Newspaper of The New York Herald, 9 Mart 1867, Page 4

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated 9 Mart 1867 Page 4
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BAMU1 A!?D HIS HTJSLTJuS. How the Showman Deceived the Pto;)le. IIIS EARLY TRAINING, lie. kr. &'? [Prom the Life of I*. T. Parnum, candidate for Congress in the Fourth district of Coanooticnt.] Hamiiin'. Firm Lottery Nwlndle. On cue occasion a jx dler called at oar store with a large wagon filled with common green glass bottles of Various sizes. holding fro n half a pint to a gallon. My employers were both absent, and I bantered him to trade liis whole load of bottles in uxcliangs for goods. Think ing me a greenhorn he accepted my proposition, and I managed to par him off in unsalable goods at exorbitant prices Soon after ho departed Mr. Keeler returned and found his little store half tlllod with bottle*. "What under heaven have you been doing f" said he In surprise. "I have been trading goods for bottles," said L ?'You have made a fool of yourself," he exclaimed, "for you have bottles enough to supply the whole town for twouty years. I begged him not to be alarmed, and promised to get rid ot the entire lot in three months. "If you om do that," said he, "you can performs BilracK" 1 then showed him the list of goods which I had ax changed for the bottles, with the extra priccs annexed and he found upon figuring that I bad bartered a lot of worthless trash at a rate which brought tho new mer chandise to considerably less than one-half tbo wholasais price, lis was pleased with tbe result, but wondered what cou'd bo dose with the bottles. We Flowed away the largest portion of thsm in tho loft or out stora. My employers kept what was called a barter store. Many of the bat manufacturers traded there, and paid us In hat., giving "store orders" to their numerous em ployes, including Journeymen, apprentices, female hat trimmer?, Ac. Of cour.-e we had a largo number of cus tomers, and I knew them all intimately. 1 may say that when I made the bottle trad* I had a project in my head for selling them all, as w/sll as getting rid of u la'ge q'lant ty of tinware which had been jn the Store for .OHIO years, and had become begrimined with dirt und tly sp-cks. That project was a lottery. On the first wet day. therefore, when there wero but few cus tomers, I spent several hours in making up my scherao Tue h ,!u*t prize wa? f26, payablo in anv kind of goods the c tom-r 0' ired. Then I had fifty prize* of $6 oach tk-iiMuting in my ^heme wba* foods each prz? should c< ;i 'St or. Koi instance, one $5 prize con Is tod of orf pjir cottou lioso, one cotton handkerchief, two tin en-.', tour pnt glass bot'les, threo tin skimmers, or.c quart glass bottle, bIx tin nutmeg graters, eleven half pint glass bottlea, he., kc.? the glus ar.d I..ware always forming tho greater portion of each prize. 1 had one hundred prizes of one dollar each, una liun'rod prizes of fifty cents each, and threo hundred p lies of twenty- five cents each. There were ono thousand lickoU at fifty cents each. The prizes amo.iu'.od to tho samo as the tickets?$500. 1 i.nd takon au U.a from the church lottery, in which my grandfather was manager, and had manv prizes or only half tho coil of the tickets. 1 beaded the scheme with glarag capitals, written In my best hand, petting forth that it was a "Magnificent lottery I" "$23 for only fifty cental!" "Over 550 prizos) I I" "Only 1,000 tickets! 111" "Goods put In at tho lowest cash prices:!!!!" ?c. The tickets went like wildfire. Customers did not stop to consider the nature of tho prizes. Journeymen hat ters bossjaatters, apprentice boys and bat trimming girls bought ticketa. In ten days they were all sold. A day was fixed for the drawing of the lotlory, and it catuo off punctually, as announced. The next day, and for several days thereafter, adven- I turers came for their prizes. A young lafly who had drawn fivo dollars would find herself en t. tied to a niece of tape, a spool of cotton, a paper of pins, sixteon tin skimmers, cups and nutmeg grstors, snd a Tew down glass Dottles ot various sizes ! She would beg ms to re tain the glass and tin ware snd pay her in som>o:her foods, hut was Informed thsi such s proceeding would b contrary to tbo mlos of the establishment, and could Dot Do entertained f'ir a moment One man would find ail his prizes to consist of tin ware. Another would discover that out of twsnly tickcis ha bad drawn perhaps ten prises, and that they con si tod entirely or glass bottles. Somo of tbe cus tomers were vexed, but most of tbem langhed at the joks. Tho basket load., tna arms full and the bsjs full of soiled tia and glass bottlos which were Carre I out of onr store Soring tbe Drat few days alter the lottery drawing constituted a series of most Isdicrous soensi. Scarcely a customer wss permitted to depart without one or mors spool mens of Un or grssn glssa Within ten days cvsry glsss bottle hsd dlsap|ieared, and the old tin wars was rsplaoed by a smaller quant it/ as bright as ?liver. My uacia, Aaron Nichols, husband of my sunt I.aura, was a bat manufacturer on a lar.e scale In Grassy Plains. His employes purchased quan titiss of tickets. Hs bought twelve, and was very lucky. Hs drew seven prizes. Uaforiuaalety thoy wero all to be paid In tin. He took them home one day In his wagon-looking like a tin pedlar as hs wsnt through tbe street. Two days afterwards aunt Laura brought thsm all back. . " I bsve spent six hours," said she, " la trying to rob ?one of this Un bright, but It to imposaibls. I want yen to give me soms other goods tor it" I told bar it was quite out of tbe question. " What on earth do you suppose I ean do with all this Um f ?' raid eh*. I replied that If my undo Jllchols had the good for tune to draw so many prises, it would be prssumptlon In xne to dictate what um be shoald make of thsai. " Your uncle is a fool, or hs would never bav? bought ?ny tickets In such a worthless lottery," ssld she. 1 laughed outright, aud that only added to her vexa tion 8he called ms many hard names, but I only laughod In return. ' KinaHy, says I, " Annt Laura, whv don't you take ?omeof your tin over to 'Aunt Kustiiaf I bear J her inquiring this morulng at the breakfast nM. when aba could buy some tin skimmer*." 41 Well, t csn supply her," said my sunt Laura, taking nair-a-dozen skimmert and sn assortment of other ar ticles in ber apron, and proceeding at onoe to mv board ing ho-ise across lbs street. "Auut Kusbia," said ah., as sho entered tbs door " 1 ha s come to sell you some tin skimmers." "Mercy on us!" exclaimed 'Aunt Eushit' have got skimmers enough. '' " Why, Taylor Harnura told me you wanted to bar some,' said Aunt Laura, in surprise. ?m *C!alt!^ m "> mischievous young Joker " ?aid Aunt RuAhla, laughing; "bo did that to plaaue m'e for I diew ssven skimmers la the lottsry." ' Auot Laura returned more vexed than ever. She cmpilod the whole lot o' tin upon the floor of the storo stid de jsred she wo lid never have It In her bouse a^aiu She returned home. I immedistely despatched the lot of Un to her house in a wagon. It reached there before she did. and when she entored her kiUhen she found the tinware piled up in tho middlo or the room, w i u the following, specimen of my poo try dangling from tbe handle of a tin coffee pot:? lie drew seven rrli. < very a Ick; Kor the avails he fnik Which eanai .1 hit wife to fret and ??mr. It *m m vcral week* before my nasi Laura forgave tne the Joke. At about that period, however, she a?nl tne a iniuc?> pie nicely covered over In clean n hite paner, marked on the ouulde, "A minco pi* for T*yiur itar ?urn." I was delighted. 1 cut the r'rlng which surrounded It and took off the paver The pie waa baked In one of the unwashed tia platters! Of cou rae, I could not eat it: b'it It ?m mi evidence to me of reconciliation, and that afterno ? I took lea with my aunt, where I hod enjoyed many an excellent meal before, and bavo dona the saws thine scores of tlmea alrwo. Mr grand a:her enjoyed my lottery tpeculstlon very much, nod aeeraed to agree with many others who de clared that I waa, Indeed, '? a chip of the old block.'' Ilarnitm'a K*rl r E'rlnrutlon?Tho Tricks of Trade. Meeera. Keeler k Wh llock sold out their Wore of fo<>d? to Mr. I^iwt* Taylor In the aummer of 1M7. I re tnained a short timt aa c4er* f?r Mr. Taylor. They have a proverb In Cuaaeeti<--.?t that "the beet school In which to have a boy !? are .tuiaan nature la to permit him to be ? nn pedlar f-e a few >ear?." I think his chances for ??g?-t? ag hie < ye ?th e it" would le equally groat In a rouairy barter a?ere Hke that In which I waa oWk. Aa before stai? V iaaa/ of e?* rnaiomera were liaUera. and we leek hate u fttr Rt f'.~ ^"?'dei The larva manufsc tnien dealt prom ? ny hy as, hat some of the smaller fry occasionally sfeaved aa priMligioaaly. Them prol>al>ly la no trade la wh oh there aa be more cheating than In bau. If a hat waa damaged la "coloring" or otherwise, perhaps by a cat uf half a foot in length, It was ear* to he peMfted up, emooihed over, and sT.pped In with other* to aead to the ilore. Among the fare u*ed for the nap of hale la thaee days were beaver, Kuala, nutria, oi.rr, roney, muakrat, ha The beat fur waa otter; the poorsat waa rnortf ? The hatter* mixed their ItilVrtor far* with a little of their be-t, and auld aa the bete for "otlor." We la ra turn mixed our ? igar*, waa sad liq kwb, and gave them the moat valuable same* It waa "dog eat dog"?* tit for tat.'' Oar cottons waa aold for a ool. oar wool and rottoa for aim and llaen; In fact, nearly every thing waa different from what It waa represented. The ous tomera cheated aa la their fabrics: we cheated the customer* with oar rooda. Each party expected to bo cheated, If it waa poaaibl*. Oor eyea, and not our ?are, had to be oar ma-ter*. We mnat believe little that we aaw, and lea* that wo heard. Oar celiooi were ell ?'fast oolor*." according to our repro-entat.ona, and the color* woaid generally run "feet" enough and ahow them a tub of soapsuds. Oar ground coitee wee as good as burned peas, beens end corn could make, and onr singer was tolerable, considering the prtaw of corn meal The "trlcka of trade" wore numerous If a "pedlar" wanted to trade with as for a box of beever hate worth 960 per doten, bo was soro to obtain a box of "coneya" which were dear at fit por dosen -If we took our pay In clocks, warranted to Keep good time, the ctaacea were that they wars as bettor thaai a chest of drawtri for that purpose?that they W*f? like Pindar's rax >ra, "made to oelL" and If half the asmuor of whoela neces sary to form a olook conld bo foaad within tho caee It wee as loclcr ss extraordinary. Buch a fenool would '"cat syo tooth: hut if H did hot out conscience, morals and Integrity all up br the roots M woaid be becaao* tho acholars quit bofora their educa tion was completed I liar a a m llaiaksgt Uarf* Blbblwa?The Begsi Oaek Among onr on Mom or* woro sorer*! oM rorolntlonary penatonera, who o?aally tsaded ont the amounts of their pensions before they wore due, fleavlng thHr pension paper* with us ss aecurliy. It waa necessary nor as, boaaver, In order to obtala the poaM<* muaey, that tl a penaioner should appear before the peaaton eg eat when his aionsy wsa due. and sign a receipt therefor. Aa some of theee old men were hard fflnkmll behooved as not to auffer thorn to Irada eW aUiheTr filff. tfoa long before It wm duo. as laalaaaaa Ml fcMM kaowa I where they hk1 refusod to appear anl sign their dium i.nte is their creditor would pre^nt thorn with ft Lund t> mie b inua. Tbo iiume of one of our pensioners wm Bevans. Hia Dickitikinsj *m "Uncle liibtiini"." He loved Ids glass, and was excossively fond of reintiot? upicryplial revolu tionary u.lvuuture*. We oould harjir name a battle which he bail not been In, a fortres* which ne liad not helped to storm, nor an/ remarkable sight which bo bad not Bfou. "Unclo Bibbtns" had nearly used up bis pension in tra>t? at our store Wo held his papers, but three months wore to elapse before be could d aw his money. We de sired to devise some plan to g><t blm away for that length of time. Ho bad relations In Guilford, aad we hibted to hlrn that It would be pleasant for bun to spend a few mouths wltb bis Guilford friend*, but be did not seem looilaed to fro. I Anally bit on an expedient that I tbo igbt would eff-ct our design. A journeyman hattor named Benton worked for ray uncle Nicholas. Be was food of a Joke. 1 in duced him to call "Uncle Bibbins" a ooward, tell blm be had boon wounded In tbe back, ho., and thus pro voko a duel. He did so, nod at uty suggest on "Uncle Bibbins" challenged Benton to fight blm wltb musket and ball at a disianoe of twenty yards. The challenge was accepted, I was chosen socond by "Uncle .Bibbins," and tbe duel was to come off imme diately. My principal, taking ma aside, begged me to Sut uothlng in tne guns but blank cartridges. I assured im it should be so, and therefore that he might feel perfectly safe. This gave tbe old man extra courage and caused him to brag tremendously. He declared that he bad not been so long In bloody battles for nothing, and tbat he would put a bullet through Benton's heart at tbe first shot. Tbo ground was measured In the lot at tbe rear of our store, and the principals and seconds took tbelr places. At the word given boib parties fired. ?"Uncle Bibbins," of course, escaped.unhurt, but Benton loaped several feet Into the air, and fell upon the ground with a dreadful yell, as if be bad been really shot. "Uncle Bibbins" was trightened. As his second I ran to him. told blm that In my hurry to lake the bait from Benton's gun I had by some mistake neglected to extract tbo bullet from bis, and that be had undoubtedly killed bis adversary. I then whispered to him to go Immediately to Guilford, to keep quiet and bo should bear from me as soon as it would be sale to do so. He started up tbe street on a run and immediately quit tbe town for Guilford, where he kept himself quiet until It was time for him to return and sign bis paper*. I then wrote him that "he could return in safety, tbat almost miraculously his adversary bad re:ovorod from hia wouud and uow forgave him all, as bo feit himsolf much to biamc for having in tbo first place insulted a man of his known courage." "Unclo Dibbius'' returned, signed the papers, and we obtained the pouslou monoy. A few days thereafter he met Demon. "ily brave old friend," said Benton, "I forgive you my terrible wn&nd and long confinement on tbe vury brink of iho gram, and I box you to forgive inJ also. I Insulted you without a cau.e " "I lorijivo you freely," Bald "Uncle Bibbtps," "but," ho continued, "you must bo carofui uext time how you insult a doud shot." Bunion promised to be more circumspect in future, and "Uuclo llibbins" supposed to tho day of his dcatu that tho duel, wound, blood and all was a plain matter of tact. Uurnuui Hsmbnss n Poor Irish Pedler?Tbo Unguis Trial. Notwithstanding my pressing businoss engagements I occasionally Indulged in what always gave mo so much pleasure, a practical Joke. On one occasion an Irish pedler .allod i pon ray uncle, Edward Taylor, for a wrt against one of our neighbors, who. ho said, had turned liiui out oi his house and otherwiso abused him My uncio told blm tbat bo knew our nolgbbcr to bo a peacoable, well disposed man, and that ho was sure be had uever turned.any person out of bis bouse without good reason; he should therefore decline belug ougagod in the case. The pedler came ioto my storo, and after b:ar>nz bis s'.ory I was onvinced that he was himself to blame. I told blm I practised at tue bar aud would Issue a writ against tho culprit if he desired it. Ho banded ino a lee of a couple of dollars, and I pro ceeded to issue a writ, naming the bour for trial at eleven o'ciock the same day. The writ was put into tbo Viands of a mock constable, wi'ii orders to serve it instantly upon the defendant. Owing to the importance of tho case I bn>tlg''l It before t'iree Judees, consisting o. my grandfather. Mr. Parsons (a main who happened at that time to be building a chimney In tho village,) aod Zachariah Porter, our village butcher. The anticipated trial was immediately noised ail over the place, and at eleven o'clock my mother's barroom was crowded with spectator* Tbe three Tenorablo Jud^os mere upon the bench, bearing themselves with as much dignity as If thoy constituted the Court of Errors. It was decidedly a democratic court In app8.?ranoe; for "Judge Taylor'' liad been working in bis garden and ap peared In his shirt sleeves; "Judgj Pardons," oomlnt directly from his nnilnlshed chimney, wore an old pair of overalls and a leather apron, besides being pretty well spnnklod with mortar; and tbelr learn od associate, "Judge Portsr," appeared wtib>ut a com, his other clouting considerably stained wltb- tbo Mood of a oaif wl.iM. I.a Ita.l inat The prutoimr bai not yet arrival, nil of course would not, Inasmuch u I had really not seat for blta. Uy clicnt took bis Mat by my dido, and I pretended 10 1> j Intensely ocoupiod la wrltlh* oat the heads of lay argu ment, not ? of the ertdease required, fco. Kvcy few minutes I hpologlaed to tho "honorable oourt" Tor the non-appearance of the prtaenar, who I hoped h?d not e<capoil thu vigilance of .the anertlL and would there fore soon be ftirlhooinlag My Hibernian cheat was considerably excited, and had Iroqueat occasion to whisper m my ear, asking questions aad makliu I observations mat wero KBuut as relevant to tha cosa as a question In algebra would be to settle the qualities of a specimen of toitp. Finally, I asked my cilont In a low tona how long It wonld require hiiu to bring testimonials of his good character into ooart He ropl'ed that xeveral day.i would ba weeded, lna-"uucli as he res! do J In Fairfield, Coon. I suggested to bins thst we had better adjotirn 'ha e >nrt a weoK for that purpose. That Idea pleased him. Hi oould by that time, ha said, prooere a soore of affidavits, setting forth Unit ha was a poaocabU, honest and wall disposed ?Misou. I then rose wtlh much dl:alty and made tha motion to adjourn the court for a week, fating my reasons there for the court cons:dered tho question, and my Jrandfather dollvered Ito docsion. Tba hoaorabio Chlei unico stated that it wan customary, upoa notions b.lng mads for adjouramont, to do so when irood causa was shown, bat never exempt upon pay mont of costs by the party making tba motion: that the costs would In tha case be about aerm dollar*, bat Inasmuch as my client was a stranger, (bo court bad conc'uded to waire tho oo?ta, aad subject tho plalnt ff only to tho oxpousas of refreshments tor tbo court and bar. Thu, In the simple vernacular, meant that my motion ahottld prevail, provided my client "stood (mat ail rouad." We willingly accepted the deoMoo of tho court; my aiwe and thaakod them for their favor, on tbo ground of his being a stranger In liethel, and at ooce proceeded to treat all thu legal gentlemen as well a* all the spectators. The pruon-r did not anlve, but I assured my ollonl he need giro him self no uncaiiuoaa upon that point. I would he S'iri to bavs him in the bauds of the sheriTT aad placed under heavy bonds for hu anposrance on Thursday of tbo fol toning week, that be ng the ptlod to which tho court sto si adjmrutd. My client then smarted for KnlrflMd to procure affidavits of character. Tuls was all we uxpocted to lie irabo it tho oase, as wo wero quite rare thai tho first per.-iotts to whom bo roia ed his adveoturo would undeceim him In regard to the tacts, aud of < ourss that he would be too much aihami-'l to re*p]>ear. On the following Thursday, at abont ono o'clock, a lawyer .fotn Newtown rode into Bethel, dismounted, and walked Into the law office of iny uncle, Ed?nrd Taylor. After pacing tbo oomplimeats of the dar ho sal.t, "We'l brotner lav lor, we hare a case to try to-day, I believe f*' "Not th'it 1 am aware or," said my unrls. "O yes," returned th? Newtown conn sol; "I have been eu a<od to a sl-t yon In tba prosecution of a man for abusing our client" "Who is our client?" askod my ancle. "An Irl^.i.aan, a podler," was the response. My uncle saw what was In the wind, and marnly replying, "O yen, I had forgotten It," excused blm aelf for a few min.ites. llo then c*in and Informed mo of tho state of the case. I somewhat nlnrme 1, no I ran with ths Information to my granaiatho". Ho feared It waul! proro a serious manor, and locking him s If In his bedroom give note to his household that ho was "not at home'1 that afternon. The chimney on which Judge Parsons was oagsgsd was Just peering through the roof of the build In,:, and the venenata dispenser of law, sitting astlde the rldgs of the h <use, wa< calling "Mora mortt" (more mortar,) Just as any head aol shoulders became visible on the top of the lalder I hastened to acquaint Judge Parsons with the ser us tarn cur law Joke was taking, upon which. In much fr ght, ho begged me to g > down as soon as possible, so that he could place himself b voud the reach or the Newtown law yer orauy other adversary. I descended; tbe Judge Imme diately drew up the ladder, and thus cut off all commu nication with Hrra Jtrma. 1 Jumped on a horsa aad starte<t for Daabnry, giving nonco to th-> butcher, whose ? house I passed upon toe w ay, that it would bo dangerous for him to approach the village at that lima. The Irishman soon made his app-srsnoe. My nacle Ed ward had in the meantime expl i.uod the affair to the New town lawyer, who was exceedingly chagrined at the "tak''-ln." < alitor his rllsnt aside be demanded a fee of !*. The Irt'hman handed over tbe mone/, whereupon his oounscl said, "Now I yon to get out of this place as soon as posaible, for they are all making a fool of you!" The aatonlsbod Hibernian asked forsa explanation, bat none was vouchsafed him. Tbo lawyer mounted his horse and started for Newtown, leaving his amased client In * aad qeand try. Knterlng my store he loqnire 1 for me. My clerk informed him 1 was oat of town and might not to ?ft? for a toe nth Several of tbe neighbors came In and began joking tho Irishman about trying his caase before a farmer, mason aad butchor, with a lottery tlckot aellor as Ills counsel, who mana ed to malot him in "a treat for the company for the privilege of baring boen turned oat of doors. The Irishman started off, swearing ha wonld prosecute the whole of u? for swindling and ohtatalng monsr under falsa pretences, aad tar a toag timo wo wars much afraid that he would bo as good as his word. He muht andouhtedly have done so successfully; hot, fortunately for us, he concluded that snch a proa ?cutlon would causa htm moro livable thaa proflt, which Boctioa was all that saved ua Tho mason, who's still ving In Danbary, will onrry tho tlUe "Judge Farooiu" to hla grata Bnraam'o Mdltorlal Csrser-larns" la Jail. On tbe lttb of O tober, 1841, I Isoned the first num ber of The Heraid 4 rrtfdom. Tho boldn ess aad vigor with which ttila paper was coadnotod, soon aommanded a liberal clrcvilatlon, not only In tbo vlolnlty of Its pub lication, but !arg<> numbers of ooplss wero Mat Into P fm^llodU8!^iobeme^of yoath, and wlthontthe cannon or experience or tha dread of oonoaqaoaooa I DHSttL*" open to logai dlflJcalty under the law of libel, and three rimes, dniiag mr tbroo ysars as odltor, I wis pruaeciited. One of theeo was aolvil prvwooa Uon brought ly aliuuher In t) anbury, a xealoas politloiaa. whom I accused as being a spy m the oaacoo of tho democratic party. On Uie Bm? trial the Jury ooald ael ?gree; on *io second, I was fined several ho ad red dol lan. Both ths other proeecuUoaa ware breaght to tbo namu of tbo Stat* Oas of ihase WW wlMtdrawa wtth out comiB? te trial In "?? ? the other, ! wu sentenced to pay a in* ?f ?100, anfl to be imprisoned for sixty ?td> 8 lu the common JaiL ? jimA, _ Tue liftol of the butcher will eearoely be thon?ht a betouaun'enf.M judged by the feheral aian.1a.Jor Biiiical wsrfaw; tbe butt etxwnd, W not trled n-cJ not more pana-ulsrly mentioned? bul xhe most ser.ous or the libels w:ll ju -Ufy a few imoa In detail 1 wai indicted for Informing tha readers of my r?P? that a yrno Jay d'guitary of * church la Bethel had '?b. ?a 11 ly of tak tig uai ry of an orphan boy.. T?e tron ira' (uct km accotnpant d by #Kere editorial e a meutary, anderlmliuuprowcuuon wwleitilutedegatnet , I 111 The case came to trial, and several witnensoa, In^U'd log the party accusod, proved suhaiantiallylhe trulhof my itatflin'nt. But, alas I "the greater the trutn the greater the libel ;" and besidea, I had employed the f rm "usury." Had I termed the d?od a*extortion, or I noto-shaviiig, or grinding the face of the poor orphan boy, the verdict might have been ^.tore^but 1 hat1 called iho act ?'usury." The luuge charged the jury as though he were the attorney for the was believed to experience personal aututaction la pio nouucmg the sentence which I have alrealy mentioned. I was very oomfortably provided for In the common JaU or Daubury. I had my room rap?Md and cari-oteU previous to taking poeseseion as a tenant for sixty days: F7ved well; was even opprtsed by the almost constant visits of cordial friends: edited my jwpor astuual, and received several hundreA additional subscribers to my list during the term of my imprisonment . When that term was ended the evunt wa? celebrated by a large conooorue of people rrom all the couut y round. It was colebrated in tho court room In whiUi I bad been oonvlcted for llbeL An admirable 0^? Yo' ?q for the occasion was sung, and an eloqueut oraUon o the Freedqm of the Press wai delivered by the Bev. r. Fiske. Several hundred gentlemen afterwards partook of a sumptuous dinner, and the toasti *ud *pu *> while not neglecting the subject.! usual^ jn social feeilvals, related prominently to the clrcumatancee which had called the i>oople togoiher. ..?mniilal Then came the most Imposing part.of theMrem>nlial It was reported and described aa follows in lay paper December 12, 1832 P T Harnutn and the band of minlc took thelr aeata In a oo>ih dra ?"by burM-a, which had been j^p-trodfortha occa*Un The ooaeH wan preceded by forty ?atd,? muritial bearing the national standard. Immediately JJ? ? ? _ nf *un <<r>Acii was the ciutIkmu of the orator and ^r^l* editor to his In BetheL When the profession commenced its march, amid the of cannou.three chre.< wore given by several,u tod J. " sens who did not Join in tae proo??* on. The baud or musie i JfsS ret trued to iJan'oury. rhe utmost harmony and unanimity at feellns prevailed throughout tho day, and we are hap^y to nd l that uo accident occurred to mar the reativlties o ibo I oORaalon. . . No one will bo surprised t hat 1 should have "I*?"-j* i such a return to my homo and larnliy a3 a mnr h. U was in effect a vlnd cation bocaute an ? uroval of :ny course, and a condouinat.-on both or Cmmoniawof Ubol," and of all who had been cn gascd tu my prosoc.utlon. M/ editorial caroor was one of con3 ant contest. Itnrniim and .loico IIolU. Iu tho la'tor part of July, 1S35, Mr Coley ?* Reading Ooau , aud at prcs.i>4 a r03idint o the s?m? biaie, called at our stJi e. U) was acquainted Moody and tny.;olf. llo Informesl us tbat he bad owned an interost lu an oxtraordmaiy uogro woman, nam Jolce Huth, whom bo believe 1 to bJ on.i ' ?ixlv-ouu years of aSo, aud >-ti >u> he alsa hcileved t. have been tho nurso of General Wt^imgton. ^ haJ sold out his Intero.-it to his partner, It. W. LinoMy, ? Jeircraon county, Kontucky, who was nowexli? lu Philadelphia, but not having much tau as a aiiowniau, bo wiis anxious to sell out and return homo. p . Mr. Bar:ram also hand.-d mo a copy of tliejPenBjy van la Imqui'S or July 16, 1835, aui ^.n?V here tlon to tho following aaveiiwcu.aut, whloh I transcribe , OoBiosrrr.?the eltisens of^bla iU ylelnlty hare an opportunity of wltaosalng at ?h .Ma?w>iv. M , ^l<^uith?ieuLv^??BdConL?bu^ and sling "em' She wya born ii-ur the old J'otuuiao river, lu ? ,ramU a?? *>* ^ or one hundred years lived in -ar.J, KeatucXy, wiuimw B Al|1w,hoahlv' 'seen Ibis exUworJInsry womsn ara ?atl?fl-d of I tie truth of the ?co?unt or bar age. The orida.ioa ot tha Kaxvii iT fun?ly whioli U respecuil>le, is stroiig. oat tne orl2ni\ bili or sttle ot Augu-Uns Vi nshliigton, ?n kimowu hsnd vntniai, au4 other c ride nee whoa the proprietor has id his uoasessioti will satisff ?Ten the most luoreuulotis. ^^aujTw'll stta:id"t the haU^orlug tbe^atyrqoon an j evening lor the aocommociation of tbose ladlae who may QlH, | ^ ^ Tha Maw York nowspapers had already furnished <le K^lona of th" woodcrial peonage and b -oomlng ooaslderably excited ?|?ou tho eoyect I ouce to Phliadelj-bta and had an intervlea with ldndaaf at the Masonic Hall. . . ,w. _u I was laeorably atrnok with ^ j _ (]? ,-ar SAm outward iu<iicsUj&i wor# oono#ro?J The m?ht?mo?l-well have been oMlel % thousand mXu S.T*u?er as* She wan ly ug upon a high Lima* la tb' middle of the room; ber lower eatremittes woi-odrawn up, with her knees elovit^iBwae two leei kbove the lop tho lounge. She waa apparently in i?od health undapirlta, buliermer d sea e or oM age, or Mrbaae both siiinoed, bad rendered ber uuable to SnaagTher in fhet, although ahe oouW iiiove one or ber arms at will, her lower luabe were txed In their poelt on, and could not be uralxhieeod. She wa.-. toutiy hlliuL and bar eyes were ee deeply *?nken ? la tha IT eockata thai the ?yaballe eeemed to> ?.? diaap Deared aitogother. 8?e had no teelb. but poeaosaed a Hid of tblok. haany B?*y h**- U r l,?ri "rm . ms^. hor breast, and she had n.> power to remove IL Ttie tui?n of ner i?ft haud wore drawn down so as oeariy to< luea it, and remained llxed and immovable. The na ls upon that band ware alioet four iuelios in lei)?th, and exieadel above her wrist The nalia up.iu her large toes also bad Kr.)wn to the taicknesi of noarly a quart-r ?r8^ was very sociable, and would talk Incessantly no Ions as visitors would convene with her. Sin sang a vanoty ol ancient hymns and waa very gsrrukma when apeakinj or her pro*g\ "dear l.ttle (foorge, as sua termed the great lather of our country, ahe declared tha ?Kg vsus prof?eni at bis biftii, that suo was loriuflrt) tha aiave of Augua'ine Waahtngton, the faioer of George, and that aao wa< tho Orsl person who put clotnoa upon hiia. ' ia fact " said Joicu, and it was a favor.te exprea Iton of bers. -I raised him " Sho related meuy ln wreauag anecdot* of her "dear little Ga rge,,r and iiiin. mixad with her converiatlon up>n reugi ius sub lewis Tor eh*' ialtoed to be a member of -he Baptist Vhnrob, rendered her exhibition aa extremely I merest, ug I asked Mr. Lindsay foe the proof* or her oxlra >rdin iif age, end bo *xhtb.ted what purported to be a-bit at **ie fru.a Augustine Washington. of the couuty of Wea'iuuro lait-l. Virginia. to "1?iij!V>011i Atwoud," at "on? negro woman, nain-d Joteo Hoth, agod ffty-four year*, fur and in Consideration of the suin of thirty three pounds law fu; uiocy of V rgiOia.'' The dOJumon. bora ttio date "flfth day ot Kobroary, one tiiou*and u-ven huadrd aad lwenty--evon,'' and w?i "adaled aad d Uvorod la pre eence of Richard (tucknor and William Wa-thln^too." The ?tor/ told by Llndwy aud "Aunt Joi. o" was, that Mm Btlxabet i Aiwood wai a stater-In-law of AugusUue Wa*h ngion, lh*l tbe husband of Joisu w.u a* or Mn. AtwooU, aad (or that re uton the above sale wu made. A-t Alt'*. Atwoid was a near neighbor a> Mr. Washington. Aunt Joloe was provsoi at thoLirih of "lit. tl*?foiK?.' and ah* hrvin: long. bean the old iatuliy nwie, waa the first person called upon to cloth* tho new bora infant. Th* aiory seemed phtu-lble, and the "bill of eMe'' had every appearance of nntlnnity. It w.u exhibited in a giasa rran?e, wm very sallow In appearance, and aeNMd to have been folded fur sttfc a great l<>n^lh of time that tho old* were worn nearly through, and iu aome parts entirely so I inquired ew the existence of such an extraordinary old woman had not been discovered and undo known long ago. 'ibe reply wv lust ahe had boen lyinj In an outhouse of & Bowling, of Kentucky, for many year*; that no ona knew or satoiod to car* how old she waa; that she had b-on br. tight thither from Virginia a long time ago, aud tbe fact uf bar extreme age had been but recently br >uht to light by ihe d^ovcry of this old bill of snlo in tlie Record >?:U ?* tn Virginia, by the son or Mr. TtowlInK, who. while looking over the ancient paper* In that "inoe, happened to notce the paper en Uorsod Jotce H?:b, t.'.at hi* curiosity was exetted, and from Inquiries ma lo in that neighborhood he was eon vinced '.hat the do um :ui applied to his father's old slavo then living, and who was therefore really one hundred and sixty-one years of ag*; that ho thor*for* took the paper home, and became confirmed In regard to th* Identity of Joloe with the sieve described In that paper. this whole account appeired to m? satisfactory, and I Inquired ttie price of the no^reea. Threo thousand dol I ant was the sum named, but before leaving Philadelphia I roce.ved fro'u Mr. Lindaay a writing, atipulating that I should have the right at any time within ten days to becom* her owner upon paying to him tho sum of one thousand dollars. With this paper I started Tor New York, determined If p'MMibi't to purchase Joloe Heth. I did not po??*ee mors than Or* hundred dollars in eaah, bet my glowing repre sentations to a friend, o." the golden harvest which I wae sure the exhibition tn'ist produce, induoed htm to loan me Ui* other tiro hundred dollars, and after a few days, during which tine I eoid my interest in th* grocery store to my partner, Moody, 1 returned to Piilladoiphte with th* money, aad became the proprietor of the negroes. I engaged Lindsay lo eontlnue the exhibition In Phila delphia for a woek, in order to allow mi tlmo 10 make the necessary arrangement* for ber reception In New York. 1 applied to Mr. William Nlblo, who. I believe, bad teen the old negreae in Philadelphia. Its did not recog nise me as tbe per'en who a lew previously had applied to him for the situation of barkeeper. We soon made a bargain for the exhibition of Aunt Joloe la one of tbe large apartments iu hi* dwelling hoaee hi th* vlelnlty of his saloon, which was at that time a large, open and airy eetablialintent where musical and il.<ht entertainments were given, tbe guests during the Inter mission, as w*ll as at other times, being supplied with loe creams and other refreshments m little alcove boxes tinted op with tables, and rannlng}oearly ail the distanoe around his gardsn. The*!* alcove* were tastefully decorated on tbe out side with re-toons of lampe ot variegated colors, and the grand walk through the middle of tbe garden WM Illuminated on eech side by chaste and pretty transpar ence*, about seven feet hkh and two feet wide, each surmounted wftb a large globular tamp, these transpar ence* were then new In taa eity of New York, and were very altraolive, tbejr were gotten up by W. J and B. Banning ton, who bav* sine* oecnn* so relebrated for glass stain ng and deooretivs painting. Mr. H. Hannlag' (on prepared m* several tranei arsnoles, tws feet br three In sis*, which I bad pieced upon a hollow fra^ae and lighted irom the I aside. It waspaiated in ooion yith ft white letters, and read:? aw?MW<v/MvwM-? rrrrrrrrrrrr JOlCR HETH, { 111 years oil j fswv A* w /, S r r rrrr% The torm* W m? erg .gein^ni with Mr. NiWe will the**Be was lo furnish the room aad Ufcht* oar Ike exueoM it jTUHing, aarerOaliui and ? ticket sefim ?ai retain therefor ooe-balf of the gross reoelpta. The suit proved an average of about $1,600 per weak. 1 engaged aa an a?istaut la exhibiting "Aunt Joiee" Hr Levi Lyman. He ?u ? lawyer by prore>wlon and had b?oa practising In IVnn Yun, N. Y. He was shre . <J, sociably and somewhat lu.oieat po? ?e s.hI a go id knowledge of 1iu;ujii nature, was polite a reeable, could converge ou most subjects, and was ad uarabir calculate to flU the position for which 1 ?n f,u<; d blia. Of oourse, la carrying o>it mr new vocation of ahow> min, I spared no reasonable e torts to mnlco It successful. I was aware of the great power of the public presa, end I used It to the event of my ability. Lyman wrote a brief memoir of Joice, and, putting it Into a pamphlet form illustrated with her portrait, sold it to TiBitort oa his own account at sli cents por copy. I had the same portrait priuted on Innumerable small bills, an1 also flooded the city with "posters," sotting f?r>h the peculiar attract I o us which "the nurse of Washington" presented. Here aro a few specimens ol advertisements and notices of that day:? Kioto's nianaii.?The greatest curloilty In the world, and the mo-d interesting, particularly to Americana, Is iiow ex ?n the saloon fronting oa Broadway, in the build leg recently erected for the dloramie v.ew. Joloe Ueth, nurse to Creneral Ueorge Washington (the father of our country), who has arrived at the astonishing age of 181 yearn, as au thentic documents will prove, and in full nn??es?1oa of iier tuoutal faculties. She is cheerful and he<ilth), although she

weighs but forty-nlne pounds, Slie relates many anecdotes of her young master; she speaks also of the red ooats the revolutionary war, nut does not appear to hold them In high estimation. She has been visited by crowds of ladies and gentlemen, among whom were many clergymen and physicians, who J'"*'1 pr"!iounoed her the most ancient specimen of mor. talitv the oldest of them has ever aeea or heard of. and con sider her a very great ourlosity. .a'le ?** b.e"> s member of the Baptist church for upwards or one hundred years, and utms to take qreat sills, action In the conversation of ministers who vtslt her. She fre quently sings and repeats i*its of hymns an 1 psalms. Another advertisement contained a still closer app al to both patriotism and curiosity: :,T "eih.U ""Questionably the moit astonishing and In tere'tliig eurlomty In the world. She was the slave of Augu - (the father of <leoue Wanflir,glon\ and was the person who put clothes oa the unconscious Infant who was destined in after davs io rea l our heroic fathHri to glory, to vlotory and to freedom. To use her own language when speaking of her young master, Uojrve Wash* lngtiin. -'she raised him." Editorial notices were abundant In many papers of the day, news, literary, political and rollg.ous?of which tho icllowing may serve as samplos:? Jotca IIsth.?The arrival at Nlblo's Garden of this re nowned relic of the oldon lime ha* created quite a ?e:i.ailon among the lovers ot the curious and the marvolloua and a f greater object or marvel nnd curiosity has never provmed itao.ffor their Eratiflca'ioo. Fiom the length of her 1:mbs I and the slxe of her hones, it la probable aue was n l?r>re stoqt woman In lier day, but now sh ? eo'nes upexactl-to | one's idea of an animated mummy. Her weljrht is sr-.i to bo less in .n Utijr ujunds, her fjo; hava ahumi to mere I'd-i and bone, and her long, attenuate i ll.ijer., mora roseiuul'i V if i*,Y i.! " u P ey tlun human apjie^da <? j. s < withstanding her i.iir^.-n of years and fiiHrru ties she is lively, and soeuix to retain all her senses w>i,id. i-m i, |i I bearing in juuio*t aa acute us thLi of any porn-ja of nxkiile | &?e? *-*J 'j. A httn. [ The "?Ht! oue" ims arrived, nr.d or wda of ladies and gentlemen h,..-* visited her i N bio's. Sh= ta lively ?"d ainwe .a ?v r f question c ?erfi !' , Krom t1' Mil u' of tbts old l.wly tYoui (reoi'ial Wa . l?g; ur '3r w,- S have iio doubt thus.* U Id I y* of a ^ ller Zlootr. r.i n iii#? V'l? 4,VJ'il,tc ;ia ^ypUAU maaimr just ?seabed fi-oai Its siirooph jns.-.V?w r>,i: Knalna Star. V V. e vcutur.-io ,:t ae. th.u sue- ihe Uojd. a llkecircim stan<? has n .t l?? -n wit ie<?ed equvl m oae which U about to happca this week. Ancient or mj.b'rn timss Itirnljli -io p^1^. to. '?'? V'1oa? "Be Of this irOTSiiu. sfethnselah !?' it >eais oTil whea he died, but noth1 n ?ui,i ?t thi age Ot hliwifo. Adim attttlaud nearly the aie of his auliquatcl descendaut. It I.I not uniiko.y tliot the sex In tha oldon t'mo .rere like the d ,uihlc?/at the day?nnwllllug to tell thrtr a<e. Joieo llatii Is au ^.^PJ-S*:z>a1VA&lib0ldly' U"d 'ay' ,he " '"'"I K0 nti reason L? lJ? ^l years of age. and w.- ?ee mnmnlmltItb<' *2 esntui-lOT, "or" she"and tho'fiaTptfan :"??&r'i,po*p ,o bu abj,u ?f *u ?? ^ Tli? yaud?*1ng J?r rnvj herself a ?? (he onlv two poopleiwi wot of tliat li ive put on the free list o? J1 'd t0f "'? "^8,,n 01 "Wrnity.-V, fork Jolco was an lnve? rate ."moker, Omnt Ttiorb'trn (better known as Lawne Todd) < ivo eotno oceii^on f triumph to many editors by imbiUl.-ng est am-le ;:i the Jivtmitfj Star% Iroai wfticti tii ? following exfra "tu?. tjr >*2 """ to ,,"th 10 **r- 1 fin' that wilt, all oer >th . o qualitlps, she is a pro! >und srno^>>r i 'erat. ?re^d t , ?i?ld<e th.s luxi^ l'-ti-Mm wo.i iioi'tr be outof Ut nwiiu,. iitiksiln t.fiv long twe-'Av vc !rs ''u,? hundrui -ai.I ?feiSX " t""SOO? U10 uer ?-"? Our exhibition osnally opeaed with a statemMt of tha mr-nnor in which tho ago of Jec. Heth wae Sve^S, m vto? "8itne account of her anteoedc-nia in Vinrinlal ?tad a readin; of the bill of sale. We would the* ques tion h or in rehtion to the birth and youth of tieneral WaaliiB.iton, and she always gave salisfactory answers iu every pariloular. Individuals among tho audlewoe svo'ild irequontly aik her quo?llon% and put her to-lhe yverost crass-examinations, without avor flndlne her to deviate fruta whst had every evld?nce of heiuv a ni^ ttuvarnish*! statement of f.xta. ? **? ?ry fond of church muaio, to whtah aha wotHd beat time by waving her long withered ana On mm occasion in New York ao n^ed Baptist mlnistar I'ood by her aids as she was singing ouu of her iuvortta hymns, and bo joined lisr, and liuod each ver*e Sha wai iDuoh pleased by tins clrc'imslanca, and aant with<re uewed aaaiatlou. Aftor the hytnn was Bnishod tha clergyman llnod off the verse of atiolher hvmii. and Jmet- lmmadiatefy remaricln:, "I know that hvrnn." Joined hiin^t singing It. Hj lined in tliia minner -o?. era! hyuas whioh were entirely now to ma, and in eadt hoew 'horn, and la oujor twoinstaooes re Ireshed htj memory wben he round hlrosol at a loas to ro -all the oxact language of the verso* Joice lovod to Co avers* upon rall^tasis sutyeou, and rrequenily '-sWIed on tha attendance of oiersry.nen for that purpose The question naturally Muses if Joice Heth T*? r? l,?I>cwlerJ1 *h0 taught her these things? i how happened it that sh" was ao iamlllar not 2?!^*ii"J? MCjOjit paaltaoly, br. also with tno minute U^uilv, J^af,H3t?n|r*"l',yr T?"' '?*""> 1 u?h081 ta.ingly aixswer 1 do not kinvv. I taught her none of theso thiuga She was perfactly familiar with them all beforo I ever saw her. nnd she taught me manv rai ts in rolatiou to the Washington family with whlcu X was not before acqiis*'#ed. uot From lWtdeare, where the eshlbiUoa *.*a hlehlv au caasral we went to lJ*iioa. This was m/ first mo pearaaoa la tbo modern Alliens, and I yaw inuon that was Dis aad Interesting to me. I attor.dei various chorcaaa, aod was pleased to see sucn aa almost unlvraal observance of tho Sabbath. The theatres too, wore n'>t permitted to be ooea ??,i evenlnis, and mr m.nd reverted to the custom< or many of our neighbor* in Connectt cat, who, acc >rdiu ? to the old l't-riUui fashion, ? ketrt 8a urday nglit," that Is, they considered that the 8ab eommeacwl with the settlne or the sun on Satur day and i loeed at sun Jo * a oa Suadav, at which tima Uiev would reoojinnenwfnir labors auil recr uuoas. We opened o?r exhrbliloa In the small ball room of Coneert Hail, at the corner of Cour: nnd llanover s.rceia. The ;nme of Joice had preco.led lier, th > cltv wa; well postod v.ith Ituyo bills aoooun in ; her ooininK and ibo ue\.sp,per' had iieraidod her anUclpated arrival' in such a m iltlpl city of at>ies, that the nuallc ourioaitr was on tip-to-j. I rcmomber that ono t,f the vauar> arsorgivi .Radewrl|Mlon or JoIcj Ueth, nud the ?roat aa:lafaotion whtch h^r exli bltion had -ivon in Mew York, ajded "it rejoice-heth us excaedingiy to know ^ JHTalunl to look upou mo old pua i The celebrated .Vaeltel wo* exhibiting hi* equally oel cbrau- i ?' witomaton c :"?si player'' In tho large ball rvu.n of Contort Hall; but the crowd of vi.-iuirs to aea Aunt Joice wai a < great thai oar roam co.iid not aocom iec late tnem, uti'l Mr Maelxol Induced ti> cins* his exhibrionand Rive us bl? lar^e room. I tad frequent interim <s and loug convonatlons wilh Mr. ilaeUel. I looi.i-d upon him ax the great fail ?t of catorsrs for pubiia ainiix fiaeiit, and was pleased with his assurance that I would co-tslnly make a rucco? Khowiuan. "I we," mU be, In broken English, ''that you understand ths val a- o." the pra-j, und that Is the great thing. Nothing helpji tbe showman* like the Ljn?"a and the Ink Whon yo ir old woman die*," be added, "you come to me, ami I will mako your fortune. 1 will let yon havo my "carousal.** in y automa ton tr impel niayer, and many curl jus thing* wbioh will make plenty of money." I thanked him for hie generous proposal*, and assured him iba: should olroumstsme* render it feas.bie I should apply to hira. our ashi'mion room continued to attract large num. bem of rlsiton lor eeveral weeks before there was any visible tailing off. I kept up a constant nuoooesion of novel advertisement* and unique notices In the newspa per*. which tended to keep old Jolco fresh In the minds of tv? public, and servod to sharpen the curiosity of the '"when th* audlenoes began to decree In nurabsra, a. short communication appeared In ono of tho newspapers signed "A Visitor," in wbteh tbe writer clalmod to have UMde an Important discovery. He stated tbat Joice Heth, ?< at prudent exhibited, was a humbug, wUeross if the simple trath was told in regard to th* exhibition, it was really vastly curious and interesting, "l'ue Tact Is," sad the communication, "Jolo* Heth la not a human b <iwr. What purport* to be a remarkably old woman is ?imply a curiously constructed automaton, made up of whalebone, India rubber and numberless spring* logo* nlously put together, and made to move at the slightest lo?k, according to tho will of tbe operator. The ex hibitor is a ventriloquist, and all tho conversations ap parently held with tho ancient lady are purely imagin ary, so far as *be I* concerned, for the answers and In cidents purporting to be given and related by her are merely the vontrlloqulal voice of tbe exhibitor." Maelxel's Ingenious mechanism somewhat prepared the way for this anp mncoment, and hundreds who bad not visited Joioo Heth wero now anxious to see the curloas aniomatoa; whll^ many who had seen her were equally desirous of a second lock. In order to determlno whether or not they hail been deceived. The ounse quenoe was our audiences again largely increased On one occasion sn ex-member of emigres*, his wife, two ch Idren and his agnd mother attended the exhibl lion. He was one of the first men In Boston, a gentle, man highly oeteeraed, and as his ramUy approochod the bed where Joioo was resting, tho visitors respectfully gave way for them. 1 was sooa engaged In conversation with th* gentleMta, answered tho numerous questions whloh be asked, and directed severs. ef my remarks to tola wife, la the meantime his old mother w?a ci.^cly scru tinizing Aunt Joloe, andor tho Immediate direction of my helpmate, Lyman. 'Presently the old lady spoke up In an audible tone, and with muoh apparent satisfaction, "there, It Is alivo aCter aMI" 1 caughttho remark Instantly, and was glad to por oelve tbat her son did not hear it I kopt up a ooavet* ?a'ion with him, la order that he should net aotloo th* UU-M** Wlrtrh his mother and Lvman were enjoying; at tbe same time, however, 1 listened anxiously to Wlr "Why do yo? think It la alive t" asked I^maa, * *S?oam? its pulse boat* as regularly a* mine teea," responded tbe old lady. ?on, that la thojnoet simple portioa of Uto raaaoiaery," ?aid I.yman "We make that operate ea Ifeo prioeipto of ft pendulum lo a Moot." ?lTl> mii tho old ladv. wbo wao n? I evidently satisfied that JoioO vm Ml automates. Thoa turning to her bob, stie said:? . _ "George, uua thtn? |g Mt lUn at all It la all ? machine.'' ~ "Why, mother," said the bob, with evident embarrass ment, '-what are yon talking abeutf" A half-auppreatod giggle ran through the room, and toe peutleman and hit family ?ooa withdrew. layman maintained the utmost gravity of oountonauce, and tbe keenest observer would hare failed to dotoct In hla visage any evideuoa of his having played Off a Joke upon the uniuphlaticateu old lady. From lioston we won', to Hinghara, and thence In suo oession to Ueell, Worcester, Springtield and Hartford, mat-ting with Boat satisfactory success. Everywhere tnere appeared lo be oonvietioa of the extreme longevity of Joice. We hastened our return to New York to fill a second engagement I had made with Mr. Niblo. The American Institute held Ita annual Fair at his garden, and my engagement vu to commenoo at tbe same time. The great Influx of visitors to the fair caused oar room to be continually crowded, inso much that we were frequently compelled to announce to applioanta that tho hall waa full, anl bo more could bo admitted lor the present la tboae cases wo would hurry up the exhibitions, out ahorta hymn or two, answer questions with great rapidity, and politely opcB the front door aa an egraea to vlailors, at the saute time oponing the entrance from tho garden for tho ingress of (rosh customer*, From NIWo's we went to Now Haven for three days, where the oroWda were aa large aa usual We then re Now York and proceeded to Newark, where I met .rith the uaual success. From Newark we returaed to New York and wont to Albany for one week to fill an en;;a;;ement made with Mr. Meecb, the proprietor of the Mtueum. Meanwhile poor old Joloa had sickened, and with bar attendant, a faithful colored woman whom I .hired In Boston, had gone to my brother's house in Bethel, where she was provided with warm apartmenta and the beat medical and other a&sUtanoo. m On tho 21st of February, 1830, my brother's horses and sleigh stopped at tbe door of my boarding house In New York. Tho driver, handed me a lettor from my brother I'hllo, stating that Aunt Jo Ice waa no mora. She died at his house on Friday night, the 10th, and her body vw thon In Ihe sleigh, having been convoyed to New York for mo to <lisposo of as I thought proper. I at once dotermiued to luvo it returned to Bethel and Interred la our village burial ground, though for tbo proseut it waa placed in a small room or wliic'j I had the key. The next morning 1 callod on an eminent surgeon who, opnn visiting Jeico at Nlbio's, had expressed a desire to lustituio a post mortem examination If she should dio in tnls country. I agreed that hs should have tho opportunity, If unfortmiataly it should occur while sUa was under mv protection. I now in fer-no 1 him tint Auu! Joic) was d<;ad, and ho reminded ms of mv promts* I ivlmit;od it, and Immediately proceeded to urrauge for tho examination lo tako plaoo or. tho following day. It the meau:imo a mahogany coffin and plate wore procured a;id taken to t to hall 'vhuro tin eiaiaiuat'on w s to la':o jptaoe. A large number of physlc ans, stu deuts, and several clergymen aud^lltjr* were pioseat. Among tho last namsi cl.vw >vas Ulsha-d Adam; L^c'co, author oi tho cclobrateJ " Moon lieax," \.ho ?il at that 11 editor of the No* York St n. Au ab?vnca oi o&iQoauoa of tlo arterios In the imme dhto region of tho iioart m doomed oy 'Uo di-acotor und most of the gentlemen present an cviuence against the assumed a;e of Juice. Wnau ail had withdrawn excepting the surgeon, his partic-.i ar friend Locke, Lyimr. aud myiolf, tho surgeon remarked, addressing m >, that there was surely somo Mistake in regard to the alleged age of Jo'.ce; that In a>ad of being oua hundred and aixty one years old she was probabiy not over eighty. 1 stated to him, in reply, what was strictly true, that I h ad hired Joice in perfect good faith, and relied upon her ujipcarance and tho doumenU as evideaco of tho trrth or her Bt ry. Tho ?amo'gentioman had examined ber whon alive on exhlW.tion at's. He rejoined that he had ao doubt I bad been dec i ved in the matter, that her personal appearance roaily did indicate extreme longevity, hut toot tbe documents muste.Uier have beon for'od, or eNe they appil id t??>:ne other individual. I.y/nan, who was always ready lor a joke, no matter What the co3t nor at who^i ox pen ie, hare made a remark regarding the la Ability of the ? acuity to docido with ma -b prociaicn In regard to a cob ? of this kind. His ob servations wo'.oded tue reelings of the surreon. aud tak ing the arm of his friend Lucko they lift the Lall?1 tear I In cot very coo l humor. Tb*?fc* of the next day (February 26,1330) contained an editorial, wr.tien of course by Locke, commencing as folio**:? ; iwiKCjioK or Joioa II?tu?Pn?oiooa Hoaaoq Bxrwm. ? hi' anatomies! domination or the lmdyof Joleo ileth yemer! ijr roaui ed lu toe expoanre of one of the moil prret on- hiitubufj tlwt ever was imposed upon a credulous eom uuauiiy. Mr. tM?ke then prooooded to giro awJontlflk account of tho dissection, and tho reasons ha bad lor d&atxlag her story. Hera let me ?y a word In reply to the captious who may claim that I was oeer credulous itr aocoptlng the story ol Joico and ha/ exhibitor a* a matter oC Iket I an-ort, thon, that when Joica HetU was living I mm mot with six persons out of the many thousands who visited bor who seemed to doubt the clais* of hor age anil history. Hundreds of nudioii mob assured mo that thoy though i the statement of her ag? was correct, and Dr. Rogers blmseil, In his parting conversation above noted, remsnced to me that ha oxpseted to have spoiled half a doaen knives la severing the osslQoation Is the arteries arouud the region of tha beast an A ohoat. Indeed, Mr. Locke plainly indicated his belio. in her story by the following remarks found la tike editorial from which I none the above extract:? "We ware lutlf Inclined to qaeatlea the propriety of the acleottfle curodiy which prompted it. (the dissection ) Wo feit an though the persia of poor o d <Mce iletbahenld lia?e been saved troin exposu.a and mutilatiun, not no muoh ?a account of iter extreme old ago aud the public curioaity whi.di sli? had alraady gratifled for the snlu of otners, as for (Ue high honor with .viiieh sue was endowed in bainj the of tne immortal Washington^* Locke's odltorial assorted that tha age of Jaioe did not oxcood ecveoty-iive or eighty years. Whoa the Su>t uowapaiier appeared, and the account of the poet mortem e ami nation was road, thousands of per-ois who had seen hor when alive, wcto mach aston ished. "Tharj must be a mistake," said one, "for her very oppoaranca indicated her age to have been at least a hundred and! twenty." "Sbe could not hare-been less tlian a bundsad," add others while still others bolieved sho waa quae as okl as reprobated. In this state of tho public mind, Lyman determined to put a- juke upon James Oordon Bennett, of the HciULn. 11* therefore culled at Dennett's ollloo and told him ttel we had been humbugging Dr. Rogers, (bat In facl Joice Hoth was now being exhibited in Conneeticm, and that tho body which had been dissected aa liers, was that of an old negroes who had rocoaily dlrd at Harlem. Bennett swallowed the ban, book anil all. lie declared It was tha best hoax be ever buntd ol, eolipalng Locke's "moon hoax" en tirely, aniLhb proceeded to Jot down the details aa they were Invented by Lyman's fertile brain. The result was, the appearance of tha article from tb>.SWn ,n the IIkr.ild of February 2T, MM, pruoeded by tho following remai ks:? Another Hoax I?Annexed la a lone rigmarole ecoount of the diaaevlasn of Joice ll-th, extiaried I root rdsys San, which i? nothing satire aor loss than a compVie hoax irom beginning to end. Joice iieth la n?i dead. On Wednesday loot, a* we luarn from the beat authority, ahe wan uviug ax. ilehMa, in Connect icut. where me then waa. The subject oa which Dr. I toga: * and tha faculty of VorcUy sbeet have b?n exercising their kuiie and their Ingnnmty u the reinaina of a respectib.o old nngrea* c ii?d Aunt ?'elly, wuo baa l.vod for many yours in a email b u?e by hcraei in i>a lem belonging to Mr. Clarke. uUe is. as Or. sagely discovers, xod Dr. Locke, hia cul losgue, aacui.iiely reourda, only eijutv year* at age. Auat ?Nuuy MX iier d?*th HMtultM or ?.ld n~e and .nhrmiiy. jiifl naa ujmr.vlao lu good aplrita. The oeoeat winter, however, lion been very sefore, and ?o sho g*?e uo the ghost a lew days ago. home per . .u in this c-Itr, we believe one of the advertising dodtoi's who had been tdSxeJ by the Lunar Diioo.srlo-t, in tue in.ii'if .oture of which it l< now be'.loved ihat Dr R <gera uad a principal liaud, along with sir Kirha.-d A. l.oeko. re aolve<L h axon as he heard from a friead of the da .th of poor Aunt NaBy, to send her Lxxlylnto the city and contrive to pnsi her oil upon toe inediCtl faoulty foe the veritable Jeloa Heth. The tr.ak to .k. Sovernl of tba hoaxed wrnt,aoon d. wondared, ai d held up their handa in e'tooUhmnnt. Her death waa aaaiouiiood in ilie^ua. aad a post uwrteui examina tion prnpore.'. 1 he public awallowej the plli. Aunt Nelly, n?n lecieil, uukuivn. uupitie I ? hen alive, bename an object '-f tl'ep fclence aud dacger n.ves.Ual ou ?ho died, .she lo ked aa old and ugly aa Joloe nareelf, aud in that rospact anaa ert-d tha thing eaaetly. Buch Is the ;i*ue verelon of the hoax, as given u* by good autuorUy, of the story low in tha follov tug piece of huinbug, tau:u l rum yesterday's Stm, Tola editorial preface of tho Hsuaa Introduced the account of the dissection aa It itppoarod In bhe Sun, and Bennett subjoined the comprehensive comment:? "Xhua far the Jolos Heth hoax, .for tho veracity of which wo have uarnoa aud certLftnales la oar posses sion." Upon reading tbo article from tho ItnaALD, a large portion of the publ.c believed It, andooaaolod themselves by saying, "Ah, I was sore the otd.weman was consider ably more than eighty. Tbo article In tho Huu? makea the matter all clear." Lucke insisted that he bad not hoe* humbugged, sod Bennett )>ersialed that Ue had, and offered to lay a wa^er of several hundred dollars that Joica was really alivo aid then being exhibited In Connecticut t After a while tho editor of the IIkkslo, llnding himself hoaxod, cried sAill the louder that Ue waa right, and published several ficti tious cartiOoates purporting to bavo b. en written aud signed by ponons re?ridlng la Hartam, corroborating Ly man's story of "poor Aunt Nelly.'* In September of the same year (while 1 r-a* ab sent at the Heath). BenaaU met Lyman la tho street and proceeded to f'blow him aky high" for havlrg Im posed upon him. Lynan laughed: be said heouly meant it as a liarmbsaa Joke, and Ihat ''now, as a recompense for tho Imposition, ho would Uraish Bennett w.Ui -the veritable Malory of tbo rlae, progress aad termination of the Juice Hetli Imtotjeg."' Bennett wa? deiiguted. TStmf weal to bis oHoe, and Lyman dictated while tbo editor took down thai beads of whut purported to be the history of Joice; of her bat ing-been tret found by nw la tbo outhouso of a plan'* tion In Kentucky: of my having extraotod all her teeth; taught her tho Wasbingum story; called hor one ban dred aad ton yiars old la Louisville, one hundred and twenvr-one tu Cincinnati, twenty yours older in Lltto burc and one hundred aad aixty oue at Philadelphia Tula ridlc jlous slcry, being a ten tlm*s greater hum bug than the one befc-re pr.totised utxia tba editor of tho Hskald, was duly written out and embilllsbeJ by ilea nett, as will l>e found by i iruiug to tbo flies of tbo HsaoLD, of Thursday, September S, aad Tuestey, Sep tember IS, 1S30. where the tret article under the edito rial head baa tao title In capitals, "The Jblco Doth Hoax." Tbea follow seveml comam, purporting to give aa account of Joice from her first discovery in Ken tucky until bor arrival In l'lilladolpbla. Oa the llth of i-eptember follows another chapter under the same cap tion, surmounted with a wood engjraving of her portrait. Tho editor of the lUnat-n assarted his full belief la this ?acond and greatest humbug by the following statement in bis papor of the Ith of September, already mea tioasd A full and accurate ^ aoooont of tbo boat perpetrated by V11 opea the ?Uea of Philadelphia, l?ow \ork and Oeatea, and pais tteniariy tba mediaal faculty of aaeb, wOl be oae of t?,e moat miereaUa? hlaiorina of this stag alar OapealUon ?f human ingenuity on the ens side and hamsn araduilty oa , the other. Hesne of tbo meat eminent medh-al man In Ubaaa SaSxjBM?irat viSxviS ' mm. \y?ere aaa ha be mtstaae about tba Taets niaied. ~rn~m btMHithmlitai than tews from the HasJ2S individual Who originated aud carried Into efcot ,PJ? PJ* stupendous hoas. fUuSrattve of the accuracy of mcu euce, tbe skill of medioal moo, and tha puvtl good vklu? and credulity of tbe public. It would seem, by later developments, m If BennCv* bad never forgiven me for the ridiculous figure be ill made to out In this "Joiee Hetb Hoax." The story of Lyman baa since been generally an. credited as tbe true history of the eld Depress, and never, until tbe present writing, bave I saiil or written a word by way of contradiction or correction. New* paper and social controversy on tbe subject (and seldom bave vastly more important matters been so largely din. cussed) served my purpose aa ' a showman" by keeping my name before tbe publici I will only add that the mniaa of Joice were re moved to Bethel, and buried respectably. Barsna and Hlgnor Antonio* slfsi Tlvnlla. While exhibiting at Albany light evening entertain ments were given in the theatre of the Museum, onn part of which consistod of remarkable fiaata of balancing, plate spinning, stilt walking, Aa, by "Slgnur Antonio." Tbe balancing and spinning of crockery was nearly or quite new in this country?to me It was entirely so. It was also aa surpriaing as It was naveL Tbe daring feats of Antonio upon stilts, bis balancing guna with the bayonets resting on bis noee, and various other per formances which I had nover seen before, attracted my attention. I Inquired of . Mr. Mooch where Antonio came from. He informed me that he was aa Italian, bad sailed from England to Canada, wbeuce be had proceeded to Albany, and bad never exhibited in any other American city. Learning that Mr, Mooch did not desire his services after that week, I eougbt an interview with "Antonio," and In ten minutes engaged biro to perform for me in any portion of tbe United Stales for one year (torn date, at tbe salary of $13 per week, beeides board and travelling expenses, I did not know exactly where I should use my prot^gfi, but I was certain tbat there was money in him, and than I be am < interested la mr second show. Antonio. Joloe Hetb, Lyman and myself Ml Albany f ir New York, stopping at the private boarding bouse In Frankfort street whioh I had taken the spring pre vious, but bad sold out soon after engaging Aunt Jotca. I left my two shows lu rrankluit street while I wont to join my wife and daughter, who were boarding with n Mr. Knapp, in Cherry street. The lli st favor which I asked of Antonio was, tbat ha should submit to be thoroughly washed?an operation te which he had apparently been a stranger for several rears; and the seeond, be should change his name, did not think "Antonio'' sufficiently ''foreign,hence I named him Signor Vivalla, to both which propositions ho confenteX I immediately wrote anotlce announcing the extraordinary qualiies of Signor Vivalla, who had Just arrved from Italy, elaborately aettinjr forth tbe woudera of his performances. This was publishod aa an article of news in one of the city papers, and I forwarded a dozen copies to tho several theatrical managers In Hew Yor'r aud o!.?"wIiere. I first call' J upon William DinnefortL manager of the Franklin t!iea:re, but ho declined engaging the "eminent Italian artist." He had seen so many performances of that kind which wero vastly more extraordinary than anything which Vivalla could do, bo would not think ef engaging In in. "Now," rays I, "Mr. Dinneford, I beg yonr pardon, bni 1 tn is: bo permitted to say thut you are mi.taken. You havo no doubt seen strange things in your life; but, my dear sir, I should never havo imported Signor Vivalla from Italy unica3 1 had authentic evidence that bo was the only artist of tho kind who ever left that country." "What are your terms f" asked Dlnnelord, who?like many worthy young indies and many other republicans of the first water?was evidently beginning to melt under the magic Influence of a foreign importation, "Yon shall have him one night for nothing." I r* plied. "If you like him alter one trial you shall hnvn bim the remainder of the week for $60?but, understand me, this is only that tbe pubiio may be able see what hn 13. After that my terms are $50 per night." My proposition for the one night was accepted. I In voked the powers of "printer's Ink" and wood cuts for three days and nights previous to tbe firm appearance ef "the renowned and extraordinary Italian artist, Signer Vivalla," and they were potent for my purpose The house was crammed. I marched upon the stage a* ? supernumerary t> assist Vivalla in arranging bis plates and other "crockery ware," to hand him tbe gun w> fire when he had divested himself of one of his stilts and was hopping across the stage en one stilt ten foot high, and to aid him in handl ng bis muskets, ha This wee my "first appearance on any stage " Tho applause which followed each of tbe Italtan's feats was tremendous. It was sucn as only a Chatham or n Bowerv audience could give. Manager Dinmfgid wan delighted, and before we left the stage he engaged Vivalla for the week. At the termination of.tbe per formancos Vivalla was called before the curtain,' sad aa I did not consider K policy for him to be able to speak English, although he could do so very well, having travelled several years in England, I went out vHh ti* and addressed the audience in hia name, thanking them for their generosity and announcing turn Car the *? main Jar of the week. LOSSES IT FHIE ? TtmklT. 1887. TIm foHowinj table oomprUoa every Ore, involving a km of $30,000 and upwards, wfcioli has bMo within tho limits of the United Staleo daring Use of February, lHTi Dlghton, Mam New llaven. Us Mow York oUjr.. Newark. M. J...M Saw York oitr. Lexington. Kr. Oiwejii, M. Y. New fork city New York city Marble head. Mtu. New London, Conn Ogdenaburg, N. Y. New Yorkolty Haw York city Elmlra, M. Y Bal imore, Md.... New Yorketty....? St. Joe.-ph.Mo. Woollen mills, Cobb * Co. Wart hst f&oiory... .T77.. frenor's PsaJng ? emj BsMsottne'e brewery lore, Ml BreMway ? Jiptlst ohuroh Three block*. sterna, Ac. uSs^sr 4?atee, Aa two stems Hotel. Ac. 1 Piano factory, No. 14 Baal Sixth street factory ana stores on Fw Ion street...... Slaam Sour mill. Keotifoag and fturft* ?i i? Store, No. S Liberty street Pork pioklnf hoase Nearly the whole village Mobile, Ala Philadelphia, Pa.... Charlestown. Maaa Rutland, VU Baltimore, Md Ohtcaao, 1U San Francisco. Cal. Ottawa. Ill Now Yorkolty fllonham, K.Y.... Cincinnati, Ohio... davanneh, Oa Mow York elty lioMton, Ma*'. Hon ton, Maaa Mew Albany, Ind.. dl Paul, Minn..... st Louth Mo Mew Yorkel^r Klkhorn, Wis.. Mew Vork city. Philadelphia, r* Whole Uoek af bnansn houaoa. Brewery, eorner of Haasll ton aod -<er?ntoenth eta. rrlnity oanroh jflTfini MMFUMtt HI |Af workn... l>mrH >on'a chemical works Pork peeking kooee, atore _ on' Kolsora street.. Minn houses, mostly stoma Corner Of Broadway and Chitten den's "tore, Ac. Woollen mill uol.nliin; house. ri?t m il aod rlnegar fac lory a SUHV,4i? broad tray. ... Cotton warehouse Machine shop, Ae.. UI a at works Wholesale (grocery store... Urecery end stores, Sewing machine store. 486 Broadway. Stores....... Store and wine vault, U4 Broadway. ?0.MS , Cotton mM PhUedel|>bi*,.Pe.... ISlx houses on Pieroe But Iler's estate Store on Dock square..... Cotton waruhouas Total loaa in February $4,404,009 ? Total loco in J anu 4,043,IM0 ARTIEST Of A FUGITIVE. About ten daj-a ago a young man named Chart so W* Brewster, tbo son of n wealthy gentleman living aft Taunton, Massachusetts, suddenly disappeared fro* that place under suspicious circumstance*, much to M wonderment of bin family and Immediate friends and. the unutterable consternation of certain Individuals who, It will be seen, ;**?e heavy losers by bis having left Mi > native town without having awaited the order of Ms> going. It appoan tiiat young Brown tor, who, tar ?. few yean post, U it alleged, has bean rapidly squaadw. ing by bis fast way of living end manner of "enjoyttf lire," a huge fortune of wfaloh ho two weolta ago found that he bad at the end of bis tether, that all his monep had been sunk In Investments Uiat never bring any re turn. Annoyed by creditors, and scarcely knowing how to oitrisate himself from the many diCBctdUee whkoh ho bad to encowter as the result of bis pnsfc conduct, It \m alle -ed that two weeks ago ha managed to obtain aboat $8. cm from several per ions la Taunton, to wheoa ha waa well known, and whom on borrowing the money, be managed to conrtnoe that he waa still wealthy. After collecting tbe money, he, as a men Horned above, left the place, and it waa not until last Monday that tho Indi viduals mho hsd been unwittingly made the do pea of hia dealings became aware tbat they bad loaned their money to a man who bad not wbvnwtth to- nay his debts. N soon at tbe frightened creditors had oonvlnoad tbaaa* selves by thorough Investigation tbat they had beea aciunliv swindled, rotrjla.nta against Brewster warn made to Sheriff Babbitt of tbo lawn. On Monday la* that magistrate, learning tbat tho absconder bad mm to thM city, obtained a. requisition front Governor BnL look on Governor JAnton for tbo arrest of Brew st-r on a charge of " grand larceny and embez zlement," and came hero on Wedneeday and informed Saperinteadent Kennedy of the tola of the whole case. Detectives Vanghan and Nlvaa were iaa mediately detailed to fewot oat tho whereabouts at Browstsr should f?s be In tbo oily, and on Thursday lea* they ascertained that certain paokagea arriving In tho metropolis front out of town places had been received by a man named Cbarleo W. Brewster at a store In Peart street. Furnished with this oVao the detectives oeited a* the kioto In question where U?ey round Mr. BrewsMt quietly seated near the storo/Teadlng the Hmuuk Tho ofllcers, on entering, oalled him tooneeide, and show, ing him the requin .ion, Informed him that be waa node* arrest Bo expraased himself somewhat surprised at having been so readily captured, but intimated that ho had already Intended to return to Taunton or hla own free will, On being produced at headquarters, Superintendent Kennedy delivered the piieonor Into tbe custody of Miff MM ? bbitt, who left the jolty for Taanlaa. with hid oMtga on Thumdny evening, Bamirr Am Hn Iimmnan, Bra. Mxant ?The Men. treat Mimrr* of Msroh ? says of Sta. Marie, tho Cana. dlaa, who iafbrmad upon Bsrratt, that he has Joined tho Proteatant church, aod fntenda to awaar that Harratt a? caped by the aid of tho American and Canadian <0htha> lie) clergy, who, be fun her Intends to iwear, broughl about the I nation of Mr. Uaedn. The JnWsg nmteea to show tbat at* Marie a another Conorar. anj l of Wa saoaoadea in Montreal promts' to loll I