'l . ".' ifciar" ii 1
" O. A. BRYANtJ l
Pslarlnnnjllih,Fronch, and AmerlcanDryOeom,
W. I. aoodi,andGrocerles,
Crockery, Gla nnJ Itoril vnre.
MEMJSII & SLADE,
DEAI.ER3IN FLOUIt, W.I. C100US .Y-QROOERIES,
At.10 CON8TANTLY ON I1AND,
Oeo, Mellibii, Gko.II.Sudc.
A. 3IATCII, & co.
M the old Sland lulely occupied by
j. o. minou;
REFRESUMENTS,CONSTANTI.Y ON HANI)
CENTIIAL STIIEET. 223
WholesnlniindrotttililijAliir In W. I. Ooodi.TeaFrutti
Wlnci, c.,nliO, Stovca, Furnllure, c.
In DOOR HOUTII IIBAD OF BTATEBTREET,
Montpelier, Vt, 162 )y
V A T C II M A K E II S A N 1) JEWBMEBS,
OPffialTK WHITNKV'a hotel. CENTBAl.aTnr.eT.
, H. II, BAILEY, , ,
Mfinuuictiirer nfSllVtr Spoun nnd Spectaelea nnd Vt aler
In Jcwelry, Cutlery nnd rnncy Ooods
Wlirilesnlo nnd Relull,
OppposiletVltilney's Ilotel, Cenlral Street.
One door south of Union !Ialt,Elm Slreet,
TlN,coprnn, and anEET moN wobker.
DOOT & SIIOB MANUFACTORY,
TIIALES II. WINN,
Saint door with JV. Randall.
T A I L 0 R.
Over J. Collamer't Office,
A3IOS W. WARREN,
ntUIXIl IN IIOOT3.BIIOES AND I.EATIIER.
Xll Mnds ur I.eallicr for ale rlieaji. Alao, Iloot nnd
Slioes or every descrplllon.
rrrmcES Thlck llools. S-2,50 Calf, pe ggod,i,3 Ccnta
eewcduootii ror !?l,fnu niiouipr woru m proponmn.
CsNTntL Street. 23 8ly
i). m. nr.w'EY,
Makcr of tlic Improvcd Hobnrt Wondp n rumps.
IQ-l'lie nbove l'umps nre w.irrantcd Indrnw a barre!
n mlnuto with eaio, up tn n liundred fert.
TT-AII nnlera Irom n dintnnco irompt1y ntlendeil In.
Randolph Vt. 221 If
Corner of Elm and Central slreet s,
RV S. IV FI ITXBV,
E A G I E II O T E L,
BY T. G. ALDEN.
conNER of south and nnEE.s sTnEETS.
BKICK STAGE IIOUSE,
IOUT1I BIDE BLACE HlVCn,
JO IIN R. SMITII
LUDLOW, VI. 161 tf
BRICK STAGE IIOUSE,
rroclorsvlil'i Vt. 239 Cm
HENRY T. MARSH,
House and SmN PAiNTEn, ai.so dealer in CAnnunEa
ani VAnNiaii of cvr.nv nEcniPTlON.
C A R R I A tl E A N I) S J. E 1 0 II - M A K E R,
Ilinll STREET. 116
Mmufacturcr of, and dealer in cabinet furntture o
l'lennant Street, 218
1) It. II. R. I'AliH B It.
Office In llie llrlcl. Hlock opposlle Whltney's,
S. J. ALLEN, M. D.
PIIYSICUM AA'D SUIlClEOJ
Ofllco oppnslio Whllncy's Ilotel.
ADIN II. IMMHOXI),
TOMSONIAN I10TAN1C PRAOTITION EIl,
Uclwcen tho Melhodist and Elilacopal Cliurohei.
BY A I. II n It T TACKER.
COLLA3IER & BAURETT,
Attorneys nntl Counscllors a t L n w,
Elm Slreet. 183
O. P. ClIAJfUIiEK,
ttorncy nnd Countiellor atLnw,
Central Slreet, 208
TRACY & CONVERSE,
Attorneys and Counsellors at Law
L. A. MARSII,
ATTORNE V AND COUNSELLOIl AT LAW
A'lTORNEY AND COUNSEI.LOR AT LAW,
WtllRow nttcndlo nny small ninttrrx of business,
Tvilhln liN capnclty, Ifdeslred.
O"0iricc, wlioro it liasliccn for thc last clfhtecn ypars.
Nov. 18, 1844. 23S.tr
WASIIIIUIiy & MAHSII,
ATTORXEl'S tf CO N S E I. L O R S AT I-AW,
CTOdlccln Iheroom lutcly occuplcd ns llie "Clay Club
P. T. Wasiibvrn. Master in Chancery.
0. 1'. Marsii 23811
Nov. 21, 1844.
FREDERICK C. ROIJBINS,
ATTORNE Y AT L A W :
LUDLOW, VT. 157-lj'
iVARREN C. FRENCH,
ATTORNEY AT L A W,
WALKER & STjADE,
Alloi neys and Counxellors at Law,
ROYALTON ,l'T . 125-lf
It. WALKER, t.W, ILADE.
STOUGHTON & PERSON,
ATTOHNEVS AND COUNSELLfilU AT LAW,
Chester, Vt. 8fi
II. E.Stouoiiton. I.D.Person.
fereneeii IIIs Etcellency II. Hnbbard.Charlcatown,
Hnn.nclmtind Rnrke, Newport, N. H.
Nnlli'lFullerton, Eq.)rh v
Rcorga W.T.ewM, INq. )
Memrs Ilnllirnok Cartcr k 7o. V Doiton.Mn
" I. Uanfortli ASon, J
TII03. IIARTI.ETT, Jn.,
AT LYNDON, VT.
TTAltpnditheSuperlorCoiirliiln (hecounlles nf Cale.
onla, nisex,Orlcnnnind Walilnjton. 133-tf
IIUNTON & JONES,
ATTORNEYS AND COVNSELLOIIS AT LAW.
A. P. HlTNTON, 203 P. C. Jones.
S. R. STREETER,
Jlltorney and Counseller ut Law,
J. a. IIAWKINS,
Jltlornty and Counscllor at Law,
J. F. DEANE,
Allorney and Coumellor at Law,
SAMUEI, II. PRIUE,
Jttlor ney s, and Counsellors at Law
N RlCHAItDION. 80 A. A. Nioholson.
ATTOR JVE Y A T LJ1 W,
LUDLOW, vt. 18-1-ly
TI1E WOODSTOCK AGE.
10 Agonn wno urucr a numner or copM, th, name
orencli.'jb.crlber not wntltnon ihe pper , n.I thS
All niliir nhcrlberi unon whou nn,ii,.i.i ""i"
nra wrltten, wlietlier tnVcn In bundlea or icnt In
aingio wrappcr, iimuumu, r.
lrpaymentbedolnyedbeyond Ihe rectptlon or llte flret
number nf n vo'uino, ,
If beyond the rccep'tloi) oftheflralnumberofllieinit '
iia montni ottnc voiume, . gnn
VMInje atnnerliif r
(nth re-pnnMbllltyor an A?fnt.and Inna ;ui i n
t.vount all"(il ruatvtriyt-iir.
THE TORY'S GUARD.
IIY NEWTON JI. CUHTIS.
CIIAl'TER VIII CoNTINUIU).
Van Loan saw tlmt tho girl was in rc
nlity ill.and hc hastily loil hcr apartmcnt-
ln a fcw momcnts altcr 1ns cxit. JMiss Jo
scphinp. madc hcr appearanco, and pro-
coeded to adminstcr to Alico a draught of
somb rrtddicnl preparation, lrom whicli in
a short timo, slic cxpcricnccd groat rcliof.
All thnt niglit and tllrough tho ncxt
day, Joscplimc was lailhlul in hcr attenu
ancc and administrations. At tho cxpir
ationof that timc Alice was quito rccov-
crcd, cxpcrioncing howcvor a shght
wcakness, as a conscquonce upon hnr
attack. She souerht hcr couch that
nieht. feclincr far bcttcr in hcalth and
snirits than she had sincc hcr con
fincmcnt. Sho snnk into a profouiid
slcep soon aftcr rctircing, from wliicli shc
wns arousod near midniglit by hcr unclo,
who again enlcred hcr apartmcnt. and
commandcd hcr to arise.
Ahcc oiicyed, and was in a short timc,
fully drcsscd. Hcr unclc thcn command
cd hcr to follow liim down slairs, wliich
shc did, not howcver without fear and
trcmbling, Arrivcdin thc hall bclow,
she found Vrooman and liis two comrads,
and a tall, palc fuccd strangcr, wliom shc
had not seen beforc, apparently awaiting
hcr arrival. Her unclo motioncd hcr to
scat, and with a malicious smilc upon his
fcaturcs, thus addrcsscd hcr.
"It is cvidcnt, Miss Alico that your
health is failing very fast, and as your
guardian, it is ncccssary for me to uso all
possible mcans for its rcstoration. To
clTect this objcct, I havc dctcrmincd to
placc you undcr the carc of my cstccmcd
friend, Doctor Mortont who will lake you
to hisrcsidcncc.the bcttcr to ndministcr to
your coinplaint." "Doctor," said he,
turmng to thc strangcr, "pcrmit mc to
introduce you to my niccc, Alice Van
Thc Doctor ttirncd to Alice, with a
low bow, and said, "I am happy to makc
Ihis JJoctorMorton, as beiore stateu,
was a tall, palc faccd man, of considera-
blc talent butt utterly destitute ofprinci-
ple, and cqually as avancious as Van
Loan. Hc was thc founder, manugor,
nnd owner of an asylum, or hospital, for
thc treatmcnt of insanc pcrsons, wlnch
waslocatcd about forty milcs abovc New
York, upon thc banks of ihe Hudson, and
he had acquired quilc a reputation in thc
treatmcnt of this unfortunato class of pcr
sons. vanijoan nau uy acciucnt ue
came acquaintcd with his person and
character, and he detcrmincu to makc
hitn an auxiliary in his plans in rclation
to Ahcc. r rcdcriuk, at thc timc ot his
late nbscncc, had paid the worthy phy
sician a visit, and had cngaged hini to
makc a visit at thc mansion, undcr thc
plea that his latherwished liim to undcr-
tako the curc of an insane niccc. As
wc havc bcfore s'.atcd, Van Loan dared
not murder the helplcss girl outright,
drcading tho scrutiny of Mcrvalc, orsomc
othcr of his wlug ncighbors. Hc, or rath
cr his son, at his instigation, had attemp-
tcd to drown hcr, lmmcdiately aftcr lus
rcturn from his visit to the doctor, think
ing thcreby to savc the cxpcnsc of brih
ing that worthy man, and besidc, it
woultl bc tho most clfcctual modc of dis-
posing ofher person; but inthis he failcd
and as the doctor was punctual to tho np
pointmcnt madc with his son. Van Loan
dctcrmincd to makc usc of his assistancc
in carrying out his plans.
For the sake ot a largo reward, Mor-
ton had agrccd to carry Alico to thc asy-
um, assistcu m hcr transportation by
Vrooman and 1ns comrads, and therc
kecp hcr closely confined, frce from thc
obscrvation of visitors, and unknown to
any onc, for tho term of hcr life, taking
carc in tho meantime, that shc should re
ccivc cvery trcatment that would tend to
shorten tho period ofhcr cxistcncc. In
addition to the bonus paid in hand,he was
to bc allowcd a ycarly salary during hcr
lfo, and was to rcccivo onc thousanduol-
lars upon hcr dcmisc.
lmmcdiately alter luorton was mtro-
duced to his paticnt, as hc tcrmcd Alice
shc was seized by hcr uiicle, who thrcat-
cncd hcr with lnstant death m case shc
made an outcry, anu then shc was gag-
gcd, and hcr taco sccurcly mullleil,
thouch insuch a mannoras topermit her
to brcathc frcely. Vrooman and his
comrads thcn took herin thcir arms to
the bank of tho rivcr, followcd by tho
doctor, whero a largo boat containing a
trunk and a box ot provisions, awaitcd
them. Alico wa3 scated in thc boat, and
in a short timo aftcr thc boat movcd oiT
down tho river.
Alico well kncw that it would bo usc
Icss to attcmpt a strugglo, or to raisc an
alarm, and sho rcsigncd hersclf to her
mclancholy situation. Bittcr thoughts
fillcd hcr mind, as shc glidcu down tho
river. What was to hc her fato she
could not conjecturo. Sho kncw wcll c
nough that hcr unclo's lalc, told hcr in
tho hall, was a falschood, and that his
anxicty for hcr health, meant in reality,
his anxicty for her fortunc. Sho gazcd at
the physician, who was seated by her aido
and by a closo scrutiny of his fcaturcs,
cndeavored to form a conclusion ns to
what his character could hc. Was he a
rufiian hircd to transpnrt hcr to romo
convenicnt placo and then dcspatch hcr?
At all cvcnts, shc kncw, cvcn if that was
tho'caso, that sho was completcly iri his
powcr, and sho folt m hcr inmofl hcart
thatanappeal to his mcrcy would avail
Frcctlom oflnqiilrv nnd
Just as tlic dny dawncd tho boat was
uaulcd ashoro by Vroonian nnd lus coin
rads, and thoy thcn procccded to scarch
for n placo of concenlmcn', tintil night
should again fnvor tlip prosecution of thcir
journey. inoy soon discovcrcd ono
adaptcd to tncir purposcs, andlnthcr tlley
rcmovcd Alice nnd tho provisions, wliich
lattcr thoy sct about mnking prcparations
to tcst. Vrooman thcn procccded to
rcmovc tho gng lrom thc mouth ot Alice,
wliich had becomo cxtrcmly painful;
merely rcmarking to her, at thc timo.that
sho should dic in case shc attcmptcd to
cscapc or raisc an alarm.
All thcn procccded to partako of tho
food: Alice catiii" very spariniily, thc
pain ofher jaws in fact forhidding hcr to
satisfy cvcn hcr faint appctilc. After thc
conclusion of thcincal,thchoatmen thrcw
themselvcs upon thc ground to seck re-
posc, whilst thc doctor lightcd n pipe
and drawing a small hook lrom his poclv
ctj commcnccd reading.
Alice sat for somc timc pondpring upon
hcr sitilationj but at length sho ielt a
drowsincss creeping upon her, despitc
hcr excrtions to keep awakc. bhe lcan-
cd hcr hcad ajiainjt a trcc, and was soon
wrappcd in dcep slcep. She slcpt for a
long time, dcspitc hcr uncnsy nltitiido,
and in drcams of hdr bright "island
homo," she forgot the wrctchcdncss of
icr situation. Shc awoko altcr uooil,
and found that thc doctor was cnjoylng a
nap in thc shadc, and Vrooman nnd his
associates wcrc holding watch, Just as
thc sun disappcarcd in thc west, thcy all
oncc morc cinbarkcd, and wcrc pursuing
thcir journey, and at sunrise arrived at
Schcncctaday. Hcro thc doctor cscor
tcd Alice to a small houso, standing a
short distancc from tho compact part of
thc town, wherc shc was ushercd into a
a narrowand dirty room.'accompanicd hv
thc doctor, who by his aclions nppearcd
to bc on familinr tcrms with thc inmatcs
and pcrfcctly at his case.
Witlnn an hour altcr hcr arrival, Vroo
man appcared at thc door with horscs,
and Alice was commandcd by the doctor
to mount upon a pillinn behind liim. Thc
party thcn startcd olTat a bJsk trot tow
ards Albany, taking thc obscurcst lancs
and allcys, and avoiding thc most popular
svcral limcs, as Alice sawindividuals
ncar her, did shc rcsolve to cry for hclp,
but hcr couragc finally laild hcr, and shc
was soon so lar ucyonu uic town, tiuit
such a procccdure would havc availed hcr
nought, and would havc arouscd thc ire
About noon thcy arrived at Albany,
and alightcd at a small iun. Dut a short
time was allowed for refrcshmcnt, when
thcy wcre ngain upon tho road. So n
droit was thc doctor in thc managcmcnt
ofafiliirs, that Alice found it utterly nn-
possiblc to speak to any ono at this halt
ing placc, and shc procccded on hcr way
with a hcavy hcart. Thc doctor pursucd
thercmainder of his journey with thc ut
mostspecd, barely stopping for rcst and
rcfrcshmcnts, and on the cvening of tho
third dav aftcr doparting from Albany,
Alice was sccurcly locatcd in onc of thc
ccllsof the nsyluin.
Thc morning altcr tho dcparture ot Al-
-r- 1 , I . t
lcc, Van Jjoau causea uic rcpon to oc
circulatcd in thc neighboihood, that his
niccc was dangcrously sick ol thc small
which frii'litful diseasc was known
to bc raging in somc of thc settlcmcnts ofj
thc iJohawk vallcy. A grcat constenna
tion attendcd upon this rcpoit. The
mansion was shunned by cvery ono, nnd
a gcncral fcar that thc pcstilcncc would
spread prcvaded cvery mind. All tho pre
vcntivcs known orsupposed to bcofuse
in staying thc contagion, wcrc callcd in
to rcqiiisition among thc tcrnhed lnhabit
auts, and as thcro was no physician in thc
unmediatc nei"hl)orhood, cvery old tnat-
ron, who pretendcd to mcdical sliill, and
thoy wcre not a fcw, was consultcd, and
undcr thcir directions mcdicincs were
preparcd.wilh which to battlctho scourgc.
In about a wcek altcr thc circulation
of this rumor,tlic bell at thc Slation pcal
cd forlh its solcmn kucll, and tho inhab
tants wcro told that the spirit of Alice
Vnn Loan had Dcpartcd. Many nnd sin
cerc wcrc thc tcars that wcrc shed at hcr
untimcly dcath, for she was known to
many of the sctllers, and belovcd by all
who kncw her; for her henrt was ovcr
alivc to tho wants of tho nccdy, and to
thc woes of thc afllictcd. Fcnr of thc dis
easc, howevcr, deterred noarly cvery
onc from tho funcral, which was appoint-
cd, owing to thc cxtrcmo warnith ot thc
wcathcr, to lake placc on thc snmo day;
yct a fcw who had passcd through thc
ordcal, voltintccrcd thcir assistancc in
the solcmn duty of burying tho dcad.
Thcy tound a cofhn tightly closed up,
which altcr very lcw ccrcmonics, was
borne to tho gravoyard just outsido thc
scttlcmcnt, tollowcd by Van Loan, i' rcd
crick and aunt Josephinc, apparently in
dccp sorrow for thc dcath ot thcir rcla-
ative. Ilcrc tho colfin was dcpositcd in
its final rcsting placc, and tho compony
disnersed. Van Loan rctiirned to his
house, ondshuttinK himsclf up in his Ii
brnry with his aon, ho congrntiilatcd him-
soit on thc rcsuu oi ius cmcrprisc, anu
thcn cagcrly sct himsclf about prepnring
tho papcrs ncccssary to pormit liim to
cnter into posscssion of tho fortunc of his
niecc. This, to tho avaricious VanLonn
was a gratefiil task. No did not doubt
tho fidclity of tho doctor, and tho .minions
hc had scntto acompanyhim, nndho flat-
tcrcd himsclf that Ahcc was now torcvor
rcmovcd, from his way, and that ho had
nothinc to foar. nflcr his Bchcming nnd
planning, but tholimmenso wcalth wliich
r II i .! r- -II L! i-M A.l
W0U1U rcpay nim ior un nia nuu
Frcdorick was eqitnlk dolightcd with his
Inttior, nt tlio reBUit m incir scnemcs.
tho l'awor of tho I'eoplc.
Liko most othor hcirs cxpcctani, helikcd
to revci in drcams ol tho fulure, and hc
alrcady rcgardcd tho posscssion of his
uupuiui airu ns iii rcauiy ms own.j
In obedicnce to the ordcrs of Jncob
Dush, tho two rangcrs left by him in tho
carc of Mcrvalo's cabin, rbtircd to tho
woods, to a lcmporary placc whicli thcy
had preparcd (or rcsting, just at sunsct
on the evcning ofVnnLoan's cxcursion.
Thoy hcnrd the trampling of tho inccn
diarics, notwilhslnnding tho caution thcy
obscrvcd, somclimo bcfore thcy rcach
cd Mervalc's cabin ; nnd lcaving thoir
position, which was ncar thc cabin, thcy
rctircd farthcr into tho forcst, yct still
within vicw of the ground of action,
Thcy conscquently witncsscd all tho opcr
ations ofVan Loan nnd his comrads,
from his first survcy of the prcmises, un
til thc final conflagration of the cabin,
As all intcrfcrcncc or opposition from
thcm would havc bcen utterly usclcss,
thcy wcrc compelled to wilncss tho work
ot dcmolition in silencc. lhcy occupied
thcir position unlil morning, whcn thcy
npproachcd to survcy thc ruins. A fcw
iron cooking utensils werc all that cscap
cd dcstruction, and thcso thcy cxtricated
from thc mass, and placcd iu some thick
biishcs L'l'owing closc by; and altcr somc
dcbate thoy rcsolvcd to lollow .lacob and
Merval to Schohaire. Tho skiff uSed by
Jncob to convcy Mcrvalc from the Man
sion, wns conccalcd n fcw rods below thc
sito of ihe ruined cabin, and to it thcy re
pnircd, and m a short timc wcre on thcir
lournoy cown tlie strcam. u&infr all thc
strciit'lli of which they wcrc niastcrs.thcy
landcd in a low hotlr3 aftert ncar llie
spot wherc Jacob and Mcrvnle had land
cd a shoit timc previous. They enlcred
tho scttlcmcnt, and wcro ngain surround-
ed by thc fruits of tory mngnaiunity.
Ihey lound Jacob and IMerval cngagcd
in assisting thc villagcrs iil llie collcction
of thcir cattle, and in tcmporarily re-
painng the damages ol the lort. A part
of the inhabitnnts wcre engagcd iu pre
pnring gravcs for thc rcception of the
killed, of wliich tho far grcatcr part wcrc
torics only threc or fourot thc scttlers
having bccn killcd outright, although
somc dozen or two were woundcd morc
or lcss scvcrely in thc cncountcr, at thc
cntrance of their fortification. Jacob
was enraccd beyond mcasure when hc
hcnrd of the dc&lruction of tho cabin.
'Thc infarncl vagabonds kncw I was n't
thcrc,' hc cxclaimcd; 'cuss 'em, thcyr'c
took it for a hen roost!' Mcrvalc evinc-
cd Icss evidnncc of anger than his stal
wart friend, yct hc vowcd aguinst Van
Loan a dccp and bittcr vengeancc. Ile
at first determincd to rcturn inimcdiatcly
to thc rtiin of his liome, but whcn he
madc thc nnnouncemcnt, the villagcrs
would not listcn to it a moincnti Thcy
wcre fearful ofanothcr attack from the
blood thirsty Butlcr, and thcy werc desti
tute ofnn iudividnal so well qualifiedas
Mcrvalc to act as thoir leader. Evcn
the womenjoined in thc iinivcrsal rcqucst
that he should rcmain with thcm until
their danger was over. Ile finally con
cluded to rcmain. 'It would do no good
for him to rcturn, ' hc argucd, for the
niischief was alrcady committcd. His
enemics had destroycd his homo, and thc
fcw cfiects, of which he was posscsscd.by
far tho most valuablc part of which was
tho furs hc had savcd from his scason's
hunting.nnd about his own premiscs thcrc
wns notliing lort for him to caro for.
Hc olti;nthoticht of Alice Vnn Loan;
but, he did not fear that those who liaun-
tctl his footstcps with such cvidcnt malig
nity would over canse hcr to shcd n tcar, '
yct in this hc was mistakcn. Jacob also
acquicsccd in the plan of roniaining n fcw
davs longcr with tho villagcrs. 'Thcy's
no mistakc,' said the worthy ranger, 'but
tlint I inought come ncross that chap that
had such nn ctcrnnl sight ot Iun, about
thc bigncss of my traeks. They 's no tell-
iu 'neilhcr but thc follow would like to seo
the fcct thcmselves!'
Mervale and Jacob rcmaincd fora fort-
nicht or thercabouts with tho villagcrs,
and ntthc cxpiration of this time, thcir
fears in rclation to another irruption of
tho tories had about vanished. Mcrvalc
and his cornradc accordingly propaircd to
visit tho ncishborhood ot tho mansion,
leaving tho troops of tho worihy ranger
behind. Accordingly thcy startcd on
thcir rcturn, and arrived at their dcstina
tion without adventurc or nccidcnt. Tho
sicht of his ruincd homo aiTectcd Mcrvnle
to tears not tnat nc carcn ougiii ior ns
valuo, or that hc fcarcd for thc inconvcn
ienccsho would bc subjcctcd to without
it, but it was cudcnrcd to him by lcndcr
association3. It had bccn his homejshci-
tcred him from thc raging slorm nnd
niercimr cold, nnd ho had rcgardcd cvery
rough old log of whicli it was composcd
with fcelings of strong aficction. Whcn
Jacob first approached thc ruins hc stood
for somo timc and gazcd upon thcm in
silencc. Ho thcnturncd his cycs to the
countcnanco ol Mcrvnle, nnd observing
that they wcro wct with tears, he cxclatiii'
'Thc man that calls you chickcn hcart
cd is n liar, Ileggy, as I mysclf know; but
its a nnttural sarcumstanco ihat a fellow
that's got any gizzard at all, should fcrl a
lnetlc mclanchollv when he sees his own
lmrni un bv his eucmics. evcn if
'inint sr nnble as some houscs is. I must
cnnfeas iliflt I thort a cood deal of tho old
shnniv 'ihotifrh I haint becil acniininlcd
with it any great while. That Van Loan Is
n rio-nlnr hosannnntus or somcother cld
hard namc, tlint I vo hoarn'em call a saf
len tree that pizens every thing to death
that ever comes ncar it. Tcars to mo, if
I was at war with llie devil himself I should
ni wRrn't to burn his hoiisaor injtire amr
l.ol his childrcn cxcopl Van Loanl'
2 rtr s
'Its it clear case that I mustdcpart from
this rcgion;' said Mcrvalc. 'My hnmo is
destroycd, and itis cvidcnt lam besct bv
enemies who will not rost unlil they hav'e
l.'l '1 . . . J
my oioou. 1 nave only pnc duty to per
lorm, and then Jacob, l'm away for the
'Sppkeii like ahero, d d if it aint,
said Jacnb npproaching Mcrvalc. 'Givi
usyotir fist on that Recirv. I am witl
you in that untlertaluii.' head and ears.
Thcrc's whcre wc ought to bc. Oiir coun
try wants our sarvice, and I say lel'a let
icr havc 'em. If wc should stav here
thousaiKlycars wc couldn't do any thing
but speculate on the tories a little, and
between you and me Itcggy that's small
'Tho mission.lhaf.I iutcnd to undertakc
is adangerous one Jiicoh, but shall suc-
ceed or lall. After that is accomnlished.
we will movc for thc army at once;' said
'I don't want to bc imDartinent:' said
Jacob, 'but whero the deviare you goin.or
wnat upon airtli nre you goin to under
laue tnai s so dangerous: You liiiow jou
can depenu on me.
' 'Don't you remcmber thc girl that you
rcscucd from the river?' replicd Mcrvalc.
'Vun Loan s nicce;' to hc sure 1 do,
and n swcet girl she was too, and a' leeile
the stillest wlug that ever worc petticoatp!
'1 am determined lo havc an intcrvievv
w-itli hcr, bcfore I go from these parts.'
said Mervale, slightly coloring tncanwhilc.
'That's entirely on possible;' replicd Ja
cob, with a look of siip'rise. You aint a
goin to ventiire riglit into that cusscd old
stone hornet's nest beye.'
'I am determined to see Alice Van Lo
an, at all h.'izards;' said Mcrvalc deter
minedly. 'I must see hcr before I leave
'The truth is, I cxpect' said Jacob, with
n sly lecr, 'that you love that girl Reggy,
nnd 1 donol blame you a bit; for as I said
beforc she is nicc. But you will find it
oiipossiblc to get a sight nt her; for old
Van Loan keepsasharpcyc on hcr 1 know.
How-some-dever you can try it; I say thcy's
uothin upon airlh like pluck!'
riie ncxt morning was nitched upon
by Mcrvalc as the time for commcncing
his undcrtaking. Jacob was to rcmain
ncar thc rivcr, until the return of Mer
vale, as thc extraordinary size of thut
worthy prcsentcd a pnrticular cluo to his
person, cvcn to the most casual obscrvcr."
When night came thcy rctired to rcst, in
thc place occupied by thc rangcrs, nnd
with thc dawn lhcy wcre ngain astir, and
procccded to partakc of somc food;wluch
owing to the ovcrscciugcarc of Jacob had
bccn brought from tho Schoharic scttlc
mcnt. Aller his simplo incal was con
cluded, Mervnlo slioiildcring his rific
startcd toward thc rcsidcncc ol Vnn Loan
leaving Jacob scalcd upon the ground near
thcir lodgmgs. IIc wnlkcu on his journey
briskly cxcitcd by the hopo of mccting
licc oncc morc, and in n sliort timo hc
found himsclf ncar the mansion. Taking
a position that sheltcrcd him from obscr
vation, and nt thc samc titne commandcd
a vicw of thc mansion, hc waitcd for morc
than an hour in the hopo of obtaining a
vicw of thc person of Aliec; yct he saw
hcr not. Oncc or twico he wns on thc
point ofcntcring thc mansion, so strong
was his dcsirc to see nnd convcrsc with
icr, yct a sceond thought convinced him
that it would bc thc heicht of temcrity,
thus to placc himself completcly in thc
powcr nf his most bittcr cneniy. Ile ac
cordingly wnndcrcd in the dircction of
the Station, in the hnpc of obtaing somc
intclligencc upon wlnch he could nct.or at
lcast he imagincd that from one circum-
stancc or another lie might learn soinc-
thing of Alicc's welfnrc. As he nearcd
the Bcttlcmcnt, thc solemn toll of thc bell
arrcstcd his attention, and ho hnlled.
Who could it hc, hc, thought, who had
Icnavted fort hc lnnd ofspiritsi IJc stood
for somc time musing and listehing to the
solcmn toll of tho bell, when ho obscrved
a youth approaching in tho dircction of
tho placo wherc hc was standing. Of
him hc enquircd as to thc solemn sounds
to which he was listcning. 'Alice Van
Loan is dcad!' replicd the boy, 'and for
hcr tho bell is tolluig.' Wervaie stood
like ono transfixcd, at this unexpcctcd
nnnouncemcnt. Every pulso in his body
seemcd to havc coased, and his check
blanchnd pnlor than tho driftcd snow.
'Alico Vnn Loan dead!' hc repeaicusiow-
ly and melancholly.
'Yes replicd thc boy; 'Alice van l.oan
is dcad; sho dicd of thc small pox, and is
to bc buried to-day. As ha concliidcd
this piecc of lnformation, the InJ contiu
ued on his way, leaving Mervale Mandiiitf
in the spot whcre he first saw him. .MerS
vale sccmed for a timc completely stunncd
by thc informalion he had derivcd from
llic lad, hc continiicd to rcpeat the words,
'Alice Vun Loan dead1' liko onc entirely
pcrfi of reason for somc time, buthe grad
ually recovered from thc shock, and thcn,
and not 'till ihen, ho cxperienccd the
kccn pangs of grief at her loss. A sud
den luiiitiicss ovcrcome him and he seat
ed himself at the foot of n trec against
which he leaned f.r support. By and hye
thc tears flowed frcely down his clieeks,
and he felt relief. Ne remaincd lierc for
somo time, when hc arose and retraccd
his steps towards ihc mansion. IIc ob
tnineil thc situation hc had occupied in thc
morning, ond stood gazing in thc cNrec
tion of tho mansion. Presently the in-
hnliifnnts nf tho Station. who had come
fnf ihc ntirnoso of nssistinir Vail Iioan in
iho' lnirial m'adc theif nppcarancC, nnd cn
tnroil iIir mrfnAiorj. lilcrvnlc flav flitim e-
mcrgo in n short timo b6afing a coftin
covercd with a gloomy pnll. His lears
flowcd nt vvitnessing (his, arrd whcn they
jtarteo fow momen: aficr in thc direc-
tiou nf tho grave, Mervale, taking care to
scrccn himsclf from bbservhtioii, followcd
alcr thcm. Now the hollow tminds nf
tho failing sods as they struck upon the
coffin lid, smotc upoh his hcart I His mus
cular framo hcarcd w it Ii the strength of
his emolion, nnd tears followrii cnch ,olhfr
still morc rapidly down his clibclcs! Ne
heard thc llianks of Van Loan tolhe fricnds
who assiilcd him. Hc saw tlierri all turn
and lcuvo ihc viciriily of the grave anll fi
nally disappcar iu thc directiou of thcir
horiicS. IJc wailcd n few niomentp anil
then entered thc cnclnsurc of ihe dead,
and jjeatbd himsclf hcside thc grave of
Alice. In iliat lonelcy spbt he give full
vent tohis fcelings, and wept like a chilil.
It secemed nsif his henrt would break.
Thc Morm of grief shook hia soul as the
strong blnsl nf winlcr shnkes thc fragilc
reed. After a long time, howcver, ihc vio-
lence of his grief in a incnftirc subsided.
IIc still rcmnincd seated nrar the grave
with his hcadbowcd down upun his hreast,
whcn thrte mcn Jcancd over the slinht
fencc which cncloscd thc crave-ynrd, nnd
scizmg him roughly by the collar, cxclaim
cd 'Wb've got him at last! llold him fast
my boys, nnd ihc rcward and tho honor is
all otir own."
Mervale madc not the lcatt rcsislancc,
but was ns passivc iu llic liauds of his
captors, as an mfant. His hands wcro
pinionud bchiuu him, and onc of thc trio
'Caught nt last, old boy! You dodccd
us wcll, but you see )ou arc fast now.
uome it will bc necccssnry loi you to
take up your line of march (or the scttlc
mcnt. lotir cabiu is blirnt up, and we
will endeavor to provideyou with coinfort
able quartcrs nt thccxiieiise of ihc puhlic.
I do not doubt in the lcast but that you
arc a very worthy man.'
Jilervale arose to lus feet, and melan-
cholly followed his captors to tlic settlc3
nicnt. Arrived here, slie news soon spreau
that he was secured, and as is usual in
such cuscs, a large nuniher of, mcn, uo-
men, and Chlldren werc collectcu lo gazc
ou him. VulL'ar nniids arc cntcrtaiucd
wilh thc aight of individuals in dislress;
but those who came to gaze on Mervale,
appcared to be more than delightcd at his
forlorn and woc begone appearance. They
almost danced with de mht. for tlirounlt
tho instrumeritallity ofVan Loan.thcy had
bcen led to believc that he was a piratc, a
murdercr, and in fact every thing that id
etestable nnd to be dreaded.
Mervale wns condiicted by his leadcri
irough the gaping crowd.to llic bar-rooiri
of the village inn, whcre he was permit-
lcd to take a seat,whue his captors rcgalrd
themselvcs upon somc of the animal com
forts afforded by ihe bar. Aftcr they hall
concluded thcir polatioiis, a nicssengcr was
despatchcd to Van Loan, to acqua'uit hini
with thc capture that had bccn madc, and
with a request that hc would at oncc lake
some steps to disposc of their prisohcr.
I hc mcssenger found Van Loan still in lus
brnry, wherc hc had retircd, ns beforo
arrated. Ile wns greatly nstonishcd at
le news( nnd could hardly credit it. The
individual that he mcst dreaded upon earth
in his power, secmed to him to be the icry
acme of all that was dcsirnble.
'Whcre was he caught?' hccngetly in-
quired, rubbing his hands with deligiit.
'In the grave yard, rejihed the messen-
'In llic grave ynru! rcpcatcd an Loan
hat was hc doing there?'
'Weeping, I bclierc,' replied thesettlcri
at lcast those who took him say so.'
'Weeping, eh!' said Van Loan, hi?
countcnance brightehiiig. 'Well, you may
lell tho villagcrs that I will nttend them
mmediatelyi' hc cnntinned, turning to the
mcssenger with a long lace, and u loclt
fmock sorrow. 'Tcll thcm 1 will alfcnd
them, for puhlic safcly requues thnt this
follow should bc takcn care of, 1 do not
lowcvcr, since the melaucholy demise of
my nicce, fccl any desire for doing busi
ness. The man bowed and left the rooni.diihk-
ng to himself that Van Loan, was one o
the public benefaclors of thc nge! Assooit
as he was gone, that worthy turned to U
son, wniie a smiie nt up his austeer lca-
tures, as a singlo lorch would light up a
scpulchrc, and hc said,
rrcdenck, my boy, bow nicely all
nngs worK lor us. l lus is a enpital
avsworK. Alice disposed ol, and tlieon-
y ninn we havc aught to fear ffom entirely
in our powcr.
I rederick replicd in nsimilar vein.and
Van Loan set about tfiaking prepavations
for lus immcdiate dcpnrlufe (o ihe Station;
Accompanied by hw son, he was soon on
is way to sit in judgment upnn the cuse of
Mervale. As hasbcen staled.lhe distance
between thc scttlement and his home was
not grcat, and the journey was foon nc
complishcd. Arriving at the inn, he saw
ihat it was indccd Mcrvalc, nnd uilhout
dciguing any notice to the prisouer, save
a repulsive stnrc.hepas-sed on to a privato"
aparlment,which he usually occiipifcd wheii
engaged in any ot his magisierial dutiej.
TO ItE CONTINUEU.
iW TSad. A Mcthodist preachcr,rays nrf
cxchange papcr, cxpoundiug on his own
authorily, iu a country village, remarkcd
that "commcntators did not agree with
him." Next day he received a buskct of
kidney potatocs from onc of thc ruslic
disciples, who remarkcd that "siuce com
mon taturs did'nt agree with him, he had
takcn the libcrty to present him with
somc best kidney taturs."
(JA buxoin lass in Michigan has bet
hcrself that Lewis Cass will be the next
I'rcsident.. The cditor of the "Cincinnatl
Enquirer" says hc would like to hold tho
"You nre alivays in a bustlr, I.izza,"
said an old Indy t'o hcr daughter, "it's the
"Petc.I wants lo ask you a Columhipusi.
"Well, why is a quilt like n railroad?'
Does you giveit up?"
"Wcindoes.'' . m.
Case the're's sle'e'p'crs litider it.' Valijyah,
...t firA'nrnnl rntlirOft lllHi W ifl II n I VflH''l,i
Timc " What time is it, Tim?" "Juf.
time to pay that little hcconnt you owc
me." "Oh. indecd, I didu't tbinhi.ma
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