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2. 1UGAN, Editor and Proprietor.
A pleasant light suffused his soft, dark
eye, but he only answered
You have good friends here, Lina.
My mother loves you, and my father
would hazard his life almost, for your
protection. By the way, I have some
thing to tell you."
"Indeed !" said I, eagerly. "What
is it?"
'You remember the letter which I car
ried to the office for you ?"
'Yes, indeed ; and so many weeks
had elapsed that I began to hope I might
hear nothing more of it."
"To-day a stranger called at the office,
a tall, handsome man, with black hair and
eyes, and looking very thin and pale, as
if just recovering from illness."
"Go on !" I cried, as he paused; "what
did he say !"
"He inquired if there was a person na
med Colesworth residing near here ; and
if a Miss Alherton were boarding there.
I chanced to be in the office myself, and
answered his question."
"What did you tell him, Vaiick? You
did not betray me ?"
'I told him tho truth ; that I knew no
person by the name of Atherton ; and
when he asked me to be directed to Mr.
Colesworth's I pointed out the house of
Mr. Warren Colesworth, which is three
miles from here, and where he will be in
no danger of hearing any news of Pau
lina Atherton. I did this, Lina, bi cause
I thought it would please you. If you
command me I will go for him this mo
ment, and tell him that you desiie his pre
sence." . "Oh, Varick, T am so much obliged to
you ! He is the last person I should de
sire to see. And the letter?"
" He inquired for it, examined it care
fully, said he was going to see you, and
would take it with him. I think he was
. satisfied by that, that you were cot in
that region."
" He will come I know he will. Oh
'Varick, you do not know his perse
verance!" He made no reply, and for a moment
lie sat in thoughtful silence. Determined
not to allow my spirits to be affected by
the intelligence be had brought, I affected
to be gay, and commenced rallying him.
Whatis the matter with you of late?"
I asked. You are as brave as a
" Do you think so ?" he asked ; and I
' iudped from his voice that he was not
' displeased that 1 had not taken note of
his humor.
" Yes indeed I do." I answered : "and
1 1 want to know the reason, too. You
, are not at all like what you used to be."
"lain getting ambitious."
. Then it is not love, but the other mas-
i ter passion of the human breast which is
.agitating you? I fancied that some' of
.those black eyed beauties who sit in the
r singer's seat at church were amenable for
your sad looks."
' ' To this he only answered by raising
, those gravely smiling eyes of his to my
, face, for he was laying stretched upon
the grass at my feet.
'So you plead not guilty in Cupid's
.court? Fray what are you ambitious
He waited a moment, and then answer
,ed half fcuterly
I ; "How should you a lady born and bred,
.have' any' sympathy 'for the hopes and
longings 'Of a mati ?"
Bravo "thought, your pride will
,8tand you in good stead yet. In your
bitteiest moments,1 you are still a man,
.and. therefore! the peer of a king." -"
"You forget," I replied aud ibly, "that
' -when a lady lays aside, either voluntarily
.or otherwise, the accompaniments ot her
.station,' and is dependant upon her own
.labor for support, she becomes a woman,
,and, therefore the peeress of any man."
"True" he answered more cheerfully ;
" and after all, ' my ambition is not so
very hard to be understood."; .
' ; I guessed as much, men are always
most grandiloquent when tney mean the
least." 1
But I mean a great deal. I want to
get married, Una I" , : ' '
' 1 " Now Cupid be praised ! :lhe man has
.come to confession at last!' 'Ambitious
" of a wife, are yout Well what hinders?"
r " What have, 1 to recommend to any
lady's favor t" :'il' ' ' ' .'
'You are fishirig'fbr" compliments now,
',tu you won't ."get them. . Of course a
, -warm lender faithful heart Is nothing 5 a
clear, cool head,' governed by an nonest
sense of right, a firm purpose, and an en-
'ergetio will ate nothinff. Nobody ever
'succeeded upon such capital 1'
1: "But Vhaf advantage--" '
'; Make your' own advantages'. You
' 4are datable of it. " the world owes you a
, . : Tiling, land, 300, owe the ; world, tb,e, work
to nay for it. bet yourself about fulfil
ing j our .'part of ihe. (obligatlon, "ahd Tl
be responsibla for the , result. - but I, can
. stay no' longer 'to preach to you ;'he
Hcelifo Siotutal, eyclflpmaif::iit(sts, fiieiata, Stum, anfe
night air grows cool, and I must go in.,"
lie made no reply biit continued stro
king the hand be had held for the last five
minutes in his own.
" That hand was never made to labor,"
he said.
" Many a pound it has wrought out,
though not as many, perhaps, in the time
it has been at work, as the broader parts
in which it lies. But come I am in ear
nest ; let me go in !"
He raised the hand to his lips, and then
looking up with a half sad half hopeful
smile, rose ; and folding my shawl about
me and taking up my guitar, he accom
panied mo into the house.
That night by candle light in my own
room, I had a foolish dreamwith my
eyes open. I saw Varick Colesworth a
fisherman in college. I saw him go
through all the degrees of a collegiate
course, as grain goes through a mill. I
saw him come out a smooth polished gen
tleman, an abstruse scholar, having all
the outlines and profundity, and self con
sciousness of a newly fledged A. M.
Under the influence of this delightful
vision I went to my bureau drawer, and
taking therefrom a jewel casket. I opened
it and carefully examined its contents.
took them up in my hand ; they glistened
beautifully in the light ; they were fine
pearls large and valuable, but of what
use are they to me ?" I said. Better far
that they should be making a true heart
appy, than lying idle here."
The next day I had an errand at Mr,
White s. A week later Varick came in
one day, and invited me to go apple gatli
eruiff with bun. I tied on my bonnet
quickly he lifted me into the great wagon
and in five minutes we were on our way
to the orchard. I was sportive as a kit
ten, and ready for a merry game of romps,
and he was a willing and appreciative
though very quiet ally. I don't think
he laughed aloud once, although my
shouts rang out, peal after peal, upon the
still dreamy air.
At last our wagon was filled. " ome
Lina," ho called, as I ran toward a tree of
golden pippins, which I had been all along
teasing him to shake, "it is time tor us to
go now ; the wagon is quite mil, ami it
grows late. We must go slowly home, for
1 have something to tell you.
The first thing that ever attracted me
towards Varick, was he always command
ed me. No matter how kindly or defer
entially he spoke, or whether his words
took the form of query or suggestion 1
never thought of disregarding what he
said. So, though my heart was set up
on the pippins I only sighed and answer
"I suppose your royal highness must
be obeyed: but you shall promise me not
to pick the pippins till I can come with
He laughed and called me a baby, and
said that depended upon whether I was
a good child, and then, taking me quite
by surprise, he lifted me with my flying
sun bonnet, dishevelled hair, and apron
full of apples, into the wagon with one
bound; and, quickly taking my placu be
side me, started the team homewards,
f'Well, what is the newB?" I asked,
as soon as we were well under way.
He said nothing, but, with a very grave
look, he drew from his pocket a letter
which he handed me. With as much
unconsciousness as I could command, I
Aft Varirle Cnleawnrth. Enclosed
pleane find a cheque for the sum oi500,
which a Jriend, mucti interested in your
welfare, desires vou to expend in gain
ing a collegiate education 5 for which he
is convinced you are, by nature, well fit
ted." .
The letter, was without date or signa
ture, and post marked in a distant city
" Well that is nice,'? said I. "I wish
some of my friends would favor me with
a similar token of their interest. X con
gratulate yon, Varick. What college do
you intend to patronise ?" .
" Does the idea of my becoming a col
legian please you so much. Lina ?"
'Why, ol course, it does. 1 want you
to be a gentleman," I replied, hastily.
His cheek flushed.
" And to cam au education by means
of this anonymous gift would make me
more gentlemanly, you think I - ;
" W by. Varick, I hope you don t des
pise the advantages of learning ? and I
am sure nobody would become them bet
ter than you." , ' ; '
"No, Lina : no one prizes knowleJge
more than I ; though I cannot say that I
ever hud any very strong desires towards
thepath-oT a scholar. .1 never was made
to be a plodder overbooks : and, if I were
I could not use this money." t
."Why not r 1 asked, tearing lest he
suspected my secret. ; v
. 4-Beoause I have no right to it. I have
not earned it ; it is in no. proper sense
mine." -.. : '-1
" Nonsense1. Doubtless the giver will
never feel the loss of it ; .or it may, be that
be, will be really disapointed if you do not
use it.".:, v T kV t.jV,
ZU IP, i enough, ; Lina. s Not r even 7to
make myself more worthy of yor regard,'
will I accept this gift. I shall never draw
it from thb bank." r
I could say nothing ; but I was consci
ous of looking scornful.
Lina, he continued "do 1 sink so
very far in your estimation, by pursuing
this couise?" - ........
" No I honor you for it ; and yet I can
not but regret that it must be so ?" -
" I have something else to tell you
while we are upon this subject; if I had
been born to a fortune, heir apparent to
all the advantages of wealth, and among
hem a liberal education, 1 should, per
haps, at this moment, have been mured
up within the walls of some dull univers
ity, in the leading strings of a tutor,' and
stupidly engaged in cramming my brain
with theories and abstractions, which
formed the mental calisthenics of monks
and friars in the Middle Ages. Soine
minds are better fitted for such things
than mine, no doubt ; you for instance
had you been a man, mieht have made a
splendid metaphysician ; but, with my
strong physical energies, the practical
rough work of life in the better schoolfor
" Whither do all these thoughts lead ?'
I asked, a sudden trembling seizing my
" To this conclusion : I am going to a
" When ?"
" As soon as the harvest; are gathered.
Warren is now old enough to take my
place upon the farm. As for myself, this
little valley is no longer the place for
He was looking straight forward into
the glowing splendor of th6 sunset : but
his gaze was that of a mind preoccupied.
He was living at that moment ten years
in the future. Something, perhaps which
he saw in the vision made his hand stray
half unconsciously to mine, and the touch
recalled him to the present.
( A tiA urlipi-0 urill T.inn hn in mean.
"Well enough off, I doubt not," was
my reply. I was vexed that he expres
sed no regret at leaving me. " I am get-
tins ambitious, too; perhaps I shall remove
to town, and extend my business and my
fame ; and, who knows, but, by and by, I
shall marry some rich gentleman and live
in style."
Again he looked out upon the fading
glories of the west ; but this time his gaze
was troubled, and his clasp upon my
hand grew closer and closer, until I al
most screamed with the pain.
" Do you intend to cms h my hand ?"
I asked, petulantly, for his silence made
me perverse.
" Forgive me, Lina ; but unsay those
cruel words. Tell me that the little imp
of wilfulness which does lie somewhere
down at the bottom of your heart, made
that speech, not my true-hearted Lina ?"
He always could command me, and
when I looked up smiling into his face,
and said
" Since your high mightiness doesnft
fancy my plans, suppose you substitute
some of your own for me '." he knew
that my insubordination was practically
at an end. ' : ;
We had reached home and as he assis
ted me from the vehicle he whispered
' Give mo one year Lina, to prove my
self worthy of you 1"
That night I wrote a letter to Mr.
White. A week later, a little package
came for me which I placed in the drawer
with my lewel casket.
"Lie there," L said, "my bonnie pearls
your mistress has bought wisdom, and
you II never be sent on such a loot s er
rand again, .1 . . " ' .
Varick had been gone a month, and not
a word had been heard from him. . .Mr.
and Mrs. Colesworth were away upon a
visit, and Warren and I only were
home, when, one dreary afternoon in De
cember, there came a knock'at the, door.
Warren answered it, and Howard Ather
ton entered the room. ,
"At last I have found you," was bis
first salutution. "Paulina, will you '.not
speak to me ? . ' ,
God knows I could not for the first mo
ment: but rallying, at length I offered
him a formal greeting, and asked him to
be seated. v
He fixed his dark.'fascinating eye upon
me, andtfill the old mesmeric power with
which, years agone, that glance had en
thralled me, returned. I could have
swooned at his feet indeed nothing bnt
the strongest exercise of my will preven
. .. ir I
leu It. ne spoite again, wim nuueye
voicee ; Satan own power waT given
that man to torture me' X do believe.; ; '
"Paulina I come as a friend : as th
messenger of sad intelligence. Walter
Atherton your stepfather, ia no m6re "
Indeed," I replied ; "1 am sorry to
hear it : save in one instance, ne was ai
wave kind to me."- , '" '
"Your allusion was hot needed to re
mind me that I alone was the cause,
dissension between you ( but I come now
to bring you his forgiveness,' condition:
any testoiyeay' . ) v, - . v ,
h '-i.) ..!' : '-r.. i--t .' 't. K..."- I.",
Theresa something in that word for
giveness which roused the lion within
me. - - .
"I asked no forgiveness at the hand of
Walter Alherton, and I told him so, and
felt freer."
"I see, Paulina, that you have cherish
ed unkind thoughts toward ono who was
always your friend. Go back to the hap
py days at Glen Park, where your dear
mother lived, the head of a happy and
united "family ; the promise which you
gave me, then she sanctioned and, so long
as you were true to it, what but kindness
and the most unlimited indulgence did
you ever.roceive at his hands ?"
"Howard Atherton, my mother was an
angel, even while she lived upon earth,
and the man she called her husband,
kn?w it, and the sole redeeming trait in
his character was, that he loved her for
her gentleness and truth ; he would even
have made her child his heir ; but in or
der, at the same time, to satisfy his pride
he bargained me, body and soul, to you,
that the property might yet remain with
the name. Hand he done this as inno
cently as my' mother sanctioned it, for
she saw only the gentle exterior which
hides your demon heart, X could have for
given him. But he wad no 6tranger to
your habits, to all the hollowness or your
pretensions of love, and vet, he would
have bargained me away."
"Paulina, I have loved you, I do still
love you,; what interest have I, but that
01 love, any longer to pursue you ? My
uncle, upon his death bed, made his will,
bequeathing to you half ot his large lor
tune, and his full forgiveness of nil the
past, subject only to one condition
That condition I will not press. Accept
the gift, Lina, and come back to your
home in town, or, if it please you better,
accept Gleri Park as your residence ; be
again only my Cousin Lina ; share with
me again your songs and your rambles,
and those thousand recreations which we
were wont to enjoy together. All the ac
cessions of wealth and station you know
full well how to appreciate : only say the
word, and you shall exchange this vile
tenement for a home well suited to your
beaty, your grace, and accomplish
ments. '
Reader you may' blame me, but for one
moment I hesitated. Self-dependence has
its cares, its anxieties, its worrying fore-
hought, and often its hard privations.
All these I might relinquish, and accept
instead, ease, luxury, refinement, and the
nomage of society, For one moment a
whirlwind of conflicting emotions and am
bitions filled my soul. He saw his ad
vantage, and pursued it.
liina, he whispered twining his arm
softly about my waist, "my Carriago: is at
the door ; come with me, and you shall be
as free as you ;.are now. I will lay no
bonds upon you only do not compel me
to leave you, the idol of my 6oul, in this
place ; let me see you once more shining,
with all your original lustre, in the gay
circles of society. CoraeXina."
lie drew me towards him, and would
have risen, but Ii buried my face in my
hands, and in -that insant, the light of two
soft blue Eyes shone out over : the dark
ness and the tumult which reigned with
in. : One long, low, covnlsiye Bob buast
from rriy lips.; :
"Howard Atherton." I cried, "cease to
tempt me.; I have a treasure 111 this
than great
riches, and that is an approving conscience
a cotitented'miud. : Not all the gold yon
can offer could purchase me gems like
these. : 1 will not go with you."
You should have seen him then ; the
cup which he had placed brimming to his
ips,: was dashed in an instant to the
ground. : His eyes flashed fire. "
Vou will not go wan me, rauuna
Gray?" he hissed between his teeth. -
" X will not, sir. X am free ; your pow
er over me is at an' end, and I now bid
you defiance." ; :
You shall be made to rue that speech
yet, proud girl. 1 have not plotted re
venue againsi vuu iur uuueiii, iitiuuer
. r t.
wilLI be foiled 111 this way; For love,
for friendship, do you think I came here?
No I I steeled your father's heart against
you : he died, cursing your name ; he
left his estate unreservedly .to me, but
that' did not satisfy my. fierce revenge." 1
swore"that'y6u'8nOuld yet be mine, body
and soul," and so' you yet alia II.''. '."
-In his mad fury he .stepped -forward,
and laying his hand upon my Blioulder,
would have hurled me to the ground, had
not the door opened, and Warren, 'who
had retired to the next room, advanced
quickly and arrested his movements.
The man of the world, weakened by nice
and ! luxurious living, as he was, was
powerless in the hands of the hardy
stripling. To push him outside the door
and draw the bolt was but the' work of a
That was the last I ever heard of How
ard Alherton. A few months after, :
narafiraDh An' a newspaper, under tb
head of Shocking Suicide," announced
his death, by his awnhand, while under
the influence or liquor. 1 shuddered as
1 1 read it, and thanked Heaven that I had
SEPTEMBER 30, 1857.
been kept from the power, of that bad
Letters came from Varick, telling of
his prosperity. At the end of the pre
scribed year he came home. Again we
went apple gathering together, and that
time we shook the golden pippin tree,
and then we sat down at its foot, and with
the glory of sunset filling all the air
aronnd us, and the bars of golden light
streaming like flights of broken arrows
through the waing foliage, he then told
me all the story of his trials and successes
in the last twelve months.
So you see, Lina," he concluded,
that I have nothing to offer you, but an.
honest heait, which overflows with love
for you, and the devotion of head, hand,
and heart, to your service. Will you ac
cept it ?" .
'lies Varick, we will face the world
together and be prouder and happier in
our integrity and independence, than they
that sit at ease upon silken solas, and eat
of the fruits of another s industry.
A quiet cottage is our home. Thrift
ar.d industry sit upon our hearth, and
health and contentment crown our love
and though ten years have passed since
we sat in the orchard at twilight, and
plighted our vows and though deeper
shadows than those of t'vilight have fal
len over us since, we have tasted ol deep
er sorrows as well as holier joys than we
then dreamed of, I think no shade of re
gret has ever marred our perfect trust and
confidence in each other. O. L. r.
A Lesson for the Day.
In the crisis consequent upon the
Schuyler affair some years ago, a young
clerk having honestly come by a few
hundred dollars, bought Erie stock with
it, at about thirty. It rose in a few weeks
to forlv-five or so. He made several
thousand dollars.! He continued to spec
ulate. He bought other storks, which
rose likewise. He . extended his opera
tions, gave up his office, invested all his
money aud his time 111 his gambling
schemes. All throve. Every stock he
touched rose. He began to feel that he
was a person of very superior judgment.
His broker rather shared the opinion, lis
tened respectfully to his orders, and ask
ed him for hints, He took a fine house
and lived well. When he had made con
siderably over a hundred thousand dol
lars his broker took him into his inner
room one morning. '
Mr. L ," said the honest man,
" the balance in my hands due you now
is $ considerably more than you
will want to live upon for the rest of your
life. You have' a mother and sister; If
you continue to speculate, you will infal
libly lose every dollar. Let me entreat
and implore of you to draw out this mo
ney and go to Europe for a couple of
The young man laughed scornfully at
the suggestion, and intimated that be was
old enough to take ct.ro ol himself.
"Then Sir" said the broker, you will
be good enough to withdraw your balance
and close your account with me, for I will
have no han d in ruining you
He did so, engaged other brokers who
were glad of the business ; and was a
beggar within sixty days, without em'
ployment, or money, or credit, or capa
city for work.! ,
EST A new ballot-box is announced
in New York, not only so constructed as
to exhibit the interior, and the passage
of each separate ballot into it, but it is
cheap, strong and durable. The form is
that of an ordinary tin. trunk, with a
hinged lid and lock, except in the form 0
the lid. The top part of this is a sheet
of common window glass, above which
there is a stuclure of wove wire, risi ng in
a pyramid form five or six inches, with
a class tube in theapex, extending down
through the plate of glass into the box.
The ballots are inserted through a tin cup
over the tube, and can be seen as they
fall through the lubo and as they lie in
the box, which it is easy to ascertain by
handling. It is made of single tin, and
contains no contrivance lor stuthng. AI
the glass part is so constructed that it
cannot easily be broken, and boxes of
suitable size can be constructed lor 9
piece. ;. i " , . !' ' - -:
A Connoissbur. A down-easterstray
ed into the square in front of City Hal
yesterday morning, and planted Ins bro
gans firmly in front of the bronze statue
of Franklin, looking upward to the beni
gnant face of the old philosopher with
great apparent interest. .. ,.
. " What ole feller's likeness is that V
asked he of a by-stander.
"That, sir, is a statue of Benjamin
" Stalew of Franklin, eh ! wall I.ve
read all about him. Putty good old fe
low in his way, 1 Never fit much in the
revolution, but was great on soft toddern
the French. But,' I.siyy yeouj How
darned ijaVer 1 he ; was !" Boston
Heralds ' ';
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1 1.
f If HoNEst KEfc are tne lalt of ihe earth
pretty girls may be said to bo its sugar,
There was once an old house, and in
that house lived an old rai. By meant
of cracks and knot-holes, and sundry,
loles of his own making, he had an ex
tensive circuit through the whole house.
rom front to L., and from cellar to gar
ret, wherever there was anything that
would minister to the comfort of his outer
man, he was sure to find it and help him
self. One room was used as a granary,
and the door was kept carefully closed.
The old rut used to hear the sound of the
grain, as it was poured upon the floor, or
into the barrels, and a strong desire pos
sessed him to know, from personal obser
vation, what was in the room. But theie
was-no way for him to gratify that desire
but by making an entrance through an
oak board partition. So, one night after
all was quiet in the house, he sat himself
vigorously about the undertaking; and
though he found it rather a jaw-aching
operation, yet be kept up such an inces
sant nibbling, that long before daylight
his task was accomplished, and his hard
toil was rewarded by a plentiful repast
at the pile of grain. For some days and
nights he passed in and out at pleasure,
and enjoyed high living, without let or
hindrance. But the proprietor at length
discovered the hole which he had made
through the partition, and at once con
eluded that he would lay an embargo upon
that sort of fun : so he thrust a file into
the hole.
The next time the old rat.essayed to
pass in, he found a slight impediment 111
his way ; and he tried in vain to remove
it. At last said bis ratship, "I know
what I have done. I can gnaw off that
stiuk, for it isn't half as thick as the oak
board through which' I gnawed the hole."
So of he went again.' He thought (ho flie
was a good deal harder then the board,
but he was determined not to give it up.
Indeed, it was a prominent article in nis
cseed never to back out "Ah, a workman
is known by his chips," said he, as he
ooked and discovered quite a little pile,
that looked very much like ivory sawdust,
though he wondered that his chips should
be so bright colored. "I shall fetch it
yet," said he, and he applied himself with
renewed vigor.
But at length he discovered some bioou
on the file wheie he had been gnawing.
le instantly clapped bis paw to bis
bleeding mouth, when behold 1 he made
this discovery : that instead of gnawing
the file, the file had actually gnawed his
teeth down to the gums. For a moment
le stood quite conlounded. At last he
said; "for once I have made a fool of my
self." And so he had ; for he was not
only obliged to go to supperless to bed,
but what was ol vastly more consequence,
lie had lost a good set of teeth which
would be quite indispensable in procuring
us future slippers. And here we will
eave bis ratship, in order to make an ap
plication of the story.
Men ought to be wiser than rats ; but
they are : not, for they' also frequently
gnaw a file, .A person gnaws a hie when,
ust lor the sake ot having liisown way,
he obstinately persists in doing that which
s against his own interest that which
injures himself a vast deal more than any
body else. ' .
Here is an illustration : A boy care
essly hit his foot against a stone, and; as
a natural consequence it ached dreadfully.
He instantly made up , his mind that he
would have his revenge. 00 he sat down
and went to beating the stone with his
fist ; and he only, desisted when he ceased
to feel any pain in his foot, in conse
auence of the more severe pain in his
bruised knuckles. Now he had. bis own
wav he . took his revenge, but it was
gnawing a file.
Here is another ; a boy whose name x
feel a little : delicate about mentioning,
once got a little grouty at something which
his mother required him to do; so when
he was called to dinner, to show his in
dependence, said with pouting lips, I
don't want any dinner." : Now he was
hungry enough, but he was determined
he wonld not eat.ouf ot spite, . xie over
heard his sister say, "Guess he'll get
hungry by supper time," but he thought
within ;hiir-8elf. :" You 11 see. do he
nourished his wrath. to. keep it warm, and
when his sister called him to supper, he
grunted out mora grouty than ever, "
don't want any supper.'' " .
But as he turund to go off he.heard hi
moiher'say, You'll be a cheap boarder
at this rate." So he had the blessed sat
tsfactionof having his own way, and went
snoperlesa to bed. where he repented at
his leisure. Thero he lay and tbought
the matter" all . over and over again, and
again. 'He finally came to the " unani
mous conclusion" in bis- Own mind that
he: was a e-reat fool for having done as be
had for be had injured ;na mor.tal; living
s6 much as himself. It 11 almost unnecus
sarv to add. that he had a remarkable
good, appetite for. breakfast;, and , that
from that be tvaa of the . unshaken upin
ion that It was ijserably poor' rjoliey to
gnaw oyMc.,,.,, , , . . - , .. ,v ,
We might el vo illustrations equally per
tinent from those of riperyears.but forbear,
VOL. 3. NUMBER 39.
A Calcutta correspondent of the Times
furnishes the following details of the
dreadful tragedy t - ' .:X
Nena Sahib, was ' well known to U10
residents of Cawnpore, and in prosperous
times was always glad, or appeared glad,
to receive them at his castle, and to ac
company them on their shooting excur
sions. He is a middle-sged ' man, dark
complexioned. and but for a . dishonest
expression, would have been considered
a good looking man. The writer has
seen him, and shot in his company.
The moment, however, that he beard of
the mutiny at Meerut, and had felt the .
pulse of the troops at Cawnpore, his mind
was made up. We had refused him .' his
"rights ;" he determined to gain them
himself or perish in the attempt.-" His
first hostile act was committed on the
persons of fugitive ladies and children1
from Futtyghur and elsewhere, about a
hundred in number. , Uithoor .is only six.
miles above Cawnpore, and as tbey were
passing the former place on route to the
latter, he stopped their boats, brought
them 011 shore, and remorselessly shot
every one. He then tied their bodies
together, and threw them into the river.
This was Dhoonboopunt Nedajee's de
claration of war against the British Gov
ernment. This occurred early in June. .The re
volt brokeout at Cawnpore on the 5th.
No sooner bad intimation of it reached
the Nena that he took his guns and joined
the rebels, assuming the command in per
son. Gun3 were procured also front
other quarters of large calibre, and with
these he commenced pounding Wheeler s
intrenchment, to which. with his small
calibre guns, he could not adequately re
ply. Notwithstanding this, And ihatin
the first fortnight he lost about one-third '
of his force, Wheeler's heart never failed
him. Sally after sally did he make, and
always drove the enemy before him.
Had there not been so great a crowd of
ladies under his charge; he 'could with
ease have cut bis way to Allahabad. At
length, on the 26lh of Jane, they had but
two days' supply of food left; they had
no water ; their amunition was at its low
est ebb. From being confined 600, in
number, in a barrack originally designed
to contain about 200, and from the bodies
lying unburied all around them, disease
in a bad form had come among them, and
was decimating their ranks. " But the
heart of the gallant Wheeler rose with
he crisis On the 26ih he was determined
to make one last effort one grand assault
on the enemy'y position, and to take from
hein the necessary supplies. He came
on with bis halfstarved band charged the
enemy and drove them from their- posi
tion, but he had no cavalry. The enemy
ad been joined by a second regiment
from Oude, and the two coming upon his
anks just as he drove the infantry before
him coming with a pioportion of 12 to 1 ..
compelled him to fight his way back;
lie himself was mortally ..wounded, and
ost many men in this action, "Its result
and the death of Wheeldr the next .day,
damped the hopes of the garrisoq.. They
had neither food, water, nor ammunition;
to remain there was to diet In this
emergency they sent Mr. ' Siacy, the de
puty collector, on the 27lh of June, to
treat with Nena Sahib.' 'He was received
by that victorious leader with great" civ
ility, The following most favorable con
ditions were agreed to : The garrison
(including women, children, and camp
followers,) were 16 be permitted to. take
their arms, property, and a lac and i half
of rupees with them into country -boats
rovided for their reception, in which they
were to proceed to Allahabad. The in
genuity of hell ' never devised a blacker
scheme of treachery than that deliberately
planned by the Nena, and shared in by
all the rebels at Uawnpore, those rebels
being Sehoys, who for years had .eaten
our salt. ' '
Our poor, miserable, half-'starved
countrymen ..were conducted faithfully
. . , .
enougn 10 ine ooais-oraceis, menrwuine.n.
and children-and pushed off into the
stream in full confidence in the good faith
of these devils j but they had scarcely
done so when on a signal given byt the
Nena himself, guns vere . opened. . upon
them from the bank, and out of the forty
boats they embarked id some were sunk,
others set on fire and the rest pitshe'd
over to the Oude side, where 'cavalry in
waiting for them, in their , eagernes to
slay Caffres (infidels) toda their, horses
belly deep into tue river to meet the
boats and cut and' back at.' our unhappy
countrymen and women, who mnly
tried to escape. v Our boat;' however; ac
tually did manage to run thet terrible
gauntlet successfully," and, gotcnmiles
down the river, but they , were, pursued,
overtaken, captured, and brought baek
in triumph to 'the barracks, Vw Lore" the
men were all shot, and the women; reser
ved for a worse fute.
jC3T Genuine' politeness is theHfirsU
born offspring of generosity and modesty.

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