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Slanderers and Hews-ZIongers. Mr. Ewtor :--There is class of persons tn almost every community, whose principal fitock in trade consists -of tales of envy and malevolence; and they are so extremely lib eral in the disposal of these commodities, that they many times add from fifty to one hundred per csnt, nd deliver them gratuit ously to U who will pay deference to them. And this kiad of merchandise has the advan tage of all .other kinds in one particular, that .is, it can be retailed and remain on hand at the same time. But when it becomes stale or worn by use, it is thrown away, and the fiews-mongers then fish in the dirty pools of islander for a new supply, which is dissemi nated throughout the surrounding country. These tale-bearers generally wear a sancti jmonious and hypocritical phiz, desiring to create the impression that none are more righteous than they ;butthat there are others who are not what they would be taken for, (by ever so much. These censorious persons are not so particular that everybody should walk circumspectly before them, because a .deviation from the path of rectitude is more pleasing to them, as it would augment their capital without the trouble of manufactur ing it, affording the means to keep a full sup ply of good gossip on hand. They torture the reputation of innocent persons in a ma Jicious manner, and rejoice to hear their char acters spoken of in disparaging terms, often displaying more inhumanity in butchering the characters of their fellowrbeings, than they would in slaughtering so many animals.. "The vil of man's heart is strikingly exem plified in the various manoeuvres of vile slan derers, who let fly the envenomed arrows of nvy ana mance at tneir ienow.man wua great rancor and animosity. How little of charity is found in them 1 If they hear an evil report, or see an error in a fellow-tnor-dtal, do they extend to him christian charity . and go to him of whom evil has been spo ken, and acquaint him of the fact? Or do they admonish the person found in error of his faults ? Nay, it is very seldom they pursue so exemplary a course; it is more in accordance with their selfish and .findish natures to be co-workers in iniquity, .compounding what they have seen and heard, with some additions, and promulgating the whole as unadulterated truth. It dees not .comport with the disposition of tale-bearers tin genera, to publish a good report of any iperson ; they have a peculiar relish for some thing derogatory, and delight in retailing jnalignant slanders, which they do with as lit . tie compunction of conscience as though they - had given the devil a bill ef sale of their .souls, OLIO. numbered sins, is uttering the desponding verdict "I condemn thee." Jesus has a kin der word a more cheering declaration, I con. demn thee not: Words of Jesus. go, and sin no more. Original From the M'dton (N. C.) Chronicle. A notorious Bigamist Ed. C. Boiling, the redoubtable bigamist, is decidedly the biggest rascal of the age in . I i" ITT 1 1 . " L!. t which ne lives, nua a vue in mia wuniy, where he was born and raised, he leaves home under the pretext of going South on business ; stops in Greensborough and pass es himself off as Sidney T. Smith, a rich planter of Alabama ; studies law under J as. T. Moreneaa, taitnouga very illiterate, can hardly write his name,) succeeds m getting scores of pretty girls the elite dead in love with him, (or rather with his big bogus e3tate.) finally marries one not ten milesJ from his lawful wife; they dash about con siderably ; visit all about in his old neigh borhood, and his two wives me8t and sleep under the same roof; wife No. 1 has heard how much Smith is like Boiling, (who plays shy at this critical period,) and No. 2 joins in the husband discussion delights to expatiate on Mr. S.'s large possessions. But in the course of time his villainy leaks out; he is caged for three or four years, and publicly whipped once or twice a year. The jail bird is uncaged; and now he swindles this man and that bank out of money ; steals this horse and that buggy ; marries again and the Lord only knows how often again ; the last effort we heard of his making was near Prospect Hill, hard by his first wife, and but for F. L. Warren, Esq., he would have ruined a young lady of fortune. His headquarters at this time were at Hillsborough where he passed as a wealthy Alabamian, traveling around with his-wife, (he bad a woman with him.) Under pretence of buying land it was his custom to sally out nearly every day re" connoilering the country but the truth was he went out courting ; but Mr. Warren who knew him, (Boiling knew his horses too well) met with him at the house in which the : scamp was at the moment urging a speedy consummation of the nuptial tie, and as soon ' as he saw Mr. W., he fled on the back of a -stolen horse; leaving landlords, merchants1 and others in Hillsboro' large legacies. We next hear of him in the following article : JSdward Boiling, alias William F. Davis, alias Sidney T. Smith, whom we advertised seue weeks ago as having swindled Mr. Thos. at Lewisburg, to move every man at once to this to be a flight, followed, until almost every company had desceti. ded the ridge, and was in rapid retreat. Capt McComas standing by his solitary ten pounder refused to retreat, as did several gallant companies who still poured volleys of ball into the midst of the enemy. The enemy, however, immediately commenced pursuit and dashed down over the creek. Hardly had they reached the creek when Cap t Patton resuming control of his fiery steed, rallied his men, and charged furiously at them. At the same time a tremendous shout was heard, and thundering down the creek through a thick glade charged CoL Clarksonat the head of a company of cavalry. The enemy threw down their arms and fled in confusion without firing a shot Col. Norton, commanding the Federals, was taken, together with Cols. Woodruff De Villier's and Neff and Capts. Austin and Lord. The rout was perfect Col. Norton was badly wounded as was Capt Paiton, who eommanded our forces. At this point turned the whole fortune of the campaign. Colonel Tompkins, instead of pursuing and routing the enemy, retired to his entrenchments, it was subsequently the confession of the Federal Officer, that had the Confederates pursued their advantage, they could have driven their forces back to the Ohio River, and rescued the Kan awha Valley from their polluting touch. That this was no idle con jecture, will appear by being acquainted with the fact, that we had captured all their field officers, and it would have been nothiag more than a forced starch to have driven them back to their homes. On Tuesday, the 23d, the retreat commenced by the sending of all Commissary, Quartermaster and Ordnance stores, towards the Gau ley. Gen. Wise had received intelligence of the advancement of a number of Federal troops down the Summerville road, so as to cnt off all communication between him and his supplies. By advancing down what was termed the Sunday road, the enemy could obtain an excellent situation on the summit of the Big Sewell Mountain, and resist any attack which could be made, if he had sufficient time to entrench himself Gen. Wise saw his danger, aud an ignominious retreat, made more so by the glorious victory at Scary Creek, the week previous, was ordered. The Kanawha Kiver at this time was navigable as far as Cannelton, a small place composed entirely of Coal Oil Works, tan miles west of Gauley Bridge. To this point the writer was ordered to the command of this post in charge of Ordnance Stores, together with a great quan tity of Quarter Master Stores. Mr. Estill of the Commissary Depart ment was put in charge of the stores of that department The Kanaw ha Valley, a steamboat, was accordingly loaded and started up -the river at midnight of the 23d. The next morning the difficult pas sage through shoals and rocks was effected, and a numerous quantity ol wagons aviag been previously oraerea to trie place, tne stnpment ot the stores commenced at once. Before night all the ammunition and ordnance were safe at Gauley Bridge. On Wednesday night the retreat of the army proper commenced. The men wore in no good spirits, thinking the retreat the result of fear and impotency on the part of the commanding General. In fact, before the Gauley was reached, a fine body of cavalry under Capt. this army, a military post was established at J Lewis disbanded, not having been legally mustered into service. & , FOB THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE. ' THE EETBE AT FKOM CHABLESTOH. BY MA J. H. LANSING BH BROWS. , ARTILLERY SERVICE, W. L. In the history of the present struggle for Southern Independence, there is, perhaps, no incident less known to the people of the South than the retreat of Brig. Genl. Henry A. Wise from Charleston. Yet in that retreat there occurred events, which, as well as the causes that led to it, and the fatal errors pri or to it, are of great importance. Owing to this, the great struggle tor possession is be ing made by the Federal forces in the Valley of the Kanawha ; and had the intended cam paign been carried out in the rugged moun tains or the tar west, tnere can oe intie doubt, but that the powerful army of Rosen crant? would sooner or later have been anni hilated. But the retreat of which I pro pose to write, turned ia a different channel the events of that portion of the army and caused the plan of the Western campaign to be entirely changed. - The Army of the Kanawha, as it was call ed, was composed of a Brigade known as the Wise Legion," commanded by Brig. GenL Henry A. Wise, and a Regiment of Virginia Volunteeis under the command of Colonel Christopher L. Tompkins. The latter not being under the immediate control of Genl.x Wise, nevertheless acted with . that .Brigade, and submitted to the orders of that General. At the tune which I propose to commence this narrative, the Head Quarters of Genl. Wise were at Charleston, the principal town of that portion of the country, sittuue on the north bank of the Kanawha River some six ty miles from its mouth. The army left be hind its entrenchments at Four Mile Camp under Tvler Mountain, four miles west ef the town, Col. Tompkins, while his regiment had advanced as far as the mouth of JPoca- talice Creek, on the opposite side of the riv er, twelve miles west To cover the rear of Lewisburg in the county of Greenbrier, one hundred miles exactly to the South kast. A great error was the withdrawal of these troops from Lewisburg. On Saturday, July 13th, a preremptory order was forwarded to Col. J. Lucius Davis, an officer of deserved renown and great ability, then in command j ; The Gracious Verdict "Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." John8: 11. How much more tender is Jesus than the tendereet of earthly friends ? The Apestles, -in a moment of irritation, would have called down , fire from heaven on obstinate sinners. 'Their master rebuked the unkind suggestion. Peter, the trusted but treacherous disciple, .expected nothing but harsh and merited re proof for faithlessness. He who knew well . how that heart would be bowed with peni tential sorrow, .sends first the kindest of .messages, and then the gentlest of rebuke, "Lovest thou me r" The watchmen in the Canticles smote the .bride, tore off her veil, and loaded her with reproaches. When she found her lost Lord, there was not one word of upbraiding ? 44 So -.fllow is he to anger," says an illustrious be liever, 44 0 ready to forgive, that when his prophets lost all patience with the people so , .as to make intercession against them, yet even then could He not be got to cast oft this peo ple whom he loved, for his great name's ,eake." The guilty sinner to whom He speaks this I. Brown, ef this place, out of a horse and buggy, has been heard from. He traded off the horse and buggy near Wy theville, Va., where he passed himself as William I. Ter- tt. lie spent some days in that section, and repreaeated himself as an agent for pur chasing army supplies, and bought cattle, ba con, 4c, but paid for nothing. He was pr$ ty suceeoful there in his swindling opera-r tieas, a we learm from one of his victims. Mr. Srewm will recover bis horse and buggy. Boiling is gone. This was a great loss, and it was only under the greatest solicitations that its members who fell back before the enemy, was induced to be come again a regular organized body. The troops passed Cannelton late on Thursday and reached Gauley Bridge on Friday. I have now to relate an incident which happened in this retreat, which, though important, is little known, if at all to the public. The particulars by some means were hushed up, but it is of too great importance to be summarily dealt with. The steamboat, the Kanawha Charleston. Knowing the importance of the Valley, after having unloaded returned to Charleston, and on Wed- post, and that it was highly necessary to pre vent the ingress of Federal forces from the town of Summersville in Nicholas county, CoL Davis hesitated. But the orders being preremptory and moreover brought by Col. a nesday night started back, loaded with the sick and hospital stores. With these was a guard of thirty men under Lieut. Hazhtt of Louis iana. As the boat slowly passed the toiling army on the bank, a shout was beard from the shore demanding the boat to stop. This demand was not obeyed, the guard on the boat not knowing by what Croghan, another officer of great daring, the authority the positive orders they had were thus countermanded.- a A Child's Dream of Heaven. I dreamed,' said little Ellen, 4 that I stood outside the gate of Heaven and looked in. The gate was all made of precious stones, but I could see through it I could see the street and it was all pure gold. I saw angels playing on harps, and 1 heard such singing as I never heard on earth. They were all singing the same words, but I could not tell what they were. As I was looking, God spoke to me. He asked me if I had a new heart f I teld him I did not know. He said, 4 If you have not you Gannot come in here, bat if you will go back to earth and pray for it, you shall have one, and I will send an angel and bring you up here. 4 So I went back to earth and went into closet ; and as I was praying an angel came and took me and put me in one side of his bosom, and dear sister Annie in the other and carried us up to heaven. You don't -.: 4 i e. i . " v i I -y v " " c "B ? wunucu uuuu ujr ir ust Hkc two mtle flowers tucked in his bo- . .T ... i t 1 .1 OVJLU. tneir presence, 'ix tuner ao i condemn them. Well it is to fall into the hands of this bless--ed Saviour God, for great are his mercies. Are we to infer from this, that He winks at sin ? Far from it His blood, his work ; Bethlehem and Cavalry, refute the thought Ere the guilt of one solitary soul could be washed out, he had to descend from his ever lasting throne to agonize on the accursed .tree. But this 4word of Jesus' is a word of tender encouragement to every sincere, bro ken-hearted penitent, that crimson sins, and scarlet sins, are no barriers to a free, full everlasting forgiveness. The Israelite of old, gasping in his agony in the sands of the wilderness, had but to 4look and live,' and still does he say, 44Look unto me, and be ye eaved all the ends of the earth." Up-reared by the side of his own cross there was a monumental column for all time, . .only second to itself ia wonder. Over the head ef the dying felon is the superscription .written for despairing guilt and trembling penitence, "This a faithlul saying, and wor thy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came jinto the worldjto save sinners." 4He never," says Charnock, "put out a dim candle that was lighted at the Sun of .Righteousness." "Whatever our guiltiness be," says Ruth .atford, 44yet when it falleth into the sea of God's mercy, it is but. like a drop of blood tfallen into the great ocean." Reader, you may be the chief of sinners, -or it may beihe chief of blacksliders ; your 0ul mayhave started aside like a broken bow. As the bankrupt is afrid to look into his book, you may be afraid to look into your own heart You are hovering on. the verge of des pair. Conscience, and the memory of un order to march was given, to be obeyed at two o'clock the following morning. Precisely at that hour, Capt Mowry s com pany from Gooehland county, Va., started upon the tedious march ot an hundred miles and left the town. Close on his rear came Capt. Pollock's Mountaineers; then Capt Pannill's Orange Minute Men, Capt Wing- field s Jackson Ayengers from bussex county, A second shout was heard, lollowed instantly by a pistol,sfcovCTt3!i the bows of the boat. More steam was put on, which occasioned an other shot from shore, which struck the pilot house. The guard on the boat returned the fire, which bo sooner was opened than re turned briskly from the bank. , By the aid of the officers, however. this murderous affair was ended after an exchange of over one hun dred shots, and the boat hastened on its way. But the sequel was to follow. Two shots had taken effect on the boat instantly killing a man named Your.g from Rockbridge co., Va., and mortally wound- Va.; while the rear was brought up by a com- jng another, both sick men ! Fifteen were wounded on shore. pany from the University of Virginia under Capt J. F. Crane, and a magmbcent body ol Cavalrv from Richmond, under Capt. Mag- ruder. Col.J. Lucius Davis commanded, as sisted by his staff, composed of Capt Button The dead were decently interred at Cannelton, while the wounded followed on after the army in two ox-carts with undressed wounds f The retreat now took the semblance of a confused defeat Comna- mes and Regimients were hopelessly mixed. Officers knew not where to find their men. every sureeon had eone on totheolace of rendezvous. of the Engineers, Mr, Chancey as Aid, and Gauley Bridge, and nothing could be more confused and disgraceful man tms nignt irom vjnarieston. ine orenerai had gone among the first, accompanied by his aids and secretaries, in a light carriage, and was in the lead ad the way ! lhe poor wounded the writer acting in the capacity of Adjutant This dreary march over the Muddy Creek, Sewell and Gauley Mountains thus commenc ed. At noon on Wednesday, the 17th, the column halted at Gauley Bridge, an impor tant post then held by our troops to the number of 600. This bridge was over the Gauley River where its conflux with the New forms the Great Kanawha. It was situated in a tremendous gorge of the Gauley Moun tains, sixty-miles from Lewisburg, and over it was the only one which connects the Eas tern and Western counties for thirty miles, the rivers neither of them being fordable. The halt here was not of long duration, opened it for tis and we went in. Before, lint with an addition of two more companies, when I heard the music, I thought I never one being the Texas Rangers under command could sing like that ; but the moment I was in, I of Capt MeLean. The march was kept up I could sing as well as any of them. Angels I steadily to Tompkin's Ferry, nineteen miles were all the while comine, bringing little ba-least of Charleston, wnere a steamboat con- bies in their bosoms, and the moment they I veyed the troops rapidly down the river to were ia they couia sing as loud and as sweet J their destination. as the rest I saw my mother, and she! In the meantime an engagement had oc- looked glorious and beautiful. She was sit- curredat Scary Creek near the encampment ting on a little stool covered with silver, play- of Col. Tompkins. This happened on the ing on a harp and singing, oh, so sweetly ! 17th- Col. Newton, with a great number of uranamotner, too, was there, and oh, Annie, Federal lorces, aavancea on oi. lompsins way! he poor wounded men, half-starved and almost fainting from their wouads, reached Cannelton on the on the evening of the 25th. Medical attention waa out of the ques- a' ' J aL - 1- J - i i .1 .. . . uon, anu uie rougn uoctonng oi an unsopnisticattd youth, the only a; ii : j iL.: T rv .... aueuuun iuey receiTeu to insir suaerings. in ere is certainly some- il ' . a. !! . . . tning surrounumg tnis retreat wnicn ougnt to be, in tne name of justice and humanity, investigated, and the public may rest as sured that tne reason why tne particulars of it are withheld is, thai there is great and condemning blame lying on the shoulders of those who should make them known. The murdering of two men, the wounding of fifteen others, the disgraceful confusion of an army of 5UUU men pursued by an enemy, the more than disgraceful abandon ment of the post at Cannelton, are things which demand an examina tion, and sooner or later it must come. The amy reached Gauley Bridge, and were comparatively safe on Friday the 25th iost., but this did not end tbe affair. The enemy was advancing briskly to engage Wise before he could cross the Gau ley. There was a post at Cannelton, ten miles of that was left to shift for itself. The short episode which follows ia a personal one. and must, therefore, be considered as authentic Orders of the most preremptory character had beea issued to the Commandant, not to leave until everything had been sent to Gauley Bridge. The wagon ers who had transported the stores up to Saturday morning became terrified at the near approach ol the entBiy, whe that night had en camped four miles from the post and deserted, leaving a quantity of Commissary and Quartermaster Siores without transportation. Cog- her wrinkles were all gone! and she looked lwho made preparations for a vigorous stand, nfxant of the fact, it was the object of Gen. Wise to burn the bridge. as young as you do ; and her face shone, and I The Federalists occupied a position on a high ! : i ti -t i . I iL l r : .1 1. t, &ue in singing 100. 1 said, urandmotner, I riuge ai me uue ui nuiui rau tnucrecK auuvo there was great weeping when you left earth.' 1 men tinned. Col. Tompkins immediately one said xes ; put l would not like to go I drew up nis men on a lower noge precisely back.' I saw Jesus sitting on a throne and I opposite to that of the enemy. The action angels worshiping him ; and when I saw soon commenced, and the rifled pieces of tbe how bright and glorious every thing was, I enemy threatened our forces with annihila wished I had never sinned." tion. We had four pieces of ordnance, three - I should like to ask the children who read 1 smooth-bored six-pounder field-pieces, and this, if they think a little heathen girl, in 1 one ten-pounder. Early in the engagement dreaming of heaven, would have seen what the six pounders were found to be useless, on Ellen did? account of great defect in the bores, the shot It was because she had read the Bible, and felling on the side of the opposite hill, al- had stored her mind with what it savs of I though within common musket range : to the that blessed world, that such beautiful scenes I ten-pounder piece there was not an ounce of . tion upon a soldier's honor. The Commandant had been ordered yisited her in her sleep. It was there she! suitable ball. Recourse Was had tO a neigh- rrerpmntnrilT tn th G:m!pv vpt no sooner had the nromulsation of learned that she never could enter it without I boring smith shop, and lose powder was ram- this order arrived at a place of safety on the other side of the river, prayer. It was there that she gained such I med down and wadded, and on top of this than all thoughts of this little band were disaiibaed from their minds. views of the Saviour in heaven, which made I were placed horse-shoes, chains, nails, and Fifteen minutes later and its fate would have been decided in another her wish that she had never sinned. How leyery describable article of iron found in a manner. Before leaving the post, however, it may be interesting to much do we owe that precious book, which I blacksmith shop, which "could be placed add that the steamboat lying at the wharf was burnt to the water' not only sheds its light so sweetly on all lhe I within its bore. Immense havoc was being ; edge to prevent it from falling into the hands of the enemv. u-uuuiesoi our waxing nours, but even makes made by tnis scattering nre, wnen the nore ; A week later the army eutered liewisburg and was gale, lhis en- the dark night bright around us with the of Capt Patton commanding the Kanawha ded the retreat from Charloton, which it in every particular was glory of heaven ! for so 4 He giveth His be- Rifle company becoming frightened dashed known now only known to a very few would justifiably exasper- .1 t a r ... r-n i i- ... . - wTcueiecp. iTociioumai. i wun ms nuer ieanuuy away ; seveiai laxin ate the people ol the Boutn. and thus shut off all communication, in fact all travel between the dif ferent sections of the country. The Commandant became alarmed fol the safety of his gallant guard who had been detailed to assist him. No wagons or orders arriving, and the enemy steadily advancing, about 10 o'clock he ordered a great quantity of lead pipe to be sunk iiito the river, and a number ot buckets, brooms, etc., together with some Coanissary stores, to be hid in the coal mines at the top of the mountain; aad an hour later to the music of the enemy a drums and fifes, hurried from the village on the road to Gauley Bridge. This little band reached and crossed the bridge fifteen minutes before it was enveloped ia flames, after a painful march ot nearly three hours. The abandonment of this post was the cause of some little trouble between the departments of the Quartermaster and Adjutant General. There is no doubt but that it was a dastardly and cowardly impost-