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By Gaillar'd & Desportes WININSBORO, S. C., THiR8DAY MORNING, MAY 24, 1866. [VOL. II[.-NO. 49.
III Till-WEEKLY NEWS
[ Writvf>,r th, Wn -,- o' X,v A
How a Texas Poney Rides,
Dear Nes: Since some of the young.
er portion of Ili commullnitv in which
your lively little sheet, 1-i'ves, Imovos
and Ims it binsg." nemed in the ver.
nacular "tickled," nt t he "Wild IMors'
Chal," iU mny not he uninternsting to
Iliem to hlave ny- first expirie-oce in
rlding Texas pomS. If it fail, to be
aninsing, it. may b iinstertive to anV
Iember of tlie gelnugercol, who Chalne.
es to migrate to that bea1 ifill ied rile
portion of' our1 bvloved Southern-1 b:1111,
lying, W%est of' the Sabile. Mv irst
visi-. to Tex was uimade at Ih- mire
age of ninmteen, when the bhlod comrses
throtigh our veins wilh I he fiery rnsh of
Java, wlen we feel that th world he.
ig "our oyser," we will opt-n it. with
any convellient utensil even a jack
knif.% No obsta(1l, too dliflictilt. _No
diflioity tor obti:mte to be sirmounilted
lIy v Ir hld I -art s and willing hlnds.
Sichi was I, in (.-mnnon with ily kind
ani no sooner had I raciwl the hAnl
ren-lered classic by the bl Woml of Travi.
Crocket, Bowie and other lieroes of the
Alan1:o, thani I bUrnId t lead Ihe life
they hI:l inde so:.tractive to imly fiievy,
ai like ".1\lsiang Grey," iunit niv
w11 horse and career over the Prairi~
as free as any bordrr of them all.
NIV fitnlcy was soon to be Imdulged
witih a1 ve!lgeanlce! I w:is stopping at
ile huilse of a iriend who eligrated
from, Noith Carohn some yearm pre
violls, ad who, t wghher witi his son ,
ws .1 he bea ideai of a Texas Raniber-,.
Now tmy great-t desire was to excel in
souW f. at of dasliing livrsmciahip, its I
lad a liarking sn-;picion diat, it was there
I was pxpected t.o fail, and there I was
llost likei to smcceed, ac)oiiied to
the sadie rom lily garliet boyhold,
an Iusied to fidlowing tilf l61i1:s in the
broken cuInlltrv of Virgiii:, I imagined
that :h 11 op-n coi.ry of Tex!s wonuld
oler noi na.iral impediment, n.11 az to
his throwing ime a fair fall, I lauglied
the- idea in scorn.
N, soonn:r Imd I nmad, tmy wishes
kinown (whieh I did pretty sp'edily,)
than they resolved to gratify then. So
one oirning after breakfast we walked
down to thm corral, (Ilie cavayard or
dlrovm having been previow-ly pinted by
the vigaro,) and I was told to pick out.
the aniimal I wislied to breik. I walked
about antong them and after examining _4
their various pints as wIll Ias I w' Ilble
withu. handling thimW, finally sleted a
yonng horse Ihat with great appareit,
power, combined tithe form whiich proiis
ed Speed and that easy gait Called paCo
-1"3y George, you've done it !" CxClaim
ed ty friend, as soon as I made ily so
leieioi kilown, "-you've selected the
biggt devil in the her:, and even if we
succeC"d in getting the saddlo on himl),
he'll break your neck to a certainty."
Assuring him that I was not afraid, I
remained firm in my choice and wo be
gan immediate preparations to capire
the animal. This was soon acconmplsh
ed by the vigara's tossing his lasso over
his head and% witi tite assistance of my
friends an.d myself, we succeeded in
choking him to the ground, without
giving him time to rise or recover
b)reathl, wo succeeded in securinig his
feet, and in spite of his struggles, soon
* managed to put a "Busol" or Texas
halter on his head. Allowing him to
riset we sieparatedl him from his frightten
'ed companiona by dinlt of pulling, haul-ii
ing and dIriving, and finally succeeodedi ini
getting him ouit of the corrid, and into
the Itantcho enclosure. Uitt here we
camne to a halt. WVe had caughtt our
elephant, but it passed moy comprehen.
alon1 to know what we wetre to do with
htimi. Once on his back, I felt that I
could ride him ; but how to get there.
Everyv attempt at conciliation or even to
approachl hinm Was received witht a se
rios of antics which would have made
Dantt Iice's fiamous mule burst with envy,
coulid hte have beheld them. Every on
iI:ti.tg epithet and gesture in the Eong
lish, Spantish and Choctaw vocabulary
was eixhtaustedl, atnd no soothing impres
sim mntde upon his obdurate heart.
Growing enraged at last we againi las
sou'd him, tied his feet and saddled and
4bridid hima in tdat condition. Noc
sooner lid we let hin up than lie began
the sraigest performance I ever saw a
horse attempt, viz: Belkwing like a
bull, and "pit chi.ng !" Now this same
pitching is : iotioln that no ot.her single
animal hut a Texas Poney can possibiy
IcoMplish, being lmde tip of the con
hind anities of anl enraged cow, a mis.
chievoils pippy and an11 insan1o goat I I
watcled the pe'-forniance with anything
ht traiquil feeliligs, antid had it not
leen froim a sense of shaine, would have
as soon11 m1oun0t-d 1I Diavalo himself, for
a moring ride. But at ineteen, our
hump of cait ion, is won-Iderfilly unde.
"lopl. Grown titred at list, we ag,iin
choked him dwii and blilfolddil him.
No soonar wIs ti. 1ight of day3 exeind,
vd, than1 he h--:ne prfect ly qi, iad
I now pirepared to moittit. My feelings
[ shall not attempt to descriibe, for
thoughi confidlit. inl mlly horrsinanshilp, I
was still setsibild etough to know tit
her"e was a severr iest than it had ever
been put to lbrfore. Carefilly arrang
ing everythinir befo ani, I grasped
the horn 1f t he sadl1f. firmly in inmy
hand and spremg into the seat. To m'y
SIrplrise. with I lie vxceptioi of a vio.
lent. trebilmdiig, he( stood perftectly still.
Seilig myself firmly ivn the stirrnp1, I
rniclt-d over anl raised tle blildfold.
I levens iand1l e:arth ! with a roar that a
hion light have eiivied, he spring ito,
the air ani ree miiienw'.1 hii pitching
wiih a buiness like datcrii v, that show
ed t1a he hal. no idea of siiccunbing.
i. Former e!forts wf-re child's-play to
whilt, lAlowed I felt as if Ihe earti
was reelin, round mlie, one nimient mY
head was i drivon in be(twe,-n nv should
ers, while I gized wildly at the sun,
and ti, next. my chin w,s buried inl imly
breast whlI w 'vas apparierly diving
over li hlad. I still kept my vice-like
gra.sp oi tite hi or of the saddle and all
li elforts fail.d to break it. Our ea
peri had now plitced its ountside of the
unclostire. and1 thi! aboninaile brute,
catchiig sight of the herd grazing about
lhalf a mile ol, -mdlenly ceased his per
pondicular exlhiitis, and dashed off
with the speed of the wiid, to join
1K0fp himt ging," was yelled in my
ears, aid 11ponli mY coniscienice, I never
received ati order s ) easily owyo,d ii
ily life. The herd seeing their Lae
companion charging then with their
hato-d enemy on his back, nat rally coti
Cluded that lie w:s demented, atd re.
solved to keep i wide herth. So away
they went, aind I (however, inwillingly)
after them. The herd tliorough!OY fright.
etid, first broke for the watering place,
disait t iree miles. Reaching that, iind
seeing no dispo<ition on the part of
their prsier to stop, I hey st arted for a
hack range some six miles further.
Now this back range was a close Mis
keet Chapparel, that a bear, unless
fright-emd. would hesitate to enter.
Fortuna tolv I knew not hing of thig, and
so cotul alford no laugh at my ridien
lons siatil11ol, though wondering when
it was to cHase. Iowever. we soon
reached the aforesaid Chapparel, and to
my horror the herd plunged into it and
I after them. In less thai fifteen min
utes, iy clothes wer. in rags and I was
bleeding lrom five hiundred wounds in
flicted by the sharp thorns of the mus
keet. Fortunately for me, they ran
throtughi a corner of the Chapparel titnd
again emerged on the Prairie. Making
a wide circuit, they started once More
in the direction of home and I hailed
that demonstralion on, their part with
delight, as it iehit out a prospect of r.
lease. As we flow along L thought
over my recent feelings and longings for
my present positionl, and was botund to
confess that if' all my worldly lonigings
and bright anticipations were delstineid
to so rough a realization, that my life
was not likely to be prolonged beyonid
the alloted term of mlan. Presetitly I
saw first otie anid thien another, and'ant.
other hiorsenmn ride in sight, apparently
spuirrinig for lile and death, and soon
had the satisfaction of seeing that
my friends hiad mounted andl set
OuIt, to myl3 rescue. As thley came with
in hail, I hallowed anid told themi that
the best thing to do was to drive the
herd into the corral, and if' they could'nt.
catch my horse at least catch me I
Taking me at my word they headed the
drove towards thie corral, and joined in
thie race. N'ot a word more was spoken
but away we went.
Pretty soon the corral hove in sight
and miy friends Ii ke practiced vIgaro's
divided and cirolinig the dirove on every
side1 rushed them right into it and ma@
with them. As we dashed into .4e cor
ral, my beast stumbled, and reco.sering
himielf with difficulty stopped stock
still, dead blown. No sooner had he
accomplished this maneuvre, than I in.
continently tumbled off, barely retaining
sufficient presenco of mind to keep hold
of the li,&er. Turning him over to one
of my friends, I staggered out of the
corral, and into the house. As I en.
tered it my old friend said,'"Well, my
boy, how did youlike yot ride?"
"Pretty well." I replied, "If the devil
h1ad'nt mnotinted with mo."
So ended my first ride on a Texas
Pony, and though the brute afterwards
hAma at. as gentle as a dog, and noted
'frtis !riding qualities, I never forgot
and: never will that mornings exper.
C11ARLESTON, S. C., May 5.
Dear Mr. E'Utoi : -In looking over
the latest "royal edition" of Webster's
Dictionary, I camwe across an explana.
tion of the term "Dixie," which iater.
ested mne so much I have copied it for
your coluns. I doubt if your readers
are awake to thew valite of this volumne
of Websier's ; at. without examination
of its contents, one would searcelv he.
lieve that. a complete Encycloptedia lies
botween the covers. I presnne-with.
ot having miade inquiry--itt it is to
be lotiid at all our largest book stores.
Your, very respectdolly,
An imaginary place somewhere in the
Sotuthern States of A tmeica, celebrated
in a popular negro melody ais - a perft et
pa radiso of lixti'es ease and c.joyment.
The t'-rm is often used as a collective
designation of the Southern States. A
corr;epondent of the "New Orleans
DRta has given the followinig actonnt
of the original and early application of
the namn :
"I do not wish to spoil a pretty. illh
sion ; ht tha real tratth is that Dixie ii
an intig'nous Norihrn negro refrain,aq
coimtmn to the writer as lamp-posts in
New York city sevt-nty or sevent-v.ive
years ago. It wa- oun of the every-dav
allusions of boys at that time, in all
th'ir om-door sports. And no one ever
henrd of Dixie's Land boing other than
Manhat.tan Island tantil recentlv, when
it has been errnmeotsly supposel to re
fer to the Sotth, from its connection
with pitthetic negro tallegorv. V lien
sla %ery existetl i New York. one
"Dixy" owined a large number of slaves.
The acrease of tiO slaves and the in.
creaso of the Aholilion sentiment caused
an emtigration of the slaves to more
thorotugh and sectre slave sections ; and
the negroes who were thits sent off
(nviiiy being born there) naturally look.
ed back to their old hom-s, where they
h,id lived ta clover, with feelings of re.
gret, as they cotuld not imigitie an'
placo like Dixv's. Henee it becamte
sVtotnym-1otus with an ideallocality coat
biting ease, comfort, and material hap.
pitess of every description. In those
days negro singing atnd minstrelsy were
in their infaney, an4d any stubject that
cetuld he wroiiglt into a ballad was
eagerly picked up. This was .the case
with "Dixie." It originated in New
York, and assumed the proportions of a
8ontg there. In its travels it hals been
enlarged, and ias "gathered moss." It
htas picked tap a note here and' thtere.
choruts htas bean added to it ; and, from
an indistinct chtant of t wo or three notes,
it htas becorm'e an elaborate melody.
But thao fact thtat it is ntot a Sonthern
song cannot he rubbed otat. Then falla
cy it so poptular to the contrary thntt I
haeve thus beett at pains to state the
real-origin of' it."
Duiring thte absence from circutit of
Mr. Campbell (ttow [Lo rd Campbell) on
htis matrimonial trap wvith the ci-dte vant
Miss Scarltt, ,Justice Abott observed,
when a causee was caheod on.,
"I thought, Mr. Brougham, that Mr.
Campbell was in this ease ?"
"Yes, my lord," replieJ Mr. Brotng
htami with that eareasette 'look pieedliarly
his own; "ha was, my lord, bt I under.
stand Ite is ill."
"I am sorry to htear that, Mr. Brong.
hama," said thte judge, taking snorf.
"My lord,". Ve plibd BredWghaus, "it it
whispered here -that the cause of my
learitod friend's absne i-the Soarleti
WIT AND HUMOR.
AN liusit Sroiy.-Tvo lrishinil
engaged iii peddling packagos of linen,
bough:. an old mule to aid in carrying
the burdens. One would ride awhile,
then the other, carrying the hales of
linen on the mule. One day the Irish.
man who was on foot got close up to
the heels of his muleship, when lie re
receiv-d a kick on one of his shins. To be
revenged he picked uIp a stone and
hurled it at the mule, but struck his
companion on the back of the head.
Seeing what lie had done he stopped and
be,ani to groan anil rub his shin. The
ole oil the mule turneld aid akd what
was the matter. "The bloody crathlitr
kicked ine," was the reply. "Be jabers
lie's (lid) the samte thing to Ime on the
back of the head," said the other.
The man who "1coulin't stand it any
longvr," lis taken a seat, and now feels
Wonder if Mr. Moore had the Petro
le'im fever when he sighed "for sonic
sweet isle of his own."
A correspondent who is tired of
"Black Eyed Susan," wants to know
how a new play called "loody Nosed
Nancy" would do. Troo saligninary.
A stranger looking for a restairwint
on Fulton stret New York, the other
day, was referred to a corset shop near
by, by a wag, who told him I he could get
something there "to stay his stomach."
Prentive, of th Louisville Journal,
makes a wicked lunge at. the underpin
niing of society. 110 says "tilting hoops"
enla ble the comnon people to see a grvat
deal more of good society than they
ever saw before.
In a country churchyard this epitaph
may be seen : "Here lies the hudy of
Johil Robinson and Ruth his wife."
Underneatl. is the motto, ''Their war
fare is accomplished."
"Thnnk God that I have got my hat
back Froto thio congregation.1" said a
di-appointed clergy Man, turning it. up.
side down, when it was returned enipty
to him at, t lie close of a contribution.
The man "down east" who hutng him
self with a chord of music, has been cut
down by a sharp east wind.
"L:iger lier is a tonic beverage," said
Dr Sellennenlsnicker to a yankee pa.
tieit. "Yes, doctor,. it is Lew tonic
(teutonic) for me," was tile reply.
A yankee witness in court described a
hog as having no particular ear-marks,.
except a very short tail.
"low does that look ?" said Mr.
Ciamp, holding oii his brawny hand.
"That interposed Amos, looks as if you
were out of soap."
A wife once kissed her husband, and said
"My own sweet Will, how dearly I love
Who ever knew a lady good or Ill,
Who did not dearly lovo her own sweet will I
A female writer says the "nation
wanis a man." The Post thinks she
has confounded her own personal want
with that of the nation.
DEATH oF Ex-Gov. ALL F.-The last
mail from Vera Crus brings the melanoholy
intelligence of'the dealth of the above dis
tinguished citizen of the South. The New
Orleans Picayune says of him:
The lamented deqeased was a respectable
planter in Louisiana when the Confederate
war broke out, and immeodiately entered the
service as Colonel ef(the 4th Regimnait or
volunteers, and rising to the rank of briga.
dier general, proved himself a brave and
gallant officer. Subsequently disabled hy
a severe wound, be was,- on the expiration
of Gov. Moore's term, elected Governor of
Lou isiarna, and bold that high office when
the war closed, ieo wits then at $lhrev'hpert
where, learnIng that lie was among the ex
cepted from amnesty, the crossed Texas and
Northern MexIco by way of Mostovy, to the
Icity, and engaged In the pubuication of the
Mexican TImes newspaper, in which lie was
very succesful. Recently hIs old wound
broke out afresh, and he would have sought
medIcal adviee int Paris but be was unable
teinake the journey.
- Gov. Allen was a man of enthusiastic
toeapePament and generous spirit, and pos.
bessed a mind' well cnltivated and stored
with polite learning. His death so far
.eyfrom home [and .friends, is a sad one,
but isI memory wIll ever be eherkihed by
the people of LouisIana, whom he served
deoetedly. HIs admInistratIon of the high
ept office in ber gift was able, earnost, nind
faithful, We presume his remaIns will be
broght hotne for juurial In the land and
undet tlNe ta dinibtp of t@A people he
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