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0 Vr' rUIILISIIKD WEEKLY BY J AUKS It. IMOKUIS. AT ON K DOLLAR AND FIFTV CENTS PER ANNUM, IN ADJANCE. Volume IX. WOODSFIELD, OHIO, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 1353. Number 52. V SP KIT 0 DEMOCRACY. POETRY. OTTR EMMIE IS DEAD. She slumbers where ne'er shines the light, Where never blows the breeze; Sheslumheis where '(is always night, Beneath the valley trees Her golden ringlets loved to lave Her fair and graceful head; Now they are the sunbeams of her grave, Our playful Emmie's dead! There was a charm in all she did, At every time and place A something that could not be chid . An inexpressive gi ace Her smiles still linger in our dreams, Like light through vapors shed; She is not with us; yet it seems : Our Emmie is not dead. She dwelt among us as a dream Which could not always stay, Till, like a shadow on a stream, . , Her life floated away. E'en death did seem to sympathize, With soft and solemn tread, He stole her from our loving eyes, And hid her with the dead. Sweet one', the twined around our love Like a young summer vine, She is Our morning star above, , And will forever shine. Where never sears the heat or frost; Where life and Invn are wed, In tli it far home, where she is lent. Our Emmie i not dead ! AN ADVENTURE IN TEXAS. A THRILLING NARRATIVE. During the recent war between the Uni ted States iiml (lie Indians of Texas, a great number of volunteers joined the ex pedition. Ono of these, Captain Fergu son, of Kentucky, bpcame celebrated lor his hardihood and success in the terrible hunting of the Indians. The following in cident will convey some idea of the char acter of the man, and also ol the war still waging in the New World between civili zation and barbarism. A small band of volunteers, among wliom was Captain Ferguson, spent several days exploring Texas, and bud wandered lac into the interior without meeting a solita ry Indian track. Tired ol this pacific jour ney, they resolved to separate and seek adventures singly, before returning to the camp. Accordingly the following morning. Cap tain Ferguson, mounted on an excellent horse, left his companions and directed his course across a vast prairie, toward a cluster of hills hemmed in by thick woods which bound the horizon. Arrived at the . foot of one of the hills, the Captain per ceived a troop of wild horses slowly ad vancing toward him. Suddenly they broke into a gallop; a manoeuver which appear ed suspicious, and induced our hero to watch them closely. They soon gained the? level ground, and the dull sound of their hoofs striking the soil became distinctly audible, ''he Cap tain looked, and saw dangling to the flanks of each horse an Indian suspended hori zontally by -an arm and leg This is a common stratagem among the Indians, but, luckily for Ferguson, he was still at a considerable distance from these unpleasant-looking cavaliers. Perceiving, by the sudden rapidity of his flight, that they were discovered, the Indians climbed nimbly on their horses, and pursued our hero at full speed, shout ing their terrible war-cry. f Looking back. Ferguson observed that his enemies spread themselves across the prairie, with the evident intention of cut ting off" his retreat to the hills. He saw that his only chance of safety consisted in gaining the woods, whither his pursuers dared not follow him, lest they might en counter . the out-posts of the American troops. He did not again look behind, but with his eyes eagerly fixed on the yet distant goal, he spurred on his horse to its utmost speed. The animal stumbled, and the cry of the Indians became more distinct; but the noble animal rose again, and with a loud neigh, as though conscious of the danger that menaced his master, he made a prodigious forward bound, and cleared the space which divided him from the wood with the speed of an arrow. As Ferguson had foreseen, the Indians, fearing to enter the woods, came to a sud den halt. Although now comparatively out of danger, he did not esteem the neigh borhood perfectly safe, and therefore pur sued his course for five or six miles, with out drawing bridle. Evening was closing in when he judged it proper to pause. lie turned in vain to discover where he was; but he was not a man to vex himself for trifles, so he quietly resolved to pass the night in the open air. and defer till the mor row the task of finding his way. : A clear stream, bordered with shrubs, ran near, and Ferguson, having unbridled bis horse, wrapped himself in his cloak and lay down , on tH grass.., , , At day-break lie resumed his journey, following the course of the stream. When he had gone about four miles, he found the corpse of one of, his companions. The . poor fellow hd been scalped, and Fer guson first thought was that all his friends had probably bepn surprised and massa cred singly. Indeed, the numerous hoof prints of horses, some shod and some un shod, indicated plainly the recent passage of both white men and Indians. Slowly ly and cautiously he followed these traces, without making any discoveries, until to ward the middle of the day, having climb ed up a slight eminence, be saw on the plain, at about a mile's distance, a large Indian encampment. At the same moment the Indians per ceived the Captain, and leaped on their horses. Cursing his own imprudence, Fer guson turned bridle and began as quickly as possible to retrace his steps. Arriving at the outer border of the wood, he saw on the plain which he was about to cross, a dense cloud of lurid smoke extending on either side as far as the eye could reach. It was a prairie on fire. What was he to do? To return was death; to go forward, destruction no less inevitable. In this terrible emergency. Ferguson did not lose his presence of mind, but con tinued to advance rapidly in the direction of the fire. When he met the black ad vanced guard of smoke, behind which the flame wound and darted like some mon strous hydra-headed serpent. Ferguson checked and dismounted. He tore his mantel into pieces, fastened one as a ban dage round his horse's eyes, and another so as to envelop the animal's mnulh and nostrils; then he covered his own face in a similar manner. This was the work of a few moments prescions moments, for the veils ot tne advancing Indians neciinip fearfully distinct. His preparation made, Ferguson remouned. and facing his horse toward the (ire. spurred him on wiih the energy of despair. The noble beast houn ded onward, the fierce flames enveloping him and his rider; but the arm of the latter wnsol iron strength; he held up his horse and impelled him through the fire. A lew desperate bounds, and the torture was o ver. The fresh, cool air how delicious it was! Ferguson tore off" the bandages which covered his own bead and his horse's and threw himself on the ground, lie is saved! He has accomplished nn unparal leled exploit! Rut, above the roaring and crackling of the flames, he beard the . umphnnt cries of bis pursuers, who think they have precipitated him into an ocean flame. He made an effort to give back a dplying shout, but his voice died on his llil,s- IJairsuflooaleu, both horse and man had scarcely strength to move nciossthe black ened plain; yet Ferguson knew that with out water tliey must inevitably perish. He therefore summoned his remaining ener gies, and crept on. leading his horse by the bridle. All the poor creature's hair was sinned off, and large pieces of his hide came away at the slightest touch. Tormented by a racing thirst, Ferguson dragged himself toward the farthest extrem ity of the plain, and when there, he per ceived a hand of wolves advancing with savage howls. This new peril roused both the horse and his rider A clear, fresh stream was flowing by. 'into it he plunged the anima'. and Fergu son also dippe Ins head into the ilelici oils bath. Its restorative effect was magi cal. He recollected that the wolves in these vast deserts are accustomed to flock to ward a prairiH on fire, in order to prey on the animals escaping from the flames. The Captain examined his horse, and found, with pleasure, that the poor creature was much recovered, and even neighed in re ply to the wolves' howling. More moved by this plaintive neigh than lie had ever been by human cry. Ferguson gently ca ressed the head of his steed, and then mounting, urged him toward the forest. The wolves meanwhile were crossing the stream in hot pursuit, their hoarse yells sounding a thousand times more terrible than the whistling of bullets on the battle field. A cold shudder seized Ferguson. "If my horse should fall!" be thought. But thanks to his vigilenece and the feverish energy of the animal, they gradually gain ed on their pursuers; for the speed ol prai rie wolf is much less than that of a fleet horse. But the powers of the noble animal were nearly spent, his breathing became rapid, and his head drooped. Yet he made a wondrous effort to gain the forest, for, with the instinct of his kind, he seemed to know that safety would be found among the trees. At length the wood was gained. Fer guson gave a joyous shout, for now he could, take refuge in a tree. Tying his horse to a lower branch, our hero climbed one quickly and loaded bis carbine and pistols, with a faint hope of defending the poor animal from the wolves' attack. From the lofty branch on which lie had taken up his position, -Ferguson watched llie monsters approaoh; they were of the fiercest species, white, with glowing red eyes, and he saw that all was over with his faithful horse. They rushed nn their victim; Ferguson fired among them, but in a moment the animal was devoured and the empty bridle left hanging on the branoh. ' j . The wolves, with gaping throats, and their white tusks grinning horribly, remain ed round the tree, for the horse had scarce ly furnished each with a single mouthful. On the Captain's slightest movement, they jumped up as if to seize him before he could touch the ground. Ferguson enjoy ed a sort ol feverish pleasure in killing a number of iheui with his carbine. Hut night was closing in, and. quite exhausted unable even to reload his arms, he was seized with a sudden giddiness. He was forced to close his eyes, lest be should fall Irom his green fortress. Then a deep roaring was heard in the neighboring prairie. At the sound, the wolves pricked up iheir ears, and darted ofTsimiiltaiieously in search ofa new prey. In a short lime Ferguson opened his eyes, and descried in the plnin. on the border of the wood, an enormous buffalo, surround ed by the ravenous wolves, who were tear ing him to pieces, despite his furious efforts to escape. The Captain, profiting by this fortunate diversion, descended from bis tree and hastened to kindle the dried branches scat tered on the ground. He shorlly succeed-1 ed surrounding himself with a rampart of fir Feeling then in comparative safety, he roasted one of the (lend wolves, and ate a small pnitiou of the flesh, notwithstanding the natural repugnance inspired by such unclean Ibod. Being somewhat strength ened by bis strange repast, he collected a supply ol wood lor the night. In about an hour afterwards, the wolves returned to the charge, but Ferguson, thanks to his flaming Inriification. was in such salety. that, despite their continued i howling, ho slept profoundly until morn ing. tin awaking, he found lhat the wolves were gone, in pursuit, doubtless, of some easier prey; and the Captain was able to resume his journey on foot, carrying with him his pistols, his cutlass, and his car bine. After a week of incredible fatigue and privation he arrived in safety at the Amer ican camp-, but no tidings were ever heard of his unlortunatt companions. They probably had either been massacred by the Indiansor devoured by the wolves. As to Captain Ferguson, be was seized with a lever, which confined him to bed during many weeks. When convalescent, he hap pened one day to look in a mirror, and started back nfl'iighled. His beard re mained black, hut til. hair of his head had become white as snow. An Incident in the War of 1812. Al the battle ol Plattshurg. in 1812. dur ing the din and uproar of the heavy can nonade on lake and land, there appeared before the commanding ofllucr an unknown Indian, clad in the wild savage costume, covered with war paint and armed to the teeth, who gave iiiloi maliou of (lie approach through the woods, on the south hank of the Saranac. of a considerable body of British, accompanied by a small band of Unions or Canadian Indians, who acted as guides and scouts. It is well known thai one column of the British army, tinder command of General Brisbane, had ap proached Plattshurg from west along the l).'ekiii.iiitown road to the north of the Saranac. The American army was now intrenched on the south hank, in the angle formed by the river and lake. It will, therefore, he readily understood that the approach of this new force would place tlie Americans in a position sufficiently criti cal. to say nothing ot the dangers to which they were already exposed. The information brought by the savage was too important to be wholly slighted, ami came in too suspicious a manner to be wholly trusted. The officer, therefore, thought it best to interrogate the met--, senger. "Who are you. my friend?" said he. ' Mohican." was the laconic reply. " What is your name?" "Stockbr'uign Hank," answered the stranger. "Where did you come from, and why are you here?" pursued the officer. ' Indian came from the Dutch rivers," replied he. "But why are you here, I say?" "Why are the Mingoes in the woods; can the captain tell me that?" replied the savage, his eyes flashing fire. Does any body know this person?" asked the officers, turning to the bystan ders; but no one replied, for no one knew him. "What do you want me to do then?" said the officer to the Indian, still suspi cious. "Take four, seven, ten soldier," replied the savage, holding up both hands and spreading his fingers. "Me take 'em and wuit for Mingoes in the woods." "He's right, by Jove!" exclaimed the officer. "The men are too few to have an ambush laid for them, and we need a piquet of that kind. The redskin must be friendly after all. Let nine picked men, headed by a corporal, go with him; but let them be watchful and kep on their guard, and let mo be informed of the first ap proach of nny enemy in that direction." The officer turned away. The men were quickly detailed, and guided by the Indiani'lhey took their silent way in the woods, up the south bank of the Saranac, down which the new hostile force was re ported to be coming. They moved for ward ranidlv for about half an hour, when the Indian began to proceed with more ing, and perhaps without caring, whether caution, and to listen for every unusual or not enemies were near. The impru sound that disturbed the forest. At last.ldsnce cost him his life; and, withal, he putting his ear close to the ground, he listened for a moment, and then quickly raising up. he made u rapid sign to the soldiers to betake themselves to a neigh boring thicket, which bordered a small creek flowing into the river. The men concealed themselves among the bushes as quick as possible, while the Indian crawled stealthily to a position somewhat more advanced, concealing himself be hind the trunk of a fallen tree. He then enjoined upon them not to fire or make any noise until they should receive from him a certain signal. For some distance forward of the place where he lay tlie woods were tolerably clear of underbrush, and a kind of a path which skirted the bank of the river crossed the creek near ils mouth, about ten rods from where the soldiers were concealed. From the posi tion the Indian occupied this pass was in full view. In order to cross the stream any one going along that path Had to de scend about ten teet. almost perpeinncu larlv; so that while he was in the bed ol the brook, he could not be seen by thoso adio should happen to be any distance behind. The soldiers had not remained in am bush long, when by a quick sign the scout gave them to understand that some one was approaching. They soon saw an In dian coming at a rapid but silent pace along toward the crossing. He had but just got clearly in view, when nt a distance of about two rods behind appeared anotli- er. ami so on to the number of seven. They were all in war paint, armed with rifles and tomahawks. The soldiers were all attention to the movements of their guide, expecting every moment to receive iho signal to fire. To their surprise, how ever, they saw him lay down his gun and draw from beneath the log a long and pow erful bow, and a body of (lint-headed, sharp-pointed arrows. He then turned himself nbout under the log until he faced the pass in the creek. The strange Indians appeared to move forward without the least hesitation or sus picion. The foremost of them on coming to the creek, dropped at once down to cross it. At this moment the guide was observ ed to draw in his bow with a quick and powerful effort; and so rapidly as utmost lo elude the sight an arrow was sped on its mission of death. The stranger was seen to drop in the middle of the brook, and not a cry issued from his mouth. Quick as lightning the Mohican adjusted an ar row in his bow, so that as soon as the sec ond Huron had dropped down to cross the stream, he too was observed to reel and lull without a groan. In the same manner was the third and the fourth, and the fifth Huron pierced as he leaped into the fatal ditch. They were so close to each other, and the whole scene passed with such miraculous silence and rapidity, that neither of them had observ ed the fate of his comrades until he met his own. The sixth Indian, however, be ing a little more behind than the olhers, seemed to be somewhat surprised that he did not see them in view on the opposite oank. For this reason ho descended into the gully with a little hesitation. Ho was immediately aware of the horrible late that had arrested their steps and silenced their tongues, lie endeavored to recoil, but it was already too late. A fatal missive was also on the wing for him he was struck with the rest, but not with immediate death, and ha had time to raise into the depths ol the forest one of those appalling yells of warning and of rag which announces among the people of his race the presence of mortal danger. Tho soldiers looked upon this fearful scene in astonished silence, entranced by the murderous magic which took place be fore them. When the stillness anil the spell were broken by that warning cry, they expected to see the woods swarming witii hosiile savages. None, however, ap peared; and when the echo had died away, they looked in vain for the seventh and last ol the Hurons. He had vanished as if swallowed up in the earih. No trace of him was visible no sound of retreat ing lootsteps were audible. The Mohican, however, still kept bis position behind the log itself, but with his fiery eyes bent in quick and searching glances in almost every direction at once. lie was obvious ly at fault as well ns the rest. No one dared 'o move or speak above his breath. There was something awful in the myste rious and sudden disappearance. The silence continued for some ten min utes, when the sharp crack of a rifle was heard, and the Mohican sprang to his feet with the blood streaming down one side of his face. His only exclamation was an emphatio "ugh!" In an instant the fatal bow and arrow were again in requi sition, and, his face toward the Indian, he sent another arrow on its mortal mission. The soldiers heard a slight scrabbling over head, and on looking up they saw the Huron falling through the limbs of n neigh boring tree. Into this he had hud the ad dress to swing himself up, unseen by his enemies, during the momentary confusion occasioned by the warning cry of his com panion. From that perch ho had soon discovered the lurking place of the Mohi can, and, bent upon vengeance, had im mediately fired at him. without consider had only succeeded in inflicting upon the .Mohican '?i 'slight wound in the temple. The scene, however, now rapidly chang ed. Shortly after the report of the rifle, the distant heavy tramp ol a body of reg ular troops was heard approaching through the woods They, too, plunged into the fatal pass, and met with a like but not equally bloodless reception, by the soldiers in ambush. This time it was the rifle that did the business The advancing column, however, was composed of veterans who lor a fewmomenls seemed to push forward into the abyss .vhere their comrades and guide were lving wounded anil dead: but as they were ignorunt of the strength of the concealed enemy, and could hnrdly even tell from what direction the danger came, they finally beat a retreat and drew off into the woods again. The check was all that could have been desired. That force was not engaged during the battle of I'lattsburg; and alter learning the disastrous fate of the day, it made a precipitate retreat northward into Canada. It was noticed that as soon ns the. seven Hurons were slain, Stockbridge Hank seemed to take no further interest in the fray Shortly after the firing commenced, he disappeared, anil did not accompany tho soldiers back to the army. The next day, however, he appeared again before the officer, accoutred as at the time of his arrival into camp, hut with the addition of seven bloody scalps attached to his belt, and with the war-paint washed from his face, His mission seemed to be accom plished. He was thanked for bis services, and received promises of a liberal reward. To all that was said, he remained a silent listener, and only pointed to the glorious trophies which he wore, seeming to signi fy that they were sufficient compensation. In truth, the Hurons were the hereditary foe, and he had been fighting instinctive ly for the tradition of his fathers. After this second visit he was never again spen in the army. The story of this ex ploit was long the talk and wonder of the army. Ohio Whig Platform. We give below the resolutions of the late Whig State Convention. It appears that they were "unanimously adopted." This is, perhaps, not strange, considering the almost unanimous repugnance expressed not long since by the Whig press, lead by the Central Organ, to any such manifes toes of sentiment. The preamble dubs the party, "the National Conservative par ty of Republican progress." If this pseu donym obtains we shall be compelled to speak of the late Whig party by initials, the "N. C. K. P." party. Here are the resolutions: Whereas, ThisConvention, represen ting the sentiments of the National Con servative party of the State of Ohio, taking note of passing events, and guided by the lights ol experience and history, do now, as ever, affirm the principles of republican progress, upon which the perpetuity of our Iree institutions and the hopes ol struggling freedom against unhawllowed power eve rywhere depend; Therefore, 1. Resolved, That, as a national par ty, we stand by the great interests of the Union, against factions at home and ene mies abroad; and that we pledge ourselves to the constitution, to the promotion and protection of our national industry, and the development of our nntionul resources, by all legitimate constitutional menus. 2. Resolved, That the prosperity of the people of Ohio, as an integral portion of the country, results from their own in dustry and natural vigor, and constitutes no pretext or apology for wasteful and ex travagant expenditures in the administra tion ol the State government. 3. Resolved, That the party now dom inant in this State have exhibited a reckless disregard of those principles ol economy and integrity which ought to characterize the administration of our State affairs. 4. Resolved, That we pledge ourselves and those we present as candidates lor of fice, to a strict regard to popular rights, in all things pertaining to the stupendous in terests of our gigantic and growing State; and that without aheyar.ee to minor con siderations, we will adhere strictly to those great Republican principles which nlone can perpetuate our liberties and our pros perity as a people. 5. Resolved. That the Locofoco party of Ohio, by the charges and admissions of ils own members, on very late as well as upon former occasions, is composed of elements essentially antagonistic, held to gether by tho cohesive power of public plunder, in a coalition, whose existence is at once a libel on consistency, and a proof of the utterly mercenary motive of their or ganization. 6. Resolved, That the dominant party, in its administration of our State govern ment for the last three years, has given t he most glaring evidences of its greediness for the emoluments of place, nnd its con tempt of the people's interests. Holding a working majority in both branches of our General Assembly, so large as ti ren der it completely independent of Whigob struction, this parly has increased four fold the expenses of our State Government and while the constituency were smart ing under taxes of the most enormous de gree, they htve greatly inereased our pub lic burthens, multiplied offices, and aug mented official salaries, lengthened to an unreasonable nnd oppressive duration the the sessions of our Legislature, weakened the efficiency of our courts, and blunted the ends of justice, and thus exhibited ihem selves as dangerous and mischevious in the management ol affairs, as they are loud in their false professions of devotion to the popular weal. 7. Rsolved. That the members of this Convention pledge themselves, each to the other, nnd to their fellow Whigs oftho State nnd country, to support the ticket for Ex ecutive and State officers, this day nomi nated, and to make once and again, ap pealing to the patriotic sense of their fellow-citizens, nil earnest effort to place the interests of our State in the hands of that part' to which under Providence, she owes tier former prosperity and her present credit. Printers. Print 'rs it is said, universally die at an early age. This is dotthilms caused by the noxious effluvia arising from the types, the want of exercise, nnd constant confine ment, and the late, hour to which their work is prolonged. There is no other, class of human beings, whose privileges, are as few, whose labor is as continuous and whose wages are ns inadequate, as printers. If a "type." be a man of fami ly, he is debarred of the privilege of en- joying their society at all times, because his hours of labor are almost endless, and his moments of leisure so few that they must be spent in sleep to recruit his ex hausted energies, and prepare him for a renewal of his toils. Poor fellow, he knows nothing of sociability, and from necessity, is as clearly shut out from the' world ns a convict in a prison cell.. Truly he is in the world, yet knows not nf it. t Toil, toil, toil, by night and day is his fate, until premature old age ends his existence. For the advancement of science, morality,' and virtue, the cords of his heart are sun-' dered. one by one. and when his race is run and time to him is no more, he goes , down to the grave uncared for, and un known, though his existence has been sac rificed for the benefit of bis race. ; ' ' 1 When we hear mechanics crying out against oppression, nnd demanding cer- tain hours for labor and for rest, we cannot , but reflect upon the situation of our own craft: how every moment of their lives is ' forced into service to earn a bare subsist-' ence, and how uncomplaining they devote 1 themselves to the good of that same public . who wear them as a loose garment, to be donned when convenient, and doffed when ' no longer needed. 1 Printers are universally poor men, and for two reasons: The first is they rarely ever receive a fair compensation for their., services. And the second is that enured to continual suffering, privation, and toil, ' their purso-strings are ever untied at the " bidding of charily, and the hard earned "dimes" are freely distributed for the re lief of their fellow men. Thus it it that they live poor and die poor; and if a suit able reward does not await them after death, sad indeed must be the beginning, the existence, and the end of poor "typos." ' Richmond Republican. Unparalleled Depravity. We are inlonned by two officers of jus lice that a band of 15 young men and ' boys in Perrysviile, firmed themselves into a society for the purpose of robbery. A i captain was chosen and a regular Consti tution and By-Laws, the violation of which was d-!itth. were adopted. One of the ' band stole from his father 810, which he had collected for a poor widow who had a son belonging to the band. Learning that th money belonged to lur, the band stole 810 from another woman to replace it. The cash drawer of a landlord in : Perrysviile was opened by two of the band and a ten dollar bill taken from it. The one who changed the bill to divide with his comrade, charged a premium for mak ing change. This being a violation of the By-Laws, the rest of the band, unknown ' ' to him. held n meeting and determined on .' his death. It was arranged that all were to go out upon the ice (in which a hole was to be previously cut) to skate, and that nil should appear struck at some curi osity in the water, and all look in, and when this one should stoop down over the hole one of the company should strike him with a club and pitch him in. One -: young man whose heart was not so cor rupt ns the rest relented, and by giving ,, information prevented the murder. Sev eral of the company are now in the Ash land jail. Manipihl Herald. ' ' : . . . i,.. j The firemen of Cincinnati had twodes- ( pernte: riots rn Sunday last, during which Jerome Bainhridge and Milton Armstrong,' ' were dangerously wounded. : A riinn should iot put a fence of words around bts ideas, because many who would " otherwise give him a Inir hearing lack rest luiiou to cluiib over such a rugged enolaiJ sura. . . . - As tiiii passes, memory silently records' your deeds, which conscience will imprea sively read to you in after years. mil The gold yield of Australia is sbont five'" millions ol dollars per month, or sixty milJ' lions per year. v,.