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1 I f 1 1 .J J 1 0 W. U. JACOBY, Proprietor) Trotii and Right -God and onr Country Two Dollars per Annum. 3 I MAFDnn VOLUME 14. STAR OF THE NORTH FPSLISHZD KVBBT WEDKJCSDAT ir W2U U. JiCOBF, Office on Sain St.. 3rd Square below Market, TEKMS : Two Dollars pr annum IT paid within six months from the time of subscri bing : two dollars and fifty cents if not paid within thb year. No subscription taken for a less period than six months; no discon tinuance permitted until all arrearages are paid, unless at the option of the editor.: 1 kt terms of advertising will be us follows : One square, twelve lines, three times, $1 00 Every subsequent inseition, ..... 25 One square, three months, ....... 3 00 . Ooe year, . 8 00 Choice floctrg. SCOTT ASD THE VETERASr T BATAHB TAYLOR. 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 ! WHAT 1 LITE FOE. BTO. UI9JE0I SANSS. 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. BLOOMS BURG. COLUMBIA 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 single 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 called?" "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 more." ''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 sing. 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 COUNTY, PA., WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12, L862. 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- . - . . c , , . ... . . joiced to find that, like me her fears were . ., . . cone, beating myself upon a chair without . . . , , . . ,, . any back. I leaned against the-wall, and , , , was just dropping into a dose, when 1 was .... , . . r 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 moraifls. 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 indicate. 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 , , . , . , . , 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. BID1XG IX A SLEIGH. 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." NUMBER 6. 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 deeds. 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 !"