American patriot. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1814-1817, October 28, 1815, Image 1

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lished weekly by ALEXANDER HAMILTO
N. Bellefonte, (Pa.) next
door south of the B i
payable half yearly in advance.
The Triumph of Truth.
‘Books are necessary to correct the vices o
the polite, but those vices are ever chan-
ging, and the antidote should be chang-
.ed accordingly—should still be new.
IN a gay and flourishing city, in the
north ot England, resided young Steinfort
and Eliza, characters equally celebrated for
their personal accomplishments, but whose
dispositions were the reverse of waat they
were represented by the world. Steinfort
inwhom a detestation of the frivolous pur-
suits of passion, was supposed a detestatior
of every thing sacred and excellent, appear
ed to the eye of the world as a sullen mis-
anthrepe; though it was secretly whispered
that his private hours were spent in secret
Eliza, 1n
swwhom ubited a mascuiine unders anding,
with the most feminine sweetness, owed
the false colouring of her character to ue-
glected beaux and slighted admirers, who
concluded that nothing but 2 miracle of af-
fectation and coguetry could have retained
insensibly to their forced sighs and studied
Such were the opinions of
the worid of two amiable characiers, who
gevels and sensual gratifications.
Lad been mutually stricken with each olh
¢rs person, with no further acquaintance
than a casual meeting in their walks, or sit-
ting in the same box at the theatre ;and
had secretly lamented an incongruity of
disposition which unfitted them for that
happiness which cach had eagerly anticipa-
ted from the tics of matrimony. Steinfort
being one eveniig in 2 mixed company, whe
freely handled the reputation of their neigh-
bors, perhaps even without a superficial ac-
gaintance, heard his fair Eliza pictured
: the child of caprice and the dupe of flat-
tery, insomuch, that every seatence which
’ snagnified her charms or extolled het vir-
tues, was answered with the sigh of desire,
and a look that seemed to tuirst for more.
Resolving these thoughts in his mind,
he strayed into a neighboring grove to ru-
minate on the deception of appearances,
and lament that personal beauty should be
the companion of mental deformity. Hav-
ing seated himself beneath an cmbowering
peared to have actuated Ehza,
eyes again met. It v 3
the nextsaw them continue their walk, ¢-
qually absorded in reflection.
« Heavens |”? exclaimed he “and can snch
sweetness of expression, such chastity of
demeanor, be the associate of wantonness?
{why am I not fully convinced ? why did 1
not address herin the language of adulati-
op Fthe world gives her credit for flexibili-
ty,and the result would prove a speedy
cure for my passion. He now took a cif-
cuitous turn in the wood, resolving 10 cmn-
brace the first opportunity of assuming the
flattery, and informing himself of her depra-
vity. Anticipating the success of his last
resolve, he was a second time quitting the
grove, when abruptly turning a corner he
again met the object of his thoughts, hesi-
tating how to cross & gap ofthe carth for
want of assistance. A faint blush suffuscd
her check as she encountered bis eye, aud
she was hastily retreating, when Steinfort
politely stepped forward and tendered her
his hand Politeness would not suffice her
to refuse him, and she accepted it. He had
no sooner handed her over, than he again
staggeredin his purpose; her beauty ap-
peared more transcendently victorious, and
he desisted for fear ol giving offence. Her
hand, which he still retained in his, she now
endeavored to withdraw, and he found he
must guickly resclve or lose the opportuni-
ty. - He repeatedly essayed to speak, but as
repeatedly failed, till she somewhat relievs
ed him by making a polite acknowledge-
ment of his services, and informing him
that her road lay to the left haod.
His 1esolution now revived, & with a re-
luctance be could iil conceal, Le replied,
+ Madam, the brilliancy of vour charms, and
the acknowledged superiority you bear
over the females in this part of the world,
make it presumption in me to offer my
services any farther; yet the sun conde-
scends to simile on all; and would, that beaus
ty, which is equally divine, were equally
impartial ?” He now paused, expecting
doubtless, to trace in her look the approba-
tion of the lady, but encduntered the insult-
ed dignity of thc woman. The chagtia
with which she had histecned to this rhapso-
dy of lithertinism, was evidently depicted in
her counteoance, and snatcking her hand
indignantly from his grasp, she replied,
character, which however f ghionahie in
the world, is a character whigh 1 must ever
despise.” He endavourcd to explain, but
she was gore with a countenance more in
sorrow than in anger.” The justness of
her reproof had revited hin to the spot,
and he could oaly follow her with his eyes.
take another look, the same motives ap-|ty, and planning various ‘sohemes ng hap:
and their]piness when he received this note of d=-
It was but for a momeat,| mand on honor.
knowing what to resolve upon, he applied |quicken her pace, which was considerably.
to an old friend for advice ; but his fiiend|retarded by briars that intersected her path.
would do no more than advise him to de-|Her apprehensions became seriously pains
cide tor himself, as he then would be more ful, and were suddenly incre th
easily reconciled to the result of his deter-'sound of iadisdatt voices from behind.
mination, Inthis wavering state of mind She attempted to fly with preci
he departed ni for \he scene of action, butthe gloom around her and t
« Sir, this is perfectly consistent with your |
Thanderstruck, and not
unprovided wi
Dalton had been waiting ten mixutes when i!
ture has turnished me with.
quarrel I” « ’Tis sufficient £4 me.” cepii-
to seduce and dishoner my daughter, this
isicause enough for a fathes. Take your
choice of these,” continned he, presenting
pistols. ¢ No sir,” added Steinfort. «1
have attempted to seduce and dishoner no
man’s daughter, aud if I had, it would ag-
gravate rather than extenuate my crime,
to coinply with vour request. Peace,
moralizing coward!” ¢xclaitned the father,
# [ have my information fron authority I'am
not accustomed to dispute j give me instant
satisfaction, or submit to be branded with
everiasting disgrace.” «Brand me with
what title will please you,” repiied Stein-
fort; «epithets commonly have little mean-
ing, and often no megaing at ail; those
wo deem it a deviation from heaour to de
cline committing one crime by way of -ex-
itenuating another, hay throw wiat light
they pleasc oi my actions, 1 neither court
their applause nor evade their censure ; you
have been deceived, sity in respect to the
cause, and it is therefore fit vou should be
deceived in respect to the effect oi cur
Having said this, he abruptly departed,
leaving Mr. Dalton, and his vallient atien-
danty in compiete possession of the field.
Mortified at such rude and unexpected
treatment, they sullctdy withdrew to savisfy
that honour in idle dcclamation which had
been disappointed in being satisfied with
. Eliza, who bad waited with the most
painful and wemnbling anxicty for the re-
sult of the conflict, hicard of its termination
with that exquisite pleasure which none but
minds replei¢ with every virtuous principle
can feel. She could not but admire | that
self commanded spirit, which could calm-
ly reason with the stern and inflexible an-
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ed Mr. Dalton, © that yea have. attempted|steps was beard, and a youth
BR . ol
NO. 97,
variety of its paths. —Night approached
Alarmed at her situation she attempted 10
ased by the
¢ obsta-
those implements of mur-{cles shé had te encounter atevery steps:
endered effort ineffectual. The sounds
became more distinct, and on a sudden four
he arrived, and demanded in a peremtory|ruffians with sacrilegious 1 :
tone where his second was, and desivedjon their defenceléss prey She gabe them
him to produce his weapons ! & I requirefail the property she had about her and beg»
no second” replied | Sielnfors, ¢ and for ged ta be released ; but they proceeded tof
weapons, I make use of none but what ha-pmore violent measures. She fell on her
Bat, first,jknecs, and with tears that might have diss
sity” continued he, « I shall require of yoularmed the tiger of his ferocity, petitioned
an accurate statement of the cause of ourffor crey, which was savagely ref
At that mom
hand, {astened
a 4
ent the approach ol 4
among the trees, and with,
action that sgemed to baffle
and motk the perseveranc:
soon levelled three of the vi
The other taking adv
situation, aimed a blow at his
which for a while deprived him,
ther resistance ; but apprehens
screams of Wiiza would bring
their aid he immediately fled, al
panions on coming to themnselve
ing nobody to deter them, fallow
Gratitude now overcome all other ides
in the mind of Eliza, and her whole atten-
tion was directed to the stranger who had,
perhaps, forfeited his life in her defence
She threw herself on the ground by his
side when the moon emmerging from a
cloud, and beaming on his face, discover
cd to her the Hfeless features of Srzivrone,
Banksand Coup
Counte: fciters have muhiplied in pro-
portion to the increase of bavks. Onthe
9th inst. two nent were detected in possing
gounterieil notes in Baltimore, on the Bank
o: North America Formers Bank of Lan-
caster, and Union Bank of George'Town
On the 14th inst. in the same city a other
person was arested on a eharge of © pas-
sing fictitious notes of The City Exchanges
Bank, in the City of New-Yurk, a Bank
which docs not exist.” Notes of this dese”
cription from 25 cents to § 100, amounting
to nearly 25,000 doilars were found in his»
possession !
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the heavens became obscured with clouds.
piston §
oak ina remote part of the wood, he began
to philosophize on his present state of mind.
"Those principles which had hitherto been
his sole motives to action, seemed sensibly
to have lost their influence, and he endea-
yored in vain to rally them to the combat.
sie pictured the perishable charms of beau-
ty in the most contemptible light that inge-
nuity could advise, but all to no purpose.
Eliza still appeared as an exception, and
"threw a chavin over the foibles ot “her sex,
that rendered them less insupportable.
Finding be attempted iu vain tu divest
himself of a partiality which seemed fraught
with future evils, he started from his mossy
“seat, and with hasty steps was leaving the
“grove, when Lic beheld the object of his
contemplation at a small distance, among
the trees, and pensively walking towards
‘him, with her eyes fixed on the ground. He
gazed on hee for a moment with doubtful
admiration, itresolute whether to advance
or retreat, Atlength love seemed to con-
quer, and undecided, he found himself me-
chanically moving towards her. She had
now stopped, and was leaning against a tree
for support, in an attitude thar rendered
loveless move lovely!
The melancholy posite in which she
atood, the silence of the scence around, and
the placid sweetness which was imprinted
on her features, conspired to highten his
admiration, and he had just resolved to ad-
dress her, when he perceived himselfob-
served. The situation admitted of noal-
ternative, but abruptly returning or passing
near each other. A moment's hesitation
determined the choice of Eliza, and she a-
gain came forward. As they approached
each other, she viewed him with a look fall
of tenderness and pity, which, while it
cherished his hope, checked his presump-
tion, and he involuntarily passed her, curs-
ing his own irregolution. Having proceed-
ed a few paces, he ventured to turn and
The trial of Novas NErus, formerly of
Cveen county in this state, who was appres
hended in Milledgeville a short thn: smce.
for passing counterfeit bills on the bank of
south Carolina, came »n last weck before
the Superior court of this county. I Le ex~-
amirction of witnesses, and the pteadings
of Counsel, occupied nearly two days. The
jury, howevery were out but a few ninutes
before they returned with a verdict of zuils
ty. The prisonety who is between fifiv and
sixty years of age, received sentence of:
death on Monday. Tiil then, he appcaredy
to regard his fate with indifference ; but no
sooner did he learn that the «lamp of life”
was about to be extinguished, thal his dayé
were numbered and but few, than his
ly courage forsook hira—1ie wus i
drowned in a ficod of tears. His soul overe
powered with the awiul thought of rushe
ing unprepared into the presence of his (ody
appeared to « shrink back upon itself and.
startle at destruction’ Flagitious as his
past life may have been, it was impossible
to behold unmoved, the agonizing distress.
es of this aged culprit. His execution we,
understand, unless respited a shot time bid :
the Executive, will take place tje day af«
ter to-morrow. Terrible, though just res
ward of vice.
ger of her father. This trait in Steinfort’s
character, in ¢ome measure dissipated her
despair; a thousand pleasing phantoms
danced before her imagination. A beam
of comfort, like the moen through clouds,
revived the prospect of life, and added en-
ergy to hope. Such is the rapidity with
which we conceive what interests the heart.
Dazzling, but transient happiness! no goon-
er has {ancy given a boundery to the charm-
lng prospect, then reason involves it in
gloom. Steinfort, at length sickening at
{the triumph of vice, and disgusted with the
sneers of malice, secluded himself from
the world in the retired silence of nature.
Thus had disappointment and misfortune
tinged with misanthrophy a disposition for-
med by nature for softer enjoyments.
Eliza heard the true character of Stein-
fort when it was too late to profit by the
discovery. Disconsolate and sick at heart
the fouud no pleasure but in seeking his
fries, and making them recount his vir-
tues, while she, with the greedy ear of fove
devoured up their discourse, She accused
herself as the auther of his misfortunes, and
having conspired to hunt him from society.
These ideas preyed upon her mind and her
health began visibly to decline Her father
strugk with the evident alteration con-
ceived a change of air might be servicea-
ble, prevailed upon her to spend a few
months with a distant relation, about twenty
of her father’s conduct, and flew to prevent|miles from town. "Thither she retired}
the mischief that might ensue. She stated | where the solicitude of her amiable relatives
the action in its true light, entreated re-|contributed much towards the re establish-1 phe fast sailing schr. Spartan, arrived’
monstrated on the absurdity of such ex-|{ment of her health the country round beinglat es port yesterday, in 35 days from Ror-
tremes, but all in vam. He deemed her|extremely picturesque and romantic, sheldeayx. and from the river on the 6th Sepe
representation us a partial colouring to pre-|had an opportunity of indulging her taste{ember. By the above artival the editors
vent him hazarding his life—flew from her|for solitude in frequent walks. of the Mercantile Advertiser have recei cog
presence, and calling for a friend, repaired Being tempted by an unusual fine eve-{a file of French papers to the 31st August
wr the scene appointed for the work of aing to extend the limits of her excursions|which are in the hands of a translator—we-
blood she entred a ncigbouring coppice, in which! understand, however, that they do ros. gop
Sieinfort was draoming en future felici-}she soon found herself bewildered by the’ tain any importest news.
The flying rumours géfthei’d as they rol’d,
Scarce any tale was sooner heard than told ;
And all who told it added something new,
And all who heard it made enlargements
too, :
In every ear i spread, #7 every tougue it
grew. POPE.
A heavy shower of rain recalled the as-
tonished Steinfort from he reverie into
which this advcature had plunged him, and
resolving in bis mind a series of pleasant
ideas, he bent lis way homewards, little
dreaming that his owi conduet would serve
but to rivet prejudices fatal to his character
and happiness. Eliza ca her arrival at
home, retired to her apartment with an eye
dimed with despair,and a heart that reluc-
tantly ceased to hope. She communicated
her encounter with Steinfort to her confi
dential maid, who failéd not to exaggerate
her part, and repeat it to others. At length
it reached the ears of Mr. Dalton, the father
of Eliza; a man tenacious of honour, fixed
and irrevocable in his decisions. The acti-
on, as it appeared to him, he thought suffi
cient to justify a challenge, and he called
Mr. Steinfort to the field. Eliza soon heard
[MiLL Journal, 27th ult.
New Yorg Oct. 9.
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