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By EDGAR SNOWDEN. Terms. Daily paper - - - - $3 per annum. Country paper 5 per annum. The ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE for the coun try is printed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. , . , All advertisements appear in both papers, and are inserted at the usual rates. CAPITAL TRIAL. From the Springfield. (Mass.) Republican, Sep tember 20 tk. The Supreme Court, consisting of Chief Jus tice Shaw, and Judges Wilde and Putnam, held a special session in this town the past week, prin cipally for the trial of two capital offences. The first was that of Moses Elliot, aged about 12 years, charged with the murder of Josiah Buck land, aged about 13, by shooting him with a pis tol, on the 5th day of April last. Josiah died on the fifth day after the occurrence; the ball entered his left breast and came out at the back. The testimony in detail, would occupy seve ral columns. We can only give the substance, as near*as we can collect it from memory. On the part of the Government, it was shown that the boys had formed the plan to run away toge ther, to which Josiah said he was prompted by Moses; that they fired at a mark on Saturday morning, near the house of Buckland, and soon after went away together towards the “hop house” in the field, to'continue their firing. No thing more was seen or known of either, till between 12 and 1 o’clock, when Moses ran past the little sister of Josiah in Walnut-street with out saying any thing to her. He was next met, going from his father’s in the direction of the hop-house with a spade, with which he said he was going to dig worms, although there was no evidence of his going a fishing. He afterwards played ball with two boys, to whom he said he had sold his pistol to a fellow down street. In the evening, as Josiah had not returned, and his father hearing he had ran away with Moses, went to the house of Mr. Elliot, Moses’s father, for information. He there found Moses, who told him Josiah had run off to Boston, and said nothing of the occurrence of shooting him. Sunday morning, Josiah’s el Moses coming from the “hop-house,” who told der brother (Walter) being in pursuit of him, saw Walter he had been to the hop-house and that Josiah was not there—that his clothes were un der the steps, and he must have gone to Boston. Upon being urged he went back with Walter to the spot. On the steps the rammer was found, and near by, on the ground, the pistol, which Walter gave to Moses, and requested him to help to continue the search for Josiah, which Moses declined, saying he must go home and f o to meeting. Soon afterwards, Walter found osiah near the fence, almost exhausted with loss of blood and cold; said he had been shot by Moses, and that he had lain under the hop house steps during the night, on his clothes. He wras taken home by his' brother and two men in a wagon, who were passing at the time. The dying declarations of Josiah, as given by several witnesses, were in substance, that he and Moses went out to the “ hop-house” to fire at a mark—that both fired several times—that when Josiah put up the mark by request of Moses, the latter would fire so quick that Josiah could hear the balls whistle by his head—that he told Mo ses if he did not wait tor him to get out or me way, he would not put up the mark; that they had some talk about dividing Jcsiah’s clothes, Moses wanting the best suit, which Josiah was unwilling to give, but that no hard words pass ed between them, and he did not know what Moses shot him for. That they went to the hop house steps to fire again; that Moses threw away the ramrod and told Josiah to pick it up—in do ing which Moses shot him. Moses came and said have 1 killed you? to which Josiah replied you have shot me, and now help me home, or go and tell mother; which Moses refused, and ran off fast. This took place about 12 o’clock. In the defence, it was stated that from the place of the wound, the position of the parties, and the circumstances of the case, the dis charge of the pistol must have been accidental; that the shot could not have been given in the manner described by Josiah; that Moses ran off and refrained from disclosing the transaction in consequence of fright natural to a boy so young, that the falsehoods he told in reference to the spade—to Josiah’s father in the evening—to the boys about selling the pistol—and to Walter Buckland the next morning, were also the result of boyish fright. That the dying declarations of Josiah were not entitled tocredit, because, in the opinion of the physicians, he was insane, although it was admitted he had lucid intervals, and his mother and other witnesses testified to his sanity. The trial commenced on Wednesday morn ing, and terminated on Friday. It excited great Interest, and it is for this reason we have at tempted a summary of the evidence. It it be lieved that the criminal annals of our State, and perhaps of the country, do not present anoth er instance of the trial for murder of a boy so young. The cause was sustained on the part of the Commonwealth, by Attorney General Austin, and District attorney Dewey, with their usual j great ability. The prisoner was ably defended by O. B. Morris and George Ashmun, Esqs.— The Attorney General had never before addres- j sed a jury in this country, and the high opinion which we had formed of his eloquence and mental powers was fully realized. The jury after being out abouttwo hours, re- j turned with a verdict of not guilty—and the boy j was immediately restored to his afflicted pa- j rents. Hint to the lovers of Terrapins.—A gentleman ’ told us the other day, that say what people would about this, that and the other recipe for ! destroying roaches, there was nothing equal to a young terrapin. “ Put him in your closet, said he, and l dont care how much it may be over- j run by them, he’ll soon make a clearing out of the nasty devils.” We remarked that perhaps such delicate food might improve the quality of the terrapin. “ That is a fact,” said he. “ Put a terrapin where it can feed on roaches, and you may make it as fat as you please; and for the flavor imparted to it by the roaches, notning can be finer.” De gustibus non eat disputan dem, we sa*d to ourselves; but we determined ■ that the hint should not be lost to the lovers of; terrapins.—Norfolk Herald. \ WHISKEY AND FLOUR. Barrels Whiskey, from Wasnington • D County, Maryland, brand Barnes & Ma son, and a small parcel of very white and supe rior Shenandoah Family Flour. _ Georgetown, oct 6—3t J* MASON, Jr. I FEMALE GAMBLERS. On no occasion did I watch higher play than on the evening of the dress ball. All the best company in Baden were assembled, and the birds of prey, whose profession it was to watch them, doubtless came armed for the encounter, and prepared to “ fool them to the top of their bent.” The following day was Sunday. We passed through the public walks on our way to church; and having time to spare, looked into the rooms, which even at that early hour had a crowd of people hanging round the gaming ta bles. On our return we entered them again, and then this frightful scene of madness was at its height. I doubt if any thing, less than the evidence of the senses, can enable any one lul ly to credit and comprehend the spectacle that a gaming-table offers. I saw women distin guished by rank, elegant in person, modest, and even reserved in manner, sitting at the rogue et-noir table with rateaux and marking cards in their hands; the former to push forth their bets and draw in their winnings, the latter to prick down the events of the game. 1 saw such at different hours through the whole of Sunday.— To name these is impossible; but I grieve to say that two English women were among them.— There was one of this set whom I watched day after day during the whole period of our stay, with more interest than, I believe, was reason able; for had I studied any other as attentive ly, I might have found less to lament. She was young—certainly not more than twenty-five— and though not regularly and brilliantly hand some, most singularly winning, both in person and demeanor. Her dress was elegant, but particularly plain and simple. A close white silk bonnet and gauze veil; a quiet-colored silk gown, with less of flourish and frill by half than any other per son; a delicate little hand, which, when unglov ed, displayed some handsome rings; a jewelled watch of peculiar spendor, and a countenance expressive of anxious thoughtfulness, must be remembered by many who were at oaaen in August, 1833. They must remember too, that, enter the rooms when they would, morn ing, noon or night, still they found her, nearly at the same play, at the rouge-et-noir table.— Her husband, who had as unquestionably the air of a gentleman as she had of a lady, though not always close to her, was never very distant. He did not play himself; and I fancied, as he hovered near her, that his countenance expres sed anxiety; but he returned the sweet smile with which she always met his eye, with an an swering smile: and I saw not the slightest indi cation that he wished to withdraw her from the table. There was an expression in the upper part of her face that my blundering science would have construed into something very foreign to the propensity she showed; but there she sat hour after hour, and day after day, not even allowing the blessed Sabbath, that gives rest to all, to bring it to her; there she sat con stantly throwing down handfuls of five-franc pieces, and sometimes drawing them back again, till her young face grew rigid from wea riness, and all the lustre of her eyes faded into a glare of vexed inanity. Alas! alas! is that fair woman a mother?— God forbid! Another figure at the gaming-ta ble, which daily drew our attention, was a pale anxious old woman, who seemed no longer to have strength to conceal her eager agitation under the air of callous indifference, which all practised players endeavour to assume. She trembled till her shaking hand could hardly grasp the instrument with which she pushed or withdrew her pieces; the dew of agony stood upon her wrinkled brow; yet hour after hour, and day after day, she too sat in the enchanted chair. I never saw? age and station in a position so utterly beyond the pale of respect. 1 was as sured she was a person of rank; and my inform ant added, but I trust that she was mistaken, that she w’as an Englishwoman.— Belgium ana Western Germany, by Mrs. Trollop. Providential Circumstance.—On Sunday ! morning last, about 9 o’clock, the 2d Presbyte rian Church in this place, the basement story of which is of brick, and the upper of wood-work, suddenly parted at the summit of the walls, and the rafters, joists, guerders, &c. fell, with a tremendous crash, strewing the interior with fragments of the ruins. The frame arid roof are still standing, but in a very dilapidated con dition. What adds to the rarity ot an accident of this character to a frame building, is the fact that it had been very recently erected. It had given no indications of its frailty, and this ca tastrophe was consequently entirely unexpect ed. Divine service, indeed, had been held in the church on the previous evening, and the Sabbath on which it fell had been appointed for a sacramental occasion. The weather was exceedingly inclement, which might have pre vented the assemblage of a large congregation, even had service been held on that day.—But the imagination shudders at the inevitable loss of life and limb which would have been the con sequence of this unfortunate event, had it oc curred whilst a congregation was worshipping within the walls of the Church. Providentially, no person was injured, though we understand that the sexton, a colored man, made a narrow i escape, having left the house, which he had been putting in order for the day, but a few moments before the occurrence of the accident. Lynchburg Vir. Great Printing Establishment.'r-ln looking over a file of late London papers, we find an in teresting description of the extensive printing.es tablishment of Mr. Clawes, where the publica tions of the celebrated publisher, Charles Knight and of the Society for the diffusion of useful knowledge, are printed. There are employed, 30 type founders, 6 stereotype founders, 7 men damping paper, and 160 compositors. The principal composing room, where the type is set, is 270 feet long, and is filled from end to end with a double row of frames. Two steam en gines are employed in driving the printing ma chines, of which there are eight that can each throw off from 700 to 1000 impressions per hour. There are 15 common printing presses, of 200 horse power each, for pressing paper. There are in the establishment about 1000 works in stereotype, of which 75 are Bibles. The first cost of these plates would amonnt to £400,000; the weight is about 3000 tons, and if melted and sold for old metal would be worth £70,000. The average quantity of paper printed amounts weekly to the astonishing quantity of about 2000 reams. When the paper-makers and other tradesmen are taken into account, the men to which this establishment gives employ ment must amount to several thousand. Boston Jour. - WHITE LEAD. Just received, per Sloop Miller, 1 fill Keg* Pure White Lead 1 100 do No. 1 do Roberts’ brand, Philadelphia, and for sole by JAMES W. SCOTT, oct 2—tf Union street. | The French Claimt.-\n confirmation of the rumor which we mentioned on Tuesday of ou Minister at Paris desiring to ^recalled, we are now enabled to state that a letter has been re ceived in this city from one who is in intimate relations with Mr. Livingston s family, affirm ing that he is ill at ease both in body and nnnd, annoyed by the procrastination and evasive po licy pursued by the French government m re lation to our claims. It states that the minsters declined bringing the subject before the Cham ber of Deputies at their late session, under the pretext of the shortness of its duration, and the consequent hazard of defeat. nelt^fr Mr. L. nor any of the Americans there have the slightest confidence in the sincerity of the pro fessions of the Frenchmen, but believe their de sign to be to gain time by the invention of these and other frivolous excuses for delay.— the fallacy of the pretence that there would have been danger of the bill being lost, is ap parent to all who are aware of the very great ministerial majority, in the Chambers; the; ca binet can carry any measure which they choose to bring forward, and their shuffling in regard to our claims, conceded and guaran teed by their own ratified treaty, affords clear enough evidences that they purpose to evade payment altogether if they can. We do not desire to make any partizan use of this affair, and it needs no explanation for those who aie directly interested in it.—S. V. Times. A good reason for believing the President in the wrong—The following anecdote has long had some circulation in private. We cannot vouch for its truth. But if it is not true, it ought to be*. It is very like truth. When General Jackson was first persuaded, by Messrs. Kendall and Whitney, that the de posites might be removed from the Bank of the United States, notwithstanding the resolution of Congress, and was furnished by K. and W. with what they called reasons for the measure, the General called together the Cabinet proper to propose it. This Cabinet then consisted of Messrs. McLane, Duane, Cass and Woodbury. Mr. McLane arrived first, and entered into a discussion of the subject, in the progress of which he boldly denounced the measure, as fraught with the most disastrous consequences. The General kept his temper pretty well * consider ing While the argument was going on, Mesrrs. Duane, Cass and Woodbury arrived, and listen ed to the progress of the discussion, in profound silence. The two first were clear against the measure, and even Mr. Woodbury, not know ing that the other Cabinet had decided the ques tion, and not having heard from Mr. Hill parti cularly on the subject, was too sagacious not to perceive the mischief that was brewing. These three gentlemen, however, kept a profound si lence, being well content, that the General and Mr. McLane should fight out the battle alone.— In this state of things, a gentleman, well known as a universal favorite at Washington, who of ten, under the cover of a jest, was able to con vey a home-truth without giving offence, (and who never failed to improve the opportunity), was announced anil shewn into the President’s Cabinet. Being well known to all present, his appearance occasioned no interruption of the matter in hand. “Come Mr.-, said the President, who happened to be in high good humor that day, “You shall decide this knotty point for us.— Here’s Louis McLane and I disputing about a certain matter, and not one of these gentlemen says a word. Now 1 want you to decide, which” - “You need not say another word, Mr. President,” replied Mr.-. “You are alto gether wrong, Mr. McLane is right, and you must give up the measure.” “Now, how upon earth,” said the General to Mr.-“can you tell whether I am right or wrong, when you have not heard one of the arguments and do not even know what the matter in dispute is?” The gentleman smiled, and being a priyiliged per son replied, “ Why Mr. President, did you not say that you differed from Mr. McLane?” “Yes, to be sure, and is that any reason, that I should be wrong and he right?” “Heaven forbid,” answered Mr. ■ —, that I should insinuate anything so disrespectful. “But did you not say that these three gentlemen kept silence?” “I did certainly,” said the President. “Well then,” pursued the gentleman, “allow me in stead of answering directly your question ‘how I know you are in the wrong,’ to repeat a little anecdote: Louis XIV. of whom you have perhaps heard, was one day playing at backgammon, and had a doubtful throw. A dispute arose, and the courtiers around remained in the most profound silence. At that instant, the Count de Gram mont arrived. “ Decide this question,” said the King to him. “ Sire,” said the Count, “ Your Majesty is in the wrong.’, “How,” replied he King, “can you accuse me of being in the wrong, before you know what the question is?” “Because,” answered the Count, “if the mat ter had been in the slightest degree doubtful, all these gentlemen around would have decided the question in your Majesty’s favor. Boston Pat. DR A H'S THIS DA V Maryland State Lottery, Class 20 for 1834, To be drawn at Baltimore on Tuesday, Oct 7 CAPITAL PRIZE $10,000. Tickets $4 50; halves 2 25; quarters 112 For sale, as usual, in great variety, by JOS* HI* CLARKE, (Sign of the Flag of Scarlet and Gold.,) King st. Alexandria, D. C. JE^No. 4 36 44, a Prize of ONE THOU SAND DOLLARS, sold at RIORDAN’S office on Saturday last, to a citizen of Alexandria. DR A ITS THIS b A V Maryland State Lottery, Class No. 20 for 1834, To be drawn in Baltimore on Tuesday, Oct 6 HIGHEST PRIZE $10,000. Tickets $4 50; halves 2 25; quarters 1 12 On sale in great variety by JAS. RIORDAN. D3* Uncurrent Notes and Foreign Gold pur chased. DR A WS THIS DA 4 * Maryland State Lottery, Class 20 for 1834, To be drawn in Baltimore on Tuesday, Oct 7 HIGHEST PRIZE $10,000! Tickets $4 50; halves 2 25; quarters 1 12 To be had in a variety of numbers of J. W. VIOLETT, Lottery and Exchange Broker, Near the comer of King and Fayette Streets, Alexandria, D. C. DR A WS THIS DA > Maryland State Lottery, Class 20 for 1834, To be drawn in Baltimore on Tuesday, Oct 7 HIGHEST PRIZE 10,000 DOLLARS. Tickets $4 50; halves 2 25; quarters 1 12 To be had in a variety of numbers of J. CORSE, Lottery f Exchange Broker, Alexandria. ALEXANDRIA: TUESDAY MORNING, OCT. 7, 1834. Latest from Jamaica.—By the Schr. Palestine, Capt. Wilson, at this port from Jamaica, we have received files of Jamaica papers to the 17th September. The island is evidently in a feverish and un settled state. And the same may be said of all the British West Indies. The negroes ge nerally refuse to work, or work just as it suits them. Though no actual outbreak or distur bance has taken place, the universal disposition seems to be, to throw off all restraint. Demerara is in the worst condition in this re spect. There they have disturbances in addi tion to the determined idleness of the negroes. The late earthquake was felt throughout the Island of Jamaica, though no serious loss was occasioned by it. Free School—We invite the attention of our town readers to the communication in to-day’s Gazette signed “ Many Alexandrians,” in rela tion to the revival and continuance of the Free School for the education of poor children and others, which formerly existed, and which, much to our regret, and we doubt not equally so to a large majority our fellow citizens, has, of late, been discontinued and abandoned. We hope the subject will receive that early, and prompt attention,which its real importance demands. And, as a preparatory step, we trust proper information will be conveyed to the pub ; lie as to the causes of the discontinuance of the | Free School—the reasons which have operated to prevent its revival—the condition of the Fund left for its support, <&c. &c. A free dis cussion should then be had upon the means best calculated to restore it to a permanent and flourishing condition. Our columns are open to all that may be calculated to give infor mation or advice on these points. Arguments are not necessary to convince the public of the necessity of a well conducted I Public Free School, for the education of youth, I in every community. Ail acknowledge that an uneducated population is, in every respect, an evil to be dreaded and deprecated. Education lias come at last to be acknowledged as the ba sis of good morals, and the general welfare and happiness of society. It lays the broad and deep foundations of character, w hich can after wards be built upon to the greatest advantage. Experience and example show the pervading influence of Education upon the peace, com fort, and prosperity of mankind in general. De prive any people of its blessed results and ef fects, and you do more to corrupt, debase, and impoverish that people, than you could accom plish by any other means of mischief which wicked ingenuity could inventor exercise. We are called upon to take part in the good wFork of awakening the public attention to this i subject. We do so most cheerfully and willing ly. We will unite with any who may wish to press onwards the fastest and farthest in an ob ject so worthy of the exertions of every philan thropic mind. No man could employ his time, his means, and his talents, in a higher, or purer, or nobler cause, than in aiding to disseminate the blessings of Education amongst those with whom he was born, and lives, and in whose midst he expects and hopes to die. Battle or the Thames.—The Jacksonmen in Frankfort, Kentucky, are making arrangements to celebrate the anniversary of the battle of the Thames. The Lexington Observer justly com plains that the anniversary of this battle, like that of New Orleans, is to be played off upon the co mmunity for party purposes,and that those who engage in it will be animated less by gra titude for the past than by hope fur the future. Thanksgiving.—The Governor of Massachu setts has appointed Thursday, the 27th day of November next, to lie observed by the people of that Commonwealth as a day of public Thanks giving._ Mr. Brooks, of the Portland Advertiser, is to furnish the readers of that paper and the pub lic with notes of a tour he is about taking through Canada. The Boston Atlas has been enlarged to the siz« of the other morning papers. Mr. John O. Sar gent, who has assisted in the cditoi ;al depart ment for the last eight months, has become re gularly associated in the management of that journal. The Globe declares that the “North Ameri can” is not countenanced by “ any portion of the President’s Cabinet,” but that it has been “ gotten up to produce a schism.” &c. &c. It seems highly probable that some retaliato ry measures of a commercial nature will be adopted at the next session of Congress, in re lation to France, in consequence of the recent conduct of that nation. The New York Transcript says there is a gentleman in that city, aged forty-nine years, who is the father of 17 children, some of whom w’ere born in every quarter of the globe, name ly, Europe, Asia, Africa, andJAmericn. A building spot, opposite Bird’s Hotel, was sold last week in Boston, for about one dollar and an eight per square foot, or something like 849,000 per acre! We had hoped that the Richmond Enquirer would have displayed magnanimity and candor in the case of Mr. Leigh’s late letter. That let ter is full, satisfactory, clear, explicit. The En quirer knows it is. Why not come out manful ly and say so? Why quibble with the Globe? Why hunt after objections? Why not, in this case, follow the golden rule—“ Do unto others what you would they should do unto you”? The Old Dominion.—We are proud of Old Dominion; we are proud of the high mat: | she has held in the Union, as the nurVeryt j Presidents, Senators, Judges, and for till »faK' of office to which ambition may aspire throu*? ] out the Union. There are now, it U said ven Virginians in the Senate of the unit^ ■ States, and hundreds, at least, filling the hiei offices in the West and South, and we furL ] that in every such instance we have lostaiv ' uable citizen, whose active mind lound no i for enterprizc at home. The spirit of emierj 1 tion is so prevalent, as to make it a subject/» investigation. Is our soil poor? have we v mineral wealth? no advantageous sites, 0r»V ter power, for the manufacturer? no market hij the products of labour? Would it be believe-1 that there is. perhaps, a greater fund of miner.‘i wealth in Virginia, than in the same extents surface on the globe. There is iron ore in tl. greatest abundance, and lead, bituminous an anthracite coal enough to supply the world, siij springs of great mrength, and rich mines gold; her medicinal springs are of suchcelebr. ty that they are resorted to annually by thouv ands of visiters from all parts of the Union; h« soil, a certain distance from the seaboard, >;$ equal to any not alluvial,—and yet, with ai, these advantages, we are losing ground daily every census shows a comparative diminution of Federal Power. We call the attention ot the serious and re. | fleeting portion of our community to this I ject. Although much has been done within* few years for the improvement of the State hv rail roads and canals, yet much remains to be done. When our legislators shall withdraw their at tention from politics, and questions of constitu tional law; and leaving State Rights to be de cided by the constituted authorities, shall turn their attention to the developement of the re sources of the State—then, and then only, mar we expect to advance to our proper station in the Union—then may we see our rich minerals wrought in our own workshops—our cotton and hemp enhanced in value by our own manufac turer—and a new, a home market for the pro ducts of our wheat and our corn-fields. With a proper direction to her energies, what limit could be set to the wealth and population of Virginia?— fVarrenton Register. There w’as struck the proper chord!—may wc see and mark its vibrations and effects through low’land and upland, and over the mountains to the farthest bounds of the Old Dominion! If one-half the zeal displayed by the leading men of Virginia on the subject of politics wore to be directed in furtherance of any scheme of internal improvement, calculated to increase the wealth and prosperity of the State, it could be accomplished with more readiness than any similar work executed elswhere. To sav, in that instance, would be to do. What we want chiefly in Virginia are practi cal statesmen, who will be willing to limit their ambition to state honors, and use their talents for state purposes. The General Government, unfortunately, has such attractions in its influ ence, splendor, and rewards, that it is extreme ly difficult to prevent prominent public men in the State from being drawn out of the limited sphere of its duty, into a service where tame and wealth are more readily to be obtained, They soon learn to desire the meretricious em braces of Power. And once contaminated by the connexion, they rarely return to their “ first love;” or if they do, it is with sickly reputations, worn-out faculties, and minds unfitted for the •aimer pursuits of mere local ends. Yet, though “ hope deferred” is apt to “ make the heart sick,” we do not despair of seeing so great a change in public sentiment and feeling in Virginia on this very subject, as to compd the leading men, if they wish to obtain the peo ple’s favor or suppoit, to turn their attention, more than they now do, to the development of those rich resources with which a bountiful Pro I vidence has supplied our Parent State. Mrs. Fanny Kemble Butler’s work will be si multaneously published both in England and this country. This is the cause of its having been so long in the hands of the publishers. [communicated. J Mr. Srmirden—^c beg leave, through the co lumns ofyour valuable paper , to ask the atten tion ofour fellow-citizens to a subject in which we are all deeply interested. We do this, if we may trust our own hearts, from pure motives only—having no more interest in it—professing to have no more interest in it, than every man, woman, and child in the community. It is a fact as notorious, us to us it is unaccountable, that the Free School, which was maintained among us for many years, has been now lor ma ny months uiscontinued. Through whose neg lect, or for what cause, we cannot even conjec ture. We, of course, do not hlame any indivi dual, or any number ol individuals, lor it. We know not who to blame, or whether any body is to blame. Hut it is a fact, that in one of the towns in the District of Columbia—in sight of the Capitol of the United States--in a town, ton, w here there are as many families unable to pro vide for the education oftheir children as in any other town of the same population in this coiin try—there is not, there has nut been Jor many months past, a Free School for the Education oj Male Children. We blush as we write it; and will it not be a reproach to us wherever the fact shall be known,that in a tow n containing a popu^ lation of seven or eight thousand—lying half w ay between the mansion and tomb of the Fa ther of his Country and the city which hears Ids name—there is no Free School in which boys can be educated? Did not Washington leave a fund for main taining such a School? Where is it—who con trols it? If our Council cannot afford to maintain such a School, are there not individuals among us who will come forward, and, by iheir voluntary subscriptions, rescue the hundreds of boys who now roam at large among us from week to week, disturbing the peace of our families, and grow ing up in such ignorance, and contracting such habits, as can only fit them to be vicious and infamous, from iheir degraded condition? Mr. Editor, we call upon you, as the known advocate and friend of General Education, to employ your pen in awakening us all to the im portance of this subject. W'e confess ourselves to be men of little influence, and we know the cause demands able advocates. W’e beseecn your assistance, or rather we beseech you t0 take the lead in this good cause; and we pledge to you our honor to aid you as far as our time and talents and property go. October 4, 1834. Many Alexandrian*.