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Tpsilanti. M. Wednesday June 16, 184T.
V liole Ao. 1 ?.
1 published even- Wednesday, at Ypsilanti Washte
naw Co. Michigatn, by
$1 .50 Cash in advance and '2,00 will in
variably be charged if payment is delayed three
months from the time of subscribing.
' The course of true love never did run smooth. "
I I. ,r.;
The lady doth protest too much, niethinks."
'Iw that 6treet, Duplessis, which bears at Ver
sailles the name of the cardinal who for so
honga t fre held the reins for Louis XIV.",
"might have beer 'seen, one pleasant morning, a
-young man whom we shall call Leopold Du.
tilleul, who trtood lurking and watching as
closely as a sharp-shooter who aims to pick off
a sentinel. Crouched 'in "the cover of one of
the great gates, he waited with the impatience
no natural to all young lover?, ana which gen
erally terminates by furnishing them the occa
liwh which they seek and of which they know
so weft how to profit. Immediately in front of
Leopold's place df 'concealment might be seen
a handsome dwelling, of which the young man
never lost sight. Suddenly the door of this
dwelling opened, and a young officer la the
showy uniform of the hussars emerged from it.
Leopold still kept snug, and suffered this per
son to pass. Some tew minutes alter, an el
derly man left the dwelling also. As soon as
Hie had disappeared, our Leopold darted for
ward, knocked softly at the door of this same
'maTrsion,and giving his name to the porter, was
permitted to advance into a richly-decorated
-saloon. -Here he found the object which he
-sought. A young and beautiful damsel was
seated near the fire. She held in her small
'white hands a volume, of which she turned rath
er than read thr pages. On perceiving Leo
pold she iaid aside her book, leaned her elbow
lpn the arm of the fualeuilt, and while her
chin "TttnotTtn herhand, regarded with deep in
terest the person of her visitor.
"Ah, well, decile P' said Leopold, in accents
'of dismay.
"Well, dear Leopold, ' replied the young girl,
"with a-merartcholy aspect.
"You H3&?cile,4 nth lost;; I can hope no
Monger, -Put. neverthelep yu still love
'" Can you aouBt that?" she msvered, while
her eyes sank upon the ground.
'"-IlraVefis, lo1 answered -Leopold: " but I
rtiut now doubt your father. True, he was not
pledged to me, but he beheld our intimacy with
eeming pleasif'e. ar.d all things led me to be
lieve!- he would not object -to me-as his son- j
in-iaw-. Of -course yoH khcrw who "ha's ar
rived'' By thi s f ime'lhe young man had cirav'n Close
ly to Cecrie. and taken one of her hands'ln his
own. His -looks, attitude and frequefc't sigtis.
all evinced 'The mast dtfrdtei attachment'
"My dear t.ecpolJ, my father loves me above
all things, and is willing to bestow my hand
upon the person whom he believes by his posi
tion and fortune capab'e of securing me every
thing most likely 10 render me happy.''
"Except love!" exelaimed the young lov
er. " Yes, except love, answered Cecile, With a
sigh. "Love is the only thing which in our
youth we deem necessary foV on r happiness, but
our parents, with possibly mote prudence and
foresight, look upon it as a frivolous and a tran-!
sient passion, and "
'Cecile, can you believe that the love which
I bear vou will ever become enfeebled by lime,
will ever pass away?" demanded the lover, re
proachfully. "Not I, Leopold; it is my father who thinks
thus. You are well aware that M. de Marsarr,
a captain in the hussar regiment which forms
the new garrison at Versailles, arrived but two
days ago?"
" Yes; and I have waited patiently for your
father and him to leave you before presenting
myself. It had been impossible for me to re
train myselt in the presence of that odious ri
val." "Captain Marsan," continued Cecile, "is the
son of an old and intimate friend of my father;
he is also intimate with my brother, who, as
you doubtless know, serves also in the cavalry.
The fathers have made an engagement to unite
their children or rather, M. de Marsan has
begged me of my father for his son. The cap
tain pretends also to feel an ardent passion foj
"And your father ha3 no objections to com
ply with the desires of either father or son?"
responded Leopold, his face becoming pale with
rage and impatience.
44 None," responded Cecile, very mournful
ly. "And you you, Cecile?"
"I I love you only, Leopold, but have always
been taught to obey my father. It is his wish
that I should marry Captain de Marsan. With
out saying anything of his exterior advantages
wealth and position, he told me that a refusal
would set him at variance forever with De Mar
san, who had been a friend during the last
thirty years: and that in many other respects
he thought Augustus de Marsan was the only
he knew who could render me quite hap
py. He added, that if I refused to comply with
his wishes he would never grant his consent to
my forming any other union, and, in brief, that
his disappointment tvould be the cause of his
own death."
The voice of Cecile trembled while she utter
ed these words, and sobs and tears now choked
her utterance.
"Thus are you to be torn frefm me," cried
Leopold, passonately; "you whom I so much
love, whom I adore for whom a hundred times
I would cast away this worthless life for with
out you, life itself would be impossible."
"I alone will be the victim of my duty to my
father," said the weeping Cecile. " Not to be
thought unnatural, I must submit to his com
mands. I will obey his wishes and vet, dear
Leopold, my heart is yours, and can be yours
Leopold rose with an air of desperation. He
traversed the saloon in great agitation and with
rapid steps; then approaching the young girl,
exclaimed, passionately "And you will never,
never forget me, Cecile?"
"Never, Leopold, never!"
"Ah, how then can you obey your cruel
'I will make one more effort to induce him
to relent: but, Leopold, I candidly acknowl
edge I see no hope of success. I know not
where or how to hope."
"I will tell you," said Leopold, in a decided
"Speak how, my friend?"
"will settle all these matters; I have it."
"You! What you will seek my father?"
"No, Cecile, no: but I tvrfi seek De Mar
san." "What do you propose to make me the sub
ject of a quarrel? Make me the price of blood?
condemn me to tears and to misery whatever
may be the issue of the combat? No, no, Leo
pold, this must never be. Take more gentle
means. See my father; tell him of your love,
nay, I will even suffer that you should speak of
mine. This done, you may reach De Marsan
wiih more reasonable considerations."
The young lover did n3t seem to heed these
counsels. "He knew well," he said, "the in
domitable temper of her lather. For himself,
he felt that to live without her was impossible !
As for De Marsan, how could he ever forego
his claims? Cecile was quite too beautiful to
be renounced by any man." Such were his
opinions. His own plan seemed the best and
shortest. He had only to rid himself of an odi
ous rival or die under the strokes of a weapon
would terminate a life which, wanting her,
must be one of wretchedness only.
"Do you then so passonately love raef ex
clain ed the sorrowing but pleased Cccile.
"Love you? Never was there passion more
ardent than is mine. Fortune, wealth, position,
I could give all for a single moment's happi
ness, with you certainly my own. lam young,
with the prospect of a long lite before me. I
wonll freely give my whole life for ho six
months, for three yea, two. or even one month
if tHtt one would secure you wholly to my-
'"Of what cevotion would my father deprive
me!" cried Cecile. "Then," added she, "if tri
als were to befall me, loss of father or of for
tune if calumny were to cast its shadow over
my name, ah, Leopold, would your love remain
the same."
" Oh, can you doubt me, Cecile? Does not
all my misery arise from the misfortune that
you arc rich, happy and honored7 But for these,
Da Marsan would never have sought you, and
your fetlier would never have denied me your
"Hear me, Lipoid," replied the agitated
girl. "My union with De Marsan, it is true,
has been resolved upon, but it is not yet consu-
mated; we still have time. Defer, then, your
rash scheme of vengeance, which makes me
trer.dile with apprehension, and let me make
another effort to soften my father to our wish
es." II.
Bmclict. Enough, I am engaged; I will chal
lenge him. I will kiss your hand, and so leave vou.
By this hand, Cluudio shall render me a dear account.
Much Ado Ahout NafUaw.
Cut Leopold's heart burned with more impa
tient feelings. So far from heeding the en
treaties and counsels of his beloved, his first
act upon lca'ng her Was to write a cartel to
his rival Carefully sealing and addressing the
letter, he retired that night filled with thoughts
of the intended duel. These so much disturbed
his slumbers, that on entering his chamber ear
ly the next morning, his domestic found him
already up-.
"Take this letter to its address to M. de
The servant read it, and answeredthatM.de
Marsan awaited him in the ante-chamber, beg
ging an audience.
"Show him in," exclaimed Leopold.
The young officer entered, clothed in his
handsome uniform, and saluted Dutilleul with
the most courteous politeness.
" Sir," he began, " I have not the honor of
knowning you personally) or of being known
to you, but in the position in which we stand
towards each other, you will look upon my pre
sent visit as a very natural occurrence."
M. Dutilleul bowed profoundly, but was si
lent, and the officer continued : "My father, as
you know, is the intimate friend of M. Dubois.
I am intimate also with his son, with whom,
serving in the same regiment,I frequently meet.
My father desires me to espouse the daughter
of his old friend, and I have more than once
thanked my stars, which, in placing me in the
garrison at Versailles, appear willing to facilit
ate this union. I have seen Ma'm'selle Cecile,
and, of course, have loved her. You will read
ily believe that it vvl'not difficult to do so. M.
Dubois has frankly told me of your passion for
his daughter. He tolls me that she returns it,
but you will agree with me that a young fellow
in love is not apt to doubt that, with a little dil
igence, he can make himself beloved in turn,
especially when he brings into the field youth,
wealth, excellent connections, and some physi
cal advantages. You will therefore pardon
me, sir, that I did not despair of success, even
when I heard that you had already anticipated
me; and I resolved by all means to dispute with
you the hand of Ma'm'selle Dubois. I had al
so, with the advantages already urged, the as
sent of her father and the friendship of her
brother. In short, sir, I flattered myself that I
would not have found it difficult, after a time,
to win the compliance of the daughter her
self' " This is cool, sir !" exclaimed Leopold,
"That is my opinion, sir. I speak thus to
make you comprehend fully that your claims
have nothing to do with my withdrawal from
the field. I have changed rr.y intentions, and
beg leave to renounce forever all claims to the
hand of Ma'm'selle Dubois'. I have deemed it
only due to you to let you know thus much. In
me, sir, vou see a rival no longer. So far as I
am concerned, you are at liberty to Barry the
young lady whenever you please."
"Indeed, sir !" ex'clalmed Leopold, quite over-,
come by w hat he heard. "But do they know j
does Cecile "
"They no nothing, sir."
" But your reasons, sir, for this renuncia
tion?" "Are mine only, sir, not y6uts-; ar.d I must,
not declare them. Enough, sir, that they have
determined my course, and enable mo to withdraw-any
difficulty which my pretensions might
hav'e offered to your pursuit. Of my reasons
for this step I HmlU give you no account: you
have no right to demand thetir. I am aware,
regarding her brother and sister as I do, what it
my duty to them: I shall discharge that duty
also. Sir, I have the honor to wish you a very
good morning."
With a low bow, M. dc Marsan took his de
parture, leaving M. DutilLul to his medita
Sharp physic is the last !
If this be true, which makes me pale to read it,
Fair glass of light, I loved you, and could still,
Were not this glorious casket stored with ill.
But I must 111 you, how my thoughts revolt,
For he's no man on whom perfections wait,
That knowing sin without, will touch the gate.
Cood sooth, I care not for you.
Pericles, Prince of Tijc.
Wjikn left alone, our passionate Leopold cast
his eyes over his letter of defiance which lay
stil! upon his bureau, and sat, striving to solve
the mystr-y by which he was bevvTidc-re'.
What could be the secret of all this? Couid it
be that Cecile had informed Dc Marsan of his
intended challenge? Tha. was scan ci v possi
ble nor was it probable that a bin-whiskered
captain of hussars would withdraw from the
pursuit of siich an object for fear of a fight.
He must, look for other clues. One thing was
certain it must be an important considera
tion which could make an ardent voung man
revoltat marriage with a dam.-ei bcasCHWI, rich
and well connected. There waa some mon-
strous mystery at the bottom! That was ob
vious the more he thou ght upon the matter.
That he should fail to pierce it did not lessien
its distressing difficulties. What could M. do
Marsan have fetrnd'-Mit? What blemish had he
discovered? An intrigue perhaps an error
rnot probably one Cf those criminal liaison''
which fasten with disgrace to a whole lifetime,
however long, and to the most lovely woman,
in spite of all her charms-. This was a terrible
idea to be cherished by a lover! At first T;e re
jected it with loathing, but it returned with re
newed force to his reflettions, and 1m accustom
ed himself to its contemplation. In the ini.lst
of these evil mediations, which had lasted more
than an hour, he was disturbed by he receipt of
a letter. It was from his beloved Cec;le her
self. Its contents ran thus:
"Dkarest LF.ororiD Conic tome; hasten'
My father H$S at length listened to reason.
One of two things is certain either he has
grown cold to M. de Marsan, or at length feels
that if he truly loves his child he must not seek
to control her affections. Come to me, then,
for the moment is propitious. Cecils. "
"Indeed, the momeut is propitious!" uttered
our Leopold, with something of a sneer upon
his lips as he read this precious little billet.
"Propitious! I can very well believe it but
for whom? Not for me; One lover takes his
flight; it is good policy to make sure of the
other. One son-in-law off, it is best to loose
no time in getting fast hold noon another. Is
it so, Mademoiselle Cecile' Veriiy, it has this
complexion! Your father, you tell me, has
grown cold to De Marsan. You do not tell all
mademoiselle, although you know niiih more.
By this time you will know that De Marsan
himself flngs your hand from him in scorn; and
better informed than I am, you know his rea
son also for the rejection. Ah 'a father who
truly loves his daughter controls not her affec
tions !' Verv good. But you forget, fair lady
that you told me but yesterday that it would
cause the death of this affectionate father if
you did not espouse the son of his friend, to pa
cify "Trfe affections, though you sacrificed your
M. Dutilleul succeeded most happily in per
suading himself that he was Betrayed and de
ceived. Tfe saw it as clear as the rufflight
that they wished to make Lia their dupe among
them: and, in his suspicious eyes, the poor lit
tle Cecile was a thousand times more to blame
than her father. Leopold was not 'to be duped;
he was too sagacious for such shallow plotting.
No no! Instead of hurrying at the propiti
ous moment to Cecile, he turned in to packing
his trunks; and while Cecile was looking for him
with all her eyes, he set off for Paris. There
he took a post-chaise for Turin, all agog to vis
it an aneiefrt. tmele. "dr whom all of a sudden he
felt a most filial interest. We shall say noth
ing about the events of his journey enough
that he reached Turin in safety, and had no rea
son to cornpkun of his uncle's reception.
Portiit.. Oh, these deliberate fools, when they do
They have the wisdom by their wit to lose.
Ncrissa. The ancient sayinjr is no heresy,
Hanging and wiving g-ocs bv destiny.
Portia. Come, draw the curtain, Ncrissa.
'Mertmmi of Venice.
It was some three months after, when a tru
ant disposition took our devoted lover to the
beautiful city of Tours. Strolling one day be
neath the noble avenues of trees which line its
ancient streets, he caught a glimpse of an offi
cercf hussars-'that hateful uniform ! The per
son vvcf aipioaching him. The air and tbtm-i
ner seemed familiar. As he drew nigh, the
doubts of Leopold vanished, and he recognized
that generous M. de Marsan, who, "having de
termined that the grapes wc-e sour, so kindlv
gave him notice that he might pluck and eat.
Leopold felt his kindnesses, and was free to ac
knowledge them. The first civilities over, he
proceeded frankly, after the following fashion:
"And now, my dear De Marsan, now that I
have the pleasure of meeting you at a moment
when both of us are calm and indifferent, be
pleased to explain ' "
"De Marsan!" exclaimed the hussar, tchilean
uncont rollable laughter shook his manly person.
"My good sir, you are quite mistaken in your
person: you see in me, not M. de Marsan, but
his friend, Capt. Dubois Captain Dubois, sir,
Dubois!" and "the laughter was resumed.
"How, sir? Ha?" exclaimed Leopold, an
grily. The other laughed still more; but during his
merriment, resumed " You seek an explana
tion, M . Dutilleul ; you shall have it. You could
not, fortunately, have addressed yourself to one
more capable of giving it. I am sure I shall
be able to reveal the whole mysterv to your
satisfaction. I am the brother, sir, of Cccile
Dubois. That damsel really loved you, but my
father w ished to form a union hetween her and
my friend M. dc Marsan. This desire was
mine also. My stiter. hov- eve:, firmly resisted
our wishes, insisting that you bore for a love
which nothing could eradicate or enfeeble.
Well, sir, I doubted tiiis, and proposed to test
the strength ot your passion. Site consented.
My task was easy. By imposing upon yon my
own person as that of De Marsan, I proved to
Cecile how little she could rely upon your sta
bility. You know the sequel quiie as well as
myself. I have but to add that M. de Marsan
himself arrived at Yersailles but a few days af
ter your departure. Handsome, amiable and
noble, he found no difficulty in rendering him
self pleasing to Cecile, and a month since she
became his w ile. Are you now satisiied. sir?"
Leopold was very far from being satisfied,
but his case was one of those in which a man is
compelled to stomach What he cannot well di
gest. He was angry enough to have swallow
ed alive this sagrcicui: strategist captain of
hussars, and would have fought him cheerfully
but for the additional bruit by which his dis
grace and defeat would only be rendered more
notorious'. We may fancv tliat he soon cut
short this interview: but he left the good town
of Tours with its fine trees with all expedition,
and made a secret vow never to see Versailles
again as long as he lived. It may interest his
many friend to know that he finally settled in
Turin. Gody's Ladijs Book.
Mr'. i'OLiv has pardone.t the Slave Trader,
Flowery, convicted in Boston. This is the
second case of like pardon, and there seems to
be no proper excuse for it. It is worse than
idle to be employing our srovemment vessels
upon the sickly coast of Africa, if Mr. Polk is
going to pardon all convicted of slave trading
there. Perhaps the Post here will explain all
this. We wish to jog its memory a little as it
remembers so well certain pardons of Govenor
Young in behalf of crtain Ahti Renters, some
of whom we believe were enspicuons members
of the Democratic party.
Military; Gov. Greenly has rceeivel a
requisition fjom the Prsident, through Gen.
Brady, for one company of volunteers from this
State, to serve for one year or during the war.
It is understood that this company is raised to
relieved Capt- Wnans' company, 1 5th Inft-,
now at Mackinac or Saut Ste. Marie, which
has been ordered to Mexico. Mv.
Theie arc no two things so much talked of,
and so seledom seen, as virtue and the funds.
The election for Judges took place in New
York on the 7th inst; ,
Buttle Scenes.
A friend has handed to us the graphic account
which we publish below of the battle ofCerro
Gordo, by a young Lieutenant of the Mounted
Rifles, a graduate of West Point, written to a
relative. It is jnst such bright and brave fel
lows as the writer of this letter who set the
world agog at fighting:
"1 proceed to tell you of the part I played in
the Baffle of Cerro Gordo. God deliver me
from ever being in such another fight! In my
last letter from Vera Cruz 1 stated "that I had
been left btl:'ind my division f2d of General
Twiggs's sick, but that I was about to rejoin
it at Jalapa. Who can calculate on the fu
ture"? The next news from the army was that
Santa Anna, with an army of sixteen thousand
men, was strongly entrenched in a mountain
pass between us and Jalapa, at Cerro Gordo,
the name of the principal height and key-point
of his position a perfect Mexican Gibraltar, a
; tnciiptain height of eight hundred feet or more.
surmounted uy eight pieces of cannon, (eigh
teen and six-pounders,) which completely com
manded the neighboring ground and approach
es ; and, furthermore, strengthened by two
breastworks of stone, wood, and brush, which
completely girt about the summit upon which
ve stood a small town, from which whaved
proudly the flag of Mexico. By hastening on,
and travelling by iiight as well as day, I arrived
just as the ball opened. The peak of Orizaba
in the distance looked dow n i pon the battle
like some huge presiding and avenging Indian
deity. The Mexicans, drawn up in columns to
the amount of six thousand on the summit, w ith
colors displayed, w ild and martial music sound
ing, and Santa Anna, upon a milk-white steed
and surrounded by a brilliant staff, riding along
the lines encouraging his men, presented a sight
at once imposing and beautiful. It was destined
shortly to be grand and terific. On the right
of our position ( 2d division of regulars, to vv horn
the whole honor of this great and glorious vic
tory is due) was a second height, commanded
almost entirely by that ot Cerro Oordo, and oc
cupied by a large force of Mexicans. It was
necessary that this height should bc'taken. pre
paratory to the grand assault. This work was
gallantly executed by the rifles, 1st artillery,
and one company of the 7th infantry. Many
of our men, carried aw ay by natural impetuosi
ty, and many others misunderstanding orders,
after having driven the enemy from the first
hill, advanced even to the base of Cerro Gordo.
That night, when we rested upon the first hill,
under comparative coverof its crest, surrounded
by dead and woncded Mexxans, many It brave
comrade "vas missed who was expiating the sin
of having been brave even to rashness.
"I was too late to join my regiment on the
first day, but attached myself to a company of
the 7th infantry, W'bi'-h held an exposed situa
tion, and had the extreme felicity of being fir
ed at all day without the pleasure of re'.urnint
it. That night I rejoined my company, under
Capt. Mason, and next morning the ball re
opened with great eciaf, the enemy having wak
ened ns during the night 0ly twice by pleas
ant messengers in the shape of cannon balls.
In the morning w e (the rifles) were obliged for
two mortal hours to stand an artillery fire of
ball, grape, and canister, under very imperfect
shelter, before the command forward to storm
the height was given. It was here that poor
Mason, as fine a fellow as ever lived, (and who
by the t?y. fs dojf g veil, J lost his leg. Lieut.
Davis was killed in'thevery spot where I had
been lying a few minutes before: nd afterwards
when I arose to obey the order forward, ,i sold
ier wu discovered about six feet ahove me, on
the side of the hill, who had been killed so dead
by a grape shot that had passed through his
srorrach that he had not apparently moved from
his recumbent posture, and had died so sudden
ly that thofle around were ignornnt of the fact
of his having been struck. The rifles were
ordered to take up a posilion in the ravine, and
to boU in check a body of Mexicans advancing
to reinforce Cerro Gordo, and the other three
regiments of the brigade to storm the height.
I myself heard only the order forward, conse
quently went ahead with the main column, and
was fortunate enough to be among the first
over the breastworks of the enemy, whom I re
venged myself upon turning upon him a six
pounder, one of his on guns, and paying him
back with interest IU his own leaden and iron
"The storming of Cerro Gordo was a mag
nificent spectacle, as well as one of the most
brilliant, if not most brilliant feat ever accom
plished by American arms. The mountain was
so steep, and toe men so exhausted by prevtous j
efforts, that it because a cool deliberate ttiirtg. i
The:a was no rush; our gallant sotJiera a 1
vanced ealmy and slowly, amid t leaden hurri
canes w hich unceasingly swept over therr.: bat
teries in the rear played upon then); b::t there
was no pause, iro hesitation n Uiey went.
Their minds were made up to coitqner or die.
On they went, gradually ccnver.iug to the
summit, whicn blazed forth like a volcano, till
finally out deadly fire o;eued upon the foe, his
breastwork became ''xu also, an I nlutoet m
ultaneously the different regiments engaged in
the storm entered, and thrr standards trium
nferMtty waved in place Of 'La Bandera de Mex
ico.' What a glorious feeling of elation took
possession of my sou! at that moment. I can
not describe it. Of the wounded, dead, and
dying we will not speak. I have seen Death
robed in all his ghastly terrors, and feel that I
am becoming indifferent to the sufferings of my
fellows; my profession demands it. Ttie dry
grass upon the hill took fire at one time, and
many dead and some wounded were burnt up,
or ratner roasted. Our regiment suffered ter
ribly; the proportion of killed and wounded a
rnong the officers was more than one out of
three, eight officers being killed and wounded
where fourteen were unharmed; among the
men the proportion was one out Of rive. Pret
ty hot work ; such as I do not care about being
engaged in again in a hurry. Atone, time, I
assure you, such was the noise of balls parsing
over my head that I was unconscious of any
other sound, though regiments at the time were
rolling forth their fire What a magnificent
a::d terrible tune was played in these moun
tains, which acted like some huge sounding
board, and prolonged and rolled away into dis
tance the noise or the battle !
"I have only pretended to give you an account
of that portion of the buttle in which I was en
gaged. We, however, won the day.
"I go with our division, so soon as it moves,
to see Puebla, Mexico, and other sisrhts. If
these cursed Mexicans did not shoot at one so
hard, Mexico would be a delightful country to
be in. What am I, who two weeks ago was
sleeping upon the hard rock without shelter,
doing no vl Why, luxuriating in a real bed,
with clean sheets and pillows with fringed ca
ses! At present I board with a very pleasant
family, with whom I am on the very best of
terms. Lately, when I had a slight return of
fever, they almost killed me with kindness and
attention. From my window I regard a per
fect wilderness of beauty wood, mountains,
meadow s, andfe vcrs: numbers of singing '''ird
of beautiful plumage delight the ear and sight.
Ozala! Ozala' I exclaimed with admiration.
Vou should see your family party at night. A
jolly Spaniard plays the harp for us the girls,
(three of them,) Don Santiago, ('another board
er,) and Don Diego, (that is to say myself.
WTe dance every thing Polkas, Spanish dan
ces, Mexican waltzes; and the old padre, "a
Franciscan tnohk w'fth shaven crown, looks on
and says: " Young peopie, enjoy yourselves
now : when you are old confess your sins.' How
pleasant this! One of the girls (Solidad by
name sings well, and is now writing off for
me a Spanish song for C ."
The Indiana Volunteers.
The Picket Guard, an American newspaper
published at Saltillo, contains the result of a
court martial in the cases of Gen. Lane an?.
Col. Bowles. We make no apology for g irfg
the proceedings in full, injustice to those offi
cers and to the Indiana regiments:
Inquiry in the case of General Lane.
Facts. That at the battle of Buena Vista,
on the 22d of February, Gen. Lane commanded
the 2d and 3d Regiments of Indiana Volunteers
and three pieces of artillery under the command
of Lif ut. O'Brien, and that the 2d Indiana vol
unteers retreated from the field, w ithout any Or
ders from Gen. Lane, on the 23d of February;
buf, through the exertions of Gen. Lane and
other officers, from one hundred and fifty to two
hundred men of the 2d regiment Indiana Vol
unteers were rallied and attached to rjjg tiis-
i sissippi regiment raid "the 3d Indiana Regiment,
and remained with tnem on the held 01 battle
during the remainder of the day.
Opinion. The court are of opinion that dur
ing the whole period of the 22d and 23d of Fe
bruary, 1847, Brig. Gen. Lane conducted him
self as a brave an 1 gallant officer; and that no
censure attached to him for the retreat of the
2d Hegffoetft Indiana Volunteers.
Inquiry in the citse of Colonel Bouh .-.
Facts. In reference to the fir.-t charge, it
appears from the evidence that Col. Pow le. is
ignorant of the company, battalion, and brig
ade drills, and that the manoeuvre of the even
ing of the D:d February, indicated in tbj third
specification of ( hat charge, was indicative of an
ignorance of the battalion drill.
In relation to the second charge, it appears
from the ev idence before the court that Colonel
Bowles gave the order, "Cease firing anil re
treat;"' that Gen. Lane was present, and that
he had no authority from Gen. Lane to give
s it-border.
It also appears that Col. Bowles retreated
after having given the aforesaid comnnn I; rt
that he did set shamefully run away from
enemy, nor did he hide himse lf in any r ' fiie
from the enemy or from his regiment.
It appears, too, that Col. Bowles dismounted
from his horse in rear of his regiment biil there
i no evidence to show that he did so ic protect
himself from the enemy.
The court find that the fact of Col. Bowles,
having given the order above mentioned did in
duce the regiment to retreat in disorder.
Col. Bow les gave this order with the uiten
tion of making the regiment leave its position:
but the court does not find that he had been
particularly ordered to maintain and defend
Opinion. With refcen'-e to the Erst charge,
the court is of the opinion that Col. Bowles is
ignorant, of the duties of colonel; but the court
would remark that ill health, and absence on
account of ill health, have in some degree pre
vented him from fitting himself for toe duties
of that office.
The court is of opinion that at the time Col.
Bowles gave the order "retreat," he was under
the impression that the artillery had retreated',
when in fact the battery had gone to an a !v;ni
ced position under the orders of General t'ase,
which orders had not been communicateJ li
Col. Bowles.
And, in conclusion, the court find that thro'h
ont the engagement, and through ,the whole
day, Col. Bowles cv"wvd r.o want of person::
courage or bravery: but that he did manifest a
want of capacity and judgement of a comman
der. Crops, Flour,$'C. The alarm among out
farmers relative to the Fly in their Wheat in
creases, and appears to be better founded than
we had last week supposed. We passed, on
Wednesday, through that beaatiul tract of far
ming land the Indian reservation In Berrien Co'
Michigan, adjoining out County line arni
to all our enquiries we recieved the same an
swer that the Ity Ws indeed unusually prevalent
One farmer, who has a handsome and apparen
tly thrifty field of Wheat, and who up to a
week ago, confidently expectel to have l,OtU
bushels from it. found iton a close examinntnn;
so full of the fly that he will not in all probabil
ity find it worth cutting by harvest-, rind this is
but a sample of what we were informed was their
condition through the whole reservation. On
the North side of of Terrccoupce Prairie in
this C mity, a prairie which generally suf'ers
b it little, fom drought, cold, or fly, some of the
fingst fields of a-heat are found to be in a sim
ilar situation. If this scourge of our farmers
works t lie evil a 1 1 suppose it will, conjoined with
what we have alrea ly'sufferd by having part of
the crops winter killed. Northern Indiana and
Southern Michigan, with all their large expan
se of tillable lands, will have but small, if any
surplus next harvest. The cold and backward
spring has also been v'ery unfavorable for Corn
and much fear is felt relativ to that crop also.
St. Jo. Valley R,g.
Whatuli. I taiE?-A lady of our acquaint
ance, ('says an exchange paper,) young, lovely
and inlelligcnt,calied in a celebrated physician
to do something for a rush of blood to the head.
'I have been doctoring myself,' said the lan
guid fair one with a smile to the kind M. D
while he was feeling her pulse.
'Ah ! how? '
'Why, I have taken Brandreth's Pills. Parr'
Pills, Stranberg's Pills, Sands, Sarsapar lla'
Javne's Expectorant, used Sherman's Lozenges
and Plaster, and
'By heavens, madam,' interrupted thr aston
ished doctor, 'all these do your complaint nc
good !'
'No! th'n what shall I take ?' pettishly inquir
ed the patient.
'Take!' exclaimed the doctor, eyeing her from
head to foot. 'Take" ajram exclaimed he after
a moment's reflection ' take ? why take off
your corsets!'

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