Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, October 6, 1843, Page 1

Newspaper of Burlington Free Press dated October 6, 1843 Page 1
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tee V. NOT TUB QLOBY OF OJDSAB BUT TUB WELFARE OF ROME BY H. B. STACY. BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 0, 1843. VOL. XVII No. 18. Prom tho Knickerbocker for Saptember. TUB riUNTEH. T- "Tho printer in his folio, hcraldcth the world Now como tidings of weddings, makings, mum meries, entertainments, jubilees, wars, fires, inundation?, thefts, murders, massacres, mete ors, comets, spectrums, prodigies, shipwrecks, piracies, sea-fights, law-suits, pleas, proclama tions, embassies, trophies, triumphs, revels, sports, plays ; then again, as if in a new shift ed scene, treasons, cheating, roberies, enormous villanics of all kinds, funerals, trials, now dis coveries, expeditions ; now comical then tragi cal matters. To-day wo hear of now offices created, to-morrow of great men deposed, and then again of fresh honors conferred ; one is let loose, another prisoned j one purchaseth, another breaketh; he thrives, his neighbor turneth bankrupt; now plenty, then again dearth and famine; one runs, another rides, wrangles, laughs, weeps, and so forth. Thus do we daily hear such like, both public and pri vate news." Old Bukton. He stood there nlono at thnt shadowy hour, Dy tho swinging lamp dimly burning; All silent within save the ticking type, All without, save the night-watch turning; And heavily echoed the solemn sound, As slowly he paced o'er the frozen ground. And dark were the mansions so lately that shone, With the joy of festivity gleaming, And hearts that were beating in sympathy then, Were now living it o'er in their dreaming, Yet the Psinteu still worked at his lonely post, As slowly he gathered his mighty host. And there lay the merchant all pillowed in down, And building bright hopes for the morrow, Nor dreamed he that Kate was then weaving a wand, That would bring to him fear and sorrow ; Yet the Printer was there in his shadowy room, And he set in his frame-work that rich man's doom 1 The young wife was sleeping, whom lately had bound The ties that ileatli only can sever ; And dreaming she started, yet woke with a smile, For she thought they were parted forever ! But the 1'ntsTER was clicking the types tiiat would tell On tho morrow.THE tbutii of that midnight spell ! And there lay the statesman, whose feverish brow And restless, ihe pillow was pressing, For he felt, through the shadowy mist, of his dream, His loftiest hopes now possessing ; fglsom, Yet the Printer worked on 'mid silence and And dug for ambition its lowliest tomb. And slowly that workman went gathering up His budget of grief and of gladness, A wreath for the noble, a grove for ihe low, For the happy a cup full of sadness: Strange stories of wonder, to enchant tho ear, And dark ones of terror, ts curdle with fear. Full strange are the talcs which that dark host shall To palace and cot on the morrow ; bcur un welcome, in nee wt icomc, to many a Heart ! To many a bearer of sorrow; It shall go like the wind anil wandering air, For life and its changes arc impressed there. Boston, Aug. 13, 1843, Modus. ONE OF THE WORLD'S LITTLE WAYS. Charlotte Meredith was just fifteen, and Volnoy Balfour just twenty-two, when they accidentally met, and, following the exam plo of many wiser persons, fell most pro foundly, desperately, and iusupportably in love. Indeed, according to their firm con viction, there never before was such an in stance as they presented of the ravages of the tender passion. L'oets might rave and galvanize language to gtvo forco to expres sion, but they could not adequately describe tho consuming nature of the attachment which Volney felt for Charlotte, and Charlotte for Volney. It was nearly tremendous at least so thought the youthful couple, and who could better j udge of its vehemence than they? iiiariotto was an orphan, una sho had a Guardian named Mr. Queer : and this Mr. Queer was a verv odd and ridiculous old fel low, antiquated in his notions, and altogether behind his age. At a time when tho world were making their fortunes in speculation, and when money was worth at least fifty per cent, ho kept his own properly and that of (its ward snugly locked up in live per cent, stocks, and no remonstranco could induco him to partako of tho golden harvest which some of his Wall street friends, in the most disinterested manner, offered to share with him if ho would only allow them to plant a few idlo thousands of his dollars byway of seed. 1 hey even went so far in their gen erous intentions as to offor to give to a new city, out West, tho name of Quccroillc, if ho would only tako stock in tho company formed for its erection. It was already mag nifkiently laid out, (by tho lithographer,) and all that it wanted now was a population. 'Bali!' was the only reply which tho obtuse old capitalist condescended to return to tho proposal. Other peculiarities had Mr. Queer, from which it would almost seem that ho had walk ed into tint wrong century. Although ho had been entrusted with millions ol the pub he money, he had never been proved a de faulter; and though, during tho last war, ho had abundant opportunities of realizing an immense fortune, by omitting to meet his foreign obligations, no one could accuse him of oven having repudiated a debt. Tho old fellow also went to church regularly on Sun days, and was simple enough to lovo his wife, and be faithful lo her, even after sho had waxed so fat as to competo with the mam moth ox in weight. He could never be made Co understand that "all is fair in politics," nd that a man could be, politically speak '"E a great scoundrel and humbug, but, in every other respect, honest, virtuous and es timable. He used to think it pleasanter to Stay at home and read to his wife, than to pass the evening in u lecture-room or at n club. lie thought Pope a great poet, and Walter Scott a great writer ; but exclaimed Fudge ! over a volume of verses by Keats, and denouueed Curlyle's French Revolution as stuff. Ho thought it ostentatious and anti-republican to put one's coachman and footman in livery, and always insisted on paying his tailors cash down. From all this it will be admitted that old Queer wasjentirely behind tho age, and whol ly unfit to occupy a responsible position in the present advanced stage of civilised socie ty. But I must not loose sight of the princi pal personages of my history. ' ' Mr. Queer,' said Charlotto, one morning, In Iiap fTlinrdlnn tta (in urdl intliniv lll rnlTfii) and reading his newspaper, 'Mr. Queer, 1 have a communication to make to you a ommunication oi importance. . .. t - . 1i communication, child ( What do you mean by a communication?' replied Mr. Queer, stirring up his fragrant Mocha, and laying his newspaper on his knee. ' Mr. Queer, there is a crisis in woman's life, when tho fino affections of naturo must find an object on which to lavish themselves, or else run to waste, and water but the de sert." How !' exclaimed Mr. Queer, arresting his cup midway between his lips and tho ta ble, 1 What in the deuco is tho meaning of nil this 1 Crisis 1 Fino affections ! Fino hum bug, my dear 1 What silly novel havei you been pilfering from, child 1" 1 A child no longer, Mr. Queer 1 That one passion of our lives that passion which makes or mars our happiness which, if thwarted, devotes us to misery, compared with which the woes of tho repining captives nro but" ' Bah ! Don't mako mo sick entirely, my little Lotty. Go back to tho nursery, und rebuild your baby house. It will bo tune for you to talk about 'fino affections, 'nnd all that, some ten years hence. So bo a good girl and let me read the newspaper." Charlotte quit the room with great inward satisfaction, although her air, altitudo and management of her handkerchief, wero such as would have afforded a good study for some Ophelia of the stage, where sho has to ex claim " Ah 1 woe is mc 1 To mc what I have seen, see what I sec 1" Mr. Queer mused overhis ward's lamruucc. and soon arrived at a conclusion which was not far from the truth. It was confirmed, a day or two afterwards, by a visit from Mr. Volney Ualfour, who coolly told tho old gen tleman that he was engaged to his ward, and asked when it would be agreeablo to tho old folks to see them married. This communi cation was met, on the part of Air. Queer, by u most positive veto upon tho whole ar rangement. The parlies were entirely too young ; tjliarlotlo s education was not yet completed, and Volney was a mcro boy, who knew nothing ol the world, buch were the guardian's objections. Fortunate was it for Balfour that tho old gentleman had raised up these obstacles ; for Uliarloiic Had long since settled it as an ani on) in her mind, that tho "course of true love never did run smooth ;" and deplorably dis appointed would she have been, if there had been tor them an unobstructed road to mat rimony. How kind was it then, of old Mr. Queer, to play tho part of a barbarous guar dian, and affording Charlotte an opportunity ot running away. An elopement ! There was a transport in tho very thought ! To bo brief, no soon. er did tho young lady learn to her satisfac lion that her guardian was really exerting his authority to arrest all present hopes of an engagement with Ualfour, than sho readi ly and delightedly listened to a proposition from tho latter to elope. A fortnight after wards, they returned man and wifo from a visit to Saratoga, and sent word to Mr. Queer that they were in the city. Tho old gentle man took no notico of Ihe message. He was affronted, not without a cause. He re fused to surrender a cent of tho young la dy's property ; and as sho would not bo leg ally entitled lo it till sho reached tho age of eighteen, them was no redress. Volnev had recently, through his father death, come into possession of what the world called a handsome properly. His mother soon afterwards had tho folly to marry man of fashion, and u fortune-hunter, named Sneally, who very unceremoniously laid his hands upon her property, and spent it in manner tho most agreeable to his taste. Behold Volney and his youthful bridu the occupants of an elegant mansion in onu of the plcasantcst streets of tho city. Ihsapart ments were sumptuously furnished. His green house alono hud cost a littlo fortune, and his carriage, with its littlo liveried foot boy "cut in ebony," is ono of tho noatcst turn-outs that Manhattan had ever seen. And then his dinners and his wines ! Ah, what epicure who had tho good fortuno to bo present at any of those dinners, and tasto of those wines, can recollect their flavors with out tho profoundest and tenderest emotions Strange us it may seem, tho favored cou pie wero in nothing so favored as in their troops of dear friends. It was a touching sight to sco tho parting ot Charlotto and somo ofher affectionate female satellites. How they would kiss and hug the "sweet thing," and beg her to lake care ol herself, and some f . i . . . times Qiter oi their own accord to take an airing with her in hor carriago ! What hosts of aunts and cousins suddenly made them selves known und heard ! What shouts of trimly young ladies, married and unmarried, of a certain age, all at once claimed Char- lotto's acquaintance on the ground of having Known her sainted mother t A middle aged spinster, known to the gay world, as Miss. Auburn, actually took up her quarters with the young couple, informing them that she was a near relativo of the young lady a tact, winch the latter, in the absence ol a fam ily tree, could not gainsay. And then there were the Misses Myrtles, tho Furbelows, the Carberrys, tho Foxes, tho Badgers, the Whites, the Browns, and the Greens, all of whom seemed to carry on a contest with ono another as to who should bivouac most com pletcly in tho family, avail themselves of Charlotte's carriago, riflo her green-houso, ... .1 .I! jlT! !....! .1 .. aim i3iuse ui invitations to ner parties. Oh, tho felicits of friendship !' thought Charlotte. 1 How I am beloved by all these dear friends, und how I lovo them in return ! what would they not do for me, and what sacrifice would I not make to prove them my attachment !' Not less to ho felicitated on account of his friends, was the husband himself. So devo ted to him wero they, so disinterestedly fond of his society, that there was hardly a day in tho course of tho year, when his dinner ta ble did not exhibit an array of guests all true men, who would 'go their death for Balfour,' But it is a long lano which has ne turning. Volney, much to his surpriso, was notified one day, that he had overdrawn hi account ut tho bank. Not well understandine what the phraso meant, ho hurried off to his brok er, Mr. Slockdalo and asked him for uo ex planalion. 1 Simply that there ii pat any cash to your credit in tho bank,' replied the man of busi ness. ' But it is your business to see that I have money there, Mr. Stockdale, replied Volney. Why the deuco did you let such an accident happen.1 ' If you can designato any moro property, which you would liko to mortgago or sell, I may possibly bo ablo to relievo you," said tho broker. 1 There aro the lots in Fourteenth street,' began Volney. bold long ago 1' returned Mr. stockdalo 1 Tho storo and house in Pearl street,' continued Volnoy. 'mortgaged and tho mortgago fore-clos ed,' snid the broker ; in whom, by the way Volney observed a great chango from tho obsequious, duckling manner, in which ho used to address him of old. We need not prolong tho description of the interview. Volney found to his dismay that his handsome property was all squan dered. Ho hurried off to his mother to see if she could not assist him ; but she referred him toiler husband, Mr. Sncely, who was in tho back yard, superintending the construc tion of a bowling alley. Mr Snealy regret ted his inability to servo his wife's son, but the fact was, that tho insurance office, in which his stock was principally invested, had mado no dividend for upwur'dsofa year, therefore money was accordingly "consum ed ly scarce.' But Volney, my dear boy,' said the step father, 'surely you haven't made ducks and drakes of your wife's property as well as your own. She was set down in my memo randum-book five years ago at a hundred und fifty thousand it must be two hundred now, if you have not tapped it. Egad, do you know, Volney, that I was strongly dis posed at ono tune to run away with Char lotto myself 1 hesitated a long time between her and your mother. Volney turned a scornful glance upon Snealy 's gray whiskers, and then, as one of tho workmen diverted tho attention of the exemplary old gentleman, tho affectionate step-son walked away. Proceeding to tho liouso ot Mr. Queer, Volney asked to seo that gentleman. The servant replied that Mr. Queer had recently buried his wife, and declined seeing any one except upon business of the utmost importance. ' Well, tell him that my business is of ut most importance,' said Volney. Very well, sir ; will you walk into tho parlor V replied tlie servant. Mr, mueer promptly appeared, ills manner was cold and pre-occupied, and ho allowed his visitor to talk himself out before he moved his lips to reply. The amount of what Volney said was, that he was greatly in need of money that his wife was within six months of age, when he would be legally en titled to her property and that all that was asked of Mr. Queer was to advanco u sum, which would be sufficient toiclieve themfiom present embarrassments. 1 1 shall do no such thing,' said Mr. Queer laconically. 'But, sir, in a few months in half a year you will have to surrender the whole of her property. Is it fair is it honorable, sir, for you to refuso to grunt me a small accommo dation now, when you will so soon have to surrender thousands mid tens ol thousands? 'I inn resolute. Have you any fuither commands, Air. Hullour Vexed and (Jonlounclod, Volney quit Mm house without riiiiilesniinlilii' ly uttiiin it si answer. After pacing the nlieel in uncer taiuty fur some minutes, he ii;aiu lesoiteil lu .Stockdale, Inn hioknr, mid laid tint tiicuni stances of his position fully liel'oie him, Tim individual pricked up his ears mtgerly when mention wus made ol old Queer, and tho pro perty to which Churlottu would soon bo enti tied. Ho began to treat tho young man once more with deference told him that things were not half so bad after all and closed by saying that if Volnoy would call on mm int" next uay tney wouiu contrive some mode of rising tho wind. The fact was, that Stockdalo wanted timo to sift the state ments which Volney had mado in regard to old Queer. The result of his inquiries ap peared in his next conversation with Mr. Balfour. The best that Mr. Stockdalo could do for his friend (such he wus proud to call him) was to cash a six month s note, say tortwen ly-livu hundred dollars, as the terms on which ho proposed to do this wero entirely confidential, we do not feel at liberty to make them known to the public. Suffice it to say that the proposition was accopted by Volney --tho note was given and the next day Charlotto sent out invitations for a splendid ball. Alas, that honeymoons should ever end ! that notes should ever become due! With what unexampled velocity did those six months fleet by ! Une morning, just as Volnoy was at Ihe front door telling the man who hud supplied him the last six months with oysters, to ' call again next week,' a spry little gentleman thrust a slip of paper into his hand, which bore upon its face a printed request that Volney would take up his note, which was now due at tho bank. 'No matter! Charlotte is eighteen to morrow,' thought Volney, 4 and wo will make old Queer disgorge every cent ofher money.' At an early hour the following day, Vol ney, accompanied by hii pecuniary adviser, Mr. Stockdale, knocked at tho door of Mr. Queer's house. But to their loud and re peated summons no answer came. A girl who was twirling u mop upon the steps of the adjoining houso, on being appealed to, said that the old gentleman, with twoor three big trunks, had gone off in a carriago more than a week before. Mr. Stockdale began to look alarmed. With his companion ho hastened to Wall street and made tho most thorough inquiries in regard lo Mr. Queer. No ono could givo information as to hit whoreabouts nnd, what was still morn ap palling, nobody could tell wheru uny of his property was to bo found. One day passed two three but nothing of Mr. Queer! At length a paragraph appeared in one of tho daily papers headed mysterious disap pearance,' in which tho friends of the absen tee were called upon for intelligence. It drew forth a statement from some 'old in liubilant,' who declared that ho wis confi dent of having seen somo trunks put onboard tho Great Western, just before her depart ure a week previous, upon tho sides of which trunks the letter Q. marked with brass nails was conspicuously visible. Tho gentleman to whom they bolongcd, had put down his name on tho ship's books as Haynes, but the ' old inhabitant ' was disposed to think that ho could have been no other than Queer himself. Further investigation seemed to confirm this belief. Mr. Queer a defaulter! What was tho world coming to ! Calumny spreads her nows always with telegraphic celerity; and it was notlonirbo- lore mo wnoio city was talkingot Mr. Queer's iniquity and poor Volnoy's misfortune. Tho same day that tho distressing intelligence reached Mrs. Auburn, that lady, by a singu lar coincidence, received a summons from a relativo who was dangerously ill, and was compelled to tako leave ot Charlotto and tho distracted Balfour. Whether the visits of some grim-looking functionaries, who came to attach the furniture in tho house, the coach and horses, on behalf of Mr. Stockdale whether this untoward circumstance had any thing to do with tho spinster's precipitatode- parture, it would bo very uncharitable to surmise. But where were Charlotte's dear relatives and friends, the Greens, the Browns, tho White, the Myrtles, and fifty others, who had so often partaken of her lavish hospitality; where were those tender and affectione crea tures, who had so hung upon her words, and twined themselves round her heart T Every timo the bell rung, Charlotte thought to her self, 'there they come, I am sure.' Alas! it was merely tho dun ot some important tradesman, who could not bo put off. And where were those prime fellows who would go tho death lor him any day,' whom Volnoy used to bring homo to dinner Alas! the French cook was discharged the old wines had been put under tho hammer, and tho 'prime fellows, no longer, by acci dent, knocked at the door on which misfor tuno had put his mark. Six weeks after tho disastrous disappear ance of Mr. Queer, Volney and his wife found themselves tho inmates of neat hut se cluded lodgings in n street east of tho Bowe ry. There was a parlor with two windows, and a little chamber with one ; and these Charlotte had managed to fill decently with articles saved from the wreck ofher furniture. ' Come, cheer up, smile, Volney,' said Charlotte, as her husband sank into a chair, and heaved a deep sigh. ' The storm, thank Heaven, is now past, nnd wo can look around and see what is lost and what is left. Oh ! let us be grateful that something really de plorable has not happened that our health, our honor arc unimpaired, and that we have treasures which no lawyer's warrant can de prive us of.' Bless you, my dear, for your undaunted cheerfulness,' replied Volney, ' but my blood boils when I think of the base ingratitude of that,swarm of parasites who have so utterly deserted us in our fall. What blind fools we were to believe in the friendship of those ho liday visitors! Where is tho being among tho many whom wo warmed in our prosperi ty, who now would contribute u copper to

our comfort V, Nny,yoti go to far, Volney. Let us not think loo hardly of human naturo.' ' Name one, if you can, whom we can still call our friend.' ' Well, Ihcru is little Miss Twillcl. Sho has called on mo several times, nnd shown a solicitude to bo serviceable, which I cannot well resist.' ' What ! that unfortunate littlo piece of iluloruuly whom you, at the instigation of a conclave of your fashionable friends, ostra cised and dropped from your visiting list- has sho indued renewed tho acquaintance of her own accord t 1 Even so ; and it is with shamo I rcmcni bor, that I could over have been induced to treat her with neglect.' ' Can you namo any other V ' Do you remember Mary Messingcr, tho pretty manlua-maker, who used to work for ine f'o first two years wo were married ' ' Do you moan the girl whom your cousin Auburn charged with having designs upon my loyalty as a husband V The same. Miss Auburn managed to have a quarrel with the poor girl, and then to como to mo with a story ol her having been insulted ; and soon afterwards sho took upon herself the responsibility of ongaging some other mantuu-makor; and thus Mary und 1 were parted. Well ; who should como to me tho very day we moved into these lodg ings, but Mary Messinger. Sho is, you may not remember, onu of a largo family of girls, tho father of whom was once wealthy, hut now reduced in his circumstances. Onu of her sisters sings in public ; another assists in a millcnery storo ; and tho rest aro respect ably married. Mary had just heard of our mislortunes, and camo anxious to see if sho could not bo of some assistance. Shu paid me another visit yesterday, and was accom panied by her father, a courtly old gentle man, grey and infirm, but with all the viva city of youth. It would have amused you to seo his frockcoat of faded blue, cleanly but napless, tightly buttoned up to hii chin, and his venerable gloves. Ah, Volney, I am convinced that we can live upon a littlo and happily too, if wo only think so. Do you know that I nover knew how well I lov ed you until these reverses happened V And so it was. Adversity had developed Charlotte's better nature. Tho delightful consciousness of this fact amply compensa ted her for tho harsh lesson which sho had boen taught in tho sudden detection of her gay friends. Somo natural tears sho shed to think how misplaced had been the strong af fections of her heart ; but hotter thoughts soon came to drive away her sadness. Ano ther circumstance, perhaps, contributed more than any thing else lo banish despondency and arouse hor energies. Sho was now, tor Ihe first timo, likely to experience tho bonds of maternity ; and the anticipation, far from making her regret the' loss of her fashionable acquaintances, promising hor a recompense, in comparison with which all she was former ly surrounded, seemed contemptible. But Volney, as he wus threatened with in-' creased responsibilities, grew niuro mid ihqic desponding, Never having been bred to a profession, and utterly ignorant of mercan tile pursuits, ho sought in vain for some oc cupation which would contribute towards his support. The times were nover so bad money nover so scarce and all tho avenues of employment never so crowded. In tho midst of his perplexity', and as his pecuniary means were rapidly diminishing, a schemo presented itself, at which on its first consid eration, his prido took the alarm.. There was ono accomplishment, in which he had gained a masterly proficiency ; and this was singing. With a fino tenor voice, he had practised unremittingly, nnd studied music with a genuino enthusiasm. After hearinghim ono evening, old Mr. Messineer had thrown out the remark, that Volnoy might make his lortune in tho concert room. The sugges tion, though at first rather superciliously re ceived, weighed upon Volnev's mind, and at length ho ventured to break the subject to Charlotte. Esho at onco caught at the pro position and urged it with all her eloquence, utit my dear Charlotte,' said Volney, what will tho World sav lo my appearing in public as a singer 1 What will our relatives say 1 Will they not charge mc with disgra cing tho family V It you fail,' replied his wife. ' thev will undoubtedly do so. But success consecrates even crimes. How much more then will it consecrato a really honorable action ! Sup pose an event which I neither anticipate nor desire suppose that you should by this step recover your lortune, do you not believe that you could whistle your fashionable trencher friends about you again, even as tho hunts man whistles his hounds V Right, my dear Charlotte ; hut is there not something at war with the nice feelings of a gentleman in this public exhibition of one s powers ! ' Tho world may havo attached a preju dice to it but looking at the matter inde pendently and unconventionally, why should ....1.1!- f I ! lo i i uiu luiuiii; singer leei inmscii ucgraueu any more than the public orator, the public advo cate, the public preacher ? Do they not all exhibit their powers publicly for pay ? Are tney not all as amenable to public criticism f Nay, aro they not often compelled lo truckle to the narrow creeds, political or sectarian, of their audiences, in opposition to their own more liberal and enlightened views t 1 You havo prevailed, Charlotte. 1 will try my fortune nt the groat concert at the -.-... If f, ..... . viiy nan, next Wednesday.' Volney's success was sufficiently encoura ging to induco him to persevere independent ly in tho career, for which his tastes and past studies had so well fitted him. His labors were often arduous nnd exhausting, but ho uenveu trom them ull ho hud hoped, an in como sufficient for his wants. As ho had anticipated, his good friends and relatives were greatly scandalized by the step. Although they would not collect ively have subscribed a sixpence to save him from the alms-house, they seemed to feel themselves authorized to talk indignantly, as if ho had aggrieved them personally by his efforts to procure, by tho exercise of his tal ents, an honest living. They resolved lo cut both him and Charlotte henceforward, when they might meet in the street. There was one exception in Mr. Sneally, Volney's step-lather, who said : You have done just what you ought to, Vol, my dear hoy. Any thing forun honest living, say I. Don't mind what the old maids say about it. Be sure that no crime you can commit is so great in their eyes as that of poverty. And vou can any time get absohition from them for nnv offences you may commit, by appearing in Broadway in your own coach"' Perhaps Mr. Sneally's remarks were not wholly disinterested, for ho had feared that Volney would have been obliged to fall back upon his mother for tho wherewithal to sub sist. Thrco years fleeted by, and no intelli gence had boon received of Mr. Queer since his mysterious and abrupt disappearance. Un a mild, starry evening in May, Volney and his wife, with u few friends, wero seated in their neat but plainly furnished parlor, lo hear tho tones ot a new piano, which had re cently been purchased and conveyed home There wero tho Messingers, tho old man in cluded, who, in Ins yellow gloves nnd mi raculously preserved blue coat, compliment ed the ladies, and cried 1 bravo !' after eve ry song. And then there was the little de formed woman, Miss Twillcl, who seemed to bo quite at home, and on familiar terms with every body. A Mr. Wmsole, a youug law yer without clients, whose sole revenue was his ' good spirits, seemed desirous of person ding Mary Messinger to share with him his poverty. Occasionally Charlotte would flit out of the room, he absent three or four minutes und then re-appear. It was to watch over tho slumbers of a miniature Charlotte, who was sleeping in the adjoining room. volney and Susan messinger had jtui completed a duet, and tho lather ol Ihe lat ter was ejaculating ' Bravo I' as he had heon wont to do at the opera in Paris, somo years bcfnro the restoration of tho Bourbons when the door was thrown open, and in walked Mr. Queer, looking as bold nnd self possessed as if he had never been guilty of a defalcation in his life. On he walked into tho middle of the room, and then pounding the floor em phatically with his cane, took off his hat nnd exclaimed : ' Good people all, I am your ve ry hiimhlo servant.' 'Mr. Queer! hit possible!' cried Charlotte ' Yes, my dear little woman. Your old guardian has come back. Can you forgivo him for running away with your fortuno V ' With all my heart,' replied bli irlotto ; and then chocking herself, sho looked en quiringly at her husband. Tho frown which had been gradually gath ering on his brow, vanished nt once, as, tak ing his hand, sho asked : ' Will you not for give Mr. Queer I Could all the money he robbed us of have bought the happiness we now enjoy V xou are right, Charlotto,' returned Vol ney ; and ilion turning to Mr. Queer, ho raised his finger and said : 1 Ah, you old rogue I You may not find tho law as forgiv ing as we are. I shall feel it inv dutv to havo you arrested if you remain longer in, member from Corydnn a lawyer ot -moo e ,lci.t iincnce who thus addressed tho speaker : this place ' Humph !' said Mr. Queer, lookintr round upon the company assembled. ' Good hon est looking pcoplo these they haven't come to pick your pockets, Volney, I'll be sworn. Couldn't say us much for the men and women you used to havo at your house, when you gave your fine dinners and balls ; allow me to shake hands with you, Miss young man, I am happy to mako your acquaintance your servant, sir.' And in this way. while Charlotte and her husband stood petrified with astonishment at his assurance, Mr. Queer wont round the whole circle, shaking hands witli all, Mr. Messingcr, last though not least. And now, Charlotte, let me see tho little new comer. Does sho look liko you, you pretty rogue V There was an air of authority about Mr. Queer, which was irresistible: and Char lotto led the way through the folding doors, to tho crib where her inlant daughter lav nestled. ' Charming I shall I wake her if I kiss her? Perhaps not,' said Mr. Quucr, and bending over, ho gently kissed the little sleeper. Volney began to chafe. To think that old Queer, after treating him and his wife so atrociously, should have tho confidence to visit them, and hehavo in this manner, was insupportable. He was about to break forth, and threaten him with an immediate arrest, when the old gentleman led tho way back into the parlor, and taking his seat, dropped his hat and cane upon the floor, and rubbing nis nanus, saiu ' Well, this is what I call comfort. But Volney, before you explode in a passion near wnat l nave to sav. 1 havo como to surrender to you tho whole of vour wife's for tunc, in the lull persuasion that you aro now able to manago it.andspend the income with judgment nnd moderation. And a nice round sum it all amounts to, I can tell you. Why lad, the pioperly with winch you embarked upnn matrimony wouldn't mako a tenth part nf It Ymlr linticn ivtll. nil I .. Ji. l.lltl un iiiu JUIIIIIUfC, precisely as it existed in the hey-day of your extravagant career, is nt your service. Hem is tho key. l ake it, sir but don speak yet. I saw you entering upon a ca reer of profusion, which would soon have brought you lo tho end of any fortune how, ever princely. Surrounded bv false frieud and adroit parasites, you and Charlotto he lieved that you wero worshipped for thequal 1 1 ics oi your noaris and lieaus, when vou were com ted merely or. account of your fine house and loaded tabic 1 resolved to give you an opportunity of testing the genuineness of thoso dear friends of winnowing tho grain from the chaff. Tho grain is, I presume, be fore me. Cherish it, Volney, but lot the winds lake caro of tho chaff. As for myself, I havo passed the last three years in Paris, hut have been constantly in communication with persons who have been constantly ap prised of every event, however trifling, in your history and that of my ward. Come to my house to-morrow morning at ten o'clock, and I will hand you over a little tin box, in which you will find somo papers that may interest you. uongo mo uy not saying a single word more than ' Uood night.' if is agreeablo to the company, I propose that wuall meet at your houso in Place, to-tnorrow rvening.' ' Agreed I' cried Mr. Messincer. 4 Sir, I have a high respect lor you,' said Mr. Queer, again shaking hands with his ven erable coeval. ' And now, good night all.' 1 Good night,' was the general response, Many notable incidents followed in the Irani of this denoumeiii. Old Mr. Messin ger and Mr. Queer becamo great friends, from the fuel that both wen; admirable chess players. Havins n large houso, und no longer a wifo to 'keep it in order, Mr. Queer insisted upon having Mary to presido over his household, assigning rooms to tho whole family, not lorgetting tho chess-player. Mr, Winsolo's prospects havo materially hrttrht- ened since this project has been carried into effect, and somo law business given to him Ity Mr. Ijueer, has been the means of intro ducing him into lucrative practice. Ho is now daily inquiring of Mary, ' Why defer tho happy day f ltccollcctious of John llaudolph ol" KoatioUc. Wo take the following from the Now Mirror of novt Saturday, the proof.eheets of which were kindly sent us by Mr. Fuller. Mr. Randolph was opposed to the admi-dou of now States into tho Union, especially from mo "ivesiorn wiiuerness," as tie used to call it. "Sir," said he one mominir. "I don't annrove of this patent plan of manufacturing young re- publics. 1 he '( thirteen comnntteda fatal er. ror when they increased the family ; but, alas ! the Rubicon is passed, and democracy, you know, sir, never goes backward ! HV, of the sea-board, will be outvoted in a few yeirs and those who livo to Fee it may exclaim 'delenia est eurlhago!' By the bye, you tuld mo that you had visited one of the youngest sisters Indiana a year or two ago, and witnessed some of the first specimens of infant legislation. Just tell me, sir, what you did hear 1" Why, said 1, "it would be hardly fair to take what. I heard as a specimen, for I was on ly at Curydon for two days, just after the open mg ol the session, ami ticioro any important busincs cama before either house." "No matter, sir ; toll me what passed 'out ol face at once, as you say in Irel mil. " "Well, said I, "upon enlcrii'ir the lower house, I found myself among somo forty respec table looking farmers, and alter a short time one nf t ham, n member from a distant county, ro-c un and said, '.Mr. hpeakcr. it becomes my un pleasant duty to mako a particular motion, bir, winch may surprise soma gentlemen and ut lend oiners ; nut i nave nuuiy to punorin, sir, and will not shrink from it ! I move, sir, that a committee bo appointed to inquire into tho ex pediency ol removing the heat ot got eminent from Corydoii to , the blank to bo filled up hereafter. My reason, Mr. Speaker, for makinL' this motion, is on ircnniit of the impo sitions practised upon us by the taiern Keepers. They take advantago nf our necessities, sir, and feed us badly, Mr. bpcaKer, and rhargu high no less than four dollars a week, sir ! We como a long distance, sir, and saenfiroour time and labor lor the good or the state, sir, and de serve belter treatment !' 'his speech, delivered in a loud tone, created a buzz of astonishment there was i.ome ap. plausn and some hisses. Tho speaker called to ordor After a whorl pause, up rose the m 'Mr. Speaker, I rise to deny in toto the ins liciniis charges brought against my most res pectablo constituents by the honorable meinbpr county ; and all 1 shall condescend to say in reply is, that if ho will only bo satisfied with such living as he has always been accus tomed to at home, I promise him that our tavern keepers will feed him for half price! Pray, sir, what tines he know n( good thing ! where did he study tho art of cooking? where ' Ueio there was a cry of 'personal and an appeal to mo speaker. " 'Sir,' continued tho member from Corydnn, glancing his cyo over his shoulder, 'I att"nd to my personalities out oj this house l (, 1 Ins uas said with emphasis, nnd I understood after wards that the gentleman had fought one cr t'vo duels !) Some confusion followed, w.ien a venerable, good.huinored-Iookin farmer arjti and said, with a smiling countenance : " '.Mr. Speaker. I recret verv intirli that the honorable member from county Im Intro duced this motion, and 1 hope be will consent to withdraw it ; for f confess, bir. that I don't agree with hitn at all ! For my part, sir, I think the tavern-keeper give us very good fare, much belter than 1 am accustomed to ; and I toll you, very candidly, sir, that one reason why I como to Lorydnn is, bscauso 1 do live bet'er than at homo ! I get farmer's Ur all tho rm of the year, and I think myself entitled to in dulge in luxuries here, and I don't want to try experiments elsewhere. Hu, .Mr. Speaker, if the question is to bo put, I vote dead against it.' ..'in.;. ...-ii i . i . .t . . i t . i . . . . j ins wuii.iimcu speccn senile wnuie nuusa in a roar. Good humor was restored : and, just then, the dinner bolls rang, which, bein;r the regular signal lor adjournment, we quickly leu the house to indulge nur appetites at the abused taverns; Next day I came away, and never heard whether the debate was resumed or net." Mr. Randolph was verv much diverted at thia recital, which occurred exactly as I have sta ted it, and insisted upon my giving hitn a writ- ten narrative ot it. I inquired what be wanted it for 1 "Why," said he, "when tho next state ap plies for admission, I want to ascertain whether such grate questions as eating and drinking cannot be debated without all the machinery of a legislature. It is very evident, sir that Indi ana ought to have remained in leading strings some titne longer. We are too quick on the trigger, sir. Wo forgot that our ancestors fought for their legislative halls, and did not get them by a mere 'tap at the door and 'let us in !' No, sir, depend upon it, constitutions are too cheap now-a-days. Everyman thinks himself a stales man, and every extended wilderness aspires to be a state, sir !" He would then revert to the glorious days of "Old Virginia," wiien great names were more powerful than mere majorities ; where the law of primogeniture still preserved a resident ar istocracy, and whore gentlemen had an acknow ledged precedence on. all oublic occasions. I used sometimes maliciously to ask him, if he did not want "kinffvlords and commons, once ; to which ho would atiirhin."lv renlv : "Vou are not mjr father coiifet-or, sir, don't like directUnterrngatoriss .'" and I Reading. Of all the amusements that can possibly be imagined, for a hard working man after his toil; or in its intervals there is nothing hkareading an interesting newspa per or bouC' It calls for no bodily exertion, of which he has already had enough, or per haps too much. It relieves his homo of its dullness or sameness. It transports hint in to a livelier and gayer, and mme diversified scene; and while ho enjoys himself there ho itln"' furCPt tho evil of the moment fullv us ",uc'1 115 '' I'0 w'ere ever so drunk, with tho gre.u advantage ot tinuing hnnsell with mo- noy in his pocket, or at least laid out in real necessariesand comforts for lumselfand fam ily, and without n headache. Nay, it ac companies him to his next day's work ; and if what he has been reading be anything above the idlest and lightest, gives liiiii'sonin thing to think of besides the mere mechani cal drudgery of his every day occupation, something he can enjoy while absent, and look forward to wild pleasure. If I wero to pray for a taste which should stand me in stead, under every variety of circumstance, and bo a source of happiness and cheerfulness to mu liiiough life, a-id a shield against its ills, however things might go amisn, and tho world frown upon me, it would be a tasto for reading. Sir J. Jlcrschcll. Washington on Pkotkction. General Washington, in his first annual message to Congress, in 17S9, says: ' Tho advancement of agriculture, com merce, and manufactures, by all proper means, will not, 1 trust, need lorummeuda tion ; but I cannot forbear inliniaiiug to vou the expediency nf giving effectual encour agement as well Hi ihe introduction of new and useful inventions from abroad, as to ex ertions of skill and genius in producing them at home.' Again in his eighth messago we find thu following : ' Congress have lepealedly, and nut with out success, directed their Intention to tin, encouragement of manufactories. The ob ject is of too murh con.ei)ueuce not to iiisuro a continuance ol their i-lforis in every wav which shall appear elligihh'.' Hints to tiii: Fa hi Sex. Vn under tand that the unmarried geullumen of North- umbei land have resolved inform themselves into an association, (o ho denominated ihu 4 Shirt and Pie Club,' tho printiiit object of which is to insure suitable) wives. To effect this, each member is bound under a penalty of 50 not lo marry any lady wlm cannot by two creditable witnesses he'pro ed to be able to cut out and sewn shirt, make a pie, and darn a pair of stockings ; and he must within six months after his mar riage, under a similar penally, be nhht to establish thai his lady has made ut least a dozen of shirts, hakeo a dozen of pit s, unit dained a dozen pair of stockings. The idea has been borrowed from a club in iho Smith, whole tho .scheme has been eminently suc cessful, as the young ladies, seeing that what in modem parlance are usually denom inated accomplishments were at a discount, turned their attention to what was really useful, and were consequently rewarded with good husbands. lierwick Paper. Thrco men weru in company Strange, Wright and Moore. Says Wright, "ihro is but onu rogue amongst us nut) 1 t is strange." " No," says Strange, " them h one more," " Ave," says Moore, "that u right."