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nursiay Kormng, Felirnaty 19, 1363.
* ORIGINAL IPOCTTJT.
(For the Reporter.)
THE PRESIDENT'S COUP D'ETAT.
The Piked for day has dawned at last,
\ day, which through all time shall bo
Remembered, as the harbinger
Of universal liberty 1
0u - Nation has been slow to hear
GOD'S edict—'till it felt the blow.
Until JEHOVAH thundered forth
~ L C t thou ray oppressed people go.' 1
Since first Columbia's life besian,
She nas GOD'S justice set at nought,
Until the blow has fallen—yes!
Has fallen where it ought:
Today our nation feels this curse,
Oh *G"! the dreadful price were paid,
In human bones, lor sacrifice
On Slavery's altar to be laid.
Throughout the years of causeless toil,
Month after month—day after day.
The patient slave has bow* d his head
Ami yielded t>. the nation's sway,
Until the accumulated curse
01 millions has gore up to GOD,
And answered — tis tor this to day
✓ We teel JEUOYAU'S chastening rod.
And thus it was when Egypt s king—
l'ruiid I'liaiouh. defied the Loid.
Refused to let his people go
Until he felt the avenging sword ;
Until the loathsome plague had -wept
It- blighting force throughout the land,
Ti:eir river- blood — their T;r-t-born dear.,
"I'iil felt GOD'S power through Moses' hand.
For four score weary years a:-d ten.
'Hit- -lave l:a-toiled, ha-hoped and prayed
I'rayed tor the hand to set him iree,
H< ped for this hour so long delayed ;
Thank GOD', lor it has dawned at last
And after years unjust delay,
Nuw cut the bonds tr'-ni every Umb
And Ring the galling chains away.
To-day, cur troubled nation hears
The welcome new-, which speeding fast,
I':i -luim- t i man, in East anil V, est,
The die for Irecdom has been cast ;
That with the dawn ot the new-born year,
The wcarv, toihng -lave-hail be.
Through • uning years -throughout all time,
" Tin,.a fo. viru und f-n * vif F< ce
EAST SMITH .inn. 1,1- 3.
ifl is c 111 attto us.
TDESTOUY OF THE EYES.
A DEAD WOMAN S PICTURE.
All that is here written happened many
tears ago, but 1 still remember every incident
o! the dreadful scene as though it had occur
red but yesterday.
1 had been mainly instrumental in rescuing
from death a poor, wretched and desperate
woman, who, sick of life, and lacking strength
any longer to battle with its miseries, had
wildly ii.iti._r herself, one winter's night, from
the parapet of the bridge above, down into
the luuiky waters creeping sluggishly along
beneu lii, black and silent.
Another woman passing at the lime had j
seen the mad act of this hopeless outcast, and j
her piercing -hriek, ami the loud splash the j
water below, apprised me of the nature of the
occurrence, although I had not seen the deed
com ;n it ted, and judging from the soun ' whete
ahuuts the body had fallen, I plunged into the
river at once and swam out to the spot, hap
pily in time to save her.
1 had been wandering nbout purposely upon
the deserted quays on the Thames bank, close
to the foot of the bridge. I of ten wander
about alone, arid 1 usually choose lonely and
de-erroci spots, such as these. It is try fancy,
aid 1 indulge it without fear of opposition, for
I am a friendless bachelor, and there was n<*
one in the wale world iike v to tr utile their
heads about my coinings and goings, until 1
go for good upon the long journey, and the
ctiarwoinrti at mv chamber tmht and sct auiole
over the contents oi my lockers.
Upon this particular night, chancing to be
8 '- hand when she made the r-li attempt, I
was able to save this woman's life, an act tor
•hieli, with her first returning breath, she
Cursed me heartily, and I was able to make
Ihe acquaintance ol the strange being who is
file hero of Litis strange story..
1 see nothing much to admire in my con
tiuct upon the occasion. I did, it appears to
He, onty w hat any other man, who was not a
heart less brute, and who happened to be a
Rood swimmer, would have Gone ut der like
circumstances ; but the person of whom I
Fpeuk was so profuse in his praises, ami hung
& bout and complimented me so perseveringly,
that 1 thought he wanted to pick my pocket.
There was something odd, too, in his maimer.
He was well dressed, but he wore Ins ha r
' 0| itr, and looked wild I thought he was *i
filer cracked * r When 1 had helped to
Curry tin.- half drowned woinu:: into the mar
est public luuse, and was standing warming
mj's-ll belore the lire, in a suit of Ury cloth*--
thu landlord lad lent me, the stranger and I
8 0t into conversation.
"That wouldn't make a bad picture," said
E pointing out the group clustered round the
ta We, on which the womau was lying wrapped
n P in blankets, with the yellow light upou
fiieir terrified facts
The stranger hud been acting as the doc
fir's assistant, and was, with myself, one of
few allowed to be iu the room.
" Are you on arti-t ?" ne asked -uddenly.
\es; a bit of oue I shouid be, if I coald
I've by ft,"
I*o you tiike portraits ?"
" That is my iine."
" Then will you " —he inquired, with an ap
pearance of great excitement, which astonish
ed me—" will you take one lor me ?'
" Take yours ?" said I.
" No, not mine," he replied, iu some confu
sion. " Not mine—a lady's. How much
would you charge ?"
" That depends upon the nature of the work.
Is it to be iu oil ?"
"N T o, that would be too long a process
You would not require more than one sitting.'
" Yes. I ought to have several to do it
"That would not do then. I would rather
have a slight sketch. Could you do it iu chalk
or crayons ? ' he inquired.
" At one sitting ?"
" I v\ ill try ."
" We will conclude the bargain then. What
ure your terms ? Will live guineas be sufli
" Then I will give ten, willingly, if you will
agne to do what 1 desire."
" I will take the lady's portrait, if that is
what yon lueau "
" Yes But you do not know all. You
are a man ot nerve. I know ihat well enough
from what 1 have seen yon do to night. 1 will
tell you then at once—she i- dead !"
I v.us at first somewhat startled by this nn
nouuceiueut. I suppose, though, that I did
not look much t* rrili*d, because lie squeezed
my hand cage. 1/, and said, in a j .yftil tone —
" I see you will do it. Do you promise ?"
I was so liaid up at the time that I would
willingly have done what he i\quired tor a
tenth pa:t of the amount.
" When shall I do it ?" I asked, "Now ?"
"No I must make some preparations first.
I will provide the materials. Besides, you
cannot st-e her to-mght."
" To moriow morning then ?"
"No ; it mu.-i be at night when it is done."
" Yeiy we 1 i ; give me vour address, and 1
will come to-morrow evening."
" No. no You cannot call, and I can give
you no address. I must call on you and fetch
you, for I don't know where she will be !"
" What !" I exclaimed, involuntarily. " You
know where she is now, don't you T'
" Y*-s ; but you cannot see her there."
" When -bail I see you, then ?" I asked,
when I had given him my address.
" Iu three days' 4hue."
" But," said I. doubted!}', " won't she—
won't you — when is si;e going to be buried?"
" The day after to mot row."
" But yon said iu three days ?"
" Yes. You must point her, after that—
after ahe has been in her grave "
WHO Tilt: WnllAM WAS.
I own that the next three days I pass
ed in some exeitement, feverishly wishing for
the time to come, and wondering over and
over again whether the strange man would real
,y keep his word and call upon me.
U j .on t !•'* night that lie hud appointed I set
waiting for hi ut in tuy solitary room in Lyon's
inn, and when I heard it neighboring clock
strike three-quarters past cine, I had quite
given hitri up, although the time he hau fixed
had not. yet arrived.
I could not help thinking, when I came to
think the matter over, that my friend was nn
doubled!}* a madman, that he had been ra
ving at that time, and that the deceased lady
was but a freak of his disordered brain.
lie had given me neither name nor address
as a security lor Bis reappearance, and the
more I thought of the affair, the more urriikr
lv did it appear to mo that I shou.d ever clap
eyes ou httu again
The most imptobabie part of the business
was, tiiat she should have to be buried and
taken out of the grave again before I could
see her. This happened in the days of body
snatching, and if he had desired to rob a
grave, or bad required help, it was very easi
ly procurable. 1 knew that well enough
But then, why should lie wish to do so ?
Why need the woman be luiritd before lie
coul*J show her to me ? Who was she ? \\ hat
was she to iiim ?
For tie life of me I could ot solve the
mystery, and whilst I was puzzling uiy head
ior the fiftieth time upon the same sulj -ct,
the clock struck ten. Simu'taneously with
the last stroke, a siugle blow fell suddenly up
on ir.y door.
1 -prang from my seat and ran forward to
admit u*y visitor.
He wore a kind of cloak or cape, and a
large wrapper round his neck, as though he
would have c meealed hi-face to some extent.
What I saw of ' was very pale. He talked
rationally enough, and his eyes did not look
at ail wild OuCe I fancied I caught a glimpse
of something shining in his breast pocket,
which I took to be a dagger-knife.
1 hardly liked the j ib, but I was hard up
" Are you ready ?' he a-ked.
" Come, then."
We descended the stairs without further
conversation, cros-ed the court yard, and got
into a Ciit ihat was wailing for us iu the
"1 wan: the bliuds down," said ho ; "do
you o j< ct V
1 dm strongly, hut I said "No," and we
journeyed on tapidiy in the dark obscurity, i
oy-ihe-way, keeping a -harp look out upon the
movements ol uiy companion.
We continued to rule on in silence for more
than au hour, and though_l could tell every
now and then, by the lights and the noise
without, that we were passing through some
crowded thor*. ughfare, 1 could form uo uotiou
in what direction we were going.
At last 1 said
" Have wu much farther to go?"
" No," he auswered, " we must be close to
" Have you procured the drawing materi
We then continued in silence until the end
of onr journey which did not last ipore than
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five or ten minutes, and as we descended from
the cub, I looked eagerly round in the hope
of being able to reeogniz* ttie locality, but 1
was unable to obtain tnore than a very limit
ed notion of the objects surrouuding us, so
very dark was it.
We had stopped at the gate of what seem
ed to be a mean looking cottage standing by
itself, in a plot of waste land We were in a
lonely country lane, as well as I could make
out, for 1 cou d see no signs of other houses
near us, and there was a sweet freshness
about tne air which spoke of green fields and
pasture land hard by. Only this much could
I make out, and then I followed my strange
companion across the deserted, weed-grown
garden path, into the cottage.
It wi-B a whitewu-h d ! ui'ding, 020 story
high, and there were two rooms upon the
ground floor ; into the front one my compuu
-1011 led the way.
lie held the door open for me to pass in ;
then closed it noiselessly behind me.
i looked round lb? room, though not with
out some slight tremor, I confess. There
were two large wax caudles burning, one tip
oh either side of a bed or couch, upon which
lay a dead woman, the light fading full upon
her white and upturned face. By the side of
the bed there stood an easel and a small table
holding drawing materials, crayons, charcoal,
water colors, water, pallet, &c.
By the easel stood a chair. The room was
otherwise unfurnished, and the floor was bare.
" Have you all you want?" asked my com
" Ail," I replied.
"i will leave yon, then," he said, after a
pause, in which he had been silently and
eagerly conKmplating the still face of the
dead ; "my presence, perhaps, disturbs you."
"Not at all," 1 replied hastily,for I thought
upon this occasion, in spite ol the proverb,
that three were company.
I continued to draw, while lie stood silent
ly at the foot of the couch ; u liuif-stillvd and
convulsive sob from time to time, breaking
the otherwise oppressive silence. As 1
glanced at him furtively, I noticed thai grief
or some other cause had wrought a great and
dreadful change in his face since I last saw
him, his cheeks were pinched and hollow, his
eyes dull and haggard, his face altogeth -r
were a leaden and unearthly hue, strongly re
sembling the face of the dead womau before
It was evident that since I saw him last,
he had suffered intense y—lie was suffering
intensely now. I found, before long, that it
was necessary that I should make some al
teration in the arrangement of the body. It
was habited irt a shroud, and the jaws were
bound up in the cu-iomary iiiumim r, with a
iiiieti bandage. Tats latter I proposed that I
should remove, and for that purpose I ap
proached the couch.
But, belore I could 1 fleet my purpose, lie
s ring liefer tie, and wiidiy waved mo back,
ins eyes glitteiiug with an awful excitement
which was little short ol madness.
"No—no!" lie cried fiercely, pushing me
away with his leit hand, "no one but me, no
one but me 1'
As he spoke he loosened the bandage, and
then laid the linen down by the side of her.
Then, her jet black hair in thick, glossy ring
lets, fell about, her face and upon her snowy
She looked very beautiful as she lay there,
so calm and still. I involuntarily said as
much ; but the next moment I regretted hav
ing spoken, for uiy words failed forth a burst
of pa-siona e ravings from my companion,
which were terrific in their utterance.
" Yes," lie creamed rather than cried, ns
lie feil upon his knees by the bedside, and
kissed and sobbed over one of the cold white,
bands which lay crossed upon the dead wo
man's breast. " Oh, yes, she is beautiful—au
angel as she is. Oi), just Heaven, why was
1 robbed of her ? What have I done that
1 should suffer so ? Oh, God, give me
strength to bear the sight of her whom I love
more than my immottal soul, lying here stark
dead before tn°. But what is there in her
death that I should grieve foi?" he continued,
in quite an altered tone,at the same lime tear
-ng bis hair and grinding his teeth in impotent
fury. " I would rather see her dead than iu
the arms of the blackhearted wretch wbo rob
bed me ot her. Ha ! ha ! she is dead ! and
I rejoice, for the bitterness of my grief is shar
rd by bin. 1 can console myself l*y the
thought that every pangl-nfLr reuas bis
heart as it does mine."
" She was not then vour wife ?"
"My wife 1" lie answered savagely, " No,
she was another's wile. She was loved, and
1 was deceived,and -he married him. That is
why 1 have had to do what I have done to
obtain her portrait. I would have her por
trait. I would have her portrait though the
grave robbed me of her dear self. I am de
lei mined to have something by which I nuy
preserve her loved features iu my memory.—
1 gave Iter my portrait once —oi.ee when we
plighted our troth. But they have robbed
tier of it, 1 suppose, as they have robbed me
" What is that ?" said I, pointing to the
woman's neck, upon which it seeuieJ to me,
somethiug gli-teued brightly. "It is achaiu,
He uttered a low cry and sprang at it.—
Next moment lie held in his hand a gold lock
et to which tiie chain had been attached.
" Ii is mine !" he cried in a transport of
delight. "It is the portrait I gave her. God
b;e-s her ! God bless her ! 1 thank thee,
Heaven, for thy infinite mercy !" and stoop
ing over her, he kissed the cold lips of his
dead love with frenzied in
coherent words of eudeurmeut as he did so.
j Then sptinging to his feet, and heeding not
;an effort which I made to detain him, be
caught up one of the candles, aud clasping
j the locket to his heart, hastily quitted the
; 1 called after him loudly, but he made no
reply. Doubtless, he wanted to be aloue to
j opeu the locket. I hesitated a moment, and
then decided apon going on with tbe picture
" RESARDLKBS OF DENUNCIATION pROM ANY QUARTER."
as quickly ns I could, and to put an end to
tlii- unpleasant business.
lie had shut himself up in the next room,
and was perfectly still.
The house was silent as a tomb, and lal
most fancied fore moment that I was iu a
tomb, and buried alive with the corpse.
PAINTING THE PICTURE.
lam not quite so sure that a fellow in
dined to be nervous at that sort of thing
might not have been seized with a panic at
the idea of being thus left alone to draw a
dead woman's portrait. For myself, though,
I must own I rather preferred the company of
the corpse to that oi the maniac lover. I was
not quite sure that he might not suddenly take
it iii:o liis head that I had in some manner in
jurtd him, and plunge that dagger into mc,
the handle of which i had cauglft a glimpse
I applied myself now seriously to the work
before uie ami drew wth all my might. Very
soon I had sketched in the face and finished
the hair. The picture was a tolerable likeness,
and i have it now at home, where the curious
can see it upon application ; but it is very
corpse like. Without being told, one might
have supposed that it was a posthumous por
It was to relieve this ghastiiness that I
slightly tinted the lips and cheeks ; but as I
wanted to paint the eyes I required to know
what color the eyes really were. The lover
was not ut hand to interrogate upon the sub
ject. The only way left to me was to gently
raise one ot the eyelids aud look at the pupil.
I hardly liked the job, though. In the first
place, I did not relish the notion of touching
the dead flesh. In the second, I was fearful
iest my passionate friend should return and
find me in the act. Thirdly, I was afraid that
he might find out afterwards that the body
had been touched, even if lie did not surprise
I thought, with a shudder, that I might
not perhaps be able to close the lid again
when once I had rased it. I waited there
fore a long time, until the irksomeness of
the delay became absolutely unbearable, hop
ing that the stranger would return.
That I rose and drew near to the face. I
stretched forth my hand with the intention
of touching one of the eyes, and the next mo
ment started back, struck dumb with horror.
For, as I stretched out my lingers one of the
<-yes, without my having touched it, opened
slowly under my hand and started straight at
uie, while I, in my turn, -tared straight back
at the eye, my band - ! :il spread onr. in the
air, a* though I h:d been suddenly petrified
iu a stone A- 1 was endeavoring to reran ;
cile the horrible occurrence with any law" of
nature I eouid call to mind, the second eye
slowly opened in like manner, and stared at
Upon my soul, in all my life,l never rcmem
ber to have felt such a nervotis -Lock as at
that moment. I was so startle*]—so taken
aback —so utterly prostrated tvi'.h Error, that
for an instant I verily believed my heart ceas
*d to beat and my blood to circulate. It was
oniy ior an instant, though, and then reason
came to my aid. I saw that the eyes were
not glazed. I knew that the woman was
alive. I understood that she had been in a
trance and had i een so buried.
Without being in tße least able to account ;
for so doing, or to re-train the-trange impulse
which tempted me, I fell 1 ack into my chair
ate! burst out laughing hysterically.
Then, aroused by the sound, tiie woman j
heaved a deep drawn i-igh, raised herself upon i
her couch, aud sat shivering and looking tonnd I
her with a -cated white face.
1 hardly knew what f ought to do, though :
what i dreaded most was the man's return, j
for I felt certain that the effect of this unex j
peeled sight upon him would be terrible.— j
No ; I must see him first, and to the best of
my power prepare him for what wus to
Bidding the ladv then not to stir for Ileav
en's sake, and assuring her that she was safe
and among friends, at d that there was no
cause for alarm, I left the room in search of
the lover. lie had gone into the adjoining
apartment, I thought ; but I found the
door locked. I could see a light through the ;
keynole ; but although I hammered loudly
and siiou ed to him, he made no reply."
Alter waiting awhile I went out to ihe
front und called to the cabman dozing upon
the box. Had lie seen the gentleman ? No,
the gentleman had not come out of the cot
tage. Then lie must lie in the back room.
I called 'o him again louder than before ;
then, with the assistance of the cabman, burst
open the door. The candle stood upon the
mantle piece. The man lay upon his face up
on the iioor, and lie lay in a pool of blood
He was stone dead, and when we raised him
we found that he had stabbed himseif to the
heart with his dagger knife.
In wondering horror I cast my eyes around
for srme object that might act as a clue to
the solution of this strange mystery Pres
ent lv. my eyes lighted on the locket lying on
the floor at the farthest corner of the
room He had probably dashed it from him
jin a rage for the glass was broken ; but I
could see the portrait of the uufortunate
In a moment the moaning of the scene oc
enrrrd to me. lie had hoped to find that she
loved him still—that she had been buried
with his portrait next to ber heart. The
mortification at finding that she had removed
his effigy from the locket and placed her hus
band's in its stead, had turned what little
brains he had left and driven him to self des
I was never paid for the portrait neither by
the lady herself or her husbaud, to whom I
ipgy Adam was fond of his joke, and when
he saw his sons and daughters marrying oue
another, dryly remarked to Eve that if there
had beeu do apple, ttiere would b&v* been do
Letter from Worth Carolina.
CAROLINA CITY, X. C., Jan. S, ISC3.
Dear Brother— Your lust kind favor came
to hand in due time, and doubtless you have
wondered much that I have not answered it
ere this. But circumstances who'ly beyond
my control have prevented me from replying
io it until now, and even now my conveniences
ure those of a " soldier in the field," and not
such as will euable me to write with any sat
isfaction. Doubtless yon have heard ere this
of our departure from Yorktown ; so I will
give you a brief account of our voyage, and
safe arrival iu Beaufort Harbor, X. C. We
lelt Yorktown a little after 12, M., on Wed
nesday the 28th ult., on board the steamer
Georgia, and ran into the harbor at Fortress
Monroe ju.-t as the sun was sinking in the
west. The -ky was without a cloud, and as
i the setting sun east his bright rays upon the
' noble old Fortress with her frowning guns,
and glistened upon the windows of the tunny
neat and eotn lor table looking white buildings,
bolb public and private in and around her,
and I*, il with spatkiing brightness ipou the
smooth, dark waters of the Chesapeake, it
presented a scene sublimely beautiful and in
teresting. I have read many descriptions of
a sunset scene, pictured io the " mind's eye"
by all tlie " flowery language of an eloquent
and accomplished writer," and have fancied
the scene very beautiful indeed. But I at
once came to the conclusion that no writer,
however eloquent, can do justice to a " sunset
scene " in and around a harbor, when viewed
from the deck of a vessel, as she approaches
it. It could not fail to attract the attention
and excite the admiration of every true lover
of nature. — I see 1 have digressed very much
from that which 1 intended to write when 1
commenced, but I suppose no apol* gv is nec
essary. We remained on board the Georgia
Monday irigiit, nod next morning (Tuesday)
she steamed up to the wharf, and I went ashore
and took a stroll around the Fortress. Quite :
a town has been built up just outside the For
tress, which presents a ueat and tasty appear
ance. Iu this town there is probably more
business doue than in any of our Northern in
land towns ol thrice its size. In this way I i
spent nearly the whole of that day. Just at j
night the transport Expounder, lormt rly the j
Daniel Webster, arrived from New-York, ;
There she had been for repairs, and anchored
alongside the Georgia. This steamer was to
take ns to our destiuation—so we went aboard
ot her during the evening, and then the woik
of re shipping provisions, etc , and " coaling "
commenced, and was not completed until near
noon next day. We then weighed anchor and
-G-att'.-ii et t!,e 1> iy. The wind was blowing
a brisk gu.e, uud the Bay was very rough in
deed. The vessel rocked and plunged violent
iy from wave to wave, and as we neared Cape
Henry the sea increased, end would sometimes
da-h the spray ovt-r the top of the hurricane
deck. The mules and horses were in the bow
oi the boat, on the main deck, and as the ves
sel tipped from side to side, they fi und it rath
cv difficult to maintain a standing position, and ;
they reeled and tumbled about iike drunken
men. One of the mules being tied to the
tufi'rail near the gangway, as the vessel sud
denly tipped that side of her toward the wa
ter, leaped overboard, with harness and saddle
on,and disappeared beneath the foaming waves
In a moment he reappeared and struck out i
boluiy for shore, which being so far distant,
it is hardly probable that he reached it alive.
We kept on our course, and left the poor ani
tuA to his fate ; and as we " rounded the
cape," und came out upon the broad waters of
the Atlantic, we found it so rough the Cap
tain ot the boat dare not venture farther, as
we would have to pass Capo iiutteras dining
the night, which is always vorv rough when
there is but an ordinary sea at other places.
Accordingly, lie "about faced " the boat, and
headed her for Fortress Monroe, and ran into
the harbor and anchored for the night. Next
morning (New Year's) the wind had subsided
a little, and at about 8, a. m , we weighed an
chor and started again, after getting our mail
matter and express freight for the Regiment.
The seu was running pretty high yet, hut this
time we kept on our course. As we passed
Cape lle..rv, aa 1 ouce more came out upon
the broad ocean, we louud it stilt very rough,
and, although the boat was heavily laden, the
waves tosseu her about ns though she were
but a feather. She would now n-e upon tße
top of a huge swell, and again would plunge
suddculy forward into the deep gulf between j
two waves, which seemed ready to swallow i
u- up, in the boundless deep. I went up ou j
the tipper deck and sat down about midway of i
the boat, where she seemed the steadiest, and 1
atnused myself by watching and laughing at a
numbtr of the officers and nun, who had be
come seasick, and were vigorously " cAsting
up their accounts and others who were try
,ing to walk the deck, which it was now almost
impossible to do. Here I remained nearly all
day. At last, feeling chilly, I concluded to
go below. 1 walked forward to the officers'
room to return a spyglass which i had been
using, and came back to the hatchway and
descended the stairs. This I accomplished
with some difficulty, but, by this time, 1 began
to feel a little unsettled about the stomach,
and 1 found it rather difficult to keep down
my " ri.-abilities " This, however, I managed
to do, and ns I had a good berth, I marie a
"virtue of necessity." and "turned in" to
sleep and rest for the duties of the coming
morrow. I soon fell a-leep, and when I awoke
the sea was dushing madly against the side of
the vessel, and she rocked to and fro in a man
uer that made it a difficult matter to maintain
a " stationary position " in bed. This was
about 2 o'clock at night. lat onc-e concluded
we were just passing Cape liatteras, and up
on making inquiries I found that I was right
iu my conclusions. We had expected to finu
a rough sea at this point, and we were not
disappointed. As we passed the Cape, the
sea gradually grew less rough, and by sunrise
next morning (Friday) there was little more
than au ordinary sea along the coast of North
Carolina. Aboat this time we camo in sight
of what is called the MoreheatJ Shoals. Thew
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shoals extend diagonally into tlie sen, a dis
tance of three or four miles. Over these shoals
the waves dash, throwing the spray into the
air to a considerable height, and as the clear
morning sun shone full upon them, they pro
sented a beautiful sight indeed. It is impoa
sible for me to give you even a faint idea of
its splendor, as the huge waves leaped info
the air as they came in contact with theshcai*
and their foaming waters sparkling in the clear
sunlight, and reflecting innumerable colors up
on the broad bosom of the heaving oceaD. —
Therefore, I will pass it by, and leave you to
form your own idea of it. After passing these
shoals we soon ran into Beaufort Harbor, and
la tided about 12, M. \V>- landed at the wharf
and U S Military Rail Road Depot, opposite
Beaufort. T'lis Rail Road is in active opera
tion from that depot to .Newborn. We march
ed three mile* along the Rail Road and
pitched tents in our present camp. The sea
w as generally pretty rough during the voyage,
but. take it "all in all," I enjoyed it very
much. We were told by a naval officer, as
we came into the harbor, that the Monitor,
and all on board, went down off Cane Hat
ters-1 the night before we passed it ; but 1 am
io hopes there is some mistake about it, and
that she is still safe. Had we kept on the
first time we started, we must have passed it
the same night, or perhaps met the same fate
of the Monitor. Our whole brigade is camp
ed here now. There is ft large number of
trooos being landed here and at Xewbern, and
every preparation is being made for a vigorous
campaign Where, and when we are to strike
the ii-st blow, is a matter of uncertainty with
us. However, the boys of this Company are
all in excellent health and spirits, and are
ready to undertake any duty that may be as
signed them. I think I may safely say the
same of the whole of the fi2J regiment, and
even of the whole brigade. The weather is
warm and pleasant, and seems more like the
month of June than January.
But I must close. It is hardly probable
that you will hear from me as often as you did
while I was at Vorktown, as the mail leaves
here but once a week, and I shall have less
time to devote to letter-writing. But I pro
mise you shall hear from me as often as pos
sible. Meantime, I remain as ever,
A. M. HAIGHT.
J. J. IIAIGHT. CO. E, 52U Reg't., P. Y.
Letter from Harrisburg.
11 AKiiISBI'KU. l-'ei). l-j.h J
Er.IRCN REPORTER, Sir. : —The following
proceedings were had in the House last night,
which may interest your readers.
Mr. Li;.lky presented ft petition from citiz ns
of Bradford county, praying that a law may
be passed authorizing Towards, Monroe and
townships, to purchase a (arm and
erect thereon a i'oor House.
A i*o, a petition from the citizens of ?*lonroe
Borough asking that ala may be passed, to
transfer the Dockets of ce tain deceased
justices of the peace late of Monroe township
to the Justices in Monroe ILrougb.
Also, the petition of eighty citizens of
Standing Stone township, praying for the re
peal of the law relative to "Tonnage Duties."
Mr. LILLEY —Mr. Speaker, I understand
this petition is but the forerunner of a large
batch, soon to follow, of a simular import.—
The gentltmau who sent this to my colleague,
thinks the matter is of sufficient importance to
justify the Ilou-e in hearing it read, and
ordering it printed in the Legislative Record.
1 tlnr fore, ask for tiie reading of the petition.
The petition was read by the Clerk.
Mr LILI.EY, 1 now move that the House
direct it to be printed iu the Legislative Re
On a division of the House a majority
voted in the affirmative, and it was so ordered.
Some days ago 1 read in my place a bill to
incorporate the Towanda Railroad Company.
This bill has been repor'ed back from the
Committee on Railroads by Mr. Jackson of
Sullivan, and will soon become a law.
This road is to start at a point ou the Bar
clay Railroad near Greenwood, and connect
with the Eluiira and W-Jliamsport road near
Granville Summit. It will be about sixteen
o : ?es Ln* 1 think the construction of this
road is very important to the citiz-ns of our
county generally, and I rejoice to learu from
Mr. Macfarlane who has the matter in charge,
that there is no doubt of its beiDg completed
at a very early day.
A Br.AFTIFF!. REFLECTION*. —Bulwer eloquent
ly says : " I cannot believe that earth is
man's continual abiding place. It can't be
that or life is a bubble cast upon the ocean
of eteruity to float a moment upon its waves
and then sink into nothingness ! Else, why
is it that the glorious aspirations, which leap
like angels from tiie temple of our heart, are
forever wandering about unsatisfied ? Wliy
: is it that tiie rainuow and clouds cooie over
with a beauty that is not of earth, and then
pass off and leave us to muse upon their faded
loveliness ? Why is it that the stars, which
i hold their festival around the midnight throne
j are set above the grasp of limited faculties,
' forever mocking us with their uuapproachable
! glory ? And, finally, why is it that bright
forms of human beauty are presented to our
view, and then taken from us, leaving the
thousand streams of our affections to flow back
in Alpine torrents upou our hear 8 ? We are
borne for a higher destiny thau that of earth;
there is a realm where the rainbow never
fades—where the stars will be spread before
us like islands that slumber on the ocean—
and where the beings that pass before us like
shadows will stay iu our presence forever."
DISCOVERED AT LA-T —A physician told hia
patient that, he could eyre his toothache by
siooplv holding a certain root in his risjhthand.
" What root ?" asked the soff-rer.
"The root of tbe aching tooth," replied the