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Contented John Hopkins.
QlM bom-it John Hopkin.-, a hudgcr nuJ ditcher,
Although ho was poor, dill not wish to be richer;
Tor ali the?J vain wishes to him were prevented,
By thu iortuuatc habit of being contented.
Though cold waa the weather, or dear was thc food,
John never wa- fouud in a murmuring mood;
For thia he WAS constantly heard W declare:
What he could not prevent he WJUIJ cheerfully
"For, why should I grumble and murmur?" he
If I cannot get meat, I'll be thankful for brotd ;
And though fretting may make my calamities
It never can cause bread and cheese to bs cheaper.*'
If John was afflicted with sickness or pain,
lie wished himself better, but did not complain,
Xor lie down to fret in despondence and sorrow,
But said that he hoped to be better to-morrow.
If any one wro*:gc-d hi:n or treated him ill,
Why John was good and sensible ?'ti'! :
For he said, tint revenging thc injury done
Would be miking tiro rogu-js wuero there need bo
An 1 thu.1 hnn-.'St John, thoura his st-tiou was
Lu m bio,
Passed through this ?id world without even
An I 'twerj well if some folk?, who arc greaterand
W..i;ld copy John Hopkin--, thebedgcr ami ditcher.
souEraixti ABOUT A MURDER.
V CL'ND ED ON FACT.
A fuit- and gentle giri was Barbara
Comyn, the only, daughter ol' one of tho
-strictest ami sternest old ministers fha'
ever adhered tu Calvin. Vet Mr. Com yu
was thoroughly conscientious in ?ill hi
views; and when ho frowned; die did it
nut through luve of frowning, hut that hf
hoped, hy git hering a cloud upon hi
brow?, to bring down from those eyes
upon which he frowued such she wers ol
repentance as refresh and make green the
soul sin-withered and sere from the harsh
and i ot suns of vice. He was iii truth,
a worthy and good man-somewhat nnr
row of mind anil bigoted of creed, it ma)
be. but utterly incapable nf committing
an ungenerous or dishonorable action.
Still, greatly as he loved his winsome
daughter, much as he prized her for that
?cai woman's sake, who, as long as she
lav in his bosom, had brought him com
lort, and happiness, und honor, he was
something overharsh with her, nigcardly
in thc bestowing of caresses, and liberal
in the gift of unnecessary rebuke. \ er;
severe, then, was his displeasure whet
sie confessed to him, with many blushes,
that she loved her young Episcopalian
kinsman, John Percival.
The cousins had not been reared to
gather; nor had they even met before
the youth had passed his twenty-fifth
year, the girl her nineteenth.
He had been brought up in England,
of which country his father was an emi
nent physician lately deceased, who hu?:
bequeathed to his only son his profession
al ability, with ample me*ans of com
mencing his career in a handsotr.e man
ncr. When he first came to Scotland to
visit his mother's sister, he found her a
corpse ; and there, in the house, of mourn
ing, the consoler of the motherless Bar
bara, he lenrned to love her with a sin
cerity of affection to .which she fully rc
?ponded. Great was his vexation an?
surprise to receive a stern donia, of hi
s.uit from the minister, who, although lie
had never testified any degree of partiali
ty for his wife's nephew, had nevertheless,
evinced no dislike of him. But when re
spectfully called upon to assign a reason
for so unexpected a. rejection, he briefly
said that no child ot his should, with bi&
blessing, wed any man who was not a
' strict Presbyterian; and that, moreover,
he had other views for his daughter."
Nor were the tears of his kind hearted
but timid old maiden sister, of any effect.
His obstinacy was not to be subdued,
nor his will opposed; and the unrelenting
preacher, who taught humility, love, and
concord, from his pulpit, and who could
produce not one sensible reason for
thwarting thc attachment of two amiable
creatures, concluded the scene by flying
into a furious passion, in which ho gav?,
.lohn Percival clearly to understand that
he was no longer an acceptable, or oven
The young man left the manse imme
diately, and was not slow in quitting
Scotland ; but love, which teaches many
things, taught the kinsfolk means of keep
ing up, though at rare intervals, an epis
tdary communion-so frequently thc
one sustaining prop cf two divided
A year or more passed-finding them
true to each othe \ Barbara refused sev
eral excellent proposals of marriage, nov
did her father persecute her with express
ed wishes for her acceptance of any of
them-until, at length, he introduced ti?
her one Mr. Bruce, a wealthy clothing
merchant from Glasgow. Ile was a man
of about fifty years of age, of a well,
favored and portly presence, and account
od a sure, and somewhat sour follower of
-Mr. Cot ny n's favorite creed. Barbara
had frequently heard her father speak
highly of his Glasgow friend, but as no
warning had prepared her, she was very
far from dreaming of the character he
was about to perform in her presence ;
and, and, indeed, the wooing of the honest
clothier was neither very active nor op
pressive-but, alas, for all that, it was
steadfast and resolute.
A wonderful deal of what they deem
ed " religious discussion" was carried on
betwixt Mr. Bruce and thc minister du
ring the visit of the former at the manse,
which wc have omitted to state was sit.
uated out of the town of Aberdeen, in a
retired strath, or valley, full of hazels
and sloe-bushes, with the Dee running
through them like a huge silver snake.
Although little more than half a mile
from Aberdeen, and much nearer the
church of which Mr. Comyn was minis
ter, thc manse, seemed as lonely and
quiet as if thirty miles lay between it
and a busy, populous town. Now, though
Mr. Bruce had hired a sleeping apartment
in thc cottage of Air. Comyn's bellnmn,
or sexton, which stood hard by the kirk,
he spent all his spare time with his friend
at thc manse, where his meals were inva
riably taken; and in addition to the won
derful amount of polemical palaver we
have hinted, at a wonderful deal of whis
key-toddy did the worthy minister and
his guest contrive to swallow in the heat
of their arguments. Many a time and
oft did good, innocent Miss Henny Comyn
declare, that when the shake hands hour
arrived, Mr. Bruce, "puir man, seemed
to toddle oil' to his cosie heddie at Davy
Bain's marvellously fu' o' the spirit!"
True it was ; but ?he ancient virgin guess
ed not. in her guilelessness, that the spirit
wa* au evil one, and elicited by man lire
?Voin the unsuspecting barleycorn.
A.t last, ns we have, said, Mr. Comyn
?poke out his wish-nay, his commands,
that Barbara should prepare to receive
Jilr. Bruce as a bridegroom in six months
thereafter; and n?w Mr. Bruce himself,
a sh v and dour man at other times, found
courageoneda1 .afterdinner, toexpresshis
Move." J louent man! bigoted and selfish
as he was, he was neither cruel hy nature
.nor cross-grained ; and he was even moved j
by the pathetic and frank avowal which J
Barbara made" to him bf the state of hei
heart. But, though touched by her tears
he understood them not, treating them
but as the natural mawkishness of girlish
sentimentality ; nor had her assurances
that she could never love any one but. hei
cousin John, power to dissuade him from
the prosecution of his suit. He was voi<
of all delicacy of feeling, was neithei
hurt nor displeased with her confess?e
partiality for another, but satisfied him
self by quoting, misquoting, and titted)
perverting scripture, and concluded b\
asstuing her that it was her bounden dut)
to obey" her father before marriage-hei
husband after. He had no doubt she
would be very happy as his wife, for "h(
was rich, and a steady Presbyterian !'
And with this declaration, threatening :
return in six months to claim her hand
which he had the audacity to kiss-h<
left her fur his Glasgow '"arehouses.
in this dilemma the poor lassie knew
not what course to pursue. Her aunt
although kind, indulgent, pitying her, wa!
oouud m complete sei ?doiu to her brother
and was quite unable to suggest ?nj
means or likelihood of release; so Bar
bara wrote a full account of her predica
ment to her lover. Not long afterwards
so cleverly disguised by dress as to de
ocive even herself, Percival was again a
Aberdeen-determined, should all othei
methods fail, to carry ntl" his kinswumni
on the very eve of the bridal ; and man)
i twilight evening when the minister sm
over his books, or took his affer-dinnei
nap, did those young creatures meet, un
ottced and unsuspected, ou the batiks o
the Dee. But those meetings must soot
-.nd, for six mouths have passed, and Mi
L?rucc-once more lodged in thc house <>!
Davy Bain-is cwtne to wed and take
home his reluctant bride.
One evening-it was cloudy and threat
eiied foul weather, though, the sn tn met
iii* was warm and surcharged with flower
scents-John Percival betook himself ai
usual to the customary trysting.place. Ii
was a thick copse of hazel, past whifl
ran-heard but not Been-the river, whicli
A-here inc shrubbery ended, toniu-U
dark, deep pool, so garnished by over
hanging nut-trees that it had acquired th
name of the Nut-h?le. Beyond this poo
lay the road to the manse : but as thi
trees here ceased to oller concealment
the NuVtrce-hole became the limits ti
Percival's attendance cn his cousin in hei
way homewards. The rustic seat in th"
centre of the coppice was still unoccupied,
and he began to fear thai something ha<
transpired to prevent her from coming
lt was of no use to listen for the sound
nf her light advancing foot-steps, for tin
Dee made so loud and incessant a sougl
as it tumbled from the steep bank tba
helped to form thc Nut-hole, that i;
drowned all lesser sounds.
He was, however, soon made cousciou>
?hat there were sounds which no sough t j
tumbling waters could drown; fora sud
den, neither remote nor suppressed, ;
tierce, a pitiful cry, like that of one it
some dread life-peril, struck upon his ears,
succeeded by the breaking asunder of the
boughs of the trees, and then a plunge ii
the water-a plunge that made itsel
heard above the monotonous murmur o?
the falling flood. Astonished, almos
alarmed, he rose, and was hastening
through the thicket towards the Nut-hob
whence the noise had proceeded, when
as he was about to cross the track tba
led from the manse to the main road t<
Aberdeen, he behrdd flying towards hin
a dark-mantled figure. He knew it at
once. Her hands stretched towards him
her face ghastly with the death-white o
intense horror, Barbara staggered for
wards, aud with a-sharp, short gasp, as i
?he dreaded to give utterance rn dwp fi1:1
by a louder sound, she fainted at his very
He thought no more of the Nut-hole
or of what might have happened then
absorbed in his solicitude fur his beloved
cousin ; but his endeavors to restore lid
to animation were fruitless. The mans?
lay nut two hundred yards distant-so
at such a juncture, regardless of \vha?
the consequences might he to himself, ht
bore her in his arms; and not without
some difficulty, for the track was narrov
and broken up, and the night had darken
ed with falling rain, he reached the house.
Fortunately, there was no one in the par
lot but Miss Henny; and the siuito.
maiden, seeing a stranger bearing the
body of her niece, would have screamed
had not he at once whispered his owi
name, briefly explained what had happen
ed, and entreated her to befriend them.
"Gae awa', gae awa', laddie," said she
as she quidkly brought some vincgai
from the sideboard, and bathed her nieoeV
brow with the refreshing liquid. "M\
brittler maunna see you ; nor, if I cai
help it, shall he know acht o' this. Ga
awa', -Johnny, dear ; he'll be back, believe.
She's beginning to revive. PU get her to
bcd, and tell him she's too ill to attend
prayers. God bless you, my aili dawtie,
what' iv this?" added she, kissing the
j brow of the girl. whose eyes opened to
perceive the retiring form of her cousin
If Barbara Comyn revealed to hoi
good aunt the cause of her fright and con
sequent illness, it is very certain thai
Miss Henny kept thc secret. Next mor
ning, indeed, though with a wan face.
Barbara appeared at prayers ; and Mr.
Comyn had concluded reading a portion
of the gospel, when a paper falling out ol.
the Bible, arrested his attention fur a mo
ment-only fora moment, however; for
mentally supplicating forgiveness for thai
involuntary wandering of his thoughts
from the act of worship in which he was
engaged, the goud man knelt and prayed
with fervor. This sacred duty termina
ted, they sat down to the breakfast table,
and then the minister slowly opened the
paper, glanced over it, turned deadly pale
" The great and .good God be around
us ! Let not the delusions of Satan pre
vail, but keep from us the evil spirits that
make us see things that are not !"
"What is the matter, brither?" cried
the wondering Miss Henny, whilst, ns
though chained to thc table, Barbara
neither moved nor spoke.
"Take this, woman," said he in a trem
ulous voice, " and read it to me, that I
be sure the same awful words that meet
my sight also meet yours."
And the astonished Henrietta, taking
the paper, read what follows :
Last night, ar'.er leaving you, I wns
stopped^ by your sexton my "landlord,
David Bain, who led me out of the high
road to the Nut-hole, under pretence of
showing me a large, salmon which he had
hooked but could not land. He there
felled me to the earth, robbed nie, and
flung my body into the river Dee. Pray
for the soul of SIMON BRUCE.-' *
When the awe-struck Henrietta ceased,
she found that Barbara had fainted : and
the minister, in a whirl of distracting
thoughts to which he was unaccustomed,
ascribing his child's swoon to terror,
placed the ominous paper in the Biblp,
and determined to make known the whole
mysterious case at once at once to Mr.
Craigie, the chief magistrate of Aberdeen, i
Not for a single instant did Mr, Comyn I j
suspect a hoax, oi;Imagine "ftc afiair lo
be only the mischievous, trick of some
idler. He therefore hastened up stairs
to change his coat, leaving the Bible con
taining the document from the dead on
thc table; while his sister, finding her
niece better, left her to see that her
brother's best hat and gloves were ready.
We wonder what Barbara is about
Presently Mr. Comyn returned to the
parlor, and putting the Bible in his pock
et ; (for ho dared not again look at the
horrible piece of writing,) set off at a
quick pace for the town. Nor, as he
hurried on. did he give a passing glance
at the track which diverged from -the
highroad towards the Nut-hole. The
magistrate was at home, and great, in
deed, was his amazement when he heard
the minister's story: but lo! when Mr.
Comyn, reverently taking the Bible from
hid pucket, opened it to show Mr. Craigie
the note, written,.'as he declared, in th?
peculiar handwriting of his friend, hi
found nothing where he had deposited il
but a piece of blank paper, folded up in
the satne form, but utterly void !. And
then, in truth, the worthy magistrate
waxed somewhat wroth ; at first accusing
Mr. Comyn of being credulously duped
by some pawkic servant who owed him
a grudge, and ending by setting him dowr
as." clean daft, doited, and dazed by toe
mickle study," (mid, in his ire, he liad
very nearly added 11 too much toddy."]
Lint HS in no amicable frame of temper
the gentlemen were about to quarre!
donwnright, the magistrate asking thc
minister what proof he could adduce ol
Mr. Bruce's not being alive and merry,
a reasonable loud knocking at the streot
?door interrupted them, and presently ii
domestic entered to announce that "ti
drowned man had been brought to thc
With shaking limbs thc minister fol
lowed Mr: Cragie down stairs to the lob
by. now full of people. It appeared thal
some men employed in the salmon-lishc
ries had, within the last hour, dragged
their nets, in which they had discovered
the corpse of a man whose skull had
been literally smashed in twain by a vio
It was, in fact, the body of Mr. Bruce.
Here, indeed, was confirmation strange
if the statement which the mysterious
md missing document, had contained ?
Mid both Mr. Craigie and thc minister,
exchanging a look that expressed their
mutual dismay, were sorely perplexed
i H their own minds how to account foi
:hese singular events. The body wa?
.everently laid out in the hall, whilst the
magistrate, summoning some eif his offi
rials, and accompanied by the clergyman
md one or two of the fishermen, proceed
id to the cottage of David Bain.
14 The bellman was not at home, having
jone," they said, " to Mr. Comyn's to in
pure about his lodger,. Mr. Bruce, whe
nacl not come home to his bed thc nighl
before, as was customary."
Strange glances passed between tht
auditors ; but a sign from the magistrate
imposed silence, and they drparted, deter
milling to survey the Nut hole, neai
which, in the river, the body had beet;
found tn the nels. As tney threaded tin
hicket of hazel, at some distance from
che pool, oue of thc salmon-fishers de
blared that from a plot of whitethorn and
bramble-bushes he had seen the eyes ol
a foumart, or pole-cat, glare out upor
him, and, in a low voice, directing the at
tention of a comrade to the spot, they
could detect the figure of a man crouch
ng among the trailing shrubs. Whisper
ng their suspicion to Mr. Craigie, he or
dered the whole party to join quietly in
i search, and follow him and the ministei
? o thc Nut-hole. Thither, then, the mag'
??trate, attended only by Mr. Corny ti.
proceeded ; and who think ye, found they
A young man, handsome, and well
dressed, in the undisguised apparel of fl
gentleman, stood there, evidently uncon
scious of the advancing twain. He held
( a stout, club-like stick in his hand, which
he was examining intently-for it was
covered with blood, now dried, and amidsi
which sluck clots of hair ! As the gen
tlemen came suddenly upon him he start
-.'d and dropped the stick ; whilst Mr.
Comyn, staring at him in wonder, for
as we have said-all disguise had been
discarded, exclaimed-"John Percival,
is this you?"-a question w:ich the
young man could have answered in the
affirmative with strict veracity, but for
the assertion from the magistrate which
followed it up.
"And you, sir, are the murderer ol
Mr. Bruce !"
" Good God ! what do you . mean ?"
cried the horrified youth.
"That stick, which you have just drop,
ped, is covered with blood," said Mr,
Craigie. "A foul murder has been com
mitted, and we lind you with the sup
posed instrument of that murder near
the very spot where there is ground to
believe the act was perpetrated."
A fearful pang shot through Percival's
frame but conscious innocence made it
brief; and with a calmness of demeanor
which guilt never could have assumed,
and gravely smiling, he turned to his un
" You cannot believe that I am guilty ?"
" No, no, John !" answered the indi
vidual appealed to. "God forbid that I
should judge you wrongfully, but."
"But," interrupted the magistrate, "not
only does it appear that you have slain a
man, but that, desirous of fixing your
guilt upon another, you have written a
letter falsely accusing an innocent person
of that crime."
"Letter?" he repeated. "Sir, I do not
even know what you mean."
"Mr. Comyn," asked the magistrate
u this young man-thc nephew of my la
mented friend, your late wife-paid court
as I understand, to your daughter, and
was by her rejected ?"
"By me, sir-by mc, Mr. Craigie,"an
swered the clergyman ; "the lassie never
rejected him, but I did."
"And the murdered man," slowly pro
nounced the magistrate, " was the betroth
ed husband of Miss Comyn ?"
Percival started violently, uttering an
ejaculation of horror and wonder, for at
last he saw the inferences which Mr.
Craigie seemed willing to draw from cir
cumstances that certainly looked suspi
" As God is my judge that is the truth,"
replied the minister, "and I had forgotten
all about it. Oh, John Percival, as you
are the nephew of my beloved Mary,
answer mc willi truth, and say lhat you
are innocent of this heinous deed V*
" I am indeed innocent, my dear un
cle," said the young man ; " nor did I
know until this moment who tho unfor
tunate man was of whose untimely death
I am accused."
At this moment other actors appeared !
upon the scene.
"Hero he is, gentleman-we've got
him, safe and sound !" cried several voices J
?md dragging a wild haggard-faced man,
the fishers and officials of justice approach-1
ed the trio who stood by the Nut-tree I
""The Lord bc our guide?" exclaimed
Mr. Comyn, u it ia really David Bain !"
and as the wretched sexton struggled to
free himself from the "rms that pinioned
him, the minister, prompted by a sudden
impulse, advancing 'owardshim and look
ing steadily in his face, said :
u David Bain, look not to deny your
crime, but confess it, and implore your
Maker's pardon, even at this the eleventh
bour. In my Bible, this morning, I found
a paper, written by the spirit of him you
murdered here last ni<;ht, and charging
you with the commission of the deed."
At these strafe words, which in our
modern times might have produced
mirth, the guilty creature, losing all self
possession, uttered a loud cry, and point
ing to the bloody cudgel, which still lay
at the magistrate's feet exclaimed : .
"'. I did it with that! I did it with that,"
and fell back io a fit
It would be easy to lengthen out our
historiette into one of circumstantial evi
dence, trial, condemnation, and ultimate
discovery ; but wc have preferred telling
it as it really happened. On the person
of David Bain were found.a>pocket-hand
kerchief and purse, recognised as the
property of the late Mr. Bruce, and con
taining bank-notes and bills to a considera
ble amount-the sight of which, in the pos
session of bis lodger, had evoked the cu
pidity of the bell-man. Ile made a full
confession and in due time suffered the
penally due to hit offence. Meanwhile
thc minister, iu the thankfulness of his
soul to lind his nephew guiltless, embraced
him tenderly, and freely permitted that
courtship to proceed between his daughter
and him, which he had before so strenu
One circumstance still remained a mys
tery, and undeveloped to all save Barba
ra's aunt Percival, and the worthy mag
istrate-by whose advice, indeed, it was
concealed faun the minister-who, to his
dying day, confidently believed that the
paper he had found in his Bible had been
placed there by supernatural interposi
tion. But thc hand of the dead had noth
ing to do with it, as.we mean to explain.
On thc evening of the murder, Barbara
Comyn sallied for the to meet her cousin
leaving Mr. Bruce and her father discus
sing punch and polemics. She was later
than usual, and as she sped along, she be
came aware of the approach from Aber
deen of an i nd i vidal, whom she could not
avoid meeting if she proceeded direct to the
tryst. She therefore went into a different
track, thinking to make a circuit which
would occupy the time the stranger might
take, in passing the copse of hazels ; but,
unfortunately, (or fortunately, was it?)
she met a poor woman, the wife of a
neighboring peasant, who was on her way
to thc manse to implore some black cur
rant jelly for a child suffering from sore
throat. The call of distress was never
disregarded by Barbara, and she flew
back to the manse, procured the jelly,
and giving it to the woman, hastened
amidst falling rain to the trysting.placc
As she was about to round the point
which hid the Nut-hole from- view, she
heard the sounds of struggling feet and
wrestling arms, and, regardless of danaer
to her herself in her fears for Percival,
she forced her way through some bushes,
and beheld two men, in no friendly em
brace, staggering on thc very verge of
the pool. Before she could look again
thc one had failed on the earth, and the
other, with a desperate blow of his stick
on the head of the prostrate man, uttered
an oath in a voice whose peculiar tones
were well-known to Barbara, and in the
twinkling of an eye shoved the wounded
man over (he ban:? into thc Nut-!ree hole.
lier Mood curdling with horror, Barba
ra found no voice, no strength, lo speak
or stir ; but she became, so to speak, all
eye; and as the murderer, swiftly cram
ming into his hat and pockets something
which she could not define, rose up and
forgetful of the cudgel, which lay blood
d?bbled on tho grass, rushed from the
???lace where he had taken thc burden ol
deadly sin upon bis soul, she saw his face,
and tecognised her father's se.xton-D;?vid
In terror that found no tongue she
reached her lover, and became insensible ;
nor was it till her recovery, when she
found herself alone with her aunt th.it
she felt how important to her future life
might be the events of that night. She
resolved, ere yet she spoke.one word in
reply to the questions of lier aunt, to as
cribe her swoon to anything but the real
cause. ; and it was, perhaps well ?he so
determined, for she remembered that in
her fright from thc fatal spot where she
had witnessed the perpetration of so foul
a deed, she had picked up a letter, which
she bad hid in her bosom scarcely con
scious of what she did, yet perhaps, im
perceptibly aware-with the foresight ot
inexplicable convictions-that it might
vet prove of essential service. When
she retired to her chamber and bad got
rid of Aunt Henny, took the paper from
its concealment, and saw that it was the
empty cover of a Ie'tor addressed to
uMr. Bruce, at the house of David Bain,
sexton ;" and then the certainty struck
her of thc murdered man being her aili
The character of D".vid Bain was mark
ed by extreme avarice, and Barbara's
conclusions as to the instigating cause of
the crime he had committed were easily
formed. But what means could she pur
sue in order to convict guilt, without at
ihe same time rendering her own appear
ance before a public court of justice ne
cessary ?-from which she shrank ner
vously, since the cause of her presence in
such a spot, and at such an hour, must of
course be revealed. A sudden thought
struck ber-and, wild as it wus, she put
it into instant execution. She knew her
father's belief in supernatural agency,
and trusted strongly to the effect such a
a document as that which she had now
prepared would have upon him. She
wrote the note which Mr. Comyn discov
ered in the Bible, imit?t ng Mr. Bruce's
hand, which was peculiar, as closely as
she could ; and then, when the minister
left it there, she subtracted it thence, un
interrupted and unsuspected. But when
it pleased the Almighty to make manifest
the murderer by the means thus strangely
suggested to her, she confessed the whole
to the indulgent Henny, and her lover,
and by their advice took the magistrate
also ?mo her confidence.
Wc have nothing more to relate, but
that Barbara Comyn and John Percival
were soon after uuited by the worthy
minister ; whilst Miss Henny was as busy
as a bee in preparations for the wedding,
and r.? happy in witnessing the happiness
of others ns if she had never known a
care of her own.
NOW ON HAND sud for ?ale at REDUCED
RATES, a good nuiortment of
Which ia point, of nmnnfticturo, finish and price,
cannot fail to R?VP satisfaction to purchnsTs.
Furniture barterod for ALL KINDS OF
COUNTRY TRODUCE, and good trades giren.
S. M. WITT.
Jun? 3? if 39 <
IMPORTANT ANO TRUE !
KENNY & GRAY,
?38 BROAD ST., AUGUSTA, OA.,
Address themselves to the public in very emphatic terms. Every
. Gentleman in South Carolina and Georgia who "will
take the trouble to call at our
FIRST CLASS CLOTHING HOUSE,
Will be willing to endorse our assertion :
That our House contains the MOST JOMPLETE
ASSORTMENT, and the most elegantly
finished Stock of
SPRING AND SUMMER WEAR,
That has over yet been offered in Augusta.(
It is, therefore, important thnt every gentleman who desires to be well dressed, in
garments that arc THOROUGHLY FINISHED, and, at the same time, at the
LEA3T POSSIBLE EXPENSE, to call at once at
KENNY & GRAY'S.
OUR TAILORING DEPARTMENT
Is supplied with the CHOICEST CLOTHS, CASSIMERES and VESTINGS,
including the most delicate shades of color to be found in the country ; Mid its op?
ration? will be prosecuted with RENEWED CAKE AND ATTENTION on the part of the
Proprietors, so that nothing of an inferior character can possibly escape their
We have made special selections of choice FURNISHING GOODS, which will
receive more care than heretofore, and enable our patrons to supply themselves at
our House with every article they may require.
Our Prices are immensely Reduced!
KENNY & GRAY,
238 Broad Street, A-ugrusta.
Aprl 3m' 14
To be Sold out in th? Next Few Weeks to Xake Room for More,
N~e w York Panic Prices
Calicoes at 10 Cents per Yard,
Good Fast Colors at 121-2 Cents,
The Very Best Styles Made at 15 Cents,
BLEACHED COTTONS at 10, 124, 15, 18, and 20 Cents.
LONSDALE COTTON, at 24 Cents.
84, 9-4, 10-4, and ll 4 BLEACHED and BROWN SHEETINGS, at
NEW YORK AUCTION PRICES.
STRIPED COTTONADES, at 124, 15, and 20 Cents.
COTTON PLAIDS, at IS and 20 Cents.
COTTONA DE PANTALOON STUFFS, at 20 and 25 Cents.
LINENS FOR PANTS AND COATS, from 25 Cents to the Finest.
SILK WRAPPINGS, at Half Price.
GRENADINE, HERNAN A, MOZAMBIQUE, and other SHAWLS, very
J3TT0 SECURE THE PICK OF THE STOCK COME EARLY.
V. RICHARDS & BROS.
301 Broad St., Corner by Planters' Hotel,
AUGUSTA, " Gr A.
Augusta, May 27 lm 21
NEW GOODS ?ND GOOD GOODS
Low Prices !
JhJ: On.? SPirio? Oxx?y ? I
I. SIMON & BRO.,
Nos. 176 and 224 Broad Street, Augusta, Georgia,
MANUFACTURERS AND DEALERS IN
fifi EU'S, BOYS' YOUTHS'
AND GENTS' FURNISHING GOODS,
HAVE on Hand a FULL and SPLENDID Stock of CLOTHING and FUR
N1SH1NG GOODS, which they offer to their Friends and the Public at large, at
REDUCED RATES AND AT ONE PRICE ONLY,
In their Clothing Department you will find
Fine Black Cloth DRESS COATS ; Fine Black DOESKIN PANTS;, i .
Fine Ciissimere DRESS SUITS, extra sizes;
All Silk Mixed Cassimere SUITS, extra size? ;
Irish Linen SACK and PA NTS ; LINEN DUSTERS ;
DUCK SUITS, all Linen; White Linen SUITS;
Silk, Linen and Marseilles VESTS, ext^a sizes.
And a large assortment of
BOYS' AND YOUTH'S CLOTHING
Wc offer MEN'S SUITS, made out of good Goods, at from $3 to MO per suit
In their FURNISHING DEPARTMENT you will find
Fine Linen SHIRTS, made by the best Manufacturers in the United States.
Fine Silk, White Lisle Thread and Gause UNDERVESH?.
Irkh Linen and Cotton DRAWERS.
CRAVATS. Linen and Paper COLLARS, Silk and Cofcon Half HOSE,
A lartre and fashionable stock of fine and common KAI'S ;
BOOTS, SHOES, TRUNKS, VALISES, CARPET BAGS, UMBRELLAS,
HAIR BRUSHES, COMBS, TOILET SOAPS,
And a great many other Goods too numerous to mention.
TO COUNTRY MERCHANTS AND FARMERS.
We will sell the above Goods at Wholesale or Retnil at a Maring" of 2*1
per Cent. Oil Your Part, and will guarantee to givi: you new and as
good Goods as are manufactured in the United States.
Call and examine our Goods before purchasing elsewhere, for your own satis
faction. Remember that tho One Price System is established for the* satisfaction ol
all who purchase their Goods from
I. SIMON & BRO;.
FASHIONABLE CLOTHING EMPORHXM,
176 and 224 Broad Street, ??gusta, C?as
Augusta, June 17 ff 2$
And New Prices for Edgefieid !
THE Subscriber is now opening at the Corner
Store, bctwoen Mr. B. C. BRYAN'S Brick Store
and the Planter's Hotel, a CHOICE ASSORT
Family and Fancy Groceries,
Liquors, Wines, Cordials, &c*.
Which in point of quality and low prices cannot
be excelled, if equalled, in this market.
I also intend dealing largely in thc
Such as BACON-, LARD, FLOUR, CORN,
MEAL, 4c, which will be sold at AUGUSTA
RETAIL PRICES-transportation added.
^^*Tho public are solicited to pay tho new
Store & visit and exainice my Stock and figures.
^?rThe highestmarkct price paid for all COUN
A. A. CLOVER, Agent.
Edgefield, Feb 12 tf 7
? CHRISTIAN MESSENGER*
Published Weekly, in Augusta, Ga.,
-A.T SS .A. YEAR.
AT the instance of, gentlemen residing in differ
ent parts of the State, whose judgment and wishes
are entitled to consideration, we propose to com
mence, on or about the 15th inst., thc publication
RELIGIOUS AND FAMILY PAPER,
the object of which will be tho dissemination of
intelligence, religious and moral principles among
all classes of our people throughout the country.
It is the desire and design of tho publishers tn
make thc MESSENGER an instructive ss web
as interesting family \.sitor-one tht.t will be
read and appreciated by tho intelligent reader,
among all classes, and equally acceptable tu
Christians of all denomination;.
To aid us in carrying on the work wc have
undertaken, we would respectfully ask all Minis
ters of the Gospel, and our friends generally, to
assist us in circulating the MESSENGER.
Contributions for its columns are solicited from
Ministers and others who may feel disposed to
aid ns in the good work we have undertaken.
All communications and remittances must be
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A few iilect advertisements will be inserted at
All papers friendly will please give the above a
Juno 1 25
For thc Plantation,
And the Home Circle.
A.T the request of the Publisher, I am now
acting as Agent for tba SOUTHERN CULTI
VATOR, an indispcnrablo Agricultural Journal,
published at Athens, Ga. Terms, $2 per annum.
Every Farmer, Planter and Horticulturist in
the South should hu a reader of the CULTIVA
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Sept 17 tf 3
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body likes to read.
Also. Reports of Scientific Sociotics, at home
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Practical Recipes, Etc. It also contains an Offi
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State of South Carolina,
IN COMMON PLEAS.
G. W. Murphy <fc Slocum, )
ya \ For. Attach.
J. A. Bass, J
THE Plaintiffs in thc above stated case having
this day filed their Declaration in my office,
and thc Defendant having neither wife nor Attor
ney known to reside within thu limits of this
State on whom copies of said Declaration with
rules to plead can be served ; On motion of W.
W. ADAMS, Esq., Plaintiffs' Attornoy, Ordered,
that said Defendant appear and plead to said
Declaration within a year and a day from tho date
heroof or final and absolute Judgement will be
given against bim.
S. HARRISON, C.C.E.D.
Sept 29,1866 lyq 41
State of South Carolina,
/.V COMMON PLEAS.
H. A. Shaw,, bearer, *)
vs V For. Attach.
Welcomo Martin. J
THE Plaintiff in thc above s ated case having
this day filed bis Declaration in my office,
and tho Defendant having ncitbor wife nor At
torney known to reside within tho limits of this
State on whom copies of said Declaration with
rules to plead can bc served : On motton of J. L.
Addison, Plain tiff's Attorney, Ordered that said
Defendant appear and plead to said Declaration
within a year and a day from the date hereof, or
final and absolute Judgment will bo riven against
him. S. HARRISON, c. c. E. D.
Mar 21, 1867. qlj 13
State of South Carolina,
IN COMMON PLEAS.
Guthridge Choathaui, bearor, 1
? \ For. Attachm'nt
G. W. Strom. J
THE Plaintiff in the above stated case having
this dny filed bis Declaration in my office,
and the Defendant having neither wife nor Attor
noy known to reside within thc limits of this
State on whom copies of said Declaration with
rulos to plead can be served ; On motion of W,
W. Adams, Plaintiff's Attorney, ordered that said
Defendant appear and plead to said Declaration
within a y ?ar and a day from tho date hereof oi
final and al solute Judgment will be given nea ins
Mm. S. HARRISON, C.C.K.D.
Mar 7, 1M7. ly ll
State of South Carolina.
IN 10MMOM PLEAS.
Guthridge Cheltham, ")
vs > Foreign Attachment.
G. W. Strom. J
THE Plaintiff !n the above itat?d case having
this day filed his Declaration in my office,
and tho Defendant having neither wife nor Attor
ney known to reside within the limits of this State
on whom copies of said Declaration with rules to
plead can bc served ; Ou motion of W. W. Adams,
Plaintiff's Attorney, ordered that said Defendant
appear and plead to said Declaration within n
year and a day from the date hereof or final and
absolute Judgment will be Riven against him.
Marli, 1 ?67. ly 11
Wheat Wanted !
TUB Subscriber will pay the highest market
price for 5000 BUSHELS WHEAT.
A. A GLOVER, Agent
DR. N. A. PRATT,
(Successors to Pratt h Wilson Bros.)
Analytical and Consulting Chemist?
. NO. 23, HA YNE STREET,
CHARLESTON, S. C.,
DR?GS, IJBEM?CALS,PAI??TS, GM
Andysn of Ores, Soils, Fertilizers, kc, mad?
with greatest care and accuracy.
Chemical advice givon in all hranches of th?
science, on moderate terms.
DR. F. OLIN DANN ELLY, so well kpown
throughout the State, is with me, and would be
glad to see old friends, or fill any order for Ooods.
Charleston, Mar 25 3ml3
sold by the Trade Generally.
.A Liberal Discount to' Dealers.
200,000 Furnished to the r. S. Gov
ARMY REVOLVER, . 44-100 in. Calibre
NAVY REVOLVER, 3G-100in. Calibre.
BELT REVOLVER, Navy Sire Calibre.
POLICE REVOLVER, Navy Size Calibre.
NEW POCKET REVOLVER, 31-100 in, pa?bre.
POCKET REVOLVER, (Rider's pt.) 31-100 in. Cal.
UEPEATI.NO PISTOL, (Elliot pt.) No. 22 k 32 Car.
VEST POCKET PISTOL, NO. V2. 30, 32 and 41 Car.
(jct. CANE, No. 22 and 32 Cartridge.
DnEEcu LOADINC RIFLE, (Beals') 32 k 38 Car.
REVOLVING RIFLE, 36 and 44-100 in Calibre.
Moore k Nichols, New York.
Wm. Read k Son, Boston.
Jos. C. Grubb k Co., Philadelphia.
Poultney and Trimble, Baltimore,
? llcnr. F Isom k Co.', ' New Orleans.
Johnson, Spencer k Co., Chicago.
L. M. Rnmsey k Co. St. Louis.
Albert ?. Crane, Son Francisco.
Circulars containing cuts and description of
ourArms will be furnished upon application.
E. REMINGTON k SONS, Ilion/N. Y.
Mar 12_g tf_ll
BROWN & PERKINS)
And Kusic Books.
WE would respectfully cali the attention of
Choir-Leaders and Singing School Teach
ers to our establishment, ?here a:l kii.d.. of Church
Music, Glee and Arnhem Books can bc obtained
cit the most favorable terms.
The long experience of our Mr. PERKIER, in
Musical Conventions, Choirs, -he Ct-ncert Room
and Sunday School, enables him to give udvice
and information on all points of mutin.l interest
as to thc selection of proper wi lks of instruction,
formation ot Musical Schools.-progress in musi
cal studies, and items of getierr.1 interest to com
posers, leaders, teachers und ttudents.
Sheet Music furnished cn tbe usual terms, with
promptness and dispatch. Country orders solici
ted-and selections m We'fdr pupils, teachers, con
certs, 4c, ?c., kc.
W??? be True to Me.T. E. Perkins,.30 cts.
Tho Orphan Wanderer,....T E Peikine,.30 ct?.
The Rose Bufb,.T. E. Perkins,.30 cts.
Fairy of the Wildwood,...H. A. Brown,.SO cte.
Memory, (for Baritoce,)..H. A. Brown,.20 cts.
Four of any of the above will be forwarded on
receipt of one dollar.
?SfSend for a Circulai:.
BROWN k PERKINS,
420 Broome St., New York City.
New York, Jon 1 ' 4ml
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E INVITE attention to our LARGE and
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Over 259 Leading Varieties,
INCLUDING THE NOVELTIES,
Which wo furnish, neatly put up in packets,
BY MAIL, POSTAGE PAID,
To any address, at our Catalogue rates, enabling
parties at a distance to purchase as advantage
ously as at our Storo.
All our Seeds are carefully tttttd before send
ing out, and arc
Warranted to Grow*
If properly planted out and cared for.
OUR NEW DESCRIPTIVE PRICED CAT
ALOGUE is mailed to any address on receipt of
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No. 9, N. George St., York, Pa.
Marli 2m ll
The Best Tonic Now in
C. F. PANKNIN,
CHARLESTON, S. C.
Charleston, Jan 15 ly 3
Is used by
First-class Hotels, Laundries, Tens
of Thousands of Families, and
should be used by all.
It gives a beautiful polish, making the iron
pass smoothly over the cloth, saving much timo
and labor. Goods done up with it keep clem
longes, consequently will not wear out so soon.
IT MAKES OLD LINEN LOOK LIKE NEW !
Sold by Druggists and Grocers generally.
OUR IMPERIAL BLUE
IS TH B BE S T IN THE WORLD!
. It is soluble in hard as well as soft water. It
is put up in the safost, neatest, and most conveni
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IT IS WARRANTED NOT TO STREAK THE
Sold by Grocers and Drugget* generally.
Agent* wanted everywhere, to whom wo offer
extraordinary inducements. Address
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No. 218 Fulton St., New York.
Jan 1_ Cm_1
GROVESTEEN & CO.,
WHO FORTE HAHlEBo,
.109 Broadway, New York.
THESE PIANOS received thc Highest Award
of Merit at tbe World't Fair, over tho best
makers from London, Paris, Germany, the cities
of Now York. Philadelphia Ballimore ned Bos
ton: also, tho Gold Medal at the American
Imtiinie, for FIVE SI?CESS1VE YEARS!!
Oar Pi.mos contain tho French Grand Action,
Harp Pedal, Overstrung RMS?, Full Iron Frame,
and all Modern Improvements. Every Instru
ment irnrrcn'ed FIVE YEAHS! Made under
thc supervision of Mr. J. H. GROVESTEEN,
who has a practical experience of over thirty-five
years, and is thc maker of orer cletta tloH*aud
Piano-Forte*. Our facilities for manufacturing
enable us to sell these instruments from $100 to
$200 cheaper than any first class piano forte.
?ST-GEO. A. OAT?S, Augusta, Ga., is the
authorized Agent for the sale of these PIANOS,
and will always keep a number on hand for the
inspection of tho public.
FOR Sale at this Office a large lot of OLD
NEWSPAPERS. For sale in parcela to snit
Jase 4, tf TA