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IU LEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, SATURDAY, JULY 9, 1853.
WHOLE NO. 84.
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SELECT POETRY.
1 THE STEP DAUGHTER.
fe have rarely read anything more touchingly
ntifulhan the following lines.
She i not mine, arid to my heart
Perhaps she is less dear , ,
Than thoe wh of my life are part
This is the wri I fear : I
And ever in the dread to err
By loving those the best,
More gentle have I been to. nor, i -i.
Perhaps than all the rest. ; ' '
Has any little fault occurred, j; .'
Thiit umy rebuke demand I
Erel can speak a hasty word; :
Orjift a chiding hand, . (
An angel's form comes flitting by, - . 1
look so sad and rnild ' ;
A voice floats softly from the 'sky,
" Wbuld'st harm my-orphan child 1" '-. j .
No-r-wittiesS. thou and ail above .-
'I'llschcrish her as mine, .
Or may I lose her lather s lovej
A love that once was Chine!
SELECTED STORi
THE SURGEON'S ADVENTURE.
x the year 1836, as a young surgeon of Flop
ed Alberto Kin uetti,
f, caiioa Atuerio itiquetti, was returning at a
hour to hi wQ house, ha stumbled over the
ly'ofa person who was lying near his door, and
in fee My, fofhelp. Ever anxious to succor the.
,ie-sed, Riquetti, with the assistance of "his ser
if, lifted the stranger fiito his surgery, where he
sst several very dangerous wounds which he
ad about . his person ; and then, as the night
too tiu; advanced to carry him anywhere, he
hiih to bed. ' ' '
)n the following morning he found the patient
l,lhat he entertained very little hopes of his
very ; and as -to remove him .would have been
isputally fatal, he allowed him to remain where
Was. On the second j;iy he was so bad that
luetti doubted his surviving four-and-twenty
Irs iflnger; and having acquainted him with'
Mtuati.on, he1 proceeded to inquire his name and
Ion, and sought to ascertain if he had any
fids or relations whom he would desire to see.
to whom", should his death ensue, he would wish
event to be communicated. The man answer-'
hat,'with respect to his name, he was called
pardo: but for the rest, he req nested that a
t-ssor tnirht be sent for, to wlom he would
o.fcjiown whatever was necessary.
his desire was complied with, and what passed
.(.en tne 'patient and priest ot course remained ;
aiown. lmt when the holy man came-forth j
therstrauger's chamber, his whole demeanor !
ted awe and terror; - his cheeks an'd lips' were
ties his hand's-trembled ; and ever and anon
tied them, up to heaven, as it praying for the
o! ?a great sinner. Iiie only
, to desire that, when" the
1 was dea.!,' he should be immediately inform.'
t the circumstance.
Jowever, Gaspardo did not die. lie was in the
-
8e of life ; and a good constitution, and the
itaut care of the surgeon, saved him. As. soon
was wen enough to walk awuv, he lett ins
pfac tor's house, expressing the most ardent grat-
tor liiqirptti s kmdness," and calling down
ings on his4Tead for the , persevering skill and
which had rescued him from the grave; but
Went as he came, unknown. No word had he
j dropped that threw the slightest ray of light
lis past history or future whereabouts, -and iu
memory of the young surgeon lie lived only as
Ispardo, the wounded straumr."
tne winter of -1839, Alberto Kiouetti was
Ed with an indisposition for which, as it had
t m ' .
chiefly induced by, too much application to
usiuess, a little recreation was pronounced the
roinedy. . So, with this view he resolved on
ixcursion to Rome, where he promised himself
p pleasure in inspecting the antiquities, more
feciaily the ancient Etruscan tombs, which had
Ily excited so much interest amongst the learn-
land most of whicii wercVvithin a ishort distance
n : . . . .
ne cny. ;
for tile sake of those who may yet be unac
inted with the history of these curicus relics, it
y be as well tokinention, that the Etrurians were
ilebrated people of Italy, anterior to the lo-
bs. and.6eeunvin?r the couhtrv west of the Ti-
I J p,. T J
Having giyen this little sketch of, one of the
most interesting specimens of antiquity in Italy,
we will now return to our horo. - j
It was onXfine morning of the early spriig that
Alberto Riquetti started on his expedition! to the
Etru can tombs, the first visit he propose being
to the metropolis of the ancient city of Veil j-a city,
by the way, which it cost the Romans insjny a .
hard battle to win, and which, after holding out a
siege of ten years, was at length taken by their fa
mous general, Camill us, about four hundred years
before the Christian era. .
Veii, or rather the spot where Veii once stood,
is situated about twelve miles from Rome, on one'
of the roads to Florence. For the first nine! or ten
miles the way lies along the high road, but, at a
village called Fossa, it diverges, and for about two
miles more leads across some fields, till it termi
nates at a place dalled the Isola Farnese,! where
there is an inn at which travelers put up, and
where, although the site of Veii is two miles fifr
ther still, they are obliged to leave their horses and
carriages, as beyond this point there is no practi
cable road. - ;
The Isola Farnese is a quiet little hamlet situa
ted on a rising ground, surrounded by cliffs, and
streams, "and picturesque rocks, and murmuring
waterfalls, adorned by the pretty inn and an an
cient and venerable fortress. The inhabitants, who
are all shepherds and vine-dressers, ''are extremely
civil to travelers and have an-air of innocence and
rural. simplicity that, to a frequenter of cities like
Alberto Riquetti, was quite irresistible. I
. " Here," thought be, " must the crimes, and vi
ces, and rtiiseries of a great city be unknown, and.
probably unsuspected. How few of the diwellers
in this little E'ieij have ever extended their jtravels
even as far as Rome ! Their vines and their flocks
are enough for them. Above want, and ! below
ambition, their minds must be. pure and their lives
happy. It isquite a subject for a poet." j
The inn keeper, too, was the most civil and ob
sequious of inn-keepers quite a pattern of jan inn
keeper; and Alberto Riquetti was so champed and
fascinated by all he saw, that he resolved to make
the Isola Farnese his head quarters, and thence ex
tended his excursions tthe different objects of cu
riosity around:
As the first day was" to bo devoted to the necro
poiu ot V en, after refreshing him.-elf with
of bread and a glass of wine, he set fortl
words tie uttereu
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a crust
on his
expedition, having informed his hot thai, as he
should be occupied all day in the sight-seeing, he
should not care to have any dinner, but ,hat lie
wished a good supper to be provided against his
return at night a request which the worthy Bon
iface asured him showM be strictly--attended to.
" Indeed," he said, "he was generally in the habit
of acting as cook himself, and he thought he might
venture to prohiise his guest a ragout,' the! like of
which he had never tatedhe was partipularly
famous for his ragouts ; indeed," added he,;" most
travelers who eat them rind them so ffood, that
they are never inclined to taste another." j
T Except of your, making, I suppose V saidrRi
quetti, smiling. j -
" Of course that's . .understood," answered the
host. ; ..
"Tolerably conceited fellow," thought our trav
eler, as. lie foilo we'd his guide in the direction 'of
Veii, The guide seemed to be of the'same opin
ion, for he chuckled and laughed, and appeared
greatly diverted with tliis explosion of the host's
self-love.
"I suppose you have a good many travelers
here ?" said Riquetti. " !-
f " JSot in the winter, answered the rnari,
are the first we have seen for this lonfj timei
come from Florence V . ' I
" Yes, I do," replied. Riquetti. " How did you
know that?" j
" I happened to'hear the postilion that drove,
you tell the innkeepejr so, and that you were mat
ing a tour for your health ?"
"That's true, too; said Riquetti; rather wander
ing how the postuhoai, whom he had never seen
him.
'you
You
"The extent ot!
ju's:h not rrreat.
territory which they possessed,
it i i
was nevertneless diviaea into
he different States, each of which was jrovern-
by its respective! king, or, as they called him.
iumon ; and nn sDite of the diminutive space
y occupied on the globe, they were, relatively to
ir neiguo.rs, a 'very powerful people, wealthy,
urious and refined. The taste and-proficiency
)had attained iii the ne arts, as well as much
their manners, custcmis, and modes of living,
fe been placed bfore us in a very extraordinary
nner, by the discovery of the ancient tombs
ve alluded to, which are, in fact, small cham
s hollowed out of the sides of hills, and which
ear to hare been the resting-places prepared
the mortal remains of the wealthy and the no
. Although the bodies which reposed in these
:ient receptacles have long mouldered into dust,
i although the Etrurians, with their kingdoms
i their principalitiei, powers, wars, councils com--rce,
luxuries,' virtue, sviperstitions and vices,
re Jong passed form the earth, and some faint
orJs only remain to tell us of their greatness, yet
Ai their tombs they speak to us again. -Here,
their " very habits as: they lived," they lift up
fir voices and cry to' us " Behold '. thus did we
he thousan(Lvears ag:o '"for the namtintr nn
;Walls of these excavations show Us this ancient
le in almost eVery condition of life. ' We see
!tn at their banqtiets and their diversions, at their
Tiages and their funerals, engaged in their ath
c games, and even on' their death beds. Nu.
turiuus. auu .vaiuauie pc.iujciia vi uicii ur-
belbre, should have leafned so much about
"It's dull traveling alone," continued the man;
"particularly when a person's sick .and ; out of
health ; but periiaps you are a bachelor, and have
nobody to look, much after you ?" ; I i
"I am a bachelor, certaiu-ly," said Riquetti, rath
er amused at the curiosity the man wasiexhibit
ing. - " Unsophisticated nature," thought he -'savages,
and uncivilized people, are always in
quisitive ;" so, without taking offence at the inter
rogations, he answered as many as the guide chose
to put to'him.
Jn the meantime they advanced slowly on th.e
road; to Veii, stopping ever and anon to inspec'tie
different points of view, and examine everything
that appeared to present a vestige; of antiquity;
when, in rounding a point of rock, they came sud
denly upon a little hovel, before the door of which
stood a man scraping and tying up in-bundles the
sticks which, at another period of the year, are
used for training the vines. At the sound of the
approaching footsteps the man" lifted up his head,
ents, vases ands
se dwellings of
f g m which the1
and as his eye fell upon the surgeon, he started
visibly, and an expression of surprise passed over
his countenance. He even parted his lips, as if,
upon the impulse of the moment, be was about to
speak ; but suddenly closing them again, after. giv
ing one look at the traveler, he stooped forward,
and silently resumed his previous attitude and oc
cupation ; whilst Riquetti, who had cast but a pas- ;
sing glance at the man, and who attributed his
surprise to the suddenness of their appearance,
walked on, and thought no more of the matter.
It was drawing towards the afternoon, and our
traveler had already spent some hours among the
tombs, whom, on emerging frem One of them, he
observed the same man, sitting on the ground,
near the entrance. He seemed- to have wounded
his foot, -and was stanching the blood with a band
kerchief. The guide approached him, and asked
hira what was the matter.
" I hurt my foot yesterday," said he; " and be
incr obliged to walk thus . far to speak to bid Gui-
seppe, the exercise has set it bleeding-again, say
in which he bound the handkerchief round his
foot and arose. '
As he spoke, there was something in the voice
and the play of the features that struck Riquetti as
familiar to him : and that this approach to recog-
afrnor, have also been found in nition was legible in his own face, was evident, for
. .11.1 . o ' 1'
the dead, as well as the 6arco-
furians were the most powerful and resolute en-
res the risincr emnire of the Roman9 had to con-
d With an1 nn innnnnroil till nftPr lonO"
8 and. much effusion of blood and treasure had
ousted its strength. . '
the man instantly frowned, and turned away his
bead. He, however, seemed inclined to join the
party, or at least his way lay in the same direction ;
for he kept near them, lingering ; rather behind, as
if his lameness impeded his activity. ' Presently, at
a moment when the guide was a few yards in ad
vance, and Riquetti between the two, he felt him
self slightly touched upon the back, and on looking
round he beheld the virie dresser with the fore-finger
of one hand placed upon his lip, as if to enjoin
silence, whilst in the other he held a pi ce of linen
stained' with blood, which he stretched out towards
the traveler, shaking his head the while, and frown
ing in a manner that Riquetti was at a loss to un
derstand, and which, as the injuction to silence
was perfectly intelligible, he foibore to a!sk. His
curiosity, however, being vividly awakened; and
indeed Jiis fears somewhat aroused, for he thought
the gestures of the man seemed designed as a
warning against some danger that awaited himself,
he endeavored to keep as near him "as he could ;
whilst he kept his eye pretty constantly fixed upon
his guide, whom he imagined must be enemy he
was admonis hed to distrust. " Who is ihat man
with the wounded foot?" he. inquired.
" That is Gaspardo, the vine-dresser," was the
answer.
Riquetti had thought as much, although the ap
pearance of his former guest was very much alter
ed by the restoration of health, and a considera
ble acquisition of embonpoint ; but with the con
viction that it was Gaspardo came-also the convic
tion that the warning had been well intended, and
that the danger was real. But it was not easy to
know what to do. He was two miles from the inn,
in a lonely place, and the evening -was drawing on
there was barely light enough to enable them to
see their way back to the Isola Farnese. It is true
he saw nobody near him except his guide; but he
had himself no weapon, whilst the other might be
armed besides there might be enemies in ambush
that he was not aware of. However, there was
nothing to do but to return to the inn as fast as
he could, and this he did, taking! care to keep the
guide in advance of him all the way ; and, .to his
surprise, he arrived, there without any alarm, or
without perceiving anything in the conduct that
could have excited the slightest suspicion.
"Surelv," thought he, " I must have mistaken
Gaspardo's intentions he must have meant to en
treat my silence with respect to himself; and the
bloody cloth was for the purpose ofe recalling my
memory to his wounds, and the circumstances un
der which we. formerly met. He is, probably, for
some reason or other, afraid of being identified.
This must be the true interpretation of his ges
tures. It would be absurd to suppose ! can have
anything to fear amongst this virtuous, unsophis
ticated people.
Comforted by this conviction and resolved, in
compliance with Gaspardo s w ishes, to ask no ques
tions about him, Riquetti, having .called for his
supper and a bottle of wine, set himself, with a
good appetite, to his fare. The first dish consisted
of some fresh-water fish, of which he partook spar
ingly, reserving his appetite for the ragout, of whose
merits the landlord had so confidently spoken. The
Odor it emitted when the cover was lifted appeared
to confirm his predictions the aroma was very
savory indeed.
bo the surgeon lifted a spoon, and helped him
self to an ample portion of the stew. i hen he
took up his knife and fork,; but, just as he was pre
paring to put a morsel into his mouth, hesuddenl
stopped, and, placing his hand on a bottle of wine
that stood beside him, he said :
"By the bye, have you any good Bordeaux ?"
" I have ho Bordeaux,," answered the host, ' but
I have some good. Florence in flasks if you like
that." ' '
"Bring me some," said Riquetti. "This ragout
of yours deserves a glass of good wine !" And
the host left the room. Xo sooner had the door
closed upon him, than the movements of the sur
geon" would have extremely puzzled a spectator.
Instead-of conveying the savory mess from his
plate to his mouth, as might naturally have been
expected, he conveyed it with inconceivable speed
to his pocket handkerchief, which, with equal ce
lerity, he deposited in his pocket, so that, by the
time the. host returned, the plate, was empty.
" This is a capital ragout of yours excellent, in
deed !" said he, as he poured out a tumbler of
wine, and tossed it c-ff. A suspicious eye might
perhaps have observed that bis cheeks and lips
were blanched, and that his hand was unsteady ;
but the wine brought back the blood , to his face',
and the host perceived nothing extraordinary. The
rajxout being removed, some bread and cheese were
next puodueed, of which he slightly -partook, and
then the table was cleared, and the host retired.
As soon as he was gone, Riquetti, having set a
chair against the door, to prevent his being too
abruptly disturbed, took out his handkerchief, and
very closely examined its contents, after which he
restored the whole to his pocket, and began pacing
the small room from . end to end, with a counten
ance in which anxiety and apprehension were visi
bly depicted. He looked at the window, and ap
peared to be deliberating on the propriety of get
ting out of it. The thing was practicable enough ;
"but then," murmured he, "I could not find my
way to Fossa; I should not know in which direc
tion to turn ;" for, as we have observed, it was
yet but the early season of the year, ant1 it had
already been long dark. "Besides," added he,
" who knows whether it would be safe to address
myself to any one there, stranger as I am : it
might be running from Scylla to Charybdis. Gas
pardo ! Gaspardo ! where art thou ?" These were
but thoughts scarcely formed into words, and yet
they seemed to be answered, for at that moment
his attention was roused by two slight taps on the
window: There was nothing before it but a cali
co curtain ; this he drew aside, and then on the
taps being repeated, he gently lifted the sash.
" Go to your bed-room as soon as you can," said
a tuned voice; "put out your light, and when
you hear the signal, open your window, and, as
quietly as you can, descend a ladder you'll find
ready for you ;" and the speaker, whom the light
intheroom showed to be Gaspardo, turned quickly
away,l adding " Shut down the window; be si
lent and cautious !" Bravo, Gaspardo 1" whispered
the surgeon to himself, as he obeyed his injunctions
by closing the window and replacing the curtains
"Bravo! If you're a villian, you're a grateful one,
at all events."
Having removed the chair from the door, and
seated himself in an attitude of great ease and
nonchalance, he drew a book from his pocket,
which he placed before him, and then rang the
bell, and ordered some coffee; "and then "said
he, to the host, "I sha.l be glad to have my bed
got ready, for I am tired of my day's work, and I
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mean to oe ou. eany in me morning.
The coffee was accordingly brought and drunk,
and then Riquetti requested to be shown to his
bed-room, which proved to be a small apartment
up one pair-of 6tairs. As he expected, there was
no fastening to the door of any sort; so, having
placed the dressing table before it, and inspected
the place all around, not forgetting to look under
the bed, he took his portmanteau under his arm,
put out his lights andj with a beating heart, sat ...
tlown to await the promised signal.
He did not. wait long. In less than half an
hour, a few small pebbles, thrown against the win
dow, summoned him to open it. He. could not
see the ladder,, but he felt it, and stepping out, he
carefully descended. As soon as his foot touched -
thejgrouhd,' Gaspardo, who was there to receive hira
took him' by tb hand, and whispering, u Now run
for your life !" he crragge'd him forwards; and
eading him up hill nd down hill, across fields,
over hedges and ditches, and through the water,
without ever pausing to take breath or to utter a
word, he at length, after some hours' flight, sud
denly stopped, and Riquetti perceived they were on
the high road. ;
.Now, said Gaspardo, "you are within half an
hour's walk of the city : you are safe. Farewell
and God speed you ! I have paid my debt !"
And with that he turned and walked hastily a-
way : and. though tiiauetti called after him. and
begged him to stay and speak with him for a mo
ment, he never so much as turned his head, but,
departing as rapidly as he could, was soon out of
sight.
lhe surgeon looked after him as long as he could
see him for it was now the dawn of dav : and.
when he could see him no longer, having breathed
a prayer for his preserver, with a grateful heart he
took his way to Rome, where, before ever seeking
the rest and refreshment he so much needed.
he requested aji interview with the chief officer of
the police. '
"I have," he said, "most important communica
tions to make ; but before I say a word, you must ob
tain for me a promise, that, whatever discoveries may
ensue from - my disclosures, the life of one individ
ual shall be spared. He has saved mine, and I
cannot endanger his."
This condition being acceded to by the govern
ment, Riquetti proceeded to detail his adventures,
and to display the contents of his handkerchief;
and the consequence of his communications was,
that thes virtuous, obliging, and unsophisticated
vine-dressers and shepherds were proved, on invest
igation, to be leagued banditti, of whoin the inn
keeper was the chief. In the month ot March,
1839, no fewer than forty of them were brought to
Rome and condemned to death or other punish
ments, according to the amount of crime proved a
gainst them. The worthy host, so celebrated for
his excellent ragouts, expiated his enormities on
the scaffold. Besides the evidence of the surgeon,
many circumstances combined to show that, when
short of provisions, he had been in the habit of
supplying the deficiency by compounding his dish
es of human fleah. ' Itiquetti's apprehensions had
been awakened by observing something on his
plate, which his anatomical science enabled him to
recognize as part of a human hand, thus furnishing
the interpretation to Gaspardo's warning gestures,
and opening his eyes to the danger of his situation.
Numerous travellers seem to have fallen victims to
this atrocious conspiracy ; but these wretches ad
mitted that they never attacked the English, as the
investigations that would have beeri set on foot by
their countrymen, had any of them been missing,
would infallibly have led to a discovery of their in
iquitous proceedings. It was some satisfaction to
the surgeon, that Gaspardo was not found amongst
the troop ; he had not been seen at the Isola Farn
ese since the night they had fled together.
It appears wonderful that within so late a period,
and within twelve'or fourteen miles of a great city,
such a villainous combination could have subsisted ;
but such was the fact.
Silk.- The quantity of silk annually consumed
by women and balloons is so great' that it is really
astonishing how worms and raui berry trees keep
up the supply. According to the Paris Review
there are in France no less than 130,000 looms for
silk, of which the products amount to three hund
red millions per annum. The fabrics of Lyons yield
about or nearly two-thiidsof that sum a moiety
of the whole is export ed-three-fifths of the exports
are from Lyons; the United States consume the
greater part. Competition is formidable abroad,
especially in Great Britain and Germany ; but it
was acknowledged at the Great Exhibition, that Ly
ons retained preeminence in designs and tissues.
The 70,000 looms of Lyons employ 175,000
individuals; one half of these are dispersed over a
radius of from twenty to twenty-five leagues, the
others are in the bosom of the city. There are 300
manufacturing firms, embracing from 450 to 500
names. The average earning of the operative is 30
cents per day. scientific American.
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At the late Woman's right convention a resolu
tion was reported and laid over for the next meet
ing, that if justice was not fully done to the ladies,
and soon, that they would stop the population of
this country ! " Angels and ministers of grace
defend us !" They will have us there !
About the sauciest affair we have seen of late, is
an advertisement in the New York Mirror, beaded
" To persons who think of dying,", and offering
several eligible cemetery lots on moderate terms.
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The most strikirjgr case of moral turpitude is re
lated by the Lantern : One of the prisoners re
cently convicted, and being conveyed to Sing Sing,
said his brother was a New York Aldermau, and
he wasn t ashamed to own it !
One of the latest fashions for trentlemen is the
"barber pole" pattern for pantaloons ; the stripes
ascend spirally round the leg, giving the wearer
uie appearance ot a double-barrelled cork" screw.
Jean Paul thus cautions young girls : youn$
men fall on their knees before you, but remembe
it is but as the infantry before the cavarly, that the
may conquer and kill ; dfr as the hunter, who only
on bended knees takts aim at his victim.
A learned young lady, the other evening, aston
ished a company by "asking for the loan of a dimin
utive argenteous, truncated cone, conve on its sum
mit and semi-perforated withf Bymmetrical inden
tatiohs. She wanted a tlimble.
THE OLD FAMILY BIBLE.
W hoever has traveled among Scottish hills and
dales, cannot have failed to observe the scrupulous
fidelity of the inhabitants to the old family bible,
a more honorable trait of character than this can
not be found ; for all men, whether christians or
infidels, are prone to put reliance in those who
the make Bible their companion, and whose well
thumbed pages show the confidence their owners
possess in it.
A few years ago there dwelt in Ayreshire an
aged couple, possessing of this world's gear suffi
cient to keep them independent from woe or want,
and a canny daughter to bless their gray hairs and
tottering steps. A gallant of a farmer became
enamoreif of the daughter, and she, nothing loath,
consented to be his. As the match was every
way wot thy of her, the old folks consented, and as
they were desirous to see their bairn comfortable,
the two were made one. In a few short years the
.scythe of time cut down the old people, and they
i;ave ineu oouies io uie uusi auu lueir souis 10 iut
Creator.
The young farmer having heard much of the
pronfised land ayont the sea, gathered together his
duds,1 and selling such as was useless, packed up
those calculated to be of service to him at his new
home. Some neighbors, having the same itching
for adventure, sold oft" their homes and homesteads,
and with the young couple set sail for America.
Possessed of considerable property in the shape
of " silver," this company were not like the gener
ality of emigrants, poor and friendless, but happy,
and full of hope for the future. The first thing
done after the landing was, the taking out the old
family heirloom, and returning thanks and praise
to Him who -had guided the barque to a safe ha
ven. As the farmer's object in coming to this country
was to purchase a farm and follow his occupation,
but little time was spent in the city he had arrived
in, and as his fellow passengers had previously de
termined on their destination, he bid them fare
well, aud with a light heart turned his face to
wards the setting sun. Indiana at this time was
settling fast, and having heard of tis cheap and fer
tile lands he determined on settling within its borders.
On the banks of the Wabash he fixed on a farm,
and having paid cash for bne-half, gave a mort
gage tor the balance, payable in one year. Hav
ing stocked his farmland put seed in the ground,
he rested from his labor, and patiently awaited the
time when he might go forth to reap the harvest ;
but alas ! no ears of grain gladdened his heart or
reivarded his toil. The fever of the country at
tacked him, and at the time when the fields were
white with the fullness of the laborer's skill, death
called him hence, aud left his disconsolate wife a
widow, and his only child an" orphan.
We leave this first sorrow, and pass on to wit
ness the struggles of the afflicted widow a year af
terwards. The time having arrived when the mort
gage was to be paid, she borrowed the money of a
. neighbor, who had been very attentive to her hus
band and herself, one who knelt at the same table
with her to renew their professed obligations to the
giver of all good. Hard and patiently did she
toil to repay the sura against the promised time ;
but all would not do ; fortune frowned, and she
gave way to her accumulated troubles. Disheart
ened and distracted, she relinquished her farm and
stock for less than she owed her christian neigh
bor, who, not satisfied with that, put an execution
on her furniture.
:On the Sabbath previous to the sale, she took
courage, and strengthened herself with the know
ledge of having wronged no one, went to the tem
ple of her Father, and with a heart filled with hu
mility and love, poured out her soul to Him " who
turneth not away," and having communed side by
side, with her christian neighbor, returned to her
desolate home. ,-
Here her fortitude had like to have forsaken
her, but seeing the "old family bible," she rever
ently put it to her lips, and sought for consolation
from its pages. Slowly she perused its holy and
inspiring verses, and gathered hope from its never
failing promises, and while the tears flowed freely,
her heart seemed to say
Within this holy book I trace,
The life of Christ, his wondrous grace,
His anxious care and holy love,
Not earth's, not mine, but heaven above.
The path is clear, the track is sure,
Why wait I then, these pangs endure ;
O, grant my God my life may be
Sincere .and prayerful, Lord, to thee.
It is said to be a bad sign to see a man with his
hat off at midnight, explaining the principles and
theory ol true democracy to a lamp-post.
I ;
A Western editor cautions his readers agains
Hissing short women aa this habit made him round
shouldered.
- The day of sale having arrived, her few goods
and chatties were, in due course, knocked off to the
highest bidder. Unmoved, she saw pass from her
possession article after article, without a murmur,
till the constable held up the old family bible.
This was too much. Tears flowed, and" gave silent
utterance to a broken heart. She begged the
constable to spare her this memento of her revered
and departed parents ; and the humane man of the
law would willingly have given it to her, but her
inexorable 'creditor declared every thing should be
sold, as he- was determined to have all that "was
owing to him.
The book was,-therefore, put up, and about be
ing disposed of for a few shillings, when she, sud
denly snatched it, and declaring she would have,
some relic oi those she loved, cut the slender thread
that held the brown linen cover, with the in
tention of retaining it. The cover fell into her
hands, and with it, two flat pieces of thin, dirty
paper. Surprised -at the circumstance, she exam
ined them, and what was her joy and delight to
find they each called for five hundred pounds on
the bank of England. , On the back of one, in her
mother's hand writing, were the following words :
" When sorrow overtakes ye seek yer bible'."
And on the other, in her father's hand
" Yer father's ears are never deaf."
The sale was immediately stopped, and the fam
ily bible given to its faithful owner. The furniture
sold was readily offered to her by those who had
purchased, which she gladly took back. Having
paid off her relentless creditor to the uttermost far
thing, and rented a small house in the village of
-, she placed the ballance of her money in
such a way as to receive interest enough to keep
her comfortable, and is now able to enjoy the pre
cepts of the old family bible without fear or moles
tation; Her time and attention are devoted to the
bringing up of her bright and blue-eyed Alice, and
if the happy smiles of the countenance may be con
sidered an index of the heart and mind, little Alice
bids fair to be a shining star in the community of
which she at present forms but a trait.
At the meeting house in the centre of the village,
may be seen every Sunday, sitting about half way
up the south aisle, a lady about thirty years of age,
dressed-in deep mourning, with a" face glowing
with the beauty of holiness, but on whom may be
seen deep traces of subdued sorrow. At the pub
lic house in the same place; and at the same time,
may also be seen a being in the garb of man,
bloated, and. sitting over the poisoning bowl. -The
one is the possessing widow, the other the pro
fessing neighbor.
The Poet Moore at the Falls of Niagara.
In the Memoirs. Journal, and Correspond
of Thomas Moore, edited by Lord John Russell "
wno has given an eloquent and beautiful delinea
tion ot the character of the poet,) we find the fol- '
lowing account of Moore's visit to the falls of Ni
agara in a letter to his mother :
"Niagara, July 24, 1804.
My De arest Mother : I have seen the Falls,
and am all rapture and amazement. 1 cannot give
you a better idea of what 1 have felt than by trans-
scribing what I wrote off hastily iu mv iournal on
returning. Arrived at Chippewa, within three
miles of the Falls, on Saturday, July 21st, to din
ner. That evening walked towards the Falls, but
got no furttier than the Rapids, which gave us a
prelibation of the grandeur we had to expect. Next
day, Sunday, July 22d, went to the Falls. Never
shall I forget the impression I felt at the first
glimpse of them, which we got as the carriage passed
over the hill that overlooks them. We were not
near enough to be agitated by the terrific effects of
the scene, but saw thiough the trees this mighty
flow of waters descending with calm magnificence,
and received enough of its grandeur to set imagin
ation on the wing which, even at Niagara, can put
run reality.
'"I felt as if approaching the very residence of
the Deity ; the tears started into my eyes ; and I re
mained moments after we had lost sight of the
scene, in that delicious absorption which pious en
thusiasm alone can produce. We arrived at the New
Ladder, and descended to the bottom. Here all its
awful sublimities rushed full upon me. But the for
mer exquisite sensation was gone. I now 6aw all.
The string that had been touched by the first impulse,
and which fancy would have kept forever in vibra
tion, now rested at reality. Yet, though there was no
more to imagine, there was much to feel. My
whole heart and soul ascended toward Deity in a
swell of devout admiration which I never before ex
perienced. Oh ! bring the atheist here, and he
.cannot return atheist 1 I pity the man who can '
coldly sit down to write a description of these inef
fable wonders ; much more do I pity him .who can
submit them to the admeasurement of gallons and
yards. It is impossible by pen or pencil to convey
even a faint idea ot their magnificence. Paintinar
is lifeless ; and the most burning words of poetry
have all been lavished upon inferior and ordinary
subjects. We must have new combinations of
language to describe the Fttlls of Niagara.' "
The Belgian Law of Divorce. Some few
years since, a young Belgian lady, fresh from her
convent education, appeared in Society, captivated a
young fellow-couniry man, with well oiled hair and
patent leather boots, and after an acquaintance, of
a few weeks married him. The happy pair sojourn
ed, as is often the custom' abroad, with the father
and mother of the lady. The young wife was a gay
lady, and Her husband was quite as gay a lord. At
every ball or party in the capital they were present, .
and, as mar.-ied ladies, are especially selected by
continental gentlemen for what they call " ador
ation," the young wife, although she got no more
of it than she liked, was honored with considerably
more than pleased her husband. The latter re
monstrated the jady rebelled and " my wife's
mother," ut solent matron, supported her daughter.
The husband settled the matter' by putting on his
hat and retiring to his own paternal mansion. The
marital feud was now intense, and the conjugal
couple were only of the same mind touching one
single subject -application to the tribunals for a
ivorce. This was done; but the Belgian law will
allow of no such annulling of a marriage contract
until the angry parties have renewed their demand
for "a divorce orice every year for three years. Our
young couple nourished their wrath during this
triennial period of probation thrice made the de
mand, and were duly summoued last year to hear
consent given that they who had been one should
thenceforth and forever remain two. r rom dinerent
sides of the court the married pair witnessed the un
tying of the knot ; and when they were free, they
passed- out of the common portal into the public
street. Approximation hred friendship, and the
gentleman offered his hand to the lady in token
that there was no uiahcc between them, friend
ship had no sooner lit his toreh, than he illumined
the cinders on the chilled altar of love ; and the
young couple walked together to their first marned
home, whence the husband "has never since per
manently withdrawn.
Three-Score-Years-and Tek.- When I was a
bey, I used to think tbree-score-years-and-ten a
very sufficient spell of this world. I wondered how
anybody could grumble at so liberal an allowance
of life ; and, indeed, tor my Own share, i would no
more have hesitated to give up my claim t the odd
ten years than the gold sellers do at the diggings
to throw the odd ounces into the bargain. That,
I say, was in my boyhood, when I was too far off
from what I was dealing so generously with to be
able to understand anything about it. I know
better now. Three-score and ten might have suit
ed the Israelites very well when they were wander
ing in the wilderness ; but I am decidedly of opin
ion that Moses when stating the limit, in his pray
er printed in the Book of Psalms, made no allusion
to us. In fact, the period in itself is objectionable,
inasmuch as it is not a period at all, but more like
a semicolon. It is not even an even number-
which is odd ; resembling more a half way house
than a final resting place. It makes me uncom
fortable to hear people talking of three-score and
ten, as if they thought it improper to fly in the face
of Moses. Chambers. '
If there be a class of human beings on earth
who may properly be Renominated low, it ia that
class who spend without earning, who consume
without producing, who dissipate thearmngs of
their fathers or relatives, without bringing any
thing in of themselves. ' .
u Dick, I say, why don't you turn that buffalo
robe t'other side out f hair side in is the warmest
M Bah, Tom, yoa git eouL D9 you s'poae th
animal himself didn't know how to wear liis Hide!
I follow his plan."
    

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