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, Volume VI. BliOOMSBURO, COLUMBIA COUNTY, PA. SATURDAY, JUJLY 2, 1842. JViimlics-to.
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ADVENTURES IN I1AVANNA.
A ROMANTIC SKETCH-
BY, D Vf. ELWOOD. '
The moon is up by heaven a lovely' one!
. . .
Not much he kens, I weon of woman's
- - ., breast
Who thinks fiat wanton Ihins is won by
It vras a most beautiful evening in the
capitol of Cuba, Even for that rich and
genial climate tho air had been uncommon
ly pure and refreshing through the clay, and
as the sun grew low in the heavens crowds
upon' crowds poured forth through the
gates, glad to escape for a few moments
from the narrow-atid dingy streets of the
city, aud brea'ho the purer atmoshpero
that was to be lound outside the walls.
And while yet the vesper-bell was souuding
the grand Pasco was thronged with citi
zens of all classes, reluclatit to return to
the unpleasant haunts of business and of
bustling life. Superb volantcs came roll
ing leisurely alone, containing at onco the
beautv and wealth and fashion of this most
wealthy nd fashionable of modern cities
Occasionally might bo seen a horse-
Iman or two anxious 10 oe maim-
(gnished "among the motley multitude.
But by far tho greater num.
i ber of. male loungers were on foot sporting
their gold-headed canes, and frequently, by
raising the hand, nodding the head; or some
other slightest motion possible giving token
!of recognition as an acquaintance passed
Among these latter wero. two young
Americans frbm New England, t!eir tall
forms- 4 and clear features, contrastingly
finely with1 tho short, burly , dark complex
loned Creoles. The younger of the two
with his dark hair and whisker, might
easily, however, havo been taken for a
Spaniard, but for the steady and rather
speedy gaze of his hazel eye, which at
times lighted up with a flash that betokened
a bold and firm spirt within-
As they were about leaving the promen
ade, and had tnrncd toward tho city, a
volante containing two young and beautiful
g)r)s slowly passed tlcm and one of the
ladies add.iessing the youngest of the two
t Americans in his own language, said in a
rJow voice, J '
Meet me at nine o'clock in square before
i ihn Intendant's nalace. near the statue of
Ferdinand., Ere lie had'time to answer the
I carriage had gone by. i-
S The two friends looked at one. other in
i astonishment. . ,
'Shall you go. Bettram.'at length said his
; companion to the one to whom -tho request
i had apparently been made.
1 'Yes, Noland, I'jhlng I shall1 Though
it certainly looks likea-strange affalri I
i anxious to' sifVi'l out' , Itroay, you knows
lead me to fortune, of which you will not
deny I stand in much need. But whatever
may.be her motive the statue of Ferdinand
is but a short, distance from our hotel, and
it bo there.' so I will bo. Did yon not
think the Udics )iad an air of great respec
'You undoubtedly would be pleased to
hare me think so. But I should not care to
accompany you Some silly project I daro
say, deviseo merely for the amusement of
those. they did have an appearance of
respectability though I must aeknowl
Several minutes before the time, our
hero bad already arrived at the appointed
place of meeting, aud astho hour approach
ed he walked impatiently around the
statue, eagerly searching for the fair stran
ger who had made so singular a request'
His curiusity and love of adventure were
now fully excited, and his watch was
twice a minute consulted as the moments
passed slowly on. Tho moie ho had
thought over this strange matter with the
morbid fancy of youth tho moro he was
convinced it would lead to somo extraor
dinary good fortune, oral least place it in
his power very effeclully to aid some fellow
creature. The result justified his expects
tions.At last tho clock struck and almost be
fore the sound had died away,the small but
elegant figtlie of a female approached him.
Sho might be twenty years of ago, perhaps
not more than eighteen, but tho fulness of
her form and her well defined features,
denoted a maturity that is not met with in
colder climates till a more advanced peri
od of life- As she came near to Bertram
the light of a lamp shone full upon her
face ar.d its witching beauty charmed
'Give your arm.' she said hastilyj 'and
go where I load you.' They turned sever
al corners, till coming to a street almost
entirely deserted, sho slackened her steps
and said, 'I think now we are not observed.
I had teason to fear myself watched, and
hat was tho reason of my bringing you
this strange journey And now bear me.
But first, may I rely on your confidenne?'
Folly!' answered the young man.
'Then I will go on. I have ofien obseiv-K
ed you passing by my father's house and'
was si lb r. first struck with your appearance,
and your features, which I thought indicat
ed a noble soul. Forgivo my indelicacy if
it be such in requesting you to meet me
alone at this hour of the night, but I could
meet you at no other. I am in distress,
with no friend to whom I can apply for
assisstanco none to pity me, except, indeed
my sister, whom you saw with me to day;
and she alas, cannot holp mo it cost mo
much effort, to risk the danger of being
thought immodest, of being supposed to
act as woman should-not act. I determin
ed to make if possible, a friend of you.
You know the test, are jou willing to aid
Most gladly will I do so if it is in my
'Enough, como then touorrow night
precisely at eight o'clock to the house of
Alvar in the Callo del Obispo. You
know where to find it, The Conde de
Alvar is my father My name I trust ie
sufficient warranty to you' of my character,
But at 8 o'clock I am to be-married to a man
woalthy, titled, and therefore respected, yet
a fool. Look yon that man I detest, and
that marriage must never take placo. Twice
have I rejected him, but my father com
mands obedience I have no' mean s of
light, & could I escape, poverty and dis
grace would only be my portion. It is
well known that It would gladly evade this
union; they fear me therefore, and I am
watched with a.i eagle eye. I tremble every
moment now lest we should be discovered.
Yon can save me.'
By appearing before the assembly and
declaring that I am your betrothed
How can I affirm what is not true!'
'You need not. Promise here to be
mine, to be bound to me till this hour to
morrow night, and all may be well. Then
you shall be free as air. And here I bind
myself to you to be your wife"
you shtll demand if I, swear it and my
father (carping this will not compel me to
break my oath. He is creature of impulse,
But I knowliim well'
It is enough. I promise yon. I am
yours, oh, would it were, not for a 'day
only but for life, What say you sweet lady,
may I knot claim
your promise a
'You have not yet proved your sincerity;
but you need not despair;'
'I will serve you with my life' . . ,
'Fail me hot lhen, Remember, sooner
than be that man's wife I'll die; Farewell,
I cannot thank you now; but you will not
find me ungratefull,' She pressed his
hand and in another instant was gone.
Bertman confided this affair to Noland,
and a little before tho time on the following
evening they proceeded together toward the
house of Alvar where the event was to take
place. The latter was well armed, and
nau resoivea to remain near by in case
his frisnd should need assistance; for they
were both aware of the flashy temper of
the Spaniards wilhjwhom Bertram had to
deal. Indeed It was rather a hazardous en
terptize for a single stranger to attempt to
thwart the designs of a rich and crabbed
old Count supported, as he would probably
be by some dozen, of his friends none of
whom were perhaps very scrupulous in re
card to the shedding of blood. But fear
was a stranger to' Eugene Bertram's bosom
and excitement and hazardous expolits
made up the brighter ano happiest portions
of his life, But yet he did not lack calcu
lations; and on the present occasion, he
rested his hopes of success, less upon his
own strength, than ou the cowardly dis
positions of the Creoles, who weto ready
enough to raise the arm but usually afraid
to strike. He thought it best therefore not
to go armed himself, both because he
though it really not nccossary, and to bo
more socurc against eommiting any rash ac
The moment came. He steped up to
the door, and giving rather an unceremon
ious rap, as soon as it was opened, pushed
past tho porter, and stood at once in the
centre of a brilliant room, filled with the
dark beauties of Havana and their attendant
squires: The ceremony had already be
gun and the fair bride, with downcast eyes,
was pale as the marble floor on which she
stood. But when Bertram entered tho
room, her countenance lighted up with tho
flush of hope, and a scream of joy burst
from her lips.
'I forbid this holy rite! said Bertram, in
deep, calm, determined voice, The
priest dropped his book, the company start
ed in astonishment, the bridegroom stood a
ghast, and, save our hero and Isabel, the
old Count second the only one who had
any of his senses left.
And I bog to know what right you have
to interfere in this business!' ' at last he
thundered out: 'here slaves thrust forth
this madman; and on your lives do not a
gain admit him.'
'But I will not stir from this room. This
fair lady is my betrothed brido. 'Her
heart is mine, and her hand shall not be
given to another. It is so, my IsabellDo I
not speak the truth?' and he approached,
her and taking her fair hand, pressed it res
pectfully, yet fondly to his lips.
But the Count's anger was now fully arous
ed.IIe raved, ordered his .slaves; his friends,
seize the stranger and bind him for punish
ment' Bertram though of slender frame
had nerve's and sinews -almost like iron, and
possessed the strength of a young giant,
Tho Bridegroom drew his sword and ad
vanced toward him, but Eugene wrench
ed it from him in an instant: and his antag-
onist.on losing his weapon, slunk away be
hind ono of the lady's chair. But the odds
were rather fearful for some half dozen
had by this time collected themselves, and
advanced to the attack. At this instant, No
land, alarmed by the noise, and rightly con
jecturing thocause, burst .into the room.
Bertram stood in one corner, holding Isabel
by one hand, while with desperate strength
Noland immediately planted himself by his
I side; with a pistol in each baud and put
quite a different aspect on the matter, for
the daaiardly.CrooIes, upon tho reinforce
ment, wero fain to draw back and come to
a parley. -But on looking round, and ob
serving tlio position tho bridegroom had
taken, the Count.who was as his daughter
had said a creature of impulse but a nreat
admirer of courage, cried ouf. 'Hold! In
good sooth, I prefer now this brave young
stranger for my son-in-law; and since my
daughter is betrothed to hira she shall
become his wife directly.'
Nothing could bettor suit our hero, and
even the Donnan Isabella, after refusing
and pleading for delay, all to no purpose,
blushingly, but we may believe not unwillingly-
gave her consent.
It was but a few months afterwards that
Mr. Eilgene Bertram, who had left home
a poor solitary adventurer, returned to
Eew England with both a wife and fortune.
If we may believe his word, be considered
his wife tho far more valuable possession
of the two though on such a subject a
man's word is very often to bo doubted.This
mnch, however; is certain, he was in due
time; presented with a fine boy was called
the Conde de Alver; in memory or her
Uther, who the day after the marriage; on
learning the whole story; was somewhat
inclined to be indignant and revoke his
blessing, but in a few days became so well
pleased with his mad-cap son that he mado
him tho recipient of his love and' fortune.
C U 7TIN g'up INDIAN CORN-
Last year some of our best farmers were
induced, by way of experiment, to cm their
coin and feed in yaids, or on poor spots of
land through the winter, and all wo have
heard speak of-it Intend trying it oijain
which is the best evidence they are pleased
with it. From what we have heard, how
ever, many farmers did not get half the
good of their fodder last season and somo
derived but little or no advantage from it;
tliis argues had management somewhere,
uuu c nam iiierBiurii conciuueu to gIVO
. i. .1 r t i i .
such directions as will enable every ono to
gel all the benefit of his crop.
lsf I he proper time for cultingun corn
is just after it gets out of its milky state, or
as the grain becomes glazed over. If cut
earlier, there will be a good deal of shrink-
ing in the ear, and tho fodder will not be so
good, in consequenco of being cut before it
was sufficiently matured.
2d' The instrument best suited to the
operation, is a knife that will cut a hill at a
blow. Tho writer last year had two
knives made out pf an old scythe blade; by
cutting it into two pieces, drawing shanks,
and having handles put on. They as very
cheap and first rate for the 'purpose.
3d, It is generally thought best to cut
four rows and leave, till you get over the
field, for the purpose of letting the first
cutting dry before adding to the bulk; but
but from the trials we have made, we
would as soon Iravo all stacked at onco, as
at half a dozen operations. A good plan
is to put two hands to cutting and stacking
together lot them, cut about eight rows at
'a through,' and as soon as they fill their
arras full of corn, let the shock be com
menced between them, and" continue to
stand the stalks around till the shock U as
argo as two hands can well manage,when
t is to have stalks bound round near the
top to prevent it from being blown down.
4 It has been to often the ca60, shocks
have been suffered to stand out tn tho field
ill the fodder, by the influence of rains and
dews, has been destroyed, and oftentimes
on this negligent plan, the corn falls, so the
farmers gets but Jittle over half the value of
his crop. The proper plan is, after the
corn stands out six or eight days, or till
sufficiently cured let it be hauled up and
put under sheds,' or stacked like oats;, under
this treatment the blades and stocks will
continue fresh, and sweet all -winter,- and
consequantlystocks will be found of it.
This is an item, in cutting up corn and
feeding in ears; of much moment, and if
disregarded, the profits of tho plan will be
, , . k e I . .
measuraoiy iosr Aiisr oeing noused or
stacked it nay be shocked ut just as wel1
as it had been attended to in tho field, T.h
husking tho corn however before or after '
being- taken from the field will depend tip
on circumstances. Where there uro calllo
and hogs to consume tho cjop, tho best
plan is to haul up the corn in tho shocks'
and stack it as before described; then feed
it to the cattle first and let the hogs follow
and they will pick up all the refuse ears,
and scattering grains, that nothing bo lost.
Thus cattle or mules and hogs will thrive)
well by the same feeding. Another plait
to feed corn saved in this way which wo
hare tried, is to cut stocks, blades and eirs
all with a strong cutting knife, then steam
boil it, and put a little bran and salt, and
it in this state. Cattle will consume all;
except a few of the stocks, which may bo
thrown in the manure heap.
The advantages of cutting tip com are,
first, that the crop is saved with less labor
than tho old plan of first stripping otTtho
blades, then toping and last of all pulling
and shocking the corn.
Secondly. The stalks when well cured
and fed out either by cutting and steaming,
or to tho yard, contain full as much nour
ishment in our opinion, as the blades and
tops which are usually saed.
Thirdly. The ground, by this means, is
so clean, the plough may ba put in without
Fourthly. By feeding the stalks, iho
farmer is able to save enough extra man
turo towellrepiy for all the labor of cuttini;
hauling, stacking and feeding. "VVe hope
farmers will try the system, and wo think
they will not be displeased at the change.'
The-best proof in the world that jt is tho
right plan to save the crop, is, that the
farmers of Tennessep, Xentucy, Ohio, nd
the Northen states, who havo tried it, a'ro
resolved not to abandon it.
YOUNG MKN TAKE CARE.
On Sunday afternoon last a Temperance
meeting was held on FellPoint, in Balti
more, which was followed by religious
exercises in German language In the
midst of the exercises, (says the Balti
more Sun)the company were a little sur
prised to see a tall, handsome girl move
somewhat quickly from one point to anoth
er and stopped directly oppositean individ
uul whose exterior was that of a gentleman
their surprise was increased to see her
raise her hands, and administer to each
side of his face in pretty quick succession,
two or three very emphatice spats from her,1
oft palm. An explanation ensued, and
pretty heroinestated that the individual had
been eyeing her for somo time, ar.d finally
had manifested the audacity to wink at -her!
She could bear the eyeing became that
was the tribute which her beauty vxactcd
;n the shape of admiration from the ono
ex anu envy irom tne otuer: oui wnen it
ametij a winfc, that was- an insult to the
hastityof her apptarance, which could
only be avenged with signal punishmcn upon
eriol Navigoti vi.ml'he French papers
states that a person named Comaschi; ha
invented a balloon; with which ho can navi
gate tho air in any direction and in all
weathers. An experiment lately made on
its powers: under very unfavorable clrcum
stances; near Lyons; France; was complete
ly successful. The rcronant made his as
cent from tho east bank of tlio Sonae. and
crossed the river in a westerly direction:
gradually steering in a curvilinear path: till
he re crossed the river and decended very
near the spot where he had risen. During"
his experiment the weaiher was generally
tempestous; and tho wind very violent'
Tho balloon is unlike all others in form;
being rhomboidal; instead of spherical or
cylindrical; there are no details of construe
tion given; however noc any mention made
of the means by which it is propelled,
Tho following appropriate lyrio wni
found the other day on the back of a bro
ken Bank bill;
Hark, from the banks an awful crash,
Ye patriots hear the ery,
Here is a note that calls for cash
But, oh, 'tis all in ray eye!.