Clearfield Republican. (Clearfield, Pa.) 1851-1937, September 30, 1854, Image 1
i 7 jglLI I), W. MOORE AND CLARK WILSOM; DEVOTED TO POMTICS, LITERATURE, AGRICULTURE, MORALITY, AND FOREIGN ANIHOMKSTIC INTELLIGENCE T!!StU $ 50 ifpauhvithin six months, $1 75, if pniihuthm iiiiic i.rmtlis, ami if not nai.l until tho cxpinition of the year 00 vi!l j)o Hn r-nl . VOLUME 5. CLEARFIELD. SATUimA Y KHPTHMlircR .?0. 1854. NUMBER 36.' a it lMtt ii r iiif iii Advent of Col. Archlb&M Yell. . LIFE IS TEXAS FIFTEEN TEARS AGO. Tho morning of tlio first Monday in November, 1833, broko on tho mild mori dinn of Arknnsns, with a sun of almost riental.brilliancy. . A sky clear ns crys tal bent its bluoarch ovcrnn atmosphere snftnnd warm as tlio balmy breath of May. It was a godsend of golden wenth cr to tho gathering crowds of human be ing9 that from an early hour came pour, ing into the streets and public square of Vnn Buren, a new but flourishing village, situatod on tho river from whenco tho state derives its name, and in the immo diato vicinity of the Cherokee line. Men, woman, and children, whito masters, black slaves and wild painted Indians, with plumes nodding from their swarthy brows, continually swelled that living sea, all burning with impatience to witness their favorite sheno to enjoy, one might say, their only popular amusement, tho com- monplesurc alike of every class for on that day tho district court opened its regu lar sessions for the Urge county of Craw ford. Persons ignorant of the economy of social life in the backwoods cannot even imagine what a strong and strango pas sim tho so fur western people manifest for the excitement of tho forum, and more especially for tho concomitants and con sequences which always attend or follow in i s train. Rut we should remember that, in tho paucity o oiher means of eregnrious amusement, it is to them church, theatre, gymnasium, newspaper : and telegraph tho solo focal point of ro union, where nil orders, and not unfre quently both sexes, go to seo iind bo seen. ! Tho court-yard is also tho frontier pro paratory school of party politics, in which the young athletic of ambitious genius leum lo exercise their tongues to dart dnggor-worda of bttter denunciation, and their hands to wield real daggers, pistols ond shot-guns. Tliii, loo, ia the battle ground where the older heroes, whoso laurels have been culled on many a bloody fiold, moot to measure arms." This is the constituted place for the decision of all matters in dis puto of every name and description. The paper, pleas of record form but a small item of the multifarious issues to be tried hero. Has the fair fame of a wo man been soiled by the poisonous lips of slander, it is here, near the door of the forum, and within hearing of tho judge nnd jury, that father, brother, or husband will wash out tho dark stain with tho red life blood of tho calumniator, or else lose tho last drop of his own. lias a private quarrel occured betwixt bullies, altor nies, doctors, teachers or divines, bo sure it is hero, in the public court-yard, before the gazing, shouting, agitated multitude, that tha parties will light it out. Such is the common law of custom and tho pro seription of immemorial and sanguinary usage. " Hero, also, is the chosen rendezvous of rogues, drunkards, whiskered gamblers, horso jockeys and all office hunters and demagogues. It is for reasons such as these "that the docket of a frontier court is never cleared of its cases ; for every old one adjudicated, at least Iwo new ones j are added to ihe list, and thus tno accu - mutation goes on increasing Trom year to d ho company unperccived.- ycar. This makes it iho elys.um or the j r tr r thnl noone reCogni7.ed lawyers. There is a sad drawback, how- cqM hnv0-cvcr imvo secn be ever, on Iheir felicity. Tho litigants, j thj g!anco lhnt beheld him once witnesses and spectators nre mostly load-1 ncver (orA ,js jmage. Habited ded down with deadly weapons, and arc i, a"over jn n rrP8h suit of leather orna equally ready touso them on tho s'ghlcst , mcntrj with fantastic figures, with a pnn show of insult. Hence nono but fearless , 8urrn0unting masses of ra fighters need hope for success at Uo, ro,lcd in wjd his im- bar. Under such a state of circumstances, . cinctured bv a broad belt : . f onnraivo tho acencs of wild strife, confusion and outrage exhibited in ' . j- ...I infirm 1 lor- a Ironticr lorum, wuuro j-"b- ced Ly ncccsity to be cither a tyrant or a slave, and tho counsel ore always bullies. ibh nnticination ol 11 wns, uiciwiuiv, , lb6 nntic.pai.on o violent excitement in tho snapo oi ui.iu. im.lira that drew such engcr nnu nur to tho court-hoiiso in tho rvinrr tbronos villno of Van Buren 'on tho occasion first alluded to. The human pu nisi nil"""" - - . , ,. :n presented a view animated and busy in the highest ocgreo. vm ui .t)C C!lst ai3composeu uy houscsf forty -thrco were groceries, Wltl1 ! 8crutiny and gapping wonder elicited by every door and window wide open, ami ndven( U(J only opcncj ,he cavern so densely crowded that it required ha I- j of , is (hro(lt anJ gfVC VRV l0 nn irrcprcs n.don clerks in each establishment to, ssion 0naughtcr. supply the thirsty customers, l.es.no mo counter tmght uc b ihpir' dressed gamblers, ringing gctnor ' " I r.,ii .inr. onsses ocioro -.c ;hampn,Pnoe disappeared beneath thejr beards. In the center of iho ?n rude mountain hunter, war. ... - - hand and a huge quart meas r m :!, nther iust raised lo his rtcd One instant more ; o and the nectar oi nuiu fire rhall melt on n.s gre- - -; nol It stopped inlransitu by ibe trong Tl 'r - Znr-rcl Indian.who snatches tho overflowing vessel an " " . . j n:. .u n Jhrounn wuatnaii D , , ...,h veii 0f, f rorcou evergreen where ino tree sand diamonds bevies of bright eved wo men are scaled on a carpet of grass tho daughters smiling at tlio accomnlish ofthoir beaux, and tho mothers smiliii" to near tho prattle ol their children. At nmo o clock, a eroun orinwvr. doctors.and politicians colonels all woro engaged in earnest conversation around tho bar, undisturbed by tlio drunken shouts and din of tumult rcverberntingwilh out, far and near, over tho villa ti. "It is tho hour for calling court," remark Roub Reynolds, Esq., "und jot our now Judge has not arrived." "If he's smart, ho won't nrrivo at nil," said Gen. Smoot, cutting fjguros in iho air with a showy sword-enno which ho had applied ft el armis to tho shoulders of a now judgo lately resigned. Gen. Smoot was tho" My Lord Coke" of Ar kansas. Ilo had umosscd a hundsomo fortune in the brief space of fivo years. rand by universal consent, ranked at the head of his profession. It is truo ho had not worked his way up to this proud ele vation by learned und laborious research, nor had ho soared there on tho pinions of impassioned ahd peerless eloquence, nor had intellect, or imagination, or purity of icciing a idea in ins ascent; ho had, simp ly hewed his way through all obstacles with the sharp edge of an immense bowio knife, which few save himself had suffi cient strength to wield. Wo to tho luck less witness that gave him a cross an- swer. Wo to tho opposing counsel thnt'jsichn coward's trick as that I Ilo hoi did not cower before his thunder ! And . Icred "Here boys, throw somo water in a dceoer wo to the oresumtuous iuden who ni.i IWo'a r,m tn l.rmrr dim in. u lulu I ,arcj to check his brow beoting insolence' or who assumed the right to determine 1 odo point against him! hen, therclorc, tho bystanders heard tho duelling general ultcr his oracular, loconism in reference to tho new judge, everybody comprehended the implied threats, and burst into a heatty laugh. "What is tho namo of his expected honor?" inquired Col. Roub Reynolds,' could ho bo provoked to tho amusement Esq., as ho gave his mouslacho an extra! ollaughtor. twirl. I Tho by slanders, however, felt no dis- "A. Yell, from Tennessee," replied ! position lo unite in Dill's explosive each Co!. McBall, "and ho has come to Arkan-j ination, for Col Leepcr, n Tcnnessccan, sas with the commission of a territorial and well acquainted with Juduo Yell, hav- judge in his pocko, for tho purpose of, making capital lo bo the hrst governor ot tho new state whon organized." Col. McBall was himselt nn aspirant for tho hi"h olfico of which ho then spoke Ilo did not obtain it, but. he did obtain tho post of Cashier of tho Eaycttcville bank, nnd five years afterwards robbed it and ran away with ono hunlrcl thousand dollars. "How do you call his name?" intcrro gated Gen. Smoot, elevating his sword cane. "A. Yell," repented Col.. McDall. "I'll change his name to A. Howl," re joined Gen. Smoot, perpetrating a meta phorical pun, whilo tho sword cano descen ded with a most belligerent flourish. A boisterous shout from tho group tes tified their general approval of tho men ace. 't "Is any one acquainted with this Yell ?" asked Col. Wallace, who was also a con didato for tho fuluro gubernatorial chair. 'I is." answered a deep toned voice, that started tho listeners like tho roar of 1 I , . , sneaker, who a tnunaoruoii j.. ... ,!: .:,i, niai literally bristling wilh pistols, of almost gignntic stature, with a faco of bronzo and hands of iron, tho latter grasping an rmo.ia mm. doubled-barrcllcd, and hammer9 ot iaf.cock, tho unknmvn i , r lit llin rmhndied , d fof M tho world tho embodied of mHfCUnr forco and diabolical j ' WflS rivtcj 0l, thia strango lower of hinpan strength, but for several :,,i.,0 rirrv lin wfls dumb. In tho iinii"iv-' - i nnwhic ,hG giant xlid not appear in . Kncourng(,d by ,his nrbiguous sign of idiocy or good humor, uen. omoo; ven lurcJ l0 address tho organized phenome non. "You say, fellow, that you aro acquain ted with Mr. A. Yell!" I reckon I isn't nuthin else, replied tho unknown, proudly. Smoot "What sort of a man is hot Tnknown "Ho'a a man." Smoot Will he fight I" Unknown "Yes, he'll fight every- thinff and anything, from tho devil on his Kurn.n throno up to a wy - " . nMholhisskull empty of brains and his pocket tun oi pis.om. you ever secn him 'l.frl! haint I seen mm barj ? Uo ddaT mind their teeth os much as you or mo would tho scratch of a blind kitten." Tho com parison was nccompanied by another cho king fit of merriment. Smoot (angrily) "I do not doubt Mr. icll is n perfect hero in a benr fi"ht. but i can ho fight men eh I" Unknown (indignantly) "Why bless: rny soul-caso, that's his reg'lar trade, ! whilst bar fightin' is only fun to keep his hand in practice ! I wish vou could have . seed him whip old IIoss Allen! You , brief definition of different snccics of crime, know as howthcy were both bully lawyers, ! lie began a general lecture on tho necessity, but Archy Yoll was nllcrs tho cutest, and ( importance and duties of courts. Ilis that mado old IIoss tamal mad, and he clear tones, nt first low and persuasive, thought he'd scare tho other off tho track;! gradually rose, and rang, vibrated, and but ho might as well havo tried to scare ; thrilled the air, filling tho ample forum a steam engine. Arc. y dodged two bul-j and rolling far out over tho public square lets, and bein' without weapons hisself, j till crowds came rushing from every gro cotched old IIoss by the throat and bt-jcery, thronging tho doors and darkening gau lo squeeze away iiko a cotton press. the windows, all anxious to sco and hour. Then old IIoss jerked out a big knifo and j They stood breathless, fascinated, won began lo licklo Archy's ribs, but ho der-struck, yet delighted; whilo thero couldn't make him laugh, nor let go his stood tho bluo-eycd magician, weaving the hold on his windpipo neither. Ilo cut ' spell of words which held them like a vice out his intrels, but Archy held them up ' of steel. with his left hand and choked harder than! And yet strango to say, his eloquence ever with his right. At last old IIoss lost his breath ; his eyes turned red ns blood and his faco black as a buck nig ger's ; and he fainted till tho knife drop ped from his fingers. Archy picked it upt but ho didn't stiko into the enemy's heart ? No, by 1 and Gen- crnl Jackson ! Ilo wur loo bravo for m, iiKoa doctor's shop and cot my intrcls sowed un I" y0u are a capital 'story teller," said Gen. Smoot with a sneer". "Will you bo so nood ns to favor us with vour own name ?" "They cnll mo good-natured Dill Ruf- fum, replied tho giant, with an obstrcp- erous roar, such as a red tier mieht emit ing come up in lime to hear tlio narration j ol that singular combat, substantially confirmed tho tale, baling only the figu- rative flourishes of its rhetoric "Tho new judgo is a real hero then?" inquired Roub Reynolds, Esq. Col. Leepcr answered "Ho is the bravest among tho bravo. I must own that, although wo two aro sworn and eter nal enemies." This avowal elongated to a most lu gubrious stretch a dozen legal visages, and caused even tho duellist, Gen. Smoot, to ground his sword cane. Little time, how ever remained then to speculate on the consequences of tho astounding fact, for, at that instant "good-natured Dill Ruffum" shouted with his inseparnblo chuckle "Yonder comes Archy, God bless his brave soul !" With this exclamation every eyo was turned towards iho door, through which n man of most sriking appearnnco was secn entering, wilh a bow of dignified courtesy and a smilo of irresistible sweet ness. Of a tall, slender, but sinewy frame, and a shapo elegant nnd symmet rical as n woman's; his bluo eyo beam ing wilh a brilliant yelculm light, ofa soul full of passion4s fire, but thoroughly self possesed, his whola person wearing the indcscribablo nir, and his faco tho coun tenance of a gentleman lo whom popular manners had grown a sort of second na ture : dressed in rich but plain clothing, iho stranger looked iho double personi fication of ono born to power, yet educa ted to please, and thercforo suro of com mand, becauso ho would excite in others tho will to obey. Ilis bluo eye went like a flash of mild summer lichining around tho circle of spell-bound gazors, his fine head almost imperceptibly nodded, and his winning smilo seemed to melt into every separate lieaj-t. Ho had held out his hand to only a single acquaintance, for ho had but one thero who was a friend ; but tho greeting ho gnvo that ono acquaintance made him a hundred new mends "Mv d'.ar nul lum, how happy I am to see you I Hear ty as a buck, too, nnd looking good n a lured nnd brave ns ever !" llss voico was clear ns tho tones of a silver bell, wilh n rinnini echo of soft music that I ingcred on tho car nnd penetrated tho soul. Tho giant Bill BulTum grnsped the prof fered hand with gesture ofnwkward bash fulness, lie blushed ; ho did not orcould not speak ; but ono great tear of joy, prido and pleasure rolled from his wild black eye and fell on tho judge's fingers. Aye, that was a grateful tribute ofa rude but faithful heart! That trivial incident caused an immense sensalion.nnd was fruitful of consrqjicnces. I power to annul the law, nor any w ill to A loud murmer of backwooods voiecs see it annulled." swelled up "Here's n gentleman ! He Tho judge's calm and business-like lone ain't ashamed to shake hands wilh tenth- nnd manner only served lo irjitato the cr hunting shins I Tie bows to common1 bully, who retorted, shaking his sword folks! IKi'a tho right sort of judge I Jrnnc in the direction of the bench "what We'll fight for him. jovcr may bo iho law, I, for one, will not Then tho faco of Gen. Smoot was like u,nrn jts principles from the lips of an up the convulsed face of a domon, nnd iill'S(Drt demagogue and coward I" his legal myrmidons turned alo with si lent rage. Judge Veil immediately proceeded to the scat on tho bench, and ordered tho Sheriff to open court. Tha bland smile on his hamlsomo features was renlaccd bv nu ex pression of sere no but determined majesty. Tho light in his blue eye grew firm and steady a something lo bo feared as well as loved. His charge to tho jury was a masterpiece for that meridian. After a had no profundity of learning, no polish of rhetoric. Ho never used a trope, and had no power of logic, ho seemed incapa ble of copulating premises with a view to keen argument ; but still that eloquence wns incomparably insinuntiii'i. It wound around tho soul, pierced through the heart and rivited every thought like a fine thrend of golden wire. It aroused no sudden cheers, no boisterous feeling. Its cflect was not admiration; it wa& conviction. Men did not exclaim, "What nn orator!" but they murmured to themselves, "How true !" , The1 judgo concludid by alluding to the dangers incurred by himself in the admin istration of even justice ; and this Jast sen tence, uttered in a terrible voice, thunder ed forth the fearless nvowal "I will deal out to every one jurors, witnesses, par tics nnd counsel iho full mcasuro of le gal right portaining to each, and no more ; but I will maintain the majesty ol tho law, nnd the dignity of my own person, or leave the best blood of my heart hero on ibis bench, my own place." His face was illuminated by tho gloiving fire of passion, his eyes literally blazed and his very teeth nppcorcd lo shine wilh savnge-nicaming raditnco Ihrounh hnlf parted lips, rigid ns iron with tho energies of indomitable will. Then iho insolent sneer which had produced that final peal, faded from thccountcnanco of Gen.Smoof, as he whispered to his myrmidons "By heavens! I think he'll fight ond I mean lo Iry him before iho day is nn hour older." "Ilis pockets lie smooth ; I don't think ho's armed," suggested Col. M'K. Ball, by way of encouragement. "I wonder what he carries that cano for, it would nid him but little in a combat, re marked Rcub Reynolds, Esq. "That cane, apparently so light, is a powerful weapon of solid iron," said Col. Leepcr. ."With it ono might fell an ox." "So much tho belter," muttered Gen. Smoot. "It will not then be asserted that I attacked an unarmed man." "Go ohrad, we'll all back you," whis pered M'K. Ball. Can the reader comprehend this scene? Can ho imagine why this clique of law yers should harbor such deadly hatred against. the unoTtnding stranger? Tho singular problem is easily explained. Some of them had been unsuccessful as pirants for iho office ho then filled, and they all felt that he would hereafter bo n dangerous competitor for future places of profit and honor under tho State govern ment obout to bo organized. This painful consciousness wns aggravated lo madness by the extraordinary impression which their supposed rival had already nnd so obviously produced in the minds of the people. Hcnco nothing remained but to test his courngi) to (ho last extremity an awful ordeal to which every professional man must submit who carries his ambi tion to tho perilous market of the back woods. Tho first rare on the docket was called, und iho plaintilf stood rcadv. It was nn old caso that had been in litigation for fivo years. Gen. Smoot arose fur the defend ant, and remarked in nn overbearing lone : "Our witnesses aro nbscnt, nnd there fore I demand that iho case bo continued till the next term, in course," "Let the proper affidavit he filed, for not till then can I et.tcrlain iho motion for a continuance," was ihe mild response of the judge. 'Do you doubt my Word ns lo the facts ?' Gen. Smoot exclaimed, sharply, and in voluntarily raising his sword-enno. . "Not nt all sir," replied tho judge, wiili his blandest smile; "but the law requires that iho facts justifying a continuance must appear on record, and tlio court has no Judge Yell's bluo eyes shot lightning, but he only turned to iho clerk und said quietly "Mr. Clerk, you will enter a fino of fifty dollars nguiist.Gon. Smoot, ns I sco him named on my dockel, for gross contempt of Court; and bo sure you is sua un imtnediato execution." Ilo had scarcely enunciated tho order, when Gen. Smoot was seen lushing to wards him, brandishing his sword-cane, nil his features writhing with murderous wrath, and pallid ns n corpso. Every clane'o was fixed on tho counte nance of the judgo, for all wished lo know how ho would brook tho comin" shock of tho duelist's fierco assault. But nono, however, could detect the slightest change in his oppcarence. Ilis cheek grew nei ther red nor while; not a ncrvo soemed to tremhlo ; his calm eyes surveyed the advancing foo with as little sign ol pcrtur billion as a chemist might show w hen tcru tiiiizing ihe effervescence of som" novel mixture. , lie sat pcrleclly still with that slrdl ol painted iron in his right hand. Smoot ascended the platform nnd im mcdialelv aimed a tremendous blow wilh his enormous sword-enno at tho head ofj his foe. At that blow five hundred henrts shuddered, nnd more than a dozen voices shrieked, for all expected to seo tho vic tim's skull shivered lo atoms. Tho gen eral nstonishmcnt, then, may be concei ved, when they beheld ihe litile iron staff, describe a quick curve ns iho grent sword cane flew from Sinoot's fingers, nnd fell wiih a loud clutter at tho distance of twen ty feet in the haH. Tho balled bully titter ed a cry of wrath wild as that of some wounded beast of prcyr nnd snatched his bowie-knifo from its sheath ; but ero it was well poised for the desperate plungo, the littlo iron sto tl cut another curve nnd the big knifo followed the sword-cane. Ho then hastily drew a revolving pistol, but before ho had lime to touch tho (rig ger, his arm was stricken down powerless to his side. And then, for the first time, did Judge Yell bctrav perceptible emotion. Ilo stamped his foot till the platform shook beneath it, and shouted in trumpet tones "Mr. Clerk, you will blot this ruffian's name as a foul disgrace Irom tho roll ol altorneys. Mr. Sheriff, lake the criminal to jail." Tho latter officer sprung to obey the mandate, and immediately a scene cf con fusion ensued that no pen can describe. Tho bravos and myrmidon friends of Gen. Smoot gathered around to obstruct Iho sheriff, whilo many of tho citizens lent iheir opportune nid lo suslnin the authority of the court. Menaces, screams nnd hor rid curses, iho ring of impigning and cros sing steel, ollcrnntc cries of rage nnd pain, all commingled wilh iho awful explosion of fire-arms, blended together a vivid idea of pandemonium. But throughout all tho tempestuous strile, two individuals might be observed as leaders in tho whirlwind and riders of tho storm. Tho new judge used his liitlo iron enno wilh terrible effi ciency, crippling limbs, yet sparing lite; whilo "good-natured Bill Buflum, imita ting tho clemency of his honored friend, and disdaining tho employment of knife or pistol, actually trampled nnd crushed down oil opposition, roaring at every fu rious blow " I his is tho way to preserve order in court," a sentiment which ho ac companied with peal? of wild laughter. In less than two minutes the party ol tho judgo triumphed, nnd iho cliquo of Smoot sullercd a disnstrious dclcnt, nnd Iho bully himself was borne nwny torion. Such was tho dibut of Archibuld Yell in Arknnsas ; nnd from that day his pop ularity nsn man, ns a judge, ns n hero, and ns a politician, went on rapidly nnd brilliantly increasing (ill it eclipsed nil tho oldest nnd most powerful na"mcs. Within tho first year of his emigration ho became a enndidnto for tho Governor's chair, nnd, notwithstanding liic bitlcrcst opposition, ho was elected by nino-tenlhs of tho votes pol led. At the end of his term he canvassed for Congress, nnd again swept tho State Iiko a hurricane. Ho continued to serve with success in tho supremo councils of the nation until tho period of the war with Mexico. Ilo then resigned, Lurried home to Arknnsas, nnd raised a regiment of volunteer cavalry, with which be made nil possible despatch for ihe yceiieof nclion. Tho w riter of the present sketch saw him on his lino of march to coalesce with iho grand nrmy of occupation, nnd never will ho forget 1 ho evening passed by his hospitable ciuiip-lirc on Red river, within iho limit? of Texas Tho prophecy of hit fiirewidl words still rings in my cars with mournful distinctness. "I go," said he, wilh a look of fire, and in tones of thrilling emphnsis, "to make c namo which shall bo co-rxlensivo wilh lb" length and breadth of iho Union, or lo ex tinguish life itself in a blaze of glory I' .: lie kept his word, he did both. He ar rived on tho gory arena in time lo witness tho magnificent storm of the great day ol Bur.na Yis'a ; nnd where is Ihe truo child of American birth i hut ennnot namo ihe three transcendent stars of chivalry who fell quenched -in blood tlmt day ? nyp who fell, but us they fill shed a (.nrtini; sun-burst of everlasting life-light over thai field of glory and of graves I Dost remem ber? Ilurdin! Clay! Yell! We havo only spneo rcmnining to glance curraic calamo nt iho striking character of Gov. Yell's eenius. It seems from his childhood to havo been u liiplo compuiind of courage, prudence und love ol Approba tion. Although born of very poor parmts ho was distinguished even w hen n boy aliko by his daring, hia thirst for practical know ledge, and the refined courtesy of his manners. As a lawyer, judge and states man, ho was fur from being profound. Ho never sought for centrul problems em bodying first principles ho hud no skill for tho analysis of ca.scs; but ho had an eyo for consequences near and remote, piercing and far sighted as Ihe eagle's. That ho hat! faults, we do not deny, but whatever their nature or number, wo will not discuss ihcm now. -.,-.. They were till amply expiated by that heroic death tho, rich libulioii of blood poured out on the niter of his beloved country ! And on that alter,, too, nt tho sumo hour, and on the same point of the ensanguined field, before iho snme sweep of fire and whirlwind of battle, fell another sacrifice, humbler, yet not ihe less accept able to the genius of our glorious father land wo menu him who lias figured in this sketch ns "good nalured Bill Buifum." lie was always the inJbpnrablc companion of Col. Yell. Ilo carried a slundard through that storm of steel and lead. , Ilo was cut in two by a cunnoii-shot, nnd the colors of his country drooped over, him like a shroud. . Poor Bill ! ho shall laugh or weep now nevermore till tho last morn ing ! Glorious Bill 1 he died near his idolized friend, ond tho banner of thirty stars was his winding sheet. From th'. Mimouri P'ptilUcmi, 23. THE CROPS NOT SO BAD AFTEH ALL , ' A good deal of unnecessary nlarm has been created in regard lo tho crops of the present year, in many cases with specula tive purposes in view. There can bo no doubt thut tho wheat and oat crops, as a general thing, were usually heavy, and wilh the prospect of very little export de mand for breudsluffs, there is a prospect of an abundant supply for the home do mand. In every section of Missouri tho diouht has seriously affected the crops of corn, potatoes, &c, and it may be said thut thero is a total failure. Tho extreme ouuiiVcaslern counties form exceptions, our accounts leading us to believe that fine crops w ill bo raised. Those who have failed in tho production of corn for their own uso will of course have lo rely upon others, and to pay what even now seem evtrnvagant prices. Still thero will be corn enough produced in this and Iho ad joining State to supply the demand. , Wo learn from Minnesota, Wisconsin, the northern part of Illinois, and much more then ono half of Iowa, that the crops of corn, potatoes, ccc, never promised belter returns for tho lubor of the farmer. So it will be as we have before said, in the counties fronting Iowa on tho Missouri. Added to this, there is much corn of lasi year's growth yet in tho barns. ' Wegaw; an instance ot this yesterday, in specula- ilnn rvtniln nt T .nv i n ntf-m Tlirt Pr ril ( It I G w , other d ke of a ,Q amount still on hand in that county ; und thero are lowns on tho Upfper Mississippi river where large amounts of old corn may be purchased, l'eoplo should not bo de ceived by croakers. There is nn abun dant amount of grain for a year to conic, and an inflation in prices predicted on n short crop everywhere is likely to operate to the prejudice of speculators. The Ohio Slate Journal has an article on tho same subject, from which wo make an extract ; Tho drought may havo injured the crops, but it has nol destroyed them. The wheat, what thero is of it, is of nn excel lent quality, nnd onls ncver produced u better yield. The hay there never hai been cut in any former occasion so abun dant a crop of hay as tho farmers have now stowed awny in their stacks, nnd in their barns. Tho corn crop is not n fail ure by any means. Take the whole Stntc together, thero will bo nearly nn average cron. "Through Madison nnd Union co's. nnd in parts of this county t ho corn wan never better. As for potatoes, ihey nre too small lu talk nboul. The trees in iho orchards are breaking down with fruit. Tho poaches arc good, iho apples neve better, and tha grapes are luscious. 'On markets nre crowded wilh nil llio luxuries of iho senson, nnd though tho buyer com plains of tho silvery ttiste of evr rvthing that is purchased, tho mdlcr is very w illing lo gratify his lusl.c for iho ensh down. Flour, to be sure, is vinr. dollars n barrel but it is very g.wJ (lour and plenty ol it at that price. fclT'Look here what are you sweariug at lint poor old i.g for?' . ' . : . 'I log ! Bless my soul, (hiccup) I tho'l I wns addressing (hiccup) tho o'd woman. (Hiccup.) I ask the lion's pardon, (llii'cip.) Just aik that bnck h.miu to s'nnd s'ill (hiccup) till I get around llin corner (hiccup) that's a good fellow now f-r ii.' 'And awny ho went into ill ccller. . Sight ,hrol,h ,,kc ,cn " i i .l U l.bn Inn mou- b '"