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Page) a simple consideration of
consequences for other nations to determine whether they will acknowledge the
new Government. But if any nation does so before the acknowledgment of the
Government from which the new one is trying to separate, it undertakes a war
with that Government. If the steamer which arrives on Saturday should bring the
news that England had recognized the rebellion in this country, the steamer
which leaves on Wednesday would carry instructions to
Mr. Adams instantly to
withdraw from the English Court; and Great Britain would have to try her hand at
thrashing us again.
"W. H. RUSSELL, LL.D., Barrister
at Law," writes a letter to the Mobile Register, in which he says that he shall
claim for himself " the utmost freedom in the expression of my convictions and
of my observations in the journal which I have the honor to serve." Mr. Russell
may claim what he chooses. But if his " convictions and observations" should
lead him to the conclusion that a rebellion so wanton and wicked as this was
never known, he should take good care that his amiable friends the rebels do not
hear of it while he is still among them. Nothing but the imposing fact of an
English fleet, and its unquestionable willingness to defend him as an English
subject, would save him from the fate provided for all who do not treat a
rebellion for the meanest of purposes as if it were a revolution for the
A GENTLEMAN OF ENTIRE
IT is to be hoped that the
gentleman of entire reliability, who arrives every day from Virginia in
Washington, will soon remain permanently in the capital, or make up his mind
definitely as to the exact number of Southern troops he has seen or heard of.
On Monday this entirely reliable
gentleman arrives, having traveled through the whole length of Virginia, and
reports fifty thousand men assembled at various points, and
at Richmond. On Tuesday this indefatigable traveler, who is perfectly reliable,
has heard of the concentration of immense bodies of men at Culpepper Court
House, and he has authentic intelligence that
Gen. Beauregard is in
On Wednesday the gentleman of entire reliability comes in at full speed, and
perfectly fresh from Virginia, and has seen vast numbers of troops moving about,
and has heard of the assembling of many thousands at
Harper's Ferry. On Thursday
the inevitable gentleman of the highest character and credibility—in short, an
entirely reliable person—estimates that there are about six thousand troops at
Richmond, and two or three Southwestern and as many Southern regiments, very
hungry and furious somewhere in the State. And on Friday this invaluable
gentleman arrives by the latest conveyance, and imparts the most reliable
information that there is an army of a hundred thousand men perfectly appointed
marching rapidly upon Washington.
Now we submit that the gentleman
of entire reliability, who has just arrived from Virginia, has fairly done his
duty for the present campaign.
There is one moral to be drawn
from his entirely reliable but utterly conflicting reports, and that is, that
the enemy manage their movements with masterly secrecy, and that there is a
large number of them in motion. Meanwhile, it is consoling to reflect that the
Commander-in-chief of the American army probably knows quite as much of the
enemy's force and operations as the gentleman of entire reliability who
communicates his startling intelligence to our amiable fellow-men, whose
function in life it. is to furnish us every morning with the most exciting
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
A FATAL MISTAKE.—Fool-hardy
buffoons sometimes attempt too much. They risk their necks as extraordinary
acrobats, and turn out to be mere tumblers.
SCENE—A QUIET STREET. TIME, 9
P.M. M`PHLIMSEY (who has just succeeded in collecting his thoughts for an hour
or two's quiet work). " Oh, dear, dear, there's that dreadfully powerful
Volunteer Band coming by again! Do oblige me, Maria, by keeping that child
VOICES OF OUR NIGHTS.
SUBMITTED TO THE AMERICAN POET,
BY MR. WRONG-
I HEARD the feline footsteps in
the night Pad through the court and hall !
I saw the sable wretch in the
moon's light Climb Mrs. Coxe's wall !
I felt her (that I did!—I'm sure
I'm right!) Step o'er me just above;
With shrill pathetic mewings
through the night, As of a cat in love.
I heard the sounds of passion and
of fight, The caterwauling chimes,
That fill each attic chamber in
the night, Where some starved poet rhymes.
My night-capped head in the cool
midnight air Sought vainly some repose;
The echo of perpetual squalls
rose there—From the new cistern rose.
Peace! peace! Orestes-like I
breathe this prayer! Descend, you green-eyed fright!
I hate, while thus you screech,
and spit, and swear, The cat-infested night!
NOT SO FAR OUT, AFTER ALL.
'''Asked lately a young lady, "
Pray, dear Mr. Punch, as people say that you know every thing, can you tell me
why the modern waltz is called the deuxtemps ?"
Replied the gentleman, " Well,
really, I scarce know if I can say; unless it is that, as a rule, the music
plays in one time and the men dance in another."
THE WISCOUNT'S LAST.—When the
Wiscount heard the gratifying intelligence that no parson had been killed or
wounded at the destruction of Fort Sumter, he exclaimed, with a tremendous
giggle, "Why, it was quite a pianoforte affair!" What on earth this means nobody
SCENE IN BROADWAY ON SUNDAY
SUNDAY-SCHOOL TEACHER. "Oh,
Johnny, I'm shocked to see you playing with your top. You should leave your toys
at home on a Sunday!"
JOHNNY (quick, but impudent).
"Then why do you come out with your hoop?"
THE GREATEST COQUETTE IN THE
Of all the coquettes that are
found in our nation, There is none that more cheats us than AN-ticipation; She
coaxes and flatters with prospects of gain; Then blasting our prospects, she
fills us with pain; She wheedles all sexes, conditions, and ages, The grave and
the gay, and the politic sages; The young and the old, the rich and the poor,
All live on her smiles till she turns them out-door.
In a recent trial in London
George Cooper, the superintendent of a fire station in Tooley Street, was asked
by Mr. James, " How long was it before the engines began to play?"
WITNESS. "I should say we were at
work, Sir, within five minutes of being called. We don't call it play." [A laugh
MR. BARON BRAMWELL. "I thought
the playing of an engine was an expression well understood."
MR. E. JAMES. "I thought so, too.
I thought the engines played while the fire was at work." [Laughter.]
TABLE TACTICS.—Old Francis was a
wag; and once, when early pease were on the table, he emptied the contents of
his snuff-box over them. "Francis, Francis!" they exclaimed, "what are you
about?"—"I like them that way," was the answer. He, of course, had the dish to
himself, and when he had concluded, exclaimed, " You thought it was snuff, did
you? Nothing but black pepper!
The more checks a spendthrift
receives, the faster he goes on.
"BATING" THE HORSE.—A gentleman
traveling in a one-horse trap chanced to stop at a small roadside inn, which
rejoiced in the possession of a very intelligent Irish hostler. Handing the
reins to this worthy as he alighted, the traveler requested the man to "take his
horse to the stable and bait him."—" Sure an I will, your honor," answered the
Milesian, briskly, and away he went. In about half an hour the gentleman, having
refreshed himself sufficiently, naturally concluded that his four-footed servant
was in equally good care, and accordingly ordered his trap to the door. The
horse was panting and trembling. "What's the matter with my horse?" asked the
traveler. " What have you been doing to him?"—" Only what yer honor ordered
me."—" He don't look as if he had had any thing to eat."—"Is it ait your honor
said?"—"To be sure."—" Sorra the word like it did yer honor say to me. More
betoken your honor tould me to bate the beast, and not to ait him!"—" Why, you
stupid rascal, what have you been doing?"—" Och, I just tied him up to the
stable with a halter, then out with use stick, and bate him till me arm was used
RAILROAD WAGGERY.—Waggs went to
the station of one of our railroads the other evening, and finding the best
carriage full, said, in a loud tone, " Why, this carriage isn't going!" Of
course these words caused a general stampede, and Waggs took the best seat. The
train soon moved off. In the midst of the indignation, the wag was questioned.—"
You said this carriage wasn't going?"—" Well, it wasn't then," replied Waggs;
"but it is now."
A captain of a rifle company was
guilty of an unheard-of barbarity on one very cold day recently. He actually
marched his men to the very brink of the canal, and then coolly commanded them
to " fall in."
A cooper, finding considerable
difficulty in keeping one of the heads of a cask he was finishing in its place,
put his son inside to hold the head up. After completing the work much to his
satisfaction, he was astonished to find his boy inside the cask, and without a
possibility of getting out, except through the bung-hole.
A reporter of experience gives
the following instructions for making one's way in a crowd: " Elevate your elbow
high, and bring it down with great force upon the digestive apparatus of your
neighbor. He will double up and yell, causing the gentleman in front of you to
turn half way round to see what is the matter. Punch him in the same way, step
on his foot, pass him, and continue the application until you have reached the
desired point. It never fails."
" Job printing !—Job printing !"
exclaimed Mrs. Partington, the other day, as she peeped over her spectacles at
the advertising page of a country paper. " Poor Job ! they've kept him printing,
week after week, ever since I larnt to read; and if he wasn't the patientest man
that ever was, he never could have stood it so long, no how."
" Colonel W. is a fine-looking
man, ain't he?" said a friend of ours, the other day. "Yes," replied another; "I
was taken for him once." "You! why, you're as ugly as sin!" "I don't care for
that; I was taken for him : I indorsed his note, and was taken for him—by the
The loveliest faces are to be
seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.
An Irishman, just from the sod,
was eating some old cheese, when he found to his dismay that it contained living
inhabitants. " Be jabers," said he, "does your chase in this country have
A cat caught a sparrow, and was
about to devour it, but the sparrow said—" No gentleman eats till he washes his
face." The cat, struck with this remark, set the sparrow down, and began to wash
his face with his paw, but the sparrow flew away. This vexed puss extremely, and
he said—"As long as I live I will eat first and wash my face afterward"—which
all cats do even to this day.
STRICT INTERPRETATION.—" John, I
am going to church, and if it should rain, I wish you to come with the umbrella
for me; however, you need not come unless it should 'rain downright.' " The
gentleman went. It did rain, but John had gone to the other end of the town to
see Mary. His master came back with drenched garments and a look of implacable
anger. "John, John," said he, " why didn't you bring the umbrella?"—"Because,
Sir," replied John, "it rained slanting !"
THE FIRST FIGHT AT NORFOLK.
The first fight in that quarter
came off on Saturday afternoon, between two United States vessels and the rebel
battery at Servall's Point, in Hampton Roads, six miles from
Old Point Comfort.
The battery is still unfinished, and is the eighth and last of the works now in
the hands of the rebels, which defend the approaches to
Norfolk, and is regarded
as a very important work of offense against the blockade of
James River, where
there are now lying twenty prizes laden with tobacco. The United States steamer
Star (formerly the Monticello), commenced cannonading the fort at noon on
Saturday with shell from the ten-inch mortars, which seemed to have good effect.
The flotilla from New York, commanded by
Captain Ward, arrived during the
action, and the steamer Freeborn immediately joined in, opening a heavy fire
with her 32-pounders, driving out the rebels, who were commanded by a mounted
officer. She then hauled off, and proceeded to Washington with dispatches by
CAPTURE OF LIGHT-SHIPS.
The brilliant and successful feat
by detachments of the Eighth and Thirteenth regiments, now at the seat of war,
in their expedition to the Ycomico River, and the recovery of the light-ships
stolen by the revolutionists from the Chesapeake Bay, has been warmly applauded.
The Ycomico is a small river which rises in Sussex County, Delaware, and flows
southwestward through Somerset County, Maryland, and empties into Flushing Bay,
an arm of the Chesapeake.
PRIZES OF WAR.
Three prizes have been brought
into Philadelphia by the steam-tug Yankee. They were all schooners, laden with
tobacco. Other prizes are said to be coming to New York.
STATE OF AFFAIRS AT HARPER'S
Two thousand troops from Mississippi arrived at
Harper's Ferry on Sunday,
described as a "hard"-looking set —poorly clad and dirty. Two regiments had
arrived from Alabama on the day previous, to whom the same description would
apply. To make the situation of the rebels there still more agreeable, the
small-pox has broken out among them. A company of cavalry had left the Ferry and
proceeded to Martinsburgh, with the intention of keeping watch over the Union
men there, and preventing their voting at the election which takes place on the
FURTHER SEIZURES AT ST. LOUIS.
Further seizures were made last
week at St. Louis, of two pieces of cannon, several hundred
muskets and rifles,
a number of pistols, and a quantity of ammunition. The State tobacco warehouse
has also been visited by the United States authorities, and a considerable
quantity of arms and munitions were found there. St. Louis is now environed by a
line of military posts, extending from the river above to the river below—the
object being to prevent the entry of any secession troops into the city, and to
assure the public peace.
A detachment of Union volunteers
was sent to Potosi, Missouri, from St. Louis, on Tuesday night, under the
command of Captain Cole, who placed sentinels entirely round the town, and in
the morning captured the entire population. Those among them who were known to
be Union men were of course immediately released, and about fifty of the
secessionists were subsequently set at liberty on parole—their leaders being
marched to St. Louis as prisoners of war and confined in the arsenal. A lead
manufactory was also taken possession of at Potosi, and about four hundred pigs
of lead were seized.
The port of
Charleston is now
under blockade, and no inward-bound vessels are allowed to pass the barriers of
steam and iron which the Government have erected at the mouth of the harbor. We
find in the Charleston papers of the 13th and 14th accounts of the operations of
Niagara, the first of the blockading fleet which had arrived
there. On the 12th the British bark Hilga was refused entrance, and the British
ships Monmouth and Gen. Parkville were also ordered off. Another British ship,
the A and A, was pursued, but she managed to get into shoal water, where the
Niagara could not follow her, and the latter, under the supposition that she was
aground, left the chase, and a steam-tug from the city subsequently towed her
up. The Susan G. Owens, and other outward-bound vessels were allowed to pass
freely, and will be until the fifteen days allowed by the terms of the blockade
The Niagara is since reported to
have left Charleston for parts unknown.
Information has been received
that Professor Grant is about to leave this city in the steamer Coatzacoalcos
Fortress Monroe, for the purpose of placing one of his largest calcium
lights upon that work. The reflector of the lamp will have a diameter of three
ANOTHER SOUTHERN OUTRAGE.
A telegram front Boston announces
the arrival there, on board the steam gun-boat Pembroke, from Fortress Monroe,
of Captain Charles Gale, of the bark D. C. Price, belonging in Cleveland, Ohio,
and Captain Johnson, of the bark Ida, belonging in Boston. The former reports
that his vessel was sunk by the rebels at Norfolk on the 5th inst., and besides
losing his vessel, her cargo, and $3000 in specie, in all valued at $75,000, he
was thrown into prison and kept there several days. He finally made his escape
with nine other persons, including his daughter, in a small boat, and reached
steam-frigate Minnesota. Captain Johnson reports that his bark, the Ida, was
wrecked near Cape Henry, and that, having saved the cargo and rigging and
shipped it to Norfolk, he was then robbed of every thing he possessed and
imprisoned several days.
MORE MONEY WANTED AT MONTGOMERY.
Among the bills passed by the Confederates at
Montgomery, on Friday, was one
authorizing the issue of $50,000,000 in bonds, payable in twenty years, at an
interest not exceeding eight per cent. per annum. In lieu of $20,000,000 of this
loan, however, the bill authorizes the issue of Treasury notes for that amount,
of small denominations, to bear no interest.
RICHMOND TO BE THE REBEL CAPITAL.
The Montgomery Advertiser, which
is recognized as the "organ" of
Jeff Davis's Government, announces that the
Confederates have decided to remove their Capital to Richmond. It does not
intimate, however, when the removal is to take place.
TWO GREAT CAMPS.
The Government has decided to
establish two large camps on the French system, partly for instruction and for
the purposes of a reserve force. The camps will consist of from fifteen to
twenty thousand men each. One will be formed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, near
the Maryland border, and the other in the vicinity of New York, most probably at
Staten Island. The troops at Gettysburg are designed for action on the Southern
border when necessary, and those at Staten island will be required for coast
service, to be used at any moment and at any point the Government may direct.
For this purpose orders have been issued for a fleet of transports to be kept in
readiness in the harbor.
AID AND COMFORT.
An important letter from
Secretary Seward to J. G. Heineken has been published. It was written in answer
to a letter from Mr. Heineken, asking for Mr. Seward's reasons in writing for
considering an acceptance of Governor Letcher's proposition to buy the
steamships Yorktown and
Jamestown, recently seized by his order, as an act of
treason. The Secretary holds that the receipt of money for the steamships, after
they have been seized, would be to convert the unlawful seizure into a sale; and
to sell vessels to an enemy is to give aid and comfort, and therefore treason;
and any person so offending would be brought to punishment by the Government.
General Cadwallader, of
Philadelphia, who is about to take command of the Baltimore and
department, in place of
General Butler, promoted, is possessed of large property
in Maryland, and is well known and much esteemed by the citizens of Baltimore.
The four regiments of Missouri
Volunteers, of one of which Frank Blair is Colonel, have been formed into a
Captain Lyon. who commanded them when they captured the Secession
forces, has been elected Brigadier-General.
The wife of
Lieutenant Slemmer is
at Washington, where she receives very marked attention.
Senator Douglas is very ill of
typhoid fever; his condition is still critical.
Mr. Lincoln occupied himself one
day last week in making a personal reconnoitre on the banks of the Potomac. He
visited Great Falls, sixteen miles above Washington, crossed the chain bridge,
and passed the pickets of the secessionists twice without being recognized.
Leroy P. Walker, Secretary of
War, and Judah P. Benjamin, Attorney-General, in
Jeff Davis Cabinet are to
United States Senator James A.
Bayard, of Delaware, has written an address to the people of his State, in which
he announces his intention to resign.
Colonel Vosburgh, commander of
the New York Seventy-first Regiment, now at Washington, whose illness from
hemorrhage of the lungs has been before noted, died at the Navy-yard in
Washington on Monday morning.
Ross Winans, of Baltimore,
recently arrested on suspicion of treason, by order of General Butler, was
yesterday discharged by order of the authorities at Washington.
BRITISH OPINIONS ON OUR WAR.
THE affairs of America have again
been discussed in the British House of Commons, with reference to the effect of
the contemplated blockade of the
Southern ports upon British interests.
John Russell, on the 4th, stated that all legal questions connected with the
subject had been submitted to the Attorney-General, who had not yet rendered his
opinion. A fleet had been dispatched to watch the entire American coast. On the
6th, the opinion of the Crown law officer was given upon several of the points,
substantially to the effect that every thing depended upon the efficiency and
completeness of the blockade ; and that circumstances alone would determine the
practicability of collecting revenue from vessels before they had broken bulk.
He also said, in regard to privateering, that the Southern Confederacy would
have to be regarded as belligerents.
A meeting of the Privy Council
and law officers of the Crown was held at Whitehall on 12th for the purpose of
preparing a proclamation from the Queen; to be issued on the Tuesday following,
warning British subjects against illicit or overt complicity in the civil war
now raging in America. Lord Derby had expressed the hope in the House of Lords
that British subjects interfering in our contest would get no redress front
their Government, but that their blood should be on their own heads. Lord
Granville replied that such would be the natural result, of course.
It was confidently believed, when
the Persia left Liverpool on the 11th inst., that letters of marque from the
Montgomery government had reached Liverpool and London, and that vessels had
actually left Liverpool with these letters.
SORT OF RIG ADVISABLE FOR VESSELS EMPLOYED INN
THE CHASE OF SOUTHERN PRIVATEERS.