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   Tioga Eagle (Newspaper) - August 22, 1849, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania                               f r 3V Jfamili) Newspaper, Itootefr to News, politico-, 3Uts, 0rientt> literature, JflobjitA, Amusement. L PUBLISHED WEEKLY, BY_J._P. IN WELLSEQROUGH, JIOGA COUNTY, 1.] WEDNESDAY MORNING; DOLLARS- A YEAR. 576. from the Literary Gazette. THE CONQUEST OF FAME. BY In a miserable hovel, far removed from the scenes of the busy street-where Time bhowed its livid imprint upon the shattered winch tho light found entrance through two small windows; and even these lacked several panes of glass, whose places were occupied by tattered garments, telling but too plainly to the passers-by that it the abode of poverty, with all its concomitant evils. This is the home of CHARLES The turn.'ture of the apartment was in keeping with the external aspect of the place; a. stove in one corner, a couch m another, a few chairs and a table, in a dilapidated condition, were the principal articles; in addition to which might he seen a small collection of old books, a writing apparatus It ia not my purpose to picture to ihe imagi- nation of the reader a sketch-that is merely the ollipnnj of my own fancy, but to portray a event that actually occurred. It tnii-i'TCd m the year nnd, ho doubt, Iresh in' the recollection of many in the v.c.mly where it who, if occa- tion required, would bear testimony to the particulars associated with the singular circurn- tlincc.uhich I am about to relate. I'mtthia is only pint of my story, which, perhaps little or no merit; and rrty oi.ly m noting it.'is'fo inform my readlr of the remarkable fate of Charles Melville. It H said one even; mg, after tracking 1m brain he a of some abihly, ami earned a scan- ty subsidence by penn'iig short poems for the benefit of others; "it utterly continued struggle against poverty. Il wears my cannot thus torture-rny mind for hire. Oh, that godlike genius oftlie poor should conn) to f, rt son oCconjj, should, for a mpre pittance, demean myself by writing stuff like 11 replied creature by his side '.vile; "alas, that love for me should have brought this upon you." I would rather die with thee, beloved, than live >vith any other upon earth." I belipvc Charles; but still it must cicr be a source of bitter grief to me, to Know tint I have robbed you of a parent's ami a tear coursing down her check, told how truthfully she hail spoken. thco, dearest, cheer, replied I'lC husband, as he pressed her to his throbbin heart, and kissed the pearly drops I Irust will boon banish want from our hearth." Rising as he spoke, he drew Alary toward the broken nmdow; and the moonlight revealed tin; that care had stamped'upon the countenance. His eye was sunken', cin.fl; yloucd with U hectic flush, i are ill, taiil the wife, ten- "Uct.ro lo invigorate you." is but Oiat produces the scm- ot tlncvo, mjl Believe me, I bliall toon be Men to In my cirh.vjt youth, nil- thoughts would ever and airon, turn tomnl the Stage. An Actor's Fame conlimip-1 bclurc my mind, and appeared worth a hfc-tmie of toil oRen have I proini-.nl mvbclf that, should fortune withdraw iier fniilo ami fioun upon me, I would became in 1 u as confident of success. Think net lint tpeak in knows I do not. Ihc time hag come when I am compelled to employ the talents with which! am dndowcd. My Creator would nol have conferred them but to bo it is right to use he con- tinued, as he saw a shade pass upon the counte- nance of h'w wife, as he spake. "it 13 not that I think it wrong, my dear she observed but is your strength miTcicnt for the Suilicienl for any undertaking that will re- 1'cie jou from responded the husband. not the language that prudence would said the wife. They lurncd from the window and as they passed the ublo on which Charles had been "ntiiij-, he jntiseJ n moment, as if into fragments, more will I write poetry; a fl'glicr destiny awaits me and the fire of ge- nius darlcd Irom his eye, and a smile played j-pon his r.oblo features. His step grew determination was fixed. Even the watch- lulilafy was deceived by his apparent strenglh, and hopefully lucked to the future. At the tune which I wiiile, a company of amateur Thespians were performing but muit not nnmo the place. Charles offered to this party, and was I of the drama was rapidly declining, lie manager knew lhat a name, once associated aristocracy, could not Tail to secure a house, and replenish the- treasury for one at least. They' therefore, closed an en- P-gcment with diaries for six nights. His part 3 of the most difficult character to imper- m tho productions of the immortal bard T-A'ng Lear. Of BUCCOSS ho was "PiriU svere clovatcd to the highest point; EWSPAPERl i In- ,icriy. Martc" tcaring it and when the night on which he was to make his debut came, it found him almost wild with excitement. Intelligence having been circulated through the town, all classes flocked to the theatre; soon the house was filled to its utmost capacity, with the fashion and beauty of the place. But while all was cheering outside the cur-" tain, an accident, occurred behind that'came well-nigh dispelling the golden dreams of the manager. Mr. Merville had swooned, and all was confusion. Mary; who had accompanied him even behind the scenes, was bathing his temples with restoratives and the manager, the while, was walking hastily up and down tho small dressing-room. The call-boy announced that the hour for the commencement of tho per- formance had passed, and the audience began to manifest impatience at the delay. Charles opened his and in a moment was upon his feet. He apologized to tho for the de- lay he had occasioned, and expressed himself ready to go on. Indeed, you must not, said the trembling wife; "you are not kill I am quite will now, beloved, quite well." The music ceases, the wife relinquishes her a sigh, and he is again led forward. The first scene is Charles stands before that brilliant assemblage, some minutes elapsed Ore he was able tospeal, in consequence of Ihe vehement applause that greeted lie raised his eyes, which instantly met the gaze of his parents and his much-loved sister, and he eaw tears start in their eyes as they recognized him. He withdrew liis emotions that rose in bosom fuibadc him longer to look upon them. From scene to scene he passed triumphantly, seeming almost inspired. There was no acting was reality! The audience felt that they were listening lo old Lear was the wild energy he displayed in his part, espe- cially in the utterance of the lines, Vengeance Plague Deat'i Confusion Fiery! Whatquality Who.GIoster, Gloster speak which occasioned the most enthusiastic applause, but of which he appeared entirely unconscious. He seemed not to hear he halted not a moment in Ihc progress of the play, and the wild hilarity with which he spoke seemed no fictitious madness. The last scene has come. The last words are falling in mournful cadence from the lips of the expiring king. The audience sit as if spell- bodnd all is hushed, and nothing is heard save Ihe broken accents oftlie actor whose face has become pallid, as with llie hue of death. Look struggles upon llie floor of ihe stage. The struggle fixes his sobs. Look on tlfis there, look llicro he murmured in a voice, scarcely audible, and fell back heavily, as if his spirit had taken its final adieu of earth. Aa'the curtain tell, amid the rapturous applause of the auditory, those nearest the stage heard the triumphant actor exclaim: Poor shall comfort her! They hurried behind the scene to offer their congratulations to the successful debutjanlc but Merville wasdoad! J I We will nol inlrude upon the grief Lf llie itncken, wife. But a short time elapsed sli found repose from her. sorrows in the sleep of and her form was 1 J Low in tlio church yardilaid beside that of him she fondly and the tall grass waves over their graves and the zephyrs sigh a mournful requiem thrdugh Ihe branches of ihe willows lhat o'ershadow their resting-place. No towering' monument points the traveller to the spots where Ihey-sleep; bul a rude, unprclendin'g lablet, on which is inscribed Ihe names of CHARLES AND MARX marks the spot. Each succeeding spring, a pile, sweet maiden visits Iho graves, and plants around them the sweetest flowers, watering them the while with her tears. The sexton of the church assures me that the fair girl is the sister of him who sleeps there; and thitshe, if her looks belie her not, will soon join the spirit of her departed brother.! Her said the old sexton, always Accompanies her in these visits; but never, to my has he looked upon those graves studiously avoids that side of the burying ground. He sheds no tears; but his heavy sighs tell but too plainly that they emanate from a heart that is breaking with griefl Food for the continued the sexton, with the business- like air that usually marks the conversation of persons engaged in a similar for the grave a thing, when a fa- ther refuses to look upon the grave of his A pound of iron in a criiile state, is perhaps worth a cent. It is converted, we will suppose, into steel, and then into wijtch springs. Now, according to a calculation made work upon this subject, there are seven thousand grains in a pound weight, and every watch spring weighs a tenth of a grain. Seventy thousand watch springs, worth say two dollars each, yield one miidrcd and forty thousand dollars, for Ihe xmnd of iron, or rather for the labor expended upon The steam engines at work in London, are equal to thj united force of orje million nine hun- dred thousand men, and are managed by thirty- live thousand men. the N. Y. Spirit of tie Times. CAPTAIN SUGGS. now HE ESCAPED FROM AN ALABAMA SHERIFF. It was a bland September morn in a year that need not be specified, that the Captain, standing in the west door of the court house of j SheiiffEllis merging there- from, a bundle of papers in hand, and looking rxs if he desired some sort of a capias. The Cap- tain instantly bethought him that there was a'h indictment pending against himself for gaining, began to collect his energies for an emergency. The sheriff hailed him at the same moment, and requested him to hold on. Stop, thar in your tracks, as the bullet said to the Suggs responded: them docyments look vencrmous." No said the sooner or later you must be taken; dbg-1'ace Billy Towns is here, and he'll go your security." "Keepoffjl tell you, Ellis; I ain't safe to- old woman's this mornin' and it fretted me. If you've got any- thing agin me keep it till be waive all formalities you D----d if I waive, replied the Sheriff, advancing; I'll put you where I can fi'nd you when wanted." Suggs drew an old revolving pistol, where- upon Ihe paused. The shouted the Captain, pf the High Sheriff of Tallapoosy county be upon his own head. Ifhe crowds on me, I give fair wafnin' I'll discharge this rcvoloin' pistol seven several and distinct times, as high into the curl of his forehead as the nature of case will admit." For a moment tho Sheriff was inlimidaled, but recollecting that the Captain hid a religious dread of carrying loaded fire arms about his per- son, although he often sported them uncharged for effect, he briskly resumed his stride, and the Captain, hurling the revolver at his head, at once fell into a killing pace" towards the rack where stood his pony, Button." The Sheriff's horse, by chance, was tied at the same rack, but a wag of a fellow catching Suggs' idea, unhitched the pony, threw the bridle over its neck, and held it ready to ho mounted; so that the Captain was in-his saddle, and his nag at half speed, ere the Sheriff put his foot in the stirrup. The chase was a long and hot one. nnd the Sheriff gradually gained on Suggs unlil Iheir arrival at the crossing of Ihe Eagle Crock, where Ihe lalter suddenly turned his poncy's head down the stream, and before the Sheriff had arrived at the brink, he was out of sight in the bushes. nis tiors'e into llie swamp to ft-y and head off Ihe victorious Suggs; bul Ihe mini was so soft, that after floundering about for a lilllc while, he gave up the chase in despair and turned his horse's head homeward. Meanwhile Capt. Suggs kept on his course down the creek, talking to himself. Wonder .how far 'tis down to Iho bend! This creek makes inlo Ihe river about a mile below it, Ihey say. I judge if my old woman knew whar I was goin', and who I was goiti' to see, she'd make the yearth shake. But she don't I know; its a principle lhat's 'noculated into the bosom of all sensible run on and talk a heap afore their wives, to make 'cm believe they're turnin' wrong side out afore 'em, and yet never tell 'em the fust -word of truth. It's a wise thing in Providence, 109." Wonder if I'll ketch that rascal Jim Sparks jew- larkin' round Betsey down at old Bob's 1" On the morning alter llie occurrence adventures above related. Captain Suggs sat' in a long trim built Indian canoe, which was moored to the north bank of the Tallapoosa river. Near him was Miss She sat facing the Captain, on a board laid acioss the gunwales of the boat. Miss Betsy was a bounc- ing girl, plump, firm and saucy, with a mischie- vous rolling eye, and a sharp word fdrevcr at her tongue's end. She seemed to be coquetting with tjie paddle she held in her hand, and occa- sionally .would strike it on the water, so as to bcsprinjkle Captain much to his annoy- ance. Oh, Captin, you do persuade me to promise you so hard. And Jim Sparks says you're mar- ried and if you ain't you mougltt 'a been, twen- ty years ago; you're old enough. (Splash.) it, mind how you throw your water! Jim Sparks is a triilu' I have got a wife Betsy she is goin' fast." Goin' whar.'" asked Betsy, striking the Sjgain. Confound your paddle! can't you keep it still? She is goin'to her last home, fiheVdwindlcd down to a shadder, with that end one thing and another. Shpftnin't long foAthis, he "and if you wnll only make up your, devil take that paddle turn over the boat and throw me in the river up your mind to step into her shoes, it looks like it wuld sort 'o reconcile me to lose her; and here a tear leaked out of each corner of Ihc Caplain's eyes. Oh, Betsy, half shutting one eye, arid looking quizzical; thar's so many good lookin' ypung fellers aboul, I hate to give 'cm up. I like you, Captin, but thar's Bill Ed- wards, and Jet Willis, and Jim Sparks, Good lookin'! and Jet Willis and Jim Sparks! Why Jet's mouth is no better than a jole made in the fore pjtrt ol his head with a as for Jim Sparks he has the face of a tarrier dog." Do you count lookiii' asked Betsy with great naivete. replied Suggs with did you ever see me in rny iiniloim with my silver oppolots oh my shoulders? and my red sash around my waist? and the sword that .Governor Baghy give me, with the gold scabbard a hangin'------" Just at this moment a step was heard; and before the Captain and Belsy had recovered from Ihe shock of Ihe intrusion, Sheriff Ellis slepppd in Ihe boat, and asserted thai Suggs was his prisoner! Treed at said Ihe Caplain but its no use frettin'; the ways of Providence is mys- lerious. But whar did you cross, "Oh, I know you'd be about the old licit, log fishin' with Belsy. I'll turn the kunnoe, loose, and Belts will take us across. I crossed at Flam'- brick's ferry, lelt my horse on t'other side, and come down on you like a mink on a Come, come! it's time we wercolTto Dadeville." Providence is agin sighed tho Caplain. I'm pulled iip with a short jork, in Ihe middle of my kurrecr. Well, he continued, mus- a feller tries it on his own no harm in takin' all ain't in jail yet _ i, A few yards below the boat landing, llrdfe grew out of Iho bank, an immense waler-oak, projecling over the river, at an angle of for'ty- five degrees. A huge nrascadine vine enwrap- ped Ihe oak in every part, ils branches anJ len- drills covering it like net work. The grapes were now ripe, and hung over the river l( In bacchanal Purplo anilgiuili'jng." J Betsy allowed canoe to drop down elowly, just outside of where Ihc lips of Ihe lower'bran- ches of Ihe Irce dallied with the rippling water. Thc'fruitattracted the Sheriff's" eye and appetite, and reaching out an arm laid hold of a branch and pluck and cat." the said angrily; let's go on." Keep said the Sheriff, I'll fill my inji liurry, then, and if you wiH gather the darned things, reach up and pull down them big launches, up to 6omes fine dusters higher up than the Sheriff could reach, as he .stood up in the pull down the vines to yon." i u The Sheriff tried, but Ihe vines resisled his utmost strength so, crying steady" he pulled ui maul rap duai ur tnu n-nd lish a fooling among the foilage. At lilts monipiir Cnplain Hugga made no ro- maik orally bul his eye said lo Betsy, as plajnly as eye could lalk, lul her a lick ba.ck my gal." Silently tho paddle went into the water, Belsy leaning back wills, lips compressed, and in a second llie canoe shot ten feet out from tlie tree, and tho Sheriff was left dangling am.oiig the vines. Stop your blasted roared tho officer. Keep cool, old lhar'sj just Ihc smallest grain of a Joke in this here, that you ever sec'd. It's the coldest sort of almost." What shall I'do! How shall I get out of aslced Ellis pitcously. Let all go, drop.m the water and swim ou0' was the reply. L can't swin a deep ia it." Suggs seemed to ruminate and then at least foet: Ugly place." Great said poor Ellis, you certainly won't leave me to strenglh is failing already." If I don't" said the Captain, most emphati- I wish I maybe landed in a thousand feet of and saying a word to Betsy, shot rapidly across the ri'vcr. Kissing his companion as he stepped out of the boat, Suggs sought Button, wharwas tied in a thicket near by, and pursued his homeward way. i Never he said lo himself as lie 'jogged along, despair. Honesty, a bright watch out, a hand in your fingers and pne Jn tour lap, with a litlle grain of help from Pro- Viiiojhco, will always fetch a man despair! I've been hunted, and tracked, and dogged, like a cussed wolf, but Providence is jpurvided, and my wost incmy has luck it tree. Git up Button, you blasted, humly, Hop-eared lujun." p From IliQ Aug. II. THE TM O SCHOOLMASTERS. An unexpected meeting took place last even- ing, between Marcus B. Conner and Samuel F. gentlemen of scholastic pursuits, who were school fellows together twenty years ago. They found, on mutual inquiry, that both were now engaged in Iho same vocation, the delightful lask of instructing youth, though thejr situations, in some respects were essentially dif- having a good fat office as teacher in on.c of the public and John- sorj being half-starved incumbent of a'pro- in-one of those rough-lookingLacade- mies in New Jersey, wtyich are disrespectfully favern, side by side, each narrated his ajflven- since their previous had' a generous supply of good liquors, and 'found their hearts warming towards each other with an intensity of friendship not common in this FACTS. The population of the earth is estimated at practical a'nd selfish age. At last, the hotel-, one thousand millions. Thirty millions die an- keeper, wishing to shut up, reminded them that' nnally, eighty-two thousand daily, three thou- it was time to separate. They clasped hands four hundred and twenty-one every hour, to bid adeiu, and poured forth protestations of and My-seveu minute, unalterable regard. "1 must leave town'to I A biibhulof wheat, pounds, visit a sister tq said what, containsrlive hundred and fifty thousand kernels. token shall I give you, my dear fellow, of my everlasting good-will What token re- plied Johnson, who is deeply versed in the clas- In (jrfcece, it was the custom at meals for the scVes to p The-Iloinans liy on couches, at their dinner sics; what did the ancient heroes do in to-bles-Ou their lufiarms, eating with their right. circulnslances they armor, my boy. Now, if our coats aije not -of -Noah's Ark live htimlrpil "and forty-six English loot long, n.iii-ly-linir broad and fifty- mail, they will do for a sn op, jind if Me never i four high. meet again upon earth, tt'eihall have something i The walls of Nmcvah were one hundred feet to remember each other by as long as we live." high, and thick enough for three- chariots to "Agreed to cried Conner, nature drive abreast. was softened by the double influence of friend- Babylon was sixty miles the- walls, ship and liquor, and without mqre ado an which wore sevcnh-srx feet thu-k and three terchange of garmenls wus made on tho hundred iVet This morning, awakening-, Conner fonrullthat I Vinegar boiled with mj rrh, or camphor sprink- the balance of the trade was against lulfi the led. in a "room, corroi-ts putridity. enthusiasm of friendship ami the lutnes oftlie liquor having passed he discovered that he bran Hops entwine to the and beans lo (he right. had got in exchange for his bran Gold may beaten into leaves sp thin that broadcloth sack, and-old niolh-eaten, patched, two hiridri-d alid eighty thoujind would be only and Ihread bare cdal, which would scarcely, an inch thick. hang logelher., Whal made Ihe still. The earth is thousand six hundred and worsp, his wallet, containing twenty-five dol- sixteen miles in 
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