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CAPTAIN S. F. DUPONT, U.S.N.—PHOTOGRAPHED BY
BRADY.-[SEE PAGE 763.]
BRIGADIER-GENERAL T. W. SHERMAN, U.S.A.-FROM A
PHOTOGRAPH.—[SEE PAGE 763.]
greatest good. I was unhappy when
disaster and disappointment came."
"But a manly philosophy sustained
you," said I.
"It were better called religion,"
he answered, his voice falling into a lower key. "I tried philosophy, but it
wouldn't do; and so, in my weakness and pain, I went up higher, to the Strong
His face lighted up beautifully.
"And found Him a friend that
sticketh closer than a brother," I remarked.
" Yes, in truth. I am poor ; but
"His are the cattle upon a thousand hills."
"You have children?" I said.
" Yes, and good children, thank
God! Loving children !"
His eyes glistened as he spoke.
And this was the man who had not
succeeded ; this was the man of whom some spoke with pity,
some with indifference, and some
even with contempt as of no account. But Payson was " all right!" I referred to
" Poor man !" was the reply. " I
never look at him without a feeling of pity."
" He has succeeded largely."
" There is a difference of
opinion about that," said Melleville. " Some think he has failed miserably."
'' He is rich."
"In money, and in nothing else;
and of all riches that comes with fewest blessings. If not accompanied by riches
of the mind and heart, gold always curses its possessor. So I read in the book
of human life. It has cursed Payson. I would not exchange places with him,
taking his consciousness and state of mind, for the wealth of a thousand worlds.
No ! no ! no !"
He spoke with earnestness.
" I have seen him," said I.
"Well, how did he impress you?"
"As to all that is worth living
for, I should say with you that his life has been a miserable failure."
"And so are the lives of
thousands," he answered, "whom the world points out as its most successful men.
Get close to them ; see them in their true individuality ; in their homes, if
you can approach that near, and you will see poor wrecks of manhood, bloated
selfishness, tormenting itself with ill-nature, or mad with pain from some
eating cancer of the soul that goes on, day and night, with its work of ruin."
I saw these two men frequently
during the few days that I lingered in the old familiar places, and when I went
away it was with no nicely-balanced question in my thought as to which was the
truly successful man.
As the bombardment of the
Royal forts has directed attention to the subject of
shells, we devote
to the illustration of their manufacture. In the centre of the picture will be
seen the workmen in a national foundry filling and finishing shells ; in the
corner on the left a workman is seen pouring in the lead, the direction of which
is shown in a small diagram on the right at the top of the picture ; the other
diagrams and pictures illustrate the various parts of the shell. At the bottom
on the right is seen the great Union shell, for the Union gun at Fortress Monroe
: it stands about two feet three inches high. The shells used at Port Royal were
fired with fuses calculated to explode shortly after the shell landed ; other
shells explode on striking their object. The negroes at
Port Royal called them
"Yankee dirt plows!"
TORCH-LIGHT PROCESSION OF GENERAL BLENKER'S
DIVISION IN HONOR OF THE NEW COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF.—DRAWN BY OUR SPECIAL
ARTIST.-[SEE PAGE 767.]