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LITARARY CADET AND REODB-ISLAND SPATBOLIANM:
VOL. 11.
LITERARY OADDD
AL &R W
Whove-Xslany Statesman,
PUBLISHED WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY MORNINGS, BY
SMITH & PA RMENTER,
No. 9, Markel- Square, Providence, R 1.
TERMS.—Four Dollars per sanum. To those who pay in
advance for a year, a deduction of Fifty Cents will be made,
07" Al communications must be addressed to the publishers,
pustage paid,
PROPOSALS
FOR PUBLISHING AT PHILADELPHIA, A
NEW SERIES OF
PLAIN TRUTH!
““*Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy.
ang.bvlnake the poor of the land to Jail.”?
—Bible. .
PROSPECTUS.
The editors and publishers, believing the
“various religious combinations which are, and
have been, entered into in our country,to be
fraught with evils of the first magnitude— that
national preachers, and national societies,
are both unscriptural and Anti-American—in
asmuch as they endanger our rights and priv
ilogol as a free people, and enable artful, am
bitious, and designing men, to lay the foun
dation for the establishment of a NATIONAL
HIERARCHY; which if not opposed, would, at
no distant period, establish a national inguis
ition—are induced to resume the publication
of Plain Truth,
We make no ph‘li‘e.' knowing how little
they would be valued; and will only say, that
while we have strength to wield a pen, we
shall exert every nerve in defence of our free
institutions.
The puling hypocrites, who, under the garb
of sanctity, gavc clothed their backs, and filled
their pocll'ota, with the hard earnings of jn
dustrious ?ovcrty, will be exposed in all their
naked deformity. The lone widow and or-
Phan will be rescued from the harpy claws of
fanaticke, who would fain devour them. And
while on the one hand, we shall zealously de
fend pure and undefiled religion, we shall
spare no pains to unmask and exposc that
craftiest of all crafts, fGPRIEST-CRAFT.—
The columns of Plain Truth will be open to
all; influenced by none. All seetarian con
troversies will be carefully avoided. We shall
devote our whole souls to the purpose of ex
posing the “‘pious frauds* and corruptions, of
every sect and denomination. Our motto shall
be “The truth, the whole truth, and nothing
but the truth.” THE PUBLISHERS.
Philadelphia, August, 1727,
NEW GOODS.
JUST reccived at No. 21, Market-square,
a few pieces Supetfine Broadeloths, among
which are, four pieces suitable for ladies’ coats
and habits. Four pieces fancy mixed Cloths,
for gentlemen’s Coats, which they can sell re
markably cheap. A supply of clegant Vests
ings, nmln variety of other seasonable Goods
Sept. 26. E. C. & T. WELLS.
BOOT TREES, LASTS, &c.
TIMO'I‘HY H. TEMPLE has just received,
a large assortment of Shoemakers’ Lasts
of every description, which will be sold at a
very reduced price. tf. August 25.
NEW DRY GOODS, LEGHORNS, &ec.
B &G. A. TAYLOR, No. 10, Market
e square, have received from New York
and are now opening, their Fall supply of el
egant fancy and staple Dry Goods, which are
offered at wholesale and retail, on the most
favourable terms. 6t September 15
DR. J. W. D. OSGOOD,
HAS taken an Office, at No. 883, Broad
street, and respectfully offers his ser
vices, in the practice of Medicine and Surgery.
August 25, tf.
ELEGANT VALENCIA VESTINGS.
JAMES H. READ, No. 7, Market-s&mre,
has just reccived, by the Arnold Wells,
at Noston, from Liverpool, 1 case of super
wide silk stripe Valencia Vestings, well worth
the attention of Merchant Tailors,
Septemper 29.
BROADCLOTHS AND CASSIMERES
JAMES H. READ, No, 7, Market-square,
has just received, 10 cases of London
and American super. and extra super. black,
blue, brown, olive, steel, Oxford, and hares
back mixed Cloths. . /lso, 3 cases super. Cas
simeres, various colors, all of which are offer
ed for sale by the case or piece, at the lowest
prices, for cash or good paper.
September 29.
NEW WORKS.
FEIHE NATIONAL READER. A sclection
... of exercises in reading and speaking, de
signed to fill the same place in the schools of
the United States, that is held in those of
Great-Britain, by the compilations of Murray,
Scott, Enfield, Mylus, Thompson, Erwing, and
others—by John Pierpont, compiler of the
American first Class Book. Blair’s Orations
of Chronology, ancient and modern, being an
introduction to the study of history for the use
of schools. Introduction to the mechanical
principles of carpenters, in two parta—by Ben
jamin Hale, Princirnl of Gardiner Lyceum—
received and for sale by
HUTCHENS & CORY,
Oct. 8. First door west of the bridge.
DANCING SCHOOLS.
MR. DUNH AM, respectfully informs the
inhabitants of Providence, generally,
that his fall term has commenced, at w..1-ington
ington Hall, on Saturday the 16th instant, is
now open for pupils—the hours of instruction
.in the afiernoon, is from 2 o’clock, until 6 in
“the evening.
Mr. D. will give notice that his Evening
‘School, for Gentlemen, will commence on
Saturday evening, 29th instant,
Sept 19 ;
SNOW & HUBBART,
STOR"'B 28 and 82, Wostminster-street,
have received the principal part of their
Fall and Winter Goods. They would particu
larly mention, of the last importations, a large
Sssortment of Thibet-wool Shawls; fashionable
ailks, among them, plain, plaid, and worsted
Gros de Nap‘lo.c; ~—French Embroidery &e.—
or lnnfnin Carpetin.' $» their M!OI’II’I‘QI\? It} largur
than usual, ; September 19,
STOCK W, NTED. .
WANTEI) to putchas ® somo stock in the
Rhodo-Tsland Ag. icultural Bank,
Johnston —~Apply at
CLARK'S
R. I Lottery and Exchange ¢ Tices No. 4,
sept 20 Union Bril f‘ll;{\ .
SPANISH LANGUAGE.
{ D FRANCISCO B. CASAS, a native of
| e Spain, respectfully informs the ladies
‘and gentlemen of Providence, that he proposes
to teach the Spanish Language according to
the most approved standard of the royal acade
my of Spain. His method is uim'Ple. and the
language may be acquired with facility. He
has instructed a large vumber of ladies and
fien!lemen in various cities and institutions,and
is testimoniale will furnish satisfactory evi
dence of their proficiency.
The intercourse between the great republics
of North and South America renders tl:e ac
quisition of “this language essentially useful,
particularly to statesmen and merchants wha,
my be cngaged in diplomatic or commercial
pursuits, and also to such others as may wish
to indulge in the beauties of Spanish literature.
Mr. C. solicits the public patronage, and his
best exertions will &directcd to give satisfac
tion. Application may be made at Mr. Wil
liams, No. 59 1-2 Westminster streot.
Private lessons will be given at the houses o
pupils if desired. October 3
PINE-STREET ACADEMY.
EVENING SCHOOL. The subscriber
commenced his Evening School on
Monday evening October Ist, at which will
be taught Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Book
Keeping, &ec. &ec. g
A few scholars more can be received at the
Day School. J. VAILE.
October 3
DRY GOODS AT COST. -
Ar No. 49, WesMminsTEß-Row.
'WM. J. MASON being about making a
different arrangement in his busing,gg
will sell his stock of Goods at co*! for cash
only. October 3
'WE, the subscribers, having been ap
pointed by the Hon. Court of Probate
of the town of Providence, in the county of
Providence, Commissioners to receive and ex
amine the claims against the Estate of Thomas
Roynold’s, late of said Providence, deceased,
represented insolvent, do hereby give notice,
that three months, from the 10th of September,
are allowed the creditors of said estate, to
bring in and prove their respective claims; and
that we will attend for that purpose, at the
store of William Woodward, Jr. in said Provi
dence, on the last Monday in September, Oc
tober, and March, at 1 o’clock, P. M.
CHRISTOPHER C, GODFRY,
+ WILLIAM R. PHILLIPS, }C’om’m
WILLIAM GARLIN.
All persons indebted to said Estate, are
hereby called on to make payment to |
WM. W, WOOWDARD, Adm’r.
September 22, ]
DANCING ACADEMY.
MR. SCHAFFER rcespectfully informs his
friends, patrons, and the public gener
ally, that his fall and winter term will com
mence at Franklin Hall, on Tuesday after
noon, Se‘Ptembor 11. Young gentlemen who
wish to form a class for an evening School,
are requested to call on Mr. Schaffer, at his
residence, No. 97, Westminster street.
August 22, tf,
NEW GOODS,
At No. 9, Cheapside.
SMITII, DIKE & CO. have rececived by
Boat, from the Auctions, a most splendid
assortment of GOODS, in their line, consist
ing of a
58 pieces superfine black, blue, olive, green,
claret,brown and mix’d BROADCLOTHS. En
glish, French and Domestic Cassimeres of the
most fashionable colors; 1 case Plaids and
Camblets; 1 do Bockings; do Flushings; 4
pieces goat’s hair Camblet, a very superior ar
ticle; cut Velvet, Vestings, b{ack, brown,
olive and olive green; silk velvet, very fine;
1 case fine Valencia Vestings, new and ele
gant patterns; Fancy Cravats, Bandarna and
Flag Hdfs; white and black silk nalf hose;
lambs wool do; Gloves, Suspenders, &e¢. which
in addition to their former stock, makes their
assortment complete.
Constantly on hand as usual an extensive
assortment of of READY MADE CLOTH
ING, consisting of Camblet and Plaid Cloaks,
great Coats, Surtouts, Frock, Dress Coats and
Coateer) Vesis and Pantaloons Shirts, shirt
Collars, Cravats, Linen and silk Pocket Hdkfs.
—ready for use. % > ;
[l ; Garments made to order at short notice
and warranted to fit,
Cutting Garments particularly attended to.
sept 22
THE Assistant to Family Religion—in six
parts—by Wm. Cogswell, A. M. Pastor
of the South Church in Dedham, just received
and for sale by HUTCHENS & CORY,
Sept 29 First door west of the bridge.
INK POWDER.
H UTCHENS & CORY,No. 1 Market
strect, have op band, Maynard & Noyes’
Grenville’s, Pierce’s, Taylor’s and Kidder’s
Black Ink Powder, and British Red and Black
Ink Powder, all of which they sell by whole
sale or retail at the lowest prices.
Also—Liquid, Red and Black Ink, by the
gallon, quart or in any quanity wished for.—
Ink in small flass vials constantly on hand.
Octobor 8
CHOICE PEACHES.
FRUITHILL, NORTHPROVIDENCE
I‘HE occupant of this fashionable place of
resort, respectfully informs his friends
and the public, that it is now oper for the
summer season: It is situated on an eminence,
which commands a beautiful view of the adja
cent country, and it is admitted by all who
have visicodyit, to be a delightful place of re
sort for those in pursuit of ease uml, comfort :
His Peaches are now ripe, and consist of the
choicest kind; consisting of Fsench and vari
ous other kinds; he keeps all othér kinds of
Fruit that this climate affords; his Bar is sup
plied with choice Liquors, Wines, &c. his ta
ble will at all times be furnished from the
choicest sclections of the market; his very
commodious Hall is furnished with Swings,
which 18 an agreeable excrcise for gentlemen
and ladies: his long Alleys are in the best or
der for the accommodation of those who will
please to visit his Hounse for recreation. A few
Boarders can be accommodated. All thoso
+ ishing to enjoy the country during the sum
mer season, will improve their health I)Iy visit
ing Fruit 1111, where they can inhale the pure
atmospheric air.
PETER THOMPSON.
North Providence, Sept. 5.
' GIN.
]' ANDING from sloop Sally, 42 bbls Gates’
4 Gin. For salo by
Sept 28 GLO. § RATHBONE.
PROVIDENCE, SATURDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 6, 1827.
PROVIDENCE.
THE SHIP.*
[coNcLuDED.]
Oh! how I love to see a gallant ship,
Stem the bold current, and repel the wave.
o Archbiship Wickiiffe,
After a long controversy had been indulged
in, the group separated, and each one repaired
to bis place of residence, to contemplate on
the singularity of the stranger, and to tell to
his children, as they sat close to the folds of
their inother’s garments, a thousand legendary
hobgobln stories, and to implore the benedie
tions of Heaven to rest upon his head, and
save him, and his brood, from the dreadful ca
lamities which the whistlings of the whip-poor
will, and the screechings of the owl forboded.
But such was the consternation, into which
the public mind had been thrown by the ship,
that few of the whole community slept during
the night, save now and then for a moment,
when exhausted nature gave way to the pow
ers of the midnight monarch; and fiom the
setting of the sun, till the dawn of day, some
one member of each family was on the alert,
to prevent aiy mischief the stranger ship might
meditate; and happy and rejoiced were all,
when they beheld the returning gleams of day,
bireak upon their unhappy and sorrowing spiritg, )
' The swip ot remained at her moorings, and
contrary to the usual practice of sailors, noth
ing appearcd doing on board of her in the morng
ing—no suils were unfurled, the decks were
not washed down, and the silence and sadness
of the deepest gloom, scemed to pervade her.
'From her main-top-gallant-mast, a flag, some
thing like a pendant, waved, or rather hung
carclessly, for there was but litile wind, scarce
cnough to direct the vane to the course from
which it came; and a little flag, of a singular
form, hung from the fore-top-mast stay; and
with the exception of these flags and signals—
and even they were not understood by any
one—there was nothing shown to tell the na
tion to which she belonged, and the objects
she pursued. These had bgen placed in their
respective stations during the night, but for
what purpose was not known, as the most ac
complished ship-masters of the port, could not
form even a plausible conjectute as to their i
meaning. But the Islahders, believing it were
possible that the flags were intended as sig
nals, and asked for communication with the
shore, at length prevailed upon some of their
number to visit her; and haVing procured a
stout barge, they embarked, and headed for
the ship. As they approached her, a feeling
of terror, and of awe, overcome tl:em,and inore
than once they were on the point of rcturning,
without accomplishing the objects of their cri
barkation; and they would have done gO, had
they not been encouraged to go on, by the
cheers of the multitude, that watched them
from the strand.
They had already approached within some
twenty or thirty yards of the ship, and though
not a human {s;m was scen on board of her,
the notes of soft music would now and then
proceed from her, and when it ceased, there
were heard loud and repeated bursts of laugh
ter, amid which were plainly distinguished the
voices of females. The boat had aiready reach
ed the side of the ship, and grappled with her
chaine, and yet no one appesred on deck to
prove that she was inhabited, but on the con
trary, she had every appearance of having
been des rted. Her decks were dark and oilen
sive, and the sea grass, as if the ship had for
years been immersed in water, hung in long
locks upon her gunwales and bulwarks; but
yet the strains of musie, and loud bursts of
laughter proceeded from her cabin, where it
scemed that joy reigned triumphant,
The more the visitors gazed upon her, the
more highly were their fears quickened, and
most of them, were anxious to return to the
shore, but one or two, more resoiute than the
rest, declared that they would not go, until
they had boarded her; and jumping into the
chains, were in the act of leaping over the bul
warks, when the officer, who had repelled the
intrusions of the visitors the day before, sprung
from his retreat, and presenting a carbine to
their breasts, ordered them back to the boat,
“and get ye hence, insolent intruders,”’ he
continued,”’ or this instant, I'll send you all to
eternity,”’ The visitors, were but Jittle pre-
*The facts, or rather the traditionary re
puted facts, upon which this story is founded,
were gathered by us some two years since
whilst making a southern excursion of Rhede-
Island, from anold lady, who recited them with
great earnestness, and apparent sincerity and
truth She said, that although she did not sece
the Ship,she well remembered, the excitement
her appearance caused, and once heard a ser
mon preached upon the subject. The good
old lady, evidently believed all she stated, to
be true, and as we were somewhat curious to
gain something further in relation to the ship,
we appealed to a very wealthy and intelligent
¥ontlemnn. who resided in the neighborhood
or further information, who assured us, that
the strange Ship did actually make her ap
pearance in the waters of Rhode<l¢land, and
remarked, that her whole history was in his
possession, and that he would aflord it to us,
if we wished to peruse it, We thanked him for
his civility, nml received from him a manu
script of four pages, which recites the circum
stances connocted with the first appearance
of the ship, and the cause of tho mystery that
involved her, and if we ever have leisure and
#pace allowed usit &hall be laid belfore our ren
ders. It may not-be improper to remark in this
note, that in all human probability, the story
of the “ Spectre Ship,” ro familiar 1o every
Rhode Islander, was foundod on the same tig
ditivnary tale.
pared to diepute the ground with the officer,
and yiclding ready compliance to his wishes,
were in a moment on board of their barge, and
ready to return to the shore. But eretheyde
parted, they begged the officer to inform them
whence the ship came, and where she was
bound, to all of which enquiries, theoflicer re.
plied by a smile of scorn and contempt, and
bid them get to the land. *We ask informa- |
tion, not for ourselves but for the citizens of
the town,” continued one of the men in the
barge, ‘“ who have been thrown into a state of
consternation and fear, by your strange ship,
and in their name, and in the name of our
Royal Master, King George of England, and
for the sake of the quiet of a whole people, we
beseech you good Mr. Officer to give some
light on the subject!” The officer was in the
act of presenting his caibine to them the see
ond time, when he suddenly paused at the
sound of a bell, and falling upon his knees,
‘kissed the blessed crucifix, and told his rosary.
~ Ina moment, a withered looking man, clad
in the costume of a Friar of the order of St-
Stephen, ascended from the gpin, leading a
young female, vhose™ abject countenance and
downcast eye, told in a language not to be
misunderstood, that she was writhing mid the
bitterest sorrow and despair. As she moved
along towards the prow of the ship, leaning
upon the arm of the holy father, the old man
would now and then raise his eyes towards
heaven, aud mutter an incoherent prayer to
the ruler of the skies. A train of young girls,
neatly attired, in monastic costume, followed,
and whilst the bell slowly knolled, the group
passed along, till having reached the hatches
distant a few feet from the mainmast,they hasti
ly descended, and forever fled from the eyes of
the companions of the boat. Again soft music
proceeded from the cabin, ' and again were
heard repeated bursts of laughter; and the
terror-stricken visitors, awakened from their
amazement, pushed from the ship, and with
countenances, which bespoke their consterna
tion, fled for the shore.
Their story, only tended to increase the anx
iety and curiosity of the Islanders; but though
each and all wished to ‘visit the ship, never af
terwards could a company sufficiently hardy be
collected to engage in the enterprize; and
hence all accurate information rolative to the
ship, which probably might have been ascer
tained® was lost forever.
After remaining at anchor in the harbor
seven days, the stranger disappeared; but
when she took her departure no one ever
knew, as she was last soen at the approach of
night;—the next morning she was gone, and
left the busy multitude to indulge in a thousand
conjectures. For many years the mystery of
the ship was the constant theme among the
Islanders; the all-absorbing topic among the
old, the young, the giddy, and the grave.—
Preciscly seven yoars after her disappearance,
in the midst of a dreadful tempost which at that
time visited the coast, and about the same hour
of the day, she again cntered the watersof
Narraganset Bay, and landing on a flinty
beach, was bilged, and soon after went to
pieces. But she was a mere'skeleton of a ship,
when she approached the coast;j—her masts
tottered in their steps, her yards had long been
absent from the masts, and what rigging re
mained was scarce able to support itself, and
the whole of her once noble form was falling
todecay. Before she separated she was board
ed by a number of the Islanders, who, on ex
amining her cabin and hold, found the skele
tons of some twenty human beings,a few trifling
trinkets, several instruments of musie, beside
some of the regalia of the Papal Church, all
of which convinced them, when added to the
peculiarity of her model, that the wreck was
none other than the strange ship, which first
made her appearance in the waters of the Nar
raganset Bay, in the month of August, 174",
¢ BEVERLY.—How speaks the world of me J=,.
JARVIS.—As of a Food man dead—of one who
walking in a dream, fcll down a precipice. The
world is sorry for you,
BEVERLY.—Ay and pities me! says it not so?
But I was born for infamy. I'll tell thee what it
says ; it callsme villain, atreachereus husband, a
cruel father, a false brother, one lost to nature and
her charities ; or Lo say all in one short word, it calls
me GAMESTER !
TRAGEDY Or THE GAMESTER.
There is no crime, or rather vice, to which
man is addic’ed, which is more certain to in
volve, sooner or later, its voteries in ruin, than
that of gambling. To illustrate a vposition
which has been a thousand times illustrated in
the most melancholy maaner, we have only
to record the fate of Captain Ode, a valuable
French officer, who had ** done the state some
service,”” and distinguished himself in the bat
tles of Napoleon, and was beloved and re
spected by all who knew him. Captain Ode,
to use the langnage of a French Editor, ** left
the army a short time after the arrival of the
Bourbous, and went to a small estate he pos
scsscd in the south ot France, where he re
mained several yoars, enjoying peace and
comfort. Business called him a fow months
ago to the capital, and he was prevailed upon
by ono of his friends, who then held the situ
ation of Director in one of the principal Tnvur
anee ollices in Paris, to bocowe a receciver to
the company. Luaroe sums of hloncy were
contimually passing throngh his hands: bu
faithhl to his trust, his accounts were kept
with the rreatest punctuslity It is ne later
than last year that he was induced to pay a
visit 1o one of the hells in the Palais Royal,
and it is stated that it was for the first time in
his life. He could not resist the temptation,
and staked a sum of money which he lost.—
He repaired to the same place on succeeding
days, and all his moncy pasved into the hands
of the banker. Ina letter which he wrote to a
friend four months ago, he solicits him to lend
a certain amount, or that he will not be able
to replace a sum which belongs to the Insur
ance Company, that ruin will ensue, and _that
he will not survive. The letter did not reach
his friend, who was absent. The cash ac
count of the receiver was examined, and a de
ficit of severa) thousand francs was discovered.
The unfortunate man was arrested, and taken
before the Commissary ; when his examination
~was termipated, he was conveyed back to
apartments he occvpied in the Rue de la Paix,
for the purpose of having them searched. He
opened his desk in the presence of the officers.
and hastily scizing two pistols, which were
ready cocked, he presented these weapons to
their breasts, and told them with a dreadful
oath to depart quietly,or he would shoot them,
Daring not to opposé Mim, they departed with
the intention of procuring assisiance. In the
mean time, Capt. Ode locked his door; and
barricadoed it inside with chairs and tables.
After this, he wrote two short letters, the one
addressed to a friend, and the other to his
wife, who was residing in the country, and
then placing the two pistols to lus head, he
blew out his brains.”’ l
The fate of Captain Ode, reminds us of that
which too soon overtook a promising young
~man, a native of Rhode-Island, and whose
‘ melancholy story is yet fresh in the minds of
some of owm readers. He was young, inexpe
! rienced, and knew but little of the arts of the
world, when he was called upou, by those by
whom he was employed, to visit the city of
New-Orleans, to prosecute mercantile pursuits.
| Young, guiltless, and anxious to travel, he
gladly embraced the offer that was made him,
and started for the performance of the arduous
duties, which he had been sclected to dis
charge. Favorable gales, and agrccable
weather, attended him on his passage, and in
the month of January 1820, he landed on the
levee of New-Orleans. -As soon as arrange
ments could be made, he commenced the dis
charge of his duties, was successful, and reap
ed a go'den harvest for himself, as well as for
his employers, Having been reared to a New-
Englund mode oflife, he fled with disgust from
the contaminating vices of Louisiana, and
carefully avoided the sinks of iniquity and vice,
with which the city of New-Orleans abounds.
The festive winter season had far advanced,
and thus far our young adventurer, had not
partaken of the poisonous chalice of vice, and
hoped that he should escape the contamina
tions of the country. But his hopes were vain,
as will be secen by the sequel, and he was
doomed to fall a victim to vice, and its kin
dred attendants.
It was on a beautiful night in the month of
March that our young friend was taking an
agrecable promenade on the Esplanade, and
admiring the silvery rays of a full grown moon,
as they reflected on the bosom of the pellucid
Mississippi, that an old acquaintance,- a New
England youth—invited him to visit one of the
““ Hells” of New-Orleans;—not to play, but
to indulge an idle, and itching} curiosity, At
first our young hero, obstinutely refuscd. b
at length being pressed, he complicd with tha |
wishes of his companion, and consented 1o vis- |
it the ““ Holl of the upper Foxbourgh St. l
Mary.”
Dazled with the glitter of (he ycllow
ore,”” which had been placed upou the faro
table, to catch the eye of the innocent and in
experienced, the young gentleman for a mo
ment forgot the enormities of vice, and lured
away Ly the smiles of those who were employ
ed to seduce the innocent adventurer, he was
tempted to take a hazard at the game. The
demons who presided over the game of chance,
convinced from the appearance of the stran
ger, that he was no ordinary prize, at first threw
the tables in his favour, and suffered him to
win, certain as they were, that by this process
they could lead him down the gulf of destruc
tion, and take from him all he possessed.
The adventures of the night closed with a
golden harvest; and the unsuspecting youth,
elated with his success, determined to visit the
receptacle of vice and crime, the next succeed
ing evening. He did so, and the same sue
cess attended his hazards. The third night
came;—he had now become a confirmed gam
bler, and confident of success, believing that
lie was one of the favoured few, on whom for
tune had bestowed her bounties,he did not hes
itate to augment his bets, and ofien laid down
sums to the amount of several hundred dollars.
But the wheels of fortunc were reversed, and
he left the gaming table, with scarce sufficient
left to enable him to make an effort to redecem
what he had idly lost. . B
Sick at heart, despondent, and stiugaling
with remorse, he moved slowly homewards,
and sighed for the silence and soluce of the
grave, and prayed for that oblivion, which
would sercen him from the gaze of mortals,—
Hope, sull, bowover told a tattering tale, and
he resolved to visit the Foxbourgh St. Mary,
with the vain hope of retricving his loat fors
‘e, Pie maght cate, aud ue lenjor joe
' garding the world ox his hopes of happiness, L
‘repaired to the sccne of his former climih,n,l
indulgencies, and ere the .ight had balf ad:
vanced, the last remaining shilling was exhausts
ed—engulphed in the damning vortex.
With maddened brain, and broken heart, lié
returned to his lodgings, wrote a few letters to
his friends, and one to his employers, in which
he recited the evils which had led him to rvin}
told the sad tale of his sinful indul} enciee, and
advised them, that in an hour he lluould be no
more. The day had already dawned when hé
closed his letters, and sallying forth to the
streets, he wandered along the Buayo Bt. John,
and divesting himself of his apparel placed &
pistol to his mouth, and took leive of the
world, and sunk into eternal silence. His dead
body was found-on the margin of the Buayo,
by the neighboring planters, and was decently
interred near Fort St. John, where yet romaind
his mound, though no monument exists to tell
his name, or the melancholy story of his un
timely fall,
Let those of our young friends who tead the
history of the fate of this misguided youth,
jrivfit by the example, and forever shun tne al<
lurcments of the uccursed gaming table.
THE SEA CAPTAIN.
My miaster lefi us, said Launcelot j—let me scé—
it was abot't ten years ago; and since thew we have
never heard o him, Well do 1 reméember the night:
whea he bade my mistress adien. He was agitated,
he placed lns hand despairingly upon his brow, .ighgj
deeply—pressed to his bosom an infant babe—and
rushed from the dwelling. What became of him we
never knew ; but the master of a brigantine, who had
last arrived from Aleppo, said that he died on ships
board, and was cast into the sea.”
. Tur. REv Cross Kxieur,
~ln the winter of the year 1814, a gentleman;
who in carly life bad accumulated a large for
tune, hastily entered his house; and biddln“
s wife prepare his wardrobe and pack it üb;
: informed Ler, that in consequence of the then
existing political rclations between this coun
try, France and England—for the British Or
ders in Council, and the Berlin and Milan De
crees, were then in existence it was necessory
for him to visit the port of St. Secbastians, to
save from impending ruin the little remnant of
property whicl had been saved from the de
struction of a princcly fortune. e
It is perhaps necessary to premise, that the
gentleman had, in carly life, been engaged in
the East India tradc, and the trade to the
North West Coast of America; and, that be
ing early concerncd in a trafie, which had
heretofore been almost unknown to the ecitie
2208 of America, and from a participation in
which the colonics had heretofore heen pro
hibited, the busincs=s was unusually productive,
and secured to almost every adventurer, an
carly state of independence. Alihough de
scended from a faiwily hitherto rather obscure,
the acquisition of wealth, as is always the
| case, gained fur the hero of this tale, fhe e
spect of the Ligher circles of society, and his
compaty was courted by these, who, bnt for
his wealth, would not have admitted him to
their presence. But beyond the usual attrae~
tions of wealth, Lie was rendered exceedingly
interesting, by hLis numerous accomplisl. ments,
and finished manners, and wherever he went,
he was surc to make numerous friends and ad
mirers. He spoke with great fluency most of
the modera languages, was conversant with
several of the sciences, and like the unfortu
nate Falconer, he was a poet, and a paintor.
So many accomplishments nre not often found
in a sailor; but what added particularly to his
¢elerity ai home, was his undaunted bravery;
and more than once had he mingled in the
fight, and with an untiring zeal and valor, de--
fended the flag of his country.
His fame was trumpeted among the fiest ¢ir
cles of the town, and many a fair one, as she'
gazed upon his manly person, and watched
the glances of his full and insinvating ev
sighed for the young and accomplished Cq*
tain. He was made in nature’s finest mould;
he was not insensible of the charms of woman,
and ere he had attained the age of twenty-five,
he addresscd Rowena Mar—became engaged
to her, and on his return from a voyage to Can
ton, made het the happy compunion of his joys
and of all his hopes.
His cup of happiness now seemed to be flled
—a princely fortuhe was at his command; and
preferring the gentle havent of womati’s Jove,;
to the dangers of the ocean; he resolved to
bid the seas adieu:. and spend the remainder
of his life, in the bosom of his family. Con
tented; happy; and surrounded hy a host of
friends, he wished for nothing more, and
thought, and dreathpt of litite else than the
companion of his life, and thanked the kind
fates, that they had thus early blessed him.—
To consummate his happiness; he built a eplens
did establishment, entertained a large cirele of
friends whenever thoy favered him with their
society, and for a year or two spent his time
in what is called a scries of ** rational di#sipa
tion.”” At length, however, wearied with the
monotony of a life of fashion, ta employ lis
mind, Tie purchased two or three ships; and
once more commenced trading to the ludier,
remaining dt home hmself; and confiding b
business to the hands of agents. For tho first
fow years e was successfnl; but at last fhe
tided were ehangod, and in less then & yoar,
mare than half of Wis immense estate was lost
i the sdeentimons enterprives: wheny cha
arined, and dotermined on tosing ulbor redecin
e fortmnes, Le crovecd i an et trade to
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