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JL r~ VOLUME X. PLAQUEMINE, PARISH OF IBERVILLE. LA., OCT. 14, 1857. NUMBER 11. published every wednesday MORNI5G by WILLIAM P. BRADBURN. "Office on Main street." TERMS. SUBSCRIPTION—Five Dollars per annum— due and payable at the time of subscribing. ADVERTISEMENTS will he inserted at the rate of One Dollar per sq jare (of ten line« or lese) for the fim, ami Fifty Cents for crery subsequent insertion. A liberal discount, twwc»er, on these rates will be made on advertisement« iuserted for any length of time. ANNOUNCING CANDIDATES—Ten Dollars for all office», in each language—invariabiy so advance. OBITUARY NOTICES, not exceeding three or four lines, will be cheerfully inserted without charge; but those of grçater length will be charged as advertise ments. JOB WORK—Cash on delivery. SPECIAL NOTICES. 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On the battlements of a small fort that liad been built as a frontier station on the shores of Lake Erie, at the hour of sun set, might have been seen three persons, who were silently gazing on the broad expanse of water that lay before them, tinged by the mellow light of the setting sun. The scene on which they gazed was indeed beautiful; the dark woods be hind the fort were dressed in all the gaudy livery of the earlier months of autumn, ere yet the leaf had been touched by the trans forming hand which prepares the earth for the approach of winter, while the dan cing waters, stretching away until they uiidiscerttably melted into the congenial blue of the pverhangitig sky, off» red rare picture of loveliness untu the eye of j ihebe&oldçr. J The group that we have' mentioned, : consisted of two men, dressed in the com mon habihnents of the hunter and frontier sman of that period (I8|3), the eldest of whom held the rank of captain of the fort, while the other was his lieutenant, Htui a young girl of apparently not more than twenty summers, who was the daugh ter of the eommander. The silence that had prevailed for some time was first broken by the youngest of the two first named individuals, who addressing the other, said : 'Captain Highton, may I inquire who that person was who came to the fort yesterday, and remained but till this morning Ï' 'He represented himself to be a stranger, journeying alone to the next post.' •It is utinusai for men to traverse these forests alone, in these troublous times, and there was something singular in his ap pearance that struck me when first I saw him—something suspicious, that warned me to be on my guard against him; but, by the by, sir, they say that the Indians are again beginning their devastations in this part of the country, and it might be well for us to be on our guard against them.' 'Pshaw ! pshaw ! Stewart, you give too much credit to idle rumors; in my opinion we might as well return to our homes for the war in reality is over, and no more ganger to be feared from the savages.' 'But, sir, n large body of Shawnecs fully armed, were lately seen by one of our ecouts, and as long as they gather in large «umbers there is danger to be feared.' ♦Well, well, have it your own way, then, but for my part, I see no necessity in shutting ourselves up in the fort, for fear that there may be some few strolling Indians in tbe woods;' so saying he turned away, and walked to another portion ,of the fort. 'And do you really think, Edward, that there is any danger to be apprehended from savages!* inquired Caroline High ton, who had"listened to the^conversation between Stewart and her father. *1 know not what to think,' was the re ply. That there are Indians and British in the surrounding woods, I have no doubt, for the former have been repeatedly seen by our men, and I have ray suspi cions in regard to the character of the individual who paid us so short a visit yesterday—but come what may, not one hair of your head shall be harmed while there remains one droop of, blood in the veins of Edward Stewart.* The period of our tale was shortly after the force of British and Indians, under Proctor and Tecumseh, had been defeated at the battle of the Thames by General Harrison, and peace (or a while restored to the western settlements. The fort was at that time garrisoned by a small force of twelve men, composed of hunters and MUlerf, who had taken up arm« to defend their homes against the attacks of a ruth less and cruel foe. Lulled into false se curity by the absence for some months of the bands of Indians who formerly had annoyed them by sudden attacks and ! ambushes, Captain Highton and most of his men had fallen into a degree of apathy in regard to the dangers that threatened them, and spent their time in hunting or fishing, or idly wishing to return to their homes, believing that the war was at an end, leaving the gates of the fort open, and the entrenchments in au almost des fenceless condition. Caroline Highton was the only daugh ter of her father, and had joined him dur ing the summer, and taken up her abode with him iri the fort, being the only wo man to be found for miles and miles of pathless forests that lay between the frons tier station and the nearest settlements.— Thrown into constant connection with each other, an affection which gradually flamed into love, had grown up between her and Edward Stewart, and they were generally considered by the other inmates of the fort, as being in that condition which now-a-days would be called 'en gaged.' Edward Stewart knew well to what dangers the fort was subjected, he knew that the cessation of hoistilities would on ly be of short duration, and that before they were aware of their presence, the dark forests would pour forth again their bands of painted savages, before whose sudden attacks an unguarded situation would easily fall a trap. He had of'.en before earnestly expressed his sentiments to the captain, and warned him to be on his guard, but his words were always met with an incredulous smile, and his warnings fell unheeded ou the ear of the comman der. Not more than a week had elapsed, af ter the conversation we have related had taken place, than, one night when the in mates of the fort were reposing in un guarded slumbers, a sudden yell, uttered as if it were by an hundred unearthly voices, was heard ringing without and within the fort, and its defenders were suddenly aroused to meet unarmed a savage foe led on by the very same stran g«r who had been received as we have mentioned, a few days before, and who had conducted his swarthy followers into the fort while its inmates were wrapped in sleep. At the first alarm, Edward Stewart leaped from his bed, and seizing his rifle that he always had near him, rushed forth, butto see his companions fighting in vain, and ov^-powered by a force of well-armed Indians, He first thought was to join in the fray and share the fate of his com rades; but bethinking himself of his promise made to Caroline, he rushed to her arpartment just in time to save her from the blow of an Indian, whose toma* hawk was upraised to murder the insensi ble form lying before him. Killing with one blow of the hatchet which he also carried, the intruder, he grasped Caroline in his arms, and bore lier through the crowd of fighting savages to the gate of the fort, from whence he proceeded to the beach, and laying the senseless form in the bottom of one of the many canoes which were hauled up on the shore, he pushed off into the lake. The Indians, after they hi d completed their work by slaying all the inmates of the fort, dis covered the loss of Stewart, who had pas« sed through them to the gate, and rushed down to the beach in pursuit of him.— Three canoes were soon manned and pushed off, while another band of Indians skirted the shore, to prevent the fugitive from making his escape. It was a bright, moonlight night, and although Stewart had a few minutes start, his pursuers gradually gained on him, and fired seve ral shots at him. Bending low in this lit tle cràft, so as to hide his body from the Indians, he paddled with such swiftness out into the lake, that it kept bis pursuers busy to keep in sight of him. Suddenly, he made a turn in his course, and put di rectly for the shore, tbe high banks of which were overhung by a dense growth of bushes and small trees, which took root in the soil. This movement was hailed by the Indians who were following him by loud shouts, for they thought he was a bout to land on the shore, where they could easily follow him up, and capture him. Swiftly the canoe which contained Ed ward Stewart 3nd his precious charge, neared the shore, arid it had already touched the overhanging branches, where he rose and fired into the foremost canoe behind him. The effect of the shot was told by the falling of a heavy body into the water, and in another moment the catioe •of Stewart disappeared among the bushes. His pursuprs approached the place where he had so strangely vanished from their sight, paddled around, above and be low it and landing on the shore, beat a bout the woods for some hours, striving in vain to capture the remaining hunter of the fort, till at last they relinquished the search. Some months previous, when out upon a hunting excursion, Stewart had wound ed a deer and had driven it into the lake. Following it in his boat, he pursued it for some distance, till it neared the shore and mysteriously disppeared as he at first thought, in the earth; hut just as he was giving up the chase, he accidentally dis covered the opening of a small cave, hol lowed as if it were in the rocky sides of the bank, but the ingress to which was completely hidden by a thick growth of foliage over the entrance. He there found the deer he had wounded, in the last agonies of death, and had as we have re lated, occasion to make use of his dis covery in escaping from a merciless foe. A Bit of Romance. Ten years ago a young Englishman ran away from London, where he was highly connected, came down to Liver pool, took a ship that was up'for New Or leans, and in due course of time landed in this city with, with a light heart in his breast and between one and two hundred pounds in Bank of England notes in his pocket. He had been a mauvais sujet at home, and, what between wine and wo* men, had managed to squander a large fortune, besides involving himself seriously in debt. He had taken the precaution to protide himself with letters of introduce tion to respectable parties in this city, and by this means he soon formed the ac quaintance of a young lady, who, by the death of her father, had just been left sole heiress to a large estate. A warm attach ment soon sprang up between the two, and our young Englishman, one fine day, made the lady a formal tender of his band and heart. The answer he received was the followiug : M love you and will mar ry you, hut only on these conditions, and these only—1st, you must stop drinking, 2d, you must pay your debts; 3d, you have squandered one fortune, you must set to work and make another.' Tbe lover entreated, but the lady was inexorable. Just then the gold fever broke out, and our hero determined, without loss of time, to try his fortune on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Ile sat down, wrote a let ter to the lady, in which he announced his determination, assured her of his unaltera ble affection, and begged her to be faith ful to him, and without further adieu started for New York andjjtook ship for San Francisco via the Cape. In Califor nia he led for some time a wandering, dis solute life, and finally joined the unfor tunate expedition which Raousset de Boulbon fitted out for the conquest of Sonora. It was known that he was a» mong the few who escaped to tell the fate of their heroic leader, but nothing further was heard of him or his where abouts un til last Saturday, when a friend of his in this city received a telegraphic dispatch from him, stating that be was among the fifty persons saved from the 'Centrai America, and brought into Norfolk by the bark 'Eloise.' The dispatch further stated that the writer had hist $150,000 in gold, which was in the hands of the purser, but that it was luckily insured for its full value in a London office. We learn that the lady to whom he was engaged is still unmarried, and it would not be strange if, in the course of human events, we should be called upon to indite a paragraph with that fashionable heading, 'Marriage in High Life.—New Orleans Bee. How it was Done .— Miss Fitz nancy, elderly maiden, charged Mr. Cleaver, the gay, young man accus tomed to carry home her marketing, with having forcibly kissed her, in the entry of her own house. Mr. Cleaver though proud of his-personal appear ance, was short, considering his whis kers; his height, even in French boots, only four feet eleven. Miss Fitznafts cy, on the,contrary, ran up a foot high er and staid there, being of remarkably rigid deportment. She swore the ab* breviated yet amorous butcher kissed her! by assault, and hauled him up for it. Butcher with some expression of disgust more emphatic than necessary denied the charge. Butcher was fnt, lady wasn't. Cleaver had antipathy to 'scraggy' women, and vowed he hadn't kissed her, and wouldn't. Mo ney, coy Id'nt hire him to. Cross -examined, lawyer inqures of the lady the circumstances; when, where, how. Lady replies with pars ticularity. On Monday morning, at ten o'clock, in the entry; resisted all she could, but he persevered and tri umphed. Lawyer asks: "Did not he stand on anything but the floor?" "No; he stood on the floor; no chair, stool, or anything else." "But, madam, this is impossible! you are twelve inches taller. How could he reach your lips?" Lady hadn't "thought of that; but she was not tobe tripped up by the "Oll, ha! weil, I know! yes. to be sure! But then you know, I scrootch^ j glibbest lawyer cf them 1 plies: Thank yon, mndani.— ed a little!" "Exactly! That'll do.' '•Nothing further, your honor." Verdict for the short defendant. [English Paper. A Brave Officer .—The Minne sota Pioneer relates the following inci. dent: Liant. Spencer, of the 2nd U. S. In fantry performed an act of bravery du ring the trying times at Yellow riiedi^ cine, in July last, which we believe lias not been but which ought to be recorded to his credit in the public press. He it was who was ordered to demand the Indian who stabbed the soldier. With a few men and his ill" terpreter he proceeded to the Indian camp, and upon seeing them assume an attitude of offense he ordered his men, as an evidence of his pacific in* tention, to halt, while he and his ins terpreter rode up to the Indians. Two hundred guns were levelled at him, in support of threats which his compan< ion understood too well to disregard.— The Lieutenant called him to his side, gave him his pistols for his re^assu« ranee, jumped off his horse when with in'speaking distance, unarmed and alone, breasted the savage multitude and fulfilled his duty. Learned Elephant .—"That's a werry knowing hanimal of yours,'said a cockney gentleman to the keeper of an elephant. "Very," was the cool rejoinder. "He performs strange tricks and hantics, does he?" inquired the cock ney, eyeing the animal through the çlass. "Surprisinl" retorted the keeper, "we've learnt him to put money in that box you see away up there. Try him with a dollar." The cockney handed the elephant a dollar, and sure enough he took it in his trunk, and placed it in a box high up out of reach. "Well, that is werry hextraordina* ry—hastonishin 1 truly! Now let's see him take it out, and hand it back a gain." "We never learnt him that." retor ted the keeper with a roguish leer, and then turned away to stir up the mon keys and punch the hyenas.—[Spirit of the Times. î'It is all Luck ."—"It is all luck," said an old man, as in poverty and misery, he found old age upon him, and the night of death at hand. "It is all luck,some born to be rich, and oths ers poor. Instantly our mind rever> ted to the old man's past life; we saw his wasted youth, his neglected oppor tunities, his sloth, improvidence and want of forethought, and then looking upon his desolate state, we asked ours selves, "Isit luck?" Never believe it, young man] Pluck, not luck, is the ruler of our destinies. The strong hand and the willing heart set luck at defiance, or rather make it serve them He is lucky who is industrious and cheerful, who neglects no opportunity, who wastes no time in idleness, and in the present provides for the future.— All other luck is a delusion and snare." A new married couple went to Nis agara on a visit, and the gentleman in order to convince his dear that he was brave as well as gallant, resolved to go down into the 'cave of the winds.' She, of course, objected; but finding that he was determined, affectionately requested him to leave his pocket-book and watch behind. Curious Trees in Cuba .—The editor of the Horticulturist, who is a professor of botany, spent the last wins ter in Cuba, where he found many trees and plants very different from anything in this country, some of which are very carious in their habits; one of which is called the copey, and another of almost identical habits call* ed jaqttey—both parasites. The seeds being deposited by birds in the forks of trees vegetate there, and send down small fibrous roots along thetrunk un* til they reach the ground, however distant; and these roots continues iqs creasing, until the whole body is en« veloped, the roots uniting together where they come in contact, until they finally form an inveloping case, with the bole of the old tree for the heart, which is killed by its parasite; a new top is formed and there stands a lofty tree, which is sometimes six or eight yards in diameter at the bottom, ft is described as a beautiful and delightful shade tree. The wood is of no value —the juiceis soglutinous that it serves as birdlime. It is suggested that the resinous gum exuding might be used in book-binding, since it is proof against fill insects. U" We wish it lo be distinctly understood that no announcement of a Candidate for Oßce will be inserted in this paper, unless accompanied with the cash, Ig 10. O" All letters, communications or notices sent lo this paper, and intended lo promote the in terests or gratify the wishes of an individual, a party or a corporation, will be charged as ad vertisements. ANNOUNCEMENTS i For Asses§or. Q^" We are authorized to announce U. S. HAASE a« a candidate foi Assestor —election next November. f a b7 * For Sheriff. Mr. Editor: Please announce m» in your paper as an Independent Candidat« for Sheriff. jan31 J. M. RILS. For Recorder. Mr. Editor: F lease announce my name as a Candidate lor the office of Recorder at the ensu ing election. ADONIS PETIT. For Coroner. We are requested to announce J. A VOISIN as an Independent Candidate for Conocer at the ensuing November election. my26 Justice of tlie Peace. Mr. Editor : Please announcd OSCAR LAUVE Esqr.. as a cardidate for Justice of the Peace for 2nd Ward. Isepl9] HIS FRIENDS. Motice. Those who get our paper from this date, without having ordered it, are simply requested to accept it, without charge, till November, when it will be stopped unless ordered other« wise. We ask all such to receive it till that time, as a favor. Parish or Avotkxas .— 1 The Marksville Vilm lager, the only Democratic paper published in Avoyells, in noticing tbe defeat of Judge Bowie, in St. Tammany, who was the regular nomi nee of the Democratic party for Judge, and the election of Penn, mainly accomplished through the influence of Davidson in favor of tbe latter, thus concludes : The spirit of Democracy «hail haunt your sorry dreams, Col. Davidson! Laurent Sigur the spotless and chivalrous champion of true Democracy, will crush your aspirations and bare you to the world's gaze—amen. The Harkey House, Batox Rouge .—We are happy to learn that Slaj. Rhodus, the late superintendent, has become the proprietor of this popular establishment. The house is to undergo a thorough overhauling, and a large and magnificent billiard saloon, bar, Sic., will sdorn the basement. We know the Major ta be personally very popular among all who have hud the pleasure of parte king of tbe good things at the Harney House, and of his eniire success in his new position, there can be no doubt.-— We join with the Sugar Planler in hoping that Miijor Rhodus may realize a fortune and in the earliest possible time ; that he merits it, alike with all men of energy and industry, he has given the fullest evidence. ET A Democrat informed us the reason why Col. Davidson did not attend the meeting at Harvey's School House, Livingston parish, was bnennse he "got the rheumatics very bad in hi» cruti h." In giving this explanation to the wor d « c assume neither personal nor political responsibility.— Cresant. It is well yon, don't, or else we should be compelled to take up the cudgel in behalf of venerable Thomas. We say its a slander— flat burglary as ever was committed! We know he Was troubled with the "Sigur thumps" —a malady much afflicting the Old War Horse, at present. —Sugar Planter. There's a good many others afflicted or "troubled"' with the "Sigur thumps" besides the "Old War H-irse," Vert Remarkable .—Mrs. Graves, wife of a conductor on the Concord and Montreal Railroad, was on a visit to Wells River, Vt.» the other day, and as she had never seen the inside of a telegraph office, a visit was paid to it, and thé first message that came while she was there, was one directed to herself, annoon» cing the death of her husband. In èvery 1000 persons only one reaches I00 years of life.