Vol. III. Abbeville C. H., S. C. Sept. 16, 1846. No. 29.
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Mr. Editor:?An old writer says,
" History is Philosophy, teaching by examples."
Of written history, this is emphatically
true ; but, traditionary history
is less interesting and profitable, from
the fact, that her statements may not be
nltrtn-nl nt* zi/wvnrtf -- ? 4 - - -
Uiivgciitvii lUiitLi, uuuui UUU uiicunumty
being usually thrown upon her pages.
It is not so, however, where unrecorded
facts can be fully authenticated by
living, responsible witnesses; we are
disposed to yield a prompt and cordial
assent. Many thrilling incidents occurred
during the American Revolution
which have never found a " a loeal habitation"
upon the historic page. They
have for years been laid away among
reminescenses of " by-gone days," and,
the few eye witnesses of them are fast
passing away. They very forcibly illustrate,
not only the genuine, undisguised
patriotism of our hardy citizensoldiery
; but, demonstrate, beyond the
possibility of a doubt, the partiality and
ceaseless vigilance of an u All-wise Providence."
It will be our purpose, to introduce
a few of these incidents for the
amusement, if not the edification, of the
youmiui readers 01 tne " Manner."
During that dark perioed which
" tried men's souls." the district of Colleton,
was the theatre of many a bloody
battle, and bush-fight between the whigs
and tories. Neighborhoods were fear
fully divided upon the politcul questions
of the day, and each faction denounced
the other in no unmeaning terms. In
not a few instances, father and son, were
arrayed against each other in deadly
hostility, making the word of holy writ
true, "a man's foes, shall be they of his
own household." Mr. W., who was a
near and dear relative of the writer, was
then in the prime of manhood, and took
an active part against the tories. He
was truly " a thorn in their side." Being
well acquainted with the leader of
the tory faction, and with the localities of
the district generally, and with the upper
settlements in particular, he was
prepared, at the head of his little band?
to take many and decided advantages
against the enemy. This he did not
fail to do. The tories acted in conceit
with the British soldiery, and it happened
sometimes, that their services were
in requistion in other parts beyond the
limits of the district, and during these
intervals, the people attached to the
whig interest, were in peace and quietness,
and pursued their usual avocations
without interruption. Mrs. W. gave
her attention to the farm, and with the
aid of a few faithful slaves, made provisions
enough to supply their wants. On
one occasion Mr. W. was at home on a
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and, no fears were entertained of immediate
interruption. He rode a fine horse
called BALL, and to use his own words,
he could make him do any thing he
pleased except to talk. Ball was a no
ble animal, fleet of foot and more than
A match for any thing of his kind in the
district. On the morning Mr. W. expected
to leave for the nurnnse nf rr>.
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joining his party, he had Ball ready, in
waiting, whilst he sat at meat. Mrs. W.
kept watch; she could see, far more than
a mile up and down the road. By previous
agreement, if she saw any one
coming, she was to give signs of it, by
scaring the birds out of the field, which
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alarm was given, and Mr. W. mounted
his faithful steed and turned his head
down the road. A party of tories was
upon him, with Col. B. at their head.
They were exceedingly anxious to take
man and horse both; so every one was
ready for the chase. Ball did his very J
best, but, from being stabled u few |
weeks and not having- taken proper exercise,
it was evident to Mr. W.; that
something was wrong, and that from
the rapid approach of the enemy, he
must either take the woods or be captured.
In a fit of desperation, he resolved
upon the latter expedient; dismounted ;
took to his heels and left poor Ball to
the mercy of his pursuers. Ball was
Illtiuu cl itljjll VU J U U L, It WHO 1UOU1VUU illter
a little consultation, to set a trap to
take " the rascally whig" as he was usually
designated. The expedient was
this : Ball was nut in a small pasture
adjoining his farm, and a single sentinel
was appointed to guard him, for they
were sure some cflbrt would be made to
recapture him. The balance of the party
went through the settlement in search
of plunder. Near night-fall Mr. W.
learned through one of his negroes,
where Ball was, and how the plan was
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joke first rate, and, at once resolved to
have his own horse before day dawn.
He lingered about the pasture, in the
thick woods until night came on. The
sky was clcar and the moon shown out
most beautifully and advantageously.
From the thick branches of an old live
oak which grew near the field, he
watched, for hours, the movements of
the horse and the sentinel, the latter being
on the opposite side near the gap.
At a late hour of the night, the sentinel
was observed to stop his solitary pacc,
and seat himself in the gap. He remained
perfectly still for sometime, and
Mr. AV. was fully confident that deep
sleep had fallen upon him. It was even
so. Mr. W. slid down the tree as easily
as possible and proceeded to execute
his purpose. Ball was quietly feeding
near tho fence, and so well did he understand
his master, that he never refused
to come at his call. The fence
was let down. Mr. W. stood in the
opening he had made, and called Ball,
Ball; his call was promptly obeyed,
and in a few moments he was moving
in "double-quick-time," without saddle,
bridle or holsters to the head waters of
Cattle Creek where he expected to join
his comrades. Ball and his master
lived to play many more such pranks
with the tories. S.
Something for Ai.r,?So various is
the appetite of animals, that there is
scarcely any plant which is not chosen
by some, and left untouched by others.
The horse gives up the water hemlock
to the sheep; the goat gives up the
monk's looil to the horse, &c.; for that
which certain animals grow fat upon,
others abhor as poison. Hence no
plant is absolutely poisonous, but only
respectively. Thus the spunge, that is
noxious to man, is a wholesome nourishment
to the catterpillar. That animals
may not destroy themselves for
want of knowing this law, each of them
is guarded by such a delicacy of taste
and smell, that they can easily distinguish
what is pernicious from what is
wholesome, and when it happens that
different animals live upon the same
plants, still oue kind always leaves
something for the other, as the mouths
of all are not equally adapted to lay hold
of the grnss; by which means there is
sufficient food for all. To this may be
refered an economical experiment well
known to the Dutch, that when eight
cows have been in a pasture, and can
no longer get nourishment, two horses
will do very well there some days, and
when nothing is left for the horses, four
sheep will live upon it.?Subterranean.
The following scale of the average
duration oi animal life is collected from
Linnaeus, BufTon, and other celebrated
writerson natural history: A hare will
live 10 years, a cat 10, a goat 8, a jack
30, a horse from 20 to 30, a sheep 10, a
ram 15, a dog 20, a bull 15, an ox 20,
a swine 23. a neacock 25. n nior^nn a ?
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turtle dove 25, a partridge 25, a raven
100, an eagle 100.
From the New York Spirit of the Times.
A sccnc on Hoard a Slaver.
By a Correspondent in S. Carolina.'
Being- on the west coast of Africa, a
few years since, I was attacked by that
malignant disease, coast fever, in its
most virulent form, and was sent ashore
by the Captain of the vessel to which 1
was attached, to enjoy more comfortable
and airy quarters than the cabin of our
little brig afforded : for being on a trading
voyage, there was but little spare
room in cauin, or galley, or liold. Upon
awakening as I thought, from rather a
long sleep, I was informed by my sable
nurse that I had been delirious for about
three weeks,?that the vessel, having
waited as long as it could for me to recover,
had sailed, and left mo to navigate
my own way back as best I might.
This was rather a dull prospect, as I
was on a part of the coast very seldom
visited by merchantmen ; but having
been always accustomed to "take the
world as it came," and trust to Provif
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About the time I was strong enough
to travel, I was setting early one morning
under the shade of a cocoanut tree,
blowing a cloud of smoke from a principe,
and ruminating on my dull and
unpleasant situation ; when 1 was accosted
by a negro trader?himself a
swarthy Ethiopian who had just come
in?and told that there was a vessel
some miles lower down the coast i^omy;
to sail in a few days for Cuba; lie
knew nothing about her, but believed
she was an ebony trader, id est a Slaver.
I did not much 1 iIce being passenger
in silth a craft, but as any thing was preferable
to remaining longer in limbo
where I was, I hudd.ed up my traps and
was off to find her. After travelling all
day, I made her just before sundown, at
anchor in a river about six miles from
its mouth, and I could but stop before goiu?
on board to admire this beautiful ere
uliuu ui mail a mgunuuy, ~as sne swam
gracefully upon the placid bosom of the
water; a largo sized foretopsal Baltimore
Clipper, painted jet black, with a
narrow gold ribbon round her,?the
Spanish ensign floating lazily at her
mast head, and ' La Doradilla" (The
Gold Fish) on her stern. She was the
most symmetrical and perfect vessel I
ever clapped an eye on. But like a painted
sepulchre though fair to look upon,
she was all depravity and moral rottenness
I boarded her, and was surprised to
nnd in her commander, Captain Tennent,
an American, with whom I had
had some slight acquaintance in Havanna
; and though I knew him tlien to be
a very successful and daring slaver, I
did not fin/1 out until afterwards the desperate
hardiness and wickedness of his
character. His appearance was prepossessing,
and in his manners he was gentlemanly
and urbane. Upon recognizing
me, and learning my business, he
very poiueiy granted rny request for a
passage, and apologized for the limited
accommodations at his disposal in consequence
of the very crowded state of his
schooner?having .on board, besides a
crew of some forty men, three hundred
head of Negroes. I felt like backing
out and returning to my old quarters,
to wait for a better chance,?but the old
adage of " any port in a storm" came
into my mind, and I hung on. The
next morning we got under weigh, and
after workincr down th? nvnr wnnt <-?
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sea with a fresh breeze about three j
points free, and were bowling merrily
over the water at the rate of thirteen
knots an hour. At sundown the wind
hauled dead ahead, and when we turned
in at night we were pitching through a
pretty rouffh sea. which stirrpH ?n i
of the most nauseating odours in our
vessel that it has ever been my bad fortune
to know, and my olfactories, had
long been accustomed to the smell of
bilge water, tar, and other marine perfumes
usually found in a ship ; but this,
combined as it was with the groans and
screechings of the poor devils in the
hold, and the oppressive heat, was near
ly insutterable. Sleep, however, soon
made me oblivious to the smell and the
heat, until I was aroused from a very
pleasant dream of hades, old Square
Toes, big imps and little ones, all mixed
up in the most admirable confusion?by
the rough voicc of the mate singing out,
j t: Sail Jl<>!" This sound so agreeable I
I to the inmates of a merchantman, is of'
I all others, the least pleasant to Guineaman's
ears; for in every sail he expects
to find a cruiser, and, of course, an enemy.
So from policy they give all vessels
as wide a birth as they possibly can.
Impelled by curiosity, I was on deck
nearly as soon as the Captain, found it
to be just day light, and could plainly
distinguish on our weather quarter,
about four miles distant a large, lull rigged,
man-of-war brig, with Knglish co'?
luia uynig, every mcli ol canvass set
that would draw, anil after us hot foot.
Our Captain was used to this kind of
thing, and took it cooly, having been
chased many times before; he said lie
knew the brijr, and that he would show
mo how his little Gold Fish would
swim away from her.
So without altering her course any,
we went down to breakfast: but had
hardly dispatched the lirst cup of coffee,
before "Sail Ho!" was sung out again
from the mast head. This seemed to
disturb the Captain's appetite, lor hurrying
up he made out a sloop of-war, dead
on his lee bow. Though an old hand at
the bellows, and conversant with all the
tricks and dodges practised; this, was too
much for his equanimity. He was decidedly
in a close place, and his only
unuiicu was uj try 10 nug more to windward,
and by making the fellow on our
weather quarter sail by the wind, outfoot
him. " Keep her up! keep her up !"
he sung out to the man at the helm, and
he ported his helm a little?but it was
no go ; the Gold Fish was already do-II
ing her best, and the least touch of the
wheel would throw her up into the
"Steady, so!" he again sung out.
' I) n ! I have it! Dick Tennent
j has not been going to sea all his life to !
be caught at last by thick howled John
Bull's. Santiago?" and his mate, a bloodthirsty
looking Spaniard, whose face j
was tanned by sun and wind until it
was nearly black, came to him : he gave j
him an order in so low n inm< ilmt I #11/1
not hear it, but soon saw its (.-fleets :? |
one, by one, the poor Africans; were
brought on deck, their hands tied behind
them, shot fastened to their feet, and
they were remorselessly plunged over
the Ice bulwarks, until the last of the
Three Hundred poor mortals had disappeared,
and found, at the bottom of the
ocean, a final resting place and an end
to all their earthly woes. L had been
standing on the quarter deck in a horri- I
hie vvnlfinnr flrr>nir? on.I ? I
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the last victim sunk, by the quick, sharp j
tones of the devil who commanded, as he j
ordered the mate to start over the extra |
water, provision.?, and every article that i
would excite suspicion, it was done!
and the hold was just cleared and the |
deck in order as a shot whistled across !
oUY fore-foot (roin tlic sloop, find a hail
came over the water ordering the schoo
nor to lay too ; the necessary commands
were issued, " La Doradilia's" head-way
was lost, and she rose and fell with the
swell like a sleeping Albatross, until an
English Lieutenant boarded her, and demanded
from the Captain his paper's.
These, he handed out at once, and they j
were all pronounced u ship-shape and j
jjutioi jasuion," anil very much cha-1
grined Mr. Lieutenant toolc his depar-1
ture. Though as he bid us good day he j
said he would much rather have had us '
a Slaver than an honest Merchantman '
j in ballast!!
After a short run ivn nrrivn/1 !
: and as I put my foot on shore, I made a !
mental resolve that my first voyage in a !
Slaver should be my last. Aldeano.
I 11 you want knowledge, read the
newspapers ; not one but seveial; when
bnsiness presses be dilligent, when your
wife scolds hold your tongue.
| " Wile," said a married man, looking
for his bootjack after she was -in bed,
" I have places where I keep all my
things and you ought to know it."
"Yes," said she, "I ought to know
where you k6ep your late hours."
A French writer says, that a man
who lives ten years without a physician,
lives longer to himself and to society,
than he who exists thirty years his victim.
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From the Baltimore Patriot, \lh i/ist.
i Fifteen Days Later from Enrope.
I AKIIIVAL OF Till:
j STEAMSHIP BRITANNIA.
Tlie Cunard steamer 1 Sritannia, Capt.
Hewitt, arrived at Boston at 1 o'clock.
P. M. T ho Hon. Louis M'Lane has
returned in her.
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. .0 uvl <ji 111 ui;it nupuriancci
J ?mutters remaining pretty much as
| they were at the departure of the last
i There had been tremendous storms
and Hoods in England, which had injured
the crops severely.
The Cotton market has been in a
i quiescent state. The sales on the 18th
at I jiverpool, wore estimated at 6000
bales. Speculators have taken 700
American, and have exported 500 bales.
1000 bales, consisting of 800 Bahia,
worn sol I at 0 to G 1-Sd ; 200 Pernam
j :it f> l-Jia (i :j-S. The market closed
i In the manufactoring districts busii
ness is by no means activc. ' However,
| the news recently received from the
United Slates will give anew impetus
The money market is easy, and for
business cash can bu bud very readily.
The Produce markets are tolerably
active, both as regards ihe home and the
I Julian corn has risen to o2s. per quar
mi. : uu u'.Tcuunis 01 me Jt'otaio Urop
continue to bo disastrous.
The popularity of the new Pope is
unbounded. The new Papal tariff
makes great reductions on woolen manufactures,
cotton goods,sugar and coffee.
The Cobdon testimonial has reached
tlousii or Lokds.?Parliament is exI
pected to rise about the 28th of August.
I On the 17th the House of Lords passed
I ?i>/s c? _ n*n
I nil" OULJill L'UllCS IJl 11.
House of Commons.?The destitution
in Ireland occupied the House of Commons
on Monday. A sum has been appropriated
lor the employment of the
poor in Ireland.
Effects or the American Tariff in
England.- Several markets have experienced
the effects of the liberal tariff
which goes into operation in the United
States on the 1st December. Irnn hns
already advanced in price, and the wool!en
manufactures of Yorkshire arc firm
Fiiance.?'flic F ronch elections have
terminated, and great has been the success
oi the Guizot ministry. The majority
in the new chamber is expected to
be one hundred, and may possibly cx[
ceed that number. The King opened
! the chamber with a short speech.
A TVT 11T %
i jy jaoi.li; woman.?iNcvor stirmlc
from a woman of strong sense. If she
becomes attached to you, it will be from
seeing and valuing other similar qualities
in yourself. You may trust her,
for she knows the value of your confidence.
You may consult her, if she is
able to advise, and does so at once with
the firmness of reason, and the consideration
of afTeciion. Ilcr love will be
lasting, for it will not have been lightly
won ; and it will be strong and ardent,
for weak minds are not capable of the
loltier grades of passion. If you prefer
attaching yourself to a woman of feeble
understanding, it must be either from
fearing to encounter a superior person,or
from the vanity of prefering that admiration
which springs from ignorance, to
that which approaches to appreciation.
Where he was ijorn.?Tvvoifrnoran"
persons fell into a dispute about the na
tive place of Jonah who, us the clergyman
told them in his text, or at least as they
understood him, once swallowed a whale.
I tell you," said one with great earnestness,
' this Jonah was no Boston man:
he was a Newfoundlander?a devil of a
fellow for frsh.
A yonug lady, on visiting the Post
Office to deliver a letter to her lover,
unfortunately threw herself into the box,
and did nnf discover her mistnWn nnfil
one of the clerks asked her if she was
Tho first trait an acquaintance exhibits
when meeting you, is his curiosity?
isn't he certain to ask you " what's the ?
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