Huntingdon journal. (Huntingdon, Pa.) 1843-1859, January 29, 1850, Image 1
- ?1(i'• -,:tn-tir(gbon BY JAS. CLARK. tCB or No. DY SAMUEL LOVER, i r here are two little words that re use, NVithout thinking from whence they came, tut if you will listen to my muse, • The birth-place of each I will name; The one came from Heaven to bless, • The other was sent from below, What a sweet little angel is Yes!" What a demon like dwarf is that No!" And "No" has a friend he can bi t, To aid all his doings as well; In that delicate arch it lies hid, That adornes the bright eye of the belle ; Beware of the shaildowy frown, Which darkens her bright brow Of snow, As bent like a bow to strike down, Her lips give 3ou death with a "No." But. , Yes" has a twin sistnr sprite— 'Tie a smile you will easily guess-- That sheds a more heavenly light, On the do ngs of dear little “Yes;" Inereasine the charm of the lip, That's going some lover to bless, Oh, sweet is the exquisite smile, That dimples and plays around "Yes." THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER. BY LADIEs REESE, si Still seems it stranz,er that thou shouldst live forever) • • This is a miracle." In the year 1783, a stranger made his appearance in Philadelphia, whose singular manners and some what min gled style of dress, attracted general attention. He kept no company, asso slated with no one, none knew his lotig• ing place ; he was never seen to eat or drink ; a strange mystery surrounded him, which none could penetrate or solve. He was evidently in possession of great wealth ; this was ascertained in a manner equally as mysterious as were his action and manners, the nature of which we will nut detail here. A sale of old paintings in Second street, in one of those old•feshioned houses, whose age is identified with that of the city, 'attracted an unusual crowd, and among the numbei was seen the mysterious stranger. No common motive or idle curl isity seemed to have drawn him there, fur as the varw is pictures were put up, he viewed then' with the.most critical eye, and, it was observed at the time, equal attention. Among the paintings was one of the original portraits of O:iver Cromwell, at the sight of which the stranger laugh ed outright ; but it was so Wild, unnat ural and sepulchral. that a shudder as at the presence of scimething awful thrilled the crowd. Picture after picture Was sold, with- Out exciting any peculiar notice, beyond the expression of approbation which some beautiful Speciniens of art elicited until one was announced as being the likeness of Pontius Pilate The stran ger's eyes glared; his countentinde changed front a pale cattaiierouti hue to the complexion of, as exuressed by a gentleman present, "a painted nevil !" S, intense was his gaze upon the pic ture. that he scarcely noticed the curi osity his own conduct had excited, 'and the words, it ache !Itishe !" escaped him rather as a mental thou:At than us an exclamation. He tittered no other words, his lip moved as froM a convul sive emotion, and when the auctioneer demanded Who thus the purchaser 1" the sudden announcement ', I ant !" from the stranger, startled the whole compa. ny, and when he seized the painting and rushed from the room, it seemed as if the atmosphere had been relieved from a noxious vapor, for all who were pres ent felt as if something oppressive had been taken from their breasts, and they breathed more freely; and, as the auc tioneer observed, bid equally so." I heard this vivid and fearful legend in my youth and it left art impression on my mind time could not obliterate, and after circumstances have added to the interest and wonderment of the sub ject. In 1822 I was travelling in the sduth of France. It was evening when I ar , rived at a wretched hovel near the vil la2e of L A storm was approach ing; dark and portentious clouds were careering through the sky, end the deep thunder was rolling and rumbling in the distance. Vived flashesollightning shot l fiernss the intensityof the darkness, liken forted messengerofthelotver regions. No ticing 11 sort of shed, I immediately rode up to it, knocked at the door; which be ing almost immediately opened, I enter ed what appeared to be a'sumeWhot Com fortable room.. 13ut what attracted Inv . attention most, was the appearance of the host. There was something wild, fearful and strange in his looks. His dress and style were different from aity tOng I had seen before. He spoke not, but pointing to a stool, I seated myself, without as yet exchanging a single word; indeed Could not bring my tongue in connection with the words I wished t 3 speak. It seemed palsied but not with fear; a sort of indescribable fullness about my throat and head left no room for the 'acuities to operate. 1 was ht. terally locked-jawed. This fee'ing pass ed an-ay, and a few words from the stran ger soon lessened the pain of oppression I had suffered.—Casting my eyes around the room, they rested upon a painting of a peculiar and very antique appear ance. I examined tt somewhat minute ly, too much so, perhaps, for the rules of etiquette, but I could not resist the temptation. n corner I noticed in pencil mark : Lot No. 23, J. J. P., Phil adelphia.—. Pontius Pilate." This painting," 1 observed, " ap pears to have been in Philadelphia." " It was, and what is there remarka ble in that ?" was his reply " Nothing, Sir." "I purchased it there thyself; at pubs lie auction." "You purchased it!" Heavens what a thought flashed across My brain. Thli Was, perhaps, the same individual, the same dress, age, and ap pearance, as described by those who saw the '• Mysterious stranger in 178:1." hde these thoughts were vividly call ing tip the various titles connected with the stranger's history, his eyes were fixed lipon me.—Such eyes neter glared on a human creature! "Stranger thins than these, young man have occurred," he observed, "with out exciting esperi d wonder. The mere existence of a paintin7, and in my pos session, has nothing mysterious about it, as your looks would imply." I must confess, sir," I remarked, there does seem something curious in this picture, apart from the subject of it as it was sold at auction, in the city of Philadelphia, some years ago, and con nected with which —" "There was a wild and romantic story.' But there is a mystery attached to it, which if explained, would startle you far more than could all the imaginary horrid ones, horrified into seeming re ality by the pen of Lewis. The paint , er of that picture was a Flemish artist, and this work was produced by him when only twenty years of age ; his name I will rot mention—he died in a mad house! He painted it in the aisle of the cathedral at El —x, in the year 1307, from an original painting, which I brought frcon the Holy Lund!' I stared at the individual as he stood before me, iu awe, but not in reverence; for there was a mockery on his lips, and a hellish expression on his countenance that awakened fears for my personal safety, any attempt upon which 1 was determined to resist with all the power 1 was master of, and I felt capable of doing. so, even against odds. With this resorve,l observed— You mast have erred, sir, when you said this picture was painted in 1337, froth an original you brought from the Holy Land 1" " Young man, yrin are ctitiedl. 'et I have riot erred. Time and space are riot linked to me, nor to my fate, nor I to them. I live for one common event! until that occurs the events of life are to me as passing clouds: Matter and motion are the seedadary Causes which in me produce effects.—Look at ins, young man, nay start 1 shudder ed as 1 gazed, " and 1 will tell YOU more aye more than mortal ears have heard before ! Listen--" he placed his mouth close to my ear and whispered. " Gracious heavens," I exelahned. " Silenee—listen again--" Again he whispered-1 started back—there stood before me the .Mart of ages! . . , t Aye," he went on, " I have seen whole cities consumed; men, women and children butchered—all—all but myself swept away from Cle eai•th. Na tions, empires, and kingdoms rose and fell ; towers, palaces and sculptored marble have all crumbled to dust, and left me a living monument of their his tories. Yes, they are written here— here in characters of blood l" " And yeti are—" "Listen," and as he spoke he drew from his inner vest a small miniature, "iook at that ; view it well—aye, gaze again—did you ever see a face like un to tt 1 is there nut heaven in every lin eament 1 Alt, you Start—gaze again— look at that mouth, those eyes the flow ing locks. Alt f 1 see him now as 1 did that awful. moment, when bending be neath the weight of the e rcr§, our vior was on his way to Mount Calvary." I could hear no more—my hair stood on end—my linibs shook—tny eyes be= clime fixed—the fearful being stood like the Archfiend before me; his height wits towering, and it seemed as if it was growing and expanding in my sight. I gasped for breath and shouted, in ac• cents of horror— ,' You are The Wanderinj Jew!" was his re ply. 1 fell back in a swoon ; how long remained 1 know not, but when I came to myself all was darkness, the thunder HUNTINGDON, PA,, ill rolled in fearful loudness, the lightning flashed, and the fain st+it3 pouring in tor rents—the .'Mysterious S t ranger and pic ture were gone! NOTE.—The legend connected with this most extraordinary character is to the following ef fect : " Acheverous woo a porter at the gate of Pontius Pilate, and when our Saviour passed out bearing the cross, " Acheverous struck him w th a stick, and exclaimed in bitter mockery, " Go faster, Jesus ."'—" Aye," answered our blessed Redeemer, "hat thou sltalt remain till come again!" From that dark and eventful period, has the doomed man wandered over the earth; he has been seen in every land, and in every ale. Voltaire and Volney both speak of him, and if it be that an individual has so been cursed, then, indeed,have T seen and conversed with the WANDERING Jaw." Popular Recreation. Can anything be more lamentable to contemplate than a dull, grim, and vi cious population, whose only amuse ment is sensuality 1 Yet wlitit of expect if we provide no rtleans of recre town ; if we never share our own pleas ure with our poorer brethren ; and if the public buildings which invite them in their brief hours of leisure are chiefly gin palaces) As for our cathedrals and great churches, we mostly have them well locked up for fear any one should steal in and say a prayer, or contem plate a noble work of art without pay ing for it ; and we shut up people by thournnds in dense towns, with no out lets 'to the country but those which are n•uarded on both sides be dusty hedges. Now an open space near the town is one of nature's churches; and it is an im perative duty to provide such things.— Nor, iodeed, Should we stop at giving breathing places to crowded multitudes in great towns. To-provide cheap :oco motives as a means of social improve ment. should be ever in the minds of legislators and other influential persons. Blunders in legislating about railways, and absurd expenditure in milking them are a far greater public detriment than they may seem at first sight. Again, without interfering too much, or attemp ting to force a '•Book of Spurts" upon the people f who in that citse would be resolutely dull and lugubrious, the be nevolent employer of labor might exert himself in teeny ways to encourage healthful and instructive amusements amongst his men. He might give pri zes fur athletic excellence or skill; lie might aid in establishing zoological gar dens, or music meetings, or exhibitions of pictures, or mechanic's institutes.— These are things in which some of the great employers of labor have already set him the example. Let him remem ber how much his work people are de- prived of by being confined almost to One Spot; and let him be the more anx ious to enlarge their minds by inducing them to take interest in anything which may prevent the "ignorant present" and its low &ire§ fititri absorbing all their at tention: Ha has Very likely some purl suit or some art in whidii ha takes espe , cml pleasure himriself, and which gives to his leisure hours perhaps its greatest charm ; lie may be sure thatthere are many of his people Who could be triode td share in some degree that pleasure or pursuit with him. It is a large ; a sure, and certainly a most pleasurable benefice to provide for the poor such opportuni ties of recreation or means of amuse ment as 1 have mentioned above. Nei ther can it be set down as am all a trifling matter. Depend upon it, that man has not made any great progress in humani• ty.who tides not care fur the leisure hours and amusements of his fellow-men.— The Claims of Lai)or. Too KIND.—An old servant, drinking to the health of his young mistress, who was that day made a bride, said, wish. her many happy returns of the day 1' Some will do anything rather than own a fault, though every thing depends upon owning it. Seneca's wile, to con• eeal her own blindness, asserted that the world was in darkness. [I:P -A. law has been passed in the Cherokee nation, malting it the duty of the Sheriffs, to search for xi , hiskey; and if futind, to spi!l it on the *round. le No Mistake at all Sir," A sailorpurchasedsome med ecines of a cele brated doctor, demanded the price. " Why," says the Doctor, "I cannot think of charging you less than seven and sixpence," . - " Well, I'll tell you what," replied the sailor, " take off the odds, and pays you the balance." , Well,' returned the doctor, we Won't quarrel about trifles.' The sailor laid down a sixpence, and was in the act of walking off, when the doctor reminded him of the mistake. 'No mistake at all sir i ' said the sailor, 'six is even and seven is odd, all the world over; so I wish you a good day.' 'Get you gone,' said the doctor, 'l've made four pence out of you as it is!' ,SDAY, JANUARY 29, 1860. Exciting Affair at Liniai A BRITISH CHARGE THRASHED BY AN AMERICAN CONSUL. The Washington correspondent of the Baltimore American details the follow ing particulars of a gross - insult by an English tipsart to the family of Col. Pat ter, of Maryland, the American Consul to Valparaiso. The manner in which Col. Potter resented the insult will eli cit front every American the highest praise. WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 1850. News has just reached this city of a personal rencontre which took place at Lima, on the 10th of the last month be tween your fellow-citizen, Col. Zabdiel ‘V. Putter, the newly appointed Consul of the United States at Valparaiso, and the Hon. Henry Stephen Sullivan, ne phew of Lord Palmerston, and Her Bri tannic Majesty's Chnrge'd Afiltires near 'the Government of Chili, the particulars of which as well as 1 can learn are as fol lows On the 9th of December last, it seems that Col. Potter with his family, being en route for Valparaiso, stopped at Lima ►t being necessary that the steamer should lie by several days at Callao in order to take in a sappy of coal. Col. Potter took lo,lgings or himself and fain , ily at the French hotel. After having taken his rooms in the hotel, into which he was shown by the landlady in person, and as he supposed comfortably lodged with his family during the stay of the steamer at Callao, lie walked out in com pany with a "compagnon du voyage" to take a view of Lima and its novelties and curiosities. Cul. Potter had not long left his lodg ing:- before the Honorable Henry Ste phen Sullivan with his family stopped at the hotel and deliberately walked up to the rooms whir-h had been assigned to Col, Putter and family, and took for cible possession of them, and turned Mrs. Putter and her infant child out of doors. Mrs. Potter besought him with tears in her eyes to await the return of her husband, who would only be absent for a few minutes, but it was all in vain. Hi:kßritish nobility told tier that she was only a common American cook, and ordered her out with her child in her arms ; directing a servant to find other apartments fur her, Gen. Herrera, who occupied rooms near those taken by Col. Potter, was appealed to by hlrB P., and he and his daughter, Mrs. Mickle, went with her to the Charge and besought hint to await the return of Cal. Potter— hut this appeal also was without effect. Mrs. P., wits again ordered out of the room, and as she left in tears this accom plished funettonary and chivalric gen tleman taunted her with words of this sort—“Mamma, don't whip me-- Pil be good next time—l will." Some time alter this brutal occurrence Col. Potter returned to the hotel, when he was informed of What had transpired; and as soon as lie could hear the stdry he called Oprin Mr. Sullivan, who had gone out. After a short time he called again, but was told that the gentleman was not in. Like a true American gen tleman, COI. P., declined to disturb the faintly of this Royal Offended or in the least to take advantage of his absence but went immediately to a hotel in the Plaza and procured other lodgings, it be ing then nearly night.—Early next 'oor• ning he again repaired to the room of the Charge and found hint this time "at home." He requested him very polite ly to accompany hint to the apartments of Gen. tErrera, in order to have .an explanation of the disgraceful conduct to Mrs. Potter on the prev:ous evening. Mr. Sullivan coolly declined the request, and told Cul. P. that it was he (Col. P.) %Om mast make the apology to his Lord ship; Upon this Col. Potter adminis tered a well merited and well applied chastisement, mincing him un:il they were both compietly exhausted with the effort—the one in the passive, the other hi the active sense. This just retribution was witnessed by a large number of gentlemen, among whom were several Englishmen, and ev ery body agreed that Potter was entire ly in the right.—lt is needless to add that as soon as the news spread over the city of Lima there was a universal burst of admiration of Potter's conduCt en the one hand and of condemnation of Sulli van's on the other. It is hoped that this affair will teach Lord Palmerston's ne phew that an American citizen, at home or abroad is not disposed to brook any insult, even from one who is of blood kin to his lordship and a high functiona ry of her British majesty, and he may also profit by this lesson and learn how to recent an injury himself hereafter. The general sentiment here is that Col. Potter ought not to be allowed to enter upon the ditties of his consulate, but that he ought at once to be promoted to be at least Charge d'Affaires to some one of the Sou* American Republics. -=.)'o l / 1 1)/,‘ 1 1/(0.7)ti 4 Message of President Taylor n reply to a Resolution of Congress, calling for information in relation to the organization of a Territorial Gov , eminent in California : TIIF. HOUSE•' JAN. 21, 1850 To the House of Representatives of the United States :—I transmit to the House of Represen tatives, in answer to the resolution of that body, passed on the 21st of December last, the accost ,'tallying reports of tizads of Departments, which contain all the official imormation in the pos session of the Executive asked for by the reso lution. On coming into office, I found the military commandant of the department of California ex ercising the functions of a civil Governor in that Territory ; and left as I was to act under the treaty of Gaudaloupe Hidalgo ; without the aid of any legislative provision establishing a gov, ernment in that Territory, I thought it best not to disturb the arrangetnent made under my pre decesidr, until Congress shOuld take some action on that subject. I therefore did nut interfere with the powers of the military commandant, 1 who continued to exercise the functions of civil Governdr, as before ; but I made no such ap pointment, conferred no such authority, and have allowed no increased cdmpensation to the commandant lbr his services. With a vsew to the faithiul execution of the :reaty, so far an laid in the power of the Execu :ire, and to enable Congress to act ut the Tires . . ent session, with as full knowledge and as little difficulty as possible, on all matters of interest in these territories, I sent the Hon. Thomas Butler King, as bearer of despatches to Califor nia, and certain officers to California and New Nexiro, whose duties are particularly defined in the areompairying letters of instruction address ed to them severally by the proper departments. I did not hesitate to express to the people of those territories my desire that each territory should, if prepared to comply with tne requisi tions of the Constitution of the United States, form a plan of a State Constitution and submit the same to Congress, with a prayer for admis sion into the Union as a State; but I did not anticipate, suggest, or authorize the establish ment Many such Government, without the as sent of Congress, nor did I authorize any gov ernment agent or officer to interfere with or ex ercise any influx ce or control over the election of delegates, or over any convention, in making or modifying their domestic institutions, or any of the provisions of their proposed constitution; on the contrary, the instructions given by my orders were, that all measures of domestic poli cy must originate solely with themselves—that while the Executive was desirous to protect and defend them in the formatiOn Of any government, republican in its ciiaracter, to he at the proper time submitted to Congress—yet it w•as to be distinctly understood that the plan of such a government must, at the same time, be the re sult of their own deliberate choice, and originate with themselves, without the interference of the executive. 1 am unable to give any information as to laws passed by any supposed government in California, or of any census taken in either of the territories mentioned in the resolution,as I have no infcirmatiOn on these subjects, as alreadY sta ted. I have not disturbed the arrangements which I found had existed under my predeces= sor. In endorsing an early application by . the people of the territories for admission,as stated, I was actuated principally by an earnest desire to afford Id the wisdom and patriotism of Con gress the cipportunify of avOiding angry dissen tions among the people of the United States: Under the coastitution, every State has the right of establishing, and from time to time al tering its municipal laws and domestic institu tions, independently of every other State, and of the general government, subject only to the propositions and guarantees expressly set forth in the Constitution of the United States. The subjects thus left exclusively to the respective States were not designed or expected to become topics of national agitation. Still, as tinder the Constitution, Congress has power to make all needful rules and regulations respecting the ter ritories of the United States, every new acqui sition of territory has led to discussions on the question, Whether the system of involuntary set , vitiide, which prevails in many Of the States, should, or should not, be prohibited in that ter ritory I rhe periods of excitement from this cause, which have hitherto occurred, have been safely passed ; but during the interval, of what ever letig,th, which may elapse before the ad mission of the territories ceded by Mexico, as States, it appears probable that similar excite ment will prevail to an undue extent. Under these cirenn,tences, I thought, and still think, that it was my duty to endeavor to put it in the power of Congress, by the admission of Cali fornia and New Mexico as States, to remove all occasion for the unnecessary Agitation of the publ:c mind. It is understood that the people of the western part of California have limited a a plan of a State Constitution, and will soon submit the same to the judgment of Congress, and apply for edinission as a State. This course on their part, tho Ugh in accordance with my wish, was lot adopted exclusively in consequence of any expression of my wishes, inasmuch as measures tending to this end had been promoted by the 'Akers sent there by my predecessor, and were already inactive progress of execution before any communication from me reached Cal ifornia. If the proposed constitution shall, when submitted to Congress, be found to be in com pliance with the requisitions of the Constitution of the United States, I earnestly recommend that it may receive the sanction of Congress. The part of California not included in the proposed State Of that name, is be lieved tie be uninhabited, except in a set tlenient of our countrymen in the vicin ity of Salt Luke. - A claim has been advanced by the State of Texas to a very large portion of the most populous district of the terri tory, commonly designated by the name el NeW Mexico. If the people of New Mcxico had formed a plan of State gov ernment for that territory, as ceded by the treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo; and had been admitted by Congress as n State, our constitution would have af forded the means of obtaining an adjust ment of the question of boundary with Texas to a judicial decision. At pres ent; however, no judicial tribunal has the power of deciding that question, and VOL, XV, NO, it retriaint, for Congress to devise sortie mode for its adjustment. Meanwhile, I submit to Congress the question whether it would be expedient, before such adjustment, to establish territorial government, which by incluz ding the district so claimed, would prac tically decide the question adversely td the State of Texas—excluding it, would decide it in her favor. In my opinion such a course would not he expedient, especially as the people of this territory still enjoy the benefit and protection of their municipal laws, originally derived from Mexico, and have a militiary force stationed there to protect them sgainst the Indians. It is undoubtedly true that the property, lives, liberty and religion of the people of Nev: Mexico are better (protected than they ever were befor, the treaty of cession. Should Congrestt when California shall present herself for incorporation into the Union, annex a condition to ner admission ns a State aff'ecting her domestic institutions, coon trury to the wishes of her people, and even compel her temporarily to comply with it, yet the State could change her constitution at any time nfter admission when to her it should seem expedient.— It is to be expected any attempt to deny to the people of the State the right of self. government in n matter which peen liarly affects themselves will infallibly be regarded by them a" an invasion of their rights ; and upon the principle laid down in our own Declaration of Inde pendence, they will certainly be sustain ed in there resistance against it by the great mass of the American people.— To assert that they are a conquered pee• pie, and must sobmit to the will of their conquerers in this regard will meet with tio cordial response among the American freemen. Great numbers of them are our own countrymen, not inferior to the rest in intelligence and patriotism, and no lan , gunge of menace to restrain them iri the exercise of an undoubted right, substan tially guranteed to them by treaty of cession itself, shall ever be uttered by me, or encouraged and sustained by per sons acting under my authority. It is to be expected that, in the residue of the territory ceeded to as by Mexico, the people residing there will, at the time of their incorporation into the Union as a state, settle all questions of domestic policy to suit thettsclves. No material inconvenience till result from the ivattti for a short petiad i of a govern- Merit established by Congress over that part of the territory which lies east ward of the new erase of California, and the reasons for My opinion, that New Mexico will, at no very distant period ; ask for admission into the Union, and founded upon official information, whicl. ; I suppose, is common to all who have cared to rnake inquiries on the subject. Seeing, then, that the question which now excites such painful sensations in the country will, in the end, certainly be settled by the silent effect of causes independent of the action of Congress, I again submit to your wisdom the poli cy recommended in my annual triVsSage, of awaiting the salutary operation of those causes—believing that we shall thus avoid the creation of geographical parties, and secure the harmony of feel ing so necessary to the beneficial action of our political system. Connected as the Union is, With the remembrance of past happiness, the sense of present blessings. end the hope of future pence and prosperity, every dictate of wisdom, every feeling of du ty, and every emotion of patriotism, tend to inspire fidelity and devotion to it, and admonish us cantionsly to avoid any unnecessary controversy which can either endanger it or impair its strength —the chief element of which is to bo found in the regard and affection of the people for each other. (Signed) ZACHARY TAYLOR: Washington, Jan. 21st, Ibso. GEN. JACKSON'S FIRST APPEARANCE IN CONGRESS.— W hen Mr. Gallatin was. it member of Congress in the year 1796, TenneSsee was admitted as a State into the Union, and sent her first member to ashington. One day, when in his seat in the House, Mr. Gallatin noticed a tall, lank, uncooth looking indifidual, with long locks of hair hanging over hi 2 brows and Ince, while a queue hung down his back, tied in an eel skin. The dress of the indiiidual Was singular— his manner and deportment that of a backwoodsman. The appeat anee of -so singular a character on the floor of the House of Representatives, naturally at tracted attention, and a member at his side asked who he was. Mr. Gallatin replied that it was the member for the new State. 'Well,' said his friend, 'he seems just the sort of chap one nii&t expect front such an uncivilited region as Tennessee.' The individualin gees. Lion was Andrew Jackson. ~- ~ .