Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, September 22, 1843, Page 1

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toe NOT THE OLORT OF 0 JB S A B B D T THE WELFARE OF ROME. BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER, 22, 1843. VL. XVII No. 1G. BY H. B. STACY. SONG. I wish my love were some sweet flower, And I some happy roaming bee, Light winning to her woodland bower, And alllier sweetness waited me. I wish my love were some fair bird, And I some younrr and favorite tree, Where sho might come and sing unheard, Unseen, by all save love ana me. I wish I wish O what were bet? I were some stream that flowers might deck, And she a lily on my breast. With verdant arms around my neck. I wish I were the leaves that shield The rose from harm, and she the rose, Together sweet our lives to yield, Togethir in our death repose. FREEDOM. Freedom is self-control. He is not Free Who looks abroad for guidance ; or who finds In party, creed, or sect, in king's decree, Or mob's acclaim the rule of Right that binds His thoughts and feelings. Freedom dwells in minds To virtue disciplined s where sense of Right, Our own, and not another's, is our guide; Where self-respect and scorn of wrong unite, And Truth and Justice in our hearts preside. To Freedom thus inbred, if law accord Freedom of action, wo are Free indeed t But Wrong istvianny byone decreed Or mnnv Wrong, not less to bo abhorred, Though thousands gain, if one unjustly bleed. EPITAPHS. "Let us talk of graves, and worms, and epitaphs." StlAKSFEARE. " For the origin of these compositions wc arc referred to tho scholars of Linus, who first be. wailed their master, when he was slain, in dole ful verses, then called of him (Elinum, after ward Epitaphia ; for thoy were first sung at bu rials, and afterward engraved Jtipon the sepul chre." "Praises on tombs arc trifles vainly spent A man's good name is his best monumct." I have selected a few, merely to show the manners and feelings of the age. I have not chosen them from the rich and powerful. A great number of these are proverbially offen sive ; they express, it is true, " Here lies tho great ! False marble where 1 Nothing but sorbid dust lies here," Vouso. Shaltspeara thus expresses himself in rela tion to false honors : -Honors best thrive When rather from our acts wo them derive, Than our fore-goers : the mere word's a slave, Debauch'don every tomb, on every grave; A lying trophy, and oft as dumb, Where dust andd d oblivion is the tomb Of honor' d bones, indeed." I would observe there was a very graat change in them after the reformation. Numbers of them were not so chaste, not so spiritual, often more epigramatic, mere jeu-d'esprils e.vprcs give of any quality, good or bad, of tho party; noither in good taste, nor with due reverential propriety. The bacchanalian epitaph in Great Woolford church, Warwickshire, would not have been admitted into an earler period pf l I. ! . ciiurcn History. The following lines express tho qualification necessary to write an epitaph ; 11 He that would write ttn epitaph on thee, And doit well, must first bejin to be Such as thou wert ; for none can truly know Thy worth, thy life, but he that lived so." Dr. Donne : In the "Economy of Human Life" we are told that "to mourn without measure is folly ; not to mourn at all, shows insensibility." Tho Germans have a maxim, "It is honoura ble for women to bewail the dead the men to remember them." Verses on tho tomb ofFJorens Caldwell, Esq., at. xuarun's cnurcu, Ludatc,tior.don, date 10UU: Earihgocslo 1 ( As mould to mould, Knrtn (reals on !F,rl. J Glittering in gold, Eirl h as to f"rm ,teturn ne,er sUnai Earth shall be j . Goe where would. Enrth upon i f Consider may warm goes to t r.,rlh 1 Nnked away, Karththouph on p3"" S lie stout and gay, Earth shall from J l Passe poore away. " He merciful and charitable, Relievo the poor os thou art able ; A shroud to thy grave Is all thou shalt have!' On an old monument in St. Ann and St. Ag nes's church, London . O.U an . tris di c vul stra os Eis ti ro urn nere vit H san chns mi t mu la In this distich, the last syllable of each word in the upper line, is the same as that of each corresponding word in the last lino, and is to bo found in the centre. It reads thus : ftuos anguis tristridiro cum vulnerestrovit Hos sanguis christi miro turn munerc lavii. Translated thus : Those who have felt the serpent's venom'd wound In Christ's miraculous blood hath healing found. On Win mam Lawes, an eminent composer, who was killed in battle by the Roundheads: Concord is conquer'd! In this urn their lies Tho master of great music's mysteries : And in it is a riddle like the cause, Will Lawcs wasjslain by men whose Wills Lawes were .-Oh Daniel Blakchford, (who died in 1631,) in! Oxhill church, Warwickshire. When I was young I ventured life and blood Both for my king and for my country's good ; In elder years my care was chief to be .ijoldier to Him who shed his blood for me ! OX CHILDREN. Beneath a sleeping infant lies, VTwasearth looshcslent; .time ho shall more elorious rise, JBut not more innocent ! When the Archangel's trumpet sounds, And souls to body join, Many would wish their lives below Had been is short as thine! Ifbibes, all innocence and truth, ,M fViifeiS bright virtue's charms, TWhy 4a weiTiourn departed youth, f)r fihifnb '..'.Hill's alarms? Then.irents, stop the pi!h:.nj? tear, Nor pine at Heaven sdecrt Your darling's safe beyond a fejr. From guilt and sorrow free! In St. Gile's church, Shrewsbury. Initials pnly J. IV., 1695. Stir not my bones, which are laid in rlsy, i.For I must rise at rcsturrcction day. tU"ir ' n T'ghthelmstone old church : The hour concealed, and so remote the fear, Death still draws nearer, never seeming near. Bacchanalian Epitaph in Great Woodford church, Warwickshire : Hero old John Randall lies, Who, counting from his tale, Lived three score years and ten, Such virtue was in ale. Ale was his meat, Ale was his drink, Ale did his heart revive i ' ' And ifhecould have drank his ale, tie etui naa Deen Alive-1 He died January fith, 1090 " This epitaph was placed there by order of Majol Thomas Keyt, a person well known for his good humor and hospitality, and generally beloved in (he country ."t In friendsbury Graveyard,near Chatham, 1700. Tims was I stood as thou dost now, And view'd the dead as thou dost met 'Ere long thoul't lie s lowss I, Ana other stand to look on the ! From an old tomb stone, Clonatin church, Ire land. Let all thy thoughts, thy words, and deeds Be such unto thy brother As thou would'st his should bo to thee, And let them be none other. A paraphrase of tho twelfth verso of tho sev enth chapter of St. Matthew. On the tomb of the once beautiful Mary Vigors, 1703, in the cathedral of Ferns, Ireland: Thou dust and clay, tell me, 1 say, Where is thy beauty fled? Was it in vain? or doth it gain The favor of tho dead? Death is a debt wc all to nature owe, And not an evil when not counted so! .1 Dorking,in Surrey: Here lies the Carcass of Honest Charles Parkhurst who ne'er could dance or sing Hut always wa truo to His Sovereign Lord the King Charles 1st. Ob. Dec. XX. 1704, aged 8G. In Wrexham churchyard, Denbigshire, is the fol lowing on Elisiia Yale, who had been Goiernor of Madras. Dicdl721: Dornin AMERICA, in Europe bred ; In Africa travelled, and in Asia wed, Where long he lived and thrived ! at London died! Tho Society of Friends, do not, I believe, ov er place any memorials on their graves. Some years past, there was a Friend's funeral of some consequence at Warwick, whore but few of that persuasion resided, and therefore, many other neonlo attended to witness such a novelti-. The body was merely deposited in tho grave. Numbers expressed surprise that no more was said or done. .It brought forth, from a J.ticv Collins, tho following very appropriate and well expressed lines : ON SILENT FUNERALS. "When cxpcctalien anxious wishing Eloquence of words to hear. The solemn pause of awful silenco Mortifies tho itching car. At such, perhaps, tho (Treat Dispenser Sees it liot to deal with man, The d'pth of whoso unerring counsel " Human wisdom cannot scm. Tho striking scene of death before us, What can moru instructive plead 7 Since 'tis a road wo all must follow, 'Tis a path that none evade. Though Icirned phraso and flowery language Please theproud, exalted part, Yet deeply searching home reflection Can alone amend the heart. This is very similar to what is on Shakspeare's. Our ancestors entertained great fears of being dis- luroea alter ueatn, wnicn snows a cry becomtn", pious, una amiable sentiment, expressing a strong iiujic in u resurrection ucreaiier. tDr. Thomas. THE DOOMED SON : OR, FAMILY HONOR. This is tho title of a story of strange inter est, which we copy from Douglass Jerold's illuminated Magizino. Tho scene is laid in tho Canton do Vaud, in the year 1828. The peasantry of that part of tho Swiss High lands possess a strong feeling of family pride. They can traco their lincago by authentic histories to the first period of tho christian era, and many havo even tho title deeds for tho small farms on which they labor, engra ved on copper, of tho time of the Consuls. The following is a domestic incident in tho history of one of these families, which consisted of a father mid mother, two sons, tlio eldest twenty live, the youngest but eigh teen, and two daughters of intermediate ages. The youngest son, n f.iir-haired, well-formed boy, was ono ol those wild, unmanageable inus who a io at once tho bano and tho favo rite of the district. His open, joyous, hand- somo countenance, his reckless courage, his untu auto Hilarity ana tun, mado Ins neigh borstolcrate asericsofinischiovousand wick ed pranks which would have brought down condign punishment upon ono of greater ago or less winning exterior. At last, growing more reckless and ungovernablo, ho ono day galloped off with a neighbor's horse, was gone a week, and making acquaintance with a girl of looso character, sold tho horse to furnish tho means of debauchery. Deserted and robbed by his paramour, tho guilty young man, awakened to a sense of his real situa tion, attempts to reach home. Ho wishes to see his mother, and obtain from her the means of escnpo to a neighboring province. Ho is pursued, is wounded in cllucling a desperate escape, and is worn out bv hunger and fa tigue. After thn narration of his perilous escape tho story is thus told : When evening approached ho commenced tho last and most perilous portion of his iour- nny. no was now in a country whero Ins luce was Known to every one, and tho dis tanco was almost too great to bo passed in tho fow hours of darkness. With much la bor, however, ho succeeded in reaching his homo before daylight, clambered into a hnv loft whero his brother was certain to come for foddci for tho cattle covered over with tho hay, and wailed for his arrival. Soon after day break ho heard his broth cr's step, and his agitation was almost boyond endurance. Ho now for tho first time began to consider now no should be received r thing which had not yet entered into his mind That ho would bo given up to justico was . r .!. .. . i . , , , ., uui ui mu question ; uut would ne ue allow ed tho shelter of home ! Ho at last sum moned courage to leave his hiding-place, and found his worst fears confirmed his brother. so far from receiving him with affection, started from him with an expression of hor ror, and would not even allow Inm to come near. ' You aro tho first of your race that has evef committed a crimo liko tins, nnd you havt brought sliaino on n family that has been without reproach since the birth of our Saviour.' Tho boy could mako no answer but tears but faint with hunger he exclaimed : ' FoUGod's sake givo mo food, I have not eaten for forty-hours !' Tho broher- heart was moved, ho abstained from reproaches, fetched him food and wine, and then rising and assuming a countenance of severity to conceal his emotion, said, 1 Como with me into the barn, and I will pile the straw round you, and you will bo safe for a time, till wo can devise what is to be done. If you pro sent yourself to your father in his present stato of mind, he will kill you. Leave mo to mako your peace, if indeed, that be pos liblo, for your mother also is deeply incens ed, and it will requiru time to overcomo her repugnance to intercede for you. It must be attempted gradually, or it will assuredly fail or success.' In this hiding-placo the youth remained during tho day, and it was not till past mid night that his brother ventured near him. Ho came without a light, and speaking in n low tono said, Tho officers of justico have been hero to day, and havo only just left the house, on hearing of the affair of a lamb, which has been found in tho cave : it is not doubted that you nre the culprit, and they aro gone in that direction to seek lor you. I havo not ventured to communicate tho se cret to your father or mother. Only your sister Julia yet knows it and she is ill in bed. You must stay hero for tho present. In the morning 1 will break tho affair to tho fami- iy.' With this promise ho was compelled to be satisfied, the brother left him food and de parted. All that night and tho next dav ho remained alone, but in the evening the bro ther came as before with food. His counte nance was sombre, his voice severe, and his words wero few and cold. 'May I not sco my mother?' said tho youth. No,' was tho storn reply. Nor my sisters V ' No, your father has forbidden it.' ' Then what am I to dol' 'You will know by and by; I -shall bo with you again before midnight V nnd ho suddenly left tho barn without a single word of kindness. God help mo !' said tho boy. ' What will become of mo ?' and ho put aside the food untasted. Nor till nearly two in tho morning did tho brother return ; ho brought with him a dark Innthorn and materials for writing. It is all arranged,' said he ; ' your father will not sec you himself, but ho consents to allow your mother and sisters to sco you, if you arc willing immediately to luavo tho country pass over to Alorat, where Ihero is a recruit in station fm-the King of Sardinia, nnd ou ter his service under a fictitious name. If you agree to this proposition writo down your consent forthwith, and you shall bo ad' milted into tho house.' 'If the sentiments of my mother and sis ters arc liko your own, Adolphe, I scarcely wish to sco them.' ' Do not deceivo yourself, thoy bear you no ullcction, replied tho brother; and in consenting to see you thoy aro solely influ enced bv a wish to preserve tho honor of tho family.' Two more hours elapsed, when tho brother returned and conducted him in to tho house ; no ono was there to receive llim and lie wns proceeding to his own bod wiicu his brother slopped him. ' Not that way,' said ho ; ' your bod is in tho strong room. This was a room of which tho walls wero of thickness to defy tho effects of an ordinary fire, and was used to preserve the records and documents of tho family, together with such pieces of valuable properly as wero not in constant use. ' Why am I put hero?' said Carl. ' For safety,' replied tho brother. ' Should tho officers of justice como in search of you there is a trap door, known only to your fa ther nnd mother, through which you can es cape. In tins room remained tlio young Oarl til tho following evening, when he was desired to descend to the pallor. Hit youngest sis tcr, who was ill, had risen from her bed to see him, to embrace him, to cover his fico with kisses, and entreat him to reform his conduct. I cannot stay, Carl, said she, ' my mo tlier tells mo I must go lo bed again, but you shall hear from me.' Sho put into his hand a little purso of money, burst into tears, and as slio loll the room, said, There is much to do to night, Carl, and I am not allowed to share in it. I hopo all is for tho best. Pray lo God pray to God.' Tho mother gave wav to no tenderness at tho sight of hor prodigal son ; but hastened to load his pockets with valuables which sho told him ho might require on tho journey, and which would servo to make him friends where ho was going. It wns in vain that he urged on her that theso things wero unneces sary, and abovo all, the heavy bag of dollars, as ho supposed it to be, which siio fastened into tho pocket of his jacket. 1 I shall havo more than I want, mother, in tho bounty money, and I thought to havo sent back even a part of that, for tho use of poor Julia s crippled mother. 1 shall not need this money ; pray send it to them if vou can sparo it.' Tho mother mado no reply, and scarcely seemed lo hear him. Sho persisted, howev er, in her task, and he, fearing lo offend her still further, desisted from his efforts. ' That is enough, mother,' said tho daughter, who was nssisting her in tho task of filling his pockets. ' Time passes,' added she, ' and tho car is ready.' In vain did Carl endeavor, by thoso win ning caresses with which liu had formerly softened his mother's heart to his trangres sions, oncn mure to sootlio her gloomy re serve ; sho seemed to liavo wrought tier mind up lo a pitch of unnatural firmness, and remained silent and absorbed. Carl knew that tho load with which his pockets were fil led, would seriously impede his march ; but ho saw to mako further opposition, or leave any of them behind, would slill add to his mother's anger. lie therefore allowed her lo continue her task, determining lo disem barrass himself of tho unnecessary weight as soon as ho should bo alone, Tho brother, who noticed his chagrin, said : ' It is of very litllo consequence, Carl ; submit to your mother's will ; you will havo but a litllo way to go,' said he ; ' when once out of the boat, il is but a fow miles to Moral.' Carl no-y loarnt that two boatmen wero engaged lo ferry him across tho lake of Mo ral" and that his brother would accompany liim on iho voyage That it could not bo delayed a single night, nnd that this night had been chosen because of tho darkness, or he might havo been allowed another day un der tho paternal roof. At last the timo arrived for the separation. The mother and sistor remained as stoically cold as ever : and when, at the last moment, the poor youth exclaimed. Well, mothor, I have given you much uneasiness, but this it tho last moment you shall ever havo occasion1 to bo ashamed of me I will mako myself a character, if God spare my life,' the face of tho mother became convulsed with tho force of suppressed emotion twice sho returned lo embrace him, but twico stopped short and gave him a cold adieu. The brothor hurried him away. They found a conveyance rea dy to take them'lolho wator side, where ihev embarked on a small boat, and pursued their wav across tho lake. All tho efforts of tho youth to engage his brother in conver sation proved fruitless; ho preserved a gloomy silenco. Thero was an oppressive heat in the air, which forbodo a storm, an occasional flash of lightning, and largo drops of rain at intervals. They had remained somo timo without exchanging a word, when young Carl suddenly started up and said ' I can bear tins no longer, Adolphe, 1 am sui focatcd thoy havo so loaded my pockets that I am weighed down it was kind of my mother nnd sister thus to Hunk ol my wants when 1 should he far awav from them ; but I would have rather had a few tender words from them at parting (parting perhaps for ever) than all the presents thoy have pressed upon me. strange that 1 should no so cast off that I was not allowed to explain any thing. I nm guilty, I know, but not so guil ty as you suppose. I did not intend to steal the horso. I bolievo my wine was drugged bv tho woman I had tho misfortune to meet it tho nubergc, for 1 slept till tho middlo ol tho next day it was too lalo to return ; tho following day I was infatuated mad I could not resolve to separate from her sho persuaded mo to sell the horse it was the only means of enabling mo lo stay with her. I consented but you know not tho agony of remorsu which took possession of mo from that moment. Bitterly havo I suffered. Surelv, you will forgive mo, Adolphe, for you know tho fascinations of a woman at my ago, and you havo yourself gone near lo up guilty also. What, not one word, Adolphe ? not ono word ! when we are parting pcr inps forever. Well, well be it so when I am cone, perhaps you may feel that you tave been to severe,' and ho relapsed into silence. ' Good God ! Adolphe,' said ho, is a flash of lightning lighted up the facn of us brother, and showed it livid and convtil scd, 1 what is tho matter wilh you 1 are you ill t your faco is (rightful ' No no,' said Adolpho, 1 not ill, not ill but this parting this parting is is too much for me.' ' Then you do feel for mo, Adolphe,' said Carl; 'you will intercede with my mother, and let mo know that sho has forgiven mo God knows I love her tenderly, and would sacrilico my 1 1 to tor her; outlier mind is

poisoned, and ifis in vain to plead wilh her at present ; years must elapse bolero my stern father can be reconciled perhaps nev er, for his whole soul is fixed on tho honor of his family which I havo stained. I wish it were a timo of war, Adolphe, then I might havo a chance of distinguishing myself, nnd I might mako a namo on which he might dwell with pride my own is lost lo me torcver.' ' Forever,' echoed Adolphe, and his liol low tone sunk deep into tho heart of his bro ther. Carl felt how much ho had sacrificed, how vain tho h-pe to re-establish hiinself,and ho burst into tears. ' I cannot brealhn, Adolphe,' said he, ri sing in the boat, and endeavoring to tako off his loaded garments but his brother seized his arm. ' Wait yet a moment,' said he, pulling him down into his scat again ; ' I have some thing to say to you something of tho great est importance ; it is tho last opportunity, and tho moments aro precious. Where are wet added Adolpho, addressing tho boatman ; 'it is so dark 1 can distinguish nothing.' 1 Two thirds over,' said one of lho boat men, ' and near the deepest part of the lake.' Carl had again risen and was trying to tako off his heavy jacket ; but before he could accomplish this, Adolpho exclaimed, ' Now,' and pushed mm with tho nnd ol ins cane. Curl seized tho cane firmly to save himself, but his brother let go and at the samo moment one of the men seized his legs, threw him off his balance, and in an instant he was in tho water, sinking with rapidity. ' I thought your courage would havo fail ed,' said tho ruffian who had aided in the murder. ' Why did you let tho fellow go on with his gabble X 1 was inclined lo do it without you. If he had continued his talk, your heart would havo turned to butter ; ho has a tongue to melt the devil himself, had ho onco suspected our purpose. Holy Ma ry ! there he is again !' exclaimed he as the head roso above tho surlace ol the wator; ' I knew ho was a desperato swimmer pull away, pull hard out of his reach ; at the samo moment striking at tho poor victim with his oar : the distance was, however, too great lo inflict a serious blow ; it only knocked off his cap, and cut a wound in tho forchoad, and he sank once more out of sight. ' It is over, 'said the brother it is over,' and ho sank back fainting on the bench. scarcely was ho seated, however, when a loud scream reached his ear ; tho poor boy ; l l IP . .1 r. i untu iiiureraiseu iiniiseii iu niu sunacu.anu ho saw by tho faint light of the moon tho blood streaming down his face. Wilh, furi ous and desperate struggles ho was trying to keep himself afloat, while ho put forth the most passionate appeals Tor 'mercy. 1 O, savo me, brother let mo livo and ropent Oh God, soften his heart." Then with one hand trying to buffet tho water, with tho other ho endeavored to lighten tho load in his pockets ; thoy wero firmly sewed up, and as. tho dreadful trijtli flashed upon him, he screamed, ' Oh ! riiy mothor, my mother! my pockets, my poek els ! Oh savo me, savo mo, brdlhcr l'- Tho brother's heart,stealcd as it had been by iho stern arguments of his father har dened by family prido, and llib dictates na ture perverted by' a distorted sense of hon or, was not proof against such an appeal. Ho was now as anxious to save linn as ne hid been to secure his destruction.. , Row 'to him.' said lie to.tho. men, and soeinc thai thov hesitated, he seized an oar and pTied it'vigorously. Carl was making his last desperate struggle. Adolphe held oul his hand .to save himbut the boatman exclaiming, ' We have gone too far to draw back,' raised his oar alolt. and with ono fu rious blow split tho poor victim's skull, and he sank to rise no more. To rise no moro 1 Be not too sure of that, tigers ! and, above all, you two mis creants who havo undertaken this horrid deed for hire. For you thero is no redemption ! Tfie olhers havo been acting under tho samo horrid perversion of judgment which influ ences the members of tho holy brotherhood of iho Inquisition ; but for you there is no palliation. Woo to you in this world and in the next The deed was shrouded in darkness, but it was not permitted to remain so. The three criminals wended their wav back ; but the deed was scarcely complete when tho storm which had so long threaten ed, now burst forth in all iis fury. Long did they struggle against tho violence of tho winds and waves, every moment in danger of being ovcrwlielmcd-tlicir efforts weaken ed by iheir terrors at the idea of being sent lo givo account of their wickedness. All night did they buffet with tho storm. As morning dawned it began to clear away, and thoy reached thn shore in safety, but not bo fore the surrounding country was a stir, and hundreds wero witness of their arrival. This ultimately led to the detection. Were not this dreadful deed recorded in tho pro ceedings of a court of justice, posterity might bo excused for doubling the possibili ty of an act so atrocious from motives so apparently inadequate. That a mother could so far overcome all the instincts of na ture, as to sanction tho assassination of her son merely lo acquiesce in the stern decree of her husband but with her own hands to manufacture tho instruments of destruction. and tins under Iho pretext of promoting tho comlort and happiness ol tho unsuspecting victim; tins seems so repugnant to tho teel ngs and experience of mankind, that any less testimony would not suffico to produce conviction, let there is a circumstance moro extraordinary, if possible, than even this ; and that is, that instead of inspiring horror among the people ol tho district, tho deed had (heir entire approbation Tho part of tho lake selected for this deed of horror was one which seemed to offer iho most perfect security against detection ; the great depth of tho water, the lead and iron winch were secured to the person of the vie tim, and the texture and material of whicl his clothes were composed, seemed to afford an assurance ihal the body would remain at tho bottom till long after decomposition sliouid be complete, nnd all probability el re cognition impossible tho process would be aided by tho lislies which abound there, There was only one point at which the lake was accessible, and this was several miles ironi the spot where tho minder had taken place memorable from having been the scone of the destruction of the nrmv Charles tho Bold. Duko of Bureundv. thus band of Margaret of York, sister lo Edward IV of England) which was entirely defeated by the Swiss at the battle of Moral, and driven into the lake. A tree, planted a few days afterwards in tho centre of the village to commemorate iho event, is now one of tho remarkable objects of the district. I saw it still growing luxuriant after a lapso of ton hundred years, of great magnitude, and likely to live nan a dozen centuries more. Tho hurricane, which had gone so near lo destroy tho murderers, had produced so violent a disturbance on tho lake as to throw .i.-i i ... . uiu uooy on snore at tlusplaco; it was soon recognized, and a rigid search was instituted for tho assassins. Tho loaded pockets so securely fastened, and the dread ful chasm in his skull, put out of the question tno lirst suggestion ol iho possibility ot sui cide tho boatmen and tho victim's brother, who had been seen landing tho morning nfte Hie storm, wero arrested and interrogated Uiu explanation thev had given ot tho pur port of their midnight voyage was found to bo lalso thoy conlessed thoir guilt ; in whole was discovered, and tho officers justico proceeded to arrest father, mother, and sisters; all were committed lo prison lo tako their trial lor tins most unnatural an inconceivable crime. On the trial, the father undertook his own defence, nnd in an eloquent and impassioned oration boldly claimed tor himscll the patn archal right ot life and death ; repudiate every form of government which had existed in Ins country for two thousand yea:s: an declared that the original rights of his raco to govern themselves in their own way though long in oueyunce, had never bee abandoned. That ha knew ho must submit to punishment, but his conscience acquilte Inm ot guilt ; and were tho same circuit stances to como over again, ho should act i tho samo manner ; that he had inflicted his son such a punishment ns the crimo de served; and that it had only been inllicte secretly because his own raco was for tho present in coercion, subjected to a govern' ment which they, therefore, outwardly obey. ed, but undor a permanent protest ; that had it been practicable ho would havo preferred that tho deed should havo been done openly in tho presence of his clan,- but that this would havo betrayed the crime, and con summated tho disgrace of his family ; and that ho gloried in tho self-command whtc enabled him to subject his feelings as a fath er to Ins duties as a patriarch but his lam ily being now irretrievably disgraced, no was, therefore, qui to indifferent to Ins late. He was condomned to twenty years soli tary confinement, which, at his ago, was confinement for life. His .wife nnd family to periods varyinc from oight to twelve, accor ding to the degreo in which thoy wero sup posed to be under tho intluenco ol the lath er, and, I think, the boatmon were subjected lo the samo punishment as was the cinet. The most extraordinary part of ho story remains to be told : criminals in that coun Irv. as in many others, before ihey aro finu ly incarcerated to undergo the penalty of the law in n long imprisonment, nro exposed to public gaze on a platform (a kind of pillory) for tho snaco of one hour, with a record of thoir. crime placed conspicuously over their heads, Such was the process in the present case but when the culprits were placed on the I eotTnM a ,mivAral 11101)1 nf execration aroso 1 cafTod, a universal shout of execration aroso from the mob of several thousand persons ho surrounded it. It appeared that these people were from Iho district where tho cul prits resided, und had walked all the distance testify their disapprobation of the punish ment inflicted for an act which they did not knowledge to bo a crime. AMERICAN NAVAL ANECDOTES. HORNET AND PENGUIN. In the action with tho I'cncuin, a private marine of the Hornet, named Michael Smith, ho had served tinder thn gallant i'orter, in Essex, when sho was captured by the rilish, received a shot through tho upper part of the thigh, which fractured tho bone, and nearly at tho samo moment had tho samo thigh broken immediately abovo tho ncc, by tho spanker boom of tho Hornet, Inch was carried away by iho enemy s owsprit while afoul of her. In this situa tion, while bleeding upon the deck, and un able lo rise, ho was seen to mako frequent xcrtions to discharge his musket at the ene my on thu top-gallant forecastle of the I'en- gum. I his, however, tho poor tellow was liable to accomplish, and was compelled to submit. to bo carried below. COUBLTT. William Cobbotl showed no small exul tation in recapitulating the naval victories of le Americans. Ho wns ono dav speaking somewhat boldly on iho subject in the pres ence of an English officer, who pettishly ob served, " I hero is rood reason lor it. 1 went on board their man of war after our cfcat, and found half iheir sailors were English." And had von not all English V asked the undaunted radical. CAPTAIN GKOIlGn LITTLE. Among tho vessels which were built by the State of Massachusetts, during thu War of Iho Revolution, was the sloop Winthrop. Sho was built in the then District of Maine, and for the express purpose nf protccling our coasting trade, which had suffered much by tho captures, yc, of the enemy. She mounted thirteen guns, nnd was commanded by Capt. Georgo Litile, of Mansfield, who had been tho first liaulenant of tho ship Protector, John Foster Williams, Esq., commander, nnd who, by our quasi war with France, in 1798, commanded the frigate Boston. His first lieutenant, in the Win throp, was Edward I'reble, of Portland, who also bad been an officer on board i ho Protector, and who wns afterwards Commo dore Treble. 1 he winthrop was a very fortunate vessel, and moro than answered tho expectations of those who built her. She protected tno coasting trade, made ma ny prizes, and covered herself with glorv. Soon after sailing on her first cruise, she fell in wilh two ships which mado a formidable pticnrancc, but boldly running down upon them, she captured them both. They prov ed lo bo two stout British letters of marque, nnd sho immediately returned with them to lioston. Sho mado a number of prizes afterwards and recaptured some American vessels. In one ot her cruises, sho re-captured a sloop belonging to the late William Gray, Esq. I cli had been taken bv tho lirilish brig Mcriam, of equal or superior force lo the Winthrop, nnd with a prizo-mastcrand crew on board was ordered for Ponobscot,to which place Moriam herself had gone. Captain Little immediately resolved upon the daring plan of cutting her out. Disguising his ves sel, so as to give her as much as possible the appearance of tho prizo sloop, he entered thu harbor of Penobscot in tho evening ; as he passed tho fort, he was hailed, and asked what sloop that was ho answered, ' Iho Meriam's prize.' It is said that the people in the fort had somo suspicions nf him, but they suffered him to pass. Ho then ran up towards the brig, and as lie approached her, was again hailed, and gave tho samo an swer. ' I alio care," s.utl thoy on board the Meriam, ' you'll run foul of us.' Ho in fer ncd them that he had been ashore on a reef, and lost his cables and anchors, and re quested them to throw him a warp, .vhicli was immediately done. The sloop was ihen hauled up to the brig, and Lt. Preble, as ho had been appointed, jumped on board, with a number of men, who Ind their various duties assigned them while somo slipped tho cables, others mado sail, See, Preble, himself, with a few fol lowers, entered tho cabin, where tho ofUcers wero just changing their Jfess, for the pur pose of going on shore. Thoy made some attempts lo get their arms for defence, but were soon subdued. When they were com ing out of tho harbor, tho foit fired upon them, but Capt. Littlo judged it best not to return tho hro ; ho K"pt steadily on his course, and when out of reach of their shot, triumphantly let off thirteen sky rackets' In tho same cruise ho took two other vessels, ono of which was a schooner of eight guns, which ho had driven ashore. Ho manned his boats, went en shore, mado the crew prisoners, and got off tho schooner ; with Ids four prizes ho returned lo Boston. The five vessels entered the harbor together in fine style, with a leading breeze ; and a gal lant show thoy made. COMMOD0RU I'KIlltV. At the tremendous battle of Lake Erie, whn the snrepinm havoc which was some times mado, a number of men were shot a way from around a gun, the survivors looked si lontlv around to Perry and then stepped in to their places. When he looked at tho poor fellows lav wounded and weltering on the deck, ho always found their faces turned lo wards him, and Iheir oyes lixed on Ins coun tenance. It is impossible lor worus to iieigii- ten tho simple aflucling eloquence ofthls an ecdote. It speaks volumes in praiso ot the heroism of the commander, and the confi dence anil affection of Ins men. COOLNESS IN TIME OP DANGER. The second Lieutenant of tho Lawrence, standing by Perry, was struck in (he breast by a chain" shot, which, having passed through the bulwark, was so fur spent as lo have no other effect than to knock him down. The shot lodeed in the bosom of his waistcoat. He felt (tunned by the violence of the blow. Perry approaching him, and perceiving no marks of a wound, observed that he thought ho could not be hurt. Upon this the Lieu tenant having revived, pulled tho shot out c! his bosom, nnd exclaimed "no, sir, but this ! my shot," thrust it, with sang froid into hi; pocket. The Knickerbocker, for September, ha: been on our tablo for kevcral days. We quote some passages from tho Editor's Table : The Personal Manner of Washington. " What a personal presence was that of the Fatheii of his Country ! All accounts agree in this. (Vo heard an old gentleman say, no' long ago, that when a clerk in Philadelphia, h" used !o walk two or three squares every mor ning, to meet Washington as ho came dovvi! Market street to his qinrter?. " 1 he dignity, said hp, "of his movements, tho grace of his sr lutatioii, and the calm sweetness of his smile, were beyond description or comparison." Si ting tho either day on a log, scarcely a stnneV throw from where Andre was captured, and in-' far from tho little Sleepy-Hollow church, ve comorscd an hour with a revolutionary patriot, tremulous with the palsy of age, who pointer out to us the spot, over thu Tappan Sea whic' lay before us, where Andrb was hung, atif where, on that day, tho troops "spread out thirl, and bl iclc a long way from the gallows." Hi lived at Verplanck'e Point, close by, when Ar nold came down in his barge, ami went on boanf the Vulture, all which he himself saw. "The fired two cannon at the barge," said he, " from this sid'3: having got nc.va of the treason bv evpress; but the gun burst at tho second di cliargo, and took ofTtha leg1-, to the thighs, t"' one "tr fellow, who w.-.H brought to our house, but he died in two hour.-5." "The army then lay at Bedford," continued the old veteran : 'and I saw General Washington almost everv dav. lie was a nobleloolving man ; his cnunte nance was tcrriblv pleasant. IIu did not tall. much; but even tho littlo diildrcn fairly lovtd him : and they ued to (iitherabout the door ol his marquee every morning, to sco him ; and he used to pat their heads ami smile on them ; it was beautiful to s-.'e." How uniform ai.d uni versal is this "testimony of the eye" in the le collcctions of Washington." Law Fictions and Law Verdrage. " Wh-.' curious things aro the fictions of taw ! Did John Due or Richard Hue oier mako their personal appearance in any court 1 Wutc they ever onco met in any house, street, or field, public or pri vate ! Nav, had they ever the good luck to be born Whoever encountered Stiles or Jack son, thoso litigious rascals, who have been play ing plaintiffand defendant for so many years, iu processes of ejectment ! Look, ton, at the gross tills iu all indictments fur assiuit and battery, to w say nothing of their tautology. 'Do us the fa vor tn observe :' ' ' For that the said defendant, on the first day of September, in tho year of our Lord IS 13, as saulted the said plaintiff, to wit, at Ne v York, in the county and stato of Now York, and then and there spit in tho face of tlio said plaintiff, and with great torca and violence seized and laid hold of tlio f-aid plaintiff by his nose, and greatly squeezed and pulled the same ; and then and there plucked, pulled and tore divers large quantities of hair from and off the head of the said plaintiff: and then and there with a certain I stick and with his lists gave and struck the said plaintifi a great many violent blows and strokes on and about divers parts of his body ; and also then and there, with great force and violence, shuok and pulled about tlio said plaintiff, and cast and threw the said plaintiff down to and up nn the ground, and then and there violently kicked tiie said plaintiff, and gave and struck him a great many other blows an I strokes, and also then and there, with great force and vio loiice, rent, tcrc, and damaged the clothes and wearing apparel, to wit, one coat, one waistcoa', o io pair of breeches-, one cravat, one shirt, cno pair of stockings, and ono hat, of the said plain tiff, of great value, to wit, of the value of one hundred dollars, which tho said plaintiff then and there wore, and was clothed with. Bv moans of which said several premises the said plaintiff was then and there greatly hurt and wounded, and became and was sick. sore, lame, and disordered, and so remained and continued for a long space of time, to wit, for th" space of three weeks, then next following ; during all which time the said plaintiff thereby suffered and underwent great pain, and was hindered and prevented from performing and transacting his necessary affiirs and business, bv him. durine hat time, to bo performed and transacted, and also thereby tho said plaintifi was forced and obliged to, and did necessarily pay, lay out, and expenu a large sum ot money, to wit, the sum of fifty dollars, lawful money of the United States of America, in and about endeavoring to be cured of the bruises, wounds, s.ckness, soreness, lame nesr, and disorder aforesaid, occasioned as afore said.' " " Quere. Would the ' waistcoatf,' ' breech es,' etc., be numbered, in the case of an old fash ioned Dutchman, wearing eight or ten each I How are ' precedents' and the ' old English law' on this point 1" Rough and tumble. The New Orleans Tropic tells the following slory: "A Frenchman, who knew a very little of our language, unfortunately got into a diffi culty with a back countryman; and fight he must; nnd that, too, rough and tumble. Dut, befuro ho went at it, he was very anxious to know what ho should cry out, ifho found himself whipped. After being infoimed that when ho was satisfied, all that lie would have to do would be tu cry out 'enough,' at it they went; but poor Monsieur, in iiis difficulties, forgot the word; and finding his eyes weto likely to be removed from their sockets, ha began lo cry out ; but instead of saying what he was told, he commenced bawling lustily, 'hurrah! hurrah!! hurrah HI' To his aston ishment, the countryman kept pounding and gouging the harder, when Monsieur, finding there was no use in hallooing, turned and went tu work in good earneM, so thai it was not long before the countryman sung out in a stentorian voicp, 'enough !' Say that again,' said tho Frenchman. Enough ! enough ! !' cried ho again ; when the Frenchman, in his turn, broke out, ' Ilcgar dat is de vara word I was try to say long lime ago.' Pnot.iric. A negro woman, nearly fifty fivo years of ago, belonging lo a Creole fam ily in the parish of St. Landry, has had thirty -live children. Her first child was born ut the uge of twenty -fivp. Sho gavn biiih to twins fivo limes, to triplets three limes. Twenty of her children nro at pres ent living. 1 Peso tacts aro stated on the authority of an Opclousas paper. It, O, Bee. "My name is Norvnl !" said a runaway youth, who was playing that character in "a small theatre at Annapolis some years since. " Vou lie you dog 1" said an officer in the crowd. " vonr name is Bill White, and vou owes Mrs. Knipper three dollars and a half for board and washing, and here's writ, to come along my darling VI hnlhg Gaz.