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Bloomington Post (Newspaper) - August 24, 1838, Bloomington, Indiana Blk ill we a be hot Hnry a bios met a two Tol. 3.blooihinotoiv, Fiat Atje inst 94, i 898. To. »8. Edited and published every Friday by m. L. Deal. Office on main Cross Street first door West of Mai. Hight s. Terms. Two dollars in Advance two fifty in six months and three at the end of the Vear. No paper will be discontinued until All arrearage 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 to marked with the number of insert Ion or Lioy will be inserted till forbid and charged accordingly. The Cash must invariably accompany advertise if its from a distance or they will not receive attention. All letters and communications addressed to the editor must to free of postage. No variation whatever need be expected from the terms. List of agents. The following Yontl Rmon arc requested and authorized to act As age it to receive subscriptions Joli work Dve ripping pc. An Ltd receipt for the same. Tiu Imas c. J Iii Sti s , la. H. I. J Lii Ioor i Iii ii Rove if. 1. I ii Tir i o Vii mgr Prii to. Jolin tahp., Fin Iloilo Lulli Izilia. We. I quod ii ii in. E g. Warman i air la. D. A. Rav. R Snow Albany in. J. S. Lr.\v\, Lolli he Iby. Lie , i urk rom month Emery co. La. We. S. Koi to a it a Viilo la. Or. I. I. La a r.u., to in. T amx �1 i diff Ile la. Grow g. It or Khi. In Dobril in Liana. Cum inc till n atch Al Bridge. By the Oiijyls-.irririiig7iu in of that Emir Ordinary Fra. Run Titi civil it. Fok . I live so Iii rat Oti to believe that i am the Only surviving witness of Tuiai most exploit o Cli Binn Ali natural Brido in Virginia and in Iio inf Tyml Lac it particulars i ii lit. To be put upon record i Bave selected the Knickerbocker As the . 1 h no Inena ii pics nil for Many years Willut 1.1.1 i a i a f Lii Mia Iii is to do this for the to Linnin reasons we Nib 1 to ivc lest it might be 8 Ipp Seil by some a a a a it a �0 is in sons that i had waited for the Doanh it it Libe other alleged witnesses. Irmo lately Tae ave Luire bad been accomplished. And while All the Cir instances were fresh in my memory i re or led t e in in n sort of journal k t to record visit Iris Nanis. I y poor Patrick Feiry a Man of color. A i Ltd be t i to Bridge. This Laconi a is refi Roii to by i Ati Iek whet Devura visit a b came in i visit inti Suimui the circumstances. Some la Lii get a Statem ent and others disbelieved i lint by far the a greater but a disbelieved it As he informed Nic. This was far fron it being pleas a a h h to one who had never had his veracity doubted Batore. La it Lii was not All. 1 h Ipp ened to be at the by Lii a some time after even u Ben a Laii a Coli it any of respectable Woolvin to a ivies and gentlemen Iliad just returned i i �111 under the ill id a and were wait my dinner like , at t a House on the Summit to which 1 have Alki Lucil the Rover Saigon among this com Pany ii Airai y timed upon the remarkable event As i does to Day Ami the Book was referred to is a it iia for the particulars. I mini Diatel gave l Atrock the net that i wishes to remain i cog in older Bat i Mii it of a for myself the remarks ii Cin my Tegt Lin ony. Ii is in old saying that a listener never hears any Pord of Bieselt Quot and so it turned ont on ibis of Ceusie. The company were unanimous in i cred i ing ii a testimony ladies and will. Liitle did they Ima Ine that the Man himself Quot is Rusc Meed in a Corner of Iii same room with Luiei selves. 1 for twi i deter Mizied to Volunteer no More testimony Alx Nii things so ont of the com Mon current of events it All a events i determined to hold my peace until the Public mind should Settle Down in o the Quot Iru Ili As it Prii rally does at last. That i Iii siem it to have arrived. The Public Wii out an keep Iii so far As i know yielded its Crew Lencz to the United Tostin Iony of so Many witnesses. Scarcely a periodical in tim country or n Book of travels it mentions in Quot subject. Ii there is in Liber reason Lor coming Forward at this . Tradition Bas got hold of the Story in the wrong end. In the very lust member of you a, one of Ymir contributors misrepresents Llie Piatt cry no doubt and miss Martineau in her lie Rose sect of Western travel Quot tinder takes to lie Tail the whole affair scarcely Ono Quot if w Bich she does correctly. Under Ilso Cirrisi iut ii hikes i think a discerning Public will appreciate my True motives in coming out Over my own signature indeed unless i were Todosow it Nidd 1 0 useless to say any thing at nil. I think it was in the summer of i�z518, that James ii. I incr William revely William Wallace and myself living then students at Washington College Virginia determined to make a Jaunt to the natural Bridge fourteen Miles off. Slaving obtained per Ali it Ion from he president to proceeded on our Way rejoicing. W Hen to amp cried at Ike Bridge nearly All of us commenced cd Hubing up Tho precipitous sides in order to immortalize our Naomi at a 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 right angles 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 of the Bridge up which he claimed. 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. To answered us with loud shouts of derision. At this stage of the Busi Ness or. 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 or. Piper intended the daring exploit which he afterwards accomplished. He soon after descended from that Side crossed the Brook and commenced climbing on the Side by which All visitors 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 placed 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 it 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 to 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 we had not Boon Long thus employed before we wore joined by Robert Penn of Amherst then a Pupil of the Houston a grammar school a in the immediate neighbourhood of the Bridge. Or. Iper the hero of tha occasion commenced climbing of the of White a id of the Creek from the one by which Tbs pathway ascends the Ravine. He be-4tan Down on Iha Banks of the Brook so far that we did not know who re he had gone and were Only apprised of Bia whare Aboul by his shouting above a our Haadin. Whan we looked up he was standing apparently right under the Arch i suppose a Hun feet from the bottomland Ibal of the smooth a id which is generally Eola idarae inaccessible without a ladder. He was standing far Alcova the sufficient refutation of the Story so often told that to 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 himself but the fact that he did thus prepare so Early and so near the ground after he had a ended 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 Faco Othis huge column and Between the clefts he now moved backward and Forward still ascending As he found convenient foothold. When he had ascended Alx iut one Hundred and seventy feet from the Earth and had reached the Point where the pillar overhangs the Ravine his Liepart seemed to fail. He St opioid 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 to 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 of the 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 the pillar. Into this he sprang at once and was soon out of sight amp out of danger. There is not a word of truth in All that Story a bout our 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 or. 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 fatigue. We dined at the tavern of or. Donihoo half Way Between the Bridge and Lexington and there we related the whole matter at the dinner table. Or Donihoo has since removed to the St. Clair in Michigan. Or. 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 exhibit Tion 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 head of the theological Seminary in Virginia. A to the other witnesses or. Revely afterwards became a member of the legislature of Virginia and somewhat distinguished 1 believe for a Young Man but he unfortunately fell a victim log Olson As i have been info fwd. Or. Wallace was then from Richmond but a native of Scotland whither he returned soon 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 to substantiate my statement or. Piper himself afterwards married a daughter often. Alexander Smyth of Wythe and wat soon told that he had become an Engineer an was then engaged a 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 air his Nam Register Dat one of the Virginia Springs. I was from the american presbyterian. The sacrament near the Hermitage. Agreeably to the notice previous Given the senior editor of this Paer together with the Rev. Or. Smith administered the sacrament of the lord s supper last Sabbath a the Church near the Hermitage. This Church is Quot known in our presbyterian records by the name of Ephesus and was erected Many years since of the Domain appertaining to the Hermitage principally by its venerable proprietor the sex 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 the late solemnity especially so when it l came la it abode of the commit Ion no 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 Ltd diary interest because among several interesting occasions to the Church was numbered ans Peculia by interesting we mean the sex president himself to the Christian every spiritual accession to the army of the living god is ground of Joy because every soul Isof inmate value and in its redemption the spiritual Empire and consequently the declarative glory of the great Captain of his salvation Are ,on account of the 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 hits 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 fall 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 of his country s general so who had often per led his life in her ,8nd under Goti had achieved one of the most memorable 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 with the highest civic honors which that country in All its unequalled 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 Consort Quot to the few remaining friends of his Forn it or Days to Sony of he 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 orthly thrones or i confederated states. And the add if possible to the impressive Ness of the scene to 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 followers of the Prince of peace. The whole of the preparatory services was deeply interesting but when the time arrived for him and his relatives and , to arise and Tako their seats at the table of their a Quot ended redeemer a scene of weeping gratitude d Joy seemed to Prevade the whole congregation. To see Iho aged Veteran whose head had stood erect in Battle and through scenes of fearful bearing bending that head in Humble and adore log 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 the sincerity of his profession of Faith 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 a 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 rights or by Power but by my spirit Saith the lord. To his Gree then be All the glory. P. S. Quote health of the general has been generally comfortable during this Aeo Aon. From tha National Hatleli fencer the b0d0eb8. The remains of this distinguished Veteran of flier of the Navy were not brought to this City for interment at had been expected by his friends Bere but were committed the the Tomb in Christa Church burying ground Philadelphia. The funeral took i of on Friday afternoon from the residence of Commodore Bio Olk. It waa attended by Many oae ers naval military and civil and was a aborted in proof asian by a detach Neoto marines and a Dunbar of the uniformed companies of the City ordered out on the occasion by general Pike Orr. The pall was borne by Oao ers chiefly of the Navy among whom were commodores St wart and Biddle. The funeral service was performed by the Rev. Or. Two. During the movement of the procession minute guns wore filed at the Navy Yard and after the interment a Volley 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 incident of his Active Public life which is attempted in the following Hasty sketch Commodore John Rodsek entered Ibe Navy As a lieutenant in the year 1798. He was is lieutenant of the Constellation in to action with the Issue of Nib which Resul de in her capture. His a Eal in performing his duty on the occasion and complying strictly with the orders of his commander co Dore to Upton Quot was in Commodore to s language a a not to be after the action the command of the insure rate 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 Constellation but before could be done the ships were separated in a heavy Gale of wind and 173 prisoners were left on Board to be guarded by lieutenant Rodgers and his handful of men whose situation was rendered peculiarly perilous by the circumstance of there being no Liandi Ufuti or Chackelis on Board to secure the prisoners who manifested a Dis position to retake the prize. 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 qualifications. He was appointed to command the Sloop of War Maryland in which vessel he cruised ill the West indies for Many months rendering important services. In 1801, he sailed in the Maryland for France with or. Dawson sent As diplomatic messenger to that court 111 1802, he was appointed to the common of the John Adams attached to the Mediterranean squad ran destroyed the me shouts of 22 guns "7 to largest Cruiser belonging to Tripoli Quot and performed other valuable services. In 1804, he was appointed to the frigate Congress and proceeded to the 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 Stii Androh in May �805, to com Niwore Rodgers whose decisive conduct soon disposed the Bashaw of Tripoli to make each with us and in less than two months after the common devolved upon him a treaty of peace was concluded with that Power on terms dictated by him and colonel liar. In 1812, the command of a squad Oti was Given to him. He dashed into the european seas made a number of captures most of which he from necessity destroyed returning triumphant after an a be Anceo Moie than three months. At the time be sailed a number of the enemy s vessels were on our coast greatly exceeding the cd Indore Saku Odra ill Force. These she successfully evaded and by drawing them off in Pursuit of him enabled a great Munib Erfour merchant vessels with valuable cargoes to return in safety to cur ports. One of to effects of this cruise was to save millions to our merchants and our government. When the British army marched upon Baltimore Commodore Rodgers acted a distinguished part in the defence of that 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 mainly instrumental in making regulations which have conduced to the Economy of the naval service. He was offered the appointment Osc Cretai of the Navy but declined it. Having acted As president of the Board of Navy commissioners about ten years ago the president invited him to take command of the Mediterranean Squadron mentioning considerations inducing him to do so highly honorable to the Commodore. He accepted and his Flag was hoisted on Board the n. Carolina of the line of w hich d. T. Patte isow Esq. Was appointed Captain. He cruised in the Mediterranean seas nearly three years. He had much intercom Rise with the commanders of other naval Powers and was held by item in High eat nation i he a hip was Parli Culmaily h for her fac Condi imn at All times and the High of Ditc Plino n maintain re on Hoard. The i Ommo Dore his Rocc in Libed Captain and this Noble one Cimen of american naval Art hit Acturo. Ere obie a of Universal admiration. Recur air a a a Tju. In. Board of the Navy , and continued to i Barge Wab great Ous Dune of that station. Till his Constitution to vice. He then retired made a trip to we Quot Quot Aitken Tom which were gratefully remembered till his last moments. To it Quot character it May be added that though of Quick Tsiper he was Noble and generous a Bia Diazo Aitio. He was a Patriot in remu. Re web Stern in Bia appearance be was particular dts agma bed for Bis humanity. The Story of Hiem to and Success fill exertions to save two Tanc Mies from the mass Sre at Cap Francois is sul Ime Effort to Rescue a poor old negro woman floating upon a Oake Ovioe Down the Susquehanna a which were also Ero Ned with Suc Oom must be Tom As Charat Adriatic incidents of his life when to Baba a Tinea of Bis character a Hall be filled up by of a tub la a Uia tory. It stated in to last car Eaton there Are now about sixty Storaa and dwelling Bona a a in proof a of erection Iii be Quot Burnt diet not Quot of that City a Ifon. Air

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