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FROM THC ItEGISTKlt.
Mr. Editor: A calculation of the benefits
which North Carolina has derived from the Book
Establishment of Mr. Turner, in your eify.ie 1
feel assured, a matter not to be rashly attempted.
Set up a quarter of a century since, when there
existed no similar concern south of Mason and
Dixon's line, it has scattered books, nd with them
spread intelligence from the Eastern to the Wes
tern limits of the State. An undertaking of extra
ordinary enterprize in its inception, and maintain
ed until this day with a liberal expenditure, it lias
had the rare fortune of avoiding the ruin which has
fallen upon most of its contemporaries and very
many of its juniors, and still holds on its career of
prosperity with tlie vigor and confidence of a per
At a time when the University stood alone as
the Atlas of Education in North Carolina, before
the birth of the Colleges of Wake Forest, and Da-
vidson ; long before our legislature hud thought
fft to provide means of instruction for the mass of
our citizens, the North Carolina Bookstore was
diffusing that information and promoting the cause
of Jitters through all our borders. It has lived
down the dark ages in our State. Where once it
aaw some eighty young men attending the instruc
tion of a single Faculty of a half dozen gentlemen,
throe hundred, at three several institutions,derive
collegiate education from the labors and learnings
of twenty instructors; Academics of the highest
rank are thickly set from the mountains to tl.e sea
board ; Institutions for the accomplishment of
young ladies adorn every region of the State; and
in a thousand primary schools, as many vigorous
arms sway tough sceptres, wherewith upon fit oc
casion, to "work their simple vasscls mickle woe,"
and cause it, may be volumes of the music sweet to
the ear of evrv true peduagogne, to swell each
'-evening tin-. ne that sweeps frem Cherokee to Cur-
All this marvellous transformation the NorthCar-
olina Bookstore has lived to see ! and it would bo
among the strangest of phenomena could it be pro
ved that it has not contributed very largely to a re
sultsoentirely in,keeping with tlte most perfect suc
cess it could have anticipated. No one at all ac
customed to revolve such matters can doubt of the
magnitude of its influence towards this consum
mation. We do not sufficiently appreciate the la
bors of those instructors who lead us on to self ed
ucation. The voluntary system is at least the only
true one for men and women ; and it is susceptible
of demonstration that the man who has te mpted us
to the perusal of an improving volume, is our teach
er in the same sense that he is, who has rulicd
us through Calculus, or caused heavy drops of
perspiration to roll from our brows as we-stumbled
over the heavy track of the Medea. This being
so, who shall rccken up the scholars of Mr. Turner,
who shall weigh the influence which he has ever
ted upon North Carolina, by means-of his my
lurge Establishment at Raleigh, and the extensive
system of book itinerancy which he has maintain
ed for so many years past !.
Honor to whom honor is due. The North Car
olina Bookstore, put into operation nearly a gener
ation since, at a time when the means of commu
nication between Raleigh and the North were far
inferior to what they are at present ; put into op
eration too, without the encouragement or exam
ple of any like undertaking in the South ; succeed
ed in defiance of all omens, in making our Capi
tal the Literary emporium of the State. It has
advanced with a general prosperity, until it sees
the face of affairs in its own department, assume
an appearance altogether differing from that pre
sented in its early life, and, I trust, has ia it the
seeds of a vitality, which shall carry it much fur
ther towards that millenium of education, of refine
ment and common welfare, whose early advent
makes up so large a portion of the prayers of eve
ry true son of the good old North State. When
that stain of ignorance which North Carolina un
happily contracted during her early Colonial exis
tence, and which still rests upon her fume, shall be
clean erased ; when her reputation for intelligence
shall be put upon a par with her character for in
tegrity; it will devolvo as an indispensable duty up
on the historian of our bettered fortunes, to trace
with care and gratitude, the influence which the
North Carolina Bookstore has exerted in coniinnni
eating an improved tendency to our career,
- . K.
BANK OP FAY ETTE VI LLfJ. "
Wc learn that fifty-four thousand dollars, in
the capital stock of this B.ink,havo been subscribed
In this Town and vicinity. ;V. S. Whig.
From the National Intelligencer.
VISITERS TO THE WEST POINT ACAD
EMY. The following named gentleman, as we under
stand, have been invitod by the Secretary of War
to attend the Examination of the Cadets of the
Military Academy at West Point on the first Mon
day in Juno next :
1. John S. Abbot, Esq., of Maine.
2. Hon. Horace Mann, of Massachusetts.
3. Capt. Daniel Tyler, of Connecticut.
4. Jerome Fuller, Esq., of New York.
0. John L. Govv, Esq., of Pennsylvania.
6. Capt. John II. B. Latrobe, of Maryland,
7. Capt. Patrick M. Henry, of North Carolina.
8. Gen. Duncan L. Clinch, of Georgia,
9. Col. R. W. Burnet, of Ohio.
10. Gen. J. McCaleb Wiley, of Alabama.
11. Henry J. Ballard, Esq., of Louisiana. :
13. Hon. Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi,
13. Col. Wra.T, Stockton, of Florida.
14. Dr. II. Houghton, ef Iowa.
15. Gen. Rufus King, of Wisconsin.
In connexion with this subject, some misappre
hension being understood to exist as to the mode
of appointing Cadets of the Military Academy at
West Point, we take occasion to state that, since
the passage of the act of 1843, which in a great
measure restricts the number of Cadets to the
number of Representatives and Delegates in Con
gress, these appointments have been made on the
recommendation of the Representatives and Dele
gates from their respective Congressional districts.
In addition to these.the Executive has the appoint
ment of ten cadets at large, irrespective of resi
dence in any Congressional district.
Gen. Taylor's Administration. We cannot
join in the hue and cry of proscription now raised
against Gen. Taylor on account of removal from
office. So far, we hare not seen the manifestation
of any prescriptive spirit. But if it wero so if
the members of Gou. Taylor's cabinet have erected
the pol.tlcal guillotine and commenced the work
of decapitation, what of it ? Do the office holders
under the late Administration possess any heredi
tary claim upon the stations they have so long
filled ? Have they any right to expect different
treatment than Dismissal? Is not the boasted
Democratic principle of "rotation in office" appli
cable to the whole "posse comitatus" of Treasury
pap-suckers at Washington am elsewhere? Most
certainly I Why then whina and whimpsr liko a
whipped school-boy, about a matter which is inevi
table on every change of Administration, and
which would have been just rightven had a Dem
ocratic Administration succeeded that of Mr. Polk!
Go to, ye blubbering spalpeens, and let Gen. Tay
lor sweep out the whole batch, from garret to col
lar, of Uncle Sam's premises. He has a right to
call around him his friends, and should not be ana
thematized for exercising his high prerogative.
Were there no other advantage, a general change
of office holders, every four years would break up
that anti-republican notion which some entertain,
that they have a sort of pre-emption right to office,
and its transmission to their posterity unimpaired.
That accomplished, we should not have to many
lazy and pampered officials strutting about Penn
sylvania Avenue and elsewhere, to the detriment,
of the public business. We repeat, then, let tho
walking papers be made out for the whole groce
ry," grumble though they may at the wholesemo
application to themselves of what they once con
sidered a very good role, when applied to their il
lustrious predecessors ! Muscngee Democrat.
THE VERY LAREST FROM CALIFORNIA.
Dates dowb to the 1st of March. The New
ark Daily Advertiser, of yesterday ,has a lettor from
Mr. T Dwight Hunt, Dated Sun Francisco,March
1st. The letter by the overland Mexican route,
and was postmarked at Vera Cruz, April 2d, hav
ing been received by the arrival at New Orleans,
very briefly referred to in the despatch under our
southern head, Thursday morning In the short
period of 50 days. We copy the most important
The long expected steamer 'California" arrived
yesterday morning, bringing among other passen
gers several ministers.
Probably a thousand passengers have arrived
within a fortnight. We hear the excitement in the
Slates is very great, and that both across the Con
tinent, by the Isthmus, and around the Cape great
numbers are flocking hither. Lumber is only
$500 per thousand feet. The "California" will
not be able to return soon for the want.of coal. She
does not. go on to Oregon.
- " A. Y. Express, April 20.
Delays are Dangerous. The Democratic
Boston Pott delivers this Dictum on the subject of
gold dollars; i
"The reason that gold dollar pieces are not in
circulation is, because the officers of the mint at Phil
adelphia do not approre- of tin act of Congress au
thorizing their issueJ Turn 'em oui.Goneral Tay.
jnr. We don't care whether they be Whigs or
Democrats. We must have the laws executed,
A hoiiI couvorsant with virtne, resemble , foun
tain; fur it is cloar, and gentle, and sweet, and
commniiicitive, and rich and harmless and inno
RALEIGH, FRIDAY, MAY 4, 1849,
The New Orleans Bee sajs, that in some parts
ef Texas the locusts have appeared in vast num
bers, and arc devouring everything green and veg
etable that comes in their way, The whole coun
try iB full of them, Austin to the Gulf of Mexico.
If this is related without exaggeration, this insect
visitation may h worse than the choU'ra or yellow
fever; for though no life is actually taken, the
means of living are destroyed! and much suffering
and disease may ensue.
The Groahs of the Dviw;. It really makes
one feel melancholy to read the doleful comments
of the Lecofoco press on tho few removals from
office that have been made by the present adminis
tration. One unacquainted with the history of
Locofocoism would suppose that party to bo the
most liberal and magnanimous that ever blessed a
free people ; that it had nover proscribed men for
opinion's sake; that it had never acted on the prin
ciple that, "to the victors belong tlx spoils;" that
it had retained men in office of opposite political
sentiments, and that no man had ever been remov
ed except for want of honesty and capability I
Old Horse-cars Fight with
MR. ABEL ANTHONY.
A SCENE IN TnE ARKANSAS LEGISLATURE..
The session of its Legislature, which sat in 1836
was the most important in the annals of Arkansas.
It was shortly after theorgaaization of the govern
ment, and things were still in a state of half-chaotic
transition. " The loaves and fishes" of office had
not been divided, and clamorous monopoly was
knocking at the door of " the public crib," but
had not yet been admitted. Intense was the fury
of parties within the House, and as boundless the
excitement in the community without. The mem
bers, with few exceptions, went to their places
armed to the teeth ; and besides the weapons worn
in their bosoms or protruding from their pocket?,
each kept a good supply of revolving pistols in the
desk before him. There were munitions of war
enough in the hall to have answered the purposes
of a small army.
Every evening after an adjournment, there was
a general firing off and re-loading, in order to have
"their tools" in prime condition for tho morrow.
I was frequently startled from sleep myself at the
hour of midnight by the roar of incessant explo
sions, heard at different points in the City. Many
legislators also during the day would be out prac
tising the noble art of learning to cut a tape
string at ten paces, or to drive the centre of a sil
ver quarter at twelve. They chose for their pistol
gallery a little grove of pino trees, immediately on
the south bank nf the Arkansas river, and not more
than fifty steps from tho state-house, where every
report was fearful audible, and admonished certain
independent members as to the doom they miglit
expect, provided their votes should chance to offend
tho " honorable" duellists.
The writer can never recall to i ind, without
shuddering horror, the proceedings of that infa
mous session, whenever its terrible sc enes rise
up, like gloomy ghosts before the eye of averted
memory. I feel as if I had been the involuntary
familiar of some demon convention. Marat said,
during the reign of terror in Fran? e, " The guil
lotine governs," In 1836 the Deringcr-pistol and
bowie-knife governed Arkansas. Power resided
solely in gunpowder. Popularity hovered on the
points of naked blades.
Among the most agitating mcatares which call'
ed into exercise the wisdom of " the conscript fa
thers," was the institution of the Real Estate
Bank. Its establishment was strongly and stead
ily, but ineffectually opposed by a slender minori
ty. All the wealthiest men in the State, ali the
leading legislators, took shares in its capital stock;
and John Wilson, the speaker of the lower house,
was elected president. At this person was one of
the chief heroes in the tragedy soon to be related,
a short description of his appearance and charac
ter becomes necessary,
Every public public man in the backwoods has
a soubriipiel, bestowed on account of some person
al peculiarity by tho whimsical humor of his con
stituents. Speaker Jno. Wilson was called 'Horse
Ears', from his possessing an accidental property
as singular as uni'vf in the natural history of the
species. When excited by violent passions, either
love or anger, his ears worked np and down flexi
bly, like those of a horse. A man of ordinary
looks, nothing in his countenance or features de
noted tho desperado save a strange, wild twink
ling expression of his diminutive grey eyes, al
ways.in motion,with cold keen glances,as if watch
ing for sune secret enemy. He had fought half a
dozen duets with uniform success, and had been
engaged in several off-hand affrays, in none of
which he had received even the honor of a scar.
Hence, as may well be supposed, his prowess in
spired almost universal fear ; and few dead shots
could be found in Arkansas who would choose to
seek a quarrel 'with " Old Horse-Ears." As to
the rest, he was the owner of a large cotton farm
tich and influential, honest, liberal and courte
ous in his manners, and exceedingly amiable in
all his domestic relations. Hie family loved, his
slaves adored him. Such are often the 'inconsis
tencies of human nature.
During the session of which we have previous
ly spoken there was a member of tholower house
by the name of Abel Anthony, in no wav remarka
ble except for his opposition to the banks, and his
sly, quiet wit, addicted to practical jokes In the
parlance of frontier technics, he belonged to the
class of ' peaceable men," having never, in all his
life, had a difficulty with any mortal being. He
was even viewed as a coward, having been known
to pocket open insults without so much as show
ing a sign of resentment.
One day, the bill to provide for the more effec
tual rewarding of wolf-killers, denominated, in
short " the wolf scalp bill' Came up for discussion;
This had been a standing " reform measure" from
the earliest settlement of Arkansasand will prjb
ably continue to be, so long as the Ozark moun
tains shall rear their black, bristling crests in the
western division of (lie Stale, of the swamps of
the Mississippi shall occupy so large an arex in
the east. Accordingly whenever the wolfacalp
bill is taken up, a tremendous debate ensues. The
contest is not then between the ins and outs of po
litical power. Whips and Democrats alike over-
leap their iron lines of party arrangement, and en
tcr iitto a general melee of chance-medley. It is
a battle of eyry member against each other, the
object being to decide who of all shall move the
most annihilating statutes against their common
foes, the wolves, since that is the great pivot ques
tion, on which hinges tho popularity of each and
mi . . .
i ue present occasion was llio more arousing.as
there had happened a ludicrous instanco in fraud
of the previous law. It seems that some cunning
Yankee, fresh from the land that grows " wooden
nutmegs," had conceived the notable plan of rais
ing wolves of his own, so that by slaying a hairy
whelp at any time, and taking its ears to a magis
trate, he could obtain a certificate of ' wolf-scalp,'
entitling him to twenty-five dollars out of the coun
ty treasury. It was said that this enterprising
genius had already in his pens a number of fine
looking breeders, and expressed sanguine hopes
of soon making his fortune !
Numerous were the provisions urged by mem
bers to prevent such scandalous and evasive prac
tices in future. Among others too tedious to mem
tion, Brown C. Roberts, of Marion, (himself an ex
cellent car ricature of tlie wolf, only fur more ugly)
mfved, "That each certificate of a wolf-scalp
should be based on no less than four affidavits and
be signed by twelve justices of tlie peaoe, tho
juges of the comity and districts courts, and final
ly countersigned by the Governor of the State."
Abel Anthony moved toamend.by adding, "And
by the President of the Real Estate Bank."
This was intended by the mover as merely a
jest, and accordingly it provoked a considerable
laugh, extending nearly ovor the whole house.
But very different was the effect on Mr. Sjicaker
Wilson, President of the Real Estate Bank. He
saw fit to interpret it as the deadliest insult.
I glanced my eye towards the honorable elrair,
expecting to catch a playful smile; but the mo
ment I beheld his countenance, I was horrified at
its savage expression. His face was of ashy pale'
ness : and there, on his thin white lips,' as if in
demoniac mockery, sat that grim, writhing smile,
which merely moveing the curled lips, spread no
further nor affecting any other feature ; and which
is so peculiar to most desperadoes when about to
undertake some terrible deed of death. There
was, however, brief space for speculation on the
metaphysics of pliysitjgnomy for hardly had the
offensive words lett AilUiony s mouth before Wil
son sprang to his feet, and in a rude, imperious
tone, ordered the other to sit down. I
Anthony manifesting no sign of either surprise
or fear, meekly replied that he was entitled to the
"Sit down!" Wilson repealed, and this time
in a shout like thunder.
" I am entitled to the floor, and will not resign
it," said Anthony, apparently without anger, but
glancing back a look of calm, immovable resolu
tion. Speaker Wilson then left the chair, never more
to resume it, drew his bowie-knife descended the
steps of tho platform, and slowly and deliberately
advanced through the haft sorrm forty feet In the
direction of his foe all the while that ghastly
smile coiling up his palid lip,like two twin snakes,
and his ears moving np and down, and backwards
and forwards, with the appalling vibrations which
had won for him the appellation of ' Horse-Ears.'
Aa. Anthony was commonly considered a coward,
when the spectators beheld the celebrated duelist
i advancing upon him, with uplifted knife glancing
nigii in lite air, as ready for the dreadful blow all
present supposed that the reputed craven would floe
in terror from his place. No one believed that he
was armed, or that he would fight under any cir
cuinstances, or with any advantage of position or
wcaions. But in this opinion every body was mis
taken, and no one more than his infuratcd adver
sary. While that ferocious man was coming to
wards him, he stood calm and motionless as a stone
statute. His color did not change his limbs did
not tremble. The attitude nf the man was that of
passionless repose. His only evidence of unusual
emotion was a copious efflux of tears. At the sight
of this we all shuddered, for we knew the wee
per would conquer or perish. In the backwoods
TERMS: $2 50 PER
$3 00 IF FITMENT
there are two unmistakable tokens of thorough des
peration IrvZcn smiles and hotgusjiing tears; and
tears may always be regarded as far as the moat
dangerous. Such a conclusion was verified fully
in the present instance ; for as soon as the Spea
ker approached within ten feet of his weeping ene
my, the latter suddenly drew a bowie knife from
behind his vest, and stepped boldly forward to the
fell recounter. And then commenced a deadly
struggle the most obstinate, bloody and. frightful
ever witnessed in tlie southwest.
Wilson's knife was long, keen, and so highly
polished that yon miglit see yourself in the reflec
tion of its smooth, bright surface in the most per
fect lookingglass, the image being an extremely
small miniature, so symmetrical was tlie rounding
of its fine glittering steel. On eaeh sitk- of the
flashing blade was a picture, the fatfaimile ef
the other, wrought in exquisite gold enamel, of two
Indians, in their wild native costume, engaged in
mortal combat with bowie knives.
The weapon of Anthony was the largest size of
the class called In that country 'Arkansas tooth
picks'the most murderous implement of destruc
tion before which a human eye ever quailed. On
one side of its broad gleaming blade was the pic
ture of a fight between a hunter and a brown bear.
Phe bear appeared to be sqeezing the man to death
in his Iron hug, while ho was ticerely dinging out
the shaggy monster's heart with the;poiut of his
knife. On tlie other side of the blade might be
seen the picture of a rattle-snake ia coil, its head
erect, its jaws open, and its red fiery tongue brand'
ished as if about to strike,
Such devices are commen on the arms of tlie
most notorious desparadocs on the frontier, and are
the objects of as intense a pride and vanity to their
owners as were the insignia of the most exalted
chivalry to the knights of the heroic ages. And
thus do we always discover the idea seeking to
render itself incarnate in the material form. Dee
tructiveness must have its images as well as devo
tion. . .'. . ...!,
Wilson made the first pass a determined thurst
aimed at the pit of his antagonist's stomach, which
tlie other dexterously parried. For a time both
parties fought with admirable coolnssR, and with
such consummate skill that only alight wounds
were infllicted, and those only on the head and
face, whence blood began to rick'e freely. And
still ominous and awful vision while the con.
test raged, the opposite and characteristic signs of
utter desperation remained fixed in either counten
ance, The cold smile, now converted into a Ben
dish grin of immeasurable malice, still lingered on
Wilson's lived lips 1 and the tears still flowed,
mingling now with warm blood fit tn Anthony's
black, blazing eyes ! The clafler of the knives,
thrusting fending off, and sharply ringing against
each other, was hideous to hear, and alone broke
the appalling silence that reigned throughout the
At length both foes, enraged at the prolonged
obstinacy of the struggle, and blinded by the blood
from the red gashes about their brows, lost all of
caution and equanimity; and fought madly, wildly,
more like devils than men. Each one more intent
n taking the life of his enemy than regarding his
own, exerted every nerve and muscle wtih a per
fect fury that struck tlie beholders with fear.
Both were soon severely wounded en different
parts of the body ; but still their came no pause J i
the combat, till Anthony, striking a heavy over
handed blow, cut his adversary's arm half off at
the wrist. Wilson changed his bowie-knife into
his left hand, and for an instant ran several steps
backwards, as if to decline any further contest.
He then paused, and smiling more frightful than
ever, again rnshed forwards. Precisely at this
crisis, Anthony committed tlie folly of throwing the
knife at the other's bosom, which missing its aim,
fell with loud ringing nose on the floor, some thirty
feet distant. This error decided the tremendous
combat. Anthony was now wholly disarmed at
the mercy of the tiger-man, who never knew the
meaning of tlie word. Wilson darted upon him
with a cry of anger and hellish joy there, where
lie stood motionless as a rock, impotent to fight,
and yet too brave te fly. One fierce thurst ripped
open his victim's bowels, who caught them as
they were falling with his hands. Another stroke
directed at tlie neck severed it main artery, and
tlie blood spouted out in a crimson fountain, with a
gurgling noise, staining the robes and the faces of
tome members that sat nearest the horrible Scene.
The last act of the tragedy then closed, as tlie
dark curtain of death dropped on die dreadful
stage. Anthony, without a single groan or sigh,
fell in his place a corpse ,and Wilson, fainting from
loss of blood, sank down beside him.
Up to this moment, although sixty legislators
were in their seats, and more than one hundred
lookers on in the lobby, and bevies of bright eyed
ladies in the galleries, still no one, save those rag
ing madmen, had moved ; no sound had disturbed
the whisperless silence, save the clangor of their
crossing and concussive steel. But then, is Abel
Anthony tumbled on the floor heavily, like lifeless
lead, a wild, wailing, heart-rendering ehriek broke
from the gallery on the right, where sat the belov
ed maiden of his bosom, who had hoped shortly to
be bis bride. And then- s Wilson alsi fell, an
other burrowing scream, accompanied by the
words, Oh 1 father!' issued from the gallery on the
left, where a beautiful little daughter had been
spectator of the murderous affray,
ANNUM, IN ADVANCE, OR
IS DELATED 311 H0XTII.
Wilson recovered, and is yet alivef and his mu
tilated hand, and the numerous and deep scars on
his head and face, attest to all who meet him the
desperation of his character. He was expelled
the house, bailed by a merciful judge, brought tn
trial and acquitted, There was never yet a jury
in the south'west that would convict a person for
slaying another in fair combat ! He then chan
ged his political venue lo Texas, flourishes well
beneath the immortal green of her live oak and
the stainless azure of her lustrous skies.
I saw the desperado about one year ago, and
heard him speak of tlie tragic affair. He said that
against Anthony, as an individual, he had never,
previous to the moment of fight,harbored the slight"
est feeling of ill-will or malice j that when tlie
provocation passedhe was suddenly seized with aa
unaconnfable fit of passion that so far bereft him
of reason as to render him unconscions of his ac
tions, until the knives began to clash against each
other, when of course it was too late to think of
Such is the eflect of a long indulgence in deedi
of violence. The soul becomes inflammable as
same detonating chemical mixtnre, always readv
to bnrst forth to ruin on the feeblest touch of fric
tien. Xoah's Times and Messenger.
KING SOLOMON'S BLACKSMITH.
And it came to pass when Solomon, the son of
David, had finished the Temple of Jerusalem, that
he called onto him the chief architects, the bead
artificers, and cunning workers in silver and gold,
and in wood and In ivory, ard in stoneyea, all ."
who had aided in rearing the Temple of the Lord,
and he said unto them i
" Sit ye down at my table j I have prepared a
fcast for all my chief workers and cunning artifi
cers. Stretch forth your hands therefore, and eat
and drink and be meffy. Is not the laborer wor
thy of his hire 7 Is not the skilfol artificer deser
ting of honor 7 Muzzle not tlie tw that treadeth
out the corn.''
And when Solomon afid the chief workmen erg
seated, and (he fatness of the land and the oil
thereof were sat upon the table, there came one
who knocked loudly at the door, and forced him'
self even into the festival chambof, Then Solo
mon the King Was wroth and said,
" What manner ef man art then 1"
And the man answered and said, " When men
wish to honor me, tliey call me Son of the Forge
but whew they desire to mock mr, they call me
blacksmith and seeinff (hat the toil of workimr
and fire covers me with sweat and smut, the lattef
name, O King, is not inapt, and, in trulh, thy ser
vant desires no better."
But said Solomon, why came yott thus rudely
and unbidden to the feast, where none save the
chief workmen of the Temple are invited ?"
"Please ye, my Lord, I came rudely, replied
the man,becaaBe thy servant obliged me to force
my way but I came not unbidden. Wag it not
pToclaimod that the ehiel workmen of the Temple '
were invited to dine with the King of Israel 7"
I hen he who carved the chernbim said, Thi
fellow is no sculptor," and he who inlaid the roof
with pure gold said, " Neither is he a workman in
And he who raised the wall said, he is not a
cutter f stone."
And he who made the roof, cried out, " He it
not cunning in cedar-wood j neither knowe'h he
the mystery of uniting pieces of strange timber to
gether." Then said Solomon, . What hast thoo to- av.
Son of the Forge, why I should not order thee to
be plucked by the beard, ecoafged with a acourge,
and stoned to death with stones f
And when the Son of the Forge heard this lie
was in no sort dismayed, but advancing to the ta
ble, snatched up and swallowsd a cop of winend
said, " O King, live forever ! The chief men of
the workers in wood and gold and stone have said
that I am not of them, and they have said truly.
I am (heir superior ; before they lived was I crea
ted. 1 am their master, and they are all my ser
vants." And he turned him round, and said to
the chief of the carvers in stone, " Who made the
tools with which you carve f
And ho said "The Blacksmith." .'
And he said to the chief of the masons, Who
made the chisels with which tlie atones of the
Temple were squared 1 ,
And he said, " The Blacksmith." .
And he said to the chief of the. workers in wood,
" Who made tlie tool with which you hewed the
trees on Lebanon, and formed them into the pillar
and roof of the Temple ?" . . ,
And he said, "The Blacksmith." . '
Then he said la the artificer in and ivory,
" Who makes yew ii.atruments, by which you
work bfantifal things for my lord the King?" ,
And ho said " The Blarksmith," ;
'f Ermngh, enongh, gnod fellow, said Solomon,
thou hast proved ttrnt j invited thee, and that thoa
art alt men's Aitlicr in art- Go wash the shikj nf
tlie forge from thy face, and come and ,sit at my
right aiid. The chiefs of my workmen fete but
men tlion art more." So it happened at the st
of Solomon, and blacksmiths have lxcn kotmred
'er since. London Magaiine.
Penl in your Advcrtlszments.
Ti'witij wilt he none the worse,
By so doing Hie
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