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Ode For the Fourth or July, 1814.
By William CuUen Bryant in the Hampshire
Gazette, July 6,1814.
Amidst the storms that shake the land,
The dm of paity fiay,
And woee of tfiuliy war, we meet f.
To hymn this sacred day, ^Sw
For all thatbieathes of ancient worth
Our lingering hope reveres
JEach print of Ireedom's sacred steps,
Each trace of happier years. 4
Our skies have glowed with burning towns,
Our snows have blushed with gore,
And fresh is many a nameless crave,
By Eric's weepmg shore.
In sadness let the anthem flow,
But tell the men of strife,
O their own heads shall rest the guilt
Of all this waste of life.
But raise, to swell the general song,
Our notes of holiest-sound
And bless the hands wnich rent the chain
The struggling world that bound.
iLo! Europe wakes the sleep of death
Her pristine glories warm!
"The soul of ancient freedom comes
And fills her mighty form!
Well have ye fought, ye friends of man,
Well was your valor shown
The grateful nations breathe from war,
The tyrant lies o'erihrown.
Well mij ht tempt the dangerous fray,
Well dare the desperate deed
Ye knew how just our causeYe knew
The voice that bade ye bleed
To thee the mighty plan we owe
To bid the world" be free
The thanks of nations, Queen of Isles!
Ai poured to heaven and thee.
Yes'hadst not thou, with fearless arm,
Stayed the descending 3courge
These stiaim, that chant a nation's birth,
Had hapl} hymned its dirge
But where was raised our country's hand
Amidst that dreadful strife?
Where was her voice when hopes grewfaint,
And freedom fought for life*
Oh' bitter are the tears we shed,
Columbia! o'er thj shame!
A stain the deluge could not cleanse
Forever blots thy fame.
Nor to avenge a nation's wrongs
Does power demand our aid
The, sword is baredbut angry Heaven
Fiowns on the accursed blade.
vThe men who snatched it from the sheath,
A feaiful cuise withstands
The blood of innocent is red
Upon their guilty hands.
Still, to defendour country's shores,
We hasten to the field
And should the foe invadeour ranks
May fall, but never leld.
1 Th day that sees the victory theirs,
Shall look on many a grave
Our vetei an fatherb taught their sons
To guaid the soil they gave.
Come to thine ancient haunts, and bring
Thy tram of happy years.
Oh, PEACE' the sunshine of thy smile
Shall dry a nation's tears'
From hill, and plain, and ocean's verge,
While with the unwonted sail,
JShall burst a boundless shout of joy,
Thy rain renewed, to hail!
Retiring From Bniuess.
What the colonel's business was no
Tjody knew, nor did anybody caro partic
ularly. He purchased for cash only, and
never giumbled at the price of anything
he wanted who could ask more than
Curious people occasionly wondered
how, when it had been fullv two years
since the colonel, with everyone else,
abandoned Dutch Creek to the Chinese,
he managed to spend money freely and
o lose oonsideiable at cards and horse
sraces. In fact, the keeper of that one of
tthe two CiaUenge Hill saloons which the
colonel did not patronize, was once heard
to absent-mindedly wonder whether the
colonel hadn't a money mill somewhere,
where he turned out double eagles, and
slugs' (the coast name for fifty-dollar
.gold pieces")
When so important a personage as a
bar-keeper indulges publicly in an idea,
the inhabitances of Challenge Hill, like
good Californians everywhere, considered
themselves in duty bound to give it grave
consideration, so tor a few days certain
industrious professional gentlemen, who
won money of the colonel, carefully weigh
ed some of the brightest pieces aiid tested
ihem with acids, and tasted them, and
tsawed them in two, and retired them, and
melted them up ana had the lumps as
The result was a complete vindication
of the colonel, and a loss of considerable
.custom to the indiscreet bar-keeper.
The colonel was as good natured a man
as had ever been known at Challenge Hill,
ibut being moital, the colonel had his oc
casional times of despondency, and one
of tiem occurred alter a series o% races
in which he had staked his all on his own
&ay maie Tipsie, and had lost.
Look'ng reproachfully at his beloved
-animal he failed to feel the aching void
of his pockets, and drinking deeply,
swearing eloquently and glaring defiant
ly at all man kind, were equally unpro
ductive of coin.
The boys at the saloon sympathized
most feelingly with the colonel they were
^unceasing in their invitations to drink,
and they even exhibited considerable
Christain forbearance, when the colonel
savagely dissented with every one who ad
vanced any proposition, no matter how
But unappreciated sympathy grows de
cidedly tiresome of the giver, "and it was
with a fcelling of relief that the boys saw
'the colonel $triae out of the saloon,
meunt Tipsie, and gallop furiously away.
Riding on horsebacjt has always been
considered an excellent sort of exercise,
.and fast riding is universally admitted to
sbe one of the most healthful and delight
ful means of exhilaration in the world.
JBut when a man is so absorbed in his
extrcise that he will not stop to speak to
a friend and when his exhilaration is so
^complete that he turns his eyes from
well meaning thumbs pointing signifi
cantly into doorways through which a
man has often passed while seeking brac
ing influences,^ is bt natural that people
should express some wonder.
The colonel was well known at Toddy
Flat, Come Hand, Blazers, Murdjrer's
.Bar. and several other villages through
which he passed. As no one had been
seen to precede him, betting men were
aoon 6ffeiing odds that the colonel was
running away from somebody.
Strictly speaking, they were wron?but
they won all the money that had been
staked agaiest them, for within half an
hour's time there passi over the same
road an anxious-looking individual, who
reigned up in front of the principal
saloon of the place, and asked if the
colonel had passed.
Had the gallant colonel known that he
was followed, and by whom, there would
have.been an extra election held at the
place very shortly after, for the pursuer
was the constable of Challenge Hill, and
for constables and all officers of the law
the colonel possessed hatred of unspeak
able intensity.
On galloped the colonel, following the
stage road, which threaded the old min
ing camps in Duck Creek but suddenly
he turned abruptly out of the road and
urged his horse through the young pines
and bushes, which grew thickly by theto
road, while the constable galloped rapid
ly on to the next camp.
There seemed to be no path through
the thicket into which the colonel had
turned, but Tipsie walsed between the
trees and shrubs as if they were the fam
iliar objects of her own stable yard.
Suddenly a voice from the bushes
"What's up?"
"Businessthat's whet," replied the
"It's time, replied the voice, and its
ownera Jbearded-six-footer emerged
from the bushes, and stroked Tipsie's
nose with freedom of an old cquaitance.
"We aint had a nip since last right, and
thar aint a cr.vcker or a handful of flour in
the shanty. The old gal go back on
"Yes," replied the colonel ruefully,
"lost every ulasted race. 'Twasn't her
faultbless her she done her level best.
Ev'rybody to home?"
"You bet," said the man "All been a
prayin' for yer to turn up with the rocks,
an' somethin' with more color than
spring water. Come on."'
The man led the way and Tipsie and
the colonel followed, and the trio sud
denly tound themselves before a small
log hut, but in front of which sat three
solemn, disconsolate individuals, who
looked appeahngly to the colonel.
"Mac ''1 tell yer how t'was, tellars."
J&id the colonel, meekly, "while I picket
*the mare."
The colonel was absent but a very few
moments, but when he returned each of
the tour was attired in pistols and knife,
while Mac was distributing some domi
noes, made from a rather dirty flour bag.
"Tain't so late ez all that, is it?" in
quired the colonel.
"Better be an hour a head than miss in
this 'ere night," and one oi the four.
'I ain't been so thirsty since I come
round the Horn in '50, an' we run short
ot water. Somebody'll get hurt it ther'
ain't any bitters on the old concern
they will, or my name ain't Perkins."
"Don count on your chickens 'fore
they're hatched, Perky," said one of the
party, as he adjusted the dominc under
the rim of Lis hat. "S'posin' ther' shud
be too many for us?"
"Stidy, stidy, Cianks!" remonstrated
the colonel. "Nobody ever gets along et
they 'low 'emselves to be skeered."
"Fact," chimed in the smallest and
thinnest man in the party. "The Bibl"
says somethin' mighty hot 'bout that. I
disremember dzcklv how it goes but I've
heerd Paison Buzzy, down in Maine,
preach a rippin old sermon many a time.
The old man never thort what a comfort
them sermons wus agoin' te be to a road
agent, though. That time we stopped
Slim Mike's stage, and he didn't hev no
more manners than to draw on me, them
sermons wuz a perfect blessing to me
the thought of 'em cleared my head as
quick as a cocktail. An'
"I don't want io dispute Logroller's
pious strain," interrupted the colonel
"but ez it's Old Black that's adriven' to
day instead of Slim Mike, an' ez Oldown
Black aliers makes his time, hedn't we
better vamose?"
The door of the shanty was hastily
closed, and the men filed through the
thicket until near the road, when they
marched rapidly on in parallel lines with
it. After about halt an hour, Perkins,
who was ]eading, halted, and wipW pis
perspirating-'brow with his shirt sleeved
"Fur enough from home, now," said he,
"Tain't no use bein' a gentleman ef yer
ter work too hard."
"Safe enough, I reckon," replied the
colonel. "We'll dp the usual I'll halt
'em, Longroller 'tend to the driver,
Cranks takes the boot, an' Mac an' Perk
takes right an' left. An'I know it's
toughbut considerin' how everlastin'
eternally hard up we are, I reckon we'll
hev to ask contnoutions from the ladies,
too. ef that's anv aboard- eh, boys?"
"Reckon so," replied Logroller, with a
chuckle that seemed to inspire even his
black domino with a merry wrinkle or
two. "What's the use ov women's rights
ef they don't ever hev a chance ov exer
cisin' 'em? Hevin' their purses borrowed
'ud show them the hull doctrine in, a bran
new light."
"Come, come, boys," interposed the
colonel, "thar's the crack Old Black's
whip: Pick yer bushesquick! All
jump when I whistle!"
Each man secreted himself near th
roadside. The stage came swinging
along handsomely, the inside were
laughing heartily at something, and Old
Black wasjust giving a delicate touch to
the flank of the off leader, when the
colonel gave a shrill, quick whistle, and
five men rang into the road.
The horses stopped as suddenly1
7 'W^JJi^t!ffi'
air if
it were a matter of common occurrence.
Old Black dropped the reins, crossed Ms
legs and stared into the sky, and the
passengers all put out their heads with a
rapidity equalled only by that which
they saw the dominoes and revolvers of
the road agents.
4 Sei ms to be something the matter,
gentlemen," said the colonel, blandly, as*
he opened the door. ''Won't you please
get otft? Don't trouble yourself to d?aw
'cos my friend here's got his weapon
cocked an' his fingers is rather nervous.
Ain't got a handkerchief, hev yer?" asked
he of the first passenger who" descended
from ,the stage. "Hev? Well, now, that|s
lucky. Just put your hands behind you,
pleasesothat's it." And the unfor
tunate man was securely bound in an in
The remaining passengers were treated
with like courtesy, and the colonel and
his friends 'examined the pockets of the
captives. Old Black remained unmolest
ed, for who ever heard of a stage driver
having monev? i
"Boys?" said the colonel, calling his
brother agents aside and comparing re
ceipts, "'tain't much of a haul but there
is only one wo nan, an' she's old enough
be a feller's grandmother. Better fet
her alone, eh?"
"Like enough sne'll pan out more'n all
the rest of the stage put together," growl
ed Cranks, carefully testing the thickness
of tue case of a gold watch. "Jest like
the low-lived deceitfulness of some folks
to h're an old woman to carry their money
so it'd go safer. Mebbe what she's got
ain't nothin' to some folkd that's got
hosses, that kin win 'em money at races,
The colonel abruptly ended the con
versation and approached the stage. He
was very chivalrous, but Crank's sarcas
tic reference to Tipsie needed avenging,
and as he could not consistently with
business arrangements put an end tothe
Cranks, the old lady would have to suffer.
"I beg your pardin, ma'am," said the
colonel, raising his hat politely with one
hand while lie opened the coach door
with the other, "but we're taking up a
collection fur some deserving object. We
wuz agoin' to make the gentlemen fork
over the hull amount, but ez they hain't
got enough, we will hev to bother you
The old lady trembled, felt for her
pocket-book, raised her veil. The col
onel looked into her face slammed the
stage door, and sitting on the hub of one
of the wheels, stared vacantly into space.
"Nothin?" queried Perkins in a whis
per, and with a face full of genuine sym
"Noyes," said the colonel, dreamily.
"Tnat is, untie 'em and let the stage go
ahead," he continued, springing to hiscare
feet. "I'll hurry back to the cabin."
And the colonel dashed into the bushes
and left his followers so paralyzed with
astonishment that Old Black afterwards
remarked that "ef ther'd been anybody
to the hosses he could hev cleaned the
hull crowd with his whip."
The passengers, now relieved of their
weapons, were unbound, allowed to enter
the stage, and the door wa3 slammed
upon which Old Black picked upjn his
reins as coolly as if he had lain them
down at a station while the horses were
being changed then he cracked his whip
and the stage rolled off, while the colonel's
party hastened back to their hut, fondly
inspecting as they went certain flasks they
had obtained while transacting their
business with the occupants of the stage.
Great was the surprise of the road
agents as they entered their hut. for there
stood the colonel in a clean white shirt,
and in a suit of clothin" made from the
limited spare wardrobes of the other
members ot the gang.
But the suspicious Cranks speedily
subordinated his wonder to his prudence
as, laying on the table a watch, two
pistols, a pocket-book and a heavy purse,
he exclaimed:-
"Come, Colonel, business before pleas
ure let's divide an' scatter. Ef anybody
should hear about it an' find our trial, an'
ketch the traps in our possession, they
"Divide yourselves!" said the col ,nel,
with abruptness and a great oath. "I
don't want none of it."
"Colonel," said Perkins, removing his
domino, and looking axiously into
the leader's face, "be you sick? Here's
some bully brandy which I found in one
of the passenger's pockets."
"I hain't nothin'," replied the colonel
with averted eyes. "I'm goin\ ana I'm
a retirin' from this business forever."
"Ain't a agoin' to turn evidence?'*
cried Cranks, grasping the pistol on
"I'm a-goin'to make a lead mine ot
you if you don't take that back!" roared
the colonel, with abound which caused
Cranks to drop the pistol and retire pre
cipitately, apologizing as he went. M'm
goin'iotend to my own business an'
that's enpugh to keep any man bizzy.
Somebody lend me fifty dollars 'till I see
them again."
Perkins pressed the money into the
colonel's band, and within two minutes
the colonel was on Tipsie's back ,and gal*
loped on in the direction the stage had
He overtook it, he passed it, and still
he galloped on.
The people at Mud Gulch knew the
colonel well, and made a rule never to
be astonished at anything he did but
they made an exception to the rule when
thecolonel canvassed the principal bar
rooms for men who wished to purchase a
horse and when a gambler who was
flush obtained Tipsis for twenty slugs
only a thousand dollars, when the col
onel had always said that there wasn't
gold enough on top* of ground to buy
herMud Gulch experienced a decided
One or two enterprising persons speid
ilydiscoveredvthat tne colonel was not in
a communicative mood so every one re
tired to his favorite saloon to bet accord
ing to his own opinion of tbe colonel's
motives and actions.
But when the colonel, after remaining
in the barber shop for half an hour,
emerged with his face clean shaved and
hair nea'ly trimmed and parted, betting
was so wild that a cool-headed sporting
man speedily made a fortune by betting
against every heory that was advanced.
Then the polonel made a tour of the
stores, and fitted himself with a"newSuit
of clothes, carefully eschewing all of the
generous patterns and~pronounced colors
So dear to the average miner. He bought
a new hat and put on anew pair of boots
and pruned his finger-nails, and 'stranger
than all, he mildly declined all invitat
ions to drink. \i frtVeir
As the colonel stood in''the*door of the
principal saloon, where the stage always
stopped, the Challenge Hill constable
was feen to approach the colonel, and
tap him on the shoulder, upon which all
men, who bet that the colonel was dodg
ing somebody, "claimed the stakes. But
those who stood near the colonel heard
the const'able say:
Colonel, I take it all back. When I
seen you get out of Challenge Hill it
come to me that you might be in tbe$5,
road-agent business, so I followed you
duty you know But when I seed you
sell Tipsie I knew I was on the wrong
trail. I wouldn't suspect you now if all
the siages in the state wuz robbed and
I'll give you satisfaction any way you
want it.''
"It's all right,'' said the colonel, with
a smile. The constable afterwards said
that nobody had any idea of how curi
ously the colonel smiled when his beard
was off.
Suddenly the stage pulled up at thebuildiug
door with a crash, and the male passen
gers hun led into the saloon in a state of
utter indignation and impecuniosity.
The story of the robbery attracted
everybody, and, during the excitement,
colonel slipped out quietly, and open
ed the door of the stage. The old lady
started and cried
"George!" And the colonel jumped into the stage,
and put his arm tenderly about the
trembling form of the old lady, exclaim
"Mother!''BKET HAUTE.
The Prayer Gauge.
In a recent lecture at Chicago Rev.
George Mueller, of Bristol, England, gave
an account of the methods by wh'ch he
proceeded and now supports a number of
orphan asylums. What .had led to the
idea he said, was his visits in pastoral
work, when he felt there was nothing so
wanting as faith in Chiistian people and
for the fatherless childien. There
did not seem much chance to do any
thing, as he had no money or influence
but having weighed the matter well he
determined to trust in the living God,
and begin an orphan asylum, leaving the
care of it to God. He was not a hasty
person, and it took long consideration tor
him to reach that decision. One eveniny
he was reading through the word of god,
and came to the eighty first Psalm, and
"I am the Lord thy God. which brought
thee out of the land of Egypt open thy
mouth wide and I will fill it."
He fell on his knees and prayed to God
to give him a suitable house for the
orphan asylum and a thousand pounds, or
$5,000 in American money. That seem
ed like an immense sum, and he trusted
in God to get it. The first dav he re
ceived two shillings from a poor arman
missionary, and another little donation
from another missionary, but little by
little the money came in, and shortly af
ter he received $500 from a poor wonkan,
who earned $1 a day from sewing. He
at first refused the money, but +he woman
compelled him to keep it. In about
three or four months he was in a position
to rent a house capable of receiving
thirty orphans, and appointed a time for
receiving applications." He went to the
house and waited three hours,, but there
was not an application. He went home
discouraged, and cast himself on the
floor, almost in despair. He prayed
to God. The next morning the first ap
plication was received, and in a month
forty two applications were received, and
in six months he opened another nouse
for very little boys and girls, below 8
In nine months he opened a third*
house for boys over 8 years, and during
six months the prosperity of these insti
tutions was unabated. Then all the
money was gone. People would think
he should then be discouraged but
on the contrary, he gloiied in the fact,
for it would show the world what could
be done in tre nineteenth century in an
swer to prayer. Thousands of these orph
ans had been brought up and educated
in the fear of the Lord, and in his trip
to this country he had met many of his
former pupils well-to-do and Christians.
This was what had been accomplished
simply in answer to prayer in this centu
ry. "When it came to being witnout
money he felt that the time had come to
prove"the Lord. He called the help of
the asylums together and told them not
to buy a single article except for cash.
During the torty-four years that the asy
lums had lived they had never contract
ed cent of debt. He reasoned that it
was the work of God, and that they
should not be conducted according to
worldly institutions. He knew that there
could be no loss in doing God's work in
God's way. According to these princi
ples he had acted all these years, and he
had never had to retrace any steps. It
soon came to this, that they would have
a breakfast and there would be nothing
for dinner. Then he would call the help
together for a prayer-meeting* when the
dinner would always come.
Often it was necessary to "have a
second prayer meeting to get a supper,
and sometimes still another prayer meet
ing to get something for bieakfast. The
plan was invariably successful. This
happened not once, noi ten times, nor a
hundred times, nor a thousand times,
but many thousattd times, and never was
there a single failure. Sometime the let
ter carrier would briny a remitance from
friends at a distance, sometimes friends
happened to call and look through the
institutions, and would contribute, but
always there came relief at the right time*
A tew years later a donation ot $25,000 was
received, and he opened another institu
in the same street. Then another era
came. They were overcrowded there
were 125 orphans and more wanting to
come in. They decided to build. About
$75,000 were necessary, though they did
rot have $7 in the treasury. He deter
mined to go ahead with the building,and
therefore began to pray. He prayed one
day, two days, five daye, and still no
money came in. He prayed still trust-
fulIy-7-fifteen days, thirty days, and not a
singleperiny came.
On the thirty-fourth day the first do
nation of $5,000 came in, and he wasn't
Ht all excited, [laughter.] He had gieat
faith, whicu had been strengthened by
exercise. At first he could trust God for
afterwards lor $10, afterwards for
$100, afterwards for $1,000, and now he
could tru8tGodfor $1,000,000. He re
peated that he wouldn't have been i xcited
at receiving $50,000 instead of $5,000 at
that time. The money came in rapidly,
and in a few months he had enongh mon
ey to commence building, but he did not
put his signature to the contract until
there was enough to pay far the whele
building. Yet a strange circumstauce
was that while ihere was $40,000 or
$50,000 in the bank to the credit of the
fund, the orphans were otten
suffering tor breikfa*t, yet he nevei
touched a cent ot the fund. If he had
done so the first time his spiritual ther
mometer would have gone down ten de^
grees, and ten degrees erery time after
The house was opened soon afterwards
and filled, and there were still applica
tions and he did not know what to do.
Then he prayed, and finallv started in to
build another asylum for 700 orphans. In
four or ,five years two more houses were
completed, and there was room for 1,000
orphans, and that too, though the first
house had cost $75,000. Then there
were more orphans waiting and he six
years later had built two" more houses,
costing $300,000. These asylums were
near together and were like ahttle town.
These five houses had 1,700 windows
larger then those of Far well Hall. There
were generally from 500 to 600 hand.
The children were only those who had
been bereft of both parents, and another
condition was that they must have been
lawfu'ly begotten and stcll another con
dition was that they must be destitute.
When these conditions were fullfihed no
child was refused from any part ot the
That Insurance Case. i
"Mamus Cajlius," Cicero said to his le
gal friend, meeting him one morning on
the other side ct a screen under the capi
tol, "what shah it be?"
Cselius said he would take a little spiri
tus fumenti optimus, straight, and the
orator, remarking that that was the size
ol his, went on:
"I wish you would ge* out the necessa
ry papers some time to-day, and biing
suit for me against the Yellow Tiber Fire
and Marine Insurance Company, for the
amount of its policies on my villa at
Tusculum, and my town bouse."
M. Cselius looked up in amazement.
"Why." he exclaimed, "when did they
burn down? And what was it? Accident?
Mob? Some ot Clodius' people?"
"No," Cicero said, they are intact as
yet and in fact I haven't insured them
yet, but I am going to do so to-morrow,
and I want to bring suit against the
campany now, so if ever they should hap
pen to burn I woi_'t have quite so long to
wait for the money."
Cselius saw that the orator's head was
level, and brought suit that afternoon.
Eleven years afterward the villa at Tus
culum and the town house were both de
stroyed by fire. The suit had by that
time been in five different courts, and had
been confirmed and reversed and remand
ed. and referred to the master to take
proof, and stricken from the docket, and
rebutted, and surrebutted, and implead
ed, and rejoined, and filed, and quashed,
and continued, until nobody knew what
it was about, and Cicero was notified,
three weeks after the fire, that he would
have to prove wilful and long continued
absence aad .neglect, as he could not got
a decree simply grpunds ot incompat
ibility ot temperament.^ And when he"
went to the secretary of the company,
that official told him the company didn't
know any thing,about the fire, and had
no time to attend to such things. "The
company's business, the secretary said,
was to insure houses, not to run "around
to fires, asking about the insurance. If
he wanted any information on those
points, he would have to ask the firemen
or the newspaper reporters.
The more a man reads in these ,old
histories, the more he is convinced that
the insurance business in the days of the
praetors was a great deal more like it is
to-dayHawkey*. \J^
Kovel Punishment lor Thett.
1 i
-J-.---V 7 slipped
into tne house djf Mf. Sterling Jenkuifl,5eho
lives on ib* Talbottom roHd. gnd stole a
watch and some other valuables: Mr/
Jenkins tracked and overtook them in Ham
ilton. He recovered his propertv but did
not desire to put thV rascals in jail, so he
told them that if they would whip each
other he would not i-rosecute tnem. This
they agreed to dq. They, were token out,
stripped to the waistj and provided with
stout hickory switches. One was tied to a
treeand^the others laidton his back lustily
with the switches until Mr. Jenkins ex
pressed himself satisfied. The ceremony
was gone through with each one. They
were then dispersed with smarting baoks and
penitent hearts. They said that their
mother worked in the mills here, and that
their father was dead. _.

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