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THE DIAMOND RING,
The Astrologer's Stratagem.
A TALE OF BOSTON IN 1775.
BY OLIVER OPTIC.
CHAPTER VIII. The Ring.
His reflections were soon disturbed byavig
'oroiia application at the huge knocker on the
odVrdoorof his ranttum.
The stars are unfavorable; there is no
knowledge to be obtained to-day," said the
astrologer, with a kind of sneering smile on
"Never mind the stars; I wish to see you,"
aid a voice he recognized.
The astrologer opened the door and Wsldeck
"Well, Mr. Rahab, you have seen me be
fore; perhaps you will remember," said the
"I have, years ago," replied the astrologer
"Why, Mr. Conjurer, you are annourned
by the crier as having just arrived in the
"1 have seen you from the na: ions of the
"The devil you have; you ore the most long
sighted man I ever saw."
"Mine is not a mortal vision," returned Ra
lab, in a solemn tune.
."Perhaps not," replied 'Wsldeck, awed in
pile of himself at the solemn tone of :he con
jurer, "perhaps not. I have come to nsk an
'explanation of the extraordinary words you
whispered in my ear lost night."
"What explanation is needed? You under
stand them," said Rahab, in a lone so stern as
to startle his auditor.
"I do not, on my honor. Here is my hand;
tell me more."
"Nay, you would shrink lo hear Hie awful
revelations of the stors in relation to your past
and tuture Hie.
"No mattr; we are alone and no comments
can be made."
"As you will," said the conjurer as he took
the goldsmith's hand. "The past is plain; the
'future must be won from the celestial bodies.
There is blood here, as I have told you before.
You are a murderer!"
"Fool!" exclaimed Waldeck, pale ond an
gry at the intelligence, "but go on with your
"Yuu have taken the life of an old mnnsnd
concealed his body. You have buried it" mid
the conjurer paused to consider whether he
should risk a gutss at the locality "near the
'fortification on the neck."
"Ha, ha, ha!" laughed Wsldeck, evidently
Relieved from Ihe oppressive doubts which (lis
turbed him. "1 suppose aome one has told you
that my partner was murdered!"
"I needed not be told."
"And you have invented this story to fright
"Did it not startle you?" said the old man,
"No, old dotard; but you are so wise, let me
invpke'your aid on another point . When my
mariner disappeared, he had on his finger a
"He bad not," said the conjurer, readily.
Such was supposed to be Ihf case."
"The ring was moved before bis disappear
"And do you happen to know where it is?"
"I do not precisely; but it is somewhere in
'the shop. When the stars are favorable, I
shall make a calculation which shall deter
mine ils precise locality."
"You seem to be aware of my purpose s."
'There is no 'Conjuration about this, for the
lady who wai in your company Ins: night re
quested it," replied Mr. Rahab with unexpect
Mr.'Waldeck took hi leave, satisfied that
the conjurer, though he tnld some truths, was
not infallible. He was a little inclined to be
'superstitious; he bad been startled the previ
ous nilit by Rahab's ready statement, -ii'l he
bad sought Ihis interview to relieve his mind,
'ilia wisdom was certainly wonderful, but to his
knowledge.ht had'made several mistakes which
'was quite enough' to overthrow his claim to su
pernatural intelligence. View it as he might,
however, there was something mys'eriotis uhotit
the man; something that he could not faih"m;
ud his own disturbed judgment did not at all
nlirninisb the wonder.
The Secret Vault.
Amelia, agreeably to the instructions of
'the pretended conjurer, had begged and en
'treated Waldeck to institute rigorous search
for the lost ring. She had so well tc'ed her
part that the goldsmith was fully imposed
villi the value of the service be should con
fer by the discovery of it.
As to the fact of the ring being on the fin
ger of John Dewrie at the time of his disap
pearance, he had no knowledge. The first
i.itimation he had of it, as from Colonel
Powell. He had revived all the circumstnii
"ce connected with the murder, endeav ring
to satisfy himself whether, consistently with
tiia own safety, he could produce the ring.and
propitiate the favor of Amelia by restoring it.
The parties interested believed the ring to
tiave bten on the murdered goldsmith's finger;
but could he not say he had foun.l it concealed
in the ihop ? So strong was his desire o con
ciliate the ycnroggirl that he resolved to ven
ture the act, and trust to circumstances to
Verify his statement in case there should be
It was the night of the day following his in
terview with the astrologer, that, bavin?
brought bis Blind to this resolution, he lighted
lantern and descended to the cellar. He
bad scarcely disappeared, when the door com
municating With the back parlor was stealth
ily opened, and a rran groped his way, with
noiseless step, through the shop to the trap
door. It was Robert Dewrie. He was dress
ed in Ibe garb of seaman, his face half con
reeled by a buge pair of false whiskers.
While the terrible imputation of murder was
attached to his name, he ceased not for a mo
ment hit vigilence in the attempt to criminate
the man through whose crime he rtffered.
Having key to the back door of the house,
Which'he had procured to favor his noctural
excursions in the cause of liberty, lie bad fre
quently admitted himself to the house for the
purpose of watching Waldeck. All bis hopes
depended on his success in exposing the true
Wsldeck hud closed the trap-door after his
diicent, end Robert stood some time near
perplexed lor the means of opening it without
noise. The singular movements of Waldeck
stared him that something more than was
known to him wts concealed in the cellar.
promise to Area lis to institute new
BY W. 0. Q0ULD.
'Fearless and Free.'
$l,5Cper Annum inAdvancj.
EATON, PREBLE COUNTY, 0. FEB, 1, 1855
Vol. 11, No. 33.
search for the ring inspired him with the
hope that the present visit lo the cellar as j
connected wit h Hint object. He must enter :
the cellar, even at the risk of exposing hrs
presence in the house, lie careu noi lo: ins
own discovery; he only ftaied to retard the
Procuring f .-urn the table at which his uncle'
had formerly worked a small can ol oil, he ;
fell for the hinges of the trap and pouted ils
upon them. Thus prepared, he raised j
the door very gen'ly about a foot, and placed
a stiek under lo sustain it. Cautiously he laid ,
down upon the shop floor, and Ihiust his head
'.hrough the aperture.
In this position he obtained a full view of
the goldsmith, r.nd of his operations. He was
engaged in taking down the wall of Ihe Cellar,
in front of the secret vault. I-noiigh wus al
ready removed for the voting man to obtain a
view of its contents. When a sufficient por
tion of the w.ill was removed lo permit his in-
tress to the vanl, he took a knife frniii his
pocket and entered His purpose before sus
pected, was now apparent, nut itooerl could
not s e hurt distinctly; for he had penetrated
to the fur'.r.ercsl corner or the vault.
Atterlhe lapse of a few moments, Waldeck
emerged from l ie vault. In Ins hand he held
the ring and the kinie. htoopiug down he
examined Ihe f irmer by the light ol Ihe lan
tern, and then rubbed it with his hatnlker
chtif as if to removesome stains. Apparently
satisfied with Ibe operation, he deposited Ihe
r:ni! in his picket, and proceeded to relay the
stones in front of the vault.
Congratulating himself that he had at last
obtained a clue to the til lit ol Ihe goldsmith, he
closed the Imp door wilh the inmost caution,
ami crept on of the shop as he had entered.
The position ol W nloeck, decided as he was
to restore the lust rini!, was surrounded by un
cerlainiies. Afier closing up Ihe vault he re
turned lo the shop and seated himself at the
work-lable. Drawing the ring from his pock
et, he proceeded to a more tniuuie cxaimnn
lion of its condition. The sinn lies', sign of
Mood would criminate him. With brushes,
and various other implements, he gave i', a
thorough cleansing. He was about to rnVxe
the repairs which it needed, when Ins atten
tion was am sicd by a slight knock at the
street door. Surprising his labor, he listened
for a repetition of it, scarcely Lelicvirg that
any one would desire admission at that hour
of the night. Bat tne knock wr.s repeated.
In the shalered state Ol his nervous system, he
trembled with apprehension, and connected
the visitation, as l.e was, wont lo connect ev
ery ii iiusunl event; with the one great lopic ol
his reflection the murder.
"Who is there V' asked he in a tremulous
'lOpen the door, Jlr. Waldeck."
"Who is il !"
"I I is I Robert Dewrie !"
"Go to the backdooraiid I wBW.mit you,"
answered the goldsmith, wondfiiag at i lie ob
ject of his visit, as well as the temerity of the
Passing to the do r in the rear, he admitted
Robert, who h d removed his false whiskers,
and they both entered Ihe buck parlor.
"Robert, I believe you are mad," said Wal
deck. "You will epose yourself in .spite of
all mv exertions to screen you
"If I am not mad, it is no lault of yours-.
Rut no matter: I will not reproach you; I am
in distress - det p distress. Fearful for my life
I have not dared to approach the habitation of
man in my own garb," said Koberl, in an
"Are yen not safe in this disguise f"
"No, I tremble for my life, and wuuderobout
half starveo, like a friendless dog."
"Why not go to another part of Iho country,
cr to England."
I sin a beggar without name or means," re
plied the young timii in a desponding lone, so
naturally coiinterleitrd ilnil the goldsmith was
"1 lb-red to furnish you the money," said
Walueck, exceedingly rejuictd to find that
Robert's lofty spint had In en humbled.
"Will you now f" said Robert, in a suppli
"1 will any sum you require in reason, if
you will give me a lieu on your estate, when
ever it comes to light."
'God bless vou, Mr. Waldeck, you are in
deed nit friend."
"I have always endeavored to lie, Robert,
notwithstanding your unjust suspicion of me,"
Robert could hardly smnMie-rhis indignation
at Waldeck's cross hypocrisv, but Ins great
purp ise compelled the utmost circumspection.
"Now. Robert, perhaps in your altered
frame of mind, you will he willing to do nie a
"Gladly, sir. If vr u are i lie murderer cf
my uncle, 1 forgive you Iroinlhe bottom of my
"I find you still persist in that unjust sus
picion." "Pardon me, I will not mention it again,"
said Robert, a liltle fenrlul that he migh.'nvar
do his part by acquiescing to readily in his
own guilt. "What can I do for you ?"
"You remember on the day of your uncle's
disappearance lwillnntp.ini you by saying
murder that Colonel Powell left a ring in his
charge for repairs ?"
"I do," replied Robert, hardly able to con
ceal Irs satisfaction i't the mention of n topic
which he had been studying to introduce.
"Yuu remember thai he slipped it on his
finger and was unable to remove it?" said
Waldeck. intently regarding his companion.
"1 distinctly remember il," replied Kobi.it,
apparency bestow ing but hlllo-attention upon
"You were with your uncle after Colonel
Powell left him I"
"I wus ?"
"Now do you know what be did wiih thai
ring? Colonel Powell's daughter is exceed
ingly anxious to recover il. Do you know
whether he succeeded ill getting it off of his
Robert, feeling that the criticol moment of
his mission had come, naused lo reflect.
"I saw him take it off in the heal of his an
ger, but, if 1 mistake not.he replaced it again,'
"Henlaced it oeam 1 lint, after all the
trouble that had been made about it f "
"I am not sure about it. I was too much
excited myself toobserve very accurately; but
during our dispute he was all the lime at worn
on his finger. My impression is is that he re
"U is probable that he did, for he had a pe
culiar talent lor displacing a titht ling," said
Waldeck. "Have you any idea where be
could have deposited it? I have searched
the house oVel several times wiihoutsucetss.'
II i.nt.a nn. a un.. nr.. .U'DIP. Ilf flftd
great many places of concealment for little ar
tides of jew-elry."
ml valuable ornaments
hidden away in corners. Do you know any!
particular place of concealment t"
"No be rarely used the same place twice,1
one else count know, lloberl was abundantly
pleased with the success of his night's adven
conlenia vvniun, and departed after receiving a liberal
sum of money, satisfied thai Waldeck Would
produce the line, and thus relieve him fiom
though, now 1 think of it, there is an operlure
on the under side of his table, from which I
have seen him take a wtch." j
I ndtr the tuble ! I have not looked there;
it is possible the rint! mav yet be found.
Waldeek was satisfied now that Robert
knew not whether the ring on the finger
of his uncle or nut; and if A did not, why no
the odium of the terrible crime 1
On the morning succeeding Robert'Dtwric's
starling discoveries, Colonel Powell and !
finugirrr were seaieu hi iiif? uanor 01 ins
house iii Queen-street, anxiously awaiting 'be'
arnvai of Ihe astrologer. He had engaged to
r-veal the locality ol Die precious nng, and I
though the ml. lligent fliccr gave no creoence
to me mysteries oi me science, ins curiosiiyi
was txcneu. i ne seer nan mane some asiou-,
hdiing disclosures. 1'Ulc was a wonderful I
wisdom in the man, obtaiu it from whatever
source he might.
Amelia thought not of the juggling preton
sious of the astrologer; she looked upon him
as the character and mind of her lover, labor
ing to obtain Ihe means of washing Ihe stains
from his name. She thought not of the jug
gler; only of Ihe lover the abused, the per
seeu eJ lover. She regretted the deception he
was compelled to practice, but it W'as in
Y'ood cause, and even her sensitive na'.ure
could pardon it.
He came, "The stars had been favorable;
the enveted knowledge had been vouchsafed
In him, and he was ready lo point out the hi
ding place of the ring. Amelia trembled at
the boldness o I the astrologer she fell that
hf hrd promised more Ihan he cuuld perforin.
Wilh nervous anxiety she anticipated the re
sult of his machinatfoiia.
'W..II Vr Piil. ni.. revitnl !hp Wnlitv: and.
af we are not likely to be impressed by the
mummeries of your nrt, you can o nit the us
ual trickery, and come directly lo the point,"
said Colonel Powell, with a good-uulured
"We most go to the shop of the goldsmith
first," returned the astrologer.
Colonel Powell, having no objection to this
arrange n.ent, but rather Ihinking it esirable,
tl e carriage was called, and Ihe party were
driven to Newbury-slreet.
Mr. Waldeck was sealed at the work-table.
Of course he manifested a gieat deal o.f pleas
ure at the visit.
"The stars have at last been favorable,"
said Colonel Powell, after the customary sal
utaiions had been interchanged; "if they re
store my daughter's ring, 1 shall be exceedingly-obliged
The astrologer heeded not the officer's sneer
or the goUdmilh's incredulous smile, ami only
inclined his head in a respectful obeisance.
Let us proceed lo business, M' Rnhnb; you
w ill pardon our nnxittv if we desire vou to
hurry the forms," continued Colonel I owell
The astrologer looked up a d then down;
assumed a mysterious air, made various
strange gestures and sudden starts, all of
which were regarded by Colonel Powell with
smile of good humored contempt. Amelia
was t'O anxious to bestow a thought upon the
;,....l.ll,,n rr l'l -.,
though he manifested his apparent increduliiyi
by interchanging glances of sly humor with
"I see it !" said the seer, in the midst of
gyrations; "I see it !"
'"Where?" said the Colonel.
"Where?" repeated Waldeck
"llu! my eyes grow red, there is blond here!"
continued the astrologer, placing his hands
over his visu.i I organs,
"Never mind the blond; where is the ring!"
said Colonel Powell.
"The ring," added Wladeok.
"I see it still, but it's red with blood," con
tinned ltahtib, pointing to a spot, in which he
sid the ring whs concealed.
Waldeck iih more deliberation than suited
the Colonel, examined the place indicated,
hut no ring was there.
" I he blood confused me," said the ostrolo
ger in apology for the error.
Again he pointed out a spot, but it proved
to be wrong, and a third time with the same
"Enough of this," said Colonel Powell.
"We are greater fools than you, Mr. Ral.ab,
to listen to your nou'eiise."
Mr. Waldeck laughed in derision ot the ap
parent discomfiture of Ihe Wiseman. Amelia
was so agitated at what she deemed the fail
ure of the scheme that she could with difficul
tv conceal it Irotn her lather. The watchful
eye of ihe iistiologer how ever noticed it. and
m wnu percit a stolen word ' encouragement,
in her ear, which did much to resiore her.
"Colonel Powell, 1 must beg vour indul
gence for coucenlinc from von a circumstance
which came to my knowledge last night. I
Ittm: iliftivrrrtl the ring ! niul without an v aid
from t lis miserable imposter," said Mr. Wal
do -a. taking from his pocket the ornament.
Amel n trtmbled again with agitation, but a
g'ti i t.f intelligence from Rahab restored her
"Ha ! therini !" exclaimed the astrologer,
with well acted gesturr of astonishment.
"Yes, the ring," answered Waldeck, "how
are the stars now ?"
' 'The stars are red with blood; there is good
reason for the failure of my experiment."
"No doubt of it, Mr. R.ihah," said Colonel
Powell; examiniiii the ring he had just taken
from vv nbleck ; "no doubt of it, the best rea
son in the world."
"May I look at the ring?" asked the astrol
oger, extending his hand
er. exien- ing niam.no.
"Certainly you may, .f you will promise not
to run away with it," and Colonel Powell
handed him the ornament.
"It is red with blood !" said Rahab with a
"Fool, idiot !" exclaimed Waldeck, whose
nerves seemed to have a deeded antipilhy to
the mention of blood.
"There is murder here !" continued the seer,
regardless ol the goldsmith's epitaph.
"Let us drive the fellow out, Colonel Pow
ell," said Waldeck, trembling with alarm.
"0. no, don't be harsh with him ; he is a
harmless fellow; besides, there has been mur
der here, you know."
Mr. Waldeck did know it, but very ungra
ciously neglected to noti. e the remark.
"There is a corpse here I" continued the
astrologer, holding out the ring alarm's length,
and regarding it with tremulous horror.
"Where is il?" asked the officer ouietlv.
! Mr. bahob performed sundry fnutostio feats
and then, with a strangely marked effort at
dramatic effect, exclaimed)
"Uuried under the bottom of the cellar, in
the north-west corner."
Waldeck breathed more freely, tad express-
I Waldeck, overcome by the sudden and un
n ! expected revelation of his fatal secret, was
! speechless. Arm lia was gloried, but her
i i .!...! I,..r f.. ,ra mot il,o unli...l
ed his contempt for tli prediction, but at the
same time suggested that an txaiuinaliou
should be made. Coonel Powell opposed it
as folly. look in ni the astrologer brought
Air.eiiu to the rescue; and she begged her
father lo favor Ihe search.
"1 am not mistaken tins lime," said the as
trologer. If that simple and comprehensive word
"humbug" was in use in iho.-Ne days, we have
no joubl Colonei Powell made if exp ess his
sentimenlson the present occasion. Without
any failh in Mr. Rahab's w isdom, he at last
consented to the Scare, and Waldeck pro
cured a couple of laborers to do the work.
The party descended to the cellar, ond the
seer pointed out the spot where Ihe body was
buried. The laborers commenced their task,
m-IhIa Iho mirlv. tint v. IV .1. eiow imnr.cil
vil, tiie stol. rnnily of tl. occasion, indulged
in iili Ltflk at HiH f-vneiw. itf tl... rir-enl'
sr - ieiices.
T)t. g .,cnvated the earth to the
de ,( I(j aboul twu rct.t . Wt. ,.T(isiunallv
(o 'j, ,he BUentin of ihe company, theas'
Uo h er 8Ve auctions to the workmen. At
,asl al( omllljljUN uk ,t. ,ti (k.
if,,..,i -.,,,, t il.- l.o.lv w ul.l
shortly appear. Amelia, not understanding
the tactics of Mr. Rahab, was frequently start
led by his abrupt gestures and singular demon
strations. Mr. Waldeck nl Colonel Powell, in the
absence ol other occupation, stood by the pit,
watching the laborers at Ih.-ir task. The as
trologer walked up and down the cellar, slop
ping at every turn, in front of the wall which
contained the vault. He had fixed his eye
upon a stone in the lower par! of the wall,
upon which the slabilityoftnestnctnre seem
ed to depend. Il was evident the woik bed
been execu'eJ by an unskillful hand. On the
binding stone the astrologer occasionally be
stowed a kick, and once, while Ihe others
were looking into the pit, he stooped down
and worked it up and down w ith his hands
Approaching the cavity in w hich the work
men W'-re engi'ged, he exclaimed with start
ling veli'.nieiice :
"Slay! the body is at hand ; the r.tars are fa
vorable." Again the juggler performed some incanta
tions, and bidding the laborers rcs.wue then
task, he approached the secret vault. IJutj
no body appeared, and Colonel Powell, imps
tient at the tong continuance of the trick, and
disgusted with the performances of the astrol
oger, began to vent his appreciation of Ihe oc
"Let us end ibis farce, 1 shall be ashamed
to meet a sensible man after having made such
a fool of myself."
"He patient ; the body shall appear," re
plied the seer, starting across t e cellar.
"I had hoped thai through collusion or some
other means; this fellow might bring Ihe body
to light," said Waldeck.
" uid your hope be realized !" thun
dered the astrologer, giving a powerful thrust
with his foot at the loose stone tbove men
tioned. To the nslonirhmerlt of the whole party, and
to the utter dismay of Waldeck, the wall in
front of the vault came down with a crash, a I
most burying the astrologer in ihe mass I
"Good heavens! what is this f" exclaimed
wi.h'trem'.lous anxiety the denouncement 0(
Rahab's plot. The conleuls of the vault weie
only partially expos. 0, and the astrologer leap-
ing into the aperiurej threw hi' herand thither
the various bugs and kegs ; and rti.tntu,, the
ty uiltite imrlij. Calling the labou rs lo his as
sistance, ihe corpse was conveyed from ils
Concealment to the open cellar.
"The stars are inde -d propitious," mutter
ed the astrologer, as he bent over the body.
"This is astounding," said Colonel Powell,
"but, Rahab, how knew you Ihis f No more
of the stars, scoundrel, I suspect you are an
"Ay, an accomplice," stammered Waldeck,
trembling wilh the v iolence of his trepidation.
"An accomplice !" thiiudt red the astrologer
In Waldeck. "Viilinn ! murderer! In the
presence of heaven, ehurpr line uilli the
niurdrr ."' and Uahab'se yes Hashed fire to the
goldsmith's confused gaze.
"Oh, father, let us go out of this plane,"
said Amelia thrilled with horror at Ihe ghast
ly sight which the body of the goldsmith pre
sented. Colonel Powell assisted Amelia up s'nirs,
folio ed by Waldeck, the astrologer, and the
"Tins is strance," said the officer, when
they bad reached the shop."
"Verv strange !" repealed Waldeck, ghns'lv
; nab? with fear. "This man must have
concerned in tne nuruci.
"Mr. Waldeck," said the seer in a mild
tone, "concealment is useless. You you are
the assassin !"
"Pshaw ! man !" remarked Colonel Powell,
"You are mad ; you know not whal you say."
"Where did he get the ring ? '
"I found it in tjie shop," answered Wal
deck, striving to recovei his composure.
"Liar!" exclaimed the astrologer. "You
took it from the fin er of the corpse ! Av, you
cut olftiie finger for the purpose of obtaining
"It is false! falsa as hell!" replied the
"That can easily be determined," said Col.
Powell, descending to lite cellar.
He had scarcely disappeared, when Waldeck
made a sudden movement towatds the door.
"No, viliian !" shouted 'he seer, seizing
him rudely by Ihe collar, "you shall not es
Hy heaven ! he is right. The finger is
iy ..t-vc. . Z VnvclT cu
gone !" exclaimed Colonel 1 owed convinced
of the truth, as he hastily entered the shop
from the cellar. "N w, 1 see, my excellent
.Mr. Waldeck, why you were so willing Mr.
Robert Dewrie should escape the hands ol
"Y'ou w'rong me, C louel Powell, on my
soul you do," pleaded Waldeck. "I will ex
plain ihe means by which Ihe ring came into
my possession," and the miserable man rela
ted the interview he had had the preceding
night wilh Roberi Dewrie.
"He must have amputated the finger him
self, and conceale.1 Ihe ring in the shop."
"And you happened lo find it immediately?"
sneered Colonel Powell, upon whom the gold
smith's ghastly face and shaking form had pro
duced a strong impression. "I om sntinfied
and the money you ptocured lor me was ob
tained from that vault ?" But. Mr. Astrolo
ger, who are you that seem to be so familiar
with this bloody husiness ?"
"I am Robert Dewrie 1" and the pretended
astrologer tnrew off bis disguise. Removing
the white wig and long beard, he went to a
wash-stand and effaced the stains from his
"liv heavens ! so it is," exclaimed Colonel
Waldeck glanced nt him, but his shattered
nerves and w ildly throbbing heart hail over
come him, and he sunk fainting upon the
floor, troin which he was removed by the la
borers. An examination of the circumstances con
vinced the officer that Waldecs was undeni
"Young man," said he to Robejt, "I have
wronged you, but the circumstances were
"I know it, sir; I acquit you of any unwor
thy motive, replied Dewrie.
"You ore a good fellow, after all, if y.iu are
a rebel," ai d Colonel Powell exiended his
hand, which was readily accepted by Ihe
"Amelia," said Robert, "1 have proved my
"Thank Cod ! Robert, you have," and the
next moment the lovers were clasped in a fund
embrace, which Colonel Powell did not at
tempt to prevent.
The carriage still awaited tbetn, and the
parly relumed lo Col. Powell's mansion.
Kobe t gave a minute explanation ofl he means
by which he had been implicated in the iiiur
der. and the course he had taken to criminate
Waldeck. Though every stain was removed
from the character of Robert Dewrie, Colonel
Powell could scarcely consent to the proposed
union of his daughter with a rebel. Koberl
wa? now the heir uf all his uncle's immense
wealth, and thus, in this respect, rendered a fit
mulch for his daughter. Separate Ihf. in he
could not, therefore he determined to permit
the young man's vis'us while he withheld
his consent to their union an accommodation
which the lovers ir.'.erpieted as an unqualified
Waldeck unable to endure the loathing of
his fellow men, died by his own hand and
few days alur the funeral of John Dewrie his
remains were convened to an uuiiouoicd
In the battleof Bunker Hill; which occurred
shortly after the events we narrated, Ruber;
Dewrie and Colonel Powell were in ra'ik.. ol
Ihe Combatants. Dili both escaped unhurt.
Refore the evuciuitiuii of liosloii the Lillet
was feized with an eni leimc fcver, which,
notwithstanding the devoted care ol hisdaiigh
tcr, carried him oil ond left her with no pro
tector in a foreign land. Robert in disguise,
visited the city, and contrived lo convey her,
with her own c uiseiii lo the houo of u rela
tive in Cambridge. A'ter she departure
the British they were married.
In the warof the Revolution, Robert Dewrie
was an active participant, and at its close wes
a Colonel in the ilassachu etts forces, having
attained to his honors with his own good sword.
When the din of battle was no more heard
the land, he retired to pnvaie life, to rejoice
in the love of his devoted w ife, who still wears
on her linger the precious jewel whic i estab
lished her husband s innocence the "Via
HTlf n man wishes lo become lich, he must
JTHalf what passes anions; men fot talents
is nothing but vigorous heulih.
UTChristiniiity is not a theory lo be criti
cited so much as a life to be copied.
ItrMany a man is an ass for half a century
"M'"'n covering that braying is not do
0 ncautifiil is the love, and sweet the kiss
of a si.,lt.r lmt jf yu ,..vll.t sis!l.r Undy
lty a t0Usin- it isn't much Worse.
ITU is the little troubles that wear the
heart out. It is easier to throw a bomb shell
a mile, than a feather even with artillery.
JTlt is conjectured that the term "grns"
widows, arises from the fact that their bus
bonds are "roving blades."
JTWlien you hear man osletitaciously la
menting his def-ciive education, it's a sign
he thinks himself a devil of a fellow for
IT A slave has but one master ambitious
man has us many masters ns there are persons
whose aid may contribute his advancement.
BTThe phrase "live on nothing and find
yourself," is now translated into "exist upon
the apex of noiienity, and discover your where
abouts." p Mn.'ame Jeiwty Lind Roldscmidt has been
compelled again tocoiilr.idict rumors oldoiues-
lie inlelici'ies. She represents her husband
I to be a "model of conjugal attachment and
O Control your thoughts while in retire
ment, ami your tongue w hile in company.
IP" The Library society is now in full blast,
question lor discussion : "If a man builds
corucrib, does that give him a right lo crib
(LyThere are few persons to be found, who
are nut m ire concerned for the reputation
wil and sense, than fur honesty and virtue.
Of o you wish to be rich ? It is perfectly
easy, be as mean as curt. Cheat everybody
you can, friend or.foe, father and mother, sis
ter and brother.
0"A Dutchman beine called upon for
toast, naii? : "Here ish to de heroes who fight,
pled and died nut the patties of Punker liill,
of w iio me ish vone."
ID' If you wonl I be well with a great mind,
leave liim with a favorable impression of vou;
, . ..... . , , ' . f
if w ith a little mind, leave him wilh a favor
able- opinion of himself.
UTA rather singular mainage Contract
a few days since entered into in Tcniiesee.
The wifo is worth a cool fifty thousand. The
husband is ti e righiful owner of a magnificent
goatee. 1 he contract was as follows:
Art. 1st. The husband is to have no interest
in the wile's estate.
Art. 2d. He is not to collect any debts
Art. 3d. The beloved husband is not
chastise or control any of her servants without
the wife s consent.
Art. 4th. The husband binds himself to
ihe wife one hundred ond fifty dollars pci an
num for board nnd to have his lodging gratis
UMoss will grow upon grave stones
.h E rtheuln p bT:
springs from the eying branch ;
God be praised, something green.somelhitig
to the sight, and grateful to the heart, will
twine aiound and grow out of the seams
crackt of the oessolate temple of the, iuman
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The Snow of Age.
We have just stumbled upon the follow ing
pretty ,..ece ol mosiac, lying amid a multitude
of those less attiactive :
"No snow falls lighter than the snow of agpj
but none is heav ier, for it never melts."
The figure is by 10 means novel, but the
closing part of the .sentence is new as well
as emphatic. The scripture represents age by
the almond tree, w hich bears blossoms of the
purest wiiite. "The almond tree shall
flourish" the head shall be hoary. Dickens
says of one ol his characters, whose hair was
turning grry, that it looked as if Time bad
lightly splashed his snows upon it in pas'ing.
"I; never ruelis" no, never. Age is inex
orable; iis heels must move onward; they
know not any reirograde movement. The old
man mav sii and sing, "I would 1 were a boy
igaiu," but he grows older as he sings. He
may read of the ebxir of youth, but he can
not hud n ; he may sigh for the recret of the
alchemy which is able to make him young
gain, but sighing brings it not. He rnaygnze
backwaid with an eye of longing upon the
rot y schemes of ear v years, but as one who
gazes on his home from the deck of a depart
ing ship, every moment carrying him further
away. Poor old man I be has 1 it Lie more to
do than die.
"It never melts." The snow of winter
come and sheds ils while blossoms upon the
valley and mountain, but soon the sweet
spring follows ami smiles it all sway. Not
so with that upon the brow of the tottering
veteran; there is no spung whose warmth can
peueraie its elernal fust. Jt came to stay;
i.s single flukes I'll unnoticed, ond now it is
drill, el there. U e shall see II increase until
we lay i In. old loan in his grave; there it shall
be ob iil ed by the e.trual darkness, for there
is no ate in heaven.
Yet whysp'-ak of age in a mcurnful strain?
It is tieau.iiul, houorab.e, and eloquent.
Should we igb at Ihe proximity ot death,
when life ami ihe world are so full of empti
ness ? Let the oid exult because they are
old, if any n.usi wi cp, lot it be ihe young, at
the long siitiessieii of cares that are before
them. Welcome ti e snow, for it is the em
blem of peace uiid test. It is but a tempo
ral crow n, w hich h8l full nt the gates of Par
adise, to be ripluctd by a brighter and a
The Teacher Stumped.
It happened in a reboot room one tiny, while
a class of boys and girls were reciting a les
son in Arithmetic. ,twas about their first
"Five from five leaves how many ?" asked
the teacher, of a little gir, of some six years
A f er a moment's reflection, she answered,
"How do you make that out?" asked the
Holding her two hands out towards him sbe
"Here are five fingers on my right hond and
five on my other. Now, if I take the fingers
on my right hand away from the fingers on my
le ft hand, won't five remain ?"
The leather was "slumped," and obliged to
Cause of Yankee Emigration.
When Mr Corvvin was a member of the
General Assembly of Ohio, he brought in a
bill lor the obi litton of public punishment al
the whipping post. He made a speech there
on, to winch mi eldeily gentleman replied
somewhat ns follows ;
Mr. Speaker, the gentleman is not as old
as I om, ami has not seen as much of the
practical operation of the system of punish
ment w hich he desires lo nholiso. When I
lived in Connecticut, if a fellow stele a hone,
or cut up mi y other rustics, we used to tie hint
up and give him a real good thrashing, and
never saw no more of him. It is the best W07
of ceiling rid ol rogues that was ever fried and
wnlioiu expense: to the biote."
Mr. Corwui arose lo riply:
"Mr. Speaker, 1 have ollen been puzxled lo
account lor the vast tungiation irom Uinnec-
lietit lo the West ; but the gentleman last up
has explained it to my entire satisfaction."
The bill passed w.thout ony further discussion.
The following specimen of the sublime is
from Ihe bps of an itinerant vender of soaps,
ic , and was delivered at a lair held a few
nays since al Kcene, N. H :
"Ml.at I were on eagle! I would seize
Cilutiib.a'j fl ,g unturlel, and soar aloft until
1 reached the upper air. I would wave it o'er
the thrones of tyrants, an emblem ol hope and
promts? to the down-trodden, and hang it from
'he telling of the skies. I would steal tlu
i.ectar from the g als, and suck from every
cloud aml.r. sial sweets, ond when I descend
ed agtiii to earth, uonld make thtminto toap'.''
My dear friend that nion has been talking
about you so again! He has been tetlinit aome
of ihe awfulesi lies you tver hea.'d; why, he
railed about for on hour!"
"And you heard it all, did you?"
"Well niter this, just remember, that it
takes wo to make a slander one to tell and
one to listen to it."
JTA pretty woman is like a great truth or a
great happiness, and has no more light to bun
dle herseif under n green veil or any similar
aboimnatiou, ihan the tun has to put on green
XJ"A young man was frequently cautioned
by Ins father lo vole for "ni' asitres.not men."
He promised to do so, and soon after received
a bonus to vole for a Mr. Peck. His father,
astonished at his voting for a man w hom he
deemed objec'.iuiuble, inquired his reasons for
"Surely, father," said the youth, "you told
me to vole tor mea&ure, ind if Peck is not a
measure, I don't know what is."
0A rash and somewhat deluded young mar
has threatened to opply the Mame Law to hie
sweetheart, she intoxicates him so! Per
haps the Marriage Law would be more effec
tual ITEntering upon an argument wilh a mete,
physician is like getl'rne into sn omnibus-
you know wbere you starl from, but it ia im
possible o tell where it will carry you.
Tbe man who eot into a train of th nght.
w'jg taken into custody at the first station fir
t-veling without a ticket ond .ntenced to
h'ee Ca)S 'P"80nment 'n a brown study.
ITTlf there be a clas of human beings ort
earth who may properly be denominated low,
it is that class who spend with out earning,
consume without producing, snd dissipols oa,
tbe earnings of their rel tires.