Newspaper of Burlington Free Press, April 28, 1848, Page 1

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jfvtt 1 il Vol. XXI. Whole 1A0. 10SG. IH UMAOTOA, FRIDAY MORNING, APRIL 38, 1848. New Scries, Vol. No. 44 Bu3inco3 (Hurts. rvrling TON A a IlICVL TV II A L Warehouse mid Seed Store, IIY PUIIICK, UAVISY & CO. Constantly on hand n large assort ment ol Farming Utensils, Garden Imulcmcnts, Field. Garden and Flower Sella. . ALSO, DEALER IX STOVES, STOVE Ht, TKIM.1IISUS AND IIOLLOW-WAHE. COLLEGE STREET. WM BURLINGTON MARKET, 7T7T BY W. C. HARR1NSTON. MEATS, FISH, AND VEGETAULES, of every variety, Laud, Tallow, Candles, &c. dt tie Cornf r 0 Church nnd College Streets. 11. iiATc iii:t,nuit's III BOOT AND SHOE STORE, I Chiireh-lrr-rt. New York, Boston, and Forvvcll's turtle, nml CJeiUlemen's Uools nnil Shoes, of every description and style, constantly on hnnd. Store Ul door north oj Lmflf': d direcilf rppo- tile D. Kern's, near Howard More, Church it. " Apothecaries' UnH," GEORGE K. HARRINGTON, L Proprietor, WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DEALER IN DRUGS AND M E D I C I N E 8 , Harrington'! BuildineXor. Church if College-st. S.MALLEY & PIIF.LPS, ATTOItNKYS AiCOIJNSKLLOKS AT LAM" AND SOLICITOUS IN CHANCEIIY. 0. A. SMALLEY. E- I. THEWS. ORDHVARY AND FANCY Executed nt the Tree Press Office WITH CARE AND PUNCTUALITY, Q C. W. Dill! XV 1 Chair and Cabinet Manufacturer, Two Doors Soulh County House, Church St., Ult.linoton, Vt. All klnda of work in the obovc line made to order on the shortest notice, I. SHERWOOD & CO.'S AUCTION AND COMMISSION STORE, West Side .".quake. Constantly on hand Cabinet Furniture, Chairs, Look ing Glasses, &-C JOHN BRADLEY Sl CO., WHOLESALE I'FAI.ERS IN English and American liar. Holt, Kod, &lit, Hoop and BAND IRON, Pig Iron.Coal, Sheet Ii on. Tin, Bolt and Sheet Copper NAILS, GLASS, l'l.ASTER, Wet and Dry Groceries, Flour, Salt, Burr Mill Stones. Halting Cloth. Sheeting. STORAGE AND FOR WARDING Cutlom-houc Agents and Commission Merchants, Bradley ) south Whnrr. Tiro's.1!!. Cantm'.ld. j IIURLIXGTOX. 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Flowing Itliic, Light Illue nml White Granite W AR 12 also, China and Glass Ware. Groceries, Furs, Buffalo Kobes, fcc. Church Street. Strong, Dooliltlc & Co. DEALERS IK HEAVY AND SllCI.f JL. . f-' Cutlery, Saddlery, Me iHAROvy rJ clianic'B Tools, Houw Fin- hhings, Nails, Glass, Win dow Sash, Iron, Steel. Tin Plate. Sheet Iron. Wire. PAINTS, OIL, FLOUR, SALT, PLASTER, Cirind (Sloiicx, Dry Groceries. Ac. General Agents and Commission Merchants, A. THoMrso.v, ) East Side Court House Square, H. h . doolittle. ) Church and College.itr: CI'ORGK PKTKRSO.V, DEALER IN 85Egffl DRY GOODS, Croelery, Flour, Salt.Plaiter, Window Saeh.Olan, Ready Made Ci.iiTitiNfi, Together with a large variety of other articles. DOORJIORTH Or THE COURT HOUSE. C. 8. AtlkiiiM, BOOK HINDER, I'AI'ER RULER, AND BLANK BOOK MAKER, In the tree I'ref Building, College Street. r HAGAIl & ARTHUR, ' Dealer, in ' Hardware, Drugs, Paints, Oils, Dycstulls AC ArCa 1 CORNER OF CHURCH AM) COM.tfiL STREETS. Sliffl, CALVIN II. EDWARDS, facnSEW BOOKSELLER &; STATIONER, Constantly for sale a general asortment of 8CHOOL. CLASSICAL, AND MI 8 CULL AN liO UN HOOKS. The Chiaf Publications, Blank Book, St, tioniry, Medical Books. ,Vo I, Pecks' Uuildiiii, College. t. Burlington Sxtt prcco. Published at Burlington, Vt., By D. W. C. CLARKE) Editor and Proprietor. Terraii To Village subscribers who receive the paper by the carrier, 82,50 If paid in advance 2,00 Mail subscribers and those who take It at the Office 2.00 II paid in advance, . 1.50 Advertisements inserted onthe customary terms. For the Daily Free Press. Bright was tho gently heaving swell, As it danced the ocean o'er, And its oice wus clear as a silver bell, As with graceful motion it rose and fell, And broke on the sandy shore. Clear and bright did the moon-beams ehino O'er the face of the glimmering deep, Fringing with diamonds the undulate line Of the waves as they dashed with gentle chime, Lulling the winds to sleep. Mild and pure was tho twinkling light Of the starry orbs on high, As they sparkled like gems on the brow of night, And sweetly smiled on the ocean bright, From tho depths of the dark blue sky. But, oh, what a mournful sight to sec, By tho side of the breaking wave, Whilo all things else seemed so merry to be, The moon, and the stars, and tho dancing sea, A corse without a grave. The breezes played in its waving hair, As it lay on that lonely shore ; 'Twas a youth his form was surpassing fair j And he l.iy in the light of the moon-beams there, Ne'er to be heard of more. And far away in some distant land, Beside the rollinu sea, A mother and sister must waiting stand. Moist'ning with tears the cold hard sand, For one whom they ne'er shall see. T. 21 g u c 5 : The Beautiful Shepherdess- A Tale of tho Lowlands of Scotland, BY ST. CLAIH It wns evening in the lowlands of Scot- land ; hs culm, and ns lovely an evening us ever cume from heaven. The summer had nearly passed, and autumn with its mellow fru'ls an& golden harvests approached. Before us was Loch Lomond. That beau- tlful sll0Ct ot wnter wns unruffled ; not a breath stole over its glassy bosom to agitate jls J-Jj waters. . .. - , . j lie moon gradually rose from the dense and heavy clouds, and its silver light dis-,1 covered to our view several smalMshmds, which, like huge monsters at rest, appeared to repose in the nuict waters. Among this , . r !01.l n,.,.ll., l..,... i tho "floating island;" which is supposed by many to bo influenced byjlm oscillations of tho waves ; but whether this phenomena is true or false, we leave our readers to judge. In the distance was seen Hen Lomond, lis. ing perpendicularly till its summit pierced the clouds. At the foot of this mountain stood n shepherd's hut, which for many years had been occupied hy .llclircggor. A contagious and fatal disease had swept over tho country, and the shepherd's family , were not spared. Agnes alone was left to ciicor tho declining years of her father. As wo advanced sweet music was heard; and far nctoss tho bosom of the beautiful lake, it floated like some wild melody. It was tho voice of Agnes McGrcggor, tho' beautilul shepherdess, bhe was scaled on the green sward in front of tho houso mid by her sido was her father. He held in his hand a lonir.ninn. hut now silnntl v listened t tn hnr snnir. I hn mnsli rfiieril nnil Iwn a , -, j , men were seen coming up the narrow path loading to tno cottage. Agnes, my child, do you know them ?' McGrcggor asked with appearance of agitation ' I do not; they arc dressed as hunts- men.' I ' My eyes arc dim and I cannot distin guish their dresses ; but why should they ' seek our lonely cottage ?' They came near- er, and Agnes blushed as sho replied, ' With no ill design, I assure you, father.' ' May bo not, but thorn is a rumor that a band of desperadoes infest tho country in u :.. i. ,amu ." ""L-usiiie-.. u is Kent, uccompanicd by Edward.' ' He is ever welcome ; I feared , but Agnes, hereafter regard my tcishes, and your own interests.' Before sho could re. ply, tho huntsmen arrived. ' Welcome to my humble cottace ;' said McGrcggor, as ho grasped the hand of his friend, and coldly bowed to Edward McFail, who had accompanied him. Together they entered the house. Charles Kent was a native of Berkshire, and had for several years been on intimate terms with the shepherd and his daughter. He had asked the hand ol Agnes in mar riage, but had been rejected. Edward was a poor peasant, but a man of noble heart und superior intellect McUrcggor s eyes wcro dazzled by the splendor und glittering heaps of wealth, which in imagination ho beheld as ho look, cd forward to tho time when Agnes should become tho wifnof Charles Kent. Not so with Agnes : -sho read his heart, and there found nought but depravity. She had long loved Edward McFail, hut the secret had been locked in her own bo. som, or known only to him. By accident tho rivals together sought the cottago. Tho evening passed, and us they wore about to depart, Edward placed in her hand u small bouquctof wild flow ors, which ho had gathered by tho way side, as ho tip preached the cottago. They departed. Again they entered tho winding path, and nisappeared. Agnes retired to hor opart- ment, holding carelessly in lit r hum! the bo quel which sho had received from Edward : unroppcd irom her hand, nnd the flowers ... t wcrosc.Htered. A note was observed. She caught it up hastily and read as follows: ' Agnes, bowaro ! he who professes friend- ship and love for you, is a deceiver. His honied words aro but to conceal his poison. Ml arrows.' Her lips quivered, and she resume agi. tated as she read again and again, those mysterious words. She threw hcrselfupon her bed, hut could not sleep; strange visions flitted through her young mind, and she exclaimed in on audiblo tone, and with emphasis, 'never win 1 again rcgurd Uliarles Kent as my friend .' As Edward and Charles disappeard, both were ubsorbed in their own reflections. Charles was the first to speak. ' Edward what do you think of my pretty Agnes V 'She is beautiful,' replied Edward, mc chanically. ' She is indeed a charming creature, but sho loves mc not.' ' Why then do you call her yours ?' Ed ward asked, in a tone of bitterness. Charles wns nngry and replied, ' Sho shall bo mine, and if sho loves me not, I will teach her to obey.' 'Kent, you surprise me! How know you that sho loves you not?' ' Am I a fool ? Hut sho has yet to learn that n shepherd's daughter should respect wealth und power.' ' Can you expect the love of Agnes Mc Greggor, when ut tho sumo time you pro fess a deep and ardent affection for nnotli er V ' But she is not aware of that.' ' Are you not aware, Charles, that Mary Furguson loves you to distraclion V ' lam under no obligation toicr.' ' Did you not declare your love, and do you not even now, in her presence, profess to love her V ' Well, what of that?' asked Charles, in a tone of impatience. ' Charles, hear me. You have, like a loathsome serpent, coiled about the heart of : ttmt lair girl, and now hend like are ubout to inflict the fatal blow.' Charles grew pale, and in a subdued voice said, ' do not I pray you assume that cold, indifferent manner, Edward. Wo have for a long time been friends, and I cannot endure such harsh lunguagc from you.' ' I lunk then how your words will sound on the ear of Mary, that faithful girl, whoso . very life is bound unin yours. Our friend ship exists no longer. Farewell.' They parted, and retired to their homes. A month rolled away. It was a lovely evening in October, when a little boat was seen to leave tho shore at no great distance from tho shepherd's cottage. It contained but one individual, and the pale moonlight discovered the features of Agnes. Her .! I. 1 .1 1 .1 I .1 . ! , , " "a P,lc. .l"e oar anu Ulc ua" uarK """ "Pfr- , . . . . S.1,e d'r?C 1 s.,cou!'so ,0 ,h (11oa,,ne ls' lund' ,u.c,hetl t,,e sl'0,r,c: nm,,sl,c sl,runS lorwuru into uie urms 01 liuwoui They had often met upon this island, but now their stoy was of short duration. ' You are pnlo and agitated, Agnes ; what has occurred ?' ' Dearest Edward,' sho replied, we have been watched, and Kent is determined to take your life. Let us away, or the fiend ,nipursuo "s ' Compose yourself, Agnes, fear no harm, but tell me by what means did you receive tliis-informntion.' ' A servant of his family came to our cottage this day and exposed his fiendish purpose' ' Can you rely on tho veracity of the woman V 'I know her well. Many years ago she was my mother's nurse. She overheard him ,e"x.'1.,i"1 his resolution, und much mon which she refused to relate.' ' 1 ruml0 ". -V. 1,10 f'lto of 'Ma7. guson. U hy did she not tell you all ! ' My lather entered and sho withdrew. ' Return to tho cottage, and 1 will uccom pany you ; I will meet him, ond from his own lips receive an explanation.' lhey embarked, and rapidly tho boat glided over the dark waters. The clouds indicated a violent thunder storm. The lightning Hashed fearfully, and tho deep toned thunder echoed over the hills. CIourh overspread the heavens, and the wind blew violently. Thev gained tho shoro ere the storm burst in all its lury. Together they entered tho hut, and seated themselves by an open window, gazed out upon tho lake, us its bosom was now and then illumined by tho lightning. 'Oil Heaven ' screamed Agnes, as sho drew closorto Edward. ' What sound was that ?' ' Do not fear, Agnes, it was but tho noise of the elements ; the sighing of the wind, or perhaps tho lightning has shivered a gi gantic tree.' Agnes did not reply, but clinging to his arm she burst into tears. McGrcggor was silent, but as if startled by an unnatural sound, ho rose and walked to tho window, but all was impenetrable darkness. ' I now leave you,' said Edward, after a long pause; ' and,' ho added in a whisper, ' to-morroiy evening I will meet you at tho floating island.' ' Edward, said she, clinging still, closer to him, ' that frightful shriek sounds ever! now in my cars. It surely was tho death shriek of somo unfortunate victim. Oh, leave mo not Edwaid.' ' Nay, dearest, compose yourself. It was but tho mournful sighing of tho wind ; do not give way to needless fears. Timo flics and I must away.' ' Tho murderer who seeks your life may oven now lurk near. Stay, Edward, at, least till tho violence of the storm abates.' 'Yes, Edward, you must stay,' added Mcurrggor, you must not leave our hut. to-night.' Edward consented to remain. Ho had hardly seated himself by Ihe open window, when Agnes throw herself lor - ward, with a slineK or agony, anu ciung around his neck. Edward turned, and bo. held a ghastly and murderous visago staring him in the face. Tho person held a huge! knife uplifted, and but waited for n favor- able moment to plunge tho knifo into his bosom. As tho fiend encountered Ihe gezel of F.dward. he snranc toward him, and with a df peratc effort he thruit his weapon for. ward, but it fell harmless. Edward sprang from his seat, and rushed to the door, but tho murderer wosgonc. He had been de feated, and like a ficrco and cruel monster, he waited a more favorable opportunity. ' Oil ! that horrid visage and those flam ing eyes 1 for Heaven's sake, Edward, what means this ?' McGrcggor started up, ond pacing tho room, while big drops of sweat stood on his brow, ho asked, 1 Edward, who has dared to mako this murderous attempt ?' Edward was pale, and his hand trembled, not from fear but anger. ' Fear not, dearest Agnes, it was but that fiend Kent, who thirsts for my blood and longs for your ruin. The coward shall die, Agnes, fear not for me.' ,t ' But tho secret assassin ' ' Shall openly feel myi power,' udded Edward, us his eyes beamed with a ficrco expression, and his coni'V pwl lips 'and clenched hands told of a iolcnt mental struggle. Edward beenmo composed, yet a dark shade remained on his brow. It was twelve o'clock ; and tho violence of tho storm had abated, and now a loud and re peated cull was henrd at the door. It was a female voice. Edward opened the door, and there stood a female, wet and bloody, with dishevelled hair, und tattered dress. ' Come in, woman, said Edward, and his voice faltered. ' My God, it is Mary For guson.' Ho had scarcely pronounced the name when she fell at his feet, exclaiming, in the ogony ol despair, ' Mel ail, revenge me of mine enemy. She it is who would sink mo in the waters of the Loch Lomond. She has taken my Charles from me, and he now lies concealed among the lulls, Ed ward advanced to conduct her into the cot tage, but as she caught the eye of Agnes, sho exclaimed, ' How shall I appear in her presence ? Oh, lady, you have murdered mo !' and with a wild, piercing shriek, she fled. Her voice was borne uway with tho wind. Edward returned to the cottage, and beheld Agnes in the arms oilier father. He rushed forward to her aid. A loud and heavy peal of thunder echoed among the hills. A flash of litrhtninn. vivid and pro- traded, played over the face of Agnes, and lor a moment the conviction lorced itsoll upon his mind that his arms encircled a corpse. Mic recovered. I he night wore gradually off. Tho morning sun rose, and its rays of fluid gold played through the trees, and fell on tho now agitated lake. A small boat was seen drifting from the shore, borne onward by the wind. It was Kent's frail boat. Edward returned home, moditating upon the incidents of the last night. CHATTER tl. " Fly, villain, or await thy doom !' Tho evening upon which the lovers met

upon the 'floating island,' Charles Kent wus seated in the elegant parlor. Ho was alone. Ho held in Ins hand a rui'ier, and us lie bent the steel ho muttered f , i v mov an snail never again cross my pain. I will have revenge. The false Agnes has given her heart to him. He shall die ; yes!' io exclaimed, as ho flourished the weapon, ' this shall drink his blood. Acnes shall yet beg of me to call her wife ; 1 will then leave her. Ha! ha ! he laughed, but with apparent cllbrt. ' Mary Ferguson must die also, then no obstacle can hinder my plans. I remember; .Mcrnil will meet her this night upon the floating Island, then shall she drink tho waters of Loch Lomond. 1 will await his return, and if he escape me then curse my soul.' He rose, and with hurried steps sought the cottage of Mary Ferguson. Ho invited her to sail on tho lake. Mary was all happiness, and her young heart bounded with delight as sho listened to his words of love. Poor Mary Ferguson! s the sunny smile plnved over her tea- tures, and love beamed in her eye, she said to herself: ' Ho loves me then ; fool that I have been to suspect htm. Happiness awaits me.' With a light heart sho arranged her dress ; then taking his proffered arm, she walked to tho inarcin of the lake. Sho heard tho sound of the bag-pipe from tho opposite shore, nnd a thrill ol pleasure snot inrougn her bosom, as she thouirht that the lovely shepherdess, with all her charms, could not captivate her beloved Lharies. 1 hey em barked, Tho sun sunk low behind tho lof- tv hills, and as its last ray disappeared, a t,nMn !.!. .tc!nn aatitoil urt.iii lonl' countenance As M-iiv looked into liis face, tho blood forsook her check, and sho felt that a mysterious and dreadful cause was at work in Ins heart. Darkness settled upon tiie waters, and tha storm burst in all its fury upon their heads. A long continued flash of lightning lit up the surface of tho lake, and was quickly fol. lowed by a loud and heavy peal of thunder. Jilary sprang Irom her seat, and sprang into his arms as if iinnloring protection from I a dog lives 20 years ; a vvnll, 20 ; a fox, 11 to tho angry elements. 'Kent seized her bv!10' Ii"l,.1are "H-1.v,a the one known by tho tho throat, raised her ubovo the side of tho boa,, ondfilungcdherintothedat-k waters. ore. tho waters closed over her. Hn renmi! ....... iU v i'x-.""n .iiiiii ed not, but as if flying from himself, ho paddled to tho opposite bank. Ho reached tho shore, sprang from his boat, and proceeded toward tho houso, creep, ing stealthily along till ho appeared at the open window, us beforo related. As Mary disappeared over tho sido of tho boat, sho shrieked for aid but in vnin. With unnatural strength sho swam lo tho shore. Hettcr would it havo been fur her had the waters closed over her forever. Sho seated herself upon an overhanninu cilil, tinu iiioueu upon uie lano as llie light ...I. i, i . i- , i . . . c ning illuminated its bosom. Strange cmo- lions nasscd through her bruin She was u muiiiuc Sho approached tho cottage, then fled, and concealed hersell among tho hills, Sho was often seen near Loch Lomond, but in vain did tho kind villagers attempt to restore her to her home and friends, Kent left his home and travelled in Eng. land. ' The winter pussed, nnd gentle spring again crowned all nature with loveliness 1 Kent ogain approached tho cottage of Mc Grcggor. As he ncarcd the house, he as sumed an air of carelessness, gaiety and happiness. Ho espied Agnes in her little flower garden and approached her. ' Hal my pretty Agnes, your flowers are indeed beautiful, but the flower I carefully watch over is fairer than yours.' Agnes ruiscd her eyes as Kent's voice fell on her ear, and as she beheld him, her first impulse was to escape from his pres ence. He stood near the gate, ond, as she attempted to pass, ho would have flung his arms about her waist. She started back, and with a look and tone that made him tremble, she exclaimed: ' Leave me, murderer ! even now the blood of tho innocent stains your hands ! Away, villain, and let mo pass!' ' Nay, dearest Agnes, do not thus cruelly lcavo mo. Surely somo wild ond strango demon has deprived you of reason. Do you not know your Ciiailcs ?' ' Charles Kent, I know you, and I des pise you.' ' Hut, dearest, do not bo angry, and with, out cause. Let mo receive from your lips the token of forgiveness,' said lie, again ad vancing upon her. 1 Away, fiend ! advance no further, or I will take your heart's blood !' This was uttered with a look of defiance, and she drew from her bosom a dagger, which she had worn upon her person since that fearful night. Kent was surprised, Ho fell back, ond with haughty bearing and proud step, Agnes passed the open gate, and enteredthe house. McGrcggor was on the distant hill-side, and Agnes was alone in the cottage, yet she feared not the cowardly Kent. He found it impossible to accomplish his pur pose, and therefore departed. Tho morrow came. Tho sun was fast sinking bciiind a pile of azure clouds in the western horizon, when two canoes touched the 'floating island.' Edward met the beautiful shepherdess beneath a noble oak, their place of meeting. Soon they were sturtled by tho sound of approaching foot- tens, hihvard turned, and. as lie did .so. received a deep wound 111 his Iclt arm, liVUi 1119 UIUU-JI. 1T.U1IL l-3 WIUli; 111111 illlU as ho was about to thrust his rapier into his i . . . . . bosom, Agnes threw herself upon Edward's body, exclaiming : ' Spare him, and let me receive tho blow.' With a fiendish laugh, he raised the weap on and was about to thrust it deep into his heart, when suddenly his hand was drawn back by a female, who nt that moment op peared on the spot. This mysterious be. ing seized him, exclaiming : 'Come, Charles, come to tho bosom of your bride. Mary awaits to receive you Come,' said sho in a tone of love ; then with a wild, a piercing shnekj .-ho plunged intOfr the sake ol the Union.1 uio lane, anil dragged along with her tho horor-strieken murderer. One stifled shriek escaped his lips, and the forms of both sank below tho surface. McFail had recovered from the shock, and was about to snatch them from a watery grave, but ho was too lute ; they had sunk never again to rise. From a lofty peal: tho poor maniac had seen Charles as ho landed upon the island , j 1 1 . i i , .... , 1 r I- 'i i preserved UIU lllw Ul UI'.IIU. Agnes staunched Edward's wounds, and they hurriedly embarked. Months quickly fled. Again it was an. ttimn. The sere foliage rustled, and tho ...:.i 1 ivn It was on such an ovpninir n llmt nn ' w l, .1, v rl . n . " gv 1 which wc first beheld the fair Agues. I Now in the shepherd's cottace was a sceno of rejoicing. Agnes became the wife of Edward McFail. Tho aged father now) iiiuiuiiu luaits iuii, lies buried in n little church-yard in Perth sluro. IJy persevering industry, iidvvnrd accu mulated wealth, and now, with liis still beau tiful wife, resides in a lovely cottage on tiie banks of the Clyde. Manit.k roa Fki'it Trees The test com- i post for "all fruit tree ,, . ., , . 1 (itl!l P"devonng' ants of each ptrticular ( lo suit the specific wauls fruiOisacompo-tofnratorswami. muck, re - dncrd.or rendered available to plant, bv nn- leached wood ashes. The peat should if possi- blo bo dug and carted out in winter-thoiV'h it 1 k n u nnssi- will answer if duo: in the snriiiL' ing. As earlv in , the sprillf' RS is convenient, mli thnrnimlilv.'ll,.. i ,v'1'1 a"l't!, ttitl1 tho peat, in the proportion of ! "? "T,,. nr JT TJ l" T viiiii ii uci in iiicnrHiraiu inure tiiurougniy, anu in two or three weeks it will be fit for use. This compost, or manure, contains largely lime, i potash, phosphate, and vrzetablc matter, the el ements most necessary to tho growth and health of fruit. IjNceviTY or Animals. Tho average age of cats is 15 years, a squirrel and hare, 7 or 8 years : rabbits, 7; a bear rarely exceeds 20 years ; , ne"' 1 "'"W "'C.V? l"u dS " elephants S5'rfkWe 'JZ ureat Had counn conquered Poms, Kins nf India, ho took a great elephant which had fought very va liantly for tho King, and named him Ajux, dedi cated him to the sun, and let bun go with this inscription: "Alexander, tho son of Jupiter, hath dedicated Ajax to the sun." This elephant was found witli this inscription three hundred and fifly years after, l'lifs have been known to live to the uge of 30 j the rhinoceros to 20; a horse has been known to live to the ago of 02, ' hilt n v'pr.itrt.s tn !ln . mttiplrf uim,.limnG lit-nl but averai'es 25 to 30 ; camels sometimes live to the age of 100 , stags aro very lung.lived ; sheep seldom exceed the ago nf JO; rows live about 15 years ; Cuvier considers it probable that whales sometimes livn 1000 years; the dol phin and purKise attain ilie age of 30 ; an eagle died at Vienna ut the ago of 101 years; ravens ( been' known to live 300 years. Mr. Mallertnn ircqueiiiiy reach llie ago ol 1U0 ,. swans liavo I has the skeleton of a swan that attained the ago ioi ifiuu years, rciicans aro long-lived; a tor toiso has been known to live to the ago of 107. Powr.RriiL Lens. A gentleman at the opera opera glasf, which ho had just puichased, said: mc inner iiigni, in snunuing me praises ni a new vvny, biess vour soul, it brings tha ladies on the oppotit side of the house to near, that lean smell the muik on their pocket handkerchiefs.' nd how the beating of their dear little hetrti! SATURDAY EVENING, APRIL 21, 1818. TJ' The Boston A7i, Ims been quite Industri ous to assert th.it Mr. Webster lathe particnl ir choice of the Whigs of Massachusetts for the Presidency, and has carried its opposition to the nomination of Mr. Clay quite as far as gnodvnU icy would allow, and considerably farther than it has had any warrant for doing, either in the wlshesor preferences of the Whigs of that State, or in the fxcls it has stated. Wc believe that . the majorityFthe Whigs of MunAchusotts, aa .... h. r ..II... -V ..ii, 1-.MI.I ,.l Mn n nrn.' SII U. Ul UiriJ U.I1V1 ..! "'..u .J.UIW, j.il.- fer Mr. Clay to any, and all other men. It is not true, us stated by the Alias, and other papers, that .Mr. Clay has been three times the candidate of the Whig Party. lie never was the candi date of the wholt Party but once in 1840 an3 then ho polled more votes than any other Whig CMididiitn ever did, not excepting General Har rison, It is as unjust as it. is ur.trua to say that Mr. Clay has been three times defeated as the candidate of tho Whig. Wo would give our support tn Mr. Webster with hearty good will, should he recciietho nom ination ; but those papers who are zealous Irf ht3 behalf do that distinguished Statesman more harm than good by mis-stating or over-Matins the preferences of the staunch und steady Whigs of New lhifhind. Whilo Henry Clay lives, they will not lie apt either to forget their obligi- tions lor ins great puuiir services, or to waver in their support of his nobly-purchased claimJ to , tend for them under the leadership of so noble the liij best post within the gilt oflhe people. hearted Cud unflinching a clmtrp'on as Henry The Salem Registtr, one of the soundest, as . Ay it is one of the oldest, of the papers of Massi-' ' ' v chusetts, referring to the recent letter of Mr. I be foUoVhig are the Watchman s com Clay, makes ue of the following significant nicuts: linguage, which, like the famous nlman-irs of , We like this letter. It i frankly and nobl- dce. Isaiah Thomas, is "adapted to any latitude," Mr. Olv ilois not seek a nomination does not claim about tlrcsc days : 1 the support of h"frfciidln Convention j bulifit shall J I he the judgment of the Convention tlititlhe Whigcnn a I l.l mint., I III LllllliU l-IMIIW.I UY U3III II,-, ,,, , lienry l.ia. 1 name lie consents i if any other ninn shotl be radged chardly need call nitention to the letter of Mr. better in the crisis, he will approve and support the dc Clay, in rclerence to the Presidency, to secure an ex- :.!. T,0,,,,i, .l.ni.rin,. In ,,. noints from the animation ot it by our rcndeis. 1; is trank, honorable UIIU Illtllll lirv II II I ni) I, dllU W C ll IM'l nriia't nun uniicr t'Msung circumstances, ne couiu nave uvuiucu such nn c.prcs"ion a his Mitiiiieins. We trust thru the itnnre-ssion will not prevail Abroad, tlir.t .Mr. Clay Ins n- ndvucntea in iMaachu?etts There is sonic danger rlmf n lew of oar triond", stun n?d by the clatter and blinded by the smoke ot their own rjlsing, may bnns tliein-elet, and, posVibly, in duce others, to believe that the trirmUuf Mr. Ch have all died out in this rvmon. ith deference, wc siihmit that there ls n s-mll in Mr. Cl.iv's name vet. to raise a host ol us ardent, determined mil attached f. lowers a ever ndhrcd many political lender. W e can linswer lor F.ssex County, at least, lint the d-volinu of I mm , f I . ' j L! t .... I fl., i -in. iv ii iviiu-i n in iki hi-.- iint'iii' ii t u, iiiiu uiu ,,CJ. Bre neither few nor ceak. They desiie only the nest good ol ttie inj' parly, anu, oi conM.'n,m nee, iui country; their imnds t,re open to conviction upon uil questions of party policy and expediency ; they may he persuaded, hut they nr1 to be neither hrow.hcr'Vit nor dragooned inlo compliance v. itli any man's vviah- i thev have, therefore, witnessed wiin pirn a degree of arrogance and a tone of sneering in high quarters, wiucn oitgnt to ik: reniiKeu, A lair, honorable and discreet advoracy oflhe clainm of anv osoirant to llie Presidential oflice, nobody can complain of. In the wisdom of the National Conveii. Hon we have full confidence, and by its decision, fairly mode, oiler due consultation and deliberation, we trust that every Whig in the Union will be willing to obide. Any one of the great names, likely to be selected by mat convc m on, w i ue sure io commaiiu success, ii the Whis only act up to their old mono of Union for the sake of the Union.' Wy do hope, Iherelore, that we shall hereolter seeirtore moderation and much less superciliousness, in the pirlizans lo whom we have alluded or we fear lhat 4 retort mov be nio vokeil, which will not lomluc rT.nrll lu tiaimeny and conciliation, and will be any thivit; but agreeable. I'encnil Taylor's Last Joke, Mr, John W. King o! llayon Sara (Ij.) ad dressed a long letter to Gen. Taylor, a few weeks ago, ashing his opinion in regard to tho Tariff, the Currency, Internal Improvements, 1 ' i &c- T,10 General's reply is as follows : Baton liorat, La., Mm-h 'lf, 13 IS. Sir: l ourcommun.cation ol the Milium , request ing of me my views in relation in ceitaiu political , questions nercin set iuiiu, nus oven uuiy ivtciwu tmu consideicd. I regret 10 inform you in reply, lhat I deem it to be ..ma.. ........ .1.11k il.. ... . .' I ., r A.,,.- hhit lr,-j. nt. , r....... 11 jr. 1 , 1 ineoneisieni tcui me position 1 mire iu,.i,- e.n, , nn- ""ltd " '''(""' ' '"V'eti, la .answer ileliniic- 1)' your inquiries; and that even,! I desued on thisoc - casion to make an exception in your fivor my great " ol tim- at the present moment would run permit n;4 1 am, sir, very respectfully, your ob't servant, To Mr. John W, Kino, near Bayou Saia, Now the particular fun of this letter will le apparent vv hen we reflect that General Taylok's "position In relation to such subjects," as defin ed by himself in one of his numerous li tters, is that he Jon't pretend to know anything n'mul them! lie has announced distinctly that be Ims "civen I j tin attention" to the questions of the Tariff, llie .... unguium 10 iiiv iiuumuia wi ii.u . Currency &c.,und coi.seipiently has no opinln K ' clln ,h.m. NJ)lhin,r c. nclii.ite 1 Tnm ' ' ?K"" "?" S "'C 1 1 "Vrl, ' T KJ . '. 1 , . .,c verdant Mr. Hill, that he deem it ' inconsistent I w.! ': 1,1,5 Xr'1'1.'" ;,"!n:'':.r' V':"'f'-V 1 ., -. , ., hia en- "''"i"i'. . 1 , DO' Our friends of tho llrattleborn Eagle have Sone "Uo " convv.ilsimi of piscatorial delight of a I'ike, caught by , in West Illver, a few ! Mr. Tettis of lhat town diys atfo, and " served up" (and wo underwrite for It having b;en ic..V servvd up,) by Ciptain Lokd, lat Siturday. If the Captain if7J crimp that fish, as he knows how, it furnished one of " eoena divum" spoken of in tho Koran ! The Eagle says that tho piko are " not nidi genous to in? our waters," and proceeds lo telligentlv, and to desire intelligently, the Free trace their pedigree from " Long Jim" Wilson ,dom that a well-organized Kepjblic is designed of N. II., Judg1 Chlpir!in of Ulpton, President ' and calculated tn confer upon them, before lhey Olin, and other distinguished sniuns and ban ! can bo sail to be 'revireil fur it. How far tho tiwoiff, who, upwards of a quarter nf a century J people of France even, among whom the leaven ago, translated the progenitors of this ferocious 'of Republicanism has been working for :l.p past fish from our Lake to Otter Creek, " above Mid- half century, and from whose mouths the serious dlebury Falls," whence they wero lifted over the j words ' Liberty, Equality, Fraternity," appear mountain into Plymouth ponds, whence they cs. , to have the loudest and most frequent utterance, caped into tho Connecticut and its accessible RM r;iM(ic to assume the tremendous reponi tributaries by mean of a niinialiirc deluge ilint uity of self-government many tc veell hl!ed, arose from a miscellaneous "breaking louse" of'uri, ,v t0SC ,,ast (,,. t 'doubt the identity 00 ()f ,10 Plymouth ,iul-i, :i few years ago." ...... - . . . The llratlleboru blanch of tho ancient family of! tho "esoccs," f, therefore, trry n spectably t itioni descended, and the excellent lleprosentativo in - " Cengress from the First District, us well as Mr. ' TT The Montroal HerM of the Kill. a, s Pettis, one of Ids constituents, Can boar witness jlbo Ileauhariiois Canal i ""'T that they are a nohlo fish to ' kill." Exploits i, isi,rth reimrkngihatiheeonimlttecoftheSen- hnvo been performed by the first n.ned,cNrWo and a grouty friend of his, in the great eJdy be-, p)Xac,y ;but then, you know, Mf. Wich low Uellovvs Falls, on temporary and Unsaleable I m (hp Senstc is tho - Aristocratic" branch in rafts, floating ico, nnd other frail and treacherous , M yK House of Reprcenutivej moorings, which would tnako old haalt yllton 1 j)f Vemiont, ihobone and sinewof "JX-mocra-or Sir Humphrey Davy stare, if not viim. Jfl rCmcmber, placed a slonnj, on .i,i4 I Mr. IVtfn understand, his duty, he forwarded i the Doctoral fin of his laraest victim to Wash t, , ,,inJ hii enrosontativ'i that " tbcri .,5 u .ns. left." such an he will find it wtt6 to " bob for" 'from the Potomac bridge I 33 Tho following aro tho enr-rmcnts of tha Montpelier Watchman on Hesrv Clay's patri otic letter to tho public. They aro sound-and ju diciou, though we aro hardly tip to tho 0iniori that the next President "ought to be" tfc?e-ti'l o much with a view to his h:a!icn as lo his rrin ciphs. Wc are not prepared, 'jet, to tay wo would support a man for Presided bccau;e hi it a "Xotlhcrii mm," n we certainly would i.otte- cause he is a Southern man. What this ufiheted mh-guverned, abused and dVreiitc' Country nrost ccd3l t t,;s juncture in her affairs, is tho wis- est, the t-oundest and the ablest and the most fearlessly patriotic of her Statesmen, t3 pfisida over ami direct her councils and her measures. We prefer Henry Clay bjcuuse, all thing! con sidered, we hclievo hiiri to Le tf.'c Man for the Time. If the Whig National Convention shall be of the fame opinion (as wc scarcely doubt) ho will receive tho nninin.ilion. If, however, the choice thill fall nn McLean, Wecsier, Scott or Corwis, our friend of the Watihman will find out zealous ndiocacy of eithT n thoc cminenl Whig Statesmen no wiiit below his own, as wo are well awaro that his advocacy of Mr. Clay, in the other alternative, will be as c6rd;a!,and far more efficient, than ours. The contest is emphat ically one of principh?. though we have no wish to denylh.it Wliijj Principles present an addition al element of attractiveness to us, when weeon. fril.nj, of lr. (jI AVi wc lmv(. I10 fuim ,0 illd wi,u thi. Jy(tpfi Hi determination is wUe. in our iudzmcnt. A linn union ol the Whtsr ranks is exceedintrfv desira ble m tht cojninn election with that, fuccefcs h sure without it.nrouably the Wln chancc is quite a yoodas that ot their opponent1. We arc hopeful, even' it a pair ol Whig randtdatei should appear in the field. Hut Pine i the belter word: the stake is great, When the Wliu pirty was every ire in moiion, for hall a do7en uilleient candidates the name of Jon. Mc- .. ,i. ......, v'... ...... , 7i... t 1can wan biouglit out. aotHr as we had an agency the ' ' rt c'( tIl- Xorlh, and ut the si'nfe time likely ,..,,!.. ,i. ,,,,,,.,, i-., ,,r ,i,., .,,.,,;,.,. " j .....', ,i.. Wh'iL" al the' South. We still n'nru to ih. opinon that the next President ouiit to bo a XoitTiiF.KS sia.v, ami a NoiVHEitx Wino every inch n nan, an. I cvvry inch a Tl.ig ; and we woi!J like to tee the Southern Whigs unite witli the North upon such a man. They may perhaps do it with .Mcl.r.vN, Wtusn ii, Fcott and Ouitwiv, there is a chance for them lo select. Hut tin may be attainable s it may liecome the dutv of the Convention to see whether un ion and sucee s cannot be secured with u Southern .') Convention precluded from considering the ,,.,., r ilrvev r.r.tv. W fcnSvv nf no Suuthem man. in Ih il event wc should ilisime to see the manK) likely to be acceptable tuthc North. T, T II,.r,,l,t 1, n scenrnil tha ! 3-T J o 1 empcrance Ilira.U lias secured tiio ' services of Major Jerry tiuszle, as a enrrespon- . , ,:,. ,i, .,.i,i ,,- (,,. The Majvr goes the whole ligurc for : Licence. . or the 3f,UOO.ooo of French people, 10,853.000 are. unable to read, i,OJ'?,(h.io are unable to write, and n7.MW.oo0 can read und write comedy. We find the foregoing statement going tl c rounds of (ho papers, if 11 J ave 110 reason tn doubt its correctness. The aggregate of the numbers fpecitied above, is a little less than 31,000,000. In What rendition, lower or bighei than those who can neither rend nor write, lb 3,000,000 not enumerated are, we have un wans of knowing Perhaps this latter cla may comprehend the aris'ocracy, who, it may tm supposeil, can read, vv rite and cijphcr; though , . . . . . . . the p.iht.c il cyphering, 111 I r.iucc, for tho p.ut fow weeks, has resulted 111 thrnwinir n't class t, , , ... t n "i- - " 1 SeriouPly, however, the itnmenelv !ncfca.J . ' ' - ( "' momenlotis influence, which tho recent im! Kuropo h ue (given to what arc there recognized as "rtc for- cr ctassts," rondels an inquiry into the cmditin of tlio-e cbts.'ss, morally und intellectually, im portant in estimating the probable resu'ts that are to fullow those chanpes. And, certainly, lboe who indulge tho most undoub'ing behuf either tb'.t Hepublican Governments will iuutie diately arise from the ruins of the European Monarchies, or tli.it the nrireiples on which alone sound Kenuhlican Governments can Lu : sustained any where are eMcn-ively ftHdeminat- . cd or well ui.dur.truI amon- the aroiiscl and i excited nnlssci. Of the uld World, will find fittlo j to encourage tuch a belit f in such statements a. that at the head of this article. It is- no less true ' than it U trite that the stability nf a Republic , depend wholly upon the virtue, self-denial and intelligence of the jwple who nimpo-e i(. Its strength, and its security, arc not In bayonets nor " In hiyh-raised walls or moated battlements." I Such appliances may be m ceisar) fur defence- from external enemies, bid tlfey add no jot to the self-sustaining power of a Republic rather weaken it. The gic.tt body of the people them selves, therefore, must bo led to comprehend in- 0rtic.'- vox K.iiuh"and the for Dei." ' 1 'y. nue.'lion. wo siipiHi.-e, appnraches its sn- brldjlng schomo to the Ifino of zve'-su- ir.ajon- y Jut let the ntsnrjil'j oi New York jet a chance at bridge nd it ) 't tviire to ba portpmcd' but vi:f .'