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RA LEIGH, NORTH CAHOLINA, SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1853.
WHOLE NO. 85.
CATVTN H. WILTSY,
WH.fIAM I). COOKE.
lyttelton WADDELL, JR
SELECT POETRY.
THE HOT SEASON.
BT O. W. HOLMES.
Thf, folks that on the first of May, , .
: Wore winter-coats an! hose,
Began to say, the first of June,
V'Oh my! how hot it grows."
At last two Falrrenheits blew up,
';. And killed two chilclren mall '."
And one barometer shot dead .
A tutor with its ball !
Now all day long the locusts sang
Among the leafless trees :
Three new hotels vvarped inside out,
The pumps coild only wheese :
Aud ripe old wiae that twenty years
Jlad cobwebbed o'er in vain,
Came spouting through Jhe rotten corks,
' Like Jory's best Champagne !
The Worcester locomotives did
Their trip in half an hour :
The I-owell cars ran forty miles
. I)e fore they checked their'power; ,
Roll brimstone soon becamea drug, '
. And toeo-Toco's fell ;
Air askedfor ice, but every where
Saltpetre was to sell.
riump men of mornings ordered tights,
I5nt, ere the: scorching noons,
Their candle-moulds had grown as loose
As Cossack's pantaloons !
The dogs ran mad men could not try
If water they would thoos : ;
A liorse fell dead he only left
Four red-hot rusty shoes ! j -
But soon he people could'uot bear
The slightest hint of fire ; .
Allusions to caloric grew
A flood of savage ire;
The leayes on heat were all torn put
From every book at school, ' j
And many blackguards kicked and caned,
Because they said "keep cool !"
The gas light companies were mobbed,
v The bakers all were shot, .
The penny press began to talk
Of -Lynching Doctor Nott :
Arid .all about the warehouse steps
Were angry men in droves,
- Crashing and splintering through the doors
To smash the patent stoves 1 '
' ' ' '' ' . i ' .
The Abolition men and maids
Were tanned to such a hue,
"You scarce could tell them from their friends,
. Unless their eyes Were blue ;
' And, when I left, society
" IJaJ IwjraG it J iizrcicnt gvtarda, i
Arid Brattle street find Temple place '
Were interchanging c;irds.
SELECTED STORY.
THE HEIR AND THE HEIRESS.
AN ADVllNTCKK AT TERM.
In the early part of themonth of October of the
'year 1822, having passed the night at Spoleto,
which 'still looks as if the fatal earthquake of 1703
had shaken all the inhabitants out of it, we pro
ceeded, after breakfast,-over the mountains to Ter
ni, visiting by the way the curious remains of an
ancient aqueduct, and an ,arch called the Arch of
Haunibal, under which he is said to have passed in
triumph after the battle of Thrasimene., Though
we had but fifteen miles to travel, yet, as we had
to creep ovar, the Apennines part of therti, it was
towards the middle of the day when we heard our
postilions crying 5' Via ! via!" -as we dro;e up to
the d-or of the hotel at Terni. An odd-looking1
foreign "carriage-. that impeded our way nioved for
ward upon this s.ummoits, and we took its place ;
and, having alighted, were conducted to a room on
the first floor."
. 44 Vill there be time enough for us to seethe
falls to-day ?" was bur first inquiry ; for we were
anxious to reach Rome on the following evening,
and to do this an early start was necessary.
; "Certainly," said the host, "provided your ex
cellencies (excellencies are cheap there) do not lose
time." ." , :'.''. . y
However, the air of the mountains had given us
an appetite, and .it was agreed that eat' we must
before we did, anything else ; but it was- arranged
that! whilst we took our repast, a carriage should
be prepared, and that we should set out immedi
ately afierwjards, In the mean while, we took our
sats at the-window, and looked abroad to see what
was to be seen, .
" What is that building opposite ?" inquired I
of the waiter.' x
".That is the jail,"'he replied. ,
44 And whose carriage is this at the door ?" slid
I: for the odd-looking foreign carriage was still
thej-e. . - '
; "It belongs to the Count -'.and Countess of Z- ,"
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answered he. " Thev are iust going to the falls.
Two .minutes afterwards we saw the footman ad-
yance to open the door, and presently a gentleman
and lady stept out of the house and entered the
vehicle. After handing her in, the count turned
around and said something to the host which gave
us.au opportunity Of catching a glimpse of hi?
wee.- It was, a young and handsome one, dark,
and somewhat sallow ; his figure, too, was good;
and he was well dressed, in a bine coat, dark trous
ers, and light waistcoat. Whilst he was speaking,
the lady bent forward to observe him, and as she
aid so, she caught a view ot our, English phizzes at
the wind aw, and" looked up at us.
" Iteavens I what ati Italian face that is !" I ex
claimed to my companion.
V hat do you mean i said he.
"Why," I mean," I replied, "that there is. a
ready-made romanca in it."
" What sort of a romance V inquired he.
u Why " I answered, "Vandyke is said to have
predicted, on seeing a portrait of Lord Strafford,
that he was destined to come to a bad end : and
that the lady's face reminds me of the prediction.
here's surely a very' strange expression in those
features!" . ; '
" She is very handsome " observed my friend.
Very" I renlied : and so he was dark com-
ploxioned, magnificent full black eyes, a finely form
ed mouth; and nose, though these were rather on a
large scale: and with that uniformity of color, often
l8o hiautiful ifi Spanish and; Italian women. She
- aturea m a pale silK Ol venire uc TOf, uy
'
blond veil. ' Whilst- we were making these obser
vations, the gentleman stept in, the carriage drove
;away, and our luncheon being shortly iannounced,
we ceased to think more of the Count and Count
ess Z .
As soon, however, as we had satisfied the claims
of hunger, we remembered the business that was
before us, and calling for our carriage, we proceed
ed to the foot of Mount St. Angelo, where we
alighted in order to walk up the hill. There stood
tti foreign carnage ; and I rather hoped that, as
iia naur wc . ti4 -viewing the falls, we might '
have another opportunity; of inspecting the hand
some pair. Some children, who are always in wait
ing to earn a few pence by showing travellers the
way, here joined us, and advancing leisurely on ac
count ofiJthe heat, we commenced the ascent.
ThereKwere gales at different- intervals on the
road, at each of whiJi some children were station
ed, .one or two of whom, after lettingus .through,
generally feii in our train. I think we had pass
ed .two or. three-of i!i--t;, when .we saw 'per pie has
tening down, tiie rjoutitaiii toward us, with aspeed
that implied -tiny were urged by some more than
common motive ; and as they drew nearer, we dis
tinguished a clamor, mostly of children, al! talking:
as fast as they could at the top of their voices, and
gesticulating with the utmost violence. ;
" What is the matter P said I to our little
gt.i Us. . ,
" We don't know," said they. '
They then curried on a dispute arnojngst them
selves, in which some siiid " yes," and others 41 no,"
but we could not understand more of their jiatois.
At. length one of them, pointing at the advancing
group, cried out, with characteristic energy, " Yes,
tlit?re he is ;" and-o.i looking forward, I descried in
the midst of the 'party, waiking so fat- that he
seemed either ' under the 'influence of the highest
excitement, or else tryng to outwalk his com pan-
ions, the owner of the ciirriage, Count Z-
- lie was barehead'-d, Ins waistcoat was unbutton
ed, and one side of his coat was toi'n clean off
from the lappel to the waist. His face but no
Kuseli might have painted it-r-words cannot de
scribe it ;, the deadly hue, the white lips, the star
ing eyes, the horrid distortion of the,. whole fea
ture !
What is the matter ? What is the matter ?" I
exclaimed eagerly, as we reached the party.
But they all dashed past us, whilst the whole of
our train fell into theirs ; and iif my -companion
bad ndt laid violent hands on one urchin, and .pre
vented his secession, we should have been left stand
ing on the hillside by ourselves. After straining
our eyes after them for some minutes, guessing and
wond-ering, and perplexing ourselves as to what
had happen d and whre the lady 'Could be, we ro
solved to hasten forward with all the speed we could,
in the hope of having our curiosity sati-itied, and of
perhajis meeting the countess at the farin-house, or.
cottage, which we. understood was to be found at
the top, of the mountain. ' -
When we gotii sight of this dwelling, our lit
tle" guide ran forwards; and we presently saw him
talkirg to a woman who was standing at the door,
and who-intimately 'appeared to be the kmly living .
sou! left upon the hill. The woman gesticulated, '
the boy held up hi hands, and 1 once more called
out " What is the matter? Where is the lady ?"
" Dead !" was the reply. " Dead !" w reiterated
in amazement. '.!'
" Dead !" 1 repeated the woman'; ".murdered
drowned gone over the falls-- by this time you
wouid not find a remnant of htr as big as my hand
she must be dashed into a thousand pieces
among the rocks! When the aentleraan ascend"?
ed the hill," she continued, in answer to our ques
tions, u he 'drove the cluldren back, and desired
them not to follow him; and when they reached
this place, he threw, money to those who wanted
to conduct him, saying' he knew the rails as well
as they did, and needed no guide. Most of them
returned ; but two, either from curiositt', or in the
hope oPgetting m-yre sous, followed at a little dis
tance, hiding themselves amongst the! trees that
border the river. They had not been out of' sight
above a quarter-of an. hour, when the chil ren
came -running back,, all aghast and. ut of breath,
to say that the gentleman had condticied the lady
to a spot very hear w here the river falls over the
precipice, and that there t! ey saw him stoop down
and look into the wafer. He then appeared to in
vite the lady to do the :uiie, and seemed to be
showing her sonietbinu in ihe stream.! The chil
dren averred that she appeared unwilling, and that
he rather (wived her 10 yoihply. he thsjt as it may,
however, u sooner did she stoop, tharj, going be
hind her, he gavegher a sudden thrustand pushed
her into the river. She snatched at his breast as
she fell, but he tore himself from her grasp, leaving :
one side of lis coat in her hand ; and; in another
instant she was over the edge of the precipice,
whirling in the torrent, and tossing among the
rocks. ' One piercing scream alone w as heard to
testify that, she was conscious . f her fearful fate.
" Ere the children had well ftni-diedj their tale,"
the woman added, "the gentleman himself appear
ed in the state we saw him." j
Whether be was so overcome by remorse as to
be unable to attempt giving the color he had intend
ed to the transaction, or whether he saw by the
demeanor of the people that it would be useless,
remains uncertain; but, whatever his motive might
be, he merely glanced at them as he passed, clasp
ed his hands as if in great agony, and then hur
ried down the mountain at the pace we met him,
followed by all the inhabitants. There, then, was
my romance, even to the dire catastrophe; complet
ed already ! t J
It may be imagined with what strange and awe
struck feelingsi'we proceeded to view the fallsl The
river that flows across the top of the hjlls is called
the Velino. On each side there are trejes -I think
the willow and the ash 'which droop over its mar
gin, and cast a deep shade, on, the water. We
walked alone the bank till we approached the tor-
rent,-and, within a tew yards ot the precipice, we
thought we could discover the very spot where the
catastrophe had happened. The soil on the edge
of the bank had evidently been newly disturbed.
The grass, too, was impressed and trodden, we con
cluded bv the count's feet, in the moment of. the
struo-o-le. There was someth mg white on ine
ground. We picked it up : it was a little scollop
of very 'fine blond a morsel bf the veil I had ad
mired ! We were dumb with horror ; for every
thing was so vividly present to our imaginations,
that we felt as if we bad actually witnessed the
murder. . . j
Our anxiety to learn what wa going on below
rather precipitated our movemeuts ; so jwe descend
ed the hill, and getting into our carriage, drove
I round to the bottom of the. falls, to tab th. other
view of them. . A river; called the Nera, flows
Tound the foot of the mountain, into which the
cascade tumbles ; and -as the clouds of white spray,
tinged here aud there with many a gorgeous hue,
tossed in graceful wreaths before us, we more than,
once fancied that we caught shadowy glimpses of
the veil, the drapery, or the pink bonnet of the
poor victim. But all these were the mere tricks of
imagination. ( All must have been whirled away
by the rushpf .water, n4 carried far from the spot
When we arrived at the inn and. eagerly inquir
ed for the count, " He is there," replied the waiter,
pointing to the heavy looking building on the op
posite side f the way ru there in the'jail." "And
what will they do to him ?" said I. The man
shrugged his shoulders " lie is a noble: most
likely nothing." j
On the following morning we proceeded on our
way to Rome, but not without making arrange
ments for the satisfaction of our curiosity as to the
causes which led to this,1 melancholy catastrophe.
What follows is the substance of what we heard ;
The late 'Count Z -''had two sons,; Giovanni
and Alessandro. The family was both noble and
ancient, but, owing to a variety jof circumstanees,
the patrimonial estates, which had once been large,
had been gradually reduced, till there was scarcely
enough left to educate the two young men, and
support them in the dolce far niente that became
their birth and station.' In this strait, the old
count looked about for an alliance that might patch
up their tattered fortunes ; and it was not long be
fore he found what he wanted, in the family of the
Count Boboli. Boboli had been an adventurer:
in short, no one knew very well what he had been,
for his early history was a secret. All that was
known was, that he had appeared in Rome at the
time of the French occupation, and that he had
found some means or other of recommencing him
self to Napoleon, to whom he owed his patent of
nobility. He had also found the means of accu
mulating immense wealth, the whole of which was
designed for his be tutiful daughter and only child,
Carlotta. The count of a hundred ancestors found
no difficuity'in obtaining the acquaintance of the
new-made noble ; and as each could bestow what
the other wanted, they very soon understood each
other, and a compact was formed between them,
well calcfilated to satisfy the ambition of both. It
was agreed that the beautiful Carlotta should be
come the wife of the count's eldest son, and, in
exchange for the noble name of Z -. should
carry with her the whole of her father's immense
fortune.
The wedding was appointed to take place the
day after Giovanni came of age, of which period
he wanted six months ; and this interval it was that
was the cause of all the woe. GioVonnf no sooner
saw his intended bride than he became desperately
in love with her. Never was wealth purchased at
a less sacrifice : he felt he 'would rather a thousand
times resign evtry ducat of the fortune than resign
the lady. He devoted the whole of his ime to
attending her pleasures and following her footsteps ;
and the consequence was that Alessandro, the youn
ger brother, to whom hi was much attached, and
who was generally by his side, was thrown much
into her company. It seemed to have been uni
versally admitted that Alessandro was the hand
somest of the two. Some said also that he was
the most agreeable : but on this point the world
appears to have differed. -Unfortunately, the mind
of the beautiful Carlotta entertained no doubts on
the subject ; she resigned her affections, heart and
soul, to Alessandro. Relying on her influence over
her father, when she found that she could not fulfil
the-engagement he had made for her without dis
gust, she threw herself at his feet, and implored him
either to bestow her hand on the younger brother,
or to break the compact altogether, and permit her
to go into a convent. Neither proposal, however,
accorded .with the old man' ambition ; and the
only effect her entreaties had was, that he adopted
means to keep the object of. her attachment out of
her way, trusting that, when she no longer saw him
by his brother's side, she would cease to make
comparisons -disadvantageous to her intended, and
would be resigned, if not happy, to become the wife
of Giovanni.
But Carlotta was a woman of sterner stuff than,
her father had reckoned upon. Absence had no
effect upon her passion opposition rather increas
ed than diminished it and, at length, a few days
before that appointed for the wedding, she took an
opportunity of disclosing the truth to her unhappy
lover, and entreated him, by the loye he bore . her,
to resign her hand himself, and to use all his influ
ence to procure that she should be married to his
brother. The poor young man, desperately in love
as he was, could at first hardly believe his misfor
tune so near the consummation of his dearest
hopes widiin three days of the longed-for happi
ness and the. cup was dashed from his lips ! As
soon, however, as he had sufficiently collected his
senses to speak, he told her that, from the moment
he had first seen her, he had only lived to make
her happy ; and ' that he had looked forward to
spending his days in that, to him, most blessed vo
cation ; but that, since he found that this was a feli
city not designed for him, he had nothing more to do
with life. - Finally, he promised that she should be
obeyed, and should become the wife of his brother.
He then went home, and, after writing to Alessan
dro, detailing what had led to the catastrophe, he
stabbed himself to the heart.
The younger brother -,had now become the elder
heir to the title, and the legitimate claimant of
the lady's hand and fortune. But, alas ! he was
no more disposed to marry 'Carlotta than she had
been to marry Giovanni. . Old Boboli, by way of
separating nim trom his daughter, had contrived to
get Inm sent to .Fans ; and, by his interest there,
had managed to place him in some situation about
the court, where the young man soon found his
heart assailed by the charms of the fair Mademoi
selle Coralie de la Riviere, who showed herself not
insensible to bis admiration, and whom he loved
with all the intensity that belonged to his nation
and to hie peculiarly ardent character.
His brother's letter, therefore, was a coup de
foudre. The titled fortune had no charms for him
without Coralie ; and, besides, with that instinct that
sometimes seems to guide our loves and our -hates,
from the very first interview he had with Carlotta,
he had taken an aversion to her. However, he
obeyed his father's summons to return immediately
to the Abrujzi, where stood, frowning amongst the
mountains, the old Castle of Z , but with a
firm determination to refuse the hand of Carlotta,
in spite of every means that should be used to in
fluence him. But when people make these resolu
tions the; should take care to keep themselves out
of the reach of everybody whose interest it is to
induc them to break them. We are all apt to
think.Tesolutions much less brittle things than they
are, tI; they have been tried in tie furnace. Ai
thougTr Alessandro from the first had boldly de
clared that nothing should ever persuade him to
marry a woman whom he had always hated, and
wbbm he now hated Infinitely more, since she had
beii the cause of his brother's death, his father's
VJjMi nbt give way one jrjch Whilst be
fdu&i lais aVeraoh &"'a-'feneaaiBraiiQf!itc
resolution gradually gave way before the old man's
firmness bu the one hand, his mother's tears and
entreaties on the other, and his own horror at, the
idea of his ancient house and all its honors sinking
into utter penury and hopeless obscurity, when it
was in his power, by marrying an heiress, to restore
it to all iti original splendor. i
Whethe, at this time, any fore-falling shadow
of the futur had passed before his eyes whether
the idea that he might wed Carlotta, secure! the
fortune, and then find meansi to be again a 'free
man, had evei presented itself to his mind wheth
er he. had allowed it to dwell there whether he
had given it welcome hugged it, cherished it,
resolved on it an now never be known ; but, leer
tain it is, that, he suddenly changed his mind,
avowed himself prepared to obey his father's com
mands, and ready to lead the daughter of Boboli
to the altar. Theperiod for the wedding was then
fixed; but in the Meantime he returned to Paris,
where he said the duties of his office called him.
When the time arrived that he should have re
appeared, he wrote n excuse, alleging that he i was
still detained by business; and this he continued to
do, week after week, till the period appointed tor
the wedding was clos at hand. At length, or the
evening before that fixed for the ceremony he
reached home. He had travelled, he said, with the
greatest speed, having only been able to obtain a
certain number of days' leave; and added, that the
very moment the marriage was solemnized j the
bride must be prepared to step into his travelling
carriage, and accompany hiro back to Paris. Car
otta, who, with her father aud other members of .
both families, was. waiting for him at the Castle of
Z , made no objection to this arrangement.
She must have been aware that he did not marry
her trom choice; but the amount of his aversion,
or that he had another attachment, she didj not
even appear to have suspected. She probably im
agined that the wealth and importance he' was
attaining by her means, and the compliment! she
had paid him by her decided preference, were
sufficient to expiate the wrong she had done his
brother, and trusted to her beauty and her love to
accomplish the rest. Or perhaps, under the influ
ence of an uncontrollable passion, she never paused
to think of anything but its gratification at any cost.
However this may be, they met with calm de
corum in the presence of the family, and of the
society assembled at the castle ; but it was after
wards remembered that, after the first salutation,
he had never been seen to address her. On the
followiig morning there was a great deal of busi
ness tc be transacted, many arrangements to be
made, and he was so fully occupied till nighty that
the voting couple scarcely met till the houf ap
pointed for the solemnization of his marriage, when
lie and his friends entered at one door, whilst the
bride and her party advanced by the other, j The
company were magnificently attired, the chapel
blazed with light, the pillars were twined 'with
wreaths of flowers, the air was redolent with: "the
perfumes of the incense ; but the bridegroom stood
with averted eves, and it was observed that when
the deremony was concluded, he did not approach
his .bride, but turned away and addressed his
mother.
The whole party now withdrew to the salle a
manger, and supped ; but ere the repast wasj well
over, Alessandro's servant entered to announce that
the carriage was at the door, and all was ready ;
whereupon the bride and bridegroom rose, ; and,
after a hasty farewell to their friends and relatives,
quitted the room.
" You'll reach Terni to breakfast," said Boboli,
as he conducted his daughter through the hall.
1 es to a late breakfast," replied Alessandro.
" Let us hear of you front thence," said Boboli.
" You shall hear of us from Terni," replied Ales
sandro. !
" A.dieu, my dear father !" cried Carlotta, waving:
her handkerchief as they drove off.
" Adieu, my child tadieu ! May the Virgin
protect you !" cried Boboli, as he turned arid re
entered the castle. !
Many of the party asserted afterwards that she
had appeared agitated and uneasy during the sup
per; and some declared that they had observed her
watching her young husband's countenance with an
eye of terror and perplexity. Her maid, too, af
firmed that she was quite certain her lady's; heart
naa tailed, and that she had some misgivings that
evil awaited ber. " When t gave my lady her
shawl and bonnet," she said, " she shook like an,
olive leaf; and when I asked her if anything was
wrong, all she 6aid was ' Madre di Dio, jieta !
pietaP" '
They travelled all night at least all the remain
der of the night, for it was past midnight; when
they started only stopping to change horses, and
had arrived at Terni to a late breakfast, as Boboli
had predicted. Whilst the breakfast was preparing,
the young countess changed her dress ; add the
maid asserted that she here again betrayed consid
erable agitation, and that she heard her say to her-,
self 4 Ah ! mio, padre f a hi ! Giovanni P The
waiter and the host who had attended them, re
marked that she ate nothing, swallowing only a
little wine ; and that the count himself appeared to
have little appetite. No conversation passed be
tween them, till, suddenly, her husband asked her
if she was ready. She started at the sound of his
voice, a if it were something unusual to her ; but
immediately rose from her seat, and said 44 Yes."
w Come, then," he said, aud giving her his arm, he
conducted her down stairs. The horses for the falls
had been ordered by the servant immediately on
their arrival, and were now waiting at the door ;
and it was at the precise period our story has now.
reached, that we had looked out of the window,
and saw them enter the carriage and drive away.
44 What did he say to you," I inquired of the
host, 44 when he turned to speak to you on the
steps !"
" He desired me to have horses Teady for Spo
leto, as they should start the moment they return
ed from the falls."
Your waiter says he will escape because be
ttoble-k-i8 that ao T
" It is possible," replied the host, shragg'ag his
shoulders.
But he did not escape : the young Count Ales
sandro Z was condemned and executed part
ly, however, through the strong interest tbat Boboli
made against him. Nothing more of the mystery
was ever disclosed, except to his confessor. " He
died, and made no sign."
A CANINE SKETCH.
- The following capital dog story is from the re
cecUyblkbtd rork of Jobfa T. IrvirgEsq.; V
nephew of Washington Irving. His volume is en
titled "The Attorney :"
Just then the door opened, and Mr. Rawley
walked in, and close at his heels 6talked Bitters.
Both seated themselves ; the one on a chair, and
the other on end directly in front of the surrogate.
Mr. Jagger looked at the dog with the solemn' eye
of a surrogate, and shook his head as only4a surro
gate can shake it.
44 Are you one of the witnesses ?" inquired he of
the dog's master. . '
44 1 am, sir," replied -Mr. Rawley. 44 1 was sub
poenaed to testify ; and here's the document," As
he spoke, he laid upon the table a paper which,
froin having been several days'in that gentleman's
pocket, had laded from white into a snuff-color,
and was particularly crumpTed.
W hats that animal doing here? demanded
the surrog ite.
He hasn t had time to do anything," replied
Mr. Rawley. 4- He comes when I comes. He
goes when I goes. He's a peeler."
Ihe animal must leave the court. It scon-
tempt of court to bring him here," said Mr. Jag
ger, angrily". " Remove him instantly."
Mr. Rawley had frequently been in attendance
at the police courts, and once or twice had had a
slight taste of the sessions, so that he wa not as
much struck with the surrogate as he otherwise
might have been, and he replied :
1 make no opposition, sir ; and shall not move
a finger to prevent it. .There's the animal ; and
any officer as pleases may remove him. I say nuf-
fiu ag'in it. I knows what a contempt of court is;
and that ain't one." And Mr. Rawley threw him
self amiably back in his chair.
" Mr. Slagg !" said the surrogate to the man
with a frizzled wig, " remove the dog.'"
Mr. Slagg laid down his pen, took off his specta
cles, went up to the dog, and told him to get out ;
to which Bitters replied by snapping at his fingers,
as he attempted to touch him. Mr, Rawley was
staring abstractedly out of the window. The dog
looked up at him for instructions ; and receiving
none, supposed "that snapping at a scrivener s fin
gers was perfectly correct ; and resumed his pjeas
ant expression towards that functionary, occasion
ally casting, a lowering eye at the surrogate, as if
deliberating whether to include him in his demon
stration of anger.
"Slagg, have you removed the dog?" said Mr.
Jagger, who, the dog being under his very nose,
saw that he had not.
44 No, s;r. He resists the 'court," replied Mr.
Slagg.
44 Call Walker to assist you," said Mr. Jagger
sternly:
Walker, a small man in drabs, had anticipated
something of the kind, and had accidentally with
drawn as soon as he saw there was a prospect of
difficulty ; so that the whole court was set at de
fiance by the dog.
44 Witness !" said Mr. Jagger.
' Sir," exclaimed a thin man in the corner, who '
had been subpoenaed, to his own great terror, and
who at that particular moment had an idea that
he was the only witness in the world starting to
his feet, under the vague impression that he .was
to be sworn on the spot, and thoroughly convinced
that testifying and committing perjury were only
different names for the same thing.
44 Not your-the man with the dog."
Mr. Rawley, looked the court full in the face.
44 Will you oblige the court by removing that
animal ?" said Mr. Jagger, mildly.
44 Certainly, sir," said Mr. Rawley. 4 Bitters go
home." Bitters rose stiffly and went out, first cast-,
ing a glance at the man with the wig, for the pur
pose of being able to identify him on some future
occasion ; and having comforted himself by a vio
lent onslaught upon. a small dog belonging to the
surrogate, whom he encountered in the entry, was
seen, from the window, walking up the street with
the most profound gravity.
Local and Confidential. 44 Town boys," are
proverbially smart; and now that lapse of time
will bar any accountability, we put upon record two
44 dodges" of our boys during the last year
' Several shows had been along, and more were
coming, but some of the boys being hard up, were
put to their wits to raise the wind this was soon
done.An abandoned toll-house stood on the
Valley Turnpike near Staunton, with its gate posts
apparently still 44 in force" thither our youthful !
44 financiers" would daily repair, ana graveiy sany
from the house to levy black-mail on every way-'
faring 44 stranger." Quite a thriving business was
done in this way before it was found out and stop
ped by the 44 proper authorities;
It is a pleasant and healthful custom with, the
lair ladies of Staunton to promenade daily on the
plank walk leading to the Deaf Mute Asylum.--
One evening some young ladies thus recreating,
espied a very handsome young fellow sitting near
the walk fondling a young hare, and holding it to
their view ; supposing him to be one of the mutes
they clustered around, and expressing great admira
tion for him and the hare, soon spelled upon their
fingers the question 44 What would he take for it ?"
The question was answered in the same language,
" A kiss from each of you !" The bargaiu was
struck, the property delivered, and the, pay given
and received with a hearty good will on both sides,
when unable to contain himself longer.the young
. scamp laughed out for joy, and ran off exulting, to
join nis comrao.es wno were sitting in sigui. w o
the success of the experiment Staunton Spec.
Before the days of the teetotallers, a neighbor
of Dr. Bisbee saw that gentleman, at an- eany
hour of the day crawling slowly homeward on his
hands and knees over the frozen ground.
" Whv. don't you cret ud. Mr. Bisbee? Why
don't you get up and walk?" said his neigh
bor.
u I w-w-would, b-b-butit's so almighty thtn bera
that I m a-a-afraid I shall b-b-break througu I
It is ft enrirmitv in pa t.ha man who IS not
" as much in favor of the temperance cause as any-
.wouy.
CHILD OF THE ANGEL WING.
44 Oh, sing me a song, as I fall asleep,"
Said a little one with a lustrous eye
41 Or tell me a tale of the flowers that peep
In the bright green woods that reach to the skv
And the heavens are blue ss our Nelly's eyes
Or tell of the child with the angel wing '
Who walks in the'garden of Paradise 1"
I sang him the song I told him the tale,
i?- ! by. hi? 000011 m we thought he slept,
mat stealthy and bright near his pillow crept'
1 hen my words grew faint, and my voice sank low,
And I said, m thy dreams may the'seraphs'sine,
.But he whispered soft, as I rose to go
44 Oh, tell of the child of the angel wing !"
Then I sang again-rbut he restless grew,1
And tossed his young arms as he wildly spoke,
And a burnir.g red in his forehead flew,
As the moon went down and the njorninbroke
But he spoke no more of the spring's bright flowers .
And he thought no more of his sister's eyes; '
One name alone, in his feverish hours, '
Was breathed in a whisper that pierced the skies.
44 My mother," he said, and hi? eyes waxed dim,
For the sense, with their wavering lustre fled',
And he never knew that she knelt by him
Whose sun went down at his dying bed !
He has gone wffere the seraphs sweetly siug
His story was brief as the sunset dyes
He walks with the child of the angel wing,
In the flowery gardens of Paradise,!
DREAMS.
Dreams can be procured by whispering in the
eais when a person is asleep. One of the most
curious as well as authentic examples of this kind
has been referred to by several writers. "1 find the
particulars in a paper by Dr. Gregory, and they
were related to hiin by a gentlemau who. witness-,,
ed them. ' '
The subject of it was an officer in the expedition
to Louisburgh, 1685, who had this )eculiarity in
so remarkable a degree, that his companions. in the
transport were in the habit of amusing themselves
at his expense. They could produce in him any
kind of a dream, by whispering into hisar, espe
cially if this was done by a friend, with whose
voice be was familiar. At one time they conduct-,
ed him through the whole progress of a quarrel,
wuicn enuea in a duel; ana when ttie parties were,
supposed to be met, a pistol was put into his hand,
which he fired and awakened by the report. On
another occasion they found him asleep" on the top
of a locker, or bunker, in the; cabin, when they
made him believe he had fallen overboard, and ex
horted him to save himself by swimming. They told,
him that a shark was pursuing him, aud entreated
such force as to throw himself entirely- fiom the
locker, upon the cabin floor, by which he was much
bruised, and awakened of course.
After the landing of the army at Louisburgh,
his friends found him asleep in his tent, much an
noyed by the cannonading. They then made him
believe that Tie was engaged, when he expressed
great fear, and showed an evident disposition to
run away. Against this they remonstrated, but at
the same time increased his fears by imitating the
groans of vthe wounded and dying: and when he
asked, as he often did, who were down, they named
his particular friends. At last they told him that
the man, next himself in the line had fallen, when
instantly he sprung from his bed, rushed out of his
tent, and was aroused from his danger and his
dream together by falling over the tent ropes. A '
remarkable circumstance in this -case ' was, that
after these experiments, he had no distinct refl
ections or fatigue; and used to tell his friend tbat
he was sure, he was playing some trick upon him.
A case entirely similar (in its bearing is related in
Sraeille's. Natural History, the subject of which
was a medical student in the university of Edin
burgh . ; . .
A singular fact has been observed in dreams
which areexcited by noise, namely, that-tlie same
sound awakens the persons, and produces' the dream
which appears to him to occupy a considerable
time. The following example, of this has been re
peated to me : A gentleman dreamed that he had
enlisted as a soldier, joined his regiment, deserted,
was apprehended, carried back, tried,- condemned
to be shot and at last carried out for execution.
After the usual preparations, a gun was fired ; whe
awoke with the report, and found that a noise in
the adjoining room had produced 'both the dream
and awakened him. Ihe same want of notion ot
time is observed in dreams from other causes
Dr. Gregory mentions a gentleman who, after
sleeping in a damp place, was for a long time lia
ble to a ieeimg of suffocation whenever he. slept m
allying posture, and. this was always accompanied
by a dream of a skeleton, which grasped him yio-
lently by the throat. He could sleep in a sitting
posture without any uneasy feeling ; and after try
ing vartons experiments, he at lat had a sentinel
placed besjde huh, with orders to wake him when
ever he sunk down. On .one occasion be was at- .
tacked by the skeleton, and a long struggle ensued
before he awoke. On finding fault with his atten-r
dant for allowing him to lie so long in such a state
of suffering, he was .assured that he had not lam
an instant, but had been awakened the moment
he began to sink. The gentleman after a consid
erable time, recovered from the affection.
. 4 m m
Tmt Secret. "I noticed" said Franklin 44 a
mechanic among a number of others, at work on a
house erecting but a little way trom roy office, wno
always appeared to be in a merry humor, who had
a kind word and cheerful smile for every one he
met. Let the day be ever so cold, gloomy or sun
less, a happy smile danced like a sunbeam on his
cheerful countenance. - Meeting him one morning,
I asked him to tell me: the secret of his constant
hmw flow of SDirits. 44 No secret. Dr.." be re-
.plied"; 44 1 have got one of the best wives, and
when I go to work sue always has a kind wora oi
encouragement for me ; and when I go home she
meets me with a smile and a kiss, and then tea is
sure to be ready, and she has done so many little,
things through the day to please me, that I cannot
find it in my heart to speak an unkind word to
anybody.' What an influence, then, hath woman
over the heart of man, to soften it, and make it the
fountain of cheerful and pure emotions ! Speak
gently, then ; greeting, after the toils of the day
are over, costs nothing, and go far toward making
home happy and peaceful." " ,
TV vnn doubt whether two skulls are better than
one, just undertake to row against the tide some
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