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HON. ROSS WINANS, OF BALTIMORE.
page 388 we publish a picture of a most
striking scene, which occurred at
Indianapolis, in the inclosure surrounding the
State Capitol, a few days since. The artist from whose sketch our picture was
made, Mr. James F. Gookins, of Company I, 11th Regiment Indiana Volunteers
(Zouaves), writes us as follows concerning it:
The Regiment was presented by the
ladies of Indiana with a splendid stand of colors, after receiving which the
whole Regiment, kneeling, with uplifted right hands, took an oath before God
that, with His help, they would not only avenge themselves of the insults cast
at the flag of the nation, but furthermore of the contumely and wrong received
by the Indiana troops at the hands of
Jeff Davis during the war with Mexico. To keep
this oath more continually before them they have adopted the motto " Remember
Buena Vista!" as their war-cry.
WE publish herewith a portrait of
Mr. Ross WINANS, of
Baltimore, who was lately arrested on a charge
of treason by the Federal troops. Mr. Winans is the head of the great Winans
foundery and steamboat-building establishment, and is one of the leading
citizens of Baltimore. He has been conspicuous in Europe as the contractor for
many of the Russian railways; and made himself prominent in this country during
the Crimean war by his expression of Russian sympathies. He is the inventor of
the famous cigar-boat, which was illustrated in Harper's Weekly in 1858. Mr.
Winans is charged with active sympathy with the rebels, though no distinct
charge of treason was made against him when he was arrested, and he was
"MAID OF THE MIST" SHOOTING THE
WE illustrate herewith, from a
sketch kindly sent us from Niagara, the perilous adventure of the far-famed Maid
of the Mist. The following letter accompanied the sketch :
SUSPENSION BRIDGE, NEW YORK, June
I inclose a sketch of an exciting
occurrence which took place here this afternoon. It had been rumored about for
some days that the well-known little steamer the Maid of the Mist had been sold
to a party in Montreal, and would proceed thither via the rapids and whirlpool.
This was at first looked upon as a good joke, and many were ready to stake their
fortunes—firstly, that she would never start ; and, secondly, that if she did,
she would go to pieces before reaching the whirlpool.
However it leaked out that the
attempt was to be made this afternoon, and a good number of the knowing ones
were assembled on the bridge and in the vicinity.
Smoke and steam were seen rising,
and this looked like earnest, although many still maintained that it was a hoax,
and that it was only her first trial trip for the season. However about three
o'clock the gallant little vessel shot off from her wharf, up the stream, and as
suddenly headed round toward the rapids with a full head of steam on. As she
neared them the excitement became intense, especially with those knowing their
terrific speed and height. She met them bravely, and the first shock leveled her
smoke-stack and shook every timber; but she soon righted, and sped on her way
toward the whirlpool amidst the cheers of the crowd ; this danger she safely
passed, shooting round the bend of the river out of sight.
In a wonderfully short space of
time a telegraph was received saying that her brave crew had safely moored her
at Queenston. Yours, B.
SENATOR DOUGLAS LYING IN STATE.
WE publish herewith a picture of
SENATOR DOUGLAS LYING IN STATE AT BRYAN HALL, CHICAGO, from a sketch
kindly sent us by A. L. Rawson,
of Chicago. The following description of the scene is from the Chicago Tribune:
The appearance of the hall did
great credit to the Committee. The principal feature was the erection of a large
canopy heavily draped with black, relieved with a gilt border and surmounted on
the centre peak, and at the four corners by gilt eagles. From the talons of the
centre eagle the
flag of the Union falls gracefully to the four columns
supporting the canopy. At the foot of the coffin stands a broken column,
emblematical of life cut off at the midst of promise and greatness ; at its head
stands a vase of beautifully variegated flowers.
Upon the front of the gallery the
portraits of the Presidents, by Healy, are festooned with black and white crape.
The gallery itself is decorated with
American flags. Around the middle of the
stage are four large American flags
looped in festoons with crape, in
the centre of which hangs a portrait of Judge Douglas, painted by Mealy, some
fifteen years since. The front of the stage is beautifully ornamented with pots
of living flowers from the Cemetery Nursery. The canopy occupies the centre of
the hall. The pedestal for the reception of the coffin is dressed in black,
ornamented with thirty-four stars, and placed under a canopy of black crape,
trimmed with white and relieved with a gilt border, the whole surmounted by an
Beneath the canopy lay the
honored remains, dressed in a full black suit. The entire lid of the burial case
being removed, the whole figure was exposed. The hands were crossed upon the
breast. The long and painful illness of the deceased had given only slight
emaciation. The features were even a little fuller than in life, but their
expression was perfectly natural.
The body was embalmed shortly
after death by the injection into the arterial system of a strong solution of
arsenic, arresting the changes of nature. It will remain unaltered during its
exposure at Bryan Hall.
Of the late Senator Douglas's
last moments a letter says: Soon after this, about five o'clock, he desired to
have his position in bed changed, the blinds opened, and the windows raised. Mr.
Rhodes lifted him to an easier posture, where he could look out upon the street,
and drink in the fresh morning air. For a few moments he seemed to gain new
life. Then he began to sink away ; his eyes partially closed, and in slow and
measured cadences, with considerable pause between each accent, he uttered,
" Death !—Death !—Death."
After this he seemed to revive
slightly, and Mr. Rhodes asked him whether be had any message to send to his
mother, or sister Sarah, or his boys, Robby and Stevie,' to which he made no
reply, evidently not understanding the question. Mrs. Douglas then placed her
arm around his neck and said:
My dear, do you know Cousin Dan
" Yes," he replied. Mrs. Douglas
continued: "Your boys, Robby and Stevie, and your mother and sister Sarah—have
you any message for then?"
The dying man replied : " Tell
them to obey the laws and support the Constitution of the United States."
At about five o'clock Dr. Miller
came into the room, and, noticing the open shutters and windows, inquired, "Why
have you all these windows raised and so much light?" Mr. Douglas replied :
"So that we can have fresh air."
At Mr. Douglas's request, Mr. Rhodes changed the dying man's position again in
the bed for the last time. He now lay rather down in the middle of the bed, upon
his left side, his head slightly bent forward and off the pillow. His wife sat
beside him, holding his right hand in both of hers, and leaning tenderly over
him, sobbing. Mr. Rhodes remarked to Mrs. Douglas :
"I am afraid he does not lie
comfortable;" in reply to which Mr. Douglas said, "He is—very comfortable."
These were his last intelligible words. From five o'clock he was speechless, but
evidently retained his consciousness. When, a few moments before his death, his
wife leaned lovingly over hint and sobbingly asked, " Husband, do you know me ?
will you kiss me?" he raised his eyes and smiled, and though too weak to speak,
the movements of the muscles of his mouth evidenced that he was making an almost
dying struggle to comply with her request.
THE " MAID OF THE MIST" SHOOTING
THE RAPIDS BELOW NIAGARA FALLS.
SENATOR DOUGLAS LYING IN
STATE AT BRYAN HALL, CHICAGO.—[FROM A SKETCH BY A. L. RAWSON, OF CHICAGO.]