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ped out of that
1 '**' CAVERN.
"And you arc sure that she goes
fas and out," said I, "at least once a
"Just as sure as my Pinky here
ha* two eyes to see her knitting,"
answerd the old man, "and more an'
that, there is a little sunthin that
goes in with her, hat my noggin has
no name for such a varmint."
"Have yon an idea who she is, or
from whence she come; or how long
■he has been visiting the cave?"
Said I,
"Well stran
time if you i
man, as to who she he, that very
question has caused my old head to
get many an extra scratch; as to the
place she came from. I hardly
think that a fair qdéstton; for you
•ee I never had any talk with her,
but the time she has been making a
fox of herself; I know sunthin about,
that I do.
the old man put a coal into his pipe
as if he was making preparations
lor a long conversation, "we some
times have some mity puffs of air, as
old Pinkey there can tell ye, they
are puffs, what be puffs too. Were
you ever in one of these are puffs
■trangerl" I assured the old man
that I never was, when he continued,
•'well you may thank your stars that
you never was 'cause you see stran
S er, I have seen these little runs,— ■
ry runs they call 'em 'cause they
get dry so often—empting into
Elkhorn Creek, looking like young
Mississippi'a for all; covered with
floating trees flow'd off, flow'd up,
and flow'd every other way, and fen
ces all stuck together as if they war
■ going to more to another planta
tion; and horses, cattle, hogs and all
kinds of vannints, even to niggars
in thair shirttails; oh, 'twere awful
to look upon!" Here the old man
examined his pipe, and continued.
"Well stranger it was one of these
ire blowing times and rainy to, like
is somebody war pouring the Mis
sissippi out on us, that this ere gal
begin to put up in that oro hole; I
call her gal, 'cause you see stranger
this old chap can't reconcile himself
to calll h'er lady, 'long with Pinkey
there, nor I ougt'nt, ought I stran
ger?" As I was anxious to hear the
story I nodded agreeable to his wish.
"You are right about that, stranger,
you are, as ulJ Pinkey there can tell
1 Sit up closes to tbe fire stran
ger, While I go and get another log
o' wood, 'cause you see this is a
pretty chilly night for June, sure.
By the timo the old man'had finished
saying this, he' was out at the door
puffing the smoke from his mouth
which flew off in the chilly air.
Thinking it was time that old Pinkey
as the old man called her was say
ing something, I remarked that this
story was very interesting. "Mity!
«ity! but you see stranger, if you
want to hear the balance on it, you
will have to.give my old man some
"Money!" I asked.
"That same—'cause you see Btran
ger, it will tak a good while to tell
all about it and the old man will be
mum till he sees the shiney."
The old man soon entered and
when he had finished feig fire
marking all the tim.4, that if he had
a plenty of muney he would know
where (ha next stick was coming
from. I handed him a half dollar
and requested that he ahoald finish
bis story.
,"Well you lee stranger," he be
gan; "it will take some time to give
you a full history, ao I will hove to
"curtail a little—as the editors of
the Commonwealth say;—a mity
good paper that is.—So you can fill
it all up to suit yourself when you
go to write it down,
afore, it wap one of these ere windy,
rainy times, that, that ere gal took
up her lodgings m that ere cave,
and mity well does old Pinkey there
remember it. It had been raining
some four or five hours, and the
great, black clouds were big with
ger, one question at a
rlease," said the old
You see stranger," here
thunder, when Pinkey and this ere
-eld man, thought wo beard a noise
like some human in distress. Ijum
"As I said
ped out of that Tory bed," end he
pointed to a neat little one in the
corner of the room, which, bespoke
much praise for old Pinkey as he
called her, "for here's the heart that
can't bear to see a human in dis
tress, without trying to give
help. I opeued that very door, and
took a peep, and just as I said 'afore
these little run« out here, which are
all dry now, 'cept one, looked like
young Mississippis sure enough."
"Oh it was a mity awful time stran
ger! As old Pinkey knows; well I
listened, and every lull in the etarra
I could hear that same onearthly
noise; oh Btranger these old ears of
mine never heard anything so awful
as that moaning.''
"Could you understand anything
she said," for the old man seemed
troubled and I asked him this as
much to relieve his mind, as from
curiosity. .
"There, there now stranger,"
said he as ho roused up, that very
thing has puzzled my brain many
and many a time, as old Pinkey
says. The only words I ever heard
her say, wore, "Ht left me!" And
I heard them often enough I tell
you. I went out to look for her,—
'cause you see I know'd 'twas a wo
and found her walking aloug
as though she was a 'spectin to meet
that old gentleman they call Devil,
and she wanted to let him know
that she could look worse, nor he
could. I never saw that old gentle
man, stranger, and I'm mity in hopes
I never shall, 'cause you see I don't
expect his company very agreeable,
and if he looks any worse than that
ere gal did, I'm a thinking he's
not very pleasing to look at. Vyell
stranger, you can just put it down
on your paper, that this old Tom
Goram was a little oneasÿ, 'cause
you see I could'nt go home and leave
her, and not say a worj to her, with
a clear conscience I believe that is
the word, aint it stranger?" I nod
ded assent.
"Well thinks I, she's mity bad
looking, but, if she can knock old
Tom Goram down she's better for
strength thau most people," said
the old man with a shake of his
muscular aim, 'cause you see stran
ger I've been a mity hunter, and
know somethin about strength. You
just put that down will you? Well
I tried to muster up somethin nice
to say to her, 'cause old Piakey says
easy licks kill the Devil. Well
stranger do you thiuk I oould get
that ere gal to say a word, 'cept
that same old cry "he left me!" I
had many kinds of feelings, so I
concluded I had better let her be,
but mercy on us! the old clock strike!
so stranger I can't tell you any more
to-night, you oantake this light, and
go up th%se aïe steps, where you
will find a little bed, as old Pinkey
there caa tell ye, and expect you
will have all kinds of bad thoughts
after hearing me talk about that ere
gal- ' , .
I bade them both good night for
I saw that the old man did not in
tend to tell amC more then. Surely
this story was enough to make on*
dream many awful things and it
was a long time before sleep came to
my eyes.

Chapter II.
In the spring of eighteen hundred
and fifty-, I took a tour through
the Western and Southern states, to
see the country, and some relations
living in the state of Kentucky.
They lived near a creek, called Elk
horn, from the great number of elk's
horns found near it, at an early day;
some are still to be Been.
When I left home I promised
editor, a friend of mine, to take
down the principal incidents of my
journey, which were to be presented
to him when I returnrd, but when I
came bark my friend was dead, and
for that cause my notes have never
been given to the public.
While I was at my uncle's—I had
informed him of my engagement to
the editor,—he requested me to take
a ride up in the hills, where perhaps
I should meet wilh some one who
could relate to me sow* interesting
Accordingly I set oat on horse
. . .
baok, one tine morning in June, and j
saw many things that wer* highly I
interesting; mounting hills, depend
ing into vales; opening out into
bread tracts of woodland pasture;
and closing in between jutting and
over hanging rocks, passing numer
ous waterfalls, which seemed to have
a pleasing task, to flow nut to give
the thirsty beasts, a draught from
'ho deep cups which they had worn
in the rocks; deep, black, awful cav
erns, which leaked as though they
were made to hide so many sevage
beasts, ready to spring out upon'the
weary traveler; trees, whose roots
had been undermined, hanging over
the cliffs, bidding the traveler be
ware; birds singing their merry
songs, shouting freedom in a free
country; squirrel* chattering and
leaping from tree to tree; all make
ing the scene exciting and intend
My horse, as well as myself seem
ed to delight in the scenery, for of
ten when emerging from those deep,
narrow ravines, he would stop, as if
to gaze at the field before hint; again
he would enter the rock walled path,
and turning around a projecting
cliff, would come immediately in
view of a house not distant but a
few yards. Indeed the ride gave
rise to wild imaginings, and some
time* feasful ones. Thus I rode for
many miles, always walking my
horse, till the sun was hiding himself
behind tho "Big Eagle Ridge,"
warning me to take some note of
Glancing at my watch I
found the sun was but one hour high.
Quickning the pace of my hoi
over rocks and across tbe runs, to
my j 0 Ji aft«« - thirty minâtes time, I
in viow of a neat little cottage,
—cabin they call,—situated on the
side of the hill. I inquired of
old gentleman if I could be accomo
dated with food and lodgings for a
night. He quickly answered in one
breath, as follows: "With all my
heart, stranger, and cheerful compa
ny too, provided you've the right
kind, for here's the man that never
yet turned his back to a stranger,
as Pinkey there can tell ye."
The old man as he had said, pro
ved to be cheerful company, asking
me questions and almost ansirering
them himself as we went to the sta
bles to find my horse.
After looking around awhile, he
invited me to the house where
found a supper waiting to which, af
ter my long ride, I felt able to do
Our conversation turned the
a I ma
Our conversation turned upon the
country that I had been riding
through, and when I mentioned the
effect of those deep, dark caves upon
my foelings, the old man lay down
his knife and fork, and with a half
troubled look, turned to his wife
with the exclamation, "a hall 1,!"
Of course my curiosity was raised,
for I had no idea of what he could
mean. I did not wait long, for his
wife gave a silent consent and he
turned to me saying, "Well stran
ger, as you seem to take such a
likeing to the caves, I have a little
story that I would tell you, provi
ded you would write it down and tell
the people that old Tom Goram told
you all about it, 'cau.e you see every
body will believe me as Pinkey there
can tell ye." I told Uncle Tom,
I familliarly called him, that, that
was my business, and would be hap
py to hear his story, and would also
put hi » name as the writer, which
would be a proof of the truthfulness
of it.
Well now you see stranger,"
he said as we took our cbair3 to the
fire, "that would be a leetle too fast
'cause all the world knows I can't
write my name, much less, such a
long story.
I satisfied him that I would do as
he desired, and after helping old
Pinkey a little, with her table he
commenced, "Well you sec stranger,
there's a cave about a mile down the
creek fram here, where there is a
woman living, that never sees any
body but me, and consequently no
person evei sees her 'cept me. She
goes in and out once a week, some
times more, but as to her living in
there stranger there is no manner
o'doubt en it." Here our conversa
tion was interrupted by Pinkey, as
she wished to brush the room, this
was soon done and we again took
our seats to the fire when I opened
the conversation as the story
mences in chapter first,
[to be continued. J
The Indidy Punch has the fol
lowing:—Although an areh man,
yet is he nevgr forgetful of gravity;
and though h* damneth and blaat
eth more tlirf*- »any other man, he
piqueth WiL a on being always
correct injus terms; he is a dab at
algebra, fur which lYZii needful;
he ia verv Noah at describing
arcs. Though he aeeketh not after
taverns lie is conversant with sines,
and payih due attention to his
sines am sick aunt*. Even though
not weai(y, 1 1 helpeth to establish
many a hank He, ever kind and
hospitable, si pplieth chairs for sleep
ers, and th ugh addicted to rail is
never forget ill of the tender; he is a
dutiful subject and though often i
hot water, e
to the govimor.
of an ornii ndogist, knowethalla
bout cranes uid crows, kites, tumb
lers, and -eudm-for henginos, and
moreover n sketh wire ducks to aid
his resonant steam eagles to fly. He
is also sum what of an entomolo
gist, undei landing flies, crabs,
worms and sich likes, and not above
taking notici
Though pat
not otherwise
is at home
where he o
mattocks id his area speculations.
He is a peaceful man, though well
versed in ttiggernometry, and in
the habit of making great use o r
switches in various Ways. He is of
leveling tendencies, yet sometimes
wishetn he were monarch of all he
surveyed. IR is the most progres
sive of mortui«, axing his way
through foqwiU and picking it
through rock^ mid, paradoxical
it may seijtn, he opens a country by
putting ltcks on the rivers and keys
on the bi nks. He is by no means
a hater o docks man, but well vers
ed in dr; dock trinal subjects, and
would nefier desire to pull down the
church unjesi it stood iu the way of
a railroad. He revoronceth the
institutions <f his country, because
in them he recognizeth the mechani
cal powers. The Press he rightly
rega; Jeth as (he lever; the ten-pound
voters as thesmall end of the wedge;
the House ofjLords as the inclined
plane, and (he Commons as tho
screw: the |rmy he couceiveth to
be both hamaar and tongs combined,
the Navy « series of pulleys, and
country justices in general pumps.
His affectiop for the constitution is
unbounded, for he only regards it in
the light of tho common wheel.
er payeth fit attention
He is somewhat
even of a cows ticks,
ial to hydraulics he is
a rollicking man, yet
in high dressed attics,
en maketh use of now
We translate the following from a
late number of the Gazetth de Luu
We lately anounced that the Min
ister of the United States in Swit
zerland had addressed to the Fede
ral Council a long memorial, pray
ing that it would use its influence
with such Swiss cantons as still pre
serve in their legislation restrictive
measures against the Jews. Mr.
Fay gives a summary of the reports
on this subject sent to him by the
differunt gnvernments, and he ar
rangeante cantons in three classes,
1st. Those where the restrictions
are moderate.
Those where the restrictions
are absolute.
Those where there is entire
freedom of religion.
As to those where the restrictions
are moderate, they number ten (six
whole and four half cantons,) viz.
Zurich, Lucerne,, Uri, Glaris, So
leure, Appenzal
ures,) Appenzell
ures.) Unteiwalden-le-Haut, Unter
walden-le-B*s, aod St. Gall.
Those where the restrictions arc
absolute number seven (six whole
and one 'naif canton,) viz. Schwyta,
Zug, ArgoVia, Schafflmuseti, Grison,
Bale-Vilie, Bale-Oampague, and
Thur govia..
There ar* seven where there is
entire religious liberty, viz. Berne,
Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Vaud, Valais,
Tessin, and Gsneva
Br His Excellency, William
Burton, Governor of the State of
It is tlje duty of a Christian pro
pie, at all times, to return thanks
to the Great Giver of all good and
perfect gifts, for the innumerable
blessings which He is continually
showhrmg upon them; but
pecially is it right and proper that
a day should be set apart when
who are blessed above all other
tions, should, with humble penitence
and grateful hearts, bend the knee
together, and with one voice thank
Him fiom whom all blessings flow
for the priceless liberties which
enjoy; For the early and the latter
rains, which have blessed
basket and in score, while bamine
and poverty have been the lot of
others; For the sunshine of peace,
under which we bask in careless con
tentment, while the demon of war
carries terror and misery to those
even beside us; For the heulth which
strengthens our frail bodies, while
pestilence walkcth abroad through
iess favored countries, wilh misery,
desolation, and death, as his feuriul
companions; For the genial sun and
frequent showers, without which tho
husbandman would hare toiled in
vain; For the gentle winds which
have filled the sails of the mariner;
For the sncccss which has rewarded
the energies of the merchant; For
the regular and constant employment
afford to the mechanic and the labor
er; and for the good and equal laws
which protect all alike in the enjoy
ment of life, liberty, and property.
Therefore, I, William Burton,
Govenor of the State of Delaware,
in humble reverence, do appoint
Thursday, the twenty-fourth day
of November next, as a day of gen
eral thanksgiving and praise to Al
mighty God, and do recommend its
appropriate observance by the citi
zens of this State.
In testimony whereof, I have
hereunto set my hand and caused
the Great Seal of the State ef Dela
ware to be affixed, at Dover,
[L. S.jthis twenty-sixth day of
October, in the year of our
Lord one thousand eight hundred
and fifty-nine, and of the Indepen
dence of said State the eighty
By tho Govenor.
mere es
us in
Edward Ridqely,
Secretary of State.
Taking it in Turn. —A country
schoolmaster, in preparing for an
exhibition of his school, selected
a class of pupils, and wrote down
the questions, which he would put
them on examination-day.
The day came, and so came the
young hopefulo all hut one. The
pupils took their places, as had been
arranged, and all went on glibly
til the question came for the absentee
to answer, when the teacher ask
In whom do you believe?"
Napolean Bonaparte."
"You believe in the Holy Catho
lic Church, do you not?"
"No," said the pupil, amid
of laughter; "the boy who believes
in the church hasn't come to school
to-day—he is now at homo sick
BÇ&.A gipsy woman pomised to
show to two young laides their hus
bands' faces itr a pail of water. They
looked, and exclaimed, "Why, we
see our own facas. "Well, said the
gipsy, "those faces will beycur bus.
band s when you are married."
USiyA young man being asked
what made him bald, replied that,
"the girls had pulled his hair out
pulling him into their windows,"
ÇÇÜ.We cut the following adver
tisement from a paper published *
the far «eat:
•To rent, home in Melville Avs
nue, located immediately alongaside |
of a fine plum garden, fromwhich
abundant supply may be stolen ! (!
daring the season. Rent low, andi
the greater part taken in plums.' w
ffiiy'What plan,' said one actor
to another, 'shall I adopt to fill Vi*
I'-ai ■
house at my benefit?,' 'Invite your
creditors,' was the surly reply.
Lhavbnworth, October 21.—
Intelligence has reached here direct
from Nebraska City, that Mr. Daily,
the Republican candidate, has been
elected Delegate to Congress by •
majority #f 48 over Eastbrookl
A Young Operator. —The daugh
ter of the proprietor of a ceal
in Pennsylvania, was inquisitive as
to the nature of hell. Upon which
her father represented it to be a
large gulf of fire of most prodigious
extent* "Pa," said she, "couldn't
you get the divil to buy his coal of
Movement in Breadstuyfs.—
We stated a few days since that
looked for an export movement in
breadstuff* within a week or two at
farthest; that prediction was terified
vestetday. The freight engagements
of grain yesterday fyr Great Britain
were greater than the total exports
of wheat from this port from the
first of January, 1859, up to the be
ginning of the current week. Of
this 30,000 bushels were engaged
for Glasgow, and 15.000 bushels for
Liverpool: nearly lO'OOO barrels of
flour were also shipped, and ship
owners feel greatly encouraged.—
[N. Y. Journal of Commerce of the
19th inst.'
Sad Downfall.— A Columbus
paper says:—Among the recent ar
rivals at the Ohio State priaon ia a
young man named Price, eon of a
Conneticut judge of considerable
reputation. He Btudied law with
David Paul Brown, of Philadelphia,
afterwards with John W. Forney,
and was in China for a while with
late minister Reed,
to Columbus for seven years, for
issuing counterfeit money.
The Pionber Railway.— The
first railroad constructed in the
United States was at Quiny, Mass.,
connecting the granite quarries with
tide water. It was about three
miles in length. The Baltimore
and Ohio was the first passenger
railroad. It was opened in 1858,
a distance of 15 miles, with horao
power. Next in the order of time
came the Mohawk and hudson, from
Albany to Schenecctady, 16 miles,
opened for travel, also with horse
power, in the summer of 1831. Tho
first locomotive used in this country
was on that road, in 1881. Loco
motives were in Operation in South
Carolina and upon the Ohio and
Baltimore road in 1832.
Ä9^"I wish I was a ghost, blamed
if I don't," said Fitzgibboas, as ha ,
soliloquising in the cold; "they
don't owe nobody anything, and
that is a comfort. Who ever heard
tell of a man who had a bill against
a ghost? Nobody. They never
buy hats and wittles, nor has to saw
wood nor run of errends, as I do."
JJ^^A popular writer says it ia
not the drinking, but the getting
sober, that is so terrible in a drunk
ard's life. To this Prentice adds,
some porsons, influenced probably
this important consideration,
seem to have deliberately resolved
nevor to get sober.
B®»A little boy was saying
prayers half asleep; "Now I lay
down to sleep, I pray the Lord
soul to keep; if I should die before
I wake—Pop goes the weazle!"
S" A convict who was about to
be sent to the House of Correction,
was told they would set him to pick- ,
ing oakum. "Let'em try it, by W
gosh," said he, "I'll tear the darned
oakum all to pieces!"
*jS"*Mrs. Partington aaye she
can't see why Austria keeps a pick
ing at Bony-part; she Bays she nev
er did like the bony-part
He is now sent
, **" U , ha9 been calculated that
tbe hatra of the tip of a dog's tail of
thB * vera 8 e length of thirteen inches
(! a,I < " ot ba,r ) ar * " ade .'»verse
25 * 48 . 3 m ; ,es b - v 'he simple act of
w agg ng, during an ordinarily hap
py life of nine year«, two noalha,
eleven days, which ia the meaalifw
time of a dog.

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