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loved you, Fanny-I love you still —but my heart can no more be made the sport of falsehood! You must die! Take this!"
“ Hold-wretch !" shouted Bogle. “Let me go, Artemesia;” and throwing off his coat, the heroic little fellow threw open his own door, kicked down the door of thirtytwo, and stood in the presence of the murderer and his victim-pistol in hand! At the same instant the bell of thirty-one was violently rung, the doors on each side opened, and the gallery was filled with men. But what caused Bogle to falter? Why did he not rush forward to snatch the victim from her destroyer? Near the centre-table, on which was burning an astral lamp, stood a remarkably fine looking young man, who gazed on Bogle's short, punchy figure with an inquiring smile.
On the other side of the table, but nearer the door, his brow blacker than a thunder-cloud, sat General Brown in one hand he held a small piece of meat, the other retained between his knees a small but exceedingly stanchlooking dog, of the true bull-terrier breed. Both the General and the dog showed their teeth ;-both were epitomes of ferocity, but the snarl of the dog was as nothing to the snarl of the General, as, half-rising from his seat, but still holding the dog down by the collar, he shouted—“How's this, sir?"
Bogle staggered back-dashing back from his brow the perspiration, he dropped the pistol and leaning against the door, gasped rather than articulated—“It's a dog!"
66 It was
“Yes, sir!" roared the infuriated General, rising from his chair—"and a she dog at that! what have you got to say about it?'
Bogle, almost fainting, stammered painfully forth, “Is her-name-Fanny ?"
“Dn you sir,” screamed the General, “ I'll let you know! Sta-boy ! bite him, Fan!”
Like an arrow from a bow, like lightning from the cloud, like shot off a shovel, like any thing that goes quick, sprang the female bull-terrier on the unhappy Bogle.
“Man is but mortal,” and Bogle turned to flee. too late!” Why did he take off his coat ?-ah! why wear such tight pantaloons ?
Shrieking like a demon, the ferocious beast clinging to one extremity, his hair on end with fright, and horror at the other, Bogle rushed frantically down the passage, overturning in his mad career police officers, chambermaids, housekeeper and boarders, who, alarmed at his outcries, thronged tumultuously into the hall. The first flight of stairs he took at a jump;the second he rolled down from top to bottom, the bull-terrier clinging to him like a steel trap—first the dog on top, then Bogle ;-arrived at the bottom, he sprang forth into Sansome street, and reckless of Frink's alarmed cry
Stop that man—he hasn't paid his bill !” away he went on the wings of the wind. It was an awful sight to see that little figure, as, wild with horror, he ran adown the street, the stanch dog swinging from side to side, as he fled.
It was a fearful race! Never did a short pair of legs get
over an equal space in an equal time, than on that trying occasion. At length a sailor on Commercial street, taking the dog for a portmanteau, with which he supposed Bogle was making off, stretched out a friendly leg and tripped him up. But his troubles were not ended. When a bull terrier takes a hold—a fair hold—to get it off, one of two alternatives must obtain ;-either the animal's teeth must be drawn, or the piece must come out. They hadn't time to draw Fanny's teeth!
They brought Bogle home in a hand-cart, and put him to bed. He hasn't sat down since. As they took him up stairs to his room, surrounded by a clamorous throng, the door of No. 10, at the foot of the first flight of stairs, opened, and a gentleman of exceeding dignity, made his appearance in a dressing gown of beautifully embroidered pattern.
" John,” he said to Mr. Duncan, who, with an extensive grin on his countenance, and “Blood for Blood” (somewhat dilapidated in the scuffle) in his hand, was bringing up the rear of the procession with a candle, “what's all this row about ?"
John briefly explained.
"I thought it a fire," said the gentleman, “but, 'Parturiunt montes, nascetur?"
" A ridiculous muss,” said the classic John Duncan.
The gentleman retired; so did the chambermaid ; so did the boarders generally; so did General Brown, with his dog under his arm, swearing he would not part with her for five hundred dollars; so did the policemen, somewhat scandalized that nobody was murdered after all.
Bogle left the house next day in a baby-jumper, swung to a pole between two Chinamen. Artemesia and the infant followed.
I hear that he has lately increased his business, taken a partner, and attends to the examination of wills, marriage settlements, and other papers belonging entirely to other people's business. Sneak is the name of the partner; he or Bogle may be seen daily at the “ Hall of Records," from ten until two o'clock, overhauling something or other, that is no concern of theirs. They furnish all sorts of information gratis. It is like the wine you get where they advertise “All sorts of liquors at 12 cents a glass."
General Brown has settled in Grass Valley, Nevada County, and would have appointed every white male inhabitant of California a member of his staff with the rank of Lieutenant-colonel, had he not been anticipated.
Fanny killed forty-four rats in thirty seconds, only last week—so Tom says.
The Tehama House is still there.
[We have received for publication the following correspondence, which is more than rich; it is positively luscious.]
WASHINGTON, January 14, 1854.
Lieut. U.S. A., San Diego, Cal.
SIR :- An effort having been made by me. in connection with others, to obtain an act of Congress during its present session, by which army officers will receive the same allowances whilst they served in California and Oregon, as were granted to Navy officers, I beg to call your attention thereto, and especially ask your approval of the contemplated attempt.
You are aware that Congress, at its last session, granted in the Naval Appropriation bill, extra pay ($2 per diem), to the officers, and double pay to sailors and others, serving in the Pacific during the Mexican war, and up to the 28th of September, 1850. This allowance was based upon the supposition that the officers of the army serving in California had received the same allowance, by previous acts of Congress, when in fact this extra pay had only been granted them from the 1st July, 1850. There are a large number of army officers justly entitled to an additional allowance,