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——i--—--— Mr. Editor, The following stanzas were brought in to existence on account of breaking a ring accidentally, in the act of playing with a young lady ; if you think them worthy a place in your paper, you are at liberty to insert them. PERSOLUS. When broken in her hand she found Her happy lover’s golden ring, Her beauteous eyes in streams were drown’d, In streams as pure as limpid spring. ’Tis broke ! ’tis broke ! she then exclaim’d In plaintive notes of agony ; She sigh’d and sobb’d, and then remain’d With eyes of sorrow fix’d on me. O ! beauteous eyes, enchanting pair, Whose rays still shine resplendently ; Unhappy I, that caus’d such care, In sportive play, unguardedly. Your pardon^ then, I hope to gain, I humbly crave it on my knee, I’ll join your ring which is in twain, I’ll give it safely back to thee. It is obtain’d, you smile assent, My happiness you do renew ; Being restor’d—I am content— To your sweet smiles and chiding too. May all your days in pleasure roll, Serenely as the blooming spring, And may your joys ne’er meet control, But be as endless as the ring. March 14, 1823. PERSOLUS. A SOLACE. BY REV. J. BRETTEL, (ENG.) ’Tis sweet to think, that, when I die. There’s one will hold my languid head, And let me on her bosom lie, Till every breath of life is fled. And when these beaming eyes shall close, And lose at last their fading ray. For ever fixed in deep repose, She’ll watch beside my lifeless clay. ’Tis sweet to think, that, when I’m dead, Her eye will pour its softest tear, Her hand upon my green turf shed The sweetest fiowrets of the year. ’Tis sweet to think we both shall lie, Ere long, within one common tomb, Till, from Death’s bond released, we fly To those blest realms beyond its gloom. HOPE. The wretch, condemn’d with life to part, S#J4_still or> hope relies; And every pang that rends the heart, Bids expectation vise. Hope, like the glimm’ring taper’s light, Adorns and cheers the way; And still, as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray. MiSUftLlAUN 1. Anecdotes of JVafioleon. The genealogy of the Bonapartes pre sents a fact which is certainly of a very singular nature; it is that of the first Bonaparte having been exiled from his country as a Ghibeline. Was it then, the destiny of this family, in all times, and at every epoch, that it must yield to the malignant influence of the Guelfs ? Many individuals, who knew him at an early period of life, foresaw his extraor dinary career; and they reviewed the ©vents of his life without astonishment. At an early age he gained anonymously a prize at the Academy of Lyons, on the following questions, proposed by Ray aal.—‘ What are the principles and in stitutions calculated to advance mankind to the highest possible degree of happi ness?’ The anonymous memorial excit ed great attention; it was, perfectly in unison with the ideas of his age. It be gan by inquiring in what happiness con sisted; and the answer was, ‘In the per fect enjoyment of life in the manner most conformable with our moral and physi cal organization.’—After he became Em peror, Napoleon was one day convers ing on this subject ■with M. de Talleyrand; the latter like a skilful courtier, shortly after presented to him the famous me morial, which he had procured from the archives of the Academy of Lyons. The Emperor took it, and, after reading a few pages, threw into to the fire this first production of his youth, ‘ one can never observe everything.’ M. de Talleyrand had not an opportunity of transcribing it. It would appear, that from his earliest childhood his parents rested all their hopes on him. His father, when on his death bed at Montpelier, though Joseph was beside him, spoke only of Napoleon, who was then at the military school. In the delirium with which he was seized in his last moments, he incessantly called Napoleon to come to his aid with his greet sword. The grand uncle Lucien, who on his death bed was surrounded by | all his relatives, said, addressing-himself to Joseph, ‘you are the eldest of the~~ family ; but there is the head of it (point ing to Napoleon.) Never lose sight of him.’ The Emperor used to laugh and say ‘ this was a disinheritance: it was the . scene of Jacob and Ijisan. ’ .Las. moments, of the Mother of Bonafiarte. The evening preceding her death, she called to all her household. She was sup ported on white velvet pillows; her bed was crimson damask, and in the centre hung a crown decorated, with flowers. The whole of the apartment was lighted in grand style. She called her servants, one after another, to her bedside, who knelt and kissed her extended hand, which was skinny and covered with a profusion of rings. To her chief director of finances, Juan Berosa, she said, “ Juan my blessing go with thee and thine!” To Maria Belgrade, her waiting-maid, she said, “ Go to Jerome, he will take care of thee. —-'When my grandson is Emperor of France, he will make thee a great wo man.” She then called Col. Datley to her bedside ; he had attended her in all her fortunes, and Napoleon, in his will, had assigned him a donation of 14,000/. “You,” said she, “have been a good friend to me and my family ; I have left you what will make you happy. Never forget my grandson, and what you and he may arrive at is beyond my discerning; but you will both be great!” She then called in all her junior servants, then with a pencil, as their names were called, marked down a sum of mony to be given to each. They were then dismissed, and she declared that she had done with the world, and requested water. She wash ed her hands, and laid down upon her ; pillow. Her attendants found her dead, withTer hand under her head, Sc a prayer book upon her breast.—Thus perished the mother of one who has been a me teor on earth, and a blazing star to direct others. Afifiearance.—I became poor, and my apparel soon evinced it—I was universal ly avoided—-I passed through the streets as through a desert. I had three old hats —I gave them for a new one; put it on, and went out'—I was immediately accost ed by dozens. My wife contrived to get up one tolerable coat out of two old ones —-I put that on also, and went out—every one now recognised me, and I was sha ken hands with at every corner. Those that unfortunately have more brains than bank notes, can apply the mo ral.—JV. Y. Com. Adv. Some profane people would say, it was a reflection upon creation, that of all liv ing things, only two could he named which would remain true to us while in a state of poverty, viz : a dog and a consta ble—as the former is never known to de sert at hu.naii Lc.i-.ig *\vrr. irs the lowest state of degradation and misery—so the latter, with equal pertinacity, sticks by a man in adversity. \_Metrofiolitan. Slanber.—Against Slander there is no defence, iiell cannot boast so foul a fiend; nor man deplore so fell a foe; it stabs with a word, with a nod, with a shrug, with a look, with a smile: It is the pes tilence walking in darkness, spreading contagion far and wide, which the most wary traveller cannot avoid : It is the heart-searching dagger of the dark assas sin : It is the poisoned arrow, whose wound is incurable: It is the mortal sting of the deadly adder :—Murder is its em ployment; Innocence its prey; and Ruin its sport. A certain Jacob Kirk of the neighbor hood of Germantown, was standing one evening during the Revolutionary War, near the place occupied at present by the Bank of Germantown, in an alley. A British Light Horseman made his ap pearance reconnoiteritig; Mr. Kirk hav ing no arms, took up the oven rake, and stood in the shade, till the horseman was opposite the steps ; he then presented the rake handle and said, “ Dismount, or I’ll blow out your brains !” The horseman alighted, and gave up his pistols; Kirk took them, mounted his horse, and deli vered his prisoner safe at White Marsh. Natural HistoryA traveller was talk ing of having seen in some foreign coun try bed bugs, so large and powerful, that two of them would drain a man’s blood in a night. Sir John Doyle, to whom this was addressed, replied, “ my good sir, we have the same animals in Ireland, but they are known by another name. We call them humbugs The JVegro Pilot.—K ship going over Charleston Bar, with a negro pilot on board, the Captain asked him “ what wa ter she was in ?” to which he answered, “ salt-water massa.” “ I know that,” re plied the captain, “ but how much water is there?” “Eh, massa,” says ebony, “ you tink me bring tin pot for measure urn ?” Advice to Poets.—\ physician of Bath told Foote he had a mind to publish his own poems; but he had so many irons in the fire, he did not know what to do, “ Then take my advice, Doctor,” said Foote, “ and put your poems where your irons are,'* PUBLIC SALE, WILL be sold, on Tuesday the first of April next;, at the present resi dence of Mr. John P.' MS Quire^ the per sonal estate of the late Col. McGUIRE, consisting of valuable HOUSEHOLD and KITCHEN FURNITURE; an ex cellent collection of BOOKS, and many other articles. A credit of nine months will be given on all sums above five dol lars—under that, the cash will be expect ed—-bonds, well secured, will be required. Will also be hired, on the same day, several valuable NEGROES, for the ba lance of the year.—The sale will begin at ten o’clock A. M. WM. P. CRAIGHILL, Adm’r. March 12, 1823. FOR RENT, LL the property belonging' to the estate of John IVag-er, dec’d. Per sons who now occupy the tenements, and who wish to continue in them, wili do well to make application in time. The property is to be rented from the 1st day of April next. The renting will take place on the 31st inst. As I am desirous of closing my account as Guardian for the heirs of the above named estate, it is hoped that all persons indebted will come forward and make payment; and those having claims will present them properly authenticated, on or before the 30th day of April next. CATHARINE WAGER. March 12, 1823. Dr. GODFREY WEISE, rjHENDERS his thanks to the public, 1 (that is, the punctual part,) for the liberal encouragement he has received since his residence at Harpers-Ferry, and informs them that he lias replenished his store with an excellent assortment of ge nuine and fresh Sundry Other Useful Articles, which he will dispose of on very reason able terms for cash. Drugs and Medicines, AND DRUGS. Aloes, Alum, Antimony, Aquafortis, Alcohol of Wine, Aromatic Bitters, Anti scorbuticTinc. Balsam Copaivae, Columho - Camphor, Calomel, Cremor Tartar, Cold pressedCastor Oil, Castile Soap, Coperas, Copal Varnish, Epsom and Glauber Salts, Flower of Sulphur, Gum Arabic, Gum Copal, Gum Shelac, Gum Guaiac, Gum Tragaranth, Gum Gamboge, Gentian Root, Gum Elastic, Ivory Black, Ipecacuanha, Isinglass, Indigo, Jalap, * Liquorice Balls, i Lichen Islandic, 5 Laudanum, i MercurialOintment l Magnesia, | Manna, ? Nutgalls, \ Oil of Cloves, | Oil of Lemon, ^ Oil of Burgamot, i Oil of Lavender, | Oil of Wormseed, | Oil of Mint, ? Oil of Spike, 1 Oil of Vitriol, i Opium, \ Peruvian Bark, | Pearl Ash, ? Paregoric, \ Rhubarb, \ Rosin, I Sugar of Lead, l Snake Root, f Sponge, 5 Senna, | Spirits Turpentine, £ Spirits Hartshorn, Compound Spirits of Lavender, Sweet Spirits of Nitre, Tartar Emetic. /vnis, Fennel, Caraway, Coriander, and Worm J SEED. SPICES AND PAINTS v/iuuauiuii, Cloves, Cayenne Pepper, Mace, Nutmegs, Saffron, Fig Blue, Prussian Blue, Indigo, Rose Pink, v^rom i enow, > King’s Yellow, \ Red Lead, \ Verdigris, 5 Vermilion, I Log Wood, I Red Saunders, l Madder, ? Aronetto, &c. I, PATENT MEDICINES. Lee’s Family Medicines, Judkins’ Ointment, Bateman’s Drops, British and Harlaem Oil, Godfrey’s Cordial, Horwitz’s, Anderson’s, and Wilkin’s An ti-Bilious Pills, Opodeldoc, Henry’s Tooth Powder, Sing’s Itch Ointment, &c. &c. SUNDRIES. Ladies’ Toilet and Sewing Boxes (French manufacture,) A large assortment of French and Ger man Toys, East India and Ground Crackers, Razor Strops, Fishing Lines and Hooks, Violin Strings, Durable Ink, Shaving, Almond and Rose Soap, Wash Balls, Blacking Balls, Pocket and Pen Knives, Preserved Ginger, Snuff, Hard Soap and Dipt Candles, and many other articles which need not he named. Jan. 29, 182 3. 'Beware of Swindlers ! i SOME of the citizens of this place ha. ■ been lately duped by a pair of ‘ Rov ing Blades^ who promised to carry bn the Tailoring1 Business, but managed to carry themselves off, without paying for their boarding and other matters. The first, named Bnnahey, danced off the shop board between the 23d and 24th ult. after a residence of about a week. He is nearly 5 feet 7 inches high, of a fair complexion, and by no means backward in exercising his talent of cutting-—pigeon-wings. He is now doubtless edifying the inhabitants of the villages west of this with similar specimens of his agility. The second, named Blade, perhaps a span above 5 feet, remained to cut a little deeper than his worthy partner, and took a long seam to wards the west also, on the morning of the 16th inst. He has a remarkable scar on his nose, a very boyish appearance, and wore a brown frock-coat. It is hoped that the public will be on the alert, and prevent these swindlers from cutting into such unseemly shapes the precepts of ho nesty and fair-dealing. A reward of Fiye Dollars will be given to the person who first aids in bringing to the lap-board of justice the little Blade who last figured upon the stage. March 19, 1823. I OFFER my services to my friends and the public generally, as an Auctioneer of Jefferson County, and flatter myself, from the experience I have had in the business, that I can Sv II property to as good, if not better, advan tage than any other person in the county. Those who have property to dispose of, will promote their own interest by em ploying me. I can be had at almost any moment, timely notice being given me, or left at my house at Harpers-Ferry. HAS received a supply of low-priced Flannels, Russia Sheeting, Bur lasses, Men’s, Women’s, and Boys’ LEA THER SHOES. Feb. 5, 1823, WEAVING COTTON, $e. MOS. 7, 8, 9, and 10, Cotton Warp and Filling, Candle-Wick, Coffee, Fine Salt, 8tc. at WEED & WARING’s. J Feb. 12, 1823. ^ THE subscriber has on hand a quan tity of excellent James River To bacco, which he will sell, by the keg, on very reasonable terms. ..--s O Yes ! O Yes ! O Yes ! JOHN DALGARN, Jan. I, 1823. Constable. PETER CONLAN TOBACCO. March 12, 1823. For Sale at this Office, FEW BLANK BOOKS of dSfc* ent patterns; some Note, Order, and Receipt Books; a few copies of tb® > SERAPH, a new selection of Ps(‘ 'j0llilC Tunes, Hymns, and Anthems, b/ John Cole ; and a few copies of Webster’s Spelling Book. March 5, 1823. Mason’s Remains. SUBSCRIBERS to the above work, re siding at or near Harpers-Ferry, are requested to call for the same at the office of the Free Press, where a few copies are for sale. J. A. BINGHAM. March 5, 1823. Fresh Groupies. ON hand, a fresh supply of Sugar, Coffee, Tea, Cheese, &c. F. BECKHAM. Feb. 26, 1823. Sugar, Coffee, £5 Scotch Herrings, JUST received, and for sale at the store of WEED & WARING. Feb. 26, 1823. Clock for Sale. THE undersigned has for sale, a first rate Eight-Day CLOCK, which he will dispose of on reasonable terms to a punctual purchaser, or exchange for good paper. F. BECKHAM Harpers-Ferry, March 5, 1823. Fresh Garden Seeds, ■JTUST received and for sale at the store tl of Dr. G. WEISE. March 5. BEST WRITING PAPER. LETTER and common writing paper for sale at the office of the Free Press. Feb. 19, 1823. HORSE BILLS, And almost, every other description of Printing, executed at.this Office on rea sonable terms, and in a neat manner. Clean Linen and Cotton Rags, Bought at this office;.