Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, July 11, 1845, Page 1

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NOT TUB OLOXIY OF OXJSAR BUT TUB WELFARE OF ROMS BY H. B. STACY. BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, JULY H, 1845. VOL. XIX No. 6. THE SPIRIT LAND. A few evenings since, while absorbed in deep reflection upon the mysterious relation that ex ist! between the soul's present and futuro ex istence, on a sudden the gross, sensuous sub strstum of the outer world became gradually removed. The dim, shadowy outlines of earth ly things passed for a moment before me, like departing spectres, and then vanished ; and my bwn spirit, unburdened of its earthlincss, went forth into the pure spiritual realms, where there la nought but Deity. The heavens, in their shining splendor, vanished as if they had never been, and I stood upon a point cro time was B point in Eternity, surrounded with nothing but the boundless realms of infinite space filled with the pure, ethereal essence of the Uncreated Spirit. All was infinite and incom prehensible solitude, save the all-pervading presence of spiritual life. There was a bright ness that illumined this vaBt dome, above the brightness of a thousand suns, so pure, soswect, so grateful to the spirit, that I bathed in it, as in an ocean of transparent delight. The air Was embodied fragrance, as from realms of ever blooming spring : smooth-gliding as a seraph's wing. Melodious harmony, pure, ethereal, full toned, as if from the lyre of the perfect One, strung with the corns of his own being, and wept by his breath, charmed the soul. Joy unutterable filled my whole being, and tence itself became a rapture. Every impulse was a thrill of delight, and every thought a fountain of bliss. In the ccstacy of delight, I exclaimed, " O my soul, what more canst thou enjoy J" Mortal, bolicvcsl thou that such is the future life ol the soul ! Believrst tlmu that thy spirit, which nnw turns from side to side in its earth walled tenement, tortured with immortal long ings, is hastening to such a glorious destiny? If so, arise to the true dignity of a heaven-bom intelligence unbind thy affections from earth, and gird up the loins of thy spirit for its depart ure. II . LIFE. " Illusions ! illusions !" you cry over all joys, all faith, all love, in life. I shout hick with all my might over your own words, " Illusions ! Illusions!" All lepcnds upon what wo fix our faith and affections. Must the beauty of life bo at an end to wonnn when her first spring, her bloom of love, her moments of rutnmco are past! No, dj not believe that, Ida. Nothing in this world is such an illusion as this belief. Life is rich; its tree blossoms eternally, be cause it is nourished by immortal fountains. It bears dissimilar fruits, various in color and glory, but all beautiful ; let us undervalue nine of them, for all of them are capable of producing plants of eternal life. Youthful love the beam ing pission-fliiwer of earth ! who will not thank the Creator that he gave it to the children of earth? Hut ah! 1 will exclaim to all those who must do without it, there are fl iwers wh'ch are as noble as this, and which are less in dan ger than it of being paled by the frosts of the earth (lowers from whose chalices also you may suck life front tho life of the Eternal. Ah! if wo only undersold how near to us Providence has placed the fountains of our hap piness if we had only understood this Irom the diys of our childhood upwards, acted upon it, and profiled by it, our lives would then sel dom lead through a dry wilderness! Happy are those children whose eyes arc early opened by parents and home to the rich activity of life. They will then experience what sweetness and jny and peace can flow out of family relation ships, out of the heartfelt union between broth- era and sisters, between parents and children ; and they will experience how those relati ms carefully cherished in youth, will become bles sings for our maturor years Miss liremer. A (iree.v Rosa. A correspondent of tho Charleston Mercury gives tho following account of a curious production : "For several years past the lovers of the marvellous in Flnracultiire have been cajoled by a succession of French dealers in plants, who, among other valuables, have always sold them at very high prices black enuw balls, yellow moss and blue roses, and other novelties. It is more than probable that as many of the plants have produced (lowers this season, they luve again been disappointed, and have once more vowed, hereafter to patronize their own humble unpretending florists, and purcluso nu more plants from men who sell (lowers after colored patterns at least not till they come next winter lo levy their contributions on us again. "So great a desideratum as a blue rose, has never I lliink been produced, hut it is now as certained that there is such a singularity as a bona fide green rose. Tho specimen I send to your office was plucked a few days ago from a plant owned by Mrs. John Dryce of Columbia. It was brought last spring from Wilmington, North Carolina, but 1 havo not been able to trace it to lis origin. I have teen it in flower on several occasions this season and it invariably produced roses similar to llio one I send. This Rose is quite double, and of a uniform deep greon color like that of the leaf. It will bo admired more fur its singularity than any in trinsic bcauly it may possess. All our varieties of Roses (the number of which has bo greatly multiplied with tho last few years) havo been produced from seed. Originally, all Ihu various species of the Rose were single flowered, but by sowing the seeds in different soils and blending the farina nf dif. ferent plants, the stamens have been converted into petals of various colors, and thus, while by cultivation (he lloso has becomo less lertilc, it has been rendered double, and consequently inure beautiful. In the present plant an additional remove has been made from its original character. The petals luve been convened into leaves, retain ing not only tho green color, but also tho flavor, rigidity and durability of the other leaves of tho nlant. It has evidently originated from tho seed nf the China or daily Hose, (llose Indica.) lly budding, grafting, Sic, (his variety may easily be perpetuated." Rail Road Iron. Sixty-five tons Rail road Iron for tho Miami Rail Road, arrived on Saturday from tho Great Western Iron World. Wo underslund the wholo amount rnniiirnit hu ilm rnmnanv will be about 700 tons, all of winch will bo furnishod by llio Great Wcslern Works. ruismirg u;inc. From the Democratic Review. THE SHOT IN THE EYE. A TRUE STORY OK T1IXAS DOUDKll MKB II V C. WILKIN'S I'.IMI. My word for it, reader, 1 should never have ventured to construct n professed ro manco out of incidents so wild and strange ns those of this narration. It is only witli tho hopo that you will accept in good fuitli the assurance, given in the same spirit, that these things really did occur while I was in the country, and most of them within my perso nal knowledge llnfl I venture to relate them nt nil. Ramcmber, the scene is laid in n frontier counlV of Texas, nnd if you havo evci n i emote conception of the history of that Ilcpublic, nnd the general character ol its sociul elements, you will bo prepared for n good deal. But, thongh you might even havo visited its cities nnd older settlements, you would still find it difficult to realize till that is true of frontier life, unless by exten ded travel and experience your faith should bo fortified. When you can havo to say, as I can, " what mine eyes havo scon and cars heard," on that ground ulono you will be " fit audience though few " to receive, ns matters of course, relations would, doubtless, for tho moment, shock others as monstrous in improbability, if not, indeed, impossibili ty. Tho man ol high civilization will lind inn, goou-iiumorou lace, gave nn nir ol slug great difficulty in understanding liow such a gishncss to his energies, nnd an expression deed as I am iibout to relate, requiring 1 of easy simplicity to his temper, which offer months to consummate, could have been car-1 cd neither invitation to gratuitous insult nor ried through in the open face of law and 'the provocation in dislike. lie was tho very local authorities ; but the man who knows ' impersonation of inoffensive, loyal honesty, this frontier will tell linn tho rillu and bowie kmfo nro all tho law nnd local au thority recognized. Witness tin; answer President Houston cave, when application was first innde to him for his interposition witli the civil force to quell tho bloody 1 Reg ulator Wins " which afterward sprang up in tli is very same county: " Fight it out among yourselves, and bo d d to vou !" a speech entirely characteristic of the man and the country, ns it then was. It was in , the earlier singes of tho organization of this same Kegul.ilor association tliat our story commences. Shelby county, lying in Western Texas, on the border of llio ' Red Lands,' was ra ther thinly settled in the hitler part of '30. What population it had was generally of the very worst casto of border 1 1 lo. J lie bad and desperate men who had boon driven iho " county town "; and as powder and li over our frontier formed a rallying ground quor were only to hu obtained there, it was and head quarters hero seemingly witli tho the central resort of the Regulators. Jack determination to hold tho county good against found them all collecting for n shooting match, the intrusions of all honest persons, and as in preparation for which they were all gcl- a sort of ' Alsatia ' of the West, for tho pro teciion of outlaws and vidians of every grade. And, indeed, to such an extent had this pro scription been carried, that It had becomo notoriously us much us a man's life or con science was worth who settled among them with any worthy purpose in view ; for ho must eilhor f I' into their confederacy leave or die I This was perfectly understood ; and the objects of this confederacy may bo readily appreciated, when It is known that ''and ol scoundrels he commanded was cn every now nnd then a party of men would , lirely at his service in nny extreme, so that sally out from this settlement, painted and they made fearful odds for a single man to equipped like Canianclics, willi tho view of1 contend willi. carrying oil" the horses, plundering or iniir- j I'.vcrybody else in the county was awaro of dering some marked man of a neighboring ' this slate of things but Jack Long, and lie county; then returning willi great speed, either didn't know or didn't care. After they would re-brand their plunder, resume they h id fired several rounds, he went loung their accustomed appearance, and defy pur-1 ing listlessly into (he crowd which had galh suil or investigation. Not only did lliuy , ered round the target, exclaiming in ndniira- band together for their operations in this way, but a singlo man would carry off a fine horse, or commit a murder, with the most open nu dacity, and if ho only succeeded in escaping! here, was publicly protected. I do not mean In havo it understood that the whole popu lation nt this I i mo wero men of sucli slump avowedly. There were some few whoso wealth lo a degree protected them in tlm observance of a inoro seemly life though they wero com pelled to nt least wink at tho doings of their ruffianly and nioro numerous neighbors ; while there was yet another, but not large class, of straight-forward emigrants, who at tracted solely by the beauty of tho country, had como into it, settled themselves down wherever they took n fincy, with character istic recklessness, neither caring nor inquir ing who were their neighbors, but trusting in their own stout nrms nnd hearts to keep u footing. Of courso all such worn very soon engaged in desperato feuds with the horse thieves and plunderers around them ; and as they were not yet strong enough In mako a head-way efficiently wero ono after an other, oustod or shot. Il was to exterminate this honest class that the nioro lawless nnd brulal of the oilier associated themselves, and assumed tho namo of ' Regulators.' They numbered from eight lo twelve and under tho oignniz itiou of rangers, commanded by a beastly wretch named Hindi, they profes sed to undertake the task of purifying the county limits of all bad and suspicious char acters ; or in other words, of all men who dared refuse to hu ns vile us they wero or if they were, who cliosu to act independent ly of them and their schemes. This prec ious brotherhood soon became the scourge of all that region. V hencver nn individual was unfortunate onough to mako himself ob noxious lo them, whether by a successful villainy, the proceeds of which ho refused to share with tlicin, or by ihu baleful contrast of llio propriety of Ins course ho was forth with surrounded, threatened, had hi slock driven off or killed wantonly and if these annoyances and hints were not sufficient to drivo him away, tlioy would publicly warn him lo leave llio county in u certain number of days, under the penally of being scourg ed or shot. Tho common pretext for this was tho accusation of having committed soma crime, which lliey themselves had perpetra ted with a view of furnishing u cliargo to bring against him. Thoir hatn was entirely rmhiess, and never stopped short of accom plishing its purposes; and in manv a bloody fray and cruel oulrago had llio question of' their supremacy been mooted, until at last! there were few left to dispulo with them, and' thoy tyranized at will. 1 Among theso few was Jack Long, as he! was called, who neither recognized nor do- nto J their power, and, indeed, never troub-J led himself about them ono way or llio oilier,' lie kVpl himself to himself, hunted incessant ly, nnd nobody knew much about him. Jack had come of a ' wild turkey breed,' ns tho western term is forn roving family ; nnd though still n young man, had pushed on ahead of tlm settlement of two territories, and had nt last followed llio game towards the south, nnd finding it abundant in Shelby county, had stopped hero, just ns ho would have slopped at tho fool of tho Itocky Moun tains had it been necessary to pursue it so far. He had never been in tho habit of asking Icavo of any power whero ho should settle, and of course scarcely thought of the neces sity of doing so now; bul quietly set to work, and built himself n nico log cabin, as far off from every body as ho could net. And the I first tiling that was known, of him, ho had lib pretty young wile and two utile ones snugly stowed away in il, nnd was slaying (he dcci and bears right and left. The honest brotherhood had made seve ral attempts at fueling Jack's pulse and as certaining his availability ; but ho always seemed so impassively good natured, nnd put them off so pleasantly, that they could find no ground for either disturbing or quarreling willi him. What was more, ho was physi cally rather an ugly looking 4 customer,' with six feet four inches of brawn and bone ; though tho inclination just discoverable in his figure to corpulency, together wilhu broad, summering on lis conscious strength; and these men, without exactly knowing why, felt some liltlo disinclination lo waking him. lie had evidently never been roused to a knowledge of himself, and others felt just as uncertain what that knowledge might bring forth ns he did, and were not specially zeal ous of llio honor of having it tested upon their own persons. So tlial'Jack Long might havcjiecn left for many n day in quiet, even in this formidable neighborhood, to cultivate his passion for marksmanship, nt the expense ol die 0 n nil), wild things around him, but lor an unfortunate display ho was induced to make of it. Happening to fill short ol ammunition, ho went one day to the store for a fresh supply. This cabin, together with the blacksmith's shop and one or t vo other huts, constituted ling drunk as fast as possible, lo steady their nerves. Hindi, the Regulator captain, had always been the hero ofsuch occasions ; for, in addition to being n first rato shol, it was known that it would be a tUngerous exertion of skill for nny man lo beat him for ho was a furious and vindictive bully, nnd would not fail to make n personal affair of it with any ono who should morhly Ins vanity by carry iiigoffihe prizo from him. In addition, tho tion over the tho last biilliant shot of Hindi, which was tiiuniphantly tho best. The bul ly, as usual, blustering very vehement- ly, taunting every ono around him, and when he saw Jack lookinj verv coollv at the fa moussliot, with no grain of that' deferential admiration in his expression which was de manded, lie snatched up iho hoard, nnd thrusting il insultingly close to his face, roar ed out Here ! you Jack Long-Shanks look at that ! Take a good look ! Can you beat ill' Jack drew back with a quiet laugh, and said good humoredly ' Pslia ! Yon don't brag on such shoot in' as that do you V ' Urag on it I I'd like lo see such a moon eyed chap as you beat il !' ' I don't know as I'd ho very proud lo heal such bungling woik as that.' ' You dnn'l, don't you ?' yelled tho fol low now fairly in a r.igo at Jack's coolness. ' You'll try it, won't you ? You must trv il ! You shall try il, by G d ! We'll" sec what sort of a swell you arn I' 1 Oh, well,' said Jack, interrupting him ns ho was proceeding lo rave for quantity ; 'just set up your boaid if you wish lo seo mo put a ball through every holo you can make!' Perfectly astuuished ill this rash bearding of llio lion for il was difficult lo loll wheth er contempt or simplicity dictated Jack's manner the men set up Iho board, while ho walked back lo llio stand, and carelessly swinging his heavy lillo from his shoulder, fired seemingly as quick as thought. 1 l'ts a trick of mine,' slid he, moving towards tlm mark, as hu lowered his gun ; ' I caught it from shoolin' varmins in tho eyes ; always takes 'em lliere. It's a notion I'vu got it's my fun.' They all ran eagerly lo tho tar gel, und suro enough his ball, which was larger than Hindi's lind passed through llio sanio hole, widening il ! ' Ho's u humbug ! It's all accident ! He can't do that again !' shouted iho ruffian, turning pale, till his lips looked blue, us Ihu board was held up. ' I'll bet the cars of a buffalo calf against his, that ho can't do it again !' 'If you mean by thai, to bet your own oars ngainsUnino, I'll lako yuu up,' said Jack, laughing, while iho men could not re sist joining him. Hindi glared around him with n fierce chafed look, before which llioso who knew him best quailed, and with com pressed lips silently loaded his gun. A new target was put up, nt which, alter a long and careful aim, ho fired. The shot was a fine one. Tho odgo of tho ball had just broken llio centre. Jack, after looking at it, (juicily remarked Plumbing nut (ho centre is my fashion ; I'll show you a kirk or two, Captain Hindi, about tho clear thing in slioolin'. Givo us another board (here, boys !' Aitothcr was set up, und after tin owing out his gun on the level, in tho same rapid, careless stylo as before, ho fired ; and when the rngar crowd around tho target announc ed that he had driven ihu centre cross clear out, ho turned upon Ins heel, and witli a pten sunt nod to 11 men, started to walk oil. The , ruffian shouted hoarsely nfier him I thought you wrro a d d coward ! . lotrve mauo two good shots by accident, I nnd now you sneak to brag that you have Dentine. Lome mien, sir ! You cun t shoot beforo a muzzled half as trite I' Jack walked on without noticing this mor tal insult nnd challenge, while Hindi laugh ed tauntingly long and Igud jeering him willi nxulling bitterness, ns long us he could mako himself licnnl, ns a flash in the pan,' f a dunghill cock, -uric-had sptVnd his white feather,' hilo tin; men, who had been sur prised into a profound respect for Long, and were still more astonished nt what they con sidered his' backing out,' joined clamorous ly in hooting his relreat. Tho fools ! They made n fatal mistake, in supposing lie left the insult unrcsenled from any fear fur himself. Jack Long had a young and pretty wife nt home, nnd his lovo fa her was stronger than Ids resentment for his own indignity. His passions were slow, and had never been fully roused none of them at least but his love, and that presented her i instantly, forlorn and descried, willi her little ones, in tins wild country, should country, should lie throw away his life with such desperato odds ; nnd seeing the turn the affair was likrly to take, ho had prudently determined lo get owny before it had gone too far. Hut had any of those men seen the spasms nf agony which shivered across his massive features," as theso gibing voices inng upon his ears in insult which no proud rco hunter might endure, they would have uiciijim hint to beware of cli ifiing the silently fiianiing boar any longer. This was an ill-starred day for Ja'ck, tho'; from ibis time troubles began lo thicken about him. Tho even tenor of his simple, happy life was destroyed, and indignity and outrage followed each oilier fist. Hindi never forgive Iho unlucky skill that had rob bed him of his proudest boast, that of being the best marksman on the frontier; nnd lie swore in base vindictive hate, to dog him to llio death, or mako him leave the countrv. Soon after this u valuable horse belonging to ! a rich and powerlul planter, disappeared. Ho was ono of those men who had comprom ised willi the Regulators, paying so much black mail to bo exempted from their depre dations, and protected against others of iho same stamp; and he now applied to Hindi, for the recovery ol his horse and the punish ment of the thief. This, Hindi, under their contract was bound lo do, nnd promised to accomplish forthwith. He nnd some of his men went oil on the trail of his missing horse, and returning next day announced that they dad followeiril 1liii u?i tlioir sl'ill through "a great many windings, evidently intended to throw off pursuit, und had lit last tracked it to Jack Long's picket fence, and there could be no doubt but ho was the thief! Tho plan ter knew nothing of Jack, but that ho was a new comer, and demanded that he should be forced to givo up tho horse, and punished lo the extremity of the frontier code. IIul this was not Hindi's policy yet awhile. Hu know the proofs were not strong enough to make thechaigo plausible, oven beforo n Lynch Court, of which he himself was both prose cutor, judgo and executioner. His object was first to gel up a hue and cry against Long, and undercover ol general excitement, accomplish its devilish purpose without ques tion or mock trial even. So that, after n great deal of manieiivering, for eight or ten days, during which time tho cliargo against Long was industriously circulated by his myrmidons, so as to attract general atten tion and expectation us to tho result of his investigations ho proclaimed far and wide, that he had found llitJiyije-at hist, hid in a limber hotlom near Long's. This, of course seemed strung confirmation ol his gmll, and though tho mob were most of ihem horse thieves, lo all intents, yet it was an unpar donable crime for any ono to act profession ally among themselves J so that Jack Long was loudly denounced, nnd threatened on ev ery side, und ordered lo leave llio couuly forthwith. Tho proceedings Jack by no means com prehended, or felt disposed to bo moved by ; bul gavo them one and all to understand, that iio meant lo remain where he was, until it entirely suited his convenience to go ; and that if Ids time and theirs did not happen lo agree, lliey migiu make Iho most ol it. And Jack was such an unpromising looking some- uouy, it nn ms reputation which nan now spread everywhere of possessing such con summate skill with iho lille.thit ho though I il a condescension lo shool gamo any whero else bul in the eyes was so formidable, that no individual fell disposed lo push iho mat ter lo a personal collision. Ho might still therefore, havu been left in quiet, bul Hindi had unfortunately taken up llio impression, from Jack's conduct in tho shooting match affair, that ho must bo a coward, and if litis wero true, then all his skill amounted to bul little; nnd like any other bloody wolfiisli tmilo, ho followed him tho more eagerly for this very reason, which would havo disarm- rd a generous foo. Ilesides, Jack had given fresli and weightier matter ofoffence, in that ho had refused to obey, and defied his author - ity ns Regulator. Tho very being of that authority seemed lo require now thai a whole - i.. -i i.i i... i..ri.:... .i. 3IM1IU uA',iiiiiu aiiuuiu un in.iuu ui mm, iui ihu . awing of all refractory persons hereafter. The wretch, who was ns cunning us fero cious, and had sworn in his inmost heart to disgrace Long, from Iho moment of that tri umph, now availed himself remorselessly of nil liis inlluoncoand knowledge of llio society around him lo accomplish it. Several hor ses now disappeared, and robberies of other kinds, perpetrated willi singular dexterity, followed in quick succession. All theso things ho managed, Ihrougli tho clamors of his scoundrelly troops, to havo laid, ducclly or indirectly, to Jack's door. Hut in llio popular estimation they counted us nothing, in fixing tlm cliargo of dangerous inalico upon poor Long, in comparison with one olbor incident. About this time not on ly Hindi himself, but every other porion who had mada himself conspicuous, by in- s'lMing upon Jack's guilt, aud the necessity of punishing him summarily, began to lose, ev ery day or two, valuable stock, which was wantonly shot down, sometimes in sight of their houses ; and it soon began to bo re marked (hat ovcry animal lol in this wnv. had been shot in the eye ! This was instant- ly associated, of courso with Jack s well known predeliction for that mark in hunting. and a period storm ol indignation lollowcd A meeting was nt once convened at " llio store,' nf which llio planter was the chair man ; nnd nt it, by an unanimous vote, a re solution was passed condemning Jack Long to be whipped and driven nut of tho country, and Hindi witli his Regulators appointed to carry it into effecl ! He could hardly con lain himself for joy ; for now, whatever ex treme his pitiless malignity might choose to indulge itself in, he hud no fear of afierclaps or questioning. The meeting had been a more form nt any rale. Hut these ' formali ties ' ore nil powerful everywhere ; and un settled nnd elementary ns was I lie condition of society here, this riifTun luader of rtifliins felt tho necessity of acting under their sanc tion, though iio himself had dictated il. lie would and could have consummated his pur poses without it ; bul the faint life of con science within him by u species of logic pe culiar lo ilsell lull relieved ol (lie grievous responsibility of such a Clinic, in tho sense of parlicipaling Willi so inanv others. Ma- ny a man Iris gone to the devil in n crowd, wdio would havo been bonified at undei tak ing the journey alone. It was the third day after this meeting. Jack, during all these persecutions had de ported himself with tho most stolid in difference. Avoiding all intercourse with settlers, he had continued to tin n I witli even mure ussiduitv than usu and was in a great measure ignnrani oi inn unenviaun nolorie- ly ho was enjoying. Ho had hoard some- self, were forthwith at our disposal, and we tiling of tho charge with which his rhararler wore soon to our hearls' content, engaged in had been assiiled, but nltribtiled Ihem all to every character of exciting chase, jealous enmity lie had incurred at the shoot- Concluded next week. ing match. Ho could understand perfectly ' how ono man could hate another w ho beat i " " him in shooting, and thought it natural Galvanism and Vegetation Tho far. enough; but he could not understand how t is siul, gelling impatient with ., . . . i i . i i ii .i the slow growth of their product?, have bv the ha red might be meunlv and desperate y i..ii, ri :,., i 'uul-'-' j . ,. . , . . . . ' implication ol oloctricily succeeded in bnn"iiv vindictive, and therefore gave himself no un- ,,cm tl, maturily a number of months earlier easiness about it. He was only anxious that than usual. Tho mode by which this is acrnm his wife slmuld not hear and be annoyed at phdied is to take a piece of sheet zinr, from any of these things, and preserved his usual o"0 font or eighteen inches in width, and as long cheerfulness nf demeanor. I " desirable say from three to six feet also, a Ho h id inst returned from hunting, nnd laying aside his accoutrements, partook of , . , , , , , , tho simple meal her neat housewifery had prepared for him ; then stretching himself; upon the buffalo robe on the Hour, romped willi Ins two rosy-cheeked boys, who rolled over his great body, und gamboled and , .i-ri..-imril in rinlnns inv lirmind Inn,! but mollicr wanted some water from the branch, nd llio fiolic inns bo given over while J irk would go and bring it. o jumping up, ho left tho little-folk pouting wilfully as they looked after him liom tho door, and started. This stream was only about a bundled yards from the house, and tho pulh leudind to it was through n dense high thicket. It was against Jack's religion ever lo lrnn his house without his gun ; but tho wife whom ho loved above all tho universe of sentiment and everything rise, was in a hurry for ihu water, and the dist inro was so short, so he sprang gaily out witli tlm vessel in his hand, braving the rillu behind. The water hail been dipped up, and he was returning along tho narrow path closely bordered by brush, when ho lull a light tap on each shoulder, and his career strangely impeded. Ho had just lime to perceive that a I isso had heen thrown over him, which would confine Ids urms, when ho saw himself suddenly sur rounded, and was rushed upon by a number of men. Ho instantly recognized tho voice of Hindi, shouting, "down willi him! Drag him down !" as tho men who liul hold of the lasso about bis body jerked nt it violently in the effort lo throw him. All his tremendous strength was put forth in one convulsive ef fort, which would have freed him, but the infernal nnosu bad fallen true, and bound his arms. As it was ho dragged tho six stout men who held it after bis Irutitic hounds near- ly to bis own door, boforo be was prostialed, and then II was by a heavy lilow dealt linn over the head with the lull of a gun. The last objects which met his eyes us ho sink down, were the horrified faces of his two children and wife looking oul upon him ! Tho blow deprived him of his senses for some time, and when ho recovered ho found himself half stripped, and lashed to a Iree a short distance from Ins Mouse. Hindi in front of him, with a knotted rope in his hand, his wife on tho giouul, wailing and clinging witli piteous entreaty round tho monster s knees, his children weeping by her, nnd out side this croupe a virclo of men with guns in their hands. That fearful awakening was a new birlh lo Juck Long ! His eye took in everything at ono glance. A shudder, like that of un oak rifting to ils core, sprang along his nerves, and seemed lo pass out at his feet and through his fingers, leaving them as rigid as marblu; und when llio blows oftlio bide, ous mocking devil before him fell upon his while flesh, making it welt in purple ridges, 'or spout dull black currents; hu felt them no more than iho dead lintel of his door would ' have done ; and the agony of that poor wife shrilling a frantic eclio lo every harsh slash- j ing sound, seemed to havo no nioio effect , upon his our than il had upon the trees ' nbovo them, which shook its green leaves to 1 ,.- i .i i i. ..i. i mo sen-same eauuncu iiiry nun neiu yt-sier- day in the breeze. Ills wide opened eyes wero glancing canity and scrutinizingly info tho faces of llioso who stood around those features aro never lo bo forgotten ! for while Hindi lays nn Iho stripes witli all his furious strength, blaspheming as they fell, that glanco dwells on each face willi a cold keen, search ing intensity, us if it marked them to. bo re inombered in hell ! Tho man's air was aw ful so concentrated so still so enduring ! Ho never spoke, or groaned, or writhed but those inlensu eyes of his! tho wictches couldn't stand them, and began to sbullle and get behind each other. Hut it was too laic ; ho had them all ten men! They were registered. We will drop tho curtain over this horri ble scene. Suffice it lo say, that after lash ing him until bo faintnd, llio Regulators, left him; telling his wife that if they were not out of the country in ton days he should be shot. Ho did go within tho specified lime ; and, ns it was said, icturned with his family to Arkansas, whero his wife's father lived. The incident was soon forgolton in Shelby county amidst the constant recurrence of sim ilar scenes. About four months after this affair, in com pany with nn ndventurous friend, I was traversing Western Texas. Our object was to seo the country, nnd-amuso ourselves m hunting for a time over nny district wo found adapted for n particular sporl as for iU)nje "-i.-iMiiMiiig;, uuiu -nuuuug, uiiiiaiu-uuniing, &c. Either of these animals arn to be found in greater abundance, mid nf course pursued to greater advantage in peculiar regions, and as wo were anxious to mako ourselves familiar with all the modes of life in ihu counlry,wo made il a point in p issing through to stop wliorover the promise of anything es pecially interesting offered itself. " Prairies, timber und water wero better distributed in Shelby than any county wo had passed through the limber predominating over tho prnrie, though interlaid by it in every direc tion. Tlm diversity of surface attracted a greater variety and quantity of game, ns well as nlfoided nioio perfect facilities to the sportsman. Indeed it struck us as a perfect Hunter's Paradise; and my friend happen ing to remember a man of soni" weallh, who nan removed irom nts native country, and settled, as ho had understood, in Shelby, wi ! , . f ... inquired for him and verv readilv found him. v .,.... i :.i . " .i i.. .V .. umj .n ami, ui uiuugiii ui llio T exuns, they arc unnticslionablv most generously hospitable. Wo wero frankly and kindlv received, and horses, servants. , nuns. dons, and whatoverelse was nrcrssarv i to ensure our rniovinont of llio snorts of the 1 countrv. ns well as the lime of our hnsi him P'"e ot slieet copper, of the fame size, ami bury them eiL'owiso in the earth, at anv desired di .oiivv iiumi .inn ilikiiiui it, umer, ai ii i nu ii cnmccl ,, t(oti,or by a rppor wirP. T)ie p,,t3 t bo influenced by them, should be be-- tween Ihem. A galvanic battery is thus formed, of which 'I'" wire makes ono part of tho curcuit, and the ninist cirth the other. The action of tliis batte- Unco from and parallel to each other, and then 1 r-v 8 ,orc,"" w l0" "10 P,i,,ei' cnPI"jr near together. Tho contact of tho wire with the plates must bo perfect ; and for this purpose holes may ho made in them, and the wires being mauo bright at Iho point of co tact, be firmly twitcd in ihem so as to pres with some force upon the edge of Iho hole. William Ross E-q. ns represented in the New York Farmer and Meclnuir, planted three rows nf potatoes be tween pi ites thus connected, last season, on the (lib of .May, and un the l.'i'h of June, pota toes were taken from the fill's which wore an inch anil q'nrter in diameter, while lliose in t lie same field nut thus treated ncre not larger than cherries. The following wore in old times considered directions for buying a horse : Ifone while foot, buy him, If two while feet, try him, If three w hile feet, deny him, Iffotir while feet, una a white nose, Take i-IDiis hide nnd give film to llic crow s. A writer in tho Utica Gizetie thinks tho fol lowing variation of these directions applicable to thupping ladies i Ifone comes, fhe'll buy, If two come, thny'll try, If three come, they'll d ny, If foiirrome, you may -up;mse They'll only look at uooJs, nnd o I'tlicy goes. From the Union. THE IJIG CHINESE LETTER. Tins singular document, which perhaps surpasses in its dimensions, and in partial 'l.ircnf rnnmneltiim. nnv Slain n.innr tuli)l, ....... ., ....j ,...,- was ever addressed lo our government, ar lived at the Department of Stale yesterday. Wo have had an opportunity of seeing the ex'rnordinary missive, and havo been favor ed with ihu following copy of a translation, which was made from the Chinese by Mr. Parker, and transmitted with tho original document. The whole accompaniment is utmost as unique as the document itself. It will be deposited with llio archives of our government, to gratify llio curiosity of vir tuosos. Accompiuying ibis loiter, is one addressed to Mr. dishing, our lain commis sioner lo China of which we furnish also a translation. The reader will probably recoiled that we recently published an interesting communi cation from a learned Chinese scholar in this city, descriptive of tlm characters of tho let ters w ritten by iho Chinese ; and proving that tho higher the respect intended to be shown, tho larger was (he dimension of the It tler. If this rule be a correct one, no higher respect could scarcely be shown to Iho President of the United States, or per-1 Imps to any polentalo upon the faco of the, earth, than in Ibis oMiaordinary roinpusilion.' Tho contents of tho letter to (he President aro very agreeable. It breathes the uire spirit of peace, and a sincere ilesiru lo ex tend tho benefits of intercourse between tho two great nations "tho Central Floxcry L ! I - . l. fl.! .. .11 .1. . Kingdom," ns tho Chinese call their own enipiie, and "tho Nation of tho Flowery Flag," as thoy call us. (Seo the sentiments of tho Scholars and People of Canton, in Mr. Cusliing's Documentary correspondence submitted to llio last Congress, pagu (i(i.) It is amusing to see with what an uir of refined courlesy Iho Emperor excuses him self for not seeing Mr. Cusbing at Pekin. Our commissioner was most anxious lo take tho trouble of llic visit ; bul iho emperor plays tho diplomatist, and disguises ids policy of keeping slrungers from Ids capital, under Ihe appearance of iho greatest consideration for llio comfort of the ambassador. Tho letter to the President consists of mil 7 feel 1 inrli long, bv 2 feet II nf-Ki. i 'I-1 Allllll iuii, fell,, ."."..i,iia, I'll nn..,, jvm uiiivi i 1111UIIICIII1II14 The writing is on'd field of plain yet-1 about or net. wide. low silk, with a margin of silk of ihr. same color, embroidered in gold thread The let ter is in two languages, (Chinese and Man cliu Tarter,) in diameters of largo size, end in perpendicular columns, which are separa ted In the middle by llieimperia! seal which is composod of Chinese characters, enclosed in n cartouche about 3 inches collate. This i roll is enclosed in a wrapper of yellow silk, (yellow bulng the imperial color ;) which again is enclosed in a round box covered willi vidlnw silk, and closed by two fastenings of jade slone; and finally is enclosed in nil oblong square box of rosd-wood, and padded --.I i: i ...:.i ii .mi. umi iiiiuu nu 'UIIUW 5HK. corr. The r;iiKT Emperor presents Ins regards' to 1I13 I'linsitiENT, nnd (rusts he is well. I tho EMrcitoit having looked up and re ceived ihe manifest will of Heaven, hold llic? reins of government ovr:r( and soothe and tranqnilize Iho Central Flomery Kingdom, regarding all within und beyond the border soas as ono and iho same family. Early in the spring, iho ambassador of' your honorable nation, Caleb Gushing, having received your letter, arrived from afar at my province trf Yuc. Ho having passed over the vast oceans with unspeakable toil and f.iiigue, I, tho Emperor, not bearing to cause liini further inconvenience of travelling by land and water, to dispense with his com ing to I'cliws lo be presented at court. specially ntiiioinled Ke Yiuit. nf ihp impp , . iii ii. iiuusi;, minister nnu commissioner ez traordinary, lo repair thither, and to treat! him willi courteous attention. Moreover, they have negotiated and set tled nil things proper, the said minister took tho letter, und presented it lor Mv inspec tion ; und your sincerity and friendship bai. ing in tho highest degree real, and the thoughts and sentiments being with the ut most sincerity und kind truth, nt tho lime of opening and perusing il, my pleasure and delight were exceedingly profound. Alland everything thoy had settled regard ing the regulations of commerce, I tho Em pr.ndn further examined with utmost scruti' ny, and found lliey nro all perspicuous, 8nd entirely and perfectly judicious, and forever worthy of adherence. To Kiaang Chow, Hen Stun, Fuh Chain, Ning.Po, nnd Shang Hue, it is alike permitted the citizens of the United States to proceed, nnd according to the ar ticles of the treaty, at their convenience to carry on commerce. Now, bound by perpetual amitu and con cord, advantage will accrue to the cilizeni of both nations, which, I trust, must certain' ly cause the President also lo bo extreme ly well satisfied and delighted. I aon ftwang, a-illi yr, llili m. and 7th d, 1 1101" uuc- A- u- Clrcal seal of the Empire, in Chinese and Tartar. Sijnetof the imperial will (Signed) PrTTF.O. PARKF.K, Uite Chinese Secretary lo the Legation i enrv. Tsi Ying, of Ihe Imperial House, gover nor general nf KwangTang and Kwang Se, a director of the board of war, a vice-guardian of tliu heir apparent, minister nnd com missioner cxtraoidinary of the Tsi-Tsing onii;re, makes this communication, &c. : IIVicTCo.s, on a former occasion, I, with tlio honorable envoy, negotiated and settled a treaty of amily and commerce, and fortu nately received the august Emperor's injunc tions lo the operative boards, who have rati fied the same, a duo notice whereof has bcerr given by me, llio minister. This is on re cord. I have now received tho august Emperor's reply to the presidential teller n) your hon orable nation's august President'; and, as hchoovcth me, I, iho minister, appoint two high officers, (Hwang,) the provincial treas urer, and (Chow) tho commissary, to lake it and deliver it lo (Dr.) Parker, llio officer whom jour excellency deputed to receive and transmit il. After your excellency shall have received it, I request you will, without delay, respect fully present it lo the Piesident, in order lo manifest "perjiclual amily and concord ;" on this account, I make this communication, and lake llio opportunity of presenting my re gards for your daily increasing happiness. As is requisite I make this communication. Tho foregoing communication is to Caleb dishing, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United Slates of America lo China, Taon Kwang, 2 lib yr, 12th m. lGih day, (23d January, 184.").) Signed) TITTER PARKER, Late Chinese Secretary to ihe I.ejtion. The lire noru in llic Chinese empire which the treaty opens to Ihe cuuuuerce fl'lno United Slates. tiir.N'o! 1 Graphic Description of the Island of Ichaboc.. The following account of tho Island whence guano is taken, is from a letter of a sailor, and is a very graphic de scription. " Here I am on the lather id dung hills ; an enormous mass of biid's ma nure called guano, lying 30 feet deep on Iho island of lchaboo (pronounced llcheboe). I Conceive n barren, desolate and sandy coat! nt s0 sandy, so desolate, so barren! u;tlaui u sol. 'or a I,,,,!, or a stream near! vvicr0 it nuver rains, where ihu dew wels you through, wbeio it is so cold ono gets Iho honors, where the air is so obicure Ibal ono cannnl seo the land till he gels a mile or two off. An cnorniuis surf healing over Ihe , s,or... rocks, reefs and shoals in nil dlrec- ' . ' . . . .. -i . , . , lions. Conceive a uarren ioik oi an isiaua of this coast to bo coveted lo the depth of about lliiily feet with a beastly smelling bol lie sort of mass, looking like bad snufl, mix ed witli rollen kittens. Conceive on.o hun dred mid thirly-lwo ships lying packed he Iwccn this nnd the aforesaid sand surf; fan cy one liundrcd und thirty. Iwo masters of merchantmen, with one hiindred'lhiriy-two crews, and ono bundled Ihlrly-lwu sets of laborers, all fighting ; conceive a gale of wkd on iho lop of these and you will have only half nn idea of llio place i have at last put into !" He fore vou come In a quarrel, examine whttli .1. .. n .1.1. ..'I, unl, A'lff.r Im I. ....... 1 I. V

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