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The Gaine Tor Life.
? The darkies are mine,' said the game
tier, striking his fist upon the table,
' show 'em up. and let ua seo what they
look like.*
The yoang planter who had lost, sent
one of the boat servants below for John
and Helen. The passengers awaited the
appearance of the servants in silence, for
a long time, but they c?m? not. The
servant had informed them of the change
of owners. They were attached to the
young planter and wife, and did not wart
to leave them: but they had children of
tbeir own at home, and what was to be?
some of them 1
Tbe winner began to wax impatient at
tJ.-e delay, and exclaimed :
? Cu?n?\ Ditnton, hurry up the niggers.
^They must move quicker than this when
1 send for 'em, or they'll never know
whi hurt 'em.'
The yoang planter'# aristocratic face
fiushed crimson at this rude and brutal
exclamation, but he made no reply. He
was about to send another servant for
?Joho and Helen when his purpose was
stayed by the appearance of Mrs. Dan'.on.
Her husband had been gaming, and she
bad been we?"piug.ever since the boat had
left Cincinnati, and >?e were now far down
th? Mississippi. No wonder, then, that
she wan pate and wan, and that her eyes
looked a* though they had been nearly
wept away: but she was exquisitely love
ly, nevertheless.
Although man/ year&; have passed
einee that eveniog. I can a?e the sorrow
stricken young wife now as she glided up
to the table and looked he," husband in
the face. He oould not bear up under
her gaae. He had lost all his money, and
in a tit of desperation had also staked and
lost the last two slaves.
? Is it true that you have los-t John and
Helen V '
Her husband made no reply; he could
not even look up.
The passengers were now fast gather
ing round, and the scene was growing
painful. My father (who had come North
to fetch uie from school, and was taking
the longest possible way home) was hold
ing tne by the hand and I knew by the
tightening of his grasp, that ho was be
coming much excited.
As Danton did not seem inclined to an
swer his wife's question, the gamester
ruuvrhly said :
? Yea, ma'am, John and Helen are
mine, and 1 want to see 'em quick.'
Dantoa sprung to his feet, and stooping
across the table, hissed in the teeth of tho
gamester :
? Villain, don't you presume to speak
to my wife again." I
The look with whioh the menace was
accompanied was perfectly blasting, and
made the swarthy and pitted gamester
fairly turn white.
How inconsistent is man ! That ac
complished and high-born husband could
deliberately jeopardise the property and
corrode the happiness of his wife, hour
after hour, day after day, year after year,
but he coulvi not bear that the man whom
.he had ohoten for a companion should
even so much as speak to her.
?.Yes. Mary, John and Helen are lost,'
he aaid at last, as he let the gamester
tfrom>h<& gaze; ' they are lost, and it can't
the helped now, so don't let us have a
scene about it."
' I shall not let them go,' said Mary,
firmly, * and 1 shall have a scene about
it. 1 did not say a word about the mon
ey. but now that you have played them
.away?oh, Charlie !' aud she leaned her
head on her husband's breast.
' Ah ! here they come !' said the game
ster, as John and Helen approached.
John was a powerful and tine looking
mulatto; bis face indicating unusual intel
ligence and kind heartedness. Helen was
.much whiter than her husband, and re?
.markably handsome. The gamester's
evil eye gleamed as he surveyed her, and
turning to a savage looking man near him,
he said :
? I'll si ll you John in the morning,
Hammond, but Helen I shall keep?at
least a few days.'
* I'm agreeable,' said the slave trader,
for such he was, ' but I'd like the gal aB
soon as possible.'
A look of iadignation ran around the
group at this brutal colloquy. My fa
ther's grasp grew tighter still, and encou
raged thereby, I whispered to him to buy
John and Heleu himself; but he shook his
head and motioaed me to keep silent.
? I tell you that I shall not let them go,'
repeated Mrs. Danton, addressing the
stranger. ' They were brought up in my
father's family; besides, they have chil
dren at home from whom it would be
cruel to separate them.'
The gamester and slave dealer ex
changed sneers at Mrs. Panton's senti
mental reasons for not letting the slaves
go, but her husband said :
* It oan't be helped now, Mary, let us
go to our room.'
' O, Mistas, do** go and leab ae wid
dat man,' shrieked Helen; ? I shall die 01
jump overboard. O. don't leab your own
true Helen, who aaved yoar life when
you fell into the bayou.'*
' I shall not leave you, Helen. Do not
be alarmed. I??
? Brees de Lord for dat.' interrupted
Helen; ? I know we are safe now; kase
you alien does just what you says you
I think it is about time this nonsense
was stopped,'said the gamester, rising
from the table?' you acknowledge, Dan
ton. that these negroes are my property ?
consequently they are mine. I've a right
to do what I please with them; no bill of
sale between gentlemen. And now, you
niggers, come along with me. and don't
make a fuss, or I'll have you whipped
and put in irons.'
The scene now became extremely ex
citing. John drew Helen to his side and
clenched his fists, while their young mis
tress stood close in front, as if, with her
feeble arms she could protect them from
the clutches of the gamester. I was wild
with excitement, and begged my father
either to buy the slaves or shoot the
gamester?I did not care which. A
bloody fight seemed inevitable, when a
j ~,n6'ander, who had been very qui
et during the whole trip, elbowed bis
way to the table and asked at what sum
he valued his slaves.
? Two thousand dollars,' said he; ?do
you waul to buy ?'
' I have only a thousand dollars.' said
the young man; ' I will give you that for
No, sir, but I'll stake 'em against a
thousand dollars, and play you a game
of poker for the pile.'
?I don't understand the game/ .aid
the New Englander.
" What game do you play ?'
' I have played a few games at all fours,
but I never gambled for a cent in all mv
life.' 1
' Well, I'll play you a game at all fours
then, if you like, and stake the niggers
against your thousand dollars.'
fo the surprise of every one present,
the young man accepted the challenge,
e fu,r new pack of cards, staked his
thousand dollars, and the game commen
ced?the gamester having the first deal.
As the company drew more closely
around the table, it seemed as though a
watch-maker's shop were in our midst,
so distinctly we heard the tick of the
The first hand the New Enijlandtr
u ee *? gamester's one, at
which a buzz of pleasure ran round the
i-roup. The second the gamester made
three to his opponent's nothing, the third
hand they each made two, which left the
Englander two to go, while the
gamester had but one to make, and it
was his turn to beg. This was a great
advantage, and every body seemed to
give up the thousand dollars as lost.
The New Englander dealt the cards,
however, with a steady bund, and turned
up the j^ck of hearts, which placed him
evon with his antagonist; but when he
raised his cards. I saw that he had not a
single trump in his hand, and his adver
sary to ' stand* or - beg;' if the former,
the game was his to a certainty; if the
latter, there would be another chance for
the Bluvea. After drumming on the
backs of his cards for a short time, he
looked at the face of the New Englander
to see if he could deter.nine by his man
ner what jt was best to do, but the young
Bunker Hill met his gaze without flinch
ing. and there they sat for a long time
gazing into each other's eyes.
Run the cards,' said the gamester at
ast. I could have hugged him for mis
Bunker Hil dealt again, and the queen
>f spadea waa turned. Every heart stood
til as the cards were for the last time
, ' The7 are mine !' shouted the New
imglander; ? or rather they are yours,
dad am,' said he in a milder tone, to Mrs!
Janton, as he threw down the ace of
1 he beautiful, impetuous Southern
brew her arms around the winner's neck,
md three deafening cheers (in which
ven the slave dealer joined) told the sal
ifaction of the audience.
Many years after, I met the New Eng
ander in Mississippi, and claimed his ac
[uaintance on the score of having been
me of the most enthusiastic partisans on
he night of the well remembered tri
imph. He had prospered in business1
ad become rich. He was making bis
TUu ,V'8lt to h,s heRrlh 8tone?a 8t?ne
?bich has more potent charms for good
levnt? lWh'?b kneel M^?mraedon
evotees in the city of their prophet.
ifne?S. ? acVt:r louch?J a card
nee that memorable game: that the
ifSt! he ;beo "???
bin it,., i.rs.d'r'/rrv'r
game with th? ? ?* ^ played the
with her husband without fear, who had
foresworn gambling from that never to
ae-forgotten night.
? Bayon. thoname which evory Southern ??
jro gi\?? to every stream or body of water.
An exchange has discovered that
he most remarkable fact about the wea
her at present is. that ladies possessed of
landsome sets of furs find ? it bitter cold'
or the season, while those who are not so
veil provided declare ' it ain't cold a bit.'
The Suspension Bridge over the
donongalia. at Morgantown. Va.. is to be!
eased to the highest bidder, for one year
rom New Year's day.
'he rt>P? b7 which acrim
*1 K?a ~ ! lh? pap<,r th,t anaou^
iea bis execution ?
,uBzr * ("*?) ??
1 Ok land beloved I oh land unknown I
' By what bin* Bhine or rapid Bhone, ' >
Or any river man hath known,
i Shall I arrive at thee I
Or by what mighty trackless seas.
Where the unwearied northorn breeze
From dumb and frozen cavern flees
Triumphant, to be free.
Or by what desert red and vast.
Breathing the fevered tropic blast,
Shall my too lingering steps at last
Attain to thy sweet shore ?
Oh, plains serene ! Oh, rivers rolled
Like babbling dreama o'er sands of gold 1
Fair birds that do your pinions fold,
And singing, cease to soar 1
Skies, where Mich slumberous mists are
Tha ha.?rt forgets it ever bled,
And sleep lies on the lonely head,
Forgetting and forgot.
There nothing has been or shall be,
Bnt all things aro eternally.
The tired sonl rsay not think nor see
Such quiet rules the spot ;
For there is neither hope nor fear,
No hated things and nothing drear,
Nor any troubled atmosphere,
Nor anything but rest,
Such uttor sloop, such thoughtlessness,
As might a mortal life redress
And sot aside its deadly stress,
From even a woman's breast.
Oh, land,dear land! sweet visioned shore,
That no man's footsteps may explore,
Nor any but a foel deplore,
Yet would I slept in theo I
The jestor tiros of cap and bolls,
The disenchanted laughs at spells,
The past all future lios foretells.
Dear land, come true for me !
A. W. H.
Or, Life in the Phillippine Islands.
About forty miles from Manilla, near
a long range of mountains which Uke rise
on the sea-coast, anil extend through the
island of Lu#-n, is an extensive jungle,
which is thickly studed with a dense
growth ot smail trees or brush-wood, and
long dried grass, where hundreds of ani
mals lay secreted during daylight, and
come forth at night to seek their prey,
and make darkness hideous with their
howls and roars of rage and hunger.
In this jungle, where none but tha
most adventurous sportsmen intrude, and
never alone, a small species of leopardo,
or tiger, finds a sure cover after success
ful forage, during which the animal
makes sad havoc among the cattle of the
unlives, destroying wantonly, even after
its appetite has been fully satisfied by its
thirst for blood.
The leopardo is a powerfut animal ; al
though smaller than the Java tiger, it
possesses all of its activity and much of
its boldness and ferocity. With longer
tushes, which look strong enough to mas
ticate iron, and paws armed with terrible
claws capable of stripping the flesh from
a limb with a single blow, it is no wonder
they are dreaded by the natives, and suf
fered to continue their warfare uncheck
ed. excepting through the agency of pits
or a rude species of traps, made of wood
resembling iron in iis consistency. Even
the latter are often lorn to pieces by the
fierce brute, who never ceases, from the
moment he finds that he is a prisoner, to
work with tooth and claw, to relieve him
self for his unpleasant predicament. I
have seen the hard wood splintered like
a spruce log after being struck by a flash
of lightning ; and the mark of the ani
mals teeth resembling the work of across
cut saw.
The pits, or holes dug in the ground
about ten feet deep, and covered over
with light brush, upon which are placed
pieces of strongly tainted meat, are the
only sure means of destroying the pests :
yet such is the indolence of the natives,
they had rather suffer than inoommode
themselves by a few hours' labor, and so
thin off the fierce denizens of the jungle.
My friend, Don Arturo, had, about
three years before my arrival in Manilla,
purchased a tract of land in the immedi
ate vicinity of the jungle, where he plan
ted about twenty thousand trees, for the
purpose of raising coffee, an excellent va
riety of the berry being exported from the
island. The Government a few years
since, offered a premium to any one who
would engage in the speculation, hoping
to be able to compete with Java, and
perhaps drive the Dutch from the field.
The Don was enthusiastic in regard to
his plantation, and at his pressing request
Mr. Allen and myself one day offered to
I accompany him to the tarm and witness
tha improvements. We were the more
ready to go because we thought there
might be a chance for a little sport in the
tiger-hunting line ; large stories of the
animal's ferocity and daring passing quite
current among the European residents of
A number of servants were ordered to
pack up bedding, provisions, ammunition
and rifies, and the whole was started off
in a cart, drawn by four st >at buffaloes.
We allowed them three days to reach
their destination, and then, one bright
morning, we bi i our pretty hostess fare*
well, and started on horseback for the
plantation, where we intended to remain
a week or ten days.
We galloped that day over the most
beautiful portion of the island?we forded
the streams that ran silently by green
banks who.*e bright verdure never faded
from one year's end to the other; we
halted under tall cocoa-nut tree*, and
tempted the monkeys to hurl the fruit at
us by way of revenging themselves for
the grimaces which we made at them ;
we plucked wild bananas, and squeezed
tbe juioe of sweet oranges into our clarei,
each of us having taken the precaution-to
provide a bottle for th? purpose of mois
tening our lipa on tbe way ; and at length
heartily tired of pleasure, we hailed with
jof tbe keeper's house, and were weleom
I ed to the coffee plantation of Don Arturo
" Some supper." cried the Spaniard, as
he dismounted from his horse. "Give us
?upper, you villians, and don't be fifteen
minutes providing it. Something light?
coffee, fried eggs and tomatoes, curried
rice and chicket, dried beef and shrimps,
stuffed game, and don't forget the wine.
Let it be cooling for the evening lunch."
Everything is ready, sener," replied
the overseer ; " we have expected you
for the last half hour, and Bupper has
waited that time."
A.h," grunted the Don, as he limped
into the house prepared for us?forty
miles of riding made the old man stiff?
Ah ! there is nothing like sending
word and provisions at the same lime.?
But tell me, how comes on the trees ??
Do they flourish V
" Exceedingly well, aenor," replied the
" And the cattle ; has the stock in
creased ?"
" Not largely, senor. We have been
" How ?" oried the Spaniard ; "do you
pretend to *ay that my imported cows are
not well ?"
" Until last night they thrived ; but
" But what ?" roared the Spaniard.
" The cursed tigers killed a cow and a
| calf last night, senor."
I The expression of Don Arturo's face at
that moment was a puzzle. He wanteii
to scold the overseer for what the poor
man could not help, and he longed to ac
cuse his cowardice, yet feared that the
native would request his assistance in
helping him rid the plantation of the
" Why have you not built traps ?" ask
ed the Spaniard at length.
" I mode two, but they tore them to
pieces," replied the man.
And pits?why have you not dug
pits ?"
" I feared that the cattle would fall into
them instead of the tigers, senor."
" You feHred no such thing," cried the
Don " You are too lazy to dig them,
although 1 allow you a dozen man to at
tend to the trees."
" If the senor would spend a few days
in hunting the brutes while he is here,
the plantation would soon be freed," the
man said.
" Me ?" queried the Don ; ?? I come
here to look after trees, not tigers."
" But the senor sent his rifle, and the
servants tell me he has killed a fierce al
ligator and a huge boa constrictor with
out help."
" Well, well, I'll think about it." re
plied the Spaniard, considerably modified
by the flattery.
The supper was served, and after a
hearty meal we strolled about the plan
tation until the falling dew warned us to
seek shelter in the house.
During the night we heard the fierce
roaring of a couple of tigers as they wan- j
dered around the cattle-pen ; but we
were too tired and sleepy to pay that at- ]
tention to them that their merits deserved.
Allen, to be sure, raised his head and lis
tened for a few minntes, as though unde
cided whether he should risk a shot; but
before he oould make up his mind, he
again dropped off to sleep, and did not
wake till morning.
At daylight we found that a young
heifer had been killed and partly eateu.
| The sight rendered the Don turious. He
Bwore by all his patron saints that he
would dig pits on every rod of his land,
and use up all the wood on the island
building traps, but that he would extern
minate all the tigers from the jungle.
" Now is our time," whispered Char
ley. " Let us ask him to accompany us
on a tiger bunt while he is iu the present
" But he will refuse."
" No, he won't; his blood ia up, and
| until he gets cool he will not care for fif
ty tigers."
" Why not organize a band of the na
tives and have a hunt to-day. We can
accompany them and perhaps with a few
lucky shots prevent your cattle from be
ing troubled for sometime to come," 1
said, speaking in a loud voice, so that the
overseer and his assistants could hear
" An excellent plan." replied the over
seer ; " I can spare eight or ten of the
" But you shall go also," cried the
" The trees require attention just at
the present lime. The moon is most full,
and not a day should be lost," the over
seer, said, attempting to frame some ex
cuse to stay at home.
" The trees may suffer," exclaimed the
Spaniard, who was glad to find somebody
more reluctant than himself. " Get my
rifle ready, and see that we have refresh
ments. Go you must, and every one on
the plantation accompanies us."
" The overseer would have further re?
monstrated. but an impatient look cut him
short, and with a long face he started off
to obey the Don's orders.
ia an hour's time we were armed, and
ready for the hunt. Our rifles were tried,
to be certain that they are not injured by
their rough ride on the team, while the
natives were armed with their long sharp
kci*<n, and poles about twelve if?t in
length, terminating at the end with points
of iron, which they used as spears, and
conld throw with wonderful bccnracy, hit
ting a mark the size of a man's band at
the distance of ibuiy paces, ao that a ti
ger. we thought, would stand no kind of
a chance, if one showed itself;
Bfr the advice of one of the men, who
had the care of the cattle, we struck
aeros* the plantation, and emerged near
the edge of the jungle. 'Trail; of the
brutes were quite distinct; and a tolera
bly good dog, a cross of the hound and
the mastiff, which we had taken with us,
began to exhibit signs of impatience :
while the nitivM hung back aaa declined
to enter the thicket. Evea Don Arturo
whom we bad by acclamation ejected lea
der, thought we had better postpone the
52?^ fexl d&y- wh?? he said that
w? should feel more fresh, and in belter
hunuog humor; and, if the truth must
be old, when I saw the prints of the tj
ger 8 claws I wished that the Spanin.d's
advice might be taken, although I didn't
dare confess u, for fear of being ridiculed
by Allen, who pushed on ahead, and en*
couraged the Don and natives, by decla<
ring that a tiger would never dare to faoe
such a formidable body of men
With some difficulty he managed to ,ret
the men to separate, and advance into the
jungle, in the form of a crescent, intend
ing to drive the game before us. until we
reached an open place, where the herds
men informed us we could sit and
shoot as many of the animals as we
pleased, provided the natives would onlv
beat the bushes, which I was strongly in>
clined to think that they would not do.
We had not advanced more than twenty
or th.rty paces before the dog commen
ced barking ; then we heard the cracking
and rustling of dried grass ; and present
ly a roar, that caused me to look to the
priming of our rifles, and made our blood
trough our veins, and glance with
some slight degree of apprehension at
each other, as though requiring support
in case of necessity. The dog answered
the roar with a howl. ftnd then came lim
ping towards us with a frightful wound
near his fore shoulder. The skin had
been stripped off nearly a foot square, as
clean as though a knife had been passed
over the parts, and the raw flesh and sin
ews were laid bare. Singular as it may
appear, but little blood flowed from the
wound, and the poor dog with a whim
per, sealed himself, and tried to lick the
spot where the tiger's claw had torn him
J^et us consider on this," cried Don
Arturo suddenly halting.
The Spaniard was but n few paces from
Allen and myself-while the natives as
we thought, were spread out on each side,
having been beating the bushes with
their long poles, although for the last few
minutes we had heard nothing of them.
Before wo had time to answer Don Ar
turo s remark, two fierce roars, which
followed each other like claps of thunder
came d.recily from the Spaniard's side !?
i\!r I0.!?8 8BW a pair of e>'es Kunming
through the grass that looked like .rreeii
globes, and just below ihe eyes was a
mouth with the lips drawn back, reveal
ing long white tushes covered with foam
"Mi dioi presevarmuttered the
Spaniard, dropping his gun, and stagger
ing towards us as though intoxicated,
while his face turned pallid with fear.
He had hardly uttered the last word
before I saw ibe tiger make a bold leap
igh into the air, and alight wiihin a few
feet of the Don. With another roar, that
awoke the echoes of that vast jungle. Hnd
whioh was answered by a dozen animals
or the same species, apparently within a
few rods of us. the tiger crouched for a
spring upon the luckless Don. For ni,
instant, I would have not given a farlhin<r
for his life I forgot that I carried a ri?
. C lbink of nothing but the ter
rible leap and tierce eyes ol the brute,
he crouched there, with his legs drawn
well uuder him, and his glistening teeth
displayed through his hall opened mouth
and then I was awakened from my stupor
by heanng the report of Allen's rifle?
and I saw the tiger roll over and over
beating down the dry grass and stunted
?ushes m hi* struggles, and biting his
thick hide in his fury.
7 Gud' ^''ar'ev. you hav* sa
ved the Don's life." I cried, while the
Spaniard only crossed himself, and muu
tered confused prnvers.
There's auo- ier on.> i0
leu should, ramuiiug dowa a bu.iui. hui
Sure enough ; thecrie- <?!': l w ur.dci
aniinwl started the mate iruin her lair, ami
with an angry roar of revenge, she broke
through the grass, an J ciucbing by the
side of her almost liteless mate, surveyed
us for a moment, as though demanding
who had inflicted the injury.
" Fire first," I heard somebody whim
per at my elbow, and I drew up ray rifle
and let drive. A shriek of rage smd pain
came from the brute ; she snuggled to
her feet, and strove to draw herself to
wards us, and looked the rage she felt.?
The bullet bad broken one of her fore
and hind legs.
In a few moments we gazed at each
other ; and then Allen, moved by com
passion, put an end to her sufferings.?
The death of the female ended our tiger
hunting exhibition that day. We foum;
in the lair of the animals, three young ti
gers, not much larger than lap-dogs, and
playful as kittens. They were taken to
the plantation, and for some lime remain
ed t n the estate, but at length getting
too ferocions, they were sold to an Eng
lishman, and weot to London, fur the
Zoological Garden of that city. The
Spaniard recovered bis presence of mind
as soon as all danger was over, and
Boundly rated the natives (or running at
the first growl of a .tiger, although for the
lif>j of me 1 couldn't blame them.
The knd or a Dminkmo Club.?A cele*
urates drinking club in a large town in
?-he we?t of Scotland, which bad former
ly great influence at the local electionais
broken up. Two of its members were
sent to a lunatic asylum ; one jumped
from a window and killed himself ; one
walked or fell into the water at night and
was drowned ; one was found dead in a
public house; one died of delirium trpm
ens; upwards of ten became bankrnp:; four
died ere they had lived hal/ t .c-.t days.
0nf'?htn jalMf
with the elub, is at present keeping a four
public"houif.*"' mjrWt flir facts, well
known to those living in the locality.?
Livtrpool AUmm.
revolutionary incidents.
The hero of the following thrilling sto
blacks' e.?bod5e<i >n tbe person of a .tout
blacksmith, aye. an humble blacksmith,
throiljui* *tout frame? twrd^ickl with toil,
throbbed as generous an impulse of frees
dom as ?rer beat in the bosom La Fay
?Ue. or around the heart of the mad An
thony Wayne.
It was in full tide of the retreat that a
follower of the American camp, who had
at least shouldered a cart wiiip in his
couuiry s service, was dragon* h bai/
gage wagon from the 6eld of baule w| i|c
*ome short distance behind, a b.nh'o.
continentals were pushing forward wiib a
ho.ly ol British in pursuit.
The wagon had arrived at a narrow
point of the byroad leading 10 the south,
where loo Ingh banks of rocks an.l era**
arising on either side, afforded just space
sufficient for the passage of the Ug?a?e
wagons, and not ao inch more.
His eyes were arrested by the sight of
a stout muscular man, apparently tome
forty years of age, extended at the foot ol
a tree at the very opening of the pass?
He was clad in the coarse attire of a me
chanic. His coat had been flung aside,
and with his shirt sleeves rolled up from
his muscular arms, he lay extended on Uie
hulwuh h,8/ifle in his ?rmp' while the
blood poured in a torrent from his riirbi
leg, which was broken at the knee by a
cannon ball, 1
The wagoner's sympathies were arres
ted by the sight. He would have paused
>n the very instance of his flight, and
placed the wounded man in his wagon,
but the stout hearted man refused.
. i'1'" DOt s? idl? *our wagon," said he.
m his ro;igh way. ?? but 1'jl tell you what
I will do. Do you see yonder oherry
?? tbe toP of that rock that hangs
over the road ? Do you think you can!
lift a man of my build up there ? For'
you see neighbor." he continued, while
the blood flowed down from his wound
"1 never meddled with the Britishers un>
til they came trampling over this valley
and burned my house down. And now
1 m all riddled to pieces, and haint got i
more than fifteen minutes in me; but
j ve got three balls in my cartridge box.
and sojust prop me up against that Iree.,
and 1 11 give the whole three sliots. and
then, exclaimed the blacksmith, - i'll,
The wagoner started his horses ahead,
and then with sudden effort dragged the
wounded man along the sod to the foot of!
the tree. His face was to the advancing
troopers, and while his shattered leghun*
over the bank, the wagoner rushed on the
way, wheB the doomed blaoksmiih pro
ceeded cooly to load his rifle.
It was not long before a body of Ame
rican soldiers rushed by with (he British
io pursuit. The blacksmith greeted them
with a shout, and, raiding his ritie io his
snouldt-r, he picked the i. lemosi from his
spl.7^u 8!eed' Wlfch lhe "clainaiion?
' i hat s for General Washington I"
iu a moment the rifle was reloaded
and again a was tired, and the pursuing
liriluli rode over another of their fallen
" That's for myself," cried the black
?nii.h, and then, with a hsnd strong ?r?h
he feeling of approaching death, aga.n
loaded, r-iiscd hia rifle?fired his last shoi
and another soldier kissed the sod i A
EMr1 in ?" ?'
"And that," he said wiih a husky
voice, wh,ch strengthened almost into a
shout, "is for mad Anihouy Wayne 1"
Lou- after the bailie of the Brandy
wine was past, the body was discovered
against lhe tree, with the features frox.-n
in death smiling grimly; while his right
hand still grasped the nev. rfailing rifl?.
And thus died one of the thousand brave
mechanic heroes of the Revolution; brav,
"i the hour of battle, undaunted in lhe
o '. of retreat, and undismayed io the
moment of death.
Read wh at Cipinin J >S Pre *, in
his " Wonderfil Adv?-n'ur- ?? ,i;.h oi
the Vegembl- Kin ; !<.'? ;
The i?im ?e^eioOle?sometirn** p o
flounced vegentble?i. probnbly denied
from the peculinr long unil pointed tin in
of this description of esculents, b-uec
| originally c-tlled wedge u nbli-, then
wedge-tubles, and now refined mm the
present term.
Annual flowering plants resemble
whales as they come up to blow.
Flower* are very warlike in their dit-'
position, and ever armed wuh pistils
They are migratory in tbeir habits,
for wherev-r thev may winter, <bey ar?
sure t<> leave in the spring, most of tVm
very polite and u i oi bought.
Like dandies, tii? cuaiiig of many tree*
is their mo-t valuable poruoi, 0??<k t t a
and boot trees, for tnatauee.
Several tree*, like weteb djgs, are vai
aed mostly for tueir bark.
A little bark will make a rope, bat it
takes a large pile of wood for * cord.
Though there are no veget*b e beans,
there are a number of *pruce trees.
It i* considered only right mud proper
to Axe trues before you fell tbem.
Fruit tree* have military character!*
tic-, when young tbey are trained ; they i
have many kernel*, and tbeir shoot* are
Grain aaust> be treated like iafanis ;
when tb?? head bend* it mart be cradled ,
and threshing is resorted to, to fit it for
Tare* are moatly found with asaaiiei
grains?wbieh require sowing.
Great indulgence is fruit* is dangeroo*
and too free a fie oi melon* produces ?
melancholic effect.
Old'maid* are fond of pears?but can
not endure any reference to dates.
jbtntK ?k Mi.weLti
; _ _
creates more discontent to
Attempt on a Kiso'a Lira? The news
that an attempt WImd made U> destroym
ihe principal King ot Si am lias rer -L
by way of Calcutta. The faots _
learoed from the following narrative, for* 4
warded from Rangoon to a Calcutlf
temporary : - - ?
- The King of Siam waa invited a
two montha ago. to ao enleilaia?*?t
ana of bia ricbeat aubjeota,oo a verj^
sctle. The king at onoe accepted.
it was not in acoordance with nalio
om for bin majesty of Bapkok to
hoaui'alitv at the haads of .aoy s .
vet the gntnd scale of the preparations to
jucfd him to commit, on thii oocaf'-" '
breach of royal etiquette. u Tha
brother, however, had his sus|
nbnut this grand, entertainment, i
?ired the king iiot to go, fealiag
that it wa? intended to do aonqig
Ixtdily barm to him. The, king, ha'
accepted, did not like to betray sympi
Bf distrust, perhapa without cause : po ha
resolved on an expedient, whlsh was to
-end, dressed in his usual court attirs,
whiob may be prfsumed, as proscribed
ior such an oooation, would be so bulky,
and expensive -as to- greatly ojnoaal tha
person, a courier who very much resem
bled the king ia height, figure and (aoa.
The hour fixed for the king to go to tba
assembly was about midnight; the pseu
io king accordingly, followed by tha ra?.i
Miners and men of the court, at rived at
that hour, and was at onoa oouduoled to ?
a throne preparod for hie majesty. No
nooner had seated himsol(.thaiwth?jWliole
affair blew up. destroying the man who
had been unfortunate enough to be lika
the king, and seven other persooa whftt
stood near the throne. Thus was tha
King of Siam'a life saved by the sa^aoity
of his brother ; and a valuable life is his,
for he is a very enlightened man for aft I
Asiatic, and can write a letter himself la*
? " 1
"Printer* vs. Orators.?Compare tha
orstor with the newspaper. and we gain :
a faint glimpse of the ubiquitous power
of the latter. The orator speaks to a few
hundreds of thousand!?the newspaper
addresses its million of millions. TbO*
words of the orator may die on the air-"1"*
(he language of the newspaper is stamped
upon tables as imperishable as marble.?1
The arguments of the orator may follow
eaoh other so rapidly that a majority of
his hearers rosy struggle in a net of ratio*
cinaiion?the reading of a newspaper may
be scanned at leisure, without a fear of
perplexity. The passion of an orator la
flames the whole assembly?the feeling
of the newspaper sways the wholo oootl?
nent. The orator Is ior an edlfica^?tha
paper i* for the world ; the ooe shines for
an hour, the other for all lime. The or*/
t?r may he oomparud to lightnlngi wbith
fUshe* over a valley lor a moment'- ool*
leaving it K^nin 'o darkness?tlnf oewev
paper to ? Mir vil?i'nj? over a whblaearth?
" nnH tiling <>n the basis i f I'* ftwrt'eter
nity." Pr n'inir h*? been happily defined
"the art which preserves all'arts."?
Piiming m?V?? the oralur more than tha
nritfir. It iHkvcba* op hia dying words;
and breathes Hio them tba bwvh of life.
U is the speaking gallery through which
tli<i orator thunders forth In iha years of
ago*, lie leans from the tomb over tba
cradle of the rising genMatigo,
Faoti ab ot tin Pr*-ide?*s.?One of
our ?.x<.hanges, which t? highly imsrae
ted about the hiatory of our past Presi
dents, has sfier no little labor, presented
the follow ng facts to the people, which
will he found interesting :
?' Four of the 6r?i seven were fro?
Virginia. Tuu of the *?o.e name were
from Matsachusclls. and the seventh waa
from Tennessee. All but one ware 66
years old on Isaviug the office, having
served two terms ; hut one of them, who
had served but ooe term, would havo
been 66 years ol I at the end of aootLer.
Three of the seven died on the 4th of J ci
ty, hikI two of thi-m were on the suhoom
mi'tre of three thai drafted the Declara
tion ot Independence, and just half aeen*
? ury from Hie D?y of Declaration. Tha
names of ihree ended in "son," yet nai
ihree of these trenemiusd hia oaaa to a
win. In respect to t*?a names of all, it
may bu said, in conclusion, tba initials of
iwo of the seven were tba same. Tba
remaining one wbu atanda aljoe h> this
paiacuiar, atanda alone ia tba love aad
admiration nf bw r-?untrj mea. and the ci
viiix' d world?Waeuiogton I Of ika
lirat five only >ne kml a sea, aad that sot)
was aim/ 1'ie-ideai. , i
ry log ihroc
evidently ii
The Pino orrtti foixrao Bill?Am
0i-o .be h?*? nit *o<H? nod deepeet
ol Urvt~i, n ftuJTid it ?om'-fitnee bee
?ingoler il.m tti? uk>? >?em< quite*
; it i* like (he iliiuoi ind toll
loiiioijof <* ehwreh belt ornek iil tateiVel
Tbi* fXirimrditiAry ?oi?? prooter1e from
the Aiewongo. The bird mi* oo (be(op*
ol (be highest tree* ia (be deepe.t Core*?*,
?od (hough eodtUnitjf beard in (be DOK
de?eru-d pieces, ii i? *erjr r?rrly?#eo. It
i? ioij o?*ible to cooeieve of *QVt^tOg,of ?
mute to il >ry char ne'er ?ban tile profound
?ilence of tbe wooJ?. brukrtj oof/
meleljc and elm oil ?apernetd(j1 Vu
ibi* invisible bird, coming (rotb it
kod aeemiog (o follow wherever 77
The Arawongo.ie, white, with e
red irouad iu ejee?ii* tilt it ebtfii'i
of ? smell pigeon, ?ind' bkl i L~
t ? T- >*iv? vii ,
plumrge. .

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