Carlisle herald. (Carlisle, Pa.) 1845-1881, April 08, 1864, Image 1
ottind. OUR CHILDHOOD BY GEORGE D. PRENTIO 'Tis sad—yet sweet—to listen To the soft wind's gentle swell, And think we hear the music Our childhood know so well; To gaze out on the oven, And the boundless holds of air, And feel again our boyhood wish To roach like angels there I Thom are many dreams of gladness That ding around the past— And from the tomb of feeling Old thoughts come thronging fast— The forme we loved so dearly, In the happy days now gone, The beautiful and lovely, 1 So fair to look upon , Thorn bright er4 loyely maidevs Win Retoed so' orrood for bliss, TOO g} , 4owl I.nd 00 heavenly For pus!? f WOFld r. 41 this f 'WhO9e soft dark eye, sewninl swimming Ina sea of ,ligula And whose locks of gold were streaming O'er brows so sunny bright. Whose smiles were like the sunshine la the springtime of the year— Like the changeful gleams of April They followed every tear Like tho'brigb t bude of summer They hare finer, from the stem— Yet oh I It la a lovely death To fade from earth like them. And yet—the thought la saddening To muse on such as they-, Aud feel that all the beautiful Are yeaslng fast away I That the fair ones whom pre love Greif' to each loving breast, Like the tendrils of each clinging vine, They perish whore they rest. And can we help but think of these In the soft and gentle spring, When the trees are waving o'er us, And the flowers are blossoming? For we know that winter's coming I With Ito cold and stormy sky— And the gioriouo beauty round no Is blooming but to die. ' THINKS I TO MYSELF." ! I have seen her once. but a few hours ago, She's a resident here in this beautiful city; Pray tell mu, if the name of the lady you know, For I think she's uncommonly pretty, And witty, - And etelier, ':Chinks I to myself," I have soon her before, cfair fate, dark eyes, and dark hair but I could not tell when, as I thought of It more, And, hang me, If I could 101 l whore, - I declare, I could not toll how, when, or whore. But note I remember both the time and the place, Ah,rnell remember It well ; She came to our Mike with her sweet smiling face, And had white ..nd blu• tickets to sell, Well, wen,. She certainly had tickets to sell. "Thinks I to myself," she'd make a partner for life, But she's engaged or spoke for, I s'peie ; ,Atilt if that's not the case, and I had no wife, "Thinks I to myself," I'd propose, Goodness knows, lift wasn't for this I'd propoßo, But I'm married, "thinks I to myself," it's a pity ; I'm tied and cannot undo it, But "thinks I," there's no harm In writing this ditty, Though 'tit well my wife doesn't know it, Old poet, 'Tts well your wife doee'nt know It. ore/ianeopo. HOW I WAS CURED OF GAM "ING A MIDNIGHT ADVENTURE My friend was captain of one of the „mail steamers plying between New Orleans and Mobile. He spent some days with me not long since; and, among other things which bad befallen him, he related me the following: . "filad been engaged on board the steamer something over a year, and was then serving in the capacity of mate. During the first few months I had been ,rather shy of New Orleans by gaslight. I had heard so many stories of robberies and murders, and of strangers being at• tacked from mere wantonness, that I pre ferred to keep myself as safe as possible. Sometimes I spent the night at a hotel, where the officers of various steamers had assembled fora social time, and sometimes I went to the theatre. A length, how ever, as I became acquainted with the city, the old timidity wore off, and I final. ly accompanied some of my brother offi cers to places where the wore startling episodes of real life in the great city oc curred. From the hotel we went to the theatre, and from the theatre we went to some of the most famous gambling-houses. "Suffer me, my friend, to inform you here that lam not a gamester I have played a little, as I shall be obliged to confess; but the ()harm was broken, as you shall hear. .I , On the third or fourth visit to the gaming-house, one of my companions laughingly proposed that we should make a small venture at the faro-table. With ~a smile upon my face I threw : down a quarter eagle. The banker' asked me if I bet upon the queen. I told him, 'Yes' I was then admonished to put my money fairly upon the card. I pushed the piece I further on; and the confusion I exhibit ed must have informed the bystanders that I was slightly verdant touching the rules, regulations and mysteries of the faro-bank. The banker began to slide off the cards, and presently be drew in the piece of gold which I had ventured, and threw down in its place an ivory check representing five dollars. I had won. I smiled at my .luck, and when the cards were next shuffled, I placed my check back upon the queen. I won again, and again I smiled ; for the thought that I was rambling did not enter my mind. It , "was sport—sport of a new and exciting kind. I bet upon the queen again, and %On I pop. Before the next play I caloulated'ilTittle. ‘lt was not likely that the same card could win again, so I made 'Aty venture upon the ace. The queen lo i st r and the ace won...'At the end of an hour I hid won $75 or $BO, and then I 'went with 'went with my companions to the hotel, 'whore we 'spent another hour before re pairing to our boats. "After this I frequently aecompanied xy,friends to the gaming -houses, and I :latso • made further ven.ures at the faro bank. A love of the excitement grew upon me before I was aware of it—grew upon me so strongly that more titan once. ventured into a gaming-house not far .from our hotel. One evening four of us 'officers were at the pt. Charles, and after supper the question-was started as to how we Ishould dispose of the next few hours. Two i.ibrit for theatre and two were for VOL. 64. A. K. RHEEM, Editor & PrOprietor the gaming-house. How should we de cide ? As neither party 'seemed willing to give it up, it was finally arranged that we should go just as our inclination led us. Two went to the theatre and two started for the gaming-house. 1 was one of the latter. My companion was cap tain of an up-river boat, and before we set out he informed me that he must be on board by midnight, as he was to start early in the morning. This was all pleasant to me, as I had already made up my mind that I would be in try own state-room before the hour be bad men tioned. So off we went, over towarus the Third Municipality, nearly a mile and a half from our hotel, where we found the gaming-house we had planned to visit. We 'sat in the barroom awhile and smok ed a cigar, and then went into the ball. The company was large, and the playing seemed to be spirited. We lounged a bout and observed the progress of the cli-ffeent games. and finally stopped at a faro-table, where I made a venture, which was successful. I made another venture, and lost; another, and won. Then I bought $3O worth of cheques. 4 'When I bought my ehe,ques there were seven players beside myself at the table. -- Twtrof them were steamboat cap tains, and four of them were either mer chants, or gentlemen of that stamp. They may-have been-gamblers by profession— regular black-legs---but that doesn't mat ter. They appeared to be gentlemen, and certainly __they_be.haved as, auch.-. -The - seventh man at the table was a study, and had there not been an over-balance of ap parent gentility in the company, I should not have stopped where he was. He Was evidently a boatman, and when I heard him speak, I made up my mind that he was a Hoosier. He had come down from the Ohio with his flat boat, had sold his cargo and his useless lumber, and was now having a bit of a 'time.' He was truly a tough looking customer. lle must have - stood-six feetatid - two - or threel nelreS high, with a frame like an .ox His shoulders were broad and heavy, his arms lung and muscular, and his hands so large and hard that it was difficult fbr him to put down his cheques. Of his face but little of it was to be seen, the lower part of it being covert d by a long thick beard of a grizzly color, while the upper part was shaded by the slouching of the broad rim of an old felt hat. L could see his eyes, and they were keen and bright e nough. They looked black when, in the deepest shade, but when his head was turned so that the light struck upon the face, they seemed to have a metallic lustre, changing from steel to brass. Presently those eyes were turned upon me ‘Nith a threatening look, the owner seeming to intimate that I had stared at him about long enough. At any rate I took it us a hint, and went on with my play. "My luck was changeful. I won, and then I lost. Then I won once more, and then I, lost again. Finally, I. touched th - e - kritiFe - WITII - i - dezen cheques, worth five dollars each, and won. The Hoosier -had staked twelve cheques on the queen. Ile lost, and the hanker pushed the pile on the qtieen over .to me. L let the twenty-f Our cheques remain where ,they wore, and the Hoosier put twenty-four upon the queen. At this point toy com panion came and told me that he must be going. I was too much excited with the, play to leave the table then, and I told him not to wait for me. The queen lost—the k pave won—and again the bank er passed to me the cheques which the Hoosier had lost. "Once more my companion asked .me if I would go with him. I told him I could not. lie went away without me. •'Forty-eight cheques were upon the knave, in,fonr stacks. " 'Stranger, do you go them yer—all?' "The Hoosier asked me this question, at the same time pointing to my cheques. I told him, •Yee ' lie bought more cheques, and placed a number equal to mine upon the qu en. " 'This yer keard must win some time,' he muttered, as he straightened pp his stacks of ivory, and then lie added, glanc ing over at my pile, 'an' that yer knave's got to lose afore he's much older.' "The dealer began to throw off cards again. The knave come first. It had won. The queen came next. The bank er turned it upon his loft band-the bank won—the [lousier lost. As before, the cheques which came from the queen were passed over to tne. "I hesitated, but the spell was upon me, and I could not break it. I piled up the cheques—ninety-six of them—and ventured them upon the knave again. The Hoosier eyed me sharply, and then ventured a like amount upon the queen, at the same time muttering to himself that such kind of luck couldn't last al ways. Again the cards were slid off, and, to the astonishment of all who were watching the game, the knave and the queen came out very near together—the knave to the right, the queen to the left. I had won—the Hoosier had lost. The banker now.took in my smaller cheques, and gave me in exchange some worth twenty dollars each. My last stake had beep fourAtin ‘ dred and eighty dollars, and my present pile was consequently 'tine hundred and sixty. "'Make it's timusandr whispered the Hoosier. "'Done,' I !Trilled. And I added two cheques to my accumulated venture. "Again • the hanker to throw off his cards right and left. The knave came op first, to the right. I. had won. The queen came up, to the left4—lost. The Hoosier drove his hand into his bosom, and brought forth a pocket-book, from which he took a roll of bank notes. - " 'Go yer two - thousand 14.3 said in a -hoarse whisper. 'l've p,ot . that : "My brat iropuise, before he bad spok- br en, had been to do that very thing, but now I hesitated. What had Ito do with him ? I was not playing Vitt} 4itp-I was not betting against him : my play was simply against the banker, and his was the same. I told him as much. "No, no,' he said, eagerly. 'lt's agin luck we're playin.' Them yer two keards is in for it. The knave's yourn, an' the queen's mine. Ge yer two thousand.' "A:l that I had upon the table before me, save one solitary cheque of twenty dollars, I had won ; so I had little real risk to run. "It's done,' I said; and down went two thousand dollars upon the knave. "The Hoosier placed his venture upon the queen; there were somrs ,heques and some bank notes, in all, IWO thousand dollars. Hie hand quivered a little as he pushed the pile forward, and then he turned to watch the movements of the banker. "The cards began to move off once more, and this time the table was sur rounded by an eager crowd. There was something novel in are spectacle of two men playing against each other at faro; and it struck me as being exclusively mval, ,too. BJ:t it was no,doing of mine The Hoosier seemed to ha„.7c arSort,of su perstitious faith that our chances were running together, However, I meant to make this one venture further, and then break the spell, let, J,t ‘;)J3 win or lose.— ' Right and left—right and left. The -queen- up-first—to-the-WI, I-Lost-I—The Icvave came up—to the right 1 I had won again I I gathered up my gains, and then looked fur the Hooiser ; but he had gone. "Perhaps you'll try the knave again ?' said the banker. "I told him 'No, I had played enough,' I pushed over my cheques, and he gave me the cash for thew—some gold and some hank notes to the amount of nearly six thousand dollars. I went to the bar, of wine, ari - d - IS - Carled for my boat. The night was dark, and I had a long distance to walk. I looked at my watch as I came through the hall, found it to bo an hour past midnight. I began to think I had been . a fool. But there I was, and I must make the beat of My way to my boat. S 9 I started forth at a brisk walk, intending to strike the levee near the mint, and then follow the course of the river. I had gone half a mile or so, when I. beard heavy footsteps belting me. I increased my rate of speed, but the following steps will came nearer. I hurried on, but id no effect—the echo behind we was not to be outwalked. I felt fur my pistol, but I had none. I had not brought it with me. 1 had a dirk. knife, and that was all. By and by the step sounded so near to me that I turned to see who it was that thus pursued me At a distance of only a few yards canto a fall, gaunt figure, which I at once recog nized by the light of the street 'lamp.— As the dull glare fell upon the or-like form, I knew it was the Hoosier I "I would have started to run, but it was to late. He was upon me, and his hand was upon my arm. I would have shouted for help, but he might have. killed me to stop my noise. I would have drawn my (4rlt•ltni,fe„hut the show of opposition might only have called the giant's strength down upon me to crish me. My instinct told me to be passive, and wait for the worst. We rero in a lonesome spot with not a light visible, save the few street lamps that sent their sickly rays struggling through the dingy glass ; and if the fellow meant to rob Ille, or to kill me, I knew not how to help myself. "Stranger,' he said, his voice sounding frightfully low and hollow, 'you played ag'in me to-night - "No,' replied I, trying to speak plainly —to speak calmly was out of the question had, nothing to do with you. I was playing against the bank.' "It's all the same,' he continued.— 'Our luck run together, an' twas you ag'in me, an' me ag'in you. It don't make 1:10 odds now. I'm dead broke. I ain't got a single pie. Hold cll! D'ye see this ? 'He reached his right hand up over' his shoulder, and, from beneath his coat, he drew forth the largest, brightest, and most savage looking bowie-knife I had over seen My knees smote together. and my heart leap„d to my throat. "You've got money,' be went on, as he held the gleaming weapon in his band. `You won it—won all. I lost—lost all. I'm dead broke—not a pie. I want en ough to get borne. I paid $2O, in ol'ar yeller gold, for this yet. toothpick. Give me $l5 on it, an' I'll go. El ye' re a wan ye won't refuse that.' "Mercy what a letting down was that ! Instead of seeking my life, the poor fel low has followed me for the purpose of pawning his bowie-knife! cpainted with none of those whom he had seen at the gaming house, and he had no4riends in the city. I feared him no more. As I spoke with him now, c l .1 felt that be was a true=bearted.rnan: ' "If you pet $1.5 you will go book to the gaming-table again,' I said. "His answer was slow and sure : "I've tried it twice, stranger; an when I try it ag'in, let you know.' • "I told the man to 30w0 with we. . "Cottle to my host,' I ,said, 'and you shall have the wobey.' - - "He said; perhaps I'd let him stay on board alI night. "Of' odurse' I would. "As we walkocraiong I made up my mind just what 1 would do; and when we reached the Mat I took him to my stateroom, and handed kith tviohair.- Baid I: • - _ "My friend, I have made a •resolution since we have been walking together—l have, naolved that I will gamble no more. CARLISLE, PA.y FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 1864. While you and I played at the same ta ble you lost S,9QQ.' be replied. "Well,' I continued, am going to make up to you what you lost. I shall feel better to do so.' "Tbc llOOsier started in amazement. "I do it as much for my sake as for your own,' I went on, before he could make an answer, 'and if I can feel assured that the event has cured both of us, I shall consider it as one of the most valu able ekperienoes of my life.' ...,"The plain-hearted fellow seized my hand, and my offer was accepted ; and when be told me that he would never play again ; I believed hini. 'He tock the money, and all he could do in return was to make me accept his bowie knife, and to promise me that be would always re member me with the warmest emotions. "That was several years ago. I have not ventured a dollar at any game of hazard since, nor do rbelieve my Hoos ier friend hos done it either. I keep the long heavy bowie-knife, and I never look upon it but I think how weak,my knees were when my gaze rested fur the first time upon its gleaming blade. ZENAS 'CA.RNY'S REWARD. Red and sullen, like the eye of some baleful demon, the low sun glowed through thp tangled depths of a November woods, casting bloody lines of fight across the fatten trees; tosy s p: , Aßio, wg re. half hidden in drifts of faded yellow leaves, and evoking taint, sweet scents, like Ori ent sandal ivood artd teak, from a thou sand forest_ censors, hidden awsy, who knows how and where. Atnithrough that line of dull, flaming fire the sky frowned —a leaden-gray concave, freighted, as the weatherwise could tell you, with snow flakes sufficient br turn that broken for est into a lairy grove of pearl and ermine. So the daylight was ebbing away from -this-Thanksgiving-eve:— Now, I. wonder where I am ?" said John Siddons, prusing abruptly in the scarce visible footpath that hound among the trees. "As completly 'turned round' as though I stood in the deserts of Eypgt I I wish I had been sensible enough to keep to the high-road ; these short cuts gener ally turn out long ones. however, if I keep straight ahead, I must inevitably etuerge from these woods somewhere." Ire sat down on a mossy stump, lean ing his head carelessly on one hand, while the other played unconsciously with the worn bripl,Qt cap—t slender pleasant-faced young plan, with grey-blue eyes, and dark hair thrown back from a bronzed forehead, which had been touched by the fiery arrows of many a Southern sun in lonely swamps, and a long fever-reekingthe shores of sullen avers . " Houseless—homeless !" he murmur red to himself. "I. wonder how many others are saying the same thing this Thanksgiving eve. To think that I should fight through the campaign. unhurt, and return with an honorable discharge in my pocket to a place where no one knows or cares whether I'm alive or dead, while so many brave fellows were shot down at my side with bullets that tore through a score of hearts at home, carrying sharper pangs than death has to give 1 It's a queer thing to have only one relative, and he a total stranger. If I fintl this secentl cousin of my father, he'll probably Ack me' out of doors for a shififess, soldiering vagabond But, hang it, a man can't live alone like a tortoise in its shell. I remember won dering, when I was a boy, why the Ma deira vines over the porch stretched out their green tendrils, and seemed to grope through the sunshine for something to cling to. I think I understand it now " He rose up and walked on through the russet leaves that rustled ankle-deep be neath his tread, still musing—musing ; trying to study out the unknown quanti , ties in life's great equation, while, the sun went down behind a 'bank of lurid clouds, and the chill night wind began to sigh sorrowfully in the tree tops.— And suddenly the sturdy woods_ tapered off into a silver stemmed thicket of white birchels, and the white birches fringed a lonely ,Country road with a little red house beyond, whose windows were aglow with fire•light, and whose doorlard was full of the peculiar perfuine of white and maroon blossomed chrysanthemums. Zenas Carey was leaning over the gate, surveying the stormy sunset with critical eyes. "I told Melindy so 1" ejaculated Zenas, apparenly addressing hirrisolf to the crook ed apple tree by the read. "I'll bet my best steer we have 'a good, old fashiOned snow to keep Thanksgivin g with. I smelt it in the air this, mornin,' but women don' never believe nothin' until it comes to pass right under their'noses, for—" This rather obscure sentence was nip ped in the bud by a footstep by his side. Zenas turned adruptly to reconnoiter, the new arrival. "Will you be kind enough to give me aglase9E water, eir?" said John Sidtions, Arity-- - - - • "Sartin, sir ?" said Zenon.. 4 .80 you're a soldier, hey ?" "A. returned soldier," said Siddons, draining the cool elements from the co coanut shell that always lay close to the wellcurb at the side of the house. "coin' home to keep thankagivin'? questioned Zeta's. "Home I Sir, I have no home 1" , , Siddons,ho spoken sher,PLY, as•if the thought were goading ,to, Zenas put out his brown knotted hand and grasped the, retreating man's arm. "My boy l" he said, with kindly adrupt nese; ."you're a soldier,. and. to tell by 4cartibuks 1-should guess , you were about the age of him that's buried at Gettys burg--,•iny only eon ! - 1 love that blue uniform for David's sake, and if there's 1/-• TERMS:--$1,50 in Advanoe, or $2 within the year asoidier in the world that hasn't a home to go to on Thanksgivin' eve,,•there's a cqrher for him Zeuas Carey's fireside. Come in, sir ! come in ! You're welcome as flowers in May !" John looked into the wet eyes and working face of the qld farmer an instant, and accepted his invitation without an. other word. What a cheerful °hang) it was, from the frosty air and chill twilight of the lonely road to that bright kitchen with its spotless board floor and resinous pine logs 1 And when Melinda Carey drew a humped backed rocking chair to the 'hearth' tdr him, and spoke a word or two to welcome, John Siddons wondered it the eyes of his mother, who died when he was a babe, had not beamed upon him just so "I told mother so, this very mornin," said Zenas, with a triumphant flourish of his band, as he stirred up the logs to a waving, glorious sheet of flame. "Says I, 'Melindy, we'll kill the biggest turkey, and I'll pick out the yallorst pumpkins on the barn floor.' And says she, 'what for, Zenas, when 'there's only us to eat em ?! and- says-I,- 'Mother, -Davie was here with us last Thankagivin,' with his new uniform, as brave and .handsome ti-buy as you'll often see'—now mother don't cry." Zenas interrupted' himself to stroke his wife's gray hair with a strangely tender touch, and went on - • .--“days gone-wh ere - - i t's 'Phan ks -, ' givin' all the year round now, icy poor boy, my brave boy ; but, says I, 'we'll make somebody welcome for Davies sake, won't we, mother ?' And now, sir, you'll _spend to-morrow with us, and tell we bout the battle of Gettysburg, where Da vie died, crying out with his hest breath not to let the flag be captured." Zeuas' voice died out into a choking, gasping sob. John Stddons laid his hand softly on ,the rucgh,_ tuiJ-hardened hand of iFi - efarnier, Salle a pang of envy shot through his heart. AIL! it was almost worth while being Eliot down in battle to be missed and mourned like dead David Carey ! -0, wife," wailed Zenas, whek John Siddons had fallen asleep in the little cor ner room that had been the lust boy's; "it is almost like. having Davie back again ! Wife, 1 fight my great sorrow down every night, but every morning it rises up a gain more than ever ! God help every parent whose home is made desolate by the field of battle 1" 'Thanksgiving dawned with a white whirl-rind of driving snow that eddied among the gnarled bows of the apple tree in mad frolics, and edged the old stone wall with dazzling ermine. And the fiery sparks careeing swiitly up Zenas Carey's wide chimney met the steadily falling snow halt way and gave battle, while the hearth glowed with ruddy brightness, as if it knew ail about the Governor's Proc lamation, and approved of it. "You have a cozy little thrum here, Mr. Carey," said John as they walked through the snow storm to the church, whose spire nestled among the everlasting hills be• yond. "If I was only sure of it, sir," said Ze• Ems, with a sign. "But I've been hard put to it to get along these times. Taxes and such like cone very heavy on poor men, and I've had a run o' ill luck, so that the place is mortgaged its full value, arid to a hard man— one that will sell the home you've be 2n born arid brought up in as soon as eat his breakfast, so he can make money by it. It will be a black day for .kielindy and me when we have to leave the Rock Farm ; but it must come Boon, and I don't much care what becomes of me afterwards. I tell you, sir, that when a man has lived to my age under one roof-tree he don't take very kindly to bein' moved. Men are like forest trees, sir; you can take a young 'un and do as you please with it, but if you transplant an old 'un it dies. Let's talk o' something else Mr. Siddons. I ought'ut to complain Thanksgivin' day." John looked with a feeling of actual reverence at the hard-featured old man, whose simple soul, borne down as he was by debt, and grief, and age, could still find something to be thankful for. The turkey and pumpkin pies were smoking on the round table when jolty' and Zenaa returned from church ; and Mrs. Carey had brought out her" flowing blue" plates and her choicest o ld time silver spoons in honor of their guest.— Their was no beverage but coffee that never knew the shores of Java, and a pitcher of cold, sparkling eider ; but champagne could not have been more cordially dealt out by Limas; and Mre. Cary's smiling-kinduess gave a flavor to the ohickorized rye that is sometimes lack ing in "egg-shell china." The table was cleared away, and they were sitting around the fire, when the door was opened and Deacon Everts en tered, bringing a small snow drift on the shoulders of,his shaggy overcoat. "Well,,l'm beat :" quoth , Zenas. Take , a 13hair i -D,eaconv - Let-me hang your coat afore the fire to dry." "Can't stay," said the. Deacon,- giving himself a shako, like a black water•dog on his hind legs. "I thought you'd like to hear the news, so I just dropped in on my way to my darter's Thanksgivin' din ner." • "News l what ?" exclaimed teMas; while his wife dropped her knitting. "Do tell ! then you bain't lieerd,?" "I hain't heerd nothia' but the wind a howlin' down the ohitably, and 'Elder Smith's sermon this morning' said Zenes, a little impatieptly. "The Squiie's dead;pp to the great 4 house !" "Dead ! You don't tell m'e so. That's the man I was a speakin' of as holding my mortgage PI explained Zenus, turn- ittg to John Siddona. 'And when did it happen, Deacon ?" '"Died last night, air, just about night fall, as'quiet as a lamb. There wa'nf no• body with him but the old housekeeper— folks didn't spose he was dangerous ; and Lawyer Ovid says there's a reg'lar will, and he's left all his property to the only relative he had livin' ; a soldierin' feller that he'd never as much as seen—one Sedgewiok, or Sibley, or what is his name now ? Any how he's fell heir to all Squire Peter Ailesford's property, and that,s a pretty consid'able windfall !'' "Vyas that name Siddons ?" asked the soldier, Wh9 had listened to tleconyersa tion in silence. "That's it !" said the Deacon, giving his knee a sounding slap. "Peter Ailsford was my father's ,eous in," said the young man quietly. "Land o' Goshen," ejaculated Deacon Evarts with'growing veneration for the heir to "the old 'Squire's" money. "Now reely ! that's kind u' providential, ain't it. To think that you should be right here on the spot !" "I was in search of Mr. Ailsford's house when I met you, sir," said Siddons turning to Carey ; -but as I was unaware what sort of a reoeption 1 might get, your kind invitation decided me to wait a day or two." In vain did the Deacon try to "pump" the young soldier. John Siddons was civ illy uncommunicative, and the Deacon finally — took - leave- burning to - unfold -- hi budget of news elsewhere. "I hope, sir,'' said Carey, uneasily, when they were once more alone, "you won't be hard about that mortgage. I'm a poor man, and—" "Mr. Carey, said John, quietly, "you shall that mortgage on this hearth the burn very day I come in possession of my vela tire's papers. No thanks, sir; I have not forgotten that I was 'a stranger, and you took me in.' Do_ you suppose I shalt ever cease to remember the welcome of the Thanksgiving hearth ? I never knew either father or mother ; but to day 1 have fancied what their kindness inigbt have been." "lt was for Davie's sake I" sobbed Mrs. Carey, fairly overcome. "Then fur your dead son's sake will ylet me fill his place towards you Last night death took from we the only one in the world to_wbcw I was allied by the ties of blood ; do not turn nu) train your hearts !" “The Lord bless thee—the Lord make his !'ace to shine on thee, my second son,” said the old man solemnly Slowly the dusk gathered athwart the bills, with wailing winds and whirling drifts of snow—slowly the darkness wrap ped them round ; but in Zenas Carey's steadfast soul the light of an eternal thanks giving was burning ; and his wife with tearful eyes, mused upon her two soldier boys—one Mead at Gettysburg, the other sitting at her side. Tho Army become Abolitionists Oen. o , trfield, of Ohio, in a speech deliv ered on the 28th of January in the House of Representatives, on the confiscation question, gave this account of the progress of opinion in the army of the United States, of which he was lately an officer. I remember to have , aid to a friend when I entered the army, • You little slavery ; so do I ; but I hale disunion more Let us drop the slavery question and fight to sustain the Limon When the supretmv:y of the Govern ment has been re estandUbe'd, we will attend to the other question.' '• I started out with that position taken in good faith, as did thousands of others of all parties But the army soon found that, do what it would, tits black phantom met it. everywhere, in the camp, in the bi7cuac, on the battle field. and at all times. P. was a ghost that would dot be laid SI very was both the strength and Weakness of the enemy. His strength—for it tilled hie fields and fed Iris legions; his weakness—for in (be hearts of slaves dwelt dim prophecies that their de iiverenee from bondage would be the out come of the war. " The negroes came from the cotton fields : they swam rivers; they climbed mountains ; they came through jungles, in the darkness arid storms of the night, to telt us that the euemy was coming here or there. They were our true friends in every ease. There has hardly been a battle, a march, or ony irnpor • tent event, of the war, where lbe friend of our cause, the black man, has not been fOund truthful and helpful, and always devotedly loyal. The conviction frond itself upon the mind of every soldier that, behind the rebel army of soldiers, the black army of laborers was feeding and sustaining the rebellion, and there could be no victory till its main sup port be taken away. Gentlemereesn the other side, you tell me that Lhie is an abolition war. If you please to say so I grant it. The rapid current of events has made the army of the republic an abolition army. I can find in the ranks 4 thousand men who are in favor of sweeping away slavery to every dozen that desire to preserve it. They have been where they have seen its maleVolenee, its baleful effect upon the country and the Union, and they demand that it shall be swept away," A BEAUTIFUL FIGURE.--Life is beautifully compared to a fountain fed by a thousand streams, that perish if one be dried. It is a silver chord, twisted with a thousand etringe, that part asunder if one be broken. Frail and thoughtless mortals are surround ed by innumerable dangers, which make it much more strange that they escape solong that they almost all perish suddenly at last. We are encompassed with accidents every day to crush the mouldering tenements' we inhabit. The seeds of disease are plant• ed in our constitutions by nature. The earth and atmosphere, whence we draw the breath of life, are impregnated with death. Health is made to operate its own destruction, the food that nourishes contaioing the eletnenta of deafly; the soul that animates it by vivify ing first, tends'to Wear it out by its own au. done; death lurks in ambush along the path. NotwitbStanding this is the truth, so palpa- bly cottfined_by the daily examples before our eyes, how little do we lay it at heart'? 'We see our friends and neighbors die among tie; but how seldom does it occur,'to our thoughts that our knell shall, 'perhaps, give the next fruitless teeming to the world. fnoidents of Kilpatrick's Raid. From returned, Richmond prisonere are gleaned the following incidents connected with Kilpatrick's raid : When information reached Richmond that. Kilpatrick had crossed the Rapidan, the most rigorous orders were issued respecting the prisoders. Major,-Turner, their keeper, ( had been severely censured for the escape of I Col. Streig ht. and party, and was told that if all mere escaped he would be sent to the front. One of the Chickamauga prisoners had also written the Major that it he did not treat the prisoners better, and allow them to have their boxect, they would assassinate him. NO. 15. These threats, with the advance, of Kil patrick, induced Turner to remove the stairs of the prison So as to.prevent communication with the lower story, and when the fact that Kilpatrick was really approaching Richmond Was established, the prison Was mined, 200, kegs of,gunpowder placed Under it, and every preparation made to blow the prisoners into, eternity. This fact is established beyond question. From the' ringing of bells, the passing of troops through the city from Pe tersburg, and orders that no prisoner should approach the windows near enough to touch. the bar on penalty of being shot, our cap tives knew that Kilpatrick was really at tempting their deliverance. Ignorant that the prison was mined, a plan was formed to attempt to join our. forces should they enter the city. On Mont day not even the sweeps were allowed to en ter Libby to clean the rooms. Only those brin.Ling rations came in, and they refused to converse. The guard were increased, and strict orders given to shoot any one who ap proncsed the window or stairways. On Tuesday night the cannonading, when Kil patrick was shelled from his camp near Me chanicsville, wits distinctly heard. =During the excitement, one of the guards, who had been overheard to say that he " would shoot one of the damned Yankees if h e got a chance," fired. at Capt. Hammond of the Nth N. Y. Cavalry while at the sinks„ the bell grazing his ivied and passing through his cap. Alter the affair was over, the at tendants became communicative, and were bitter in their denunciations. Three officers and one hundred and fifty men from Kil patriek's men were confined in the cells and led only on corn paste and water. Mrs:, Seddon, wife of the Rebel Secretary of War, visited the Hospital toideetify a wounded odieer, as connected with the burning of her barns. She failed to do this, but abused him in Animettsnredlermsoixd - iiiiid tfiey - ofiohtlo lie hung, and she should use every exertion to have them hung. Dahigren's body was bu ried in the field next the road in a pine box wade by negroes out of boards torn from a barn. Time auth rities in Richmond bad dug up fur their fury and indignities. IMPORTINT REQUISITES IN A WIFC.—A, knowledge of domestic duties is beyond all price to a woman; every one of the sex ought to know how to sew, and knit, and mend, and cook, and auperi , dend a household. In every situation of life, ,:/igh_ or low, this sort= of kimwredgo is of great advantage. There is no necessity that the gaining of such in formation should interfere with intellectual acquirement or even elegant accompishment. A well-regulated mind can find time to attend to all. When a girl is nine or ten years old, she should be accustomed to take some regular shale in the household duties, and feel responsible for the manner in which her part is performed—such as - her own mending, washing the cups and putting them in place, cleaning the silver, or dusting and arranging the parlor. This should not be done Lccaslool, and neglected whenever she finds it convenient; she should consider it her department When older than twelve, girls should begin to take turns in superin tending the hnusehcld; making pudding, pies, cakes, .be. To learn effectually, they should actually do these things themselves, not stand by and Sec others do them. Many a husband has been ruined for want of these domt.sic qualities in a wife—and many a hug, band has been saved from ruin by his wife being able to manage well the houseold con. corn,. SECRET OF BEING LovED,---W. Wirt's let• ter to hi• daaghter on (he "small sweet cour t, Sirs ul 1i1.•, • ' ,•ootainy a passage from which a deal of happiness might be learned: " I want to tell you a secret. The way to make yourself pleasing to others is to sh,,w that you care fcr them. The whole world is lilca the miller of Mansfield, who ear e d fur nobody—no, not he—because na bud v cared for him. And the whole world will serve you so, if you give them the same Let every one, therefore, see that yon care for them, Ly ,howing them what Sterne so happily calls "the small sweet courtesies," in which there is no parade) whose voice is too still to tease and which manifest them selves by tender and affectionate looks, and the little kind acts of attention, giving others the preference in every little enjoyment, at the table, in the field, walking, sitting or standing." FAMILY Conivrkey.---Family intimacy should never make brothers and sisters for get to be polite and sympathising to each other. Those who contract thoughtless and rude habits toward the members of their own family w II be thoughtless and rude to all the world. But let the family intercourse lie true, tender and affectionate, and the manner of all uniformly gentle and considerate ; the members of the family thus tra ned will car ry into the world and society habits of their childhood. They will require in their associ• at, a similar qualities; they will not be satis fied without mutual esteem and•the cultiva tion of the. best affections, and their own character will be sustained by that faith it goodness which belongs only to a mind ex ercised in pure and high thoughts. Gcx. Mtutov indorses the respectability and credibility of Mr. F. IValdron who com munieatesl to the War Department the in telligence of the interview between Gene. Lee and McClellan. Mr. We dron will soon have an opportunity of telling the War Com mittee all he knows about theialfeged inter view. His statement to Mr. Stanton is un derstood to have been specific and positive that Lee, during their conversation, told McClellan that his army. (the Rebels) was then retreating across the Potomac. Wal dron is in custody at the Capitol. The War Committee has taken measures to compel the Atte: nce and testimony of everybody about Antietam likely to know of the toternew, if it took place. "ARNETT,Ei: my dear, what country is opposite to Us on the globe?" "Don't -know ; -sir." "Well," slid the-perplexed teacher, "if I were to bore a hole thrOttgh the earth, and you were to go in at this end, where would you come out?" Out of the bole, sir." VIV-He who cannot take up an ant, yet tries to take up an elephant, will find out his folly. A BAD husband boats hie wife, nag- .1!, bad wife beats the devil. So= heaos, like primroses, open 'most beautifully in the shadows of life. The time may bo -very long, but a lie will be discovered as last. . He who semi`another's fault talks about iti but - covers own-with a - potsherd. •'- Peace is the fattier of friendship. All men are related to one another.