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RODNEY, (Miss,) SATURDAY MORNING, .DECEMBER 15, 1838.
Vol. I. No. 31.
THE SOUTHERN TELEGRAPH
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Abolition vs. Henry Clay.
Front the Emancipator.
A j one of the great orators nnd statesmen
of (ho nation, wc duly honor Mr. Clay. But
w hen hi friends bring him forward as a can
didate for the office of President of the Uni
ted Stales, it is our duty as citizens, and es
pecially as abolitionists, to examine his rela
tion to the GREAT QUESTION, whose im
portance now overshadows all others. We
arc seeking, and cmfulently exoct to wit
ness, the voluntary and entire abandonment
of slavery throughout this beloved republic.
In lhi view, it does not become us to over
look (he following FACTS respecting Mr.
1. Ho is a slave-holder, and has never e
mancipatcd any of his slaves, or intimated
any intention of doing so.
2. Ho is one of the founders, and the ac
tual President ofthe American Colonization
Society which was formed and has ever1
been controlled, by slave-holders, avowedly
fir the benefit of slavery, by the removal of
the free negroes, although its managers have
allowed, and do still allow, it to be pushed
into favor at the Forth as a means of exter
3. He is the reputed and acknowledged
author of the "Missouri Compromise," in
1S20, by which the spirit of liberty was
broken down, and the nation beguiled into
complete subserviency to slavery.
4. He is the auihorof tho project for the
acquisition of Texas, having made the first
motion on tho subject in tho House of Rep
resentatives, on the 3d of April, ltWO. And
there is no reason to-suppose he has ever
s abandoned the project. The zeal of ihe south-
rn papers in hii interest forbids a doublon
'p Ha is irrevocably and in principle op
posed tu tho abolition of slavery in the Dis
trict of Columbia and Florida. JIii resolu
tion offered in the Senate nsan amendment
to Mr. Calhoun's, virtually charge the peti
tioners on this sul jeel will) a breach of the
(5. He is on good grounds believed to be
opposed to the call of a convention in Ken
tucky for the amendment ofthe Sta'c dm
Mihition, and principally for fear they will
taho measures to facilitate tho aboliti' n o!
tdavcry in the State. AH tho leading papers
of the State in his interest oppose it, and lis
son as well us his leading friends who wen
members of the late legislature were stren
uoiisly opposed to the bill.
7. Ho has openly given his voice fir the
exclusion of abolitionists Iron) the privilege
and sympathies of society. In his speed
on Mr. Calhoun's resolution, ho urged tlia
importance of "keeping tho abolitionists
scpaialc and distinct from all other classes
standing out in bold and prominent relief,
unmixed with the rest of the community,
WITHOUT GENERAL SYMPATHY,
and exposed to the overwhelming powtr of
tne united opinion ot all who desire me pence,
narmony, ana union ot our coniuderacy;
or as the language is understood to mean,
exposed to Lynch law.
Now we have no authority to pledge or
control the votes of other abolitionists, but
we give it frankly as an obvious inference
irom tne above tacts and it is all tne in
ference we wish to make that for abolition
ists to lend any support to such a candidate
will be to renounce their principles and nul
lify their measures, and that it will be more
honorable for abolitionists to allow any other
candidate to be elected without their votes,
than for them to give their votes, under any
circumstances, for Henry Clay.
From the Pennsylvania Freeman, one of
me iiiom violent aDomion papers:
"We regret that truth and the cause of
Humanity, which he has betrayed, compel
us to speak of HENRY CLAY as an enemy
to freedom. www n,8 re
cent course in the Senate of the'U States,
Has reluctantly compelled us to consider hun
most dangerous ENEMY to the causo of
INI VERSA! LIBERTY.
' The editor then proceeds to notice Mr.
Clay's anti-abolition resolutions introduced
into the Senate this year, and in reference
to them remarks:
'This is taking ground t favor of PER
PETUA L SLA VER Y. There is no mis
taking the language of these resolutions,
1 hey go for slavery now and forever.
We are sorry for Henry Clay
He has entered upon the humiliating and
debasing task of propitiating the Demo of
". The Emancipator, the leading journal of
me abolitionists, thus speaks ot Henry day
as a candidate for the Presidency
' '"If he Will but ?o to Liberia, that Para
dise ofthe whole earth, he mar there exer
cise his office in all its im'nutia; but if be
'tiny r-- " f-71 Vvren BEFORE
SOXQ OF THE AMERICAN GIRL.
Our hearts are with our native land,
Our song is for her glory :
Her warrior's wreath is in our hand,
Our lips breathe but her Jjoyi
Her lofty hills hnd valleys green
Are smiling bright before us ;
And, like a rain-bow sign, Is seen,
Her proud flag waving o'er us.
And there are smiles upon her lips
F or those who meet her foemen i
For glory's star knows no eclipse,
When smiled upon by Woman j
For those who brave the mighty deep,
And scorn the threat of danger,
We've smiles to cheer, and tcan to weep,
For every ocean ranger.
Our hearts are with our native land,
Our song is for her freedom;
Our prayers are for the gallant band,
Who strike where honor leads them I
We love the taintless air we breathe
'Tit Freedom's endless dower ;
We'll twine for him a fadeless wreath,
Who scorn's a tyrant's pewer.
They tell of France's beauties rare,
Of Italy's proud daughters;
Of Scotland's lasses, England's fair,
, And nymphs of Shannon's waters j
We heed not all their boasted charms,
Though lords around them hover;
Our glory lies in Freedom's arias
A Freeman for a Lover.
1 SEE THEE STILL.
- "I rocked her in the cradle,
And laid her in the tomb. She was the youngal.
What fireside circle hath not felt the charm
Of that sweet tie? The youngest ne'er grow old.
The fond endearments of our earlier days
We keep alive in them; and when they die,
Our youthful joys we bury with theni."
I see thee still !
Remembrance, faithful to her trust,
Calls thee in beauty from the dust:
Thou comcstta tho morning light,
Thou'rt with me through the gloomy night;
In dreams I meet thee as of old;
Then thy soft arms my neck enfold,
And thy sweet voice is in my ear ;
In every scene to memory dear,
I sec thee still !
I see thee still,
In every hallowed token round i
This little ring thy flngrr bound,
This lock of hair thy forehead shaded,
This silken chain by thee was braided ;
These Cowers, nil withered now, like thee,
Sweet sitter, thou didst cull for me;
This book was thine here didst thou read;
This picture oh, yes, here, indeed,
I sec thee still!
I see thee itill !
Here was thy summer noon's retreat,
Here was thy favorite fireside scat;
This was thy chamber here, each day,
I sat and watched thy slow decay !
Here, on this bed, thou last didst lie
Here, on this pillow, thou didst die!
Dark hour! once more its woes unfold;
As then I saw thee pale and cold,
I see thee still !
I see thee still !
Thou art not in the grave confined
Death cannot chain th' immortal mind;
Let earth close o'er its sacred trust.
But goodness dies not in the dust!
Thee, oh my sister ! 'tis not thee.
Beneath the colli n's lid I see ;
Thou to a fairer land art gone
here, let me hope, my journey .done,
To tee thee still!
FREEDOM OF OPINION.
What barrier is there against tho univer
sal despotism of public opinion iu this coun-
but individual trcedomT Who is to
stand up here, but the possessor of that holy
independence There is no king, no sul
tan, no noble, nVmvileged class nobody
else to stand against it. If you yield this
point il you are forever making compro
mises; if all men do this; if the entire policy
of private life here, is to escnpe opposition
and reproach, every thing will be swept be
neath the popular wave. There will be uo
individuality, no hardihood, no high and
stern resolve, no self-subsistence, no tear
less dicnity. no glorious manhood of mind,
left among us. The holy heritage of our
fathers' virtue will be trodden under foot by
their unworthy children. They feared not
to stand up against kings and nobles, parlia
ment and people. Better did they account
it. that their lonely bark should sweep the
wide sea in freedom happier were they,
when their sail swelled to the storm of win
ter. than to be slaves in palaces ot ease
Sweeter to their ear was the music of the
gale that shrieked in their broken cordage,
than the voice at home mil saia -suumu
and vou shall have rest. And when they
readied this wild shore, and built their al
tar. and knelt upon the frozen snow and flin
ty rock to worship, they -built thai altar to
freedom, to individual freedom, to freedom
of conscience and opinion; and their noble
prayer was, that their children might be
thus free. Let their sons remember the
prayer of their extremity, and the great be
ouest which their magnanimity has left us.
w w I Know oi out one lumg aaio in
tha universe, and that is truth. And I know
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of but one way to truth to an individua1
mind, and that is, unfettered thought . An d
I know of but one path tor tne multitude to
truth, and that is thought, freely expressed
Make of truth itself an altar of slavery, and
m.ard it about with a mysterious shrine
hind thounht a victim upon it: and let the
nations of the prejudiced roultitude'minis
tcr fuel; sod you sacrifice upon the accurs-
Why is it, in fact, that the tone of morali
ty in the high places of society is so lax and
complaisant, but for want of the independ
ent and indignant rebuke of society f
There is reproach enough poured upon the
drunkenness, debauchery, and dishonesty
ofthe poor man. The good people who go
to hun can speak plainly ay, very plainly,
of his evil ways. Why is it, then, that fash'
ionablo vice is able to hold up its head, and
sometimes to occupy the front ranks of so
ciety t It is because respectable persons,
of hesitating and compromising virtue, keep
it in countenance. It is because timid wo
man stretches out her hand to tho man
whom she knows to be the deadliest enemy
of morality and to her sex, while she turns
a cold eye upon the victims he has ruined.
It is because there is nobody to speak plain
ly in cases like these. And do you think
that society is ever to be regenerated or pu
rified under tho influence of these unjust
and pusillanimous compromises? I toll you
never. So long as vice is suffered to bo
fashionable and respectable so long as
men are bold to condemn it only when it is
in rags, there will never be any radical im
provement. You may multiply Temperance
Societies, and Moral Reform Societies; you
may pile up statute books of laws against
gambling and dishonesty; but so long as
the timid homages of the fair and honored
are paid to splendid iniquity, it will be all
in vain. So long will it be felt, that the
voice ofthe world is not against the sinner,
but against the sinner's garb. And so long
every weapon of association, and every ba-i
ton of office, will be but missiles together
against the leviathan, that is wallowing in
the low marshes and stagnant pools of socie
ty . Ortillc Dewey. j
Relisiox It is not an abstraction. It is
not an ideality, living in the brain, but leav
ing the heart untouched. It does not con
sist in particular frames of mind in the
excitement of animal feeling, or the over
flow of these sensibilities in tho kindling
ofthe fancy or the heating cf the imagina
tion. It lives not merely in visible mani
festations of devotion, in the bowing of the
knee, or the lifting of tho hands. All these
may be, without religion; and religion may
cxis, without them.
It is benevolent action, flowing forth from
holy motive. It is that charity which hop
ing all things, believing all things, contents
not itself with a 'Be ye warmed and be ye
clothed,' but performs the good which it
desires. It is that love which throws its
embrace around all human kind. It is
that benevolence which, like a river of good,
gushing from n pure fountain, flows freely
forth to all, sprending beauty and blessed
ness around causing tho desolate places
to rejoice, and making the wilderness bud
and blossom as the rose. It knows not the
lust of power. It seeks not its own prefer
ment. Its kingdom is not of this world.
It is too high to envy the proudest too
meek to despise the humblest. It hath no
fellowship with bigotry. Its creed is 'Do
justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before
God.' It.-ect is the pure in heart. Ihe
temple of its worship is the universe, and
without hvpoencv. It is a transcript ot
Iim who spent his life in doing good. It
s tho spirit of God living in the human heart.
icu I or iter.
Sympathy-. If the imago of my friend
rises up, spontaneously as u were, in me
mind, and dwells there like nn actual pre
sence, so that every lineament of the coun
tenance, every glance of tho eyo is repre-
ented as vividly, as if thev were indeed
before me, and tho sound of their voice is
is in my ear, 1 firmly believe that at that
ery moment that person js thinking ot me.
'his is sympathy. lfthisisnotthecase,why
does that phantom ri.e uncalled for by any
previous word, thought or association I im
pressed with this delightful conviction, I hold
sweet communion with the absent, and in
atmosphere of thought enjoy the purest sen
sation. The western papers think that, fever nnd
ague in that section of country will be con
verted to great mecnanicai purposes, an
Iowa paper says that somerxxiy win yet
take out a patent substituting fever and ague
for bootjacks with this improvement, that
the former will take off all the clothes si
multaneously. Besides, it is estimated that
the shakiuff of twelve men will propel boats
of 100 tons . If this be correct, the days of
steam are numbered.
A Fact. A gentleman went into a Wall
street Bank the other day to mako a depo-
site, and as he handed his book to tho teller,
congratulated him on tne vvmg victory.
On his way home, he as usual looked to see
if the deoosite was rightly entered, ana
found that the teller had entered the Whig
victory I V. Y. Whig.
Native Pearls. The New York Star
-ays, "We have been just shown by Dr
Feuchtwanccr, a large sized and niost beau
tiful native Pearl, ot a perfectly spherical
form, and a slight tinge of rose color.weigh-
ing no less than five and five sixteenths
carats, which would be worth in England
$140. It was taken from an oyster, from
the beds in Delaware river. Also, two o-
thers of a still more white and beautiful co
inr. and eaually exact in sphericity, from
the same quarter.
The Last Case Being that ot a gen
ilpman seeking to wind up his watch
wound up himself and never perceived his
mistake till his creditors objected to let him
go on tick any longer.
Striking a man $200.
A YANKEE IN ENGLAND.
Not many years ago it happened that a
vounr? man from New York visited London.
Ill's fattier being connactcd with several of ,
Hie lirnikAtristociaey, tho young American
was introduced into the fushionablo circles
ofthe metropolis where in consequence of j
his very hne personal appearance or that
his father was very rich, or that he was a
new figure on the stage, he attracted much
attention, and became quito the favorite of
the ladies. I Ins was not at all relished by
the British beaux: but as nn very fair pre
text offered for a rebuff, they were compel
led to treat him with civility. Thus matters
stood when tho Hon. M. P. and his lady
made a party to accompany them to their
country seat in Cambridgeshire, and the
American was among the invited guests.
Numerous were the devices to which those
devotees of pleasure resorted to kill the old
fellow who will measure his hours, when he
ought to know they are not wanted, and the
ingenuity of every one was taxed tu remem
ber or invent something novel.
Tho Yankees are proverbially ready at
invention, and the American did honor to
his character as a man accustomed to free
dom, lie was frank and gay, and entered
into all the sports and amusements with
that unaffected enjoyment which communi
cated fresh feelings to the most worn out
fash ion ists in the party. But a combination
was at last formed among a trio of dandies,
staunch patrons of the Quarterly, to annihi
late the American. They agreed to vary
the eternal evening waltzing and piping, by
charades, playing various games, and hav
ing interested one of those indefatigable la
dies, who always carry their point in the
scheme, it was voted to be the thing. After
some few charades had been disposed of,
ono of the gentlemen begged leave to pro
pose tho game called "Crowning the Wi
sest." This is played by selecting a Judge
of tho game, and three other persons, either
ladies or gentlemen, who are to contest for
tho crown by answering successively the
various questions which the rest of tho party
are at liberty to ask. 1 he one declared to
tave been the readiest and happiest in his
answer receives Ihe crown.
Our American, much against his inclina-
t .i . .i j
tion, was Cliosen among me mree cunoiu
atcs. He was aware that his position, the
society with which he was mingling, re
quired of him the ability to sustain himseil.
lie was, to be be sure, treated with distin-
guiseed attention by his host and hostess,
and generally by the party; but this was a
favorite to the individual, nnd not one ofthe
company understood the character of repub
licans or appreciated the Republic. The
three worthies had arranged that their turn
f r him should fall in succession and be the
last. The first one, a perfect exquisite, and
with an air of the most meltable conoescen
sion. put his question.
"If I understand rightly the government
of your country, you acknowledge no dis
Unctions of rank consequently you can
have no court standard for the manners of
a gentleman. Will you favor me with in
formation where your besi school oi polite
ness is to be found?"
"For your benefit,? replied the Amen-
... II. T t I J
can. smiling caimiy, -i womu recommenu
the Falls of Niagara a contemplation of
that stupendous wonder teaches humility to
the proudest, nnd human nothingness to the
vainest. It rebukes the inner, ana arouses
the most stupid: in short, it turns men from
their idols: and when we acknowledge that
God only is Lord, we feel that men are our
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equals. A true cnnsiian is aiways poiue.
There was a murmur among the audi
encebut whether applause or censure the
American could not determine, as he did
not choose to betray any anxiety for the re
sult by a scrutiny of the taces which he
knew were bent on mm.
The second now proposed his question,
le affected to be a great politician, was
mustachoed and whiskered like a diploma
tist, which station be had been coveting.
lis voice was bland, but his emphasis was
"Should I visit the United States, what
subject with which I am conversant would
most interest your people, anu give me an
opportunity ot enjoying ineir. conversa
"You must maintain, as you do at pre
sent, that a monarchy is tne wisest, inn oeei
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ffovemment, which the skill oi man ever
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devised, and me Democracy w uueny ur
barous. Mv countrymen are proverbially
fond of argument, and will meet you on both
these quostions, ana it you cnoose, argue
with you to the end ot your me."
The murmur was renewed, but still with
nut iWided expression of the feeling with
wh ch his answer had oeen receivea.
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Tho third then rose Irom the seat, and
with an assured voice, which seemed to an
nminca a certain iriumpn. saiu.
'I renuire your decision on a delicate
question; bat the rules of the pastime war
rant it. and also a C3naiu answer. . initiate
seen the American nuu wmei
u-hir-h ara the fairest
Thn vouns republican glanced around
the circle. It was bright with Bashing eyes,
and the sweet smiles which wreathed many
a lovely lip, might have won a less determi
ned patriot irom ois megmuco. iu
not hesitate, though he bowed low to the
ladies as he answered. ...
Tha standard of female beauty is, 1 be
lieve, allowed to be the power of exciting
and love in our sex conse
quently, those ladies who are most admired,
Lrinvpd. ana respeclea dt um ecuuc.ucu,
must be the fairest. Now 1 assert confident
lv. that there is not a nation on earth where
wnmrni is so trult beloved.so tenderly cher
ished, so reFpecffulty treated, as in tha Re
nf lha United States therefore, the
ladiM are tho fairest. But," and
ho again bowed low, "if the ladies before t
whom I have now the honor of expressing
my opinion, were in my country, we should
think thern Americans. .
Ihe applause was enthusiasm-, t After
the mirth had subsided so as -to allow the
Judge lo be heard, he directed the crown to
The following is a fair hit at the quacke
ry of (he present day. Bombast and fustian
are relied upon to fool folks with, and the
world's CREDULITY is considered by
quacks, medical and political, as undeniable
and incurable. The best remedy against
credulity is common sense.
Dr. Benjamin Bombastes' Pills, or the
Infallible Restorative and Universal Spe
cific a?aint all the ills to which flesh is
heir,'' including Abolition, Asthma, Assaults
and Batterys, Bowel Complaints, Bad Crops,
Bentonism, Broken Banks, Croup, Consump
tion, Dropsy. Democracy. Dull Times. Ele
phantiasis, Empty Pockets, Fever inter
mittent, remittent and continual False
Swearing, Federalism, Fidgets, Gout, Gor
mandizing, Herminia, Hypo, Humbuggery,
Jaundice, Jilting, Lying, Looofocoicm, Ma-
rasmns, Mobs, Mixing Liquors, Night Sweat
ing, Nullification, Old Age, Peddling, Para
lysis, Patent Pills, Quinsy, Quacks, Rick
ets, Riots, Scrofula, Steamboat Accidents,
Scolding Wives and Squalling Children,
Tic Doloreux, Tippling, Uttering Forged
iotes, Usury, Vanity and Vexation of bpirit,
Van Burenism, Wens, Whiggery, Witch
craft, and Want of Money. Manufactured
by Benjamin Bomlmstes, after a receipt
prepared by his grandfather's remote an
cestor, and by him handed to Noah lust as
the ark's door was closing for the last time.
The genuine article can be procured in
New York, of Benjamin Bombastes, at his
office, in any part of the world.
I. U. lo apothecaries entrusted with
the sale of the same. Fellow men, and fel
low citizens ofthe United States of Ameri
ca, and all popedoms, kingdoms, and princi
palities of Europe, there is only one disease,
and that is Credulity.
A comedian having appeared before
Dublin audience in an extremely dirty pair
of white duck trowsers, a person in the gaU
ery bawled out, I say, Mister, would nt
your ducks be better for a swim?'
A Mississippi Jury, empannclled some
where 'up south' last spring, is described
by an eye-witness as being engaged in
sticking pins in each other to keep awake,
and betting liquor on who could spit tobacco
juice the farthest against a newly plastered
and neatly whitewashed wall, together with
various other amusements, alike rational,
beautiful, and dignified.
A Capstio Hit. Piron, the French
author, having been taken up by the watch
man of the night in the streets ot rans,
was carried, on the following morning, be
fore the lieutenant of Police, who haughtily
interrogated him concerning his business
'I am a poet, sir, said 1 iron.
'Oh, oh! a poet, are youT' said the magis
trate 'I have a brother who is a poet.1
Then we are even, said riron, 'tor I
have a brother who is a fool
A lady member of the Peace Convention,
recently heU in the city of New York, de
clared in her speech that she would not be
come pledged to any man, or body of men.
Tho Cincinnati Chronicle, in an article
upon duelling, has the following statement,
which is well worthy ot notice Irom those
who recard the practice as a necessary evil :
"We will now advert to the opinion of
Ohio on the subiect of Duelling. Ohio be
came a State in 1802, 3l) years since, and
we have not heard of a single duel within
her limit during that period. The State has
now a million and a half of people. No
more complete demonstration could be
made, that such affrays are wholly useless.
and that the people of Uluo bold them in
aversion. The Ohioans have the passions
of other men; are as brave as other men;
yet they do without duels, and condemn
them in others. Shall this policy be revers
ed: : .
A woman in Vermont has been found
guilty on a charge ot being a common
scold . The Vermont papers add that "the
iurv was composed of married men," and
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the U. 3. uazette inters inereiore wai wey
must be judges!
Porrao Tne Question. "What a strange
thing is acquaintance!" said a beautiful gir
the other day 16 a friend of ours "a year
ago we had not seen each other many a
season had rolled its course, bringing nope.
happiness, and perchance sorrow to each
without the cognizance ot the other, and
now tee are so intimate!" Our friend says
she looked so lovely he could not hfclp press-
in ' her delicate check and be asked beril
he had aughl to do with tho happiness of
her future. Xou are in my dreams oi the
comins days," replied she. They are to be
married next Christmas, we consider this
one of the neatest Mpoppings of the ques
tion" we ever heard of.
Public Behefactors. Every one can
and should do'something for the public, if it
be only 16 kick a piece of orauge-peal into
the road from the toot pavement.
Drxo-Dnto-Dno. All Loco Focos what
have not paid their passage up Salt River,
will please call at CapU Marty's offioe,ace
The ancients had terrible ideas of ec!in
ses; supposing them presages of some dread
ful event. Plutarch assures us that in Roma
it was not allowed to talk publicly of any-
natural cause of eclipses the popular opin
ion running so strongly in favor of their
supernatural production at least those' of
the moon. .So far as to those of the Sun,
they had some idea that they were caused
by the interposition of Ihe moon, but wero
at a loss for a body to interpose between us
and the moon, which they thought must be
the way, if the eclipse of the moon wem
produced by natural causes. They there
fore made a great noise with brazen instru
ments, and set up loud shouts during tho '
eclipse of the moon. Oihers attributed lh
eclipse of the moon to the arts of magician1.
who, by their enchantments, plucked her -
out of heaven, and made her skim over (lio
The natives of Mexico kept fast during
tho time of the eclipse; and particularly
their women, who beat and abused them
selves, drawing blood from their arms, &.c.
imagining the moon had been wounded by
the sun, in some quarrel between them.
1 he Chinese have an idea that eclipses
are occasioned by great dragons, who ar
ready to devour the sun and moon; and
therefore, when they perceive an eclipse,
they rattle drums and brass kettles, till thev
think the monster, terrified by the noibc,
lets go his prey.
I he superstitious notions entertained of
eclipses have been sometimes of cousidera-'
ble advantage, as was the case with Colum
bus. But the most striking circumstance of
this kind was the prddiction of an eclipse of
the sun by Thales, the great father of As
tronomy, which happened, according
Mayor's calculation, on the 17th of May,
603 years before Christ, at the moment th t
Cyaxares, kingof the Medes, and Aliatho.
king of the Lydians, were preparing for
battle, but alarmed at the appearance of thu
eclipse, they immediately laid down their
arms and negociated a peace; and thus, ig
norance, which is often so injurious to thn
happiness of man, may, in this instance, l o
said to have largely contributed towards it.
SQUEEZING THE HAND.
It is but lately that we understood the
strange constructions that are sometimes put
upon a squeeze of the hand. With some per
sons it is entirely equivalent to a declaration -ot
love ; this is very surprising indeed. We
must take hold of a lady's hand like hot po
tatoes; afraid of giving a squeeze least wo
should burn her tinkers. Very fine, truly l
Now it was our ancient custom to squeeze
every hsnd that we got in our clutches, 'es
pecially a fair one. Is it not a wonder that
we have never been sued for a breach of
proniiset We would not glvo a Scrupor nail
for one of your cold, formal shakes of the
hands. Every person who protrudes one or
two fingers for your touch, fas if he were
afraid of catching some cutaneous distem
per) should go (o school a while to John Q.
Adams. lie shakes you With avenzenncet
and shakes your body too, unless you should
happen to bo as thick as himself. Well
there is nothing like it; it shows a good heart
ut any rate and we would rather a man
would crush the very bones of our fimrers
and shake our shoulders out ot joint, than
thai tie snouia 'poke our paw, as if he were
about to come in contact with a bear or
hya-na. ,Tlie fladies-jnny rest assured of
this, (hat a man who will not squeeze their
hand when ho gets hold of it, does not de
serve to have a hand in his (possession ; and
that he has a hear seven hundred and fortv-
nine times smaller than a grain of mustard
seed. Morning Visiter .
This elegant boat was at our landing Ott
Saturday on her first trip down the River,
and attracted much attention from our citi
zens, being a truly noble specimen of the
degree of perfection to . which the art of
boat building has arrived in the Mississippi
Valley. The Vicksburg was built at New
Albany. Her machinery was made at
Louisville. She has a powerful double en
gine and ia'certainly one ofthe most roomy.
convenient and splendid boats on the river;
and "in some respects, may be considered
superior to every other, We noticed par
ticulaily that the space interveningbetween
ner Doners and the cabin floors was full a
feet thus preventing the great and annoy. ,
ing neai iron penetrating the forward cab
in, as is the case in most boats. She bits
4'2.8tnte rooms, capacious and well ventilat
ed, with lights above the doors opening on
the guards, i tie cabin and ladies saloon
are large, being 13 feet high and 18 feet
wide, and furnished with much elegance
and taste. .
She is IQC feet keel, 31 feet beam and 9
feet hold. Her Wheel is 20 feet in diame
It is intended that the Vicksburg will rutt
as a regular packet between fow Orleans
and Vicksburg, leaving each port on set
days without variation, so (h it there may bo
r.o liability of disappointment, She -wilt
leave New Orleans on the 1st, 10th and
20th of every month, fend Vicksburg on tho
4th, 14th and 24lh, Her Commandcr,
Capt. Pease, is a skilful, carcful(and expert
enced gentleman, and wo have no doubt
that the performances ofthe Vicksburg will
give general satisfaction, we hope that tha
enterprise will be well sustained by tha
public, and that the patronage will be found
sufficient to retain her as is proposed per
manenuy in uo tower trade.
j. Natchez Courict.
Vfhat ts a Witness' Stand? It U t kind
of pillory in a court of justice, where a per .
son is obliged to receive every species of vcf j
bal insult without being able to resent it.