Carlisle herald. (Carlisle, Pa.) 1845-1881, December 06, 1861, Image 1
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Men hurry by with a stealthy glance, Women pass with their oyes .cast, down; liven the children seems to ISIIONV The shameless girl of the town Mated and shunned I walk tho street, Iluntiug—for what? For my prey, !tie sold; I look at it though in a different light, For this mighty Shaine is my . tially breadl My boi, my shelter; tho clothes I - wear! Only for this I might starve or drown; The world has disowned me, what can I do But live and die on the town 7 The warldis cruel. - . lt may be To crush the has let; but grant it so, What made her the guilty thing she is? For she was Ihnocent once you know. : 'Twas love: that terrible word tel tells all I She loved e man, and blindly believed Ws vows, lily kisses, his crocodile tears; Of course the fool was deceived! Whit h .d Lt,ri gain by a moment's stn, - To weigh in the scale with my innocent years, lily worn inly shame, my ruined name, My father's curses. my mother's tears? The fore of manl Tt 'Was 130115- lit itr,i• u, Was It worth itl The price its a soul paid pain; Did 1 got eta Foul in exclMoge? - Bulmld me hero on the town I n.Y , ur gul . t was heavy:" the wot ld will nay, "And heavy, heavy iour doom mutt be; Fur to pit), and pardon woutao's fall Is to set no value on chastity! You un :ervalue the vlrgn's crown, The spotless honor that mites her dear." But 1 ought, to knew what the bauble Is worth, D. When the logs of It brlnii the lieie f' But pity and pardon! Who are you, ' 'Cu talk of pardon, pity to me? What I risk Isjustice, justice. sir! Lot both be punished, or both go free. If It be in woman a shameful thing, sr hat is It In man, now? Coin-. ho just; Iteuirubtr, slur falls through hor-lovo for him, Ha through his selfish lust: Tell me what is done to the wretch Who lcinpts 4 tind riots in W 01111 1 .1 1 .8 fall? Nis father car'ses cud casts him ell? His Meals forsake?, Ifs is:scorned of all? Not he—his judges are man like himself; Or thoughtless women who humor their whim: " Youug hitssi"—.. Wild eats"—.. Better hush it up? They soon forget it—in ! Even as mother, who ought to know The woman nature, mad bow It is won, Fru meta thousand excuses for him, Because, forsooth, the mon is her sou! You have daughters, madam, Ow told me se) Fair, In omen t daughters- - Woman what Chop!" Some mother may have a sun Alto ) ours— DM thorn beware or 113011! IBA sr his coach in the street te_da-y, • Dashing along on the sula.ly Xlde, With a liveried driverMo the boa; lolling hack in her listless pride, Thu wife o his bosom took the air : She was bouxht in the mart where hearts are sold; I gave myself away for his Ito She sold herself fur his gold! Ho lives, the) say, in a prin,ly way. Fhaterol and rel,ted thle dark eight Sumo devil lea mu to pass his how, t 1 saw the svititiost, u blaze of light; The music whirled lo u inudthulittg naiad, 1 11,11,1 the fall of dancers' Is,•t. Bitter, lattur, thu [bought,' 1 hod, 6t....ditig there in thu atroot Bark to my gaudy don I went, Marked to my molt in grlia drspalo, Pried my oyes, painted my choolts, And Used a Hower or two in my hair Cakrkx Were pupping, wino ves lira i ng, I seized a beeper and tweed it doe n ; One must do aqmotAling to, :ill I the time, And lit unu'soelf fur the town I meet his boy in the park eometimes, And my heart roue over towards the child; A frank little fellow, with fearless eyes, lie smiles et mu as his father smiled! I hate the wau, but I love the boy, Fur I think vihat my own had hu lived would be; Pere It is he come Lack from the deed • To fialler, alas I not Inc 1 But I stand too long In the shadow hero, Let me out Ins the light - again; Now for Insult, blows perhaps, And, Utterer still, my own disdain I 1 take my place in the crowd of men, Nut like the simple womou l bee; you may cheat them, man, as mochas you pions°, You wear no masks with me! Kuo w yet Roder your honeyed wOrde Tharp lurks it serpont ; your oaths are lies; Thoru's a lustful fire in your hungry hearts— I 800 it Iheming up in your eyes I Cling to thorn, I:ldles t and shrink from me, Or roll at lily boldnoss—well, hove you done? , 111adonu, your husband knows me wall I Mother, I know your son! • But go your ways, and go mine; Call me opprobrious names if you will; Ms truth is bitter—think I have lied; •• .1 harlot ?" Yes—buts li . untan still I Gul said avid to a woman like Gee r "Go: Bin uo moral" or your ISMloa 110; But you, you mangle hls mordful words To—"Go and aln till you die!" Dio I tho'word hes nploasant sound, Tho toreotuct vu hoard thin , ninny a year; It teem!' to Promise no out to pain, Anyway lt,wlkl end It—lno Suppose I.tbroteanyeelf In the street Before the horses a, old trample rue down, Some would.befriundtnight snatch And thrust we beck of the town! But Molt, the rived From whore I stand I see It, I almost hear It flow; .Down on the dark and lonely pier-, It ishut a stop—l can and my woe I plungo asplash, and all will bo der, _ 'ho doathshinelt waters will drag me down 'boa Ituoive whore I But no mutton whore, So I am oil ilia toWn I WILDS. "'- - For some Which it does not eon , cern its now to investigate, Kentucky; un der tho' dominion of the White, man, has continued, to - justify its — mitife :'Homo" of ' 4 , 1 Dark and Bloody Ground," in' bciiig the soone_of_ a retnarkithle; inunber of trage,l dies in .Orto ei,these, less knorpin to . the puYlie in later limes ) . wo thinlCtranseends, all the Others' in boldness of coneeption,.,re-'. gularity, of 'plot, - variety of, passion , and -character displayed, and:horror and pathos of cattietrophe. It might"havelOnislied a - worthy subject - to the - pen — of: - Bophooles - 7 or ,S hakspeare p one - that.. they .would . have found; ayeadieast into a highly drama - tie, reqUiring•on)y;Atting - wurds to:.eon rey Cad plisgions of the actorS. Littleinr , •• Dl Y :'top p pi , ,; lel e//' I !1 , 11.17 .- ;'w/l!ai have been needed, for neither could bo imagined more intensely interesting; nor could the most finished artist have.con structed a plot more coherpnt in all its details, or more strictly in accordance with-the- rules- of composition,—even •to the preservation of the ,Aristotelian uni ties of time and place. So perfeot, in deed, does it seem, that, were it.not sub- staiitiated in every point by the records of a judicial 'tribunal, it might well be taken for the invention of some master of human nature and the dramatic art. Captain Cyril Wilde, the hero, orja ther, the victim, •of the events we are about to narrate; was one of those perfect-- ly hippy men whom every one.has learn ed to regard-as-favorites-of -Fortune, and on whom no one ever expects disaster to fall, simply because it never has done so. Well _descended, at a period -when good birth was a positive honor-in-itself,-and connected, either by affinity or friendship, with the best society in Keptucky, he held, by hereditary right, a high position anion that old aristocracy which then: and for a long time afterward stoutly inairr tained its own against the encroaching spirit of democratic equality, and whose members Still kept in 'mind - Many or the traditions, honored in their own persons the dignity, and strove_to 'preserVe in t ar households somewhat of the man ners, of the Cavaliers of the Old Domin ion. Nor was -wealth wanting to complete his happiness,—at-least, such wealth as was needed by one of his simple tastes and unostentatious habits. lie was rich beyond his disposition to spend, but not beyond his capacity to enjoy,—a capacity multiplied by as ,many times as he had .friends to stimulate it;,-._--sutritner friends,: - alas ! too many of them proved to be.— His character was without reproach; his disposition easy and genial his mind of that happy middle order which always commands respect, while it feels none of the restless ambition' and impotent long ing for public recognition that usually at tend the possession of superior abilities. Such was the position of Captain Wilde, and such was 'the character he bore dur ing the first thirty-eight years of his life. -;- Not many have known a more lengthened prosperity,—and few, very few, a more sudden -and terrible reverse. --Fditune, like a fond mistress, had lavished hei gifts on him . without stint,—bnt,like jealous one, seemed resolved that he should owe.everything to her'gratuitous bounty, and the moment he sought to win an ob ject of desire by MS Own exertions turned her face away forever, perSecuting her former favorite thenceforth with vindic tive malice. Continuing to yield, for tiliaeoVith implamucy::ss . ..very:77 - 3 boon he sought, she treacheronsly con cealed therein the germs of all his woes. In the -year 17—Captain Wilde was persuaded to better his already happy condition by marriage. The lady he chose, or suffered to Le chosen for him, was a Miss Id , a scion of one of those extensive-families, not now so common as formerly, which by repeated intermarriage and always settling together develope spirit of clanship, so exclusive as to make''; them almost incapable of any feeling of interest outside of their own name and connection, and render them liable to re gard person of different blood, who may happen to intermarry among them, as an intruder. In some parts of the Union these clans may still be found -flourishing in considerable purity and vigor,—the name sometimes prevailing over a district of many- miles,—a fact which an obser- vant traveller would surmise from a cer- tain prevailing cast of form and feature. It was with a family of this kind that Captain Wilde was, in an evil hour, indu- eed to ally himself,—a step which soon proved to be the rst in a long career of misfortune.- The lady possessed that worst of all tempers, a quick and irritable, but at the same time- bard and unforgiving one. And she soon showed, that, in her estimation, the feelings and interests of her husband were as nothing in compari son with those of her family, and that, in any variance, she would leave the former and cleave to the latter. Such variances Irere ' unfortunately, almost inevitable; for the family of Mrs. \\Tilde differed both in politics and religion froM her husband,— a fact, it may here be remarked, which had no small influence on his subsequent flue,—and the narrow, bigoted exclusive- ness of the wife-was utterly incompatible with the free and open-hearted fellowship with which the husband' received his ac- quaintances, of whatever sect or party.— In a very few months, therefore, it . begati to be whispered abroad that the ,hitherto happy and joyous bachelor's•hall had be- ,come a scene of constant«bickerings tmd ,conic • • • But mere incongruity of tempers and habits was not, as was supposed by their neighbors, the only'source of domestic discord. This might in thnehave entire ly :disappeared;_ he_d_cOnjugal confidence only been allowed its natural growth, all might have been passably welt in the end, in spite.of such serious drawbacks;. for, from the necessity of his nature, the hus. band would in time have . become com- pletely subservient to the sterner spirit of' his wife, which, in t urn, might hare been mollified in Siiiii . o . diiffree amid thepeace ful 'duties of borne; a state of, thinS that hiiwaisted:in - inany fainiliesOshichliari47-7 neiiertheless, .enjoyed a fair Aare of do-, - inestic happiness in spite of' this inversion of the natural relations of their heads I.3ut ,Mrs. Wilde had" brought into her Jiusband's house that deadlielit foe of, do- inestio peaoe, an . elderly, ill tempered, suspicious female relative, serving in the capaeity.of , confidante, : 'This .-curse-was - embodied -- irut lie - person — orron sioter,_who liapp.ened'te.bo_:noither MOO; n orzividow, and; hi - Ving once effect- cd an entrance-under the pretence of as -- sigting to orange the disordered. liouse- hold affairs, easily contrive" .to render her pOsition, a permanent one. - So soon' as this- was-achievedi- sbeappears to , have begun litr hateful work of sowing disiord between thq new-married pair. Raving shace*blighted her ii*iishoppiqf hap- pi t i essi seemed 'tp find no consolation =II at, PERIM, not--that she -had no love for her sister; on the contrary, her loVe. such-as-it Was, was . really strong. and lasting; andiii!her fierce grief for that sister's death she met a- punishment almost equal to her deserts. . Nor was it long before she provided-her self with a most effectual means of accom plishing her malicious, object, of, inflarn ine,•the troubleir of the household into which she had intruded, herself. This was the'Aisebvery, real or pretended, of - a former illicit connection between her brother-in-law and a pretty and .intelli gent Mulatto girl, about eighteen or-niner teen years of age, who was-still retained . in._ the familyin_. the-- capacity-of-house-' - _once • struck - ..thiS jarriog chord, she continued to plug upon-it with diabolibil skill. - -To' those who Watched _ the course of her Unholy labors the ener gy and ingenuity with which.this wretch ed--woman-wrought at 'her task and the completeness of her success,. would have seemed a subject of admiration, if the re sult' had not been so deplorable_ cis to merge ail other emotions in indignant de• testation. So thoroughly had her design been ac complished in the, course of a single year, the birth - of as sweet a - child as ever smiled upon fond parents, instead of ser vingas a,point of union between Captain" Wilde and his wife, only increased their estrangement by furnishinr , another sub ject or centention, Alas I the peace of Eden was not more utterly destroyed by the treacherous wiles of the serpent than that of this ill-starred household by the whispers of this serpent in woman's shape. Under her continual exasperations, Mrs. Wilde's temper, naturally harsh, became ht I st.so outrageous and unbridled_as to render her unfortunate husband's life one long course of humiliation and misery.— Far from taking any pains to hide their discords from the world, she seemed to court observation by seizing every-oppor tunity of inflicting mortification upon him in public, reckless of the reflectiona such improprietiel might bring upon herself. - But why, it May be asked, did not thith parties - seek a separation, when affairs-had _cached such a state as this ? First, be cause. Captain Wilde, though advised thereto, naturally shrank from the scan; dal such a step always 000asioes; and, on the other Side; -because his wife was gift ecLiyith- one of - those intolerable tampers that make some women cling to a partner they. hate with a jealous tenacity which love could scarcely inspire,ssimply for the reason that a separation would put an end to their power, so dearly prized, of inflict ing, pain; 7 -for hatred has its jealoux as well as - love, --917-th*petetritno women in causing; thedeepest mortifica tieu to the unfortunate gentleman, when ever Fate and his own weakness gave them the power, we will notice one in stance, on account of the important influ ence it. had bringing about the dertoue- iiunt of this domestic tragedy. According to the kindly custom of that time, Captain Wilde had on one occasion requested the assistance of some of his neighbors in treading out his grain; and ' the party had set to work at dawn, in or der to avail themselves of the coolerper tion of the day. After waiting with long ing ears for the sound of the breakfast horn, they finally at a late hour, repaired to the house, uncalled. Here the host, supposing all to be ready,' led his friends unceremoniously into the dining-room, where he was astonished, and not a,little angered, to find his wife and sister seated composedly at their meal, which they had already nearly finished, with only the three customary plates on the table ; and no apparent preparation for a larger num ber. On his beginning to remonstrate in a rather heated tone, his wife arose, and, remarking that she had not been used to eat in company with common laborers, swept disdainfully from the room, follow ed by her sister. No more unpardonable insult could have been offered to Ken tucky farmers, at the vo.l foundation of whose social creed lay the principle of equality, and of whose character an in tense and jealous Boling of personal dig , . oily was the most salient feature: for these men were of independent means, who had come rather to superintend the labors of their negroes than tolabor them selves,—such occasions beitig regarded only aspleasant opportunities for free and unrestrained sociability, far more agreea ble than formal and ceremonious visits On these occasions, - the host would con duct his friends over his farm to survey the condition• of hiscerops, or point out to their admiration his fine cattle, or cb- Lain their opinion concerning some con tempiated improvement; a most admira ble means of drawing closer the bonds of neighborly feeling and interest . A more bitter mortification, therefore, could hard ly hit - Ve been deViSed for one who always prided himself on his open-hearted Ken _tacky hospitality.even to strangers. Just ly enraged by suorfoolish and MAMA rudenessihe flung a knife; which he had idly taken up, violently upon the table; swear'ng that his, friends should, in his house, be' treated as gentlemen ; at the same time calling to the mulatto,,Fanny,, he bade her prepare breakfast, and added, in tt• tone. but half suppressed,ArYou are thii only woman on the place who behaves - like7a - - lady." Thin- inzpriidenFrefiiii* - WaS Overheard by,tlie.eyvaoeSeriOsiiiter.t. the use she - wade . of it . nia'Y be imagined. In this unpleasant state of his domestic ,relations, the character of Captain Wilde secured to'undergo- an entire, transforma tion. From being remarkahle for his love of quiet retirement; he became rest - less - and - disiirithified - ; - and instead - of latigh.7 inn. as fornierly I at_Pirblio employment eL, • only vanity and vexatien, he, now that a greater vexation'assailedlini in his plum• pf,t t oSful home; eagerly metight relief, net, as a yonnger and less virtuous man mi.glit have done, in disiipation, but in• the dis tractions• of public - `business: 4arheiri again his evil fortnne grantrid,to desired boon • in the'shape pregnant with future diiaster. The 'hostility of : 14rri Wilde's whish I had now become deeply ex-, eitp4l, - ---I:mild,i..(l will' mrn. • r • ifol2l ~-,pAipskyi,.- i TA.,: : . FA1,154 - :X. i - ,4? . ,,Q 1 , heteradoxy,—forbade - tiny hope,ef.!kttain ing a place by popular_ choice;: an ,in an evil, hour his friends sueeeeded ing him the office of exciseman...T.::: Now there is no peculiarity, Morctmark ett•in,all the branches of the Alig4Saion race than the extreine impatiene,n;Viith which they submit to any direct i9terfer ence of the government in the -pri.,,itite'laf fairs of the citizens; and' no fortshf Stich interference has • ever beenso , gen - erally odious - 0 the excise, and, by'consequence, no officer so generally detet3ted'as tlie ex ciseman.- This. feeling, MI account:ofttie very large number of persons• engiked in distilling,.waz. then-formidably ,StrOng ia Keatticky;_r n all _the' more-so that thiiform taxation_mas &favorite measive. i nf , the exiting Federal Administiliticiti. - Iliose who ventured to, accept so hateful atioffice at the hands of so hated a government were sure to Make themselves, highly-un- . pop-dar. In time, when the people be gan' ta learn their own strength.and the ...weakness of .the authorities ' Pleenforee ment of the law beca.ne,.:dan,,rrerons, and at last altogether impossible. Thetwriter has been told, by a gel - la - email; hOlaing a re - s - Pa;ible _po.sition under our : judicial system, that the na° of his_gratiiiiiither —the name. last Kentucky exciseman—to this day stands charged' the---govdrrimeint books with thousands 'of &la lars.arrears, although he was a ina.n.of great, courage and not 'at all likely to be deterred front the - discharge of his duty by any ordinary obstacle. ' Suck was the place sought and obtain ed- by Vie , unfortunate Wilde as a refuge from domestic wretchedness. 'Tlie.conse pence it was easy-to foresee. few months, he..who.,had_beed„aecustOined to universal goad-will became art object of alriao.it as -general dislike; and as people are apt to attribute all sorts:of evil to one who has by any means incurred their hos tility, and are never" satisfied until' they have blackened the. whole character in which they have found one offensive qual ity, the family.difficultios of the'unpopu lar - official soon beearne a theme of-coin= mon scandal, all the blame-, of course, be ing laid upon him. This state of things, disagreeable in itself, l pro.vod.ritopt unfor tunate in its influence on his_.subseiinent fitte; for, had he retained his previous po pularity in the county, the last deplorable catastrophe would certainly never, have happened: since every lawyer knows full well; that in capital cases especially, ju ries aro merely the expnnents of 'public sentiment, and -that the, power of, any judge to cause the sympathies Of a.corn inanity to sink into -cajni . indifferenep at the,railing - of jUri.box isinheut.as;3fee ,pre-ss-was-rtre,coniti an "t" arresting the in-rolling waters of the ocean. This is pecililiarlY true in this country, where the people, both in theory anti in fact, are so completely sovereign that the institutions of government are only instru ments, and none at all of antagonistic ac tion. The advocate, therefore, always watches the crowd of eager faces withmit: the bar, with eye as anxious and far m 4.0 prophetic than that with which he stn.:. dies the formal countenances whom he di rectly addresses. " There was one circumstance, arising indirectly from his public employment, that exercised no trivial influence upon Captain Wilde's fate. On one occasion, while engaged with a brother-official in arranging their books preparatory to the annual settlement, his wife, bccoming en-, raged because he failed to attend instant ly to her orders concerning son.m.trifling dornestio, matter, rushed into his study and caught up an armful of papers, which she attempted to throw into the fire. Tim documents were of great importance; and to prevent her carrying her. ehildish pur pose into execution, her husband was obli ged to seize her quickly and violently, and drag her from the hearth. The reader will hardly recognize this incident in the form in which it was afterward detailed from the witness-stand • and it is only on account of the effect which this and other occurrences of like nature had in bringing about the final event of our history, that we take the trouble to narrate matters. so trifling and uninteresting; for it appeared' that every incident of the kind was care fully. registered in the memory of the. Erin nys of this devoted household, whence it came out magnified and distorted into a brutal and unprovoke_d outrage. Wretched-iiidbe.d must have been the state of that family in whieh_such scenes whre allowed to meet the eyes of, strang erS; And again it may be asked, Why did not Captain Wilde take ineastires'to -dis solve a unibn that had resulted in so much unhappiness, and in which all hope of ini provenient must now have uisappeared ? Such a stop would certainly have been wise; nor could the strictest moralist have found aught to censure therein.— But it was now too late. No observer of •huhian affairs has failed to notice how surely a stiongerCharactergains aseenden- Cy over a weaker with-which-itistrought" into familiar contact. No law ofman can abrogate this great law of Nature. Talk ns we may about the power of knowledge. • or intellect or virtuc r the whole ordSring of society shows that it is Strength of character which fixes the relative .st-ctus .of individuals. In,. whatever community we may . liveove need only look around to that its -- nifil Isadore — are Not - thy merely intelligent, .Oduoat.O4,__And „good, but the energetic, the ,selfasierting, the aggressive. Nor will mere passiVe strength. of will.p r eyent stibjeetion for how often do we-see a spirit, whose only prominent characteristic is 'a restless • and tireless ticity, hold - in -complete st bservieney those who , are far superior_iii' actual - stratigilrof - MindTpurelyztlitough:theapa„ , thy or thiilatteri.arid -their eindispelitiori tolive a state of ionstarit effort. litis because,thisietty domin.bering:temp,er,is, found much`.' iviimen: : .than•;l6- - nieh,- that we sec -a scare .of•.henpeeked lihsbarids to. oriel' illitise& •wifei• •:W .he'."- t 0... theiOOn who' 'folio,into i iiiiiii i iiiiii of -sla very46 a wicked wow:TO:for througlildin she gill 'oeiiiinit acts she would never dare • in her own iierson, ; a 4. double' woe 'to .him ; if helm. not asitioked and hardened 1.-, The bargain: or the old MBER 6, 1861. . . IYeviit- - bought magicians, was profitable Compared with his; since he gets nothing whatever for the soul he surrenders up. In'the present ease, a couple pf years ,Burt* for the energetic and ever-bellig erentlemper of the 'wife to subdue' com• pletel i y the mild and peaceable nature of the IMsband. At her bidding most of his termer acquaintances were discarded; and even his warmest friends and nearest relations, no longer meeting the old hearty welcome, gradually ceased to visit his house; But• the bitterest effect of this weak.and culpable abdication of his rights was experienced by his slaves. Sad in-- deed 7.WaS the change from the ease and abundanee-ef his bachelor's hall, where slavex meant little, more-- than a --happy exemption from care to their present con ditioifi. in which it meant hopeless- sub mission_to the power of a capricious -and -cruel - Mistress. The worst form of female tyranny is that exhibited on a Southern plantation, under the sway oftermagant. El er paver to afflict is so co 'pieta and il all-pervading, that not an - hour, nay, hardly a- minute of the victim's life is ex empt, if the disposition exist to exercise it. Besides, this species of domestic op. pression has this in common with all the worst tyrannies which have been worse feared and hated by men; theseverities are ordered by those -who neither execute them nor witness their execution—that being left to agents, usually hardened to their office, libir who dare not be merciful, even if so inclined. It adds two-fold to the bitterness of such tyranny, that the tyrant is able to acquire a sort of exemp tion from the weakness of pity. It is wisely ordered that ' few human beings shall feel aught but pain in looking upon the extreme bodily anguish of their fel low-Men; and when a monster appears who seems to contradict this benign law he is embalmed as a monster; and trans mitted-to future times along with such rarer ayes as Caligula, Dowitian, and Pans Sahib. • And here—as a Southern man, brought up in the midst of a house hold of slaves—let me remark, that the worst feature of our system of slavery is the possibility of the negroes falling into the hands of a -brutal owner capable of exercising all the powero(-the inflicting misery which the law give S-him. Bat the natural law of:compensation is universal , and if the most wretched being in existence be a slave subject to the sway of a brutal owner, certainly .he next is the humane master who has to do with a sullen, malicious, or dishonest ,negro,— while fol. one instance of the former, there are a hundred of the latter who would willingly,,,:iziv_oup-the_vrhole. value. of their human eliattles ni••o - iiiiiirtii - giffifiriif thii vexations they occasion. And where master and man were equally bad, we have known cases in which it was really hard to say Which -contrived to inflict most misery: the one might get Used to blows and curses so as not much to mind them, but the other could never escape the agonies of rage into which his contu macious chattle was able to throw him at any time. Captain Wilde's temper was more than usually mild and lenient; and he *as probably the most wretched being , on his own plantation during the bik two years of his life,—a day seldom passing that ho was not compelled to inflict some sort of punishment upon his negroes. These, however, never ceased to feel for him the respectful attachment inspired by his kindness during the happy years of his batchelor-life ; but, strange as at may seem, that feeling was now mingled with a sort of pity; for they. well knew the painful reluctance with which he obeyed the harsh commands of his wife. Aud of all who mourned the hapless fate of this unfortunate gentleman., none mo'irned more ; bitterly, and few cherished his memory so long or-so tenderly, as these humble dependants, who best knew his real character. But it was upon the mulatto girl Fanny, particularly, that the tyrannical cruelty ,of Mrs. Wilde was poured out in all its severity. From , some • cause,—whether because her duties rendered her more liable to commit irritating faults; or whether, being always in sight, she was simply the,most covenient object of abuse, or whether on account of the alleged former intimacy between this girl and .her master,—,—certain it-is that di.; hatred with which the miatress pursued her had something in it almost diabolical. And she seemed to tike a peculiar satisfaction in-making her husband , the instrument of hei•persecution ingehious method of punishing both her victims, if the motive were the last of those above suggested. And truly bitter it must have been to both, when the hand Unit had been only too kind was'now forced to the infliction even of str A lyes . ; so that one hardly knows which to'roty.inog: though, if the essence tot' punishment be. degradation, certainly the legal slave .suffered lesS, of it than the moral one--who'hatffalleti so 'low-beneath the &minion of a termagant .wsfe , But lot it be ever remembered to the honor of this wretched daughter of bondage, that, in spite of all, she never lost that devotediattachment for her master, which iin one•Of a more fairored race might be called by a softer' triune. For, whatever may' have been his feelings toward. her, there c an remeinlitTiliTebt of the nature of hers-for: him, -L-so totiehivgly4lisPlayed - at a sUbseinent • period, when ''she,,etist away (the terror of violent death, so strong in all her.race, and sought, .1.4' a _voluntary confession of-guilt' never Wonted to her, tp save him by taking his place upon the, 'scaffold. - -Surely, suoh heroic self.Sacriflei suffloeS to' • • • ' • -.lter , dark , dospali-liud-plead for. fig ono•artme."----., It,wai'prohably on .a discoveriof this" feeling in the girl that the interme.ddling sister4n•law founded bercharge against Tier But there is e_point heYond whioh !au; man endurance 'cannot- go,—at ivtiich .? milder nature turns to voluntary death as reing,i from further suffering;, and-fiercer ones .begin'to ton'tomplato crimp with, se vve complacency., ~ 'Towards this .poinV, the ruthless ,and : persevering cruelty of • these two women was now rapidly driving their wretehed victim, and soon, they were to learn that-they had been hunting, not a latnb,., but' a . ,tigress, whose single spring, when brought to bay, would boas quick, .a.s - sure,"alid es deadly as was over made frpm an Indian jungle. For now, near the end Ofth l t; third year of Captain Wilde's married life, its wretched scenes of discord and tyranny were about to be closed in a catastrophe - that was to over whelm a great community with consterna tion and horror, and blot an entire family out of existence almost in a single night, —a catastrophe in which Providence, true to that ideal of perfect justice called poetical, working out the punishnient of two of the actors by means of their own ' inhumanity, at the same time mysterious-I ly involved two others,—one clothed in all the innocence of infancy, and the other I guilty only through weakness and as the! instrument of another. Seldom has de- struetion been more sudden or more corn- plate, and never, perhaps, was so annihi lating a blow dealt by so weak a hand. Those who remember the early times of Kentucky know that the place of the agri cultural and mechanics' fairs of the present day was supplied" by "big meetings," which, under the various names of asso ciations, camp-meetings, and basket-meet ings, continued in full popularity to a quite recent period,And were at last par tially suppressed on account of the im morality which they occasioned and en couraged. It was to these holy fai'l's—. asnow to secular ones—that the wealth and fashion of early Kentucky crowded for the purpose of displaying themselves most conspiciously -- before the eyes of as gembled counties. Mrs. Wilde, like most women of her - temper, was passionately fond of such public triumphs, and had de 'termined at a camp-meeting soon to be held in the vicinity, to outshine all her rural neighbors in splendor. For the full reali zation of this ambition, a new carriage was, in. her opinion, absolutely necessary.— This fact she communicated to her hus band, and upon some demur on his part, a thing now very rare, her temper, as im al, broke fortfi . in a storm of reproach and abuse, so that the poor man, completely subdued, was glad to purchase peace by acquiescence in what his judgment re garded as a foolish 6xpense ; and he pre pared inn mdiately to sot off for L to proeme the coveted vehicle. Bat be fore he h d mounted, his wife, yet hot r a from their recent altercation, discovered or affected o discover some negligence on the part o „the mulatto girl, who 'was en gaged in n • rsing the ehild,which was at i this_ time sulfdringlrom._a _thrtgerousAll ness. Now the ono tender trait of ,this violent womin was intense love 'for her offspring; - but it was a love that, far from softening her manner toward others, par took,:on the contrary, of the fierceness of her general character, and became, like that of a wild animal for its young, a source of constant apprehension to those whose duty compelled them to approach 1 its object. Se now, seizing the weeping culprit by the hair, she dragged her to the door, and, after exhausting her own pow ers of maltreatment, called to her husband and ordered hint to bring, on his return, a new cowhide,—" For you shall," cried she, in an uncontrollable rage, " give this wretch, in the morning, two hundred lash es I" It was a brutal threat, falling from the lips of one who was called a lady; for, of all tortures,,that of the cowhide is for the moment the most intolerable ' in its; sharp, penetrating agony, as is well known by those who remember even a moderate application of it to their own person in school-boy days. The victim know that 1 the execution of the barbarous menace' vould be strict to the letter, and that it would be but little preferable to death ' it self. Yet, in spite of this, she now, for the first time, failed to cower and trem ble, but arose and faced her oppress- , or, erect and defiant. The last drop had, now been dashed into the cup of endu. l rance,—the final blow had been struck, under which the human spirit either falls crushed and prostrated forever, or from which it springs uplempered to adaman tine hardness, and incapable thenceforth of feeling either fear for itself or pity for its smiter. That one moment bad entire ly reversed the relations of the two, making the slave mistress's fate, while the latter theneeforivard held her very existenee - at the will of her slave. The cruel wom an had raised up for herself that enemy I more terrible even to throned tyrants than an army with banners.; for there is Borne' thing truly terrific in .the almost omnipo tent power, of harm posseisedby any in telligent being, whom hatred, or fanati cism, or suffering has wound up to that point of desperation where it is willing to throw away its own life in order to reach that of.an adversary,—mich desperation as inspired the gladiator Muternus; in his ro mantic expedition -from the woods of Tryn- Sylvania through the marsh - es - of . Panno - - nia and the Alpine pasSes, to strike the lord of the . Roman world in the recesses. of his own palace, and in the presence of his thousand guards. , He who .has' pro voked such hostility can know no safety, 'but in the destruction of his enemy,—a fact well under Stood by . .the elder Napole on, who; however he might 'admire, never ._pardoned-thosecmliose,-attempt&On:4lis-per son showed them utterly . reckleie :of - the :safety of their own. , -- . . And now;'for fifeiv" hours, the - whole interest of our narrative - .contres• in,:- her wltinn 'that moment' had but so' coippletAy "transformed-and-made already a , murder ess in heart. and in purse. .. And _hi* thoroughly•must that heart •have f hien. steeled,' and how entire - -inust , liaye -- heen lifeatialiiiihilient-olifiLeaunteraeting4P-ch ings, When sheAmuld, fOr,a'' whole - day, 'in •the niidstofa linusehold,offelloW 7 servatits, iliffiltada ; . ih -- o-liOtalfel - eyes of an angry .tuistrefsi . continue..ter dischargeler usual iiiiiks,'bonring - this ;deadly-purpose-in-her b r et i swyet.nei , ers, by : word, look, or ges ture,!hotray the slightest indication ofits fireadftil•Seoret, 7 -no, • pot- evert. so'!•nfuolf as to draw-'suspicion toWitrd dieilolf „after the discovery of the. odt:4'ol-here wei,tio . . time or ofivortnnity for' 'preparatiOn, : of $ll . sedvanee s2l:L o o.lenot paid in advance' which little was indeed necessary; for" he- . man life is a frail thing, and a determined' hand is always strong. She had alreadf undergone the most effectual preparation" for such a task,—that of the soul; and when that is once thorcitiglaY accomplish ed, not much more is needed ; a fact which seems not to be understood by those pa— triotic assassins—French and Italian— whose elaborately contrived infernal ma chines do but betray the anxious precau tions taken to insure lives which, accord ing to their own professions, have been rendered valueless 'by tyranny, and ought therefore to bo the more freely risked_ - - Felton and Charlotte Corday.. understood their business better; but even their prep arations-may be called elaborate 4 -compared with those of this poor slave-girl. Captain Wilde returned late in the eve ning with the coveted coach; and•the whole family, white and black, of course„,, turned out to admire that 'Crowning addi-, tion to the family splendor. But.arnong the noisy group of the latter there stood one who gazed upon the object of admira tion with thoughts far different from those of her companions; and soon the careless mirth of all was checked and chilled- into - silent fear, when they saw their master take from beneath one of the seats a now specimen of the well-known green cow- - skin, and hand it, to his wife. Ah ! they all knew that appealing look well, and the hard, relentless frown by which it was an swered, as well as they knew the use of the dreaded instrument itself. But there was only one among them who compre hended its itnmediatepurpose. The glance of cruel meaning which the tyranness, af ter having examined the lithe, twisted rod critically for an instant, cast upon the ob ject of her malice, probably banished the last lingering hesitation from "he breast of the latter;—who turned away ostensi bly to the performance of her accustomed duties,- but in reality lii'settle the details ' of a crime unsurpassed in coolness and resolution by - aught record of pirate or high waytnan. It was probably during the hours immediately succeeding Captain Wilde's return that her deadly purpose shaped itself forth in the plan finally exe cuted; Weause it was not till then that she became cognizant of all the circumstances which entered into its formation. Sel dom have more nicely calculated combi nations entered into the plots of criminals, and never was a plot depending on so many chances more completely successful. Yet the pivot of the whole, as often in nan.we extensive schemes of homicide, is to be found in the reckless daring and ut- - ter disregard of personal safety manifest ed throughout: - __For..this:aloneshe seems- to have made no calculations and taken no precautions; her whole mind being bent apparently on the solution of one sin gle difficulty,—how to approach her ene my undetected. As to the details of this affair; let us mention one or two facts, and then the conductof the murderess will itself explain 'them. We have already stated that the only child of Captain and Mrs. Wilde, an infant about eighteen months old, was at this time dangerously ill. For a fortnight it had been the custom of the parents to sit up with it on alter nate nights, this night it being the father's regtilat turn to perform that duty; but his trip of twenty five or thirty miles had fatigued him so much that it was judged best for his wife -to relieve him.—his slumbers being usually so profound as to be almost lethargic, so that, when once fairly asleep, the loudest noises even in the same room would fail to arouse him, and it being feared, therefore, that the little patient might suffer, if loft to his -. care in his present state of weariness. in the same room slept a young negro girl, whose duty it was - to carry the child into tho pen air when occasion required, -an office whioh Fanny herself had more than once performed. The reader will note how . ingenioesly every one of these circumstances was woven into the girl's scheme of dtath, and how each was , made subservient to the end . in view. At ton o'clock on the night of the 18th lof July, 17—, everything had become quiet about that lonely farm-house, so completely isolated in the midst of its wide plantation that the barking of the dogs at the nearest dwellings-was barely . heardin the. profound stillness. A dim, light, as from a deeply shaded candle, shone from one of the casements tot he right of the hall-dour, showing wherelli.i parents watched by the bed of their suf fering i n fan t.• Along the high-road which;. a lbw rods in front, stretched white and silent in the moonlight between its 10ng... lines of worm-fences, a solitary traveller on horseback was journeying atAbifi hour. This gentleman afterward remembered be ing more usually impressed bithe air of *. peace and repose that reigned about Ate place, as he rode 'under .the tall' locust trees which skirted the yard and cast their ' ' - dark-shadows - over But he did-not see-it female form flitting furtively from the negio-quarters . in, the ", • rear, toward the house; and a ,shado - . of suspicion might have' crossed his mind, had ho glanced back a moment later and"' beheld that form approach the ligh,ted*."' window with stealthy, cautious steps, *I peer long and intently through the para. , „ 1 . in, then, Stooping low, glide"• along Abe:: , moonlit walland disappear beneath. the:;' , short flight.of webien.Steps that led . to. the front, door. - : • Here enscimped, safe.frora observation; the murderess lay ; . listening to every sound in the sick room above. 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