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I7cw Berne Advertisements.
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New Berne, N. CL "
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.The place to: buy GRAIN SACK to
any quantity and . ''' - ":; ' :..'-'
Orders tak'U for ,?-: ---' -
Foot of iliJJlc street,' i , i
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llorRS A 3 13 TWINES,
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r-i:::rj, clo and brushes
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V.';. joe",. Phaetons jyBuggiesj
i:::::::3, uiiips, saddle
l:::3 cc::cs celeehated vork.
al v a v s ou hand, and for sale - "
. . . A. AtM. HAHN,
, ; ; i "'Middle Street,:
Opposite Episcopal Churcb and dfld
Fellows Hall; " Junel5w-m "
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lias been- in the business for tne last
Corner of Uroad
anil MidJlo Streets,
Mar. so, 6ra w
- - iSt-eond door East Irotn Bailroad)
. Receives GOODS by ." every Steamer.
The beat efPotted .
E ,rc d;3 of CoTeeWbest
t,r-v- Hoi best-kettle
rendered Lard, x v ..
Very beat acleetetl BV,TTIinPmrK
Apple VINEGAR, SUGAR ofJl eradea
tat Family GROCERIES, of
' . ( : 5 Atl. KINDS. ; . .
Our country friends "will find itto
Uieir advantage to call and try our pri
ces Deiore Dnying.r aai gooaa sold at
"iJ delivered at any part of City, prompt
and f rre. Broad Street second door east
jam Railroad, i - .. . w Apr. Lit
v'i-rj'-V ' f , MANUFACTURER OF
i AadmolesaleaadJtetaU Dealer In
.v'aRi-ic5nea: Confectionery
Crackers and 4 Cakes,
. ; ; GIGaRS,
til Kindi-of rCbitlren'a TOY
; c WAGONS &&&& ;
- - ; . ; pollock Bt., ,
A pi 1 3,1 7 w 1 Nw Berne, N.C
New Berne Advertisements.
"AND ,
Cdnalnments of Cotton,
Jlr, 30-w-lT.
1 "Ury Goods,- Nations:" .Shoes,
Trimmings and bares of all
Kinds, -Table L.iuen, , the ltet
Napkins, all tiincii. lrom o l
i j iia 1-tS ets apiect. '
Hamburg- Edging: in ; endless
variety and sold at lowest prices.
Wi! . ' AND , -. U.
' ' of all sizes.
I make a specialty of supplying
the "Jobbing Trader . Country -ier-
jcbaiits are invited t'A ca II nni examine
my extensive Stock Lefom baling.
, Also the Celebrated.
of th following makea: .
The Light Running DOMESTIC,
L three best Machines on the Market.
rDo notiorgH the place, O. MARKS, ,
Vvf No 3 lHolt St.,
; t Anrlwly v New Rrne, N. C.
. Small Profits and Quick Sales.
Corner Broad and Queen Streets, , '
V -JOSBEES OPr- j. '
Mir. 30, 1 y
K.H. MEADOWS & co.
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L UUGS; SE I2lS and tiU AN OS,
l Trucker's Siippties a Specialjt jt
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For ;,.,;;Vt
" . COL,IS,
;' ' and CHILLS,
Measures taken for Clothing from
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Berry's Drug Store.
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fParties bnying for Cash, ran buy
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Paper and Envelopes, Paints, Brnsli
; en, Glass, Toys, Wall Paper, ami
M:t :f . i
many oilier things at bottom prices nt
Berry's Drug Store. Apr. 9 ly w.
Braad St. Heir Berne. BT. C.
Aprl, dwly
Got. Cornell's Purchase Services that
Cost Nearly 9100,000 and ai r Alleged
to Have Made a Solvent Company out
.. New York Sun.)
In the investigation of
VViIhaiu J. Best's
the National Trust
management of
ianv7.s as-
sets, Senator Kierman's "committee
examined' -yesterday John C.
Cruikshank, who was Secretary of
the1 company when Mr. Best as
sumed charge of it. He testified
that Mr. Best ' had shown, as the
examiner of the institution, an ap
parent impairment of the assets to
the extent of 152,000, while in
fact the same assets had been val
ued by the Bafbk . Department only
the year bere :at$IJ52yO0O;inore
than, his estimate.- Pacific Rail
road third mortgage bonds, full
valuaf200jpoo,f and market value
9 180,000 according to the Bank
Department estimate, of 1876, Mr.
Best put-down as worth only $120,.
000 in l79;i Tbese ere interest
bearing bonds, and as a matter of
fact bad gained and not I Tost ih
value. The Pacific Railroad and
the. Caroadelebrajicbbaijbjtbipli
tuigfiank Dejartmenr pTit4ildwnHrt
f 91,Q00Ttanr J876r Mr. Best esti
mated' at fdnl $35,400. In the
same way he cut down other assets.
It was , only, by undervaluing .the
assets iu this "vVay, Mr., Cruiksliank
said, that, Mr. Best could have
made the. company appear insolv
ent. Mr. Cruiksliank presented
the .following schedule of the good
assets," "equivalent to cash, on b&id
when Mr. Best took charge:
Cah in vault . . ' . . 69,02&
Cash in Central Nat'l. Bank . . 186,652
Cash in Shoe and Leather B'k. . 190,333
Cash in Union National Bank
,of Philadelphfa . . , . . 20,283
Gbvernlnent bonds, 5 per cent-. 225,225
Government bonds, 6s, '81 . " . v 323,25d
Government bonds, 5-20,3 1 v . 159,030
Government bonds, 5-20s .- . . 29,598
Call loans, with good collatrl . 1,089470
Total ; . . . . ' ' . $2,287,378
All this was in addition, to the
good securities already mentioned
as having been undervalued by Mr.
Best. ; When the trouble with the
institution begauMr Cruiksliank 1
said tney Miad ,000,000 due de
positors. , They paid ont $1,500,000
during the run and to meet .tfie
$1,500,000 claims remaining had
$900,000 in cash and more than
$1,000,000 worth of good securities. 5
Even under Mr. Best's low estimate
of the value of, the securities thj
depositors 'were all paid in -full fir
six months.
Thomas W. Shannon, director
in the company, confirmed most of
Mr. Cruikshank's estimates of the
value of the securities, and said he
thought , that Mr. Best had sacri
ficed the property of the company.
He thought it particularly hard 011
the stockholders that Mr. Best
should; haA-e sold Missouri Pacific
bonds for GO that the witness Wt
Tfevei to ha ve-beeu worth at thg,t
time 75 tol80,t'and.liUa.t have since
soldtrl22 vMiv Best, Mr. Shan
noisaidjsoid $208,000 worth of
Chieagond Eastern Illinois Rail
road bonds at 53, and threw in as
a gift to the purchaser income
bonds-for $89,500 and 428 shares of
stock.- This was at private sale.
Mr. Shannon said it was peculiarly
Ojii fortunate V that this property
could not have been properly ad
vertised, so that the company
could have been protected against
loss. ,
"Then "6u do not consider that
this was the exercise.;of a sound
andisfrdiscre'tionson the nart of
f Receiver Best1i inquired r4 Mr.
"I had a telegram from a capi
talist in Chicago who wanted to
bid higher, but he did not get the
opportunity. The transaction
of Mr. Best's, when lie sold Mis
souri Pacific stock to Mr. Garrison
at 75 fo 80. This property, which
Mr., Best sold to Mr. Garrison for
$29,000, has since been sold for
$400,000. That is the way our
property was sacrificed."
"Then yon do not think that
sale was such as a prudent and
honest man would make in the
exercise of a sound discretion or
that his services of such a charac
ter were worth $99,000 f"
"I did not know that Mr. Best
got so much," said Mr. Shannon.
"It was very nearly as much,"
said Mr. Ecclesine. "How about
the Wallkill Vallev property that
Mr. Best sold?" .
"Mr. Cornell, now Gov. Cornell,
got it all lor a song and made a
fortune selling it to the West Shore
"Had all this property been held
by Receiver Best instead of sold in
the depressed market, the increase
in the price would have been for
the interest of the stockholders?"
"Yes, sir. If that had been done
our stock would have been worth
"Instead of which Mr. Best is to
give you 25?"
"I hope so."
W. O. McDowell, who was Sec
retary of the stockholders' meet-
! ing, testified that a resolution call
i ing for an examination of the
j affairs by the stockholders was de
, feated by J. S. Lowrey and his
! friends, who subseonentlv agreed
to the appointment ot Mr. Best as
receiver, and then bought the se
curities of the company from him
Lrft a low price at private sale. Mr.
'TMcDowell asserted that the men
who got Mr. Best appointed receiver
were responsible for the defeat of
the effort to wind up the institution
without the interference of the
Mr. Ecclesine called the attention,
of the committee to the law that
existed at the time Mr. Best was
appointed, showing that the legal
course would have been to put the
initiatory proceedings for the ap
pointment of a receiver in the
hands of the Attorney-General.
The. jCommittee will hold another
session next Monday.
liilt Arpon, tKatur sunt Super
stition.. (Atlanta Constitution.)
There are some curious things
about Indian corn, and one is where
do the rediears and the speckled
ears come from when yon don't
plant any but white corn, and
another is, why .don't we find an
ear with an odd itumber of rows on
it f - You can find 'a four-leaf clover,
but I have neverfound the odd rowr
on an ear of com yet. It is always
fourteen, or sixteen of twenty, v or
som e even number, and I would
liked to undetstaaid wlrat orn knows
about imatheinatiesT iind what ob
jection nature has to-odd-'numbers.
But. nature itH4bt mysteries. I
iwas looking at som .ikoneycomb
the other. day,, and 1 wondered how
i could be made so itme tnd uni
form and perfect, even under a
microscope, and yet be all made in
the' 'dark." And I would like to
know how "the lightning bug kind
less "the fire, so suddenly, and I've
noticed 'that there' is not only light
in it to show him how to travel, but
there is power in it that pushes him
fowaixL and alwavs upward. He
rise&&! e'fight;s, which is a good
emuiem. vvuen a man sets 111111
self up as a preacher,' of a teacher,
or a statesman, and undertakes to
throw light.around uion the people,
he ought to so live by preeeptand
example that he would rise" ; higher
and higher as He lnmialed. -.And
right before me iii" 'front 'of ' the
fiiazza 'are two vines climbing a
calie, one a niadeira and the"; other
a jessamine, and they "cross each
other at every round climbing in
opposite - directions, and 1 have
tried to make 'em reverse, but they
won't. You may tie one with .a
string, but it will squirm and twist
out of it and 'go according to its
nature. This weather is good "for
some things. I never saw as line a
prospect for turnip and potatoes,
and the 'flowers keep on blooming,
and I don't have to water 'em every
day like I did last summer. But
these dog-davs are very unpopalar
for they sav that fresh meat won'ti
keep, and milk turns sour, and
children have boils, grown folks
Jiave headakes and mosquitoes sing
'around and snakes perambulate;
They say that dog-days begin when
the dog-star rises with the sun and
lasts about a month, and, the an
cients who., worshipped ?'th(( stars
believed that when the dog-star and
the sun, so close together they went
to. fussing and the "malignant in
fluence of tbeirquafel was felt at!
over the universe. The' surpersti
tion has been: handed down to ns
from the generations who have
gone before, and it shows bow long
a superstition will hang' on to our
It is like seeing fthe new moon
over the Jeft .-shoulder j or .through
the brusii of a tree, or like begin
ning a jourpey, or to make a new
garmeut on Friday. It is astonish
ing how we let these senseless
superstitions take-hold of us, even
when we don't believe iu them at
all. I stayed over night once with
a man of inpre than ordinary sense
a strong-minded, ' wellbalauced
man and when I asked him why
the carpenter w ho built his new
house didn't ceil up that bole over
head he said he wouldn't let him,
for it was bad luck to finish a house
and plank was left off on purpose;
and' when that man forgot anything
and went back alter it he always
made a cross mark on the ground
and spat in it before he turned
There is a clever old woman
living near us who makes lye soap
for my wife and lie makes it by
tho moon, and declares most sol
emnly she can't make good soap
any other way. Aim ureen rosier
told me that if a man had a big lot
of children and wanted his hog
meat to make a heap of gravy he
must kill his pork in the dark of
the moon, for then it would shrink
and juice away; but if he wanted-it
to swell up and make a' big show
he must kill it while the moon was
on the increase. I'm sorry I didn't
know that when I was raising my
flock, for they were powerful fond
of gravy, and it was a trouble
sometimes to get enough for 'em
without a great sacrifice of meat.
Greensboro Fruit in London.
We have seen specimens of dried
fruit from the State of North Car
olina, United States of America,
shipped here by J. W. Scott & Co.,
of Greensboro, leading American
fruit dealers. The fruit is superior
to any American fruit seen on the
Lnndou market this season. Lon
oh Trade Journal.
This is a feather in Scott & Co.'s
caiv and they look well under such
plumage. Enterprise, printer's
i ink, and square, solid dealing are
I essential to success in every busi-
ness. It would not surprise us to
i see a piclureof Jim Scott's hand
some face in the illustrated London
! Trade Rerieir. ! reeunboro J'a trial.
Form of congratulation for the
candidate: "Many happy returns."
In writing to the - Philadelpha
Enquirer from Salzburg, Austria,
the Hon. Henry Carey Baird ob
serves, concerning Egypt: "And
still another State has gone down;
and for the self-same reason which
has caused the overthrow of well
nigh every people iu the world's
history, which has beeu destroyed
an absence of a development of
their industries, and, consequently,
of that power of association, that
ability to exchange services, com
modities and. ideas, and thus to
avoid a waste" of labor power, by
which alone are given societary
life;and national wealth, power
and civilization." The industries
of Egypt, like those of the South
before the war, have been confined
to two or three specific products,
and the result has been the same
au unequal distribution of wealth,
and a lack of that general prosper
ity which lies at the foundation of
all true national life and general
independence. By the policy of a
so-called free trade, diversified in
dustries are checked, .and produ
cers have little if any control over
the price .of the. raw materials they
raise, while the cosjt .of 4 their own
subsistence depenee? upon the fluc
tuations of markets which they can
influence only to a limited extent.
The. toil of the". Egyptians has for
years past been pledged in advance
to foreign speculators, and while to
the ruling classes a few luxuries
were guaranteed, the actual wealth
producers of the land had to be
contented with a scanty .livelihood.
How far this Will be changed,
now that the laud of the Pyramids
has had an actual, if not a nominal
change of mastersrmay be uncer
tain; yet there are no good reasons
for supposing that England will
eucoura go the policy - of making
Egyp't ' a manufacturing country,
or even of increasing the number
and variety of her crops.
. The curse ; of Egj"pt, with her
limited industries, has beeu the un
restrained pltrnderf i g fproelirities
of her rulers,swhile fjhe rulers them
selves . -were.s bound in hopeless
thraldom to their own habits, to
the vice of their industrial system,
and the never-ceasing pressure of
exacting, creditors. Thus Mr.
Baird says:
If evera lesson in regard to the infill
enceswnicfajdetermine lhe rise and fall
of nations ovas givm to i mankind in
such a way that he 'who. ran might read,
it has ben in the late. ' history , of the
Turkish Empire, including Egypt,'f No
other country has ever for so long a time
and so thoroughly adopted British free
trade, and none has ever 'met? with, a
more- complete collapse. One fact is
made especially clear by this experience",
and that is that the so-called "lending"
and ""borrowing of money" between
different nations is not the lending and
borrowing of money at all, but-merely
the lending and borrowing'of commod
ities and service, against which bills of
(exchange are drawn and provisions for
which' bills is made by bonds; finally to
be largely repudiated."
The case of Egypt is disposed of.
LHer; power has gone down under an
aggressive policy,, rntrodnced and
maintained under the' guise of free
trade. But, for nsyf iu the terse
language of Mr. Baird "if we ever
hope to emancipate ourselves from
financial thraldrom to Great Brit
ain, it must be done by freeing our
selves from dependence upon her
asOur'V'arrier upon the ocean." In
fact,4it bas become a matter of sur
prise to the entire world that the
maintenance of a war and commer
cial marine, in keeping with our
power and commerce, had not com
manded more earnest and energet
ic action in this country.
Political Notes.
(News and obsei-ew.)
Mr. W. II. Bower :s the nominee for
the House in Caldwell county.
Mr. E. V. fiovrll lias been nominated
for the Senate from Alleglianv and YVa
taiicu.. .
Mr. W. A Branch has received the
Humiliation for the House from Ueaul'ort
1!. V. Bullock will, ii is said, lake the I
place of (Jen. 1. B. Hawkins on the !,ib-
1 nil ticket in Franklin. j
The Alamance Republican convenuon i
Saturday nominated Dr. (i. K. l ausi lor
I the Senate and J W . Albertfcon for sol'u
I itor.
We arc not anxious ahoutthc re.-ultol'
'the election in Caldwell. Wataima and
Ashe. Thoy will elect the Bcmociatic
I nominees. Lenoir Tajiic.
Knowing Hopuolieans m itnlcigh say
lhat the t)'Ilaia-IIuibs cmbrolio in the
scconJ district will result in the with
drawal of lluhbs. (j'n ( nsh,ro J'ad oil.
The 'liberal' convention, which met
in Marion last Saturday week, nominated
Messrs. Samuel J.. Patterson, ol Cald
well, and Samuel II. Flemmin, editor of
the Marion Lamp Post, for the Senate
in this Senatorial district. Lenoir
Gen. Roberts tells us that Gov.
Vance's speech at Shelby was a mas
terly dibit. An audience of at least SOU
beard it, and all were delighted. Vance
made a line imiiression. Cleveland will
do her full duly in November.
Arahi Pasha's tragedy, in two acts. has
ended and the curtain has been rung!
down. The Liberal farce iu JSorth Caro
lina lias also collapsed before the actors
bad got their little parts we'l by heart.
It is tune to ring down the curtain and
out the light.". Vihnivton War.
In ISgypt.
A private letter from Hon. Vic
tor C. IJarringer, of the Egyptian
International Court, to his brother,
Gen. IJarringer, in this city, slates
that the deliberations of the Inter-
j national Court were suspended on
ly during the week of the bombard
ment of Alexandria. Mr. IJarrin
ger is now in Italy, where he has
been spending his summer vaca
tion, but returns to Alexandria in
( )etober. Charlotte Journal.
lie, TclU IIo-iv an Old Salt Interpreted
he Sfovy of F.lljali and the Prophet
of Una!
One trip the captain had a cler
gyman on I ma rt, bu-did not know
he was a clergyman, sinee the pas
sengers list iliil not betray the
fact, lie took a great liking to
this Rev. Mr. Peters, and talked
with him a great deal;, told, him
yarns, gave him toothsome scraps
of personal history, and wove a
glittering treak of profanity
through his garrulous fabric that
was .refreshing to a spirit weary
of the full neutralities of. uhdec
orated speech. . One day the cap
tain skid "Peters do you ever read
the Bible -?"
; "-"Well yes."
"I judge it ain't often, by the
way you say it. $qw you tackle it
in oeaii
earnest .once, and vou'd .
find it'll pay
Don't get discon'r-rv
agea nut nang rightou. , JlOrst you
won't understand it; but by and by
things will begin to clear up, anil
then you won't lay it down to
"Yes, I have heard that said."
"And itVso, 'too. There ain't a
book that begi us with it. It lays
over'enl all, Peters. There's some
pretty tough things iif. If Ihere
ain't any gettiug around that but
yon stick to 'em and think 'em out,
arid when once you get on the
inside everv tiling's as plain as
"The miracles, too, captain ?"
"Yes, sir! The miracles, too.
Every one of them. JJow, there's
that business with the prophets
of Baal; like enough' that stumped
"Well, I don't know about"
"Own up, now; it stumped -you.
Well, I don't wonder. You hadn't
had any experience in ravelling
such things out, and naturally it
was too iuany for yen.' Would you
like to have me explain that thing to
you, and show you how to get at
the meat' of these matters ?"'
''Indeed, I would, captain, if you
dont mind."
Then the eaptaift proceeded as
follows: "I'd do it with pfeufeffrer
First, you h?p. I read and read, and
thought and thought, till I got to
understand what sort of people
there were in the old Bible times,
and then after that it was all clear
and easy. Jfow, this was the way
I Jut it up concerning Isaac and
the prophets of Baal. There way
some mighty sharp men amongst
the public characters of that old
ancient day, and Isaac wis one of
them; Isaac had his failings plenty
of them, too; it ain't for me to
apologize, for Isaac; he played it on
the prophets of Baal, and like enough
he was justifiable, considering the
odds that was againt him. -Now,
all I say is' 'twa'nt any miracle,
and that I'll show you so's 't can
see it yourself"
"Well, times had been getting
rougher and rougher lor prophets
that is, prophets of Isaac's de
nomination. There was 420 proph
ets of Baal in the community, and
only one Presbyterian that is, if
Isaac was a Presbyterian, 'which 1
reckon he was, but it don't:
Naturally, the prophets of
took all the trade. Isaac was pret
ty low spirited, 1 reckon, but he
was a good deal of a man, and no
doubt he went prophesying around,
letting on to be doing a land office
business, but 'twan't any use; he
couldn't run any opposition to
amount to anything. By and by
things got desperate with him; he
sets his head to work and thinks it
all out, and then what does he do?
Why, he begins to throw out hints
that the other parties are this and
that and t'other nothing very
definite, may be, but iust kind of
undermining their reputation irfa
ouiet way. This made talk, ol
course, and finally got to the king.
The king asked Isaac what he meant
by his talk. Says Isaac, "Oh
nothing particlar; only can they
pray down, lire from heaven on an
altar. It ain't much, may lie, your
Majesty, only can they do it?
That's the idea." So the king was
a good deal disturbed, and be went
to the prophets of Baal, and they
said, pretty airy, that if he had an
altar ready, they were ready; and
they intimated he had better get it
insured, too.
So next morning all the children
of Israel and their parents and the
other people gathered themselves
together. Well, here was that
. i r it r i . .1
great crowd of prophets ol Baa
laeked together on one side, anl
Isaac walking up and down all alone
on the other, putting up ms jot).
When time was called, Isaac let on
to be comfortable and indifferent;
told the other team to take in the
first innings. So they went at it,
the whole ll'O, praying around the
altar, very hopefull,
their level best. They
h o u r t w o 1 i o n r s t h re i
so on, plumb till noon
and doing!
prayed an
hours and j
It wa'n'ti
any use; they hadn't took a trick.
Of course they felt kind of ashamed
before all those people, and well
they might. Now, what would a
magnanimous man
still, woun't he? Of
do . Keep
course, what
did Isaac do? He gravely told of j
the pro diets of liaal every way i
he could think of. Says be. "You
don't speak loud enough; your god's !
asleep, like enough, or may be he's
taking a walk; you want to holler, i
you know' or words to that effect;
I don't recollect the exact Ian-1
guage. Mind, 1 don't apologize for
Isaac; ho has his faults.
"Well, the prophets of Baal:
prayed along the nesr iney Knew
how all the afternoon, and never
raised a spark. At last, about
sundown, they; 'were nil tuckered
out, and they owned np nnd quit.
"What, does Isaac do, now T " He
steps up ami Rays ,to some ' friends
of his there. 'Pour four barrel 'of
waf er on the altar J' r Everybody
was astonished, for the otherside
had prayed at it dry, you know,
and got white ' washed " They
ponred it on. Says he, MIeava ou
four more barrels.' Then lie soys,
'Heave on four more.' --Twelve
barrels, you see, altogether. The
water ran all over the altar, and
all down the sides, and filled up a
trench around it which would bold
a couple of hogsheads 'measures''
it says; I reckon it mean . nlmut a
hogshead. Some of the people I
were going to put on their things
and go, for they allowed-ho was
crazy. , They didn't kuowv Isaac;
Isaac knelt down t and ;legan to 1
pray; he strung along and strung!
along, about the heathen in distant!
lands arid jabout the sister church-!
es, arid ' about the ; State; aud the
country atdargef and about those
that's in authority, in the. govern
ment and all tho ' usual pro-'
gramme, .you knowj'till everybody:
got ' tifdd and gone to ' thinking
about something 'elseT and then,
all of a sudden, when-nobody was
noticing, he out with a match and
rakes it on, the under side of his
leg, and puff 1 u the whole thing
blazes like a house afire."'. -Twelve
barrels of waterf Petroleum, 'sir,
petroleum! that's what it was.',., .
"Petroleum, captain !'" r
"Yes, sir; the country was fnll of
it. Isaae knew all about that.
You read in the Bible.'- 'Don't yon
worry!; about - the tongh places.
They ain't tougb when you come
to think them ont and throw , light
upon them. There ain't a' thing in
the Bible but what: is true; all you
want is to go prayerfully to -work
and cipher out how 'twas doneJV
Bits of the History of ...New
. . Berne- . : ..u.-h
Nbwbkrn, Sept. 22, 1832. . '
We have a species of game with ua
which, I believe, is peculiar in this sec
tion of country at least I see no men
tion of it made in your excellent maga
zine, where I have met with descrip
tions of every variety of hunting. - And
yet the wild cat will afford the hunts
man as much sport, and the hounds as
much work, as any other that I ever
followed.' Indeed it requires a staunch
and numerous pack to take them, for
even when run to a stand still no easy
work, bv the by they are enabled, from
their great strength and . ferocity. . to
keep five or six dogs at buy without dif
ficulty. The wild cat is much larger, and Infi
nitely stronger, than the gray fox (the
red not being an inhabitant of our
woods, I kno'v nothing of). It is about
as ileet as the common fox, but as it
confines its run to very strong and thick
covers, the chase lasts much longer than
that of the fox. And being; in addition
to this, a terrible enemy to the farm
yard, taking oft pigs, poultry, lambs.
and sometimes even grown sheep, our
sportsmen, who are all farmers, pursue
them with inveterate industry,
Invited by the flattering appearance of
the weather last week, Mr. W. and my
self determined to give our dogs a trial.
We accordingly rode to cover on Satur
day morning, with six couple of as fine
dogs as ever followed deer, fox or wild
cat. It was our first turn out this sea
son, the whole pack was, consequently,
full of riot, and the young dogs in par
ticular were perfectly frantic. The
morning was as auspicious as we could
wish the dog fennel and pine bushes
hung droopingly overloaded with dew.
It was quite cool, clear as a bell, and so
perfectly calm that tho joyous notes of
the dogs, as they gambolled in wild ex
citement before us, or leaped up fawn-
ingly upon our horses, were heard to re
echo over the distant Neuse.
After leaving the river a little to the
right we threw off the hounds to a very
promising cover, on tho north side of
Smith's creek. Here we had "not pro
ceeded very long, when old Drummer
told us that some prowler had been pass
ing during the night. The scent was
very cold, and we worked it slowly and
With difficulty along the windings of
the creek, frequently interrupted by
the outbursts of the young dogs, after
rabbits, etc. By dint of whipping and
scolding, we, succeeded in bringing these
last under some subjection. The trail
still appearing very cold, we made a
cast on the opiosite bank of the creek,
but with no better success. The game
had been there, but it must have been
very early on tho previous evening. In
the meantime old Drummer had got
back to his old frail, and continued to
work it with untiring perseverenco.
The drag appearing to grow warmer, he
concluded to bark the other dogs to him.
Echo and Rover goon gave tongue. Mac
duff and Nimrod joined in; still our
best fox doc. old Milton, refused to re-
: cognize the trail as legitimate; we were
j not sure of the nature of our game; it be a wild cat. We continued to
encourage the dogs with increased anx-
" AtsaBt all 0f thcm, younR Rnd old,
1 acknowledged the trail, and growing
into a confirmed drag, it proceeded
through the river swamp, aeep.inio ine
marsh, far along the margin of the
river; and then what a crash! you might
have heard them down the wind three
miles off. And now swelling into
louder and still a louder strain, the
quarry makes directly for the spot
where we had taken our stand, upon
the verge of the swamp, as far as we
could well make our way. Wo had
raised our voices in one exulting sliout
when the wild buixt had told us the
! game was up. But in the tumultuous
j roar behind him every other sound was
! hushed, and the cat made straight for
j us, cither not hearing or heeding our
i halloo. We were now still as statues
j and the pack came rushing on the
crushing of the reeds, the rending of
the undergrowth, the splashing of the
mud and water, and the deep mouth
roaring of the hounds, uniting together,
like the mingling tumults of a Septem
ber gale, and seeming togivj to the ter
rified animal the wings of the wind.
lie must have passed within ten steps
of us, but owing to the thick cover we
could not catch a view. The pack, how
ever, were close uion him,' for they
passed us, running breast high, all to
gether no running dog, or in line, but
each emulously dashing for tho lead.
The cat seemed determined to try their
mettle and beat them by downright
game. Contrary to the usual practice
of the animal, he made a straight
stretch over the hirhl 1. '
border of Kinith'a oi l t.! 1. i!
slashing rate that to lie by f
Madge blow like a Ll;irki,,,, '
on a frosty morning (lie's u I..; I
at present, and not long fi ni (
Finding this game could ici r I
the cat endeavored to throw i !
a rapid uccion of wsdy !!
bothered the younjr toj.-
But old Milton was wide awnl - i
followed too many foxes in t in
be outgeneral led even by a m.
lie followed him cauliouMy 1ml
ringly through all his circlet an t :
and the whole pack witidnit' u'.i, t ,
with such close and tinrciuii ; a
itythat they only made two 1 i
then tor only two uiinuU-a. At. r
cling lor about half an hour i i a
thick gum swamp, where be I . I n j
advantage over the do-s, ' . . ..
Cliat,' liiidiug mniHclf oonxi i-i;.; :
advance of - the houndn, tiu.-,i i
might try them again at bn tow. .
hoisting out all canvass, he made .1 (
Bachelor 'a creek. This in j.t w 1 t i
pack wanted; the young d; i
ribly postered In the mi 1 t
again all was plain aailii f -cat
seemed to think too. fr i, ,.
he oou Id not make good1n i
Bachelor he t.-u ked .hip and ri - I ;
on his old track but e wiw i
He did indeed oontrie t it!
his old plaice of refui;o, the n
we knew J)y the nrunner in vl
old dogs werw " dng for the 1 ;
his fate w '
He )
1 I W two lion f -t ;
, , i. nd we co i i t
' a I hi"
; . ng, liiti(.h.i) 1 1
to return or
- was run. An v
1.. . ... I is tail drc-; ,
he is ievating na . i
and l.e dropped 1
half p
tiro log mj;li weak,
Scarcely had be jumped ' i
of the log w li a Milton an .
ed itat the r.thrr. followed l-y i '
theinck. Atiiniated by our;
the f'-ht ot the y
to f'.in axlditionnl '
e ); 1 made our vv a ,
i t ! i r in the swamp v r i
vy rrowl. then F- 1"h i .
.i! ,; upon the pt y , :
i y f i i I nr mm if i-ho 1. !
then .
afoul ot a ki ;.: ' f hot wi ter. V -
rand next ghvoSTtprLrt u ry ; .
shrunk from the rude v,; " . f t .
wild oat. All the ret as tl.
seemed to acknowledge by t'-.-.r
that they had caught a tartar. I t i t
can one do gainst twelver i t f
them, too,, young, strong and i. tie.
Why, Jackson and Beaulort st. ui i.
strong enough to pull down the nr.:
est buck that ever stood at bay! Lv t
wild cat must yield to such f-.-'- I
odds. - Ho that when we surccc ! I
scrambling to them we ton nil our y
(and a huge one he was) iu itd u; ... ,
field and the dog limping un l I n :
around, manifesting, by thrir cu I . i n
the severity of the chase and
. , . -., ; ..Yours respectfully,
v , ; Alexander r . 1atn..
. Alexander Gaston bears the name f
his grandfa.her, Dr. Alexander : '
victim of the Tories. , lie ncv. r ,;
proached his father in ability, t. 1 v
more fond of field jorts, In f. t v
in life all kind of sport, than m . f
any kind. Ills first wife was a !. ' r
of Dr. Hugh Jones, of . whom v- I
spoken in connection with tin- i r I
exploit in John Oarrutiier .' t. ' v ' I r
ber shop. Mrs. Gaston w;i a 1.. 'y t
extraordinary business cspnr ity,nsh
of those still in our midst ul It
She died leaving a daurl.t r i.
sons. William. was killed in I
skirmish with the lndinnt, In (
just before the war. At the time 1
in Col. Stephens' command. K U
Jones, his second son, had a short bi n
and was exempt from service. Vet h
volunteered . in the late war, m l m
Adjutant of the Forty-Eighth N. C. lb
was possessed with the Ix-Iicf I' t !,
would be killed in 1U first t.aul.-. fc t
it turned ont to be true. Being mm t . y
wounded at Blutrpsburg, hia hrst I i .
he died a week afterward. ;
Alexander Oastou's dawRhter, v i , I
Mr. Baylin and lived in Cuba, li'i i
band died, and she is now living; n I -ton
f Some of our cithsen en j !
member what a daring and p I
horsewoman she was when a yuui - I- ly
visiting Newbern some yearn ':.
The Honorable Ibd ward Manly h f i
wife was also a daughter of l'r. 1
Jones. She is buried in the hi.... It
in our, cemetery. y' I'.
Tho KcMSon Why V l
kittio laughed I
' "' Aikarutaw Trove-1 .
'Is this the Iter. Mr. MuTkitlUv.'
a kind out-of-rcHson man, fnleiin? p..
library of K well known IJttle link
Yes, air, have a seat.?
M Imve railed to trnnFB' t a f f
business which to tho wot I I i i
ridinulous, sir, but which vu-wni i.i
a 8irilual fiuincnce, in of huxitauct.'
Wlmt is it tr asked ths ininisU'r, re
garding the visitor with peculiar inter
est. . '-"-; -' , .
'I wnnt you to love m.' , ,
'Love you?' gasped the good man, re
garding the- petitioner, aud ' luwaivl'y
vowing that he had never before met a
mora repulsive human being.
Yea, sir, I want you to love me,' and
he sat down and closed his eyes as thou U
lie intended to await the anuounccm -.t
of the .decision. 'The command Is 'to
love one another. I confess that I love
von,- nnd opening bis red eyes lie leered
nt the preacher. ; - --. i .
Well, eir, said Uie mlnhder, 'your
dvmand after all is simple. I luppoo
lhat you have been lost for many years,
and have just tasted grace, and that
you especially want the love of ministers.
Yes, I love you. ,
'Thank you. Now, when wolovaany
one we are willing to help him.' (Ihnma
a dollar, sir, ghnma a dollar. Out of tho
love you bear me, ghnma a dollar. '
'The minister anse, tok down a box
and handed the visitor a dollar, tiood
bye, I hope you will allways love ine,'
nnd the lover was gone, J
'How did you make It?' asked a rough
looking man, when the lover reached a
street corner not far away.' ,
'Fine. Never but ono rcacbor that
got away with, mc, and be. was an old
Unpfist tliat insisted ujxwi' duckiug mo
in the rivttf brrs he could love me.
iVcaehera like sometldng odd, Tlio old
style way of striking "em is repealed.'
Let me sco Ute money.'
'Here she is; a new dollar. Let's go
and take some thing. -.-.'
'I guess cou llie tiling Is counterfeit.''
It was a vile imitation of the dollar t ''
our dals, and the two thieves looked i t
each other In silence. The miuUtcr j.. '.
his head over the fence and laughed I..
n horse Tlie dollar bad come to him i
a contribution box.
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