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THE ZEGEns nHOST.
MR. EDITOR: I have in my possession an old
number of the Ctrolinian, a paper published in
your village some thirty years ago, containing a
singular account of a strange manifestation, bor
dering on the supernatural, which was witnessed
by many of your citizens of that day. It strikes
me as being an interesting chapter in the past.
history of your district, and one which many.of
your present readers would like to see. I accor
dingly send it to you. It is observable that the
mysterious circumstance v as looked upon by
many as a reality, and that even the then editors
of the Edgefield paper (Messrs. Waidlaw &
'ays) were not altogether incredulous about the
Do you remember. Mr. Editor, what was the
true explanation of the strange affair?
From the Carolinian, Saturday July 11, 112).
Tai EDGEFIELD Gnosr.-The following state
ment of facts in relati6n to a majter which has
produced much inquiry and speculation in this
District, may be depended upon by the public,
as having been carefully compiled by a gentle
man of piety and of strong and well cultivated
mind. We are not disposed to believe that a
breach has been made in the laws of nature,
without any useful purpose, but we have not yet
hoard any satisfactory explanation of the cir
eumst nces upon rational principlese-4 D.TORS
MEssas. Enrrous: As public curiosity has
been greatly excited and many tales more or
less true, have gone out, concerning the myste
rious and invisible.being, that has been heard at
Mr. Isaac Burnett's, in this Disti lt, for some
time, it seems-proper that the Public should b
in possesion of the facts relative to this ex'ra
ordinary circumstance. The voice was first
heard in October last, imitating various noises,
gach as that of the spinning-wheel, reel, ducks,
hens, &c. It was first leard by Mr. Burnett
about twenty yards from the house, which led
him to suppose it was one of his neighbors'
children, hiding in the weeds and trying to
frighten his children. It was afterwards heard
in the loft of the house, and Mr. B. supposing it
to be a bird, sent a boy up to drive it out, but
nothing could be seen. It thus continued to
perplex the minds of the family for some time,
until, at length, one of the children said he be
lieved that thing could talk and commenced ask
ing questions, which it answured by whistling,
pretty much like a Parr,t. This circumstance
getting out, many persons came to hear it. Mr.
John Shepherd, a pious and worthy citizen, who
lives in the neighborhood, conversed with it in
presence of a number of witnesses. To ascer
tain the extent of its knowledge, he asked it
various questions about most persons in the
neighborhood, an 4 their circumstances, which it
answered correctly. It told his name and the
number of children he had; also, the names of
most of the persons present. He asked what it
came there for. It replied, " Because it had no
other place to go to." It was asked if it came
to do the family any harma, it said n'-it loved
the family. It was asked finally if it loved Jesus
Christ, to which it made no reply, nor answered
any more questions which Mr. Shepherd asked.
The evening after, it answered others, but wmld
not answer him. For the first three months it
was heard only once a month, but afterwards
much oftener. It has been heard at various
times, both in the day and at night, but more
frequently in the day. Search has been repeat
edly made by the family and others, but nothiine
found from which the voice could proccee.
There is no place of concealmient about the
house. It is a small house with but one room,
a loft of boards laid across the joists, and a
piazza on one side. The house is not under
pinned, so that you can see from one end to the
othier, underneath. For some time the voice api
peared generally to proceed from the further end
of the house, opposite the fire-place and the up
per part or loft, If any one, except the children,
while it was talking, or if any one would steal
round ever so softly to that entLon the outside of
the house when it was dark, and whilst others
talked to it, it would inetnt i..atan- nnel whpn
they returned, it would commence againi. This
experiment was tried one evening when a num
of persons were there, so that both the house
and piazza were full. Some one from the piazza,
without the knowledge of those in the house,
who were talking to it, went round on the outside
to see if they could discover any one, when it
instantly stopped. It has been known to whis
tle almost any tune, either sacred or profane,
which any one would tell it.
Mr. and Mrs. Burnett appear to be simple
hearted, upright and amiable persons, serious
in their dispositions, and as far from encouraging
any trick about them to make sport ias any one.
No one in the neighborhood, who knows them,
believes that they know any thing about the
matter. They hav-e evidently been much dis
turbed and alarmed on account of it, but having
s0 far experienced no harm from it,'they have
resolutely maintained their ground. it mani
fests a great partiality for a little daughter of
the famiiy, w-ho is about eleven years of age.
This so alarms her that she generally gets sick
whenever she talks to it, and she has been
known to quit the house precipitately, when she
has heard it alone in the house. Not long since
however, she quoted to it a passage of Scripture,
which a pious friend pointed out and advised
her to memorize for that purpose, (1 Tim. i. xv,)
and it bade her hold her jaw, but she persisted
in quoting the passage until it hushed, and has
not'spokeni to her since.
Since so many persons went to hear it, it has
becomne very shay and is seldom heard when
many persons1 are about, or when any person is
in the house except the smaller children. They
have never been able to ascertain who, or whait
it is, or ihe object of its visit. It hat told its
name r'epeatedly, but cannot be understood. It
will not answer any serious or religious ques
tions. When asked whether it was a man or a
woman, it said it wag the foolishest' question it
ever heard, and appeared to laugh.
The Rev. Mr. Hodges visited the family sever
al times and held meeting, at their request.
without hearing any thing. However, on the
25th of May, Mr. H. being in the neighborhood,
and calling at the house of Mr. N.; Mrs. N.
informed Mr. Hodges, she had just been to Mr.
Burnett's and heard the voice-Mr. H. imnmedi
ately rode over in company with Mr. John
Shepherd. Mr. S. went up to the hotuse first, to
get the children in the house to talk to it, and
after it commenced, upon a signal gjen, Mr. HI.
went up to the house and se ed hanself in the
piazza. *A little boy eight oine years of age,
stood just inside of the door to ask any questions
-which were suggested to him by the company.
It imitated varnous noises in a whistle, such as
the crowing of the cock, clucking of a hen, noise
of a partridge, &c. and answered a variety of
simple questions. There were but few answers
that Mr. H' could understand, but when inter
preted by the family who were more accustomed
to hear it, he could then trace out some resem
blance. Some words however were p:onounced
very plain, such as kitten, yes, no, goose-quill,
.&c~. 'The family say, that it geiierally spoke
much more distinctly anid could be much better
understood than on this occasion. Mr. Shepherd
says the same. It was understood, however, to
say it knew Mr. H., pronounced his name tolera
bly distinct, said it got acquainted with him there,
and that it did not like rn. When Mr. II.
spoke anid said, "I have come to drive you
-away," it was understood to reply "1Do if you
dare." During the conversation with it, which
]asted about an hour, no person was present, ex
cept Mr. Burnett's wife, Mr. Shepherd aiid Mr.
I-lodges with the small children. The' oldest
-was the little girl above mentioned, who was in.
the yard with the little children. No one was
-in the inside of the house except the little boy
-who asked the questions. The reason why he
-was put there to ask questions was, because for
some time-it had ceased to speak to any but the
children. There were also in the kitchen, about
twenty paces distant, a negro woman, anid an
idiot girl, spinning and weaving, who could not
have heard what passed in the house. The two
older sons were absent, at wvork in the fsrm. Mr.
8. and.Mr. Uf. after the conversation ended, ex
amined the house and found nothing. During
the time of the conversation it was asked to sing
.a song-it said it did not know any. Mr. U.
-whistled a sacred tone, but it said that vould'ut
*do. .It then whistled Yane Doodle very dis
When Mr. H. first heard of the circumstance
he very naturally was led to suspect that it pro
ceeded from some one in the neighborhood, or I
family, who puosessed the art of ventriloquism. e
But against that opinion lie the following objec
rions, viz: 1st. It is certain that it is no one, not E
of the family, as no such person has been seen
thereaboutv at the times when it was heard, and
no person could be there always without being
seen especially in the day tine. 2d. Mr. Bur
nett and wife, whose word will be taken by all
who know them, state that no one individual of
the family, who c.uld possibly be suspected of
such a thing, is always present at such times.
They dtate positively, it has been heard when
the negro woman (the only servant about the <
house) was in the field at work. It has been i
heard when the two oldergons, who are nearly
grown, were absent, as was the fact when Mr.
. heard it. It has been heard when all the
other children were at school, except the two
yaungest, one of which is about three years old,
the other an infant. The idiot girl has not the
intelligence which this invisible being manifests,
according to the testimonf of all who have
Furthermore, even- supposing any of the chil
dren possessed-this faculty, and had the disposi
tion to caruy on the deception, for so long a time,
t the eiident disquietude and distress of the
family, is it a rational supposition, that this could
bedone without being suspected by the parents ?
Or would not the individual be disposed to try
its pranks at school, or among other children to
frighten them, as well as at home ? There is
another circumstance which contradicts this sup
position. About two months ago, Mr. Burnett,
at the suggestion of some one, put a Testament
in the place,*whence the voice appeared to pro
ceed. It inslantly left the place, came down
into the house, and said it was going away. They
asked why it was going away. It replied, it was
obliged to go, it could slay there no longer, and
bade them farewell. It was then absent about
two weeks, during which time it was heard at
Mr. Rogers', Mr.-Dicks', and Nickoll's, in the
same neighborhood, as they believe. They had
heard it at Burnett's and believed it to be the
same, but did not converse with it. When it re
turned, it was asked and said it had been to
those places. None of Mr. Burnett's family were
at those places, when it was heard. Since its
return it has occupied no particular part of the
h-use, but is heard in various parts. It is now
sel lom heard, as Mr. B. does not allow the chil.
dcen to talk to it-they do not pay much atten
tion to it.
These are the most material circumstances
connected with this strange affair, for the con
firmation of whicb, and for further information,
the public is referred to Mr. J. 'hepheird, Dr. E.
Andrews, and Mr. G. Slappy, who live in the
neighborhood, and who have all heard it.-Mr.
Burnett lives about 12 uniles below Cambridge,
and about 3 miles west of the road leading to
Hamburg, near Mr. Wiley Berry's. Q.
ARTHUR SIMKINS, EDITOR.
EDGEFIELD, S. C.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 1859.
See first page for some strong argumentation on the
matter of the slave trade.
ggPWe take pleasure in informing the ladies that
Messrs. HIunson & CocsnR, are now reeiving their
new Spring Dry Goods. Go and look at the new
styles and patterns.
paOur respectful advice to Mr P., is not to
publish anything in rcply to " DEACos." We say
this, as he has left the matter discretionary with us.
Hon. M. L. BoxiAx will please receive our thanks
for valuable Congressional documents.
Our correspondent from Beach Island places us un
der obligation by his interesting glanees at science.
AN ORANlE-.... -... -.
---riilind f'riend~nd for'mer' neighbor, Mrs. R. B. B.,
of Saluda, sends us a nice sweet Orange of her own
raising. Several others grew on the bush which bore
this one. Some one sucked its juicy contents with
no little gusto. Where are you, Dr. Binan~?
TIIE EDGEFIELD GIIOST.
AsrmovA1.t baa our thanks for the old paper con
taining an aeccount of that Edgefield osta of a past
day. Wo were one of the little children at that time,
but well remember the excitement about the "GOhost"
It was for a while a thing of absorbing interest, espe
ially in the nursery department.
We believe the ineident wvent through all the papers
of the Union. We have heard that it was explained
away by a certain power of ventriloquism which the
negro woman on the premises of Mr. Bcnxurr po5
essed ; But the old articlo we copy to-day rather
deies this explanation. Does any one know whether
it was ever satisfactorily explained ?
A CAMIELIA JAPOJICA.
There is a little bruised and weather-beaten mem
ber of this renowned floral family, not a mille from
the spot where we write, which has just succeeded in
bearing three beautiful flowers in the open air. It
secans to be of the kind known as "f4'dy' 1Ia',n
Blu.,-pure white at its lirst budding, nd showing
the gentlest possible suifusion of pink over its central
folds as the bloom morc fully unbos'mns its beauties
to the Day-god. The poor little bush has been out
all wintr,--without lIrotec!tion, save that of the
kindly mother earth.
An-l now that the .spring is comi;g agauin, nl all
tme fhIlowe will son be rejoiritig together in their
resurrection from the winter's long sleep, many not
the brave little Ca;nella be fairly regarded by them
all as a heroine worthy of their universal praise! !
So does neglected innocence oft-times defy the
winter of earthly adversity ! And so too, if faithful
to the end, will it safely pass through the winter of
Death and begin an everlasting blooming in the
spring of the Heavenly Resurrection!
Szsxton HaxxOxo has announced in the Senate
his belief, that nine-teniths of the people of the Suuth
are opposed to the re-opening of the African Slave
Trade ; and this opinion he gives after much and dil- 1
ligent Inquiry into the matter.
The Charleston ladies are about to re-commeace
their exertens for the increase of the Calhoun Monu
ment Fund. The Mt. Vernon Enterprise has some
what interfered with their progress of late. A Floral:
Fair i to be held at an early day to advance the
cause. In wishing all possible success.to our town
ladies, we would suggest to our country ladies some-.
thing of the kind to help on the work. Can not you I
too, ladies, get up some occasion of the kind ? a fair,
or a concert, or a supper ? Edgefield has done little
or nothing for the Washington Monument ;-Shall I
she not do more for the Calhoun Monument. Was he
not our own great Calhoun ?
The first three or four days of fair farming weather
occurred to the planters of this district during thet
past week. But the showers canme on again, and du
ring Saturday night fell heavily ;-Ground toe wet to
plow as a consequence. On -every side we still hearr
that farming was never more backward among our 1
people. The best plan, may-be, is to take it very
patiently. Weit for good weather and do your plow
ing well, if your planting is thereby thrown late into
the Spring. It mnay all ho for the best in the end.
We have heard shrewd suspicions from several watch-t
ful and observant quarters, that there will he a veryt
late ad killing frost this spring.t
Very terrible are the streets of Edgefield. Thec
Plank Road on MAxN is a nuisance. The hill between
the village proper and our Buncombe suburb can on
ly be described by comparing It to a mixture of Bun- 1I
yan's Hill of Ditliculty and Slough of Despond.t
But the rains ~will eanse some day. and then we
know our council will remedy all these evils.
27 Capt. John Cunningham, of Abbeville, died t
en the 30th February, in the 77th year of his age. I
A serious accident harpened on the Greenville
aitroad last Saturday. Our particulars are from an
A storm had pass-d over the neighborhood" of Nqew
erry village during the Friday night previs, %% hich
as so violenit as to blow down houses, trees, &c.
m'ong other things, about fifty yar.ds of trestle-work
n the Railroad some three miles from the village fell
efore the blast. This was- tn the western side of
ash river, the break extending preciisely te the centre
f the stream. The freight train which was destroy.
d left Newberry early Saturday morning, perhaps
iefore light. Reaching the chasm with ut warning
f any kind, the whole train was precipi d into the
trean, ,"hich, though narrow, was at the time some
rhat swollen from the rain of the preceding night.
'he consequence as a matter of coupe was the total
estruction of the engine and six or seven freight cars,
.nd the loss of two lives. The donductor and two
ands escaped, but with considerable injury. When
he passenger-train from above reached t'he spot, the
anductor was so far recovered from the shock of his
njuries as to be able to converse. le says ie only
aw the break in the road when within a few paces
If it. He then jumped, but remembers nothing dis
inctly until he was extricated from his dangerous
sition in or near the river. The sight is represented
a having been a terrific one. The injury of goods
aust have been cotmiderable. Much excitement prm
railed among the passenger. who afterwards came up
o the scene of disaster; and not a few hints were
Iropped as to the mal-nanagement of the company in
tot having a watchman stationed at so dangerous a
THE PARKER AND PLANTER.
Many of our readers are aware that the " Farmer &
Planter," which used to be published at Qld Pendleton
Village by the venerable Mr. SZAnoux, has now gone
nto the possession of Mr. I. M. SToKEs, and is pub
ished at the capital of the State. Having received
he first two numbers of the new series, we have some
round for expressing an opinion as to its merits;
d we are delighted at being able to say that, thus
ar, that opinion is favorable to its present conduct
tud managoment. The appearance of the magazine
s greatly Improved, within and without. The neat.
seas of its adornment and the clearness of its letter.
press are worthy of all commendation. Its materiel
oo appears to be of excellent quality.
There has not of course been opportunity enough
is yet for exhibiting the merits of the journal as an
fficient laborer in the great cause of Agriculture,
lthough the two numbers before us are about up to
he general standard of such publications. Still, it
akes some little time to get a work like this into fall
>peration. It takes some little time to adjust the
natters of original composition, both editorial and
sontributi6nal. It takes some little time for farmer
o write and mail their agricitural favors; And i
ukes a good deal of time to get a full corps of them
it work. But all this we believe the "Parmer d
Planter" will soon accomplish. Why?
Becauso its publisher, Mr. It. M. SToKCa, is known
y the farmers and planters of the State to be just
he right man to conduct an agricultural paper. He
a energetic and brave-hearted in any work he enter
pon, and in his valuable paper, the "Laurenneille
ferald," gave evidence of his fondness for agricul.
ural eatering and of his desire to promote the true
iome interests of the people. We remember to have
en in the " Herald," week after week, whole pages of
igricultural matter as carefully selected and as judi.
iously presented as is done by the very best of the
r.fessed agricultural journals of the country. It it
business which that skilfulpublisher and worthy~
~entlemnan evidently relishes, and where a man's rel
h is'there is alwncys his success.
The Purneer d: i'lanolr, front its position and cir.
ustances, must certacinly commtand a long and able
it of contributors. It is the only paper of the kind
n the State. It is located centrally, at Columbia. Ii
s in some sort the organ of our State Agricultural
Boeioty, and will be tie vehicle of all its reports, to
lay nothing of the assistance it must otherwise enlist
rom those patriotic gentlemen throughout the State
ho are nearly identified with that Association.
Indeed, there is no reason for fearing the failure of
sa. .. I-um,. , to eaer," uner its prasenit manages
neat and with i present prospects, but many good
rounds fur h~'oping that a brilliant sucess now lies
lirectly ahead of it. It really ought to be so. It
nust not be said that South Carolina patriotism lead
sot enough of the farm in its composition to sustain
moe cheap though excellent farmer's paper. Hero is
your chance then, you that wish to avoid this imputa.
.n,-you that wish to be improved in.your grand
rocation,-you that wish to encourage a man of puri
y and worth in a last high effort to establish fur his
tate a Number One Agricultural Journal.
p~r Terms, $1 per annumn, in advance.
BISHOP CAPECRS, ON CHILDREN.
The following sensible thoughts about children and
hildren's amusements occur in the autobisography of
hat lamented bishop of the M. E. Church, Rev. Win.
apers, D. D.:
" And I say now, let the children be chiljlrcn. Let
,benm have their plays in their own way, and choose
hent for themselves. We only spoil it by interfering.
And I say moore: away with all sickly sentimenalisn,
md the cruelty of unnatural constraint. What a de
eiation it would have beeu to me at Bells Vue to
ave been refusced mcy traps because it was cruel to
:tch the bird,! itut 1 had~ my truepa, and never
lreamne-d o.f any ernettly in thme neetr. Aly fth~er
enado lise first one far :ne, andi tatughet mnc how to eunko
emu, and htow to set them, aend to choose pcropier
laees for themu. hut lee never macdec a enge for mue,
or did I over waent him to mank. one. God heed given
u the birds to eat, if I could catch themu; but not
o shuet them up In coges, whore tltcy could do me no
rood. No artificial cases of conscience were made
or me. I loved thce birds. I leoved tom see their paret
y feathecrs, stad to heir thceme sing; beut I hoved to
ete of their flosh still better. Andl I mtighet do so
i inoffenin-ly its a caci, for aenythcing I wa;s tacught.
LChe etuegve the umeneure of right ice thme ceses Such
i I could noet eut [ woueld ntot cactche. Aned I hate
his day the mnawkish pheilosophey, which gives tue the
cirds the synmpathy due to the children. Let the
bildrens be free and active. Let thetm hacvo a mind
ndl will. And let them leave a parent's gentle, faithe
ul guidance : neither the ilt.judging weakncess, which
sever teasing themn with interjection. that mean
othing; nor the false refinement which, while it
nst have the birds go free to carol in the groves,
akes caeged birds of the little ehildren; nor the
yranny of constraining them out of all their simple
leeful nature, to behave like old people."
" SQUIBS," ON THE OPERA SINGERS.
" SQuins," of the Newberry Rlising, Sua, has been
'isiting Charlestone, and had an opportunity of hear.
g several celebrated Opera Singers. "SuthIna
uches them off quite humorously, but his desire to
riticize cont ancore runs up against his drollery rather
ddly now and then. 11ear what he says of Cant.
After this appeared Carl Formes ; he was warmly
eeived and Immediately commenced "Rolling on
he foaming billows." Ilis deep bass voice reverbera
d through the room like the muttering. of distant
hunder; these gradually subsided tilt the sounds,
tint and low, seemaed lost in the distance; you have
eard, Col., of a summer's eve the comings of the storm,
o a wild burst that roared and startled you, now
ying away in gentle, low, whispering tones in which
here was sweetness and melody. Carl is an excel
tnt basso, he is artistic, emotional and expressive.
I looked fierce-fiercer at thu audience than all the
usicians collected, with the conductor at their head.
I was most onthusiasticully. applauded. Thu audi
ne madle him do it ever again. Now us I am some
rhact like a c.ern field, full of ears but with no
articular ear for music, I was not, perhaps, as ecsta
ically delighted as some of the rest, or as I ought to
ae been. I was as quiet as a church mouse; this I
ppose aroused a chap beside me, who was literally
ising a dust with his heels, for ho suddcently accosted
o with the expreasion of, old fet, why dlidn't you eny
atd? Young fel, exelesimted I, beg to bce excused as
never therowe off thme imusic that gets in mue at -my
ucl; treasure it up for benevolent pttrposes.
" THE COUNTRY."
Is the following remark by a very popular and
steful editor tree? We incline to think it "stands
reason," as our old friend Lm~ouAntn HO~yern used
ysay in our academic debating club. It is this:
"One thing, 'in this connection,' before we close:
is a little enrious, that of our most distinguished
lergymen, lawyers, the 'professions' generally, mer
hant, ' men of trade,' etc., nearly all of them came
rown, or passed their early years in, Tue Couwret.
td when they, or any of theta, 'take their pen let
and,' how well they writeof it -siimply because
iy feel what they write.
p-The London Tines is convinced that France
tends to provoko a war, and urges the Government
declare the freedom of Italy, as the only means to
France and Austria seemed at last dates still to oc
4upy towards each other a threatening attitude. Of
this our readers are regularly advised by extracts
from the latest foreign intelligence. Speculations are
varied and divergent as to the result. In the British
parliament, the representatives of her majesty have
expressed strong hope that the difficulty will be re
conciled. They de not indicate the leaning of Eng
land in ease of war. An outside opinion though is
prevalent, that she would side with France. Ono of
the consequences which some profess to see in the
prospective (should war ensue) is the breaking up of
the temporal power of the Pope of Rome. But Is
this a reasonable calculation when both Austria and
France are Roman Catholic countries?
Should the war ggin, it will truly be a war of
giants. France p'rades (in the Paris Constitutionel)
an army of 600,00imen ; while Austria is represented
as being ready for e confiet.
As a grand finale of the session, they have some
how managed tojget up a fierce discussion in the Son
ato upon that abominable Kansas question. The war
of words proceeds upon a proposition of Senator HALI
involving the annulment of the Eoglish restrictite
clause. DouLass Is out again with his non-interven
tion logic; and BROWS, DAVIS, and others, have
been down upon him. The fight was still waging, if
not raging; at last accounts.
By the way, the " Little Giant" is narrowing down
his notion of squattei sovereignty to a very small point.
He declares that slaves are property; and that slave
holders have a perfect right to take them into any
territory while it rehnains a territory; and, further
more, that no to*itorial legislature has a right to in
hibit slavery or -to legislate against it, for that any
such legislation would be unconstitutional. He de
clares though, that it is entitled to no more special
protection than anyther species of property. Now,
if this implies that there is, under the organic act or
elsewhore, any general protection of all kinds of pro.
perty (slavery included) the Illinois Senator's politi
cal mal-feasance is not so heretical as was supposed.
- OR ARIZONA.
An emigration company start about this time from
San Antonio for the territory of Arizona, says the
Austin (Texas) Gazette. The outfit of each man is a
Colt's revolver, a rite, fifteen days rations, and one
hundred pounds of ammunition. The party will be
divided into four eompanies,.each containing about
twenty-five men, rank and file.
The sword would appear to have more to do with
this enterprize than the axe.
A writer in the Fgrmer & Planter says that the
common fault in feeding cotton-seed to cattle, is the
giving them too much. Two'quarts are enough for
one cow a day, and ought to be boiled. A greater
quantity may do more harm than good, as cotton
seed contains an oil of a most purgative character.
By the Pee Dee Tisses we learn that an enterprise
is on foot to connect the port of Georgetown with the
North Eastern Railroad. Committees have been ap
pointed to canvass that part of the country for sub
scriptions. The length of the road will be 37 miles,
its estimated cost $445,000.
I7 A correspondent of The Spartanburg Exprss
proposes a monument to the late Dr. CUnTIs. The
writer was once a pulli of the deceased and writes in
p2- The Washingto~n correspondent of the Char
leston Courier says that conversation is rife at the
Capitol City upen the subject of Senator HAxxoYO's
receiving the next Presidential nomination of the
37 GofusnaoR GIst, acCording to the correspon
dent of the Yorkville Engfslirer, has expressed himself
in Charleston opposedtothe re-opening of the African
Slave Trade-at least until the present law of the
United States is repealed.
pe Te Spatanbg Sparta enters this week on
skilful editors and publishers, and deserve success.
27 It is rumored in Havana that Commissioners
were there with letters from Mexico, requesting Gen.
Santa Anna to return to Mexico and take the lead of
3W' Col. Reneau who has become prominent in
Cuban affairs, is now in Washington. *
3W The terms of twenty-one United States Sena
tors expire on the 4th qf March next. The new Sena.
tors haveo-already been chosen in nineteen States,
leaving New Jersey and Minnesota stilt to elect.
1iip The New York correspondent of the Carleston
Courier informs that journal that Alfred Hampton
Preston, son of the Ho.n. John S. Preston, died on
the 18th ult., at Rome, in the 24th year of his age.
pgr" Ma," said a little boy the other day, "is
that clothing merchant up town a Hebrew ?" " Yes, I
believe he is." " Well then if he had a wife wouldn't
she be a Shebrew ?"
fi- We are indebted to Gun. Bonham for a copy
of the speech of Hon.M. R. B. Garnett, of Virginia,
upon Government expenditures.
37 Don Theodore Guerro, of Havana, is about
to lublieki a novel under the curious title, "Personal
History of Six Beautiful Women." It will be intro
duced to the publichby the Spanish minister at Wash
$' Mnjor Ben McClioch has just arrived at
Wshingtonu direct from Sonorat, via Arizona, and
p~rediets a general warmi that region crc long.
pi Tu Missz.esiP.Ps RivXR was rising rapidly at
thu latest dates, and, there was every probability
of another heavy freshet.
pi~r Twenty one prisoners eseaped from the jail
at Newcastle, .Delaware, on Friday night last. Only
six have been recovered.
3W" It is reported in well-informed quarters at
Washington that Lord Napier's recall is owing to his
having offended the President by not informing him
of tho negotiation of Sir Onseley's treaty with Nica
raga terminating the Mosquito protectorate.
For the Advertiser.
BSAcM IZsLaxD, S. C.
Ma. Enrron.-You. have doubtless heard the story
of the man, who, being lost in the woods, made several
ineffetual efforts to find his way out-taking, as a
place from which to start, a large tree; but go in what.
ever direction he might, after ramibling about for some
time, he would find himself back at the foot of that
tree. Your correspondent seems to be similarly beset
as having made some three or four essays to get "o'er
the'hills and far away," he finds himself back again
at the old homestead in this "Independ'ent Common
wealth" of the descendats of settlers from "der Pader
Whether the taan ever did get away or not, I don't
remember; and whether his autitype will ever succeed
in doing so, remains hidden in futuro.
WlclI, its a great old place any way, oven, to comxe
back~ tu-andi not as Dr. Johnson said of Scotland, and
Senator Douglass of -Vermont, that they were great
placos to leave.
What strangely restless creatures are they that per.
tan to the genus Aumuf and how true the sentiment
in Horace's satire-Qui fit M1eeaenas, ut nenau quana
s;L seorten, een rao dederit, aeu~ furs objecerit, illa
cutetus civeat, d'c.
Why is it so? Is it not because earth cannot fill up
the cspacity of the soul? Hence the "pleasing hope,
the fond desire, the constant longing" after some
thing beyond. But it will he all right in the "better
day coming" to all iho look for and love its appear
Having been in a quiet part of the country for the
past two years, I have-had a time of comparative
leisure-more so, indeed, than should have been al
lowed, with the responsibilities devolving upon me.
It is to be hoped, however, that the time has not
been all lost, as, having for a near neighbor a gentle
man of philosophical tastes and pursuits, there was
presented an opportunity for cultivating scientific
knowledge which was not entirely thrown away; and
we hope to communicate occasionally with our old
friends and others upon the pleasant subje'ets of
Natural Science-both through the Advertiser and
by popular Loctures,
If the subjoined is deemed worthy of insertion, it
may exeite some interest among your readers, and
prompt a desiro to investigate the phenomena of
METEOES, METEORITES and METEORIC STONES.
Everybody is familiar with those luminous appear
ances called "shooting stars," which, darting like
rockets acros the evening sky, streak the heavens
with a line of fire and vaniah from the sight. The
peasant and the philoropher stop alike to gase at the
beautiful coruscation, and so far as anything is cer-.
sainly known as to thu cause of the phenomenon, the
peasant and philosopher are about on an equal footing.
But as to probaliitiee, respecting the strange phan.
tasm, based upon observations, calculations and ana
logical reasoning#, the philosopher has somewhat the
advantage; and to show some of the results of the la
bors of the learned, this paper has been prepared from
various sources which may be consulted by those who
desire to investigate farther..
In considering the subject, the distinctions made at
the head of this artiole should be particularly ob
A Meteor, or shooting star, then, seems to be a sort
of airy nothing-though a very respectaple gentleman
once insisted to the writer that it tras a star, for "he
had seen one start on its way, and striking against
another star, it stopped, whgile star No. 2 was driven
forward by the impulse." But this worthy old gentle
man had never studied Astronomy, and was like some
whom we have encountered in our lecturing rambles,
who would not admit the earth's axial revolution,
"because, if the world turned over at night,.all the
wells would be dry in the morning." But this is di
The Meteoric phenomenon seems to be producd by
some kind of luminous body, which in consequence of
its vast velocity, leaves a train of light behind. The
best illustration we can think of, is a habit which
children have of burning one end of a stick to a coal
and moving it rapidly to and fro,or whirling it around,
makeing lines and circles of fire in the air. But the
Metoric train differs from that of the burning stick, in
that It gradually disappears after the Meteor has been
extinguished-occasionally remaining distinctly visi
ble for several seconds, or even minutes. So that,
the fiery train instead of being a spectral illusion, is
probably a part of the Meteor itself.
These bodies generally appear singly, though occa
sionally quite a number may be seen In a short space
of time, and sometimes they come in showers of count
As to the origin of Meteors, nothing is known with
certainty. They have been supposed to be gaseous in
their nature, originating in the atmosphere and be
coming by some means inflamed, thus exhibiting the
appearance which they present. Some have supposed
them to be electrical in their origin. But neither of
these hypotheses seem to be satisfactory. As to the
substance of Meteors nothing is known, because no
part of one has ever reached the earth; they invaria
bly vanish, or explode noiselessly in the atmosphere,
and the fragments are consumed or absorbed.
They are not atmospheric in their origin, because
the observations made on many Meteors give them an
altitude very far above what is generally supposed to
be the limits of the atmosphere. The observations of
Professors Loomis and Twining, assign them a height
varying from 54 to 94 miles. Those of Brandes and
Denzenburg, Germans, gave an altitude of from 45 to
95 miles. Other observations by Brandes made them
hundreds of miles at the vanishing point-while some,
In Switzerland, gave an average height of 550 miles.
Again, in the great Meteoric shower of 1833, the
radiating point was, during the whole display, in the
constellation Leo. Now, the earth having a rotary
motion eastward, the atmosphere and everything per
tining'to It, must have a motion In the same direc.
tion. Hence, if these Meteors had originated in the
atmosphere, the radiatingpoint would probably have
moved eastward with the earth; whereas its course
was westward, with the stars.
The supposition which has given more satisfaction
than any other is, that the Meteors some either from
the'Zodiacal Light, or from some opaque body or
bodies which are pursuing their course around the
earth, or around the sun In company with the earth
and other planets. The "showers" bering periodic
tn -tbwtr timeertves-,..... .- .. s tity
to the correctness of the thory which assigns their
place of origin to dark bodies revolving around the
sn; the orbits of these bodies being eliptical, would,
at certain periods, bring them nearer the earth.
Among the remarkable displays of this character,
the most noted, both In respect to the number of
Meteors and the space over which they extended, was
the famous shower of November, 1833. This phe
nomenon produced, as might have been expected, no
little consternation among the people. Many thought
the stare were dislodged from their places and were
flying in every direction; that the heavens and the
earth were, or were about to be, on fire, and that the
judgment was at hand. Strange fiery prodigies were
seen, sonme in the form of large balls, others like ser
pents In the air; again, there would ho the appear
ance of a luminous sickle-a square table suspended
in the air, and many other singular shapes. Some
times they would remain stationary for awhile, and
then move as if propelled by some unaccountable
force. A gentleman, in describing the effeat upon the
negroes, said he was awakened by their shouts and
groaning terror, and not knowing what it meant, he
arose and stood at the door with his sword. Present
ly lbe heard a voice beseeching him to come out, for
the world was on fire. On opening the door, lie could
hardly say which impressed him most, the cries of the
ngroes or the grandeur of the scene. Hie could hear
the noise of the people from several adjoining planta
tions, and hundreds were prostrate on the ground
praying for mercy on the world and them. The light
of the rising "Day Star," finally put an end to the
grand display, and relieved, to a great extent, the
alarm of the people-an alarm resulting either from
a want of a kunowledlge iof the true nature of the phe
nomenon, or a want of faith in Him "who up~holdeth
all things by the word of His power"-"who made
Arturut, Orion and P'leiades and the chsabers of the
South;"-",who bringeth forth Mazzaroth In his sea
son, and guides Areturus and his sons."
In regard to the last two in the series. uXeleorites
are luminous sgid bodies, and Meteoric Stones are
parts of these thrown off by an explosion or other cause.
The atones sometimes fall to the earth with tremend
ous force, driving through houses, logs, or whatever
'nay be in their way, and burying themselves several
feet in the ground. They come hissing hot and usu
ally strike the earth in a slanting- di a tion. The
mases vary in weight from a few pounds to several
tons, and are composed of substances or elements
similar to those found on the uarth, though not in a
Like Meteors, Xerteorites are involved In much
mystery as to their origin. A variety of theories
have been broached upon the subject, the most plausi
ble of which i, that Meteorites are small dark bodies
revolving In the Solar System, which coming occasion
ally near the earth, become ignited by their pro
digiously rapid passage through the atmosphere, now
nd then droiPing a fragment in their flight, while
the Meteorites themselves keep on their waya-the
earth's attraction being overcome by their smazing
speed. E. L.W
FACTS FOR THE PUBLIC.
We would respectfully state to our friond,', and the
public, who make adventures in lotteries, that Wood,
Eddy & Co., successors of Samuel Swan & Co., of
Augusta, Georgia, and Gregory & Maury, Wilming
ton, Delaware, arc in every way reliable. An enclo
sure of five or ten dollars (more or less) will be
promptly responded to in every, case; and if your
ticket should turn out a prizo, the money (let the
amount be what it may) will be as promptly paid
over to the holder. No hank pays its hills with more
certainty than Wood, Eddy A Co., do their prize
tickets.-Frank Leslie's Magazine. 113
For the Adve~iser.
At a meeting held in the neighborhood of Big Creek,
Feb. 19, the following resolutions were entered Into:
Resotred, That we don't believe the resolutions of
the Big Creek meeting was the mind of the people in
general In this settlement.
Resolved, That we don't think that bringing wild
Africans among us can do us any possible good.
Resolved, That we will aid at any time in putting
the la w in force against those who have African slaves
tions of the Itocky Creek Church, calculated to
.RegOlecd, That the members of this meeting a
Blue Star, and call upon all who are opposed the
re-opening of the African Slave Trade, to wear 0S.
Resolved, That the proceedings of this be
published in the Edgeteld Adeertiser.
BENJAMIN SANDERS, PrA
J. F. PETasoN, See'ry. 4
For the Advertiser. .
REVIVAL 0 THE SLAVE TBADE-N0. I
" TAe war must be carried intO'Africa." - 1
The Mexicans breed himy mules as well 'othe
cross we raiso hero. They are enabled to dolopieon
sequence of having perennial and luxuriant p011are0s
upon which to subsist the jennets. We, on the an- I
trary, can rear only the other cross, because a Pas- i
tures here are deciduous, mares must be ande -to a
earn their own food which jennets cannot do. rom I
this two-fold method of brooding them, MWO ar ,
much more numerous In Mexico, than in the laited
States, and although the Ainny mule is a far s4ior
animal to the other cross, yet the very besi-ulos
(equal to any in Kentucky) can be bought in gzico
for forty dollars a head, which is only one fourth, the
amount, an inferior mule commands here. TbeMus
tang. of Mexico likewise are perhaps the finestaddle
horses in America, on account of their toghn1"Is
quick action and clear feet, and they are so absadant
on the other side of the Rio Grande, that they*an be
purchased there for twenty or thirty dollarsi sab,
while an inferior saddle horse cannot be gots the
United States for less than oie hundred dollars.
Would any person in South Carolina, object to hav
ing a few of those Mexican mules and amdgs9
brought across the border?
Whether it is objected to or not, thousands and
tens of thousands of them are annually imported into
Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Jisouri.
But for such importations from Mexico, the price of
mules and saddle horses in this country wo#- now
be so high, as that our planters would have illher to
raso more stock and less cotton, or go withOat a
sufficiency of mules and horses, whose labor, grmore
correctly power, is so absolutely indispeasable in
Cotton culture. Again, six or eight years ago, the
whole South was overstockod, with Canadian Poneys.
While they were so much sought for at high'prices
Mr. McDonnald, of Hamburg, S. C., imported alarge
drove of them into Edgefield District, but wer those
who then owned horses in that District avers to the
introduction of the Canadians? Were they alared lost
the price of their horses would depreciate? Did they
hold Meetings to denounce him for bringing horse
from leyond the limits of the United States? Is the
planter of Louisiana, who owns one hundred nulse,
distressed lest the importation of mules from Mexico
may lower the price of his American raised mules?
Will the cotton growers of the South heed the pro
test of the stock raiser in Kentucky and Tennessee
against interfering with his monopoly of horsepower,
by the introduction of mules and mustanp from
Mexico? No! And the balance of the world will
pay about the same regard to our complaint of any
interference with our monopoly of eotton eslture at
present and prospective prices.
To oppose the introductioneof hinnys sad mus
tangs for fear it would lower the price of American
mules and horses, would be just as unreasouble as it
is top oppose the importation of African negroes for
fear it would lower the price of Americanunegroes.
No cotton planter intends to sell his muleikwhether
they rise or fall in value, nor does he design to sell
his negroes, whether they rise or fall. Be would
have as much labor after the slave trade iwere re
opened as he has now, and if it were open hejcould
then procure more labor fur less capital, than he can
now, and to that extent at least he would bebenefit
ted by revival. So if the trade were revived he could
loose no labor, but would gain a vast deal of it. No
ody objects to a cotton planter buying negroes any
where he can get them in our existing Aifteen slave
States. Imagine that another slave Statefhaving
fire hundred thousand negroes in It, could wring up
in one night, along side of Virginia, would our pee
pe then object to their neighbors going intlh new
tih'e eig m o onny
lina, would even our largest slave holders lien die
line to increase their supply of labor for feault might
decrease the price of their present slaves WfEWould
they then fail to get more negroes from afabpre
hension that proelef~one might become. todigcarc ?'
Are they individually, or collectively, disttusel now
with any expectation of famine or deprecIated yalue
of their slaves, by the introduction of more negroes
from Virginia. Do they not now buy ail the negroes
they can, and then sigh because -they can- buy no
more ? Has not Georgetown District, S. C. sight
negroes for one white, yet are provisions so very high
in that District, or are the negroes there likely to
starve ? Have not several counties in hMississippi
and Louisiana still more negroes in proportion to
whites than even Georgetown, yet do we hear of
famine in that direction ?
If any one open to conviction is still unconvinced
of how unfounded are the patent objections to re
viving the slave trade, let me ask him a few questions.
Do you yourself not want more negroes? If you
could get a few likely boys and girls from Afries, at
one hundred dollars per head, would you notilske
them? Are you content never to have any other
acessions to the laborers of your plantation, than
their natural increaue/ Is the whole South anything
but one extensive plantation with a large family of
slave holders residing upon and owning it?: If it
would advantage you to revive the slave trade for a
tie, would it nut advantage your neighhersso?
Would you have the slave trade revivdoy 'foir'
prsonal benefit? Cain you do so even if younas so
foolishly selish? Are you the State any mere than
Louis XIV was ? Louis is dead, but does not !rance
still remain, and without consenting for your neigh.
bor to get a few more Africans as well as yourself,
will not your present poverty or want of Africana
also remain ? If you wait until the slave tradeghall
be revived merely for your individual good, wllgon
not he like the man, who stood on the bank of adeep
river, waiting fur the usual flow of Its waters toe falj
that he might cross ? Ought geographical lin a to
limit the demand and supply of blacklabor any kore
hn of white? Ought geographical lines to regsiate~
the supply of negroes any more than of mules and
mustangs ? Will you assist the Abolit~upists ia.bgpd.
ig a prison wall around the South? Can yo
tny more clear money by growing catton att 't
cents a puund, with the labor of one negro cosig.
twenty hundred dollars, than you ciduld t-y lalnang
cotton at five cents a pound, with four negroes eeoding1
v hundred dollars each? Whea the cuiltur. of
cotton had ceased to pay a good interest npoaithe
cost of negro labor, could you not thee go at asame.
thing else ? If not, where are the inventive faculties
and superior skill whichi your white skin presupine
you to possess, that you should fall ilack upon tie
Arobic and whig doctrine of monopoly ? Whenaier
one days labor in any branch of business at the S
can pay fur twro days labor in any other branelof
busineus among us, will not all labor quit the~'ar
pursuit and take to the former until guality of pra64t
from a day's toil in the two occupations shall 1 1~
Would the revival of the slave trade staday
better chance to glut the cotton market than itwead
the mricet for rice, tobacco, sugar, hemap, navalatorw,i
etc? Every species of industry in the country wol
soon adapt itself to the new and altere1 State of
.things. Only about onec third of the negroes in thei
South are now engaged in planting cotton. If ,gg t
of theta were put at it, we would net nesd'any t
Afrians to grow cotton. But, that as nit
and. cannot be done noe matter how- .gr~4e ny 1
selL Hence, it is simple to apprehend that if the
slave trade were revived, all the imported neres
would be employed in cultivatingi cotton. The, &
thinking sugar planter likewise disads thatalth t
wild Africans would ho put in a sugar house; andi ji
dar say too, that the superficial rite or tobacco paa. t
tar fears that the same exclusive use would he naa
of the Africans to ruin his businens. Is It not' na.
accountable how the cotton, or riee,er sugar, o
or tobacco planter can deem hinmself secure fro~ a
injurious competition with laboerera brought fu
Virginia, and yet entertain an overpowering dread e
istantnobus destruction to h~a~iaussby a se
of the..1eve trade? If the trad in e rsviad nL i
re may expect the destruction of our sugar and cot
Dn culture by Cuba and other States underworking
ur scares and high priced labor.
All nations and peoples, save only the South and
or slave holders, are ever eager to increase their sup.
Ily of labor, by any a'd every manner of means.
L'he North always applauds the invention .of a new
abor saving machine. Even our anti-slave traders
Sthe South rejoice at it. Yet there is no practical
lifferenee, between inventing a machine, which with
he aid of one man can do the work of four, and in
mporting four tines as many laborers, of fgesh and
,lood, to do the same species of labor as the machine
ierforms. The man who controls such a machine
ud its one operator, cemmands just as much labor
s he who controls the four laborers. The saving of
abor in the one case is idential in principle with the
'erease of it in the oter. To illustrate: A eircular
aw mill can do the work of thrie upright saws, there
,y adding three-fold to the quantity. of labor which
would have to be employed, If upright saws were
till used to cut our lumber, in place of the circular
aws, yet must we abandon the circular saw mUil, be.
ause it increases our supply of productive labor.
Iust we heed the remonstrance of those who own
tpright saw mills? A sewing machine, in the hands
,f a single female, will now execute the task of four
ieamstresses, which produces the precise result in
inch neighborhood, where a machine is worked, as
would the addition of four times as many seamstresses
a its sewing industry, still must we oppob.the intro
liction of the machine because one woman can now
io as much stiching as four could formerly? Must
he seamstresses be allowed to obstruct the use of
he sewing machine ? No! rather let the surpIus
leamstresses and the surplus upright saw-mill men
"go at something else."
So let our surplus cotton planters go at something
)Ise-growing wheat, sugar, hemp, rice, tobacco,
grapes, fruits; or at mining iron, copper and gold;
>r at evaporating salt, raising stock,,buildlng rail
rads, constructing steamboats, erecting factories, or
Ingaging in manufactures of various kinds, whenever
hey shall be blessed with an excess of cotton laborers.
[f we were to import three million -of wild African,
it would give the same impetus to our prosperity and
lave the same happy effect in diversifying our indas
try that the invention of a thoussan' labor-saving
whines would. If a machine were invented with
which one hand could hoe as much cotton as three
lands can now, would not our planters adopt it?
To say nothing of cotton ginas, plowing machines,
reaping miachin&s, steam engines and the countless
other labor-saving instruments, Rail Roads'alone
bare accomplished the same result upon the singlo
State of South Carolina, as would perhaps the addi
tion of one hundred thousand negroes to her present
slave labor if she were deprived of Rail Roads. They
have almost done away with wagons carrying to and
from distant markets; they have well nigh abolished
the business of staging, yet who would now dispense
with railroads at the bidding of wagon carriers,
wagon makers or of stage owners. I grant that
machines do not require susistace as human labor
does, but there is no other argumept, which can be
urged against the increase of human labor, which
may not be directed with equal force against the in
crease of labor-saving machinery. And the supposed
difficulty of subsisting more negroes at the South for
a thousand years to come, is about as well founded,
as was the fear of a clever boy, I once knew, that said
the world would one daysuffer for shoes in consequence*
of all the cattle dying, or being killed for beef. But
I shall recur to this subsistanco 'objection to revival.
At present I will only say that the States of the
North West have no apprehension about subsisting
more white laborers, notwithstanding the presence of
millions of Europeans, who have already congregated
there. And we may learn a profitable lesson from
the North on the matter of Increasing our supply of
slave labor by a little reflection. They welcome,
with open-arms, the emigrants from every land, es
timating each able bodied emigrant, -as worth one
thousand dollars to the aggregate wealth of the coun
try, beilause he can make at least one hundred dollars
per anunum, besides subsisting himself; which is equlvo
lent to the-annual interest upon one thousand dollars
nomeof tr~itk 'estrn Sale areso esirous
of getting more labor, that they clothe the just ar.
rived emigrant with the high prerogative of suffrage,
and with the privilege of holding offie very shortly
afterwards,.solely, singly, and e;Iclusively, to tempt
hiis footstep's thither, that they may have his labor.
Oregon, which was admitted Into the Union as a State
a few days ago, has a clause in her constitution framed
expressly to attract foreign laborers within her bor
ders. What a contrast between their fears and ours
about sabsatance, and about the profit of more labor.
None of the North Western States are afraid of the
wheat culture being overdone, yet growing wheat is
their chief business. It isE the same to them that
raising cotton is to us. They feed the world and we,
siothe it. True sometimes, the supply of wheat is in
excess of the demand, (as was tho case with our sup
ply of cotton maffy years age) but the farmers of
the North West then "ego at something else," as I
have essayed to show we could do, if our cotton mar
ket wore made stagnant by over-production.
WVAsHINGTUN, February 25,
The Senate, to-day, passed the bill rainingthe
postage to live cents for all .weights over halIf an
ounce, and abolishi-'g the franking privilege.
The Cuban question was resumed, with the un
serstanding that they would not adjourn until
the matter had been voted on.
The House reconsidered the vote rejecting the
Post Oflice bill. The Naval Appropriation bill
was up for discussion.
Waarri1GToN, Feb. 2.-In the Senate, to-day,
M[r. Slidell said, as the defective rules of the
Senate permitted the minority to prevent a vote,
he would, rather than sacrifice the appropriation
bill, and thereby render it necessary tor a call of
an extra session of Congress, and particularly
as the Senate has already expressed an opinion
in favor of the acquisition of Cuba by a test
vote of twelve majority last night-he said he
would withdraw the bill, and bring it forward
~he next session of Congress.
The army appropriation bill was passed, with
m amendment of nearly one million dollars for
The House passed the post office appropria
ion bill in the same form as reported on yester
ThePeietsn in his veto of the Agricul
:zral College bill.
Various amendments to the appropriation bill
were acted on; and the naval appropriation bifl
was debated. -
A DssTaEss!No ACCIDENT.-'WO are pined to
earn (says the Cheraw Gazette,) that a little son
>f Mr..James Nicholson, of this District, came
o his deatlt by a singular accident, on Sunday
It appears that there was several boys playing
ogether, running and jumping on the back of
anch other, &c. Whilst this wee'going on, one
>f the boys had a large k-nife in his hand, whit.
ling, and had just placed his hand behind him
rhen the deceased ran round a house and jumped.
mn him not seeing the knife, which entered his
ody and pierced his heart, causing his death
An inquest was held on Monday and-the ver
lict was in gcordance with the above facts.
AN UNPORTUNALTE OCCURRENcE.-We regret to
earn that on Tuesday afternoon last, a difficul
y, which had been for some time' pending be
ween Mr. Sorter, of Newberry Disfrict, and
ur. S. T. Agnew, of Newberry village, was
rought to a point by the meeting of the two gen
lemen, when a rencontre ensued and resulted in
he infliction of pistol shot wounds-not, how
ver, of a serious nature.
What is most to be regretted, is, (as we learn,)
hat on Wednesday morning, whilst .i.r. Agnew,
n company with Mr. 0. Wells, was passing upon
he street, an assault was made by Mr. Sorter
pon Mr. Agnew, with a shot gun which was
red at Mr. Agnew, and the largc'st portion of
he contents-squirrel shot-was accidentally
odged in the left thigh of Mr. 0. WVells. For
unatelyv the wound is not regarded as danger.
SWherish the buds of pity, and they will
'loom ..it. b..wit