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"Disturb not his slumbers, tread lightly around,
'Tis the grave of a hero, 'tie liberty's mound,
His name is immortal—our freedom it won,
Great sire of Columbia, our own Washington.
Then disturb not the hero—his battles are o'er,
Let him lest, calmly rest on his own native ebony
Near the river's green borders, so flowery drest,
With the hearts he loves fondly let Washington
Disturb not his 0 umbers, let Washington sleep,
'Neath the boughs of the willow that over him
Ilia arm is unnerved, but his deeds remain bright
As the stars in the dark vaulted heavens at night.
Then disturb not the hero, his battles are o'er,
Let him rest undisturbed on Potomac's fair shore
While the stars and the stripes of our country
shall wave
O'er the land that can boast of a Washington's
It was the height of the season, and the
rooms were crowded.
That evening at the party there was dan.
cing on one side and playing on the other.
Here the glare of wax lights, the sparkle
of diamonds on the foreheads of the women,
and the confused murmur of lively conver
sation, drowned in the harmonious voice
of the Orchestra ; there were two or three
wax-lights on a table, round which were
seated a group of grave, anxious-looking,
and thoughtful men—a few words exchan
ged at interval., and for accompaniment
the metallic chink of the handeful of gold,
which rolled and tinkled as they fell.
When the beautiful Estelle Montgomery
entered the saloon, leaning on Frank Vid
cent's arm, the crowd made for her, every
one admiring the handsome couple as they
advanced up the ball room In a short
time afterwards, Estelle, beset on evety
side with invitations, wan dancing and smi
ling, as if oblivious of all around her.
Estelle was the only daughter of a rich
merchant. and an heiress of immense
wealth. Frank Vincent was an American
by birth, and an officer in the navy. Es
telle was his cousin, and he was to marry
The dances were made up, and the ball
room was filled to suffocation, The young
men, fatigued with the glare of the light,
the bustle and heat, entered an adjoining
room, where tables were set for "plry,"
'Come, gentlemen,' said a banker, 'there
is still a stake or two to be made up.'
The players sat motionless, looking at
each other, but made no reply.
'Count me in for the balance,' said
Frank, unconcernedly, willing to try whe-
ther the sad forebodings with which his
mina haunted during the
.day had the
slightest foundation.
And then, without further thought on
the subject, he leaned against the door of
the saloon, searching among the crowds of
faced forms, res,)lendent with jewelry, fea
tures heightened with rouge, and eyes
sparkling with artificial lustre, for the char
suing little head and sweet look of his own
lovely Estelle.
The harsh voice of the banker recalled
the young sailor from his reveries.
'You have won,' said he, sharply.
And the banker pushed towards him a
heap of gold.
'l,' said Frank, approaching the table,
are you sure of that ?'
'He refuses,' cried ono of the players,
leaning his elbow on the table, and eagerly
deveui:eg with his eyes the glittering pile
of gold.
'Pshaw ! are such things ever refused ?'
sneeringly cried another.
'The young sailor cast a rapid glance at
the players, whose eyes were all fixed upon
him, and addressing the banker, said,
'This, air, I take it as a joke. It can't be
possible that all this belongs to me V
'But it's all yours, sir! replied the banker
in the same cold tone, and with a bitter
smile. 'You held the blank, and the cards
'Then, gentlemen, the deal is void,' said
A prolonged murmur of astonishment
ran through the assemblage.
was not aware that I was playing for
so high a stoke,' continued the young Bea•
man, 'and had I lost, I certainly should not
have paid you.'
The banker was a man in the prime of
life, but grown old and hardened by a long
career of wickedness.
. . .
'Ab,' said he, leaning back in hia chair,
hie pallid lips curling with a faint laugh of
worm 'indeed young gentleman, but you
would most ee•tainly have paid it though,
And that, too, in good hard gold, or eke you
would have paid it at the muzzle of a pia•
Frank made a convulsive spring back
'Liar !' he exclaimed, in a hollow voice,
The banker sat motionless, but his lips
quivered with suppressed anger. The
same sardonic smile played on his features,
but their paleness had faded to a yet more
livid and ashy hue.
In an instant the players were on their
feet, and grouping round the two actors of
this strange and unexpected drama. Frank
was standing up with his hands convul
sively clenched, his eyes dilated, and his
whole frame shaking with rage. The ban
ker, on the contrary, was rocking himself
forward and backward, in his chair, and
casting on the spectators a look of self-pos
session, at the 101110 time playing with the
pile of gold upon his right.
'Sir !' he at last said, measuring Frank
with his eyes from head to foot, with the
coolest effrontery, lit is probable you do not
know who I am ; that to me, indeed, is
sufficiently clear. And as for these gentle.
men here,' he added, with an impatient
wave of his hand toward the spectators,
have every reason to suppose, that, know
ing them you would not have taken upon
yourself to give me the lie in their pres
ence. Pray, sir, what may be your name?'
'lnsolent fellow!' cried Frank, in con.
centrated rage.
'Very well, if that same pleases you,'•
replied the banker, with imperturable
calmness : have the choice of weapons,
sir. Perhaps it is well that you should
know that I never yet missed my man.'
'You try hard to frighten somebody,
don't you 1' said Frank impatiently.
!--not in the least,' replied the ban
ker, with indifference, and with the same
cold sneer and smile of duplicity. 'But I
cannot find it in my conscience to assassi
nate you.'
And so saying he drew a long rifle pis
tol from his pocket, and coolly laid it on the
table before him.
A death-like silence pervaded the room.
'There, sir,' he continued, 'this is the
best thing I have to propose—indeed, it is
all I possibly can do to accommodate you.
Bring the dice,' he continued, in the same
tone of voice, turning half around in his
chair, 'and shut that door.'
The door of the play-room was closed,
and the dice placed upon the table. The
music of the orchestra and the hum of yoi•
ces only reached the room in a suppressed
and distant murmur.
.Now, then,' said the banker, here we
have dice and pistol. The highest thrower
kills the other!'
The young sailor approached the table,
seized the dice-box in mere desperation,
shook it with a convulsive energy, cast one
furtive glance towards the ball-room, and
As if bowed by an electric shock, every
head was bent upon the cloth. The action
of this terrific drama had passed so rapidly
—the end was so near at hand—that one
could not believe in the reality of the atro
cious scene, enacting without noise or in.
terruption, and hundreds of people within
The banker, in a loud voice, reckoned
up the points.
'six and six are twelve, and one makes
thirteen—a good throw, a very good throw
—.upon my word, young gentleman, a very
good throw !'
He took the dice, and replaced them in
the box with an air of the coolest indiffer
ence, and addressing the spectators :
'Thirteen,' he exclaimed, 'a very good
point, but it is always an unlucky number.
Come, gentlemen, who bets a couple of
hundred [on the life of that young gentle-
man yonder 1' be continued, fixing his eye
with malignant and deadly glare on the
young man who quailed beneath it.
The players turned pale and remained
Well, then,' said he, with a smile, 'as
there seems to be none to bet, here's for my
self l' and the dice rolled out on the table.
'Fifteen ! You've lost, sir ! It's a pity,
too, with so good a point. The affair was
well-contested, at all events. So then, sir,
your life belongs to me. Are you ready ?'
All present drew back in terror. The
banker, still stretched out in his chair, was
quietly engaged in adjusting the lock, and
examining the priming of his pistol.
'I am ready,' replied the young man,
standing motionless before him.
'A,little more room, if you please, gentle
men,' said the banker, at the same time
bowing to the spectators, and motioning
with his arm for them to stand to one side.
'Fire said Frank, uncovering his breast
his countenance beaming with intrepidity
and unshrinking resignation.
The banker withdrew his hand and rain.
ed his head.
The spectators breathed once more.
The unnatural soene had been protracted
too long, and for an instant there was hope.
'We have not chosen our seconds,' he
remarked. 'But as for that,' he added,
after a moment's silence, 'these gentlemen
here may serve as witnesses in case of
He levelled again and fired. The young
lieutenant lay gasping upon the floor in the
last agonies of death.
'The cards pass, gentlemen,' cried the
banker, as he laid the pistol, still smoking,
upon the table.
At the noise made by the report of the
pistol, the folding doors of the saloon were
burst open, and the crowd rushed in.
There was a piercing shriek—a young
girl fell senseless upon the bleeding corpse
of Frank Vincent. It was Estelle.
The banker is now in California.
V olitirat.
Front the Pittobnrg Gazette.
Nearly eleven years have passed since
this then apparently unimportant provision
tacked to an appropriation bill, was propo
sed in Congress by Wilmot, now our can
didate for Governor, and althongh we sup
pose the large majority of our readers are
perfectly well acquainted with the whole
history, it may not be uninteresting or un
profitable to give a brief sketch of it from
such materials as are in our hands. It is
so pleasant to review the past and recal
the names of those who may now be found
preaching "Democracy," but who former
ly were foremost among the 'Abolitionists.'
The Mexican War, undertaken that Sla
very might have a more expanded domain
had, in theaummer of 1846, quite deplet
ed the Treasury. On the Bth of August
in that year, Mr, Polk, at that time Presi
dent of the United States, in a message to
Congress, naked for an additional •'appro
priation to provide for any expendture
.which may be necessary to make in ad
vance for the purpose of settling all our
difficulties with the Mexican Republic."
In accordance with the desire thus ex
pressed, Mr. MlCay, of North Carolina,
on the same day introduced a bill into the
House. This B;11 simply set forth the fact
that estate of war existed between the Re
publics of Mexico and the United States,
and that "the sum of two milllions of dol
lars be appropriated to enable the Presi
dent to conclude a treaty of peace," etc.,
etc., to Which Hon. David Wilmot moved
to add the following :
" PROVIDED, That as an express and
fundamental condition to the acqui4lion
of any territory from th. Republic of Mex
ico by the United States, by virtue of any
treaty which may be negotiated between
them, and to the use by the Executive of
the moneys herein appropriated, neither
Slavery nor involuntary servitude shall ev
er be •in any part of said territory except
for crime, where,' the party shall be duly
So reads the Proviso since so famous.—
A correspondent of the Pittsburg Gazette,
writing from Washington, under date of
August 9. 1846, says :
.The Proviso was, of course, warmly,
almost fiercely opposed, but for the first
time within my recollection the Locofooos
of the North stood up like men, and man
fully resisted the extension of Sfavery; and
in so doing have committed the unpardon
able sin against their brethren of the South,
and mode an unhealable breach in the par
Our correspondent, could he have look
ed forward eleven years, would have seen
the breach healed by a general string of
hands among the motley crew, on the then
discarded and detested ground of Calhoun
ism !
But to proceed ; the bill of ArKay with
the Proviso as shove, passed the House by
a vote of 85 to 80. The Pennsylvania
Democrats voting for it were the following:
—Black, Erdman, Foe'er. Loib, Thomp
son, M'Lean, Ritter, Wilmot and Yost.--
Messrs. Broadhead, C. J. Ingersoll, and
Garvin dodged. That makes 12 votes and
12 votes were all that the Democracy then
could count upon from this State.
On the last day of the session the bill
went to the Senate and there died a natu
ral death. Mr. Lewis, of Alabama, in that
body, moved to strike out the Anti Slavery
provision, which Mr. Davis, (honest John
Davis) of Massachusetts, rose to oppose
and spoke against time till the session was
on the point of closing. The b.ll had found
its way through many fiery trials up to the
very point of passing. A correspondent
of the New York Tribune writing to that
paper in August. 1848, remarks
"Mr. Davis supposed the Proviso would
be stricken out in the Senate if it came to
a rote, but we understand he was mista
ken—that it would have been retained.—
No matter—the moral force of the vote of
the House remains. It to a solemn denial ,
ation of the United North against the far
ther extension of Slavery, under the pro
tection of our flag. It will stand too !
Let us see what candidate for Congress
from a Free State will venture to avow
himself in fnvor of receding from the po
sition thus taken."
The New York Express„ the Tribune.
and, besides these, numbers of what were
then called Democratic, but are now dub
bed "Abolition" sheets, sounded the note
of triumph at the spirit of oppo - dtion to the
demands of Slavery, which had been thus
suddenly developed in ,Congress. Mr.
Wick, of Indiana, was denounced as "the
meanest of the dough faces," because he
moved to qualify Wilmot's Proviso by in
serting "all North of 36. 30'," so as to
leave all Soutb of that line to Slavery, and
that was voted down by 89 to 55. Every
vote from the State of New York was re
corded in favor of the Proviso. For once
the North stood united, and looked the
braggart of Slavery fully in the face.—
There were among the Democracy no re
creants, except in the way of dodging.—
James Buchanan gave the party its cue a
little later, in his letter to*the Berks county
Convention, and then the , 'faithful'' began
to .‘rat," and have kept doing so until now.
We shall in another article, give n little
more of the history of the Proviso. We
have simply, in this article, recalled the
great cause and beginnings of the excite
ment, which went on until it was checked
by the compromise measures of 1850.
The session succeeding this in which Mr.
Wilmot proposed his "rider" to the three
million bill, is full of instruction. We will
refer to it further on Monday.
We remarked in a previous article up.
on this subject, that when the Wilmot Pro•
vise was first proposed it was held appar
ently an unimportant matter. The Tariff
question nt that time absorbed the chief at.
tention of the public and the press. But
during the recess between the adjournment
of the summer term of the 29th Congress
and the re-assembling in the winter of 18.
47, the fires of fanatacism at the South,
were kindled, the whole alree of the ad
ministration and its servants, Mr. Buchan
an being one of the chief, were pressed
into service against the Proviso, it was
made a test of party orthodoxy to give all
below 86. 80' to Slavery, and the session
began, threatening storms, which in due
time followed.
We have seen that the two million bill
of the session of 1846 died a natural death
in the Senate under the hands of honest
John Davis, who little knew how great
harm he was doing, for he opposed the two
million bill not on account of the Proviso,
but on the m3in issue. In the first session
of 1847. a similar bill was reported by the
Committee of Ways and Means, the sum
of three millions being asked for instead
of two millions as in the previous bill. A
long and excited contest running through
weeks of the session follotvecl its introduc.
Con. In the course of the discussion Mr.
Wilmot said in answer to Mr. C,.lnger
soll who appealed to him not to offer his
amendment to this
.Sooner will I have my arm drawn from
its socket than will I yield one jot or tittle
of the principle I maintain aeainst the es
tablishment of Slavery in a Free Territo
ry. Were it a question of compromise, I
might yield and advise the North to yield
again as she has often done before. It was
a question of abstract right, ono which ad
mitted of no compromise. Mr. W. asked
for resistance to the powers and usurpation
of Slavery, He had voted for the admis
sion of Texas, Slavery and all. We had
been told that there should be two Free
States and two Slave States, but there was
nothing but Slavery there now, and there
would be nothing else. We had been told
that California, too, was now a part of the
Union. So it was, and as it was Free so
it should remain. It was Free from Slav
ery under Mexico; let it be so under us ;
now or never is the time.
Mr. W. Enid Rat if Northern men yield
now they would ever be compelled to yield.
The South uttered a burning sarcasm up.
on the North when it presented an uubro•
ken front upon this subject. If the Free
States thus manfully and independently
united, they would present a noble front.
Mr, W. was determined at all hazards to
cling to his Proviso."
This speech was made on the 3th of Fe
bruary. On the 15th the !louse Resolved
itself into a Committee of the Whole, on
the bill, when Mr. Hamlin moved as an a
mendment, the "Wilmot Proviso" in sub•
stance, though the following are the exact
words :
Provided further : That there shall be
neither Slavery nor involuntary servitude
in any Territory on the continent of Amer
ica which shall hereafter be acquired by
or annexed to the United States by virtue
of this appropriation, or in any manner
whatever, except for crones whereof the
party shall have been duly convicted.
The amendment was declared by the
chair to be in order. Mr. Dromgoole, of
Va., appealed from the decision which lat
ter was sustained by a vote of 116 to 83.
3 ) 111 1 .
,1 ( \-'
Mr. Douglass moved to amend the am
endment by striking out all after the word
"provided," and inserting :
wl'hat there shall neither be Slavery nor
Involuntary servitude in any Territory he
quirecl under this act, or as the result of
the existing war with Mexico, which lies
North of the line of 36° 30' North lati
tude, commonly known as the Missouri
Compromise line, otherwise than in the
punishment of crimes whereof the parties
shall have been duly convicted," &a.
This was offered by the present Sena
tor Douglas, who had not at that time dis
covered that the Missouri Compromise
line was unconstitutional, who then pre
dicted the continued existence of the "glo
rious union" upon the preservation of this
same line which he has since learned to
denounce as an outrage upon "popular
sovereignty !" New grace has been vouch
safed to this man Douglass and the lesser
lights, which follow at his heels. The
great principles of the Constitution were
before the year 1854 concealed f rom the
wise and prudent and then "revealed unto
But Douglass' amendment was reject
ed by a vote of 109 to 82. The amend
ment of Mr. Graham involving the ex•
tension of the Compromise line to the
IMcific was defeated by 104 to 81. The
question then recurred on the adoption of
the proviso as moved by Mr. Hamlin, and
it was carried, ayes 110, noes 89. The
committee now rose and reported the bill
as amended. Mr. C. J. Ingersoll Demo.
crat, of Pennsylvania, moved the previous
question, which was seconded and the
main question was ordered, which was, on
agreeing to the amendment, (the Wilmot
proviso,) reported by tho Committee of the
Whole. ,The yeas and nays were taken,
and we find the follwing names of Penn.
sylvania 'Democrats' among those who
then supported this 'Abolition' heresy :
Henry D. Foster, Messrs Garvin, Ritter
Thompson, Wilmot, Yost. Black Broad
head, Erdman, McClean, and Ingersoll
voted "nay" this time. The ratting had
fairly commenced now. The 'Democra
cy' had taken a stand for the line of SIP
30' as the bound for slavery north ward.—
However : the amendment was agreed to
by yeas 115, nays 106.
A motion was now made to lay the bill
on the table ; decided by ayes 89 nays
122. So the House refusNl to lay the bill
on the table. The bill was next engross
ed, ordered to a third reading, end passed
finally by yeas 115, nays 105. Mr. Ham.l
lin moved in order to clinch the vote, to
reconsider the vote on the passage bill,
and then moved to lay the motion to re
consider on the table. The question being
put was decided by an unmistakeable vote
in the athmative, and thus in a Democrat
ic House with Polk President of the Uni
ted Staten, did the Wilmot proviso receive
a solemn sanction at the hands of men
who now denounce those who sustain the
principle of it as traitors to the Constitu.
Col. Yell's First Court.
When Colonel Archibald Yell, after
ward killed at the battle of Buena Via.
ta, had taken his seat for the first time up
on the bench, the first case on the docket
was °ailed, and the plaintiff stood ready.
It was a case that had been in litigation
for five years . Gen Smoot arose for the
defendant and remarked in an overbearing
tone : "Our witnesses are absent, and
therefore I demand that the case be con
tinued until the next term, in course,"
"Let the affidavit be filed, for not till
then can I entertain a motion for continu
ance," was the reply of the Judge.
"Do you doubt my word as to the facts?"
General Smoot exclaimed sharply, and
involuntarily raising his huge sword.
"Not at all," replied the Judge with his
blandest smile, ' , but the law requires that
the facts justifying a continuance must ap
pear on record, and the court has no pow
er to annuli a law, nor yet any to see it
The Judge's calm and business like tone
and manner only served to irritate the bul
ly, and he retreated shaking his sword cane
in the direction of the bench." Whatever
may be the law, I, for one, will not learn
it from the lips of an upstart demagogue
and a coward."
Judge Yell's blue eyes shot lightning,
but he only turned to the Clerk and said
—•Clerk, you will enter a fine of fifty
dollars against Gen. Smoot, as I see him
named on my docket for gross contempt of
court, and be sure you issue an immedi
ate execution."
He had hardly communicated the order,
when Gen. Smoot was seen rushing to
him braridishing his sword cane, all his
features writhing murderous wrath and
pallid as a corpse. Every glance was
fixed on the countenance of the Judge, for 1
all wished to know how he would break
the coining of the duellist's fierce assault.
But none, however, could detect the slight-
est change in his appearance. His cheek
grew neither red nor white, not a nerve
seemed to tremble, his calm eye survey
ed the advancing foe, with as little sign
of perturbation as alchemist might show
scrutinizing the efferescence of some novel
mixture. lie sat perfectly still, with a
little staff of painted iron in his band.—
Smoot ascended theplatform, and imme
diately aimed a tremendous blow at
the head of his foe. At that blow five
hundred hearts shuddered, and more
than a dozen voices shrieked, all expect•
ing to see the victim's skull shivered to
atoms. The general astonishment may
then be conceived, when they beheld the
little iron staff describe a quick curve, as
the great sword cane flew from Smoot's
fingers, and fell with a loud clatter, at the
distance of twenty feet in the hall ! The
baffled bully uttered a cry of wrath, wild
as that of some wounded beast of prey,
and snatched his bowie-knife from its
sheath, but ere it was poised for the des
perate plunge, the little staff cut another
I curve and the big knife followed the
sword cane. He then hastily drew a re
volving pistol, but before he bad time to
touch the trigger his arm was struck
powerless by his side. And then for the
first time, did Judge Yell betray percepti
ble emotion. He stamped his foot until
the platform sh xilt beneath him and he
shouted in thunder tones.
..Mr. Clerk, you will blot this ruffian's
name from the roll of attorneys, as a foul
disgrace to the bar. Mr. Sheriff; take
the criminal to jail." The latter officer
sprang to obey the mandate, and immedi
ately a scene of confusion ensued which
no pen can describe. The bravoes and
myrmidon friends of Gen. Smoot gath
ered around to obstruct the Sheriff, while
many of the citizens teat their aid to sus
tain the authority of the court. Menaces
screams and horrid curses, the ring of im
pinging and crossing steel, the alternate
cries of rage and pniu all• commingled
with the awful explosion of fire arms, bleu•
ded together a vivid idea of Pandemonium
But throughout all the tempestuous strife,
two individuals might be observed as lea
ders of the whirl-wind and riders of the .
storm. The new Judge used his little
iron cane with terrible efficacy, crippling
limbs, yet sparing life. Bill Buffum, imi
tating the clemency of his honored friend,
disdaining the use of either knife or pistol
actually trampled and crushed down all
opposition, roaring at every furious blow
—"this is the w•ay to preserve order in
court,"—a sentitnent which he accompa
nied with wild peals of laughter. In less
than two minutes the party of the Judge
triumphed, the clique of General Smoot
suffered a disastrous defeat, and the bully
himself was borne away to prison.
Such was the debut of Archibald Yell
in Arkansas; and from that day his popu
larity, as a man, as a Judge, as a hero anti
as a politician, went on rapidly increasing,
till eclipsing the oldest and most powerful
names, it set on the bloody eve of Buena
Extraordinary Trial of Strength.
'rho Troy Times of the Bth recounts a
singular trial of strength, which took place
in that city on Saturday evening between
James Madison, glite cast iron man," and
Professor Carl, the .'strongest man in
America." The challenge for a trial of
strength sent by Carl, havirig been accept
ed, a large assembly witnessed the per
'Previous to the trial Prof. Carl gave
an exhibition of magic and ventriloquism
performed his celebratad guitar and drum
solos balanced sixteen chairs upon his chin
and performed ether feats calling for an
exercise of strength, which must have
wearied him somewhat. Mr. Madison
then appeared,--held an anvil weighing
two hundred and fourteen pounds upo n
his breast, while two men struck upon it
with sledges; held an anvil upon each
knee; broke a number of stones with his
fist; bent a bar of iron I.4th of an inch
thick by Etriking it over his arm; and
held an anvil weighing about two hundred
pounds upon each arm, while men struck
upon it with sledges. Prof. Carl them
appeaied, held the anvil upon his breast;
tent the bar of iron almost double upon
his arm ; held the anvil upon his arms,
etc., for a longer period than Mr. Madi
ison had done, tie then took the large flint
stones which had been rejected by his ri
val and hammered them to pieces, aignali•
zing his performance by breaking in two a
flag stone shout largo enough to serve as
stepping block for a door. After this he
VOL. XXII. NO. 17.
held one of the heavy anvils over his head
forty-one seconds; lifted a sixty-pound
weight upon his little finger and swung
it around his bead, and held two men on
his hair while he whirled them about, top
fathion, uritil their feet stuck out at an an
gle of forty-five degrees.
'Mr. Madison was then called out by
the audience, and requested to give an ac
count of himself. He excused himself in
the matter of the stones by saying that his
rival was in constant practice while be
had not broken a stone for a year. Being
urged to swing the weight about his head,
he declined to do it on the score of inabil
ity, and as Professor Carl had not held the
anvils on his knee. In short, he virtually
acknowledged himself a whipped man."
fin Inoident for Mrs. Stowe.
"Liberty or Death."—The Nashville
Banner of March 20th contains the fol.
lowing :
"The particulars of the most unaccount
able suicides have just come to our knowl
edge. Two servants of Mr. Jones, pro
prietor of Union Hall, in this city one a
yellow man named Levi, and the other
black, named Allen ran away nn Sunday
night last. It appears that they intended
to get on the night train for Chattanooga,
but arrived a moment too late. They took
the track on foot and proceeded a few
miles, secreting themselves until Monday
night in a thicket. They then appeared
at Antioth when the night train came
along, and the yellow man purchased tick.
ets for himself and servant for Chattan
ooga. the trick was not detected—Levi
passed as a white man, and took his sup
per at the same table with the other pas
sengers, ordering food for his servant at a
side table. The attention of Mr. Charles
Fox, merchant of this city, who was on
board un his way to New York, was attract
ed to Levi, and after a little scrutiny he rec
ognized 'him, though disguised in a fine
suit of clothes. Mr. Fox, on Tuesday
morning, before reaching Chattanooga,
questioned Levi and becoming satisfied that
he was running away, collared him, and
intimated that he o,r_ a F .;
was wrapped in a blanket, and he mama.
ged to draw a pistol from his breast, with
out the movement being noticed, and
turning the muzzle upon his abdomen fired
and fell on his seat. Mr. Fox and other
passengers fled in an 'opposite direction,
under the impression that he was firing at
them, and when they turned book he bad
drawn a bowie knife and cut his throat and
was a corpse."
The Banner adds
“Levi was an excellent servant, always
obedient and traceable, and unusually in
telligent,” and thinks he would not have
left his master without some strong induce.
Courtship of a Bashful Clergyman
The Rev John Brown, the well known
author of the self interpreting Bible, was a
man of singular bashfulness. In token of
this statement, we need only state th tt his
courtship lasted seven years. Six and a
half years passed away, and the Reverend
gentleman had got no farther forward than
he had been the six days. This state of
things became intolerable ; a step in ad
vance must be made, and Mr. B. sumaton•
ed all his courage for the deed. 'Janet,'
he said, as they sat one night in solemn si
lence, 'we've been acquainted now for six
years and mair and I have ne'er gotten a
kiss yet—d'ye think I might one, my bon•
nie girl 1' 'Just es you like, John, only
be becoming and proper wi' it.' 'Surely,
Janet, we'll ask a blessing.' The blessing
was asked—kiss was taken, and the worthy
divine, perfectly overpowered with blissful
sensation, most rapturously exclaimed—.
'O, woman ! But it is guid—we'll return
thanks." Six months made the pious cou
ple man and wife, and adds his descendant
who humorously tells the story, a happier
couple never spent a long and useful life
DV" Child stealing, the New York pa.
pers say, is practised to a great extent
in that city. Probably on an average, two
children a week are abducted from their
homes while playing on the sidewalk, and
are detained until the afflicted parents offer
a reward for them, when the kidnappers
bring their little victims to light and • re
ceive the money. They ought to receive
a place in the State Prison.
ger A Doctor told his patient that he
must take an emetic. "It's no use," said
the patient, "I have tried it before, and it
woula not stay on my stomach five min ,
uses !"
ger A wealth; doctor who can help a
poor limn and will not, without a fee, has
less sense of humanity than a poor minus
who kills a rich man to supply his 1100114.