The Colorado Citizen (Columbus, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 28, Ed. 1 Saturday, February 6, 1858 Page: 2 of 4
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purpose of preventing the carrying on of
any such expedition or enterprise from the
territories or jurisdiction of tbe United
States against the territoriefor domain of
any foreign prinjfto or State, or of any col-
ony, district o* people, with whom the
United Slates are at peace." .
For. these reasons, had Com. Paulding
intercepted the steamer Fashion, with Gen.
Walker and his men on board, at any
period before they entered the port of San
, Juan del Nicaragua, and conducted them
back to Mobile, this would have prevented
them from '* carrying oft" the expedition,
and have been not only a justifiable, but a
The crime well deserves the severe pun
isbinent inflicted upon it by our laws. It
Violates the principles of Christianity, mo-
rality and humanity, held sacred by all
civilized nations, and by none more than
by the people of the United States. Dis-
guise it as we may. such a military expedi-
tion is an invitatation to reckless and law-
less men to enlist under the banner of any
adventurer, to rob, plunder and murder the
unoffending citizen of neighboring States
who have nejer done them harm. It U an
usurpation of the war making power, which
belongs alone to Congress; and the Gov
eminent, itself, at least in the estimation of
the world, becomes an accomplrcé in the
commission of this crime, unless it adopts
•11 the means necessary to prevent and to
punish it. It won'd be far better, and
urore in accordar.ce with the bold and
manly character of our countrymen, for the
Government itself to get up such expedi-
tions, than to allow them to proceed under
the command of irresponsible adventurers.
We could then, aÍ least, exercise some
eontrol over our own agents, and prevent
* them from burning down cities, and com-
mitting other acts of enormity of which
we have read.
The avjwed principle which lies at the
foundation of tbe !aw of nations is contained
in the Divine command, that " all things
whatsoever ye would that men should do
to yoo, do ye even so to them." Tried by
t|iis unerring rule, we should be severely
condemned if we shall not use our best ex
ertions to arrest such expeditions against
our feeble sister Republic, of Nicaragua.
One thing is certain, that people uever
existed who would call any other nation to
a stricter aeeount than we should ourselves,
for tolerating lawless expeditions from their
shores to make war upon any portion of
By tolerating such expeditions, we shall
soon lo3e the high character which we have
enjoyed ever since the days of Washington,
for the faithful performance of our interna-
tional obligations and duties, and inspire
distrust against us among the members of
the great family of civilized nations.
But if motives of duty were not sufficient
to restrain us from engaging in suoh law-
less enterprises, our evident interest ought
to dictate litis policy. These expeditions
a>e the most effectual mode of retarding
American progress; although to' promote
tlris is the avowed object of the leaders and
contributors hi such undertakings. —
it is ueyonct question tEe destiny of our
race to spread themselves over the continent
of North America, and thi* at no distant
day should events be per milted to take
their uatúral conree. The tide of emigrants
will flow to tbe South, and nothing can
eventually arrest its progress. If permitted
to go there peacefully, Central America
will soon contain an American population,
which will confer blessings and benefits as
well upon tbe catires as their respective
governments. Liberty, under tbe restraint
of law, wiH preserve domestic peace; whilst
the different transit routes^ across the Isth-
mus, in which we are so deeply interested,
wit! have assured protection.
Nothing has retarded this bappy condi-
tion of affaire so much as the unlawful
expeditions which have been fitted out in
the United States to make war upon the
Central American States. Had one half of
the number of American citizens who have
miserably perished in the first disastrous
expedition of General Walker, settled in
Nicaragua as peaceful emigrants, the object
which we all desire would have been, ere
this, in a great degree, accomplished. These
expeditions have caused the people of the
Central American States to regard us with
dread and suspicion. It is our true policy
to remare this apprehension, and convince
tbera that we intend to do them good, and
liot evil. We desire, as the leading power
on this continent, to open and, if need be,
to protect every transit route across the
Isthmus, not only for our own benefit, but
that of the world, and thus open a free
access to Central America, and through it
to our Pacific possessions.
This policy was commenced under favor
able auspices, when tbe expedition under
command of Gen. Walker, escaped from
our territories and proceeded to Punta
Arenas. Should another expedition of a
similar character evade tbe vigilance of our
officers, and proceed to Nicaragua, this
would be fatal, at least for a season, to tbe
peaceful settlement of these countries, and
to the policy of American progress. The
truth is that no administration can success-
fully conduct the foreign affaire of the
country in Nicaragua, or anywhere else, if
it is to be interfered with, at every step, by
lawless expeditions "set on foot1' in tlie
Washington, Jan. 7,1858.
j.d. baker ben. m. baker v h. baker
J. D. BAKER & BROTHERS,
EDITORS AND PROPRIETORS.
Saturday Morning, Feb. 6, 1858.
fry. fio Legal Advertisement will be inserted
in the Citizen unless accompanied by the
casH| as it is more trouble with such advertise-
ments, to collect the money than to make it.
Our thanks are due Hon. Guy M.
Bryan, our Representative in Congress,
and Col. Herbert and Dr. Tait, for re-
The attention of those interested is
invited to the advertisement, in another
column, of the Texas Hotel for sale. This
property is well situated for a hotel, and, if
well kept, would succeed handsomely. It
wiíí be observed that the terms of sale are
gST Our contributors occupy quite a
space in our columns to day, and the pau-
city of editorial matter is to be attributed
to the fact that we thought these commu-
nications would prove equally if not more
interesting to our readers than anything we
JST February was ushered in with cold,
damp weather, and a norther which lasted
near three days. Yesterday morning we
were visited with the heaviest frost of the
season. Tbe roads leading from Columbus
áre almost impassable, as indeed they are
all over Western Texas, owing to the re-
cent rains; the stage passengers ou some
of the routes, we learn, are obliged to
walk portions of the way through the mud,
with a rail on their shoulder for " prize"
The Concert, Etc.
We had intended to notice the examina-
tion and concert wliich came oft last
Tuesday at the Male School, but Mr.
Chapman has anticipated us, aud rendered
our noticing it a work of supeferrogation.
We will, how^Ver, mention that the exam-
ination during the day was alike creditable
to the teachers and pupils, evidencing the
fact that tbe exertions of tbe teachers to
instruct had been appreciated by the
At night the pupils of tbe school had a
torch-liglit procession, which, as they
marched through the streets to the school
room, looked very beautiful to those who
appreciated it. After tbe procession arri-
ved at the school ioom, the pupils delivered
several very interesting and amusing
speeches, which were well received by the
audience. The only objection we bad to
them was that they had too many selected
piece tending to throw ridicule <>n the
habilue of our lady friends. We think
the ladies have and should exgrcisc an
undisputed right to wear just what tnfiy
please (so they don't hide their pretty
faces) on all occasions, and that h Somali
might as well be out of the world as out
of the fashion; hence, to endeavor to rid-
icule their style of dress is useless in the
first place, and in bad taste in the second.
For our part we would^Tare nothing to say
if they should appear in the fig-leaf ap-
parel of mother Eve! These piece?,
however, accomplish what they were
doubtless intended for," some fun."
After the declamation of the pupils was
over, E. II. Osborne, Esq., delivered an
oration with many fine sentiments, but
which we have not room to cotice further
than to say it was a good speech, well
We notice in the Galveston Civil-
ian that proposals will be received at the
Contract Office of the Post-office Depart-
ment at Washington City until March 31,
1858, for carrying a daily mail from Rich-
mond, by Columbus, Hallettsville, Gonzales,
Bellmont, Orchard, Seguin and Valley to
San Antonio; also, one from Columbus by
Frelsburg, Industry and Shelby to Round
Top, once a week.
£^"The patrons of the Columbus Male
School are informed that its next session
commences on Monday, 8tli inst.
By reference to our list of an-
nouncements, it will be observed that S. S.
MuNGER,Esq., of La Grange is a candidate
for District Attorney for this District. We
are not personally acquainted with this
gentleman, but understand that he is fully
qualified for the position to which he as-
pires, and would make an efficient officer.
Jty The February number of the
•Southern Cultivator has readied us. This
is an invaluable work for the scientific
farmer or planter, and should receive their
support. Published at Augusta, Ga., ly
W. S. Jones, at one dollar per annum.
tsr Read " Spectator's" argument on
the powers of the Legislature. He admits
" all political power resides in the people,''
yet undertakes to prove that the Legisla-
ture can pass laws without the sanction of
the people. It seems to us that the Legis-
leture cannot pass any law without the
sanction of the people either expressed or
implied; because, if the Legislature pos-
sessed any power beyond this, the " axio-
matic principle" that " all power resides in
the people," would fall to the ground. We
will notice Spectator more particularly in
our next issue.
Steamboat Explosion.—Cincinnati, O.
Jan. 28.—'The steamer Fanny Fern, from
St. Louis for Pittsburg, exploded a boiler
tliis afternoon, eighteen miles below here.
Fifiteen lives are reported to be lost, inclu-
ding Cspt. Woodward, three ladies and
several deckhands and firemen.
Clerks Rogers and Dane were scalded—
tbe former badly.
The pilot, engineer and mate were saved.
The boat wu burned te the water's edge.
Fire.—Between ten and eleven o'clock
at night on the 4th inst., a fire brote out
in the house of Dr. Byars, of this place,
and owing to the flames catching the cloth
lining of the room, spread with the great-
est rapidity, burning through the roof and
side. Two little boys were asleep in the
room, and the fire had extended overhead
above their bed, when discovered. An old
gentleman, the Doctor's father, sleeping in
the adjoining room was fortunately awa-
kened by the light, and by using the most
prompt means, and by calling for assistance,
which was speedily rendered, the flames
were extinguished with little damage being
Cotton.—The Liverpool cotton market
is reported dull, with a decline of -Jd. per
lb. in prices of both fair and middling
qualities. The quotations are. for Fair
Orleans, 5fd.; Middling Orleans, 6|d.;
Fair Mobile, 5 9-16d.; Middling Mobile,
6 5-16d.; Fair Uplands, 6|d.; Middling
Upland, 6¿d. The sales had been mostly
to the trade.
U*Thc Texas Ranger has been moved back
to the town of Washington, ami Lancaster has
again taken cliargc of it. The Ranger is cer-
tainly a very appropriate name for this paper.
O" The office of the Matagorda Chronicle is
offered for sale.
O" The Seguin Journal undertands that t!ie
Mercury wili be revived shortly, und^r the care
of Messrs. Dunn. Success attend its reviva!.
ET The Journal says the Femal College in
that place will enter upon the latter five months'
session next Monda}', (ISt inst.,) under the care
of Rev. J. M.-Wilson.
O* We complaincd list week, says the Gon-
zales Inquirer, of the bad roads and high prices
of freight from Powderhorn ; now, we .learn, the'
wogoners refuse to haul on any terms; antf that
d with goods
for the interior. Several of the mcrchutts are
shipping to Victoria by the railroad.
EPThe Inquirer says the peach and plum
trees arc beginning to bloom in that eoun'.y. We
suppose the frost on Thursday night killed them.
O* V, e ate glad, says the Upshur Democrat,
to notice a number of cotton wagons passing
through our town this week on their way to mar-
ket. The sooner the crop is sold, the sooner
business will become more active. We do not
look for an improvement in monetary affairs until
the planters sell their crops and turn the current
of cash in the direction of the interior.
O* The Bastrop Advertiser has been presented
with a turnip weighing a little over five poands.
A very small turnip, friend Cain.
O" David Goodman, of Rusk county, waB
accidentally killed on Christmas day, by the dis-
charge of a pistol in the hands of Mr. Ileneon.
O" Capt. John S. Ford has been appointed by
the Governor to the command of the troops'to be
raked for tbe protection of the frontier. So says
the Austin Sentinel.
U* The House of Representatives has passed
a resolution to adjourn on the ]5th of February.
Ü* Joseph Dawson was arretted and examined
before Justice Graves, this week, for the morder
of W. H. Hopkins, who had mysteriously dis-
appeared from his accustomed haunts. Proof,
however, that Hopkins" still lives," prevented
Dawson from suspending.—Sentinel.
C The Victoria Advocate sa.ys that the open-
ing of the chaunel leading from the mouth of
the Guadalufte river, is about to be completed,
and anticipates the permanent establishment of
navigation from Victoria to tha nearest and most
eligible seaport. We understand the steamer
Texas is destined for this trade.
O* The Austin Gazette says, 14 we have had
the pleasure of meeting with Col. Neighbors,
who informs us that all is peace and quiet in the
Reserve. No depredations have been committed
ton our frontier by the Reserve Indians. All the
late murders and robberies have been dono by
the Kioways, Northern Comanche and Kicka-
O* The Houston Telegraph says that Silas
H. Force, Advertising Agent, No. 48 Hudson
street, New York, is not to be depended on. Mr.
Force had the kindness to send us some two
or three columns of advertisements, with the re-
quest " to publish and send the bill to him for
settlement." Read first time and committed to
O* Ou Tuesday night last, says the San An-
tonio Herald, of the 30lh ult., a small party of
Indians came down into Lytle's settlement, on
the Medina, and stole two horses from Mr.
Wm. Lytle, and killed of C. D. Lytle's and shot
and lanced another of Mr. Jackson's. They put
off that night, and were seen the next morning
on the Jcronimo, near Mr. Gallagher's Ranch,
with nine head of horses, all supposed to have
been stolen in the neighborhood. There were
Am Act to Incorporate Colorado
Section 1st. Be it enacted by the Legis-
lature of the State of Texas: That A. M.
Campbell, G. W. Smith, John J. Scherer,
S. Ilarbert, Jacob Scherer, C. W. Tait, John
Toliver, G. Scherer, C. Windrow, M. R.
Kenedy, W. J. l):xrdeii,'íf. E. Jordt, D.
Draub, G. Metz, F. G. Schullz, M. M.
Scherer, Ai S. Wart/, S. Thulemer, Ilenry
Merseburger, 11. L. Scherer, Isliam Tooke,
R.vV. Cook, E. P. Whitfield, F. Riley, and
J. G. Locjue, and their successors in office,
be and they are hereby constituted a Board
of Trustees of an Institution of Learning
established in or near the town of Colum
bilí, Colorado count}', Which said Institu
tion is incorporated by the name of " Col-
orado College," by which name it may sue
and b<? sued,, plead and be impleaded, buy
and sell property, real estate, personal or
mixed, and bold the same, not to exceed in
value the sum of two hundred thousand
dollars; and generally to do any and every
thing they may think proper for the pro
motion and interest of the Institution, not
repugnant to this act of incorporation, the
Constitution and Laws of the United
Stales or of this Slate.
Si2b. 2. That the Trustees, in case of a
vacancy iu the Board, whether by death,
resignation or otherwise, shall havs the
power, and are hereby required to fill 5ftid
vacancy or vacancies by election held at
their regular meeting, which election shall
bo made by ballot.
Sec. 3. That the Board of Trustees shall
consist of twenty-five members, a majority
of .vhom shall be members of the Evan-
gelical Lutheran Church, as it stands con-
nected with the general Synod of the
Sec. 4. That seven members of the
Board of Trustees shall constitute a quo-
rum lor the transaction of all business
relating to the College, except the election
of the President of the College, and the
carrying into effect section 9th of this
charter, in which case two-thirds of the
whole Board shall constitute a quorum.
Sec. 5. That the Board of Trustees shall
have power to elect annually by ballot, out
of their number, a President,- Secretary,
Treasurer, and such other offices as they
may think proper.
Sec. 0. That before the Treasurer shal)
enter upon the duties of his office lie shall
execute a bond with securities, to be ap-
proved by the Board of Trustees, condi-
tioned faithfully to perform all the duties
of his office.
. Sep.. ?. Tlwtfc the Board of JVwstooe shall-
meet at least ot:ce annually, and rmiy be
eovened at any time at the request of the
President and Secretary, by a notice sta
ting the object of the meeting, signed by
the Secretary and published in a newspa
per published in Columbus, or sent by mail
to each Trustee, and the President shall be
required to call a meeting upon the written
request of the members of the Board.
Sec. 8. That this Institution shall have
a common seal, which, with the signatures
of the President and Secretary of the
Hoard of Trustees, shall be evidence of
Sec. 9. That the Board of Trustees may
have the power of creating scholarships for
the benefit of the Institution.
Sec. 10. That no Sectarian or denomi
national tenets shall be taught iu this
College, provided this act shall not be so
construed as to prevent religions exercises;
and in no event shall the property, real or
personal, of this College, be transferred to
any religious sect or denomination, or in
trust, or use for either.
Sec. 11. That this College shall have
the power of conferring degrees, such as
are usually conferred by Colleges of the
Sec. 12. And he it further enacted,
That the Trustees of Herman University,
with the consent of the Trustees of the
College, may join, and become a part of
this corporation, to bo governed with the
property of said University, by the provis-
ions of this charter; provided that this
provision shall not be construed to confer
or revive any right to land which may
have been forfeited by Herman Universitv
to the State : nor to effect any such right
to which said College may be legaliy
Sec. 13. That this Act take effect from
and after its passage.
Approved December, 20th, 1857, and
signed, H. R. RUNNELS.
All Power Resides iu tlie People.
[Written for the Colorado Citizen.]
In looking over the columns of our
spirited little paper (tbe Colorado ^Citizen)
my attention was attracted by an. article
giving an account of the discussionon last
Friday night, and particularly by that por-
tion of it which argued the constitutionali-
ty of the first clause of the question
The position taken is, that all ppwer re-
sides in the people, and that the Legisla-
ture is only the a<jent of the people, and
tlierefoie have no right to paás a htw with-
out first consulting the people/
If this position be true, the Legislature,
in the passage of all laws, with but few
exceptions, has violated that instrument
which it is sworn to suppoit. The consti-
tution and laws made in pursuance thereof,
are the only restrictions thrown around oür
Legislature; which restrictions do not
require of the Legislature, that any propo-
sition or law passed by them shall be sub-
mitted to the peop'e for sanction before it
shall become valid, save amendments to
I believe that "our government wái made
for our common security and well being;
and, thai ail laws «vhich are not interdicted
by our constitution, and do not come in
collision with the constitution and laws of
the general government—having for their
object the accomplishment these enda—
The proposition ia true, " that all power
resides in tie people," and that "the Leg-
islature is the agest of the people'," but
because of the truth of tkes<j axiomatic
principles of free government, it does not
follow that there shall be a new grant of
power other than the grants embodied in ¡
the constitution, in order to the enactment
of law by the Legislature. The people are
not the pf-oper tribunal to decide as to the
extent of the powers of the Legislature;
in the formation of their government they
established a tribunal for the decision of
the question—a judiciary.
The article which called forth this reply,
contains fuither," that it is impossible to
legislate sin out of the world." The ad-
vocates of a prohibitory liquor law would
not urge its claims, because it is a sin to
abuse the use of ardent spirits. We would
not expect to make men religious by legis-
lating sin out of the world ; such ¿ position
we would consider sacreligious, and s
complaint against the plau of salvation,
instituted by Christ, for its inefficiency."
Larceny, burglary, perjjry and murder are
not prohibited l y law because thay are
sins 'TTlife t>IT>Tó sense of the term, but
Breadstufxs.—New York, Jan. 28.—
The Liverpool flour market is reported dull,
with a further decline of 6d. per barrel in
pi ices. Indian corn continued to decline.
The wheat market was dull, with prices
down from Id. to 2d. per bushel of seventy
Tampernickle says a woman's heart is
the most sweetest thing in the world; in
fact, a perfect honeycomb full of cells. Bee
because the interest and well being of a
well regulated society demand it.
Columbus, February 4, 1858.
ISiilaud, !3ie Desolate.
\ If grief my soul had never swept,
If sorrow there had never wept,
Nor left its impress ou iny brovvj;
If youth's bright hopes had never died,
If joy had lived when sorrow sighed,
I had not spoke, I had not cried,
Then had my pen been silent now.
But there's a spirit in the soul
That bids the bosom's thoughts unroll;
That fpirit sadly o'er me dwells;
My giief must speak, my sorrow deep;
My buried hopes may not thus deep ;
Those tears may not in silence weep ;
With many a voice my bosom swells.
The dreamings of my joyous youth'
Were bright and beautiful as truth—
My guileless spirit knew no sin •,
Like the sweet moon of cloudless night,
My heart's fond hopes were like her light,
And every tone gave new delight,
Where grief's sad tones had never been.
Like a garden rich in many & flower,
Of various hue aud fragrant power.
As pink and rose and jessamine,
When, at Aurora's crimson birth,
The golden sun bespangles earth.
And all tlie flowers of beauteous worth
In the sweet crystal dew-drop's shine ;
So was my brain, so was my heart!
Sweet thoughts, sweet hopes, why do we partí
Farewell, sweet visions of my brain!
Like tJ that garden, when has set
The golden orb, and night is met
In a shadowy pall of deep regret;
So now this heart that speaks its pain !
'T is like a star that's lost its fire,
'T is a dead soul without desire,
'T is line a sweet-singing bird that dies!
It droops like a crushed and trodden flow'r,
Disrobed of beauty, strength and power,
Dismantled like a ruined tower—
From dark despair it vainly flies!
Oh, if there be on earth no balm,
If to the storm succeeds no calm,
If hope, c'erliving, still must sleep,
If tears, more bitter, still must flow,
Those flowers still in darkness grow,
That star, the soul, still shine in w«e,
That bird no more its sweetness keep—
'Twcre better then to seek the grave,
To yield the soul to God who gave,
And bid this world a long farewell;
The body, with its woes on earth, would rest,
The soul, perchance, on high were blest;
Cut, blest or curst, the new-born breast
Would find tome peace, in Ilcav'n or Hell!
Columbus, Jan., 1858. ■ .
Tlie Eterfminatiou, Etc.
[Written for the Colorado Citizen.l
MessHs. Editors : \Vill you allow me a
small space in yoor valuable paper while I
notice the declamation of th^younf mea
of the Colttmbus Male School f
♦ í ata told that the examination during
the day was quite satisfactory, showing
that they had been students, and not idlers.
The speeches were well selected and well*
delivered—exhibiting bol<f, manly and in-
dependent thought, as Well as a high moral
bearing. "Well may parents and all inter-
ested put a high estimate upon the Colon "
bus Male School, for I doubt whether^it
has its equal in the State. If parents and
guardians whoss sons and Wards have gotten
into careless habits of study, desire to have
them reformed so as to study at night, and
ask to be awaked ia the morning eafcly, let
them try the Cdhimbus Male School, and if
it fails to arouse their energies in tina
direction, I would say put them to the
plow handles. If parents are obliged to
send their sous off to obtain an education,
I would adviðem by all means to spnd
them to Columbus.
The school is -in charge of iha tUir. Ht*
Scherer, whose high staricfuVg, both af a
divine and preceptor, neéd no comments?
recomnwe'rtcIati'On from taf pen, as ei!e/J
cSses of the past evening beautifully é*e&I
plified. "fhere is no teliin'gf t&e aWottet of
good that will result to ColiArrtjtis in her
sustaining tbe high reputation! ábe b«inow
in tlya character of her gartfifairies of learttr
ing, where knowledge ánd information %r
rmparted to thosé who must soon supplw
our places in society, and to enter upon ¿be
arena of public favor either for th* bar, tbe
pulpit or the S&mrte chamber.
The address of B. II. Ostwríw, Esq., t
shall say nothing about, sare that it was
replete with sound logic, and deliver^ with
such peals of eloquence thai burst from hk
lips and fell upon his almost breathless au-
dience, and carried conviction to tbvic
minds that a bright future awaited |tim.,
There are other schools iu this place'
where I am toid that tbe best order and
discipline is observed,- anc where both
young ladies and gentlemen are instructed••
With such schools, conducted upon suck
principles, Columbus must sucoeed.<
Parents at a di-tmce may rest assured
that the morals of their sous and daughters
will be cared for, and every effort jxut ír
requision to keep them in the path of duty.
I must close, for I have said more than' L
intended when I sat down.
Yoúr?, dcc., II. T. CHAPMAN.
Columbus, Feb. 8, 1858. *
> ' ■ !
■ ^Cairo's Ifttftie.
The editor of the Cairo Times and Dtltv,
who is trying to write that |)!ace up, thn*
accounts for her terrible 'reputation :
Years ago when we first become a Cairo-
ite, the reputation of the place was deci-
dedly hard. Strangers stopping in tbe
place for change of boats, considered tbe
safety of their baggage by no means ce *-
Utin, and their chances of escape without*
bullet hole in their carcasses, about five to
one. Citizens observing the foolish trepi-
dation of such persons, would carelessly
loiter about them; perhaps lounge on their
baggage; display (accidentally of course,)
the handle of a ten pound cleaver, a ten
inch butcher-knife, or the pole of a hatchet,
partly concealed about their persons, aad
commence, with a perfect *ang frvid,«
conversation, perhaps hi the fbftowiag
" I say, Bob, was yon at the ball last
" Y«s! Real nice time, Tom,'—four men
killed—help bury 'em this morning. Put
'em all in a queensware crate land stink
'era in the Ohio. Stunk some.*'
" I saw the light—most beautiful. Elf
Latkin dropped his innards, the first rake
he received from Dan Noel's tooth P^-
lIe flickered out laughing at the pretty
lick. Ah 1 it was beautiful! But Aat
infernal butcher whose wizsen you eHpped,
hacked and stabbed Mark's carcass so awk-
wardly, that I took it to be his first * set to.'
Mark, poor fellow did his best, but of oowse
he couldn't fight close in quaiters witba,
In this style conversation would be kept,
up a few minutes, when the parties reool-
!ecti g that it bad been ten minutes sinoe-
they had "lickereo," under pretext of get*
ting a drink, would disperse.
The travelers, perhaps, would scaioely
recover from the horror thus occasioned,
before a citizen rolling an empty barrel by
them, would be accosted by another:
" Hank, what are you going to do with
Coffin, Bill—boy dead!"
" Ob, get a box—be human—hero's one.
—tlie very feller.'*
Hank measures it—looks puzzled a min-
ute, then shouldering it, very cooly rejoins:
" Too short a foot, but Til bury him decent^
You see that I can saw his legs off } " and*
with tbe same indifierenc* that one Wfeiild
expect to observe where suoh brutality^ $a
common, the parties would separate, or
perhaps take a drink, the distreseed h&-
er (?) with his son's coffia on his back!
Such proceedings of course, would make
the very flesh of the observing stranger
crawl with perfect horror.- They would
confirm him in the belief of every hard
story he bad every heard of Cairo; aad¿*f
course, find their way into the papé aa
facts for every person's pertsal.
In this manner, Cairo has obtained much
of her bad reputation.
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