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. ; GENTLE AXNIE EAT.
I'm sitting by thy grave to-night, :
I'm weeping bitter tears;
For ah sterns sorrow's withering blight
, Hath d roned the hopes of years.
Deah came in an untimely hour
To steal my bud away;
Now blossoms in a heavenly bower
My gentle Annie Ray.
The night wind sighs around thy tomb,
The willows o'er thee weep ;
The summer flower in beauty bloom
Where thou art laid to sleep.
The smile has vanished from my brow,
My heart is sad to-day ;
The world is sad and lonly now,
My gentle Annie Ray.
I mingle with the brave and fair,
In fashion' biilhant throng;
The graceful form I see not there,
No more I hear thy song.
An angel form and sweeter strain
Now call my soul away ;
I know in heaven I'll meet again
" My gen'le Annie Ray.
A SOLDIER'S STORY.
I was rather disappointed, if the truth
must be told so indeed we were all at
liome at 'my kinsman's "scanty flow of
words, when he returned from the Crimea
As for the general story of the war I did
rot want that from him, bet what bad per
sonally befallen him ; for we knew that,
though it was hard, indeed, to be promi
nent in discharge of duty, or daring of dan
ger amidst that flower of the world's soldier
hood, he bad been noted as noieworihy,
even imone such, bv those who had the i
best means of appreciating his courage and
I have found this modest, rran'y si'ence,
toothing personal exposure and achievment j
an almost invariable characteristic of our
noble fighting men. My reader will, there
fore, kindly bear it in mind that the detail
ed and curious narrative I put under his
eyes here, is of my writing rather than of
hie telling, short as it is. And I havo in
tarwoven in it, so far as I know, nothing
but authentic threads of recollection. I
picked the matter for the spinning of them :
on oj on out oi nis conversation, as an oiu
woman might pick out o! a long hedgerow,
at intervals, wool enough to furnish worsted ,
forsted for her knitting needless to work up
into a stocking or a pair of mits. j
He had been under fire continuously, for
seven hours and more, on one of the msst
hard-fought days of ail that hard-fought
struggle, and. as he rode away at evening
towards the camp, rode bare-headed, in
reverent acknowledgement to Heaven for
the marvel that he was riding out of that bail
of iron, himself unhurt. J
As for the unobserved incidents of that
day's danger, from which a mercifnl pres
ervation had been vouchsafed, they would
be hard to reckon ; but upon three peveral '
occasions during those seven exposed '
hoars, it really seamed that the messengers
of death avoided him, as in some legend
they turn aside from the man who bears a i
charmed life. There was a six-pound shot, j
wu.cu U w uuut..j iug iuu I
olteter eyes the projectile which threatens j
his middle wichet. It pitched right wjfront ,
of him, and rose as a cricket-ball when the j
turf was parched and baked, bounding clean
up into the air, and passing right over his '
i j : . : . I : .v-
untouched head. It fell behind h:m, and
he looked at it for more than once that day, !
and, but for its convenient bulk, thought of j
carrying it away tor a momenio. merei
was a lour-and-twenty pound shot next, a!
sort of twin-brother to that which, 6ome
three weeks before had actually torn his
forage-cap from off his head ; but it came
loo quick for sight. He was that moment
backing towards the chafts of an amuniiion
cart horse, whose reins he held close to its
jaw, as he spurred on his own to make it
give way in the right direction Smash !
came the great globe of. iron, and aa the
bones and blood and brains bespattered
him, he almost fell forward ; for the poor
brute was restive no longer; headless hor
des don't strain against that bit, although
'tis just as hard as ever to back them into
Then there was a moment, one of those
of direst confusion, of what other than such
soldiers as fought that fight would have rec
oned a moment of dismay a moment
wherein regiraente! order itself was in part
broken and confused; the guardsman min
gled with linesmen, linesmen with blue
There had been a fearful havoc among
tnese nouie servants of the ueep-voiceu I
cannon, and men were wanted to hand out
shell from a cart he had himself brought
op, replenished, to a breastwork. He call?
ed in some of the linesmen. One of them
rtood by him foot to foot, almost or actually
in contact. . They were handing amunition,
from one lo the other, as men do fire-buckets
when fires are blazing in a street. lie
learnt in one direction to pass on the load
i he had just taken from the soldier's hand ;
the soldier was bending toward the nest
i man in the chain; a Russian shell came
bounding with a wire, then burst and scat
tered its deadly fragments with terrific
1 force. One of its great iron shrebs passed
there was just room for it between his
leg and the soldier's that stood next him.
1 TIlPV InnL'f(l P3(h mhsr in lha f-ira
"A near shave that, sir !" said the man
''nearer than you think for, perhaps," he
answered ; for he had felt the rounded sur
face of the fragment actually bmse him as
it passed, whereas its ragged edge had sha
ven, vith a marvellous neatness, from his
trowser, part of the broad red stripe up on
the outer seam.
I venture to give these minute de!als, be
cause they may help other civillians, as
they helped me, to "realize," as the call it
now-a-daye, more vividly the risk of a day
batlle,and the large drafts they draw upon a
man's fund of nerve and composure, just as
he siandsjwithout coming imo any close en
counter. But at last the firing was done ; and.brtre
headed, as I have raid, he turned and rode
back towards the camp.
It was before the famine period thereand
though there was no superfluity of food,
there was food to be had, and after that
long day's fighting, men were in sore need
It was dusk, and he was lighting a can
dle to sit down to his meal, when the voice
of a French soldier called something like
his name from the outside. He was him
self a perfect master of that language, as
the "Soldat de train" who stood outside
found to his great relief upon his first utter
ance of inquiry.
The Frenchman held a mu!e by the bri
dle, and cross the cream r"s back lay some
thing which looked like a heavily parti
colored sack. It was a far otherwise ghast
ly burden. The body of an officer, strip
ped bare of all but the trewsers, the dark
clothed legs hanging one way, the fair skin
ned naked shoulders and arms the other,
the face towards liie ground.
"1 was directed, rnon officer bring this
poor gentleman's corpse to jou. They say
that you were a lrier.d of his his name is
Captain X ."
Even at that early stage of the campaign
such shocks had lost the startling effect of
noveLty; nevertheless, there were fev
names among those of his friends and com
rades which it couId 6j)0ck and grieve him
more to hear pronounced under such cir
cumstances. The light was fetched. He
raised the poor body ; then, with a sigh,
let it once more gently down. There was
a small round hole in the very centre of the
forehead, whereat the rifis ball had darted
into the brain of his hapless friend.
He called an orderly and directed him to
the Frenchman to the dead
He would himself soon follow
and see to his reciving a soldier's obsequies.
His weariness and exhaustion were such
as to render it imperatively necessary that
he should firet take his food, to which he
returned, with what increased weights at
heart who shall tell? It needs not that the
tension of a man's nerves should be strung
tight by the hand of battle lor him to know
from his own experience what is strange,
and awful, an J weird feeling ol the first re
lexanon of them in the early after hours of
responsibility, banger, or important crisis
of decision. If apparitions, and visions of
things unearthly be indeed mere fictions of
mens brains, such after hours are jast those
wherein the mind is readiest to yield to the
powers of illusion. Illusion or reality more
startling more unaccountable by far than
it? Whether of the two was this?
There entered at the curtin of his tent the
man, towards whom, in some few
minn,e!, more he shoud have been fchowiug
lhe ,ast fad kindnet;(,. The lignt fe fuIl
anJ c,ear upon hig face He ,ook off hig
foragg cap he came in The broa(J whhe
furehead gfcowed no longer any trace of lhe
rder0U9 incrash of the baIl which had
f!ain him. Into the dull glazing eyes the
I'leam nf returned life ? Or tin ihf evps of
"h flash Jif ,ik gQ ?
"What made you send that Frenchman
with my corpse to me ? At least, he would
insist that it was mine."
,lX ! Good heavens! can it be
you, indeed ?"
"Who shonld it be? What ails
man ? Why do you stare at me so l"
"I cannot say what ails me, but I am
surely under some strange delusion. It is
not half an hour, surely, since I saw you
stretched lifeless on a mule's back, with a
rifle bullet between your eyes. What can
i this mean ? Yon are not even wounded."
"No, thank God ! nothing has touched
me for this once'; but that the French sol
dierdid youthen send him up indeed ?"
"Indeed I did."
Hideous comico-tragic episode in the aw
ful drama of war ! They discovered by-and-by
that their slain brother solder was
no comrade of their own corps, but a brave
officer of another army. Neither of them
had known Lim personally, nor had- they
heard before that between him and X
had existed, in his liletime, the most remar
kable and cIohh rppmManpoBn-h an
is rarely seen save in
A lawyer asked a Dutchman in court
what ear marks a pig had that was in dis
pute." "Veil, ven I first begame acquainted mil
de hock, he had no ear marks except he
hab a very short tail."
THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE UNION,
The great American nation has, for near j
three-quarters of a century, been recogniz
ed and honored in the family of States as a
first-class power. Its flag has carried our
adventurous commerce to the four quarters
ol the globe ; it has carried war and oppres
sion to no nation or people in the circuit of
the sun. Less romant ic than the French,
less beligerent than the English, it has float
ed from the brow of the republic as the en
sign of peace, heralding at once the asylum '
of the oppressed and the home of the free, i
The nationality it symbolizes is peculiar
in its features and grand in its associations.
It was founded or. the success of no milita
ry or civil hero it was reared on the free j
will and unbought fealty of millicns of peo- j
pie, renowned, above all others, for intelli- j
gence, thrift nnd independence. It is a na- j
tionality of public sentiment, not less than ,
of public government. "I am an American ;
citizen," i the proud boast of every son of 1
the soil. When tha: nationality was set up j
as a target by a rebel army, and shot into ,
the dust, it was felt that the blow fell on i
the heart of the American people. A deep ;
sentiment of nationality was fired, and it ;
will blaze until that flag is r:ghted. J
Sentiment has its place and its influence;
but man is not entirely made of sentiment;
the judgment and the rea-on are his higher
faculties, and demand to be satisfied. The .
true nature of our Federal Government
must be studied, with the rights and duties
of the respective members. The argument
of the rebels is,ihat secession is a riht.aml
that in their condition, it wss a dot) ; that
their Government is made up of the ser
vants and representatives of the people;
that we have made war on them, and that
they justly use all the means God and na-
Hire have put within their reach to repel
force and assert their Liberties. Fy some
Southern statesmen this right of secession '
is claimed as a Constitutional right, by oth
ers as a revolutionary right; but standing
on both, they claim that their position is
impregnable. This is the sum and sub- '
stance ol all they say. The sentiment of
such a people as ours needs to know that
npon neither the one nor the other of these
basis can they stand ; that on the ConstUu-
tional basis they are wrong in theory, that
on the revolutionary basis they are equally
lame on facts. The right of revolution by
an oppressed people cannot be questioned;
it is at the foundation all ideas of national
Liberty and public rights. It is the Right
of force, founded in the instincts of man's
nature, the source and fountain of all law
and right. It exists only when a people i :
oppressed with gross injustice and denied
their rights, and there is either no other
remedy at all or no adequate remedy
Then comes the national Right of llevolu-
tinn, like the individual right of self defenco
and self protection. The rebels have had
no grievances which could and ought not
to have been redressed by the or.linary ,
remedial process of Government. Iiy this -strife
of arms they strike a blow at the j
whole system of Representative Govern- 1
Feeling the shallow basis for this pre- j
text of extreme grievance with no repress '
but resort to the arbitrament of tho sword, !
that ultimate resort of an oppressed people, ;
the rebels seek to establish their rebellion j
as a mere exercise of a right provided for '
in the very structure of tha government,
against which no organic law is pointed. !
If such a law exists, the American govern- !
ment is a rope of sand, and the American!
nationality, to all intents save for sound and j
fury, is but the merest bauble a nation ever ;
became jnbelant over. Against this fallacy 1
is set the principle, deeply seated in the:
very structure of our system, that we have
a perpetual government, that the FeJeral
constitution established forever the great !
American people ; that the covenant enter- j
ed into in 1793, was a covenant running j
with lhe land we inhabit, of perpetual obli !
gation and binding force. The fallacy of"
State allegiance has ruined the fortunes of!
many a rebel hero, and scattered the army i
and navy into factions. We hear much on j
both sides, with which we plainly declare
we have little rympathy, of the cabalistic j
words, sovereignty and allegiance. These
words sound better under a despotic reign
than under a government wholly free.
Sovereignty is popularly enough described
as the unfettered right of absolute control.
This is an idea which belongs to a despot,
rather than to governments of the people
for the benefit or the people, with power
delegated and carefully limited. Constitu
tional power is, properly speaking, all the
sovereignty there is anywhere in this coun
try. There is no sovereignty anywhere but
what the people have granted. Tne "sov
ereign people" is a correct designation ; it
can hardly be said, it appears to us, that the
sovereignty of the State, or the sovereignly
of the Federal Government, can be strictly
accurate phrases. This mysterious kind of
sovereignty which is so freely spoken ol
seems to have nothing tangible. If a gov
ernment has certain powers delegated to it,
that government is sovereian in regard to
those delegated powers. That is about all
there is of sovereignty in a truly republican
view. The divine rights of King, are rights
which in this age and country cannot be
recognized either in their bald deformity or
their gilded charms.
"Suppose the constitution," says Horace
Binney, "is a contract, or compact, or con
vention; &c, it is a contract of government J
a constitution id jMiJ?-J'w"Ju.
and design forever it comprehends the
present and the unborn, through all gener
ations posterity which is as unlimited as
time. That any one can break it un rirrht-
fully, or diniish its sphere of operation, is
an absurdity. Bnrlamaqui says, in descri
bing the essential constitution of a State,
that i's first covenant is an engagement to j
join forever in one body. The constitution
of the United States was made by the peo
ple, describing them by one description as
the people of the United States not con
federating or tying themselves together
but meaning to form a union a unity a
national congress as a people. Where does
a part of this people get the right to with
draw and renounce? No sound and intelli
gent man believes it. Secession is a word
to drug the conscience of ignorent men,
who are averse to trea-on."
If that Union could be severed to-morrow
the same influence which formed i' would
command its intant renewal. Upon that
Union which thus makes us one people,
hangs our prosperity at home and our im
portance abroad; and, more. than we are
accostomed to think, the progress of the
age. And not interest alone, but the eter
nal order of th ings would seem to bind us
in union, "it is the political organization,''
remarks Francis Lieber, ''permeating an
entire na'ion, that answers the modern po
litical necessities and it alone can perform
as a faithful handmaid, the high demands
o! our civilization. The highest type, its
choicest developement, is the organic un
ion of national and local self government
not indeed national centralism, or a nation
al unity without local vitality. Our age
demands coiin'ries as the patria both of
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Ireeilom and civilization and the greatest!
political blessing vonchafed in England was
her early nationality, together with her ear
ly and lasting self-government. That illus
trious predicessor of ours, from whom we
borrowed our very name, the United States
of the Netherlands, ailed long with the par
alyzing poison of srj unction in her limbs,
and was brought to an early grave by it.
The patria of us moderns ought to consist
in a wide land covered by a nation, and not
in a city or little colony. Mankind has out
grown the ancient city etato." All hail to
American Nationality ! this day unimpaired
by the rebellion of eleven States it Mill
exists in alt the essential nronerities of its
being. Its key-note was struck when the
announcement came from tho--e at the helm
of State that no dismemberment of the Ke
pjbbc, under any contingency, was an ad
missible thing. The Union was cemented
in an everlasting wedlock. From that Un
ion came forth American Nationality, rnas
terful and victorous. That union is the fo
cus of our national glory ; and its thirty-four
members are the stars lrom which fla.-hour
nationality. That nationality forms a more
splendid spectacle to the patriot friend of
man, than all the constellations of eternity
shilling in their majesty. Its simple dia
"More eorarona!' mr?je!ic3l 'hnn king".
Who.-e loaded coronets exhaust the mine ?"
Tfiis is the age of nationalities. Fired by
our example, the oppressed ol the world
have aspired to the dignity of nationalities.
A splendid line of great deeds have illus
trated the march of the race of man, and
just now has calumniated in the restored
liationality of Italy. Shall the first to set
the example, and the grandest in the pro
cession of nations, seller its nationality to
depart, at the bidding not of a foreign foe,
but of rebel traitors of the soil ? Rather let
us dispute every inch of ground and every
blade of grass. Those who now act the
part of traitors will be deservedly recorded
as the saviours of their country, "and ages
to come must crown their monuments, and
place them above heroes and kings in glory
everlasting." In such a struggle, disaster,
defeat and death can bring no disgrace.
"His sword the brave man draws,
And asks no omen but his country's cause."
If we have not entirely misstated the ba
sis of our American national life and the
robust structure of our Union, those who
have engaged in this rebellion have neith
er the merit ofhor.crty or good purposes ;
they are simply traitors. The imperial na
tionality remains unmuiilated and undimin
ished by secession and rebellion. Treason
may have i:s day, and we may seem to see
our nationality breathe low and short, but
we may with fond recollection rehearse the
grand words of Henry Grattan : "I see her
in a swoon, but she is not dead ; though in
her tomb she lies helpless and motionless,
still there is on her lips a spirit of lile, aiid
on her cheeks a glow of beauty
"Thon art not conquered ; beauty's ensign
Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks
And death's pale flag is not advanced there.''
Smith, the Everlasting. Mrs. Hanson
chanced to live in the vicinity of a theolog
ical seminary, and some of the students
found her bright home a very agreeable
change from their bachelor rooms. A cer
tain youth was acustomed to bore her with
rather long visits ; and she saw him ap
proaching one day, she exclaimed to her
"Oh, there comes that everlasting Smith!"
In he came, and soon tried to ingratitude
himself wilh her little son.
"You don't know who I am,'" said he, ta
king Master Edward on his knee.
"Oh, yes I do," said the child, with a
"Well, who am I, then?"
Arlcrans ward in the South.
TiiiAi.R anu adventures.
I had a r.arrer escape from the sonny ;
South. "The swings and arrors of our rajus j
fonin," alluded to by Hamliek, warn't noth-
iti in comparison to my troubles I came
pesky near swearin some profane oaths ;
rnore'n onet. but I hope I didn't do it, for
I promistshe ivhose name shall be name
less (except that her initials is I'.etsy J.;
that I'll j'uie the Meetin House at Daldins
villa jest as soon as I can scrape money
en ufl together to as I can 'ford to be piuss j
in good style, like my welthy r.abers. But j
it I m nrin f i -i! tr n ! orl aim I m ulriil I crM '
contmncr on in my present benited state
for sum time.
I figgered conspieyusly in many thrilling
scenes in my tower from Montgomery to
my humsted, and on sevral occasions I
thawt, "the grate komic paper" wouldn't
never be enriched no more with my lubri-
cations. Arterbiddin adoo to Jefferson D ,
1 started lor depot. 1 saw a nigirer satin
on a fence playing on a banjo "My Afri-
kin Brother," sed I, cotin from a Track I
once red, "you belong to a very iuterestin
iour masters is goin to war excloo-
sively on your account."
"Yes, bos-s'he replied, "and I wish 'em
honorable graves 1" and he went on playin ;
the banjo, larfin all over and openin his
mouth wide enuff to drive in an oldfash
ioned 2 wheeled chase.
The train of cars in which I was to trust
my vallerabie life was the scaliest rickyti
est lookin lot of consarns that I ever saw on
wheels afore. "What time does this string
of second-hand coflins leave?'' 1 inquired
of the depot master. He sed direckly, and I
. ' . . . , ,
went in set down. I hadn't more n
squatted afore a dark lookin man with a '
swinister expression onto his countenance i
entered the cars, and lookin very bhurp at i
me, xed what was my principles?
"Se?e?h 1 answered "I'm a Dissoln
ter I'm in favor of Jeff Davis, Bouregard,
Edwards, the Devil. Mrs. Cunningham, and'
all the rest of 'em V ,
' You're in favor of the war?"
"Certainly. By all means. I'm in fjvor
of this war and also the next war. I've
been in lavor of the next war for over six-
I teen jear
"War to the knive !" sed '.he man.
"Blud, Eargo, Blud !" sed I, tho them
words isn't oriernal with me. Them words
was rit by Shakspere, who is. ded. His
Mantle tell onto the author of "The Seven
Sisters," who's goin to hav a spring over
coat of it.
We got under way at larst, an' proceeded
on our journey at about the rate of speed
which is gmrally chsarved ty properly con-
ducted funeral processions. A hansurn
yimg gal, witn a red rr.uskeier bar on the
back part of her bed, and a sassy little
black hat topt over her forrerd, U in the
seatwi-.hme. She wore a little Sese-h fi.ig
pm'd onto her ha!, and she was a going for
to see . her trco iove, who had jmed the
Southern army, all so bold nnd gay. She
was chilly, and I offered tier my blanket
"Father living ?" 1 axed.
"(Jot any Uncles ?"
"A heap. Uncle Thomas is ded, tho."
"Peace lo Uncle Thomas' ashes, and Jark, was completed. Hut it was the an
success to him! 1 will be your Uncle : cient flag of England that constituted the
Thomas! Lean on me my pteity Sesesh j ba-is of our own American banner Yari
er and linger in blissful rep .se !'' She slept ous other flacs had indeed been raised at
as tcoorly as in her own housen, and didn't different times by our coleniid ancestors,
dirlurb the soilura stillness of the night with i But they were not particular')' associated
At the first station a troop of Sojers en- j to. and made a part of the destined "stars for U aild hosv m have died fof u , ,Iow
tered the cars and inquired if "Old Wax t and stripes." It was after Washington had ma!iy ,iv,. a:id dvil!g KiiJ) 5n their emhn
Works" was on bord. That was the dis-j taken command of the freh army of the stic devotion to its honor like that your-
respect!' stile in which they releir. d to me
"Ilecawz if O.d Wax Works on bord," sez
a man with a face like a doulle-brested
lobster, "we're roin to hau Old Wax
"My illustrious and patriotic Bummers !"'
sez I. giitin up and takin orf my Shappoo,
' it you allude to A. Ward, it's my pleasiu
duly lo inform you that he's ded. lie saw
the error of his ways at 13 minutes past 'Z
yesterday, and stabbed hisseif witti a stuffed
sledstake, dyin in five beautiful tabloos to
slow music! His larst word
perfeshernal career is over I
"And who be you !"
I jerk no
"I'm a stoodent in Senator Benjamin's I rights and privileges which such a relation ; tour recently said to his wife who was to
law olfiss. Fm goin up North to neal sum j implied. Yet it was by those thirteen J accompanj him from prudential reasons
spoons and things for the Southern Army." j stripes that they made know the union p.lso 1 "My 'dear, inasmuch as this election is
This was satislaclry, and the intossicated I of the thirteen colonies, the stripes of while complicated, and the canvass is close, I am
troopers went orf. At the next station the ; declaring the purity and innrcence of their ' anxious to leave nothing undone that will
pretty little Sesesher awoke and &e.l she j cause, aud the stripes or red giving forth j promote my popularity, so I have thought
must git out ihsre. I bid her a kind adoo j defiance to cruelty and oppression. it would be a good plan for me to kiss a
and give her bum provisions. "Accept my On the fourteenth day of June, 1777, it ; number of the han f-omest girls in every
blessin and this hunk of gingerbred !"' I ' was resolved by Congress, "That the flag j place where 1 may be honored with a pub
sed. She thankt me muchly and tript galy I of the thirteen United States be thirteen j lie reception. Don't you think it would b3
away. 1 tiers considerab.e human natur
in a rr.an, and I'm fraid I thall allers giv aid
and cemfort to the enemy if he cums to me
in the shape of a nice young gal.
At the next station. I didn't git orf so easy.
1 was dragged out of the cars and rolled in
the mjd lor sevral minits, for the purpus
of"tVmg the consect out of me," as a
Seceslier kindly stated.
I wis letup finally, when a powerful
large 'Secesher came up and embraced rn'e,
and to show that he had no hard feelins
agin ne, put his nose into my mouth. 1
returned the compliment by placing my
stummick suddenly agiu his feet, when he
kindly made a spittoon of his able-bodied
Actooated by a desire to see whether
the Secesher had him vaxinated, I then fas-
Li .? ZlijHXAC atiugA-Vl.fr lf t.f' mm ...l...uli ..I ii '
J butted our heads together for a few minits, ,
danced roiir.d a little, and sot down in a
mud puddle. We riz to our feet & by a i
suddeH & adroit movement I placed my left
eye aginst the Secesher'a fist. We then
rushed into each other's arms, and fell un-
der a 2 boss wagon . I was very much ex- .'
hausted, and didn't care about gitting up ,
agin, Dutttie man said lie reckoned I'd bet-
ter, and I conclooded I would. He pulled j
me up, but I hadn't been on my feet rnore'n
two seconds afore the ground flew up and
hit me in the lied. The crowd sed it was
high old "port, I couldn't zakly see where
the lafture carne in. 1 riz and we embraced
I ... nr. 1 11.. ....(
nni. ie Lweereu mauiy to a sx-ep oai.k, ,
when I got the upper hand of my antago- i
ma and threw him into the raven. He fell j
aooui mriy iee,i, striking a grindstone pretty
hard. I understood he was injured. 1 hav
en't heard from the grindstone.
A man in a cocket ht cum up and sed
. . r r .
! he felt as tho an anoloiiv was doo m
Tnere was no mi8tal.e. The crowd had
taken me for anolher man , j ,olJ Mm not
l0 mPn.ion It axed him if ,lis wife a,)d Une
oneg wa, ,0 Le aboat a!ld ol or, ,,ored
ie ,rain u.fljch J)nd at ,hat
9n tnr .of.w,,, ? i . n i
( v it i.weiiMJi ii I.-. f fi'l till J
! wanted. It was the iiartiest meal I ever et.
1 was rid on a rat- the next day, a bunch
cf b,.izin fire cracfcers Lem ,Rd ,Q
tales. I was a fine Fpectycal in a dramatic
pint of view, but I didn't enpy it. I had
other advemers of a stardin kind, but why
continner? Why lassera'e the Public Bo
znrn with these hero thing? Suffysit to
say I got across Mann & Dixe's lins safe
at last. I made tracks for my humsted, but
she with whom I'm harms! for life lailed to
recognize in the emashiated bein who stood
belore her the gushin youth' of forty-six
summers who had left her only a fe-v
montns atore. 15ul I went into the pantry
rawt out a certin bottle. Raisin it to
my lips, 1 ed, "Here's to you, old gil p
I did it so natural that she knewed me at
once. "Those form ! Them voice ! That
crie(I; nishe(, n,0s arrr jt waJ
. i. j,r e, ci,0 n , i
i -.'j iuuiil iv'i 11 1 I cu& ten 1U1U a f UUil . j
I cum very near swonnding myself j
No more to day from yours tor the Terpe- J
'.ration of the Union, ami the bringin cf the j
Goddess of Liberty out of her present bad
fix. A. Ward !
History Of (lur Fla2. j
Rev. Dr. Pctsum, of Roshnry, Mass, in ;
j a late sermon, gave the sui.joir.ed sketch of
The history of our g!onou old flag i of,
exceeding interest, and brings back to ns a
throng cf sacred and thrilling associations.,
I tne banner ot M. Andrew was bice, charg- ,
j ed wi h a white salter or cross, in the form
j of the letter X, and was ued in Scotland as
j early as the eleventh century. The banner
j of St George was white, charzed with the
: red crossed was used in England as early
j as the first part of the fourteentn century.
n i t . - , . , . ., ,
until Ireland, in 1-vl, was made a nirt of
' Great Hritain, that the present national fl.ig
j of England, so well known as the Union
with, or at Ieat. were not incorporated in-
Revolution, nt Cambridge, thnt. January 2,
I77y, he unfurled before them the new flag
of thirteen stripes of alternate red and
white, having upon one of its corners the
j red and white croes of St. George and St.
Andrew, on a field of blue. And this was
ih standard which was borne into the city
of Boston when it was evacuated by
B.'iii-h troops and was entered by
American army. Uniting, as it did,
! flags of England and America, it showed
; that the colonist? were not yet prepared to !
1 sever trie tie that bound them lo the mother
, country. By tha union of flags they claim-
j ed to be a vital andul stantial part of the
i empire of Great Dritaip, and demanded the
stripes, alternate red and white, and that
the union be thirteen while stars in a
field." The resolution was made
Sept. 3, 1777, and the flag, that was first
made and used in pursuance of it was that
which led the Americans to victory at Sar
atoga. Hera the thirteen stars were arrang-
ed in a circle, as we sometimes see them
now, in oider better to express the Union
oftheSta!es. In 1794, there having been
two more States added to the Union, it was
voted that the alternate stripes, as well as
the circling stars, bo fifteen in number, and
the flag, as thus altered and enlarged, was
the one which was borne through all the
contests ot the war of 1812. Bat it was
thought that lhe flag would at length be
come too large if a new stripe should be
.i.v a roja. proc.am-Tion eaten apru ixtn, nol lhe American citizen been aMe'lo stand
:7Cfi, these two rrosse were joined togeth- , benea-h its guardian folds and defy the
er upon the ?ame banner forming the an j UoriJ i With what joy and exultation sea
cier.t national flag of England. It was net men and tourist hr.v .,. Jt. ..or.
permanent return hold be made to the
original number of thirteen striDea. nnd that
the" number of tars should henceforth
correspond to the growing number of States.
Thus the flag would tymbolize the Union
as it might be a', any given period of its
history, and also a it was ai ih ,.rv hnr
of its birth. It was at the same time sua-
gested, that these stars, instead of beirg
arranged in a circle, be formal imo ;nlo
star a suggestion which we occasionally
see adapted. In fine no particular order
seems now to be observed with respect lo
the arrangement of the constellation. It is
enough, if only the whole number, be there
upon the azure fold the blue to be emble-
matical of perse verence vi-ilance and ins-
uco, each star to Horifv the elorv of tha
State it may represent, and the whole to be
eloquent, forever, of a union that must be
"one and inseperable. "
Time would fail me to enter more largely
into the details of this history. Enough has
been said to show, in some satisfactory
measnre, the sources whence the materials
of our flag were drawn. The old banner of
England contributed iisco!or. Great men
made it their study. Washington, Franklin,
Morris, Adams, Sherman, and many more
of their immortal compeers, gave it their
thouaht and care. And then it had to be
made a fart in the world by the conflicts,
blood.-hed, and victories, of a seven years'
war. It is the flg that was gazed upon by'
the patriots of "the times that tried men's
souls." It is the flag which they bore and
followed into the thickest of the fight. It is
the flag which they loved and honored,and
which at last they compelled their proud
enemies to acknowledge and repect. It is
the fl.ig which became the symbol of our
na ional independence and glory.
And what precious associations have
clustered around it since! Not alone did
our fathers set up this banner in the name
of God over the well-won battle-fields of the
Revolution, and over the Revolution, and
over the cities and towns which they res-
a'so their descendants have carried it and
,au0,t ;t ; .-.: -ru
.". v. . in vvuut .-i yi i i u tcv. 1 1UH . 1 Hit! U g LI "
what clouds of dust ami smoke it has pass-
ed what storms of shot and jshell what
scenes of fire and blood ! Not alone at
Saratoga, at Monmouth, and at Yorktown,
but at Lmdy's Lane and New Orleans, at
Buena Vista and Chepultepec. It is the
same glorious old flag which, inscribed
with the dying words of Lawrence, "Don't
ive up ,Le thiD ws .... nn . .
i;r;e by Cctr.modore Perry jt on the eve
of a great naval victory the same old flag
whicil ,.. rea. ch:f.,:n hnri, in ,- .
to ,he proud ci!y of ,he Arecs anJ plameJ
upoJ the heights of her national palace.-
jfave ha.,.is t , - , .
; regions of ice i:i the Arctic seas, and
: nave hel h ,.? on the fUmmit3 of the' lof,y
mountains in the distant west. Where has
n ,l0l -orie the pril!e cf hs friend;, and the
lem)r of ii3 ? U hal cooatriea and
' ttjlal bfc-s h:w it cot visile J ? Where has
; and -:ripes, and read in it the history of
their nation s glory and received from it
ti.'j fiill seti.se of security, aud dra.vn from
it the inspirations of patriotism ! By it, how
many have sworn fealty to their country!
V hat bursts ol magnificent eloquence it
has called from Webster and from Everett,
what lyric strains of poetry from Drake and
Holmes ! Ibw many heroes its folds have
covered in deth ! How many have lived
wour.ded sufferer in the streets of Baltimore
"Oh! the flag the stan and stripe!'' And
wherever that flag Las gone, it ha3 been
the herald of a belief day. I: has been the
pledge of freedom, of justice, of order, of
civilization and cf Christianity. Tyrants
only have hated it, and the enemies of
mankind alone have trampled it t.i the
earth. All who sign for the triumph of
Truth and Righteousness, salute it."
Heaped off bv his Wife. A distingnish-
ed candidate for an oHice of h'.gh trust in a
! certain State, who is "up to a thing or two,"
,' and has a keen appreciation of live beauty,
1 when about to set oil" on an electioneering
i a good idea
4 Capital," exclaimed the devoted wife:
"and to make your election a sure thing,
while you are kissing the handsomest girl,
I will kiss an ?qa? number of the hand
somest young men."
The distinguished candidate, we believe,
j has not since referred to this p'easing means
"Ah, John, my uncle has been in New
York, and yourn hain't."
"Weil, what of that my uncle has been
in jail, and yours hafn't."
L Said a certain individual to a
"The man who has raised a cabbage-he.nl
has done more good than all!th8 metaphv-