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VOL. HI NUMBER 10.4
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HUTTED AND TUBLlSlIEfi WEEKLY
BY J. CHRISTY &C0,-
PMieherloftke Levi United Statu.
TElUtlSt ... ..
Thi paper t published at Two Dollar a yeer,
in advance Two Dollars and Fifty Cent in
six montht or, Three Dollar at the end of the
year." 'Snej piwpectua.) - -
Advertisement iiwerted: at One Dollar per iquare
for the Bret, and Twenty.Fiv Onto ftr each
continuance. Pourt OroVra will be charged
twenty-five per conk extra. 1
Taws of the u. state"s7
Pasted mtth teondSe$tioneflke7tk'Congreu.
Pvblic No. .43.1 . J ...
AN ACT to provide for the settlement of the
vtaine of tue 01a w vt Georgia for the aerricee of
her militia. j' .-? a : ;
Bt U enacted i the Senate and Houtt Re-
rirtttnCtif e the United Statea ef America in
Cemgreaa auembua, 1 hat the turn of one hundred
and seventy-five thousand dollars be and the sajxe
is hereby, appropriated to the payment and inA' ra
ti! ty of the tate of Georgia, fur any moy ac-.
toally paid by said otste on account of teceaea.
ry and proper expenses incurred by sail State in
calling out her militia in the tears eiihtorn hun
dred and thirty -five, eighteen hundred and thirty,
six, and eighteen hundred and thirty-seven during
the Seminole, Cherokee, and Creel campaigns, or
for t bo suppression of Indian hostilities in Florida
and Alabsaia, ar so much of sd sum as may be
necessary for the purposes aforosaid, after deduct,
ing any sum or sums of msney that may have
heretofore been advanced by the United Statea to
the State of Georgia, to be applied to (he objects
aforesaid, and which may not have been previous,
ly ao applied. ....:.-. V
See. 2. And be it further enacted. That the
Paymaster General of the United States army and
the accounting officer of the Treasury shall first
ascertain and certify what would have been due
from the United States to the volunteers and mili.
tia called into the sorvice of the said Stat of Geor
gia, or by her properauthorities, during the time
and for the purposes mentioned in the proceeding
section, if said volunteers and militia had been
duly called into the service of the United Stales,'
and regularly received and mustered by officers of
the United States army, according to the law and
regulations which have governed in tho payment
of the ' volunteer and militia of -other States ;
Presided, That the accounts of the agent or
other officer of the State of Georgia, employed or
authorised to make payments ' for the aforesaid
services, or any of lhem,bubmitted to the Pay.
master'Goncrai and the accounting officers for
their inspection i And provided, uUo, Thai no
reimbursement shall be made on account of the
payment of any volunteer or militia who refused
to'be received and mustered into the service of
the United States, or to crv under officers of the
United State army, if any man may have been
ordered to that fervice by the President of the
United States or other proper authority.
Approved, August II, 1812. , ,
f Public No. 44.
AN ACT to settle Uia title to certain tract of land
in the State of Arkansas,
Be it enacted by the Senate and If ohm of Repri.
eentativeoof the United Slatet of Amsrica in Con.
grfit atmembled, That each and' every owner of
a Spanish or French land claim, in the State of
Arkansas, which was submitted for adjudication
to the superior court of the late Territory of Ar.
kansas, and by that court confirmed, being sub
sequent purchaser for a valuable considera
tion, is hereby authorised, within twelve months
from the passage of this act, to enter, respective
ly, the land covered by the said claim, at the
minimum price, under such regulations as the
Comminsifmef of the- General- Land- Office shall
prescribe : Proviled, That no such entry shall be
made, except of lands mentioned and described
in the original claim, or of such tract a have
been located in pursuance of the act of the t wen.
ty-sixth of May, eighteen hundred and and twrru I
ty.four, entitled " An act enabling the claimants
to lands within Die limits of the State of Missou
ri and Territory 'of Arkansas to institute proceed,
ings to try the validity of their claims," or any
- act reviving the -same j- nor- unless th owner of
the claim shalt niftke and subscribe an oath, be
fore the register or receiver of the land .office of
the district id which the lands he, (which oath
such register or receiver is hereby authorized to
administer,) that at the time he became the own.
er of the claim he had no notice or knowledge
that the claim was fraudulent, or that the same
rested upon any forged warrant, grant, order of
.survey, or other evidence of title. And for every
entry made under the provisions of this act, a pa.
tent shall issue, as though no Spanish or French
claim had ever beon entered upon said land.
Approved, August 11, 1842.
AN ACT regulating the sririccs of the several
judge in the Territory of Iowa.
Be it enacted by the Senate and Hornet of Re.
prreentotive of the United Statea af America in
Cengrett aurmbled. That until otherwise ordered
by law of the Legislative Assembly of the Ter
ritory of Iowa, the judge for said Territory, late,
ly sppointed, shall be, and they sure hereby, as
signed to the same district to which the same
I judges, respectively, were heretofore assigned by
tbe law of the said Legielstive Aaaembly of the
Territory of Iowa.
Approved, August 11,-1849.
(Public No. 46.
AN ACT in relation to the district court for the
northern district of New York.
Be it enacted by the Senate and Houae of Re.
ftetnuotitte- af the United Statea af America, in
tangreet attembled. That it ball be lawful for
the clerk of, the district court for the northern
dmric of New York, to appoint a deputy, w,ho,
in his absence, may exercise all the official powers
of the said clerk, at the village of Auburn, in th
county of Cayuga, in the said district. And such
deputy, before he enter on the discharge of hi
duties, shall take th usual oath for th faithful
performance of his duties as such deputy. And
nothing herein contained shall be held to excuse
er release the said clerk from legal responsibility
for sets performed by his aid deputy, in behalf of
Mid clerk, in the office aforesaid. .
Approved, August 11, 1842.
Public No. 66.
AN ACT respecting th organization of the en.
my, and for other purpoaes.
ofie it enacted by the Senate and Houae af Re.
frteentativeaaf the United Statea af America in
Congreee aeaembled. That hereafter, end so aoon
as the reduction can be effected a herein provided,
each company of dragoons shall consist of the
-commissioned officer a bow provided by law,
end of four sergeants, four coporals, two bugler,
00 farrier and blacksmith, and fifty privatea;
nd the second regiment of dragoon now in er.
T" hall be converted, after the fourth day of
March next, into a regiment of riflemen ; end
each company of artillery shall consist of th
commissioned officer e now provided by law,
and of (bur sergeants, four eoporals, two artificers,
two musieiana, and fortntwo private ; end each
company of infantry alwll consist of th aem
number 01 eoromissionea ameer a now provided,
and of four sergeants, fo,r corporals, two tnusi,
ciana, and forty-two ptivkte; and that no re
cruits shall be enlisted foitlie dragoons, artilcry,
or infantry ontit.the number in the several com.
paniea shall be reduced be tbe expiration of the
term of service, bjdisclArge, or other causes,
below the number herein fixed for the said com
panies respectively; Pnetded,' That nothing in
tills section shall he construed to prevent the re.
enlistment of noncommissioned officers whos
terms of service majr expire before the army shall
oe reduced to we ouriDer ucrctoiore established.
Sec. 2. 'And he further enacted. That the
officers of the superintendents of the armories at
Springfield end at Harper Ferry shall be, end
tlie- Miae are herebr, uboliulied. end the duties
thereof hall bo pwirmed by such officer of th
ordnance corn as shall us dotugnaLad by tho Pra.
sident; end thai front end. alter the first day of
Uctober next the master armorers, shall receive
each twelve hundred dollars annuallyj payable
uner yearly ; end the inspector end clerk ee ch
ight hundred dollar per annum t and the pay.
mastors and military storekeepers at the armories,
and at the arsenal of construction at Pittsburg,
Watervilet, end Washington city, ahall receiv
cacti twelve hundred end hfty dollars annually,
payable in like manner, end the said paymasters
and military storekeepers shall give security for
the fuilhful discharge of their duties in such sum
a the Secretary of War shall prescribe. And
the two military storekeepers, authorized by the
act of second of March, one thousand eight hun
dred and twenty.one, shall receive each twelve
hundred and fifty dollar per annum ; end ne
military storekeeper at arsenals shall, after the
first day of October next, receive a pay or emolu.
mcnts beyond eight hundred dollar per annum,
besides quarters actually provided and occupied
as such, and the number authorized1 to be thus cm
ployed is hereby limited to ten ; and all other of.
ficesof military storekeeper are hereby abolished
and discontinued on and after said first day of
October, and the officer horeby dismissed shall
be allowed three months' pay in addition to the
pay and emoluments to which they maybe enti-
tied on that day ; end none of tur above named
officer, and no officer at the armories of eny
grade whatever," shell hereafter" receive emolu:
mcnts of any kind, or any compensation er commu
tation beyond their stipulated pay in mousy, ex
cept quarters actually provided foe end occupied
by such officers. .
See. 3. And be it farther enacted. That the of.
fice of Commissary General of Purchases, some
times called Commissary of Purchases, shall be,
and the same is hereby abolished, and the duties
thereof shall hereafter be performed by tile officers
of the Quartermaster's department, with such of
the officers and clerks now attached to the pur.
chasing department es Itall ba authorized by the
Secretary of War, and under such regulations as
shall be prescribed by the said Secretary, under the
sanction of the rresidentof tne united Mates. ....
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted. That, within
one month after the passage of this act, the offices
ofTMeiwrpcctiir geiieialrof three-paymasters, two
urgeons, and ten assistant surgeons of thearray
shall be abolished, and that number of paymas.
ten, surgeons, and assistant surgeons shall be dis
charged by the President : end they thall be al
lowed threo months' pay, in addition to the pay
and emolument to which they may be entitled
! the time of their discharge.
Sec. 5. And be it further enacted. That a com.
petcnt person may b employed by the Ordnance
bureau, under the direction of tho Secretary of
War, for etich time may bo necessary, to su.
perintend the manufacture of iron cannon at the
several foundries yhcre such cannon may be
made under contorts with the United States,
whose pay and emoluments shall not exceed those
of a major of ordnance during the time he ahall
be so employed, to be paid out the appropriations
orarmamcnt offortificalions ; and for the er.
"vice rendcred'ln siich tipcrintondenco sinca the
first day of March, eighteen hundred and forty,
one, under the authority of the War Department,
the same oompentation shall be allowed as"Uerein
Secr6i4rirfe itfuriier enacted,' TlxaCftie ra
tions authorized to beallowcd to a brigadier while
commander-in-chief, etafl to each officer while
commanding e separate post, by the act of March
third, saventecn.iiuodrci and. ninety -seven, end
to the commandin j officers of each separata post,
by the act of March sixteen, eighteen hundred
and two, shall hereafter be allqwed to the follow,
ing officer and no others :
To the Major General commanding the army,
and to every officer commanding in chief e epa.
rate army, actually in the field i
' To the general commanding the eastern end
western geographical divisions ;
To tbe colonels or other officer commanding
military geographical department;
To die commandant of each permanent or fixed
post, garrisoned With troops, including the super
intendent of the military academy at West Point,
who w regarded as the commandant of that post.
Speaker of the Iloute of Representative!.
' U'tlllL' P M1'CI!U
Pretident of the Senate pro tempore.
Approved, August 23, 1842.
i " rPtJBLic No. 59.1
AN ACT making an appropriation to supply a de-
- ficiency in the navyicjiflion fun(L-
Beit enacied by the Senate and House of Re.
preeentatit of tie United State of America wi
Congreat aeoemhled, Ttat the arm of eiphty-four I
thousand nine hundred end btly-one dollar oe,
end the same i herebyppropriatcdT.out xfenyJ
money in the Treasury not otherwise appropne,
ted, to supply any deficiency which may exist in
the navy pension fund, for the payment of the
semi-annual navy pensions which will be due on
tbe first day of July, eighteen hundred and forty.'
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted. That the act
entitled M An act to provide for the more equita
ble administration of the navy pension fond," pv
proved March third, eighteen hundred and thirty,
seven,, be, and the same is hereby, repealed, from
end after the first day of July, eighteen hundred
end ibrty-two ; end all pensions to officer and
seamen in the naval service shell be reguleted ac
cording to the pay of .the navy as it existed on tbe
first day of January, one thousand eight hundred
Sec. 3. And be it further enacted. That so
much of en act entitled " An ect directing the
transfer of money remaining unclaimed by cer
tain pensioners and authorising the payment of the
erne at the Treasury of the United State," ap
proved April sixth, eighteen hundred and thirty,
eight, a require pensions that may have remain,
ed unclaimed in the hand of pension agent for
eight month to be returned to the Treasury, be,
and the same is hereby, repealed, end that the
time within which such pension shall be returned
to the Treasury be, and the same is hereby, ex
tended to fourteen months, subject to all the other
restrictions and provisions contained in the said
ect. . k -.-
- Approved, August 23, 1 8 12.
" (From Graham' Magazine for September.
lieu blower Story, or hew to
1 . . -riin a, Julep. .v ...
- BIC. F. BOVFMAN. '? " v
Are you sure that 'a Xb Flaxb over
by the shore I"
'ilULQerfiag manny.! J could tell her pipes
across Mazoura. :
" And you will overhaul her i"
" Won't wd though ! I tell ye, Stron.
gor, so sure as my name is Ben Blower,
tnat tnat last tar bar 1 1 hove in the lurnance
has put iist the smart chance of co-ahead
into ua to ut ofj The Flame from . yonder
pint, or send our boat to kingdom come."
The dvil !" exclaimed a bystander
who. intensely interested in the race, was
leaning the while againsi the partitions of
tho boiler-room, I've chosen a nice place
toN see tho fun near thia infurnal pow
derbarrell". , K . . ,
" Npt so bad as if you were in it P'cool.
ly observed Bun, as the other walked rap.
" As if he -wore in it ! in what T In the
"Catting Don't folks sometimes eo into
bilcrs. mannv 1"
" 1 should think thore'd be other parts
' j N
01 tne boat more comfortable.
"That's right; poking fun at me at
once't ; but wait till wo get through thia
brush with the old Flame, and 1'Jl tell ye
of a regular fixin' scrape that a man may
get into. It's true too, every word of it
us sure as my name is Ben Blower. '
" You have seen tho Flame then afore.
Stranger? . Six years ago, when she was
new upon the river, she was a raal out and
outer, I tell yo. I was at that time a hand
aboard her. Yes, I belonged to her at
the time of her great' race with the Go-Ii.
ar lou ve heern, may hap, of the blow,
up by which we lost it. They made a great
fuss about it ; but it was nothing but a mere
fiz of hot water after all. Only the sprins-
ing of a few rivets which loosened, a biler
plate or two. and let out a thin spirting up.
on some niggers that hadn't sense enough
to get out of the way. Well, the Go.
mr took oil our passengers, and we ran
into Smasher's Landing, to repair dama
ges, and bury the poor fools that were kill.
ed. Here wo luid for a matter of thirty
hours or so, -rind got. things to rights 'on
board for a bran new start. There was
somecarnentes's work yet to bedoner but
Captain onrd ihtu that might jitiss wall
be nxeu ott when we were under waywe
had worked hard tho weather was sour,
and we nocd'nt do any thing more jist nowl
we migni iKe inni auernoon to ourselves
but the next morning he'd got up steam
bright and airly, and we'd, all come out
new. There was no temperance society
at Smasher's Landing,! and I went ashore
upon a lark with some of the hands.
I omit the worthy Benjamin's adven.
lures, upon land, and, despairing of fully
conveying his language in its original Do.
ric force, will not hesitato to give the rest
of his singular narrative in my own words,
save where, in a few instances I can recall
his precise phraseology, which the reader
will easily recognize.
, i-'-The-night wM..raw-and-leetywhenJL.
rcgamed the deck of our boat. The oln
cers, instead of leaving a watch above, had
closed up evory thing, and shut themsolves
in the cabin. 1 he fire room only was
open, 1 ne boards daslied from- toe. out
side by the explosion had not yet been re.
placed. 1 he floor of the room was wet
and there was scarcely a corner which af.
forded a shelter from the driving storm. I
was about leaving the room, resigned to
sleep in the open air, and now bent only
upon getting under the lee of some bulk,
head that would protect me against the
In passing out I kept my arms stretched
forward to feel my way in the dark, but my
feet came in contact with a heavy iron lid
I stumbled, and, as I fell, struck my
hand in the"? manhole,' (J think this was
the name he gave to the oval-shaped open,
ing in the head of the boiler,) through which
the smith had entered to make his repairs.
I fell with my arm thrust so far into .the
aperture that I received a prctty.-rr.art
Jow 111 the face as it came in contact with
the head of the boiler, and I did not hesitate
to drag my body after it, the moment 1 re
covered from this stunning effect, and as
certained my whereabouts. In a word, I
crept into the boi ler, resolved to pass the
rest or the night there. 1 be place was dry
and sheltered. "Had my bed been softer, I
would have had all that man could desire ;
as it was, I slept, and slept soundly.
" I should mention though, that, before
closing my eyes, I several times shifted my
position. I had gone first to the farther end
of the boiler, then again I had crawled back
to the manhole, to look out and feel that it
was really still open. Tbe wannest place
was at the farthest end, where I finally es
tablished myself, and that I knew from the
first. It was foolish in me to think that
the opening through which I bad just enter
ed could oe closed without my hearing it,
and that too, when no one was astir but
myself ; but the blow on the side of my
face made me a little nervous perhaps ; be
sides, I never could bear to be shut in any
place it always gives me a wild.like feel
ing about the bead. You may laugh Stin
ger, but I believe I should suffocate in an
emDtV church, it 1 once felt that I was so
hut up in it that I could not get ' out I
have met men afore now, just luce me, or
worse rather much worse. Men that h
made sort or furious to be tied down tetany
iuiue)ci. no soit-iiKeana contradictory in
weir uuiures mat you migtit lead them any
where so long is thev did nt feel the strinr.
Stranger, it takes all sorts of folks to make
a world ! and we may have a good many
of the worst kind of white, men bere out
west But I have seen folks upon this riv
rrrlu.'Joking: chaps too, as ever you
see, who were so tt-totaliy caranktcrous
mat mey a snoot the doctor who d tell them
they could nt live when ailinr. and make
die of ft, jist out of spite, when told they
....11 tr 11 . . . . '
Mfum urri w0. j CS. K'UOWS OS lond Oft If
gwu wings 01 .mi eann as you or 1, yet
who'd rush mad right over the -gang plank
1 .1.: r .1 .1
01 iiit 11 ooce Drought to believe that they
had to stay in this world whether they
wawpu 10 leave 11 or not. Thunder and
bees! if such a fellow as that hnd hta rrl
the cocks crow as I did, awakened to find
darkness about 4irm. darkness so thick vou
might cut it with a knife, heard other
sounds too, to tell that it was morning, and
scambling to fumble for that manhole,
touna it too, black closed black and
even as the rest of the iron coffin around
him, closed with not a rivet-hole to let God's
ight and air in why why he'd swound.
erf right down on the spot, as I did. and I
ain't ashamed to own it to no white
man." Tho big drop? actually stood upon tho
poor fellows brow, ns ho now paused
fur a moment in the recital of bis terrible
story. lie passed his hand over his rough
features, and resumed it .with less agitation
" How long I may havo remaned there
senslcss I don't know. The doctors have
since told me it must havo boon a sort of
fit more like an apoplexy thin a- swoon,
for the attack finally passed off in sleen
Yes, 1 slrpt, I know tTial, for I dreamed
rireamedar-hcap o lhing3:-'aforeIiwjVe-there
Is but one dream, however, that I
have ever been ablo to recall distinctly, and
that must have come on shortly before I re.
covered my consciousness. My resting
place through the night had been, as I havo
told you, at tho far end of the boiler. Well ,
now dreamed that tlio manholo was still
open and, what seems curious, rather
than laughable, if you take it in connection
with other things, I fancied that my legs
had been so stretched in the long walk I
iiad taken the evening before, thaf they
now reached jhe whole length of the boiler
and extended through the opening.
11 At first, (io my dreaming reflections)
it waa e eomiortabla thought that no one
could now shut up the manhole without
awakening me.,, But soon it seemed as if
my feet, which were on tho outside, were
becoming drenched in tho storm which had
originally driven me to seek this shelter.
felt the chilling rain upon mv extremities.
They grew colder and colder, and their
numbness gradually extended upward to
other parts of the body. It seemed, how.
ever, that it was only the under side of my
person that was thus strangely visited. I
aid upon my back, and it must have been
a species of nightmare that afflicted me.
tor l knew at last that I was dreaming, yet
felt it impossible to rouse myself. A vio.
ent tit oi coughing restored, at last, my
powers of volition. The water, which had
been alowly.rising arourid--rneThad -nishwl
tntp my mouth ; I awoke to hear tbe rapid
strokes of the pump which was driving it
into the boiler !
"My whole condition rlo not all of it
not" yet my jMt-enitlbhnsned
with new horror upon me. But I did not
again swoon. The choking sensation which
had made me faint, when I first discovered
how I was entombed, gave way to livelier.
thoughlessoverpoweringcmotion. I shriek
ed even as I started from my slumber. The
previous discovery of tho closed aperture,
with the instant oblivion that" followed,
seemed only a part of my -dream, and I
threw my arms about and looked eagerly
for the opening by which I had entered the
horrid place yes, looked for it, and felt
for it, though it was the terrible conviction
that U was closed a second time brought
home to me which prompted my frenzied
cry. Every sense seemed to have tenfold
acuteness, yet not one to act in unison with
another. I shrieked again and arrain im-
ploringly desperately savagely. I filled
the hollow chamber with my cries till its
iron walls seemed to tingle around me. The
dull strokes of the accursed pump seemed
only to mock at mo " while 'they deadened
" At last f gave myself up. It is tho
struggle against our fate which frenzies thfi
mind. We cease to fear when we cease to
hopei - I gave myself up and, then I grow
" I was resigned to die resigned even
to rnymode of death. It was not, I thought,
so very new after'all as to awaken unwonted
horror in a man. Thousands have been
sunk to the bottom of the ocean shut up in
the holds of vessels beating themselves
against the battened hatches dragged down
from the upper world shrieking, not for life
but for death only beneath the eyes, and
amid the breath of heaven. Thousands
have endured that appalling kind of suffo
cation. I would die only as many a better
man had died before me. I could meet
such a death. I said so I thought so
I felt so felt so, I mean, for a minute or
more ; ten minutes it may have been or
but an instant of time. I know not nor
does it matter if J could compute it. There
ipos a time then when I was resigned to my
fate. But, good God ! was I resigned to
it in the shape in which it next came to an.
pal T Stranger, I felt that water growing
1 hot about tny limbs, though it was yet but
mid-leg deep. . I felt, it," and, m the same
moment beard the roar of the furnace that
was to turn it into steam before ft could get
ueep enough to drown one: ' "
"You' shudder It was hideous. But
did I shrink and shrivel, and crumble down
upon that iron floor, and lose my senses in
that horrid ogony of feart :No! though
my brain swam and the life-blood that cur
dlud at my heart seemed about to stagnate
there' forever, still linm! I was too hoarse
too hopeless, from my previous efforts to
cry out more. . But I struck feebly at first,
and then strongly franticly with my clench,
ed fist against the sides of the boiler.
Tboro were people moving near who must
hear my blows J Could not I hear the era.
ting -of chains, tho shuffling of feet, tlio
very rustle of a rope, hear tbem nil within
few inches of mo 1 ' I did but the gurg
ling water that was .growing hotter and
hotter around my extremities, made more
noise within the steaming caldron than did
my frenzied blows against its sides.
" Litterly 1 had hardly changed my po
sition, but now tho growing heat of the
water made me plash to and fro; lifting
myself wholly out of it was impossible, but
I could not remain quiet. 1 stumbled upon
something it was a mallet ! a chance tool
the smith had left there by accident. With
what wild joy did I seize it with what ea
get confidence did I now .deal my first
blows wiih it against tho walls of my pri
son ! But scarce had I intermitted them
for a moment when I heard the clang of
the iron door as the fireman flung it wide
open to feed the flames that were to torture
mo. My knocking was unheard, though I
could hear him toss the sticks Into the fur.
nace beneath me, and drive to the door
when his infernal oven was fully crammed.
" Hud I yet a hope" T I had, out it road
iu tny twind sid&hy side witrvthe-fea gxtball
might now become the agent or preparing
myself a more frightful death. Yes ! when
thought of that furnace with its fresh-fed
flames curling beneath theiron upon which
stood a more frightful death even than
that of being boiled alive ! Hud I discover.
ed that mallet but a short time sooner but
no matter, I would by its aid resort to the
only expedient now left,
It was this 1 remembered having a
marlincspike in my pocket, and in less
time than I have taken in hinting at the con-
sequences of thus using it, I bad made an
mprcssion anon the side of the bolloe, and
sood succeeded in driving it L through. . The
water gushed through the aperture would
they see it? No, tho jet could only play
against a wooden partition which mugt hide
the stream from view it must triGkl down
upon the decks before the leakage would
be discovered. Should I drive another hole
to make that leakage greater? Why, the
water w ithin seemed already to be sensibly
diminished so hot had become that which
remained should more escape, would I net
hear it bubble and hiss upon the fierj plates
of iron tbat were already scorching my
" Ah ! there is a movement voices I
hear them calling for a crowbar The bulk,
head cratks and they pry off the planking.
They have seen the leak they are trying
to get nt it ! Good God ! why do they not
first dampen tho fire 7 Why do they call
for the- the
" Stranger, look at that finger! it can
never regain its natural size out u nas
already done all the service that man could
expect from so humble a member Sir, that
hole would have been plugged vp on the m-
slant, u nless I had jammed my finger through!
' I heard the cry of horror as they saw
it without the shout to drown tho fire the
first stroke of the cold water pump. They
say, too, that I was conscious when they
took me out but I I remember nothing
more till they brought a julep to my bed
side afterwards. And that julep "
"Cooling! was hi"
" Stbanger ! ! !"
Ben lurned away his head and wept
He could do no more. '
A buffalo chas.
Mr. Kftndnll . of the Plcavune. irives the
following account of a chase after a buffalo,
whilst wending his half-starved way towards
Santa Fe :
A buffalo n- cried one of the men.
whose eagle-eye had penetrated the mystc.
ry a Dunaio iyh'k uuwu buu mrccp.
. 1--' 1.1
A spy-glass -we had along proveu 1110
mans assertions. Here then, was a chance
for nt least as muclTSs we could all cat, and
the temptation was too strong to be resist
ed. The Leathcrstocking of tho crowd,
Tom Hancock, well known in Texas as
one of the best hunters in the Kepubiic,
. . 1 1 r. - . ..l
was despatched to go ancao on 1001 wun a
rifle, with the hope that he could at least
get near enough to wound the animal, while
four of us that were better mounted than
the balance, mado every preparation fof a
chase to tne ueain. -
Beyond the buffalo the prairie rose very
gradually for a mile farther than that we
knew1 nothing of the nature of the ground.
. . . , , .
Tom Hancock could mane less snow anu
inn rlnspr to the PTOund than anr person
along, but he still thought it more prudent to
give tne animal a snot wnen witmn a ouu
dred and fifty yards. Evidently hit, be rose
from tho ground, wnisKeanis long uw,auu
Innlrod tnr n mnmentennilirinfrlV about him.
vwa.va e - l o
V VttM JWS ww- I 1
ter of a mile from Hancock, while the latter
Wa nii front nnr nosiuon aoout a auar
vaUndprl M ri(Us without rifling. Another
shot now followed ; the buffalo again lashed
t.xl-1: A ttwn started off at a lumber.
ing gallop directly towards the sun wound-
ed from every appearance but by no means
seriously hurt. . , -
At a brisk canter our little party'of four -.
now dashed off ia pursuit, keeping company
until we had nearly reached the top 01 tho
distant rise in the prairie. Here, my horse
being in far better condition than the others,
I left them,- and on reaching tho 6ummit
discovered the buSHlo still lumbericg cliim.
sily altough rapidly along some,half a mile
distant. The ascent of tho prairie was
very gradual, and I could plainly see every
object within five miles. " " --
1 now put spurs to my horse who dashed
madly down the gotule slope. '.-Turning
one look behind, I saw that one of my com.
panions at the start, Maj. ILwarJ, had
given up the chase, or rather his horse had
given up. Jjt. Lubbock and one. of the
mcnrthu latter mounted on a mule which.
If it could not get over tho ground pnrticu.
larly iiist,, had at least the conimendablo
quality of runuing all day, wcrestill in hot
pursuit.. , -. : , . .
iho praino was comparatively smooth.
and although I could not spur my horse
into-nis iuii, open stnue, 1 was soon along,
side tho huge animal. Ho was a bull of
tho largest size, and bis bright,, glaring
eyeballs, peering out from hu shaggy front
let of hair, showed plainly that ho was mad.
deoed by his wounds and the clone pursuit.
It was with tho greatest difficulty, eo torn,
bio did the buffalo look, lh;it I could get my
horse within twenty yarjs of him, and
when I fired my first churgo at that distance
the ball did not tako effect. . , t ,
As the chase progressed my horse came
to his work more kindly, and soon nppear.
ed to take an interest in the exciting race.
1 lot him fall back a liulcaud then, by dashing
my spurs rowl deep into his sides, brought
him up directly alongside and within three
or four yards of Ihe infuriated animal.
Agaia fircd, and thebujlalo shrank jja the
ball struck just back of the long huir on
his shoulders, I was under such headway
when I fired that I was obliged to pass tho
animal, cut across close to his head, and '
again dropped behind. Once more I put
spurs to their work, and as I fuirly flew by
gave tho buffulo another round directly in
his side. lie was now fairly frothing and
foaming with rage rtad-pain. His eyes re
sembled two deep red balls of fire his1
tongue was out and curling inwardly
whilo his long and tufted tail was either
carried -high aloft or else lashing madly
against his sides. A more wild, and at the
same time magnificent picture of despera.
lion I had never seen. ' .
'( By this time my horse was completely
subjected to my guidance, vile no longer
F ricked hieears with fear or ehcered of! as
approached tho monster wo were pursu
ing, but on tho contrary, ran directly up so
that I could almost touch the animal with
my pistol. I had still two more shots left
in the repeater, and after discharging them
I intended to full back upon the old Harper's
Ferry, and by a well directed shot mako a
finish of the business.
. After firing my third shot I ngairrcrosscd
the' path of the buffalo, and so near that my
right foot nearly touched his horns. Tho
wound I had given caused him to spring
forward, thus bringing me in too closo a
contact to bo either pleasing or prudent.
On coining up with him a fourth lime, and
so near llianii7niuzzle of rny pitoTwas
not two yards from his side, the barrel
dropped off just as I was about to pull tho
trigger. I dashed by, the infuriated animal
vainly endeavoring to gore- and overthrow
my horso by suddenly turning his hcud and
springing at me.
The chase was now up so far ns I was
concerned, for tho pistol was a borrowed
one and very valuable. I had checked my
horse and dismounted to to seurch for it,
when Lt. Lubback came up. His horso
was completely broken down and unable to
reach the buffulo ; and under these circum
stances he mounted mine immediately and
continued the pursuit. Suon he was up
with the buffulo, and by this time, so gent'e
had tho horse become, thut , he was tible to
fire every- shot without-onee-passing th
wounded animal. "The latterWuck tho
horse once with his left horn, but did not
hurt him seriously. - 'i
the other pursuer, wiih the mule, still
continued the chase, and as the pace of tho
buffalo slackened from loss of bluoJ and
exertion, tho former gradually crjupl tip. '
After finding tho lost barrel 1 stopped tu
gaze upon tho exciting scene. Every iui-
uute or I wo a flash and smoke would to
secffTlherntie sharp report of tire piatul
would reach the spot where 1 stood..
In this way the chase was continued un-
til Lt. L. had discharged his own arms,
together with my holster pistols. lie fhcii
pulled up and the other pursuer mounted
my horse and continued the chnse, 1 could
not help pitying the noble animal, who had
by this time run at loast six miles. In a
very short time the new chase was up with
the buffalo, and again I could s-e tho smoke
ns each pistol was discharged ; but by this
tiro space between us was too great for mo
to hear the reports. I gazed until both tho
pursued and pursuer were mere black
bpecks upon the prairie, and never turned
my eyes utitil they were completely lost in
pAVXiyr. Well, Sambo, is your mas
ler a pood fannerP-,'0 vcs. massa. he
berry good farmer; he make two crone in
one year.' 'How is that, Sambo t' Whv,
ne sell, an ni nay in uo un, ana mne mo.
hey once V derr in de spring, he 841 de bides
of de cattle dat die for want ob dc hay, and
make money twice.