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[WHOLE NO. 2006. and apparently almost touching tlie ship's mast-heads; The semi-weekly [ or annum," - o W * " *J the night was dark, aud a long sou'herly swell made / * ur in iuvuiud, - - - _ Weekly, " - - - t 00 t> All letters must be addressed ( free of postage) to the editor. Postmasters throughout the Union are requested to act as our agents. Those who uiay particularly exert themselves in extending the circulation of this 1 , paper, wiii noi oniy ne anuwru nucmi vumiu.wiw.. on turn* remitted, But receive our warmest thanks. | , | THE MADISON IAN. SATURDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 23 THE GKEAT NATIONAL MEASURE. The Missouri Reporter, received by the last mail, stales that Mr. Beaton has " declared in public that he will not advocate the immediate annexation of Texas, even if he should be instructed to that effect." We trust there will be found some mistake in this statement, or at least that some qualification of the declaration was made at the time, which was not communicated to the editor; and we notice the assertion L not to censure the author of the declaration, without a more distinet avowal, but to express ' a hope that an error was committed in reporting bis words, aad that he will himself embrace aa early oocasioa ta di?lusa Ma purposes in * such a manner as to preclude the possibility of | misconstruction. Another incident, which transpired in the Senate Chamber last spring, and whi It has given rise to much speculation, and to no little animadversion, it is hoped by a large mass of the Democracy, will be fully explained by Mr. Benton. We allude to the "bond of Union" sealed by the Senator from Missouri with John Q,uiucy Adams. The explanation sought lor, is whether he pledged himself to unite with the Massachusetts member in implacable hostility lo the purposes of the negotiators of the Treaty of Annexation ; and whether he enlisted as a vindicator of the motives and action of Mr. Adams, against the charge of Mr. Brown of Tennessee, and of Gen. Jackson, founded upon information derived from Mr. Erving, once our M inister at the Court of Madrid, that, after a S i treaty negotiated by Mr. E. had been consumma!! ted, placing all of the territory of Texas within ( our Southern boundary, he (Mr. Adams) being Secretary of State, under Mr. Monroe, thrust the treaty aside and negotiated one himself, fixing the boundary at the Sabine, ai d giving away, or refusing to have the territory of Texas ? An explanation on this point is unani mously desired by the advocates of immediate annexation; and the more vehemently, because Mr. Benton has appended u note 10 one of the recent speeches, ackuowledging that he did Mr. Adams great injustice in one of his editorials, wheiein he "imprecated a curse" on , him for having given away this territory at the time, and um)er the circumstances mentioned above. Understanding that Mr. Benton has arrived in this city, or is expected 10 arrive in a aay or Lt two, we will embrace ibis occasion to draw his I attention to another matter, not in a captious spirit, or in the altitude of assault; but by a respectful interrogatory, at the request of a Democrat in Tennessee, to elicit information.? Our friend in Tennessee has sent us a number ' of the Jonesboro' Whig, dated October the 9th, containing what purports to be a speech delivered by Mr. B. in Boonville, Missouri, on thelSlh of September last, and written out for publica, tion by himself. Our correspondent has inark* ed sundry passages, which he desires us 10 copy, and to inquire if they were really uitered by the oiator. We comply \yith the request, knowing that if the extracts be not uenuinc, we will deserve the thanks of Mr. Benton for thus aif>rding hitn an opportunity of denying their authenticity: I " Mr. Benton proceeded to ' the subject on which all were anxious to hear him sneak, namely, the An nex iliou of Texas.' Much of the tir-t pairt of his Speech was taken op in establishing the positions which he had m .iiitaiued upon the negotiation of the first treaty, by which Texas was lost to us through the in-truinenlality of Mr. Calhoun and other Southern members of Mr Monroe's Cabinet. Me read the bill introduced by him at the last sessi >ri of Congrei-s, giving authority to the President to open negotiations with Mexico and Texas, and proceeded to explain and defend it ' Let those who want Texas tritA the Union,'he said, 'go for the bill; let those , who want Texas xc thmit the Union adhere to the dead treaty.'" . a a a a I" Disunion was a primary object of the treaty, an intrigue for ihe Presidency was us secondary object; land specula ion and stock-jobbing were auxiliaiy I objects; and the fou- objects together brought it for' ward at the time and in the m.inner in which it came for*ard, juu lurly days before the Baltimore Convention, and ?l the rxjet moment to mix wnh the Presidential election, and to make dissension, discord, i and mischief b. tween the North and the South ? Mr. B. said he meant this for the prunr movers and negotiators of the treaty, and not lor those who supported the treaty wilhoul participating in the viewof the makers. He had in various speeches exposed the disunion scheme and the intrigue for (he 1'resi dei cy ; he had not shown the part which Ihe land speculating and Mock jobbing acted in roncocting ' the treaty and pressing its ratifi alion. lie had uoi noticed this part, hut it was a conspicuous one, and wass.enby every body at Washington. Ihe city was a buzzard roost! the Presidential mansion anil Department of Htate were buzzard roosts! defiled and polluted by the foul and voracious birds, in th< shape of land-speculators and stork jobbers, wh< saw their piey in the tnaty, and spared no cllort t< secure it. Their own work was to support the Ires ty and its friends ? to assail it- opponents?to abu-i the Senators who were against it?to villify them | and lie upon them in speich rind in writi g and l< " ?.t.nli?h u com in I llee. still "lltiriif in Wn.hinirtnn t< | promote and protect their interest, i * | "There were others who wanted it (Texas) fo very diflcrent purpOte*?the disun orusts, lor exam pie?who wanted to nse it for separating the flare holding from the non-s>laveholdiug Male*; I'residen tial intriguers, who wanted to make and unmak Pres.denlial candidates; ami land-speculators am stock-jobbers, who wanted to enrich themselves. " Throughout this speech, Mr. It presented it a the design of the Texas treaty not to get Texas ml the Union, but togitlhe Southern Htales out of il and showed that the whole treaty, arid till the correv prudence relating to it, was s odiously and art till contrived for that puiposn. To pick a quarrel wit Ureal nruain, ami ?i*i me non-sla vehoMmg State on the subject of slavery, was the open, un.lisguiset ? object of the negotiator from tlie beginning 10 th * ending. To array the slaveholding against the not /L slavrtiol'lirig hall of the Union, was his open and coi tinued effort. To prerfent the acquisition of Text as a Southern, sectional, slave-holding questioi wholly directed to the extmsion, perpetuation, an predominance of slavery, was his express and avo* Mr B *tid he saw the first signs of thi> scheme i I ^ (involution during the session of CuUgress of 1842 '43 He kuw vllier signs of it in the summer ?>i 1843; and by the end of the late session of Congress the sign* bad become so thick and clear thai be wa> able to deuouuce it on the floor of the Seoste Hi? reply to Mr. MeDuffie on Saturday, the 15th of Ju?e, was the firsi public denunciation of this new treason against the Union. He had denounced it long lit lure to many persons, and particu arly at the late session of Congress to Mr. Aaron V. Brown, a member of Congress from Tennessee, who had vicariously obtained the Texas letter froin Geneal Jackson, and who seemed to be vicariously charged with some enterprise on himself, and which was nipjied in the bud, be it what it might. He had foretold at the commencement of the session all that he had proclaimed at the end of it. He knew the treasonable dea gu and the Pesidentiai intrigue long before he proclaimed it in the Senate. He could not speak out until tbe signs were sufficiently developed to command the attention and the credence of the public. Before the end of the session this was the case. Believing in tbe strength of the Texas question, and that the patriotic sympathies of the people might blind them to the consequences of rush counsels, the old nullifiers and disunionists of 1832 went boldly to work to accomplish the design which they admit they began too soon then.? Disunion as a consequence of non annexation, was proclaimed in hundreds of resolutions. Measures were openly concocted for carrying tbe resolutions into effect. Members of Congress from the Southern States were invited to act together ; communications with the Texan Minister were recommended to be maasi i eU the slave States were to be roused and excited ; and, to crown the scheme, a Hartford, Con vemion, under tbe pretext of a Southern Texas Conution, was proposed to be held at Nashville. All lhsa Km Ms* U Karl /Unniinnorl in flip. Kp.nnlf*. Hft denounced it in the hearing of thousands, with the concurrence of almost al), and without denial from any. Whigs and Democrats applauded him. Happily there was one green spot in the political field, where Whigs and Democrats united, and that was in the patriotic field of devotion to the Union. Whigs cheered him as well as Democrats, when he denounced disunion in the American Capitol; and since that time a etilI more striking spectacle had been scan when, on the 6th day of July, the present month, Whigs and Democrats assembled at Nashville in joint meeting, and in energetic resolutions piotesied against the desecration of Tenn.ssee soil by profaning it to the purposes of a disunion Convention. Tnese resolutions will repulse the Southern Hartford Convention from Nashville, and drive it to seek some other locality.'' We shall be truly rejoiced to ascertain that the speech from which the above extiacts (marked for insertion in our paper) are taken, was merely an 41 invention of the enemy;" although it is quite probable that such sentiments, purporting to come from such a distinguished source, may have very materially operated en the election in Tennessee, in which State this document was extensively circulated. The measure of Annexation, however, is sufficiently potential of itself to make it3 way to a happy consummation, in despite of opposition from any quarter. It is the People's measure, and to resist it is to be crushed. The tfforl to stem the tide of its growing popularity, when it had as yet not acquired one-fourth of its destined impetus, annihilated schemes for the Presiden cy which had been concocting for years, and which formed the grand result of the labors and intrigues of powerful combinations of politicians and presses. This was when the measure was in its infancy ; subsequently, when it waxed a little stronger, but while still in its youth, like a young Hercules, it demolished the Whig partv, and placed one of its sincere advocates at ihe htad of the Government, who had not, previous to its birth, even aspired to that exalted position. And now, when the power of this great national measure is rapidly attaining the full vigor of maturity, it would be well for politicians, before opposing it, to consider u? importance to the country, "geographically, commercially, and politically;" the will of the People, just expressed at the polls ; and, dually, in w hat light their conduct may be viewed by posterity. Calumny and detraction did their worst during ihe contest just closed so triumphantly.? 11 the charges and fabrications in the extracts we have copied, be not indeed the* productions of the author to whom they are attributed, still they have been tv. ry where circulated ; and similar ones, of almost equal enormity, have been uttered by our opponents in every section of the Union, and all to no purpose. The President, the S?cretaryof State, and a'1 the able a id patriotic statesmen who cheered them on in their labors, are sufficiently acquitted o! tbe evil des gns imputed to them bv their circurnvented enemies. The People would noi believe such preposterous and absurd libels, arid their vetdict of " not guilty " has b en deposited in the BALLOT BOX. EMOL1ENTS. We perceive, by the Philadelphia papers, that the ladies of thai city are raising a fond tc present Mr. Clay with a service of silver, which it lo cost several mou-nnu uouars; anu ? pruposiion has alto been started to raise a fund, by subscription, to purchase ' Mount Vernon,' the hotneof Washington, which it < fi -red for sale, to be presented to Mr. Clay as a ^ign of regard, which shall have some relation to the depths and i extent of the feeling entertained by the donors.' And in Providence, Rhode Island, it is proposid ! to procure by subscripted a full length portrait of Mr. Clay, to hang in the Senate Chamber by ' lie side of Stuart's Washington, or in sornt . other public place ; while elsewhere, some ol us fri nds are anxious for Ins statue in marble, ihe expenses of its procuration to be paid by , wo shilling subscriptions. " All this, however, will not effectually softer ( he aspemy of Mr. ('lay's disappointment;? . for, afier looking, "lo! these many years,;' t( he gilt (more precious than all) o! the I'resi f lency, he hat ''seen his fondest hopes decay.' [1 The "service of silver" will he of little servici to hini?Mount Vernon is in too near proximitt k to the White Hou>e for an agreeable residence i< and as 10 the portrait and the statue, his friend > evince a satisfaction truly comniendahle?to hi j -atisfied with the xhndnic since they failed b ti secure the substance itself. A New Wat of Manteactcsivo TAivr.?Th ' following (says the Prnsaeola (?azeiie) was relatei to us by ? person wh ) wns formerly a carpenter ii the. U. S Navy: " ''During a cruise in the South Pacific, we wen 1 into the harbor of Coquimbo, and as (he ship had bee out a long time, she was covered with rust from stei " to stern. It was the anxious wish of the rommanrte that she should he restored to her | ristina colors, bu on emmining the store room, 'Iwns ascertained lha 0' *l ? -a ~r .kit. i 1 .k. .k;? . ; I mere was no* a jnjuuu ui nmw ic?u m mo ?hij? , i this emergencj I bethought me of an expedient which concocted an admirable substitute, computed of the following ingredient*: "Air-slacked lime, pulverized until it was of the consistency of tlour, which was then passed through a sieve. "Rice boiled in a large kettle until the substance was drawn entirely out of the grain ; the water, then of a plastic nature, was strained to separate the grain, fito., and clear the liquid- A tub, about the size of a half-barrel, of the prepared lime and rce-waler was mixed witb a gallon of linseed oil, and the material bad so much the appearance of paint that a novice could not have told the difference. "The ship was painted outside and inbi ard with the above mixture (which cost next to nothing) and never presented a liner white streak on her binds or cleaner bulwarks and berth-deck than < n that occasion, and no other kind of white paint was used during the remainder of the cruise." GOV POLK AT HOME. The Nashville Union, replying to the Banner on the subject of the vote for Mr. Polk in his own town, Columbia, says:? " It is true that a majority of votes were given for Henry Cluy in Columbia, but it is not true that they were given by the citizens of tbat town; for the de- , feat of Gov. Polk in his own precinct being one of the highest points of whig ambition, hundreds of their fiarty were induced to go in from Adjacent prerinc's i or this inglorious purpose. It is, therefore, uo evidence of lack of neighborhood popularity. On the contrary, it is the best possible evidence that, but for this incoming of whig voters from other precincts, G..V. Polk would have had a decided majority in the country seat where he res des. So with the Hermitage precinct. It has been the practice of the personal and political friends of Messrs Bell, Foster, &. Co., for years to go from Nashville and other precincts of this county to the Hermitage poll on the morning of the election, and there cast their votes. The object is self-evident. It is 10 give forth to our country and the world, a false impression ?an impression that a majority of Gen. Jackson's own neighbors are not friendly to him. Contemj tible as it is, those who are in the habit of it, openly boast of their conduct at the corners of the streets ; and their presses, as in this case, controlled by intellects inebriated with the ilistilment of malice and revenge, give voice to the false impression and exult over it. To all the gratification wh ch this labor and pains to wrong and misrepresent the great and good old man of the Hermitag e ati'ord these disappointed, re vengeful and malicious partisan leaders, they are more than welcome. In the language of other days : " it i3 wasting ammunition against a bomb proof battel y" But ihe slander of Gov. Polk's home reputation becomes still grosser in view of the fact that Maury county, wh.re he has resided from boyhood, and where he still resides, gave, him a maj irity of nearly seven hundred votes; and the Congressional District which he so long represented, composed of Lincoln, Giles, Mauiy, Bedfoid, and the new counties of Marshall and Coti'ee, gave him a majority of nearly thirtyeight hundred. THE ELK RUNNERS. 1 From the St. Louis Reveille. I [The fallowing extraordinary relation is literally true. It li3S been communicated to us by one of our oldest and most respectable citizens, and is further substantiated by the concurring testimony of the se| nior editor of this paper, who knew both of the men | spoken of, and has never heard the story doubted. ; Major John Dougherty, the "Kentuckian" mentioned, is still living in Clay County, Missouri, which he has represented in the Legislature, besides having filled the important post of lodian Agent. He was famous in his youth, among the prairie and mountain men, as a hunter of extraordinary skill and endurance. We should like, of all things, to hear his j own statement of an adventure which is certainly among ihc most marvellous ever heard out of the pages of fiction? if, indeed, fiction has any thing to ! compare with it.] In the year 1818, the Mi?souri Fur Company had a |>ost below Council Bluffs, named Fort Lisa, after lh -gentleman wbo had established it. Thrre was much co*ii| elilion in the trade at that time, and it was a great point to select ihe very best nun for runners. Mr. Lisa had with him a young Kentuckian named [)., a fine daring fellow, with a frame of iron, the speed i f an osti ich, and the endurance of a camel.? He was fortunate, moreover, in the retention of a half-breed, called Mai Bauf, who, notw ithslandnig his i ame (bad bet f,) was c nsiJcrcd of hardly less merit than I).; and between the two men, consequently, a keen rivalry existed D. had travelled on fool from Blackbird Hills to Fort Lisa, a distance of 'JO miles, in thirteen hours ! Mai If osuf also boasted some asloni-huig feats of "bottom.' and both were stationed at the Fori, during the time we speak of, for the purpose of providing venison. Oi.e evening in July, the weather extremely warm, the grass hi.h, and the pu.-t were unfurnished with meal, the two men were playing at cards, when their ?inp oyer came up, reproached them Willi their neg1 I'gence, and order?d them to start, the first thing in the morning, on a hunt. Obedience was promised, of . course, but the game continued, each moment growing more desperate, the sj irit of rivalry peri ding their hearts in every thing, till finally, in rmng broke as ihe h df-breed declared hi nsell to be broken.? They fell asleep on the spot, and the sun was well Up, when Mr Lisa, informed of the rase, again approached in no pleasant humor, it may be suppos.d, cursed, sorted ai d cutaAoo'i/, until Ihe deli, quents, fully aroused, and a little alarmed took their guns and started oil" lor t'apdlion crnk, on the edge ol ihe prairie ; about five miles of) There they discovered a gang of elk when the Kentuckian suggested a plan 1 ol approach, wniih would enable them to get a good 1 shot. The half breed, rankling at his companion's , uiuinph the r.ighl previous, observed, sulkily : "I don't kill elk Wuh my gun, but with mv knife." The plur k if the Kentucman was aroused in mi nistanl rigriiiy|inicrpreimg inc. vaunt a* a rn?iiengc u? 1 a irul i f speed and bo torn, and on hi* . nying proudly that what In* rompamon could do, he c uld do alto, ' >oih hui g their nun* on a tree, and approaching the i elk a* n?* ,r a po?*ib e, th< y sud !enly r..i cd the InI dian >'11, which hail a most paralyzing elicet up n i the animal. Off they went acros* a low prairie, a few mile* in I width, h aving their pursuer* far behind; but steadily the latlri continued their pac>, nevei lh. les*.? I'hey reaclird the bluff?ascended?crossed?descended? >i,e resolve uppermost in their minds "ne' vrr to say fail." League alter league the c.iase ai d f rai e continued, the men pariling like hound*, cooling their mouths in Closing an occasional branch, by ' throwing up the water with their palms, but snh unr pausing, until a pr aching bill liorn riv. r, a distan e of twenty miles, by mutual agreement they took a circuit with an incr<a*ed speed, got ahead of the elk 1 and actually prevented them trom crossing Leagues and leagues upon a new tack the chase } continued, the animals by this time so exhausted by heat, thirst, and above a I fright, for the hunter* had " incessantly sent lorih their yells, in this ea-e as much ' a ?rreant of mutual defiance as an artifi c of the chase, that they now scarcely exceeded their pursuer* in speed; the latter furted and maddened with f excitement, redoubled their effort* until the elk, reaching a prairie pond or sinK, the hunters at ilieir heel-, plunged despairingly in, lay down and abans doned themselves, hecdics of all else, to the giatifir rat < n of their Oi l st The frantic riva s, knife in r, hand, dashed in aft? r their prey, begin the woikof i slaughter, puusn g not until they nad ouuhcied six t, en i lk, dragged them Irom the water, and rut up and prepared the meet tor transportation to the Fort, r whither they had to return lor horses, d Had the victory ended f No! tor victory or d. nth n ' was the inwnfd determination ; and as yet neither h id given way. Off dashed again the indomitable t half breed ami at his side the unyielding Kentucki.,n n Hnlge and hollow, stream and limber?there was no n y elding now ?in desperate silence were left behind, r , The sun was sinking?blind, sla.'gering on they went t, ?they reached tin* Fort, h aggard, wild and voiceless, it as fro nthe fires of the savages, the gauntlet of fiend*, n; A crowd gathering round the exhausted men, who had arrived together, and now fainting, sli'l aide by side, a long tunc before they were enabled by eigna and whispers, to tell that they bad run down sixteen elk, and yet could'nt say which was the best man ! This feat brought upon D. an affection of the lung*, nor did he recover his strength for several years.? fie is still alive?a quiet and influential citizen. Mai UujuI became very dissipated, and died in a short time. Our informant tells us that he has made an examination of the country, forming their racetrack, himself, and that they, without eiaggeialion; must have run seventy-five miles between the hours of 8 A. M. and 7 P. M. He is load of reading the New York S( irit of the Tunes, and wishes to know whut the editor thinks of the Barclay and Ellsworth breed, when compared with the prairie runners of the wist ? ?a thousand of whose exploits retuaiu uutolJ, as matters of common occurrence. "THE MAN THAT DID NOT VOTE!" Under this title there is published in the Philadelphia Saturday Evening Post, two admirable sketches by J. C. Nea), the Dickens of America. The first ?r M. P^U,. W Pnnilur as " the politician without a side." Mr. Ponder, as his name indicate*, never decided any thing hastily? in fact never decided at all. Mr. Meal first gives us some general accour.t of the birth and parentage of Mr. Ponder. His mother's name was Mrs. Perplexity Ponder, bwhos? earthly career came to an end, while she was in dubilalion as to which of the various physicians of the place.should be called in. If there hud been only one doctor in the town, Perplexity Ponder might have been saved. But there were many ; and what could Perplexity do in such a case ? Bonder's lather was run over by a wagon, as he stood debating with himself, in the middle of the road, whether he should escape forward, or retreat backward. There were two me.hods of extrication, and between them both, old Ponder became a victim. One of Peleg's daily difficulties was in not being able to answer the question, "how are you?" 'People,' ha says, are always asking mc how I do, arid more than half the time, 1 can't tell?there's a good many dilferentjsoris of ways of feeling betwixt and between, 'very sick, 1 thank you,' and 'half dead, 1 am obliged to you,' and people won't stop to hear you explain the matter. They want to know right smack, when you don't know right smack yourself. Sometimes you feel things a-coming, aiu just at'icr, jou feel things a-going. And nobody's exactly prime all the while; 1 amt anyhow?I'm Kinder so, just now, arid I'm sorter t'other way, just afier. Then, some people tell you that you look very well, when you don't feel very well? ho* then r' At table Peleg is not exactly sure what he will take ; and sits looking s.owly up and down the board, deliberating what he would like, until the rest of the company have finished thier repast, there being of en nothing left which suits Peleg's hesitating appetite. Peleg has never married?not that he is averse to the connubial state?on the contrary, he has a large share of the susceptibilities, and is always part'ally in love, But female beauty is so various. 'If there wasn't so many of them, 1 shouldn't be so bothered,' said Peleg; or, if they all looked alike, a man couldn't help himself. Hut yesterday 1 wanted this one?to-day, 1 want thut one; and how can 1 tell, if 1 should gt t litis, or that, or t'other, that it wouldn't soon be somebody else that 1 really wanted ? That is the dilliculty It always happens s? with me. When the lady's mott courted, and thinks 1 ought to speak out, then 1 begin to be skeered, for f. ar I've made a I mistake and nave been thinking 1 loved her when 1 1 didn't. May be it's not the right o..e?may be she won't suit?may bo 1 might do better?may be I had better not venture at all. 1 wish there wai-n't so uiauy 'may he's' about every thing, especially in such I a Hairs. I've got at least a dozen unfinished courtships cn band already.' Mr. Ponder is next introduced to us as a politician ?his fortune becomes impaired, and he wants ail office. But here diHicu.ties increase. i For whom shall Peleg shout? Behold him as be puzzles over the returns of the | State elections, laboring in vain to satisfy his mind | as to the icsult in the PresiJtntial contest. Stupificd by figures?perplexed by contradictory state- I meiits?Dolheied by the general tiunah; what can reieg uo: ' W ho's going to win ? That's all I want to know,' exclaims the vixed Peleg ; '1 don't w ant to w aste my time a blowing out for the wrong person, and never gtt a thank'ee. What's the use of that? There's qjnnpkins?sjjs I, Simpkms, says 1, which is the parly that can't be b<at? And Chmpkins turns up ins nose and tells me every fool knows th t?it's his side?so I hurrah lor fcumpkius' side as hard as I can Hut then cotr.e Timpkms ? 1 impkins' s.de is t'o.lur side from bimpkins' side, and Timpkms oil. in to bet iae three lev.es that Ins side is the side that can't he beat. Hurrah! says I, for Timpkins's side!?and then 1 can't tell w hich side ' 'As lor the new-papers, th at's worse still. 1 hey not only crow ail round, but they cypher it out so clear Hut both sides uiti-t win, it there's any tiutli hi die cyphering book, which there isn't about election iiuicb. W hat's to be done? I've tried going to all the meetings?I've hurra'd for every body?I've been in all the proce-sions, and I sit a little while in all j torts of head-quarter*. I've got one kind of documents in otic [sack' I, and t'other kind of documents in t'oi her pocket; ami as 1 go home at night, I sing one sort of song a- loud as I can bawl, hull the was, and try another sort of *ong the rest nt the way, I just to split the difference and show my imparti lit). 1 If I only had two votes?a couple ol 'em, how nice it would be.' 'But the best thing that can be d, ne now I gu>ss, as my character is e-tablishcd both ways, is to turn in quietly till the row is all over. Nobody will miss me when they'.e'so busy ; and afleiw.irds, wi cn we know all about it, ju?t look lor iVhg W. Ponder, as becomes down the s rcet?, shaking people by the band, arid saving h >w we have ustd ti.em up. 1 can't j>a) > i now, or I would?lor 1 am not perfectly sure yet which is we,'or whtc.i is'them.' i'uue enough when the election is over.' I The election ranvns* grows warm, and P> leg is : hang ng between "he two patties?now attracted by inu and now by ihai? ever certain y the re nor n. v er ceit.inly lu re', lie cannot make up liie amid j wliu h *h li w in?and all hit ad vis (,g wiili his friends , I linpkl .a and .M.npk.iis, two leaders of the epp sue pari us, only incr. ?? < his d I In uhies. I le l.ei In.u jiit 1 Iiiiii ol vol. Z ii Id ink ticke-1. hu. w, s afi.i.d ol dl-co* cry?be then thnug'il ho wouM he u k ? lieing up ' the l> n cser, inoliling I e i < 11, and having a li'ud 01 I tan placed lit* fere ll.k dOor. Ill tbl* miud DC ;W? In inn, kins :? ' J'iui( ki.ii he Raul, putting hi* hanil to tin* head l in a louctiing in inner, " 1 iiii(,kin*, the eiciteiin nts , ?this ruileting lor my country?don* ine brown. I I do IiHicvi , 'i i iipKinit, there is something wrong here, [ ill my n, ( t.i story?my head, Tlinpkliis, h .s an cinply li el. "Giurrets to let, perhap-," replied Tim|kina. "Don't be j 'king, Tnnpkins. It seema sometimes as if I had n., lic.nl on my shouldc*?my head, y< ti sec?" " W< II,1' said Ti.nltins, "there's nothing in that; and if you cin get along without u head, it save* hata." ' I've an idea, Timpkina, yes?1 know?I am going to be *n k?at such a tunc, t o?the loss of one vole has somct m< s turned he sc It?I'd lather die than have it said innt^Peleg \V. Ponder did not do his du"(tooi! agtn, Ponder?you're tlie ginywinr artiele ; and it shall never he said that you itiil imt Vote, il there's a single pufl'of bicinh lelt in your hndy.'' "What?"crid Ponder, somewhat aghast. "Ve*, Ponder?I'll see to it ju t he as sjrk m ~ -- ?? "" j " ' ?? ...? conniptions, or any thing you pi-a?e, an Itiat you *:< mi111 able to wink and hold a ticket in your fi^t?I'll come after you in a cab?we'll ride you to t|,c jolla, bed ami all?dor'ore, phynic, e?ery thing to make you comfortable ; and then, ehn wn'ie done with you, Peleg, why, ycu may hop the twig just as e on a? it suit* your convenit net ?it won't make any ddferr n 'e, you know, after the election. In a patriotic pint ot nf viPW IVl. ?r f> 11 (I fh*t'.a I .i' \irvv V.tii ?. I w i tit :? L' * - J t j" t r h mnn'a of n<? kind ot u-e the lection." \ "But fro./t 1 ketch a death of cold,M inquired Fet leg, in dejection ; "clouds is such bad things whei they're bad coldo." " W hut it' y< u do, patriotically considered?what's a man in comparison to a vole?what's a.bad cold compared to glory I Your vote won't ketch cod; and if the worst should happen, we'll have a paragraph about it in the newspapers; and at every election that is lo come, we'll be able to coax all tlie sick v.rlers to turn out by telling 'em how it wus the death of you. You'll he immortal z-d cheap." Peleg also consulted teinipkinu, who is on the other side, relative lo the snue distressing matter; but bimpkins for once agreed with Timpkins as lo trie proper method of procedure. It Was lus decided opinion that if Ft leg should chance to be unwell, he must of course be carried to the polls, at all hazards, because, ua Mr. Siuipkins observed in a kiudly manner, "it wasn't of no consequence whatsumdever, ii Peleg W. Po"der, did defunct, as soon as his vote hud been got in. They could send him home after the pulls had closed. "A man can't live forever, you know, Peleg," said Simpkins, in the way of consolution ; and you've been about lit re a good while, it can't make much diIference?after you have voted. There will be plenty of us left.'' And thus, finding no encourageirieiit among his friends,'on either side in reference to his favonte project, Peleg abandoned the idea ul being sick, ?sm cully as he lemembered that the voter in a cub flariinr with nlacards ami streaming with banners, has no chance at all. Political cal>y are always distinctly and decidedly for somebody ; an J those who ride in them, are likely to he set down as being for the same person. "It won't Uo," groaned Prleg ; "a nan can't possibly ride in two cabs, or in more tbua one bus?rot at the same. time. It I must go, I'll walk?I've got two legs any how?a leg on each side?a hand on each aide?yea, and a sharp eye on each side. All I want is a vo e on euch side, so that 1 might go in to ern right and left, swing corners; sashay, and lemonade all round." Chancel It struck Peleg that he would have recourse to chanci?to the sores Virgilianae?to decide upon what should be the nature of his vote, from a feeling that perhaps a genius hovers in the air, who, if properly appealed lo, will direct the erratic and doubtful steps ot the great family of tho Ponders. He betook >'iinselfto a by-place, and after looking cautiously around, Pelea drew a penny from his pocket ? Heads is Sinipkins's side?tails is Tini( kin*'* side? which ever comes upoflnest, that's mj side." Tired of coppers, he drew lots?weaticd with lots, he had recourse to various other means; but as he never fell sufficiently satisfied lo stop, these devices lufi him pretty much as he wa-before. "1 wish," said Prleg, "I could only come across the man who was fool enough to invent these elections?I'd like to know who found out about voting, just to plague me every year. Nice business to be sure, to bo compelled to think?to do Something when you don't know what to do; and to he something when you uon't know what to dp?jus' at) it all a man s tune wag to be taken up in thinking and doing, and being, bo thut he can never be done. W hat side is Peleg W Ponder on 1 bide!?what do I care about aide 1 Why can't a man be his own aide, and know who's going to win, that lie may hurrah right, and have?ome loaf anil fish '! That's the kind of aide I want?inside? that suits me; but somehow or other, 1 always get outside?wrong 6ide?'o her side?downside, instead of upside" and Peleg i-ighet' beside, as te resolved that he would exercise the utmost judgment on the occasion, which was about to present itself, ihat he might arrive "this side up with care," for once in his hfe, and have a lucrative side at last. If nut, tie would be beside himself. " Men ask me what I think of this candidate and his principles, and of that candidate and his principles. Stuti!?what do the candidates think of Peleg W. Ponder and hit principles? Which of them is the most sensible man, and thinks me a good fat oftice and a big arm chair?the thumpingest salary and plenty of other people to do the work, while 1 cut my n.iinc on the table with a knife that I didn't have to buy "1 He's the right kind of a m n?he thinks to the purpose ; and if 1 was sure he'd be elected, I'd vote for hiui as often as they woald let me, and ask no questions. " if 1 had only thought of it in time, I would have organized myself into a town meeting, and appointed myself as a Committee of Correspondence, to write to the candidates to ask them their ?emimcnls. No voting in the dark for me. What's your candid opinion, public or privaie, of the claims of Peleg VV. Ponder upon this great republic ?what do you think his services are worth ; and, in case of your election, what do you pledge yourself to give him, no back out, and no dodging round the corner ?" Slowly sauntered Peleg to the election gronnd ; for Timpkins and Simpkim?both sides?had promised to come for him in c.t?e that he did not appear ?t the polls in the course oi the morning. Peltg stopped at all the head quarters, and took In kets troni every body who oflcrcd him one, until his pockets were quite full. Indeed, he carefully read each ticket, as it was thrust into Ins hand, nnd asked whether they were quite sure ii was light, lie studied all the placards, as if he sought to relieve his mind by the recications of light literature, and by the graces of classical composition : and he neatly winked Ins eye out, by working In- visual optics r.ghl and left, to the leaders of party, to convince them all rou nd that Peleg W. Ponder is the man to he relied on at a punch. " All this is nice ?nough," said Ponder, " a man don't require a s de for tins sort of business ?but what shall 1 do when I go the window?how then?" Hurrah, there, fonder!" cried Simpkins and Timpkins in n breath, a- each of itiem, with hostile tickets and conflicting placards, rushed joyously towards the doubter. " I his is the ticket," exclaimed Simpkins. "Oh, go'way?this is the t ck t that Pender always rotes, dead 01 alive?isn't it, Ponder?" added Tini| kins. " ."Nonsense !?Ponder knows that this ticket is the only one warranted to save the republic, w ithout sab," sud Simpkins. ' P..ndcr's no fool, though you think him one?if this ticket is not carried, the country rnijht jist as well he set fire to, and no injines to play upon it." " Without us, the grass won't grow." " And if we don't get in, that's all the grass will have to do?there won't be any use lor hay, never no more." " Thieves !" said Simpkins, in a rage. " It bbers !" rejoined Timpkins in a fury. " Swindlers and demd- rs ! ' cried Simpkins. " Kascals and ruffians!" added Timpkins. " Don't believe 'em Ponder?fibs, falsehoods and flam !' "Not a word of truth in anything they say?allca lumniazalioti and bamhoozlement." " Gentlemen, gentlemen, he cool," chimed in F' >niler; " upon my soul, if I dnn't believe you both ii takes me to be impartial, and to have equal faith in Timpkins and Simpkins?Tirapkins is right, and Simpkins is right. That's the way I make myself ngie. able to every body. Timpkins says Simpkins is ;t rogue. V i rv goou. MmpKint -ays inai I 1114 wins 1* a rascal Just so. There is proof that each of you wants to ruin the country. Per ectly proper If one don't pet in, the gra-s won't prow ; and if ihe other don't get in, there will he no body to use the grass if it does prow. Right both ways? fi st rate fellows ; every whirh way, aceordin't to your own showing Aiow, t en, which aide is going to win?" " Ours !" shouted both. 14 Met you a hat!" ' A suit of clothes !" 44 Oyster supper for six !'' 44 A champuigne blow out for n.ne?sna; ping turtles and venison steaks!" 44 Two to one I" 14 Ten to one !" 44 Hundred to one !" 4 All I've cot- wife, children, everything inysrll into Hie bargain !" 44 Wouldn't l.ave you, nor none of your party, fot a Chr .Unas gift." 41 If I liv. 1 in Ihe same street with many such fel lows as your side, I'd move right out, w ituout stop I ing to pay the rent " While I tmpkins and Simpkins were thus emlea vnring to make the truth appear, hy dint ol hard tie) nng, ami harder words, FVlep \V. Ponder, contrive to disappear. It is said that in the rour-e of the daj li*s Kimttijll tnunv f a rr With trrPftl Y J IS n- care, lh.it he nvjht 1 .ot deviate from the strict Imeol impartiality; hut how he voted, no one has yet hrcn able to discover. The judges and inspector* of f'e Iirs waid reeollort something about seeing: hi* animus countenance at the window ; but still th?rn is a strong impression on the minds of many, that even then he had not reached a conclusion, and merely ... -i me old snip uuuuie aooui mucn mote man ?u > agreeable to cither passengers or crew. The pa:e blue roinpassant was flitting from spar to apar, or, 111 1 the beautiful language of Falconer? "High ou the roams, with pale and livid rays, Aoiid .he gloom portentous meteors blaze," making the darkness still more impenetrable. 8ix l ells of the first watch had been s ruck, and now the ram began to fall, in the way that it only does between the tropics; loud peals of thunder broke over our beads, and the lightniog Hashed around us, illuminating the ship fore and aft. " The ethereal dome in mournful pomp arrayed, Now buried lies beneath unpeiious shade ; , Now flashing round intolerable light, Redoubles all the terrors of the nigtil." At this time the danger from the electric fluid was so great, that the first mate ordered all the watch under the shelter of the poop, so as to be less exposed to danger, and at the same time ready in case of an accident, and ou no account to go forward near the anchor, or to stand in the way of the chain topsail sheets. We had thus remained in a close body un Ill near midnight, the thunder and lightning becoming more and more terrific, quailing the hearts of the stoutest men an board, when lo! the ship's bell on the forecastle gave one loud peal " Who is that at the bell?" cried tbe mate. No answer. "Dong, dong." "Forward! there, what do mean by tolling that bell?" All was silent for a moment, and then another toll, louder than before. "Go some of you, and see who is lolling the bellbut no one seemed inclined to obey the order. "Why don't you move?" iie said Lgain, " are you afraid to go?" " Let him go himself," said au old tar, " he is better paid for it than wo are." , The parly were huddled together like a flock of sheep, probably thinking there was safety in number. "What can it be?'said one "Old Davy Jones will have somebody in his locker before long," said another. "Ay, boys; this comes of letting the passengers shoot the Mother Carey's chickens," said a third. " Its Bill Young's gho.-t,") alluding to a youngster who had died a few days befo.-e,) whispered a young lad who stood trembling by my side; "he was always lond of striking a bell." The excitement was now so great that the boldest heart seemed struck with terror; and men who had oravea every Ganger 01 tne seas lor years were apparently paralyzed and nerveless. Peal alter peal of thunder bri.ke above our heads, the Ightning flashed and hissed around us, the rain poured down as if osecond deluge was coming, and every moment we ex pected the elecirict fluid would strike (he ship, and wiap her in a sheet or flame. At intervals went the bell?dong?dong? dong?making' the scene more appalling. ~ For a few minutes there was a cessation of the rolling thunder, and the male thought this a good opportunity of discovering the unknown bell-ringer. Advancing a few paces, he sa d, 44 Come men, we will go in a body, and so find out who is amusing himself with the bell." So saying, he led the way, and we all followed rather closely packed, and a great inclination for each one to be the last In this way we had reached the main deck, when one of the inost intense and withering dashes?no, not a flash?hut a stream of lightning sealed up our eyes, and was followed by a volley of thunder w hich broke directly over our heads, snaking the ship to her very keelson. As soon as we recovered from the shock, a rush was made for the qua iter deck, and there we stood breathless r.nd horror-stricken?dong?dong?dong?dong. 44 Ah ! hear that, sir?" said one of the men ; 44 it's no use templing God and Bill Young's ghost. A shark was along side this evening, which bodes uo good, and some poor fellow w ill have to leave the key of his chet-t with his mess-mate before long. A breeze of wind at this moment taking the ship aback, the order was given to haul the mainsail up, preparatory to bracing the yards round. Now, a I- . though sailors have a great d^hke to encounter any thing in the shajie of ghosts, invisible bell-ringers, kc , they never think of disobeying an order when they know it is for some necessary duty. Away started the whole party, the clew garnets were rove through the windlass holes, (1 must speak technically)?dong?dong?doi.g?the ropes were grasped, but just as the word was given to haul up, a burrt of thunder, louder than the roar of ten thousand heavy artillery, rent the air, simultaneously with a most vivid fla-.li of lightning, and every man w as prostrated un the deck; liuw long 1 l?_\ there stunned and Lilmd ed, 1 know not, but on recovering my ie< t, I b.gan to feel oiound me, when my bands cams in contact wilb a rope-yarn stretched fore and aft, from the cook-house to the foremost, and as 1 pulled it, the bell began again such a succession of sounds that completely a-lonished rae ; but by tracing along the yarn, 1 found one end fas; to the tongue of the bell, and the other to the finger of one of my messmate*. Jemmy Mel) , who was snugly seated in the cook's coal bucket, taking a comfortable snooze in v the galley. It being his turn to strike the hours during the watch, he had adopted this method to shelter himself from the storm, and a loose rope swinging across the deck with the rolling of the ship, caused all the alarm. Master Jemmy only escaped tasting the virtue of a r pe'? end, by pleading uncon- i eciousne.ss of the storm above and ar und turn. How he could have slept under such circumstances always remained a my?tery. When daslght came, we found the sails much scorched, anil the main royalmast shivered by lightning?nothing but the torrents of rain which fell duiing the night, saved the ship and all on board from certain destruction. Curiocs?A party of gentlrm-n, one day this week, discovered on an island in the Osage, about 10 mile* above this place, two or three old gun barrels, I) ing upon or near he surface of the ground. Upon digging, they found within three feet, ?b ut forty gun barrels, some sixty hoe-, and thirty or forty ax? s, and Some lew gun locks, togrther with other implements supposed to be used for inin nj, all n arly ejtcn up with rust. It is said that about forty years ago. a company of Spaniards ascended the Osage river, for the purpose of mining and trad ng?that they were interrupted ny a party of Indians and compelled to retreat, alter ha tily burying their implc i en s, stores, and whatever of value they had with them, that they were pursued, and most of the company killed. 'I he leader of the expedition esc aped and afterwards died or I nine L illi-il nl I. .litre Is and le .vu ir amone his miners a journal of hi* mining expedition on the Osnge? and this recent discovery is supposed to be store* Duried < n the occasion referred to. There is something said about three sacks made of deer's hides, tilled with dollars, being buried at the same time and place, but to say nothing of the. improbability of so largo a sum of money being carried upon such an expedition, we suppose the money, like that of the lamotts old Riiccanier, Blarkbeard, has sunk so deep by this time, it would require some wizard spell to regain it. However the money was not found amcn^ the gun barrels.? Chagr Wotnnn " Ccimino iv W si.r.s?Miss Beale, in sn interest, ing sketch of South Wales, gives the folio* itig explanati n of the u?t * of the w ord " coming ': " The word ' coming ' in Wales, like ' set 'ing ' in America, is one of universal acceptation : it is ap plied in fifty different ways, and does not alone mean the action of moving from plare to place, f r you may be remtng w ithout even the intention of motion. |'he butter r?mrf in some parts of Kngland when it is beginning to torm from the cream ; but in Wales, not only butter and cheese, but every other inanimate object, rmtr.t. If you speak to a man of the tate of his ci p?, his trees, his garden, he will tell you at once thai they are c ming. I ne mm n * nipped some of hi* cabbage*, they're 'riming ncnin r famous now,' or the potatoes are ' coming fi or t!ie ' lr ki are comtn- br nihftU ' Cows, pigs, ducks, . gei*c, and chicken* all comc. if they thrive at all; and a* to men, women and children,they are forever rrwimg. Praise a boy for hi* good writing, and he tell* yoii . with a pleased smile, 'Oh! y? s, I think it'II eetnr win st a father ?i?yi that hi* child is ' t ming capnai nt . h shook.' The consolation in case* of illness is always, ' i\ever yolt mind, he'll come yet;' and when you are I creeping from one room to another for th? fir-t tint* , after loi % and severe indisposition, you ate told that t you are ' coining beaut fulthott/h vnur lep? *e i ce,v upp rt you, from weaknesa. If you venture a remark U| on *omr wretched little a ckl, int .. t, y>u ?rn answered by a ' ye* a ir? be\ com ng niee now.'? ( ripples and bed--rddon person' nerri . ea? coming ' ? ami, in MH n, < ?t-i j ^iciruu wiu .?.w. . except nR (he wa ters at iOBi, who neer ccnu w... n ' Ihej are called." ' J