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WEDNESDAY, MARCH '"6, 18.22. Ifctf6* This p&pewwill be hereafter issued on Wednesday ,¥in consequence of a con templated eh aVge in the time of the .ar t-rival -and departure; 6f the mails. The “ Remarks on Education” will, for various reasons, be discontinued : but may, under more favorable circumstan ces, be re-assumed. Some*interesting proceedings will be toynd under the congressional head, occa sioned by the death of Mr. Pinkney, Se nator from-the state of Maryland' It appears that we were misinformed as to the nature and amount of the losses sustained by the late swelling of the wa ters. It is stated that the quantity of coal swept off by the current did not ex ceed 1500 bushels; and it may be proper to mention that it was charcoal. Mr. Stri ker informs us, that he had previously re linquished all claim to the saw-mill and ware-house which were destroyed, and that, consequently, no inconvenience was experienced by him other than the expo sure to the weather of a large quantity of flour. It is yet to be determined who the sufferer is in this case—-the govern ment or an individual. The legislature of this state has passed an act, “ authorizing Catharine Wager and James B. Wager to erect a toll-bridge across the Potomac at Harpers-Ferry.” This is an object which very much inter ests the citizens of this place an*d its neighborhood, but particularly travellers, as it will obviate the obstacles sometimes presented by high water and high winds. We hope, therefore, it .will be speedily carried into effect. • Our readers, no doubt, recollect the propositions made, by the Kentucky com missioners, to the legislature of this state, -in regard to the construction of the com pact by which*Kentucky was erected in to an independent state. [These propo sitions will AC found in our paper of the 19th ult.] After considerable discussion, the House of Delegates, on the 14th ult. adopted the following resolutions, pre faced by the reasons on which they were founded :— Resolved, as the op inion' of the General Assembly, That it is inexpedient to accede to the first proposition submitted to them by Henry Clay .and G. M. Bibb, Esquires, commissioners on the part of the state of Kentucky. Resolved, as the opinion of the General Assembly, That it is inexpedient to accede to the second proposition submitted t!o them by Henry Clay and Geo. M. Bibb, Esquires, commiss:oners on the part of the state of Kentucky. A fellow has lately been detected in Norfolk, who sold “ brass flings” for gold dust.. He had pocketed abon g>5000, the proceeds of a s*le of this description to a merchant in New-York, practised a similar trick on a gentleman in Philadel phia, to the amount of g>4000, and was “preparing to make a third experiment in Norfolk, to which place he was pursued by those whom he had previously duped, and safely lodged in prison. This rnay serve as an useful admonition to the un wary, should their cupidity be tep&pted .by a golden bait, and will^dd another fo the many proofs—1“ that ‘all is not gold that glitters.” . * [selected by a friend.] Whoever would deceive the multitude,. let him not despair of persuading them to believe any one thing in the world, ex cept truth. .Truth is liked by some, assented to by few, and censured by most men. It is from her repugnancy to; most men’s inte rests that she is seldom welcome : Politi cians are afraid of her, parties detest her, and all professions agree, that she is mad, and very dangerous if suffered to go about in public. • * Mankind in general live in masquerade; he, therefore, who mixes with them un masked, is always ill-received, and com monly abused. A lie sent out into the world, like a "feomb-discharged amongst a c.r ow'd, bursts into innumerable pieces, every one of which carries mischief with it in its flight. Liars and gamesters are not more con temptible in the eyes of others, than ail others, who are not of their own genteel .fraternity, are in theirs. A \yis.e man is as much despised a m on gst fools,#as a fool amongst wise men. History is the great looking-glass, thro’ which we may behold with ancestral eyes, .not only the various actions of ages past, and the curious accidents, that attend time, but also discern the different humors of men, who lived in time past; who now live, and, in some measure, of^Hose, who shall appear on the grand theatre in time to come. t Prayer encouraged and countermanded. When Juan de Padillia, a most aban doned and infamous fellow, was made ge neral by xthe people of Spain, among others there was a priest, who, being a zealot for him, used to pray publicly in the church :—“ Let us pray for the whole commonalty, and for his majesty Don Juan de Padillia, and for his lady Donna Maria his wife, anckall his servants.” • But a little time after, some of Juan de Padillia’a- soldiers, who were quartered in his hguse, plundered him nearly of all he had—th| next Sunday the same priest addressed tLe people in the same church : “Beloved Christians! You know how Juan de Padillia passing this,way, some of his brigade were billeted in my house. Truly, they have not left me one chicken : they have drunk up a whole barrel of wine; devoured all my bacon-, and have taken away my servant. I charge you, therefore, that you fir ay for him no more.” [ffowell’s Letters. MISCELLANEOUS SELECTIONS FROM ENGLISH . PAPERS. * Extraordinary Travels.—A German, accompanied by proper attendants, went on a mission to Tombuctoo, from the French army in Egypt, and on his route, hearing of the defeat of the French army *by .Abercrombie resolved to proceed, ra ther than become a prisoner to the Eng lish. He lost three of his attendants du ring his journey.They crossed a desert in 53 days, in abotit the centre of which they discovered three human skeletons, by the side of one of whom was a belt with a chronometer and compass attach ed to it, one of them made by Harris, the other by Marchmont, this circumstance leaving little doubt that they were Eng lish travellers. This German traveller made his way to. the Cape; if true, on-e^of’the most ex traordinary accomplishments of the kind on record. He weftt from thence to the East*Indies, is now in London, and in* tending to publish his book. Of this story, particular as it appears to be, we need scarcely say, that we areextremely doubt ful. • Cast Iron Palace.—Prince Labanow is, according to the journals, about to erect a palace-of cast iron, at Moscow, orna mented with 42 colossal columns of the same metal ! # . Quadrature of the Circle.'—M. Scama rella, a Venetian geometrician, announ ces, in the Gazette of Venice, of the 23d November, that he has solved the prob lem of the quadrature of the circle, and that he is ready to'demonstrate it incon tro- ertibly to all the mathematicians in | the world. According to M. Scamarella, ! the superficies of a •circle is equal to the ! square of the proportional between the diameter of the circle and a line equal to three-fourths of the same diameter. It is also .equal to the square of the circumfer ence -multiplied by half the radius, esti ; mating their ratio as 7 to 21, and not as I 7 to 22, as Archimedes taught. M. Sca ! marella farther engages to solve all the most difficult problems of this nature, in facola a qualcunque Matematico. We will, therefore, propose to Mr. S. the fol lowing problem : “If a man, senA.nced to the . gallows, should obtain from his judges, as the last favor, permission to walk to the place of execution, successively diminishing by one third the length,of his steps, it is asked, How many generations would elapse, before, this man had traversed the distance between the prison and the scaf fold, supposing it to be a thousand yards ?” Extract of a letter from Albany to the editors of the New York Statesman, da ted February 17. “This morning, at half past 12 o’clock, the mansion house of gen. Solomon Van Rensselaer, on his farm, in Bethlehem, was destroyed by fine. It Was most un-'. questionably the work 5f incendiaries. His son, who slept in a room of the build ing, was awakened by the noise of three I men in the room, and the fumes of the ! smoke. The men attacked him, and he i defended himself by discharging a gun at them, which did not take effect, & would probably have succeeded*in dispatching him, had it not been for the timely assist ance of two men, who lodged in anothar part of the house. The villains succeeded in making their escape, and’Wave not yet' been traced. The house is now level with the ground—-the barn and out-hou ses saved.” Gen. Van Rensselaer has offered a re ward of fixe hiufired dollars for the de tection afid arrest*of the villains; and the g'o ernof as issued a pfocl&piation of fering a similaf reward. I DEATH OF MR. FTNKNEY. ' j Thg following notice of this event is from a postscript to the National Intelli gencer of the 26th ultimo :— Monday Night—11 o’clock'. Ten mi nutes ago, Mr. PINKNEY breathed his last. After a course of the most acute suffering, he expired without a groan. Thus has departed, at an age when he might have rationally looked forward to many years yet of activity and usefulness, the patriot, the statesman, the transceud ant advocate, and one who may be rarfk ed among the extraordinary men that have shed a lustre on their country, and adorned the world. We are not permit ted at this late hour to say more than to express.our sincere participation in the grief which his decease will occasion throughout our country, apd to commis serate the .affliction with which it over whelms his excellent family.—[Nat. Int. On hearing of the death of Mr. Pink ney, the Supreme Court adjourned, where upon the members of the bar resol ’.fed to attend the funeral, and to wear crape on the left arm during the present term. On Wednesday last, the corpse was re moved to the Senate chamber, -where di vine service was performed by the Rev. Mr. Ryland, from whence the funeral procession moved to the grave, attended by the judges of the Supreme Court; the members of both houses of Congress, the officers of government, "&c. and an im mense cQncourse of citizens and strangers. The fudges of the several courts and the members of the bar in the city of Bal timore, have re.solved that a Monumental Tablet^y/wh an appropriate inscription to the memory of-.Williarn Pinkney, be pla ced in the room occupied by Baltimore County Court, that the room.be shrouded in black, and that the members, of the bench and bar wear mourning until the end of the approaching session of that court. FROM THE SPANISH MAINE, NEW YORK, FEE. 27. Last evening the sdi’r' M’Do'nbugh, captain Augur, arrived in 16 days from Curracoa, bringing us papers to the 10th instant. Accounts from Porto Cavello state, that La Torre had returned there with about 50 cavalry, as an escort, having left at Tocuyo from 1000 to 1200 men, which he intended immediately to reinforce with a part of the garrison of Porto Cavello, and with the whole, endeavor to penetrate into the interior, and make a diversion in fa vor of the Spanish cause,. • Letters from La Guayramf the 14th of January, received there, sfate, that the ob ject of the British sloop of war Falmouth, calling at PudVto Cabello, was to notify the commandant that the British admiral would not admit of any port on the main, in the possession of th<? Colombians,, be ing considered in a state of blockade, un less there were two men of war stationed oft such port to enforce the same ; and Spanish privateers capturing any English vessels in violation of this notice, would be^ declared pirates, and dealt with ac cordingly. A letter from La Guayra, dated the 30th of Jan. says:—“A French man of war schooner arrived here on the 28th, having an envoy on board for the purpose of making some commerciql arrangemen'ts with this government, and to intimate that the Colombian flajg vvill be admitted into all the ports of France and her colo nies.' *A salute was fired from the schr. on coming to anchor, which, was return ed by the batteries.” The above intelli gence will require confirmation. ARRIVAL OF THE HORNET. • .• NORFOLK, FEB. 22. Anchored in Hampton Roads yester day,* the Ut S. ship Hornet, R. Henley, escp commander, from Pensacola, and last from Havana, 11 days from the latter. Sailed from Ha ana with 22 sail under convoy, 20 of which were Anrferican, and 2 foreign, bound to different ports of the United States. They parted co. with the Hornet'at different times, after getting clear, of the coast of Cuba. Gen Ber nard, col. Totten, capt. Poussin, and iieut. Tuttle of the engineer corps—-and capt. Jesse D. Elliott,* of the U. S. navy, (pas sengers in the Hornet) came up to town last night in the stea.m boat Hampton. Capt. H. states that Havana was in a complete state of anarchy, the people be ing divided into several parties, and the nominal governor perfectly subservient to the popular whim; that pirates and piracy were openly countepanc'ed and*a * betted, and their depredations on Ame rican commerce sjioken of as a matter of congratulation. Tlje Qfficers of the Hor net were treated with civility, however. Fresh acts of piracy were daily perpe trated on the coast of Cuba, some parti # culars of which will be given to ,the pub. lie. The slave trade was carried on with great, activity among the islands. » GHARLKS'FON, FEB. 2o. Natal.—*-The U. x. brig Spark, .ca.pt. Elton, arrived here last evening, from a , long and arduous cruise in the West In- • dia seas, See. She ha*s made no priz.es, but has brought in seven more /urai'esy "taken out of a Dutch slo^p, off' Aruba.. ■ The Spark made her run.from the. Pan of Matanzas. to this porjt, in the remarkable short period of 62 hours. We regret to* add, that captain Elton is confined to his cabin by indisposition. From Havana.—Our Havana papers by H. B. M ship of war Athol, are o iy to* the loth inst. hut we have been favored' with the perusal ‘of letters to the 16th in clusive. The only interesting intellige nce they contain is a confirmation of the re port received-a short time since, that, t . e government of Cuba had determined on giving to the port of Havana, the advan tages of a free port. From the province of Texas our latest accounts are, that gen. Long, who fell by a mistake into the hands of the republi cans, supposing that he was assault! g a royalist party, has been not only released with his fifty men, but taken into the Pa triot service, with pay:, rank and emolu ments. So that he was not in the Patriot service before, having got there by being taken prisoner by them. The privates are to receive a dollar per clay each in their new employ. • They are lucky men, in deed, to escape at the same time from captivity and starvation. The reader can not but remark when their numbers are fairly told, what exaggerated afccou ts have been given of the formidable force of the array of gen. Long, at no time more respectable, in numbers at least,' than Falstaff’s famous company. • |jISTat. Intel. POSTSCRIPT. 4 In the House of Representatives, on th® 1st instant, a resolution was laid on the table by Mr. Cannon, proposing an ad journment of Congress on the 30tlj of the present month. A resolution was also submitted to the Senate on the same day, by Mr. King, of New York, proposing an adjournment on the 1st Monday in April.^ . The report of the murder of nine Uhl ted States surveyors, by the Choctaw In- . dians, appears to have been a fabrication. The pacific disposition of the people of this tribe is said to be proverbial. An efficient naval force, we learn, is directed by the Navy Department to sup- v press piracy hear the West India Islands and Gulph of Mexico, Five essels, hav ing on board a detachment of marines,, are ordered on this duty forthwith. y '[Wash, Gaz. The British ship of war Athol, of 28; guns, cupt. Bouchier, arrived at Charles ton on the 22d, in Jour days from Ha a-, na, having on board §500,000 in Specie, for Charleston and New York. The Athol left at Jamaica, 17th January, the United | States brig Enter prize, capt. Kearney, to sail for New Orleans in three days. The Enterprize had destroyed one piratical vessel at Cape Antonio. The steam ship Robert Fultori was expected to arrive at Havana, from New Orleans, on Sunday I last. MARRIED, At Smithfield, in this county, on Thurs day last, by the Rev. Mr. Bunn, Mr. Wil- . liam W. Green, of this place, to • Miss-. | Ann A. Strider, of the former place. Administration. ^JERSONS* indebted to the estate of jtj Henry Kenney, deceased, are desired to pay ; and those to whom he was in ar rearages will produce their accounts to the subscriber. E. C. BREEDIN, Adm’r. March 5 PUBLIC SALE. -1^71LL be exposed to public sale, ai f f the late residence of Samuel Pilesy deceased, on the 16th of March next, all the personal estate of said deceased, coir sisting-of his interest in the House which is at present in the occupancy of his wi* dow, and a like interest in a small Garden, together with a large t§n plate Stove, bed sides many other articles of Household Goods. The terms will be cash, ou all sums un* der five dollars, and above such sum a ere* ^it of sixty days will be given, on th£ usual conditions being complied with. CHARLES WAGER, Hafpers-Ferry, Feb. 19. AdmW. E. C. BREEBIN, ATTORNEY AT LAW, PRACTISES in the superior and iiv ferior Courts of Jefferson and Lou<» doun counties’ He will also attend regu larly the high court of chancery for the • Winchester district. ITarpers-Ferry, JD§e. 18.