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Th* shades of night wore n-oomi'n down swift,
And the dazxlin' snow lay drift on drift,
When through a Tillage a youth did jp ,
A-carryin' a flag with this motto,
O'er forehead high curled copious hair,
His nose a Roman, complexion fair;
O; er an eagle eye an auburn lash,
And he never stopped aheuthV through his mus
He saw through the windows as ho was getting up
A number of families sit tin' at supper;
He eyed the slippery rocks very keen,
I And fled while he cried, and cried while a-fleein',
"Take care, you there !" snid an old woman "stop!
It's blowln' gales up there on top;
You'll tumble off on t'other aide!"
Out the hurrying stranger loud rcpliod,
"Oh ! don't you go up such n shocking night!
Come sleep on my lap I" said n maiden bright,
O'er his Roman nose a tear-drop come,
But still he remarked, as he upward chimb,
"Look out for the branch of that sycamore tree,
Dodge rollin' stones if any jrou ace :w
Snyin' wbioh, the farmer went kromo to bed,
And the singular voice replied overhead.
About quarter past six the next afternoon,
A man accidentally goin' up Boon,
Heard spoken above him as often as thrice,
The very same werds, in a vrry weak voice,
And not for, I believe, from quarter of Bevcn?
He was slow gcttin' up, the mad bein' uneven?
Found the stranger dead in tho drifted snow.
Still chit chin' the flag with the motto,
, "Higher."
Yes, nfcless, defunct, without any doubt,
Tho lamp of bis bein' decidedly out.
On the dreary hillside the youth was a-layln'.
And there was no more use for him to besuyin',
Extraordinary Nerve.
While the French Marshall, Murat, was in
Madrid he was anxious to communicate with
Junot in Portugal, but all the roads to Lisbon*
swarmed with guerrillas, and with the troops
composing Castano's army. Murat mentioned
his embarrassment to Baron Btrongonoff, the
Russian Ambassador to Spain.
Russia, it is well known, was at the time not
only the ally but tho friend of Franco. M. de
Strongonoff told Murat that it was the easiest
thing in the world. "Tho Russian Admiral,
Sinaivin," said he, "Is in the port of Lisbon;
give me the most intelligent of your Polish
lancers j I will dress him up in a Russian uni
form, and entrust him with dispatches for the
, Admiral. All will go well even if he should
be taken prisoner a dozen times between this
and Lisbon, for the insurgent army is so anx
i ions to obtain our neutrality that it will be
careful not to furnish a pretext for rupture."
Murat was delighted with this ingenious
scheme. He asked Krakinski, the command
ant of the lancers, to find him a brave and in
telligent young man. Two days afterwards the
commandant brought Murat a young man of
his corps, for whom he pledged his life; his
name was Leckinski, and he was^but eighteen
years old.
Murat w. i moved at seeing so young a man
court so imminent a danger, for if ho were de
tected his doom was soaled. Murat could not
help remarking to tho Polo the risk he wo?
about to run. The youth smiled. "Let your
imperial highness givo me my instructions." he
answered rcspectiully, "I will give you a good
aecount of tho mission I - havo been honored
with. I thank his highness for having chosen
me from among my comrades, for aii of* them
would liavc courted this du^nction."
Tho prince augured favorably from the
young man's modest resolution. The Russian
Ambassador gave him his dispatchesj he put
on a Russian uniform and set out for Portu
The first two days passed over quietly ; but
on the afternoon of the third. Leokinski was
surrounded by a body of Spaniards, who dis
armed him and dragged him before their
mandiug officer. Luckily for tho gallant youth
it was Costanos himself.
Leckinski wns aware that he was lost if he
was discovered to bo a Frenchman, consequent
ly ho determined on the instant, not to let a
single word of French escape him, and to
speak the Russian and German, whioh he spoke
with equal fluoncy. Tho cries of rage of his
captors announced tho fate that awaited him,
a ml the horrible murder of Gen. Rct:c, who
had perished under most dreadful tortures but
a ! few weeks bofore, as he was going to join
Juuot, was sufficient to freeze tho very blood.
"Who are you V* Baid Gastanos in French
which language ho understood perfectly woll
hating been educated in .Franco.
Leckinski looked at the questioner, made a
sign,.and answered in German, "I do not ,up?
dfrsUud you.
; Gastaoos spoke German, but he did not wish
to appear personally in the matter, and sum
moned (.no of the' officers of the staff, who
went on with the examination. The young
Pole answered in Russian and Germau, but
never let a single syllable of French, escape
htm. Ho might, however, easily havo forgot
ten himself, surrounded va he was by a crowd
eager for his blood, and who waited with sav
age impatience to have him declared guilty?
that is, a Frenchman?to fall upon and murder
Rut their fury wos raised to a height which
the General himself could not control by an
Incident which seemed tc cut off the unhappy
prisoner from every hope of escape. One of
tho Castonos' nides-de-camps, one of the fanati
cal patriots who were so numerous in this war,
and who from the first had denounced Leckin
ski as a French spy, burst iuto the room, drug
ing with him a mnn wearing tho brown jacket,
tall hat, and red plume of a Spanish peasant.
The officer confronted him with the Pole,
and said:
"Look at this man, then say if it is true that
he is German or a Russian. He is a spy, I
swear by my soul."
The peasant meanwhile was eyeing the pri
soner closely. Presently his dark cye*^ lighted
up with tho fire of hatred.
"Es Frances! he is a Frenchman," ex
claimed he clapping hands. And he stated,
that, having been in Madrid a few weeks be
fore, he hud been put into requisition to carry
forage to tho French barracks, "and," said he,
"I recollect that this man took my load of
forago, aud gave me a receipt. I was near him
an hour, and recollect him. When we caught
him, I told my comrade he was the French
officer I delivered my forage to."
This was correct. Cnstauos probably dis*
cerned the truo state of the case, but he was a
generous foe. He concluded to let him pur
sue his journey, for Leckinski still insisted that
he was a Russian, and he could not be mado to
understand a word of French. But the mo
ment he ventured a hint of the kind, a thou
sand threatening voices wore raised against
him, aud he saw that clcutoucy was impossible.
"But," said be, "will you then risk a quarrel
with Russia, whose neutrality we arc asking so
anxiously for V
"No," said the officers; "but let's try this
Lockiuski understood all, for he was ac
quainted with Spanish. He was romoved and
thrown iuto a room worthy to have beeu one of
the dungeons of tho Inquisition in its best days.
Wheu the Spaniards took him prisoner he
had eaten nothing since the previous evening,
and when his dungeon door was closed on him
he had fasted for eighteen hours. No wonder
then, that with exhaustion, fatique, anxiety
and the agony of his dreadful situation, that
the unhappy prisoner loll almost, senseless on
the hard couch. Night soon closed in and left
him to realize in his gloom the full horror of
hiB situation. He was bravo, of course ; but
to die at eighteen?'tis sudden. But youth
and futiguo finally yioldod at the approach of
sleep, and he was soon buried in profouud
He had slept perhaps two hours, when the
door of his duugeon opened slowly, nud some
one entered with cautious step, hiding with his
hand tho light of a lamp; the visitor bent over
the prisoner's couch, the hand that shnded the
lamp touched him on the shoulder, and a sweet
and silvery voice?a woman's voice?asked
"Do you want to cat V
The young Pole, awakened suddenly by the
glnro of the lamp, by the touch and words of
the female, rose up cn his couch, and with his
eyes half oponcd, said in German, "What do
want ?"
"Give the mnn something at once/' said Gas
tanos, when he heard the result of the first ox
perimont, "and let him go. He is not a
Frenchman. How could ho have been so far
master of himself? Tho thing is impossible."
But though Lockiuski was supplied with
food he was detained as a prisoner. The next
morning he wns taken to a spot where he could
see tho mutilated corpso of tho Frenchman,
who had boon cruolly massacred tho peasan
try of Truxillo, and he was threatened with
tho same death. But tho noble youth had
promised not to fail, and not a word, not an ac
cent, not a gesturo or look betrayed him,
Leckinski, whon taken back to tho prison,
hailed it with a sort of joy ; for twelve hours
ho had nothing but gibbets, and death in its
most horrid forms, before bis eyes, exhibited to
him by mon with tho look, and passions of de
mons. He slept, howevor, after the hnrrassing
excitement of tho day, and soundly, too; when,
in the midst of his deep and deathlike slumber,
tho door opcficd gontly, some one drew pear his
couch, and the same yoicc whispered in his
"Arise and come with mo. We wish to save
your life, come." He answered still in Ger
man, "What do you want V
' Castanos, when ho heard of this experiment
and its result?, said that tho Russian was a no
ble young man j ho MW tk* trn* state of the
The noxt morning early, four men came to
take him Before a court-martial, composed of
officers of Castanos' staff. During the walk
they uttered the most horrible threats against
him; but, true to his determination, ho pre
tended not to understand them.
When he came before his judges ho seemed
to gather what was going on from the arrange
ments of the trihuual, apd not from what he
heard said around him, and he asked in Ger
man where his interpreter was. Be was sent
. for, and the examination commenced.
It turned at first upon the motive. of his
journey from Madrid to Lisbon. He answered
by showing his dispatches to Admiral Siniavin
and his passports Spite of the presence and
vehement assertions of the peasants, he persist
ed in theJsamp story, and did not contradict
himself once.
"Ask him/' said the presiding officerat last,
"if he loves the Spaniards, as he is not a
The interpreter put the question.
"Certainly," snid Lcckinski, "I like the
Spanish nation, I esteem it for its noble char
acter ; I wish our two nations were friends."
"Colonel," said the intrcprcter, "the, prisoner
Bays ho hates us because we make our.war like
banditti; that he 'despises us, and his only re
gret is that he cannot unite the whole nation as
ouo man to end this odious war at a single
WhileJhe was sayiug this, the > eyes of the
whole trgftal' wore attentively watching tho
slightcst^Hveine.nt of tho prisouor's counten
auce, in jiBbr to see what effect the interpre
ter's trcBBerY would have upon him. But
LcckinsjHhd expected to be put to the test
in someWA'iyand ho was determined to bafllc
all thci?ttcmpts.
"(Jcuttcmcu," said Castanos, "Itseems tonic
that thiayoung man cannot be suspected j the
peasant ?tust ho deceived. Tho prisoner may
pursue lls journey, aud when ho reflects on the
hazard or our position, he will find the severity
we have becu obliged to use excusable."
Leckinski's arms and dispatches were re
turned ; he received a free pass, and thus this
noble youth came victorious out of the severest
trial the human spirit can be put to.
A Wonderful Story.
The following wonderful story u, said to have
been taken from the log book of a vessel which
arrived in New York :
In tho course of the voyage, that dreadful
disease the ship fever broke out among the
crow. One of the satlors, among the first vic
tims, was accompauied by his son a lad of four
teen years who was strongly attached to but
lather, and remained with him day and night,
and never could be persuaded to leave him for
a moment.
A large shark was seen every day following
the vessel ovidcutly for the purpose of devour
ing any ono who should die aud be committed
to tho deep.
After lingering a few days, the sailor died.
As was custom at sea he was sewed up in a
blanket, nud for the purpose of siuking him, an
old grindstone and a carpenter's axe were put
in with him. The very impressive servico of
the Episcopal Church was then red and tho
body committed to the deep.
The poor boy, who had watched tho pro
ceedings closely, plunged in after his father,
when tho enormous shark swallowed thorn
both. Tho second dny after this dreadful
scene as the shark coutinucd to follow the ves
sel (for there were others sick in the ship),
ono of the sailors proposed as they had a shark
hook on hoard, to make an effort to take him.
They fastened the hook to a long rope and
baiting it with a piece of pork, throw it into
the sea, nud (he shark instantly swallowed it.
Having thus hooked him, by means of a wind
las they hoisted him on board. After ho wns
dead they prepared to open hint, when ono of
the sailors, stooping down for that purposa,
suddenly paused, und after listening a fow mo
mcuts, declared most solemnly ho hoard a low
guturnl sound, which appeared to proceed from
tho shark. Tho sailors, after onjoyiug a hearty
laugh at his expense, proceeded to listen for
themselves, when they heard a similar sound.
Thoy then procecdod to open tho shark whon
the mystery was explained.
It appears that the sailor was not dead,' but
in a trance; and his son, on making this din
ed very whon inside the shark,| had by means
of a knife, ripped open the blanket. Having
thus liberated his father, they both went to
Work and righted up the old grindstone?the
boy was turning, the father was holding on to
the old ship carpenter's axe, sharpening it for
the purpose of cutting their way uut of their
Jonah like prison, which occasioned the noise
heard by the sailor. As it was the hottest
season of the year, and very little air .stirring ]
Where they were at work, thoy were both
sweating tremendously.
Time at His Work.
? i '."~ . " : >-. ?' - "?:
I saw a temple, reared by the hands of man,
standing with high pinnacle in the distant
plain. The streams beat about it?the God of |
nature hurled his thunderbolts against it, yet
it'stood as firm as adamant Revelry was in
the halls j the gay, the happy, the youug, the
beautiful wero there. I returned?and lo 1?
'ho temple was no more. Its high walls lay in
scattered ruin; and at the midnight hour the
owl's long cry added to the deep solitude. The
young and gay who had reveled there had
passed away.
I saw a child rejoicing in his youth, tho idol
of his mothor, and the pride of his futhcr. I
returned and that child had become old.
Trembling with the weight of years, he stood
the last uf his generation, a stranger amidst
tho desolation around him.
I saw an old oak standing in all its pride
upon the mountain ; the birds were caroling in
its boughs. I returned, and the oak was leaf
less and sapless, and the winds wore playing at
their pastimes through its branches.
"Who is the destroyer," said I to my guar
dian angel.
"It is Time," said he. When tho morning
stars sang for joy over the new made world he
commenced his course; and when he has de
stroyed all that is beautiful on earthj plucked
the sun from his sphere ; veiled tho moon in
blood; yea, when he shall have rolled the
heaven and earth away as a scroll, then shall
an angel from the throne of G?d come forth,
and with one foot upon the sea aud one upon
the land, lift up his band towards heaven, and
swear by Heaven's Eternal, Time is, Time was,
but Time shall bo n? l?ngcr.'-' ' |
Every Day Philosophy.
Hans Patrick G. Connor, formerly known
by the norn dc plwine of "Beau Hacket," con
tributed the following to the St. Louis Home
Never insure your life for the benefit ofj
your wife for a greater sum than ten thousand
dollars. A widow with more money than that
is a dangerous legacy to leave posterity.
The "game of life" is very like a game of|
cards. Time deals, death cuts, and everybody
is waiting for the last trump.
I think men drink in crowds because they
are afraid to drink by themselves. It requires
a good deal of courage to stand up alone and
pour a glass of whiskey down your throat.
There arc some inconsistencies in this world
that I don't exactly understand. Everybody
is anxious to go to heaven, but nobody is in a
hurry about it.
If a man is without ecomies I wouldn't give
ten cents for all his friends. The man who
can please .everybody hasn't got sense enough
to displease anybody.
When on acquaintance says, "How aro
you?" and rushes by you without pausing for
a reply, I wouldn't if I was in your place, fol
low him more than a mile to tell him I was
A convenient way of tcstiug the affection of
your intended is to marry another woman. If
she don't love you, you will find it out imme
Do unto other men as they would like to do
unto you, and they won't have enough money
in two weeks to hire a shirt washed.
Tho song "Dear Mother, I've Como Homo
to Die/' always struck mo as a happy illustra
tion of American assurance. Our young go
abroad to spend the hard earnings of tho old
folks, and whon they are dead-broke return
homo to bo buried nt the expense of their im
poverished parents. ""-?atn.
Horrible Barbarities by an African
Kino.?The latest news from Abyssinia do
vclopcs King Theodore in a still moro blood
thirsty aspect. He had made an expedition to
the small Island of Met rata, in the Lake Tana,
and put every inhabitant, to death by fire;
then he mado a trip to Ifag, a flourishing town
in Foggara, seizod 1,500 peasants, placed them
in five largo bouses and burned them alive. It
:? said there is no~ not a flinglo mail) woman or
child, alivo, betwecu Dobia Tabor and Emfras,
on tho borders of Dombca. Iu the camp, his
Majesty has bcon pursuing tho samo game.
Having heard that 2,000 of his troops wished
to doscrt, ho had thorn surrounded by the oth
ers and thoir throats out liko cattle ; tho moth
ers, wives, children and nenrost relatives of the
men boing pistoled by the soldiery. 2G5
chiefs of districts have had their hands and
fect cut off and hnvo been left to starve.
The majesty of the law .ww ?indicated on ,
_ riday, 6th inst., by the execution of Nat Fra
xure, colored, for the murder of young H??"?
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Friday, 6th inst., by the execution of Nat Fra
eat. His accomplices, five in number, go to
the Penitentiary for stated periods, the loDgest
tetm of which for December Gndsdcn is' five n ?
years.?Pickens Courier.
A terrible tragedy has occurred in Austrian -
Tyrol. A farmer after effecting ? heavy in- ~
etlrance on his house and barns, set fir* to tho *t
latter, but Was discovered in the act by ono of
his shepherds. He therefore killed the shep
herd and murdered his wife and - infant son,
finishing by cutting his own throaty .. ^ ^
The* New Orleans Picayune is opposed to , r
"procuring white labor.-' It says: "We want.
white men here to go to work themselves aud
not procure labor. The system of mercantile
farming which so long cursed the South; and
bred debt and idleness, must cease, or our de
cay will become ruin."
11 ? ? Mgl&i u?H i
Decapitated.?We learn that under orders ^
of General Howard, Gilbert Pillsbury, (white,)
and It. C. DeLargo, (colored,) of Charleston ;
S. A. Swails, (white,) of Kingstree;Jl
Wright, (colored,) of Beaufort, have been dis-:;?
charged from further service in.the Freedmeu's
Bureau ou account of having been: elected to ^
the Convention. n
a 11 P ?{f
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"Owed to Lake On-tary." ? - ?
? ',. - fjti'il vilt^.
Greeks air thy waters, Lake Ontnry, > .
Green as bottle-glass! - ?
Behold'em Btretchcd t liar I . , (, ^.1
Fino muskalongcs and Oswego bass
Is chiefly kctched lhar. 1
Thar onct the rod man'
Took his dclite, >.:; ? <J~
Fisht, fit, and bled;
Now most of the inhabitants
Is whites, _ ' . .?'
With nary ted t
,*V: . - ' VI
?Drawing across the lips?Desirous of getting ':
.acquainted. .^^3^^^*" ^' "' 'f*T?jS
Taking by the centre?Ywr irr? $oo wiHT?gr---.
DrOpplSg^Wb will be friends. ; y
Twirling in both hands?Indifference.!, :\r
Drawing across the cheek?I love you. .,?. ,
Drawing through the hands?I hate you,.
Letting it rest on the right cheek-?Yes. ., jjr
Letting it rest on the left cheek?No. i ,,,?
Twirling in the left hand?I wish to get rid
of you.
Twirling in the right hand?I love another.^.
Folding it?I wish to speak with you. y ??
Over the shoulders?Follow me.
Opposite corners in both hands?Wait'jifbr
Drawing across the forehead?We a-e watch- ^
Placing on right ear?You have changed.
Placing on left ear?I have a message for
Letting it remain on the eyes?You are.,
cruel. i;t
Winding round the forefinger?I arn ea^ ,
Winding round the third flnger?I am,mar*
N. B.?Practice makes perfect.
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Saved from Drowning.?A little man, in
the west of Maryland, rushed to the Potomac
river lost summer, swearing that he would
drown himself. ? When he had waded in to the
depth of his waist, his wife, who had followed
him, seized him by the hair of his head, and
then, as a spectator describes it, "she led him
back until he had reached a place where the
water was about two feet deep, whore she
pulled him over backwards, sousing his head
under, and then pulling his head up again,
'drown yourself, (down he went,) leaving me
to take care of the children, (another plunge,)
get druuk 1 (another souse,) and start for the
river. (Another dip.) Botter use tho watcr
instead of the rum. (Another dip and shako
of tho head.) I'll learn you to leave me a
widow !' " After sousing him to bor, heart's;
coutcnt, she led him out a wetter if not a wiser
man, nnd escorting him to tho honso, shut the
door. ?
A Joke on "Court."?A short time ago a
lawyer, who rejoices in a large share of work
house patronage, came into the City Court
drunk. His Honor addressed him thus :
' Sir, T nm sorry to see you in that situation.
It is a disgrace to yourself and tho profession
to which you belong."
"Did yb?i Honor spcuk to mo?"
"Yes, sir. I said that in my opinion you
arc a disgrace to yourself nnd your profession."
"Mny it please your Honor, I have practiced
in this court ever since you have pr?temporised
in that scat, and permit mo'to say, your HOhor",
this is tho first correct opinion ever i know
you to give." ; 'm.:j i bmr
In less than ntt hour from that t'lne AhmaO
was picking rocks at tho corporation nursery.

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