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THE WINCHESTER WEEKLY APPEAL.
A FAMILY NEWSPAPER -DEVOTED TO POLITICS, LOCAL INTERESTS, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC NEWS, AGRICULTURE, MECHANISM, EDUCATfON" INDEPENDENT ON ALL SUBJECTS, VOLUME 1. WINCHESTER, TENN., SATURDAY, JULY 2G, 185G. NUMBER 24 SOPHIA NORTON'S WAY OP HEADING A CONSPIRACY AGAINST HER rEACE, BY GRACE GREENWOOD. The sex to which I have the honor of belonging, has, from timo immemorial, been accused of being poculiarly subject to that compound of love and hate, of fol ly and fury that Lear of passions, the weak, mad dupe of his own creations Jealousy. In the name of the sisterhood, I deny the charge, I fling it back on our accusers; for the lordly sex it is, who yield to the 'green-eyed monster' the most loy al and ready obedience. Does any one doubt the truth of this position? let him eeat himself, with becoming resignation, listen to my proof, and riso up convinced. A rare girl was my schoolmate, Sophie Norton, a charming, beautiful riddle. She was a blonde, of the most delicate description, with a mild, tender, Lucy Ashtonish sort of a face, and ways so con fidingly willing, I would defy flesh and blood to withstand them. And yet, this angel in form and feature, this seeming embodiment of all most exquisitely ethe real and spiritual, was in truth the most dashing, daring, carc-for-naught, gipsy of a creature, dear reader, that ever took your heart by stratagem, or carried it by Btorm. She was admirably politic, how ever, seldom showing both sides of her character to tbo same persons, or class of persons. Our teachers praised her as a model of propriety 8nd loveliness, while we adored her as the queen of fun and frolic, who led us into the wildest and most unheard-of-scrapes, and as skilfully and triumphantly led us out. On leaving school, Sophia spent a few months with a friend in Philadelphia. I cannot say that her visit caused any 'great commotion' in right-angle-dom. Sho was beautiful, exceedingly, but hers Was not the stylo of loveliness to create a furor. She was very like one's summer dream of sweetness and gentleness, yet few people, beside poets, ever think of falling in love with a dream; and then, she was not an heiress. At last, as the Germans would say, she met her destiny. Wishing to have her miniature taken, a young artist, of con siderable promise, was selected by her friends. She found him quite one's idea of a true votary of the divine art; his light est words, the tones of his voice, showing an ardent, earnest, enthusiastic temper ament. His face would have been of al most too lofty and severe a beauty, were it not for a smile of child -liko archness and amiability always dancing attendance on his lips. His form was finely propor tioned, but in my eye rather too petit for perfect manliness. Well, Sophie soon saw, by woman's marvellous intuition, that Mr. J. Ran dolph Richmond, (he wrote his name thus, for fear of being called Jack) was irretrievably in love and with her own sweet self. Yet Sophia was a sensible girl, and kept her own heart with all dil ligenee. She liked the lad passing well, but in regarding his character sho had one chilling fear. It was, that his devotion to painting arose not fiom a sincere love for the art, but from personal ambition, that passion which tho world has baptiz ed with praise, and christened with a glo rious name, but which is in truth only a fiery, intense, and concentrated sel fishness. So, she did not yield to wo man's amiable weakness and love, be cause she was loved did not let grati tude lead her blindfold to the altar. I know, I should put on gloves while hand ling this dear pet fault of my sex. But my charming sisters, why are you grateful? Just bring your every-day tenderness, your patient, fond, worshipping, self-sac rificinglove; and then place man'sholiday admiration, his fanciful, patronizing, ex acting, doubting affection, in the opposite scale, and see in what a passion of haste they will go up. Thank a man for read ing you five unacted acts from his drama; for writing an acrostic on your name; for asking an introduction to a rival belle; Cor saying you aro surprisingly like his maiden aunt but never for the honor of his preference. Bo grateful to him for the offer of his handkerchief to hem, or his gloves to mend, but never for that of his heart and hand. In love matters, fling way gratitude; 'tis but a charity sort of irtue at tho best. It was, finally, in no hour of triumph, that Sophie Norton flt nil the sweet wa ters of her hoart gushing freely, gladly, tumultously, toward him who loved her. Sho had accompanied him to tho Acade my, where a painting, on which ho had spent much timo and enthusiasm, was being exhibited. There was present one of tho first artists of his country, who, pausing bofore Randolph's picture bestow ed upon it somo warm praise, and then criticised it with tcrriblo severity. Sophie attentively watched tho fnco of her lover; flushes passod over his brow, his lips were compressed, but he silently drank in ev ery word of the artist. When tho ordeal was passed, he left her side, went up to the judge, gracefully introduced himself, and expressed his gratitude, with frank and unmistakablo earnestness, for tho valuable though painful lesson. Sophie is not given to weeping, but when Ran dolph rejoined hor, she was actually in tears. She pledged him her dear little hand that very night. There's a true woman for you! Sophie left for her home soon after. I saw, almost as soon ns we met, that she loved; that woman's Jcstiny had floated out of heaven, and hung over her life a cloud of purple and gold. Oh, rea der mine, you should have seen some of their letters! They were tender, delicate, impassioned flowers, music, painting, poetry, love! There was one thing 1 no ticed Sophie had evidently not shown her lover the playful, girlish side of her character. Woman, when first in love, seldom deals in persiflage. Sho really makes a serious, solemn matter of that which is, at best, but a 'Divine Comedy.' A few months of the engngement had passed, when a sifter of Randolph's vis ited Philadelphia. Ho, the adopted of a childless untie, had not seen her for scv eral years; meanwhile, she had comodnn cing up from childhood, and was now just poising herself on the threshold of six teen; a wild, spirited, beautiful brunette. Randolph tried in vain to tame her she would play tricks, tell anecdotes, and laugh aloud, and her Mentor ended at last by falling in with her shocking, en chanting ways. Our hero had never written to Sophie of his sister Kate, but he soon told the lat ter all about Sophie. Ho enlargcdmuch on the confidence of his lady-love. "Don't you think it strange," said he, "that she never expresses a doubt of my fidelity, though she knows that in walk ing Chestnut Street I daily meet belles and beauties, who would not care to look farther than the brother of so fine a girl as you, Kate?" "Ah, but has that modest brother of mine ever as much as intimated to her his knowledge of the existence of those dan gerous creatures? that's tho question." "Why, no, Kate." "Then sho has not the shadow of a cause for distrust; give her a hook to hang a doubt upon, and she'll all the girls are alike, Ran." Just then sho caught a glimpse of her radiant, roguish face, in tho glass oppo site, and clapping her hands in ecstacy, cried "I have it! you say that she docs not know that Providence had blessed you with a sister Kale just write her a des cription of me! Don't go so far as'to pretend you ore in love, but tell her all about tho lively life wo livo as master and pupil; and if sho doesn't fly into a beauti ful passion of jealousy if your angel don't show the woman, I'll bo a good girl for a whole fortnight!" Well, they put their wicked heads to gether, and tho next mail bore Sophie Norton tho following from her faithful lover: My Dear Sophia Your sweet letter has looked me reproachfully in the face every time I have opened my cscritoir for several days. I have no excuse to offer for my silence that will satisfy myself, so it might not you. Hut you will find one for mo in your heart won't you, dearest? I shall make haste to tell you of a charming new pupil of mine; first premising that you will not bo jealous there is nothing in the world so disagree able as a jealous woman. You really should see "our Kate," for so every one calls her. She is the most amusing little melange of the artless impulses, careless graces, and untamed spirits of the child, and the budding affections and harmless couMnf f tho girl, ynu ran imagine. I hclicvo tho creature has sentiment; 1 know sho has feeling; but her first per vading, restless spirit is mirth. Her very prcsenco is tho soul of joyousnoss; sho dances as though her foot had unseon And then her laugh- 0, it is the silvery gush of gladness. Her face is classical in its contour, but thcro arc so many phases to tho beauty of a bru nette, and each one more entrancing than the preceding, thai it i3 impossible for pen or pencil to show them forth. Her eyes, ono moment you would swear affirm, I mean were of tho softest hazel, and the next, as black as night; her hair is a dark chestnut color, curling bewitch ing!)'. I'd not call her lips rosy, they are of a deeper, ruddier hue. 1 have it now: they are liko rich June rose-leaves, lipped in wine. As to her manner, sho has, it must bo confessed,' a little too much naivete. But she is so young scarce sixteen; and then she hud, it seems, the most accommodating guardian angels, as she has never known a sorrow. I re gard her innocent breaches of strict deco rum with great leniency. For instance, while giving her a lesson this morning, sho laid her delicate hand on my arm, anil said, with a charming smile, "I did not think that I should like you half so well when I first sawyou. I find we aro strangely alike in many things." Sophie, 1 really felt called upon to kiss that hand I did, indeed. She only laughed, dearest. I don't believe she thinks ofuie, for she knows I have only a moderate income,' and her face can win a fortune. Indeed, she is pretty . A bru nette is a fascinating creature, yet 1 have always thought tho empire of the blonde over the affection.-; the more ciiilurin,ur. Kate is teaching w.o waltzing. I know it will give you pleasure to hear 1 am making rapid progress in this delightful accomplishment. Were vou a .sillvirl. now, 1 should fc.iryour pouting over this, anil so, to soothe you, say, J ahvoys fan cy you my partner; that it is your dear form 1 am whirling about in the delicious delirium of tho waltz. Rut 1 don't tell you any such thing; for I know you to bo a sensible, high-minded woman, never troubling yourself, or those who love you, with unfounded doubts and suspicions. Though my little friend is somewhat in my confidence, I have never told her of our engagement. 1 fear tho madcap could not keep it to herself, and love is something far too delicate for tho rough atmosphere of tho world. Kate is waiting for me to accompany her to a concert. Forgivo the brevity of this. I know you will: thcro is nothing in which I have greater faith than in your truth and goodness; they constitute a lit tle heaven, of which I am solo proprietor. Adieu, love. J. R. R. f 01 HIE NORTON'S RITLY. Dear Jack I was surprised, pleased, delighted by your Inst letter. It is just the most remarkable coincidence, quite a romance m real life lis both funny and to life; those vows, plighted before Hcav stiange. But I must explain. Well, er)) beneath the eternal stars, Sophie! I there lately arrived at Sweet-Briar Cot- would go to you, but I dare not; tho tagc, Lieutenant Mortimer Lacy, of the place by yoursideis for another, far dear army, my ow n cousin, and a splendid fel-1 cr. ut three short months have passed, low he is, Jack. He has such a faultless ( sjnce i n delirium of rapture I first call- form and face, and so imposing an air; and then, he sports such a love of a mous- tnchn, and his uniform is so becoming! Mortimer (how nice it is to have a pret- ty first name, Jack!) says that ho was tho tallest cadet ever on parade at West Point. I wish all men were tall; it is cer- tainly more natural to look up to them. I wish all men were soldiers, too; there is something so terribly grand in the profes sion, andnniforms are so beautiful in a ball room. By the way, can't you pur - chase one, Jack? To be sure, Cousin Mor- timer's would hang on you liko a suit of alderman's clcihcs on your easel. Not that the lieutenant is corpulent ho is admirably proportioned though large, a very Mars. I nerce with you that "there is nothing in tho world so disagreeable as a jealous! woman," unless it be a prudish one. , ly thought to give you "a Roland for an Now, some people think it shocking for ' Oliver." So you see, love, you have mo to waltz with Mortimer, but I smile , waste I an immense amount of Romeoish at their old-fashioned notions, and away nnguish. Nor is that the worst fca we whirl! I am glad you are learning, it ture in your lamentable case. You have will be quito convenient when cousin is gone. Mortimer is a splendid horseman, and we have delightful excursions, a chctal. Yowwcre always so fearful tho horse would run with rr.e, or toss mi over hi hea l, that it really mudo n pain of a pleasure. Now, cousin pays mo tho compliment of trusting to my horso-womanship gets mo mad, untamable steeds, and teaches me new and daringexploits. Why, the oth er day wo took a wild gallop, with our hands closo clasped! Mortimer is very wealthy, and says that after ho has been promoted to a gen eralship, he shall resign, and spend his lifo enjoyingerfutti cum digniate. That sounds like Latin, and means, I suppose, a house in town, box at the opera, travel ing, and giving dinners and fetes. Ho will bo in Philadelphia in August, and if you call on him and aro civil, he may prove a patron, though he has no taste for the fine arts. I hope you will take his portrait, a la militaire, for us; it will bo a pleasure, he is so handsome. I believe with you in tho sacrodncssof love, I keep our engagement a holy se cret. There isnot tome a more ruefully ridiculous figure than an obviously engag ed young lady, in tho absence of her bo loved. She sits in company with folded hands and dreamy eyes, puts on a lady abbess look of shocked propriety when oskel to waltz, and shrinks like a mimo sa from tho innocent kiss of a brother or cousin. I believe my manners have been free from this school-girl practice; for to tell the truth, tho gallant lieutenant has already laid seigo to my heart with the most soldier-like impetuosity. I know you will be proud to hear your betrothed hn made so considerable a conquest. Tiie horses ;ire at the door; now for a ride! 0, there is more music in the tramp ling of those hoofs than I could ever yet thump out of a piano. Good morning, Jack; I kiss my band to you. SOPHIE. A tolerable idea of mental chaos, hod Air. J. Randolph Richmond, on reading the above. He smiled, but it was a ghast ly smile. In vain ho tried to believe So phia in jest; jealnwy obscured his per ceptions with a thick green cloud. Kate was going out for tho evening, but he called her back, and pale and trembling, handed her the letter. The gipsy laughed over it, till he threatened to send her to the watch-house; then gave it as her sage opinion, that his love was a true love, a sensible girl, that knew bow to take and give a joke; and left him with the sisterly advice not to make a fool of himself in his reply. How he profited by it tho follow ing will show: My dear, too dear Sophie Howcould you write so terrible a letter? Mine was a ; joke, all a joke. Kate is my sister, my j own sister! But yours cannot be mere , pleasantry; you never deal in that. neath the sparkling foam is an under-cur rent of deep meaning. ItisasI have of ten feared, you do notlovc me; you are lost to me forever. You must have seen that my letter was a jest, but were too happy an opportunity to break thoso ties, which ' to y0U aro irksome, but which bind vie ed you mine; and now, in an agony of 'hopeless love, I write, you are free! , Q Heaven! my heart is crushed, my brain whirls 1 fear lam ill. Yet do not let that giveyou unhappiness. May love, and joy, and peace be around you, liko the breath of the blessed angels J.R.R. He wrote the above in absolute ear nest, reader, and in due time received the following: 1 My denr Randolph Whata nice Com ely of Errors wo havo been acting, to bo sure. There was but this difference you wrote in a lover-like way of your sister, while I was romancing altogether! I have not, I never had, a cousin Mortimer, but j as I manufacture ! him, "regimentals" and all, out of my own brain. I too your letter as nn unmitigated hoax, and mere doubted mo. In a rash mood you have flun mo back my holy plighted faith as a thing of little worth. Now, indeed is a noble opportunity for mo to display the ; lofty ?pirit, the inborn dignity of woman, J by proudly ncccptine the freedom y u of- fer. But, alas! thcro is one provoking little obstacle in the way. It happens, unfortunately, that I love you; that it has somchowbecomo quite a habit with me to think of you, and I am not tragedy-queen enough to punish myself in be ing revenged on you. Como to us. and bring "our Koto," I am impatient to meet my charming rival, and to have one long, united, glorious laugh over our romance of folly. Now and ever yours, SOPHIE. T. S. Don't think of being "ill," nor any such nonsense. If thcro is any ac complishment I pride myself upon, it is that of ministering to'he sick. So, if it is just as convenient for you, pleaso postpone all illness till I am within calling distance, if you wish to bo nursed con amore. SOPHIE. And now my patient reader, havo I not sustained my first position. Written for tho Winchester Appeal. TO A ISmCUAVED FKIEN'D. I would not sing to thee of joy, Which like a transient hour has flown. For pleasure may the heart alloy When sorrow weighs tho spirits down. Thy pence has fled, like somo bright bird, With plumago gay as summer even, And 0, how fair its hues appeared When all its plumes were spread for Heaven! Say, wouldst thou Marion's arrow throw To stop its passage to the slues No, let tho gentle spirit go Unto its home in Paradise. But wouliM thou trace his flight above, And shun the world's disturbing carel Go, ask of Faith ami Hope, and Love, They'll give thee wings to follow there. Sarah. ANECDOTES OF CXAV AND KL'CHANAN. Mr. Clay, although he deeply resented Mr. Buchanan's degrading conduct in 1825, never broke off all personal inter course with him till 1814, when he found him guilty of another act of unparalelled baseness towards him. But, even when they were on terms of personal civility, Mr. Clay was always fond of putting him to tho torture. After Mr. Buchanan's appointment as minister to Russia, he and Mr. Clay were of the same dinner party in Washington, and Mr. Buchanan, who always played the toady to Mr. Clay, remarked to him acioss tho tablo thathe had no court dress and enquired of him as to the style, cost &c. Mr. Clay playfully remarked that io had ono which ho had no uso for, and he would with pleasure givo it to him. Mr. Buchanan thanked him very earnest ly, but said, "I am afraid it is so old that it must be a little tarnished." Mr. Clay replied in his own peculiar manner: "Ah, but you can turn it, Buchanan.' The discomfiture and dumb embarrass ment of Mr. Buchanan caused a general titter around tho table, Mr. B. having just turned his political coat most unblush ingly. Upon a certain occasion in the U. S Senate. Mr. Buchanan, in the course of a personal explanation, stated thathe had volunteered to go to Baltimore in the last war with Great Britain when the British attacked that city. "I think I have heard something about tho gentleman's volunteering," said Mr Clay, "but I understand when he arrived at Baltimore, the British were gone." "Yes," replied Mr. Buchanan, "they were." "Well," said Mr. Clay, "I merely wish to know whether Mr. Buchanan volun tecred because he knew that tho British were gone, or whether the British heard that the gentleman had volunteered, and therefore evacuated the coast! Leu. Jou. Some ofthe Democratic papers are in quiring how much the New York Herald is paid for supporting Fremont, In '52 it was the ardent advocate of Pierce; so they certainly ought to know what its usual price is. Strange Events. An exchange re cords tho marriago of John M. Strnngo and Elizabeth Strange as a strange event. The next event will probably be a little itravgtr. nOIOCUATIC I'EAHLS AT RANDOM STIUNCJ-NIIKIJASKA HILL. I consider this bill tho Nebraska Bill a proposition in favor of frcodom, and I am surprised that the North should opposo, and tho South support it. Pres ident Pierce. I congratulate the Senate on this em phatic endorsement of Squatter Sovereign ty. Ccneral Cass. I deny that slaves are property. Sec retary McClelland. This bill effectually prevents tho ad mission of another foot of slave territory into the Union. Gen. Shields. Thegreat issuo is, whether or not the people of Nebraska, shall bo allowed to settle thequestion ofslavery, or no slave ry, for themselves. In Illinois we estab lish such constitutions as suit us; if you liko them come and dwell with us; if you do not, stay away. The Nebraska bill proposes to carry this principlo into all the territories of the United States. It is tho great cardinal principle of tho Dem ocratic party. Senator Douglas. Under this bill the Southern slavehold er may go to the territoiies, but he must leave his slaves bohind. Tho quick moving Yankeo squatter will have it peopled and its institutions fixed before tho slaveholders of the South could pack their cumbrous household goods, hand cuff their slaves, yoke their oxen and start their emigrant trains. Mr. W. Montgomery, of Pa. A principle fixed and irrevocable in spite of all the howls of faction, is the) theory that each distinct inchoate State of this Union shall determine for itself what shall be its own institutions. In all parts of this Union, it must become the unanimous conviction of tho people of these United States, that whether a State? of this Union is, or is not, to regulate la bor in this or that manner, depends upon the will of the people of that Stato or Territory. Attorney General Cushing. In my opinion, the Kansas and Ne braska act recognizes the full force and power, in all its vigor, of the right ofthe people of tho territories to legislate on tho subject ofslavery prior to their organiza tion as a Stato Government, as fully and completely as it is recogmzod tho power of the people of the States over the sub ject of all domestic questions not delega ted to the Government. Gentlemen may call it what they please, non-interven tion, squatter sovereignty, or popular sov ereignty, it was a power of tho people which thoy had never nolcgated to tho Government, and in my opinion they, and they alone, should exercise it as well while in a territorial condition as in a State Government. Hon. G. W. Jones, of Tenn. It is a slander upon the Democratic party to say that it is in favor ofthe ex tension ofslavery. Boston Post. I am with you, hand and head, and heart and all my might. Gov. Wise to the Buffalo Freesoilers. The Democratic party North ofus, has everywhere been beaten by the Republi cans, or disorganized by tho abolition ism in its own ranks. Pensylvanian. We pledge ourselves to use every ef fort to extripate tho evil ofslavery. Ohio Democratic State Convention. We shall spare no effort to prevent the extension of slavery." New York Soft Convention. German emigrants are universally anti-slavery men, both from principle arfd taste, being unable to endure contact with tho colored race. New Hampshire Pa triot. rOIEEIGXEItS WANTED. The Chicago Weekly Democrat, Went worth's paper, at present supporting Fremont a supporter of Pierce in 1S52 of June 23 says The fact is, if people wish to drive slave labor from our free territories, they must look to foreign labor as the best means of doing it; and hence, all anti Slavery Exiensionists should labor to en courage rather than to discourage foreign emigration. We must have more foreign ers here, and they should be of the kind that will resist slavey at all hazards." Several fatal cases of sun stroke have occurred at Memphis, during the iccm; tevcalv hot weauVr.