voie
*" A Saviour is born unto us I" He then reeae
fthe cry, and then said:" "My brethren, d
I ou not receive that glad tidings with an Haele.
h ja?" Thereuponthe whole congregation stood
pi jandcried " alelujah " After whichhe pro.