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ISv Kockctt & Midcllcton.
frcYotcil toNcws, Politics, Commerce, Agriculture &c.
Tiro Dollars in Advance
"Eternal Vigilance is the price of Liberty.
NO. 20
VOL. 2.
Vnnc I a i vuL'"",-r" '
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oue J'V.ar per
ice of ordinary
... . i .. fif-.ililr
rtion will b
. .Vnh -vho advertise by the year to asut
'.,:,. .into make it for tie inteiest of mer-
v .rt;.-:..,v..m o.nofthe iire-tlire ofbusi-
t , . vvirly a.K-ertuerv ill uc cnar-onor
v t thn orilinary ratos.
.: c ird?, not alterable for the year,
f J,.., l-.rs or lea ten dollars.
, of ..anlidatei foremimy offices will
! f ir five dollars, payable always in ed-
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.'I. ... ...til taitA. IkA rinltrftrAil mm t 11
;,V'l .-.ire jlaraor communication ofonly an
,i iet, will becharcd at hnlf price
i uy advertisements and must be paid in
ti?;n(nt not marked witli tbe mimt-erof
1 1 v.-iil be coiitinued 'till forbid, and any
,,., .ri i after incertiin chnrged extra,
r.in: rntroiis will favor us by handing
x l-.:-rt'Hein"iUi ns early after nnr regular
, i ' .v a convenient not later in r.ny
! V. t''ii 1 hnrfd-iy m
:-VO;iK iniilte paid tor on dehv-
Vt W
! 1 1
vv.d mi olllettcr ,ortney wil
v;" a T.ifiiisT. Some years
;r in- fhe can less vogabond
'n wore soa'o.l in tlio bo r-room
;)'! lii'Mfc fit r,nuisvi!!e, enjoy-
il .-'n-?. Cipt. Marrvatt had
. i -n'.wj ;;! Lu'ilsville some days;
L-f w h'.ch wo write, he war?
.- ? : f a iiin. a fev days af-
i " c i.o'nriou;-. Although
;;i'i wa-s r.cknowicdged to Lc
; )-o-x." wivi!,', -'carry" a largo
i i. t...-
ri 1; j'tcr. nul who always
vet it was consider-i
as fund of a :oke
o. i': ; a ' x iniiiht be ra-
".. More than
ones, !
i o liiul fbo?en to consider,
as bis intiiratc friends,
V.k c
- r o take out his note j
I - M.nJrv -i,omoranda. ;
rr, litfTiivj ircttv univer
'! 'l' on IliS
return to ;
I )
;;, . !S,)..-! ,., write u book;; ,lolt; or twc drilled in the body with a
,,-. . iT.dfavoiud to fur- i bowie knife. In less than an hour af
,n extra i'em; o that j ler t5eir party met, one of them (a
lCvi'r:rt st;uted for 1 'Cu'nS man, about twenty-two years
,,1 v. :i!,out correct a o!tl) ,osl thirty Ihousartd dollars. Care
!,, unr neoDle s when he ; less!' observing that his last dollar was
. . - i i
home; mixed up with a
. i ;
v i.
'nets, vet gathered a still lar ;
of absurdities, imposed up-j
v -; of cverv " ravie and '
,.. by
i:.'r. :i-
v. e ir.cTitioned were
their cigars, the cap-
u;.urai:r.g over
lain :u ':"l tho bar-room, accompan-
i, J by oi.u wlio nod been ins uuuu emu- (
; ... (V,.. a,y,. rb'vs. an l who was
t-,.,!,. ; I v. I .. w n j j
o o a quiz as lie
ia'ter j-rrswmge
lovJ his
The Captain is arx-
t.i tl.i
, t ; v nnd
u play that gfima of po-
ker we si t
c cf to-nioht
You know,
a game in
rays 1 1.'1, "lie wishes to
rta! f-.-ulh western
st vie.
Now k?ep
s'cr.dy fac
and go to tlie room, and I
w ill v.e tbat ll. e captain is mere,
hi alu .t half a.i hour, a sigular
. .i ii
n v.l in
tbe ; ooni
r,t hiive teen seen in one ol
four sat at a table, each
,,!;U,r (,f which was garnished with
ill puch a display of deadly weapons
buiey dictated all of the players
Luin" i roviued themselves with pis
to! s ai:d bowie-knives.
A warm fire was in the grate, and the
cau.blcrs had stripped themselves of
cloi and vest, ready as it appeared, for
any r r.conn'cr. As spectators of this
L'ame, Cunt. Marrvatl and his comrade
were closiiy watching the proceedings.
'Xo-.v, gentlemen," said one of the
party holding up a pack cf cards, "if
you arc all ready, we will begin."
"All ready for a fair set to," repon
dc ! the others.
The cards were dealt, and at it they
went. The luck seemed to" change va
riuti ly for some time By and by a
ymnjr man who was playing with re
nmkabie coolness, made a bet of five
thousand dollars.
"I will have to see that," paid an-o-lie
r, "and go you five thousand dol
lars better."
The Captain's eyes began to open.
''Verv wl'I," said the fifst who bet,
without changing a muscle of his coun
tenancc, "I cannot run on this hand.
I see your five thousand, aud b3t you
twenty thousand dollars more.
"The eevil you do! That's a silly
bet. Draw it, Fred, my hand is better
than yours and I don't wish to steal
you rjm-n e y . Lslll decided on the
original bet of five thousand dollars."
."I have bet twerty thousand," said
the young nran, firmly, "and you can
call it or "not just as you choose this
is noeMld's play, to be and back out."
"Very well," said the other, "I give
you a fair chance. I tall the twenty
thousand and could win Vnor"e if I choose
to do so. There's my hand, four ac"es,
the best in the pack."
"Enough said," replied the other, "I
am perfectly satisfied. Ycu have w-on
thirty thousand dollars: come to tho
office and I will give you my check on
the bank of Louisville. I have just that
amount there the last cent I have m the
world. The old mart's farm is all gone
now. 1 have played enough boys, let
us go and liquor." And thus the par
ly broke up.
About a year after this occurrence,
the Diary of America, by Capt. Mar
ryatt, made ils appearance in this coun
try. Perhaps an extract from the se
cond volume will gratify the reader.
"While I was in Louisville, I had an
opportunity of witnessing the coolness
of Americans in gambling, and of justly
estimating their characteristic reckless
ness of temper. At the same lime the
utter barbarity of some of their habits
was fully displayed. I was invited by
a friend to look in upon the proceedings
of a party engaged in a game of cards
much played in South Vest, called
"Poker." To my utter astonishment,
I found them stripped almost to the skin,
like a gang of savages. Nor w as this
all. On each corner of the table they
,iad dePosled their various weapons
uirusi pistois ana Dowie-knives ready,
is it appeared, for a bloody fight, should
anv dispute or mere difference arise.
My friend in for me J me that affrays
were very common in those social par
as e lanctiuny termed them, and
lhat 1,e fll!'y expected while we were
present to see tho brains of some one of
Ck nn.lf l . n I 1 . 1
B-cieu uy a pisioi,.or a
gone., he got up from the table and
coolly asked ins companions to go to
lhe bar ar4 take a drink with him!
1 afterwards learned the history of this
hopeful youth from the gentleman who
was with me on the occasion I. have
described. A year before he had come
into possession of an estate worth one
hundred thousand dollars. Two beau
tiful and accomplished sisters were de
pendant Cn liim; but scorning their af
fectionaie entreaties, he plunged in
vice, and in twelve months was penny
less! Did the wretch hang himself?
Oh no! the very next morning after
the scene I have mentioned, I saw him
en the levee, with a Look in his hand,
superintending the unloadigof a steam
boat! He had already obtained a place,
and betaken himself to the subordinate
occupation of'a steamboat clerk!"
I is a pity to spoil this capital story
of the gallant Captain but the truth
must be told.
The young man whose history is so
graphically described was for years the
clerk of the steamer , and never
possessed one hundred dollars of his
own during his life-time.
The way we Cured him. About fif
teen years since; there was a fellow
living with his wife on the mountains
above hero, but as some of his descend
ants tftay still be flourishing up in 'them
diggins' we shall simply call him Jim,
and his wife, who was a kind-hearted,
clever little womari, Betsy. Jim -was
something of a spfeeing character
would go on a 'burst' for a week, and
when he got broke' and could obtain
no more liquor, would come home, flog
his wife, no to bed and get sober.
Things continued to go on in this way
for a year or more, until poor Betsy
became quite broken hearted.
It so happened that a party of four
of us were up in that neighborhood on
one of the nights that Jim came home
drunk. His wife had told us that she
expected a beating, and we determined
to prevent it, and if pdssible to cure
Jim of his Dunilistic Qualities. Accord-
- D
ingly. one of our number was provided
with one of Be:sys frocks, cap and
apron, with instructions to waif unlil
Jim came home, and when ho began
his brulal abuse 'to 6 into him like a
thousand of brick,' and pay him otTin
his own coin.The arrangements were
made-, and feetsy had hardly time to
get out of the house before her husband
returned. He was very drunk, and as
was expected, soon began to abuse his
supposed wife.
Why,' sard he havn't you got supper
'There's (sob) nothing (sob) in the
'You lie, there is, and if you don't
(hie cup) make haste and (hie) get it,
I'll beat you (hie) black and blue!'
41 tell you j(sob),there3 nothing.'
'Do you.' (hie) said Jim, staggering
towards her, 'dare (hie) to tell me (hie)
thai tliereV(hic) nothing?' -
Yes!' said she rising.
'Well take that,T shouted he aiming
a blow which would have broken the
jaw of an ox. Stepping quickly aside,
however, the force of lhe exertion car
ried him to the ground. Enraged and
a little sobered by his fall, he quickly
rose and staggered again to the attack.
Onca more h'e struck at her buf th'.s
time bis blow was parried, and in -return
received a 'stomacher' which sent
him to the other end of the room. Re
sistance was new to Jim forty, fifty
times had he shamefully beaten his
unoffending wife, imd never before had
she retaliated this almost maddened
him, and he rushed at her once more
but again was he felled to the floor.
More than half of the drunk was
knocked out of him and hecame on more
warily. He was a strapping fellow,
and full six inches taller than his an
tagonist but he was half drunk and
had to contend against science.
'Suffice it to say, that in fifteen min
utes he was whipped so completely that
he fa i r 1 3" cried (or quarter. Both his
eyes were closed, and to use a common
expression he was 'knocked intoacock
ed hat.'
Jim was astounded at his wife's prow
ess fully believing to the day ol his
death that it was she who flogged him.
He never afterwards raised his hand
against her, and was often heard to
boast, that 'he and his wife could whip
any ten mch that could be started in
that community.'
We had a beautiful view of the
fight from a window that commanded
the whole room. On being rallied for
not conquering Jim ooner, our pugilis
tic friend said that he could not get his
"counters' in well.' We will conclude
by saying
"The man 'who lays his hand upon a
Save in the way of kindness
'Twere gross flattery to call a cow
ard!" Fred. Eram.
Dr. Bexnet and his game of Thim
bles. W?e suppose that but few per
sons in these parts ever heard of Dr.
Bennet, yet on the lowjer Mississippi and
its principal tributaries almcst every
man or boy knows him as tho most ad
roit gambler in the country.
The game of Thimbles is the Doc
tor's forte, played with three thimbles
and a small pellet of paper, moving
them about and so placing the pellet,
that lhe bystanders cannot tell where
it is to be found. TheDocter is a very
demure, simple looking individual, and
when about to engage in his game.
handles his thimbles so awkardly that
the dullest observer will freely bet that
tie can tell which thimble covers the
pellet. Often he permits the "crowd,"
but never fails to close the game large
ly winner.
The Doctor was at Tuscumbia, Ala ,
one summer, idling away his time, when
a young man, a son of Judge S ; ,
bf Lawrence couhly, Came to town, with
a large sum of money sent to pay a
note of his father's. He was soon per
suaded into tho belief that he could
make a handsome profit on his father's
funds, by betting against the thimbles
but was soon Undeceived by find
ing his capital transferred to the Doc
tor's pocket, and rrr.thing was left, but
to go hbttie and tell his father what had
become of the mbney.
Judge S ordered out his mxe,
(and a splendid mule it was) and star
ted down in a hurry to take satisfac
tidft out of the Doctor, or get back his
monev. Arrived in town he soon found
the. Doctor, and in a terrible passion
charged him with having swindled his
The Doctor, with his usual bland
ness, assured the Judge that he won
the money by (air play, and to remove
any doubt, produced his thimbles and
bull to show him the game. After trie
bull had been passed about, and the
thimbles rested, the Doctor said "now
Judge, that's the game." The Judge
had lookeg on attentively.
"Is that live game at which the d d.
fool lost his money? Why I could tell
where the ball is every time," and all
his anger seemed turned on his son.
But the Doctor generously interposed
for the youth's defence. "Stop, Judge,
don't abuse the young man, the game
is'nt half as easy-as you may think."
But the Judge swore that he would
tell where the ball was now, and pro
posed to bet his line mule against 100
that it was under the middle thimble.
"No, no," said the Doctor, "it aint
there Judge; besides I don't want to
but with you."
"By G d, you shall," said the Judge.
Reluctantly the Doctor yielded, and
slowly put up his $100, then deliber
ately moved the middle thimble but
no ball was there.
"Did"nt I tell you so Judge?" ex
claimed the Doctor.
The Judge was satisfied, borrowed
the Doctor's taule, rode home, and re
turned him next day, but he hal never
been known to bet against 'thimbles,' or
to abuse his son again for being a fool.
Exchange Paper.
W O Rl A N
Ye arc stars of the night,
Ye aro gems ol the morn,
Ye are dew-drops, whose lustre
Illumines the thorn ;
And rayless the night is,
The morning uublest
Where no beam in your Bye
Lights up peace in the breast;
And the sharp thorn of sorrow
Sinks deep in the heart,
'Till the sweet lip of woman
Assuages the smart;
'Tishtsrs o'er the couch
Of affliction to bend,
In fondness a lover,
In firmness a friend;
And prosperity's hourj
Be it ever confest,
From woman receive both
Refinement and zest;
And adorned by the bays,
Or enWreathed with the willow,
Her smile is our meed,
Her bosom our pillow.
Frrm the N. O. Pic. June 22nd.
Correspondence of the Diariode la
Mariana. i
VeraCrtjz, June 1, 1846. ;
The consuls of the neutral nations
have protested against the blockade of
this port, declared on the 20th of last
month by the commandant of the Uni
ted States fleet, which allows only 15
days for the foreign vessels to leave
the port. The principal portion of the
American fleet is now at Isla Verde,
and the American men-of-war St. Ma-
rys ahd Falmouth, and a small brig,
are cruising before Tampico;
Many families are leaving this city
for the interior. We are now here as
in 1838, with the only difference tJaat
the castle is in a better condition.
After much delay the Congress. of
the nation had the first meeting on the
27th, Sr. Bustamente the ex-President
being appointed President of ths same,
and it is generally believed that Pa-
redes will march over to Matamoras at
the head of a strong army, the largest
portion composed from the body of
troops called Reserve. The day for
the departure of the army is fixed al
ready, but nobody knows it. Gen. Bra
vo will occupy the Presidency ad in
P. S.--Sihce the above was written,
the brig Empresario. Capt. Collins, has
arrived from Havana, bringing us dates
one day later. We see little to add to
what we have given in regard to Mex
ican news. The Mexicans set down
their loss in the two battles at 262
killed, 355 wounded and 134 prisoners.
The splendid frigate Christina ar
ried at Vera Cruz on the 22d ult.,
and supplied the Spanish vessel-of-war
lying at Sacrlficios with three months'
provisions, and left orders that she
should remain there.
Arista assigns as his reason for with
drawing from Matamoras its destitution
Df provisions, arid the want of means to
defend it if vigorously attacked.
El Tndicador of Vera Cruz of the
30ih ult. says positively, that Paredes
will march to the frontier with lhe ar
my of Reserve, so that there are lau
rels yet to be Won by our army and -the
brave volunteers.
Two Mexican Generals, names not
given, are reported to have died of their
wounds received in the actions of the
8th and 9lh.
The port tf Acapulco has been de
clared closed to foreign commerce
while it remains in possession of the
insurgeants undeT Gen. Alvarez.
The blockade of Tampico was com
menced by the sloop of-war St Mary's
on the 20th ult., with the same notice to
foreign Consuls, &c., as were given at
Vera Cruz.
From the N. Orleans Delia.
After Major Ringgold had received
his mortal wound, his noble steed was
lying at a short distance from him,
writhing in agony. CaptGraham re
quested permission to have the animal
shot in order to put an end to its suffer
ings. But the Major would not listen
to the foosition, requesting that the
kindest attention should be paid him
and to suffer him to live as long as he
A party of the Tonkewa Indians, 17
in number, followed the Texan volun
teers to General Taylor's camp. Their
appearance in Matamoras created great
consternation among the Mexicans, as
they had heard a report that they were
engaged by Gert. Taylor to commit de
predations, and that they number sever
al hundred or thousands. The Mexi
cans have acted brutally towards those
frontier tribes, and they in return are
eager to ictaliate The fears of the
Mexicans were greatly, relieved when
they learned itsre were but seventeen
roving Indians, and that they would
not be employed by Gen. Taylor against
When Gen. Ampudia, miscalled
ubrave," was crossing the Rio Grande
in his retreat, on the evening of the
9th of May, from Resacca de la Palma
in an open boat and by the. way he
was the first that did cross Padre Le
ra, priest. of Camargo, on horseback
dashed on behind him. His reverence
lost his balance and was precipitated
into the river, when addressing the
brave General, he exclaimed, "Help
Tve, general help mo or I drown!""
"Drown and bed d!" said the Gen
eral, "don't you see those Yankee yel
ling hell-hounds close behind u?." This
is the literal interpretation ofthe Gen
eral's pious reply.
When the "brave" General Ampudia
reached Matamdras in his retreat from
Resacca dc la Palma a beautiful Seno
raof the city was the first he met.
"My men," he said, "madam," speak
ing of cburse in his vernacular, "my
men have all fled from the field!'
"Senor," she said, dropping her heavi
ly fringed eye-lids "Senor yourself,
I should Judge, did riot remain long be
hind themy
One of oar city cotemporaries who
ought certainly to be vesed in the usa
ges of society sends forth his sheet a
few mornings since with a leader upon
the subject. It fits so appropriately
the comfortable and happy little social
circle of the Emporium; that we would
not, if we could forbear transplanting
When one calls at the house of an
acquaintance, and the party is not at
home, always leave a card. There is
good sense in this rule, for in the pres-j
ent unenlightened condition of a certain
class bf "helps" one's name Is not like
ly to be remembered with accuracy,
and in such cases the call will go for
nothing. Cards are now engraveJ so
fcheaply that to be without them is quite
sometimes calls are not retruned.
Then, be assured, tho acquaintance
should be dropped, but at the same time
the less said about it lhe better. These
calls should fcot be made until one o'
clock, unless there' exist terms of inti
tnacy which justify an earlier visit.
Gentlemen make them in their ordina
ry walking dress. The hat should be
carried into the room by the visitor,
if it be one of fashionable make, it is
' no npleaing part of his dress. If left
in the hall or lobby it may be carrieii
olT by niist.-ike, but when retained in
the band an n'iiiKiti. n is thereby given
that the visit will b: j-licrt, and no in
vitation to dinner is cxpec'el. If one
is requested to p .t it down, or lay it
aside, the infen nc.; is that a longer
stay than that i:
tended will be agree-
When we p.sk a person to dine, at
least fonnally, tho invitaticn should bo
sent at least a week before the appoin
ted day, for a short notice means noth
ing mere nor less than that somebody
has previously deelincd the honpr, and
that a "Mcp gip" Ikis become Necessa
ry. There is an e.vcp'ion to this rule
in the case of sran-crs, !o whom a
short invitation is often unavoidable.
On the other ban 1 invitations for weeks
in advance arc considered as a proof
of desperation on tbe pnrt ofthe host,
who has to tak ; tim to make up a
doubt I el p:ir!y.
Answers sho ibJ be relumed without
delay, and without equivocation, and
if in the affirmative should be followed
by punctual attendance. The answer,
in good foj'tety abroad, is addressed to
the. lady of tho hou-c. Here, a differ
ent custom prevniis. Formerly it wa9
tbe custom of diners out to be late;
now, promptness is fashionable, and a
dinner should bj p.ssmVed withhi at
least ten minutes of the appointed time.
On entering tbe dining room, the
firs', recognition shou! 1 be made to the
lady of the rmnsion. In handing ladiei
to the dining room, it is the established
rule to place tbe rne under your care
at your right, at tbe table, and if you
are selected to escort the hostess to her
seat, you are entitled to sit at her right
hand. It is coat ran to usae for a
guest or: his own motion to feck her:
the person mot distinguised is entitled
to the honor cf attending her. or elso
it belongs to tbe troct tl 'crly gentle
"man prcser.'. The host, if knowing
his duty, will always take care to des
ignate tbe party favored? and at the
same time to hand in himself to dinne r
the most distinguished hidy present. If
the guests are strangers, an introduc
tion of the gent'emen respectively to
the ladies, is nn intimation ofthe atten
tions expected to hi paid en tbe occa
sion. In "good society''" abroad the hostess
is the last person who eaters the dining
The host and hostess of late years
sit opposite each ether at the centre of
the table. Tbi' was the fashion intro
duced by George IV, nJ is kept up
by the present Queen.
A dinner parly usi-aily last about
four hours.
While the guests themselves are ex
pected lo be well tire sed, the host and
hostess should take cue to make but
little pcrconal display themselves.
There is a high degree of tact nec
essary to make" this interesting and
agreeable. Among a certain class of
persons who have mire money than
refinement, it has been quite common
to speak of the cot of wines, or the ex
penses of the dinner service, or of the
merits of the dishes. Those who are
acquainted with "certain usaes" nev
er do so, but lake care to discuss and
apparently wiihout design, those sub;
jects which draw cut their guests most
We might add a few more hints, if
we had time. Thcs3 already given
arc doubtless familiar to most of our
readers. Let us not forget that half
the comfort of life depends on things
which may be termed trifles. These, ,
regarded- properly, lubricate the ma
chinery bf society and make its move
ments light and easy, while the obstruc
tions of rudeness and vulgarity produce
roughness and irregularity in its move
ments, and tend loo dcrango the con
ventional system by which social inter1
course is kept -up without jarring.
Census of Boston. The population
bf the city in 1345,.was 114,366. The
increase since 1310, is S.9,366, or 35
per cent, being au annual increase of
7 per centr"
Why is n drunkard nearly ready to
sign the pledge like a skeptical Hindoo?
Because he is in doubt whether lo give1
the Jug or vot (Juggernaut.)

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