OCR Interpretation

The Washingtonian. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1845-1845, August 09, 1845, Image 1

Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016312/1845-08-09/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

fc ?
VOLUME 1. 1 Devoted to Total Abstinence, Morals, Education, Literature, Useful Arts, Domestic Economy, and General Intelligence. NUMBER 10.
Strictly Tee-total, and Exclusive of all Matters of a Political or Sectarian Character, and of all Advertisement* of Intoxicatlng-drlnk-selllng Establishments.
by geoege cochran & co.] ? WASHINGTON, D. C., AUGUST 9, 1845. [fifteen cents per month.
ONE SQUARE, one insertion, FIFTY cento, or FOUR
insertions for ONE DOLLAR.
ONE SQUARE, 3 months ..... $2 50
" " 6 ?? 4 00
" " 12 " 7 00
Longer advertisements in proportion.
FOURTEEN lines, or under, called a square,
conspicuously inserted for FOUR DOLLARS per year,
in advance.
OCT Apothecancs, Stationers and others, wishing a
column or half column, will be accommodated at the
lowest rates.
" Here Nature's minstrels quaff inspiring draughts."
From the Massachusetts Cataract.
What should the friends of Temperance do ?
The same as others should,
When known, at once, the right pursue?
Act for the public good !
And where the man, that does not know,
That right it is, that we
Together should for Temp'rance go ?
Nor here, nor there is he!
Then wrong for me, and wrong for all,
To patronize the man,
Who deals out death in Alcohol?
Deny it if we can.
Since true it is that right we know,
Do we the right pursue ?
Do we for Temperance measures go?
For men teetotal, true ?
While Temp'rance Houses we prepare,
Required for public good,
True is it, that Buch Houses share
Our Patronage ??They should !
Shall right be governed by the wrong ?
Shall virtue, vice obey ?
Shall Temp'rance men a Rum-hole throng ?
Shall wo the traitor play ?
While true, that birds together fly,
That of a feather are !
Professing Temp'rance raen saj why
Together not, we are ?
While Temp'rance Houses we would rear,
Why at them stones you throw ?
That thus you do, to all is clear.
When you to Rum-holes go !
To this conclusion fore'd we come,
That some, (professing much,)
Beer, brandy, wine, gin, cider, rum,
Y' et handle, taste, and touch !
Let friends of Temp'rance, one and all,
Together come and go;
Out by the way let no ono fall,
And stones at ethers throw.
Why not, at once, together comc ??
Why not together go ?
For temp'rance measures, anti Rum,
'Tit right we should, you know.
'Tis right for me, 'tis right for all,
And all the right do know;
All the right pursue, and Alcohol
With Rum-holes down will go !
My pledge! it is of thee,
Sweet vow of liborty,
Of thee I sing;
But for thy help I'd died;
Thou art my hopo and guide;
From ev'ry mountain side,
Thy praises ring.
Joy of our country! thee,
Hope of the noble free,
Thy name I love :
Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light,
Protect us by thy might,
Guide us above.
" Tho pledge tee total has its millions sav'd."
We promise to abstain from all intoxicating drinks,
and to discountenance the cause and practice of
Nor fiery Rum
To turn our homo
Into a Hell,
Where none could dwell?
Whence peace would fly,
Where hope would die,
And love expire
'Mid such a fire;
This youthful band
Do with our hand,
The pledge now sign
To drink no v\ ine,
Nor Brandy red
To turn the head,
Nor Whiskey hot
That makes the sot,
So here we pledge unceasing hate.,
To all that can intoxicate..
I, without reserve, solemnly pledge my honor as a
man, that 1 will neither make, buy, sell, nor use as a
beverage, any Spirituous or Malt Liquors, Wine, or
Ho brother shall make, buy, sell, or use, as a beverage,
?ny Spirituous or Malt Liquors, Wine or Cider.
" From grave to gay, from lively to severe."
A long-limbed, wiry made countryman of
the real Alleghanian breed, determined the
other day to haye a full view of Niagara before
emigrating from western New York, to Wis
consin, whither " his folks " were all bound.
Having partly satisfied his curiosity on Goat
Island, he crossed to the Canada side, and
soon after presented himself at the hotel near
the Falls, asking " if they could give a feller
something to eat."
" Where do you come from, my friend,"
said an Englishman who sat smoking a cigar
upon the piazza, and who thought he saw in
our friend a fit subject for a quiz.
" Where do I come from, mister ? why from
a good way long off, if you only knowed it,
and that is clean from the Forks of the Alleg
hany, near down alongside the Seneca nation,
in York State, is my place when I'm at home."
"The Forks of the Alleghany!" said the
other; "then I suppose, my friend, you are a
true specimen of what your countrymen call
an out-and-out United Stateser, a real live
Alleghanian and no mistake."
"I never heerd afore of sich a critter as an
Alleghanian; but I tell ye, mister, I come jist
among the spurs of the mountains, the raal
sprouts of the old backbone; and if Allegha
nian means the raal prickly grit of Ameriky, I
am just some of that same?I am. A true
Alleghanian boulder, by Heaven; and I only
want to see the man that has a word to say
agin it?I do."
"I did not mean to annoy you, my friend,"
said the Englishman smoothly; " I only wish
ed to ask you about that dog of yours. He
looks to me like an Indian dog; and hearing
you ask for some refreshments, suggested the
inquiry whether or not that was the kind of
dog they eat in the Seneca nation, near which
it seems you have resided ?"
" Eat Hauk!?eat my dog Hauk ! I'd like
to see man or hound, mister, that would dare
to put a tooth in him."
" Why, my good fellow," replied John Bull,
whose sporting sensibilities were so aroused
by this remark that he instantly forgot his
waggery; " why I have a bull terrier here, in
the yard, that would eat him up in a mouth
ful. I said he looked like an Indian dog, but
in truth, when I come to examine him, he is
nothing but what we would call in England a
miserable cur."
" I tell ye, mister, if Hauk be a cur, he is
nevertheless a raal Alleghanian cur, as you
call it, and sich a cur would lick five times his
weight in English bull dogs."
" Why, he has no scars about to show that
he is a fighter," said the Englishman, curiously
examining the dog's head and eirs.
" Shall I tell yc why, mister ?"
"Because Alleghanian dogs is a kind of
critter that gives scars instead of taking
"Aha! that's it?is it?" said the English
man, drily. "Well, my Alleghanian friend, I
will bet you this golden sovereign against a
silver dollar, that my bull terrier will shake
that Alleghanian cur of yours to pieces in less
than five minutes, by my watch?in short, will
make a mouthful of him !"
"Wal, wal?that's all fair," replied the
Alleghanian, scratching his head. "But yc
see, mister, Hauk ain't had any vittles to-day,
no more than his master, and it isn't in flesh
and blood to do its best at fighting on an empty
"I will order your dog to be fed then. You
can meanwhile be eating your own dinner, and
we'll have the fighting afterwards."
"That's all fair?that's all fair, too; but
mister, as to planking down my silver shiner
on that yellow piece, I don't know that I alto
gether like that somehow. We don't see
much gold in our way, and that sovereign, as
you call it, looks to me for all the world only
like a brass Indian medal."
" You won't bet on your cur, then," said the
Englishman, contemptuously. " You repudi
ate, perhaps, all you have said in his praise;
in a word, you back out!"
" Back out, mister ? Nothin' on airth is
further from ray natur. I tell'd you I were a
boulder?a raal Alleghanian boulder?and I
am. But I want to fix things in a Christian
like manner, and not rob folks of their money
on the highway, as it were."
" How, then, shall we make up the match,
my good fellow^" said the Englishman, not
" Why, now," replied the Alleghanian, with
great simplicity, " if you and your terrier want
so much to get a fight out of Hauk and me,
why can't you go in and tell the gentleman
who keeps the tavern?whom you know and
I don't know?why can't you tell the gentle
man to give me and Hauk a raal good dinner,
with something good for a feller to drink, and
then let the dogs fight afterwards, to decide
which of us is to pay the shot. Why can't
you do that, if you ar? so tearing mad to have,
a fight that you will risk your gold upon it?"
The Englishman could not help laughing
heartily at the Alleghanian's notions of what
constituted a fair bet; for the proposed arrange
ment left the Englishman nothing to win,
whatever might be the result of the fight, ex
cept the possible satisfaction of seeing the
countrymen's poor cur receivtn drubbing from
his terrier. Diverted however with such an
original, he instantly ordered the tavern-keeper
to give the Alleghanian whatever he might
want for himself and his dog, adding, that he
would be responsible for the bill.
" Wal, I guess I'm ready," said our Alleg
hanian friend about half an hour afterwards,
as he stepped out on the piazza, smacking his
lips, and wiping his mouth with his coat
sleeve; " I guess I'm ready, mister, and you
may bring on that pup of your'n as quick as
you please, for I have to be going."
Here he is,' said the Englishman, and, in
the same moment a stout, tan-colorcd, com
pactly built, and vigorous looking dog, with
tusks like that of a Wild boar protruding from
his black muzzle, roused himself from under
the bench in which his master was sitting.
He gave a low, muffled growl as he rose,
while poor Hauk, who was thrusting his nose
out of the doorway, shrank back in terror be
hind the heels of the Alleghanian.
" Why, your dog has no fight in him, my
good sir ?" quoth the Englishman pettishly.
" Don't be too sure of that," answered the
other; "the fight always lies deep down in
oui Alleghanian dogs, but when you ons't get
at it, 'tis the raal thiug and no mistake. As
for Hauk, here, he hasn't his drink yet, and
besides, I always talk to him all alone by his
self, afore he goes into a fight?I always do."
" Well, there's water in the horse trough,
and there's the bar-room for your talk," said
the Englishman, utterly confounded by what
he now cursed inwardly, as the cool impu
dence of the United Stateser, who had swin
dled him out of a dinner in'the name of a dog
that would not stand up even to receive a
. " Drink from a horse trough!" cried the
Alleghanian disdainfully. " Hauk isn't that
kind of a critter, mister."
" What does he drink, then?"
" Drink ? why he never drinks anything but
pepper-sarce. You may look, mister, but I
tell you pepper-sarce is my dog's drink. I see
that gentleman in the bar has lots of bottles
of it on the upper shelf there, and it he will
only let me have a couple of 'em, with that
pail, in that back room, so as I can talk to
Hauk alone, while he drinks; I say, if you
will only tell the gentleman in the bar to fur
nish mc with these conveniences. I'll soon
show you whether that British terrier of your'n
can eat up an Alleghanian cur at a mouthful."
"Give the fellow the bottles, the pail, and
the back room," roared the Englishman
through the open window;" give him what
ever he wants, and put the whole in my bill,
I'm determined to hold the knave to his orig
inal agreement, in some way or other."
Within the next five minutes the Allegha
nian had shut himself in the room communi
cating with the bar, emptied the pepper-sauce
into the pail, and placing his dog Hauk there
in, saturated thoroughly his shaggy coat, with
the pungent mixture. The Englishman, all
impatient, meanwhile stepped into the bar
room, followed by the terrier, when suddenly
the inner door was flung open, and there stood
the Alleghanian', gesticulating wildly with
I one hand, while he held Hauk with the other,
j " Bring on your dog," he shouted?" bring
on your British terrier that i3 going to eat us
up!?bring him on, I say, and let's see if an
Alleghanian cur isn't more than a mouthful
for him."
"Sezt?sezt?seize him!" hissed the En
glishman between his teeth, at the same time
clapping his hands and striding rapidly toward
the inner door, while his terrier, with a fierce
growl, sprang past him full at the throat of
poor Hauk. The Alleghanian had released
his own hold upon his dog, and it seemed as
if all must be over with him if those voracious
jaws once fairly fastened upon his neck. The
yelp of Hauk proved, indeed that the terrier
did give one severe bite, but the next moment
saw the latter rebounding against his master's
legs, and working his slavering jaws, as if
trying to disengage a swarm of hornets that
had lodged upon his palate.
"You confounded rascal!" roared the En
glishman, " what poison have you put upon
the hair of your vile cur?"
"Wal, mister," qUoth the Alleghanian,
cooly, " I rayther guess that Hauk was in sich
an all-fired passion for a fight, the pepper-sarce
he drank jist now must have sweated through.
At any rate your pup seems to hare had enough
of pickled dog at one mouthful."
J "You scoundrel, you!" thundered the in
dignant Brittoo. " I have a good mind to
take you in hand myself, and punish you well
for the infamous trick."
" Now don't use sich ugly words, mister;
I'm a boulder; I'm one of 'em, I tell ye, and
no mistake?a raal Alleghanian boulder. But
if you want in airnest to get a fight out of me,
all you have to do is to order supper and a bed
for me, and to-morrow arter breakfast you and
I will try a friendly knock down or so, to de
cide who shall pay for them."
The crowd, which had meanwhile collected
around the door of the tavern, shouted with
laughter at this proposition, while the En
glishman hastily retired from the scene, having
probably already had enough of a raal Alleg
hanian boulder.
It was on one of those lovely, balmy even
ings in May, which belong alone to our South
ern clime, that I trod the deck of a fine vessel
which danced upon the bosom of that beauti
ful bay, formed by the junction of the Ashley
and Cooper rivers, as they mingle their waters
before the metropolis of South Carolina, and
unite their wavelets with old ocean's realm.
A gentle yet steady breeze wafted many a lit
tle barque to its destined shore, and as our
craft was loosened from hermoorings, she left
the shore, and the welcome breeze bosomed
out her snow sails as she veered away and
stood oceanward, while the starry ensign of a
free and happy people floated in proud majesty
from her maintop. Onward we went, bound
ing over the waves as merrily as the Petrel,
and in a few short hours the land of those we
loved was lost to our vision, amid the clouds
and waves.
Our crew were a jovial set of hardy, weath
erbeaten tars, whose rough visages indicated
that they had braved the storm and wave for
many a day. They had just been shipped,
and seemed in fine spirits, with the exception
I of one, who, seated on a coil of cable near the
: forecastle, with his chin resting in the palms
. of his hands, seemed the very picture of des?
pondency; his long beard and soiled ahirt gave
him a very haggard appearance, and be seem
ed perfectly unconscious of anything thai was
going on around him. By the contour of his
head and features I discovered that he was a
foreigner, and on inquiry the sailors informed
me that he was a Frenchman, and that his
name was Cora; he had been ona " cruise,"
as the tars expressed it, for a long while be
fore he came on board, and had taken in so
much ballast that he could not navigate.
They had put him to bed when the vessel left
port, and he was now just awakening from
his slumbers, and there being no liquor on
board, he was laboring under that unenviable
state of feeling called the 44 blue devils "?or,
as it is technically termed, the delirium tre
As I stood gazing on the unfortunate man,
who by indulgence in a vicious appetite had
reduced himself to a condition just a grade
above the brute, and made life a burden to
him?the captain gave a hoarse command
with his speaking trumpet, to shift some of
the sails?when Cora, who had been so pas
sive, suddenly sprang upon his feet, and seizing
me, implored me to protect him. " Don't let
them do it," cried he in the agony of terror;
" save me from them!" and he clung closer
to me. " Save you from who, Cora," inquired
I, " the captain will not hurt you." " Don't
talk that way," said he, " did the skipper not
tell them to put me on that sandy island out
there?" pointing to the windwaid of the ship.
I looked in the direction, but nothing except
the blue waves met my eye. "You are mis
taken," I answered, " there is no land within
fifty miles of the vessel, and if this goodly
breeze holds on, there will not be any in sight
for the next two days." "Aint they tacking
the ship to near it?" repeated Cora, " and aint
you trying to deceive me ?" and he let go my
arm and looked around with watchfulness,
while the greatest terror was depicted on his
countenance. I saw it was in vain to attempt
to suppress his fears, and made no further!
effort to do it, for it would have been extreme
ly dangerous for any person to have attempted
to approach him, having drawn from his belt
a large case knife, such as seamen wear to cut
ropes with ; and he now held it firmly in his
hand, ready for use. Feeling the greatest
compassion for the unfortunate man, in his
truly miserable condition, I went to the cap
tain and informed him of the circumstance;
and told him if there was any ardent spirits
aboard the vessel, it would be serving the
cause of humanity to give Cora a heavy glass,
to settle his nerves, and by renewing the stim
ulus in a small degree, to compose his mind
and bind down those horrid phantoms which
crazed his brain, for every one knows that
professed topers endure the most horrid feel
ings after recovering from a fit of inebriation,
unless they can have a few glasses to " tapor
off" with. "I dislike very much," said the
captain, " to do it. I never permit my men to
bring any spirits on board, for when I did they
were always unruly; and if I give Cora a
glass of braudy because he is crazy, I hare no
doubt but every one of the men will be attack
ed by the same disease, in order that the same
remedy may be applied. You don't know
what it is to manage men, and those who are '
now under my command are a set of hard
cases ,* however, if it would oblige you, I will
call the steward up and order some brandy."
I told the captain that I would consider it a
favor if he did so. The captain then ordered
the steward to bring up some of the pure stuff,
and it was placed before us. The captain
then sent for Cora, in order that he might
have some of the spirits without the other
men seeing it; but Cora could not be induced
to come near ua, and would suffer no one to
approach him; and the steward seemed to have
no particular desire to form an acquaintance
with his case knife, which Cora threatened
him with. I was in a dilemma now what to
do, and I thought I would take the liquor to
him. But as I approached, one of the seamen,
for a joke, sing out that we were trying to
catch him that we might tie him. This was
very unfortunate, for I had hopes that the sight
of the brandy would convince him of my ear
nestness, and allow me to come near him; but
even though I felt the greatest desire to be
friend him, I could not help thinking that
"discretion was the better part of valor," and
that I would not risk my own life to the phren
zy of a mad sailor, for he heaped the most
horrid curses on me, and menaced with his
knife as he flourished it over his head. I
therefore retreated to the quarter deck, and
set the glass dswn. The captain, who had
stood looking on, laughing at my timidity,
now hurried down the ladder, and stepping on
the main deck, advanced towards the delirious
man. But Cora, with a sudden bound, sprang
upon the gunwale of the vessel, and in tht act
he lost his knife, which dropping on the deck
was seized by a sailor and thrown overboard.
Cora felt his loss, and telling us all good bye,
he sprang into the water, and his form was
lost for a moment in the waves. No sooner
had he leaped from the ship, than the noble
hearted steward plunged in after him and rose
a few yards from him. "Don't come near
me," cried Cora, " for if yo? touch me I will
carry you down with me; the skipper shall
never put me in chains." The steward was
an excellent swimmer, and eluded the grasp
of the suicide; but in attempting to lay hold
of Cora, he was struck by him in the face, aa?l
he desisted from further effort to saw him.
A rope being thrown to him, he seized U mi
was quickly drawn upon deck; and Con, wfca
was now astern of the vessel, rank to eternity.
The ship, jmssing oo, continued her cowea to
her destined port. Though the scene is loa^
past, yet I never look at the ruby wiue, spark*
ling in the glass, but the recollection of the
sad fate of Cora rises in my mind, and causcm
me to shrink back from it with horror.
From the Arkaruua Temperance Jwirnnl
BY A. M. S.
When 1 was a little boy, there were no tera.
perance societies in the country; in fact I had
not heard of one any where. Ardent spirits
were much used, and there were many drunk
ards. Almost every person drank vinous drinks,
to a greater or lees extent; even professors of
religion?persons renowned for piety?and
many ministers of the gospel, hesitated not, oc.
casionally, to fill the sparkling bowl, and quaff
its contents. No wonder that drunkenness
filled the land; no wonder that intemperance
has claimed its thousands of victims?broken
ten thousand hearts, once happy and hopeful?
beggared many, yes many a lovely child, and
dragged many a precious soul lower than the
drunkard's grave.
I was only six years of ago, and knew little
of this great world, in which I have been living
so many years. Little did I suspect that it was
so replete with crime. I never dreamed that
there were snares, and traps, and deadly pit
falls, prepared for unwary footsteps, at every
stage in life's eventful journey. I was taking
a visit to an uncle's, in the beautiful city of N.,
and spent several days with my loved and
yonthful cousins, in viewing the splendors of ~
that place. One beautiful morning my uncle
directed his servants to bring out the family
carriage, saying that he intended to take a ride
with my cousins and me. It was in the month
of May. All nature seemed to wear smiles as
a garment?the skies were deep blue and cloud
less. The balmy breath of spring was around
us, laden with spicy odors from a thousand
flowery gardens. I had observed previous to
our starting in the carriage, that many other
carriages, and hundreds of people, some riding
and many on foot, were going in the same di
rection. My uncle did not tell us, though we
frequently asked him where he was gty'ng
with us.
We started and travelled towards the west,

xml | txt