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Her Last F«nt*i)rints, Often does the wayworn and weary over-land emigrant, in passing through Honey Lake Valley, turn his steps from the more beaten trail or wagon, track, in order to get a nearer view of the lake, that makes so important a feature of the landscape there presented. And ns he winds along the oft frequented foot-paths, he will see yet another, and smaller than the one he is following, that seems to lead even more dirctly to the lake; but one in which the green grass of the valley is trampled down barely sufficient to mark it as a trail; hut should he from curiosity fol low it, as he approaches the low bank of the lake, he will, if he be a stranger there, come unexpectedly upon a little spot of ground, upon which Death’s seal has been set; a grave has been marked, not made, for there is no grave there. And yet a head-board has been reared, and on it is this inscription Her last foot-prints. To very many who have seen it and know nothing of the circumstances of its origin it doubtless bears the impress of mystery, but of the import of that description, and the causes and circum stances attendant upon the erection of that frail monument, oh! would to Heaven it were all a mystery to me ! that its history were hut a myth to the reader, and to the world. ****** The over-land emigration to Califor nia in 1552 w is immense, and marked its pathway by mementos that still ex ist, telling their tales of woe not only in characters of 'camp fires long con sinned, and bones tbit bleach in the sunshine,’ but unmarked graves that never can be numbered. 'fhe company to which I was attach ed was m ide up mostly of young men, uumboring twenty-two in all, and re presenting more th m half the S arcs of the Uuion. Ad bat one of us were adventurers, on onr Cast trip to the new El Doiado. The exception was a Tennesseean, and as he h .d once be fore m ade the over laid journey, he was supposed, and assumed, to know more of the route, ami ibe requirements tied duties necessary to a successful prosecution of the journey, than any one or all the rest of the company. It was the general custom ~f compa nies that year on starting out, to de s guute one of their number to act as chiel director or Captain, and as oar Tennesseean, in c nnection with a fine (physical development, possessed traits of character that seemed well calculat ed to adapt him to the postilion, lie was unanimously elected our chn f, with the title of Ciift. Teuu, ns an abridgment of Tennessee, his real name we nev-r knew. Ours was a p ickTrain, we had no wagon, but a tmt for every five men, with the single exception ot that ol Capt. Term’s, which was occupied by but two ; himself, and one whom he ■claimed as a relative, and wisim he called Lully; why we never knew. He was hut a youth, ball and dedicate in app aranee, and apparently' as til health, though ever appearing ipsite joyous and happy Aud such was the interest taken by the Captain in his wel fare, that he always cheerfully prefer red doing double guard du’y at night, rather than impose the hardship upon Ills feat companion. I have said that Lally ever seemed joyous and happy ; and so he was till nearly half the journey was accom plished. We had reached Pacific .Springs, three miles west of the South Pass, and had encamped along the bir der of a hoggy marsh, near the way side much earlier than usual, so that mmiurous other companies that throng ed the .way, inwied by us. Among tnany &io se-back riders, were several ladies, and of their number, one seem ed to lig lar behind the rest. As £be passed our camp, Captain Tenn very pleasantly accosted her with—‘You must hurry up madam, your friends are getting far ahead of you,’ to which she replied—‘My hu-baad is yet be hind ’ Every man of us who beard her, was strubh with the peculiar tone of he r soice, as one of sweetness and anxiety intermingled, while her face beamed with an expression that alone made her charming, despite a s x weeks’ ex posure upon the plains to parching .winds and a tearing sunshine, liefore passing entirely from view, she reined up her horse as if tu wailing for her husband, and thus remained for a lull half hour. At this moment, Capt Tcnn, throw-. i ng a s iddle upon his mule, and mount ing, started towards her, which being observed by bar, Stic too started tnougb clow ly on ber .way, bot w as soon over take üby Tean, who otfered w escort her, as it was already getting «ar'*t. to her friends, who bud pushed on to Pa cifiic Creek, two miles beyond. She accepted h s offer, though reluctantly, preferring and Lopeing every moment that her husband would arrive. lie had been out upon a hunt, leav» ling his company early in the morning upon the fc.weet Water, and tlwugh eminently successful, had pursued his game further than be bad supposed, ind it tras Uot till ten in the evening that he pass d our camp with a com panion, and their two mules laden with the flesh of a noble elk, the fruits of their day’s hunt. It was not alone in the heart of the wife, that anxiety was playing its fearful game that night. From the moment that Lally notic ed the departure of Tenn, he seemed like one who had lost his only friend. His anxiety and grief assumed a fea ture so closely bordering on despair, that our utmost endeavors to reconcile him were utterly without avail, nor were wo other than absolutely amazed at the depth ol feeling be manifested ; and when Tenn did return, which was near midnight, and had retired to Ids tent, a murmur of voices was continu ed therein, till the night-watch an nounced ihe coming morn. Pale, feverish, and weak was Lally, as he mounted his animal that morn ing. S ailing early, we came upon the camp of the hunter’s company just as thev wore ready for a move, and more than one of us noticed something we thought as peculiar in the recogni tion that passed between Capt. Tenn and the hunter's wife ; but owing to the circumstance of his gallantry the evening before, the apparent familiari ty was thought of no more. Just then tally was taken more violently ill, and with every symptom of that dreaded sto irgc, the chole. a, that while it sport ed with, had decimated many a compa ny. We were compelled to stop and pro vide for our sick comma? ai Wi ' could. Between four and five !u the afternoon, during a moment when Lal ly seemed to be sleeping, Tenn seized his rifle, and leaping upon his best mule, said : ‘T..ke good care of tally when he wakes, lor I intend to have an elk or antelope before I sleep.’ He then started back in the direction of Pacific Springs. Put e’er an h ur hid elapsed our suffering friend awoke, and raping himself up and not seeing Tenn any where around, asked for him. On being told that he had gone for a short hunt, and would be back soon, with a wild shriek that sent a thri 1 to every hear! around him, he exclaimed, as he fell back upcm his blankets— He'll never come again ? Night came, but it brought only de lirium U* poor La ly, for Tenn did not return. It wis toward midnight, when rack ed ly a terrible jrin sysm, and liis ; brain reeling under the pressure of de lirium, that Lally first revealed the secret, now preying so heavily upon his soul, aud what think you it was ? It was not lhat he was a murderer, not that ho was worse than this, a seducer, Lally’s only crime was, being the basely deceived, and now aban doned victim of Tenn. For three days and nights more, did the lamp of life in p or Lally, flicker betwe n reason and delirium, till at last it went faintly nut, and though ‘Mother,’ and ‘Brother,’ were often up n her lips, she bre ithcd no other name. Nor cool! we learn her name from her destroyer, for he never came again ! “■ * * « • * * Tan days since, while tripling in the interior, as I was casually remark ing upon the probable entrance of eae ol the branches of the South Pass wa gon road into California, by the Honey Lake Valley route, ami was speaking of the local beauty of the valley aud its advantages as a place of settlement, a stranger, occupying a seat in the stace with me, exclaimed, as it seemed .■I cost involutarily, ‘Sir, you speak of Honey Luke Valley, there are remin iscences connected with that spot, that 1 would deem it a boon above any oth er gift, would Heaven but blot them from my memory !’ This was just enough to awaken my curiosity, aud I remarked that I too, was acquainted with one fact of inter est as connected with that locality, and as all present seemed d> sirous of know ing w hat it was, quickly aud without a thought I replied, a graveless tomb stone ! or rather a heail-loard without a grave,an inscription without a name! All present noticed that something lik“ a thrill of horror shook the frame of the stranger, he bowed his head but uttered not a word; while at the re quest of many present, I entertained them, or tried to do so, by a recital ofj scenes and events that occurred during our three months journey upon the plums, and among them the incident ofi Lally’s desertion and death. On arriving at the hotel and stop ping for the night, the stranger called for a room, and asked me to accompa ny him thither. I followed without hesitation, believing from I is demean or that ha bad something which be wished, perhaps privately, to impart. Closing the duor, he began at once by saying,‘You, sir, have related this day that part of a talc cf tiorror to which 1 was a stranger, and vet I am the only one living m possession of the full se cret of its more terrible sequel; and strange as it may sacai, I feel an al most irresistible desire io acquaint you with it, lhat as the world knows a part, it may also know the counter-part ’ With this short introduction, the stranger continued — OROYILLE, BUTTE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA SATURDAY, JULY 11. 1857. ‘I was one,’ said he ‘of that same company of emigrants to which the hunter of the Sweet Water belonged Early in the morning following that on which we left you at Pacific Creek, Cant. Tenn, as you called him, came into camp, and said that he had had a ‘falling out’ with his company, for the reason that he alone of all. desired to go the Salt Lake route, while the rest of the company would take the cut-off. He determined therefore on leaving them, and had done so. ‘Possessed of an easy address and pleasing manner, with his previous knowledge of the route, he was consid ered rather as an acquisition to our company, and being liberal in the use of his money, it made him many friends and he was soon recognised as a kind of second captain of the company. A few days and we reached Salt Lake City, and were, encamped upon its bor ders, and nothing had transpired par i icul-irly to excite suspicion in regard to the true character of our new ac quaintance. Hut during the few days that we remained near the city, an intimacy, beyond what propriety would cleirly warrant, had been observed be tween Tenn and the hunter’s wife. They would take long rides together, remaining away from camp for hours together. At the time however, but I'ttle was thought of it, as an expostu lation on the part of the husband to the wife, touching her conduct in this p irticular, seemed to have set all things right. o •Before the day arrived on which we w ere to renew our journey, and whilst the hunic, true to his instinct and oc cupation, with others cf the company, had gone to the mountains lor a day in pursuit of game, his wife, accompanied by Tenn, ostensibly for the purpose ol billowing in the train of the hunting patty, al-o left the camp, on two ol the finest horses that money could there procure, and took a route in the directions of the hunters. ‘lt was late at night before the par ty came in, and when it did come, Tenn and the wife were missing, and they never came agoin ! ‘Stung to the heart’s core by the now certain evidence of his wife’s in constancy, and burning with revenge, the hunter bid adieu to his company, and after a hasty preparation, followed alone in the direction he supposed the fugitives had tak n. For days, with his inferior animal had he crowded en, and yet ao tidings of the guilty ones ; he was about to despair, when on the evening of the tenth day from Sail Lake, having made an unusually long day’s j ours ey, as lie was approaching an emigrant camp, he espied among other objects laying around, the ite saddle of his wife, for though at a distance, he tucw it by seme peculiar ity iu its trappings. •Urging his animal forward, it being twilight, he passed the camp unheed ed, if not unnoticed, towards a camp fire visible some distance ahead. There he stopped, and learned that among those who made up the company in the rear, were a stranger gentleman and lady, who on horseback were endeavor ing by forced rides to overtake their fiends whom they supposed vvei c then but about two days in advance. ‘This was the very information the hunter had been seeking for many a wary day, ’tvvas all he wished to know. And now like a demon thirsting lor revenge, did he hang upon their trail, as (Icy by day they continued their hurried flight. At 1 ug'h when they supposed pursuit bad been given over if any had been attempted, they joined another company. What reason they gave for not being attached to any oth er company, or for leaving the one to wh ch they belougad, I never knew, and again was Teaa doubtless ingrati atlng h mself into the good graces of his newly adopted fiends. ‘But little did ho know that there was one lurking upon his trail, in whose heart — ‘•One sole desire one pas-don now remains. To keep life’s fever still within his veins— Vengeance ! dire vengeance oa the wretch who cast . . _ O’er him end ell he loved th»t ruinous blest.” ‘And well did he at last compass his intentions. Day’s had passed, and the hunter had ascertained that it was the practice of Tenn to go on every after noon in advance of the company, in order to seek out the best camping ground, sometimes accompanied by his accredited wife, but not always. It was upon a time when from a distance in the rear, the hunter discovered that Tenn had left the train and had gone on alone, thal he too came up and was soon passing the traiu of eight or ten wagons, when, just as he had reached the"foremost of them all, he heard a shriek from within it, and such a shriek but he heeae l it not, and passing on only knew by casting a glance behind, that the train had slopped, and men, women and children were fast gather ing round the wagon from whence the cry had eome ; but befere the hunter had lost sight of the train, it seemed moving on again as though nothing had occurred. ‘Hours had now passed away, and the usual lime had arrived at which the signal from Tena should have been seen denoting the chosen camp-ground, bat on they plodded, amid the dus.t and heat of the upper Humboldt bot toms ; night came, but Tenn had not been seen, and yet they could not have passed him without seeing him, so on again they went, till the growing dark ness compelled them to stop. They had passed much good camping-ground it was good where they then were, but Tenn was missing. ‘There was deep wailing in that camp that night. The stranger lady in her great agony, would wauder among the tents and wagons, like one, half bewildered, and at times vehement ly exclaiming; ‘’twas he! I know ’twas him, and oh, that look he gave me !' Again, as if her mind were up on the missing Tenn, when all else was still in the camp, save the low voice of her attendant; once more her cry rang out upon the night —‘ Will he never ceme again ?’ Aud as her voice died away along the valley there came back an echo from the darkness, clear, d>s tinct, ghoul like, us if from the very caverns of the night— ‘■He'Ll never come again !' ‘All were startled, strong m;n trem bled, from that moment the stranger wife was a maniac ! ‘Sad and sorrowful did that compa ny leave their camping ground the next morning. All felt as though a great calamity had befallen them, and yet they hardly new why. ‘Search was made for the missing Tenn, word was passed and the cir cumstances related to the trains both in trout and rear ; but— he nexer came again! “A wc«ry, cheerless, day after day journey from the Humboldt towards the Sierras of California, and the com pany had reached the luxuriaht mea dows of Honey Lake Valley, and had encamped iu full view of, and but a short d s'ance from, the northeastern shore of the lake on the willow-fringed banks of Susan river. ‘lt was now night again, hut all had not retired, and among them the ma niac wife, now passive and mild in her madness, sat iu the tent door looking at the stars, un i as usual, repeating oft and again her constantly reiterated ejaculation and question —‘My hus band ! Will he never come again ?’ When suddenly springing to her feet, she bounded w ildly trom the lent, and uttering, us a prolonged shriek— ‘ He's come! yes, he's conic again!' she disap peared iu the darkness, in the direc tion of the lake. ‘Search was made for her nil that night and the following day; but to no purpose, for —she never cunt again! They true d her foot-steps through the ti l thou, untrodden grasses, to the shore of the lake, and there they placed a head-hoard, but as they uever knew her name, they marked it thus : HER LAST FOOT PRINTS.’ But why, I asked, should yon. fee] so much interest in this memento, or the circumstances connected with its ercc tion there t ‘Because,’ said he ‘in me you sec the kuatcf of the plains. But more than this, she of whose toot-prints it makes record — did. see me mice again ! 1 did stand before her tent door, us I had often done before; but until limn, unnoticed, for I tried again to love her—l did pity licr, but my love for her, until too late, ‘never came again.’ For as she bounded «ith outstretched aims towards me, I eladed her em brace, yet led her in her light, dll the waters of the lake barred my further progress, when turning suddenly to one side, I beard a splash, a plunge, a half choked shriek, quickly I turned and would have saved her, but e’er I could arrive to rescue her, thrice 1 saw her rise and sink—-she did not rise, again! ‘For three cheerless weeks and lone ly, I lingered around the lake, waiting and watching for her rising—but she never rose again!’ I now asked the stranger, the hun ter of the plains, it he could tell me, what was really then, the fate of Venn, to which he repried—‘lt is enough for me to know, ‘he’ll never come again !’ Moke Antiquities.— ln excavating for a cellar lor Gov. Grime’s new hou-e at Burlington, lowa, the work men came upon an arched vault some ten feel squ ire, which, on being open ed, was found to contain eight human skeletons of gigantic proportions. The, wall of the vault was about fourteen inches thick, well laid up with cement of indestructible mortar. Tne vault is about six feet truss the base to the arch. The skeletons are in a state of preservation, and the Burlington pa p rs says, are the largest human re mains ever found, being a littlo over eight feet long. He that has never known adversity, is but half acquainted with other-*, or with himself Constant success shows us but one side of the world For as it surrounds us with friends who will tell us only out merits, so it silences those enemies from wham, alone, we can learn our defects. The more polished the society is, the less formality there is in it. Wny are kisses like the creation r Because they are made of nothing, and are alj very good. Give Him a Trade. If Education is the great buckler and shield of human liberty, well de veloped industry is equally the buckler and shield of individual independence. As an an unfailing resource through life, give your son, equal with a go.d education, a good, honest trade. Bet ter any irade than none, though there is ample field for the adaption of every inclination in this respect. Learned professions and speculative employ ments may tail a man, but an honest handicraft irade, seldom or never, if its possessor chooses to exercise it Let him feel, too, that honeft labor crafts are honorable and noble. The ratn of trades— the real creators of whatever is m >st essential to the neces. sities and welfare of mankind, cannot be dispensed with ; they, above all other, in whatever repute they may be neld by their more faslitiuous fellows, must work at the oar of human pro gress, or all is lost. But few brown handed trade-workers think of this, or appreciate the real position and power they compass. Give your son a trade, no matter what fortune he may have or may seem likely to inherit. Give him a trade and an education, at any rate a trade. With this he can always battle with temporal want, can always be indepen dent, and better is independence with a moderate education, than all the learning of the colleges and wretched temporal dependence. But in this free land there can he ordinariy no dif ficulty in securing buia tb? education and trade, for every youth, thereby fit ting each and all to enter the ranks of manhood defiiant of those obstacles which intimidate so many tradelcss, professionless young men. Such are the pocularities of tortune, that no mere outward possession can be count ed so absolunely secure or protective to man. Hoarded thousands may be swept away in a day, and their once possessors left with neither the means of independence or of livelihood. He was a wise Scandinavian King, who decreed that his sons should learn useful tiades or be cut off from their expected piincely fortunes. They de murred, but obeyed the decree. The eldest, ns the ea-iest trade to learn, applied himself to basket making. In time be reigned in his father’s stead. In lime, also, revolution came upon, and overthrew him, and ho lied dis guised, wandering and companionless save his wife and children, his sole re source far a livelihood was recurrence to his humble, but honest and useful trade. The sons of the rich as well as the poor, should be strengthened by this possession. If never used bovond the learning, no harm is done, while possi bly it may do incalculable good. It is a weapon of assault, of defence, which once fairly seized, can never be taken from a man’s grasp. Think of it, pa rents ; examine your boy’s ‘bumps,’ or lather study the ‘bent of their minds,’ and tastes, and as one of the best and most lasting services you can do them, apply them to learning honest trades. Geographical. —The six great ci ties of the United States—Boston, New York, Ph ladelphia, Baltimore, Washington and New Orleans, are as neai ly as may be on a direct line run ning in a northeasterly and southwest erly direction. St. Louis and S icra mento are exactly west of Washington city. Boston. Erie, Detroit and Chi cago are nearly on the 42d parallel ol north latitude, which forms the boun dary between Oregon and California. San Francisco is directly west of Rich mond ; Monterey west of'Noifolk, and San Diego west of Charleston. A Morkox Stobv. —A man by the name of Nash emigrated to Utah last summet, and settled in Provo, a south ern colony, taking with him his daugh ter, a beautiful and interesting girl of ; some seventeen summers, who had been much sought by the propagators of the ‘Celestial Kingdom.’ She suc ceeded, however, in baffling the anti quated and anointed roues among the 'S,tints,’ and preserved her purity until after the death of her father and only protector, whteh occurred during the past winter, The Bishop of Provo, a creature named Carter, officiated at the funeral of Nash, and after conclud ing the prayer over the dead body of the father, turned to the weeping girl, informed her sne was now unprotected and mutt become his wife! In less tnan ten days she was forced to yield, and now swells the number of Carter’s ‘spirituals’ to seven. The Spaniards account by a quaint leaend for the constant political dis turbances in their country. When St. la go, their patron, went to Heaven, he interceded for blessings on Spain. Brave men, handsome women, a fertile soil, and a fine climate were readily granted. The Saint then asked for a good government. ‘No, no!’ was the reply, ‘it that were conceded as well, the angels would quit Heaven to live in Spain.’ How noiselessly the snow comes down. You may see it, feel it, but nev er hear it. Such is true charity. A Wag on a Pleasant Place— John Pcoenix, of California, when rn route down the Mississippi for New Or leans, wrote the followeng description of a stopping place, at the junction of the Ohio and Mississippi: Cairo is a small hole, at the junction of the Ohio and Miss : ssippi rivers, sur rounded by an artificial bank, to pre vent inundation. There are here about thirteen inhabitants, but the popula tion is estimated at three thousand, that being a rough estimate of the num ber of people that were once congre gated there, when five trains arrived before a boat left for New Orleans. They were enjoying the luxury of small pox at Cairo when we arrived ; they are always up to something of the kind ; a continued succession of amuse ments follow. The sm ill pox having terminated its engagement, the cholera makes its appearance, and is then fol lowed by yellow lever for the season. Sweet spot! Dickens Las immortaliz ed it under the name of Eden, as an evident misnomer, for no man worth as much as Adam could remain there by any possibility. Making an Effort for LiFE.-Lo d Cockburn says of old Adam Ferguson, the historian ot Rome, who dressed like a philosopher from Lapland, ‘that he lived fifty years longer than nature meant, by rigid care. Wine and ani mal food besought his appetite in vain, but huge messes of milk and vegeta bles disappeared before him, always in the never failing cloth and fur. I nev. er heard of dining out, except at his nlation, Dr. Joseph Black’s, where his son Sir Adam, (the friend of Scot?) used to say, it was delightful to seethe two philosophers rioting over a boiled turnip.’ ‘Yes,’ said aunt Wiggins, ‘lamin’is a great blessing, and I’ve marked it | time and ag’m, bow much better, as a ginerl thing, children turn cut who have had good schoolin’. There was Mrs. Grimes’ sons, they never saw the inside of a shool house iu their youth, and see what miserable ends they came to. Two of them took counterfeit money and was put in prison, another went of a mackerel catching, and was in the cknoctial gale, and the fourth stole a horse, and ran off and listed in the sarvise, and the last they heard of j him, he was a strolling preacher, way i off in the Ohio settlements. My blcs sed mother told me it she couldn’t give j me nothing else, she’d itivo me a good I edication, and so she did.’ Southern Items. —The following is ! from the Los Angeles correspondence of the Bulletin : Maj. Blake of San Diego, with about j fifty men, is out visiting the Cahuillas. 1 the San Luis Key, and other Indians in the mountains, inquiring into their ; c nd tion. He found them friendly, but suffering for want of means of sub- \ si-teuc. A party of Cahuillas lately : ran off about fifty horses from Sanßer nardino. A man was killed at San Bernardino several days since, under the f'ol owing circumst ince ; A man by the name j of McDonald, who had got tired of ihc ‘brethren,’ was about moving with his ! family to Los Angeles. ILe was walk- ; ing along when he was assault d by a j man by the name of Perkins, who, it j was reported, was a ‘Danite,’ that had been hired to kill McDonald for a gal- ! lon of whiskey. The latter had a knife 1 with which, in the scuffle, be stabbed Porkirs mortally, so that he died iu a short time A store-keeper near Fort Tejon, known as ‘lrish John,’ was robbed a week or two ago of $2,000 by two men who entered bis house m the night time. ‘My brndders,’ said a waggish color ed man to a crowd, ‘in all affliction, in all your troubles, dar is one place where you can always find sympathy.’ ‘Whirr wlurf’ cried several. •I de dictionary,’ he replied, rolling his eyes upward. Germans in New York. --There are no less than 100,000 German inhabit ants in the city of New York. The foil wing statistics are given regarding ; them : ‘They have upwards of twenty place of public worship, upwards ef fifty schools, ten Look stores and five print ing establishments, a Getman theatre, German epera, and concerts innumer able Many of them are practical fur riers, surgical instrument makers, man ufacturers of pianos and fancy ariicles, grocers, bakers, confeetinners and ho tel keepers. There arc several Ger man daily, weekly and monthly news? papers. He who is always in want of some thing cannot be very rich. lie is a poor wit who lives by bo rowing the words, decisions, mien, inventions and actions of others. The New Cent —One hundred workmen are employed at the PLila delobia Mint, now, in the manufacture of the new cent coin. Each minute turns out 86, and six hours daily work makes 278,640 a day. They are be ing very rapidly put iato circulation, but the demand is still quite voracious. NUMBER 36. Coroner’* Inquest on the Body of Cities S. Thornton. An inquest was held yesterday afternoon by Coroner Harlow, on the body of Giles S. Thornton. The jury was composed of the following perstns: C. H. Mason, Henry S. Lohmann, W. S. Greene, Ed. C. Johnson, H W. Mcsainger, Phillip Farrclly, J. B. Ford, C. W. Butler, 0. 11. Mallcry, J. B White, 11. Butfun, James W. Hurd, The following evidence was elicited : Mr. H. B. Lathrop being sworn, stated : I was in the Bank Exchange last evening sitting at the table playing cribbage; Thorn ton came in and taking a chair, set down and looked on at the game. He had set there about an hour when Limerick came in to the Saloon, and approaching Thornton, said he wished to settle an old grudge exist ing between them, and asked him to go out and have a “ stand up fight; Thornton re plied, “ I am not a fighting man and I don’t want to have any difficulty with you.”— Thornton also asked him to go away and not trouble him; Limerick drew up a chair and sat close to Thornton, and used very insult ing language toward him. Alt of us were sitting all this time ; 1 saw Limerick put bis hand across his body ns if he intended to draw a weapon ; we all jumped to our feet at this time, and as Limerick was drawing his pistol Thornton threw a tumbler at him; the throwing of the tumbler and Limerick’s first shot were almost simultaneous; the first shot fired, went over Thornton’s head with out doing any harm; the next shot was low er down; I was several feet off from the par ties ; the combatants were about eight feet apart at the first shot, and almost fifteen feet apart at the second ; Thornton wae unarmed; he worked for me as a teamster ; after de ceased was shot, he was taken to the Orleans Hotel. H. B Lathrop, Jr., being sworne said : I was standing near the table while my father amt another gentleman were playing cribbage; saw Thornton sitting there; 1 went to the billiard table to play pool, and while there, heard the first shot fired; saw Limerick 6rc the second shot; heard Thornton say he was hit; I don't know whether after or before the third shot was fired ; didn't see whether the pistol was pointed at Thornton or not. C Ayres being duly sworn, said : On the evening in question, Mr. Hamrncl, Mr. La throp, Mr. Thornton and myself, were sit ting at a table in the Bank Exchange; the first two fftatlcmcn were playing cribbage; I saw Limerick come into the Saloon, and spose to him; I asked him about a difficulty which he had just had on the street; he said that Thornton was the only man who had ever whipped him and asked Thornton if such was the case; Thornton laughed, and said he believed it was. Limerick then asked him to go out and fight him; Thornton re fused, saying he was no fighting man, but if assailed would try and defend himself. Lim erick then sat down near Thornton, and said, “ You lie, you dirty son of a bitch;” Thornton then grabbed the cribbage board; Limerick then put his hand to his side as if to draw a pistol, and rising up said, “ don’t throw a tumbler at me, you son of a bitch:” Thornton then threw the tumbler, hitting Limerick, who immediately fired his pistol but without taking effect; he then fired again lower down; Henry Hunt then caught Limerick and held him, about which time another sh"t was fired I don’t know which' shot took eftect. John tihull being sworn, said : I was prey sent at the time and place specified; was sit ting at the table overlooking the gamer Thornton sat opposite me; Limerick came in and hard words passed between the two? saw Limerick throw his hand around for the pistol; Thornton had the cribbage board in his hand. Thornton threw the tumbler, and Limerick fired the pistol almost simul taneously; I only saw the first shot fired,- heard the other two; Limerick was in the act of drawing the pistol when Thornton 1 grabbed the tumbler. Thomas Ford being sworn, said . t wars present at the Bank Exchange When tho quarrel commenced I know neither of tho parties; I saw two tumblers thrown; 1 was standing at the bar; alter the two tumblers were thrown, heard Thornton call Limerick an Irish son of a bitch. Am an entire stranger to both parties, am sure 1 saw two tumblers thrown before the pistol was fired. After hearing the above testimony, tho jury retired, and after about ten minutes deliberation returned with the following VIIRDICT . We the undersigned Jurors, do find that Giles S. Thornton came to bib death by a pistol shot wound by one Edward Lloyd, (alias Limerick) in the Bank Exchange, in the city of Oroville, county of Butte, State of California, between the hours of 9 and II the 4th of July, 1857. Signed by all i lie Jurors. Staging Kit rorrllnnry,—tt Mile Heat. On Monday last, while the return stage from Alpha, A. S, Olin’s line was watering at Jenkins’, Mr. S. L. Bridge, the driver being dismounted, the horses were started by command given another horse hitched in front of the house, and left at fnll sped Two passengers were inside at the time, one of whom jumped out with no injury. The other, a cripple, was obliged to take bis chances in the vehicle. The horses four in number, swept along the road, turning all angles, winding along its sinuosities, avoi ding tress and rocks, and crossing bridges, with lbs utmost precision and finally brought up in front of the American Exchange, after a run of six miles over a rough, crooked and dangerous road, with nothing but a whilfitrec broken! and the cripple still in side, badly scared, but not otherwise in jured! The horses apparently were not frightened, nor had they probably the least idea of running away, and they only mani fested the usual symptons of animals after a hard drive. This is a specimen of what onr stages'eaa do without a driver.— VcvaJa Journal. Goon Grit. — The Sierra Democrat of Saturday last, comes to us printed on paper as yellow as “gowld” of which circumstance the editor Speaks as follows; The reader will perceive “by reference to another column,” that the Democrat ie printed this week on yellow paper. The com plexion of the sheet is in no measure that of onr prospects—as will be conceded after a glance at the array of new advertisements in this number. The explanation is, wc have paper cm the road, in the railroad de pot, on the levee, stuck in the mud, weather bound or becalmed, somewhere between this and Vigilantedom—as we are assured by D. S Lord & Co. that a supply was pipped two week vgo. We’ll have white paper next week, if we have to chew pp both oqr shirts to make it.