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Oh Think Nut Less I Love Thee.
Oh, thick not less 1 love thee,
That our paths are parted now—
Fur stars that burn above theb,
Aro not truer than my vow.
As the towline° ill the blossom,
As the ninon unto the night,
Our love is to my bosom—
Its sweetness and its light.
Oh. think not less I love thee,
Thu thy Mind I thui resign--
/a the heav'n that bends above thee,
I will claim live
.yri us mine.
Through the v.:ion of Life's morning
Ever flitted one like niee--
And thoi. Life's large othoning,
Slntlt hence !lint vision
It is difficult to account for the fact
that we are here, here in the great cap.,
ital of Mexico—not the 22,000 paper
Men of the Union, but what is left of
The 10,000 real men by whom the work
of subjugation has been accomplished.'
The whole seems like a dream, even to
those who have taken part in the hard
conflicts—yet here in Mexico we are,
and masters. After a succession of bat
each one of which may be counted
a forlorn hope—after a succession of
victories, each one of which was obtain
ed over an immensely superior force—
after formidable works ; each one of
which seemed impregnable, haVe been
stormed and successfully carried—here,
amid the HAS of the Montezumas,"
the numerically insignificant band of
Anglo-Saxons has found a partial rest '
from its toils and its dangers, a breath- !
ing place after• its innumerable trials
and perils. Nor the chronicle of ancient
wars, nor the prowess of modern achieve- !
meats, furnish a parallel to the second!
conquest of Mexico, while the lustre
which hung around the name of Curies
and his hardy adventurers, , burnished
by the glowing description of Prescott,
becomes dimmed by the deeds of these
latter days.
You in the United States cannot be'
made to feel and appreciate all that
stern and unflinching courage has effect
ed in the beautiful valley of Mexico,
since our little army first entered
words are inadequate to give even a
faint picture of the brilliant succession
of events which have ended in the sub
of thii proud capitol. The deeds
of Cortes, brave and vigorous as they '
were, must suffer by a comparison. The ,
hardy and adventurous Spaniard, sur
rounded by his hosts of Tiascalun and
other allies, brought agencies then deem
ed supernatural to the work, had all the
engines and appliances of modern war
at his disposal, and fought against an
enemy superstitous and awe-stricken,
and provided only with the ruder int*.
meats of battle. Grant that they were
brave—but their bravery was of a piece
with that of the Hindoo widow, who
fearlessly and unresistingly chmints her
own death song on the grave of her life
less husband. The followers of the Az
tec monarchs of Montezuma and of
Gautemozin, offered themselves as sac
tifices to their idols. The mass, when
all hopes of victory had vanishe-1, still
continued to fight, it is true ; but in their
• onslaughts upon the iron ranks of the
Christians they were but fulfilling their
Own destiny, and rushing upon a doom
that was inevitable. The altars of their
gods demanded yearly and even daily
, sacrifices long before the advent of the
strangers—die demands were now in
creased, yet the victims were ever ready.
True, a follower of the cross occasion
ally fell, borne down by some avalanche
of pagan warriors ; but for every drop
of Christian blood a river would flow,
and well did Cortes know that in the end
he must conquer. His calculations were
based upon mathematics, and in the
problem of life and death he foresaw
that the result would be in his favor.—
Science, severe discipline, strange an
imals bestrode by powerful man, invul
nerable armor, all the appliances which
snake war terrible, love of gold, and
blind religious real—these, all these,
were pitted against undisciplined, un
mailed, and comparatively unarmed
masses—and the results of such encoun
ters were known even before the eyes
of the shrewd and calculating Castilian
rested upon the rich valleys of Anahuac.
But widely different was it when, a
short two months since, the second con
querors first came in sight of the doznes
and turrets of Mexico. In some res
pects the cases they haVe been parallel:
The Anglo'-Saxbils were cut off l'rein all
succor and SuPpOrt frOm hein'e; and had
naught but their own stout hearts and
strong arMstb depend upoh ; but they
had not coats of mail and fire-arms, in
the days of the first conquerors so ter
rible, with which to oppose cotton shirts
and bows and arrows. On the contrary,
they had to contend with a proud and I
implacable enemy, an enemy provided
With the same means of attack and re
sistance as theinselves i strongly fortified;
immensely superior in numbers, pre
tending to the highest advancement of
civilization, chivalry and valor, fighting
for home and fireside, and insolent in
his fancied strength and security.—
Breastwork and barricade were to be as . -
sailed from causeway and open field;
and auxiliaries the Americans had none
as was the case with the early Spaiiiardi
The Yankee invaders found the valley,
bristling With bayonets, against which
bayonets were to be opposed ; at every
avenue they found heavy cannon in po
sition to check their advance, and at
disadvantageous points only could,t they
plant their guns for the attack: They
had before them a city of two hundred
thousand inhabitants—n City in which
every house was a fortress ; they had a
population incited against them by a
thousand and one idle tales and calum
nies—by stories of brutalities and ex
cesses they were said to have commit
ted, and which they were, advancing to
repeat; a population which had learned
the sieges of Saguntum and Saragossa
by heart; and in their exceeding pride
of valor doubtless thought they Were to
rival, if not excel, the deeds enacted by
the defenders of those valiant cities.
With the least reverse it was under
stood that the Americans were to be
massacred—the brutal murder of our
wounded men at El Molino proves the
savage intention—and thus our army
had nothing but victory or death" be
fore it: The result as every one knows )
was victory—Victory Meat coinplete—
the entire prostration of an enettiy all
powerful in numbers and position, if not
in prowess. The evidence is that we
are here, and Santa Anna's proud army
is scattered and destroyed ; yet still all
appears like a dream. The long roll may
sound for an hour, and scarce 7000 able
bodied men will flock to the alarm call;
yet they are toasters of the Republic.—
The puige that records the history of this
campaign will be deemed a doubtful 0110
in after times; it will be difficult to
credit that a handful of men, number
ing only 10,000, with not thirty pieces
of artillery, all told, discomfited and
drove 30,000 men protected by all the
subtleties of engineering ; nod with three
times their number of heaVy guns ; yet
the proofs of Holy Writ are not stron
ger. The result of the two campaigns
against Mexico—that of the early Span
iards and the Yankees—has been the
same—the subjugation and occupation
of the capitol : and it now remains to
be seen how the world will compare the
two achievements:
Scott's Views of War,
If war be the natural state of savage
tribes, peace is the first want of every
civilized community. War no doubt is;'
under any circumstances, a great calitin- '
ity ; yet submission to outrage would
often be a greater calamity. Of the two
parties to any war, one ut least, must be
in the wrong—not unfrequently, both.
An error in such an issue is, on the part
of chief magistrates, ministers of state;',
and legislators having a voice in the
question, a crime of the greatest magni
The slaying of an individual by
an individual is, in comparative guilt,
but a drop of blood. Hence the highest
moral obligation to treat national differ
ences with temper, justice and fairness;
always to see that the cause of war is
not only just, but sufficient ; to be sure
that we do not covet our neighbor's lands
'nor anything that is his ;' that we are
as ready to give as to demand explana
tion, apology ; or Indemnity ; in short we
should especially remember, 'All things
whatsoever ye would that men should
do to you, do ye even so to them.' This
divine precept is of universal obligation:
it is as applicable to rulers; in their
transactions with other nations; as to
private individuals in their daily inter
course with each other. Power is in
trusted by the Author of peace and
lover of concord,' to do good and to
avoid evil. Such, clearly, is the' resealed
will of God. WINFIELD SCOTT:
Washington, April 26, 1844:
Many good anecdotes are going the
rounds of the netvspapers• ' illustratiie
of the ready Wit, and broad humor, that
characterize this favorite son of Ohio ;
but among them all, we do not remem
ber to have seen in print the following,
which was related to us, a few years
since, by a communicative old gentle
man; who was our fellow passenger for
a day, while Purneying acrbss the I
Buekeye State.
At the time when Corwin and Shan
non Were first arrayed as rival candidates
for the Guberbdtbrial Chair of the State;
it happened that the foriner gentleman
took passage in a stage coach, from some
one of the river towns, for the interior.
The only companions of his journey
were a smart genteelly dressed woman,
accompanied by a young child; to which
she seemed deirotedly attached, but
which, nevertheless, gave her some
trouble. Tom, ever ready in the hour
of trial, whether at making speeches,
cracking jokes, or tending babies, kind
ly volunteered his services in keeping
the youngster Ouiet; and the parties
soon became sociable: It Was not !bog;
thereldre, before the lady, feeling the
dignity slid pride Of her station; deter ,
tinned to make herself known to the
stranger, by informing him that she
was no less a personage than the wife
of the Governor. Corwin was not a
little surprised at this announcement,
but expressed his gratification in terms
of clue reverence at having so distin
guished a personage as his companion
du voyage, and made seine allusion to
the probable results of the coming eon=
test, still preserving his incognito:
" 0," said the lady; "he'll never be
elected: why lie's nothing but a wagon',
boy. You don't suppose that the peo
ple of this great State will ever conde
scend to vote for him. A wagoner for
Governor—O, it's so funny," and the
lady leaned back and laughed till the
baby, kvhb had just got tiWoke
again and screamed like road.
This changed the Conversation; mid
the day passed off pleasantly and agree.
ably. At the tavern where the stage
stopped to dinner, Corwin was all atten
tion and politeness; assisting the lady
to alight, helping her at the table to the
choicest cuts, from the various dishes,
chucking the " young governor" under
the chin ; &c: After dinner the journey
*as resuined; and at evening the part
ties arrived at a Wade Whdre they inns}
part; Corwin intending to pass by pri
vate conveyance, to the next town; While
his lady companitin Was expecting to
wiry at the hotel.
As the stage drove up to the door, it
occurred to the waggish candidate that
it was not right to go away without ma
king himself known at the end of his
journey ; Mere espeiiially at his totilpan ,
ion had done so at the outset; so taking
the child in one arm, and handing the
lady to the ground in the politest than
, tier possible, he led the way to the par
lor, followed by her ladyship; there re
lieving himself of his tender charge by
plat:in t ! it upon the sofa; he introduced
hithself in these laconic words : "Mad
am, I am that wagon boy to whom you
so gracefully alluded this morning. My
name is Tom Corwin. I have, as you
see, laid your darling little one on the
flat of his back ; and you must not be
surprised if I should serge his father
the same way at the next election."
Corwin was too polite to occasion the
lady any embarrassment by stopping to
heir ttn apology, and an hour afterwards
he was haranguing the incorruptible
freemen of tl., and exerting all the
might of his eloquence for the fulfilment
of the prophecy just before trade, to lay
Wilson Shannon flat on his back.
How well he succeeded has become a
matter of history with which all our
readers are doubtless familiar.—Chris
elan Citizen. _
Turk with three wives, brought with
hint front Turkey, and three several
classes of children, died lately in New
York, without a will. Each of the three
strives has applied to the Surrogate for
letters of administration. This case is
a puzzler to the Judge of Probate. He
thinks he cannot grant letters to all the
wives, and that the one first married has
the preference. By the law of Turkey,
where the marriages were celebrated,
all the wires a man may have, no mat ,
ter stow inatty, are held equal having
the same right of prriperty. The fear
is, and so the counsel for the ladies rep ,
resent the law 4 that the granting of let
ters to either wife, and the exclusion of
the others, would in effect declare the
excluded ones concubines, and make
their children illegitimate. The Surro
gate hat taken the ettsó under adirise
; ment:
A good temper, a good library, good
health, a good wife, and a good newspa
per, are five choke blessings.
the Boston papCra df Friday; contain
the following : . .
There WAS great excitement iti State
street on Friday last, arising from the
discovery thrt forgeries to the amount
of about $65,000 had been discoVered:
It appears that Mr; S: F: of
Conntird, one of the ltirgest railroad con
tractors in the country, has had trans
actions in a business way, with George
Miller, who has for several years been
a very bold and large operative in State
street, and who resides ih Welthain.
Mr: B. has, from time to time, given
Miller Incites payable to him ; from
which genuine notes; it is supposed, he
has manufactured over $50,000, as very
nearly that =bunt has been pronoun=
ced by Mr. lik , lkndp base fdrgeries.—
These notes have been taken by differ
ent individuals, and by them discounted
at different Banks in Boston; and Vicin
ity ; and therefore it is Supposed that
the Banks generally will not lose, as the
notes discounted have the endorsement
of the original purchasers.
We learn th a tit all the notes which
hate been signed by Mr. Belknap, were
Written by the clerk of Miller, and were
Made payable tit the Sufiblk atik;
ton ; and it has been the practice of
Miller to send to the Suffolk Bank ev
ery day to obtain the notification of
notes falling due. By this means he
has been enabled to take up the forged
paper, and substituting " a few more of
the same sort." We learn that the
clerk of Mr. Miller it an honest man ;
and, although he has written the notes,
he hitt itet•er seen Mr. Belknap sign one ;
it having been Mr. business to
get the signature to the notes; by.etill ,
ing in person. There were notifications
for notes to the atliouht df $lO,OOO fall
ing due twday, - only 432500 beitig gen
uine. Miller; we belieire; hat Mit beet!
seen in State street for the last week,
and as he had dettision to be frequently
ih mit, York, where he has had large
operation, his absence was thought no
thing hf; until the notifications (lir notes
cane tb Mn iielkflap; 'nab& inbrb nu:
inerously than his adcouhts WoUld jug;
The last that was known of Miller
was that he left New York some days
since for Philadelphia, since which no
thing has been heard from him. He has
left 'behind him a very interesting fam
l§ short de slattire, ttitti Haler
a florid cothplbillin ' is rbund favored,,
thoves quick, and has rather a sharp
voice. He owned the large hotel at
Waltham, known as the Massasoit
House, and has dipped into all sorts of
It is probable that he has a large por.
tion of his plunder with him, and his
arrest would, no doubt, be roundly paid
TIMt LOST.—There is time enough
lost and wasted in the pursuit of what
men call pleasure, which, if properly
appropriated, would place theft' lb tt
high state of cultivation: time can be
found to lounge and talk nonsense ; but,
alas ! hoW many think " they can't spare
time" to attend to the noblest and best
part of their nature ; that which alone
elevates and causes them to feel the di;
viuity within.
[l3' A stranger pUssing thrbugh Mit
of the mountain toivns of New England,
inquired, " What can you raise here I"
The answer was, " Our land is rough
and poor ; we can raise but little pro-
duce—and so we build school houstis
find elturchOs, and false melt."
the benefit of our contemporaries who
ere copying a paragraph stating that
"there was green corn selling recently
in the streets of Chicago at, the same
time sleighs were drib:ten by;" the Would
state that wo &Ways go to the corn
fields here to get roasting ears in sleighs
—Chicagb Jburdal:
:r7' LOVE OF LIFE.—HOO , tenaciously
man clings to life! Though few and
fleeting are his years, he forms schemes,
and makes engagements, just as he
would if life were immortal. The older
a person grows, the more strongly does
he grasp at the shade*. A man climb
ing a tall tree takes a firmer hold When
near the top : so does the aged inditi&
ual cling stronger to life the nearer he
approaches its termination. He is nev
er ready to die; until he feels he can no
longer remain. He then makes a virtue
of necessity efid expires.
" Why don't you limit yourself '("
said a physician to an intemperate per
son ; " set down a stake that you will
go so far and no farther."
"So I do," Said the toper, "but I set
it so far oW that I always get drunk be
fore I get to it."
SUBLIME.—Death is but a moment-:
eternity its successor.
Speech of Ron. R• T. Conrad,
A great meeting was held in Phila
delphia on Monday evening last, at
Which resolutions responsive to those
Oftred by Mr: Clay and adopted at the
Lexington meeting, were adopted by
acclamation: In reply to the call of the
Meeting, ROBERT T. CONRAD, after
presenting the resolutions; remarked
that he was not surprised at the magni
tude and character of the Vast assem
blage before him. He had served too
many campaigns with the Whig's of the
Gibralter to doubt that; in response to
the trumpet-Voice of HENRY CLAY, every
than on the roll would be ready. And
he wits glad t'd know that the Same spirit
manifested herb, perVaded our land like
light—our land, he meant ; not the bar
ren deserts of Mexico, whose sands the
nets of Mr. Polk were reddening with
blood—but our own glorious land.
The nation was with us—right was
with us; and the spirit that animated
the people at this crisis would lead to
deeds which should be rtineinliered and
honored when the tehipbrary excitements
df the hour had subsided into history.
The purport of the resolutions he was
about to oiler was to urge upon Congress
to demand of his Imperial Secrecy, the
objects of the present war. When lie
made a satisfactory reply to that de
mand, the speaker would be ready to
square the circle—to square any circle
—except the circle in which locofocoism
reveilles: The plot of, the administra
tion conittienced With the antiekation of
Texas; And it was bring evirried tin to
the silbjugatiotl and annexation of the
tiliole Of . the extension of sla
very, the dissdlution of the Union, and
the destruction Of our beloved Country.
But if Mr. Polk Could not give d stitis ,
faettiry ails*er to thli demand as to the
objects of the war; still less could he
reply to the inquiry, " What are to be
the profits of the war 1" It had been
said that Mr. Polk was a feeble-man—
but *hat of that 1 Villitrorths some
destroyed the lo
had all heard of the idiot who had fired
a magnificent temple. It would be bad
enough to se , ' the constitution trampled
under the heels of a Napoleon—but it
was too much that it had come to be
spurned by a Polk. Does the war prom
ise profit to us in honor 1 If so, and if
Our htjli a is concerned in its ProieCti:
Lion, let it be carried on at any and all
sacrifice. Rather let our whole country
become a desert and a scene of wide
' sweeping desolation, than that honor
should be lost. But what honor was to
be reaped from abject Mexico 1 It was
the lion and the hare—the giant and the
dwarf. What honor Was ib be gained
fiith that 1 We haVe drained the cop
of triumph to the dregs—what more do
we want 1 How much of the blood Of
cowards and slaves Will constitute na
tional hohdr i Are we to expect profit
From conquest 1 We want no more land.
The American people do not wish tb
pass over the paradise of their own
country to perish in the deserts of
We have lend enough for twenty tiines
our population. We can derive no profit
from territorial acquisition. Do we want
their people 1 Is it fit that sudh as they
should govern the soils of our fathers 1
Are our privileges so cheap that they
are to be forced upon the blacks and
barbarians of Mexico at the point of the
bayohet 1 But there is one profit which
the adinihistration hopes from this war;
it is the extension of slaLery, effected by
the blood and treasure df the North.
You are to drive the slatres to the lash ;
and when the blood spouts out beneath
the master's whip, it will cry aloud like
Abel's for justice against you. The
spirit of the dying slave will bear an
accusation td HeaVen against you, and
rue, for participation in this infamous
sehetne. Are you willing to share in itl
The alternative presented by Mr. Polk
is, practically, dissolution of the Union
or the extension of slaVery. We Will
have neither. We shall stand by our
principles, and never give up our cduii
try or its cause. There are other sources
of profit involved in this war. Among
these is a national debt. This already
exists, and is beginning to press upon
the nation, Which it may eventually
crush. Through the influence of a na
tional debt; England is now in convul
sions and spasms, and her very exist
ence threatened.
tt'e some time ago used to hear a good
deal of Young Hickory—a phrase which
seems latteily to have gone into disue
tude. This Young Hickory has already
created a larger national debt than Old
Hickory ever discharged. The next
profit of the war will be direct taxation;
then a standing army ; next a military
regime—an aristocracy of bondholders
and a serfhood of farmers and laborers
government monarchical and Euro-
WITOLt NO. 620,
perm in all its practical results—oppres
sion, misery, ruin, Such has been the
fate of all nations under similar eircum:
stances—such will be the fate of ours,
unless it is arrested by the strong arm:
At what price was all this to be pur
chased 1 Blood enough had already
been,spilled to float our whole navy—
bodies enough had been slain to raise a
pyramid overtopping Cheops. Fifty
thousand lives had already been sacri
ficed. Was not that enough 1 Clouds
had heretofore been around us, but we
might now rejoice that they were ORS, '
ing away. We had clung in despair to
the shattered constitution through a
dreary night, but joy cometh with the
morning. We had heard again that
Voice 'So toVed by the American people s
and we dared to hope once more. In or
out of power his mighty mind was
wrapped about his country ; sad shame
upon any American who would falter or
despond, while the life-blood flowed in
the heart and brain of HENRY CLAY.
[From the Puebla Flag of Freirdom.]
The City of Puebla is fast getting td
be quite a lively place again ; it begins
to look old-fashioned, that is, as it loOk
ed before the army left ; new faces are
daily to be seen, and places that were
almost deserted a few weeks ago, has
now become resorts for the better class
es of the citizens—where then ne one;
whether American or Mexican, dared to
go, except the numerous Mexican sol- 1
diery, largely intermixed with guriller
as and bad men of all descriptions, you
can now see smiling and apparently con
tented fades ; the business man, whO
had dloSed his shop, for fear of being
bobbed by his oWn countrymen, comes
out in the evening; after tile fatigues Of
the day's ldbdr, tb take his evening
driVe, ride or walk, as best suits his con
venience, without the fear of finding, orb
his return, his doors broken open, his
house emptied, and himself reduced to
the necessity of commencing life aneiii
On an evening-ride around the beautiful
passeo, you obserVe the doltifbriatli. Car;
tinges of the fibre °Went, dash aking;
as they carry their inmates to enjoy the
evening breeze among the fragrance of
the half-neglected and therefore gro-i
tesque shrubbery, under the beautiful
blue of a tropic sky ; and although the
number of visiters at this lima tre
quented place is ,not tit lfirge tik it for
merly was; yet there ere enough to give
1 life and animation to the scene. The la
dies, too—and there are many of thern
in this place who are truly beautiful—
turn out as they were wont to do; and
tre seen in their daily ivalkis and rides
flourishing their fans in the graceful
style peculiar to the Castilian ; in short,
the whole bearing of the inhabitants of
this city, whether a majority of theta!
are hostile to the Americans or not, ap
pear to feel a degree of safety under
American protection, which was un
known to them, while those that were
ready "to cause the rights of this na
tion to be respected," remained among
them; delighted *ith theme es, terri
fying others and driving a' - gTeat num
ber of those, who love order and iron-,
quility, from their comfortable homes."
Hon. Jon REED, Lieutenant Gov
ernor of Massachusetts, in communica4
ting his acceptance of te Whig nomv
nation, observes:
" Southern men and Northern mein
who would acquire more Slave territo:
ry, may be assured that although mod
eration and forbearance (With few ex-
Ceptions) have marked the course of the
friends of peace, and those opposed to
the further extension of Slave territory,
that a deep feeling pervades the minds
of the people, and that it is their fixed
purpbse that There shall be no farther
extension of Slave territory. this pur
pose Comes from a higher source than
the Wilmot Proviso. It comes spout,-
neously from the honest hearts of mil
lions of Freemen, and their second so
ber thoughts say Amen.", ,
A .111aNIFEsr DESTINY Max.—When
Eindry stopped at Panama, on
his return to the United States last
Spring, he encountered an American at
that place half-seas over, with whom Le
got into an interesting consersation.
Why don't you re - turn t 6 your coun
try I" asked Lieut. Emory.
" Return to my country Neter !"
" Why 1"
" Because I am a Manifest Destiny
Man; and my country will be along Leis,
long before I die !"
[l:7- A letter writer wishes to know
what more precious offering can be laid
upon a man's heart, than the first love
of a pure, earnest and affeationate girl,
with an undivided interest in eight cor
ner lots and fourteen three story hott9,:st
We know of nothing hill' so touching,
or, in other words, anything that moat
people would sooner "tonehi '