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VOL. 1.
GEORGETOWN NEWS.
A WEEKLY NEWSPAPER. PUBLISHED EVERY THURS
DAY MORNING BY
rvicC/xlluru. tfc
Office, Maiu St., opposite Masonic Hall.
TSKMH X.'V VAIUAIIL.Y IX AIJI'ANCK.
For one year $5 00
For six months 3 00
For three months 2 00
Kates of Advertising.
For first insertion of 1 square, or 10 lines. .53 00
For each subsequent insertion 1 so
Liberal deductions for quarterly advertisements.
BUSINESS CARDS.
Gri'alxam cfc Co.,
(BRANCH OF GRAHAM a CO. GEORGETOWN.)
MAIN STREET, BOTTLE HILL.
Dealers in Groceries, Provisions, Cigars, Li
quors, fyc.
T 1 highest price paid at all times for Gold Dust.
Bottle Hill, April 23d, 1855. [2B-tf
Xju O. rtoylavirn,
Justice of tljc Peace.
on Church st.. head of Maiden Lane,
one door south of Bollen & Ritter’s Gun and
Black smith establishment. Office open every day
ef the week from 9 to 4 o’clock; Sunday exepted.
Georgetown, May 24th, 1855. ' [32-tf.
J. G. McCallum.] [W. A. George.
McCallum & George.
Attorneys and Coimselloi's at Laic.
Office; Comer of Church and Placer Streets.
Georgetown, California.
DRAGOO, DR. M. J., late of Johntown, would
inform the citizens of Bottle Hill that hav
ing permanently located in that place, he would
respectfully tender to them his professional ser-
as Surgeon and Phvsician.
Bottle Hill, Dec. 15 18*54. 9-tf
0
i AY, DR. F. G., Main street, Georgetown.—
\ Office opposite Adams & Co.
Oct. 26. 1854. 2-tf
’IjERRELL, JOSEPH C., Attorney and Coun
i. sellor at Law, will promptly attend to all
business entrusted to his care, in the different
courts. Office, up stairs, near Lewis’s Bowling
Saloon.
Georgetown, Oct. 19,1854. 1-tf
WELLS, FARGO & CO., Express Agents,
Gold Dust Shippers, and Bankers, George
town. [See advertisement.] 2-tf
x. o. of o, re*.
Memento I.otisfc, No. 37. InstitU-
March 22nd, 1855. Meets on
Thursday of each week, at the Ma
sonic Hall, at 7 o’clock, P. M.
Transient Brothers, in good standing, are cor
dially invited to attend.
J. J. LEWIS, N. G.
S. Knox. Sec’y.
Georgetown Temple of Honor, No. 11.
MEETS every Friday evening at 7 o’clock, at
the Masonic Hall. Brethren of the Order
are cordially invited to attend.
WM. T. GIBBS, W. C. T.
Geo. F. Jameson, W. R.
Georgetown, Feb. 8,1855. [l7-tf.
A S. of T —Georgetown Division, No. 42,
> r Sons of Temperance, meets every Tues
day evening, at 7 o’clock, ia their Hall
on Main street, Georgetown.
All brethren in good standing are invited to at
tend. I. B. WARREN, W. P.
Wm. T. Gibbs. R. S.
Public Worship.
There will be preaching at the Town Hall,
every Thursday evening, at 7 o’clock, P. M.; al
ic upon every other Sabbath, 3 at o'clock, P. M.
by Rev. R. R. Brookshier, of the Methodist E
piscopal Church South.
Public Worship.—At the School House.
Georgetown. Regular appointments of Rev. Jno.
Sharp, of M. E. Church, 10£ A. M. and 7 P. M.,
every Sabbath. Occasional supplies by other
Ministers. Prayer meetings, Thursdays 7P. M.
Sabbath School 9] A. M.
California Slap
Company KTotice.
PAGES for Sacramento City,
kj leave the “Nevada House, 1 '
Georgetown, every morning, at three o’clock,
M., and the “ Buckeye Exchange,” Grcenwdjß
Valley, at four o’clock, A. M., arriving in Sacra*
mento in time to connect with the steamboats for
Baa Francisco.
J. HAWORTH. Pres. Cal. S. Co.
Per M. A. MERCHANT. Agent.
March 28th, 1855. [24-tf.
ACCOMMODATION
Stage Line
PROM
BOTTLE HILL TO COLOMA.
THE subscriber having extended his Line to
Bottle Hill, will run a four-horse coach dai
ly between the above places, via of Georgetown
and Johntown.
Leaving Bottle Hill at o’clock A. M., arriv
ing at Comma at 10 o’clock A. M.
Returning, will leave Coloraa at 3 o’clock, P.
M., arriving at Bottle Hill at 6 o’clock P. M.
Having run a line of stages for the past two
years and a half between Georgetown and Colo
ma, the undersigned feels confident that in ex
tending his line to Bottle Hill, he can offer such
accommodations as to merit the patronage of the
i übllc. ROBERT ELLIS.
Jane 27th, 1855. [37-tf.
STAGE LINE
FROM
GEORGETOWN TO BOTTLE HILL.
THE public are hereby notified that the under
signed have established a
A LINE OF STAGES
between Georgetown and Bottle Hill, making two
lr ‘ps per day.
leaving the Nevada House and Jack Lewis’s,
at 8 o’clock, A. M.. and 2 o'clock,
r. M. Returning, will leave Buttle Hill at 10
0 clock, A. M., and 4 o’clock, P. M.
Da Sundays three trips will be made each way.
W. A. BALLARD,
F. McCORMICK.
* Proprietors,
vtn, Jtme Kth, 1955.
GEORGETOWN, EL DORADO COUNTY, CAL, SEPT. 27, 1855.
Summer Rain.
BY W. H. C. HOSMEP..
What sound so sweet,
After a day of fiery heat.
And sun-strokes in the dusty street,
As the pleasant voice of the singing rain
Dashing against the window pane?
The queenly rose
And vassal-flowers their eyes unclose;
While God his benison bestows;
And the sick man dreams of health again,
Cheered by the dance of the dropping rain.
The bubbles break.
While showers descend on the breezy lake,
And the water-nymphs from slumber wake;
Homeward driving his harvest wain,
The farmer curses the cooling rain.
The Plague-fiend stops
In his dread career to hear the drops;
Then farmer! why mourn o’er your crops?
True faith sublime ne’er leaned in vain
On the power that sends us the healing rain.
It bringeth cure
To the blistered feet of the starving poor,
And their hearts are strengthened to endure;
While wo, in love with life again.
His hot brow bares to the welcome rain.
Of murmuring shells,
And the silvery chime of fairy bells,
Were never born such music spells,
To cheer the visionary brain
Oflisteuing bard as the summer rain.
Earth looks more fair
When drops that banish the suns hot glare
Fall from the cistern of upper air;
And her breast is cleansed of many a stain
By the gentle bath of the summer rain.
It caught its chime,
Xot in this fading realm of time,
But above, above in a holier clime;
And I ever hear an angel’s strain
Blend with the dash of the summer rain.
lu the course of au editorial on the wheat
crop, the New’ York Herald says:
Without being able to measure the exact
dimensions of the wheat crop this year, it
is altogether certain it will immensely ex
ceed that of 1854, or that of any preceding
year. Assuming the crop of last year at
100.000.000 bushels, we believe that this
cannot be less than 150,000.000. and it may
be much more. Nor is it wheat alone that
promises abundance—corn, rye, oats, bar
ley. hay, potatoes, and even fruits, look as
well in the field. All those products, and
many others, enter directly or indirectly in
to consumption at home, and thus, to some
extent, influence the quantity which may be
spared for export. That we shall have a
large surplus with which to supply the de
mand from abroad, is now altogether cer
tain. Whether it will be twenty or fifty
millions will depend upon the extent of that
demand, and very little, indeed, upon the
movements of speculators on this or the
other aide of the water.
The public mind, in view of a large crop,
is a little anxious to ascertain how to deter
mine its real value, and it looks with a vast
deal of suspicion on the speculators, and,
indeed, upon all counsel on the subject.—
Now, it occurs to us that there is no earth
ly difficulty in settling upon general princi
ples to guide us. We have no idea that the
famine prices of last year can be ; maintain
ed. There is no warrant for such a conclu
sion to be found, either in the abundance of
our own supplies or in the condition of
things on the other side of the water. Let
us see.
The Herald closes its article with the fol
lowing prediction:
We venture the prediction that neither
at the Baltimore nor at the New York
Corn Exchange will the prices of wheat,
from this day till the next harvest, run as
high as S 2 50 per bushel. On the other
hand, if from the “close of September,” for
six months to come, the average price at
Baltimore should exceed $1 50, we shall
have missed a figure or two in our present
estimates.
the same time a fall was predicted
on the Atlantic side—flour on this side has
knase a sudden advance, predicated, as we
wAjdvised. upon the news from Chile. Of
the Accounts by the Golden Age, the com
mercial editor of the Alta California writes:
At last advices from Chile, received by
the steamer of July 14th, the market as is
well known, ruled as high as 810 per sack
for flour, a price which had not been ob
tained within our remembrance since 1849-
50. The present steamer brings us intelli
gence of not merely a sustenance of Those
prices, but an advance almost unprecedent
ed. of from SI 50 to S 2 per sack in less
than two weeks. On the Ist of August
flour ruled at SH 50@£12 per 200 pounds,
and wheat at §5 per f’unega, as will be seen
from the following report which we take
from the steamer edition of the Mercuric:
Llour. —Great scarcity prevails in our
flour market. Not a single sack is to be.
found either here or in the south which is'
not already disposed of at enormous prices
never known here before, perhaps. 'Divers
sales were effected in small parcels at as
high as §ll 50 for Southern and §l2 for
Santiago brands. Lately a contract had
been closed for 30,000 qls., to be delivered
in this bay and Tome, between this date
and the end of December next, at prices ad
equate to the present ruling rates and with
consideration to the delivery taking place
by terms. This quantity will doubtless be
the product of one of the southern mills,
during that space, most all the mills, wc un
derstand, being constantly employed in or
der to meet the engagements already en
tered into, for export as well as for home
consumption.
The exports for Australia arc continuing,
and we believe that many orders yet remain
to be satisfied. Cargoes are about to be
Wheat.
shipped also to Brazil and the Coast; so :
that a considerable raise in this article may ■
yet be looked for, if we observe tiie reduced
remnant of wheat which is said to remain
of the last crop, and the scarcity of flour in
existence—unless Ban Francisco specula
tors, whom we formerly provided, should
return us the same services on the present;
occasion. [Union.
Important Derision.
The case is that of George Fitzgerald vs.
IFm. L. Vrton ct al., in which the Court
! rules that “persons settling in good faith
i upon lots in the mining towns and carrying
on business,” are protected by the law a
; gainst the encroachments by others upon
their lots, even for mining purposes. This
decision settles rights which have long been
i in doubt, and which the Legislature has in
vain essayed to define by legislation. Un
| less overruled by future legislation, the de
cision of the Supreme Court stands as the
law of the State, and the rule by which
rights of the character named are to be de
fined.
The opinion we considered of so much
importance in the mining counties, that we
republish it: “ [Union.
George Fitzgerald vs. JVm. L. Urton el
al. —This was an action in the Court below
to restrain the defendants from the com
mission of a nuisance by reason of digging
a ditch and mining in tiie plaintiff’s enclo
sure.
The facts are substantially that the plain
tiff was in possession of a small lot in the
town of Bidwell, on which he had erected a
house used as a hotel; that the lot was en
closed by a substantial fence and used as a
poultry and wood yard, and for other pur
poses necessary to carry on the business of
hotel keeping.’ That the plaintiff had fur a
long time been in the quiet use and possess
ion of said premises, and that the defendants
claiming a right as miners entered upon the
lot, and by digging and sluicing had great
ly damaged the plaiutili'and inconvenienced
him in his business, and threatened, if not
restrained, to entirely ruin his possession.
Several grounds of error are assigned bv
the appellants, none of which are well ta
ken.
first, it is supposed by the appellants
that the allegation of possession and title
in the plaintiff, was insufficient to enable
him to maintain the action, and that he
ought to have shown that his possession
was consistent with the statute of this State
regulating pre-emption claims, and,that he
had complied with the provisions of the act.
Such is not the case. The occupant of land
may in every case rely upon his possession
as against a mere trespasser, and the fact
that the land is the public domain of the
United States, or land containing the pre
cious minerals, will afford no authority to
strangers or third persons entering upon his
possession, except in the cases allowed by
statute. These cases are, first, where th’e
land is used for grazing; and second, for ag
ricultural purposes.
The Legislature of our State, in the wise
exercise of its discretion, has seen proper to
foster and protect the mining interest as
paramount to all others. In permitting
persons, however, to go upon public lauds
occupied by others for the purpose of min
ing, it has legalized what would otherwise
have been a tresspass, and the act cannot i
be extended by implication to a class of ca
ses not specially provided for; neither do we !
think that the occupation of the lot by the
present plaintiff for the purpose of hotel
keeping is inconsistent with jthe policy of
the Stale with regard to mining claims.
The interests and wants of the mining
communities demand that some facilities
and accommodations should be afforded to
the business of mining, and that persons set
tled in good faith upon lots in the mining
towns and carrying on business, should be j
reasonably protected, and not left at the.
mercy of every malicious or irresponsible I
party who may choose to invade their pos-!
session upon the specious pretext of mining.
From an examination of the facts, it
will be observed that this case differs mate-!
rially from the case of McClintock vs. Bry- j
den et ah, and other eases heretofore deci- j
ded by us. The instructions of the Court !
below are substantially correct, and no er
ror appearing to us, the judgment is affirm
ed with costs. Murray, C. J.
I concur: Heydenfeldt, J,
The Lumber Trade of El Dorado i
County.— Only those who make it a matter 1
of interest to inquire into the real perma- i
manent resources of our county, know of j
the advantages we possess for carrying on
an extensive and profitable lumber trade j
with the valleys below. Not only is the
entire eastern portion of our county, even
to the very base of the snowy Sierras, one
vast forest of pines, but there is one variety j
—the sugar pine—that for quality and use
is unsurpassed in the world. Easily work
ed, it is used for all manner of finishing—
doors, sash, blinds, in fact for any work
where beauty of finish is required, and no
Oregon or Eastern lumber can compare
with it. And while ordinary lumber of •
other varieties will bring in the Sacraraen-1
to market but from §2O to §3O per one j
thousand feet, the sugar pine readily brings I
from §OO to §BS per thousand.
There are numerous localities in the moun*
tains, to our knowledge, entirely accessible,
where water mills might be constructed in
the very midst of groves of this variety of
pine; and we have not a doubt but that an
enterprise that should embrace the manu
facture and transportation to Sacramento
of clear pine lunbcr of the variety named,
would prove far more lucrative than many
now engaging the attention of capitalists.
[Placerville American.
Tile Lord’s Prayer.
A friend tells us an anecdote of Booth, j
the great tragedian, which we do not recol
lect having seen in print. It occurred in
the palmy days ot his lame, before the spar
kle of his great black eye had been dimmed
by that bane of genius, strong drink:
•‘Booth and several friends had been in
vited to dine with an old gentleman of Bal
timore, of distinguished kindness, urbanity
and piety, ihe host, though disapproving
of theatres, and theatre-going, had heard so
much of Booth's remarkable powers that
curiosity had, in this instance, overcome all
his scruples and prejudices. After the en
tertainment was over, and the company re
seated in the drawing-room, some one re
quested Booth, as a particular favor, and
one which all present would doubtless ap
preciate, to read aleud the Lord's Prayer.
Booth expressed his willingness to afford
them this gratification, and all eyes were
turned expectantly upon him. Booth rose
slowly and reverently from his chair. It
was wonderful to watch the play of emo
tions that convulsed his countenance. He
became deathly pale, and his eyes, turned
trembling upwards, were wet wit h tears. —
As yet he had, not spoken. The silence
could be felt. It became, absolutely pain
ful, until at last the speil was broken as if
by an electric shock, as his rich-toned voice
from white lips, syllabled forth, ‘Our Father
who art in Heaven,’ etc., with a pathos and
solemnity that thrilled all hearts. He fin
ished. The silence continued. Xota voice
was heard or muscle moved in his rapt au
dience, until from a remote corner of the
room a subdued sob was heard, and the old
gentleman (their host) stepped forward w i:h
streaming eyes and tottering frame and sei
zed Booth by the hand. ‘Sir,’ said he, in
broken accents, *you have afforded me a
pleasure lor which my whole future life will
ieel grateful. lam an old man, and every
day, from my boyhood to the present time,
I thought 1 had repeated the Lord’s Prayer
but 1 have never heard it before, never"' —
‘You are right,’ replied Booth: ‘tf» read
that Prayer as it should be read has cost
me the severest study and labor for thirty
years, and I am far- from being yet satisfied
with my rendering of that wonderful pro
duction. Hardly one person in ten thou
sand comprehends how much beauty, ten
derness, and grandeur can bo condensed in
a space so small and words so simple. That
prayer of itself sufficiently illustrates the
truth of the Bible, and stamps upon it the
seal of divinity.’ So great was the effect
produced, (says our informant, who was
present) that conversation was sustained
but a short time longer in subdued mono
syllables, and almost entirely ceased; and
soon after, at an early hour, the company
broke up and retired to their several homes
with sad faces and full hearts.”
[Washington Sentinel.
Barxum's Last Dodge.—Barnum is a
broad again in a characteristic enterprise
at once novel and attractive. It appears
that an eminent publishing-house in Paris
is engaged in issuing a series of the most
distinguished female beauties in the world,
which, when completed, is lo include ten of
the most beautiful ladies in the Tainted
States and the Canadas. In order to ob
tain a fair supply of material, Mr. Barnum
proposes lo give an aggregate of §5,000 in
premiums for the finest portraits—that is,
the hundred best-looking faces, as decided
by the popular vote of persons examining
the pictures. He invites every man who
has a fair friend of sixteen or upward, mar
ried or single, to send her daguerreotype or
photograph on a half-plate, with the name
or address in a separate sealed envelop.—
'1 he likenessess will be numbered and bung
in the Museum for public scrutiny. Each
visitor is requested to check, on *a slip to
be furnished, such numbers as lie or she
thinks best-looking up to the limit of one
hundred. This checked list will be deposit
ed in a sort of ballot-box, and on the 15th
of January next this hpx will be opened
and the list examined. The portrait hav
ing the greatest number ol checks or votes
will take the first premium, and so down
ward. These hundred portraits will be
painted life-size, and form a Gallery of A
incrican Female Beauty, and the ten of these
deemed best will go into the Paris book.
Marine Disasters.—The X. Y. Herald
presents statistics of the disasters on sea in
18;>4. 'I hey present a fearful account:
One of the Herald’s assistants has been
seven months constantly engaged in compi
ling the accounts of shipwreck and loss of
life and property on the ocean in the year
1854. His manuscript pages already num
ber twelve hundred and forty-five, (1,245,)
exclusive of those of a large volume covered
by the index. The number of vessels which
have been lost or injured, are five thousand
three hundred and eighty-two (5,382) ex
clusive of steamers and boats on the lakes
and rivers, yet to be added, which will swell,
the aggroggte to about six thousand (6,-
000.) The loss of life lias been very great,
and will exceed nine thousand (9,000) per
sons; and the loss of property may be esti
mated in round numbers at forty millions
of dollars.
More Filibustering.—The S. F. Ohron
cle says:—
“Mr e have heard a rumor—and it comes |
from somebody who ought to know —that
some partisans of Alvarez in this city have j
purchased a couple of the best pilot boats
on this coast—the Golden Gate and the
Dancing Feather. The price is said to be
about §20,000 each, to be paid when the
vessels shall arrive at Acapulco. It is also
said that an attempt has been made to pur
chase a Russian vessel or two.
Yo-Semlly Valley•
( alifornia mountaineers, says the Sierra
Citizen, arc so accustomed to bold sccnerv
and dizzy cliffs, that it requires the grand
est works of the Creator to arrest them in
their hurry after something that will pay;
but the subjoined description of the Y*o-
Semity Valley, at the head of Merced riv
er , interested us exceedingly, and perhaps
it may some of onr readers. * We find it in
the Mariposa Gazette:
“Lying far below us, embosomed in green
a wall of circumvallation enclosing the
whole valley and rising perpendicular to
the height ol thousands of feet—a waterfall
in the distance flowing over an abrupt pre
cipice of more than 700 feet—pre,sent a
view at once awfully grand and beautiful;
unsurpassed, we believe, on earth. We de
scended to the valley and camped, wcarv
and worn, after a fatiguing days travel of
about twenty miles.
■•'l he valley is about eight miles in length
and lies cast and west, and from three
fourths to a mile,in width. It is covered
by a heavy growth of pines and oaks.—
Grass is luxuriant in all parts of the val
ley. The first fall is upon the south side of
the valley, one mile from the entrance. It
was judged to fall seven hundred feet. The
volume of water is small at this season com
pared to what it must he in the season of
melting snows; but there is now quite a
stream running. The water comes over the
fail in a broad sheet; but immediately forms
itself into large bunches or globules, which
come wavering through the air, leaving be
hind a traiirof mist which follows like the
train of a rocket. About three miles far
ther up the valley there is a fall upon the
north side, which is much higher than the
one spoken of. A small amount of water is
now running; but swelled by melting snows,
it must be a sight beyond description.”
Discovery of a Gold Mine ix Santa
Barbara County. —The Santa Barbara
Gazette gives the following account of gold
in that county: “A few weeks since, Mari
ano Lopez, the major-domo of the rancho of
San Marcus, whilst watering his horse at a
ravine on the College Farm, near the Mis
sion on Santa Ynez, picked up several par
ticles of gold. The particles of gold were
forwarded to this city and exhibited. A
number of persons on the receipt of this in
telligence, left here for the purpose of exam
ining the numerous ravines in that neigh
borhood, and to test the truth of the state
ment made by Lopez. Wo are assured that
the party have succeeded in finding gold in
nearly ail the gulches and ravines on the
College Farm. John Kays, a well known
merchant of this city, having arrived from
the diggings on Monday last, reports that
laborers are making from four to five dol
lars per day, and he thinks that with a long
tom ten dollars per day could be easily ob
tained.
He reports that there were from thirty
to forty men engaged when he left. The
earth which diggers are at present testing
is some three or four hundred yards from
the river of Santa Ynez, and can be easily
taken down to it in carts or barrows. 'The
specimens which we have seen arc similar
to the Yuba river gold. The face of the
country in that district resembles the min
ing districts of the North. Gold was dis
covered in this county in 1842, and in the
same range that the present discovery has
been made. We give to the public the
above statement as we have received it.—
M e have no desire to induce people from
abroad to incur the expense of a profitless
trip to the diggings. There is no doubt
that gold has been found, but whether in
quantities sufficient to remunerate labor
will doubtless soon be settled. The place
the discovery was made is distant
from this city about thirty miles.
- “Those are astonishing feats,” said
an ardent admirer of the sports of the ring
to Mrs. Partington, at the circus last eve
ning—“astonishing feats!” “Yes,” said
the old lady: “so they are astonishing teet,
and considerable legs, too, to judge at this
distance.” She looked at Ike who sat bv
the curb watching the clown with his eyes
full of wonder and his hands full of peanuts,
and she reached over to his honor the may
or and asked him if he thought “the revok
ing by the whole troupe would have a dila
torious tenderness on the boy.” He assured
her with great urbanity that he did not.
think it would. “Ah !” said she, as she
handed her snuff box to Lee, at the door,
“this riding is different from what it was in
the country when I was a girl, when we had
to ride double on a pillory. But what agil
ity they show ! It seems as if they were
set on springs like a feather bod, and that
every bone in ’em was made of whalebone.”
She stood looking at the horsemanship, and
pronounced it the best sequestering perfor
mance she had ever seen, and said Mr.
Stout beat Herculaneum himsell for strength
and that the whole was worthy of the high
est paregoric. [Boston Post.
Monster Apple. —lt has often been as
serted that the climate of this valley was
too warm, and the soil entirely nnadapted
to the culture of the apple. For the bene
fit of these distinguished promological sa
vans, we will state that a specimen of the
Newtown Pippin species was exhibited to
us on yesterday, which measured fourteen
inches and one-fourth in circumference. This
apple was raised in the garden of Mr.
Meeks, on 2d street, and the tree has had
the disadvantage of almost the entire ab
sence of the rays of the sun, in consequence
of the dense shade caused by the surround
ing foliage. On the same grounds a peach
has been grown this season which measur
ed eleven inches in circumference and weigh
ed ten ounces. [Sac. Daily Union.
Failing tilt Wrong itctl.
I have heard a story of pulling, which, as
many of my readers may be ignorant of,
and as it is worthy of felling, also being
myself in a gossiping mood, I will even out
with it.
A line western steamer of the largest
class, was plowing her way down stream
with a “full head” on.
The time was early morning; the sun had
not yet cooled his fiery beams in the murky
waters of the Mississippi: few of the passen
gers were astir; and the boat quiet and still,
save the regular scream from her iron throat,
was making fine headway.
Suddenly the engineer's boll rang out a
furious and alarming summons, which, be
ing translated into the vernacular, meant —
“Slow her!”
'1 he man at the steam obeyed the man
date. and with his hand upon the lever,
; awaited anxiously the next call.
It soon came, and louder yet, “Stop her!”
“Some trouble ahead," thought the engi
; l^ 0T 'i but hardly had the idea passed through
| his mind, when the husv bell again pealed
: forth— * ° 1
“Back her 1”
■ Steam was let on in an instant, and seiz-
I ing the lever, the man commenced working
| the engine by hand; but the wheel had not
vet completed the first retrograde revolu
tion. when a louder tintinabnlatiou tinkled
out successively
“Go ahead 1”
“Slow her!”
“Back her!”
“Go ahead!”
Having obeyed the command, and, sup
posing all was right at last, the man quitted
his post for a moment and stepped out upon
the guards to see what the trouble hud been,
when suddenly the over-busy bell again was
; heard—
“ Slow her!”
1 Before he could put his hands upon the
i screw, the bell again ordered, “Stop her 1”
—immediately after, “Back her !” and "Go
| ahead!”
i Instead of going ahead, the engineer
scratched his own, and then applying his
! mouth to the speaking tube, addressed the
pilot thus—but stop. Jet us turn for a mo
ment to the pilot, and see what was going
I on in his dominions.
This gentleman had been but a few mo
moments at his post, and was not fairly
I awake when the bell commenced its myste
! rious operations, but sleepy as he was', the
! queer antics of the boat, and the strange
I language of the steam pipe, excited his at
tention, and he had arrived at the conclusion
that something was wrong, at the same mo
ment that identical idea had forced itself
upon the engineer; so, applying his mouth
to his end of the tube, the following re
marks went up and down simultaneously;
“What in thunder are yon about tip
I there?”
“What in thunder are you about down
I there?”
Having, like two vessels about commen
cing an engagement, fired these shots across
their bows, the twain went immediately in
to action as follows:
Pilot—M ho told you to “stop her” and
“back her?”
Engineer—Y on did; what did you ring
the bell for twenty times?
Pilet—Y ou must be a nice fellow to trust,'
Mr. “Kettles,” to get drunk before sunrise.
Call your mate and turn in.
Engineer—l trunk; drunk y ouself—l hav
en’t had a drop—and you're just lying
drunk—that's what it is.
Pilot—Look here, “old Kettles,” hold on
a bit, and I'll be down on you like a thou
sand ofbrick.
Engineer—Don't trouble yourself to come
| down. I’ll be up to you in two shakes,and
i then we'll see who's drunk, and who is not.
Now this backing and filling had excited
the attention of officers and crew, and as
i the pilot and engineer having obtained re
lief, met half-way down on the ‘boiler-deck,’
captain and clerk, mate and steward, bar
keeper and chamber maid, all hastened to
j the post of observation, and ere 4 the two
; combatants could join issue, they were seiz
: ed and held, and an investigation of the af
i fair was entered into.
While all fhis "was in progress, neither
; boat nor bell bad been touched, but the
I same singular succession of orders was gc
l ing on, and the two assistants, above and
below, were meditating a little affair of
their own, when that of their principals had
been satisfactorily concluded.
The mystery was apparently past solu
tion, but the captain bethought him of a
possible cause, and stepping to a state-room
in the “social ball,” kicked the door open,
and there stood a lanky young Tennesseean
who bad embarked at Memphis the previ
ous night, very actively jerking at a cord
that ran through his room in the further
corner.
Seizing him by the collar, the captain de
manded, “What are you about?”
“About?” answered the young Tennessee
an, “why, don t you see I'm ringing for my
boots?”
Pulling the wrong cord, that was all.
Pouch says, that although ever so
many parallels are constructed before Se
bastopol, yet it is a siege without a parallel-'
The best capital for young men to start
with in life is good sense and industry. It
is better than all the friends and cash ever
raised.
The horses of Queen Victoria and
the roval Jamily cost toe free
schools for the people, £lO,OOO. The rea
son of this difference is said to be, because
the horses arc- fed on corn, and the people
on chaff.
KD. 50.

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