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Fur the Watchman.-
TflE CONSTITUTION Uil MATTER--
. -..kriJ univarkal law of alt
!i perin -
nixeo
bodies niinenu nijB"t imi.in
of substaricer U definileTand inva.
au tae -"
anm
consisting
Ji, elements Bni,'d ,0!ke, ln ,h
rj, mi,eJ; bullbey will not combine to
jbird iutnce diTerent from both un
ileir component particles unite In definite
JlrtiMf, th 10 one Parl bJ weihl
Jiefine substances, will unite with one
l... nnv nther nronnrlinna ihev will
Ijdi i--r - j
.jjtumechmiit ally mixed. For example, one
weight of hydrogen gas will combine
jltifbt part by weight of oxjgen gas and
ijftifbl of oxygen and form a substance call
Jwloiide ol hydrogen : but added to any
weight qJ oxygen, it will produce one or
ollae compounds mingled with tbe por.
tl oxygen 7or hy rogen in en-ess. The
0 af definite proportion established by Dr.
jjiioi se the principle that every compound
jjjoBiiiU of a combination of atoms of its
juliiufnl pans, is of universal application.
gin is feci one of the most important dis
join in physical science, furnishing infor-
previuuily unhoped for with regard to
fceuti secret and minute operations of nature,
lfrtlwing the relative weights of the ulli-
tiitlnmt of mailer. Thus an atom of oxy
wiring with an atom of hydrogen lorms
lictaipouud water ; but as every drop of wa
a,ioMTer small, consists of eight parts by
nijlrt si oiyg. and one part by weight of
lrogen, it follows that an atom of oxygen is
.jMtoDts heater than an atom of hydrogen.
lilWitmNnanner sulphuretted hydrogen gas
ftivtich is emitted Irom rotten egg) con..
'ilisittero ptriKby weight ol sulphur and
assf hydrogen ; therefore, au atom of sulphur
ill tines heavier than anmiom of hydrogen.
lh carbonic oxide is cnnstitoted of six parts
iseigbt of carbon and eight of toj j gpn. and
iuiiooi of oiygen has eigLt limes by weight
ill Horn of hydrogen, it follows that an atom of
sWs is six times heavier than one of hydro
i 6tnce the sameiiefinrte prnportton bold,
lU composition of all substances that have'
wsfHtninfd, it may be concluded that there
ut ttil dilTweni-e s iti i .the wefghrof ... the u.ll1:
alspirlicles ol matter." Mr. Somertille.
t tboW appea f t he n t h at rh a tf e r ca rr be mr
iieddown until we reach certain atoms, or
xitktei that are unaffected by any agencies
ks can employ, and indestructible:
Hat svery compound sub&lauce, formed by
atsre, or by art 10(H) years ago, or to day.
Btosipoted of the same, number of these par-
tiruod combined in the same wy.
That God, in all his works proceeds by
mbsr, weight or measure," as well as by
psxiry; and that matter did not always ex-
Fsr-ttSir John Uetschetl sVs,r: whett: wit
Nof them.
lis sometimes said that inorganic matter ;
lot afford evidence of design, "afid proof
'lenitor as organic matter doe. Hut here
JtMS the contrary. For the infiniierial par-
tvea of dornienlafy obs'nce, tell thrir
iilorj that " the band that made u is di-
HITJ.E.
For the Watchman. '
IBE WGREIIS TULLOFLfFE?
'Aito the existing numbers of the animal
fnn, more than 1000 species of quadru
5000 species of birds, and as many of
iMr known lo naturalists.
Of reptiles the number and variety are im.
but unknown. Tbe species of shell
ras, radiated animals and zoophytes,
fclinoit cover the bottom of tbe vast
Si (iceed all calculation. The forms of
Ntblss vary in almost every infusion of
"Ptbls or animal matter which nature pre.
Nine hundred species ot Intestinal
alreadr been c 11 rao.led from ib
f animals, and even some f inese
hu ye .parasites within them. And of in.
rws hundred thousand species are known,
pfa number of specie affords but a faint
fib incalculable myriads of individuals
H imm of tbem tnclode. Vast- ftocke
"otiw'imes. darken the heavens like an
7- Clouds of life float in the atmosphere,
"""a tracts cf the ocean are often colored
Jlas,or covered as with a sheet of fire.
J rop of the ocean from pole to1 pole,
t "op'wal desert, and arctic sea, the stagnant
rid lbe deep sands of the' ocean, the
I "dibs rocky strata, the subterranean cav,
nN tbe eternal hills of Polar ice, not less
lemperats clime, and the open undu
ol animal existence. The
falsi i l . .
. .w will M,a 1 uo UV1iV99mt j vvu-
I lift 16 annheriirhwa nn aneeias-
PUS itr ranse bfeniovment. another be.
n"fiolation owns not a fool of the elobe.'
! For the Wsichman.
fr""-r a mx j u-x, A O XS.
t lefence!"Ther are
I "Tint case V In ih I5rr uiaM;"Wa '- '..cm.
we M
J. J. BRUNEI!,
Editor $ -Proprietor.
tend mat ibe kettle wu cracked when we bor
nivf ii mm..At- ;. .
, .Sv77, iui ii wi wnoie wben we
returned,. WrroTyTtl
. ... ...u.iraiae me conauct ot iom persona
that we often meet with in societjr ; they do and
ay thing, thai re injurious to others i glory in
th
m; boast ol them; the whole community ii
in a ferment about it i Unnik it... ga :.
; -T&7.1Ecriff aTTotoWVnew are a bout to cot it.
' .i .? -II I to flifnittv ii ... L 1 i t t it .
.. .v .., t -,, 1U Bnu upnoia, in
the faced all their own declaration witnessed
by dozens of persons ; they-deny all about ii :
they never said so; never dreamed of such a
lnLn.? I . body who says they did is one
grand liar! they are innocent as the child un
born. Mr. Editor, have you never met with
such persons T If you have not you have lived
in a happy state of society, and may be called
a happy man. Such are the men who scatter
around them fire brands, arrows and death, and
say tbey are in sport. 1 X.
OUR PLANK ROADS,
At the beginning of the last year we
gave an account of the progress of tbe
several .Plank Roads in course of con
strvcfion from this town. We propose
now to continue it up to the present time.
rAYfcrrEviLi.E anu western boad.
We learn that 106 miles continuously
of the main stem of this Road are now
under toll that some 5 miles more are
completed, but not in. connection leaving
only about 7 miles unfinished between
Fayelteville and Salem. Besides 'this,
the Compnny is about to construct a
branch, (leaving the main stem 33 miles
from town.) about 12 miles long, to Evans'
Mill on Deep River. This branch has
been surveyed, located, and a steam mill
removed to the work. Active operations
will be commenced on it in a few days.
la addition lo this, the Company propose
to build another branch to this branch,
leaving it about 11-miles from the main
Jem,atid running 4 J rniles toGulf (llaugh
'ofify Bridge). Active operation will be
commhced 6n it in a few days. Contracts
for constructing both these branches have
been made , 1250 per mile. -
A separate Company has been organiz
ed under a charter granted by t be last Leg
isfamrr, tocoTistrocT a Road from Gulf To
Graham, in Alamance county. Stock has
been subscribed to secure the Road to
Dixon's Foundry within 12 miles of Gra
ham, with every prospect jof its continu
ance. This may he considered ai a con
tinuaflon of the Western Road, although
constructed under a different charter.
FA YE'ITEVILLE AND SOUTHERN BOAD.
This work ie now complete. The Road
leaves town through both Gillespie and
Winslow streets, unites in about It-miles.
P great number ui thins precisely alike we passing through all the heavy sand, and
In heltevethis similarity 10 have oiigiB- j terminating in Robeson cpu nty, where!
Mceptfrpm a common inciplo ind.pe-1 are nrm, goou ronus. lunyutup-
iiy una iiinufr uuu uiiuruui uuimg iuv
past year. -In to-day's paper there is a
semi annual dividend of 4 per cent, ad
vertised.
rA VETTEVILLE AND NOBTHEBN BOAD.
Ten miles of this Road have been con
structed during the past year and is now
under toll. Tbe Company purchased the
Clarendon Bridge in March last, at a cost
of 12.000. From the receipts of the Bridge
frompril lsi;and:lfro
Road since Sept. 10. this Company nas
been able to declare 0 per cent, dividend
on its capital stock, leaving a considera
ble surplus. Tbe work will bo prosecu
ted vigorous during the ensuing year.
FA VETTEVILLE AND CENTRE ROAD
Fifteen miles of this Road ha,ve been
completed, and 20 miles more put under
contract, reaching to Blue's Bridge in
Richmond county. Tbe Company is mak
ing ; every eflorT toliav,e r this Road extend
ed to Concord in Cabarrus county. Great
hopes were entertained of aid from the
Ute; Legislsture; but the eoTt failed, jf
any assistance was due ro any section of
our State, it was to this. T The Teedee
country has never heretofore asked or re
ceived anything from the State, and we
think something was due it. The con
tract to Blue's Bridge wjll be vigorously
prrssed. and by Jan'y 1854, that much if
no more, will be completed. It is to be
hoped that Richmond, Montgomery and
Stanly counties will not let the work stop
at the Richmond line.
FAYETTEVUXE AND RALEIGH ROAD.
. This Company, organized as a joint
stock Co., and without a charter, has con
structed a Road from Fayelteville to
Kingsbury, 1 1 miles, and has put the same
under toll. Surveys have been run to
McNeill's Ferry on Cape Fear. A char
ter was obtained from the last Legisla
ture, and the Company will be soon or
ganized under the charter, and will be
prepared to carry on the work more ad
vantageously. florth Carolinian.
MAN SHOT IN PHILADELPHIA.
RmirletrJn Mercer, welf known as haw
n imirr cellar.-at-the corner, :
ar;CJblesutjti'eeji.;;
' KeEI A CHKCKDrOR ALL TOUR
.ALtSBUIiY. C, THURSDAY, JAUARY-lia,:ig5a;
A Slorf ok xLonia Napoleon.
The Dublin correspondent of the New York
curious piece
of information, copied from the Belfast Chron
icle, which, as he ayt, "tells its own etorj"
wbicb reads like a romance a French oue,
perhaps :
. There Ijves in Paris a genllsman, who,-in
December. 1847, wrote" I cane wilb pee,
feet clearness that Louis Philippe will not be
three months on the thron-j of France," Louis
Philippe was exiled in February, 1848. Thai
gentleman wrote shortly after the Presidential
election " This Bonaparte scion is a traitor.
Not a man looks at h'un but feels tbe instinct of
avoiding him as a treacherous man. He will
strike for the Consulate for the Dictatorship;
and God knows what witl lollow." tie struck.
The coup d'etat of December, 1851, tells how
he struck. The same gentleman wrote in the
March of the present year " Tbe tyrant aims
at the empire. His gaze is fixed upon the
crown. Before a year there will be a revival
of the Bonapartean dynasty, and the French
will kneel belore Napoleon the Third." Tbe
empire bas come.
The man who predicted these events is no
common man. He thinks and looks around
bim. He participates in many movements
quietly, and gathers knowledge which, in our
view, no other man, at this moment, in or Out
of Paris, could find means to acquire. His
previous predictions give us confidence in what
he Dates, lit fact we know him, and know
that he would not detail as truth what be did
not know to be true, for he is generally one of
the least speculative individuals we have ever
met. ..
Well, that gentleman we would tive his
name if we were permitted writes the sub
joined on Thursday last, and all before whom
it omes can measure its worth, and the amount
of credence to be attached to it from what they
have already learned. Tbe revelation will
seem curious to many ; to us it is by no means
so, as we are aware of the aources from which
much of bis information is derived, and bow he
derives it. That it is true we are convinced,
and that the British government are M up" lo
the machinations of the French Emperor is evi
dent from the Terfred state of our defences,
from the embodiment of our militia, from the
addition lo our maritime' hands, and irom the
establishment of Channel Fleet.
The following is the communication refer
red to : I
In a secluded part of the wood of Bolougne,
at a pUce called Madria, wbilome the resi
dence of Lamsmne, is a hour stir rounded, by
trees, and the windows of which are never' 0
pened, except sometimes at dawn, as if Id let in
fresh air. This bouse, all day. and on many
nights, has the air of being uninhabited; bu!
often timet at night there comes about suspi
cious looking characters, who take up their
posts in the thickets, and then about twelve or
one up come several carriages, with the blinds
close down, the portr cochkrk is opened mys
leriously, they drive in and ibe door closes be
hind them.
What is ibis place T
Ii is the residence of Virgiuie la Sabotiere.
r.- Thiti for: many- persons indeed, nearly atl
isnoexplanaiion. But let us enter one even
ing last week, and perhaps what may be going
on may enlignten us.
in an apartment sumptuously furnished, is a
grand supper bid out, lesplendent with plate
and brilliant with lights, and around sit half a
dozen men and as many women, who, while
sipping their champagne. are talking animafedly
of conquest and empiie, of aggiession and ra
pine. "Yes," soys one, striking his fist on the fa
ble a man with heavy moustache, hoc -d
noose and satuiine, bilious countenance "yes,1
when once I am crowned I will proclaim J"
rome king of . Holland, aal not. only, proclaim
him king, but make him king, while Belgium
shall xeign but as my vassal."
"Yes, sire," said all but one, whorrjwe shall
not mention.
" And then King of Rome and Italy, and
Protector of the Helvetic Confederation shall
be no empty titles they shall be mine."
" But, sire, England?" observed one gently, j
- " England, my eternal nightmare I England,
the assassin of my uncle ! Every step I take
I find her in my way. Let ber lake care, per
fidious and meddling Albion. Let her beware
that she interfere not, for, as surely as she in
terferes, will I land on her shores, ' and show
them that their island is as easily made a French
colony as was AlgieriT 'They fancy themselves
impregnable ; they will find their mistake.
Thus spoke Louis Napoleon in the house of
Yirginie, la Sabotiere.
. I must now explain who she is, and how he
found himself there, premising that the inform
ation I am giving you may cost me dear, though
I hope no one will aid the rascally police of .
Bonaparte in (racing th author of the news
here given. How I obtained it is a secret
of life and death. But every word I write is
true. Louis Napoleon may not carry out his
after-supper bofsl, but the words were spoken
by him;
When Louis Napoleon Bonaparte 1 iwaa a
State prisoner in Ham be was treated with ve
ry great kindness and consideration. Amongst
others who saw him for different purposes was
Virgiuie, a very pretty girl, daughter of an old
sabot maker in Ham. After a while Louis
made proposals, they were accepted, and two
children were the result. These children be
was very much attached to. Tbey were pro
vided for, and sent to first rate schools. On his
advent to power, in 1848, ihe.'Prince gave Vir.
ginie a pension, and then, in December, 1851,
be gave her the beautiful residence above alio
ded to.
With $ natural taste for debsuchery, resem
Ming, ta :claf cterjfts Ri
gent and Louis XV., one of the delights of Lou.
is.Napoleoa Js an orgy,- with plenty .ofvwine
and isrormsoi .4Iaiac;--hit: haiiHaees-sa xtif
;&rtJla
ired. i o4iwui4;e ao 4nso ai jawjuioim anu
, :Ely.ea woHnfirpa.:lhr. ial
certain
Dq THlS.AIDLftHTTJf AI."
, , Gem' I Harrito.
then there was the cozy little house at Madria,
and that has been selected by him as the seal
of his midnight conferences on tbe affairs of tbe
Empire. Surrounded hj parasites, pimps and
prostitutes, healed by wine, he tries to rouse
himself in this despicable way to emulate bit
uncle.
Not a dozen persons in Paris, apart from his
own clique, knowjwprd of alj L lbis. , JBut ll
have told it. Was I present ? did I not receive
Ibe report from one who was present ; was the
orgy revealed lo a second parly, and then to me T
are questions I cannot answer.
I give the information as true, exact and his
lorical. It may be denied. That will only
prove its truth, as, for a Bonapa'rtisl to say a
thing to be, is lo prove that it is not. -
From the Journal of Commerce.
LEPROSY.
Extensive publicity has but recently
been given to the fact that this loathsome
disease, precisely indentical with that spo
ken of in the Scripture, still exists in va
rious parts of Palestine, and has been car
ried lo the Western coast of Norway, bor
dering upon the North Sea, where it is
said to exist, all the way from the Naze
to the North cape. It is not cotagious,
but hereditary; and the first cases that
are known to have ever been cured by
other than miraculous means, were eight
who were treated in a " leprosy house,' re
cently erected by the Government of Nor
way. Dr Daniellssen, the physician, be
lieves the cure to be effectual. A letter
from Rev. J. C. Richmond, dated at Ber
gen, in September last, and published in
the Evangelical Catholic, of this matter.
The whole number affected by leprosy in
that country, is estimated at three thou
sand. The disease has begun to pene
trate inland, and is sometimes found far
in tbe interior.
Mr. Richmond calls attention to the im
portant fact that the Norwegian emigra
tion to this country is to a great extent
from leprous districts, and persons known
to be infected have already emigrated to
the United Stales. ... Dr. .Daniellssen r -
gards it as certain that the disease will
develop itself among these emigrants, and
might naturally be expected to become
prevalent. Mr Richmond recommends
the adoption of tbe most stringent mea
sures for tbe detection of such as are dis
eased, that they may be prevented from
settling among us. He proposes the fol
lowing remedy :
" Many vessels with envgrants now sail
annually from Norway' to the United
States. They land chiefly in New York.
Let the city or tbe state enact a law, and
make it ki-o-Au in Norway , appointing a
physician to inquire if the disease exist
among the emi'ants who arrive, and if
any sueh' be fflnd, let them have their
choice bet weer being transferred to a
hospital or retimed to their own country.
The remedy may act harshly in some in
dividual case's., h. .a it is by no means more
tyrannical thin the quarantine laws that
already exist. It wilftend to secure fu
ture general' ns n gainst one of the most
fearful calaml'.ies lliat can become per-
miMiyU Jimoifg a people.
In iclrtiing bis letter, which is ad-
' rV .. "j ua have witnessed, as indeed
you d; ! ifi the East, tbe poor creatures,
sot: "ii'cted with that type of the dis
ea vti.ch covers the face, and even the
ej t1" Vis with red tubercles, and, by the
grow to of the same within the throat,
destroys the speech, or reduces it to a hus
ky and hoarse effort, while the poor leper
in a few years decends to the tomb; or
could you behold the limbs by degrees
dropping from the body,, and whi le by de
grees dropping from the. body, and while
tbey remained, so destitute of feeling that J
the poor sullerers Irequently burn them
selves with deep scars before, they are"
even aware of tbe heat, you would not
wondor tbavtJj5hould..wish ..XqjirousjsucJh
attention, before it be too late as may se
cure our posterity against this loathsome
infliction.
" c'
ligen'c
A correspondent of the National Intel
er gives an extremefyTnrerestingde
scription of the leprosy, as it-exists in
Jerusalem. We extract the following:
The quarter of the Lepers is a sad and
impressive place. By the laws of the
land which bave existed from scriptural
I times, they are isolated from all actual
contact with their fellow men: yet there
seems to he no prohibition to tbier going
out beyond the walls of Jerusalam, and
begging by the road-side. Near the gate
of Zion, on the way to Bethlehem, I saw
many of them sitting on tbe rocks, their
hideous faces uncovered, thrusting forth
their scaly hand for alms. 'Their, huts are
rudely constructed of earth and stones,
seldom with more than one apartment;
and this so filthy and loathsome, that it
seemed unfit to be occupied by swine.
Here they live and propagate, whole fam
ilies together, without disJinMo,npf sex i
and their dreadful malady 13 perpttuaiea
frfim generation iganiPitioni ai45;lhey
ibat rci brou got WW Djranflea iot e
ft . . ' .' - a a a .-1
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NEW SERIES.
VOLUMEiX NUMBER 30.
a steamboat disaster on the
Mississippi.
We find in the Natchez Courier of the
17th instant the following particulars of
a late steamboat disaster on the Missis-
sippi river, of which we have before bad
bf!' ccount by Telegraph. Jhis state
ment was furnished to the Courier by a
passenger on the ill-fated boat :
The steamer Western World, from St.
Louis, bound for New Orleans, had ar
rived about two hundred miles below
Memphis at half past four o'clock on Tues
day morning, the 14th inst. It was dark
and raining. A large steamer was seen
coming upstream, which afterwards prov
ed to be tbe II. R. VV. Hill. The pilot of
the World tapped his bell twice. The
Hill replied with one tap. Tbe .World
again tapped twice. The Hill again re
plied with one tap, and came on towards
the World. Tbe pilot of the World back
ed her wheels, and strove to get out of
the way, but the Hilt struck her some
twenty feet from her bow, and cut her
deep down into tbe water.
The passengers were then informed
that the boat was sinking in one hundred
feet of water. In about four minutes from
that time she was turned bottom up, and
in as many minutes more ber cabins were
broken up and floating from the wreck.
There were about forty deck passen
gers lost. Never shall I forget the wild
shriek of agony that for a second rose a
bove all other sounds as tbe vessel rolled
over, and they were launched into eterni
ty. One poor man got on board the Hill
with bis two youngest children, and turn
ed lo look for his wife and three more
children that were following bim, but in
that brief space they had passed to the
world of spirits.
The Hill remained by the wreck as
long as she could, but the deck passengers
had but a poor chance or escape, as tbe
World's guards were Jull ol oxen, and the
other passages blocked up with corn. It
is thought all the cabin passengers were
saved. Mrs. Fttzwilliam, her three chil
dren, father, and servants, found tbem
selves on board the Hill, in the same dress
that they rose from their beds who the
exception of a quilt the lady bad around
ber. ... Another, young ., lady was carried
frorrrner stare room oyTBelsooKTIarTEing.
Fortunately, these were the only lady
passengers. There were about seventy
in. 1 he gentlemen s cabin, and so noiseless
ly did they flee for their lives that scarce
ly a sound was beard in tbe cabin a cry
ol fire adding, if possible, speed to their
flight. Little or no baggage was saved,
and but few escaped with a full suit of
clotbes.
BALLOONING.
M on a- Pel in,, accompanied - by - th re a .. oL h is
friends made a balloon ascension in New Or
leans on Christmas day. A large number of
persons assembled and ever thing pasted offio
the satisfaction and delight of the crowd. Tbe
balloon was of immense size, but tbe car was
the great curiosity. It was built in the shape
ol a Urge skiff, with extensive wing attached
lo the side, enabling M. PeMin to guide the di
reciion of his aerial craft from within. The
car is buiit mostly of cork, lined around with
cavities containing i;as. The ascension took
place soon after 2 o'clock, amid the cheers of
ibe crowd, the stars and stripes flying from the
light vessel. I. Telia lor some lime could be
dimioctly seen walking about io bis frait stre
lure, directing its movemennts. I be excite
ment of the spectators was much heightened
by witnessing the balloon pass through a beau
liful while cloud, which lor a lime obscured the
floating machine from sight. After rising a
great height the balloon look different directions
according to tbe will of its pilot, but finally
went olTtn a south western direction.
Of the voyage of (he -aerial navigators the
Crescent says :
" Mons. Petin and his three companions, who
took a balloon-ascension on Chmimns arrived
in safety at the New Basin, at four o'clock The
next morning. We are informed by Mons P.
that he attained the great elevation ol twenty
thousand feel'. If "which' height "the pressure on
tne lungs was so great Dial it was with dtlticul
ty they could speak. During the ascent heeo-
countered 'iTe ibaa )itrefenl euerts- ol
air that from East lo West be jug the strong
est, but that at no lime did he find any difficulty
in directing tbe course of his frail bark al will.
..H was Uieintenjw
have made a landing on the coast ol rloiida,
but upon throwing over a bag ot ballast for the
purpose of lightening his car, the hook of , the
bag caught upon some of the rising attached to
the balloon, below and out of his reach', thus
rendering bis descent into the waters of Lake
Borgne unavoidable. -The point at which they
struck the water was near a hundred miles from
the city, which space bad been traversed in less
than one hour. -
" Upon touching the water, the car, which
was heavily ballasted, sank immediately, im
mersing the voyagers in the water, but with
presence of mind, tbey clung lo ibe fastenings
of the balloon until the car having discharged
itself of its contents, rose bottom upwards, wben
tbey seated themselves on the bottom, and tbera.
remained until rescued from their perilous po
sition after being twenty five minutes in (he
water by ibe steamboat Alabama."
OO The Presbyterian and Cohgrega-
jnTCjoyentjon of-Wisconhne .ad'ppM'
passed by
stc cegmV. .nv .t fa-A.-. ,nov I AOrtnt eliiM 'Wial :
";,or quite Tin: c 1 1 1 . :
A STRONG KKETCII. v
On entering my rooms a few evenings
since, I found Vol. 19th. of the.-jSrnf,'
fresh from the bindery. Opening it, I com
menced carelessly t urning over the leaves,
when my eye fcILorLlh Mnteoco aboTe:
Not quite cheese." Now, what the deuce?
gave rise to that saying f thought I, as tha
words recalled tojnemory a seeneja-hitfo j
was rather a ttrong impression on a sen-
sitive organ, I did not easy forget it.
-Some years since I was employed as "'
warehouse clerk, in a large shipping housa
In New Orleans, and while in that capa
city, I came across something that wasn't
"quite the cheese," as tbe seqnel will tes
tify. One-day k vessel came in, consigned to
the house, having on board a large lot of
cheese from New York; during the yoy
age, some of them had become damaged
by bilge water, consequently the owners
refused to receive it, as tLwas"ndCs the ''"
bills of lading said, "Deli vred in good or
der and well condition," tley were there
fore sent to the consignees of the ship, to
be stored until the case could be adjusted,
I discovered a few days afterward, that
as to perfume, they were decidedly too fra
grant to remain in the ware bouse in June
and reported tbe same to the concern,
f rom whom I recei ved orders to have them ...
overhauled, and send all that was passa
ble to Beard & Calhoun's auction mart, to
be disposed of for the benefit of the un
derwriter?, and the rest to tbe swamp.
I got a gang of black boys to work on -them,
and when they stirred 'em op, "B f
the bones of Hull Kelly's quart mug! but
the smell was illigant entirely," I kept a
respectable distance, believe me, for ttrong
nigger and strong cheese, on a hot June
day, just bangs all common essences, in
cluding a certain varmint we read about.
Presently the boys turned out an im
mense fellow, about three feet six ''across
the stump." from which tM box had rot
ted off ; in the centre a space of about
ten inches was very much decayed, and
appeared to be about the consistency of
mush, of a bluish tint, which was caused
by ibe bilge water. The boys had just
set it up on its edge, on a bale of gunny
bngSi when I noticed) over the way a big
darkey from Charleston, S. C, who was
notorious for his butting propensities, hav
ing given most of the nigges in the vicin
ity a taste, of his quality in that Una. - I
bad seen him and another fellow, tha
M'gMiprevLPU
stand, one on each side of a hydrant some
ten yards distant, and run1' at each other '
with their heads lowered, and clapping
their bands on the hydrant, they would
butt like veteran rams.
A thought struck me that I might euro
him of his bragging and butting, and
have some sport also, so I told tbe boys to
keep dark, (which, by the way, caused
very little exertion (o them, all nigtr,)
and I called "Old Jake" over.
"They tell me you are a great fellow
for butting. Jake 7 '
' I is some. Massa, das a fac I dona
butt de wool 'tirely orf ob old Pete's head,
last night; and Massa Nichols was gwtna
to gib me goss ! I kin jiss bang de head
orf ob any nigger in dese parts, myself
I kin !"
" Well, jnke, I've got a little job in that
line for you wben you haven't anything'
else to do."
" I'se on han for all dem kin of jobs,
myself I ii"
" Well, you see that large cheese back
there?"
"Itloes dat ! I does, myself."
-Now, if yoit can butt a debt iti it, yoa
shall have it."
"Golly, Massa 1 you follin'dis nigger P
No, I am not. Jake just try me."
" Wot ! you gib me de bull ob dat cheese
if I bult a dent in urn ?"
"Yes."
"De Lar! I'll bust 'em. wide open. I
will, mysef. Jess stan back dar, you Or
leans niggers, and clar de track for Ole
Souf Carlina, 'case I'se a comin, myself
l..isJI :
And Old Jake started back some fifty
feet, and went at it at a good quick run,
and the next instant I heard a dull, heavy
sounds a Itin d yflsqukfi, and Old Jake's
bead disappeared from sight, with the top
just visible on the other aide, as he arose
wrttr tnVrie w-fash ittfted riecklacff; f he soft"
rotten cheese oozing down all around hi in,
as it settled down, so that just his eyes
were visible. From the centre of it Jake's
voice
smothered, as he vainly tried to remove
the immense cheese.
"Oo-o-o er de Lor! Mas took om
orf! O 0 0, bressd'd Lor! Lif um up!
uor a rnigDty, j .;..... : ; ,
Meanwhile 1 was nearly dead myself. i
having laid hack, on a cotton bale holding '
myself together to keep from bursting.
while tbe boys stood around Old Jake. . I
paying him off. . 1
De lor, de nigger's breff smell! vou . ?
does'nt clean your teeth Old Jake I" ' f
1 say you did nt make more dan four 1
limes dat han, old boss."
Well, you is a nasty niggar, das a
fac." ' - t-
Well, you is de biggest king of Welsh
Rabbit, you is." '
Wbar you git your hair crease t" and
thus the boys run on Old Jake now half -
smothered tmiff i't
Jjiro..nd.loId tharo.to 'iafceit-4lft: Jake : . .
a growling . . .. '" .;, . . -
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