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JVumbcr 35, of Volume 16: SALISBURY, NORTII-CAROLIjYA, JANUARY 30,1836. umW-fromAcSnmmSS17.
The Western Carolinian.
BY ASIIBEL SMITH & JOSEPH W. HAMPTON
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Monday, January 1?30.
The following Message was received from the
President if the United States, bv Mr. Doiielson,
To the Senate and House of Representatives.
Gkntlemkn : In my Message at the opening
of your session, I informed you that our Charge d'
Aflairs, at Paris, had been instructed to ask for the
final determination of the Trench Government, in
relation to the payment of the indemnification, se-
cured by the treaty of the 1th of July, 131, and
that when advises of the result should le received,
it would be made the subject of a special couimti-
In execution of this design, I now transmit to
you the papers numbered from 1 to 13, inclusive,
containing among other things, the correspondence
on this subject between our Charge dWUVirs and
the Trench Minister of Foreign Affairs, from which
it w ill be seen, that Trance requires, as a condition
precedent to the execution of a treaty uncondition-
ally ratified, and to the payment of a debt acknow-
Jeded by all the branches of her Government to
be due, that certain explanations should be made,
of which she dictates the terms. These terms are
such as that Government has already been officially
informed cannot be complied with ; and, if persis-
ted in, they must be considered as a deliberate re-
fusal on the part of Trance to fulfill engagements
binding by the laws of nations, and held sacred by
tt. u-t?lo niv ilivi'il world. The nature of the act
in j --------- -
which Trance requires from this Government, is
clearly set forth in the letter of the Trench Minis-
ter, Marked No. 4. We will pay the money, says
he, "when the Government of the United Statin is
ready, on its part, to declare to vs, by addressing
its claim to us officially, in writing, that it regrets
the misunderstanding which has arisen between
the two countries; that this misunderstanding is
founded on a mistake; that it never entered info
its intention to i-all in ques'ion the good faith of
the French Government, nor to take a menacing
attitude towards France ;" and he adds, " if the
Government of the United States does not give this
assurance, we shall be obliged to think that this
misunderstanding is not the result of an error.''''
In the letter marked No. 0, the Trench Minister
nlso remarks "that the Government of the United
States knows, that upon itself depends hencefor-
ward the execution of the treaty of July 4, l.il.
Obliged by the precise language thus used by
the Trench "Minister, to view it as a peremptory
re fusal to execute the treaty, except on terms in-
compatible with the honor and indetendence of the
United States, and persuaded that, on considering
the corresjondence now submitted to you, you can
re iranl it in no other li'dit, it ltecomes mv duty to
caU vour attention to such measures as the exsgen-
py of the case demands, if the claim of interfering
in the communications between the different bran-
phes of our Government shall be persisted in. This
pretention is rendered ibe more unreasonable by
Jhe fact, that the substance of the required expla-
nation has been repeatedly and voluntarily given
iwf..re it was insisted on as a condition a coudi-
r " ...... ... . .
iion the more humiliating, because it is demanoed
as the equivalent of a jiecuniary consideration.
Does Trance desire onlv a declaration that wo had
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no intention to obtain our rights by an address to her
fears .ather than her justice ? She has already had
it. frankly ami explicitly gicn nyour .Minister, ac-
i. I, or f :,i oriimont lil net rvitifiod bv inf.
LIUllIll u I V hi i i imii iiiiii mi mi - u i
lier Ctovernineui, ins ai l raimeu o inc.,
ifirmntion of it officially communicated
Ids letter to the Treiicli'Miidster of Tor-
and mv con
liv him. in hi
ein Aflairs, of the 'JOth of April, 13.", and rejK-a- Mr. Ilarton having, in pursuance of Ins instruc
ted by my published approval of that letter after tions returned to the United States, and the Charge
the passage of the bill of indemnification. Does d'Aflaires of Trance having leen recalled, all di
Trance want a degrading, servile iex titiori of this pluinatio intercourse lietwccn the two countries is
act, in terms which she shall dictate, and which suspended a state of things originating in an tin
will involve an acknowledgement of her assumed reasonable susceptibility on the Trench Govern
right to interfere in our domestic councils ? She merit, and rendercrcd necessary on our part .by their
will never obtain it. The spirit of the American refusal to perform engagements contained in a trea
people, the dignity of the Legislature, and thi firm ty, from the faithful jierf nnance of w hich by us
resolve of their Executive Government forbid it. they are to this day enjoying many important com-
As the answer of the Trench Minister to our inercial advantages.
Charge d'A flairs at Paris, contains an alluon to It is time that this unequal position of affairs
a letter addressed by him to the representatives of should cease, and that legislative action should be
Trance at this place, it now becomes proper to lay brought to sustain Executive exertion in such mea-
liefore you the correspondence had between that urcs as the case requires. While Trance persists
functionary and the Secretary of State, icla-jvc to iu her refusal to comply with the terms of a treaty,
that letter, and to accompany the same with such
explanations as will enable you to understand the
course of the Executive in regard to it. Recurring
to the historical statement made at the commence
ment of your sci.-ion, of the origin and progress of
our difficulties with i ranee, it will be recollected
that, on the return of our .Minister to the United
Slates, I caused mv official approval of the expla
nations he had given to the Trench Minister of
Foreign Affairs, to be made public. As the Trench
Government had noticed the Message without its
being officially communicated, it was not doubted
that, if they were disjMised to pay the money due
to us, they would notice any public explanation of
the Government of the United States in the same
way. But, contrary to these well founded expec
tations, the Trench Ministry did not take this fair
opportunity to relieve themselves from their unfor
tunate osition, and to do justice to the United
Whilst, however, the Government of the United
States was awaiting the movements of the Trench
Government, in perfect confidence that the difficul
ty was at an end, the Secretary f State received
a call from the Trench Charge d'Affaires in Wash
ington, who desired to read to him a letter he had
received from the Trench Minister of Torcigo Af
fairs. He was asked whether he was instructed
or directed to make any official communication,
and replied that he was only authorized to read the
letter, and furnish a copy if requested. The sub
stance of its contents, it is presumed, may be gath
ered from Nos. 1 and G herewith transmitted. It ,
was an attempt to make known to the Government
of the United States, privately, in what manner it
could make explanations, apparently voluntary, but
really dictated bv 1' ranee, acceptable to her, and f
thus obtain payment of the twenty-five millions of
francs. No exception was taken to this mode of
communication, which is often used to prepare the I
wav for official intercourse, but the suggestions
made in it were in their substance, wholly inad
missable. Not being in the shape of an official
communication to this Government, it did not ad-
mit of reply or official notice, nor could it safely
be made the basis of any action by the Executive
or the Legislature; and the Secretary of State did
not think proper to ask a copy, Itccause he could
have no use for it. Copies of papers marked Nos.
y, 10 and II, show an attempt on the part of the
Trench Charge d'Affli ires, many weeks afterwards,
to place a copy of this paper among the archives
of this Government, which, for obvious reasons,
was not allowed to be done; but the assurance lte-
fore given was repeated, that any official commu-
mention which he might be authorized to make in
the accustomed form, would receive a prompt and
just consideration. The indiscretion of this at-
tempt was made more manifest, by the subsequent
avowal of the Trench Charge d'Affaires, that the
letter before Congress and the American jteople.
If foreign agents, on a subject of disagreement be-
twecn their Government and this, wish to prefer
an appeal to the American people, they will hereaf-
ter, it is hoped, better appreciate their ow n rights,
and the resjiect due toothers, than to attempt to
ue the Executive as the passive organ of their
communications. It is due to the character of our
institutions, that the diplomatic intercourse of this
Government should bo conducted w ith the utmost
directness and simplicity, and that, in all cases of
importance, the communications received or made
by the Executive, should assume the accustomed
official form. It is only by insisting on this form
that foreign powers can be held to full responsibil-
ty ; that their communications can lie officially re-
plied to; or that the advice or interference of the
Legislature can, with propriety, bo invited by the
President. This course is also best calculated, on
the one hand, to. shield that officer from unjust sus-
picions, and on the other, to subject this portion of
his acts to public scrutiny; and, if occasion shall
require it, to constitutional animadversion. It was
the more necessary to adhere to these principles in
the instance in question, inasmuch as, in addition
to other important interests, it very intimately eon-
cerns the national honor; a matter, in mv judge-
merit, much too sacred to Ikj made the subject of
private and unofficial negotiation.
It w ill be perceived that this letter of the French
.Minister of Toreign Affairs was read to the Secre-
tary of State on the 1 1th of September last. This
w as the first authentic indication of the specific
iews of the Trench Government, received by the
Government of the United States after the passage
of the bill of indemnification. Inasmuch as the
letter had been written before the official notice of
and remonstrance could have reached lans, just
ground of hope w as left, as has been before stated,
that the French Government on receiving: that in-
formation, in the same manner the alleged olfend-
ing message had reached fhetn, would desist from
their extraordinary demand, and pay the money at
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once. 1 o give them an opiorrunirv to cm so, .wm,
at all events, to elicit their final determination, and
the ground they intended to occupy, the instructions
were given to" our Charge d'Aflaires, which were
adertedto at the commencement of the present
session oi congress. no resun , as u ui . - . ,
J :i ilcm irwt oi :m official written expression ot re
v. - - - - - - - - - ' -
i u oeiuauu oi an oim un i no-!'- -
grets, and a direct explanation addressed to I rance,
with a distinct intimation that this is a sine qua non.
the object of which was, by removing all causes of
mutual complaint, to renew ancient feelings ot
friendship, and to unite the two nations m the
bands of amity, and of a mutually beneficial com
merce, she cannot justly complain if we adopt such
peaecful remedies as the law of nations and the cir
cumstances of the case may authorize and demand.
Of the nature of these remedies, 1 have heretofore
had occasion to sjeak ; and, in reference to a parti
cular contingency, to express my conviction that
reprisals would be best adapted to the emergency
then contemplated. Since that period, Trance, by
all the departments of her Government, has ac
knowledged the validity of our claims, and the ob
ligations of the treaty, and has appropriated the
moneys which are necessary to its execution ; and
though payment is withheld on grounds vitally im
portant to our existence as an independent nation,
it is not to be believed that she can have determin
ed permanently to retain a position so utterly in
defensible. In the altered state of the questions
in controversy, and under all existing circumstan
ces, ita p tears to me that, until such a determina
tion shall have become evident, it will be proper
and sufficient to retaliate her present refusal to
comply with her engagements, bv prohibiting the
introduction of Trench products and the entry of
r rench vessels into our torts. Iletween this and
the; interdiction of all commercial intercourse, or
other remedies, you, as I he representatives of the
jteople, must determine. I recommend the former,
in the present posture of our allairs, as being the
least injurious to our commerce, and as attended
with the least, difficulty of returning to the usual
state of friendly intercourse, if the Government of
1'" ranee shall render us the justice that is due; and
also as a proper preliminary step to stronger mea
sures, should their adoption be rendered necessary
by subsequent events.
The return of our Charge cPAflliires is attended
with public notices of naval preparations on the
part of Trance, destined for our seas. Of the cause
and intent of these armaments, I have no authentic
information, nor any other means of judging, ex
cept such as are common to yourselves and to the
public ; but whatever may lie their object, we are
not at liliertv to regard them as unconnected with
the measures which hostile movements on the part
of Trance may compel us to pursue. They at least
deserve to be met by adequate preparation on our
part, and I therefore strongly urge large and speedy
appropriations for the increase of the navy, and
the completion of our coast defences.
If this array of military force lie really designed
to aflect the action of the Government atjd people
of the United States, on the questions now (tending
between the two nations, then indeed would it Ite
dishonorable to pause a moment on the alternative
which such a state of things would present to us.
Come what may, the explanation which Trance
demands can never be accorded ; and no armament,
however powerful and imposing, at a distance, or
on our coast, will, I trust, deter us from discharg
ing the high duties which we owe to our ccnslitu
cuts, to our national character, and to the world.
The House of Representatives, at the close of
the last session of Congress, unanimously resolved,
that the treaty of the 1th of July, 1?31, should be
maintained, and its execution insisted on by the
United States. It is due to the welfare of the hu
man race, not less than to our own interests ami
honor, that this resolution should, at all hazards, Ik;
adhered to. If, after so signal an example as that
given by the American people, during their long
protracted difficulties with Trance, of forbearance
under accumulated wrongs, and of generous confi
deuce in her ultimate return to justice, she shall
now Ite permitted to withhold from us the tardy
and iniiertect indemnification, which, after years
of remonstrance and discussion, had at length I teen
solemnly agreed on by the treaty of 1831, and to
set at nought the obligation it imposes, the United
States will not be tho only sufferers. The cflorts
of humanity and religion, to substitute the appeals
of justice, and the arbitrament of reason, for the
coercive measures usually resorted to by injured
nations, will receive little encouragement from such
nr. issue. IJy the selection ami enforcement of such
law ful and expedient measures as may lie necessary
to prevent a result so injurous to ourselves, ami so
fatal to the hojies of the philanthropist, we shall
therefoie not only preserve the jiecuniary interests
of our citizens, the indejiendence of our Govern
inent, and the honor of our country, but do much,
it may be hoped, to vindicate the faith of treaties,
and to promote the general interests of jicace, civili
ration, and improvement,
The Honorable Jt ssc Speight. The New York
American notices a packet received by Arthur
Tappan, addressed to "Arthur Tappan and "ifrj"-,"
franked by J. Sjteight, Member of Congress from
North Carolina, containing a piec e of rope , with
the following brief epistle :
"I herewith return you your protest, enclosing, as a
testimony of my high regard for your necks, a piece of
rope. You will, no doubt, duly appreciate mv motives.
Washington, Jan. -J, l:io J. SPEIGHT."
The paper thus returned, was the printed Protest
of the American Anti-Slavery Society, against the
denunciations of the President of the- United States
in his Message a copj' of which had lieen sent to
each inendier of Ontgress a document signed by
Arthur Tappan, William Jay, and others.
.As much food and bad digestion weakens and des.
troys the liody, so much reading and little reflection
impairs and ruins the mind.
The first Bible ever printed in America, was the In
dian Bible, translated by Klliot, and published in 1004.
The language was very difficult, some of the words con
taining thirty or forty letters. It was all written with
one pen. 1 1 is motto was, Prayer and pains, through
faith in Christ, can do anything."
It is better to correct one fault in ourselves, than to
find a hundred in our neighbour.
A lean dog is all fleas. Printer's Devil.
From the Raleigh Register.
THE EMPOISONED J30WL,
Written by a Lady of this City on hearing the Bell
ring for the Monthly meeting of the Temperance
Is there amid the woes that chequer life,
A name so deeply dyed in woman's tears,
As the intoxicating cup 1
Look where you will, you cannot miss its sorrows;
It sweeps o'er every land, and desolates
The fairest hopes of sweet domestic life.
The wing of genius cannot soar too high,
Nor learning dig too deep to 'scape its snare.
There is no tie that binds the human heart,
But shrinks and dies before its influence
rCo sac ri rice too precious to be offered up
Before its heart consuming shrine.
Ambition, wealth, and honest fame, once dear
As life itself, seem now an empty dream,
And home, that blossom'd erst as Eden,
The scat of every joy that earth could yield,
Neglected and forgotten, wrapp'd in woe.
Grows darker, till a blacker night than Egypt's
Broods o'er all this earthly paradise.
Is there no dawning 'neath this sombre cloud ?
None, wide as its influence spreads, increasing
With its progress, its very touch is death.
War, with its garments roll'd in blood,
Compar'd to this, is as a morning cloud
That vanislieo before the rising day ;
This leaves its trace, 'tis true, in smoking cities,
Villages in Haines, and fields of carnage.
While houseless widows, and beggar'd orphans
l'ollow its horrid train m all their misery.
But, peace will come, and ruined cities rise.
Full soon beneath its beam, while far around
Gladness and plenty crown the happy land.
And e'en the poison-breathing plague, that wafts
UK)n the breeze, its cup of death to thousands ;
And famine, with its slow consuming tortures,
Wasting a nation's life blood, drop by drop,
Till the whole land is well nigh desolate ;
Compared to the intoxicating glass,
Is but a dew drop, to the ocean's wae,
In the great scale of human misery.
True, these are solemn dispensations ;
And from the voice that bids them, we may leam
His holy will, that we should turn from sin,
And vice, and folly, to righteousness and truth.
Tli ink ibr a moment, on the broken heart
That w eeps in secret, o'er approaching ruin.
While the smiling babe hangs on the breast,
A helpless, unoffending victim ! yes,
A ruined victim, ere its tongue can lisp
The endearing name of father.
A father, who has sold his darling boy,
A slave to want, and woe, and infamy.
And what has been received! what mighty price.
Worth all the tears, and grief, and shame entailed
Ujion this beggar'd family? A glass,
One glass, one sparkling glass of brandy, mixed
With horrid mirth, and impious revelry
But is there none to feel this ruin, save
The woe-worn wife and her unconscious boyl
Wltat cheek is that so colourless, while
The long dark eye-lash, wet with tears, just shews
The speaking orb within, emblem of sorrow.
It is a sister, crushed beneath his fall.
And who is that, bending with years and grief,
Whose hands in agony are clasp'd.
While her eyes, streaming to heaven, are raised
Invoking blessings on her ruined son?
It is his mother, and she hath anguish.
Human pen hath never told, nor ever will,
For 'tis too deep for utterance.
But see another aged victim, 'tis the father:
Strives he to hide the inly settled grief
That heaves his troubled bosom ! Alas !
His inmost soul is touch'd with her deep sorrow,
Her grief to him, is heavier than his own,
lie seeks to cheer, but vain the attempt,
That look of deep despair, more loud than words,
Tells on Ins bursting heart, that hope has fled.
And could this inourninggroup now rise around us,
From the gray hair'd sire, down to the prattling infant,
Would not their pleadings be, "Oh save us!"
And their counsel, would it not be to 'scape
The (toison breath of this contagion,
Nor wait an hour; for while we musing wait,
Ten thousands breathe its fatal influence,
The venom spreads through all her veins,
And they must die without redemption.
Nor let us think our own are safe, and we
May rest securely, nor think alone
To shield our own from its envenom'd breath ;
It cannot, be, the tainted gale is wafted o'er,
And ere, we see, will speed the shaft of death
- At some gay victim, least expecting, least
Prepar'd for such a stroke.
No, would we be safe, our aim must help
To rear a barrier, high enough, to screen
From the cmpoison'd blast, the whole wide world.
The work is not our own, it is the Lord's ;
He calls us to his aid to prove our hearts,
But his ow n strength will crown our weakness,
And his shall be the praise of victory
But our's the promis'd blessing.
ESSAY UPON LOVE. bv a lady.
In an enlarged and strong mind, love does not
make such havoc as in a weak one, not that it is
less capable of loving, but because it has more re
sources. It certainly is the most po we rful passion
of the mind ; and when there is not the capability
of oilier pursuit . it often engrosses and destroys
To die for love is no proof of tenderness, but of
a.mi.liiv of mind and obstinacv ot temper. I lie
narrower the mind, the more it is liable to be de
vim ri'i 1 bv whatever predominates over it. If there
w v v- " ' T " ' i
were such a superabundance of tenderness, that
life itself must be the forfeit of its wounds, it would
. r fil r.n other occasions : but vou may see
11 1 ' L WK, I I - v r m-
neon e dvinu ot love, wiio nave not uociiii cimugu
to ive ui) tit a common argument. And why do
thev die ? Because thev have not docility enough
to submit to the correction of disappointment. In
violent minds, love will be a violent passion, like
the rest. Violent, ungovernable love, shows the
furv. not the tenderness of the disposition.
A furious man loves furiously : he can scarcely
l,r i he obieet out of his sinht. and is mad when
he sees another enjoy that attention which he
But in the midst of all
his mission, he thinks less of cherishing the ob
.. it th in of . aratifving himself. He would
not forego his love, though the misery ot its ob
ject should ensue, nor has he any idea of giving a
imnmiiPM of w hich he must not participate.
The nhWmatic love very rationally, and take
plenty of time to consider whether every thing is
proper and advisable, before they allow themselves
to feel the warm emotion, and when at length they
have gently and duly made up their mindsto be in
love, it is always with such prudent reserve, that,
in case of any mishap, they soon recover, and are
ready to love again as rationally and as coolly as
The selfish and mean have their loves, and love
with a thousand subterfuges and stratagems. It
may readily be supposed, that those people would
be soon appeased by a good jointure, for the loss
of the beloved object.
The volatile and fickle will love more merily a
thousand times, and laugh themselves out of it,
without remembering one for whom they have
have sighed. The sensual love a great many, but
soon forget ; they have no friends in their love, be
cause they hold no mental intercourse.
The morose love, and sometimes (for man is ex
quisitely various,) forget all their natural gloom,
and become harmonized and tame, nay sometimes
ridiculously elated; but nature generally returns,
and after marriage the gay plumage fades.
When a man of dissipation loves, it is often with
more than ordinary tenderness and delicacy, because
it must be something very exalted that can" call home
his wild imagination, and conscentrate those feelings
so much accustomed to wander. And this is the
reason for which a reformed rake is said to make
the best husband.
Men of business have generally little sentiment
in love. They too often marry to make their homes
comfortable and secure, and therefore the mind of
the lady is not often sufficiently considered. If she
have a tolerable fortune, they fancy they have made
just such a bargain as they w ished for, and consider
it withjnearly the sameemotion as they consider any
other matter in the way of trade.
The melancholy make the most romantic lovers
and use all quaint conceits of valuing trifles belong
ing to the object of their love, and are tediously in
terested about the smallest cencern relative to the
said divinity ; which is always insipid and ridiculous
to others. They love and despair, and love till they
love despair itself, and fancy themselves ten times
more in love than they really are. But this is an
error common to all lovers.
The sanguine love very bountifully. They are
not liberal of their affection, but they generally
ascribe perfection to the selected object. There is
a continual animation in their passions, and those
are the people who will quarrel and forgive a thou
sand times. The impetuosity of their emotions,
how ever, renders them the victims of jealousy ; and
though they love deeply, they are apt to be trou
blesome, unless they meet with a mind as impas
sioned as their own. Yet they beautify their ten
derness with such sentiment, for they have so hidi
an opinion of the object they love, or rather adore,
that they think they can never address her too
highly, orshov her too much observance.
THE WAY THEY COURT DOWN EAST.
Sally, the housemaid, paring appels in the corner.
Enter Obadiah, who seats himself in the corner,
opposite to Sally, without saying a word for fifteen
minutes, finally, scratching his head, breaks silence
'There's considerable imperceptible alterin of
the weather since last week.
Sally Taint so injudicious and so indubitable
cold as 'twas ; the thernomican has lowered up to
our nunarea degrees niglier than zenith.
Obadiah I think's likely, for birds of that spe
cie fly a great quantity higher in warmer days than
cold ones. -
Both parties assume a great and knowing look.
and a long pause ensues. Finally. Obadiah mves
us pate another harrow ing scratch, again breaks
" Well, Sally, we chaps are going to raise a ileidi
ride, its such inimical good sleddin, to-morrow.
bally Vou are I Our folks are suspecting com
pany all day to-morrow.
Obadiah I s pose they 11 have insatiate times
on t. 1 should be undefinitely happy if you would
disgrace me with your company ; I should take it as
a deropitary honor; besides, were calculating to
treat the gals copious well w ith rasons and black
Sally I should be supernatural glad to disgrace
you, but our folks suspect company ; I can't go.
.Obadiah sits scratching his head awhile, and at
length starts up as though a new idea come upon
" Well, now I know what I'll do ; I'll go home and
thrash them are beens what have been lying down
there in the barn sich a darnd while. Exit Oba.
dia7t. Boston. Morning Post.
BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS.
A Rifleman. A daring Tennessean with a blan
ket tied round him, and a hat with a brim of enor
mous breadth, who seemed to be fifrhtinr "on his
ow n hook," disdaining to raise his rifle over the
bank of earth, and fire in safety to his person, like
his more weary fellow soldiers, chose to spring ev
ery time he fired upon the breastwork where balan
cing himself he would bring his rifle to his cheek,
throw back his broad brim, take sight and fire,
w hile the enemy were advancing to the attack, as
deliberately as though shooting at a herd of deer,
then leaping down on the inner side, he would re
load, mount the works, cock his beaver, take aim,
and crack again. "This he did," said an English
officer who was takeu prisoner by him, and who
laugingly related it as a good anecdote to Captain
D, my informant above alluded to, " five times
in rapid succession, as I advanced at the head of
my company ; and though the grape w histled thro
the air over our heads, for the life of me I could
not help smiling at his grotesque demi-savage, de-mi-quaker
figure, as he threw back the broad flap
of his castor to obtain a fair sight deliberately rai
sed his rifle, shut his left eye, and blazed away at
us. I verily believe he brought down one of "my
men at every shot.
As the British resolutely advanced, though co
lumns fell like the tall grain before the sickle at