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Page) must be governed by the fact. If
we see a Government holding its own for a long time, the common courtesy and
habit of nations require that we should welcome her to the rights of a
self-existing Power. Of course we take the risk of your wrath.
—A la bonne heure ! -
So long as we show by the success
of our arms that this is a rebellion, and that we are suppressing it, so long
England will cry, "All's well!" But if the rebellion maintains its full
proportions for a long time, England and the World will treat it as a question
of fact, not of principle.
A WORD FROM ENGLAND.
A PRIVATE letter to the Lounger
from a friend long resident in England confirms the general view of the English
position toward us taken by Harper's Weekly.
" You fire off a gun at England
(though you understand her better than some people), and at the same time there
comes a volley from Paris (an American meeting there), and a sort of explosion,
it appears, from the entire North. 'Tis too violent and explosive, as I and my
beloved American kin are apt to be. You have discovered that, perhaps, ere now;
though you may not be quite satisfied, and perhaps never will be, with England's
conduct in the matter. I am in a better situation than any of you to see both
sides, and I wish I had written you by that mail. Perhaps I might have lessened
" Pray understand me. I do not
mean to justify the tone of most of the Times' articles. I went about with
suppressed indignation (expressed in a proper manner upon proper occasions) at
them for some time. Nor have I quite recovered therefrom, although I am
beginning to hope just a little for something better. But I do not think the
action of the Government could well have been other than it has been, as yet,
considering the extreme ignorance and uncertainty afloat as to the nature of the
United States Federation.
" Perhaps even on a full
admission of the Union doctrine England could hardly have avoided recognizing
the South as belligerents (not as a nation). I am not competent to express an
opinion upon that question.
"Are you disposed to grumble at
the English decision to admit the prizes of neither party to her ports, home or
colonial? If so, let us all wait a while, and see what comes of the
proposition to admit the Treaty of Paris. I discover no sign, as yet, of the
reception it is to have. For some time, certainly until the state and prospects
of war have declared themselves more plainly in the States, England will strive
her utmost, as is natural, to keep neutral. Her interference in any active way
on the side of the South is scarcely possible. As a friend of mine remarked, any
such attempt would almost create a civil war here too."
WHAT " ONCE A WEEK" SAYS.
OF all the English journals none
has so clear and just a view of our affairs as Once a Week. In each number there
is a summary of news called " Last Week," and in the number for June 8th there
is such sensible talk as this :
"The letters of the Times
correspondent were the most interesting of all the dispatches from the other
side of the Atlantic. It is true he can not tell us much from the difficulty of
his position. In the Crimea and in India he was at home in camp or bungalow. In
the slaveholding part of America he is necessarily, in great measure, a guest.
He obtains his information through the courtesy of hosts, and he can neither
disclose their counsels nor criticise their cause. But he tells us something,
and in no other way can we learn any thing from the interior of the seceding
The fact that he was their guest
need not surely have prevented his criticising their cause. As the reporter of a
leading newspaper detailed to get information, he had no right to accept
courtesies that prevented his doing his duty. And no gentleman supposes that
because he invites another gentleman to dinner he thereby binds him to approve
all his opinions and acts, at least none except slaveholding gentlemen.
Once a Week continues : " Two
things of importance could he learned from his letters last week. ['His' refers
W. H. Russell, LL.D., Barristerat-Law.] It is plain that there must be an end
of all talk of a dissolution of the Union being a result of democratic
government. The thoroughly aristocratic character of the hitherto dominant party
and its policy is plain enough now to the most hasty talkers on American
affairs. The other point is— that we were longing to know—the effect produced on
the mood of the secessionists by the news of the uprising of the North at the
President's summons. Now that the leaders are known to admit that their menaces
of Washington and their vaunts of floating their flag from Fanueil Hall were ' a
feint,' the world will set a proper value on all their future threats and
Again : "As for their cotton
resource, there remains for them [the rebels] the painful discovery that the
world is learning to do without their staple—taught by themselves to look
elsewhere for a supply."
It alludes also to the news of
privateers offering from New England ports, but apparently without reflecting
that Mr. Russell had no other authority for the statement than "the
highest"-which, in this case, must of course have been
Mr. Jefferson Davis.
Or was this piece of news one of
the " tamperings" with his letters of which Mr. Russell complained at Cairo ?"
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
To CURE POVERTY.—Sit down and
growl about it. By so doing you'll be sure to get rich, and make yourself
particularly agreeable to every body.
Why was Bonaparte's horse like
his master?—Because he had a martial neigh.
PONTIFF AND PRINCE.
The Pope can never go astray In
morals or in faith, they say ; His word as Gospel men may take ; 'Tis always
right, and no mistake.
By grace divine from error, sure
As eggs are eggs, is he secure ;
His Bulls, from blunders wholly
free, Bespeak Infallibility.
Far clearer than the lynx, he
sees Right through the cloudiest mysteries; And all conceptions of his pate
Are, in so far, immaculate.
But though he is so wondrous wise
In all that Reason can't comprise, His Holiness is grossly dense,
And purblind as to Common Sense.
Grant that he could pronounce a
Saint Originally free from taint,
And can as certainly decide
This soul or that beatified:
However, he could not predict
That Lamoriciere 'd be licked, And faithful blood be shed in vain His earthly
kingdom to maintain.
The wearer of the Triple Hat,
In dogma safe, should stick to
that; In State affairs too near a fool, Should abdicate his mundane rule.
By all means let him, if he
please, Retain the Apostolic Keys,
Only the Royal power forego
To lock up sinners here below.
Oh! would he but contented be
With spiritual sovereignty,
In peace he would possess his
own, Nor want Zouaves to guard his throne.
Come, Pius, do the proper thing,
Stand forth all Bishop; sink the King. Send your French janizaries home; And
yield to Caesar Caesar's Rome.
SIMPLICITY OF THE DIVISION OF
INDULGENT HUSBAND. "How is it
your never do any work now ? I don't think I have seen you with a needle and
thread in your hands for weeks and weeks together." INDOLENT WIFE (lolling
luxuriantly on the sofa). " Yes, my dear, it is true ; but then there is no
necessity for it, since you were kind enough to buy me that wonderful WHEELER &
WILSON Sewing Machine."
INDULGENT HUSBAND. "By-the-by,
who works that, I should like to know? I think I saw you using it once, when
first it was brought home, and that is all."
INDOLENT WIFE. "Oh! my dear, I
get Jane, the nursery-maid, to attend to it. She rocks the cradle with one foot,
and works the pedal with the other. I can assure you she is quite expert at it,
and I really believe that the noise sends the baby to sleep. And, moreover, it
gives me greater time to read."
[Takes up French novel, and is
soon lost in the mysteries of demimondane life.
GIVING CHASE WITH BILLY LULY.—The
following anecdote is strictly true. It is contained in a letter from a young
gentleman who went out in a vessel for St. Thomas: "We were chased by a
privateer off King's Channel, on Sunday morning. The villain was close in under
land, in a small sloop, with about twenty-five men. When he discovered us we
were nearly becalmed. He gave chase and came down very fast on us. I thought
there was no chance to escape but by stratagem, and having on board a man whom I
could metamorphose into any thing, I said to the captain that he had better make
a gun of Billy Luly, and give chase in turn. We accordingly went to work, put a
black cap on Billy's head, stretched him fore and aft on the keel of the boat,
with a rope made fast to his heels, so that we could slide him on the centre of
gravity freely, and pointed his head to the enemy. Having rigged up a ' long
Tom,' the next thing was to fire it; and this we did by discharging a pistol
into a barrel, and raising a smoke by throwing ashes into the air. The trick
succeeded—the sloop tacked and made off; we hauled on a wind and pursued her
close in under the land, then tacked ship and stood into St.. Thomas. Thus were
twenty-five men driven off by four.
A lady who had received severe
bite in her arm from a dog went to Mr. Abernethy, but knowing his aversion to
hearing any statement of particulars, she merely uncovered the injured part, and
held it before him in silence. After looking at it an instant, he said, in an
"Bite," replied the lady.
"Cat?" asked time Doctor.
"Dog," rejoined the patient.
So delighted was Mr. A. with the
brevity and promptness of her answers, that he exclaimed,
'I Zounds, Madam, you are the
most sensible woman I ever met with in my life."
The following is a good story
about a clergyman, who lost his horse one Saturday evening. After hunting for it
in company with a boy until midnight, he gave up in despair. The next day he
took for his text the following passage from Job: " Oh, that I knew where I
might find him!" The boy, who had just come in, supposing the horse was still
the burden of thought, cried out, "I know where he is, Sir ; he's in Tom Smith's
"William," said a teacher to one
of his pupils, " can you tell me why the sun rises in the east?" "Don't know,
Sir," replied William, "'cept it be that the 'east makes every thing rise."
Mr. Lamb, a King's Counsel, when
Lord Erskine was in the height of his reputation, was of timid manners and
nervous disposition, usually prefacing his pleadings with an apology to that
effect; and on one occasion, when opposed, in some cause, to Erskine, he
happened to remark that "he felt himself growing more and more timid as he grew
older." "No wonder," replied the witty but relentless barrister, "every one
knows the older a lamb grows the more sheepish he becomes."
THE FAULTY PORTRAIT.
All you sitters expect to be
flattered, and very little flattery do you bestow. Perversely, you won't even
see your own likenesses. Take, for instance, the following scene, which we had
from a miniature painter:
A man, aged about forty, had been
sitting to him—one of as little pretensions as you can imagine ; you would have
thought it impossible that he could have had a homeopathic proportion of
vanity—of personal vanity, at least; but it turned out otherwise. He was
described as a greasy, bilious man, with a peculiar, conventicle aspect—that is,
one who affects a union of gravity and love.
"Well, Sir," said the painter,
"that will do; I think I have been very fortunate in your likeness."
The man looks at it and says
nothing—puts on an expression of disappointment.
"What, don't you think it like,
Sir?" says the artist. «Why—ye-ee-s, it is like—but—"
"But what, Sir? I think it is
exactly like. I wish you would tell me where it is not like."
" Why, I'd rather you would find
it out yourself. Have the goodness to look at me."
And here our friend the painter
declared that he put on a most detestably affected grin of amiability.
"Well, Sir, upon my word I don't
see any fault at all—it seems to me as like as it can be; I wish you would be so
good as to tell me what you mean."
"Oh, Sir, 1'd rather not—I'd
rather you should find it out yourself; look again."
"I can't see any difference, Sir;
so if you don't tell me it can't be altered."
" Well, then, with reluctance, if
I must tell you, I don't think you have given my sweet expression about the
The following trick is cold to
have been played on Old Thornton, the theatrical manager: A bowl of negus, with
a plug bottom, which could be withdrawn at pleasure, was once put before him; he
filled his wine-glass but once, when the plug (it having been placed on a
receptacle on purpose) was drawn, and the liquor taken away; in a minute or two
he was about replenishing his glass, and saw the bowl empty; he paused a moment,
then rang the bell to have it refilled; it was, and after he had taken two more
glasses full, the trick was repeated : the second time he beheld it empty he
gave his nose a long pull, and rubbed his eyes, as if he doubted whether he had
slept or not ; but he ordered a third, and paid for the three bowls, evidentIy
and entirely unconscious that he had not drank their contents.
A LEARNED WIFE.—A Turk coming to
a mosque beheld his wife in conversation with a strange man, and, entering,
desired her to come away. The woman replied, "It is written in our sacred Koran,
' Thou shalt not command in any house but thy own.'" The husband asked what she
was about. "Ask no questions," replied the wife; "for the Scripture says, ' Thou
shalt not inquire about what does not concern thee.'" He again ordered her to
come away, when she exclaimed, "The holy book declares that mosques belong to
God; disturb not, therefore, his temple." He attempted to seize her, and she
replied, "The Koran says, whoever is in a mosque, to that person it is an
asylum." The husband was now confounded, and said, "Plague upon a learned wife!
She has begun to study the Koran, and, I fancy, is come here to finish it."
Even if a woman had as many locks
upon her heart as she has upon her head, a cunning rogue would find his way into
Red noses are sometimes
light-houses to warn voyagers on the sea of life off the coast of Malaga,
Jamaica, Santa Cruz, and Holland.
What is the best line to lead a
man with?—Crinoline. What is the best line to lead a woman ?—Masculine.
QUESTION FOR ACTORS.—Can a man be said to work
when he plays, or to be a sound
man when he is continually in pieces?
If falsehood paralyzed the
tongue, what a death-like silence would pervade society!
"Pitch-darkness" has been so
improved in latter times as to read "bituminous obscurity."
A wise man may be pinched by
poverty, but only a fool will let himself be pinched by tight shoes.
When a young lady hems
handkerchiefs for a rich bachelor, she probably sews in order that she may reap.
Abstemiousness and frugality are the best bankers.
They show a handsome interest,
and never dishonor a draft drawn on them by their humblest customers.
When is a young lady like a
poacher?—When she has her hair in a net.
Mr. Partington expresses her
apprehension that the people of the gold regions will bleed to death, as the
papers are constantly announcing the opening of another vein.
OUR ARMY AT WASHINGTON.
THERE are now over 60,000 troops
in and about Washington, counting those on both sides of the Potomac ; and not
counting those who guard the river opposite to Leesburg and beyond. There are
sixty-four regiments of volunteers, averaging 900 men each, some 1200 regulars,
of which only 350—five companies—are cavalry, and several hundred District
volunteers. Thirty-one regiments are from New York, seven from New Jersey, four
from Pennsylvania, five from Maine, three each from Michigan, Connecticut,
Massachusetts, and two from Ohio, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Vermont, Minnesota,
and New Hampshire. New York has one, New Hampshire one, and Pennsylvania two
between here and Point of Rocks, where 1500 District volunteers, a company of
United States cavalry, and two batteries are also posted.
Nothing of importance has taken
place at or about Fortress Monroe, although considerable excitement was created
there on Friday by the arrest of Colonel Allen, of the First New York Regiment,
by order of
General Butler, for trial by court-martial. The particulars of the
charge have not transpired, but from all we can learn it appears to be based on
the following facts : It seems that on Thursday afternoon information reached
Colonel Allen that a number of negroes and white men were gathering in a field
of wheat, five miles distant, belonging to Major Thompson, of the rebel army,
and were going to convey the same to Yorktown for the aid of the rebels. Some of
them demanded from Colonel Allen the horses previously confiscated from the
rebel soldiers to convey the wheat to the army. Colonel Allen refused to give up
the horses, and sent a squad of soldiers to prevent them from taking the wheat.
Soon afterward the wheat-field took fire, and twenty acres were destroyed. It
being supposed that the wheat-field was burned by Colonel Allen's order, he
received the following note from General Butler: "Colonel Allen, commanding
First Regiment New York Volunteers, is ordered to report himself to me, under
arrest, at these quarters, forthwith. The command of his regiment will devolve
upon Lieutenant-Colonel Dyckman, of his regiment, who will report to me for
further orders. Charges and specifications for trial will be furnished Colonel
Allen at the earliest possible moment."
THE ARMY IN WESTERN VIRGINIA.
Affairs in Western Virginia seem
to have undergone no change. Major-General McClellan and Staff are now at
Clarksburg, and General Morris is in command at
Philippi, which place the rebels
appear to have given up all idea of attacking at present. General Hill commands
the National forces at Grafton and along the railroad from Parkersburg and
Wheeling to Piedmont.
Two regiments arrived at Harper's Ferry on June 29, and drove out all the
Union men there. They then destroyed the remaining portion of the trestle work
of the railroad, and crossing over to the Maryland shore seized all the boats
they could lay hands on, and either destroyed them or carried them off.
Intelligence from Stevenson's station, where General Johnson's head-quarters now
are, states that the force encamped immediately about him at the fullest is 5000
men. He has sixteen pieces of artillery; of these six are rifted
twelve-pounders, two twenty-four-pounder, of the old kind, two twelve pound
howitzers of the old kind, and six twelve potted howitzers Of these last none
are rifled. The troops are said to be well drilled, but not so well equipped as
the Union forces. They are under very strict discipline, but seem discontented
and not in very good condition.
SKIRMISH AT ALEXANDRIA.
Another skirmish is reported as
having taken place near Alexandria, on Saturday night, between the picket-guard
of the First Michigan Regiment and a party of about twenty rebel scouts. One of
the Michigan men was killed, and one was wounded, while the loss of the rebels
was two killed and two wounded. The attack upon the pickets is said to have been
made from ambush.
A UNION MOVEMENT IN TEXAS.
Information has been received in Washington from Texas to the effect that the
Western frontier of that State was preparing to follow the example of Western
Virginia and East Tennessee, by organizing a formidable movement against
secession, and adhering to the Union in the shape of a new State.
On Thursday, 27th ult., Captain
Ward of the Freeborn, with his own vessel, the Pawnee, and the Resolute, left
Washington for the purpose of landing men at Mathias Point, there to erect a
battery with which to climate against the batteries planted by the rebels, there
threatening the navigation of the Potomac. A party of thirty or forty men were
landed in small boats, under cover of the guns of the fleet, and at once
proceeded to build a battery of sand-bags. While thus engaged, a large force of
the rebels, who had been concealed in the woods, rushed upon our troops and
opened a galling fire of musketry. A part of the men retired to their boats and
rowed back to the Freeborn; the rest swam thither, exposed to the fire, by which
several were wounded. When the attack was made Captain Ward opened fire from the
guns of this vessel, dispersing the rebels, and sending them back to the woods.
While thus engaged, he was struck by a bullet and died within the hour. The
National flag carried by the party was riddled with balls.
General Banks continues to carry
out his vigorous programme in Baltimore for the suppression of the conspiracy on
the part of the police authorities against the Government. He arrested on 1st
the whole of the Police Commissioners, with the exception of Mayor Brown, and
sent them to Fort McHenry, where Marshal Kane is held in durance. Bodies of
infantry and artillery have been posted in different quarters of the city, ready
to meet any rioters who may show themselves.
A SKIRMISH AT CUMBERLAND.
A part of Colonel Wallace's
Indiana Zouaves at Cumberland, while scouting in that vicinity on the night of
the 26th ult., encountered about forty mounted rebels, and routed them after a
brisk skirmish. It is reported that
seventeen of the rebels were
killed and several wounded, and a good many horses taken.
THE NEW GOVERNMENT OF VIRGINIA.
The Administration has formally
recognized the Provisional Government of Virginia by officially communicating to
Governor Pierpont the apportionment of the State.
PROCLAMATIONS BY GENERAL PILLOW.
General Pillow has issued two
proclamations at Memphis: one of these recalls his order to have whisky and
tobacco served with army rations ; the other recommends the payment to the State
of all debts due in time loyal States.
THE VOTE IN TENNESSEE.
As far as heard from, the result
of the vote on the "Declaration of independence" in Tennessee is as follows:
East Tennessee 12,280 25,457
West Tennessee 25,164 4,500
Total 94,097 36,248
Rebel majority 57,849
A GOOD REGIMENT.
There is some invaluable material
in the Second
Regiment of Wisconsin, which will be likely to exhibit its
availability before the close of the war. The regiment embraces a fighting force
of ten hundred and fifty men, among whom are two hundred end fifty who have
graduated at some institution of classical learning; two hundred of them are
lumbermen, not one in ten of whom have slept upon any thing softer than a saw
log in half a dozen years; and all over five feet ten inches high; one entire
company is composed of foundery-men and iron-workers, and the remainder of the
regiment is made up of mechanics and farmers.
ACCIDENT TO THE "COLORADO."
While the United States steamer
Colorado was at sea, on the evening of June 20, a break occurred in the after
standard supporting the reversing shaft to the propeller. It had broken midway,
and at a point where a triangular-shaped piece had been sawed out of the rib.
and a nicely fitted piece of soft wrought-iron inserted and fastened by a small
tap bolt. The surfaces had then been filed smoothly and painted over as before.
But for the breakage it would have escaped the most critical examination. A
strict inspection was made of the other parts, resulting in a discovery of a
similar work upon the forward standard of the reversing shaft. Several other
flaws were discovered, and the conclusion was irresistible that some villain had
wrought all this mischief for the purpose of disabling the ship. A delay of
thirty-six hours was caused before the repairs could be made, and the vessel
again proceed on its course.
One P. M'Quillan, a South
Carolina traitor, who is said to have been recently in this city for the purpose
of precuring men and munitions of war for the rebels, was arrested in Washington
on 28th by order of the Secretary of State.
Charles Henry Foster announces
himself to the citizens of the First Congressional District of North Carolina as
an unconditional Union candidate for Congress, and calls in them to exercise
their right of suffrage without fear.
The verdict in the Burch divorce
case has been set aside and a new trial is granted.
Lieutenant Crittenden, "a
secesher," son of John J. Crittenden, who was challenged to fight a duel at
Leavenworth, Kansas, on the 24th June, by Lieutenant L. L. Jones, on account of
the former making fun of the
American flag. Crittenden refused to fight.
THE EMPEROR TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE
ON CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
La Patrie has the following
important statement, which has since been repeated in the Moniteur:
It is stated that negotiations
will shortly be opened to effect the reestablishment of diplomatic relations
between France and the Court of Turin. Should these negotiations take place, the
result will be the recognition de facto of the Italian kingdom, composed of the
provinces and of the states which have been placed under the sceptre of his
Majesty King Victor Emanuel consequent on events on which France has now no
opinion to express, but which have been accomplished under favor of the
principle of non-intervention recognized by Europe. The renewal of diplomatic
relations with Turin would not imply, on the part of France, as regards the
policy of the Italian kingdom, any judgment on the past, or any responsibility
for the future.
It would show that the de facto
government of this new State is sufficiently established for it to be possible
to entertain international relations with it, which the interests of the two
countries imperiously demand. France, by her new attitude, would not pretend to
interfere in any manner in the internal or external affairs of the Italian
kingdom, which remains sole judge of its conduct, as it is master of its future
and of its destinies. It would act toward it as one day the great European
Powers will act in the American question, by recognizing the new republic of the
Southern States, when that republic shall have constituted a government on a
basis which will allow international relations to be entertained with it of
advantage to general interests.
THE STATE OF AFFAIRS.
At latest dates the French
legislative body had not noticed the event of Count Cavour's death—a fact which
elicited some comment.
Napoleon, it is again asserted, will soon recognize the
complete independence of Italy. The Journal des Debate asserts that if Austria
should again cross the Mincio, the war in Italy, which "was interrupted in,
1859," must inevitably be renewed. Pope Pius the Ninth was very seriously ill.
Count Cavour's confessor had arrived in Rome, with a message from the dying
Minister to his Holiness.