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From Charcoal Sketrhcs, by Joseph C. Neale
ripton rumsuy.
They who are at all mindful of atmospheric
phenomena, must remember a storm, remarkable
lor its violence, which occurred not long since.
It was a storm by night, and of those abroad at
the timef^vcry one averse to the shower bath,
and having a feline dislike to wet feet, will bear it|
in mind, at least until tlie impression is washed
out by the floods of a greater tempest. In the
evening, the rain, as if exercising itself for morej
important feats, fell gently and at intervals; but I
as the night advanced, the wind came forth intent
upon a irolic. Commencing with playful gam
bols, it amused itself at first with blowing out the]
old women's candles at the apple stands. Then
growing bolder, it extinguished a few corporation
lamps, and, like a mischievous boy, made free to
snatch the hats of the unguarded, and to whisk!
them through mud and kennel. At length be
coming wild by indulgence, it made a terrible
turmoil through the streets, without the slightestj
regard to municipal regulations to tho contrary.
It went whooping at the top of its voice round
the corners, whistled shrilly through the key
holes, and howled in dismal tones about the chim
ney tops. Here, it started the negligent house
wife from her slumbers by slamming the unbolted
shutter till it roared like a peal of artillery; and!
there, it tossed a rusty sign until its ancient hinges
creaked for mercy; white at intervals, the heavy
tumble of scantling told that when Auster chooses
to kick up a breeze, he is very nearly as good at
a practical joke as Boreas, or any other frolick-J
some member of the iEolian family. The clouds]
too threw open their sluices, and the water joined
in the saturnalia, uied a variety of ways to amuse
itself, and its capers were as numerous as those
of the gale. It beat the tattoo upon tho pave
ment with such sportive fury, that it was difficult
to decide whether it did not rain upward as vio
lently as it did downward. Anon the breeze came
sweeping along in a horizontal shower, disdain
ing alike the laws of gravity, and the perpendicu
lar, but more hackneyed method of accomplish
ing its object. In short, whether reference be bad
to wind or to water, it may be noted in the jour
nals of those curious in regard to weather, as a
night equally calculated to puzzle an mnbmlla,
and to render "every man his owy washcrwo-|
man.'* . ?
Selecting a single incident from the many,
which it is natural to suppose might have been
found by the aid of a diving bell on such a night,!
it becomes necessary to fish up Ripton Kumsey,
who happened to be abroad on that occasion, as
he is upon all occasions when left to consult his
own wishes. Where Ripton had been in the
early part of the evening, it wotdd not have been
easy either for himself or any one eise to tell. It
is, therefore, fair to infer that, distributing his at
tentions, he had been as usual "about in spots."
The fact is he has a hobby, which, like many hob
bies, is apt to throw its rider. Although tempe
rately disposed, such is the inquiring nature of
his philosophic spirit, that, with a view perhaps
to the ultimate benefit of the human race, lie is
continually experimenting as to the effects of alco
holic stimulants upon the human frame. It is
probable, therefore, that on this occasion having
"imbibed too much of the enemy" neat as im
ported, he had walked forlli to qualify it by a
tstroll in the rain. This, however, is irrelevant;
where he was, is the point at issue.
The rain came Hown heavier than ever. A
solitary watchman, more amphibious than his race!
in general, was seen wending his way through
the puddles, thinking, if lie thought at all, of the j
discomforts of those whom Noah left behind, and
of that happy provision of nature which renders,
a wet back fatal to none but young goslings.
Dodging between the drops was out of the ques
tion; so he strode manfully onward, until he stum
bled over something which lay like a lion, or a
bundle of wet clothing, in bis path.
"Why, hello!?what do you call this when it's
biled and the skin's tuck off.'" said he, recover-!
ing himself, and giving the obstruction a thrust
with his foot. "What s this without ing'ens?".
continued he, in that metaphorical manner pecu
liar to men of his profession, when they ask for
naked truths and uncooked facts.
It was Ripton Rumsey?in that independent
condition which places men beyond the control
ol circumstances, enabling them to sleep quietly
either on the pavement or on the track of a well
trave lled railroad, and to repose in despite of rain,
thunder, a gnawing conscience, or the fear of a
locomotive. It was Ripton Kumsey, saved from
being floated away solely by the saturated condi
tion of both his internal and external man.
'"It's a man," remarked the investigator, hold
ing to a tree with his right hand, as he curiously,
yet cautiously pawed Ripton with his left foot.
"It's a man who's turned in outside of the door,
and is taking a snooze on the cold water princi
ple. Well, I say, neighbor, jist in a friendly
way," added he, giving Ripton a prodigious kick
as an evidence of his amicable feeling?"if you
don't get up, you'll ketch a nagce or the collar
and-fix-you. Up with you, Jacky Dadle."
Ripton's condition, as before hinted, was be
yond the ordinary impulses to human action; and
he, therefore, endured several severe digs with
the foot aforesaid, without uttering more than a
deep toned grunt; but at last the sharp corner of
the boot coming in contact with his ribs, lie sud
denly turned over in the graceful attitude of a frog,
and struck out vigorously. Like Giovanni's faith
ful squire, he proved himself an adept at swim
ming on land. He "handled" his arms and legs
with such dexterity, thatbefore his progress could
be arrested, he was on the curbstone. The next
instant heard him plunge into the swollen and
roaring kennel, and with his head sticking above
the water, lie buffeted the waves witli a heart of I
"The boat's blowed up, and them that ain't
biled are a I overboard!" spluttered the swimmer,
l!Ct . i , Waters and seemed al
most strangled with the quantities which entered
the lu>1e in Ins head entitled a mouth, which was
sadly unacquainted with undistilled fluids?
," .out' or you're gone chickens! them as
can t swim must tread water, and them as can't
trejul water must go t? Davy j.0, ?? my
leg. ^ Every man for himself! Prhc-e-e! bro-o-d!
W ho s got some splatterdocks?"
1 he watch looked on in silent admiration; but
niUmg that the aquatic gentleman did not make
much headway, and that a probability existed of
Ins going out of the world in soundings and by
water, a way evidently not in conformity to his
desires, the benevolent guardian of the night
bought proper lo interpose; and bending himself
to the work, at last succeeded in establishing
Kipton Kuinsey on the curbstone.
"lla! said Ripton, after gasping a few min
utes, and wringing the water from his face and
hair "you ve saved me, and you'll be put in the
newspapers for it by way of solid reward. Jist
in time?I d been down twyst, and if I'd gone
agin, Kipton Kuinsey would a stayed there?once
more and the last and the nearest gits it. Onlv
think?my eye! how the shads and the catties
would a chawed me up! Getting drownded ain't
no liin, and alter you're drownded it's wus. Mr
sufferings what I had and my sufferings what I
like jo had is enough to make a feller crv, only
I am t got no hankercher, and my sleeve's so wot
it won t wipe good."
dJT?' yTl\*i 'un'"saidlhc Charley, "s'posing
he fishes had been betting on elections, they'd
have invited the other fishes to cat you for oyster
suppers,?so much majority for sturgeon-nqse, or
a Kipton Rumscy supper for the company?why
not? If we ketch the fishes, we eat them; and
il they ketch us, they eat us,?bite all round."
Hut the storm again began to howl, and as Rip
ton evidently did not understand the rationale of
the argument the watchman lost his poetic sym
pathy for the Jonah of the gutters. Even had ho
fried " ]f,?. 8 calling for "Ripton Rumseys
Iried, Ripton Rumseys stewed," or "Ripton
Rumseys on a chafing dish," he would have felt
indifferent about the matter, and if asked how he
would take him, would undoubtedly have said
Kipton Kuinsey on a wheelbarrow."
"You must go to the watchhouse." I
" What fur must I? Fetch along the Humane
Society s apparatus for the recovery of drownded
indiwidooals?them's what I want?I'm water
logged. Bring us one of the largest kind of
smailers?a tumbler full of brandy and water
without no water in it. I've no notion of being
diddled out of the sweets of my interesting siti
vation?-I want the goodies?wrap mo in a hot
blanket and lay me by the fire?put hot bricks to
my feet, fill me up with hot toddy, and then go
away. I hat s the scientific touch, and it's the
only way ni to be hrung to, because when I'm
drownded 1 in a bard case."
The Charley promised all, if Ripton would
accompany linn. The soft delusion was believed,
and the "hard case was lodged in the receptacle
for such ?s he, where, before he discovered the!
deception, lie fell into a profound slumber, which f
lasted till morning. The examination was as fol-l
"Where do you live?"
"I'm no ways peti.kelar?jist where it's cheap
est and most convenient. The cheapest kind of
living, according u> my notion, is when it's pretty
good and don't cost nothing. In winter, the
almshouse is not slow, and if you'll give us a call,
you'll find me there when the snow's on the
ground, llut when nalur' smiles and the grass is
green, I'm out like a l;oppergrass. The fact is,
my constitution isn't none of the strongest; hard
work hurts my system; so I go about doing liule
jobs lor a hp or a levy, so's to get my catnip tea
and lutters regular?any thing for a decent living,
it it doesn't tire a Icller. Hut hang the city
rural feljcity and no Charleys is the thiu"-, aftcr
a I?pumpkins, cabbages, and apple whfskey is
al ways good lor a weakly constitution and a man
ol an elewated turn of mind.
"Well, I'll send you to Moyamensing prison
?quite rural. ? 1
The sound of that awful word struck terror to
the very marrow of Ripton. Like the rest of his
class, while bearing his soul in his stomach, he
carries his heart at the end of his nose, and to his
heart rushed the blood from every part of, his
frame, until the beacon blazed with a lurid glare
and the bystanders apprehended nasal appoplexy!
I he rudder of his countenance grew to such a
size that there was no mistaking the leading fea
ture of the case. To see before him, Ripton
was compelled to squint direfuUy, and as the beg
gar in (id Bias did his carbine, lie found himself
under the necessity of resting his tremendous pro
boscis on the clerk's desk, while cocking his eve
at his honor. J
"Miamensin!" stammered Ripton?" Ouch
ouch! now don't! that's a clever feller. Arch
street was all well enough?plenty of company
and conversation to improve a chap. But Mia
mensin?scandaylns! Why they clap you right
into a bag as soon as you get inside the door, Tist
as if they d bought you by the bushel, and then,
by way of finishing your education, they lu?- you
along and empty you into a room where you nev
er see nothing nor nobody. It's jist wasting a
roan?1 in be bagged if I go to Miamensin!?
I d rather be in the Menagcrry, and bo stirred up
with a long pole twenty times a day, so as to
cause me lor to growl lo amuse the company. I
am t poiatoes to be piH into a bag?blow the
"There's no help for it, Ripton; you arc a va
grant, and must be taken care of."
" That's what I like; but bagging a man is no
sort of a way of taking care of him, unless he's a
dead robin or a shot tom-tit. As for being a va
grom, it's all owing to my weakly constitution
and because I can't have my bitters and catnip tea
regular. But if it's the law, here's at you. Be
mg 8 judge, or a mayor, or any thing of that sort's
easy done without catnip tea; it don't hurt your
hands, or strain your back; but jist try a spell at
smashing stones, or piling logs, and you'd learn
what s what without being put into a bag."
"Never mind," said Ripton, as he was con
ducted from the office, "ovcry thing goes round
in this world. Perhaps I'll be stuck up some
day on a bench to ladle out law to the loafers
Who knows? Then let me have a holt of some
of the chaps "th*t made Miamensin. I'd iad|e
out the law tofem so hot, tliey'd not send their
plates for more soup in a hurry. I'd have i
whole bucketful of catnip tea alongside, and the
way they'd ketch thirty days, and thirty days a
top of that, would make 'em grin like chewy cats
First 1 d bag all the Charleys, and then I'd ba<r
all the mayors, and sew 'em up."
Among the lions of Brussels, a dog was point
ed out to me, as he lay on the pavement in
liontof the House of Assembly. I( W.1S a Jnige_
ruble-looking cur; but he had a tale extra attached
to him, which had magnified him inlo a lion Ii
was said that lie belonged to a Dutch soldier, who
was killed m the revolution, at the spot where the
dog then lay, and that ever since, (a period of
four years j the animal had taken up his quarters
tfiere, and invariably lain upon that spot. Wheth
er my informant lied, and the dog did not I can
not pretend to say; but if the story be true! it was
a most remarkable specimen of fidelity and ugli
ness. And he was a sensible dog, moreover- 1n
do"sh-[v/7g 0ffid,yH<1 l,,,nS*r>as s?nie foolish
dogs have done, lie always sets otr for an hour
every evening to cater for his support, and then
icturns to pass the night on the spot. I went up
to him, and when within two yards, he thought
ically, I may, therefore, m addition to his other
finalities, state that he was an ill-natured dog.
l ow far the report was correct, I cannot vouch;
but I watched h,m three or four days, and always
found him at his post; and after such strict in
stigation, had I asserted ten years instead of
be believed!* " I>rCSC"l,,"'e rie'?. - - traveller,
It is singular that it is only i? England that
>ou can find dogs, properly so called; abroad they
have nothing but curs. I do not know anything
vo?uremeUp? ,7 '! ,he, e?nea,o?y of the animals
. ou meet with under the denomination of do<rs in
most of the capitals of Europe. It would appear
as if the vice of promiscuous .and unrestricted in
tercourse had been copied from their masters; and
1 am almost tempted to assert, that you may judge
of he morality of a capital from the degeneracy
of the dogs. have often, at Paris, attempted to
make out a descent, but found it impossible.
office f a G;,Naylor' with a11 the herald's
office even for double fees, could not manage to
crosses!* eSCUtchcoJ13 operated by so many
I am very partial to dogs, and one of my
amusements, when abroad, is to watch their meet
ings with each other; they appear to me to do
everything but speak. Indeed, a constant and
acute observer will distinguish in dogs all the pas
iv hJ e?,' a,M V1CCS ?f men; and it is general
y the case, that those of the purest race have the
nobler qualifications. You will find devotion
courage, generosity, good temper, sagacity, and
forbearance; but these virtues, with little alloy, are
only to be found in the pure breeds. In a cur it
nound nV0vte?'; ^ ,18a.m?8t heterogeneous com
pound of virtue and v.ce, and sometimes the
amalgamation ?s tmly ludicrous. Notwitlistand
hismnr 3 n scrullny ?f his countenance and
his motions, wdJ soon enable you to form a very
fair estimate of his general charactcr and dispos?-'
One of the most remarkable qualities in dogs is
the fidelity of their attachments; and the more so
wnr nn,r l?ttachrnm,u' ,fe often without any
arrantable cause, l or no reason that can be
assigned, they will take a partiality to people or
animals, which becomes so dominant, that their
existence appears to depend upon its not bein<r in
terfered with. I had an instance of this kind,
and the parties are all living. I put up at a live
ry stable in town, a pair of young ponies, for an
hour or two ()? my takma them out again, the
phaeton was followed by a large coach dog, about
two years old, a fine grown animal, but not mark
ed, and in very poor condition. He followed us
into the country; but having my establishment of
, . 2s' l1;1*0* taken into consideration,) I ordered
him to be shut out He would not leave the iron
gates, and when they were opened, in he bolted,
and hastening to the stables, found out the po
mes, and was not to be dislodged from under the
m.inger without a determined resistance. This
a ternate bolting in and bolting out continued for
many days; finding that I could not get rid of him,
I sen him away forty miles in the country; but
l e returned the next day, expressing the most
extravagantjoyatthesightof'the ponies, who,)
strange to say, were equally pleased, allowing
faces P"V', MPaU'V,,>:>n lhem' an(1 bark"' A?
the ilnrf l" "gh .lhe pomes were partial to
the dog, I was not; and aware that a voyage is a
great spccilic for curing improper attachments, I
sent the dog down the river in a barge, request
ing the men to land him where they were bound.
on the other side of the Med way; but in three
tim>Vf f? as>ai.M matle ''is appearance, the pic
ure of famine and misery. Even the coachman's
heart was melted, and the rights and privileges of
his favorite snow-white terrier were forgotten. It
was therefore agreed, in a cabinet council held in
the harness-room, that we must make the best
of it; and as the dog would not leave the ponies,
the best thing we could do, was to put a little
fleshi on his bones, and make him look respectable.
We therefore victualled him that day, and put him
mi our books with the purser's name of Pompey
Now this dog proved that sudden as was his at
tachment to the ponies, it was of the strongest
quality. He never would and never has since left
these animals. If turned out in the fields lie re
mains out with them, night as well as day,'taking
up his station as near as possible half way be
tween the two, and only coining home to get his
?dinner. No stranger can enter their stables with
impunity, for he is very powerful, and on such
occasions very savage. A year or two after his
domiciliation, I sold the ponies, and the parties
who purchased were equally anxious at first to get
nd ol the dog; but their attempts like mine were
unavailing, and like me, they at last became re
conciled to him. On my return from abroad, I
repurchased them, and Pompey, of course, was
included in the purchase.
We are none of tis perfect?and Pompey had
one vice; but the cause of the vice almost changed
it into a virtue. He had not a correct feelinir ro
1 lo rntum and luvm, but still he did not al
ogether ftca1 for himself, but for his frifends as
Hen. Many have witnessed the fact of the doc
It l>ar' ?f ?nC', 'akinR U inl?
"tables, ?nd dividing it into three portions, one
or each pony, and the other for himself. I re
collect his once walking off with a round ol beef,
weighing seventeen or eighteen pounds, and ta
king it to the ponies in the field?they smelt at it,
hut declined joining him in his repast. By the
by, to prove that lost things will turn up some
day or another, there was a silver skewer in the
beef, which was not recovered until two years af
terwards, when it was turned up by the second
ploughing. One day as the ponies were in the
tield where I was watching some men at work,
I heard them narrating to a stranger the wonder
ful feats of this dog, for I have related but a
small portion. The dog was lying by the po
nies, as usual, when the servants' dinner bell
rang, and off went l>ompcy immediately at a hard^
gallop to the h??se to get his tood. "Well, dang
it, but he is a queer dog," observed the man,
" for now he's running as fast as he can, to answer
the bell."?Mptropolifan.
At the hotel tie I'Europe, I met with a facetious old
gentleman, who hail served under Napoleon in his Italian
campaign, ami who volunteered to conduct me over the
hattle-field of Toulouse. From wounds received in Ita
ly, he had been obliged to retire from the army, when he
settled in his native town, ami was present "en amateur"
at the fight of the 12?h of April, 1814. I could not have
had a better guide, or a more impartial narration of the
events of that day. From his having no duties to per
form, he was at liberty to go where lie pleased, and be
coine an eyewitness ol tin* movements in all parts of the
lii Id. Sou It, alter the battle of Ortlies, retreated to Tou
louse as expeditiously as possible, taking the line of road
by St. Gaudens. Wellington, on the oilier hand, follow
ed his enemy slowly, and took the longer route by
Auch. The consequence was, that Soult had not only
time to take up one of the strongest positions in the
country, but to entrench and fortify it. He encircled the
rising ground, immediately to the east of the town, with
strong redoubts and trenches; he hail his left protected
by the town and the canal; in his front the ground sloped ]
down to the plain, and at the bottom of the declivity,
and along the front of his position, ran a nanow but deep
and muddy river; while the ground rising to his right
enabled him to plant redoubts still higher, thus protect
in"' as well as commanding bis position, should it be car
ried by assault. Although more than twenty years had j
claps* d since our gallant soldiers drove the enemy from
this strong position, ami the plough had passed, year at
ter year, over the field o( battle, the embankments anu
trenches remain undestroyed, and like the Roman hill
forts of my own land, may exist for ccnturies to come.
My conductor pointed out to me in the? distance, in front
of Soult's position, the chateau from which the duke of
Wellington surveyed the field; he described to me the
manner in which the British advanced to the attack,
distinguishing the points against which the Spaniards
and the sans culottes, the -regiments d'EcoSse, were
opposed. The first impression which was made upon this
strong position, was the eastern redoubt being carried by
the sans culottes. It seems that according to the ac
count given me, Soult had i.k.ced in delence ol this re
doubt, an olficer with whom he had had some .Inference,
to whom he imputed some blame, and whose impatience
to remove the stigma cast npon hnn, cost hun his hie,
and the loss of the post he was ordered to defend. Wel
lington had ordered a Scottish brigade to attack this point,
who, with some difficulty, crossed the river in their front,
and advanced against it. The French officer, command
ing the redoubt, burning with eagerness to retneve his
character, and favored by the situation ol the ground
rashly, and against his orders,quitted his position, and led
his men against the Scottish brigade. The 'rench had
all the advantage of the higher ground, and the struggle
was fierce but decisive. The I- rench were driven back
and endeavored to regain their redoubt. whu-Vt they did.
but it was in company with the Scottish .eg....cuts who
entered pell-mell along with them, and final y drove them
from it. My conductor's admiration of my countrymen
was great, and it would be difficult to say whether he was
most eloquent in extolling ttieii intrepidity, or in exe
crating the folly of the commandant, which fed to me
disaster. The Spaniards and Portuguese advanced against
the left of the position. They behaved gallantly, and
fought bravely; and would, but for an unforeseen circiiin
stance, have been more successful than they were. Be
tween the canal and the strong redoubt upon the left, a
country road which led into the plain, had been cut
through the bank immediately in front of the redoubt,
forming ail enormous and almost impassable trench, to
the columns advancing against the redoubt, this obsta
cle was imperceptible; and it was not nuti. the loremos
of their ranks, advancing up the slope, and within a lew
yards, as they thought, of the low breastworks ol the re
doubt, found this \ awning chasm in trout ol them. In
attempting to cro?s it they were mown down by hun
dreds, their bodies forming the means ol passage to those
who followed. When the dead were collected nearly
I fl.X) Spanish and Portuguese were found within this nar
row way, so confined, that they might have been buried
en masse in the trench whose existence ha.I destroyed
them. The most impoitaut part ol the position gained,
the defeat of the French was the certain co .sequence;
and Soult was again driven from his stiongholn. 1 was
deli-'hted b\ the manner in which mv companion spoke
of the British troops, while quartered ?. I oulouse and
the adjoining district; it was highly complimentary, ami
tallied' with what I had heard in other provinces, and of
which I shall hereafter have occasion to sp, ak. I lie
short sketch w hich he gave me ol the bat l ie ol I oulouse,
may or tnav not he rorroct; but such as il is, I nave given
it as neailv us possible, in his own words.
1 remember an observation which he made when talk
ing of the merits of the duke of Wellington as a com
mander. ''He is a great general," said he "mais il est
tou jours trop long a fa ire son affaire;" at the same time
instancing the circumstance of the duke s l'f '-,,),,,l"? Sl'**
a length ol time to elapse between the battle of Orthes
and his appearance belore Toulouse, as to enable bouit
to remedy his losses, and to establish himself in com
parative security there, 'tlf." said he, "\Vell.ngton had
followed up his success at Oitl.es, he might have destroy
ed the retreating French army before it reached I ou
louse; or, at all events, prevented their entrenching them
selves as they did, and throwing another cast in the game
they were playing. 1 merely replied, that we had an old
proverb in our country, that it was better lo do a thing
slowly and su-ely, than quickly and imperfectly; and
perhaps the duke of Wellington had not hitherto found
the maxim a bad oiw.-Murray't " Summer u> the 1 yre
Jl Dream?(lad's Government.?I dreamed once that
from a country lull of wealth, population ami activity, I
took away the good king who caused ii to flourish thus,
and his country .sunk beneath its loss. Then I dreamed
that over another country, barren, deso'afe and perishing
I placed this good king, and the country flourished at
once. Thereon I woke and gazed around me; but, for
tunately tor man, the good king was not removed from
one land to rule over another: lie ruled alike I he prospe
rous and the suffering, ?nd abandoned neither for the
The royal sceptre of England is made of gold, the han
dle plain, the ripper part wreathed; in length about two
feet nine incites and a quarter; in circumference about
three intfres af the handle, and two inches and a quarter
at the fop. The pommel of the latter is enriched with
rubies, emeralds, and small diamond", and about five
inches and a half above the handle is embellished and
embossed with sappTiires. On the top is a mould with a
Education of Mind.?The more the milid becomes ele
vated, the smaller do all the great things of this world ap
pear to it. It loves rather to dwell on the minutiae oflife
on the oflen repeated, on the always recurring, on minute
joys and pursuits, yet without losing itself in them. Thus
when a man is placed on a high mountain, the hills below
him dwindle, but the valleys seem larger than before his
Agesilaus being asked what children ought to
learn when young, replied, "wh:it^ they are to
practice when they are grown up. ' I his is a
maxim which ought never to be lost sight of in
Repent or perish is the alternative offered by
the Deity to sinful man.
From the Wayne County Standard.
It burst on the dome of the sky
Like thunder, and woke up the brave,
Then swept through the blue canopy
Like voices from ocean's stern wave;
The valleys its echoes rang out.
It answered from shore and from hill,
Stern Freedom's omnipotent shout,
And millions responded the peal.
Like clouds by the winds phalanxed deep
The sons of proud Liberty came,
From the valley's and mouhtain's high steep,
The fields and the temples of fame;
From the halls of pleasure and pride,?
And rushed on Iheir blood-thirsty foes,
Like the wave of the billowy tide,
With the might of an earthquake's cbroes
The plough was left standing alone.
The cries of the mother and child,
And the maiden's heart-thrilling groan,
Were lost in the tocsin ?o wild;
The clangor of war rallied fast
The freemen that tyranny made,
The hour of forbearance had nass'd,
Their pledges were valiantly paid.
Like giants refreshed with new wine,
Or storms that had gathered for yean,
They burst like the death-sleeping mine,
And won independence with cheers:
For home and for country they fought
With prayers to the God of their sires,
Resolved the broad land they had songht
Should brighten with Liberty's fires.
Undaunted they passed to the field,
And routed the veteran foe.
With Liberty's banner and shield
They struck home the invincible blow:
The star of our freedom thei) rose,
To burn in its glory alone,
Immortal in beauty it glows,
Unclouded forever to run.
From the Wayne County Standard.
JUL* 4, 1838.
Day of glory! welcome* day!
Freedom's banner greet the ray!
See! how cheerfully they play
With thy morning breeze,
On the rocks where pilgrims kneel'd
On the heights where squadrons wheel'd
When a tyrant's thunder peafd
O'er the trembling seas.
God of armies! did Ihy "stars
In their courses" smite his care,
-Blast his arm, and wrest his buY?'
From the heaving tide?
On our standard, lo! they burn.
And, when days like this retu'tn/
Sparkle o'er the soldier's urn,
Who for freedom died.
God of peace!?whose spirit fills
All the echoes of our hills?
All the murmurs of our rills.
Now the storm is o'er;
O, let freemen be our sons;
And let future Washington*
Kise, to lead their valiant ones.
Till there's war no mortf.
By the patriot's hallow'd resf,
Sy the warrior's gory breast.
Never let our graves be press'd
By a despot's throne;
By the pilgrim's toils and cares.
By their battles and their prayers.
By their ashes,?let our heire
Bow to thee alone.
A member elect of the Legislature of this State
was last year persuaded, by some wags of his
neighborhood, that if he did not reach the State
house at ten o'clock on the (fey of assembly, he
could not be sworn, and would lose his seat.
He immediately mounted with hunting frock,
rifle and bowie knife, and spurred till he got to
the door of the State-house, where he hitched
his nag. A crowd were in the chamber of the
lower house on the ground flifor, walking about
with hats on and smoking cigars. These he pass
ed, ran up stairs in the senate chamber, set his
rifle against the wall, and bawled, "Strangers,
whars the man what sworns me in?" at the same
time taking out his credentials. "Walk this way,"
said the clerk, who was at the same moment
igniting a real Principe, and he was sworn with
out inquiry. When the teller came to count
noses, he found tl?cre was one Senator too many
present; the mistake wars soon discovered, and
the huntsman was informed that he' did not be
long there. "Fool who with your corn bread!"
he roared. "You cant flunk this chile no how
you can fix it. I'm elected to this here Legisla
ture, and I'll go agin all banks and eternal im
provements, and if there's any of you oratory
gentlemen wants to get skinned, just say the
word, and I'll light upon you like a nigger on a
woodchuck. My constituents sent me here, and
if you want to floor this two-legged animal, hop
on, jest as soon as you like? though I'm from the
back country, I'm a leetle smarter than any Gther
quadruped you can turn out of this drove/' After
this admirable harrangue, he put his boW?e knife
between his teeth and took up his rifle with:
"Come, here old Suke, and stand by me!" andf
at the same ttme preventing it at the chairman,
who, however, fiad seen such people before.
After some expostulation the man was persuaded
that he belonged to the lower chamber, upon
which he sheathed his knife, flung hi* gun on
his shoulder, an<f with a profound congee, re
marked, "gentlemen, I beg your pardon, but if t
didn't think that ar lower room was the groggery,
may I be shot "?Jfrarrenton (N. C.) Reporter.
The following deserved tribute to J. ft. Rey
nolds, Esq., the father of the Exploring Expedi
tion, is from the Baltimore American:
"Regarding, as we do, the success of the Ex
ploring Expedition as a matter of deep national
concern, and as calculated to confer essential bene
fits 011 the country, it wotdd be doing rnjnstice,
were we not to notice the obligation under which
we conceive the nation' to be to its original pro
jectors. Among the foremost' of these is J. N.
Reynolds, Esq. of Ohio, to whose untiring exer
tions we are indebted for the advancement of a
project fraught with the utmost important conse
quences to the scientific as well as the commercial'
interests of our country. Let who will be the
immediate agents in the enterprize, the honor of
its oiiginal conception must attach to the gen
tleman above named, and while We regret that
he is not to be a participator in the prosecution
of the scheme, wr feel the more inclined to
award to him the honor so justly due."
The Queen of England has become the pa
troness of the tempcrance society in London.

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