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• Pipe down' whistled the boatswain to the tated by some then unknown person at the Boston crew, and you can safely assert, that 'pipe down' Navy Yard, where the ship at the time was laying it was.

in ordinary. Soon the ‘Jack of the Dust' announced his All sorts of ridiculous rumors were in circulation grand levee upon the main gun-deck and the as to who committed the act of vandalism, and weather-beaten tars held high carnival around the what the cause of the apparently senseless outrage. grog tub, luxuriating upon a full allowance and It seemed, however, to be the general impression forgetting for the nonce all about their perils and that the iconoclast was an enemy of the General fatigue.

(then President of the United States), probably · How near the rocks did we go?' I asked, incensed at the course he was pursuing towards the next morning, of one of the master's mates. the United States Bank. Be this as it may, on He made no reply, but taking down his chart, the 11th of December, 1839, an article appeared showed me a pencil line between the outside shoal in the New York Morning Dispatch, purporting and the Light House Isi d, which must have to give an exposé of the circumstances connected been merely a small strait for fishermen to run with the “Decapitation.” This article brought their smacks through in good weather and only by out a reply, dated, New York, December 14th, daylight. I soliloquized—For what great purpose addressed to the Editor of the same journal, and

, is the noble and dear old frigate yet reserved ?' signed, Samuel W. Dewey. He says:

I went upon the deck; the sea was calm-a “In cutting off the figure-head, I conceived I gentle breeze was swelling our canvas from main was only following in the footsteps of my illus

' sail to royal, the Isle of Scilly had sunk in the trious predecessor.' He took the responsibility eastern waters and the clouds of the dying storm to do certain things; and as some things may be were rolling off in broken masses to the north- done as well as others, I took the responsibility to ward and westward, like the flying columns of a do what I did, and like him, I stand ready to

answer for my deeds.

Whether they were good I have been in many a gale of wind and passed or evil, remains to be shown by the test-stone of through many scenes of danger, but never, before time.

time. I will now proceed to point out a few of or since, have I experienced an hour so terrific as the most barefaced misrepresentations made by that, when the Constitution was laboring among the writer. He states that I was exceedingly the breakers of Scilly with the lives of five hun- alarmed after having perpetrated the act; that dred souls whose existence hung upon that little visions of the United States Marshal, District iron bolt on the night of May the uth, 1835.' Attorney, etc., were constantly floating before my The famous “Figure Head” of the Constitution, eyes, whether asleep or awake.' To this false

“" it will be recollected, was a life-size figure of Gen- assertion I have only to state that early on the eral Jackson, about which, in 1834, there was con- morning after the cutting off of the figure-head I siderable excitement, from the fact that on the called at the United States Marshal's office, and night of the 3d of July of that year it was decapi- in common with those present, expressed much

astonishment at the sad catastrophe which had " During the gale, Mrs. Livingston inquired of the Cap- befallen the figure. I bewailed with them the loss tain if we were not in great danger, to which he replied- of the darling head, but then I could not fully Madam, as soon as we have passed Scilly you are as safe as

sympathize with those who considered it a 'Nayou would be in the aisle of a church."

tional calamity. It is a singular coincidence that the frigate Boston, Captain McNeil, about the close of the Revolution, escaped a similar

The writer also states that I'mounted the bows danger while carrying out to France Chancellor Livingston, to the bowsprit of the Constitution, and then a relative of Edward's

, and also Minister to the Court of St. sawed away.' The truth is this—I went up the Cloud. He likewise had his wife on board, and while the ship's side where all gentlemen visitors go, and vessel was weathering a lee shore, Mrs. Livingston asked the entered the regular gangway; there was no climbCaptain—a rough, but gallant old fire-eater—if they were

ing work about it, all was plain sailing the coast not in great danger. He replied—“ You had better, Madam, get down on your knees and pray God to forgive your numer

was entirely clear, and the very eleinents appeared ous sins, for if we don't carry by this point, we shall all be at

to favor the enterprise ; there were no traces of the bottom of the sea in five minutes."

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fell in such torrents as to lead me to suppose for previous to visiting this mighty London of the the time that the flood-gates of heaven had burst West,' where many adventures have befallen me asunder for the express purpose of driving the which I purposely omit, but which I may relate sentinel from his place of duty; he went for hereafter." shelter under the eaves of the house that covered The original figure-head of the Constitution was the Columbus line-of-battle-ship which lay directly a representation of “Hercules armed with his alongside thus leaving the way entirely clear for Club;' the second was the figure of "Neptune, the operator to perform head work' unmolested. trident in hand ;" the third a “scroll,” or billetI was on board at work from 12 midnight till head; “Old Hickory” being the fourth and last; 3 A.M., and at no moment of that time did the and although it met the fate of “ Buckingham, rain cease to fall in torrents, the lightning to hiss, the occiput has been replaced so deftly that the and the thunder to roar-it was one constant closest scrutiny can scarce detect the inark of flash, one constant peal and constant pouring of decapitation. waters from above, and in fact, if Espy the Storm In 1839 the vessel was ordered to the Pacific King had been master of ceremonies on the occa- Squadron, as the flag-ship of Commodore Alexsion, things could not have been done up in better ander Claxton, carrying to Vera Cruz the Hon. style than dame Nature served them up herself. Powhatan Ellis, our Minister to Mexico.

I frequently caught sight of the sentinel as he In 1842, on the Home Squadron, as the flagtried to dodge the flashes-he snapped his eyes ship of Commodore Charles Stewart; 1844, special much after the manner of a toad under a currant service, East Indies and Pacific, carried out Hon. bush watching lightning. I have been thus par- Henry A. Wise, as Minister to Brazil. ticular in regard to the sentinel, as the com- During 1849-51, attached to Mediterranean mander of the station on the following morning Squadron as flag-ship of Commodore W. C. accused the poor fellow of winking at the act. It Bolton. In 1853–55, Aag-ship of Commodore is true he did wink at the operation, but he did it Isaac Mays, Mediterranean, and Coast of Africa, innocently, and should this paragraph ever meet carrying out J. H. Nicholson, Esq., Consul at the eye of the then Commodore of the station, I Tunis. In 1856–57, in ordinary at Navy Yard, hope he will wink at the poor sentinel's fault, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In 1858–59, in forgive him for ignorantly suffering me to do that ordinary at Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine.

In which caused him so much pain and chagrin that 1860-61, laying at Annapolis, Maryland. It is I fear he will never entirely recover from it. said that to General Benjamin F. Butler belongs Perchance I may pop in upon the Commodore at the credit of saving the vessel from destruction, by some future time, and further enlighten him on seeing her safely convoyed from that city at the that “head.' Should he ever visit this city, he breaking out of the war. During 1862–63, em. will find me at 77 South street, where I am doing ployed as a school-ship at Newport, Rhode Island. a'cent. per cent. general commission business,' From thence to the Naval Acadamy at Annapolis, and where I shall be happy to see all who may be where she remained until ordered to the Philadeldisposed to throw any business in my way,

phia Navy Yard. It is further stated by the writer of the article | The old ship has been overhauled and repaired on ‘Losing the Figure Head,' that on the morn- so frequently, and upon such occasions “relic-" ing after having cut off the head I called in a hunters invariably made a raid upon her, that it is fellow-lodger, made known the midnight under-extremely doubtful if a single stick of the original taking to him, left the head in his charge and then timber now remains. repaired to New York.' The truth is as follows: On the adjournment of the last Congress, it The gentleman who was my room-mate at the being found that no special appropriation for her time alluded to now resides in this city, and will repairs had been made, and as it appeared she testify that he did not know who was the decapi-would be of no further use in the service, it was tator till more than a year after the deed was proposed by the Navy Department that she be done. And as to myself, instead of repairing im- broken up. Many of our readers will recollect mediately to New York, I remained in Boston that a similar proposition was made once before, several weeks, and then went to the State of Maine, | at which Oliver Wendell Holmes put in his well





known poetic protest, the last stanza running the dock was hauled in and grounded preparatory thus :

to hauling the vessel up on the ways. This was “Oh, better that her shattered hulk

not done until the 5th day of March, when they Should sink beneath the wave! commenced hauling at 11.30 A.M.,

and accomHer thunders shook the mighty deep,

plished the work by 5.30 P.M. And there should be her grave.

On the 30th day of December, having been Nail to the mast her holy flag,

newly planked and well calked, she was hauled Set every threadbare sail,

upon the Sectional Dock, and there remained And give her to the god of storms,

until the 12th of January, 1876, when at 2.30 The lightning and the gale!"

P.M., under the direction of Naval Constructor Upon a reconsideration of the matter, the Philip Hichborn, United States Navy, she was Department issued an order to have her thor

once more placed in the water, and moored at the oughly repaired and fitted out, so as to present as south wharf of the old Yard. nearly as possible her original appearance, with a At this time proposals had been issued asking view of exhibiting her during the Centennial for bids to finish the vessel by contract. The year; and in accordance with this order an firm of Wood, Dialogue & Co. being the successattempt was made to take her upon the Sectional ful bidders, the vessel was taken, in the month of Dock on the 5th of January, 1874, but owing to March, over to their works, at Kaighn's Point, the high northwesterly winds prevailing several New Jersey. days before, there was not sufficient water. At

It is worthy of notice that in the immediate tempts to dock her were again made on the 12th vicinity of the Navy Yard) the United States was and also on the 13th of the month, both being the first Government vessel put in the water, and failures, by reason of the breaking of certain the Constitution the last. bolts, which threw the dock out of gear; on the

“Of transitory things which soon decay, 27th of the month, however, they succeeded, and

Age must be loveliest at the latest day."




MRS. KNOX, WIFE OF GENERAL HENRY KNOX. Lucy FLUCKER was the daughter of the Secre observed of all observers.” He was subsequently tary of the Province of Massachusetts, and he, of introduced to her, and at once yielded his heart course, was a strong adherent of the royalist cause to the fascinations of “the belle of Massachuin America. The fair, young Lucy, gifted with setts.” Before his love the claims of the British many charms both of mind and person, the idol Government disappeared like chaff before the of her father, and universally known as “the wind. He was no longer the rebel and traitor belle of Massachusetts," was brought up in the whom her incensed father so violently denounced; most rigid and uncompromising devotion to the he was a patriot, a gallant soldier, ready to lay British Government. All those arrayed against down life itself for Freedom and America. Her the Mother Country she was taught to consider as parents argued, entreated, expostulated, threatrebels and traitors. Had any one hinted to her ened in vain ; the maiden had adopted her lover's that she would marry a rebel officer, she would views and feelings, and openly renounced the have repelled the insinuation with scorn, and yet allegiance in which she had been nurtured. one single interview with Major Henry Knox not Darker and darker grew the clouds, and her only turned the current of her thoughts, but father finally told her she must choose between changed entirely the career which her father had her family and her lover. She did not hesitate, so fondly and proudly planned for her. Miss but with womanly faith and self-devotion pledged Flucker first saw the young officer at a dress herself to share the cha ing fortunes of a sol. parade of his regiment, and even without knowing dier's wife. She suffered fearfully in parting from him could not fail to admire the handsome, spirited her family, but her resolution never wavered.

, young soldier, who was on that occasion “the Mr. Flucker, with the rest of his family, left the country soon after the battle of Lexington, while companied him to the beautiful domain she had Mrs. Knox with her husband joined the American inherited from her maternal grandfather, General army at Cambridge, and from that time she fol. Waldo, on Penobscot Bay, her absence was bitterly lowed him through all his campaigns. She had regretted by the inhabitants of the gay capital. great personal courage, and great powers of endu- They had built a splendid mansion at Thomaston, rance, and they never failed her in all the hard- at the head of St. George's River, which Mrs. ships and perils which she encountered.

She was

Knox had furnished with her usual taste and in Boston when it was occupied by the British elegance. Here the gallant soldier enjoyed the army. She escaped with her husband, and while literary pursuits to which he had always been he was devising plans for getting away she quilted much attached, and here in this lovely home his into the lining of her cloak the sword which he friends were always welcome. Mrs. Knox had had wielded through the campaign, and which she been so much in public life that society was could conceal so much better than he could; and necessary to her happiness, and with her husband's when once out of Boston, his delight at finding full consent she exercised the most unbounded his trusty weapon safe more than repaid her for hospitality. It is asserted that one hundred beds the risk she had run.

were frequently made up and occupied in this While the army was encamped on the Hudson, superb establishment, that twenty saddle horses, she lived with her children in a little but not far and several pair of carriage horses were always from the headquarters at Verplanck Point. When- kept standing, ready for use in the stables, and ever it was possible she followed the army, sharing that it was no uncommon thing for an ox and what she had with both officers and men, and twenty sheep to be killed on Monday morning to always so bright and cheerful that the soldiers were supply the table of “Madame Knox,” as she was ashamed to complain of hardships or privations universally called during the war. The same which a delicate woman bore so patiently and wonderfuļ gifts of fascination made her the most unflinchingly. Her mind was a very remarkable popular person in her neighborhood, as it had one for intelligence and power. This and her during the dark Revolutionary days and in the calm judgment gave her a great influence over her brilliant circles of Washington. She beautified husband, who is said to have consulted her on every and adorned her home by every means in her point, and it is said that even General Washington power. She dispensed the most graceful and often deferred to her superior judgment. During refined hospitality to those in her own sphere of the long, weary, struggling days of the war, General life, and the utmost charity, kindness and sympathy Washington became very much attached to both to the poor, the sick and sorrowing. She had ten General and Mrs. Knox. When peace was restored, children, to whose education and welfare she deand the victorious Chief was called to rule as Pre- voted much time. Seven of these she followed, sident over the nation whose liberties he had so one by one, to their early graves, sorrowing for nobly defended, he offered the position of Secretary them as only mothers can sorrow, but turning of War to his tried and trusted friend, Gen. Knox. with additional care and love to those who were

How changed now was our heroine's life! She left to her. But the greatest blow, and that from was next in position to Mrs. Washington, with which she never recovered, was the death of the whom she was on terms of extreme intimacy, and husband, for whom she had in her girlhood given who often consulted her in matters of ceremony and up friends, home and country. Though she sur: etiquette. Mrs. Knox was one of those women vived him nearly eighteen years, she never ceased born to be leaders, for which her rare conversa- to mourn him. She continued to reside at the tional powers, her retentive memory, her cour- mansion where they had been so happy together, teous manners, her love of show and management, still dispensing hospitality, but passing most of and her knowledge of public life peculiarly fitted her life in the exercise of the most active and her. She fascinated all who came within scope of judicious charity. She died peacefully in 1824, her attractions, and few women have ever acquired and the memory of her loveliness and many

virtues more influence in political and social circles than still lingers around St. George's River, and the she did. She was a most efficient and gracious name of “Good Madame Knox” is still a househelpmeet to her husband in his political career, hold word in the community where she spent so and when he retired from the arena, and she ac. | many happy years of her life.




This essential regulator of the venerable mansion To read this tale with profit the reader inust had given warning through the day of a hectic take a brief survey of the region where the scene pulse, which brought on midnight before the natulies, on which such great events have transpired. ral time, making the old man give an unusual The place for this will be that gorge in the moun- start as the hammer struck twelve. He had just tain that lies half-way between Elmira, Caatsban, finished his second pipe, and was pushing his

, and old Kaatskill. There is, when it is reached, finger and thumb into his bladder bag for a new a paved floor of stone. Through the crevices supply when he found time to say: therein grow up innumerable small pines, where "Anshela, vat's dat de Dominee said bout te the bear and the deer found refuge, and the hunter spy in te camp, an sarch out te men in te city?" lodged all night for his prey.

Go forward to the Awee,” was the quiet answer of the vrow, for brink of the precipice, and look out, where all she perceived that her good man's mind was exciNew England stretches before you ; then look ted or disturbed, and she wished to allay his trounorthward and southward, where the Knicker-bles rather than increase them ; " te Dominee bockers dwell.

meant te King of the Jews finding te men dat ver On that spot where you stand the Indian and 'gainst him.” the Tory met to hold their bloody conclaves. The "Ha! te Dominee, Schuneman, is a very cunmountain range was the dividing line. The road ning man, and meant to give Jake Overpagh a hit from the settlements below, to Fort Niagara, runs wid his gad; for I saw dat he looked straight in over the hills beneath you up to this point, going te rascal's face, dat made him bring down his imthrough Unadilla and Scenedawa, by Queen Catha- pudent head like a shot duck." rine's County, near Lake Ca-nun-da-saga.

Old Martin chuckled at his own jest, and waited From these crags the savage descended upon the

to hear what his vrow would say to his conjecture. peaceable Boermen of the vlatts like a hungry cor- But Angelica, with true woman's wit, knew that morant, or a wolf on the fold, sweeping the Whigs she was on dangerous ground when her compaaway to death or bondage.

nion's peace had been disturbed before, and she It was on an evening of October, 1778, that old merely said: “Te Dominie drew his bow at a Martin Schuyler, with his wife, the good Angelica, venture, and it might pierce Jake between te joints were sitting musing in silence, interrupted only by of te harness." the ticking of the old clock in the corner, that had

"I wish to te Lord," said the husband, with told the course of time to generations before Mar- more haste than usual, “dat I could speak to te tin himself had looked up on the sun, moon or skitimylink through old Peg dere, and a hole stars. So well had its present possessor become would be made big enough to let te light in dat acquainted with the solemn regular tick, tack, that would make him spy from te toder world rayther his pulse and his thoughts went in unison with the than round Whig doors.”'

" venerable timepiece. Slow or fast, he had come

" Whish! whish !” said the anxious vrow, to regard the mysterious machinery of his soul and "stone walls have ears; better, Martin, to have a body as parts of the same creature within the ma- close mout' than an open skull.” hogany case, so that whenever anything went All this time, while this unusually long conwrong with the one, the other was sure to be out versation was going on, the one was preparing his of order. The Dominie, who was the only doctor pipe, and the other knitting quietly at the other in his parish, knew this fact so well, that when he side of the long chimney, in which smoldered the came on a spiritual or a bodily visitation he was remains of what had been a proportionably large sure first to administer to the soul, then leave some fire, now left to sink into red coals. medicine for the stomach, and he as invariably set quiet in the other parts of the capacious dwelling, about putting all right within the old clock-case. cattle and negroes had alike been cared for, and

All was


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