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ISlLOOMgESUMG, COIiTOSB2A COUOTTf, FA, SATHIXtjDrAY, AFMIIi IS, 1840.
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A. VEN1TIAN STORY.
It was tho carnival In Venice, and gayie
y was at its height. Thfe Hdgc was giving
his last ball, at the close of the merry sea
son, aud the beauty and nobility of the " Isl-
twd-throned-city" wero gathered in his
princely halls. The masked crowd tlirong
Ing tho splendid apartblen'.s, presented a
singular appearance to the cubital spectator.
Look beneath the gorgeous curtains of yon
golden tall and powerful looking Turk, vo
ry much as if ho were endeavoring to wean
from heaved tho affections bf the sylph-like
nun at his side T Or, mark yon holy fath
er whispering spirtual comfort into the ear
of the stalely duenna, bending to his words.
And that harlequin dressed fortune tellci
prophesying tho destiny of the full, volup
tuous figuro whoso hand he holds. Why
he must bo near sighted; or perhaps cannot
see well tlirotigh his mask; for Jbcjk I ho
bends lower add lower, and uow his mask
'is pushed to ono sidu fot a moment, as his
lip presses the snowy little hand that trem
bles within his own. Aha '. cull you that
palmistry, seignor ?
Apart from the motley crowd, in the em
brasure of one of the windows, stood two
maskers, both apparently! female; the taller
was evidently ou the shady sidu of " sweet
sixteen," if one might judgs from a rather
largo and yellow wrinkled hand, which was
exposed with an elegant carelessness that
would have gone far to win the heart of
an antiquary. Tho perfectly erect hack,
and the curbcd-likc position of tho head,
plainly ttlarked duenna.
The other, a shorter and slighter figure,
'wrapped tn a plain domino, which served
to coneeal.(as a dew drop conceals the blush
of a rose) a full and rounded bust, tho gen
eral outline of a most exquisite form, aitll
'from bonealh tho ibbu peeped forth,
0, such a foot !
It could Imvl- trod upcrt a violet,
-' h'or bruised tlio beauty of its iierfumtd petals;
And what lips rails t those hslve been
'which gave birth to tliose mellow Mined that
murmured from behind tho mask 1
" Bsuedctta ! dos thou kuow yon gallant
in the black doublet) leaning agaiust the
porphyry pillar I See how the dark plume
bf his hat is blended with those long jelly
ringlets lint cluster over his shoulder. Is
. lie not of a noblo presenco V
" Holy Mother ! signorina," replied Ben
Tedetia, my eyed would need td be as
"young jjnd oven sharpor thai! thine,td pieixe
sypn mask; nor neither do 1 see aught In tho
$lain looking dress that might mafk a great
' liobility. Look to yon proud BruncHI,
with all tho diamonds of his house glitter
ing on his velvet trappings, looks he1 not
ijravely!. See, tori JJIcsaed St. Cath-
Vi'ino 1" cried she interrupting hor own el
oquence, pne might as Well ho talking to
ihe ugly old statute of San Marco there; It
would give as much attention t least.
Come, sjgnorinn, it is time wo wero depart
ing, the ball will soon break up. They
left tho window; but a the younger fiigurs
glided along,, ore she vanished .entirely, she
cut one. luoU at 'the pillajyiut It 'was.unpc
, .".- ' 'a -- , 1
cupied, and With a half sigh she followed
The mask over, the- palace of tho doge
was deserled,and the Lagoon thronged with
Italy showed bs dark a day as over
Greenland boasted; Cynthia had taken this
night to play Hecate, and probably tho stars
were attending her, for not one of " tho
angel lit lamps of Even," shed its tremb
ling radiance on tho earth Tho dai
waVfsof tho.Adriattc rolled, on, with a deep
gushing sound, their course just show.i by
the faint phosphorescent light of their foam
ciowned tops, and night wore a veil of in
tense darkness that was oppressive) to tho
heart. The Lagoon was disturbed b'y tha
ceaseless dash of bars, and the cutting sound
of the prows, 1 s they moved through tho
narK mat crash ! e ganuoia his beer,
crushed by .mother. A shriek rih through
the stillness of the night; the clouds, as if
pierced by its sound, suddenly severed a
buvc, and the moon looked diruty down1 up
on the datk waters, A gondola was swim
iiiing dmid a confused mass of wreck. Up
on its bide stood a tall manly form;the slight
plank quivered as he sprang from its sid
aud sunk into tlio dark flood; ho rose again
and bearing sdmeihing, swam towards the
bark; tho faint light of heaven served to
show his burden; a young add fair gill was
placed in tho gendbla, a pale, rigid, but ex
quhntely lovely face; when placed Upon the
cushions inside, the lamp showed thb form
aud features of the lady; a long and flowing
dress, saturated with the water, displayed
the symmetrical proportions of tho former,
and tho small snowy hand, and tho face
'shaddoweli by long wild tresses of i dark
hue, although apparently insensate, pbtses
scd that beautiful Ufa with which a clautc
, ' Blessed St.CathbriBe 1" sputtered some
body iti the water, at. the side of tlio boat,
" will he not help me 1" aud our old ac
quaiutance Benedetto was assisted on board
still (irmly grasping tho top of tho cabin
that form the interior of tile Venitian boats
After fnlly comprehending that she was
safu, she began to look about, and after
another invocation to St. Catherine, sh
turned towards the interior of the bark, saw
tlio apparently lifeless form of her lady and
sprung to rovivo her.
She was quickly restored, and soon, in
her father's palazzo, dreamed of the faco of
hihi who lad Saved herj for he had kncl
beside her while assisting tho duenna, and
as the life current began to tinco the lip of
the maiden, he stooped and did something,
I would not tell for tho world, but it re
stored tho blood of that pals oheek to a
About three or four weeks after tho com
menccment of our story, in tho window of
ah old castle, sat a beautiful girl, clustering
tresses of tho dya of a rich, ripo chcsnilt
parted simply over her beautiful brow, fell
in wavy silken1 curls over Jier shoulder, shad
owing one of these faces which wc seldom
surf nut of sunny Italy; rather oval in shape
with features cast in a beautiful, althoug
not a perfectly regular mould, glowing with
such an expression as Raphael must have
dreamed of in imagining his Madonna.
Her cheek had that delicate blush which th
sfctting sun gives 16 a Snowy cloud) on her
soft and perfumed lip, love mli;lit havo pi
lowed his brow; and thought it his own
birth-rose; but the brightest charm of that
glorious faco was tho eye, d.-lrk; Soft, and in
tensely bewitching, for her sotll beame
from it. The purest spUlt might havo gar
ed tlpon those orbs, as they melted into th
softnmi fir ipariUed with joyous light, and
worshipped them without sin. The heart
on which ono glance fell, became that mo
inent hers; and with that look would arise
those dreams that mako tho bosom of al
poetry, thoec hopes that glow wilh softness
that piiitioii b'nly knows (hoaa spells tha)
7" The imprisoned dout,
A ml lap it in Elj tium."
! ' Behiijd h'erstood an od lady, wlios
withered faco, twisted into a most deter'ain- j
ato fault-finding look, when joined to the
prim, old maidish air of the Whole body,
plainly intro'duced Mrs. Benedetta A don't
" If I saw correctly', signorina," iai'd .be
duenna, " they wero like mine, of a golden
" For shame," cried the lady, " thine are
red 1 and his were as dark as the plumage
f the raven, and soft; and silken, for they
drooped .'Upon my cheek when tho seijiv
or " aud tho , maiden hesitated aud blush'
"Pressed his lips to lhinc,'rinishad Ben
cdetta, ''a Bold undertaking truly 1 to data
to kiss a eignotina ' Virginia Cotavallo.
Blessed St. Catharine ! hail ha. attempted
to do the like with me," added she', draw'
iug up her prim form, still more primly
and pursing up her mouth es if she were ea
ting a crab-appte.
"What wliulJst ihoU have dene ?" asked
'SerVed him as I did my lord's servant
on the higllt of tlio eruption, when the pea
santry were running all to the villa ; and 1
had Pone down fur a moment to speak to
them, wten ilils Luigt- r-"
Hush," interrupted the lady; ' as ihe
chorda df a euitdr wero struck under the
w'indow Scarcely was ttf'o song finished
when, assisted by tha ielliswdrk placed
near the house, a form', in alt probability
that of the singer, sprang upon the balcony
and coon, with its plilmed
knell at the foot gf the lady
His figure seossed perfectly symmetrica!
Lon tresses, " black as night," hng clus
tering oh his shoulder, and warm and very
dark: eyes looked into tliose ot uie maiden
and ss her check sumiseu beneath his in
tense gaze, he appeared like tho Persian
kneeling tij-worship the.lst tosy blush of
the settles sun.
He attempted to taka her liandjwbsri sh
arose .and looked about the room for het
attendant; "but the duenna had vanished
and when the handsome seignor murmured
"Lady 1 dear Lady 1" and looked so iraplo
nngly upon her, and wben she called an
unusual frown to her fair brow: and then
looked down into his dark eyes and frit
that fading most rapidly away; what could
she do 1 Why, sho did what any sensibl
maiden would do in such a case, she smiled
and sal down again.
But scarcely had he sirain inurmured
"Lady Vx when, witli such a jh'em" as
waiting-maids and duennas alone can give
Bqnedottii opened ihe door, aud puihing n
side the hangings, ushered in an old gen
demon, with a diamond top snuff bqx in
his left hand, and a diamend hilled, dnshea
Hied sword id his right.
Tho maiden and lover started to their
feet ; the old gentleman placed himself in
fencing attitude and requested the youth
to draw , he laid his hand upon his aword
but demanded a moment' , parley, which
advance his adversary politely answered
by Shouting "bno." The youlh draw his
sword in time to receive tho
"Thice," ehb'uteil he of the diamonds, arid
made a desperate plunge at his opponent
who cadght the thrust in his guard. Whip
went the' sword to the ccilling,' and the vie
tor springing to the balcony, was coon like
the gay young knight of the song;
"Away, away, nwy,"
I'll Conte Contavalle,for it was no less
personage than (he father of our heroins
with a rather heightened contonr, helped
himself first (o a pinch of snuff,and then to
hid aword, that lay on the floor before him
and thcri placing it under his arm with
most significant "humph, ho idrneu to
gaze upon his daughter.
I ie lady stood with erect form, gazln
with curling lip and flashing oye; on th
duenna ; for the soul af woman was roused
at the betray '; and the beautiful Italian
with all ihe pride of her noble hne.stood 1
the proud uails ot nor lather, ihe verr ira
personation of beautiful scorn.
The attendant cowered beneath the eye
of the insulted lady, and obeyed her htugl
ly motion as aha waved towards the door
carccly had she departed, whsn the raai-1
don; tho hill idea commi at onco npdu her.
that sho of the line that had given mon-
archa to Italy, the rep:eentalive of tho
mir. nnalloved blood of the noolest familv
fl 1! I... J L .
I lier Clime, rus uciraycu, uiauitbu vj a i
Ave : eivini way to Iho softer , feelinge of
woman, sought i woman a refuge
The father waited patiently until ehe had
. . 1 .1 , 1-1 - 1 " 1
become caira, aim men acmanueu an cpia-
The lady then describsd to her lamer.
who had already heard it from his vaist, 1
who in turn had received it from the duen-
mi. tvhn wn nnt Ihn best authority imairin- I
able for arty thing' tho scene upon the
lagoon , the crushlilg bf the gondola; sink I
into ihe deep quiet waters, the sensations
he experienced as they closed over her
Ifead, the dreadful agony, the whole pain
of death which can be known short of ac-
tual dissolution, the call an Heaven, and
Iho feeling that was all oter and then her
anguago became milder and less
si'sned, as sho spoke of her rescue from tho
wave, of Iho gondola, of the fsrm bending
over her; endeavoring to bring her back to
ifo and liffht. and of her IianDV creims.
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when restored to consciousness, and con-
veyed to her home ; and then she told of the
music and the eong, tad tho seignor
springing on the balcony"and then you
know, my dear father," added sho, putting and other places, in consequence .of .lha ex
tier hands upon his shoulders, "and then ,ermiaaling warfare ,they are' constantly wag
you Know, you lougni anu wero msarraeu,
i'Geioutr'lhtertupted her father, and
departed muttering. "Uiavola ! tha young
Pupkt I how daro he save my daughter ?
and piolTer love to her, and disarm met
which is the worst ef all."
Tho road leading to the villa of Ciunt
Co'ntavaUo, passed about a mile from tho
dwelling, through a thick forest much in
fested by banditti, This hoi-ftca'ded old
count had summoned all his retainers, to
endeavour to route them from the fastnesses
ofthe wood; they had not proceeded vejy
deep into the foiest, when a volley of three
nr fm.r mutteti was heard.and the Count's
treops, with the characteristic 'bravery of
the Italian pcisahtfy fled.
The old nob e would havo scorfted to fly
from a thousand banditti, and therefore
of five men who advanced towards him :
thev evidently expected an easy Tictory,
and weie. therefore, somowhat surprised
when the foremost received a thrust from
the delicate rapier of the Count, which laid
nm mi ! t on ihn irrnss ileail : tha re -
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mainiug four immediately set upen the old
man, who defended himself stoutly ; but in
vain; it was coin? hard with nun, when a
voice behind exclaimed "Corpi di Baccho !
four upon ono ! arid he an old man ? cow
ardsl" A pistol phot accompanying this,
sent a second bandit to accompany his
friend,, and a young man springing to the
Count's side cut down anoilier ; the remain-
ing two fled, and tho old man tutnsd to
thank his deliverer.
"Seigrior, you havo given me timely aid
Corpo di Dio !" cried he, as io started at
the handsome vb'u'lh by his side, "why I
think wo've met before but it is not at all
t my credit td remember the Tecontra ;
you Havo shown good spirit to-dav ; come
io ray villa, where I will giro you a good
glass of old raontepuleideno that might warm
the heart of an anchorite arid f.aik ye ! I
like you ; and.you shall, if so please you,
have my daughter, weae you tha poorest
Sir in Christendom. That you are noble
your bearing plainly shows."
"But will the lady be quite willing 1"
asked the cavalier. "Thoro is no doubt of
It," answered the father, "who oonld resist
one who sings such songs, if he has more
over saved the life of the listenes. For
thai too I have to thank you, but come a
long." Thoy reached the villa, and ero long the
beautiful valley was gladdened by the nup
tials of the signorina Virginia Contaville
and the young Priuce Pampili Borghese.
1 " ' f " "
Birds, Canktr Worms. I see it slated
in your paper of Friday, that tho probablg
reason why thocsnker worm commits small
ravages in Floh, is found in the care witli
which ihe birds are protected. . I was re-.
.fi. !. t).l.i.'.' t ;C nf
utiuuuu ui t ivuiatb m jl & auuij a hm w
"Ho enters into a deliberate calculation
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of tho exact valuo ot tho services ot tne rea-
winged blackbird, which certainly bears
good reputation on mo iarm, enawin
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allowing a single oiru liny iubccis a
which would be a ehort allowance,
glo pair would consume 12,000 l fow
months, and if there are a million of pairs
nr itii.cn Viirrtu in lUn TTnitnit Stitpn. tha s-
...pw - w.... , .
mount cf insects is less by twelve thousand
millior9, than if the red-wing were exterrni-
nated." Loi any person during the brood-i
jn- season of robins or other birds, fase byj
break of day and count tho number of times
0u 0Qea return in one hour with worms and
insect9, or, if he can, let him count ihrougli
,Ue jayf ind (he dumber will be foUii'd to bd
impas-iaraost incredible. The practice of killing?
uiuU ror mere amusement is not merely in-
dicative of cruelty and want of feeling.bul B
exceedingly detrimental to tha iulorssts of
VUU LUIIILUUIIUJ . J . 1 ,i I
AruL now that I am upon tho subject of
inseot5 an(1 worras,let me add that there is a
very unreasonable preiudice aeainst toads.
They are exceedinclv valuable in fiardine
;ng againsl bugs and woria, Anjr persoff
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itvhnhiiihm in hia ryftrripn nns & ireasunn
lher. . ,nd :'f ho walch ibem closelv.hel
will find there accomplishing more in tho
way of preserving his squash and en
cumber vines and other vegetables than he
does with all his troughs of liquid. Bot'
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"fadMING THE! DELICATE.
Yfe saw a cotipla of yellow daikies on
Sumlay, a stout boy and his sweet .heart,
and tho way they tortured the Queers Eng-
lish would have given Dr. Johnson the hys-
terics. They were returning from church,
and as wo passed them, the " fair nigger,"
l , . . s.
who was resting Ian;guishingly upen Sara
bo's arm, exclaimed, : . .
" V 0K fl : aai 8 nc De7 "
I t J J.J S?
wuar at gen iman uisiracicu one o my
" Whcoh ! you doesn't say bo, Misi tic-.
"Yes, but I does though."
" Poor t"g ! Dib'nt pe operation gjb you
I T4T-. i t r..:...l . -
1 " iioi ucrry. i oiny laiowu hcb wiuo,
and the doctor gib me camGre and fotch mo
too. You ebec had any ob you teef sacri
ficed, Sambo 1" .t
"lYes, dear, seberal I" " i . ,
"And did'nt you swoon like I did 1"
"Neber, not tho fuss time."
'Da's bekos you belong to.de hard seek!
If vou was soft, like I is, you would iiau'
Oh, Miss Rosetta, I believes you speaks
ihe truf. When I comes to disiraet your
soft tenderness wul my hard disabilities.den
1 make stra.vagant spressions, iJit it you'l
allow me de solicious pleasure ob prcsen-
ting the painful subjeck on which we's becri
taking for a more lubly, teem ?"
We'cra off then. Picayune'.
Slander. 'Agsinst slander there
Hell cannot boast so foul a friend
nor man deploro so fell a foe. It slabs witli
a word wilh a nod wilh a shrug willi
a look with a smile. It is the pestilence1
walking in darkness spreading contagion
far and wide, which' the most weary trav-
clef cannot avoid it is the poisoned arrow
whoso wound is incurable ? it is the mo: tat
sting of tho deadly adder : murder its em
ployment,' innocence its prey,' aud ruin t'tfl
Passion is a sort of fever of tho rhindf,
which ever leave us weaker ihan it found us,
But, above all, observe it ;itt resentment,'
for there passion li CBQBt esttttragaut.