Gambar halaman

State. The members, whether Whig or Dem- time almost deprived it of vitality, was reorganized ocrat, will vie with each other in doing honor in November, 1851, and is now in cheering circumto the memory of the pure statesman whose

stances. The following comprise its roll of offi

cers :-J. J. Pensam, P.8.; A.J. Bigelow, Sachem; name they have adopted, and in casting aside, C. P. Colgan, First C.; J. H. Still, Second C. ;J as he did, all partisan predilections whenever W. Van Zandt, C. of the C.; S. A. Snow, C. C.; the good of the whole country demands it.

Isaac Betts, F. C.; C. P. Kimball, C. of the E.;
John G. Hunter, S. A.; H. A. Russell, First M.;
A. R. Simmons, Third M.; and J. G. Beck, Fourth

M. The Chapter will commemorate the natal day CALIFORNIA.–Our brethren in the Eureka of American Independence by a procession in full State are in fine spirits, and the Chapter at

regalia. San Francisco is in a flourishing condition, as will be seen by the following extract which

AN INTERESTING REUNION took place on Friwe make from the Daily Erening Journal of day evening, July 30th, at the rooms of Emthat city, under date June 26:

pire Chapter, New-York, on which occasion

Empire” was visited officially by Franklin ORDER OF UNITED AMERICANS.- Among the and Charter Oak Chapters. Each member various benevolent associations of modern times, which shine forth redolent with good deeds and present was invited to address the meeting, purposes in every Christian land on the earth, and the evening was passed most agreeably none, perhaps, are more deserving favorable atten- and profitably in a series of desultory speeches tion than the Order of United Americans. This from various members upon the political econOrder, though, we believe, youngest in the category of secret institutions, or those so called, is not the omy of our country, the merits of our organleast prominent; for not only are its objects phil- ization, and the duties of its members. Past anthropic, but they are also professedly, and we Grand Sachem Baldwin, being present, took trust practically, truly patriotic. Founded in a deep and abiding love for the principles of our

part in the proceedings. We have more than civil and religious liberty, and an ennobling desire once had occasion to speak of Empire Chapter, to preserve and nurture them to the honor and which, though one of our youngest, is deterglory of Americans, and the eventual happiness of nations, now writhing under the cloven foot of des mined to be second to none in activity, intellipotism, the Order bas advanced in strength and gence, and fidelity to the great principle. importance with remarkable celerity, until now its members can be found in almost every city and town in the Union, and among them the most in- By-Laws.—Our Chapters are too apt to telligent and exalted of our countrymen. It does not, as its title would seem to imply, and as many

overlook Ordinance No.5, in making or amendsuppose, turn away from those not“ of the manor ing their by-laws. We quote section 1 of that born,” but on the contrary, is ever ready and desir- Ordinance : ous to stretch forth the right hand of fellowship to ALL foreigners, come whence they may, who, adopt- “All applications made to Chancery for the aping our country as their home with sincerity, love proval of by-laws of any Chapter, or for the amendand cherish her institutions. In politics, the O. U. ment of any existing laws, shall be accompanied A. recognizes no party whatever, its shrine being by two copies of the laws submitted, each of which the Constitution of '76 ; its aspirations, the pros- shall be correctly engrossed, on full sheets of perity of our free government, protection invincible paper, with suitable margins to allow for any to the glorious and beautiful temple of American amendments or alterations that may be determined Liberty.

on by Chancery." In some of the Atlantic States, the Order is exceedingly prosperous, bidding fair to excel all com- This Ordinance is in conformity with Sec. 1 petition in well doing. New-York has within her | Article IV. of the Constitution of the Order. bounds no less than fifty-eight Chapters or

By neglecting its provisions, and having the branches, New-Jersey has about twenty, and Connecticut seven, with several in embryo. As by-laws printed before they are submitted to yet, California has only one-Eureka Chapter, Chancery, the Chapters sometimes put themNo. 1, in San Francisco, which is, however, very selves to unnecessary expense, delay, and large, having near three hundred members. It was instituted March 8th, 1850, and after sustain

vexation. The right way is always the best ing heavy pecuniary losses by fire, which for a way to do a thing.

[graphic][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]
[blocks in formation]

Author of " Champions of Freedom," " Romance of American History,"" “ Warriors of the West," &c.

sinister eyes


the men, just go to the window and wait As a person travelling through a country for the assistance of those below.” At this infested with savage beasts, but ignorant of moment a door at the head of the stairs his danger, lies down at night in calm secu- opened, and the face of the stout gentleman rity, and finds himself on waking suddenly appeared. surrounded by the furious horde, each with “ Walk in, Mr. Douglas," he said. “ Here fiery eyeballs fixed upon him, and ready at is Mr. Palmer waiting to see you." any moment to spring upon their defense- Douglas entered; when what was his less prey ; so stood Douglas, helpless, with surprise to find in the person of this Mr.


upon his movements, Palmer the hero of the diamond ring he alarmed at his critical situation, yet warned had seen at the public house in Boston, and not to betray distrust; and yet feeling that whom General Putnam had regarded with resigning that important letter into the such contempt! Filled with indignation at wrong hands might be the means of involv- the trick which had been played upon him, ing himself in serious difficulty. “Am I a without noticing the courteous requests of child-a fool,” he exclaimed mentally, “ to the stout man to be seated, he said : “Sir, I be made the tool of a parcel of villains ? have made a mistake, and sent you a letter Why did I not stop to consider before I de- belonging to another individual. Will you livered that letter into a stranger's hands ?" please to return it to me,

that I may carry

it But he was soon interrupted in his reverie. to the party addressed ?" The bright-eyed boy entered the room, and A look of intense meaning passed between looking significantly at our hero, said : the man called Palmer and the stout gentle

“Mr. Palmer wishes to see the gentleman man; no answer was returned to the request who brought a letter to him. Will you of Douglas, but in a moment, before he was please to walk up stairs, sir?"

aware, his arms were pinioned by some perDouglas followed him. “Sir," said the sons behind him, and he found himself a boy, as they were on the stairs, “ We that prisoner. is, Mr. Simpson and I, sir-know that you “Well, the foolish young Scotch boy is are in a trap, but never fear; we—that is, now in the toils, and we may rest secure,” he-will get you out of it-never fear. exclaimed one of the party below. “If When you hear a horn blow, as if calling in Palmer has got possession of him, he may VOL. IV.


thank his stars if he gets clear again. Ha! you shall find I will maintain my rights. ha! ha! it is the most successful bait we've Again, I say, the youth shall not be harmed.” laid for many a day. Now to Gage, to in- “ Well, who spoke of harming him? If he form him of our success."

do not attempt to escape, he is safe. If he “Captain Gordon, I am determined this make his way to Boston, you well know lad shall suffer no harm at the hands of Palmer, whose services are so important to Palmer," said a short, thin man, who had the government, will be in the hands of his scarcely spoken since Douglas had entered enemies, and it is necessary that he should the tavern.

go to and fro without suspicion. This old " Who said he would harm him ?" return- farmer knows him well : they were together ed the one called Gordon. “You know as in the old French war, and Putnam barely well as I do that it is necessary to put down escaped being scalped by the Indians bethis rebellion by any means we can make cause Palmer deserted him to save his own use of. Palmer hates Putnam and every life. Since then, Palmer shivers whenever one connected with him, and we may be his name is mentioned. Of course, it is none sure he will let no opportunity slip through of our business to inquire into the cause of his hands to vent his spleen. By George, I their enmity." would not be in that youth's shoes for the “ But the letter! the letter !" exclaimed price of my commission. But here comes another of the company : “ what was the Gardner with the letter."

letter about ?" “We must be gone immediately," said “ Did I not tell you it contained informathe stout gentleman as he entered the room. tion of the movements of the rebels; and “The rebels are gathering from all parts of that this very night they are preparing for the country. Some of our own men are de- resistance? We have orders to be ready at serting, and by this letter we have discovered a moment's warning." that the disaffected subjects of His Majesty “Why, the daring fools will never think have gathered more than a thousand strong, of giving us battle,” said another. “Our determined to strike a blow for what they ships fill the barbor, and the land troops are call freedom. The rash boy we have cap- a match for all the forces the colonists might tured must lie here until morning, as it is muster in defense." of importance to secure any of their trusty “But they do think of it, nevertheless," messengers. How he came to be in their replied the stout man, whom we may as interest I cannot conceive, for Sir Robert is well designate by his proper name, Colonel well known to be one of King George's most Gardner. “They do think of it, and we devoted subjects. His son has been led must be ready for them. You, Greenhow, astray ; happy for him if he escapes with his mount immediately, and carry this interlife.”

cepted letter to General Gage. Palmer is “ You will not-must not harm the already preparing to perform his duty. youth," said the one who had before spoken You, Morton, are to act as sentinel to this in his defense.

young Douglas until morning. If you let “How would it concern you if we did, him escape, look to your head. Not that Lieutenant Johnson ?”

he is a dangerous person in himself, but be “Because, sir, my father keeps this house. would relate the circumstances of his capHe is responsible for the safety of its in- ture to this mad Putnam, and there's no mates, and I, for one, will not submit to any knowing what would be the consequence. underhand plots being carried on, nor any It seems the rebels are moving toward the person's life being exposed to danger here. hills beyond Charlestown. We can take Nay, you need not look so threatening and possession of Simpson's mill and shoot them black upon me; I'm my own master, and at leisure across the river."

« SebelumnyaLanjutkan »