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Our Public Journal« a* they ought to bo—"The vehicle« of Intelligence,
the common aetvera of Scandal. M
No. 46.
VoL. I.
The Delawahe Register is published every Saturday
morning, by Albert Wilson, No. 105, Market Street , at
Two Dollars pejgkrtlyun.'t/ paid in advance; olborwise, Two
Dollars and Fifty Cents.
Handbills, Cards, Blanks, Pamphlets, and Job Printing in
general, executed with neatness and despatch, and at mode
(alo prices, at the Office of the Register.
OO* Advertisements inserted on reasonable terms.
A Russian Talc.
In the deep secluded forest that lies between Petcr
hmv and Warsaw, was the simple cabin of an exiled
Polander, who fell under the displeasure of the impe
rious Catharine, and at the partition of his beloved
country was given the cruel choice of death or Siberia.
He chose the latter, and after remaining many years
in cheerless exile, the rumored news of the death of
the haughty Empress reached his melancholy abode—
but, alter braving incredible hardships lie heard on the
borders of Poland, that Catharine yet lived ; having
entirely recovered from her indisposition. Only one
of his large and interesting family survived the rigors
ol' a Siberian habitation, and this was a young and
lovely maiden about sixteen years of age, the friend,
the solace of her afflicted father. Dorisky had often
hunted in the deep forest before alluded to, and now
thought its sombre shades might prove a friendly shel
ter to screen himself and this precious daughter fiom
the observation of Catharine or her minions. Accor
dingly, they reached it, unnoticed, and the first care of
ilori.-ky was to build a humble shelter for her he loved,
lie selected the most retired spot in the centre of the
forest, and with tbe assistance of his affectionate child
he erected a humble cobin embowered amid the thick
foliage, and in the nftire of a woodman he procured
many conveniences from u distant village, which he
conveyed to his secure but solitary dwelling. Although
the young and lovely Varella had pAssed the principal
put of her life in the cheerless deserts of Siberia,her
education bad not been neglected. She received all
that was useful, and many accomplishments from her
elegant mother, whose lust advice was, toteullivate and
improve the rare talents with which nature had endow
ed her. Her father taught her several languages, with
mathematics, geometry, &.C., and at the early age of
sixteen she was his companion and friend. Her face
and person were faultless in the eyes of her admiring
father, and oft the unbidden tear would course down
his manly cheek as he traced in the dear being before
him the exquisite beauty of his departed Solvinu, whose
unrivalled loveliness once shone conspicuous at the
c ant of the good Stanislaus ;—now, lier peerless daugh
ter: was an inhabitant of the dreary wilderness, and the
wild wolf's neighbor. Rut her beloved father was safe,
and she was happy. In one of his solitary rambles he
heard the low moans of a person in apparent distress;
he hastened to the spot and found a young and noble
Russian who had been thrown from his horse and bad
ly bruised. He was habited in a rich hunting dress and
wore on his breast the insignia of honor. The soul
of Dorisky was touched with his deplorable situation,
and with a prompt humanity he flew to his assistance.
A deep wound appeared on his temple, and his senses
were benumbed by tin; violence of the blow. Dorisky
kindly supported hitn in his arms and bound up his
wound with a part of his own dress ; then lifting him
on his horse he supported him in his arms .until he
r.amo within a few paces of his humble dwelling ; then
for the first time the idea of his own immediate safety,
if the stranger should recover, flashed through his mind
and checked the rapidity of his eourse ; but instantly
suppressing the unworthy thought, he stood before the
low door of his humble cabin and in a few words com
palace. Do
known at the imperial court, death would be the con- girl
sequence, and he resolved to give a humble grave in
mtinicated his adventure to Varella. She assisted her
father in recovering the slow-reviving stranger, and
with the most attentive kindness she guarded his sleep
less couch, and prevailed on her fatigued parent to re
tire to rest, but tin stranger, in a fit of wild delirium,
tore the bandage from his wound, and it profusely bled
afresh. The agitated girl endeavored to stanch it,
hut in vain ; and she hastily awoke lier falter. He
came to the bedside of the invalid, hut all their united
efforts were for a time unsuccessful, and fire the wound
was closed the stranger had fainted with the loss of
blood. At last lie opened bis eyes, and gazing wildly
around, inquired where ho was and why he .was in this
dreary abode instead of his own fat!
risky begged him to be composed and said he would
tell him all when he was better able to hear it, but the
noble stranger, with n faint smile exclaimed, " 1 shall
itérer be better, for 1 feel a weight at my heart that
presses like the heavy chill of death ; and now, who
ever you are, hear me. Mv father is one of the chief
men of the Russian court, high in the Empress's favor,
and l am his only son. With a party of my young
friends I engaged in a hunting expedition, and after
destroying many elks we were returning towards War
saw, when my vicious beast carried me far from my
companions, and at leftigth becoming ungovernable,
threw me on the ground, where 1 should have perished
miserably had you not fortunately discovered me. I
cannot now reward you as you deserve, but if you can
give my father intelligence of iny being here, lie will
liberally remunerate you ; in my pocket you will find
his address ; tell him that the last words of his dying
son were"
Here the stranger sunk back quite
exhausted, and tbe daughter of Dorisky bathed his pule
lace', with a view to revive him, but the fainting was
long, and his eye lids slightly raised, soon to reclose
forever. It was an awful scene. The lifeless body,
the bloody bed and floor, were indistinctly seen by the
glimmer of the dim lamp that shone in this solitary
dwelling. Dorisky and his duteous child gazed on
each other for some time in silence ; at last, the form
er observed, "my dear, wc must deliberate on what
is expedient for us to do in this unpleasant affair ; but
at present I insist on your taking some rest." Site re
luctantly obeyed, and after Dorisky had arranged every
thing in the best manner in the apartment be proceed
ed to examine the body before him, in order to assist
his determination respecting it. All the habiliments of
the deceased were of the finest texture, and h6 disco
vered timt the beautiful youth, now cold in death, was
a descendant of the noble bouse of Poniatowski, and
that bis father held the first rank in the empire, as well
as in Catharine's favor. He knew if his residence was
the forest, to the noble count. In the morning jie
communicated his resolution to his daughter and she .
concluded it mvst be right, for his judgment ever gov
erned hers. They buried him in his full hunting suit,
a short distance from the Forest Cabin, and strewed
his early grave with various evergreens, and the next
day, as Dorisky was hunting as usual, he found the
horse of the young stranger, nearly famished. He led
hint home, and he proved a valuable acquisition to them
in their solitary abode. Dorisky preserved the jewels
which he took from the body, with a book and some
papers, in order to restore them to some of the Ponia
towski family, when he could do so with safety.
Several months passed away, and the lone inhabit
Fofést Cabin had lighted an additional lamp
in honor of tue festival of some favorite Saint, when
the trampling of horses was hoard near their dwelling.
An indescribable sensation thrilled through the heart of
the agitated girl as she clasped her beloved parent to
lier arms and hid her face in his bosom. He had no
time to administer consolation, when the door was rude
ly swung open and the room was filled with armed men.
The chief of the band looking round the apartment
espied the tasselled bugle horn which belonged to the
stranger and bung against the mud walled cabin, a
glittering, but useless ornament ;—he pointed to it with
his sword and in an instant the father of Varella was
torn front her encircling arms and given into the cus
tody of a band of soldiers. In vain lie protested his
innocence, as to the young count's death, and related
in strong but simple language, the circumstances of
[ that hunting scene. They were deaf to all his protes
tations, and merely told him, " he must tell his story
at Warsaw." He begged to speak with his agonized
daughter, but even this was denied him, and'the stern
commander of this ferocious party ordered four of his
company to stay in the cabin, not so much to guard
this beauteous blossom, as to search the house and
grounds for further confirmation of the supposed mur
der of the young count. The last gaze of the distract
ed Dorisky fell on the frail form of his lovely daughter
as it lay in deep insensibility on the earthen floor of the
cabin, unregarded by tbe brutal Russian soldiers, who
were only intent on ransacking every box, chest and
closet in this humble dwelling. When the deserted
Varella recovered from this temporary suspension of
life she found herself alone and in total darkness. She
called her father,'and endeavored to persuade herself
that the last sad hours were but a dream. Algs ! no
kind voice answered her phrenzied screaming, and she
threw herself on her father's vacant bed, and overcome
with grief and fatigue sunjtiffrtto a feverish slumber on
his pillow. When the first dawn of gray morning ap
peared, the rough voice of an unfeeling soldier bade
her arise and procure them something to eat. Sha
tremblingly obeyed the coarse summons, and set before
them the best provision the cabin afforded. Just as
they were preparing to eat, one of the men came in
and told the others that he had discovered the count's
horse, saddle and bridle ; and, darting a fierce look
at Varella, he observed, " we shall find the body next,
if these vile peasants have not burned it." The poor
girl shuddered, changed color, but feared to reply.— *
When this melancholy breakfast was ended, three of
ants of th«

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