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Bloomington Post (Newspaper) - August 24, 1838, Bloomington, Indiana Blülifllillllliiti^lll' WB «BSE HOTHnr» WBIOK mWT »■ WO* TOL. 3.BLOOIHINOTOIV, FIBAT AtJ«IJST 94, I 898. !VO. »8. edited and published every fridat BY M. L. DEAL. office on main cross street, first door west of mai. hioht's. TERMS. Two dollars in advance, two fifty in six months and three at^fthe end of the vear. No paper will be discontinued until all arrearages are paid up. Advertisements of ten lines or less, will be published three weeks for one dollar, and 25 cants for each additional insertion. All advertisement« must bo marked with the number of insortionR, nr tlioy will be inserted till forbid and charged accordingly. The cash must invariably accompany advertise-nif nts from a distance or they will not receive attention. All letters and communications addressed to the editor must bo free of postage. No variation whatever need be expected from th^se terms. LIST Ol- AGENTS. The following gontlrmcn arc requested and authorized to act as ageiitP: to receive Subscriptions, Joli Work, \dveriiping kc. an<l recfipt for the same. TiuiMas C. J(iiiNsti\, S}u>r.rpr, la. H. li. 'J'liiioor, I\Iili iirovp, Ifi. Samuf.l 1!. i-'iiYTir, I'o'.vlii'Kgrrpii, Ta. jolIN Tahp., Finiloili;;, llliiiilia. Wm. liEuoD, oIi;;ii' i:.^. In. E- G. Wavman, -Ni.iriiiif I iir'.^, la. D. A. Rav. ; r - -s .Npw Albany, In. J. S. lr.\v!\, Lolli^H•i'^|', Ky. lie'ju;.i: M/.y, i'urk- r^lm;-'.'. .Montpcmery Co. la. Wm. S. KoI!..::ts, !•>.;., Na^hviilo, la. Dr. i. i;. ;.L\x\s r.u., )'t, In. T'jmx IlATirRjov, (¡1 ci'iif.'f-'ile, la. Gror G. Dt Nr;, Khi]. IVdlbril, In'liana. CUMBINC Till'- N ATCH VL BRIDGE. Bi/ the oiiJyls-.irririiig7iu!:ir^-: nf that eoiraordinary fra!. run:,! tTIi; K.V CIv''.'i!!f>. Kt".H FOK JUI.V. I liive sciiiK! rta ;oTi to believe that I am the only surviving witness uf tiiai most ndvcntiirous exploit o''cli(nbinn; tli(! Naturtl Bridpo in Virginia, and Ix'iiovinf: tlml ll)c> particulars i)ii;;lit. to be put upon record, I bave selected the Knickerbocker as the f.ietli .'in. 1 h né (inenîiiiics, niul for many years, wiilut 1.1.1 i'c;i';a'f''!liiMia'iiiiis t.) do this, for the loilnnin;; reasons, wlncb 1 t;ivc, lest it might be 8 ipp )seil, bv some «¡»' ¡>¡('¡0 IS iH:! sons, ^thnt I had waited for the doaih <>l ibe other alleged witnesses. Irnmo liately tae aJve lUire bad been accomplished. and while all the circinnstances were fresh in my memory, i re'or led t'e'iu in n sort of journal, k(;;)t to record visiiiirs nani'-s. I)y poor Patrick /feiiry, « man of color. » !i<» ke[)t i!io Bridge. This laconi \v;is refi-rrii' to by I'atiiek whetievura visi-t^m- b came in'i,nisitivti uImuI the circumstances. Some lK:lii.'\e>l r.iv statem ent, and others disbelieved i'; lint bv far the ¡greater ini.i b<;r disbelieved it, as he informed nic. This wns far fron> being pleas-► h:H to one who had never had his veracity doubted bvTore. lîiittlii-! was not all. 1 h ippened to be at the BulIiîc some time after even!, u ben a laii^e coii)|>any of respectable loolvin;T iaiiies and gentlemen iiad just returned I'i(»111 unJer the ill id^e, and were waitmg dinner, like my.^tof, at t'n; house on tbe summit to which 1 have alki lcil The ronversaiion, among this com pany, iiainrai'y tiimed upon the remarkable event, as^i does to ¡ii.s day; ami the book was referred to, ns u>-iia!, for tl'.e particuiars. I imni(;diately gave l'atrlck the [net that I wishe..i lo remain incog, in Older (bat I mii;;ht bf^ar for myself the remarks ii( cin my te>lin;ony. Ii is un old saying, that a listener never hears any pord of bimselt", and so it turned ont on ibis oceusien. The company were unanimous in di-credli ing ii^y testimony, ladies and iill. liiitle did they ima;;ine that the man himself " ns rnsc meed in a corner of iIih same room with lliei'iselves. 1 fortbwi li deiermiiied to volunteer no more testimony alxnii things so ont of the com mon current of events,-/It all «ivents, I determined to hold my peace, until the public mind should settle down in'o th" iruili, as it priicrally does at last. That liiiir siem> to have arrived. The Public, wiibout an e;.( ep!iiin, so far as I know, ha.s yielded its creilenc«; to the united tostiniony of so many witnesses. .Scarcely a (periodical in tim country, or n book of travels, Imt mentions ih" subject. ]{iil there is nnoiber reason lor coming forward at this tin.P. Tradition bas got hold ol' the story ni the wrong end. In th ' very lust mimber of, one ofyimr contributors misrepresents llie niattcr—unintentioimlly, no doubt; and Miss Martinean, in her lie! rosjiect of Western Travel," tindei takes to lietail the whole affair, scarcely ono riicmiisianc»" (if w bich she does correctly. Under ilwso cirriiiuîiiHtKes, I think a discerning Public will appreciate my true motives in coming out over my own signature; indeed, unless I were todoso,it wnidd 1)0 useless to say any thing at nil. I think it was in the summer of IÎ518, that James II. I'ipcr, William Revely, William Wallace, and myself, lieing then students at Washington College, Virginia, determined to make a jaunt to the Natural Bridge, fourteen miles off. Ilaving obtained per-nli!>^ion from (he president, wo proceeded on our way rejoicing. W hen wo &crived at iKe Bridge nearly all of us commenced cUhnbing up tho precipitous side's, in order to immortaline our naoM«, at u^ual. spot where General Washington is said to hare inscribed his name, when a youth. The ledge of rock by which he ascended to this perilous height does not appear from below to be three inches wide, and runs almost at ri^ht angtes to the abutment of the Bridge; of course, its termination is far down the cliff, on that side. Many of the written and traditional accounts state this to be the side ofthe Bridge up which he climed. I believe Miss Martineau so states; but it is altogether a mistake, as any one may see, by casting an eye up the precipice on that side. The story no doubt originated from this preliminary exploit. The ledge of rock on which he was standing appeared so narrow to us below, as to make us believe his position a very perilous one, and we earnestly entreated him to come down. Ho answered us with loud shouts of derision. At this stage of the busi ness, Mr. Penn and servant left us. He would not have done so, I suppose, if he had known what was to follow; but up to this time, not one of us had the slightest suspicion that Mr. Piper intended the daring exploit which he afterward accomplished. He soon after descended from that side, crossed the brook, and commenced climbing on the side by which all visiters ascend the ravine. He first mounted the rocks on this side, as he had done on the other—far down the abutment, but not so far as on the opposite side. The projecting ledge may be distinctly seen by any visitor. It commences four or live feet from the pathway, on the lower side, and winds round, gradually ascending, until it meets the cleft of rock over which the celebrated codar stump hangs. Following this ledge to its termination, it brought him to about thirty or forty feet from the ground, and placcd him between two deep fissures, one on each side of the gigantic column of rook on which the aforementioned cedar stump stands. This column stands out from the Brid<,'e as separate and distinct as if placed there by Nature on purpose for an observatory to the. wonderful arch and ravine which it overlooks. A huge crack or fissure extends from its base lo its summit; indeed, it is cracked on both sides, but much more perceptibly on one side than the other. Both these fissures are thickly overgrown with bushes, and numerous roots project into them from the tree growing on the precipice. It was between these that the before-mentioned ledge conducted him. Here he stopped, pulled off his coat and shoes, and threw them down to me. And this, in my opinion, is a W® had not boon long thus employed, before we wore joined by Robert Penn, of Amherit, then a pupil ofthe Eev.Samuel Houston^s grammar school, •in the immediate neighborhood ofthe Bridge. Mr. ^'iper, the hero of tha occasion, commenced climbing oa the op(Hwite «iduof the creek from the one by which tb« pathway ascends the ravine. He be-4tan down on iha banks ofthe brook; so far, that we did not know whgru hu had gone, and were only apprized of bia whareaboul, by his shouting above • ourhaadi». Whan we looked up, he was standing apparentlv right under the arch, I suppose a hun feet from the bottomland ibal oo the smooth ■ id«, which is generally eoaaidarad inaccessible without a ladder. He was standing far aliova the sufficient refutation ofthe story, so often told, that ho went up to inscribe his name, and ascended so high that he found it more difficult to return than go forward. He could have returned easily from the point where he disencutnbercd himself, but the fact that he did thus prepare so early, and so near the ground, after he had a-cended more than double that height on the other side, are clear proofs that to inscribe his name was not, and to climb the Bridge was, his object. He hud already inscribed his name above Washington himself more than fifty feet. Around the facoofthis huge column, and between the clefts, he now moved, backward and forward, still ascending, as he found convenient foothold. When he had ascended alxiut one hundred and seventy fcet from the earth, and had reached the point where tbe pillar overhangs the ravine, his lieart seemed lo fail. He stopixid, and seemed to us to be balancing midway between heaven and earth. We were in dread suspense,excepting every moment to see him dashed to atoms at our feet. We had already exhausted our powers of entreaty in persuading him to return, but all to no purpose. Now it was perilous even lo speak to him, and very difficult to carry on conversation at all, from the immense height to which he bad ascended, and the noise made by the bubbling ofthe little brook, as it tumbled in tiny cascades over its rocky bed at our feet. At length he seemed to discover that one of the clefts before mentioned retreated backward from the overhanging position of tbe pillar. Into this he sprang at once, and was soon out of sight & out of danger. There is not a word oftruth in all that story a-boutour hauling him up with ropes, and his fainting away so soon as he landed on the summit. Those acquainted with the localities will at once perceive its absurdity, for we were beneath the arch, and it is half a mile round to the top, and for the most part up a rugged mountain, instead of fainting away, Mr. Piper proceeded at once down the hill to meet us, and obtained his hat and shoes We met about halfway, and there he laid down for a few moments, to recover himself from his fa tiegue. We dined at the tavern of Mr. Donihoo, half way between the Bridge and Lexington, and there we related the whole mattet at th} dinner table. Mr Donihoo has since removed to the St. Clair, in Michigan. Mr. Piper wai preparing himself for the ministry, in the Presbyterian church, and thu President of the College was his spiritual preceptor, as well as his teacher in College. Accordingly he called him up next morning to inquire into it, thinking, perhaps, that it was not a very proper exhibitation for a student of theology. The reverend President is still alive, and can corroborate my testimony. I mean the Rev. George A. Bater, D. 1). at present at the hetd ofthe Theologi cal Seminary in Virginia. A* to the other witness es, Mr. Revely afterward became a member of the Legislature of Virgioia, and somewhat distinguished, 1 believe, for a young man; but he unfortunately fell a victim lo |>olson, as I have been infornwd. Mr. Wallace was then from Richmond, but a native ofScotland, whither he returned aoon after. It strikes me that I unco heard of his death, but of this I am not certain. He may be still alive, and able lo substanciate my statement, Mr. Piper himselfafterward married a daughter ofGen. Alexander Smyth, of Wyth«, and wat aoon told that he had become an engineer, an^ was then engaged ia surveying n road between some two of the springs. I have thus briefly and hastily related every thing about the exploit which I have any reason to believe will be interesting to the Public either now or hereafter. WILLIAM A7CARUTHERS. after appointed principal of some at^emy in the West, which he abandoned, however, as be bad done the ministry before. The last I heard of bim was durins the last summer, when I aiw hi« nam* registeredat one of the Virginia springs. I was From the American Presbyterian. THE SACRAMENT NEAR THE MERMITAGE. Agreeably to the notice previous given, the Senior Editor of this pa|)er,together with the Rev. Mr. Smith, administered the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, last Sabbath, ia the church near the Hermitage. This church is" known in our presbyterian records by the name of Ephesus, and was erected many years since oo the domain appertaining to the Hermitage, principally by its venerable proprietor, the Ex-President of the United States. It is beautifully located, and though not spacious, or even finished, yet it IS a delightful summer temple, for the calm and pure worship of Ibe triune God. Such, at least, it seemed to us, during the services of tht late solemnity, especially so, when it l)ecame lh< abode ofthe commitnion nC redeemed spirits, around the table of their present Lord and Saviour. While such seasons are generally the most joyous and elevating, which believers can enjoy on earth, the orn to which we have alluded, afforded more than <u-dinary interest, bccause among several interesting occasions to the church was numbered ans peculia-ry interesting—we mean, the Ex-Presidont himself To the christian every spiritual accession to the army of the living God is ground of joy, because every soul isofinfmate value, and in its redemption, the spiritual empire, and consequently the déclarative glory of the Great Captain of his salvation are augmented.—Still,on account ofthe great amount o( commanding influence, which distinguished individuals are capable of in tho cause of religion, when truly converted to God—their conversion to all christians, cannot be otherwise than a matter of far more than ordinary interest and rejoicing. This, irrespective of all other considerations, is calculated to yield uncommon gratification, to all who feel interested in the Kingdom of Christ below, when they learn, that General Jackson hfts solemnly consecrated himself to the promotion of its interests, during the remainder of his days. It may well be imagined, that the scene was thrilling, when this veteran in years, and in the service of his country, professed allegiance to the sovereign of all worlds, and promised an eternal fidelity to Him, who demands the homage ofall created intelligences. How could it be otherwise? \ farm of no common appearance for inspiring veneration, was standing before the assembly. It was the form of oncy who had been long known as amongst the most distingui.shed of hi« country's GeneraPs—who had often periled his life in her dtffence,8nd under GotI, had achieved one of the most memoriable victories recorded in the annals of modern warfare. Nor is this all. The same venerable form had filled, as a statesman, the highest scat in the government of his country, and bad been clothed wiih ihe highest civic honors which that country in all its unequelled freedom and independence could bestow. He has passed through a life of most eventful scenes—he had returned to his own hermitage—to the tomb of his beloved consorl,"to the few remaining friends of his forn>or days—to son« ofihe surviving children of those friends, and in their view, was about to pledge himself, to become a soldier in a new army, and to engage in the performance of duties, of higher importance than ever commanded the attention of Mrthly thrones or I'onfederated states. And the add, if possible, to the impressive-ness of the scene, lo partner of his adopted son, dear to him, indeed, as a daughter, together with a beloved niece, were also about to seal with him their covenant, for the first time to be the follower« of the Prince of peace. The whole of the preparatory services was deeply interesting, but when the timeariived, for him and his relatives, and friend.<«, to arise, and tako their seats at the table of their ar"-cended redeemer, a scene of weeping, gratitude, d: joy, seemed to prevade the whole congregation. To see iho aged veteran, whose head had stood ereot in battle, and through scenes of fearful bearing, bending that head in humble and adoreiog rev-ence at the table of his divine Master, while tears of penitence and joy, trickled down his care-woro cheeks, was indeed a spectacle of most intense moral interest. No one, indeed, could.Vjuestion the sincerity of his profession offaiih in the Son of GoJ. The whole world acquainted with him, whether friends or foes, must acknowledge that his lips have spoken, in all his varied difficulties, the meaning of his heart, and that his actions, have always corresponded with his sentiments. May God bless and uphold him in his Mast days, and make them his most comfortable and happy days. And when the time for his departure »hail arrive, may he come to his grave, not only full of years, but full of peace, and joy, and holy triumph. In all real conversations to God, let us ever remember, that ^^it is not by mights or by power, but by my Spirit saitb the Lord.^ To his greoe tben be all the glory. P. S. "^e health of the General has been generally comfortable during this aeoaon. From tha National hatlli^iencer, THE LATECOlfMODOSB B0D0EB8. The remains of this distinguished veteran oflioer of the Navy wereuot brought to this city for interment, at had been expected by his friends bere, but were oommitted te the tomb in Christa Church burying-ground, Philadelphia. The Funeral took pI*oe on Friday afternoon, from tbe reaidence of Commodore Bioolk. It waa attended by many oAeers, naval, military, and civil, and was eaoorted in prooeasion by a deiachneotof Marines, and a nunbar of tbe uniformed companiea of the city, ordered out on the occarion by General PiKvorr. Tbe pall was borne by oAoers, chiefly of the Navy, among whom were Commodores Stbwart and Biddle. The funeral service was performed by the Rev. Dr. Tvwo. During tbe movement of the procession, minute guns wore filed at the Navy yard; and after the interment a volley wa.s fired over the grave by the Marines. Havir^ thus followed the mortal remains of this brave officer to the borne appointed for the living, the occasion seems fit to recite the lending incidente of his active public life, which is attempted in the following hasty sketch : Commodore John Rodseks entered ibe Navy as a lieutenant in the year 1798. He was Ist lieutenant ofthe Constellation in tl^ction with the Iksue-OBNTB which resul'ed in Her capture. His «eal in performing his duty on Ihe occasion, and complying strictly with the orders of his commander,(C^mo* dore T*uxTON,)"was, in Commodore T.'s language, •♦not to be aurpassed." After the action tbe command ofthe Insurgrnte was conferred upon him. With Midshipman D. Porter (the present commodore) and 11 men, lie look possession of the prize, and commenced removing her crow to the Constel-lation; but before thi.s could be done, the ships were separated in a heavy gale of wind, and 173 prisoner« were left on board lo be guarded by Lieutenant Rodgers and his handful of men, whose situation was rendered peculiarly perilous by the circumstance of there being no liandcuffti or chackels on board to secure the prisoners, who manifested a dis-(»osition to retake the prizo. The energy of Lieut. Rodgers, assisted by the gallant Midshipman Porter, conducted the prize safely into St. Kitts. . Returning to the United Stales, Lieut. Rodgers was commissioned a Captain in the Navy, in consideration of his highly meritorious conduct and known qnalifications. He was appointed lo command the .Sloop of War Maiyland, in which vesseljhe cruiaed ill Ihe West Indies for many months, rendering important .services. In 1801, he sailed ih the Maryland for France, with Mr. Dawson, sent as diplomatic messenger to that Court, 111 1802, he was appointed to the commond ofthe John Adams-attached to the Mediterranean squad-ran-destroyed the Meshouds of 22 guns, "7'ho largest cruiser belonging lo Tripoli," and performed other valuable services. In 1804, he was appointed to the Frigate Congress, and proceeded to Ihe Mediterranean as part of a squadron of vessels, under the command of Commodore Samuel BarronI sent tither against Tripoli. From Commodore Barron's extreme ill health, he resigned the command of the sqiiadroh in May, ¡805, to Comniwfore Rodgers, whose decisive conduct soon disposed tbe Bashaw of Tripoli to make |)eace with us, and in less than two months after the commond devolved upon him, a treaty of peace was concluded with that Power, on terms dictated by him and Colonel Lkar. In 1812, the command of a squadi-oti was given to him. He dashed into the Europeon seas, mad« a number of captures, most of which he ffom necessity destroyed, returning triumphant after an ab-fe-cnceofmoie than three months. At the time be sailed, a number ofthe enemy's vessels were on our coast, greatly exceeding the CWinodore'saquodroa ill force. These she suecessfully evaded, and, by drawing them off in pursuit of him, enabled a great nuniberofour merchant vessels, with valuable cargoes, to return in safety to cur ports. One of tb* effects of this crdise was lo save millions to our merchants and our Goveinment. When the British army marched upon Baltimore, Commodore Rodger« acted a distinguished part in the defence ofthat city. Many believe that Baltimore would hove been surrendered but for the seasonable aid of the force under his command. After the war, he was appointed Commissioner of the Navy, and presided over that Board for several years. He was moinly instrumental in making regulations which have conduced lo the economy of Ihe naval service. He was offerred Ihe appointment ofSccretaiy of the Navy, but declined it. Having acted as President ofthe Board of Navy (Jommissioners about ten years ago, the President invited him lo take command of the Mediterranean squadron, mentioning considerations, inducing him lo do so, highly honorable to the Commodore. He acceptcd, nnd his flng was hoisted on board the N. Carolina «.hip of the line, of w hich D. T. Patteisow, Esq. was appointed Captain. He cruised in the Mediterranean seas nearly three years. He had much intercouriie with Ihe commanders of other naval Powers, and was held by ibem in high eati-nation, 'i he »hip was parliculaily dist.nguisb'H for her fmc condiimn at all times, and the high of ditciplino n aintainrd on hoard. The i'ommo-dore, his Rccc in^,libhed Captain, and this noble sne-cimen of Ameiican naval art hittcturo. ^ere obie^a of universal admiration. Reiuruir „'„j ,u. ij;^ . Board of Ihe Navy Commis.-.oners, and continued to di^barge wab great ous dune-of ihatstatio-.,, till his constitution wo *rvice. He then reiired-made a trip to EnalandItSlfS/w ^^ J""'' aitentioM which were gratefully temembered till his last moments. tb^Lt"cbaracter, it may be added, that, though of quick tMiper, he was noble and generoua ja bia diapoaitioo. He was a Patriot in remdU,. rbwgb atern in bia appearance, be was particular- dt« agmabed for bis humanity. The story of hiEMbto and sucessflil exertions to save two Toanc Mies from tbe mass^sre at Cap, Francois^is sul? imeeffort- to rescue a poor old negro woman floating upon a oake ofioe down tbe SusquehanBab, which were also ero^ned wiih sucoom, must be toM as charactariatic incidents of his life, when tbaaa wtlinea of bis cbaracter «hall be filled up by f«utb-l\»l Uiatory. ' Itlsatated in tb* last Cbarieaton Mereury.tbat there are now about sixty storaa and dwelliag bona-«• in progfMa of erection iiiibe "burnt dietnct," of that city —Ifln. Ji^r. ;