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THE NEW ERA.
What is it hut a Map of busy Life?—Coieper.
NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH
wr.n.N i:si)ay.o(Tohi'K ir>. is ir*.
OUR FLAG!
FREE TRADE—LOW DUTIES NO DEBT—SE
PARATION FROM HANKS ECONOMY-RE
TRENUII MENT AND STRICT ADHERENCE
TO THE CONSTITUTION. _
THE NEW STEAMER ALICE.
This new, neat and commodious steamer recent
ly purchaser! in New York hy the James Rivrrj
Steam Huai Company, under the command of]
Capt. Davis, arrived here yesterday afternoon,
making the passage in twenty tour hours, h rum
the Captain we learn the following particulars:
The Alice is hut three months old—til the length
of 170 feet on deck—and is designed as one of the
daily boats between this and the City ol Rich
mond. Her speed is about the same as the Curtis
Hecks’ and her ac.. ample and elegant j
for a passenger boat. We understand she leaves
this morning at eight o’clock, lor Richmond.— j
Bearon.
[We arc gratified that the company who first!
brought on the Curtis Heck, to break down an
oppressive monopoly, have been so fur encouraged i
as to warrant them in putting on the James River
another splendid boat, to run in conjunction, on i
alternate days, with our first favorite. The pub- j
lie will bo faithfully served at moderate charges,
while, under the gentlemanly control of Admiral i
Davis, they lack nothing in the way of comfort i
and enjoyment that can he looked lor.—JYeic !
Em.]
HOW TO EDIT A PAPER.
Wo extract the following admirable hint from
the Richmond Star. We would commend it 1
to particular consideration of all those, who are
habitually finding fault with Editors of newspa
pers, lor failing to gratify their taste in every re
spect :
“ Folks who don’t like the way papers are ed
ited, should ask leave to put in a specimen of the
right sort. Any Editor will give such persons
a chance at any time. Every man who thinks it
easy to edit a paper exactly right, and to mover :
sal acceptance, ought to try it. May he he would j
succeed ; and if so, lie would be better entitled !
to a reward, than the discoverer of a perpetual j
motion.”
MRS. ANNE ROY ALL.
The Baltimore Sun says of tins very well
known editress, who without education, but uii
indomitable energy, has made herself felt and
known in Washington, and throughout this coun
try, by her pen. as author and editor, “ we regret
to learn that Mrs. Anne Royal), the proprietress
and editress of ** The Huntress,” a local weekly
newspaper published in Washington city, is lying
dangerously ill, and but little hopes are entertain
ed of her recovery. It is also with sincere regret;
that we learn from the tenor of an article in the
last number of the “ Huntress,” that her industry
and perseverance as an editress and publisher,
have nut been sufficiently rewarded to have ena
bled her to lay up a fund w hilst in health to se
cure the possession of those comforts required in
sickness—a requisite, however, which her nume
rous friends in the city of Washington will feel
it a pleasure to extend to the lonely and suffering
widow.”
DESPATCHES FOR MEXICO.
'I’lie U. S. steamship Princeton sailed from
Pensacola on the 1st instant, for Vera Cruz.
Despatches came by mail in ten days from Wash
ington, Texas, accompanied by an order to pro
ceed with them without an “ hour’s delay.”
They were received at sunset, and at sunrise the
steamship was under way. It appears she has
thus long been detained for this purpose, by a
special order from the Navy Department; and it
was also supposed site would carry out a special j
messenger. There is a rumor afloat that these j
despatches contain a conciliatory overture to Mex- j
ico with regard t;- Texas.
C C)NNECTICUT ELECTION.
Of the tow'n elections on Monday last, ns far as
heard from tin* Democrats have carried 33, and
the Federalist 27—Democratic net gain 4. The
New Haven Herald says this affords the most'
favorable indications of Democratic success at the
next State election. The amendment to the Con
stitution abolishing the proper qualification for
voleis, has undoubtly succeeded.
LATEST FROM THE MORMON COUN |
TRY.
Gov. Ford, of Illinois, has issued a third procla
n,ation, warning all persons from fowa or Missou
ri from coming into Illinois to take part in the
civil war between the Mormons and anti-Mor
mons. 1 In says that if taken in any act of war
or mischief, they will be chastised in a most sum
mary manner and if they escape beyond the limits
of the State, they will be demanded to he sur
rendered to the authorities of Hancock county,
that they may be tried for their crimes and pun
ished according to law. Some of the citizens of
Clark county, Missouri, have held a meeting since
the proclamation, at which they resolved,
“That although. Gov. Ford, of Illinois, has
thought proper to address a proclamation to the
citizens of Missouri and Iowa, warning us to lake
no part in the quarrel pending in Hancock coun- I
ty, we shall, nevertheless, act as free men, pos j
seasing hearts that can sympathize with their
fellow" men when wronged, and hands that can;
assist them when called on in maintaining their
rights.”
attorneys in china.
No attorneys arc allowed by law in China, hut j
some assuming that character, act in that capaci- t
ty contrary to the imperial mandate. 'They are
thus curiously described by a literary Chinese:
“ Villainous anil perverse vagabonds, rrlw are j
fond of making a stir, and who, either by fruu- j
dulenl or crafty schemes, excite discord, or by ,
disorderly and illegal proceedings, intimidate
and impose upon people ” j
THE OPERATIVES BOARD IN i.ow
ell.
The Lowell Vox Populi thus sets the matter
right in regard to the Boarding Houses in Lowell.
As we expected the Monopolists have the control
of the Board, in that town, ami if the price of j
Board is raised it must be at the expense of the
Ojierntives. If the Agents said the jieople must
live on a dollar a week, a dollar it most be, or
they would be turned out of employment. Our ne
groes are far belter than these/iee slaves.
“ There are boarding houses enough for ihe ac
commodation of every operative, attached to every
mill m Lowell. These houses are let to such as
wish to enter this kind of business, on the express j
condition that none but factory hoarders shall he
admitted into them. On the other hand it is un
derstood that each tenement is to tie supplied front
the mills with its full (junta of hoarders. The
price ol hoard in these houses is. and always has ;
been, regulated solely by the agents of the oorpo- i
rations. This fact is known to every man of com- j
inou intelligence in the city. No one dare deny
it. 18<11, during a ‘Corporation Panic,’ the
price of board was cut down by the agents from I
$1.37 I 2 to $ 1.25 |>er week,where it now stands.
As to operatives hoarding out of corporation houses !
it is a matter entirely dependent on the pleasure !
of the agent. It the houses of the corporation are
supplied, and an operative can find a house near
enough, perhajis no objections would be raised ;
but it more boarders are wanted at any of the cor
jMiration houses, an immediate discharge is the
consequence of a refusal to conijily with the de- !
maud for a change from the houses jireforred to
those of the corjxirations.
Mr. fireeley is too tar from L iwell to know
[irecisely how *• very slick ” our corporations do
op the business. It is but “a word and a blow” !
with them, and the operative frequently feels the j
blow long before the word is spoken.
“\\ e hope that for the future, Mr. Creeley will |
not Venturi upon facts touching our corporations :
without knowing precisely njxin what ground he l
stands. Misrepresentations are bad enough in i
any case, hut when they operate solely, and with I
such immeasurable injury on those who are not
only nj)jiressed icitli labor, but at present posi
tively flinled in their “ basket and in their
store,” misrepresentation becomes almost insuf
ferable.”
AN EXPLOSION.
We learn by the Hartford Courant. that about
12 o’clock, on Tuesday night, the inhabitants in
the southern part of the city, were aroused from
their slumbers by a noise which many of them
have likened to the report of a twenty four poun- i
der. It proved to be the explosion of the boiler
connected with the Machine Shop and Screw j
Manufactory ot F. Curtiss &, Co., on the north i
side of Elm street, near the Little River. It was
in a small frame building bet wen the Factory and !
the Paper-hanging establishment of Messrs. Spen- j
cer & Co. The boiler was thrown into the air a
great distance and came down on the dam in the ]
Ri ver (about eight rods from its starting place)
with such force as to make a hole in it and let
the water out. The Factory was not injured,
neither was any one hurt, although there were
three or four men at work on the first floor, and
and about a dozen girls in the second story. As
may he supposed, they were nil a good deal
alarmed. We learn that a hoy who tended the
boiler had left it about two minutes before the ex
plosion—a narrow escape. Many windows were
broken in the neighborhood, and a portion of the 'I
bricks which were around the boiler were thrown
across the street with great force, prostrating the
feneaofMr. Daniels and doing some damage to
his dwelling.
A large breach was made in the Paper hang- j
ing Factory, and several rolls of paper inside were
set on fire, hut the flames were extinguished with
the aid of buckets.
TRUE WHIGGERY.
The Boston Eagle thus exposes the true whig
principles. Here we have the declaration of
whig papers that they go for JVativism, as whsgs.
but denounce the party, which as Natives honest
ly “ float their banner in the breeze.”
vv iiir.s and Natives.— Repudiation.—“The
Whigs endorse the principle of Native American* j
ism to a man—they concur in every thing except ■
its headlong impetuosity and its separaio^organi
zstion.—Springfield Rost.
For a refutation of this, see the Boston Allas,
the Daily Journal, and the New York Tribune,__
Eagle.
It will trouble the Eagle, says the Journal, to
find any thing in our paper to refute the statement
of the Post. The principle of Native Ameri
canism we have always advocated ; the parly wo
have always opposed.— 'I'imcs.
'The principle of Native Americanism is to
“ make all minor party (piestions yield to the great
end ’ ’ of purifying our elective franchise; to make
party yield to country ; and not, as is the case
with the Journal to cling to the old IThig party,
while they are notoriously neglecting their duty to
American institutions. The idea that the Whig
parly in Massachusetts, as the Journal seems to
think, is well nigh exploded.
AN OBLIGING LANDLORD.
A correspondent for a Boston paper, who lately
visited New York, gives a good description of the
Astor House and its gentlemanly proprietors, in
the course of which we find the following char
acteristic paragraph :
“ I recollect that some years ago, Stetson told
me that his first lesson in hotel-keeping was given
hy a veteran, who said that ho should never re
fuse a customer anything he wanted, however
extravagant it might lie; if fie wanted gold dost
pudding, with silver plums, or bank bili sauce, to
provide it for him, but to make him pay Dr all
such luxuries a proportionate and a reasonable
price. His success at the Astor House proves that
the advice was not lost.
Jt/noE H ooubi'ry.—■ | hose who were pres
ent at Lxeter, N. H., during ihe late session of
the U. «S. Circuit Court, speak in the highest j
terms of Judge Woodbury, as a presiding Judge. ,
His charge at the opening of the Court, defining
the duties and legal prerogatives of the Grand
Jury, is spoken of as one of the most lucid, able
and complete expositions of Constitutional law,
that ever emanated from the U. S. Bench._
Doilon Timet.
5CT* Tlie newspapers, by this morning’s mail,
are entirely devoid of interest
From the Washington (Texas) Register.
LETTER FROM MR. CALHOUN.
Fort Hill. Aug. 12, 1845.
Dear Sir—I am in the receipt of your letter,
conveying a certified copy of a series of Resolu
tions of your Convention, unanimously passed,
approbatory of the course of the late President
and his Administration in reference to tlm an
nexation of Texas, and communicated by its di
rection. i
1 accept this highly honored approval of the
distinguished body over which you presided, of
the port I performed towards the consummation
of this great measure, with sincere pleasure and
gratitude.
Taken altogether, it is one of the most memo
rable events of our history ; and I am proud to
have my name associated with it. One of the
most striking circumstances is the unanimity ami
enthusiasm with which the people of Texas re
turned into nor great and glorious Union, in spite
ot every obstacle thrown in the way, and every
seduction presented to influence thetr decision. It
speaks a volume in favor of their intelligence ami
patriotism ; and is, at the same time, the highest
eulogy ever pronounced in lavor of our free, pop
ular institutions ; and will tie so felt throughout
the civilized world. The high evidence of the
devotion of her sons to the land of their birth,
and its institutions, gives assurance that she will
shine as one of the brightest stars in her brilliant
constellation.
I avail myself of the occasion to tender to you
my congratulations at the honor conferred on you
tty the Convention, in selecting you to preside
over its deliberations. It is, indeed, a striking,
and, to me, a gratifying coincidence, that an old
acquaintance and a native of the District I reside
in, should he called mi to preside lit the Conven
tion which, on the part of Texas, consummated
this great measure, in reference to which, w bar.
been my fortune to take not an mi distinguished
part; and that another old acquaintance, ami law
student of mine, and a native of the same District
with mysell, should ho the chairman and organ of
the committee by whom it was consummated.
Wttlt great respect, yours truly.
J. C. CALHOUN.
Gen. Trios. J. Rusk,
President of the Convention.
r rom the W asiangton Constitution.
LETTER OF HON. GEORGE McDUFFIE.
We give to day the able letter of Mr. McDuf
fie, in reply to one addressed to him upon the
eon mo and policy of the present Administration.
It gives os the si nearest pleasure to publish it.
because we so folly concur in that liberal, jnst,
and friendly spirit which it displays (awards Mr.
Polk’s Adininisiration. Why the President should
be prejudged and distrusted in any quarter, is
most strange. He was nominated, supported,
elected, and sworn into office, n it only for his
ability, but for his tried fidelity to the principles
and measures common to the Democratic party.
He received the united suffrages of the whole
party with the Baltimore resolutions before him,
and with the lull knowledge that he was elected
to carry them out, not only in a mere technical
interpretation of the principles which they em
bodied, but in the f.itr and equitable spirit which
looked to the adjustment of the Tariff upon the
true principles of justice and the Constitution.—
Every consideration, then, of patriotism—and,
we may add, of gratitude, to say nothing of honor
and consistency, would give the assurance that
these just expectations of the public will be folly
met. Nay, we repeat now, what we have so of
ten saiil before, that so far as it depends upon
him. the President will faithfully adhere to the
principles which brought him into power. We
have assurances upon this point,so strong and so au
thentic as to admit id'no doubt, and which should
allay all distrust. \\ e may, then, surely repose
a confidence, where there is so much to insure its
proper fulfilment, and so little to render that ful
filment questionable. The charity of the law ad
judges no man guilty without evidence, the chari
ly of political confidence cannot justly condemn
by anticipation.
From the Georgia Constitutionalist.
G EO RG! A ELECTION.
The elect ions, so far as returns have been re
ceived. indicate a gain to Gov. Crawford, com par
ed to the vote of November last, of 1,414 votes.
If the returns continue at this ratio. Gov. Craw
lord is either elected, or can only be beaten bv a
lean majority.
This result does not augur a decline to the de
mocratic cause.
But Gov. Crawford is more popular than the
principles of his party, as is evinced by the fact
that he lias run ahead of his party-ticket every
where.
This is a high compliment to him as a man and
to the manner in which lie has administered the
affairs of the State, in the general estimation.
While, therefore, we are gratified to perceive
that democratic principles are still in the ascen
dant, we certainly are nut among those who feel
deep chagrin at a triumph to Gov. Crawford which
is purely personal.
Mr. McAllister, may be defeated, but his prin
pies certainly are not. We have done all we
honorably could for him. But he has not con
centrated upon himself the vote of his party. ||e
i has. however received as large a vole m ;,||
| probability could have been received by mi op|*>
| nent of Gov. Crawford. Another day will, j*-r
j Imps, enable us to know positively the result.
From the New York Tribune.
JOHANNES RONGE ARRESTED AND
TRIED.
On the 8th of September, about 7 oYI -'-k in
the morning, Ronge was about leaving Breslau
(the capital of Silesia} fur Bring, where be wa*
■ to hold a service lor the first time—-whtcfi ncca
sion was looked up to with great anxiety by a
great many people—when he was suddenly and
unexpectedly arrested, and brought before the
I President of the Police. From the particulars of
the event as given iri some German paper, it ap
pears that Ronge was slopped according to an or
! der from the highest authorities. The officer of
j the Police first stated to Ronge that be was at
i liberty to hold service only in his community, but
that he had to obtain special permission for so do
ing elsewhere. ] hen the question was asked of
him, whether he had chosen of his own accord a
public place for service in Halberatadt while a
chufeh had been offered him for the purpose?
and whether he had concluded his sermon with
the words, * Rome must fall ’7 Rouge replied,
with regard to the former question, that he chose
the public place with the consent of the authori
ties, as the church was found too small for the
number of attendants; and in reference to the lat
ter question, he returned that bo hod used those
words, which, however, could bo understood pro
perly only in connection with his sermon ; that he
bad previously spoken of lb® superstition prevail
ing in Rome, and which was based upon ignorance;
that superstition could no more exist; that in
this sense of the expression, Rome, the protectress
of superstition, could not avoid falling_Transla
ted from the Schnellpost.
VERY IMPORTANT FROM THE RIVER
AMAZON—OPENING OF A PASSAGE FROM
THE ATLANTIC TO THE PACIFIC.
Wo hare received the Grenada Chronicle ol
the 6th tilt., which contains intelligence of the
highest interest to the whole world.
It appears that, while efforts are making in
Europe to cut a canal from the Atlantic to the
Pacific, through the Isthmus Panama, or to con
struct a railroad across the country tu Tchuantepea
at an enormous expense, the Americans have
achieved the great work in the most simple way,
and at comparatively little or no cost.
They have discovered the Amazon to be navi
gable, for steamers, from its inontb, on tbe Atlan
tic. to Lima, in Peru, and within eight miles of
C'tllao. one of the principal ports on the Pacific.
JYeto York JILiraini' JYews.
The expedition was made in Sept., 1844, by
Capi. John S. Klause, of Philadelphia, up the
river Marannon, a. far as the port of “ Banos,”
in the Republic of the Ecuador. Captain Klause
says he was truly amazed at the quantity of min
erals, dyewnods of various sorts, and other valua
ble woods, coffee, cocoa, white and common of ex
cellent quantity ; cotton, very fine and long, like
wool ; spices, balsam, raisins, wax and other rich
productions, which he met with in great abun
dance everywhere, during his travels.—Enquirer.
THE MAGNETIC TELEGRAPH.
Wo understand the patentees of the Magnetic
Telegraph, says the Advertiser, are making ar
rangements fur the immediate establishment of a
line to telegraph from this city to New York, by
way of Worcester and Springfield. The line is
already in operation, as the public are informed,
between Washington and Baltimore—The Tele
graph office in Washington being situated near
the General and City Post Offices, where they
are in constant attendance, for the transmission
and reception of intelligence between the two
cities, to the order of applicants at each end of the
line. It has been stated that the work of estab
lishing the line of communication from Baltimore
to Philadelphia is now in progress. We learn
from the New York Evening Post, that the line
will be completed between that city and Phila
delphia by the 1 Oth of November. The wires
extend from New York up the island to Fort
Washington, where they cross the Hudson River
under the water, being sunk to the bed of the
river. They pass through the State of New Jer
sey and cross the Delaware River to New Hope,
where they pass down the Western Branch of
the river to Philadelph.a. It is stated that the
line will be complete from New York to Wash
ington by the 1st of December next, and it is the
expectation of the patentees to complete it to this
city very shortly alter that period.—Butt on
I'inies.
The Jersey City Outrage.—The lunatic
buy noticed in onr paper of Friday as in prison at
Bergen N.J., and left for days uncared for, is
dead ! A coroner’s Jury on Saturday night in
vestigated the case and rendered a verdict that
•• the boy Oscar’s death was caused by sickness
and fits, occasioned by the neglect of the proper
authorities”—which authorities, we are informed,
are the Mayor and Alderman of Jersey City.—
The case is a most painful one, and will demand
farther investigation. We do not think the au
thorities of Jersey City can ha ve wilfully neglect
ed this forlorn human being, but somebody is evi
dently in fault, and the public will insist on
knowing who that somebody is.
The ninth article of the Constitution of France
is as folioW8: —
“ Every individual born in France from a
foreigner, can, in the year which follows the
epoch of his majority, claim the rpialilv of a
Frenchman, provided, that in the case of Ins resi
dence in France, he declares that his inteniion is
to fix his residence there; and that in case of his
residing in a foreign country, he should make his
submission to fix his residence in France, and
that he should establish it there in the course of
the year, counting from his act of submission.”
The government of France is as liberal to for
eigners as that of any country in Europe, Eng
land excepted, and mare liberal in point of citi
zenship, than even England. It is the policy of
France to preserve the blood, therefore a ehild
horn out of France of French parents, becomes a
citizen, on application to the government officers,
but the child of foreigners can never become citi
zens of France, unless born on the soil.— Boston
Fabric.
“ WHERE SMALL I GO.”
Tim Whigs, since their overwhelming defeat in
Maryland, may appropriately propound themselves
this query of the “ God like Daniel,” only anhsti
titling the plural, “ Where shall we go?” for it
would really seem that they are about lieing rob
bed of all foot bold in the Union. Perhaps Canada
would not be an inappropriate home for the Nor
thern wing of the party, as the climate is said to
lie favorable to tlm existence of the Coon ; and
besides, that famous region. Silt River, has long
since been filled up with the Southern portion of
| this great Whig party. If the. limits of the Union
are not speedily extended, we fear limy will be
shut out entirely. Extend the area of freedom ?—
' Lynchburg Republican.
QUIET RETORT.
The Exeter News Letter tells a good story of
a facetious Doctor Thornton of Derry, who un
dertook to quiz a neighbor of his, an old Scotch
grave atone maker. The doctor one day in pass
ing the residence of the sculplor, who was busily
at work, drew up and accosted him as follows :
| " Mr. W-, don’t you believe it to lie your
duty as a rational man Snd a Christian to pray for
your daily bread V ‘Ay,’quoth old Mortality, I
i anre thought it to be my duty, hut I tlinna noo
min’ muokle about it,’ *| suppose then,’ said the
doctor, ‘that yoo pray that people may die, that
you may enjoy the profits in furnishing their
grave stones ?’ ‘Na, faith.’ replies the old man,
‘there’s no need of that while one Matthew Thorn
tun continues to practize physic; he kills off folks
faster than I can make siunes for them!’
Mr. Clay’s famous shout of exultation in 1841
over the condemned and haltered felon9, (the
Democratic incumbents of office,) of whom if onp
should be spared, he would stand as a monument
of llm clemency of the Whgs—the Express would
now pass off as a joke—-oh, all a joke J_JV. Y.
JYcws.
Certainly, it was a “j..ke” when Mr. Gran
ger decapitated some sixteen hundred postmasters
at “ one fell swoop;”—it was like the fabh of
the boys and the frog*, sport to thttrn but death to
the frogs. But if It really was a ••joke,” why.
we hope Mr. Polk, will carry on the joke —
Halt. Rep.
From the Dublin Nation.
THE CAUSE.
•• What prompts you thus the flashing sword,.
In stern delight to wave ?
Is it the last, by Heaven abhorred.
To conquer and enslave?"
“ No! we beneath proud tyrants’ hands
The slave’s dark lot have known
Too well, to graft on happier land*
The sufferings of our own !’
" Is it for gold ye flesh the sword ?
The o’er-inhuman vice,
That breaks into the heart’s red hoard.
Should brings higher price!’
“ Oh, no !—ho oft did tyrants take
_ Our blood for golden gains :
Not even in vengeance could we make
A mint of human veins!’
" yy^y* **,cn» unsheathe the flashing sword?
Perchance your folly aims
At forcing history to record
' our exploits ami your names !”
" ’ na '—,,n* ”nc witlt loftier boast
Descends to future times
Than they, our tyrants—now the most
Accursed for their crimes !’’
'* And dare ye bare the flashing sword,
Because ye deem the shrine
Your brethren built unto the Lord,
An altar scarce divine ?”
" Oh, no !—so far the bigots’ brands
Have burned into our souls,
We feel that none but demon hands
Could light its hellish coals !
“ Not for a triumph o’er the right!_
Not for a golden meed 1 —
Nor yet for glory do we fight !—
Still less to smite a creed !—
But that the land oppression binds
May he unbound again ;
And lor the free and fearless minds
Of independent tnen !
“ A./rrrdo/n in the fair intent
Of God’s eternal dower,
Its first and simplest element
I»i man’s progressive power—
rIo wrench ti from usurpers’clasp
Wc flesh those flashing swords ;
And when again it greets our grasp,
The glory be the Lord’s !*’ J. D* Jiak.
ANECDOTE OF MATTHEWS.
Innumerable stories are told of the pranks Mat
thews delighted to play under different disguise*
and different characters. No doubt there is much
exaggeration in these. I was myself sceptical aa
to Matthews’s power of concealing his identity
from persons to whom he was known. [ happen
ed to mention this to Peter Coxr, who assured mo
the following instance occurred under his own ob
servation.
•I was invited.’ quoth Peter. * to dine at the
Piazza Coffee-house to meet a select party, a
mong whom was Matthews. The room we dined
in had two doors. Matthews sat on the right
hand of oor entertainer, by whose desire I seated
myself next to Matthews. During dinner, the
latter mentioned that an acquaintance of his, an
obstinate, opinionated old bachelor, whom he had
known in the north, was now in town, and that
he was exceedingly apprehens:ve this person, who
was intolerably rude and overbearing, would find
him out, ami force himself on the company. Af
ter dinner Matthews made himself exceedingly
agreeable, and we were all in the acme of enjoy
ment. when the waiter, entering, announced that
an elderly gentleman was below, inquiring for
Mr. Matthews.
V\ tiat s his name?’ asked Matthews in oreat
alarm. b
He did nt say, sir. He saya he knows you
are here, and he must see you.
* Tliwnites!’ cried Matthews, starting up:
—knew he’d ferret me out.’
‘ Stay ; what sort of a man is he ?’ said our en
tertainer.
* Has he a brown great coal on?’ demanded
Matthews.
: * Yes sir.*
j • Green specs V
I * Yes sir.’
scratch \vinr
‘ Ysir/
•Sloops a good deal, and speaks in a north
country accent ?’
* Exactly, sir ; you’ve—’
| . * Ah I knew it,’ interrupted Matthews, shrug
ging up Ilia shoulders, and shooting to the stair’s
head.
• I tell you I know he’s in the house and I will
see him !’ vociferated a voice on the stairs.
•Say Bannister’s taken ill—I’m gone to the
theatre,’ cried Matthews, rushing in, seizing his
hat and hoiting.
He had scarcely made his exit atone door,
when old Thwaites appeared at the other. Tho
latter s ap|>earanoe corresponded in every respect
I with the description given by Matthews.
‘ Where’s Mathos?’ demanded he, abruptly, in
strong north country accent, ‘ I know he’s here/
< continued he hobbling into the room, and looking
sharply around, ‘ and I must see him.’
t * Mr. Matthews was here, sir,’ replied our host,
with more politeness than I thought tho occasion
called for: ‘but he’s just gone to the theatre,
j and—*
| * won’t pass with me,’ interrupted Mr.
I hwaites. rudely. ' I know he’s in the house;
j y«rcan 1 hip. I know liftrfoftftii’t play
to-night—I’ve ascertained that. So here,’con
tinued he, putting down hie hat and stick, and
; seating hirnself in the chair Matthews had just
vacated. • hr re I stay until I’ve seen him.’
We all started at this.
You’re qniie welcome to stay, sir, as long as
you please,’ said our entertainer, cooly. * But
what I tell you is the fact. Mr. Bannister is ta
ken suddenly ill, and—’
Mt’sa lie, sir,’interrupted Mr. Thwaites again,
j * it’s a lie, sir!’ repeated he, striking the table
wnh his clenched fist until the glasses jingled
again, * and you all know it,’ concluded he, Jook
| ing fiercely around.
Of course wo all rose at this.
‘Pray, gentlemen,’ said our entertainer, ‘be
! seated, 1 beg. As sn elderly gentleman—as a
; friend of Mr. Matthews—Mr. Thwaites is privi
leged to—pray resume your seats, gentleman.’
We obeyed, though I confess I felt strongly
inclined, in spite of his years, to kick the intru
der out.
‘So yon know me, do you V proceeded Mr.
Thwaites, filling out a bumper—* Mathus men
tioned me, did he 7 Pah! what rot gut stuff!
what beastly wine ! I wonder you can|drink inch
rubbish! Pah!—nothing but sloe juice and ci
der. But anything—anything’s good enough for
you cockneys,’ added he, with a sneer. * Ha!
ha .'—curse me if I think you know good wine,
when yon get it!’
Some of ns ventured to dissent from this; but
Mr. I hwaites stuck to his assertion, and main
tained it with so much rudeness, that it required
all the tact of onr retainer to preserve order. No
matter what subject was started, Mr. Thwaites
was sure to render it the theme for discord; until
at length the patience of the company becoming
exhausted, we rose en matte, and were on (ha
j point of forcibly ejecting the intruder, who pnll
j ing off his wtg and spectacles, disclosed the fea
tures of Matthews himself!

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