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. A. (J ATTALA KEGISTEM V TRUTH IS MIGHTY AND WILL PREVAIL." VOttWE I. KOSCIUSKO, MISSISSIPPI, SATURDAY OCTOBER 7, 1843. Vmiw AfiA KEWISTI3IC. Published every Saturday, by narro. .....T, u-fipklv at 2 per ! .'v ' . , j.ko tit the ena 01 ine jpVEBTISEMKSTS published at J . dm first insertion and 0f each couiniua.' annum in year contH pr 374 cent xii i: SAM OUMS. j .'pome wild desire, eomesad mistake lias cast I vere remorse and sorrow lor tno pasi; I Luc former fault shall present solace curb, nr fair occasion lost, his peace disturb: Some fatal cbanco has ruined every scheme, And proved his brightest prospect all a dream.' Aim.it Hie vcar 18, there lived in a neighborhood, in the state of :i l:ulv and uentleman named Sanford. Tlicy possessed considerable wpalth. which was to ho inherited by lUrnnlv son, whom they called Hugh. The life of this worthy couplewas a qui- ctand easy as an unrulied stream, save whpn sonic slight Jill'erenccs of opinion j would occasionally arise, respecting the management ot Hugh, lint one point n which thev always agreed, was, that 1 Im should never be thwarted in any wish of his heart. ; At the time our story commences, Hugh Sanford was twenty, and had just Icftcollege. Whether he ever distin guished himself there, I have not been a k to ascertain. However, I know with certainty, that he was by nature gifted with good sense, and he had many fine qualities of the heart. I know not whe ther the reader will think so, from the sketch I am about to write, but he must bear in mind, that Hugh's natural disposition was so wrapped by continu al indulgence, that not until the fever of youth had subsided, was it truly devel oped. A largo party had been invited to spend several days at Mr. Sanford's, and his wife had promised them a little dance. We shall pass over the preparations which were made (or the party, and which, in the country, always produce so much bustle and excitement; we will even say nothing of the important busi ness, (to the girls at least) of the toilette; hut shall follow them all to the drawing room, which was brilliantly lighted. Among the girls, Mary Linden was the most commanding; her splendid dress and jewelry, gave her quite a magnifi ed air. She was the daughter of a rich widower. Ellen Lorval (the only child ofiiw layer,) was also much admired. Her light muslin dress nnd simple wreath ;f wild flowers were peculiarly becom ing "Mv dear Ilusrh." said Mrs. Sanford. 1 4,i wish to speak with you a momente I fore the dancing commences. Does not Mary look beautiful? Do go and engage I cr as your partner immediately.1' I "Not so fast mother." said he smilinir. ----- j C-i 'My son," said she, "I love Maty as n,y daughter: could 1 but think that she would be one to me." She looked at '" intently, but he appeared not to un derstand her meaning, and turning the conversation, he went to join a group young men. I'lie scene changes. The enlivening sound of the violin is heard; the cou P'es are beginning to take their places j the floor, when Hugh, to the dismay J' his parents, is seen leading out Ellen Lorval. Mary Linden is surrounded by "puuxs, and it seems has capriciously !v'cn her fair hand to tho least deser JJJgof them, a would-be-wit, whose h(le conversation consists of long . rds and jest, which have been in Ei scs Thc Partv wcnl olVvve11 Ja all seemed to enjoy themselves, ex- P' some fewfunfortunate wall-flowers, w whom, however, Mrs. Sanford pro- rci partners to-wards the close ol thc Hugh would probably never again ''"e thought of his attentions to Ellen, w not his mother kept him in custody nnjiuitm , wnue sue spoKe ncr ',?a the subject. She represented 1 "ntlc folly of falling in love with ' When TVf ' !at ''there ltuld be a great impro-iiSf-,.u his iallinirfin love with Ellen." nr... astonished at hear- "&f falling in love 'tttercd hj Kgination. lie since she had put such notions into his head, ho could not but sec, that if he could be so fortunate as to fall in love, ana meet with opposition, it would give a peculiar zest to the monotony of his country lile. So he stalked oil' the draw ing room, and began to think Ellen very interesting. The few succcding days were passed as they usually are by a large party in the country. They read, talked, rode and played at battledoor; but at length the guests departed, and Mr. and Mrs. Stanford returned to the enjoyment of their tranquilty; but Hugh did not feel quite at his ease, as he was conscious that he had pained his parents, not so much by lus attentions to Ellen, as by failing to fall in love with Mary Linden. Weeks passed on; Hugh continued to meet Ellen at all the dinners and parties in the neighborhood, and to pay her attention. Mr. and Mrs. Sanford had seen all their hopes respecting Mary Linden laid low, and they had fretted themselves into ill hu mor about Ellen: a calm was now ensu ing, they began to look on thc bright side of things, and even to fancy that Ellen was to be their future daughter. "My son," said Mr. Sanford, I wish vou to consult your own happiness in every thing. You love Ellen; you have now the consent of your parents to ad dress her." Jleally father, I ." he stammered out something that was untelligiblc. "Sav no more, I see you are embar rassed. "Hear me father ." "Not a word more at present; good bye." lhcre is an old saying, that "competi tion is the hie ol trade, and 1 think it is no less true, that "opposition is thc Iileol love, or ol something that is lre- luentlv mistaken lor it by green-horns, and very young ladies just from school. Now that all opposition was at an end, Hugh was somewhat surprised to find himself entirely out of love with Ellen; and indeed, lie shrewdly suspected he lad never been in love with her. lhe gentle girl had seemed pleased with the attentions ol thc handsome Hugh ban- ford, though she acted with the most per fect delicacy, nor have I ever found out whether she immagincd him to be seri ous. 1 am sorry to say, inai me ut most partiality cannot throw a veil over .1 1 i"lT I .1 . A. - . the conduct ol liugn m mis instance; and manv will say that he does not de serve thc title ol a hero. "Pshaw?" says a little girl, "I thought all lierors were lerlect! ' And so they are, in .English novels, but not in old Virginal Mrs. Sanford had a widowed sister iviug in the southren part of the state. Her name was Harrington, and she was the mother ot two daughters, who were dashing belles and beauties. I hither Hugh now went, to pay a visit. On a bright evening, he came in sight ot his aun'ts dwelling. It was situated on a smooth green hill, which gradually slop ed to the river , which was not very wide here. A tiny canoe was pre sently visible in the middle ol the stream, and much to his surprise he perceived in it a single female figure. "Can that be one of my cousins? said he; "what mad freak could induce her to go alone.'" But when he arrived at the house, he found both of his cousins and his aunt sitting together. They received him cordially, and while he was answering their inquiries, a light step was heard m the passage, and an eager voice exclaim ed: "Oh, Mrs. Harrington, my pigeon flew away from me to the other bank, and I was so much afraid of loosing it, that I went over for it myself." 'lhe speaker entered the room, holding the bird triumphantly inner nana; out per ceiving a stranger, she was retreating, when Mrs. Harrington recalled her, and she was introduced to Hugh by thc ipcllation of Amy Larone. She was and beautiiul as ai britrht as a sun beam, thc roses of spring. Her hazel eyes were lame: a delicate carnation bloom ed on her cheek, and her brown hair was arted over her smooth brow, and -'racefully twisted at the back of her head. She was below thc middle size, and thc plainest suit of mourning was i it i neatly luted on her spiender snape. Hugh's interest was strongly excited by the :iir ofmvsterv with which he fancied she was surrounded, and he seized the first opportunity to enquire who she was. ller simple story wis suuu iuiu. unc was nearly sixteen, and was the ornhant child of poor and obscure, though ho nest parents. Her mother aiea wnen to the care ol her father, an illiterate. although well meaning man, who had no idea that education was at all necessary: if he could see hisdaughter neatly dress ed, and hear thc neighbors say how beautiful she was, he cared for nothing more, iier oeauty and modesty were talked of by rich and poor. Her lather had not been dead more than seven or eight months; and Mrs. Harrington pi tying her furlorn condition, had taken her to her house. Maria and Theresa Harrington were kind to her, and were anxious to repair somovvhat the tota neglect ol the education ol the w I 1 J A I M . I ueuiicuiimy. one was cratciui, nut as her taste for study had not been formed in childhood, it was with reluctance that she now attempted the drudgery of lear mg, and, so far as concerned herself. she wished that the makers of books had never existed. CI. II one seemcu, nowever, to possess an instinctive knowledge of what was right tnd proper to be said or done, even on occasions that were perfectly novel to her; and when a subject was started of which she was ignorant, she acted wise ly, and said nothing', or if in the course ol conversation a lew errors were com mitted by her, her transcendent beauty was sulhcient to atone lor all. True, her beauty was not of the spiritual kind, "thfi r.int snill wnmntr in tlio ovot-" but it was just such as is always admir ed by enthusiastic young men! Company came in,and Hugh obtained a seat near Amy, entered into conver sation with her, in which to do her jus tice, she supported her part quite well. He rallied her upon her excursion after her truant bird. She replied "It was tlio lnot fliinrr mw lit! lac oirni1 rrn r n and I love it lor his sake." Several weeks had been passed by Hugh at his aunt's, and he had become deply interested in the orphan. Amy appeared dejected, and very rarely-joined the family party in the sitting room. This conduct only strengthened Hugh's interest. He was now really in love "fairly caught," as the young ladies ex press it. Walking out one evening by himself, he encountered Amy unexpect edly, and a gleam of joy lighted up his handsome features. "Miss Larone, said he, "why have you deserted us: the time has been too long since we met." "Three da s, sir," said Amy, slightly smilling. "I can hardly believe it possible," said he, for it seems as many months to me." Amy assumed a look of coldness, and said she did not understand him; but her countenance betrayed that she did. They walked on in silence to tho bank of the river, and Hugh looking on the beautiful stream and its romantic banks, said, Could 1 but think that vou would walk here after I am gone, and think of me Amy, I will confess that from the first moment I saw you, 1 felt the stron gest interest in vou., Nay more, that 1 do now love you most ardently. Will vou give me vour heart? ' one remain ed silent and agitated, and at lengtli tears came to her relief. "Oh, whv do you weep? Say to me Amv, that I may at least hope you love me!" She raised her mild tearful eyes, and that glance betray ed that her heart was his. "Now hea ven bless yoa Amy, let us record our vows,and you will be my bride ere long." Mr. Sanford," she said " 'tis true that I love you, but yet I can never be yours. Your parents would never receive me as their daughter." "Hush Amy," said he, "my parents love me too well to withhold their consent," struggling with her emotion, she said. "There are other weighty reasons which 1 cannot be your wife. No, no, it cannot be." "Amv, you distract me; whatever those rea sons are, they shall bo overcome." She shook her head, and darted oll'from him ere he was aware of her determination. Hugh was bewildered; but he resolved to seek another interview with Amy. The next day he entreated her as a last favor, to walk with him. So reasona ble a request could not be "refused. He told her that unless she changed her de termination, on the morrow he would depart, whither he neither knew or ca red, ller compassion was so much cx- citcd,that before thcii return to the house she had permitted him to hope, lie tohiher ho would set off directly for his home, and that he would return in a few weeks, adding that he would write- to her immediately. It was not until alter much entreaty, that she consented to re ceive his letters; but when he requested no bounds. Poor Amy! The next day he tookjeave,of all; and ere long, a letter fraught with expres sions of the most tender regard, was handed to Amy. She did not answer it. Another soon followed, gently chiding m-r lor ner silence. Alter this, all urre answered. Mrs. Harrington and Maria were in arms about the match. His pa rents yielded a reluclant consent: and at the appointed time they were marri ed. Hugh wrote to his mother to ap prize her or it, and to appoint a time for men- arrival at the home ol his childhood he now thought himself perfectly hap py. Thc honey-moon was nearly past, when one day as he was gazing with rapture on the loveliness . of his young bride, Mrs Harrington entered, saying? "Here is a letter directed to Mrs. Hugh Sanford," from my sister, 1 think." She handed Amy the letter, with a look of peculiar significance! Amy broke the seal mechanically, blushed deeply, and bent her eyes on thc ground. "Amy," said Hugh, "why do vou not read mv mother's letter ?" She sank down, and could only say,'Forgive me oh, forgive me!" "For what dearest? You that never in thought or word ollcnded. Look up, Amy." said he. smillin". 'vou have no need of forgiveness.' 'Oh. you do not know; I" She could scarce articulate; but at length came the ter rible confession, that she could scarcely read, and could not write! Wo have mentioned the total netrlecl of her education, and the "weighty rea sons" which she told Hugh would pre vent her from marrying him. All is now explained. But how, you may ask, did she manage to answer his letters, when she was unable to write? SI Theresa Harrington her confidant: and she without thinking of the consequen ces, answered them in Amv's name. The deception was cruel; but Amv's conduct is not entirely without some palliation. Her love of Hugh, and the shame of her ignorance, combat ted lienx ly in her bosom; and she did refuse him partly. " " T :'" Hugh fiad first been won by her beau ty and her destitute condition: her re fusal of his offered hand had onl v. ad- led fuel to the flame. Absence,""ma ung the heart grow fonder," and. the etters he received, all conspired to blind him. Sincerely was he to be pitied, for he possessed many fine qualities, and was nobly disinterested. The veil was now removed from his eyes, and the dream of love was fast deserting him, like sha- when the bricht sunlight rises o'er the hills. Thev went to his parents. We shall pass over the various mortifications which Hugh had to endure. Amv idolized her husband, and he was too iund-hearted to be proof against her fondness. He exerted him self day after day to instruct her, but 1 do not believe she went much beyond learning to read and write legibly. His parents lived dnly a few years after these events, and his beautiful wife was at tacked about four yean after they were marryed with a slight cough, which was soon followed by that bright flush, which is too frequently the harbinger of death. A southren climate, and every possiblo means were resorted to, for her restora tion to health, but in vain! Her last prayers were offered up for her husband and a daughter then two years old. Hugh never married again. lie contin ued to live at the family mansion occu pied almost entirely with the education of Eva. When she was ten years of age, she was sent to New York to school. Her life had been Attended with circum stances which arc not without romance. Should any curiosity be felt on the sub ject, I may at a future tune give a sketch ol the lite ol Eva Sanford. Years have passed since these events transpired, and the once vouiil' and handsome Hugh Sanford is now an old man. His appearance is very much changed, and his faults and loibfes havo been lost in his progress through life, or have liccomo soltencd by tho hand of time, ucrtain it is; ho is now .. ..: I I i i i i usimisuiu man, uuu is iookcu UP revcrcacc both in public and life. a very to with private New process of Counter fciliii'T.rYw Cincinnati Sun says: "We have heard it asserted that a process of Counterfeit. ing bills has been discovered in thisjjeity by thc dagucrrotypo, which will become a subject for legislation, or the whole country will be floated with notes that cannot be detected, mi perfectly are 1,1 I fa f it' ' M fl1 i '1 If r. i II, ii it'