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The following verses by that sweetest of Amcri can poetesses, Mrs. Lydia Huntley Sigourney, sug gested by the words in the 14th I'salm of David, The fool hath said in bis heart, There is no Ood," is cue of the finest things in the languago: " No Cod! No Co l !" The simplest flower That on the wild is found, Shrinks, as it drinks its cup of dew And trembles at the sound : -'Xo God " astonished Echo cries From out Ler cavern hoar, And every wandering bird that flics Reproves the Atheist lore. The solemn forest lifts its head, The Almighty to proclaim, . The brooklet, on its crystal urn, Doth leap to grave his name. Uow swells the deep and vengeful fea, - Along his billowy Uack, The red Vesuvius op-ni his mouth To hurl the falsehood back. The pJm-lrec, with its princely cres The cocoa's leafy shade. The bread fruit bending to its lord, ' ,- In yon fur-Island glade; . The Ringed seeds, that, borne by wiuJs, The roving sparrows feed, ' t " The melc.n. on the desert samta, - Cantate the scornera creed. ' No Got! !' "With iaaignatlon high, : The fervent Sun is stirr'd " And the pale Moon tunu paler still, - At eu-ih an ina pious word ; And from xha'r buruiug thrones, the Star3 Lok d-.'wn with angry eye, That thus a worm of dut should mock Etern.d majesty. ' ' from "Cluck wood's Magazine-. THE BATTLE OF 1NXERMANN. Few of those who were roused from their sleep by the Russian volleys at daylight on the 5th of November, will cease to retain thro' life a vivid impression of theseeua which fol Jowed. The alarm passed through the camps there was mounting in hot ha.-?t3 of men scarce yet awake, whose late oteams mixeJ with the stern reality cf the summons to battle many cf whom, hastening to the front, were killed before they well knew why they had been so hastily aroused. Drealhless servants opened the tents to call their masters scared grooms held the- stirrup and fta.T-offieers, .galloping by," called out that tho Russians wera attacking in force. It was a oark foggy morning, the plains miry, and the "herbage dank. Cold mists rose from the valley, and hung heavily above the plains. During the darkness the enemy had assembled in force ia the valley of the Tcher naya, between Inkeriuaun and the harbor. A marsh renders this part of the valley impassa ble except by the Worouzofi" road, which after .winding round the sides of the sleep bluffs, tretchea level, straight, and solid, across tl low ground. - The Russian artillr-ry had very probably crossed this in the night, and been brought with mufded wheel?, to a level point t the road where, concealed by the jutting of the hill, it waited tilt the repulse of cur oui posts should a!Tord it the opportunity of ad vancing to its destined position. At dawn they madu their rush npoa our advanced posts of the second division on the crest looking down into the valley, which fell back fighting upon the camp bohinl the crest, 1200 yardj in rear. ' The outposts of the divi sion were well accustomed to skirmish with .the enemy on the 6anie ground ; but Captain Robert Ilume of the 55th, whom I met going out in command of a picket the night before, "-and who was ehot through tbeknes in the ac tion, told me that the Russians had ceased to molest us there since fchair repulse on the 2Cth October. A picket of the light division, in the ravine oa the left, was captured with its oSicer. .... " " . The outpost driven in, the hill was imme diately occupied by the enemy's field artillery and guns of position. These latter are so na med, because they are of too large calibre to be moved from point to point with ease, and" are "generally stationary du.ing a battle in some portion which has been previonsly seleo ted for them. Their range is greater than -that of field artillery; at t,horter ranges thir v aim u more accurate, and the shells they throw are more . destructive. The hcaviePt guns were placed ou the highest points, where they remained throughout the day, and the field guns spread themselves down the slope, ovoo- ' site our right. Oar field batteries, coming up ' the slope in succession, a they wera more or less distant from the second division, found themselves exposed at once to the firo of pieces answering' to our - 18-poacder guns and i2 . ' pounder : howitzers, eo placed oa the crest of . the opposite bill that only their muzzles were . visible. Over the brow and along the face of the gentle acclivity, shot came bounding, dashing up the earth and stones, and crashing ; through the tt left standing lower down thu - slope, while shells exploded in the miety air (with an angrv iar. -Mmv were tilled betore they the euemy . , Captj f Allix of Geu. Evans' etaff was gashed from his saddle, not far from Lis own tent, by a round shot, and fell dead. ." s At the first alarm the crest in front of the tents had been occupied by some troops'of the 1 second division. To their left extended the 47th and two companies of ' the 49th; which were immediately joined by. Buller's brigade of the light division. Arriving on the ground, these regiments and companies found them-, jse-ves cloee to a Russian column advancing up the ravine,' which they at once charged with the bayonet and drove back. The 41st, with the remainder of the 49th, -hadbeen sent to the " right - witli Diladier Adatn nuiirTaTi- ced to the edge of the heights looking upon Inkermann. On arriving at the front, I was sent to-lhis part of the ground with three guns, which opened on a column of the enemy, apparently about 5000 strong descending the side of a steep hill on the other, side of the WoronzoflF road, and pursued it with their fire till the side of the ravine hid it from view. Soon af terwards the enemy swarmed up our tide of the ravine, euch force that the 41st and 49th fell back ; but the.Guards, "marching up by companies as they could be mustered, came on to that cart of the ground in succession, aud, passing on each side of our guns, cheeked the enemy's advance. - Hitherto all that was known had been that there was an attack in force ; the numbers and design of the enemy were now evident. The plan of the Unssians wa3, after sweeping the ridge clear by their heavy concentrated fire to launch some of their columns over it, while, others, diverging to their left, after crossing tlia marsh, passed round the edge of the cliffs opposite Inkermanu. and turned our right. The artillery fire had not continued long be fore the rush of infantry was made.- Crowds cf skirmishers, advancing through the coppice (which, as before mentioned, everywhere cov ered the field.) ; came on in spite of the case shot,' which tore manjT of tnem to pieces al most at the muzzles of our guns, and passed within our lin, forcing the artillery to limber up and retire down the slope, and spiking a half-battery which was posted behind one of the small banks of earth mentioned before as the beginnings of aa, entrenchment. Two companies of the 55th, lying down there re treated as the IVusilans leapt over it, firing as they went back, and halted on a French reg iment that was marching'.'' up the bill. The Russians retreated in their turn, and the French, arriving at the crest, were for a mo ment astonished at the fire of - artillery which there met tuern while the Russian infantry halted, as if about to waver : but Gen Penne- father riding in front and cheering them on, they went gallantly down the slope under the tremendous fire, driving the enemy Ijcforc thc.a. It was a critical moment, and the French regiment did good service to the army by its very timely advance. " Almost simultaneously with this attack on the centre, and as part of it, a body cf Rus sians had passed round the edge of the cliff, and met tho Guards there. There was a two gun battery, revetted with gabions and sand bags, on the edge of the elope opposite the ru ins of Inkermann," which had been erected for tli? purpose of driving away some guns which the Rassians were placing in battery near the Ruins. This effected, our guns had been re moved. Into this th-2 Guards threw them selves, the Grenadiers extending to tho right, tho Fusiliers to the left of the battery, and the Coldstreams across the slope towards eur centre. The Russians came on in great num bers with extraordinary determination. "Many were killed in the embrasures of the' baftery, and the Guards repeatedly attacked them with the bayonet, till having exhausted their am munition, and lost nearly half their number, they were forced to retire before the continu ally increasing force of the enemy. They left one of their officers, Sir Robert Newman, ly ing there wounded by n bullet - Deing rein forced they returned, drove the, enemy out of the battery, and found Newman there dead from bayonet wounds. He, as well as many other disabled men, had been savagely killed by the enemy, Townseud's battery of thcfocrth division arrived at the left of the position daring one of the rushes made by the enemy. Four of the guns were taken almost as soon as they were unlimbered, the Russians being close to. them in the coppice unawares; but some of the 88th and 49th retook them before they bad been many seconds in the enemy's hands-r-Licut, Miller, R. A., taking a loading part in the recapture of one of the gun3 of , his own division of the battery 1 In all these attacks on pur left, the Russians were prevented from turning that flank of Codrington's brigade of tho light division which posted on the further bank of tho ravine, skirmished in and across it with the enemy's infantry during the day. Four guns had been detached early in the bat tle to support this brigade; but they were met, whenever.they came into action, . by so heavy a lire, that they were compelled to remain in active, for tho most part, under the shelter of a large mound of earth. - When the Russian infantry was driven back, a cannonade recomeneed along their whele line to which our guns replied warmly, though overmatched in " metal and numbers. - The Russians were computed to have sixty pieces, ! of which many were guns of position : while we had eix u-poundcr ; batteries of six guns cacu ; but our gunners continued the fire with admirable stea liners. . , Soon after the Guards came up on the right, the three guns first sent there bad been with drawn tor fresh ammunition, havivg fired away all in the limbers, and being separated from their wagons I had , then gone to the ridge,1 where the road crossed it. The duel of artillery was at its height thera was not a moment when shot were not rushia" or shells exploding, among tho guns, men and horses going down before them. -Graneshot. too. oc ca3ionally showered past, from which it would appear.- tti.it. the Kupmns had, brought pome iron guns ' into position, as grape fired from brass pieces would destroy the bore from the softness of the metal,. . The ships in the har bor, and the battery at the Round Tower, also threw shot and shell on the slope.'. j; if- ' . This cannonade was the preface to another infantry attack," which again , threatened our right, and a battery was ordered to that flank. While I was delivering the order, a round hot papsed through my horse close" to the saddle, and rolled us over, :: He had shortly before been struck by a musket ball in the .haunch, which did not disable him ; and had been wounded by a cannon-ball at the Alma being Tner tf this few" liorses that ever survived feuch an event; ' This Nvas he ' poor fellow's, last field ; while on the ground an other; cannon shot passed through him. A sergeant of. ar tillery a- very fide youngs fellows -named M'Keown, ran. to extricate me ; he had just lifted me from jmder the horse, and Fwas just in the act of steadying myself on his shoulder, when a shot carried olf his thigh, and be fell back on me, uttering cries as if of amazement at the suddenness of his misfortune. I laid him gently down, resting on a bush, and look ed at the wonud ; the leg was smashed, and al most severed." Calling two men to carry him to the rear, I then hastened to the right after the battery. " - i Advancing in tho thick bushes beyond the spot where the battery had come into action, I turned about and saw it retiring. It was already some distance, and the movement was explained" by the appearance of a line of Rus sian infantry suddenly extending along the upper edgp of the slope, between me and our alignment,' and at'about forty yards' distance. On my left, lower down the slope, as I turned towards our position, men Of different regi ments, principally guardsmen, were retreat ing from the two-gun battery. The Duke of Cambridge galloped past me, calling' to the men to fire, and ran the gauntlet of the whole Russian line, escaping with a bullet through his fcleevc. . . - . . . . -. .. - . Deing lame from a recent injury, I consid ered myself lost the bullets cut the branches and leaves on every side, and all attempts to rally were met by the unanswerable reply that their ammunition was spent. At that moment the right of the position was absolutely with out defence, and the enemy by advancing res olutely must have turned it. Dut from pauic or some other cause, they most fortunately re tired instead of advancing a friendly dip in the ground afforded a shelter from their last shots, and the men who bad retreated rallied and laid down under , the low iatrenchment already spoken of, while their officers distrib- lntrenchment a heavy hre ot artillery was directed, which - continued nearly an hour. An officer whom I met here, to whom I was lamenting the logs, of . my horse, told me he bad placed his in a hollow close at hand, where he was quite secure but going to visit him presently afterwards, he found that a shell had penetrated this admirable retreat, and blown him to pieces. I saw a 1 magnificent team of chestnut gun-horses prostrated here by a single destructive sbll,' and five of the six did not rise again. Many of the men of the fourth division bad but j u.st returned fiom the trenches when the attack of the Russians commenced. They as well as those who had been on duty during the night, were at once marched to the scene of action a mile and a half distant. : Arriving at the touts of the second division, they recei ved contradictory orders, and' the regiments were separated. Part of the 20th and GSth, and two companies of the 46th, passing to the right of the position, were ordered to support the remnant of the two gun battery. These fresh troops at once charged the enemy, routed them and pursued them to the verge of the heights, when, returning victorious, they found the battery, as they repassed it, again occu pied by Russians, a fresh force of whom had mounted the cliff from the valley. It was while collecting his men to meet this new and unexpected foe that Sir George Cathcart, who had advanced with this part of bis division, was shot dead. i i - - At this juncture the remainder of Dosquet's division, except his reserve, came up on the right, and passing at once over the crest.. threw themselves into the combat, and, fighting side by side with our regiments, pressed the Rus sians back. A parte drtijycau (ensign bearing the colors) of a l'rench battalion, displayed gallantry in this advance, leaping on the bat tery and wa ing the colors, amid a shower of bullets, from which he escaped unhurt. Some Trench cavalry were moved up at this tiuie; but the ground '. was unfit for this arm, and they were withdrawn, having lost some men and horses. Shortly after the French regi ments came to support ours, we received other efficient aid. ' ' . Seeing that our field-artillery was unequally matched with the Russian guns of position, Lord Raglan had despatched an order to the depot of the siege train, distant about half a mile', for two iron 18-pounders, the on'y Eng lish guns of position landed from the ships which were not already placed in the defen sive, works at Dalaklava and elsewhere. These were at once brought up by Lieut-Colonel Gambier, the commander of the siege train, who, as ho asceuded the hill, was wound ed by a grapeshot, which contused his chest and obliged him to leave the field. The guns were then brought up and placed in- position among our field batteries by Lieut-Colonel Dickson, who directed their tire with admira ble coolness and judgment, which he' contin ued to display till the close of the battle, un der a cannonade which, at these two guns alone, killed or wounded seventeen men.; , In a short time, the Russian . field-pieces, many of them disabled "were compelled to withdraw ; and a French fijdd battery coming up shortly after the 18-pounders opened their fi re j posted itself on the right' and did excellent seivice, though exposed, like our own guns, to a tre- mendous cannonade, which killed many of their men and horses, and also blew up an am munition wagon. Between these two opposing fires of artillery a fierce desultory combat of ekirmishers , went on in the coppice. , - ' Regiments and divisions, French and Eng lish, were here mixed ; and fought hand to hand with the common enemy, who 'never agained succeeded in advancingnor in ob taining, in.', any part of tho field, even a par tial success. . . ; : '. .'..'" '. r About'noon the fire of the Russian guns slackened, as was surmised, from want of am munition. ." After a time they reopened, though not with their former fierceness. Their in tended surprise, supported by the attack of thetf fulKfor, hvod utterly "failed ; their loss "bad been enormous, and the Allies bad been reinforced. The battle was prolonged onlv by he efforts of their artillery I o cover the re trejt of the foiled and broken battalions : during the battle Rir De Lcy Evans, who haJ been sick on board ship at Ralaklava, rode up to the field with his aid-de-camp, Boyle, and calling me by name, bagan to question me about tho battle. - Ho looked extremely ill, hut' was as cool and intrepid as he always is in action. While I was speaking to him, a tshell, crashing through some obstacle r close by, ros from the ground, passed a foot or two above our heads, and dropping amid a group a few yards behind us, exploded there, wound ing some of them but Sir de Lacy did not turn hi? head. ;- ,' Officers and men fought the battle fasting. About two o'clock a group of us being near General Pennefather's tent, he told his ser vant to bringmt wine and biscuits, which were never more welcome. A shell bursting Ov4i the hill sent its freight of bullets through and through the group without even touching "anybody. - ' ' About three o'clock the French and English generals with their staffs passed along the crest of the disputed hill. The enemy's guns, replying to ours, still sent a good many shot over the ridge,Tut this Eurvey of the field showed it free from the presence of the enemy, -whose 'infantry had withdrawn behind the op posite hill. At half-past three, their guns also withdrew, and the whole force of the en emy retired across the Tchernaya, pursuod by the fire of a French battery supported by two battalions, which, being pushed forward to a slope of the heights commanding tho cause way across the marsh, converted their retreat into a flight. - At the commencement of the battle,' Li prandi's force had moved forward, threatening two distinct points of our line while a sally was made in foice on the French trenches, which was repulsed, with a loss to the enemy MMce. tbousand.men, thelireacJa pursuing them within their works. - Until the arrival of the fourth division aud the French the ground was held by about 5000 of our troops. In all, 8000 English and 6000 French were engaged. . The Russian force was estimated by Lord Raglan at 60,000. Few great battles require less military knowl edge to render them intelligible than this The plan of the enemy was, after having suc ceeded in placing their guns unopposed in the required position, to pour on one particular point of our line which they knew to be in adequately guarded, a fire which - should at once throw the troops assembling for its de fence into disorder, and then to press on at the same point with overwhelming masses of in fantry. Our position oace penetrated, the plains afforded ample space for the employment of the columns, which might then - attack in succession the different corpse of the allied army scattered oa the plateau at intervals too wide for mutual and concerted defence. The Russians succeded in posting their ar tillery, iu sweeping the field selected with a tremendous fire, and ia bringing an enormous ly superior force to a vigorous and close attack. According to all calculation they were justi fied in considering the day their o"wn. Dut the extraordinary valor exhibited by the de fenders of the position set calculations at de fiance. At every point alike the assailants found scanty numbers but impenetrable ranks. Deforo them everywhere was but a thin and scattered line opposed to their solid masses and numerous skirmishers, yet beyond it they could not pass. No doubt to their leaders it must long have appeared iucredible they could fail Again bravely led, they cajue bravely totlie assault, and with the same result unwilling ly, they at length saw that if the allied troops could resist successfully when surprised, no hope remained of defeating them, now that they were reinforced as well as oa their guard . On our part it was a confused andjdesperate struggle. Coloaels of regiments led on small parties, and iougut like subalterns, captains like privates.. . Once engaged, every maa was his own general. .The enemy was ia front ad vancing, and must be beaten back. , The tide of battle ebbed and flowed, not in wide waves, butinbrokea tumultuous :billows. , At one point the enemy might bo repulsed, while at a little distance, they were making their most determined rush. ;t : ? r. -, .r , To stand on the crest and breathe awhile, was to our men no rest, but far more trying than the close combat of infantry, where there were human fos with whom to match, 'and prove strength, skill, and courage, and to call forth the impulses which blind the soilders to death or peril. But over that cre6t poured incessantly the resistless cannon-shot, in whose rush there seemed something vindictive, as if each was bestriddeu by some angry demon ; crashing through the bodies of men and horses and darting from, the ground on a second course of mischief. ; The musket-ball, though more deadly,', and directed to an. individual mark, ' bears nothing appalling in its sound, and does not mutilate or disfigure where it strikes. But, fronting uncovered and inactive a range of guns which hurl incessantly those iron masses over and around you, while on all sides are seen their terrible traoe, it is difficult to stave off the thought than," in the next in stant, yoar arm or leg may be dangling from your body a crushed and bloody mass, or your spirit driven rudely through ahidecua wound across the margin of the undiscovered country. Rarely has euch an artilery fire been so concentrated, and for so long on an equally confined space. The whole front of the battle field, from the ravine on the left ia the two gun battery on the right, was about three quarters of a mile. " Nine hours of such close fighting, with such intervals of cessation, left the victors in no mood for rejoicing. When the enemy finally retired, there was no exul tation, as when the field of the Alma was won : it was a gloomy though a glorious triumph. Neither our loss or that of the enemy was fully known that day ; but a glance at any part of the ground showed the slaughter to be immense. - A few of the enemy were dead within our lines ; along the whole front of the position they lay thick in the coppice. , Every bush hid a dead man. aud in some places small . groups lay heaped. -In a spot which might have been covered by a common bell-tent, I saw laying four Englishmen and three Russians. All the field was strewn : but the space in front of the two gun battery, where the Guards fought bore terrible pre-eminence in slaughter. The sides of the hill, up to and round the battery, were literally heaped with bodies. It was painful to see the noble Guardsmen, with their large forms and fine fces, lying amidst xhe low browed Russians. v One Guardsman lay just in advance of the battery extended on his back, with his arms raised in the very act of thrusting with his bayonet ; be had Veen killed by a bullet entering through his right eye. Ilis coat was open, and I read his name on the Guernsey frock undemeath-an odd name, Mustow."- While I was wandering why his arms Lad not obej-ed the laws of gravity, and fallen by his side when he fell dead, a Guardsman came up and told me he had seen Mustow rush ont of the battery and charge with the bayonet with which he was thrusting at two or three of the enemy when he was shot dead. In their last charge the Russians must have unavoidably trodden at everv step on the bodies of their comrades - In the bush es all around wounded men were groaning in such numbers, that some lay two days before their turn came to be carried away. I passed a Russian with a broken leg, whom some scoundrel had stript to Lis shirt, and calling a soldier who was passing, desired him to take a coat from a dead man and put on the uufor tunate creature; at the same time directing the attention of a party of men collecting the wounded to the place where he lay. . Passing the same spot the next day, the Russian, still stript to his shirt, lay motionless, with bis eyes closed, i told a r rent n soldier wno was near, to see if he was dea-A-; the Frenchman, strol ling up with his hands in his pockets, pushed Lis foot against the Russian's head ; the stiff ened oody moved altogether Irko a piece of wood, and the soldier, with a shrug and one word " tivirt" passed on. Large trenches were dug on the ground for the dead ; the Russians lay apart ; the French and English were ranged side by side. Few sights can be imagined more strange and sad in their ghastlincss than that of dead men lying ia ranks, shoulder to shoulder, with upturned faces, andlimbs composed, except where some stiffened arm and hand remain pointing op ward. ' . . - : . The -faces and hands ofthetdain assume immediately after death, the appearance of wax or clay ; the lips parting show the teeth the hair and moustache become frowsy, and the body of him who, half an hour before was a smart soldier, wears a soiled and faded aspect- Down' the ravine along which the Woron zoff road runs to the valley, the dead horses were dragged and lay in rows ; the English artilery alone lost eighty. - v The ravine, like all those channelling the plains, is wild and barren ; the f-ides have beea cut down steeply for the sake of the limestone which lies close to the surface, in beds of re markable thicknaes A lime-kiln, about ten feet square, afforded a ready made sepulchre for the enemy left on this part of the .field, and was filled with bodies to the top, on which a layer of earth was then thrown. While I wa3 on the ground, a 4ay or two after the battle, several Bhells were thrown from the ships ia the harbor, some cf which pitched amongst the parties collecting the wounded. . General Peuncfeather, finding I was going to headquarters, defcircd to deliver a message stating the fact. Next day a flag of truce was sent into the town to complain of this, and further to say that, both ia this bat tle aad the action of Balaklava, Russian sol diers had been seen killing our wounded on the field : demauding if the war was to be carried oa ia this manner. . TL answer of Prince Menschikoff was that the shells had been directed, not at the parties engaged in clearing the field, but at those intrenching the position; and that, if any of the wounded had been put to death, it could have been only in a few particular instances; in excuse of which he remarked, that the Russian soldiers were much exasperated in consequence of the fire from the French trenches having- destroyed oue ofthe churt-L.es of Sevastopol. Wfxl Answered. Uncle BUI Tiid was a drover from Worcester County. Bciug ex posed to all weather, his complexion sufferod some ; bat . at the best he was none of the whitest, . . ; , 1 ; , : '; ..Stopping at a public house ucsir Brighton, a aian rich in this world's goods, but of noto riously bad character, thought as Undo 15131 came in, ho would make him the butt of a joke." -; ; ,; , . , As the black face of the weather-beaten man appeared in the door-way, he exclaimed . "Mercy on us! how dark it grows!" - Uncle Bill, surveying him from Lead to foot coolly answered ' , Yes, sir ; j our character and my complex ion are enough to darken any room.". . ' . ,g3TAn old bachelor, on seeing the words ''Families supplied," over the doorof an oyster saloon, stepped in,' and sai l he would take a wife and two children. . .', " Marriage Under DiSlcultiea. A few days since I was present at a marriage which . had some things about , it ,. so new, and romantic that I am tempted to give you a short description. For a day and uight preceding the appointment, tber had been an incessant fall of rain, which added to the deep jow ia the mountains, caused a rapid rbe of tha water. Parsoo B , of Bath county. Lad been invited to perform the ceremopy. Anti cipating difficulty and, perhaps, remember ing defeat in days of yore, he set out from home early in the'monucg, with the hope, of passipg the water-course before they were too fuil ; Vain bope. " When be reached the neighborhood", he was told that the rivpr' was " swollen beyond Any possibility of crossing with any safety. It is often Lard to start a a wed ding, but when started, uia a great deal haider to stop it. The p&rton having secured tha company of a friend in the neighborhood, de. termined to make every effort to accomplish his missionT and if Jbere must be a failure, let it be after a fair trial. ' By a circuitous route, he and bis companion succeeded in reaching the bank of the river, cpposjte to and only1 a few hundred yards distant from the bouse.' A loud Lalloo soon brought the wedding party to a parley on the bank of the rirer. . TLr whole difficulty was before them ; the parson could not advaaco a.ftep further without swimming a dangerous, mountain torrent, covered with huge sheets of floating ice. But where there is a will there i a way," though there be neither bridge uor beat. It was proposed that the parson should marry them aeross the rolling flood. 'This proposition w as acceded to. Yet the parson declared that it behoved them to act lawfully, and insisted ou his warrant being transmitted to his Lands. Happily for 'us in this free country, the law docs not prescribe Low thig is to be accomplished , neither does it state at what distance the officiating ofBcer shall stand. Iu this case the license was bound close round jt stone of suitable size, and the whole being wrapped wkh thread so as to make it tight and compact, was thrown across the river. The feat of throwing it was performed by the bridegroom, while his young bride was stan ding by him. And it was a throw with a hearty good will. That man knew be was throwing for a wife, and the only question with him was wife or no wife. There, stood the anxious group what suspense ! it might miscarry it migut be turned by some over; banging limb, and find a watery grave. With a powerful swing of the arm it started, and mounting high, took its onward and airy flight. 1 bad learned long before, that 44 whatever goes up must come down," but I felt some misgiving as to-where the come down might be in this case. . The moment of sus pense was soon over. . The little missile, freighted with a document so important, sped its way through the airio-a most beautiful arch, high over the wide waters j End a shout of triumph annouueed its fall upon terra firina. To unwrap and read was the work of a mo ment. The parties were already arranged, with joined hands, and Parson B, with un covered head, stood as gracefully and as light ly too, as be could upon a quicksand at the edge of the river, and with voice distinctly heard above the roar of waters the marriage was consummated. -Well pleased at so favor able a termination of what a little before Lad been a forlorn Lope the groups on either bank took off their several ways. Whatever else I may forget, I never c&a forget that throw. . "''''. Horrible Afiair. : , ,; i EXKCUTIOX OF AbTES, lux Ml"BDt:m,TAT Sxdxey. The following is one cf the most horrible affairs that we have ever read. Wa copy from the Dayton (O.) Gazette of the 27 th ult: . . , This wretched man, who aa our readers will remember, was convicted in the Court of Com mon Pleas, of Shelby county, a few months ago, of an attrocious murder committed on the person of bis own daughter, was hung yesterday. From private sources, we learn that the execution exhibited a scene of horror to which it would bo difficult to furnish a parallel. , The trial, the prison, and the pear approach of death had failed to subdue the spirits of the guiuy man, or reduce lum to a submissive frame of mind. Since Lis convic tion, his conversation has consisted principally of expressions of defiance to the officers of the law, varied with the most horrid blasphemies and obscenities.- .... As be was a very muscular man, and had repeatedly asserted that he would not bo hung, the Sheriff, as a matter of precaution. Lad called in outsiders to the amount of twenty-five or thirty to assist in the execution of the sentence ; but such desperate resistance did the negro make, that even this force was hardly equal to the terrible task that devolved upon him.; As the condemned maa was taken out of his cell, in fpite of the heavy irons to his arms and legs, he burst, away from those in charge of Lim, aud for some time kept everv one at bay by striking in all directions with his thackled bands. At length, by the united force of some twenty nitn, he was over powered and dragged, to the gallows. ; But even after , Lo was swung fff, he managed to spring up, aud by tightly holding on to tLo rope, to kc-p himself alive for Latf an Lour, until there was danger that his life would over run the time allowed by law for the execution and the officers were obliged to choke iiru by main force. ' : - ' Aa immense crowd had assembled to wit ness the horrid scene, but the strictly private character of the execution dkapptinted their expectations. - s T A collegiau undertook to enlighten a substantial farmer oa the subject of animal cule. To illustrate, the student applied hi miarosoope to the cheese which the man was o&tiug. "There," said he, "don't you see them wiggle V" Well," said the old geatle man, quietly placing the cheese in, his mouth. , let' them icisl can stand t as Jocg . a? they can !" '.