The globe. (Huntingdon, Pa.) 1856-1877, December 03, 1862, Image 1

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Ely (loin.
Friday, November 28, 1862.
'Woliave 'not the tiine'Uor the incli
pation, to dun personally, a large num
!bet*Of:persons who have unsettled ac
counts upon our books of several years
standing. We shall, therefore, from
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us a call.
[From the Daltiurare Clipper.)
blit few of the leading and most aC
'Live men of the South, who were in-
strumental in getting up this rebel- I
lion, will be likely to escape in their
own persons and_ families, the direful
consequences of their treachery and
ingratitude to the Government from
which so many of them had received
almost illimitable favors and advanta
ges. We are reminded of this fact,
from reading a paragraph from a let
ter dated Warrenton, Va., where is lo
ated the residence of e . Z:Covernor
Smith, (famous as 'Extra Billy, for the
Additional charges he made to his bills
against, old Uncle Sam, as a mail con
tractor.) The premises of extra Billy
were recently visited by some of our
troops, and found to contain the rem
nant of the family, his aged wife and
Ilaughter, the latter represented by the
letter l‘ri ter as not much calculated to
Cause MIS- modern leader .to swim a
river, to visit this fair specimen of x
Virginia hero—old Billy himself had
been sent away on time approach of our
army being an invalid from fever, the
results of a woupd received in the
light at Antietam—one of his sons was
killed in the battles near Richmond,
and the other died from diseases in
curred from exposure, serving the se
acssion cause—it is probable that all
his serVants availed of the opportuni
ty- to make their escape from his (par
lors at Warrenton, but few of whom
:Will ever he likely to be gathered into
bis fold again—so that all the extras
?ply made off poor old Uncle Samuel,
but little will be left to him, and the
Probabilities are, that no posterity will
be left to rise up and call him'( blessed."
The original Secretary of War of the
rebels, who made the famous speech
On the steps of their capitol at Mont
gomery, Ala., when the new of the
capture of Sumter was received, in
- which he promised the excited =ki
k-Ade that by the Ist of May, the rebel
flag' would also "be unfurled on the
capitol at , Washington, and soon in
Philadelphia, Now York, and even on
Fanieul Hall in Boston," is now repre
sented to be a houseless wanderer at
Ile South, his flintily having all been
swept from him by disease, and his
property by fire. Old Tyler's planta
tion near Hampton, doubtless shared
the fate of most of the others in that
vicinity, the drnnken Magruder hav
ing destroyed the town by fire, in mid
summer, on the plea that the Union
troops might occupy it, for winter
quarters I—he fell into disgrace, and
has been sent into exile amongst the
wild Indian's in Arkansas, but between
his ravages and the devastations which
follow all large armies, poor old Tyler's
property has been pretty thoroughly
destroyed, and he himself has gone to
`give an account to higher than earthly
tribunal. Old Wise has lost in death
;his favorite son; he himself is held in
contempt, and 'in his old Virginia,
'where he was ever accustomed to make
a swell, and to command attention,
either by his arrogance, his impudence,
;or his tergiversations, ho is now a
mere cypher, despised by all his asso
ciates, spurned by those who were
formerly lick-spittles, given the cold
shoulder by the cotton oligarchs who
are now lording it over the F. F. V's.,
who have virtually placed him and
the thief Floyd on the shelf, as of no
further use to them—alas ! how art the
mighty fallen. Old Mr. Ruffin, too,
, the cynic, who obtained the honor of
firing the first shot at the old flag on
Sumter's heights, and visited Charles
ton for the purpose, has seen tho pala
tial residence of his family, on the
James River, represented to have cost
a million dollars in its erection and
adornings, destroyed by McClellan as
a military necessity, but a few days
before the evacuation of our army
from that vicinity, and the 'poor old
man has probably been redu'ced to
beggary. Thompson, the Se'craary
WILLIAM LEWIS, Editor and Proprietor
the Interior under the imbecile Bu
chanan, and who with Cobb and Floyd,
plotted all the mischief in their power
against the Government they had
sworn to support; ho too, has recently
felt, even on his far off plantation in
Mississippi, some of the horrors of war
which he had done so much to bring
upon the country—little did he think
during his midnight plottings with the'
other conspirators, that the hand of
retribution would reach him, in his far
off and beautiful home in the interior
I of his State, but ho has had it shown
to him, that the way of transgression
is hard, and that there is an over-rul
ing Power above, whose decree to fal
len man is, that, whilst he is a God of
mercy, he will in no wise clear the
Thompson's plantation has been re
gently visited in one of the excursions
of the gunboats and military expedi
tions into Mississippi, and by accident
or design, his entire property was de
stroyed, including all his crops, his
slaves embracing the occasion to make
their escape. Cobb is said to have
gone home from his command in Vir
ginia, wounded, and will probably be
unfit for furiler service. Mason, now
hi England, has had his estate subject
to all the disasters of war, which have
been so intensely felt in its vicinity
near Winchester, and is probably a
beggar upon the cold charities of the
world. The catalogue could be' multi
plied to an indefinite extent, embrac
ing most of the leading men through
out the entire South, such as Slidell,
Soule, the :netts, and an innumerable
host of other worthies of the same
character, all of whom their own
persons, their families or their proper
ty, will have suffered all the direful
calamities of the civil war, which ,
were so truthfully and clearly predict
ed by the ablest statesman which our
country has produced, as certainly to
ensue in any attempt to sever this
glorious Union.
President Jackson, in his prlelama
tion to South Carolina, during Cal
houn's attempt at nullification, warned
them of the Consegnences of listening
to those leaders who had assured them
that they - could peaceably put at naught
the laws—he told them emphatically
that Calhoun and his aids were " de
ceiving them," that, these leaders
" could not have been deceived them
They know (says 3aultson) that a
forcible oppoSition could alone prevent
the execution of the •laws, and they
know that such opposition must be re
pelled. Their object is disunion; but
be not deceived; disunion by armed
force is TREASON. Are you really rea
dy' to incur its guijt ? If you are, on
the heads of the instigators of the act
be the dreadful consequences ; on their
heads be the dishonor, but on yours
may fail the punishment. On your
unhappy State will inevitably fall all
the evils of the conflict you force upon
the Government of your country. It
cannot accede to ' the mad project of
disunion, of which you would be the
first victims; its first magistrate can
not, if he would, avoid the performance
of his duty. The consequence must be
fearful for you, distressing to your fel
lOw-eitizens here, and to the friends of
good government throughout the
world. Its enemies . have beheld our
prosperity with a vexation they could
not conceal; it was a standing refuta
tion of their slavish doctrines, and
they will point to our discord with
the triumph of malignant joy."
Such was the warning voice of the
patriot and hero Jackson, of the dire
ful consequences of the attempt to dis
rupt the Union—how truthfully has
the words of his prophecy been fulfill
ed, let the condition of the South now
tell. Compare it with the condition
in which it was before the parricidal
hands of those ambitious demagogues
and heartless traitors had been raised
against the heart of their country.—
Now, nearly every house is a house of
mourning, throughout the length and
breadth of their once happy country
—the terror which overspreads thorn,
is like that depicted of the Jews in
some portions of their eventful histo
ry, who, when the curtains of the
night fell round and about them,
prayed for the return of the day, and
when the glorious orb of day was ris
ing in his splendor, they prayed for
the darkness of the night, to hide from
the terrors with which they were sur
rounded. Look on the picture of the
condition of the South, as depicted by
the Proclamation, and what was its
condition before this rebellion com
" Contemplate (says Jackson) the
condition of that country of whiith
'you stilt form an important part.—
Consider its government uniting in 003
bond of common interest and
general protection so many different
States—giving to all their inhabitants
the proud title of American citizens,
protecting the commerce, securing
their literature and arts, defending
their frontiers, and making their
names respected in the remotest parts
of the earth. Consider the extent of
this territory ; its increasing and han-
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py population ; its advance in arts,
which render life agreeable; and the
sciences which elevate the mind!—
See education spreading the lights of
religion, morality, and general infor
mation into every cottage in this wide
extent of our Territories and States !
Behold it as an asylum where the
wretched and oppressed find ;t refuge
and suppbrt! Look on the picture of
happiness and honor, and say, WE,
lina, is one of these proud States ; her
farms have defended, her best blood ce
mented this happy Union ! And then
add, if you can, without horror and re,
morse, this happy Union we will dis
solve; this picture of peace and pros
perity wo will deface; this free inter
course we will interrupt ; these fertile
fields we will deluge with blood ; the
protection of that glorious flag wo re
nounce; the very name of Americans
we discard. And for what, mistaken
men; for what do you throw away
these inestimable blessings ? For
what would you exchange your share
in the advantages and honor of the
Union ? For the dream_ of separate
independence—a dream interrupted
by bloody conflicts with your neigh
bors, and a vile dependence on a for
eign power. If your leaders could
succeed in establishing a separation,
what would be your situation ? Are
you united at home; are you free
from the apprehension of civil discord,
with all its fearful consequences? Do
our neighbor republics, every day suf
fering some new insurrection—do they
excite your envy? But the dictates
of a high duty obliges me solemnly to
announce that you cannot succeed.—
Tho laws of the United States must be
executed. I have no discretionary
power on the subject—my duty is em
phatically pronounced in the Consti
Irroin Wilkes' Bpli It ct tho Times.)
In troublesome times, when the life
of the nation is at stake, it becomes all
persons to unite heart and hand, to aet
together for the public safety. •
I entered my protest one year ago
against the reduction of the cavalry
from seventy to fifty thousand, by dis
banding regiments nearly ready for
the field, at the very time when the
cavalry was too small, out of all pro
portion, to the infantry. The experi
ment was fatally executed, which left
the loyal States a prey to the raids of
rebel cavalry, without the probability
of failure, or the possibility of punish
meat. Fortunately, the Government
have returned frOm the error of their
ways, and resolved to strengthen the
cavalry, and prosecute the .vttr with
all the means that God and nature
have put into their hands to crush out
this rebellion.
The State of Michigan is now raising
her Ninth cavalry regiment. Under
the first call she was permitted to
raise two regiments'—one only was
accepted—the other was disbanded
when nearly ready for service. The
increase of this arm of the public ser
vice is an omen of success. The cav
alry is an ancient arm of the military
service. It has been handed clown to
us from former generations—so in
creased in numbers and efficiency, that
it has become indispensable to the suc
cess of modern armies. The general
who has the best appointed cavalry,
all other things being equal, will as
suredly triumph. The example of
other nations in marshalling hosts, and
the practice and position of our enemy,
becomes to us a military necessity.—
The favorite division of Napoleon's ar
my was five of infantry to one of cav
The great army of Hannibal that
crossed the Alps to invade Italy, was
one-fifth cavalry. He slew 40,000, the
flower• of the Roman army at the bat
tle of Canna:. The great Carthagene
an had been master of cavalry from
his youth up. Tho superiority of his
Numidian Barb over• the Roman char
ger, enabled hint to keep possession of
the beautiful plains of Italy for nearly
a quarter of a century, and to riot upon
the spoils •of victory. He destroyed
400 towns and cities, and slew 300,000
of the Roman legions.
Cresar commanded a powerful army,
supported by the choicest cavalry.—
He was all over a horseman, and se
his horses from the surrounding
nations, because they were superior to
the Roman steed. He conquered three
hundred independent states or nation
alities, and eight hundred cities, with
an estimated loss of three millions
killed in battle. The siege of Jerusa
lem by Titus, cost ono million of lives.
Alexander the Great always charged
at the head of his cavalry. He met
Darius at the battle of Issas, where
the fortunes of war frvored•the great
conqueror. Tho Persian King com
manded four hundred thousand infan
try and one hundred thousand cavaley.
The feeble Persians were unable to
stand the mounted chargers of the
Macedonian Phalanx. The Persian
monarch was defeated with a loss of
sixty thousand infantry and 'ten thou
sand cavalry, with forty thousand pris
oners. Darius, undaunted at this dis
aster, assembled a burger army to meet
Alexander at Arbela, where, in his de
feat, was extinguished the Persian
Cyrus, after subduing Asia, conquer
ing Crcesus, and taking Babylon, in
vaded Scythia with an army of six
hundred thousand infanty and one
hundred and twenty thousand cavalry,
with two thousand chariots armed
with scythes.
Ninus, the King of Assyria, had an
army of ono million seven hundred
thousand foot and two hundred thous
and cavalry, and sixteen thousand
armed chariots.
Xerxes, when stopped by the daring
Spartans a,t Thermopylir, bad an army
of two millions five hundred thousand
soldiers, with es many more camp fol.-
' lowers. The Persian General, aston
ished at the beldneii-; of tho Spar
tens, ordered them to be brought to
him alive. This proved a formidable
undertaking, for the proud Greek had
sworn upon the altar of his country to
defend the heritage of his fathers, or
perish, fighting upon his knees, in the
attempt. One, and one only, lived to
grace the triumph of the conqueror.—
The determined - , :tlor of a people,
fighting to the leA't, and solemnly
pledged never to survive the subver
sion of their Government, carried' ter
ror to the hearte of the effeminate
Persians, and caused the future defeat
and final overthrow of that great army
It has been estimated that the ambition
of seine of the most illustrious exam
ples of ancient heroes, cost the human
family six millions of lives.
The armies of modern times have
%eldom equalled one million• of men.—
The Army of, Napoleon that invaded
Russia, numbered four hundred and
fifty thousand soldiers. The force of
the remaining European Powers em
ployed in modern times, would hardly
exceed in the aggregate, the great ar
my of the United States. Spain has
never excelled one hundred and fifty
thousand, Great Britain three hundred
and ten thousand, Russia five hundred
thousand, Prussia three hundred and
fitty thousand, Turkey four hundred
and fifty thousand, Austria five hun
ch•ect thousand. The United States
have raised in two years about one
million two hundred thousand, exclu
sive of the rebel forces, which may bo
estimated from seven to eight hundred
thousand, which, taken in the aggre
gate or concrete, far txceeds the force
of any European nation. Our army
has been composed of one-twelfth cav
alry—a proportion far less than the
quota used by other• Powers in either
ancient or modern armies.
We may congratule le the army that
this noble servant of man—thc horse—
is about to be brought• to their relief.
The call has come from high plAces.—
The Government has fell back upon
this time-honored warrior to rescue the
army from defeat, and the nation' r.
dishonor. IL is a noble mission. The
charger :goes forth to nerve the arm of
the patriot, and give 'eaiciency to eve
ry division of tie ar ny, that it may
save freedom in its last gasp. Loyalty
to a free Government is the birthright
of heroes. This Government was
formed by our fathers, and ordained
to posterity.. Those who come after
us have an indefeaFine right to the
inheritance. We are bound by all
that is sacred in religion or humanity
to transmit it, unimpaired, to posteri
ty. Patriotism invokes to the rescue
-it appeals to the intutyn; to its cause
—it urges us in the names of the liv
ing and the dead, Lo stand by the Con
stitution. We owe it to ourselves, we
owe it to our country and to posterity,
to make the la , L sacrifice to maintain
the Union, even amidst the smoke of
the reverberating cannon, and the clash
of the charging cavalry-.
. Filly thousand cavalry for one of
the hugest armies ever raised in mod
ern times. What a farce ! It snuffs
defeat in the breeze. But, thanks to
the lessons of dear-bought experience,
the error will soon be corrected.—
Where have our defeats been accom
plished, except by the enemy's caval
ry ; "whenever the enemy wanted to
advance, their cavalry opened the way
for them. Whenever they wanted to
escape, they did escape; because we
hied no cavalry to follow them. It ,
was cavalry that completed our route
at Bull Run. It was the want of cav
alry that prevented our destroying
the defeated confederates at Shiloh.—
It was cavalry that first upset
'lan in the Peninsula, and Pope on the
Rappahannock. It was the enemy's
cavalry that first put Pennsylvania in
a tremor, and finally succeeded in ef
fecting an invasion of the "fate."
It is humiliating to adinit that a
band of mounted' desperadoes should
be able to make forced marches of 60
or 70 miles per day, and surprise the
loyal soldier and plunder the loyal cit
izen without the possibility of being
intercepted or cut off, for the want of
cavalry. Such has been the fortunes
of war. They have reconnoitred with
their cavalry and attacked our defence
less positions without the risk of de
feat. They have intercepted our sup
plies with their guerilla raids and cut
off our communications. They have
joined together, unauthorized by the
custom of belligerents, into mercenary
bands of marauders to violate the
rules of war and the usages of civil
ized nations. Let the fleet horse in
winged armor fly to the assistance of
the soldier td vindicate the majesty of
the law. Let him stalk forth in bat
tle array to break the ranks of the in
vader and crush him to the wall in ig
nominious defeat. Though ho may
fall where heroes bleed, another and
another will close in till victory shall
perch from the standard of loyalty
borne in triumph by the hold cavalier
upon the, swift heels of the gallant
charger. The soldier who achieves
triumph mounted upon the proud
champion of the saddle, is more fbrtu
nate than he who acquires it by forced
marches on foot, over wasted frames
or dead men's bones. It is as unjust to
peril the health and strength of the
soldier, as it is inhuman to wantonly
sacrifice his life. In peace the horse
has ever been used to save human la
bor; in war let him be used to save
human life. We must waive all ob
jections to the expense, of this aria of'
the serVice in a con test, for nationalex
istence. Wealth is of no consideration
in a crisis big with the fate of the na
tion. lie, who falters in this hour of
peril seals by volition the fate of this
u n i o i i _the • last hope of freedom
throughout the world.
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and wrriors predict, but time alone
can defelope the consequence of their
measures. Military genius does not
exist in theory alone ; it is founded
upon superior practical abilities; it
rests upon deduction. Practical re
sults alone can confirm the wisdom of
the military design. The genius to
devise and the bravery to execute is
the genuine , of the military
chieftain. Aricti ' ',the touchstone
of success; affectet,,f'' antry or bogus
heroism should nev esupplant genuine
bravery, the insignia of the soldier.—
The civilian must cling to the pillars
of the Constitution and the soldier
must cling to the wheels of the cannon;
though it speak its iron language in
tones of thunder ho must stand in the '
wake to save the people from despot
ism and the Stato from being swallow
ed up in the great conflagration.
Coal Tar Destructive to Vermin.
Since the discovery of the antiseptic
properties of coal-tar, numerous ex
periments have been made with this
substance, in order to ascertain wheth
er it possesses any deleterious qualities
in relation to the insect world, or to
those lower quadrupeds which are con
sidered as pests by the farmer and
housekeeper. Some of these trials
have led to satisfactory results. The
Journal de la Societe d'Hortieulture in
forms us that an agriculturist, M. The
nard, having lately caused certain
frames to be coated with coal-tar, was
surprised to find the cabbages growing
near the place where the frames were
standing, quite free from the unwel
come visits of the Hallica, or flee-bee
tle, so destructive to cruciferous plants.
The observation was not lost upon
him; he immediately caused 1,500 kil
ogrammes of saw-dust to be mixed up
with two kilogrammes of coal tar, and
then to be strewed over several acres
sown with rape-seed. The consequence
was, that nd flea-beetles ever infested
the plant from the moment of their
appearance to - tile ti 'they were got
in. He has been repeating this pro
cess for the last five years, and always
with the same success, while his neigh
bors' fields suffer more than ever from
the invasion of the obnoxious insect.—
Instead of saw dust, sand or even
earth may be advantageously used,
but care must he taken not' to use coal
titr in an excessive quantity; for since
its virtue resides in the strong empy
reumatie odor it emits, a very small
dose will be sufficient; whereas a large
quantity would kill the plants them
selves. The efficacy of coal tar driv
ing away moles has also been tested
with success. If wooden spikes coated
with the substance be thrusted into
the 'ground at moderate intervals, the
moles there may be in the field are sure
to decamp. A piece of ground may be
protected from them by encircling it
tt ith a rope previously- dipped in coal
tar.. It is highly probable that rats
and mice may be driven away by sim
ilar processes. We have had personal
experience of the efficacy of strong
resinous smells in removing insects;
for several years ago we succeeded in
ridding a garden of vast colonies of
ants, which had literally taken posses
sion of it, by pouring spirit of turpen
tine upon the ant-hills. In 24 hours
not an ant was to be seen.
How, it
Some of our exchanges have revived
the following old but good story :
A number of old politicians, all of
whom were seeking office under the
government, were seated at a tavern
porch talking, when a toper named
John D., a person who is very loqua
cious when corned, but exactly the op
posite when sober, said if the•eompany
had no objection, he would tell them
a story. They told him to 'fire away,'
whereupon he spoke as follows
A certain King —I don't recollect
his name—bad a philosopher upon
whose judgment he always depended.
Now, it so happened that one day the
king took it into his head to go hunt
ing; and after summoning his nobles
and making the necessary prepara
tions, he summoned the philosopher
and asked him if it would rain. The
philosopher told him it would not and
he and his nobles departed.
While journeying along, they met a
countryman on a jackass. Ile advised
them to return, for; said he, 'it will
certainly rain' They smiled contemp
tuously upon him and passed on. Be
fore they had gone many miles how
ever, they had reason to regret not
having taken the rustic's advice, as a
heavy shower coming up, they were
drenched to the skin.
When they had returned to the pal
ace the King reprimanded the philos
opher severely.
'I met a countryman,' said he,' and
he knows a great deal more than you,
for he told mo it would rain, whereas
you told me it would not.'
The King then gave him his walk
ing papers, and sent for the country
man, who made his appearance.
Tell me,' said the King, how you
knew it would rain
'I . didn't know,' said the rustic, my
Jackass told me.'
'And how, pray, did he toll you ? '
asked the King.
By pricking up his oars, your maj
esty,' returned the rustic.
The King ' soot' the countryman
away, and procuring thO jackass of
him, hc'placed him the jackass, in the
office the philosopher had filled.
' And here,' observed John, looking
very wise, is where the King made a
great mistake.'
' flow so?' inquired his auditors ea
Why, ever since that time,' said
John, with a grin, every jackass
wants an oiliee
Hu that i~, proud eats upHimself.
TERMS, $1,50 a 'Year in advance.
The Picket's Ruse.
Private Joel &napes, of a hard
working, tough-sinewed regiment of
Vermont volunteers, was a good shot
and a smart soldier. Ile found great
satisfaction in picket duty, and hard
ly came in after a day's exorcise in
that branch of military without hav
ing a report to make to his superior
officer of some new work discovered,
some conversation overheard, some
little chance circumstance perceived,
that might be of use in gaining an ad
vantage over the enemy.
Joel was a long, lank, yellow-haired
fellow, not very soldierly in speech or
bearing, but of infinitely more service
than many a one of our snug, dapper,
well-looking city soldiers. He was
.sunburned, and his face,
coarse-featured and demure, suggest
ed good humor and endurance, more
than courage and ,discipline. But
there was a twinkle about his small,
grey eyes, which enlivened them . ' de
spite their scanty and characterless
white lashes, and impressed the closer
sort of observer with a' whOlesome re
spect for his courage and intelligence.
His nasal voice and drawl, his round
shoulders and flat build, could not
shako this respect so lone one kept
those clear, cool, flir-seenig 'e G's iii
sight; and Joel's comrades prophesied
that he had only to behave himself, and
keep on his oivn way, to gain a pair of
epaulettes one fine day.' - '
lle openly .'declared that manual la
bor'on the earthworks wit's distasteful
to him; and his officers, knowing his
value at picket duty, ,evinced enough
consideration for him to keep him at
that service.
The position that he liked best was
on the slope of a bill, opposite a simi
lar slope, occupied by a sentinel of the
Confederates. This last was quite a
high bit of ground' . whence one might
see a great deal that was going on
about the batteries further down. Jo
el believed that the sentinel there sta
tioned learned more than was well for
Mir' side. He accordingly harrasded
and annoyed every one that showed
his head on the hill-side opposite, and
left several adventurous fellows
stretched on the turf, one after anoth
er, as a reward for their temerity.
It was nearly a quarter of a mile off,
but, as I have said, the long Vermont
er was a good shot, and it became re
ally dangerous for'the enemy's pickets
to show themselves at all near the
dangerous hill-side. They soon learn
ed their lesson, and very soon acted
upon it.
Joel, sauntering down his path ono
fine afternoon, heard a sharp report,
and felt the wind of a rifle ball that
came wonderfully near his bead.—
Turning quickly, he saw rthe smoke
floating up from a little pile of fresh
earth on the hill opposite. The ene
my had dug a pit wherein the sentinel
could sit at ease, and expose his head
and arms only when ho fired. Pri
vate Smapes hastened with praisewor
thy prudence to get out of sight,
among some cedars, and watched some
time before quite fixing the location of
the focman again. Finally discover
ing the fresh earth once more, and im
agining that he saw a hat just above
it, he took a shot in the direction.—
Up pegged a tall sentinel, bare-head
ed, and returned the fire instantly.—
He had only been trying the old trick
of putting his hat on a ramrod. •
" This'll never dew," soliloquized
Joel. " That cuss has got tow good a
berth over yonder. I'll just have ter
rouse him out." The other sentinel's
death-warrant wasin some sort signed
from that moment. Tho crafty Ver
monter's brain was at work on the
problem of dislodging his man thence
So long as Joel kept quiet, so did
his antagonist but it 'Wag 'ptestintablo
that he could see the batteries in pro
cess of construction, without exposing
himself, for the earth taken from the
pit was carefully piled upon the side
toward Joel.
From a thicket at the foot of the
two hills however, a shot could be got
lengthways of the trench, and behind
this trifling breastwork. To gain the
thicket, then, without beim -, too visible
on the barren slope, was Joel's idea.
The next day, private Smapes took
with him a long piece of stout twine
and a revolver when ho went out on
picket duty. t was not yet daylight,
but the gray and indistinct light of
dawn had begun to pale in the east.
The sentinel, as soon as the guard
passed along, hastened to drive a
smooth stake in the ground, and to
rest his musket over a fork in a cedar
tree in front of the stake, the muzzle
of the weapon pointing in the direc
tion of the pit on the further slope.
He then cocked the piece and fas
tened one end of his cord to the trig
ger, began stealthily crawling down
the hill on his hands and knees, play
ing:Out the line as he went.
It was a hazardous experiment, for
the thicket, when ho gained it, was
very sparse and so near to the point
that the Confederate sentry, had he
suspected Joel's presence there.,' could
have hardly failed to hit him.
Lying down, however, the Vermon
ter awaited sunrise, and as the shad
ows faded away in the mist of morn
ing, he saw the light gleam upon a
.bayonet peering from the' trench on
the hillside.
"low for to make him show his
plant. 1" said Joel to himself.
Ho pulled the string carefully at
first, till it was drawn tight, and then
a slight extra tug fired the musket
from among the cedars above.
He had not calculated wrongly.—
As'soon as the rifleman in the pit hoard
this matinal salutation from the enemy
over opposite, as he supposed, ho raised
himself up to return fire, and brought
his head and shoulders plainly into
sh , ht • •
IL the most Complete of any 'the kitehtry, Eitti4
aoSees the most ample facilities for.promptly exemthtlepiii
ILO belt atylg, eygry variety of Job Visaing, emit Ai .0
HAND DlttS; - • '"'" '
LABELS, &C., &C., &C
NO, 26.
The next instant he went heels over
head into the trench againovith' a bull:
let from the unerring Colt straight
through the side of his head. • —4 3
" The darned fool 1" said private
Smapes, " didn't he know a felloW
might shoot off a gun without having
hold of it ?"
The Confederate pickets decided
thereafter that this position was tot;
exposed to be profitably occupied. •‘•
General AS'teednian Challenged by a
Woman.— General James B. Pte'ecll
man, of the Northwestern Ohio
is bravo fn battle and . up to adV6iii.
tures in seeeshdom. A' letter • frogi
" Camp'N'ear the Tennessee Line,""t6
the Commeieitil, relates the follo*!
f , •
ing :
Riding along to-day, I car gjA 413
with General Steedman, who; first
province as commander of this brigade,'
had called at a dwelling on the roll+
side to see about sick soldiers left' in
the hduses. " The General knocked at
the door, and a voice within yelled
out, .'"'Come in.f' Obeying the inc
junction, he opened the door and in=-
quired how many men wore thei'e,' and
also if they had the requisite atten
tion showa , theini After's. few min
utes' talk with the soldiers, General S.
entered into ocinvertintidu 'Vjth
Reynolds, the owner of the property,
who, among other things, asked- the
General when he thought the wet
Wonld end—to which ' , tile General' re
filled, • '
"Not - until the rebels lay down
their arros,'''or 'the secessionists gdt,
perfectly' tired of havink their countri
thoroughly devastated." ••,
This reply brought in a third party.
Old Mrs. Reynolds—a regular spit-fire
—a'she secessionist of the most rabid,
rantankerous speeies=a tiger cat in
petticoats. This she specimen" of.the
" Spirit of the South," of the derami Of
desolation, had bottled up her venom
during the conversation of her epre,
but could hold in ne longer; 'hdt' Vad
of wrath'' birgted,'.the - cork flew dug
and the way she came at the/Genera{
was a Caution to the wayfarers °vet ,
this road at any rate.
• " 011 yes ! and that's all you nasty
Yankees come here for, iS to. destroy
our property, invade our silo; desei•la:
tin our homes. This 'ere whole war
is nothing but a Yankee speculation,
gotten up by the North; so that they
can steal niggers, and drive us •
our homes.'
44 Well madam, it is not my province
to quarrel .with a woman; I shall vu
talk to you. You get excited, ttha
don't know what you're talking
about." •
" Oh ! but I'll talk to you as much
as I please ; you're all a sneakini'sst
of thieves; you can just take yourself
out of my _house, you dirty pup.—
You're drunk."
The General very placidly listened
to the old termagant, and merely ~re. •
marked it was too cold to go out of .
the house just then, he guessed he'd
warm himself first. . •• •
"Get out quick," said she, opening
the door, "I'll let you know I'm -a
Barney; yes, I'm a grand daughter of
Gen. Harney, of revolutionary faine.S,
" Well, I have before told yoU, I
don't want to quarrel with a woman
but if you have any of the male Hum
us about the house who will give me
the tenth part of the insolence I have
listened to from the lips of ono old
enough to know better, I will seed
show him of what metal I am made:s ll
".Teems, gife trio 'your six shooter;"
fitirly shrieked the old woman; "
soon show !lira. ill fight you at ten
paces, sir." •
The General laughed at her last re
mark; seeing which, she -becalm) per
fectly furious, her sons and daughters
begging her to desist fre* ~qeh- tulle,
but the More . they cried don't,lhe'l4l3
she " don'ted."
The family by this time had beeti
made aware that it was a real General
at whom this insolence of tongue was
being hurled, and' the: tribulatton of
the son was great. z , ; ;,1
The Gen'e'rat, after thoroughly
warming himself, qufdtly Walked out
with his staff, the son•follciv'ea' to the
door, Making all sorts of apoldgies fot
his mother — that she had been 4i1d14
was peevish, and at times out of her
head. I suggested to him th'at 1 did'nt
think she would be so hpt to go out of
her head if John Morgan had come
along, instead of a Union man. Lucky
for that house and its inmates that the
9th Ohio, or any of General Stebd!
man's cOmMand,' were not :apprized of
their proceedings. The General, iti
the kindness of his heart, and for thti
sake of the soldiers quartered there:
placed a guard around her house to
prevent her being troubled in the
least, while the rug:int - eras were pAs
sing. _
IT is a question anxiously asked by
some if California is safe from the de
signs of the secessionists ?'"Oup of It
population ofl2s,loo"able-boaltid :none
40,0,00 arc estimated to be secess6fitlat?f,
The plait obtain possession - W . 6'e
government property last year having
been defeated, the secessionists are
establishing a colony in , Sonora,
from which they can'effect a surprise
of California. Danger is supposed to
exist from the belief that France ear=
neatly desires to aCquire a foot-hold in
the Pacific ocean, and, if possible, some.
where on the coast of America, where
the precious metals are found in abunz
dance. Of the five reginients .of ins
fantry, and one and a half of ciii7alry
raised in California, but a very few of
them are in striking distinice 'of, San- .
Praneisco and the other thickly point
lated portions of California; they are
mainly distributed • over the outire
frontier of the State from Humboldt
to Tucson.
Fear va'akes devils ofchordTr=