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M'ARTHUR, VINTON COUNTY, OHIO, APRIL 24, 1856.
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OUR TOWN "SHANGHAIE."
BY O. CRACKEE, A. B.
Us wore a sfandinir collar,
The hour whin nrt we met,
Tot which a qnurtur dollar
Ho owe tho tailor )Ot.
Ami he hud lock of wavy hair,
Which o'er hi foruhiad luid ;
Thoy did not hulu hi Intellect,
fur 'twa not thuro to sbude.
. Ho wear hi tamlinir collar
When lie visit puhlio places
Ton' II know him. lor ho ulways
' Bturc tho Ludic In their fuees.
So al'uycuta bi II Injf " gluno
At Luiliu a they pu,
He think that ho' a '-fancy man,"
AudnuT tuink bo's a oolI
Do wore hi stnndlnp collar
When I xuw lit in t'other day,
Wrapped in a aliawl ho walked tb street,
A-la-nnKle ' Sliuiinhuio."
A liioo iroiitee adorned hia lip,
f Appropriate at. tliut!)
Whiiu hi uluvtic hciul dir-plnyad
A brau new beacor hat.
t i . . ... ' .'.
II woro a standing collar . v
When i aw him on a 'apreo,"
Ills heaver hat wa:i,fiit!y ''cocked,"
But not a had a lit.
JaA it he tnrnol the corner,
Ho ti'inrWii'd hitch ills whip;
Bavinif, l,(fo liinif two tuny
0,craukuel let Ijer ri pi"
I saw hi in but a moment,
Muthink I wo iiim yot,
Brought up but' re tho Mup'trat,
As '-tight" as ho could gut I
Select Stories. The Criminal Witness.
BY SYLVANUS COBB, JR.
Intho epringtfS.I was called
Jackeoi. to attend court, having been
engaged to ddend a young man wlio
had been neensed of robbing tho mnil.
I had a long cont'erenco with my client
nnd he acknowledged that on tho night
tho mail was robbed ho had been with
a party of dissipated companions over
to Tophnm, nnd that on returning
they met tho mail carrier on horse
back, coming from Jackson. ' Tho
roads were very muddy at tho time,
nnd iho coach could not run. Some
of his companions woro very drunk,
and they proposed to stop the carrier
and overhaul the big. My client as
sured mu he had imt only had no hand
in robbing the mail.hut that ho tried
dissuade his companions from doing
bo ; but they would not listen to him.
One of them slipped up behind the
carrier nnd knocked him from his
liotse. They then bound him, and
having tied him to a tree, they took
Iiis mail bag, and ma la off into
neighboring field, where they over
lrnnlud it, finding some five hundred
dollars iii money in tho various let
ters. He went with them, hnt m
way did ho have any hand in the
crime. -Those who did it had fled,
and ns the carrier had recognized him
in tho party, he hail been arrested.
The mail has had own toninl,
well nu tho letters. Thoso letters
from which monev had been taken
were kept, by order of the officers,
and duplicates 6i?nt to tho various
persons to whom they were -directed,
announcinir tho particulars. .These
letters had been given mu forexamina
tion, nnd 1 had then returned them
"tho prosecuting attorney. . '.
: I got tlirongh with my private pre
.liuYmarics about noon, nnd as tho ease
would not come tin lietoro t lie next
day. I 'went into court in tho afternoon
to sco'what. was going on. ,., The first
'case was ono of thel'Land the prisoner
.was a joiinggirl,notmoiothan seven
teen years . of ago, named ' Elizabctl
jWadworth. .'.She was very . pretty,
and boro that mild, innocent look
which. we seldom find in a culprit.
no was puio anu irienTenoa anu
niouxini njy eyes restoa upon uer,
puioa bw bbo nad Dooa weepiflg
profusely, for her bosom wa9 wet ; but
ns sho found so manv eyes upon her,
alio became top much frightened to
weep more. -
Tho complaint against her sot forth
that she bad stolen one hundred dol
lars froni a M rs, Naseby ; and as the
case went on, I found that Mrs. Nase
by ' , Wa3 .her - mistress, 6ho,
(ilrs. N.) being' a wealthy widow,
iving in town. The poor girl declar
ed her innocence in, tho most wild
terms, and called on God .to witness
that sho had rather, dio than 6teal.
But circumstances were hard, against
her. .'A hundred dollars in bank
notes had been stolen lrom her mis
tress' room, and she was tho only oue
who had access there.
At this iniicturo, while the witness
was upon the stand, a young man
came and caught mo by tho arm. lie
was a fine looking follow, and big
tears stood in his eyes. '.
" They tell mo yon are a good law
yer,"' he whispered.
" I am a lawyer,'; I answered. .
" Then 0! save her Yon can
certainly do it, for 6he is innocent."
"Is she your sister ?"
Tho youth hositated and colored.
".No sir," ho said; " but but "
Jlero ho hesitated ngain.
" Has 6ho council 1"' I asked.
"None that's good for anything
nobody that 11 do anytlnng tor her.
0, save her I'll pay you all I've got.
I cant pay you much but 1 can raise
I reflected for a moment. I cast
my eyes towards the prisoner, and she
was at tho moment looking at mo.
She canaht my eye, and the volume
of humble, prayerful entreaty I read
In those largo tearful orbs, resolved nio
in a moment. In my soul 1 knew
that the girl was innocent ; or at least
I firmly belived sc and perhaps
could help her. I aiOBO and went to
the girl, and asked her if she wished
mo to defend her. ' She answered yes.
I then informed tho court that I was
ready to enter into the case, and I was
admitted at once. The loud murmur
of satisfaction which ran throngb the
room quickly told mo where the sym
pathies of tho people were.
I asked for a moment's cessation,
that I might speak with my client. '
went and sat down by her side, nnd
askod her to stato to mo candidly the
whole case. Sho told mo sho had
lived with Mrs. Nasebynearly two
years, and that during all that time
she had never had any trouble beloro.
About two weeks ngo, sho said, her
mistress lost a hundred dollars.
" She missod it from tho drawer,"
tho girl told mo, 4 and sho asked mo
abont it. but I knew, nothing of it.
Tho next thing I knew Nancy Luther
told Mrs. Naseby that she 6aw mo
take the money from tho drawcr-that
pho watched mo through the key-hole.
Then they went to my trunk, and they
found twenty-nvo uouars oi uio miss-
nir monev t hero. iui w. sir. i uuv
IJIUIJCy kllllU. iJMH w, Oil, a.
. ."I , - .1-- ....1
cr toon it ana someuouy who put,
that money thcro I" .
I then asked her it she suspected
" I tlon't know." sho saia, - who
could havo done it but Nancy. She
has never liked mo, because sho
thought I was treated better than she
was. She is the cook and I the cham
She pointed Nancy Luther ont
me. olio was. a siont, uoiu-iaccu gin
somewhere about five ana twenty years
old, with a low forehead, small gray
eyes, a pug nose, and thick lips.
caught her glance once, as it rested
opon the fair young prisoner, and tho
moment I detected a look of hatred
which I read there, I was convinced
that she was the rogue.
" O. sir. can you . help mal" my
client asked, in a fearful whisper.
Nancv Luther, did you say that
girl's name was?" J asked, for a new
light had broken in upon mo.
4 Yes. sir."
Ms thero any other girl of. that
name about herel ' . ; ,
, 44 Then re6t easy i -111 try hard
save yon." ".
I left tho court room, and went
tho nrosecntins attorney, and asked
him for tho letters I had handed him
tho ones that had been stolen from
tho mail bag. lie gave them to
and' having selected one, I returned
tho rest, and told htm I would see,
had the one I kept before . night..
then retnnied to the court room,
the case went on. -r ; j
Mrs. Naseby resumed her testimony.
She said 6ho entrusted .her room
the prisoner's care, and that no
else had access "there : save herself.
Then she described abont missing
mohey, and closed by telling how
found twenty-five dollars in the prison
er's trunk.' She conld' swear it-
the" identical money she had -lost,
being ia two tens and ono five dollar
mii -.' ' : -: ;;'
" Mrs. Nasebv." said 1, 41 when you
first missed your money, had you any
reason to believe that the prisoner had
taken it V1
41 No, sir" she ' answered.
14 Should yon have thought of sear-
chins her trunk, had not Nancy Luth
er advised you and informed you ?"
" INo, sir."
Mrs. Naseby then left tho stand,
and Nancy Lntber took her place. She
came up with a bold look, and upon
me sho cast a denant glance, as mucu
as jo say, " trap me if yon can She
cave her evidence as folIowsT .
i blie said that on the night wncn tne
money was stolen, 6hesaw the prison
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er going up stairs, and lrom tho sly
manner in which 6ho went np, eiio
suspected all was not right ; so she
followed her up ' .
Elizabeth went into Mrs. jxaseoy s
room ana shut mo aoor auer ner.
I stoopeddown nnd looked through the
key-hole, and saw her at her mistress's
drawer. I saw her take out the mon-
iy and put it in her pocket. Then
Bhe stooped down and picked up the
lamp, and as I saw that she was comm-
ingout, I burned away."
Then she went on and told how
she had informed her Mistress of this
and how sho had proposed to search
tho girl's trunk
I called Mrs. Naseby lack to the
" Yoa say that no ono, save
yourself and the prisoner, had access
to yonr room," I said, 4 Now, could
Nancy Luther have entered that room
if bhe wished I"
" Uertainl5,.8ir. 1 mean no one
else had any richt there."
I eiw that Mrs. N., though natural
ly a hard woman, was. somewhat
moved by poor Elizabeth's misery.
Could yonr cook have known, by
any means in your knowledge, where
your money was r
. 1 cs, Bir, lor she has olten come np
to my room when I was thcro, and I
havo gi ven her money with which to
buy provisions of market-men. who
happened along with their wagons.'
Une more question ; have you
known of tho prisoner's having used
any money since it was stolen f
t TJn Qi,
I now called Nancy Luther back,
and 6he began to tremble a little,
though her look was as bold and de
fiant as ever.
'Miss Luther,' 4I said, 'why did you
not inform yonr miBtre6s at once of
what you had seen, without waiting
for her to ask you about the lost mon
ey?' ' 'Because I could not make up my
mind at once to expose tho poor young
girl,' she answered promptly.
4Yon Fay you looked through the
koy-holo and saw her take the mon
. . - . . . . .
4Whero did fha place the lamp
while she did sol'
'On tho bureau.'
'In your testimony you said she
stooped down when she picked it up.
What did you mean by that?'
iho girl nesitatea, ana nnauy saiu
she did n't mean anything, only that
6he picked up the lamp.
Very well,' said 1, 'how long have
you been with Mrs. Naseby 1'
JNot quite a year, sir
'How much does sho pay you
A dollar and three-quarters.' .
Have yon taken up any of your pay
siuco you have been merer
I do n't know, sir.'
Why don't you knowl'
4IIow should I? I've taken it
differeut times, just as I wanted
and have kept no account. .
4Now,if you had had any wish
harm the prisoner, could n't you havo
raised twenty-five dollars to put into
'No, sir,' sho replied, with virtuous
- 'Then yon havn't laid up any nion
ey since you have been there!
4No sir, only what Miss Naseby
may owe tne.'
'Then you did 'nt have" twenty-five
dollars when you came there J'
. 4No, sir ; what's moro, the money
found in the eirra trunk was the very
money that Mrs. Naseby lost. You
might have known that, if you'd only
remember what you hear.' .
. This was said very sarcastically,
and was intended as a crusher upon
the idea that sho conld have put the
money into the prisoner's' trunk.---However,
I was not overcome entire
ly! l' ' ' " 'I ' '
v : 'Will yon tell me if yon belong
this State!' I asked next. ' ' -
I do, sir. , r ', ,
7 -'In what townl',.'
She hesitated, and for an instant
the bold look forsook her,' But she
finally aniwered : :
4J bolong in Somcrs, Montgomery
I next turned to Mrs. Naseby.
o you ever take a receipt from
yonr girls when you pay them V I as
ked. . ' ;
'Always,' she answered.
'Can you send and get ono of them
for roor .
She has told you the truth, sir,
about my payments,' Mrs. Naseby
,40, I don't donbt it' I replied;
bV Ftilltheoccnlar proofi8 tho thing
tlot thocou'rt irooin, r added,--with a
smile. .So it you can, 1 wish you
would procure me tho receipts.'. ,
She said she would willingly go 'if
tho court said so. , The court did 6ay
so.and 6ho went. Tier dwelling was
not far otf, and she soon returnea,and
handed four receipts.which I took and
examined.- They were all signed in
a strango, etraggnng uauu, uy uw
'Now Nancy Luther,' said I.turning
to tho witness,and speaking in a auick
startling tone, at the same time look
ing her 6ternly in the eve, .'please tell
tho court,and tho jury, and tell me, too
where you cot the soventy-hvo dollars
you sent in a letter to your sister in
Somen)' ; ;
. Tho witness , started as though a
volcano had burst at her feet. . She
turned pale as death, and every limb
shook violently. I waited until the
people could have an opportunity to
see Iter emotions, and then I repeated
'I never sent any,' she faintly
'You did!' I thundered, for I was
'I I did n't,' she faintly uttered
grasping the rail by her side for sup
4May it please your honor, and gen
tlemen of tho iury,' I said, as soou as
I had looked the witness out of conn
tenance,'I came here to defend a youth
who has been arrested for helping ; to
rob tho mail, and in tho courso of my
preliminary examinations, I. had ac
cess to the letters which ' had been
torn open and rifled of money. When
I entered upon this caso, and heard
tho name of this witness pronounced,
I went out and got this letter which
I now hold, for Iremembered to have
seen ono boaring the signature of Nan
cy Luther. This letter was taken
from tho mail bag, and it contained
seventy-fivo dollars, and by looking
at the post-mark, you will preccive
that it was mailed on tno very next
day after tho hundred dollars were
taken from Airs. JNascoys arawer.
I will read it to you, if you pleaso.'
The court nodded assent, and I read
the following, which was without date
save that made by the post-master
upon the outsido. 1 give here ver
Sister Dorcas : t cend yu hcer
sevente-fiv dolers, wiclt i want yn
kepe for mo til i cum hum. i cant kepe
ithecrcozimeafrado it wil git stole
dont speke wun word to a liven 6ole
. 3 i i t,,l:
DOUt U118 COZ I uout waut, uuuuui iu
no i hav got enny monv yn wunt now
wil yu. i am first rato beer, only that
gude for nothin snipo of liz wadwurth
is heer yit but i nop to git rid ov
her. giv my luv to awl inquircn this
is from your eister till death.
' Nancy Luther.'
Now. yonr honor,' 1 said, as
handed him the letter, and also the
receipts, 'yon will seo that the
letter is diroctea to uorcas iiUtner
also observe that one hand wrote that
letter and signed theso receipts.
The jury will also observe. And now
I will only add : it is plain to see how
the hundred dollars were disposed of.
Seventy-five were put into that letter
and sent off for safe keeping, while
tlio remaining twenty-five were placed
in the prisoner's trunk, for tho purpose
of covering tho real criminal. Of tho
tono of other parts of the lettor,I loave
you to judge. Andnow, gentlemen
leave my client's caso in your hands,
only I will thank God, and, I know
von also will, that an innocent person
has been thus . strangely saved from
ruin and disgrace."
The caso was given on the jury im
mediately following their examina
tion of the letter. They had heard
from the witness's own, mouth that
she had no money of her own, and
without leaving their seats ,they return
ed a verdict of 4 Not Gciltt.
The youth, who had first asked me
to defend tho prisoner, caught mo by
the haud.but he could not speak plain
ly, lie simply looked at mo through
tears for a moment, and then rushed
to the fair prisoner.; lie Beemed
forget where he Was, for he flung his
arms about her, aud as she laid .' her
head upon his bosom, she wept aloud.
I will not attempt to describe ihe
scene that followed ; bu t if Nandy Luth
er had not been immediately arrested
for theft, she would have been obliged
to seek protection of the officers,
the excited people would surely have
maimed her, if they had done no moro.
On tho next morning, I received a
note very bandsomoly written, in
which I was told that 'the within was
but a slight token of the gratitude due
for my efforts in behalf of a poor, de
fenceless, but much loved maiden,'. It
was signed 4Several Citizens,' and
contained ono hundred dollars. Short
ly afterwards, the youth came to pay
me all tho money he could raise. I
simply Bhowed him the note I had re
ceived, and asked him it he wonld
keep his hard earnings for his' wife,
when he got one. lie owned that he
iutcnted to make Lizzy Wadworth his
wife very soon. '
I will only add that on the follow
ing day I succeeded in clearing my
next client from robbing tho mail; and
I will not deny that I made a consid
erable handlo of the fortunate discov
ery of tho letter which had Baved an
innocent girl, on the day before, in my
appeal to the jury; and if I made
them feel that tho finger of Omnipo
tent was in the work, I did it because
I sincerely believe my client was in
nocent of all crime; and I am sure
they thought 80, top.
Fardowninthe depths of tho hu
man heart, there is a fountain of puro
and hallowed feeling, from which, nt
times, swells np a tide of emotions
which words are powerless to express
which the soul alono can apreciate
Full many hearts overflowing with
sublime thouglits and holy unagini
inrs. need but tho "penoffiro" to
hold enraptured thousands in ita spell.
Tho "thoughts that breatho"are there,
but not the'words that burn.' .Nature s
own inspiration fills them with cmo
tions too deep for ntteranco, and with
the rjoetrv of tho heart lies forever
concealed in ita own mysterious
Unwritten noetrv ! It is 6tamped
on'tho broad blue sky, it twinkles in
every star. It mingles in the ocean's
surge, and glitters in tho dew-drop
that gems the lily's bell. It glows in
the gorgeous colors of the West at the
decline of day, and rests in tho black
ened crest of tho gathering Btorm
cloud. It is on tho mountain's
height, and in tho cataract's roar
in the towering ouk, and in the tiny
flower. Where we can seo tho hand
of God, there beauty finds her dwell
The Great Sleigh Ride.
As it mav aooear incrcdiblo that
so large a sleighing party was con
gregated in Akron the past month.we
present a condensed history of tho
'Sleigh Eider's Banner,' which has
caused almost all tho four horse sleight
in the countrv to bo brought into re
quisition. Iho banner is of cotton
cloth, and bears the profile of a man
with tho thumb of ono hand applied
to tho nose, while tho digitals are in
a position to describo imaginary semi
circles. - Tho inscription on tho ban
ner is, 44 Take me if you can."
This banner was 'got up' in Solon
Township, Summit County.
Solon got up seven four horse teams,
and challenged any town to beat them.
Twinsburgh accomplished it with
fourteen. Bedford went to Twins
burch with thirty-four. Next,North-
field tried, but on counting was found
wanting. Bricksville entered the list
and carried the flag homo with fifty-
four teams. The lioyalton boys tried
their hand, and won with sixty-eight
teams. Boston next carried the ban
ner from lioyalton with eighty-nine
teams. The Eitchficld boys conclu
ed that Boston boing a low rango of
country, tho flag could not bo seen
there to good advantago and accor
dingly brought it up to Richfield, the
summit of Ohio, with 154 four hor6e
teams, on the 11th of March, 1856.
While it was waving here in trnmph,
it becamo a county matter, and attrac
ted the attention of Summit, Medina,
and Cuyahoga counties, who simul
taneously entered Richfield in great
splendor at all points. A ho com
mittee, on counting, reported Medina
liO ; Cuyahoga, 151, and 6mmit 171,
in all 462. According to the rules of
war, Summit county was the victor,
and got tho banner.
On the 18th, of March, Medina
mustered 1S2 four horso sleighs and
proceeded to Akron,whero the bannor
was at once delivered to them, ihe
banner was then carried to Medina to
'cummer over' Medina now challenges
Cuvahoga, Summit, Wayne.-'Ashland
and Lorain counties, to come to Me
dina and take the banner, when the
first good sloighing comes. ; .... '.
- Among tho speakers at a recent
Democratic meeting held at Philadel
phia, was Charles Gilpin, Esq., late
Whig Mayor of that city. lie . was
recoived with open arms and welcom
ed in to the ranks.'
The Great Sleigh Ride. Wit and Humor.
OXE OF TUE Sr-EUCllES. Job Kol k
was ono of 'em on tho stump. . A
doublo barreled throat and lungs n9
largo a sa two bushel basket, enabled
him to electrify his eonstitutenta np to
a fighting point in less time than it
would take for a Susquehanna raft to
go over Niagara Falls. His groat
speech delivered in Bob Stnbbs ten
acre lot, was a ''crusher.', For tho
sake of posterity wo givo an extract:
"Fellow-citizens: You might just
as woll try to pry up tho Atlantic ocean
with a broom straw, or draw this ere
stump from under my feet with a har
nessed gadlly, as to convince inej'iat
i aim gowino to vi ciccicu una neat.
My opponent dnn't stand a chance
not a enilT. Why, ho ain't as intel-
lectooal as a commun-sizod shad.
Fellers, I am a hull team, with two
bull dog under tho wagon nnd a tar
bneket I am. If there's nny body
this side o' where tho suu begins to
blister the earth that can wallop rno.
let him show himself I'm readv.
Bovs, I go in for tho American cuglo
clawsstars, stripes an all : and may
bust my everlasting button holes, et 1
don t knock down, drag out and gougo
every body as denies it."
A dandy at a hotel table wantin
tho milk passed to him, tlui3 asked
for it: "Ficaso Bend yonr cow this
way." To whom tho landlady retort
ed as follows: "Walter, take tho
cow down to where the calf is bleat-
. Exquisite Sentiment. "What I"
exclaimed tho accomplished and Ihsh
ionablo Fitzwigglo to tho exquisitly
lovely Miss l)o La Sparrow-grass,
'what would you be dearest, if I should
press tho 6tamp of lovo upon thoso
sealing-wax lips !"
"I," responded tho fair' -like creat
e, "should be stationery."
A man frequently admits that he)
was in tho wrong, but a woman, nev-er-ho
was only " mistaken."
Two London tailors onco 6ent a
memorial to parliament, which com
menced ns follows: "V e, tlicpeopla
fXJ3 Why is a young lady just from
a boarding school like a building com
mittee. Because sho is ready to re-
OCT" Snooks says tho prettiest sew
ing machine ho ever saw was nbout
17 yenrs old, with short sleeves,
low neck dre6s nnd gaiter boots on.
Ladies arc like watches- pretty
enough to look at sweet faeces and
delicate hands but somewhat diffi
cult to " regulato " when onco stt
"May I leavo a few tracts ?" asked
a colporteur of an elderly lady who
responded to his knock.
"Leave some tracks certainly you
may," said she, looking at him most
benignly over her specs, 'leavo the
heeh toward8tle house yon please."
There is a journeyman tailor in
Bo6ton,whoso nose is so red that he can
sew tho finest work in the darkest
night, with no other Iteht than that
afforded by his flaunting proboscis.
His head is bald from tlio cllect of
carrying "Duiiaing material in ma
Not Bap. An Irishman called at
a newspaper- office ono day with an
adveitibcmcnt, nnd, like a prudent
man, inquired what it would cost.
lie was informed that for one insertion
tho price would be two dollars, subse
quent insertions soventy-five cent3
each. "An faith," said he. I'll only
have two subsequent insertions !"
' A chap down town wishes us to
excuso bad spelling, thus : '
"1 hoapyew wil xenso mi badd
spellin specially the littel i's cause i
can't make them enny bigguron count
of tho nip of mi pen bein so short
that it can't make a long mark."
A Settler. 1 say, Harry, did yon
ask Hicks for that money yet f
'What did ho say!' " ' -4Nothing.
lie just kicked mo off
tho stoop, and that's the I last heard
of it.' .
'Hans, what is the matter V
' 'Do sorrel wagon has run away ni it
do green horso, and broke the nxcl
troe of do brick house what stands by
the corner lamp-post across' tho tele--graph.'
DCPA spindlo-shaked man, having
put on a new pair of boots,, asked la
friend what he thot' of them, ,who
replied, 'Sir yorir boots appear very
well, but your legs appear in thenj
much like a rope in a well.,'