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. The Three Friend.
. . BT GRACE OnAlfTON ' In the early ages'-of Christianity, . when the miM doctrinVsf Jesus, and his pure and upright' morality, shed a light over trie wona, ununown ueiore, , and softened the hardened heart of rea son to the holy voice of truth; in that fadawn of virtue and of peace, when thVowers of evil trembled, and shrank cowering into the shades below,- their great commander, the arch-enemy of man, summoned them around his eboni throne, and thus bespoke them': ' 'Friends and fcllow:laborers! faithful Coadjutors in the cause of evil! our power on earth is on the wane. A fatal , star ha3 arisen in the east, which tells of - peace and fellowship, and all the good 1 and perfect things that descend to man from heaven, in trie train of true religion. And ye have forsaken the pleasant paths of earths; have , fled abashed to hide your unsightly forms in this my grim domain. Yet dream not that here ye shall abide in idleness; that while there are souls for the winning, yon fair orb shall hold them unmolested, till heaven's wide portals open to receive their own. No, no! not so shall the great fight be abandoned.' Rouse yourselves, powers of evil ! Fly forth at night, and hang on the wings of tho morning, and even at noon-day defy the holy messengers who, in their Master's name, are laboring to sacure fallen man from my legitimate sway. Ye answer not! Ye hang your wan visages, and roll your distorted eyes in helpless infamy. Oh! that I could make you look less hideous! but I am fallen, fallen!' sighed the archangel ruin ed, 'and your master's fate is on you;' and strange to say, tears, scalding tears, rolled heavily, like molten lead, over his cheeks, and left deep furrows there everlasting traces of his grief, when the Redeemer came. And there was grief among Ins followers, and mad excite ment. Murder bared her arm ;' Revenge gnashed his teeth; and Discord tore her hair; but Lucifer shook his head, and bade them be quiet. He knew full well that against Christianity, in its original beauty and purity, violence was of no avail. ' Warily, warily must we resume our efforts,' said he; and as he spoke, glaring his blood-shot eyes over the un seemly throng two imps stepped for ward, and kneeling at his footstool, vow ed thenceforward to devote themselves to his service, and, do his bidding, pro vided he cave them permission to dis- guise themselves as they pleased, and make their permanent dwelling on the earth. Satan knew them well. They had done him great service already, and he looked upon them as such powerful ene mies of Christianity, his mortal foe, that ho hesitated not to acquiesce in their wishes, and promised moreover to admit them from that time forward to his counsels, anf his friendship. Yet when thev turned their backs and stole away ... - ... . no could not lorbear reviling them as mean, double-faced villains, and shouted after them that they never-need enter his dominions in their ase disguise. 'It is very well, murmured he, to some of his more brazen, thorough-going courtiers, it 13 very well to make use of such beings; but the wretches would never have knelt at my footstool, if they could nave maintained their upon earth without my countenance. However, tho "bargain ' is made, and we are friends, and I leave it to your discre tion to aid them as tar as is consistent with your less artful natures.' While Lucifer and his prime ministers remained assembled in gloomy debate, the two evil spirits glided lrom the infer nals, and appeared upon earth in the dis guise they had planned; one putting on the mask of religion, the other of virtue. Alas! for religion and virtue! they have suffered ever since, for they, have been confounded with these arch-dcceiv-crs, who are abroad in the great tho' roughfares of life, in such goodly seem ing. ' Intolerance, superstition, igno ranee, and deceit, mark their footsteps; and blinded and sorrowing humanity en dcavors in vain to distinguish between the talse and the real; between the bless ed messengers sent to guide them1 to heaven, and the dark ministers bound to . mislead their steps. , Ages after this compact was made be tween Satan and his creatures, when, except for its fruits, tho affair might have been forgotten, three evil spirits met upon earth the two imps and he they had engaged tt server Men called them Bigotry and Hypocrisy ; but Satan knew them not in their disguise, and marvelled at finding himself in such company, at sucn an hour. They stood beneath a clump of gloomy jjiess trees, in tne corner 01 a grave yard, under the shadow of night. They iau Deen hoverincr thoro to see the re mains of one of their victims deposited beneath the sward, as the sun went down. She, the new occupant of this last asylum of the wretched, had been favored with tho best gifts of earth, and in me miusi 01 worldly jovs, bethoug her of heaven; but mistaking the fal for the true religion, her. brain became entangled,' till wild imaginings usurped tho place of reason, and vague, unholy ureaa tne room 01 mim. Chewnsama- mac, when the kind tomb opened to re ccive her. Many a dark talc circulate touching the fair form of those by whom ri l rvn i i n n IbULJ il- a ti ll-LWW'If'JpMllMPMWMHWT.i I. ... I ,r ,', WILLIAM E. SMITH, 'WIIEBE vol. ii. kosciusko; she had been surrounded; of those who had been thought to stand high in the ranks of religion and virtue; and the evil spirits rejoiced when they saw faith decline, and" good fellowship decay, as thev had often done nt thnir unnmnfh. . - MJ vuvti nd now they met apart, and Satan said, Ye are mine, ye are mine! and vet know you not. Uh! admirable coun terfeits! throw off your disguises, and face to face let me acknowledge you as my friends!' when Bigotry and Ilvno- crisy unmasked, and in. all their native delormity, stood confronting the Prince of Evil. Satan glared on them in asto nishment, which kindled into rage, as ho inougnt 01 ttieir littleness, and remem bered how often they had deceived even him; but thev then averted his wrath bv a stroke of humor, which was pardona ble under the circumstances. Bigotry resumed his disguise, and under the mask of Religion, called to Hypocrisy, in severe voice to bid tho Evil One avaunt, . . . v 1 J . . ,p ' o, ged him to turn from his evil ways, and whi i Ivtififrisv. in n rnntinrr tnno liorr. repent, ere it was too late, lhis was too much lor the gravity of Lucifer, lie gave a loud, shrill laugh, that, sounding rom under the cypress, and echoir among the tombs, made the villagers tremble, and whisper that the screech owl was singing poor Susan's requiem; and some declared that it was the very sound of one of her innate peals of laugh ter. 1 ' lueanwhile these enemies ot man shook hands and parted, after renewing the compact which bound, them to co operate lor evil over the fairest por tions 01 the earth to scatter poison through the brightest circles of society to send distrust and disunion. From the Philadelphia Saturday Courier. The Ikitc Extensive Fraud. FULL HISTORY OF IT THE GAMBLING OF STOCK BROKERING. . In our last, we presented the public with all the particulars that could be then obtained, in regard to one of the most nelanous lrauds that has ever oc cured. We allude, of course, to the false issue of stock, by H. J. Levis, late Cashier of the Schuylkill bank, of more than a million ot dollars! It appears that this work of rascality commeiecd as far,- back as January, 1837. Then it was that Levis began his fraudulent emission of stock in the bank of Kentucky. The 'Schuylkill was at that time indebted to our city banks in the sum of $G00,000, which, previous to the following August, was all liquida ted, and which it now appears was done by Mr. Levhs's creating 4,500 shares of false stock in the Bank of Kentucky. The books of the Schuylkill bank shows a balance in favor of Mr. Levis of 350, 000, which he says is a part of the mon ey obtained for the false issues. In May ot the present year, lur. Max well, who had, up to that time, been transfer clerk in the Schuylkill bank, left the institution and" went to New York. He was aware at the time of leaving, that the stock account of the bank of Kentucky had been overdrawn by Mr. Levis 10,000 shares, and it was so defi cient when he went to JNew York. It was through Mr. Maxwell that the first knowledge was obtained of these transactions, he having three weeks since let out something which at once took Mr. Levis to that city to contradict But swindling operations, especiaiy those so intimately connected with the public, must be finally known, and last week out they came with an astounding effect. , . . . We shall not mince matters about such criminal acts. They deserve the strongest seal of reprobation. The pub lic press, as the organ of the community, should fix the utmost stigma upon the great rascals who are guilty ot sucn irauus. . J-iiuie luyues miy wcu to go unwhipped of justice, if those who swindle bv the wholesale are permitted to escape! Shall this be so? Every hon orable mind in society will answer no. We have been particularly pleased with the indignant terms in which the Pennsylvanian, (democratic,) and the National Gazette, (whig,)' two of our daily journals, have spoken of this great fraud. ' ' ' From the National Gazette A criminal act, deserving the penalties of tho law, should receive its proper ap pellation and denunciation; and if the guilty have a great stake and station in society, the heavier should be the infamy, TFrom tho Tennsylvanian. ; The people now demand enactments that shall secure justice, or if possible, make the most striking examples of those who sin almost without temptation with none in fact which does not aggra vate their offence. . The Public Ledger, whose editorials are exceedingly well digested tho Uni ted States Gazette, The Inquirer, and in fact, almost every paper we have, speak 1 -mm LIB EAT T DWELL! THERE IS Kt COVNTBT." Mss.? SAfctiiDl, February is, isio. i xo. 20. of this great fraud- in justly indignant terms, lhat is as it shonld be. It is due to the charity of our city. ! It cannot be questioned that those who are placed in public stations, where the pecuniary interests of the communi ty are reposed, owe peculiar responsibili ties to society. If the Cashier of one of our public banks can create, sell, and reap the returns ot 10,080 shares ol false stock, amounting to a million and eigh ty thousand dollars, what an example is thereby set to small traders, and those in the less prominent avenues of trade! We maintain that the greater the respon sibility reposed by the people, the more certain should be the punishment. It the stockholders were induced ; by the supposed protection ot the charter under , which Mr, Levis was ' made an officer, to entrust him with official duties, tho correct exercise of which was of great consequence to the public, his fraudulent abuse of las station has ol course inflicted a deep and wide injury upon the community, and that is exag gerated exactly in -proportion to the ex tended commence reposed by the nature ot the office he tilled. , It becomes the interest of all tho other banks in the city, at ""once to have this whole business probed to the bottom, and to alhx their most marked disappro bation upon it. If they desire the con fidence ol the community, they must and will do so. 1 It is due to the character of our city, that all honorable business men should come out and denounce such an act of extensive swindling, and we are happy to find that they do so There is a connection with this sub iect for which we ask the "most serious consideration. It is one which we ie(t called upon, not long since, to urge with much earnestness. That consideration is, the number and character of stock brokers in our large cities. We venture the assertion, if there had not been'such a swarm of stock brokers in our city Mr. Levis never could have succeeded in getting out over a million of dollars worth of false issues on the bank of Ken tucky ! Their business is to vend these sort of things, and they aro generally able to do so by inducing the buyer to think he is thereby to make a great tor- tune. We neither Jcnovv who were the purchasers; nor who were the sellers oi 10,080 fraudulent issues, hut we venture to assert that neither party would now feel very well if fully presented to the public. Certainly tho buyers would not. There are honest men engaged m stock - brokering; but , we could most heartily wish they were doing something else, and for ourselves we cannot see how they can continue to do a business, which they must see, jf they will only look at it aright, is nothing in the final issue, but gambling on a large scale! But we shall always have stock brokers so long as any persons can be found capable of being deluded so lar as to speculate in stocks; and when will tho day come, wherein people shall clearly see that the man who goes into stock speculations, to the neglect of his legitimate business, is as certain to meet final ruin as is the deluded being who makes a profession of playing at the pharo-bank or the billiard table? , , 1 Society must seriously get to work to stop the incalculable evils of stock gam bling. The, whole business is corrupt ing. It induees them to get head over heels into debt. It holds out the most flattering promises of speedy fortune breaks up all industry makes specula tors out of otherwise prudent dealers and, rendering them desperate, thereby leads to frauds, forgeries, and swindlings on the most extensive scale. ' Is not society deeply interested, then, in staying this tide of pollution, tfjat ap pears destined to sweep away the moral landmarks of our business communities! Let all honest and honorable minds' think of this as its deep import demands; and one great step will be taken towards ridding our business marts of that spirit of delusive speculation, which has done more to break down the morality of trade than all other things combined. Those who believe Mr. Clay can dic tate how Kentucky shall vote, in a con test between General Harrison and Mr. Van Buren, do not know our fellow cit izens. The Whigs of the State have sup ported Mr. Clay because they esteemed him, viewed him as a man of command ing talents; but they have seen enough to know that Harrison cannot bo advan tageously compared with Mr. Clay, and many of them will provo dv tneir votes that they are too independent, and pat riptic to be transferred to tho ranks of a man whollv unqualified for the office to which he" aspires. If General Harri son weakened the Whig party in Ohio by showing himself to tho people of that State in 1838, it is -by no means proba ble that he can, by any course he may pursue, obtain the support of a 'majority of the people of Kentucky. ; ; mm EDITOR & PROPRIETOR. The Money Pressure in New Orleans. The New Orleans press seems to bo in a quandary as to the cause of the pre sent pecuniary pressure in that city; we :an, in part, explain tne reason oui urst et us here how bad tho pressure is: A New Orleans paper re-publishcs the fol- owing: . "Money Tisht! fearfully, msupport- ably tight! When will the money em bargo be raised? is a question oiten and feehvglu asked, and echo answers when? 1 he exclamation is heard irom our uusi- ness men. "Uhi lor tne moving oi me waters,", and still tho " skies refuse to 1 . t A ! weep," ana the rivers remain iranquu and almost stagnant." ' . We know this to be a statement strictly true of our elder sister, city now tor one powertul reason 1 New Urleans has lor years, in conse- luence oi a peculiarity in tne law oi arrest for debt, been a mere outer-kitch en or suburb for the calaboose; or, in other words, the shark's trap for the pa- ish prison of the b irst Municipality. However much the genteel and benevo lent Sheriff Hozey and the other officers may resrret it, still it is so and, more, it is known to be so throughout the south western part of our Union. It is a fact that the operation of the debtor laws do not help Louisiana but little; they only help the Shylocks of other States. 1 he drunmiers and sordid pimps ol the northern and middle States all lurk m New Orleans, as a convenient hiding place, to catch Mississippians, Alabarni ans, Kentuckians, and Tennesseeans, in their descent to that city for business or Ei f us u re. io miiiiei u a. gtnuiciuun uc ut a sixteenth endorser, if he have the presumption to visit New Orleans the sharks will find him out before he has trodden the levee for five minutes; and if he ever had softening of heart enough to have endorsed for a friend who may have became an insolvent afterwards, he is instantly made responsible for the im mediate payment of the debt, or con signed to the dreary calaboose. Northern pimps, drummers and co1 lectors, with senses rendered acute by hunger and famine,lurk in New Orleans with the forlorn hope of catching Mis sissippians. They do catch them if they come there with northern Indebtedness haneing over them! Can any city, however large, thrive as a vast jail yard? Jo wonder " money is tight" in New Orleans. It will be tighter still before it is 'plenty, if all the business men literally of the Southern States are driven from it by the fear of cold stone walls and a grated window. We should wronc the people of New Orleans if we said that such a state of things was pleasing to them; they all know it injures and obscures the pros pects of the city the lawyers being the only class of people benefitted in the least by the confinement of strangers. The gentlemen ' in charge of the hotels and boarding houses hate the operation of having their boarders torn from their rooms at the suit of mercenary northern drummers, negro traders and sharpers, who are bound to the fortunes of New Orleans by no earthly ties, and will ne ver advance her prosperity or character. We would respectfully ask Is there to bo no legislative remedy? , Is New Orleans to bo closed up, by the severe character of the Jxuisiana laws for the collection of debts, against the visits and unrestrained intercourse ol business men ? As matters are,' can any Mississippian visit that city who has ever had enough of the milk of human kindness to endorse for his friends? ' Can the Governor of the State of Mississippi safely visit New Orleans? Can Marshal G win, of the Southern District, among the wealthiest men of our State, safely do so? We only allude to this vexatious topic to elicit from the New Orleans press any infor mation the editors may have in regard to the continuance of a system that is surely beggaring New Orleans, and , in terrupting its unrestricted intercourse with tho vast valley of the Mississippi. Free Trader. A case in point. At the late election in Connecticut, the contest between Messrs. Wildman and Rugglcs, in the 11th State Senate District, was very close. The failure of one town, bher man, to send in its returns in season, cave Mr. Rugglcs, the Federal candid- ate, tne majority ui u u"""; counted, and he received tne ceniucuiv thnnffli Mr. Wildman had , Now mark the difference between the conduct of Mr. Huggles and his ernj friends in Now Jersey. Mr. uugg'es uiu not disgrace himself by showing his cer tificate, and claiming the seat, because Kn wj7j"vy? vuis according to law. If according to law, it was not according to facts. Mr. Wildman oppearedai me i' .i : a .-v lr Hia etnr opening oi ine session, vuu v without a ccrtincaie, aim iuu to which he was elected. . 7 Matrimonial 8cume.K recent trav eller in the United- States, gave a curi ous account of a matrimonial scheme which was formed there with beneficial effects, however Vmgular it may seem: - On the 2 2d ot uecemoer last," says he, "I was passing through the State of South Carolina, and in the evening arriv ed in the spburbs of the town of -, where I had an , acquaintance on whom I called; I was quickly informed that tho family was invited to a wedding in a neighboring house ; and on being request ed, I changed my clothes and went with them. As soon as the young coupie was married, the company was seated and & profound silence ensued. A young law yer then arose, and addressed the com pany very eloquently; and in finishing nis discourse, begged . leave to offer a new Scheme of Matrimony,- which he be lieved would be beneficial, and on ob taining leave, he proposed That on man in the company should be elected President, should be duely sworn to keep entirely secret, .all the communications that should be lorvvarueu to mm, in nis official department that night; and that each unmarried gentleman or iaay snouia write his or her name upon a piece ot paper, and under it the name of the per son they wished to marry ; then to hand it to the president for inspection, and if any gentleman and lady nan reciprocally . cliosen each other, the president was to inform each of the lact; and those who had not been reciprocal in their choice," kept entirely secret. - , " After the appointment of the presi dent, communications were accordingly handed up to the chair, and it was found that twelve young gentlemen and ladies had made reciprocal choices; but whom they chose remained a secret to all wit - i i mi - themselves and the president, ine con versation changed, and the company re spectively retired. "Now hear -the conclusion. I was passing through the same place on the 14th of March following, and was inform ed that eleven of the twelve matches had been solemnized; and the young, gentlemen of eight couples of the eleven had declared that their diffidence was so great, that they certainly should not have addressed their respective wives, if the above scheme had not been intro duced." . AWFUL CALAMITY. Burning of the Steamer Lexington Dreadful loss of life One hundred and seventy-five Persons Lost! t The splendid steamer Lexington, Captain Geo. Childs, left New York lor Stonington on the afternoon of the 15th inst.with 175 persons on board, among them five or six women and two or three children. At 7 o'clock in the evening, and within two miles of Eaton's Neck, she was discovered to be on fire among some cotton bales near the stove pipe.- Every exertion was made to subdue the flames but without success. After every attempt to arrest the pro gress of the flames was given up, the passengers next used every exertion to save themselves. The scene is described as heart rending in the extreme. The pilot headed her for Long Island shore, but when within two miles the tiller ropes burnt and parted, and the unfor tunate boat became unmanageable.- While under headway three boats were hoisted out and about twenty jumped : in each, but they, were unfortunately swamped by the motiori of the steamer, and every soul perished! A life boat with which the Lexington was provided, was also hoisted out; but in the hurry it came in contact , with one of the ; wheels and was lost. , . . . ; Those on board were now panic stnek en and knew not what to do. Captain Chester Hilliard, of Norwich, Connecti cut, who was a passenger on board and who is among the three or four saved, which states that soon after the f engine stopped, the passengers began to leave the boat on boxes, bales, &c. In com pany with one of the firemen he was so fortunate as to secure a cotton bale, to "which he lashed himself: He remained upon this bale, the wind blowing off . T.rtno. Tolnnrl nntill eleven : o'clock this i tmorning, when lie was taken up by the sloop Merchant oi oouuipon. , IIamusburo Convention. That the friends of Mr. Clay were overreached in tho Convention, is 'undeniable; and it : is equally undeniable that the letter he addressed to the Kentucky delegation . written when ho was confident he would receive the nomination has had the effect of placing Mr. Clay in a most un enviable position. He cannot oppose . the Abolition faction which defeated him, without subjecting himself to the charge ; of inconsistency. Secm.ngacquicscence on his part has apparently scaled the hps of his organs, in reference to the pro ceedings of the Convention, and the real strength of tho parties , fprcsentri in that b'r-Loll'' n i, i4fh nf January, Daniel Stur geon (democrat) was elected a United States Senator from Pennsylvania, in tW room of Samuel JHcrve ancon. ; -r The vote in convention wa for Dan.e. Sturgeon 07. lor canaries Richard Biddle 17. -V -; v.- t ' i. iv nvr iniure our pwo characters so much as when wo attcnupv to iujure those of others 1 7 J 4