.VOL". II. ! _ SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1854.. N Pi
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w v, V WILLIAM CHRISTI , ...,,,.,..
A TTORNEY AT LAW, No. 30 St. Charles street
New Orleans. Practices in the Supreme Cour
of Louisiana, and the United States Circuit and Dis
W. C. is Commissioner for various States, and wil
fake depositions, etc.
CHAS. V. JONTE,
SECOND Justice of the Peace for the Parish of
. Orleans, commissioner to take testimony, and
commissioner for the States of Mississippi and Arkan
sas, No. 65 Common street, (opposite the City Hotel,)
New Orleans. d29-ly*
BENJAMIN & MICOU,
A TTORNEYS AT LAW, No. 49 Canal street,
New.Orleans. Will also practice in the Suprenme
Court of the United States, Washington.
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR AT LAW,
Custom-house street, New Orleans. o13
E. T. PARKER,
ATTORNEY AT LAW, corner of Camp and Gra
vier streets, New Orleans. o27
COTTON FACTOR & COMMISSION MERCHANT,
No. 61 CARONDELET STREET,
New Orleans. I
References at FSiirevaport:
John P. Hailey.
Robt. G. Harper.
W. P. Winans.
Judge Spofford. nov 9-1y* :1
JAMES WRIGHT. ABRAHANM J. wIGHT.ir
A. J. WRIGHT & Co.,
C T T O N FACTOR S, Commission and For
warding Merchants, No. 35 Carondelet street,
New Orleans. % nov 2
MOSES GREENWOOD. T. E. ADAMS.
MOSES GREENWOOD & Co.
COMMISSION AND FORWARDING MER.
chants, 23 Carondelet street, New Orleans.
H. GLADDEN. J. st. SEIXAS.
PURVIS, GLADDEN & Co.,
[Successors to Purvis, Wood & Co.,]
COTTON FACTORS and Commission Merchants.
99 Gravier stalet, corner of St. Charles street, N.
R. ARMSTRONGs. ARNOLD HARRIS. M. ABRAMS.
ARMSTRGONg, HARRIS & Co.
COTTON FACTOR ndAoExrs rOR TaE United
to i i tg asuships from
rNewi OirlneaQ to # alifornia,
Aa piAi.o acsplPl i.
.tenr ciais'i i 1i rd 22d
.c.im..t. no. t t, a at. .'c'locI'ac,"A ., ":Nl > ,clhez
--'": 1'.E.ETAIL GR.OC ERS,or
S g a~r, i a . e Is.i.ienivillestirets,N.Orleans.
fl., . l Ni} 41".. W±11;t3,,
S l,.. t ;.;.1 .s (econd door below the,
a v rs' Bank,) New Orleans,
~oiiiteýss ii a tationer,
E' ,.1+i. duca1, 1i i laneoua and School Books.
.. ,s rutin; V vbl.i u 8prA t or and note. Wrar
· pper o &ar`'.:us qp~*wtlteP; quills, steel pens,i Ik,
;r~-- t.-ri ara rrIicaint-of BrAitaBooKS. Country
rzý,a a a "' :a all requested to cull and ex
i4 : x i: t si.R al DEALERS tIN
tB1Ctit, ° aee -and Huats,
No 1i5i Y t rN. ORLEANS.
,C:u t b ' r own manufactory a
04 '44 4:S~: live supply of -
'4000'S, "SHOES, BROGANS,
·r !.i;5 ~try erine e as any other house.
`( BU i°13jnr, jil v) ;;~it'a tty always on band.
l:i~t.: Aci c~o·iarit idiefohdail will fiad itto their
2 f : p I . 4e28__
t ,,P '1.a'' f NIWA,.~
* ~ I , a 1 r. l 1ware. -Cutlery,
x,.-. }? .F:ihi t, i irons, Coal Scat
f.c. yýd1 ate., etc.
T -'n tr $'iizntlac h as-houeC
t CC,A' C3b:, + war ;tr ols.)' .:
Ac --' I tc' f. r ektr_ Wk da; Cookhin gstova".
Ak 33h e # etaý¶i'
`;o·!. " 75 -, ._. s , NEW -OOLEANS.
aOm-rtrbcr, g air- - iavt igfrealu additions
eoJ prised couirlsed in which
Ac k C Ware;
-I S`rrt. ý..-iinglsamr Ware;I
}t i. ;.,:" ti - X.""- fine.I c-plated: Ware;
I'.:.&nr, tI i a - ian 6adoles;
4. ýVat setsor singlti
I1T Ho epieg Hardware; -
3' ..>an b `ed Ware;
+ Si t? a . 1t ,; erbtstem;
~l.r Isi u ii.:F'..' I tl d t a ate;g
' mi haid mir c tion od ;j
$ ' tiF '... c. Cana
till' , ~ m ., e: _r(Iy p isfl 1 t g hug o
T A Y i TjfI Ja t, .,
LA- isiod 1f I u 1ra clot c
Th .iseai d ha
(. lit, rpcctf nll as a
:·1 ,N·G;(;& Go~'"' l ljtaC K
T}I~ ~ ~ I-t'tage, afg
p'rtI l pa:t *Itsetr in thne Wa tiei, 3elJ')vo
Ramutntimcern n fi -nt.
or ti vsipity, -,,O the " p~: r imC --o beraltý da
1Re·tof rc; srtil f
portg "I'tci 1. ;ter i fine 'a 8 Je siiri"iPratiý`1 -
>r4 tire, !# h -rely ire n y 'r trla ~
' r ý.
ir~ . tllf tiasle ia li. Pat t"a ongv0
+`a n .tnatQiunt, d.iy
i 9'4 , CO L ,IlTlth, 8 Ca beat e
ar~ trierrni ti ; and the irota imelrt
New Orleans & Texas U. S. Mail Line.
LOUISIANA. Captain Smith.
PERSEVERANCE, Capt. J. Y. Lawless.
CIARLES MORGAN, (building.)
One of the above new and magnificent steamships will
leave for Galveston, Indianola and Matagorda Bay
every FIVE DAYS, at 8 o'clock, A. a., punctually.
For freight or passage, (having elegant accommo
dations,) apply to HARRIS & MORGAN,
Foot of Julia street, opposite steamship landing.
nov 2, 1853. ly
J. West, Practical Dentist,
112 ST. CHARLES STREET, near the cor
ner of Poydras, would respect fully in
form ladies and gentlemen visiting New
Orleans that he performs all operations on the teeth,
in a most skillful and satisfactory manner.
The superiority of J. W.'s Artificial Teeth above all
others, have been long well known and appreciated by
hundreds who are enjoying the benefits of them. Per
sons desirous of availing themselves of such, would do
well to call and examine hisspecimens.
Dental depot for the sale of Teeth, Foil, Instruments,
etc. Office and residence 112 St. Charles street, near
:he corner of Poydras. feb 1, 1854-1l
DR. GUSTINE'S OFFICE
For the Treatment of Diseases of the EvE and
Igaperfections of Vision, No. 135 ST. CHARLES STREET,
opposite Lafayette Square, New Orleans. All surgi
'al operations upon the Eye attended to. Such as
Cataract, Squinting, the insertion of Artificial Eyes,
etc., etc. jan 1. 1854
MAISON DE SANTE.
Corner of Canal and Claiborne streets, N. Orleans.
THIS Institution now under the direction
of the SISTERS OF CHARITY, has been
put in complete order, and is ready for the
reception of patients. The rooms are spacious, well
ventilated, and have every convenience for the sick.
IPersons visiting this Institution for medical treatment
v ill receive, under the care of the Sisters of Charity,
all the attentions and comforts of a home.
Dr. WARREN STO.E still continues his connexion
with the Institution. and patients will always have
his advice and attention as heretofore.
Visiting Physician and Surgeon, Dr. J. C. P. WED
ERs rRt NDT.
Resident Physician and Surgeon, Dr. P. C. BOYER.
1The terms of admission are from one to five dollars
pr day. Patients depositing in advance for the time
hey remain in the Institution. Capital Surgical Oper
:,tions charged for extra.
For further information, apply to the SISTER So
.itoRn oF T . IN.STITrTIOV N, or to the Resident Phy
Scian. _ jan 25,1854
X' 7iATER COLORS.
- Newmlan's, Ackeman's,
Ms. Reeves k Son's, Osborne's.
JUST received a large stock of above CoLoRs,in cakes
ed and in mahogany and rosewood boxes, with lock
nd k,'y. Also, German Colors, in cakes and boxes, a
la, lIe assortment.
Oil colors. in tubs---English and American;
Canvases for Portraits in frames of 8x10to42x56
2d Canvas in.rolls, from 36 to 66 inches wide;
iez Strechers for cnnvases, of all sizes;
400 doz fine sable and canmel hair pencils;
S 160 " paint and varnish brushes, all sizes;
80 packages gold and silver leaf;
100 bundles of duck metal---white and yellow;
Tin foil, in sheets and books;
Tinsel of all the usual colors.
li" French and American PAPEr. HrNGINGa.
......WINDOW GLASS, &ec,......
000 lixe American Window Glass, all sizes;
700 do English and Frenchtrorn.8x10 to 33x65
300 l!ghts fine Plate GlasF;
Is "120 has double thick American, from Sx10 to 20x30
1000 lights colored glass;
100 G;lazier Diamonds;
500 bundles glazier tins;
1. 0 tons White Lead, in 25 to 700 lt kegs;
S5000 canisters and kegs colored paints, in ' oz to
r 100 lb packages;
k,2500 lbs fine French Green, dry and ground in oil;
ry 1000 bbls Whiting and Paris White, of my own man
x. ufacture, fire dried.
Jint Mills of all sizes and every article usually kept
- ia general Paint, Oil and Color Store, will found at
L nov 2, 1853 46 Canal street, New Orleans
CORNER OF DELORD & FOUCHER STREETS,
IS prepared to furnish vertical and hor
izontal Steam Engines, Sugar Mills,
Vacuum Pans, Sugar Kettles, Clarifi
|ir ers, Filters, steam and horse power
r iDraining Machines, Saw Mills, Gin
Geering, Iron Columns and Fronts for
buillings Furnace Mouths, Grate Bars,
tc., and all machinery required for the South.
They respectfully call the particular attention of the
enters of Louisiana and the adjoining States to their
a yle of Steam Engines, Sugar Mills, Vaccuum Pans
.rad Draining W h c e I s, which for strength, durabil
Siy and convenience, have not been excelled.
i .ew Orleans, February 8, 1854. ly*
l Newark Saddlery Warehouse.
ANDREW G. BULL & Co.,
A0.71 CANAL STREET, (between Camp and Magazine
1 streets,) NEw ORLEANS.
(. ANUFACTURERS and Importers of Saddl"ry
.14 and Saddleware, have constantly on hand a large
sahl complete assortment of Saddles, Martingales,
Trunks, Whips, Skirting, Harness and Bridle Leather.
I ogskins. Saddlers' Tools and Trimmings of every
d stcription dec 21,1853
t Phila. Saddlery Warehouse.
[Sign or the Golden Horse Head.]
No. 6 Magazine, near Canal street,
MAGEE & KNEASS,
Dealers in Saddlery, Harness and
Trunks, Leather Materials and Find
Sigs for saddlers, coach, trunk and shoemakers. Sad
diery, Hardware, Whips, Tin Ware and Brushes.
MILITARY GOODS AND TRIMMINGS.
Vi'e are agents for the sale of India Rubber Packing
for steam joints and boilers, belting for machinery and
other articles. Peacock and Carey PLOUGHS, on
it mission. Regalias and Jewels for the Masonic,
I.O.F. and S. of T. ofders. Prices as low as any I
ob hhocse. dec 21,1853
D . WATERMAN. CHAS. M. WATERMAN
J. WATERMAN & BROTHER,
I Importers and wholesale dealers in
Marudware, Cuntlery, Iron, Steel,
t ". SAWS AND NAILS,
S4. 14 Magazine st. corner of Commen, N. Orleans.
[Sign of the anvil.]
I til .;irre a o*
ofishelf goods, the folrowingsrticlesi.Wlicih they offer e
fot sale at the lowest prices, viz: Sw/eedish and Ameri- e
cnja Bar Iron; plough irons; hoop and band iron; pots,
ornassapiders etc.; nails fropi 3 to S0d.; wrought and C
cutipikues Collins' axes; shovels and spades, cotton and tc
w-hl clards sets truss he6ps, 14 to 32 inches; iron and p
br seives, etc. nov2, 1853 n
N0T . i 9 tIaH p street, New Orleans.
SSAMUEL E. MOORE & Co.,
Crockery, China and
GLASSWARE, Plated, Britannia, Ja
pan and Tinware. Theirstock ofCrock
Sery and Glassware is at all times very
:.extensive, their terms liberal, and pack
iag, li guarnntied-in the safest manner.
` ' ointry mechants are invited to ex
St their stock. nov 2, 1853
-' . M. RUSHA,
; e,~ w Tcz Wines, & Liquors, h
A a . l d dealer in aDomestic Spirits, b
o f ..4 w n56 Boo STRiEETsr, (late Girod street,)
,EPS constintloy on hand a general assortment
'tf Fra-cb B.adndies, Wines, Fruits in Liquor; as
iordtfial, Abtters, essence peppermint, Curago,
atpslie, ,et., etc., etc. nov14, 1853-1v* t
,T RTR itbajust received 250 Hlali&Speer' s
Pd s hlsos. I and 2, and has 1200 more on
t ,'hch will be here ins fewrdalyb. (fl5
500 Ial land Spear Ploughs, just P
received per steamer Runaway.
For sale gy L. E. CARiTER.
a lai:f:- EB mt
POOLEY, NICHOL & Co.,
(Successors to John Hunt,)
Florida Yellow Pine Lumber Yard,
Corner of Cedar and Julia streets-New Busin,
SUPERIOR Dressed, Tongued and Grooved Floor
ing and Ceiling, Laths, Shingles, Deck Plank,
and a general assortment of Building Lumber, well
will seasoned and always on hand.
;ay All orders from the country carefully and promptly
filled. p5-1 y*
no- WMa. P.CONVERSE. T. M. CONVERSE. W.P. CONVERSE, JR.
CONVERSE & Co.,
And dealers in Western Produce,
or- No. 97 TCHOUPITOULAS STREET,
in- NEW ORLEANS.
.w uAVE constantly for sale on the most accommo
.th, dating terms, a large stock of TEAs, WINES and
GROCERIES generally; together with every description
all of Western Produce. January 4, 1854-1yis
by Forwarding Business.
r- HE undersigned has thin day entered into the re
do ceiving and forwarding business in New Orleans,
Having had six years experience as shipping clerk for
its, Wright, Williams & Co., he hopes to merit the patron
car age of the public. JNO. L. VIVEN.
Refer to: Wright, Davenport & Co., Converse & Co.
Peters, Millard & Co., New Orleans; colonel B. 1M.
Johnson, Shreveport; col. John F. Jett, Memphis; T.
nd Whaley, Vicksburg.
ET, Goods to my address will be forwarded with the
gi- greatest despatch. N. Orleans, july 22, 1854-aug2-ly
es, HE firm of Wright, Williams & Co., is dissolved by
Smutual consent, each partner is authorised to use
the name of the firm in liquidation.
H. M. WRIGHT.
on WILLIAM V. DAVENPORT.
en July 20, 1854. JOHN G. GLOVER.
ell We have this day formed a copartnership for the pur
kI. pose of transacting a cotton factorage and general comn
nt mission business in this city, under the firm of Wright,
ty, Davenport & Co. H. M. WRIGHT.
WILLIAM V. DAVENPORT.
an C. W. ALLEN.
e New Orleans, July 20, 1854. aug2-3m
Boots, Shoes and Hats.
r, Entrance 70 Gravier street and 59 Common street,
ae (Opposite the City Hotel.]
. DAVID TAYLOR would call the at
tention of purchasers to his large and
well selected stock of Boots, Shoes and
Y_ Hats, of every description, to which he is constantly
receiving additions, by the latest arrivals, from the
eastern cities. He offers to buyers advantages over
the eastern markets, taking into consideration the I
time consumed in shipments, with the extra expenses
attendant upon such purchases. Purchasers are in
vited to call and examine the large stock of the above
named goods, which will be sold on the most liberal
terms. N. Orleans, Feb. 8, 1Id54-1y
Drugs, Medicines, &c.
THE subsecriberlhas now a complete assortment of
fresh Drugs, :Medicines, Chemicals, Preparations.
Paints, Oils, GlasSware, Perfumery, etc., and would t
respectfully call tie attcntion of country merchants.
druggists, plysicivns and planters to the sarte--which
will be sold on t .e most reasonable terms-anong!
which are the following articles:
1000 ozs sulph: q inine, 200 tlhs pow'd rhubarb, !P
100 " sulph: morphine, 100 lbs ipecac, t,
100 " strychnine, 500 tris senna,
200 " nitrate silver, 1500 l.bs gum arabic,
10 bbls refi'd inaphor, 500 lbs tartaric acid,
100 kegs sup: carb: soda, 200 tbs blue mass, a
25 bbls epsom salts, 200 lbs calomel, E.a.1., J
0 20 casks sal soda, t00 lbs indigo,
25 bbls copperas, 50 tls chloroform, f(
10 bbls madder, 20 gross seid'z powderr,
25 bbls castor oil, 25 " yeast ' I
20 bbls linseed oil, 1 25 " soda
40 bbls alcohol, 300 bottles aq: ammonia,
1000 bxs window glass, 1200 " sp: nitre, h
1500 bxs ass'd glassware; U(0 sclph: eth;er,
10 bbls putty, 40 gross superl irtmons.
A full assortment of Patent Medicines, Paints of all C!
kinds, Surgical Instruments of every description, Per
fumerv, etc., etc. G. N. MRISON, ft
Wholesale Druggist, 12 Magazine st.,
dec 14, 1853 New Orleans.
CHINN & BOLTON, In
Wholesale and Retail Druggists, S1
No. 61 Sr. Ct..aRLES s-TEEEr--(Corner above the St.
Charles Hotel)-New O rleans.
t FFER for sale to PLANTERS, PHYSItCIAN and Mer- P'
chants. an extensive st, ck of ii.
Pure iMedicines. Clhenicals, Oils, of
AND PATENT MEDICINES,
of the past year's importation. Physic ians and Plain
ters will find in their establishmel n t every article of i
iMedtcine; also every description of Instruments that a(
they may require. ki
- merchants will find Fancy Soups, Clognes, Medi- at
cine Chests, and Patent :Medicines at ,MANUFACTURER'S fo
pr:ces and terms. ti(
Persons visiting the city will, on application, be fur
nished with a book containing a list of every at ticle in
their line, as the number and variety of articles are too p(
great for newspaper publication. m
Their terms and prices will be as reasonable as any w;
house in ihe southcrn country, and their gt.ds will b' o
packed and marked so as to suit the requiremnnts of
17 A conttant supply of FRENCH BRAN'DIES and of
WINES for medIcinal plarposes always on hand. th
New Orlenins..i ttnuary 25. 1854. Jly th
Drugs, Medicines & Chemicals. in
'ItHiE attentaon of planters and othcr· is dii- frt
rected to the large and carefulily selected,.
assortment of GCENINE MEctIECINES aid thnrir '
preparations, constantly for sale at fair
Da. EDW. JENNER COXE. Dregeist,
Caminp street, near Poydras, New Orleans. o
Dr. Edw. Jenner Coxe's Preparations, wi
'Too long aind favorably known to require more than se
SOUTIERN COUGIH SYRUPS,.
For coughs and other affections of the lungs. nal
EXTRACT OF COPAIVA, SARSAPARILLA & CUBERS, l,
With full directions, which, if duly followed, the result c il
will be all that is required. C ra.
BLACKBERRY AND DEWBERRY CORDIALS, da
For Dysenitery and Diarhma.
THE CIIOLERA REMEDY,
Consistiing of a syrup and pills, with full directions for is
the difierent stages of this disease. tic
POWDER AND OINTMENT,
For the relief anid cure of Hlltmorrhids, or Piles. Ceel
TONIC AGUE SYRUP AND PILLS, to
Very rarely has this combiinatioin been known to fiji, to
even in the most severe antd stubborn cases. by
COXE'S HIVE SYRUP. chl
Ina--htsudden and danger.u.. disease, C,-.,up,or HiV.=.I :
this rEaidy, prepared as it should be, will scarcely ev- i
er fail to arrest the progress of that disease, or cure
even the worst forms. . n,
17 Particular attention devoted to the treatment of sir
Consurmption and Bronchitis, and plan of proceeding sun
to ward them off; when, from hereditary or acquired U
predisposition, these generally incurable diseases may mt
manifest the first symniptoms. DR. E. J. COXE,
dec 14,1853 Camp st., near Poydras, N. Orleans. col
SOUTHERN MANUFACTORY OF
Saddles, Bridles, Harness, &c.
On Texas street, Shreveport-opposite the Nelson
THE subscriber, having e-tab
lished himself in the above busi
ness, is now prepared to tnanu.
facture every thing in his line at
the shortest notice and of the
very best material,the workman.
ship unequelled by any in the
4 Bsouth. Gin Band Leather al
ways on hand and bands made to order. Every thing in
his line sold as low or lower than any eastern slop-work
brought to this market. Call and see for yourselves.
jy6-1y H. A. ZOLL.
WE would call the especial attention of the
LADIEs to our stock of Dress Goods. It is
very large and of the latest and meot elegant styles,
consisting of every variety of Ginghams, 1Muslin de
Lanes, Cashmeres, Merinoes, Satins, Silks, etc. We
have silks at from $12 to $75 <' pattern.
n30 TRABUE & KLINE.
K ENT's Commentaries; 2d, 3d and, 4th Annual
Reports; Bullard and Curry's Digest; Code of
Practice; and two volumes Blackstone-(Trubue or
Walker's name on back.) Any one having these
books in their possession will please deliver them to R
T. Buckner, esq., or myself.
jnn25-tf WM. C. TRABUE.
Boston, Nos. 14 and 31; scythes and 1
cradles, ready fixed; road scrapers,
etc., for sale by
ms GREEN & DOUGLFAS.
Ugly as Sin.
"Well, stranger, you air chewed up pretti
considerable bad, and that's a fact. Bar oi
"The scene was the country store at the cross
" roads, in the town of H- , which all whc
di have hunted or traveled much in Herkimei
county will recollect; and the polite interrogator
[lv was a large, bushy-whiskered,hard-faced man,
in a red flannel shirt, whose appearance, no ldss
than his dialect, proclaimed him to be from the
far west. It was evening, and a group of loun
gers were smoking and chewing by the open
fire, whose warmth, though it was a mid-sum
mer night, was far from unpleasant.
'The person to whom the question was ad
o- dressed, partly turned his head toward the
id speaker, but did not immediately reply; and I
)s took the opportunity of examining him more
- closely than I had done upon his entrance. He
was, without exception, the ugliest, most pitia
S, ble specimen of humanity that I have ever seen.
or One of his legs had been amputated above the
1- knee, his right hand was withered and contrac
ted, as if by a severe burn; his shoulder had a
curious humnp, and the cords of his neck were
r. so drawn and shortened that the check seemed
to rest upon it, as on a pillow. His eve lashes
e were gone, and his bloodshot eyes were contin
' nally, moving uneasily within their raw and
inflamed lids. But more painful to the beholder
' than all this, was a strange, undefined expres
e sion of fear or horror, which was never absent
from the face, and which told, more strikingly
than his wounds, the story of some awful trial
to which he had been subjected.
'With all this, however, there was something
so mild and gentlemanly in his manner that he
t, seemed at once to challenge and obtain the
pity and sympathy of every one. His entrance
into the store, apparently a total stranger, had
checked the lively flow of the ordinary bar
room conversation, but more than one chair by
the fire was offered him, and many a glance of
commisseration exchanged between the rough
'Bar or catamount?' repeated the hoosier.'
'I thought,' said the stranger, in the hoiiow
voice of a consumptive,' 'that I should find
some one in here to-night who would recollect
me. I recognize many of your faces. And
yet,' he added, sadly, 'my own mother did not
e know me.'
'There was a quick movement in the group
about him at the words, and every eye was
bent once more upon him. But no one spoke.
'Deacon Pelton,' resumed the ugly man,
'your son Bill and I used to go to school to
f gether down at the creek.'
'Lord help us,' said the good old deacon, 'to
1 think of the changes! Well,' he added, re
signedly, it's what we must all come to.' It
was plain that the elder was fairly puzzled.
'I never thought till lately,'pursued the crip
ple, 'that I should be obliged to tell my name
to my old companions and friends. Look at
'No, no,' muttered the man in the red shirt
audibly, 'one look at that fellow is as much as
I can comfortably stagger under.'
'But the store-keeper, taking a step or two
forward, gazed into the ugly man's face for a
moment with an eager air, and said:
'Neighbors, it's Ben Larkins!'
'Ben Larkins!' said the deacon, 'why, we
heard you were dead.'
'You will hear that again soon,' said the new
comer, 'and it will be a true story then.'
'There was an awkward pause, for the old
friends of the poor man,with all their curiosity,
had a native delicacy which restained their
questions. But the western man, who now saw
him for the first time, was wholly free from any
'Stranger,' said he, 'I ain't much given to
pumping a man against his will, but I shouldi
like to know how you came so, just to keep out
of such a scrape myself.'
'I came in here this evening,' said the ugly
man, 'on purpose to meet as many of my old
acquaintances as I could, and tell my story. I
knew I should have to tell it some time or other,
and I want to have it over, to feel that myrmis
fortune is known, and that I am free from ques
'IIe shifted his seat, as if to obtain an easier
position, and continued: 'Those of you who saw
me a couple of years since will recollect that I
was then, as I had been for many years previ
ously, a warm and active politician. Now that
I have come home to die among you, it seems
of little moment who comes out the winner in
these doubtful races, but then it was a different
thing to me, and I believe I was never wanting
in any service which my party asked of me,
from the time of the election of the good old
gen. Harrison, who is I trust in a better place
than the 'white house' now.'
'Amen!' said the red-shirted man solemnly.
'When I emigrated to Ohio,two years since,'
continued Larkins, 'I carried my enthusiasm
with me, and became pretty well known in the
section of country about the village of W- ,
where I settled. You must remember, at least
all of you who read the newspapers, that our
last gubernatorial election was an unusually ex
citing one. I belonged to one of the state gene
ral committees, and, as the returns on election
day came in by express, we began to grow fairly
wild. We had beforehand made all the neces
sary arrangements to have the earliest authen
tic news of the result posted off to the New
York papers, and I had agreed to see that a
certain budget of returns which we expected
to receive during the evening should be sent on
to the town of B--, some thirty miles distant
by the rail-way, as soon as it arrived, and had
chartered an engine, which was to be in readi
iee at clvsii ov'clock llat niglit.
'Well, the budget came promptly at the time,
and the news was quite as favorable as we de
sired, and much more so than we expected. I
suppose it was this fact that so suddenly deter
mined me to carry the intelligence on myself.
At any rate, I hastily resolved to go on the lo
comotive, and, seizing the returns, I ran down
to the depot, where the engine was fired up and
whistling its readiness for a start. It was but
the work of a moment to pursuade the engineer,
to take me with him, for the fireman who was
to accompany him was nowhere to be found,
and the engineer had resolved to run over the
track alone. I volunteered at once to assist
him as well as I could, and immediately moun
ted the engine.
"It was a dark and wild, though a warm
night, and every thing gave indication of an ap
proaching storm. Fearfully black clouds were
rolling up in the sky, and, what was rather a
singularphenomenon at that season of the year,
the lightning was flashing vividly, and the
thunder was muttering as grandly as in asum
mer shower. But the excitement of success
banished all fear from my mind, we both knew
that we had the right of way, and, so far as
human ingenuity and foresight could protect us,
there was no danger in running at any rate of
speed at which steam could drive us. Careful
men had during the day been sent forward to
see that each switch was in its place, the night
train from B- was to wait for our arrival,
the road was reasonably straight, and except
the ordinary dangers from defective rails or
axle trees, we had nothing to apprehend.
'It was thirty miles, as I said, to B-.
'What time can you make it it?' said I to the
engineer as I got upon the platform with him.
'I once ran over the road in three-quarters of:
an hour with an engine,' replied he. 'Make it
a half-hour this time,' cried I, 'and I will give
I you twenty dollars. Every minute is worth a
r fortune.' I must have been insane. The flush
of victory, after so many weeks of enthusiastic
s struggle, had almost, if not quite, turned my
brain. Just at this moment, the engineer dis
r covered that the light in front of the engine
r was burning dimly, and threatening to expire.
With an anathema upon the negligent fireman,
he leaped down to examine it. The lamp had
not been filled. 'For God's sake,' shrieked I,
when I learned the fact, 'don't stop for that
trifle, I can travel in the dark if yfou can. You
are not afriaid?' I continued, tauntingly, as
the engineer still hesitated. 'I can ride to the
devil as coolly as you can,' he rejoined,cheerily,
and resuming his post, started the mhchine.
"As we emerged from the station-house, I
remember thinking I had never seen a blacker
night. The first motion of the engine had ex
tinguished our light, not a star was to be seen
in the heavens, and the few lighted windows
which dotted the landscape here and there only
added to the general gloom of the scene.
Flushed and wild as I was, I experienced a
thrill of horror as the engine madly dashed into
the darkness. I strained my eyes until they t
ached, I held my breath and contracted my
muscles, as if falling, so fearfully rapid seemed
the rate at which we were flying.
'But a new and pleasanter sensation soon took
ithe place of this terror. None but those who
have actually experienced it can imagine the
maddening delight which excessively rapid
motion produces. We were under full head
way, 'and with no load to retard our speed.
Now and then a lighted window by the side of
the track flew past us like a meteor, while far
ther off in the gloom, a solitary taper would
sometimes seem madly striving to emulate our
pace-soon distanced, however, and soon lost.
In less time than I have been talking, we had
arrived at a little village,where the street lamps
were burning, aird which I knew was just ten
miles from W-V . I stooped down and exam
ined my watch by the light of the engine fire.
We had traveled the first ten miles in less than
ten minutes. 'Faster!' I shouted madly to the
engineer, as I crammed another pine stick under
the boiler. But it was hardly possible to accele
rate our speed. The wheels actually leaped t
along the rails. The few drops of rain which
occasionally fell, struck against m' face like fine t
shot. The steam-whistle kept up an endless I
shriek, as if the engine were some monstrous
goblin; tortured beyond endurance byean inhu
man fiend, while the deep bass of the increas
I ing thunder mingled with the wild rattle of our
wheels, and formed a chorus which the furies
might have envied. As my ears were gradu
ally stunned bv these complicated noises, and t
my eyes wearied by their °unnatural exertion, I
fancied that I heard other noises and saw other
sights, which could have been only the productt
of a bewildered brain. As we dashed into }
some gloomy gorge, I seemed to hear angry
voices warning and upbraiding me; as we flew t
over some lofty embankment, I saw dark spir- r
its in the air, who, waved ome on with wild ges- r
tures, or struck at me with airy blades.. Thet
lightnings became more vivid and frequent.
Now they showed us the threatening crags that.
over hung our path, and now they lighted upa t
raging torrent far beneath us. Mlycompanion,
however, was calm and composed as though
his cradle had been rocked by tempests. The ,
flashes by which I occasionally camught a glimpse t
of him gave, it is true, an unnatural ghastli
ness to his face, but his manner was as cool and a
collected as Phad always known it. I could
feel him managingothe engine as quietly and c
carefully as if it was a summer's day, and he
had the lives of a hundred passengers to answer
for, besides his own.
IqT, UeUSues Ills own.
'A few minutes-ten or towelve, perhaps
had elapsed since I looked at my0 watch, and
t I had begun to think that our journey's end
was near. We were passing, as near as I could
judge by the sound and the wind, of'er a level
[open tract of country, when I fancied I felt a
momentary jar. so slight, however, and unim
portant, that ii would have passed from my re
collection at once, had it pot been for what fol
lowed. Just at that niQment, a longer and
brighter flash of lightning than I had before
seen, attended, not followed, by an awful crash
of thunder,lit up again the surrounding scenery.
But high above the deafening peal, above the
lesser thunder of the wheels, above the raving
of the wind,I heard a shriek, a shout of horror,
so wild, so awful, so like the uttcrancce of a lost
soul, that it vexes my dreams to this hour. It
was a sound which no physical pain could have
elicited from a human being, which nothing but
supernatural fear could have produced, and
which no one who once heard it could ever ban
ish fiom his recollection.
'Involuntarily I felt for my c'ompanion. He
was gone! I groped hastily about the confined
space in which we hail been standing, and at
once re?,lized the awful nature of my position.
I was alone, upon alt engine which was tearing
madly forward, at the rate pf sixty or seventy
miles an hour, rapidly approaching my destina
tion, about to dash headlong, at full speed, into
the midst of an eager and excited crowd, and
with no more knowledge of the management
or government of the crazy thing than an infant.
For an instant I was thoroughly paralyzed by
feiar. Cold drops of perspiration stood upon
my brow, and I fairly screamed in impotent
agony. But in a moment more I recovered
myself. I had some indistinct notion that the
slped of an engine was accelerated or checked
by operating the levers\ hich stood by .ny side,
and forthwith commenced a series of experi
ments with them. But -my unskillfulness or
agitation prevented my employing th,, propo,'
means, and 1 fancied I had only increasedthe
speed. Another resource flashed upon roe. I
might pull out the blazing wood and coals,and I
reduce the fire. It was a mad idea, for my
ungloved hands were my only tools for the en
terprize, but I chuckled wildly to myself as I
thought how feasible it was, and how sure of
success. Eagerly I stooped down and pulled a
flaming stick from beneath the boiler. The
seething pitch scalded my hands, and the live I
embers burnt them cruelly, but I hardly felt t
the pain, as I hurled it frantically intothe dark
'But I did not stoop again. For, as I turned r
to continue my vain labors, another flash, one s
of those lingering,wavy, dancing flashes,which t
seem to tarry as if delighting to gaze upon the s
terror they cause, once more lit up the scene. I t
trust that death will efface its horror from my 1
mind. I know that I can never forget it on this e
side of the grave. The shriek of my compan-!
ion, which was still ringing in my ears, no Ion- d
ger surprised me. I no longer wondered at ,
his mad leap from the engine. It was the h
excess of my terror alone which prevented my ,
foliowing his example. Ino longer cared for
the murderous speed of the locomotive, I no
longer thought of my own danger. All mis- o
gvinrs, all fears for myself, wefe swallowed i
up and merged in one vast, shuddering, inde- k
scribable horror. For there,just before me upon
the boiler, with its lips parted into a fiendish
grin, with its eyes wide open, and staring upon
me, and the glare imparting a life-like glow to h
its stony features, there, within reach of my c
palsied band, even as I shrunk back in craven r
fear to the farthest limits of my moving prison, ·s
sat a pale, gory, hideous, and mangled human si
"You smile, gentlemen,' continued the ugly n
man, with a melancholy air, 'and it seems to fi
e me that if I should hear the story told by
a another, as you are now doing,in a quiet room,
h with a firm floor beneath my feet, a cheerful
c fire before me, and friends around, I should do
y the same thing; but, believe me,' dropping his
voice so low that I could hardly hear him,'itis
e a different thing in a wild night, alone,and with
a sudden and awful death,impending over you.'
"Keep moving, stranger,' said the man in
I the red 'shirt, cracking a hickory-nut, it's as
, good as a sermon. Pass on to the second head.'
"It could, of course,' pursued the ugly man,
1 without heeding the untimely jest, 'be but a
s few minutes, or perhaps seconds, before this;
2 terrible drama must conclude, but'no prisoner
ever longed for freedom as I did for the final
crash, which I knew would end my life and
I torment together. I made no further efforts to
r stop the locomotive. I was hardly aware that
it was still tearing madly on, as though fright
Sened, like myself, at its ghastly burden. The
S lightning still flashed at intervals, and illumina
ted the clayey face, but I did not need its
gleams to see the horrid thing. For through
the pitchy darkness and the blinding rain it
glared upon me as I had beheld it at first. Nor
do I consider this imagination. I think that
terror had so sharpened my vision that, though
all else was wrapped in impenetrable gloom, I
could see its glassy eye-balls, its pallid cheeks,
and its bloody, grinning mouth.
'I have since learned-I do not think that I
knew it at the time-that all this while, the fire
wood in the tender behind me was blazing fu
riously. It had caught either by a spark from
the engine or, which is more probable, from
the burning stick which I had so hastily tossed
away. But, as I said, I do not know that I was
aware of it, if I had been, it could not have
added another pang of terror to my heart, and
I only mention-it now as an, accidental element
in the horror of my situation, and also from the
fact that the unusual light alarmed the watch
ers at the station, and, putting them upon their
guard, prevented any destruction of life on my
"I can never bring myself to believe that so
short a time elapsed, as I know must have
passed, before this awful vision ceased. It
seems to me now, and always when I recall
that dreadful night,as though I must have spent
hours braced back against the tender, not daring
to take my eyes from the spectral face, para
lyzed and crazy with fright, my hair like reeds,
and the cold sweat bursting from every pore.
During all this time, I know that I never re
garded the incident as any other than super'
natural. If it had occurred to me that it was
nothing but what it seemed, a dead head,stony
gaze, alone visible through the rourky night,
that earth and earthly accidents were alike for
gotten by me. Heavens! thought I, is this to
last for ever`, Am I dead, and are these the
torments of the damned? Will this torture never
have an end?
'The end was even then at'hand. I shot past
brilliantly olighted streets, whose brightness
made the corpse glare still more hideously upon
me. I heard shouts of fear and warning,'but
they could not distract my attention. Icaught
glimpses at the station of groups of agonized
and horror-stricken faces, what were they to
the distorted features of the head before me?'
A crash, a feeling of death-like sickness, and
when I awoke, my midnight ride had been the
rounds of all the newspapers, and been forgot
'The ugly man arose and adjusted his crutch,
as if to leave.
'Pray, sir,' said a little, silent man from the
corners, in an excited manner, and speaking for
the first time, 'was that of the engineer's head?'
'Oh! no,' ansfered the nrirrator, with an air
of, relief, as though he was glad his tale >was 1
ended, 'I learned, when I got well euough to
talk and ask questions,that the engineer crawled
into the town about dawn of the following day;
weary, torn, and bleeding, but without any per
manent injuries. The head belonged to apoor
maniac, who had often attempted the strangest f
forms of suicide, and that evening, escaping I
from his confinement, had lowered himself E
down into a cattle ditch, keeping his head some I
six inches above the surface of the road. The t
cow-catcher, as he probably intended it should a
do, had cut l?is head-cleanly and smoothly off, e
and had thrown it so high that it lodged and
stuck where I first saw it. His body was aftrIr
wards found unmangled in the ditch 'beneath. t
And that, neighbors, is the way I came to be
the wreck you see me.' I
"That's a right smart yarn, now, strange','
said the man in the red shirt, and I suppose g
likely enough to, happen on some of them a
'hio rails, but on the Little-River r~oad-I stop I
down to Little-River when I'm to home-thiy r
ldon't allow no deadheads."
THEIR CRAFT IS DANGER.-As the Ephe
sians of an old made great wealth out of the
business of making silver shrines for the goddess
Diana, and were very furious in their cry,
"great is Diana of the Ephesians," when the
humble Nazarene introduced a system caicula
ted to overthrow their superstitions and the
merchandise thereof, so in the latter (lay, do
certain democratic leaders and presses become
very much alarmed and enraged at the prospect
of a breaking up of the business they have
pursued, for many years, of bringing the for
eign influence of this country to bear in favor
of their political schemes for personal aggran
disement. = This is the secret of all the recent
lamentation cf our Cherry street neighbor, on
the subject. Democrats are warned against the
American and "know nothing" organisations,
because the "foreign vote is nearly unnimmous
ti favur of the democratic party." Says the
"Telegraph":-No democrat can object to the
foreign influence in our elections, without regu
larly admitting that he has all his life been sus
taining a party which is unworthy of support,
for the very obvious reason that his influence
and the foreign influence have been uniformly
exerted on the same side. Any reflecting man
must see that a democrat who suffers himself
to be betrayed into this absurd course of argu
ment, is very rapidily, though unconsciously
turning thimsedf into a donkey."
The gist of which paragraph is, that those
who have "hitherto gone it blind" for the do
mocracy, must continue to go it blind, and not
suffer a ray of light to penetrate their sculls,as
to the injury inflicted upon our republican in
stitutions, by suffering foreign influence to con
trol the government. No democrat can confess
himself in error in this regard, insinuates this
editor, without making himself a "donkey!"
Very complimentary that, but native American
democrats will know how to appreciate it,when
we tell them that the Telegraph is now in the
hands of leading members of the Hibernian
society of this city, and that it is essentially and
radically foreign in its feeling, hopes and aspi
rations. Hence the virulent abuse by that print
)f the "know nothings," in advance of any oc
6asion for such abuse, and in the absence of all
knowledge of such an organization!
In New Holland, before a girl is given to
her husband, two of her front teeth are knock
d out; the happy lover then throws a kanga-;
roo skin over his shoulders, spits in her face
?evral times, and marks her with painted,
stripes of different colors, oders.hier to carry ,
,is provision-bag to the iit, and if she does
lotgo fast enough to please him, gives her a 1
rew kicks by *ne way.
We doubt if Mr. Ritchie's advice is wi:r
Why should his sons "dedicate their ivt:, to
the public service?" He devoted fifty ve:,rs of
his life to the "public serrice"-he did" ,s, .
mense amount of good-he strove for tn: r·:~:,
as he understood it, all the time. And ve!, in
his old age, after he had passed the year:, sa.~t
ted by the psalmist to man, he died poor, ,I9..
the party which had so often leaned r;;:,o l::a
strong arm for support-and that su:ppxt ; ;s
never found lacking-hardly noticed, In .
gress, the respectful petition of the t f.t ;""I
editor, for pecuniary relief! The ;a: -:.
had worn out. No longer could he bena:' ,
friends through the heat and smoke: of des:,
rately contested conflicts-no long.. co: I
strike terror into the souls of hiý enr ..
Therefore, he was turned out to die! tlow -
ten-alas, too often-has this bee. the ...
with the best, the purest, the mightit:, an I ti:o
noblest men,this country has ever pi ?uced.
It seems to be the misfortune ·- repub!:-
that they most neglect those the3 iouli :
most proud to honor. Look-at the r.at Sout h
Carolinian, John C. Calhoun. He iýssc,-,:eed a
mighty intellect, an honest heart, . -as w -i
ded by as patriotic intentions as .(r .cd
the mind of a statesman. This wc :relyv I,
although we were brought up, as . xsr'. ,
hate the policy he had most at heart. f ;ev(er
reached the goal of his ambition 1o ,,,:,
near the summit, at one time, and then f'-;!' to
rise no more. Look at the glorious Kentuaiii.,
-Henry Clay-the imperial czar in tle re: U i:
of intellect, the man who brooked no p:- :,
the grandeur of his eloquence,the nobht
man in the ranks of American repubir,:u. m,
the senator of lofty port and eagle ;e ' : v
towered above all compeers as Mount. w i-;:?
towers over sister mountains, who l vtl ih:
country with a fervor and devotion tha! . :.
but death could quench, who would hat
ficed his life at any moment in defer.:.: ,
honor and character, and who labortd r:
youth to old age--aye, who died in th i,,
that he might serve the land he lovei i
What was his fate? What return di ue or
with at the hands of his countrymen? si,"' .
will not speak of that. Bitter thougih's t _
ingratitude of republics swell up in the hl,.:
as the matchless caieer, deeds and set ct it'
the "great commioner" flash like li .oihng
through the mind. If the country c:.r :
blessed with such another son-whio:p ie ex
tremely doubtful-let her prize him as tl no.
precious jewel that adorns her national c. :
and honor hirr accordingly. Then, tlhei: ':1,ý
the man of Massachusetts-Daniel WXo5,
He had made a name which will be kno .
honored throughout the civilized eartih :,s 1'
as his country's language shall be read cn -
known, and he, too, died with a life-long c.o
appointment rankling at her heart'score-- :-:!.
his dearest wish unrealize'd-with the dci -
fruits of blighted hopes lying ashes on '-; lipy
George Mason was right when he recmaui,. -,,
ded his sons "not to dedicate their lises to ti:t.
public service." He had felt the "ho'!.lnlow r,,
the unsubstantial nature,the epemeral i::; '
ter of popular applause. Thos. Ritchie' ,::i.i
wrong. His whole life proves it. Ei.'
did lie die in his old age, poor, and ,egt,h k,,t
by "the powers that be?" [C.ro.
e . INCURABLE INSANITY.-A large Rcc,;:.
_ of incurable cases of insanrity is taking
hospitals for the insane, except in them,:
h, the incurable are systematically disch.r,
a year or more, tomake vacancies for r
le A late report to the senate of Masss._'-te.:
,, says that there are iloo in the cu.tod,
9, tutions of that State one thousand on. ';·i,,
ir and ninety-eight insane persons, of v
is hundred and sixty are in one hospitoal,.
o The great truth seems to be forge
d the brain, as the orgar of the mind, is .i.., -,
1 to the same law as the other organsof -,, 1
._ If a man subjects his arm, to extraordit, Lrey r:
,r sure, he knows what the consequencer, ";:i< !
;t and the same of any other organ, ar
g quently he guards against unduly st: ::i
if exercising any one organ except i
e Upon this he hasno mercy. Iiecan :
e to the most violent throes, to unnatun
d and expect it to endure on aun ever
, exhibiting the usual results of .oer :.
d This is most astonishing. The °brain
i more he over tasked or abused with :.,: ..
than the arm or leg. iThe truth of th...; r;
e sufficiently manifest by the frightfu
of insanity all ovey the country. . ',
some person inherit the terrible curse; ' ,
e great majority of cases, rWe opine, it iv
, on through abuse. Whatever prod
natural excitement, whether alcohotl sj i
rappings, has a tendency to weaken t b:r.ln
sand to produce insanity.
T'I UNION AND TIIE SENTINEL.-T1
ington Sentinel sharply, and sarcasti
raigns the Union for its tergiversatior
s subject of our relations with Spain.
'from the Union, it shows that on the '
July it declared that 'InTperious Spain h-.
ed to our just demands for former and
Sjuries," and that in len days after, it
O diets itself, and discredits its own testin.
e admitting thatno change in our relatic
tSpain had taken place, and that all the
C ties were still unsettled. The Sentine -
its articles with the following cuttingpar;::,.
Now, the Union should be more cauti is
circumspect. It might plac.e the gove
in a disagreeable position. It might gre
ritate the filibusters, and play old HIarr
stock market. But there is as little p
chiding the Union for its inconsistent
there is in scolding a child for its ficklene
woman for her caprices. It is as natu::,
the Washington Union to change its vie -,
eat its words, (a thin diet) as it is to a
bark, a cat to purr, or a duck to swii
chameleon is a chanileon-the Wash:.
Union is the Washington Union-and
ieach was subject to change, and to chang
tinually, neither would be itself.
A Constarntinple leIter says that a me
vorable opportunity is now afforded to
pare the armies of the itwo great nations
no troops in Europe differ more in appen :-r "
than the French and Engiish. John B3;
always well dressed in his red coatand v
trowsers, and carries himself stiff and str'::
as a flag-staff. lie never looks at a Tuo,',!
soldier, and as they pass each other, he sl;h
at once, by the sneer on his face, how he
pises the Musselman. No sooner, how
does the easy, loosely .dressed and reci.
Frenchman arrive than he forthwith "fr
nizes." Immediately the sultan's grave . :.
sedate soldiers are seen arm in arm wit' .:
charming Frenchman, dining from the woritor
of the bazaars and Stamboul.
The following ap sin the Vineyard Gr
zette: Whereas, I posted my wife, Augusta M.
Austin, on the 5th January last, this is to c, :0
teract that act and make it void, as I c.
without provocation, I being in passior
which I am sorry. ANDREW As'TI :.
The following is the copy of a will left bv
man who chose to be his own lawyer:-"'This
is the last will and testament of me, John Thomrn
s~ f ,i v: all my things to ny relationQ; bnb
divided amongst them the best waythbeycaL..
N, B. I f any body kicks up a row, or at
tent'nts to make a fuss about it, he isn't to have
a:,i h:rý igned byr ne. TotsrTH: osrae ,'
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