The globe. (Huntingdon, Pa.) 1856-1877, January 02, 1862, Image 1

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W.y. LEWIS, Editor and Proprietot
A. TYHURST, Associate Editor.
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$1.50 a year-75 cads for sit months-50 emits for
three Lucrutl.s—in aticance.
Thursday afternoon, Sate, 2, 1862
We have not the time nor the incli
nation, to dun personally; a large num
ber of persons who have unsettled ac
counts upon our books of several years
standing. We shall, therefore, from
day to day, without respect to persons,
place into the hands of a Justice for
collection, all accounts of over two
'Years standing. All those who wish
to save expense, will do well to giro
us a call immediately-.
All Orphan!' Court printing, including Administrator's
and Excelsior's Noticis, all. Auditor's Notices, occasional
advertisements, to., must hereafter be paid for in advance.
lisecntms and Administrators oh log us at present, will
plc.° come Cerwerd and settle.
The News.
We are slightly disappointed. We
had reason to expect important news
from the army on the Potomac. But,
perhaps the illness of Gen. McClellan
has had something to do with the move
ments of the army in that direction.
The different regiments and the people
throughout the country, are becoming
impatient for an "advance." The Com
mander-in-Chief is the ruling power,
and no doubt he will advance at the
right time—but placing the greatest
confidence in his judgment, we still can_
not help but think that he moves his
forces very slowly. We cannot be
many days without important fighting
news from the Potomac.
The English Fury.
It will be three or four weeks before
we can hear of the effect in England
of the release of Messrs. Mason and Sli
dell. In the meantime, the London
papers that reach us are as bitter and
malignant towards the United States
:as it is possible to be. A very few pa
pers are moderato in their tone, and
seem to hope for a pacific termination
, of the difficulty. But the principal
journals seem almost insane on the sub
ject of America. The London Times,
-in Rartieular, breathes hatred and
vengeance against the United States
In every column.
1rt . ".1.0 Time. vt-Deer-tith, there are
about thirteen—,eolmt.”7o-j,A—uted
rnortcaii affairs. The leading articles
are three in number. One is a furious
attack on President Lincoln's message;
;another an equally bitter attack on
Secretary Welle's report, and the third,
_which is professedly n tribute to the
• memory of Prince Albert, is also sprin
kled with angry allusions to this coun
try. The Prince of Wales, who is ex
. peeled to advise and support the Queen
' as his father did, is instructed by the
Times to be jealous and suspicious of
the people and Government of the Uni
ted States, whose honored guest he
was a•year and a half ago. Thus, the
occasion of 'a national bereavement,
which shOuld soften the hearts of all
people, is used by this mischievous and
and powerful organ to inflame their
ivohit, passions against a kindred peo
. -Having made our peace-offering to
Great Britain, it is proper that we
should wait to hear how it is received,
and that we should not retaliate, as wo
,fairly might, with vituperation against
the English people and Government.—
But it is not to be denied that the course
pursued by the English at the pres
ent time is exciting a feeling of antipa
thy in this country more intense and
deep-seated than any that existed even
in the periods •of our former wars.—
Many an American citizen is instruct
ing his children as Hamilear did his
sop; and vows of eternal enmity against
England are taken as solemnly as was
that of the Carthaginian lad against
Rome. Whether from among the
young generation, thus indoctrinated
with The new idea, a Hannibal will ap
pear, to humble the pride of England
in a future time,'no ono need predict.
But the time will assuredly arrive,
when the people of England will be
made to regret the malignity of their
temper towards the United States in
the winter of 1861-2.—Phila. Bulletin.
Co's splendid Variety Envelopes are
for sale at Lewis' Book Store. They
make a very handsome present for all
ages. The jewelry is of a better qual
ity than can bo secured in any other
envelope or in any other way for the
same money. The buyer of an envel
ope can get any article of jewelry he
or she may select from specimens.
Gall and see for yourself.
place to get Holiday Presents for old
and young is, at Lewis' Book Store.—
He is receiving a hi ndsome stock for
Christmas and New Year's.
WALT! T44pF4.---4. 1 4 R0some stock
of next year's styles laps been received
At _Timis' Book Store, direct from the
iriariuillctory in New York, •
January Ist, 1862.
{nen tart I sang my tuneful lay,
Unnumbered blessings strewed your way;
In peace you lived, with plenty crowned—
Your hopes, a full fruition found.
'Tie true, at times, the gathering cloud
Portended storms, with thunder loud—
While fitful lightnings lent a glare
Of coming rnge, where all seemed fair.
An evil spirit could be beard,
At times, hiss forth a horrid word,
Al through the air, with meld flight,
It rushed with goblins of the night,
To freeze the blood and chill tho soul,
As in the pact tote heart it stole.
The traitor'. "squeak and Aber" fell
Upon the ear, like voice from hell :
lint though they seemed like notes of death
Malignant—that no held our breath,
Amazed, astonished, still In doubt,
The demon, treason, was about—
We )et belies ed that reason'. vofce
Would still, our happy land, rejoice;
That times and season., rte of yore,
Would come and go, to fill our .lore;
That frugal men would till their lauds,
While time dispensed her running sands
That flowers would bloom and fountain. pour
Their cry slid floods, and) ed with gore
And all as one fraternal band,
Through toils of lira, march hand in hand.
The trembling doubt um solved at last—
The cannon's roar rode on the blast—
Tha cry of war rang tbrongli rho land,
And brave battalions took their stand,
Within their 'trenchmonts, clad with steel
Aud made to arms, their last appeal.
And where, upon this blood stained earth ;
And when, since morning of her bit th,
Did mau or any station tea ' ,
A startled people, thus agree,
Without debate, at instant thought,
To save the land, their father's bought,
With such expense of life and gold,
From treason's sacrilegious holdt
The trial, shines out, like noon-day beam,
That Immo'. fountains scot the stream
Of patriotic love to start
The latent feelings of the heart.
A mighty empire, band on slaves,
Was dreamed about by wicked knaves.
The splendid vision, with its train
Of ignorance and stolen gain,
Allured them on, with, phantom beck,
Their country's peaceful hopes to wreck.
They struck the blow, the cannon's roar
Was heard from ocean's wave-mashed shore;
And down wont mattock, pick and spade,
By whirls were tilled the hill and glado;
The hammer ceased its ringing sound—
The plow loft standing in this ground—
And armies dieser,' in glittering steel,
Press closely on rebAlion's heel.
I'll not recount the deeds of arms;
The glory bought, In scar' alarms;
The brilliant charge, the rlctor's cry,
The dead and dying there that lie,
In pile. upon the blood-moist ground,
Their dying groans unheArd around,
An nhouts of triumph roll tway,
In celebration of the day.
But let commanders net their part,
And soldiers fight Mill) valiant heart;
The Muse snoops o'er the bloody fray—
To other themes she tunes her lay.
From evil, good has often flowed;
Through wrongs, has often found her road
And right and jostle° filled their store,
From social ills and fields of goro.
Convulsions deep, that nations, shake,
And through the social fabric break,
Have oft a Providential came—
Subservo a Providential pause.
The treason that assails us now
May greatly, ustiee, right, endow;
May bleak barbaric clinics that bind
Opinions, feelings of mankind;
Emancipate the bondman's soul
From social tyranny's control;
And learn mankind one lesson more
In nature's book, untaught before.
Let treason's minions, filled with rage,
Against the progress of the ago,
Ittware, that they are cot the tool.,
Perdition works with, namely, fools:
Let them beware the frowning nod,
And fear the thunderbolts of God:
For in the kingdom of the skies, ,
No upward impulse ever dies;
A.. 3 all retarding forces fall,
With those who raised them, at their call,
Disiolved In everlasting death,
Before avenging 'leaven's breath.
'Tin l o trd to prophecy the end
'When mighty armies do contend;
But let me my, whateer the fate
Of this great trout& In the state
May hap to be; a ruling God
lit wrath or mercy a lilt his rod
scourgn the wrong, uphold the right,
And guard the truth throughout the fight.
Lot armies meet, liko rock and ware—
The fleld will not be freedom', , rare.
Emancipated men will stand
Defiant, bold, throughout the land,
As they hors stood, since Concord's plain
Was dotted o'er with Britain's slain.
The War Department of the skies
Ifas bid these bold battalions rise;
And they mill ne'er their armor cast,
Nor stop the bugle's thrilling blast,
Till freedom treads her temple's balls,
Secure from treason's cannon balls;
Till truth shall gain ono foothold more,
In human hearts, not loot before;
Till Heaven shall crush the sceptered wrong,
That burdened hearts nom• bear along;
And despot's thrones shall melt tinny,
Like floats before the rising day.
Send Anil: thine orders—Lord of Hosts!
And whiter, blight the idle boasts '
Of demons, fighting truth end Thee;
And make them to the caverns flee—
And to the culprit's scaffold red,
With blood of dying and the dead.
Sink England's navies In the sea,
And curse her arms where're they be;
And send the prostitute of hell,
To roast, where Milton's angels fell.
Congratulations, new I tend,
From brim full heart, to every friend,
Who may have con'd my o pages o'er,
Since last you found me at your door,
With New Year's song and smiling face,
To greet you with poetic grace.
A happy Now Year, may you spend; -
A happy year, until the end;
When peace may girdle earth again,
No more disturbed by cut-tliroa mon.
THE cAnniEr.
Teachers' Institute.
The Huntingdon County Teachers'
Institute met pursuant to previous no
tice in the Court House in this place,
on Thursday, Dec. 26th, at 10 o'clock.
President, Professor J. B. Kidder, of
Shir]eysburg, in the chair. Exercises
opened with prayer by Professor L.
-The president at the commencement
of the - exercises addressed the conven
tion briefly, as follows :
Fellow-teachers and Friends of Educa
tion :—lt is customary, on occasions
like this, to commence with congratu
lations or regrets; with the former
when it is possible to find matter of
rejoicing. On this occasion, I find a
subject of congratulation in beholding
a larger assemblage than that which
greeted us a year ago, but wo have
reason to regret the absence of sonic
of the most efficient members, who are
now on the cotton islands of South
Carolina or the hills of Virginia, serv
ing their country in her hour of need.
While we aro delighted with the
presence of so many, we are sure that
if the purposes of these Institutes were
bettor understood by teachers, wo
should see many fold moro enroling
themselves on our catalogue. We,
who have met, may, therefore be pre
sumed to have a definite object, and
what is it? I answer it is improve
ment in the theory and practice of in
struction by a mutual exchange of
methods and opinions.
But why should we feel an interest
in this subject beyond the rest of the
community? I see no reason why we
should, but I see many reasons why
the parents of our pupils should feel at
least, an equal anxiety with ourselves.
If our actions wore guided wholly by
self-interest, we might combine as ar
tisans sometimes do to extort from the
rest of the people what we consider
our rights. But that was a mistaken
policy, and your assembling on this
occasion is a proof that you are actua
ted by no such contracted and selfish
motives. The truth is, we can have
no interest as teachers independent of
the public advantage, and we best pro
mote our own honor and emolument
by increasing our efficiency.
A clergyman in one of our Eastern
States in an assembly of his brethren,
began to complain of the honor former
ly rendered to his cloth. One of those
brethren took him severely and justly
to task, saying that he must have lost
his self-respect before he could begin
to suspect that he had lost that of those
around him. So, I contend, we shall
be exactly what we make ourselves;
by aiming at a high degree of excel
lence, we shall gradually train our
selves and the mass of the people to
some degree of proximity to our aim.
There is improvement, and though
perfection be distant in the perspective
of the future, every step forward is an
approach to it, and perseverance alone
can attain it. There are obstacles.—
One class is found in the want of ap
preciation of true merit in the official
managers of school affairs.. Some are
unreasonable in their demands on the
labor and time of the teacher requiring
23 full days of six hours to the month,
as if the nervous system could stand
the same tension with the wood-chop.
per's muscles. Would they ask of the
preacher the exercise of his functions
for even 30 hours in the week? I be
lieve the faithful teacher will find an
equal pressure on the most delicate
part of his organization in the same
period. Some are incapable of gauging
the merits of instruction and act as
foolishly in their estimation of a teach
er's qualifications, as if they paid their
physician by the quarts of his potions,
or the lawyer by the quires of his
written instruments.
Another class of obstacles is found
in the instability of the teacher's pro
fession. We find no fault, nay, we
commend the lofty patriotism of those
of our associates who have forsaken
our peaceful pursuits for the conflicts
of arms, but others who have been
with us, are now standing behind the
merchant's counter, or poring over his
ledger, others have made the teacher's
rostrum a stepping-stone to what they
fancy the h!gher position of the bar,
the bedside of the sick, or even the sa
cred desk.
But we contend that when the pub
lic mind is educated up to the true
value of things,no pursuitwill be deemed
higher than ours. We welcome to our
ranks these energetic and aspiring
men who, after a temporary exercise
of our art are attracted to any other
virtuous and honorable engagement;
but in the "good time coming," for
which wo are laboring here and ever-.
where, there will be no attraction of
honor or emolument that will make
the most aspiring forsake ours, the
most useful even now of all professions.
On motion, a committee of three
were appointed to prepare exercises
for the session. Chair appointed-4z :
McDivitt, H. Meliibbin and S. B. Tay ,
lor said committee.
On motion the opening address of
the president was requested for pub
lication together with the minutes of
the Association. -
The Association then adjourned to
meet in the public school room occu
pied by Mr. Whipple at two o'clock in
the ofterhoon.
society met pursuant to adjourn
ment and called to order by the presi
dent. Prayer by the County Superin
The committee on business reported
the subject, for dismission, the best
method of teaching Arithmetic. The
subject was'opened by Prof L. Clan
bauh of Warriorsmark and continued
by Messrs. Whipple, Kennedy, M'Kib
bin, Campbell, Benedict, Tussey, Ed
wards, Brown, Silknitter, Owen and
The - business for' tho evening session
was announced by the committee, when
on motion adjourned to meet in the
Courthouse, in the evening at 6 o'clock.
An address was delivered before the
Association by Mr. Edwards, of Frank
linville, on 'Physical' Education, ac
companied by illustrations and exerci
ses with the use of the apparatus ac
cording to Dr. Lewis' System of Gym
nastics for the use of schools.
A lecture was then delivered by
Prof. Sinding of the New York Uni
versity. Subject— " The Scandinavian
On motion, the thanks of the Asso
ciation and audience tendered to Prof.
Sinding and Mr. Edwards for the ex
ercises and lecture.
The following subject was proposed
for discussion : Should the use of the
rod be discontinued in our schools ?
- - -
The subject was opened by Mr. Tus-
Bey and continued by Messrs. McDiv
itt, Rhodes, Kennedy, Beck, Benedict,
Zentmyre, Campbell and Silknitter,
after which the Association adjourned
to meet in the public school room at 9
o'clock on the following morning.
Minutes of yesterday_ session read
and approved. An Essay was read be
fore the Association by Mr. M. R.
Beck, of Huntingdon Furnace. Sub
ject—" The Present Age."
The subject of teaching Orthography
was opened by the County Superin
tendent and further participated in by
Messrs: Brown, Owen, McKibbin and
others at some length. The hour for
adjournment having arrived, the busi
ness committee announced as the sub
ject for discussion this afternoon, Tho
best method of teaching Geography.
Adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock.
Subject of teaching Geography taken
up for discussion, and on motion the
time of each speaker limited to 1.0 min
utes. Subject opened by Ur. Owen
and continued by Messrs. McDivitt,
Edwards, Stewart, Whipplo, Proctor
and Brown. On motion discussion
closed for the present,
The subject of Physical Education
was introduced and a resolution offered
by Mr. Owen to the effect that the ex
ercise of the soldier known as the
company drill as a gymnastic exorcise,
is entirely sufficient to meet the wants
of our schools for boys, and could be
introduced at the present time with
entire safety. Remarks were made on
the subject by Messrs. Owen, Stewart
and B. B. Brown, after which the reso
lution was adopted.
The Executive committee presented
a list of offices for the coming year,
from which the following were selected
by the Association.
President—B. F. Brown.
Vice Presidents—J. A. Deaver and
S. Silknitter.
Recording Secretary—S. B. Taylor
Corresponding Sec'y.—L. Clabaugh
Treasurer— McDivitt
Executive Committee—Prof. J. B.
Kidder, IL MoKibbin, A. Owen, Miss
N. Benedict, Miss Jennie M. Brown.
Board of Managers—L. Clabaugh,
D. F. Tussoy, Luther Whipple, Miss S.
11. Myers, Miss E. M. Africa.
Financial Committee—W. IL Ken
nedy, J. A. Rhodes, D. L. Wray.
Committee announced the subject
for discussion in the evening session,
The best method of teaching English
Adjourned to meet in the Court
louse in the evening at GI o'clock.
The subject of. teaching Grammar
was opened by the President and con
tinued by Messrs. McDivitt, Campbell,
Edwards and Brown, and on motion,
closed for the present.
A few remarks were made to the
Association by the County Superin
tendent, who, in conclusion, offered
the following resolution, which was
unanimously adopted:
Resolved, That we commend the
high patriotism and self sacrificing de
votion which has prompted so many
of the teachers of iour county to aban
don the rod and ferrule for the sword
and musket, to exchange the arduous
and responsible duties of the school
room for the sterner realities of the
tented field and the din of battle, and
that while we pledge ourselves to sus
tain them by every means in our pow
er, our prayer to the God of battles
shall be for their safety and success,
their speedy return to their families
and friends that they may again min
gle with U 6 on similar occasions as
Some neling and appropriate re
marks were made by the President in
conclusion, -when the Association ad
journed subject to a call from the Board
of Managers.
J. B. KIDDER, Pres't.
11 McDivrrr, Sec y.
[Written fur the °lobo.)
BY (I. C.. WI"'"
The cold, cold militia were 61 10 111 1-1
On that bleat ,- Z's .!ember night,
Tho Comp was prilel, lying
tho stru ggling muonbeams light
'Twos Christmas on. the marrow,
Gay hearted sleer;°" dreamed
Of hours without a 61arrow .
morn had beamed
light *
n rwrre - then 11.9 w i n d, tent, sighing
A young heart with n was dying.—
. A brother o'er hii bent.
The taper dimly bu nine
R evealed the half s ad
. .01)ft t
As<jf to his broth - turn i ng
— This lie MAY spoke;
"Brother, I have just been thinking
Of Christmas in our home; -
Mem'ry, the past and present linking
To my view, fund visions come.
" Don't you remember, brother,
To-night in times of yore,
We used to watch our mother
Supply the Christmas store.
"How she gave to us gladly
Each little want of ours—
To us now sundered sadly,
Like early broken flowers.
-" How the firo brightly burning
On the old home hearth,
Lit faces void of mourning,
And eyss of sparkling mirth.
" Then before untroubled sleepfng,
Childish visions o'er us soared ;
We envied Santa Claus' keeping- -
More than miser's hoard.
" But those early ties are broken ;
We who filled ono borne with glee
Hare last farewells spoken,
As soon you shall with me.
" For ere the dawn of morrow
Makes the merry Christmas day: .
Heedless alike to joy or sorrow,
Earth can claim but senseless clay
"Closer brother—soon I'm going—
Going without a fear
Where no rude winds aro blowing—"
Ills voice faltered here.
Anil still the winds kept sighing
Around the soldiers tent,
Where, then, a pulse/as form was lying,
And a brother o'er him bent.
C.tmr , PIERPONT, Dee. 26, 18G1.
Our Army Correspondenoe.
CAMP GRIFFIN, VA., Dcc. 29, '6l
FRIEND LEWIS:—Your humble ser
vant having sojourned for the past
fow weeks among the tented inhabi
tants, on the southern bank of the Po
tomac, who have rallied under the am
ple folds of the starry banner of the
Union, I have concluded to give you
an inkling of what it has been my
pleasure to observe in the " land of
After crossing the river for the first
time for ten years, I visited the numer
ous fortifications which form the chain
of defences immediately opposite the
city, and found them even more for
midable than " my fancy had painted
them "--each being constructed upon
scientific principles, and mounted with
guns of tho most approved patterns,
and of various calibre. Outside of the
grand ohain, almost every hill top,
ll'om the Seminary above Alexandria
to Lowinsvillo, which embraces the
field of my tour thus far, oanhe found
either earth-works or field batteries—
artillery enough, if set simultaneously
to work, to make ono believe that a
grand eruption of the elements had
taken place, and that things generally,
_left their moorings. The whole
face of the country is literally covered
with troops. There is no such a thing
as estimating their number by passing
among them. They all appear to be
cheerful, contented and happy, await
ing with great patience the word "for
ward" from their honored and saga
cious Pennsylvania commander.
It is truly amusing to see the inge
nuity displayed by the men of the dif
ferent regiments in the erection of
their quarters, in order to render them
selves comfortable during the reign of
the frost King. Some excavate the
earth about two feet and put in a kind
of pile driving, and place their canvas
tents on the top of wooden structures;
others again build up timbers on the
old log house principle, and perch the
canvas upon it. Most of the messes
are provided with small sheet iron
stoves of different patterns. Those
who have not supplied themselves with
that article, have fire places with flues
running from the inside underneath
the ground, to a chimney on the out
side. Upon the whole, they aro more
comfortable than those unaccustomed
to camp lifo, would suppose. Most of
the field and company officers are
baying neat and comfortable log huts
erected for their accommodation.
On Sunday last, we arrived in the
camp of the Forty-ninth Pennsylvania
Regiment, commanded by Col. W. H.
Irwin,. since 'which time I have been
agreeably entertained by the Colonel
and my esteemed friends, Captains
Campbell and Miles, all of whom are
gentlemen of the first water, and are
accomplished and true soldiers, ever
- watchful of the interests and welfare
of those who have placed themselves
under their command. The regiment
is on the extreme advance of the army,
and has done almost "double duty"
since its advent into 'Virginia, which
has rendered it in a very unhealthy
condition, there being at- this time
about one hundred and ninety on the
sick list. This state of affairs, accor
ding to the testimony of Prof. Go
bresht, the surgeon, has been in a very
great degree brought about by physi
cal exhaustion. This is, in one sense,
a great compliment to the courage and
efficiency of the regiment—the chief
officers having become aware of the
material of which it is composed, as
signed it its present prominent posi
tion, where responsible and arduous
duties arc the natural sequence, and
at the same time
to great
disadvantage to the officers and men.
There are, in fact, at this time, only
four of the Captains reported for duty.
The location of this camp is close to
that of the famous "Buck-tail" regi
ment, which lately figured so conspic
uously in the battle at Drainesville,
and the 49th is its compeer in every
' respect. The Colonel is now in sole
charge of the regiment—the Lieut.
Col. and Major both being absent—the
former on a visit to his family, and the
latter, Major Haling, on his bridal tour,
having, on Tuesday last, led to the by
menial altar, a daughter of Adjutant
General Thomas. ,Col. Irwin is con
stantly on the alert, seeing that every
thing is done that can be, to render
his men comfortable, and at the same
time requires of every man the fhith
thl portbrmance of his duty, which is
accorded with alacrity. , In fact, each
and every man 'ef the regithent, asffir
as we have been able to earn, is devo
tedly attached to, him, and will follow
wherever he may lead them. This
filet was evidenced on the Into recon
noissan% they made in the direction
of Centreville, when they advanced to
within three miles of that place, which
caused a general stampede of the reb
els, who were out on krand.rpview.—
After their return, the General in com
mand asked Col. Irwin" what kind of
a regitnent he had ?" Ile thought
"they would follow him to the sal-'
phuric regions of his Satannic majes
ty." The only reply the Col. made
was, -" and through it,"' which we be
lieve to be literally true. If ever se
cesh gives battle to the &riot's Union
army lying on this side of the Poto
mac, foremost in the fight will be found
the galhint: 49th, hid by their Coura
geous' commander,' and old mother
Huntingdon, as well as her sister coun
ties, will haver no- •cause: toiblush. for
the part her sens.borein the fight.
En p - tissant! • A large number of in
fluential friends of Col. Irwin are urg
ing his promotion to a Brigadier . Gen
eralship, and with a strong Show of
success. . In the event of his elevittion
to that, position, his regiment will be
loth to, part with him. - , ,
On Christmas, I dined with 'the Col.
in company with a number of officers,
among whom was Capts. Campbell and
Miles, and we had a real old Pennsyl
vania ChristniaS dinner. The only
thing we had in the shape of the ar
dent to. take,
.was pure native wine,
and ;we had a good time generally,
notwithstanding we were 'looking the
enemy full in the face. -Capts. Camp
bell and Miles intended that their men
should have a, festive time also, having
sent for a supply of poultry and deli
cacies, but the express man failed to
"come to time," and hence they had
to defer their Christnias dinner "until
Thursday. They, however; did their
share of the good things justice when
they became possessed of them, for be
it known that turkeys and,chickens
rarely fall into the hands of private
soldiers in this " neck 'o timber,"-un
less forwarded by some of their many
kind friends at home, and then they
rarely reach camp until they become
spoiled by being detained. There was
a wagon load of boxes containing nick
nax for this regiment alone, lying at
Georgetown awaiting transportation
on the day before Christmas. I saw
many down-cast countenances that
evening when the Sutlers wagon ar
rived and announced that ho had
" brought no Express goods:" But
"Bich is life." Man is doomed to,dis
appointment, especially when he is
playing soldier.
On Friday last I witnessed a drill
of the Brigade. to which this regiment
is attached—Gen. Hancock—and it
was a pleasing sight indeed. General
Hancock is an. acoomplished officer,
and withal an original specimen of ha
inanity. Whilst going through with
manoeuvre, an orderly attempted to
pass through the Brigade, when he
shouted to Col. Irwin, " d-11 him, cut
his ears off !" In the absence of Lieut.
Col. Brisbin, our esteemed friend'Capt.
Campbell acted in his stead, mounted
upon a spirited charger, The Captain
not only understands his duty as tek lino
officer, but is 'fhlly 'competent to take
charge of a regiment, (so say his su
periors,) and his numerous friends need
not be sarpriSed to' hoar of his promo
tion shortly.
There' are ninny things of which we
should like to speak in this our first
epistle from the "tented field," but
find our letter assuming magnificent
proportions, hence we will have to de
fer many of them for the present. Of
one thing, however, we will speak, and
that is the widely known ",Lovers
Rome." This is mess No. 2of Capt.
Campbell's company. Its inmates are
" Dory" McFarland, " Doll" Decker,
"Shop" Westbrook, "Boss" Cunning
ham, John Hight, and a unique speci
men of the African race, imported from
the Islam' of Timbuctoo, familiarly
known here as" Charley." They have, '
to use a saying that no person ever'
heard (?) "a high old time generally."
They do an immense amount of wri
ting—write letters of love, letters of
business, and letters of every other
description, and occasionally corres
pond with the newspapers. They live
as happy as bees. Their quarters are
warm and comfortable. "Charley"
does the cooking, pokes the fire, and
chores generally, and ie constantly on
double duty. "Dory" is often on the
absent list, being the body guard of
his Captain, a duty he performs with
dignity and urbanity.
You shall hear from me at some fu
ture day, if the disciples of "Jeff"
don't lay violent hands urn your
humble servant, S.
CAMP PIERPONT, Dec. 29, 1861
DEAR FATHER:—This is Sabbath and
has been a very nice day. We were
out on review this forenoon. Gover
nor Curtin, Simon Cameron, Bayard
Taylor, and several other distinguish
ed personages were to see us. We
never attend to any business on Sun
days, and the reason of our turning
out on review to-slay was, for the ben
efit of our guests. Gov. Curtin is
proud of the Penna. Reserves since
the victory of Draincsville. He ,had
all those who participated in that bat
tle to form a hollow square, when lie
made us a short speech, and • said he
intended to have the word. " Draines
ville " on our colors. Oar victory at
that place is greater than at first sup
posed ; there arc 164 new gravesthere,
and according to the enemy's Repiiint
they took a great many along, and
there must have been several hundred
wounded. Every, day their number
of dead is becoming greater 'as they
are found through the woods. We are
going out there again some day soda,
and I expect we' will meet with warm
reception, but our 'boys are ready to
go at any time and feel Confident that
we will come off victorious, if we have
any show for a fair fight. rani pleased
with my boric; he is a,little wild and
scary, but on the day of the'battle 'we
were close to onr - ,bacteryouid every
time the cannon would' crack it, rould
almost shake, its in the saddle but' he
never frightened ? , He is a little rapid
in a charge, but 'that is,a, good, fault
for in case of a retieat.l think ho would
run faster than any horse in'the Regi
meht , 1! '
Col: Higgins., has resigned';:lhe be
came dissatisfied with our Colopel and
will not remain. 110 intends doing
into service in some otherquarter,,per
haps in the West.. Our, whole regi-,
ment regret' it very much, and would
like-him tO stay,•hut. 'he says-he 'will
go. I am very sorry for I will feel
lost when ho leaves, but still I willg,et
along fine. 'We have' good officers in
our company and very clever men. ,
The Reported Fight at Paducah . tratrde
CHICAGO, Jan. I.,The operator at
Cairo now says there was no fbundation
for the statement that there had boon
a fight at Paducah. • •
'''From Fortress Monroe.'
ForrinEss MONROY, ;Dec. 31, ritL Bal-,
timore._—A negro who came in to,Camp
Hamilton this afterri,on reports that,,a,
largo camp of the enemy, at a plactitienr
Bethel, was broken ,up, and a genekul
stampede took place to .Yorktown on
Saturday night. They had seven heavy
howitzers; but they wore all removed.
The cause of the alarm was a rumor
that,. an adv,ance.wmld be: made by
General 'Wool on Sunday;
A flag of truce was suit by General
Magruder to Hampton Hridge,this af
ternoon, :with n'timall .package of let
ters for the North,' 11 '•
Seven rebel officers comPoscd.'tlie
party, and ,'they r mained '
time at ffampten, and appeared to ,be
making observations and endeavoring
to, obtain inforination of our, contem
plated movements. Their 'appearanee
at this tithe and with such a sinal,liluin
ber of letters, leads - to the'suppositio l u
that they were:, desirous'of. ascertain
ing the truth of 'the current iuruor 9f
an advance on our side. f! • 1 •
From Washington. ' ' -.!.
WASIIINGTON;;Tan. I,—To-day ht'tho
finost wo_ have been vanohs'afed
during tho prosont season, in this lati
The reception at the White House is
going on with animation..••'From:ll to
12 o clock, - the Judges of the Supreme
Court, with the Foreign Ministers, in
full court drcss,:and the Senatoraqmd
Representatives. ealled en the Presi
The Menthers of the Cabinet and
Generals in 'the army, with the naval
officers also paid 'their respects to the
Chief Magistrate.
Gen. McClellan, who is quite ill, was
not able to be out this morning.
LoursymE, Deo. 3.1.--Exoitingru
inors of a general ongagetaeat iq
&althorn' -Kentucky have boon, carrot
all day, bat they are generally discred
ited noBv, no notice of any hattie hay
ills. been received at headvarters.
OvicaNNA.T.l, Deo. 31. special des
patch to the Comnifrefal, from
says - there 'axe rumors of
fiAtinm 9 in Kentucky,
Gen. Buell ordered tli'e 'reiffm'ent of
Fusileers, and a regiment of .light ar
tUlery, to Green- river, before
,be iyont,
forward. ,
Gen. Buckner's cavalry were ) . rester
day within a short distance of our pick
ets, audit is supposed he intendedat
tacking Gen. 3ilc.Coolt in force, desiroy
the Green ri'vOr,litqd.g.' e, Una then retire.
All the United States regulars were
thrown across the bridge, earlyyester
day morning.
gr;Tiouts, "Dec. 31..—N0, news has
been , receiyed here - of any fight at Pa
OTTERVILLE, Dec..X3l.—Ono or
our men, captured hy,thojeliels near
Clinton, and carried to Stiringfield, has•
just returned, having left, that plaCe
on Christmas. Ile says Gen. Pike,
with 8,000 men, .had l taken all the
houses in Springfield for the use of his•
troops, turning women and children
into the streets. ile:had unloaded : his
Wagoni; and was Making preparations
for a tong stay. •.• •
- The people of Arkansas had refused
to allow Price to enter that State with
any other troops than those regularly
enlisted in the Confederate service.
His foree'included only 1,500 men so
enrolled. The . , country, about Springy •
field was full of men returning front!
Price's army, who. said if, they .were
pprnaitted . to : return- home and take the
oath of.aliegiance, Price would he left .
with , only ;his.. regular 'Confederate
Since Gen. Pope's rapid operations•
of week,i there is quiet in, all the
region between the Missouri and Osage
.nvers. Not a rumor of rebel e;lrnps
or squads has been heard. • -
Thelr Depariure ,from Port Warren.
BosyoN,San.l.--,The steam tuOtar
light left Fort Warren at eleyen o'clopk
this - morning with Mason, Slidell
and their secretaries for ! Provinectown
where they will be transferred to the
Rinaldo now lying there.
Arrival of. the Steamer Etna
Reception of .the President's ,Message
Opinions of the: English TreSii;
Preparations For War Continued.
'France; 'Russia, Prussia.'and Austria,
Proposed as' Mediato'rs
rsv YORK, Dee. 21:--=The steamer
Etna aii•ived afB 'o'clook thig. morning
with 'dates' bk'telegiliplif:from Loud6ll
'to the 19t1i. • • • -
The message of President Line'?lit
ing that til'e"lpsfilie , ,
I engrossed. with the death 'of PsaverL
•Albert: • "- = '
'The' silence of the Piesident's mes,
sage on the Trent affair, tvas7ctie - Sub: --
ject of much conjecture anThcommeni.
It was generally regarded as a loop
hole for escape, and .gave Tise t9,sonp
hopef:L of peace, although the general
6onsl.ructibn was warlike. ,
~ „ ,
- Th6-London , Tintessays that nothing.
Can' be more ungracithis than the
treatment of the foreignpow
ers 'for their forbearance. A gratuous
and courteous acknowledgthent was
due. • . . • ,
The Times also devotes an article to
the report of t ho Secretary of the Navy,
which it treats with ridicule, and. do
nounces as 'an unparalleled crime _tho
project of blocking up ports by sunken vessels.. `' •
. The Post treats the message 'as -un
deniably warlike, and, although re
marking on the silence' relative - to the
Trent kith., says it was scarcely with
in the ordinary scope of a messar.
It also tharges'the Pi‘eaitien -with in
gratitude in dealing with themaritithe
powers. The' same article•says, that
the despatch to, Lord Lyons Was" 'sim
ple and final. It is an ultimatum"' in
itself.- '
The Daily,News considers the silenCo•
on the Trent affair an indication ofPru
deuce and caution and favorable to
peace, It is pleased ,to believe that
the President desired to hold hiniself
free to speak. at •an 'appropriate time.,
'lt nevertheless coMplains of.the Presi-•
dent's reticence and of the little' credit
he gives to ,fOreign governinehtS. -
The Star justifies the'silence relative
to the Trent afnir, and praises-the
clearness, force and ability of the mes
sage. ' ' •
The' Heald takes quite a- 'contrary
view, 'and feat that,peaeo is almost
The vote of thanks by-Congress it
regards as an insult to Pingland.,_ - '
rho warlike preparations are con
'The Persia took . ont mearly
hundred troops. ThO'i.4renadier2and
Scott Pusileer!Gnards•vonld! erallark
immediately. : —'r!
All 'tlie disPesable.vess.eleinttlie Med
iterranpau wore-reasschibling at Gib,
oraltei to bo koaily! , fiii;,•
partaro, Adoiiral Dacrea has been ap
pointed second in contina n nd
ral Milne, : ,• ..
'• !The NNl . kls 13sXs„4 Libyds Word actives
;and •
Parliament meets aboyt the, 'tylchlty
of January. '
The death of. Prtnee 'Albert had
caused a mos t pxofund sensation. Thei!es
is•great sympathy for the Queen,_ . who,
Gam the bereavement with muchfc4.-.
titudo. -The warmest onlogiums ;aro.
passed upon the PrinCe. "Strong tokeiA
'of sympathy are' tendered from the
French and other Continental Court's,
many of which went immetlitttelY into
The Asia's news were generally 're
garded at Paris as unfavorable for
peace. The leading journals continue
to advocate French neutrality. • ,
LoNner4; Deo. 19,--A mak .‘xaS, o.ur,
rent at Paris yesterday, that the French
government lad sent' s. !Into to .Russia,
Prussia and Austria, suggesting a coin%
mon Modistion of the great - powers
betwoon ; England and America., :The
correspondent observed that
a touder of sulk a mediation would
ho a menace, and be rejected 'cu that
very ground ;
) . 'Caterday_ .addlttonal, shipATlghtB
w'ore taken on at the Portamouth Dock
}'arils to get ready - with " the, Utmost