The Columbia Democrat. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1837-1850, May 07, 1842, Image 1
V 1 r ' , " ,1 I liavo sworn upon the Altar of Cod, eternal hostility to every form of Tyranny over the Mlud of Man." Thomas Jefferson PRINTED AN J) PUBLISHED BY IL WEBB. Volume VB. BliOOMSBURG, COJLUMBIA COSESTTY, PA. SATURDAY, - MAY 7, ,1842. umbo S mm 3SS OWICE OF THE DEMOCRAT, 0 prosiTK Sr. Paul's Cnuncii, Main-bt The Cm. UMDM DEMOCRAT will be. published every Saturday morning, at TWO DOLLARS per annum, payable half yearly in advance, or Two Dollars Fifty Cents, if not paid within the year, IN) subscription will be taken for a shorter period than six months; nor any discon tinuance permitted, until all arrearages are discharged. Jll) VERTISEMENTS. not exceeding a square will be conspicuously inserted at iOne Dollar for the first three insertions, and Twenixj-fivc cents for every subsc qucnt nscrdon. .2 liberal discount made to those, viho advertise by the year, LETTERS addressed on business, must be post paid. THE BUEL.liIS.TS. I havo witnessed many duels, but we usually ietiled lliese matters with a word-je-belter method, by the way, and more worthy eodtier than jou could pistols fiiiug.'Any pahroon may pull a trigger, but it requires the firm hand and steady eyetof a man to Manage tho steel. However us I was say ng, when I was at Jena they called each other out as merrily i beaux and belles to a dance. It was but (reading on a toe the crush of an elbow iiey, an acciden tal look that fell on them when they wish ed uol observation, and the next day, or.by St. Andrew, the next hour there was the Chili of steel, and the stamping of foot on the green sward the kindling and flashing .of fiery eyas aud pluuge 'and parry, and cut ahd ifyust, till outs or both lay stretched ttlongth a pass through the body a gash open in tho chek--thu skull ideft down;ol ahand offv.nd the blood bubbling and gush ing forth like a rill of vnouuviin water.There were more than on these fellow, devils, 1 should say, who, wtitu tncy lounu among them some strange student, timid or retiied whose character they wero unacquainted with, or who;o courage they doubted wpuld.f ass the hint out of mere sport, briuli his shirt; charge tho offence upon him demand an, opolojy too humble for a hare and dismiss, him from the adventure with nn opened shoulder or day-light through his body. There wa among its ono fellow named ilenlz, who assumed, and wore with im punity, the charactar of the dead bully. Ho was foremesl in-all the deviltry. His pistol was death, and his broad sword cut like the Fcissors of fate. Ii was curious to sen the fellow fire. Gno.two, and three and good tyn to his antagonist. II is friendship was courted by all for to be his cneiry, was to be in a bloudy grate At length grown fear loss of bcteg called to account, he took pride in insulting strangers and even wo men. His appearance was formidable. A .great curly giant, with shaggy black hair, Lugo whiskers and grim mustachios, hree inches long, twirled under his nose A sort of beauty ha was, too and among the woman Lord help us wherever those" mustachios showed themselves, every op Tionent abandoned the inound It was nl lan ically dangerous to have a sweetheart for out of nuro bravado, Menz would push forward, uifke love to the lady, fright en her swain, and either terrify or fascinate lierself. Should the doomed lover offer resistance he had no mote. to do but calf a surgeon, and happy enong-h he considered himself if he escaped with the loss of an arm or an eye. He liaH killau lour men who had never injured him, wounded seven .teen, nnd fouaht twenty duels: Ho once challenged a wholo club, who had blank balled him anonymous, and was pacified fmly by being rc-admittod, though nil the members immediately resigned,' and the elub was broke up. At last there en mo a.ynulh jWp. the uni versityslender, quiet and boyish-looking, with a handsome face, though somewhat pale and his demeans, though generaly ehy, was noble and' j!fpoinsil' He had been but a short time nmong'us, how ever, bsforo fie was set down as a coward ly creature, and prime game for the 'devils broke loose' as tho gang of (be Mentz termed themselves. The coy youth shun ned alt the riots and revels of the university insulted no ore, and if his mantle brushed ains( that of another, apologised so iminc diately, so gracefully, and so gently, that the devil himself could not havo fixed a quarrel upon him. It soon appeared, that the lovely girl loved this young stranger. Now Menu had singled Gertrude out for himself and avowed his perlerence publicly. Arnold, for thus was tho new student cal led, was rarely if ever tempted to our feasts but ones he came unexpectedly on casual invitation. To tho great surprise and inter est of the companyMentz himself was there, and eeatod himself, unabashed, at tho table though an unbidden guest. The strongest cutiosity at jnee arose to witness the result fojx Mentz had sworn that he would compel A nold on thier first meeting, to leg pardon on hie knees foflhelBdaciiy of haviuir ad dressed his mistress. It had not appeared Arnold knew ady" tVing of Mentz'a charcater, for he sat cheerfully and gaily at the board, with so much the mannru of a high-born gentleman that every one admit ted at once his intelligence, his grace and his boauly, and regretted the abyss on, the brink of which ho stood. "f hat hoi" at length shouted Ments, an the evening had advanced, and the wtrie began to mount, 'a toast, come, drink it all; and ho who refuses it is a poltraon and a coward, I quaff this goblet, full to the brim, to the health and happiness of Ger trude de Saale, the faires't of tho fair; who says he knows a fairer, is a black liar, and I will wrlo it on his forehead with a red hot brand.' Never befote hid Mentz betrayed ,his brutal soul so openly iu words, but the guests who knew tha, he was healsd with wine, passed over his course insult with snouts of laughter, and drank 'with riotous confusion loGertrude, fairest of the fair. As the cleamiKir goblets were omntied. ami dashed rattled down again upon the table, 3entz arose, and with the bloated impor lance of a despot, gazed around to see that all present had fulfilled his orders. Every iroblcl was emptied but one, which stood untasled untouched. On perceiving this, tho ttifiian leaned forwaid, fixed his eyo on the cup. struck his brawny hsnd down fiercely on the table, which returned a thu u tiering clash and rattle, and then repeated with a voice husky with rage There is a cup full. By Sf Anthony I will make the owner swallow its measure of molten lead if it remains thus ono in stant longer.' Drink it, Arnold drink it boy, Keep thy hands out of uselets broils,' wins pcrcd a student noar him, rather ad van ccd in age. 'Drink, friend,' muttered another drily 'or he will not be slow in doinsr his lhreat,l promise thev.' 'Empty the cup, man,' cried alhird.nev er frown and tuin pole, or thy young head will lie lower than thy feet ero to-morrow's 6un-sct' ,lt is Ments, the duelli3t.' said a fourth, dost thou not know his wondrous stcill. He will kill lime, as if thou were a deer,'1 if thou opposa him, lis is more merciless than a ild boar Drink, man drink Theso good natured suggestions wero uttered in hasty and vehement whispers, cud while the students wero thus endeavor ing to avert tho bloody castastrophe, the tioHstacain struck his eiant hand down violently on (he (able, without apeak ing as if words were to feeble for his, rage. During this, interesting cene, the youth had remained motionless, cool, and silent. A slight pallor, but evidently more oHndig nation than fear, came over his handsomo features, and his eyes dilated with emotion rested full and firm upon ilenlz. 'Uy the mais, goutleraaHJ, said he at length 'I am a strangor here, and ignorant of the inanhers prevalent in universities, but if yonder person bo sane, nnd this no joke.' 'Jokcl' thundered Mcnfs, foaming at the lips. I must tell you that Icamo from & part of the country whore we nctiher give nor take such jokes or such insults.' 'Hast thou taken leave of thy friends, said 3entz, partly hushed by astomshmcnt.and art thoU tired oflile, that thou hurriest on so blindly to a bloody pillow, boy? Drink as I have told thee, to Gertrude the faitest of tho fair!' and his huge round eyes open ed like tho:o of a bull upon a daring vie lira' iThat Gortrudc do Saale is fair and love ly, cried the youth rising, 'may not be denied by me, .But I demand by what mischance I and her uamo this night coineaon'af a board of rioters, and pollu led by the lips of a drunkard and a rufii an!' By the bones of my father,' said Mentz in atone of deep a'nddiro anger, whiuh had ere then appalled my father, your doom is ealcd. lie your blood on your own head; buj? said he observing that the youth, in stead of cowering, bore himself more loftily wiiai lony is uiisi nririK, inu urinx, aun I hurt thee tint. I love thy gallant bearing, and my game is not such asthou.' He added this with a wavering of man ner, wlucli turn never before been wttnesseu in him, foruevei before had he1 been oppo3 cd so calmly anil so fiercely; and for a trio mcnt he quailed beneath the fiery glances darted V. Vim ndm tne whom he supposed meeker than n dove: but ashamed of his transient fear ho added: 'Gome to me,',poor child bring with thee thy goblet bend at iny foot quaff it, as I have said, and out of pity I spate thy younr head,' What was tho astoniidiment of the com- pany, on betioluingArnolil, as it ctlectuaiy awed by a moment's reflection, and tho ferocious enmity of so celebrated and dead ly a foe; actually do as ha way commanded. He rose took the cup slowly approached the coat of his insuitcr, knelt nnd raised the cup to his lips. Murmurs of 'shame!' ,shamo 'poltroon!' 'coward!' came hot. and thick from tho group of spectators, who had arisen in tho excitement of their curiosity, anu stood eagorly bending forward with every eye fixed upon the object of their contempt. A grim smile of sivago triumph distorted the features of Mentz, who shouted with a hoarse sud drunken laugh: 'Drink deep down with it to the dregsl' Arnold, however, touched the rim to his lips, and wailed a moment's silence with nn cxpresion so scoruful and com posed, that tho hisses and exclamations were again quelled' When every sound had ceoacd to a dead silence. Never,' he said, 'shall I refuso to drink to the glory of a namo 1 once loved and honored: Gertrude, fairest of tho fair! Hut he added suddeuly rising and drawing up his figure with dignity that silcnceit every breath, 'for thee thou drunken, bragging, foolish beast I scorn I spit upon I do fy thee and Uiub lo punished thy base brutal insolence and thy stupid presump tion!' As ha spoke he dashed tho contents of the ample goblet full in the face offMentz, and then with all Ins strength, hurled the massy goblet' at the same mark. The giant reeled and staggered a few paces back, aud amid the shining liqnor on his drenched clothes and drinnin? featuers, a strsam of blood was observed to trickle down his for 1 o head. Never before was popular feeling rnoro suddenly and violently reversed. The ob- jeet of their vilest execration Vdashed upon . them with tho immediate brightness ol supsiior being. A lotd and irrepressible burst of appUuio broke from svery lip, till tho broad and heavy rafters above their head, and very foundations of the floor shook od ttojnbjeiv ul tho rrpeasJull he no distance. of joy and approbation ceased, for although this inspiraiug drama had 'o nobly'tforu raenccd, it was uncertain how it might ter minate. Before tho tyrant recovered from the stoned and bewildered trance into which the blow, combined with the shame, pain, astonishment ami drunkenness had thrown him, several voices, after tho ob streperous calls for silenct!, usual on such occasions, addressed the youth, who stood cool and erect, with folded arms waiting thu course of events' Brave Arnold noble Arnold a gallant deed! the blood of a true gentleman in his vein.' But can'st thou fightl' cried dne' i am a simple student and an artist by piofession.I havo devoted myself to the pencil, not (he sword. 'But thou can'si use it a little, can'st not?' asked another. But indifferently,' answered the youth 'And how art thou with the pistol?' dc manded a third. 'My hand is upractised; replied Arnold 1 hare no ktll in sliedutKtiuman blood. 'Fore gad, then, rasifiooy, what has tempted ihse to this fatal extremity?' 'Hatred of onoression.' renliedtho vnuth 'in all its forms; and williuguT to dietather than submit to insult' 'Die die then thon shall, and ere to-radc- row's'sun shall set,' thundered Menlz, start inK up in a frenzy, and with a hoarse. and. broken voice that made the hearts of the ! hearers shudder as if it wero the howl of a dog or demon, 'I challenge thee (o mor tal combat.' VAud I accept the challenge' 'It is for thee to name lime, place, and weapon; but, us thou lovest me, let it not be longer than to-morrow night, or I shall burst with rage and impatience'1 'I lovo Ihco not, ba9o dog,' replied Ar nold, 'but thou shall not die so inglorious a death. Will fight lliec. therefore, to night. . Dy the mother of heavon, boy, cried Mentz, more surprized, "thou art in haste to sup in hell;' and the rulfian lowered his voice, 'art thou madl' 'Bo thai my uhancc,' answered Arnold. I shall not be likely to meet, even in lull a companion so brutal as thou, unless, which I. mean shall be tho cue, rliou bear me company. 'To-night then uo it, saia Mentz, though lo-nighl my hand is not steady, for wine, and anger aro no friend to the nerves.' 'Dost thou refuse me, thenf domanded the youth with a sneer. By the mass, no; but to-night is dark the- moon is down, the stars are clouded, and tho wind goes by in heavy puffs and gusts. Hear it even nowl' 'Therefore,' said the youth apparently inoro coldly as his iierte rival grew more perccpitbly agitated 'therefore will we lay down our lives here, in this hall, on this not. on this instant, even us thou standest now.' There h no one hsre who will bo my friend.' said Mentz. eo evidently sobered and subdued by the singular composure and self-possession of his antagonist, that all pietont held him in. contempt and no one stirred' 'No matter,' cried Arnold; 'I will myself forego the same privilege.' 'And your weapon!' said Menlz, Are -here,' cried Arnold, drawing them from his bosom 'A enter pair never drew blood. The choice is yours.' Tho company now began to fancy that Arnold had equivocated in disdaining his skill as a duellist, and from hu invincible composure thought him a more fatal master of the weapon than the bully himself. The latter himself also partook ef this opinion'. 'Young man,' he cried in a voioe clouded and broken but stopped and said no farther' 'Your choice exclaimod Arnold, pre sentingtho pistol. Mentz seized one despa rcte!y(aud scidj'Now, namo y cur distance.' Blood thirsty wolf,' said Arnold, 'there Ho' iheiitprned and addressed the' com' pany! Gentlemen, ho said, 'deem fho hot eilli er savage nor insane", that I sacrifice myself and this brutal wretch (hut before your oyce, arid to certain and instant destructlom . For me, I confess I hasp no value irr life She whom I loved, liavo swdrn 10 forgelf and if I existed a lUouSund vcars. should probaly never seo again. Tnis'rnfliaui3 a coward, and fears to die, though he docs not fear daily to merit death. I have long heard of his baseness, and regarded him aa an assBiuim Tho enemy of the ..human race, and of God adancerous beasdwhofrf it will be n mercy and 'a virluo to d'eitroy. My own life I would be well 'rid of, but would not fling it away idly when its lossr may be made subs:rvient to the destruction of vice, and tho relief of humanity. Here, then, I yield my breath, aud litre, tco, this trembling and ahrikng caravan shall closo his course of debauchery and murder. My companions, farewell; should any one hora after chance to meet Gertrude ds Saale, tell her I luve flung away a life which her false hood mde me despise; and now, recreant,' lie said in a fierce tone, turning towards ilenlz, 'plant thy pistol to my bosom, I will plar.t mine to Ihinr.Lst one of tho com pany tell three, nnd the third number be the signal to firu-' With an increased paleness in hiftdonnie nance, but wim even tnoro terocity and firmness, Arnold threw off his cap, display ing his high brow and glossy, ringlets hie lips wero clospd' and firm anu his eyeV, which glisoned with a deadly glare, wero fixed on Mentz. Ho then placed himself in an .ittituds of firing, broadened his expos ed chest full befurc his fice, and, with a stamp of fury nud Impatience raised (he- weapon The brow-beaten bully altempl" yd to do the same; but tho pistol held loos ely in his grasp wet her by accident or in teuiiun, went off btfurf; the signal. lis contents, passed through tha garments of Arnold'Who levelled the muzzle of his ova and siid calmly 'On your kuees baso slave vile dog. or you diel" Unable any longer to support his f;arae the unmasked coward sunk on both knees and prayed for life with right earnest ve hemence. Again, wild shouts of applause and delight and peal of 'riotous laugher sluncd his ears' As he rose from his hum bling pasture Arnlod touched him contqm- ptuously with his foot. Groans and hisses no-.v began to be mingled with divers rrit2- ives. Mentz covered his face with his hands, and rushed from tho room Ho was never subsequently scon among us. ANECDOTE OF JOHN ADA.13. We find in Whitney's History of the town of Quinoy, Mass, the following' anec dote of the boyhood of tho elder Adams, which may provoke a smile, as well as il lustrate the economy and simpliciy of those easy times in New England. The publio school in Quincy was taught for many yean by a Mrs Belcher. 'It was n cus torn witli her to carry her corn to mill hsr self, except when somo of her scholars lent her a helping baud' John Adams, (ono of tho iiumberjfierwards President of the Unites, was a favorite among iho rest, and when he carried the corn, eho give him as a reward three cuppers, and charged him nl the same time to keep his money to buy land with. It is unnecessary to add hov well he profiled by early instruction,' 'Pa,' said a little white haired urchin a he was eyeing some bank notes his father was counting, 'why do they put the pio ture of faimers, mechanics, and working men on bank bills!' 'I doni know', my son.' Well I do pa, I've' just found out, It's because the, have to snffer more than other people when tho bauku fails,' tt should seem that indolence itself would incline a person to bo honest, as it requires infinitely creator paint and contrivance to be a Vnavs.