game had disappeared, and I knew noth- / questions, concluding to let time solve ing of his whereabouts. I was anxious the question. After we landed at Little to know what had become of him, for I Rock, the preliminaries being all arrangthought he was in some way or other ed, we repaired to the place designated connected with one of the parties. The on the banks of the Ankansas river, about gamblers, flush with their ill-gotten treas- a mile and a half below town. The disure, commenced drinking and carousing, tance ten paces, with dueling pistols. and asked if there were any more who The first fire, Johnson's ball entered the wished to play a game of “poker,” when gambler's right arm, just above the wrist, young Johnson stepped forward and said and came out above the elbow. The code he would try a hand with either one of of honor being maintained, the affair was them, but would not play with them to settled. After the duel was over, we regether. The victorious one took his seat turned to the hotel. The affair did not at the table. All eyes were turned on create much excitement, for there were Johnson, and I do not believe there was but few who knew anything about it, one who did not wish he might come out and duels were so common those days in winner.

Arkansas that little attention was paid The betting commenced on a large to them, with the exception of the sporting scale, and before the morning's sun made characters. I felt a peculiar interest in its appearance, Johnson had won all the Johnson from some cause, I knew not gambler's money and Stebbin's servant. what, notwithstanding I knew him to be There were three or four of us who had both a gambler and a duelist. I had stood around the table all night, so inter- some business to attend to in Little Rock, ested were we in the game that sleep and then intended to continue my jourcame not to our eyes. The last bet that ney to the interior of the State, where I was made was $3,000, and when the had several bills for collection. About gambler saw that he had lost, he made three o'clock that afternoon a servant a grab for the money, when Johnson came to my room and handed me a note, drew his revolver and held it within a requesting me to call at room No. 3, but few inches of his head, saying: “ Touch making no explanations in regard to it. one cent of that money and you are a This rather astonished me, but I immedead man.” The gambler drew back diately repaired to the room where Johnwith a wild look, not saying, a word, son was waiting for me, or whom I shall and left the table. In a few minutes he now call Adelaide, for it was none other. returned, telling Johnson that he was I had scarcely entered the door before now prepared, and must have satisfac- she came and threw her arms around my tion for the insult offered him by draw- neck and commenced weeping. I could ing his revolver. Johnson told him he not speak for several moments, for the was no duelist, neither was he inclined surprise was so great to find the beautito fight him; but if nothing else would ful and accomplished Adelaide, dressed do him, he could have satisfaction when in male attire and following the occupathey arrived at Little Rock, which was but tion of gambler, but the greatest mysa short distance ahead. This appeared tery to me was that I had not recognized to be satisfactory, and the gambler told her. She said she could not keep herhim to select his weapons and hour of self longer disguised from me, for sho meeting. Some of the passengers who desired to tell me her misfortunes. were acquainted with the gambler tried About three months after she was marto prevail upon Johnson not to fight him, ried, Matson was arrested for forgery on as he was considered an extraordinary one of the eastern banks; tried, and shot, but it was all to no purpose.

sentenced to the state prison for ten years, Johnson selected Stebbins as his sec- where he soon afterwards died. My fears ond, and came to me and asked if I would had been more than realized in regard to go and witness the duel, saying that he the unfortunate wedding, which was alwished to leave some papers in my care,

most forced upon her by her parents. provided he was killed. I was perfectly “Adelaide," said I, what could in

' ®“ astonished at his request, and scarcely duce you to follow the river as a gamknew what answer to make him ; but he bler ?" prevailed upon me so that I at last con- “ Will, I hardly know, but I could sented. It was a mystery to me why I never think of returning home again to should be selected by him to take charge endure the jeers of my old acquaintances. of his papers and money, but I asked no I sacrificed all my future happiness on


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the matrimonial altar to please my pa- Let us pass over ten years which has rents, and gave my hand to one I did not so swiftly rolled by. Many changes have love, who has since proven to be a felon. transpired in that space of time. CountOnce knowing I had made myself un- less thousands have set sail on the dark worthy of the only one I ever did love, I river of death, while the sands of life of made up my mind to choose between two those who are living have been washing evils the least. Will, do not censure me, down into the dark waves which close and I know you would not if you only upon them forever. Within that space knew the pangs of anguish that are California has been peopled by the Angnawing the cords of life, one by one.” | glo-Saxon race, who have been drawn

You have not forgotten Charlie.” here by the exhibition of her marvelous

Forgotton Charlie! Ask me if the wealth. The mountains, which are corsun has forgotten to rise, or the moon to ered with eternal snows, have become send her pale rays over the earth, or the dwelling place of civilized man, and time cease to move. I love Charlie dear- the untold treasure which lies buried beer to-day than I love my own soul, but I neath those craggy cliffs is being brought know I am now unworthy of him.” to the eyes of an astonished world. The

I kissed her care-worn brow, and told valleys have been made to yield all her that although she was doing wrong the luxuries of life. Cities have sprung in pursuing her present course of life, up as if by magic, proving the inshe could not now adorn the circles of domitable spirit of the American people. good society with that grace and dignity In the grand rush for the golden land, which she did in other days. Yet I could many tender ties have been severed, not discountenance my chilhood compan- which has given rise to many incidents ion, but should ever cherish for her feel- of a romantic character. It was considings of the warmest character, hoping ered early times when I kame to Califorthat she would yet reform and become a nia, that is in the discovery of gold, and lady once more.

the mines were the great attraction. Will, you almost persuade me to be- Nothing could induce me to remain in come a woman again, but then you know, the city, for I thought I could make my when woman falls from her position, she fortune in a short time by mining"; falls never to rise again. It is differ- in fact, I felt sure I could pick up ent with man, for he can reform and en- enough to do me. It was in the spring ter society; but poor frail woman has no when I left San Francisco for Auburn. hope, for when the lamp which lights the The gold was more difficult to procure path of virtue and rectitude is once ex- than I imagined, and then the "lumps tinguished, it can never be lighted again.” were not so large as I expected to find

"You should not talk so despondingly, them, but I continued mining for about for there are some in this world who are twelve months, and in that time I had ever willing to assist those who desire managed to make some money. I came to reform."

to the conclusion to return to San Fran“ They are few and far between. My cisco and go into some business which own sex would be the last ones to coun- would not require so much hard labor. tenance me should I attempt to reform, I got into the coach at Auburn for Sacraand then if I should reform, I could nev- mento; there being five other passengers, er make myself worthy of Charlie, for I took the middle seat, and immediately without his society the world has no in front of me sat a man whose countecharm for me. The Rubicon is past, hope nance looked familiar to me, but his face enters not my heart. I am lost, forever being covered with whiskers, I could not lost!

make up my mind whether I had ever We parted, and I took the coach for seen him before or not. We sat for some the village of M-, to attend to my time without any of us speaking, when duties, but I was in a poor mood for do- the gentleman by my side entered into ing business, my mind being so excited conversation witń me, while the other over what had transpired in the last twen was watching me all the time; but I ty-four hours. After four weeks' travel paid no attention to him, when of a sudover the State of Arkansas, I returned to den he raised up and asked me my name, New Orleans, hoping I might meet Ade which I told him, when he took my hand, laine again, as she told me that she cal saying: culated to return on the boat she came Do you remember Charles Watson?” up on.

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I told him I did; when he embraced , ens, it is Adelaide !Adelaide, hearing me and wept like a child.

her name pronounced, rosé up in the “I know you think I am foolish and bed, looking more like a ghost than a am devoid of the feelings of a man, but human being, and cried out, “Oh, my such is not the case, for I have not seen God! is that Charlie ?” The next moone I knew since I left my native land, ment they were in each other's arms. nine long years ago.”

The scene of that meeting is one long to “ How long,” he continued, “ since you be remembered by me, for it is stamped left home?"

upon my mind with such a deep impres“ About eighteen months."

sion that time can never erase it, but it “I presume there have been many will cling to me while time with me rechanges since I left.”'

mains. A comfortable room was procur“Yes, Charlie, you would not know the ed, with a waiting maid in attendance ; place. Little girls have become young everything was done for her that medical ladies since you left, and some have been skill could desire, but all to no purpose ; laid in the cold earth, while others have in less than two weeks, Adelaidē, the fegone forth into different portions of the male gambler, was no more ! world to seek their fortune.”

On examination of her papers, which * Did Adelaide and her husband ever were in a little box under the head of return to the village ?

her bed, it was found that she had left, “ They never returned."

by her will, all her money to Charlie. “Do you know where they are ?" Eight thousand dollars in different banks

This question I did not know how to in this State, and ten thousand in New answer; but after hesitating for a mo- Orleans. Charlie closed out business in ment, I concluded to tell him all I knew San Francisco and returned to the Atconcerning poor unfortunate Adelaide, lantic States, to see if he could find Adefor I presumed she was long since dead. laide's parents. The following letter exWhen I finished the sad narrative of her plains all, and is the conclusion of our fate he covered his face with his hands narrative, which we hope is not without and sat for some time without uttering a some interest, as it is not fiction, for the word, when he looked at me with tears scenes portrayed are of real life. glistening in his eyes. “ It is too hard,” said he," that two

“LOUIdville, Kv., 185–. hearts that once beat in unison, should " MY DEAR WILL. :-I write you accordforever be separted.”.

ing to promise, but have nothing of interWhen we arrived at Sacramento we est. I have again wandered over my childtook rooms together, and I learned he hood land ; again I sit beneath the red had been practicing medicine in Texas wood tree on the banks of my favorite meuntil the discovery of gold in California. andering little stream where love's first He was then on his way to San Francisco dream entered my heart, while the fairest to commence the practice of medicine creature that ever graced the earth rested again.

her hand upon my bosom, and with a smile

as sweet and bright as that of an angel, One evening we entered his office, and found a Spanish woman waiting for Dr. she was happy only by my side ; but I must

looked up into my face and told me that Charlie. She said there was a lady near by, very ill, and must have a physician. rents are both dead, having died with grief

not continue this subject. Adelaide's paCharlie and myself followed the direc- from the loss of their child. My kind bentions which led to the house. When we efactors, Dr. Longsby and lady, are both arrived, we found the patient in a little gone to the spirit-world and have left ail four by six room, with an old lamp their property, which amounts to over burning, which did not give light enough twenty thousand dollars, to me; but Will., to distinguish anything in the room. what is all this money to me, since my Charlie told me to take a seat and he brightest hopes have passed away? I start would and get some candles. Neither for Europe in about two weeks, and will of us had gone near the patient. As write you occasionally while in that counsoon as he returned he struck a light and try. My respects to all my friends in Caliwent up to the bed; the rays of the light fornia. I shall return to that country to had hardly fell upon her countenance, make it my future home, for the remains of when he started back trembling like an the only one I ever loved are there. Adieu, aspen leaf, his countenance as pale as the

" CHARLES Watson." driven snow, exclaiming : " Good Heav


It is rarely that we find in the public God labored first, toil likens us to Him. prints of the day anything justly entitled Ashamed of work! mechanic with thy tools ?

The tree thy axe cut from its native sod, to the name Poetry. This, we are aware,

And turns to useful things-go tell to foolsis a bold assertion, yet we repeat it, and Was fashioned in the factory of God. would like to see the man with sufficient Go build your ships, go, raise your lofty dome,

Your granite temple that through time endures, impudence to put us to the proof. Nev

Your humble cot, or that proud pile of Rome, ertheless, poetical productions of striking His arm has toiled there in advance of yours. merit do sometimes find their way into He made the flowers your learned florists scan, the busy papers, many of which, we may Enobled labor in great Nature's plan,

And crystalized the atoms of each gem, add, are so marked by the hand of Genius,

And made it virtue's brightest diadem. that it is impossible to pass them by Whatever thing is worthy to be had, without pleasing recognition. Our atten

Is worthy of the toil by which 'tis won,

Just as the grain with which the fields are clad, tion was thus arrested not long since, by

Pays back the warming labor of the sun. a Poem in the Sunday Globe of this city, 'Tis not profession that enobles men, entitled “ Labor,” from the pen of our

'Tis not the calling that can e'er degrade;

The trowel is as worthy as the pen, well known fellow-townsman, FRANK

The pen is mightier than the hero's blade. SOULE, Esq. While cheerfully transfer- The merchant with his ledger and his wares, ring this charming production to the The lawyer with his cases and his books, pages of our Magazine, we can almost The toiling farmer 'mid his wheat, or tares,

The poet by his shady streams and nooks, hear the joyous sound of the hammer The man, whate'er his work, wherever done, and saw, and fancy that we can see the If intellect and honor guide his hand, fair ribbons” as they curl out grace

Is peer to him who greatest state hath won,

And rich as any Rothchild of the land. fully from the “rabbet plane.” How

All mere distinctions based upon pretence, sweet is the Song of Labor, and how Are merely laughing themes for manly hearts, sweetly is it sung by California's Poet! The miner's cradle claims from men of sense, The effort is entirely worthy of the gifted Let fops and fools the sons of toil deride,

More honor than the youngling Bonaparte's. author, and specially honorable to the

On false pretensions brainless dunces live, State he takes delight in calling his Let carpet heroes strut with parlor pride, home:

Supreme in all indolence can give

But be thou not like them, and envy not

These fancy tomtit burlesques of mankind,

The witless snobs in idleness who rot, Despise not labor! God did not despise

Hermophradites 'twixt vanity and mind. The handicraft which wrought this gorgeous globe; Oh, son of toil, be proud, look up, arise, That crowned its glories with yon jeweled skies,

And disregard opinion's hollow test,

A false society's decrees despiseAnd clad the earth in nature's queenly robe.

He is most worthy who hath labored best. He dug the first canal—the river's bed

The sceptre is less royal than the hoe, Built the first fountain in the gushing spring,

The sword, beneath whose rule whole nations writhe,

And curse the wearer while they fear the blowWove the first carpet for man's haughty tread,

Is far less noble than the plough and scythe. The warp and woof of his first covering.

There's more true honor on one tan-browned hand, He made the picture painters imitate;

Rough with the honest work of busy men.

Than all the soft-skinned punies of the land, The statuary's first grand model made,

The nice white kidery of “upper ten;" Taught human intellect to re-create,

Blow bright the forge, the sturdy anvil ring,

It sings the anthem of king Labor's courts, And human ingenuity its trade.

And sweeter sounds the clattering hammers bring, Ere great Daguerre had harnessed up the Sun,

Than half a thousand thumped pianofortes. Apprenticeship at his new art to serve,

Fair are the ribbons from the rabbet plane,

As those which grace my lady's hat and cape, A greater Artist greater things had done,

Nor does the joiner's honor blush or wane, The wondrous pictures of the optic nerve.

Beside the lawyer with his brief and tape. There is no deed of honest labor born,

Pride thee, mechanic, on thy honest trade, That is not godlike in the toiling limb,

'Tis nobler than the snob's much vaunted pelf,

Man's soulless pride his test of worth has made, Howe'er the lazy scoff, the brainless scorn

But thine is based on that of God himself.


JOE BOWERS' WEDDING. The time for making Joseph Bowers and

Nancy Harkens one, had arrived. Every TIAR."

heart throbbed with the most delightful The county of —, away up in the emotions. The young gentlemen desirmountains,” boasts of one of the best ed to know how “Joe” would stand it, judges in California. On the bench and the young ladies were anxious to see he is firm, decided, and prompt, not car-how “ Nance” would suffer the awful ing the snap of his finger for either the shock. Others, again, who had closely applause of friends, or the mutterings of observed the turn of affairs during the enemies. He is, perhaps, the most de evening, fixed their attention upon the voted man to the law in all creation, and judge, to see how he would come out of has his head so full of what he terms the scrape. "judicial talk,” that he not unfrequent- At length the trying moment was anly finds himself making learned charges nounced. The judge arose very cauand passing sentence outside of the tiously from the chair which he had occucourt room.

pied in one corner of the room, and castOn a recent occasion, the judge was ing his eye over the

company, he called on to exercise the “power and au- recognized the sheriff of the county, who thority in him vested,” in the case of a was present as an invited guest. The young couple, who desired to have their judge had imbibed just enough to make hearts united in the holy band of wed- him forget the nature of his business. lock. Of course he consented to perform He was full of his “judicial talk," and the pleasing duty, and on the appointed required nothing but the presence of the evening, was promptly on hand, at the sheriff to start him. Looking sternly at house at which the affair was to come the officer, he shouted :off. The room was crowded by the beau- “Mr. Sheriff, open the Court and call ty and fashion of the town, and none

order !” looked more dignified or happy than the A general twitter followed this comjudge himself, who was dressed within mand, in the midst of which the sheriff an inch of his life.

took the "court” gently by the arm, and It is customary on occasions of the led him to his seat in the corner, at the kind referred to, for the good folks of the same time informing the august persormountain towns to pass around the wine age of his mistake. quite freely, and to their everlasting cred- Everything now bid fair for a pleasant it, we will add, they considerit no harm for and sudden termination of the affair, unone to manifest his interest in the joyous til another annoyance, which was nothevent, by getting “lively.” The judge ing less than the absence of the brideis an ardent admirer of the fair sex, hav- groom, was observed. It turned out that ing in the course of his life led the third he had just stepped across the street to one to the altar. To use his own lan- join his friends in a parting drink, but

great believer in wed before his return, some cold blooded wag dings,” and that he should become a lit- had whispered into the ear of our foggy tle mellow amid the glorious scene of the judge, the cause of “ delay in proceedevening, was not to be wondered at by ings.”

.” Instantly the chair in the corner those who knew him intimately. He had moved, and in that direction all eyes the weakness of all good judges. He were fixed. would take his “tod,"

“Mr. Sheriff,” slowly drawled the The wine had passed round and round judge, “ bring Joe into court on a supeand round. The music had ceased. I nar”—the judge had his own way of


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