Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, October 13, 1837, Page 1

Newspaper of Burlington Free Press dated October 13, 1837 Page 1
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'fit J NOT THE CliOllV O F C A'. S A It J U T T II E W H I. F A KE O F 11 O M E. 15 Y H, B. STACY. Kroin tins Now York Amoricnti. A LESSON. Ciinie here, mv buy : il spc'h you dazzling mm, I'tisi t'u t c! iti' null n fluoil iiNminiiig lijjlil Wlint distance dnl limn ill i 11K U,U from A mile I iniv-lbink nipiin run- miles diil'st a1 My cliiM. my clt til ill H mc-liiy mm, uliosc uctims Slicil Mich a lustre im this orlil f om si 1.4 ilUtnul fiom in the realm of space, Millions oh minimis; mill his poml'i oii- oib Is no itmncmP, lliul t-ltt.nltl it conic viiliin The ilil.inee J on insign'd, lite whole blue nrrlt Of llpiieu would he employ M In in him room, Ami lin completely hidden rmin our sijlu. Thou fpcVi iliti I li3 "film firmament. Ami lliinU'fl llimi M'l-Vi ilic limiiiil'i ics of ill ilomo Aije on ngM "'I'll i'" ' I"'1' main, Would mil mi flint; dice to exploie ill deptlii, Though on the (ladies of die liahtiiintf borne, Or mi llu; pinions of llie,-liafis of lialil. M'lieic me mi buunds lo yon cplcjii.il ilnme, l fpic.iila mill fprcai's nuay, f.ir, f.n beyond TlifTui lltoel beams of our ni.ijesMic. mil, Eieinity ilupluy'il i realm of space lis iniace mill ii lii"! depleted type. Yrl lliinU mil, Ivlwnid, though llie beams of light Of tlii-" oiirr.millt! I. nl I y Irnntli of way, 'riin.'C vi-i regions me in tlaikiics cl.nl : Siiih oilier mm "f mine majestic furni, Kill up die scale, nf natiiie uml prolong The rii.iin of iliePlPi nnl scheme oflliing Mini), minil would f.iil uslo leinin llic grasp On mrli n picture ns is there display'd I'hc lali'iing pit-it sinks dejected down, In h.M"pil ii.iiiiio qn.iiU lit-lore ilin tack l ie, Mo ili.it Hindi' iIipiii, cnii iilmic leliiin 'I'lipir i. ink uml mimlicr in cxacl ncconnl Hill urn-lull lie uilli Mini, mill ulicn llio veil Of llns csi'lenre. rball lie lilfied up, Ami in iIip sccict of I lie spirh's pow'r Our funis In-quicken 'd liy ilivinr. cniiimnnil, IV p llicii hall fee llicni, c'ii as they ate seen 15v li.ippv beings in t lie ic.ilnm of light. 'New Ynik, September, 1S37 I.. O. fli.oHious llti'i.v. The United Service Journal relates tins anecdote of Sir Svdnev Smith. The reply to his proicfcting otlicor, i- mi'tunrablu alike for its justness nod its spirit. In a furious nttnek that iJuonnpnrte made on Acre, in April, 1709, Sir Sydney Smith loiitnl it necessary to ri.-k his ship (ih! Ti tri 74.) by wnrping her into the sIihhI wn tir on the Minih of the town, in order to lliiiktlie French batteries nd trenches, Mid -neb were the fire nnd fleet of Hits niovetiieiii. that dII was reducei! lo silence in a veiy l''W oiinulrs. On this occasion, if Sir Sulney was jrniny over tho kIiip's deli Inml and lia-ien to tie.' bench, thel Flrl Lu'iiienanl nnd Master choo that no. ?-.n n ji lilu moment to frvo him with n written protest nijninst "placing his Mnjes ly's ship in (lunger of being lnsl;" to which lie calmly replied "Omit If man. his Ma. jes-ty's hliips are built on purpose to be pla ce d In danger whenever his Majesty's ser vice requires it, find of i hut the Comman ding Oliicer is tho be st judge." Mui.tujt in I'auvo. A better illusi ra tion of i hi s-nying could hardly be fiiriti-h. il. lhau by the relic mentioned m "i" fnl lowing paragiaph. The muralM might draw Irom it a number ol striking t!lu-tra-iiuns, concerning the uusubitaulial nature of riches &c. In the repository of the royal artillery nl Woolwich, R large cinder is exhibited, which is n very great curiot-ity. having bei n prnduccd by the buriiinir of t. Haul; ui' Finglnnd unle-i, when Ihey were called in and ens-h ptivments resumed. The is-uo of 1. nulls had been, fur sumo tune previous tn Ihrir heuiL' called in, nt I ho rate of 190,. 000 daily. To burn lliU immense mass of paper money, nn oven was cotiMrucled, and the proeors of destruction was carried on underdo siipeiinteiidiiiico of officers np poinird lor the purpose, lor thirteen months, the I'hiie of uoiui in the oven being exactly M 1 000 dai'y, Tliu cinilrr of the nutes. which is of a purple hue, is enclosed in u g'u ca-e. I'inm Ski li lies f I-'ieryd.iv Life, by IW.. WAltDEN AND HIS UIlI,InEN. A mmt thrilling JViu ralive. We will he hold to say thai I here is fcarcely n man in the constant habit of wiuKiug, iiny ii 1 1 it liny, innniuiiuiii any il the crowded thorough-fares of London, nit" cannot recollect tiniong tho people whom "ho knows by sight," in use n familiar phrat-0, somrj being of nbjeel nnd ivrotihed iippcnrnnci! whom ho remi'inber. nohnvoseen inn very diflercut coitdilion. ..vhotii he has oberved sinking lower by nlinofct imperceptible degrees, and niter -icsuiutiou of wlioao appearance at least jiiriki! forcibly nnd painfully upon him ns Jie pai-fcs by. Ifdiero is nny man who ,'init mixed much with society, or whose iivocuiious have caused bun lo mingle nl one lime or other with a number of people who cannot call to mind the time when Rome shabby, miserable wretch, ih rags nnd filih, who Fhuflk's pnst him now, in all the HjurJor of disease and poverty, wns respectable tradesman, or a clcik, or n man following eoinu iliriviog pursuit, with good prospects, and decent menus; or can not any of our readers call lo mind from the list of dieir quondam acquaintance, porno fnllco and degraded man, who lingers about the pavement in hungry misery; iVoin whom every one turns coldly away, and who preserves himself from stnrvation no. Iindv linoWR how? Alas! such cnKPa nrn nf too Ircqucnl occurence to bo rare items in any man's experience; nnd they arise from one enusodrunkeness; that fierce rnge for the slow, sure poison that over Meps every other consideration: thai casts of ide wife, children, friends, happi ness ami station; and liurricH its viclirtis tnaiiivoii to oerraouuuii ami ueaiu, Some ol llicsu men liavo been impelled Txi n r,tilnlli, nml inleKru In I in vim lliul ha degraded them. The nun of worldly expectations, Iliti death of lhoo they lovcil tin; sorrow Hint slowly consumes but will tint brent; lliu heart, has driven them wild; And Ihey present the hideous spectacle of madmen slowly dying liy their on n linnds! Hill by fur the greatest pari. Imvu wilfully and with open eyes plunged into the gulf Iroin wlnnli the innn who onco enters it never rises ninro. but into which he sinks deeper nnd deeper down until recovery is llOpflCSS Such n man ns this onco flood bv llie bedfode of his dying wife, while his chil dren knell nrottnd nnd mingled low bursts of grief with their innocent prayers. The room was scantily and iiiennlv lurnishcd; nnd it needed but n glnnce at llio pnle form irom winch I tie light Hie was pns.-ing nwav. tn know that grief and wnnt nod anxinu care had been busy at the heart lor tunny weary year. An clderlv female with her face bniheu in tears was supporting tlin Head ot the ilvinu wmnnii her dnnnh ter on her arm. lint it wns out toward that the wan fnee wn turned; it wns not her hand Hint trembling finger clnsped they pressed husbanu's arms, so soon lo be. closed tn dead), roiled on A face: and th man shook beneath their enzc. His dress was slovenly nod disordered, his face in flamed, his eyes blood shot nnd hravv.- llo been summoned from some scene of debauch to the bed of sorrow and death A shaded lamp by the bedside cast n dim light on the figures around, and left llie remainder of the room in the thick deep shadow. The silenco of the night prevailed without tho house, nnd the still nes3 of death was in the chamber. A waicl hung over I lie mamlc shelf: ils low tickiii" was the only sound that broke the profound quiet, but it was a solemn one; for well knew they who heard it. that before it had recorded the passing of another hour it would beat the kocll of a departed rnirit It is a dreadful thing lo wnit nnd watch lor the approach ot denth; lo know that hope is pone, nnd recovery impossible; and to sit and count the drearv hours. throuL'h long, long nights such nights as only watchers by llio bed nt eickness know. Il chills the blood to hear tho dare.-t secret eecreis ot the heart, the pent. up secrets ol many years poured forth by the uncon scions, helples-s bein' beforo von: nnd t think how little the reserve and cunning o a whole life will avail when n fever and delirium cast off I he mask at last. Strani' tales have been told in the wnndcrincs o dyinij men: tales so full of guilt nod crime that i hose who Mond bv the sick person couch had fled in horror and aflrighf, lest they should bo senred lo madness bv what they hoard nnd saw; and many a wretch uaa uieu inline, raving ot deeds, tho very onmy oi wnicri has driven the boldest nut away Hut no such ravings were to bo beard nt the bedside bv which thu children knell their half stifled sob? and moniiinoH alone broke the silenco of the lonely chamber And when at lat die mother s rrasn Inxed, and, turning one look from the children id ppcak, and fell backward on tho pillow, all wns so calm nnd tranquil i n.ii Bin? seemed to sink lo sleep. I hey leant over her; ihey called upon her nairn softly nt firt. ami (hen in the loud niu piercing toniN ol'desparntion. Thev listen ed forjier breath, but no sound came. They felt for I lit; palpitation of the hen hut no taint throb responded lo tin; touch I be heart wns broken nnd she wns dead. I ho liii-linuil souk into n cluur nt th bed Hide, and c'n-ped his hands upon hi burning forehend. Ho gazed from child to child, hot when a weeping evn met his, h quailed beneath Us look. No word ol cotnlort wns whispered in liU car, no ol kindness lighted on his face. AH shrunk from nnd avoided him; nnd when at last I lio staggered Irom the room, mi one sought to follow or coihoIo die widower. I In: lime had been when many a frieui would have crowded round him in nfilclion, and ci ndoled with linn in grief. Where were Ihey now? One one, friends and relations, tin; commotio acquaintance even, had fallen off from no deserted the drunkard. llu wife nhmu had clung to htm tn good and evil, in sick ness and poverty, and how hid he rewar led her? He hail reeled from the tavern to her bcdi-ide, in lime lo see her die. lie rushed from the house, anil walked swiftly through the streets. Remorse fear shame, nil crowded on his mind. Stupified with drink, and bewildered with tho scene ho had jtiht witnessed, ho re-en lered tho tavern he had qtii'ted chorlly be lore, iiiass succeeded glass. His hluo mounted, and Ins brain whirled around Denth! every one must die, nnd why not he? She was loo good for him; her re lations hnd ollco (old him so. Curses on t hem ! Had he not deserted her, and left her lo whilo away the lime at home; Well; she was dead, and happy perhaps. was ueuer as h was. Atioiner glass one one more! Hurrah! it was a merry life while it Itibled, and lie would make the most of it. Time went on; tho children who were loft to him were children no longer; llio lather romained the same pooror, shab bier, and moro dissolute. looking, but the same confirmed nnd irreclaimable drunkard The boys hud long run wild in the streots nml left him; tho girl alone remained, but she worked hard; and words or blows could always procure htm 6omelhirg from llie tavern. So ho went on in tho old course, am! a merry lilc he led. One night as early as len o'clock for llie girl had been tick for many duys, and ihorc was consequently, lilllo to spend at tho public housuhe bent ins steps homo ward, bethinking himself (lint if ho would have her to earn money, it would be as well to apply to tho parish Surgeon, or, at all events, to tnke the trouble of inquiring what ailed her, which ho had not yet tho't il worth while to do. It was u wet Decern ber night; tho wind blew piercing cold, and the rain poured heavily down. Ho beg ged a few halfpence from a passer by, nnd FIII11 AY, OCTOBER, 13, 1837. having bought a simill loaf--for it was hlsi mi ont ion to keen tho girl nlivu if lie eoiild he sliullk'tl onwurds, as Inst ns tho wind 01 nil rain would let him. At tho back of Fleet street, nnd lymff between it nnd the wnlcr side, aro severnl mean nnd narrow courts, which form n portion ofWhiiefrinrs nd it was to one ot these he directed his steps. The. nlly into which ho turned might for fillh nnd misery hnvo competed with the dnrkcsl corner of this ancient sanclu nry in its dirtiest nnd most lawless lime. l lio houses varying from two stories in height to four, wnrn stnincd with every indescribable hue that long exposure to the weather, damp, and rottenness can imparl to lenemeniH composed originnlly f the roughest nnd coarsest materials. The windows were patched Willi paper and with die foulest rugs; llio doors were fallen from their hinges; poles with lines on each to drv clothes, projected from ev ory casement, nnd sounds nf quarrelling or drunkenness issued from every room, I ho solitary oil lamp in lliu centre of tho court had been blown out, either bv the violence of the wind, or the act ol some inhabitant who hnd excellent rtnsous for objecting to his rcsnlcncn being ron dcrcd loo conspicuous ; and the only light which fell upon llio the uroken nnd tine ven pavement, was derived from tho tni-- erable caudles thai hero and there twink led in the rooms of such of the more fortU' nnlc residents as could afford to indulge in such an expensive luxury. A gutter ran down die centre of the nlloy nil the sluggish odours of which hnd been called forth by toe ram; nod ns tho wind wins tied through tho old houses, the shutters croaked upon their lunges, nnd the wind ows shook in their frames with a violence which every moment seemed to thratcn the destruction of the whulo place. rlie man whom we have followed into ibis den walked on in darkness, sometime stumbling into some branch repository of garbago which had been formed by die mm, until fie reached the last house in the court. The door, or rather what was lelt of it, stood njar, for the convenience of the the numerous lodgers, nnd lie proceeded lo group his way up die old and broken stair case, to the attic storv Hs was within a step or two of his room door, when it opened, nnd a girl, whose miserable and emaciated nppearance wns only to be equalled by that of die candl which she shaded with her band, peeked anxiously out. 'Is I hat vour father ?' said the girl. 'Who else should it bo? replied tho man grimly. What are on trembling at? Il little enough that I had to drink to day there is no drink without money, nnd no money without work. What the devil iho matter with llio girl 5 '1 niu not well;' said the girl, burslin into tenrs 'Ah!' replied the man, in the tone of one who is compelled to ndmit a very impious nnt fact ; to which he would rather remain blind if ho could. 'You must get lienor somehow, lor we must have money. You must go to the parish doctor, and mnk Ii im give you some medicine. They're liaid for it, d nVtn. What are you f-liin-ding before the door for ? Let mo come in, can't you.' 'Father,' whispered the girl, shutting the door behind her, and placing hersell before it, 'William has come bad;.' 'Who?' said the innn, with a sinrt. 'HihIi,' said the girl, William, brother William. 'And whni does he want,' said the man. wilh an effort nt composure 'money ? meni ? drink? He's come lo the wrong shop for dint, if he dues. Give me lite camllu from her hand and walked into the room. Sitting on an old box, wilh his bend resting on his hnod, nnd his eyes fixed on a wretched cinder tire dint was s moulder ing on thu hearth, was n young man of about two and iweuiy. miserably clad in an old coari-o jacket and Iruwi-ors. lie htaried up when his father entered. 'F.iKten lliu dour, Mary,' snid the young man, hastily 'futen die door. You look as if you din't know me, father. Ii's long enough since you drove me from home; yon may well forget me.' 'And what do you want here now ?' said the father, sealing lituisell on n slool on thu other side of the lire place. 'What do you wnnt here now ?' 'Shelior,' replied the son; 'I'm in troub le that's enough. If I'm caught I shall swing; that's certain. Caught I shall be, unless 1 stop here ; that's os curiam. And there's an end of it.' You mean to say you've been robbing or murdering I hen ?, snid (ho fnl her. Yes, I dn,' replied the son ; does it sur prise you, father ?' He looked steadily in thft man's faco, but he withdrew his eyes, uml bent them on the ground. 'Where's your brother." bnid he. after a long pause. 'Where they'll never trmiblo you,' re plied the sou ; John.s gone to America and Henry's dead. 'Dead!' said die father, with a shudder, which even he could not repress. Dead,' replied the young man. 'lie died in m arms shot like a dog by n game keeper. He staggered back, f caught him. and the blood trickled down my hands. It poured out from his sido like water. Ho was weak, and it blinded him; but he threw himself down on his knees on the grnis, and prnyed to God that if his moth er was in heaven, Ho would hear her nraycrs for pardon for her youngest son. 'I was bur favorite boy, Will,' he said, Mini 1 nm glad to dunk now, that when she was dying, though I was n very young child then, and my little heart wus nluiu.l burning, I knelt dow ut tho foot of tho bed and thanked God for having made mo so fond of her as to never once do any thing to bring tho tears into hor eyes ; oh, Will, why was sho taken away and fodicr left !' ' I ln"i! s his dyini; words, father,' aid Hie young man 'inakn the beet yon can tiieui. you nil linn ncross the lace in o iiruiiiien nt, the morning wo ran away, nml here's the end of it.' Tho girl wept nloud; and the father. sinking his head upon his knees, rocked hiiiHeit to nnd fro. 'It I am taken.' snid the vonnrr man, 'I shall ho enrned back into tho country, und hung lor that man s murder. They can not trace too hero without, your asistance, father. For aught I know, you may give me up to justice, but unless you do. hero I stop until I can venture lo cscnpe abroad., ! or two whole dnvs all throe, remained in the wreiched room, without stirring out; on the third evening, however, the girl was worse than she had been yet, and the lew scraps ol looil Ihev had were gone. - It wni indispensably necessary that some body should go out; nnd ni llie girl was too weak and ill, the father went just nl mgiillnll. He got some medicine for the girl, nnd a tritio in the wny ot pecuniary assistance On his way back, ho earned sixpence by holding a horse; and he turned homeward with money enough to supply their mon pressing wants for two or three days lo come, no hnd to pass the public Iiuu3c He lingorea for an instant, walked past it, turned hack ogam, lingered onco more nnd finally slunk in. Two men, whom he had not observed, were on the watch. They were on the point of giving up the search in despair, when Ins loitering at traded their attention; aod when he cn tored the public hotisi. they follower! him 'You II drink with me, mister, said utio of them, proffering him a glass nf liquor. And mo too, said die other, replenishing the glass as soon as it was drained of its con'ents. The man thoght of his hungry children and his son's danger, Hut they were nodi ing to the drunkard. He did drink ; and his reason left him! 'A wet night, Warden,' whispered one of the men in his enr, as he at length turn ed to go away, after spending m liquor one halo of the money on which, perhaps his daughter s lifu depended. 'The rijht soit. of a night for our friends in hiding, Master Warden, whispered llio other 'Sit down here,' said tho one who bad spoken first, drawing him into a1, corner. Wo have been looking artur the young un We came to tell him it's right now, but c coiild'ot find him 'cause wc had'nt. gut the preciin direction. But that niu strange, for I don't think ho know'd himclf when he came lo London, did he 'IVo ho did'nt replied the father. The two men exchanged glances 'There's a vessel down at the docks, to sail at midnight, when it's high water,' re sinned die first speaker, 'and we'll put him on board. His passage is taken in anodic name, and what's belter than that, it's paid lor. It's lucky we met you. 'Very,' said tho second. 'Capital luck,' said tho first, with a wink at his companion. 'Great,' said die second, with a slight noil ct intelligence. 'Another glass here quick,' said the fust speaner. And hi live minutes more, tho father had unconsciously yielded up his son into die hangman's hands. Slowly nod heavily the time dragged on, as the brother and sister, in their miserable hiding place, listened ia anxious suspense to dm slightest sound. At length a heavy foolslep was heard upon the slair, it ap proached nearer ; it reached the landing, and the father staggered into the room. Tho girl saw that ho was intoxicated, nnd advanced wilh the candle in her hand lo meet hun; she slopped short, gave a loud scream, nnd fell senseless on the ground. Sho had caught sight of the shadow of a man , n fleeted on die floor. They both rushed in, and in another instant, the young man was a prisoner nnd haudcufl'Ld. 'Very quietly done,' said one of the men to his companion. Mlinntts in die old man. Lilt up die girl, Tom; cnine, come, it's no o-o crying young wouiun. It's all over now, nnd can't be helped.' The young man stopped for nn instant over (he g rl.nnd dien turned fiercely round upon Ins father who had reeled ngaiiist tho wall, and wns gazing on the ground with drunken stupidity. 'Lisien to me, father.' he said, in a tone t'lat made die drunkard's flesh creep. 'My brother's blond anil mine is on your head; I never had a kind look, or word, or care, from you ; and alive or dead, I never will forgive you. Die when you will, or how, I will be wilh you. 1 speak as a dead man now, and 1 warn you, father, that nsturoly as you must one day stand beforu your Ma ker, so surely shall your childreu be there hand, in hand, to cry for judgement ngniust you.' Hu raised Ins manacled hand in a llirealning altitude, fixed his eyes on his shrinking parent, nnd slowly left" l ho room; nnd neither father or sister evor beheld him moro on this side tho grave. When the dim and inuly light of a win ter's morning penetrated -into the narrow court, and struggled through llie begiim mrd winduw ol the wretched room, War den nwoko from his heavy sleep nnd found himself alone. He rose, and looked around him: tho old flock mattras on the floor was undisturbed; every thing was just as ho remembered to havu seen it last; und Ihcro were no signs of any one savo himself, hav ing occupied tho room during the night. He inquired of the other lodgers and of the neighbors; but his daughter had nut been seen or heard of. Ho rambled through the streets, and scrutinized each wrolched luce nniniig the crowds thnt thronged them with anxious eyes. Hut his search was fruitiest., and ho returned to his garret, when night came on, oesoiaio and weury. For many days he occupied himself in the samo manner, but no traces of his daughter did ho mrct with, nnd no word of her reached Ins cars. At length he gavo up the pursuit as hopeles. Ho had long thought of the probability of her leaving him, and endeavoring to gnin her bread in quiet clsowhore. She had loft him at last to starve alone. He ground his teeth and cursed her. He begged his bread from door to door. Fjvery halfpenny he could wring from the pity and credulity of those to whom he ad dressed himself, wns spent in the old way. A year passed over Ins hend; tho roof of a ail was the only one that had sheltered Inm for many months. Ho slept under arch, ways nnd brick fields any whero, where thcro was somo warmth, or shelter from the cold and rain. Hut in the last stage of poverty, disease, nnd houseless want, he wns a drunkard still. At last: one bitter night, ho sunk down on n door Btcp in I'iccaddily, faint nml ill- 1 lie premature occav of vice and prolligacy had worn him to Iho bone. His checks were hollow and livid; his eyes were sunk cn, and Ihcir sight was dim. Mis legs trembled beneath his weight, and a cold shiver ron through every limb. And now the long forgotten scenes ol a misspent lifo crowd thick and fast upon him. He thought of (ho time when he had a home a happy cheerful home and of those who peopled it and flocked obout him then, until dio forms of his elder children seemed to rise from tho grave, nnd stnud nbout htm; so plain, so clear, and so dis tinct they were, that be could touch and leel them. Looks that fie had long forgot ten, were fixed upon him once more; voices long since lui'hcd in death, sounded like the music of village bjlls. II til it was only tor an in.-iant. Tho rain beat heavily upon him; and cold and hunger were gnawing at. his heart again. He rose, and dragged his feeble limbs a few paces farther. The street was silent and empty; the few passengers who passed by, at that laic hour, hurried quickly on, and his tremulous voice was lost in the vi olence of the storm. Again that heavy chill struck through his frame, and his blood seemed to stagnate beneath it. He coiled himself up in a projecting doorway, and tried to sleep. Hut sleep had fled from his dull and gla zed cyei. II is mind wandered strangely, but he was awake and conscious. The well-known shout of drunken mirth sound ed in his ear, and tho glass was at his lips, the board was covered with choice, rich food they were before him; he could set diem all, he had but to reach out his hand and take them; and, though the illusion was reality itself, he knew that he was si! ting nlone in the deserted street, wntclun the rain drop- as they palled on the stones, that iloalh was coming upon him by inches: and thai them were none lo enre for or help him. (Suddenly he started op in the extremity ol terror, lie had heard own voice shouting in the night air, he know not by whom or why. Hark! A groan! Another! His seizes were leaving him: half formed and incoherent word burst forth from his lip-: nnd his hand sought to tear and lacerate his fl'ish. II was going mad, and he e1 ricked for hulj till Ins voice failed him. He raised his head and looked up the long dismal si reel. He recollected that outcasts like himself, condemned to wander day and night in those dreadful streets, had sometimes gone distracted with Iheir own loneline-s. He remembered to have heard many years before, that a homeless wretch had been fouod in a solitary corner, s-harp. ening a rusty knife to plunge in his own heart, preferring death to that endless wcarv wandering to nnd fro. In no instant his was taken: his limbs received new life ho ran quickly from the spot, and paused nnt for breulh until he reached the river side. I lo crept sniily down the steep stone tnirs that lead from the commencement ol Waterloo Bridge down to the water's, level He cioiiched into a comer and held hi breath as the patrol passed. Never did prisoner's heart dirob with the hope of lib orly mid life halfso eagerly as did that ol die wreiched man at die prospect of death The watch passed close to him, ho remain ed unobserved, and after waiting till the sound of foot steps had died away in the distance he cautiously descended nnd stood benentli the gloomy arch that Tonus th landing place from the river. The lido was in, and tho water flowed at his feet. The rnin had ceased, tho wunl lulled, nnd all was for a moment still and quiet; so quiet that the t-liglitcst soiled ot the opposite bank, even the rippling of the water against the barges that were moored there, was distinctly audible to the car The stream stole languidly nnd sluggi-dily on. blrange and lautastic terms rose to tho surface, and beckoned him to ap proach, dark glowing eyes peered from the water, and seemed to mock Ins hesitation, while hollow murmurs from behind urged him onwards. Hu rctrealcd a few paces, took a short run, a desperate leap and plunged into the river. Not five seconds had passed when he rose to the water's surface, but what n change had taken place in that short time in all Ins thoughts and feelings! Life, life, in any form, poverty, misery, stnrvation, any thing but death. He fought mid si niggled with iho water that closed over his head and screamed in agonies of ter 'or. Tin curse of Ins own 6nn rnng in Ins ears. The shore but one foot of dry ground he could almost touch the step, one haml'i breadth nearer and he wns saved, but the tide bore him onwnrd, under tho dark urch cs of the bridge, and he tank to the bottom. Again he rose, und struggled for life. For ono instant lor one brief instant Iho buildings on the river banks, the lights on llio bridge, through which llio current hnd borne Inm, thu hluck water and tho fast fly ing clouds, wero distinctly visible, once moro ho sunk, and once more ngniu ho ruse, Bright flames of lire t-lnu up from earlh lo heaven and reeled before his eyes, while the water thundered in his cars, and btunned him with its furious roar. 1 A week afterwards the body was washed VOE,. XI--io. 53S iinltore some mile-i down the river, a swu' len nnd disfigured mass. Unrecognised an" unpiiied, it was borne to the grave, and there it has long since mouldered away. (gQUfjt'tflfl. Washington, Oct. 2, 1037. Calhoun has the floor for tomorrow, in the Senate. He is terribly uneasy. Like every deserter, he takes ench stump and bush, for nu officer ready to nncst him. He construes every chance word that drops from every Scnntor, as a charge of inconsistency, and at the conclusion of every speech, ho has explanations and ex vlanalioni tn make. This constant neces sity of explanation seems to bo pregnant proof that some explanation is needed, and notwithstanding Calhoun's constant activity in explaining, it appen-s to be tho general opinion, dint however much m given, inure is still needed. Indeed it happens that each new explanation in volves in itself some two or three new inconsistencies; and like a fly in the web of u spider, the more he struggles lo dis engage himself, thu more be becomes en tangled. On Saturday, Pretlon gavo notice, upon occasion of tho presentation of some Anti- l exas Alemnrials, that he did not mlend to let that question go by default; but that at die proper time, he should be ready to resist the prayer nt die mpmnrinle-i The Txana ore cerlaiuly fortunate in tbeirf advocate-; l'restun in the Senate, uuu 'Fire in the House, having given noiico o their intention to undertake that adven lure. I nm glad that tho Texan side of die question has fallen into such hands; for if these advocates of their cause bo ublc, they are also honest. We may be, sure there will be no shuffling. The ad. mission of Texas will be advocated upon its true and real grounds. They will hold back nothing. They will frankly disclose the real arguments by which they have been induced to espouse that side. Wo shall not have th-i question covered up, as is too apt to be cno, under false pretences, and pot upon a false issue; advocated by one selof reason,antl sustained by another. The question being fairly and fully discus sed, without any attempt to throw dust in the eyes ol the people, I have no tear ot the result. A dishonest sophist like Wriglit, however modorato his ability, is a fur more dangerous opponent, than an honest ad vcrsarv, however able. Wamiington, Oct. 3, 1D37. In the Senate, Calhoun tool; the floor, nnd occupied himself in a desperate assault npnr. the banking system, which ho des cribed as n terrible montterjikoly in a short time to swallow up the property, the mor als, iho intellects, and the liberty of the country, ami of die world! If the Hank of die United Slates was a monster, it wa3 a monster with only one head ; whereas the Banking system is a terrible hydrn, with eight hundred heads, and those heads con stantly mnltiplying. If you cut ofT one, ten others larger and morn blood-thirsty, spring up in its place. Calhoun did not u?e i his figure, but it expresses his idea exsci He gave a sketch of die history of lb banking system, from the establishment i-' the Bank of Amsterdam to the present dav He enlightened the Senate with some of those profound discoveries, which h--alone ol nil men, has heen inspired to make. Among o'hers, the following.' 1. That Bank notes have a constant tendency to degrade the value of gold and silver, and will at last, destroy that value altogether ! 2. That even if a bank does not pay spe cie, the demand for its notes will always be greater than the supply; and therefore, however great the issue, il is impossible for the notes ever to sink in value! This, according to Mr Calhoun, is the rcaon, why bank notes have been enabled to cir culate, aficr specie payments were stopped. 3 That it is absolutely impossible for tho banks to resume specie payments; or if they do resume, it is impossible to sustain that resumption. I hope tho Banks will have die good sense to give tho lie to this favorite doctrine of Calhoun's, by speedily resuming. If they consult their own true interest ; if they wish to cover themselves with Hie strongest and most impregnable -Ineld against thu aliack of their enemies, they will resume forthwith, 4. That tho necessary tendency of tho banking system is,m introduce an exclusive paper circulalion, without any reference whatever to gold and silver, or any con neciion with the precious metals, whose value the banking system will ultimately destroy, 5. That the Banks, to be sustained, must bo limited in number, and reduced to a very few, and being so reduced tli?y will have tho quantity of tho circulation entirely in their power, and increase or diminish the value of property nt pleasure, and so ihcro will be an end to the liberties of the coun. try. 'c. That the Banking system is fatal to the ionr and intellectual devclopcment of iho country, it will criii-h all the learned professions, and absorb all human faculties into banking speculation ! ! 7. That tho gencrul government, under iho constitution, have nn r i f lit to tako any diing in payment but gold nnd silver, or ns own credits. (Dues the constitution say any thing about "its own credits?" it, That tho only way to lake caro of tho people, is to lake care of tiie government; that Congress has no business to tako caro if the people in nny other way ! ! ! 11. That bank eredils are Iho worst pos sible kind of credit in the world. 10. That credit and loan arc things wholly iliUerenl in their nature ! He attempted to onswer snmo of tho arguments of the oppositi in, abuot separn' ling Iho government liom tho peoplo ; a belter currency for llie government tbn

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