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VOL. 3.
M' ARTHUR,
VINTON CO., O.
FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 1855.
NO. 22.
The M'Arthur Democrat.
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for Subtcnpilom ana AdrarUHin.au, for thli 1
per, In Vinton Conntjr. Cbio.
Peyton Cox,
Wm. Tayler,
J no. Clack, St.,
J. Bloer,
J.Gili.f.n,
Adam Lyss,
Ilamden Furnace.
Mt. rieastnt.
Harrison Township.
Ulcers Store,
Wilkesvillf.
Swan.
BUSINESS DIRECTORY,
FOR VINTON COUNTY, OHIO.
IS. P. HEWITT, Judge of Probate Court
J. A. WALDEN, Clerk Com. rieas Court
E. F. BINGHAM, Prosecuting Attorney.
Wii, TISUE, She riff.
JOSEPH MAGEE. Auditor,
J. SWErSTON, Treasurer.
JAMES MALONE. Reioider.
NELSON RICHMOND. Surveyor.
GEO. ULLOM, Coroner.
County Commissioners,
J. DOWD, J- KINNEY, Jr JOHN SWAIM,
School Examiners,
O. T. GUNNING, G. W. SHOCKEY and
E. A. BRATTON.
"TiuTn F U U N AC E S ,
With their Post Office Adresses.
Cincinnati Furnace, Westfall, Slew
art d Co., Ilamden. Reeds Mill P. O.
Eagle Fi bsacb. Stanley. Bentley &
Co., Manufacturers of the best quality
f Tig Iron. Eagle Post Office.
Vinton Furnace, Means, Clark & Co.
1 ! n 1. 1 .. ... .a ntj hael A 11 n t i I tr , f V'l n
(lllllUIDVIUICID Ul UCOl HUHIIIJ VI lg
Iron, Vinton Furnace Tost Office.
Harden Fui'KACK, Frazer, Tarr 6; Co.
Heed's Mill l'nsl Office.
Bio Sand Furnace, liurtleti, Dno i
Co., Manufacturers of the best qunlity
it Pig Iron. Pout Office at Athene, O.
Mkhihant r Vinton, wuoare
Ptalara In Err Goodi Ilaidwjro, Quecniwaia, Booti,
Ehoes, Grot.i-.t, etc.
McArthuh. John S. Hawk, J. K. f-D
Will.T. A. MHrt'iii.Owen Duvul, G.W. &
, A. J. Dttnlile, J. J. Shocker, S. S. Deiimlh tf
Co., J. &.E. Doil.e, bieiiiberer f- Shower,
Shades & Kevnolils.
llAMDEN.-Beiij. Dill. D. D. T. Ihrd, II. B.
Moors, J. B. ( W. B. Willson, Wm. C.
Glen son.
Wilkesvu.i.e. S. S. Mttrry, Joint Gillen.
Cine li Gurdnei, Felion & L&slley, James
Blt-akely, Carr &. Strong.
Allenvvii-le. Felur Miller, Marcus Mil
ler, Joseph Wilcox.
Mt. Pleasant. Phillip Sain.
rHATTSVlLLE. SttCpStOU & AU'lSOll, II. W.
SioiUlurcl.
Aiken's Mill. J. Bloer.
F U lNJTUJlJlR 0 0 M S
Mcrthub7 V. V. Eolhweil.W. R. Drake
DKUGGISTiS
McArthuh.-G.B. Will.
Hajidin. uis& Collins.
YViLKEtvii.LK. Cline & Gardner.
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McArthub.-J.G. Swetlund.C. B. Cogfwel
E. F. BINGHAM
Atlo r ncy at Law,
McARTHUR, OHIO, 1
Will practice in Vinton and adjoining coun
ties. Office thuv doors West ol the Post
Office.
Feb. 9. 1S52. 24 tf
ciias. a. m. damaoin.
LEWIS C. DAMAH1N
CKAS. A, M, DAMARiH & CO,,
AVIIOLtSALr GKOCERS '
AND DEALERS IN PRODUCE
No. 55, Front Street,
PORTSMOUTH, OHIO.
January 20. 1804. Iv. .. -
STEIN & BROTHER,
Manufacturers and Wholesale dealer in
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No. 316 BALTIMORE STREET,
Between Howard and Libertv-sts,
BALTIMORE.
JulT 853. ly. .
K0. D. rHffiNIX, T. U. BABCOCK, JNO. BAHCOCK
BABCOOK & GO.
WHOLESALE GROCERS. &
Commission Merchants.
No. G5 k G7 Water Street, NEW .'ORE..
reuuary i , m. ly. '
E. A. BRATTON,
Attorney at Law,
McARTHUR, OHIO.
WILL practice in Via ton and adjoining
counties. Office, one door east of il.e
"Blue Corner."
MILTON L. CLARK. JOHN P, PLYLE
CLARK AND PLYLEYj
Attorneys at Law.
McARTHUR, OHIO, ; ; ;
v ill practice-an partnership in Vinton Cuun
ty. Office, fact? doors east of Sisson & Hul-
fcert- Hotel. : ;
lb. 11,1664. J9.
A World of Love at Home.
BY J. J REYNOLDS.
Hie ea;lhhath treasures fair and bright.
Deep buried in her cavus,
And ocean hitleth many peril,
With his blue curling waves;
Yet not within her bosom dark,
Or 'neath the dashing foam,
Lives there a, treasure equaling
A world of love at home! ' . ' ;
. . ..,.
True sterling happiness and joy
' 1 Are not with gold allied,
Nor can it yield pleasure like
A merry fireside.
I envy not the rr.an who dwells . '.
In stately hall or -dome,
It 'mid his sulendor lie bath not , ( .
A world of love at home. -
The friends whom lime hath proved sincere,
'Tis they alone can brin,
A sure relief to hearts that droop
'Neath sorrow's heavy wing.
Though care and trouble may be mine,
As down life's path I roam,
I'll heed them not while still I have
' A world o( lore at home
From the Masonic Review.
THE MASON'S WIDOW.
BY THE EDITOR.
(Conclusion.)
His wife had felt the blow as keenly
as her husband. Her proud and imper
ioua nature had nobly braved adversity;
and tliongh reluctant to yield, when
the storm came the bent like a reed to
me uiasi, ana comedsea nerseii poor
It was hard to give ud that bpautitul
and cherished home, the Fplendid fur-
niture, tiie carriage, the servants yet
all must go, and all did go. She lov
ed her husband and her children oh,
who can tell how a mother's heart
clings to her children! Her pride was
suutiuea, tier Heart melted into a clias
tencd submission, and with her unfor
lunate yet noble husband, and her deep.
ly cherished house-hold treasures, she
consented willingly to assume the garb
and er.dure the toils consequent upon
ineir reverses.
EncouragOT by fraternal counsels,
and with some assistance troni fraler
nal hands, 31 r. i once more entered
into a small business, hoping, by the
I. r !i i
uiessmg oi uiai rrouaence in wnom
I. I ilit.. f i
ue iiau ueen taugnt 10 conuue, to re
trieve his broken fortunes and make
provision (or ins ianiny. tie soon,
hcever, found that his efforts wotih
be of no avail. With his limited
means he could not compete in business
i -1. 1 i i . , . .
wuii waiuner rivals; ana tnotigii all
believed him honest, yet the prcstint
of his past misfortunes weighed him
to the earth. It was of no use to strug
gle: a year or two ol efforts left hiin
as lar Irom success as at the beginning,
with less of youth and vigor and cour
age as his only capital.
In this dilemma he summoned a few
of his masonic brethren around him,
and solicited their advice. They all
agreed that further efforts, there, was
useless, and though reluctant to part
with In iv, advised Ins removal to a lo
ca'.ity where fewer obstacles would be
in his way, and where a new field for
enterprise would call lorth renewed ex
ertions to succeed, These friends
BRETiihEN interested themselves in
his behalf: an opening for business was
soon found, and with a certificate of
good standing from his Lodge, and a
small sum to begin business with, kind
ly loaned him for three years, without
interest by those who had known him
so long and loved him so well, he bade
adieu to the past and took his departure
for his new heme.
'Mrs. P. had wilnefsed these mani
festations of friendship by her husbands
associates, but knew not the cause
which prompted them. She felt that
they were 'friends in need," and her
greatlul heart swelled with emotions
too big lor utlerence when she bide
them farewell.
Mr. P. settled down in his new
home, and, with the little capital that
fraternal kindness had furnished,, com
menced his old business. He found
but little competition,' and he set to
work with untiring industry.determiued
if possible to recover at least a portion
of his losses, and be prepared, at the
appointed time, to restore the loan
which generous hearts and brotherly
hands had kindly furnished him. His
wife joined in his efforts, and encour
aged him in his labors. He found
Lodge in the place,' composed of the
most worthy and respectable citizens,
and immediately united with them in
membership. One or two of his for
mer brethren, being acquainted with
some leading members of this Lodge,
had privately written to them, bespeak
ing for the strange brother their patron
age and influence. This was suffic
ient. A new-circle of warm hearts
gathered around him, greeted his family
Tvith kind attentions, and,, as occasion
offered, threw in his way opportunities
for business. .Mrs. P. noticed with
surprise this sudden friendship, and
these unexpected and unlooked for
friends; but, knowing her former pre
judices, the source was carefully con
cealed from her. At one time a slight
suspicion crossed her mind, but remem
benng her husband's appatent acquies
cense in her wishes, and chastened and
subdued as her heart now was by. mis
fortune, Ehe did not deem it worth
moment's reflection.
a
a
Three years passed away. Business
had increasec',and Mr. P. was enabled
to repay the generous loan of his breth
ren, lie also tendered them interest,
but it was declined. He was now en
couraged to continue his efforts, for the
dark clouds were breaking away from
around him, and lie looked forward to
brighter and happier a ears Mrs. P.
shared in his happiness: their little cot
tage was the home of comfort, and
their tliree children were growing ur to
cheer and bless them iti advancing
years.
Another urosneroin vear sueeded '
Mr. P. had purchased a beautiful sDot
of ground and erected, a .cotifovlable
house upon it. On the rear of the lot
he had built a small establishment in
wined to carry on his business, and he
felt that he was once more happy. But
God seeth not as man seeth: in the midst
of brightening days, a darker cloud
overspread the heavens, and deeper
sorrows were h store lor those who
had already suffered so much,
iMr. I". had paid one thousand dol
lars for his lot, and for the small build-
ings erected on it, but as yet he had no
surplus. His business, however, was
lair, and Ins credit was sufficient to en.
able him to carry it on. At this junc
ture a notice was served on him that a
prior claim was against the ground of
some six or seven -hundred dollars a
judgment against u former owner, re
covered before the purchase, Lein? ctill
.. . ! .1 rrti i i i. it ... "
uiisuu&iieu. inisuiow icll witti crush
ing weight upon his heart. He could
not avoid the lain, and to pay that ad
ditional sum was beyond his nower
Like the worn and werried sailor after
a stormy cruise, he was just insight of
unu, ami men driven out tofca again.
The stioke was heavier than ho could
bear, his heart and hopes both died to
gether, and in one week he was ir. the
grave.
I may not attempt to picture thedis
tress of that stricken widow and those
ophancd children. The husband nnd
the father who had, for them, so nobly
braved life's battles, was sleeping bis
last long sleep. The grave had closed
over him, and their joys were entombed
beside him.
Weeks and months passed on. That
widow's heart was still wrung with
grief, and the future for herself and her
orphans was lit by no ray of light. The
b usiness of her late husband was still
continued; for the misfortunes of other
years had induced her to become so
familiar with it as to enable her, with
the assistance of a foreman, to manage
it successfully. But the old lien was
revived by a heartless creditor, and an
order ol sale was about to issue. This
would sweep her homo away, destroy
her business, and drive her out once
more, with hcrlitlle ones, to the chari
ly of a world that seldom feels ns it
ought for the poor and the friendless.
Dr.t three days were left before the or
der of court would be execuled. Dis
tress and anxiety seemed to have par
alt zed her efforts, and for more than a
month she had not even visited the
grave where her cherished one lay, to
weep bitter tears for the treasure she
had lost.
The day before the sale was to take
place, she had prepared her children
lor school as usual, and they had gone
to their tasks. With a sad heart the
widowed mother took her basket to go
out and purchase the needed provisions
ior me jamiiv. as was her custom,
she left the door unlocked, not fearing
that any one would disturb her home
of sorrow . and she little supneited
.i . ... ...... .
mat an angei nvgni visit it in her
sence.
m.. . ii
mo previous right an emergent
Lodge had been held in the villaoe.
Every member had been notified, for
work was to be done noble work,
such as angels love.and on which God
looki with approving smiles. The
brethren assembled, and the Master
stated that he had convened them to
consult what could be done for the wid
ow of Bro. P. Unseen they had
watched over that widow and her chil-
dreu; unknown to her they had marked
ins grave wuii a stone Hearing the in-
signia of the Craft: unknown to her
they had watched with anxious eye the
legal -proceedings which were about to
wrest from her a home and the means
of support. A letter had been dispatch
ed to the parent Lodge of ihe -deceased,
and a reply that day come to hand,
enclosing a check for three hundred
dollars, the contributions of his earlier
friends. And now. what shall w flr9'
enquired the generous hearted Master.
A BUDscnplion was started, and in a
few minutes the remainder of the need
ed sum was raised, and promptly paid
down; and the Master was deputed to
go the next morning, pay off the judg
ment and costs, and secure the proper
ty for the w idow and children. . H was
done. The judgment and costs were
satisfied; a receipt was taken; and
while that widow, burdened with sor
row, was absent purchasing food for
her children, the brother called at her
house with the receipt. Not finding
her at home,-he walked in, laid it up
on the table, and retired.
On the return of Mrs. P. she observ
ed a paper upon the table, and knew at
once that other hands than tier's had
placed it there. Taking it up- and
glancing hastily over it, the at once
discovered its character. For a mom
ent sli's' stood as if transfixed to the spot.
Her thoughts went back over the dark
and troubled road she had traveled.and
then recurred to the j et drker future
that, 'til now, had risen before her.
Her mind became bewildered; her head
grew dizzy, and she sank into a chair
and .swooned away.
Like a portentuous thunder cloud,
ll... IV " I ! .1 .
wai tqr a wmie seems to tureaten mm
to all Within its reach, and then rolls
murmuring away to be succeeded by a
brighter sunshine, so rolled the burden
from' the heart of that widowed moth
er. tiie felt that some unknown hand
had brought relief at the moment of
herrjjipeat disquietude; her heart dis
solved in tears, and she went like an
infant for very joy.
Uut who was that unseen unknown
unexpseted friend, who had thus car
ed for the widowed stranger and her
orphans? The first impulse of her
grateful and pious heart, was to attri-
uuto it to the direct interposition of a
kind and watchful Providence; but she
remembered that God works by instru
mentalities. Yet what angel in human
form had been sent with this boon from
heaveq? Between her gratitude to the
giver, and her anxiety to know and
than him, she scarce knew what to do.
At length her mind grew calm, reason
resumed its throne, and a deep sense of
her obligations to a higher power sug
gested the course of duty. She must
thank her Maker, first; and where so
fitting a place as at the grave of her
buried husband
mi . I m it
i pp "piace oi graves ' wa3 but a
short distance 'from her house, and for
get'ul of every thing else, with the pa-
perwuose source was such a mystery,
still grasped in her hand, she hurried to
the sacred spot. It was an elevated
piece of ground in the outskirts of the
village, beautifully ornamented with
trees and shrubbery. Beneath the
spreading branches of a stately elm,
wa her husband's grave. As she ap
proached it she discovered a change
since she visited it last. A plain white
marble stone stood at its head.on which
was chiseled the name and age of the
deceased. But more than this, above
his namo she discovered the mystic
implements of the Craft iaf Craft
which, in former years, she had much
a Mi fired. J he truth at once flashed
upoo her mind. Her husband.unknowo
to her, had been a Mason, and fratcrna
hearts had reared this memento of their
affection for a brother who had passed
away I Another thought tollowed,
though an angel had whispered it to her
heart these same despised brethren
had redeemed her loved home from the
grasp of avarice, and saved her, and
those she loved better than life, from
starvation and beggary! These strange
thoughts crowded upon her mind like
flashing gleems of sunshine through
the rent and parting clouds. She be
lievedshe felt that these surmises
were true; and falling upon her knees,
with clasped hands, she lilted her
streaming eyes to heaven and poured
out her acknowledgments in the ears
of Him who had prompted the deeds
of love.
Mrs. P. lived again. She pressed
her children to her throbbing bosom
and told them the names of those who
had been her only earthly friends when
all eUe had seemed banded against her.
She continued the business of her late
husband, encouraged and counseled by
trve friends, until the son became old
enough to relieve her from the burden.
There were happy hearts in that cot
tage now, and pleanty and competence
crowned the evening of that widow's
life.
After her decease, a brief note of the
foregoing history was found written
upon the fly-leaves of her f amily Bible;
and at the close was this commentary,
in her own hand writing: "Pure re
ligion and vndejiled before God and
the Father, is this, To visit the fath-
less and widows in their aJ)liction,and
to l.eep himself unspotted Jrom the
world."
She never forgot her newly -discovered
friends, but made them her coun
sellors ever afterwards. Her prejudi
ces against Masonry, too, vanished
like the pjists of the morning, and she
carefully instilled into the minds oi her
children a reverence for that Institution
which could furnish her friends when
friends were few, and most needed.
Header, do you ask "is this story
true, or mere fiction?" The principal
features of it are substantially true, and
the minor portions are of little impor
tance like shadings upon a picture.
Tl'.' main facts occourred but a few
years since, and they constitute a beau
tiful exemplification of genuine Freemasonry.
:
A Fair Retort. A correspondent
the Home Journal in a notice of a wed
ding he had recently attended, gives an
amusing acaount of the discontinue
of beau, in an attempt to get the up
per hand of young girl, whom, from
her downcast eyes, and unpresuming
demeanor, he doubtless thought
butt for hie shafts of wit.
'Do you know what I was thinking
all the time during the ceremony? ask
ed he.
No sir; what?'
Why, 1 was blessing my stars that
I was not the bridegroom. '
'And I Suppose the bride was doing
the same thing rejoined his fair anlag
onist.
The Bonapart Family.
as
Mr. Powers, the American sculptor,
httkt copy in bronze of the cast of Na
poleon's head, made by bis physician,
Antomarcbi. immediately after bis death:
irom the clay of some rich Etruscan
va.es, broken up for the purpose, there
being no suitable earth at St. Helena.
Only enough copies were mada to sup
ply the several members of the Bona
pare family. This one was presented
by the late Queen Caroline of Naples,
sister of Napoleon and wife of Murat
to ber favorite English physician, Dr.
Playfair, who gave it to the present
owner, with the medal struck in honor
of Dr. Anlomerchi, and N.poleon'e au
tograph , The somber bronte head speaks
moral lesson to the beholder, who, re
cognizing in it the features of the self.
willed original, seei also that the shad
ow of disappointment has passed over
thein, and been fixed there by the iron
stamp of death. At the touch of a small
hammer, the hollow metal tends out a
melancholy toll that seems verily the
knell of fallen ambition. Mr. Powers
lias also the original model of a burst.
by our late countrymen, Claveneer, of
Louis Lionaparte, father of the present
Emperor of France, whose decided resem
blance to it discredits this scandal touch
in g his parentage.
After the fall of the Bonaparte dynas
ty, this first Louis, who married Jose-
plun s daughter, Hortense, lived at Flor-
a nee, occupying the old palace now
knots n as the hotel d'ltalie. This pal
ate; by-the-by, has been especially fa
vored oy royalty. A lew years since,
when the Emperor of Russia visited Flor
ence, he took possession of the whole
immense edifice for himself and suite, the
hotel being broken up for their accom
modation. Here his despotic majesty
sraciously condesended to receive the
Grand Duke of Tuscany, whom he fi r
thermore honered by giving him a din
ner at the Pitti palace. The Autocrat
of the Russians could not accept such a
courtesy from en Inferior sovereign;
though the idea of using the Grand
Duke's own palace to honor him in, is
at least amusing. During thia sojourn
of the Emperor here, the Prince and his
two sons availed themselves of the op
portunity to visr. tne Etuuio ot out
sculptor.
Footprints of ihe Bonaparte as of
the Medici are found everywhere in
Tuscany. King Joseph resided here,
after quitting his elegaat retirement at
Bordeutown.ISew Jer6!y,until his death
and was buried with his wife and daught
er Charlotte, in their family chapel at
the Santa Crom church. Jerome, fath
er of the young Prince Napoleon, and of
the princess Matilde, also occupied for
four years a palace in the via Larga, and
here married his daughter to the pleb
lian Prince Demdoff, after having squan
dered $5,000,000 amessed while he was
liiug of Westphalia. The son by his first
wife, Miss Patterson of Baliimore-from
whom the Emperor Napoleon obliged
tii m to be divorced-has recently become
a naturalized cilized of France, and may
in time, futill the ambitious desires of
bis mother, now also said to be in Paris,
by succeeding his uncle to the throne,
since his step-brother, as yet the only
heir appeaiant, has joined the army, and
may become a victim to the present war.
Should America give France her next
Emperor, it would not be more strange
than that Louis Napoleon, the once ex
ile in theUnittd Slates, end twice in
mate of the Tombs at New York, should
now be reigning. If, however, his hith
erto unacknowledged nephew has inher
ited the Napoleon will and tact, why
should he not achieve his own way to
the Napoleon throne? His uncle's adop
tion of the title parvenA conquered its
opprobium, and has given it a certain
heroism which secures its popularity; as
the acceptation f of Old Hickory and
Hard Cider defamation by the several
partisans of Generals Jackson and liar
rison, turned reproach into fame, and
helped elect them '.o the Presidency.
Correspondent of the Newark Advertiser.
Law of Compensation. Human la
bor, through all its forms, says Ralph
Waldo Emerson, In his essay on Compen
sation, from the sharpening of a ktake
to the construction of a city or an epic,
is one immense illustration of the per
feet compensation of the universe.
Everywhere and always this law is sub
lime. The absolute balance of give and
take,, the doctriue that everything has
its price and if that price is not paid, not
that thing but something else is to be
obtained, and that it is impossible to get
inything without it3 price this doc
trine is not less sublime in the columns
of a ledger than in the budgets of states,
in the laws of light and darkness, in all
the action and reaction of nature.
of
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Heart Work We are not sent into
this world to do any thing into which
we can not put our hearts. We have
certain work to do for our bread, and
that is to be done strenuously; other
work to do for our delight, and that is
to be done heartily. Neither is to be
done by halves and shifts, but with
will; and, what is not worth the effort
is not to be done at ell.
Decision or Character The feet
is, thatiu order to do any thing in this
world worth doing, we must not stand
shivering on the bank, and thinking of
the cold and the danger, but jump in
and scramble through as well as we
Sydney Smith.
of
, This life is too short for the indul
gence of many hopes, the chasiug of
beubles.or the seeking aftei riches which
may take to themselves wings
Habit in a child is at first like a spi
der s web; u reelected, it becomes
tbredore twine, next a cord or a rope,
finally cable; im Ibeo wbo can break
li
Gen. Jackson's Victory at New
Orleans.
The following account of Jaclior's
movements et New Orleans we copy
from the January number of Harper'
Magazine,
When Jackson returned to Mobile he
found urgent messages awaiting him,
with invitations to a new end more
glorious field of action. -When, in the
spring of 1914, the great allied armies of
Europe approached Paris in triumoh.
the Emperors of Russia and Prusii n.
lered that city, and Napoleon retired to
Elba, the peace of the Continent seemed
secure, and many British troops -were
withdrawn. Almost twelve thousand
of them, chiefly veterans who had serf-
ed under Wellington in the. Peninsula,
were borne by a British fleet to the Gulf
of Mexico; and toward the close of the
year approached the waters near New
Orleans. They were commanded br the
experienced Sir Edward PakenHam, who
felt certain of an easy conquest of that
city and of the entire southwest portion
of our republic. It was this Imminent
danger that caured messengers to speed
to AioDiie and urge Jackson to hasten to
the defense of the appearantly doomed
city. It was a theatre of duty precise
ly suited to his desire and his genius,
and he promptly obeyed the summons of
Governor Claiborne and otherk.
He found the peopel in a state of
great alarm, without an adequate mili
tary lorce to avert the blow. His pres
ence inspired courage, yet the co-opera
tion oi tae civil authorities were la
weak for the emergency. Without Lea-
Uatiou, he took all power iatpjiis own
mums declared the city and vicinitr
under martial law, and then bent all his
energies to Hie task of gathering en
army and the preparation of defense..
Before the close of December, he had
completed a line of intrenchments, a
mile in length, from the bank of the
Mississippi, four miles below the citr.
to a dense cypress swamp, and had or
ganized an army of full five thousand
men. He had over two thousand Ken
tuckians, twenty-five hundred Ten.
uesseans, Louisiana millit'u, Missiisip.
pi dragoons, and a brigade of mounted
men unedr General Coffee.
The British fleet entered Lake Borgne,
and captured a flotilla of Amercan gun
boats; and on the 22 J of December,
twenty-five hundred British troops land
ed and took post on the Mississippi,
nine m.lcs below New Orleans, On the
folloving evening, a Uroog party of
Americans, led by Jackson in person, at
tacked the invaders, and killed and
uounded about four hundred of tbem,
but were repulsed with e loss of more
than one hundred af their own number.
Jackson, tlien fell back to his intrench
ments, which on two occasions after
ward, suffered severe cannonading by
the enemy.
On ths moruing of the memorable 8tU
of January, 1815, General Paxenham ad,
vanced toward the American lines, at
the head ci nine thousand men, leav
ing a reserve of three thousand et his
camp. Jackson had now about six thou
sand expert mark men behind bis en
trenchments or stationed et the several
batteries on his extended line; but not
more than three thousand of them were
well supplied with arms. All was
silence along those breastworks until the
British had approclied withid heavy
gan-ahot of the batteries when a signal
was given, and a terrible caanonade was
opened upon them. Undaunted by the
havoc made, the veterans steadily ad
vanced until within range of the Ameri
can rifles, when volley after volley pour
ed a deadly storm of lead upon the in
vaders. The British line begin to wa
ver, Then Fakenham fell, mortally
wounded, and the entire ermy fled in
dismay,
They left seven hundred dead, end
more that a thousand wounded, upon
the field; while the Americans had only
seven killed and eijr wounded! The ene
my retreated to thir camp and then to
their shipping, and escaped. Had promiad
supplies of arms reached Jackson in time
the whole British force might have beta
captured.
The victory et New Orleans was
thorough end complete. It was the
crowning act of the second war of Inde
pendence; for already commissioner! of
the two Governments had signed a tree,
ty of peace. The Key City of the South
west was saved in its hour of peril
Pakenham's significant watchword, Boo
ty and Beauty, became the point for
ridiculeand when, twelve days after
ward, Jackson entered the town with
his victorious army, he wes hailed is
i libirator!
Bubstino or a MousTAiN-PsosricTor
a Volcano is Arkansas. We learn from
a gentleman in Scott county, that a
mountain, about nine miles from Wal
dren, has exploded three times during
the last week. The explosions were very
loud and terrific, causing the earth
around to quake, throwing up stones and
earth, and ailing the atmospher with
clouds of dust and smoke. The report
of one of the explsions was heard in the
vicinity of this town a few mornings
since a distance of 40 or 60 miles. Tba
eaxtb on the mounain has sunk to a con
siderable depth. The people in the vi
cinity are very much alarmed. These
are the facts as far ts we are able to
learn; but wt hope to hear more fully
and particularly in a few days. What
does it mean? Are we to have a volcano
in our State, belching forth tire and
smoke, and hurling foith red hot stones
in the atmokphere, and filling ths val
Fort
Smith Herald, Dec. 16.
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Moral and religious education is tba
one living fountain which lu'i.t' water
every part of ths social garden, or Its'
beauty withers tod fats! sway.

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