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»'The Constitution and the haws--the Guardians of our Elbert».'*
NO. 20k
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THE Macon intelligencer
Devoted to Politic*, yews, Miscellany, <pe.
4s pubhsbeu eve-y week, m the lowu oi Macon,
Noxubee County, Mississippi, at Five Dol
lars per annual, in advance, oi Six Dollars
at the end ol the year.
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tlse hy t is year. Advertisements from a di.-rance must
be tten 0*11 iled with the Clash, or some reap msible
ire, nr they will not be puhlislmd.
ieliver V ex t 5etleJ 10 he paid :ur*t 1 he time ol
From the Knickerbocker for Octobtr.
The Huntsman of the Wiuneplsslhgee.
Tom Davenport, some forty years since
known as one of the most sue essful hun
ters who evei trod the wilds of the Wjnu
^issiogee, after a long career of triumph in
his favorite pursuit, suddenly took it int..
his head that he was haunted by the dt vil ;
and possessed with this singular idea, in
order to get rid of his adversaiy, he one
morning crept softly fiom bis log cabin into
a neighboring thicket, and hung Ijiins- il
upon lit* biancli of u tree.
tti.it giant old eak still stands near the
t >re of the lake, and ihe very limb upon
which poor ''dm suspend-d himself, to
elude the grasp of bis pursuer, is pointid
out to the curious traveller. The stmy ol
Tom Davenport is m some nspiels a sad
one, but it is bi i fly told.
b rum boyhood,Tom had been accustom
cd to limning, and was more familiar, with
his trau and gun.ilian witn books oi scho Is.
Hu had scarcely seen more tuan a sing I,
book in th«^ l<$f hut of Ins f itln-r, aaj tn,n
was wnippetUrfr iti a neat covering of patch
work, having an «mblein of the cross work
t>U.ca^r :^ tt,,i . cÄll y !* a,J »l»P» a
iM • au f t-vemug, as fus pa
rents read frum it« pa««4g-e, and afi»*vwan!
knelt 10 their devotions, Tom knelt witn
t:.cm. scarcely realizing the sanctity ol th
rite; and in the restl.-sam-ss of hi? imagi
tution, thinking of almost every thing bin
tue numble and penitent prayers, whit h as
C tided from hearts long since weaned from
tin* vanities of the wml J.
Tom was not absolutely vicioys, but In
was wuywaid; restless whenevercajlid.lO
Its to«!» 111 the field, and panting only Io,
the wild forest, or the broad bo.-om of tm
lake. His soul bunujl with a passion fW
lake and woodland scetieiy, and lie was
liappy no where else. When not reslihiu*
cd, he would bo'off, while yet the stars were
bright in the dome above, as the first faint
rays ol the coming day would pencil the
curtains of the east; and roaming dVom
covert to covert, in thfcjfon st, or from inlet
to inlet along the" picturesque shores of tue
lake, he would remain mini the same st.ns,
bright and unmoveable, again twinkled in
the canopy of night.
It is easily to be seen, that a passion so
absoibing unfitted Tom for jin y other pur
suit than that of a hunter. Bom n-a the
lake, and havings,) nt the first ten .yea is
of his life in the little clearing of his lather,
whose log cabin »vas for . years Ule only
human habit ition within a circuit of t< n
miles, Toni had in infancy received im
pressions. which, as he grew up, ripened.
He had seen his fuller,
The trunk of
into a passion. „ . N
when the family stock of venison or salmon
had diminished, go forth with Ins rifle or
his rod. and had seen how unerringly he
supplied their wants,
his father on «orne of these expeditions, at
first carrying his pouch and flask, or box
of bait; then fishing himselffoi the spotted
salmon, and at lust Hying his tiny hand at
the rusty tugger. 1 out on tin se occasions
invariably in luck, and scarcely * vei
threw out the line from the càuoe, but it
was straightway hooked m the gills of a
trout, or poised the rifle over his father's
knee, but the shot took effect in the heart
of his intended victim. Of course his kr
ther was gratifi»-d at these instance« of
Tom's succès. - , in the beginning of his
career, and whenever a chance wayfarer
stopped at the dwelling, he was usually
listened with the full historv ot Tom's
iuvenile exploits. Tom was of course de
T hted' *nd from day to day, a* he grow
bolder and moreexperiineed, he
? me more and more determined that he
® f ' ca .. . »he life of a hunter, and none
w ® u -
Things went on w. 11 enough, until Tom
». j ...mpd to ihe age of fifteen, when hi*
f u "S exertions were beginning tobe
matters of e «>me importance to his fat bar
I le had gone wuli
upon his little farm. Tom, he had ob
served with regret, had exhibited no par
ticulur fondness for labor, and would much
• ather watch the movements of the gray
sqnirr» Is that were skipping about in t..e
edge of the forest, than hoe potatoes; and
m this sort of indifference to agricu tural
life, the young man had in fact grown tip
in almost entire ignorance of the first great
employinim of man. Tout knew how to
snare a partridge; could bring dow
wild gtese at u shot, with his old double
bui r< Ued gi.-n, as they uhrefid in grand
circle npwaidfiom the adjoining lake; fie
could plant the ball in thehehrt of lhep-:n.
trier or the bear that growled in the thicket;
and in sun-shine
, ,
i he oIJ m in would snake his head, and
grumble as lou lly in his vexation as a
Christian man should, at T"rn's incorrigi
ble idb iu ss, as he calli d it; and his mother
scoldi d and iretted away at him usa "good
lor-nothing Lzy lout," for fixing his fish
lines, and scouring his gun of a morning,
while his father wastakiug care of the urns,
or chopping wood at the door. Tom was
sensible that he was in fault; and being so,
ge here lly refrained from improper replies
the lepoofs he so well rueiind; resol v
iug in his own mind, on such occasions, to
in ike ample amends by bringing in daily
much in value of "the products of the
forest and fisheri. s, ' as should equal his
father's gaina at the plough. Tom, you
See, was a political economist, tho igh lie
knew no more about that th in he did about
chopping wood; and both, in his
(1 two
or ram, m sftjintncr or
winter, wheinver 'I'om wanted a salmon,
his hook could always find one. But us
to hoeing potatoes, weeding coin, or chop
ping \\ ood at fire door, Tom said, " lie didn't
know how; and didn't believe lit) could
ever K uril."
d. »' idedly vulgar employments, com
pared io hunting and fishing.
One morning, after having received a
rallier s. veie reproof from Ins parents for
negl. cting to milk the cows befoie sun
rise; a custom which old "dairy wives say
should never he neglected, if you would
have good •vifolosom • milk; Tom gather
tu« lillMltnijf *m.I ~
hurried off into toe. forest. It «'as at quite
an V« ly hour. The tinkling of -th
II, as ins father's cattle, let loose into the
woods, «ere «end ug lluii way to the cool,
dfargm of the l ike, came to ,his eats with
rather a mournful e id- nee. H * sal down
beneath a giant wife* and resting Ins head
upon his hand, reclined upon the carpi t ol
grass He thought over bis own coud «et,
an I cbuise of life'; ms im rtm ss in all thé'
usual plodding pu suits of 'Husbandry ; and
ihe üb und aiil cause tiis gouj father and
mother ha t for their vei ition.' Torn was
a fiir «uy to icpr,nance, mid migm
possibly have b< come an aben d muri ; but
just at that moment, his eye caughla glimpse
ofa beautiful f.iwn, wllhclj had apparently
raved away from its Jain, and was quiet
feeding upon the finder spruutsth.it had
sprung up near the borders of the lake.—
The beautiful animal, i'ncoiiscious of dan
ger. lookiul out upon*'.he quid lake, utid up
into the forest, and fed oil, while the deadly
rifle was silently charged, the ball s. i.i
home, and the priming droppi d carefully
beneath '.he flint.' Tom, scarcely breath
ing, crawled selily helnnd the huge trunk
the oak, and was wutchinu to get sight
the fawn'Itrungh a flfi^i ojwjimg in me
bushes, where she Would, in a dew nfo
ments, corne within range of his rifle. *He
•vai'.ed fiatii n ly for a moment. Theyonn'g
deer stoo I a fair mark lor his never-tailing
rifle - and fie was raising it to meet tue
line of vision mark'd by his eye, win n,
crash I down caine'a huge ury branch of
the old oak, knocking the gm, f.oni his
hand, and almost stunning him with the
Hold!" ori the instant, exil.nmid*a
stiike ri«t the
[.■* ^e curse of Chocoma J be
P oU a
upon yOu!
Before loin Divenpor on "
hi? bewildered suis. s. me fawn had bound
d far back into the foi» st, an « 1 « **
lost he got upon Ins feet, and cangfit a
glimpse of an old solitary Indian, who »vas
know n to live upon one ol the islands in
the \Vintiepissiog»e, he was just passing
round a point of land jutting out into the
lake, still waving one hand m< tiac.ngly.as
with the other he guub'd l.is birchen ca
n° e threugh the lmi id waters.
" By heav»ns!" s®d tht hunter to him
aelfas he gathered up hie rifle, "this is a
strange adventure. Wliat! the flint is
clear gone, I see.and—by all the devils in
hell I the Jock, too, IS brok en) Blast the
'cursed .Id imp j What shgpo? What
offering shall I now carry hWn*? 1 II try
for a six pounder in the wizard's rove."
Tom w«u within a hundred yard* of the
lake, and gathering tip his fishing gear,
md depositing it with his broken riflej(|
the bottom of the log canoe, lästern d to if
birch tree which bent over the margin, he
pushed his boat fron, the shore, nud was
soon puddling silently over the smooth wa
ters ;n the direction ol the w izard s cove.—
This cove wus a deep indentation < f the
lake into the shore, w ith a sort of natural
gull beyond, full of dark alders, throtign
which a small brook cattle from the distant'
bills, creeping lazily into the luke. The
shores on either hand were steep, and on
the eastern or lift si le, rocky and precipi
mus. The water was deep and clear, unu
in this still r. treSt, Tom lemetnbend that
he tiad caught finer trout than at any other
spot Upon the lake. No stray sun-beam
liud ever found its wîiy down into this uar
row glen, revealing to the finny tribes be
low the snares prepared fur them bv the
d- xn rous angler. At high noon, as w. II
at night, the deep shadows of tue cliff
hung over ihe qui» t waters,
Tom bought his canoe to rest, nearly in
the centre of the rove, and proceedeu with
his sport. He was entirely successful,
and was taking u|> his puddles in order to
return, when a hoarse l.tugn echoed from
rock io rock above him, dying away in the
distance upon the waters. Startled by the
suund, and looking upward, he saw tin*
same old Indian, whom he had before en
Countered under the oak, carelessly swing
iug upon the very edge of .he prtcipic*.—
As quick »is thought, tie raised his riffle to
bring him down, forgetting that lie bad
neinier lock nor finit, and tnut the savage
waa lor the present biyond his reach; of
all this the Indian showed that he
scions, by laughing immoderately ut 'Foin
DavenpOit's itiseouiiiure.
At last he said :
" l.et the Englishman keep Ins powder,
till the Mafiawk comes! Tue soil HI
Chocomu is hi. friend But remember !
Strike not tile spotted fawn!"
Turn wus nut terrified; but he was natu
rally supe.sutiuus, .md lue mysterious up
pea.ance on tue very pinnacle of that cliff,
ot toe old sagamore, «nom but a short tune
betöre he hud seen pass round a point in
«IV toht-wwn mull a irrrle Ur5T.niI, pTTZZIY (I
nun I xo eduigly. The singular.full ut the
biancli of the old oak, and foe mysterious
wauling :io«' again repealed,
ciruumstunci s th U added
euiba. lassun fit.
«tie uiso
not a huit; to his
in a some w tut confused
stale of mind, Tom re.utiled iiome, in sea
son io jirovtde the means Ibra Janiiy diliner,
and as tue tut filer craved U blessing over
tout liapfiy meal, all itiougnts ot tin.- fatie
vexations of tue inuiiimg vinished like
dt«v before the sun.
The old man complimented Tom on his
good luck, and ilia mother d. eland that
• iu.w.us was goM uir~saifrerni/Tg^irr
fishing and nuu.ing, if nothing else—and
sire glass.d, after all, that 'I'lioitm? would
contrive to get an honest living suiin liow,
and that was all any of us want« d. ' Tom
prudently kept his moiiiing adventuies to
u I nisi If. He did not know wintt to make
of them, and wo Id not alarm his father or
mother by the recital. He got Ins nfle
mended, and m a few days wus again as
suce, ssfal us ever m his luvonte employ
Years passed on. His ardor never aba
ted m toe puisuit ; on ttie contrary, his ap
petite for hunting sieified to grow with
what it fed on. His lame us a utimer wits
circulated tar and wi.te; and parlies of plea
sure Caine up Iroin i-'oifsinouiii and Dover
to join him in tils Hunting and fisiuug ex
peditions. By dcgiees, me forest united
away before tue uXe of toe liUs'b iUd.ii.in,
and smiling vfilagi s now oi:tiu|iy l.iehuni
u;g grounds oft..e jiiuiir. is. Dibit t.e last
Uei-r waa si en stalking hi the Wilds onout
Wmiicpissiogi e, Tooi Davenport hud u
r.-giilur limit weekly. He hud now be
come a tavciu-ki- p r. Ko.ds leading to
Pequawkctt liad oeeo opened near ins
dwelling; aild Tuin grew «ealitiy without
labor, and «as himself in due tune one ol
the best customers tie had at the bar. A
f w years ol diligr mpiuctice confirm, d Ins
habits. He was st it, however, the best
fisherman upon tue lakes; and was wont,
when a little exhilerulèd, to take Ins old
fle with mm, hi the hupe ol encountering
some straggler from the wilds.
Twenty years had iD»v eljpsVd since the
old Indian Had been sein; uiid scatuely a
deer uad been noticed in tue neighborhood
lor hull that peiiod, when one day us Tom
returning from the wizard's cove, well
lad. n with trow aud whiskey, he su»v at a
Gistunce on the shore a plamp deer dunk
ing ot the waters of the lake. He raistd
his rifle, and in the next moment the spotted
faw n fay weltering in blood. The thought
ol Chocomu'« curse, bringing sickness upon
every living tiling he possessid,anil poison
ing the fountains and the lake, rushed at
once upon his thoughts; and, excited as he
was by the strong stimulus in which be had
if indulged so long, he became from that mo
ment possessed w ith the horrid belief that
he was haunted by the devil, because he
had killed the spotted fawn, the favorite
deer of Chocomu. No persuasion could
ulterthis belief. He was in aiiagonyof dis
tn ss and terror. The warning of the old
chief was ever ringing in his ears, an I the
deuth throesof the spotted fawn continually
[»resent to his frenzied imagdiation. He
was harmless toward others; and no one.
of his filends supposed that h» meditated
my violence toward himself. He had in
deed been often heaid to say that he could
not escape the snares of the devil on earth;
but his incoherent ravings were regarded us
the nece.-sary results of the intemperate hu
biis be had so long indulged,
On a chill morning in October, just
twenty-six years from the date of hi? adven
I uue with tiie swarthy son of Chocoma
der the oak, the lift less Doily •.! Tom Da
venport was found suspended from a limb
ol that ideniical old tree.
He had made
his exit from "the world, ihe fl.-sh, mid the
devil," in the maimer already.related.
From Remini-ceuces of ,»» iduef Kelly.
When in Venice, I hail t ut two z■ chinos
left wherewith to fight my way through
this wicked world. My spirits lor the first
tune deserted me; l neVer passed so
eruble a night in my life, and in sname of
my,"doublet and hose," I felt vciy much
inclined to "cry like a child."
sing on ni v pillow, however, I chanced to
recollect a letter which my landlotd of Bo
logna, Signor Pusseriui, had given me tb a
fm no of ms, a Signor Anditoli, for. as he
told me, he .thoughtthe introduction might
be of use to me.
While los
In the niuiniug I went to the Rialto cof
fee house, to wbicli I was direefi-d by the
address of the Idler. H.ue l found the
gentleman who Was theobj. ctof my search.
After reading Hiy credentials very gra
ciously, he smiled, and r< quesn d me to take
a tmti «ith him in the Piazza St Marc —
t te was a flue looking m .n, of about sixty
years olitge. 1 reniai ked there
aristocratic manner about him, and he
a very large tie wig, «u II powdered. « itW
an iniiiM Usely long tail. Readdn ssi d me
w ith a benevolent un J n afro oiziug nir iiiiiij
told metfiat he should bed. lightid to he
of service to me, and baderne fiom that mo
ment consider myself under his protection.
"A little business,"says he,"calls
was an
me away
at this ftiomeul, but if you Will meet me
here at two o'clock, we will adjourn to my
cassiim, where, if yon can dine mi one dish,,
voii will perhaps do me the favor to par
tTree of tt l/ilihrxj vnponu« J r»et . I <j 4 jj Olî I V
off r you that; perhaps a rice soup, for
w hich my rook .s famous; and it miy be
just one or two little things not worth
A boiled capon—rice soup—other
things, thought I—manna in the Wilder
nés?! I strolled about, n .t to g. t m appe
tite, for that was tea ly, but to kill time.—
My excellent, hospiiabh , long-tail, d hi ud
was ptmotu 1 1 to the moment; I joined him,
and proceed. il towards his r«sidi
As we were bi fid ng our steps thither,
we happened to pass a luganigera's ( i ham
shop,) m which then* was some liant ready
Iressed in the window - . My powdered
patron paus» d—-it was an awful pause; lie
reconnoitred, examined, and ai last said,
" Do you know, Signoi, 1 was thinking
that some ofthat ham would eut deliciously
with our capon:—lam known in tins
neighborhood, and it would not do for m
to beseeii bayinghuin. Butdoyoiigo
rn.V child, unci get two or three pou nds of it,
and l wjll »valk on and wait fn you."
I went in ot course, and purchased tfir. e
pounds of the ham, to pay lor which i was
obliged o cluing«) one ot inyt»vo zecchifeos.
ic 11 efully folded up the precious viand, and
njoined my -excellent p iron, whueved
tho 'relishing slic-s with the air of a gour
mand ; nldecd, he was somewhat diff use in
his oivn dispraise far fiot having recollect
ed io order his servant to get some before
he leli home. During tins peripatetic IV c
tun* on gastronomy,*we happt ned to pass a
cafitina, in plai.i English,a »vine cellar.—
At the door lie niadya full slop.
"In that house," said lie, "they sell the
b«%t Cyprus wine in Venice—peculiar
»vine— a soit of wine not to be- had any
where else; 1 should like you to taste it;
but I do not like to be seen buying wine by
retail to carry home: go in yourself; buy
a couple of flasks, and bring them to mp
cassino —nobody hereabouts knows you,
and it won't signify in the least."
This last reqmst was quite appalling;
my pocket groaned to its very ceulie; how
ever, recollecting that 1 was on the high
road to preferment, and that a patron, cost
what he might, was still a patron, I made
the plunge, and, issuing froth the cantina,
.set forward for my venerable friend's cassi
iio, with three pounds of ham in my pocket,
and a flask of wine under each arm.
I continued walking with tny excellent
long-tailed patron* exj ecting every moment
to see an elegant, agreeable*residence, smi
ling in all the beatitie? of nature ana art;
w'hen, at lust, in a dirty miserable lane, at
thedoor of a tall dingy-looking house, my
Mæctnas stopped, indicated that'we had
reached our journey's end, and, marshall
liigmethe way that I should go, began to
mount three flights of sickening stairs, at the
top of which i found his cassino : it wa* a
little Cas, and a deuce of a place to boot*
in plain English, it was a garret. Thé
door was opened by a wretched old mis
creant, who acted as cook, and whose dra
pery, to use a gastronomic simile, " was
done to rags." f
Upon a ncketty npology for a table Werfe
placed a tattered cloth, which once had
been white, and two plates; and presently
in came a large bowl of boiled rite.
" Where' < the capou?" said my patron
to his man. iBUISF "IHu* *? T " j?
" Capon ! echoed ihe ghost of a servant;
"Has not the rascal sent itî" cried the
" Riscall" repeated the man,apparently
" the
" I knew he w< uld not." exclaimed my
patron, With tin air of exultation, for which
l saw no cause. •• Well, well,never mind,
Pt» do a n the ham and the wine ; w ith those
mid the rice, 1 dure say, young gentlemen,
you will be able to make it ou»
I ought- '
to apologise, but in fact it is all your fault
that there is not more; if I had fallen in
with you earlier, we should have had a
better dinner." ffi p PW M r jsjwHH
I confess [ was surprised, dis
and amused ; but us matters si
complaining, and according
ly we fell to, neither of us wanting ihfe
best of all sauces—appetite.
I soon perçu ive.l ibm my promised p«
ti on had b »iteil Ins trap »» ith a fowl to catch
a fool; but as we ate and drank, all care
vanished, and ibgue ns l suspected him to
be, my loiig-tailid friend was a clever, wit
ty fellow, aud, besides t* Hing me a number
of anecdotes, gave nn- some very good ad 4
; amongst other tilings to be avoided,
he cautioned me agiiinst numbers of people
wlio in Venice lived only bv duping the
unwary. 1 thought this couns» 1 came very
ill from him. . " Above all," said he, "keep
up your spii iis, and recollect the Venetian
proverb: ' A hundred years of roefancholy
will not pay one farthing of debt.'."
, there
was no usé m

Fron i th*-t*icayu.nc.
Prom TÉX »S.— Six Day* Eaten
By the arrival of the packet sehr. Henry
Clay, from (J.tlvestdti, which reached this
pihj last evening, we have Houston dates
to the 13th instant But little news of im»
portante is r. ceivt d by this arrival.
puston Star of tiie 13th inst. sayst
" A gentliHii.m w ho left the camp of the
Federalists On Nueces a few days since,
has informed u*n,ut the Federal army un
der C.mali s recently oveitook the fear
guard of Arista near Camargo, and after a
slight skirmisti defeated it wuihout any toss
on their part, captured 300men, and all tho
baggage of the enemy. A latge number
of good muskets and several precesofar
tijhiy were also captured. Among the
prisoners wus an officer named Urrea, who
had aid d in the massacre of Zapata, in con
sequence of which he was executed. Gen»
Catiahs had succeeded in cutting off Arista
from the road to Matamores, and he was
therefore retreating in great precipitation
low'aids Monterey: the forces under Ca
nal« s «ere within one day's march of him,
and »yere making evéry exertioh to inter
cept him ot| his roule to Monterey. The
garrison at Matamores consisted, of only
lOO men, ns a detachmmt was sent to cap
ture the placé, it has probably fallen into
the bands of the Federalists."
(it i). Sam. Houston has been elected by
a large inujorii'y.es one of the Representa
tives froiîi San Augustine county.
A den of counterfeiters, engaged in ma
king spurious Mexican dollars, hbs beeo
discovered at Houstun, and three or four of
the villains are now iu piison.
A trading-house has been qstablithed on
Corpus Ctuisfi Bay, which isdoinjquito
a sptcie business with U«e Mexican* of the
Rio Grande.
A schooner h*s been launched at St.
Mary's Bayou, ncai Matagorda, said to b«
a thoroughly Texian built vessel.
The ol- baique Elizabeth, from Liver
pool. has arrived at Mutagorda, with« car
ol'salt, coal and implements of husband

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