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' -—— , , ^ Journal of political antr General Httos-Jn ^Motafe of €qual vol. ix._BATH, THURSDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 26, 1854._~ noTToT 36ook nnb Sob printing. Having recently made extensive addictions to ear former variety of P5.AJ53 AH© PAH8V JOB TYPE, lhe **?**“ T‘"«‘S is now prepared to u ?ob W ork, such as “* *>ESPW“’ description of Circular*, Bill-head., Card., Cal. log. cm Blank*, Programme*. Sko* Bill*, Label*, Auction and Hand Bill*, Ac,, Ac, O" Particular attention paid to All work entrusted to os will be performed in the beet manner, and as low as can l/e afforded. Orders solicited and promptly answered GKO. K. NEWMAN. C|t ^tori) Ccllcr. From McConnell’s ‘ Western Character.’ THE STRATAGEM. Robert Elwood emigrated from Kentucky to Illinois the year in which the latter was erected into a State, and passing to the north west of the region occupied by the French and Virginia, pitched his tent on the very verge of the frontier. lie was a man of vio lent passions, impatient of the restraints of the law—arrogant, overbearing, and inclined to the use of ‘the strong hand.’ His removal had been caused by a difficulty with one of his neighbors, in which he had attempted to right himself without an appeal to the legal tribunals. In this attempt he had not only been thwarted, hut also made to pay rather roundly forhis temerity, and vexed and soured, he had at once abandoned his home, and marched off across the prairies, seeking a country in which, as he said, *a man need not meet a cursed constable every time he left his own door. His family consisted of three sons and one daughter, the latter being, at the time of his emigration, about sixteen years of age. In journeying towards the north, he halted one day, at noon, within a ‘point’ of timber, which extended a mile into the prairie, and was surrounded by as beautiful a piece of roll ing meadow land as one wished to see. He was already half a day's journey beyond the thicker settlements ; and, indulging a reason able hope that he would not speedily be an noyed by neighbors, he at once determined to here erect his dwelling, and open a new farm. With this view he marked off a tract of about 300 acres, including the point of timber in which he was encamped, and before the heat of the summer came on, he had a cabin ready for his reception, and a considerable amount of grain planted. About a mile to the south, there was a sim ilar strip of timber, surrounded, like that of which he took possession, by a rich tract of ^rolling prairie,’ and this lie at once resolved to include in his farm. 11 ut, reflecting that it must probably be some years before any one else would enter the neighborhood to take it up—and having only the assistance of his sons, but two of whom had reached manhood—he turned his attention, first, to the tract upon which he lived. This was large enough to engross his efforts for the present ; and for two years he neglected to do anything towards establishing his claim to the land he coveted. It is true that he told several of his neighbors, who had now begun to settle around him, that he claimed that piece, and thus prevented their enclosing it; but lie neither -blazed’ nor marked the trees, nor ‘staked oft’ the prairie. In the meantime emigration had come in so much more rapidly than he expected, that he found himself the centre of a populous neigh boihood ; and among other signs of advancing civilization, a company of ‘regulators’ had been organized lor the protection of person and property. Of this band, Elwood, always ac- , live and forward, had been chosen leader, and j the vigor and severity with which he had cv- 1 ercised his functions, had given a degree of quiet to the settlements not usually enjoyed by these frontier communities. One example had, at the period of the opening of our story, but recently been made ; and its extreme rig or had frightened away from the neighbor hood those who had hitherto disturbed its peace. This was all the citizens desired; and having accomplished their ends, safety and tranquility, those whose conservative character had prevented the regulator system from running into excesses, withdrew from the ranks—but took no measures to have it broken up. It was thus left, with recognized authority, in the hands of Elwood and others of his violent and unscrupulous character. Things were in this position when, on his return from an expedition of some length, El wood bethought himself of the handsome tract of land upon which he had so long ago set his heart. What was his surprise and rage on learning—a fact which the absorbing nature of his regulator duties had prevented his know ing sooner—that it was already in posses sion of another! And his mortification was immeasurably increased when he was told that the man who had thus intruded upon what he considered his own proper demense, was fione other than young Grayson, the son of his old Kentucky enemy! Coming into the jieighborhood in the absence of El wood, the young man, finding so desirable a tract va cant, had at once taken possession ; and by the return of the regulator, had almost finished a neat and ‘roomy’ cabin. He had ‘blazed’ the trees, too, and ‘staked ofF the prairie— taking all those steps then deemed necessary on the frontier, to complete appropriation. Elwood’s first step was to order him pe remptorily to desist, and give up his ‘im provement’—threatening him at the same time with certain and uncertain pains and penal ties if he refused to obey. Hut Grayson only laughed at his threats, and went on stoutly w’ith his work. When the young men whom he had hired to assist him in building his house, gave him a friendly warning that El wood was the leader of a band of regulators, and had power to make good his menaces he only replied that ‘he knew how to protect himself, and when the time come, he should not be found wanting.’ Elwood retired from the contest discomfitted, but breathing vengeance ; while Grayson fin ished his house and commenced operations on his farm. i3ut those who knew the headlong violence of Elwood’s character predicted that these operations would soon be interrupted ; and they were filled with wonder as month after month passed away, and there were still no signs of a collision. In the meantime it came to be rumored in the settlement that there was some secret con nection between Grayson and El wood’s daugh ter, Hannah. They had been seen by several in close conversation, at times and places | which indicated a desire lor concealment; and oue person even went so far as to say that he had been observed to kiss her on parting, late in the evening. Whatever may have been the truth in that matter, it is, at all events, cer tain, that Grayson was an unmarried man ; and that the quarrel between the parents of the pair in Kentucky had broken up an inti macy which bade fair to issue in a marriage ; and it is possible that a subordinate, if not a primary motive, inducing him to take posses | sion of the disputed land, was to be near Han nah. Nor was his wish without its appro j priate justification ; for, although not strictly beautiful, Hannah was quite pretty, and what is better in a frontier girl, active, fresh and J rosy. At tflte time of Grayson's arrival in the settlement, she was a few months past eigh i teen, and was as fine material fora border wife ! r o i ! as could be found in the new State. The j former intimacy was renewed, and before the ! end of two months it was agreed that they should be married, as soon as her father’s j consent could be obtained. Hut this was not so easily compassed, for j all this time Elwood had been brooding over ! his defeat, and devising wavs and means of re covering the much coveted lSnd. At length, after many consultations with a fellow named Driscol, who acted as his lieu tenant in the regulator company—he acceded to a proposition made long before by that worthy, but rejected by Elwood on account of its dishonesty. He only adopted the plan now because it was apparently the only es cape from permanent defeat, and long chafing under what he considered a grievous wrong, had made him reckless of means and detet mined on success, at whatever cost. One morning, about a week after the taking I of this resolution, it was announced that one or El wood’s horses had been stolen on the ! night before ; and the regulators were straight way assembled, to ferret out and punish so daring an offender. It happened (accidentally, of course,) to he a horse which had cast one of its shoes only the day before, and this circumstance rendered it easy to discover his trail. Driscol, El wood's invaluahle lieutenant, discovered the track, and set off upon it almost as easy as if he had been present when it was made. He led the party away into the prairie towards the east; and though his companions declared they could see‘nothing of the trail,’ truly a somewhat exaggerated expression ; for the color, if not the size, of that feature of his countenance, made it altogether too apparent to be overlooked. They followed him, however, convinced by the earnestness of his asseverations, if not by their eyes, until, after going a mile towards the east, he began gradually to verge south ward, and having wound about at random for some time, finally took a direct course for the point of timber on which Grayson lived. On arriving at the point, which terminated as usual, in a dense hazle thicket, Driscol at once pushed his way into the covert, and lo ! ! there stood the stolen horse ! He was tied to a sapling by a halter which was clearly rec ognized as the property of Grayson ; and lead ing off toward's the latter’s house were traced a man's footsteps—his, of course ! These appearances fully explained the theft, and llisre was not a man present, who did not express a decided conviction that Grayson was the thief. Some one remarked that his boldness was greater than his shrewdness, else he would never have kept the horse so near, lint Dris col declared, dogmatically, that this was the smartest thing in the whole business, since, if the trail could be obliterated, no one would think of looking there for a horse stolen only a mile above. The •calculation’ was a good one, he said. Driscol happened to have a re markable sharp sight for all tracks, both of horses and men. To this proposition, supported by occular evidence, the regulators assented, and Driscol stock, previously somewhat depressed by sun dry good causes, forthwith rose in the regu lator market to a respectable premium. Having recovered the stolen property, the next question which presented itself for their consideration was, in what way they should punish the thief. To such men as they, this was not a difficult problem ; without much de liberation it was determined that he must be at once driven from the country. The ‘days of grace’ usually given on such occasions, were ten, and in pursuance of this custom, it was allowed that Grayson should be merci fully allowed that length of time in which to arrange his affairs and set out for anew home, or, as the regulators expressed it, ‘make him self scarce.’ Driscol, having already, by his praisewor thy efforts in the cause of right, made himsell the hero of the alfair, was invested with au thority to notify Grayson of this decree. The matter being thus settldU, the corps adjourned to meet again ten days thereafter, in order to see that their judgment was duly carried into elfect. Meantime, Driscol, the official mouth-piece of the self-constituted court of general juris diction, rode away to discharge himself of his onerous duties. Halting at the low fence which enclosed the scanty door-yard, he gave the customary ‘Hallo! the house!’ and pa tiently awaited an answer. It was not long, however, before Grayson issued from the door and advanced to the fence, when Driscol served process of the court in Juice verba, .* ‘ Mr. Grayson, the regulators of this settle ment have directed me to give you ten days' notice to leave the country. They will meet again one week from next Friday, and if you are not gone by that time, it will become their duty to punish you in the customary way.’ ‘ What for?’ asked Grayson, quietly. ‘ For stealing this horse,’ the functionary replied, laying his hand on the horse’s mane, | ‘and concealed him in the timber, with the in tention to run him off.’ ‘ It's Elwood’s horse, isn’t it?’ ‘ Yes,’ answered Driscol, somewhat sur 1 prised at Grayson’s coolness. ‘ When was he stolen !’ asked the notified. 4 Last night,’ answered the official ; ‘I sup pose you know very well without being told.’ ‘Do you, indeed ?’ said Grayson, smiling absently. And then he bent hi* eyes upon the ground, and seemed lost in thought for some minutes. 4 Well, well,’ said he at length, raising his eyes again, ‘I didn’t steal the horse, Driscol, but 1 suppose you regulors know best who | ought to be allowed to remain in the settle j ment, so of course I shall have to obey.’ ‘ I am glad to find you so reasonable,’ said Driscol, making a movement to ride away. 4 Stop ! stop !’ cried Grayson ; ‘don't be in a hurry. I shall be gone before the ten days are up, and you and I may not meet again for a long time ; so get down and come in ; let us ; take a parting drink together. I have some , excellent whiskey, just brought home.’ Now, the worthy functionary, as we have intimated, or as the aforesaid nose bore wit ness, was ‘quite partial to this description of produce—some of his acquaintances even in sinuating that he took sometimes ‘a drop too much’—and though he felt some isgivings about remaining in Grayson's com, my longer than his official duties required, the temptation was too strong to be resisted, and silencing his fears, he sprang to the ground. ‘ Tie your horse to the fence, there,’ said Grayson, 4 and come in.’ Driscol obeyed, and it was not long before he was seated in the cabin^ with a tin cup in his hand, and its generous contents finding their way down his capacious throat. * Whiskey is a pleasant drink, after all, isn’t it? said Grayson, smiling at the gusto with which Driscol dwelt upon the draught, and at the same moment he rose to set his cup on the table behind the official. ‘ Very pleasant, indeed,’ said Driscol in re ply ; and to prove his sincerity, he raised his cup again to his lips. Uut this time he was not destined to take its I contents. It was suddenly dashed from his hand—a saddle girth was thrown over his arms and body—and, before he was aware of what was being done, he found himself se curely pinioned to the chair. A rope was passed around his legs and tied in like manner behind, so that he could, literally, move neither hand nor foot. lie made a furious effort to break away, but he would not have been more secure had he been in the old-fashioned stocks! He was fairly-entrapped, and though lie foamed, and swore, and threatened, it all did no manner of good. Of this lie at last became sensible, and grinding his teeth in impotent rage, lie re lapsed into dogged silence. Having thorough ly secured his prisoner, Grayson, who was something of a wag, poured out a small quan tity of tlir- seductive liquor, and coming round in front of the ill-used officer, smiled gracious ly in his face, and drank a ‘ health ’— “ Success to you, Mr. Driscol,’ said he, 4 and long may you continue an ornament to the distinguished company of which you are an honored member.’ Driscol ground his teeth, hut made no re ply, and the toast was drunk, like some of those impressive sentiments given at public dinners, ‘ in profound silence !’ Having drained the cup, Grayson deposited it upon a table, and liimselt in a chair, and drawing the latter up towards his companion, opened the conference thus :— * 1 think 1 have you pretty safe, Driscol, eh !’ The lieutenant made no reply. ‘ I see you are not in a very sociable humor,’ continued Grayson, 4 and to tell you the truth, I am not much that way inclined myself, but 1 am determined to see the bottom of this af fair before you leave the house. 1 am sure you know all about it, and if you don’t tell, why, the worse for you, that’s all.’ 4 What do you mean?’ demanded Driscol, speaking for the first time. ‘ I mean tins, Grayson answered sternly, ‘ 1 did not take that horse from Elwood’s—but you did-—I saw you do it. But since my tes timony will not be received, 1 am determined that you shall give me a certificate in writing that such is the fact. You needn’t look so obstinate, for by Him that made us both ! you shall not leave that chair alive unless you do as I say.’ Grayson was a large, rather fleshy man, with a light complexion and blue eyes ; and though good natured and hard to rouse, when once in earnest, as now, like all men of his stamp, he both looked, and was fully capable of carrying his threat into execution. The imprisoned functionary did not at all like the expression of his eye, he quailed before it in fear and shame. He was, however, resolved not to yield, except upon the greatest ex tremity. ‘Come,’ said Grayson, producing materials for writing ; ‘ here are pen, ink, and paper ; are you willing to write as I dictate!’ ‘ No,’ said Driscol, doggedly. 4 We’ll see if I can’t make you willing, then,’ muttered his captor, and going to the other end of the cabin, he took down a coil of rope which hung upon a peg, and returned to his captive. Forming a noose at one end, he placed it about Driscol’s neck, and threw the other end over a beam which supported the roof. 4 Are you going to murder me !’ demanded the official, in alarm. 4 Yes,’ answered Grayson, drawing the loose end down, and tightening the rope around Driscol's neck. 4 You’ll suffer for this,’ said the lieutenant furiously. 4 That won’t help you much,’ coolly replied Grayson, tugging at the rope until one leg of the chair gave signs of raising from the floor, and Driscol’s face exhibited unmistakable symptoms of incipient strangulation. ‘ Slop ' stop !’ he exclaimed in a voice re duced to a mere wheeze—and Grayson ‘ eased oft’’ to hear him. ‘ Won’t anything else satisfy you but a written certificate?’ he asked—speaking with difficulty, and making motions as if endeavor ing to swallow something too large to pass the gate of the throat. 4 Nothing but that,’ answered Grayson, de cidedly ; and if you don’t give it to me, when your friends arrive, instead of me, they will find you, swinging from this beam by the neck !’ And seeing his victim hesitate, he again tugged at the rope, until the same symp toms were exhibited as before, only a little more apparently. ‘ Ho—hold, Grayson,’begged the frightened lieutenant, and as his executioner again re laxed a little, he continued, ‘ just let me up, and I—I'll do anything you want.’ 4 That is to say,’ laughed Grayson,* 4 you had rather take the chances of a fight than to be hung up like a sheep-stealing dog ! Let you up, indeed !’ And once more he dragged the rope down more vigorously than ever. 4 I—didn’t—mean that—indeed!’ gulped the unhappy official, this time almost strangled in earnest. 4 What did you mean, then ?’ sternly de manded Grayson, relaxing a little once again. 4 I will write the certificate,’ moaned the unfortunate lieutenant, 4 if you will let one arm loose and won’t tell anybody until the ten days are out.’ 4 Why do you want it kept secret!’ 4 If I give such a certificate as you demand,’ mournfully answered the disconsolate officer, . 4 I shall have to leave the country—and I wrant time to get away.’ 4 Oh ! that’s it, is it? Well—very well.’ About an hour after this Driscol issued from the house; and, springing upon his horse, rode away at a gallop toward Elwood’s. Here he left the animal, but declined to enter, tell ing Hannah, who happened to be in the yard, to say to her father that 4 it was all right,’ he pushed on toward home, tenderly rubbing his throat, first with his right hand, and then with his left, all the way. Three days after wards, he disappeared from the settlement and was heard of no more. Grayson waited until near nightfall, and then took his way, as usual, to a little clump of trees that stood near El wood's enclosures, to meet llannah. Here he stayed more than an hour, detailing the circumstances of the accusation against him, and laughing with her over the ridiculous figure cut by her father's respectable lieutenant, llefore they parted their plans were all arranged, and Grayson went home in excellent humor. What these plans were will be seen in the sequel. Eight days went by without any event im portant to our story—Hannah and Grayson meeting each evening in the grove, and part ing again undiscovered. On the ninth day, the former went to the house of a neighbor, where it was understood that she was to re main during the night, and return home on the following morning. Grayson remained at bis farm until near sunset, when he mounted his horse and rode away. This was the last of his * days of grace,’ and those who saw him passing along the road, concluded that he had yielded to the dictates of prudence, and was ; leaving the field. On the following morning, the regulators assembled to see that their orders bad been obeyed ; and, though Elwood was disconcert ed by the absence of Driscol, since it was un derstood that Grayson bad left tbe country, the meeting was only considered a formal one ; and the presence of the worthy lieutenant was not indespensable. They proceeded in high spirits to the premises, expecting to find the house deserted and waiting for an occupant. Elwood was to take immediate possession, and all the way across the prairie was felicitating himself upon the ease and rapidity of his triumph. What was their surprise, then, on approaching the house, to see smoke issuing from the chimney as usual—the door thrown wide open, and Grayson standing quietly in front of it1 The party halted and a council was called, but its deliberations were by no means tedious ; it was forthwith determined that Grayson stood in defiance of the law, and must be punished—that is ‘ lynch ed ’—without delay. The object of this fierce decree, all unarmed as he was, still stood be fore the door, while the company slowly ap proached the fence. lie then advanced and addressed them : ‘ I think the ten days are not yet up, gentle men,’ said he mildly. ‘ Yes they are,’ answered Elwood, quickly ; ‘ and we have come here to know whether you intend to obey the authorities, and leave the country.’ ‘ I think, Elwood,’ said the young man— not directly replying, * this matter can be set tled between you and me, without bloodshed, and even without trouble. If you will come in, with John and George, (his sons,) I will introduce you to my wife, and we can talk it over with a glass of whiskey.’ Another consultation ensued, when, in or der to prove their dignified moderation, they agreed that Elwood and his sons should ‘ go in and hear what he had to say.’ Elwood, the elder, entering first, directly before him, holding her sides and shaking with laughter, stood his rosy daughter Han nah ! * My wife, gentlemen,’ said Grayson, grave ly introducing them. Hannah’s laughter ex ploded. ‘ O, father, father, father!’ she exclaimed leaping forward and extending her hand; ‘ ain’t you caught beautifully V The laugh was contagious ; and though the elder knit his brows, and was evidently on the point of bursting with different emotions, his sons yielded to its influence, and joining Hannah and her husband, laughed loudly, peal j after peal. I The father could bear it no longer—he seized Hannah by the arm, shook her violent ly, till she restrained herself sufficiently to speak* as for him, he was speechless with rage. ‘ It’s entirely too late to make a fuss, fa ther,’ she said, at lengths ‘ for here is the marriage certificate, and Grayson is your son !’ ‘ I have not stolen your horse, Elwood,’ said the bridegroom, taking the paper which the father rejected, ‘ though I have run away with your daughter. And,’ he added, signifi cantly, ‘ since if you had this land, and would probably give it to Hannah, 1 think you ar.d I had better make friends, and I’ll take it as her marriage portion.’ ‘ If you can show that you did not take the horse, Grayson,’ said George, the elder of the two sons, ‘ I'll answer for that; but—’ ‘ That I can do very easily,’ interrupted the young husband, ‘ I have the proof in my pocket.’ He caught Elwood’s eye as he spoke, and reassured him with a look, for he could see that the old man began to apprehend an ex posure in the presence of his sons. This for bearance did more to reconcile him in his dis comfiture than aught else, save the influence of George ; for, like all passionate men, he was easily swayed by his cooler children. While Hannah and her brothers examined the mar riage certificate, and laughed over * the strata gem,’ Grayson drew Elwood aside and exhib ited a paper written on in a cramped, uneven hand, as follows :— 4 This is to certify, that it was not Josiah Grayson who took Robert Eiwood’s horse from his stable last night—but I took him my self, by arrangement, so as to accuse Grayson of the theft, and drive him to leave his new farm. Thomas DniscoL.’ Elvvood blushed as he came to the words 4 by arrangement,’ but read on without speak ing. Grayson then related the manner in which he had entrapped the lieutenant, and this soon put him in good humor. The regu lators were called in and heard the explana tion, and all laughing heartily over the capture of Driscol, they insisted that Hannah and her husband should mount and ride with them to Elwood’s. Neither of them needed much persuasion—the whole party rode away to gether—the ‘lads and lasses’ of the neigh borhood were summoned, and the day and night spent in merriment and dancing. Grayson and his wile returned on the fol lowing morning to their new home, where a life of steady and honorable industry was re warded with affluence and content. Their descentlents still live upon the place ; one of the most beautiful and extensive farms upon the fertile prairies. Hut on the spot where the disputing cabin stood, has since been built a handsome brick house—and I pay only just tribute to amiable character, when I say that a more hospitable mansion is not to be found in the Western country. IPiscdlang. A Good Railroad Story. 1 have presumed on your interest, and that of your readers, in the works of internal im provement, to talk a good deal, quite prosily, about railroads. Nevertheless, I will venture to tax your patience with a little railroad story which a friend of mine, (Hon. Robert-) tells as a prominent feature in his own gaming experience. When he was only a Georgia Colonel, (by virtue of a law license and a very commanding figure.) be was on a visit, one day, to a friend of his, one Ned Greer, in the neigh borhood of Athens, Georgia. It seems that about ibis time, the Athens Branch ltrailroad was in rather a shaky condition. A good deal of money had been paid in, and a good deal of work had been done; but times were getting tight, the stockholders were getting restive (and costive,) and the road was regarded as any thing but a ‘fixed fact.’ Perhaps the es timates had been made too low, and there was a prospect that the money would all be expen* ded, w hile yet a great deal of road remained unbuilt; at any rate, the stock was ‘below par’ and the holders thereof out of heart. Sitting in his piaza with his old chum, Bob, (the afore said Colonel,) Ned picked up an Athens news paper, and glancing at its columns, with a start, threw it suddenly from him, with an oath expressive of great disgust. ‘What’s the matter, Ned?’ asked Bob; “has anybody been raking you down, in the paper?’ ‘Hark you, Bob,’ was the response, ‘I’ve been a confounded fool once in my life, but if I’m let out of this, I'm willing to be cropped if I'm ever enught again ! Here’s a notice for another instalment on that cursed rail ‘Pshaw !’ laughed Bob— ‘go along and pay in on your stock ! You stingy rascal, you only took $3000 when you ought to have take twice as much. The road will be the making of your town and double the value of your plan tation-.’ ‘Stop!’ shouted Greer; ‘that’s the same confounded stuff that your brother Charles and all the rest of the Tailroad orators filled my sheep’s head with, just before I subscribed.— Stop, Bob, I can’t bear a joke on this mattter.’ ‘Nonsense ! It’s all stinginess with you. Go and pay up, like a man. The stock is good stock and you wouldn’t part with it, at any price.’ ‘You provoking devil, 1 tell yon it is not worth a continental -!’replied Ned, with ! a great deal of energy. ‘ Very good,’ said Bob, calming down and quietly drawing out his well-stuffed pocket book ; ‘just count up how much you have paid in on it.’ Greer took his pencil, and after considerable cyphering, during which Bob whistled the la test Ethiopian melody, announced that he had disbursed for and on account of the machine,’ j the sum of twenty two hundred and fifty dol ars—‘for which,’ as he expressed it, he was ‘never likely to realize the value of the parin° of a nigger's toe nail. ‘Now,’ said Bob, ‘if you are in earnest, Ned, you can have a chande to get rid of your rail road stock. We’ve played many a game of cards together and if you dare, 1 will put down dollar for dollar, against your script, and we’ll play the first game, seven-up, for the pile !’ Greer grew rigid in every limb; his eye glared; his cheek blanched and with lips quiv ering he ejaculated— ‘I’ll set you, Bob, if it kills me !’ And commenced to fix a small circular ta bles throwing off books and papers; and taking a pack of cards from a small drawer, he took a seat and invited Bob to ‘face’ him. Bob counted out $2,250 in bank notes, laid them on the table and placed a weight upon them and the script, and was drawing up his chair, when Mrs. Greer, much excited, rushed into the piazza. (She had been watching the proceedings of the gentlemen from a parlor window, where she sat sewintrA ‘Gentlemen,’ she exclaimed, ‘fur heaven’s sake don’t go to gambling here. Remember you are old friends—school-mates—college mates—don’t, I entreat you, go to gambling with each other for large stakes like—’ ‘Madam!’ shouted Greer, as the perspira tion streamed down his forehead, and he shook with an ague of excitement. ‘ Madame ! go and superintend your ducks and chickens; look after your pickles and preserves, and your dairy, and all that—but don’t, madam,’ he continued, with his teeth set and hissing his words out, ‘don’t, I say, for this is the only chance I ever had, or eyer shall have to get off the cursed thing at par, and I'll do it or die !’ ‘ I implore you, then, Col.-,’ said the good lady, ‘to refuse to continue this scene.— You certainly do not wish to win anything from my husband, and I am sure he does not wish to win from you —’ ‘Madam !’ roared Greer, ‘leave my railroad stock and go look after your poultry! I tell you I'am not gambling, but I will not lose this opportunity of trading my stock off at par!’ Mrs. Greer went away sadly, seeing that her interference only irritated her husband, and the playing commenced. Fi rtnne vouchsafed her favors very equally for some little time, and it stood, at length Boh six to Ned five, and the hands were dealt for the final struggle. Be fore either party, however, took up his cards, Ned’s eye sought a farewell glance of his script and the bank notes—when, of a sudden, his expression changed, and making a grab at the script, with desperate emotion, he exclaimed— ‘Oh ! by thunder, Bob, my stock is pretty dead, but it ain’t nigh as dead as that, yet!’ pointing to the roll of bills, which were the promises of the 'old broken Bank of Macon!' a large amount of which had come into Bub’s possession professionally. At lea that evenirg Bob remarked to Mrs. Greer that she reared sucli quantities of poul try, she ought to send her surplus to Athens to sell. ‘I am afraid, Col. D.,’ she remarked in a quiet way glancing ftom Bob to her hunsband, ‘I should prove but a poor hand at getting my slock off at par, especially while there is so much worthless money in the country.’ Boh laughta, but Ned didn’t; and that’s the end of the story about railroad stock—except that, I believe, Greer did finally get it off at par.—Mobile Register. Patrick Henry vs. Intolerance. Soon after Henry’s noted case of Tobacco and the Preserves, as it was called, he heard of a case of oppression for ct.nsience sake. The Church of England having been established by law in Virginia became as such establish ments are wont to do, exceedingly intolerant towards other sects. In the prosecution of this system of conversion, three Baptist clergy men had been indicted at Fredericksburg for preaching the gospel of the Son of God contra ry to the statute. Henry, hearing of this, rode some fifty miles to volunteer his services in de fence of the oppressed. He entered the court, being unknown to all preseut, save the bench and the bar, while the indictment was being read by the clerk. He sat within the bar, un til the reading was finished and the king's at torney had concluded some remarks in sup port of the paper, and without more ceremony proceeded with the following speech :— ‘ May it please your worships, I think 1 heard read by the prosecutor, as I entered this house, the paper I now hold in my hand. If I have rightly understood, the king’s attorney of the colony lias framed an indictment for the purpose of arraigning and punishing by impris onment, three inoffensive persons before the bar of this court, for a crime of great magni tude—as disturbers of the peace. May it please the court, what did I hear read ? Did I hear it distinctly, or was it a mistake of my own ? D:d I hear an ext ssion as of crime that these men whom your worships are about to try for misdemeanor are charged with—what 1 and continuing in a low, solemn, heavy voice ‘ preaching the gospel ! of the Son of God !* Pausing amid most profound silence and breathless astonishment, ha slowly waved the paper three times around his head, when lift ing his hands and eyes to heaven, with pecu liar and impressive energy, he exclaimed :— ‘ Great God ! ! The exclamation, the burst of feeling from the audience, were all over powering. Mr. H. resumed :—May it please your worships, in a day like this, when truth is about to claim ita natural and inalienable rights ; when the yoke of oppression that lias reached the wilderness of America, and the unnatural alliance of ecclesiastical and civil power are about to be dissevered, at such a period when liberty of conscience is about to break from her slumberings, am I to inquire into the reason of such charges as I find exhib ited here to day in this indictment.’ Another fearful pause, while the speaker alternately cast his sharp, piercing eyes on the court and the prisoners, and resumed : — ‘ If 1 am not now deceived, according to the account of the paper 1 now hold in my hand, these men are accused of preaching the gospel of the Son of God ? Great God V Another long pause ; while he waved the indictment around his head—while • deeper impression was made on the auditors. Resu ming his speech— May it please your worship, there are pe riods in the history of man, when corruption and depravity have so long debased the human character, that man sinks under the weight of the oppressor’s hand, becomes his servile, ab ject slave—he licks the hand that smiles him, he bows in passive obedience to mandates of the despot ; and in this state of servility re ceives his fetters of perpetual bondage. But may it please your worships, such a day haa passed away. * From that period when our fathers left the land of their nativity for a settlement in the American wilds, for liberty, for civil and re ligious liberty, for liberty of consience, and to worship their Creator according to their own conception of heaven’s revealed will, from the moment they placed their feet upon the Amer ican continent, and in the deeply imbeded forest sought an asylum from persecution tnd tyranny—from that moment despotism wss crushed ; the fetters of darkness were broken and heaven decreed that man should be free to worship God according to the Bible. * Were it not for this, in vain were all ibis suffering and bloodshed to subjugate this new world, if we, their offspring, must be op pressed and persecuted. But may it please your worships, permit me to inquire once more, for what are these men about to be tried? This paper says for preaching the Gospel of the Saviour of Adam's fallen'race.’ * What laws have they violated ?’ While the third time in a low, dignified manner, he lifted his eyes to heaven, and waved the indictment around his head. The court and audience were wrought up to the most intense pitch of excitement. The face of the prosecuting attorney was pallid and ghast ly, and he appeared unconscious that his whole frame was agitated with alarm—while the judge, in a tremulous votae put an end to the scene, now became excessively painful by the authoritive declaration,— * Sheriff, discharge those men !’ The Check Hein. When Stewpyd harnesses his horse for drag ging brick up a grade, the horse's head is pulled back towards his tail and anchored thers by the senseless and merciless check rein.— The arrangement is unnatural, the animal is constrained by it. He must inevitably lose strength by it, for it disturbs the vital force and induces an unnatural action in the muscles of the head, neck, shoulders and mouth. There is actually less energy and vigor left for the limbs and chest than there would be if the stu pid contrivance were jerked off and thrown over the nearest fence, if reason cannot teach this promptly to any man, just let him try the ex periment by putting a martingale upon himaef and go to wrestling, or putting the check in the jaws of a boxer that shall extend duwn his back to his belt. Who beside the British use the check rein, saving their free trade slaves and general im itators, the Americans ? The French do not use it, the Germans do not, the Indians and Spaniards of South America, who literally live on horseback do not, nor do the Turks. The most observant and most natural people in the world are free from this mischevious error. It is strange to us that the English and ourselves did not, years and years ago, reason upon the constantly witnessed fact that when a check rein was loosed at a tavern sloop or in a stable, the poor horse always stretched out his neck and hung down his head. That was his lan guage for saying that that strap hurt and wea ried him, and that he was heartily glad to be relieved of it. The genius that first proposed the mechanic al feat of lifting himself up by the breeches, muet have been the author of the theory that the check rein held the horse up and kept him ftom falling. The meehanical action in the two cases must be precisely the same. If the reader will reflect for a moment he will see that no suspending power can be derived, ex cept from without the animal. A post, tree, or beam is just as indispensable to the support of a horse as to the support of a man intent on suicide. A horse can’t hang himself up in air by the terrets on his back, any more than a man can by pulling upwards at his neck hand kerchief. The check rein should bo abolished. It wastes motive power. Its use is unhealthy, for it disturbs the o'herwise naturally and equal ly disturbed vital forces. It shortens the life of the horse, it diminishes his speed, and les sens the free and quick action so essential to the animal safety and that of his driver. Brethren of the press, let us emancipate the horse from the British check rein .-—Buffalo Democrat. _ Anecdote ok W’ebsteh.—Daniel Webster, a short time previous to his last public recep tion in Boston, was travelling from New York to this city, by th» overland route. When the carg reached Springfield, Mr. W’aite, the well known excellent conductor, stepped into the forward car, and as usual, announced ‘ Springfield station—twenty miuutes allowed passengers to dine !’ Mr. Webster, who was silting by him, arose, and pleasantly tapping him on the shoulder, remarked—' Young roan, that is one of the m >st interesting speeches 1 ever heard in my life.’ ‘ Yes sir,’ calmly re plied the conductor, 4 all speeches are good in which the speaker and hearer heartily sympa thize.’ 4 Very true,’said Mr. Wrebster, 4 and I have always noticed that those speeches arc always considered best which are finished in good season for dinner.’—Times. The man who made a shoe for the foot of a mountain, is now engaged in a hat for tba bead of discourse—after which he will manufactu?a I a plume for general intelligence.