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H no, JJOJLJ sum YOLUME 1. HYDE PARK YERMONT, FRIDAY, DECEMBER -7,1860. DUMBER 2. S. HOWARD, Jr., Publisher. " Quocimiqiie me Fortuna feral, Ifoo hospes." TEIMIS : ( $ SESSK? .' 1 A THRILLING INCIDENT. Near the hamlet of Udorf, on the banks of the Rhine, not far from Bonn, there yet stands the mill which was the scene of the following adventure": ' Ono Sunday morning the miller and his family set out as usual to attend di vine services at the nearest church in the village of Ileasel, leaving the mill, to which the dwelling-house was attached, in charge of his servant-maid, Hanchen, a bold-hearted girl who had been some time in his service. The youngest child, who was too little to go to church, remain ed also under her care. As llanchcn was husily engaged in pre paring dinner for the family, she was in- tcruptod by a visit from her admirer, Heinricli Bottcler. lie was an idle, graceless fellow, and her master, who knew him well, had forbidden him the house ; but Hanchen could not believe all the stories she had heard against her lov er, and was sincerely attached to him. On this occasion she greeted him kindly, and not only got him something to cat at once, but found time in the midst of her business to sit down and have a gossip with him, while he did justice to the fare Tacofre him. As he was eating, he let fall the knife, which he asked her to pick up for him. She playfully remonstrated, telling him she feared, from what she had heard, he did little enough work, and ought at least to wait on himself. In the end, however, she stooped down to pick up the knife, when the treacherous villain drew a dag ger from under his coat and caught her .by the nape of the neck, griping her firmly with his fingers to prevent her screaming , then with an oath he desired her to tell him where her master kept his money. threatening to kill her if she did not com ply with his demands. The surprised and terrified girl in vain attempted to parley with him. lie stil held her tightly in his choking grasp, leaving her no other choice but to die or betray her master. Mic saw there was no hope of softening him or changing his purpose, and with a full conviction of his treachery, all her native courage awoke in Iicr bosom. Affecting, however, to yield to what was inevitable, she answered him in a re signed tone, that what must be, must only, if he carried off her master's gold, he must tako her with him, too, for she could" never stay to bear their suspicions and reproaches, entreating him at the same time to relax his grasp of her throat, for eke could hardly speak, much less do what he bid while ho held her so tight At length he was induced to quit his hold, on her , reminding him that he must lose no time, as the family would soon be re turning home from church. She then led tho way to her master's bedroom, and showed the coffer where he kept his money. " Here," she said, reaching to him an axe which lay in ono corner of the room, " you can open it with this, while. 1 run up stairs to put all my things together, besides the money I have saved since lave been here." , Completely deceived by , her, apparent readiness to enter into his plans, he al lowed her to leave the room, only exhort mc her to bo as quiet as possible, ana was immediately absorbed in his own op ration, first opening the box, aud then depositing the money about his person. Jn the meanwhile, llanchcn, instead of going up stairs to ; her own room, crept . .softly along several passages, till she again .reached her master s chamber. ?. it was tho work of a moment to shut and bolt the door upon him ; she rushed to the other door of tho mill to give the alarm. - Tho only being in eight was her mastcr'i littlo boy, a child fivo years old j to him ' ,shc called with all her might : . '. " Hun 1 run to meet your father as he ; -comes from church ; tell him we shall a! bo murdered if he docs not come back . Tho frightened child did as sho bade him, and set off running on tho road she t 1. 1 C1 1 . 1 ' poinieu. ; oomewnat relieved by seeing ; that the child understood her, and would make her case known, she sat down for a moment on tho stono scat before her door, and, full of conflicting cmotionB of grief and thankfulness for her escape, she burst, into tears, - But at this moment a shrill whistle aroused her attention. It was from her prisoner Hcinrich, who, opening the grated window above her head, shouted to some accomplice without, to catch the child that was running away so fast, and to kill the girl. Hanchen looked around in great alarm, but saw no one. The child continued to run with all its might, and she hoped it was a false alarm, to excite her and over come her resolution, when, just as the child reached the hollow in the next field (the channel of a natural drain,) she saw a ruffian start from the bed of the drain, and snatching the child in his arms, hast ened with him to the mill, in accordance with the direction of his accomplice. In a moment she perceived the full extent of her danger, and formed her plan for es caping it. Retreating into the mill, she double ocked, and barred and bolted the door, the only apparent entrance into the build ing, every other means of obvious access prevented by strong iron grating fixed up against all the windows, and then took lcr post at the upper casement, determined to await patiently her master's return, and her consequent delivery from the danger ous position of her own death, if inevita ble ; for she was fully resolved to enter into no terms, arid that nothing should in ducc her to give up her master's property into the robbers' hands. She had hardly time to secure herself in her retreat, when the ruffian holding the screaming child in his arms, and bran- lishing a knife in ono hand, came up and bid her open the door, or he would break it down, adding many fearful oaths an threats, to which her only answer was that she put her trust in God. Hcnrich, who from his window was a witness to tin colloquy, now called out to cut the child's throat before her eyes, if sho persisted in her refusal. Poor llanchen's heart quailed at this moment. The death of the .child could be no gain to them, while her own deatl was certain, if she admitted the assail ant ; and her master, too, would be robbed, She had no reason to . suppose that her compliance would save the life of the child. It was risk against nothing, and she resolved to hold out to the last, though the villain renewed his threats, saying if she did not open the door to him, he would kill the child, and then set fire to the mill over her head. ' I put my trust in God," was still the poor girl's answer. In the meanwhile the ruffian set down the child tor a moment to look tor com bustibles to carry out his threat. In h search, ho discovered a mode of entering the mill un thought of by Hanchen. It was a large aperture in the wall, commu nicating with the great wheel and other machinery of the mill, and it was a point entirely unprotected, tor it had never been contemplated that any ono would seek to enter by so dangerous an inlet, Triumphant at this discovery, he returned to tie the hands and feet of the poor child to prevent his escape, and then stole back to the aperture by which he intended to effect an eutranco. The position of the building prevented Hanchen seeing anything of this; but a thought struck her. ' It was Sunday, when the mill was never at work. If, therefore, tho sails were set in motion, the whole neighborhood would know that something was tho matter ; and her master woul especially hasten home to know the mean nig of anything so strange. Being al her life accustomed to the machinery of tho mill, it was the work of a moment to set all in' mation; a brisk breeze whie sprung up at once, set tho sails flying. . i ' t i i Tho awns ot the huge engino wnineu around with fearful rapidity, tho great wheel slowly revolving upon its axis j the smaller gear tnrncd, aud creaked, and groaned, according as the machinery came into action, the mill was in full motion, It was at that moment that the ruffian intruder succeeded in squeezing himso through tho apcrturo in tho wall and getting himself safely lodged in tho great drum wheel. , His dismay, however was indescribable, when he began to bo whir ed about with its rotation, and found that all his efforts to put a stop to tho power. I ful machinery which sat in motion, or extricate himself from this perilous situ ation, were fruitless. In his terror, ie uttered shrieks and horrible imprecations.. Astonished at tho noise Hanchen wentito the spot, ' and saw him caught, ' like I a rat in his own trap, from which' it was no part of her plan to liberate him.' Sic knew he would be more frightened tlikn hurt, if he kept within his rotary priscji, without any rash attempts at escape, ad that even if he became insensible, he cou)d not fall out of it. ' In tho mean time the wheel went round and round with its steady and unceasing motion, and round and round he went with it, while sense remained, beseeching Hanchen, with entreaties, promises, and wild, impatient ' threats, which ' were equally disregarded, till by degrees feeling and perception failed him, and he heard and saw no more. He fell senseless at the bottom of tho engine, but even then his inanimatcd body continued to be whirled round as before, for Hanchen did not dare to trust appearances in such a villain, and would not venture to suspend the working of the mill or stop the mill gear and tackle from running at their fullest speed. At length she heard a loud knocking at the door, and flew to open it. It was her master and his fam ily, accompanied by several of his neigh bors, all in the utmost consternation and wonder at seeing the mill sails at full swing on Sunday, and still more so when they found the poor child lying bound on the grass, who however, was too ter rified to givo any accouut of what had appencd. llanchcn in a few words told all ; and then her spirit, which had sustained her through such scenes of terror, gtve way under the sense of safety and relief, and she fell faiuting in their arms, aud was with much difficulty recovered. The machinery of tho mill was at once stop ped and tho inanimate ruffian dragged from his dreadful prison. Hcnrich. tool was brought forth from the miller's cham ber, and both were in a short time sent bound under a strong escort, to Bonn, where they soon met the reward of their crimes. The history" of this extraordinary act of presence of mind concludes by telling us that Hanchen thus effectually cured of her penchant for her unworthy suitor, became eventually tho wife of the miller's eldest son, and thus lived all her life in the scenes of her great danger and happy deliverance. The Power of. the Heart. Let any one while sitting down, place the left leg over the knee of the right one, and per mit it to hang freely, abandoning all muscular control over it. Speedily it may be observed to sway forward and back through a limited space at regular , inter vals. Counting the number of these motions for any given time, they will bo found'to agree exactly with tho beating of the pulse, Every one knows that, at a fire, when tho water from the engino is forced through bent hose, tho tendency is to straighten the hose ; and if the bend be a sharp one, considerable force is nec essary to overcome the tendency. Just so it is in the case of tho human body The arteries aro but a system of hose through which the blood is forced by the heart. When the leg is bent, all the arteries within it are bent too, and every time the heart contracts, tho blood rush ing through tho arteries tends to straight en them ; and it is tho effort which pro duces tho motion of the leg alluded to. Without such ocular demonstration, it is difficult to conceive the power exerted by that exquisite mechanism, : tho normal pulsations of. which aro never ; perceived by him whoso very lifo they arc. Jos, W. Sprague, ; ' ! '. . Vulqar Words. There is as much connection "between the words and thoughts as there is between tho thoughts and the words the latter are only the expres sion of tho former, "but they have power to react upon the soul, and leave the stain of cofruption there. A young man who al lows himself , to use profane or vulgar words, has not only shown that there is a foul spot on his mind, but by utterance of that word he extends the spot and in flamca it, till, by indulgence, it will soon pollute and ruin the whole soul. Be care ful of your words as well as your thoughts. If you can control the 'tongue so that no improper words be pronounced by it, you will soon be able to control the mind, and save it from corruption. FIRST BATTLE OF THE REVOLUTION. The following description of the battle of Lexington is from ' Bancroft's seventh volume of the History of the United States : On the . afternoon of the 18th of April, tho day on which the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts adjourned, General Gage took the light infantry and grenadiers off duty, and secretly prepared an expedition to qcstroy the colony's stores at Concord. But the attempt had for several days been expettcd ; a strict watch had been kept ; and Kgnais were connected to announce the fijst movements of troops for the coun- try. Sajiiuel Adams and Hancock, who had not yet left Lexington for Philadelphia, rcceircd a timely message from Warren, and n consequence, theCommitte of Safety removed a part of the publio 6torcs and secreted the cannon. Oa Tuesday, the 18th, ten or more ser geants in disguise dispersed themselves through Cambridge and further west, to interrupt all communication. In the fol owing night, tho grenadiers and light nfantry, not less than eight hundred in number, the flower of the army at Boston commanded by the incompetent Lieut. Col, Smith, crossed in boats of tho transport ships from the foot of the Common to East Cambridge. There they received a day's provisions, and near midnight, after wading wet marshes, that are now covcra y a stately town, they took tho road through West Cambridge to Concord. " Ihcy will miss their aim, said one of the party who. observed their depart ure. "What aim?" asked Lord Percy, who overheard the remark. " Why, the cannon t Concord," was the answer. Percy hastened to Oagc, who instantly directed that no ono should be suffered to cave the town. But "Warren had already at ten o'closk, dispatched William Dawes through Iloxbury to Lexington, and at the same time desired Paul Ecvcre to set off by way of Charleston. Eevcrc stopped only to engage a friend to raise the concerted signals, and five minutes before the sentinels got orders to prevent it, two friends rowed him past the Sumersct man-of war across Charles Paver, All was still, as suited tho hour. The ship was winding with tho young flood the waning moon just peered abovo the horizon; while from a couplo of lanterns in the tower of the North Church, the beacon streamed to the neighboring towns as fast as light could travel. A little be yond Charlestown Neck, Ecvere was inter copied by two British officers on horse back, but being himself well mounted, he turned suddenly and leading one of them into a clay pond, he escaped froin the other by the road to Mcdford. As he passed on, he waked the captain of the minuto men of that town, and continued to rouse almost every house on tho way to Lexington. The troops had not advanced far, when the firing of guns and the ring ing of bells, announced that their expodi tion had been heralded before them j and Smith sent back to demand a reinforce ment. On the morning of tho 19th of April between the hours of twelve and one, the message of Warren reached Mania and Hancock, who divined at once tho object of the expedition. Revere, therefore, and Dawes, joined by Samuel rrescott, high son of liberty" from Concord,' rode forward, calling up the inhabitants as they passed along, till in Lincoln they fc' upon a party of British officers. Bcverc and Dawes were seized and taken back to Lexington, where they wero released ; but rrescott leaped over a low stone wall, an galloped for Concord. There, at about two in tho raomiug, peal from the belfry of the meeting houso called tho inhabitants of tho place their town hall. They . came forth, the old and young, with their firelocks ready to make, good tho resolute words of the town debate. Among tho most alert was William Emerson, tho minister, with gun in hand, his nowdcrhorn and pouch for balls dung over his shoulder. , By h sermons and prayers, he had so. hallowed the enthusiasm of, his flock that they held ic defenso of their . liberties a part of their covenant with God; his'prcsenco with . arms ,.f proved his - sincerity and strengthened their sense of duty. From daybreak to sunrise, the summons ran from house to house through action. Ex press messengers and volleys from minute men spread the alarm. : Lexington, in 1775, may have had 00 inhabitants, forming one parish, and having for their minister the learned and fervent James Clark, the bold inditcr of patriotic papers that may yet be read on their town records. In December 1772, they had instructed their . representatives to demand a radical redress for their griev ances, for, "not through their neglect should the people be enslaved." A year later they spurned - the use of tea. In 1774, at various town meetings, they voted to increase their stock of am munition, "to encourage military disci pline, and to put themselves in a posture of defenso against their enemies. In December they distributed to " the train band and alarm list arms and ammuni tion," and resolved to supply the training soldiers with bayonets. At two in the morning, under the eyes of the minister, and of Hancock and Adams, Lexington common was alive with the minuto men ; and not with them ojily, but with many old men, also who were exempt, except in cases of im mediate danger to the town. The roll was called, and out of militia and alarm men, about one huudrcd answered to their names. The captain, John Parker, or dered every one to load with powder aud and ball, but take care not to be the first to fire. Messengers sent to look out for British regulars reported that thcro were no signs of their approach. A watch was therefore set, and tho company dismissed with orders to come together at beat of drum. Some went to their homes ; some to the tavern, near the south-east corner jf the common. Adams and Hancock, whose - proscrip tion had already been divulged, and whose seizure was believed to be intended, were compelled by persuasion to retire towards Woburn. Tho last stars were vanishing from sight when the foremost party, led by ritcairn, a Maior ot the Marines, was discovered advancing quickly and in si lence. , Alarm guns were fired and drums beat. Less than seventy perhaps less than sixty obeyed the summons, and in sight of half as many unarmed men, were paraded in two ranks, a few rods north of the meeting-house. The British van, hearing the drum and the alarm guns, halted to load ; the re maining companies came up, and halted to load ; and at half an hour before sun rise, the advance party hurried forward at double quick timo, almost upon a run, closely followed by the grenadiers. . Tit- cairn rode in front, and when within five or six rods of the minute men, cried out: Disperse, yc villains ; yo rebels, dis perse ! lay down your arms and disperse !" The main part of tho countrymen stood motionless in the ranks, witnesses sgainst aggression ; too few to resist, too brave to fly.' At this, ritcairn discharged pistol, and with, a loud voice cried " Fire L" The order was instantly followed, first by a few guns which did no execution, and then by a heavy, close, and deadly dis charge of musketry. ,. . In the disparity of numbers, the Com mon was a field of murder, not of battle; Parker, therefore, ordered his men to dis perse. Then, and not till then, did few of them, on their own impulse return the British fire. These random shots of fugitive or dying men did no harm, except that ritcairu'a horse, was perhaps graze and a private of tho 10th light infantry was Blightly touched on the leg. Jonas Parker, the strongest and best wrestler in Lexington, had promised ncv cr to run from the British troops, and he kept his vow, ' A wound brought him to his knees. ' Having discharged his gun he was preparing to load it again, when as sound a heart as ever throbbed for freedom was stifled by a bayonet, and he lay on tho post which he took at the morn ing's drum beat. " So fell Isaac Muzzcy, and so died the aged Bobcrt Monroe, tho same who in 1758 had been ensign at Louisburgh Johnathan Harrington, jr., -was struck in front of his house on the north of the Common. His wife was at tho window when he fell. With the blood gushing from his breast ho rose in her sight, tottered, fell again, then crawled on his hands and knees towards his dwelling; she ran to meet him but only reached him as he expired on the threshold. Ca leb Harrington, who had gone into the meeting house for powder, was shot as ho came out; Samuel Hadlcy and John. Brown were pcrsucd and killed after they had left the green. Asahcl Porter of Woburn, who had been taken prisoner by tho march, endeavoring to escape, was shot within a few rods of the Common. Seven of the men of Lexington were killed; nine wounded; a quarter part of those who stood in arms on the green. These are the village heroes who were more than of noble blood, proving by their spirit that they were of race .divine. They gave their lives in testimony to the rights of mankind, bequeathing to their country an assuranco of success in tho mighty struggle which they had begun. Their names are held in grateful remem brance, and the expanding millions of their countrymen renew and multiply their praise from generation to generation. They fulfilled their duty not from acci dental impulse of the moment : then ac tion was the slowly ripened fruit of Providence and of time. Heedless of his own danger, Samuel Adams, with the voice of a prophet, ex claimed when he heard of the resistance at Lexington, " Oh, what a glorious morning is this !" for thus he saw that is country's independence was hastening rapidly on, and like Columbus in the tem pest, knew that tho storm did not. bear him the more swiftly towards the undis covered world. Written for the Newsdealer. IS THERE A GOD T How often is tho expression used, " If there bo a God 1 " as if doubting whether there is such a being as a Supreme lluler of the Universe. But it is very impor tant to be established in this respect, in order to human happiness ; for he who is doubting on this point, is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed. Consequently he is halting be tween two opinions ; and is therefore un easy, unhappy and discontented; he has no permanent rest of mind,' but often cries out in the bitterness of his soul i '," Oh! if there be a God 1" ' r i But who is he that says there is no God? Let the Psalmist answer: "Tho fool hath said in his heart Thcro is no God.' " Shall we then yield to tho judg ment of the foolish, and join' the theme and say there is no God ? Nay, but let us turn our thoughts to the works of cre ation and Providence, And who hath wrought all theso things? ; Did tho earth come by chance, or did the hills and tho fountains of water bring themselves into existence, or did man create himself in tho beginning ? or who made the beasts of the forest and the fisld? Answer if ye can, jc who say there is no God. But again.. ;Frora where did tho glit tering sun derivo its origin, or of whom did it borrow its golden light, and its warming rays that cheer us through tho day, or the moon and the stars that twin kle by night? Answer if ye can, ye who say there is no God. , . ' 0, ye fools, when will yo bo wise? Learn a lesson from the rolling thunder, as it breaks over pur heads I sec tho vivid lightning flashing 1 , All portray an Al mighty power, superior to man. .... In view of all this, shall we continue to say, "If there bo a God?" Nay, but let us respond that there is a God ; and all the works of nature prove the fact that there is a God that rules on high, and niiuds tho affairs of men. r , If you are Btill doubting whether thcro be a God, with all theso evidences beforo your mind, then turn your research to that sacred volume in which it is declared that God made all things, , and declares hinuclf to bo God, the Alpha and Omega, tho beginning and the end,' tho ' first and the last ; and blessed aro they that do hia commandments, for they shall have right tothotrooof lifo. 'l ' N.'