Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, December 8, 1843, Page 1

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Tvl 19 NOT TBB GLORY OF OJDSAR BUT TUB WBLTARS Or ROMS. BYH. B. STACY. BURLINGTON, VERMONT, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1843. VOL. XVII No. 27. THE TWICE TOLD 9V.XI.. THE MOTTO BEINcT"aOD M.ESS YOU." DT ELIZABETH ORES fMITIt, AUTHOR OF "THE SINLESS CHILD," ETC. The letter was a common one, A business letter too, Announcing some commission done, And ihenco Us words were few. I read it idely, tossed it by, And then a pretty seal And kindly motto met my eye, That gave my heart to feci A something moro than business air, As if for gentle damo A dash of chivalry were there, Half blending with her name, And made' the slightest office seem A genicl one to do lt might have been a woman's dream Which she from knighthood drew ; It might have been t perchance the seal Was carelessly applied " God bless you," has a look of zeal, Of earnest truth beside l.llngercd on the words awhile; They alway touch the heart, And eft, too oft, a tear beguile, When the beloved depart. Days passed away the seal once moro I read With, sweet surprise Not careless how, if so before, 'God bless you" meets mine eyes ; Some gentle land the words again Beneath the seal repeats, And my heart fccU nor idle, vain. The blessing that it meets. 1 know not whose the gentle hand, If ever pressed in mine, If often met in social band Where honor, truth combine; 2 only feci, howe'er unknown, Though drear life's path may be, i A quiet joy that there is one Who thus remembers me. From Graham's Magazine. THE UNION-JACK. BV HARRY IJANFORTH, AUTHOR OP " CRUIS ING IN THE LAST WAR." It was a calm anJ moonless night ; but the stars were out on high, shining with a brilliancy only seun in the tropics. The brig lay almost motionless, her sails hanging loosely Irom the yards, and her bow slowly lifting with the almost imperceptible heave of the long, regular swell. There was not a 'sound to disturb the silence, except the wash of an occasional ripple against her side, or the impatient whistle of a sea man. On every side the ocean stretched away until lost in the dim obscurity of the horizon ; and the blue concave was unbro ken by clouds, except toward the west, where a bank of vapor hung on the seabourd like a thin veil of gauze; but a spicy odor impregnating the air told the practiced sea man that what seemed only a cloud was in reality land. The beauty and stillness of the scene were boyond description, and even the rudest of the crew, as they leaned idly over the brig's side, seemed to feci the dreamy influence of the hour. There were but three passengers beside myself, a father and his daughters, two of the most ueautitul girls 1 ever saw. une had dark eyes and hair, with a most queenly presence. She was the elder sister ; but tlio other was my favorite. Rarely does na ture gift a human being with such transcend ant loveliness as that enjoyed by Ellen Ben son. Her eyes were of a deep blue, hu mid, melting and heavenly. Her hair was of that raro golden color of which the poets (peak, and each wavy tress glistened with every motion in tne sun. tier voice was like running water, clear, silvery and liquid, or like a flulo at night heard across a quiet lake. Her form was so light and aerial that it seemed to float along, as if it were that of a goddess, and the movements ot her limbs kept time like sisteis dancing. 1 nought had known her scarcely a week, she had al readv twined herself around mv heart, for "... there was an artless trunkness and reliance about her which might have won on one far less imaginative and susceptible than my self. The day had been excessively sultry, so that -.-when night came on and the air grew cooler, we gathered on the quarter-deck With reviving spirits, and spent a gay and happy evening. Long will those few hours remain stamped on my memory, Tor, in the course of an eventful life, I have spent few so pleasantly. Ellen had been singing to us, and the soft notes ot her voico yet Jin cored in our thoughts, producing that holy si lence which always follows a plaintive song well sung, when suddenly a cry broke from the lips of the performer. It was a cry of alarm, so startling and wild that I turned has tily toward her. Her face was paler than that ot death her lips were parted in ter ror her eyes stared fearfully at some object in the distance ; and her hnger, which pom ted in the direction of her look, quivered like an aspen. Instinctively I followed her eye. The cause of her agitation was appa rent. Far up to winward, and scarcely dis cernible amid the thin haze which hung in that direction, appeared a long heavy oared boat; and, though tho distance and the fog bank rendered it nearly undtstinguishable, enough could be seen to make as certain that it was crowded with men and pulling di rectly for us. Tho size of the boat, its dense crew,' arid the reputation of the seas we were in, left no doubt as to its character, It uatapirate. In an instant the alarm becamo general, A dozen'cyes, at the samo moment, discern ed the outlaws. The sisters had heard so much of pirates that they knew immediately the character of the boat. Tho elder utter ed a faint, shriek and clung closer toher fath er's arm ;' whilo Ellen, after gazing in hor ror a moment longer on tho barge, turned shudderingly away and buried her face in her parent's bosom. Never shall I forget the look of agony that shot over the sire's cobntenance. A dark frown gathered on the skipper's face, but to t'-is speedily suc ceeded an expression of deep anxiety. He looked eagerly around the horizon, then up to the sails, then around the horizon again, and called for a lighted candle. By this time every eye was fixed on him. The crew gathered within a short distance of the quarter-deck, anxiously awaiting his orders; while the father and his daughters stood form in? a erotin by themselves, the parent with one arm wound around either child, each of whom convulsively clung to (lira, whe a,l gazed wistfully into the skipper's face, as if on his looks hung lite or death, tie was now calm and collected. He held tho candle aloft, and though, for somo minutes, it streamed perpendicularly upward, at last it slightly inclined and finally flared almost horizontally outward from the wick. Sim tiltaneously I felt on my check a nearly im perceptible putt of air. But our sanguine feelings were of short duration. Again the candle burned up steadily, and ns minute after minute passed, during which, though we watched tho light anxiously, no perccpti ble effect was produced on it, our hearts sunk within us. There is no feeling so agonizing as sus pense. As I watched the candle, m v anxiety gradually becamo so intense that I could hear tho beating of my heart incroasinc nor vously in rapidity and strength until it smote on my ear liko the strokes of a force pump. Boon, too, other sounds reached me they were those of tho quick rollicking of oars at a distance. I started, and, seizing a night' glass, gazed at the approaching barge, deter mined to know the worst at once. Good God ! I counted no less than thirty ruffianly negroes. Our own force, all told, did not amount to ten. Sick at soul, I shut tho glass and turned to the skipper. Wo ex changed a look of mutual intelligence, and then again he fixed his eye on the candle. 1 fancied that it flared slightly. Wetting my hand I held it up and felt, yes 1 I felt tho water evaporating on the palm. I turned to the light. It now bent steadily over. Half a minute passed, during which my heart beat taster and taster with anxiety, and I trembled nervously lest the flamo should again resume the perpendicular, but it grad ually inclined nearer to tho Horizon, and fi nally streamed out nearly at right angles to tnu wicl;, m which position it continued a moment, when it suddenly went out. At tho same instant I heard a light murmur in mo rigging, wniie a steady though light freeze poured gently by my check. " Thank Heaven ! hero it comes at last,' said the skipper in a cheering tone: then, lining his voice, he cried with startling oner gy. All hands make sail lay aloft! out to gallant sails and royals. Away there cneeriiy my lads. It is for life or death." Tho men sprung to their duty ; the sails :t.i.. J; . .i j i i i wciu tiuimiy uisienueu. ana me ciaa souna of the water rippling under our bows soon mec uur cars, telling us that wo were in mo tion. With a sudden fcelinir of exhilaration I turned astern, nnd it snnmnd as if we had already increased our distance from the foe. Unconsciously I uttered an cxclamatien of joy. At this instant 1 heard a deep respira tion at my side. The sound proceeded from Ellen, who, attracted by my words, had read hope in my face, and thus given utterance to her relief. "Dou yo think we shall escape 1" she said eagerly. " I hope so indeed I am nearly sure we snail," l added quickly, observing the sud den expression of agony on her face ut mv first doubtful words, " if tho wind continues to freshen we shall in an hour run them out of sight." Sho clasped her hands and turned her eyes to heaven with a look of mingled hope and gratitude indescribable. That look gave mo courage to face a dozen foes. 1 mentally resolved to lay down my lifo soon er than suffer her to fall into tho hands of tho pirates. The next fifteen minutes were passed in a stato of the most agonizing suspense. At first, she fancied that tho pirates were drop ping astern, and a general feeling of relief passed inroiigh the ship, p erceptiblo in the aiierea and gayer demeanor of tho men, but particularly of the passengers. But, when I had watched the bargo for several minutes, my heart misgave mo, and at most I could only hope that tho bucaneers did not gain on us. Anxious to conceal my fears from the sisters for they studied my face continually n. ii i, iieid nu iuuuaiu uur pern i assum ed a cheerfulness I did not feel, and endeav ored to divert their minds from tho contem plation of their dangerous situation. But my efforts were in vain. In spite of mv at tempts to appear composed, there was an increasing nervousness about me which re awakened the fears of tho sisters, and when Ellen caught a stolen glance, which I direc ted anxiously from tho horizon to our sails. sue iam ner nana on my arm, and said. " Do not deceive us. They the " she could not utter tho word, and said abruptly, ' thev am fraininir nn n I' w - t,- b " " . Sho looked up into my face so pleadingly that, for my life, I could not tell her a false hood. Yet I hesitated to acknowledge the truth. My silence convinced her that her suspicion had not been false. She looked to heaven again mutely, clasping her hands ; out mistime ner expression was ono of ago ny and supplication. How my heart bled for her. I strove to encourage her with hopo, and, ior me iuw succeeding minutes.there seemed a faint chance of yet escaping from the pi rates. Tho wind coming fitfully and in puffs forged us ahead ono moment, and then, al most uymg out, leit us comparatively mo tionless. Sometimes wo would rain Imlf cablo's length on our pursuers, hut, just as the sisters' eyes began to sparkle with hopo, tho breeze would decline, and the dark forms on board the barge again perceptibly grow larger. But, during the whole limo, we could hear tho quick rollicking of their oars, the sounds bocoming fainter as the boat dropped astern, but increasing as the pirates gained on us. Theso fluctuations, from hopo to despair grew momently moro frequent and torriblo. Never real lifo had I experienced so fully tlio horrors of sus pense. I remember once, when a Imv. dreaming that an enemy pursued mo with a drawn sword, and never shall I forget my emotions as I looked back and behold him, nuw ai some paces behind, and now within a step or two of me. But that had !nn only a feverish dream now I felt tho hor rible reality. Yet. it was nm fnr mv.nif .1... f 1 .1 . . .y ... mat m. vaic-j. Iiau IIIOIO lOVelV I iIrh hi. on safe at home, I could have met these ruffians as I had often, in ealier life, met other ene mies at at great odds. At last the breeze died out, or only blew 9 lightly that it affoed us, no hope. For the first timo since they had como in sight, tho pirates now uttered a wild yell, or rather a howl liko that of famished wolves nt sight of their prey, and, springing to their oars with increased energy, sent their boat along al a fearful pace, rolling the foam in cata racts under her bows. Ellen gave vent to a stilled shriek, and buried her face on her father's besom. Tho other sister's lips part ed in mortal terror, and her eyes were fixed on the barge, as if fascinated by some strange spell. Words cannot describe the agony expressed in the parent's look, or in the wild embrace with which he drew his children to his bosom. The skipper glanced at the now rapidly approaching boat, and, coming close to me, said, in a hoarso voice, " In ten minutes all will be over. Good God !" and he looked earnestly toward the sisters, "to think of those lovely girls in the hands of brutal violators." "It shall never bo," I said. "Arm tho men, and let us make a desperate defence. We may beat them off." Ho shook his head mournful ; and I knew when he surrendered hope that tho case was indeed desperate. " Wo will arm, certainly, and do our best." Again ho glanced at the sisters, and something' seemed on .his mind. After n pauso of a-sccond, ho said, " But if wo fail, shall we suffer these an gels to fall into the hands of the ruffians 1" " Better dealh'than'dishonor," I respon ded, understanding his meaning. No other word was said, but we pressed each other's hands convulsively. Then he turned away and ordered the arm chest to bo opened. His whole demeanor was changed. His voico was calm and energetic, his counte nance glowed with high resolution, his form was erect, and his deportment calculated to inspire tho crew, as far as tho confidenco of a leader can inspire his followers, in so despnrato a situaliou as ours. Weapons were soon distributed to the men, and a short address mado by the skipper. Ho did not pretend to conceal our danger; ho told them they had no alternative but to conquer or die. No allusion was made to tho females, but a single glanco of his eye toward them was understood, and each man grasped his cutlass tighter as he comprehended tho silent appeal. When tho voice of the skipper ceased, there was a hush for a secsnd. The first sound that broke tlio quiet wus the rol licking of the pirates' oars, striking with fearful , distinctness on our cars, and telling. uy us increaseu loudness, now the loo had gained on us during tho harangue. The measured sound was like tho ticking of the clock that counts the criminal's last hour. I liavo said that, when the pirates first ap peared, they were scarcely distinguishable. on account of the distance and the fog-bank irom which iney emerged. This bank ol vapor had, at that timo, seemed scarcely more denso than a thin veil of gauze, or the semi-transparent clouds which tho spectator on a mountain side sees streaming upward from a river at sunrise. Gradually, howev er, this pile of vapor had been creeping down toward us, lying flat on the water like a heap of snowy fleeces, and advancing with an almost imperceptible, but not less certain motion, until, at last, the fog enveloped us on every hand, growing momently denser and moro opaque, and moving in a rapid whirl, like smoke when a hand is turned rap idly in it. By this time, the mist had grown so thick that, up to tho west, it shut out the horizon from sight, veiling sea and sky alike in a thick, inponetrablo shroud, though, as the fog extended only for a few degrees above tho seaboard, the stars were still visi ble higher up toward tho zenith. Nearer us tho vapor was less dense. Objects were still visible for somo distance across tho wa ter, and, though tho mist had enveloped the pirates, iney were only rendered shadowy, mm nut t-unuuHIUU UV IIS IOIQ1. ISOSlflp they woro advancing toward us at a speed that almost rivaled tho velocity of tho vapor. " I think I can pick off one of those ruf r. ti ....j t -l . linns, sum i to tne SKinner. " Wo mav disable ihreo or four before they reach us, and every lifo will increase our chances. We havo four muskets on board. I think you are a good shot V " Ay 1" said my friend. " I will take caro of one, if you will hit the other fair. Let us lake the two leading oarsmen. What wo i do had best bo done at a distance, for tho instant they touch us, we shall have them pouring in, on our low decks, like a cross wovo over tlio knight heads. Are ready 1" you " Jteady 1" was my response Thero was a death-like pause for a single breath, when we fired. I had taken deliberate aim, and, simul taneously with the flash of my piece, I saw the bow oarsman fall over quick as thought, the skipper followed my oxample and pulled trigger. Tho second ruffian leaned ud. with a yen, ana tumuieu across the seat. Both oars caught in the water, and woro snapped off at tho thwart. For an instant, the no. ti i. tii groes scorned paralysed, and then a cry of savago ierocny uiirsi irom mom, whtlo tho oars, which had suddenly stopped, were again seen flashing in the water, and with increased velocity. The skipper had turned to mo. with' an exulting smile, but had not spoken, as ho saw t!ie two men fall, and now seizing his second pieco, ho said, sternly, A 111 We fired so nearly at the same inslant.that there was but ono crack of our pieces, but our success was not so decided as before. One of tho men wo aimed at appeared whol ly to havo escaped, but tho other, from a quick start and cry, wo judgod to bo woun ded. Both oarsmen kept ih'oir places at tho oars, and ono failure was received bv the pirates with a sharp yell of exultation So near had tho ruffians now approachod that we could make out tho Spanish tongue as that in which they conversed, while the surg ing of the water under tho bows of their barge was plainly distinguishable to the ear. " Would Heaven we had a carronade here!" I exclaimed. "We might raka them with grape, and, perhaps, sink their boat." " Ay !" answered the skipper. " But we must do our best with what we have. The muskets are ready again, and now for a last shot." 8 The boat was now in pistol shot, for a de lay had occurred whilo our muskets were be ing reloaded. We saw that our all depended on this single discharge. " l ake oil that colassal fellow with tho red sash,', hoarsely whispered tho skipper, " I will aim at the helmsman. One of the two must be tho leader." I comprehended at once the reasoning of the skipper. If tho pirates could be depriv ed of their head, they would board us, per haps, in a state of irresolution, consequent on tho want of an acknowledged leader to whom to look. The same idea had already occurred to me, and I had, after scaning the desperadoes, concluded also that tho two persons named by the skipper worn tho most prominent of our foes. I nodded an assent. The seconds that elapsed wen, to me, the most intonsely absorbing that I ever spent. I felt the mighty stake which hung on the accuracy of my aim. Some men grow ner vous under such circumstances ; but my eye was never keener, my hand moro firm than at that moment Ono might havo counted threo while I paused ; then my piece blazed, and my man sprung forward and fell, strug gling convulsively. Tho skipper fired sim ultaneously, and the helmsman tumbld head long forward, falling on tho man I had shot. Instantaneously there was a howl of lamen tation from the negroes; the rowers stopped, several rushed aft, and all was confusion. Tho boat shot forward until almost abreast of us, and then lav motionless on the water. But the hesitation of tho pirates was of -l J . tir ii 1 . snort uurnuon. we naa scarcely begun to congratulate ourselves on our success, when the cries of grief on the part of the negroes becamo exchanged for shouts of ragp, and, repairing again to their oars, the pirates rap idly brought tho head of tho boat around, and dashed up toward us. Their leader had ev idently fallen, but , this only inflamed them with tho desiro for revenge. Wo had bare ly timo to note the horrible expression of their faces, glaring with revenge and tho most savage passions ; we had barely time to lev el the remaining muskets hastily at them nnd fire, though with what effect tho confusion would scarcely allow us to perceive, when the bow of tho barge grated against our sides and immediately a boat-hook was fixed into the low bulwarks. Ono of the crew, with a blow or an axe, cut tho impliment in two, but. as llO did SO. n Inum ..,1... I I 1 . "b- "B'" "iium u had noticed pointing at us, with violent ges tures, after, his loader's fall, started tip, and discharging a pistol, sprung, liko a tiger, on uuunmiuru uio uespcrado stood, n uruwny and gigantic opponent, keeping a charmed circlo around him with his cutlass. Instan taneously, liko a swarm of bees, tho buca neers clustered on tho side of the vessel,and, ucspite our despcrato resistance, evidently gained a footing, crowding around their lea der, with ferocious and biutal looks, bran dishing tlieir weapons, and seeming to thirst for blood, yet to bo afraid to move until he began tho onset.

Wo had, after we found our efforts una vailing to prevent the ruffians from hoarding, retreatcu to mo qtiaricr-accit, where we pre pared to make our stand. To reach us, the assailants would have to pass tho narrow pas sages on each side of the companion way, and these had been partially blocked up, with such efficiency as timo would admit, by the water-casks that usually stood on tho quarter uctn. uur wnoie lorce was drawn up with in this little fortification. The piratical leader, whoso sudden author ity appeared to result from that power which great strength and daring give a man in mo ments of peril, saw our haslv nrenaraiinn.. and the pauso we have recorded was spent in scanning our position. Thus both parlies remained, for u fow seconds, inactive, evcing oilier, uowuver, Keenly, as men aro apt to do when about to engage in mortal con flict. On the part of the assailants, this scru tiny was carried on with feelings akin to those with which a tiger gloats over the prey he knows cannot cscapo him ; our emotions were those of men doomed to death, and. awure of their fate, but resolved to sell their lives as dearly as possible. On one side was fiendish exultation, on the other manly des pair. " Havo al them !" shouted tho ruffian in Spanish, after this breathless pause had con tinued for nearly a minute, " rovenge ! re venge !" As lio spoke, he waved his cutlass and turned to his men, who, answering with a shout or rather a yell, dashed forward. " Stand fast, my hearts." said tho skinnor confronting tho foe at tho pass on tho right of nm Luiuiiciiiiun way, wniie l took tho onno- site pass on tho left, " you strike for lifo or death." Of tho succeeding minutes I have no dis. linct recollection. There was a wild clash. ing of cutlasses, mingh'd with tlio reports of pistois ana tno snouts ol angry combatants, whilo occasionally a shrill cry of agon v. from somo ono desperately wounded, rose over tho uproar. Our stock of fire-arms was scanty, so that we had littlo with which to oppose tho foo except cutlasses, while most ol the desparadors wero armed with pistols. But our men wero nerved with the onerev of I uejpair, unu iiurueienccs, siignt as tney were, .i i if .... . " consiueraoiy reiaraea tlio approach ot the foe. In vain the piratical leader, urging on his ruffins by his oxample, struggled to pene trate into our littlo circle : tho skinner, b'ravn- ly confronting him and sustained by four sturdy old men-of-war's men, hurled him back on his followers as often as ho endeav ored to clamber over our defences. So fierce was (ho contest in this quartor that the cut lasses, crossing oncli other in strife, formed n bridge over tho two leaders, while tho blades flashed so rupidly and incessantly as to con ceal tho real stato of tho conflict, Tho fow hasty glances which I was ablo to cast toward my comrades rovealcd nothing except a wild confusion, from which I could extract only the fact that the skipper, though wounded, desperately maintained his ground. And my ''onl'on was soon wholly occ.ip.ed by my own immediate opponents, for a party of tho ruffians, seeing the determined opposition made to thoir loader, made a diversion in his favor, and tho fight on my sido of the com panion way grew as fierce as that maintain ed by tho two leaders. Standing at the opening between tho water casks, and sus tained on cither side by two of the crew, we neat down successively every man who at tempted to pass our defences. In this des perate struggle wo wero all speedily wound ed, but I still continued cheering my men, for the thought of our innocent companions nerved mo to the utmost. Apain and again our defences woro nearly surmounted ; again and again, with gigantic efforts, wo hurled back the assailants. Three several times was I wounded, one of mv littlo oartv was shot dead, and all of us were streaming with oinou, yet still wo maintained the unequal combat. For the rest of tho fight all was confusion. Shouts and oaths, the rattle of blades, tho crack of pistols, tho dull, heavy sound of men falling to the deck : the groans of tho wounded and the despairing shrieks of tho dying met the car, mingled in a wild up roar, liko the noises in a fevered dream. During this mclec I was conscious only that the gruy-haired father of Ellen, taking the place of a seaman who had fallen, was flight ing at my sido, his silvery locks dabbed wiih blood from a cut in his head ; and the spec tacle roused all the energy within me. But I felt that our residence could not much lon ger be protracted. We had suffered quito as severely as tho pirates for every man they lost there were three to take his place ; while it had required, even nt first, the whole of our little force to defend our barricade, and our thinned numbers could now scarcely maintain tlieir footing, and with the loss of one or two more would be totally inadequate to It. Wo had just, for the fourth time, bea ten back our assailunts, and a momentary breathing space ensued, the first since tho pauso I have narrated at tho opening of tho combat. A fifth attempt, I feared, would bo successful. As I thought thus, I cast mv eyes hastily around to the sisters, who sat, or rather cowered, under the shelter of the com panion way. The "yes of tho youngest were fixed mutely, in tearful ngonv, on her bleed ing sire, but the cider had her gaze fixed to windward, as if earnestly contemplating some object. With sudden hope, I followed the direction of her look. I havo said that tho wind had died away beforo the pirates boarded us, and, since then, every faculty had bi nn so absorbod in the terrible conflict for existancc, that I had not been awaro of tho gradual revival of tho breczo. INoiv, however, when the din of battle momentarily ceased, my caas were greeted with the sighing of tho "wind among the rigging, and tliu pleasant murmur of the water as it was parted under our bows, nnd glided along tho sides gentle and soothing rounds after tho maddening uproar of the mortal strife. I becamo conscious also, the instant my nycs turned to windward, that the fog, which 1 have described as settling around us, was slowly dissipating, and, although it still lay thick and palpable along the surface of the water, higher up it thinned off, and finally disappeared altogether. The object which had attracted tho elder sister's atten tion, was tho tall mast of a ship, rising ma jestically above the fog, not a cable's length distant, and, though tho hull was invisible, I saw, with what delight my readers can ima gine, that the Union-Jack of my beloved country war floating from tho mast head. " Huzza !" I cried, exhilarated beyond control, " huzza ! The day's our own. Sue cor is at hand. Here comes our gallant flag." Had a thunderbolt fallen at their feet and torn up tho deck beneath thorn had a whirl pool opened under the brie- and enimlfWI them, the pirates could not have shown more consternation than at these words. Every man looked round in search of the now com" cr, and, when the stranger was discovered to windward, no pen can describe the ex pression of amazement mid affright which gathered on tho faces of the negroes. If tint approaching sail had been a basilisk it could not havo riveted their gaze more completely. They stood staring at the tall masts, that rose iiidjesiicany nuovu ino log, their eyes disten uiug wiih an asionisnment that seemed to havo paralysed them. At last, ns the ship boro down on us, tho mists rolled slowly e i . .... . i i . . . J uiuu iiiiiii uur ; nrsi nor uowsprit shoved it tr i i.. . r.i. .i v. .. sun muirijr uui Ul 1110 log, Illen UK! Willie V.1- por curled along her sido, and her forechains became visible, as she approached on the starboard tack ; and, finally, liko a magic piuiuru emerging irom tno smoke ol an en chanter's tripod, Hie whole symmetrical hull rose to sight, disclosing a row of teeth, frown ing from their open and lighted ports. At this sight, tho negroos no longer wavered. A cry of affright broke simultaneously from them, and, regardless of their leader, who strovo to inspirit them, they turned to flight, hurrving to their boat, into which thuy tum bled, pell mell, and pushed off. leaving be. hing, iu their consternation, a third of their number, who wero yet on our decks. Avail. ing ourselves of this happy juncture, wo sal lied from our defence, and. cuttinc down .1 ...i... j -i i . inum wiiu renisieu, cnaseu tno rest over board. The sloop of war was now close on to us, ami, in a low nurried words, we acquainted her commander with our situation, and the character of the fugitives, whoso boat was rapidly pulling into tho fog. Not a second was lost in tho pursuit. Tho sloop glided majestically by, and, just as she passed across our forefoot, a stream of fire gushed from one of her guns. Instantaneously I saw thol splinters flying Irom tho boat) which sunk ul most immediately, leaving her crew strug gling and shrieking in the water. Wo could see, even at our distance, the wounded fighting for a plank, orsqualteriiig n moment on the water, like' wounded ducks, cro they sank forever. In a few minutes all was still in tho vicinity of the spot where the bargo went down, Tho boats of tho sloop were launched as soon as possible, and every ef fort made to save the drowning wretches, but only a fow wero rescued, to bo reterved fur a fate more ignominous. The sloop proved to be of tho United States navy, cruising among the islands in search of pirates. She had heard the sounds of trife, w hile we wera yet hidden in the fog, and, suspecting tho cause, for a gang of pi rates was known to infest tho neighborhood, had come down to us, and arrived thus op portunely. When we came to examine our crew, we found that three were cither dead or mortal ly wounded, while no one had escaped un hurt. Our injuries, however, wero speedily dressed by tho sloop's surgeon, and, on the wnoie, wo had cause to be gratelul. How shall I describe the scene that occur red, after the pirates had been driven from our decks, and when tho sisters, flinging thcmsulvcs into their father's arms, wept hysterically, and embraced him by turns ! How shall I record the eager anxiety thev showed until tho surgeon had pronounced their parents wound a comparatively Might cut, which would be healed in a few weeks! How shall I picture these, and many other tender things which passed between the res cued family ! My pen drops from my fingers incapable of the task. But, if you should ever visit tlio village of Canandaigua and be come acquainted with Ellen, now n matron with daughters only less fair than herself, you will hear the story from lips moro elo quent than mine. From tho Essex Co. (N. V.) Times. THE HERMIT OF THE AUSADLB ; OR, THE WHITE CHIEF. On a bright evening in the autumn of '17. two persons stood on the shore of a lake, tho the extreme source of the Ausablc. One was speaking with the dignity of an Indian Chief the other listening with the eagerness of youth. " White man I" said the speaker, " I have ever been a friend to your race : I have held bac the tomahawk of my people, when the French have urged us to dye it with your blood. Though they threatened nn with extermination for our attachmeut to you, yet wo boldly defied them. Wo have fought for you : many of us have died fur you. In return, I only ask that you will treat tho Indians kindly when death has conquered their chief. ' You call ino a mi shin ; but thero is not a drop of Indian blood in my veins. Yes, since you ask it, I will tell you my story : repeat it not until the Indians have mourned for their' chief : then spcik, if you will. "For the last fifty year? my homo has been in the wilderness my cabin on the shore of this lake. My youtiilul days were spent on the bright shores of England ; and there, while al. most crushed by misfortune, I sought the direc tion of the Great Spirit, and I am far happier hero in my cabin, than a king m hi palace. My first recollections aro of my dying inuther, and I have m-ver forgotten her look of love, as she commended her children, myeelf and sister, to her God. The remaining years of childhood had nearly passed, when at school wo became acquainted with James and Annette S . I loved my sister ardently : vet. a short limn ntilu had passed, when I preferred the society of An. nnlln 'I'l.n .. t.l 1 .1 --It f J. . ut. ii.. i no nunu niimu call It CUIIUISH, but It was real love, love that did not cease with death. Moro than fifty years havo passed since mm hw ner j yet ner origin image as is plain, ly before me, as it was at the Ust partin", wden 1 pressed her trembling hand. At last we bade our schoolmates adieu, and loft for home At l'.uinig, "f linn menial sno would over luie me that she could love nonn nli. s :.i. a light heart I left her, to visit again the scenes of my early days. Uut my happiness was of snori ourai.on. an around my mice happy homo had felt the blight of ruin and decay and my once kind father was a wretched drunkard. Hu had sought to drown sorrow in tlio mlnxi- can jf cup, nu uisease Had lain him oti a bed of Helm, mm wo omy reached homo in time to aicu oy ins oeusiue a lew days, while con sumption did his fatal work. " Children !" said my lather, as the deatli-siveat stood on his fore head, ' I shall soon appear before Odd. 1 leave you with the hopo that lie has forgiven my sins Now give mo one pledge, and I can dye in peace. Promise me here, by my dyin" bed , "K,cr 'asie me uruulcard's cup." I he pledge was given, and never has been bro. ken nn, never shall it be. "At the decease of my father, we were pen. nyless. 1 hough all those broad lands I called my own were another's, yet, for myself, I cared not ; but the thought that my sister was a beg gar, I rould not bear. Sho had written to James S , my former schoolmate, mention- ing our circumstances, and reminding him of his former professions of love. His reply was an expression of surpriso that one in her circuin stances should presume to address a gentlemen. The heiress had changed to tho pennvless or. phan. A line from her to whom he had pled.', ed his love, that he had once sought as a favor, was no v received as an insult. She never suiil. cd again ! Her sorrow soon ended in the nuiel of the grave. Before leaving England, I soimht an interview with Annette. She was wa!km. with her brother, on a beautiful eminence, gn" ing a wide view of tho sea I was so soon to cross. Tlio first, glance told ma moro than words could express. I knew that she loved me that she would love none else. Before a word had paed, her brother attacked inc. " Villain I' said he, 'relinquish all claim to the hand of my sistar, or this moment is your last ! "I shall ever detest you as the murderer o mysistcr,' said I: 'your sietcr I shall evci lore.' " There was a loud report of. his pistol as I forced it from his hand, ano! the next moment ho onuyyiu.i; in my grasp on the brink of a nreCJDICC. Whan niu rnnaplnn.n... ul......t t . ICIUIIII.-U, was at tho foot of tho cliff from which o had lauen, nnd beside mo wan thn Imdv nf limn. " , u was ueau : t or me to stay in Lngland, was to die; In a few days I was on ujidru an mciaman, in tne broad Atlantic Years passed away, and a noble vessel richly laden with the treasures nf the Indie an fcngiisli port. I now had wealth ; and, could I see Annette, we might leave England and bo happy. As I passed the church.yard, a splen did tnarblo attracted my attention. It was tho grave of Annette. I spent beside it a fow mo- iiiuma in trio ueepest arguish and there resolv ed to leave England forever " Hero I have been for half a r enturv, loved and respected bv mv tribe. Am rmmih..:. cos of civilized mm, I have endeavored to res. train the wild passions of tho Indians ; and now( when they lav mo here besidn (ho hr;M .u.. wamr, i as no prouder epitaph than they will place above inc( "Tnu Prc or Peace." MaTIIEMATICAI, DEMONSTRATfO. The late eccentric, mathematician, Professor Vinco, of jvihb college, iamDnuge, bomg once cnga. cd in a conversation with a gentleman who all. vocatcd duelling, is said to have thrown his ad. Versary completely hors rfu combat, by the fol. lowing acute and characteristic reply to his question if " But what could you do, sir, if a man to'd you to vour very face You lie ' " "What cud I do! Why, I wudn't knock him down, but I'd tell him to pruv it. ' Pruv, sir, pruv it,' I'd say. If l e codn'l, he'd bo the liar! and there I shut! have him : but if he did pruv that I'd lied, I must e'en pocket tho affront, and there, I expect, the mailer wud end." A DUTCHMAN PUZZLED. A journeyman printer lately set out on foot for tho interior of Ohio, a distanco of five hundred miles, with an old brast rule and threo dollars cash in his pocket. Ho soon found himself in Pennsylvania, and being weary called nt tho inn of a Dutchman, whom ho found quietly smoking his pipe, when the following dialogue ensued : Veil, Mtshter Valking Sthick. vat yem vantf Refreshments and repose.' ' Supper and lodgings, I rekon ?' Yes, sir, supper and lodgings.' ' Po you a yankce pedlur, mit chewelry in your pack to cheat to gals?' No, sir; no Yankee pedlar.' A singing teacher, too lazy to vorkT ' No sir.' ' A checntcel shoemaker, yot stchays till Saturday night, and laysh drunk in de porch ofer Sunday V No, sir, or I should havo mended my boots beforo this. But I am not disposed lon ger to submit to this outlandish inquisi tion. Can you give mo supper nnd lodg ings V ' Torkely. But vol be you t A book achent taking honest people's money for a little larnin' that only makes 'em lazy ?' Try again, your worship.' 'A Dentist, breaking de people's chaws, at a tollar a schrag, and running of! mit old Shambock's daughter?' ' No, sir, no tooth puller.' ' Kernolnjus, den, feeling to young folks' heds, like so many cabbitch, and charging 25 cents for telling their fortunes, liko a blam'd Yankee ." No no phrenologist, neither, your Ex cellency,' ' Veil, den, vot te tifle are you 1 Chost tell, and you shall havo somo of In best sas sago for supper, and stchay all night, free gratis, mitout charging you a cent, mit a chill ol whiskey to sthart on pcforo breakfast.' Very well, your honor. To terminate the colloquy without further circumlocution, I nm an liumblo disciple of Faust a pro fessor of the art preservative of all arts a typographer, at your servico ! ' Votsch datl' 'A printer, sir; a man that prints books and newspapers.' 1 A man vot prints nooshpapers I Oh ! yaw! yaw! By Choopiter aye! ayo! Datsch it ! a man vot prints nooshpapers yaw! yaw! Valk up, valk up, Mishter Printer ! Checms, take le clientleman's pack off. Chohn, bring some junks to the lire. A man vot prints nooshpapers ! vish I may be ihot ifldid'nt think you vas a tailor ' Ue of the Br.Ani). A writer in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal says : " By recurring to the custon of the ancients, both previous and for a long period subsequent to the time of our Saviour, it will he seen that it was customary to wear tho hair and heard long. U'c also learn from the best authorities that diseases of the throat and chest, as well as scro. fula and analogous complaints, were of very rare occurrence among them. Indeed, we be". licve it to he a fact which cannot be controvert ed that with those nations where the hair and beard are worn long, tho people are moro hardy and robust and much less subject to diseases, particularly of a pulmonary character, than s those who shave. The Turk, the Russ, the Greeuelander, tho Persian, &c, have been near ly exempt from bronchial and lung complaints in comparison with the European and Ameri can. Nor can this be attributed to any climate influence, for no people are more exposed to at. mospheric changes than the inhabitants of those northern regions. Tho fashion of shavinr the beard, likn minr other foolish and injurious customs of civilized fe, has often originated from absurd am! ridi culous causes. Among the first who practised shaving the beard were the soldiers of Alexan. der tho Great, who wero commanded to remove their beards in order that they might not serve as handles to their enemies in battle. When Louis XIII. ascended the throne nf Prance, in 1050, it was the cus'omof the inhabitants to al low theirfaces to remain as their Creator made them. This monarch, however, was a beard, less youth, and thus, in order to ape royalty, was shaving introduced and beard proscribed In S pain, afco, was the fashion introduced in a similar maimer. Philin V. was a beaming hov- and therefore, for fashion's sake, did his sub. jects, hitherto noble and manly in appearance. riuuiu uiuinjeivcs 10 tins unnatural child- Mi stale. The hair bo admirably calculated to retain the heat of those parts which it covers, and to protect the imoor. taut organs within from tho effects ofcold.anu" the constant atinosphcreic vicissitudes to which man must be exposed. The importance of this protective agent will be appreciated when it is ", " " many iniiammaiory attacks are introduced bv tho sudden ;i nnli' Inn nfrnlil and by suppressing that function so necessary to health, the porsniration With a Umr amf heavy beard a man can bravo with impunity the " pcltings of the pitiless storm," and bid defi. ance to the cold winds of winter, while a sha. venand unguarded throat must succumb to thcr piercing blast." BEAUTIFUL EXTRACT. The Boston Mercantile Journal seIects the following from the Foreign Review for April, 1839, as one of the finest passages in tho .' ' .."iiiioii uiviaiuri;. I lie SUD. ject treated of is the benefit of printine "When lamerlano had finished building his pyramids of seventy thousand human tlml).. and was seen staiidiii!? at tlio crate nf hamaarm glittering with steel, with his battle axe on his shoulder, till fierce hosts filed to new victories and carnage, tho pale on-lookcr might have fan. cied that nature was in her death, throes for havoc and despair had taken Dossessinn nf thn earth, and the sun of manhood seemed setting iu seas of blood. Yet it might be on that very gala day of Tamerlane, a little boy was playino nine.pins it the streets of Mcntz, whoso history was moro important to them than twenty Ta mcrlanes I Tho Tartar of Khan with M. . gy demons of tho wilderness, passed away life to bo forgotten forever and the Gorman artikan has wrought a benefit which bly expand. hit itsolf. and Will rmifinim rt pand through all countries and all time. What are the conquests and exneditions corporations of Captains from Walter Pcnne. lets to NaiKileou Bonaparte, conmared with tho moveable types of Johnncs Fust. Physic. A printer, whose ilm but indifferent turned Physicwn. Ho was asked the reason of it, "Iu printinir." saWi he, "all tho faults one commits are exposed to the eo; but in physic, they ore buikd with tlio patient."