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"We were two daughters of one
She was the fairest in the face,"
hummed Mrs. Ellingwood. " Your
plea is irresistible."
She went up stairs, put on the
same warm, bright shawl which she had worn the first day my father brought her
home; and presently I stoodat the window. as I stood that day, and watched two
figures glancing about among the shrubbery.
"Poor fool !" I murmured,
bitterly, sending my eyes after Ray Saltonstall, "does he not know it was only
last year that she whispered just so sweetly in my father's ear ?—that she would
whisper just as sweetly to some new cavalier if he himself were gone ? Never
mind, chacun a son gout!"
If I was unhappy I did not
confess it to my own heart, so why should I tell you? I meant to be very
indifferent, and, to persuade myself that I was so, I sat down and commenced
pulling the canvas threads out of a bouquet I had been embroidering on a
broadcloth chaircover. It was a steady, mechanical work, and it answered my
purpose very well.
By-and-by they came back, and
Mrs. Ellingwood went directly past the drawing-room door up stairs. Mr.
SaltonstaIl came in, and sat down near my embroidery-frame. He looked steadily
at me with those controlling blue eyes of his, and said,
" I have been making a request of
Gertrude, which had some relation to you. I fear you have not treated her well,
have you ?"
My quick temper blazed.
" Poor Mrs. Ellingwood !" I
sneered. " It is melancholy that I should have behaved so badly as to force her
to come to you with her complaints.''
" She has made no complaints. It
was only from her hesitation at speaking to you on a certain subject that I
judged ; or rather, it was not only from that. I have thought all along that you
did Gertrude great injustice."
" Surely not," I said, with
bitter, scornful calmness. "I do her the utmost justice. I acknowledge her power
of fascination. Did she not beguile my father out of his fidelity to a wife whom
he idolized?. I am quite prepared to admit her ability to attract."
" Miss Ellingwood, that is not
what I meant. You are very wrong. Gertrude Blagden was not won unsought ; and
when she turned away from younger—yes, and richer—suitors to marry your father,
it was because she loved him as women seldom love, and never more than once in a
I was too much enraged to be kind
or even prudent. I cried, scornfully,
" I ought to believe you. You
offer a strong enough proof of your faith in her, I am sure, when you are ready
to give all your life for her second love."
An expression I could not
interpret flashed over his face. He came a little nearer to my embroidery-frame.
Did you think that ?" he asked. "
Can it be that you supposed I was seeking Gertrude's love ?"
" Surely. What else could I—could
any one have thought ?"
" Then you have misjudged both
her and me. It must be a bolder man than I who would woo Gertrude Ellingwood, or
one who did not know how faithfully she had loved your father. It is you, Madge,
whom, with all your faults—in spite of the pride and passion of your nature—I
love more than any thing else in the world. It was about this which I wished
Gertrude to speak to you ; for hitherto I have been a coward in your presence.
Is it all in vain ? Can I never be more to you than now?"
I knew in that moment how dear he
was to me ; but I could not answer him just then. I drew my hand from his clasp,
and went up stairs to Gertrude. I found her in her chamber—the room where my
mother had died. She was sobbing as she knelt before the bed. She did not hear
my step; her blind agony shut out sight and sound. How I had misjudged that
nature, outwardly so calm ! I went up to her, and, for the second time in my
life, I knelt down beside her.
" Gertrude," I whispered, " I
have come to ask you to forgive me. I know now how wrong and cruel I have been.
Can you ever pardon me ?"
" I have never blamed you, Madge.
It was natural that you should feel as you did. I shall be only too thankful for
your love now. I have been very lonely since your father died."
" If my love is worth any thing,
thank Ray for the change. He has, in very truth, been a ray of sunshine to my
"And you love him ? Is it not so,
" I must tell him that. He has a
right to hear first."
I went down stairs, and found him
where I had left him; I went up to him and put my hand in his. I answered his
" I could not give myself to you
while the heart you sought held aught unworthy of you. I think betrothal is like
a sacrament—one should come to it with clean hands and a right heart. I have
made my peace with Gertrude, and now you shall be all to me that you will."
"My Madge ! my pride ! my darling
" And so you love him very dearly
?" Gertrude asked this that nigtht, as we stood together in the twilight,
waiting for him to come. I turned my face away from her kind eyes. My great
happiness was so new, I felt shy in its presence. I did not like to answer that
question to any but him ; so I whispered, " Ray knows."
For ten years I have been out
into the world with Ray, my conquering hero, my knight ; better —my husband.
Gertrude has passed them all in the great house on the Long Island shore, where
she was brought a bride—where she will live a widow till the summons comes for
her to pass through the opened gate which leads to the home country, where there
is interest for all the dear departed--the fair, far, silent land.
THE CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS.
THE Secretary of War has
addressed the following circular to the Governors of States:
April -, 1861. "SIR,—Under the Act of Congress ' for calling forth the militia
to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections; repel invasions,'
etc., approved February 28, 1795, I have the honor to request your Excellency to
cause to be immediately detached from the militia of your State the quota
designated in the table below, to serve as infantry or riflemen for the period
of three months, unless sooner discharged.
" Your Excellency will please
communicate to me the time at or about which your quota will be expected at its
rendezvous, as it will be met as soon as practicable by an officer or officers
to muster it into the service and pay of the United States. At the same time the
oath of fidelity to the United States will be administered to every officer and
" The mustering officer will be
instructed to receive no man under the rank of commissioned officer who is in
years apparently over forty-five or under eighteen, or who is not in physical
strength and vigor."
NEW YORK REPLIES.
On 16th the Legislature passed a
bill authorizing the Governor to call out thirty thousand State troops, to be
placed at the disposal of the President, and appropriating three million dollars
therefore. The bill, slightly amended from the form in which it passed the
Assembly, was passed by the Senate, and returned to the former body, which
concurred in the amendments almost unanimously, there being but one negative
vote. Great feeling and enthusiasm were manifested in both Houses on the
subject. Part of the troops have already gone forward to Washington.
SO DO MASSACHUSETTS,
Without waiting the official
requisition for troops, but acting upon the report sent to the press of the
country, Governor Andrews telegraphed to the President as follows :
" The quota of troops required of
Massachusetts is ready. How will you have them proceed ?"
The Secretary of War responded:
" Send them by rail."
Part have gone forward by rail,
the rest by steamer.
Governor Buckingham, of
Connecticut, telegraphs to the Secretary of War, "Your requisition will have
Governor Fairbanks, of Vermont,
responds that one regiment of Green Mountain boys will be immediately raised.
Governor Dennison says to the
Secretary of War, " Your dispatch calling on Ohio for thirteen regiments is just
received, and will be promptly responded to.
Adjutant-General Carrington has
just issued orders carrying into effect the military laws just enacted by the
General Assembly of Ohio, and providing for 6000 regular militia, besides the
militia of reserve of not less than 35,000 men, to be subject to immediate
transfer into the regular force. The regular militia has been organized into
twenty-five regiments, which, when upon a war basis, would make 25,000 men. On
Saturday his office was thronged by persons eagerly inquiring for the news, and
offering their services, irrespective of party, to support the General
Governor Dennison telegraphs that
Ohio will furnish her quota of twelve thousand men, and more if needed.
Governor Randall, of Wisconsin,
telegraphs, " The call for one regiment will be promptly responded to, and
further calls when made."
AND RHODE ISLAND,
Governor Sprague tendered, by
telegraph, 1000 men, with himself as leader. The tender is accepted, but that
State is not required to send more than one regiment.
Governor Washburne, of Maine,
telegraphs the Secretary of War as follows : " Your dispatch is received, and
your call will be promptly responded to. The people of Maine, of all parties,
will rally with alacrity to the maintenance of the Government and the Union."
Governor Yates has issued a
proclamation to convene the Legislature of this State at Springfield on the 23d
April, for the purpose of enacting such laws and adopting such measures as may
be deemed necessary upon the following subject, to wit : The more perfect
organization and equipment of the militia of the State, and placing the same
upon the best footing to render efficient assistance to the General Government
in preserving the Union, enforcing the laws, protecting the property and rights
of the people, and also the raising of such money and other means as may be
required to carry out the foregoing objects.
The troops are mustering, and
ready to go forward.
Governor Curtin has directed his
Adjutant to forthwith establish two camps, one in eastern and the other in
western Pennsylvania, for the mustering of the thirteen ,thousand men required
from that State; and he has also authorized his Adjutant to issue orders to the
different division officers to act promptly.
Pennsylvania has promised 100,000
men if necessary.
Governor Ramsey, of Minnesota,
offered the President one thousand volunteers from his State, yesterday, and
leaves for home today to raise the single regiment of seven ' hundred asked for.
Maryland responds promptly, it is
said, to the requisition upon her for three thousand troops.
Governor Hicks was waited upon on
the 16th at his hotel by Company F, the Governor's Guard, who informed him that
they had come to sing the "Star Spangled Banner" with him. The Governor
expressed pleasure at the visit, and said he was too hoarse to join with them,
but he would tell them he was still under the
Stars and Stripes. The " Star
Spangled Banner" was then sung by over fifty voices, with fine effect. The
Governor thanked the visitors for the courtesy, and said he hoped the song would
be sung on all fitting occasions forever. The Union must be preserved.
A Voice. " Governor, you have
done your duty so far." GOVERNOR. "Yes, and I intend to keep doing so." Voice. "
We'll stand by you."
Much enthusiasm was manifested.
A telegram dated Baltimore, April
14, says: The Union feeling in this city has been unmistakably displayed since
Friday. Men with cockades and secession emblems have been chased by crowds, and
protected by the police.
The bark Fanny Fenshaw hoisted
the secession flag today, and a crowd compelled a boy on the vessel to take it
down. The captain afterward rehoisted it, and required a detachment of thirty
police to protect it from the people. The indignation is intense. All the other
vessels in port hoisted the American flag. The captain is a Union man, but
hoisted the flag under instructions from the owners of the vessel, the Messrs.
Curry, of Richmond, Virginia.
Another of same date says: The
Union feeling here is strong this morning The Minute-Men organization, of 2500
strong, who have been drilling ever since the Presidential election as a
military organization, threw out the Stars and Stripes this morning from their
headquarters, with the motto, " The Union and the Constitution."
AND NEW JERSEY.
General Hatfield has issued the
following call: "HEADQUARTERS, HUDSON BRIGADE, N. J. S. M., "HOBOKEN, April 16,
"To THE OFFICERS OF THE BRIGADE,
In view of the proclamation of the President of the United States, calling forth
the militia of the several States to aid in the protection
and execution of the laws,
and the expected immediate call for the required quota of troops from this State
by the Governor, Commander-in-Chief, I deem it most expedient to call together
the immediate representatives of the several companies, to consult and determine
what duty and honor require of us under these circumstances.
" I have no authority, by my
office, or your enlistment in the organized militia of the State, to offer your
services, uninstructed by you, to the General Government.
"I therefore request that the
commissioned officers will assemble on Friday evening next, the 19th inst., at
eight o'clock, at the Hudson House, Jersey City.
"James T. HATFIELD, Brig.-Gen."
"FRANKFORT, April 16, 1861. "
HON. SIMON CAMERON, Secretary of War;
" Your dispatch is received. In
answer, I say emphatically that Kentucky will furnish no troops for the wicked
purpose of subduing her sister
"B. MAGOFFIN, Governor of
A dispatch dated
April 16, says: "A large and enthusiastic meeting of citizens opposed to
President Lincoln's war policy was held tonight. About 3000 people were present.
"Resolutions were unanimously
adopted that Kentucky will not permit the marching of troops to the
States, but share the latter's destiny, if war must come; sympathizing with the
patriotic men in the free States, and indorsing Governor Magoffin's response to
Paducah, April 16,
says: "A meeting, irrespective of party, J. B. Husbands presiding, last night
adopted resolutions recommending the government to immediately convene the
Legislature, that we are with the South in interest and action; that the
Governor be requested to issue a proclamation for a Convention at Frankfort at
as early a day as practicable, to consider the position and future destiny of
Kentucky; calling on the people of Kentucky to ignore party feelings and oppose
to the last extremity the coercive and fratricidal policy of the Executive."
SO DOES MISSOURI.
The State Journal publishes the
following reply from Governor Jackson to Secretary Cameron :
"JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI, April
17, 1861. 'SIR,—Your dispatch of the 15th instant, making a call on Missouri for
four regiments of men for immediate service, has been received. There can be, I
apprehend, no doubt but these men are intended to form a part of the President's
army to make war upon the people of the
seceded States. Your requisition, in my
judgment, is illegal, unconstitutional, and revolutionary in its objects,
inhuman and diabolical, and can not be complied with. Not one man will, of the
State of Missouri, furnish or carry on such an unholy crusade.
" C. F. JACKSON, Governor of
SO DOES NORTH CAROLINA.
The following dispatch has been
" RALEIGH, April 15, 1861. "HON.
SIMON CAMERON, Secretary of War ;
" Your dispatch is received, and,
if genuine, which its extraordinary character leads me to doubt, I have to say
in reply that I regard the levy of troops made by the Administration for the
purpose of subjugating the
States of the South, as in violation of the
Constitution and a usurpation of power. I can be no party to this wicked
violation of the laws of the country, and to this war upon the liberties of a
free people. You can get no troops from North Carolina. I will reply more in
detail when your call is received by mail.
"JOHN W. ELLIS, Governor of North
A dispatch, dated Wilmington,
North Carolina, April 15, says : The Proclamation is received with perfect
contempt and indignation. The Union men openly denounce the Administration. The
greatest possible unanimity prevails. There were great rejoicings here on
Saturday on the reception of the news of the reduction of
THE FEELING IN TENNESSEE.
A dispatch dated
13, says: An enthusiastic public meeting was held here tonight. Resolutions were
unanimously adopted, condemning the Administration for the present state of
affairs, and sympathizing with the South. The Hon.
Mr. Zollicoffer and others
Another, dated Memphis, April 14,
says : Great excitement prevails in this city over the news from
great crowds are in the streets. The event is being celebrated by cannon firing,
rockets, bonfires, music, and dancing.
Another, dated Memphis, April 16,
says: There is intense excitement here. A tremendous meeting tonight resolved
Memphis out of the Union. There are no Union men now here.
A dispatch from
General Pillow guarantees to raise 10,000 men in Tennessee in twenty days, if
President Davis will accept of them, and there is no doubt expressed but what he
will accept of the offer.
THE SOUTHERN LOAN.
The 17th April was the day fixed
for the reception of subscriptions to the five million loan of the
revolutionists. Of this sum $2,008,000 were subscribed in Charleston, and
$3,000,000 in New Orleans.
The following proclamation has
PROCLAMATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA.
President of the United States, has, by proclamation, announced intention of
confederacy with an armed force, for the purpose of capturing its
fortresses, and thereby subverting its independence and subjecting the free
people thereof to the dominion of a foreign power ; and whereas, it has thus
become the duty of this government to repel the threatened invasion, and defend
the rights and liberties of the people by all the means which the laws of
nations and usages of civilized warfare place at its disposal.
"Now, therefore, I,
Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, do issue this, my
proclamation, inviting all those who may desire, by service in private armed
vessels on the high seas, to aid this government in resisting so wanton and
wicked an aggression, to make application for commissions or letters of marque
and reprisal, to be issued under the seal of these Confederate States; and I do
further notify all persons applying for letters of marque, to make a statement
in writing, giving the name and suitable description of the character, tonnage,
and force, of the vessel, name of the place of residence of each owner concerned
therein, and the intended number of crew, and to sign each statement, and
deliver the same to the Secretary of State or collector of the port of entry of
these Confederate States, to be by him transmitted to the Secretary of State,
and I do further notify all applicants aforesaid, before any commission or
letter of marque is issued to any vessel, or the owner or the owners thereof,
and the commander for the time being, they will be required to give bond to the
Confederate States, with at least two responsible sureties not interested in
such vessel, in the penal sum of five thousand dollars, or if such vessel be
provided with more than one hundred and fifty men, then in the penal sum of ten
thousand dollars, with the condition that the owners, officers, and crew who
shall be employed on board such commissioned vessel shall observe the laws of
these Confederate States, and the instruclions given them for the regulation of
their conduct, that shall satisfy all damages done contrary to the tenor
there-of by such vessel during her commission, and deliver up the same when
revoked by the President of the Confederate States.
" And I do further specially
enjoin on all persons holding offices, civil and military, under the authority
of the Confederate States, that they be vigilant and zealous in the discharge of
the duties incident thereto; and I do, moreover, exhort the good people of these
Confederate States, as they love their country—as they prize the blessings of
free government—as they feel the wrongs of the past, and those now threatened in
an aggravated form by those whose enmity is more implacable, because
unprovoked—they exert themselves in preserving order, in promoting concord, in
maintaining the authority and efficacy of the laws, and in supporting,
invigorating all the measures
which may be adopted for a
common defense, and by which, under the blessings of Divine Providence, we may
hope for a speedy, just, and honorable peace.
"In witness whereof, I have set
my hand and have caused the seal of the Confederate States of America to be
attached this Seventeenth day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand
eight hundred and sixty-one.
Secretary of State."
He has also called out 32,000
men. Of these troops, 5000 are from each State except Florida, the number from
that State being 2000.
WILL VIRGINIA SECEDE ?
A Washington correspondent states
Mr. Seward has received information from Richmond to the effect that the
secession ordinance had been defeated in the Virginia Convention in secret
session by seven majority. Other reports corroborate this news.
A telegram dated Richmond, April
14, says : The demonstration in honor of the
fall of Sumter continued till
midnight. Illuminations, bonfires, and fire-works were the order of the evening.
A party ascended the roof of the Capitol and hoisted the Southern flag on the
flagstaff. I was subsequently removed by the guard.
THE REPLY OF
MR. SEWARD TO THE
The correspondence between Mr.
Seward and the Southern Commissioners has been published. The point of Mr.
Seward's letter is in the following paragraph :
"The Secretary of State frankly
confesses that he understands the events which have recently occurred, and the
condition of political affairs which actually exists in the part of the Union to
which his attention has thus been directed, very differently from the aspect in
which they are presented by Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford. He sees in them, not a
rightful and accomplished revolution and an independent nation, with an
established government, but rather a perversion of a temporary and partisan
excitement to the inconsiderate purposes of an unjustifiable and
unconstitutional aggression upon the rights and the authority vested in the
federal Government, and hitherto benignly exercised, as from their very nature
they always must be so exercised, for the maintenance of the Union, the
preservation of liberty, and the security, peace, welfare, happiness, and
aggrandizement of the American people.
"The Secretary of State,
therefore, avows to Messrs. Forsyth and Crawford that he looks patiently but
confidently for the cure of evils which have resulted from proceedings so
unnecessary, so unwise, so unusual, and so unnatural, not to irregular
negotiations, having in view new and untried relations with agencies unknown to
and acting in derogation of the Constitution and laws, but to regular and
considerate action of the people of those States, in co-operation with their
brethren in the other states, through the Congress of the United State, , such
extraordinary conventions, if there shall be need thereof, as the Federal
Constitution contemplates and authorizes to be assembled."
THE NEW CONGRESS.
The President has called an extra
session of Congress, to meet on the 4th of July next. Leaving out the seceded
States, only fifty representatives remain to be elected. Of these, thirteen will
be chosen in Virginia on the 23d of May, the regular day for the State election.
California, with two members, Kentucky ten, Maryland six, North Carolina eight,
Tennessee ten, and Kansas one, will have to call special elections.
WERE THERE ANY MEN KILLED AT FORT
A private letter received by a
gentleman in this city from a friend in
Charleston, gives some new and
interesting particulars respecting the
bombardment of Fort Sumter. The writer
states that such was the effectiveness of
Major Anderson's fire that thirty of
the secessionists in
Fort Moultrie were killed, besides many wounded, and that
the Stevens Battery was silenced, and the Floating Battery half shot away. He
extols the courage and skill of the garrison, and intimates that the casualties
of the enemy were more numerous than they wish to acknowledge.
Ex-President Buchanan exhibits
intense interest in the news from the South, and participates in the expression
of a determination to sustain the government.
Major Anderson arrived at New
York with his command on 16th at two o'clock.
MR. TRAIN FINED ONE SHILLING.
MR. TRAIN, of Massachusetts, has
been fined one shilling by a London magistrate, on the charge that his street
railway was an obstruction; but the magistrate explained that the question would
really have to be settled by the Supreme Court. Mr. Train gave notice of an
appeal to that court.
THE BUILDING STRIKE IN LONDON.
At latest dates there was some
probability of a compromise in the Building Trade strike. The London men were
showing some disposition to accept a proposition of working by the hour under an
increased sale of wages.
MILITARY AND NAVAL PREPARATIONS.
The French navy has, by command
of the Emperor, been organized into five divisions, each division to be under
the orders of an admiral, and to have three steel plated frigates attached to
it. One division was about to proceed to Syria, where England is reinforcing her
Some sensation was created by the
announcement that the Emperor was about to review the garrison of Paris. A
review at this unusual time was construed by some into a forerunner of a
AFFAIRS OF ROME AND NAPLES.
The official Opinione, of Turin,
publishes an article showing the necessity of withdrawing the troops from Rome.
It says that they are there to protect the Pope; but as soon as Italy grants the
amplest guarantees for the safety of the Pope and the freedom of the Church, the
mission of the French will be fulfilled with dignity by the national army.
Debate on the affairs of Naples
continued in the Chamber of Deputies. The Minister of the Interior said the
difficulties had been exaggerated, but he promised a remedy of several
inconveniences of the Governmment. It is intended to increase the military of
the southern provinces as measures of public safety.
THE POPE AND GARIBALDI.
The Pope fainted away during
service on 2d, but his indisposition was not serious.
Garibaldi continued at Turin. He
was received with the greatest enthusiasm by the people.
HUNGARY AND VENICE COOPERATING.
The London Post asserts that the
military operations in which Garibaldi will take part are on the point of
commencing. and that the Hungarians and Italians have come to a perfect
understanding to make a combined government. It is expected that the Hungarian
Diet will pass a formal vote calling on the Hungarian troops from other parts of
the Austrian empire to be concentrated in the kingdom of Hungary alone. Such a
measure will necessarily strip the Venetian provinces of the flower of the
Austrian forces. If opposed by the Austrian Government the Hungarians will
refuse to pay the taxes, and the moment for breaking out into insurrection will