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TEE f OlVME I. tTrlov SATURDAY MORNING UUAMB. HARPER, PRINTER. -,.o weekly at $2 per annum in I 50 at the end oi ine year. KOSCIUSKO, MISSISSIPPI, SATURDAY MORNING, AUGUST 26, 1843. NUMBER 10. I AC foMhe .first Insertion and 374 cents I.r.h continuance. THE SPROUT FAMILY. The Sprout family was exceedingly sumerous in the Village ot Arrow lord, hiCh IS SHUiucu UVU v - the Alesbury Falls, and was quite weal L Thv had setted the place princi- Itailv, having removed from the Eastern Kwt of Pennsylvania some 20 years bc 4re, in number, then, about half a dozen families; which had increased and mul tiplied until almost every respectable iijn board in the place had the name ot Sprout on it, and two thirds of the farms Wound ware calied Sprout Farms, in Wequence of being, or having been owned bv them. They were a thriv W but close dealing and cautious set fof men always active aud enterpris ing in matters relating to their own in terest honest, but exceedingly exact fin their deal.ngs with others and with teach other, and possessing just about as Wh public spirit, generosity, and char jjatable feelings, as is common to that 'class of men. In their emigration they Sad left behind them but one solitary ! branch of the family, and that one, be ing poor and unable to join with the more fortunate, was of course soon forgotton, fiothat in the lapse of so many years it chad grown almost wholly out of remem brance. One of those affairs, in which Jlove and interest were so intimately f connected that the readers would feel a fiittle pleasure in being introduced to the fparties, was in preparation on a fine fsurnmer morning, when I happened to fbein the village, on business. The birds were flying about and singing sweetly femongthe trees which shaded the low ihouscs the wnlk before the door was fswept clean and looked neat, and the girl peeped out of the windows in clus ters their cheeks bearing visible mareks f the industry of the morning, some of fthem looking, indeed as though they ;had been rubbed a little with coarse tow jels, or had been in contact with rough ifaces. Every thing seemed lively and Jcheerlul, and" I took my post by the Ifront window of the tavern bar room, jthat I might mark, at once, what was going forward within and without. pe landlord hppened to be the brother ofthe groom m the course of the morn ing Sprouts assembled there prety gen erally, to drink punch, and smoke a cigar Eith the was to-be-happy-man. Towards noon, a venerable pedestrin, , 'ad in a thread-bare coat, stained vel vet breeches, soilad waistcoat, and hat lnd shoes at least as venerable in ap pearance as himself, armed with a rough walking stick, and seeming much fa tigued, was seen travelling down the I'treet towards the Inn. The novelty of the sight attracted jWerj eye, but the unknown having ar rived oposit the Inn, deliberately uncas- a Par of spectacles, and having sur ged the sign a few moments, made the house. The way was cleared fj him, and when he reached the middle & e oar room, he enquired for Charles me landlordCharles came for "Cousin Charles" sniH h. T nm Jr.v glad to see you ;" reaching fourth !"- auu at tne sam tim. linnsin VharIes, however, appeared wholly in- Imposed to this fam-liarltv wath one IZ ld .not ,ook like having a loose 'JhTr t0 lhis familiarity wath i,Ixpence in his rw.t anA -Ani;A,i k. 7 Til! tl J f 1 V " liJ.Ml&W air f Tty Rawing back "who are you? C?J kLnow vou" "Not know me," SnV. neold mad "1 am Nicholas rProut, your frtW. come down, that I mav see my dear lations m this plesant town, before I I guess," said Charles, smiling .SV? w?u,d haY een ... r iavo aea at home but how t; J . 10 knw who you are? Asser tions do not na . . .. i. I T icing trom men of our appearence." Slates p."?-. b? comr l . i'wuis, wno sei in ine vhila :,T,n3 loked sharply all the callinn 6 ltrangert left the room, and x bad k D0V8 saia 1 m$ as th ri Du1s!n.ess for some of vou ; sure he' j Urld.u is Nicholas Sprout, and ' ,J Main. .. "" uumiuea man goiton clear ot, my word for it a poor soul, uc a vwuio uuwn ior mainiainence, no doubt, and the disgrace of our family comes with him I'll be off however; See that you don't send him to me! Saying which he took his way and soon disapeared. A general whisper was spread around, and operated like a shout among a flock of quales. In fifteen minutes there were but three Sprout faces remaining. They told him or the wedding, and ad vised him, as he could not be entertain ed in the village, to go down to old gran ny Scarum's by the Cross-roads, where he could, for a trifle stay until the busy time was over. The poor old man however, wished, to go to the wedding they objected to the distance, and the bad road his cloaths, his mean appearnce; and still persisted in his going away, until, at last, the tears rolled down his furrowed cheeks, and with a full heart he turned and went out of the house. Compassion andcuriostv induced me to follow him, which I did, leaving the trio of young Sprouts highly tickled with the idea of having gotton clear of their troublesome visitor. But I was struck, when I reached the street, to find every door where a Sprout lived, shut tight every soul gone from the street. I stood and saw the old man go to three of their doors in succession, and knock and go away. At last he came back and set down on the curb stone oposit the tavern, and 1 confess mv heart was too full to go to him, as he hung down his head and wiped away me tears with an old handkerchief. lie had not remained there lonjr, how ever, before a gentleman on an elegant horse rode up to him, dismounted, set down beside him, and entered into ear nest conversation. There was some thing so singular in this, that the Sprouts beginning to suspect their relative might not be the poor friendless soul they sup posed one alter anuther half opned their doors, and stood upon their sills, while one or two ventured to stroll down to the piazza of the Inn, where now the three young gentlemen, whom we left in the bar room had taken their seats, and were listening to the conversation over the way. The respectful familiar ity with which the gentleman treated the old man, went so far to confirm these suspicious that a good deal of man oeuvring among the Sprout party soon followed the surmise was spread a broad, and in half an hour a dozen or more were collected at the Inn, and sevreal ventured to go over to the stran-Sers- Just at this crisis, a splendid gig drove up and an elegant young man spiang out of it, exclaiming, "Ah, Fathe, what's the matter here? "Nothing, my son," was the reply, "only our good relations, for the most part, have forgotton us, and those who do remember us are so busy that we must go down to the cross-roads and put up for the night." The secret revealed, it was amusing to sec how the faces of the mistaken relatives of the good man, changed from white to red and back again; they looked at each o ther lost in amazement stupidly enough to be sure. At length Charles ventured to speake: "My dear uncle, if you will honor my house so much, you shall have every accomodation it can afford." No, not I would not put you to any incon venience for the world; we will go to the cross-roads." Indeed you shall not," said a dozen at once, for all the Sprouts came flocking around by this time,every one inviting their dear relative home pressing him, entreating him, almost pulling him by force insisting their were no accomodations at the cro ss roads. As this scene was going on, the strange gentleman, whispered to Mrs. Sprout that old Mr. Sprout was worth a hundred thousand, and that his rela tives would probably lose a round sum by this unlucky breach. This news spread like electric fire through the village, and the women and childied came running out to see their rich relative. Tears of joy, and "God blessing you, sir," together with the most pressing invitation, were as plenty now and as cheap as grass blades in the meadow. The village, and all that it contained, one would have thought was at his ser vice, but he constantly shook his head it was too busy a time with them, he said, and his clothes were old, his ap pearence mean he might disgrace them ho would, at anv rate, go back to the next tavern on the road: and from his purposes all the protestations of leasure, the praise of his person, and even of his old clothes, with the offer of new ones, on loan, in abundance, could not move him; and that night he slept at the Blue Ridge Inn, on his return home, where he narrated this story in good humor. From, this place, that morning, he had setoqt on toot for Ar rowford, leaving his attendants behind that he might make a trial of the value his long unvisited relatives set upon him, and which he deemed could only be fair ly estimated by presenting himself be fore them in the garb of his original poverty. Reeders, perhaps, my smile at this simple tale. Doubtless vou fancv the bprouts a set of rascals, but, look at home how do you esteem a poor rela tiv ? If your conscience does not con demn you, neither do I, but set it dovn as a truth the Sprouts are not the only people in the world whp value rich relations higher then poor ones. nw of the Mississippi was only 6500 YetTri 1831, after the lapse of Crossing the Atlantic in a Balloon. It is said by the Philadelphia Ledger that some fears have been expressed that Mr. Wise could not get any person ad venturous enough to cross the Atlantic with him in his intended excursion next summer, but it seems there is one daring enough to make tho trial. Mr. Penning ton, the distvnguished intentor of the flving machine, is now in Baltimore, and is ready to take passage with Mr. W. acroas the Atlantic at anv time it will suit his convenience. Mr. P. is of the opinion that it is only necessary to as cend in the balloon above the cutaent of air, where they will remain stationary until the earth revolves round and Eu rope comes under them, when the party will descend to the ground. The advan tage attending this arrangement is obvi ous. It will greatly diminish the time required to reach the old continent. The distance to England acrooss the Atlan tic is about 3000 miles. The circurnfer ance of the earth is about 24,000; and as it makes one revolution in 24 hours, its motion on its own axis must be at the rate of about 1000 miles an hour; supposing all parallels to be equal; con sequently by waiting for Fngland to come to them, instead of going to Eng land, they will reach that country in about three hours. Admitting that they could go in the balloon uniformly at the rate of a mile a minute, they could not possibly reach Eegland in less than three days. Ffom Tabasco. By the schooner Ar gue, five days from Laguna, we have late accounts from Mexico. The whole Mexican force at Laguna, numbering about 2000 men, had marched thence for Tabasco, to suppress the revolt there headed by Gov. Sentamanant. The lat ter, on the approach of the Mexican ar my, made a precipitate retreat with 400 men towards the frontier, where he hop ed to recruit his forces so as to warrant his returning to attack the central inva ders of his province, the probability is that there will be no fighting of blood shed in this new outbreak. Sentamanat espoused the side of the Yucatecos when they first stood out, and shortly aiter- wards turned traitor to them; ana now raises the standard of revolt on his own hook, but having no patriotism, he prob ably has not the courage to carry out the project. iV. U. Bulletin, 2tm uu The trade of the Mississippi Valley ane the Hudson. The July number of Hunt's Mer chant's Magazine containes an article on the navigation of the Mississippi and its tributaries. It developes a series oi facts connected with the progress oi steam on the western rivers . so truly startling that they almost exceed belief. Steamers were introduced on tne Mis sissippi from 1811 to 1817. At that time, keel boats were entirely employed. These made but one trip a year between Pittsburg and New Urleans (lass mues; and it was almost like going to China or the East Indies, so distant and haszard ous seemed the voyage. Only three trips a year were made between Louis ville and Pitsburgo a distance of only 403 miles, and which are now run by steamers as often as thirty times a year. To illustrate the wonderful change in travelling and the carriage of freight, the Louisville Whig publishes the commer cial chronical for May, 1818, of the port of Louisville. The steamboat ttna ar rived at Shippingport, a few miles be low Louisville, from New Orleans,, in thirty-two days. The steamboat Gover nor Shelby arrived at Shipingport from New Orleans, in tvocuty days run ning time. On the 1st of May, 1818, a hermaphrodite rigged brig barge arriv ed at Shippingport in seventy-one days from New Orleans. A keel boat arriv ed there on the same day in oheJiundred and one days from New Orleans. The time now occupied in making a trip from New Orleans to Louisville, is be tween five and six days. The change is so rapid and so different from any thing in the history of other nations. that we can only disignatc it as Ameri can progress. In 1817 the entire tonnage of all the waters tons. 17 years, there were 250 steamers afloat with a tonnage of thirty-nine thousand tons. But during the last eight years the advance has been gigantic. In l 8 1 2 no less than 450 steamers were afloat averaging 200 tons of freight each, mak ing an aggregate of 90,000 tons of ship ping, built at a cost of $7,000,000. This is an in crease in 8 years of 130 per cent. Is this not a visible picture of American industry and enterprise as wonderful as the hanging gardens of Babylon, and far more worthy of admir ation, because it is the best evidence of the wealth and prosperity of the people. Neither have wo yet finished this re mark rblc chapter. During the year 1842 there were 4000 flatboats emn'loy- ed. These arc temporary structures of 75 tons each, floted to New Orleans heavily laden with flour, corn, bocon, cotton and suger. Their cost of only $105 each indicates how lightly they are put together. From the Tennessee Agriculturist. Preservation of Wheat from Weevil. As our harvest is coming on, it may not be amiss to drop ahmtto the numer ous readers of your excellent journal, on the most efiectual method of preserv ing our wheat from the weevil. The folr , lowing plan I have tried for ten years, and find it never to fail. The wheat w hen cut should be shocked, in from 12 to 14 sheaves in a shock, and this neatly done, and covered with 3 sheaves taken from that number, and let it remain in the field two or three weeks until it is thoroughly cured, then take it in, in fair weather when the dew is off, and thrash and clean it immediately, so that it may not get damp by lying in a bulk then have hogs heads, of about the size that will hold from 15 to 18 bushels each, or barrels or goods boxes will do, but I prefer hogs heads; then get thick dry bark, and build fires near the house where you intend to put your clean wheat about the size of a half bushel in a round pile, set it on fire and let it burn nearly hown to coals then place your hogsherd over the fire mounth down, then raise one edge about three inches to admit the air, and let it remain until the hogshead is so hot you can't bear your hand on the outside; then let two hands put aboard under the mounth so that they can carry it mounth down to the place where it is to stand, then turn it on its head and let every title fel low have his buckets of wheat ready and fiill the hogshead instantly, so that none of the steam or heat may escape in fill ing; when full it need not be covered, it will remain warm in the centre for sev eral days. In this way I preserve my wheat every year, and have now old wheat which is plump and good as when it was put up last harvest. I had awag on load ground a few days ago, and a gentleman who supped writh me last night said it was remarkably well tasted and equal to our Cincinnati flour. Last ly, it does not injure the grain at all; I put u p all my seed-wheat in the same way. Now if tnis hasty sketch will be of any advantage (in your opinion) to the Southern farmers, you will please give it a place in your valuable paper. It may oe sometntng oi me same Kind, may be in the back mumbers, as I have not yet read them; if so do what you think is oesi, ana accept my oesi wisnes ior yourself and perodical. xousr truly. J. BURNS. It is believed that the egg of the white weevil is deposited when the wheat is in bloom, as the insect always cuts out of the grain; therefore the process which I hastily sketch in this letter, kills the egg in the grain before it hatches. J.B. Mulberry Grove, Tenn., July, 1843.