Newspaper of Bedford Gazette, February 9, 1855, Page 1

Newspaper of Bedford Gazette dated February 9, 1855 Page 1
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BY (i:o. W. BOHfIAX. NEW SERIES. Select Pcetrn. Daily Duties. Our daily paths! with thorns or (lowers, We can at will bestrew them ; What bliss would guild the passing boars, il we but riabtly knew them. The way of lib* is r<iuh at best, But briars yield the roses ; So that which yields to joy and rest, The hardest path discloses. The weeds that oft we away Their simple beauty scorning. Would form a wreath of purest ray, And piove the best adorning. So in our daily path-, 'twere well To call each gift a treasure, However slight, where love can dwell With life-renewing pleusuies! Thy Farmer's Life. The Farmer's life is ihe life for me I own ! love it dearly And everv season, lull of glee, I'il take its labor, cheer'ly ; To plow or sow . to reap or mow. Or HI the bai N to thie- h, sir ; All one to me, 1 plainly see— ' Twill bring me health and rash, sir. The Lawyer leads a harrass'd life, Much like the hunted otter; And 'tween his own and others' strife, He's always in hot water. For toe or li lend, the cau-o defend, However wrong, must he, sir. In rea-on ipite, maintain he's right, And daily earn Ins tee, sir. The Hector's styled a gentleman, Cut this I hold hut humming, For, like a tavern waiting man, To every call he's corning, Now here, now there, mii.-t he repair, Or starve, sir. by denying. Like death itself, unhappy ell", He thrives by others dying. The Farmer's life then let me live, Obtaining, while I l-uil it, Fnough for self, and some to give To such poor souls as need it, I'll dram and fence, nor grudge expense, And give tnv land good dressing, I'll plow and >o . and drill in row, And hope for Heavenly ble-sing. VISION OF HELL. Follow ing hiiri as before, down, down, down, I entered info another vast apartment, lighted hy a most flattering but dubious and unsatisfy ing gloom. Taking my seat, as usual, I felt the pressure of his two lingers again on the op posite side of my head. What now! he inquired. Av, 1 know not what, said I. It is not hope; nav it is hope: but I'-ow strange! It does not resemble such hope as mortals l ave, and yet it carries its features well. It is a hope in doing wiong. It is entered in whatever u.av oppose itself to good. Sin, rebellion, tre,;*>on to Hea ven, mutiny, and rage and tierce revenge, ami plots of deep arid subtle purpose, such as may, perchance, succeed against the Almighty and hurl hun from his seat tins is now rnv hope: and vet this hope, stai bed by rson. maddened by fear, condemned by conscience, is pushed on to powerful despair. Despair is powerful. It is the insanity of hope: arid insanity is often stronger than sanity. It sometimes breathes resistless valor into timid I reasts. It causes the fearful lawn to turn upon its pursuer, and makes a viiltuie of the dove. Come, then, fell des pair, he thou my hope! and heaven shall yet tremble u h.en llino shalt marshal! all thy rage. Nay, hut lie is Almighty, I am not: he is all good: lam not; all my powers and passions war, by turns, upon my purpose, which is no thing hut loss of every expectation hut that ol eternal woe! Come woe, come ruin, come whatever lies next above annihilation, which I covet, but cannot have, and bury me in deep o hlivion, w here no thought of life, no ray of light, no Uam of goodness, no hope of mercy, no look of love, n.av ever reach me more! Nav, Oh, God! '•{ w ill live!" This last, deepless, ileal hi ess element survives to torture me forev er; and forever I am doomed to live the black death of unchangeable d-'spair. Now thou hast pricked the worm which coils eternally about my (mart to sting my soul for ever, and pierce me with tmdving pangs. This, with thv other tortures, would alone be hell.— That hell thou carriest in thee. It is thyself, from whom thou canst never make one brief remove. Always to be thvselfis hell. Fire, and all physical tortures, would he harmless here. Depraved by sin, with thy mernorv liar rowing up thv recollection of better days, with thy i"imagination filling thee with the most learf'ul shapes, with thy best affections centred in the love of sin, u ith thy anger raging against the essence ofall good, and, worst of nil, with thy deathless conscience forever damning thee with its intollerable rebukes—this last one is Hell. Tl lis is H- II we feel; and thou shalt sink deeper into it, while the cycle of eternal ages roll! Is there, then, no repiieve? None. Is there no speculation, no tradition handed down,of some period, however far away in the dearths of revolving ages, when some change for the better may arrive? None whatever." Is there no hope that the souls, worn out with pain, will sink beneath its load and die? No, never ! Every moment gives it new ca pacity to suffer woe. There w ill come a time when thy grown heart shall hold more torment than all the suffering sons of cursed Adam ever knew by poverty, disease, misfortune, flood or life. Thou shalt afterwards carrv more pain than all Hell itself now knows. Thy being's law is growth. Hadst thou come here with a heaven-formed character, heaven itself could not now furnish thee a measure of thy future joy; but, with a mind bred to sin, there is naught before thee hut the deeper and deeper depth of insufferable agony and despair! Look thou upon those awful deeps, where shapes of misery thicken ami blacken as thy vision tra vels down. Ib-hold them descending towards the bottomless abyss of woe! Mark the dial face of that massive clock above thee, whose pendulum ticks ages instead of seconds: and ev ery time the hammer of it hits the doleful beff, the words f irever ! FOREVER ! ! FOREVEII! ! ! roll and reverberate through the deep caves of Hell. As I lay (his crown upon thy head, which shall touch thy faculties into ten-fold life, harrowing them ail up to their horrid work, I leave thee as thou didst first desire, to wander thy w ay down alone! No sooner had the crown fairly "settled upon my head, than every power and propensity of my perverted nature lose into a rage of activi ty which I had never known before. If the excitement of a single facuitv undei the succes sive touches of my instructor, could cause me such insufferable agonies, what words shall ex press the repeated hails of their combined ami concentrated action? Like one on fire with de lirium, 1 ran down the rapid descent, ha!) to hail, flight after flight, determined, as soon as possible, to reach the lowest level of the strange edifice, and thence plunge at once into the last abvss of aiin: but when that awful verge was gained, and the plunge made, I found myself descending through regions of thick darkness to an unknown and perhaps imexisiing bottom, a horror so terrible took possession of me ibat I awoke from the frightful vision, which, in spite of the colli snow upon which I was lying, had caused great drops of perspiration to stand upon mv forehead.— Sketches of the three-fold Life, of .Man. An KloprßH'Ut. A gentle- an named Storer, from Ohio, while on a visit to some friends in the vicinity of Eli zabethtown, a few miles above this city, rPtent- Iv became enamored of Mis S. a ladv residing in the neighborhood. Previous to his depar ture for home, he made a proposition of mar riage, which was accepted !>v the lady. The father of the lady, on being informed of the cir cumstance, withheld, his assent, and forbid the gentleman access to his house. A close watch was kept on the motions of the love-lorn lass— notwithstanding her declaration that she "would Jet the matter drop, and think no more about it." Nothing remarkable was observed irj her conduct for some time when one evening af ter tea she betrayed an uneasiness of manner, and was dressed with greater taste and preci sion than was usual on ordinary occasions: this excited and confirmed the suspicions of the fa mily; hut she repaired to her room in company with a younger sister as usual. She did not re tire, however, until some time alter her sister, and then gently laid down without undressing, w here she remained a!K>ut an hour—when, thinking her companion in the land, of dn arris, and her lover in the woods, she crept stealthily avvav, ami at the 'switching hour of night'," w as about taking leave of the paternal roof, when she was hailed hy tier sister, who, although feigning sleep, had been wide awake. The toßeintic lady was nut to be impeded hy trifles, and, !>rne on the wings of love, disappeared in a neighboring wood. The father and brother were aroused andstaited in pursuit: hut not fin ding the fugitive they proceeded to E izabetb t iw n, about a mile distant, and stopped at a ho tel to which it was presumed they would re jsiir. Tlie landlord informed thein that there were no young lovers in his house; and they were about departing, when lo! the enamored twain appear. Here was a crisis. The angry lather and sort—the ardent gallant and his sweet captive, meet face to face. Hut no weapon is used, no blustering indulged in. The old man gently admonishes his wayward child of the madness of her conduct—reminds her of a home of ease and plenty—and requests her to return. The daughter asks her parent to forgive any wrong she may have done, hut expresses her unyielding determination to marry the young man. The clergyman was sent for, and the sorrow ful old man would have remained to wit ness the ceremony which consigned his child to the guardianship of another, had he not been constrained hv his son to depart. The parties were united in wedlock between two and three o'clock in the morning, and a few days after left for the home of the groom in the State of Ohio. The lady's parents are ve ry respectable, and in eav circumstances. The young man is said to possess nothing hut a fair character and a good constitution.— Pittsburg I nion. The Lofty and the Lowly. —The Washing ton Union indulges in the following sensible re marks: , Who is he, no matter how exalted his posi tion, who has no relatives among the humblest? The writer himself has seen members of the im mediate families of two Presidents nf'this repub lic toiling (or their suppott in the severest of employments; and it is probable no man fias oc cupied the White House who has not been a ware that many of his kindred, unless relieved by himself, were reckoned among the poor, if not the honest of the land. The only brother ofClav was a cabinet-maker. Webster, the gi ant of Statesmen, and the ornament of his coun try, had a brother-in-law who never Darned to read until ulter completing the period of three score and ten; and a majority of the first States men of (fie present time are the energetic and ambitious sons of poor, but honest parents. E verett, who will never blush to hear it, was dis covered in hi< younger pursuit of knowledge, under difficulties of poverty—though I hey pre sented to him hut slight impediments on the road to renown. AN ALLFRED BIGAMIST IN TROUBLE.—A ; man who was once a resident of Raleigh, and : BEDFORD, PA. FRIDAY MORNING, FEB. 0, 1855. i 1 who is quite extensively known on account ol I other species of duplicity and fraud, was in ■ Washington city last summer and fall, living in i the finest style, driving the most elegant estab • lishmerit of Which the city could boast, and oth erwise cutting a great swell. In tlie meantime ! an acquaintance was firmed with a lovely young ■ lady from New York, and their intimacy final ly ripened into com {ship, and on the Kith o! October last thev were married in New York. Thus far matters had gone on very smoothly, ■ until recently some suspicious circumstances gave rise to inqniiies being made of one of our citizens as to I>is character, &c., w hen lo ! the ciushing, blasting truth was made known that he had a law ful wife and children in this city, whom lie had deserted and basely betrayed and scandalized. These facts being received, the base deceiver was arrest-d, and is now lodged in Delaware county jail, N. Y., awaiting his trial upon the charge of bigamy : and irrefuta ble testimony has been and will he collected and forwarded proving his first marriage in this city, several years ago.— R/deigb ).\. C.) *lge. Bloody Fight between, n Californian and a Crizzly I'cur. — Last week a voting man I' ft St."Andres for a stroll over tlie hills, taking with him only ,1 pistol and a knife, and in bis wanderings came on a large griz/.lv hear, which, after a short struggle, siruck him to the ground, throwing him on his pistrt! side, (.here by rendering it impossible to use that weapofi in defence. He was aide to draw his knife, which In* used pret'v freely on olil hrttin, and was shortly enabled to regain bi> feet, w hen he pitched so bravely into his savage assailant that the grizzly hauled off for a -breathing spell.— This was alsi an a hantage to tire young man; whirl) lie so successfully employed as to be in a better condition to continue the fight. The armistice lasted hut for a short lime—= the grizzly was cautiously coming up to renew the battle, when trie* young man. with knife in hand, although severely wounded, charged up-? on the monster with a whoop and yell, burying the knife in the animal's neck, which being more than he liar! reckoned on, and not at all a* greealde, o!i! grizz'v turned tail and trotted off, fairly beaten in a stand-up tight of his own seeking. The brave voting fellow then hetho't him of his pistol, (he contents of two bariels of w'liich lie discharged into his retreating foe. This is tire second tight this voting man has had with heats. He was found hy his partner ve ry much cut and torn, and removed to San An dres. where liw wounds Were dressed, and he is now in .1 fair wav of recovery. We aie sorry the name of this brave fellow kas our mem -re*—be wefF knnirn ;n f-an A'Tltf: egf where he resides.— Calaveras Chronicle, De cember 2. SINGULA it DEVELOPMENTS.— The Raiguel Robbery—Arrest and Con fession of the Of fender. —On Saturday, before Aid. Kenney, a young man named Henry Wilson Williams, was charged with highway robbery, in knock ing down .Mr. Jacob Raiguel in July last, and robbing him of a gold watch and chain. A few weeks after the commission "f tlie offence, a young man known as Dock Ennis, was ar rested from the description given hy .Mr. Rai guel and another gentleman who had seen him, and lie was tried before judge Kelly and con victed, though quite a number of witnesses swore to his being elsewhere at the time of tile robbery, as fixed hy Mr. Raiguel. A motion was made fur a new trial in the case, and it was granted. Ennis was liberated, and was not tried a second time. A few d.ivs ago a gold watch was left at a watchmaker's in this citv fur repair. It curiously enough happened that out of the several hundred watchmakers in this citv, it was sent to one who knew it to he Rai guel's from Ins having put cases ftn it. Mr. R. was apprised of the fact, and nftT a consulta tion with Mr. Reed the matter was placed in hands of officers Seed and Summers, of the ! Mayor's police, who, with the aid of officer Hickman, of the Thiiteenfh Ward, traced it to j V\ liliams, tlie prisoner. J!- 1 soon afterthe rob-! bery had sold it at an auction store in Spring Garden, and it bad passed through the hands ol two or three. On Saturday, Williams made a j clear breast of it, confessing that he did the, deed, and professing some little contrition. At; first lie implicated Ennis, hut afterwards disa- | vowed that be had any connection with it. Mr. i Raigtn*! was examined before the Alderman, on ! i Saturday, and gave a detailed statement of the! robbery far as he could recollect the circurr.- | stances. The weapon used hy the robbei to! knock Mr. R. down was a slung shot of a dead- : ly character, being a heavy paving stone ted j up in a handkerchief. The injuries of Mr. Rui- 1 gti'-l were so serious that his life was despaired! of for several weeks. Williams is about the' built man of Ennis, but of different features and | complexion. H" is a brother to the young j butcher, w ho, twelve years ago, murdered a lad in the High street market. The worst feature j in the case is. that he was not compelled by j bis necessities to the commission of crime. He I was committed to answer the offence, S3OOO. hail being required.— Philadelphia -Wits. Graphic. Mrs. Swissheim, in the Pittsburg Gazette, thinks that the sterner sex had better devote! their attention to their own ridiculous fashions' in dress, rather than to find so much fan it with ; the ladies. The gentlemen ol Pitlskiiig must lie rather a comical looking s-t, if Mrs. S.'s por- ( trait of them is correct. She savs:—"Here,! for two winters, they have been stalking around,; looking for all the world like so many pumpkins 1 with two coro stalks stuck in the blossom end, | and a bit of stem left on the other—in coats just the I engthof a farmer's wamns, a half yard too! wide stuffed wit!) wadding, and drawn tip around their ears—sleeves like meal sacks, and pantaloons as tight as fiddle strings. To see.' them handle their diurn-slicks in this outfit was, a natural curiosity. This winter the stilt-like, supporters mysteriously disappear : pantaloons Freedom of Thought and Opinion. )f | are invisible, and coals bid fair to rival ladies' n \ skirts in the sublime art of street sweeping." TAMPERING WITH JURORS. Fhis offence, called in law ''Embracerv," is v ; it appears greatly on trie increase in this State, 5 i and every Court in the commonwealth should exeit all the power with which it is vested for •' | its suppression and punishment. It is a too " I common practice lor parties having suits pend > j ing in our Courts, to obtrude themselves into ? I the company of men whom they know have r bei-n summoned as Jurors, and to converse with e them upon the merits ol their case, thus at ' tempting to bias their opinions and warp their >! judgments. 'l'his is altogether wrong, and is an l ' j offence of the deepest dye against the rights and e | interests of every citizen, and which, when '1 I brought to the notice of the Court, should he j punished in ttie most exemplary manner. Our * | < ourts, too, should strictly piohibit the publica ' tion in the newspapers oi the names of'the Ju ;! rors, Grand and Traverse, as the publicity thus j given them enables unprincipled and designing q j litigants the more readily to accomplish their ■j own sinister and interested purposes. r , An offence ol this discription was lately corn *l milted in FJeiks county, in this State, and the ' offender prosecuted th"-re(or. From a report of | the trial, we give an abstract of the opinion _ } ol Judge Jones : T Commonwealth vs. J. ]). Kaoffman. This , was an indictment ol enihracerv, or attempting f to improperly influence a Jurv:: an. The case c was one determining the annual value ofa farm, t in which Jacob Forney was I*l IF. Lvdia For - ney the mother-in-law of John D. Kaoff'man, , was defendant—the defendant asserted it was i worth $t)00. Kauff'man remarked with a view Fof two of the Jurors, standing by the Court J! House, hearing it. that lie would not give one .'t hundred a year for it. For this Im is found , guilty of the charge preferred. The Judge gave _ this wide application <! the law in such cases. From the moment tiiat the uameot the juror P | is announced in the j apers, yes, from the tune . it is drawn -from the w heel, (us person is conse crated tu the of justice. Tfie law draws , around him an invisible cord which no man ; j may pass but at bis J>l I il. It is as complete the j ; moment he is select, d as w ben lie is impannel . ] e'l i This institution is attacked bv any attempt . to influence or prejudice a iurv. The del'end . a;it in this case is cliarged with such an attempt. To speak of a case acculently in the presence of • juiors without knowing their character, is no r 'offence: but it the defendant knew they were * juror**, ami knowingly used language in their . tiearing calculated to influence their verdict, the offence is complete. .No one is permitted jto speak to or at a juior. It will not do to sit ' j down in a tavern and discuss a case in the . ! hearing of jurors, although riot a word may be , I addressed to them. AIIV attempt to influence tie ir minds is an offence in the eyes of the law, . j and punishable. .7 .Marriage License Fraudulently Obtained. —.7 Scene in Court. —The Richmond Enquir ' er gives the following as the sequel to the Schoiibej-ger rase, which has afforded so much food for gossip in the \ irginia papers : "The case of Lew is Schonberger v §. Patrick ! Jordon, to obtain possession of his (S.'s)w ife, alleged to be forcibly and unlaw fully detained bv J., the father, came before Judge Clopton, on a writ of habeas corpus, on Saturday last at the State court-house. Air. Klb'tt. clerk of Henrico court, testified that he had issued a li cense for tlie marriage of Schonberger to Miss Jordon, on the authority of a written order from S., presented bv a man named Hughes, who solemnly swore that .Miss J >r.lon was twenty one years of age : and the Rev. Philip Court-. I row stated that the parties came to his house,on j Church Hill, on Sunday night, the 21st instant. ! and were married under said license. Thomas ; P. August, Esq., counsel for the bridegroom, j mintaiued the informality and trickery in ob j taming the license, and the failure to obtain the I consent of'the parent, did not vitiate or render null and void the marriage ami IV. W. Crump, esq., counsel for the father, claiming the child on tiie ground that she was only eighteen years ' of age, argued that a parent, under the laws of j i Virginia, was entitled to the services and guar j dianship of his infant child until he had given! | his consent to the marriage, or until she had j i been married under a legal and legitimate, and j not a false and corrupt license. "Judge Clopton, after the argument of coun- j j si>! had been submitted, n ad the law governing | !ti< powers in the case, and said he had nodiffi j culty in deciding the marriage, notw itstanding j the manner in which the license was obtained, was a valid one, and that, consequently, the husband was entitled to the possession of his I wife. He therefore diiectnl that she be given ! into his charge. Schoneberger immediately ! approached her, placed her arm under his. j . atul tlu v l. ft the court-house together, surround ; ed hv a large crowd of persons who had been j anxiously awaiting the result of the contest.— j, ; Thus, it appears, that although, 'Jordan is a i hard road to travel,' Schonbeiger, by the aid ; of perjury, has succeeded in getting over it." j The Enquirer adds : "When Judge Clopton announced his deci ; sion in favor of restoring to Schonberger his wife, a shout of exultation went up from the large crowd such as we have never before wit i tussed ill the halls of justice. The applause I was as noisy and disorderly as it was disgrace ; tu!." Diabolical Outrage at Saw/lake. —Tin- Alba ny Register savs a negro took lodgings at j George Miller's tavern, West Sandlake, Rens- i sela-r county, on Saturday night last, and after j the inmates had retired annul himself with the foot-round of'the bed-stead in Ins room, arid en- , tertng the apartment in which the bar-lender— Mr. Josiah Siperley—was sleeping in bed with George Smith, committed a violent assault upon them, lie struck Mr. Siperlv so hard with the ' stick he had armed himself with that he knock ed out a number .of Ids teeth. He struck the other man on the side of the face, and broke his jaw. Probably thinking he had killed both, he s | then left the weapon, and, breaking through , two doots, entered a room where a man and I his wife were were sleeping. The man heard his i* j approach, and, seeing him enter, sprang from > i his bed and clutched him by the thioat. The . female shouted murder; the landlord and the , whole house were aroused ; and presently the . bar-tender, armed with the round of the bed , | stead with which fie had been assaulted, rushed . | in, and was about to strike the scoundrel with r I it, when he was restrained by Mr. Miller, and ! the scoundrel was secured. He was taken to j Troy. His object was, no doubt, to murder and i then plunder. The Cares of a Crowned Head. —ln the course of his last letter to the Courier ties Etnts . I'.iis , its Paris correspondent, E. Gallairdet, i has the following : "The Emperor has sought a diversion from '! the pressing cares which the precarious situa tion of tlie army in tlie East has caused him.— He has shut himself up—invisible to the whole world, save hi* ministers—in the Palace of St. ' Cloud. He, who is ordinarily so calm, cannot 1 ; now, it is said, conceal his irritation. Nobody i dares to approach him. The Empress seems to have lost that supreme influence with which ■ her grace, her swei-tness, and her beauty have . hitherto in vested her. In the midst of continu al and violent rains, St. Cloud has become to her a dreary abode. She desired to return to ,1 the Tuileries, but her august husband for thir ; teen days resisted her wishes. To him solitude was p necessity. He recovered his serenity and consented to return to the Tuileries, when he Darned that Austria had joined the allies.— His diplomacy has borne him a great triumph— lie s-*es that Franc* returns to him which at at j one time seemed so far away." WRECK OK TIIE BAIIK ARGYLK.—Another melancholy shipwreck, attended with great suf fering and loss of life, has just occurred on the : coast of New Jersey. At midnight, on the night of Sunday, the 2Sth, the hark Argyle, Capt. Burton, came asiiore about five miles to j the south of Squan Inlet. The hark struck sev eral times, very heavily, on the outer bar, and J then swung round, stern tow ard the shore. The | Captain and crew exerted thamselves to the ut- ! most to get her off, hut all their efforts proved unsuccessful. The heavy sea broke constantly over her deck, and both Captain and crew were soon compelled to take retuge in the rigging for their lives. All through the black night the Bark beat with tremendous violence upon the bar, and every wave that rolled in shore threatened to engulph all on board. At length day dawned, and the fearful situa tion of the mariners w as discovered by the coast | people, who, with their accustomed humanity, ! promptly proceeded to the rescue. The life- , boats were soon brought to the beach, but owing (o the tremendous sea then running, it would have been madness to launch them. So the j surfmen were obliged to stand on the beach, lis tening io tlie harrow ing cries of the* shipw reck ed mariners for help, without being atjle to go to their aid, save at the cost of their own lives. ! Gradually the suffering men, worn out with j lasiing and tlie perishing cold, and exhausted hy the fierce hula tings ol the waves, one by one, loosed their huh!, and dropped into the boiling j surge, or wei e washed from their places of re fuge hv she great waves, and perished in the | sea, while those who longed to assist them w ere j forced to look impotent ly upon their sufferings, ! debarred from domg aught hut sympathising with their distress, or mourning their dreadful j death. When our informant left the beach, at 3 o'- j clock P. M. ol'the :19th, four of the crew and one passenger had been drowned. om* man came ashore, manifesting signs of life, and he j was subsequently resuscitated. The remainder ; of the ship's company—numbering five persons I were alive on the wreck, but no hopes were entertained bv the people on shore of their ul timate safety. The bark hail broken up, her ! masts had snapped off", and these poor starved and half-frozen beings had crawled out upon I the how-sprit—the only place of refuge J-ft to ; ; them. The sea was continually washing over j them, and momentarily threatening to swallow up toe last fragment of the devoted vessel, and the last members of her hapless crew. Mr. J. S. Forman, agent of the underwri ters, and Mr. J. W. Morris, Coast Inspector, j as we|| as many other competent coast men and , wreckers, were speedily on the spot, alter the : situation of the bark become known : but as in too many cases, the appliances provided by the Government for the saving of life, proved worth less. Nothing could be done but to stand and look on the destruction of life and property in j in utter helplessness.—V. Y. Tribune. _ Another "Infernal .Muchin e" at Cincinnati. : A diabolical attempt was made on Monday ev- : ening to destroy the family of Cyrus Swiss- j j helm, at Cincinnati, the particulars of which j i the Enquirer gives: 11 "On the evening in question, Mr. Swishelmi. and family, consisting of five persons, were i seated around the fire, when a huge ball descen- j ded the chimney, and bouncing into the fire,'! rolled in a bright blaze into the middle of the M floor. It was made of cotton saturated with i turpentine, during its brief* contact w i:li : the fire had become ignited. Luckily, a p.aii i of water was standing near, and Mr. Swissheim ' catching the burning ball in his hand, instantly i immersed it in tlie water and extinguished it. I Upon opening the ball it was found lo be filled I with gunpowder and slugs,and (bitunate indeed i was it for Mr. Swissheim and his family that 1 the water was near, as otherwise he suvs he i would have hurled it into the fire, in which I case, in all probability, would have been our 1 painful province to have recorded another event I TESJUa, S3 i*ER YEA It. VOL XXIII, NO. 26. as horrible in its details as that which transpir ed at tile Marine Hospital. A SAD, SAD SCENE. —The New York Jour nal of Commerce, of Wednesday morning last, thus touchingly alltidei? to the closing scene of the late terrible calamity near that city : "Yesterday afternoon the remains of Sarah, Crace. and Mary, daughters of Mr. John A. Haven, were consigned to their last resting place. The liirneral services were held at the house o! Mr. J. M. Hopkins, son-in-law of Mr. Haven, at Ft. Washington, a short distance Irom the scene of disaster. Friends and relatives of the bereaved "family filled the house to its utmost capacity. A large number arrived in the 1 p. m. ttain from New York. The distressing e vent had otershadnwed the vicinity with the deepest gloom. Sympathy drew to the place many strangers to the family. "Rev. Dr. Bellow offered the first prayer.— The remaining services were conducted by Rev. Dr. Osgood. His remarks'were short, but deep ly touching and sympathetic, and the silent e loquence of grief responded to his words of con dolence. Scarcely an eye was dry. Strangers who perchance had never felt the sorrows of personal bereavement were constrained to drop a tear for others' woes. Said an old gentleman, 'i have lived sixty years, hut never in my life have I witnessed so solemn a scene!' Then the tears trickled down his cheeks. "it was a mournful occasion. The bearers took up the three coffins one bv one. On each lay a fresh wreath of flowers—flow ers so soon to fade. Ah, it was sat! to see the fond lather, 'with grief bowed down,' surrounded by the weeping remnant of a happy home, following his lifeless idolrto the grave . For how manv long years, warmed by the brightest hopes, had he toiled tor them ! A life's golden dream l.ud fled. "They buried them together in one grave in the family enclosure—strewed over them a feu* fresh flowers bedewed with (ears, replaced the sods, and left them there alone. Then the bright sun gleamed out for a little time trorn the clouds that had made the whole day gloomv, and shone, as to dispel (lie grief and cheer the desolate hearts of the bereav ed mourners." THE CUILOTINI:. —The Paris correspondent of the Cincinnati Gazette says : "A great improvement is said to have been ac complished lateiv in the operation of that h*n- I inanely French instrument, the guillotine. For i a long time attempts have been made to dimin i.-h the horrors of the guillotine by • rendering | more rapid the process of preparing the criminal ; after his arrival at the instrument, and lor ren- I dering the (all ol the knife more rapid and more | certain. At the execution of a man a few* j mornings ago, at the Place de la Roquette in i this city, the system was put into operation | with the most happy, and, it might be added, j most (rightfully rapid results. A particular arrangement of the leather straps enables them to tie the criminal in a second, and holds him perfectly motionless. Sliding boards, fitted in j to the grooves between which glides the instru ment ol death, accelerate its fall, so that the execution takes place with Ihe most frightful rapidity. By this new method there is no dan ger of being obliged to strike a second time, as (sometimes happened with the old method, nor is thepe any fusible delay in a moment where minutes are centuries. ' KANSAS. "Westward the Star of Empire takes its way." .Many friends have, ot late, applied to us for information in relation to the prospects in Kan j sas. What information we could gather, we : have been careful to publish. The following may be regarded as coining by authority, and we think may be reli-d upon as correct : Governor JRF.rnnrt writes from the Shawnee mission, Dec. 22, as follows : •'This is a most lovely afid promising coun try. There is no finer under the sun, and next | summer it will be a nice hnvest for all kind of building mechanics and laborers. Last season i stone masons ami carpenters got §2 25 and $2- f)0 a day, arid laborers ft I 25 and $1 S(J. A j legion of them will be needed earl)* in the springand all summer. If you have any to spare, send them along. We shall pav out in the Territory near a million of dollars in build ing, and a man can be earning the highest wa ges and securing a good farm at Si 25 per acre at the same time. The Government alone will spend ft 100,000 or $150,000 in stone build ings at Fort Riley. The stone mason, carpen ter, brickmaker, bricklayer, plasterer, laborer, limeburner, &c., can lay the foundation of it fortune here the first year. Send them on. I know they will not repent it. Klotz is pre paring to build a large hotel. We have as yet had nothing I would call winter, and I doubt if it will be any colder. Spring opens about the Ist of March, and mechanics, &c., should he here at that time. There are some twenty towns laid out. the greater part of which mmt be built up, tosav nothing offormeis' houses, &.C., Sec." DEATH ON* THE BRIDAL DAY. —The Baltimore Sun ol the 22d contains the following:—"Dr. Cunningham, Coroner, was, on Saturday morn ing, called to hold an inquest on the body of a gentlenian who died under veiv peculiar cir cumstances. Mr. D. Thomas, (aged about fit),) who resided at No. 248 Ann street, was mar ried on Friday night, and retired to rest with his bride. In about an hour afterward, she heard him breath in a singular and unusual manner, inducing her to think something was wrong. Site arose to see what was the matter, inasmuch as lie replied to no question, and found him breathing his last. The jury rendered a verdict of "Death from organic clif-ease ot the heart."

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