Image provided by: University of Oregon Libraries; Eugene, OR
About The Albany register. (Albany, Or.) 1868-18?? | View Entire Issue (Dec. 12, 1868)
PCBLlSH(tn EVERY SATl'KOAT CT
-, I COLLINS VAX CLIU'Ct
orricB- om consult op ferut
TERMS IN ADVANCE
One Tear......... 4 Tlirco Dollars
Six Months 1 Two Dollars
Single Coi)ies...4 - Ten Cents
per Year, SlOU ; Half Colurun,
$60 ; Quart. r Column, $:55.
tinea or . iei. firit insortion.
Insertion, $1. ,
per Square f ten
. ; each subsequent
ALBAU'lf BAT? II HOUSE.
T IE CNDEljtSIGNED WOULD RESPECT
fully iul'irui thj cit.xeus of Albany and vi
cinity th it tie ha takeu charge of this cstablish
me it. and, by krpiug clean rooms anil paying
stri.-t att-v. ti -n in business, expects to suit all
th -so who may ffvr him with Ih.-ir pntr uiajje.
Having U reiot'orjo carried on notliin but
First -3. ass llair Dressing Saloons,
he I'X'kc'j to srive entire satisfaction to a!I.
aad L lilies' hair neatly cut and
GEO. XT. GEA7, XJ. E. S.,
C"i RADUATEiOF TIIE'CIXCIXNATI DFN
JT t:il College, wouM 1'ivite nil p r-oos desiring
arii.bdal teeth, libul first-class Cental operations,
tj civ a him .1 nil .
Spo-ini'tn of VuVanito Rase with srold-plnt
li:ii ijs. a-id th r new !tyl of wok. may '
see- at hi 'la -e in P.r.i-1 & Co.'s lrick. (up
8tir.) Albany. C.e.Tn-
. R.siiltf-.i C" er S.-cnnd an 1 Baler sts. 2
f. 15. KICK, M.
- PHYSiClAfJ AI4D SURGEON,
FFICE-OSj S0UT11 SIDE 01
S tlicit-t- in C
V.II p-ac.iee i.i
E. F. RuaselV
Usn COUNSELLOR at LAW
ilth s C iurt of shi So wnJ, Tlii'-d,
.id Four'h .Indicial Districts, and m the bupr me
Court of O.e ':
14 Bl'K-k. seco-vl stcry, third
, O'lrih idj of F Jf t si. II
ntnin civi n In the collection ot
Ps i'i tne aixiVB namon ru r
O.tioj.1 i lar
dvr wc.-t of Fri-y.
Claim at a' I T in)
Ai'ianv, Or jj n.
pr 'tuj ly attjiule
ii tv, lolacco
4 COUXSELLOUS AT LAW
nil .! it.ifi in I'bauo.Ty,
(L. Fiiaa, Nctary IuTIi-,)
Collec.ijiiS tinl conveyances
taeidf.lJ r. m. REDncLD
Hiitibiicl &. Co.,
IX UROCEIllES AND
kmI and Wdiow
Ijoiiniuj; ih-3 Espicss office, Albany,
w. w. pahisii
J. C. MF.SDENUAI.l..
Parxisli & Co,
AND RETAIL DEALERS
W in tie i.ial M--T.-ba,n"dir. Aibai y. The
totut Coorl at tlie lowest market nrii-cs. Mer-
hanti!i!o Prwliino tak -n a ' han.'u. 1
Ci A. Freclana,
DEALER IX EVERY UESUlll VI IUIN Ul
Sch H.l, Mtccllane in-t and Blank B "ks,
Siatimery. Gold b"id Stc 1 nt. Ink, eta., t'ost-offi'-c
Building, Albany, Oregon. Rooks ordered
from New York ajd S.iu Francisco. 1
S. pZ. Clanerhtan,
OTARY PURLIC AND REAL ESTATE
AGENT. OHce in the Tost Office building,
no, 10. tjon.
Will attend to making De-da and other convey-
prompt collection of debts en-
anes, alsi to thu
trn.-ted to my card
T cbau'a. Dq
Roots and Shoes ;
! It all Hmd.' of Furniture
Ware. Firt streff, Albanv
U. BLAIX. " S. E. VOUSC-
Barrows & Co.,
And c6M?.nssioN mer-
fclers in Staple. Dry and Fancy
Hardware. Cutljry, Crockery,
C Iflsaley & Co.,
ANUFACTlfBEJlS OK AND DEALERS
FUtftreet, nplotite P.trrimh & Co.'a ttore.)
HAVIVO a, Telry fair assortment of material
we ar3 prep.trd to execute, with ueatness
ud UUp itcb, all kin is vi
such as '
..: Card; -
X j.. Blank
ot fill lxiixds,
t M tow Oarei ! aa rogajra v ww ma gw
work will allow. Vkayou want anything la
fca priaUaf line, eall at tbo Boir offio.
of a 5Sau
ALBANY, OUICGON: SATURDAY, DECljSMliKR 12, 38GS.
WRITTES EV A Tl-OSIAS.
A man U like to ut stay,
Tj wh.it hj's unlike whu can s.iy ?
And yet wo c.tun t d wi.h ut him 1
L' Vc sits in hU breast,
Like a hjn on her cc-it,
And the cbickons are scratching about liim !
Whs-n lie'splsascd, I. am squeezed j
Wh :B bo's no", I ata touzud,
A I can never tell where to Dud him.
lie's like an old hore,
Worth little ami rrosst him.
And a w.iman is foolish very foolish to luiud
Jjf he cbanre but t j Mnilc,
And l ok pleasant awhile.
And com.; chattering nr.mnj like a chicken,
llj's lil;e a gay lark,
Hut a fulse-tiearieJ spark,
Vi'hosj feathers urj hardly worJi p'.ckiaj I
But whvfe bo is vexed.
Cnnfwjf nnd pc
Anil nrn arri.
UTet-TTul aild vt.-i-.iUS,
IIj is like h-.ird t speak myself
ilj is like t alas,
Like a yrmks i.t the grass,
II j is tiitn, ouiy then, like himself!
In short, t a tri e,
IIj is lik: a case knife.
To u: up a cake or a cheese.
Like a sain;, whea h 's civil ;
Rut if uot, like the devil,
Uhut wi.I turn to wh.tt.-ver he pl3.iss S
To a bo, to a
To a hare, to a bear,
Wh:so craolty yieldeta to no man !
Like a ifl'Wj.', 1 ke a o- se.
Like a mule, I ke a fool ;
L ke lane, like a vauc :
Like a leal, like in brief,
lid is like everything .l.se but a woman.
THE DOCTOR S STRATEGY.
Mr. Landj wus n j ecwliar ltkinr ititin,
wiiJi a thin t.:ie smtl lonjr. stiaiyht liaar,
tli.it l e fancie-J i. ever iietde! .catriii-r.
lie liail at one time Ih-cii very nut' rt mi
ate in his business ; but. though tiia!u
rich since by a. larn legacy, he was not
in a ciiinlitioii to enjiY it. Tlie ; f.ict is.
Mr. Lutidy was a cotiiinncil hypochou
drie. Kor iii-iny y:irs Mrs. L. ha 1 stayed jit
hoino :uid liiiiiKirt d" his whims, but oil
i iu: v-cm:oii h. r j retly d.iii:litor wanted
to ! to a-- W!iieiitr i l.ice. not for anv
ui.-.-ase in particular, but. to see tlie world
and the youn folks in it. '
Hehuld ;liem, then, s"t-d in a e.isid
hotel. For two days fv. Lnndy had
b en all ribt ; but one mriiiiijr his
poor wit"' ku-w what was coining, by the
iM-vuliarttv of his looks and i..ottons.
Her book fell
from her hand ; Minnie
till t lie morning.
tear, t-ce him whirl!
-He's been flighty
said Mrs. L. '-'e ir
what is it. Lii-idv V
"A leather, my dear a feiiher; catch
me hold tne. Pon't you sec the wind!
is bluwtiij' me everywhere ? It will fake
me out lo sea, and I .shall :et saturated
ys. wet ihrotiuh. Mrs. J,undy.! I her
yu to catch me ; pin me to your bonnet;
I fail ii be saff there. -Just Fee how
frightfully I rufHt; ; the id in b test puff" of
air tijritates me throughout. I'd raiher
he anything thin this; do put me in
your bonnet, my dear."
"I'll put juu in a m-dhoue before
lonjr," muttered ihe exaspera'o' wife,
it" you tut up capers". Come into the
hotel. Mr. Lntidy." j
'M'tnne into the hotel, madam! you
talk as if J had letr-. Did yon ever see
a feather Hvalk ? Why. I'm lighter than
a snow drift; I wish I had a brick in my
hat lo keep me dovwi. Oh ! T envy
everything stationary. Observe how I
quiver; stick a pin in tne, "my dear, and
tasten me to the floor. Is there enough
of me for a pen ? Am I a hen feather,
or a duck feather, or what?"
t4'Goose feather if anythinjr, you tire
some mortal," cried his wife. j "I am
hick of your vagaries. First, yon are a
cat on the roof, mewing and keeping
everybody awake; then you arc a glass
bottle, full of water, freezing and snap
ping; you'r anything and everything but
a reasonable man. I'm tired of it."
".Mrs. Lu tidy, will you hac the good
ness to put me into your pocket ? squeeze
me in 3'otir hand ; anything that j I may
feel safe in your protecting care. I'm
afloat f singing") I'm afloat, I'm afloat
ah ! what's that ?"
'Xoihtnir, Mr. Lundy, bH Joos whip.
I called him from the coach house, lay
on. Joe." . . i '-. - . '
"15ut, my love, my legs." T (
"Nonsense. Mr. Lundy; lay on Joe.
Feathers bavn'f got legs." j
"Tiue, Mrs. L., but they have mar-
what ieela, P
row, and that's
Joe to top."
Just then up ran little Tom,' the only
male hope ,of (ho Lundy ' family, and
strange to say. in his hand a handsome
hen fea'her.' A trinmphant smile illum
inated the face of Lundy the elder.
"Now, my dear," he said, gravely tak
ing the feather in his hnd, 4l hope
you'll believe me. My child. look on
that feather, and be thankful ; that was
And little Tom, ehnckling at the idea,
ran tip and down the piuza, repeating,
merrily: t'''"; . '' ' ' j ".
: "Pa was a hen once ; dear me, how
funny." V. ' " - j
1 .Minnie Lundy way captivating;, there
wa no doubt about that. In pink, blue,
white r green, she looked equally charm
ing. There were rich men thre who
would have been triad to possess har, and
nice men, and silly to ' that extent, that
they were fools and didn't know it. But
it happened that a young physician was
luckier than : them all, and poorer, ;"I
must haT0 that girl' he said totto voce a
tlo-teii times a day, and then heartily
wished that she had a fever. Probably
he saw Minnie through the back of his
head, for he was always looking out of
the window vhen she came in, and always
One day Minnie followed her mother
into the parlor. As usual.'Dr. Starg
'My dear, cried .Mrs. Ltindy, who
"Uli ! he's a sofa, and
ma says please
come and smash him all to
'hall we do?'
"this is the most ridicultius freak of ait.v
the doctor. 1
and tell your
from the gardeu,
laughing, o.thevs are shock-
had just come
"Oh, mamma !" and her voice was so
sweetly low, so softly t.gitated, "we shall
have to leave this place, indeed we hali!
Father is taking on terribly : some of the
"What is the f reak, my dear V
"Oh ! . he'd a rooster, aud crows till hc'e
black in thp Jaee."
"A lo.tster 1 horrible! And hero wo
are iiot.a doctor, wo know-"
Somebody wheeled round from the
"Madam, I heard you speaking of
the ahem ueed of a doctor. , Kxcusc
my forwardoess but I am a physician."
Of course Minnie was mote beautiful
than ever iu her confusion.
"My poor husband has an unfortunate
tendency that annoys everybody near
"Perhaps he is a hypochondriac. I
think I have seen him. Wheie in he,
"On the north porch," said Minnie.
"And t urn sure we are very much
obliged," added the mother, "if you can
only help him "
'Ihe Cist sound that struck their cars
as I hey issued from the dor, was a grand
and s. nun his Cock-a-dood!e doo !
"John vMr. Lutnly," cried his wife;
"what a sad spectacle you are making of
"I'm tint a spectacle, good woman;
I'm a rooster. (.Jet out of my way ; do
you int notice the - cXfau-ion of i.'y
wings ? (.'ock-a doodle i!oo ! '
"Whit shall we do?" cried the poor
wife, turning to the doctor. "Oil ! sir,
en you stop this ridiculous exhibition ?"
'Trust me, madam," said the young
man, biting his lips, for the sight was
almost too ridiculous for his gravity.
Upon my word." he continue i, ad
dressing the deluded man, "what a mag
nificent creature? Why. his feathers
are a yard long. Wheie did you get
such a splendid specimen ? Is ho im
ported t" I
"t'ik a dood! ilmi I" iyclied .the hu
man biped, strutting more than over.
"'1 hat woman has nothing to. do with
me, sir ; nothing at all. j I"m a rooster
on my own account cock -a doodle-doo!"
Here the doctor gave jorders. aside to
out of the servants, who went away grin
ning. Then turning to the rooster, who
wiii by this time red in the late with ex
ertion, he said :
"I declare, it make my mouth water
to think what a capital oMuucr that bird
could lurtiish. May I wring his neck,
m id. 'tit ? It will take but a few secjiid.
"No you don't." cried the other, "I'm
toiih, very tough, I'm an old bird, sir,
not to be caught with chaff."
""Goo 1 to crow, sdr;.good to crow,'"
after which ensued the loudest scteech
of all, succeeded by a summersault, and
a sensation of suffocatiou. Another mo
ment aud the servant icturucd with, a
dead fowl in his arms.
"I assure you, sir, it had to be done."
said the doctor, gravely, and Mr. Lundy
rubbed his face and pinched his throat.
"liid you really wring my neck, sir?"
the hypochondriac asked, gravely.
"When you were a rooster, certainly."
j "Did I die gjme ?" asked the other,
ivith a maimer of solemn importance,
i "You did particularly game," replied
the doctor. ,
"Thank you, sir. If I should turn
into a rooster again, I shall k:;ov where
"I shall be most happy to wring your
neck for J'ou, sir, on any such interesting
"Very kind, I'm sure. If 3-ou should
ever get into any troub'o, Johu Lundy
will stand your friend."
"Do you promise me that, sir ?",
"I do, and I never break my word "
Aftfr that Minnie walked into the
garden sometimes; and Minnie wu not
alone not she.
"I love, violets best," said the doctor
to her.june day. .
"And I, roses."
And Minnie, being the least bit senti
mental, quoted Pope on roses something
about dew ; and the doctor went on
Shakspe ire, very .bad indeed, till some
how, in some way, he never could ; tell
how, nor in what way (neither could she)
he said ir.
'i?ce dictionary for "it."
"Indeed. I must not, li-ten to this,"
murmured ..Minnie, dying to hear it again.
"My father, if he knew"
- "Would disapprove perhaps," said the
young'doctor. "And why? Because I
am poor. And you, too, perhaps "
"No, no ; II you know I I lore
you but ;
"Hark ! Who calls ?"
Enter Tommy. '
"Oh, sis I ' pa's took again, he's coins
it awful!" .
"What is, it now, dear ?" asked Min
nie, with the face of" an angel, but ' per-
t.. -l. t.li ? I i .... ;4,1 .
ya ra nu uut a tibua urues ai uuit in
ghtened, my lovpsaid
iiiniy tun right home
mother I will be there in
Now, Minjtiio, there 13 but
you are a rooster : what else are
the little brown
you ! one way I know to cure
once, and that is by giving him a shock
"H hat I of electricity f
"jNo, dear, far more
that. You must iro to
house over there and be married."
"Oh! never! my father would
"Docs he ever break his word?"
"I never knew him to.' " !
"All right. He promised me
1 sh mid ever get uito trouble
help me out."
-Did he, really?. Then he will
"But it is necessary that we give'him
the shock Grst. Delay not, my darling;
you shall never regret it.'
Of course they went.
"All I ask is that nobody'll sit on me;
I'm cracked. Besides, I'm just varn
ished, and not quite drw yet. Do, my
dear, stind at thj door and tell people as
they come in that I cannot be sat on or
in any way meddled with. I'm so flim
sily fastened together." J
This was the speech that greeted Mr.
Staggas he entered Mr.jLundy's parlor
with Minnie. Mrs. L. was in tears.
'Doctor, a-? soon as eer I get home
I'll have that ridiculous hian carried di
rectly to the hospital; indeed I will,"
cried the poor woman, j'l'vo borne it
long enough, and I'm couupiete'y w.rn
So am 1, my dear," pi
band. "I expect I"m
shouldn't wonder iu the
feel so shaky. 1'rsiy "don't touch me
ed up her hus-
least, in y leys
, . -i t j
isn i one rotter gone, my near i
'Holler gone-! your wits are gone. I
wish I was a man. I d Varni-h 3011 in
such a way I hat you'd never want to be
a sola agatii or any otlier piece ot lur-
' I he doctor stood near,
"My dear you are bet
for I see in thu last five minutes vou have
come oat a beautiful washbowl and
pitcher. But ia.u't J'ourj nose a little
cracked, or do I see awry ? Shouldn't
wonder, for my head i4 full of brass
tac'is . I think I've snutlttd them up my
nose. It's worse than influenza."
"Was ever poor creatures so afflicted ?"
murmured Mis. Sofa I liican Lundy.?
if iroir -- n
er as vou are.
crrotest that-' 1
anytliing elsij! it I would
am. ana a D )r one at that.
upon thu pros-
victiu: s strui-
eon 1 'in t on
Out a sofa I
At th.t moment the doctor
ward a.;d planted hiiiiseU
traie body of Mr." Lundy.
'Capital itifa, this," hef said, keeping
bis. position to spite of his
Get. up; I'm eracking in six places
ixi.od lieavt'iis: you II rum me
break 1113" back ! Get up till I'm
erly mended, for pity salfe."
Upon inv word," said the docttr.
calmly, "this piece of furiiiture acts as it
it were alive. It kicks atitd wrigsiles and
makes me laugh at its autics. Whata
ridiculons sofa." j
"I tell you I'm second-hand!" cried
the hypochondriac more faintly than be
fore, for cue hundred and jthi-t3' pounds,
dead weight, was no light infliction.
"I'm brass-tacked old very old full
of cracks one roller gtne. O ! p'ay
don't lean your weight on jme "
The doctor lifted himself cautiously.
The sofa gave one deep inspiration.
The doc.'or locked scriou .
"Are you sure you are a sofa ?"
"Of course Iain." j
"Then you are ho longerj Mr. Lundy ?"
"I am no longer Mr. "Lundy."
"Can you keep a secret?"
"Certainly I can."
'Do3Tou know old Lundy s daughter
"I guess 1 do.
"Won't let on to the bid fellow if I
tell you something ?" j
"Not it -ou s.iy so. I
"Well, I've just married her. She
Off went the sofa like a gun.
: "What! you villain I ' !
' "Take care, you'll break !" cried the
''You young rascal !"
"You old sofa !"' j
"i desperate young thief I"
"Yourickety old sofa,, with your head
full of brass tacks,! tell you," cried the
doctor. ''If you had not been a feather,
and a rot-ster, and a sofa, ; and the cats
know what, you'd look after your daugh
ter better than you have. But come,
let's be friends, and thauk me for cuiini
you. You'll never be a hypocondriac
again I'll take good care of that for
you see it a nice thing to have a medi
cal adviser iu the family. ' Joestdes, youj
proursed me once that if I was in trmble
3'u -would help mo through.1 Come,
come, let's be quits." : "
"I see I can't help myself," said the
old man, gravely; "but I tell you what,
I shall consider you a thief until you are
cble to support your wife iu the style she
is accustomed to." : '.' 't-r'1
"And I, sir, shall consider you a sofa
until you t revoke that decision.", ,, It , is
needless to add tbatwas the lost of the
trouble. - ' ,
1 jit 1'eddler's Story.
I do not think II am naturally super
stitious ; but I have all my life been
troubled wi;h a kiud of superauricular
sense. The sound, as of a human voice,
comes to me and sylables words of mean
ing, when I know that no human being
is near, and that the whole must be seme
kind of merit ii deception. I rentemoer
pnee, when quite a lad. Jiving at home
with jaiy parents. I heard the words
"Pierre Boisant, prepare for 6orrow I"
What followed? My father at that
time was accounted a rich merchant,
'ihree weeks after hn ..was a bankrupt.
If I had been the most imaginative per
son in the' world, I could not have pre
saged this. -
Three years after the same words were
repeated. I was then alone, on the road
to Trt-ef, engaged in the humbffe-icalnng
of peddler, to which my fathei's 'misfor
tunes had reduced me. I felt that some
thing serious was about to happen, and I
took the first conviancc back to Paris.
I hastened to my father, and found him
dvdng, and my poor (mother almost dis
tracttd with grief. . She was surprised
to see me; but when I told her what
brought me home, she said it must be
the voice of the Lord. I did not agree
with her in that respect, because I often
heard that same voice sa3ing trifling
things. , I
Well, my father died, and my mother
did not long survive him, and theu I was
aloue in the world 'seeing nothing better
before me. I resumed the humble business
of ,t peddler, and after two or three weeks
spent in France, went to Sardinia and
established a roure for myself among the
retired villages of the mountains.
I was now in a region wild enough
to suit my romantic turn of mind, and
perilous euough to keep me in a state of
ii'mos; constant excitement. Some of
the routes between one habitation and an
other were so lonr that one day's jouruey
woul 1 not take me though and ihcu I
would be obliged to find my lodging
among the caves, rocks or trees, as b-st
I could. Some of the mountain parses
were very dangerous, and a slip or mis
step might scud one headlong d -wu a
thousaud feet. And not.l.-ast of .all was
the danger from ,robbers. who might be
met where least expected.
For si years I carried on my traffic
in that wuu region, without any outer
misfortune than some serious fights and
hair breadth escapes. By this time I
felt that, for a 3'oung man. I was pretty
well off, and thought I would return to
Paris and set up shopkeeping; when, an
event, or perhaps I should rather say
tragedy, that happened about'that time,
fixed my resolution and hastened my de
I was going over a very wild and
lonely pass of tho mountains, the sun be
ing nearly set, when my familiar voice,"
which had r ever left mo, said distinctly
"Pierre Botsanf, bcw.irc !" -
I was alarmed at thi- warninsr, be
cause I had never received a warningm
the kind in vain. I looked up to the
frowning rocks above mo,-and down into
the awful gulf . below, and then at the
zigzag path l was pursuing, but saw 110
living thing, except a la-ge black vulture
winding its way from one mouutaiirpcak
to 11 not her. I knew the voice was uot
human, and I felt that there was some
impending danger, but what it was, or
where or wheu to look for it, I could not
tell. It was not impossible for me to
remain where I was aud to go back might
be as dangerous as to go forward, and so
I continued to-advance, looking carefully
at every step, and glancing nervously at
the surroundings. . - "
At length I reached a gloomier place,
where 1 usually when on this route,
turned down into the dark valley, to pass
the night in a little cave," which I had
discovered about a hundred yards from
the path, tind which was also concealed
by a clump ot bushes, and I believe I it
was known to no one except my self. I
found myself instinctively, us it were,
moving in that direction. A moment's
reflection 011 the mysterious warning I
ihad received convinced me this was the
lbest thing I could do; for if the ' was
danger, it was most likely, from robbers,
who were probably, lying. in wait for me
on my regular well known route.
So I went on, slowly aud cautious1y,tiII
I reached a point directly : over the cave.
Some bushes which had struggled up
from the earth between the crevices af
forded me a place of concealment; and
crawling into these, I disburdened myself
of my pack, spread out .my blanket, and
proceeded, without attempting to light a
fire, to eat ihe food 1 had provided for
my supper. By the time I had finished
my repust the sun had set, aud the shades
of niaht were coming on.
. -Perhaps I am foolish in taking this
precaution." . , ;i . : , .
Scarcely had these thoughts passed
thmigh my mind than I fancied I heard
voices speaking in low tones. Tlie sounds
seemed to come froin below. - I listened
intently straining- my hearing to the
utmost, to catch the words, if words in
deed they were; for, after all,' it might
be the breeze playing among tho rocks
and tree. n-,..izh:s:'(r -r-y
1 For several minutes 1 continued tin hear
thoso sounds, but unable to make out
what they were. They, ceased, i and all
was silent. 5; It nowbecame dark ; and
though j;;;rcpt in t.he,edge.vof the rocks,
and tried, to! peer dowo iwa like .ab
tempting to look into some black gulf.
My situation was lonely enough; but I:
experienced a secret satisfaction in being
; where 1 was and not down in tne cave,
j where I rather felt than thought jsotue
1 pcrsous were lying in wait for me. i
j At length that same low murmur, at
; of voices, was again Iieard, and again I
I listened, with my whole sense of hearing
on the stretch. 1 sooj became satisnea
that Words were spoken but then came
the thought.th'at it might be the myste-''
riou3 -voices I hd heard at intervals all
my life. However, I was not long kept
in dpul: t, for presently I could distinguish
the words, as if the speakers in the care -had
otime out into the open air.
"It is strange he does not make his
appearance,'' said one voice.
"I do not know how to account fork,""
replied another. , , '-
"Are you sure ypupL him T " in
quired a third. "'
" I tell j'ou he was" within a mile cf
here, comiog along with his pack. Here
he usuallj" passes the night, and why he
is not here is more than I can conjecK .:
"If he had gone past,
we should have
heard from the others before
marked the first speaker.
"Undoubtedly," was the . reply, "lie .
must be somewhere on the . mountain
unless he has fallen over the precipice,
in which case we shall find all we want
of him in the morning, and be saved the
trouble of blood letting." " . 1
"Could he have got. near enough to
have heard our voices?" inquired an
other. -., '
"No, for Ricardo is so posted that he
would have seen or heard him first."
-Wei!, then, he may be here yet.
Hark ! hush! there are steps coining -this
way now !" said the speaker in a whisper, .
yhich I could just hear, the night being
still, aud my position directly over the
parties. "NW, then, be ready and let
us make quick work of it I"
After this the robbers, were as silent as
death, aud with feeliugs that most be left
to the imagination, I "listened for the
approaching footsteps which I knew were
mistaken for mine. It was with a sbudr
dcr, and a strange kind of dread, that I
heard steps steadily approaching, with
now and then a slight rustle of the bushes,
and the occasional loosening and rolling
of a stone. I felt that some human being
was moving onward, to his doom, and J,
would have called out to him to beware
if I had kniwn I could have saved him
with any thing short of the penalty of my
own lite. . ; r - .
I trembled, and the perspiration started
out at every pore.
Suddenly there came a
shriek aud the words
"Oh, heavens! I am stabbed 1 I anv
killed! I am killed !"
-Gracious - heaven!" cried another,
"what have wc done? that is Iticardo's
If A light hero, quick I" .
ornent a tight nasnea upon
the figure of aTbul&srn being stretched
upon the groundJSn the last struggles of.
death. - ': .
A sceno of consternation and confusion
followed when the robbers found they
had slain their own lookout, or sentinel, ' '
in - mistake for me. bome blamed the -man
who struek the fatal blow, and soma ,
the ill fated man himself, for approaching 1
in the way he did without proper warning.
It was finally decided that he had been"
killed by mistake, and that no one should
be blamed for a foreordained fatality.
So they took up the body from which,
the last spark cf life "had now departed '
auu ciii 1 leu ii uwuj. 1
I thanked heaven for my own wonder
ful preservation, and could not but feel ?
that the awful retribution was just. . . :
Affairs is Texas. The aubireport
on freed men's affairs, by Geo. Reynolds,';
has been mado, which shows the startling
fact. that there have been reported to the '
end of September, from the etose of the
war, 761 murders, and that ' the punish-
ment of death for all this crime has been-.;
inflicted by the civil authorities only upon
one person, and he a negro. Only sir
whites were killed by negroes, while 46 1 '
negroes' were killed by whites, 214 mbro '"
shot or stabbod or killed, 158 whipped .
nwa-. It doe not need the language of;
General Reynolds report to prove th.it,
the utmost lawlessness exists nearly in ',
all parts of the State; that schools are-'
broken up, ' school houses burned, and
teachers either murdered or driven off. ,
icp. ,1, ouvw mail we negroes ar
mostly self supporting, the value of ra- .
lions issued during- the past year'being
less than one hundred dollars. The total V
expenses of the Bureau for tho year wero
. The Vnian'st says : The persons recent
ly con victed of robbing the United States
Mails on the Blue mountains, -have. been, , ,
sentenced to ten years in the Penitential '
ry, except two who were senUnced seven", "
and five years : respectively. : They - wilt ' "
be kept iu the . Multnomah county jaw,'.
until orders for their final dispoaitiori ea.n.v,
be obtained from Washington- The bill "V
authorising the keeping of United Sfctites,
prisonew, in the State Penitentiary diLci
not pass at the late .session of theLegisld. -
ture, hence the above mtjationed criminabj
cannot be admitted into the Penifentkry.'
-i mi .i.i- rawkZ
Recently a yenaooter stated his beaid,.,
after it had attained thrw,4sixbtk,-.
ia length. ' " " A; '