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[From the Kdgt-field Carolinian, July 11.1
Till: I.UGKHKI.D GIKJST. The following statement offsets in relation to a tnatter which lias produced much inquiry& spec ulation in this District may be depended upon by tho public, as having been carefully compiled by a gentleman of piety and of strong and well cul lt\ ated mind. We arc not disposed to believe that v breach has been made in the laws of nature, w ithout any useful purpose, hut we have not yet h • ird any satisfactory explanation of the circuin • stai’ttcs upon rational principles. Mi ssus. Km roiis. As public curiosity hns been gretl’ly excited, and ninny tales more or loss true, have gono out, concerning a mysterious A invi sible being, that has been hoard nt Mr. Isaac Ihirnott's in this District for some time, it seems propei that the public should he in possession of the facts relative to this extraordinary circuin* i*nne.«. The voice was first heard in October last, mitaling various noises, such as that oftho spin ning-wheel. reels,ducks, lions, Arc. It was first heard by Mr. lUiruett, about twenty yards from the house, which led him to suppose it one of his neighbor’s children, hiding in the weeds and try ing to frighten his children. It was afterwards heard in the loll of the house, and Mr. It. sup ■osing it to be a bird sent a boy up to drive it out it nothing could be scon. It thus continued to •rplox the minds of the family for some time, . :1 at length, one of the children said he be hoved that the thingcould talk & began asking it questions, which it answered by whistlihg pretty niieh likoa parrot .This circumstance getting out, many persons came to hear it Mr.John Shcphor a pious and worthy citizen who lives in tho neigh .lorhood conversed with it in presence of a nuin itor of witnesses To ascertain tho extent of its knowledge, he asked it various questions about most persons in tho neighborhood and their cir cumstances, which it iuiswcrd correctly; it told iiis name and the number of children lie had; also, thenamesof most ofthc persons present.He ask’d what it came there for. it replied, “because it had J ’other place to go.’- It was asked if it came to do ' 'o fnmilv any harm; it said no—it loved the oily. It was then asked finally if it loved Jesus 'briat, to which it made no reply, nof answered t iy more questions winch !Wr. .Shepherd asked. The evening after it answered other*, but would not answer him. For the first three months it was hoard only once a month; but afterwards much ofter.er. It has been hoard at various times, noth in the day and at night, Imt more frequently in the day; search has been repeatedly made by the family and others, but nothing found from winch the voice could proceed. There is no place oi concealment about the house. It is a small house with but one room, a loft of boards across the ioist. and a piazza on one side. The house is ”>t m.Jerninerl.so that you can sec from one cud > the other underneath. For some time the voice ■neared generally toproccod from the further I loft he house, opposite the tire place anil in the ■r p-iif or loft. If any one,except the children, I j ■» to that end of the house, while it was • . > , ,»r if any one would steal round ever so . iii. to ‘hat‘end on theoutsidcofthe liniise when it dark, and whilst others talked to it. it instantly atop, and when they returned it u i commence again. This experiment was tv. .1 one ev tiing when a number of persons were • ’ so that both the house & piazza were full. S are ■otic front tho piazza without the knowledge iiose in the house, who were talking to it went md on the outside to sen if they could discover mi v one, when it instantly stopped. It has been own to whistle almost any tune, cither sacred or ir-.fane, which anyone would tell it. Mr. and Mrs. liurnctt appear to be simple hearted,upright (amiable persons,serious in their dispositons, ui . as far from encouraging any trick about them > • .ike sport as anv one No one in the ncighbor . who knows them, believes that they know • ■ 'lung about the matter. They have ovident m much disturbed and alarmed on account > ' 1 <ut having so far experienced no harm from ’. t ey have resolutely maintained their ground. ■ ‘ manifests:! great partiality for a little daughter f he family, who is about 11 years of age. This alarms her that she generally gets sick when ever she talks to it, and she has been known to put the hnuso precipitately when she has heard j alone in the house. Not long since however, she ] •II. 'cd tout u passage of sciipturc, which.a pious rind painted out and advised her to memorise for tm t purpose, ( I Tim. i. xv. J and it bade her to hold her Jaw, but she presislud in quoting tin pa-; ige until it hushed and has not spoken to her t nee. Since so many jiersons went to hear it, it has become very shy and is seldom heard when iany persons are about, or when any person is in ‘.ho house except the smaller children. They have never been able to aicctnin who. or what it s, or the object of its visit. It has told its name • upeatodly, but cannot be understood. It will m-tanswer serious or religious questions. When sked whether it was a man or a woman, it said it is the fool.sliest question it ever heard, and ".’.peared to laugh. ■The llev. Mr. Hodges visited the family sev eral times and held meetings, at their request, -'ithout hearing any thing. However, on the *th of May, Mr. II. being in the neighborhood, id culling at tiie house of Mr. N.‘, Mrs. N. in* ' fined Mr. II. she had just been to Mr. Bur st's and heard tho voice—-Mr. II. inline* "ly rode over in company with Mr. John . • : herd. Mr. S. went up to the house first, ■ gv„t the children in the house to talk to it, and •r r it comtneneed upon a signal given, Mr. II. it up to the house and seated himself in the ’" 4'/.a. A little boy eight or nine years of age, • .d just inside of the door to ask any questions v.vuoh were suggested to him by the company. It litnteii various noises in a whistle, such as rowing of the cock, clucking of a hen, noise atiidge, Ac. and answered a variety ofsim iiestions. There wore hut few answers .• afr. II. could understand, but when intcr icd by the family, who were moro accustom* . > hear it, lie‘could then trace out some re •laneo Some words however, were pro .ccd very plain, such ns kitten, yes, no, •3 quill, «vc. The family say, tliat it gener r.poko much more distinctly, and could he •h better understood than on this occasion, dhcplierd says the same. It was understood • over, to ray it knew Mr. II., pronounced his i i.'.o tolerably distinct, said it got acquainted him there, ami that it did not. like him. '* • in Mr. 11. spoke and said, *• I have come to vou away,” it was understood to reply, i ’ if yon dare.” During ilie conversation : ', which lasted about an hour, no person ; resent except Mr. Ihirnett's wile, Mr. . herd and Mr. Hodges with the small chil The oldest was the little girl above men id, who was in t.hn yard with Hie little chil i. No one was in the inside of the house ex ‘•the little hoy who asked the questions rwuron w iiv ho was put there to ask ques ‘i i xt.i.i, because for some time it had ceased oe.ik to any but the children. There was a I* - . the kitchen, about twenty paces distant, gro woman nnri an idioi girl spinning am! n ing, who could not have heard what passed .ie h nisi’. The' two older sons were absent, oik in*the farm. .Mr. S. and Mr. JH. after nversat.ion ended, examined the bouse and . nothing. IHi. ing the time of the coirver •i ‘ was asked to sing a song—it said it did any. Mr. Hodges whistled a sacred ii said that wouldnt do. It then V. kee Doodle v6ry distinctly.—-When i ••). hoard of the circumstance lie very was led to suspect that it proceeded • one in tho neighborhood or family, -f the art of ventriloquism. But ... • i a* opinion arc the following objections, i4 5 . It is certain that it is no one, not of *'i0 f rily, a# no such person has been seen .< ■ a. erntsat tho times when it was heard, and n could be there always without being *i . '■specially in the day time. 2d. 31 r. Bu£ » 1 wife, whose word will he taken, by all ■>' xv tho.n, stnto that no one individual of * unity, who could positively ho suspoctcd of •K‘h liking, is always present at such times. T: < tote possibly, it has been heard when th« voninn (the only servant about the house) the field rit work. It has boon hoard <• • o fwo-older sons, who are nearly grown, ■»*»• isent, as was the fact when Mr. H. heard it i nas bocfl heard when all the other children -*• jLJ— 1-iMMiaiWJ i-LJXiy-uiKjyjy ;.yg »■*<■ were at school, except the two youngest, one of which is about throe years old, the oilier an infant. The idiot girl has not tho intelligence which this invisible being manifests, according to the testi mony of all wdio have heard it. Furthermore, a veil supposing any of the children possessed this faculty, and had llie-dimposition to carry on the deception for so long a time, to the evident disquietude and distress of the family, is it a ra tional supposition, that this could kedoiio with out being suspected by the parents? Or would not the individual he disposed to try its pranks , at school, «.r among other children to frighten them, as well as at home? There is another circumstance which conlradietsthissupposition. About two months ago, Mr. Harnett, nt the sug gestion of some one, put a Testament in the place whanco the voice appeared to proceed. It instantlv let) tho place, c.ntno down into the house, and said it was going away. They ask ed why it was going away. It replied, it was obliged to go ; it could stay there no longer ; and bado them farewell. It was then uhsent about two weeks, during which time it was heard at Mr. Rogers's, Mr Dick's . and Mr. Nickoll’s, jn the sninu neighborhood, ay they believe__ 1’hoy had heard it at Rurnetl's, and believed it t° h® the same, but did not converse with it. . W hen it returned, it was asked, and said it had been to those places. None of Mr. Rurnetl's family wore jit those places when it was heard, faince its return, it has occupied no particular part of the house, but is heard in various parts. It isnow seldom heard, ns .Mr. II. does not allow the children to talk to it—they do not pay much attention to it. These ure the nmst material circumstances connected with this strange att'air; for the con firmation of which, and f >r further information, the public is referred to Mr. J. Shepherd, Dr. K. Andrews, and Mr. (I. Sloppy, who live in the ncighorhood, and who have' all heard it. Mr. | Hurnett lives about three miles west of the road leading to Hamburg, umu Mr. Wiloy Rerry's. < [I rotn the Now York T!voninj Post.] ConftKTT.— I'his eccentric and singular old man continues to mingle in all the po litical movements iu his own country, with as much violent party feeling as ever marked his career at any former period of his Iift?. Take the following for example. Conur.TT— Wi: st.mix st Kit Cki.krka tiox. The following is Cobhett’s account of the proceedings at the Dinner in the Strand. to tub klkctors ok wkstmixstk.r. Jifirn- Film I'arin, 27 Mm/, Gentlemen —A hand of hi retl ruffians, assuming your names, assembled at the Crown and Anchor, in the Strand, on Monday last, to celebrate what they called I the /tttrt/ty of tfertion. 1 lie moment 1 went into the room, I was convinced, and told Mr. Hunt and several, that it was an assemblage of fel 'ows that had been hired and paid for being t.iero. Since the dinner 1 have been as sured, on what I think very good authori ty, that a hundred and forty pounds were laid out in ticket>• to he t'ireri atemf. ] do not km,to this to he true ;*but I verity be lieve it to he true; and it rests upon evi • letice as good as that on which nine ver dicts out of ten are given in courts of jus tice. At il! the dinners which I have ev er seen, the tables are filled by degrees, promiscuously, leaving vacant places here ami there ; hut, upon this occasion, all the upper ends of all the four tables that run long-ways the room, were completely filled he. fore faux o’clock, although the dinner lid not take place till six. I, who was sit ting mi the elevated pari, at the upper end d the room, and who hurl to sit there nearly an hour before the dinner began, had time fo survey these people, who were in appearance, all of precisely the same stamp; middle-aged, shabby, and vulgar looking men, tolerably clean, but having coarse linen, some of a yellow-looking hue and some extremely blue, and having c ats, the seams of which were rather white. I, who knew where to look for the Chiracirnstics in such cases, looked at tlieir handy, which were, generally, wash ed pretiy clean ; hut l saw the deep veins, with the dirt at the bottom still, and a cer tain roughness between the fore-finger and tbe thumb. I hey looked like people with whom a bellyful was a serious object : and l observed, that when looking at mo they bad an unanimous scowl <>n their visages. W ben the victuals came covered, they, before t lie signal was given for uncovering, and before the waiters came to uncover, lifted up the sides of the cover to peep un der to enjoy the sight, as it were, before band; and when the covers were taken oil, they pitched on in a way to convince you that the eating part of the affair was to he no sham. They gave proofs of real hunger, while the awkward manner in which they carved the articles, proved tlr.it they were got amongst rarities. I saw one fellow endeavoring to cut a roast fowl asunder crossways, while another had his fork stuck in tbe neck end, to he rea dy to take away one of the halves. In the quarter w here Mr. French was, ho want ed to get at some fish, he being a Catho lic; and it not being a meat day. They were all Citholics as far as related to the fish, and being unable to get any fish, he aimed at a piece of pudding, but a fellow had just tljen drawn the pudding up to wards his body, and had bent his arm round it, 'so a/s to form a rampart against all assailants. Willi great hogging Mr. Krone i got a piece of pudding0about the size of an egg. Another gentleman, who was sitting in the neighborhood of some salmon, of which he unfortunately happen ed to be very fond, was preparing his plate lor a portion of it.; but in the twinkling of an eye it was snapped up, the gentlc° man having the grief to behold no less than seven persons at one time driving their knives or spoons into the salmon, anil thrusting or endeavoring to thrust their plates up to the sides of the dish._So quick was the operation, that the waiters had not had time to put down the sauce and when the sauce boats came, three in number, one of them was seized hold of by one of the hired brutes, and the whole of the contents tipped into his own plate, over the sides of which part of the sauce found its way upon the table. A gentle man has told me, ami another told me the same thing in the room, that some of the fellows cut up the asparagus with their knives, and eat it sfum/is and all; which, however, is not quite so bad as the conduct of a Nova Scotian who once came to New York, and who began oating the aspara gus at the wrong end. However, lie had ii been brought up in a country where aspar agus does not grow ; there is not the same apology to be made lor these brutes ; and, indeed, if I had not seen it with my own eyes, no ono could have made me believe that an equal number of really ill-bred, greedy, really hoggish cicatures were to be found in England; I am sure that all North America, from Quebec to the Cull o‘ Florida, does net contain, including Macks, two hundred of such unmannerly, and greedy, and indecent brutes as I saw at the Crown and Anchor last Monday; and these are the wretches to whom O’ Connell addressed himself as being the fair representatives of the whole of the people of England —There is no doubt in my mind at all of their having had the tickets given them. It was impossible that two hundred of such fellows should have had thirteen shillings a piece to give for a dinner; and as to then being actua ted by any public-spirited motive, the idea is ridiculous. WILLIAM COBBETT. [From the Richmond Compiler.] Mkxico, May 29th, 1829. I have not yet had an interview with the President, hut shall to-morrow, when I shall settle all matters with him and re turn home. On my way here I had a most unpleasant and extremely dangerous ad venture, but my good genius protected me as it has done on many other occasions. Travelling with a friend, and having no apprehension of danger, we were suddenly attacked by three banditti, being part of a gang of seven, well mounted and well armed, with their faces blacked and look ing more like devils than human beings. W e had merely time to form a line on one side ol the road while they formed on the omer. 1 ne uaitic commenced by their captain discharging his pistol at me at the distance of a few paces. I then tired and should have killed him, had not his horse thrown up his head and received the hall in his neck, lie in great rage fired again at me and missed me—by this time all the pistols of the banditti were discharged, as well as those of my .friend. One of my pistols was loaded, and I charged with my friend in among them; they lied and we pursued,when the captain suddenly wheel ed his horse, passed my friend and came directly at me with his sabre to cut me down. 1 waited quietly until he came within six feet of me, when I shot him through the body; he fell on the neck of his horse, and they both came to the ground together. His companions seeing this, became intimidated, hut after a little seeing an intention on their part to charge against me (my friend being occupied in finishing the captain who was not quite dead,) I seized a small fowling piece, which was in the hands of my servant, Jy compelled them to retreat; this left’ us masters ol the field. We took possession of the captain’s horse, arms, &.c. and de livered them to the Alcade or Magistrate of the next village—the villagers turned out armed and gave pursuit, when soon meeting five of the gang they killed one of them. It is a most fortunate circumstance for u-s that we did not fall in yvitli ihe whole gang, for if we had, I should not now he alive to tell the tale. My friend, (Dr. Roardmnn) received a severe sabre wound in his left arm. DAVID PORTER. [From the New-York Evening Post.l TIGHT LACING. It is as gratifying to the lovers of hu manity, as it is t<i the admirers of female beauty, to see the strong hold which the public mind is beginning to take of this e vil. It is easier, however, to trace the monster by his evil doings, the deformed shapes, withered vitals, dislocated frames, broken constitutions, premature graves, sorrowful hearts of parents, lovers, hus bands, friends, which he has produced, than to point out the means of his effectu al destruction. Fashion we cannot destroy, nor dethrone, nor hold in check. Fashions may change, as those of us who have lived long enough have seen them change, in regard to the practice now under consideration. But whatever he the modification, fashion is fashion still ; and let idle moralists speak as they will, its sway is no more despotic in the polished city than in the country village, the remote hamlet, or among tire lodges of the wilderness. It seems to me that some recent revolu tions in the habits and sentiments of soci ety point out tons the scerpf of reaching the evil now in question. When the cur rent of usage or of feeling sets too forcibly in a given course, the only efficient mean's of checking its excess is to give it a pow erful impulse in the contrary direction. Barriers and mounds across a raging tor rent only make it rage and foam and fret the more, and by lifting up its flood on high, g*vR it a still holder impetus than that which was before dreaded. The great secret of the effect produced by the temperance societies is, that they preached and practised “ total abstinence." I here is no such thing as keeping people moderate in fashion more than in drink ing. There are certain persons, who have wealth, or personal beauty, or indepen dence, or self-government enough to make them contented with being moderately fashionable: but those who arc deficient in any of those particulars (and how few are not!) have always a tendency to the extreme t>f the mode. It follows that those who arc qualified for that service, ought forthwith to give the-current of fashion a powerful turn in the opposite direction. This fashion has prevailed long enough. And certainly it has done mischief enongh, and cost lives enough. Let it be changed, and let the voice of the arbiters of the beau inonde be, ” total abstinence from tight lacing.” That voice never was disolieycd, and ?t will not be now. Let it respond at once to the c^ll jf humanity. Nor need the fair, or their admirers, ap prcliend any depredations upon female grace and beauty by tfha change.’ Fanhidn governs taste i.i these matter*. Let them ** ask the fathers/' and *thoy will certify, that years ago, when tight lacing was un known, female forms were as graceful, and female beauty as admit able, and female excellence as lovely, as they Have ever been made by any of the girding or screw ing processes of modern times. Let me add, that though ’l ana a firm fricnd of the temperance reformation, and am well pleased to have the influence of the femalo sex enlisted in it, in every use ful mode, yet I do think the reformation from tight lacing is their more appropriate sphere. Let all the men join the Temper ate Society, and I ven'ure to predict that our ladies will, show equal self denial and zeal in falling into the ranks of the Com fortable Society. A FATHER. [From the Yankee, j TIIE SLEIGH RIDE. Ah I was going past Mr Josiah Carter's tavern the other day, I heard a terrible noise in the bar-room, and thinks I. I’ll just nut my head in and see what is the matter. ‘ Whoorah, roared a heap of fellows, here's Johnny Kiddie, he’ll go and that makes ten,—and hauled me in among them. What’s the occasion ? says I—O, a sleigh rido over to Shaw’s /"every body goes to Shaw’s that goes sleigh-riding,)with gals, fiddles, and frolic. Whoorah, says I. I motion says Dr. l’atridge. that every gentleman go right straight now, and get his sleigh and lady, and meet at Hank's coiner ; and with another whoorah, we hurst out of doors and scattered. I run full speed to the widow Reans. Her daughter Patty is the handsomest girl in Cascon bav 1 had given her some pretty broad hints, and only waited fora good chance to pop the question. And out it shall come this very night, savs 1. 1 bounccu into Widow Bean’s out of breath, and was near catching Patty in the suds. Slio had just done washing, and was wringing out, standing in the midst of tubs, pails, mops, and kettles. She was struck all of a heap, at the sight of her spark, and would have blushed nicely, I guess, if she hadn't been as red as she should bo nheady. A word in your ear, Patty, says I, giving her a wink, and stepping aside into a cor ner, and told her what was brewing. I’ll run and borrow tlie Deacon's sleigh and come back right away, says I. O,ye needn't be in such a tcarin’ hurry, says she, for I have to shift, from top to toe* You see what a pickle I am in. Ah, Patty, says I. hcauty when unadorned is adorn ed, the—well I vow, says Patty say's she. And off I shot, tor how was t to follow up such a hold spoecli, biitT couldn't help sniggering all tbo way to the Deacon's to think how swimmingly matters were going on. I was so full of this that I entirely forgot to make up a story to fob off upon the Deacon, till I got almost to his door, for the Deacon is a sworn enemy to all frolicking, and so is his mare. I'll toll him, says I, I’ll tell him, I want to carry a grist to mill. But tlnvt will bo found out—no mutter;so it is after the election as the politicians say. The Deacon wive a mortal squint at my face, when ldid my errand, but I was safe behind a shirt collar. lie then fell to chewing his cud and considering. Moihor’s clean outlays I_both rye and injun. The Deacon spit. Well neigh bour, if you aro afear’d to trust a fellow, here's two shillings aforohand. Poll, poll, John, says he, walking up and pocketing the money, not trust you ; hear that—now Joshua tackle up Sukey. You'll drive the critter slow—and now I think on it, you may bring back my grist, that is now at the mill—and look sharp at the miller, John, when ho strikes the toll measure. It was too late to stick at lies now so I promised eyciv thing, jumped into the sleigh, and steered to the widow's with flying colors. It is the height of gentility', you must know, fora lady to make her beau wait at long as possible, on such an occnsion. I sat oyer a heap of warm ashen in Widow Bean s parlor, listening to Patty stamping about in her stocking feet, in the chamber over head for one good hour. Then I stood up to the looking glass and frizzled up my hair, changed my shirt pin to a now place, thought over some speeches to make under the Buffalo skin, and fi nally laid a plot to lug in the awful question in a sort of slanting fashion. Iasi •» aity appeared in her glory ; and I was just crooking my elbow to lead her out, when in come mother Bean, Where are yon gwyin to, Patty ? A sleigh riding mother. What, and leavo yonr cousin Dolly all alone, to suck her fingers? A pretty howd’ye do that, after coming all tiio way front Saco to see you. Hero was a knock down argument. All my plans of courting and comfort melted down and ran off in a rtioTnent. I saw directly that the widow whs resolved to push big Dolly Fisher into my sleigh, whether or no : and there was no remedy, for the widow Bean is a stump that is neither to be got round nor moved out of the way. I made some mention about the small size of the sleigh, bift she shut my mouth instantly. Let me alone, says she; I went a sleighing afore you was born, youngster. —And if I don’t know'how topack a sleigh, who docs—Patty Bean, stow yourself away here, and slink yourself up small, M* thero isn’t room, as the fellows used to say. Now Dolly, hoist yourselfin there. And she tumbled her into the sleigh like a shot from a shovel, or a cartload ot pumpkins into a gondola. It was chuck full of her. 0 she is a whopper, I tell ye. W’hy, Johnny Biddle, in my dav, they used to pack iis layer upon layer. At this hint, I sneaked round to Patty, to begin the second layer upon her lap. But the widow was wide awake. She clenched me by the. collar, nnd patting upon Dolly’s knee's, bore’s the driver’s scat, says she. Plant Voifr feet fiat, firm, nice, jump up Johnny— nnd now away with her my lad. By this time I had got so ravin' mad that I could hold in no longer. I fell foul of the old marc, and if 1 did’nt give it to her about right then there a none o’,„e, that’s all. The Deacon counted the welts upon her hide a week after wards, when ho called on me ton reckoning which was made with -chalk upon the upper flap of his every day hat. Sukcy not understanding such jokes, took the ok in her teeth and shot off. right on cend, like a flash of true Connecticut lightning. Jemim ! how yoswimmed over it. And the houses and barns, nnd fences and pvgs tyes flew by us like scud by the moon. And yonder is Hank s corner. Whorah ! and whoo rah, answered all the ladies and gentlemen with one voice- Sukcy, scared at the noise, turned the corner with a flirt, and the sleigh was bottom upwards in a-who* there ! whoa ! The first thing! knew was that I was in the bowels of a snow barm, jammed dawn under a half ton of Dol ly Fisher. I thought 1 should never see day hght again—and when they hauled mo out, I left a print in the snow very much like a cocked up hat knocked into the middle of next week as the sailors say. However, no bnnos were broken. We shook our feathers and crept into our nest again,laugh ing as loud as the best of them. The sleighs wore now formed into* siring, the fiddler follow mg, anil away wo started on the road to Shaw's, hells jingling, fiddle sounding, and every body hallooing nnd screaming for joy. Peter Shaw heard the racket two miles off. for he was always on the look out of a moon shi ny night. Ho fell to kicking up a dust in the best room,Jo put it to rights ; and whon we ar rivcd, the floor was swept, the best japan can dlesticks paraded, the fireplace filled with green wood,and little Ben was anchored close under P?e i*,n tU^ nt bvoksn-winded bellowses. No fire appeared, hut there were strong symtoms of u, for there was no lack of smoko ; and part w'1 rVi?*1 ^ wa>r °P the chimney, strayed about the dancing room, which give me « chance to ait off anothcr-eorapliment npon Titty’s beau ty, as being the cause of drawing the smoke. **u?*'cd at fhe novelty of the idea. But there was no time tor chat. As soon as we had taken a twig of the hot atuff all round, we ■ set the fiddler down by the iam, took the floor, and went to work wit'll might and mean, the fid dler keeping time with the bellowsc*. Not to he lengthy,we kept U up frolicking add hot Btuif till midnight ; a/id while it lasted the fun was real genuine. Rut a» I cast a sheep’s oye at Patty now and then, 1 took a notion that she and Fifth Golding were rather thick—toga ther considcrin.’ Thinks I, she wants to make mo jealous, to spur me on; so seeing them in Close confab as 1 was cantering down outside, I poked my head between them and cried bon!— Rut the cat was soon let out of tho bag. VVe paid the reckooiug—four and six a peno«f n pieco. Think of that ! Every body grumbled ; but Peet Shaw didn’t care—Then followed the crow ding of sleighs, taking in the ladies at the door. Such a hubbub and confusion. Dut when my turn come, lo and behold 1 Putty Bean was mu sing ! and so was Si Golding!—Hero is the end of my story ; whoever wants to know the partic ulars that happened in the ride homo, must oak lhdly Fisher. The Deacon will tell you what sort of a pickle Sukey came home in. and how much I paid “ for the whistle." Finally, whoso ovor went to our meeting house the next Sunday morning, knew very well how Patty Bean and Josiah Golding are to square accounts. FOREIGN, [From tho Baltimore American.] LATEST FROM ENGLAND. The ship Thomas Dickinson has arriv ed at New York from Liverpool, bringing London papers to tho 18th and Liverpool to the 19lli June inclusive. The packet ship Edward Bonaffe has also arrived from Havre, bunging Pari*' papers to the 9th June. From the N- X* Commercial, Eve ning Post, and Journal of Commerce, we make the extracts which follow :— fKU.VI THE SEAT OF WAR. The accounts from the seat of the Rus sian and Turkish war, are late. And we have given below, M from the frontiers of Scrvia, ’ what the London Courier denom inates the Turkish account of the battle ol the 17th ot May, near I'aravadi. Ac cording to this statement, the Russians must have come off second best. The last Russian Bulletin hears the date of the camp before Silistria, May 29th. It appears that the operations o‘*the siege of that place had hut just commenced. It seemed likely to he protracted much lon ger than might suit the Russian interests. A Turkish ship of the line of 60 guns is said to have been burnt at the entrance of the Bosphorus, under the fire of a fort, by a small Russian squadron. The Grand Vizier remained sliuf up in Choumla. The latest accounts received at Odessa, say'that the Grand Vizier is concentrat ing all his'force behind Choumla. There 'was no news from Varna, however, no military operations of im|>ortance could take place. The glass was but just springing up, so as to afford forage for the horses, and the cavalry and artillery can not act till the ammunition and provisions can he conveyed. Letters from Odessa, of the 24th of May, state that part of the Turkish fleet had again got dut of the Bosphorus and was pursued by Admiral Greig, lying be fore Sizepolis An article from the Vistula, dated May 28th, says the'Emperor of Russia returned to St. Petersburg!) in lhe beginning of Ju ly. There «vas a report that the exporta tion of corn from the kingdom of Prinsia, both by sea and land, would he prohibited until the produce of the approaching har vest could be ascertained. This step was taken on account of the late inundations. T he Russian State Gazette has a story of a plot to murder the King of Naples, wlire'll had been discovered and prevent ed. Mercantile letters from Constantinople say, that the French General Ilullot, who lately arrived there with the intention of entering the Turkish service, has been appointed by the Sultan Chief of the gen eral staff. The Turks consider this ac quisition as highly valuable as the Gener al is represented to them as a very distin guished officer, and has promised by his connections in k ranee to engage many o tlier officers to serve the Porte. Letters from Constantinople, dated May 12th, state that the Grand Seignior hail transported his camp to Terapia on the European side oflhc Bosphorus, where he had placed the standard in the magnifi cent Kiosk of Kalonder, his temporary pa lace. He has done this from a desire of be ing near his fleet. The Russian squad ron was cruising in the neighbourhood of the Bosphorus and the English advancing towards the Dardanelles. The Porte, in formed of the approaching return ol the Plenipotentiaries of Fiance and England, had occupied itsell with the nomination of mi/imandars, or introductory commission ers, who were to be sent to meet those am bassadors. According to advices still later than this letter, say the Courier des tZteeteurs, Gen. Diehitsch was aliout to remove the* siege of Silistria, which he would have formed could he have dor*? so with advan tage, He was prepuTirtg to leave an army of observation before tKat place of 25,000 men, and to attempt with an army of' 50,000 to penetrate into Serrio, a province hitherto not yet invaded hy those calami ties of cierjf kind which devastate the two principalities where the Russians can re main no longer. The ravages of the plague still continued to a most frightful degree. 1 he same paper mentions a h?*ter from the Austrian dommions, near the Turkish frontier, in which the retaking of Varna by the Grand Vizier is formally related, i Iso credit, however, is given to the account. A standing army of 10,000 strong is to I he raised in Wailachia, Russia furnishing arms and accoutrements, and the princi-. i pality their pay and subsistence. , it is mentioned in the extracts from i Brussels and German papers, that all ac- < coants agree in stating that the Turkish infantry have much improved in discipline r during the winter. The Porte has com- | missioned the l’acha of Smyrna to buy several steam boats, through the agency of English houses Tire Sultan is said to t hare given positive orders to free the En- | ropean coast of the Black Sea from the ' enemy, whatever it may cost. The 10 000 1 Albanians, lately arrived irorti Thessaly, s were ordered towards Sizelioli. A para graph dated Frontiers of YVallachifrj May 7, states that the Turks had made an un successful attempt to penetrate into Little Wallachia, they were beaten bpck by the Cossacks and Pandottrs. According to the Hamburg Reporter, the letters from Bucharest represent the city in a stata of the utmost despondency, and state that all who have the means of doing it are preparing to leave that abode of pestilence and misery, and to seek re fuge in Transylvania. At Kallafltf, ac« cot ding to the same letters, the Turks had been repulsed in an attempt to enter Little Wallachia, but in the vicinity at Varna they had succeeded in cutting off two Russian cavalry regiments. There is a London paper of the 18th in town, which states that the Russians have extended their blockade to the whole Turkish coast, including Smyrna. Ou the third of June seven Spaniards were arrested by the French authorities near the Commune of La Roque, which borders on Spain. Thev were armed with guns and pistols, and among them was* Gen. Milans, who it was supposed was at Montpelier. The Paris Constitutional says that this Milans was a creature of tbs' Count D’Espagne, Governor of Catalonia,, and that he with his men under him, fried! to get up a mock insurrection on the fron tiers of Catalonia, in order to induce the Spanish Constitutionalists in the south of France, to cross the Spanish line and join their supposed friends, when they might be delivered fo the Count D’Espagne. An article from Rome of the 30th May says, that daily earthquakes fill the inhab* itants of Monte Albano with consternation and an eruption of the Monte Cavo was apprehended. The water in the two lakes fell 15 feet, and the trees began to wither and smoke in various places. mr. o v,o»neu was making rapid pro gress through the county of Clare, in Ire land, on his- electioneering tour. The streets from town to town, as he passed a long, are said to have been literally lined by the population. The people are descri bed as m a state of the most extraordinary excitement. Sir Vesev Fitzgerald is his opponent. 1 he Dublin Kvening Post says, that there is an ascertained majority^ in favor of O’Connell. J There does not appear to be any im provement in the trade of any description, in the manufacturing districts throughout Great Britain. Great fears are entertained from the continued heat and dryness of the sum mer, of a short crop of potatoes in Ireland.. Large shipments have been made to Liv erpool and other places, and there have been riots, in the vain hope of preventing exports of the article. Still there are rumors about the retire ment of the Chancellor. The Duke ot Wellington has endeavored to get in some of the heads of the Tory party, but they relying upon the influence of the Duke of Cumberland with the King, and calculat ing upon coming in altogether, have refu sed to join him. He must, therefore, have recourse to the Whigs, however little ha may be inclined towards liberality. FOURTH BULLETIN OF THE RUSSIA!* ARM*. Camp before Silistria, May 29j The operations of the seige have already begun, and on the night of the 26th the first parallel \va* completed. In general the enemy gives us very little interruption in our work. I'n the night of the 27th however, he attempted a sally in pretty considerable force w hich was chiefly di rected against our left wing, but he was repulsed with loss. General Roth is engaged in completing the unmc ol his corps before KoslandjL i he Grand Vizier remains in his camp at Shumla, and has only an advanced guard at Balarik.—[Prussian State Gaz. JuneO1,. London,. June 17. Half past seven o’clock. Dteadful ru mors are current this afternoon respecting Portugal. It is stated that upwards of 3D persons have been either poisoned in pris on or publicly executed. Amongst them is said to have been a wealthy lady named Mendez, whose only crime was refusing to purchase her liberty by drawing from the English funds, for the use of the usurp er, the whole of her property in this coun try. I have endeavored to ascertain wheth er these accounts are true, but I cannot learn. They arc said to be dated May 30th, hut the Portuguese ambassador has no letter of a later date than the 23d. I vend you the letter of that date, received here from a person of high respectability, Lisbon, May 23, I82D. Our city has been for the Iasi three day* in the greatest agitation in ecwcquenceof. several bands of volunteers scouring the streets, headed by the curate of Barreiro, insulting and attacking all those they took • for the partisan? of legitimacy, and com-, milling all kinds of disorders. These disgraceful scenes have been carried so far, that to-day even some per sons of the lower orders (who had hither to taken the part of Don Miguel) proceed ed to defend the insulted persons, attack ing the satellites of Don Miguel, and dis persed them with stones. In the prisons, scenes of the utmost di» tress and misery were daily occurring ; in iced, despair had arisen to such a pitoU hat the prisoners themselves had defied heir jailors by singing the hyn.n of Don t edro, and by proclaiming the legitimate 4,oeen Donna Maria II. Piquets of cavalry had been added to he regular force that guards the prisons, ind those prisoners who were most re narkahlo for tUeif attachment to the iueen were removed to the forts. Every body here is persuaded that the •resent state of things cannot last much. > nger. Frontiers of Servia, May 23. * At Belgrade a bloody battle is spoken of ’ i'ch 'V*"1 to h*ve «*ke" Pl^e on, the ♦>th or I / til of May, near Parvadi. The claim the victory j but the Grand? izier, who commanded the troops ip per-, on, coul(| fioi lake advantage cjjj if, bq*.