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get the abductors too, and at the same time guard, capable of the blackest deeds yet we have some as far as possible, against any repetitions of such honor left ... Mr Ros first get yu child then crimes. Laudable objects, every one of them ; but let the detectives assist you. you see they have in the judgment of this writer, they hindered in- not the power to do any thing." And how true this stead of helping the recapture of the child. daring assertion and prophesy was, there was at
This sturdy sense and latent honor in the ab- the time and has since been evidence enough to ductors, and their keen faculty for a quick and convince the most hopeful. It would seem unwide arrangement of plan—for we take it for gracious to intimate that more could have been granted that the men who wrote these letters were done than has been done, and, given the ability Mosher and Douglas, and that they were, as of the men who had the case in charge it would Douglas confessed, the stealers of the child-are be wholly unjust to even hint at such a thought.
particularly apparent in the following quotations, Doubtless they did the utmost their hearts and as well as in the letter previously given. In letter heads could possibly suggest and their hands perNo. 9, speaking to Mr. Ross of mutual want of form. But we have never been able to avoid the confidence, the writer says: “in Monday Star impression that notwithstanding the immense adyu say yu can have no faith in us neither do we vantage on the side of the abductors, they ought have any faith in you from the nature of this to have been and could have been caught, and bisines it is to be presumed neither can have im- the child secured within twenty-four hours from plicit confidence." In letter No. 10 the abductors the time he was stolen. If no trace of the thieves charge Mr. Ross's friends and the officers of the had been found that evening of July ist or for law with selfishness in that they seem willing to several days afterward the sequel might have risk the life of Charley for the sake of capturing seemed natural and endurable; but with the elder the thieves and protecting other children, and brother Walter in hand, full of clear memories as put the case thus : “why do they not pay their to the course the abductors took him and his money to have yours [your child) restored first, brother, with Mary Kidder's testimony, and that and then offer' a reward for our conviction." of other persons who at one point and another Again in letter No. 20, “bad as we are and between Washington Lane and Kensington, had
seen the robbers driving along with the children; child, and the preponderance of supposition is in in a word, with abundant witnesses for identifica- favor of the theory that the boy's life was spared tion, and the abductors at first only two or three , at that point, though the instant madness of the hours ahead, it seems that they ought to have been parties might have made our worst fears the cruel caught, and one might add, hung that same night; truth of life and death. If the child was not but, “Milk that is spilt,' we all know the adage, murdered the hour the party in charge heard of and no amount of regret can change the record the death of Mosher and Douglas, there is no of those bitter hours.
reason for the slightest suspicion that his life has After many provoking experiences of getting been taken since that hour; and on the whole, on the wrong trail, and after much ill-timed and parental hope has a perfect right and much rea
a foolish advice from many parties, private and son, from the evidence in the case, for supposing public, the next ray of real light came when that the child is still alive. Superintendent George W. Walling telegraphed To all earnest minds one of the saddest features from New York that he thought he had, and really of the case is found in the dabblings of the spirithad, information of the real criminals. And no ualists with it. If this wild and base and flimsy sufficient excuse appears in this book or has ever travesty on some of the holiest instincts and hopes appeared elsewhere, showing reason why from of human nature would only keep itself decently that hour Mosher and Douglas were not arrested shut up in the dark holes that are akin to its habits on suspicion and tried quick and keen.
and life, sensible people might have some patience The whole early treatment of Westervelt in the with it; but when it drags its futilities and noncase seems like a farce rather than a grim, earnest sense into the real practical heartbreaks of life, hunt for a lost child and his captors. True, the and attempts to apply its silly salves to the real threat on the child's life was a menace against sores and hurts of the body or mind, it deserves • such action, but it appears pretty plain that the a sound 'hooting, if not a horsewhipping, and a abrluctors knew that the "cops” were really fixed quietus in some special lunatic asylum. after them, and yet apparently they did not take The trial and imprisonment of Westervelt was Charley's life, and when dying, Douglas declared a clear step in the right direction. We cannot that the boy was still alive. The true manage
get away from the impression that he has not told ment of the case was marked out by the abduc- all he knows, and the fear that he does not tell tors, "Get the child first at any cost, and then more because there is now no use in telling. catch us if you can.” But what the detectives This is the darker side of the picture. If the could not do, fate, acting through the instincts of child were still alive, and he knew it, every imself-protection in a private citizen, succeeded in pulse of safety and gain would aid in unsealing his doing, and the inhuman robbers were shot down lips; but if the boy is dead, and Westervelt knows like dogs, getting justly a worse fate than the law it, it were better for him that he died to-morrow would have presumed to give them; shot, too, than tell the cruel truth at this late day. It would while the child, according to their own testimony, only make certain the bitter suspicion that this man was still alive.
has from the first known the whereabouts of the Is the child yet alive? Hope is the immortal child, and so would stamp him as an equal, if not saviour of us all; and whether Charley Ross is or
worse, villian than either of the men who stole the is not still alive, the case seems ending as it ought boy and admitted their crime. It is a worldto end. There is no proof of his death, and as
Every corner of the earth has far as speculation may look, this seems clear felt a twinge of the pain; and the hope that the enough: there were many reasons why the person child is still alive, and will one of these days, or persons who had the child in charge should as boy or man, find himself and his parents and kill him immediately on learning that his abduc- friends, is the one sole redeeming ray of sentitors had been killed, but as they were not shot or ment and sunlight that relieves the otherwise taken by the detectives, a literal interpretation of darkest picture of domestic bereavement the world their threat would not demand the life of the has looked on for many a year.
NOTES AND QUERIES.
Another Old Massachusetts Mansion.-Some months soon as it was beautifully delineated, I remembered that a ago, Dr. Lossing took for his Historic Building” in the thermometer woyld be misplaced over a blazing fire, and MONTHLY (March of current year) the old “ Curtis House, gave it up. Jamaica Plain," Massachusetts, and in the present number
Truly yrs, he writes of the still more venerable « Fairbanks House,
G. M. DALLAS Dedham.” The former was built in 1639, the latter in
19 May 47 1636, and there is still standing, though about to be torn A. DICKINS, Esq." dow'n, another old mansion, the date of the erection of While Mr. Dallas was Vice-President, there was built an which, we believe, slips in between the two. In 1636, additional chimney in the Senate Chamber; and, as he was William Hathorne removed from Dorchester to Danvers, the presiding officer in that body, and was known to be a and built himself a home, and it must have been towards gentleman of refined taste, his opinion was invoked as to the the close of 1636 or early in 1637 that it was first occupied style and ornamentation of the fire place. The pattern and by the afterwards famous Major and his family. The old color of the biennial carpet were also a subject of considerahouse is doomed, and must be torn down to give place to a tion. madhouse. We clip from the Boston Journal :
Sir Timothy Dexter, of New England renown, sent a « William Hathorne built it and John Hathorne lived cargo of warming-pans to the West Indies, at which every. there, the fierce witch persecutor, who is more than once body laughed. But, by a lucky coincidence, the planters alluded to by his immortal descendant, Nathaniel Haw. were short of sugar scoops, so that the cargo was, on arrival thorne, and particularly in the amazingly clever introduction disposed of at great profit, whereupon people stopped laughto that amazingly clever romance, • The Scarlet Letter.' | ing and wondered. Mr. Hawthorne was always called • Hathorne' by his early Mr. Dallas's project, of inserting a thermometer in a card acquaintances, but Hawthorne is the name of the English rack over a blazing fire, was somewhat in the Dexter vein ; family to which William Hathorne, founder of the race in but he luckily found out his mistake, before the reporters got America, belonged. The Hathornes always have been a hold of it. It was, however, too good a thing to keep remarkable race, and their supposed oddities took the form absolutely secret, and Mr. Dallas would be occasionally of genius in the extraordinary man who died in 1864, and asked, in a sly whisper, his opinion on some point in who, though dead, stands at the head of American literature. thermometrical adjustment. SAMUEL YORKE AT LEE. It is to be regretted that the Old Mansion’ should disappear; but there is no help for it. There is something grim An Old-time Round Trip to New York.—The followin the thought that it goes down for the accommodation of a ing was written several years since, by Mr. William Hall, mad-house."
then of Cleveland, Ohio, and in his eighty-seventh year. He William Hathorne was so conspicuous a champion of was a former New York shipping merchant: liberty and colonial rights that he was one of five whom “ The first time I ever saw the City of New York was in Charles II., in 1666, ordered to be sent to England for 1794 or 1795, when a lad of about sixteen. I had an opportrial, for “refusing to submit to the authority of the Com- tunity of a passage in a sloop belonging in Lyme, Connectimissioners."
cut, my native town, Captain Cullick Ely, master, and I was Cannot our friend and esteemed correspondent, Hon. E. made welcome by working a little-pulling and hauling, etc. H. Goss, favor us with a sketch of the old Hathorne House? I think it was in the month of December. We had head
winds and fresh, and a long passage, making harbors every Mr. Dallas's Thermometer.-In looking over my Au. night and sometimes days. One, the first I believe from the tographium this morning, I copied out of the following Connecticut River, was Sachem's Head, a small harbor, up note from Mr. Dallas to the Secretary of the Senate, which between ledges of rocks. The wind, I remember, was may amuse some of your readers :
Northwest and cold, and the sloop rolled like a canoe. " My dear Sir: Variety is attractive among the young we went up the Sound I was on deck a good deal in the folks, and in scenes of gaiety; but with white-haired Senators day time. The vessel was loaded with wood, under and on and amid grave political councils, a certain uniformity suits deck. When not assisting in going about-for we had to best. So, unless your dissent revives, pray let Mr. Clagett lead almost all the way, I would watch with youthsul make all the three carpets of the same pattern and colour, interest and inquire the names of the towns and count the
I am puzzled about a mantle ornament, for the superfluous steeples of the meeting-houses, and I seemed to venerate the chimney. How will two bronze vases, of a classical form, houses for the worship of God. After leaving Saybrook and do? I like them exceedingly.
the slim, tall steeple of the little old church, which was one I had a drawing made for quite a magnificent and fanciful hundred and two years old when pulled down, the next was card-rack, with a thermometer in the central trunk, but, as Patchogue, now West Brook, the next 10 that East Guilford,
now Madison, one steeple in each place. Then came in “ London, June 18, 1775. Appeared in the public papers, succession, Guilford, a large lown with two steeples, Bran- a copy of the Proclamation issued by Gen. Gage, at Boston, ford with two, East Haven one, and then New Haven with on the 12th of last month, offering his majesty's pardon to all a number of steeples. The wind continuing northwest, we persons who should immediately lay down their arms, except kept as near the north shore as we could, making short tacks. Samuel Adams and John Hancock.” By the advice of New Haven was so far up the bay that I could only see the friends," writes an American historian, “they were persuadspires. But in other towns nearer the Sound, I could get a ed to retire a few miles distant to the inner precinct of Woview of many of the farm-houses and frequently longed to burn, where they found refuge in the house of the widow of be on the land when I felt the keen northwest blasts. For a clergyman. They were accompanied in their flight by a our cabin was smoky and crowded, there being several young lady of Boston, Miss Dorothy Quincy, daughter of passengers, besides captain, mate and all hands. Next aster | Edward Quincy, Esq., to whom Hancock was then engaged, New Haven, the steeples of Stratford and Milford came in and whom he married in a few months afterwards." sight-Bridgeport was but a small village at that time. From a Pennsylvania paper of the day, we extract the fol Black Rock succeeded, and I then first saw the steeples of lowing: old Fairfield, where I kept school two or three years later, Philadelphia, September 9, 1775.— Yesterday arrived
As we progressed towards the head of the Sound, still here the Hon. John Hancock, Esq. and Lady, from Connecbeating, the wind conti ning ahead, they began to mention ticut; and the Hon. Peyton Randolph and Lady, from Vir. places. Now we are about opposite Huntington, Long ginia. Yesterday the Honorable Continental Congress met Island, now over against Norwalk, Connecticut, now op- agreeable to adjournment.” posite Tinacock Point on the other shore. Now we are at In the Maryland Journal of September 13, 1775, the fol. White Stone, now up to Hart Island, Throg's Neck, before lowing marriage notice appears : Fairfield, August 29, that Crane's Neck, Long Island, Old Mother Carys, The 1775.—Last evening was married at the seat of Thaddeus Brothers, and so through Hurl Gate, past Blackwell's Island Burr, Esq., by the Rev. Mr. Eliot, the Honorable John Hanand then New York.
cock, Esq., President of the Continental Congress, to Miss We staid in the city a week or ten days, until our wood Dorothy Quincy, daughter of Edmund Quincy, Esq., of Boswas sold. While there I acccmpanied some others in going ton. Florus informs us that in the Second Punic War, when around the city. Up Broadway, say about half-way to the Hannibal beseiged Rome, and was very near making himself present Canal street, was a ravine through which ran a small master of it, a field upon which a part of his army lay, was stream, I perfectly recollect that on the west side of Broad- offered for sale, and was immediately purchased by a Roway from a little beyond the Hospital, (which used to stand man, in a strong assurance that the Roman valor and courage opposite the northern end of Pearl street), there was not a would soon raise the siege. Equal to the conduct of that il. house, but only an old apple orchard, the trees leaning some lustrious citizen was the marriage of the Hon. John Hancock, one way and some another. A stone wall along the road Esq., who, with his amiable lady, has paid as great a comhad pretty much fallen down. It had every appearance of pliment to American valor, and discovered equal patriotism the country, the road descending considerably and full of by marrying now, while all the Colonies are as much constones like any neglected country road, and an old wooden vulsed as Rome when Ilannibal was at her gates." bridge was over the brook.
In the London Chronicle and Review for 1775, appears On our return, we had a fresh northwester and a quick the notice: “ September 19, 1775, married John Hancock, run to the mouth of the river. Just before night, the wind Esq., President of the Continental Congress in America, to roaring and the strong ride running out, we had to come to Miss Quincy, daughter of Edmund Quincy, Esq., of Bosanchor under Cornfield Point, on the Saybrook shore. The ton." wind from the north brought the vessel into the trough of On the 8th of July, 1779, Governor Tryon, of New York, the sea, and she rolled like a log; I was then sea-sick for the with an army of Hessians and Tories attacked, pillaged and first time, and sick enough. The next day I arrived at home burnt the town of Fairfield, Connecticut, where Hancock was and gladly too.”
married. “ While the town was in flames, a thunderstorm In 1799 the writer of the above, who died in 1865, overspread the heavens just as night came on. The contia: became a permanent resident of the City of New York. He gration of near two hundred houses illumined the earth, the was at first a clerk with the ancient house of N. L. & G.
skirts of the clouds, and the waves of the Sound, with a Griswold, after which he began business for himself, about union of gloom and grandeur at once inexpressibly awful and the year 1804, under the firm of Hall, Hull & Co., at South magnificent. The sky speedily was hung with the deepest street, and did a large trade in buying and selling vessels. darkness wherever the clouds were not tinged by the melan
W. H. choly lustre of the flames. The thunder rolled above. Be.
neath, the roaring of the fires filled up the intervals with a John Hancock and William Tryon.— From clippings deep and hollow sound, which seemed to be the protracted made a number of years ago, we bring face to face certain murmer of the thunder reverberated from one end of heaven facts in the history of two widely different characters, whose to the other. Place before your eyes crowds of the miserable names appear at the head of this paper. Always preserring sufferers, mingled with bodies of the militia, and from the to bring up the documentary history of the past, we send you neighboring hills taking a farewell prospect of their property the exact words in which it first appeared. Commencing and their dwellings, their happiness and their hopes, and you with the President of the Congress of 1775, we quote : will form a just, but imperfect picture of the burning of Fair