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Image 5 of Young's spirit of the South and Central American, March 12, 1859

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ffmmgg spirit 0f IWritten for Young's Spirit of the South. t THE SCHOOLMASTER ABROAD. r SOMBER I. Pete Sanders thinks he is qualified for the responsible station of Schoolmaster, and takes a school How it began and how it ended A friend advises him to extend his usefulness to the little village of Louisville, Illinois lie goes and sees the folks A sniping adventure. TO 13 AVE DAWSON. Mebby you were surprised when I left the Bend Dear Dave so suddenly, and it mout be that I'd better kinder explain matters to you and the rest on 'em. You know the school I got up ? well I couldn't make it go not for want of qualification, or anything of that sort, for Squire Harris sez he thinks I'm well qualified but because I couldn't manage the young 'uns. They're hard cases, them young I'apaw Benders; and what made 'em wuss, you see, ,they'd allcrs know'd me, and they lookt on me as an equal If I'd a been a stranger I could a managed 'em like a knife. For an illustration of how they treated mo : When I went to the school house in the mornin you see I'd only kept : one day I put little Bill Brown to his A B Cs and told him he had to lam em in double quick time. He went off and set down. In about half an hour I called him up; and, would you believe it, he didn't hnow a single one of 'em. Sez I to him, "You infernal young rascal, you, if you come up here agin 'thout a knowing every one of 'em, I'll lick you like fog." " " sez be to me, kinder scornful, and a pokin bis finger D'ye reckon I play thunder, Pete Sanders atords me, care for you, old l'ete Sanders?" Kervim I foteh him on the side of his head, and out came a Y-e-- ! "y-o-u'- d . sqall. Then his big .brother, Tom Brown, hawled off bis coat and swore he'd lam me till I wouldn't know my granny. Then all the rest of the boys they stood up and hurraw'd for Tom; and eeein as how I stood no chance among them I jist loaped outen the hole over the writin board and made tracks atoards old Sad's The boys didn't follow me, so when I got about woods pasture. of a mile from the school house I mounted a stump a quarter and dismissed the school, and that's the last I ever hearn of it Rather a bad beginnin that; but, as aunt Sally Scroggins sez, a bad beginnin allers has a good endin. That evenin I met Bill Hatch, the pump peddlar, you know, and told him all about my bad luck. He sed he tvas mortal sorry I to hear on it, still he thought I had talents and larnin enough to make a good schoolmaster ; and then he let in to advisen me to go to 6ome strange place and try my hand. I told him I didn't know nary place to go; and then he said Louisville, in Illinois, would suit me to a hair, as they had no school, and that, if I'd go there, he'd give me a letter of introduction to Doctor Green. That pleased my fancy, c- next mornin 1 put all my money in my pocket, took leave of dad and mam and Betty Seranton Squire Scranton' s' Betty; and then I footed it to Washington, where I mout take the kars for Louisville. I tell you what, Dave, this ridin on the kars is some, and kinder gets a feller what ain't exactly ust to it. I know 1 felt mortal squimish, cause, you see, it was my first trip. But contrary to my expectations, and right agin what mam said for she vowed I'd be killed if I went on 'em we got clean to Flora, safe and sound 'thout an accident. I got off at Flora and walked acrost to Louisville seven miles and here I am. 1 don't know precisely how to take the prospects for a school. I think sometimes they're tolerable good, and then agin 1 think they ain't. I can't exacty understand these Illinois folks. They call me "The Iloosier," cause I'm from Indiana, and seem to let on like they thiak I'm a little green, which you know ain't so, Dave. I'm up to snuff, as the editor of the "White River Valley Weekly Times" sez. It mout be that I take 'em that way accause they're strange and have strange ways, and that they don't mean nothin ; still I can't exactly like a little affair what took place last night. Let me tell you about it, and then see what you think. They's a feller here named Bill F'enner, and him and mo, we've got purty thick; that is, we war till last night. Well, last night Bill came up to me, and sez he : ' Oh Iloosier " Sez I, "What?" Sez he, " Dili you ever go a snipin ?" - " ! Sez I "No what is it?" " I'll tell you," sez he. " We take a bag or two jest arter dark and goes over in the Little Wabash Bottom here, whar the snipes are mortal thick. Well, when we gets over there some on us sets down and holds open the bags, and smokes a big cigar, made on purpose, while the rest on us goes out and stirs up the snipes. Well, as I was sayin, they're mortal thick, and we soon get 'em stirred up in a dreadful flutter. They soon get kinder confused, some way, and as soon as that takes place they see the fire on the feller's cigar and makes for it until they runs kerflumix right t he's a boldin open. Why, we catch a bag full into the in a little or no time." " Possible " sez I, " why I never hearn tell o' the like afore. It must be rich fun;" and I gin my hand a graceful swing, cause, you see, I wanted to act out the schoolmaster. " Fun " sez he, " well, now you're a talkin They's nothin on a feller can't top of yearth what can hold it a candle. help a laughin till he makes bis sides sore for a week." ." Well, now, that must be rich," sez I. " Rich I reckon it tis," sez he; " and we're a goin out to catch bag-'wha- ! y (k Jwutft mii Central How would you like to go along with us and a bag full see the fun ?" "Jam up," sez I, cause, you see, I was in for ennything, for I wanted to make myself popular, which, I know'd wouldn't make nothin agin my gettin a school. The big cigar was made, and jest arter All was arranged. dusk we some six or eight in number took a bag and started. We went away down the river to the bridgj, and when we got over in the Bottom we went away up to the snipe range. When we got to the right place the boys sed, seem in as how I didn't know the ground as well as they did, mebby I had better hold the bag and let them drive. Of course I had no objections; so they fired the big cigar and I took the bag and set down, a holdin it open and a smokin. The boys, they scattered off arter the snipes, and were soon clean out of sight and hearin. For about an hour I sot a puffin at the big cigar, and a holdin open the bag, and yit nary snipe had come, nor could I hear a stine of the boys. I began to think the matter over several ways, and sez I to myself, "Pete, this seems mortal queer! It shorely ain't a good night for sniping. But where's the b jys ? Oh, seein as how it ain't a good night for snipes, I reckon they're had to go a good ways to find enny." Jest then I thought I hearn some-thi- n rustlin in the leaves, and I silenced down, cause I spected a snipe was comin. I waited, but nothin could I see of it. I smoked still harder same result Presently thinks sez I to myself, " Pete, mebby it's come and got in the bag, and you didn't see it;" so I got up and shook the bag; but nary snipe. I sot down and held the bag open another hour; and then not hearin anything of either the boys or the snipes, I begun to feel kinder oneary. The thought struck me, it mout be possible they'd got lost, and I fixed my mouth to holler; then I thought I'd better not, cause it mout get out a report that I was scart; and that mout go agin me in gettin a school. I toughed it out anoter hour, with the same success; and then 1 begun to get mortal oneasy and restless. To this I added an other half hour, and then my cigar was used up. It was a gittin late in the night, and I know'd they must be somethin wrong. I They were all out'n hollered at a venture, but no one answered. hearin. at Here was a fix to be in. Way up in a strange the dead of night, all alone, 'thout knowin exactly the way out. All the rest of the boys lost or drowned, or somethin of the kind. What was to be did ? I know'd it was no use a stayin there enny longer, so arter hollerin a few times more as loud as I could, and not hearin any response, I started back, as near as possible, the way we had come. As I blundered along through the brush I got up a chat with e sez I, " Won't there be a dreadful stir myself, jist for in Louisville when I get in with the news that all them boys are I guess they'll be more excitement than ever lost in the bottom was at that place afore. It's a dreadful thing! I jist tell you, Pete Sanders, it's orful! and it mout be that you'd get in the same fix afore you get aut o' this. What if your mam and Betty Seranton could see you here a pumbling about over logs aud wouldn't they be in a dreadful figity fix? I can't I cum into a slough of water jist bear the idea then, up to my arms. Of course my conversation was nipped in the bud, and as the water was most mortal cold, you ort to a hearn mo give vent to my fcelins. 1 know'd it was too late to back out, so I jist waded through and then blundered on. Away bout midnight I got to town wet and tired. I hurried up to the tavern to spread the alarm about the boys what went out with me. When I got there what do you think I seed ? Why there sot all the infernal cusses, leaned back on their dignities, a smokin cigars and a sniggerin about somethin. As soon as they cotch a glimpse of me, all wet, with the bag over my shoulder, the jist roared out in a regular ha haw. Now, Dave Dawson, you know my temper; and so you can draw a purty good idea how mad I was; cause, you see, the truth flasht on me at once that they'd been playin a trick on me. I couldn't hardly stand it Down went the bag, and off came my coat, and then up began to go my sleeves, preparatory to lickin a lot of 'em then I thought about my school, and know'd it wouldn't do. I held in the best I could and walked off 'thout sayin a word. You shall hear from me agin soon, but whether I'll be here or Give my love to all the folks in not depends on circumstances. the Bend ; but don't tell enny on 'em about this scrape especially don't tell Betty Seranton., Pete Sanders, S. II. I remain yours, From Papatc Bend. river-botto- pas-tim- of" By referance to another column you will find Thank you. Will be pleased to hear from you S. B. of Cincinnati. is right. 449 Written for Young's Spirit of the South. .'OPEN SESAME." The bard has sung, "The man's the gold;" May. be who, passing, knows it? "The rank is but the guena stamp" To all the world that shows it. The gold, though only in the mine The yellow dust when minted King Dollar lords it o'er the world: The value goes imprinted! What! you are poor? My loving friend, You'll have to be translated! You are not one of Adam's boys Your world was ne'er created Ah! you are (heavens!) pardon me! What fancy's my tormentor? They kicked me, begging, from their door Your dollar jingles: "enter." ! figg-Jo- J. J. P. Drummond of Scotland publishes a card in the last hn ''Porter's Spirit" challenging any man in the United States to play against him at Draughts for two hundred and fifty dollari a side. Is there no Yankee to "pick him up?" Naval. Official orders have been received at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to get the United States steamer San Jacinto ready for sea as soon as possible. Wrorkmen have been put upon her and every exertion will be made to have her ready by the 1st of May next. She is booked for the coast of Africa, and will relieve the United r States Cumberland, now of the African sqnadron. The United States steam frigate Wabash was at Genoa on the 21st ult, and would remain there until April, except instructions to the contrary came from the Navy Department Officers and crew all well. We have late news from the Mediterranean squadron. The United States steam frigate Wabash, Commodore Lavellette was at Genoa on the 21st ult, all well, and would remain there until April, unless orders to the contrary came from the Navy Department The sloop Macedonian, Capt Levy, was at Alexandria preparing for sea, and would probably sail in a few days. Both ships' officers and crew were well Gur latest dates from the Paraguay Expedition locate the vessels as follows: Montevidoe, flag ships Sabine, St Lawrence; steamers Fulton, Walter Witch, Harriet Lane; sloop Falmouth; brigs Perry, Brainbridge and Dolphin, storeship Supply, and another name not given. Thus leaves the following at sea, the first three of which had reached Brazilian latitudes: Sloop Preble, steamer Southern Star, Boston (storeship,) and steamers Atlanta, Memphis, Calodonia, Westernport, M. W. Chapin and sloop-of-wa- flag-shi- Meta-com- et The Boston papers contain news from the sloop of war Dale, of Sho is safe, and all well. The other vesthe African Squadron. sels of the squadron were stationed as at last advices. ker-plu- Mr. Samuel McLaughlin, of Jersey City, has a full brother to Lancet, whom, he says, he will match to trot against that can be produced. any other that all biranm. often. AlVepIc. Says he " In Pleasures's ways I'll go it strong, To theatres and parties oft and many, I'll mingle with the gay and festive throng, And with the jolly I'll invest my penny, I'll shout hurra! the noisiest among, And be as pleased, if possible, as any." And thus he practised, but with all his trying He found the Pleasure was unsatisfying. At New York on Thursday afternoon General Wheat, of notoriety, and Colonel Canton of Costa Rica, measured arms outside of Delmonico's to the entertainment of between one and two thousand lookers-on- . The General broke his cane over the Colonel's head, giving a severe cut, but nothing dangerous resulted. IIorrillr Massacre op a Missionary Family. The Rev. Mr. Klifman, a Methodist missionary who had been preaching to the Indians of Oregon since 1838, was murdered with his family not long since, under singular and appalling circumstances. The small-pohaving broken out among the savages, while the missionary's family were not attacked, the former thouglit that this pestilence had been introduced by the whites with the intention of exterminatirg the red race. Acting upon this horrible suspicion, their next step was revenge. A bold chief was selected for the deed, who stole into the chamber of the sleeping family, and buried his tomahawk into the brain of the missionary and that of his wife, and then other Indians rushed in, and helpless children, male and female employees were butchered, the house razed to the ground, fences destroyed, and every vestige of a once happy home destroyed. The facts of the case have been laid before the Senate in a communication from the War Department. x Theatrical. The Campbell Minstrels played here Tuesday and Wednespay nights, to good houses. A Dutch ball the first night and a free lecture the second made the numbers less than than they would otherwise have been. Farnk Leslie Lehr, the most original and ever interesting old darky in the world, and Little Boby are interesting features of the Troupe; although the whole band are considered the best that ever before visited our D. city. Madison, Ind., March 11, 1S09. - DR. G. W. BOWLKlt, VETEKIMAHt SITRGEOX, HAS returned from Europe, and is prepared to treat all sick horsos and'cattle placed under his charge, on the most scientific principles. Parties at a distance, having valuable stock, can obtain his services by sending a telegraphic dispatch, or can consult him by letter, enclosing a fee of two dollars. Address, Db. G. BOWLER, Veteriuany Sougeon, No. 15, Sixth St., 13 between Main and Walnut, Cincinnati, Ohio. J

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