Newspaper of Bedford Gazette, December 28, 1855, Page 1

Newspaper of Bedford Gazette dated December 28, 1855 Page 1
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BY W. BOWHA\. NE W SERIES. select JJoctrn. The Closing Tear. Thpre i- scat beauty and much genuine poetry in i f e following lines by I'KKNTIC* on the closing year: j Gone! gone forever?—like a rushing wave, Another year ha- bm?t upon the shore Of earthly being and its last low tones, Wandering in broken accents on the air, Are dying to an echo. The gav Spring With its young charms has gone—gone with its; leaves, It atmosphere of roses—its while clouds Slumbering lik* seiaphs in the air—its birds Telling their loves in ciu-ie—anil its streams Leaping and shouting fi<>m the up-piled rocks To make earth echo with the joy of waves; And Summer, with its dew sand showers, has gone. It- rainbows glowing on the distant cloud, Like spirits of the storm—its peaceful lakes Smiling tit their sweet sleep, as if their dream- Were oi'the opening floweis, arid budding trees, And overhanging sky—and its bright mist liestiitg upon the mountain top-, as crowns I pon the headsl giants. Autumn, too. Ha- gone with all her deeper glorie gone With its green hills, like altars of the woild, Lilting their ottering? to their God— It? cold winds straying "mid the lore-t aisles To wake their thousand wind-harp -—its serene And holy sunsets hanging o'er the west, Like banners from the battleineirts of heaven— And its still evening-', when the moonlit sea Was ever throbbing, like the living heart Of Ihe great universe. Ay—these are now Hot sound? ami visions of the pas;—their deep, Wild beauty has departed trout the earth, And they are gathered to the embraced Death, I hen solemn herald to eternity ! 5H lUMIR OF THE I. S. MARSHAL. Onenl ine most cowardly ant! iieartiess acts of murder that we have been called it j on to re- j curd was commuted Saturday evening in a pub lic thoroughfare in one of the most frequented s.-ctioiis of the-city. The victim, William H. j Richardson, was a gentleman highly esteemed : hv a large circle of frin<ls in this city, and oc cupied a high official position in the Skate.— Frn.n all we are aide to gather, it appears that .Mr. Richardson had some triflingdifficulty with a man, named Charles Cora. Mutual trends iiiteifered in the matter ant! it was supposed j that the difficulty bad beea amicably adjusted.! About {'<[ o'clock last evening, Messrs. Rich ards >n and Cora were noticed standing in front of .McAllister's building on (.'lay street, below Montgomery. Several persons, to whom both ■ parties were known, were standing m-ar by, and presently Mr. Richardson was heard to remark : —'•Well, is it all right ?" Cora replied : '•Yes." They continued to converse in a low tune for some minutes, and by this time Cora had taken hold oftiie coat Collar of the other j v.iih the left hand. Richardson suddenly ex- ! claimed : "What are von going to do ? Don't shoot me; fam unarmed." At this, Cora pro duced a small single-barreled pistol, and before: he could be prevented, shot Richardson through the luart. The action was so sudden and unexpected, | that the witnesses were for a moment paraly zed, and Cora held his victim against the wail of the. house for the space of a few seconds, and then suddenly relaxed bis grasp, walked away, , hot was arrested and placed in the custody ol officer Russell, who hastened with him to Ihe Police station. Richardson was taken into the drug .-tore of Messrs. Keith Cc C'o. at the cor- j tier ol .Montgomery and Clay streets, where lie j expired almost immediately. An immense j crowd immediately congregated in that vicini- ; lv. and it was found necessary to take the body | of the murdered man to some more secluded ; place, and it was finally taken to the private ; i'.lice of the Clerk of the U. S. District Court. ! Py this time a very large and excited crowd j fad assembled, completely blocking up the pas- j •'age of Montgomery street, for a distance of two ' blocks. At this time there could not be less than three taotisand persons present. The utmost excite- j inent prevailed. The fearful cry of "Hang j limi hang him!" was raised. The public pulse beat at a feverish rate, and it is more : liina probable that if the pulprit had been with- j m reach, he would have been executed on the j f put. Several per-ons addressed the assemblage j •n lavor of hanging Cora at once, while others 1 counseled submission to tiie laws, and spoke in j "Ivor ol the maintenance of law and order. It ; "as finally put to the vote—a storm of ayes and ' loes followed. It was found impossible to de cide whether there had been a majority in favor <>' or against hanging without recourse to law. 'heassembly shortly afterwards broke up into ' ''tie knots, in which the enormity oi'the ciime ' " hich had just been committed was discussed in j a very excited manner. Others rushed to the s 'aJfon-house in order to ascertain \v hat dispo- j •"•■linn had been made of the prisoner. In the meantime, Cora was conveyed to the ; .ation house, arid on being searched, two Der mgers were found 011 his person, one ol which j ' 1 ; but recently been discharged. When the , ( owd began to gather about the station house, 'beoftieers became alarmed for the safety oftheir ; prisoner, and determined upon placing him in ■ 'ie county jail, for greater security. H> was ■'vfordingly removed there. During the whole j 1 I these proceedings, Cora displayed the utmost : < >o in ess, and seemed never to have lost his pres- ; "> ol mind. During the walk from the sfa -1 "'i house to the county jail, he appeared some ' "■it agitated, and apprehended that he might " '®ken out (>f the hands of the officers by the evcit.'d people, frequently looking back to ascer '"'i 'I ' )H vas pursued. 'be coroner's jury, which subsequently sal "p -a tfje body, returned a vejdict of pterr.edila- ted murder against Cora.— From the San Fran cisco Herald. News From the Salt Lake. We find the following in the Salt Lake-Yews of the 1 Oth October : On the 22d September, a l'tah Indian asked j a Mormon named James Wiseman Hunt to go i j with him from the fort to the herd, a short dis | tance off, to see a horse that Hunt had Ixmght | of him. They started, the Indian on horseback: and Hunt afoot, and when about a mile fiom : j the fort, the Indian directed Hunt's attention to 1 the cattle, a little way off from the hoises, and j ! while he was turned, shot him in the back, the i hall ranging down diagonally and lodging in the i thigli. One of the herdsmen close by started to give the alarm, and the other one drove the herd on !to the lurt. In a short time several of the breth | ren went to bring in Hunt, and when about iiail ! | way hack, the Indians fired upon them, wound -1 ing Prest. A. N. Hillings in the fore finger of the j ! right hand. Three or four of the party fell a ! few paces in the rear, and by occasionally firing ! upon the pursuers, they all succeeded in reach- j ; ing the fort without further loss or injury.— j | Brut ilea Hunt lingered about thirteen hours and ; I died. Within an hour and a half after their return, j some Indians on the bluff near by told the men ; : in the fort that they would kill the two ineu j ; who had previously gone out, and were then I returning, and immediately fired seven rounds, killing, as thev afterwards stated, brothers Wili ' tain Behind and Edward Edwards, the two who j w ere out. During the same day, the Indians burned the j hay, and turned off the water that supplied the | fort. ! 1 At daylight the next morning, the Indians ' began to gather round in great numbers, and ; there being rio prospect of a speedy reconcilia tion, the remaining thirteen brethren, by the ad- ; vice of friendly Indians, took their horses and I started for Manti, leaving their enemies quar- j : reling over the cattle and spoils in the iort. Frightful Butchery in t'autcn. Our Hong Kong dates are to S*pt. l-t. According to the Friends of China, Canton was the scene of frightful butcheries. On the I Oth of September, a rebel chief was cut into two hundred pieces, and live hundred poor wretches were executed with him. Ihe corre spondent ofthe China ail writing from Can ton, says : j "My a report obtained from good authority, it ! appears that over 70.00 D brv- been publicly -x- b, ! ecuted in Canton since Feb. In, or Chinese New Year. About 27,<)00 were put to death at Shanking-fu, and 20,000 at the taking of the fort at Bleinheim Reach. In many places hou ses have been erected, where suspected persons are allowed to commit suicide, and thus protect | their posthumous reputation. On the Oth ol September, one ofthe lead-rs, named Kane Sin, was put to death by a lingering process, having l been sawed in IDS pieces. Ibis leader threat- j : ened the noitliern part of the city last autumn j and winter. More than 300 others were exe- j i cuted the same day. In 'he North China 11-erald, of the Stli of Sep tember, tin n* is a detailed account of a cruise j against the Northern pirates, in which the Brit ish slooj s Bittern am! l'uoushnn destroyed elev en junks six thev set on tire, four sunk, and one surrendeied without being fired into, and was handed over to the mandarins at Tang-chexv j 100, the captain of her giving most important information. The China J/r/iV, of the 13th September, fur nishes the following later intelligence, from the ; j North China Herald, of the Sth : i The Pekin Gazelle reports repeated victories | over tlm Rebels at Ch'aoii-chow, Fung-di'uen, I - jon the borders of Kwang-se, at Hoomen, and j Luxig-ch'uen, in the northeast of K wang-tung : j the recovery of Poh-10, a district-city east of : Canton, and the expulsion of the Rebels from ! Kvvan-vang, who seized upon Tungngan, where i the Imperial troops are besieging them. There is no intelligence from the Allied ! Fleets in the North except that Admiral Stibling i lias detached a force under Com. Elliott, sutii cierit to cope with the Russian Fleet, should lie ; again have the luck to (all in with it : while the T ; Admiral himself, foitunately, perhaps, winds up another season in the mazes ol Japanese diplu j macy. I A FAMILY POISONED HV EATIXO DISEASED MUTTON.—The family of Mr. Fox, residing at 1 119 Fitsi A vanue. were accidentally poisoned 'by eating cjiseased irmtton, purchased by Mrs. j Fox, on Wednesday of last week, at Washing ton Market. It appears that the leg ol mutton I was boiled on Thanksgiving day, but not parta ken of until the fallowing Saturday, when Mrs. Fox, Iter Iwo daughters and a female visitor; j partook ot some soup which had been prepared : from it on that day, and were soon taken sick. ! Drs. Downes, O'Rork and Brady were called in and administered medicines which gave re- : i lief, hut the cause nf the sickness was not attri- i I buteii to the mutton. On the following Wed nesday the meat remaining was made into a I hash, and partaken of hv the whole family, all - jof whom were immediately taken sick, and on ! j the following day Mrs. Fox died. Before her j death she stated where she had procured the j j mutton. Coroner O'Donnell was notified of; j the occurrence yesterday, and proceeded to the I house fir the purpose of investigating the case, ! but owing to the impossibility of procuring the ; ' necessary witnesses, he was obliged to adjourn j the investigation until to day. Dr. O'Rork; Post mortem examination ofthe body, but found no poison. The contents ofthe sto mach will, however, he subjected to a chemi- I 1 cai analysis. Efforts ate being made to ascer tain from whom the diseased meat was purchas- : ed. Mr. Fox and t[tree of his children, arid the visitor in question, are now jeer ions !y ill from the effect of eating the meat, The Expedition for Camels. The Washington Slnr contains a letter from Major Wayne, I*. S. A., the officer iri charge ol the expedition of this Government to procure camels to be brought hither with the view of experimenting fur their future employment in IJ. S. military transportation, especially on our great Western deserts. The letter is dated Con stantinople, Oct. 31, and gives an interesting account of the wi iter's visit to the Crimea, and his kind reception by several English officers. He found there both the Batrician two-humped camel, and the Arabian, or one humped; but the latter alone seemed to be used for the pur pose of military transportation, and to these there are objections. Major W. further says? ! Col. McMurdo informed me that in: the ex pedition against Sinde he had MI service about twenty-live thousand camels, and that from his experience he esteemed them highly ; so much s*>, that iie had then at Sinope, three thousand of them, in aJd.ition to (lie few now in use in the Crimea, in readiness for the campaign next spring. The loads they will carry depend much, he said, upon the service in which they are employed rapid movements naturally re quiring light burdens—but their average loads, under favorable circumstances, he stated to lie almiit six hundred pounds, and they will carry easily, without pushing, twenty-five or thirty miles a day. He mentioned the inter esting fact, which I do not remember to have 1 heard before, that during the expedition against '• Sinde, General Napier organized a most effi- . cient corps of one thousand men,'mounted upon five hundred dromedaries—two own to each dromedary—the men sitting back to back, one facing the head, the other the tail, and both armed with rifies and sabres. The man facing the head was the animal's groom and driver, and the manner of using the corps was as fol lows I'pnn arriving at the scene of operations the dromedaries are made to kneel, in square, un der charge oftheir five hundred diivers, firm ing as if were, a base .if operations, from which . theother five hundred operated as infantry. As the advanced body moved, the square or squares, if more than one was firmed, if required, were also moved ; and in case of extremity, t ht* square offered a cover under which tlu* one thousand men could find comparative shelter be hind the animals, who were prevented from ris ing by a liubhh* on tie* fore leg, and use their rifles most effectively. This corps, Col. .Mc- Murdo informed ire- ronlij he readily marrJ)e* 7') irules In "any direction in twelve hours, (3 f>- 6 miles per hour,) and rendered throughout the campeign most efficient service. Gen. Simpson also bore testimony to the val ue ofthe camel in the same campaign, and s.iid lie preferred them to tic best English horses.— Major Wayne hail abandoned his contemplated \ isil to Persia, as before he could return tin* roads would be blocked up with snow, lie would proceed next to Svria or Egypt, for drom edaries, and then back to Smyrna for burden camels, in ihe expectation of commencing his return home sometime in the month of Februa ry. WEAR A SHAWL.—If you want lo he in fash ion. wear a shawl; if to ladies, an attraction, wear a shawl ; if to sheep and cows, a terror, or like shanghais in lull feather, or even rags upon the heather, wear a shawl; if your hips are bad ly moulded or your shirt and vest unfolded or unpleasant to behold wear 3 shawl ? If you're courting same fine linuet, wear a shawl—you might wrap your lassie in it—in your shawl. —lts like charity on pins, am! hides a multi tude of sins—although it causes grins—does vonr shawl. If you want to lie a dandy, wear A shawl—or have a cover handy—wear a shawl —ln a word it is a most useful article—as you may wrap vour feet, head, body, knees, make a seat, a blank*t, a bed, a muff, a pillow, a wrapsical or a Scotch plaid of your shawl.— In our perambulations through the city, we no tice some very tasteful articles of shawls for gentlemen. They are most fanciful 111 style and color, and ran only he excelled by the fan ciful manner in which thev are worn. Wear a shawl by all means—or if you can't wear a shawl—wear a blanket—wear something ridi culous and be in fashion. Such is the advice ofthe local man of tin* Petersburg Democrat. TIIO Execution of Gorman. As tlu* day draws near for the execution of this unfortunate man who was convicted ol the murder of Charles Johnson, and is to he hung on Fridev the interest in relation thereto increases, and hundreds are making use of all sotts of expedients to witness the disgusting spectacle. The Sheriff's office is run down with applicants, but it is the determination of the Sheriff to admit no others hut those whose presence may he necessary. The City Guard have been notified to be in attendance in Ihe yard of the jail, a rid twelve policemen, with an assistant captain, from each of the districts of the western portion of the city, are to be de tailed without the walls (o preserve order.— The gallows to he used is the same on which Reilly was hung four years age.— From the. -V*. Y. Tribune, Dec. 19. THE NOVELTIES or UTAH.—A private letter fiom Provo city, Utah county, U. T., (fifty miles from Great Salt Lake,) contains the fol low ing: items of intelligence: We live in sight of snow the year round. — We can, as it were, pick flowers with one hand ami gather snow with theother. It is warm in the valleys ; liealthv, pleasant and fruitful, with seldom any rain, hut we have plenty ot moun tain streams to irrigate our fields and gardens, so that the latter do not suffer for want of mois ture. We have no fever and ague; there is always a mountain breeze which affords ns a very pure atmosphere. Groceries are very Freedom of Thought and Opinion. BEDFORD, PA. FRIDAY MORNING, Doe. 28, 1855. | high : coffee and sugar sell at fifty cents per pound : calico is from twentv to thirty cents per yard, and other things are in proportion. We have been very busily engaged in making sugar, which is manufactured from a soit of honev dew or sugar coating, which falls on the leaves of tlie Cottonwood trees, and resembles the fros

ting on cake. There have been several thousand pounds of sugar made from ibis substance with in a few days, and it sells readily at lorty cents per pound. OCCUPATION —The following thoughts on oc cupation we extract from Mrs. Stephens' "Old Homestead." Occupation ! what a glorious tiling it is for t!m human heart. Those who work hard sel dom yield themselves entirely up to fancied or i real sorrow. When grief sits down, folds its hands, and mournfully feeds u[>on its own tears, weaving the dim shadow, that a little exertion might sweep away, into a funeral pall, the strong spirit is shorn of its might, and sorrow becomes our master.- When troubles flow upon you, dark and not with the waves— wrestle not with the talent ! —rather seek, In occupations, to dWert dark waters that threaten to overwhelm you, into a thousand channels which the duties of life alwavs present. Before you dream of it, those waters will ferti lize the present, and give birth to fresh flowers that will become pure and hoi v, in the sunshine which penetrates 10 the pathofdutv, in spite of every obstacle. Grief after all, is but a. selfish feeling: and most selfish is the man who vields himself fo tlm indulgence of auv which bring no joy to his fellow man. THE GKAVI: OT Mzmsox.— A correspon dent of the Fredericksburg V*etcs, in Culpepper c/mnty, Ya., gives a melancholy picture of the illustiions Madison. He lies with his family in a grave yard a short distance from his house, upon his estate o( Montpelier. .The family ce metery is surrounded by 11 brick wall, and the gate is entirely down. The correspondent sa\s that not a stone marks the great man's resting place: dark, running green box wraps it with verdue, and the tracery of branches from an old tree, relieving its—if against the warm a£bie sky, nod and wave over the mountain.— ' fls a a solemn, calm, and peaceful spot. The correspondent adds that Mrs. Madison's remains are in'tlie vault of the Congressional burial ground in Washington. Her direction was to be interred by the side of her husband, but her son has never fulfilled her request. FlO HUNT IN THE CRIMEA.— "CarI Benson'" vnds the tullovciug accounted an extraordinary hunt, cut from an English paper: Soon after getting into the village T saw a most ludicrous pig hunt, i heard a shot fired, followed t.v the furious squealing of a pig, so I rushed on with my servant (whom I had ta ken with me, with his musket:) before I came up to the French, I heard pop, popping, in ail directions, but the pig seemed to have a charm ed life, and was oniv wounded. I came up to him standing at bay, in the middle of a pool of water, and took a deliberate shot, hut missed him. Mv servant then fired and missed him. ] rush ed on to gef another shot, but fell fiat on my face 111 the mud. Tile pig then got into the middle of the French again, who fin d one alter tlie other, missing him, and tiring as usual without caring the least in what direction, so that one heard the not very pleasant "ping" of the Minie balls go ing in all directions (I think one servant who went in, ot ours, got a slight scratch on the hand Imm a slug nut of one of their pieces.)— Well the undanted pig rushed on, followed bv the French, stabbing at him by their bayonets and cutlasses, and falling over on their faces afterwards. You never saw such a some: at last, in doubling back, some one again wounded him, and immediately about 20 sailors' cutlasses and soldiers' bayonets were dashing into him.— As they carried him past in triumph, lie looked more like a pincushion than anything else. REMARKAT.I.E DREAM?.— The belief that dreams are prophetic is held by many worthy and sen sible people. Perhaps none of us have escaped the influence ofAchat we call a "had dream"— the heavy dread of some undefined calamity pursuing ns through the day following the dream, perhaps many days afterwards. The fa miliar proverb "dreams go by contraries" ad ministered ! almost invariably as some kind of consolation under these circumstances, shows htiw deep-seated and universal is the supersti tion it he. The" astrologers," or fortune-tel lers who infest our large cities, make the inter pretation ot dreams a large and profitable share of their business. The practice of laying a piece of wedding cake under one's pillow is still extant, and many other illustrations might tie given of the common belief in the prophetic power of dreams. Of cases ol remarkable dreams fulfilled, books and newspapers are full most of these stories, of course, are apocryphal. When the facts are admitted, mental philosophers explain them by saving that a strong mental emotion is embodied into a dream and is fulfilled by some natural co incidence. The case ralated of the lady who dreamed of the loss of her husband in the Artie and whose dream was fulfilled both as to the time and as to some of the circumstances of the events may be explained, bv the fact of her ner vous anxietv and that her husband's absence at sea predisposed her to dream of a wreck, &.C.— But authenticated cases are cited which hardly admits of litis explanation, and Abererombie himself admits that analysis of an extensive col lection of well authenticated facts would unfold principles of very great interest. One remarkable case we are tempted to cite both from the authority on which it rests, and as an (Illustration of a class. It is related by Be Quincev in his "Literary Reminiscences," late ly re-issued in this country. A lady of family and consideration, being on the eve of underta king: 3 distant visit, dreamed that on reaching . the end of h*T journey, and drawing up 'o the) steps of the door, a footman, with a very mark- i ed and forbidding expression of countenance,! his complexion pale and bloodless, and manner ' sullen, presented himself to let down the steps of her carriage. This same man, at a subse quent point of her dream, appeared to be stealing up a private stair-case, with sorrm murderous instruments in his hands, towards a bedroom door. This dream was repeated twice. Some tune after the ladv, accompanied hv a grown-up daughter, her journey. Great was the her on reaching Imr friend's corresponding points to outlines of IUT dream, qually complexion, and equally gloomy in manner, appeared at her carriage; door. The issue of the story is—that in a par ticular nigb.t, the lady grew unaccountably nei votis; resisted Imr feelings for some time, but at length, at the entreaty of her daughter, suffered some communication to be made (o a gentleman resident in the house, who had not yet retired to rest. This gentleman, struck hv the dream, and still more on recalling some suspicious pre parations, as il for hasty departure, in which he ! had detected the servant, waited in conceal- j ment until three o'clock in the morningat which time hearing a stealthy step on the staircase, he issued with fire arms, and met the man at the lady's door, so equipped as to leave no doubt of his intentions : which possibly contemplated only robbing of the lady's jewels, but possible also murder in case of extremity. A storv something like this is related in Ab- j prcormbie's Intellectual Powers, but in the case riled above, the names and residence of the par ties were known to De(Juinoev, and the storv. so well authenticated, is the most striking arid remarkable, (particularly the circumstance off the anticipation of servants' features, which DeQuincey notes in contTar?t with Abercromhie's anecdote) which we ever met in connection with this class of menial phenomena.— .'l/banij Express. ' ! INDIAN B AR IN OREGON. Lieut. Dryer, oi'the 4th Infantry, arrived in ! this city day before yesterday, directly from the j Dalles,on the Columbia riwy. Lieut. D. was the officer left in command at the Dalles while . Major Haller marched with his party of 102 j men against the Indians of Washington territo ry, and was forced to cut his way back, of which I ue have published accounts. Information was received at the Dalies that immediately after Mailer's retreat, some other tribes of Indians, before that time neutral, joined the war patty, and now It is there at* at least I'JOO warriors prepared for hostilities. Major Raines,' of tlm 4th Infantry, with ten companies of i troops —eight regulars and two volunteers—be- ! ing about 800 men, was intending to march : from the Dalles against these Indians on the 2d November, and expected to meet the enemy about four days march from that post, when a battle no doubt would be fought, it will lie a hard battle too, as the Indians will make one de termined stand, as they are well armed with the Hudson Bay Company and American rifles. The Indians are supposed to have plentv of ; amunition, as on the dead body of one kiiied in i the fight with Haller, sixty .rounds of amunition were t >und. The savages have no doubt been preparing lor this war Tor two or three years j back, as they have driven their horses and cat- ; tie up into the English possessions north of Washington Territory. Fatal Accident. COI-AKE, Columbia Co., N. Y., Dec. 7, 1833. A distressing accident occurred near Copake , Flats on Thursday Tast. Mr. Cornelius Win ters, who was digging a wel!, had excavated to j the depth of about twenty feet, when the bank j fell, completely covering him. Some persons present immediately removed the earth from j his head, and lie was found to be alive and ca- ! pable of speaking. The neighbors at once as- j semhled, and proceeded so far in rescuing him j from his position, that the whole upper part of. the body was free, and the unfortunate man was able himself to render some assistance to ward his extrication, when the bank again gave w ay, covering him to the neck. Renewed ef- , forts were made to set him at liberty, but at the very instant of seeming success, the earth I**ll upon hiin for the third time, killing him instant- j lv. The sides of the well were then properly) curbed, and the body of the man was recovered j Friday afternoon. SMALL RILLS.—The Boston Cpurler says t h?H ! the plan of prohibiting, by Legislative enact ment, the circulation of.small bills under the de nomination of five dollars, is gaining favor with j tiie public, and if carried out, would probakdy do 11101 e to check the inflation of paper money than almost anv other financial ne-asnre that ; could he adopted. A sounder condition ol the currency would be better lor the solidity ol the banks, safer for the public, and preventive, to some extent, of sudden revulsions. ' ANOTHER ELOPEMENT.—The southern section ! of the city has been in a considerable state Afi excitement for several days past in consequence ; of the disappearance of a well known citizen i under circumstances which are to sav the least, not vrv reputable. A few weeks since j the wife of the party in question left the city for the purpose nf visiting her friends in the j country. Soon after she left, the husband ciis- ; posed of certain persona! property, and snbse-i quently drew several thousands oY dollars from j hank, and disappeared from the city. At the same time a young lady also disappeared. A few days since the wile returned to her home, i when she found a letter hearing her address and ! enclosing a check for S3OO. He stated that he ! was going west for the purpose of purchasing a j farm, hut she lias heard nothing of him since,; rior was she apprised of his intention before his ! departure. The parties have heretofore held a| respectable position in society, From the. Ba!- iimore .dmeiinn, Dir. 11. TERTSS, S'> PER YEAR. A Thrilling Adventure. Wo copy the following letter from the Lan j caster (Pa.) Whig : JERSEY SHORE, Pa., Nov. 20, 1855.—! Mr. Editor: In the early history of this country, we read ol many remarkable adventures and thrilling episodes in the lives of hunters an 4 pioqeers, that appears quite marvelous : but pro bably there are none possessed of more deep and thrilling interest than the following, which occurred recently : Tfye hero of this adventure, Arvine Clark, Esq., is a highly respectable citi zen of the borough of Jersey Shore, and in tlie employ of the "Farming and Land Association/' as agent, which is establishing a new colony near the site of the Ole Bull settlement. Being J an experienced woodsman and an old hunter, he is peculiarly fitted as an agent to explore the wilds of that region. The story was relat i ed to the wi'.er by Mr. C. himself, and may be relied upon as being correct. 1 On the 4th of November last, Mr. C. was ! exploring the route for a new road to the settle ment, through a wild and gloomy wilderness.— As the shades of evening drew on he commenc ed to retrace his steps, as he supposed, through ! the lands of Wm. Silver, of Philadelphia, but he was disappointed and lost his way. He be came alarmed, and as the dusky shades of night were setting around, he found himself in a dense forest, at least eight miles from the settle ment. Becoming very tired from rapid walk ; ing, he sat down upon a log to rest a moment < and contemplate his situation. His attention was suddenly arrested by a rustling in the bush— es close by, and on cautiously looking around, beheld a huge bear coining towards him. To draw up Ins trusty rifle and shoot the beast was the work of a moment. Bruin gave a tearful and awjal roar, which awoke the echoes of the gloomy solitude, and then was still. Fearing ' that the beast was onlv wounded, Clarke hasti ly reloaded his gun with two balls tltc fast in /iispouch, and discharged them into the body of j the monster, when he cautiously approached and found that lie was dead. He describes the rear ofthe beast, as he received his death wound ; a? terrific, and calculated to make the stoutest heart quail with fear, i A dark and gloomy night was setting down on him—he had no bullets for his gun—was lat in the wilderness without lood or shelter, sur rounded by wild animals. He had no matches , to kindle a fire—his situation was desperate, j and. to add to his further discomfort, it corn i menced raining. What was to be done t To remain there without a fire was exceedingly . dangerous. With these reflections he cotitin . ijed togroupe .hjs.way through thp laurel, hon ing to find a path that might bad*to some hun j ters habitation, but in vain. The night was ' da rk as Egypt, and the howling of a pack of \ wolves greeted his ear. Being an old man, he soon !>canie exhausted, and found that he would have to remain there fnrthenight. Corn, ing to an aged hemlock, he sealed himself at its toot for the night. Could he but obtain a fire he would he comparatively safe. The effort was made by collecting some dry materials, and loading his gun with powder, fired the I charge into a dry cotton handkerchief. ]t was a failure! A the gun was discharg ed, another bear. apparently within twenty feet of him, gave a hideous and awful roar that made ! Chirks hair stand on an end. Bruin was terri bly frightened by the discharge ofthe gun, and hastily scampered off, much to the relief of Clark, who now began to fairly realize the dan j ger of his situation. H'*re lie remained not daring to fall asleep, | About two o'clock in tin* morning, to add to the horrors of his situation, the yeliof a panther was heard. The beast approached—came near • er every few minutes, uttering a screech that ; froze the blood in his veins ! As a last resort | to defend him from the savage attack of the an imal, he reloaded his gun, putting in some three I cent pieces and steel pens, (for he had nothing else) which he hoped might do some execution. The animal came so near that the glare of his ! eyes in the darkness resembled two halls of fire ! 1 Clark expected every moment to receive the : fatal spring. There he remained, without dar ing to move: with the fiery eyes ofthe panther upon him ! In this dreadful situation, expect [ ing every moment to be torn in pieces, he re mained till break of day : when he was relieved i from danger and t!i<- animal disappeared. Hun gry, weary and excited, he left for the settle -1 ment, where he arrived about noon, and |ed his thrilling adventure. A party proceeded to tile place where tlie hear was shot, and brought in his carcase, which proved to he a 1 large one. It was dressed and forwarded to New York. It was several days before Clark ; fairly recovered from the fatigue, the fear, and excitement of that night, which will never be removed from his mind. TIIF. GRAT I'IIIK AT .MeMl*MlS.*—'The following MI : cidents are furnished by the Memphis papers: "Three gentlemen jumped over from the outside of the Collier-—one never rose to the surface, one came up but sank alter a few ineffectual straggles, i and the third was picked up by a yawl after I having I'.oled half mile down the river, lie was near ly exhausted, and completely numbed with cold, j and, in fact, has not yet recovered from the effects. A young lady about sixteen jumped into the river, and was -aved by a gentleman who plunged in after tier, and seizing her by the hair brought her out. , A negro was seen floating by the wharf-boat, and i although boxes, barrels,and a rope were thrown to him, he was too paralyzed to avail himself of the i means of snccor, and sqnk before he reached the stern. Several were saved by life-preservers, hot others were rendered powerles- by tear, nod plunged 1 into Ihe river. One poor negro, on being lold to | jump into the river replyed he could not swim. lie was told to jump and he would he picked up by the yawl: he took the leap, and never lose to the sur face." CT?"We are informed that a per-on who desire* to remain orikown has addressed to the chief of |l)e lto siim legation a check for four thousand dollars to lie transmitted to government. The unknown donor, who oidy signed the initial.- M. V., stales in his let ter that, full of admiration for the gallant defence of Sebastopol, he sends this liberal sum of money to be distributed among the widowsgi.l orphan* of the Rus sian soldiers who fell bravely fighting for their homes again-t foreign aggressors.— Wash, fiiiou. VOL XXIV, NO. ia