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JOHN II. OBEKLY, PROPRIETOR.
0yFICB- BtTLLBTIlT BtJII.DICa-, COB. 12TH SXKEEJT A.3STD "VBrCr-rOaST
CAIRO. ILLINOIS, SUNDAY. FEBRUARY 23. 1813.
PETER UOLDTHWAJTlVH TKEAS-
"Ami 'J( IVter, you won't oven consid
er of tlio butlnu.s'" tub) .Mr. .loli ii llruwu,
buttoning hUsurtolll oyer thu snug loltin
Uity of In person, Mini dinwiug on Ills
gloves." You positively rfiun lo let lnu
liuvo till utaY.y oil house, mill tliu land
miiltT and adjoining,' tlio pricij numed V '
"Noitlier tt that, n'or treble- tliu mm, "
responded thu gaunt, griza'ed, urnl thread
lttu Peter Ooldthwaiio, "Tlio fact In, Air.
Ilrown, yon muat tl nd uriothcr iltu lor your
brick liini'k, arid Iks contuiit to lonvii" my
i stale with tliu present owner. Next sum
iner, 1 intend to put it aptcndld new muii
Hon over tlio cellar of llii olil house "
"I'lio, IVtur '' cried .Mr llrnwn, ns In
opened tho kitchen d'.nr; " content our
mi 1 with build. rig castle In the Hlr, wlim
l;c.r,. t aru 1'lii-npi-r than on iirth, to
my riclhilig of tho cvst of brick nnd nmr
tur. S jrli foundation uru tolid enough (or
your cdlhVes; while tins iiuduriiuuth nit It
jut the tlilni; lor mine; mid so wo rimy
both bo s.iited, What suy you, again?" '
I'ri' luly what I n:d before, .M r. ,
Ilrown, answer. i IVter Ootdlhtviiilu.
' And, nr. f r castle In tin' 11 1 r, minn uinv
not lu 11 iiiHgnill tit in that sort of nrei
lecture, lot peilmpa insubstantial, .Mr.
lln.wii, n tin; very respectable brick block
wild tlio dry goods stores, tailors' shop,
uri 1 li. liking roiim o'i tin; lower lljor,nnd
lawyers ulll.'c In the ecnrid "lory, which
o.i art to ansiiKK totub'lilnt". '
'A 11 1 tlio 1 mi. IWr.i'li" "li Mr.
Ilrown. m l:u withdrew, in something of 11
pel "'1 1 1 11 1, I uppoc, will l'i! provided lor,
olf liiinil bv drawing u check on Hubble
.1 1I111 llrnitn and IVt r Ooldthwnifii had
1;oon I jiuMy known in tlio comiuertinl
w rM b twetn luulity ntid thirty ear
iM.foro, unlc tli Una OoMlhw'niio V
Hriiwn, which vjpartrn:rhip, however,
win speedily J 1 jived, l.y tlio !:iiturnl In
congruity of IU eon'lluicnt pnrtt. Since
that event, J Im Rruwri with exactly llin
qualities of u thotititml oilier John Hrowhi,
mid by juitsudi j lcddlnf' mutliod ut they
ucJ, Imd priHpured wonderfully, nrid bo
i'juiu ona of tliu weatllik-m .lolln Ilrown
on urth. l'eti-r lioMtli'.vuiU', on tliu con
trary, hfli-r In rnitiiiimrhlile sohome. which
r-uglit lo liKVii collected nil tliu coin mid
paper currency of tbo country Into I la
cUeM, wiii ui tifii'y h gi.tilli.-uiiin u over
woru h puich t pon 1111 i;IU)v. Tliu contrutt
bulwccn him una Im lormcr piirlntr rimy
bo brirtly marked ; for Ilrown necrrcck
orielupou luck, yet ulwuyn bad il; while
1'iiler in ml 'i luck tlioinnln condition oflin
prijjcli,nnd alway inlsnd It. WhUutho
Uieaiu held out, hit Ipicillutiulif bud brtn
nanitl lit, but weru cliitfly tonilned, of
lalu ,Vear, to tucli 111111II biirlnci its nd
vuiiluro in n loitory. Uncc, h li nd jjotiu
on h uld-giilhuriiiexp(dlllon,oincwl;ure
to tliu iuutli, ntid ln;ouiouily contrived lo
umpty hn ioi.kcl inoro tliorouyhly than
nVer. W11II11 oilier.', doubllt", w To llllini;
tlieln with nuiivu bullion by tbo hnlidrull.
Jl jru rvmiilly, lio hud expended 11 Ic(;ucy
ol u tlioiiiaiitl or two of dullart in pnrcl.m
iri(; iltfiK.in icrlp, nnd iherebj'becnrno
thu jiropriulor of provincu ; which, how.
vur, to Imr K1 1'cliT could And out, wm
mtiiutcd wheru lie might Ijlvo Imd mi em
p.ro fur thr funiu monuy, in lh! clouds,
i-'roin m Dturch iifti-r till- Vnluabhi renl
1'ilute, i'l'tur returned 10 Kaurit nnd threHd
bale, U1.1t, on reactiiriK Now .ni;lniid, the
rcirucrow in tliu cornhVldt beckpnid to
nun, u he u.-ed by. "Tliey did in t llul
ter in tint wind,' quo'. IVter (ioldth
wultu. No, 1'eler, they beckoned, for
they know their brolhtr'
At ibu porl A of our ilory, bis wbolo vit
iblo incotiio would not liuo puid the Ikx
of tliw bid nininion in wl.Kli wu llnd l.un.
I. t wut onu of thotn tutty, inoi-(jrown,
nmiiy-puakeJ wooden l.outc, which uru
tcillerid about tho treei of our elder
towm, Willi n beetle-browed locond itory
pn Jelling oer tho foundation, m il it
irowuclut the noveHy uround it. TLisoid
paternal edifice, needy M hu wni, arid
umi'li, It would huvi) brought him it
batiUtouie turn, tliu lug&ciuui 1'eter had
bi out! rcatous fur iiuver purling; with
tuber by auction or private tulo. '1'bero
heeined, llldei.'d, to lm u tatullty that con
liecleil him "ilh bn birth-place; for, ol ton
ni hn had flood on thu verge of rum, and
uiidini; llnjru oven now, no had not yet
taken thu step boyond ii, which would
lutvu compelled him to surrender tho
iioiiao to hli creditor!. Ho hero hu dwelt
with bid luck till good rhonl 1 come.
Here, then, In hit kitchen, the only'room
wheru it (purl, of llru took oil' tliu chill of
it November evening, I'oor IVter (Jold
tliwuito hud jiitt been vi-ittii by hu rich
old partner. At thu cloru or their inter
view, l'utur, with 11 ruh'-r nurtitled look,
i;luucd downwnrdu ut bw drc, purls o(
whicii iippuiirid ai iinclnnt 11 thu days of
(ioldlhwuitu ' ilrown. lli tipper garment
mixed kiirtout, wolully (uded, and patched
with newer no if on each ulbow, bcuculh
t tat A hu wora it threadbare black eout, tjiiin
if thusilk biitiDim of whicli liad lieen re
placed with otburiofu ill tie rent pattern;
mid lately, though ho lacked not a pair of
giay pantaloon, they wuro very habby
unci1, fctid l.nd been partially turned drown,
by thu frcijuunt toiiftliii' of lVtcr's tliln
Veforo a f canty !lro. I'utor' pemm w
in k(i6pliiK with bi goojlv apparel,
(iray-beiidid, bollow-eyrj, piilc-cliccked,
und leiin-l'odlcd, lio " wu tho por
foct picture of it man who had foil on
windy chenic and empty hopes, till ho
eould neither livo on nub unwlioletomo
trash, nor tloinneli moro mibjtantlul food.
Jlul, withal, thii l'eterOoldthwaitc, orack
lirained itiiplolon , perhupt, lm ,
inigbt hnvo cut a very brilliant llyuro in
tlio world, bud hu employed Id iu.ngir a
tion in thu niry buiincst of pootry, in
Moad of making it ft demon of mUcbiof In
iiiurcatilihi pur.uits. After all, hu waa no
bad lollow, Iiitt lis harmiesi u u child, anil
in honet and honoraiile, and 11s much of
thu f;"'tlai,,Kn w''lcl1 nlro meant for
him, as in irregulur llfu and ileprcweil cir
ctimntancos will pornilt any man to bo.
A l'oter rdood on tho unoven liricks
of bis harth, looking round
at tho diconolati old kilchen, hi oyc
began to klndlo with thu illumination of
an cntliu'liiftn tlntt nuvor long ilcmrtod
him. Ho raUcd hit lutnd, clinched it, und
smoto itoncrRelicuUy agaltut tlio emoliy
nannl of tbo II replace.
"Tnntinu U cotnul" said lm. "With
ftich ft trcasuro at commiind, It wore folly
to bu a pour man any longer. To-morrow
mornlm: J will begin with tliu garret,
nor deUt till I hvu torn tlio homo
II. lWII "
Diicp in tlio clilmripy-cnrner, liko it
witch in it dark cavern, ratu llttlu old wo
man, mtndlng.ono of tbo two pairs of
itncklngi whurowith 1'etor Ooldthwalto
kept his toai from boing (10 it-bitten, At
thu fost worn ragged past all darning, tlio
had cut piecos out of n cust-otl' llunnnl
petticoat, to moko now sole?. Tuhltlm
I'ortor w n old iniild, upward of sixty
j oar j of ape, flfty-flve of which ho had
ni In that inmo chlniny.cornr,
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uch btlrii tbo length of Umo
nice IVter grsndfatlicr had taken hur
from lliu nltii'.houie. .SI10 lind no frloml
but IVter, nor IVter any frlnd but
Tiildtha ' e,i lon; ai IVtur riil'ht jmvo u
i-belter for hl own head, Tabitlm-would
know wbtro to ibeltcr borsi or, .Lcii;g
liiimeltM el.ewhere, ilia would tako inr
niHtter by thu limid, find bring him tohor
natlvu Iioiih', thu iilind.oii!n, Should it
uvur bo iiecciTiry, flic loved him well
enough to feed him with berlust inoriol,niid
clolhi) him with her under-petticoat. Jiut
TnbllliH w4 it iueor old woman, nnd,
though never infected with 1'etur't lllghti
n:. hinl tCfninij o iiecuitorned to hi
freak" and follle", that thn viewed them
all as ruiittcri of courn. Wearing liiiu
threaten to tear tho homo down, ho look
ed (piielly up from her work.
"lint lea'-n the kitchen till tlio la.t, Mr.
IVter," laid rhe.
''i'hn oonfr wn have it all down tho tai
lor," fnld IVter (loldlbwaltn. "1 am tired
to death of living in thin cold, dark,
windy, Miioky, creakin", LTimnliiL'. diurnal
obi bouie. I (hall feet llku u younger man, I
when wo uet into my iplondid brick min-
tlon, n, pleato Heaven, wo abnll, by tbU '
tlnio next niittimn. Voti (luiU'hrive a room
on the'unny lde, old Tabby, Uni'hed and
fiirnllii-d iti Leu rnsv mit'vour own no
tion." " ,
'I Hioul 1 liko pretty much uch 11 )
loom m thin kitchen,'' replied Tabitba.
'It will iitwr bo liku home to me, till thu .
chimney-corner gtt us black witbimokiij
an lbi ; ntid that won l bu tla"i litinKrod j
tear". How much do you mean to lav
I out on thu I.ou-e, .Mr. lVt-r '.' '
"What i Ihitt to thu pUOfe'' ex
clfdined lVler, lellily. "IJitt not my
grvnl-griiinluuvli', IVter (loldtli'.vaitc,wbo
died .evenly yean ago, and wbotu liame- 1
uko I urn, leiiTo trea.uie enough to build
twenty ueh .'
"I ciin't my but he did, Mr. Peter, '
kxid 'i'nbltl.H, thleHiling her needle.
Tabitb.t wu.l tinduratood that IVter bad
relerencc to r.n immelnio board of thu
prcciout ingulf, which wui laid to exiil
onicv. hero in the cellar widlJ, Or under
the doorf. or in -oine concealed closet,
or other out-of-the-way nook of the home.
1 hi wealth, according lo tradition, hud
been accumulated by it former IVter
(ioldthwuile, whoso character teem to
hnvo borne a remarkable timllitudu to that
of the IVter of our ftory. Idke him, be
wa a wild projector, tuekirig to heap up
gold by thu burbel and thu cartload, in
kead Jf icrapin;; it together, coin by coin.
J.lko IVter the vuconO, loo, hin projects
had altno't invurinbly failed, and, but
for thu rnugiiltlcenl tucccis of the final
one, would have left him with hardly a
coal and pair of breeches to hi gaunt and
grir.zled perton. l!porl wero variou,
h lo thu nature of hi fortunate ipecula
tion ; one Intimating thai tbo ancient
IVter hud mado the gold by alchemy;
another, that he tind conjured it out of
the people pocket by the black art; and
it tliird, ilill more unaccountable, tbut tbn
lie v II had giV'ii him free uccef 10 the
provincial treaiury. It wai alllrmeJ, now
over, that tomu lelret impediment Imd de
burred him from thu enjoyment of hit
ricbet, und that he had tt niotlvo for con
cealing the in from in belr.or, at any rale,
hud ctli-d without disclosing tbo daco of
dcpotit Thu present IVier'n lutber had
faith enough in tlio tnry to cause the eel
lar to bo dug over. IVter biniMdf clime
lu consider the legend sit nr. indijpu'.ublu
truth, and, amid bis many
troubles, bhl this one consolation,
that, .hould all other rcource fail,
ho might build up li fortune by tearing
hu house down. Yet. unles he felt a
lurking distrust of tbo golden tale, it !
difiiculi to account for bit permitting thu
puleriinl roof to itand so long, tinco ho
nad never yet seen the moment when bis
predecessor' trcusuro would not have
found plenty of room in his own strong
box. itut, now wai the crisi. rihotild hu
delay lliu icurch a little longer, the house
would past from the lineal heir, and with
it the vm1 heap of gold, to remain in it
burial-place, till lliu ruin of the aged walls
houll iliicovur it to jlrungurs of a future
'Ye 1 ' cried IVter (Joldlbwaite, again;
"Ic-morrow I will set ibout it.'
Tho deeper ho looked at the matter, tho
moro certain of .ucces grow IVter. His
spirit wero naturul.y 10 elastic, that tver.
now, in the blatcd autumn of his nge,
ho could often competo with the spring
timo gayeiy of other people. Knlivennd
by hi b'rightening jirospcc'.", ho began to
cuper about tbo kitchen like a hobgoblin,
with thn querest antics of his lean limbs,
and gesticulations of bis starved feature".
May, In tho rxuheranco of his feelings, bo
seized both of Tnliitha'i hand", nnd danced
tlio old Indy r.cros tho tioor, till tbo oddi
ty of her rheumatic motions) set him into
a roar of laughter, which was echoed back
from tlio room nnd chambers, n if IVter
(ioldthwnitu wero luihing in every one.
Finu.ll lio bounded upward, nlmot out
of sight, into tho smoko that clouded the
roof of tbo kitchen, nnd alighting safely
on tho floor again, ondeavorod to resume
his customary gravity.
"To-morrow, ut sunrise,' ho repeated,
taking hi lamp, to retire to bed, "I'll see
whether this treasure bo hid in tlio wall of
"And, as wo rn outof wood,Ir. JVtor,"
said Tnbltha, pulling nnd panting with
her late gyninnilic, hs fast ut you teartho
house down, I'll make a llru with the
(iorgeons, lliat night, wero tlio dreamt
of IVter Goldthwaitu I At onu time, ho
wax turning n ponderous key in nn iron
door, not unlike tho door ot a sepulchre,
but which, being oponcd, disclosed 11 vault,
heaped up with gold coin, as plentifully as
golden corn in a grannry Tliuro worochns
od goblets, also, and turuons, tulvur, din
ner dishes, and disli covers', of gold, or
sllyer gilt, besidt-i chains and other juwols,
incalculably rich, though tarnUhed with
tbo dump of lliu vault; for, of all tho
woulth that wai irrevocably lost to man,
whether, buried in tho eaatl', or sunk in
tbn sea, IVtor Ooldlluvaito had found it in
nil's ono trciiiiirc-placo. Anon, ho had re
turned to tho old house, as poor as over and
was roceivd at lliu door, by tho gaunt and
grizzled figurn of a man, "whom he might
Imvo inlktakeii for lilniflf, only that his
garments wero of a'liiuch'oldor fashion.
iiui the houso, without losing Its former
aspect, find bron changed into a palaco of
precious mutals. Thn floor, wall, and coll
ings, worn of burnished (diver, tho doow,
wlndow-friiines, tbo cornice, tho balus
trade, and tho Flepa of tliu staircase, ot
pure gold; and silvor, with gold bottoms,
worn tbn chair?, and gold, standing on
aUvor Jogs, tbo high chests of drnworsj and
.I've. Ik, bdUudij with blanket of wo
ven gold, and sheets of silver tissue.
Tlio nouso, had evidently boon trans
muted by a single touch: for It retained all
the marks Hint l'oter romomborod, but In
gold or silvor, instead of wood; and tho
initials of his nano, whlah, wlnvn n, boy, ho
hud cut in tho wooden doorpost, remainod
as deep In thn pillar of gold. A liHppy man
would havo leon Peter Qoldthwsito, ex
cept for . cortnln ocular dccoptlon, which,
whenover ho glanced backward, caused tho
houtu lo darken fronf Its glittering mag
niaVenca into tbo sordid gloom of cler
turdny. Up, bnline, roso iVtur, seized nn
ux, liiininer, and saw, which 110 liail
placed by his bedside, nnd'hlcd him to thu
garrclt. 'it was but sintitlly lighted up, at
yet, by lliu frosty fragments of u sunbeam,
which began to'gliininur through tho al
most opuiiuu bull a eyes of tho window.
A moralize' might find abundant .
themes for his speculative and impractlc- I
nblo wisdom In a garrclt. There is thu 1
limbo ofdepnrted fashions, aged trillcs of I
a Hay, nun wliatevur ws vuliulilo only to
one generation of men, nnd which passed
to tbo gnrretl when Unit generation passed
In tho gravo, not for safe keeping, but to
l.n out of ibo wur. IVter saw pile of yel
low and musty "account booKS, in parch
ment covers, wherein creditors, long dead
and buried, had writttr. the names of dead
nnd buriud debtors, in ink so faded-, that
thoir moss-grown lonibslonoi worn morn
Ic.ltili. 1 f n frtu ml nlit nintft...itfin Lirmnnli
ull In rags and tuttcri, or IVtur would have
put tliom on. Here wu n nukcxl nnd rusty
sword, not u sword of service, but n gen
tleman's small French rapier, which had
never left il M-ublmrd till it lost ft.
Hero wero oanej of twenty diQerent
"( Ms, I. it no gold headed ones," umi shoe- !
bue,e'cf vunotn pitteni and mntcria), f
but not silver, rior set with predion stories, f
Here wns it lage box full of shoes, with
high beel and peaked tnc. Here, on n
shelf, were 11 multitude of phiali, half .filled I
with old iipi'tbccarie' sttilf, which, when
'.he other half had dono its Unities' on ;
IVters hncestorf, hud taeti brought hither I
Irom the death chamber. Here, not to givo j
a longer inventory of arliclos that will '
Hover bo put up at uuctlon, was tliu frag- '
merit of a full length looking-glass, which,
by thu dust nod dimncsn of itn surface, !
mado thu picture of them old ibing look I
older than tho leality. When IVter. not
knowing that Iberu was a mirror there,
caught thu taint t'raccs of his own flutire,
bo partly imagined that tho former IVter '
(foldlhwuitu bad come back, either to as- I
il or Impede, in hi search for tho hidden j
wealth. And 11 1 that moment a strange no- ,
lion glimmered through bis brain, thai be j
wa the idcnticul IVter who had con- 1
coaled the gold, and ought to know where-
ubnul it lay. Thl, however, he lind unac- 1
"Well, Mr. l'oter!' cried Tabitba.ori tho ,
garret stairs, "Havo you torn ihe houso
down enough tohcut tho teakettle?'"
"'otyot, old Tniibo" answered IVtur,
"but tba't's soon donc,M youshallsee.''
With tlio word in his tnouth, ho uplifted
tho ux, and laid about him so vigorously
that thedutt fluw, tho boards crabed,nncl,
in tbo twinkling, tho old woman bad an
apron full of broken rubbish.
"Wu slnll get our winter's wood cheap,"
The good work being thus commence 1,
IVter buutdowuull before him, smiting and
hewing at the join and Umbel, unclincb
Ing spiku nail-, ripping arid tearing away
board', with a tremendous racket, from
morning t'.II uigbt. lie took care, however,
to lenvu tho oulsido shelf of thu houso un
touched, so that thu neighbors might not
suspect what was going on.
Meter, in any of hi vugnries, though
each bad mado liim happy while It lasted,
had IVter been happier than now.
IVrbaps, after all, there was something
In IVter (ioldiiiwaite's turn of mind, which
brought bun an inward recompcri'u for
all the external evil that it cauted.
Ifhu were tioor, ill clnd, even hungry j
and exposed, t- it wero, to 00 uttorly mini
filiated by a prccipicuot in, pending ruin,
yet only his body remained in tbesu mis
erable eircumstutices, while hi aspiring
soul enjoyed tho sunshine of a bright fu
turity. It was his natuo to bo always
young, and tbo tendency of bis mode of
iifu to keep him so. Gray hairf were noth
ing, no, nor wrinkles, nor infirmity; ho
might look old, indeed, nnd bb somewhat
disagreeably connected with a gaunt old
Ugure, much the worio for wear; but tho
true, tho essential IVter. wn a young man
of high hopes, just entering on tbo world, j
At thu kindling of each now lire, hi 1
burnt-out youth roo afretb from the old
embers anil ases. It rose exulting now.
Having lived thus long, not too long, but I
just to thu right age, a suscepllolo imclie
lor, with warm and tender dream-, bo re
solved, so soon ns tbo hidden gold should
flash to light, to go a-woo!ng, and win tho
lovoof thu fairest maid in town. What heart
could resist him? Happy 1'eter (loldth
waito. Every evening, as IVter hod long ab
sented "himself from bis former lounging
plnce, at Insurance"-olllces, riew.-rooms,
and book-stores, and as tho honor of bis
compnny was seldom requested in private
circle", ho nnd Tabithit used to sit down
sociably by tho kitchen hearth. This wa
altvavi heaped plentifully with thu rubbish
of his day,, labor. As the foundation of
tlio fire," ihcro would ba a goodly sized
backlog of red 01k, which, after' being
sheltered from rain or damp nbovo a cen
tury, still hissed with tho heat, and dis
tillod streams of wator from each end, as
if the trco had rocn dut down within a
week or two. Next, tlicro were largo sticks,
dnuoj black nnd heavy, which had lost thu
principal of docay, end wero IndeUructiblo
oxcept by fire, wherein tbcv glowed like
red-hot burs of iron. On tiiis solid basis
Tabitha would roar a lighter structure,
composed of tho splinters of door panels,
ornamented mouldings, nnd such quick
combustible5, wiiiclt caught liko straw,
and threw a brilliant blazo high up tho
spacious fltto making its sooty sides visi
ble almost to tho chimney lop.
Mcnntlme, tho gleam of tho old kitchen
would bo chased out of tho cobwobbod ear
ners, nnd always from Ibo dusky cross
beams overhead, nnd driven nobody could
tell whither, while l'elor milled liko a
gladsoino man, and Tabitha seemed a pic
ture of comfurt&bloago. All this, of course,
was but an emblem of tbo bright future,
which tbo destruction of the home wculd
shed upon its occupants.
While tho dry pino was flaming and
crackling, liko an irregular discharge of
fairy musketry, l'etor sat looking and li.t
enin?;, in a pl'camnt statu of excitement.
Hut, when tlio brief bluzo nnd uproar
wore succeeded by tho dark-red glow, tho
substantial heat, und tho deep singing
sound, which were to lust throughout thu
overling, his humor bocamu talkative.
Ono night, the hundredth time, hotcaed
Tabitlia to loll him about bis tjroU-grniid-undo,
' You liavolicotl fitting in Hint chimney
corner fifty-lire yjuars old Tabby, and
must hnvo heard many a tradition ot him"
said IVter. "Hid you not toll mo, that, when
you tlrst came to the house, thoro was an
iild woman slttlni; where you nit now, to
hgd boon liouiekecper to thu famous l'oter
"So theru was, Mr. IVter," answered
Tabitha; ''and shu was near about a hun
dred years old, She used to say, that .ho
and old IVter Onldthvaito hud often spent
a sociable evening by tbo kitchen (Ire;
pro 1 much as you mid I are doing now,
Mr 1' tor."
''Tl.o old follow mint have resembled.
Tim 111SAUILITIK.S or
IKKJfJS OF .MISSOCHI
VA.4HIN'n TON'S ItlKTHDAY AT
Till: NATIONAL OAIMTOJ.
SKNA.TOH YOKK'S SKVKN THOL'
.SAND DOMiAKS AHIIIVE IN
rue in moro points thin onp," said l'oter, 1
complacently, "or ho never would hnvo I
grown so rich. Hut, inclhlnks, ho might
have Invested tho money botur thin he
uiu ,no interest, tioiuing but gooa security!
and tho house to bi torn down lo como at
il' what mado hlni hide It to snug, Tsibhy1
"lleeauso ho eould not spend it," said
Tabitlia, "for, n often ns ho wont to unlock
the chest, tho old .Scratch came behind und
caught Ids arm. Tbo money, they sy, was
paid IVler out of his pursu-" and ho wanted
IVter to giro him n deed ol this homo and
lnrid,'hlch l'etor sworo ho would not do."
"dust as I sworo to John Ilrown, my old
pnrtnrr" remarked l'ctnr. "Hut this Is til
nonsense, Tabby' I don't believe tho
"Well It may not b Just the truth,'
said Tabby, "for some folks snv that IVter
did make over the houso to tho Old Scratch;
and that's tho reason It has always boon so
unlucky to them that lived In it. And sis
soon as IVter had given him the deod, the ,
cneii now open, ana i'elur cnugbt up a ,,
handful of gold. Hut, lo nnd behold, there W..111VT v. . .. ,
was nothing In his fist but n parcel'or old ! "'NuTe). reb. JZ.-lho prosldont
rag.'1 4'-., j Iptday signed tho act relieving from diss-
"Hold your tongue, ynu silly old J Wiltifs Wm. Hoggs of Missouri.
Tahby'-crfed TMcr In great wrath, Theyi CAV C0MP,:TK.
wero as good golden uuineas ns ever born , n., .... . .
tho tliigles of the king of England; It 1,', ri!urr department direct that
seems us If I could recollect tho whole j c'tkt in tho customs-office at Now
circumstnnce, and how I, rtr old Voter, or York, may competo for the vacant stirvcy
w hoover it was, thrust in mv hand, or his f orship
!..., I ...1 .t.... t. -ft .! . II .
liiui'j, mm uiuw II ou., nu 01 11 uiazo witu
gold. Old rag, indeed!'
Hut it wa no old womans legend that
would discourage IVter (Joldlhwaltu. All
nig lit long lie slept among pleasant dreams.
and awoke at daylight with a Joyous throb 1 Te5(jny m.X
.fl lif. tin rl ,uli!..li tu u ..f. ti i.lnnuli. ,
v....v -....,, .....w.. iiiMvi,uiiniu,iiuiiii
to feel beyornl their bo hood. Day after
day lie lubored bard, without waiting a
moment, except nl mcul times, when
Tabitba summoned him to tlio pork and
cabbage, or such siistcnaiico as slio had
picked up, or l'rovidenco had sunt them.
Helng a truly piotu man, IVter never
fulled to n"k a blessing if thu food wero
none of tho bet, then tho moro earnestly,
as it was tnoru needed: nor to rcturu
thanks, ii tho dinner had been scanty, vet
for too good appetite, which was bolter 1
man a siel: stomach at a feast. Then did
he hurry back to his toll, and. In n moment,
was lot to'lght in n cloud of dust from the
old wall, though sufficiently perceptible
to tho oar, by tho clnltur which lie raicd
in the midst of it. How cr.viaUu is tbn
cnnsciouine's of being usefully employed!
Nothing troubled IVter; nor'notliing but
thoo phantoms of tho mind, which seem
like vague recollection, yet have also tbo
aspect of presentiment. Ho often paused
with his ax uplifted in the air, nnd said to
himself, "IVter Gotdthwaitedid you nevor
striko tills blow before'''' or "Peter, what
need of tesrlng tlia whole house down?
Think, h liltlo while, and you will remem
ber where tho gold is hidden.'' Days nnd
week passed on, however, without nny re
markable discovery. Sometimes, indeed, a
lean, gray rat peeped forth nt tho lean,
gray man, wondering what devil had got
into tho old houso, which had always been
so peaceable till now. And, occasinally,
IVter symphathlsed with tho sorrows of n
femalo mouse, who hndjhrought flv or six
pretty, soft, and dellcato young ones into
tbo world Justin timo to seo them crushed
by its ruin. Hut, n yet, no treasure.
"lly this time, IVter. being us determined
as Fate, nnd ns diligent at Timo, had mado
an end with the uppermost region, and
got down lo tho second story, whero ho
was busy in ono of tho front chambers.
It had formerly been tho state bedcham
ber, and was honored by tradition ns the
sleeping apirtmcnt of (iovenor Dudloy,
and many other eminent, guests. Tho furni
turo was gone. Thoro wero remnants of fa
ded and tattered puper-hanginL's,butlorger
spaces of bare wall, ornamented with char
coal sketches, chiefly of people's heads in
profile. These being specimens of IVter's
youthful genius, it went more to his heart
to obliterate them, than if they hnd-been
pictures on a church wall,,by Michael An
gclo. Ono sketch, liowover and that tho
best one, nflected hirn dltferontly.lt rep
resented a ragged man, partly supporting
himself on a spnde, nnd bending his loan
body over n holu In tho earth, with ono
hand extended to grasp something that he
hud found. Hut, clo?o behind him, with n
flendith lnugh on his features, appeared
a figure with horn, a tufted tall, and a
"Avaunt. Satan!" cried IVter. "Tho
man shall havo bis gold!" Uplifting Ids
a x, lio hit tho horned gentleman such a
blow cn tbo hoad, as not only demolished'
him, but the treaure-scfker al-o, nnd cans,
cd tho wholo sceno to vanish liko magic
Moreover, hU ax hroku qulto through ths
plaster and laths, and discovered n cavity,
"Mercy on us, Mr. IVter, nro you quar
relling with the Old. Scratch'"' said Tabi
tba ,who was seeking somo fuel to put un
der tbo dinner-pots.
Without answering the old woman.
IVter broko down a further space oftho
! J'AntlAOUT TATt:f.
j The committco on public buildings will
j probably award tho contract for the Far-
ragut statue, and decide as to its model, on
. Tho committee on ways and means will
commence the investigation concerning
tbo I'aciQo Mull Steamship company using
money to procure legislation, on Monday.
Samuel Irrcckunstorf was nominated
supervising inspector of steamboats for
tie sixth district.
Was very quietly observed. Thr depart-
mcnts cloic-d nt noon, and fla-g wero di
1 played on muny buildings.
' MVKCH INTEMCM
J On 10-10 will bu paid on tho 24th int.
( RAlLltOAl) Altl.
j In tlio sonata today Mr. C'nsicrly re
ported from tho committee on public
j lands without amendment houso bill
granting L'000 feet right of way through
I public lands to Vortland, Dallas and Salt
I hake. Tbo bill grant ull lands that mov
bo necessary for depot and construction
Mr. Porneroy from tho same committee
reported without ninendtnent house bill
granting right of way for iho Utah North
ern ltallroad company to extend its lino
via Hear Itiver valley, Soda Springs.Smoke
liver valloy und through Montana, to
connect at tho most reliable point with the
Tho presldnnt lias issued his proclamu
tion convening tbesenate in extra session
on tho 4th of .March.
lORK'.l PKVKN TIIOVfANIl.
Oucrlm, chairman of the Kansas legis
laturu investigating committee, reported
to thu sergeaiit-at-arm, with Senator
York's alleged bribe money. Thcro aro
at prcspnt four other witnesses for tho
prosecution, and eight for the defence.
The houso committco on judiciary to
night took testimony in reletioii to tlio pro
posed impenchmcnt of Judga Durell of
Louisiana. Marshal Packard and United
States Attorney Heckwitli wure examined.
"WA9niNOTo.v, I). C, Full. 22. Senator
Sott prosontcd tho roport of tbo centen
nial commissioners. Tno subscriptions,
public nnd private, in Pennsylvania alone,
will amount to nbout four million dollars.
This state would insuro the sticccu of tbo
exposition, wnich would justify thu ap
peal to other portions of tho country.
Tho committee on judiciary reported ad
versely house bill for distribution of the
Senator .Morion gavo notice that lie
would cull up the report of tho committed
wall, and laid open a 'na11 eiosot, or cup- on elections in Caldwell's cuso noxt Mon-
tioaru, on onosiuo 01 1110 nro-piaue, auoui 1 Jny
breast h'gh from Ibo ground. It contained , ..--..... 1 .1.1
nothing but a brass lamp, covered with btnator Cnn'"'tr gavo notice lliat Im
vrrdigri, arid a dusty piece of pnrchmonf . mediately after tliu Caldwoll case he would
YVhllo l'oter inspected tho latter; '1011111111 call up tho roport nn tho Louisiana case,
. 1 1 1 1 . ...l.u ...1,1. 1 ' ' . .
soised tho lamp, and began to rub it with
"Thero is no use rubbing it, Tabitha,"
said IVter, "It is not Aladdin's lamp,
though I tako ilto be ono of ns much luck,
look hero Tabby!"
Tnbltha took thu parchment, and bold It
closo to hor nose, which was saddled with
a pair of Iron hound spectacles. Hut no
sooner hud sho begun to puzzlo ovor it,
than iho lurst into n chuckling laugh,
holding both her hands against bur sides.
"You can't mnko a fool of thu old wo
liinn!" cried sho. "This is your own hand
writing, Mr. Peter! tho same ns in tho let
tor you sent 1110 from Moxlco."
Tliern is cor 1 11 luly 11 considerable cc:em
bianco ," said Votur, again examining tlio
parchment. "Hut you know yourself,
Tnhbv. that this closet must havo been
Plastered up lel'oro vou enmu to tho house, 1
1 . - ... .1. .'. ti -- .i.i. 1. ..1.1 1
or l Cnino into tliu wunu. u, una i urn
lVte'r GoldthwaltoV writing; theso col
u.'.ins of pounds, shillings, und penco, nro
hi il.'iirej. dcnotlnt; tho amount of thu
treasure, ami this, at Ilia bottom, is,
doubtless, 11 reference, to thu plaeo of
concealment- Hut tbo ink has either
faded or peclod oil', eo that It is absolttioly
illeglblo. What a pity!'
"Well, this lamp is as cood as now.
That's somo comfort," said Tubulin.
"A lamp!" tbmiL'ht l'etor, "that Indi
cates light on my researches."
For tint present, IVter folt moro Inclin
ed to ponder on tbU discovery, than to
rosumo his labors. After Tnliitha imd gonu
down stairs, ho stoc4 poring ovor tbo
parchment, at ono (if thfl front wltdows,
Wncb win so obsourod with tlio itut, that
the sun could bandy throw nn uncertain
shallow of tho casement across thn lloor.
JVtcr forced It open, nnd looked out upon
tho great street of thu town, the sun looked
In at his old houso. Tho alr.though mild,
nnd oven warm, thrilled IVter as wills a
dash of water.
To be Continued Nest Sunday,
Thu post-olUcu appropriation bill came
up in regular ordor. Senator Anthony
nked members of tho committee on ap
propriations to consent lu nn arrangement
by which tho bill for tho publication of
debates could h Ukon up.
Senators Colo nnd "West having charge
of tho appropriation bill, objected.
Simntor Anthony then moved to lay
thu ponding LIU on tho table. Lost :
Yeas in, nays ill.
Tho pot-olllcu appropriation bill was
then proceeded with, thu question being
on tho motion of Senator Sherman to
strlku out thu clause providing for In
creased compensation for rullroad service
Sjtiatoi Sherman withdrew his amend
ment. Tbo amendment for tho issuu of two
cent btampod sheet envelopes was laid on
Senator llnmsuy oll'urcd 1111 niuendmont
authorizing tlio post-mnstor general lo
appoint it superintendent of free delivery,
ut a salary of 3,500. Agreed to.
Wasiunuton, Fob. U2. Mr. E. 11.
Itobcrts from tho committco on ways and
means, reported thu evidence taken In
matters pending before It. He stated tho
oridouco implicated no incmbor of eitljer
branch, and exonerated soinu individuals.
Thu committeesof both homos ofl'urod
11 resolution referring to thu Judiciary com
mittee tho evidence taken, with Instruc
tions to oxamlno mid seo how much of
that relates to Judge Charles Sherman of
Ohio, and to deUrmino whether further
Invoitigatlon should not bo had, with n
view ol presenting articles cf Impeach
mont if such Investigation shall Juitlfy
such action. The resolution was adopted.
Tbo house tlion took up tho sundry
civil appropriation bill, tho pending
amendment boing that ofl'ured by Mr.
Hanks providing for the publication ef
books or documents by tho government for
gratuitous distribution, and iho amend
ment by Mr. Iluller of Massachusetts, for
bidding uny payment of salary or expen
ses of oflicers of tbo so-called competitive
Mr. Hoar opposed Mr. Hank's amend
ment, saying that the proposition for the
abolition of ths franking privilege was
part of a system which fought to deliver
tuo public sentiment of the country and
legislation of congress into tbo hands of a
few newspapers In great cities. In viow
of tho annual meeting of congrcs In
Washington, senators and representatives
might as well stay homo in their libraries ;
Iho' dispatches of tome associated pres', on
leading articles of editors would regliler
their decroes. His collcaguo was seeking
to enact this amendment to break down
one of thu greatest educational Influences
Mr. McKee advo:nted Mr. Holler's
nmendment, und denounced lliu civil-jer-vicu
reform as a fraud und humbug. He
rolatcd nn instance of a most Intelligent
man, who is now 11 cabicr in one oftho
great banks of tbo Pacific slope, who lind
been rejected in a competitive examina
tion because he faiiod ill some few ques
tions, wbilo Iho placo was given to a Yan
kee from Maine, who was not lit to bo n
book-kutipcr to a boot-black. LiughterO
Mr. Hurchurd also opposed Hank's
ammendment, nnd arguod that It did not
follow that tacuusothc franking privilege
was abollshol, documents and books
would not circulate by members who
would pay tho poitagu on them. Ho
didn't bulievu that such postage would
averagu moro than one hundred or two
hundred dollar a year.
Aftur further discussion the amend
ment oflcrcd by .Mr. Hanks was rejected
without division. Thu yea and n.tya b.
ing called for, but refused.
Tbo amendment by Mr. Hutlpr was al
so rejected : Yets 8 j, nays 103.
Amendments agreed lo in tho commit
too of tho wholo were then read. Thu
firt vole by yea and nays was on tbo
amendment requiring the secretary of thu
treasury to report to congress how hu dis
burses tho secret-scrvicu fund; tbo appro
priation for preventing and detecting
Tho amendment was opposed hy Uar-
Hold, und sustained by Huck. llejected
71 to 10(.
Tho amendment appropriating 5100,000
for a government building at Kuluigh,
Nerlh Carolina, was adopted.
Tho amendment appropriating 600,000
for nn addition lo inu silo tur tnu Huston
post-oliice, on condition of the streets being
widened, was adopted.
Thu amendment requiring contracts for
public building be L-.ado with tho lowest
responsible bidder afier advertisement,
wa rejected without tho ayes and nays.
Thoamondmcnt incroaing itutn for na
val station at Now London, Connecticut,
from ?D,000 lo ri0,000 was rejected; yeas
PI, nays '.'3. Tho bill then passed.
Mr. Cbapman callod for the report of
the committee of twelvo appointed to con
fer with oflicers of tho Washington na
tional monuments, on tbo practicability
of completing tho Washington monument
by the approaching centennial anniver
sary. Mr. Sawyer, who wished to tako up tho
river and harbor appropriation bi.l,
movod to postpone tbo Washington mon
ument matter till Wednesday.
Mr. Kerr rose to a question of privilege,
and o tie rod a resolution reciting the test
imony taken buforu thu sonnto committee
on elections to thu etl'cct that J. II, Syphon
inembur from Louisiana, before thu gen
eral election, -while bo was a candidate
lor oluction to congress, had unlawfully
and corruptly procured to be made, fatso
registration und falso and fraudulent
votes to bu cast for himsolf, and other
gross frauds which had beon committed in
connection with such election, reforing tho
matter to tho committco on elections with
power to take testimony, Tho resolution'
. . .. 1 -
A IIOUUI.K SUICIDE.
Ciur.ino, Fob. '21.'. Tho most horriblo
caso of premeditated murder and suicide
occtircd nt Watsuka, Minnesota, on Mon
day last. It apponrs that two Gorman?,
Alexander lliuor and John 1 1 u IV, tho form
er married, tho latter unmarried, owned
and worked a farm togethor; that llnally
Husor was driven away and Hud' took full
possession of tho farm and the Husor
family. Itecontly the grand jury found
nu Indictment against 1'utf nnd tho
woman, fur ndultory, which groatly
alarmed them. On Tuesday morning
last, tho neighbors, on going to Husor's
house, found It shut, and upon entering it
found Mrs, Husor and tho youngest child
lying 011 tho bed bathed in blood, with
their throats cut from oar to oar. On tho
floor bcsldu tho bod, lay Iho lifeless body
of Hull', his throat also cut. From lottcra
left by both man and womnn, It is evident
thoy agreed upon this tragic method of
escape Irom tho clutcUes 01 1110 law.
IIktiilkiikm, P., Eob. 2'.-Monrs)
Svnder was murdered last night, and his
body thrown into tho rlvor, whorco it was
recovered. Ho is thought to havo been
followed from Newark, whero ho has been
HOH MA HDL (tit AS A
M KM PHIS.
I'NITKD ORDER OF AMKKKJAN
' MKC'IIANrCS' PARADE
IN NKW VOItK.
PHOOHESS OK THE MEMPHIS,
CAUTHAIIOE AND NOIITH
MuMriii.i, Feb. 112. The city Is rapidly
rilling with strangers to attend tho carni
val. Telegrams from all quartors are
pouring in for rooms at hotels. Ovor lo,
000 maskers will bo in thn line of procession
Tue'dayinight. Arrangements have been
mado to recelvo the governors and legisla
tures of Arkansas and Tennessee.
Cakthahe, Misouri, Feb. 52. The
Memphis, Carthage and. Northwestern
railroad wn opened to-day for regular
businoss, to Minorsvlllo. This town is
but six and a half miles from tho celebra
ted Joplin lead mines, and Minersrllle
itsolf is noted for being in the cntre of a
groat load producing region. Ten miles
moro of track will reach the great coal
fields of Southern Kansas, and In a few
day tho iron will down.
.NkwYokk, Fob. 22. The United Or
dur of American Mechanics paraded the
principal streets to-day in honor of
Washington's birthday. Nearly five
thousand wore in procession, which
was witnessed by rast throngs
who had gathered tn the streets
for that purpose. Tbo mayor reviewed
them at the hall. Flags are flying from
the principal buildings the wholo length
of. 11 road way. Tho weather has been very
Nlw Yokk, Feb. 22. San Domingo
udvices report the dissemination through
the island of a pronunciamento in behalf
of a nutnbor of revolutionary leaders.
which aim at tho overthrow of President
Hacz, and thu establishment of an inde
PiTTKiiURO, Fob. 22. A great deal of
sympathy is expressed hero for the firm of
James Wood, Sons & Co., extensive iron
manufactures of this city, whoso failure
was announced a few days ago. At a
meeting of tholr employes this afternoon
nt their works in Wheatland, Pa., tha fol
lowing resolutions were passed by accla
Whereas, We, the employes of James
Wood, Sons & Co , at Wheatland, realizing
the financial difficulty of our employers,
for whom wo entertain the kindest feel
ings, they always having shown them
solves to be the laboring men's friend,
Resolved, That we heroby tender thorn
our sympathy by offering them our ser
vices, to the nutnbor of nearly a thousand
rnen,for two or three nioiith, asking from
them a sum only sufficient, out of their
store, to sustain "ourselves and families till
such time as thoy feel able to further com
Pahis, Feb. 21'. Thiers is slightly in
disposed, and is compelled to be absent
from tho dinner glvon by Washburne to
day to tho diplomatic corps.
Washington, Feb. 22. Northwest
winds and cold woather in New England
nnd over to lake regions winds backing to
southwest, with milder tomperaturesj from
Missouri valley to Upper Lakes. An area
of low pressure mora northwestward over
tho Middlu Atlantic coast by Sunday
morning, with a slight increaso of north
erly winds in Now Jersey and Connecticut.
ltlst and Fall ol the Rivers
For 21 hour ending U p. ni., Feb. 22, ItCI.
I low I
water ! ltlsr.1 Fall.
Davenport . ..
Vlckbbmir ... .
Mew Orleali". . .
v.bkcrvcr as, Sur. V. s. X.
Sr. Louiis, Fob. 23, Arrived: Jasper
from New Orleans; Mountaineer, Missouri
rivor; Andy Johnson, Cairo. Departed:
Fannie Lewis, Ouachita river; City of
Helena, Vicksburg; Durfee, Shreveport
Elliott and St, Joe, Memphis. The river;
falling and a good deal of ice running.
Weather cloar and Tory cold. Morcury
down to il9 above zero this morning, and
did not rlso above 30s all day.
Nash vim.:, Fob. 23. River falling
slowly. Weather cold, and partially
cloudy. Arrived: Ada llellman, Evans
villa. Departed: F. P. Gracey, Cairo;
Kddyville, Upper Cumberland.
Cincinnati. Fob. 22. River 3U feet
nineties and falling. Arrived: J W
Garrett Irom "Wheeling; Juniata from
Pittsburg. Departed. Bella Vernon
for Nashville; Alaska and Potomac for
Memphis; John Kilgour for New Orleans.
Weather clear and cold.
Little Rock, Feb. 22. Clear and
pleasant. River falling with 9 feet 6.
inches. Departed: Anna, Cincinnati,