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NETTIE LEE. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
NETTIE LEE. BY OLD JOE RAMROD. Though years have passed since last I gazed Upon her lovely brow; Her parting words ring in my ears, Her kiss -- l feel it now : " Adieu," she said, with trembling voice, " I gave my heart to thee; No other one shall e'er possess The hand of Nettie Lee." (verse break) Since then I've wandered many years, Yet does it ever seem, That she's beside me through the day, Of her I nightly dream : When moonbeams dance upon the waves, Or tempests lash the sea, Like angel guardian near me glides The form of Nettie Lee! (verse break) As fairest flowers are soonest culled From gardens they perfume, So she was called from Earth away, Mid holier scenes to bloom. But ere she drew her latest breath, She kindly spake of me, And said that Death would fail lo quench The love of Nettie Lee. (verse break) Though we may meet on Earth no more, Yet unto me is given The blessed hope, that soon I'll join My spirit-bride in Heaven. And when my eyes are closed in death, Beneath th...
California Chronicles. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
(missing line: TWO CHAPTERS OF) California Chronicles. MURPHY'S, Sept. 11th, 1854. Messrs. Editors: --The rage for publishing has assumed the character of an epidemic; and although I occupy an obscure and humble situation in life—away up here among the hills--inhaling the pure, invigorating, and health-giving mountain air, apart from the excitement, the turmoil, and contagion of cities; yet even I, of late, have been seized with certain "itchings" and other disagreeable indications of a vain-glorious desire to get at the public ear. And as "there is no balm in Murphy's, and no physicians there," I am constrained to apply to you to say, whether the disease shall be allowed to take its course, and "wear itself out," or be checked in its incipient stages. That you may know some of the "symptoms," and be able intelligently to prescribe for my malady, I send you herewith the first and second chapters of
THE LOCK CHRONICLES. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
THE BOOK OF CHRONICLES: Being the Narrative of a Journey to, and Residence in, the Land of Ophir. CHAPTER I. 1. In the second year of the reign of Zachary the king, it came to pass that O-bee, surnamed the Powerful, purposed in his heart to take a journey unto a far country, even unto the land of Ophir. (new PP) 2. Now Ophir lieth to the westward of the city where abode O-bee, about twenty-four thousand furlongs, and aboundeth with the most fine gold, and with precious stones. 3. In those days many of the people left their houses, and their wives, and their little ones, and journeyed many days and many nights towards Ophir. (new PP) 4. Some went through the wilderness by the way of the desert and the hill country, with horses and cattle and much goods; (new PP) 5. (Howbeit, many of them perished by the way, by reason of the scarcity of water, and of grass for their cattle ; and many were destroyed of the pestilence, which smote them in the way, and in their tents;) (new PP) 6. And s...
Mr Visit to an Opera Masquerade, AND WHAT HAPPENED TO ME. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
My Visit to an Opera Masquerade, AND WHAT HAPPENED TO ME. If the reader will promise not to laugh, I will give him the story of my first visit to an opera masquerade. I had come up to London from Manchester by coach, having several orders to take, and wishing personally to see after our agents, besides having about two thousand pounds to receive on account of our firm. Well, you must know that we had only one inside passenger beside myself, who appeared a discreet, proper behaved man, and rather gave me to understand that he was an a clergyman. Somehow or other, I don't know why, the conversation turned on my affairs, when I told him exactly what I was coming up about; and indeed I produced one or two of the bills I had in my pocket-book, as he offered to tell me whether the drawers and acceptors were good—where they lived, and all other information relative to them. We had a very pleasant journey, and I was quite disappointed when my friend got out just before we entered London, as...
Americans as Linguists. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
Americans as Linguists. ln an interesting article in the Eclectic Review, on American travellers in Europe, a writer speaks in the following complimentary terms of the peculiar faculty of our countrymen for acquiring languages: "The Americans have peculiar aptitude for foreign travel. They are excellent linguists. It is even said that they learn French more easily, and speak it better, than any foreigners in France." Their knowledge of Spanish and German surpasses ours; and numerous distinguished foreigners, not British, have long been naturalized among them—the Benezets, the Gallatins, the Agassiz, the Audubons, the Girards, and the Sillimans, the family of our author. The check-work of which all nations consist more or less—and of which ours is a famous example, as Defoe shows in his 'True Briton'— is more visibly and more audibly social check-work in the United States than elsewhere. Whilst the great substratum is our ' Brito-Romo-Saxo-Dano-Norman-English,' there will be found su...
The Grizzly Dear, AND AN ADVENTURE WITH ONE. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
The Grizzly Bear, AND AN ADVENTURE WITH ONE. There are probably few of our readers who are not aware that a grizzly bear is one of the most dangerous assailants a hunter can encounter. It is said that the most active of our trappers and backwoodsmen seldom attack him except when mounted and well armed, and the Indians consider the killing of a grizzly a feat equal to the scalping of a human foe. These never attempt to hunt him, unless when a large party is together; and the hunt among some tribes is preceded by a feast and a bear-dance. It is often the lot of the solitary trapper to meet with this fourfooted enemy, and the encounter is rated as equal to that with two hostile Indians. From a celebrated backwoodsman, a writer in Chambers' Journal says he had the following story or stories, which he gives in the rude patois of the narrator: "Young fellur, when you scare up a grizzly, take my advice, and gie 'im a wide berth - that is, unless yur unkimmum well mounted. Ov coorse, ef yur...
The Fruiterer`s Hephem; OR, A ROMANCE OF HEROISM. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
The Fruiterer`s Nephew; OR, A ROMANCE OF HEROISM. "Miserable! miserable!" exclaimed the father of Lazare, who kept a cook's shop at Versailles, to his son; "six years old, and without will or talent! Thou canst neither turn the spit nor skim the kettle." It must be confessed that the father of Lazare had some reasonable grounds of reprimand, for, at the moment when this scene took place, in 176-, he had surprised his heir presumptive in a flagrant dereliction of duty. Armed with a spit, in imitation of a foil, he was running through the sword exercise, and every now and then with waggish triumph wounding the smoky walls of his father's kitchen, instead of minding a fowl that lay on the table ready to be impaled, or attending to the seething pot that threw its silvery scum in cascades over its sides into the fire beneath. "Come, come! pardon him and kiss him - the little boy : he will never do it again!" said a pretty peasant, still young, a fruit-girl of Montreuil, and sister of the...
The Husband and the Artist; OR, AN ENGLISHMAN'S REVENGE. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
The Husband and the Artist; OR, AN ENGLISHMAN'S REVENGE. A late Parisian newspaper tells the story of a wealthy Englishman, who may constantly be seen at the Grand Opera and the Italian Opera, and who enjoys a great reputation, not only as being a connoisseur of music, but further, as being a great amateur of painting. How the reputation was acquired, you will presently see. He was, he is, one of those Bedonin Englishmen, who live alternately in the European capitals, except when they are on an occasional jaunt to Egypt, or to China or to India, or the Holy Land, He never traveled alone: his wife was with him--his bona fide wife--for, notwithstanding his errant life, " so apt to weaken one's morals," he had all the English respect for the sex, and a true Englishman's love for his wife. She was a beautiful woman, one of those " keepsake" beauties, that, once seen, make a man dream forever. Her social success was very great in all the cities they visited. In Rome, after some years' ma...
San Diego Field Sports. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
San Diego Field Sports. REPORTED BY BORAX. (Gazing out of the door upon a delicious prospect visible from the rear of my premises, the features of the landscape were suddenly augmented by the precipitate appearance of a couple of dusky squaws, pugnacious and militant. They were followed and surrounded by a well-dressed crowd of interested spectators, consisting of a small boy and a little dog, the spot before me having been selected by the party as the battle-ground for the following display of science: The combatants having peeled, disclosed, the one a red, the other a parti-colored petticoat. Parti-color showed robustness, with great breadth of person. Red, on the contrary, a slight and wiry figure, surmounted by a shock of hair, terminating in a big knob at top. Round 1. Commenced by Red, who suddenly lowered her top-knot, and made a dive at Parti-color, knocking the wind out of that lady's stomach, with a loud whoosh! Both down. Round 2. Indignant Parti-color, oblivious of rules...
The Two Mr. Mathewses. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
The Two Mr. Mathewses. The following anecdote illustrates the reputation of Mr. Charles Mathews, whose progress through the bankruptcy court has lately attracted attention:—Frank Mathews was in the habit of haring every evening a pint of porter from a neighboring "public." On one occasion Charles Mathews met the pot-boy on the stair, and inquired " who was the beer for." The boy replied, " for Mr. Mathews." On which Charles replied, "I'm going to Mr. Mathews, and I'll carry it to him." So, knocking at the door, and imitating the boy's voice, he said, "Here's your beer, sir." Frank, knowing Charles's voice, notwithstanding the disguised tone, replied, "Put it down." The rejoinder was, "My master told me not to leave the beer without the money." " Oh, in that case," replied Frank, " it's not for me, but for the other Mr. Mathews."
A CALIFORNIA PAPER FOR THREE DOLLARS A YEAR! [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
A CALIFORNIA PAPER FOR THREE DOLLARS A YEAR! We will send the Steamer Edition of the WIDE WEST to any address for Three Dollars a year, payable in advance. It will contain an abstract of the News of the Fortnight preceding its publication, a variety of Sketches of California Life, and other interesting articles, suited to the reading of all persons wishing to keep themselves informed on California matters, and who are desirous of obtaining a correct insight into the state of California society. To persons who have returned to the East from California, it will be peculiarly adapted, as it will contain all the local incidents, &amp;c., in which this class of readers are likely to be most interested. To those who are desirous of emigrating to this State, and who wish to obtain correct information in regard to the mining and other resources of California now in process of development, it will be an acceptable visitor. To the general reader, it will offer a variety of literary ma...
THE NEWS OF THE FORTNIGHT. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
THE NEWS OF THE FORTNIGHT. The bark Archibald Gracie brings us two weeks later news from the Sandwich Islands. Tonnage duties have been abolished in all the ports of the Hawaiian Islands—a measure which will no doubt have a beneficial effect. The schooner Eudorus, from the Ochotsk Sea, brings reports from the whaling fleet in the North. The yield of oil has not been very great. The inhabitants of Ayan, a Russian settlement in the North, were prepared to defend themselves in case of an attack by the English, having erected a battery of nine guns. They were aware of the existing state of affairs. In Los Angeles, a difficulty occurred between Mr. Bevin, of the Indian Agency, and Capt. Dorsey, U. S. Land Register of that place, on Friday, Sept. 8th. The parties were separated without either sustaining any material injury, and adjourned the further settlement of their personal matters until their arrival in this city, where the affair was temporarily brought to a conclusion by the action...
Charles Dickens and Hard Times. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
Charles Dickens and Hard Times. The newspapers are teeming with accounts of Dickens' pecuniary embarrassments, and the old adage, that when a man begins to go down hill, all lend him a helping hand or foot, seems to be verified by their conduct. Writers who never opened their mouths save in praise of his genius and transcendent wit now discover that he never was much, after all--that there are many American writers whose humor is infinitely more pleasing aud delicate; and one even goes so far as to instance Mrs. Stowe as one of them. Such attacks need no refutation. They are in bad temper and worse taste. The rumors of his extravagance, embarrassments, and recent flight to France, are by no means uncontradicted; but we confess ourselves forced to admit their truth, and it is no hard matter to imagine that the man who has written so powerfully against spendthrifts and want of application, should himself have evidenced the power of temptation. None can so well depict the horrors of vi...
LOCAL MATTERS. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
LOCAL MATTERS. [From our Weekly of September 24.] Dedication or Rincon Point School House.—The new School House on Rincon Point was dedicated on Friday last. The building is a plain wooden one, 80 by 60 feet, two stories high, and capable of accommodating 275 scholars. The grammar room in the second story, seats 112 scholars, and is neatly finished. On the afternoon of the dedication, the house waa crowded by a large audience. The singing was conducted by a delegation from the Bush Street School, (No. 2,) under the charge of their Principal, Mr. Denman, and the assistant teachers, Mrs. Haseltlne and Miss Sandford. The Mayor elect, S. P. Webb, Esq., presided. The Order of Exercises were as follows:—1. Dedicatory Prayer, by Rev. Wm. Spear; 2. "Song of Welcome," written for the occasion; 8. Salutatory, by Master Wm. GilUs j 4. Address, by the Principal, Mr. Swett; 5. Dedicatory Hymn, written by J. Swett; 6. Address, by Rev. J. E. Benton; 7. Ode, recited by Master Wilson (original); 8. ...
Reverence. [Newspaper Article] — Wide West — 30 September 1854
Reverence. The following subjmc extracts are from a "pome" published "by request'"in the last number of the Christian Advocate. It would i appear that the Advocate does not disdain to amuse its readers when it can at the same time shock them. Thiacturse is in perfect keeping with the recent attitude of tbat paper, in opposing indulgence in all species of amusetiint, except such as, in the opinion of the editor, is afl'oiied by the gallows. How a paper, claiming to be devoted exclusively to religious objects, could publish the I iocs in question, we cannot understand : PaJf.FIR.M 11ANK. I have a lever-fuiling bank, A ri.ro than gulden store, No earthf- bank is half so rich— How (as I then be poor? • • I • • • • We read tf one young man indeed, Who* riches did abound, But in thf Banker's book of grace. This San was never fouud. 11,;! ..-J|s*sf-,.&gt;_,1 dying thl«f, 4j^^*ltj ( &lt;]ai.kcr He cr*?«7" fJlaFDord, remember me," Then get his easb —and died. • •*••* SouwUuie...