Huntingdon journal. (Huntingdon, Pa.) 1843-1859, December 26, 1848, Image 1
.1 4 0 / 0 S WO/NM BY JAS. CLARK. For the Journal. The Holidays. I tem.mber. I remember Bow my childish heart beat high, Wh'n the dear oil month December W:th its m , rth was drawing nigh; And w th what joy 'twee laden Tho' the last one of the year, To a happy l'ttle mai len, Who wish'd it ever near. Oh 'twas feetlve, oh 'twos festive, In my dear pat-rnal home, When the many happy elanees Told the holyhys had come; And sweeter strains of music !lave never tn.t my ear, Then a merry christmas to you," Or a happy, blest New Year." We were happy. v^rY hYPPY, For many days before, In th;nklnz of the treaeures That the futuue held in store; For we knew that strnams of gladness From aff•ct'on's fount did sprng, And beildes the yearly preeents That old " Santaelaus" Would bring. Then our father and our mother, Oh! I'm cure their hearts were glad, For their faces titd a lantuage Their tonsu , s could not have said. Their un t , d hearts were clinging Around that household band, And I icense sweet was springing As from a fairy land. But a dearer than all other, For the joy her visit b rought, Woe our aged, good grand-mother With a heart so kindly fraught. And her pockets, too, were laden W"th many a gift and toy; But we valu.d them lees highly Than the love light in her eye. There was beauty, rare beauty, In her mild and pleasant face, Tho' the rose of youth had vanished And age had left its trace. And the locks were white and silvery Her placid brow above ; Yet the glory of those features Was religion's faith and love. A thousand memories linger Around her place of rest, For the turf and w,ld spring flower Her bosom lone have press'd; And my heart knows no such rapture Tho' to womanhood I'm grown, As whin in love's full purpose, With the holydays she'd come. A BEAUTIFUL REMINISCENCE. From the Apalachi.n, In the summer of 1821 I boarded a few weeks at the huiel now kept by Col. H. B •ehler, in Harrisburg, then called Mrs. B .eliler's, :in the mother of Col. B. tvns •lien living, whose kindness an d Ir disposition will he remembered by all who frequented her house; and more espei•inlly if they were on the sick lint, or req.sired any attention to increase their comrort. At that time Gen. Heister was Gover nor of Pennsylvania, and Andrew Gregg Secretary of the Comrnenwealth. Mr. Gregg also made his home at Mrs. Bu ehler's. On Saturday afternoon his office was and he usually spent that part of his time in the reading room, unless invi!ed out, which not unfrequently hap- petted. It often occurred that gentlemen who stopped at Mrs. B.'s sought Mr. Gregg's company, and got him to-speak of the early fathers of the republic, almost all of whom he had seen and known—and to me, his relation of matters and things of a.ild lang sync," were very inter esting. He had been a warm Jeffers°. nian, was elected to Congress, at an early day, by the anti-federal party ; was nn intimate personal RF well an pa. litical friend of Mr. Jefferson: having messed and lodged with him several years, after he was a member of Con gress. And after the election of Mr. J. to the Presidency, hail been reproach fully spoken of by Mr: Rundo:ph of Ro anoke, as the 't manager of the house of Commons," Mr. Gregg being the at, knowledged leader of the anti-federal Jeffersonian party in the house of rep repentatives. His intim ite knowledge of p , .l3'ic men and events of those early times as well as the candor and frank , nes. of his conversations, rendered them as I have already said, very attractive. It was on Saturday ateritouti, in A. gust. 1821, that a particular friend o' Mr. Gregg's, Mr. J. M. 11., then of Cum. berland cot nty, who is still hying. tlrm pad in at Mrs. R.'s and in coarse of their conversation, Mr. Gregg .related the following little story, which impress ed me so forcibly, that I have out for gotten it although twei.tc-seven year s lute. since elapsed. It occurred in Washington c.ty, while he was a mem ber of Congress, and Jefferson was Pros- Wont. _ _ •••,••• • • He had just risen, he said, from tl e dinner table, when a servant announced that two persona on horseback were at the door, who pi l they wele from Penn sylvania, and wished to see "Andy Greirg." Mr. G. went to the dour, and fwind a, German from Marietta, with his daughter, hound to Vir3inia to buy lend, but who desired him to accompa• ay them to see Mr. Jefferson. . Mr. G. was rather at s lose bow to arrange matters, and requested them to alight and have their horses put away. This they declined doing, but said if it was not too far to the President's house, they Would get off and lead their horses there, as their call must be very brief. The German's tone was positive, and he would take no other course.—They did dismount, and all three walked op to the President's, tithing their hor s es along.—Mr. J. must have occupied et that time the block of buildings near the capitol, that are still pointed out, or were a few years ago, as his residence whilst President. There was a peiling around the buil , dings, to which the horses were hitched and the party proceeded to the main en• trance. Mr. G. took the lead. After npplying the knocker, a colored servant opened the door, but contrived to place himself so as to obstruct the entrnnce, " I gave him my shoulder," said Mr. Gregg, "and sent him out of the way so that we all got into the hall. He then told os the President was at dinner ; I knew the house well," added Mr. 0. and I opened the room door to our right and invited my friends in, and found seats for them. "There were folding doors between this room and the dining room, and I heard Mr. Jefferson ask the servant who it was that was in the adjoining room ; I also heard him reply that it was Mr. Gregg and two other persons, a man and a woman. Mr..). then ordered the fold ing doors to be thrown open, and called to me to come in and join him at dinner, and bring in my friends with me. "1 had dined, but my friends had not —so we all sat down to the table, the old man on Mr. Jefferson's right, the daughter on his left. Mr. Jefferson had the faculty of making every person nt ease in his presence, and soon had the old man, as well as his daughter, per fectly at home. Ha was ever fond of mixing and conversing with plain unso phistocated men, and could uVbend to them in the easiest imaginable manner. They talked of farming, of the use of the plaster of Paris, of raising clover, and of stock ; meanwhile, after dinner, the wine was circulated. It was good wine, and our German friend was no bad judge. "At length he said to Mr. Jefferson : going to such a place in Virginia, and would like to know the best stop ping places. As you are a Virginian. you can tell me, of course. Yes, said Jefferson, I know the road very well, and will give you directions. Then turning to his private Secretary, Mr. Cole, he said : Mr. Cole, just take your pen and note down what I am about to say. He then proceeded to name the places, observing to his guest, that in Virginia lie must not expect to find tav erns, as in Pennsylvania. But, said lie, I atn giving you the names of planters, at whose houses you will be kindly re ceived and well entertained ; but they will take no pity. This is our way in Virgthirt, and you will have to conform to our dilations. He *eta ofi till he na med a lady—by such a day you will reach Mrs. Dandridge's. "Mrs. Dand ridge!" said the guest: "Is she the Mt s Dandridge who had a child at our school in Litiz, that took sick and died at my house, in Marietta, on its way home. Its mother was with us two weeks. I shall he very glad to see her; she was an excellent woman." "It is the very same;" said Mr. Jefferson, "and I am glad you think so well of her, for she is my sister." "Yoursister!"sat our Pennsylvanian—" us it possible I" and fort thing that he was not in his own well stored house, or a Lancaster county tavern he smote the tabte with his Fist, and cried out, " Come - ; by Georye, we must have another bottle of wine." " Certainly," said Mr. Jeffer son, and it was brought, and the Presi dent and his guests chatted till near sun d.iwn. But our German said he must he at n certain place that evening, and erase to start. Mr. J. accompanied them to the door, but the horses were gone. This was •oon explained ; the republic, can chief had even attended to them.— They had beau sent to a livery stable and fed. They were brought to the President's and there, after cordial sha king of hands, and kind adieus, the company separated, with the free and social intercourse they had enjoyed, and as regarded ur Pennsylvania friend and his daughter, delighted with the kindness and urbanity of the great re publi.an chief, who in his intercourse with hits fellow-men, was Wain as simple, and ns free from artfulness or sham, as the humblest man in the nation." DEFAULTER BROUGHT BACIC.—Young Bench, who embezzled $20,000 or $30,- 000 from the Bridgeport (Conn.) Bank, and *soaped to Europe. was arrested in Paris and brought back in the 'teeth ship Niagara. About $lB,OOO was re. coTured. HUNTINGDON, PA., TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1848 Gen. Taylor--His Age, Family, &c. We find in the New York Herald a letter from Baton Rouge, La., from which we make the following extraets Let me commence by correcting an error which the press and the people generally have fallen into in regard to his age. General Taylor is not sixty two or sixty-four, as has been so fre quently stated. He is but fifty-eight, and is therefore four years younger than is generally supposed—quite a consid erable difference in a man of his age.— As a father and husband, he is unexcep tionable. His disposition is exceeding ly sweet and amiable, yet calm, cool and firm. He is not liable to be carried away by the emotions of the moment; but thinks twice before he speaks once, and therefore never has cause to regret what he may iitti•C said or done. Mrs. Tailor, his worthy consort is just such a woman as he is a man— plain and unassuming in her manner, courteous and kind to her servants and dependants, and affectionate and confi ding to her friends. They have two daughters; and I be lieve, one son, living. One of the daugh ters was married to Col. Jefferson Da vis. She married against the consent of her parents, and for a number of years the old General never exchanged a word with her husband. At the siege of Monterey, however, chance placed them closely together, and the opportu nity was seized by Col. Davis to restore the good feelings which formerly exist ed between them. Satisfactory expla nations were made; both shook hands ; by-gones were forgotten, and the two are now happily reunited in the bonds of friendship. Mrs. Davis died some years since, much regretted by all who knew her. His other daughter, well known as "Miss Betty," and who it is presumed, will be the presiding genius of the White House, is a beautiful girl. It is generally supposed that she will become the better half of gallant Colonel Bliss, and that they are engaged to be married and have been so for some time. Col., Bliss is perfectly at home in the old General's house ; he eats there, and is always treated by him as a son, and he looks op to General i itylor as a father. , The second daughter living is married ; to Dr. Wood of the United States Army, I residing in Baltimore. A short time after the General was nominated by the Whig Convention in • Philadelphia, he received a number of letters from distinguished politicians, urging him to travel to the North, in , order to promote the chances of his suc cess ; but he turned a deaf ear to all of! them. One day he was asked why he would not do so, when it was evident that it would help him in being elected. 'lno this he made a characteristic reply.l " Sir," said he, "I would riot so far de grade myself as to go as far as that terry, (pointing to a terry close by,) to influence the public choice, or to secure my election. I have never solicited the nomination, and never aspired to the Presidency. it the peoplo elect me of their owiffree choice, my humble set-; vices will be at their disposal. If they elect some other candidate, I shall not be in the slightest degree mortified." It is supposed, by those who are com petent to Lorin air opinion on the subject, that Gen. Taylor will select Mr; Urit tender), of Kentucky, as Secretary of , State or Attorney General. He has I been hear., ou many occasions, to ex- I press himself in the highest terms of commendation of that gentleman's tal ent and ability, and it is believed that several leLters have passed between them within. a short time. GEN. Sum HOUSTON.—We met the s a.wo th figure of the hero of San Jan unit°, on the streets yesterday, shortly alter his tarival here, en route for Wash ington. hough more than three score years—years too, lull of excliement, and crowded with stirring events—have passed over his head, Uen Houston still maintains his erect and manly port, easy and graceful manners, and benignant ex pression of countenance. Nor has he min all the eccentricity for which lic has ever been distinguished. His dress was quaint in the extreme, and betokened more the frontier farmer and hunter, than the grave and reverend senator. A light brown frock coat with panta loons to match, and seamed with blue velvet, a seal-skin cap, and parsontied white curvat, a faded straw-colored shad bellied satin vest, "all buttoned up be fore," and huge shirt ruffles, not suffl cient, however, to conceal the handle 01 a large butcher's or hunter's knife, which extended from an inside pocket, made up the costume of this able and re markable man. Gen. Rusk, the col league of Gen: Houston, is alio in the sity.—Neto Orlsatse Delta, Artiv.94, A LITTLE WATCII.—The New Orleans Picayune of the sth inst. notices a most astonishing piece of mechanism, in the form of a watch, at the store of Mr. Lou is Mob, in that city. It is a perfect bijou, says the Picayune, and is the work of Mr. Augustin Matthey, of Geneva, and was over three years in being completed. Of course, he was only occupied at inter vals in producing this extraordinary piece of workmanship. This wonderful time•plece is perfect; keeps good time. It is about as thick as three half dimes laid upon one another—including case, crystal and all —and measures in cir cumference just half the size of a half dime. It has a spring case of enamel, gold dial, and steel hands, cylinder es capement, with ten holes jewelled in ruby. It runs twenty-five hours with out winding up. Besides, it is so arran ged as to admit of being worn either in a broach or finger-ring. It is, to our minds, in fact, a rare curiosity. Mr. Mull authorizes us to say that he will give $lOOO reward to any watchmaker who make a similar watch iii the space of two years. lie also goes further, and promises to pay any one who will take the watch to pieies and put it together again, $2OO —provided they first depos it its estimated value, ($1500,) as a guarntee not to ruin it in the attempt. THE PiVE CRAtTLES.—A than who had recently become a votary to Bacchus, returned home one night in an interme ediate state of booziness. That is to say he was comfortably drunk; but perfectly conscious of his unfortunate situation. Knowing t ha t his wife was asleep, he decided to attempt gaining his bed with out disturbing her, aid by sleeping off his inebriation, conceal the fact front her altogether. He reached the door of his room without creating much distur• bance, and after ruminating a few mo ments on the 'natter, he thought if he could reach the bedpost, and hold on to it while he sliped off his apparel, the re main der of the fent would be easily accomplished. Unfortunately for his scheme, a cradle stood in a direct line with t he bed-post, about the middle of the floor. Of course, when his shins came in contact with the aforesaid piece of furni Lure, he pitched over it with a perfect looseness, ar.d upon gaining an erect position, ere an equilibrium was estalished, he went over it backwards iu an equally su?nniary manner. Again he struggled to his feet and wen t headfore most over the bower of infant happiness. At length with the fifth fall, his patience became exhausted, and the obstacle was yet to be overcome. In desperation, ho cried out to his sleeping partner, "Wife! wife! how many cradles have you got in the house 1 I've fallen over five, and lime's another before me!" WOMAN'S LOVE.-A man who sting gled with a malignant disease, nppoach ed that crisis in its stage on which his life seemed to depend. Sleep, uninter rupted sleep, might ensure his recov ery. His anxious wife, scarcely daring to breathe, was sitting by his bed; her ser vants, exhausted by constant watching, had all left her.—lt was past midnight— s door was open for air; she heard, in the stillness of the night, a window open be low stairs, and soon approaching foot• steps. A moment more, and a man with his face disguised, entered the rooms She instantly saw her husband's dan ger, and, anticipating the desi,gh of the unwelcome intruder, she pointed to her husband and pressing her finger upon her lips td idiplore silence, held mit to the robber her purse and keys. To her sur prise, he took neither. Whether he was terrified, or charmed by the courage of affection, cannot he known. He left the room, without robbing a house sanctified by such strength of affection, and depar ted. Max. PARTIISGTON . :I VIEW OF THE ELEC TION.—"How these men do talk a bout the exercising their right of suffer ings!" said Mrs. Partington, "as if no body in the world suffered but them selves. They don't think of our suffer ings; we, poor creturs, must suffer and say nothing.about it, and drink cheap tea, and be troubled with the children and scour and scrub our souls out, and we never say anything about it. But a min comes on reeolarly once a year, like a farmer's almanac, and grumbles about his . suffering: and then it's only jest to choose a governor, arter all. These men are hard creturs to glid out, and ain't worth much after you have found 'em out." MORE NULIFICATION.—In the Legisla ture of South Carolina, on the Bth inst., a resolution' was offered declaring that the application of the VV ilmnt Proviso to Southern territory. will be resisted at any and every hazzard,-.SeVeral resolu tions of similar import had previously been submitted, but none of them have yet been acted on. R~I HIGH, LOW, GAME: (SCENE IN FRONT OF ;FASHIONABLE Ho- TEL.) Gentleman (dismounting from his horse.)—" Stabler attend—refrigerate my beast by allowing him thrice to cir cumatnbulate yonder fountain ; that ac complished, to imbibe a moderate quan tity of nauseous particles; conduct him then with care to the repository for wearied beasts ; and, having clothed in lustre his dusky skin by a gentle appli cation of the vegetable material vulgor i larly called straw, suffer him in quiet to partake food which shall afford nour ishment and generate repose. Stabler, (laughing)—\Vha-a-a-t, sirl Gent.—" What. sir! Stand ye thus like one who has not reason in his soul, while this poor beast whose every pore's a fount of gushing strength grows val etudinary 'neath Sol's oppressive raysl Ye volatile barbarian !" Stab. (Laughing still more unrestrain edly.)—" I can't understand a word you say . sir ; but I 'spose you want your horse put up."• Gent —“Stupidity unequalled ! Land lord fulminate your censures against the tardy churl, who thus manifests op pugnation to my desire ; and conduct me to secluded apartments, and bring restoratives of the most civic character, to reinstate in their former power the varying energies of my exhausted frame Lafidlcird, (laughing.)—" I will, sir." Gent.—" Preposterous! and you; sir unite in the disgraceful merriment of your minion! I should really surmise myself the first of the species yeti had ever beheld, Landlord—(Laughing still more.)— "Indeed you are sir." Cient.-- ,, Terminate this prolix scene, and officiate as my guide to apartments. At the hour of dinner summon me; tf weariness should have caused me to be recumbent in repose, gently reanimate me with the breath of a fan." (SCENE 2-THE DINING lIALL.) I Gent.—(Seating himself at the table —dinner over—others standing in the room.) "I should judge veracity and ignorance the prevailing characteristics of this mansion. I sec nothing amid these reeking ruins worthy the regard of a gentleman's palate. Waiter, I de sire a female fowl, sufficiently but not abundantly made eltble by file." (It is brought.) Waiter, dissect with care the same ; do not violently separate the parts, lest my joints suffer dislocation from the discordant sound." (It is done.) " Waiter, place a tender por tion of the breast upon my plate, with the necessary accompaniments." (It is done as ordered, and the gentleman commences his dinner.) (A wag, who With others had obServ= ed these proceedingt, seats himself tit the table opposite our hero.) Wag.—" Vaiter, furnish me with a female fowl; 6e sure of her virginity.' —(The waiter understands the joke and does as he is bid.) Wag.—" Vaiter, dissever now her component parts." (It 1. ddne.) 11 ag.—" Vaiter, divide these parts into portions suited to my labial . capa city." Wag.—(Opening his mouth find dire*: ing himself back in his chair.) " Vait er, place one of theirs in the orifice be reft you." (Our hero begins to under stand the quiz, and is evidently discon certed:) Wag.—" Vaiter, wag .my jaws !" (Amid roars of laughter, and with cur ses on his lip, our hero rushes from the room.) Anecdotes of Duelling: In Japan, instead of fighting duels, the parties endeavor to show their valor by committing Suicide. It is related that two officers of the Emperor's house hold, meeting on the stairs, their sabres happened to tangle; words arose, one imputed it to accident, adding, that the quarrel was between two swords, and that one was as good as the other. " We shall see about that," replied the other, arid instantly plunged his weapon in his own heart. The other, impatient to show his courage, ran up, and waited upon the Emperor, returned, saying he was sorry to let the other get the start of him, and threw himself on his own sword ; thus proving that one sword was as. good as the other. BAZENEZ AND LAGARDE.—A ruffian of the court of Henry IV., noted for hit brutal deeds, named Lagarde Ba'vie, anxious to make a trial of skill with another named Bazenez, sent him a hat ornamented with fenthere, accompanied by a message for him to wear it at the peril of his life. Bazenez immediately pit it on his head, and went out in quest of Lagarde, who was in search of him. They met, and after a change of civil'• ties, the contest began. Lagarde in flicted a wound on the forehead of the VOL, XIII, NO, 51. Other, but the skull being harder than the steel, his sword was bent. The next lunge he was more fortunate, and penetrated his body, exclaiming. "This is for the hat !" another thrust was equally lucky; "This for the feath• ers I" giving him a third, "This fee the loop!' During this polite conversa tion, seeing the blood streaming from his opponent's wounds, he compliment: ed him on the elegant fit of the hat, when Bazenez, infuriated, rushed upon him, breaking through his guard, stab bed him in the throat, chest, and stom ach. At each stab. the wretched mao roared for mercy, but the other replied at each thrust, "No ! no ! no !" How , ever the prostrate Lagertle Was not idle; he bit otr pert of Bazenez' chin, and fractured his skuull with the hilt of his sword, and only lost his courage with his fife.—During this scene, the sec onds were amusing themselves, and one of them was laid dead upon the field of honor. This Lagarde was as concise in his epistles as when fighting. The first duel fought in AmeriCa was in 1830, between Edward Doty and Ed ward Sester, two servants in Aidssachn setts. We find the particulars in Holme's annuals. They fought with sword and dagger, and were both wounded, one iri the waist, the other in the thigh. Both were punished, by being tied together for forty-eight hours, without food, then to receive twenty.five lashes on the Veer back. This punishment we reeoinruced to yoting d sure cure for wounded helot. in preference to Glou cester point, and Bladensburg practice: In the expedition of the Duc de Guise in Italy, in 1557, under Henry 11. , a du-: el was fought at Fenera in the presnce Of the Due Hercules d'Este, and his brother the Cardinal, in a hall of the pallace, which was brilliantly lighted for the purpose. In the 18th century, St; Foix; who was a noted duellist, entering a cafe in Paris; at dinner time, saw a gentleman drinking a Bavaroise, (a mixture of Or neat and Tea) and exclaimed, " that is a confounded bad dinner for a gentle man !" The stranger, thus insulted, insisted on immediate satisfaction which was granted, and St. Foix war wounded. Notwithstanding this injury he coolly said to his adversary, "If you had killed in* sir, I should still have per sisted that a Bavaroise is a fiery bad dinner." , . ANRCDOTE OF PATRICK HENRY.—When the celebratlid Patrick Henry, of Vit.; ginin, was near the close of his life he laid his hand on the Bible, and address ed a friend who was with him: "here is a book worth 'more than all others ted; yet it is my 'misfortune never to have read it with 'proOper attention un til lately." About the same time, he wrote to his daughter: "I have heard it "said that Deists have claimed me. "The thatight pained me more than the "appellation of Tory; for I consider re "limion of infinitely. more importance' "than' politics, nnd,l And much cause to reproach myself chat I have lived and "giveu no decided proof of my being a' "Christian." Good wife. A friend of ours, who has been spend: ing a feW Weeks in the country, and who' has visited some of the private dwell.: lags of the rustic inhabitants, tells of a singular old man who lives near Brook field. He was one day visited by a small party of ladies and gentlemen, who *e.tit to hear his " talk. ' "Now young gentlemen," said he, I will give you some directions how to tell a good wife. A good wife will be like three things, and again she will not be like them. She will be like the snail who slays at home, and she will not be like the snail who carrier all it has on its buck. She will be like the echo that speaks when spoken to ; and she will not bt like the echo aßvays to have the last word. She Will be like the town clock,. that speaks at the right time and she will not be like the town clock, beard all over the town !" Temperance. We have I;ee - tiiet;;;Kat surprised says the Home Journal, that Tempe rance Societies (on the lookout of course for tokens and symbols by which to recognize and promote fellowship in their vast league of reformation) havet never adopted the temeeum kiss which prevailed in the temperance times of old,- and which is thus mei.tioned in Hol land's Pliny It was the custom that men should kiss women when they met them, to know by there oreath whether ry they smelled of temetum : for so they' used in those days to term Wine ; and therefore drunkenness was called temvP, entia."—Fancy the temperance m- d a i s that would be called for, if 5P gentle man with a coin of total abstinence hung round his neck might fulfill the holy mission of seeing whether the ladies' breath "smelt of temetum,"