The star of the north. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1849-1866, February 12, 1862, Image 1

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AirCarolint of EJinburg Town.
Aq old and crippled veteran, to the war
Department came.
He sought the chief who led him on many
a field of tame,
The chief who shouted "Forward!" where'er
his banner rose,
And bore its stars ia triumph behind the
fifing foes.
"Have yoa forgotten, General," the battered
soldier cried,
The days of eighteen hundred twelve, whea
1 was at your side ?
Hare yoa forgotten Johnson, who fought at
Lundy'a Lane?
Tis trn I'm old and pensioned, but I want
to figbt again.
'HaTe I forgotten ?" said the chief, "my
bra re bid soldier, No !
And here's the hand 1 gave yoa then, and
let it tell you so;
. Bat you Lave done yonr share rcy iriend,
you're crippled old and grey, .
And we have need of youuger arms and
fresher blood to day."
But General !" cried the veteran a flash
open his brow
The very men who fought with us, they say
are trahors now ;
They've torn the flag of Lundy's Lane
our old red, whiie and blue
And w hile a drop ol blood is leit, I'll show
that drop is true.
I'm not so weak but I can strike, and I've a
. good old gua,
To get the range of traitors hearts, and pick
them, one by one,
Your Minnie rifles and such arms, it ain't
worth while to try,
J coulda'l get the hang o' them, but I'll
. keep my powder dry!
God bless you comrade !" said the chief
"God cle-s your loyal heart !
Bat younger men are in the field, and claim
to have their part ;
They'll plant our sacred banner, in each
rebellious town. -And
woe, henceforth, to any hand, that
dares to pull it down..
But, General " still persisting, the weeping
veteran" cried ;
I'm young enough to follow, so long as
you're my guide,
And some, yoo know, must bite the dust,
and I hit, at least, can I,
So, give the young one place to fight, but
me a place to die.
If they should fire on Pickens, let the colo
nel in command
Put me upon the ramparts with the flag stafl
in my hand
No odds how hot the cannon smoke, or bow
the shell may fly
I'll hold the the stars and stripes aloft, and
hold them till I die.
I'm ready, General, so you let a post to me
be giver-
Where Washington can see me, as he looks
from highest heaven.
And cay to Human at his side, or may be
General Wayne,
There stands old Billy Johnson, who fought
at Lundy's Lauel
And when the fight is hottest, before the
traitors fly
When shell and ball are screeching, and
Darsting in the sky
If any shot shoald hit me and lay me on
my face,"- .
My oul woctd go to Washington's and not
to Aroold'd place !
I live for those who lore me,;
Whose hearts are kind and true,
For the heavei'lbal smites above me
And awaits my spirit toe;
For all human ties that bind me,
For the task by God assigned me,
For the bright hopes left behind me,
And the good that I can do.
I live to learn their itory,
Who suffered for ray sake,
To eraulatu their glory,
And follow in their wake;
Hards, patriots, martyrs, sages,
The noble of aliases,
Whose deeds crown history's pages,
And Time's great volume make. .
I live to bold communion
With all that is divine,
To feel there is a onion "--
'Twixt Nature's huartand mina;
To profit by affliction,
Reap truths from fields of fiction,
Grow wiser from conviction, 4 " '
And fulfil each grand deaign.
. I love to bail 'hat season, . .. 3 .
By gifted minds foretold,
When man shall live by reason, - "
And not alone by gold ;
When man to can nana J, : -,
A"cd every wrong thing writed,
The whole world shall be lighted.
As Edea was cf old.
I live for those who love me, -
For those who know met true,' - ;.
For the Heaven that smiles above cae,
And awaits my spirit too ; -For
the C3033 that lacks assistance,
For the wrong that needs resisusce,
For ibs trcii in the distance,
Asd tba ocd that I caa do.
The Ghost fflj Grandmother Saw.
One lovely summer's evening I was sit
ting with my grandmother on the terrace of
one of those beautiful' villas situated on the
"riviera di Genova," overlooking he blue
Medijerranean. I had been reading Long
fellow for her, for, although an Italian, she
was well acquainted with English; she
bade me read once more the "Footsteps of
Angels," and it was after these lines:
Then the forms of the departed
Enter at the open door ;
The belmed, the true hearted,
Come to visit me once more,
that I asked herhalf in play, halt in earn
est whether she had ever seen a gost ?
"Altro! figliamia." answered she with
a sigh; "but it's a" story more than fifty
years old, and I would rather you did not
ask me to tell it you." .
She seemed very reluctant to make me
acquainted with it; but, my curiosity being
now fairly roused, 1 grew importunate with
my entreaties. It was some time, however
before I could prevail upon her to satisfy
my curiosity ; and when the did so, her
tale was so mixed up with matters wholly
uninteresting to the general reader, that I
prefer giving it in my own words.
My grandmother was the daughter of the
Count di L . At sixteen the young
Maddalena. was counted among the fairest
maidens of "Gerova la superb ;'' her hand
was sought by numberless youths amongst
the nobility of Itally ; but my grandmother,
like many other damsels both of ancient
and modern times, had a preference She
had met at church the young and handsome
Count F , and she vowed in her little
heart that she would marry none other.
Letters were exchanged between the lovers
and each evening, when the clock of the
church of San Lorenzo struck nine, the
young count might have been seen pacing
up and down under the balcony of his
youthful mistress. The Count di L was
averse to the match he did not deem the
young noble worthy of his treasure. "She
must," he had said, ''be the bride of a
prince ;" but Maddalena had an uncle, the
Cardinal M , whom she dearly - loved,
and he was ail-powerful with her father
To him she intended to impart her little
secret: she had long waited lor his return
from Rome, whither the benevolent prelate
had gone, to be present at a 'Concistorio."
One morning she received a long letter
from him informing her of his approaching
arrival ; and on the evening of the same
day the family were sitting at supper, for
in those days the evening meal had not yet
taken the name of ''dinner." They were
all joyful in the expectation of the arrival
of the kind-hearted cardinal, arid Maddale
na especially so, when they were startled
by the sudden entrance of an acquaintance,
whose countenance showed he was the
bearer of il! news. '-Had they heard," he
asked, "what had happened ?" All an
swering in the negative, he replied that the
young Count F had been murdered an
hour ago and the assassin had fled; more
no one knew.
My grandmother tells me she heard the
news without a
cry or rroan ; she
bore it all. "Sick at heart." she rose from the
table, crossed the room to the door almost
unnoticed, for all were eagerly discussing
the fatal event ; she even etirtisied to the
one guest who opened the door for her, but
how she reached her room she c m not tell
she remembered locking the door after her,
and kneeling by her bedside, where she
relieved her breaking heart by a flood of
passional tears. She was in that state of
faintness which comes with exhaustion
Irom extreme weeping, when the bell of
San Lorenzo began the first pal of nine
a terrible sensation came over, and, yet she
could scarcely realize the truth; could it be
that that voice she was in the habit of hear
ing every evening, at that very hour, call
ber by name, had been seen only the even
ing before, full of life and hope, was now
lying dead killed by the hand of an assas-sin-
Slowly the church clock finished stri
king the boor, and the silence which it left
behind brought an indescribable pain to
the heart of poor Maddalena ; she was too
weak to pray, but slowly raised her weary
eyes to the image of the - Madonna," placed
in the above opposite to where she knelt;
when, suddenly, she heard a voice calling
her every evening at that same hour. Oh !
the idea was maddening ! She rose, part
ed with both ber hands the hair from her
fevered brow, and listened, heart beating
and her feet nailed to the floor j her limbs
stiff with horror. She listened, and again
the voice called "Manin !" and the third
time again, '"Mania !'' but she did not stir;
she sat on ber bed, listened lor the sound
of that voice, but in vain she waited, for the
voice was not heard again that night.
Her nuree came soon after to the door,
asd the noise she made in her efforts to
gain admittance roused my grandmother,
who ran to the door and let ber good foster
mother in. The old woman had -heard of
the sad event, and was full of sympathy for
ber young mistress, who, she saw at a
glance, was nearly prostrate with sorrow.
She entered into the particulars of the as
fascination of the young count with all the
garrulity of her kind, saying that never. had
fairer "cavaliere" fallen victim to jealousy,
for, added she, it most have been the cause
of so foul a crime come one ho loves
5 oa too well has ordered this deed.
Maddalena concealed from every one the
knowledge of . the voice she had heard.
The following day passed slowly, and with
impatience did she await the hoar of nine
when ehe thought the would bear that toico
which at feast reminded her of the dear
friend she bad lost; it was a link, though
a flight one, thought she, between her aid
the unseen world whither he had gone.
Was it really his voice she had heard or tl at
of some one cruel enough to desire to keep
up the delusion? She would judge w th
her own eyes. Again did the hear the
clock on the following evening strike the
hour of nine; but again the sound ot that
voice, which she heard once more call lier
by name, trouble her as it had done the
evetii.ig before, so that she did rot dart to
go to the window; a cold shudder cane
over her she felt as if about to die.
"But, cara nonna." said I to her, "why
did you not go to the window and see who
"Figli mia," she replied, pressing ny
hands in hers, "non mi sentivo corragj io
For seven days following I heard that same
voice, and I began to fear that 1 should be
haunted all my lite with the sound of that
voice. I prayed fervently lor strength, i.nd
on the seventh day I determined to judge
by myself if indeed it were an apparaliou
I shall never, as long as 1 live, forget that
evening.. When the clock had completed
the last stroke of nine,! heard as I tad
done on tSe pieceeding days, myse'f ca led
by name, ''Manin I" 1 took my rosary ind
with my beating heart walked to the v in
dow. 1 looked down a,d saw Aim the
young Count F , who had been asias-
sinated seven days before, under my w in
dow. He raised his face to me, and tho lgh
deadly white, I recognized him in an in
stant. I was afterwards told that I utt red
a loud shriek, and was lound stretched
"senseless on the floor of ray balcony. I
recollect nothing further of what parsed
until found myself on my bed in my d irk
eued room, witn anxious faces around me,
my hand resiing in thai of my beloved un
cle I saw on my uncle's lace how ill I had
been. It was some days before I was al
lowed to ask any questions. I then lea ned
that 1 had been long and dangerously il . 1
recollected all about Count F -'a ai sas
s;nation ; but when I told my uncle t tat I
had seer, him, he 6mi!ed, and gentiy told
me it was' the efect of fever notiing
''Was it so, do yoa think, grandmamma ? '
asked I.
"My daughter, were I to die this mo
ment" she answered, with energy, "I
would swear that 1 saw the ghost of Count
F "
I knew that my grandmother's marriage
had not been a happy one. 1 asked her if
she had ever discovered the name o the
perpetrator of this crime. She grew very
pale, and, stropping down, left a coo. kiss
on my forehead, 6aying :
"1 did, soon af'.er your farther's tirth;
but never ash me to tell it you "
Sow and Twenty Years Ago.
Twemy years ago our elastic villain was
knojrn by the practical name of "lerrs
town." People lived in log and rame
nooses, (a few of the upperiendom '''esid
ed" in "splendid bricks,") and sent their
children to "the Academy," which was
looked upon as the greatest place for ' larn
in" in the "diagings." Those who were
fortunate enough to be graduates or this
institution were regarded as '-pro lound
philosophers." The laborer and gentleman
conversed with each other on the stree : they
sat together in the same pew. slept together
in the same bed, ate at the same table and
had their flour made together at "old John
ny Brown's Mill." We stiil recollect how
things worked when we was a yonter.
"Tink-a-ring titig whoa !" and the "mill
boy" drew up in front of the store-louse,
shoutdred a l-ag of wheat, tossed it f n his
cart.-and off to mill it went ; then cai s the
waiting and watching for the flour 0d
father would stand and look and wonder
why -'that flour" didn't come, the flour-
barrel kepi growing emptier and e nptier
and mother and the girls kept eettirg an-1
grier and angrier for about a week, when,
the '-'grist" arrived. Things have clanged
since then however. We have an aristo
cracy now, a College and Female Institute,
and a raiiroad to take us to the "city" in
stead ot th o'd packet boat, a steam Saw
Mill, and above, a'l, a stenm Fhurinf Mill.
We need not wait for flour now. every
body can get the bst, extra, tip-tor flour
whenever they want it, and as mich as
they want, at the new Mill, corner 5th and
Market streets, in this place ; or v. e can
pend our grain there and have il "put
through" by steam ' instanter " The pro
prietor, Mr. William Dreisbach, is a real
gentleman, a thorough business man, and a
great peace maker ; for our Iriends all inform
os that since they purchase their four of
Mr. Dreisbach. they enjoy perfect psace at
home ' the women" have no trocble in
making "good bread" from it, a id are
thereiore always in a goodhurnor. 'Thanks
to the worthy gentleman for his grea; bles
Wm. Johnson, farmer, near Strickersviile,
Chester county Pa., committed suicile last
Saturday. He took the axe at the wood pile
and cat off his left hand, then he nt his
arm off above the elbow, after wtich be
proceeded to the beam, and threw limselt
down the fannel, breaking his neck; in the
fail. When he was found life was extinct.
He was about fifty years of age, wis mar
ried bat bad no children. He bad pievions
ly been much depressed in spirits,- and a
few years ago was for a short time- in the
Pennsylvania Insane Asylum. His brother
it is said, committed suicide a feir years
ago. E&ion Cazcitt. -it
An Hour of Horror.
In 1846, not long after the mnrder of Col.
Davenport, on Rock Island, when many
parts of the West were filled with criminals
of every grade and hue, and the traveler
had good cause to be suspicious of all he
met, I was journeying on horseback through
the northern part of Illinois, then but sparse
ly settled. My companion waa an only
sister, just recovering from a lingering at
tack of fever. We had buried our parents
and an only brother upon the other side of
the Father of Waters, and were now wend
ing our way back to New England, the land
of our nativity.
One evening, just as the sun was setting,
we emerged upon a broad prairie, stretch
ing beyond us as far as the eyes could
reach. Ten drearr miles had been travers-
ed since we had seen a house, and now the j lower and flatter, and more snub they are,
little log cabin which greeted our sight was ' lhe more certainly do ;hey indicate feeble
as welcome as the oasis to the tired Arab, i "ee a:id meaness of intelect, and of a mind
Riding up to the door, an old woman of j n which bad temper more than good jud--most
ferocious appearance answered my ' ment will have sway.
summons, and in reply to my question of! It is not quite so with women. In them
how far it was to the next house, grunted ; t,,e whole organization in its gradual devel
out that it was twenty eight miles. j opment diverges less than that of men does,
Here was a dilemma. Our horses were ' frofn 1 he almost similar from which they
already jaded, and my sister so tatigned lolh haVe in eary childhood. The reten
that she could scarcely retain her seat in : tion therefore, of the little chiM-like nose,
the saddle To proceed was impossible, to imP!ies no 8t,ch 8rave defect i, l
rpmain'ihprfl I filt a MnnR nrP,.i,m'ni ! woman's mind. If her head be well for
would be but courting death. From a
whispered consultation with my tister, I
found that she shared rny suspicions re
specting the old woman and the character
of the house. Finally of the two alterna
tives, we decided to ask for lodgings. The
old woman made some excuses said there
was but one bed in the house besides her
own, and she was not prepared to take trav
elers. As I was well armed not without some
experience in hand to hand fighting and
could have a bed for my sister, I decided to
remain in prelereuce to venture across in
the night. As we dismounted from onr
horses, a villanious-looking man, apparent
ly twenty-five years old, came ur from a
ravine beyond the house, with a gun upon
his shoulder and a large hunting knile in
bis bell. He did not look u in the lace,
but cast side-long glances, indicating one
whose conscience was ill at ea-e.
After a supper of venison and corn bread,
of which my sister and myself partook
sparingly, notwithstanding our long fast, 1 !
requested that my sister might be shown to
bed. As there was but one below, we
knew the bed must be in the loft, floor of
which was laid ia ''puncheons," leaving
many broad cracks. Ascending by a lad
der, I accompanied my sister to the room
above, and having viewed the place, some
what reassured descended to pass half an
hour with my hostess and her son
Upon engaging her in conversation, I
learned that she was formerly from Ten
nessee, that her husband had been killed
about a year previous in a fight about a
claim, and that she was intending to return
the next month o her native State. As I
became more acquainted with her, my fears
subsided and when I finally decided to re
tire to the room above, intending to sit up
and watch all night, I forgot to take tny
overcoat, in which were all my pistols and
bowie knife.
1 17 Kitsrar was ttfill Qtvalra n r, I 1 n" m reft-
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joiced to find that, like me her fears were
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cone, beating myself upon a chair without
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any back. I leaned against the-wall, and
, , ,
was just dropping into a dose, when 1 was
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c i ct ' vj J tiwetwii uic via ui t IIW lJKJl w t
the ladder. Cautiously rising to my feet
I peered through a wide crack, aud dis
tinctly saw the old woman sharpening the
huge hunting knife, which now looked doub
le its natural size. At the same moment
the young man leaned against a stick of j
wood in the corner, causing it to fall to the '
hearth. I
'-Hush !" whispered the old woman, "you
will wake them them up." j
In a moment, like a shot of electricity, a
full sense of our awful situation rushed
upon my mind. I had evidently been
wheedled into confidence by . the old hag,
that she mihl I he more easily murder us.
And my pistols ! O, horrors, they were be
yond my reach, and I could see nothing,
save the chair, with which to defend my-
sell. Had I ben tdone, 1 think I should
not have lost my presence of mind But
my si-ter, the only near relative I ha 1 upon
earth the life of my sister hung upon my pro
tection, and by one of lhoe strange contra
dictions in nature, when I should have been
been most active, sank down on the chair
perfectly paralyzed
1 now distinctly heard the old woman as
cending the ladder, but to save my life I
could not move a muscle. Fortunately my
sister was asleep, tnd in my dreadtul ex
tremity I was so base as to hope that the
blow might be struck with unerring certain
ly, that she might awake to consciousness
only in the land of spirits
Oa came the old woman I saw the grizz
ly head as it peered into the loft saw the
light in one hand and the horrible knife in
the other saw her turn ber glaring eye
full opon me saw the demoniac scowl
upon her withered features still I could
not move. The agony of that moment if
meted out in ordinary ptoportions, would
make a man miserable for a thousand years.
When 1 could btar it no longer just as I
was about to swoon the old woman reach
ed forward, and, with an iron grasp, seized
a leg of venison, from which she cut several
slices, and retired to the room below. - We
had the venison forbreakfast the next
The Philosophy of Noses-
A writer remarks as follows : A first di
vision of noses includes all that are in pro
portion to the face, to small, that is all such
as are decidedly less than one third of the
length of the face, or less long than the fore-
head. The varieties of these are numerous
in the snub, flat, retrousee, png and up
turned or celestial noses. The naturnal
types to which they are generally referable,
are either the little noses of children or flat
broad noes of negroes, and is consistent
with this that in men of civilized faces all
such noses indicate defective intellectual
power, and do so with a certainty of sym
bolism which nothing but excellence in the
form of the head, as in the case of Socrates,
can neutralize. They tell us of an unfinish
ed intellectual development ; and the
med such a nose may express naivete, or
perhaps smartness and wit, and dexterous
intelligence. If they are not, they add
much to the expression of insignificance or
even a coarseness. The thicker and larger
forms of snub nose, in either sex commonly
indicate the predominance of the material,
sensuous character, and a turn-up nose
with wide, obvious nostrils, is an open
declaration, so far as nose can make it, of
an empty and inflated mind ; of a mind in
which there is but a spurious immitation of
of that strength and loftier pride which the
wide nostrils ia a well formed nose might
Large noses in men are generally good
signs ; especially, they adJemphais to the
good indication of a well formed head ; but
they must not be too fleshy or too lean. If
they are long (yet short of being caout like;
they mark, as prolongations of the forehead
the intelligent, observant and productive
nature of the refined mind. If Horn an, ar
ched high and strong, they are generally
associated with a less developed forehead
and a larger hindhead ; and disclose strentn
ol will, rather than power : they shovv also
the want of that refinement which, is
indicated by the straighter nose. The Jew
ish. or hawk nose, commonly signifies
shrewedness in worldly matters ; it adJs
force to the meaturi of the narrow concen
trated Soreheads, symbolical of singietie-s
of object ; usually narrow nostrils wear the
unlai'iing sign of caution and timiiliJy.
lhe Greek straight no?e indicate refinement
of character, love for the tine arts and
belle letters, astuteness,cra(t and preference
ce for indirect action. Perpendicular noses
that is. such as approach this form, sup
poses a mind capable of acting and suffer
ing with calmness and energy.
A no!e slightly befled at its end, extends
j and corroborates the indication of the analy
tic forehead. Such noses, large and broad
pointed, are frequent in men wi h some
practical knowledge of the world. The
; same befled end is often in the end coi-
., ...
native : a wide nostrilea nose, wide at the
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i end thick and broad, indicates a mind
! ', ' , , .
that has strong powers of thonght. and is
i ... ...
'. civin to cose and serious medita'ion.
With these symbols Lavaier's dicta falls in ;
"A nose whose ridge is board, no matter
whether straight or curved, always announ
ces superior faculties. But this form is
rare." And again : "A small nostril is the
certain sign of a timid spirit." In a woman
a large nose is of more uncertain augury ;
lor it is apt to exter.d into caricature. II it
be well formed and finally moulded a rath
er lare nose and especially one wbich is
nearly straight, or slightely arched, is. in a
woman, often characteristic of excellent
mental power. But any one of the more
peculiarly male forms ol nose, if largely
and coarsely formed in women, denote a
too masculine character, and those hat are
of ill omen in men are much more so in
women ; since the evil of being in inap
propriate is adJed to that of mallorma-
i lion. j
i m m m !
j Homely Women. For a homely even
an cgly man I have no pity to spare. I
never saw one so ugly yet, that, if he had
brains -and a heart, he could not find a
beautiful womert sensible enough to marry
him. But for the hopelessly and homely
sisters "these tear !" There is a class of
women who know that they possess in their
persons no attractions for men that their
faces are homely, that their frames are ill
formed, that their carriage is clumsey', and
that, whatever may be their gifts of mind,
no man can have the slightest desire to
dossess their persons. That there are com
pensations for these women, I have no
doubt, but many of them fail to find them.
Many ol them feel that the sweetest sym
pathies of life mast be repressed, and that
there is a world of affection from which
they must remain shut out forever. It is
hard for a waman to feel that her person is
not pleasing harder than for a man to feel
thus. I would tell why, if it were necessary
for there is a bundle ot very interesting
philosophy tied np in the matter but I
content myself with stating the fact, and
permitting my readers to reason about it as
they will.
Thought is the wind, knowledge .the sail,
and mankind the vessei.
Glid ing down the hillsides,
O'er the frosty snow
Sliding through the valleys,
Jingling as we go
Happy voices joining,
lu a noisy lay ;
Bless me, how delightful
Hiding in a sleigh !
Girl whom you invited
Is certain she shall freeze;
Nestles closer to you
Give your arm a squeeze;
Huns at old school-friendships,
As any maiden may
Says its very pleasant
lltding iu a sleigh.
Driver gets excited,
Thinks he's very smart
Snaps the whip a little,
Give the nags a siart,
Girls and gallants mixing
In an awkward way.
Bless me, how delightful
Hiding in a sleigh !
Round the corner rn?hing
At a speed too rash,
Suddenly upsetting
VV iih a hornd crah ;
In a riiow bed tumbled
. All the lovers lay
Ha! ha! how beautiful
Hiding in a sleigh ! -
Beavers sadl) battered,
Bonnet all awry
Some of the girls a laughing,
Odiers wan to cry ;
Careless driver swearing,
Says the deuce's to pay,
Never '-dump'd," a load before
Hiding in a sleigh !
Matters ence more righted,
Jingling on we go,
Through the wood and meadows,
O'er the lrosty snow,
Jingling, laughing, kissing,
All the merry way,
Bless me, isn't it pleasant
Hiding in a sleigh !
The Mississippi Flotilla.
A correspondent of the Missouri Repub
Head writing from Cairo, under date of Jan.
6th. says:
'' While affairs are so still ot lan.l the
navy is more than atoning for it by iacrea
ed activity. Steamers are moving from one
point to another, transferring necessary loads
some for immediate physical comfort, oth
ers for future offensive operations, while a
score of little tugs dart along the water, puff
ing officially with the mighty respon-ibility
oferrand delivery. They maybe seen at
any moment dragging away a load four
times the size of themselves, or towing
those unshapely monsters the floating bat
teries. These have not yet received their
armament of mortars, and are consequently
not ready for service. They can made
so in a few days. The gunboats are nearly
completed the la-t finishing touches being
all iiow necessary. The B-3:iton, which will
be the flag ship, has had its boiler placed
lower in the hull, and floats opon the water
the most formidable river craft probably
ever made. From trial, the jar caused by
firing on the different boats is 60 slight as
hardly to be perceplib e, while the crafl can
be moved in position easier than was an
ticipated. They will soon be thundering
their broadsides before Columbus, and on
fheir effect will hang the fate of. the rebel
stronghold. While the Federal gunners,
under cover of the iron sides, will be work
ing more safely than in casemate-, their op
ponents, within open earth works, will be
fully exposed to the faling storm of shot and
shell. The advantage posessed by the as
sailants in such a care was fully shown at
Port Royal, and, with the immense mortars
and splendid guns of the pre-ent fleet in
lull play, Columbus cannot be held. The
country for a mile surrounding there can in
less than a day be made wholly untenable,
a perfect rain of shell falling among it de
fdnders, while not one shot in two hundted
fired at the boats will prove effective, unless
(citing at naught all calculations of science.
Although underestimating the struggle
necessary to take Columbus would be
oie than folly, the opposite view can be
rendered still more injurious by embracing
the extreme, and placing belore Union sol
dieis the ghosts rl impossible and barely
imagineaMe terrors. Every clump ol bush
es around Columbus is not a masked battery
and their flying artillery are not 128 pound
ers, like the 'Lady Po k,' of Belmont lame,
which burst, some time since, it will be re
membered, killing so many, and nearly
breaking the leg ol Sir Bishop, after whose
lady it was named
To show the difficulty of hitting vessels
on the river, the case of the ' f .e linptoa'
aud 'Conestoga,' which occurred when I
fir-i came to Cairo, some months since will
demonstrate. These boats were ened
for over three hours with several batteries,
in all twenty guns; just above Columbus,
and although ihe cannonading was kept up
vigorously by the Confederates not a single : imating a hundred millions of dollars, and
shot look effect. A gun boat, when in ac- : he is not yet done investigating. The e
tion, lief with the bow up stream, in which cret inout, we again repeat. No wonder
posiiiun it is more motionless, and does not , that they were anxious to siience those who
fcway with the current's action, only the j demanded investigation no wonder!
stern's breadth afford an object for its op-1 More anon ! Carlisle Volunteer.
ponent's aim, and at a mile and a half, or j
even less, this appears small. A goJ p,ory 18 toid ot a Bostonian's first
At peacetul practice il would be hard to appearence ia polite society in Arkansas,
cit a similar target, and in the heat of battle , The company were engaged in dancin",
it is much more difficult. So with all the anJ h , H fema,e ?IeQX Q ied a
bragging and laoats of another Manassas, r r
the most prudent mililary men stoutly affirm chAr near lhe window without a partner,
that Columbus can and will be taken. The ! Stepping up to the lady with a palpitating
Confederate army now there numbers about
thirty thousand, and a deserter who came
into the lines Light before last states that
six hundred torpedoes are sunk in in riv
er between Columbus and Memphis
This lal story serves to sliow how credu
lous a commander would be who should
r1 ara nn rAlinnra nnnn lha man nrhn nnn
stantly arrive, proclaiming themselves from
the Secession army and telling marvellous
tales of hair breadth escapes."
The Secret Got.
When, seven months ago, Democratic
joirnalists sounded the alarm and announ
ced that the government was being swindled
robbed and cheated by a set of unprinci
pled scoundrels, the voice of warning was
partly stifled by the administration itself,
by prescribing themen who dared to defend
the rights of the people and expose fraud. .
Nd leRs than fifteen Democratic journal
were forcibly seized in the Stale of New
York, and their publication suspended, by
the official minions of the Administratior,. ,
Here, in Pennsylvania. Democratic printin?
offices were sacked in t.ome sections, and
the use of the mails closed against them ia
others. Prominent Democrats all over the
( North were arrested, and without trial, in
carcerated in forts and prisons. A tele
graphic despatch from Simon Cameron or
any other member of tfie Cabinet, was snf.
ficient to secure the imprisonment of any
man. Hundreds of these arrests were made
as a mere mode of revenge or for political
hatred, and score of these imprisoned men
were, afier month of privation and suffer
ing, discharged from their confinement,
without trial-and wi h no knowledge of hav
ing committed an offense against the Gov
ernment. . Ii was a fearful state of affairs,
and excel ed in infamous proscription the
wor-t scenes in the French revolution.
The people of the Northparticularly
Democrats stood amazed and alarmed at
the despicable tyranny of the Administra
tion and its friends. Men huddled together
and inquried " what doe all this mean?
where are we drilling? where will it end?"
Many of them could not see.lhe object of
the Republicans in thus patting alHaw and
the Constitution at defiance. They could
not divine the reason why men whose only
crime had been the exposure of fraud and
corruption, should be stigmatized as " se
cessionists" and imprisoned without trial.
They couid not see why hungry Republi
cans, who vere hovering over the people's
treasure like crows around a carrion carcass,
were so bitter in their denunciations of those
who dared to say au;ht against the pecu
lators and dishonest scoundrels who were
robbing the Government and the poor sol
diers. The Secret is out however. Look
at the revelations of the Van Wyck Commit
tee, where it shows that in the space of six
months the treasury of the people had been
robbed of nearly one-hundred millions of
dollars! No wonder that the disinterested
pdtriots who were thus engaged in swin
dling lhe Government, insisted cp.m the
arrest of those who had the moral courage
to lay bare and expose to the public their
d imnahle transactions. No wo.iJer Demo
cratic printing offices were sacked. No
wonder that the Pom-Master General, in vi
olation of law anJ.his oath, assumed the
monstrous responsibility of reusing the use
of the mails to papers that had pointed out
these peculations. No wor.der that Simoa
Cameron, neglectful of his du:ies as Secre
tary of War, occupied his time in ordering
the arrest of political enemies who were
annoying him by their reference to frauds
upon the Government. No wonder men
were accused of disloya'.'y, for insisting up
on obedience to the Constitution and the
laws. No wonder that these patriollhieves
bellowed lor the war and " blood-to-lhe-knees."
No wonder that they all re
mained at home, or followed the army as
the jackal JfoHows the lion smelling out
plunder. Not a man of these "blood to-lhe-knees"
gen leman shouldered a musket!
They remained at home to persecute loyal
Democrats, and at the same time to steal
from the government. They supposed that
by persecuting Demrcrats, sending them to
prison, burning and sacking printing offices
and closing the mails against certain papers
they w ould stifle inquiry and cover their own
But, they failed in their object. Demo
cratic papers, not intimidated, poured in
their hot ehot into the nest of vipers. Their
fotked tongues, their threats and menaces,
were disregarded and defied. In the midst
of this conflict a conflict between . the
Democratic party on the one hand and
thieving vagabond traitors on the other
Mr. Van Wck. a Republican member of
Congress from New York, rose in his place
in the Mouse and asked that a committee
mihl be appointed to investigate the
charges that had been preferred. The re
quest had to be granted, and Mr. Van Wyck
was appointed Chairman. We have no
doubt that he was under the impression
when he made the motion, that he would
be enabled lo exculpate his party Inends,
j and clear them of the charge of fraund and
' robbery. But alter entering upon his da-
ties he found the charge too true, and, like
an honest man, as he certainly i. he ex
posed them as hs found them. Up to ihib
time he has brought to li-ht trands approx
heart he asked : .
"Will jou do me the honor to grare me
with your company for the next set ?"
Her lustrous eyes shone with unwanted
brilliancy, while her pearly teeth glistened,
her heavy snowy bosom rose and fell with
i01 f"P". s pVmi :
"Yes sir eel for I've set, and sot, and sot,
till I've bout tnk root !"