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DEVOTED TO SOUTHERN RIGHTS 0 ORCN-,V11EAURi.ARICUT
TIfAIART
W. J. FRANCIS, PROPRIETOR. MSalt Ou2 1N~i ADVANCE.
VOL. VIII- SUlTERVILLE, S. C., FEBRUARY 1, 1854.N. 14
THE SUMTER BANNER,
is rUBLIsiHED
Every Weduesday Moruning
BY W. J. FRANCIS.
T E tR 1HS,
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AN ORIGINAL TALE,
Written for the Banner.
THE ELDER'S SON.
FROM TnE PORTFOLIO OF A COUNTRY
I'itVISIcIA.
Many years have passed away since
I missed from his accustoied seat in
the church where he worshiped, tih
erect and mianly fl'orm of old Jacob
Morton. The peaceful and lovelv
Sabbalth coites umtf with it the crow'd
taf worshippers assembule uder the
wide spreading shades 1arontid tle
lovoly cotuntry church, that stands like
a bteon uponl the hill, but tihe pati
archal Ihrtt if old Jacob Mortoin is it,
longer amiioig them ! The leaves of
sumitier iust le in the sabbath breeze as
f yotre, the brook at tile ihot. oftle
hill murtmiurs on as inl day s lo nag past,
and I look around tile fir the cahm,
seriois and meditative fteaturv-s of .1 a
Cob .\ srtoni, in the pleasing picture of
which &- -was so lng n part, , i p rg. tg
that the light of his kindly eve is uei.
forever, and that his snow.wlite locks
lav'e gone down aye sadly and inl s.1ri
riow to tihe grave. Even inl bliy hoad
I looked tip to him with vehieration
aiid :we- mningiled withI affectii. So
gentle, so kind and yet 'i protpit to
- reproveti an unig:rded word that sour.
ed of levity, or disreiard of' holy thigs,
lie won the eonfialene aind re-spect o
all that kiew him. As I grew n) ta
mniihooi and became the moi're able to
comnpreheid hi-, simple md nole
character, I loved and itatimed him the
more. Iis unamnimed and inative dI g
niity inspired te u it!b reventie for the
man, that I ne v'er flt f'i anvither
than himself, thtigh it has bin my
lot to have a )iatid with 11:1t v who
have filled a nation with inme." Ob
scure ptor and tiultttered as he was
Jacob Mortoi was a truly great mai:m1a
N one ever entered his hmble dwel.
ling and departed without feeliig li t,
Slie had been thrown into cotumaica
tion with a nole and sier;-r char.
noter. An atmo sphe'litre 4W iitegrity antd
Imanly independece and ulga olness
se -med continially around himtI. Con
spicuous for his humility, yet his
pointed rebukes were when necessary
as freely administered to the lprotid
and tie wealthy, as to the lowest.
mid most dependetit of his aegnaiitiaee.
Trhe only pride of the tild] man, tlie
only ttace of iifirmnaty il lis whole
character was exhibited il his Ibmid at
tachment to nil only Son. a sprightly
had, when 1 first knev him, of soe
fifteen stmhmeirs who was Ithe pet.t of
his widonwed fathleri. Qtuick hold and
impetuous lie was a general faivoirite
in the neighborhood, somewhat piredis
posed to lbe wild atid treckhess anid
with the faults of' youth so conistitted,
his errors, w~ere unseen' anid unnoticedl
by the quick eyes of' his father whtomr
parenttal fondness had blinde I to his
abrrations. As he grew tip tuncbeek
ed nd unrestrained save by 'ann oceai
-sionual tbo tender and mild r-eproof, his
ifaults rather increased thtan dimitnish
ed. When lie was about, seventeen
years of' age, thougrh a kind hearted
atnd generous yo~tht, it became too
evideint, not ontly. to the wh<4e neigh.
borhiood, but even to the fonid father
himself, thaat yonig Allen's errors weire
of' such a character that there was
mtuch reasoni to fear that they would
ntot pass away with the incouintg of
manhood. Ahits ! poor .acob Mor ton,
wvhat a-pang shot through his heart,
wheni the whole truth burst tipoin him.
The dutiesof' his humblthe farm were
neglected and he passed days of'sorrow
utg, antxigy and teairf'ul ptlayer ini his
chambe-r mourning ovei' lie transgres
sion of' a once promising son, who inow
made light of' parental authority, and
no longer patiently endured his all'ee
tionate chiding. It wvas a bitter and a
painf'ul hour for him, when his eyes
were opened to the vices of' a sen
whom his own iinjiidicious treatmnt
had tended to lead away from the
*path of' duty. Bitter were his unavail
lug regrets and firm yet fruitless were
his-efforts to resttore his diminished
* authority. The twig left un trained for
fear or injuring the tprader and snsi?
Live stalk ha grown up.. s..tbbo. ...
formed and unyielding tree; the iron
sank deep into the soul of the agonized
fither and tears were his meat day and
night. The past with its lonjg cherished
anticipations, its fond hopes, and its
oright visions that clustered around
is darling son, rose up before him like
a dream of golden treasures and sated
desires to the starved and shivering
beggar. There were strange rumors
through the peaceful and orderly neigh
borhood, of painful scenes between
the father and the son, of kind and
firm expostulation on the one hand
aId scornful defiance or open ridicule
on the other, and those who imarked
the light fiding from the eye of the old
man, his broken voice and the sombre
cloud upon his brow. found little difli.
(lity in believing that his heart was
breaking under some heav'y and pain.
lui struggle. Once I noted when the
fhithful minister was eloquently speak
ing of the solemin responsibilities
resting upon parents, that the old
mai seemed entirely absorbed in the
discourse. Carried away by the
thight of his own deep domestic dis
tress, he buried his face in his haids
and in the bitterniess of his spirit,
grfined aloud. The sound of' his own
inirimir of' aiguish seeimed to recall
him to hi itsel, and when lie raised
himself erect and looked around him,
every eye in the congregation was
fixed upon him in deep sympathy.
The subdued expression of deep and
heart.-rending sorrow that passed over
his tee at this moment I shall never
forget. It made ie sick and des
pondeit at, heart and hainted my
thoi ouhts fri i many a sad day. The sin
of ilial disobedience and ingratitud
was never iiii nil hln set befoie Ine iin
s sroing a I ;ghit oir seemend so odious
and revihitg. I was ready to echo a
lIlod (Imen, t, the terrible imprecaitioln
as it. t huin'dcred fr' t he erest of' Ebal,
'C'(irsed lie lie that setteth ligh. by his
ftiher or his uoiither !"
I lad the old nmai beeni overcome by
his eiimotions aild g-yen veit to his
pient up feelings by a flood of' tears, I
coul111d the betfer hae endiured the
sight If li niisery, but to see him
stauggling with ninre ihan hmiai fr
ti: ide to cer a' tip aind conceal every
exinlitiOniii ofliis siferings, flecing from
ra her thaniiicoiirting sympiiathly, excitedl
inl Iy miiid the sti-Irngi'et eoitionii 'its of
sylilnathy. I would have givein the
whle w 4rl 1iid it belel iiimine, to have
Ipluied1 iut the roited s irrow froii his
heart.
ime We rie on anlid yiing Allen
omti , ce the ptie f' his fitlhir,
andi the pevt ,I h i h
moe1 ee l iitoii the guill' (4f rini). FIr
'il iiaiua he was kmwni as a bumIl
:w1 ecle debauebeet~t, and notoioufs.
forl hiis wihw iad pnY-14nii: . E I'Ven1
1n1 itie :iabbath, O mh fhree if his early
h3.11b1t .t 11o ca inal le.d him to 1th4.1
itiue of' ( 311l, Ie 1t1i nilfrelinthe:gI
l Oe the sid races ii his &esn ifn
'eit excesses over'the wine cup. Iis
iiiher. h andpelss id heartless. had al
ioist ti6i0Ny Icsed t warn mail ex
paost iibite w it hi li, but reg:nih-d him
With th:Lt in'x pes ) tendAer id a1f
f'etiiate iniIst, w ith which a pa
i'elit lI 41ks ii t h e hib) of' his l e
whien lie stanlds hlbmre him wi;hIt a sl:i
it ered.1:d1 daf kened inteleet, a jibbering.
iit with his cnee intelee: al ru.1
diiued :d gnie frever and Upei.
Vilious to rea.on'1i and iniseisible to the
love that. still watches over lum with
ts tenodeness mmbn fated by lie sadl
coinscienc(1 il5usness of its vanity and
hope ilessiness. TJhe ti ile for ei xpostulia
tion maid entrieaty was g'onea, and the
strnickin d fathern could only ret ire to
his closet alione andI lif't nup'his hands
in supf pl ication to that beiing whom he
worshipped.
TIhere w~as bitt lit he chatnge in the
conui~ct (i: \llen Mor'.on, usil i aboiut
the periot- when lhe coimpleted hi~s
townity-firs t yeai'. TIhien ind~eed his
coinduet visibly imiproived, lhe was noi
loinger seei :ia icng tihe viciouis an(1d dis
orderly comtpanioiis with whoi he
hadl previo usly cion siorted, an d hi' seenm.
edi wlholy ti, have abnioniedl hiq idle
and drunken habits. Thiere was no lit
Iie rejoicinig among t he f'riends of his
fat her oin his accouin t, liut I consiider
ed it ai soiiiewhat untfaivorable augury
that old Ja icob' Miortoni himiselfI diid
not appear to manifest his recognitioni
oft the change ini his son,'s ebuaractei' by
exhaibitinag the less anxiety or greater
hopefulness ont his account.
Six months af'tei' this gratifying
change mi the hlabit of A llen Alorton
became visible, lie w~as mnarried to a
daughter of' a snug lad substantial liar
mter, who lived a few miiles distant, a
young creatu re of' surpassing loveliness
and sweetneiss of temper. Suriely
thought, I if' any miere humian agentcy
can avail to strengthen the f eeble reso
liution of' an errinag beinig, can shield
hun from mttamy aind vice antd lea-I
him in contetntedtiess of' heart along
the paths of'sobriety and rectitude, a
fairy catutre such as the wife of Al
len Morton will not strive in vain.
Yet I mautst conifess amy heart misgav'e
mae. and that, I trembl-d fr e eslt..,
of so perilous an experiment. Months
passed on and I was still gratified to
hear of the continued good conduct
and sobriety of Allen, who had re.
moved a few miles distant; I had cven
began to flatter myself that so gratify.
ing a change would be permanent, and
that my old friend, the cider, miglt
yet be called to rejoice over him as
one worthy to walk in his footsteps,
when the hCartstrickening ruirior reach.
ed lne that his old habits had returned
upon him with increased power.
I was unwillieg to credit so painful
a report, even though I ever doubted
the permanent continuance of his
change of habits, fir I did not dare,
even when the change seemed the most
complete, by a satl misapplication of
ternis to style the mere, abatind-ninent
of evil habits, a reformation of char
acter.
I was not long left in doubt as to
the truth of the sad ru mors that had
reached me. A few da vs after I heard
the distressing news, a's I sat in my
oilice mournfully pondering upon the
history of this unhappy maii from the
early promise of his youth up to the
present time, a messenger whv.-Ihad
been dispatched inl great has C. gal loped
up to my1), gate and btegged nie to ride
with all speed to visit Allen Morton,
who was daigerously ill, and required
Inmy services without loss of' tiie.
Without waiting to be questione'd, lie
rode olfl in the direction of old Jacob
Morton's to convey to him intelligence
of the situation of his son. There was
terror and haste in the ihee of the ri
der and feeling that the case must needs
be an urgent one, I ordeied imy horse
at once, and leaping into the saddle,
rode to the house of poor Allen, with
all c(nivenient, speed.
The house was some ten miles dis
tnit, aiid as I hurried along I could not
shake from my mind a fearful fore
boding, that strong drink was in some
inanier or other at th- bottoOiUf the
ha-ty suninions I had received.
When I reached the house where I
arrived about, dutk a fearulb scene
met, m: eye, and caused ine to shud
d ir. W littut coat or waistcoat aid
b'a reflhot, and with his shirt torn and
bltody, Allen Mtorton was violently
st ruggl ing in the p'iazza in the hands of
two negrlo met, who could with difli
unty, Iprevent his eseaping and doing
violeice to limlf)i(!I. 11.e was Ce most
fi-ightfiul and shocking object I had he
bhld in somte thirty years of practice.
Feaiing at the tinotith and shak ing
etonviii vely, his wild and excited eve
lanted with terror aid rage. My first
glance at. hin as I a ighted at the gate.
was almittist, enIutih to coliviiiee ime
that lie w%.as btettioI the reach of iedi
eal aid. lie was indeed sullnrinig
fi"oni a frightill attack o'ii maiapott
briught 41 by his excesses durilg the
last w eCl and I felt con.vinced that his
attack iiiti.either terminate in catifirim.
ed aid ileu rible m imadless, or in a speC
dy death tot horrible too be witnesed.
With great dilliculty I had hii
itrnie intothie lihouse an.11d placed ugin
his bed and empijtloved such reiedies
as his case seimed to require. In his
modizess lie ctmncived a violent fC'ar
tf milte, and ctwered and cowvred his
head with his bed cltheis, .vlile his
screalTis aiid iiprecationis filled the
About. anI lttr aft'r iy arrival, I
was called into an adjoining apartment
to attend to the wifth of Mortoni, whon~
had but a f'ew hours before been deliv.*
ere fam infanit.
I ale aind Cireinbl iiing u i th anxiety
the yomug iniothier lay with her inftat
clas.ped wit h a niervous hand to her
breast, her breath starting miiidly as
the hiarrowing. scr'eainsaneesohr
hbadreached her eat'. Heir hair
hlay wildlyv and ini disorder upon her
pillow. amid the quick rest less turnii of
heri headl, her firery tye, paurchied lii
and the anitost audilhe beating of bet
heart, told mue that, she was tile prley oif
ani intense excitemnt that, wonuld hiur
ry her in to amnm unmanageable and fatail
fever, i f not initom eon vuisionis, unless it
could lhe checked at once, antd her irritma.
ted nervoustl: systemi soiothet.d into qjuiet.
"Calhni yourself Mris. Mortoti," re.
plied I as sli., started miildly atound ati
my entrance, anid asked after her htis.
band.
''Cahnit yourself, and leave poor' Al
lemn to me, I ait sute," anid 1 averted
my facee f'rom her earnest and search.
iniggazec as I uittered the untriut h, "I
amt sure with the r'emmedes I shall em
ploy, he wtill soon he cured of'is imala
dy, aimnd thetn whten lie sees what a love.
ly inifanlt he hias to watch over, lie will
go estray no more. No believo mE, he
will not-bless ime what a beautiful
cild you have !" I 'ioti nued raisin~
te countterpane slightly so as to gaze
mltto the fihee of the little strang er and
hoping thereby wo turn theo thltoughts ol
the young nother fronm the painiful col.
dition of her humsbatnd, and fix them ump.
on liet child.
But I ivas entit'ely disappointcd it'
the attempllt. She did nto, appear over
to heatr my last remark or to heed ml1
attention Co her int'ant bmt turned to
wards ine as I stood by her .bedside o
and struggling to be calm asked : Ii
"Are you not afraid Doctor, he will t
sink under it I Is there any hope that (
you can save him ? R
I dared not tell the poor suffering t
creature the actual condition arid.dan
ger of her husband, I evaded her inqui. r
ries as well as I could and left her l1
chamber as soon as possible deternin- I
ed to remove her" husband out of the h
dwelling house, where his chilling and b
harrowing language might no longer u
reachler ears. t
When I returned to the room where
Morton was still raving I found that t
his ither had just arrived, I was aston- (
ished at the extraordinary composure h
and calmness of the old man. There '
was something awful in his stoical en
durance of the frightful gaze and dell: t
rious blasphemy of his -on that made S
even my own nerves to tingle, ae
customned as I wis to suloring and 11
death. V
I quickly hinted to the old man the d
critical condition oC his daughter-in
law and urged upon him the iiniedi- I
ate necessity of reinipg her husband
from the house. He'at once assented 9
and gave orders for preparing a house d
upon the ir, which was fortunately I
uniocclupied, not more than two liuin
dred or two hundred and fillty yards V
dinazit.
It was some Iwo hours after dark U
when we removed Allen to the house v
which had been prepared ior him. Two 1
stout negro men attended us in the t
hands of whom he struggled fiercely as U
we left the dwelling. His ravings weie
continually of sonic bloody tragedy in
which he ihncied Itimiself the prominent F
actor, and then he spoke of hosts of
fiends hot and reeking frym the awful
pit, led on by the Arch Fiend all strug
gling to bear him away. Then came
a season of gloomy silence and despai
and breaking out into -ild >poeliira
tiois the terrlile thig6dy was again re
newed and re-enacted in all its horrible I
details.
Despite his struggles *we bore him
along, aid placed -him upon the bed
which had been prepared for him. The
hut, where we laid him was a smaall
log structure of some fiifteeii by tuen
ty fleet with a mud chimney at one end
and a door on each of the two sides.
So careful was i -in guarding against
any anticipated violence on the part of
my patient that I had ordered every
article of furniture that imight have
been used 'ifiensively by him, to he
reuioved utit of the hut. I was even s.
thoughtfil as to order the chairs which
hail been broughit for our i'ke, to be
carried back to the dwelling house.
One of the iegro boys who att uded
us, had brought with him a hatchet. for
the purp,.sc of splitting wood, and
sineu it appiared almost iiecessary, I
fiohre to order its removal, thoumgl I
poin tedtly catioitned hin mot, to leave
it foIir an iii-tait, in his reach.
Wp had stripped Morton ofall but
his shirt inl drawers, and put him in
bed, and by skillfillly aduministered
remeidies I had succeeded in quieting
in sonim degree t he violen ce of his par
oxismus, snatching lite fLvorale oppor
tiiiity, I detrimiined to return to the
dwelling aid examine into the couiidition
of his wife'. n% ho I had much reason to
fCear was inl a situatiot: little less dhm
neos than his own.
Previously however I determined to
take the tidd n.an aside and whatever
pain it might coiit, fiankly tell hii m my
impressions as to thme probale termi
nation of his son's illness.
It was a bitter and painfuml task, vet
I felt it, incunmhent upon mu to dheal
wvith him fi-ankly and Iiifully. I
beckoned to hiim and together we left
the but anid retired into an anmgle of
the enclosure around it, and aezdted
Jourselves uipon a rude seat uinder a
wide-spireading oak. The moon ivas
shiniing beautibiill y bright and I could
mark every biange of his connitenance
as we co n versed t gether. Al len Mom
toni, as we left the lint, was lying ini a
d istu rhed shunbu er in which his waking
dreamzs seemed still to haunt and hat'
rov- his miind.
- Mr. Morton," said i, in as calm a
tone as I could assume,' when the old
man had taken his seat, by my side,
" I do not feel at liberty to hide from
you the situation of your son, I ami
constrained to tell you his disorder is
beyond the reach of any remedy that J
enn apply. Although for the present
he seems more quiet than since I first
saw himi, still I do not expoct im to
survive until daylight.
" God's will be done !" replied the
old man, solemnly. " I feared as munch.
liut umy p)oor denr young Allen that
used to elinib upon my knee and throw4
his infanmt turms abotnt my neck ! My
poor Allent. My son I my son I God
pardon me, a guilty and murderous
wretch that I ani I The blood of miy
poor son, body and soul, is red upon
my skirt, for I saw him self-willed aitd
wvicked, and I spared him ! spared him
that lie might. brinig my grey-hairs
dowvn in sorrow to the grave I-spared
him that ho miaht live fn bold defrmne
r his Maker and go down where thei
re is not quenched and the smoke
icir torment aseendeth up forever !
1h I Mercy upoh my darling, oh ! Go
rid let my sin, a fond and foolish f
ier's sin, rest on my own heart."
It was agonizing to listen to the ol
ian as from'a full and burdened heat
e poured forth his bitter lamentation
essayed to calm him,-to comfo
im was beyond the power of man
ut it was a vain task; his long-pen
p feelings gushed forth beyond co
rol in the wild language of mournin
We had sat perhaps half an hour i
ie yard when the door of the hi
pened, and some one issued from i
astily-1 must confess my heart boa
rith a kind of nervous apprehension
Ls lie enered into the rMoo 4l6i a
lie path Caing to th ld elli: n coul
ae him distinctly.
Mereitil heavens! it was the, siel
ian in his night clothes, and arme
ith a hatchet making his way to th
welling!
Stop ! shouted 1, springing to in
.et and startilig in pursuit.
"Kill aiid slay ! kill and slay
creamed he with a w Id yell
erision and clearing the fence at
ound lie darted ofl to the dwellin,
here his wife and child lay, with tli
gild and frantie speed of a madian !
It was hopeless to attempt to ove
ake him, but I followed in pnrsui
rith a strange sensation of horror a
iy heart, at the same time calling t
he negroes who had been left in charg
f hiuim, to lollow.
lie had already disappeared wishi
he house when I reached the gat
anting and overcome by the .xertiior
halted at the door until oin of h
egroes came tip and ordering him in
tantly to procure a light qnd follow
ne into the house, I at once hurried
hrough the darkness into the chamber
if Mrs. Morton determined, if it was
lot already too late, to defend her
'rom her insane husband even at tlw
-xpense of %y own lie.
The 'door wits open and I groped my
vay up to her bed side. All was omin
usly still. As I was feeling my way
cross the apartment to throw openi a
vindow and let in the moonlight, I
tumbled upon a prostrate form, I stoop
d and felt with ny hands and found
t was Allen Morton, from whose
nouIi the blood "Wis gushing in a
trean. The excitement, and exertion
ad proven fatal ; he had burst a blood
'essel and was blee.ding to death
My first tbougt was of the hatchet
%lhich lie had secured when he escuped
'romi us. I stooped in the darkness
md1l piissiig my lanmd along his right,
rin found that he still retained it, in
uis grasp. I took it up and felt it. It
old a fe!arful story. The blade wa-s
Vet and reeking with gore!
At this mnomnlut the neigro whon I
iad despatched for that purpo .so enter.
i the room with a light, and the full
iorror of the scene in the midst of
Ahich I stood was disclosed to nie.
J)n the bed lay the mother and her
wVw born babe, their blood mingled
ogether and stiffening around their
orpses, on the floor dead, his thee and
arieits dyed with the blood that had
treaiimed from his mouth lay the tin.
ippy fither I It was a sight that
nade my blood run cold to look upon.
W hen I heard the steps of old Jacob
\foi ton in the adjoining room. I hastily
trode fronm thle ohambi er of the dead,
md closing the door 4eh'nd me mn
ioned hinm away as heo imde a nmove
nenit to enteralt was too) terrible a
uightt for a fhther's eye to look upotn. I
mrew him aiside and told him 'ill. Thew
ild mtan's heart was broken. The is
iue of' par-ental iinduhgence and of btlind
parental devotion was before himself.
Alahus for him its history was written ini
alood.
Our story has its moral, anid we
.rnst a useful onte. While it lifts nio a
inger of warnting to thiuie who feari
(iot to " look upon the wiine wvhen it is
ed and whten~it givetlyr color in the
p"it yet goes boy tte oping~
>11 of a s'ngle viious indulgentce aind
ecaches that the vices and the crimes
>f manhood are in a great measure
C not altogether-duo to early .seak
itdulgeitcies and defective religious
rainting ; for that great staif antd prop
~fa tremibling and anxious parent that
lies himt confidencee when he first
ooks uponm his child, and pcace and r
ignaiont whlen heo presses his hand ini
last fhrewell, is as firm and nmbroken
1ow as whenm first'it was delivered to
tan,-" 'rimAiN UP A CIIILD IN TiuR wAY
iE silOULD 00 AND WilEN HIts 15OLD HiE
avILL NOT DEPART PROM IT."
PTnE GREAT WALL eOF CnlNA-C UNI.
us CALetTLATION.-In a heaelure on
Lhiina, which lie delivered at Bolton
Ihe other day, Dr. Blowring sald it had
eeon calculated, that if' all the bricks,
itoines, and masonry of Great Brnitaini
veore gathtereds togethter, they woul d
iot be able to furnish imaterials
enontgh for the wall of Chinji; and that
ill tihe buildings in Isndon ptut to
gather would not make thie tov'ers
and turrets which ador-n it,
forming him that Missus wished to see
him, and would he be so kind as to
step in. ie did. so, and was seated
in the parlor. The girl called her mis
tress down stairs to attend to the fat
man. When she had descended she
was informed he Was in the parlor.
"In the parlor?" exclaimed Mrs.-,
"and what iR he doing in the parlor?'-z
She hurried in, and there discovered a
gentlemanly looking personage, with
hat off; waiting-to hear the cause of his
detention. The lady, whose presence
of mind did not forsaK' her, imrorficdi.
ately saw the whole mistake, and apol.
ogized for the ridiculous error. The
rat man left, evidently much amused
at the joke.
A SunscaiBEa.
Incidents of a Battle;
Some English guardsmen who were
in the battle of Waterloo, related -o
Hayden. the painter, the following an
,ecdotes of the thickest of the fight:
They present war in all its horrors :
The description of the mren was sin
ple, characteristic and poeticail. They
said that when the life guards and cui
rassers met, it was like, the ringing of
ten thousad blacksriiths, anvils. One
of them knew my models, Shaw and
Dakin. lie saw Dakin, while lighting
on foot with two cuirassers, aiso on
foot, divide both their heads with cuts
live and six. Ile said Dakin rode out,
foaming at the mouth, and cheered on
his troops. In the evening he saw Da
kin lying dead cut in pieces. Dakin
sat to ine for the sleeping groom on his
knees in Macbeth.
Anotlier saw Shaw fighting with two
cuirassers at a time. Shaiw, hsaid,
always eleared his passage. He saw
hitri take an eagle, but lost it after.
'wards; as -when any man got an eagle,
all the troops near him on both sides,
left off fighting, and set* on -him who
land the eagle. le went on himself
very well, but riding too far, was
speared by a lancer, and fainted away.
Recovering, he sat upright, when three
or four lancers saw him, rode at him
and spared him till they thought him
dead. lie remembered nothing till revi
ved by the shaking as they carried him
to the yard of La Ilayc Sainte. There
lie heard some one groaning, and turn
ing around, saw Shaw, who said:
"I am dving; my side is torn off by a
shell." His comrades told us how le
had swooned away, and being revived
by their taking him up to be carried
to Brussels at daybreak, he saw poor
Shaw dead, with his cheek in hishand.
Corporal Vebster, of the second life'
guards, saw Shaw give'his first cut.
As lie was getting down the rising
ground in the hollow road a cuirassicur
waited and gave point at his belley; ?
Shaw parried the thrust, and before
the Frenehinan recovered, cut him
right throtighi, "his brasq helmet to his
chin, and his face fiell off him like a bit
of apple."
Another, Hodgson, (a model, and
the finest of all, standing six feet and
four inches, a perfect Achilles,) char..ed
up to the French' baggage. le saw
artillery driver boys of sixteen crying
on their horses. In coining back, a
whole French regiment opened and
let him pass at full gallop, aid then
closed and gave him a volley, and nev
er hit him or horse.
The first man who stopped him was
an Irishman it. 1he French service.
lie dashed at him, and said, "-Du
youi, I'll stop your crowing." H odg
son said lhe was frightened, he had nev
er fought anybody with swords.
Watching the cuirassieur, howvever, he
toulnd lie could not move his horse so
qui, kly as he could; so, letting go the
reins, and guid'ng his horse with his
knees, as the cuirassieur gave point at
his throat, Hiodgson cumt his sword hand
off, and' dashed his 'sabre throngh his
throat, cutting it roundand round.
The-first cut he gave him was an the
cnirass, which he i thought wasa silver
lace. The shock'-nearly -broke his
arm. "D-n mhe,'' he 'nddedJ, "now I
have found out the Way, I goon gave
it thema." -As Hoddgson rode back, af,
ter being fired at, an officer encounter
ed hi m. Hlodgson. eut his horse at the
nayn, and, as it dropped dead, the offi.
cer's helmet rolled, off, and Hlodgson
saw a bald heaid and white hairs. The
ofhier beg'ed for mnorey, bit at that
instant a troop of lancers was approach
ing at the gallop, so H-odgson cleaved
his head ini two with a b~low and, -es
capedl. Trhe recollection of the w;ite
hairs lie told us pained him often.
Before lie got back to the British lines
a lancer officer charged him,,and miss
ing his'thrust came right on Hodgson
and his horse. Jlodgson got clear and
out his head off ait tihe nmeelk at one
blow, and the head droppd on his
haversack, where he kept' the blood
stain.
The New Y'ork S:n; argues the
BrittisN Monarmchy is fast loeln.
jt had ori time British peoph
it'policy, in the Russo-Tqrki, a
and predicls itit Mc-OrIA .is "posiiely
the last" Onnen England will avr, . -
an ept i. c careu u a.d 'llows.
stiewing the seeds.evewy i the fulr
row, always using enough to seture
good stand about three bushels-jc
acre. I covar with a board of hard
wood, an inch or inch and a half thick.
seven or eight inches' broad, and a
foot in length, slightly notched in the
centre. This board is screwed on the
plough foot, and when drawn over the
row covers the seed nicely. If the
ground is well broken l) and the
.seed well planted, half' the labor
is done.
As soon as the eotton is up, I com.
ience t'hirining out. leaving bunches
from 8 to 12 inches apart passing
along rapidly with hoes. I follow
with a simall shovel, running close to
the cotton ploughing very deep and
throwing up a lit tle light soil to the
roots of' the cotton. This plotighing.
too, should be close and deep and so
that the roots may easily penetratc, the
soil, as they strike deep into the earth.
If the ground is very rough the
ploughs should precede the hoes.
In the second working, which should
fulow as soon as possible, the ploughs
go before the hoes. This ploughing
also should be deep and close. I now
bring my cotton to a stand.-This
should be carefully done and the
hoes attentively watched, as a stand is
often ruined iy this workin". Sore
shin rust, &c., are often chargeable to
the way in which it is.done. I now
leave one stalk in every bunch
heret ofire left. making ily cotton
stand from 8 to 12 inches apart; I
throw a little dirt to the stalks of cot.
ton, and leave the crop elean, free of
grass and weeds. The, cotton will
then grow off finIlV, and1- not sulkir~ for
work for twenity-ortwet-iv as
Evs usCetiit plouighing. should
be shallow and not close,' sutllici.
cut ho wever', to cover all the small
grass that n*' have sprung up since
the last plouging. TIhe hoes should
also pass over the crop, killing such
grass andic weeds as lie ploughs can-i
not reach. It is dithliult to say how
often the cr'op should be plotughed, as
that will depend a good deal upon
the season. My rule is to keep the
crop clean of grass aino weeds, andic to
keep the -earth wecll stirred up until
the branches interlock, or the cotton
commences to open. The two
first ploughings should be deep and
close, the snubsequenit one shallow. I
use the sweep, bow, twister, side
plough, scraper and the old fashioned
shovel, in my croit. The selection
of seed is als' a nacttecr of great im
po)rtance.--But I muut closd, for fearu
I tire you.
Jons P. Kxm'nn.
]Prom the Ameican Courier.
AN EXCELLENT JOEE.
Dear Courier-T.io amuse some
your' readora, let, me send'vou the fol.
lowing anecdote. It really oceui'red.
and that, too, in youir goodly city.
A lady in Spruce street, wishing to
got clear of the olhal, fat, grease, &c;,
that had accumulated in the kitchen,
remarked to an English girl who had
recently come in her eniploy, that the
firstfaf man she saw in the street to
call him in, that she.wanted to se"
him. The good eature', thinking the
term "hit" applied to the man's size,
and not to his business, a little wvhile
aflr, on goinglo the (1oor, saw a mani
w~hiose corporation instified her in in.

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