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THE NEW ERA.
\\ hat is it hut a Map of busy Life ?— Cowptr.
IS OR FO LK AND PC) Rr PS MO U F H
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER it, 1846.
yt OUR UO \f;!
FREE TRADE—LOW DUTIES NO DEBT—SE
PARATION FROM BANKS—ECONOMY—BE
TRENCHMENT AND STRICT ADHERENCE
TO THE CONSTITUTION.
THE LOT OF NEW BOOKS
Which we have received from the Harpers,
through Messrs. Hodges &. Co., are a real treat.
Among them we will notice first a new and beau
tiful publication of .Morse’s Gerographio M ips, in
Nos. Each number will contain four maps, at
25 cents each. The first ten numbers, says the
publisher, will form a comprehensive and elegant
“ North American Atlas,” for the Library, &c.
It iR indeed a valuable publication, and we have
no doubt will meet with an extensive sale. Nos.
1 and 2 are already out.
The value and great popularity of the Wander
ing Jew, has induced the Harpers to issue anoth
er edition, with beautiful large type, on excellent
paper superbly illustrated after the French style!
of engravings. We have not yet seen the first
No., although iIip sei*ond is on our table. It is
published in numbers containing Gi large octavo
ptgtt at 25 cents each.
The 41st No. of the Pictorial Bible is also bp
fore us, which runs a considerable distance into
the New-Testament. We have now a longing
desire to see this work completed, as it will to
gether form a work of letter press printing here
tofore unsurpassed.
We have received Dr. John P. Durbin’s “Ob
servations in the East, chiefly in Egypt, Pales
tine, Syria, and Asia Minor.” This work is
compiled in two volumes, duodecimo, and is illus
trated with numerous engravings on wood and
metal. Those who have read this gentleman’s
“ Observations in Europe,” published last year
by the Harpers, will know how to appreciate the I
present work.
EDUC ATION CON V ENT I () N.
Che citizens of Norfolk hold a meeting at the
Court House to morrow evening, for the purpose
of selecting delegates to attend the Education
Convention, which will he held in the city of
Richmond next month. Is not Portsmouth and
Norfolk County going to move in this matter, or
will the}' let the whole subject go by default.
That a great move will he made on this important
subject this winter there can he no manner of
doubt, and every portion of the State should be j
represented, because every portion is deeply and ;
directly interested. ,
THE MAGNETIST.
VVe have received the first number of the
“ Magnelist.” just issued in the city of Richmond.
This paper is edited with ability, and will be
found a valuable aid to conduct to truth, in the
present struggle of prejudice against increasing
knowledge. It is published by Alfred Thomas,
Richmond, at $2 per volume, payable in advance.
A volume contains 24 Nos.of 8 quarto pages each.
“ IN PEACE PREPARE FOR WAR.”
The state of our foreign relations being such that
war may possibly fall upon os, in consequence of
onr position in relation to Texas and Oregon, it
is a part of wisdom that we should he folly pre
pared for any emergency. We therefore respect
fully urge upon the Administration the propriety
and importance of putting onr hardy mechanics to
work in the different Navy Yards. In our Yard
there is plenty of work to be done, and plenty of
hands to do it, and they are only waiting the ne
cessary orders. Let the Irigate St. Lawrence,
that is now in the ship house, almost ready for
launching be put into the water, and her ways
will be ready to receive another ship, at a mo
ment’s warning. This can be done at a trifling
expense, without waiting for the action of Con
gress, and vve hope the Secretary of the Navy
will see the propriety of giving the order at once.
It will give employment to our hardy mechanics,
put our work shops in order for business, when
the lime arrives for expeditious work. The last
news from England, informed os that the Dock
Yards of that nation were in an extraordinary
state of activity, and the public opinion seemed to
point to Oregon as the prize aimed at. It may or
may not he intended for actual war with os, but
the part of prudence dictates that we should be
prepared for any emergency. VVe ask then of
the I3ep.iriineni to let us go to work. Will our
request be heeded ? England is guided by no prin ;
ciple, hot interest, and her operations in the
River Platte, should arouse our most zealous at
tention.
NEWS.
The most important item of news which we
have this morning is that contained in the corres
pondence of the Norfolk Herald, in a letter from
the U. S. ship Princeton, in the Italize. No other 1
paper has it. We wonder if tlie National In- 1
telligencer will be ro very anxious to defend
Mexico, from the demands of France as it
has shown itself willing to denounce this country
for maintaining its rights in the gulf of Mexico j
After a very boisterous passage ()f seven days
from Vera Crne, (our coal having been all con
somed on the 4th day out) we have arrived oil'
this place to land a bearer of Despatches, who i
proceeds to Washington via New Orleans—he '
left the City of M-xico on the IOth u|t, profn !
him I glean the imp,riant intelligence—(Ant on,
difficulties frith that Country may be consider
eil at an end : at hast, the Mexican Government
have now signified a willingness to receive a
Minister on the part of our Government, and one
will be sent on the part of (ho Mexican Govern
ment
Thus matters now stand with ns—while on the
other hand, a new and serioos difficulty has oc
curred wt h the French Em ha say. Baron de Cy
prey reached Vera Cruz t urs day In-fore our de
parture, having demanded his passporta and with
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drawn (rum the Capital on the 15th instant._ I
l he services of the British Frigate Eurydice was |
tendered him, but he waits the arrival of the
British Steam Packet from Tampico, (momently
expected at Ve:a Cruz) and would take passage
with his family and suite for Havana, and it was
Confidently asserted that a French Squadron would
make its appearance oft' Vera Cruz, by the latter
part of December.
Nothing new from our land forces—they remain
in statu (pin.
We sailed in company with tho U. S. steamer
Mississippi, for Pensacola.
Lelt L . $. ship Falmouth, (flag ship,) John
Adams. St. Marys, Saratoga, and brig Poriioisu—
all well.
“WHO SHALL DECIDE WHEN DOC
TORS DISAGREE.”
Yesterday, we published Dr. Warner’s state
merit on the subject of Clairvoyance, which, in
the Enquirer ot Nov. 8, is pronounced bv Dr.
John i homas, ot Richmohd, false in many par
ticulars. Tim letter of the doctor is of a personal
nature, and it appears to us that it would not ad
vance the object we have in view to publish it.
Dr. Warner assumed a bold, not to say an impu
dent stand when he undertook, by his mighty
mind, to put down the troth of Clairvoyance, ami
denounced De Bonneville, and his supporters as
“humbugs” and “impostors,” and it was necessa
ry to maintain that ground in his defence before
the public, as lie did when he asserted that there
was no one known to the medical profession who
espoused the cause, or gave countenance to De
Bonneville. Dr. Thomas, after showing that lie
is entitled to be known, and is known to the
ppople of Richmond, if nut to Dr. Warner, as a
medical man, concludes Ins communication as fol
lows :—
In conclusion, gentlemen, permit me to say,
that ** lawyers’ lettwrs,” and clamorous assertion,
cannot eradicate Clairvyyance Irom the City._
The time is at hand, when those who have
thus thought to put down truth, will be regard
ed hy the public as Professors of that Horatian
philosophy, which does not comprehend among
its facts ail the things contained in Heaven above,
or in the La rib beneath! Clairvoyance may be
contrary to their experience, and to their know
ledge of the Laws of Nature, hut it is yet to
he proved that these comprehend all the things
hy which the universe is affected and controlled.”
COASTERS, LOOK AT THIS!
The “ Old North Statu” newspaper, published
at Elizabeth City, contains the following para
graph, of importance at least to the Coasters._
What a trade is here if our citizens would only
invest their surplus capital in vessels fit for this
trade and the W est Indies. W hile our town is
drooping, trade dead, mechanics idle, and taxes
eating up our capital, we remain inert and stupi
fied, while others are invited to reap the reward
which is at our own doors:_
W e are requested hy one of our merchants to
state, that, in consequence of the lowness of the
wau-r in the Canal, thirty or forty vessels, fit f1)r
the Coasting Trade, can obtain Freights from
this place, and the different landings in the
neighborhood, and possibly obtain employment
throughout the winter.”
'HIE ALTON DEMOCRATIC UNION.
We take much blame to ourself, that we have
not heretofore spoken of this able Democratic
Journal, published at Alton, Illinois, which has
been corning to our address for the last ten weeks.
It was started by M T. Hope, Esq., formerly of
Hampton, after he was turned out of the office of
Marshal of Illinois, hy the present Administration.
Mr. Hope is one of a hundred illustrations which
go to show of what sterling stuff Tyler Demo
crats are made of. Instead of rebuking and de
nouncing, as did William B Lewis, the Adminis
tration for a severe exercise of prerogative, these
men true, to their principles, have donned their
armor, and are fighting the battle of the demo
cracy. We take pleasure in laying the following
article from the pen of Mr. Hope before our
readers: —
“ WHO ARR THR TRAITORS ?”
Tyler infamy ! * — Hah ! The “ monoerats”
ar,d the conviclocrata continue to brand the States
Rights party with treason—treason to whom?
1\. the whirrs? To Mr. Clay! They say to
both—that the Iyler party, w ith the aid of Cal
hmm s friends, defeated the “ monocracy” ind
their distinguished leader in New York, and the
nation. The warliness of the affiliated “ mono
crane journal* from Bangor to New Orleans for
ihetr illusiriou*dead, for iheir slanghtered brethren.
filled ihe Bank and Tarriffites of the land —the
“ ‘‘tiiv.-r^al whig party now no more—with gloom
and sorrow. They consoled themselves honor
with reflection that James R. Polk could not have
beaten “ Harry of the West” hut for the treachery
of John ryler—and yet. before the election it was
very gravely argued that John Tyler’s friends
could not vary the result, and it wasof little con
sequence for whom they voted—for when “Harry
of Ihe West” ascended the judgement seat, they
would be gullotined without mercy. “ fjPrp
and there, tine of the condemned criminals, who
were then standing with halters about their necks,
would he left in office as monuments of whitr
mercy ” |t is true that policy was carried out bv
Mr Polk, but, we have every reason to believe
he regrets it now. VVe fpar that this error in
the beginning of his administration has induced
him to pursue the course, which the JWt/i Y'nrk
polilirinn* complain of so loudly —of keeping
H’/iig.s in office nod removing good and true
friend*. W e lake this occasion, however to say
that these New Yorkers are very apt to urges
Iree and lavish ••distribution of the spoils,”~and
when they have disposed of their portion, they
still cry aloud fora second division. We assure
the President that, however unjust he may have
been to the .States R.ghts me,,, who held office
under John I yler, they will givp ,f) hifl admmjs.
.rat.on, If he sticks to the doctrine of “ 8,rinl r„n.
struct ton, a firm, willing and undivided support
We gave you our votes, not as Jarr.es R p„||/
hut as the leader of the Democracy of the nation
-the nominee of a Convention, which bold!*
flung it* Banner to the winds and inscribed on eve^v
f dd./\o Hank*—no protection—no Internn[ / *
proremenls—no assumption of State debts_TP
as—Oregon. Aye ! and the boundary of the tun
seas. Our enemies, “ monoerats,’’ denounced us
as traitors; and our friends forgot the aid it,,
<'rr« *■ h«n.i. »t.,n V r,;”;
aniYuT ?,t00d thp j"Vment sea, 0f
“ Old Hurry" with halters about their necks.”
to receive their sentence of death. “Old Veto,’’
solitary and alone came to their aid, routed the
Devil anti his angels and saved the democratic
party. “ In perfect conformity with a lung life
of usefulness am! honor,” alone in the wilderness
he met the enemy of man surrounded by Ills sat
telites, with all his infernal engines of power_a
Hank—Tariff—Internal Improvements—assump
lion of Slate debts—consolidation. Forty days
and forty niglils lie wrestled with them, and the
divine providence which made him President of
the Great North American Republic gave him a
most triumphant victory. The most distinguish
ed Democrats of the land, are Buchanan, Cal
houn, Walker, Mason, Benton, and Wright. I
have already shown, were just to John Tyler,
and placed his acts before the country in their
speeches on the floor of the United States Senate,
uncuutaininated by the misrepresentation of his
enemies, and bearing their most unqualified ap
prohat inn.
In addition to the evidence of these men, the
lights of the nation and the world, hearing testi
mony that the charge of “ treachery" to the
monocrats, against the State Rights party was
talse; we propose to close by shewing that the
leading democratic papers of the country also de
fended the course of the President. One distin
gnished among the rest, closed its mortal career
when tin* gullotine was doing an active business
among the friends of Tyler ar.d Calhoun. The
Globe which had held undisputed swav hitherto
was sacrificed on the altars of the “ Union.''_
Its oracular mouth was elospd forever, and Blair
and Rives, the Rothe.hilda of the Press, its min
istering priests, sunk with it to rise m, more._
\\ hat said the Globe, when speculation was rife
as to the course of President Tyler on the Bank
bill ? Read, and take heed, all yon who “ iIllu
minated your houses" when the defeat of the
st'li treasury was announced in Illinois. “ You
who are guiltless east the first stonp.”
“If Mr. Tyler were now to sign flip Bank
biM. it would he nothing less than an admission
that he consented to he set op as a candidate to
cheat the people intothe support of a Bank Presi
dent, disguising: himself under the profession
of a long life devoted to opposition to it. To
day the law establishing the Independent Treat*
ury hill was repealed, with a view to eoeree the
President into the adoption of the Bank as the
fiscal agent of the Government. Mr Cr.w is
determined that the President shall have no
ground to retreat to Imt the first Treasury act.
1 His ivii.i, re found sufficient, under the
support of popular opinion. The belief gains
I 2r«»"id hourly that the Bank will he met by a ve
m.” J
The Oregon Question.—YVe Inve seen it
stated from so many sources that a letter lias been
received from Mr. MrLane. in which the ..pinion
i« confidently expressed that unless President
Polk heats a retreat from the position lie has taken
on the Oregon question, a war with England is
inevitable, that we begin to believe it to be true.
Great preparations, we have shown before, are
making for such a contingency in all parts of the
kingdom.—Express.
This is undoubtedly al| true, and it is equally
true also, that neither Mr. Polk nor Mr. Buchan
an will ever heat such a 4 retreat.’ The President
of tbe United States and the Secretary of State
will fulfil the wishes and desires of the American
people, and net as becomes brave and patriotic men
to the end ol the whole controversy between the
two nations. I hey will never compromise the
dignity and glory of the Republic, nor cause the
most cordial hater of Great Britain to blush for
their conduct in the premises; and. notwithstand
ing England may threaten, thpy will do their duty
unterrifipd and unmoved by either threats or de
monstrations. England may threaten as much as
she pleases, and may declare war too ifshe thinks
it expedient : but the sooner she proceeds to open
hostilities, and Hip longer shp continues them, the
worse it will he for her. She can never hy such
means convince the American people that they
ought to allow her to establish a new colony on
this continent, and it is highly probable that she
will lose the foothold she already holds here. If
she feels so belligerent as to go to war with the
nation that furnishes her with the staff of life, we
can cool her down hy stopping supplies for a short
time ; and moreover, if she will fight, our ppople
ran stand the brunt of a war as long as hers can.
and look through the double sights of a rifle with
as true an aim, and pull the trigger with as dead
a certainty of hitting their mark, as the best of
her disciplined troops can look over the polished
and glistening barrel of a ‘smooth-bore’ mus
ket.
Let her boast, then, and threaten. She threat
ened hr when the Tcxor question was on the ta
pis, and she quietly and prudently held her peace,
instead of declaring war. when she found that
there was ‘ no terror in hpr threats.’ She is pur
suing the same course now that she did then, and
will give op in this case ns she did in that. She
gives the world to understand that she is ‘ ma
king great preparations’ fora contest with us.
hut the world is aware that there is a great differ
ence between preparation and demonstration ;
and England will learn in a very short time that
the people of this country are not to be deterred
from the consummation of their purposes hy any
threats or preparations she may make. Then let
her prepare. It is a game at which both parties
can play. and as far as the Oregon question is con
cerned.she may as well let her preparations alone,
for the people of this country have right and jus
tice on their side, and they will furnish convin
cing proof, if need he, that * thrice is he armed
who hath his quarrel just!’—A\ V. Glohc.
ANECDOTE OF MR. WEBSTER—IF
TRUE, OMINOUS IN REGARD TO OREGON
1 he “ New York Morning News” of ypRter
d iy relatps the following expressive anecdote about
Mr. Webster:
" The privileges „f aristocrats and the protec
t.ve system cannot stand under the influence of
railroads. I I.is feeling was expressed a fortnight
since by Daniel Webster. Mr. A. Whitney u,e
pr.jeeter of tin- great western ra.lroad, called upon
Webs er lo know if he was favorable to the
p.f.ject. “No?” “Why?” “ Because I will
not support any means of improving the inter
course with the country west of the Rocky moun
tains. All that country must become a separate
and distinct nation; and for that object | will
oppose this railroad with ali my influence?”_
I Ins was said within three w eeks, and is very
significant from the negotiator of the surrender of
Maine,”
We regard this anecdote as important, not as
hearing on the question of railroads, hut of Ore
gon. Is it true that Mr. Webster (one of the
whig Champions or the Senate) is in favor of erec
ung a distinct repub!,c on the shores of the Paci
fic ? Then does he not share the American feel
ng but he adopts the policy »f England and
f France. Mr Guizot is f„r trimming the “ bal
ance of power in America. Mr. Webster sp-*
t
I
pears to fall into a similar policy. Great Britain
was in fa vor at establishing an independent govern
ment in I exas. 1 he “London Times” enforced
it with all its power. It was for establishing an
other republic on our borders, for the purpose of
balancing the weight and counteracting the influ
ence of the United States. For the same reason,
too, many of the English politicians are anxious
to cut ns off from Oregon, as well as from Cali
fornia, and, indeed, to cripple us in all directions.
Such, we apprehend, is the spirit of Mr. Webster
himself If he has made this declaration to Mr.
Whitney, lie is for cutting us adrift from Oregon,
and inviting her people to erect that country into
an independent republic. How different is this
feeling from the sentiment ascribed to General
Jackson: "No compromise (of Oregon) but at
the cannon's mouth !”—Mirror.
We insert in to day's paper the inaugural ad
dress of Gov. Aaron V. Brown. This will be
found to be quite an interesting and valuable doc
umeiit—Gov. Brown discusses with great brevi
ty and force the leading political questions which
divide the parties of the day, and recommends in
conclusion the erection of a monument, in this his
adopted state, to the memory of Andrew Jackson,
to be located somewhere on the Mississippi river.
I his suggestion is well worthy of consideration,
and we hopn will be adopted. There could be
nothing so appropriate as this testimony of grati
tude on the part of the citizens of a State whose
name has been rendered somewhat famous, by the
deeds both military and civil of ihis gallant chief.
I he location too. would he peculiarly appropriate,
as that noble stream lias been the scene of many
a well fought battle field under its banner, and
particularly one which will never cease to bestow
unfading laurels upon American arms. It is be
sides a public thoroughfare which is an additional
and very important consideration. We believe
that Memphis would be the best place for its erec
tion.— Columbia (TV.) Democrat.
It is high time to arrest the report which has
been so current in the whig papers for several
days. It has assumed different phasps. At one
time, it was reported in New York, before the at
rival ot the Great Western, that the poposition
would be made hy the British government.—
Then it was stated in the New York “ Journal
of Commerce, ’ in a letter from this city, that it
was said tube made. Then the speculation ran,
that it had been made in consequence of instruc
tions received by the Great Western. These
versions of reports rclatpd to a proposition said to
emanate front Great Britain, to let Oregon re
main in atutu quo for twenty years, and then her
destiny to he decided by the wishes of her in
habitants. We understand that no such proposi
tion has been made to our government.— Union.
The Quaker Embassy.—The four Friends,
Josinh Foster, William Foster, George Siary and
J«'hn Allen, who lately arrived in this country, on
a mission of peace, as it was reported, excited
much suspicion, according to the Cumberland
Allegation, in that place. They called at the
dwellings of the free negroes, and their apparent
interest in that class of the population, awakened
many apprehensions, the result of which was a
•* gentle hint” to leave. The Alleganian thinks
that they came all the way from England to es
tablish, on an entensive scale, a system for run
ning off negroes. By the way, vve learn that the
object of this mission is not, as was suppnsed, to
meditate between “ the body” in Indiana, and
the Anti Slavery Friends who have separated but
to prevail upon the latter to lay down their meet
ings for worship, and again unite with the former.
The Anti Slavery Friends, as appears hy recent
prom edings at Newport, are greatly displeased
with the course pursued by the English Friends,
whose integrity as Abolitionists they seriously
q estion.— Cincinnati Herald.
The following ballot was voted in the First
Ward, 3d District:
‘ For the amendment of the Constitution in re
lation to the removal of Judicial Officers.
‘ For the removal of all officers, and the ap
pointment of new ones, from the body of the peo
ple. evpry six months:
‘ For the division of property every Saturday
ni; h —oftener if required :
* For making the dealing out of winp behind the
counter a legal tender for the Banks, instead spe
cie— particularly ‘ for the Dutch :’
‘ For the establishment of Stated Preaching,
and the Bible in the Schools, at all places this
side of Sandy Hill:
‘ If negrops shall be allowed to vote, I am for
straightening their hair and whitewashing their
d-d black faces :’
The individual who deposited the above vote,
does not apppar to he very particular as to the re
forms he would introduce. He is certainly a wag
hut not a Legislator. He goes negro suffrage* to
a hair, quite alraighl,' but does not reflect the
spirit of the age in his desire to connect Church
and Statp, by the establishment of slated preach
ing.—JV. V. Globe.
Saved from thf.Gau.owi bv Marriage.—
A novel occurrence happened last wpok in Boston,
in a capital trial in the Supreme Court. James
Powers was tried for a crime punishable with
death, when, to the surprise of all, the prosecu
tion was withdrawn, the girl (Hannah Welsh)
w hom he had injured having become his wife that
morning, and thus by law was incapable of tes
tifying against him. Mr. James Power* is now
a gay bridegroom at large, enjoying hi* honeymoon,
instead of being a prisoner in the dock on his trial,
with the prospect nfa hempen halter. Singular as
this occurrence may seem, there is no doubt, says
the Post, of the honesty and virtue of the girl,
and of the truth of her charge against the prison
er, W’ho had confessed his guilt.
Received into the penitentiary during the last
week, from Butler county, Martha A. Skipper,
with a child six months old. Crime incest_two
years imprisonment.—Ala paper.
What a melancholy reflection?—a poor inno
cent to be incarcerated along with its mother, and
for that mother’s sin, too, in the walls of a pris
on ! Suppose the child to live cut thp mother’s
term of imprisonment ; it will then he two years
and a half old—an age when children have (r,.n
erally learned to speak and lisp a parent’s name
—an age when their little minds, first unfolding
noticp all that is around them. And what will be
around this poor unfortunate? The grated cell •
being stained and stamped with every hue of
guilt; the murderer, the incendiary, the thief
the perjurer and the incestuous mother» Alas'
poor innocent? what is to be thy (j
Picayune.
The most atrocious thin$ of the week.—Tho
>ew York Post proposing to the southern plan
lers a plan to purchase •• Mr. Daniel Webster, the
eloquent and distinguished senotor of Massachu
setts.” and.have him slay the tariff [—Boston
Post.
From the New Orleans Picayune.
AN UNEASY PREDICAMENT.
We were the witnesses of a ludicrous incident
which occurred in this city a few days since, f,,r
relating which we crave the indulgence of the gen
tleman directly concerned—deeming it too good a
joke to be lost.
While sitting at our desk and laboring assidu
ously with pen, scissors and paste, to make ont a
readable paper for our patrons, we were suddenly
“ frightened from onr propriety ” by the hasty en
trance of a gentleman, exclaiming, “ For God’s
•^ake, help me to see what’s the matter ! I’ve got
some dreadful thing—scorpion or tarantula—jn
the log 0f my pantaloons! Quick—quick—heln
me!” v
W e instantly rose from onr chair, half frighten
ed ourselves. Our friend had broken in so sud
denly and unexpectedly upon us, and was so won
derfully agitated, that we knew not whether ho
was indeed in his senses or not. We looked at
him with a sort of suspicion mixed with dread,
and hardly knew whether to speak with, or seize
and confine him for a madman. The latter wo
came near attempting. There he stood quiver
ing and palu, with one hand tightly wasped upon
a part of hts pantaloons just in the hollow of the
knee.
“ What’s the matter ?” at last asked we.
1 he matter!” lie exclaimed, “ oh, help me!
I v» got something here, which just ran up my
leg! Some infernal scorpion or lizard, I expect!
Oh, I can’t let go; I must hold it. Ah, there!”
he shrieked, •• I felt it move just then! Oh, these
pants without straps! I’ll never wear another
pair open at the buttom as long as I live. Ah! I
feel it again!”
I'eel what?” we inquired, standing at the
same time at a respectful distance from the gen3
liftman ; for we had jn9t been reading our Corpus
Christi correspondent’s letter about snakes, lizards
and tarantulas, and began to imagine some deadly
insert or reptile in the leg of our friend’s “ unmen
tionables,” as they are sometimes railed.
‘‘I don’t know what it is,” answered the gen
tleman ; “ help me to see what it is. I was just
passing that pile of old rubbish there, in front of
your office, and felt it dart up my leg as quick at
lightning, and it stopped just here, where I have
my hand and he clenched his fist still more
tightly. If it had been the neck of an anaconda
we believe he would have squeezed it to a jelly.
By this lime two or three of tho nowsboys bad
come in ; the clerks and packing boys, hearing the
outcry, stopped working, and editors and all hands
stood around the sufferer with looks of minaled
sympathy and alarm.
“ Br‘n? a chair. Fitz,” said we, “ and let tho
gentleman bo seated.”
”Oh, I can’t sit!’’ said the gentleman; “I
can’t bend my knee !—if I do, it will bite or sting
me ; no, ( can’t sit!’’
“ Certainly you can sit.” said we ; “ keep your
leg straight out, and we’ll see what it is you’ve
got.”
“ Well, let me give it one more hard squeeze;
1 II crush it to death,” said he, and again he put
the force of an iron vice upon the thing. If it
had any life by this time, this last effmt must
have killed it. He then cautiously seated him
self, holding out his leg as stiff and straight as a
poker. A sharp knife was procured ; the pants
were cut open carefully, making a hole largo
enough to admit a hand ; the gentleman put on a
thick glove and slowly inserted his hand, but lie
discovered nothing. \\ e were all looking on in
almost breathless silence to see the monstrous
thing—whatever it might be; each ready to
scamper out of harms’s way should it be alive •
when suddenly the gentleman became, if possible,
more agitated than ever. •* By heavens!” he ex
claimed, it’s inside my drawers. Its alive too—I
feel it!—Quick!—give me the knife again!”
Another incision was made. In went the gentle
man's gloved hand once more, and, lo! out came
—his wife's slocking!
How the stocking ever got there we are una
ble in say ; hut there it certainly was; and such
a laugh as followed, we liav’nt heard for many a
day. Our friend, we know, has told the joke
himself, and must pardon ns for doing so. Though
this is all about a slocking, we assure our readers
it is no “ yarn."
WILLIS ON HIS TRAVELS.
OfAix la Chcpelle, he says, there are to be
seen, amongst other sacred relics, swaddling
clot hr s of our Saviour, the robe of the Virgin
Mary, the shroud of John the Baptist, some man
na nt the Isrealites in the wilderness, a lock of
the V irgin’s hair and the leathern girdle of the
Saviour. At Cologne he saw other relics. He
says : I relished exceedingly my ramble through
the narrow streets, and over the beautiful cathe
dral, and I puckered my lips with doe wonder at
the sight of ihe bones of the “ eleven thousand
virgins” in the Convent of St. Ursula. Alas,
that, of anything lovable, such inav have been a
part! There was no choice, I thought, between
the skulls—yet there must have been a difference
in the beauty in the flesh that covered them.
large papers.
The London Spectator finds fault with ths
enormously large papers of the metropolis.—
“ sheets, says the Spectator, are as unfa
vorable to newspaper literature as large thea
tres, iave Pro*erf «" dramatic art. In both ca
ses excessive space has led to coarseness of execu
Hon. To the excessive size of nUr newspapers
may in no slight degree be attributed the want of
artistical handling in their reports of murders. It
is useless to complain of the prominence given to
such topics. The public will have them. The
monotony of orderly business life begets an irre
sistible craving for such strong stimlants. Even
those who cry out against such pandering to a
vitiated taste, can not resist reading. But the same
ciose which has driven ottr newspapers to reprint
parliamentary reports and foreign office protocols
entire, instead of presenting their readers with a
manageable analysis—the necessity of filling up
-oblige them to enter into all the revoltin'7
minutae of every act of butchery.’’
“ Pa, is Mister Clay got hurt?”
“ No child; why do you ask ?’’
“ Because the papers say that Mr. Polk run
ngnin.il Mr. Clay, and 1 thought it might have
knocked him down.”
WHIP IS lows.
PORT OF NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH,
Monday November 10.
ARRIVED,
Steamer Curtis Pock, Davis, fm Richmond.
. Sij!T k;,£,c> Brown, fm Petersburg, flour to Smith
& r i*hrr,
Schr Morgan, from Fredericksburg,
flour to J. Wills. *
s^hr,,Y’rF*r|'» Francis, from Petersburg, flour to
R A. Worrell. and Butler & Camp.
Schr Elizabeth Emily, William*, fm Petersburg,
m-izc to R. A. Worrell, 8mith & Fisher, and J
Will*.

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