The Columbia Democrat. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1837-1850, May 16, 1846, Image 1

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I have swurti upon the Alter of God, eternal hoatmty to every form of Tyranny over the Mind of Man." Thomas Jellbwou
Voliunr A.
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ortM.urB Sr. Paul's Church, Main-st
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During th at disastrous period of Napo
leon's career, known as ilie'llundred day,'
a portion of itie Province of Morbian in
llriiiang -ose in arms, and a battle (onk
place near Auray, between the insurgent
end skirmishing parties, who were usually
designated the 'Blues.' The affair was so
minute a spark of civil war, lhal il deserved
no mention in history; yet it cost the lives
of some hundreds o( men whose btoud was
poured out like water in the trsnrhes of
the deep and sunken roads which traverse
that peculiar country. It was in those
trenches that most of the bodies were found
and the magistrate whose duly it was to
clear the field of battle after the fight, ex
claimed, wiih a sori of barbarous naivette.
that it looked like the end of a harvest
frolic, wheie the men were sleeping of!
their drunkeiiL'ss.'
Oo the second day after the battle, jus'
nt the rey of the morning, a young peas
ant girl, with a sickle on her am, took her
way to her usual daily Ubnr in the fiel Is
As she pioecedad slowly along the road
she looked curiously around upon the trecr
pierced with bullets, the hedges lorn ami
broken, and the ground utaicn and trampled
by as many feet. For a great distance, ihe
road was Utterly strewn wiih buttons, bits,
of braided worsted, ihe remains of epau
lettes, cariouch boxe, fragments of Briton
caps, pierced bv balls or bayonets, plashc?
of h ilf congealed blood, all the horrible ni
dations of a fierce and recent conflict. But
the bodies of the slain had already disap
peared' During the night the peasants had
given them a christian burial, and the wo
men had traversed the battle ground with
tacks upon their shoulders, alternately des
poiling a dead ensmy, and ofTming up pray
ers for a lost friend. Much rich booty had
been obtained, and to judge by the pre-nc-ciipicd
minnei of the peasant girl, as sin
scrutinized the thickets on Wh sides of th
road, she was not wii'mut expectation ol
gleaning some remnants of the plunder"
But her hopes seemed to grow fainter as
she proceeded, and as she reached a with
marsh, overgrown with thick brush wood
she quickened her pace, when she was star
tled by a sudden movement among the
rushes that bordered the morass' Almost
at the same in-tant the clashing of iron
struck upon her ear, the point of a bayo
net appeared glittering in lint foilage, and
bloodstained figure feebly and painfully
dragged itcelfforih from its lurking place
in ihe marsh. The girl stopped, she utter
ed not the slightest sound, but she held
with a firmer grasp the handle of her sick
le. The imploring gestures of the woun
ded man, together wiih a few words which
he utteied in the language of the country,
eeemed to excile her interest, and she ap
proached a few stfps towards him. lie had
bv this lime succeeded by the aid of hi
gun. in rising to his knee and the girl dis
covered by his b!u jacket and the device or
I, is buttona, lhal he belonged to one ol
those companies of marines who had fougln
vi luifiilv at die battle of Auray. JJs she
mised with an air of indecision, ihe woun
iled man entreated her to approach, and in
order to retire her thai he had no power,
eV.-.i il he possessed the will 10 inoluf-l her,
showed her thai his leg was broken by a
muket ball. Emboldened by this the girl
advanced nearer, and demanded whathn de
sired of her
'Where are my comrades, the blue!' wjs
his first question"
They are gone.'
'Gone? since when!
'They went yes'erday.'
'Impossible! why surely we were victo
The girl made no reply, but stood silen
and unmoveable as ifshohadnot compre
(tended his question. She replied in such
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a manner as to maKe mm oeueve mai or
was abandoned, without hope of stieci
from his companions. Ihe poor fellow
had been wounded at ihe close of the da)
while pursuing ihe Chouane, and oaJ pas
sed the night in the morass, suffering tin
most excruciating pain, and only sustained
by the hope lhat some lucky chance migh
discover his condition to his comrades. Ttu
news of their departure almost drove him
to despair. lie had not strength to follow
them, and he dared not show himself in o
pen lay, lest he should be assassinated bv
the hostile peasantry. Ilu only hope now
et-tcd on the girl, lie was a native of her
own province, his father and brothers were
fisheimanof Loduwiaquer, only a few
eagues distant, and they could save hi in
f informed of his danger. He conjured
her, therefore, to seek them, ho employed
pplieaiion, tears, even menaces, but she
was insensible to all. While he was talk -
ng with her sh e remained standing si a lit-
e distance, with her eyes greedi.y seaich-
iugfor something she could appropii.tlr,"nt
hey aceidenil) fell upon the poor sailor i
her feel. That look discovered to her
prize. Eagerly approaching hi n, she said
in a low hoarse whisper-
If you would have me go to o I.cmaria-
quer, you must give your watch.' As sin
poke she seized the chain, but the nonn-
cd man throwing himself back, and repul
sing her with all his remaining strength, eri-
'Not now, not now, when you relur
when von return with mv faiher. vou shal
lave iSe watch and ihtf money.'
'Have yon money loo. asked in e girl.
'Yes il shall a'l be yours when'
V here i" ilm monej !'
'I have il safe.'
'Show it me.'
Promise then to save me.'
'Show me the money.'
The poor fellow drew towards him the
knapsack which he had flung off, and bem
over it, while his feeble hands began slowl)
to loosen ihe buckles that closed it
The girl made one eiep backwards, tn
uive force lo her blow, and the next inilan
the sickle descended upon Ins head with
force lhat clove hi in 10 the brain. The vie
tim never breathed apin, he stretched on:
ii .s arms and fell heavily forward, wiih hie
fare renting on the knapsack. The mur
lerens only w sited to be sure lhal life was
extinct, then deliberately djs-joiling him ol
iiis watch money, and rioihin, she quietly
washed the stains of blood tiom her haudf
nil feel in the pool beside her, ami wen:
on lo her daily labour in ihe fn-ld. On hti
return home at night she displayed hei
prize to her friends, simply remarking ilia
she had been lucky to find the body of t
Blue in her way ar. explanation qjiie sat'
factory at a moment when such chancer
were frequent in a cuuniry filled with com
On that same evening, however, the hod
of the unfortunate soldier was found and re
ognised by his family. Several ciieuni
stances corjoined lo throw suspicion on ih
girl, and ere many days had elapsed n
loubt remained ol her guilt. The murder
ed marine was a conscript one of lhat nt
merous class of young men who were com
pelled in thnre days to endure an opinion a
long with a uniform, and to wear the cock
ade of ih governing party, whatever thai
paity might happen to be. A native ol
dittany, he had been forcibly enrolled ai
Brest, and when his regiment was sent into
the interior of the country, he was necessa
nly compelled to combat on his native soil
and ngaimil his own people. This peculiar
position was well understood by the peas-
ants, for ilhad been the fate of many
their children, and the death of the youth
was lamented therefore like that of a friend,
This sympathy for the viotim was
course accompanied by the deepest indig
nation against the murderess There seem
ed such double dved wickedness in the deed
that every heart was revolted by it. He
had fallsn by the hand of a woman, while
he was annealinrr to womanly tenderness,
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and ihi rruinness of the motive seemed to
ul,l a ilnener mult to the heinous crime. As
t always happens in those generous re-ac
lions of feelin?, when parry spirit is sud'
lenly quelled for a moment by Ihe voice of
qoiiy, the people seemed as if they eouhl
scarcely express their indignation wiih suf
ficient force. Jh the laws either could not
ir would not punish the crimnal, public o-
ninioii took upon itself the task. The girl
vas driven out o( the community, and
voided by al', as if the taint of leprosy was
ipon her. No farmer would employ her lo
abour in his fields, no proprietor would rent
her a cabin on his domain. Her only
refuge was the church porch, where she
rooched like an accursed thing at. the door
of the sanctuary she dared not enter. Eve
rv one shrink aside as her shadow fell up-
in them in her aimless wanderings. If she
approached ihe fountain. wlence the village
Irew its supply of water, the women usual
ly assembled there would instantly hush
their idle gossip, snatch up Ihoir half filled
pitchers, and hurry away.e sclaiming, 'Make
room for Ihe murderess!'
To set the fi;ul seal to her public repro
hation, a ballad was composed, selling forth
!icr horrid crime in coj rse, but graphic lan
guage of popular poetry. Wherever the
unhappy creature venluied to appear, she
heard Ihe tones of this vengeful song. Her
punishment was now no longer the ordina
ry penally of crime, having ils limit of linn
md place, and demanding only the liberu
or the life of ihe offender. Her guilt, by
ihis new species of retribution, had heenrm
public properly, its punishmei.t as identi
fied with the most durable memori ds ol pub
lie morals and manners, t was n I record
ed in the dusty volumes of the law, but i
was sent abroad on the wings of music am
loeiry, to reach every ear, and lo lutn frou
her every heart. The mark of Cain war
ipon her brow, her fallow beings were hei
oimentors, withholding their bards from
iife, yet inflicting a daily death upon her b
ihe'r loathings and scorn. In vain sh"
sought to fly from ihe scene of her guilt.
Her crime seemed borne on the very winds
if heaven, and where ever the voice of ihe
shr peril bioke the stillness of nature, there
resounded the frightful burden of lhat aveng
ing song.
Once, ss she wandered away from hu
nan scorn she bhe!d in a meadow at some
listance from Auray, a child at play among
ihe daisies. A imlden yearniig filled her
heart, she approached the merry boy, and
seated herself beside him. Tor more than
a vear the deso.alo cicaturc had not touched
a human hand, or listened to the sound of a
kindly human voice, and sue now lound a
moment of inexpressible happiness in the
innocent carresses of the happy child.
Too joyous lo know anything of fear in
nestled beside her, glad to hud a companion
in his sports, while she pressing hi iu to he
bosom, amused him, after ;!ie manner of s
'.coder mo'her by tales and songs. Tin
-hild had Imiened with delight, but when
she had finished he looked in her face, and
is if, in his simplicity he sought lo lepay
icr kindlinens, he said
My fa her taught me a prettier song than
v-curi1;' and he began to sing
0 listen, Christian neighbors, lo a crime of
deepest hue,
Vlaria Marker with her sickle has killea the
wounded Blue.'
At these terrible words the unhappy girl
nitered a wild cry, and dropping the uncon-
ious child from her knee, fled like a hunt
ed wild beast into the woods. It was the
final blow of the unseen avenger; her pun-to
shment was greatei than she could bear, ii
I'rom thai hour Maris became a hopeless
When I first saw her thb had been some
vears in this stale, and I shall never forget
of her singular appearance. She was larg
robust girl of twenty-four, with a remark
ble squareness of outline, and a certain ri
of gidity of motion, that tesembled the awk
- ward movements of an ill jointed woodei
- figure. There was no p)ay of musrles vis
ibe, no tracery of veins discovered beneatl
her tanned and swathy skin. She remind
ed me of those alone images of the virgi
which stand in the nicest of consecrated
fountains coarse Sl ill-rarged statues, from
wlii';!) art has been unable lo remove more
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than half the veiling granite, and whicl
leave you in doubt whether they are spec
mens of imperffcl human skill, or umph
rude stones, which some freak of nature
has stamped with half developed tesern to humanity.
Upon a nearer view, the countenance ol
the murderess had a singularly austere and
sinister expression. I', was a face very an
gular in ils contour, and lite rally seamed
with cress lines which disturbed and often
ded the gazer's eye. while in her wild and
wandering look there shone oui a frightful
legree of cunning ferocity. She bore
her every feature ihe stamp of lhat h,.i'ari
Celtic race, in whom primitive qualities
have degeneiated into conespond ng vices
She rarely replied to any questions thai
miff hi be addressed to her, and general!
seemed as strong in soul as in body, but if
a single word of lhat frightful song readier.:
her ears, then, as if struck by some galvan
ic power, the coario slalue started into lift
md become once more suffering humanity
She would utter terrible cries, toss her arms
ri,he hcr'body in ihe most terrible coqVh-
ions, then suddenly springing up, wouh
lly with the utmost speed, repeating as stir
ran the accusing couplet of the drsadfu
song, while, as her voice rose louder ant
louder on Ue air, the avenging words seem
d lo lake fiercer and stronger hold upoi
ter distracted feeligns. h seemed as if re-
norse was incarnate in that hideous foim;
r rather, thai two beings were inclosed ii
fiat rigid frame, on one of whom had beei
uiposed the task of torturing the other, am'
dial ihe outraged conscience was forevei
iving chase to ihe sinful soul. Every fea
ture, every gesture expressed ihe emotion
f this double character ihe avenger am
die victim. By turns she wepl, raved
grayed and cursed, implored pity, and di
nounced vcngeaiic. Ii was a spe.'tarl,
from which ihe eye lurned in hmrur' for i1
was like ihe snuggle of the executioner sni
ihe trirnioal on the brink of the scaffold.
The Excelsior.
A number of years since says the ('iocii -nati
Commercial, whcnoir city whs ne,
md there was no splendid halls, the Ma
sonic body held its sitlings in the upper sto
ry of a wellknuwn public house, kept b
hjor S , who was himself a high
mason. As is the case no w, many new
members were offering, or asking Hduiisc
sion into the fellowship and mysteries ol
ihis ancient body of bretheien. Why il is,
we cannot say, but thsre are many stones
afloat among the people, and there ever
have been lhat the novniation is introduced
to r seat on a rcif hot gridiron That in
making a man a free and iccepied brother.
they must Hndergo a great ntny very in
tercstin j ceremonies besides being ehown
the gripe and signals of ihe order,
On one occasion and it must become
10 yeais ago, according loour informant ol
many of the particulars ihe lodgement,
and a young giod-looking, spruce clerk of
one of the stores rame into the lower room
of ihe building, it having been arranged lei
initiate him lhat evening. He wjs ordered
'o remain below until a'l was ready for his
reception. I he lime dragging, nu nis
mind conjuring up wha he was about lo
meet, lie commenced wnking haekwsrds
and fonvatds through the passage leading
the stair way of the lodge. On the right
of the passwiy was the kitchen, and di-
reclly before him as he passed the doot.wai
a large fire burning, il being in lhat season
of the year requiring artificial heat for bodi-
ly comfort.
Il so happened that the A,jr k, pi an SPen)H) , ,,e ,U!1je,uf( U)on ,he 8Cjpn
Irish servant girl, and she was ihe univ,' r , ,. , . i ., . t . .
' ' "I a moineni, the silenee, the painful m-
'vnvii lb,, nnti .il.llirt hi mm iir,
he house. Belly had heard of the
ridiron operation of the Mason, and know
ng ttwtt the young clerk was lo be admitted
hat nighi, thought she would have a bit
nnocent fun. She took a large gridiron,m
which she had broiled many a aleak, and
placed it on the fire in full view of the younc
expectant, of mysterious gnpes stinrd uj
the blazing fire and remnitd to waich
lesnlt. (Jleiky cantiuued lo pass and i
pass the door, and tMcr and anon Beity sau
Aim east a wishful glance at the firc-placr
I'he iron was growing rnddei every lime h
passed He shook hi head a sigh escar
ed him Betty was in ecstacie-. Yo pi
her victim still dseper in agony, she placei
a small screen taken from leading to the hal
as if to hide from his view die fearful insliu
tnenl u! honorable torture.
As the cunning jide was retreaiing, lit
young man witli a wink of the ere. a been
jf the hand, and a 'come here' o the head
succeeded in ai resting hei progress for
'A a whal is the gridiron on the Ii
lor now, saia lie, 'my go )d iiri, w ill mm
ell me!'
Ob, sir! but I ically don't liko to.
wouldn't be polite.'
Oh! never mind I'm exceedingly aniiou
10 know:'
iVhy there is a Lodge up suirs to nigh
And a'
Well well I know there is a lodge up
lairs lo night, But what is thai iron
he fire for Tell me gocd girl 1 pray you
Tell me quickly.'
Speak oul. Dol I'm aching to hoar!'
Why ihe Major told ine it how they'n
filing nmnVea Union to night and lhal'
1 1 know h Hun i ii,'
Thai was enough' The ofllnld tale wa
rue! I hat n r i 1 1 1 on was lor Mini, i
hangs came ov h u in a m nneni.lli oul
tot he horned wiih an iron as hoi as tli
ny how Tie pulling on of hat and c.n I
as a momentary alTnr, be sought ib
street when legs if ever did their duty'
Soon after the brothers having got rI
hings ready the Msjoreame down for hi
ycung friend bill met Hetiy who teeing ilu
inseouentes rame tow act ner ius.vci
ibbing and cry ing in ihe most offitciei
Fhti M .jor soon learned the story of tin
on n j man's flight and also the cause anc
ins wered.'
Never mind Deity. If he's such a foo
that we don t want him.'
One would nttum!l suppose lhat the
idge had a fioe Unh o' er the go id j-ike
pun the teiutn of the l-j ir. The iunviu-
e ronclusion is lhat the young clerk nev
offered himself again as a tBiididate f i
linission into the mysteries ef free and
accepted Masons and o seat on their mcaHy
red hot gridiron
On ihe morning of our nations birth
sy.lhe fourth of July, 1779, when Ihe
le:larstion of (he .?menc in In'lepen
lence was made whan the Commillee,
iireviously appoinleil to draft that Jo
strunieni, made tleir report ihrougl
iheir Chairman Thomas J. Hoison -un
by whom it was resd,iie house paused
hi stlaied. l hal instiumeni, Ihey caw,
cut them off even fioni ihe mercy o:
Great Uiiiaio. They saw wiih pro
phelic vision all ihe hoimrs of a san
guinary wsr earnsge and dcanlatioi
passed in swift review before Ihem
I'hey saw the prosperl of having riveter
siill more cloely upon iheir alieady
chuffed id hieeiling limbs the chain s ol
slavery. The house seemed lo wavei
.silence, deep aid soU n n siKnce.
I rf! it noil ihinnohnul the lull of the S03
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cious capilol. Every countenance indi
cated that deep mediation was at work
and ihe soiemn resolutions were calling
for uouble energy "t this fearful crisii
when the very destiny of the country
f t , . . .
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iosi -a venerable and stalely !nn his
bend white with the fiosi of many yearst
lie cast on (he assembly a look of inex
pressible inlereat and unconq leiabJe de
ermina'ion; while on his visile his
one of age was lost at the burning pa 1 ri
iiism lhal fired h i . Tliere is, said he,
a lido in the hfljirs of men, a nick of
iijio. Wo perceive it now before us.
I'hal noble ins rumenl upon your labls,
vhich iusurei Imrnoifiliiy to it! author
hould bn subscribed this very momion
iy every pen In the I!e who
v 1 1 1 not respond to ils accounts and
ifain eveiy nerve to cany info
IT-et it provioions, is un ivonh ly ihe
lame of a freeman. A It h ouph lhr?fj
,rey hairs must descend imo the ep
I'chie, infinitely nther they frhniM de.
cci d hnher by iliehand of he i x ru' ion
r.thm, Or' dtS 1 1 at il i ci i is Ihe sac e d
Muse of my country.' 7'ne patriarch
il dovvn, and forthwith Ihe declaration
vas signed by every member present.
Won was lhat venerable p liarcl ? you
ok. 1 answer it was Joiix With Kit-
ipoorv, of New Jji y, whosu nam" is
ound among the signers of ihe (h'claar
ion of inpr)cndence,lheMagnaCharU of
ur nation's independence. Y s, it was
John WithprspGon, a dislinguishrd.Min-
sier of the I'resby lerian Chinch, a liur-
I deici-ndant of John Koox, Vr great
Son cl Heforiner..Syjee ch f the lien.
S. S. Temphtnn.
Somebody in New Yoik has ofJ.r!il
i30 for ilia b sl trad on dineing, not
xceiliog (we've pig" in length, and
1 1 turn - ii lor JU lgfiP, U'-. I vnii.iormi i -
0 ir
y of this city, now of New Y.nk: K.;v.
VI' . Audi vi, nf Troy, an I Rev Wm.
. II ill )ck. of New Voik ciiy. Tin
uesiions lu he iliscussed in Ihe trac,
ne Mtie nropriely of among hy
hnrch members, and Hie expediency of
selling il lo nur children, Fiorn ihi
on" of .Hilling the questions, we euj)
iosw ihit Ihe person advertising for the
rarl emulcir ns il incing as s ufnl. The
eadeM o( 'lie Lelger will rern'mber
h-l, ab'iiit ir ree years airo, we tiea'ed
he mbjert somewhat al length, showing
hat dancing w is1 a natural instinc. among
ncn, monkeys', and even birds, and
onseqnently that il was designed to ho
latified. and therefore waa ool sinful
niles abusfd. We still tl'ck lo our
x', and 'are of the same opinion still,'
ud we defy all ihe long faces and s ur
orr.peis to make OS believe that this
bfauiiful world vs given to man for
no other purpose than lo 'modify the
flesh ' by rrjecling all ils sources erf
njoynini. Theerimeisin Ihe abuo
ml not in the use; and therefore wa
Ivise all to cbnee decently an I moder-
tiely, and lo leave canting arusieriiy to
s sulks. Did not David d nci ? 7od
ire we not told, 'if any be merry, lei
inn sing songs?' The translation of
the Iviglish Vulgile have translated lliitf
vord iuio psalms, by which they would
?onfine its aignificaliou lo a sacred cong
nt worship. Hut ihey inieipieled ev
rv Jewish custom according lo lha
English fashion of the seventeenth ceu
tuiy. Bui what is decent end moderate dn-
tf . . ii . 1...1- t . u :
oing.' wetoieny exciuuo irum mhj
caiegnry a 'fashionable ball.' Thera
he company is promiscuous; :he f-mslu
portion are dressed by vanity, in flimsy
garments offering no dtfnee against
weather; the danciog begins when lha
company ought lo be abed, and contin
ues till daylight of ihe next day; (he
uuests are crowded and packed into
rooms wher4 lha ftmosphera would fuf