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T, JAJIES A. EDWARDS.
flE tow* '-PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY IN the uppER ST0RY 0F THE Washington BUILD" jNG AT^HE CORNER OF and Water Streets, DES MOINES COUNTV. IOWA. TERMS: -nVJk A I O w i e u i s e Tbe \v«ek, at THREE DOLLARS per ""^IV ADVANCE SttTISEMENTS E, will bo inserted at „r dollar %"tVof one dollar per square, for the first ififtv cents for each subsequent insertion. Viiral deduction will be made to all those advertise by the year. "^JE INSURANCE COMPANY. .. 'X to PROMOTE MARRIAGE. a rich capitalist of Paris, whom I shall feel Lebrun, famed for his enterpris- •i!fand speculative disposition. Not anew Let was set on foot but he was appli to'for his patronage and protection, *1 in general whatever he engaged in i crowned with success. Not long Le he was one morning seated in his udv at his country house, when a cabri let drove up to the door from it dcscend- 9, a young man of fashionable appear ance ami' fine open countenance, not un known to the frequenters of Tortoni's.— He demanded to speak with the master of the house, and was introduced at once to Lebrun. His host was in slippers ind robe de chambre, for he loved to live as indolent as he could when not immers ed in the whirlpool of business at Paris. •You will excuse me, Monsieur said the yung man, taking possession of an arm chair 'you will excuse me for troub lino- vour retirement by speaking to you of aiders of speculation but the affair in question is of grave importance and press ing nature it may have consequences so Bf-rally useful to society and so exorbi tantly lucrative, for its projectors, that 1 convinced of your forgiveness for speaking to you respecting it.' 'Speak on, Monsieur I am all atten tion,' i«id the capitalist, crossing his legs and drawing his dressing gown closely about him. •Who could ever have supposed,' said tie stranger, with great solemnity, "that in quilting an age of doubt and incertitude like the last, we should enter a period so remarkable for its desire of fixedness and certainty as the present. In the eigh teenth century every thing was overturn ed, because the world doubted of every thing in the nineteenth no doubts exist because nothing is left to chance. It is by means of insurance that society is now re-organizing itself. What is there that is not now insured? Nay, it has been paid, lately whispered that the Messrs Roths child think seriously of forming a compa ny for insuring kings on their thrones and for fixing ministers of state in possession oftheir portfeuillies. In fact, insurance is the great instrument by which will be brought about that advanced state of hu manity, so fruitlessly sought for by Four rier, St Simon, and 'But what is the meaning of this long preamble?' interrupted the master of the mmiion, 'in a dry metallic voice. You are s,ware I presume, that I require some thinjr positive—actual—palpable,' laying a stress on each expression. 'Mv project unites all these qualities,' said the stranger. 'Well, then let us have it without far ther preliminaries said the other. 'The fact is,' said the projector, 'that '.he hiatter is of so delicate a nature that I am obliged to prepare you for my pro posal. 'I think I can guess that it relates to »n insurance company. What is it you propose to insure Monsieur?' 'Since I must speak positively my plan is to insure marriageable girls, against the great evil of their existence—against be ing old maids.' 'Hum-m-m *. jminated ^the man of wealth, again uxing round him his robe & thambre, which the slight irritation of |«e moment had displaced. The idea is ingenious.' '\ou perceive that the niatural desire, *nich must arise in every lady's bosom to avoid celibacy, will incline her to in SM** and the profits must be enormous. 'Yes that is clear enough: but how will ^°]Lmanaire ra*e °f insurance?' 'That must be graduated, according to beauty, fortune, and talents of each, ne chances of old maidhood cannot be 6 same for all, nor do I propose to in *8 all for the same age one may be fix twenty, another at twenty-five, and eV0n so ^ate as A cannot Ptoy jdf- iptarT|TB?0je U thirty-five. But if i °f the term agreed on, ®e tady remains without a husband, indemnity musk be paid, and this will ii'IIl3.a f°rtune, which in many cases ^obtain for her the partner she de- ^®ut vill the company reterve to itself de ^r °f acting in any way it may a 1 ^^sable, to procure husbands for •\j8Ure^ before the term fixed on.' 50^ 081 btinfff Msuredly: the company of renounce any means of a')?ut object, but most em- ji I ^hich may seem advantageous |g, indemnity will scarcely ever jjag0^tur®d to be paid, and that is the did the speculation is so splen •y fin*6* Me there mast arise some profits ncin? ftfo Z??- not a single loss,' "Otaae advocate of the new in tg. LV co.mpany, seeing that his host towards the project. 'If 18 c®Bcted against deatH, jio- hinder persons from dying if Situ it is made against lire how can you pre vent houses from burning if you insure against perils of water, how can ship wrecks be put a stop to? But insuring against remaining single all you have to do is to marry off as quickly as possible your customers.' '1 suppose that the company will take care to have always at its disposal a num ber of gentlemanly bachelors, of good character and education, physicians, sur geons, literary men, barristers, merchants and scientific men, whom it may employ to gain the hearts of those who are to be married.' 'That is an indispensible condition of success, and I intended taking on myself the care of that particular duty.' 'Well then, I am your man. l^et the matter rest between us two—no, noise no puffing—nothing but secrecy, activity and cleverness. Get the bond of partnership prepared, and get the act, constituting the society, duly passed through the proper forms. I am willing to advance eight hundred thousand francs, which will be amply sufficient for the capital. You on the other hand, will throw into the stock your zeal and activity, and the profits shall be divided: I act generously, as you may perceive." 'The young man took his leave excee dingly satisfied with his visit, and spring ing into his cabriolet, returned to Paris. In a few days he brought the neeesary pa pers, and the matter was speedily conclu ded. After M. Lebruri'Uad signed and re turned them to the young speculator, he addressed him thus: 'Monsieur, you are now director of the new company and I need scarcely say that I wish you success. To prove to you. however, that I really have deeply at heart the success of our speculation I intend commencing the business myself by insuring my daughter. She shall be the first in the list of young ladies insured to obtain a husband. Fill up the blanks of the printed form.' 'Age?' demanded the director.' 'Seventeen.' 'Name and sir name?' 'Euphemia Lebrun.' 'Face?' 'Decidedly pretty.' 'Talents?' 'Music, drawing, dancing, horticul ture.' 'Fortune?' •All that I possess when I die, and eight hundred thousand francs oh the day of her marriage.' 'That will do, Monsieur.' 'You may fix the rate yourself, and the age, at ^vhich the indemnity shall be —:A said the father proudly, he thought of the charms of his only daugh ter. 'There is every reason to hope that Mademoiselle Euphemia will have no claims on us for indemnity:" said the young partner, as he collected his papers and departed. As he passed through the pleasure grounds which surrounded the villa, in order to reach his cabriolet, which he di rected to wait for him at the gate of the park, he perceived a young and lovely girl in midst of the flowers on which she was lavishing her cares. Unaware that any one was near, she was singing a little air which C. Damonreau had made fash ionable, as she tied up the flowers or wa tered them where the heat had parched them up. The young director paused a moment to admire the slight but round ed figure, and the glowing color and beautiful hair of the young person.— This undoubtedly,' thought he, 'is the daughter of M. Lebrun. I have com menced most fortunately. No danger of so fair a creature being obliged to demand her indemnity.' He cast another glance at the lady, and proceeded towards the gate. A fortnight had scarcely passed when M. Lebrun returned to his house in the Chussee d'Autin. It was his daughter who teased him into quitting the country. He was astonished that his dear Euphe mia should so suddenly abandon, in the midst of the summer season, her flowers which she loved so well. He naturally sought for some reason for such a change and more than once said to himself, 'Is it possible that she can by some chance or other have formed an attachment for some person at Paris?' At last he could no longer doubt that he had conjectured rightly for her gaiety was fled, her music, drawing, flowers were all neglected, and a tear sometimes betrayed her secret.— But who could have inspired this passion? What opportunity was there for a gallant to press his suit? He was determined to discover the mystery. 'My dear Euphe mia,' said he, 'you have become wonder fully serious. On what can your thoughts be always occupied? What new senti ment has taken possession of your mind? —Speak to me frankly you know how dearly I love you can you have seen some person who has captivated your af fections? If it is a proper match, you cannot doubt that I shall be only too glad to unite you to him who will render you happy.' 'Well, then father, I acknowledge I do love,r said Euphemia, with that timidity and hesitation which a young girl cannot free herself from, even when confessing the state of her affections to her own father. ti And who is het said M. Lebroay^ii 'That ia his secret as much as mine,' re plied the daughter with great tranquility I cannot speak of it without his consent but I will ask him, when I see him, to declare his name.' This reserve only excited the curiosity •ft* *"-""1 ,|J| of M. Lebrun. He pressed his daughter more and more to name her lover.—At last she said. 'Give me only three days, and I will then conceal nothing from you.' They were conversing in this manner when Euphemia entered the room. She blushed on seeing the stranger. 'My daugther,' said M. Lebrun to. the young man—'What do you think of her? She is admirable! I can venture to pre dict she will not pass another year \vith out—' 'Father said the young girl, regarding by turns the two speakers, "I promised to inform you of the person whom I love. This is he?' 'Good heavens! is it possible,' cried the astonished capitalist. 'According to our regulations,' saidshe director very gravely, 'I was bound to seek every means not to allow the specifi ed time to pass without—' True, true. But Euphemia, how did you get acquainted with monsieur?' 'I saw him in the country one day in going out. He used to come afterwards every day. He helped me to cultivate my flowers. We walked out in the park, and, at last I found his visits to short, I thought that by coming to Paris I should see him more frequently, and for a louger time.' 'In showing my zeal for the interests of the society,' continued the speculator 'I considered—' 'Come my young freind,".said the sur prised father, 'you are a clever fellow.—• Stunned as I have been, I must acknow. ledg that the matter has something amu sing in it.' 'I protest to you, I considered that I faithfully "^performed my duty.' 'No use-in talking of it now. Yoij al ready have the eight hundred thousand francs fortune.' 'Quite correct,' said the young man, taking Euphemia by the hand with the air of' a martyr to his duty. 'This is a glorious beginning. We shall have such custom from this affair. We must abso lutely gain millions!' INTERESTING FACTS.—The first deck ed vessel, ever built within the .limits ol the old United States, was con structed on the banks of the Hudson, by Adrian Block, in the summer of 1614. She was called a yacht, and her first voyage was made through Hell Gate, into the Sound, and as far east as Cape Cod, by the Vineyard passage. It was in this voyage that Block Island was discovered.—With in the first forty-six years after the settlement pf Massachusetts, there were built in Boston and its vicinity 730 vessels, varying from six to 250 tons in burthen. One of these, the Blessing of the Bay, a bark of 30 tons, was built in 1631.—The cele brated English patriot and divine, Hugh Peters, caused a vessel of 300 tons to be constructed at Salem, in 1641. The first schooner ever laun ched is said to have been built at Cape Ann, in 1714. Her name is not known.—In 1713, Connecticut had but 2 brigs, 20 sloops, and a few smaller craft, employing but 120 sea men while Massachusetts, about the sanxe time, had 492 vessels, the ton- BURLINGTON, THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 1839. sou octKUKseaassN e The next day the young director of the new Insurance company to promote mar riage, came to pay a visit to his partner, my dear fellow,' said M. Lebrun, saw him, 'you will never Oh! when he guess—V 'Guess what?' 1 hat my daughter is already inspired by Jjie tender passion-.' 'Oh,' said the director,' 'that must be the effect of the insurance.' 'A wonderful eflect it is, at all events. W hy, a month has not elapsed since the insurance took place. Bv Jove! you are fortunate. If we have only another such piece of good fortune, the fame of the company will be in every person's mouth.' nage of which'was 25,406, and em- distance of a few yards. The man ployed 3493 seamen.—The first en sign ever shown by a regular Ameri can man-of-war, was hoisted on board the frigate Alfred, in the Delaware, by the hands of Paul Jones, in the lat ter part of December, 1775. What this ensign was is not precisely known as the present national colors were not formally adopted until 1777.— The first regular American cruiser that went to sea, was the Lexington, a little brig of 14 guns, commanded by Captain John Barry, of Philadel phia. She sailed some time in the winter of 1776.—The first American man-of-war that got to sea after the adoption of our present form of gov ernment, was the Ganges. She was originally an Indiaman, but was pur chased by the government and con verted into a cruiser, having an arm ament of 24 guns. She sailed in May* 1798, under the command of Captain Richard Dale, who was first lieuten ant of the Bon Homme Richard when, that ship captured the Serapis.—The Constellation was the first of the new built vessels that went to sea, under Captain Truxtun. She sailed in June 1798, and was followed by the Uni ted States, and a little later by the Constitution, both these latter sailing in July, the same year.—The first prize made under our present naval organization, wan th# Preuch priva.- Vs teer Le Croyable. 'She was a schoo ner of i4 guns, and was captured by sloop-of-war Delaware, Captain Decatur. The above historical facts we have gleaned from Mr Cooper's excellent Naval History of the United Stat.es.-r—BostonPost. the THE FARMER.--When we view the larmer—remote from the troublous scenes of fraud, malice, vanity and ambition cultivating the domestic virtues, cherishing the principles of universal benevolence, dispensing happiness to all around him, with looks of cheerful innocence, and words that speak an elegant simplicity we can not conceive a human being more blessed, or a character more truly dignified. Such a figure stands like an ancient patriarch commanding love and veneration. AH his conduct is upright all his aims are directed to the purpose of humanity. If we com pare him with a statesman, how much "happier is he than the first minister of the- monarch! While a minister of state fleeces a whole people, our farmer is employed in shearing his flock, from which he ex tracts nothing but superfluity and in cumbrance. The first operation pro duces murmurs and discontent the ast is attended with mirth happiness and festivity. The farmer uses no corruption but manure he hatches no intrigues, but poultry he bresvs no mischief, but beer he fears no blasts of envy, though he dreads the blasts of heaven and instead of forti iying castles, he fences fields, because he has no enemies but vermin to con tend with. A "BAR FIGHT," OR A MERE SCRATCH. -—-The Galena Democrat gives the followinw account Sparks, in his Life of Washington, speaking of his intrepiditjr, says:—"A person of lawless habits and reckless character had frequently entered up on the grounds near Mount Vernon and shot ducks and other game. It was his custom to cross the Potomac in a canoe, and descend the creeks to some obscure place where he could be concealed from observation. One day hearing the discharge of a musket, Vashington mounted his horse, and rode in the direction of the sound. The intruder discovered his approach and had just time to gain the canoe & push it from the shore, when Wash ington emerged from the bushes, at a raised his gun, cocked it, pointed it at him, and took deliberate aim but, without a moment's hesitation, he rode into the water, seized the prow of the canoe, drew it on land, disarm ed his antagonist, and inflicted on him a chastisement which he never again chose to run the hazard of encoun tering. "Is dis all de Poss office dar is* in dis place, Sir?" said a ribbed nose dar key, as he stood on the wrong side of the Post office, the other day. "Yes —certainly," said we. "Sakes alive I" exclaimed cuiFee~-"dont see how you does get along arid lib, sar, wid only one Poss office." A SAILOR'S VERACITY.—A' sailor one evening, was stopped by a foot- w- of the "sports" in Wisconsin:— A son of Mr Chauncy Jones, on the road between Piattville and Cass ville, W. T. was returning home in company with a young man living with his father, and on reaching the top of the Piatt hill found the ^high blockaded by a she bear and her cubs. Jones ordered the boy to "take a tree," but being unarmed, was forc ed to beat a retreat. The bear fol lowed him a short distance, and then returned to the tree the boy had clim ed, ascending it, with one of her "huge paws," grasped him by the back part of one leg, and in this manner begun descending the tree, pulling the poor fellow with her to the ground, the more conveniently to have a "fair scratch. As good luck would have it a small dog belonging to the boy, hearing the cries screwed up his cour age and stationed himself at the root of the tree. As soon as the bears hind feet came to the ground, the dog made a desperate lunge at her. The contest was now between the bear and the dog, which gave the boy time to escape. The boy's wounds were thought to be dangerous, but he is fas recovering. pad, who demanded his money, when a scuffle ensued, the tar took the rob ber and bore away his prize to a jus tice. When the magistrate came to enquire in to the nature of the assault, he told the sailor that he must take his oath that the robber had put him, ed to the soldiery, as in bodily fear, otherwise he could not commit him. The sailor looking steadfastly at the justice answered. "He!he put me bodily fear! No, nor any man that ever lived, there fore, if that is the case, you may let him go, for I'll pot swear to such a lie/' -r-' y'? 'f v-y ril ,1 A very amusing scene occurred in one of the adjoining counties, during the sitting of the Circuit Co-urt. A constable who had been lately induc ted into office was in attendance on the court and was ordered by the judge to call John Bell and Elizabeth BellV He immediately began at the top of his lungs, John Bell and Eliza beth, "one at a time," said the judge. "One at a time, one at a time, one at a time," shouted the constable. "Now you've done it!" exclaimed the judge out of patience. "Now you've done it, now you've done it, now you've done it," yelled the consiable. There was no stand ing this, aiid court, bar, and bystand ers, broke out into a hearty laugh to the perfect surprise and dismay of the astonished constable.—Jacksonville Illinoian. the Chicago We understand from papers that one hundred thousand dollars of the loan, recently negotia ted by Messrs. Reynolds and Raw lings, has arrived in Chicago, and is now ready for disbursement.—Two of our Commissioners, Messrs. Raw ings and Oakley, together with Gov. Reynolds and the Hon. R. M. Young, have gone out it is stated, in the Liv erpool, to negotiate in the London market, additional sales of our State Bonds. It is said that in the "multi tude of counsel, there is safety." It is probable, however, that the design in sending so many, is, that they should operate as "checks" on each other.—It is not to be presumed, that they will all turn to "Swartwouting," should they be successful in the ob ject of their mission. Our Democrat ic Governor, it is thought, so reckon ed.—We hope they will succeed in getting money enough to pay their expenses n.t least.—Bloominglon Obs. IMPORTANCE OF CORRECT PUNCTUA TION.—The husband of a pious wo man having occasion to make a voy age, his wife sent a written request to the parson of the parish, which, instead of spelling and writing prop erly: "A person having gone to sea, his wife desires the prayers of the con gregation." She spelt and pointed as follows:— "A person having gone to see his wife, desires the prayers of the con gregation." Ihe parson—who had not exam ined the contents of the paper it out accordingly. gave IMPORTANT DECISION.—By the Lou isianian, we learn that the U. S. Dis trict Court, sitting at New Orleans, has, in the case of Price and others, given judgment against the U. States, and in favor of the defendants, on the ground that the late act of congress, relative to steamboats, is not applica ble to those navigating the Mississip pi. This is an important decision, and wili settle about one hundred and forty suits pending on the same sub ject.—ib. MORALITY OF THE TEXIANS.—The following is from the Galveston Civil ian, which evinces in the good people of Galveston, a commendable degree of respect for morality and good or der, and might be held up as worthy the imitation of the citizens of some town in Illinois that we know of:— Backivoodsman. "On Monday a crowd of idlers walked about a mile and a half thro' the sun, to see a pugilistic encounter, between a sailor and an ex-pilot but just as they were ready to commence operations, the sport was cut short by the appearance of the Recorder, Squire Adams, and a posse of Con stables, who dragged the belligerants to town, and held them to bail—in de fault of which one of them was fur nished with lodgings, at the expense of the city, in a place of a character so quiet and retired that it is hoped it will restore his mind to a quiet con dition." EXECUTION OF GEN. MEXIA.—The N. O. Louisianian of the 25th ult. says: "We have just received pa pers and letters by the schooner Wait er, Captain Delvaille, arrived this morning from Vera Cruz, It will be seen by the following extract that the execution of General Mexia, is but too true:" VERA CRUZ, May 16, 1839. I have just learned, from an un doubted source that General Mexia received the most humiliating insults from Santa Anna. Some few mo ments before his death, he had been ordered to be shot with his back turn a traitor to his country. This he refused, and he was then murdered jn a yard, Santa Anna gratifying a personal vengeance. We are assured that 'he died a hero. Urrea and his company have taken flight they are gone, it is said, to re join the remainder of theii* trqops at Tampieo. Bustamente, ahd Arestte m' & VOIJC I No. 4. are marching on this point: there is no doubt of their success. MARTYRS OF THE PRESS.—On the. 18th of September, 1797, the French Directory issued the following proc lamation: "Orders are hereby given to the executors of the mandates of jus tice to arrest and conduct to the pris on of La Force the editors and prin ters of (here the papers are named, 29 in number) all guilty of having conspired against the internal and ex ternal repose of the republic." All the presidents of the National Conven tion were with one or two exceptions journalists. Of the 63 who attained that honor, 18 were guillotined,, 3 committed suicide, 8 were transport ed, 6 imprisoned for life, 4 became mad, and died at Bicetre, 22 were de clared outlaws, and there were only two escaped without castigation of some kind If we extend this synop tical tableau to the entire press, we shall find its proportions pretty exact. —There perished from 1789 till 1797 at least one-half of the political wri ters of Paris. During the height of the great plague in London, a mountebank re alized a fortune by announcing that he gave advice to the poor for no thing: crowds flocked to consult him but he took half a crown for his rem edy, on the plea that though his ad vice was given gratis, he was obliged to sell his physic. It is a little remarkable, as stated by Mr. Baldwin, that among upwards oi' a million of inhabitants carried off by the plague in Upper a&d Lower Egypt during the space of four years, not a single oil-man, or dealer in oil suffered. The same fact was noticed during the plague in London. "THE SILK STOCKING GENTRY."— A good anecdote is told of the can vass in the Norfolk District. It oc curred at St. Bryde's in Norfolk coun ty. Mr. Hollemann (V. B.) descant ing on the silk stocking Aristocracy, Dr. Mallory (Whig) seized him by the leg, and lifting his foot up to the pop ular view, showed that Mr Hollemann himself had on silk stockings!—Rich mond Whig. DEATH OF MRS GRANT IN PERSIA.— We have before us a letter from Mr William R. Stocking, an assistant missionary in Persia, to his relative, William C. Redfield, Esq. of this city, dated Ooromiah, January 19, 1839, announcing the painful news of the death of Mrs. Grant, wife of Dr Grant of that mission. Mrs. G. died on the 14th of January, of billious fever— after an illness of ten days.—N. Y. 'Com. Adv. THE SEMINOLE WAR.—So the Flor ida war is terminated at last. And how? Not by arms, but by negotia tion. The Seminoles have proved themselves to be equally good fight ers and runners. They have very nearly fulfilled the threat of Powell at the outset, that the war should not be terminated in less than five years. In, the meantime it has cost the country many brave men, and some $25,000, 000 of money. We deeply regret the former the latter is about as it should be for we hold that the war on the part of the United States was unjust and inhuman while on the oth er hand, the Indians were fighting for their altars and their hearths,—or ra ther, for their swamps, musketoes and miasmia. They were goaded to the contest by a series of injuries, which, in our judgment, would have wrought up cooler heads than those of savages, to a determination to perish rather than submit.—iV. Y. Jour» Gom. FAMINE.—The most jailing dis- appai tress exists in the island of Newfound land. Hundreds of families are in a state of starvation. The accounts o?: the sufferings of the people are truly harrowing, being reduced to extreme wretchedness, without food or cloth ing, living on one miserable meal a day, and that consisting of putrid ,fish. A SAD ACCIDENT occurred at the Theatre last night in the performing of "The French Spy. Near the close of one of the acts, during the contest? between the Arabs and the French^ one of the actors—MR LOWE—who played the Corporal, accident!y fell upon a bayonet, and was wounded sf severely, that he almost immediately expired.—Louisville News Lstter^June 8. C.- DEATH -OF MR LEGGRTT.—The N. Y. Star of the 30th ult says:—-"We learn that Mr Leggett, late editor of the plain Dealer, is dead. He had, long been ill with the liver complaint and finally sunk under it. He was d1 vigorous writeir, possessing more talf^r ent than judgement but as a poet* and a literary man he held a distin guished rank." It will be reccollected that Ml, Legget.had been recently appoin^ta, Charg^de Affairs, atf Guatemala? V 1 #1 3 :'r"f!l 3