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VERMONT PHlflX
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: V K K 31 0 NT PIICKNIX .
PoWWiwI ercry Friday MoininR
BVG.WiNICllOIjt W. K. IIYTHER.
... 2 Hull' H''il'l'n? nearly opposite Cliasc'.
;(" Stugo House.
Tu tingle aubKcribcrs Two Dnllnra n year,
"mianic !"' receive llic'r paper at tlio office,
.'ir A iliscminl from llicso prices Of twenty
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I celt""" 1,0 m"l(TI , I "-
I i. n.,i m.ule at the expiration of llie jcar
rj be mldcd. tCT N paper discontinue!
lil trrcsrof,' ccl I" ui mo uuuu ui 1110
fl f uriiers y man ihusi w iium-iium ur
M. ..1. on.
I. ciii nm it.' .
I I ..f 1,111 lIM'TIVr. ,ll.rl.
1,1 ilwrtn .life an.. .... ............... ........
For tlie Vermont Pliirnix.
HORNING.
r0rttw"i"S rrom tier orient lied,
jUrprw ps r.irllt her liriiil,.
IApd lire" i,u , " , "ji
jrjite C.t rercJe the similes of niglit,jp .
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I Toe lark wc i nuui ..v......
Audi (Haunting swift llie smrc skies,
Slieit'y '' niclud'oi" mgi.
The feathered choir, that all night Ion;
lliil reasrii to pour ineir luinnwng,
.No, at the approach of rising day,
DjbmUycluiit the matin lay.
rlunliclerr (lie swain nl.irnH,
Whu qairkly itarts Iroin .linrpiicutr arms,
it i ... ftfilU lit Iiics willi liiistc.
The Uitmly brcalii of morn tu taste.
I BtMJ, in culern rejions far,
I Sol mminting In rctnlgcnt ear J
inlliraicnwaril now lie take lii wny,
Tbiu opening jue llie gates ol nay.
IIU UAL. 11 A It II.
From the llnsttin I'eail.
KIDD'S ISLAND.
liH.it Aicaili.in, wliat Katniiian enmnd
Are warmer hearts W manlier feelings IiiiiihI
More ti'ir-iMUulc welcome, or more rent
To makellic curious, tarning stranger feel
That, next to home, lirrc best may lie abide,
To sad cheer him by the chimney side
thiol llie h.ilc fanner's cider as ha licara
From llie tray dame the tales of oilier years
Cracking liissliagliarks as the nged crone,
Miiim the true and doubifiil into one,
Tclliliniv llie Indian sralped I lie liclilrss child,
AnillKiie in shrieking mother to the nild
ilmchereJ llie father liasiening to liis homo,
Seeking Ins collage, finding liul'lii tomb
How drums, and flags and troops Mere seen on high,
Wheeling; and charging in the Norllien sky,
And ikal the knew xh.it these wild tokens meant
When to the old French war bcr husband went
How li; the thunder-blasted tree was hid
Tk uldeo spoils of far-famed Itoliert Kidd.
tiramara t Lonxecttcut Jiiver.
There is no part of New England that is
I pleasant to the traveller, in every respect,
like Valley of the Connecticut. From the
lath ol that noble stream to its head, there
letery possible kind of scenery tlittl enn di
rutie attention and delight the eye. But
t most pleasant of all. wc think, will he
A in Massachusetts. Whoever travels
oajh this section of country, in any sea
i, will not wnnt variety ; it is entirely dc
iJ of that monotony which is tho poison
enjoyment, i he long range ol fertile
l''i ttat "se on each side of the stream.
Iird it from every thing unpleasant. One
Iradise The manv licnitil'iil iKvrllinrK
UU eJSIIV lancv tlllfi n i-v nn nrth i'
t stud tho prospect on every side may
H be converted into palaces of the blessed
ike beautiful and mnjestic Connecticut
iy be imagined to be a river of life, 'whose
ttrsareas clear as chrystal.'
There is also connected with the beautiful
wryand pleasant villages, many endear
r and interesting associations to n person
Wing, who is conversant with the histti-
OllllS COUntrv. Tin. Irm-..l..r iltrntml.
ullevlo tlie'frnxpn Tnninnc nf ill. r.rlti
II .'. fj.Wt.W UI III. X. Villi
'.Hardly emerge from the 'land of steady
"s and the country of the 'blue laws,'
ibe towering; summit, of Ilolyoko yreets
"SM; this natural monument of the
agts now passed of the curly ages of
". wuen our lathers, who lived in
lorea and nn Pnnn,.ni;..iir, r....:i.. .
looked up to tlj.it as something which
) could bequeath to their children un-
lor centuries to come, aside from n
.'i ournins with
wrty, which bent within tho bosom of
r'o'ii", ere the firsjt blow was struck to
me mnjestic tree nf tin. fne..ct 'rimi
T.Urntrrn.s V00'1 "nehnnped, a silent
wror Time's doings within tho sphere
"J nrnsneei 'IM.. !. i i 'i i
1 sumo u stoou uunureus
it 18 ,g0' w1L,n the stream nt its fool
,' Beam u V n nim..,l,..n ..
J... ir tarcd' nor n civiliaed dwelling
rw itselfabovi. i ...i i"
i ,1 1 mi 'he DrPy of men who
I f iS ,u'lln " ,,ru hss 'ith the
I-n 1 ,,v"l MI14 VUIIIU II UI It
"n1"s that sprung up in titter times
4 1"! Cnc hnnlm,.n. r ?. r't... i i. i ...
i. ',' ' ul u latry imliu ; uiu
e dark wilderness
""Miuiii nice waves on thn s.-nivli.-n
SJ ere hid beneath
council fires ascended up with the
of. savngeswhen the majestic
'"'em I the surface of our villages
'ni .wild vine nourished over the soil
rrequcmed walbs-when nought but
rnentrodn.ir ii... ..r i ..i.
. uu m iiinn winm tlin tmnn
Ira nr. n i - ...vn uiiiuiiiicu iuuuo
flock, but the deer, nnd the wolf,
Ikillj "I .amcU UP" our nmy ooau-
liliu ' " "ns 0I1CC ,n tins thickly
r?"ttl ECCtlnn J... t .i i , J
chanirodK,,, " . ' "u,v c in iuuui
htvlitnit, ,uuuer monti clotliea now
lsi(le, or lnri.,,,1 "B,6""IU ul. '
''tu odv rn f mem inc. n s. n.n
I "uuujf jjuriiHMH.
Von advance, traveller, behold upon
I "'i.U(Hnmnnn tVlt i ilo .nntr fliititl.
r.iaid he r n r t.. i rn is
am nV i " "Bi "I uay I it seems lileo n
Ititilized
cir i;. , C0V(ire(l with the
white flocks
'kerst v;": .-r1I,uru."i," y?,ir n.ellt.18
ii;:, "uuiui vumrre. indeed t ie
0g ,? 01,u of Now England's most flour-
-Could li "'."lullus. muse, travel-
My cilir n ' .w,,cro J'ou seo yonder
1 -ivio llilNlimrr lamml li ninrt.
-i v.u uu rjut a solitary hill in 'wilt
swamp, whore the fiercest of gnmo snorted
upon its top, nnd where the savngc only
rested in the chase, or struck up his fores't
ire to repose besldo nt night to resume the
mint ngnin nt dawn 1 Ilerc immediately be-
is numey, me icnowned m the In
than wars. Turn to the mitres of vnnr mnm
ory und revive the scenes that have been en-
acteu on its fertile meudows on its sandy
plains of pine in its wide nnd beautiful
streets on the broad nnd smiling Connecti
cut. 13id ndieu to Holvokc nnd Mount
Warner, nnd the beautlfulvillagcs that sleep
ut their feet, nnd enst one look nt Stignr
Loaf ns you pass. Now you ore in the vil
lage of Moody Urook, on the ground which
the brave Captain Laihrop nnd his men
fought und tlied iipoii-yett, upon the soil
thnt was drenched with their blood, and be
neath which their decnyed bones nre rest-
ng,vwhilo every tongtni above their grave
iffiteHIF"' ytti Pra'4VPt shall
led, wns burned bv the Indians nrnrlv n
centuiy and n hnlf ngo j but there you will
see, just back of that brick church, n house
that alone wns preserved through the confla
gration, nnd still stands to tell the tales of
other days. Greenfield, which you see von-
Icr between the hills, is another of those
pleasanf villages which thickly lrem the
banks of the Connecticut. From this nlncc
wo will pass into Bcrnardston. u very rich.
agricultural town, where we shall find quite
different scenery. You see the hills begin
to grow frequent, and as you advance to the
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ami"", mrger nnu higher. Though lar dif
ferent in every feature, thV prospect here can
not fall much short in Senntv to most of
those towns wo have lussed. Yuii liuvi-
now travelled lar eiioui'li. tint
tire
weary
enuiign lorrciresnntcut. turuushmnn keeps i
tno oest country hotel within the extent of
mnnv miles refresh vourse f here, bv nil
menus. Seat yourself down to one ot my
landlord's host dinners while I refresh my
memory, and when repose is satisfied, we
will pass over to Gill, where we must part
when 1 have told my title. If you like,
from this town you cun nass into Northfield.
thence to Urattleboroiigh, through Hinsdale
nil very nrellv villaces. we worth llie
traveller's while to visit tliem. Here recall
the words of our beautiful poet Brainard
recall, if you can, some half fofirotten tale
of Captain Kidd and his money working
wonders: when I have finished, as vou
cross the river to Northfield, cast ono look
down the stream upon Kidu's Island.
It wns in the beautiful tlnys of June that
Robert Kidd and Miles Bruddish launched
their Indian canoe on the Connecticut from
its banks nt Saybrook. The lime was a
joyous one, nnu but for the rugings of re
morse within the bosoms of the companions,
they could have been delighted with their
voyage up this beautiful stream. Hut trans
gression produces bitter fruits and he that
violates the laws or his conscience must shut
his eyes to the beauties of nature, und close
his ears to the music of its. melody. Kidd
nnd his companion only strove to smother
tho reproving principle within by plunging
deeper and deeper into vice. 1 ho trees on
the river banks were clothed with vegeta
tion's fairest garb. The sun arose nt morn
to smile upon the earth nnd glory in the
beauty ils presence gave and nil beneath
its sight rejoiced in the approval ol its Ma
ker. How diflhrent from the polluted ad
venturers in the boat I With hands stained
with the blood of fellow-beings, and their lit
tle craft loaded with ill-gotten treasures,
could they have expected that success would
attend their journey t Uut the sunshines,
the rain falls, the earth produces its fruits as
well for the blood-stained pirate as lor the
honest, humble tiller of the earth.
Many u beautiful island was passed ma
ny a smiling vitiligo they beheld on their
way. The rivers rapitls and lulls were
passed, ns the Indian shuns them, when he
journies up the stream. Kidd nnd his com
panion nt Inst drew near the point ol their
destinntiou, hut not till the sun hnd set, and
the moon wns careering nniong the broken
fragments of the black and drifting clouds.
They tlrew up their bark canoe upon the
bench of nn island that rests upon tho bosom
of the broad Connecticut, n hundred and
fifty miles front ils mouth. A long nnd
gleaming knife wns thrown upon thu santl
iron boxes, filled with the gold of foreign
nations, were thrown heaiily upon the peb
bles, nnd the little hark soon followed.
Kidd and his companion then seated them
selves upon the grass but n few feet off.
'The devil is indued our friend, said Kidd,
pointing to a little skill; towed playfully
along a few rods from them upon tho wnters,
'Hush,' said Braddish. 'Are you sure
thnt his Satanic sir nre there not two?"
Did this hand ever commit tho gold to
its rest but a wntch wns set to guard it ?
Kneel down, let them land.'
The skiff touched the shore but n few
feet from where Kidd and his companion
luy concealed.
'Mary, my love,' said the youth, ns lie
stepped from the boat, 'stay hero a moment
while I run nnd pick the flowers.'
Now is our time,' snid Kidd. In a mo
ment, nnd ere tho maid could crv out, her
voice was smothered by the thick -scarf of
Kidd, forced roughly into her mouth. She
struggled, but struggled in vain; and before
bur lover returned she was borne away by
Braddish. i
Tho unconscious lover returned but not
to find his Mary. Ho raised his voice in
vain in vain ho roamed tho island in vain
he repented tho lovely name of his betrothed j
only tliu far o(T woods resounded, Mary.
'Where art thou where?' ho exclaimed,
nnd threw himself into tho bont in despair,
nnd hnlf distracted.
.Braddish had laid his fainting victim in
tho bottom of the canoe, the knife and tho
iron boxes were laid silently back to their
BRATTLEBO R 0 , V
ferrf - "!,0.TI V'0 XmV, fr0,n ,l,,'ibor'1' w- ' Imcl altcll
ueaen 10 uroil nOISt' fSS V t own t Rtrrnnu
Soon tht'V henrtl the cull fur Mure lint
Mnry lay insensible upon tho resting oars
of tho pirate. And ns their boat moved si
lently with tho current down, they heard
tho lover row his skiff to tho shore and
draw it upon the sand they saw him miss
I. . ,L.. I. ill I ' . -f
o..,., ijr vi-r mi. inn, iiyuu-y were concealed
lliey
tall
in tho shadows of the
tall trees upon the
opposite shore.
'Now. Hrnddish.' said Kidd. 'null
nV
though you chased the richest ship that eve?
crossed the Sens. He'll be ba'ck soon wild1
many more; a lover is not so rendy to cive
up Ins mistress. Pull on. nnd let the water
take the curses fortius. Up tin the stream
pass tho island. We'll soon find nnother.V
n,.. ..., ii i ... . .
u.i b.niuu hus prupeiieu swiiny up tlic
oiiiiun uiiuer tue snauow ol the right shon
and ere the lover with his friends reti
to seek the lost one. Kidd ivSiHradrKsli'
1,'luHnu; luuurelwaloiig, eccuix-fromSBlt la!'
bilily of being tiiscovered.
,,tr.."J
A few miles' rowing brought them to an
other island, fur more beautiful than tho for
mer. Here the same scene of unloading
wns again enacted, with addition of the pre
cious burden thnt Kidd carried to the green
upon the high hind.
Tho fears and the anxiety of fair Mary
cannot now bo depicted she can only know
her own feelings and her own sorrows.
The two rrlired n few paces to confer to
gether, and the scene thnt followed only re
vealed its nature to the desponding girl
Their conference ended, they seized their
spades, and, n few feet from thu almost in
sensible Mnry, sho saw those demons dig
ging the grave that was destined to be her
resting place until the dawn of n bitter day.
Hours passed and still they kept their di
when poor Alary left tier home, were veiled
by the clouds, ns if afraid to witness the
crime of that night, Reason, almost eclipsed
Jiy the horror df the scene, only claimed its
swnv nt alternate periods, nnd tl!en the sound
of the spades in the coarso gravel, and its
grnting ns it fell upon the pile beside her,
warned her thnt she had but a few moments
left. Tho digging ceased then broke the
moon from out the clouds and shone bright
ly upon the scene around, and cast a heav
enly glow upon her snow white checks.
The fearful knife lay glittering upon the
sandy beach before her, nnd the lucid waves,
stirred by a Southern breeze, went rolling
on as if fleeing from her presence, except
the few that caijie mournfully up the beach.
She saw them bring their treasures from the
boat nnd throw them into her grave as the
wind sighed sadly through the neighboring
trees, nnd then she caw them bring the hor
rid knife.
Kidd gnvc the death blow. Life but fee
bly struggled in the grasp of those abandoned
men ; the blood gushed from the gash like
tho bursting forth of a fountain, pouring it
self into her grave, and crimsoning her gold
en locks mid the robe thnt encircled her fra
gile form. The moon then sank behind the
Western hills, nnd its last beams reflected
on the murderer's knife, slowly dropping
the ndhering blood its it hung from Kidd's
right hand, while his left was steeping in
the wound tho hlntle had mndo in the poor
girl's throat. Death, u fairer victim hast
thou seldom seen I
Tho victim the victim's blood nnd the
murderer's knife with Kidd's ill-gotten
treasures, were buried in one grave.
Such was tho tradition thnt ga.ve name to
Kinn's Island nnd thus was tho tale re
ported in ils vicinity.
Tho struggle of our country for Inde
pendence had closed, and many a weary,
worn out soldier wns enst destitute upon the
wido world his little property expended in
the cause of liberty. The homo of tho sol
dier hnd gone to desolation ; those that had
families found them scattered, und in ninny
instances more wretched llinn themselves.
Tho war had been a long one, nnd in that
time men thought of nought but the sunny
days of liberty when they should bo gained
when he, with his own household, should
eat and drink the fruits of his own labors and
enioy the life his Maker gave, beholden to
no one, and with no ono to molest. That
independence for which ho had long striven,
he hail now gained ; he had (ought many
years, feeding upon the pitiful produce of n
desolated country, and wearing out the little
property he had collrcted under tlio hard
hand ol tyranny, to clotho his own, nnd his
wife's, and his children's persons from na
kednes, and now wns cast aside by the au
thority which had sunnortcd him. even to n
worse situation than w hen nearly naked and
starved on tho battle field, with nought to
support his weary nature but the liberty ho
had fought for and the soil of his beloved
country. This was the lot of far too many
of those to whom we now owo what wo prize
most upon earth, i bus many wore lelt,
with hearts hardened by familiarity with
blood, to plunder for their scanty needs;
nnd many less depraved brought cunning
nnd nrtifice to aid them to get what the laws
of nature tell us all mankind have nnauso
Into right to.
Such was tho situntion of the soldier nt
the close of the revolutionary war and such
was the situation of Dorrill. Ho had seen
the lust of his earthly connexions expire up
on tho battle field fie owned uoushlof the
soil that wns now blessed with tho sun of
liberty. When tho army wns disbanded, he
went forth without money, without bread,
and without clothing, with his nntinn ui'
debted to him for n seven years' service,
Vo lose sight of him from this time for
ward, until wo find him several years after
in tho vicinity of G , in tho Statu of
Massachusetts still ragged still oppressed
with famine,
It was a cold morning of Autumn. Dor
rill had just crawled from uu almost ruined
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" oiiumi niinscii in
pntt from the frost of the night in the straw
"ndlifierorthobay. Ho wns without shoes,
.villi barely sufficient clothes on his person
to say 1B vns not naked. Why wns Dor.
nil in such a siiuntion-, it might be asked, in
his land of freedom and equal rights 7 "Any
tnatyjof health, it is urged, cun work nnd
tnamtnin himself in a style sufficiently well
for tiny person whatever, In reply, we
would say thnt wo are full ns incompetent to
answer the question ns tho inquirer. Such
hnsjbecn the lad, nnd such is the facts our
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.owneyes enn testify to tho mnny strolling
...s.,uullua w romn llu Udt jt W0Ua
seem, miirhi be u-nll niTif id..,. ,t..n.,n,i...t
on
n the labor of their own hands.
Dorrill entered n lilnckuniiili'. Kill nit ill At n m
it shoruMflolton had hloetfn up a hot fire tinon his
" ' 0"n"u iniiH-M ot course
coutu not ne- iienietl. USlton looked nt his
guest iHio tuny be thus styled and thought
ho, saw something there not uncongenial
with his own spirit. Dorrill wntched the
blnckr,niith ns he forged his horso nnils,
though nm the first lime ho hnd witnessed
such n ival, yet ho was peculiarly struck
with his performance. He related his nd
ventures to Holloa's listeningeors bemoan
ed hi present destitution to otic whom he
thought henrd yith some sense of feeling ;
and tho longer h staid tho more he per
ceived the blncksmiih wns pleased with his
company. Thus out adventurer in a very
short lime became as intimate with the mnii
of thu foruc ns lliotiuh he bad Lrnnu'ti It i in iC
old. Tliu loner ami ilf short llftlln m.itli.r
is, that DornllT weary, houseless and home
less as ho hnd been, desired to ttv his for-
tunc ot the anvil. He had seen enough of
adventure, enough of danger, enoiinh ol
hardships. He oni?ed to have n
and even nt this late day, the thought entered
ins initio to learn the trade ol working iron.
All this met the decided finnrobation of Rnl-
ton himself, who willingly offered to take
mm as an apprentice, and, considering his
age, would treat him more ns a journey
man than rt boy. Thus he entered the shop
a poor wandering vagabond, and came out
an 'entered rtpprentice' to tho trade in the
snort space ol an hourortwo, metamorphosed
from n soldier to a blacksmith.
I he true character of Bolton nnd his an-
prentice remained not long concealed from
ach other. All thu restraint common to
the master over his charge was, as it should
oe, thrown oil; and Dorrill was considered
by himself, nnd by Bolton nlso, fully equal
in many respects to the master in whoso
shop ho had learned the art of hammering
nails. So tradable did Dorrill prove, that
In a very short timo 'bo was enabled to do
his work, in tho common branches, as well
as any ordinary workman, which served in
a great measure to impress upon Bolton the
consciousness of his possessing more talent
than usually falls to the lot of man to pos
sess. Dorrill hud as yet secluded himself
from observation as much as possible, shun
ning the inhabitants at all timesv and for
what reason can only be conjectured. It
wns certain he had something under consid
eration, which us yet he had not revealed to
his only familiar companion.
'I have finally concluded.' snid Dorrill to
the blacksmith one morning, 'that 'tis not
best for me to hammer nails for a living, at
icast, not uu i nm otuigeu to. l don t think
it well for me to nnticipato getting into tho
limbo. As 1 have got an insight into the
trade, tho authorities can't complain if I
don't go any further, should they get mo into
their clutches,' continued he, smiling.
Bolton, from Dorrill s mnnncr of expres
sion, concluding he. hud got a project in his
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tienti which, suoiiiu it mil, would tinuotioi
edly carry him to the stale's prison, replied
'If you nro determined, then, to leave me,
as you have a right to do, I warn you to be
ware and ns a Irientl 1 caution you in
the first place, don't make yourself liable,'
which was said in a manner that meant no
more thnn was intended.
No need of caution,1
replied Dorrill. in
that self-conceit which rogues always have.
'As to leaving you entirely, I don't intend,
but cnlctilato to make you a party concerned.
As to making myself amenable to the law, I
shnnt, no more than you do hammering
there: not if wo havo iust laws here, which
will allow ono to make ns much money ns
ne wisnes in an noneat way.'
Thu llunioil nf nvnrico rnuaod ilsolf in tlio
bosom of Bolton nt tho mentioning of a
chnnge to better his pecuniary condition.
And ns there wns no law to bo violated, ho
listened with a willing car nnd nn nnxious
heart to whatever miglit be suggested.
Let it be understood that neither Bolton or
Dorrill hnd nny scruples about trespassing
upon the law, if thoy could do it safely and
mnko money by the means, That avarice
was tho most predominant feeling in Bolton's
bosom, cannot bo denied. That Dorrill pos
sessed more talent, hnd seen more of the
world, nnd was better qualified for a shnrper
it,nn nli : .,:,!...,, mi... .. . i.
.HUH UUItUII, 13 UVIWVlll. J. Ill IllUdb IIVUUUI-
innnt passion, perhaps, in Dorrill, was the
lovo of ease, lie did not care so much
about making himself rich ns he did to hnvo
n plenty, th.it ho might be profuso nnd occa
sionally n little rustic, nnd roguish, perhaps,
when it suited his notion.
'It is,' continued Dorrill, 'of the most im
portance to a man who wishes to bo success
ful in life, for him to understand human na
ture. Now: in tho nresent nco, superstition,
connected with religion, in the generality of
peonie, is mo most paipauio quaiiiicaiiuu.
And whatever you can get to work upon
their superstition, under the garb of religiop,
will bo most successful, let ono turn it to
what purnoso ho chooses, Only keen the
design hi J only get tho substance, anil you
can do what you please. My plan is to
make the people support me; they own
these fertile meadows and tho rich lands
around us, and they can well nfford.to sup
port another preacher from their produce.1
The. anxious looks of Bolton, who all the
while stood leaning over the rtnvil, with his
hninmer in hand and lotting his iron cool,
reiaxeu into n smile, prohnblv.nl contempla
ting the impious Dorrill, in thevsiicr.ed'desk,
holding forth in tho most solemn -manner to
his henrers on the oil important considera
tion of eternity. At the next thought ho'ev
idently felt n little chngrined at the result,
for he could not easily see how he'tvas to
bo made n party concerned so as to be bcn
efttted.
Dorrill then explained his whole plan to
Bolton, who seemed not a little pleased nt
the project, yet he. could not conceal Ins fcatil
lest it should not succeed, nnd exclaimed
'Why, do you think tho people arc such
fools?" m
'Certainly I do,' replied Dorrill.
JBtlt thoy wont hear voitAs
How cniubtTy helprTrhcy'vc1 "got ears'
mm win near. s
'Yes, but tho trouble
doctrine, you see, is new
of it before.'
is to begin your
-nobody ever heard
'So much the better novelty has charms.
They would be as eager to hear mc preach
ns they would to see a bear.'
'And believe you as much, nnd have as
much to do with you,' observed Bolton,
turning over and raising his iron.
All I leave that tefnie, friend Bolton
leave all to me. Continue vour hominerinsr
till the people nro intcrestetl in my religion,
then come, out a zealous convert. 'T will
woik 'twill work, I tell you; believe me
for once, 'twill work.'
'I hope it will.' snid Bolton, turning to his
forgo with cold iron. ' 'Tis well enough
to try.'
'So it is, nnd I'll do it. Let no one know
you have seen me keep dnrk till the lime
comes,' said Dorrill as he left the shop.
Rumor, with herihousandandonetongues,
asserted throughout a wide section of coun
try, that a certain strange preacher who
certainly was blessed with the spirit of cun
ning, if with no other was doing wonder
ful works by the way of religion in the sev
eral towns near the North line of the state
Crowds from a distance flocked to hear this
wonderful man. The doctrines he taught
were as new as the manner nnd success of
the preacher. He pretended to hnvo the
gift of foresight, and could tell the destiny
of any person who believed in him. The
events of the past came from the dim caverns
of oblivion to his sight, like the mid-day sun
upon the breast of tho earth. He asserted
that he himself was a prophet that ho was
born to live upon tho earth until themilleni
,ii in should cease, and that at his birth it had
begun to dawn. His followers were con
gregating themselves into one body and liv
ing in common, very much after the plan
of the Shakers. They were instructed to go
without many of the implements of common
life, us being unnatural nnd unholy; and
among which the use of leather in all cuses
was forbidden, ond cloth took its place for
many purposes.
At a certain time, when Dorrill and his
followers hud collected at the usual place
of meeting, after he had made' a display
of his wonderful faculties in working mira
cles and foretelling future events, he was ad
dressed by a middle nged stranger, who in
quired 'Sir, if you have the faculty of telling,
may I inquire of you relative to certain trea
sures snid to be buried in this vicinity by
ono Captain Kidd 1 If there are any, they
ought not to be lost to mankind. There are
an immense number of people to whom they
would now be a blessing.'
wiorini,' exclaimed Uorrill 'tor I per
ceive thou hast not joined our body canst
thou believe that any thine is hid from me ?
Dost thou think that even the treasures of
tho earth are unknown to one who is before
you thu prophet of the Most High, to whom
nil things nre revealed ? Mortal, thy thoughts
should be upon the welfare of thy soul, ere
they seek for worldly riches. Dost thou
believe in our doctrine? Art thou willing to
be enrolled in thu list ol tho saints on earth I
'Most assuredly, sir. The welfare of thy
flock which I may now coll our flock is
my heart's greatest desire. Thy doctrine
and thy usages are well known to me. I
surrender all for the common good.'
'Thy Maker bo praised I Let us return
ihnnlrs. tlmt nnotlior soul in saved; that it
may bo recorded above as well as here.'
Thus was the stranger initiated into the
band of the Dorrillitcs.
'Now,' resumed Dorrill after the prayer,
'thy desires can he attended to. Wouldst
thou know of the hidden treasures?'
'i would, sir l would that tho precise
spot be pointed out, that they may bo pro
cured for tho use of our good cause.'
'Thy heart and thy purpose aro indeed
holy. The treasures thou desircst to bo in
formed ubout aro buried to tho depth of seve
ral feet at tho very South point of tho island
situated in the river, nearly opposite to tho
town of Q . Though blood was shed
to obtain that gold, yet it is a pious thought
that it should bo used to purify mankind.
Let arrangements bo made this very night
to procure the treasures. It must needs be
done in thu dark, and it will require tho la
bor of two nights to bo possessed of it.'
As bail boon ordered, arrangements were
immediately made for thu commencement
of the digging. Dorrill pointed out tho ox
net spot, nnd threo men commenced tho la
bor. After penetrating nbout six feet they
wore ordered to desist, ond receive their in
structions for tho succeeding night. They
must then continue their work ns they had
thus far proceeded. They wero warnctl
against fearful sights, and by no nieann to
speak after thoy hnd commenced their la
bor, for it was evident they wero near the
monoy, and a word spoken within hearing
NO.34.
would cause it to vanish immediately. Tho
guard that had been set to it would never
nermit it to bo token from its plncolHl colli j
help it.
On the succeeding night Dorrill did not J
accompany ihe diggers, but us they had been
iristruclcd they proceeded. They had work
ed hardly half an hour ere they discovered
signs of a speedy termination of their labor.
One of tho workmen had struck, his bnr
against nn iron box. All th
Ht-iu untcieu to r,uni poini. X tiC Olgginj
wns easier, nnd but a few moments ofansei
..m. .It.. . .1 .1 . mt
before the cratinc of their shovels wns hoard
on the chest. Elated with success, one of
the men seized a bar and drove it' furiously
against tho, box, nnd.eclaimed ns ho rnisetl
it n littlo from its bed, 'Grasp it.' Ere the
sound of luVt-oice hntwHed away, the ground
rjiinkedvbcni;nth, and with a report lilto thun
der, the insure vanished forever, throwing
stones and dust in tho air, filling H xrjii'Ji
smoke and tTsmell like gunpowder. "OSS t
of tho" most forward of tho workmen with i3&x
explosioh was summoned to eternity. Tho
survivors fled, but on their return nothing
was to be found but tho mangled corse of
their comrade and their implements of labor,
with a large rusty knife, which appeared lo
have been thrown from tho hole nt the timo
of the explosion.
The circumstances of "this adventure, at
tested by all the eye witnesses, augmented
the fame of Dorrill not n little. He had in
deed told correct respecting the money, for it
had been seen to depart with tho voice of
thunder. Thu money was lost, to be sure,
but tho murderer's knife had been found,
which fully proved that Kidd had been
there. Thus was Dorrill's ministry and
gift of prophecy established buyout! a doubt.
Years passed on. Dorrill had ceased to
attract that Attention which ho had formerly
done. But his society hod become a largo
one, and wero in thriving circumstances.
Bolton had long been their treasurer, and
with their combined exertions, and the prop
erty that had been put in as. common stock,
now made a sum of many thousand dollars,
w hich of course was deposited in tho treasu
rer's hands.
Such wns the situation of affairs, when
one Sabbath, while Dorrill was in his dis
course, a stranger was seen to enter nnd
place himself near tho preacher. DorrilL
continued his discourse, ond, as'was common"
for him, addressed some words to 'the stran
ger personally. Before he closed, he touched
upon his 'gifts,' and repeated the words, 'No
man can hurt my flesh.' .
'What's that you say, sir?' exclaimed the
stranger.
'I say no man can hurt my flesh.'
Upon which Dorrill received n blow on
thesido of his head which precipitated him
headlong upon the floor. Uefore aid wa$
given for he had taught his followers that
ho needed none the stronger wns on him
pounding him most unmercifully with his fist,
and Dorrill exclaiming, 'Enough I enough I'
The stranger, however, made him confess
before his-nudienco that ho was an impostor,
and had only played his pranks thnt ho
might sec what fools he could make of them.
He of his own accord advised his followers
to go home, return to their former manner
of life, and forget the follies of the past.--And
thus ended the existence of the Dorrii
lites ns a body.
It was afterward supposed that the stran
ger was an acquaintance of Dorrill's, who
had been employed to expose his impostures.
Some of the people in the vicinity of G
thought they had seen his face before, and
that ho must have been one concerned in tho
oflliir of money digging on Kidd's Island.
Bolton was known to be, immensely rich
after the explosion of the society; nnd'thbso
who had been Dorrillites never after saw
what they had put in, or tho money they had
helped to collect. They had their land
ngnin, and were content each one to sow
ami reap by himself.
Tho sequel has shown that Dorrill was
as little benefitted by thu common stock as
any of his followers. Where his plan failed
is only conjecture. Let it bo remembered
that there is no honesty among thieves or
impostors, to make tho remark applicable to
the present case. Ilo is now said to bo
alivo ond supported by the town of L ,
ono of tho most miserable of mankind.
Zeno.
JTorribh Effects of Rum. The following
account of an unfortunate rum affray wenre
informed, occurred in Tininouth, about two
weeks since. An old man and his wife by
the name of I , some time provious to
the day of the accident, made a social visit
to a friend of his in the same town on tho
edge of Danby, by tho name of S . It
seems that they had rum ovci which they
had n jollification. Before thoy separated it
was agreed that S. and his wife should re
turn tho visit. Tho time coma ond nil wero
punctual to tho appointment. At a Into hour
at night, they all finally consented to retire
to their beds. It is supposed that I. after
sleeping u short time, and getting partially
overthd stupifying effects of the liquor, be
como thirsty ond got up for tho purposo of
getting more. But instead of going to tho
cupboard where tho poison wns, lie opened
tho cellar door, ond fell down. His wifo
hearing him fall and tho groans-whioh fol
lowed, got up to go to his assistance. Sho .
nlso, when sho come to tho top of the stairs,
lost tho centre of gravity, and fell headlong
down the stairs nfter him. Hero they both
rcniainod unable to help themselves nnd-ftl-most
senseless, until morning, when they
wero found by S. who with tho help of his
wifo succeeded in getting them up and into
n bed. I. was much bruised nbout tho hend
nnd shoulders, weighing ubout two hundred,
but will probably recover, His wifo fulling
against the cellar wall, had her head and
faco so much brujsed mid mangled that her
life is despuired otrCaillelon paper,

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