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About The Albany register. (Albany, Or.) 1868-18?? | View Entire Issue (Nov. 29, 1873)
L P Fuller
ALBANY, ORRGOX, NOVEMBER 20, 1873.
In ivc nlfli a Picinre.
It was, in trutli. a most beautiful
portrait : female head perfectly
Grecian. She might linve been Hie
Sybil, when Apollo first helield her.
Bfltt I cannot describe face; I never
eonld examine beatify analytically, as
you would a mineral or a piece of ex
quisite morale. I can only say that I
Raw and felt it was very, very lovely.
My poor friend Fletcher was In an
"Look at those eve!" said he
"look ;it those llpf Now 1 never
kissed a girl in my life; but if I could
but see pair of lips like those, with
blood lp Litem ! I know I am a sworn
old bjUSielor, Moses ; but do you really
suppose ir i i from nature ? Let us see
that catalogue No. 73 here it Is, No.
7;i-'Mi- Ellen Vincent.' ''fU pret
ty fls'nte, ln't It? Bur did you ever
see so beautiful a fien?"
'Oh. yes," I answered, "a thousand
"Name her, then."
hesitated. In truth, I could not.
I was compelled to yield.
We mi -ued our respective ways
home; tor tlie dinner hour ted arrived,
and I had no idea ol sacrificing the
substantial enjoyment of a brace of
patrldgcs to ti e more refined, perhaps,
(mt, to iv sordid taste, less congenial
:iug at a woman's lovely
eel ions concerning my limit
.'.(I were sombre enough, as I
pursued my homeward walk. 1 was
bound to hint by ties, stronger than
those which unite ordinary friends.
We were the two only old bachelors
in the neighborhood, and had together
maintained the brunt of many a wordy
contest in defence of our celibacy. I
had long regarded him as a firm mem
ber of our honorable but persecuted
fraternity, lie had witnessed every
trial, he had ov :
come every tempta
f a week before that
lady had ( ver made
hi l is heart which
ifter he had left her
. Amelias, Sarahs.
Janes-all hud at
ill in vain.
tioii. It was on
be assured me in
lasted two hours
tacked him, and
Yet. after ail tl
tained every conti
lifter having sn.s
:t i id having come
having pa I
love with a
? in every encounter; after
I unscathed through the
ii times : ! Kted, to fall III
iletlire ! -a piece of canvas.'
r with paint and oil a
thing that any school hey might spoil
with his inkstand : It was too much.
It was like a noble ship, hleh having
crossed the ocean throng! storm and
teuipesl and having triumphantly
braved a thousand danger of the sea,
should I wrecked within sight of her
Intended haven, and upon an insignifi
cant she 1 1, which had nol leen consid
ered of sittllelenl iniport:!i. xjeven to be
When 1 dropped In upon my friend
the next i lorning, I lou id him still
raving about the portrait. I remon
strated I attempted to reason with
him. Alas j how little hi d reason to do
either with his malady - r his disposi
tion! -reminded him of the many
illustrious iiieii who had been proud
to enroll their names on the undying
record of celibacy. It was all in vain,
I tried ridicule but lie was unmoved,
1 told him of the certai.ity with which
marriage was followed I v fUmlly quar
rels.,ind petticoat government. It was
void and of no efi'ee. Fletcher was
crazy; more he was in low a thou
sand times worse, for tin re are plenty
of lunatic asvlums; but, alack for the
ihtlUUthropv of the age
ever heard of
a lore As
much time and how much money have
been devoted to ameliorating the con
dition of those who are bereft of rea
son, and yet nothing has been done for
the victims of the passion, aSifamnn'S
brains v re of more Importance than
I have digressed. Had almost any
other ealainlty befell my friend, there
could have been some remedy,. Had
he broken a limb, it might have been
mended : a broken hone will knit to
gether in nine days; had lie cracked
his skull, it might have been fixed by
trepanning; but Fletcher was in that
peculiar situation for which there was
no present remedy; he was out of hu
manity 's reach.
But there was one consolation; ho was
entranced only with a portait. This
was Ihr different from filling in love
with a little witch in flash and blood.
The portrait could not talk; there was
a difference, surely: it couldn't take
his arm of a moonlight evening, and
walk out of everybody's hearing; it
could not receive long letters, and
write longer answers; m a word, it
could "neither marry, nor be given in
marriage." I had forgotten all this
while that there was an original to
that portrait; Fletcher bad not.
Some mouths passed away, and my
friend was as enuy as ever. Time,
indeed, seemed rathe' to increase than
to heal his malady. One day he en
tered my room in great haste.
"I am going," said lie. "to Brigh
ton, immediately, nnd h ive come for
you to go with me."
"Why, in tlie name of common
sense, are you going to Brighton ?" I
"I have just heard thai Miss Ellen
Vincent is there. I know the street
and the number. There can bo no
And so you intend to call upon her,
with no other iutrqduction than your
own impudence! Fletcher, this is
worse than I should have expected,
even from you. I warn you now as
you regard your "
"Oil ! yon need not go on : I antici
pate what you intend to say. I have
heard It so often that I have it all by
heart. Besides. I have made up my
mind on the subject. The train leaves
at three. We have no time to lose.
.Fust send down your portmanteau. I
will hear it all when we are on our
journey, though it lie for the hundredth
time. I, will upon my word, I will
and I will not get asleep, as I did
thfl last time, but will bear it with all
no--ible patience. And then, if you
convince Die, Moses and you know
you will we will return."
Finding that nothing could restrain
him. I con. ited to bear him company,
in the hope that my guardian care
might prove in some way beneficial.
When we arrived at the famous
watering-place, Fletcher's first visit
was tea friend, who, rather fortunate
ly or rather, unfortunately knew
the lady of whom he was in such Im
patient quest He promised an Intro
duction ; and my companion returned
to bis hotel, and passed the remainder
of the day in dressing. It was the
first time I had ever seen him neat
this love works sad changes in a man's
character and ' e was really a line
At the appointed time his friend ar
rived and they departed together. 1
was reading a very interesting work
on partial insanity and mental hallu
cination, when I was Interrupted by
Fletcher's well-known step. I beard
him, as he ascended the stairs, give
orders to be awakened at six.
"What lathe matter now?" I in
quired, as he entered.
"Why. it's all up ! Would yon be
lieve it? Miss Vincent went to Hast
iugs this very morning. But the train
starts at seven, ion Will go, ol
Here was a quandary. I certainly
was unwilling to leave the victim to
the guidance of his own recklessness.
He might be off in a tangent from
Hastings to New York or Egypt, or
the North Pole. 1 consented to go.
upon condition that we should return
In three days at farthest. This I in
sisted upon, not with the remote-;
hope oflts fulfillment, but merely as
an excuse to my own conscience.
In due time we arrived at Hastings.
We bad scarcely entered our hotel,
when my companion deserted me. In
a tew hours he returned with a most
"thave caught her at last." bo ex
chimed, as he entered. "She is fieri ."
Here he compressed his lips w ith ex
ultation. "She is soon tii give a ball
on her birth-day. I have seen our
friend Smith, and he has promised to
obtain an invitation for each of us."
"Indeed !" said I ; "you are kind.
At whose request, pray, did you solicit
an invitation for me?"
"Oh I supposed you would like to
go. of course. lint don't make a both
er about it ; I will take no denial."
The next .morning, notes of invita
tion Were sent to both of u
1 wonder if the po-r is in?" said I.
"I wondei if there will be a large
assembly ?" was the response.
"What a gloomy day!" continued
1, scratching my name in the vapor
which l had breathed on the window.
"What beautiful writing," observed
my friend. ".lust look at it !"
"Beautiful? I can't read it for the
life ol'.me. What word Is that ?"
"Nonsense! you have got the wrong
paper. 1 mean (he ro-e-eolored. Ho
you suppose a lady writes Invitations
,iy menu uai come icarueu m i
.-l I 1 , 1 . .., 1.. I
the manners and customs ol the ladies
"Yon have improved wonderfully."
said I. "since hist summer. When
your sister sent to you for a pair of
gloves, you purchased for her a pair
large enough for any omnibus-driver
"Well, I will teach you all I have
learned. Shall we commence our
first lesson? You liave endeavored to
invest me with prudence and discre
tion many a time. I will now act the
tutor. Heaven grant me better suc
cess." "I am blieed. certainly. But as
your new science will be of little prac
tical utility, you will excuse me."
"Well, do as yon wil). All I can
hope is, that yoii may. on sonic happy
day. fall in love yourself."
"You eonld hardly have wished me
a more severe punishment. But when
I ih become enamored, it Shall not lie
with a portrait, I think I can say
"And I hope to convince you to
morrow evening that I, too, can love
something beside a portrait.''
The expected evening arrived. Ac
companied by our friend, we departed
for the residence of our fair hostess.
The street, was crowded with carriages,
and we did not reach I he door w thout
some difficulty. The moms were bril
liant with the splendor of art, and
dazzling with the loveliness of nature.
Nothing was wanting in luxury or in
elegance. Fletcher hastened on. until
he reached, the room where our hostess
was standing. A small circle was in
the middle, and several of the guests
advanced to it. Altera few minutes
they retired. The lady of the house
was manifestly tlmre.
"Where is' she?" asked Fletcher
-That lady in the very center of the
circle." answered our friend; "she
with the cap."
"She dresses plainly, however, con
sidering the occasion. What a little
fairy hand, and how nicely that white
glove is fitted to it! I wish she would
turn this way."
The lady did turn. My wonder
stricken companion danced about as if
he had been stung ny a nest ol hornets,
or bitten by a boa constrictor. The
blood rushed to his face. He muttered
an unintelligible exclamation, and
hastened from the room as speedily as
the dense crowd would permit. He
seized the first hat he encountered, and
in a few minutes was at his hotel.
"Birthday!" said some one it) my
hearing. "How old is she?"
"Fifty seven !"
I did not laugh I did not, shout. I
was rejoiced ; and it was with no com
mon joy. I felt assured that after this
folly, Fletcher would become a sound
old bachelor, a faithful old member ol
our club, and a useful one of society.
When I entered his apartment, he was
busily engaged in packing his trunk.
How chapfallen! I addressed to him
words of consolation. I Mattered my
self that, at that favorable epoch, re
marks o! d ie -solemnity upon matters
of matrimony and celibacy would sink
deeply into Ins heart, and lie produc
tive of beneficial consequences.
"II is very like you," said Fletcher
to his lovely wife, as ihey stood look
ing at her portrait, which had been
transferred from an old bachelor's hall
to an elegant parlor; "and how much
I am indebted to it! Believe me, El
len, shall always patronize the fine
"And birthday balls, too?" asked
his wife with an arch smile.
"No pardon me; I detest them,
and If I ever attend another "
"Von will not mistake my old aunt
The world is full of changes. Poli
ticians are not the only turncoats. I
have, myself, a new set of opinions.
I Lofty Metaphors; In its jubila
tions about the result of recent elec
tions, the New York World t gets of
; this tnnscendandi metaphor, which it
! has evidently been keeping ou hand a
j long time :
j The Democratic party stands, I ike t he
storm-bOhtcn jieak ot Mount Washing
ton, rock-rooted In tin' crust otthe
earth and buttressed with (he eternal
hills, still lifting its hoary summit Into
the sky after clouds have hidden it for
"Hoary summit" and other expres
sions are good ; but the Detroit Post,
whose editor has seen the elaui-bcds of
Pliget Sound, thus responds to the
This burst we have never known to
be excelled but once. That was when
Po'er Merks, generally called "Scah
liosed 1'ete." was tried for stealing
salmon from a pound net, before a
Pliget Sound Court, when the eloquent
counsel for the prisoner remarked:
"The character of inv client, eetitle-
men ot the jury, towers alolt in the
... . c .
awful sublimity of unimpeachable vir
tue, like the cloud-capt summit of
Mount Rainier, defying the storms
which ravage the Inhospitable solitudes
of the resounding Pacific?"
Respect for old age never had a
brighter illustration than in the case of
the young lady who always refuses to
go to the wash-tub when' her mother
or grandmother is present.
The rallying cry in Kansas, upon
which newspapers of divers views are
unanimous Is : "Let no man be elected
to office who owes over five years' sub
scription to a local paper."
Mr. Jennings, editor of the N. Y.
Times, after an interview with Presi
dent Grant and Secretary Fish on the
evening of the 25th, telegraphed the
following editorial, and commenting
cn t lie demaud, he says: We have
not the slightest doubt I hat when the
official papers are published it will be
seen that the Government has asked
for a reparation of this kind with great
decision, and not without due courtesy
and consideration foi the struggling
republic in Spain. If Senor Castelar
asked for reasonable time in order that
the Government might acquaint it.elf
with all the facta in the case, could we
refuse i t i No doubt an intimation
has been made from th other side to
the elfec t that the dispute might hi
referred to an arbitration ; but there
are some things which are not adapted
to this mode of settlement. Among
them is the gross manifest indignity to
one great power by another. It is'not
therefore supposed for ft moment that
our Government will consent to any
proposals for arbitration, at least so
f ir as regards its principal claims for
redress. If Spain asked for time, it.
was impossible to refuse; but, of
course, to a reasonable time it must be
fixed. It would never do to allow a
controversy of this nature to be pro
tracts i over an indefinite period.
Such limit we have no doubt was act
ually tixed. If we are not mistaken
it expires on the 21th hist, and then if
the authorities of Madrid cannot de
cide on doing justice to our Govern
ment, the In ited States Minister there
will close his legation. This, of course,
would not shut the door upon all nego
tiation, hut unquestionablylt would be
a startling event. The Vtrginiux
should have been condemned, it
condemned at all, only before a legal
tribunal. Spain has clearly violated
the treaty of 17!)", and breach of faith
could not be allowed to pass unchal
lenged. It seems very probable that
the independence of Cuba will be the
result of the difficulty, all hough we
still hope it will be accomplished wil h
out war between the United States and
The Spanish Cabinet as reconstruct
ed is composed as follows: Minister
of (lie Interior, Duke do Broglie ; of
Foreign Affairs, Duke do Cases; of
Finance, Pierre Magne; ot .lustier,
Eriioul ; of War, Sen, Dubanil ; of
Marine. Admiral de Harney; of Public
Instruction and Worship, Balbie; of
Public Works, Descilllgny, and of
Agriculture and Commerce, BouIIerte.
iJiike do Cases is a new mcmlierof the
Cabinet. M. Beule, who was Minister
of I io Interior, has retired, and Duke
de liroglle takes hfs place, relinquish
ing the Foreign Ministry to Duke de
Cases. Tlfcsc are the only changes
made in the Cabinet as it existed be
fore the last resignation of Ministers.
Washington telegrams of the 25th
say that two thousand five hundred
men were paid at the navy yard on
that day, most of whom have been
employed since the news of the Vir-
; inim outrage. The Spanish iron clad,,
Ampues has not yet lelt the yard, our
was painted to-day, and the last work
upon her In the dry dock will be done
lo-morro'w. Tlie work in the yard
was going on as usual this afternoon.
So far as the Philadelphia navy yard
is concerned, no orders have lieen re
ceived for suspension of the work. On
the contrary work is not only being
pushed toconipletlou, hut fresh orders
have been received. Admiral Porter
made a tour of Inspection among the
vessels of the yard on the 25th. A dis
patch was received ordering the dis
patch boat Pintit to proceed immediate
ly to sea.
A Washington special says the Gov
ernment at Madrid declares that it Is
w illing and resolved to restore the
1 njiidus and yield to other claims of
the United States, its only request
now being that the fact shall be first
established that the I'irginim was en
titled to the protection of the Ameri
The anniversary ol tho massacre of
Medical students of the Medical l ui
versity, Havana, which took place
some throe years ago. was to be suita
bly observed 111 the i. inch of Santiago
de nba in New York ou the. 27th.
The massacre of the persons seized on
hoard the Virgtnitu will also be com
memorated. In the trial of Marshal Bazalne on the
25th, General Boyer testified that Bis
marck told him that he was willing to
grant an armlsloe if the army at Met,
would declare in faVor of Napoleon.
From Boston on the 25th, It was stated
that the U. S. Cartridge Company will
commence this week to run their works
day and night. They have pressing
orders for several million cartridges
from the War and Navy Departments.
Eugene City Grange was organized
on Tuesday, with Jesse Cox, Master,
and St. John Skinner, Secretary.
San Francisco, Cal., Nov. 22. The
steamer Montana arrived this morning
from Panama. Private letters from
Guaymas state that all is quiet at So
nera'. Posqnera is stronger than ever.
One hundred iroii workmen on the
steamer Costa Iiica struck lor higher
wages. Superintendent Waddell
threatened to plank Iter up and take
her out of die dry dock and send to
New York for men. This closed the
strike and the men went to work
Two thousand Springfield brcecb
loading muskets Were shipped from
Benieia arsenal last night to go by the
overland train to the New York arse
nal. It is supposed this shipment lias
somelhing to do with the complications
The body of Lieut. P. P. Ilognn, of
the Frst Cavalry, arrived here to-night
via Vallejo. lie was taking a detach
ment of troops to a print in Nevada,
when he wa suddenly taken ill and
died after a sickness of a few hours.
Washington, Nov. 21. The su
perintendent of tlie mounted recruit
ing service has been ordered to send
all disposable colored cavalry recruits
to Fort Brown, Texas, to the Ninth
New York, Nov. 21. -About 4,000
Germans held a meeting in Germanla
Hall to-night, to express sympathy
with the Cubans. S. S. Cox read a
scries of resolutions which he intends
to lay before Congress. Animated
speeches were made by prominent Ger
mans. New Orleans, Nov. 21. A large
and enthusiastic meeting was held
here tc-iilsht for the discussion of
Charleston, Nov. 21. News
from Madrid causes great excitement,
and much anxiety is felt about tho
condition of Forts" Sumter and Moul
trie. We learn from the Olympia Cowvr
that Gen. Sprague was indicted by the
Grand .fury for granting permits to
cut timber on odd sections ot Govern
Superintendent w. H. Watklnds re
ceived a telegram from San .lose, Cal.,
that Shiilt.. alias George Bargeman,
had been arretted and aw aited a requi
sition. Mr. Wntkindi starts to-day
overland after him.
Ljeut.-Col. Houghton, of Victorio,
has received instructions to organize
the millitia of the Province at once.
Five companies of riflemen will bo
raised as follows: At Victoria, two
companies of 50 men each; at New
Westminster, one company of 40 men;
at Burrard Inlet, one company of 40
men; at Nanaiino, one company of 40
men. The uniforms, arms and aceou
remeuts for the outfits are already in
Humors of a change of Administra
tion in Spain.
No more annuities to he issued to
the Comanches until the surrender of
The diplomatic relations of our
Government and Spain are likely to
require mouths in their adjustment.
The Polaris reached the highest
point ever attained in the arctic re
gions by a ship, and within thirty
miles of the highest latitude ever
reached by civilized man. The Sut'ir
i)mj Review thinks the results of the
expedition are. oil the whole, encour
aging, and that in a short time trips
to the pole will probably be as famil
iar and profitable as tours round the
world now arc.
Col. Win. Farrar. fonHkriy V. 8.
Attorney at Portland, died TWjA'ash
ington, on the 21th. ?.'
Ponton county citizens are goiiW to
test the legality of acts of the sTaie
Board of Equalization. Taxes greater
than thev can stand.
A LovE-I.i TTKit. Here is a speci
men of Jamaica negro literature, in
the shape of a love-letter from a col
ored school-master to his sweetheart :
"Dear Fliza: I take the liberty to in
lorili you this few lines hoping you
may not p Bond as often Is. I had of
ten seen you in my hearts. Their arc
myriads bt loveliness in my hearts to
ward you. My loving intentions were
really unto another female, but now
the love between I and she are very
out now entirely. And now his tho
excepted time I find to explain to my
lovely appearance" (presumably ap
parent love in your hearts or mind
towards ine it is hard for 1 to know,
but his I take this liberty to inform
yon this kind, loving and affectionate
letter. . . . Your affectionate lover
aflraied. P. S. Dear Eliza, wether
if you are willing .or not. Please to
send me an ansure back. Do my
Legal tenders in San Francisco 91.