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BY DAVID OYER.
In the QrigUial Halt' Cheats.
IX BOXES, ov G AND I*2 POCXKS, AND IN
AIEVA' LtC P.VCKAGSSOI' i 4,1,2 & i POUNDS,
FOH kals Br
JENKINS A CO.,
<om:<h*al urxarrhi or nt hktau-ic tka pack.)
Wholesale Dealers in Teas Only
X. W. co*t or Maskst & Norru Srs.,
T7"Tets in Metallic Packs pnt np iu Half
Chests, containing a variety of both Black and
Green, to suit buyers.
Printed List of l*rics. Terras, Ac., furnished
by mail to ali w:io order ttiom.
All Te t* warranted to please, or no sale,
ijae and the tins price and terms ts all, and
Half Cheats of Black contain about 3a pounds,
and Greeni about oO pounds each.
Feb. 2ft, 1850- c
WHO WANTS .1 FIRM!
ZJ~ To tuo.se who wish farms—to have
fertile hind at a cheap price, and on easy
terms, your attention is called to theKidg
wiv Farm and <!u;il C.-uipany Twenty-five
acres or more in proportion are given for
SiUO, pavabiciu instalments of $1 per
week, orsl per month. It is located in Klk
county, Peutta., and has one of the best
markets for its produce in the State. The
soil is a rich ldan, and is not to be surpas
eed for fanning, as examination will show.
Jl has tbe best elements of prosperity, be
ing underlaid by two rich veins of coal,
ni will shortly he intersected by four rail
roads. The timber is of the most valua
ble kind. Title utiexceptionablv good, and
warantee deeds are givau. It presents a
good and substantial opportunity to com
mence farming, providing for one's chil
dren, or making an investment. Further
particulars can be had from tbe pamphlets
which are sent to inquirers. Letters an
swered promptly. Apply or address Sand.
Vf. Ov.lell, Secretary, 135 Walnut street,
north side, bitumen 4th and Oth streets.
Phil*. Full information is contained in
Feb. 29, ISSG-3 in.
TANNERY FOR RENT.
WMii E subscriber wishes to rent his Tan
% Kinv nd •Burnt-in Ht. 0!c*
Township 5 miles north of Eobellsburg.
to any person wishing to engage in the
tanning busbies-. This prop.e-ty will be a
very profitable an 1 desirable one, a* bark
is very abundantand cheap.
Toe S iw Mill is iu fine running condition
and will pay w.-l!. There is attached to
toe Tannery a good dwelling House, Stable
an 1 ofh'w out. buildings, with running water
ut the door, find 6 acres of land.
The Tannery has n One horse brcaki#?
machine, 16 Uy-a-way vats, two iiiues 2
bates, 4 leeches.and pool.
Anv one wishing to rent, will please call
on the subscriber living on the premise*.
Term* easy and possession given the Ist
c! iv of April.
Feb. 29, 1856.
OF a School 'lon*e in Jf tpier Township nesr
Andrew Homes and other*. To be sold at
Puhlie 'vale nr outcry on Saturday the 22d day
of March inat. 0110 third of the purchase
money in hand at theconfl rotation of the Sale,
•vie thirl in six months, and the remaining one
third in one year.
By order of the School Directors,
•I. W HULL, C. WHETSTONE,
WM. HOCK, HE NU Y ALB A UGH,
V. KIN SKY, J. It. MOWKY,
March 7. 1800.
ik or* .up miTilirs.
rpHK Books and Notes of Peter Kadcbaugh,
X are left in nay hand* for collection. Per
son* vould do w.dl to call and settle at once or
coats will be added to them.
March 14. 1856-tf.
LETTERS of Administration have h"en
granted to the subscriber on the estate
of Dinttei H*. B!abhnr. Into of StOlatr
Township, deed. Ail person* indebted to
*iid estate ar tinted to make immediate
payn ?nt and those hiring claim* or demands
v-t it are reu'i'ste'l to units known the
mw xith 'tit inlay to the *itsxeriner living
"pHF. *ulcrilrr, having disposed of hi* Store
1. In B-'lford, it desirous of closing np hi*
All fwrton* indebted t" him arciequcs
<vd i ' settle up immediately. His book* will be
in tie n*o It ot Mr. Job M. Shoemaker, till tlrat
1! • is thankful to nij Triemi* fur tho rsry
g-mruri support they litre yielded biin since
hi# commcaceineut (•( this place and cordialir
nw.-ammend# *r. Jui. M Sboeut ik-r,a* a young
Hun of go< twine** habits, of etrtet hoi e?(y
•eantcity ami iutcgriiy, and who will not fail tA
J" 1 e gf.ierol *atis!*c£.'oe to niv customers and
„ t „ EUAS M. FISHF.R.
March it 18->6-3 m.
NOTICE TO COLLECTOKST
Collect*™ f the Poor Tate# are notified
that Kxccntiosa will i.*uo at once against
; <l. delinquent ec.lectors of "hi ami previ
ous ytvirt. for balance remaining after the;
"f.Narcb next, and on the colJec'or*
♦r IS ii just as soon as their Jf months'
.lave exnirmi. Border of tlia Director*.
\\ . ,'i'rdsruier.
A Weekly Paper, Devoted to Literature, Politics, the Arts, Sciences, Agriculture, &c., &e—Terms: Ttto Dollars per annum.
o!f Taluatiie Ilioad Top Coal and
IROU ORE LA\D,
A\!> ONE HINDU ED
IN THE .TOWN OF fiOALiOONT.
WILL be held nt C'.ialmont, Huntingdon
County, on the Huntingdon and .Broad-
Top Railroad, on
WEDXESDJY 16TM D.IY OF dPftll,
r.ext, when and where the following Lands will
LANDS IN TOI) TT., HUNTINGDON CO
One hundred choice building Lots in the
towu of Coalinont, each 6) by laO feet.
A vdnablc tract of Coal Laud, situate on the
Fork* of Sharp's ltun. adjoining Coaliuont,
containing about 350 acres, more or Jess, It is
composed of Are surveys, part of Benjamin
Pen, Nathan Layering, J. S. Stewart, Evans
& Hamilton, Evan*, Hamilton and Anderson.
It has fire coal openings, it is tho first coal
land reached by the rail-roafl, and is only 27
miles from the Pennsylvania Kail Road at
A Tract of Coal Land situate on Trough
Creek and Sharp's Hun, near Bread Top city,
adjoining lands of Jesse Cook. John McCanle*,
and Broadtop Improvement Company, kuotrn
as the "Loads Tract," containing about 104
acres, more or less.
A Tract of Coal Land, situite on Trough
Creek, adjoining lands of Broadtop Improve
ment Company, E. L. Anderson, Houc's heirs
and other*, known as the Shoemaker Tract,
containing 471 acres, with allowance.
This tract can be ruin-sd on the eastern slope
LANDS IN BROADTOP TP. BEDFORD CO
A tract of Coal and Ore Land, situate on 6
mile ltun. near rail-road, adjoining lands of
Curfnian's heirs. Asa Duvall, Thomas I. Mor
ton, and Septimus Foaier; known as the -*Jo
siah Ilorton Tract," containing about ll>7
acre*. more or less.
A tract of Cnal and Iron Ore Land, surveyed
to E. Fos'er and W. P. Sche.l, situate on
Sandy ltun, about three miles from Hopewell,
adjoining lands of John N. Lane's heirs, Rich
ard D. Wood, and John Devereux, containirg
289 acr< s with allowance.
A mi'-H tract of Coal Land, near the above
tract, adjoining lands of Samuel Pleasant:) and
Jacob Saiiifi, containing about 13 acres.
LANDS IX WELLS TP., FULTON CO.
A tract of Coal an I Ore Land, in rime
William Gray, on Ray* Ifil7, adjoining lands
of the Broadtop Improvement Company, and
fames Patton. containing '55 acres.
A tract of Ore and Timber Land, in tho
name of Abraham Wright, adjoint tig the above
tract, partly on Ray* Kill, and partly in
Ground Hog Valley, about 5 miles from li ops
well, containing 240 acres.
All th? above tracts of coal hand arc i".p
posed to contain the famous "Cork Vein.*'
They will be sold according to net measure
ment. For mora particular information apply
to Levi Evan*, Esq.. Coalmen'. Writ. Foster.
Broa ;tr>p. and Thomas W. Ilorton, Li q. f
Tin: subscriber will be at Coalmont for two
days previous to tbe day of sale, and will ex
hibit a connected draft of thu whole Broadtop
coal field, and separate drafts of the tracts of
fered for sale.
Alltr-cts and lots remaining nnsol J (If any)
on the day of sale, will ho offered at private
sale on the day following.
of salo will be made known on
the dav of sale.
tE7"The passenger train leave* Huntingdon
for Coalmont daily, at 8 a. in. Sc 2 p. m.—Re
turning at 12 m. and 4 p. m.
Win. P. SriIELL.
March 21, 185 S.
mm, BOOKS ISO STI
l it. F. f. UKAJIKn,
HAVING purchased the Drug and Book
Store of Dr. S. D. Scott, ha* constantly
on hand, at the old stand, a large and well se
lected stock of choice Drngs and Medicine ,
wholes* e and retail, all of which will be sold
at fair terms. The assortment consists in part of
Drugs and Chemicals, Dye Woods and .iciis.
Pain's ami Oils, I ['indole Glass and Glass
Ware. Tobacco and Srgars, Perfumery, Fancy
or licit!. 4 r -- d".
PaTiftr AIKKIC;*!;*. Having the regular
agency for ihe sale of all <>f these medicines,
the public are assured th-.t they are of the beat,
such as have stood the test of time and espe
ri'Micc, and can be safely recommended as ge
nuine, vis: Townsend'e and Sand's Sarsapa
rilla, Wistir's Balsam of Wild Cherry, Aver's
Cherry Pectoral, ilotfat's Life Pills and Phoe
nix Bitters, Dr. Jayno's Fatnilv Medicines,
Fahnstock's, Uohensaek'*, and other verrrfu
g-v 1! > >fi nd's Garni*n Kittors, Ac., Ac,
Constantly on hand a large stock of historic,
biographical, scientific, religious, poetical,
school, and miscellaneous BOOKS.
Also a great variety of F.4NCY STATION
ARY, Cap. Post and wrapping paper of evry
Utility, Paper Hangings m great variety.—
tfindow Blind* in pattern* or by the piece
M'.ill Paper. Steel and Fancy Goods.
BO.VT ROOK# of every sir.e and quality,
Pokst Books and Port Monnaies, Diaries,
Blank Deeds and Mortgages, gold Pens and
Pencil*. Comb*, Brushes, Perfumery iu great
variety, Soap*. Ac., Ac.
t. itupt, and Csmphine Oil and Burnirg Fluid,
kit .onatantly ott baud.
CHOICE LiiiVORS-inrmr* iral nae ; WolfTa
Schoiuani Sebnappt, Citi, i'ort, Sherr* and
Aug. !!, W54.-tf
IMI'OKThiT TO MI 1,1. OWKCBSI
WOOD IV AB D'S Int proved Smut and Screen
ing >1 whines, Mill Bushes, BoltingCloUia
and Bran Dusters, of the most Improved plan;
Mill Screws, Coru and Oob Grinder*, Patent
Bridge* fof Mill Rpiniljea, Portable Mills,
warranted to grind ten bnsbok per hour, Mill
lion* and Mill Bum made to order. Also,
Stover'# Patent Orn kiln and Grain Dryer—
a valu ible invention. Tlte aborts article* are
kept constantly on hind, tud ar> be obtained
at any time, from ft, D. BROAD,
at Bin .•'laburg. Bedford County, who is also
agent for Bedford, Somerset, and adjoining
Mill wright work done at the shortest tntiee,
and on the most rensoaoble item*.
Pubru.tr/ I-"*. 18"4.
McCOR MICK'S Itosjvcr and Slower for sale
by S. I). BROAD
at richellthttfg, p a , , igeal fur Blair and Bedford
camutiv#, Jfcbrmvy !i, 1 tf-
t'OLLISIOX WITH IS ICEBERG
OSE HIKDItEO THIRTY FIVE
Nine Days of Horror in an Open
ONLY ONE SURVIVOR.
On the 20th of February tile packet-ship
John Ruiledg", Capt. Kelly, nf New-York)
while on her voyage from Liverpool to
this port, struck upon an iceberg and sank,
with the mate, carpenter, and 30 to 35 pas
sengers on board. Our information in re
gard to this disaster is derived from the
only known survivor, Thomas W. Nye of
New-Bedford. So far as we have been able
to learn, the subjoined narrative contains
all of the facts in the case:
The packet-ship John Ilutledge left Liv
erpool on tiie 16th of January, with I*2o
] passengers, and a crew of officers and men
• numbering, all told, 16 persons. During
| the passage she encountered severe weath
er One of her crew was washed off the
i bowsprit, and a male passenger was carried
; through the bulwarks by a heavy sea and
! drowned. On tbe 20th of February the
| John Rut)edge was struck by an ieeberg,
. and want down. From the log-book of tbe
, mate, which was saved in the boat with the
| boy Nye, wo extract the following en
"Monday, 18th February—B a. m., thick,
foggy, with drizzly rain. Middle and lat
ter part, strong breezes and rainy. Pass
ed several icebergs on both aides. P ssed
one within ten feet of the weather side.—
Lat. dead reckoning, 45 deg. £4 mio N.,
lon. I>. 11., 46 deg. 56 mil). W."
"Tuesday, I9fb. p. m: —Follows with
light winds and hazy. The vessel was sur
rounded with icebergs, it being very diffi
cult to steer clear of them. At 8 saw a
large field of ice ahead; tried to steer clear
of it, but there being little wind it got down
to the ship before we could get past it, and
the triiid dying away, we could not steer
clear. At 11 the ship was completely
wedged in with drift-ice and very largo ice
bergs in all kircctions, and the breeze
springing right aft, there was no alterna
tive but to proceed through it. The fur
ther we got in the thicker tbe ice got, and
the greater the number of icebergs. .Mid
night, light winds and the ship making very
little headway through the i *e. 4, morn"
ing, the samo. 8, steady breeze, nr.tl the
ship making more headway, Passed some
very largo bergs. At 9 the 1"
Here the log abruptly terminate#. From
this we Infer that the collision with the ice
berg took piece between 9 and 10 o'clock
on tnc morning of the 20th of February. -
And it would seem that the mato was wri
ting np his log when tbe fatal shock occur
red. The ship was abandoned about six
o'clock the same eveuing. Before leaving
his vessel, L'apt. Kelly, finding that she
leaked badly, manned the pumps with pas
sengers and seamen; and as the leak con
tinued to g*iu upon her. had about 100
hags of salt and a .number of crates of
crockery broken out of the fore Isold and
thrown overboard. Getting clear of the
ice Boon after, it was discovered tbat a
plank was started from tbe forefoot, and an
atteu pt was inaua to stuff the leak with
blankets and rags. It appears that this
was not very successful, as the captain sub
sequently decided to abaudon tho vessol.—
There were five large boats on board in
which 134 persons were to be saved. llow
tho captain bore himself at this time we
conld riot learn, a* tbo survivor lies in a
very critical Htnation, and we could not
question him close!}!. We only know that
font boats pal off before that in which Nye
was. The ce, ain's boat was the onlv one
of the four which had a compass. How
Capt. Kpllj distributed the provisions and
seatnon we conld not learn. The last boat
which left the ship contained only thirteen
persons. It appears thai Atkinson, the
mate, put his wii'e into this boat, and, with
the carpenter, went to sound the puraps.—-
Whilt they were gone the boat was struck
by a heavy sea, which broke her from her
fastening?, and she rapidly drifted from
the ship leaving the mate and carpenter,
with from thirty to thirty-five of the passen
gers, onboard. When last reen the ship
was down to her mizien chains in the wat
er aDd from the character of her cargo,salt 4
iron and crockery—she probably went dowu
in a short time afterward. Of the thirteen
person? in the list boat, there were four
women,one little girl, five male passengers,
Mr. Nye, a Scotch suilor, and the boats
wain, an Irishman, whose wife resides in
New-York. For the subsistence of these
pooplc there was only one gallon of water
and ix or eight pounds of bread. "The
mate bad placed a compass in the boat, but
hU wife, in leaping trosji the slip, lad Iro-
BEDFORD. PA.. FRIDAY, APRIL 4.1856.
ken it. Cast thus helplessly upon the open
sea, among the fogs and mists of the Batiks
of Newfoundland, and surrounded by drift
and berg ice, their prospect could hardly
have been more gloomy. Soon after the
boat broke adKft, night came on—how it
passed may bo imagined. From what we
could learn, but little was said by any one,
and probably all of them soon came to a
realizing souse of their dreadful situation
for .-is soon as Mrs. Atkinson entered the
boat she seized the vessel containing the
water, and being a large robust woman,
fought off all whu attempted to obtain a
drink froui it. Nvc got only twoorthre 6
swallows; the rest was drank by herself and
the boatswain. What disposition was made
of the bread does not appear. The proba
bility is that there was no organizatio a
whatever among the little party, but every
one looked out for himself. Having no
compass, nor sign by which to steer, they
did not exert themselves, other than to keep
the boat before the sea. The sailors weao
warmly clothed, as was also Mr. Atkinson:
but the passengers, for the most part, were
very scantily attired and suffered keenly
from the cold. Day after day only dawn
ed to raise their spir its anew with hopes of
succor, which tlie long and dreary nights
turned to the bitterness of despair. Thus
time passed until tho third day, when one
of the little land, a man whose clothes
were quite too thiu to shield him troai the
bleak weather, sank under the combined
effects of cold and hunger, and his body
was committed to deep. Then a woman
in the arms of her husband and little daugh
ter. and her corpse was also silently drop
ped into the sea. The fourth day came,
and with it the same angry sea, the same
leaden sky- -r.o ray of hope anywhere vis
ible. The cold was so intenso thtt it al
most froze the uurrow, and not a drop of
water could be obtained, while only § small
quantity of food remained. Human uatur>*
could not bear up much longer against this
exposure and privation, when, tiicy
were about to give up ail hope, the wind
lulled, Mid Jo! a btig hove .ifdhsfet?
was not very far off," and they palled for
iier with might and main. Signals were
also made. For some tunc they seemed to
gain upon her, but she did not see them
and the wind freshening, she was soon ou l
of sight. With her went all hope. A
burning thirst soon fell upon ail of ibeirq
and noedlcjis.of young Nye's earnest ap
peals, they (ell to drinking salt water. This
only increased their thirst, and they drank
eagerly and repeatedly of the fatal fluid.—
What followed is the old story of delirium
Ons by one they grew mad and madder
besought oaeli other to kill them; then they
dreamed of sitting at sumptuous feasts, and
spoke of the rare dauties which mocked
their grasp; of the delicious leverages
whh'b they in vain essayed to quaff. At
length worn out with the intensity of their
physical and mental sufferings; they grew
more subdued, their Laggard features be
came rigid, their wild eyes assumed a glassy
look, and the ir shrunken forms seemed
gradually to subside—the next lurch of the
boat tumbled them off the seats dead! Such
were the sights which young Nye witnessed
daily. As they died, he threw their bodies
into the sea, as long as his strength lasted.
He says that although his thirst was of the
most agoniziug character, ho uot only warn"
ed his fellow sufferers against drinking salt
water, but showed thein how he obtained re
lief by simply rinsing his mouth occasionally.
They were hopeless and desperate, and would
not listen to him. The boatswain grew
dclirous, and died within twelve hours after
drinking it. In bis dclirutn he was most
most violent. He attempted to throw the
oars over board, and did not succeed in
tbi owing over the bucket with which they
bailed out of the boat. Nye did his best
to quiet bim and stop him from drinkiug
more sea water; bat ho struck him a severe
blow upon the chin, inflicting a wound which
has not yet haled up. Mrs. Atkinson was
also very violent, aud, being of a strong
constitution, it was along timo before she
expired. Our informant's recollection of.
events which occurred about this time is
very indistinct. But, from what oould gath
er, on the sixth day there were onH him
self, a small woman wrapped up in two
blankets, and the little girl alivo in the
i>oad. Before sunset the chiid died, and
on the day following the woman breathed
her last. He had strength enough to throw
the body of the child overboard but that
of the woman, together with the bodies of
three others, was so coiled up under the
thwarts that he was unable to extricate
them. Fooling % strong sense of ilrowsb
ness creeping over him, he fastened a red
shirt and a white shirt to an oar, and hoist
ing it to attract any passing vessel, lie
coiled himself np in the stem of tuo boat
and dosed away the hours. Occasional Iv he
would rouse himself, and bole out the boat,
and then lay down again. He did not sleep
but the lime passed in a kind of waking
vision. Occasionally he felt light-beaded
—and began to dream of being at home in
New-Red ford with his family. Fearing that
he too might be delirious, he fought aghins 1
these influences, and kept himself awake
by various means, At first the sight of bis
ghastley companions caused him tnneb dis
tress, and his mind became oppressed with
gloomy He resolved to shake
these hope #or*Wp even to
the last, thinking it better to go to the next
world with all his senses abont him than to
die a raving manic. Thus resolved, he bore
np bravely and to the end. On ihe 23th
of Fcbuary a ship hove insight of the loaelv
boy. lie says that he saw her before thos e
on board discovered him, and he was sure
front the first that they wonhl pi. k Lira up.
That vessel was the packet ship Gernuna,
Capt. Wood, from Havre, bound to New
-5 oik. When (.'apt. Wood deserted the
folitary boat, he ordered one of his own
quarterboats to be lowered, ahd sent an
an officer to see what it contained. At
they approached biui poor Nye grimed 'For
Jesus Christ's sake, take me out of thI s
boat." They did take him out, with wo
manly tenderness, and with the boat and
its fearful load in tow, rowed back to the
ship. The young sailor was quickly trans
terrcd to the comfortable cabin of the Ger
manin, and his late companions, already far
gone in decomposition, were thrown into
the sea. The boat was half full of water,
and the bodies washing about in it had cov
ered the seats and sides with 'blood. It is
; * wooden life-boat,about 25 feet Jong. Af
! 'er being thoroughly cleaned, it was hois
; ted on board and brought into port.
j I nder any other treatment than which he
I rc-eived on board the Gcrmana, young Nye
| would not have lived to see his home again.
Hut Capt. Wood and his lady took him into
I ike cabin and nursed him with parental ten
derness. His feet were soddened with
| salt-water, and so badly frostbitten up to
Hbia knees,, that they feared .Wtfif bvaiy. n ,
would ensue. Fortunately theie were sev
t eral cows on board, and Mrs. Wood made
i poltices of bread and milk and applied them
• to his legs with such success that, all dan
! ger of luortifiaation is past. It was also
necessary to administer food and liquids in
i iufinitessinial quantities at first, until his
J stomach became accustomed to the changes
j but now he can eat quite heartily. His
mind is still bewildered at times, wore es
pecially when the scenes through which he
Ims so recently passed are recalled; Le lias
an almost Infaiitrre fondness fur those who
wait npon liitn, and can scarcley bear theni
to bo for a moment out of bis sight. Yes.
lorday a coinpauion of his childhood, who is
clerk in a store in this city, wen t to hint,
and wi'l stay with him and accompany biiu
home to New-Bedford.
We were informed that C.ipt Wood is
parsonally acquainted with the family of his
protege. The lad is 19 years of age, of
olive complexion, thin and of wiry make,
wit a black hair and eyis, and rather tall-
Ho has just entered upon the of a sailor, aud
has bad an experience that will last him
Of the otbor boats of the John Rutleuge
no tidings have been received. Nye thinks
that those were us badly off as lie was, if
not worse, aud entertains but lirtle hope
that any flictn would be picked np. As
before observed, only the Captain's bout ,
was furnished with a compass, aud it is I
probable that all of them wore poorly pro
vided with food and water. The survivor
believes that with plenty of those the in.
jority of the people in bis boat coold have
endured the cold until tlvey were picked up.
The Germana kept a strict look-out for the
other boats, und laid to during the Viight,
hoping to fall in with some of them. Fail
ing to do so, she bore away to the soutL- west
with the same object. That morning a
hoavy snow storm came up and obscured the
view. A bark came ontof the ice at the
same time as the Germana, and it is thought
to b not improbable that she picked up some
of the boats.
The Genn.inia did not escape the com
pliments of this season. During her voyage
she encountered severe storms' and a great
deal of ice; and once she was hove down on
her beam ends.
"JheJohn Ilutlcge was owned by Ilowlar,,]
& lltdgewa? She was built in 1851, at
Baltimore, and was 1,008 tuns burden. In
surance men say that she was a crantev
ship upon which they did not like to insure;
we have been unable to obtain the name of
a single passenger. Her captain is a Oaptr
Od man. The mate, Alkiason, belongs to
Philadelphia. It is a singular fact that one
of the owners of tUi-t ship Mr. Rldjgeway
is one of the passengers on the unfortunate
MAIL ROBBERY ANECDOTE
In the early arinals of our country, says
Mr. Holbrook in "Ten Years among tb>
Mailbags," many instance* of mail robbe
ry are found some of which occasioned the
display of great intrepidity and daring, as
the perusal of the following will show:
While the country was vet thinly net
tled, and the wails were transported on
horseback, or in different kinds of vehi
cles, from the gig to the stage coach, often
through xifusive forests, which afforded
every facility for robbery, tbe office of the
stage driver or mail carrier was no sinecure.
Resolute men were required for this ser
vice, who on an emergency could handle a
pistol as well as a whip.
Some thirty or forty years a mail coach
ran in the northern part of the State of
New York, through the famous Chateaugav
wo-ids. The forest was many wiles in ex
tent, aud common fame and many legends
gave it the reputation of a noted place for
freebooters anJ highwaymen.
One morning the stage driver on his
route had occasion to examine his pistols,
and found that instead of the usual charge,
they were loaded with wheat bran ! A da
ring villain had through an accomplice,
thus disarmed the driver, preparatory to
waylaying him. Ha dtew the charges,
cleaned the weapons, and carefully loaded
them with powder and ball.
That afternoon he mounted his stage for
his drive through the Chuteaugay woods.—
There was not a passenger in the vehicle.—
Whistling as he went ho 'cracked up' his
leaders aud drove into the forest. Just
about the centre of the woods a man spraDg
out from behind a tree and seized the hors
es bv the bit.
4 1 sav, driver,' said the footpad with con
summate coolness, 'I want to take a look
at that mail.'
'Yes you do, no want to overhaul
my mails," replies the driver, 'but I can't
be so free unless yau rhow tueyour commis
sion. I'm driver here, and I never give up
my mails except to one regularly author
-Oh, vou don't eh? well here's my au
thority,' showing the butt of a large pistol
partly concealed in his bosom.
'Now dismount and bear a baud, my fine
fellow, for you see I've got the documents
'Yos, and so've I, says the driver, in
stantly leveling his own trusty weapon at
<O, you won't, hurt, nobody, I gue.*. —
I've seen boys playing s°ger before now.—
'Just drop those reins,' says the keeper
of Uncle Sam's mail bags, 'or take the eon
'O, cow vou're joking, my fine lad!--But
couie, look alive, for I'm in a hurry; it is
A sharp report echoed through the for
est, and the disciple of Dick Turpin lay
stretched upon the ground. One groan and
all was over. The ball had entered his
The driver lifted the body into the enaeh,
drove to the nest stopping place, related
the circumstances, and gave himself op.—
A brief examination before a magistrate
resulted in his acquittal, and highwaymen
about. Ohateaugay woods learned that pistols
might be dangerous weapons, even if they
were loaded with wheat bran, provided they
were in the hands of one who know how
to use them.
What blessed things Saturday nights are, '
and what would the world do wi'hout them? j
Those breathing moments in the tramping j
march of life; those little twilights in the J
broad and garish glare of noon, when the j
pale yesterdays look beautiful through the ;
shadows and faces changed lung ago, smil- j
ing sweetly again in the bush; when one ;
remembers the old folks at home, mid the
old fashioned fire, and the little- brother that |
died, and the littlo sister that was trans- ,
The lodger closes with a crash, tbo iron |
(looted vaults come to with a bang, up go '
the shutters with a will, ciaek goes t'ue key •
in the look. It is Saturday n,git, and the
business man breathe*free again. Home-:
ward, ho. The door that hiss been :<i trail'
the week, gently closes behind him, the j
world is shut cut.
Shut out? Shut in, rather. Here are j
his treasures after all, and not in the vault *
—save the record in the old family Bible :
—and uot in tbc bank.
Maybe you area basbei'*, forty *ai ,
frosty. Then, poor fellow, Saturday night •
is nothing to yon, just as you are nothing j
to any'-ody. o't a wife, blue eyed or
black eyed,hut above all true eyed—get a
little home, no matter how little, and a lit- ■
ikso.'h, just to bold two or Uo and half;
iu it, of a Saturday oigV, so J thins real '
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this paragraph by. the light of your wife's
eves, and thank Go'iand take courage.
The dim nd dusty shops are swept
up: the hummer is thrown down, the apron
is doffed, and labor hastens with a light
step, homeward bound.
•Saturday night,' feebly murmurs the lan
guishing. as she tnrny wearily upon her
couch, 'and there is another to come.'
'Saturday night at hst'* whispers the
weeping abhve the dying, 'and it is Sunday
REIiU CI NO A SWELLING.
The case we are about to relate happen
ed In the practice of an old physician of
our acquaintance. It illustrates the ludi
crous manner the power of the imagination
has in onjdring up phantoms of disease,
which vanish into the air wLen the truth
Deacon 13 was a very good man*
and a very fair farmer. Being constitu
tionally sensitive to the cold, it was iiis cus
tom in cold weather to wear two pairs of
thiol; woolen stockings at the same time?
having of course two stockings on each
One day he was startled ou putting on
his second i-oot, to discover that , it was
quite impossible to get it on. This was
the more remarkable since he had found no
diiUculty in getting on the other. In alarm
he pulled off the first, and perceived at
once that cue foot appeared much smaller
than the other.
To an apprehensive man like Deacon B.
this was sufficiently alarming.
Ke concluded at once that be had been
bitten in the foot, perhaps by a rattlesnake,
and this was the cause of its swelliag so
-Pun quick for the doctor,' said he,
groaning with apprehension. 'lam afraid
it's all over with me. Tell him io come
immediately. It is a matter of life and
Catching her husband's alarm, the good
wife hasleucd with ail peJ to the doctor,
and told him diat her poor husband was in
adioadftd "siatfri'wrif 1 Wgift not be a'ivo
when they got back.
Of coarse the doctor made all haste to
the deacon,3 dwelling, and an rriying there
found the poor man surveying his doomed
limb in a most woe-begone manner.
'Doctor,' said he, 'I have sent lor you,
though I don't expect you can do me much
much good. I'm afraid it is ail over with
'What's the matter?' inquired the doc
'Just look at that foot, doctor. See how
ii is swelled, it is nearly twice as larg c
as the other, and it's keeping on swelling.
While mv wife was gone I have watcheu it
This was undoubtedly a figuieot of th e
Deacon's imagination, for certainly the limb
was not a particle larger than it was when
his wife departed.
'Let me see it,' said the doctor.
He pressed upon the swelled limb, and
thought it felt rather peculiar.
'1 can form no 'opiuion of it until the
stockings are stripped off.'
He accoidingly proceeded with great
care to pul l off the first mocking.
'I always wear two,'exclaimed 'be dea
con, as iie marked the doctor's look of sur
"'And how many morel* queried the lat
ter, as after taking off two, one was found
A light flashed across the Beacon's dar
kened mind, as matching the limb from the
doctor, he hastily proceeded to undress the
It was as he anticipated. The two pairs
of stockings had been unequally distribu
ted—one had been placed on one foot and
three pu the other. Hence the increased
size of the latter.
The good man was so elated at Ibis won-
Jarful escape from danger that be ordered
up a bottle of his best currant wine, in
which he drank so many healths that he be
came a little oblivion?.
C7~A fellow out west l<ciug asked what
made trim bald, re piled that the girls pulled
his hair ou, pulling uiiu into the windows.
ff age is coming on ma rapidly,*
as the urchin said when he was stealing ap
ples from an old man's garden, and saw the
owner odming furiously with a cowhide in
OThe welsh have a saying that if &
woman was as quick with her feet as with
her tongue she would catch lightning
enough to kindh) the fires in the uioruiug.
OS'*An Knglisbmau paying an Inah
shoe-block whit rudncss —a dirty urchin,
but wit, said:—"My honey, ail the polisu
y<>n I'-' o 1* on your eocw, and 1 give it to