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Hannibal journal
tVEWWO; M.ftCIt 19, 1833.
Tii course pursued by the editor of th1
Bleomingten Republican is traceable to one
ttui alne the fact that the railroad did not
pass through hit town, to the perpetual injury
ot the interests of the road, and at an enormous
present addition 16 the eipense of construction.
The country around Bioomington ii rough, and
it necesstry to full three milei aoulh of that
village, in order t olljin good location. It it
unreasonable to expect every petty locality to
be accommodated, regardless of expense, dist
nee, or property.
The counties named by that paper have been
virtually released from their subscriptions by
the Legislature, and consequently the Company
has lost nothing on that score, by the course
adopted by the Board of Director. It is true
that Macon hat paid her subscription; but. the
majority of the people of that county are as ful
ly Lensfiled by the present location, as if it had
gone direct'y through Jiloomington, and it is
they whp subscribed the stock of the county.
The people of Hannibal are universally and
entirely satisfied with the course of the Board
f Directors. -, They would not have the route
. varied an inch from its present locution. It was
the only route, recommended by the Engineers,
. and consequently the only one that could hay ebeen
agreed upon at that meeting of the Directors;
and had the Board then dared to adjourn with
out nuking a Irtoatfon, there would have been
an excitement from one end to the other of the
Road,-which would have towered far above the
"furor1 of the interested Bioomington landhold
er who figures so prodigiously in the Republican.
This article is written by gentleman whose
ouud- judgment and practical scientific knowl
edge entitle his opinions to much weight; in ad
dition to this, he apeaks, to some extent, from
personal observation, having once made the
overland route to California.
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Will be commenced at this end about ne first
of May.'.' Two thousand luborers will be wanted
long through the summer one' thousand here,
end one thousand at St. Joseph. '
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--r ..r t BKOEK JAIL.
We Understand that Morgan and Clarke alias
White, confined in the jail at New London, for
robbing Mr.' C. Wellman, of Saverton, escaped
tost oignt ty getting tnrougn tne urst uoor into
one of tlie upper rooms, which was insecure.
- There were' tome guns m this room,- vl Miiicii
the villains took One apiece.
A letter came by miul, yesterday, written on
a alip of birds. eye maple. '
Three roo'ms over Shoot & Davis Livery sta
ble have foeen rented temporarily, for offices for
the Directors, Ei gineers and Druftsnien of the
Hannibal end Su Joseph Railroad.
Nearly three weeks rolled away, and Charles
began to fear that his labors had been useless.
It was just after dinner, Mr. White and his men
" '" had commenced work, when four gentlemen en
tered the shop, whose very appearance ut once
. . ' . . S - . . . .
in societv. . i
.k f
one ot trera. .
That is the man. sir,' returned Mr. White, J
pointing to where Charles, in hi. checked apron
riTlPw,wvr.- ... ...
ine siranger seemeu a uu.e surpre . as ue;rtff vat denitJ hillt A.vl . :.
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daufcl dwelt upon h,s feature.
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vu y w mo juntii ilia 11 sioon,
- 'It is, sir, replied Charles, treirtVinr w!h
strong excitement.
Did vbu draw this plan ?' continued the stran
ger,' opening a roll he held in his hand.
'I did,- air,' answered Charles, as heat once
recognised his work. ' ' i. " .
'Did you originate it ?'
'Every part of it, sir.'
Tlie atranger eyed the youna; carnentcr with
e wondering look, and so did the eentlemen who
i i.: t. wi.:i " . ..
nuuuuipuiiiKa iniui iviitin ano, A4UUIOW
Weston wondered what it all meant.
Well, sir,' at length said he who held the
plan, 'I am Ant a little surprised that one like
you should have designed and drawn this, but
nevertheless, you are a lucky man. Your plan
has been accepted in every feature, and your
recommendations have all been adopted.'
The effect of this announcement upon Charles
Bracket was Uk an electric shock. Obiect
seemed to swim before his eyes, and he grasped
ine eugeoi nis uenoii tor supjxiri.
'Gentlemen,' said Mr. V hite, 'I do not un
. derstand this. What does it all mean?'
'It means, sir, that this young man has de
signed complete and perfect architectural plan
lor me new oiaie House, anc itiut it lias been
unanimously chosen by the committee, from
among fifty others whieh they have received
iron amcreni pins 01 me country, preferred
end adopted.'
Charles,' uttered the olj carpenter, wiping a
pride-sent tear from his cheek as he sazad un-
on his former apprentice, 'when did vau do
!,;. Of . . -j r . .
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Tliree weeks ago rr.'
'And tl at's what kept you up so hi'.e every
night for a whole week."
'Yea sirA O 1
'Jhere'a e powerful genius there, sir,' said
ine spokesman or tne victor.. .. ..
Ay,' returned. Mr. uhit-( a-id there hut
been dep and powerful appJication there, too
Charles I!i-ai L t !i; a been wi h me from a hnj
sir, H;d every iiunneiii i r .hi. leisure has It t
devoted to i lie. unci in .nse ti !y.'
9 The entleian looked kindly, lU'teriniy
utxin the young mfin, and thee turning io Air
White, be edz . -
He bus not only given us the design, but, as
youeanssee, he has calculated te nicety the
number of bricks, the surfWrn'or stpjw, the
quantity f lumber, the weight, .length, size
nd form of the required iron, as well as the
quantity of ether materials, and til cost of eon
slruction. It is a valuable document.
Ludlow Weston was dumb. He Imnp; down
Ins head, and thought of the cdfctcmpt he had cait
upon his companion's studies.
'Mr. Bracket. continuml th vUitnr. T m
authorised by the State committee to pay you
one thousand dollar for this design, and ulso to
oifrr you ten dollars per day so lonir as the buil-
un,g is hi course or constructien, lor vour ser
vices as superintending architect. The first
named sum I will pay you now, on.l before I
ichyc, i wouiu like to have rrom you an answer
to the committee's proposition'
ueiore me delegation returned to S
Charles had received his thousand dollars cash,
ana accepieu me oiler Tor auperintending the
erection of the State House.
Ah, Charles,' said Ludlow Weston, after
they had finished their supper, you have indeed
chosen the wisest part. I had not thought that
a carpenter could be such a man.'
And whv not a carpenter as well as any.
one f It only requires study and application.'
'But all men are not like you.'
'Because all men don't trv. Let a mnn set
his eyes upon an honorable point, and then fol
low it steadily, unwaveringly, and ha will be
sure to reach it. All men may not occupy the
same sphere, and it woulJ not be well if thev
should ; but thera are few who may not reach to,
a degree of eminence in any trade or profession,
no matter how humble it may be.'
'I bolieveyou are riirht. Charles : hut ii i. tnn
late for me to try now. I shall never be anything
uuv irej mull.
I Will OWU Ludlow, that vnn linrH u-nf,1 itm
best part of your life for study ; but there is yet
u. ... vt'1iiiriu;1ny 0r retrievement.'
- Ludlow did try, and he studied, and improved
much, but he was unable to recall the time he
had wasted. He had now a fnmily upon his
care, and as he had to depend altogether upon
his own hands for support, he ciniild not work
much with his mind.
Charles Bracket saw the building lie had
planned entirely finished, and he received the
highest encomiums of praise from the chief offi
cers of the Stale. Business flowed in upon
him, and ere many years, Bracket, thr. archU
kct, Was known throughout the Union. When lie
led Mary Waters to "the hymenial nltar, ho did
own one of the prettiest houses in his native
town; nor did poor Mary have to wait long
either. '
. There is 9Tdeep moral in the foregoing for
our young mechanical readers, and we have na
doubt they have, ere this discovered it.
Below we commence the publication of an
article from the Bioomington (Macon co.) Re
publican. The editor says the Road comes
within eight miles of running on a direct line
from Hannibal to St. Joseph, and suggests that
an indignation meeting be held at Bioomington,
hMlll. S h-lKinl th Ttnarii nf Tiknk
has acted in bad fuilh, , in not allowing it to di
verge sufficiently from a straight lino, to run
through the county seats of all those counties
which subscribed stock ;
The location of this Roud and the strange and
unaccountable proceedings of the secret conclave
which claims to have made that locution has
thrown this community into a perfect ferment.
Two gentlemen. from Hannibal, and J. N.
Brown, of this place attended at a meeting ol
the board of directors, as had been given out,
each recommended by the Stockholders and cit
izens of this county' und Hannibal respectively.
The Directors, from St. Joseph, es polite us they
are cunning, expressed themselves very glud
that these gentlemen hud come thus recommend
ed, to fill the tluces.of the three directors who
had sent in their resignations, not being uble to
aiienu, ana uiui tney were very anxious to have
a full board to share the responsibility of the
location After the meeting of the St. Joseph
delegation and the number Itoui Palmvra. and
UHirum Minimum, a ro e was lunen as to their
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power to appoint, tnd decided uRrmativelv :
) next, it was moved that they decide whether
they should fill those vacancies before or after
ti, w.iinm. i .i,. .i. ..
I ' w ! ..swu i n v vyj tuicD) iAi'
,hey fill thorn after the road was located!"
Mr. B, own desiied to be permitted
Stockholder, to see and hoar what thev dfd. hut
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. ,b(J i( u fc
U located, or ,WicW, the extreme: Southern
line as tlm route lor thu road. A lino which
mUbci every County kat upuu thu whole route
clear through. ' ' ..
This refusal to permit the representation of
the Slock represented by the three absent mem
bers oi me Doaru; ana lliat too, alter admitting
vue aiiuioruy iq as u, wnicn was never ques
tioned, ana appprovwx the recoinmendaiions
made by agreeing to appoint after location, is a
killing fact ; a fact damning in its character, one
which should und will, connign the perpetrators J
10 eternal inlainy anU U'tgracc. JNo wonder
that this community ia in a perfect furor. "
We collect tho facts of this case from Mr.
Brown; who after be in? thus insulted; and see
ing the people of his county likewise insulted.
and wilfully and corruptly wronged, refused to
nave anyiuiug 10 UO Willi llllS WOUId-ue-CaUeG
lioard ot Directors.
The people of this State hare placed them
selves in a condition to be taxed to the amount
of one million and a hail of dollars for the con
struction of this road, und which they are sure
to have to pay if ever the road is built, and have
given to this company ull the lund granted to the
Slate by Congress, for its construction j given it
to them for no ether cnnt,lderalionlliun the bent
elicial locution and construction ; und now what
do they find 'i - A manifest iuletilion to locate
and o JUfctruct it so as to ruinously depricule
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uiiq jutitiwii u& uuiiai uiiu ui property, oeiong
ing to individual, and to the counties, and all
this merely to suUerve the imaginary ends ot
the cormorants, vultures, jobbers, speculators,
Sh) locks of ll-iunilml and St. Joseph ; the one
famous fr swiudling the emigrants, the other
for docking the farmer in his pork, beef, hemp
anu louaooo, ana paying for tliem in rugs.
Madam Rumor, fund this is all that the Stock
holders and Ibe community have ever been able
to ouiaiu, ot Uioacls and uoings o their agents,
these directors,) has it (hat tho report of the
Ship Engineer, is in favor ot the Southern route
ay ninety thousand dollars. The Captain, in
tiu foncttsile, wiih his tpirit level, is quite com
i iieut i.j ilocido ; his intirumeiil is of line scieii-
tio coii4lrueln.nl, being composed of a llask ol
jailliiit llitttii'.y. . . .. ....
Bi.t it is now etident tiut the Engineers have
ieeu uuJor the inlluenco or Hannibal and St.
Joseph, and that the main object has been to
leave Palmyra out of the line of the survey, and
they have done it. -
Sis; weeks were spent on the rr.R'Jla line from
Hannibal to Bioomington, whilo the Southern
line wot run from Bioomington to the grand
curve near rulmyra in eight days. Ine grade
line has been raised in the scale of the Southern
lino, above tint of the line by Shclbyville and
Bioomington t numerous curves were made on
this line where there was no neccesslty for
them. Miidam Rumor has it that a much bel
ter erade was found on the Southern line this
we know is false. Hie elevation of the coun
try is the same, and this giving out proves the
fact that the grade line has been raised in the
profile scale. By doing this, and running near
ly on a tangent ns they have done, hills fnd
hollows to tlie contrary notwithstanding, . will
give data from which to show a favorable re-
pjrt, on either route. .
VY e know, that by this kind of managment
the result can be varied to suit those who con
trol it upon any two lines having the same gen
eral elevation.
This has been done before, oid has been done
here. . The southern line has been run nearly
upon a direct line from Hannibal to St. Joseph,
and comes within about eight miles of running
the whole route. Opposite to Palmyra, two
sudden curves ore made -forming the counter
part to each other, and running up to Palmyra
like the sides of a Church Steeple.
. i HIS COinnunV has not stork llffirirnt In
build ten miles of this road, which they have
suuscnuea ; one ana a half millions are rurn
ished by the Slate, through the influence of the
people on the supposed line ; und about one mil
lion more Riven by the people, which, in all
probability, could be rculized from the' grant of
land. 1 he menus of the people are to be used
as engines to shatter, and destroy what property
they have left. Two prominent objects are in
view, by this board : No 1. To leave out Pal
myra, or lay a track across tha'. Church Steeple.
i o lo run the road so as to ruin the County
Seats, that theroby they can speculate in the
building up of new towns upon the very land
wnien tne people gave them.
The new locutions they can control most ef
fectually, by the location of their depots. Thii
also, has been done before, and ill be done
here. And not only so, but after building up
one place so as to sell out all their lots, other
companies have removed the Depot to anpther
place, and played the same game over again.
The charter of this road is wretchedly defeo
tive, has been made worse, by amendment, and
has not organized this company upon tjudiciou
The road 1ms been made to nlav a farce in
polUics, and all sides of a political triungle ; has
served as a Hob-Morse to rule into office, unon
the back of which one certain Bob Stewart lias
been mounted for the last six years. ..
The action of the board, sp far as the secret
conclave can be understood, has betrayed weak
ness, servility and selfishness at every step, and
win uuimaieiy ruin ine roaa, squander me pub
lie lands given to it, and plunge the State in debt
about hulf a million, and Ut the work fall opon
wiu oidlu ,i tuo v.m, noi. oim leiii'u port iinished.
iney nave lost two hundred thousund dollars by
this location.
Seventy-five thousand dollars of stock sub
scribed by the counties of Shelby, Macon and
Linn, lost. And the Swamp Lands in these
ooiinties which would have been subscribed,
worth at least one hundred and twenty-five
thousand more ; all lost to the road, by' the most
unjust, iniquitous conduct which ever a set of
men were guilty of.
This board has committed a breach of faith
which amounts to little less than downright
swindling.- These counties subscribed seventy
five thousand dollars upon the eon Jit ion that the
road should not be located prejudicial to their
county seats. Tho Iompany accepted it with the
condition annexed, and received two or three
thousand dollars of the- money. . ,
Hence, good faith reqiiin-s that they shall comply
wt!h the condition. The Pacific Rsilroad Company,
under precUry the same circumstances, decided that
good faith required them to fulfill the condition. To
act otherwise is a fiaud for which an action will lis
to recover tire money back. Although a Corpontion
has neitlier a soul to be damned, nor s body to be burn
ed ; yet, ir its officers eommit a fraud, and the Corpor
ation receive the benefit of it, it will be held liable.
The Chilicolhe Convention "indicated" the county
seals of these counties as being points upon the linejone
Bob Stewait made a certain survey which was never
reported ajjywheiej and taxed the people and counties
with the expense and thtv paid it. This self said
survey ''indicated" these county seats as being upon
i be tins of the road. ' Every aigument, every act and
every moment has went to induce every body to be
lieve it would be so , and th impression was sought
io te made, and to well did it succeed that the people
seemed spell-bound. r
That delusion is about gone j for ouiselr, we have
not beer, deceived la all this, except tba mere location;
we did not think these sapient diroetors wer as soil
as they are. ;t
- But what shall bs done ? Giv (hem whkt they de
serve, flash alter fluh of your abhorrent of their de
ception; bold public meetings and resent the instill;
withhold from the road all your means and break them
down; this do j never compromise with a trescheronr
foe, no never. They cannot build the road without
you. Drive them to tli wall (his you can do, and
nothing less thuu Ibis will preserve your self respect
Say we have an indignation meeting at Bioomington,
ss it iss central point j what say you?
We cannot vrile any more now ; but we intend to
Knock the icales off of this Black Fort, in the dark
folds of which this secret conclave it wont to sit,c
ed the "Board of Directors."
The proprietors of the St. Louis Dtnwcrat
have bought out the Ssint Louis Union, so that
(he pubhcition of the latter will of course be
discontinued. O'd'BuUioii's foes teem to be fast
Tl ere is a rumor in St. Louis, of a general break
down among the Connecticut banks. . In consequence
of advices from New York, tha .notes of all Eastern
banks art reported to hart been refused at Cincinnati
excepting (bote ef tha cities of Boston, New York.
Philadelphia, Baltimore, anil pittsbuigh, anu (he old
batiks of Hartford, Conn. The notes of all Virginia
banks were received at par. The notes of the free
binks ef Indiana, generally, wer current at one per
cent, ducount.
Taov, March 16. Tlie machine ,hop of N. B. Star-
buck, together with the stock, was burned this worn
ing. LoM over 6U 000.
Counterfeit $3 bills on the Kentucky Trust
Company Bank were delected in Cii.tiunuti last
naUuday. 1 he engraving is from the genuine
plate, but the filling up is, bad. We did not
.Oirn vlietl.t,r tiie vi.JU: hud been stolen or not.
hal- Hid- probability is that only one or two
sheets got out of ihe proper hands. I Rouubli
cn of 21 ut,
We understand from gentleman recently
from Shclbyville, where lie luis been residing
some time, that much dissatisfaction exists antong
a portion ef the citizens of that place, in regard
to the location of 'lie Railroad. A proposition
had been received from Quincy, offering to trwt
them luilf way, in constructing a plank road
By some this was viewed favorably, ond there
was talk of an organization for the purpose.
Lagrange would find it to her interest to tap
such a road, should it ever be built, and thus
materially reduce tho advantage Quincy hopes
to derive from the project. A plank road to
Quincy from Shclbyville would be forty miles
long. A plank road eight miles long would
connect Shelby ville with the railroad, arid at
the point of connection, produce would be with
in two hours of a better market titan Quincy.
So convenient to this market, the merchants of
Shclbyville could afford to pay enough for pro
duce end sell goods cheap enough to prevent
farmers from going lo Quincy on the plank road;
at least to a sufficient extent to make money in-
vested in the roud rather poor stock. Some of j
the citizens of Shelby ville have taken hold of
the truth at a glance, that their town wi'l contin
ue to be the point at which the trade of the sur
rounding country will centre, to be conveyed to
other markets, first on the plank road to the
railroad, and then on the railroad, the only dif
ference being that the transit will be quicker
than on the old dirt roads, thus increasing the
amount of trade, by increasing its facilities.
This, we presume, is the reasoning adopted by
another portion of the' citizens of Shclbyville,
who ere in favor of bui'ding a plank road from
the town to the railroad.
Some of the people of Shelbyville think, and
wisely too, that the present location of the Road
is better tor them than if it passed through the
town. One of her merchants, however, is re
solved to ship no more to Hannibal. His ship
ping and receiving transactions are hereafter to
be conducted through Marion City, and he flat
ters himse'f that merchants in Macon and other
neighboring sections, may be influenced by him
to follow in' his trucks. He thinks it wi'l be
quite as cheap and convenient! though how he
proposes to make this appear, we are not in-
formed. Th is is all the result of momentary
excitement, ana cooler reflection, we doubt not,
w 1 1 1 Krrrret ine ftnlircA Ihnif. tpiiA .r.rA..i. Asb
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quire mem to pursue.,, JMo business man is
likely to allow his feelings, for any considera
ble length of lime, to so far control his sound
sense and bolter judgment, as to induce him to
invest money in enterprises, ol engage in un-
nMMiiMi Td PTplvn irAMm whioti w'H
only be useful, as serving lo prove that, in pub
lic matters, as well as nrivnte. it is nnihl to
accomplish the feat of "biting one'a own nose
off to spite his face." i
In conclusion, we would remark that it is hardly
reasonable in Shelbyville sad Bloomingron to be
sngiy with the Railroad Company, Jor not tunning the
road through those towns, on a worse location, and
at an extra expense of a million dollars.
A vote w ill be taken in Saint Louis, on the fourth
Monday in April next, on the propositions to. subscribe
$MJ0,0UO to the North Missouri Railroad, a id $ 40.1,000
in Ihe Iron Mount ain ltailroad.
MONDAY, MARCH 24, 1853.
General Newspaper and' Advertising Agent, Corner of
Second and Chestnut streets, (over th Post Ofhce, )
St. Louis, Mo. .
ICf We aie authorized lo announce IVM, O;
YOl'NGas a eamlidnie for re-election to (he office o'
suing August "lection.
ty t( will be perceived, by a reference to the proper
place in our columns, that Wuliarr O. Youn g,. Esq.,i
a candidate for re-election to the office of C lerk ol the
County Court of Kalis county. We have lut a I ong
personal acqiuin'auce with Mr. Young, and know him
to he a first rale man and an excellent Clerk. If indi
vidual merit, and the requisite qualifications can con
stitute the proper recoinmeiid.it ions for a candid ate,
then Billy U. Young," can't be beat."
Pursuant to notice, a goodly number of the
citizens of the counties of Pike and Ralls met
at Frankford, preliminary to the organization of
a company, or corporate body to build a plank
road from Frankford, in the county of Pike, to
New London, in the county of Ralls.
On motion of Doctor Jno. C. Wellborn,
seconded by Judge Martin, Samuel C. Alison
was called lo the choir, and John P. Fisher
chosen Secretary. By request of the chair,
Doctor J. C. Welborn explained the object of
tne meeting, in a neat mid appropriate speech
of a half-hour's length.
After considerable discussion it was agreed
that the chair appoint a committee of twelve to
meet the citizens or Ralls and Marion counties,
at the court house in the town of New London,
on tne louriii .uonuuy in marcn, loyj. ine
Chair appointed the following gentlemen, viz:
Col. A. Muse, James Brown,
Win. Thompson, George Tate,
II. Jones, Dr. Jno. C. Welborn,
Win. Jones, Sr., Samuel Givcns,
C. Scunlund, Wiit. Devins,
Cnpt. Jno, Mase, J. Allison.
On motion of A. Briscoe it was ordered that
the Hannibal and Louisiana papers be request
ed to publish the proceedings of this meeting,
- There being no other business before tlie
meeting, it adjourned, tine tlie.
Jao, P. Fisher, Sec'y.
Frankfurd, March 19, 1353.
LolaMonlez has arrived in St. Louis.
Mr. Fillmore, during his southern tour, will
be accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Critteiiden;
Mr. Conrud, and Mr. Kennedy.
Col. Bentok. The following is Friday's
announcement from Washington : "Oid Bullion'
will, to-morrow or Monday, publish a iiamnhlct
oil the best practicable routo for a railroad to
(he I ucifiti, and the way of cons(ruc(iug it. He
was occupied to-duy reading proof-sheets. The
pamphlet is looked for with much interest,"
pLank road-Frankford
Plank Roada fall little lr any short of Railroads
in their tendency to build up the country through
wbAch they run, and the towns where they ler
mirwtf. . Hence, the present4 prevolling dispo
sition to engage in these enterprisci u'one of
tlie surest harbingers of progress.
The Tlank Road from Hannibal to New Lon
Vn will shortly have two important tributaries,
terminating at the latter place. One will go to
Lick Creek, in Ralls county, twenty miles dis
tant from New Londftn j the other, to Frankford,
in Pike oounty, will be nine miles long
Next Monday the Circuit ond County Courts
will be in session at New London, and it has
therefore been determined to hold on that day,
and at that place, two Tlank Road meetings, by
the friends of those enterprises.
Articles of agreement have been drawn up
and papers circulated for subscription of stock
on the Lick Creek Road, and so far, $2,500 have
been subscribed. The County Court proposes
to subscribe dollar for dollar with the private
subscriptions to the New London and Lick Creek
Ro ad
For the Daily Journal.
Mr. EdUor:
While reluming from the country the other
day, I met a poor man, staggering along the road
with a eallon jug filled with whiskey, in his hand
Having promised m'e, some time before, that he
would drink no more, he oppearcd quite confused
and commenced apologizing. "Well," sai l I,
"we intend to break np this business of drinking
and getting drunk in Hannibal."
" How ?" he asked. I answered, "By procu
ring the passage of a law which shall prohibit
all persons from selling ardent spirits. We'll
have no dramshops nor liquorellin establish
ments in town, so you can't get drunk when you
come to town."
"Can you do it ?" he again asked. s
"Yes we can, and by Gj.Is blessing tes wtl
was my reply.
He immediately replied. "That would be a
great thing for the country a God's blessing to
humanity and to the world 1 Then I could go
to town, and not seeing any whiskey, I should
not want it -I could not treat nor be treated, and
I should go home to my family sober, ond be a
lumv Rnii usri ii muu i j. uui c vuu will duu-
, i i r i :n ...
11 J " 7---. 1
ceed I'm in favor of it."
And, Mr. Editor, succeed we must succeed
e will for we ore encraeed in a good work
a work of humanity a work of love and not
one unkind word or feeling against a human be
ing, need imbitter the gushing fountain of pure
philanthropy, upon whose swelling tide we shui
be borne aloft to victory. D.
Two weeks ago Mr. John S , a pilot on
the Kate Swinney, one of the Missouri river
packet, started to California to bring back a
bride whom he won under unusual circumstan
One day the Captain said to him "John you
will never be married ; you are too bashful to
ask a lady to have you."
"I will bet you five dollars I osk the first gir!
I see," responded the pilot.
Next day they overlook the Rowena, which
was lying by, on account of broken machinery.
From her they took a family going to Califor
nia, und among them were two young girls, who,
in tho course of the day made thoir way into the
pilot house. The captain happened lo be at the
wheel, and when the pilot entered, he started
out, winking to the young gentleman in a way
that was intended to convey information that he
should trouble him for the five dollars at the
first convenient opportunity. Mr. S, however,
had resolved to go ahead so in the captain's
hearing, he immediately turned to the handsom
er of the two young ladies, awl said abruptly
and desperately, "Miss, will you marry me ?"
This startling question from a total stranger
and at the first interview, was taken by both la
dies as an insult; but apologies and explanations
smoothed the 'matter over, and all parties con
cluded to laugh at the joko.
Said tho pilot, who, by the way, was a fine,
looking young gentleman, "suppose we make
up this match in earnest."
This also was treated at tho time as another
chapter in the joke, but afterwards the elder
sister came up to know what he meant? He
said he was in earnest. She remarked that her
sister did not wish to go to California, and, she
thought, would consent to say. This began to
look serious. He requested that the young lady
might be sent up, hoping she would reject him.
She came up and acsepted him. The joke grew
more serious than ever. He said as bravely as
possible that he was entirely ready, if there was
a preachtr on board. He looked upon this as
his last chance for escape. But it happened
there was a preacher on board, and the young
lady started lo have hue broii'ht up. What
was to be done ? It was a decided phix !
TL. .....
ine young man now saw that the proper
oourse for lum to pursue was to inform her that
he was only joking. He however slated that
be was inclined to be in earnest, but that they
had known each other but a short time; that
on this account it would be prudent to wait till
they knew each other better ; that lie thought,
so far as he knew, she was the very one he
would have chosen for a wife ; and hoped she
would correspond with him. "
' The young lady assented immediately to the
propriety of ull this j went on ber way to Cali
fornia ; they have corresponded regularly during
a year past j and now the hoppy young man is
on his way to the "promised land," to obtain,
not gold, but a prize, better than gold.
The above is all true, precisely as narrated;
Our information was blainsil from a friend who
was well acquainted with the pilot end captain.
Previous to the union of Scollifnd and Ireland
ntoone kingdom, the border inhabitants living
.1 I - . . t : I .. P I L T 1 IMBVtt lAl.n.lii
on me oooiiisn siuo ui m
better than bands of robbers. Ivcn tlie itunlea
proprietors could be looked upon only fit fob
bcr-chiefs. In those days hall a doaen. slout
ads could maintain a loruly establishment ty -
stealing cattle from the English farmers. The
union ot the two kingdoms put a sudden stop to
these robberies, and many of the Scotish, lnirds
who lived by plunder were completely rumen,
and many of llicm compelled to leave the caua
trv to save their necks from the callows. A-
.... ll,!lt! T ll.
mong the latter was viuiam musgruve, mo
roprietor or Aslilora Manor, snioru nam
elonired to the Museravcs for centuries. But
riot ond dissipation had so thinned them out, that
the present laird was the only surviving male of
the once illustrious house. To save a crjijnal
prosecution for his caUIe-sleaTiiig propeni-ities,
Musgrave lied to France. His estates were
instantly seized by creditors, and Ashford pass
ed into the hands of new proprietors. Years
passed away, und a fourth owner of these es
tates (a rich Scotch weaver named Anderson,)
had resolved to retire from business and take
up his abode at Ashford.
Meantime William Musgravc had gained a
sort of fooling in France, and was even receiv
ed at Court. He was a remarkably handsome
man ; and now, after vcars of exile, he was al
lowed to return to his native Border even
looser in moral principle, and more dangerous to
society from polished inannnrs mid the power
of masking a vicious disposition under a most
prepossessing appearance und address..
William Musgrave did obluin from the debris
of his dismembered estate a tmall sum of money,
just sufficient to enable him to re-oppeur on the
Borders as a gentleman : and one sweet summer
evening, while May Anderson was engaged in
her flower-garden, und her father was smoking
before the hall-door, "his custom i" the uficr
noon," a visitor wna announced, and Musgrave
was ushered to the presence of the new possess-f .
or of Ashford. To both, this unexpected meet- r r
ing was einbarrussirig, but both determined to ,
overcome it. Anderson by kindness, Musgrava.,
by hauteur. .
'You arc welcome to this house,' said the re- ,
tired tradesman, courteously. .
'There was a time 1 should have been so,' was
the reply. ,
'This is my daughter, Sir.' i
Musgrave, with the ease he lind required at
St. Germain, und which the fntniliarily of the
times permitted, advanced and kissed the blush- .
ing girl. Poor May ! That ceremonious salute, ,
proved the opening of a fatal attachment. ,. "
Most hoBpitubly, and with every deference lo ,
his feelings, Anderson entertained the ruined
laird. He was a man of shrewd character end
sound understanding, and fur too wise to act tho
paryenu proprietor at a time when property still
lingered with the aristocracy. In point of fact, :
the most of the Border families were desperate
ly embarrassed, if not altogether ruined; but t-tilL
they nominally ,'ppsscssea estates from which
their creditors, jpw that the order of things had
changed and right no longer was synonymous -with
might, were enabled "to cbtain the greater . ,
proportion of the income. Still Ihe broken gen
tlemen looked down upon wealth obtained by
honorable industry with contempt; and the least . -assumption
of equality, or an attempt to place
riches against red blood as a set-off, would have . .
elicited as strong un outburst from a Borderer,
as honest Bailie Nicol Jurvic evoked from his
kinsman, the Highland calerun, when in return
for otfering handsomely to take his son apprcn- j
tice without a fee, Hub Roy consigned the wor
thy magistrate, with his looms, treildlcs and all,
to a warmer locality even than the West Indies.
Mr. Anderson wilh great tuut avoided all ap
pearance ot display and pretence kept on tho
noiseless tenor ot his way offered no offence
to his fiery neighbors and in return, escaped
those slights and insults to which others similar
ly circumstanced as himself, but without his
prudence, were continuully exposed.
Musgruve's errand, or pretended errand to
Ashford, was to make inquiries after two or
three family portraits, which he understood had
been accidentally discovered in a garret. Mr.
Anderson told him that his information was cor
rect ; and leading him to another apurlmcnt, he ,
pointed to the portraits, cleaned and framed,
anew, and assured young Musgrave that ho had
only taken possession of these family memo
rials, until he should have an opportunity of re
storing thorn to the lineal descendant, mid now
tlicv were heartilv at his disnosal. TJiisWli.
cute mark of respect to the fallen faiiffifrs'
not lost upon the Borderer and tho iinprclend
ing hospitality of the host, and the gentle atten
tion of his daughter, propitiated one who h d ;
never heard the name before mentioned wiihj
out a burst of anger, and, late in the evening, ,
lie rode from the home of his fathers, in a dif-
ferent mood to that which he had approached it .
in the afternoon.
An hour's ride brought him to a little inn,
where a companion was waiting his return over , ',
a stoup of Bordeaux wine. Ho was a High- .
lander ; a short, stout, square built man of tliir- , ;
ty, with fiery-red hair, a slight obliquity of vis-,
ion, and a face whose ensemble was decidedly re
pulsive. MacDougal, like his friend Musgrave, ' ;
had followed the fortunes of the exiled family .
had starved at St. Germains obtained per
mission to return to Scotland and visited the ,
"land of brown health," with as little hope, and '
much less good luck than his friend, the Bor
derer. Small as the harvest reaped on the Bor
der was by Musgrave, that gleaned in the
Highlands by MacDougal was much less. Tlie
family property had been demolished, root and
branch, and not a wreck rrmained. In a word,
the fortune and influence of his name had been
annihilated. Muttering a Celtic curse, he fin
ished the sloup before him, called loudly tog
another, and then demanded what Lai detained
his companion so long.
'Long !' returned the Borderer ; 'I should
have uccepted my host's iuvitation, and remain
ed there for the night, only I knew that thou
wouldst be growling like a maimed bear.' . , '
'And did the churl ask the inr" ' '" -s,
'Ay that ho did ; and entertained me right ; .
hospitably. I rode te my father's door with
every feeling of hatred for its possessor. I left ',
it, half-reconciled to him, and half-inelined to
make love to his daughter.'
'And what may alio be like ? ,
'A woman without a single pretension to '
beauty and yet one that a man might love,'
'How looked the auld place? Not like my
ancient home a place without a foot a hearth,
without a fire.' And springing from Tiis cliajv -tho
red MacDougal strode through the clumber,
uttering Gaelic imprecations.
'I should have scarry-known it, A igus
house, garden, grounds, all renovated all cul
tured well. Every room bears the maik of op
uloiice the sideboard is loulud wilh ailverj
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