OCR Interpretation

The Litchfield County post. [volume] (Litchfield, Conn.) 1826-1829, November 28, 1826, Image 1

Image and text provided by Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014309/1826-11-28/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

To subscribers in this village. and subscribers
by mail or by past carriers, TIVO DOLLARS
p(r rear, payable in advance. To companies
less than Ten, by mail, or taken from the office,
rcite re there is a joint responsibility or where one
individual is responsible, gl,5Cper year, in ad
vance. To like companies of more than ten, gl,
£5 per year, in advance.
No papers will be discontinued until all arrear
ages are paid, except at the discretion of the pub
lisher. j
For half a square, three insertions, or less, \
75 cents;—more than half a square, and less than
a square, 87 1-2cents;—for one square, $1,00,'-—
and in the same projmrtion for more than a
square ; fbr continuing advertisements more than
Ih ree weeks, 20 per cent per week tcill be. charged.
Administrators' and Executors' - - ft,09.
Commissioners' - $1.25.
Advertisement from a distance, aiul all orders
for papers, fyc. must be accompanied by cash, or
referred to some person in this village, and post
age must be paid on all communications by mail.
— — -“Thou shalt lie down
With patriarchs of an infant world—with kings,
The powerful of the earth—the wise,the good,
Fair forms and hoary seers of ages past.
All in one mighty sepulchre.” Bryant.
And shrink ye from the way
To the spirits’ distant shore ?
Earth's mightiest men, in arm'd array,
Are thither gone before. • "
The warrior kings, whose banner
Flew far as eagles fly, [not. j
They are gone where swords avail them j
From tiie feast of victory.
And the seers who sat of yore,
By orient palm or wave,
Tlrt-y have passed with all their starry lore:
Can ye still fear the grave ?—
‘•We fear, we fear;—the sunshine
Is joyous to behold :
And we reck not the buried kings,
Or the awful seers of old.”
\ e shrink !—the bards whose lays
Have made your deep hearts burn.
They have left the sun,and the voice of: raise,
For the land whence none return ;
And the lovely, whose memorial
Is the verse that cannot die,
They too are gone with their glorious bloom, 1
From the gaze of human eye.
Would ye not. join that throng,
Of the earth’s departed flowers,
And the martyrs of the mighty song
In their fair and fadeless bowers'! !
“ Those songs are high and holy, „ (
But they vanquish’d not our fear ;
Not from our paths those flowers are gone— 1
We fain would linger here.”
Linger tjjeu yet awhile,
As the last leaves on the hough!
Ye have loved the gleam of many a smile, ,
Which is taken from you now.
There have been sweet singing voices j
In your walks that now are still; [homes,
There are seats left void in your earthly
Which none again may fill,
Soft eyes are seen no more
ThaNnade spring-time in your heart;
Kindred and friends are gone before—
And ye still fear to part !
‘•We fear not now J we fear not now!
Though the way thro’ darkness bends, (
Our souls are strong to follow them,
Our own familiar friends!” !
* F. HEMANS. |
Washington Irving.—The last Blackwood’s
Magazine has a strange rumor in it, that Wa
shington Irving is in a fair way of marrying
Her Highness the Archduchess of Parma, the ,
quondam wife of Napoleon*! We take this to
he an klle fabrication, worthy of the scribbler
once in their employ, but now discarded, and
not altogether unworthy of Theodore Hook’s
John Bull- In truth, thiB lady of the Parme
san territories has been living for several years
(we have reason to think since 1817) with the
old count Neiperg, her chancellor, (new no
tions of equity we must confess)with one eye,
not in a state of single blessedness. The em
peror, her father, has endeavored to refine this
mode ff life in his tramontane conquests,
by showering titles and wealth upon this
fascinating object of his fair daughter’s affect
ions. A woman might well conduct thus,
who, at the Congress of Verona, could walk
arm-in-arm with the Duke of Wellington,
when her husband was dying under the treat
' ment of his sovereign’s ministers, on a barren
rock, and he himself produced that husband’s
downfall. ——
General Lee, being one night at Albany,
dainking wine with an old Scotch officer,
when he began to be mellow told his com
pany that he had one fault, which he beg
ged him to overlook, which was, to abuse
Scotchmen when he was in liquor. ‘In
truth,’ replied the officer, ‘ I shall readily
forgive your fault, if you will overlook
mine; it is whenever I hear any person
impertinently abusing Scotland or Scotch
men, drunk or sober, I cannot refrain from
laying ray cone soundly over his head and
shoulders. Now I will readily pardon
your fault, if you will pardon mine.’—This
seasonable hint made the general very po- |
lite the remainder of the evening.
. Yankees.—Wherever the real Yankee
goes, activity and bustle accompany him.
• A late Georgetown, S. C. paper thus no
tices the business of the village :
The Yankees have eome, and our little
town assumes an air of business. The
wharves are loaded, the stores groan be
neath their burthen, the citizens are gratifi
ed with northern comforts, and the ladies
delighted with figured silks. The mer
chants arte pleased in anticipation of a profit.
I llic planters are pleased at tho reception
of wares and implements ; even the poor
nogrpes aro delighted in tho prospect of
now shoos and a warm jacket, and last, but
not least, tho Printer is happy in his new
From the N. Y. Observer fy Chronicle.
We stated last week that a living Anaconda
or Boa • Constrictor, [the ' largest species of
land snakes,] had been received in this city,
and whs placed in Peale’sNew-York Museum
for exhibition. It is the only one ever brought
alive to this country, and is well worthy of a
visit from the curious in Natural History—
That our readers may form some idea of the
hahits and powers of this prodigy of the ani
mal kingdom, we copy from M’Leod's Nar
rative, the following account of one, which
was caught a few years since in Borneo, and
was embarked at Batavia on hoard the ship
Caesar, the vessel which carried home the of
ficers and crew of the British frigate Alccste,
after her shipwreck in the straits of Gaspar.—
M’Leod was the Surgeon of the Alcestc,
and was an eye-witness of what he here
“ He was brought on board in a woo len
Crib or cage, the bars of which were suffi
ciently close to prevent his escape; and it
had a sliding door,for the purpose of admitting
the articles on which he was to subsist; the
dimensions of the crib were about four feet
high, and about five feet square, a space suffi
ciently large to allow him to coil himself round
with ease. The live stock for his use during
the passage, consisting of six goats of the or
dinary size, were sent with him on board, five
being considered as a fair allowance for as
many months. At an early period in the voy
age we had an exhibition of bis talent in the
way of eating, which was publicly performed
»n the quarter-deck, upon which he was
brought. The sliding-door being opened,one
)f the goats was thrust in, and the door of
tlie cage shut. The poor goat, as if instantly
mare of all .the horrors of its perilous situa
lion, immediately began to utter the most
piercing and distressing cries, hutting insiinct
vely at the same time, with its head towards
he serpent, in self-defeuce.
The snake, which at first appeared scarcely
:o. notice the poor animal, soon began to stir
i little, and, turning his head in the direction
)f the goat, it at length fixed a deadly and
nalignant eye on the trembling victim,whose
igony and terror seemed to increase; for pre
vious to the snako seizing its prey, it shook in
svery limb, but still continuing its unavailing
'how of attack, by butting at the serpent,who
low became sufficiently animated to prepare
or the banquet. The first operation was that
tf darting out Ills forked tongue, and at the
ame time rearing a little his head; then sud
lenly seizing the goat by the fore leg with his
nouth, and throwing him down, he was en
girded in an instant in its horrid folds. So
piick, indeed, and so instantaneous was the
ict, that it was impossible for the eye to fol
ow the rapid convolution of his elongated
>ody; It was not a regular screw-like turn
hat was formed,hut resembling rather aknot,
jne part of the body ov laying the other, as
f to add weight to the muscular pressure,
he more effectually to crush his object. Do
ing this time he continued to grasp with hi#
nonth, though it appeared an unnecessary
»recaution, that part of the animal which he
lad first seized. The poor goat, in the mean
ime , continued its feeble and half-stifled cries,
or some minutes, but they soon became more
ind^nore faint, and at last it expired. The
nake, however, retained it for a considerable
ime it its grasp, after it was apparently mo
ionless. He then began slowly aod cautious
y to unfold nimself till the goat fell dead from
lis monstrous embrace, when he began to
rrepare himself for the feast. Placing his
nouth in front of the head of the dead affi
nal, he commenced by lubricating with his
ialiva that part of the goat; and then taking
t* muzzle into his mouth, which had, and in
leed always has,- the appearance of & raw la
cerated wound, he sucked it in as far as the
borns would allow. These protuberances op
posed some little difficulty, not so much from
their extent as from their points; however,
they also in a very short time disappeared;
that is to say, externally ; but their progress
was still to be traced very distinctly on the
DUtside, threatening every moment to pro
trude through the skin. The victim had now
descended as far as the shoulders; and it was
an ustontshing sight to observe the extraordin
ary action of the snake’s muscle*- when
stretched to such an unnatural extent—an ex
tent which must have utterly destroyed all
muscular power in any other animal that was
not, like itself,eudowed with very peculiar fac
ulties of expansion and action at the same
time. When his head and neck had no other
appearance than that of a serpent’s skin, stuf
fed almost to bursting, still the workings of
the muscles were evident; and his power of
suction, as it is erroneously called, unabated :
it was, in fact, the effect of a contractile mus
cular power, assisted by two rows of strong
hooked teeth. With all this he must be **
formed as to be able to suspend for a time, his
respiration, for it is impossible to conceive
that the process of breathing could be carried
on while the mouth and throat were so com
pletely stuffed and expanded by the body of
the goat, and tire lungs themselves,(admit ting
the trachea to be ever so hard) compressed,
as they must have been, by its passage down
•• x ne wnoie operauon oi completely gor
ging the goat, occupied about two hours and
twenty minutes: at the end of which time the
tumefaction was confined to the middle part
of the body, or stomach, the superior parts,
which had been so much distended, having
resumed their natural dimensions- He now
coiled himself up again, anjl laid quietly in his
usual torpid state for about three weeks or a
month, when bis last meal appearing to be
completely digested and dissolved, he was
presented with another goat, which he de
voured with equal facility. It would appear
that almost all he swallows, is converted into
nutrition, for a small quantity of calcareous
matter (and that perhaps not a tenth part of
the bones of the animal) with occasionally
some of the hairs, seemed to compose his
general farces;—and this may account for
these animals being able to remain so long
without a supply offood. lie had more diffi
culty in killing a fowl than a larger animal,
the former being too smail.for his grasp.
“ As we approached the Cape of Good
Hope, this animal began to droop, as was then
supposed, from the increasing coldness of the
weather,(which may probably have had its in
fluence,) and he refused to kill some fowls
which were offered to him. Between the
Cape and St. Helena, he was found dead in
his cage ; and on dissection, the coats of his
stomach were discovered to be excoriated
and perforated with worms. Nothing remain
ed of the goat except one of his horns, every
other part being dissolved.”
From the Museum of For. J.U. Science.
Continued. .
To descend to the brink of the torrent,
w hich, like an imperceptible silver thread,
wound through the rocky defile, some thou
sand feet beneath,‘seemed aiK enterprise
beyond human agility, and Franz felt it
his duty to remonstrate with his determined
companion before attempting it, on the ob
vious danger of the descent, and the proba
bility that the foaming flood had long ago
swallowed up, and borne far thence, the
trophies of her lover’s innocence. Find
ing his representations fruitless, he hesita
ted not a moment in partaking her perils,
insisting only, for her sake, oy a short pe- ,
i'iod for repose and refreshment. (
lie had not neglected to provide her !
with one of those staves pointed with iron, |
whose assistance in descending steep de- ]
clivities every Alpine traveller has experi
enced ; and, going before her to explore
every perilous step, he returned, after as
certaining its practicability, to assist his
dauntless companion. Several of tin? clefts
through which they were obliged to wind
their tortuous course, were still filled with
the snow and ice of former seasons: these
required a steadiness, and boldness offoot- i
ing, which love and duty alone could have i
inspired in an unpractised female. There
were moments when even the steadfast eye \
of the bold chasseur sickened, as it caught \
a glimpse of the foaming torrent over which \
they hung suspended in mid air, and into (
whose dark waters one false step* would j
consign them, and fear was a sensation so j
new to him, that it pressed the more heav- s
ily on his usually buoyant spirit. Clara, l
however, the object of all his solicitudes, 1
preserved amid so many perils all the com- (
posure and presence of mind inherent iii i
her character, and it vw>* ©uljt while thus
generously rescuing it for another that t
Franz, perhaps, first fully appreciated the (
treasure Fate had denied to himself. This |
was no moment, however, for vain regrets, i
had they been compatible with uis mauly g
and liberal character; he gave them to i
the winds, and felt only the honest pride of ;
the bearer of some precious deposit,strain- s
ing every nerve to consign it unhar red \
to its fortunate possessor. * 1
The more serious difficulties of the path i
were at length happily surmounted; and i
when no other obstacle presented itself
than loose fragments of rock, or up-rooted i
trees, hurled front above by springing ,-vva- i
lanches, the hardy travellers despised the '
familiar dangers, and hastened on in spite {
of fatigue, which none who have not de- <
scended the face of an Alpine precipice, c
can adequately appreciate. Sometimes r
whole heaps of rubbish giving way beneath <
their feet, threatened to precipitate them ;
into the current below; sometimes their
path seemed blocked with such masses of
rock, as to deny them farther progress;
but in all the glory of triumphant heroism,
and successful toil, they at length stood be
side the n- w no longer insignificant torrent
and shuddered as they gazed up towards a
dizzy steep which the chamois or the eagle i
seemed alone fitted to scale. i
Blessing heaven for their safety, they i
pursued with anxious steps separate routes i
along the bottom of the defile, their hearts i
beating high with hopes and fears, in search I
of the object of so uiany toils and perils.—
Providence rewarded with success the pure
disinterestedness of Franz, for he had not
proceeded many paces along the brink of
the stream when l»e stumbled on a chamois’
horn, which by its appearances of a recent
dismembermeut from the head of a slaugh
tered animal, was evidently distinguished
from i tho casual relic of one either killed
by a fall from the heights above, or the
victim of famine or disease. After search
ing in vain in the immediate vicinity, for
any further part of poor Aloys’ spoil, (of
which lie felt fully convinced that he held
in his hand one trophy, though not a sfii
cientlv conclusive one to carry conviction
to any but an actual witness on the spot,) he
naturally c&t his eyes upward along the
face of the precipice, to ascertain whether
any particular projection in its beetling
cliffs could have arrested, in its descent,
the progress bf s falling body.
His gaze was the falcon one of an ex
perienced chasseur, and it rested on an ob
ject of all others best calculated to explain
the mysterious disappearance of the larger
portion of the huntsman's booty. In a
niche of the rock, at a height above him
which diminished the gigantic robber and
his mountain fastness to a scarce visible
speck, hung the eyrie-of a iMtnmer Geytr,
or eagle of the Alps, whose aerial domicile |
Franz no sooner descried, than he sought
and found, in the vestiges of Lis huge tal
>ns, on the spot where the born had been
l.vmg, presumptive evidence at least of
their having convoyed from thence the pre
cious residue of his spoil. With a feeling
of certainty in his conjecture, and of confi
dence in Ins success, which he would have
found it difficult to convey to the mind of
another, he at ou$e determined to brave
the perils of the aftcent (now rendered in
some degree familiar,) and the still more
formidable, possible resistance of the fero
cious depredator, whose tremendous
strength and colossal dimensions,(frequent
ly exceeding nine feet,from wing to wing,)
rendered au encounter with him on a dizzy
precipice most hazardous. Franz, it must
be confessed, in addition to his generous
desire to befriend Clara and her lover, was
animated by that hereditary hatred which
“vory Swiss' herdsman entertains towards
the most sanguinary enemy of his flocks;
snd under the irresistible influence of both
sentiments, he was halfway up the cliff ere
lieliad the coolness to reflect on Clara’f
certain alarm, and possible helplessness,
should a false step cost the life of her pro
i oui i^idra, wnose own want of success
had made Iter watch with tenfold interest
the motions of Franz, hadj on observing
him pick up something, eagerly returned
towards the spot with all tho animation of
hope ;• her feelings, therefore, may be bet
ter conceived than described,when, instead
if communicating to her the joyful result
>fhis search, she perceived her guide, tier
ole dependence, the chosen companion of
ler pious pilgrimage, apparently deserves?
lis helpless charge, and leaving her to per
slt, perhaps miserably, in the spot whence
tef unassisted escape could only be bv a
Suspicion finds small harbor in the truly
’•enerous miud ; and thoughts of treachery
jave almost instantaneous place to appre
hensions little less cruel, and anxiety the
nost intense for the result of an enterprise,
he uature of which she soon guessed,from
ho same indications that had prompted if.
kgain she raised her eye towards the per
•endicular rampart of primeval rock, to
'’hose perils she had boon far less sensible
thile engrossed by the choice of her own
Dotsteps, and tho difficulties of her own
iath, than now, when standing in all tho
lowerlessnes of her sex antf situation, she
aw them again bravod, and for her, by a
eing, whose disinterested sacrifice of "his
ifo might perhaps add remorse to the
ther horrors of her deftli in the wilder
terriUe- hoarse I
rhich exhaust the sensations andsuHerTngs*'
>f years, she watched bis adventurous, but
requently interrupted progress, till bis
nauly form, often bid altogether from her
;aze by projections of rock, or tufts of
hododendron and juniper, ut length re
ppeared, shrunk almost to pigmy dimen
ions, yet standing, conspicuous and rcsol
od, on a narrow ledge overhanging tho a
>yss beneath, and but a few feet below tire
tever-before-invaded throne of the moun
:ain tyrant.
All the frightful tales she bad heard from
ler cradle of the Lammcr Gcyer, (who in
he pastoral legends of Switzerland, is in
vested with somewhat of the mysterious at
ributes, and awful character, of the Roc,
>r Simorgh, of Eastern fiction,) flashed up
in her mind ; and when she saw his liu
uan antagonist level tho rifle, before slung
iver bis shoulder, and deliberately tako
lim at the creature,one fell swoop of whose
ving would suffice to dislodge him from his
lorilous post, she wildly shrieked out those
intVeaties to desist, which might, could
they have reached him, have shaken tho
nerves of the intrepid marksman.
His piefce was at his head—it was an aw
rul moment—to look up again was beyond
jer power ;—slio involuntarily closed her
jars; but to escape tho report of a shot,
nagnified by a thousand mountain echoes,
0 a peal of thunder, was impossible, and in
1 sort of stupor she awaited its results. A
cw seconds only elapsed—the crash of
toughs indicated a falling body; but
ivhethor that of the mortally wounded bird,
ir his mangled and bleeding invader, she
durst not turn to ascertain. The corse,
rebounding from a shelf above her, fell at
her very side—a few, drops of life-blood
stained her garmept—It was the eagle’s!
Tears fell like rain, and mingled with
it, whose fount, had the event been
otherwise, might have been dried by mad
ness !
1 . . . . l _i. _ 1 __•
Uratitudc for a moment absorbod anxie
ty, but it soon awoke; for Franz had yet
to achieve the scaling of tho nest, (always
placod, by unerring instinct, in the most
inaccessible spot,) and should he even suc
ceed, life might have been perilled in vain;
the supposed jobber might have been un
justly imniolated. But Franz,inspired with
tenfold euergy by hi« success as a marks
man, flow from rock to rock with the. agil
ity and recklessness of a Iiouquetin,nv;i\\ct\
himself of a tree1 of some size, firmly rooted
in a fissure of the rock, swung himself 1#,
its aid, to* level with the eyrie, and tri
umphantly waved op the end of his ritle, a
dusky object of some size, which Clara’s
heart, if no; her eye, told her, must be tire
pledge of her lover’s safely J TJiat 'of his
gefnerous rival was, h£pvever,now little less
near lieiHieart, andjhe fclt that to think of
Aloys, while FranzVas yotr in peril,would
be selfishness indeed ;,yet they peijjiaps
uncf^cioiwlv mingled in the prayer with
w hich she now accompanied the descent
of the now cautious bearer rival’s ran
som ! * *
It was a triumphant one, and scarce the
hand and heart of Clara Meyer couldliave
afforded Franz more exquisite satisfaction
nan lie felt, when able to display to the
transported maiden the horn and skeleton
ot the Chamois and a large portion of the
skin, yet knotted together by the feet into
the species °f natural wallet before descri
bed, thereby satisfactorily distinguishing
the remains from those of an animal killed
1 • u38 ”ot.unfre<l»em) by falling from the
heights during a struggle with the ferocious
jammer Geyer. Had any circumstance
been wanting to mdentify it with the one
abandoned by the humanity of Aloys, an
irresistible one presented itself on examin
ing the skin. Entangled in the small
cord by which the feet had been secured
together, was the sheath of the hunting
kmfe Aloys had hastily used to cut the
stronger one which bound it to his shoul
1 hejoy of Clara on beholding these une
quivocal testimonies of her lover’s inno
cence and veracity, proved more overpow
ering than all her previous perils and fa
tigues, and she saqjs on the ground beside
the torrent, whose refreshing waters afford
ed opportune assistance in restoring her
With return^! consciousness, however,
returned all the native strength of Clara’s
noble character, and her expressions of
gratitude to her disinterested companion
were only exceeded in energy, by those in
spired by a higher power.
During a pause from toil and excite
ment, sweetened by the purest feeling
our nature, it occurred to Franz,(who had,
vi beu a boy, passed the summer amid the
huntsmen of Mtfbm Bernina,) that by pur
suing to its upper end the valley into which
they had " descended, they might emerge
through a narrow and frightful defile on
the skirts of the mountain, without again
regaining its higher elevations.
“ Clara,” said he, “ I am not afraid to
propose to you encountering any horrors
which a gloomy uninhabited gorge can
present; for your trust is in Him who can
make a yet darker valley lose its terrors ;
mt from what I have experienced of the
Jodily fatigue of ascending yonder cliff, as
veil as ns unspeakable difficulty, I trem
alo to tlunk of your attempting: it. I be
leve I remember enough of the Grabur
’..uit to undertake for its leading to our ob
|ect, and though rt well deserves hs dismal
"Ciaib gavu TTtrr- wumig assent,~&h3 with
hearts and steps so light that th«j additional
burden of the relic? of the Chanfois, and
the huge pinions oif the Lammer Getfer,
was uufelt, the joyous pair proceeded by
an easy and even pleasant path up the val
loy. After some hours of almost insensi- *.
ble but continued ascent, Franz deemed •'
himself fortunate in dissovering towards
sunset, from well-remembered indications,
that they could not now be far distant from
the Chalets formerly mentioned, (the only
habitations the mountains afforded) and
which the incredible fatigues and anxieties
of the day would now render a truly wel
come iiaven. Theso however; were not •
destined yet to terminate* # ' '
The valley they wore ascending became,
as usual, much narrower towards its upper
extremity; it at length contracted Jb» *
frightful defile, overhung on both ■ides by
gigantic ramifications of Mount Bernina,
and in some places not above a few fath
oms wide. The path had insensibly wound
to a much greater height above the torrent,
and it was only through the gloomy fir
trees scattered on the rocks beneath them,
that th6 - travellers caught partial glimpses
of its wbitefoam, as with fearfully increas
ing rapidity,itdarted like an arrow through
the chasm. There was something omipbtn,
however, in its sullen roar. The chill of
evening stole over them, and with it that
vaguo inquietude which so often precedes
impending dangor ; when one of the sud
den gusts of wind, so common in ?imilar
situations .began to rise, and the clouds ac
cumulated round the setting sun to assume
a stormy and perilous' appearance.
v I at
A great deal of light and recent snow
hv on the rocks, fantastically piled above
their heads, and ere the unprepared, but,
alas ! not unalarmed travellers, could bad a
place of shelter from the fury of the blast,
an impetuous whirlwind (well known in
the Alps by the various names of Tormen*
ta or Gouxen) was mingling falling and fal
len snow in a mass resembling a dense
cloud piercing with its subtle flakes the un
protected faces of the way-worn pilgrims,
I affd blinding them to the path which it was
to he feared would itself soon be oblitera
ted. Roth were aware of the peril, and
knew it to be imminent beyond description.
The road, at all times hazardous, was un
known to them; ten minutes more of the
hurricane would suffice to cover it entire
ly, na£, to obstnic| the whole narrow de
file by which alone they could attain the
spot i on the mountain side, where stood
the Chalets, their sole hope of shelter or
safety. ' # * ‘ ' .
Every nerve was strained for z while " ,
with the mute energy of desperation ; ren
dered in Franz almost superhuman, by the
thought of having involved by his rash
counsel, his weaker companion jn so awfu
u situation. Finding her at length, from
bodily exhaustion, incapable of further

xml | txt