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Civil War Harper's Weekly, November 30, 1861

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General Halleck

General Halleck

Halleck Biography

General Halleck Biography

Confederate Elections

Davis & Stephens Reelected

Making Artillery Shells

Artillery Shells

Map of South Carolina Coast


Capture of Beaufort, South Carolina


Samuel F. Dupont

Slidell and Mason

Capture of Slidell and Mason


Springfield, Missouri

Hilton Head

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina

The Beaufort Naval Expedition

Fort Walker

Attack on Fort Walker and Beauregard

Runyon and Albany

Forts Runyon and Albany

Beaufort Cartoon

Last Man in Beaufort



NOVEMBER 30, 1861.]



something of this Margrave in the East-Margrave might dread exposure, revelations—of what I know not ; but, strange as it may seem to you, it is my conviction that this young man, apparently so gay and so thoughtless, is the real criminal, and in some way that I can not conjecture has employed this lying vagabond in the fabrication of a charge against myself. Reflect : of Mr. Margrave's antecedents we know nothing; of them nothing was known even by the young gentleman who first introduced him to the society of this town. If you would serve and save me, it is to that quarter that you will direct your vigilant and unrelaxing researches."

I had scarcely so said when I repented my candor ; for I observed in the face of Mr. Stanton a sudden revulsion of feeling, an utter incredulity of the accusation I had thus hazarded, and for the first time a doubt of my own guilt. The fascination exercised by Margrave was universal ; nor was it to be wondered at : for, besides the charm of his joyous presence, he seemed so singularly free from even the errors common enough with the young. So gay and boon a companion, yet a shunner of wine ; so dazzling in aspect, so more than beautiful, so courted, so idolized by women, yet no tale of seduction, of profligacy, attached to his name ! As to his antecedents, he had so frankly owned himself a natural son, a nobody, a traveler, an idler; his expenses, though lavish, were so unostentatious, so regularly defrayed. He was so wholly the reverse of the character assigned to criminals, that it seemed as absurd to bring a charge of homicide against a butterfly or a goldfinch as against this seemingly innocent and delightful favorite of humanity and nature.

However, Mr. Stanton said little or nothing, and shortly afterward left me, with a dry expression of hope that my innocence would be cleared in spite of evidence that he was bound to say was of the most serious character.

I was exhausted. I fell into a profound sleep early that night ; it might be a little after twelve when I woke, and woke as fully, as completely, as much restored to life and consciousness as it was then my habit to be at the break of day. And so waking, I saw on the wall opposite my bed the same luminous phantom I had seen in the wizard's study at Derval Court. I have read in Scandinavian legends of an apparition called the Scin-Laeca, or shining corpse. It is supposed, in the northern superstition, sometimes to haunt sepulchres, sometimes to foretell doom. It is the spectre of a human body seen in a phosphoric light. And so exactly did this phantom correspond to the description of such an apparition in Scandinavian fable that I know not how to give it a better name than that of Scin-Laeca—the shining corpse.

There it was before me, corpse-like, yet not dead; there, as in the haunted study of the wizard Forman!—the form and the face of Margrave. Constitutionally, my nerves are strong, and my temper hardy, and now I was resolved to battle against any impression which my senses might receive from my own deluding fancies. Things that witnessed for the first time daunt us, witnessed for the second time lose their terror. I rose from my bed with a bold aspect, I approached the phantom with a firm step ; but when within two paces of it, and my hand outstretched to touch it, my arm became fixed in air, my feet locked to the ground. I did not experience fear ; I felt that my heart beat regularly, but an invincible something opposed itself to me. I stood as if turned to stone, and then from the lips of this phantom there came a voice, but a voice which seemed borne from a great distance—very low, muffled, and yet distinct : I could not even be sure that my ear heard it, or whether the sound was not conveyed to me by an inner sense.

"I, and I alone, can save and deliver you," said the voice. "I will do so, and ask but one condition in return—a condition simple and easy."

"Fiend or spectre, or mere delusion of my own brain," cried I, " there can be no compact between thee and me. I despise thy malice ; I reject thy services ; I accept no conditions to escape from the one or to obtain the other."

"You may give a different answer when I ask again."

The Scin-Laeca slowly waned, and fading first into a wan shadow, then vanished. I rejoiced at the reply I had given. Two days elapsed before Mr. Stanton again came to me ; in the interval the Scin-Laeca did not reappear. I had mustered all my courage, all my common sense, noted down all the weak points of the false evidence against me, and felt calm and supported by the strength of my innocence.

The first few words of the solicitor dashed all my courage to the ground. For I was anxious to hear news of Lilian, anxious to have some message from her that might cheer and strengthen me, and my first question was this :

" Mr. Stanton, you are aware that I am engaged in marriage to Miss Ashleigh. Your family are not unacquainted with her. What says, what thinks she of this monstrous charge against her betrothed?"

" I was for two hours at Mrs. Ashleigh's house last evening," replied the lawyer ; "she was naturally anxious to see me as employed in your defense. Who do you think was there ? Who, eager to defend you, to express his persuasion of your innocence, to declare his conviction that the real criminal would be soon discovered—who but that same Mr. Margrave, whom, pardon me my frankness, you so rashly and groundlessly suspected."

"Heavens ! Do you say that he is received in that house ? that he—he is familiarly admitted to her presence ?"

" My good Sir, why these unjust prepossessions against a true friend? It was as your friend that, as soon as the charge against you amazed

and shocked the town of L- , Mr. Margrave called on Mrs. Ashleigh—presented to her by Miss Brabazon—and was so cheering and hopeful that—"

" Enough !" I exclaimed—" enough !"

I paced the room in a state of excitement and rage, which the lawyer in vain endeavored to calm, until at length I halted abruptly. " Well—and you saw Miss Ashleigh ? What message does she send to me—her betrothed ?"

Mr. Stanton looked confused. "Message! Consider, Sir— Miss Ashleigh's situation— the delicacy—and—and—"

"I understand ! no message, no word, from a young Lady so respectable to a Man accused of murder."

Mr. Stanton was silent for some moments, and then said, quietly, "Let us change this subject ; let us think of what more immediately presses. I see you have been making some notes; may I look at them—"

I composed myself and sat down. " This accuser—have inquiries really been made as to himself, and his statement of his own proceedings ? He comes, he says, from America—in what ship ? At what port did he land ? Is there any evidence to corroborate his story of the relations he tried to discover—of the inn at which he first put up, and to which he could not find his way ?"

"Your suggestions are sensible, Dr. Fenwick. I have forestalled them. It is true that the man lodged at a small inn—the Rising Sun ; true that he made inquiries about some relations of the name of Walls, who formerly resided at L- , and afterward removed to a village ten miles distant—two brothers—tradesmen of small means but respectable character. He at first refused to say at what sea-port he landed, in what ship he sailed. I suspect that he has now told a falsehood as to these matters. I have sent my clerk to Southampton—for it is there he said that he was put on shore ; we shall see—the man himself is detained in close custody. I hear that his manner is strange and excitable; but that he preserves silence as much as possible. It is generally believed that he is a bad character, perhaps a returned convict, and that this is the true reason why he so long delayed giving evidence, and has been since so reluctant to account for himself. But even if his testimony should be impugned, should break down, still we should have to account for the fact that the casket and the case-knife were found in your bureau. For, granting that a man acquainted with your house could in your absence have entered your study and placed the articles in your bureau, it is clear that this stranger to L- could not have possessed that knowledge."

" Of course not—Mr. Margrave did possess it."

" Mr. Margrave again—oh, Sir !"

I arose and moved away, with an impatient gesture. I could not trust myself to speak. That night I did not sleep ; I watched impatiently, gazing on the opposite wall, for the gleam of the Scin-Laeca. But the night passed away, and it did not appear.


ON page 764 we publish a picture of the McCLELLAN CELEBRATION, which took place last week in Washington, on the occasion of his appointment as Commander-in-Chief. The Washington Star said of it :

The grand torch-light procession, display of fire-works, and serenade to General McClellan, last night, in honor of his succession to the chief command of the armies of the United States, was one of the most imposing displays ever witnessed in this city. The compliment proceeded from the soldiers of Blenker's Brigade, but the procession was joined by a great number of other volunteers and a large number of citizens anxious to do honor to our General. The procession numbered about 2000 infantry and two companies of cavalry, with a great number of citizens, each man holding a torch in his hand, while brilliant blue, red, and white lights were seen at intervals along the line.

They started from the neighborhood of Seventh Street, and marched up the Avenue as far as the Presidential Mansion, and entering the eastern gate, defiled past the mansion and out of the western gate of the inclosure past the residence of the Secretary of War, toward the residence of General McClellan, at the corner of Sixteenth and H streets.

Fine bands accompanied the procession, and delightful music was performed at each place of halting. After the serenade to General McClellan, loud calls were made for him, when he appeared for an instant, bowed, and retired. There were loud calls for a speech from him, but they did not have the effect to bring him out.

Speeches were made by Secretaries Seward and Cameron, and by General Blenker, however, which were received with the wildest enthusiasm by the vast multitude present.


WE publish on page 759, from a sketch by our special artist at Washington, pictures of FORTS RUNYON and ALBANY, near Washington. These are among the most important of the works which have been lately erected for the protection of the Federal Capital, and are believed to be impregnable. They are under the command of Colonel Greene, of the Fourteenth Massachusetts Regiment. A description of their character and armament would serve no useful purpose at the present time, and we let the pictures speak for themselves.



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!!!For Beautiful White Teeth!!!
Use Thurston's Tooth Powder.


Use Thurston's Tooth Powder. Price 25 cents.

F. C. WELLS & CO., 115 Franklin Street, N. Y.

Cloaks !   Cloaks !

has made his

Grand Opening

Fall and Winter Cloaks,
at his

300 Canal Street,


His Palace of Fashion,

Under the 5th Avenue Hotel,
Cor. of 23d Street,
New York. 

$150 PER MONTH made by enterprising agents selling DOWNER'S HEMMER and SHIELD for hand sewing. Protects the finger and makes a beautiful hem. Sample sent on receipt of 25 cents. Address A. H. DOWNER, No. 442 Broadway.

The New Issue of Postage Stamps, of all

denominations, for sale. Apply to

HARPER & BROTHERS, Franklin Square, N. Y.

Commercial Agents wanted. Large commission, honorable business. Circular sent. A.W. Harrison, Phila. 

COOLEY'S Cabinet Printing Office for small Printers and Amateurs, the best thing out. Send for Circulars.

J. G. COOLEY & CO., 1 Spruce Street, N. Y.

"Matrimony made Easy."—A new work, showing how either sex may be suitably married, irrespective of age or appearance, which can not fail—free for 25 cents. Address T. William & Co., Publishers, Box 2300, Philad.

$75 A MONTH !—I WANT TO HIRE AGENTS in every County at $75 per month and expenses, to sell a new and cheap Sewing Machine. Address (with stamp)    S. MADISON, Alfred, Maine.

AT GIMBREDE'S Stationery Depot and Card Engraving Establishment, 588 Broadway, a Box of Initialed Note Paper and Envelopes, six varieties, forwarded free of charge on receipt of Three Dollars.

588 Broadway, Gimbrede's Wedding Cards. Unsurpassed for Beauty and Finish.

A New Cartridge Revolver, Carrying Six Balls (80 to the pound). Any one wanting a superior Pocket or Belt Arm will find this to be the best in the market. Price $12.00. Send for circular. MERWIN & BRAY, Agents, 245 Broadway, N. Y.

A 25 Cent Sewing Machine !

And 5 other curious inventions. Agents wanted every where. Descriptive Circulars sent free. Address SHAW & CLARK, Biddeford, Maine.

LIST OF THE RICH MEN OF BOSTON, with the amount of property owned in Real and Personal Estate, and the Taxes assessed on each individual. This List comprises 5000 names of individuals and
firms. Being printed from the City Tax Book by order of the City Government, is entirely reliable. Price 50 cents. Copies mailed free on receipt of price. Address A. WILLIAMS & CO., Publishers, 100 Washington Street, Boston. A few copies of the preceding years at same price.

A sure cure for Rheumatism, Neuralgia, and Salt Rheum. Wholesale Agents F. C. WELLS & CO., 115 Franklin St., New York. Sold by Apothecaries everywhere.

The New Gas Lamps,

For burning Warren's Carbo-Naptha and other Coal Oils as Self-Generating Gas Light, adapted for public and private buildings, gives great satisfaction. Sample lamp $3. "Vesper Lamps" and Camphene Lamps repaired and altered to burn these Oils. Send Stamp for Circular. CALLENDER & PERCH, 175 Broadway, N. Y., up stairs.

The Current and Back Numbers of Harper's Weekly can be had of J. P. HUNT, Wholsale and Retail News Agent, Masonic Hall, Fifth St., Pittsburg, Pa.


Full instructions for learning the Art of Ventriloquism in an hour sent everywhere for 25 cents in silver. Address   

J. F. JAGGERS, Calhoun, Illinois.

Every Man his Own Printer !

By the introduction of the Cottage Printing Press, every merchant and professional man is enabled to have a printing office of his own, doing the work in a style equal to that of a practical printer, and at a vast saving in the expense. In connection with the Cottage Press, we put up an assortment of plain and fancy type, adapted to the printing of Handbills, Billheads, Circulars, Labels, Cards, &c., Type Cases, Ink, Chases, and other printing materials, in a neat and compact form, together with printed instructions for managing the press, setting type, &c.


Printing Office No. 2, press prints 5x 8 inches, $25.00

"   "   3, " " 7x10   " 40.00

"   "   4, " " 12x18 " 60.00

31 Park Row and 117 Fulton Street, New York.

To Army and Navy Officers.

TIFFANY & CO., Nos. 550 and 552 Broadway, have in store, and are receiving by every steamer, SWORDS, "warranted to cut wrought iron," from Salingen; Passants, Cap Ornaments, and other Embroideries, from Paris; Gold Epaulettes and Navy Laces, &c., from London. Orders by mail promptly filled, and goods forwarded to all parts of the loyal States.

Friends of Soldiers !

All Articles for Soldiers at Baltimore, Washington, and all other places, should be sent, at half rates, by HARNDEN'S EXPRESS, No. 74 Broadway. Sutlers charged low rates.

IMPORTANT Information sent to weak and debilitated Females. Address Dr. C. M. BROWN, N. Y.


Operatic Airs, Dance Music, &c. Arranged for the Flute and Piano. By S. WINNER. Price, Fifty Cents. Mailed, post-paid, on receipt of the price, by the Publishers, OLIVER DITSON & CO., Boston.

Commencement of Volume XXIV.
For December, 1861.




ILLUSTRATIONS. —A Grizzly in Camp. — Custom-House at Bear Harbor.—" There's many a Slip."—Tom Fry's Escape.—The General disappears. — "Gway fum here!"—The Judge attempts to Climb a Tree.—Captain Toby runs to save the Vinegar.—" Hold ! Enough!"—Phil Wilkins defies the Judge.—Broncho bucking.—Difficulty adjusted.—Chowder ready.—Tom Fry escaped.


ILLUSTRATIONS.—United States Mint, Philadelphia.—Ingots.—Court-Yard.—Rolling Mill.—Drawing Bench.—Eccentric Wheel.—Cutting Presses.—Adjusting Room.—Milling Machine.—Transfer Lathe.—Dies.—Coining Room. —Coining Press.—Delivering Coin.


ILLUSTRATIONS.—A Well-Stocked Shooting-Ground.—Crossing a burning Savanna. — A Right Royal Front.—Furious Charge of a Paterfamilias.—Pursuit of an Elephant.—Chase of the Wild Boar.—Disappointed Lions.—. Death-Grapple with a Lion.—The White Man a Show.




CHAPTER XXIX. Breaking Covert.

CHAPTER XXX. Another Fall.

CHAPTER XXXI. Footsteps in the Corridor.

CHATTER XXXII. What Bridget Bolster had to say. ILLUSTRATIONS.—A Fall.—In the Corridor.






CHAPTER XXIII. In which we still hover about the Elysian Fields.

CHAPTER XXIV. Nec dulces Amores sperne, Puer, neque tu choreas.

ILLUSTRATIONS.—In Arcadia.—Diana.—Prince Sly-boots.







EDITOR' S DRAWER.—( With Ten Illustrations.)


ILLUSTRATIONS.—Dinner Costume.—Cloak.



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Notwithstanding the great amount of space devoted to Illustrations of the War, Harper's Weekly commenced in No. 241, dated August 10th, A NEW AND THRILLING SERIAL TALE, by Sir EDWARD BULWER LYTTON, entitled,

which will be continued from week to week till completed.

T E R M S.

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