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A FAMILY NEWSPAf ER-tEUTRAL U POLITICS.
TERMS:TW DOLnAKS ,,
( PER ANNUM.
Petbt to all te Bnlertsts of orti) CawlM rucation, multure, literature, 3tos, tc ttarfeete, &c.
fOL; II-NO. 42.
1IA LEIGH, XOimi CAI10LINA, SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 1853.
WHOLE JO. 94.
WtTTTKIC FOB THE SOCTHEBW WEEKI.T FOST.
SOUTH- CAEOLUJ'A SKETCHES '
cakes whenever lien was, as they ever were of any
thing; and old aunt Eady or uncle Corling, follow
ed the candidates, around the county, with their
cake and candy carts, a regularly' as they hauled
up on the coni-t green during the sessions of court,
and they drove a profitable business at it too.
I say. Ben treated the bovs, but so did Silver
George (another good-natured candidate) and Col.
tlieir dinners, , The
1,s ELECTION SCENES, j u .
, Tlie experiment has been fairly tested, and th
-iesaViVas troveti bevotH all t-aviKtW " man v wi
' 3. J l 'I . 1 O ' .
... . ' r . . I Ot.nPr . P.nnnirlatAT worn liKai4 nnan.heartn mAn.
tons is the very prop and support of our govern- W they only thougllt of; bojr8 and cakes "once in
uWW WuMi.uij;u.y:.is vr, iu utucr nurus, w eir- -p- ft Qf ft an(j cross.
cumscribe the bounds of huraaa freedom, you deal road3 taker combined and llttle feIIow he was,
a aeaiu oiow 10 noeny : KnocK away tne main T, v t 4 t n i ii a
- . ' 3 . L ve seen him hancr " old bosses after haviner filled
his head and his pocket ivith aThe Jeflfei-sonian
on election day, he ivon golden opinions frpm
the gaping and admiring bystanders, by detecting
and exposing a politician in reading from one of
pillar of that noble and beautiful fabric which
Washington and his compeers erected, and theit ' an(j
descendants have labored to strengthen, and you
dash the whole "structure to atoms. And shall
this ever be t Shall time ever witness the downfall
of liberty, and the hydra headed monsters anarchy,
tyranny, misrule trampling on her prostrate and
bleeding form, and smiling in derision or frowning
in anger on her few remaining, constant, unappall
ed devotees? Forbid it I thou Almighty God!
whose boundless wisdom guided, and whose pow
erful arm sustained the littler4'and of patriots in
" times that tried men's souls" 1 Forbid it ! Oh,
forbid it! and let the structure stand, and increase
in beauty and strength, a monirment of thy power,
thy mercy, and thy love ; and teach thy thoughtless
creaturea here to estimate its value and love it next
General Harrison's letters more than it contained.
M Haw ! haw ! haw V ihouted old Billy Stokes,
" yon got him then Petej haw ! haw ! haw !'
" Y-e,-s," said Gil, who always drawled out his
words, w ith great precision and nicety, but never
stuttered, " h e did-n't d-o a-n-y th-ing short-e-r,
Pete is the.Srery man'for hiae."
" Hurrah for Poker !" shouted some one in ths
crowd, meaning Porter, for Ben was a comparative
stranger in that region before he was brought out;
as much so, perhaps, as James. K. Polk " was
when, five years afterwards, he was announced as
a candidate for the Presidency,
"Hurrah for Poker! Tm gwine -'for him."
"Hurrah-far Ginral Jackson !" responded some
seas over; " Ginral
How one's thoughts will soar when a subject so
sublime engages -them! Liberty ! Liberty ! ot a. oM.t;m Democrat about half
- ?, . , : . : -. - , Jackson agm the world."
WlUUbV.-, uukiiiuna'Vu v.v.j w . matt. r; T,, i)l.. yi : 1 1.
- .- - -'. r . i. I . iiv aiyo an v liiiiil- (iLiu. ucu jl unci : saui iiixi
-P:e 156 iao .n exe-u- lu" "t" fcUCU u,a first, bristling up.
. - ... . . - .i 1 does, less come on." answered number two.
to bloom, awhile in all. the loveliness of -nature, to 1
Number one pitched right, into him, and they
- - 5 ,& , , rolled over jn the sand for a minute or two, claw
ifcssea oi some iair-njHjaiiu, auu ucur um i uc wi
aside, neglected, to .wither and die, and mingle its
beauties with the dust from whence it sprung. No;
none of these, but it prckras jewel, richer far than
bid Ocean's diamonds, and "as enduring as time it
will' seekii'and u 'floUralf aslha-CeH'tay. tree"
on another. It is a gif
ing at each other for life.!
" A fight ! fight !" shouted some ; " part these
men," cried others ; " hands off and a fair fight,"
bawled several in a voice ; " I command the peace !
I command the peace !"- shouted old Squire Henly
at the top of h-ia voif.' Jne pildt, , nf anfftt?8
self f for if forbidden a home on arie hemisphere.
; , ' , the fight went on brisklv. "''Take that back, you
" r o ' I ran mnnth ntm.irmf. riitfl HiiAlr what, vni i equi anrin
himseu,a gut mi ?uouit vr uo o you infernal ;ocus y0(.Mm or ru beafc
life, and second only to the giver. .But while the- QU inU) a hoe.cake said nuraber one, who was
Ml. J i f I,. .1 Annrt J
tree, untrameuea ngut ui uu.g 7 - on top and giving it to number two in the short
privilege tuat a treeman can possess, it is aist uu
trora wnicn springs mucu Hu.U8..b . .-UJ ifurrah for Ginral Jackson, and d n, Ben
pviU and the anna s 01 tue umereui eiecnous, men n , - ,, , , ,
evus , duu t"""" y : ' Pokum, answered number two
trolicfes, tneir treaung, ine.r ugut,.,, -Gentlemen," shouted Sam Friday, "this aint a
and "tavortuigr and .-every '"F'-l fair figllt? one man 's too drunk to fight, and the
would have . combined tnree points ana Puv.. otLer 4s too dnjnk tQ dtf iriything ese
,r,u:rtu xi.i nrkf aan ;.hA rftauer s nonce : iiiuse ui
TT 111 VIA WUv w - , ,
amusing, interesting and disgusting. '
About thirteen years ago, I first began to take
notice'of these things and they then made a deep
impression upon my mind, which time must fail to
uncVtnfla nliti.-ians" and.newsoaper scrib-
1 WOO i. 4 A
ty, and any man had (or rather exercised) a perfect
right to use his neighbor's horse, bridle and saddle,
or buggy, no matter where he found them, or what
the politics of the real owner were. It was suffi
cient for him to know that he " was fighting for bia
country ;" that the horse was therefore; his own ad
interim, and should serve him till the battle, was
three-men on a Hon; hugging each other most af
ectionately and huzzaing with all thejr might for
'Gineral Tippecanoe .Harrison," or " Martin Van
Buren" or " Gineral Jackson," or two orj perhaps all
three of then?, . " i
I have said heretofore, that. JLhis was the first
campaign of which I took any notice it was also
the most exciting except the .".By num. and Potter'
bull dog warfare of which I have heard.
Each party had made out accurate lists of al
their adherents, aud the " doubtfuls,'f long before
the fatal day rolled around, and the " whippers in"
were busily engaged in looking after the tatter.
All the candidates were elected on paper, a day or
two before the election, but before sunset on that
day half of them had concluded that they couldn't
leave "hum" for anything short of the United
States Senate., ' j
Zeb Hokey was put down as one of the "doubt
fuls." Now Zeb was one of the cutest fellows in
the count', and though you might see him in a
crowd, and take him for an arrant, fool, the chances
were ten to one that he would satisfy you in the
course of a twelve month's acquaintance that he
was anything else. To describe Zeb is beyond my
power, and yet there was nothing very peculiar about
him. ,He was tall and lean, had a redundance of
long red, uncombed hair, which, when his old hat
(and I never saw him have a new one,) was on, his
head, might have been taken for the lower end of
a cow's tail converted into a wig. He was always
raggedly attired, and had a dulj stupid appearance
except when pretty deep in rot gut whiskey" (or
lest I may shock the nice sensibilities of some fas
tidious .reader in petticoats, I will say "rotten chit
terlings whiskey,") and then- he would cut up all
sorts of capers, and like as not, wind up. with a
"Georgia rotation." Zeb was considered "some
"Well ZeV said he, "I want to hire you a
few days, I'll give a dollar a day and find you."
"Good tfpu please," said Zeb, "here goes,"
and taking seat in the buggy away they went.
Just before night they approached a rendezvous,
and ZeV remarked to his companion4 Captain,
ef you jj waitf re a hour cr two and lend me your
coat, I kin. CaM steal another man." !
JakeJTUlH-, fWin, "utlLXaint here
when YpugetAck, come on to Clem Dodger's,
you'll findiDi3,here." '
AlLrighv' said Zeb, and giving the horse a
crack vrith the whip, away he dashed, down the
road. ' - ' " ' j
On arriving at the fork be took the road leading
to Dodgers, but just before he got there turned
down a narrow by-path, aW driving some three
hundred yards, stopped ad hitched. He 'then
walked on till he came to atother path leading to
Dodger's, which was about tfco hundred yards fur
ther on; On arriving at Dodger's the first man he
saw was Bill Foster. Now Bill was one of the
" doubtfuls," but. Zeb knew he was " kindo' inclined
tuther wav," so he beckoned him aside without be
ing perceived. "See here Bill," said he "I know
its mighty fine to stay here and get plenty o' good
licker, but I know you cant do iothin' unneighbor-ly-Iike,
and so-I've come to see ef I cant gijt you
to go home wi' me and help me set up wi the old
'oman, beiu' as she's dreadful sick."
" Yes, Zeb, I will, 'Miss (Mrs) Hokey took keer
o1 me when I was sick, and I'll jess bedrotef.I
wouldn't do anything in the world to ableege her."
" Well, come on," and Zeb led the way down
to the buggy. Hitching the horse and jumping
in, was short work, and in a couple of hours! they
hauled up, at Zeb's house. Bill was requested to
unharness' the "cretur" while Zeb went in to see
how the "old 'oman wa3." She was a good deal
surprised to see him, but he soon let her understand
the state of affairs, and by the time BiH got to the
House, she was stowed away in bed and groaning
like a dutchman suffering under the toothache.
In the course of the night (having received a
hint fronvZeb) she requested Bill, a.s a favor to her,
to go' to tbe election md vote with Zeb. '"'I'll tell
JEERY AMONG THE ABOLITIONISTS.
A day "or two since, we spent an agreeable half
hour in the barber shop of Jerry, who had just re- 1 fcnow ;3 an age cf progress, and that th
rights 6f humanity have higher claims To oursyu-
AbolitiomsU " Ah ! like the rest of your un
fortunate countrymen, I perceive that you have
been nurtured in the school of deception, where
false doctrines are inculcated and imposed upon the
minds of a nation of God's people. Doyou not
turned from a visit to the Northern cities, and the
Niagara; Falls, 'listening to a history of hia adven-
itfres Jimok tbVAbHtW
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o awwnt servant, -wtttouwgr iw uu-1'" 1 irnder oie earto r "r .iooiinonKtrrwic
pathies than any, lay Jbat are given n ihebeaveua
nister to Spain, the Hon. Daniel M. Barringer, and
is highly respected by an extensive circle of ac
quaintances for his honesty, good looks, humility
and intelligence. The abolitionists made three as
saults upon his fidelity during his Northern tour.
They first attacke d him, three in number, in the
city of Philadelphia. The oldest one approached
and saluted him, when something like the follow
ing dialogue ensued
Abolitionist. " You are from the South, I pre
sume,, sir ?"
Jerry.-(Sot suspecting.) " Yes, sir." ,
Abolitionist. " From what part of the South
are you, sir ?"
Jerry."- From North Carolina, Sir.'
Abolitionist. "The meanest State in the Un
"Do you take it up," cried Jake Jones, "Drot
your soul come on,'' and into him he pitched.
" Hurrah ! go it, give it to him Jake," cried Bill
Haddon in perfect ecstacies.
"Whop," went something beside Bill's head;
" you 're agin cousin Sam are you ;" and away they
went, in a fair wav to have a general battle. I
biers, were like musquitoes on a Itoanoke plantation ; concIude(1 it was tjme for me to" leave, as the Tun
you could scarcely go amiss for them ; and when
they were not upon , you, they were buzzing all
around. I well remember little Peter Pickle, and
Billy Nod, and Tom Skinflint, and a host of others
who flourished in those days of my "youth's sunny,
flowery, but fleeting &istencev; and it is even now
a source of pleasure and amysement, to go back
. and live over again, those happy halcyon days now
'Tip and Ty," hard cider, log cabins, and "that
same okl Coon, were then m the ascendant, ana
the " little magician " and " old Tecumseh " were
fst sinking down into a most peaceful and profound
nothingness. One party had ad the thunder, (and
hr is no telling what a vast amount of it was in
had left the sublime, and the "toddy tub" was
nearly empty, and I therefore got my " creetur "
and paddled. The last words that fell on my ear
" above the din of battle-" were
"Hurrah for Ginral Jackson, he never gin up yet,
and I'll be darn my pictur ef I'll disgrace him ; kill
me ! kill me! hurrah for Ginral Jackson and d n
your Ben Poky." ;
In the different sections of the county, the con
test for the State ofiieers was animated to the high
est degree. Treating, fiddling, frolicking, hauling,
betting and fighting were the order ot 'the day.
Whiskey ; barrels bled freely, and noses almost
equally so. Elections were not conducted as peace
ably then as now, and it was considered a very tame
you whatlMiss HokeyV said he " L don't know how
punkfns" by a few of the knowW, ones, but- he 7Va.-ggwfc4iopQteil)Ut; dinff.inv..ca marm. (I
preferred that others should think htm a fool, lie begs pardon, I ef you was to ask me in that way
was as true to his party as the needlej to the pole,
but some of the " young smarts" considered him
" doubtful," and therefore determined to " nurse
him," or to use the term that is most commonly
used " steal him." He therefore arranged every
thing and went to see Zeb 'at his house about four
days before the election. Zeb was glad to see him
of course he was always glad to see any one.
" Good mornin' Zeb," said he sitting in his bug
gy, " how's the old woman and the little ones ?"
" All well thankee Squire, how's yourn ?"
" Pretty well Zeb here's some ginger-cakes for
the-children they are fine little fellows (they
were ugly enough to scarecrows,) you must have a
pretty wife Zeb, to have such fine children, and she
m list be smart too, for she keeps everything as
clean and nije around here as a milk bowl."
" Well Squire, you'r talkin' the truth now, for
though I say it myself, Betsy's a number one gal,
and she aint ugly nuther ; well, come light Squire,
light and tie." ,
" I thank you Zeb, I havn't time, I came over to
see if I couldn't get you to godown to my house
and maul me some rails to fence in a little piece of
ground I'm taking in to sow wheat in this fall ?"
" Well Squire, I'm out of a job, jest now, and
ef Betsy's willin' I shant mind ef I do what'l'
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"hard cider" and its accompaniments for tne time uninteresting affar to have a gathering and no
bnin .while the other, alas: naa none, auu
tW small arms could not, of course, stand a
drowning cat's chance before the heavy artillery of
w . . . , .I -i .' u: "
.u.;. .PPnt. u Hard cider ' ana -tooii.m
were bound to carry tbe day , - ewy- tf IO,eoaw
that: but still, the "Corporal's guard"' as "Matty
n rnr,mar9 wrft humorouslv termed
DUJvr. v.- -
fono-ht bravely throughout the whole contest.
I was a school boy then ; yes, a gay and happy
' schoolboy; and with my fellow students was ai
wavs found wherever there was to be any -public
peaking, if it was . not more than six miles off, (for
that was as far as we were willing to walk,) and I
once went so far in my love of the fun, as to ; walk
r W-,11 to Brinkley's to hear Mr. Wdburn
and Col. Loyd mainly, however, the latter, for 1
did not know tha the former was to speak until I
' reached the spot and head him expounding the
eternal gospel and the great whig creed, in a 16 by
24 log cabin. -
Bea Porter, among others, was a candidate for
the Legislature. .(Poor Ben! he was afterwards
elected and re-elected; but alas! he nooocap.--
xnan's last resting" place ; he sleepa within the bosom
of the cold, heedless earth ; and though the voices
of honor and of friendship have no power to
,-";: Soothe the. 5dll cold ear of deathV -'
Tet 1 knew'him so well, and esteemed him so high-1-
. a;a .H who knew him, that I cannot pass
lightly over his name, 6r allude to him without
JLi ,w hlimble tribute of "friendships offer-
ior to his memory. Peace, sweet, con
' tinned, uninterrupted peace, to his tear-embalmed
and honored ashes. He aeaa , uu.
ten ' Let the reader pardon this digression, 1 wi.l
continue.) , The boys-were just as sure of ginger
r -w-r- .- i
fights. On such an occasion old Joe Ivent would
go home crying, (pretty drunk,) and would say to
his companions, "the muster want'wuth comin'to,
Tvw. V. arw nmt uton o ai n of 1 A flOrVl t
nor had one nuther." On Jordy V "oh lordy ! and
what 'II Sally say when she finds out I aint? Oh
lordy ! oh lordy ! she'll swar I've been too drunk,
and wont bleeve me, and she wont let me go next
time. Oh lordy ! oh lordy ! and she wont let me
vote for nary one o' them candits, caus they dont
git up no fights. Oh lordy 1 oh lordy ! ef 'twas
only Jesse Bony he'd have 'em a fightin'. Yes, by
blazes he would ; hurrah for Jessee Bony ! Zeke
Slade, you 're not a Bony man, you 're a Loyd man,
blast your eternal - pictur, and I aint a gwine to
stand and hear no man abuse my wife and children,
you ole cuss ;" and from the most pitiful whining
he would work himself up into a terrible passion,
and then into a fight, out of which ha always came
second best; but he did'nt care for that, so that he
could tell his old 'oman there had been some fight
in', and, as he always did, that he " give Sam Jones
or Allen Pepper or both, a h 1 of a whippin'."
.1 have seen as many as five or six men engaged
in a fight, knocking down they knew not, and eared
not whom, like boys playing marbles, " every man
for himself." -
The candidates and their friends were spreading
themselves. Every buggy, cart, carriage and wag
on was employed and. filled with sovereigns two
on a liorse and four "in a buggy, was abut the av
erage. Every man who had no means of getting
to a precinct, was provided for, and especially if he
happened to be one of the doubtfuls." JSo man
walked unless he preferred it, ud sometimes he
didn't even do so then. Horses were public proper-
"Half a dollar a day and find you."
"Good enough wedges, couldn't tern as much
at home, but efyou wont light, wait till I can step
to the house and see Betsy."
Well, make haste Zeb."
" I'll be back in a minit," and-Zeb went into the
house and consulted the old 'oman thus : " Betsey,
Peter Jackson has come up to steal me, so take
keer o' the childun, I'll be home Friday or Satur
day, good-bye, feed the pigs reg'lar." 1
" Good bye Zeb," she replied, "bring I and: tne
childun somethin'." ! :
Zeb went out and got in Jackson's buggy, saying,
" well Squire, I dont know as Betsey Tceers much, so
I dont stay too long.
" After reaching home, "the Squire puts Zeb to
work about a quarter of a mile from the house and
goes down occasionally to sta' with him.
About Wednesday the " hauling," was pretty
general, (the election being on the next day) and
every " doubtful" was taken care of i in the most
friendly manner. " The Squire" had been down
with Zeb all the morning, and was just about to
start home to dinner, when Zeb addressed him " I
1 say Squire ! You gwine to the house 1" " Yes."
" Well you better not, somebody '11 steal me cer
tain as you do it.
" I'll be back in half an hour, you hide yourself
if you see any one coming."
" Well, I'll do my best Squire, but I feels mighty
doubtish-hke, I'm mighty feerd you'll miss me
when you git back."
The Squire went home to dinner ; as soon as he
got out of sight a buggy drove up as near as the
road would admit, to where Zeb was mauling.
" Hallo Zeb !" cried the occupant, " step this way
Zeb picked up his hat and coat and went out to
Theoccupant of the buggy proved to be a mem
ber of the opposite party.
and sick too, ef I didn't vote for the devil himself
even ef daddy war a candida'e agiu him, I'll do it
This was eno"gh, Mrs Hokey got so much bet
ter during the night that Zeb and Bill started off
by break of day, and they both voted together
against the party to which the owner of tlie horse
and buggy was attached.
That night Capt. Billings found Zeb aiul took
his horse and buggy, reproaching him for the non
fulfilment of his promise. " You stole me," said
Zeb, "and I told you ld steal another, and so I
did. Drot ray beans ef I tole any lie about it."
The Captain had met Bill Foster and heard "all
about it," and feeling himself outwitted was in no
very agree-ible humor, he left instanter, but before
he got out of hearing distance, Zeb cried out to
him, " I say Captain, keep a sharp look out, ef you
don't ice'' 11 steal you next time"
" Go to H " shouted the Captain giving his
horse a bad crack.
Zeb went down 'o Peter Jackson's to collect the
money for his work. The Squire too; had heard .
" the news." Well, Squire," said he " I was afeerd
they'd steal me, and sure 'nough they did. I couldn't
help ft Squire, they come it over me that time, but j
they didn't so mighty much. One vote aint nuth
in' you know."
" Jackson didn't let Zeb know what he had heard
"from good authority," paid him his wages in full
and sent a new dress and some " purties" to " Bet
sey and the childun," and Zeb departed for " hum,""
to eujoy for a twelve month the peace and quiet of
private life." 7 , AC THORNLY.
Jerry. -(Fired with indignation and beginning
to suspect.) "Yes, sir! Our laws punish, most
vigorously, all rogues, thieves and gamblers; and I
am not surprised that our Sute should be unpopu
lar with these classes of people in other States."
Abolitionist. " Sir, vou had not dared thus to
have answered a Southern gentleman."
Jerry. " A Southern gentleman would not
have spoken so contemptuously of my native State.
But if I have offended you, I beg your pardon. I
spoke the iTuth without reflection."
Abolitionist. " Well, I'll forgive you. ' If you
love your native State, it is your duty to defend
herwhen her virtue is assailed. How are you tra
velling, sir ?"
Jerry had accompanied Messrs. W. W. Elms and
John Wells, as. waiting man,. travelling on an ex
cursion of business and pleasure, and he answered
his jjuerist in the following vein :
"J am travelling with my boss and another gen
tleman on a trip of pleasure. We expect to visit .
objects of curiosity in the North."
Abolitionist. " D n your boss. We don't
know such a character here. This is " free soil,"
and you are just as much of a boss as he is, if you
choose to be so."
Jerry. " Yes, sir. That may. be so, but I am
perfectly contented with my lot. I am used well,
and treated like a gentleman wherever I am known,
school of the higher law Divines, and believe t& at
old institutions are not suited to the present state ,
of progress in the world." ..
Jerry." One would think so after listening to
such a speech. You would doubtless call us all
"old fogies," but we of the South are content to be
denominated " conservatives " in law, religion and
politics. Our fathers have lived and flourished un
der the present order of things, and, with the bles
sing of Providence, we think .thai we can do the
Abolitionist. "Ah! I see you are a 4 hardened
case.' But before I quit you, let me recommend
you to our friend Dr Smith. He is the great or- '
gan of our Society, and the High Priest of the
abolitionists in New York. The lawns such that
you can be retaken by your master should you
choose to declare yourself free in New York; but
Dr. Smith will furnish you with fifty dollars, and
devise the means for Our escape to Canada; pro
vided that you will agree to refund the money
when you get able. There you may live free and
easy, regardless of the law, your master, and every
Jerry. "Do you suppose, sir, I would' betray
my master and break up all the fond associations,
whichMiave grown with my growth, and strength
ened with mj strength, from my childhood up to
the present time, for the pitiful sum of fifty dollars,
and a friendless home in the rigid clime of Canada !
I have seen no freedom amongst your boasted " free
blacks " since I have been here. They are not no
ticed a whit more than dogs by the whites. They
are not allowed to ride in public eabs ; not, allowed
to go to the Theatre, or visit the Crystal1 Palace. I
have enjoyed all these privileges as often as. I have
chosen to do so since I Came here, in company with
fmy kind masters for the time being. And as for
teyygj.-'-WSWi-.hiiV nnafyT .anil - ,w
before the man could answer this last interrogatory,
he thrust his hand into his pocket and drew forth
a handful of gold coin, which startled the speaker
and his friends, who all bowed politely and simul
taneously, and with much ado retired to their sev
eral places of business or abode.
The result of the interview soon became known
throughout the city to visiting Southerners and their
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and so are all slaves in the South, who demean t city tnends, and jerry was tne non ot tne ciay du-
themselves well, and conduct the business of their
masters with industry and fidelity. In nine cases
out of ten, it is the slave's own fault if he is not
treated with kindness and humanity by hjs master
in the South. I have seen more wretchedness and
poverty among the colored population in one hour
since I have been here, than I ever saw in all my
life put together in any class in the South."
Abolitionist. 44 What time have -you, sir ?" .
Jerry was dressed in a remarkably neat arid fine
suit of clothes, a large gold chain and seal swing
ing gracefully across his bosom. With great ease
and dignity he drew forth from his side pocket a
hundred and fiftv dollar gold watch, and answer
ed : , .
44 1 lack ten minutes of ten, sir."
Abolitionist. "Well, gentlemen, . suppose we
walk on.- Good mornmg, sir.
Jerry. (Tipping his beaver.) " Good morning
Jerry says he heard one of them remark, as they
went along, "If that man is a fair specimen of
Southern slavery, we have been deceiving ourselves
and doinf humanity an iniury."
j j -i
From Philadelphia, the party, of which Jerry I J'
A Paragraph for Positive People. How
quietly, y ei strongly expressed, is the valuable idea
of the paragraph, annexed. . It is the opening pass
age "vT aifWfW in the last, WenUrvlniater Review :
"From time to time there returns upon'the cau
tious thinker the conclusion that, considered simp
ly as a question of probabilities, it is decidedly un
likely that his views on any dcbateable topic are
correct 4 Here,' he reflects, ' are thousands around
me holding on this or that point opinions differing
from mine wholly in most cases ; partially in the
rest. Each, is as confident as I am of the truth of
his convictions. Many of them are possessed of great
intelligence; and, rank myself high as I may, I
must admit that some are my equals perhaps my
superiors. Yet, whilst every one of us is sure he is
right, unquestionably most of us are wrong; Why
should not I be amongst the mistaken ? True, I
cannot realize the likelihood that I am so ; but this
proves nothing; for though the majority ot us are
necessarily in error, we all labour under the in
ability to think we are in error. Is it not, then, J Jerry,
loousn u" iaj i.rusi myseu s w nen l turn ami
look back into the past, I fiud nations, sects, phil
osophers, cherishing belief in science, morals,
politics and religion, which we decisively; reject.
Yet they held them with a faith quite as strong as
ours ;;nay stonger, if their intolerance ot dissent
is any criterion. Of what little worth, therefore,
seems this strength of my conviction that I am
right li A like warrant has been felt by men all
the world through ; and, in nine cases out often,
has proved a delusive warrant. Is it not, then,
absurd in me to put so much faith in my judg
ments 3"l ts.-, '$'""-.
was a member, proceeded to New York, where, a
few days afterwards, Jerry was again attacked by a
party of, abolitionists, consisting of two white men
and three colored individuals. After goirig through
tlie usual ceremonies of & fir&t meeting. "
piece of the party proceeded to interrogate our
hero as to his birth-place, present home and social
condition in life, which gave birth to the following
Abolitionist. 44 You say that you were born and
raised in the State df North Carolina, and belong
to our ExJdinister to Spain, Mr. Barringer V That
j-ou are now travelling with a party of gentlemen,
who are visitiDg our cites on an excursion of busi
ness and pleasure, and when you are at home, you
practice the' trade of a barber?"
Jerry. Yes, sir. Those words disclose my
Abolitionist " Well, sir, your general appear
ance, your conversation, and your manners bespeak
for you a higher and more noble destiny. Do you
not think that you could make more money, and
live more hapily in a 4 free' country !"
"The laws of my country bind mem
S slavery to a kind and indulgent master, lne laws
of my God teach servants to be obedieDt unto uieir
masters ; and until the laws of my country are re
pealed, or until God vouchsafes to us another and
a different dispensation of his divine grace, I can
not believe the white man is our sincere friend, who
would advise us to violate these sacred obligations.
And as for money and happiness on earth, they
are only fleeting shadows, ephemeral .vanities,
which are lost and forgotten when we step into the
grave ; and besides, of these I believe I already
possess more than my share."
j ring the rest of his sojourn in the city of New York.
I Another incident worthy of note transpired in New
York during Jerry's visit to that city. A large
wholesale dealer in boots and shoes, being an abo
litionist, and without much Southern custom, fell
upon the device of inviting Jerry to his Store, see-
! ing that he attracted about him a large number of
: Southerners. Accordingly he did so, and when,
Jerry went he found his Store full, including the
! Southerners who went with him. Whilst he. was
there, a gentleman from the middle or eastern part .
of this State stepped in and inquired for a pair of
i boots. lie was soon accommodated with a suita-
hie pair, and offered a ten dollar bili onthe bank
of Charlotte in payment. ' The clerk handed the
' bill to a fanciful looking youth, who was luxuriat
ing his dignity in a large cushioned chair, with a
i golden headed cane in one hand, a segar in his
i mouth, and his feet on the mantel-piece, and asked
! him if it was good. He looked at the bill, and
with an air of supeicilious contempt, exclaimed,
i 14 Who are Williams and Lucas? We know no
I such men here." One of the clerks said he knew
Mr. Williams, for be had seen him. trading in the
1 No matter, responded the dandy, it is
too obscure, I wouldn't give more than seven dol
lars for the bill." The purchaser paid for the
boots in other money, and was stepping out, when
Jerry, in a very modest manner, stepped up and
J .-'.-.-- - ' - -" . , .
" I am acquainted with the President and Cash
ier of the Bank of Charlotte, I will give you gold
for your bill if it will suit you as well."
44 Certainfy," replied the gentleman, " I am very
much obliged to you forghe exchange."
By this time a pretty large number of Southern
ers had collected to watch over and protect Jerry,
and they all evinced their approbation of his con
duct by a loud burst of applause. Char. Whig. ,
The cost of one of the long railway passenger
cars is, on an average, about $2000. There are in the
United States upwards of eiglity private car manu
factories, exclusive of those railways which make
and repair all for their own use ; and it is calculated
that a capital of 16,000,000 is inveted in this branch
of industry, producing about 117,000,000 annually,
and employing about six thousand men.
The outstanding funded debt of the United
States amounts to $63,434,697. This amount in
cludes the $5,000,000 promised to Texas not yet
issued, as well as 55,000,000 oi nice debt already
issued. ; "
We may be sure that our will is likely to be
crossed in the day ; so prepare for it. "
Watch for little opportupities of pleasure, and
put little annoyances out of the way.
The les wit a man has, the less he knows he
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