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1J4Y, DfcCKMBEU IT; 1850. 1
ALICE HAUGHTON The ExBachelori Story " BT MBS. MABT A. DENlBOIf- Wallace Haughton and I were bosom . j9 When he married a beautiful ' girl ibom he 'onK 'M?eD attached 1 shut self up sullenly in nay own room and re fj t0 gee ih face of man. ; My passions undisciplined from childhood. ; till I attainea tne age 01 twenty one I had fi,s f ungovernable angr. After , ! (j-ue my pride came to the rescue, and 1 nd roj" temper down. I loved Wallace Ljj.ton as some men love women, strong , jrJently, deathlessly. We were almost 'apaiabl. Befere him I never showed fiend within me. IJis sunshiny face in rtrifbly dispersed the clouds in my breast. ' Vever shall I, forget the day he first told Jhe loved Mary- Vernon. Befoie that I KB"tt of her as a sweet, angelic woman ; ttt iliat hour I hated her. -What shall I do ?" was the wild, pas inate cry with which I replied. Do? why be just the same loving gj beloved frlpnd come and sit by our jarth-stone ; come and live with us. Mary jjc.irs bow strongly I regard you. She no jealous qualms even towards my bo friend. God bless her ! she is a noble -1." 4 Sone can tell but those who are cursed f;th the same unhappy temperament, with tiat feelings I heaid Wallace eulogize his toved. I could have struck him for it. I turned away sullenly and walked rapidly 0ff without speaking. At last the day came, frju"l)t with so much happiness to him. I ioukl not go to the wedding, and afterwards, then 1 met him, I treated him with cold :?ss. There are few natures but what would lave resented such conduct ; he did jot. I have since thought he pitied me. Well, time wore away and brought me vm. I became an intimate at his house, isd soon came to regard Wallace and his fife as one. They furnished me a beauti ful room and I went and came as I listed. Bv-and-by a daughter was born to them. XLey called her Alice because it was my ivonte name. Little Alice Haughton I She was a frag ile, fairy thing, but exceedingly lovely. It ias a grief to us yes, at least even to me, tilt Mary Haughton drooped from the date of the birth of Alice. Some hidden dis- m, whose germs had never showed them selves above the surface before, fastened up on her vitals. So slowly she faded that Wallace would not believe her ill till one lav when Alice was three year3 old. I went there and found the house as still as jcatb. Wallace met me in the hall. He d not speak, but he grasped my hand till pained me, and as I looked in his face his allor alarmed me. She is going !" he said, through his teeth. "I shall lose her.' 'Impossible 1" I replied, "she was look ing so healthy yesterday." The bloom of the grave, lie said, harshly, "the cnmsen of death, O my God ! low can I bear it ?" "Yuu are needlessly alarmed, " I ven ded. I knew not what to say, but longed a some manner to comfort him. No no no ; 1 wish I could think 6o but last ni-rht 0 fearful night I xou jve not seen what I have seen ; the very U blood streaming. O my God, support ae in the heavy hour 1" One week from that, time, the hearse stood this door. From the moment Mary died. 1 Jid not see my friend shed a tear. His ewas rigid, colorless awful in its calm. His little daughter was taken to his moth 's borne, and after a while Wallace broke ' Louse-keeping and went there too. Once c rehe was all mine. Day after day I sat ui lnm, read to him, nor oulu I believe fat brilliant complexion that fierce rapid- iif of movement, or utterance, presaged a tai disease. But so it proved. At the fJof live short happy years, my dearest 'end died, leaving me the guardian of his iitiie daughter.- Alice was more lovely than her childhood w promised. iSot strictly beautitul but iarming, fascinating. She loved me very nth, and when in a year from her father's ath she left me for school, she wept on y neck, refusing to te comforted. 1 re- Jpd into my old "habits of loneliness, and 'the age of twenty-eight thought myseit a firmed bachelor. I furnished rooms k in a spinster aunt as house-keeper, lav 5"1 a Utile fortune on my furniture and Groundings, had a garden beautifully laid and sat myself down to take comfort. "usi not torget tosaynere, mat a naa IlVed 6ome five hundred miles from the x)' in which my friend Wallace lived. L;gnt years from the very day that Alice -Jjhton left me for school, I received a i:r from her edged with black. It was '"e hrst letter my ward had sent, by F means but the first missive that bore ijp of death. It was addressed to me kr father's dearest friend. Her grand er she said had recently' died ; her (wo had gone to the far West ; she wa3 leaving school : where should she go ? ' her guardian and had a legal right to with her. She longed to see some Miliar face, etc. The letter did not give 'wy pleasure. I knew what my duty for on his dying bed Walter had con- ias daughter to my care. "When she is grown," he said, falter feeblv. "vou will probably have a ? :-a homo KhrtiiM mother die. be i1 Oilier ta mo i;tl Ai; I looked around my comfortable rooms, id not want to have my quiet broken up. J pictures, my vases, my books, my ar- i3 of virtue were all exactly where I them to be, Tbia young girl of l'-n would perhaps disarrange, all my i ln- A nd then she would be having young "anions beaux as likely as not. She -u wi6Q to sing when x neeaea quiet; uu cum oiooo. i nygntig pumtufretr-gtrrr Anu as yet no clue to their identity or pur jjose has been found out. Two children were bitten by a mad doj a few days since, near Atchison, one of .whom will prob ally die. therewould tTKerpialw and practice jr she might be whimsical cifiult to advise.- She. might be flighty; nervous; ill-tempered, i iNo, .said resolutely ; I will find her a good boarding place I wrote a letter, sealed but did not send it. Her words, in one artless line, haunted me. iI d so long to see a familiar face that will remind me of my dear: home my dear father and uiuiner iu neaven. '-. , - ' - 'There is: no use in being such sav-age"--ul said, mentally, and tbpn I tossed (he letter into; the fire (it was in January), and sent for Aunt Mitiy. She was a pare person, with not the most pleasant face in the world but the face is not always au in dex to the heart. ' think some of having a young lady here. Aunt Miity," I said. iLor! are you going to get married?" and her kniifing-utedl fell as if paralyzed. ' s. O. no, not the least intention ; you need never ask that question. ' I shall be a bach elor all my days, and you shall keep house for me. Aunt Miity. But you know I have spoken sometimes of -my little ward. Miss Alice Haughton; she has done going to tchool, anu as she has neither father nor mother, 1 must have her here I suppose." vlndeed ?. Site said it as maiden ladies are apt to say that word, as if it embodied an important question, and resumed her knitting.. 4.4 . r '"'' . 'li there any room she could have ? or shall I be obliged to furnish another ?" . Well, if she's got properly, she ought to have a fine room. I should take the ar tides out of the front chamber and have it newly furnished." Very well," said I, "then I will go with you to-morrow and select the furniture. She will, I suppose, have her own piano forte brought on here, and we may expect her in a week from to-morrow. Can we get ready in that time?" "Yes," was her brief reply, and her tall form soon vanished through the door-way. I was called out of town on important business on the day of the expected arrival, and did not return till late in the evening. I was cold, cheerless and weary, and had almost forgotten that I was to meet anybody, when as I was taking off my cloak in the front hall, I heard a light foot-step, and looking round I beheld a vision for which I was but little piepared. Dressed in black garments, a profusion of dark hair falling in clustering curls from Che temples, there 6tood Alice ; her dark eyes, so like her fath er's, beaming, glowing with a warm wel come, her white hand outstretched to greet me. "Why, Alice 1" I exclaimed, forgetting cold and fatigue, "can this be you, so tall ! so beautiful?" She blushed rosy-red, smiled, returned my salutation, and led the way into the tea-room. Surely some magic had transformed it. I had always thought it cheerful, but now with that sweet presence, from which some charm surely emanated, it seemed dazzling. Perhaps my fairy had let on a trifle more of the gas ; perhaps she had caused the Le high to be replenished I could not tell but it appeared to me a new and refreshing place. I forgot all my trials: my heart grew light in a moment, I could not. keep my eyes from the spaikling face o I my ward. There is no use in trying to desc.ibe her in imitable grace, her varying expresssion every moment disclosing some new charm her delicacy of deportment, and at times her gravity of demeanor and thoughtful ways. Let me return to that evening. It is my oasis in the desert of dark memories. I never weary of dwelling upon it ; I never shall. At the table she presided, saying, laugh ingly, the Aunt Miity had given up that office to her. The old lady had a lame arm, and however much she might covet the dignity of that office, she was quite willing to dispense with its burdens. She too seemed as one fascinated, looking altern ately at Alice and myself ; laughing hearti ly at her witty little speeches growing sad in the face when she adverted to her loss which had taken place six months before and following her humor in all things. "Shall I read to you now, guardian?" asked Alice, prettily, after supper. It was a new phase in my experience ; to sit idly by the fire in my dressing-gown and slippers, listening to the musical voice of a beautiful girl upon whose lips every diy item of news grew into a pearl as it dropped. Well, this was comfort there was no de nying it. Every day the sweet giil won upon me. She seemed perfection in all she did and said. Her playing was exquisite; nor did she depend upon masters and prac tice, for her soul was the depository for beautiful gems of melody, and she drew them forth at will. How .she had retained her girlish simplicity, the sweet modesty of mien for which as a child she was remarka ble, I never could tell. Certainly, Alice Haughton was unlike all other young ladies I had ever seen. I had rather anathema tized the whole class but Alice Haughton redeemed them all. The first time I was awakened from my dream of bliss was the occasion of a visit made Alice by a young and dashing man, a gentleman in exterior, and I thought one who entertained decided preferences for my fair ward. .1 can never describe the feeling of burning, maddening jealousy that tor tured me as he stood in the brilliant music room by the side of Alice, turning over her music and casting admiring glances at her. Then my heart waked up to the fact that I was in love with Alice. I, the staid bache lor of eight-and-twenty, loved with all the intensity of my passionate nature, the fair child-woman of sixteen. How hotly the blood shot through my veins as Idealized this fact, and saw the devotion of this hand some young stranger. Did jshe love him ? If so I would annihilate him on the spot ! He must have noticed my appearance, for as he turned .round to say, "that is a sweet song, sir," he gave me a prolonged glance. I turned away and strode to my mirror. My. appearance before this hid always been a 8ubjeet of indifference. I had in the be appear on Monday next. . Each numberwill contain 48 pages. From the high reputa tion of these gentlemen, and a personal knowledge of their abilities, we .'have no hesitation in assuring the fraternity that their's will be a valuable work. ginning of the evening called this felKw mentally; fop and ape, for nothing but be cause be was dressed with good taste. Now as I looked, I grew ashamed of myself. ; liy collar ;was neij igent,- myncck tie U tsar ranged, my whole appearance careless and untidy." .! ' scanned my' features there I was triumphant. I felt that there was superiority in my face over many other men; l knew i was what was styled a noble look ing fellow that my countenance, was of that intellectual cast vastly superior to mere beauty of feature. My mind was made up. I drew my figure to iu height, straightened collar and tie, and went to the piano, plant ing myseit upon the other side ot .f lice. "Will you not play( something for me!" 1 asked, bhe looked up-as if she noticed tne peculiar emphasis in my tone. I fan cied her eyes lingered on my face thought she blushed. ' . "Certainly I will, with the greatest pleas ure. What" would you like ?" That I" I said, placing a sheet of rou 6ic before her. She looked at it a moment, ran over prelude and air, and sang it with great sweetness. It was a love-song; no matter what. The roan opposite kept his keen eyes upon me, and every time 1 looked up, our glances met. Minesaid, "you shall not have her." His said, "who in the dick ens are you ?'- " "Who is that man?" I said, when he bad jjone. "Uiily a friend cuardy ; 1 knew mm at Milton." 0ya friend;" why should she use that precaution in speaking of him ? Did she suspect the turn my thoughts had ta ken ? I hoped not. I would have guarded the secret until 1 was certain that her heart was free. My pride was as strong, ay, and as fierce as my love. "He is very fine looking ;" I said, care lesslv. "I have seen handsome men," 6he re plied. How I studied her, after that. Every word, motion, look, were noticed by me. She caught me at it sometimes, and blushed. bhe seemed, 1 thought, to show a decided preference for me over all the gentlemen who visited her or else unwittingly 1 dis played a vehemence in my love. I think she must have suspected at that early period how 1 felt towards her. Let me hurry on with my narrative. Ev ery day I grew more hopelessly enamored. She became shy and sensitive, and gave me by her manner occasional glimpses of hope. I surprised her somet&ies singing over softly the sonsrs I loved. I saw her read the books I praised. Sometimes I looked into them and found such passages marked as made my heart beat more rapidly. Not long after my symptoms had become thus violent, I received a letter from a youncrer brother whom I had not seen for ten years, and then he was a boy. I re membered his extreme beauty, and my soul grew sick. Impending evil like a horrible vulture flapped its wins; over my head. He wrote me that he had become a p'osper- ous merchant ; that he was coming to see me. It was a waim, glowing, impulsive letter, but strange to pay, I crumbled it in ray hand, and threw it in the tire. It was a singular coincidence, but the day he came as in the case of Alice I was called away. When I returned I caughi the sound of a manly voice. Hate entered and received a welcome in my heart. I went into the parlor ; my brother sprang up, his handsome face all a glow, to greet me, and then returned to his seat by the side of Alice. He must have noticed my ooolness, my constrained demeanor, my ab straction, from which I was called by Al ice's musical voice : "Why, guaidy, why didn't you tell me you had a younger brother ?" "I thought you would meet him soon, and the pleasure would be all the greater," I answered, bitterly. It stung me to mad ness to behold him sitting so near her; to hear them talk together like old and confi dential friends. All manner of demon thoughts crowded to my brain. Among them came murder. I felt that my coun tenance must be awful, and kept myself busily turned away, bull they chatted, they laughed O, how nobly beautiful they looked together! That evening we were all together in the music-room, Alice at the pi ano; I walking, filled with horrible thoughts; Fred, my brother, leaning over Alice. How free she seemed with him ! Much too free, it seemed to my jealous eyes. What business had she to sing my songs for him ? O, if they had seen me look at them ! To be sure she always prefaced her music with "this is guardy's favorite," or "I often sing this for your brother," but what sort of balm was that to such a heart as mineT At last 1 said "eood-nurnt," abruptly. Alice came to me all anxiety ; she asked me timidly if I was not well. I could have howled, "no hypocrite !" but I said, with as calm a manner as I could as sume, "I have business to attend to." "For a moment I noted that she looked perplexed, unhappy but I was still blinded by jealousy. Look here ! Harry, don't go to bed so early again ; it deprives me of good socie ty ; both that ot yours and your charming ward. She did not stay ten minutes after you had gone. You ahould not leave the young folks alone, especially when one of them is as shy as a. kitten," said my broth er, the next day. "Did Alice leave you then ?" I asked, suddenly relieved of a great weight. "Of course she did. What modest young girl could sit with a stranger alone ; I am surprised at you for leaving us. By the way, you play the venerable papa, I sup pose, to this sweet creature?" Venerable !" I exclaimed, turning fiercely round, "what do you mean by call ing me venerable?" "Mercy on us?" exclaimed Fred. "I see I must treat my elder brother with more respect but do tell me, Harry, is she heart free?" "Go ask her," I growled. "I wonder you havn't fallen in love with res6Iulibn7whTCTrTesuiiea in'ftTnsjonvy It was then resolved that the minutes of this meeting be. submitted to 1 The Kansas News for publication. Adjourned. Wm. S. Cook, Secretary. I ber-yourselfilarrj, she'dj have made you ' a capital , little, .wife -U at as ,y ou have not. ti suppose . x; nave tne next best .chance. I What dvyou say Y had I better try ? be- cause if you think there's ho hope there's a little lady at borne whom 1 m thinking of, and I know 6hell have me"'; ; O, why did I not then and there disclose to my brother the great secret of my heart? It would nave saved rag torture beyond es timation 1 Btit' I would not. The evil one was in me? held -absolute sway over my every facualty. . . .. - - "In heaven's name," I said, "win her if you can, but don't talk to me. about it. I have more important business on hand." He laughed at my reply, gleefully, I thought insultingly,- as lie said, ."perhaps I'll take you at your word ; at any rate it's worth the trial and we parted. Every day and every evening I now left them to gether. I noticed that Alice grew more quiet; her cheeks became pale."- "That is one .of the symptoms; ' I thought, savagely. "The wcoing progresses bravely; but, by heaven, if he wins her, he had better never have been born !" There'was little or no change in Fred's appearance; he seemed quite devoid to her, walked with her, rode with her ; they sang and played together. Still Alice seemed restless. She avoided my eye, and appeared only quite at her ease in his society. One day 1 was sitting in the hall by myself, quite in the shadow, brooding as usual over my gloomy fancies. I heard footsteps and voices. My first impulse was to retire ; but on a second thought I determined to stay. They paused upon the threshold. Madness ! his arm was around her waist. "But why don't you tell him ?" 1 heard her say. .1 ! . "No no;" he replied, and my brother's usually cheerful voice was sad:' "No; he never would forgive me. I cannot 1 Har ry would be the last one to whom I should tell such secrets." . :. "Ay, my splendid fellow 1". thought I, "so you have cunningly divined." "Let me tell him, then," said AJlice, soft ly. "Though he has al tared of late and seems strange to me, yet 1 think he would give his consent if I asked him." ' "Do you, my beauty 1" I thought; with set teeth. "Yes, and sol would, but what would happen afterwards, I wonder ?" "Well, darling, I'll think about it. Per haps, after all, it will be more manly in me to speak to him. I tbinkl will, to-morrow." The next day, Fred asked me to walk with him to the cliff. We went away to gether. "I have something I wish to say to you, Harry," said Fred. My heart leaped ; my blood was on fire. I made believe as if I had not understood. Are your nerves steady ?" Iasked. "Can you stand like this upon the edge of the bank?" He paused, looked at me earnestly a mo ment and went forward to try. His feet was on the very edge ; nearer than mine ; his brain might have reeled ; mine did not until I jostled against him in stooping. My God, he was over 1 I sprang back as if I was shot. Not for a' thousand'-' Worlds would I have ventured near the edge'of that accursed hill. There was water at the bot tom. Strange that I heard no sound save the rapid beating of my own heart. " Was ne living, struggling? I dared not look, but hurried home and locked myself in my own room. .M 1 Said the demon, "if they find him, they will think it was accident." I don't think any one saw him jjo out with me but my God ! the self-abasement 1 the tortured conscience. The day, the week passed. I forgot to say that Alice on that very day had gone to spend a week with a school-mate. When she returned she asked after Fred. I said, watching her steadily, "he is gone. Are you sorry ?" "Why, yes ; I think he might have told me and said good-by," she replied, petulent ly: "If he had staid longer we might have had a wedding," I said, with a harsh and almost convulsive laugh. She looked at me earnestly for a moment,- as she asked, innocently, "why, who would have been married " "You and he, perhaps," I ventured. She turned as. pale as ashes; her lips quivered, she cried out passionately, "you are cruel 1" and almost ran from the room. What was I to infer from this ? The glance, the tone had struck me as being, to say the least, very . peculiar. Good heav ens ! could it have been that all the time the loved me ? My brain throbbed ; my ; guilty soul swayed between tumults of de- slght and terror. If so, dared I marry heri in my blood-guiltiness ? Yes, I dared do any deed now : I dared and I would. I pass over much time. Suffice it to say that the fate of my brother remained a mystery. I had nerved myself 4o go, as nearly as I could calculate to the precise spot where he fell, but 1 saw no clue that gave any evi dence of his previous identity. He was gone. The dark waters Jbad received him. Sometime they might give up their dead. Alice became mv wife, but horror bung around me. I could lake pleasure in noth ing. I surrounded her with luxuries and called her my queen. She was an idol ; I worshipped her. One day she said : Why do we not hear from r red V My heart stood still, but I ventured some noncommittal reply. "Did he ever ask your advice about any thing in particular?" she inquired.' with a smile. "No ;" I replied with my old fierceness. Why do you ask such a question ?' "O, Harry!" she said, reprovingly, you carried your prejudice too far I know she must have been a lovely girl by his description. Before, 1 was hot ; now I grew icy. By his description ! lovely girl ! what do you mean ?" I asked, in wild astonishment "Why! you know be loved one of the Edgemonts, didn't you? He said the fath er once did you an injustice, and you never' OTTTT. tion, which ought to nave come osho some time ago. . We have but one reg ular, reliable mail now. and that is a weekly one from Lawrence. We are in hopes that something will be done forus in this matter this winter. forgave him.; i He "being dependent on you in some way for assistance, did not like to marry, her. without, ynur consent, and yet he l ad he strangest fear about it ! ,1 never 8-4W a brother so- " .her words changed to shrieks! I had fallen apparently dead at her feetl : I made awful revelations in the sickness that 'followed When I came to myself,. I thought' I, saw my . brother con stantly, by me. , I besought the vision to loave me. Human tones answered it was Fed, kind, g-nerous, forgiving-who bent about his guilty brother. When tie told me how Le had , been sheltered , by a friendly tree, whose swaying brandies caught and held him ; how after his strength came, he had dropped and swam ashore, and to spare, and punish me. had returned quietly to his fir off home. I wept aloud. O," the bli-8 of seeing him there ! .AYhsn I ; was well, they brought a babe into my chamber my first-born! " " ': - -Politics in Kentucky. . -f - . EXTRACTS FROM C. U. CLATS SPEECH AT COV INGTON. TWENTY TO ONE. According to the last, census, there are in Kentucky about twenty men to one slave bolder. There is but one slaveholder, and twenty men, women, and children that own no slaves. That is a big difference ; but look at your census, and you will see what it says. Yet Cass. Clay is a seditious man; Cass. Clay is &n ambitious man ; Cass. Clay is a bloody man don't listen to him. Whose interest am I advocating ? Men, if I were advocating the interests of one man to the tweuty, he would stand by me would he not ? I should be a good fellow, at least in bis eye, whatever I might be in the eyes of others. Would he not be my friend, whatever else might denounce me? Well, if I don't advocate that interest, whose interest do I advocate ? whose inter ests do I defend? in whose interest do I jeopardize, again and again, my good name and character, and, I might almost say, my life itself? Of course, as I am not in favor with the one, it must be the other twenty. Under which king ? I must be one or the other. I am, therefore, for the great peo ple of Kentucky the twenty to one ; for the eight hundred as against the forty-three thousand. " THE FOOLISH FOOLS. In the first place, let us look to the slave holders themselves. They are not all fools though some of them are the biggest fools I ever saw, because they belong to the c!ass of "foolish fools," and, as the old man said, "the d d foolish fools" he could not stand, and being asked what they were, he said they were the fools who did not know it, or who boasted of it. Gentlemen, the whole cotton crop, that is said to be king, that is 6aid to do the commercial exchanges at home and abroad, without which the world would come to an end, is nothing. The census shows that cotton cuts but a small figure as a production of the United States, it being but one-thirteenth of the whtde. Why, the insignificant thing of hay, that Gen. Shelby said he would not raise a lit tle dry grass, as he called it is produced in larger quantities. If any man tells me cotton is k ng, I tell him it is no such thing. Hay is king. Well, the cotton crop is about eighty millions of value. Well, gen tlemen, the Government expended eighty millions during the last year, and we all thought that was large ; even the Demo cratic party thought that was too large a sum. Well, now suppose you dissolve the Union suppose you have succeeded, as Gen. Wise proposes, in taking Harper's Ferry (by the way, Brown has Harper's Ferry,) and you take Washington and the archives : -'how are you to maintain it? Does any man say that the Southern Confederacy- will not have to have a larger in ternal police, a larger marine, and a larger navy, when they have not only to stand against the powers of France and Great .Britain, but the whole of tb6 free JNorth " There is no man of common sense but will admit that the expenses of such a Govern ment will hive to be larger than they are. Foot it up. When you have paid the ex penses of your internal police, of your Southern Union, of your foreign navy, of your home army, of course it will make more than eighty millions. That is to say, when your whole crop has beeu sold, pro viding always that you sell it successfully, you have spent every dollar of the income to preserve the peace, and you have not a single dollar with which to buy pork and beans, and your niggers and jeans. As Republicans, we do not come to you as to battle. We say that the .national Government is supreme in its sphere,' and we are Slates Right's men, law-abiding men, as we have said in our resolutions this day. It may be that you will see those resolu tions, for it may be that some of our Dem ocratic friends will have the magnanimity to publish them, if they have a Democratic paper near here, but such things are very scarce in Democratic communities. , We say that the National Government has no right to say to South Carolina or Kentucky, You shall have slaves, or you shall be free ; but we say to them, if you love liberty, the freedom of the press and of speech, the development of the resources of your country ; if you desire to see man ufactures built up, and love to see the pros perity of the white race, instead of build ing up a degenerated mulatto race, as is go ing on in the Slave States, do so ; but we do say, that under the Constitution of the United States, established by our ' fathers for the promotion of the happiness of them selves and their posterity, we will maintain the Territory of this Union, now acquired and forever hereafter to be acquired, free from this weak institution that has brought Maryland and Virginia to shame and to the blush before the world ; that we will not allow any Territory, where we have the power, to possess Slavery, as is our sworn duty. ' If you choose to call that nigger ism, I am for niggerism. ; .- A ? ;i j ujiwoi estate are required to exhibit them to me tor al lowance within one year from the dAteof nch letters or they may be preeiaded from any ben efit of soeh estate j and if sueh claims be not pre sented within three yeara from date of aaid letter they will be forever debarred. - - B. F. NORTON. ; 4ee31-3w - ' - ' 'Aiiniwtrator. A good 'many years ago. when Xexing ti n was yet in its infancy when, in fact, a few 1 oases and a "siore" or two. in that portion of our city now -known as the "Old Town," were all that constituted a claim to the appellation of town, , there lived here a rolliekingyoung, blade of a Jawyer, whom we shall call D , and who. .by the way; has, in Luer years, achieved a high civil and military reputation the latter not inferior to that of the famous Greek Gener al Xenophoo, himself. -But D , at the lime. we speak of, resided in Lexington, and not at the place he . now lives, which, albeit, is not a hundred miles from here, and was a young gentleman of sprightli ness, popular manners and withal rem trka bly fond of a practical joke. And thereby, as Shakspeare has it, "hangs a tale," for on a certain occasion his fun-loving propensity" got him into a scrape. ' The manner was in this wise : A certain well-known citizen, still living, who resided a short distance from town, was one evening here, and D knew he would have to return after night on foot through an unfrequented path; Now it entered his head that he would play the ghost and frighten him. So wrapping around him a slieet, he stationed himself in the most lonely place be could find, and watched for his intended victim. At length advancing footsteps were heard, and D stepped forth into the path, chd in the ha biliments of -the grave, stretched out his arms, and stood full before him in the path. The benighted man was almost upon this ghostly spectacle before he saw it ; when, however, it did break upon his vision, he stopped short, looked attentively at the ob ject, peered first on one side and then on the other, to make the most of it, and leaning forward and pointing to the ghost, he suddenly just as D was greatly en joying his supposed tnght exclaimed : - "lake him, Maje ! j he effects was in stantaneous. A huge dog, which had been following close at bis heels,- bounded for ward, and the ghost took to a tree, report says, however, not iu time to save the seat of his breeches from the fangs of the canine savage. That was the last time D tried to play the ghost. Lexington (Mo.) Ex positor. Going Home. "Going home!" Is it so, bereaved Christian ? Then let us com fort one another with these words. We may weep beside the graves which are hal lowed to the memory of the departed, but the sunshine of heaven shall illumine our tears, and bring a rainbow of promise over our hearts. True, our friends cannot re turn to us but, oh, blessed thought ! we shall go to them ; nay, we are already go ing to them. We have 6et out on the jour ney which is to bring us where they now dwell ; and ere long we shall be clasped in their embrace, and gladdened by their con cern. Eagerly they await our arrival, for their joy is incomplete without us ; and as we think of the glad meeting which will re store us to each other, and banish in a mo ment the pain of past separation, the dis tance between us seems to lessen, and we say to ourselves, "Patience, sad heart; bear up a little longer ; we shall be at home presently." Life's Morning. Benjamin Cox, of Salem, Mass., who is now 8 J years of age, commenced business as a grocer at the age of 18, with a capital of $2 53. In seven years he had accumu lated SI 0,000. He then took up the busi ness of shipbuilding, and has-been connect ed with the Salem Bank for nearly fifty years. Last Thanksgiving day the compa ny at his table numbered two dozen, and then he stated that he had dined in the 6a me room where they were then assembled, 76 consecutive Thanksgivings, his wife 5G, his eldest son 53, his second son 42, his four daughters every .year, his two -sons-in-law 28 years, and during all this time his fami ly and friends who dined with him were en joying good health. Maxims. Persevere against discourage ments. Keep your temper. Employ leis uie in 6tudy, and always have some work in hand. Be. punctual and methodical in business, and never procrastinate. Never be in a hurry. Preserve self-possession, and do not be talked out of conviction. Rise early, and be an economist of time. Maintain dignity without the appearance of pride; manner is something toie very body, and everything with 6ome. 'Be 'guarded in discourse, attentive and slow to speak. Never acquiesce in immoral or pernicious opinions. Be not forward to assign rea sons to tkose who have no right to ask. Think nothing in conduct unimportant or indifferent. Rather set than follow exam ples. Practice strict temperance, nd in vour transactions remember the final ac count. The Snrin?rfield Republican savs : "R. Barnwell Rhett, of South Carolina, the leader of the Nullifiers, was born in Massa chusetts, and changed his name from bmitb, to please his rich father-in-law. Horace Mavnard. of Tennessee, the uncompromis ing hater of the North, was born of poor Daren is at Waterloo, Graduated at Amherst, and went South to "teach school." Slidell, of Louisana, was a Yankee, and xlammoBd, of South Carolina, was born of New Eng land parents. In fact the most outrageous Southern demagogues were 'raised' in the ' North, to adont an expression of their pres ent home. Of Southern disunion editors. most are of Northern origin, who think they can't be too hot to please the children of the sun." Peesent to Gov. Seward. Gov. Sew ard was presented in Alexandria, with three splendid Arabian horses, which he has shipped for this country from Alexandria. Two of tliem will, we understand, be pre sented to the State Agricultural Society. Auburn (X.Y.) Advocate. To act upon a determination made in an ger, is like embarking on - storm. - Taken -Up, - - BY the Mibscriber, living one nule south, tt Emporia, about tTro weeks sine?, a four-yca old STEER, medium' eixe. rle red1 ftnd'whfta spotted. The owner is requested to pravo prop ertv, pay eharees and take him away. t ' -, Dei. 3, w S. G. BROWS'.