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ALLEGHANY MOUNTAINS. very house where we took lodgings. We were anxious on this account to leave the city as soon as possible, and the next morning long ere day, took the stage for Bedford Springs situated near the southern line of Pennsylvania. We crossed the highest summit of the Alleghany Mountains at midnight — a thousand stars twinkling brightly over us. The ascent and descent were severally five miles. As soon as we turned the summit, we were whirled at a rapid rate along the brink of precipices hundreds of feet in perpendicular height. It was too perilous and dizzying to look out. Our horses and driver were well trained and we met with no accident. The next morning ere we had left the mountains 'a storin-blast came raging through the air.' Such an one can only be witnessed in such a place. The wind was a genuine tornado. It seemed as though it would take the carriage off the wheels. The earth was caught up from the roads in clouds, and tall sturdy forest trees bent like saplings. The rain came down like a river emptied upon us. The lightning filled the heavens with a perlect blaze and the thunder reverberated among the hills with terrific peals. The coachman thought it best to come to a stand as soon as possible, and we found refuge in a traveller's home of this solitary region until the storın had passed by.

Bedford Springs — a great place of resort. There are not so many hotels, nor are they so spacious as


155 at Saratoga, but the scenery is wild and romantic, which cannot be said in any sense of the latter place. From the Springs the first place of any note that we reached was Hagerstown. Then came Frederic or Frederick-town. Here we spent a part of the Sabbath. It was a sunny day and the blacks in their best attire thronged the streets on their way to church. One waited upon me at the hotel and an elegant feilow he was of some twenty-four years of age and as much of a gentleman as I ever met with. I conceived quite a penchant for him and could not but slip a piece of silver into his hand, though told it was prohibited by law. At this place we took the rail-cars, drawn by horses to Baltimore — distant sixty miles—where we arrived safely in about seven hours. From B*. we steam-boated and railcared to Boston. This route has been made familiar. So farewell to thee, reader, until I take a start in some new direction, when I hope for thy company again. - ---......



**, AUGUST, 18Dear FRIEND,

I have been at Newport and spent a little tiine. It is a lovely place in Summer. There are two very fine beaches -- some thiuk — the finest in New England. They are near each other and are beautifully curved, like the arcs of a circle. A rock, designated as the Spouting Rock, is one of some curiosity. The tide-water rushes underneath some distance and through a hole upwards at times spouts to the height of thirty or forty feet. It is a magnificent sight after a storm. While on the Island I made a journey to Paradise and Purgatory, and was highly pleased with them, the latter as well as the former. Paradise is a spot exceedingly romantic - about a mile from one of the shores. A ridge of rock of considerable height extends a half a mile and on one side there is a foot or carriage path running between ranges of trees and completely embowered. I counted two hundred and fifty-two in a line.—Purgatory is a most singular and unaccountable chasm formed in a mountainous rock upon the sea-shore, from eight to ten feet broad, one hundred feet deep, and more than an hundred feet long. It looks as if cut by a sharp and powerful instrument wielded by giants. Into this cavity the sea pours with a voice of thunder. In


NEWPORT. such a purgatory one might be washed thoroughly of the pollution of the flesh in a very short time. Fort Adams, where Government has expended a million and a half of dollars, upon a fortification, is well worth a visit. The Jewish Synagogue and Cemetery attract attention ; also a curious relic of antiquity, whose mystery is yet unsolved a circular structure of stone mason-work built upon several lofty arches. The height thereof may be twenty-five feet. Newport is a place of some ten thousand inhabitants and has as many or more churches. Dr. Channing has a seat in the central part of the Island. The Dr. most unfortunately was not at home when I called. I however took the liberty of viewing his place. It is a delightful retreat in summer from the heat and dust of the city. The mansion has an air of antiquity. The garden though not extensive, has its attractions,and the fields adjacent are covered with fruit-trees. While on the spot a young deer, as tame as a cosset, came running towards me and played various antics for my amusement. A large and handsome dog of a kindly disposition seemed to have the guardianship of the premises. I could say more, but I have said enough to give you an idea of N*.

Yours truly.



A Mile out of the town of N- crossing from the old to the new Concord road. The walk was rural, being mostly through woods, but unrelieved by any human habitation. . At a distance in advance of me I saw two most haggish-looking creatures, Supposing they might be Irish stragglers I did not care to trust myself with them. A few steps ahead I discovered a boy sitting by the way-side with a basket of greens and asked him if those people were town's people, or not. He said they were and lived in the vicinity. So walked on with renewed courage Upon coming up with them and perceiving they had baskets and some dandelions therein, I accosted them - 'Do you find dandelions plenty ?' They replied, “No- not so many as we expected.' 'Do you gather them to sell?' One of them said, “I sometimes sell — sometimes not.' The other, ' I never pick but for myself.' Nodding to them I passed on to the summit of the hill before me and there caught sight not far from the roadside of the only tree in blossom, which was extremely beautiful. I stopped until they reached me to make inquiry. “It is the wild plum-tree.' Before I proceed farther, let me say that my informers were females, from forty to sixty years of age, ragged,soiled, and frightfully ugly.—How far to the Concord turnpike?' 'About a half mile or so.' "Have you

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