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THE TJTSTION OF THE STATES OlSTE COUNTRY-ONTE DESTINE.
LANCASTER, OHIO, THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 1800.
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fJCIse Little Iter that Hied.
Dr.Cliatmerats said In be the author of the follow
Injc beautiful paem, written on the oceaslon or tlio
death of a young son whom he greatly loved:
I am all alone In my chamber now, .
And tbe midnight hour Is near,
An the faggot's tack, and the clock't dull tick,
Are tbe only sounds 1 hear.
All ovorms sool In Itssolltude,
Sweet feelings of gladness glide,
For mytaonrlaud my eyes are full when I think
Of the little boy that died.
I went one nlgtt to my father's house
Went home to the dear ones all-
And softly opened the garden gale,
Ana softly the door of the ball, :
My mothe r came out to meet her son
She kissed me then she sighed,
A nd her head fell on my neek and wept
For the lllUe boy that died.
I shall miss hint when the towers eomo,
Id the garden where he played,
I shall miss him mors by the Derslde,
When the loweishsve all decayed.
I shall see his toys and his empty chair,
And the horse be used to ride,
And they will speak with a sllentspearh,
Of the Utile boy that died.
We shall go borne to'onr father's house
To our father In the skies,
Where the hope of our souls shall hare no tllglit,
Our love no broken ties.
We shall roam on tha banks of the river of peace,
And bathe In its bllssfull tide,
And on of the Joysofour heaven shell be
The little boy ibat died. ,
THE ROBBEIVS BOOST,
HAMS LAST VICTIM.
J01IH B. KEKNEDlT,
It was a sultry afternoon when I cross
- cd the Mississippi, and negligently trav
o!ed on my way toward Greenfield. The
cool shades which covered the road, rind
the majestio woodland sceneiy, whiled a-
way tbe time so pleasantly, that beloru
was awaro of it, the sun was down and
darkness was gently dropping its black
I looked about mo and became alarm
ed at the density ofthe forest.-" The sigh
ing" of the wind, the rustling of ! i bush,
the hooting of an owl,' startled me. In
the thick shades of almost every tree, I
imagined a wild beast ready to spring up.
on ino, and from the trees' monstrous
trunks, I expected some hideous animal
to dash furiously, at me, ' I carried my
revolver ready for any emergency,' and
loosened my heavy knife1 in its suabbard.
But little did I imagine that having pass
ed the dangers of the woods, those, of a
more fearful and awful character' awaited
The darkness had become intonse, and
it was with the greatest difficulty 1 could
pursue my ooursc. v '
At length however, a light hove in
view, and never in my life did I hail its
gentle lustre with .more joy than at that
When I neated the spot, I,' found a di
lapidated log . house, two stories high,
with a rickety old porch in, front. A
conpla of guant ferocious hounds came
rushing at me, and warned the inmates of
jny approach.' I scrutinized the premis
es asclosoly as I could in the dark, and
was anything but satisfied with the result
of my investigations. But when I looked
about me ana saw me Heavy gloom which
liung upon every thing, and the prospect
of being devoured by wolves, I concluded
to first enquire the distance to the next
topping place, and if it was too far, to
remain where I was. - The door opened,
and a husky voice said.1 ' WLo'a
there?". .' ' '
"A stranger,". I isplied and then fol
lowed up by asking "how far totht next
stopping pfaoo." u '. " .'
1 could hear a low murmur of voices,
and then reply camel
"Ten miles or more." .
I dismounted and iastened my horse
to post, and as ssoended'the rickety
old stair of th poroh, they creaked a
dismal dirge, and the gnant lean bounds
pipped savagely at mj heels,
The room which I entered presented
so repulsive an appearance. that I started
bock with mingled surprise and disgust.
The ej?. of saveral rough, unooaik look
ing individuals were turned upon me, I
felt in their glnnoe Bonieihing more of
tha ferociousness of the wild beast, thun
tbe penile gaze of humau beings.
"Take t neat, stranger?" eaid a burly
thick set runii, as ho handed me a chair,
which groaned pileously with its infirmi
tios.' As I casi a glance upon . the group
.before mo, I seemed to hestitate, which
was instantly noticed, and the ofliuiatiiig;
man, who Beamed. to be a' landlord, cams
toword me, and ir. a conciliatory tone and
as gcnilo as could bo expected, said.
; "Soiry can't accomniodata you better;
straDger;,but muko yourself at home, we'll
do the best we kin.''. .
' A aigmGnant g-luoee passed among the
men, as the lioet concluded his! hospiiable
invitations which did not escape my no
tice. . : T..'
At length supper was served, consist- j
ing of coin bread und bamn, and for this
inougi e lare abundant apologies woto of
fered. . x -
After listening a while to their disgust
ing conversation, . 1 informed my host I
would like to roiiie.
, "Will you lenvu your taddta bags?"
said he, wuh a bland smile, as he extend
ed his monstrous hand to take them.
, "No,; sir," I replied with .a heavy
frown gathered on my brow.
."I -have a very safe place to keep them"
he .rejoined, whilst his bloodshot eyes
gloaniedwiih malice and avarico.
"No doubt,'' said I with a meaning nod
'.'but I would prefer taking them with
me." :. , . ...'
This, conclusion r was recieved rather
cooly, and as I prepared to louve the
room one ot the won espied Hie handle ot
my rcvolvei protruding trotn beneath my
"Hello, stranger!",' ho exclaimed in a
quick tone, "let's see that 'etc putol, will
you?'! . . ; . ! : '
Bo BUdden had been tlie demand, aim in
such Beemiug innocent curiosity, that 1
nut my hand back io give it to him.
But a second thougl t decided me, and I
replied that it was nogroat curiosity, and
1 would show it to lum in tlie morning.
By this time the men had gathered a-
round mc, and seeing thiug9 look rather
peculiar, 1 hacked my self throiiL'h the
door, tolloweu liy tlie host. When the
dour was closed 1 could hear loud mur
murings, and an oath jittered in vehement
The landlord hurried roe. up a feeble
flight of stairs, and in a few yards from
the landing, pushed open a door and bado
mu enter. 1 glanced around tho apart
ment, and showed by my actions that I
was dissatisfied with its appearance.
"It 13 the best I can do for you, stran
ger," said he, "and you needn't be afraid
of thcin fellows down elairs they won't
"I shall not be alarmed," I replied, as
he closed the door and descended the
steps. -1 was somewhat annoyed at the
appoaiance of things, and determined to
place myself in the best possible position
of defense. I examimd my quarters
closely, nnd fuund that the door had no
fistening whutover, nor was thore any
thing cenvenient w.lh which it could bo
. Determined not to bo foiled, I (ore a
strip of board from the wall, and with my
knifo out out a piece sufficiently long to
make a brace from the lower cleto of the
door to the floor. Then with my pocket
knife I bored h ilea in tho casing at tho
upper end drawing several mils from the
wall, I drovo ihcm in with tho handlo of
my large knife. Having examined the
walls and apprehending no treachery
from them, I turned my attention to the
floor. Beneath the bed I discovered a
trap door and its discovery made my
hair stand on end. -1 found it opened
downward and the possibility of securing
it strongly seemed hopeless.
. Once I thought of removing tho bed
and then watching, as a trnpper does a
hole in the ice for game. But that would
not do for though I should successfully
ripulso tho first intruder for I had no
longer u doubt of being in a Iltbhcr's
roost it would leave a holo open which
would expose me to their Gro. At length a
plan caino to my relief. I moved the
bod from over the door, and taking the
clothes off, I threw the chaff bed upon
tha floor, uud directly over tlie Buspectcd
trap. Hut oh, horror! what a discovery
I had niJido. The bed was saturated with
blood, and in many places hatd from tho
gore which had dried in It. ; f ;
Having thus fortified, I took a scat on
ono end of the bed, with my saddle bags
close by me, my knife in one hand and my
revolver in tho oilier, and my ammunition
convenient in case I should ncod it. . I
blow out my light,and in the darkness a
waited the denouement of the plot. How
long I had waited I could not toll, but iu
spite of my perilous situation my eyos
grew heavy, snd I was almost overcome
with sleep. But an easy moviug of the
hod artuted sll' ray perceptive; faculties,
And in an instant I was wide awake. It;
moved several times quite easy, and then
all became quiet. 1 listened a few mo
ments, but could hear nothing, . present
ly a faiut whisper came from an adjoining
room my tyes followed " the -direction,
and I saw a' small stream of light pouring
through an opening in tho partition. I
stolo softly to the spot, and listened a
moment. I then put my eye to the open
ing; and had a fair view of the operations
So horrible was tho sight I then be
held, that its ' recollections will Dover be
erased from my memory. - Hanging from
the bed, and with bis head nearly severed
from his body, was an old gray. beaded
man, while the purple current of life wits
steadily streaming fiom the gash. Ireel.
ed a moment with dizziness, and was a
bout to withdraw from the scene, when
the door opened softly, .and a pcruon en-
tercd. I looked again, and threo men I
had seen in the bar-room were standing
near the dead man.
"Why, Ham," said ono, "I thought
you had fixed him by thix time."
: "We ll hnvc trouble with that tutttom- more conCden ot victory,
er," replied Hams shaking hia head, ''he But to overcome this gang eccnr-d al
ia up to something; he pat his bed over most hopeless as their numbers might be
the trap." i very lanc, and far from assistance. 13ut
The devil!" they both exclaimed and
looked at each other iu surprise,'
" iVe mum manage him some how,"
said Hams, "for he has money. I urn
certain of that." ' '
"Hadn't we bettor attend to that 'ore
gal first;" suggested one.
"Yes, the old man is fixed; now for the
cal;" and picking up tho light they left
the room. ' '
' What girl? thought I. Is it possible
some porson as unfortunate at myself have
been compelled to stay here.'
I listened eagerly, and presently a crash
came followed by a shrill scream,! sprang
toward my door, but recolleo'cd that I
had it well secured; I hesitated a moment
when another scream more teirifiO' than
tlie first, followed by a sharp report of a
pistol. It was but the work of a moment
to unfasten the door and dash out. As I
sprang into the passage, I met two men,
who urea almost simultaneously but with
out effect. '
I leveled my revolver, and pent the
contents of one barrel through tbe head
of one- who tumbled heavily down stairs,
droning his companion with linn
1 rushed into the room, and found the
girl bheltered ' bi'hind bed, keeping
Hams at bay wttha revolver. AsJIenteied,
Hams cprang at me with a fiendish ' ex
pression, and in spite of my efforts seized
me in his Herculean clutches. My pistol
now was of no uso to mo, so hurling it
from me, 1 drew my kmlo, and toon put
an end to tho struggle. I gathered up
hit pistol, and hurried the girl i ito my
own room and Soon had iho door secure
ly barricaded. - I then explained to' her
our situation, and how I came to discov
er that she was to be a victim. But when
I toll her of the old man, she faintly gas
ped, "It is my father," snd the mxt mo
moiit lay sounoless on the floor. I was iu
a irying position. I expected evtiy mo
ment the attack of tho robbers would bo
renewed, and in all probability they would
overpower us, snd then our doom would
be sealed. I involuntarily cast my eyes,
towards the window to sco it it would af-
ford some point of escape. But then the
robbers could have a fair chance, could
surround us and murder us without a
show of defense. I had all this time coun
ted upon my fair companion as an assis
tant, not reflecting that she was a woman,
and Iliad essayed to protect her. When
this thought crossed my mind, nil my
combative powers were aroused and I felt
slrong and competent to contend with i
I heard whisperings and footsteps gen
tly Medina: up the stairs. A dim - iij'ht
shone beneath the door, and revealed sev
eral largo holes and cracks. I kept mv
eyes intently fixed in the directiou, while
my heart palpitated so loud, that its vi
brations could bs distinctly heard
A slight shuffling of the leet, and cra b
went several rtports, while the bullets
whizzed sharply about my head. The
girl gave a shrill scream, and I groaned
and crept close to tho door, which vvas
riddled with bullets and through the hole
I could plainly discern their actions
I still had five shots in my revolver.and
determined to use them to the best advan
"He's done for, now," said one, as ho
stood eyeing the door.
"But iho gal," replied n little short
thick set man, "she lights like thunder.'
"Hal ou coward, who would -fear a
woman?" returned the first speaker with
"Jim nates, 1 11 make you smell pow
der for that aforo mornin,' said the little
We must have this 'ere door open
and suiting the action to tho word, an as-
sault was mado upon it,
I leveled my pistol and fired, when, with
an oath the man fell back upon the floor
I gave two mora shots when they retreat
ed precipitately down stairs, 1 reloads
my pistol and returned to mv companion
who was trying to stanch tha blood which
was flowing from a wound that she had
received in her neck.
"1 lcar sir, my lite is short, and i ein
corely thank you for vourkind protection,
she feebly murmured, and sunk exhaust
ed upon the bed.
I was about to offer some assistance
when I again heard steps upon the etaire
and earnest talking ns ol some persons ro
monstrating. Thinking tho attack at the
door would be renowed, I drew the bed
stead ovot against it, and threw the light
bodding over the headboard, and thus
formed a kind of breast-work. '
' ''BayJistor, don't shoot, want Io speak
a few vfjstds with you," said a voice at
the head of the stairs. '
"I'll shoot the first man who comes
near that door," I replied savgely.
"Ui no don t 1 in your Inond!" ho re
plied in a tone, whioh carried treachery
with it. "Come to the door will you?"
"Yes, but don't you come.
"I won't, are you thar?"
"Yes." . ...,.!- r M
"Yes." ; . .
I felt a slight moving of the bed over
the trap, during whioh time, the mm out
side kept tip an incessant jabber.
One end of the bed was raised sofily
and taking hold of it with my loft' hand, I
I gently eased it up, until I could discov
er .4. head above the opening.
:Uie.yoa at the door?" '
..: ".! . ' --k- '
4nd lsraultaneous wltlivjiSt answer
. . . . -f .. ... tk .
went a leaden messenger tK,ugh the head
in the. trap, and bang"Wtiie ' a bullpt
through ths door. i si i' ' n'' ,
The sound 6f heavy" fall announced
that my shot bad taken sqect.
I searched for the revolver (hat the
girl had used, and fortunately fjiind it,
ttud.was happy to uncover ilat but one
' load hl beeu chot out of it, which
Iplaced, and being thus reiufurced,
might pot somo providential circumstance
Irauspiro.to deliver me from the hands of
those desperadoes., I was determined to
do aiy best, and Jeavo the result iu ihc
hands ot 11 im who duects the affairs of
men. A noise at the window, drew mv
attention, and I caught the glimpse of a
man's hoad slowly 1 ising above the sill.
Taking deliberate aim, I g;iv him the
contents ot one tarrel, and he descended
quicker than he cvtfr came up.
vviiat would be the next leatuie of the
programme, I could not imagire, but like
wild beast at bay, 1 watched every
move, and bud ray ears - open to every
sound. But I felt that something must
be dune, for day would soon make iie ap
pearance, ar,d tncy would have tho advan
tage of me.
Again they were ascending the stairs,
determined now to put an end to the
contents, a n d if possible oveicomc
them, or die io the attempt.
I drew the bedstead., around, so as to
protect the girl from fire and then sta
tioned myself near the door, but beyond
their reach. , ; ,- ;
Crauli went an ax against tho door and
the splinters flew 111 ev.ety diieciion. It
was tho work of a moment f break the
door inrnnd when it fell from its. fasten-
ings, I sallied forth with revolver in each
hand. Unc man droned befoio roe. an
other reeled and flid proeiuitelv down
stairs. A lew shots were returned, one
of which took offoct ic my shoulder, and
as 1 felt the blood trickle down my side
it only increased my desperation. , I rush
ed afier them firing whenever I . thought
a shot Would be effectual. , Whet. I leach
ed tho bar room I could see but one man,
and as he lied through thv door, I gave
nim my last shot., ,.IJo Joll and Leg
ged me to spvre him, as ho was iho only
remaining one of tho party. Thinking
he was so crippled he cowld not escape,
I rcturnnd lo the house;and taking a light,
searched it . thoroughly, , and could not
find another man obout it. . I then ascend
ed the stairs, and found the girl had some
what reeoverod. We then set aboni
diessing our wounds, and were soabeord
die in the matter that I did not notice a
glaring light which was bteaking through
the door. .
' The house is on fire exclaimed the girl
springing to her feet. . TVkiriJ her by the
hand we rushed to ths smiiway;, but it
was one continuous sheet of flame. We
then returned to the window,, and finding
tho ladder still thcro by which , the mau
had descended, thus effecting our escape
from another imminent danger.
Tho man had set tho house on fire, and
cither perished in the flames, or dragged
himself to some place of concealment.
binding two hoiees tn the stable close
by, we took possession of them.and retun-
ed to a little town near the Mississppi riv
er. The loving girl and myself who met
so strangelv, navcr parted, but remained
one and the same until death. Nor have
we ever forgot the Robber's ncst,or Ham's
DErLnRAUi.B Affaib Death from Im-
iialino Cul-.rof. ii m. The wi'e of Mr. H
L. Pond ol this city, came to her death on
Siturrlay, under the most distressing i ir
cumstanops. She was suffering from hed
ncbe, snd inhaled Chloroform to alleviate
the pain. When her mile children start
ed to the dancing eehool, Mrs. Pope wns
lying on the bad inhaling chlorofoim.
When they returned, the was discovered
with a handkerchief over her mouth and
deadl She wis cold, snd had been dead
for several hours. The alarm ws given,
but of onurse, no rostorativA could reani
mate the body with life. LouisvilleCour
ier, March 19th.
3rTho Deraocraoy are making a des
perate struggle to carry Connecticut at the
coming State election. The Slate swarms
with their stump . speakers, money is
abundant, and general aoiivtty is displayed
The question is to be tested whether it is
possible for the Demacraoy to carry a
New England State against the Republi
cans. That "latent conservative force"
which in New England is almost as mjs
terious as the "Quaker vote" of Pennsyl
vania, must come out now or never. Cin.
How to Ruin a Sox. 1. Let him
have his own way.
2. Allow him free use or money.
3. Suffer him to roam where he pleases
on the Sabbath. ' .
4. Give him free access to wioked com
panions. , t , i . .
fi. Call him to no aocouct for his eve
6. Furnish him with no stated employ
ment, Punuo either ol those ways, and you
will experience a moat marvelous deliver
ance, or you will lmve to mourn over s
debasod and ruined child. Thousands
hav3 realized ibis sad result, and gouo
mourning to the grave.
'JtarTbe llorioon (Wisconsin) Argus
sys that a few day since a rub ot euchre
w8 played there between a gentleman of
that plce and Another from Milwaukee for
$20,000 worth of properly. .The Milwau
kee men won. . . . , . ' ..
2TMantier8 are ths shadows of vir
tues; the momontary display , of those
qualities which our fellow creatures love
and respect. .If we strive to become then,
what we Strive to", appear", , manners muy
often be rendered, useful performance of
our duties. . , .
' jtafWhat is it you mutt keep after you
I Jiavo giveii it to snoher? Your work.
V Mat r. atADT.
There's a magical fI.-j,ln tbu sea of time:
Tli a glorious land aad a sonny clime;
The air I s the breath of bright, frufcaam Sowers ,
And augsltoiilj inhabit Us bowers.
'Mill scene of beaetjr, to passlDf fair,
A rirer of water Is fuiblnr there) .
A n't eounlloss wings are horerlng o'r
Tbe silrerjr wave auJ gulden shur.
In tbe ini-Ut of this land's throne of white,
Andonlta rorin of dsazllng light,
There's no need of the iaeof sun or neon,
A (tor; dwells there like the brightness of hood.
Its (Ptei are like pearl of Jasper its walls.
O'erwhich tbe klog'a banner sog.-acefullyf.illr,
The streets are like glass. an4 of purest gol'l,
Aud they who dwell there ne'er ujr, wears old.
Bui a home In this Isle Is not easlljrwcn,
A ltd the pathway Is narrow, and bard to be run,
Hut to those woo will ro)iier a robe ahull be given.
Aud a crowo,an4alioe in thlsfairisle Hoaruo.
riom "Oace a Week."
NIGHT O THE H E.
Shoitly alter my arrival in Canada, a
The) mtafleal Iel.
severo aocideut, recoived on a shooting I"10""'.? 1 oaul' "' m tol
expedition, caused me to be plaoed forajoUr "i' a U h9n to t'"1'1 lo lh" i,,fl"
time under the bospiubU roof of the sit U'fOiii. Hut ca-h fa, horn
ponUiary magis!rte of Tireouga, one of
tho prospective oities of the far west; and
during the severe illness that followed. I
could not have received more kindness
had I been in my own Lome. When I
left the woods, the tints of . au'umn were
flushing them with ctimnon and orange, ,
in tl .ir lno ,i,l,Unl. K,.,., I
blossom; but I looked on them aain,l0"1' P"8"10" k""t upon her., so tewrfu,
thoir glories had all vanished beneath thiH8 ,at Uiidinghtoii. a.sg-"
atom sway of tbe northern winter, with "'J'"1 on ,ct'' fl';"t:' uW" . 'K"l 'lvr -
its train of tiling frosts and deep anows, ' -.bos COttn" 1 K,lCW n ''' hile"on a.-.h
while tho broad winding Tireou ga river I 8tr''"'(, "etl wumtning ne.'and
which 1 had last seen si blue and waw.1
... . I,,ia1.nl nn,l CmiiH Kw , I
vprnal ifft-ffiitor - .
Tn niP. Vint renlfv n,rirf f, V. !
land, it seemed Strange how, amid so wild
a solitude, this advent of six or seven
. . . n
months' winter could be welcomed as 1 j
saw it, by those around me. I did not I
then know that winter was tbe only sea
son when the bonds of their isolation were
losened, nor tbatthe snow was the magi.
ninn cnnttlii,in ll.A AifAnii ! ...a nfau.;l I
intercourse in a district where neighbors
dwelt miles apart, and the roads between
them mere lanes out through the prime
val forest, and abounding in holes snd
ruts, and stumps of trees. :, ;
i soon as 1 wassufliciently recovered,
I wa the companion of Mr. .Norton and
his daughters in all . these exchanges
of courtosy; and if I cared littlo for the
visiting I greatly enjoyed the drives in
tho swiftly gliding sleigh over .the gleam
ing snow; whilejnsteadof leayos, the trees
above our heads were hung with icicles,
spaikling and flushing in the sunshine
like the ruby and emeald fruit and foli
age ol an eastern , story, and the long
rhymbmical chimes ot our sleigh bells,
echoing through the arches of the trees,
were the only sounds, save - our own
laughter, that broke tlie silence of those
ancient woods, !.,.-
We went to merry-makings, too real
back woods frolics held in iudo barns,
and the decorationB were essentially rus
tic, but where tha waimth of the hospi
tality compensated for every defioibiioy;
the fiiends cf a guest was kindly wel
comed, the passing traveler was piessed
to slay, and the wandering merchant whh
his stores of finery and news, was receiv
ed with delight, especially by the fair box.
Then the homo coming was almost as
merry; the long siring of sleighs with
their bells sounding cheerily through the
midnight woods, and the joyous leave tak
lug of the ocoupanU as each went his
On one occasion we had been to one of
these festivities, some six or seven miles
beyond the Ticouga, and were returning
homo in two light one-horse sleighs, the
Grst containing Mr. Xoiten and his elder
daughter, the second her sister and my
self. The night was calm and beautiful in
its dim snow light, and tho red glow of
our northern streamer.-) above our heads
flashed and leaped and quivered in a thou
sand brilliant ooirusuutioosjwhilstsirange'
ly and sweetly through tho gray old
woods sounded the clear girlish voices of
the sisters, as from the different sleighs
they sang in alternate stanzas one of the
quaint old ballads of the middle ages.
At length wo reached the bunks of the
Tircouaga, whioh lay between us and our
home, a mirror of ice, and we at once
commenced its passage. - As we swept
quickly ou, it seemed -to me that some
other sound mingled with the firm fool
falls of the horses and the chime of their
bells alow, tnratening murmur like the
echo of a disttnt tempest. But Mr. Nor
ton drove gaily on, as if lie heard not, or
thought nothing of It, and I dismissed it
from my mind, until a- we drew near th
conter of tho river, strange, daik spots,
like cloud shadows, began ' to fleak its
gleaming surface. '
Th next instant one appeared right on
Mr. Norton's path, and too closo for him
to avoid. With a long leap the horse
bounded over it, and as the sleigh wat
drawn qniekly after,' there was a splash
that told it had struck against watpi. - I
could see Mr. Norton spring hurriedly
up. ' '- ' ''
"Utck, bacK lor your uveal lie cneu to
us "the ice is breaking up."
I turnod to follow his directions but it
was loo lato two of thrae spots lay beT
tween Us aud the bank. I looked around;
they were rapidly appeari.ig on every
side; and then I remembered to have henrd
that the iee of iheTiroonaga, like ihat of
several other Canadian rivers, was treaoli
orous. in consequence of hot springs in
Ihe bed of the river, which at limps bun
forth; and that, particularly in the early
part of tho winter, the Doming would
ses the river covered with ioe, of which.
before evening a,qt trio Would rf main
Peroeivintr now matters were,' Mr. Nor
Inn bade us follow' him, and quiokly, for
that not a' moment Wis to be lost; aad
(hen dashed, off at a rapid pace for tbe
opposite Lank, leaping ihc c'.asms, and
I opwdtng liglnly over the frozen ponL ns.
1 as m lie nopea by iw,!(nes to diniinihli .
the dmi'" r; and with iho si me breathing
speed we hastened in tin-rear.
Meanwhile, larg-r and mo'e numerous
$rew thoshdaik blue vpacs. and
and more frequvnl our horses' lp. A'.
length there cam a chaui mine culd not
venture, I looked eigcrly un.utid fur some
m ire ftrombte sp'if, but as my eye glanc
ed onward, it fell on constantly widening
waier, until it had gone the circuit;-and,
with a sensation of ruirprise and horror, I
peicerved that wo stood on ar. ice island,
from whii-h the surrounding ice m rap
idly retreating." I Io. k-d alt r Mr Nor
ton; hut, UnttlFpicious of whul had hap
pencil, he w:ie still making hi way with
arrowy sj oed auroiw ilw ice, so 1 h-li w
were left to our cv.11 efforts lor escape. and
my ut'er inexpmincc rendxred tho ciian -is
few indeed, unleB w- should again
draw i.ear ermiiyh to ih; mniu ice to l-np
me spae.e between; and none 1 an lell how
V "rM: """"l" "' w" . "ie r,l"r'
cd to bear as an equal rfirnrice horn
icy boidois. and we soon found ourselves
floating on a comparatively op-n (.pace of
fuirouuded by nuuii-ruus .ice
J could almost have echoed poor An-
"l's ory. of a"ony when tlio tcsuiiity i.l.
ouou" T'" , ""' 01 1:""l-VM'"'-.
steepiicscl ., hat could i.xcirtd il.e dfto- i
lalloii ol such a posit on, hug wliut LvP" I
-UIJ It leave UB Ol Ille? hilf, to eoiu
tl.l.i fti,., mine.. u.a I bJ .. ... ,1..
power to btrui'i'le ausiiist out! la e, but
must passively await us coming. .
How deeply I i i tied my ouue com
panioii, as hho eat ihere weeping uch
biler tears! . It Was hard for her lo part
witii lilt-, alter Sixteen years of such biightj
and j 'Vous xi-H-nenue as here had kcit
r...i i..'.. .1 .1 i . .. i if
?, " """" ,!,"s '"";' l"" i""-t r cu my anger
,ea'uly' aDsent lro,ii all sl,e loved, and ;
yet naruer tne unresovaaie tear tar lar ting onjecis.' t,iie Decunies a mere peai
father and sinter's safety which our own 'sure hunt, men ars ship worn, and afl ex
danger hud awakened. I tiied to utter istence is resolved into a straggle to
words of consolaiion as I wraped the poor put something M iv. en the upper sad
uirl iu the buffalo robts from the chill lower mandibles. And this is a eiealion
night air thai our inaelion rendered duub
ly cold. . Mia looked a sad nontrast to tho
bright, creature of the Iat few hours.
whose joyous ballad ttrains were vet liug-
cungin iny ers. 4 Uut when the first
shoct was" over poor' 'A nnle ' sfrnirled
bisvely with her grief, and during the re
mainder of that ong,.drearv night of ieril
she sat calmly by my side, . the not pa
tient and resigned .companion mau ever
had in danger. " '.
Meanwhile, the river was heurin.n ns
swiftly past rocky; headlands, and daik ' te foncd, we think, jn the itnivrali
piue, fore-its waving above lofty oliffs, on j'J of books and . newspapers. Men can
t' yet wider and starter regions, where it Set plenty of mental stimulus and various
seemed even the red man would sourcely
pitch his wigwams. Sometimes the river
swept us smoothly along on its broad bo
som, at others i I contracted into narrow
limits, and hurried on with a qutcker cor-
reni;aua as our iraii rail was swayed a
boul by the Iroken wafer, we of times j0' I"40 'n real life, they are promj to
thought either ihat it Would pan, or wei111"118" lno sense rather than the mind,
be swewl away fn.m i'.e slippery surface. As a form of story-telling and decljneatio
whiU every now and tin n our poor horBC j of ui ttnll "nai aetcr, for tha oh net, the
beat ihe iee wildly with his hoof, and, as I d'ma is fast being swal'owed by that li't
he recognized its unsoundness, his lotijr,
shrill cries of distress and terror rsng
far and wide over the river, snd quivered
through the dismal woods Deyond.
Day at length broke upon us, still float
ing d.iwn that lonely , river, between its
frowniug ..ants, und on our raft, whose
limits were small indeed. Death 8cmi-d
closo upon us in ono of his most lepulsivc
forms, and we no longer pretended blind
ness to his coming, but spoke together ns
thi-y should whoso last hour was at hand.
(suddenly the river took an abiuptbei.d,
and, aided by ihe waters ol another river,
whifih hero fell inlo it, spread : almost to
ihe dimensions of a lake; but still it was
i bordertd by those monotonous, wall like
banks, "'-shutting out every ln oe. At
length we s;ght-d Homothing like a chasm
dividing the cliff down to ihe wa'cr's
edge. I sprang to my feet iq a moment,
llero was at loaU a chance of life the
first that Juring all those wretched hours
had presented itself and I resolved at
onoo to profit by it. : J I
Without a moment's delay the horse
was cut loose from tbe shafts, and Annie
was tfud securely to his back, then, wi h
a few words of cueouraiirjHit and hope
to the poor yoqng gill, I took the haltar
in mv hand, and eendinr; the horso into
the water, leaped in myself, and then
couiineneed swimming io the shore.
'sti ugi'lo was a long and urdu-
ons one. for wo were more than a mile
from the land, and both the horse and 1
wore cramped und stiffened with eold.
Many a lime I thought the effort was , in
vain, and that ucithrr the horse or I wo'd
ever reach the sb're, tha'. lo my weaii
ness seemed to recede as wo advanced.
Moreover,' the current proved strongly
against us, striving to sweep us down be
yond our goal, aaiusi the st"ep, rocky
barrier that lined tho water For .unaiely
the hot sprihg4 had raised the temperar
ture of tho waier, lor poor Annie's girlish
form was almost hidden iu it, as tli waves
gurgled and surged around . In-i, some
limes even sweeping over her head. Ijut
the young girl's eour.igo rose with tho oc
casion qnd she bore uuuiqimiiigly this
new phaseof suffering. i. o
But they strive hard whose pries is life,
and after more lhari an hour of hope und
doui.t. and fear, y r.nchod the land
had'neVer hdoml lo tread "attain. As We
emsrwd fiom' the atr' ,thH wintry-wind
pii-rced through oU.p sstnrated euihing
withun iey chill that threttened ttu UW
them on us. Providentially, n our need,
we found a settler's house near af hand,
where w obtained dry clothes, refrt sh-
imentennd the lonn ol a horse and sleigh
j ii which we were sooa 'spdine along'
the road to Ttrcouaga. , A WkDrvseedod
fiesh f-ais for ht-r lather andaiaiei'a fatn
assailed pour Annie, which were only set
at reat when the found herself in ihi
. Since then, the chanoes of a soldier's
life luivt brought me through, winy d
Teniiin s, but. mm havo left odeep an
impression on my raiiid s that long nod
terrible night up in' the 'ice; nor shutl I
ev?r eease to Miietnber, with doep affrb.
lion and esteem, (he younif irirl who was
j my gentle ami hrrojo companion, iu ; ill
. Nature nnd Maa. ' -' .
KJph Waldo Eiaw-rson read a remark,
bl esny. ai iho Music Uall in , Bosun,
Uni Sunday morning,, upon the related
nes of man to ha'ii re, and the iiiwustbil
ty of mankind U, 1 lie gloiioug heritage
they p(.eas, F rt lUja world, the grSaUnt
woiic. r, to every though ful person is
thai he is h re. It has been said that
wi re it not for the phenomena of sleep
we should all become hi Ii ists, as by the
teniporary euHpnioii of ur own 1 will we
are lemiinh d of the cxisieuuc ol a suprern
iil. Every thing in nature i perteet,
and tho whole fo.ee of nature ema to be
directed to everv svU obie t. .. The his
tory of a tingle grain of natid entitling lt)j
ehronival ofili World. illUn IfaitKdoWli,
ward upon every sirinisl, yen to tbe low.
.est foiuis vi ,:tUun, ahlleeaeh species
of antinn! hf yrvitat. s jipwSrd lo man,
'. M ln''n J ';on tue'''. thsarth
Maclf is t..mb. ill w'.ioh peirifie.l races,
convened into statues of .one tliejr
It U impotsihls 10
nCB 01 man aa compared i Inuntte
space, )CI n-w spinijia is Hi turuitilie of
!iU millll ti .. , . . I.J I ..
ems are weighed, but wlwl - puny tinsg
is the astronomer Men am . ii.i.wtd
with the diving bell of memory, to explore
the farthest recesc of knowlnlgej with
the ballooa of fancy, to s..ar inb, tii em-
prean; oiit ni- st men mewwry poAiats
ot a record of trifling iupidebts. on auuh
,t. r ..... f '
an tne laney gropes md the moi q-.vel-
jwhera every thing" is attuned to the aieest
harmony. The raue has' not yet taken
posstsawn ol its own." Mankind is only
a foundling at tho gates of God's great
'temple.,, , ; . . .. ., .
, , .mm . ,
-Ik'! DnliDt oftbe Drama.'
The N. 0. Sunday Delta, of this week,
lakes up this subject, and has tha follow.
ing suggestive remarks; . - j .
One of '.he chief causes, underlying all
the others, of the decline of tbe diams, is
mental recreation without listening lo
loeturt-s and sermons, or attending the
n present:! ion ol the drama. After read
ing the ponderous leaders of some politic
at jorunal, the last sensational novel, and
tbe aerountol thii last monetious tragedy
erary anaconda the novel, while as a pub
lic amusement it is being last pushed
from the s age by mere eye dazzling spec,
tabular displpys, woodeiful mechanical
and iunseuhir Icats, contrivances .o waka
sense and narrQ'izj thought- We do qo
say that the legitimate drama will serial?
ly perish; Unt wo do say . that without
some new duvelopement, corresponding
with the m ce-Bities of it vituation, .' and
mayhap seconded by a reaction. In publ'q
tasu, it ean not rise abore- its'- present
equivocal and preeaiious position, i;u ..
Tns Tan Sound or Alcohol AN
alcohol whatever apparent form it assumes
has one origin. It comes from "(h de.
struction of sngar,itnd has no other source
in nature-, It is nut a produutioh of veg.
etnble growth, , like those Substantias
which are created to form ihe foood , of
man No chemist hns ever yet found it
among the compounds built up by plan'Si
The S ilar beams that 'reaches like Ihe
fiopr-t i.f God across te abysses of spsoe,"
and in ihs laboratory of voge'aiion. lakes
to piecus poisonous gases, and put togeth.
r their a'oms in new groups which aro
capable of nourishing the animal b"(jy-
the celnstial force never arranged togeth.
er tin: atoms whioh form alcohol. On the
; contra' y it is a product of dissolution f
' ll a rrarl Anil A 'ian1.ivaiit All.n ftf lK nrin.
ciples of human' food )l hss ths isms
origin as those mtlignaot and fatal xha;
Utiona wliieb corsntuis the genius ot ps
ti'ence the death and putrefaction of in'
ortaiiio mattor'. Indeed, the same act
jvhich gives birth to' alcohol, also bring
into tlie wor'd a twin eomponnn, wniun is
one of the promptest and, subtlest of all
poisons eai bonio acid gas. Youman
on Alcohol . . ... , ,;.1f f s
y Gi bqs iLiis writes from Jcn
dop, unHer date r 1 Maroli $ t.'to his Hpirit
of Ihe Times, ll.t the public ' authoriiies
will not put themselves io unusual pain,
"lo stop ihe 11-eu .n an ' . Siyers', fight,"
lie hrs also fotitut that Ifsenan "lakes to
his 'work bet'?l sn Ka did," and is -a
better eiisdiiinn-alreiHy tao he ' w at
any time More hjs.fivlii. with Wqrrifey.
Hi. is workrd dowa 0 182 O 'Undi. and
I. is trainer oV mi" he will pro :ile 1 m
wtftn theriritf s 1T5 points " 'Ths oat
flalteiini aeoottnls" are jjiven Ol ' Ihe o-
dninnoi 8yrs.l vho j ll lor : the
work Jbffort Has a- ser,he,w'is,.sni:..,;ioi
6'iem oifvi.it'!ry4'.., Tho.v' 'i' h' '"Vor
in London ar sin' 'and'' sev.ii '6 fnuf.
Wilkes ihink'thVdifs'wiP fiioj5 s'Hittl's
when tbs cbitrpions ars tso io thf fg"