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Our Country's Call.
BY WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT.
Lay down the axe, fling by the spade ;
Leave in its track the toiling plow ;
The r fie and the bayonet blade
For arms like yours are fitter now ;
And let the hands that ply the pen
Quit the light task and, and learn to wield
The hosreman'g ciookod brand, and rein
The charger on the battle field.
Our country calls ; away ! away !
To where the blood stream blots the green.
Strike to defend the gentlest sway
That time in all its course has seen .
Bee, from a thousand coverts. —see
Spring the armed foe, that haunt ber track ;
They rueh to smite her down, and we
Must beat the banded traitors back.
Ho ! sturdy as the oakr ye eleave,
And moved as aoon to fear aud flight,
Men of the glade and forest ! leave
Your woodcraft for the field of fight.
The arms that wield the axe must pour
An iron tempest on the foe ;
His serried ranks shall reel before
The arm that. lays the panthor low.
And ye who breast the mountain storm
By grassy steep or highland lake,
Come, for the land ye love to form
A bulwark that no too can break:
Stand, like your own grey cliffs that meek
The whirlwind, stand in her defence ;
The blast as soon shall move the rock
As rushing squadrons bear ye thenre.
And ye whom homes are by her grand
Swift rivers, rising far awsy,
Come from the depth of her green land,
As mighty in your march us they ;
As terrible as when the rains
Hav*fe swelled them over bank and bourne,
With sudden floods to drown the plain*
And sweep along the woods upturn.
And ye who throng, beside the deep,
Her ports and bamlets of the strind,
In number like the waves that leap
On his long murmuring marge of sand,
Come, ike that deep, when, o<'r his brim,
He rises, all his floods to pour,
And flings the proudest barks that swim,
A helpless wreck against his shore.
Few, few were they whose swords, of old,
But we are many, we who hold
Won the fair land in which we dwell ;
The grim resolve to guard it well.
Strike f r that broad and goodly land,
Blow after blow, till men shall see
That Might and Right move hand in hand,
And glorious must their triumph be.
From the Holiidayslturg Register.
A Remarkable Willow Basket.
BT NO MATTER WHOM.
In the fall of the year 1855, the writer of
thie sketch wae appointed an Agent for Olio
and Preston College, situated in Blacksburg,
Montgomery Co., Va. An agent may be an,
eloquent preacher, a scientific lecturer, a
peerless gentleman ; but if ha does not get
the money, be is nut the man. Knowing this,
we started out with the determination that
we i could, ratse the " i eind."
When the ready cash could net be bad, we
resolved to take anything that could be con*
verted into cash. Among nameless other ar
ticles —ranging from half-fiedged chickens to
enperanuated slaves and horses, —a little
willow basket was given, for which we allow*
ed on the subscription book .fifty cents ; cer
tainly its full value.
The doner was a maiden lady, a daughter
ot a wealthy Virginia farmer, weighing three
hundred and eight lbs. averdupois 1
Capacious however she was in body, sbe
was no less in spirit—for although in inde
pendent circumstances, sbe employed her
time in making willow baskets, for the ben
efit of the poor in the neighborhood. In the
evening of the day on which we received the
basket, we delivered a lecture on education
in the town of S , after which we put the
basket at auction, determining to sell to the
" highest bidder." We bad scarcely donned
the auctioneer, when we received a ten dol
lar bid for the basket. " Thinks I—to my*
■elf"—good for the basket 1 and on we went
in the incoherent langage of the gentleman
•f the " block," until at length we knocked
it off to a wealthy lady in (jie audience for
fifty dollars 1 We at once handed the lady
ber basket. After examining it for a few
minutes, sbe put the money in it and return
ed it to us, for which we, of course, made our
most complaisant bow.
As by the gift of the lady, the basket, was
our own once more, and, being encouraged
by our previous success, we determined to
try our hand a little further at auctioneering.
So we pat np the basket again. The bidding
commenced,the audience waxed enthusiastic,
and in a few minutes we knocked it off again
to a gentleman sitting near us, for fifty dol
lars. He also put the money in the basket,
and returned it to ue. And thus we contin
ued to sell the basket—the bids raDgiDg from
fire to fifty dollars—until within forty-five
minutes we sold the basket for six hundred
and fifty dollars ; and left the house with
the money in our pocket, and the basket on
A few days after this, we went to W ,
a wealthy town in the western part of the
State, to present the claims of the College.
We found, however, on entering the town,
that the report of the " basket agent" had
preceded us. A friend of ours informed us
that a Col. F. residing a short distance in the
country, had publicly boasted that be "wo'd
have some sport with that agent, if he came
to town, and that he would have his basket
for less than twenty dollars.
Col. F. having by marriage recently came
into possession of a valuable plantation, and
a large force of " contrabands," was very
fond of making a parade of his wealth upon
all occasions, to the no little annoyance of
the community. We were assured that the
Cilonel would be at the lecture in the even
When we went to the town hall, we found
it literally " jammed." After talking awhile
upon the subject of education as connected
with the prosperity of the land, and present
ing the claims of the college, we put up our
basket at auction once more.
We had scarcely commenced to cry it off,
when some one with a squeaking voice from
the back part of the hall, called out to us:
" 110 1 stranger, briDg your basket back
here; we must emamine it ; we don't want
to buy a 'pig in a poke.'"
From the description given, we readily
concluded that it must be tba veritable Col
onel. So we at once made our way to him,
and on handing him the basket remarked :
This is not a very ornate art icle. but it has
this redeeming quality, it is a home n anu
ufactured basket; none of your " northerr."
This was a happy hit, for even then the
Old Dominion was down on " Yankee notions."
The Colonel took the basket, and after exam"
ining it for a few moments, bunded it back
" Well, sir, I see nothing remarkable
about that basket; but it certainly has quite
a histoky, and I should liku to have it, and
if we can come to terms will buy it, but I
wanf you to understand distinctly,- that I
make no child's bargain, if I buy it I intend
to keep it."
Very well if these are the terms on which
you propose to trade, we must tell you what
we thick the basket is worth.
" What is your figure ?"
"One tbsusand dollars, sir for we sup
pose that if the Colonel wanted to make a
display of his m ney, he would at least give
up this sum, but looking quizzically at us, h e
44 A little to steep arranger."
Well, now we have said what we would
take, let us bear what you will give.
44 I'll give you ten dollars in gold for your
Generous! magnanimous!! we replied,
and stepping out into thu Hisle, rela'ed an
anecdote, which was peculiarly tdapttd to
When be bad finished, we looked at the
Colonel and found him blushing all over his
face, he looked as though he had " cought a
Tartar." The audience was in rxtacies over
thtColonel's discomfiture. Judge T. sitting
by him said, " Come Colonel you'r in for it
now ; give this gentleman a thousand dollars
for his basket, or he'll give you the benefit of
another anecdote." Certainly, we remarked,
we have another in point, and commenced to
"Stop; stop;"—cried the Colonel, and
handing us a hundred dollar bill said—"here
take this and keep your basket, and say no
more about it."
We took the bill from the Colonel, and
thanking him politely, returned to the plat
form, where we found such ready sale for
our basket, that in less than an hour we sold
it lor seven hundred and fifty dolldrs I
On a subsequent occasion, we sold it for
four hundred and ten dollars, making in all
eighteen hundred and fifteen dollars, the net
proceeds of our Willow Basket.
Tie time having arrived for us to leave the
" sacred soil," we donated the basket to a
lady friend of ours, and returned to our
northern home, having at least earned the
sobriquet of the " Basket Agent."
Hollidaysburg, Pa".,' Oct. 16th, 1861.
When the old lady bad fallen into the welt,
and was rescued from drowning with some
difficulty, she declared that " had it not been
for Providence, and an other man, she never
would been got out alive." The theory of
the old woman's assertion seems to have op
erated in one of the churches in Logansport,
where, on the National Fast-day, in the pres
ence of a large congregation, a gentleman of
reputed creditable attainments, both literary
and moral, thus prayed : " O Lord, bad the
East done as weli as the lloosier State in
furnishing men to put down tbis rebellion,
we would not be under the necessity of call
ing on Thee."
THE amount of Grain, including grain re
ducei to flour, shipped from Chicago during
the month of September, amonts to 8,450,000
bushels. This is the largest quantity of grain
ever shipped from Chioago in any single
month, the excess being about 2,000,0C0
"WE STAND WON THE IMMUTABLE PRINCIPLES OP JUSTICE—NO EARTHLY POWER SHALL DRIVE US PROS OUR POSITION."
Bellefonte, Centre County, Penna., Thursday Morning, Ttea 7, 1861.
Sketch of the Life of the Late
The HOP. E. D. Baker, who was killed on
Monday, the 21st ult., in the engagement
ner Leesburg, Va., was a United States Sen
ator from Oregon, and took his seat for the
first time at the extra session on the 4th of
March, lie was the Colonel of tha Califor
nia regiment recruited in Philadelphia, and
commander of the a brigade mostly made up
of Philadelphia regiments. The Inquirer, of
that city, has the following sketch of kia
" He is an old Pbiladelphian, and of Qua
ker lineage. His ancestors were English
Friends. Col. Baker was born in England,
but was brought to Philadelphia when an in
fant, where he, with a young brother, were
left orphans soon after tbeir arrival.
This calamity left them no resource but to
work their way through the world with tbeir
own hands. For a while young Baker, the
present Senator, worked as a hand-loom
weaver in a small manufacturing establish
ment near Thirteenth and south streets,wbers
the loom upon which be labored is still stan
ding. It is likely, now, to become an object
of interest. Before he reached manhood, he
paid some attention to the study of the law*
and left Philadelphia for the Great West.—
His purse being light, he and bis young
brother crossed the Ailcgbenies, and went
through OhioaLd Indiana.all the way on foot,
until they reached the Wabash river, which
tbey descended in a canoe, and at last found
themselves OD the broad prairies ol' Illinois.
In tbis State Col. Baker took up the study of
the law in the regular way, and soon made
for himself a name, even at the bar of Sring
field, where be met —sometimes as colleagues
and sometimes as adversaries—both the de
ceased Douglas and President Lincoln.
Being of active miod, be took part in the
politics ot Illinois, but a* be was a whig, and
in a strongly Democratic State, he did not
appear in public lite until 1845, when he was
elected to Congress. Shortly after tbis, the
Mexican war having occurred, he raised a
regiment in his State, and went out to rein
force Gen. Taylor. Returning borne as a
bearer of despatches, after several months'
service on the Rio Grande, he resumed his
■eat in Congress, but almost immediately re
signed and rejoined bis regiment. He par
ticipated in the seige of Vera Crux, and in
the bioody struggle at Cera Gordo, and after
Gen Shields received bis apparently mortal
wound at the latter battle, Col. Baker took
command of the brigade.
After the war was over, Col. Baker was
again elected to Congress from Illinois,where
he served with distinction during the ses
sions of 1849 and 1850. Ilia adventurous
spirit soon ied bim to a new field. In pur
suance of a contract with the Panama rail
road company, he raised, equipped and led
to the Isthmus four hundred er., with
whom he surveyed and cleared much of tb e
track of that important highway. Here, in
common with many of his laborers, he was
soised with the deadly Panama fever, and
nearly lost hs life.
lie returned to Illinois, with both health
and fortune very much impaired, and in
1852 went with his family to California. In
San Francisco Col. Baker to a front rank in
his profession of the law, and acquired a
moat lucrative practice. Ilis fame as a law
yer and orator penetrated every part of that
remarkable State. But he was famous also
as an orator, and his panegyric of Broderick,
over the body of the murdered Senator, is
said to have been one of tbe grandest exhi
bitions of fervid eloquence ever seen or heard
on this sentiment.
But little more than a year ago, tbe spirit
of progress being still in full vigor in his
breast, Col. Baker removed to Oregon. His
pbaracter and fame had preceeded him, and
almost immediately after his arrival he was
elected to tbe Senate of the United States for
At tbe outbreak of the rebellion he raised
a regiment called the California regiment,
mostly enlisted in this city. Subsequently
he added another battalion to it, also of Phil
idelphians. Not satisfied with this, he un
dertook the organization a brigade, which he
successfully accomplished out of several
Philadelphia regiments. It was at the head
of one of these that he lo&t his life."
Gen. Lane, of Kansas, is not a doctor of
laws, but if he kad been, he could not have
defined with more exactness than he did, in
a late stump speech at Leavenworth, whs*
the duty is of military officers under existing
laws, executive instructions, and the resolu
tions of Congress: "We march to crush out
treason and let slavery take care of itself." —
The nation has not yet determined upon a
general emancipation, as a means of quelling
the rebellion, but it has determined that tbe
army shall not turn slave catchers for the
benefit of traitors. If the slaves of such es
cape into our lines, they are not to be given
up, and if the progress of eur armies abolish
es slavery, that is a consequence which trait
ors have brought upon their own heads.
A confederate letter writer in Missouri
says that the German troops are " very at*
tractive in their appearanoe." No doubt,
when attacked they will be found terribly
When the development of this rebellion
appeared in the secession of South Carolina,
the announcement was boldly made, that it
was an effort to vindicate the rights of the
people of the South with regard to the ex
tension of Slavery, the increase of its politi
cal power, and the protection of its domestic
influence. On the pretence first that these
rights had been threatened, the south prepa
red to resist aggression, and when tbe lead
ers in the rebellion had succeeded in fortify'
ng their harbors and frontiers, tbey openly
proclaimed tbeir purpose so destroy tbe
American Union, that the instiiution of sla~
vety might be increased in numerical strength
and political power. In these declarations,
the advocates of secession were in earnest—
Alexacdcr 11. Stephens openly proclaimed
the doctrine of universal slavery for every
description of labor, and made the system of
human bondage the basis on which the
south intended to rear its fabric of govern
ment. These are facts which already con
stitute part of the history of tkis rebellion—
facts incorporated into the confederate con
stitution—facts stamped upon their legisla
tion, and facte which have prevented the
powers uf Europe thus far from recognizing
the Confederate States of America, so ealied
by the rebels, as an independent sDvereign
power among tbe Datione of the world. It
the basis ef government fixed by the rebels
had been any other than that of Slavery,
England and France would have long sines
recognized Jrff. Davis A Co., as leg timate
rulers. It is the fear of stultification that
prevents these powers from this recogniiion,
and even this motive may not much longer
deter them from such a proceeding, if the
federal powers of tbis government do not
saon move in a manner to prove that they
are competent to dope with insurrection, able
to crush out rebellion, and prepared at all
hazards to meet and defeat the armed trait
ora of the south. Publie sentiment cannot
be forever restrained on this subject. Tbe
loyal states, after having almost spontaneous
ly poured out their wealth in men and treas
ure in money in response to the government
have a right to demapdthat a blow be struck
regardless whether it be in the emancipation
of every slave in the south, or the conflagra
tion ot t very rebel city and village, so that
the American Union is rescued and restored,
the land delivered from rebellion, tbe laws
onee more respected, and the federal author
ity again recognixrd.
In the face of these historical facts, it is
passing strange that there are those in the
loyal states who still demand that in the ef
fort to crush rebellion, no stroke must be
struck at slavery. When the slave power
declares it to be its purpose to break up tbe
Union, to destroy the federal authority and
desolate the land, others who give the fede*
ral government a sort of ncuativa support,
claim that those who are risking life and for
tune to lestoro the majesty of that power
must refrain from all interference with sla
very—must no attempt the emancipation of
a single slave, and in all particulars, must
respect the local and general rights of every
slave holder, whether bs is found with arms
in his hands, or is secretly abetting tbe ef
forts of those who are openly engaged in
trason. Such a policy in this struggle can
not be productive of success. If the hope is
entertained that tbe institution of slavery is
to be saved and maintained in tbe social vig
or and political power it possessed oefore
tbis rebellion was organized, and at thesame
time tbe rebels be forced to ebedieace and
respect, then are our armira a useless or
ganization and burden to the government,
and all our efforts to preserve the Union
must eventually become failures. Only one
•f tbe two can survive this struggle. Sla
very must be rebuked—its development re
tarded and its spread prevented, if we ever
ever hope to secure the future peace and
prosperity of the American Union. Tbe in
stitution has droven itself aj element of des
truction in car government. Its influence
has introduced corruption into our syetem —
its prestage has arrogated to itself a power
superior to the constitution and laws of the
laDd, and the issue must sooner' or later be
presented to the people, Shall the Union be
restored—or shall slavery be maintained and
perpetuated iD tbe land.— Telegraph.
AN HONEST OLD MAlD. —Nothing in my
opinion, (says Dean Ramsay,) comes up to
the originality and point of tbe Montrose old
maden lady's most " exquisit reason" for not
subsoribing to tbe proposed fund for organi
zing a volunteer corps in that town. It was
at the time of expeoted invasion at the begin
ning of the century, and some of the town
magistrates called upon her and solicited her
subscription to raise men for the service of
tbe King. " Indeed," she answered, right
sturdily, I'll dae nae sio thing; I never
could raise a man for myself, and I'm no'
ga'en to raise men for KiDg George."
Nw PAINTING TOR THK CAPITOL. —Leutx,
the artist, has arrived in Washington, and
commenced the work on a great painting to
fill the vacant pannel in tne rotunda ot the
Capita], for which he is to receive twenty
thousand dollars. The design is to represent
a party of emigrants coming out of a wild
mountaneous pass, to a poiut tne prospect of
valley and plain extends into great distance.
It will be the only painting in the Capitol
not strictly historical in it character.
The Union Army Encamped near
the Birthplace of Lincoln.
A correspondent of the Cincinnati G<uctte,
writing fiona Nolin, Kentucky, under date
of October 24, snys :
" It is a somewhat singular faot that "Lin
coln's invading array" in Kentucky is now
encamped within a few miles of Lincoln's
birthplace. President Lincoln was torn near
tbe Rolling Fork of Salt River, and was but
a short distance from the village of Ilodges
ville. His old home was originally in liar
din county, (in which the present " Camp
Nevin" is situated,) but tbe oounty has since
been divided, and portion which contains the
old homestead of tbe President now consti
tutes the new county of Laure. Tbe place
where the new famous cabin boy was born is
still pointed out by the inhabitants,and there
are several men who remember " little Abe
Lincoln," as an old-time play fellow. Dif
fering widely as they do, and some of them
being ardent secessionists, it is worthy
note that they all profess unbounded confi
dence in the man. " Lie was a poor boy,"
.tbey say, " but a might clever, whole-souled
little fellow whom pou could trust with any
thing." Mr. Lincoln, personally tbey have
fa') faith in, but they dislike the men he's
git around him in bis Cabinet."
" Singularly enough, -while ths present
President was born in this county, the late
one practiced law here. With that shrewd
eye for the main ohanos for which Mr. Bu
chanan has always been distinguished, he
ouce resolved to enter upon tbe mysteries of
the " lend practice" in the then new coun
try f Western Keotucky. Combining at
tention to other people's claims with specu
lations on bis ova aecount, the Old Func
tionary thought to make a good thing of it,
but he happened to be beaten in two or three
cases by parties for whose abilities be had
eooceived a profound contempt, basrd upon
their rough exteriors, and tbe embryo Presi"
dent speedily migrated Eastward again, de
claring, in grind disgust, that "every horse
thief and jail-bird iu the Western knew more
about land-law than be did."
Not long ago a farmer, who did not reside
so far from a camp of "tbe boys" as hs wish
ed be dtd, was aocostomed to fiad every
morning that several rowe of potatces bad
disappeared from bis field. He bore it for
some time, but wben the last balf of his fine
kidneys'began to disappear, be began te
think that kind of thing bad gone far enough
and determined to stop it.
Next morning be made a visit to camp,
amused himself by going around to see if
the soldiers were well provided with good
aud wholesome food. He had not proceed
ed far when he found a boy, just serving up
a dish of fine 'kidneys' which looked marve
leusly like those which tbe "gude wife"
brought to Lis own table.
Halting, tbe following conversation took
" Have fine potatoes here, I see."
" Splendid 1"
" Whore do you get them ?"
" Draw them."
" Does the government furnish potatoes in
" Nary potatoe,"
" I thought you said you drew them."
" Did—we just do that thing I"
" But bow, if they are not included in
your rations ?"
" Easiest thing in the world. Won't you
take some with us said be as he seated
himself at the tablo.
" Thank you 1 But you will oblige me by
teliing me how you draw them as tbey are
not furnished by tbe commissary f"
Nothing easier. Draw 'em by the tops
mostly ! Sometimes with a hoe if one is in
" Hum ! vee ! I understand. Well, see
here, If you don't draw any more of mine
I will bring you a basket every day and
draw them myself."
" Bully for you, old fellow 1" was th
cry, and three cheers and a tiger was giv
en for the farmer. Tbe envenant was en
tered into and no one but the owner drew
potatses from that field afterward.
A Pretty Good Story.
A tolerably good story is told us of a coup
le of raftsmen, based upon an occurrence du.
ring the late big flood and storm, in which so
many rafts were swamped, and so many
steamboats lost tbeir sky-rigging, A raft
was oaugbt in a dangerous place just as the
squall came. In an instant tbe raft was
pitching and writhing as if suddenly drop
ped into Cbarybdis, while the waves broke
over it in great fury ; and expecting instant
destruction, the raftsman dropped on his
knees and commenced praying with a vim
equal to the emergency. Happening to
opea his eyes an instant, he observed bis
companion not engaged in prayer, but push
ing a pole into the water at the side of the
raft. " What's that your doin', Mike,''
said he ; " get down on your knees now, for
tbere isn't a moment between us and purga
tory ?" "Be aisy, Pat," said tbe other, as
be continued to punch tbe water with his
pole; be aisy now ; what's the use of pray
ing when a feller can toueh bottom with a
The case of General Fremont, concerning
whose removal from command in Missouri
so great a discussion was in progress a week
or two since, is still undetermined. At one
time it was announced very positively that
be was certainly to be superseded, and that
ordsrs to that effect had actually been issued
from the War Department. This assertion
now seems to have been premature, if not
entirely unfounded ; and Fremont continues
to discharge-the duties of his commend with
out intetTerence. We do not know much of
the merits of tbe case j resented by the oppo
nents of General Fremont, but 'here is reason
to believe that their enmity is made to rest
upon the decided policy adopted by him with
reference to to the property of rebels arrayed
against the Government. Charges ot extrav
gant contracts and a disregard to the public
interests have been brought against him,
which may or not be well founded ; we do
not pretend to decide. But we still think
the great offence which was given to the
" conservatives," or upholders of slaveiy in
the Northern States, by Fremont's proclama
tion of freedom to tbe slaves of all who
might be taken in arms against tbe Govern
ment, has inspired the relentless warfare
that has keen waged upon him. We do not
think a military commander ougbt to suffer
degradation becnuse he avails himself oi bis
moat powerful weapon against tbe traitors.
We believe that the loyal people of this
country bave higher aod nobler aims than
expending their blood and treasure without
stint that slavery may be preserved while
the rebellion is being subjugated. That
poor old imbecile, General Patterson, baa
given us an example of the effect of such a
suicidal policy, The sole fruits of bis
campaign, conducted at a cost of not lrs
than teD millions of dollars, were summed
up in tbe return of a dozen escaped negroes
to their rebel masters. Fremont boldly cut
loose from this puerile and disgraceful buis
nese, and Is now booted at by tbe pro-slavery
interests on every eide. The Government
and people will in time discover that tbe
rebels will Dever abandon their cause while
they are permitted to retain this terrible
weapon in their possession, it must be
wrested from them, and turned squarely
against them before they will accept and aO'
knowledge the authority of tbe Stars and
Stripes—the emblem of a restored and undi
vided nation.— National Intelliyencer,
BULLY FOR THE QUAKER.— He was an hon
or to bis cloth, was the Quaker yolubteer
who participated in a recent Virginia skir
mish. Coming to pretty close quartet's with
a rebel, be remarked, " Friend, it's unfortu
nate, but thee stands just where I am going
to shoot!" and biased away. It is needless
to say that Secesh " came down,"
la our array among the officers of rank,
are three Prnstian barons, a Russian and an
English prince, a German revolutionist and
two of the family of Louis P. iilippe.
Good faith is tbe richest exchequer of Gov
ernments, for the more it is drawn apon, the
firmer it is and its resources increase with ita
Prentice saya, •' It seems absurd to swear
a bitter secessionist not to be guilty of disloy
alty. You might as well swear a mad dog
not to bite."
It ie a pleasant and profitable habit to store
up agreable images of the past, with a view
to present and future improvement as well as
The Federal forces took exactly the same
number of cannon at Hatteras, that the reb
els captured at Bull Run.
Food eaten with a keen appetite does yon
good, and is easily digested ; but food tbat is
loathed is not beneficial.
We rather tbink that the most reluctant
slave to vice that we ever 6aw was a poor fel
low who had Ids fingers in one.
The King of Portugal has isued a decree
prohibiting his subjects from fitting out ves*
sels for privateers.
When we are alone we have our ihuugbts
to watch, in our families our tempers, and in
society our tongues.
One hundred and fifty fat oattle are (laugh
tered every day at Washington, to supply the
army with fresh beef,
What a man learns is of importance ; but
what Le can do, and what he will do arc
more significant things.
When a pick pocket pulls at your watch
tell him plaiuly tbat you have no time to
This life's contradictions are many. Salt
water gives us fresh fish, and hot words pro
An old bachelor eays that during leap year
the ladies jump at every offer of marriage—
hence the term.
Tbe good deeds that most sons prefer that
tboir fatbere should leave behind them, are
real estate deeds.
Why is Virginia sure to orme right f Be
cause she keeps Wheeling for tbe Union,
Two ways of letting the cotton-out. Either
by letting it out on bale, or by bagging it.
Many people take effenoe at everything,
whose conseiencee take offence at nothing.
Those persons who are continually talking
behind people's backs are usually great liars.
Why is the letter G like tbe sun T Because
it is the centre of light.
What would tbe world be like without
women ? A sAi/Mess concern.
If yon employ your money in doing good,
you put it out at the best interest.
Songs without wards—Those of that bless
Floyd's last exploit—'He ran away—by
Where Treason's last fight will oome off—
In a roped ring.
Tbe wearing of corsets by the ladies is a
mere matter of form,
Tmi Secessionists in Kentucky arefollow
! ing the example of their scoundrel Msoci
ales in Missouri in plundering Union men.
A gentleman of Barrboursville, writing to a
friend in Lexington, Ky., says :
<• The infernal rebels have destroyed everr
thing we had in the world. They have even
taken every stitch of clothing except what I
have on my back. They steal everything
they can get their hands upon, even to bed
clothing, ladies' clothing: and ladies jewelo
ry. Their depredations put to shame the
most iiea'hen nation and the most savagn
made of warfare. I have not time to tell yos
of the varions enormities they have perpeo
trated, but the worst that you can conceive
would not do them justice.
'• On the night of the 7th inst., a company
or squad of cavalry from Buckner's band
visited the house of Dr. Waltoh, Senator
from Hart, and broke open his house, clos
ets and trunks, stealing sundry articles of
bedding and groceries ; also a horse belong
ing to Col. G. T. Wood ; they also entered
the house of David Maxey and pillaged beds
and bedding, and horses and mules, and
hung up a negro man, to compel him to tell
where Mr. Maxey and Mr. Pointer, his son
in-law were. They also stole Mr. Pointer's
horse and saddle. This squad was com
manded by Monroe Adair, formerly of
Tne Administration has adopted a new
by which an exchange of prisoners can be
effected, if the rebels choose. It cannot, of
course, recognize them, in any way, as le
gitimate belligerents, but as fast as they re
lease any of our unfortunate men a corre
sponding number of theirs will be released
by our government. Some forty or fifty
wounded meu having been recently returned
from Richmond to Fortress Monroe, orders
have been issued to Col. Loomis, of New
York city, to return in the same way some
forty or fifty of the incarcerated traitors.—
This is a tender which, if the rebels have
humanity enough to regard it, will restore
the captives of both sides to their friends and
THE APPROACHING WINTER must tell crush
ingly upon the spirits of the rebels. Cut
oS from all communication with the world :
the necessaries of life trebeled in value ; de
nied the luxurious to which they have all
their lives been accustomed, without money,
without credit, without the skill to turn
their feeble resources to account; what a
dreary look-out into the future ! And then
their army .'—without tents ; without blank
ets ; without leather to make harness and
shoes ; without cofiee or grog ; without even
salt to season their rations ! Their seaboard
menaced ; large Beets keeping watch and
ward at their harbor entrances and the
mouths of their rivers ; formidable expedi
tions swooping down upon their coasts, in
vesting their fortresses and capturing their
THE allowance of clothing to our soldiers
is much greater than to soldiers in European
armies. Our troops get one uniform coat
ar.d two sack coats a year, and a pair of
tronsers every five momhs. In the French
army, the allowance for three years is only
a tunic and three pairs of trousers, while a
shell jacket is given every two years. In
the Sardinian and Belgian armies, the great
coat is expected to last eight years. But
the great durability of the clothing of Euro
pean armies is easily accounted for, when
we consider the care which is taken to in
sure good materials. Every yard of cloth in
subjected to very minute and distinct exam
inations by boards of officers, assisted by
experts who weigh it, shrink it, and examine
it inch by inch, against a strong light. They
also apply chemical tests to detect the qual
ity of the dye, and the manufactories are at
all times open to inspectors, who watch the
fabrication at every stage.
THE LATE COLLECTOR AT NASHVILLE, Ten
nessee has arrived in Washington, bringing
late news from Tennessee. He says that
the Union feeling is very much stronger in
that state than outside facts would seem to
indicate. A large number of the best Union
men have joined the secessionists simply to
save their lives and property till the time
comes when the arrival ot federal troops
will enable them to avow their real senti
ments. He reports that provisions are
abundant in Nashville, the rebels having
had forethought to lay in supplies while the
railroads were runuing to Louisville. In
fact the whole summer has been improved
by the Confederate leaders in importing val
uable articles of merchandise for fall and
TWELVE NOTED KENTUCKY SHUTS, among
whim are Colonel Thompson, Dr. Bush,
Thomas Clay (son of Henry Clay,) and oth
ers have offered their services to the Presi
dent as a corps of sharpshooters, to follow
the army wherever there is a prospect of a
battle, and to act independently. Every
man is a noted shot, and has had practice in
deer-hunting far a life time. The party i*
joined by Colonel Philip White, of Pbiladels
phia. It is thought that out of this offer
and its aeceptanoe will grow a fine corps of
men used to border life and good shooting,
whose business it will be to harass the enemy
by pitkiog off his officers. It is evident that
the Rebels at Ball's Bluff bad numbers of
sharp-shooters, and that Colonel Baker and
other officers were shot down by them.
THE FRENCH PROTESTANTS in Paris united
in prayer and supplication on the day set
apart by President Lincoln for that purpose
in this country, in behalf of the federal gov -
ernment now nobly battling to put down re
bellion iu the slave States. This is a signal
and significant sign of sympathy on the part
of a portion of the French people, character
istic of the friendship long existing between
that nation and the people of the United
A LOUD CALL. —The following telegraphic
despatch was received in New York city
from San Francisco:
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 26, 1861.
" CYRUS W. FIELD New, York : Tbe Pa
oifio telegraph calls the Atlantic cable.
A. W. BEE."