The Columbia Democrat. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1837-1850, December 07, 1839, Image 1

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I liuvc kWuru uiiou tho Altar of God, eternal hostility to otury foiiu of Tyranny over the Mind of Man." Thomas Jcllbrson.
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' It's a nasty evening,' said Mr. Dornloii,
the stor.kbroker, as lie fettled himself in the
last inside place of the last Fuliiian coach,
driven by our old friend Mat an especial
friend in need, ho it remembered to the
fair sex. ...
4 1 wouldn't be outside,' said Mr. Jones,
another stockbroker, ' for a trille.'
Nor I, as a speculation in options,' said
Mr. Parsons, another frequenter of the A!
Icy. I wonder what Mat is waiting for,' said
Mr. Tidwcll, ' for wc are full, inside and
out '
Mr. Tidwcll's doubt was srinn solved
the coaoIt.ilffornpwicdrfnniK MaTeTvlfaf
tostcnlaiinusly inquried. what indeed he ve
ry well know' I .believe every place is
took up iiiside V
We're all hen',' answered Mr. Jones,
on behalf of the Usual compliment old sta-
er" .
I told you so, ma'am,' said Mat, id a
female who stood beside him, but still leav
inc the door open to an invitation from with
in. However, .lobody epoke on the con
trary, I felt Mr. Ilindiriarsh, my nest
neighbor, dilating himself Jiko the frog in
the fable.
I don't know what I shall do,' exclaim
ed the Woman. ' I've no wheic to go to, and
it's raining cats and dogs 1'
4 You'd better not hang about, anyhow,'
said Mat, ' for ytiu may kelch your death
and I'm the last coach an't I Mr.
Aones V
To he sure yott are,' said Mr. Jones,
iather impatiently, ' shut the door.
I told ihe lady the gentlemen couldn t
inake room for her,' answered Mai, in a
tone of apology 1 I'm very sorry, my dear'
(turning towards tho female,) you should
have my scat, If you could hold the ribbons
-but such a pretty oifc an you ought to have
a coach of her own.'
Ho began slowly closing ihe door.
Stop, Mat, stop !' cried Mr. Dorntoh,
ind the door quicklv Unclosed again; ' I
can't give up my place, lor I'm expected
home to dinner, but if the lady wouldn t ob
ject to sit oil my knees '
Not tho least in the world,' answered
Mat eagerly; ' on won't object, will you
ba'am, for once in a wav, with a married
gentleman, and a wet night, and the last
boarh on thu road V
4 If I thought I shouldn't tincommodc,'
aid the lady, precipitately foiling her -wet
hbrella, which she handed to one gentle
man, whilst she lavoreu another witn ncr
4nuddy pattens. She then followed herself,
Mat shutting tho door behind her, in such a
h.bnner ns to help her in. I'm sure I'm
obliged fur the favor,' she said, looking
ound; ' but which gentleman was so kind.
4It was I who had the pleasure of pro
ofing, madam,' said Mr; Dornton ; and
before he pronounced the last word, she
as in his lap, with an assurance that she
ould sit as lightsome as she could. Both
Lnrtics seemed very well plr-asr d with tho British king; but, unlike that class denomi
Irnrgcrsenti but M y dj. accc jn.g to the natcd 4 toiics,' had done fom a lenss of
tides of Lavator, the rest of tho company
were but III at case. For my own part, 1
candidly confess I was equally out of hu
mor with myself and the perstvi who had
set riio such ad examplo of gallantry I
wli'ii had read the lays of the Trouhadors
Ihe.nrwards of tho "old Courts of Love'
iho lives of the 4preux Chevaliers' the
history of Sir Charles Grandison to be
outdone in courtesy to the sex by a married
stockbroker I How 1 grudged him the
honour she conferred upon hint how I en
vied his feelings'. , , . .
I did not stand alone. I suspect; in this
unjustifiable jealousy ; Messrs, Jones, Hind
marsh, Tidwcli, and Parsons, seemed e
qlially disinclined to forgive the chivalrous
act which had, as true knights, loweicd all
our eresls and blotted our escutcheons, and
rut off our spurs. Many an unfair jibe was
launched at the champion of tho fair, and
when ho attempted to enter into ennvcrsn
tion with the lady, he was interrupted by
incessant questions ot What a stirring in
the Alley ?' 4 is doing in Dutch .'
4 How arc the Rentes V
To all t'lese questions Mr; Dornton in
eontiuenlly returned business-like answers,
according lo the last Stock Exchange quo
tations; am! he was in tho middle of an
elaborate enumeration, that so and so was
Very fuui,aud so and so very low, and this
rather brisk, and that getting up, and ope
rations, and lluctuatious, and so forth,
when somebody inquired about Spanish
They are looking up, my dear.' said Mr.
Woinlun, somewhat anstr.ietcuiv j ami te-
foro the other 3toek brokers, had doudt ii
tcring, the stage stopped. A bell was
ting, and whilst .Mat stood., beside the
open coach-duor, Jii feTfwIo'j'iicafctsh
and clogs, with a lantern in her hand,
came clattering pompously down a front
'Is Susan Peggo come V inquired a shrill
voice. ,
'Yes 1 be,' replied the lady who had been
drv-nursed from town ; 'are vou, ma'am,
number lent C! rove-place V
' 'This is Mr. Dornion's, said the digni
fied woman ill the hood, advancing her
lantern, 'uld morov on us! vou're in
master's lap !'
A shout of laughter from five of the in
side passengers corroborated the assertion
and like a literal cat out of tho bag, the ci
deuanl lady, forgetting her umbrella and
her pattens, bolted out of the coach, and
with feline celerity rushed Hp tho garden
and down the aiea, of number leu.
'Renounce tho woman ' said Mr. Dorn
ton, as he scuttled out of the slage-4Whv
the devil din't she tell mo she was the new
cook !' Hood's Own.
From the Southern (Illinois) Advocate;
44 Mv dear father, do not go out to night
upon this perilous undertaking, js you pro
pose. M v Iieat t ."inks within me, as I think
of the 'danger to which yoii will be expose
and the sull'ering which you will endure. -
Something tells me that its termination will
bo disastrous, if not fatal. You say that
vou have testified vour readiness for the ex
pedition. Well, bo it so. Frame koiiic
excuse lor the iiunlfilulmeiit o vour en
gagement, and let some other supply your
place. But, at any rate, do not leave me to
"Thus pleaded a lovely wcepiog she
clung aroitnd the nook of her only surviv
ing parent. Oliver Morton was a man rath
or past the luiddlo stage of life. His natur
al disposition was mild, gentle and amiable
but bv a seiics of troubles and vexatious, u
had become soured; and he was often crab
bed towards all but his nhlv daughtor, who
was thu pride of his life and tho object, of
much louder solicitude. Tho time at which
our story commences was in 1782, when
large bodies of 4 lories,' as they wero called
wero rava- ing tho States of North and
South Carolina. Mr. Morton like many ol
his deluded countrymen had taken up arms
in defence of the unlawful claims of the
duty. Being remololy desended from one
of tho noblest houses in 4 England's Realm,'
and having been taught that deep reverence
for the 4 blood royal' which is so character
eslie of 4 Britain's sons' he could not, for
one moment, harbor the Idea of lighting a
gainst his rightful lord and master. From
the comforts of his home, and the quiet en
joymcnts of domestic life, he had been cal
led into the arena of civil strife; nor for one
moment did he shrink from what he con-
eived to be his duty, although it was with
many a pang, that he contemplated the al
most orphan statu of his only daughter (her
mother was dead) who was then fifteen
years ot age. lie was a (Japiain umlor
Maj. Fugersou, ihe commandant of the to-
y recruits in those Sales. The duly which
he was now about to perform, was one ol
considerable importance to the royal cause,
md one requiting energy and resolution.
Accordingly Captain Morion, on account
of u combination of such qualities, was
ohosen for the command. Tnu plan of the
exjiediiion was as follows: Information
had been received that a detachment of pa
triot forces, was returning to General Ma
rion's encampment then upon the gieat Po
lice river, tho boundary between North and
South Carolina, with supplies of provisions,
clothing, &e. fur the sustenance of his ar-
iii); which had been furnished principally
by our own patriotic country women, who,
Spartan like, disdained not, with their own
hands lo assist by every means in their pow
er, lo forward ihe glorious cause uf the A
meriean fieedom. Tho instructions of Can-
lain Mortan were, lo intercept, if possible,
this band, at a place called Goodwin's feiry,
about 20 miles from iho camp of M.j. Fur-
gurson, yJicre,:itrv'TrtruppoCfl;iJifi,"W'!riiiU
hall for the night. The precise number of
their force was unknown, although it was
supposed not to exceed 100. Aecoidinly,
.Morton was ordered to lake a like number
of cfi'eeiivc men and lo spare no pains nor
labor in effecting the end in view. As he
now siood just upon tho eve of departuie,
with Isabella clinging to his neck, and .Scard
her as she besought him not to go out to!
iiigh,ho felt that a soldiers duly was a ).ard
& imperative one; and 3 ho thought of the
unprotected slate of his child, if in the un
certain event of 4 maiiial sirile.' he, her on
ly natural guardian, should be taken away,
a solitary tear (no frequent visiter,) began
to course its way duwn his care worn
cheeks. It would have been no bad simile to
have compared her, as she stood, like a
4 Niube in tears,' in all the wretchedness of
woe, lo tho weeping willow, as to seeming
sorrow anil humbleness, il bends its droop
ing branches lo the earth, and him, in all
the dignity of manhood, as ho stood beside
his darling child, lo the m.ijesliu oak, as it
waves aloft its broad arms to thu breeze of
Heaven in apparent protection of the wil
low's loneliness.
4 My daughter;' said the father to her
thrice repeated request, 4 my duty as a sol
diermy promised faith, and above all my
allegiance to my king.'
4 Faihei,' said the weeping girl, looking
up in his face and assuming an appearance
of real diguiiy, ' do not not speak of your
allegiance lo thai waked king, who for pur
puses of aggrandizement, is sowing tho
seed of civil discord, and deluging Ibis once
happy country in an ocean of blood.'
"Silence, maiden," interrupted the father
eonsideiably excited, '.such language be
comes no daughter of mine. 1 know how
il is you hate suffered yourself to ho led
away by the insinuating addresses of ihat
rebellious niiscieant, Maj. Henderson. Toll
me, girl, have you. not, contrary to my ex
press commands, seen and spoken to this
infamous ruboli"
"Father, although your words do injus
tice the greatest injustice to Major Hen
derson and to myself, tet will I answer as
a daughter should. 1 have within the last
week, both seen and spol cn with this 're
bellious miscfeaiil,' as he is termed. Still
the mooting, on my part, was accidental
and unavoidable. That I feel moro than
3I1U UliaVOlUUUie, ilHUl ....
unusual degree of interest in the safety and
welfare o? Major Henderson, yon arc 1
already aware. That 1 havo long since
given him my plighted vows, I will hot de
ny, and" ,
44Away with your 'plighted vows,' I
ton, have a. vow an oath rcgisteicd in Ilea
veil, that never, while you are a daughter
of 'nine, shall Henderson receive you as a
wedded wife. This I long since determin
ed. I hale him ss well us his rebel associ
ates ; and although I never received injury
fr'in his hands, yet it is enough for inc to
know that he wields tbc sword of violence
against his lawful king. You know my
determination ; act accordingly, and you
shall have no cause to repent obeying your
father's commands. I am . not wont,' taid
he in a softened tone, 4,to require any thing
of my daughter which is difficult to per
'No my dear father, never. You havo
always been too indulgent towards your
wayward child, and in every thing I will try
to obey so kind a parent. But oh ! that
you might be permitted to remain in safety
wiinin your peacciul auotle aim no more
engage, personally engage, in bloody
"My daughter, I too look forward with
delight inexpressible to the lime when 1
shall once mote lay aside these martial
trappings and be restored lo domestic quiet
But now I must away to the performance
of my duly. 1 tnist I shall be enabled to
return within the space of two or three days.
In the meantime, keen within doois, (ot
these are times unlit for lonely maiden ram
bles. 1-are well my einlu ; UoU mass
you." So saying, he hastily mounted his
horse and rode over lo thu oamp of his su
pcrior.flfiieer1.tvliilo thcaiseoiisjuatc- ajitu
Mcn life house."
U was now about 3 o'clock, P. iM. Hasty
preparations were made for the departure o
ihe company destined for Ihe expedition, and
about an hour and a half before suu-sct,they
started fur their place of destination. The
irreatest hiiantv was exhibited on the route
on account of tho supposed easy conquest
they wero about to obtain over the enemy,
little dreaming of tho real lerminaliou of all
their high expectations. A liille before dark
they arrived within about ilncc-fourths of a
mile of ihe before mentioned lerry, where a
hall was ordered and spies sent out to icr.on
noitre. In an hour they returned, staling
that the ground was occupied by the bag
gage of the lcbcl forces; but not a soul was
lo be seen.
The Captain's brow darkened. Full
well ho knew the watchful and untiring spir
it of the continental troops, who, always
upon the alert, were seldom taken unawares.
Indecision was not an ingredient of Capt..
Morion's nature. Accordingly, he imme
diately placed his men in the most advan
tageous position for an attack. His prepar
ations were timely, for scarcely had the
last-man stepped into tho ranks there they
wore fired upon by a large body of troops
who had been lying in ambush. Now was
l.i.nnl ih "ilin of war" and tho clangor of
arms," ami soon many a brave man lay
weltering in his gore. Capt- Morton mid
his little band fought with the spirit of des
peradoes. Loud above the noise of battle
was heard the voice of the American com
mander ordering his men to "strike down
all who opposed to slay none who yiel
ded." Fiercely the contest raged, until
Captain Morton, receiving a wound, fell
from his horse to the ground, and tho re
maining part of his men, hearing that their
commander was taksn, si rreudercd at dis
cretion. Sad arid gloomy was the spectacle pre
sented the next morning upon thu halite
field. More than half the lories weio either
slain or wounded. In a state of insensibil
ity, Capl. Morion was conveyed by means
of a litter, to the patriot camp, where his
wound was ptop'erly attended lo, by one of
the soldiers considerably chilled in phar-
. t ,. r. 1 m..:
mary. upon recovering, ue luuuu mujui
. ... . .. i -II
Ucnilerson oonuing over mm v, mi an mc
tender soliciltiue ot a lonu moiucr cuuru-
- - .
voring lo trace some auspicious change in
the countenanco of her sick child, llccog-
nizing him, he held out his hand and was
about to express his gratitude, when Major
Henderson, by the authority of the nurse,
enjoined him lo keep siler.ce, as talking
might injure him in his weak state.
Towards evening the parly left their en
campment and proceeded to the camp of
Gen. Marion, whither the supplies wero
destined. Two o'clock the next day they
arrived. Having delivered up his charge.
Maj. Henderson proceeded lo furnish com
fortable quartets for Capl. Morton, his. late
enemv. A week passed and the wounded
man was fast recovering, and Maj. Hender
son had again been sent out for the pttrposo
of seeking supplies for the armyl
In the mean time, a man by the namo of
Caruv, a Capt. in Gen. Marion's army, and
formerly a neighbor of Cant. Morton, but
his implacable enemy, had industriously
circulated the report that Capt Morion had
formely belonged lo the continental troops
and had, at the commencement of the war.
been connected with the detachment of
which ho was Captain : but had deserted to
' u
the Biitiah. This was a seriour. accusation
:ind one which Gen. Marion could not over
look If Capt. Morion wa3 proven a deser
ter, it became Iii3 duty lo execute him cs
an example to others. He accordingly in
stituted an inquiry which resulted in a
knowledge that Ihe said Cams was ready
to bring forward sufficient evidence of the
truth of his accusation. A trial was there
fore appointed, lo take place tho next
week. Capt. Morion was allowed to de
fend himself, ami every means' was taken
to procure evidence of his innocence' lit
the mean time, Isabella, the affeclionato
jiiunhterijvas niJlllc.uil"vf5ifl--ia-
hall. Sneiiatt procured tile promise ot
two witnesses, who, for many years had
been acquainted with Captain Morloni
and knew him to have been a slauneh lo
ry from the commencement of the dispute
between England and ncr revolted colo
nies. The day at length arrived, the anxiously
expected day. which was to decide tho fato
of the accused. The hour approached and
yet the witnesses for the defendant did not
arrive. Al last one came. The other, but
the day before, was killed by the falling of
a tree. Thus did It seem as if the last tay
of hope was shut out from the wretched pa
ruut wretched only in view of the orphan,
stale of his daughter.
Tho witnesses were examined. Those
against tho accused lestified as Cams had
before done. They were two in number
lie for the defendant staled eleatly and dis
tinctly what tho reader has already been
made acquainted with ; yet, tho amount of
evidence in support of the accusation was
such that the court martial pronounced tho
sentence of death upon him. Before the de
cision was given Isabella had exhibited un
cnntrolablegiicf, but as soon as she heard
tho sentence which would consign herfathor
to a disgraceful and ignominious death her
tear ceased to flow ; her breast swelled
with emotion, yet no oilier sign of distress
did she exhibit. Her mind seemed occupied
with some strong resolve some mighty
purpose. Capt. Morton was kept under a
guard until the day of execution should
come which was to take place in eight days
fiom the time sontence was pronounced.
Isabella departed for homo with a promisd
of returning in a fotv days. Time rolled
away. Tho fata! period hastened lo ils con
sumation. The eighth day arrived and yet
the distracted father in vain awaited the re
nin of his daughter. No tidings of her
could bo obtained. She left her homo
neailv a week before with the intention, as
the neighbors supposed, to re-visit
lather. Whilhcr she had gone, no
knew. . . . ,
Wretched, indeed, was the parent, as tho
hour of execution approached. She in
whose lifo his own seemed bound tip was
absent, and he was about lo die without
one last embrace from Isabella. The muf
fled drum proclaimed that tho period had
I . , , n Mnrtn,
arnved when Captain wortoi
to launrh m'o t .-t unfiiscov
Morton wa aiut
eovsrd cotih ,y