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Miscellaneous
MICHAEL ALLSCOT.
—OR—
THE SHOT IN TIME.
A STORY OF MARION'S MEN.
A STORY OF MARION'S MEN. BY J. W. IRVIN.
CHAPTER I.
' "Oct fortress ts tb food green wood.
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Onr tent the cypress tree ;
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' We know the forest 'round us, '
'' As ma know tbe ." . :. '.
hj.
'Kerer fear for m. captain !' was the fight
tod careless reply of Michael Allscot, as he
reined in for a moment hia noble steel on the
banks ef the Black River, a few miles' below
the spot .where Kintree now stands, , for a
partine ord with his companion : '
' "Never fear for me; a fortnight among mv
;o!d friends, and I will return 'to our camp
in the r fee n wood safe, sound, and ready for
duty.' Tre, it iff rather an ogly time for a
rebel like myself as the epauletted minions
of King George call me to venture out of our
( fastnass in the syarilri.;"' The' Craven hearted
' torltt are swarming through the rnuntry, and
xaat last stow we sirncK mem airmen Mingo
Ass oy no means appeased meir raze; out 11 a
atroag arm, arciutiou head anj a bold heart,
can accomplish aught, trust me to come out
safely ' . -y-
'.'Mike.'Ilinow yot too well," replied his
'Comrade in i gay tons, "you are tbe greatest
Uare-devil in the brigade. Trust you? On
my life, I would as lief trust a callow gosling
U make its way in the wrld without l lie sage
watchfulness of a mother goose. ,1 give you
afS Mikr, to yol.r manifest destiny, and' will
'report at the camp in due time that you have
be swung Bp in the usual style by the ras
cally tories." .... 1 , .. v
,')"WeII, be It so, captain., since you will,"
-responded Mike lsugbing, "but pray God i
.be in any other than the usual style. I have
sceedingly nice sensibilities, anil trust I may
not, like poor Cnl wert, and rrmr others of our
eomrades, be hung upon a rough grape vine.
I trust, however, to fall into gentler hands
than those ot the toriea." "
t "Well Mike," responded Captain 'Conyers,
kit commander and friend, "I am loth to lose
to active t lieutenant; lint since you will ven
ture your neck into danger, the fair face and
bright eyes of Dora Singleton defend you!"
"Amen J" responded Michael lightly.
."What would 1 not give," he continued in
a graver tone, "to see the end of this bloody
ant barransmg war I- Were you ever jn love,
antinfShe asked in a lishter tone.
"X. jrwrehael, but the grave la between us
ff ow,'antwered uonyers, m a grave ana sad-
felened tnnel while a cloud en me over hia brow.
'"Two ahort year.tf Wedded bnppinesa, spent
ooitlf in the privations andhardships of the
,eaip, with brief and stolen interviews with
one of tbe loveliest and best of her sex, snd )
, -Mwastefi atonei.heanleu, boneless, and com'
fortless as now. .You have known me long,
Mike;, you have lam by my side in the Bivou
n ac, and gone shoulder to shoulder with me in
the charge, but you little know what wasting
and consuming thoughts go with me wherever
J go., You know me- too well to doubt my
courage or my honor, yet there have been mo
patnta when I would have barterea away all,
ay, even the bone of my country's Indepen
dence for peace, and the blessings of my own
loved fireside. It is a painful, oy, it if a heart
rending sacrifice, to turn away as I nave tram
the domestic hearth, hallowed and endeared
by fond and almost snored associations, and
andergo the toils and privations of the camp,
and endure, the. panga of absence, with ttie
fcnpe of making our country free. God grant
that those who come after ui may faithfully
defend that Independence which is bought at
(he price of blood and tears. You know not
i'i, Mike hone but Uiose who sre wedded
an know the rapture of meeting after a long
absence; nor can you know haw bitter it is to
turn away irom ipe tail lacs 01 a loving wue,
and andergo the agony of. a long aenaration,
per ha pa an everlasting one. . ,
'The last time I visited my home oh! how
the memory of it clings to me now I The very
auallght at it came down from heaven seemed
io fal around my homestead with a aof'.erlight
than elsewhere. My life was like a dreamof
JBOy-tiood realized. But the summons came to
part, and more reluctantly than I ever tore
myself away. Sad and gloomy presentiments
filled the hearts of both of us. Alas! we met
, fio more en earth 1 Three months from that
' time, basing solicited a furlough, I sped home
ward, with joyful anticipations, I found my
souse in ashes, my children motherless, my
fond, my gentle wife slept the long sleep that
knows no waking! Diiven from her burn
ing bouse on a cold night of ram and winter,
after having given biitli to my youngest child,
. ahe was seized with a fever that carried her to
the crave She ilied died calling upon my
flame died clinging to the last to a hope that
I would yet stand beside her and hear her last
prayer and close her eyes in peace. -I found
tny children too young to. know their loss
houseless dependants .upon the charity of
atrangers.. Think you ha I can forgive these
wrongs or that they can be blotted from my
train, or cease te burn or rankle in my heart f
Think you that a wife so kind, so gentla,
whose !oye was the world in wliich I Jf'iajbt
4 to' dwell, eaq so soon b? forgotten! .' As
r . 36d bears me, I will not rest until mv sword
to re with the blood of her destroyer 1"
. . ..Never before. had Allscot aeeu Conyers to
completely mastered by fierce and vindictive
. tMssfpns. ., Hii bosom heaved with tumultuous
Amotions, and hia face became livid with rage,
. while hia dark eje gleimed like a diamond.
Ilia voice grew hoarse and hollow, and his ut
, Urance,jwa choked by the eagerness with
. which he panted for vengeance. ' Allscot look
d apon him with aeotiments approaching to
awe while Uieatorm of pa-eion shook his frame
nd fixed its impress upon, bis features. ,
, . Ordinarily at playful in' temper aa a child,
and of a gay and ebeerul disposition that ap
pcoxunated to levity, oue would acaioely have
lieamed,that beneath to quiet and gentle an
eiteiior, 4hee alumbered'Ueep and, volcanic
pssaions-j. Usually, hi (eatnret wore an al
' Wot femiaint softness and gentleness of tV
t piestipn. -fiven in tbe wild and bloody melee,
where the moat inhuman, passions are called
; ., tutor eieeroise. his featnea bora no-trace of
rael or viodietiva feelings.- His dark, bold,
. t : saatrsma eyes, fringed by long sheltering lasb
a, might iadeed flash wKh a somewhat mien.
aer light iu full view of the coaAict, but hit
, finely chiseled featurea were at inexpreative
; l ferocity, and at unmoved bv angry cmotiont,
. at the eairn ma role fresh from the h nut of tbe
,aelptori,:'-'i J'-;..'. a tw-
.-. Captain Jamat Conyers, to whose obeipaivy
of dragoons Michael Allscot wit ttuched, wat
an of that band of pattitaa leaden by whose
. skill,, enarr, and inviaeible' firmnass, the
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V'BTWc O.GOULD.
'New Series. :
; Fearless and
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EATON, PREBLE COUNTY;1
freer"
Jw l
0 . OCT. 26 1854.
$I,50per Annum inAfitance.
Tol. II, No. 19.
country wns redeemed from the iron yoke of
,1.- J, . II-. ... .i -rl
in muhuci. . nig gruerouiy. ann iimiincH 01
heart, with his reckless and almost desperate
exhibitions nf courage, had rendered him the
darling of "Morion's Bligade" a name which
was applie l to tbe bold followers of Che wily
partisan, whether their numbers' amounted to
. - ii , i T .. ,t . . 1 r
ic ii u( a lliuusniiu men. iu musv uiuuirniH 01
gloom and despondency, when the sufferings
and desti'ution of their familtes.joined to their
own privatiope .'and' loUs, 'caused tbe atnut
hearts of the soldiers ta.sink in dismay,' he
stood forth as . the ministering' anfel of the
camp, and infused iuto their despondent soots
the courage ana the invincible firmnesi.jind
spirit wh.ich ihone on his own brow. A hold
and oashing soldier, shrinking rrom no danger
or toil, " confident and sanguine when others
aronnd him wereolmost driven to despair, ever
loremost in ti e toray tand inst in the retreat,
be won the heart' of every soldier in the ""brig
ade," and was regarded as the tight hand of
the army. A dexterous and fearless horseman,
scarcely equalled indeed by the sanguinary
Tarlton m this manly accomplishment, his po
sition as captain of the dragoons gave him am
ple opportunity to display to "the brigade" his
qualities to the best advantage; and often
wben defeat seemed inevitable, and the bat
tle appeared lost beyond redemption, from
some unexpected quarter of the field be burst
into view with his troop fo lowing at fait heels
and bore down with his undaunted roopers
like a hurricane upon the enemy, and by a
single reckless and impetuous charge broke
their serried ranks, and in a moment retrieved
Ihe fortunes of the day. Well kuown among
the minions of the British King as the "hand
some horseman," his terrible dnring'caustd
the enemy to qunke at whatever point he
made his appearance. The Bayard of the par
tisan brigade, his heart was a atrnnger to fear
and his reputation to reproach. Such was the
man whose lips had hist uttered a solemn oath
to pursue to the death an enemy who had
wronged him beyond forgiveness.
"And who is he, captain f" asked Allscot
in astoniahment, "As I live, I will labor
with you unceasingly (o bunt him from the
face of tbe earth."
"Have you not hesrd of him?" asked Con
yers, while his voice grew yet more hoarse
with emotion. "Have ycu''not heard of that
bloody renegade, Robert ' Harrison, whose
name is a by-word of cruel and hellish deeds!
But leave him to me. Should you everbehold
him, spare bim for that certain hour of reck
oning with me which shall surely come. ' My
heart tells me that I have not long to live, that
I must soon gloriously fall in the service of
my country, but I feel a presentiment within
me, strong and unshaken, thntLshnll not sink
into that welcome rest to which I go before
my hand ho struck down that fiend in human
form, who has made me the heartless mourner
that I am. Twice have I srtHght him out in
bsttle, and twice hat .be escaped my sword;
but when we meet again, there is something
m my heart that tells me he shall die. The
hope of that boor has sustained me untilnow
BoVfor this, and the tender yeartof ,Tny chib
Idien, that claim a AUetcudttfeW4oiiJ
I would havn lone since have laid down a life
which it but a burden. But enough of this,
Mike. I shall detain you no longer. God
guard you, and restore you safe to the camp.
Re wary, be vigilant, and throw not yourself
in the way Of dang r. Farewell, my brave
boy, I shall feel ill at ease, until you return
again."
Pressing the band of bis comrade, Conyers
turned his horse's head nnd departed. Mike
paused and gazed after bim as ht rode away,
bearing himself pioudly on his bounding charg
er, as though no ravening sorrow flew with
him on his course.
"Alas! poor Conyers," muttered Michael as
he turned to leave the spot. . "As gentle as
the dove, but ss brave as the lion; the smile
of Eden is ever on his brow, while its serpent
is gnawing at his heart." Thus soliquizing,
he turned away with a saddened brow, and
proceeded at a quiet pace until he had cleared
the crazy bridge which spanned the river, and
picked bis way along rotten and broken cause
way which led through the oozy swamp; and
then giving the rein to his horse, he plunged
through the dense forest through which bis
route lay,
It was already past the hour of noon when
he scperated from Conyers ; and fiuiring lest
night might overtake bim before he reached
the end of his journey, he permitted bis noble
steed to measure i ver tbe ground with rapid
strides. lie had notgone far, however, before
the heavens gave tokens of an approaching
storm, by signs which might have passed un
noticed by a careless observer, but winch one
so attentive as Michael could not but remark
and interpret aright. Tbe wind, which had
slept for the last twenty-four hours, began to
spring up from the east, in short fitful puffs,
anu casting hit glance to the westward, a dull
hazy atmosphere just upon the horizon, taught
him ere many hours should elapse to look for
one 01 those violent gsles to which the south
em country is so. subject about the iucoming
01 autumn. Meantime tbe declining sun was
Kindling up one-balf tbe heavens
"Xot as in northern climes obseimily bright.
But in one oloudlou blaio of glorious light."
But accustomed as he was to all the signs
of Ihe heavens, the deceitful glare of the
ourmng sun did. not lead, bun to err in his
prognosticstions. Anxious to reach his jor-
oer's end. belore the anlicino'.ed storm should
burst upon him, he checked not the speed of
hit willing horse, but suffered him, uncheck
ed by the rein, noiselessly and fleetly to scud
slong the parrow btiule-path that wound
inrougn ine lorest.
The eye of the brave young trooper grew
bright, and pleasant fancies nettled around his
heart, as be hastened aay from the toil and
confinement of the camp, to meet' once more
the beautiful and idolized Dora bingieton.
, Lovely indeed waa the maiden whose heart
followed the young soldier to the camp, and
whose joyful smile welcomed bis glad return
inga. A dark-haired,' black eyed creature,
scarcely the medium height, with a complexion
pale, yet vondrorsly fair and transparent, nnd
a form of more than ordinary grace, and of ex
quisite proportions, she wsa tbe very being
10 or 1 ng a host 01 lovers to ner leet. VOiuiai
in her manners, .proud, vivacious, and with
that dash of coquetry inhefntture from which
no really beautiiul woman is wnoiiy exempt,
the sphere in which she moved" wos t delight'
ful, yeta dangerous centre of attraction.
Her father dying when she waa but a mere
child, her mothei contracted a second matri
monial alliance. Vhicb Trse sobn terminated
bV her death, and at the age of twelve years,
Dora was left to the guardianship of t moody
and unsocial stepfather, with whom she con
tinued to reside opto the date of our story.
Inheriting from. her father, aa ample, and even
a tplendil fortune, yet without telali'res
Mends, in whose sympathy aha could confide,
the beautiful woman, now in- ber twentieth
year, fell U that utter isolation and loneliness
ol heart toainful to even the manly indtelf.
!
or
dependant, but especially o to a. warm-heart-
- I - i . . . .
cu anu sympathizing, woman, WooJu Heart
yearned lor ine uiendsiup and affectionate
compiniohship of her sex, even as the dying
gazelle in tie sultry desert, longs for the bub
bling fountain and the grateful shade. The
mode and circumstances of her life had, bow-
. , . .
ever, impressed upon her character some hat
of the noble and generous traits of the heroine.
Naturally of a prond though gentle spirit, her
very habits of seclusion, which in another
might have produced painful diffidence and ti
midity, had added strength and self-reliance to
her character. : ' ' '
Her sorrows, poor creature, had oflae been
greatly multiplied by the distractions which
ensued from the contest with the mother coun
try. Entering with all the ardor of a heroine
Into the feelings and sentiments ol the patriot
ic and bold defenders of liberty, so soon ss she
Could comprehend the principles upon wtiich
they based their resistance to the mother coun
try. She unfortunately encountered the bit
ter opposition of Isaac Wharton, her stepfath-
no, inougn uesirous oi remaining neutral
in the contest, yet at hert favored the cause
of the royalists, and ridiculed and denounced
what he considered the folly and crime of the
whigs in entering into a contest with the moth
er con nti y. The undisguised teniimefitt of
his fsir step daughter, who openly rejeiced tt
every discomfiture of the British arms, but in
creased his dislike and hatred to the cause of
Independence. On nil occasions, even in the
presence of the British officers themselves, she
fearlessly and warmly espoused the cause of
her countrymen, to the great mortification of
Isaac Wharton, an imperious and overhearing
man, who could not endure such inflexible op
iiusmun in niemuer 01 nis own nouse.
The visit of Michael to his house had long
since been forbidden, and latterly he had met
his betrothed only by stealth; sometimes at a
house of a friend, and at others in the open
greenwood always apprizing her of his pres
ence in the neigh Dorhood, tiy some preconcer
ted signal which she read ily recognized. Ma
ny a stolen interview had taken plare be
tween them, little suspected by her ungracious
step father, who little dreamed of the artifices
to which lovers will resort to elude tbe vigi
lance of those who will sunder them forever.
Michael well knew how anxiously Dora
longed for his coming, and whatever dangers
beset his way, he seldom failed to hasten to
her side, when the public service permitted
his absence from the camp. Sometimes his
signal greeted her cars from the forest near her
dwelling, when the sun had but a few hours
commenced bis course, and again when it had
sunk to ret, nnd the stars of heaven were
shining brightly in the illimitable vault, some
note uttered from af.ir, unregnr'ed and un
recognized, save by herself, xwould cause her
young heart to flutter with that strange sensa
tion of delight only folt by those who lev pas
sionately, and only to be experienced by them
when after a long absence a husband or a lov
er returns to repay them for the long vigil of
love.
The sun was within an hour of his fettiftu.
Wh Hi line Of trtryfapof KvhiCfi 'had long
lam motionless on the western horizon, began
to grow dark and dense as it loomed up fear-
limy in ineuisiance, anu ine winu. wnicnnau
lulled for near on hour, again sprang up; but
this time from the thunder cloud in the west,
in fitful blasts nq,w surcharged with vapor.and
now hot and stilpherous as the reeking breath
of a volcano. The muttered thunder began to
groan and growl in the west fearfully and deep,
and with its wings wide spread, the clouds
rode wildly down upon the gale, turning day
into tight as its black shadow rolled over the
earth. In en instant all nature was mingled
in confusion. The sheeted lightnings glim
mered nnd flashed incessantly; the deep toned
thunder shook the earth with its terrific tongue
and the tall trees of the forest bent, shivered
and snapped in the gale the crash of their
fall swallowed up and lot in the yet louder
thunders or the bellowing storm.
As accustomed as Michael had been to scenes
of peril and danger, a feeling of superstitious
awe came over bim, and he felt like a frail
and helpless creature of the dust, in the con
templation of so imposing ond terrific a scene
The narrow pathway along which he rode,
stretched away through a dense pine forest,
and on every side the tall trees were broken
and scattered around him like stubble before
the wind.
Michael would fain have turned aside to
seek a ahelter from the storm in some of the
scattered habitations that lay by the roadside,
for the hurricane was now upon him in all its
fury; but his past experience had taught him
to act with cautions circumspection in acoun
try where civil war had loosened the bands of
society and set neighbors in btt'er ond exterm
inating strife. Well known through all that
portion of the country as an active and nn-
compromisinewhig, he was equally an object
of terror and bitter hatred to all who were en
listed against the indipendence of their coun
try. Fearing lest in seeking a shelter from
the storm, he might unawares place himself in
the powerof tbe tories, in whose hands his
fate would soon have been sealed, he hurried
by dw- King after dwelling, preferring rather
to .-ufler exposure to the elements than to rsk
falliue into the hands of bloody minded and
un'-T'Tnlous men.
As the.., road, however, emerged from the
forest intonnopei clearing of considerable
extent, he found himself within a fewVodsofa
house which lay upon his rtg ht, too dilapida
ted in appearance to render it probable that
he might there meet with dangerous adversa
ries. 1 he rain too, was nearlv upon him.tust
as he resorted the narrow lane which led down
to thebuilding. Ilesitatingonly for a moment
he turned hia horse's hen 1 and galloped up to
the house, turning hia horse into the ahelter
of an unoccupied stable, the door of which
opened into the lane. Entering the gateway,
where, half torn from its hinges, the gate hung
obstructing hia way, with a few easy strides
he mounted the atena of the piazza that tot
tered under hit tread, and rapped loudly at the
door for admittance. . '
. Everything about the place wore a deserted
and cheorleia aspect. The magnificent ahadc
trees around, which seemed the growth of cen
turies, stood u n pruned and neglected, with
their jagged boughs descending within, a few
feet of the ground the rank grass was allowed
to cover the entire yard, and grew .up even to
the doorsteps, while here and there a irefrac-
tory shutter, too rotten to be retained by its
hinges, was kept in its place by a rale or.pole,
cut rrom the woods and placed as a prop
against it. The hand railing around the piazza
waa partially gone, and the pillars which sup
ported the roof were nearly rotted a way at the
base. ' Altogether tbe building was as dilapi
dated and cheerlests if it had temained un
tenanted for a whole generation.' ' v
' His first aummont failing to attract attention
Michael knocked more loudly than before, and
in t moment'ofter, a firm and masculine step
was heard advancing within the apartment
th Aunt waa thrown nnn. anil he found him-
talf fact to face with a tall, athletic and pow-1
erful man of about forty years, who invited
him Io enter. '
fThe- fnrnliure of the room into which Mici.
n(H was ushered, was of the moat costly and
luxurious description. Indeedicensidering the
tirde and condition of the country, it might
have been esteemed elegant and tasteful. Rich
carpets rjf rare manufacture yielded to his
trad as he passed along, and polished mahop
sriy tables.with skillfully carved arm-chairs of
oak, met his view on every aids. A beautiful
deck of s most costly style, ticked upon the
mtntle-bsard, which wns elegantly ornament
ed with vases ol pure alabaster and costlv be-
IjoutTie of exquisite workmanship. So rich in
deed was the apartment lurnished, that Mich
ael could not repress a glance of surprise and
wdnder, when he compared the interior of the
apartment with the mean and dilapidated ap
pearance of the building from without. His
expression of wonder and astonishment did
not escape the observation of his host, whoe
smile as he remarked it might have seemed to
arise from gratified vanity, but for the expres
sion of scorn and bitterness by which it -was
accompanied. ' '
i Advancing to a ehair pointed out to him at
the farther side of the fire place Michael seat- j
ed himself, while the individual who had ad
mitted him into the house, resumed his place
at a table a few feet distanH jnst in fr mt of
the fire-place and busied himself among apile
of papers which lay 1 befoie him, with which
he bad been occupied before the entrance of
our bero.
But these two were not the only temnts of
of the room. Immediotely before our hero on
the opposite side of the hearth was a small
wirey, pug-nosed, redheaded, ferited little in
dividual, who from the first moment of the en
trance of Michael had fixed upon him his di
minutive grey eyes, with an impudent won
dering'stnre. ... Ilis pantaloons, thal'.eemed to
shrink back instinctively from any khul of in
timacy with the coarsri and rude brogans that
encased his neither exlrtmilits so tightly en
compassed his spindle shanks, that his evr
having established himself in them could not
be accounted for by any piocess snort of liq
uefaction or hydraulic pressure, for the
scantiness of his neither garment, however
ample amends were made by the hugepropor-
tions or a large blue overcoat, tli.it hung a l out
his body, like the ship sails around the mast
in a dead calm.
The other individual who sat with several
papers scattered before him, which he was
arranging, as he hurriedly glanced it their
contents, was evidently a man who had seen
somewhat of the world. Though not an ill
look if g man,his physiognomy was certainly not
an attractive one. His heavy brows, and a
certain sinistrous expression in the glance of
his eye, which seemed to shrink beneath the
calm quiet gaze or our hero, caused him to re
gard himsomewhat unfavorably. His eve fell
whenever he casually encountered the glance
of Michael. Our hero did not fail to remark
that he Started, and with an exclamation of
surprise, glanced hastily and surpieiously to
wards htm, as his comrade ten bis .seat, anc
hurriedly whispered a few woH'n'fiSeiir.'" At
sense of insecurity.and a preseniimentof dan
ger began to ste.il over Michael, lor he was
greatly apprehensive of having fallen in with
unscrupulous tories, who are aware of his part
in the contest with the mother country. Dis
sembling his uneasiness, however, he mani
fested no symptom of distrust or suspicion.
Meantime the storm was raging in all its
fury; ' The old house rocked and tottered in
Ihe gale as though its decaying timbers were
about to yield to the shock of the tcnipest,aud
be riven by the storm.
As will as was the contention of the ele
ments Michael felt that it would have been far
more prudent and safe to have encountered
the tornado upon the highway than to have
placed himself in a measure, in the power of
two reckless men who might belong to that
class of desperadoes, who under the name of
loyalty to a distant monarch, perpetrated the
most revolting and heinous crimes.
At the lime of which we speak there exis
ted between the whies and tories, the most
unsparing enmity. The blood of war was
shed in peace wi'h cool and fiend like atroci
ty, and the loyalists as they termed themselves
asked no other excuse lor their deeds of blood
than the victims of their' sanguinary cruelly
adhered to a p ditical creed different from their
own, nnd were animated by an unalterable
devotion to their country's independence.
Michael already began to suspect that the
two individuals before him belonged to that
reckless band of marauding tories that invest
ed the country, and he well knew that if his
surmise proved to be correct, his safety would
depend upon his concealing Irom them the
part he had taken in the struggle f r independ
ence, ouch being ins apprehensions, lie was
determined to take advantage of the first pause
of the storm to withdraw from the shelter of a
roof, which offered so precautious a hospital
ity, and make his way ot once to the end of
his jouraey, where he might rest m surety.
" ell mv friend," began the better-looking
of the two individuals, thrusting his papers
into a drnwer, and taking his seat in front of
the fire place, ' I see you have pot escaped
without a wet jacket. Join mo in a' aocial
glass, and it will not be the worse for your
health. Here, Stoker, set out our decaliters
and glasses upon the side-board."
Stoker bustled about to perform the bidding
af his superior, looking for all the world in
bis immense blue over coat like some diminu
tive dog emerging from under a carpet. All
three were soon standing oy the sme-ooarj
with thcirglusses filled.
"1 give you a toast," said Michael's host
with a meaning and malicious smile as he rais
ed his glass: "His gracious majesty Kiirg
George the Third. Success to his banner
wherever it is spread.':, ' .
Michael laid lon his glass and-calmly re
gnrJed his host ond his companion, while they
tossed on the toast gleefully.
"Permit me now to give von n toast ' snul
he raising hii glass from the board, while his
eyes flushed with pride; "George Washington,
the Cnntnentnl Congress, and American In
dependence !"
"That is a toast to which a freeman can
drain his cup !" '
Littte Billy S'okcr, almost petrifisd with as
tonishment at the audacity af our hero looked
from his companion to Michael, and from Mich
ael to bis companion as though looking to see
the latter annihilate hid lor Ins temerity
That individual, however.so far from ful filline
the anticipations of bis subordinate, bit his lip
with mortification, ami with an irresolute air
passed his hand over hia beard yet atthe same
time casting a side-long, dance towards the
corner . Of the apartment beyond Michael, where
tcouple of Titles were, leaning against, the
wall. The watchful eye of our hero at once
detected the tignificancv of his glance
' "But my friend," said his host, averting his
fixed and steady grfze, "do I understand that
von are not a fr end to K.me Georca r" - "
Michaell hatrt began to beat thick and fast:
The name of that misguided king bad become
odina to every lover of hi country and our
hero of an impulsive and excited temperment,
was not one to dis-semble hia sentiments, es
pecially wbea sucb (tissimultation involved a
recantation of those political principles in the
maintainance of which he would have suffered
martyrdom. Sooner would he have totn his
tongue from his mouth' than have given utter
ance to so degrading and hypocritical an avow
al as that of illegiance and respect for a kiug
against whore powers be had sworn to do bat
tle while the brea'h of life was left bim.
"A friend to King George T be exclaimed
with honest indignation. "Nay, God forbid
that I should be the tool of so odious and de
spicable a tyrant. Look around you, and neg
lected fields, ruined hemes, snd a vast host
of bleeding martyrs proclaim his tyranny. No,
I am a foe to him an l his government; and
God grant that bis contemptible ond bloody
tools may meet with the fate they so richly
merit!"
"My good sir," answered his host, "you suf
fer yourself to upeak too freely. Such lan
guage might not prove agreeable to every com
pany into which chance mieht throw you."
"And what signifies that?" answered Mich
ael, bluntly; "think you I am knave or pol
troon enough to fall in with the humor of the
hour, and measure my language to suit the
ears of cravens. On mv soul, I shall ever
speak as I think, even if I stood before the ty
rant George himself."
"But have you no fearof th lauure of your
rebellion," asked the other reddening with ir
ritation "no visions of halters in perspective
to such of you as the swgrd may spare r"
Kcbellion, sir ! do jou talk to me of rebel
lion !" responded Michael, while an angry
flush began to burn upon his cheek: "and who
are you who presume to brand our holy resis-
tence to tyrauy with the name rebellion V
The eye uf the lory fur such he indeed
was quailed befor the firm snd angry gtanre
of Michael, and tor a munent he looked,
around at his companion, hesitating and I'.nuht-
ful as to the manner in which he should reply
to the peremptory and menacing language of
Michael.
"I might well object to the tone and man
ner in which you demand my name," ni'swer-
ed the other, shifting, as if casually hia posi
tion, so as to place himself between Michael
and that corner of the apartment where the
fire-arms stood, "but since you appear urgent
for a more intimate acquaintance, know that
my name is Robert Harrison. Nay; you ned
not introduce yourself," he continued, observ
ing our hero to start at the mention of his
name, and wishing if possible to intimidate
him by following up one surprise with another
"you need not in'roduce yourself; you are
already known to us as Michael Allscot, the
rebel follower of a rebel camp, now by a lucky
chance thrown into the hands of those who will
deal with you as traior !',
Little Bill Stoker was overcome with jov at
the surprise which the tory leader, Harrison,
bait prepared for Michael, and aaeming to an
ticipate that he wouw lati upon hia iees to
' trsntri aiie jLrrrtr aii.
.TeTf(trnT-tf f5 ffl'tt',xtrmttTor 'T&irtlf
terror, he clapped his bands gleefully and
shouted ab'Ud with laughter.
Michael was indeed, in sailor phrase, taken
aback, and astounded at finding himself thus
unexpected in the power of a merciless and
malignant foe, whose savage deeds had made
his name a by word of cruelty among both
friends aud foes, but as swif: as lightning, and
before his intention could have been suspected,
he siezed upon a chaii which foitunateif stood
within his reach, and dealing his blows to the
light and left, laid the panic-stricken tories
stunned and prastrate al his feet. Then rush
ing Iron the house, he mounted his horse, was
firmly seated in hissaddle and far beyond pur
suit before his discomfited foes had recovered
from his stunning blows suf-cienlly to follow
in pursuit.
. "Up Bill, and toyotir horse!" gasped Harri
son, in a voice hoarse with rage so soon as he
had regained his feet. "Aa I live t e rebel
shall hang for this, though I follow him to the
ends ofthe earth!"
As great as was'tha rage of the tory lender,
and as sharp at was the the spur of anger, it
waa nevertheless drep twilight when with his
confederate in guilt he sat out in pursuit of
our hero. He bad determined upon collecting
to aid I im in the pursuit and capture, all of
the tory party who were in bis immediate
neighborhood.
"Uy the Gods of Olympus, he shall net es
cape me," hissed Harrison between his closed
teeth, as be mounted his horse. "I know full
well the rebel's haunts, and before midnight
he shall be dragged from his bed an l swing
for this." "
A deep gash had been inflicted upon Ihe
cheek of the tory by the sudden blow of our
hero; the blood had flowed profusely from the
wound, and the bandores in which his face
was enveloped were stained with blond. Im
petuous and bitterly vindictive, the angry
passions et Harrison raged in. his breast like
the flames of a volcano. He had sowed re
venge, nnd he was not a man to be appeased
until he had compassed it.
With his renegade follower he put foot in
stirrup, consumed with a thirst for vengeance,
and soon the old crazy building, tbe scene of
their late discomfiture, was left behind them
cheerless and untenanted. .
(TO BE CONTlSl'tD.)
(TT'No woman wns ever yet pronounced
handsome because she wore a scrowl upon
her face, and we are equally sure no man ever
married a woman because s"ie could look as
black aa a thunder cloud. It is much better,
then, to practice cheerfulness. ' However good
the complexion of teeth maybe, they are won-!
derfally improved by the ruushine of a smile.
No one can be ugly who knows how to smile.
fjrPammy, why do you like me t"
"Because you give me candy."
"And why does Jane like me f"
"Oh because you take her to the theatre.ond
give her so rqany nice things. Shesayaos long
as you are foal enough to fetch ber shawlsand
bonnets, she won't sack you nohow now give
me some candy !" .
UTThe Alvarez Insurrection in Mexico is
snid to be making so much progress, that San
ta. Anna is prepi-ring to, abdicate. 1 Ins mny
be true, nnd it may not.' The Mexican disre
gard for truth fit partisan contest is so well
known, that the only way to get nearest the
facts it to disbelieve both aides. . . j
ITTAnother new Hoiel it to be built' In
Chicago, to be colled "LaFlninbeuse House.'-'
It will be seven stories high, and contain one
hundred sleeping rooms, and will be built in
the Italian style of architecture, at a cost of
fifty thousand dollars. ,, .... A , .. .
' tTlt ia an astonishing fact that a painter
with a pot of paint ia each hand, commands
respect wherever be goes. The pedestraina
on the tide walk invariably make way for bim
with the utmost ccleiity.
1
Hie pm0crot
t i
It publisltd every TasrjJit moxnin. in lie
room immediately over tbe Post Ottee. Maia
Street, Eaton, Ohio, at tke following rates:
1 60 pe annum, in advance.,,.
$2 00, if aotpauj within. tbe year, and
92 60 srfer tbe yet? has expired.
ti7Tbe ratsa will b$ rijidlr eaforced.
No paper discontinued nsrtil all arreeratea
are paid.unlesstt theoption otbe publisher.
. .. . . . , . . - i .
XTAii communications addressee; totbt Ed
tor mnst be test free of pcsrtg eto inftffe at
ention. ' " v ':
CTNocommunicatioa Inserted, unless se
f omponied by a responsible nam , - . .
The Yankee and the Dandy.
Some montlta since, al dinner on boird of
one of the Western Steamers, a live vanlreo '
and a dandy sat directly opposite each other
at the table. After the captain said grite the
dandy threw himsetfbatk on his dignity, tad
called out in a pompous tone to tht waiter.
"You aitaw. bring me ibesnpponah of a
young female hen, a fresnIaid beggt and rub
the bottim of me plate with a specimen of
friut vulgarly called tn onion, which will give
tome daanah.a delicious flavor.''
The yankee quietly drew himself back in
imitation of hia opposite neighbor, and in a na
sal tone called out r i . - J
Yeoit til-fired, don-blasted, dod-iabited
pesky lookin little taned black nigger! fetch
me a peels ov corn, a bundle of fodder, and
rub me down with a brick-bat while I feed."
Men ceased to think of masticating while an
uproarious yell trose which fairly shook the
cabinduring which thedandy waa seen streak
ing out of tbe door with t finger in eaoh etr.
tTTThe revenue received by the General
Post Office Department foT the fiscal vear
ending 30th June, was, from Letter postsge,
64,473, 227; Newspaper postage 171 1, 383
total, Jra,utH,6GU. Last year the amounts
were, for letters, 84,226,792, and for newspt
pert I789;246 total, 85,016,138. Af cbm
pared with last yesr, there it th s year an In
crease in the total amount of 868,62?.. Tbe
excess from letters this yeej over last ia 8264
435; while the decrease in the amount receiv
ed from tewspapers is ?1 77, 913.
. ID A country schoolmaster began one morn
ing tht duties of f he day with prayer, a usj
at, but after prayer he went and asked a lit
tle boy hy be hadn't ahut his eyes during the
prayer, when, trie bov sharply responded; "We
are instructed in the Bible to watch as well
as to pray," ' ' t
I have lived to know, snys Adan Clarit,
that the greatest secret of human happiness it
this never suflVr your energies to stagnate.
The old adage of too many irons in tha fire,
conveys an untruth. You cannot have too
many poker, tongs and all keep them all
agoing.
0Att immense iron-toothed rake or barrow
is now woiked by a force of operators in the
Keunnbeck river to remove tbe flme shoal in
order to deepen the channel. This machine
Mirs up the dirt aud the current sweeps it
away.
Boys continue to be shipped in consider
able numbers on many sailing vessels at New
York, in anticipation of the pnssoge'of a law
by Congress proviuing for their control, and
compelling ship masters to takethrr.
' .
A gentleman asked a little boy in Lon
don, ' hat occupation does yeut fnther fol
low, for a living?" He replied with great alm
plicity, "he is a dreadful accideut maker for
the newspaper!."
tttritiew,edT miym"'Ttre devil arm troub
les a busy man." ,This we know to be false.
Show us a busier man than the editor, and
yet he is fdrlunate if he has no more than one
'devil' to trouble him, especially when 'sopy'
is tliort.
Harvey, the fugitive slave whose arrest
was attempted near Cummin willc, Ohio a few
weeks since, but whoiueceeded for the time,
in escaping; was arrested a few days ago near
Goahen, Obio.and given Io his Kentucky mas
ter. -
ITf'When you hear that a young lady haa
c inmitted suicide, you ran conclude that she
wasn't the prettiest girl in the world. Pretty
feet are not usually in a hurry to kick tho
bucket.
jrf'Dnes smoking offend you f" asked tn
American landlord of his newly arrived board
er. "Not at all, sit!" "I am very glad to
h'-ar it, an you will find your chimney ia given
to the practice .
OrNever jest with Ihe sorrows and frai!
tiesofmen. Frailties'are mis'nllunes and the
most sacred thing on earth to each heart is its
own a rrows. ''..'
Henry Ward Beechcr says that the last
quarter of an hour ofo long drawn tiresome dis
course, givesa repulsiveness to religious truth,
stronger than can be dissipated by two good
sermons aiierwards. "
UTTht Irishman in New York, who replied
to the questions ofthe excise commissioners,
"Ah, ver honor, on' sure it ain't much moral
character anion needs to sell rum," told a
volume nf truth. ,
JjThe Grand Jury of New York have in
dicled the Mayor and Alderman ofthe city
for having granted liquor licenses contrary to
tue statute.
ITTOut of n German emigrant family of thir
teen who recently arrived at Cbortotle, N. Y.
twelve died of cholera. Tbe only survivor
was tbe mother, aged 70 j ears.
UJ"The New York Tribune, during the
brief period ol its enlarged existence, sunk over
820,000.
IT A Man's ruin is never the result of bis
own folly- -it is sure to be the fault or treach
ery of some one else.
fJTMrs. Elizabeth Smith died hi Washington
county, Md., on the 23d uit., eged 106 yeara
It months and 13 days.
ILTlnUtah a man is rated a
has only four wives. Large
that.
bachelor who
tiaed countiy
ETThe young man who caught a lady't eye
has been requested to return it. ,
IT'l'lie most unpopular truth m the bible ia
the ladies' ages. , !v. ,
- -
ITThere is nothing more uncertain than "a
certain aue." '.vi ... .
ft-Contentment gives a crown where for
tune hath denied, it.
Were it not for teara that fill our eyes,
what an ocean would flood our hoarts.
: Sentiment .Join man to man, opinions
diyide them.'.-.-., ; .
' HTlf you -would be wise, study the' end of
Hdr lfe whose tout does not siugl" heed pot
try to do it with hit throat. - -. v -
. ' "T,-' :.' '
, DTln girls we love what they are, in young
men what they promise to be.
i . ' ?- -
Potatoes are plenty in the interior oNew
Hnmpftme at two shillings a bushel.

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