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TiTIWSDLY TNR 186 E.E I NEs,
By ,111r epe. WINNSBORO, S. U., E3ATuRDAY MO'RN1NG, ]qAy 19, 1866. rVO)L.JIrrN-A
TIM TRH-IEEKlY NEWS
[ Wriuen for the Winnsboro' News ]
A Wild Horse Chase in Texas,
Dear Netv8: In obedience to my promise
I sit down to give you a slight sketch of
Tesas, and what they do there. but I find
it far easier to pIomise than perform. So i
will content myself with giving you the out
line of a wild hors chase, trusting that it
will answer the desired purpose. If I ap.
pear egotistic In what follows it Is because
truth so oompells me. My tale may not be
as amusing as Capt. Mayne Ruid's lively
stories, but it has the obsolete advantage of
To discord all further premise then, im
agile a fine summer morning in that por
tion of Texas known as the Upper ,Divide,
between Trinity and Brazos rivers--myself
seated in the galery of a Stock Ranoho,
lazily puffing a cigaretto, and gazing dreami
ly out on the boundless prairie. 'Tis a love
ly sight, as seen by the glowing light of the
early sun. But so still, so devoid of life
that one might imagine that no step had
ever trod that vast solitude. Except myself
there was no living animal in sight except
any saddle horse, that quietly grazed outside
of the stockade. Not even a tree was in
sight from this point of view, nothing but
the endless roll of the prairie. But glance
at that prairie and a mass of living beauty
seens to look back at you. Not Ihe most
magnificent. Pile. tha ever came from the
looms of Brussels, not the fine', piece of
tapestry that Normandy's fair -laughters,
embroidered, ever presented so varied or
highly colored a surface. Myriads of wild
flowers lift. their fresh, sweet faces to the
morning sun. Verbenas, (adozen varieties,)
davies, hearteatio and err tiL, -mnodest
,violet," besides hundreds of hers;
"iorn to blush unseen;"
except by tihe eye of the botanist, or the
lover of Nature's fairest and frailest work.
Turning from the contemplation of these
beauties, my mina reverted to the great
struggle which had so lately oonvulsed the
11d, and mU1 Mo me an, Gio 'lm home, kin
dred and almost. civilization. The reversion
of' ihought was not, pleasant, anl with an
impatient gesture I to.ised away the burnt
out cigaretto, and commenood rolling an
"Boot and saddle, amiya tio i!". shouted
a fresh hearty voice back of tihe Itsnoio.
Turning round to look I saw my now ac
quiaintance, hIerbert, and twoothers, mount
ed, armed and generally equipped, as
though some expedition wason foot.
"Light and try a water melon, and a
gourd of aqua nmauscal I" I replied.
-lfow's your riggitng ?!' said H1. as io and
his companion complied with the terms of
'All secure," I rejoined. "I twisted a
new hair girth yesterday and oiled my
lasiat, (I. e. lasso.) till it is as soft as a bri
dal glove, and aironger than a Inarriage
band. What's in the wind ?"
"A wild horse hunt," replied 11. with his
mouth full of water-melon, "yes, see there's
a bunch of them using in tihe big muskee
chupparel. on tie Brazos, Tahauei no at d
watering at 'Ilold qtaline,'.and A., Ii. and
myself thought we'd come over and get you,
and take a cruise for them, will you go ?"
"Yes, finish your inelons while I get rea
My preparations wore soon made, a whig
tle brought Mny'horso to the sally port. and
in a few minutes I wan ready, my girth and
stirrups looked to, my laslat coiled at tihe
saddle horn, a Spanish gourd of water and
jp4scal, kecping it onpany on the other
side, and two life preservers, in the shape
of Remington's army six-shootors belted
round iy waist.
Leaving the Ranch to the care of the old
half nogress, half Indian, who acts as house
keeper, cook, dairy anid chamber maid, and
taetotumn generally, we struck off in a
north-westerly direction at a sharp canter.
Tho neverfuiling praitie breeze fanned our
oheeks Pattridges and prairie hens shot off
on whistling wings from under our horses
heels.. W1 turkeys dogded behindil ti
tuf ~of rank #rass, while turantulas, cente
'6t di ohameleons, and snakes general
ly d o ansp or be trampled to death.
W'.sng Ash and . Wolfe creek., we
stret6hq wi b.unabated gods aersas thie
El. P or. t ees Plains anid
after' an l* hv'ide,a long dachk line
asgajnst stbi ~pfnounced thAt ye were
in aigist 'of t ts4of the Bras
Tahaueano, stil (. mnils distanu6
ilenring slightly to ,' * resed dan
and by eleven.*o'clocks * lie*Bold
Saline,'' yhioh Is metely * . aig,
which has little of the elemueH se8
about it as oe san wtell iasI
ar ebs 4r*u he' foot of Isd
over-groW a with mustang grapk-vIa
blteanders elteggisbly down a email raftis
'/owardjs the Brazuos 'L'ahaueano, until it is
)ost Ia the Bi1g Miuskeet Chapparel before
As we did not expset tig ild hosies for
sonmo tisse yet, we prgo~s toi atske ottr
'telveu oetsfettable, so dimonting We ed
'eua-'4 aouros afere thiey could hot, be
'seek 86 Aa (pour
19 eon tal. liewind
was& in ou- I'avaro 9tlilow steadily farom
the quarter we es'peqsted -time horses to ap
ptoach, and our examsinationi of the banks
of the spring revealed the fact that no hors
es had been there that day.
The d-ty wore on till nearly three o'clock,
and several impatient yawns had begun to
attest our opinion of the state of affairs,
when my horse suddenly pricked up his ears
and by a quick stamp of the foot aunouncezi
that something was coming; speaking in a
low gentlo tone to quiet him, I shifted my
posit ion so that I could command a better
view of the spring and the approaches to it.
For a few Moments we lay as still as death
and then we heard the tramp of hoses feet
and gradually we discried the animals as
they came on at.a quick trot. We had an
excellent opportuaity to note them as they
came on. Their leader was a magnificently
formed stallion, of a bright, strawberry
roan color. Behind him was four mares, of
different styles and appearance, among
themi a little black, witk flax ahd tan mane
and tail, that at once caught my eye On
they canme their gallant leader showing by
his ease and freedom of action the tremen
dous muscular power he possessed, while
he combined with it the beauty and grace
of an Arabian. Next to him in beauty and
action was the little black mare, which was
distinguished as much by spiteful actions
as her singular coastrasts of color Having
the wind in our favor. they came on without
a suspicion of our presence, and seeing this
It. begged the priviloge of trying to
'-rease" the roau, so as to be certain of
hi n any way. Having secured our consent
he got hi.i rifle ready. Perhaps you do not.
know what "creasing" is. It Is simply to
shoot a horse so as to nick him exactly on
top of the neck, either just behind the carb
or forward of the withers, which causes
temporary paralysis. and enables thu hun
ter to secure the anintal without difficulty.
It necessarily requires a first rate marks.
ian, for as inch variation in the flight of the
ball will kill the horse or fail to stop him.
By this time the untamed denisens.of the
prairie and chapparel have reached the
spring.and clustering around it pluiged their
muzzle. in to drink. At this moment one of
our saddle horses raised his head and gave
a low whinney. In an instant the loader'S
head was reared aleft and his bold fiery eye
glanced in our direction. At this momets
if. fireil and at the crack of' his ride the gal
lant animal rared and pitched forward with
his iinck broken. Excitement had ttstea.
died his aim, and the splendid brate lost
his lire in consequence. For about a min'
ute his companions seemed lest. and spqU.
bound with astonishment. and stood regard
ing their leader as if at a loss to understaind
what ailed him, and then with a snort of
terror, they whirled and dashed off. But
their pouse had left us time to mount- and
we were off as soon 1s they. Seeing them
head towards tise Chapparel, where we couI4
not follow, I kept on tihe opposite side of
the ravine and having ihe shortest distance
to run soon passed alhend of them. then
turning my horse's head I dashed him at
the ravine. It was full fifteen feet wide but
with a b)tnd like a rocket, the noble ani
mal rose and cleared it I As I lit on the
other side, I shouted and it had the effect
of attracting the attention of th'e horses.
Seeing me in their front, they turned and
stretched across the open prairie, and we
after them. Oh it was delioious! The pace
was like raing. and never except in the
shock of battle have I felt the mad exci,
ment of that moment I I soon found that
my hor-ie was the fastest one of tie party
and I determined to savo him, so keepiag
him well in hand I contented myself with
serely keeping up with the balance. Away
we went! Miles flow by and yet no abate.
moun of speed on the part of either pursu
ers or pursued Sweeping around the head
of Ash Creek, they swept by the Lake of
Lilic, and headed towards Corsicanna, I
caught a distant glimpse of my own Rnaoho,
and still they msept on. Richland is cross
ed, and now we enter the "round prairie,"
where no tree Is visible for thirty miles.
My friends' horses began to show signs of
fatigue, and show the effects of their severe
labors. I glanced down on my own animal.
He had scarcely turned a hair. lie was
halt thoroughbred, and with the speed de
rived from hts. raciag mother,, he had in
herited the strength and endurance of his
Spanish sire. I spoke to him and the quick
motion of his erars and increased speed
showed me that there was he give out in
him yet. At length rignt in otir path *o
discovered a Rancho, which Hi. austouaoed
belonged to "Dr. 1thle," a celebrated old
charaoter in that part of the oeqntry, and
he also announced the faet that 1 Wre -did
not susceed in delvinig thbe horses inro- his
corral, we would in all prob hility lose
"And uow, Me. Atslgo's,".sald liitMsha'l
your prettiest, riding and the maa - We u,
a@od*. in .eiroling theta shall have his cheles,";
.We were Pow opposite the eewval) isan
about halt a mile, a~u a te gaang vmu
disposltlon-to beat'otfrom it. IQ,09 see
the*ga opee. Nov's dy~thiEtesfhom e,I
and yq5Jg myself ia the sarrups,.m .
Sdeteiw. I roshed h'
a 4ts *osh tig t~
Ion eti f*s,v
out c y hada,i
was so ~ drawrn to
the sadd resnde y
ing moilo of the Al t engthM as'
nerved by dipair,the game made a sud.
den rush through the gap--4cross the car
rol-and attempted to jump, the picket on
the other side, but in vain were their efforts,
and one after another they fell back.
Throwing myself from my now panting
horse. I barred the gap ani:then turned to
look for my companions. A.;was coming in
at a walk, while U. and B. were dismount
ed and, driving their horses before them,
dead blown. Night was now Mlling, and go..
ing up to Dr. Cottles, we t row ourselves
down in the gallery, thoroughly exhausted
and slept till morning. After breakfst we
drew lots, the pretty little nore fell to my
share, and going down to thq porral we las.
soed them, and after sb lo4j a time suo
ceeded in getting them home 8o ended our
w ilI horse hunt If you w d like to know
what became of my part of Jie spoils, I can
only say that the last tipelI saw it, the
prettiet girl in Middle Tetnessee was on
its back, darting along a woods road, while
her sweet girlish voice came back to me in
words of an old song
"I 'ream or all thing ee."
The London Spectator on "Full Dress
The same woman will be at the opera
on one evening in full dress in a private
box, and if she do#-s not own a box, at
the next performance in the stalls of the
parquet, with arms, shoulders and head
all covered. A lady whom I knew had
rather an unpleasant experience in an
attempt some years ago to disregard this
tacit understanding among the sex in
regard to dinner dress at hotels. She
belonged to an ultra-fashionable set, and
having married a South Carolina plan
ter, soon adopted what we call "planta
tion manters," and affected no little
scorn of simple mannered, reserved New
Eigland folk. She was at Newport, our
great sea-side watering place, and hav.
itg just returned from Europe, took
great airs upon herself.- One evening
at the tea table a gentleman sat.down
near her, ind the butter,plate before him
happened to have nio butter-knife by it
at the moment; lie, ipstea-i of calling
the waiter and waiting for one to be
brotight, used lais 4ytv fresh
bright knife to take a bit of butter. He
was a man of culture and social sLand.
ing. but a Yankee, and one whose so.
cial pretension sh wished to flout. She
seized the opportunity, and calling a
waiter, said, in an elaborately subdned
but derided tone, "Take away that but.
ter; Ihat gentleman has had his knife in
i ." He took no notice of he remark, which
drew all eyes upon him and upon the
lady ; bitt by nnd by she stretched out
her hand antd Look from the plate some
chippe I dried beef, which stood betweeni
her and her vi.tim. This was well
enough, of course; but he turned ati
once, and calling a waiter, said, only as
lie was asking for some ten, "Take
away that drivd boef; this lady had her
fingers in it." In this encounter, such
as it was, lie was thought to have had
the best of it. anld she did not forgive
or forgot. So a few days afterwards (I I
should have mentioned that there Was I
the sglihtest possible acqua.ntance be. I
tween them,) they being at dinter, sie,
conspicuous in the full dress she had.
adopted since her tour to Europe, and
which waaso very "fill" that it would
have attracted attention under ay cir.
,nmstances, took one from a dish of
fresh figs before her, and putting it on a
plate handed it to him with an expres.
sion of complaisance, but saying in a
tone of unmistaken significence which
coild be heard all around her, "A fig
for yon, sir." He accepted it graciously.
and taking in his turn a leaf from the
garnitue of the dish, offered it to her,
with "A fig-leaf for you, madam." She I
fled the table, and, kept her room~ until I
her intended victim left the hotel, It
was generally agreed thatthe had done i
whiat a* *entleman would shrinkro (esI
dning; bitt the provocation Was such I
that he was held guiltless of offense, etid
applauded for.his wit ; and nobody, er.
cept perhaps a few of her nea rtiesds
pitied her. This is the last instaude I. I
know of a lady'. appearance,in~ ftll dress I
Sa pubbue table. B3ut I arei told that
*ithifA"the last three, ot foupfedrg it'is -
4etinglAote -infikshion among tIW 't
eat" sets at the height of the esW a' t.
Serstoga, and one eoriw Mtthedbur
a red 1850 4 he
lermak EwIIlo-0e s Exodus to
the VlIed statel,
The Frankfort -on-the Main correspon.
lent of '.e Cincinnati Commercial gives
,he followiqg interesting items touching
ihe Immense German emigration, pres
int and prospeetive, to this country :
The emigration during this year to
he United States defies all calculation,
md surpasses all expectation. The
reasons for this nnprecented exodus are
juite obvious, and are partly of foreign,
partly of domestic origin.
The most efficient missionaries you
lave sent over to this contin6nt, are
ronr five-twenty bonds. Not only the
:apitalists and bankers, no, every bar
keeper, every maid.servant, have invest.
ed ther surplus in your securities. and
have made money by this invest ment.
And six per cent. interest in gold I That.
is more than any European loan or se.
Dnrity pays, and their is neither discount
nor delay in obtaining the semi annual
instalment. This modu operandi had
Ohe desired effect. People, getting
laily more disgusted with the conipli.
:ated and turbulent affairs at home,
look inspired with hope and faith over
Lo your country, standing forth in bold
relief, adorned with the fre-h laurels of
victory, and exhibiting inexhaustible
resources of future wealth and comfort.
But, besides these inducements, there
is the excess of population, which neces.
niates the emigration now-a-days as in
in 476 A. D. it caused the emigration
of the varioas nations from Asia into
Germany, which is not much larger
than Texas and a slice of Louisiana,
has 37,000,000 of inhabitants. Prussia
has in her Eastern provinces, 19,643,
D54; in her Western provitices,,5,31 1,.
790; Bavaria, 4,813,076; Saxony .2,
343,995; Hanover, 1,748,329; Vur
tamburg, 1,943,7721 Baden, 1,426,218;
the Jlectorate of *esse, 716,880; the
ittle Saxon Duchies, together, 1,103,
530 ; Bruniwick, 268,523; Oldenburg,
244,457; Nassau. 468,311 ; Luxemburg,
202,937; Frankfort-on-the-Main, 92,
244; Grand Duchy of Hesse, 871,839.
In spite of the steadily increasng
smigration since 1840, the population
has only d1ecreased in the Duchy of
Flesse by 0.27; while in all the other
3tates of the Soliverein the population,
ifter the census taken December, 1864,
-ompared with the one previously taken,
tas increased by 3j per cent. And
iow thickly are they settled! Take,
or instance, Bavaria-she has 51,000
nhabitants, viz: 253 cities, 419 towns;
23,653 villages, 26,897 farms, castles,
nills and isolated land-houset-in aver.
tge, 231 persons on every English
That a part of this crowded and
-rammed population must look for other
omes and shelters, is obvions. But
;he political affairs of Germany add
arge numbers to these hordes of eni
;rants. The Germans in Bohemin have
ately been most onLrageously insulted
md prosecuted by the native Czhees.
,lational hatred and jealousy rose to
tich a height that large masses of troops
itve been despatched into Bohemia. in
>rder to restore security and tranquili.
In the Eastern provinces of Polish
Prussia, tho Poles are getting disgusted
vith the system that donationalizes
heir homes, and the favorable news
hey are stiadily receiving from their
Roi#ers in Ameiea encourages them to
ollow'Mdit, 'Over 00 fromn the Dis.
riot of Schuben are on their way to
Iinnebota. In Western Prussia, too,
n thoe engle Ditrict of Tushel, over 75
amillse$'4 petitioned the Government
or'theWf flies.ts; and will sail yet
hiring thb somig summer. Trhere is
ot thaJ4*8M4osbt that, if the war cr1
is will not <interfere, Germany will
urmial, #'arig 1866, a quota of at
east 8f'000 emig,ankte.
ITATEO !* 40V-ook~ing ou)rsorily
Me the 'em* It pyiear: that the fi
ien 6 ssisa in 186d contain
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