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BY S. J. BOW.
CLEAKFIELD, PA., WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 1862.
VOL. 8 NO; 11.
What' the us of always fretting,
At the trials we shall find
Ever strewn along our pathway !
Travel on, and -'JNe rer Mind."
Travel onward ; working, hoping ;
Ct no lingering glance behind,
-At tbe trials once encountered.
Look ahead, and "Never Mind."
What Is past. Pt foreve r,
let all fretting be resigned,
it will nerer help the matter,
Do your best,. and '-Nerer Mind."
And if those who might befriend you,
. Whom tbe ties of Natnre bind,
'Bhould refuse to do their duty,
Look to Heaven, and "Never Mind. "
Friendly words are often spoken,
When the feelings are unkind,
Take them for their real value,
Pass them by, and -Never Mind.' ,
Fate may threaten, clouds may lower,-
Enemies may be combined,
-If your trust in God, is steadfast,
Jle will help you, "Never Mind."
& FRENCH WILL STORY.
Ms she dead, then 1"
"Yes, madame," replied a little gentleman
In a brown coat and short breeches.
"Aad her will 7"
la going to Ik opened here immediately
by her solicitor. "
Shall we inherit anything 7"
"It must be supposed so ; we have claims."
Who is this miserably dressed personage
who intrudes herself here 7"
Oh, she," said tho little man sneeringly ;
'she won't have much in the will ; she is sis
Aer to the deceased."
What ! that Anne who wedded in 1812 a
loan of nothing an officer!"
She must have no small amount of impu
dence to present herself here, before .1 re
The more so as sister Egerle, of noble
ibirth, had never lorgiven her for that misal
liance." Aune moved at this time across the room
.in which the family of the deceased were as-
m bird. She was pale ; her fine eyes were
tilled with tears, and her face was furrowed by
care with precocious wrinkles.
What do you come here for 7" said, with
"crest haughtiness, Madame de Villeboys, the
lady who, a moment before, had been interro
gating the little man who inherited with ber.
'Madame,' tbe poor lady replied with hu
mility, "1 do not come here to claim a part
t what does not belong to me ; I came solely
tw sea M. Dubois, my poor sister's solicitor,
to inqnirojf she spoke of me at her last hour."
What! do you think people busy them
'elves about you 7" arrogantly observed Mad
ame de Villeboys ; the disgrace of a great
house you, who wedded a man of nothing, a
woldter of Bonaparte !"
"Madame, my husband, although a child of
the people, was a brave soldier, and what is
better, an honest man," observed Anne.
At this moment a venerable personage, the
netary Dubois, made his appearance.
"Ctase," he said, "to reproach Anne with
a union which ber sister has forgiven her.
A 1 ne loved a generous, brave and good man,
who had no other crime to reproach himself
with than his poverty and obscurity of his
name Nevertheless, bad he lived, if his
family had known him as I knew him, I, his
old friend, Anne would be at this time happy
But why is this woman here 7"
"Because it is her place tc be here," said
the notary gravely ; "I myself requested her
to ttnd here."
M. Dubois then proceeded to open the will :
"1 being sound in mind and heart, Egerie
rle DamlTimidg, retired as a boarder in the
convent of tbe Sisters of the Sacred Heart of
Jesus, dictate tbe following wishes as the ex
pression of my formal desire and principle
clause of my testament :
"After my decease there will be found two
huudred thousand fames in money at my
notary's, besides jewelry, clothes and furni
ture, as also a chateau worth two hundred
"In tbe convent where I have been residing
will be found my book,Ilieures de la Vierge,'
holy volume, which remains as it was when I
took it with me at the time of the emigration .
I desire that these three objects be divided
into three lots.
"The first lot, tbe two hundred thousand
francs in money.
"The second lot, the chateau, furniture and
"The third lot, my book, nieures de la
"I have pardoned my sister Anne the grief
which she has caused us, and 1 would have
comforted her sorrows, if I had known sooner
of her return to France. I compromise her
in my will.
"Madame de Villeboys, my much beloved
cousin, shall have the first choice.
"M. Vatry, my brother-in-law, shall have
tho second choice.
"Anne will take the remaining lot."
"Ah ! ah S" said Vatry, "sister Egerie was
a good one ; that is rather clever on her part."
"Anne will only have the Prayer-book !"
exclaimed Madame de Villeboys, laughing
The notary interrupted her jocularity.
"Madame," said he, "which lot do you
"Tho two hundred thousand francs in
"Have you quite made up your mind 7."
Tbe man of law addressed himself then to
tho good feelings of tbe lady, said ;
"Madame, you are rich and Anne has noth.
ing. Could you not leave this lot, and take
the book of prayers which the eccentricity of
he deceased has placed on a par with tbe
.other lots 7"
"Yon must be joking, M. Dubois," ex
claimed Madame de Villeboys ; "you must
really be dull not to see the intention of sister
Egerie in all this. Our honored cousin fore-
full well, that her book of prayer would
&11 to the lot of Ance, who had the last
"And what do you conclude from that 7"
Inquired the notary.
'1 conclude that she intended to intimate
0 bee sister that repentance and prayer were
the only help, that she bad to expect in this
As she finished these words, Madame de
villeboys wade adeflnate selection of tbe
ready money for her share. Mousieur Vatry,
as may be easily imagined, selected- the
chateau, furniture and jewels as his lot.
"Mousieur Vatry," said M. Dubois to that
gentleman, "even suppose it had been the in
tention of the deceased to punish her sister,
it would be noble on your part, millionaire as
you are, to give up at least a portion of your
share to Anne, who wants it so much."
"Thanks for Jour kiod advice, dear sir,"
said Vatry ; "the mansion is situated on the
very confines of my woods, and suits me ad
mirably, all the more so that it is already
furnished. As to the jewels of sister Egerie
they are reminiscences which one ought never
to part with."
"Since it is so," said the notary, "my poor
Madame Anne, here is the Prayer-book that
remains to you."
Anne, attended by her son, a handsome boy
with blue eyes, took her sisters old Prayer
book, and making her son kiss it after her,
she said :
"Hector, kiss this book, which belonged to
your poor aunt, who is dead, but who would
have loved you well, had she known you.
When you have learned to read, you will pray
to heaven to make you wise and good as your
father was, and happier than your unfortunate
The eyes of those who were present were
filled with tears, notwithstanding their efforts
to preserve an appearance of indifference.
The child embraced the old book with boy
ish fervor, and opening it alterward, he said :
"Oh ! mamma, what pretty pictures !"
"Indeed !" said the mother happy in the
gladness of l er boy.
"Yes. The good Virgin in a red dress
holding tho infant Jesus in her arms. But
mamma, why has silk paper been put upon the
"So that they might not be injured, my
"But mamma, why are there ten silk papers
to each engraving 7"
The mother looked and uttering a sudden
shriek, she fell into the arms of M. Dubois,
the notary, who addressed those present, and
"Leave her alone, it won't be much ; peo
ple don't die of these shocks ; as for you lit
tle one," addressing Hector, "give me that
prayer-book ; you will tear the engravings."
The inheritors withdrew, making various
conjectures as to the cause of Anne's sudden
illness, and the interest which the notary took
in her. A month afterwards, they met Anue
and her son, exceedingly weil yet not extrav.
agantly dressed, taking an airing in a ba
rouche. This led them to make inquiries,
and they ascertained that Madams Anne had
recently purchased a hotel for one hundred
and eight thousand francs, and that she was
giving a first rate education to her son. The
news came like a thunder-bolt upon them.
Madame de Villeboys and M. de Vatry hast
ened to call upon the notary to ask for expla
nations. The good Dubois was working at his
'Perhaps we are disturbing you 7" said the
arrogant old lady.
"No matter. I was in the act of settling a
purchase in the State funds for Madame
"What!" exclaimed Vatry, "after purchas
ing house and equipages, she has fatill money
to invest f "
"But where did the money come from 7"
"What ! did you not see 7"
When she shrieked upon seeing what the
Prayer-book coutained which she inherited."
We observed nothing."
"Oh ! I thought you saw it," said the sar
castic notary. "That prayer-book contained
sixty engravings, and each engraving was cov
ered by ten notes notes of a thousand fraucs
"Good heavens I" exclaimed Vatry, thun
"If I had only known it!" shouted Madame
"You had the choice," added tho notary,
"and 1 mys :lf urged you to take the prayer
book, but you refused." -
"But who could have expected Lo find a for
tune in a breviary."
The two baffled old egotists withdrew, their
hearts swollen with passionate envy.
Madame Anne is still in Paris. If you pass
by the Hue Lafitto on a fine summer evening,
you will see a charming picture on the first
floor, illuminated by the pale reflection of
A lady who has joined the two fair hands of
her son, and a fair child of six years of age,
in prayer before an old book of "Hieures do
Vierge," and for which a caso of gold has
"Pray for me, child," said the mother.
"And for who else 7" inquired the child.
"For your father, your dear father, who
perished without knowing you, without being
able to love you."
"Must 1 pray to the saint, my patron 7"
"Yes, my little friend ; but do not forget a
saint who watches us from heaveu, and who
smiles upon us from above the clouds."
"What is tbe name of that saint, mamma
The mother, then watering the fair child's
bead with her tears, answered, "Her name is
sister Egerie." -
A Successful Plan of Courtsuip. At a
wedding, recently celebrated, were present
some twenty-five young persons, all of them
in a condition which, for various reasons,
they generally concurred in regarding as un
desirable the "unengaged." One of the
gentleman suspected the prevalence a
mong them of feelings that might easily be
exchanged for others more fixed and agreea
ble. He accordingly proposed tke choosing
of a President, a person worthy of all confi
dence, whose duty it should be to receive
from each individual a folded paper inscribed
with a name of the person of the other sex
to whom the first would be willing to marry.
The President, in addition to the restraint of
his own sense of honor, was to be put under
a solemn pledge of secrecy. AH refusing to
accede to tbe proposition were for a time to
leave the room. Those whose choice was re
ciprocalthat is, whose papers contained the
same two names were to be privately Inform
ed ; while tho selection of the .others were
to remain undisclosed. The result was, that
the trial was made j all shared in the experi
ment, and eleven couples were found to have
made themselves happy and several unions
were afterwards consummated. "Go thou
and do likewise !"
THE PRESIDENT AND THE COUNTRY.
From the Philadelphia Press.
Washington, June 11, 1862. Fortunately
for our common country, Mr. Lincoln will be
President of the United States for at least two
years after the back-bone of. the rebellion is
broken. Fven in the case of his death his
policy would rest in the hands of Vice Presi
dent Hamlin, one of tho most thoughtlul and
conscientious of statesmen. No greater ca
lamity, except the defeat of our national arms,
could befall our country than that such "a
Democrat" as John C. Breckinridge, or, what
is the same thing, any oue of the supporters
of his doctrines in Congress or the country,
should assume tho Presidential chair and d'i
rect and decide the issues and obligations of
the war. Intention the name of Mr. Breck
inridge because he has been, if he is not now,
the persistent and most prominent represen
tative of the originators of the rebellion and
the opponents of the Government. His going
to the war, (if a somewhat sharp expression
of his views,) is, at least, a very good sign of
his sincerity, and those who repeat his ideas
and re echo his arguments must not complain
if they are classed as his followers. Any one
of these men in the Presidential office would
be more or less controlled by former close as
sociations and sympathy with the armed trait
ors. If such partisans in Congress, in spite
of all the sufferings aud appeals of thousands
of their constituents who are daily slaughter
ed and outraged by the Breckinridge Democ
racy ol the South, cannot and do not restrain
their partiality for their leader and his teach
ings, how could any one of the number, the
war being ended, and his hatred of the Re
publicans and his pity for tho rebels both re
vived, avoid such a settlement as would make
Treason right and Freedom infamous 7
Bat, if it is fortunate that Mr. Lincoln is
President of these United States at this junc
ture, for the reason here stated, it is at least
equally auspicious that he is at the head of
the Government at a time when his own poli
tical friends, and the loyal masses who act
witb them, will require the aid of wise, pru
dent, and fearless counsels. You have not
been blind to the fact that while this crisis
has developed the military resources and pa
triotic spirit of the people, it has also produc
ed many differences among our statesmen,
and many dissensions among our generals,
lu the midst of these conflicts of opinion, it
is marvellous how firmly the President has
held his way. Coming into bis high office
under the somewhat general misapprehension
that he was the embodiment of a mere party,
and that he was committed to a contract poli
cy from which be could not and dared not re
lease himself, he has unquestionably display
ed some of the rarest and noblest qualities of
a reflecting and magnanimous ruler. He has
been most successful in preserving his own
dignity, and his own power, although sur
rounded by disputes and rivalries. Attach
ing to his administration his political sup
porters, he has invited and secured the al
legiance of hundreds of thousands of those
wbo voted against him. The bitter con
troversy in regard to the heads of the va
rious columns of our great army did not sway
him to the right or the left. If he modified
Fremont's proclamation, he recalled him here
only to confer upon him new honors and to
give him a new chance. If he heard the com
plaints against MeClellau, he did not yield to
the demand that be should be superseded. In
all the preparations and movements in the ar
my and navy, he has taken the most promi
nent part, giving to the task patience, labor,
and reflection. One secret of his success is
to be found in the manner in which he has
"taken the responsibility." Unaffected by
the possession of almost despotic power and
imperial patronage, ho has used advantages,
which others might have abused to their
country's ruin, to make him strong to do right
and to hush and satisfy elements, which, un
der a different President, might have subdued
him. The experience of Presideut Lincoln
himself, aud the experience of the people as
to his temper, and his characteristics, are
wholesome assurances that he will not shrink
before the greater work that remains when
the war is ended, and that they will sustain
him in all his new labors and responsibilities.
HOW TO AVOID A BAD HUSBAND.
1. Never marry for wealth. A woman's
life consisteth not in these things that she
2. .Never marry a fop, or one who struts a
bout dandy-like, in bis silk gloves and ruffles,
with silvered cane, aud rings ou his fingers.
Beware ! there's a trap.
3. Never marry a uiggard, or close-fisted,
mean, sordid man, who saves every penny or
spends it grudgingly. Take care, lest he stint
you to death.
4. Never marry a stranger, or one whose
character is not known, or tested. Some fe
males jump right into the fire with their eyes
5. Never marry a mope or drone, one hho
drawles or drags through life ono foot after
another, and lets things take their chances.
C. Never marry a man who treats his moth
er or sister unkindly, or indifferently. Such
treatment is a sure indication of meanness and
7. Never, on any account, marry a man who
gambles, a profane person, one who in the
least speaks lightly of God, or religion. Such
a man can never make a good husband.
8. Never marry a sloven, a man who is neg
ligent ol his person or dress, and is filthy in
his habits. Tbe external appearance is an in
dex to the heart.
9. Shun the rake as a snake, a viper, a very
10. Fnally, never marry a man who is ad
dicted to the use of ardent spirits. Depend
upon it you are better off alone than you
would be were you tied to a man whose breath
is polluted, and whose vitals are being gnawed
out by alchohol.
In the choice of a wife take the obedient
daughter of a good mother.
no do yo do, sare 7" said a Frenchman to
an English .acquaintance. "Rather poorly,
thank you," answered the other. "Nay my
dear aare," said the Frenchman, "don't thank
me for your illness I cannot help it."
"If I should be drafted into the service,
what would you do 7" said, a gentleman to
his wife, lately. "Get a substitute for you, I
Buppose," whereupon the worst half changed
the subject ot conversation.
THE EMANCIPATION BILL.
The House of Representatives, on Wednes
day, the 18th, passed the Emaucipatiou bill,
by a vote of 81 yeas to 54 nays. This is one
of the most important measures, to the couu
try, enacted by the present Congress. By it
those who are engaged in rebellion against
the government, are deprived of their chief
aid and support in this most unholy war.
Should the Senate promptly act upon the bill,
the rebel slaveholder will, in a great meas
ure be subjugated, conquered and subdued,
as he cannot well continue to fight against thu
government when deprived of his most im
portant auxiliary. Below we give a short ab
stract of the bill.
Tho bill provides that all right, title, inter
est, and claim, of every person comprehen
ded within the following enumerated classes,
in and to the service or labor of auy State un
der the laws thereof, is hereby declared for
feited, and such persons so held to service or
labor, commonly called slaves, are hereby de
clared forever discharged from such service
or labor, and to be freemen, to w it :
First Ol every peisoti who shall hereafter
act as an officer of the army or navy of Hie
rebels in arms against the Government of tho
Secondly Of every person who shall here
after act as President, Vice Presideut, mem
ber of Congress, judge of auy court, cabiuet
officer, foreign minister, commissioner or con
sul of tho so called Confederate States of
Thirdly Of every person who shall here
after act as governor of a State, member of a
convention or legislature, or judge of any
State court of the so-called Confederate States
Fourthly Of every persou who, having
held an office of honor, trust or profit in the
United States, shall hereafter hold an office
in the so-called Confederate States of Amer
ica. Fifthly Of every person who shall hereaf
ter hold any agency under the Government
of the so-called Confederate States of Ameri
ca or under any of the several States of the
said Confederacy, or tho laws thereof, wheth
er such office or agency be national," State or
municipal in its name or character : Provided,
That the persons thirdly and fifthly above de
scribed shall have accepted their appoint
ment or election since the date ot the preten
ded ordinance of secession of the State, or
shall have taken an oath of allegiance to tho
so-called Confederate States.
Sixthly 01 every persou, not enTbraced in
the foregoing classes, who, after the passage
of this act being actually, willully, and with
out coercion or compulsion, engaged in arm
ed rebellion against the Government of the
United States, shall not, within sixty days af
ter public warning and proclamation duly giv
en and made, at his discretion, by tho Presi
dent of the United States, lay down his arms
and return to his allegiance to the United
Oue section of the bill authorizes tho Pres
ident of tbe United States to negotiate for
the acquisition by treaty or otherwise, of
lauds or countries in Mexico, Central Ameri
ca, or South America, or in the islands of the
Gull of Mexico, or for the right of settle
ment upon the lands of said countries; and
whenener any lands shall have been so ac
quired, or whenever tho right of settlement
shall have been, so secured in any of said
lands, then the President shall cause all the
persons who shall have been liberated under
the provision of this act to be removed with
their own consent, at such times and under
such regulations as he may deem expedient,
to the countries so acquired, or in which the
right of settlement has been so secured, and
shall cause a resonablu quantity of laud, not
exceeding forty acres to any individual, or
eighty acres to tho head of a family, to be set
apart for the use of such liberated persons,
aud shall guarantee to ail such persons so re
moved all the civil and political rights secur
ed to all other citizens in said countries ; and
for tho puipose of paying the expense of the
purchase of such lands or countries as afore
said, (if the same cannot bo acquired by trea!
ty,) and the removal of said persons the Pres
ident shall use such moneys as Congress may
from time to time direct, arising out of the
sales of the property formerly ow ned by reb
els, and which shall have been confiscated to
tho use of the United States.
The last section declares tiiat every person
embraced in any of the classes specified in
section one of this act shall forever hereafter
be iucapablo of holding or exercising any of
fice of honor, trust, or profit uuder the Gov
ernment of the United States.
THE REBUKE OF A CHILD.
The evening that the news of the surrender
of Fort Donelson reached Albany a striking
incident occured at the Delavan House. The
city was wild with joy. Newsboys gathered a
rich harvest- All purchased papers.
Quite late in the eveuiug a small lad about
seven, entered the reading room, aud cried
"Fort Donelson surrendered ; evening papers
three cents." His extreme youth, and intel
ligent, pleasing manner attracted attention.
A gentleman caught the boy, drew him to
his side, paid- a liberal price for a paper, and
with repeated oaths pronounced him a "man"
a "fine boy ;" that he would make a general ;
and for aught be knew a president ?" and ask
ed his father's name. The lad repiied, "My
father is dead." Well, well," said the gen
tleman, I must adopt you as ray boy;" and
with renewed oaths, declared he would make
a "lawyer;" and maybe, sir, we'll make a
governor of the State of New York out of you."
His frequent profanity, yet earnest and af
fectionate manner quite silenced the lad, and
he submissively yielded himself to the
force that held him. The gentleman saw his
depression of spirit, and kindly stroking his
head, inquiringly asked, "Say, my son, how
would you like that, to go and live with me,
und become a man in the world 7"
Tho little boy Kindly but firmly replied, "I
shouldn't live witb a man that swears so.''
The swearing gentleman was hit. Scores,
of bystanders beard it all, and saw bis mortifi
cation. The boy was released and quickly
left the wounded gentleman to pocket as
best he could the cutting rebuke of an or
phan child that he bad failed to corrupt by
his thoughtless and wicked profanity.
The rebel debt is slated to be $110,000,000,
Religion in New York Trouble in
Fashionable Churcu. Some time since a
gentleman in good standing in the community,
who is a member of the up-town Baptist
Church purchased a lashionably located pew,
for which be paid the munificent sum of $1;
000. In the course of a little time he met
with reverses, and among other effects at tho
mercy of .his creditors was his pew in the
church. This fell to the lot ol a practical j
working mechanic, who decided that he would j
worship God in this edifice, and with his fam-1
ily, would on the Sabbath, occupy the $1,000 !
pew lor that purpose. Accordingly, he and
his family attended regularly and respectably
the services of the sanctuary, but his social
status became known to tho "ladies aud gen
tlemen" who occupied pews adjacent to his,
in the middle aisle, aud they presumed to
criticise every and the minutest act of the
new-comers. Tho mode of shutting their
eyes during prayer, their uuusual attention,
and appareut devotion during the services
their uniform vulgar practice of remaining
till the close of service, their goiug to church
in stormy weather without using a carriage,
and other extremely ill-bred peculiarities, all
were criticised. As the mechanic and his
lamily retired from tho church, the grow u
boys of the congregation, together with the
younger misses, would crowd iu tho vestibulo
and converse loudly about "tallow," grease,"
"shoddy coats," "calico," "leather gloves, '
and other kindred subjects, witb which the
strangers were supposed to oe familiar. It
appears that the humble but frugal mechanic
bore this contumely with creditable Christian
forbearance, not yielding his rights in any
degree, but continuing his atteudeuco upon
religious ordinances as usual. The stoicism
of the iron pewholder was an outrage to the
devotees of fashion; they appealed to the
trustees, the trustees appealed to the mechan
ic, the mechanic offered to sell out at cost
price ; the trustees hesitated, aud the me
chanic retained the pew, attending the chuich
as usual. Being somewhat democratic in his
notions of society, and a firm believer in the
doctriuu of human equality, he introduced to
his softly-cushioned pew two colored brethren.
This last act was tho feather which broke tho
camel's back. So grave an outrage deman
ded redress at the hands of the law as a "dis
turber oi public worship" an act of annoy
ance of God's people "under their own vine
and fig tree." The mechanic continues his
devotions, is passionately fond of music, and
elects to look toward the choir while praise
is being offered in that locality. Meanwhile
the trustees have preferred a charge against
him before a police justice, for disturbing
public worship," on which Mr. Mechanic had
to find bail, and the Grand Jury have found
a bill against him. His case will be tried
soon, in tho Court of General Sessions. The
trustees allege that the reputation of the
church demands that they prosecute the case.
They contemplate forcing him to sell the pew
at a sacrifice, which he considers would not
be an equitable financial transaction. New
Murder of a Union Man. The following
is an extract from a letter addressed to a gen
tleman of Reading, Pa., by a relative living in
Virginia, whose lather has been inhumanly
butchered by the rebels, for uo other offonce
than being a Union man ;
Dear Cuwsin: 1 sit down broken hearted lo
let you know of my poor, dear lather's death.
He was away from home sixteen months, all
on account of being a Union man. When
Gen. Banks came to Woodstock, father thought
he could come home. He came and was home
four days; and when Gen. Shields' Division
moved down this Valley, father thought he
would leave with them ; but thought ho would
stay till morning, as it was raining all day and
he did not feel well, and all of Shields's force
had not got to Front Royal before eighteen of
the rebels rode up here, arrested father, and
guarded him all night. They would not let
any of us go out of the house. Next morning
they took him to Luray and kept him in pris
on for eight days, by which time the rebels
came through this valley, and by order of Col.
Ashby, three of his men took father and a
nother man out in the night and shot them,
never burying them until Shields's Division
came up again, when the Union men buriol
them. Gen. Shields told me he would have
revenge on the cowardly assassins. My poor
mother is lying very low. It has almost kill
ed her. She was insensible for more than an
hour and a half the o her day. Gon. Shields
has been very kind to us. He sent a doctor
fifteen miles to see mother. The doctor
thought she was somewhat better. All the
soldiers have been very kind to us. It was
very hard for me to give up my dear father ; I
hope God will support us in this great affiction,
and enable me to bear up under it, for the
sake of mother ; and that God will spare her
to get well again, as she is my only hope.
From your cousin Harriet.
Miford, Va., June 7, 1802.
Another Hero. Tho war is bringing he
roes t light, not only among the whites, but
among the blacks. The colored pilot of
Charleston is one of the first named. Here
is another :
"When Burnside unfurled the Stars and
Stripes in sight of Roanoke, he saw a little
caaoe paddling off to him, which held a sin
gle black man ; and in that contraband hand
victory was brought to tho Army of the Unit
ed States of America, led by Burnside. He
came to the Rhode Island General, and said j
This is deep water, and that is shoal ; this is
swamp, this is firm land, and that is wood ;
there are four thousadd men here, and one
thousand there ; a cannon here, a redoubt
there.' The whole country was mapped out
as an engineer could not have done It in a
month, In the memory of that man. And
Burnside was loyal to humanity, and believed
him. Disloyal to the Northern pulpit, disloy
al to the prejudice of race, he was loyal to the
institnets of our common nature knew that
man would tell him the truth, and obeyed him.
The soldiers forded where the negro bade
them, the vessels anchored in the deep water
he pointed out, and that victory was planned,
if there was any strategy about it, in the brain
of that contraband, aud to-day be stands at
the right hand of Burnside, clad in uniform,
long before Hunter armed a negro witb the
pledge of the General that as long as he lives
and has anything to eat, tbe man tba t gave
him Roanoke shall have a loaf."
Why is a lady's hair hka a bee-hive ? It
holds the comb.
CORRESPONDENCE OF THE "JOURNAL "
Smith's Mills, June 18tb, 1SG2.
Editor Raftsman's Journal Dear Row :
I have received the following account of that
portion of the battle of June 1st in which the
53rd Regiment took an active prt, and bar
been requested to have it published, believing
that it would prove interesting to your reader.
It will be recollected that company D of saii
Regiment was raised m Guelich and Decatur
townships in this county and Pbilipsburg Ceu
tre county, and commanded by J. S. McKier
nan of Jauesville. The report is from a pri
vate letter from said Captain, and is as follows.
"On Saturday the 31st ot May we were oo
the qui vite all the forenoon, as the firing in
dicated a battle so near that wo expected the
order to march every moment. About noon
the welcome order came, and we moved at
once for the sceue .f action, leaving knap
sacks, blankets tc, in camp. On arriving at
the Chickahoininy we found tho stream much
swollen, and experienced great difficulty in
crossing, waist deep, through a strong current.
Cold and wet we arrived on the field of tba
late battle, lor the enemy had fallen btck,
aud we lay upon our arms, that is the regi
ment, for Co. D and another company were or
dered forward on picket, and we ay so clos
to the eneny that we could hear them moving
and talking, indeed some of my men declar
ed they could hear them snore.
in the mornicg just at daylight, one of
my men passed a few yards beyon-I the line
into the woods when buzz buzz came two
shots, passing close to Im head. He started
to run, but reflecting that the danger waa past
he turned and called out "you had better fling
a few more of 'em up here," scarcely were
the words uttered when we received a volley.
We were then ordered in, and found the regi
ment in line. The firing was in front and we
were marched by the flank, left in front, aa
we supposed to turn the rebel flank. Tbe
wood is very heavy,with a dense undergrowtb,
and we had got but fairly into it when we
were surprised by the command "Halt
Rest !" The men thinking that they were ia
a place of safety, (from the order and many
of them being weary and sleepy from the Iat
nights duty, three themselves down and
soon fell asleep. In less than fifteen
minutes, however, the enemy ox.-ued a
heavy fire upon us, and being unprepared
sprang into line arid opened fire, just at this
moment au aid riding along our front and
finding hiniselt between two fires, wished to
pass to the rear and instead of ordering tbe
ranks to open, called out "Fall back men, tall
back." This was mistaken by many who
heard it as an order to retreat and, I fouod
myself deserted by my wbole command, except
fourteen men. Never before or since have I
experienced such a sensation to die where
we stood rather than retreat, or surrender.
Fortunately for us the Rebels did not discov
er our confusion, or you never would have re
ceived this from me. The men discovered
their mistake, however, and in two minutes
rallied to their support and for four long hour
were under a galling fire, behaving nobly.
The order of fighting was this, the men would
fire then fall flat and load, then crawl a little
neaier, spring up and deliver their fire, when
down they would go again crawling and re
peating tho operation. Three times were the
Rebels reinforced, and three times did; we
drive them with the bayonet like frightened
sheep. The 53rd was the only regiment ia
Richardson's Division that was under fire du
ring the whole time of the battle. General
French, Richardson and Sumner personally
complimented aud thanked our Colonel for
our gallant and good conduct. Tho regiment
lost about one fifth of its number, in killed
and wounded. The loss in company D waa
two killed and seven wounded, out of forty
five men taken into action. The killed are
John D. GIa?igow and Madison McMulIin.
Wounded, Corporal E. P. Fulkerson, leg am
putated, Pat. Connor, leg amputated, A. M.
Mahood, in the leg, L. J. Murphy, in the wrist.
John Beat in the neck, John Cautwell and Ja
cob Miller slightly.
During the right the Colonel ordered me to
lay down, and I got dawn on mf knees, when
a thought struck me that if I should be bit
it would be in a vital part, wishing to see my
men aud to be seen by them I sprang to my
feet and remained all through the fight. My
feelings during the fight were something like
those of one under the influence of opium
light and buoyant I felt as if walking on
glass, and as if I should step lightly. Since
the battle we have been in the midst of alarms,
and as the General wished to make an advance
he thought it best to fell a heavy piece of tim
ber in our front which would make a fine hold
for the rebels to dispnte the movement.
Accordingly on the 8th our regiment stack
ed arms aud shouldering axes marching out
and leveling that forest of tall pines. Geo.
Richardson told us that the more trees wo cut
down the more lives we would save, so we
worked with a will. We wsre guarded by
three regiments and a battery, though the
rebels fired on us a number of times no one
was killed. It rains ono half the time here
and we were without blankets, overcoats, or
any other shelter from the 31st of May till the
8th of June, when they were brought np. I
do not know when we will be in Richmond,
but I hope it may be soon. 1 have written
this account because the newspaper do not
speak of the 53rd as having done anything
honor to whom honor ia due.' "
A Roaring Orator. Mr. President, I
shall not remain silent, sir, while I have a
voice that is not dumb in this assembly. The
gentleman, sir, cannot expostulate this matter
into any future time what was more suitable
than now. He may talk of the Herculenrum
revolutions whereby republics ia hurled into
antartic regions, and the works of ages refrig
erated to ashes : but, sir, we can tell him in
defatigibly, that the consequences therefrom,
multiplied subteraneously by everlasting prin
ciples contended for thereby, can no more
shake this resolution than can the roar of Ni
agara rejuvenate around ttiese walls, or the
howl of tbe midnight tempest conflagrate
marble statue into ice. That's what I told
"I say, Nell do you know why that fellow
who trod on my toes last night ia like Ibo
commander of a regiment I" She did not
know. "Because he's a cur, Nell, (Colonel,)