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Säs SENTINEL. OFFICIAL JOURNAL. PLAQUEMINE, PARISH OF IBERVILLE, SEPTEMBER 12, 1819. VOLUME II.—NO. (j, published every wednesday, By William I». Bradlm rn. i )ßce, second house above the Bank, to the right, from the river. terms oe the sentinel. Subscription :—Five Dollars por annum, invariably in ad vance. No subscription taken for a lufifi period than one year. a dvertising :—One Dollar per square, (10 lines or less) will be charged for the first, and Fifty Cents for every inser Hon thereafter. All advertisements not specified as to nuinberof insertions, will be published until forbid, and charged accordingly. In both languages, charged double 1K7Announcements for office $10, to be paid invariably in advaucc. PLAQUE MINE: *WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12,'49. Symptom*« of Revolution. Cuba .—We learn from the Bee that "the British steamer which left Havana on the 29th ult., brings advices from the Island of Cuba, which would seem to indicate the near approach of intestine commotions. The papers, as usu al, do not furnish the remotest hint of what is going on, but private lettere show that some thing serious is brewing. Troops have been organized in Havana and despatched to Puerto Principe, and the latest reports are that that town, together with St. Jago de Cuba and Tri nidad, had pronounced for independence, and that the Government troops have affiliated with the people. Four thousand militia have been ordered into service by the Captain General, and extensive preparations are making to put down revolt. What gives some coloring to the information is the fact stated by a correspon dent of the Delta, that the English Consul has written to Jamaica for all the Eriglish squadron that can be disposed of, for the protection of British property and subjects. When British functionaries take the alarm, matters must be gin to look squally. According to the same correspondent, various measures had been proposed of a very strin gent character. Some had counselled the im prisonment of all influential Creoles ; others, that the Spaniards should assassinate the na tives ; and others again, that a forced contribu tion should be levied on all citizens; but these projects were negatived, and the Government has contented itself with using the regular means at its disposal to meet the exigency. There is no doubt much exaggeration in the report ; but there is probably likewise a con siderable foundation of truth. It is quite cer tain that a movement for the political indepen dence of Cuba has long been in contemplation among the Creoles of the Island. It may have broken out prematurely—warmed perhaps into a precocious existence by recent events—but it is sure to come at last, and just as certain of ultimately succeeding." The Secret Expedition .—There are at Round Island, says the Picayune of the 3d, about 400 men, attached to what is called the "Secret Expedition." They are blockaded by several of our men of war, presentiug the sin gular spectacle of the United States Govern ment blockading its own citizens. The men are said to be unarmed, and in want of food ; they anticipated assistance by a steamer from New Orleans. But one of the officers of the blockading squadron was heard to say that any vessel attempting to get to the Island would be fired into and sunk ! The Picayune further says: It was rumored at Pascagoula on Saturday, that to-day some of the officers of the "Round Islanders" intended to make application to the legal authorities at thât place for a civil process against the officers who have cut off their sup plies, and to endeavor to have them arrested on a peace warrant. It was the opinion of a dis tinguished legal gentleman then at Pascagoula, that the process would issue and an order for the arrest of the parties complained against be made. It would be a little singular if Unci« Sam's men were to be arrested and held to bail on the complaint of these "outside barba rians," or rather "vagrants," as they have been superciliously and insultingly designated. We have understood upon good authority that Col. White, who left here on Saturday, took over to Perry S. Warfield, Esq., at Biloxi, the necessary affidavits, &c., and that the legal gentleman alluded to is to conduct the proceed ings. We have also understood, that in ac cordance with the tertns of Commander Ran dolph 's proclamation, a boat load of provisions have been already seized. tehuantepec .—A wagon road across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec is about to be prosecu ted forthwith, and is expected to serve a valua ble end. It will effect a saving of distance be tween the Atlantic seaboard and California, as compared with the Chagras route,of about 1700 miles. HTNathaniel Denby, late Navy Agent, has confessed judgment in the United States Dis trict Court at Philadelphia for the sum of $ 157, 443 67, being the amount claimed by Govern ment with interest Mr. Denby still remains in custody, the District Attorney, pursuant to ins tructions, having taken out a casa, against him. He did not appear in court, being too de bilitated to leave his bed. His health was stated to have become greatly impaired since csvii. Taylor at Westmoreland. The following is the reply of Gen. Taylor to the welcome tendered him by the citizens of Westmoreland county, Pa.:— My kinii friends and respected fellow-citizens, I am unused to public speaking,-—my training has been in a different department of life, and I am sure therefore the necessary indulgence^ will be made by this great assemblage. But if 1 possessed the most gifted power of eloquence I could not express in words the deep and abiding gratitude which I feel for the American people. They have crowned me with praise beyond my deserving: and unworthy as I am, they have elected me to the first office in the world in point of uioral and political dignity.— In the battles where I bore command, I was sustained by the American soldier and volunteer, admirable in all the qualities which ensure suc cess. Where they have confidence in the com mander, they have but two thoughts—"Our country, and victory in her cause. \\ itli such soldiers I fought, and with such soldiers wluit could I do but conquer—let them have the meed of praise. I was not deserving of the great office I now fill. I was not a voluntary candidate. But forc ed and constrained by impulses which I could not resist. But since the désir» of the people has placed me there, my anxious thought, my untiring exertions will be to promote the peace, liberty, prosperity, and happiness of the nation. You all know that I was not disciplined to poli tics. Forty years of my life were spent in tlie service of my country. Toil, privations, anxie ty and care were the elements of my educa tion. During that time, I served my beloved country with all my energies in obedience to her laws. That part of my life to which I look back with the greatest pleasure is when I was protecting the innocent inhabitants of the frontier, the women and children, from the tomahawk and scalping-knife of the savage. I hope my motives will not be misunderstood, for making this journey. I wished to see the great manufacturing establishments of the middle and northern States, to witness their flourishing and prosperous husbandry; to ascertain their wants and wishes, and to see my kind friends and their beautiful county. I will give all my sympathy to the friends of liberty everywhere, now struggling for liberty; but my great care will be to preserve the peace to the' country, and to aviod entangling alli ances with any, pursuing the example of Wash ington. And now my friends, I again return you my grateful thanks for the enthusiastic recep tion I have received. I love to meet my fellow citizens face to face, and to shake their honest hands, especially the gray-headed patriarchs, who were the patriots of other days—and the ladies, God bless them, they have everywhere cheered my way with their smiles. God bless you all. The Intelligencer concludes its account of the enthusiastic welcome by saying— The President was dressed in a plain suit of black cloth; but in nothing differing either in dress or manner from the great body of his fellow-citizens, who, with profound feelings of regard, thronged around him as he passed through this county. The common remark among the farmers was—"Why! he is just like one of ourselves—this is the right kind of a President—there is no ostentation about him, he mingles with, and converses freely with all; he makes every one feel perfectly at home in his company." Gen. Taylor Visiting a Seminary.— The young ladies of Edgeworth Seminary, Sewick ly, Pa., requested Gen. Taylor to drive within the grounds as he passed, that they might see one of whom their fathers and brothers had talked so much, and as delicacy forbade their turning to the road side to gaze at him. He complied with the request, and, being introduc ed, said: Young Ladies —It is with pleasure that I present myself before you at this time. To me it is always pleasing to meet with the young and beautiful. And it is my earnest hope, that in your present favorable position you may be well prepared for future happiness and future usefulness. Accept my sincere thanks for the honor conferred upon me in your request, and especially on account of the flatterieg and cour teous terms in which your invitation was couch ed. The President was then cheered by the pupils of Sewickly Academy, who were present, when, turning to them, he said: Young Gentlemen —I am pleased to see you. You are now in the morning of life. Make a proper use of the privileges you enjoy. Lay a solid foundation for becoming useful to your country and the world. My best wishes tor your prosperity remain you. Unwashed French Ladies .—An American lady, writing from Paris, says that she has lately discovered the secret of the many beautiful and brilliant complexions seen in that city. It seems that water is conceived by the French ladies as the great spoiler of the skin, so that unless some untoward circumstance really soils their faces they are not touched with water from one week's end to another; the owners content themselves with gentle rubbing with a dry coarse towel, and exclude water almost entirely from the toilet table. (CTlt is the true and expressive remark of a German philosopher, "I would not be a woman, for then I could not love her." T he M osquito C oast .—The Washington Republic expresses the opinion that England will not throw any obstacle in the way to pre. vent an American company from opening a com munication between the two great oceans at the San'Juan, even though she may assert her claims to the territory in Question. Adventure with a l*irate. From the Log-Boole of a Ojjicer. BYE. W. DAVIS, JR. "About two years since it became my for tune to eommad a sloop of war in the service of Great Britain. By what steps I arrived ;it this station it is unnecessary to detail, but it is sufficient for the purposes of my chronicle to know that one tine morning 1 found myself duly installed as commander of her Britannic ma jesty's sloop-ot'-war Semiramis, twenty guns, and one hundred and ten men. and sailing with a brisk breeze from the harbor of Portsmouth, bound for Montego bay, Jamaica, with special directions to cruise in search of a piratical schooner which had been committing depreda tions in that vicinity. As you perceive, 1 was short of hands, but at Montego Bay I was to receive a draft of some seventy or eighty men, who were accustomed to the hot latitude of the Gulf and the Carribean sea. A quick and prosperous voyage brought us safelv to our destined port, where we remained a week or ten days, filling our berths and re atocking the vessel with fresh provisions and water. This interval I spent on shore, and as I had friends there I soon became intimately acquain ted with some of the first families of the place; among others were two young ladies from Bos ton, who were spending a few weeks with a relative, and with one of these, Emily , I was so much struck, that her beauty touched my heart at first acquaintance, but when I afterwards discovered that her virtues, power of mind and gentleness, were equal to her loveli ness, my admiration changed to a tenderer sentiment. I did not then know that my feel ings were reciprocated by the fair girl, with whom I passed much of my time. At last all was in readiness for my departure, and I was compelled to bid her adieu, not without receiv ing earnest and pressing invitations to call on her parents, who were in wealthy circumstan ces, if I should chance into Boston harbor in the course of my duty. The next morning we left Montego Bay, and cruised hither and thither among the neighbor ing islands, but without success. At the end of a month we returned to port, having seen nothing of the pirate, but on reporting progress to the naval officer of the station, I was aston ished to hear that the corsair, which, by the way, was called the Agadip, had plundered and burnt a vessel on the coast a few days previous, so that I received orders to sail qgain the next day in pursuit ofthe schooner. Calling at the house of Emily D , I was told that she and her sister had sailed for Boston a week before on the Danish barque Frederiea. About dusk that evening, as I was preparing to ride out with a friend, a messenger from the station officer placed in my hands a note which ran thus: "Capt G , Sir—I have just received in formation that there is a suspicious-looking craft lying at anchor in a cove two miles distant. Though 1 have no evidence that she is any thing out ofthe way, yet it may be possible that this is the pirate. At all events it would do no harm to send a few men to reconnoitre, so that if it should be the Agadin, we may take mea sures for her capture. Yours, etc." 1 at once determined to reconnoitre the ves sel myself, and handing the messenger a note to my lieutenant, ordering the latter to have the Semiramis ready for sailing at a moment s notice, I gave the horse the rein, and seated in a light vehicle with my friend drove rapidly away toward the cove, which I knew lay just beneath the shelter of a high promontory. A short time sufficed to bring us to the summit of the wave-washed eminence, and looking down ward from our high position our attention was arrested by a dark object floating on the surface of the little bay far below us. The evening was sufficiently light to enable us at once to decide on the character of the object, which my experienced eve told me was a vessel of some seventy or eighty tons, and from the fact that no lights were visible on boajd though rough voices were heard from the beach beneath, 1 began to suspect all was not right. Desiring my companion to await with the vehicle, and in case of any alarm to drive directly back to the harbor anil acquaint my second officer with the fact, I made my way down the steep side of the promontory, which was covered with tropic shrubbery to the water's edge, determined to reconnoitre the suspicions vessel. A few minutes enabled me to obtain a posi tion near the foot of the eminence, and stopping to listen, I found the voices I had heard were those of men engaged in carousal and drunken ness in a fishing hut, swearing and brawling over their liquor. While thus listening^ several men sprang suddenly from a clump ot bushes and attempted to seize me; I drew a pistol, but just as I nulled the trigger, the weapon was dashed from'my hand, and ere the explosion had fairly rung out, I was thrown violently on the ground and pinioned. One of my captors expressed a desire to immolate me on the spot, but the others restrained him; from various phrases in their conversation, I discovered that I was real ly in the power of the pirates of the Agadin.— They placed me in a boat, rowed to the schoo ner, on the deck of which I soon stood, while one of the pirates narrated to a ferocious look ing scoundrel whom they addressed as Captain, the story and circumstances of my arrest.— With an ominous scowl he ordered them to carry me into his cabin till he had time to settle my affairs as he said; as they hastened to obey him, i heard him give command to bring on board all the crew and set sail at once, as he knew not what mischief was brewing. I was thrown upon the cabin floor and left alone to my meditations, which were rather unpleasant. But a moment after a state-room door opened, and a female voice, speaking in tones of surprise, met my ear. The voice was familiar, and on looking up, to my astonish ment I saw Emily D ! She sprang to my side, and, at my request, took my pocket knife from my waistcoat pocket and cut the fasten ings on my wrists. My hands once free, it was but the work of an instant to sever the cords that were upon my ancles, and springing to my feet I bolted the door of the cabin so that none might enter. Emily seized my arm and implor td me to save her and sister from a fate worse than death. In a few words she told me that the vessel in which they had taken passage had . been overhauled by the pirates, plundered and burnt, she and her sister having been alone re served from the horrid massacre of all on bou'id. ; »She clung to me with the nervousness of de spair, begging me to rescue her from the fate that seemed impending over her. 1 felt then, as her tear-bathed face was brought close to mine, that 1 loved her, and felt that she loved me in return. It was a joyful knowledge, and nerved my heart for the work I had on hand.— At this moment, though I felt my power was nothing against that ofthe desperate crew, I vowed to her that I would save her or perish with her. The look of confidence that beamed from her eye more than repaid ine for all the dangers I subsequently underwent. I looked from the window of the cabin, and , finding k close to the water, endeavored to in- ' duce her trust herself in the liquideiement with me. 1 could have swam with her to the shore, but the generous girl utterly refused to leave her sister, who was unwell in. a neighboring state room, and 1 determined to remain with her and defend her to the last. Looking nar rowly in the cabin and state-room, I soon had the satisfaction of finding three or four brace of pistols, several loaded muskets, and a large amount of ammunition. My resolutions were soon made, and after piling all ofthe furniture in the cabin against the door, I charged the ! fire-arms and awaited the course of events. It was a desperate resolve, but it whs a desperate case; and the winning manner of the lovely, yet terrified Emily, for whom I now felt a most intense anxiety, impelled me to brave even danger. A few minutes after, the sounds on deck told , me the sails were being hoisted; after that the motion of the vessel indicated that she was un- J der weigh. Ten minutes elapsed and footsteps ; were heard descending the stair to the cabin.- - Then some one turned the handle and essayed ! to open the door. At last the man, whom I supposed to be the commander, cursed and swore in a storm of rage, and called out to those on deck to know who had locked his door and taken away the key. At this sevejal persons spoke, and" after much conversation with their angry captain, lights were brought down, and looking through the key-hole I perceived half a dozen of the pirates with hammers prepared to break open the door. 1 knew the moment for action had come, aYid grasping firmly a brace of pistols, awaited in silence the denouement.— Crash, crash, crash, the hammers struck the lock from without; it was broken, and the door opened on a crack, but the furniture I had piled against it prevented ingress. I had extinguish ed the lights in the cabin, and placing one of the pistols in the aperture I fired, and one of the villains fell,—another pistol was discharged with like effect, and not till yet another had laid a third ofthe astonished wretches groaning at the foot of the gangway, did the rest hastily betake themselves to the deck. But even there they were not secure, for I could see one stand ingat the top of the stair, relieved against the starlit sky. I knew there was little hope for me, except in the death of the pirates, and thrusting a musket through the crack of the door, 1 deliberately shot the person whom I saw. The Rubicon was crossed, the deed was done, and I prepared to meet the consequences. I felt that it was now life or death with me, and on my fate hung that of one who was dearer to me than my own life. Reloading the weapons of destruction, J stood readv at the door, but for some reason the pi rates did not seem inclined to renew the attack. I was unable to conjecture the cause of their silence, till Emily sprang to my side, whispered in terror, "The window! the window!" I stepped lightly to the stern windows through one of which a man was softly clambering, and by the indistinct reflection of the water, I saw that in his teeth he held a glittering knife. The danger was imminent. I dashed my foot forci bly in his face and he fell heavily into the water. His cry for help was stilled by the suffocating brine "of the wave, and he sunk with all his crimes upon his head into a watery grave. At this moment a volley of musket balls was fired from the deck, at the cabin door heavy footsteps thundered down the gangway, and the axes ef the pirates soon reseunded on the echoing wood. It would have been an easy matter to have shivered the door to pieces, but ere they could do so I was again at the portal, and fired seven or eight pistols at random i through the aperture as fast as I could do so. This had its effect for the wretches retreated j again to the deck and consulted together. But my horror and alarm may be conceived, when • I heard the captain order his crew to unloose a six pounder from its tacklings, wheel it to the | gangway, and fire a few rounds of grape at the ; cabin door. I knew if this were done that my barricade would be shattered to pieces, and the : doom of myself and Emily sealed. I listened , attentively, heard them throw off the fasten ings of one of the schooner's guns, roll it to the gangway, and prepare to fire it. In their eagerness they forgot prudence, for to enable themselves ; to see better they placed a lantern near the ; gun. I saw the gun pointed toward the cabin : door, a priate stood ready to apply the deadly match; watclfing the motions of the villain, I raised a musket, and ere he could effect his pur pose a bullet laid him dead baside the gun.— Another picked up the match; again I aimed, but my weapon flashed in the pan without ex ploding. I sprang aside from the doorway, but instead of the volley of grape which I expect ed would crash through my barricade, the sound of a distant gun echoed over the waters, and I heard a ball strike on the deck of the schooner. In an instant all was confusion above, the cap tain cried out that they were discovered, and or dered them to extinguish every light, that they might escape in the darkness. I knew from their conversation that the gun I had just heard was ficed trom some pursuing vessel and con jectured it to be the Semiramis, my own sloop of-war. I determined to defeat the intentions of the pirate captain. Springing to the state room where lay Emily's sister, I took down the lantern which hung from the ceiling, and fasten ing the corner of a sheet to the top I let it down toward the water through the stern win " s Beotijamis might dow, that those on board the know where to direct their lire. The effect was i beyond my hopes, for the next instant I heard ' the report of the whole broadside ofthe sloop- 1 of-war, the balls from which took fearful effect ! on the schooners deck, and as 1 knew from the ( sound of one of her masts crashing over the j side. The dc.-perate pirates now exchanged several i shots with the Semiramis, hut the third from i the sloop-of-war was decisive, fora heavy rat-; tlingsound succeeded,and J knew the schooner now lay dismasted and umaiuigeable on the j waves. Ko more firing was heard, hut the I sound of voices and the dashing of spray told | that my own ship was close at hand. 1 remov- i ed the furniture from the door of the cabin suf- j ficienily to permit my egress, and with a pistol in each hand rushed up stairs just in time to ' head a gallant party of hoarders who sprang i from the Semiramis to the schooner's deck as the I former grazed past. 1 shouted to-them, and! recognizing my voice they followed me in a j desperate charge upon the dark group of vil- | I: ins who liait leathered on the forward deck. ! The pirate captain received a bullet in the head j from one of my pistols and fell: boldly my men j strove hand in hand with the wretches, and in a i few minutes every corsair on board had been | either killed or taken, and the shouts of my no- j ble crew and the signal lanterns we displayed gave token to those on board the Semiramis that the schooner was our own. Not long after, I had the satifaction of tr.ms fering Emilv and her sister to the ship, and the iirst person i met on my own deck was the per son who had accompanied me to the cove. He had heard the pistol shot which I fired when the pirates first seized me, lie had put the horse to the trot and reached Montego Bay in from fif teen to twentv minutes, threw himself into a boat, boarded the Semiramis, told the lieu tenant what had happened, and pointed out the course to be pursued, which resulted so happily in the capture of the pirate. In an hour or two we entered port with our prize, and the joyful news of the affair spead like wildfire. On my way to report to the commander of the station, 1 had the pleasure of accompanying Emily and her sister in a coach to the house of their friend, and promised the grateful girl to call soon. Every evening that week saw me at the house where Emily resided, and when a fort night after I set sail for England I bore on my finger a plain gold ring, the pledge of my fair one's troth; for 1 had told of my love and been accepted, and it was arranged that I should obtain my discharge from the British service and hasten to Boston, to claim for my bride the lovely heiress, my own Emily D ." About a year after the above was written, there appeared in the papers of Boston tlie fol lowing notice: "Married on the 21st Sestember, by the Rev. Mr. , Charles G , Esq., late captain in the Britisli navy, to the lovely 'Emily D , daughter of the Hon. Raphael D ." The pleasures and festivities of the happy event so occupy ray mind, and the society of my Emily so engrosses my time, that for the pre sent I must close my log-book, and reserve the remainder of its contents for another occasion." George Washington.— The following beau tiful anecdote is related by Duer in his "New York as it Was and Is:" The reserve and taciturnity of Washington were proverbial; but as the one was the result of diffidence, and not of austerity or pride, so the other proceeded from his habitual prudence rather than coldness, or want of the sensibility that inspires eloquence. In proof of this, it is related ofliim that when the famous meeting of officers was held at Ncwburg, to consult upon measures to be taken in consequence of the disbandment ofthe army by congress, without securing the reward due to its services, Wash ington, who was known to disapprove of the proceedings, though he sympathized with the feelings which gave rise to it, resolved, never theless, to be present. Unwilling to trust to his powers of extem pore speaking, he reduced what he meant to say to writing, and commenced reading it with out his spectacles, which, at that period he used only occasionally. He found, however, that he could not proceed without them. He stopped and took them out, and as he prepared to place them, he exclaimed, "I have grown blind, as well as gray, in the service of my country." This sudden bust of natural eloquence produced, as may be supposed, more effect than anything inj his premeditated address. Accident and Singular Result.— At St. Louis on the 28th ult., a young man by the name of Chas. Green, lately a resident of Lou isville, wfts engaged in raising the ceiling of a new store, to place a column under it, when the timber suddenly gave way, and fell on an axe that he held in his hand. The axe in its turn was knocked with great force against his head, and he fell senseless. He recovered, however, and was able to walk ; but what is singular is, that it has greatly impaired his memory. He barely recollects that he ever lived in Louisville, .and still believes himself on the steamer com intr from that nlace to St. Louis. He has for gotten nearly every past event, although he walks around and converses intelligently with those about him. John Knox's House.—A Dean of Guild Court, held on the 26th of July, lias according to The Scotsman, ordered the destruction of John Knox's (the famous Reformer's) house» "as l>eing insecure, ruinous, and dangerous to the inhabitants and other persons therein." This house, more than three hundred years old—it is nearly as many since Knox died—is one of the celebrities of that city, an antiquarian relit and memorial, which, it might be supposed, the Court would have deemed it more natural to order repaired than destroyed. 0°Married people should study each other's weak points, as skaters look out for weak parts in the ice, in order to keep out of them. Tlie Chinese. The following extract is from the forthcom ing work of O. Titian) - , Esq., and is part of a longer extract that has appeared in the Boston Advertiser: A great point in Chinese happiness i.s the number of children the fortunate man may boast of. The principle they go on is, in the words of Shakspcare, "The world must be peopled." A man with half a dozen sons is wealthy, but with the same number of daughters, his poverty is a general subject of pity. In speak ing of his offspring one will sometimes say, that he has three children, and if you ask if any are daughters, he will answer yes, four, meaning seven in all, though he does not consider the girls worth mentioning. Should his wife prove childless, he eagerly seizes the opportunity of putting her aside and marrying again. manners of the Chinese, taose of the middling and upper classes, are very pleasing to a stranger. The low laborers are brutish enough, but among the better bred a gentility of manner is strikingly apparent When you meet a Chinese gentleman, he folds his hands and shaks them at you, saying. Chin chin, words of the Canton-Chinese-Anglo jargon signifying welcome, or thank you, or fare well according to the occasion. If your visit is one of ceremony, he is careful to keep his hat on while yon uncover, and scats you, of course, on his left hand. He is so courtier-like, that he will not touch the chair a moment before you, and if he per ceives that he is doing so he instantly rises a little. Then, perhaps, he treats you to sweet meats and tea. The tea is always delicious. It is not contaminated by cream and sugar, he would not condescend to such barbarian cus tom. There are no saucers for the cups to stand upon, but you will see that they are on the top of the cup, to keep in the aroma of the clear amber-colored beverage. Andso in China you will sec a hundred re verses to European customs. I have spoken of the practice of keeping precocious youths in subjection, the Celestials fully appreciating the wisdom of Solomon, if no other portion of Holy Writ. A man dresses like a woman, and uses a fan even more; he carries his watch on the right side, and instead of leaving his knife and chop sticks on the table, he puts them into a little case and bears them about with him; he unco vers his head in summer time; he begins to read a book at its natural end, he never cuts the leaves of it; he writes perpendicularly; he eats fruit first, and soup last, at feasts of cere mony. He whitens the soles of his shoes instead of blacking them; he puts on boots, and discards shoes when he wishes to be extremely elegant in company; and old men play like little boys, and little boys look as dignified as judges. On one occasion I saw an instance of Chi nese contrariety that certainly put to flight any of the recreations of old men in my own coun try; for as some of us were warming ourselves in a cool Noverber afternoon with a primitive and healthful sport of leap frog, much to the delight of herds of Chinese, to our inexpres sable surprise, we saw three grave citizens, whose united ages were certainly over a centu ry and a half, become so carried away by the spirit of the game, that they must join in it themselves. They were men of respectability; they were dressed in fine silk, and their beards and moustaches were combed precisely; and in a moment two of them stood at the prescribed distance from each other, and placed their hands upon their knees, while the third (a gen tleman near threescore years) indulged in the flying run, and would have cleared his com panion's head in gallant style, only his long gown took such firm hold of the other's back that both came to the ground, like horse and rider in a steeple chase. Not at all disheartened, they continued the game for half an hour or so, and though falling at full length five times out of six, expressed themselves as highly pleased with such novel and invigorating exercise. In the meantime several urchins looked on without either daring to laugh or join in the pastime. Grand Fall of Water.— The Rome (Ga.) Bulletin describes a remarkable phenomena which occurred at Cedar Point, in the vicinity of Chattanooga, on the 2d ult. The clouds about 6 a. m. became greatly agitated, forming a great mass of distinct whirls, like water spoufs, ac companied by loud roarings. They became en veloped in darkness, and a large number of them must have burst upon the mountain. There are the marks of the effects of seventeen within the space of one mile and a half on the slope of the mountain. Large gullies were scooped out> vast rocks removed from their bases and throwu about in confusion, and in one place a largo oak tree was uprooted and carried three hundred tards down the mountain. The waters rose prodigiously, flooding the valleys, and carrying away fences, cattle, grain, etc. Give Him Up.— "Are you an Odd Fellow?" "N o, sir, I 've been married for a week!" "I mean, do you belong to the Order of Odd Fel lows?" "No, no, I belong to the order of mar ried men." "Mercy, how dumb! Are you a Mason?" "No, I 'm a carpenter by trade."— "Worse and worse ; are you a Son of Temper ance?". "Bother you, no; lama son of Mr. John Gosling." The querist went away. [CFReauzzini, a celebrated musician, com plains of the newspapers of his day in the fol lowing quaint manner : "I likes not your Eng lish newspapers. Dere is moch 'We know, (measuring the first joint of his fore finger, and then stretching out his arm to its full extent,) while dere is bo much 'we tink: "