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J. A. SPEAKS.
ATTORNEY AT LAW,
ATTENTD3 the Courts of Cumberland, Harnett,
Wake aad Johnston.
Address, Toomar, Harnett Co., N. C.
Feb. 16. 1850. S5-y
BART If YV FULLER,
Attorney at Law,
Slay be consulted at the Law Office of Jese G .
berd, Esq., on Green Street.
July 19, 185S. 7-tf
ANDIIEW J. STEDMAX;
Attorney at law.
Having removed to PITTSBO ItO, N. C. will attecd
r-'gularly the Courts of Chatham, Moore and Haruett
April 14, 1856. . tf
8 44 Acres of Land, lying on Cape Fear Uiver Store,
Dwellin", Out Houses all in first rate order. The Store
is at a fine business stand at the Cross Roads and the
and is list to be escelled by any in North Carolina.
Any person desiring to purchase can obtain further
particulars respecting the property by calling cn
cither of us at Willis' Creek on the Wilmington lload
15 miles from Fayetteville.
W. P. Elliott,
COMMISSI OX MERCHANT,
FAYETTEVILLE. N. C.
Ajcent for Lutterloh & Co.'n Stvambont Line
Will ntteod promptly to all business entrusted to hipcari".
Oct. 21. 1856. 21-tf
Five sevenths of the FARMING AND TURPEN
TINE LAND in Harnett county, known as the Parker
and McNeill lands, joiniog Wm. lIiMTington"s land on
1 Upper Little River. There is some 200 acres cf the
best quality of low grounds on the Rivcr. The up
lands are heavily timbered with pines, and within six
miles of the Fayetteville and Western Railroad.
For particulars apply to D McARTHUR.
J. P. ROPER,
J. W. McKAY.
NOT.1S56 23, 26-tf .. '
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signed, to whom all communications of a business na
ture' mustbe addressed,
. MACFARLANE. FERGUSSON & CO.
Law Building, franklin Street, Richmond, Va.
Jane I, 1836.
Qeroted to Jjtfews,
Proposals for I-ive Oak.
ttnreau of Construction,
4 May 2. 1847.
' Sealed proposals for delivering 50,000 cubic feet of
promiscuous live oak in each of the navv-vards at
Charleston, Massachusetts; Brooklyn, New York: lhil-H
aeipuia, ana ai uosport, Virginia, will be received at
tnis bureau Until the J5tn June, 1857. ' A '.
The proposals must be endorsed -'Proposals r for
Live Oak," that they may'be distinguished from other
business letters. The offers may be for one or alt the
varda. hut must bo IVrt the Wbmiantitir utmr vnrri
aod, as reqgrcd by lawmStst be accouipanifel Ty'ai
Fuiiaoie guarantee, ihc rorm or winch is lierewith
given. - ; '
Sureties in the full estimated amount will be required
to sign the coutract, a id. as additional and collateral
security. 15 per cent will b withheld on the amount
of eacli delivery until the contract is completed.
Iu all the deliveries of the timber there must lw a
due proportion of the most difficult and crooked pieces,
otherwise there -will be withheld such further amount,
in addition to the 15 per cent, as may be judged ex
pedient to secure the public interest until such ditlicult
portions be delivered. The remaining So per cent, or
otner proportion ot each Dill, when, approved in tripli
cate by the commandant of the J'-ird, will be paid by
such navy agent as the contractor may name within
thirty days after its presentation to him.
It will be stipulated in the eot.tract that if default
be made by thu parties of the lirvt part in delivering
all or any of the timber named of the nualitv and at
taeniae ana place provided, thi n and iu that case the
contractor and his sureties will forfeit and pay to the
uuneu aiaies a sum oi money not exceeding twice the
total amount therein agreed upon as the price to be
paia iu case 01 me actual delivery tnereol, which may
be recovered from time to time, according to the act
of Congress iu that case provided, approved March 3,
The 50,000 cubic feet to be delivered In each yard
will be in the following proportions say 8.000 cubic
feetof keelsons; and nieces suitable for lower stems.
erd. post knees, fore dead wood apron, all siding 18
and 20 inches, and hooks siding 14 and 16 inches.
These pieces to be. in number in the proportions in
which they enter into the construction of a ship-ot'-war
conforming substantially in shape, ledgth, and charac
ter with those heretofore received with srames of cor
responding siding, the moulds of which can be eeen at
any of the yardy named.
32,000 cubic feet of the siding of 13 and 15 Inches,
iu about equal quantities of each, and 5,U09 cubic feet
of a siding 12 iuches; all these piec.es being in length
from 13 to 17 feet, naving a natural and fair curve of
from 13 to 30 inches or more in that lengA; and two
thirds the number -of the pieces to have li mn the mean
to the maximum crook; elso, 5.000 cubic feetsidin" 13
and lo inches, iu length from 17 to 20 feet.
All to be sided straight and fair; the 15-incb timber
and under showing a face of not less than three-fourths
the siding, to lie cut from trees grown within 30 miles
of t!e sea, of which satisfactory evidence will be re
quired by ihecominaiidant of the yard, to be delivered
in the respective yards at the risk'and expense or the
contractor, subject to the usual inspection, to the entire
approval of the bureau; and one-half to be dpliverprl
maiuder on or before the 1st day of July, 1859.
' Form of Offer.
I, ; , of the State , hereby
agree to furnish and deliver ot the United States navy
vard at , fifty thousand cubic feet of live
oak timber, in conformity with the advertisement of
the Bureau of Construction of the date of May 2, 1857,
8,000 cubic feet, suitable for principle pieces, sided
18 rnd 20 inches, at pea foot.
32,000 cubic feet curved timber, sided 13 and 15
inches, length 13 to 17 feet, at, : per foot.
5,000 cubic feet timber, siding 13 and 15 inches.
length 17 to 10 feet, at per foot.
Should my offer be accepted. I request to be addres
sed at , and the contract forwarded to the
navv azent at . or to me at .
Fof signature and certificate.
Form of Guarantee
The undersisrned, . of
State of , hereby guaranty that, in case the
foregoing bid be -accepted,
..-il...1 ,,-ill itliii, fjiti
days after the receipt of the Contract at the post office
nameu. or navy agency aesignaieu, execute me uuu
tract for the same, with good and sufficient sureties;
incase said shall fail to enter into contract
as aforesaid, we guaranty to malie good the difference
between the otter of the said . and that wliicli
mav be accented. C D
Witness: G II.
I herebv certifv that the above named C D, and K F,
are known to me as men of property, and able to make
good their guarantee.
(To be signed bv the United States district judge.
United States district attorney, Collector, or navy
agent, and no other.)
May 16, 18u7 . 50-ot
ADAMANTINE and TALLOW CANDLES: fine
and common TOBACCO; and almost anything in the
Grocery line. Cheap as the cheapest!
G W. I. GOLDSTON.
Fab'y 7, 1857. 36-tf
Professor Wood's Hair Restorative,
for sale by S. J. HINSDALE.
30, 1850. 913-tf
10,000 lbs. Tallow Wanted,
For which the highest cash price will be paid.
Oct. 1, 1856. A. M. CAMPBELL
THE undersigned would respectfully inform his old
friends and customers that he can be found at the
Store of C. E. Lcete, where he will be glad to see
them J- K- Mcdonald.
Jan. 17, 1857, 33-tf .
PROPOSALS FOR NAVAL SUPPLIES
Bureau of Construction, Equipment, & Rapairs.
May 23. 1857,
Scaled Proposals to furnish naval supplies for the
fiscal year ending 30th June, 1858, will be received at
this Bureau until 3 o'clock p. in., of the 23d Jane
next. These .proposals must be endorsed "Proposals
for Naval Supplies, Unreau of Construction, ic," that
they may be distinguished from other business letters
The materials aud articlesembraced in the classes
named are particularly described in printed schedules,
any of which wil) be furnished to such as desire to
nftV.r. on anolusatiun to the commandants of the re
spective yards, or to tho pevy-agent nearest thereto,
and those of all the yards upon application to this
bureau. This division into classes being for the con
venience of dealers in each, such portions will be furr
nished are actually required for bids. The com
mandant and navy-agent of each station" will have a
copy of the schedules of the other yards', (jor examina
a von only, from which it may be judged whether it
. . Ml t nui T't Vkl -f. mitlrf. "AT"T"illiwtiri tV ii than.
Offers must be made for the whole of a class at any j
Political arid Busiiii
FAYETTE VILLE, N C.,;.
jrard upon one of the printed schedules, or iri .
conformity therewith, or they will not be consid
jA11 articles must be of the best quality, confornr
to sample, size, &-, to be delivered in good-'oa?
in such suitable vessels and packages, as the cas
be, at thl expense and risk of the contraclor, ttt
all respects subiect to the inspection, measurwu V
count, weight, fcc., of the yasd where received, ana- f i
u .. . . i i a i. r
the entire, satisfaction of the commandant thereof -t
Bidders are referred to the yards for samples, at
particular description of the articles and, ail ot
thiugs being equal, preference will be givcu toarfV
ot American manufacture. ' - - v, JU-.
Kvery offer, as required by the 4aw or lOta-, Avrtfl
1846. mant be accompivUy,. J$T&t8J
the form" xf which-is herewith given. ' - a 'ST
Those only whose offers may be accepted wilfvlK
notified, and the contract will be iorwarded as soon
thereafter as practicable, wbjch they will be requtred
execute withiu ten days after its receipt at the post
office or navy agency numed by them. 7
Sureties in the full amount will be required to siarn
the contract, and their responsibility certified to by a
agent. As additional security, twenty per centum will
will be withheld from the amount of the bills until
the contract shall have been completed; and eighty
per centum of each bill, approved in triplicate by the
respective yards.jwill be paid by the navy-agent within
thirty days atter its presentation to him.
It is stipulated in the contract that, if default be
made by the parties of the tirst part in delivering all
or aiiy of the articles mentioned in any class bid tor in
this contract, of the quality and at the time ad places
above provided, then, and in that case, the contractor
and his sureties will forfeit and pay to the V. States
and his sureties will forfeit and pay to
j a sum of money not exceeding twice the amount of
I such class, which may be recovered from time to time
! accordiag to the act of Congress in that case provided'
approved March 3. 1843.
Classes .os. I. I. 4. (. to be delivered one-fourth
part on or before the 15th May.-tme-fourlh part by the
-cum Juiy, one-iourru pari oy tue zuth September, and
the remainder by the 1st December, 1858. Classes 3
and 8. the whole by the 15 Mav. 1858. The remaining
iiawpnimuuciivcrcu oiie-nMirui part on or betore
tne 1st September next, oue-fourth part on or before
the 1st Deccmlicr next, one-fourth part on or before
me 1st April, and the remainder on or before the 30th
June, iftjf. unless earlier required with a notice of
twelve days, comprising at each delivery a due pro-
tiou 01 eaeu article, class JU and all following, if
additional quantities of any of the articles named
therein are demanded; they are to be furniehed on
like terms and conditions previous to the expiration
of the fiscal year, upon receiving a uotice of fifteen
days from the bureau, the commandant of the vard, or
Form, of Offer.
L , of , in the State of -.
hereby agree to furnish and deliver, in the respective
navy-yards, ail the articles named in the classes het-j
unto annexed, agreeably to the provisions of the
schedule therefor, and inouformlt with the advorr
tisement of the Cureau oTConstruction, &c, of tho
23d of May, 1857. 'Should my - offer be accepten, 1
request to be addressed at or to
for stgnature and certificate.
Opposite each article iu the schedule, the rice raua
He set, tne amount likewise written ia words- -
i- Form of Guarantee. 5 "
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The unpersigned, , of , in the
State of , and . of , iu the
State of . , hereby guaranty that in case the
teregoing bid of for any of the classes
therein named be accepted, that he or they will withiu
ten days after the receipt of the contract at the post
office named, or navy-agent designated, execute the
contract for the same, with good and sufficient sure
ties; and in case said sh.ll fait to enter
into on tract as aforesrid, we guaranty to make good
the difference lietween the offer of the said
and that which may be accepted,
Signature of two guarantor.
I hereby certify that the above named
are known to me as men of eroperty, and aide to make
good their guarantee.
To be signed by the United States district Judge,
United States district attorney, collector, or navy
agent, and no others.
The following are the classes required at the re
Class No 1. White ak logs. No 6. 'Ycllow-pinc
plank stock logs. No. 10. White pine. No. II. Ash.
cypress, white oak boards. No. 13. Locust. - No 18.
Lignumvita;. No. 21. Iron. No' 22. Spikes and aails.
No 23. Lead, zinc, and tin. $o 25. Hardware. No,
Class Nj 1. White oak logs. No. 3. WhitiToa'k pro
miscuous timlcr. No. 4. White oak pieces and red
der stocks. No C. Yellow pine plank stock logs. No.
7. Yellow pine beams. No. 8. Yellow pine mast and
spar timber. No 10. White pine. No 1:. Ash, .cy
press, white-oak boards. No 12. Black walnut, cherry.
No 13. Locust. No 14. White ash oars and hickory
bars and butts. No lo. White oak staves and heading,
No 16. Black spruce. No 18. Lignumvita:. No 21.
Icon. Ne 22. Spikes and nails. No 23. Lead, zinc,
and tin. No. 25. Hardware-. No 2i. Paints, oils, &c
No 28. Flax canvass. No 29. Cotton canvas. . No 30,
Flax and cotton twine. No. 31. Glass. No 32. Lea
ther. No 33. Hose. No 34. Brushes. . No 35. Bunting
an dry goods. ,0 37. Pitch, tar, rosin. . No 38.
Tallow, soap, oil. No 39. Ship ehandlery. No 40
Station: r. No. 4 J . Fire-wood.-
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. r
Class No. I.White oak logs. No. 3. White oak pro
miscus timber. No 0'. Yellow pine plank stock logs.
No 7. Yellow pine beams: No 8. Yellow "pine mast
and spar timber. No 10. White pine, No II. Ash,
cypress, white-oak boards. No 12 Black walnut, cher
ry, mahogany. No. 13. Locust. No 14. .White ash
oars and hickory bars and butts. No 15, White oak
staves and heading. No IB, Black spruce. No 18,
Lignumvita?. No 21, Iron. No 22, Spikes and nails.
No 23, Lead, zinc, and tin. No 24, Pig iron. No 25,
Havdware. No 27, Paints, oils, Ac. No 28, Flax can
vass. No 29,JCotton canvas, No 30. Flax and cotton
twine. No 31, Glass. No 32, Leather. No 33. Hose.
No 34, Brushes. No 35 Bunting and dry goods." No
37, Pitch, tar. rosin. No 30, Tallow, soap, oil. '.No
39. Ship chandlery. No 40, Stationary. Np 41 Fire
Class o z. White oak plank. No 6, lcllow pine
plank stock logs. No 7. Yellow pine beams.
White pine. No 11. Ash, cypress, white oak boards.
No 12, Black walnut, cherry, mahogany. No 13, Lo
cust. No 14, While ash oars and hickory bars and
butts. No 18, Lignumbitae. No 21. Iron. No 22,
Spikes and nail. No 23, Lead, zinc, tin. No 25, Hard-;
ware. No 27. Paints, ils. &c. No 28, Flax canvas.
No 29, Cotton canvas. No 30. Flax and cotton ttfiue.
No 31, Glass. No 32, Leather. No 33, Hose. No 34
Brushes. No 35, Bunting and dry. goods. No 37.
Pitch, tar.rosiu. No 38, Tallow, soap, oil. No 39
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Class No 10, Vfhite pine.. No 11, Ah, cypress?' No
12, Black walnut. No 21, Iron. No 22, Spikes, nails.
No 23. Lead, zinc, tid. No 24, Pig iron. No 2o,
Hardware. No 27, Paints, oils, &c. No Glass.
No 37. Pitch, tar, rosin. No 28, Tallsw, soap, oil.
No 39, Ship chandlery. No 43. Tank and galley iron.
No 44, Chaim iron. No 45, Ingot copper. No lb,
Sarfd, -straw, Ac. No 47, Miscellaneous. - - .
Clats No 1, W?bitc oak. No 6. Yellow pmc pianK
jtv:OP DEMOCRACY !
EDAY, JUNE 6, 1857:
HSK logs. - No 10. Whito-ninel No ll Ash. cvnreau
tak boards. No 12. Black walnut, cherry." and
wy. No H.'Wbfte ash oars, ami hickory bars
a butts.. No 10. Black spruce. No 18. LigoumviUe
a 81 , Iron. , N.q 22 spikes and nails. No 2a, Lead,
ncand.tin. No 24, Hardware. No 27. , Paints, oils,
p. No 28, F1;V"C canvas. No 29. Cotton canvas. No
lax and cotton twine. No 31, Glass.- No 32,
Hf. No 33. Hise. No 34. Brashes. No 35
dry.goKls. No a7, Pitehtar, rosin. No
f, , fcttlU ? No 39j Ship chandlery? No 40,
--: .Office of Literary Board
O Raleigh, May 9, 1857.
'The President and Directors of the Literary
fcund, having made distribution of the income
thereof, for the first six months of the -year
1857, among the several Counties of the State
for the use of Common-Schools, direct the fol
lowing tabular statement to be published,
showing the amount set opart for each County.
These amounts will be paid at the Treasury
Department of the State, on compliance with
iae provisions ot law by the parties ent'tled to
receive the same.
The Counties of Jackson, Madison, Yadkin,
Polk and Haruett will receive their respectiva
portions out of the amounts distributed to the
Counties out of which they were formed. The
County of Wilson will receive 27 per cent, of
the amount allotted to Edgecombe; pet
cent, of that of Nash; 10 1-9 per cent, of that
of Wayne; and an amount of, Johnston to be
agreed upon by their Chairman.
. TIIO'S BRAGG,
4 Pres't ex officio of Literary Board. 4
PCLASEI COWI'ER, Sec'y.
.744. 96 i
1479 48 j
2126 76 j
750 84 j
1694 70 i
839 76 I
. 1333 32 '
1652 40 j
1141 0 '
867 36 i
825 36 '
740 28 !
835 32 j
luau uu j
753,542 $90,425 04
Raleisrh Re-rister, Wilmington Journal
and Commercial, Fayetteville Carolinian, demo
cratic Pioneer, Goldsborough Tribune; Newbern
Union, ,Warrenton News, Salisbury Banner,
Western Sentinel, Charlotte Democrat and
Asheville News, will publish three times weekly
and forward to this office. Rate adopted by
Board for advertising $12,00
May 30, 1857 52-3t
aid Family Reading;
: " . . - . ----- - -
f dealing Watcr-HcloiK.
"j tooK great pleasure
i naving u neat garden.. He had all kind. "of
vegetables and fruits earlier than hi neighbor
bnt tbievirg boys in the iieijrhborhood unnovwl
him ; damaged his trees, trampled down"6 hie
fjQwers, and "liookeT his choicest ffuits. He
t fierh h rrotis -Way to proletSihff grounds f"bHt
nib watcn-uogs were poisoned, and set traps f
1. - .1,
caught nothing but his fattest fowls and favor
One afternoon, however.- iust at nioht , f-.n
he overheard, a (couple of mischievous boys
talking together, when one of them said:
"What do you say, Joe? Shall we come
the grab over them melons to night? Old
Swipes will be snoring like - ten men before
The other objected, as there was a high wall
to get over.
"Oh pshaw!" was the reply; "I know n
place where you can get over just as easy
know it like a book. Come, Joe, let's go?"
The owner of the melon patch didn't like
the idea of being an eaves-dropper; but the
tun versa tiou so intimately concerned his mel
ons, which he had taken so much pains to raise
that he kept epiiet and listened to the plans 6j
the young scapegraces, so that he might make
it somewhat bothersome for them.
'ed proposed to, get over the wall on the
south side, by the srreatpear tree, and t. ,ii.
recti; v across to the summer-house, iust north
-j, j 01 w men were me melons'.
Joe was a clever fellow, who loved good
fruit exceedingly, and was as obstinate as an
ass. Get Wkt once started to do a thing, and
he would stick to it like a mud-turtle . to- a
negroe's toj. The other didn't care so much
for the melons as for the fun of getting them.
Now hear the owner'sx story :
Inade all needful preparation for the visit;
"ul m orads pretty thick 111 the scantling along
n orom dntJiu eTT ro ui wfiiclt iu dry, weather, I
was accustomed to water my garden; dug a
trench a foot deep or so, and placed slender
boards over it, which were slightly cohered
with dirt, and iust beyond them some little
cor(js fastened tightlv, some eight inches from
t'ie ?,'oul,t'- I picked all the melons I cared
to preserve, ' leaving puiukins and squashes,
about the size and shape of melons, iu their
''ie s were n'"te right in supposing it
wonJd be quite dark; but they missed it a little
in inferring that "Old Swipes," as they called
him, would be in bed. , The old man liked a
a little fun as welt s they, and when the time
came, from his hiding plae; he listened:
"Whist, Joe! don't you hear something?"
I think that it was very probable that they
did, for hardly were the words uttered, than
' there came, a sound of forcible tearing of fiis-
"Get off my coat-tatf!'- whispered Joe.
"Thpre o-nps one flan. Riire as puns! Whv. iret
t- C5 1 I o - - j , j-
And Ned was off, and one leg of his breeches
j besides; and then he was ah-ing andfbh-ing,
and tellintr Joe that lie "believed there was
nails in the side of the wall, for something had
scratched him tremendously, and torn his
1 1 . nil t tT aiirwAC- '
Joe sympathized with him, for he said ''half
his coat was hanging up there somewhere."
They now started haud-in-hand, for Ned bi
lieved he "knew the way." They had arrived
a little beyond the trees, when something went
swash! swash! into the water-vat.
' A sneeze ensued, then tliel-xclamation:
1 "Thunder! that water smells rather old!"
j Ned wanted to go home at once, but , Joe
i was too much excited to listen for a moment
j to such a proposition.
"Never heard anything about that cistern
before; the old fellow must have fixed it on
purpose to drown people in. Curious, though,
that we should both fall in it."
They pushed on again for the melons. .Pres
ently they were caught by the cords, and head
long they went into a heap of briars aJ this-
1 tJes ami the like' wllich ,,ai keen placed there
92 1 for their express accommodation.
"Such a gettin up stairs!" muttered one.
"Nettles aud thistles! how they prick!" ex
claimed the other. .
They now determined to go more Cautiously.
At length they arrived at the. patch.
"How thick they are, Joe? Come here?
There's more than a dozen fat ones right here!"
And 5own they sat"iiithe midst of them,
and seemed to ceirelude that they were amply
rewarded for all their mishaps.
"Here, Joe," said, Ned "take this'musk
melou; isn't it a rouser? Slash into it."
"It cuts tremendous hard, Ned. Ned it's a
"No it isn't, I tell you; it's a new kind-
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jOld Swipe sent to Rhode Island for the seed
j last spring." ' . " f -
JL- tl'en, all I've got to say,- is that the
ienow-got sucked in that's all."
"Pni going to gouge into the water-melons;
hallo! there goes a half a dollar! I've broke hit
nunc ji 1 aiat.'t know that it was a
roeloh, I should say it was a pumpkin.
Fact '8. Jjpeiieve, it u a pumkin." ".
"WtftT'ilie fi-rysirj rWrs;'w!.iletho owner
went to the stable and unmuzzled the dog. and
icu 1.1m into the garden, he coubiu't say: but
that they took long steps, the onion and "flower
beds revealed in the uiornin
They paid pretty dear for the whistle. They
had not tasted a single radon; they had got
scratched, and torn their clothes; were as wet
as drowned rats, and half scared out of their
wits at the ravenous dog, and the apprehension
of being discovered.
The next night the owner of the melon-patch
invited all the boys of the village, including
Ned and Joe, to a feast of melons, on the prin
ciple ot "returning good forev'il." Tin's cir
cumstance changed the boys' opinion of "Old
Swijies," and his melons were never disturbed
Tbe Panther Foiled.
XAKUOW ESCAPE OF AN OLD HUN'TER.
Old Ben Wheaton, who lived in Drier Val
ley, about two miles from the Susquehanuah
River, was an inveterate lover of forest sports.
He like most of the early settlers of Ostego,
had selected a farm from the hill lands, leav
ing the broad swamp flats for hunting gronnds.
His shanty was erected ou a small si ream in
Brier Aalley, which is now called after his
name, W heaton Creek. The most of his time
was expended iu journeys through the forest.
frequently in company with a far-famed Mohawk ',
Indian, named Antone; but sometimes Ben - ,
loved to pursue his sports without a companion.
And well he might, for he did not need a guide. -
Every nook, dell, crevice, and cave, from the
Otsego Lake to the mouth of the Delaware
prrt of that country. TleHnrtenytottittea:- tw-- -
wolf, as well for the profit as for' sport, for
Government paid a silver dollar, iu the shape
of a bounty, on every skin.
Bent upon iucreasiirg his store of coin," old
Ben, one fine summer Ynorning, shouldered his
rifle, aud taking his knapsack, containing a
sufficient supply of corn-cake and dripd venison,
he crossed the Susquehannah, awl took bis
way towards Franklin Mountain, which lies
between the villages of Ostege and Franelin. . .
The day was sultry, and by the time he had
accomplished one-half the ascent of the moun-,
tain, he concluded that he needed a rest. He,
therefore took a seat upon a moss-covered log;
near a spring, and ate his luncheon. The still
solitude, the balmy air, together with the sing
ing of birds, and the lazy hum of the bee, final-
ly lulled the hunter to repose. He must hae
slept iong for when he awoke the sun was de-
cluiing far westward, and a few ripples of golden
light lingered 011 the tree-tops, which he first
noted after cle3ing a mass of dry leaves from
his face.vhicMie thought had blown there;
but iwattenip ting to rise,- however, " he disco v
ered himself completely buried in them.
Now it is a notorious fact that the panther
wifl cover a sleeping or dead body and lave it
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for a time, but only eveniuauy w a1"
devour it. The instant Ben awoke, therefore,
the truth flsshed upon his mind that a panther
ftad found aud concealed Jiim, and that tho
beast mi"hfcat that moment be patching -him,
ready to make the fearful spring. He. arose
quickly seized his rifle, that rested against a
t.aa .i bnst.ilv throwinz together some large
nieces of decayed woo 1, and covered them with
I . , . " , 1 1 n.iJionlltf
leaves he iiwbed a tree andwa'.ted partiently
the panthei;'s coming. He ld not to wait
lonir Presently he saw ltj-a sue one bieui
iittr with a cat-like tread, atid with two cubs be
hind her, Mihjch she hid in come brush-wood.
Dropping herself ou the ground, she crept
slowly towards her expected prey, lashing the
earth witli ner tan, aim usi cj"
cods of fre! The appearance of things how
ever did not seem to satisfy her, but she sprang
BP, elevated her back, and,threw herself upon
her supposed victim with a wild yell, 'lho
wood and leaves flew about iu every direction
and for a moment thePauther seemed pa sied
by rage. Suddenly ne ieapcu
tail, and peered around among the bush wood;
Se .xaising her yes upwards, (f..rly . emit
sparks of -fire in tr anger,)
the .rauterV&xed upon her. W ith another
scrcethmoreferrible than the first, she prepar
ed to spring tards him, when w.l h an aim
that seldonT failed, old Ben bred, and she fell.
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tearing tlie earin mm -
,s fatal. - ,,,i.i v, onintv.
Our ad venturous Hunter reiuaUu
tor tne sun nau - the landscape.
SS,:hri:ckwood"fud"dtytl,:ee reli.1 p,
on'hi 'nreotection from fjre; ; qr
pedal prowlers, and retching h.msel f Ihh
seet to the burning wood or leaes iuuu
bet-e covered VoS
self to the embrace of Morpntus.
ff .prw.rds characterised the escape as the nar
. 1 nf- OlWI Ti t! Hill ni.
J rowest one he had ever experience!
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