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VOL. 39, SO 50.
AUGUST 1, 1855
WHOLE NO. 2026
[For the Chronicle.]
THE SLEEP OF DEATH.
BY S. MOUTON.
- TtU lit 1mu m.rc, tkcitkall
r nud l ' lef." fit.
They tlumber on ; OTer their dreamless bed.
Through countless years, the tun ha risen and set ;
Ages lure passM since Lore's last tear was shed
Upon their mossy tombs ; they slumber yet :
Till the exploding heavens shall pass my ;
Till tlx bright son his azure path forsake ;
Till God shall wrap the dim, expiring day
In pall of darkness, they shall not awake.
Cnnumber'd millions hare been laid to sleep
With lor'd ones, o'er whose graves they olteu wept ;
Their children, born a little while to weep.
Now slumber where the parents long have slept ;
Wbile o'er a dark and desolated world
The troubled wares of sin and sorrow break :
While Death, with his terrific flag onfurl'd,
Marches In triumph, they shall not awake;
But, in the far, dim future. Faith descries
A glimmering dawn advancing on the night ;
Ire long the Sun of Righteousness shall rise ;
And all his glories burst upon the sight :
And when th' arch-angel's voice, the trump ol God,
With awful peal, the universe shall shake.
That powerful voice shall pierce the dark abode
Of slumbering millions : and they ikmll awake.
BUILDING ON THE SAND.
BY ELIZA COOK.
Tia well to woo, lis veil to red,
For so the world hu done
Since myrtles grew and roses blew.
And morning brought the sun.
Bat lure a care, ye young and fair.
Be sure you pledge with trust ;
Be certain that your lc ve ill m ear
R-yond the days of youth.
For if ye give not heart for heart.
As well as hand for hand,
Toull find youVe played the "unwise part.
And 44 built upon the sand. w
Tis well to sire, tis welUo hare
A goodly store of gold.
And hold enough of shining stuff
For charity is C3ld.
But place not all your hopes and trust
In what the deep mine brings ;
We cannot lire on yellow dust
Unmixed with purer things.
And he who piles up wealth alone,
Will often hare to stand
Beside his coffer chest and own
Tis built upon the sand.
Tis good to sprak in kindly guise.
And soothe where'er we cane
Fair speech should bind the human mind,
Ar.tj lore link man to man.
But thou stay not the gentle words.
Let deeds with language dwell ;
The one who pities starring birds
Should scatter crumbs as well.
The Mercy that is warm and true
Must lend a helping hand.
For those who talk yet fail to do.
But 44 build upon the sand.""
BY ELIZA COOK. Choice Miscellany.
[From Boynton's "Journey through Kansas."]
THE AVENGER OF BLOOD.
A few years since, at the base of an
Indian mound, a chief resided, whose
young daughter was a girl of uncom
mon beauty, and this beauty was but
the external manifestation of a pure and
noble spirit. As a matter of course
she bad many admirers among the young
braves of her nation. Her nature was
above the arts of a coquette ; and loving
one among them all, and only one, she
hesitated not to let her pieference be
known, not only to the Young Eagle,
who bad won bet heart, but also those
whose suits she had rejected. Among
the rejected suitors one alone so laid it
to heart, as to desire revenge. He, the
Prowling Wolf, was filled with rage, and
took little pains to conceal his enmity,
though be manifested no. desire fur open
violence. Both these young men were
brave, both skillful iu the use of wea
pons, which far away on the buffalo
plains bad sometimes been used in bat
tle , but while Young Eagle was noble,
generous in spirit, and swayed by such
high impulses as a young savage may
feel, the Wolf was reserved, dark and
sullen ; and his naturally lowering brow
seemed, after the maiden had refused
him, to settle into an habitual scowl.
The friends of the Young Eagle feared
for his safety. He, however, was too
happy in the smiles of hiti chosen biide
to trouble himself concerning the enmi
ty of another, especially when he knew
himself to be equal boih in strength and
The Indian customs did not peimit
the young couple to be much alone with
each other, but they sometimes contrived
to meet at twilight on the top of th's
mound, and spend there a .happy hour.
Young Eagle was a favorite with his
tribe, except among the kinsmen of the
Wolf; and among the whites, too, he
had made many friends, one of whom,
who ha:l hunted much with the Eale.
bad given him a Colt's revolver, the on
ly one owned in the tiibe. Delighted
-with his formidable weapon, he had
- "-canie skill-
One summer evening, just as the
moon was up, Young Eagle sought t!.e
(op of the mound for the purpose of
meeting his future bride, for their ap
pointed day was near. One side of this
mound is naked lock, vhich for thirty
feet or more is almost perpendicular.
Just on the edge of this precipice is a
footpath, and by it a large flat sandstone
rock, forms a convenient seat for those
who would survey the valley, while a
few low bushes are scattered over a part
of the crest of the mound. On this rock
Young Eagle sat him down to await the
maiden's coming. In a few moments
the bushes rustled near him, and rising,
as he thought, to meet her, a tomahawk
flashed by his head, and the next inttant
he was in the arms of a strong man and
forced to the brink of the precipice.
The eyes of two met in the m)onlight,
and each knew then that the struggle
was for life. Pinioned as his arms were
by the other's grasp, the Eagle frustra
ted the first effort of his foe, and then a
desperate wrestle, a death-wrestle fol
lowed, in which each was thoroughly
maddened. The grasp of the Wolf was
broken, and each instantly grasping his
adversary by the throat with the left
hand, sought. his weapon with the right,
the one his knife, the other his revolver.
In the struggle the handle of the knife
of the Wolf had been turned in the gir
dle, and missing it at the first grasp, ere
he could recover, himself the revolver
was at bis breast and a bullet through
his heart. One flash of haired from the
closing eye, and the arm of the dying
warrior relaxed ; and as the body sank
the Eagle hurled it over the precipice,
and in his wrath fired bullet after bullet
in the corpse as it rolled heavily down ;
and. this not satisfying his revenge, he
ran round and down to the side of the
mound, and there tore off tne scalp of his
The young 'girl, who was ascending
the mound to meet her lover, heaid these
successive shots, and knowing well from
what source such rapid discharges alone
could come, hastened on, and came just
in season to see the Eagle scalping his
victim. She soon brought ber family to
the spot, and every circumstance of the
transaction showed at once the danger
ous position in which the Eagle was pla
ced. There was no witness of the com
bat, no means whatever of showing that
he had smitten the Wolf in self-defence.
The number oi ball-holes in the body,
and tearing off of the scalp, all seemed
to bear evidence against him, and he
knew that the friends of the Wolf would
take advantage of every circumstance in
order to procure bis death as a murder
er. He felt that death was certain if he
submitted himself for trial, and he there
foie determined to defend himself as
Ixest be might, and wait the result of bis
only chance for life.
These Indians observed the law that
was established among oriental nations
long before the time of Moses, by which
the shedding of blood may be rightfully
avenged by the nearest kinsman of the
slain, while the murderer, in this respect,
is an outlaw, will of course defend him
self as best he may.
And at the same time the friends of
the deceased are at liberty to accept a
ransom for the life of their friend, and
often if for a time the murderer escapes
the blow, of the avenger of blood a
compromise! is effected, and the affair is
settled. In the meantime the avenger
of blood assumes the office at the risk of
his own life, for if he falls retribution is
not demanded only for the blood of the
fit st one slain.
. The young Eagle at once took his res
olution, sustained by the advice of his
friends. Completely armed lie look pos
session of the lop of the mound, which
was so shaped that while he was himself
concealed, no one could appioach h.m
by day without being exposed to hU fire
and he had two devoted and skillful
allies, which, together wiih his position,
rendered him far more than a match for
his single adversary, the avenger of
blood the brother of the Wolf. These
allies weic his biide and a lanre sara
ciuus hound, which had long been his
hunting companion, and had guarded
him many a night when camping on the
prairies. The girl had in her veins the
blood of Indian heroes, and she quailed
not. She demanded, with lofty enthusi
asm, to be made his wife, and then, ac
quainted with every ttratagem of savage
war, and with every faculty sharpened
by affection, and her husband's danger,
she watched, and warned, and shielded
" '- vciv art that this roused spirit
' ;h could be safely
night, lie attempted lo ascend the mound,
but scarcely r.ould he put his foot upon
its base before the dog of the Eagle
would give his master the alarm, and
then to approach would be only to go to
his death. It was a mystery Jiow the
Eagle was supplied with food, for the
young wife showed no solicitude, and
jet no one saw her form, or heard hei
footsteps on the mound.
The brother ol the Wolf knew well
that the Eagle's wife must supply him
with food, and determined, if possible,
to entrap her. He therefore stu-.'ied and
imitated her gait, he obtained opportu
nities of obrcrving her dress, and when
he felt thai he was perfect iu his part,
he ariayed himsell one evening in a dress
the exact counterpart of hers, with a
knife and tomahawk concealed beneath,
and bearing some food openly before
him, took, just at twilight, the common
path up the mound, where he knew the
mere sour.d of footsteps would be less
likely to alarm the dog or his masU r,
and he hoped lo approach so near with
out suspicion, that he might by a sudden
rush secure his victim. His plan was
skillfully executed. He imitated well
the light step of Eagle's wife ; the ap
proaching form was one familiar to the
dog, and be had not caught the scent.
Ho wagged his tail as he lay with his
eye fixed as if he wouid 6oon bound up
and forward with a welcome. The Eagle
addressed his supposed wife in gentle
tones and bade her hiistcn. The blood
avenger was within ten feet of his in
tended victim, and thought that all was
gained, when the dog with one yell and
one bound threw himself upon him and
bore him to the earth, with his jaws
grappled to his throat. Entangled by
the female dress and throttled by the
hound, he could not draw his knife, and
thu Eagle, who comprehended the scene
at a glance, deprived him of his wea
pons, while held by his dog, then pin
ioned his arms.
' Now, go to your friends," said he ;
" I crave not your blood. Your brother
sought my life, on this very spot, and 1
slew him, but only to save my own.
But stay ; you slmll go home as a wai
rior should. You have shown some skill
He cut the pinions from his arms, and
gave him back his weapons. They were
taken in silence, and the bumbled yet
Three months thus passed away, and
negotiations were opened for a ransom.
The friends in such a case agree to treat,
but do not engage to accept what may '
be offered for life. This is to be decided
only on a spot appointed for the ceremo
ny, and with the shedder of blood un
armed, and completely in their power,
and bound by ihe law to make no resist
ance. When the parties are present,
and the proposed ransom is offered, it is
considered by the friends of the slain
man, and if accepted, all is settled ; but
if nol, they have the right to slay the
murderer on the spot, without resistance
from him or from his friends.
In this case the friends of the Wolf
agreed to consider a ransom, and Young
Eagle consented to abide the issue, he
and his friends hoping that the sparing
of the brother's life might have some in
fluence in te decision, and besides it
was now generally belie ed in the tribe
that the Wolf had been the aggressor.
At the day appointed the parlies met
in an open space with hundreds to wit
ness the scene arouuu. The Eatrle, all
unarmed, was first seated on the ground,
then by his side was laid down a large
knife, with which he was to be slain, if
the ransom was not accepted. By his
side sat his wife, her hand clasped in
his, while the eyes even of the old men
were dim with tears. Over against them,
and so near that the fatal knife could be
easily seized, stood the family of the
slain Wolf, the father at the head, by
whom the question of life or death was
to be settled. He seemed deeply moved,
and sad, rather than revengeful. A red
blanket was now produced and spread
upou the ground. It signified that blood
had been shed which was not jet wash
ed away, the crimson stain remaining.
Next a blanket 1 11 of blue was spread
over the red one. It expressed the hope
that the blood might be washed out in
heaven and remi mbered no more ; and
last, a blanket purely white was spread
over all, significant of a desire that no
where on earth or in heaven a stain of
blood should remain, and that every where
and by all, it should be forgiven and for
gotten. These blankets, thus spread out, were
to receive the ransom. The friends of
the Eagle brought goods of various kir.I
'""1 iiled them high befoie the father of
" 'onsidcred them a mi
' :-" eve to
ward the knife when he me; that look.
He paused ; his firgers moved convul
sive'y, but they did cot grasp the handle.
His lips quivered, and then a tear wa
in his eye. v
' Father," said the brother, he spa
red my life."
The old man turned away.
" I accept the ransom," he said, "the
blood of my son is washed away. I see
no stain new on the hand of the Eagle,
and he shall be in the place of my son."
The feud wascomplett ly healed. All
were at last convinced that the Eagle
was not a murderer ; the ransom itself
was presented to his wife as a gift, and
he and the "avenger of blood" lived af
terward as friends and brothers.
ANECDOTE OF JOHN ADAMS.
John Adams, when lie was President
of the United Stales, was most grossly
insulted by one Mathew Lyon, a Repre
sentative in Congress from Vermont.
Lyon was, as we know, a most consum
mate blackguard, and the first of the
race that had then found their way to
Congress, though the breed has most
signally increased within ihe last half
Lyon affirmed with an oath that he
hated President Adams, and was often
heard lo say that if he could only give
him one good tweak of the nose, he
would. ' die and go to satisfied."
Mr. Adams was very fond of walking,
and it was well known that he almost
every morning walked for exercise from
the Presidential mansion to Georgetown
bridge a distance of two and a half
miles. One morning, in the month of
June, 1799, as Mr. Adams was taking
his usual stroll, he was met by Lyon, who
thus accosted him :
"You are the President of the United
States, I understand !"'
" My name, sir," replied the' Presi
dent, "is John Adams. I am a native
of Braintree, Massachusetts, and the
people of the United States have elected
me to the office of Chief Executive of
the Union. I am, sir, very much at your
Lyon, who was a stalwart man, of
unusual irascible temperament, was rath
er taken aback by the cool and determin
ed manner of the President, and at first
hesitated to proceed, but at length, sum
moning all his native recklessness to his
aid, he drew himself into a hostile atti
tude, and rudely vociferated
"Well, sir, I am Matthew Lyon, a
representative from the State of Ver
mont ; and it becomes me to tell you,
sir, that you are no gentleman !"
"The question of my gentility, sir,"
returned Mr. Adams, " is one that oth
ers than m j self must discuss: but let
me tell you sir, that I allow no man to
insult me with impunity, whether I be
John Adams, of Braintree, or John Ad
ams, President of the Unite- States."
"Sir, you are a puppy V screamed
Lyon, "and it is I that tell you so."
At the instant, Mr. Adams, ,vho, in
following the fashion of the times, car
ried or wor-3 a long and a very heavy
gold headed cane, raised it above his
head, and letting it fall with the weight
of Sampson, laid Lyon low at his feet.
This incident, which was related to
us a few days ago by an aged gentleman
who witnessed it, rs recorded most faith
fully and elaborately in Holmes' Person
al Journal of the Last Century und a half.
Xew York Alias.
Poverty, in itself, is not a crime. No
disgrace belongs to the man who, by re
verses in business, is led down from afflu
ence to destitution : The poorest man
who walks this eaith of sorrow, or who
toils in vain to clothe and feed his chil
dren, can stand in the presence of the
n.an of millions, with no consciousness of
inferiority. But when poverty is the re
sult of crime, it becomes at once sinful
and disgraceful ; when it is the result of
gambling, or drinkiug, or lying, it covers
it victims witti a robe of shame. Under
any circumstances it is exceedingly un
pleasant and inconvenient to the very
poor, and by the most men, poverly is
dreaded as one of the worst evils. Now
poverty is as sure to follow a course of
intemperance, us light and heat to fol
low tlie rising "of I he tun. God has so
ordained. In his word he has declared
that the drunkard shall come to poverty,
and whenever we behold dtunkeness,
we also gaze upon squalid misery. Go
into any community aud you will sec af
fluence to be the result of sobriety, and
destitution the sure attendant of dissipa
tion. You will expect lo End iu the
neat, vine-covered cottage, a frugal tem
perate mau ; and in the hovel unpaiuted
and desolate, the windows shattered,
the doors unhinged ; an intemperate
From the National Era
SHORT STORY WITH A MORAL.
BY ELLEN C. HOBBS.
" Honor thy father and thy mother,"
is the lirat commandment with promise
promise as beautiful in its exemplification
as lorious in its conception. A mother's
lips first breathed into our ears those
words of Holy Writ, and explained their
general import: and from the time when
the story of gray-hairj Elijah and his
youtliful mockers first exciti-d my young
imagination, up to mature womanhood,
the respect then inspired for the white
hairs of age has grown with my growth,
and strengthened with my strength. We
sigh as we think of the days when Ihe
young were wont to bow before the hoa
ly head, and, by gentle, uncalled for as
siduities, strerr roses in the old man's
But those kindly customs of our Puri
tan ancestors have passed away. The
world grows selfish, ns it grows old ; and
age din.med eyes must turn homeward
for stays to their trembling hand and tot
tering limbs. Here should they find the
fulfillment of Ihe first commandment with
No true, womanly soul ever withdrew
her gentle hand from her pool old father
or mother ; no manly 'heart ever forgot
the home loves of his wayward childhood,
or ceased to hear the echoes of a fond
mother's prayeis. Often the cares of
this world, and the deceitlulness of ric h
es, may choke up the inborn affections
of narrow souls ; but few and far between
is the fondly loved child, who can be so
untrue to himself or his Maker, as whol
ly lo forget the mother who bore him.
Yet even with the holiest dictates of
our reasons and souls, as with the wider
application of the commandment, has
Fashion insinuated her poisonous influ
ence ; and the son, perchance, who left
his fond parent's humble home reluctant
ly and tearfully, to make his way fn the
world, forgets, when fortune favors, to
welcome his rustic mother to his own lux
ury, with the same cordial embrace with
which he left her in his childhood. Her
dim old eyes, perchance, do not catch
readily the meaningless courtesies of life:
nevertheless, they look none the less lov
ingly upou her child than when they
watched over his helpless infancy. Her
withered hands may be large and bony,
and never have known a jewel ; but none
the less gentl)- did they smooth the wea
ry pillow, or bathe the heated brow, in
the dependent days of boyhood. Ah !
she's the same fond mother still ; her age
and work bent form, clad in mstic garb,
conceals a heart full of never dying love,
and ready for new sacrifice.
And, thanks to the Great Being whogave
us the commandment with promise, now
and then there Hands up a noble man,
true to his inborn nature, who, throwing
off the trammels of Fashion, however
wide the gulf which separates him. in the
world's eye, from the humble poverty of
his boyhood who is not ashamed to Iotc,
before bis fellows, the humble mother
who gave him birth.
" My mother permit me to present
her to you," said an elegantly-dressed,
noble-locking young man, to a Iriend, for
whom he had crossed a crowded draw
ing room, with his aged parent leaning
on his arm. 'There was a dead silence
for full five minutes. The moral beauty
of the; picture pervaded every soul, and
melted away the frostwork from world
worn hearts. Twas the old foreground
of a fashionable summer resort, whither
hosts had come, with all their selfish pas
sions, to seek in vain for health and pleas
ure. But here was a variation a hit of
truth to nature in the motley mingling
From a little brown farm house, pent
in by forest?, way up in the Granite State,
that young man had gone forth, with
brave heart and stalwart arm ; strong,
like his native hills, he had alreaJy made
a na.ne for himself; polished circles open
ed for him, and gentle lips bade him wel
come. Yet none the less carefully did
his manly arm support his homely, tot
tering old mother ; ncne the less softly
and tenderly did he call her, queer
though she Loked, " my moth r,"
amongst the proud beauties who had
striven for his lvor. Her dress was an
tiquated, for the good gifts of her son had
been sadly mutilated by rustic hands;
yet only one heartless girl tittered, des
pite the broad frilled cap an! well kept
shawl. Her voice was rough, and often
her expressions coarse and inelegant.
Used lo the social mug at home, she ask
ed f:r her neiirl bor's "oblel at table, and
was guiby of many like vulgarities. She
was not an interesting woman, save in
her vig' iurous age, and her beautiful love
for her son.
Yit for a week, the son watched over
that r.iciher, and gained' for her kindness
a:ul defi-ienc, iu the very face of fash
ion, walked with I r, drove wiih her,
"' " mi iiit'tn , up a dillicult mountain
'''i-s. humored l.ir cap
rice, and each day found some new friend, !
w hose heart he might thrill by those gen- j
tie words, " my ncuiher." !
To him she was the gentle mother,
who rocked him to sleep in childhood : '
and, true to the great commandment she :
had taught him, he was making the path
smooth for her dependent years.
One there in the gay throng, whose
eyes fl ished haughtily, as they rested on
the homely, toil-worn woman, but she
was a noble soul, and truth anil right
gained an insta.it victory over life-long
prejudices. Quietly and elegantly she
crossed the room, laid her tnowy little
hand, with such a gentle, thrilling touch;
on the aim of her lover, and whispered
a word iu his ear.
Will she ever forget the look f love
triumph in his eyes, or.the melu.ig gen
tleness of his tones, as he presented his
beautiful, high bred betrothed to his
gray-haired, doting mother ! " Twas a
holy sight that of polished, glowing
beauty, grasping the hand of wrinkled,
homely age !
When summer and summer guests had
gone, many a one remembered and
watched that young man, whose filial
devotion had in it a moral sublimity.
And surely to him the commandment
proved with promise.
POLITICS AND THE PULPIT.
We have no doubt that a rigorous
landloid, having sharked it all the week,
screwing and griping among bis tenants,
would be better pleased to dozo through
an able gospel seimjn on divine myste
ries, than to be kept awake by a practi
cal sermon that might treat of ihe duties
of a Christitm. A broker who has gam
bled on a magnificent scale all the week,
does not go to church to have his prac
tical swindling analyzed and measured
by the "New Testament" spirit. Cate
chism is what he wants doctrine is to
1. 1 . 4 I . r 1 . a
u.a lc. aiuer.-,- wmM. - Uayu
4" 1 I 1 f 1 . l
of smuggled goods was safely stored on
Saturday night, and his broiher mer
chant, who, on Ihe same day swore a
a false invoice through the custom house
they go to church to hear a' sermon
on faith, on angels, on the resurrection.
They have nothing invested in those
subjects : they expeel the minister to be
bold and olhordox. But if be wants re
spectable merchants to pay ampie pew
rent let him not vulgarize the pulpit by
introducin commercial subjects.
A rich Christian brother owns largely
in a distillery, and is clamorous about
letting down the pulpit to the vulgarity
of temperance sermons. Another man
buys tax titles, and noses about all the
week to see who can be ilipped of a neg
lected lot. A mechanic who plies his
craft with unsciupulous appliance of
every means that will win, he too wants
"doctrine" en the Sabbath, not these
secular questions. Men wish two de
partments in life the secular and the
religious. Between them a hih wall
opaque is to be butlt. Tlieywishtoi
, . , , . . I
flrt Ulst what thpr rtl.'acn frr cit Inmr
days. Then stepping on the other side
of the wall, they wish the minister to
assuage their fears, comfort their con
science, and furnish them a clear ticket
and insurance for heaven. By such a
shrewd management, our modern finan
ceirs are determined to show that a Chris
tian can serve two masters, both God
and Mammon, at the same time. lie a.
II. IF. tieecher.
its i uji3iiiau i Sals. luuaca e av
tonishing feats," said an ardent admirer
of ihe sports of the ring to Mrs. Parting-
ton, at the c.rcus last evening-" aston-
ishing-feats !" " Yes," said the old la-1
A ......... 1.' .. . . uTI
uy. " &o tney are iJion. 'nng leel, anu
considerable leg:;, too, to judge at this!
distance." She looked at Ike, who sat!
by the curb watching the clowu with his
eyes full of wonder and his handij full of
peanuts, and she reached over to his hon
or the mayor and a.-ked him if be
thought " the revolting by the whole
troup would have a dilatorious tender
ness on the boy." lie assured her with
great urbanity that he did not think it
would. " Ah I" said she as she handed
her snuffbox to Lee, at the door. "This
riding is different from what it was in the !
countrv, when 1 was a girl, whe , we had !
ride double on a pillory. But whatltion-
agility they show ! It seems ns if they j
set on springs like a feather bed, j
and that every bone in 'em was m!l,je
of whalebone'." She stood looking at !
the horsemanship, and pronounced it!
the best sequestering performance fllc j
had ever seen, said that Mr. Staut beat t
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Herculaneum himstlt lor strength and
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that ihe whele was wor.hv ol the highest i
Is commencing business, young nun
should niaki up their min is to the :o'.- i
lowing facts, that their profits will always j
be a little less than they antii ipaied, j
their i-xprncs will invariably be a '
sight more. 1
The more a man is envied, the less he
GEN. WASHINGTON'S LAST VOTE.
A correspondent of the Charlestown
Courier relates the following interesting
" I was present when Gen. Washing
ton gave his last vote. It was in the
spring of 1799, in the town of Alexan
dria. He died the 11th of December
lollowing. The Courl-House of Fairfax
county was then over the Market House
and immediately fronting Gasby's tavern.
The entrance inlo il was by a slight flight
of crazy steps on the outside. The elec
tion was progressing several thousands
of persons in the Court House yard and
immediate neighboring streets, and I was
standing on Gadsby's sleps when the
Father of his. country drove up and im
mediately approached the Court-House
steps, and when within a yard or two of
them I saw eight or ten good-looking
men from different directions, certainly
without the least Corcerf, spring simul
taneously and place themselves in posi
tions to uphold and support the steps
should they fall in the General's ascent
of them. 1 was immediately at bis back,
an ' in that position entered the Court
house with him followed iu his wake
through a dense crowd to the polls
heard him vote returned with him to"
the outward crowd heard him cheered
by more than two thousand persons as he
entered his carriage, and saw his depar
ture. There were five or six candidates
on the bench sitting, and as the General
a; proach;d them, they rose in a body
and bowed smilingly, and the salutation
having been returned very gracefully,
the General immedietely cast bis eyes
towards the registry of the polls, when
Col. Deneale, I think it was, said : 'Well,
(ieneral, how do you vote V The Gen
eral looked at the candidates and said :
Gentlemen, I vote for measures, not for
mon and tiimimv i r qaai1 ins- IaKIa
11 fl ihl T i-rrnrtirtir1 Viia vta cow if art -
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.prOil TV lick a rrv-ioaaf n I Ki-aw anrl altsr. "
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT-A. STORY
WITH A MORAL.
The Albany Express tells the follow
ing instructive story :
"On the up trip Monday night of the
Isaac Newton from New York, a young
woman, a passenger, became acquaint
ed and was smitten with one Rogers, a
fireman on the boat, and matters pro
gressed so happily and rapidly that in the
morning the twain' appeared before Jus
tice Cole, with a request that he should
join them for better or worse. Justice
Cole endeavored to persuade them that
the step was to precipitate, and had bet
ter be postponed until the bride's friends
were seen or consulted. But no they
came to be married, and nothing else,
and so married they were, the bride
paying the fee. They left the office to
gether to make the visit out West to the
bride's relatives, which was her original
intention. But alas ! when at the rail-
, , . ...
the but just consumated happiness, and
au officer had to be called upon to inter
fere. He ascertained that the groom
refused to accompany her, and had in
his possession the rings and the oreast
pin of the bride, and refused to return
them unless she would go back with him
lo the justice and siga a document nev
er to troub'e him again, or call on him
for support. She refused to do so, and
also refused to have him arrested ; say-
mg that it tier irienas Knew wnat sue
i t . t , ' a 11 e
had done they would kill her. All ef-
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forts at compromise, or for the recovery
tunate briJe wa3 compelIed a ;n tears,
ftnJ disconso,ate to ,e8ve her ,ord and
master to pursue his way. The affair
attracted quite a crowd from which the
ladv sought refuge in the cars. Shame
on the unmanly husband ! Both were
fiom the Emerald Isle."
A BETTER MAN THAN HIS
l!,; prei.mu.ar.es ..a,.ug ueeu aetueu,
tlie clergyman in attendance, the
ceremony was about to begin, when the
bridegroom manifested some dissat.sfac
to The br,Jo sceInS tlns' nJ beIn
S sPilite'1. howed as much epen
were dl-'nce iis ,hu Iover- 1(1 the confusion
which ensued, the bridegroom's broiher
"e.'M UP to t,,e briJtf a,)d saiJ !
"Sincu won,t marr7 you, I II
marry you myself, if you have no objec-
Uon' . , , ,.,.,
"Aone in the least, 6aid the bride ;
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"1 always took you for a better man than
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your brother, and I am now fully convin
paregoiic. , ,.
ceJ ol it.
The knot was at once t;ejt and ranch
gratification was expressed at the finale
0f tjie a3".,jr.
WiIAI ,3 Wit ? A sparkling bever
while tht ;s hh cxhliarating and agree
duced . . . .i... ,.,!,,. u.Tii.ci.nriksr-
but when us.hI nt our own cast it be
is comes bitter and unpleasant;
InPhi'adelphiaa wedding party arrived
from the country. They put up at one
of the public houses, and in the evening.
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A writer in the Missouri Republican
says of the Sioux, Pawnee, Crows and
Blackfeet Indians, that only a few of
them have any doubt of the prowess of
the whites, and that the tales they bear
of villayet covering miles of space, and
containing hundreds of thousands of in
habitants; and of vigvanu built of stone,
one on the other, to a great height and
vast extent, and divided into hundreds
of lodyes, and of long trains of vayom i
that run without horses at the rate of
two or three hundred miles between the
rising and setting of the ran ; and of
guns that throw balls as large as a man's
head, three or four miles with accuracy,
they believe just as we do the wonder
related in Gulliver's Travels, They
think that they would have no difficulty
in whipping all the while braves that
might be sent against, them. The wri
ter from whom we quote these facts says
that if war with these tribes must come,
it must extend over a vast territory
among mountains, in deserts, and on
plains. Hardships and sufferings, innu
merable and inconceivable, will come in '
long marches over rocks and sands ; in j
thirst and heat beneath the suns of sum-1
mer, and in aching, stiffening cold,
amid the snows of winter.
A Doo Stort. We were touched by j
a simple statement of the loss of a boy!
and the fidelity of a dog in last week's :
Caledonian. The boy fell into the rier'
in Barton, unseen by any one but a girl
A large dog owned near by, heard the
splash, ran to the spot and leaped into i !
the stream. It was just dark, and boy :;
and dog disappeared before any help nr- 1
rived ; next day the bodies were taken! j
from the water together, the dog grasp-j ;
ing the boy's vest and coat collar in j
his mouth, and the arms of the boy
fifmlfTfere tbeyunite3in tbe"strngzle
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of death, that they were separated with
no little difficulty. The grasp of the boy
around the body of the dog was such as
lo prevent him from using his legs, oth
erwise he would doubtless have rescued
the boy. Burlington Fret Press.
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The Rockville Republican is responsi
ble for the following capital illustration
of Solomon's injunction to "answer a fool '
according to his folly." j
The editor of tlie N. Y. "Churchman"
is getting entirely too good for this world, j
He ought to be translated. Hear him, j
ladies, and then take two fans to church, '
the next time ; one for yourself and the j
other to lend. The Churchman says :
'Avoid the use of a fan in church, at
all times. During the heat of the sum-!
mer it is no doubt a great luxury. But i 1
we are not in God's holy temple to think
of luxuries ; rather of endurance and j t
sacrifiice. The practice is a most irrev- !
erent one- When we go to perform our j 1
solemn devotions to God, we are not to 1
give way to self-indulgence. It is a pro- !
lane familiarity in the presence of turn
who is greatly to be feared in the assem
bly of his saints."
- Suppose young man, you were in church
on a very hot day, and a fine, large,
sleek, active flea one that was awful
hungry for a " bite" was to crawl up
your breeches leg, settle himself on your
calf, and begin to taste that delicious
morsel, what would you do ? Would i; f
on Mcratch ' '
A celebrated comedian arranged with j:
the green grocer, one Berry, to pay him j
quarterly ; but the green grocer sent in j ;
his account long before the quarter was j
due. The- comedian, in great wrath, i
came upon the grocer, and laboring un- 1 '
der the impression that his credit was !'
doubted, said "I say here's a pretty i
mul, Berry; you sent in your bill, Ber j j
ry, before it was due, Berry; your father ;
the elder Berry, wouldn't have been j'
such a goose, Berry. But you need not j
look so black . Berry, for I dont care a j !
straw. Berry, and shan't pay you till j!
Christmas, Berry. . jj
Didn't uu to go axons SmARaKaa. i
A Jersey man was sick, and not
pected to recover. His friends gathered j
ajound his bed, and one of them said to :
"John do you feel willing to die ? j j
John made an effort to give his views . :
on the subject, and answered with his I '
feeble voice: '
"I think I'd gather stay-where I
am better acquainted."
Therx are two classes of idiots, pub
lic and private. The former conJsts of
second-rate actors, who persist in play
ing Richard the latter, into solitude
and rivers, because a girl just out of her
bibs and tuckers, refuse to increase thoir
What is Fashion ? A beautiful en
velope for morality, presenting a glitUr
ing and polished exterior indication of
the real value of what i contained