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Page) and dangerous points, instead of being virtually relinquished
Why are women, notorious agents
of treason, openly countenanced, socially, by high officers of the Government?
Why, when loyal citizens are
imprisoned at Richmond, are men taken in arms against the United States feasted
and allowed honorably to go at large upon a foolish promise of doing so no more
Why, in general, after four
mouths of open, active, desperate war, following months and years of careful
hostile preparation, does the Administration seem so slowly to open its eyes and
so reluctantly believe in battle ?
Such questions are asked by
thousands in no captious or disloyal spirit, and with the fullest allowance for
all the difficulties with which the Administration has been forced to contend.
They are asked too by those who see that the movement of the Administration is
constantly forward. It has not gone backward—but it has not gone forward fast
enough. At such a time it should lead, not follow, the popular feeling ; and
that very leading would deepen and strengthen the popular faith. The people
naturally expect that every power necessary to preserve the existence of their
Government will be assumed ; and they stand ready in Congress to justify and
approve the assumption. A bill of indemnity or a bill of impeachment, as Senator
Sherman says, confronts the Administration in the exercise of every strong
measure necessary to the great end. But it need have no fear that any vigor will
be censured. It should rather ask itself what will confront it if it hesitates
and delays and incessantly tries half measures.
THE SURGEONS' PAROLE.
THERE has been some surprise and
regret expressed that several of our surgeons who were captured at
Bull Run should have given their word not to
take up arms against the conspiracy. The regret is that they have so far
recognized the rebellion.
The truth of the matter is, that
they were taken while in attendance upon our wounded, and they were told that
they could not return to Sudbury church to continue their duties unless they
gave their word not to serve again upon our side. They had, therefore, to decide
whether they would abandon our wounded soldiers to die uncared for. And as they
had gone upon the field especially to take care of them, the surgeons are surely
not to be very sharply censured for their conduct. It is not a course which
loses us their services, for they may go upon duty in our forts and camps. Nor
does it materially strengthen the conspiracy ; for their word merely implies
that there was a force sufficient to constrain their action. It concedes nothing
to the rightfulness of the force.
WASHINGTON UPON REBELLION.
WHEN the Whisky Insurrection
broke out in the eastern counties of Pennsylvania in 1794, Washington said: " If
the laws are to be so trampled upon with impunity, and a minority, a small one
too, is to dictate to the majority, there is an end put at one stroke to
by making resistance desperate."
Every thing that Washington said
at that period is of the most singular interest to us now. In writing of the
soldiers to Governor Lee he speaks of "the enlightened and patriotic zeal for
the Constitution and the laws, which had led them cheerfully to quit their
families, homes, and the comforts of a private life, to undertake, and thus far
to perform, a long and fatiguing march, and to encounter and endure the
hardships and privations of a military life. No citizen of the United States can
ever be engaged in a service more important to their country. It is nothing less
than to consolidate and preserve the blessings of that revolution which, at much
expense of blood and treasure, constituted us a free and independent nation."
When the disturbance was quelled,
he said : '' It has afforded an occasion for the people of this country to show
their abhorrence of the result, and their attachment to the Constitution and the
laws; for I believe that five times the number of militia that was required
would have come forward, if it had been necessary, in support of them."
General Robert Lee, now in arms against that
same Constitution and those laws. Where does General Lee suppose that
Washington, were he now living, would be found ? Would he stand side by side
with the Virginian Lee, who strikes at the heart of his country ; or shoulder to
shoulder with the Virginian Scott, whose latest years are bright with the sacred
light of patriotism?
NOW AND THEN.
THE Richmond Enquirer, in
speaking of the capture by the rebels of Colonel E. C. Carrington, a Virginian,
who fought gallantly for his country at
Manassas, says : " His eloquence
and his arms have proved alike futile against his mother State. He has disgraced
himself, not her."
When the first Continental
Congress met in Philadelphia, Patrick Henry, says Irving, scouted the idea of
sectional distinctions. " All America," said he, " is thrown into one mass.
Where are your landmarks, your boundaries of colonies ? They are all thrown
down. The distinction between
Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New
Englanders is no more. I am not a Virginian, but an American."
So said the great Virginian
patriot, long before the union that formally merged Virginians and New Yorkers
in Americans. So says every patriot now, pledging, as he did, life and fortune
and sacred honor in the same great cause of free, popular, constitutional
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
GOYON AND DE MERODE.
A LAY OF LEICESTER SQUARE.
Ah ! 'ave a you eerd ze news
wheech 'ave occur joust now? Monsignor de Merode wiz Goyon 'axe von row.
Ze General demand, and Monsignor
Surrender of Zouave for some
offense to try.
To General Goyon, of Monsignor
Ze ansare, in Inglees exprased,
vas " You be blowed; I vill a not giv op ze unfortunate to you :
Your mastere ees von rhog, von
ombog, and von doo !"
Ze General Goyon, to hear zis bad
Spoke of Napoleon, flew into von
"Ana !" he cry, "ze coat protects
you what you wears, Else I wode give you two great boxes on ze ears.
" Take off your priestly robbs
which keeps your shoulders warm,
And I of General will change ze
Zat now on your honneur I 'ave
I may you render satisfaction on
Monsignor de Merode replied,
"You'll me excuse; Ze offer to accept, for why I most refuse." "Monsignor de
Merode," say General Goyon, " To me it plain appears zat you are von poltron.
"Ze boxes of your ears vat causes
you no pain, Since as you zem accept zey morally remain, Behold, you see ze tip
of zis extended toe; Conceive zat you arrest ze kick I make just so!"
Monsignor de Merode did zereupon
Like von small dog wiz tail
between his hinder feet, Ze soldier of him claimed surrender by-and-by, And seat
him down to eat von plate of omble pie.
A MAN OF HIGH FAMILY.—It is not
generally known that M. Blondin is connected with
one of the most illustrious families of the English Peerage. The great
funambulist is confidently asserted to be a scion of the House of Somerset.
A WOMAN TO BE ENVIED-The wife of
a poor Curate writes, sighingly, as follows : " I see that the Sultan is always
appearing in public with a new Hatt. I wonder if the Sultana exercises the same
privilege, and can come out as often as she likes with a new Bonnet."
ADVICE THAT NEVER WILL BE
FOLLOWED.—A woman should never marry. Previous to
marriage, she is an Angel ; whereas after marriage, she is nothing more than a
Woman!—One who admires Women far too generally ever to give a selfish preference
VERY SHOOTABLE.—A new journal is
announced, to be entitled The Quiver. We understand that a leading feature in it
will be an 'arrowing tale called The Beau.
ADVICE TO THE INTEMPERATE.—If you
will "drink like a fish," let it be then like the
gold fish, whose entire globe contains nothing but water.
STYLE!—What every coxcomb fancies
he has attached to his gait. A Methodist preacher, whose
hearers were in the habit of going to sleep over his preachings, bought a tin
whistle, and one Sunday, when he saw a goodly number under the somnolescent
influence, he drew forth his whistle and blew a shrill shriek. In an instant the
whole congregation was awake and upon their feet, staring at the minister, at
each other, and wondering what in the name of human nature is to come next. "
You're a set of smart specimens of humanity, ain't you?" said the divine
whistler, as he slowly gazed around on the astonished assemblage. "When I preach
the Gospel to you, you all go to sleep; but the moment I go to playing the devil
you're all wide awake, up and a coming, like a rush of hornets with a pole in
A SAYING AT FAULT.—When people
say " Necessity has no law," they must surely forget the Poor-law.
A genuine Jonathan, sojourning on
the banks of Lough Neagh, says, in proof of the petrifying property of its
waters, that an old fisherman in that neighborhood, known by the sobriquet of
Hugo Trout, has immersed his legs so long and so often in the lake that they
have petrified, and he now always hones his razors upon what used to be his shin
Most men have in their souls no
locomotives strong enough to draw a train of thought.
"I'll neither tell my age for the
census or the sovereign," said cook, most resolutely, to her master, who was
preparing for the enumerator. "Very well, then, I'll put you down sixty-five,"
was the cool reply. " Upon my honor, Sir, I was only fifty-nine last birthday,"
The storms of adversity are
wholesome, though, like snow-storms, their drifts are not always seen.
A MODEL OFFICER.—A certain
militia captain commanded the — company, and on one occasion, while drilling
this limb of the nation's bulwark in the art of " grim-visaged war," the citizen
soldiers having got into an inextricable snarl, it was found necessary to stop
the beating of the drum. Instead of the usual phrase, " Halt," our commander
bawled out, somewhat pettishly, " Stop that drumming!" Not understanding this
order, the musician continued to perform his "paddediddles" and "flammediddles"
with as much vigor as ever. "Stop that drumming!" shouted our hero a second
time; but the unconscious drummer, with head erect and foot on the move, still
went on. The indignant captain could bear it no longer ; marching directly up to
the musician, he drew his" battle blade" with a flourish, and plunged it through
both heads of the instrument, exclaiming, in a voice of thunder, "There,
confound you, now rub-a-dub if you can!"
" Ma, get down on your hands and
knees a minute, please." "What on earth shall I do that for, pet ?" "'Cause I
want to draw an elephant."
A gentleman said to his wife, a
few evenings since, as they were talking over the war, " The measles—why that is
a most unmilitary disease for troops to be sick with." "Why," she replied, "it
is a very common sickness with the infantry"
" Bob, how is your sweet-heart
getting along?" "Pretty well; she says I needn't call any more."
PREPARATIONS OF THE REBELS IN
THE New York Times says : " There
appears to be little doubt that the rebel Army at
Manassas and in that vicinity
is now made more numerous than it has ever been before, whatever its
appointments may be. Immediately after the
Bull Run battle, the rebel leaders
made extraordinary exertions to concentrate troops in Virginia, in anticipation
of another and more formidable demonstration by the National Army, and the
result, it is understood, has been the transfer of large forces from Tennessee,
which had been held there for the defense of the Mississippi, together with all
that could be spared from the Cotton States, including a portion of Bragg's
command at Pensacola. In addition to all this the work of improvement—for it can
be called nothing else—has been steadily going on in Virginia. The Maryland side
of the Potomac is now filled with refugees from Loudon and other counties, who
have fled to avoid this impressment, in some instances driving over their stock
to save it from the marauders, and in others leaving every thing behind, glad
even to escape with their lives."
ARRESTS FOR TREASON.
Washington, the Baltimore Police Commissioners,
and numerous others now held in durance at
Fort Lafayette, and two or three
ladies in Washington have also been placed under arrest upon charges of
communicating with the rebels. Among them are the wife of Senator Gwin, Mrs.
Greenough, and Mrs. Phillips, wife of an ex-member of Congress from Alabama, and
her two daughters. The houses of these ladies have been surrounded by a strong
military guard, and the inmates held in close custody.
McCULLOCH'S MOVEMENTS IN WESTERN
We learn that the Union men in the southwestern part of Missouri are
greatly harassed by the rebel forces, thousands of them being compelled to
abandon their homes. About ten thousand of
General McCulloch's army are
marching, northward, an advance-guard having reached as far as
Lebanon on the
road to Rolla.
Active military operations
continue in Missouri. We learn from
Cairo that a battle took place on Monday
night at twelve o'clock at
Charleston, between the Union force, about 250
strong, consisting of the Twenty-second Illinois Regiment, under command of
Colonel Dougherty, accompanied by Lieutenant-Colonel Ransom, of the Eleventh
Illinois Regiment. The rebel force was estimated at 600 to 700 men, and
commanded by Colonel Hunter, of Jeff Thompson's army. The Union force was
victorious, completely routing the rebels, killing forty and taking seventeen
Captain Haleman, with fifty
mounted men, left Bird's Point at about six o'clock the same evening for
Charleston, to join the forces under Colonel Dougherty, but failed to form a
junction with them. They met a party of rebels about one hundred strong, and
gave them battle, killing two and taking thirty-three prisoners; they also
captured thirty-five horses, without the loss of a man.
A PROCLAMATION BY GOVERNOR
The following proclamation has been issued by Governor Gamble:
" Whereas the power of the civil
authority is insufficient to protect the lives and property of the citizens of
the State, I, Hamilton R. Gamble, Governor of Missouri, do hereby call into the
active service of the State forty-two thousand men of the militia of the State,
assigning six thousand as the quota to each military district, which is the same
as a Congressional district. The force thus called into service will be, as far
as possible, a volunteer force, and will consist of ten thousand cavalry and
thirty-two thousand infantry. If the number of volunteers should exceed this
requisition the excess will be held as a reserve corps. If there should be a
deficiency it may become necessary to resort to a draft. The Adjutant-General
will issue to the Division Inspectors of the several military districts the
orders necessary to carry into effect this requisition. The force called out
will be for six months, unless peace in the State shall be sooner restored. Arms
will be furnished as rapidly as they can be had.
"Given under my hand and seal of
the State, at Jefferson City, this 24th day of August, in the year 1861. "By the
Governor, H. R. GAMBLE.
"M. OLIVER, Secretary of State."
TRAITORS IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE.
The investigation of the Potter
Committee, it is said, has resulted in reporting fully two hundred employees in
the several departments at Washington as persons who can not be relied upon as
loyal to the Government.
BOUNTY FOR VOLUNTEERS.
The State of New York has adopted
a policy which it would be well for other States to follow. An order has been
issued from head-quarters at
Albany, giving a bounty of two dollars a man to any
person who may bring in a company of thirty-two volunteers to the service of the
TROUBLES OF THE SECESSION PRESS.
Last week, at Philadelphia, the
Marshal seized and stopped the circulation of the New York News and the
Christian Observer. The former sheet depends chiefly on its Southern patrons for
its support, and the suppression of its issue in that direction must affect it
seriously. At Allentown, Pennsylvania, the sheriff has found it necessary to
call out a guard to protect two disunion papers from the assaults of the
The Westchester (Pennsylvania)
Jeffersonian has been taken possession of by the crowd, who detest its secession
proclivities. The Starke County (Ohio) Democrat has been destroyed on account of
its hostile sentiments toward the Government.
On 24th orders were received at
the Post-Office here forbidding the transmission of the Journal of Commerce, the
Daily News, the Day-Book, and the Brooklyn Eagle through the mails of the United
States. News-dealers will not send them with other dailies, and the Marshals
seize them wherever found. The Alleghanian, a Western Virginian secession sheet,
was extinguished on Thursday night, in revenge for an attack upon a meeting at
which Governor Thomas was speaking. The Bridgeport Farmer was utterly destroyed
on Friday by a party of returned volunteers. This paper was the most abusive of
any of its kind in the Northern States. The True American at Trenton, New
Jersey, has succumbed to popular opinion and suspended publication, remarking
that as it can not be circulated, it might as well save the expense of printing.
The press fever has also broken out in Wilmington, Delaware, where, one night
last week, the Gazette office was beset by an excited crowd, in consequence of
certain remarks about the Delaware soldiers.
THE NEW STATE OF KANAWHA.
The members of the
Western Virginia, in session at
Wheeling, do not seem disposed to follow the
advice of Attorney-General Bates, but have decided to establish a new State.
Their action is to be submitted to the people at the election of Delegates to a
Constitutional Convention, and may be reversed. The boundaries of the new State,
to be called Kanawha, may be enlarged by permitting certain adjoining counties
to come in if they should desire to do so.
BOMBARDMENT OF GALVESTON.
The city of
Galveston, Texas, was
subjected to a pretty severe bombardment by the United States war vessels South
Carolina and Dart, on Monday, the 5th instant. They continued to throw shells
into the city for half an hour, doing considerable damage. The batteries on
shore responded, and it was thought that the South Carolina had received some
hurt, as it was observed that she was undergoing repairs after the fight was
over. The citizens of Galveston sent a protest on board, under a flag of truce,
against the alleged violation of the rules of war in shelling the city without
giving notice to remove the women and children. These facts we learn from
THE "SUMTER" AT CURACOA.
Letters from Curacoa, concerning
pirate Sumter, state that this craft was refused admittance to the port of Cienfuegos, and was compelled to anchor below the fort,
at the entrance. Her six prizes,
however, went inside. The Sumter shortly after was taken with an apprehension
that a National war vessel was in pursuit of her; she accordingly retired
precipitately, leaving her prizes in the harbor. She subsequently captured two
American vessels, loaded with provisions. On the 2d inst., she was in the
vicinity of Maturin, on the coast of Venezuela. The Governor of Curacoa had said
that, if the pirate desired again to enter that harbor, it would not be allowed
to do so. This decision should have been made earlier.
THE "JEFF DAVIS" AT PORTO RICO.
A correspondent at Ponce, Porto Rico, gives a full report of the arrival of
the privateer Jeff Davis in that port.
She mounted five guns and had sixty men on board. Ten
men were sent ashore for provisions, but they not being
allowed to land, the privateer was compelled to go in under
the twenty-four hours' neutrality rule of the Queen of Spain.
The Captain General sent the war steamer Herman Cortez
outside the harbor to see that she obeyed, as well as to
watch her subsequent movements. The rebel captain
boasted that he had taken six prizes, and was then about
to look after a New York vessel with specie on board. He
had boarded the Baltimore brig Francis Jane and given
to her commander a formidable-looking protection paper.
BALL AT LONG BRANCH.
The boarders at the various
hotels at Long Branch, in conjunction with some of the patriotic citizens of New
York, gave a ball at the Mansion House, on Thursday evening, in honor of Mrs.
President Lincoln. The occasion was a most gratifying one to all concerned.
During the afternoon an exhibition of the coast life-saving apparatus was given
for the gratification of the distinguished guest, under the supervision of
Ex-Governor Newell, the superintendent of the stations in that district. A large
number witnessed the experiments.
GEORGIA GOING TO SECEDE AGAIN.
There are pretty strong
indications that Georgia is about to secede from the
Governor Brown has recalled all the troops of that State from Virginia, and in a
recent proclamation he says there is a disposition on the part of the new
Government to ignore State rights, and he feared that at the end of the present
war the great battle of State sovereignty would have to be fought over again.
THE SOUTHERN PRODUCE LOAN.
The Richmond Enquirer says that
the Treasury Department is already in receipt of voluminous returns from almost
every port of the South, pledging cotton, rice, tobacco, grain, and money ; and
the aggregate of these subscriptions can not now fall short of from twenty to
thirty millions of dollars, and will doubtless be swelled to fifty or over one
hundred millions when all the lists are brought in, and the canvass is fully
PRIVATEERING AT CHARLESTON.
Charleston papers advertise
shares for sale in the privateer schooner Beauregard. There is an abundance of
privateer material yet in the
Southern ports. In Charleston alone there are the
Nashville, 1230 tons; the Isabel, 1115 tons; and the Catawba, 407
tons; ships Mackinaw, 1094 tons ; and John Ravenel, 700 tons ; bark Etiwan, 325
tons; and brigs Emma Eger, 196 tons ; and Louise, 175 tons.
THE NEW ORLEANS BATTERING-RAM.
The New Orleans battering-ram,
which is to destroy the blockading squadron at the mouth of the Mississippi, and
all the rest of creation if necessary, was launched on the 14th ult. The "thing"
draws twelve feet of water.
Senator Wilson, of Massachusetts,
has been tendered, and has accepted, a position on the staff of
He has been induced the more readily to accept from the advantages such a
position will give him as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Military Affairs.
A lady Richmond correspondent of
the Mobile News says that that city is very gay at present. The writer, talking
of Mrs. Jefferson Davis, says: " While here, Mrs. Davis received company every
evening in her own parlor, and, as it was etiquette, we did ourselves the honor
of paying our respects. I found her most affable, and an exceedingly intelligent
and sprightly talker ; and, with her finished usage du monde, she is peculiarly
fitted to do honor to our Executive mansion."
Mrs. Sue A. Carter Foster, of
Murfreesboro, North Carolina, the wife of Charles Henry Foster, has applied for
a divorce, on the ground that her husband is an abolitionist.
Ex-Minister Faulkner, in his
confinement at Washington, has time to think seriously of the Southern
Rebellion, and he appears to speak candidly now and then. The other day,
remarking on Governor Brown's (Georgia) protest against the military despotism
Jeff Davis, he said that it embodied words which came from many quarters, and
that the iron rule can not but produce the results which Brown foreshadows.
The 69th Regiment decided last
week to volunteer for the war, and to go out under command of Lieutenant-Colonel
Nugent. It is probable that Captain Thomas Francis Meagher will accompany them.
George W. Prentice, the editor of
the Louisville Journal, is about to receive a handsome testimonial from the
friends of Liberty, Constitution, and Laws, resident in this city. The bold and
fearless position taken by Mr. Prentice, in defense of the Union, against the
fanatics of the South, has been the cause of much gratulation at the North, and
nowhere more than in New York.
The Richmond papers say that Mrs.
Henningsen, wife of the filibuster, who is now in General Wise's staff, had
arrived in that city from New York. They also state that she was closely
searched by the Unionists, but that she "managed to get through with over thirty
pounds of quinine, five revolvers, and a galvanic battery." Smart woman!
HOSTILITY OF THE ENGLISH TO THE
DATES from Europe to the 16th of
August state that the London press was still engaged with the discussion of the
American war question. The Globe denies that Admiral Milne had reported on the
inefficiency of the blockade of the Southern ports, and asserts that no official
advices on that subject had been received by the Government. The London Times,
in its city article and an editorial, expresses its apprehension of the
financial ability of the Government in Washington to carry on the war. Mr.
Russell had forwarded another letter to that journal, which is spoken of as
"discouraging to the cause of the North."
BRITISH OPINION ON OUR WAR.
The London Times of the 10th
remarks that the Americans of the North even take pleasure in the sensation
caused by their recent unparalleled defeat. Another letter from
says, he having acquired further information respecting the fight, has come to
the following conclusion: There was not a bayonet charge made by the Federal
infantry during the day ; there was not a charge of any kind made by the
Confederate cavalry upon any regiment of the enemy until they broke: there was
not a hand to hand encounter between any regiments; there was not a battery
charged or taken by the Federalists; there were no masked batteries in play by
the Confederates; there was no annihilation of rebel horse by the Zouaves or
others, a volley fired by one battalion emptied three saddles among a body of
horse, who approached at some distance, and the infantry which performed the
execution then retired, and there were no desperate struggles except by those
who wanted to get away. He then alludes to the approach of the Confederates
Washington; says the Unionist troops were complaining of nothing having
been paid them, and about 80,000 three months' men had left, or were about
THE QUARREL WITH THE POPE.
The Moniteur confirms a report
current, but not credited, that the French Government has sent dispatches to
Rome asking satisfaction within twenty-four hours.