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SOL. MILLER, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
VOLUME XV.-NUMBER 38.1
Choice g octtg.
(The author of the following poem nt Sccretarv of Le.
S,uon at St. IHTbai5h. Sir. B. A. Eevtxo, of New- York.
e was lost, with his wife, tm the ateamer Avib ir. t.
lins-nlied a young man, modest, possessed of nleaainr
ai-ai ittmI mnrariifinnil . an. ta
and jilted pot-J '
Tbe crtat h.p sail, upon the a, .
Nor fears nor torm, nor blast
The freh wind fiUa the awelling aaila, '
aAnd bends tbe galLuit taut;"
Tbe white foam dances at her prow.
Aa onward she doth sweep.
So proudly and so buoyantly,,
AcroM tbo bearing deep.
JUsht noble ia that bark, I ween.
That ndea ao wild and free,
And like an eager charger aweepa
Along tbe furrowed sea;
And f f the gale do not abate
Tbe generous wind gire oVr
Ko sail shell furl, no anchor drop.
Till fast on foreign shore.
Sbexnfts In twain the crested ware.
And daahea high tbe apray.
As an eagle skims the fleecy donda.
On his bleb soarine way.
Before behind ana all around,
Th breeze-bailt billows roll.
While from her peak the ribbon flag
Points to tbe wonted goal.
The good ship, true to eTery breeze.
Fast nears old Norway's shore-
Brr speedy course Is almost done.
Her race is well nigh o'er.
2Cow, watchful pilot, watch thy charge;
Grim danger, far and wide,
Lnrks with the t era pruts and the rocks.
Upon that turbid tide.
The whistling breeze has had ita aong,
Thr wiod baa died away;
The dashing waves begin to sink.
And cease their wihf affray;
The drooping sails all useless nag.
The ship doth scarrely go.
While cndant from the lofty top.
The streamer tKints below.
But now why glides she on so smooth.
Without nor brewe-nor wind;
With scarce a ripplr at brr prow
With scarce a wake brhind !
Sure Mitne mysterious power dotb nrge,
And hear her mi brr cnirw:
Tor still abe rides njton that tide,
And still she gains new force.
Xo! dim and distant comes a sound,
A faint and feeble roar
Is it tbe aurges Wating high
On Norway s cliff lined shore 1
Is it a Sturm upon the sea
A whirlwind paing by
The muttering thunder's dUtaut note.
From yonder lowering sky I
Ah. n! these were but mimic now.
To that dread rumbling tour
It is tbe whirlpool's angry voice,
Tbe Maelktrom's awful moan!
Oh! bitter is that syren song
rteaistle U that How,
Dn which the hip to crrtaiu doom
Her circling course doth go.
Xow sudden burets the awful sight
lTnon tliat drathHltMrnird crew ;
Ana all, astniiihel, and dinmajrd.
Tbe yawning terror view.
Now rises Imprecation high.
In concert ith the roar:
.Ami prayers fall from tbe lips of those
Who never praj ed before.
But Mill the whiilool louder mars.
The waves are timer whirled.
And round upon tbe eddying tide
That noble ship is twilled.
Vainly she trim to gather strength.
But like the feeble wren
That flnttt rs in the serpent's jaws, f
She nears that surging den.
Oh! what avaib their prayers and cries
Tliat baud of beings bra e !
Therr is no band to rescue now
No outstretched arm to save
But round tbe dunging vessel reel,
Tbe boiling w aters hiss
Another moment he is whelmed
Beneath that dark abyss!
Tiaoer! upon tbe craggy rocks
Tbe shl enng ship is crashed
And mrn, and matt, and spars, and hull.
In wild dirdrr dashed.
Far down the vnrtrx. all are drawn,
'Mid rocks and waters piled
To where great wrecks and rains be
To regions dark and wild!
A DESCENTINTO THE MAELSTROM.
BY EWGAK ALJ.AN IOE.
We liail now bocu about ten minutes npon tbe
top of llelseggcn. to which we ascended from the
interior of Lofoden, so that we had canght no
glimpse of the sea until It had burst upon us from
the. summit. I became aware of a loud and grad
ually iucrcaeing sound, like the moaning of a vast
lu-riiof buffaloes upou an American prairie ; ami
at tin- same moment, I crceivcd that what sea
men term tlerhopping character of the ocean Ite
nrath tin, wjs rapidly changing into a curreut,
m hit h set to the eastward.
$udileiilvthis whirling movevent assumed a
distinct and definite existence, in a circle more
tlun a mile in diameter. The edge of the whirl
was represented by a broad belt of gleaming
pray; but no particle of this slipped into tbe
mouth of the terrific funnel, whose iutenor, as
far as tbe eve could fathom it, was a smooth, shi
ning, and jet-black wall of water," inclined to the
horizon at an angle of some fortjMive degrees,
speeding dirrilv round and rouud with a swaying
and sweltering motion, and sending forth to the
winds an appalling voice half shriek, half roar
z. u .;!. notfirapi nt Niairra
sucn as noi e en o ufttj .......-- cl
ever lifts up in its agony to heaven.
"Yon have had a good look at the whirl now,"
said the old man; "and if yon. will creep round
this crag, so as to get in its lee, and deaden the
roar of the water, I will tell you a story that will
convince yon I onght to know something ortbe
Moscoe-strom." . ...
I placed myself as desired, and be proceeded.
"Mvseir and mv two brothers once owned a
schooner-rigged 'smack, of about seventy tons
burthen, with which we were in tbe habit of fish
ing among the islands beyond Moskoe nearly to
Vurrgh. In all violent eddies at sea. there is
good fishing at proper opportunities, if one has
onlv courage to attempt it; but among the whole
of the Lofoden coastmen, we three were the only
ones who made a regular business "of going ont to
the islands, as I tell you.
"It is now within a few days of three years
eince what I am going to tell you occurred. It
was on the 10th day of July, 18 ,day which
the people of this part of the world will never
forget, for it was one in which blew the most ter
rible hurricane that ever came out of the heav
ens. And yet all the morning, and, Indeed, nntil
late in the afternoon, there tru P?ntle and
steady breeze from the south-west, while the snn
shone brightly, so that the oldest seamen among
cs could not hare foreseen what was to follow.
"The three of us my two brothers and my-self-had
crossed over to the islands abont two
o'clock, p. nu, and had soon nearly loaded tne
wnack with fine fish, which, we all nmaTieO,
were more plentiful that day than we had ever
known them. It was just seven by my watch
when we weighed and started for home, so as to
make the worst of the Strom at slack water.
which we knew wouia oe av eijji"- .
"Such a hurricane as then blew, it uMlyto
attempt describing. The oldest seaman in Isor
wav never experienced anything like t-
had let our sails go by the run beforej it clearly
took us; but, at the first pntr, both our masts
went bv the boards, as if they had been sawn off
-the mainmast taking with it my younger broth
er, who had lashed himself to it for safety.
"Our boat was the lightest feather.of a thing
that ever sat npon water. It had a complete
flush deck, with only a small hatch near the bow
and this hatch it had always been r.cntom to
batten down when about to cross the Strom, uy
wav of precaution against the chopping seas.
Hut for this circumstance, we should have Tonn
dered at once, for we lav entirely buned tor some
moments. How my elder brother escaped des
truction, I cannot say. For my part, ?n
had let the foresail run, I threw myself flat on
tbe deck, with my feet against the narrow gun
wale of tbe bow, and with my hands KTW'nB
ring-bolt near the foot of the forenuut. It was
mere instinct that prompted ns t10''
which was Tindoubtedly tbe very best thing 1
could have, done for I was too much flurried to
"For some moments we were completely del
uged, as I say, and all the time I held my breath,
and clung to the bolt. When I could stand"it no
longer, I raised myself npon my knees, still keep
ing hold with my hands, and thus got my head
clear. Presentlr nnr littlo lut mm ti.nir
-nhakejnst as a dog does in coming out of the wa-
fP And ftl..... m.1 t.. If : . m.m
-., uu iuiib iiu uuneu, iij gome measure, 01 me
" , Iwas now trying to get better of the stu
por that bad corao over me, and to collect -some
senses, so as to see what was to be done, when I
felt somebody grasping my arm. It was my el
der brother, and my heart leaped for joy. I had
made sure that ho was overboard; but the next
moment all this jow was changed to horror, for
he put bte mouth close to mv ear, and screamed
out the word, 'Sloskoe-etromV
"Xo one will ever know what mv feelings were
at that moment. I shotrk from head Wfoot. as if
I had had the most violent fit of ague. I knew
what he meant by that one wont, well enough
I knew what he wished to make me understand.
With the wind that now'drme us on, we were
bound fur tho whirl of tbe Strom, and nothing
" By this time, the first fury of the tempest had
spent, itself,, or; perhaps, we did not feel it so
much, as we scudded before it; but, at all events,
the seas, which at first hail been kept down by
the wind, and lay flat and frothing, now got up
into absolute mountains. A singular change, too,
had come over the heavens; around, in every di
rection, it was still as black as pitch, but nearly
overhead there burst out, all at once, a circular
riftof clear sky, as clear as I ever saw, and of a
deep bright blue; and through it blazed forth the
full moon, with a lustre that I never before knew
her to wear. She lit up everything about ns
with the greatest distinctness; but, O, God!
what a ccene it was to light up!
"I now made one or Xw o attempts to speak to
my brother; but in some manner, which I could
not understand, the din bad so increased, that I
could not make him hear a single word, although
I screamed at tbo top of my voice in his ear.
Presently he shook bis head, looking as jKile as
death, and held tip one of his fingersas if to say,
"At first I could not make out what he meant,
but soon a hideous thought flashed upon me. I
dragged my watch from its fob. It was not giv
ing. 1 glanced at the face by the moonlight, and
burst into tears as I flung it far awav into tbo
ocean. It had run ilomi at seven! W were be
hind the time of the slack, and the whirl of tho
Strom was in full fury.
"When a !at is well built, properly and deep
ly laden, the waves in a strong gale, when she is
going high, keeni always to slip from beneath
her, wbii'li appears veYjtptrange to landsman, and
this is what is culled tilling, in sea phrase.' Well,
so far,' e had been riding the su ells very clev
erly; but presently a gigantic sea happened to
take up right under the counter, and boic us
with it as it rose up up as if into the sky. I
wonld not have lielieved that any wave could
rise so high. And then down we cmno nithu
sweep, a slide, and a plunge, that made me feel
quite dizzy, as if I ere falling from borne lofty
mountain top in a dream.
"It could not have been more than two min
utes afterwards, when wn suddenly felt the
waves subside, and were en vcloped ill foam. The
lxat luade a sharp half-turn to larlmard, anil shot
oil' in its new direction like a' tlinuilcrliolt. We
wtre in the belt of surf that always surrounds
the whirl; and I thought, of course, tliat another
moment we must plunge into the abyss, down
which n e could see only indistinctly, on account
of the amazing velocity with which we were
"It may appear strange, but now, when wo
were in tiie v cry jaws of tbe gulf, I felt more
composed than when we were only approaching.
Hating made lip my mind to hope no more, I got
rid of a great deal of that terror which unman
ned me at first. I suppose it was despair that
strung my nen es.
"After a little while, I became possessed with
the keenest curiosity about tbe whirl itself. I
positively felt a wish to explore its depths, eeu
at the sacrifice I was going to make; and my
principal grief was that I should never le able to
tell my old companions on shore abont the mys
teries I should see. These, no doubt, were singu
lar fancies to occupy a man's mind in such ex
tremity, aud I have often thought since, that the
revolutions of the boat around tbe jkhiI might
have rendered me a little light-headed.
" How often we made the circuit of the belt, it
is impossible to say. Wo careered round and
round for perhaps an hour, flying rather than
floating, getting gradually more and more into
the middle of the surge, and then nearer and near
er to its horrible inner edge. AH this time I had
never let go of the ring-lwlt. Sly brother was at
the stem, holding on to a small empty water
cask, which had been securely lashed under the
coop of the counter, and was the only thing on
deck that had not been swept overboard, when
the gale first took us. As we approached the brink
of the pit, he let go his hold upon this, and made
for tbo ring, from which, in the agony of his ter
ror, he endeavored to force my hand, as it was
large enough to aflord us both a secure grasp. I
never felt deeper grief than when I saw him at
tempt this- act. although I knew he was a mad
man when bedidHt a raving maniac through
sheer fright. I did not care, however, to contest
the point with him. I knew it conld make no
difference T bether either of us held on at all ; so
I let him have the lsilt, and went astern to the
cask. .This there was no difficulty in doing, for
the smack flew round steadily enough, aud upon
an even keel, only swaying to and fro with the
immense sweeps and swelters of tho whirl.
Scarcely had I secured myself in my new position,
when we gave a wild lurch to starboard, and
rushed into tne anyss. i inniiereu a mi.i.eu
prayer to God, and thought all was over.
"As I felt the sickening sweep of the descent,
I had instinctively tightened my hold' upon the
barrel, and closed my eyes. For some seconds I
dared not open them, whilo I pxpected instant de
struction, and wondered that I was not already
in my death-struggles with the water. But mo
ment after moment elapsed. I still lived. The
sense of falling hail ceased, and the motion of the
vessel seenied lunch as it bad been before, while
in the belt of foam, with the exception that she
now lay more along. I took courage, and looked
again upon the scene.
"Xevcr shall I forget the sensation of awe, hor
ror, and admiration with which I gazed abont
me. The boat appeared to be hanging; as if by
magic, midway down, -upon the interior of a fun
nel vast in circumference, prodigions in depth,
nnd with nerfectlv smooth sides, that might have
been mistaken for ebony, but for the bewildering
rapidity with'which they spun round, and for the
gleamiug and ghastly radiance they shot forth,
as the rays of the full moon, from that circular
rift amid the clouds which I have already describ
ed, streamed in a flood of glory along the black
walls, and far away down into the inmost recess
es of the abyss. k"
"At first I was too much confused to observe
anvtbing accurately. The general bnrst of ter
rific grandeur was all that I beheld. When I re
covered mvself a little, however, my gaze fell in
stinctively downward. In this direction I was
able to obtain an unobstructed view, from the
manner in which the smack hung on the inclined
surface of the pool. She was quite upon an even
keel that is to say, her deck lay in a plane par
allel with that or tne water, uui mis iauer slop
ed at an angle of more than forty-five degrees, so
that we seenied to be lying npon irar beam ends.
I conld not help observing, nevertheless, that I
had scarcelv more difficulty m maintaining my
hold than if we had been upon a dead level; and
this, I suppose, was owing to the speed at which
we revolved. . ,., ..
"Our first slide into the abyss itself, from the
belt of foam above, had carried us a great dis
tance down the dope; ' Ya3FZSi
. .... nmnnrtionate. Knnnd and
roaun.rw. swepJot w h any -g---
whirl. Our progress downward at each revolu-
osity which had taken place g2J:
"r5 I now began to watch. - !
est, tbe numerous things that floated in our couj
nany. I must have been delirious; fctl
ionght amusement in specula ing upon the tela.
WttaTttWto .wfnl plnng -f
pears;' and then I was disappointed to find that
the wreck of a Dutch merchant ship overtook it,
and went down before. At length, after making
several guesses of this nature, and being deceived
in all, this fact the fact of my invariable miscal
culation set me upon a train of reflection that
made my limbs again tremble, and my heart beat
heavily once more.
"It was not a new terror that thus affected me,
but the dawn of a more exciting hope. This hope
arose partly from memory, and partly from pres
ent observation. I called to mind the great va
riety of buoyant matter that strewed the coast of
Lofoden, having been absorbed, and then thrown
forth by tho Moskoe-strom. By far the greater
number of the articles were shattered iu the most
extraordinary way so chafed aud roughened as
to have the appearance of being stuck full of
splinters; but then I distinctly recollected that
there were some of them which were not, disfig
nred at all. Xow, I could not account for this
difference, except by supposing that the rough
ened fragmeuts were tbe only ones which had
been completely absorbed that tbe others had
entered the whirl at so late a period of the tide,
or, for some reason, had descended so slowly af
ter entering, that tbey did not reach tbe bottom
before the turn of tbe flood came, or of the ebb,
as the case might be. I conceived it possible, in
either instance, that they might thus be whirled
ed up again to the level of the ocean, without un
dergoing tbe fate of those which had been drawn
in more early, or absorbed more rapidly. I made,
also, three important observations: The first
was that, as a general rule, the larger bodies
were, tbe more rapid iu their descent; tbe sec
ond, that betw een two masses of equal extent,
the one spherical, and the other of any other
shaiie, the superiority in speed of descent was
with the sphere; the third, that, between two
masses of equal size, tbe one, c lindrical, and the
other of any other shape, the cylinder was absorb
ed the more slowly. Since my escape, I have had
several conversations on this subject with an old
schoolmaster of tbe school district. From him I
learned the use of the words 'cylinder' and
"There was ono startling circumstance which
went agreat way in enforcing these observations,
and rendering me anxious to turn them to ac
count, and this was, that at jvery revolution we
passed something like a barrel, or else tho yard
or the mast of a vessel: while many of those
things which had been on our level when I first
oened my eyes iiMn the wonders of the whirl
pool, were now high above ns, and seemed to
have moted but little from their original station.
" I no longer hesitated what to do. I resolved
to lash myself securely to the water-cask upon
which I now held, to cut loose from the counter,
and throw myself with it into the water. I at
tracted my brother's attention by signs, pointed
to the floating huricls that came near us aud did
everything ill my power to make him understand
what I was about to do. I thought at length
that he comprehended my design; but. whether
this was the case or uot, he shook his head des
pairingly, and refused to move from his station by
the ringbolt. It was impossible to reach him;
the emergency admitted of no delay; and so,
with a bitter struggle, I resigned him to his fate,
fastened myself to the cask by means of the lash
ings which secured it to the counter, and precipi
tated myself with it into the sea, without anoth
er moment's hesitation.
"The result was, precisely what I hoped it
might be. As it is myself who now tells jou this
tale as you see what I did escape and as jou
are already in possession of tho mode in which
this escape was effected, and must therefore an
ticipate all that I havo further to say I will
bring my story quickly to a conclusion. It might
have been an hour, or thereabouts, after my quit
ting the smack, when, having descended to a vast
distance beneath me, it made three or four wild
gyrations in rapid succession, ami bearing my
loved brother with it. plunged headlong, at once
and forever, into the chaos of foam below. The
barrel to which I was attached had sank very
little farther than hair the distance hetweeu
tho bottom of the gulf and the spot at which I
leaped overboard, before a great change took
place in tbo character of the whirlpool. The
slope of the sides of the vast funnel became every
moment less and less steep. The gy rat ions of the
whirl grew gradually less and less violent. By
degrees, the froth and the rainbow disappeared,
and the bottom of the gulf seemed slowly to up
rise. The sky was clear, aud tbe winds had pine
down, and tbe full ruoon was setting radiantly iu
the west, when I found myself on the surface of
the ocean, in tbe full view of the shores of Lofo
den, and above the spot where the pool of Moskoe-strom
had been, it was the hour of the slack;
but the sea still heaved in mountainous waves
from the effects of the hurricane. I was liorne
violently into the channel of tbo Strom, and iu a
few minutes was hurried down the coast into the
'grounds' of the fishermen. A boat picked me
up exhausted from fatigue, and (now that the
danger was removed) sjieechless from the memo
ry of its horror. Those w ho drew me on board
were my old mates aud daily companions; but
they knew me uo more than they would have
known a traveller from the spirit land. My hair,
which had leen raven-black the day before, was
as white as you see it now."
A Remarkable Career.
A correspondent of the Albany Sunday Prew
gives the follow ing personal sketch in connection
with the Helen Jewett murder, which agitated
New York many years ago. Miss Townsend,
whose extraordinary career is here epitomized,
was the keeper of the honse of ill fame in which
the beautiful Helen was assassinated.
Miss Townsend, whose proper name was Re
becca Peabody, w as a native of Castleton, Rens
selaer Comity. She was a daughter of highly re
spected parents, and was a young lady posses
sing remarkable personal attractions and a very
amiable disposition. While on a visit to New
York she fell, like Helen Jewett, from the path of
virtue, and became the mistress of a notorious
gambler named Brown, with whom she lived bnt
a short time, however, when she opened aftcr
ivard her notorious house. After the trial of
Robinson or tbe murder of Miss Jewett, Miss
Townsend (having accumulated a fortune of some
$6D,000 in her nefarious bnsiness) returned to
Castleton, inteudiug to spend the remainder of
her days in eae and comfort. But alas! for the
mutability of all earthly' expectations, she was
doomed to disappointment. After her arrival
here she erected tbe substantial edifice on the
hiir, to the left of the Reform Church, and which
was afterwards nnrchased from her bv Rev. E. P.
.Stimpson, for a parsonage for that church. It
presents a fine view from the rier, aud was Sir
some years after the murder; pointed out and the
general object of comment by travelers.
After being installed fn her" new residence she
married Joseph Moffat, a master carpenter and a
vnung man of nnusual skill in his bnsiness. Mr.
Moffat was much respected in the village. Soon
after the marriage her banker in Sew York de
frauded her out of the greater part of her ready
monev. when her husband became dissipated aud
neglected his business, and her early associates
refusing to recognize her, made her life anything
bnt an enviable one, at the time she commenced
visiting the Methodist Church, of which her pa
rents had been exemplary members. At first she
was not well received. Xo pew was opened for
her, and no oue would willingly sit beside her.
But this gradually wore off as she began to show
eigns of repentance and reform, and she finally
united herself with the church, about eleven
vears siuce, lived the life of a devoted Christian,
re-spected and beloved by the whole community.
It was expected that upon her death bed she
would make some revelations in regard to the
murder of Helen Jewett, but she did not, and r
we are to credit the dying statement of Richard
P. Robinson, the mystery of that murder still re
mains. A Texas uniwrnf a late date, in the course of
an article on General AUiert Sidney Johnson,
written by a professed intimate friend, says that
bis high sense of honor was the cause of his death.
Becanseof bis defeat at the battle of Douelson, he
was bitterly denounced by officers jealous of his
fame, and severe and untruthful articles against
him published by a portion oftheXew Orleans
press. This so mortified aud exasperated him
that, in thehkttle at Sbiloh, he threw aside his
"" "? General, and went foremost in .the
fight, where he received the mortal wound.
1 T ctenee of good manners, says a cele
. bated author, is to know when and how to keep
CONSTIT U'l'lOM" AND THE UNION.
THE IXB&O&KX KL.VHBEK.
Tes. I shall sleep I Some coming dijr,
Waco Moasonuin tbewisaareducinf.
And chUilirn at their mirthful plsr.
Heed not the mournful crovd sdraDcinz,
Up llirouch the Ions and buy aUret,
They'll brr nie to my last retreat.
Or tW-!t nultera tuiatj rave
Tbe storms and bbuta ef winter's weather,
Abort the narrow, new-made crate,
Where care and 1 lie down together.
nou;b, that I should know it not.
Beneath, In the dark, narrow apoL
For I ahall aleep! .a sweets sleep ,
Aa ever dared a ehiIdprpoaln
' Awaits me in the eellsedrrll.
Where I, my weary erruaiicl0ii!ag
At length shall lay me down to rent,
- Urtslless of clod shore mybrraat.
Asleep! How tlreti n ill be that rest.
Free from life 'a ferer moving wildly.
That when la put the earth's unreal,
Its bosom ahaD receive me mildly;
For not one dream of earth ahaU come.
To lnrade the alomber of that home.
O, deep repose! O, alomber bleat!
O, night nf peace! Xo storm, no sorrow;
No heavy atirring In my rest.
To meet another weary morrow !
I ahaU heed neither night nor dawn.
But still, with folded hands, sleep on.
Sleep on! tbouch jnfit above my head.
Pro 1 sin and misery's haggard faces!
For the deep slumber of the dead.
All sense of human woe erases:
Tallies the heart, and cures tbe brain
Of e cry thought of outward paili.
Arraiea above my bond mar tramp!
They'll not dUtaru one rigid musilo!
I shall not heed tliiir iron stamp.
More than a leaf cumplaining rustle;
Xay. were the world conveuod to break
My leaden sleep, I should not wake. .
And yet, methiuLs, if steps of those
I'd known and lored on earth were round mc,
Twould tame the might of my repose,
Shher theirmi cords that bonnd me;
Save that I know this cannot he.
Fur death dLov us all s mouthy !
Well, be it so! since I should yearn.
Anxiously watch for their appearing;
Chiding earh lingering. Lite return.
And eter sail, aud errr fearing;
Living life's drama o'er again.
Its traged) of Lope and puiu.
Then monrn not. friends, when e may lay
The uirent earth alsive my ashes;
Think what a rest awaits my clay,
Aud smooth the mound with tearless la&ked,
Klad that the resting form within
Has done at leugth with care and sin.
ThinV that with mo the strife Is o'er.
Life's stormv, struggling battle ended;
Brjoiee tliat I have gaineu the shore
To which, though weak, my footsteps tended;
Breathe the blest hope above the sod.
And leaTe me to m rest with God.
A MAX WITH THREE AR3M.
The Williamsport Gazette and Lttlitin is respon
sible for the following:
Among the iassangers over the train lmund
south last oeuiiig was a maujHini and raised iu
the County of Oswego, N. Y. His name is Wil
liam Jacobs. He prides himself on three well
developed arms and hands, the member extraord
inary haing grown above the right shoulder
It hangs suspended down the back, and cau be
raised aud lowered at will. In length it is shor
ter than the anus, proper, butpossesses extraordi
nary muscle, w hich he displays whenever occa
sion demands it. Xo person passing through a
railroad car, or meeting him ujmiii the street,
wonld observe any deformity, but after becomiug
cognirant of this singular case, would perceive a
peculiar fit of his coat.
He states that he has ofteu been questioned as
to why he does not place himself upon exhibi
tion or" become one of Baannm's pernianeu, attrac
tions. His invariable reply is. that he is averse
to public exhibitions. His father being a wcaltby
farnier, he had ahvaj s preferred to remain at
home, and was the most active and profitable'of
farmer's help. He wonld assist in loading bay,
and at the same time hold securely the horses'
reins. On se eral occasions he came near brea
king this unnatural member, by sudden falls, and
at ono time suffered the pangs of a full sized felon
upon the fore-finger.
On one occasion, when about eighteen, the vil
lage lMiys thought they would have a little sport
at "Miree arm's" expense, aud commenced a sys
tem of blackguardism, followed by bold attacks
npon his person ;forbearauce ceased tobe a virtue,
and throwing off his loose garments, he went at
them in true pugilistic style, Ho. 3 performing its
duty nobly, and apparently outrivaling Nos. 1 aud
2. 'At the end of the skirmish six prostrate villa
gers told what a fierce opponent they had met.
"Three arms" gained a notoriety, and never
afterward was persecuted on account of his
defonnitv. At the outbreak of the rebellion he
joined a jfew York regiment, and so distinguished
himscll uy Bravery tuat no was promoieu cajnaiu,
and ranked as the best drill officer of the regiment
to which he was attached.
At the close of the war be returned to the farm,
mill has remained there. He is now en route for
the South, to visit a sister somewhere in the in
terior of North Carolina. It may Iks a query w itn
soino how he could use his arm with proper cloth
ing upon bis body. All his garments intended
fur laboring suits, were so made as to opeu npon
the back, and closed by buttouing the same as a
child's aprou. Being a man of fine conversa
tional powers, an interview with him is especial
ly agreeable, aud he relates mauy pleasant
anecdotes of himself with great relish.
1 ISfjl aj
Iadiaa Relies la IaeUaaa.
The Xew Albany (Ind.) Ledger of a recent date
contains the following:
Mr. Samuel Jones, near Xew Amsterdam,
Harrison Connty, sends us an account of having
drained a lake on his place covering over seventy
acres, which has probably existed there for hun
dreds of years. The work was one of great labor
and considerable expense, bnt restores to ns a
fine Isody of laud, and Mr..S. is certainly entitled
to great credit for the work performed. He in
forms ns that after the draining had been comple
ted he found that the bed of the lake had at one
time lieen occupied as an Indian camping ground,
probably tho site of one of their villages. As
evidence of this be states that in digging a cel
lar large quantities of bear and deer bones were
thrown up. Ai oiner points uu iuc uo, nueu
digging boles to set posts, bones of Indians were
found. Several Indian graves have been discov
ered on the place, which appear to have been
covered with muscle shells, taken from the bed of
some of the neighboring creeks or the Ohio River.
Indian implements of various kinds have also
been found ou the place and in the immediate
neighborhood. From the statement of Mr. Jones
there can be uo doubt that the locality at one
time has been the home of a large tnne ot .onn
American Indians, every trace of which has dis
appeared except the relics thus accidentally dis
covered. This is an interesting field for the
investigations of arclueologists, and may enable
them to gather some valuable information in re
gard to the aborigines of the country.
A touso gentleman of Indianapolis was to
start for a little town near Cincinnati last Tues
day for the purpose of returning home with his
sister, who is unwell at that place. Monday night
that gentleman had a homed dream, in which be
saw a figure clothed in white approach him, and
pointing a bony finger, sar in sepulchral tones,
"in four days you die." The dreamer thought if
he was to die he would rather die at home than
abroad, and thereforehepostponed his trip. One,
two, three, and four days passed, and yet he re
mained distressingly healthy, didn't even lose his
appetite. On the evening of the fourth day,
becoming disgusted at the want of truth in tbe
figure in white, he left the city for Cincinnati.
-n rww f PalifomiaL has nnt Ml
IlLKiC usww, r
opinion on record that there are women who cry
before tbey are hurt. IJ? recently before
him, be decided that the&rtof a woman being
seen frequently in tears is not suBdeat proof of
her husband's cruelty to her to obtain a dlToree.
"The women ought to Impeach htm.
! lx condemning late duxnerjioars, Gtoi Hfiik
says thU within foar J
hoVr ha. eo J&Ff twelTe "!"
1 of tfis day-ftoB 9 ..' ?
MARCH 14, 1872.
LITERARY RELICS. V'
The universal reverence entertained for men of
genius causes their residences, and every little
thing belonging to them, to be regarded with an
nnusual degree of interest. Hence it is that rel
ics of thum their autographs, pens, snuff-boxes,
and other articles are so eagerly sought, after,
and so highly prized. Tbe neighborhoods in which
they dwelt are wandered through witbT greater
delight than others more beautiful or strikiugvbut
not so renowneu. mere is a cuarui," Wasntug:
ton Irving observes, "about the spot' that has
been printed bv the footstena of denarted licautv.
aud coiiecra( ed by tho inspiration of the "-poet,
which is heightened rather than imnaintd.Lv lbs
lapse of ages. It is, indeed, the" gift of poetry-! o:j
iwnun utctjf yiiico iu wuiuu iv uui cs, vojjrcaiuw
round nature an odor more exquisite than the per
fume of the rose, aud to shed over it a tint more
magical than, the blush of morning."
The house iu w hich Miltou resided between the
years IKil and 1639 still exists at-18 York street,
Westminster. Jeremy Beuthaui, to" whom the
house latel v belontred. Dot no a tablet on" the back
wall, (believed to have been the front in-the po
et's time,) inscribed "sacred to" Milton, prince of
poets." i tns nabitation, wherein part or "Para
dise Lost" was undoubtedly composed, is now let
out to two or three poor families, the ground floor
being converted into achandler'a shop. From tbe
parlor w iudows the poet could have commanded
a fine view of St. James's Park, more picturesque
then than at present. At Chalfont, in Bucking
hamshire, is another residence of .Milton's, in
which he composed "Paradise Regained." Though
the pear-tree said to have been planted '.by Crom
well, in Sidney College, Cambridge, was cut down
in March, ISO, the mulbery tree, planted by his
illustrious Latin secretary, Stilton, has been more
fortunate, still flourishing in tbe pleasant garden
of Christ's college, where it was planted by the
youthful stndeut. Some years ago, it suffered
considerably from a violent gale of wind, which
sadly shattered it; but its aged boughs are now
carefully propped up, aud its trunk protected by
a partial coveriug of lead. With these aids it
promises to look green for many years to come.
Its fertility appears to have nndergoue no change;
in the summer it is laden with fruit, of which
more than two bushels of the finest flavor were
gathered in the season of 1KT. The smallest frag
ments from this tree are religiously cherished by
the poet's numerous admirers. In August, ITUO,
when Milton's coffin was discovered buried under
the desk in the chancel of the church of St. Giles,
Cripplegate, some friinds of the o ersecr contri v
ed, at night time, to possess themselves of the
hair and some of the teeth of the immortal "met.
In the park at.l'euhnrst Castle, Kent, stands a
famous oak, said to have been planted at tbe birth
of Sir Philip Sidney.
What genius points to yonder oak f
What rapture does my soul provoke T "
There let me hang a garland high.
There let my Muse her accents try ;
Be there my earliest homage paid.
Be there my latest TigUs made ;
For thon wast planted in the earth
Tbe day that amine on Sidney's birth.
'In the grounds of Abbington Abbey, Northamp
tonshire, stands Rarrick's mulberry-tree, with
this inscription upon copper attached to one of its
limbs: "This tree was planted by David (Jarrick,
esq., at the request of Ann Thiirshy. ns a growing
testimony of their friendship. 177d."
Henry Kirk White's favorite tree, whereon he
had cut "II. K. ., ItsTi," stood on the sands at
Whitton, in Northumberland, till it was cut down
by the woodman's axe; but in generation for tbe
poet's memory, the, portion bearing bis Initials
was carefully preserved in an elegant gilt frame.
An English traveller, desirons of possessing "a
memorial of Madame do Sevigne, purchased for
tbe sum of eighteen thousand francs the staircase
of her chateau at Provence.
Sir Isaac N'ewton's solar dial, which was cut in
stone, and attached to the manor bouse at Wools
throp, Lincolnshire, is now placed in the Royal
Some years ago, a curious arm-chair which had
belonged to Gay, the oet, was sold at public auc
tion at Barnstable, his native place. It contained
a drawer underneath the seat, at the extremity of
which was a smaller draw er, connected with a rod
in fnint, by which it was drawn ont.
Benjamin Franklin's "fine crab-tree walking
stick, with a gold head curiously wrought in tbe
form of the cap of liberty," is bequeathed in a co
ilocil to his will, "to the friend of mankind, Gen.
Washington ;" adding, "that if it were a sceptre,
be has merited it and would become it."
Thrope's "Catalogue of Autographs" (1843) in
cludes a letter from a Miss Smith, of Anmndale,
forwarding to the Earl of Buchan "a chip taken
from the coffin of the poet Bums, when his lsxly
was removed from hisfirst grave to the mausoleum,
erected to his memory, in St. Michael's church
The tower of Miinthanl, in Burgundy, was Buf
fon's study, and, together with the gardens in
which the great naturalist used to recreate him
self, is religiously kept up by the inhabitants.
Pope's house, at Bilifield, has been pulled down,
bnt the poet's parlor still exists as a part of the
present mansion erected on tho spot. A patch of
the great forest near Binfield has been honorably
I ireserved. under the name of Pope's Wood!. His
louse at Tw ickenham is gone, the garden is bare,
but the celebrated grotto remains strippsd, how
ever, of all that gave it picturesquenessgraafc,
Cowper's house, at Olncy, is still, standing in
the same ruinous state so humorously described
bv the poet; bis parlor is occupied as a girl's
school. The summer-honse in the garden, where
in be used to sit conning his verses, also remains,
its walls covered with' visitors' names. His resi
idence in tha neighboring village of Weston has
been much altered, but is still beautiful, w ith a
profusion of roses in front. ,. -
Goldsmith's cottage at "Kilbnm, wherein he
wroto the " Vicar of Wakefield" and the "Desert
ed Village" was pulled down a feWyears since,
to make way for now buildings.
atrni as :
The Ess af the Warla-W shall Wisral ap la
Tho end of the world fs now set for next sum
mer, Tettt Datid eum SH)Ua, or rather Dr. Cnm
mings and Prof. Plantamonr. Jk'of while the pro
phetic Doctor's last calculation places the final
conflagration at about this time, tho great astron
omer of Geneva relates the discovery of a com
et of wonderful and unnsnall size, -that is rush
ing with immense velocifyttowafd onr earth,to
reach it on the lJth'ofngast.- Prof. Plant;
monr has round tins comet aiaron in space, puuii
1 a., ill reel I v toward nuraefobe that nothing can
prevent a collision axcvpt-tha intervention of
some other heavenlv body to sway the wanderer
ont of its course. ,It U a new coatet, and there
fore more ' to be dreaded thati otir old friends of
tbe same sort, which haTsbecn picked to pieces
bv tbeis pectroscope pierced by the telescope,
and, in one or two instances, even robbed of part
of their luxuriant tails. We knqw-'thc! to be
harmless bodies, while of thisgiant of Prof". Plau
tamourweknow nothing. Hit there is consola
tion in the thought that before the ollisioa acr
tually takes place onr wise men will have ample
opportunity to dissect the hostile coatet, and tn
form'ns whether our fate- is 'to'-lie Incremated
with burning gas, atoned to death wit meteor
ites, or simply to add anotberaateBHe to our
These is a ship now sailingrom Holland, built
inl56.when the Prince of Orange was fighting
Philip 1L, of Spain, tbenat.the zenith of his pow
er. Sbe was sailing to the Indies, when the Hol
landers organized themselves into the "Beggars
of the Sea," and as prirateersmen eanwd a repu
tation which astonished the world. This Dutch
ship is called the Commissaries des Konior von
der Heine. She passed the Cape of Good Hope,
October, 1864, from Batavia, for Holland, then
394 years old!
Tbf.sk is a revival association In England de
nominating itself the "United Christian Band of
the Royal Artillery of Heaven." Among the
members, says an adwrtisetBent, are "many ex
traordinary men, who have been rescued from
the devil, having been wrestlers, poblieans, and
pugilists, bnt are nowaervaBtoof God.
It has been diseuTered that Hranboldt had 1 a
love affair with a pretty French gtri 1 in
youth, and It is talked about as though it was ua
beeoming tho great aBTaat.
H- that bath pity thaj P?iiu0
Iord, and -that which ho hath given fee wiu pay
him again. Sdaw
TRE FOOTSTKTS OF DECAY.
The following Is a, translation from an ancient Spanish
poem, which, save the Edinburgh, lEerine, is surpassed by
nothing with which we are acquainted ia the Spanish lan
fuare, except the "Ode of Louis de Leon."'
Oh ! let the soul iu'alnmhera break
Arouse lu senses, and awaLe,
To see hew soon
Life, in Its glories, glides away,
Jtnd tbe stern tWotsteps of decay
v 4 Coara ateaiine on.
And whue we view the rol'iog tide. '
t. IXiwn which vur cowing minutes glide
f Away to fast. -,
Lei ns the present hour employ, -
And deem each future dream a Joy
Let no vain hope deceive the mind
to happier let na hope to ftnd 4
To-morrow .than to-day.
Onr golden ilreama of ore were bright u
Like them the present shall delight
Like them decay.
Our Uvea like haaVninc atreaau most be.
That Intojtne eafalnhing sea
Are doomed to fall
The sea of death, whose waves roll on
O'er Xing- ajinTKingdom, crows sad throne.
And Swallow sU.
Alike toe river's lordly tide.
Alike the homble rivulets glide
To that aad wave!
Death levels povarty aad pride.
And rieh and poor sleep sMlthy aide,
.Within the grave.
Our birth ia but a starting place;
Xife la tbevnnnlng of the race.
And death the goal ;
There all our glittering tojs are brought
Ths path alone, of all unsought,
See, then, hew poor and little worth
- Are all those glittering toya of earth
That lure ua here !
Dreama of a aleep that death moat break;
Alas! before it bida ua wake.
Long ere the damp of earth can blight.
The cheek's pure glow of red and whips
Baa iiaaaed away."
Youth passed, ami all waa heavenly fair
Age came and laid hia finger there.
And where are they 1
Where Is the strength that spurned decay.
The atep that roved ao light and gav.
The heart's blithe time I
The strength ia gone, the atep la slow.
And jor grows wearisome and wo,
- When age comes on!
THE PAHT A.SJB TRK PRKSKXT.
There are always thoughtful aud despondent
'men who complain that 'their own day is the
worst of days, and the men by w lioin" they are
surrounded tbe smallest of men. "In the Con
gress of the United States," says such a man,
" there were once statesmen. . But look and lis
ten! Are these statesmen, or" politicians braw
ling in a barroom f If this were not one of the
oldest and most familiar complaints it wonld lie
more startling, lint tne rawmones ot all men
who. observe the public mcu and affairs of their
times are full of the same strain, fbrtei riztre
ante Agamemnon. It is still distance which lends
enchantment to the view. Tlie visitors to the
Capitol who sigh for wliat'they call tbe great
d.is of the Republic, tbe purity of its first years,
the grandeur of its later ilajs, the dignity of
Adams, the simplicity of Jefferson, the wisdom of
Madison, the magic tongue of Fisher Ames, the
silvery -voice of Henry Clay, the incisie snbtlety
of Calhoun, the force of Welmter havo but to
turn to the story of these men, and the kiudly
mist that made them large and roseate to the
The disposition which regards our own-time as
the period of decline, and our public men as
puerile rhetoricians or corrupt schemers, is as un
just as it is unhappy. Certainly our history
furnishes few liner figures than Abraham Lin
coln, and if any four years of any history has a
nobler galaxy of herons than tho young soldiers
of the late war, we do not know them. John
Adams is one of our most illustrions names, bnt
be appealed from the base times and the little
men around bim to us. The simplicity and pu
rity of the Jeflersoniau epoch may be seen in the
intrigues of the House that. elected him, and in
Aaron Burr, his Vice President. Webster and
Clay and Calhoun were the famous aud familiar
Senatorial trinmvirute, but history will record
that they merely evaded difficulties, and post
poned to us questions which they were not states
men enough so grapple. Miss Martineau, in a
paper published at the In-ginning of tbe rrliel
lion, records ber conversation with all these men
upon the real quest ion of the country, which she
plainly saw, and all that they hoped to do was to
escape the inevitable deluge. In "the palmy
days" when tliey were "great statesmen," Cal
houu preached a doctrine fatal to liberty and tbe
national existence; Clay dexterously dodged it
with his famous and fatal compromise; Webster,
denying to Hayne, surrendered to menace on the7th
We see our times closely, and the faults of our
own men seem large. They are not, therefore, to
be executed, aud they are alwavs to be exposal,
for that is the condition of public life. A public
man cannot claim immunit V of the urivate citi
zen, because he does not act or spek for himself
alone, lint to denounce tbem summarily as
knaves and dolts; or to encourage the spirit which
does so. fs to deride the American principle and
to" breed despair. Many of those who are despon
dent now we. remember as desponding eight years
ago. Theyhegged ns to observe with how little
wisdom tbe world was governed. We looked,
and we saw a race esnauciiiated, a Union saved to
liberty and prosperity; a great nation freed from
a fatal plague, and the principle of populargovern
meut vindicated. The deapondencj shook its
bead over New York, and we have seen the good
sense of bonest citizens breaking the chains of
corruption. We do not, meanwhile, forget that
optimism is a sertnctive ana aangerous connseiior.
But despair is an evil doer. Themanwhohonest
Iv tries is the only man who really triumphs.
RATHTJt too Late. Justice, tbongh sometimes
tardy, is a great virtue; bnt tbe following smacks
a little of a-job. While Major Andre was awai
ting execution as a spy, Sergeant Major John
Champs, by request of General Washington,
was, .selected from Geo. Lee's regiment to go
to New Tork as a deserter and bring off Arnold in
time to save the life of Andre. Champe reached
the British lines after an exciting pursuit, under
went an examination before Sir Henry Clinton,
and was given a position in tbe British army
with his former rank. The plan to seize and car
ry off Arnold failed, and C'barape returned to the
American army, from which he was discharged
by Washington, lest, falling into tbe bands of
the enemy, he should lie hanged as a spy. Subse
quently be died in Kentucky, near tbe close of tbe
eighteenth eentnry. At this rather late day, it is
proposed to reward the service if "this revolu
tionary hero, and lor this purpose Mr. Sbellahar
gerof Ohio has introduced in Congress a bill to
grant his heirs a township of land-from the public
At the late banquet given in New York to Gen.
Stickles by tbe officers of his old corps, oue of the
most striking- scenes of the evening was the
speech of Gen. Owen of the Second Corps, who
said that be as well as others, liad criticised and
condemned the advanced position taken by Gen.
Sickles and the Third Corps at Gettyslmrgh, but
that on revisiting and examining tbe tattle field
since the war,, he bad been convinced tbat tbe
attitnde of the Third Corps, assumed in defiance
of the ordinary rules, was the only one which
conld have saved the day. Gen. De Peyster fol
lowed in a graphic and telling speech, stating
that he was of tbe same opinion.
A St. Locts exchange gives "the" following dif-
& .. U whl.l 4I.A wnM vinte' W9S
spelled by as many parents in that city, in recent
schools still to hear from: "Vaeenate.veahiated,
vexenated, vaxnate, waxnaded, vaceroirate, wax
nstot, waxaite, vsscennsted. vexnats, raernated,
taxeneted. .vaxeuated. vsxenaded, raxnaden,
waxrnaded, vaccenated, raxelnesteing. vavri
neating, waxnated. waxineingbed, waxenaterl,
waseinnated, wasciastid, vexnated, wasciouated,
wakenated, vaxeiaated, waxneigbed"
It U lalcx to azThmt some people than to oblige
them, far tha better a aaaa dust ties the worse
they will apsak of Mm: as iCafca ymfrng of
open hatrwd teTtearbenaaM"W ' wr. arf farg-w
PER ANNUM, IN ADTANCE.
. WHOLE NOIBER, 766.
A Tialt le His Late atraiacara at Lancaster,
"Burleigh." tbe well-known cosrespondent of
the Boston Journal, writes:
Spending a littla time in Lancaster, I sought
out and visited the homestead in which Jfr. Stev
ens passed the greater purt of his life. It of hum
ble pretensions, brick, two stories and attic, and
might serve fur any well-to-do mechanic. Attach
ed to the dwelling is a plain brick building, two
Morics high, which was peculiarly Mr. Stevens'
home. The two lower rooms were his law offices.
They remain as he left theni. The rooms are di-
ided by foldiug doom. Tho sides of both rooms
are lined with oak liook-shdvcs. aud are crowded.
Tbe carpet, frayed aud soiled, shows the wear of
years. A wooden Boston rocking chair was his
favorite seat. Tim lounge, covered with green
leather, wiesleii arm chairs, aud huge table, havo
beeu .in use over a quarterof a century. The hall
way of the dwelling is large aud ornamented with
ao arch. The diniug room, in the rear of the hall,
has not lieen refurnished for a quarter of a cen
tury. The broad stairway leads to Mr. Stevens
private apartments, which were over the law offi
ces. A parlor and bed room comprise tho suite.
They are jnst as he left them to make his last vis
it to Washington. Tho dost of vears covers every
thing, and has never been disturlied. A few por
traits hang around the room. His favorite books
line the walls, and an air of comfort aad homeli
ness pervades the place,
tits POLITICAL stabt.
Mr. Steveus was one of the earliest Aliolitlon
ists, and was consitent through all his life. He
was tho avowed friend of the colored race every
where. They fled to him for counsel and help,
and never fled in vain. Unmarried, his h..usrkee
crwasacolored-wUIR11 ,lf the m)ist j,rIIiKe
Ski: . ""'e1',' "nmny ou her account to
Ililf I i of " ckness. He earned his
position as leiuler or the opp,llleI1t, otlhe Democ
racy by his industry, talnit, integritvand tact.
He was always tine. He divided w ith'lluchanan,
who lived in the same limn, the leadership of tho
Bar of his Connty. Both were unmarried, both
headed their political parties, and were generally
jiitted against each other in all great cases. Bnt
in most tbiugs they were unlike. Buchanan wis
aristocratic, selfish and miserly. Stevens was
plainly republican, homely iu Lis stlo of lifo,
open-handed, and gave away all be earned to
everybody who wanted churches, theatres,
friends and foes. Buchanan was exacting in his
fees, very saving, and died worth 8300,000, the
larger portion of which was iu cash securities.
Stevens was always embarrassed, laid np nothing,
and what his estate will bring is yet unknown.
His bouse hits been sold, aud his liooks aud furni
ture will soon be put under the hammer.
Sir. Slovens was rarely excelled in repartee.
He was always read-, and bis satire was sharper
ban bayonets. The jieoplc of Lancaster never
tire of reieatiiig bis sayings. He tried a case be-
torc a judge not celcliratetl for bis great wisdom.
The Judge gave a ruling that disgusted Mr. Stev
ens, as his face plainly indicated. "Does ths
Court understand the counsel to express contempt
for its mlingP said tho Judge. St, may it
please our Honor, I was trWng to urn-pres con
tempt." When the reliels burnt his iron foundry
and pnqierty at Gettysburg which they did with
a relish Mr. Stevens remarkisl: "Had Lee burnt
up my liabilities ut tbo same time, I would have
been much obliged to bim." When Keitt, of S. C,
attacked Mr. Stevens and told him about a pious
deacon, he bad ou bis plantation, Mr. Stevens
asked what the price of deacons were in bis dis
trict, aud how'much more a negro would bring
for being a deacon. A Lutheran minister of Lan
caster left the pulpit and lievaiue a Democratic
politician. He met Mr. Stevens soon after, aud
inquiring almut his health, received as an answer:
"1 am very well; I take care of my sj stem, and
above all things, keep my conscience, pure. I sui
pose you have heard that I have abandoned poli
tics and am studying for tbe ministry." Iu his
last sickness, the doctor said to him one day:
"Mr. Stevens, I think our ap'icaraiiLe is better
to-day." "It is not mv apM-arance that troub
les me," he said, "but my i'-jppcaiauce."
Brala sfa Brnaarhahte Character.
Owen Edgerton, another of our pioneer citizens,
died ThnrMlay evening, the 1st inst.. iu tho fc-'d
year of bis age. He was born in Guilford County,
North Carolina, iu September, 17'JO, where ho
lejrned his trade as a shoemaker. In 1612 be en
listed as a drummer under Gen. Jackson, and serv
ed through tbe Seminole war in Florida, partici
pating iu the famous battle of tho Horse Shoe,
and other engagements of that sanguinary and
prolonged conflict. Whilst in tbe army be suffer
ed great banlsphips and fell a victim to the tempt
ations of camp. At the close nf the war he ac
cepted a situation as bar tender in a two peuuy
gin shop. Among tho Southern men, who were
so fond of the turf, he became noted as a light ri
der, an expert horseman, a remarkable jumper,
aud as a fleet foot racer, being seut for from far
and near, wheu a cuutest of the kind waa on (ke
tapis. After marriage, iu the year 1S21, he remasr
ed from his native State to this city, and soon com
menced attending the meeting of Friends, prob
ably through curiosity. At one of these meetings
he was particularly uutired by Jeremiah Hubbard,
who inquired who that showy young man was,
dressed in his military trappings. In a short time
he Joined tbe society of Frierds, and tho plain
garb took the place of the soldier's dress. His
wife taught bim to read tbe Bible, a book that he
afterward prized, and which became his constant
companion. As an evidence of bis conscientious
scruples, he refused the government military
bounty of 160 acres of land. He also refrained
from eating New Orleans sugar and molasses or
wearing a cotton shirt, or in any other way con
suming anything made by slave lalior. Without
worldly Lonors, riches or learning, bis heart was
fixed on higher and more enduring hopes aud
treasures full of years aud in the assurance of
the Christian's blessed fruition, he peacefully de
parted, trusting in his Saviour, leaviug behind a
sMitless character tbat was adorned with Chris
tian virtues, ami a name worthy of our remem
brance and emulation. Ricimomd (Ind.) Telegram.
Aaeeasta mt Wigfall.
A Texas correspondent sends tbe following, say
ing it has not appeared in print:
Mr. Louis T. Wigfall, one of the leading seces
sionists of Texas and the South, felt, after Lee's
surrender, somewhat embarrassed as to bis corpo
real safety in a laud then in possession of his ene
mies. He left Richmond in disguise, and travel
led on muleback alone for Texas. Dick Taylor
had also Mrrendered, and all the ferries and cross
ings were in the bands of the federal forces. Wig
fail could pursue no other course but risk himself
to be put across the Mississippi by a detachment,
of Union soldiers. He was well disguised. Ob
serving that no allnsion was made to himself; and
wishing to know, if possible, how the wind blew,
he began a general tirade against the leading con
federates, winding np by inquiring what would
lie done by that scamp Wigfall, if they should
catch him. The soldiers replied, they supposed
tbey wonld bang him. "Yes, tbey would do ex
actly right, and I would pall at one end of the
rope!" replied Wigfall, mounting his mule and
trotting off westward. florpcr's JfoaaHae.
1.x Utah, during the recent cold weather, some
travellers saw a dog standing by the side of a tel
egraph pole. Tbe appearance of the animal
struck tbem, for, as tbey rode 'np towards it, it
did not move or give any signs of life, but stood
as motionless as if carved out of stone. A closer
inspection revealed the fact that the dog was froz
en to death. He had died leaning against the
telegraph pole, and stood as naturally as if alive.
ANrw Exolaxd engineer lately dreamed that
one of the forward trucks of bis engine was crack
ed. When bo awoke he had a premonition lest
hia dream might prove true, and thought he
would go down to see that everything was right
On examining the engine at the engine house, ha
found tbe trairreefcly in the i ssmeromlition a.
he had seen it in bis dream, and another engine
h to be substituted in its stead.
W. M. BosKtatATT, a Jewish .writer, predicts
In dta ijanaary G-Jaa-jUat inthla rje
"obedience will sJe-refasMoaAneMawa-Jto
fjM.oraaneesoreirCTnieaion and marrkge, ac
roraiagto tha Jewish laws.
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