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IIV (JKO. I.. AIKEN.
We were encamped before Monterey.
The night was fur advanced. Stretched
at full longtli before the camp fire, 1 was
endeavoring to snatch a short repose to
prepare we for the assault which was to
take place ut Jay break.
The attempt was useless; slumber gave
the "cold shoulder," and I found myself
wide awake, intently observing my'oap
tain, who occupied the other side of the
Ho was sitting on un old box, wrapped
in his cloak, and gazing among the smoul
dering embers with an expression of coun
tenance so intensely mournful tli.it my
sympathy was at once irresistably drawn
His face was of ashy paleness contrast
ing strongly with his' jetty hair end eyes.
His beard had been suffered to grow lor u
week unchecked by the edge of u razor,
ami its exuberance increased his haggard
Captain Archer was a mystery to the
whole regiment. Young, finely' fumed,
endowed by nature with a fin e of classic
beauty, he seemed born to enjoy every
happiness: yit a constant, sad melancholy
pervaded by the remembrance of some
never-to-be-forgotten grief, lie made no
one eonij anion studiously avoided nil in
tercourse with his brothero'tlioers seldom
spoke, unless it was on duty. The life he.
led was one of extreme insolation.
Notwithstanding the solitary habits of
Archer, he was respect d by all hi bi oth
er officers, for ho whs bravo' to rashness on
tho battle field, and treated all who ii'i-
proached him with a gentle maiilv cour
Being his first Lieutenant, I wasslightly
exempted from tl.e formal manner he
adopted towards ethers, our duty bringing' He read the note; as he did so, tin
us in constant contact. I never hail in'tru- greatest astonishment was depicted on hi
ded upon li is sorrow Kith my exquisite j fiice. When he had finished, he exclaim
micstinninc ; he felt and amaooiati d the cd
delicacy, and though he snoke
thanks, his eyes expressed them,
secured hi? good opinion, I was
enough to retain it.
Having nothing better to do. I lav with
my eyes riveted upon his face, w hile my !
imagination run riot in speculation over You cannot deny it."
his history. j "The resemblance is very great, yet let
As I gaied a deep sigh issued from his ns not be too hasty Edward. I will hasten
lips, and moused him from his abstraction. ; home and ascertain the truth ; wait un
Our eyes mot : he studied my countenance ' til I return."
for a moment, as if intent on rending my He was gone. I had no intention of
thoughts. Ho seemed satisfied with the "waiting hi return. The demon of dis-
scrutiny, for he said inimidiately w ith a
constant tinge of melancholy which
accompanied his voice,
"You are not asleep, Lieut, (ieorge?"
" No, Captain."
"What prevents you from sleeping
anxiety for the morrow?"
"Possibly that may be one of the caus
es I replied."
A dangerous duty is assigned our re-
gitnent." ' !
" Might I inquire what it is!" i
"Certainly. Do you see yonder tall ;
buildinir loomina above the heights of
Monterey, through the darkness?'
" You mean tho Hishop's Castle?"
"Yes that is to be our place of attack.
AVe storm it at daybreak."
" It is a dangerous undertaking."
"True, Lieutenant we have the honor
of being selected for a "forlorn hope."
You understand tho term : weshall march
to almost certain death we shall find a
grave beneath those walls. 1 shall at least
meet the death 1 have so often
"Sought, Captain?" I repented in as
tonishment, ga.ing in his face., which wore
look of calm resignstion.
"You are surprised that I should wish
to die," lie continued in the same mourn
ful strain. " It excites your wonder that
one so young as I am for I am twenty
five should have grown weary of life.
Ah! my friend, the heart may grow aged
in a day, and when such is the case, the
young frame that enshrines it cannot rec
oncile it to the world."
"You have mot with some bitter disap
pointment," I suggested, "which long
brooding over has tainted your mind.
Banish it from your reccollection. Hap
piness is yet within your reach if you will
tut strivo to obtain it.
"Alns! my friend," he cried, "you know
not what I have lost. You w on id fain ad
minister comfort to me, but you know not
the extent of the wound you would probe.
I feel that to-morrow will bring the crisis
of my fate. Wo can neither of us sleep :
if you will have patience to listen, I will
recount to you and if you ever return to my
native soil, you can tell my friends my
story and fate."
I expressed my willingness to listen, and
Archer proceeded at once
"I am a native of lioston, my profession
is that of a lawyer, yet I had no necessity
to practice it, for I was left an orphan at
iwonvy, wun an ampic lortune
"I diil not fill into the fonr-e of dissj.
pation, common young men left their
imwi iniisier at an early ago. licurcd .1)
the path of honor and integrity by a wise
father, 1 remembered mid 'treasured bis
counsels long after the lip t,t uttered
them were crumbling into dust.
"The old lawyer, under whom I studied,
had a niece, she wa the heiress of n line
estate, which was unjustly held from her
by a male relative. Her nude had given
her a house, and instituted a suit to recov
or her property.
"Delia llallet was seventeen when I first
beheld her, ami 1 thoimhl the I,vnli..c i.f
her sex. I will not attempt to describe tho
( harms which made me her slave; suffice
it to say, I loved her with my whole being.
"1 sought every opportunity of securing
her society, and our iicqiiiiintiihee soon ri
pened into intimacy. My love was told
and accepted. Delia promised to be my
wile on one condition, and that was, if she
gained her lawsuit, us her fortune would
then nearly ciiial my own.
"1 endeavored in vain to combat this
resolution, .She was firm ngainst all my
entreaties, she acknowledged her love for
me; but in the same breath told me J
should never call her mine so long as she
remained a beggar.
"I left her with the determination to
exert all my energies in her cause. An
imated with this idea, 1 at once offered mv
service to hot guardian; they were joyfully
uecepmi. e tailored together. The tri
al day came the case wus severely contes
ted the result gave us a decided victory.
1 bore the news of our success of Ielia.
"I have no thanks to speak." she said,
laying her hand in mine, this is vour re
ward." The wedding day was fixed. With what
joy I awaited the approach of this event
ful period. Time passed on slowly enough
to my eager anticipation. The eve of the
day came. J was sitting in mv office.
hen a servant brought me the aim-mine-
inteligeiiee that Delhi had disappeared, no
one knew whither. At the same time ho
placed in my hand a note addressed to
me, in her well know n hand-writing:
"Edward Forgive me for having so long
deceived you. I never loved you. I am
about to elope with him who alone possess
es my heart. 1'nrdon her whom jott have
so often called you I i: t . i a . "
1 sat in my chair in a state of stupor,
holding the fatal paper firmly clenched
in my hand, w hile the moments passed by
unheeded. Heaven only knows how long
I should have remained thus if 1 hud not
been disturbed by the entrance of her
He noticed my di -traction at once and
inquired me cu'l-o. i gave him the letter
t speak, my heart was
Uoked my utterance,
should have been re
in my throat, and
(Could I have wept 1
"It is impossible, she never would have
'is not this herliand writing?" gasped I.
lie scrutinized the note, word for word,
nnd his countenance fell a? he replied
"It is very like."
pair was in my soul, and I could not hear
to look on familiar things. 1 w rote a line
to my tutor, leaving my property to his
charge, and gathering up what money I
had in the otlico, I hurried away.
That afternoon I took the cars for New
York. ')n my arrival there, I found the
city filled with volunteers for the army in
Mexico. I joined them am', obtained a
captain s commission.
1 have little more to tell. Since then 1
have led a soldier's life. I have courted
death in many a fray, and escaped without
a wound. I cannot drive the image of her
whom 1 so tonilly loveil, and who so hase
ly deceived me, from my mind. She has
been the cause of tho everlasting grief that
consumes me. Something tells mo that
to-morrow my heart w ill be at rest."
He ceased speaking, wrapped his cloak
close about him, and iaid down to sleep. 1
I became absorbed in a train of thoughts, as
I reflected over his singular history, but
before 1 could come to any definite con-
'elusion, slumber surprised me.
Pay was just breaking us l awoke iroiu
iny nap. 1 had been dieaming. 1 tho't
1 had discovered the runaway Delia res
tored her to tho arms of the distracted
Archer, nnd was receiving their grateful
thanks, when, opening my eyes, 1 discov
ered a voune lad shaking tuc by the shoul
1 sprang to my feet and asked him what
ho wanted. He was an affectionate look -
inglittlo fellow with curly brown hair, and
the prettiest blue eyes I over saw. His
forehead looked careworn, and there was
of deep sorow upon his
"Where is Captain Archer ?" ho asked
in answer to my interrogation.
" onder," I replied, pointing with my
sword, towards the 'forlorn hope' which
was forming for the attack.
"Can I speak to him? he enquired.
Before I could answer the word was given
'After tho bittle," I cried, a-s I hurried
forward to take my plnec in the advancing
"That will )e too late," I heard him
scream as 1 hurried awny.
The assault was over. The remnant of
the "forlorn hope" was gathering around
a table in theca-stlo of the Bishop, which
was covered with flasks of generous wine.
Archor and myself were the only surviving
officers. By my side stood the boy, who
CI.KAIII'IIXI), PA. Wr.D.NKSDAV AINUI, U, IB.V
Imd sealed (lie wn
through the iron
after me, and passed
mil torm of war un-
scrateheil. Archer and my elf had fought
side by side, nml the courageous little fel
low had co.-.o!y followed our footsteps.
The boy was intently gazing upon Ar
cher's face, as if do-in. n- of attracting hi
nt diition. Suppo-ing be wi-hi'd to be
praised for his bravery. I tinned to Arch
er and said
i "Ciiptain Archer you have not e noti
ced our young volunteer."
! My words had urou-eil hini from ihe re
verie into which he had fallen; he rui ed
his eyes and looked towards the lad. The
moment their eyes met. he sprang w ililly
to his feet exclaimihs;
'Iv.lwnid !" was the leply, i.lnl they
were locked in each other's arms. Ho did
not pause toiuestioii her 1 1 u I h he as kid
no explanalious. All was forgotten in the
joy of re-union. 1 was made aerjiiainted
w ith all afterwards. Tho niyMerv was ea
sily solved. The nolo had been lorged by
the relative w ho had ju-t lo-( the suit, anil
he hail abducted lelia, and conveyed her
to a country house, to give color to the
fabrication. He did this to revenge him
self for the loss of his property.
J'eliu sueeedeil ill making her escape
and returned home. Her guardian infor
' med her of the dep.irtuae of Archer, and
' the calico. She determined to follow him
ami convince hint of the truth. Ih made
j her preparations secretly, and left home
in male attire.
In New York she had discovered that
Archer had joined the army in .Mexico.
Nothing dailht'cdat the length of the jour
ney, she secured a passage and sailed the
next day. Alter many perils and hard
ships, her devotion was rewarded by find
ing Archer at Monterey .
Archer had prophesied right when he
said "his heart should beat rest" that day.
That face which had been so long a .stran
ger to a smile, became radiant with them.
Determined not to he deprived of hi.-bride
a second time, as s ion as his duty would
permit, he summoiie 1 in a priest, and 1
acting the part of a father, placed the
hand of Delia within his oan, and gave
him a jewel of a wife.
She bore her husband company thro1
the r.emaindrof t he campaign, and w hen
the war was over, returned to Bo-ton.
The relative w ho had made himself so
busy in concocting the villainy, had eva
ded the punishment by llight. 'I he last
lime 1 had the pleasure of seeing Archer
and his wife, they were enjoying the hap-pine-s
they so richly deserved. May it
know n abatement.
Written forthe Weekly Novelet to.
ENCOl'N Thl! WITH WILD IllCASTS.
"Spiaking of Woodchuck." sai I 1'ivd J
iiunce. as with a sueei-sioii of rapid poke.
of the fore-linger he setlh d the half-consumed
tobacco in the bowl of hi-, pipe,'
".-peaking of wo,(lohrick,put- me in mind !
of a little scrape I had one day la-t
mer though it wasn't with a chuck
er, but with another kind of animal,
that we all ii". w hen it comes withii
a mile of us.
You see, me and (.'obe Freeman,
and another feller, took our lootiu
irons one '
afternoon, and slat ted out to see if we
couldn't scan? up something. We hadn't
got more'h half a mile from the village,
when, ns we were parsing through a lit'.le
piece of woods, up flew a partridge and
scooted right away before us. I brought
old Killdivil to my shoulder, to let drive
at her: but Cola' was right square in my
range, so that I couldn't tire w ii limit shoot
in' him ; and its I did't care todo that just
then, I waited, eipectih' to see him pelt
away at her: but, for some reason, he
didn't fire, and the bird got away. It
kind o' run through my top piece that we
should find her again, over beyond n bill
to tho right of us ; but Cobe and 'tolher
feller ran awny with the notion that the
other side of the little piece of woods was
the likeliest place to find her. I didn't
know but they might bo right; so they
started oil' through the piece of wood-,
while I travelled up over the hill. (Jet
ting to the top, about the first thing that
my eye lighted on was something or other
rolling, kicking, and squirming behind a
clump ot hushes. .My first thought was
ot course, to set back both hammers
mv mm, and then to take a food look
the critter, whatever he might be, Having
squinted uway till 1 got a middling fail
sight, I was pretty well sati.-lied with
what it was. though it was nigh
about a bunded rods from me. Says I to
myself, says I, as I let down both ham
mers. That's nothing but just Cobe Free
man's dog, lolling the tleos out of his hide.'
So I travelled along, kind o' easy, like,
so s not to ingiueii anything, arm peek-
ling round nil the time in search of the
j bird. Well, 1 trumped back and forth a
Int. without seeing any tiling, all llie time
walking towards this dump of bushes, till
1 I'd got within about a dozen or fifteen
rods, when happening to lilt my eyes, 1
saw this same thing rolling, kicking, and
squirming, like as it was when 1 first saw
Well, there, says 1
that's Cobe F'reeinan'f
skunk's tail on it any
was about all I could sc
"Cooking mv gun u
stark amazed, if
dog, it's got a
how, for the tail
: for tho bushes,
nin I waited ju-t
where 1 was, not caring to go nearer, be
cause a skunk, you know, is just a little
mite more powerful than a lion, and 1 had
mv best clothes on. inking a kind of cir
cuit for a better view, I got a fair sight of
the critter, and sure enough I was right,
Not only was there a skunk's tail, but a
skunk's body nt the upper end of it ; and
five or six pretty well grown pups wore
iilaying nnd capering all around it. Now
'spose that you are aware that these crit -
tors know their strength, nnd won't run
from anybody. They suw me just ubout
as quick as I saw them, and they squared
for me. With their heads and tails up,
and their spotted black and w hite sides
shining in the sun, they looked about ns
pooly us ever you sen. I was kind o' bo.
theied fr a minute, not knowing exactly
, what to do; for you see I had notion' but
, No. six shot, whidi wouldn't do much to
a four f.,o(ed ipiadruped at that di-tance ;
and I w as soi l o' scared to go up any High
er. Alter waiting and looking round a
di, I made up t! v mind. Says I, I'm
Mire to lo-e 'em if Island here gaping
round all day, and with that I fetched old
i Killdivil up to a sight, and let slip one
barrel ; and yon may spit on me ef it didn't
curl even- ghost of 'em over on their
backs, where they lay kiekin' good for
! about a minute. I knowed the small bird
i shot that 1 had put inio their carcases
wasn't enough to hurt 'em much, sol
.stood ivady with t'other barrel, wait in' to
' see 'em -I.U t. In about a minute the obi
.she critter got uj on her pin-, and began
, to no-,, over the young one-for a start to
i their burrow.
j '-Now for 'cm, say.- I, and let drive t'o
Jthor barrel. I'ait though it made 'cm
1 sijuiriu abit, it din't stop 'em ; ami they
i began to put for their holes. Now I wasn't
j right sure what to do, for I suppose you
I know tho.-,-. critters are furnished with a
I quantity of alllired smart perfumery, which
i they can take on the end of f'.eir tails
, and flirt a good distance. 1 didn't like to
j run up and bat 'em with the stock of my
igiin, for fear of my new clothes, and T
j thought I hadn't time to load again ; so I
set up a g'.va roar for ( 'obe and the t'oth
ereh ip. who, I Mifi't were on the other
side of Ihe piece ot woods, Well. 1 roared
and the critters run. till at last ( 'obe made
his a p ii 'lira I ice through t he piece o Woods,
ail out of hi eat h, with his I'lin cocked.
nnd put ti It or
stop the re-!.
I "All right.
cm about i
er tho old '
quck as 1
be one, and that'll
putting it thruigh the grass like
"Well, he got on such a gait that in a
trifle less than no time he was up so close
that he could have knocked one of 'em
over w itli the tuuzle of his gun.
"Here goes, sung out tube, bringing!
up his gun for a sight, and pulling tii-ger '
at the same time.
, "1 made sure to see something done,
. then : but Cobe being -o exeiled, and so
jnl!fir.d sure o! hia mark, didn't half take i
, iirh t. and his Olll V e!iat-"e lol- ho e. o-i-irwl '
asingle barrel-went right sqiwre into as large as'bung holes. Probably ti'loy dy been brought befiTe tho irgima Leg
the hillside, and never touched a skunk. ! thought I was some chap that had been ! H"11"'1'- n"(l an "I'l-ropnation of $2.),(Ji0
You may be sure I w ent like a m id jack-1 drowned, and come up to the surface ' ,s to provide tor tlie enlargement
n-s in a burning barn, when I saw Ih'at. i head foremost, or el-e that mv head was' a'"1 improvement of the dormitories.
yd enough lea' me to call that t
he Freeman : and 1 don't
now I'-.it what we might have pick
ayei v nice sort el light, c, the other chap
hadn't i-ou-ie up at ju-t thai minute, all
of a shiver at the row that was going on.
"He see the critters makin' tin the bill.
and started after Vm. Now, I sort o' had
'an idea that he wouldn't do any thing, so
I sings oiit'iifii-r him : says I. give us that
gun. but he kept staving right ahead, not
! so much as looking lehiinl. So I sings
J out again : says I, von thundcrin' eonipli-
cutcd darn fool, give us that mm ; you'll
be sure to miss
em, you will. With that !
he s)., k
I s' I lose,
d up a bit ; as much asany thing ' said I to myself, and feeling kind o' wa
because be beutan to smell w bat lei-soaked 1 waded out of the ltond. nnd
.... .' . T 11.11. I .
ale, knocking over first one and then
t another, till ju-t as I fetched the I.i.-t one
a clip, 1 caught my toe in the grass, nnd
; came down whack on my face. Now, in
. tho hurry and excitement, none of us had
noticed that the long grass in tho track of
I the critters was as wot as a sop ; but the
minute I pitched my frontispiece into the
gioiind, I took in the whole sense of the
thing. lumping on to my brogans in
about four ticks less'n no iime, I took a
re-ti ospect ive view of our route. There
was our whole track for a dozen rods, as
wi t as dew; Cobe nnd t'other feller, wet
to their knees, und holdeii their noses. nnd
the air all around us as blue as n pigeon's
back. I 'ut I was worse'n any of 'em, for 1
was ji' t soaked through on mv front side,
from mv brogans to my forelock. It says
somewhere in the Scripture, that dead
flies canseth the ointment of the apothe
cary to behave itself shockingly. Put,
good .love, dead flies couldn't hold a can
dle to what rose up to our noses; it wa?
Soon a.s I could get my breath we start
ed oil for the pond, about half a milo from
there, niakin'i good time, now, I tell ve.
It must have been a queer sight, to see
threo great strapping he fellers, grabbing
their no.-es in their claws, and puttin' it
full tilt, down the road, as though the
old scratch, or some other justice of the
peace was alter them.
Oettin to the edge of the pond, I p jlbvl
offiny wardrobe just about ns quick ns
most nny body could, nnd dove into the
drink. As for Cobe nnd t'other feller
not boimi wet above the knees they had
only to get off their shoes and stockings,
cut off their breeches legs just above the
knees, take n good wash, and they were
all light and tight, or would have been.
had knee breech'-s been in fashion at that
iimo. We then turned to, nnd dug a big
hole into which wo put all my tailoring.
and their shoes nnd stockins, and covered
'em up. All was right enough, so far ; but
the next question was, what was to be
done with me ? I couldn't go back home ;
' for having boon soaked through, hair and
nil, I was still pretty considerably ower-
ful ; and what was worse, I had nothin' in
the world on but the tight fittin' jacket
that nature cut nnd and basted for me,
which people who saw me on the road, and
sin i oi game ii was. i graooeu ins snoot- Having walked round a bit to stretch my
in stick and put after the critters like a legs, picked up a list full of pebbles, und
quarter hor-e. (iettin within good range, walked back to my old quarteis, nml be
lief drive nnd dropped the old she one gan to pelt the green-coated bull frogs
right in her tracks: but the young cubs that were croaking at rue from the bank,
in-toad of sloppin' by her, kept right While I wa- spanking away at Vm as bu
along forthe burrow. Soon ns w o see that, sy us a bee, nnd thinking it' was about time
me and Cube, and t'other fellow, dove af- for the boys to get back, I heard a trenirn
them through the long grass, at a great dons cackling and gabbling in the wood-.
goin' into the village might consider too
thin for the season, and perhnps oeeadon
remarks. There tvns but one thing that
could bo done ; and that was for Cube mid
t'other fdler to go back home and get mo
some soap and towels, nnd a new set of
harness, while I amn-i-il myself where I
was. So they started off with their bare
legs nnd feet splitting through tho sand,
w hile I, not curin'Jio bo wandorin' round
in the bushes like another Adam, just
walked myself into the pond. It was a
rather shallow piece of water, so that I
must have got fifteen or twenty rods from
the shore before it was up to my chin, and
there J stood ruminating. Thu place was
full of blood suckers nnd leeches, nnd I
expected nothing but what they would
fasten thcin-elvos nil i ver me, as they hud
done many times before, when I had been
in after lilies. Ihit'no ; not a single bucket-came
within a yard of me. The mud
turtles too, that "ero laying round in
droves sunning themselves on the rails
and sttimps.ran out their necks and looked
at me contemptiiously lor a niinuie, then I
turned up theirnoses and slid oll into the
water. I couldn't find fault with the poor 1
critter-for beiiiL' di-.-ustcd with me: for ;
two cents 1 would have lain down imd
ted myself to death-
"It might have been half an hour or so. i
after the hoys left me, that I heard some-
body come down the hill tovard the pond
and as they clawed their way through the
hushesand came out upon the bank. I saw
it was a fdler and two or three gals from
the di- nic that was going on in the grove.
"Now. then, says I to myself, says I, if
I keep quiet just, where I be. the chances
are they won't see inc. or if they do, w ill
take my heud for n stump, and 1 shunt be
the first good feller that has been taken
fir a wooden head. So I stood stock still.
I facing 'cm. They played round a good
if pell without taking any notice, and I be
j gan to think they would go oil' without
seeing me, but all at once one of the gals
let ju-t one of the aw fullest squeals out of
j In r that ever you heard.
"(, Lord, what's that, she screamed,
j "What's what? exclaimed nil the oth
' ers looking in every place but the right
There, -he w hitnpered, pointing at mi
with a hand that shook like a ooplur leaf.
"Good grtcioii-, its a man's head. 1
heard the fellow whisper, in a voice that
showed he was a good deal taken aback.
"I never moved a twig, and for several
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stuck ina pole, beginning to get rather'
tired at being stared at so long for noth
ing, I went to work, and, without moving!
an inch from where I was, began crossings
my eyes, running out my tongue, and I
screwing up my face into the awfulle.-tj
condemned looking shapes that ever was;
heard of. Mightv gracious! you should 1
have heard the yells and howl,-, those girls
let o!i; as ihpy tore up the side of that hill
with the feller after 'cm, to take care of
'in, I spose hesaid, but if that fdler was
not a badly seared chap, then his face
was a liar, that's all.
"I'm well rid of youreompany.anv how.
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, and the next minute two or threo hun-
dred men and women, fellers and gals,
boys nnd 1'ittleo.arlings ; thowhole pic nic
party, in fact, came pouring down the hill
to the sido of the pond. I hadn't calcu
lated on t' is, and wasn't right sure what
to do, any way, so I did nothing at all, but
just stand right where I was and look ut
"There it is. there it is, don't you be
lieve it now ? bawl'd the fdler that had
been frightened a :iy.
"O, why, singular! remarkable! nsleii-i-hing!
ejaculated everybody, crowding
up to the sideof the point for a good sight,
ami there they stood, two or throe hun
dred poir of eye- staring at my head, and
me staring back nt them.
"It's alive, suddely screamed one of the
gals, pointing right square at me ; it's alive
I can see it wink.
"Why, so it does, said t very body else,
and nil hands yelled out what ye doin'
"Now. I didn't consider that it was any
of their business w hat I was doing, and so
made no reply whatever.
"In my opinion it's all a humbug, said
one of the fellers. JT1 soon make him
speak, nnd taking a gun he pointed it at
"Put that gun down, you 'bominablo,
tiring down fool; don't you know any
belter than to be pointing guns at fellers?
1 1 shouted, for 1 thought this wasjeoming it
"Well, what ye doing there ? ho asked,
as pert ns if he had a right to know.
"None of your thundering business,
what I'm doing here, said I.
"All hands set up a groat laugh to think
how they had been sold, nnd looked ra
ther sheepish than otherwise, especially
my first discoverer. I supposed they
would go oil' now, that they had fotipd
out what I was, but they kept lingering
! round, wanting to see the end of tho mat-
"This didn't suit me pretty well, for I
had been looked nt just about as long as it
was pleasant, so I sung out, says I, Look
here folks, I want you to understand that
I am just us naked as a peeled apple, and
I'm coming on shore, I am, and 1 began
to wado towards the bank. At that, all
the women, gals, nnd little diulings set up
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an everlasting squalling, nnd wpialking,
and hooked it up the hill, like forty, most
of the fellers follow ing them. A few chaps
kept hanging about, however, rather po.
king fun at me. 1 was naturally a littlo
riled at this, and winking up to the chop
with the gun, Oct out o' this, said I.
"Who are you, that's going to make mu
leave. ? said he,
"I don't know, I'm sure, said I, and grab
bing him by Ihe hair of tho head, and the
collar of his breeches, I pitched him, pun
nnd all, about six toot into the pond. Tho
rest of them didn't tarry any great length
"In about two minutes Cobe nnd t'oth
er feller hove in sight with my traps; and
having rubbed myself down with u bar of
soap and a dozen coarse towels, I put on
my drv harness nnd left for home.
"I haven't hunted "that sort of wild
heftst since, and I ain't goin to."
Wat hk Timor r.i'F.n. Paper intended
for packages may bo made water-proof,
lu'leeu nre-jirooi ana parchment strong,
by the following simple process, recently
announced by I'rofessor Iluschamp, of
W iirtenihiirg : I ukc
ol alum, ami tour ounces ot white soap,
and dissolve them m two pounds or water:
into another vessel dissolve two ounces of
of gum arabie and six ounces of glue in
the same quantity of water as the former,
nli'l add the two solutions together, which
is now to be kept warm, nnd the paper in
tended to bo water proof dipped into it,
passed between rollers and dried ; or with
out the use of rollers, the paper may be
suspended until it is perfectly dripped und
dried. The alum, soap, glue and gum,
form a kind of artificial leather, which
protects the surface of the paper from tho
action of w ater, and also renders it some
what fire proof.
An epidemic disease, partaking of
the character of typhoid, is prevailing am
ong the students at the University of Va.,
at Charlotteville. A largo number hail
been attacked, several had died, and the
students were fast returning home in a
larm. The board of visitors were, at tlio
last adwoos, deliberating upon the propri
ety of suspending tho collegiate exorcises.
'The disease is supposed to huve originated
from the confined and illy-ventilated dor
m.'itories in which the students sleep, and
which have been unusually crow led in
con equence of the large n timber in attcn-
danoo this winter. The subject has alrea-
A Haii.iioah Im iiiknt. Conductor Woo
did, of the little Miama (Ohio) Pailroud,
noticed a young girl in his train going east,
and came to collect her faro. He observ
ed .she had but four dollars, although shn
was going to New Y'ork, as she said. Ho
became interested in her learned that she
lived in New York, but nine west to
work, but had taken sick. This story was
told so candidly that the conductor, who
had watched the narrator closely, could
not doubt its truth.
"If that is the case. I cannot tako your
money," ho said.
"Indeed, sir, it is true."
"Then take your mnney back," he siiid,
and he passed along.
Through with his collection, ho related
the circumstance to a couple of gentleman
passengers, and proposed to head a sub
scription if they would go through thu
train and take a collection for the girl.
The gentleman readily agreed to this, and
in a few minutes had the pleasure of han
ding to the girl some seventeen dollars.
She knew nothing of tho movement until
she received the money, when her feelings
gave vent in copious lean. None doubt
ed her honesty.
But Woodal was not satisfied. Before
she left the train he gave her a memoran
dum setting forth the route she should
take, and a card; which he requested her
to use instead of tickets. On the card
was written the following:
To my brother Conductors I have pas
sod this worthy young lady on my train
to Columbus. A collection was taken up
for and seventeen dollars placed in her
hands by the passengers. For God's sake
don't take a cent of it. Woodai..
This, no doubt, enabled her to reach
home safely and with money in her purse.
SiNfiLAit PrtooF or Attach si ext. A few
days ago, a woman who cohabited with a
man, cut off his fore-finger while he was
asleep. She placed the finger upon a
stone, and applying the knife, struck it
with another stone, severing the finger,
which hung only by a piece of the skin.
The man subsequently received surgical
treatment at the North dispensary, but is
maimed for lifo. It appears that the man
threatened to enlist in tho army, and the
woman for the strong affection she Jxire
for him, committed the act in order that
he might not carry out his intention,
which would result in their separation.
Cioot) Girl. A fire occurred in Newport
R. I., recently, ut which the hose burst,
and there was a cry for something to bind
t. A lady who was near promptly olFer
ed (mc of her tkirts, and the stream of water
was soon doing effectual service again.
That lady should be a honorary member
of the fire department.
C.A queer genius on being asked why
he did not attend tho funeral of his wifo,
replied, "that ho. could not leuvo his shop,
and that it wa always better to attend to
busiuess before pleasure."
BquAn Irishman told a merchant that
he wanted to buy an empty barrel of flour
to make his hog a hen coop.
E-S.Tluring the past year twenty-six
revoluiionary soldiers have diod, as have
also twenty-five persons of one hundred
yesrs of age and upward-,.