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Poetry. LINES. BY LORD. BYRON.
' XHies coldness Traps this suffering clan.
All! wither sfrays the immortal miedT . '
It cannot die, it cannot stray,
But leaves ill darken'd buret behind
Then disembodied, doth it trace
By steps each pUnnet's heavenly way t
. Or fill at once ths Raima of space, -A
thing of ejes that all surrey T
Iteraal, buBdless, tindecay'd
A thought nnseea, but seeing all.
All, all ia earth or skies display'd.
Shall it survey; shall it recall!
' ,ach footer trace that memory holds
, So darVly of departed years,
taoae broad glance the soul beholds,
. And all, that was, at onee appears.
Before Creation peopled eartli;
Its eyes shall roll through Chaos bach:
Aad where the furthcrest heaven had birth.
The Spirit trace its raising track.
And vhere the future mars or roakts.
It glance dilate o'er all to be,
While sua is quearh'd or system breaks.
Fixed in its own eternity
Above or Love, Hope, Hate or Fear,
It lives all passionless and pure;
An age shall fleet like earthly yan
. " Its years as momenta shall endure.
Away, away, without a Ting,
O'er all, through all, its thots shall fly;
A nameless and eternal thing '
" Foregoing what it was to die.'
Poetry. LINES. BY LORD. BYRON. An Interesting Tale.
BY A COUNTRY PHYSICIAN.
It is now nearly forty years ago since I
first commenced practice in this lively part
of the country. In those days I was pos
sessed of little else save a small floating cap
ital invested in drugs, the necessary instru
ments of surgery., and a wife the last as
necessary an article as any to man in my
profession. , A very hard life we had at
first, and it was not without much ado, and
many struggles, that we contrived to keep
tip cheerful looks and decent appearances.
The population was at that time thin, and
scarce humanized ; it was even reported that
they were born with webbed feet I do
not vouch. ' for the fact. Indeed, it was
rarely that I had an opportunity of judg
ing how they were born; for such was their
heathenish ignorance, that a few barbarous
recipes, handed down from Shem, Ham or
Japhet, together with an implicit reliance on
the powers of nature, sufficed them in ev
ery emergency, and it was long ere they
could be induced to have recourse to pro
fessional tdvice, and submit to be phvsic-
d like rational and christian pc p e.
: It was with no little surprise, then, tLat
one winter's night, a$l was on the point of
retiring to the arms of Morpheus, I receiv
ed a summons to . attend a strange lady,
who had just arrived at the "Black Lion,"
and who was prevented by sudden iudispo
eilion from pursuing her journey.
"ATady at the Black Lion," quoth I,
buttoning on my great coat in a state of
xtreme bewilderment ' .
.. ?Quite a , lady, sir quite young and
alone; one servant, and a coach-aml-four
air," was tho reply.
- Such thing had not occurred in the
memory of man. Our country was rarely
visited at all, save by the landlord's sgent,
and an occasional commercial traveler; but
a lady, attended, too, merely by a sorvatit,
it was well nigh incredible and full of con
jectures, I-set forth to visit my new pa
tient, ' . . .' r' . : ;. "
The Black Lion' was' situated about a
half a mile from the village, on what was
then the high road. Spito of wind ' and
wet, I made my way as rapidly as possible
to the house in question. The paths across
ihe morasses were few, and known to few,
nd rarely traversed save in the pursuit of
- - ' . ' . T T i r ii .1
wild ducks and ten oima. om oi au me
frequenters of this wild region, Giles Roper,
(he landlord of the Black Lyon, was held
to be the most skilled and the most adven
turous. He was a dead' shot, and not
thought to bo over nice on what he pulled
A trigger. Many and strange were the sto
ries told of his exploits, but little good was
known of him; and his house was the re
sort of sheep-thieves, poachers, and espec
ially of low gamblers and rullians almost as
Jeeperale as binuelf. .
' Such was the character of the man and
the tpot' which I was about to visit, and it
was not without feelings of sorrow and ap
prehension that I learned that & young la-,
dy, sick, apparently rich, and unprotected,
tare by an aged domestic, hod been com
pelled to seek a doubtful asylum. . On
reaching the house, I was ushered at once
- to the chamber of the sufferer. ' It was a
mean apartment, low-roofed, not over clean,
and evidently ill-suited to the rauk of the
oecupant. Costly garments were heaped
on the rickety chairs, and on a plain deal
table stood a magnificent dressing case,
with an ebony cabiuetj curiously inlaid and
clasped with silver, by its side. - I approach
ed the bed, and to my surprise,- found the
upper part of the lady's face concealed by
a black silk mask; the mouth alone was
visible, the lips of which, bloodless and
qaivering, disclosed teeth perfect in shape
and color, but fast set in a paroxysm of
pain, x genuy opened the hand which
lay clenched and rigid by her side. A sin
gle jewel sparkled on her finger. It was a
diamond of marvelous size and brilliancy;
butalai! no plain gold ring was to be
sea. As the spasm passed, I begged to
be allowed to remove the covering from
her face it could but prove oppressive to
her d resent state but it was in vain. In
low, gentle, but decisive tone, she re
plied: "It might not be." ., . -
Here was evidently an affair of mighty
mystery. The lady had good reasons for
guarding against recognition ; and, at au
events, it was no part of mine to pry into
her secret. - Meanwhile, many and anxious
were the inquiries of her gray-haired at
tendant as to the condition of bis mistress.
- "Thanks! thanks !" he exclaimed, rais
ing his eyes to heaven, while the tears ran
down his furrowed cheeks, as I at lengtn
announced the birth of a female infant, with
the assurance that no present danger was
to be feared, either mother or child. For
some days all went well; the Lidy, proud
of her new treasure, was recovering strength ;
but the babe itself, weakly and sick, 1 felt
from the first, its days were .numbered and
few. It was even so; ere a month had
elapsed, the young mother clasped her first
born, cold and lifeless to her bosom.
Well, sir, the fruits of onr profession are
said to steel the heart as well as nerve the
hand, to enlighten the intellect, but to dull
the sensibilities. It may be so, and it is
well it should be so; bnt I was untempered
then, and never shall forget the effect pro
duced on me by the tearless agony of tho
bereaved one. ' All desires, all interests,
seemed to have forsaken her.. The mask
was laid asside; concealment or discovery
affected her but little now; and with her
pale lovely face shaded by dark and dishev
elled hair, she would sit for davs without
motion, without speech, but with a look of
anguish and bewilderment on her brow that
haunis m5 to this hour.
The child was at length removed ; calm
it lay, and seemingly well content in its
little cothn ; then came the gush of tears,
and tho burst of erief; then did the moth
er become fully and fearfully alive to her
loss alive to the Mow but band, poor
creature, to the blessing.
One evening, on entering the apartment,
I found her just rising from her knees; she
was more composed, and better than I had
yet seen her, and announced her intention of
taking her departure at the expiration of
another day. faae placed a most handsome
present in my hands, and spoke in feeling
terms of my kindness.
"I shall tax it," she said, "yet further.
You will accompany me to-morrow in my
first, my last visit to tho grave of my child."
I readily assented, and it was arranged
that I should call early on the morrow for
that purpose. As I was about to take my
leave, she gently laid her thin soft hand
"Doctor," she said, looking sadly up in
to my face, "my sins has been great, but
my sorrow has been grievous. I have
prayed how unceasiuglv, how earnestly !
for pardon, and I dare hope I ant forgiv
en." Poor soul ! I never heard her speak I
On descending the stairs, I found the
landlord in the passage, apparently waiting
my appearance. .-. He motioned me into a
small, sanded room, ycleped the parlor, and
significantly clo-.ed tl.e door. , There was
an oily smile- on his ruffian countenance,
and an offensive familiarity in his demeanor
ihat made my gorge rise; but it was not
my cue to quarrel with the meanest of the
neighborhood, far less with a man so noted
as Giles Roper, so I even gulped down my
indignation, a:nl submitted to his noisome
society as best I might. .
"Here's to you Doetor," he commenced,
pi shing towards me a beaker of smoking
punch the punch, by the way, at the
Black Lion, I am bound injustice to admit
trot fascinating "here's luck, broken bones
aud a sickly season; but, in the meantime,
I hear thut I am to lose a lodger, aud you
a patient, eh, Doctor ?"
"The lady," 1 replied, "health permitting,
departs the day after to-morrow."
"Umph! well, I should be sorry to say
anything uncharitable or ungentlemanlike;
but some folk?, you know, are not quite so
rich or quite so honest a3 other folks gives
them credit for." ;
"Well, Mr. Roper," said I, not precisely
divining his drift, "possibly they may not
be what then f'
"Oh, nothing, nothing," muttered the
inn-kceper. "I -suppose," he added, sud
denly, "you have got your fees all right;
but all I can say Ls, not one penny of my
bill has been paid yet that's a fact."
The blood rushed to my face, I never
felt so inclined, before or since, to kick a
man out of his own house, or, indeed, out
of any house. It was a luxury, however,
not to be iudulged, and I endeavor to re
ply with composure.
"If you lefcr to my patient, sir, I beg
vcu will understand that I have been remu
nerated, richly and nobly. ' -
"Oh !" I nsver questioned tne lady's lib
erality," interrupted my companion, chang
ing his tone, "it was with her means I took
the liberty doubting; we've none of us
seen the color of her gold as yet.
"You may make youself easy on that
point," replied I, rising to depart; "to my
certain knowledge, your visiter is as able,
as I am sure you will find her willing, to
satisfy every reasonable demand."
"Oh, she'bas moifey, then Tasked Ro
"As this may serve to prove;" and I
readily exhibited the rouleaux with which
he had just been presented.
An expression of exultation, almost dev
ilish in its character, passed over the man's
face, as I spoke; it was brief as light
ning, but in an instant I saw my error, and
inwardly cursed my folly at being entrap
ped into such a disclosure by so shallow a
device. Roper evidently perceived my
vexation and observed, in a very careless
tone, as he took down an immeiiso singlo
barrolled gun .
"Well, well; I only wish tho thing that's
fair. Nobody can complain of my charges
but the ducks eh, doctor ?- If the young
woman has lots of rhino, why the, devil
send her luck with it; but I am bound for
the wild moor fen, and, with your leave,
will bear you company as far as the village ;
we are off on a fowling excursion."
Now, albeit Mr. Giles Roper and Lis
duck gun were not exactly the companions
I should have chosen on a dark evening
with a large sum of gold upon my person,
still all fears on my own account wore swal
lowed up in the concern I felt for his guest,
and I was too well satisfied to leam that
he must be absent from home till daybreak,
to quarrel with an extra quarter of an hour
of his society. His glance, his conversa
tion, the more I reflected upon, the more
pregnant with evd they appeared, and 1
determined that, night once over, it should
be my care that his guest did dot pass an
other night under the roof of the Black
- Early on tho following morning I set
forth, according to my prom'sc, deeply im
pressed with the necessity of urging the
invalid to accelerate her joumey. It was
needless---her last jotirnev on earth was
ended. She lay dead in her bed. - Those
eves, once so bright, and vet so soft, were
glazed and startling in their sockets; that
pale and gentle face was swollen and dis
colored; her dark hair torn, and a broad
livid mark of a man's hand stamped on her
ivory neck, bhe, so young, so beautiful,
lay there in ihat vile den, dead,' - murdered,
with none but strangers, to gather round,
not a kindred tear' to moisten har cold
brow; not a loving hand to cast a flower
upon her grave.
An inquiry, to discover the perpetrators
of the foul leed, was set on foot immedi
ately; but, to confess the trcth, there was
no one to pursue it with energy; our vicar
was too infirm, myself too ignorant in such
matters, and too poor; the country squires
wore for the most part too indifferent or
too distant ; and in those days our humble
village was not blessed with the presence of
From the evidence of two women, who
had been left in solo charge of the housc
the ostler having been sent to , to ar
range about post horses, and the landlord
being engaged with tbo fLwlirgpaity it
appeared that no alarm had been heard du
ring the night, but on entering the fatal
apartment the nest morning, they found
it stripped of every valuable, and its oecu
pant a corpse. The marks of strangulation
wer fresh upon her person, and the finger
of her left hand, from which the diamond
ring had been withdrawn, crushed anu
bloody. An entrance appeared to have
been etiected through, a scullery door, one
so rickety and ill-secured, that it would
scarcely have resisted the efforts of a child ;
thence an access was easily gained to the
remainder of the house. Suspicion at first
naturally fell upon the lad v's servant the old
man of whom I spoke, and who slept in an
adjoining out-buildinor. All search for him
proved fruitless; he was nowhere to be
found. But it seemed scarcely possible
that a person of his aw, an evident stran
ger, too, to the conntry, should have been
able to make his escape on foot, so success
fully as to leave no trace behind whatever:
it appeared far more probable that ho had
shared the fate of his unfortunate mistress.
And now, spite of the alili which he set
up, supported by the testimony of two dis
olute characters, named Marsh spite of the
disappearance of tho old man, whose guilt
the landlord maintained to be mnnifesf.
public opinion gathered heavily around
Giles Roper; so heavity, iudeed, that al
though no direct evidence could be addu
ced, he, together with his new associates,
found it advisable to quit the neighborhood
for a time.
Meanwhile, nothing further could be
done ; no clue could be discovered either to
the missing sen ant, or to the property
which had been stolen : the body was ac
cordingly buried, and the affair permitted
to rest. - .
About eleven mouths had elapsed, and
people well nigh ceased to talk about the
matter, when Mr. Roper once more ventur
ed to take up his residence in his old abode;
and it was reported about the same time
that the two companions of his retirement
had been seen lurking about the adjoining
villages. The Black Lion, however, was
deserted; bad-as its former frequenters
were, partly from a feeling of just borrow,
partly, perhaps, from superstition, they
turned from the scene of blood-shed, and
shunned the company of the reputed mur
derer. . About this time, too, in conse
quence of the drainage then being commen
ced, it was found necessary to turn the
high-road into its present position, and the
branded inn was left in its solitude. But
one visiter was known to cross tho thres
hold the sexton. He was a strange old
man, and had exercised his calling beyond
the memory of the oldest inhabitant of the
parish. He lived alone, with the imple
ments of his trade, and never seemed hap
py but when called upon to ply them. : At
the grave he was all glee and merriment;
singing and whistling at his work, and toss
ing up tho heavy clay with an energy that
would have done credit to a roan in his
prime. At other times he was moody and
malicious in Lis manner; the children, one
and all, looked upon him as an evil being;
the women abused him, and the men- con
tented themselves with exchanging a pas
sing salutation. His evenings had been
for the most part spent at the bar of the
Black Lion ; and then his eye would light
up with a fierce and almost fiendish inter
est as he pursued the course of the games
of chance, of which the bur in question was
commonly the scene. : . . , . 1
Such was the sole companion left Mr.
Roper. Giles, however, was not a man
particularly sensitive to indications of pop
ular feeling. He stood his ground man
fully smiled at averted looks and resented
open insults. His bold bearing in the
course of time hadr probably, borne down
the resentment of more active enemies, and
been accepted by the indifferent multitude
as an evidence of innocence. The trial,
however, was not allowed him. Before a
month had elapsed from his return, he was
summoned to a sterner tribunal than that
of man. Pursuing his customary sports
one day in the fens, his gun burst in the
firing, and the wretched beingwas brought
maimed and senseless to his home. The
effects were beyond measure frightful;
three fingers hung loosely by the lacerated
tendons from his right hand; his left was
shattered to the elbow; the lower jaw was
fractured, and a piece of the broken metal
had buried itself doep into the centre of his
On being informed of the accident, I once
more, though not without a feeling of dis
taste and repugnance, hurried to the road
side inn. As I was ascending the stairs I
heard foot-steps hastily pacing tho room
above, and, at the same time the following
somewhat remarkable words were audibly
pronounced in the harsh, shrill voice of tho
"Cheer up, Giles Roper; you will hare
fair play. We have sworn it on the book,
Giles, Alive or dead yon will' hare fair
A groan from the dving man was thc-
only reply. On my entering, tho sexton
seated himself, and, relaxing "into his hab
itual silence, watched the proceeding with
a contemptuous scowl. His miserable com
panion wasfar beyond the reach of human
skill; nothing remained but to dress his
wounds, and administer an op:nte. Hav
ing done so, I immediately departed.
Giles Roper died that night. "
About a week after the funeral, one dark,
stormy night, I was returning from a visit
to a patient who resided at a considerable
distance. - Tho wind, laden with a heavy
miasma of the fens, swept howling across
the level ; at times a burst of sleet, sharp
and sudden, would almost strike me from
the saddle; then the moon for nn instant
would be seen on high, stemming the rush
ing clouds; and then, again, the icy fog in
huge rolling masses closed around. My
pony was well nigh np to her knees in mud
aud water, and, in" spite of my exertions, it
was past twelve before I gained the village ;
no sound save the melancholy moaning of
the wind was to bo heard in tho deserted
street. The good folks retired right early
then. Dismounting for in so dark a
night the road was dangerous I made my
way along the narrow causeway, and on
arriving at the church was startled by per
ceiving an unusual though a dim light
glimmering through tho church window.
Feelinrr assured that no pood could bo work
ing at such an hour in such a place, I left
r.firr in find lior W.1V to the" Stable 8S
het. she miVat. and leaping the low church
yard wall, approached the bulding. For a
moment my heart failed me, and an indes
cribable sensation of awe came over me as
I felt I was within a few. yards of some
dark and unhallowed deed. The qualm
passed in an instant; the next moment my
nerves were strung, and my pulse beat lull
and firm as ever.
It was no hard mrtter for one young and
active to rais$ himself by means of the but
tress, and the uneven, surface of the stone
work, to the level of the window in ques
tion. - Merciful heavens ! .'. Forty years have
passed since then, yet every feature of that
fearful sight is fresh in my memory as
though I looked upon it but yesterday.
. Yon. sir. have examined the interior of
our church, and could not fail to have re
marked an antique tomb, that stands near
the altar. It is tho, resting place of the
founder of the pile. . The good knight's
shield and banner still hang on the wall
above. Round this tomb were four per
sons seated, engaged apparently at play. r
In three I recognized at once the sexton
and tho two brothers Marsh ; the fourth
was a corpse. Yes, there in his grave
clothes, bound and bandaged, sat Giles
Rojier, the landlord of the Black Lion.
There was a terror in that sheeted form,
dragged from the charael house to join the
impious revel, that might have appalled a
stouter heart than mine. The face half hid
by the shroud, half lit by the flickering
lamp, seemed, as the shadows flitted across
its livid feaulures, to waken into life, and
van its expressions with the progress of
the fiarful game.
Before the dead man, counters and cards
were placed, and as his turn came round
to play, the sexton regularly selected one
of the latter from the parcel ; while from
the ebony cabinet of the murdered lady,
which stood, half emptied of its rich con
tents, on the centre of the slab, tho victors
drew their stakes at the conclusion of each
deal. Of this party the sexton alone seem
ed no be at ease, and he grinned and chuck
led as he swept his double portion of the
glittering coin, now chiding, now praising
his ghostly partner as the luck ran off with
or against them. On a sudden the stone
which had hitherto supported my weight,
slipped from its position, and with a vain
attemt to save myself, shivering the win
dow in the act, I fell heavily to tho ground.
The light was instantly extinguished : the
players were evidently alarmed. Not a
moment was to be lost. Bounding across
tho turf, I again leaped the fence, and ran
at full speed towards the more respectable
part of tho village. .
In le s than half an hour a body of the
principal inhabitants were assembled, and
my story hurriedly told, we proceeded en
masse to the consecrated church. All was
dark and still, and every portal barred
This blacksmith, however, with a vigorous
application of the sledge hammer, soon ef
fected nn entrance through a small door
which, opening into tho belfrey, communi
cated with the body of the building.
Chancel, nave and nisle, were all searched,
pew and pulpit all in vain. Not a cor
ner, not a nook was left unexplored ; but
no trace of the' sacreligious visitants was
to be discovered. Already had my com
panions began to wax discontented, and to
grumble at being roused from their bed on
such a bootless errand ; bints were thrown
out concerning stocks, horseponds, and
smaller instruments, of popular primitive
justice. Confounded, and almost inclined
to doubt the evidence of my own senses, I
leaned hopelessly against the old tomb,
when suddenly something on the pavement
caught my eye; it was the diamond ring!
tho ame 1 had seen on tho finger of the
Again the tide turned. "To the sex
ton's!" shouted the blacksmith; "the old
fox must have run to tho earth ; we'll un
kennel him yet." And, shouldering his
huge hammer, he struck off, followed by
tho whole crowd, towards a small cottage
which was close at hand. Tho door was
forced in a moment, and in spito of the
curses aud protestations, the wretched cul
pirit was dragged from his b-d, and placed
under strict watch for the remainder of tho
night. As day broke, parties, armed with
the readiest weapons they could procure,
started off to scour the country round, nnd
ere noon the two Marshes, bound and hand
cuffed, were brought in, having leen con
cealed in a neighlwring baru. Tho vault
which the landlord had been buried was
noxt examined, and the coffin-lid found to
be clumsily and imprefectly secured, the
body itself betrayed evident svmtoms of
recent disinterment. Still in spite of every
endeavor, no portion of the stolen property
(the ring excepted.) could bo brought to
"The prisoners, meanwhile, stoutly main
tained their innocence, and doubts began to
be apprehended as to whether we could
bring forward sufficient proofs to insure
conviction. Under nil circumstances it
was thought advisable to make overtures
to the younger Marsh,' whom we had rea
son to believe less implicated than the
other. After a little decent hesitation, he
consented to be admitted king's evidence,
and it was from him thatwo learned at last
the full particulars of the'mystcrions trans
action. . It appeared that, cn the night of tho
murder, Giles Roper, having quitted me,
proceeded to join the two brothers and the
sexton, at the house of the hitter; -thence
after waiting a sufficient time, the whole
party returned to the Black Lion, and leav
ing the Marshes to keep guard over the old
servant, the landlord followed by the sex
ton entered the house, and made his way
to the falirl chamber. Here, while the lat
ter was employed in collecting the booty,
Giles, with an iron grasp, seized the lady
by the throat, and with his left hand pessed
heavily on her mouth. So suddenly and
so successfully was the movement executed,
that not a noise escaned her: a few con-
vulsive struggles, and all was over.
The sexton was next dispatched, togeth
er with the witneas. to convey the spoil to
a place of security no other than tho an
tique tomb before mentioned, a large stone
of which, thoi'gh apparently a firm as ma
sonry could made it, opened readily to one
who knew the secret. Meanwhile, Koper
and his accomplice, with tho old man, pin
ioned and blindfolded, behind them, drove
off to the wild-more fen, and, having drag
ged their victim to the edge of one of those
deep pools, then so common in that dis
trict, fastened a bag of shot about his neck,
and plunged him headlong in. Notwith
standing the igenuity with wheh this fiend
ish scheme had been contrived, suspicion,
as has been seen, attached so strongly to
the real perpetrators, that they were oblig
ed to fiv for a time from its effects. Before
they separated, they all bound themselves
by an oath, too horrible to repeat, to meet
on that day twelvemonth iu the church,
there to divide their ill-gotten wealth as
chance might decide; and at the instigation
of the sexton, they had on the appointed
night dragged their dead companion from
his grave and compelled biin to fulfill his
share of the engagement. The result of
this meeting has been shown; it remains
but to add, that the lost treasure was found
in the old hiding place, nnd that lha two
murderers were condemned, evecuted and
gibbeted by the roadside, immediately op
j osite the scene of their foul crime.
BY A COUNTRY PHYSICIAN. Miscellaneous.
Correspondence of The Evening Post.
WASHINGTON, March 29.
Robert J. Walkers letter of acceptance
of the Kansas Governorship was finished
last evening. In it he assures the Presi
dent, to whom it is addressed, t1 at he had
been induceed to change his determination
to decline the ofiice by the Executive's as
surances of the importance of the mission,
and of his own eculiar fitness fior it. He
reiterates his bel.ef in the soundness of the
principles of "popular sovi rjignty" announc
ed in the Kansas-Nebraska act a princi
ple, in his opinion, constituting the basis
of all free government. He maintains that
it must yit have a triumphant and beue
ficient operation in Kansas, - and that it
would be follv to swerve from it or adopt
any substitute for it in the government of
the .territory. Jp or himself, the new Gov
ernor declares he thall insist on the right
of the majority of the people of Kansas to
settle their own institutions, and he shall
resist any attempt of outside influences or
of a resident minority" to impose a const.'
tution or a code of laws abhorrent to the
will of the majority.
In tho maintenance of this purpose he
calls upon the patriotic and intelligent
itizens of Kansas for their support, expres
sing a confidence that they will submit to
that peaceful aibitration of the questions
in dispute among them, which is provided
by tue Constitution and lows of the land.
He assures them that he goes out to his
labors with the expectation that no appeal
to arras will be needed to sustain the ac
tion of the civil authorities.
The above sketch of Gov. Walker's let
ter is derived from ono of his m-rsonal
friends who has seen the letter. To the
principles declared in it, the representa
tives of the Kansas Fro-felevery party now
in Vv ashinn'tKii linve given lueir assent,
promising Walker their individual support
if the programme shnll be faithfully carried
out as tliev understand it, t suiipose. -
Gov. Walker still maintains the opinion
expressed in his published address to the
people of f ensvlvnnia, shortly before r resi
dent Bucnanan s election, that a fair trial
of the principles of the organic act of Kau-
sos must make it a free state, in mis
sentiment, also, I understand, Mr. Buchan
an concurs, and has avowed, with more
than his usual explicitncss, to some oi me
more ultra Southern politicians, that the
Democratic party of the North cannot safe
ly stand llie continuance oi uie violent rro
Slaverv policy heretofore pursued in Knn-
no good to the sliiveholding section, and
wili utterly ruin tho Northern wing of the
Democracy to otteinpt by violence to coun
teract the operation f those laws of God
and Nature which must ultimately make
Kansas a r ree Slate. So Mr. Buchanan s
friends report him. But the removal of
Judge Lecompte would be a much more
satisfactnry manifesto than any private
avowals of his character.
By his own desire, Governor Walker's
commission will not take effect till the sec
ond Monday in May. As, nnder the cen
sus nnd convention act, passed by the late
Kansas "Legislature," the list of legal vo
ters for delegates to the Constitutional
Convention will have been completed by
the first day of April, the new Governor
will be saved from the trouble of discrimin
ating between legal and illegal candidates
for the right of suffrage, and from various
ugly responsibilities which might devolve
upon him while the enumeration of
voters is takeri. He will merely be com
pelled to enforce the previsions of the
on the third Monday in June the day
when the sixty delegates to the Constitu
tional Convention will be chosen.
It will bo interesting, after the Conven
tion shall have formed a Constitution
establishing slavery, which is to be sub
mitted to Corgress, without the subsequent
ratification of a popular vote, to hear the
Governor's testimony as to the fairness with
which the experiment of popular sovereign
ty was tried iu imposing thnt Constitution
on a people, three-fourths of whom, at
least, are opposed to its adoption.
Mr. E. P. Stanton, the newly appointed
Secretary of State for Kansas, will proceed
at once to Kansas, and exercise the Execa j
tive functions until the Governor's arrival.
Snap takes Mr. Buckram
before a Judge.
Mr. Snap, of the firm of Snap,
Co, is considered a iawer of great shrewdness-
Mr. Sn.in is some on collecting a
debt, and allows that there is not a msn in
the Slate sufficiently stocked with brains
to get abend of him m an examination.
Among ttio gentleman who failed in
1854 was Mr. Buckram, a dealer in cloth
ing. Buckram owned, at the time he
"caved in," some seven thousand dollars, a
large portion of which was due to Bite &
Brothers, of New York. Mr. Buckram of
fered to compromise with Bite & Brothers,
by paving forty cents on the dollar. J Bite
fc Brothers refused, and went to law. . As
Buckram offered no defence, they of course
obtained judgement. An execution was is
sued. It produced nothing, however. If
Buckram possessed funds they were placed
where the Sheriff could not get at them.
Mr. Snap reported to Bite ifc Brothers.
Bite & Brothers read the report, and told
Snap to bring Euckram before a judge.
Mr. Snap did so. The examination came
off a short time since, and showed that Mr.
Buckram was loo old a. bird to be caught
"Mr. Buckram, have you any money P
'How much V . . .
"Fifteen hundred dollars."
"Where is it."
"In my pocket?" . '
"Will you pay it over on the Judgement
held against you by Bite fe Brothers !"
"It is nil bad bills on the old Bank of
"Why did you not say so in tho first j
."Thought you liked exercise."
"Have you any other money !"
"Not a red." '
"Any pianos !
"Any jewelry V .
"What does it consist of !"
"Two brass breastpins and this ring."
"And what is the value of thnt ringT
"One hundred aud fifty dollars. It is
gold, mounted with a diamond."
"And does that belong to you I
"Yes, sir to me individually."
"And are yon willing to apply that in
part payment of Mr. Bile's judgment !".
"Couldn't think of such a thing."
?'Why not, sir!"
"It's exempted by the 814111110."
. "Nonsense ! No law exempts jewelry."
"You are mistaken, sir."
Here Mr. Snap appealed to the court.---The
court decided that the exemption law,
did not apply to jewelry.
"But how as regards family pictures F
interrogated Mr. Buckram. .
"That's a different matter. Family pic
tures are exempt."
Well, sir, this is a family picture, fram
ed in gold."
Here Mr. Buckram lifted up a little lid
on which the diamond was Mounted, and
showed to the court a m inn lure daguerreo
type of his wife. Tho court looked at Mr.
Snap, Mr. Snap looked nt Mr. Buckram
and Mr Bukram looked at the court.
"How says your Honor is that a fami
ly portrait?" '
"1 thinfc it is." -
"And being so it is exempted from exe
cution, is it not f
"I suppose I must decide so
"And having so decided, Mr. Snap, as a
matter of course, pays the cost of the ex
amination!" The judge said "Yes," ami Mr. Snap "bit
his fingernails down to carpet tacks," and
swore in eight syllables. He paid costs,
left the office, and says he will have Buck
ram in I lie state's prison if he has to bny a
hundred dollars' worth of perjury to effect
the object. Buckram takes the matter
coolly, and says, go ahead. It strikes us
that Buckram s examination comes under
the head of sharp practice. Albany Po
1NTEHEST1SG ttE-OMON. UCB. M )-
gn, the Mexican General, is stopping at
lllanl s Hotel, a W ashington, as is Col.
May, who took La Vega's guns, and made
him prisoner rt the battle of Palo Alto;
and to complete the curious re-uniou, Col.
Magruder, to whom May handed La Vega
over for safe-keeping is at the same hotel.
It must have been pleasant as. well as sug
gestive to see these warriors assembled at
the same dinner table, in a friendly way,
and popping champagne corks instead of
3A Bible distributer in Kr. reports
that of thirty thousand families he visited,
one-fourth had no Bible, and many had
never heard of such a book at all. here
were throe regularly ordained ministers, al
so, who had no copy of the Scriptures.
jtjTThe Salem Reg. mentions that a
gentleman in that vicinity came near being
choked, a few nights since, by swallowing
his teeth while asleep. A surgeon arrived
in time to save him by taking them from
his throat with an instrument.
Seeds—Get them Ready and
Go into any well conducted seel store
at almost any season of the year ' and
you will see tumblers or other ves
sels in a warm place, and partly fil
led with water, with a wad of cotton on
tho top of it. An examination of these
vessels, will show you sundry seeds of va
rious kinds lying upon the cotton or im
beded in it, where they are nor actually in
water, but are supplied with moisture con
stantly drawn np np from the water below
the cotton. r In this arrangement the seeds- ,
men are trying the vitality of the seeds
they have to sell. .' ' :' '
Now this same process, or one equally
as good and with the larger grain better,
should be put into practice at once by ev
ery farmer and gardener. . How of tenis the
labor and other outlays upon a whole field
lost by the failure of seed to veperate.
But a single hour's time will suffice to test
all the seed for a whole farm. Take corn
and turnip seed for example.
Select from the whole mixed mass of
seed to be used, say fifty to one bundled
grains, if the total quantity be large, and
plant these in soil placed in earthen pots
or boxes, and keep them moderately moist
and warm. A very few davs will show
whether the whole seed, or what propor
tion of it, will vegetate. It is always bet
ter to make two separate trials of each
mass of seed, in order to guard against the
accidents of wrong temperature, moisture,
ike For small parcels of costly seed, the
trial need not be made with more than a
half-a-dozen taken at random from the
whole mass. If the common stcne-ware
flowerpots are convenient, any other ves
sel or box may be used. The ordinary
earthern table bowls may be used, but it
is always best to have a hole in the bot
tom through which water nrey be taken
np by capillary attraction (be ' sucked up) -to
the surface. .
The tumbler of water with cotton npon
the surface will, in most cases, suffice for
sprouting seeds, but if they fail in this way,
at least two trials in earth should be made .
bef re a final .condemnation. It is a suf
ficient test if the seeds merely start a little
germ. The south window of a cellar, or
better, that of a warm sitting-room, will
furnish a good place for setting the testing
vessels. Of course if you have a hot-house
that is still better.
We deem this of impo ranee especially
when seeds aro purchased of dealers upon
whose integrity you cannot confidently rely,
and even then it is well to try their seeds,
as well as those of your own production,
since the germinating power is lost by over
heating, or otherwise in transports tiun, as
well as during storage in the granary.
The trial will cost next to nothing, and one
can plant and sow with far more confidence
and one pleasure it absolutely certain tnat
his seed is alive. Let this matter be atten
ded to now, so that time may be had to re-
place any seed which chances to be defect
ive. ' -
A German Funeral.
The Vermont Journal has a correspond
ent in Berlin, who describes a German fu
neral thus: .
Yesterday, I attended the funeral of
Mrs.- Kranichfeid, ' the wife of Professor
Krainchfeid, of the University. Around
this excellent mother, deceased at the age
of fifty stood her thirteen children, threo
sons-in-law, and two grand children. The
coffin was of a style which I have seen only
in Germany, the height being about two
and a half times the usual or necessary
measure, the breadth and length diminish
ing 'from below upwards, by successive
grooves outward and upward. Being in
clined at an angle of 45, each groove di
minishes the absolute width of the coffin,
and so ou to the top, which becomes quite
narrow and. comparatively short. . The
whole was ornamented by wreathes and bo
qucts and numerous single flowers. The
room was with closed window shutters, and
lighted by chandeliers, each of the chil
dren of the deceased having one or two
Two clergymen were present, one of
whom opened the exercises, the other clos
ed them with remarks and prayer. The
reading of the scriptures and words of ex
hortation and consolation were by ' mem
bers of the family. - The singing was of
lines prepared for the occasion, some of
them composed by the deceased while yet
in health a few weeks before her death.
The procession walked, singing, to the fam
ily burying ground in the spacious garden
attached to tho mansion, and returning to
the house, the father had yet a word of
consolation to his family, and thanked the
audience for their kinkness in assisting on
the solemn occasion.
Pickpockets os the Railroad. Fri
day morning last, a man named Joseph
Horner was robbed of $800 in money on
.the train coming west, on the Central rail
road, due here at one o clock. The money
was composed of a $10 and 20 note rn
the bank of Pittsburgh, a $20 gold piece,
and the remainder in Harrisbnrgh paper, v
was taken from his pocket, while sleeping
between Harrisburgh and Greensburgh, as
Mr. H. is certain he had it when he left the
former point. The gentleman was emigra
ting to the West with his family, and the
loss rendered him entirely destitute of
means. Through the kindness of Mr. T.
A. Scott, Superintendent of the Western
Division of the road, be was furnished with
free pass, and enabled to return to his
home at Hnnovcr, York County, Pa.
A splendid setter dog which Mr. Horner
had with him, and intended taking to the
west, was presented to officer Patterson, of
the Mayor s police, in return for his efforts
ferret out the thieves, though, this so
far has proved unsuccessful
Railroad pickpocketo have become an in
tolerable nuisance to travelers lately, and
great many facilities are offered on our.
night trains to commit robberies. Cannot
some remedy be devised for this evUJ -Pitts.
If a man is not married, the ladies
make free of him to say that "disappoaU
ment u the catut.