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J3tuotci> to (fctmpcr mttr, Jttornlitj), Citcrature, 3.r19, Scitntt, business nnb ?aural .intelligence. ULYSSES WARD. Editor and Proprietor. l' [ DAILY, ] ltev. J. T. WARD, AsMnlantEditor ? ' .. y, ?- * ? ' - > 'Z, ' 1, ' ' ' ' ' ' ? ' m VOL:'J. NO 272. WASHINGTON, I). C.. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1846. PRICE ONE CENT THE COLUMBIAN FOUNTAIN, EDITED ^ND PUBLISHED DAII.T BY ULYSSES WARD. 1 ASSISTED R f HI) ION, revI j. t. w a r d. At One Cent per Number. ALSO, ' I THE WEEKLY FOUNTAIN, At 3 cent* per number, $1 per year. 3 subscribers, $9. OilIce on Pennsylvania arenas, a few doors East of th? Railroad. TERMS Or ADTE*TfllNQ. 1 square of 14 lines, 1 insertion 37 eta. 1 d? ? ? "2 insertions 62 " 1 do i " ** " 3 ? 75 " 1 * 3 times per ween for three months $3 75 ? 1 line 1 insertion 6 cts. For every subsequent insertion 3 " Business cards of 5 lines for 3 times per week for three months $1 00 For one year 3 00 Payable invariably in advance. 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No mails pent East of Baltimore on Sunilay morning. ,i T$e mails Irom the above cities arrive daily at 9 A. M. and 8 P. M. except Sunday night. J Tlw -Western Mail closes at 9 P. M. and arrives at 8 P. M. daily. The Southern Maii closes at 8 A. M. and arrives at 5 P. M. daily. Office open from 7 ? A.M. to 9 P.M. daily, except Sunday, on which day it is open from 7\ A. M. lo id A. M., and from 12 M. to IA P. M., and from 7 to 9 P. M. BUSINESS CARDS. m R. FIN LEY HUNT, RESIDENT DENTIST. Washington Oitt, Pennsylvania Avenue, between 9th <$? 10th at eet.i aprii 2(i-tf. MEDICAL NOTICE. DR. PHILANDER GOULD oft'ers Inn profes sional services to the citizens of Washington. Office on Pennsylvania avenue, opposite Messrs. Brown's Hotel. april ll-6m MEDICAL CARD. DR. ALFRED H. LRE tenders his professional services to the citizens of Washington and its vicinity. Office H street, near 7th. july 18-Gm J. ROBINSON ?V CO. Auctioneers and Commission Merchants, Louisiana Avenue, opposite Rank of Washington. REGULAR sale days (opposite Centre Market) Tsesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All sales of Real Estate, Furniture and personal property at tended to on the most reasonable terms, june 16 JOHN EDGAR'S Musical Academy G street near 1 lfh. J. E. will give instruction upon the Piano, Gaiter,Flute, Violin, and also in vocal music. Terms $12 per quarter. aept 11?tf Esmfuvwq Mw copperplate PRFJFTfNG, B Y J. V. N. THROOF, Pennsylvania avenue, between 1st and 2d streets, near the Capitok .V. B. Engraving on Wood. Nov. 4?y CHARLES PASCOE, Boot and Shoe Store on seventh street, between D and E streets. On hand a general assortment of all articles kept in a Boot and Shoe store, wnich are offered at pri ces that cannot fail to please. A Card. THE undersigned, considering himself duly qualified, offers his aarvices to the citizens of Washington for the drawing of plans and spe cifications of dwelling or other houses, and also as meaaurer of builders' work. Charges moderate. H may be consulted between the hours of 9 and 13 o'clock, A. M., at Mr. Purdy's Office, Lumber Yard, 7th street. Market-House square. fob ar-tf JOHN C. HARKNESS. Fine Watch Repairing. CCHRONOMETER, Duplex, Lever, Lepine, Repeating and Music Watches, accurately re paired, also common Watches, Clocka, and Music boxes, pu'. in order, at the sign of the Watch, with the guard, key, and chain, north side of Pennsylvania \ venue, between second and third streets. By CHAUNCEY WARRINER. HATTERS. STEVEN'S & EMMONS will introduce the " Autum" fashions for Gents Hats on Saturday Sept. 5. In accordance with our usual custom we ahall in troduce simultaneously, "Lory's" and Beebe Costor's Fashion's. Gentlemen who have their sizes registered with us will forward their orders. Sales Rixtiiis No* I A 2. Browns U.tlel. CIRCULARS, etc. etc. Neatly printed at ibls^ottice. BUSINESS CARDS. CHEAP FOR CASH!! L. S. BECK, House-Furnishing Store, Pennsylvania Avenue, South aide, between 9th and 10M itrceti, Washington. I have on hand new and aeconJ-hand goods: auch aa Bedateada, Beds, and Bedding; Tsbles, Chain, Bureaus and Sideboards; China, Glass, and Crockeryware, Cutlery, Hollow-ware of every variety, Shovels and Tonga, Carpeta, Brooms, Brushes, Willow and Woodenware; with a vm riety of articles too numerous to nwntion. apr 16 BENJAMIN HOMANS, Auctioneer tad Commission Merchant, Between 10th and 1 Ith Streets, fronting Penrv sylvan ia Avenue. Salea of Reel Estate, Furniture, and Personal Property, attended to et any place within the city, march B-tf T\ENNIS PUMPHREY'S Livery Stable, cor \J ner of Gth and C. streets. Horses and Car nages to hire. Horses taken St lirery, and kept in the best manner. A. GLADMON, House Carpenter and Joiner. Shop corner of 9th and M streets, Washington. Where, at all time*, Sash, Blinds, .Doors, dtc., can be had. AH manner of work in hia line will be ex* ecu tad at the ahortaat notice. HOMOEOPATHY.?Dr. Jonas Green,(late of Philadelphia,) tenders his professional ser vices to the citizens of Washington and its vicinity, as r practitioner of the Homoeopathic system of me dicine. His residence W on C street, near 3d. dec 23-tf T1RISCOE Sl CLARKE, Dealers in Cloths, Cas 0 simeres, Vestings, fcc., Pennsylvania avenue, a few doors west of Brown's Hotel. "TSAAC STODDARD.?Blacksmithing in gene 1 ral, on Four and a half, between E and F sts. Work done cheap. WILLIAM P. SHEDU, Old Centre Market, opposite J. Walker a. KEEPS constantly for sale all kinds of fresh meats; meat well dreeaed, and at moderate prices. march 11? tf PRESLEY SIMPSON, Pennsylvania Avenue, North side, 2d door east qf 1 U/i street, keeps a general assortment of Family Groceries. ANDREW J. .JOYCE, Horsa Shoeing and Smithing Establishment, successor to John By, corner of 14th and E streets, near Fuller's Hotel. Thankful for the patronage he has receiv ed from a liberal public, he solicits a continuance of the same. WH. GUNNELL? Dealer in l,umt~r, , Lime, Wood, &c. Coi ner of Canal and Gth streets, near Pennsyjvania Avenue. DR..HAMILTON P. HOWARD, tenders his professional services to the citizens of Wash ington, D. C. He may be found at Dr. F. How^ ard's, N. E. corner of F and 11th sts. Dec. U? RICHARD VANSANT, Merchant Tailor and (lent If mens furnishing store, Pennsylvania avenue, between Nth and Iftth streets, and adjoining Fuller's Hotel. march 12?tf WM. NOELL, Venitlan Blind maker, south side Pennsylvania avenue, between 9th and 10th streets. Blinds of all sir.es and colors, fur nished to order. Old blinds retrimmed and painted. JONATHAN T. WALKER House car penter and joiner on K street, shop comer K I and 8th streets. FRANCIS Y. NAYLOR?, Copper, Tin, Sheet-Iron and Stove Manufacturer. Roofing, Guttering, Spouting, &c. South side Pennsylvania avenue, near Third-street, Wash ington, City, D. O. C. H. VAN PATTEN, M. D., Dentist, PERFORMS all operations upon the Teeth. Gums and Mouth, with the greatest care and I skill. Office near Brown's Hotel, and next door to I Todd's Hat Store. feb 25-1 y I. S. BALL, Dealer in Tobacco, Snuff <$? Cigars, Pennsylvania Avenue, between Fuller's <$ tiallabrun's Hotel. april 22. IS. BALL also repairs Watches and Jewelry.! , april 22-tf EARTHENWARE, CHINA ANDGLASS, TPURSELL, Importer and Dealer in E. Ware, , China and Glass, wholesale and retail, at nis store, opposite Brown's Hotel, Pesnsylvania avenue, Washington city, D. C. (Tupping, leeching aniTbleedinu J A large supply of beat Swecdish Lreches, already on hand, to be applied or for sale, by SAML. DEVAUGHN, 9th street. , Who also has ICE for sale whenever called for, i as above. april 2-tf WHITN EY.?Boot and Shoe Dealer, , opposite Brown's Hotel, Pennsylvania Avenue, has received his fall stock of Boots and Shoes suitable for plantation use, he invites the at tention of those who wish such articles, and prom ises them good bargains. GEORGE COLLAR1), DEALER IN LUMBER, WOOD, COAL, LIME SAND, AND CEMENT, Corner of 0th st. and Missouri Avenue. Nov. 4 * i). CLAGETT & CO., 7 DEALERS IN FANCY AND STAPLE DRV GOODS, CARPKT1NGS, OIL CLOTHS, CURTAIN STUFFS, Ac. Corner of 9th street <$* Penn. avenue, WASHINGTON, D. C. FURNITURE.?New and second hand, daily re ceived. For sale, on reasonable terms, by B. HOMANS, april 13. Between 10th and 11th streets. J E. W, THOMPSON, CABINET MAKER df UNDERTAKER, F between 13th and 14th sts.. %* Hearses kept, unJ funerals atUnJid to. Nuv, 4?j t OETRY. Its word* Ar? lew, but deep and solemn, anJ thejr break Fresh trora the fount of laelinc-?Percivul SPEAK IT BOLDLY. ?T REV. J. P1SRPQMT. fie thou like the first Apostles? Be thou like heroic Paul , If a free thought seeks expression, Speak it boldly !?speak it all 1 Face thine enemies?accusers, Scorn the prison reck, or rod ! And if thou hast the troth to utter, Speak! and leave thf feat to God. MODESTY. Methinks the roM Is the very emblem of a maid; For when the West wind courta her gently, How modestly the blows and paints the sun Wjth her chaste blushes: when the North wind comes near her, Rude and impatient, then like chastity She locks her beauties in her bud again, And leaves him to the base briers. COMMUNICATIONS. Messrs. Editors: In perusing the columns of your interesting sheet, I was rather surprised to find that you, too, have given publicity to that copper-plate im posture, which has so frequently appeared in other public newspapers, claiming to U the " identical death warrant of Jesus Christ " Now, According to my hum ble opinion, the object of this m.^ikish imposture, was to raise money. For even a superficial reader may at once question its right to genuineness, first, from the fact, that it claiias to liave been engraven, as stated in some ol the J.ondon papers, in Hebrew characters the Hebrew language being coined, in that age, to the learned, as is the Greek, of the present day. And then again, from the closing sentence, which directs a copy to be sent ?to each Tribe," from which it is evident, the author of the imposture was ignorant of the non-existence ot Israelitish tribes during the days of Tiberius, the Roman raperor. I-ord Howard, the purchaser of this sacred impos ture, whose gullibility excited the laughter of his coiuitryiuen, lelt heartily ashamed of his purchase, and would have gladly re-sold jt at any price approxi mating the purchase, money. Any man who reads the' evangelical racord of the trial and condemnation of Christ, will readily perceive that no testimony was admissible at the bar of Pilate, I but that which. Christ bore of himself; namely, that he was the Messian, tlm &ui, Ai the ?n.?i__iu I 'his?hit own testimony?he was condemned to die; and not for othei' specifications, additional, it is true, which appear in this newly discovered ? literal death warrant." In a word, Christianity needs not the affected resur rection of marble vases or copper [date engravings, to establish the fact that her founder was condemned as1 an impostor. No good can accrue to her friends from such pretended discoveries. And if her enemies will ?not be persuaded ol the veracity of her exalted claims by the reasonableness of her doctrines, and the holy lives oi her followers, surely marble vases and brass tablets arising Irom the dead, will not convince them! JOSEPHUS. COLUMBIAN FOUNTAIN MR. J. B. GOUGH. 1 The following interesting communication is from the Boston Journal, of Saturday last, and was handed to us by a friend : Mr. Sleeper By the steamer Caledo nia of this week, a letter came to my care for J. B. Gough. Being present when he read it, 1 had the opportunity not only to know its contents, but to witness the hap piness it gave him when he said, "Why, here in a letter from my father?the first 1 have received since the fall of 1?38?and whom 1 have not seen since June 1829." It is an Excellent letter, written correctly, in a fair hand, and dated "Royal Hospital, Chelsea, Sept. 29, 1846." Believing a few extracts may be interesting to the public, they are made at. my request. He com mences by saying: "Jt is a long time since I paw or heard from you. 1 had indeed given up all hopes of ever hearing of you again. I think about three months since, Mr. Ross called and informed me that he had seen my son in America, and that he had published a histoy of his lite, which I immediately procured. I am at a loss, my dear son, how to ex-, press my feelings on reading your book, more particularly the first part of it. You| must be aware that the narration of the many trials you encountered, must have harrowed up the feelings of a father. Al though 1 am not a member of the Total Ab stinence Society, yet I bless God that such a society exists, for by its instrumentality I am happy to say that my son was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found ?and I do dope that through grace you , will be enabled to perform with all fidelity , as a Christian, your duty to God and man. Oh, what unspeakable pleasure would it give to your poor old father once more to see his son before leaving this world of trial*. I am now in my sixty-sixth year, I and am in a good degree of health, and en j >y my present situation as a pensioner ofi the "Royal Hospital." Give my very af-j t'ectionate love to your sister Mary and fain-, ily, hoping they will all do well. My son you have drawn a sorrowful picture ol your dear mother's interment in your history ; I , felt that part of it keenly. Remembef me | to your wife, and assure her lhat il would be a source of ihe greatest comfort to see you both. May the Lord bless you and make you happy, is the prayer of your affection ate father, John Gough. P. S. Let me hear from you soon as pos sible." Mr. Gough has spared no pains t<5 find his father by inquiy and writing, and when Mr. Ross left this country he was charged to do it if possible, and succeeded as the letter shows. M. G. COMMODORE DECATUR. The removal of the remains of Commo dore Decatur, suggests the selection to the Pennsylvania of the following extract from the second volume of Rush^ Residence at the Court ol London, which may not be unaccptable to some of our readers. " May 16,1820, Dined at Lord Molville's the first Lord of the Admiralty. Mr Roset British Minister at Berlin; the Russian Am bassador and Countress Leiven; Lord and Lady Binning; I,ady Castlereagh; the Am bassador faom the Netherlands; Mr. Plants; Mr. Bagot and others made the company. Among the table ornaments was a very beautiful representation of Neptune, in ala baster, holding in his hand the trident of the ocean." " Tropics during the dinner hour and eve ning, were such as the new reign sugges ted. One other, a foreign one, shared atten tion?the death of Commdoore Decatur, the account whose fall in a duel with Commo dore Barron, near Washington, had just be come known in London. To Mr. Bagot, next to whom 1 sat, 1 spoke of him, lamen tiug in his death the loss of a personal! friend and old school mate, besides his loss to his country. It was known to me lhat Mr. Bagot had made his acquaintance whilst the former was British Minister in the United States, as well as that the Com mordore'i accomplished wife was known to Mrs Bagot. Mr. Bagot spoke of the Com modore in the handsomest terms, and this not for my ear alone, hut that of the whole company, llis closing words were,' All that he said or did was ever carried off with a soldierly grace.' And let his school mate and friend here pay him the passing tribute of adding to words so true, that a lof ~*y r*tr??tism ever animated all his thoughts and deed; that he was a shining example iu others in a profession which he desired to lift up to the highest pitch not only by his valor and naval accomplishnees, but by the noble ambition of intellectual improvement in other fields?an ambition that he seemed to cherish but more with advancing years; so that,hid he lived longer, his coun try might have beheld in him a fame even more full-orbed than that which his untime ly death cut short." STEPHEN DECATUR. In the United States Gazette we find the i following incident of this distinguished of ficer. The first time F had jlue pleasure of see ing this illustrious man, was in the West Indies, during our differences with the French Republic. He was then a Lieuten ant on board of one of our largest frigates, whose officers had been selected from a mong the most promising in the Navy, and were on the occasion to which I allude, generally on the quarter deck grouped, as is the custom, in different places, convers ant on the various subjects of their profes-l sion. I was introduced to many oi them ?they were pleasing, genleel men ; having the characteristic look and air of sailors? but in. Decatur, I was struck with a pecu liarity of manner and appearance, calcula ted to rivet the eye and engross the atten - tion. I had often pictured to myself the form and look of a hero?such as my favor ite Homer had delineated?here, I thought, it was embodied ! On being released from a kind of spell, by which he had rivetted my attention, I turned to the gentlemen to whom I was indebted for the introduction, and inquired the character of Decatur?the inquiry was made of a person, to whose long experience and knowledge of .human nature, the inward man seemed to be unfold ed. "Sir," said he, "Decatur, is an officer of uncommon character?of rare promise? a man of an age?one, peihaps, not equal led in a million !" "A man overboard wa; now buzzed through the ship," u2d cutter's away?3d cutter's away," were passed from deck to deck?I observed Decatur to spring into the mizen chains?I ran to the stern?in a tew moments saw a youth, up held above the surging wave, by a buoyant and vigorous swimmer, and thus sustained, until relieved by the boats?life had nearly fled?but it was not extinct?it returned? it was the life of one who hns since had celebrity, and lived to see his preserver the pride and glory of his country. It was under slich circumstances, 1 first saw the generous and chivalric Decatur, a man more unique, more highly endowed, than any other I ever knew?to w hom, perhaps the countiy is more indebted for that naval renown wJiich the admiration of the world?a renown, so associated with the name of Decatur as to render them in I,dissoluble. EASY METHOD OF CAPTURING THE CASTLE OP SAN JUAN D'ULLOA AT VERA CRUZ. Mr- Wisj, the aeronaut, baa come before the public, in the columns of the Lancaster (Pa.) Republican, with a plan for taking the business out of ihe hands of General Taylor, Worth, and Patterson, and doing up the Mexicans at-short notice. We do not think our readers would be satisfied with less than the whole article: Mr. I). S. Kieffer.?The present condi tion of the war with Mexico, will require our forces to reduce Vera Ciuz. And it is acknowledged on all sides to be an extraor dinarily well fortified point of defence,al most impregnable to the common mode of warfare, and at best cannot be taken in that way, without a great sacrifice of life and ammunition. 1 will suggest a plan to our War Department, that will render the cap ture of the Castle of San Juan D'Ulloa as feasible and easy as the launching of a fri gate.' . Although the plan i shall propose may seem novel to many, still a brief detail of it, I think, will satisfy the most incredu lous of its efficacy. In the first place, it will require the construction of a balloon of common twilled muslin, of about one hundred feet diameter. This machine, properly coated with varnish, will retain its buoyancy for many days or wepks. It will be capable, when inflated, to raise over 30,000 pounds?siy 20,000 independent of its own weight, net work, car, and cable. It can he inflated in a day, or less ttme, if necessary. The process of inflation may be accom plished on land, or on board of a man of war at sea, as circumstances may reouire, the car to be loaded with percussioned bomb shell and torpedoes to the amount of 18,000 pounds, which will leave 2,000 pounds for ballast and men. Thus it will be ready to be placed in a position lor deadly action, in a very short time. The cable by which it is to be manoeuvred, may be at least five miles long, so that the balloon, at a mile of elevation, would leave the vessel, or land position, which act as the retaining point, out of the reach of thecaslleguns,and under the cover of our own batteries. The man Wtrton, hovering a mile above the Castle like a cloud t?f viu-t.?<: ?, be out of danger of the enemies'guns, since they could not be made to bear at an object immediately above them. The position of the balloon as to height and distance from the retaining point, could be easily main tained by keeping a proper eye to its bal lasting. As it would become lightened by the discharge of shells and torpedoes, an adequate quantity of gas can also be dis charged. If a gun from the castle #could be made to bear upon the war balloon, it would soon be silenced by the rapidity, precision, and certainty, with which the deadly mis siles eould be showered down upon them. With this serial war ship hangings mile above the fort supplied with a thousand percussioned bomb shells, the Cattle of Vera Cruz could be taken without the loss of a single life to the army, and at an ex pense that would be comparatively nothing to what it would be to take it by the com mon mode of attack. Through the medium of your journal, I would most respectfully suggest this plan to our government, and will tender my ser vices for its construction, and when con structed, will, if necessary, most cheerfully undertake its directorship into actual ser vice, at a moment's warning. Very respectfully, your friend and fellow citizen, J. WISE. Lancaster, Oct. 22, 1846. HERE'S THE PLACE, 12th street ana Canal.?Just received, and now landing a car go of j bonis, saw'd latha, palling*, post raila, joiat scantling, sills, together with an assortment of f w-4 white pine a>id cypress plank. Alao dressed flooring, N. C.joiats and stopping. POR RENT.?A brick houae on llth street april 2fi?tf WARD & LENMA^T, SPOONS. A NE W aud beautiful article of Table, Deeart, . lx and Tea Spoona, warranted equal to real ailver it one-fifth the coat. Juat received and for aala by, E. WHEELER, oct 10-lm Penn. avenue, near 7th at. SPLENDID ARCHERS highly improved JetDlack Varniah for iho uae of Boot, Shoe, Harness and Trunk mak er*, Preserving the leather and giving to all kind* ?f black leather a splendid polish, and ia admitted by all who have tried it, to be superior to any in market. It ia made and sold by the subscriber, wholeaala and re tail, at the Shoe *tore of Mr. I.ewi* Pay nee, op Dosite the Farmers' and Mechanic*' bank. W. LANG Georgetown??ept 32?lm _ United States Agency and Notarial Of tire, established In 1843. PDMUND F. BROWN, .Ittornry and Agent for Claimants, .Votary Public, Illinois Commusionn , Sec., continues to settle all kinds of businea* with ihe several branches of Government, with his usual promptnch*, efficiency and fidelity ; especi ally Claims for Pension*, rATtNT*, Land*, Post Office and other Contract*, Sic., 1th strut, " north oftht Post Ojjicr. yy* Letters must be postyaid. feb 6? law Cut.