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M'ARTHUK, VINTON COUNTY, OHIO, NOVEMBER 13, 1856.
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THRILLING ADVENTURE IN
A GAMBLING HOUSE.
It was in the spring of 18 that I
found myself gliding upon the waters
of the mighty Mississippi, and hound
lor New Orleans.
With a single exception, I had form
ed no traveling acquaintance on board
the boat, although I had been nearly
two days upon my journey, which was
becoming somewhat monotonous.
The individual with whom I singu
larly enough fraternized, seemed like
myself to have but little inclination to
extend his acquaintance among the
passengers, though he seemed to be
constantly upon the lookout for some
one, and from the closu manner in
which ho regarded tho operations of
two or three of tho individuals, whose
profuse display of vest chains and
jewelry, and proficiency with cards at
the tables in tlio ealwn, betrnved tlioir
profession, I more than once set him
down as some sort of police detective
lie called himself George Thorn, of
Kentucky, so his card read which he
gave mo in exchange for mine. Full
six feet in height, a clear, intelligent
blue eye, broad forehead, and light
culy hair, muscular arms, and the
chest of a Llereules, be challenged the
admiration of more than one of tho
passengers, as with his serious and
never smiling face he paced the prom
enade deck, or sat apparently buried
in thought in tho salone.
"Do yon ever play at cards?" said I
to him, as ho left a group that were
standing about a table of lour players,
and noting the progress of the gamo.
I had frequently seen him invited, but
iri variably, like myself, refused to par
ticipate in the game.
"Oh yes," said ho, "but what is the
use of playing here; those fellows can
tell every " card in the pack by tho
backs, and they ure trying hard to
pluck some poor pigeon from among
these passengers, bnt as yet with in
different success; bewaro of them,
- I thanked him for his friendly warn
ing, and at the sumo time expressed
my astonishment at his affirmation.
To convince mo of the truth of it, he
called the steward of the boat, and
ordered him to bring him a fresh pack
of cards, which were brought and he
handed the puck to me, bidding me
shuffle them. I did so, when he im
mediately selected nearly every uce
and king from the pack, without look
ing at the face of them. Next, he
dealt them in two parcels, one to me
and one to himself, when, upon exam
ination, I found that all the cards of
real value in the game were in his
band, although I could not detect the
least unfairness as he dealt them.
"You see," said he smiling at my
look ot astonishment, "the advantage
an expert in these matters has over
even a skillful player."
. "I do indeed," replied I, astonished
at my fellow traveler's dexterity, and
beginning to think he might be a re
formed gambler, or one 'playing pos
sum' for some purpose or other; but as
be did not urge or even invite me to
play, nor had he played with any one
else, and threw the cards aside with an
expression of disgust too natural to be
assumed, I came to the conclusion that
my suspicions "were unjust, and my
traveling acquaintance was a riddle
yet to be solved.
. Early the next morning the boat ar
rived at New Orleans, and amid the
hurry and. bustle of debarkation I lo6t
mjr (s-HyTxl, the Keutuckian, not event
ein;r hfm to bid adieu. Tho .same.
cvcuiii6. however, alter visltui tlic j
theBtn-,1 was enjoying the cool air and
a fragrant Havana in the rotunda of the
St. Charles tlotel.and conversing with
a friend from the North, whom l had
fortunately met, when whom shonld I
encounter but my steamboat acquain
tance. After onr usual greeting onr conver
sation turned upon our trip down the
river, our fellow-passenger8,&c., when
my fellow-traveler remarked that if I
would like to visit the interior of a
gambling house, or 'hell.' as it is some
times more appropriately called, he
would be pleased to show it to us as
one of the sights or 'lions' of tho city.-
Ncvcr having witnessed anything of
the kind. both I and my friend assent
ed, and after a short walk found our
selves within tho precincts of one of
those glittering anil gorgeously furn
ished establishments vestibules to
the infernal regions where men were
engaged in various games of hazard.
The interior of a gambling house
has been too frequently described to
need repetition. The Faro Bank
with its crowd of letters, tho Bouge
H Nvir table with its anxious circle,
ami groups of player at other games of
which 1 was ignorant of the name,
were all busily engaged as we entered.
Wo had passed through two apart-
rueiits, and reuched a third, in which
were but lour players, playing in pairs
different tables. As we entered
we sat down at an occupier
.d table for
a mi went, when, as we did so, wo
heard one ot the two men nearest us
say to his opponent
"That's the last dollar; luck is yours,
and I'm cleaned out."
"But yon wear a gold ring," said
his opponent. "Seel I will give you
a chance for revengu. I'll back my
ring against yonrs on the next game.
It's a ring I won at play from a Ken
tucky boy that came to" New Orleans
l see sights, " said he carelessly.
How little did he know those words,
so lightly spoken, had sealed his
"No," said bis opponent, rising,
"I'll meet you to-morrow night. I
won't pledge my jewelry yet."
A the player, who was sitting with
his back partially towards us, men
tioned Kentucky in hi conversation,
I saw Thorn listen with eagerness,
and as he twisted the ring ho offered
to bet upon his finger, I saw tho Ken-
tnekiati turn deadly pale. 1 1 is eyes
our amazement, lie rose ana waiKa
across the apartment to the player,who
had just been left by bis companion,
conrteuosly propose to try a hand or
two with him if agreeable, and if we,
his friends, would excuse him for a
short ti mo. Ofcourso we assented
so did the gambler, who appeared at
first somowbat surprised at the prop
osition, but probably resolved to try
his skill upon tho new comer
Tho cards were dealt, and the game
proceeded. We were sufficiently
near to see that the piece of gold
which constituted the first stake was
won by our friend's opponent. So al
so the second. Tho third stake Thorn
gained. And thus they went on al
ternately betting and loosing, till at
last Thorn carelessly observed.:
"That is a pretty ring yon offered
to bet a while ago, 6tranger. Will
you Bell it?"
"Well, as to that," said the other,
"its pretty enough for a young fel
low pledged it to mo soinu three years
ago, a sort of hand, which he promis
ed to redeem with five hundred dollars
that ho owed me a debt of honor sir
but he never paid, so I retain th
ring. No, stranger, I guess I wou't
"But the owner? yon should have
made him pay; five hundred dollars is
a dear price for such a 'bauble.'"
1 1 -1 1 J
"Why, as to that," said tho player,)
as he gathered up tlio cards tor tne
next hand, "he could'nt come to time
very veil, for ho 'paid the debt of na
ture,' as they call it, the sume night,
and that cancelled my obligation!
Ah, the stake's mine there's always
luck in thia ling, I believe," as he
drew tho money towards him, "sup
pose we try a larger stake; " and he
prepared to shuffle the cards again.
"As vou like," said Thorn.
"Will, whatshall.it be?" said his
opponent, "anything from one to five
hundred!" and he threw a bank
note of that denomination carelessly,
as it in bravado, upon the table.
To our surprise Thorn drew a wal
let from his pocket, and produced an
equal amount of money, then sweep
ing the cards they had been using
from the table to the floor, he called
for a frcso pack, and passing them,
as the attendant brought them to him,
rapidly through his hand, he gave
them to his adversary, remarking to
him ns be did sn. to "mind his deal
glowed like tiro for an instant then
his countenance again assumed its
.,.,i nim n,? na,.A W,fcnnr
thistiniK, fixing uin him a search-
lig wtmL through that
"Three aces and a kingl" said
Thorn quietly, as bo displayed his
cards, and with his eyes fixed steadily
upon his opponent, folded up his mon
at ey and crammed it into his pockot.
was ins nrei visit to ine city ; no
started happily, leaving behind him a
trtlvounsr wile and a lovely infant. Un-
Inrediu self-delensb, and that I re
iuggliwcoua coived that villain's first lire here,"
operation. I he game wan that known
as 'BlunY or 'roker,' 1 know not
which, but at any rate one on which
the players bet upoa tho cards they
hold. ihorn and his opponent hav
ing each glanced at their cards, com
menced the game.
"I'll go you one hundred," said
"Two hundred better than that,"
said bis opponent.
"Another hundred, " continued
"H'm'm! three hundred better?
said the gambler, producing the notes
from his pocket book. .
"Three hundred more," said Thorn
The game was getting exciting to
us as spectaors; three thousand dollars
lay upon the table to be decided by
the cards held by the players, each
of whom seemed, from his nets, to be
confident of success, though their
countenances betrayed not the least
"One hundred more," said the gam
"I call you," 6aid Thorn.
'All ! three kingB and an ace!"
said the sharper, triumphantly.
"I must confess," 6ftid Thorn, "that
lam not of a convivial or musical turn,
though I can occasionally tell a good
story. I have a little history now,
sir, npon my tongue's end that, will
be of uncommon interest to yon."
" To mel Pray toll it, sir," said the
gamester, with a laugh. "It will be
a wind up for the evening's entertain
ment." It was now long past midnight;
absorbed in tho excitement of the
game, wo had scarcely noticed the
flight of time, or that the other play
ers, at the other end of the apartment
in which we were, bad finished their
own game long since, and been spec
tators of that between Thorn and his
opponent, and were now apparently
"About three years since," began
Ttiovn, 'a young in Kentucky,
the confidential agent ot a largo busi
ness firm, was entrusted with a sum
of money and commissioned to trans
act some business in New Orleans;
.. . . . i
fortunately, upon ono ot tho Mississ
ippi boats, or immediately upon Ins
arrival in New Orleans, he fell in with
a 'professional' man a man of play,
I mean, you understand"
Tho gambler nodded, and Thorn
continued. "By the management of
this 'professional,' the young man was
enticed to a 'hell,' induced to play,
plied with wine, striped of his money
in phort, to use a 'professional' word,
"Ila, ha! tho old story," said the
gambler, "the fate of pigeons. But
what is all this to me? Is it a moral
lesson you're about to read, or a ser
mon you have to preach?"
"What is it to you?" continued
Thorn, his voice quivering with ex
citement. "Ah! 1 11 tell you what it
is to you. This meeting of you to
night, for three long years I have
sought. 'Twas threo years ago this
very night, aye this very hour,''
said he, glancing at his watch, "that
the young man 1 spoke of rushed mad
ly into eternity not by his own hand,
but his opponent at the card tabic is
accountable for that deed of blood
the amount of money he lost was just
the amount I have this night won
from yon, that very ring upon your
finger is his! I am his brother, and
you are his aBsassiu!"
Thorn pronounced these words in a
nr:n. clear, ringing voice, ana as ne
concluded, brought his hand down
upon the table at which they were sit
ting, which Tvas instantly overturned,
as he and his opponent started simul
taneously to their feet. They were
scarcely six paces apart after spring
ing from their chairs, and both drew
their weapons as they arose.
"Die, liar ?" shouted the gambler,
discharging his weapon the moment
he gained his feet. The bullet ripped
o)en Thorn's waistcoat, anu his watch
flew in fragments from the pocket,
dangling by its chain; at the same mo
ment his pistol exploded, and the
gambler fell back a corpse upon the
carpet. This all passed so suddenly,
ere we could intertere, that we stood
as if almost paralyzed for an instant
the servants alarmed by the noise, and
the police came rushing into the apart
ment. Thorn qnietly surrendered himself,
merely turning to us and the other
two that were in the room, saying as
he did so, "Gentleman, bear witness,
and he pointed to his shattered watch
with a smile, and turning, leit the
room with the officers.
Ho was tried and acquitted, as it
was clearly proved that his adversary
fired upon him first. The fact of tho
gambler being a notorious rascal,
whom the com munirty could well af
ford to spare, might have had 6omo in
fluence with tho jury.
, I have never met Thorn since, but
the recollection of that fearful sceno
is yet fresh and .vivid in my mind,
though many years have passed since
it was enacted. Ji'tion Traveler.
Hire a Clerk.
good natured looking individual ar
rived in our city about a week ago,
fresh from the mountains,' and put
np at what might be called one of our
third-rato houses. The rules were
like those at most other establish
ments of the kind, boarders being ta
ken by the day, week or meal. Jim
Polter (we take tho name from tho reg
ister,) had 'gone in' by tho week,
with the understanding with the land
lord that ho was to be credited for
what ho called ' lost time,' at tho usu
al rate. There was nothing very un
usual in this arrangement, though it
did not turn out altogether to tho land
lord's satisfaciion. j
At the end of the second day, it oc- j
curred to Jim that ho bad not seen
Sacramento for upwards of a yer,
and as a thought with him was almost I
a deed, ho without Baying a word to
tho landlord, disappeared. lie spent
the remaiuder. of the Week at Sacra
mento, and reached his boarding
house here just in time to find the
troprietor calculating that Mr. Jim
'olter was indebted for one week's
board. It didn't take Jim long to
prove that ho had been out of town
four days and the bill against him was
cut down accordingly.
' Seo yere, old feller,' broke out Jim,
as the bill was being altered, ' ef its
all one to yeou, I'll take a squint at
them ar' books.'
' There's your account, sir,' said the
landlord, pretending not to notice
Jim's last remark.
Two daya board. -2 ...
Jim took tho bill, and eyeing the
puzzled landlord as though he suspect
ed 'shenanigan,' he broke out
' I want to see them ar' books.'
The landlord told him that be was
asking to much that no outsider was
permitted to examine his books.
Jim was satisfied now that all was
not exactly right, and resolved to see
the end of it.
' Give me pen, ink and paper,' said
ho. ' I want to show you how to keep
He took the pen, and after having
added up various small sums, made
out and handed to the amazed land
lord the following account :
Jim Poker to Landlord Dctter
two dais board 2 62$
Laudlord to Jim Polter Detter
4 dais lost time $5 25
'Thar she is!' said Jim, as ho
passed the slip of paper across the
counter. ' Oordin' to your way of
keepin' books a feller aiu't 'low'd
nothin' for lost time.' '
The landlord said nothing, but
gazed with astonishment.
' Yon see,' continued Jim, anxious
to establish the correctness of hit bill,
' I tuck board by the week, you know.'
' Y-e-s,' muttered the half choked
'.And the bargain was that you was
to credit me for lost time at the usual
rate, you know.'
' Well, I boarded with you two days,
' I didn't board with you four days,
' And yon owe me for that.'
The landlord took long breath,
brushed the perspiration from his face,
and casting his eyes vacantly about
the ceiling, 6lowly ejaculated :
1 Now I ain't going be hard on you,'
said Jim ; 'yon feed very well and
as I'm goin up country to-morrow,
we'll spend that little balance for
champaign, to-night. But I'll tell
you one thing, landlord, he added af
ter a pause, 'you would make money
if yon would hiro a clerk I '
We are inclined to think it would
have taken a number of clerks to make
Jim landlord did not
Let thy mildness excuse thy power;
dread to be feared. " We may the
mean not fear, nor great despise."
I am pleased with the abode which;
exhibits- nothing - superfluous, and
where I find everything that is neces
From Life Illustrated.
The Women of the South.
The first thing , that struck mo in
reference to tho women of the South,
was their beauty of form their sym
metrical and harmonious figures. In
this and in the ease and grace of their
motions they excel tho women of the
North. . Many of them dress with ex
quisite taste, often very richly but
seldom gaudily or with any display of
The proverbial affability and urban
ity of the southern character finds its
fullest dcvelopciuent in tho women.
The southern lady is naturally and
necessarily easy, unembarrassed and
polite. You may go into tho coun
try ; . where you please ; yon may go
as far a.- you phase from town, village
or post-i'fh'co ; yon. may call at tho
poorest house you can find, provided
you do not get among " Crackers," or
"Sand-hillers," and whether yon ac
cost maid or matron, you will be an
swered with tho samo politesse, and
treated with tho some spontaneous
courtesey. 1 have often been struck
with tho contrast between tho daugh
ters of the planters, who reside on
their plantations all the year and have
little communication with tho city or
town, and those of tho New England
farmer. Tho latter are bashful and
consequently awkward. They blush
aud stammer in the presence of stran
gers, and know neither how' to act nor
what to say. The former, without be
ing .bold are perfectly self-possessed
and graceful. They neither blush
nor stammer when a stranger unex
pectedly presents himself, but do tho
honors of the house without embar
rassment, and with a polish of man
ner that would do honor to a Parisian.
Wo shall see presently that this is not
the only point of coutrast between the
country girls of tho 60Uth and those
ot the north.
1 have said that in beauty of form
the women of tho south excel. They
have also, in a great majority of cases.
finely chiseled, clear and symmetrical
features; and tho dark hair and eyes
which we are accustomed to associate
with southern beauty, are often found
in all their perfection. But the com
plexion of southern ladies is very
generally baa. 1 heir laces aro olten
either very pale or very Ballow. The
rich healthful glow which the sun
shino and the breeze give to the
cheeks of New England's beautiful
daughters, is almost unknown there.
And that harmonious blending of car
nation of a healthful blood with the
tawny huo imparted by a southern
climate, of which the poet must have
been thinking when lie 6aul,
Give me tho brown girl with the bright, sunny
and which was my idea of a sonthern
complexion, is not often found. I have
seen ray idea realized in a few instan
ces, in Creoles from Uiiba, and once or
twice in the Cherokee country, in wo
men in whoso veins there was a tinge
of Indian blood. I well rcnienilcr a
young maiden of sixteen or seventeen
summers, a perfect brunette, with jet
ty, shining tresses, a lcautifnl face and
dark eyes which were truly fascinating
whom I met at a religious meeting in
alogsehool-house, in the Gold region
of Georgia. I forgot the text that
time, and the sermon I did not hear!
I was a bachelor then!
Doubtless the climate of the south
has a great influence upon tho com
plexion of its people, but tho extreme
and general paleness is, I think, ow
ing in a great measure to other causes,
the most prominent of which is a bad
diet. Whenl tell you that pork is
the staple food of tho people of the
south, and that almost every other
kind of eatable is perfectly saturated
with tho unctions secretions of the
vile quadruped tho hog, I need say
nothing more. Pork should bo look
ed upon as an abomination every
where, and at the south its enects are
tar more deleterious than at the north.
The men who take a great deal of ex
ercise in the open air on horseback
and otherwise do not feel so sensibly
the effects af this unwholesome diet.
Tho women take little exercise of any
kind, seldom go out except in tln-ir
carriages, keep thefr window, blinds
carefully closed when the sun shines,
and actually wear gloves in-doors wa
king and Bleeping, to keep their white
hands delicate and soft! Who won
ders that that they are pale ?
Southern . women make loving
wives, and tonder and affectionate
mothers, but are less intellectual than
their northern sisters. Their educa
tion is generally very superficial.
They go to a fashionable seminary,
learn French, drawing and music, and
get a smattering of tho natural scien
ces, but never learn to think. . Here,
after all, is seen the greatest contrast
between tho women of tho south end
those of tho north. ' Ths New Eng.
lsnd fanner's daughter, of whoso
bashfuloess and awkwardness I have
spoken, does- more thinking in ono
year than tho polite and "accomplish
ed" southern lady does in a life-timo.
GEMS OF WISDOM.
Gold tries a man. -
Govern well your household. '
Never ridicule the unfortunate."
We do well to conceal our domestic
evils. : : ) t i
We should stop the mouth of glad
der by prudence. . '.
Wo should bo cautious not to
say all that wo know, .
He who has learned to obey, will
know how to command. . ' r
The prudent man avoids evil ; tho
courageous man sustains it.
Visit yonr friend in misfortune,
rather than in his prosperity.
Be mild towards those who are thy
dependants : be not arrogant.
Sneak no ill of thy neighbor, if thon
wonldst not hear what ' will trouble
Make no display of thy good for
tune ; but, in avoiding envy, do not
oxcite pity. , ,
Tbe first office of prudenco, 1 is to
foresee impending evils, and prevent
Take pains to correct tho blemishes
of thy mind, rather than those of tho
Such as aro careless of themsolves,
will hardly be attentive to another's
If wo considered all that others suf
fer, our own complaints would bo more
Trust not the officious man, who is
always busying himself about the af
fairs of others.
The sentence you pronounce on
another, bo willing to abide by your
self, in a similar case.
In order to live justly, and bo re
s pec ted, we must abstain from doing,
that which wo blame in others.
We should not be hasty in forming
now friendships, nor in terminating
those of long standing.
Parents may expect from their
children the samo degree of dutiful
behavior, as they themselves paid to
their own parents.
Whatever wo kuow to be right, that
we should do, even though our con
duct should meet with reproof and rid
icule Honest loss is preforablo to dishon
orable gain ; for by the one, a man suf
fers but once ; by the other his suffer
ing is lasting. . .
We should consider integrity as of
more weight than oaths ; or observo
tho purport of what thou promised,
more strictly than an oath.
As long as thou shalt live, seek to:
improve thyself; presume not that old
ago brings with itself wisdom ; it is
better to learn late, than nover.
Mrs. Partington at Church.
" What do you think will becoino
ofyon?" asked Mrs. Partington to
Ike, as they were going to church. ,
The question related to tho young
gentleman's conduct in tho church,
where he had tipped over the cricket.
peeped over the gallery, attracting
the attention of a boy in the pew be-
low, by dropping a Blate pencil tied
with a string, upon his head, and had
drawn a hideous picture of a dog up
on the enow white cover of the best
hymn-book. . ' . ' '
" Where do yon expect to go to! "
It was a question that the young-,
ster had never before had put to him
qnite so closely and he said ho didn't
know, but he thought he'd like to go '
up in Mods. Goddard's balloon.
"I'm afeard yon'll go down, rather
than go up. You have been acting
very bad in meeting," continued 6he.
"and I declare I could hardly keep
. t . . ,.. .,r.
iroin ooxing your ears rignt in the
midst of the lethargy. You didn't
pay no interest and I lost all the thread
ot the sermon through yonr tricks."
" 1 did'nt take your thread." said
Ike, who thought she alluded" to tho
string by which he had lowered the'
pencil upon tuo boy, "that was a fish
ing line." t
"Ob, Isaac " continued she earn
estly, " why: do you want to act so!
like the probable aon for ? whr don't
yon try and be like David and Deo
teronomy that we read about, and act
in a reprehensible manner! - J- '
llie appeal was touching, and Ike'
was silent, thinking of the sling that
David killed Goliath with, and woa-
doriDg u be could at make one.