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P. B. CONN, PUBLISHER,
CORKER MARKET AND 4TH STS.
2. RAGAN, Editor and Proprietor.
Sikf 6k
A Night on tho Mississippi.
BT AimiEXNE
It was the 13th of February, 18 1-, a
cold and cheerless night as ever fell upon
this sorrow-clouded earth. On the West
stretched out the broad, interminable for
ests of Arkansas; on the East, the fertile
f;3State of Mississippi; between, with tawny
ttaue, and wild, terrific roar, the mighty
Lion lliver rushed iu solemu grandeur to
(he ocean.
Oppressed by the weight of accumulated
orrows, I had left my home, to find, if it
were possible, amid the pleasing vicissi
tudes of travel, some Lethean draught,
some blest nepenthe for the anguish prey
ing so relentlessly unoii my spirits. With
cdl the chambers of my soul hung with the !
Sable paraphernalia of grief, I mixed with j
the denizens of other climes "among
them, but not of them," a silent but oh-1
servant spectator of their actions and emo-'
Huns, j
A large and merry crowd of plungers j
vure assembled in the spacious saloon of!
one of .those first class steamers which ply J
upon the waters oi the yeilow .Mississippi.
Glittering chandeliers swung their crystal
pendants, and waved their wiugs of light
'oyer a scene of almost IVrsiun splendor
and magnificence. Damask divans and
graceful ottomans
were scattered around
finrich profusion ''an opaTeS5&? Bi1
jytwrtiS
Miv
heightened in effect by multiplied reflec
tion from the costly mirrors lining the
hoe length of the saloon. A handsome
crose-'
-irOttJ piano stood on one side, covered I
with scattered music, and supporting a for-
taken guitar; for the services of two cele
brated harpists, fellow-travellers, together
with these of a vagrant tiddler, having
becu brought ia requisition fur the evening
it required not a prophet to predict that
there was to be
2T tlut'p till morn, lieu Youili and Bcau'y
meet,
To cbso the glowing hours with flying feet
Lonely and apart, I leaned against the
stern of the boat, partially shaded by hang
ings ot crimson brochetclle, musing upon
the folly and vanity of short-sighted mau.
Within a gay saloon, the viol's cherry
strain, the joyous dance without, the
pitchy cloud, the roaring wind, the rest
less wave. As I sought with straining
eye to penetrate tho outer world of gloom,
tho whole sky, like. au immense wall of
starless darkness, loomed up with seeming
threat of instant destruction ; every tim
ber of our vessel creaked and shook be
neath tho pressure of steam, with which
eho met tho foaming waves and the fitful
gust ; whilo between tho gaspings of that
strange mysterious genius of fire aud water
I could distinctly hear tho sullen roar of
the turbid flood beneath that dark, broad,
intcrminablo grave of hapless humanity
which never cries, "It is cuough."
How soon, thought I, these fair and
graceful forms, pale and fragilo as whito
vtor lillies, may be borne along this wild
and rapid current, in all tho helplessness
of death ! how soon the rush of giant waves
may quench the brilliancy of these dazzling
lights ! how soon the luxurious lavishment
of mirrors and rosc-wood may sink beneath
the silence of tho river's slimo, and of our
stately steamer the mournful requiom bo
. "tal weeds in In hur palace halls,
Shu ri Jus the nurge no moro."
Tho twisted trunk of some old forest
tree, rooted amid the shifting sands below,
may suddenly pierce that Blonder plank,
which is our sole division from Eternity.
The channel lost in thisrluipenetrablc dark'
ness, we may dash in pioe'es on the melan
choly shore, or, fate still, more terrible, o
rapidly down, out in tho midst of this
broad Sea-llivcr, in wild collision with
fellol pilgrim, on its deathful flood.
It was a source of thankfulness with the
late lamcutcd Henry Clay, that his Crea
tor had given him a soul incapable offcar
from the wrath of any. being but Himself;
and if tho wrath of Deity be evinced iu
frowning skies, the voice of shouting winds,
and the lashing together of augi-y waves.
it seemed to me that, then and there, even
' that bravo and lofty spirit might 'havo
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niighty's form was glassing itself in tem
pests." As for myself, if not with fear, I
was filled with a deep and solemn awe,
and my mind almost unconsciously began
revolving the chances of escape, iu cttso of
any emergency. I looked out ; the clouds
abated not in density, uor tho wind in vio
lence. It was bitterly cold. Alas ! with
in that freezing flood the most expert
swimmer could scarcely hope to gain the
shore.
With a vivid presentiment of danger,
amounting almost to a certainty, I sought
my state-room, where I fervently commen
ded myself to the protection of Him, who
'rides upon the storm and rules tho raging
deep." I placed my preserver where it
might be conveniently reached, and, with
a mind somewhat tranquilized, returned to
my solitary station.
I had been so busily engaged with my
own thoughts, uud the appearances with
out, that tho gay compauy, laughing and
chatting around, had wade as little im
pression as so many moths circling iu the
light of a brilliant lamp, or I had experi
enced but u momentary astonishment at
their total indifference to, or ignorance of,
the outward gloom. Most of them, and,
indeed, all of tho lady passengers, I pre
sume, wcro uiimnseiiiiis of its existnnm!
for tk d h.tJ Ullti, the iattcr part of
the eveuing, bceji a fair and cloudless
lapse of sunshine ; but ou the countenan
ces of two or- three of the elderly gentle
men, I thought I could discern a slight
shade of unxictv. which deenencd as thev
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the guards, cueh uidictitiuus were, how-
indications were,
ever, unheeded, where the dreamy harp
aud the thrilliug viol were steeping the
soul into delicious l'orgeti'uliioss of earth;
(J thcy v;ho louuJuJ 80 gaily on tUe
springing boards, could not know that
they wore, quivering and straining, not be
neath the tread of dancing feet, but under
the redoubled pressure of steam, and be
fore the buffering pinions of the blast.
An old gentlcmau, for whom I had for
med rfuitc a friendship, entered the side
door of the cabin, and, approaching, seated
himself upon tho divan at my side.
"You have been out," said I, "obser
ving the unpropitious weather?"
"Exactly," was the reply. "I have
been a constant passenger upon this river
for the last twenty years, and I do not re
member to havo stemmed it upon a more
wretched looking night than this."
"I am surprised ntour captain," said I,
"for running on such a night. It looks
very much like recklessness to imperil, un
ueccssarily, the lives of so many fellow
beiDgs. I wonder that some of tho pas
sengers do not request him to lay by tilL
morning."
'They haveseveral have urged him to
desist, but he persists iu saying there is no
danger in rnuuing. In truth, tho river is
high, and there is not very much fear of
snags, at any rate ; and he declares that
his pilot is perfectly acquainted with the
channel, aud that we are as safe here as
we would be, tied to the shore. But I
suspect," said my companion, "the fact is
the suddenness of the storm has taken the
captain by surprise, and in this impenetra
ble darkness, it would now bo impossible
to make a landing. However, don't be
alarmed," he added, "the moou rises about
ten, and it is possible the clouds may break,
and give us a clear uight after all."
"Oh, no, I am not alarmed. I know it
is best," I replied, "to preserve one's
presence of mind when surrounded by dau
ger, aud then, you know, you may console
yourself with tho reflection that it is only
tho body which ia iu jeopardy."
"No," said he, "I don't know any such
thing; I wish I did."
Such a remark surprised mo exceeding
ly ; I had often noticed him perusing the
Scriptures, and I observed that I was un
der tho impression that he was a very de
vout Christian.
"Oh, no 1 far from it. I read tho Bible
as a literary curiosity, and with tho hopo
of discovering the truth if it is there ; but
I will leave you now, for I sco you are as
brave a soldlor as I."
It Was a sad thought that my silver-
haired friend had passed through nearly
three score years, without discovering the
truth of Revelation and the beauty of IIo-
linew j but I could but hopis and bfeliem
STEUBENVILLE,
that so gentle a spirit as his appeared to
be, would at last be led into tho paths of
peace.
Insensibly, I began watching the gay
surrounding groups of revelers, believing
at least so far with my friend, as to con
clude it useless to harrow my soul with
images of what might not occur after all,
as he had said.
There was, among our many fair passen
gers, ouo who had, from the first, interes
ted me deeply. She was from Florida,
that lovely land of flowers, and the warm
tint of its glowing suns had been left upon
her rosatc cheek, aud amid the rich mas
ses of her waving hair. She had been at
a boarding school iu New York, to receive
the "finish" of her education, and after
visiting the Northern Lakes, was returning
home under the protection of her brother.
Our acquaintance had progressed quite
rapidly, for my own sad spirit rejoiced to
gathor light from the constant joyousness
reigning upon her broad, opeu brow', aud
swelling up forever from the depths of her
bright blue eyes.
She was dancing, at the time, with a
distinguished looking young man, whose
becoming uniform, had I not previously
known the fact, would have announced his
destination to be the standard of his coun
try, which was floating over the frontiers
of Mexico, begirt by myriad foes.
The eye of the most superficial observer
would have singled them out as the super
lative pair among all the graceful votaries
of Terpsichore, by whom they were sur
rounded ; aud I thought to liiyf elf that
surely there had never existed a more com
plete yet harmonious contrast of physical
perfection.
Miluian was tall, shaft-liko as an Indian
chief, and almost as dark, with masses of
midnight curls, clustering over his olive
temples, and lending even a deeper huo of
darkness to the large, shadowy eyes be
neath ; while the manly grace with which
he moved through tho measure had evi
dently been attuned to tho martial roll of
the "soul-stirring drum," and the shrill
pipings of tho "ear-piercing fife." My
little Alice was a very fairy, light and airy
as a sunbeam. Her height was very near
ly five feet, three inches above mediociity,
but her proportions were so perfectly sym
metric, that she seemed considerably lower.
She appeared to have had the most accom
plished instructors in dancing, but to have
possessed a geuius which scorned and rose
above the rigid geometric rules of art.
Nature, alone, breathed through every
movement.
Like the waving of boughs stepped the grace
ful and free,
Like the bending of flower above the blue sea.
She was dressed with extreme simplici
ty, yet m the perfection of tasto. A close
habit of dark gray cloth, fitted high in the
neck, displayed to tho best advantage her
beautifully turned bust and falling shoul
ders. ' A tiny ruffle of fluted cambric rose
around her delicate throat, bouud by
baud of black velvet, in which glittered a
small but handsome diamond pin. Similar
bands and ruffles confined her "wrists and
shaded her exquisitely shaped hands. It
was her usual travelling costume, but I
thought, as she moved these with her rich
masses of chestnut hair, carelessly gather
ed back with a simple comb of twisted
shell, a few rebellious ringlets floating
down her temples hero and there, as if to
revel iu the free sunshino of her spirit,
that the most recherche costume de bal of
rich brocades aud gorgeous pearls coul
not havo added a single ray of light to the
lovely picture.
Occasionally, as sho lifted her smiling
features to those of her companion, I could
discern rushing across her mirror-like brow.
and veiling tho stream of sunshine floating
up from her lucid eyes, a flitting shadow
which I had not before observed upon h
couutcnance a deep, dream-like inflection
of thought, soft and fleeting as the mo
meutary gloom cast upon the white wall
of a sun-lighted chamber by tho pinions of
a passing bird. It was not apprehension
she, like tho rest who -led the gay seduc
tivo dance, heard not the strife of elements
without, but, quaffing in rich burets of
golden music, forgot that there was a world
beyond our cabin halls,'
Milman and horaclf, had, until within
few days pnst, been ignorant rren of the,
OHIO, THURSDAY,
existence of tho other; but thdre was
something in the manner of Aliccrj a ujt
ne mil quoi," which, though perfectly
feminine, would break through the little
conventional knowledge she possessed, and
betray that she had already suffered her
heart to dwell with unusual pleasure upon
the graces and assiduities of her fellow
traveler. On the contrary, there was
nothing in tho deportment of, Milman
which could furnish a clue to the strictest
scrutiny, by which to determine whether
or not his attentions to Alice were more
than a warm sentiment of friendship, or at
most a passing fancy which began and
would end with their traveling acquain
tance. He was evidently an accomplished man
of the world, who at an age not very much
under thirty, had thought, read and reflec
ted much, aud who had moreover enjoyed
the fairest opportunities for studying that
intricate volume, human nature. He had
mingled in the best society in one of our
large Northern cities, and was doubtless
accustomed to, breathe in the ear of beauty,
complimentary phrases, and flowery noth
ings, or, as Erin's Bard moro prettily ex
presses it, : 5
"To Hgh yet feel no pain, .
To weep, yet scarce know why,
To sport an hour with beauty'i chain.
Then throw it idly by." t
If his dark eye followed the fairy steps
of his companion through the dapce, noth
ing was involved thereby ; so did mine, so
iu fact did every body's. If lingered
around her at the guitar, when we charm
ed the company to silonoe-wkte' pnre
flute-like faultlessness of her voice, he
would also rise and lead Miss Arabella
:'ose to the piano, or immediately become
as deeply absorbed in a game of chess with
Miss McFarland. He was a mystery!
alas, for my poor little Alice ! he did seem
rather to prefer her society, but perhaps
it was the interest with which the idle
schoolboy regards the fragile butterfly ere
the rude winds have despoiled it of its
beautiful hues, aud far too faintly evinced
to have warranted her in bestowing upon
him so valuable a gift as her fresh, un
worldly heart. But my observations had
come too late for warning, even had I been
disposed to give it ; he had already taken
possession of her soul, as some gallant ship
bursts into seas where bark has never
sailed before.
The musicians called out a reel, a good
old-fashioned Virginia reel; a dance new
to "Alice, and charming from its utter con
trast to all she had been accustomed to sec
in the pirouetting stiffness of graceless
Mazourkas, tho hobbling clumsiness of
liop-scot Polkas, and the spinning volutions
of that whirligig which would call forth
sneers from a reckless Byron. Free and
graceful as a disenfranchised bird, she gli
ded in airy cycloids through its winding
mazes, her cheeks flushed with the exercise,-
aud smiles of almost infantile delight
breaking over her. bow-like lips, and dim
pliug the soft whiteness of her chin. Mil-
man was still her partner, and I wondered
if it were possible that those deep, unfath
oinable eyes were not drinking ia tho sun
shine of that joyous face, and like shaded
camera obscura, painting its lovely linca-
mcuts upon his soul in deep and imperish
able lines of light and beauty.
I could not see his face, but in a sudden
turn of the flying dauce, I caught the ex
pression of hers. Ho was rctaiuiug her
hand for a moment, as he beut down to ut
ter some remark, and that same iucffablo
look of angelic sorrow, which I had before
observed that shadow from tho bright
wings of the Bird of l'nradkc hovered
for an instant over her fair white brow,
and threw a beautiful gleaming on what
before had seemed almost too rapturous,
too intensely cloudless for contemplation.
I could uot catch the slightest touo that
was said, but I saw full well that love was
breathing its various lay of mournful swells
and joyous symphonies, ";'ts constant cho
rus of continual change, across tho uu
swent ham-chords of her being. What a
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look was that which sho turned upon him!
Tho native sunlight of her spirit seemed
striving to gush up through its bright
blue windows, and penetrate the impalpa
blo cloud of sweet sadness floating over
them her lips, too, quivering with new
and unusual emotion, seemed struggling to
arch into their wonted mile of merriment,
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MARCH 1, 1855.
as if they pendulated between shadow and
suushine.
I question, however, if Milman took iu
the whole of this reply, for suddenly a wild
terrific shock lifted our steamer out of the
water, and dashed her backwards up the
stream with fearful violence. Another
and another shock, upturning tables and
chairs, destroyed every thing like perpen
dicularity in our cabin ; and at the same
time a mighty boom, like the roar of ord
nance, rose, cleaving the darkness, and
leaping in long and thundering reverber
ations out upon the sullen waves of the
Mississippi. Then succeeded a slow ca
reening from side to side, like the rocking
motions of a settling ship, which produced
the most sickening and deathlike sensa
tions. Instantly all was confusion and distress ;
wild shrieks broke from many a pallid lip.
Some, who had been thrown prostrate, re
mained kneeling with clasped hands, in all
the apathy of despair; others, frantic with
alarm, flew in purposeless agony up and
down the cabin, while a few found relief
from fear in the embrace of insensibility.
It flashed upon me in a moment that no
time was to be lost in reaching the guards.
The only hope for safety was, that the
cabiu would part from the hull and float
off, in which case our sole refuge was the
deck above Already it seemed to me
that I could hear the gurgling of the wa
ters rising beneath my feet ; another mo
ment would bear Eternity upon its wings.
could not have stood motionless for more
than a second of time, but in. that tiny
atom of measurement, my whole past life,
like a vast and many-colored panorama,
flew in rapid review before my vision,
which seemed suddenly endowed with
fearful ubiquity, for its very minutest de
lineations; while I seemed spiritually to
stand afar off upon some invisible emi
nence and behold my own destruction,
as swift and wild as the melancholy absorp
tion of some unrecorded meteor in the fath
omless depths o midnight chaos.
I shuddered. Loudly exclaiming "The
deck, the deck !" I rushed out upon the
guards.
Milman pressed out behind me, leading,
almost bearing, the lovely form of Alice.
"Fear not," I heard him say, "trust to
me ; i will save you, or we perish togeth
er.
Wo stood, all three hesitating a moment.
To our eyes, blinded by the glare wo had
just left, wave, sky and shore were alike
undistinguishable. The keen, cold wind,
blustering around us, dashed tho mad
spray in our faces, aud pressed the wild
thought upon our hearts, that their warm,
ruddy currents would soon become as gelid
as that fearful tide which flowed around
and beneath us.
"The deck is our only hope," said I ;
"let us breathe one prayer, commending
ourselves"
"You are right," interrupted Miluian ;
"let me lift you, Alice."
He raised her as easily as a feather's
weight, and, springing upon tho guards,
was about to place her vwon the dook
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above, when I caught his arm.
"StopJ" I exclaimed, "look, look !"
Just at this moment, bsdaucing in un
clouded brightness above the dark stretch
of Mississippian forests, the moon rolled
suddenly and serenely up the eastern skies.
The dark clouds woro seen flying like rou
ted genii, beforo her victorious march ; a
broad sheet of refulgence burst upon the
waters, whilo out on the west, a sharp line
of living light defined the whito sand shoro
of Arkansas.
I had already taken in tho surrouuding
objects, and never can I forget the fca
turcs of that terrible scene. Wro wcro al
most in tho middlo of tho river, more than
a half mile from cither shore. Beneath
us a score of whito, upturned faces and
dark forms were struggling for existence
amid the battling waves, while despairing
cries of " Save me, savo me !" rose from
the gurgling foam and pierced our listen'
iug hearts with anguish. Just below our
prow tho battered chimneys and half-
submerged cabin of a gallant steamer were
rocking on the waves a mournful wreck
Her gorgeous chandeliers wcro still swing
ing in melancholy mockery above tho wa
tor's : her hull had gono swiftly down with
many a perishing mortal.
We stood gazing in speechless horror on
the fearful drama. Like the writhing ana
conda, sinking into apathetic repose after
the demolition of his prey, the glassy river
rolled with sinister smiles above its vic
tims and settled into calm tranquility be
neath the cold rays of tho pitiless moon.
Thoso wild despairing cries were hushed
forever.
With hearts awe-stricken and oppressed
by all we had witnessed simultaneously,
we turned to enter the cabin. But if all
was now tranquil without, a wild admix
ture of pain and grief, of sorrow and suf
fering, which no pen could describe, awai
ted us within. More than thirty wretched
objects were roaming restlessly up and
down our cabin, wringing their hands,
either in the anguish of mental woe or the
agony of physical suffering. The helpless
passengers of the ill-fated Swan, who had
been rescued from a watery grave, shiver
ing in dripping garments, they stood, be
wailing a cherishgd wife or a cherub child
sunk beneath the rushing wave ; or with
chilled and lacerated limbs, they mingled
howls and curses with the most piteous
and impatient implorations for relief.
Involuntarily, I drew my bauds across
my brow, to shut out the harrowing spec
tacle. How fervently did I there offer up
my thanks to Him, who had mercifully
preserved us from a similar fate !
But there was no time for inaction.
Our own passengers were still paralyzed
with fear. Every thing had transpired so
rapidly that most were yet under the im
pression that we were sinking, nor knew
that in collision with another boat our own
had sustained but very Kttle damage.
Prompt assistance was required for the
unfortunate survivors, and few were in a
condition to offer it. Alice was the onlv
ady who seemed to have preserved any
presence of mind. Milman was near her,
gitated, and, for the first timo that I had
ever seen him so, deprived of self-control;
yet it was evidently not tho effect of fear.
Our captain and officers were, with gen
erous humanity, making every effort to al-
cviate the sufferings of the unfortunate
sscngcrs.
There was a demand for scissors, to cut
away the lacerated skin and flesh hanging
in shreds from some unfortunate sufferer's
arm. Alice sprang so seek the article re
quired. "You set me a good example," said Mil-
man. "1 nave some little skill m surgery
myself and now is tho time for its exer
tion." It was well that ho had, for the only
medical character on board was confined
to his state-room by illness, aud unable to
afford the least assistance. Milman, how
ever, immediately assumed the command
of affairs, and, like a ruling spirit, infused
something like system into tho wild disor
der and confusion reiguing around. With
perfect solf-rcliancc, he applied his own
remedies, dressing their wounds with tho
most careful tenderness, and at length suc
ceeding, to some extent, in mitigating the
intense anguish of tho sufferers.
Alice, too, stood near, pale, pud with
compressed lips, yet energetic aud useful
truly "a ministering angel."
It is only such scenes of uncommon trial
which shadow forth tho real lineaments of
character, "as darkness shows us worlds of
light wo never saw by day." I had sup
posed that Milman, from constant expo
sure to the garish light of fashionable so
ciety, had become merely a brilliant, but
cold and unimprcssible crystalization,
whoso indurated spirit could scarcely move
out of its own sphere, to sympathize very
deeply with" tho sorrows of humanity; nor
had I dreamed of discovering such strength
of will and powers of self-command in the
character of my merry littlo Alice. But
how mistaken ! Of all our largo comple
mcnt of passengers, they, alone, seemed
actuated by the tendercst Bpirit of compas
sion, and capable of rendering efficient and
valuable aid
Unfortunately, however, with many, as-
sistance was of no avail." During tho
night, more than a dozen had found relief
from suffering, in death. We made their
graves that morning, but upon tho solitary
shore ; no band of mourners was there, no
prayers wcro said, no hymns were sung,
but a traiu of melancholy winds swept
howling by, th silvtrr eetton-wtwU bv
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wcre whispering in sorrowful tones, and
tho great High Tricst, among the rivers of
earth, chanted a solemu requiem tt thoir
haf-ty burial.
On the same evening my own place of
destination was reached. After the scenes
I had witnessed, the prorpect of "terra
finna" was by no means disagreeable, yet
it was a thought linked with tho keenest
regret that I was about to part with my
fair sun-browed Floridian friend, in all
probabil'ty for ever.
But the boat had landed, and there iru
no space for extended adieus or parting
scenes ; one kiss upon her snowy brow, a
whispered farewell, and wo were sundered.
As the boat swung back into the river,
sho was out upon the guards. The same
gray traveling habit displayed the exqui
site contour of her figure. The rosy rayi
of the setting sun, fell, like impalpable
worshippers, around her, tinging the wave
of her shining hair, and blending with the
kindred lucidity of her joyous countenance.
"Upon the hill I turned to take one last
fond look." Milman was standing near
her ; he raised his hat ; her fairy-like fin
gers threw me a kiss across the waters,
and as they floated away in the lengthen
ing distance, the deepening twilight gath
ered arouud, and I saw them no more.
Several months afterwards, I was seatod
in my own little vine-clad portico, watch-'
ing the gorgeous exit of the god of day,
and listening to the thousand bird-tuaod
harps which thrilled the dark, magnolia
trees around me. Memory was busily en
gaged in linking her chain with the
thoughts of my bright and beautiful fellow,
traveler, and in retouching tho lines, she
had left upon my soul, when I saw her
last, transcendent in her own loveliness,
and glittering in the gorgeous mantle of
the departing day-god. I could see her
out upon the guards again, bending to
thruw me a kiss, as the vessel, fair and,
graccful as a swan, glanced swiftly down
the stream ; her lover was standing at her
side, and again I watched them melting in
the clustering twilight, softly as the bright
twin stars of heaven fade before tho pin
ions of the purple rain-mist.
They were peopling my reveries, when,
by a siugular coincidence, my uncle handod
me a delicately scented envelope, bearing
the post mark, "Tallahassee, Florida." "
"i'roui Alice, 1 exclaimed; "coming
events cast their shadows before ; I was
just thiukiug of her 1"
I hastily tore open the envelope; it con
tained two wedding cards, one bearing a "
feminine inscriptinn, "Miss Alico Jordon,
at Home; Thursday evening, May" 20 j"
the other, iu bold and decided calligraphy,'
"Clarence Milman."
A White" Slave.
The Toledo Blade furnishes the follow
ing item concerning tho white slave who
was chased into Canada a few days since :
"A day or two since, a woman, so white
that tho African blood in her veins was
not perceptible on a casual observation,
passed through on this famous route. She
was from Kentucky. She soon found col
ored friends, and so close were her pursu
ers on her heels, that they were ictually
in this city while she was, and even saw
them though they did not recotuize hor.
Her friends dispatched her, on the under
ground, late on Monday evening, and 're
ceived telegraph news Tuesday uoon, from
Detroit, that she was safe. We are glad
that a seizure was not attempted, because
wc arc quite sure that it would not have
becu a "Burns case," though it might
mve bceh an "Ellen Craft's affair," and
then the liberties of this great people
would have goue down to oblivion in that
dark abyss that has swallowed up all pre
vious republics.
Since writing the ubove we have beoa
shown a" daguerreotype of the young wo-
mau by Mr. A. B. Weeks. . It appear
that whilo her pursuers were after her she .
quietly went to tho daguerrcan rooms
alone, and had her likeness taken to leave '
to thoso who had befriended her She
ordered it kept safely until called fqr.
Ms. Weeks had no suspicion that, sho was
other than a , white, well-bred ludyX Jbe .
closest scrutiny, aided by the know'&d.;''
that her blood had a tinge" of the "Afriayj '
detects a lingering evidence of her klmd.
ed origin about the lips, and. the ar; ia
forms us thai he thinks the waive of (be
brtwi kair were a little liaguhw. ' .
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