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| 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
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(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."
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