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Indianapolis Indiana Journal (Newspaper) - August 18, 1830, Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana journal. Vol. , wed nth so May August 18, 183�. Noi 382. Published by Douglass amp Maguire. Terms. Two dollars per annul if paid in Advance. Three dollars at the end of the year. Advertisements inserted on the usual terms. From the journal of do . This celebrated highwayman was born at a place called do front in Normandy. His father wag a Miller and his Mother the daughter of a tailor. By these parents he was brought up strictly in the roman Catholic religion and his Genius was cultivated with As much learning As qualified him for a Footman. Neither father nor Mother took and Claude after he was about thirteen years of age. Perhaps their circumstances might then oblige them to Send him abroad to seek his Fortune. His first stage was at Rouen the capital of Normandy where he fortunately met with Post horses to be returned to Paris upon one of which he got leave to ride by promis Itig to help to dress them at night. At the same time falling in with some English gentlemen who were going to the same place he got his expenses discharged by those generous travellers. They arrived at Paris in the usual time and the gentlemen took lodgings in the Faux hours St. Germain where the English at that time generally quartered. Do Vail was willing to be As near As possible to his benefactors and by their intercession he was admitted to run on errands and do the meanest offices at the St. Esprit in the Rue de Bourchier a House of general entertainment something Between a tavern and an ale House. In this condition he continued till the restoration of King Charles ii. In 1660 at which Lime multitudes of All nations flocking into England among them came do Vail in the capacity of Footman to a person of qualify. The Universal Joy on the return of the Royal family made the whole nation almost mad everyone ran into extravagances and do Vail whose inclinations were As vicious As any mans soon became extraordinary of Ficie Cit in gaming drunkenness and All manner of debauchery. The Nat ural effect of these courses is want of Money this our adventurer experienced in a very Little time and As he could not think , he took to the Highway to support his irregularities. In this profession he was within a Little while so famous a to have the Honor of being named first in a proclamation for apprehending several notorious highwaymen. Here we have reason to complain that our information Are too Short for our Assis genre in writing the life of such a celebrated offender. However such stories As have been delivered Down to u a we shall give our readers faithfully and in the Best manner we Are Able. He had one Day received intelligence of a Knight and his lady that were travelling with four Hundred pounds in their coach. Upon this he took four or five More along with him and Overlook them on the Road. The Gentry soon perceived they were like to be beset when Tley beheld several horsemen Riding backwards and forwards and whispering one another whereupon the lady who was a Young sprightly creature pulled out a in Geo let. And began to play very briskly. Do Vail took the hint and played excellently Well upon a Flageolet of Iii own in answer to the lady and in this posture made up to the coach door. Quot sir Quot said he to the Knight Quot your lady plays charming and i make no doubt but she dances As Well will you please to step out of the coach and let me have the Honor to dance one courant with her on the Heath Quot Quot i dare not deny any thing sir Quot the Knight replied Quot to a gentleman of your Quality and Good behaviour you seem a Man of generosity and your request is perfectly immediately the Footman opened the door and the Knight came out do Vail leaped off his horse and handed the lady Down. It was surprising to see How gracefully he moved upon the grass scarce a dancing master in London but would have been proud to have shown such agility in a pair of pumps As do Vail showed in a great pair of French Riding boots. As soon As the dance was Over he waited on the lady Back to the coach without offering her the least affront but just As the Knight was stepping in Quot sir Quot said be Quot you have forgot to pay the his worship replied that he never forgot such things and instantly put his hand under the seat of the a Oach and pulled out a Hundred Pudda in a bag which he delivered to do Vail who received it with a very Good Grace and courteously answered Quot sir you Are Liberal and shall have no cause to repent your being so this Hundred pounds Given so generously is better than ten times the sum taken by Force your Noble behaviour has secured you the other three Hundred pounds which you have in the coach with after this he gave him his sword that he might pass undisturbed if he met any More of their Crew and then very civilly wished them a Good journey. Another time As do Vail and some of his companions were patrolling upon Black Heath they met with a coach full of ladies. One of them had a Young child in her arms with a Silver sucking bottle. The person appointed to act in this adventure robbed them very rudely taking away their Money watches rings and even the poor baby s sucking bottle. The infant cried As was natural on such an occasion and the ladies entreated him Only to return the bottle but the surly thief refused to give an ear to their request till do Vail observing that he staid longer than Ordinary Rode up Clud fed he was vanished into the air. Now was the time for do Vail to take care of the Farmer s Hundred pounds which he very easily did by diving into his pocket. As soon As he got the Money he took horse and spared neither whip nor Spur fill he came to London where he thought himself Safe. One time Duvall met with Roper master of the Buck hounds to King Charles ii As he was Hunting in with door Forest. As their rencontre happened in a Thicket Duvall took the advantage of the place and commanded him to stand and deliver his Money or else he would shoot him. Or. Roper to save his life gave our adventurer a purse full of guineas containing at least fifty and Duvall afterwards bound him neck and heels fastened his horse by him and Rode a Cross the country. But the proclamation which we spoke of at the beginning of this life and the Large Reward that was prom ised for taking him made Duvall think it unsafe to stay any longer in England whereupon he retired into France. He had not Long Bee n Here and Demali ded what was the matter. Before he relapsed into his old disease the ladies Hereupon renewed their a want of Money which obliged him to petition in behalf of the child and do have recourse to his wits again. He try 11 .1 a. 1. 1 a 1 1 a Vall threatened to shoot his companion unless he restored what they required adding these words Quot Sirrah can t you behave like a gentleman and raise a contribution without stripping people but perhaps you had some occasion for the sucking bottle for by your actions one would Ima had an uncommon Talent at Moniri Vance particularly at suit ii g his stratagems to the temper of the person they were designed to ensnare As the follow Itig instance Wil prove. A Learned Jesuit who was confessor to the French kiting was As much noticed for his avarice As he was for Quantity of an ounce and a half. This the Jesuit caused to be assayed and finding that it was really Fine Gold he waa immediately so devoted to Duvall and blinded with the Prospect of future advantage that he believed every thing that our impostor could say still furnishing him with whatever be demanded in the Hope of being at last made master of this extraordinary secret the whole Fame As Well As profit of which he did not question would redound to him As Duvall was but an obscure person. The confessor Ivas As open As Duvall could wish. He showed him All Bis treasure and among it several Rich jewels which be had received As presents from the King hoping by these obligations to make him discover his Art the sooner. In a word he grew by degrees so importunate arid urgent that Duvall began to apprehend a too close Iti Quiry if he denied the request any longer and therefore he appointed a Day when every thing was to be . In the mean time he took an Opportunity to steal into the chamber where All the riches were deposited and where his reverence generally slept after dinner and finding him at that time fast asleep with his Mouth wide open he al jul Leei he foresaw if allow Citi Zens with his far sighted Mettal vision and distinctly specified the various demonstrations of patriotic feeling that make up the celebrate Iii in which we Are now engaged. He saw the citizens exchanging congratulations at Faneuil Hall the Brilliant troops parading the streets the waving banners a the Long procession a the assembled multitude the Sweet face of Beauty overlooking the scene front her open balconies. He heard the pealing Bells the Roar of cannons the solemn Anthem rising in strains of grateful adoration to the author of Good. All this he anticipated and foretold on the evening of the fourth of july 1776, and in the honest Pride of his Noble heart he pronounced it to be a great and glorious Day. Fifty years after this venerable Patriot of passing through the toils the dangers and the triumphs of our struggle for National existence a after doing perhaps As much As any individual in civil life to ensure its Success a after enjoying the distinctions which that Success conferred upon him was roused upon his death bed by the ringing of Hells the discharge of Cannon and the sound of martial music and having inquired what it All meant was in Gine you were hardly this his politics by which latter he had Sharp reproof had the desired effect 1 rendered himself very eminent. I and Duvall took his leave of the ladies in a courteous manner. A Little after the above mentioned action another Lucky turn in Duvall s favor happened As much As that to his advantage. In the course of his rambles he came into the croup inn in Beaconsfield where be heard great singing dancing and playing upon the Hau boy and violin. He instantly inquired into the reason of it and found that there was a Wake or fair kept there that Day at which there were present Moat of the Young men and maids for several Miles about. This he thought was a promising place and therefore he set up his horse for the evening went into the Kitchen and called for a pint of wine. Here he met with an old Rich Farmer who had just received a Hundred pounds tied it up in a hag and put it into his coat pocket. Duvall was very attentive to All that passed and by this Means he heard the Farmer Tell an acquaintance what Money he had about him which our sharper immediately set Down for his own More especially Jid he depend upon it when the countryman asked leave to go into the room where the Muic was to see and ii ear the diversions. It was his next business to ask the same favor which he As easily obtained and very innocent to All appearance entered to see the country dancing making an apology to the company when he came in and telling them that he hoped it would be no offence. They replied As , that he might stay there and Welcome. His business now was More to watch the old Farmer s bag of Money than to mind the diversions of the Young people and after considering for some time for a Way to execute his design re in the Moat dexterous manner he observed a Chimney with a Large funnel which he thought would favor his project. Having contrived the whole affair he went out and communicated it to the Hostler who being a downright Rascal consented for a Reward of two guineas to assist him. He was to dress up t great mastiff dog in a cow hide which he had in the stable placing the horns directly in his forehead and then by the help of a ladder and rope to let him Down the Chimney. All this he performed while the company were merry in the chamber. Duvall being returned from the Yard the dog howling As he descended came Down the Chimney and pushing among them in this frightful manner they were All put into a hurry and confusion. The music was silenced the table withdrawn and the drink spilt the people All the while screaming and crowding Down stairs As fast As they were Able every one struggling to be Foremost As to Limey supposed the Devil would unavoidably take the hindmost. Their heels flew up and pieces. While they were in this con thirst for Money was insatiable and though he was exceeding Rich his desires seemed to increase with his wealth. It came immediately into Duvall s head that the Only Way to squeeze a Little Money out of him was to amuse him with the Hopes of getting a great Deal which he did in the following manner. He dressed himself in a scholar s garb to facilitate his admittance into the miser s company and then waited very diligently for a proper time to make his address which he met in a few Days. Seeing him alone in the it Iazzi of the Faubourg lie went up to him very confidently and said Quot May it please your reverence i am a poor scholar who have been several years travelling Over strange countries to learn experience in the sciences purely to serve my native country to whose advantage i am defer mined to apply my knowledge if i May be favored with the patronage of a Man so eminent As what May this knowledge of yours be Quot replied the father Quot if you will communicate any thing to me that May be beneficial to France i assure you no proper encouragement shall be wanting on my Duvall emboldened by this answer proceeded Quot sir i of my time in the study of Alchemy or transmutation of metals and have profited so much at Rome and Venice from great men Learned in that science that i can change several base metals into Gold by the help of a philosophical powder which i can prepare very the father confessor appeared elated with Joy at this relation Quot Friend Quot said he Quot such a this g As this will be serviceable indeed to the whole state and peculiarly grateful to the King who As his affairs go at present stands in some need of such a curious invention. But you must let me see some Experiment of your skill before i credit what you say so far As to communicate it to his majesty who will Sufler gently Reward you if what you Promise be upon this he conducted Duvall Home to his House and furnished him with Money to build a Laboratory and Purchase such other materials As were requisite in order to proceed in this invaluable operation charging him to keep the secret from every person As Long As he thought proper which Duvall promised to perform. The utensils being fixed and every thing in readiness the Jesuit came to behold the wonderful operation. Duvall took several metals and minerals of the baser sort and put them into a Crucible his reverence viewing every one As he put them in. Our Learned alchemist had prepared a hoi Low stick into which he had conveyed several sprigs of pure Gold As Black Lead in a Pencil. With this stick he gagged and bound him then took his formed that is neighbors were Cele keys and hoarded As much of his Brating the fourth of july. Haifa wealth As he could conveniently carry i Century of glorious recollections Flash the pipe and the fiddle were trod to stirred the preparation As it melted. Which with its heat melted the Gold in edition the supposed Devil made his the stick at the same time so that it Way Over them All and it into the sunk imperceptibly into the vessel stable where the Hostler instantly in when the excessive fire had consumed cased him so that when the company in a great measure All the Lead tin came to examine tie mgt Itter As they brass and powder which he had put could hear do More of him they cod in the Gold remained pure to the j j out unsuspected and thu bade Farewell to both him and France. Duvall had several other ways of getting Money besides those already mentioned particularly by Gam Itig no Man living could slip a card More dexterously than he nor better understood All the advantages that could be taken of an adversary yet to appearance no Man played fairer. He was rent likable for laying wagers and no less successful in this particular than any of the former. He made if a great part of his study to learn All the intricate questions deceitful propositions and paradoxical assertions that Are made use of in conversation. How Long Duvall followed his vicious courses in log Laid after his coming from France before he fell into the hands of Justice is Uncertain. At length he was taken when Drui a al the Hole in the Wall in Chandos Street committed to Newgate arraigned convicted condemned and on Friday the 21st Day of january 1669 70. Executed at Tyburn in the 27ih year of Bis age. Crowds of ladies among whom were Many of rank visited Timmin Pri son and interceded for his Pardon and not a few accompanied him to the Gallows under their wizards. After he Hung the usual time he was Cut Down and by Well dressed persons conveyed into a mourning Roach. In this he was carried to the to Anjier tavern at St. To ilex where he Lay in state that night. The room was Hung with Black cloth the Hearth covered with escutcheons eight Wax tapers were burning and As Many tall gentlemen attended with Long cloaks. All was profound silence and the ceremony would have lasted much longer had not one of the judges sent a messenger to interrupt the pageantry. De at once upon the brain of the dying Patriot. He pronounced it again to be a great and Good Day and when called on for a Seni intent to he drunk at the Public dinner of his townsmen he collected his faculties and gave out the Fine free natural Manly and emphatic Toast Quot Independent when asked if he wished to add any tiling to this Short phrase he answered Quot not a word Quot and never spoke a gain. His dying lips declared Wii i their last accents the accomplishment of the prophecies with which his Faith in god and love to his country had inspired him fifty years before. Is there any thing Superior is there any thing equal to this in the recorded saying of the Best and greatest men of other Days and nations the Sublime and touching interest of the scene surpasses even the t of fact of the Trange and Beautiful coincidence of i death with that of Jefferson and of both with the return of our great National we make room also for the following which is the concluding paragraph Quot what then finally Are the duties More particularly incumbent on us As living at a period and in a country where the leading characteristic of tie govern Niento is the principle of Liberty 1 answer. To encourage the lift Sion of knowledge and to extend the practical influence of religion. Where every citizen exercises in person a portion of the to Hli Cai Power of the state it is essential that every citi2en should As far As it May be practicable possess the into Roa Tion which will qualify him to exercise it with Risoe rement and where the positive checks on individual error resulting from the direct action of government Are comparatively weak it is essential that the indirect restraint which is imposed by the influence of religion. Should be proportionally powerful. Religion which is the Only basis of morals is in free states the Only possible Check on the abuse of Liberty. ____r_____1-1 or. Everett s oration r Quot Quot a the to Naa Kethe following interesting extract Liu us of of a a Quot be Igod i f rih to , at Boston at the Lal Celebration of i our . I descendants has been the principle of our Success while the of religion in France and its Cor our great National anniversary Quot on the evening of the fourth of july after the declaration had been adopted by Congress John Adams addressed a letter to his family in which he portrayed in vivid colors the Remote consequences of the event which had signalized the Day. It has since been printed and reprinted but deserves to be often recurred to and kept continually fresh in our remembrance. I remarked at the outset that he and his fellow patriots were hardly conscious at the moment of the vast and rapid influence which their proceedings were to exercise upon the fortunes of the civilized world but i probably did them injustice. From the letter to which i allude it is Plain thai or. Adams was perfectly aware of the nature and results of these proceedings. He knew that they were pregnant with danger to the people at Large and especially to those who took a leading part in them. He Felt that quiet property his own fair Fame a he fortunes of his family life itself were staked upon the immig Diate Success of the struggle and that this was tiny thing but certain. But he still looked Forward with unshaken Confidence to the final Triumph of the cause and foretold that the Day which was just expiring would in future be commemorated throughout All time As a season of Public rejoicing and nation rust state in Spanish America have been the main causes of the excesses which in both those countries have disgraced the name of Liberty. The time foils me Tif enlarge on this topic nor is this Newessa Quot by before an audience so deeply impressed with its importance. Should the influence of this divine principle Ever be materially enfeebled among us the Liberty we boast of will become a curse and we shall be Given Over to anarchy civil War. Military despotism and ultimate of Lional ruin. While we preserve our respect for religion we shall pursue our course with safety and Honor and shall recover with facility from the temporary aberrations that Are incident to the happiest condition of human Israel Beall dwell alone lie shall not be numbered among the oat Lons. The eternal god shall be his Refuge he shall put underneath him the everlasting i arms a part of Columbia county Pennsylvania about 4 weeks since greatly Sulci red by a Hail storm about 3 Milea wide for a distance of 6 or 8 Miles the crops of wheat and Rye were totally destroyed. A widow is in jail in Providence r. 1. For the crime of owing sixty eight cents her husband was killed about eight years since while endeavouring to save the property of her present creditor from fire

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