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W. & J. B. WHITAKER,
EDITORS AND PROPRIETORS.
VOLUME II. NUMBER 15.
RALEIGH, MAY 7, 1842.
"JE COME, THE HERALD OF A JVOISY WORLD
t TiieRasp is published every Saturday morn
ibg, at One Dollar ar.d Fifty Cents per annum
payable in advance.
Cr Any person sending us six new subscri
bers, and the subscription money for one year
sihall receive the seventh number free oi charge
for the same length ol time.
Advertisements conspicuously inserted, at
the very reduced price of Fifiy Cents persquare
j for the first insertion, and Twenty-rive Cents
. for each continuance.
(Writtev for The Rasp.)
Messrs. Editors: It will be recollected, that
some time since, a few verses of rhvrae appear
ed in your Rasp, signed 'Zeonora,' profess
in to be a true and fail description of self
by a 'lass of sixteen,' and cfjered as a banter'
to all wife-seeking men. Immediately on the
appearance of that piece, I hastened to the
place from which fhe hailed, hoping to catch
a glimpse at the fair object shadowed lorth in
those verses, and probably of seizing upon that
willing opportunity of obtaining that, in tiie
pursuit of which, 1 have been studiously en
framed for nearlv thirty vears. W hen I arrived
at the desuned village, 1 immediately enquired
for the residence of Miss Zeonora, which was
soon pointed out to me by a friend, who, on
my strong solicitation, consented to accom
pany me, and ensure me a favorable introduc
tion; though greatly surprised that I should
have come thus. far to see one, whom he tho't
to be wretchedly ill-favored. At the utterance
of this surprise by my friend, I was rather un
willing to jrive it credence, and attributed his
mistake, as I supposed it was. to a want of good
taste, as I knew he never was accustomed to
visiting the fashionable circles, and must there
fore be en'irely destitute of all that inestimable
improvement connected with them; so I soon
assumed aain my high-wrought expectations
of her loveliness, and wi- jovially made our
way on towards the dwelling. Or: our arrival
at the gate, we were met by her father, who
very courteously invited us in. 1 .thought im
mediately on my introduction to iLe old gen
tleman, that I discovered in his countenance
a triumphant expression which seemed to indi
cate a knowledge of the object of my visit.
A few hours brought us to the piazza, through
which we passed, and immediately entered a
capacious hall adjoining. There I was intro
duced to the object of my many lon and anx
ious thoughts. 'But, my God!' I involuntarily
exclaimed, 'is that you?' Now, sir, I suppose
you have heard of some of the notorious diffi
culties of the Hon. David Crocket, but I can
assure you, that he never was in one more
genuine in his life, except, probably, when
lie fell victorious amid his slaughtered antag
onists, than I was then io. I had travelled all
the way from Long Creek Bridge to see this
charmer had put my friend to the trouble of
pecornpanying and introducing me, thereby
rendering him somewhat responsible for my
conduct, and very likely had excited the ex
pectations of the girl and all the family, when,
really, I thought that "the banter" must have
been a forgery upon her thai so fair and deli
cate a creature never could have been induced
to challenge the unmarried world, and there
fore it would be vain presumption in me to of
fer courtship, or highly insulting to name "the
banter.' Actually, sir, my heart failed me,and
I knew not what to do. I was in a quandary
a real inexplicable one. Iiowever, I gained
a little courage on acquaintance, and made 'at
her,' knowing that if I did get whipped,
''That he who fights and runs away,
'Will live to fi2ht another dav."
But to my perfect astonishment, I found that
there was great probability of success, and that
I should not receive the very "unpleasant neg
ative I had anticipated. Now. sir, as you may
know that I had great reason for hesitation and
trepidation, 1 will give you a short but very
imperfect description of her: She has lovely
eyes, something of a grizly gray, with white
pupils charming white eyebrows, and yel
low hair. Her nose is not quite so pretty, it
is rather short and blunt, and a little turned up
at th? end, which gives it the appearance ot
being assailed by something of no very plea
sant odour. Her hands are exquisitly beauti
ful, and as they move over the keys of the
Pirtno Forte, it makes me think of the old tale
of 'raw head and bloody bones.' and presents
the appearance of an exposed extremity of an
Egyptian mummy. But, Oh! her foot ! it is
equal to that o( an Irishman's game cock. Her
pedestal, (to speak modest!) is in the mmdle o
her foot, which is no: more than ten inches and
a half long, very slender, but rather distorted
by a large knot on the outside joint of her great
toe, all of which is exposed to full view by the
very interesting lengtnat which she wears her
dress. Now what do you think of my charm
er? Peas, beans and sour crout! what fun I
do see. It would do your soul good to seeme.
I cry when she cries laugh when she laughs,
and in short do every thing I can do, to please
her, except getting drunk. I am the ve plus
ultra of good humor and fun, and if I am not
present, there is ao fun in the circle in which
I am up here such an enchanter,
That girl has lost her heart;
And if I'm not of! instanfer,
She will never let me start.
As I am knowing of many other ladies cf a
superior stamp about here, you, Messrs. Editors
would do well to watch out for the next ban
ter, and 'strike quick while the iron is hot,' or
else you might lose a bargain.
Fcrestviile, May 3.
A Soldiers Iass. The Fort Pickerinjr
Eagle tells a veiy neat little story of a young
iady in those diggings. It is to this effect.
While donaiions were being made in relief of
the Texian iolunteers, a young lady, prompted
probably by a feeling ol patriotism, natural on
such occasions, took from her neck a string of
coral beads, which she presented to the auc.
tioneer, then at this vocation, in order that it
might be sold it being the only article of value
at her disposal at tiiat time. It was sold and
returned to the auctioneer by the various pur
chasers to he resold, we understand, at least a
dozen times. The last purchaser returned it
to the fair doner, but she rejected it, saying
she had presented it to the company, and did
not desire that it misiht be returned. 'Keep it
then,' replied the purchaser, as a memorial of
what it has done, and wear it in memory of
your departed friends.' N. Y. Aurora.
What a Pity ! An old sow once became
so drunk by eating rum-cherries, that she tum
bled down in the gutter. She had a large
litter of pigs, and they r in around her, seeming
in very great distress, and squeaking most violently-
A little girl who was looking through
a window, witnessed the whole scene,and was
affected to tears by it.
'Why, what is the matter, my child?' asked
her mother, seeing' the tears trickling down the
lovely cheeks of her daughter. . 'Why, I was
crying to think how shamed them poor little
pigs must be to have a drunken mo:her,' was
the reply. Plymouth Washingtonian.
'Homeward Bound,' as the vagrant said on
his way to the workhouse. 'r
'Farther particulars to-morrow,' a the cul
prit said the day previousto execution.
(Written for the Rasp.)
THE STUDENT3 VACATION REVERIE.
Must I, ere long, retire again,
Back to those lonely walls,
And o'er the Greek and Latin bend,
Prompt when the old bell calls.
Can I go back to that dull spot,
That solitary den,
To learn but what wise men forgor,
Ere they were four times ten?
And theie to brook the drudgery
The student has to bear,
Throuah four long years? O. misery!
But I must not despair!
He must forego earth's fairy scene,
And labor hard and true,
Who would dare hope in time to win,
One laurel for the brow.
Thus was the heavenly Milton fired,
With high nn-.qualed strain;
Thus 'awful Newton' acquired,
That magic for the brain.
These champions in the fermament
Of intellectual sun,
Through all that race of bondage went
The toil-vtcrn student runs.
The one in loftiest numbers soared,
Above all common flight;
The other, nature's depth's explored,
And brought new truths to light.
'TIs thus tiie youthful mind is trained,
To act the manly part,
Ar.d those fixed sterling habits gained,
That make the noble heart.
Then go ye idle wish, away
For better or ior sood,
I must return back, there to stay,
In college solitude.
There are, perhaps, no scenes which excite
more commisseration or more sympathy than
madness. Wre enquire witlT peculiar interest
into the causes which deprived our fellow men
of reason, that prerogative of humanity, that
characteristic of his pre-eminence over the rest
of the animal creation, that which assimilates
him in some degree to the first cause of his
During my travels in the North of Europe I
visited frequently those receptaclts ol derange
ment which man has erected for his less for
tunate brethren. Actuated by curiosity, I en
tered one day the Hospital of Berlin, where I
beheld an object, the impression of which on
my mind six years have not been able to ob
literate; often does the scene recur to my im
agination, and I dwell on it when I would be
It was a man whose exterior was striking,
his figure, tall and commanding, was inclined
partly by age, but still more by sorrow ; the
few scattered hairs which remained on his
temples rivalled in whiteness the driven snowj
and, in the lines of his strongly marked coun
tenance, the deepest melancholy w.as visibly
depicted. He immediately arrested my at
tention, and I inquired with eager curiosity
who he was, and what brought him there ?
Startled at the sound of my voice, the ob
ject which had excitedmy interest seemed to
awake as from a reverie; he looked around him
without much seeming speculation, and then
began with slow and measured steps to stride
the hall where the more peaceable inmates of
his gloomy mansion were permitted to take the
air, repeating in a low tone of voice, 'once one
is two; once one is two.' Now and then he
would stop and remain with his arms contem
platively folded on his breast for some minutes,
then a jain resuming his walk, he continued to
repeat, 'once one is two; once one is two'
Hi- s:ory, as I received from the superior of
the hospital, is as follows: Conrad Lange,
collector ot the revenue ot the cty of Berlin,
had long been known as a man whom nothing
could divert from the paths of honesty ; scru
pulously exact in all his dealings, and as&ic'u
ous in the discharge of hjs official duties, he
had acquired the good will and esteem of all
who knew him,and the confidence of the Min
ister of finance, whose duty it is to inspect the
accounts of all officers connected with the rev
enue. On casting up his accounts at the close
of a particular year, he found a deficit of 10,
000 dollars. Alarmed at this discovery, -he
went to the Minister, presented his accounts;
and informed him that he did not know how it
had arisen, and that he had been robbed by
some person bent on his ruin.
Tiie Minister received his accounts, but
thinking it his duty to secure a person who
might probably be a defaulter, , he caused him
to be arrested, and j ut his accounts in the
hands of one of his secretaries for inspection,
who returned them the day after, with the in
formation, that ihe deficiency arose from a
miscalculation ; that in multiplying,Mr. Lange
had said once one is two, instead of once one
is one. The poor man was immediately re
leased from Lis confinement, his accounts re
turned, and the mistake pointed out. During
his imprisonment, which lasted but two days,
he had neither eaten, drank, nor taken any re
pose and when he appeared his countenance
was as pale as death. On receiving his ac
counts he was a long timesilent,then suddenly
awaking as from a trance, he repeated, "once
one is two."
He appeared to be entirely insensible of his
situation ; would neither eat nor drink unless
solicited and took notice of nothing that pass
ed around him. Whilst repeating his accus
tomed phrases, if any one directed him by say
ing 'ouce one is one,' he was recalled for a
moment, and said, fah, right once one is one;
then again resuming his' walk, he continued to
repeat 'once one is two.' He died shortly after
my leaving Berlin.
The Loncfon plan of setting type by ma
chinery, with keys like a pianoforte, must be
all a joke evidently a mere play updn words.
A curiosity. A gentlemanly-looking per
son was ?een one fine day last week, walking;
ing in Chesnut street, and smoking a cigar !
A crowd of urchins soon gathered, and it was
discovered he was a gambler, newly imported.'
The military were not called out.
From ihe Carolina Watchman.
As I walked forth to take the air,
By chance I met two Ladies fair,
Each in their 1 and. a lovely boy did lead,
To whom in courteous manner thus I said'
Pray be so kind to show
How near cf kin these children are to you;
The Ladies answered, made this reply,
Sons to our sons they are, we cannot deny
But what is more strange to tell,
They are each one's husbands brother,
And yet these children are true 4
Uncles to each ether; ' . f-
Born in true wedlock both these children;werej
And we t heir mothers and grand mothers are.
HOUSE AND SIGN
MILITARY FLAGS and BANNERS
ot every description, painted in the neatest
style, on the shortest notice; and much cheap
er than they can be done elsewhere.
Raleigh, Jan. 29. 1841. 4 2 6m
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