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Page) possibly avoid. It would be almost worth the war if such a
change could be established. Who would not breathe more freely, and with a
deeper sense of security, if he knew that it was understood that, upon the close
of an Administration which had not filled the myriad minor offices of the
Government from purely partisan considerations, the officers would be removed
only for cause ? But this change in political habit is so essential that it
ought to be prescribed by an amendment to the Constitution.
Let it not be counted among the
least of the services which the present Administration may render to the
country, that its policy has made this great change possible.
Two correspondents ask for some
explanation of Owen Meredith's fine poem in the Weekly of April 13. Elizabetta
Sirani was the daughter of a Bolognese painter. Before she had reached the age
of twenty she had won a high reputation as a painter. She was equally celebrated
for her beauty and her virtue. She died in November, 1665, in her 25th year.
According to general belief she, like Domenichino, was poisoned by artists
jealous of her rising fame. She was buried in the Chapel of Our Lady of the
Rosary, close by the tomb of her great master, Guido Reni. A volume of tributes
to her memory was published, one line of which reads: " I was a woman, yet I
knew not love." Among her numerous pupils were her two sisters, Anne and
Barbara. She left behind about 150 paintings, Many of them large works. All
this, and much more, is clearly told in the poem, as our correspondents will see
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
GLADSTONE THE HUSBAND'S BEST
[A Fond Couple are walking down
Regent Street.] WIFE (spell-bound outside a milliner's shop). Do stop, Henry,
there's a dear ! I won't keep you a moment. I only just want to look at this
HUSBAND (impatiently). No, Julia,
I will not listen to it. Besides, I certainly agree with the Chancellor of the
Exchequer that it is high time a stop was put to this "profligate expenditure."
[Hurries her impetuously away.]
SONG BY MR. MERRIMAN.
AIR.—" Hope told a flattering
As I was stealing geese,
And fancied no one near,
Up came the unobserved police,
And caught me by the ear.
I told my artless tale,
Entreaty was in vain:
And so they took me off to jail :
But here we are again!
THE WRONG WORD IN THE WRONG
PLACE.—An evening contemporary informs us that there is "great excitement
about the Match for the Championship that is on the tapis." From this last word,
one would imagine that a prize-fight was fought in a drawing-room and not in an
open field. Perhaps the tapis above mentioned means the tapis vert, in allusion
to the gambling that takes place upon it, to say nothing of the stakes that are
necessary for the formation of the ring before the little game can be opened ;
or does the tapis vert refer to the Turf, and the number of green blades that on
such blackguard occasions are always to be found collected on it?
AN ENDLESS SERIES.—We see
that a French book has been brought out called, "La Betise Humaine." It is
complete in one volume. This strikes us as a very narrow field for all the betes
of the human race to gambol about in. We suppose the subject of " La Betise
Francaise" is reserved for future volumes. If so, we are afraid that few of us
will ever live to see the completion of the work.
epicure recommends cucumber to be eaten with salmon, for the reason that it
enlarges the pleasures of the palate, by enabling man to enjoy the delight of
" A SORDID EXISTENCE."—That
led by King Damocles with the sword continually suspended over his head.
DISAPPOINTMENT AND SUCCESS.—When
poor Edmund Kean was acting in barns to country bumpkins, barely finding bread
for his wife and child, he was just as great a genius as when he was crowding
Drury Lane. When Brougham presided in the House of Lords he was not a bit better
or greater than when he had hung about in the Parliament House at Edinburgh, a
briefless and suspected junior barrister. When all London crowded to see the
hippopotamus, he was just the animal that he was a couple of years later, when
no one took the trouble of looking at him. And when George Stephenson died,
amidst the applause and gratitude of all the intelligent men in Britain, he was
the same man, maintaining the same principle, as when men of science and of law
regarded as a mischievous lunatic the individual who declared that some day the
railroad would be the king's highway, and mail-coaches would be drawn by steam.
When a woman wishes to be very
affectionate to her lover, she calls him a "naughty man."
Why is a miser like seasoned
timber ?—Because he never gives.
An advertiser in one of the
papers says he has a cottage to let containing eight rooms and an acre of land.
CHEMICAL ODDITY.—While an
ignorant lecturer was describing the nature of gas, a blue-stocking lady
inquired of a gentleman near her, what was the difference between oxygin and
hydrogin ? " Very little, madam," said he; " by oxygin we mean pure gin, and by
hydrogin, gin and water."
HOW TO ENJOY A VENISON FEAST.—At
a venison feast, Sir Joshua Reynolds addressed his conversation to one of the
company who sat next to him, but, to his great surprise, could not get a single
word in answer, until at length his silent neighbor, turning to him, said, "Sir
Joshua, whenever you are at a venison feast, I advise you not to speak during
dinner-time, as in endeavoring to answer your questions I have just swallowed a
fine piece of fat without tasting its flavor."
" You carry your head rather
high," as the owl said to the giraffe when he poked his nose into the belfry.
A NIGHT'S REST.—Captain
Wilbraham, when at a village in Armenia, was crowded into a stable for the night
which resembled Noah's ark. Children were squalling the whole night through, and
two young buffaloes walked over the captain In the dark! We had such a night of
disquiet, a few years since, upon a walk across Hampshire. The village inn was "
full," and we were compelled to seek rest in a cottage, where our bedroom
partition was only two-thirds of the entire height of the apartment : our
neighbor snored most lustily, a child in the house had the whooping-cough, and
the father rose at day-break, and killed a pig just under our window!
" Will you please to permit a
lady to occupy this seat ?" said a gentleman to another, the other day in a
railroad carriage. "Is she an advocate of woman's rights ?" asked the gentleman
who was invited to "vacate." "She is," replied he who was standing. " Well,
then, let her take the benefit of her doctrine, and stand up."
Curious answers often come out in
examination for the Civil Service. The word " inheritance" occurring in a page
of reading, the examiner interrogated the youngster: "What is inheritance
?"—"Patrimony."—" What is patrimony ?"—" Something left by a father."—" What
would you call it, if left by a mother ?"—" Matrimony."
We find in a provincial paper an
account of two culprits who escaped from the custody of the sheriff, and hid
themselves in a gun. They should, when found, have been discharged at once.
INK, BLOOD, AND TEARS.
A FORTY hours' bombardment !
Great guns throwing Their iron hail: shells their mad mines exploding: Furnaces
lighted: shot at red-heat glowing: Shore-batt'ries and fort-armament, firing,
loading—War's visible hell let loose for forty hours,
And all her devils free to use
And yet not one man hit, her flag
when Sumter lowers.
" Oh, here's a theme!" quoth
Punch, of brag abhorrent, "'Twixt promise and performance rare proportion! This
show-cloth, of live lions, giving warrant, Masking some mangy, stunted, stuffed
abortion: These gorgeous covers hiding empty dishes, These whale-like antics
among little fishes—Here is the very stuff to meet my dearest wishes.
" What ringing of each change on
brag and bluster! These figures huge of speech, summed in a zero : This
war-march, ushering in Bombastes' muster: This entry of Tom Thumb, armed like a
hero. Of all great cries e'er raised o'er little wool, Of all big bubbles by
fools' breath filled full,
Sure here's the greatest yet, and
emptiest, for John Bull!
"John always thought Jonathan,
his young brother, A little of a bully; said he swaggered:
But in all change of chaff with
Nor John nor Jonathan was e'er
called ' laggard.' But now, if John mayn't Jonathan style 'coward,' He may hint
Stripes and Stars were better lowered From that tall height to which, till now,
Punch nibbed his pen, all
jubilant, for galling—When suddenly a weight weighed down the feather, And a red
liquid, drop by drop, slow falling,
Came from the nib; and the drops
rolled together, And steamed and smoked and sung—" Not ink, but blood; Drops
now, but soon to swell into a flood,
Perchance e'er Summer's leaf has
burst Spring's guarding bud.
"Blood by a brother's hand drawn
from a brother—And they by whom 'tis ta'en, by whom 'tis given, Are both the
children of an English mother;
Once with that mother, in her
wrath, they've striven: Was't not enough, that parricidal jar,
But they must now meet in
If such strife draw no blood
shall England scoff therefore?
"If she will laugh, through thee,
her chartered wit, Use thou no ink wherewith to pen thy scoff: We'll find a
liquor for thy pen more fit
We blood-drops—see how smartly
thou'lt round off Point, pun, and paragraph in this new way :
Till men shall read and laugh,
and, laughing, say,
' Well thrust ! Punch is in vein:
'tis his red-letter day.'"
The weight sat on my quill: I
could not write; The red drops clustered to my pen—in vain; I had my
theme—"Brothers that meet in fight,
Yet shed no blood !"—my jesting
mood turned pain. I thought of all that civil love endears,
That civil strife breaks up and
rends and sears,
And lo ! the blood-drops in my
pen were changed to tears!
And for the hoarse tongues that
those bloody gouts Had found, or seemed to find, upon my ears Came up a gentle
song in linked bouts,
Of long-drawn sweetness—pity
breathed through tears.
And thus they sang—"'Twas not by
chance, Still less by fraud or fear, That Sumter's battle came and closed,
Nor cost the world a tear.
'Twas not that Northern hearts
Or Southern courage cold,
That shell and shot fell harming
A man on shore or hold.
Lincoln and Putnam, Allen, Gates, And gallant
Wayne were there
"With those who rose at Boston,
At Philadelphia met;
Whose grave eyes saw the Union's
seal To their first charter set.
Adams, and Jay, and Henry,
Rutledge and Randolph, too-
And many a name their country's
fame Hath sealed brave, wise, and true.
"An awful host—above the coast,
About the fort, they hung;
Sad faces pale, too proud to
But with sore anguish wrung.
And Faith and Truth, and Love and
Ruth, Hovered the battle o'er,
Hind'ring the shot, that freight
of death Between those brothers bore.
"And thus it hipped, by God's
good grace, And those good spirits' band, That Death forebore the leaguer'd
The battery-guarded strand.
THE CAUTIOUS HUSBAND.
As through the town the mourners
went To bury Jonah's wife,
The coffin struck a corner-stone
And brought her back to life
And then poor Jonah's days again
Were filled with ceaseless strife.
But years flew by—again she
died—They came to lay her low;
"My friends," the weeping husband
cried, His face the type of woe
" Be very careful how you turn
THE OCCUPATION OF VIRGINIA.
ELSEWHERE will be found an
illustration of the armed occupation of
Arlington Heights and Alexandria by the
Federal forces. The Federal troops now lining the heights of the Potomac, on the
Virginia side, are actively engaged in throwing up earth-works and fortifying
their position. A reconnoissance made on Monday from Alexandria in the direction
of Fairfax Court House, resulted in the discovery of a body of secessionist
cavalry drawn up in line. Two of their picket-guard were captured and sent to
Washington. They confirm the report that a force of 700 rebel infantry had
advanced within a few miles of Alexandria on Saturday.
General Butler is at
Fortress Monroe, and will
probably move on Norfolk as soon as he has the requisite force. Three fugitive
slaves, belonging to Colonel Mallory, commander of the rebel forces near
Hampton, were brought to the Fort by the Federal picket-guard, while attempting
to escape to avoid being sent further South. A flag of truce was sent in, with a
demand for the surrender of the slaves under the
Fugitive Slave Law, but General
Butler informed the messenger that he considered the slaves contraband of war,
and should retain them until Colonel Mallory visited the Fort and swore to
support the laws of the United States.
THE REBELS AT HARPER'S FERRY.
The rebel forces at
Harper's Ferry are actively occupied throwing
out men on the Maryland heights. On Monday a force of 300
Virginians, with some light artillery and
howitzers, were distributed along the country roads for about a mile north of
the ferry leading to Sharpsburg and Boonesborough. Outpost guards, however, were
thrown out considerably farther. General Johnston commanded these movements in
person. Twenty-two additional guns arrived there from
Winchester on Saturday.
Intelligence received confirms the report that there are 10,000 men at Richmond,
General Lee, and 12,000 at Fredericksburg,
under General Ruggles.
Mr. Davis and
General Beauregard were expected at Richmond.
POSITION OF AFFAIRS ON THE
Our dates from
Cairo are to the
23d. The building of fortifications was still going on, and several heavy
thirty-two pound cannon had just arrived, and a number of rifled guns were soon
expected. The Engineer-in-Chief of the camp had visited
Bird's Point, across the
river in Missouri. The point would be occupied by Government forces when it was
necessary ; but at present there is no fear of its being taken possession of by
There are 4500 rebel troops at
Fort Wright, near
Memphis, Tennessee, and 6000 at Fort Hawks, six
miles from Memphis. At
Mound City, Arkansas, there are 1500, and at
Courant, Mississippi, 1800. They are poorly fed, poorly clad, poorly armed, and
Ten companies of rebel troops
New Orleans on the 20th, for
Fort Smith, Arkansas.
THE REBEL FORCES IN TENNESSEE.
An order, issued by General
Pillow, commanding the secession forces in Tennessee, directs all the volunteers
in the State to rendezvous at Jackson, Madison County, in that State, for
immediate service. Jackson is a great railroad centre, and one of the roads
leads direct from that place to
Columbus, Kentucky, which is only twenty miles
AFFAIRS IN MISSOURI.
By a compact entered into between
General Harney, of the Federal army, and General Price, commanding the State
militia, the latter forces, comprising 4000 men, were to disband and go to their
homes. But the
St. Louis Democrat of the 24th says : "Reports
from Jefferson City of that date state that the Missouri troops organized under
the requisition of Governor Jackson had refused to disband, according to the
terms of agreement between General Harney and
General Price. It is alleged that great
dissatisfaction is expressed by the secessionists at the arrangements alluded
to." The same paper states that considerable excitement prevails at Jefferson
City in consequence of the discovery of an attempt to poison the Federal troops,
by putting arsenic in the flour from which their bread is made. It appears that
a Union man is baker to the troops, and a secessionist, in order to effect his
destruction, had made an arrangement with a negress to poison the bread. She
informed against him, and spies were placed so as to overhear the conversation
between him and the woman, when he was arrested and placed in jail. A
proposition was made to hang him, but it was overruled.
CONDITION OF AFFAIRS AT FORT
By the arrival of the transport
steamer Philadelphia we have advices from
Pensacola to the 13th and Key West to
the 19th of May. The blockade at Pensacola is effectual. All vessels with food
and supplies for the Confederate forces under General Bragg are cut off by sea.
They were constructing a railroad so as to evade the blockade, which was to have
been completed about the 15th. It is stated by one of the passengers on the
Philadelphia that one of the Confederate States officers was heard to say that
General Bragg would not be ready to attack
Fort Pickens until the 25th of June, and it was
generally believed that he would abandon the attack and march North with his
besieging army. They are reported as being poorly equipped, and with only a
portion of their batteries mounted. The heavy guns not having arrived before the
blockade, they can not get them until the railroad is completed.
SOUTHERN PRIVATEERS AT WORK.
Jeff Davis's privateers are
reported as already at work on the Atlantic coast, as well as in the Gulf of
Mexico. The brig Elisha Doane, which arrived at Boston yesterday from Sattillo
River, Georgia, reports having been captured by a privateer schooner and taken
to Brunswick. She was, however, released by order of Governor Brown, for some
reason not stated. The Captain of the Doane reports that the schooner Hume had
been seized and confiscated as a prize.
SOUTHERN VESSELS SEIZED.
Niagara and Huntsville have taken several
prizes and sent them North, and the United States fleet at Key West have taken
other prizes. A Northern vessel has been taken by the rebels at Apalachicola,
Florida, and it is reported that they have hanged her captain. The newly
appointed Admiralty Judge and District Attorney of the Confederate States
arrived at Key West for the purpose of organizing their Court, but finding the
place so thoroughly loyal to the United States, they did not attempt it, but
made a precipitate retreat from the city.
STOPPAGE OF THE MAILS.
The Postmaster-General has
completed the isolation of the seceding States by forbidding the transmission of
all mail matter, either coastwise, by river, or by land route, to each and every
one of the rebellious States. Maryland, Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri, and
Tennessee are exempt from this proscription.
THE NEW GOVERNMENT LOAN.
Treasury Department, immediately after the
opening of the proposals on 25th, commenced informing the successful bidders of
the result. The Secretary accepted all for the bonds placed at 85 and upward,
and awarded the remainder to the bidders for the Treasury notes at or above par.
There were awarded of the bonds $6,753,000, and of the Treasury notes
ARMS FROM BALTIMORE.
The War Department was on 27th
offered a battalion and battery of four 12-pounders by a gentleman from
Baltimore. They will probably be accepted.
NEGRO INSURRECTION IN ARKANSAS.
A negro insurrection was recently
discovered in Des Arc, Arkansas. The punishment of the offenders was summary and
severe. One white man and three negroes were hung, three more negroes banished,
and a number of others were severely whipped.
SUSPENSION OF SPECIE PAYMENTS IN
The Legislature of Kentucky
adjourned on the 24th. By laws just enacted the Courts of the State are
suspended until the 1st of January next, and the banks are allowed to suspend
WHY THE KENTUCKY LEGISLATURE
ORDINANCE OF SECESSION.
The Cleveland Plaindealer tells
the following incident, which recently transpired in the Kentucky Legislature: A
venerable old farmer from a neighboring county, one of that kind for whom
Kentucky has an instinctive veneration, appeared in the Legislative Hall,
uncovered his snowy locks, and sat down. At the first lull in the debate he rose
slowly and said he had a word to say, but was aware it was out of order for him
to speak before the Legislature while in session. His dignified and venerable
appearance arrested attention, and "Go on !" " Go on !" from several voices,
seemed to keep him on his feet. Again expressing his diffidence at speaking out
of propriety, " Hear ! hear !" resounded generally over the room. The members'
curiosity as well as respect for the appearance and manner of the man was up,
and silence followed the "Hear! hear!" when the old hero delivered the following
eloquent but laconic speech:
AN IMMENSE GUN FOR FORTRESS
An enormous rifle cannon is just
being finished at Pittsburg for Fortress Monroe. The length of the gun is 16
feet, length of bore 14 feet, diameter of bore 12 inches, diameter of the gun at
the breech 48 inches, diameter at the muzzle 25 inches. The ball will be 12
inches in diameter and the weight about 600 pounds. The rough casting of the gun
weighs 78,000 pounds; finished, it will weigh 50,000 pounds. The chamber has 21
MEAN TRICK OF A SECESSIONIST.
An officer who recently resigned
from the Mississippi steam-frigate, while stationed at the Charlestown Navy-yard
superintended some repairs made to her machinery, and while so engaged sawed out
about two inches of her delivery-pipe, and replaced it with gum and canvas. The
Mississippi went to sea last week, but had proceeded but a short distance when
the pipe gave way, and a large quantity of water was discharged into the vessel.
The engines were immediately stopped, the break was temporarily repaired, and
the ship returned to the Navy-yard.
John C. Fremont has been
appointed a Major-General.
The friends of
Mr. Douglas in
Washington are in receipt of late news from Chicago, justifying the hope that he
will speedily be restored to his usual good health.
Fire Zouaves captured, three miles from
Alexandria, a man having in his possession a secession flag. They made him carry
it on a pole to the
Marshall House, where
Colonel Ellsworth was so basely assassinated,
and then trample it under foot.
Lieutenant Slemmer and his late command, of
Fort Pickens, arrived at this port last week, on board of the steam-transport
Philadelphia, which brought also twelve mechanics and twelve women and children.
George N. Sanders has become a suspicious
Montgomery, Alabama. The Montgomery Advertiser
hints that if it were not for the protection which is thrown around him by high
officials he would receive an invitation to leave.
Governor Sprague has temporarily
left his Rhode Island Regiment, being compelled to return to his official duties
Mr. John J. Cisco, Sub-Treasurer
in this city, has been requested by the President to withdraw his letter of
resignation, and continue to fill the office, the duties of which he has so ably
discharged during the last eight years.
The three divisions of the
Confederate army will be commanded as follows: Richmond, Jeff Davis; Norfolk,
General Beauregard; Harper's Ferry,
General Joseph E. Johnston.
Colonel Wilcox, of the Michigan
Regiment, in command at Alexandria, graduated at West Point in 1817; served in
the Mexican war ; continued in active service until two or three years since,
and re-entered when the country called.
Governor Banks will be tendered a
Brigadier-Generalship, and then be detailed to the Bureau of the
Quartermaster-General. This is regarded by the President and the high officers
of the army as one of the most important positions connected with the service.
Governor Banks's pure character and great ability will commend this selection to
the country as one most happily and admirably made.
THE QUEEN'S PROCLAMATION.
THE proclamation of the Queen has
been issued by the Privy Council at Whitehall, warning all British subjects from
interfering, at their peril, with either party in the American conflict, or
giving aid and comfort in any way, by personal service and supplying munitions
of war, to either party. The proclamation announces it as the intention of the
British Government to preserve the strictest neutrality in the contest between
the Government of the United States and the Government of those States calling
themselves the Confederate States of America.
ENGLISH SHIPS FITTING OUT AS
The London correspondent of the
New York Evening Post states most positively that many of Jeff Davis's piratical
letters of marque have been taken in London and Liverpool, by Spanish houses,
and that iron steamers have been fitted out for the purpose of preying on the
merchant service of the North. This correspondent asserts that the matter is
regarded as so serious in England that large numbers of American ships have
changed hands at ruinous prices, and that merchants refuse to ship their goods
in such vessels.
NEW STEAM LINES TO SOUTHERN
The British and American Southern
Steamship Company advertise that their first vessel for New Orleans direct—the
Malacca—will leave Liverpool on 7th August, to be followed on the 4th September
by the Rangoon, and thereafter every alternate Wednesday by screw steamers now
SECESSION FLAGS NOT RECOGNIZED.
Secession flags do not find
favor in French ports. The ship Matilda, from Charleston, flying the Palmetto,
attempted to enter the harbor of Havre on the 29th of April, but was not allowed
to do so, until she hauled down the rebel abortion, and hoisted in its place the
Stars and Stripes."
THE ANNEXATION OF ST. DOMINGO.
In the British House of Lords, on
the 14th ult., Lord Wodehouse, in reply to Lord Brougham, stated that Spain, at
the request of the inhabitants, had accepted the annexation of the eastern
portion of St. Domingo; but the Spanish Government had assured Her Majesty's
Government that slavery should not be re-established in that portion of the