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Page) for months now, that it had only been a delusion—that you were
the very life of my life, as no one else ever had been or could be."
"And you never spoke?"
"How could I? I was a woman."
"And so, but for this sudden
parting, you would have let me go all my life through and never know that the
treasure I coveted was mine! Oh, child, I have kept my word to you. I have not
forsaken you, or staid away from you, but it has been a sore trial."
He knelt down beside me, and
folded me in that strong clasp of his. His eyes shone with a measureless
content. I could feel the beating of his heart full and strong—the heart which
was to be my home.
He looked up after a while, and
said, oh, so tenderly,
"Florence, the life I was going
to offer my country was worth so little to me that to give it was no sacrifice.
Must I withdraw the offering, now that you have made it infinitely precious?"
I knew what his wish was. Perhaps
I should not have loved him so well if he had been capable of giving up the
right, even for me. I knew that I but echoed the resolve in his own soul when I
"No, you shall fight for two."
"Then it must be my wife who will
watch and pray for me—my wife who will welcome me when I come back. To-morrow,
love, you must be mine. I could die happier knowing that you bore my name, and
had a wife's right to weep for me."
I did not refuse—how could I? The
next day we were married.
He has passed, unscathed, through
many a fierce fight, ever, as I knew he would be, in the thickest of the fray. I
have faith, at length, in my own happiness. I believe Heaven guards him; and
by-and-by, with laurels on his brow, he will come back to love and me—my hero—my
THE JEW'S GARDEN.
I KNEW it in winter, when flowers
When days were dim with
Next door but one the little old
I knew he was fond of flowers.
For the weather had often his
And he changed as the weather was
warm or cool;
I knew it, too, by his cheerful
With the children coming from
'Twas the emerald edge of the
month of May,
With a spirit of bloom in the
"Will you look at my garden?"
said he, one day;
It is full of promises fair."
I smiled as we neared it. A
Amid angular walls of commodious
It lay, like Beauty,
Like song in a sordid heart.
But the tired airs panted among
the plants there,
Which, by devious ways, they had
come to claim,
And the voice of love fell from
the dove-cotes near,
And the crippled sunbeams came.
And never a care of the noisome
The din of the street, or the
Did the young growths take in
that garden there,
As if blessed with a genial
Never a care took the Bean, but
to vie With Ivy and Hop that blindly run,
With small hands holding the
They feel their way up to the sun;
Nor the Daffodil, but to dazzle
A tune to the eye with its golden
Nor the Giant of Battle, whose
Enchants the look which it
But lo! a mound—a miniature
A sensitive plant, with its hands
half shut, Stands softly near as in prayer profound—
A Heart's-ease smiles at the
The quaint old Jew, with his
On the habits and hues and names
of flowers, Never glanced at this, the gem of the plat,
And, most likely, the labor of
Till I said, "What is it, my
Moss-mantled and wee, like a fairy's grave,
And those typical plants that guard it around?"
I paused at the sigh he gave.
He spoke no word, but his eyes
The air grew still and the
And then, as the Sensitive plant
By the old man's falling tear,
A vision arose of a greener grave
In a distant land, in the distant
And I knew the mourner who knelt
A youthful tribute of tears.
And I thought, this old man here,
to this day,
May have lived by brokerage,
cheat, and bribe—
May have fawned, and lied, and
clutched, and grown gray
In the sordid curse of his tribe.
But surely, I thought, love
falls, like dew,
On his heart from the heaven of
by-gone hours; And surely God loves the little old Jew,
So cheerful and fond of flowers.
APPROACH TO CHARLESTON.
page 429 we give a BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF
CHARLESTON AND VICINITY,
showing James Island and Stono Inlet, and the position of our forces and our
gun-boats. We take the following extracts from correspondents' letters from the
It is but a little way from here
to Charleston. From our outposts, looking across the narrow skirt of the island,
we can plainly see Fort Johnson, and in a line beyond it
Fort Sumter. Still farther the spires of the
city and the masts of a few lonely vessels rise dimly to the view. But
interposing is a force as large, I think, as our own, and they gave us, in the
skirmish of yesterday, an evidence of dash and daring for which our men seemed
hardly prepared. They are, of course, alarmed for the safety of the city. It may
be that they will abandon it at once, seeing as they soon must that its
possession must ultimately be transferred to the Union army. But we have every
reason to expect a desperate resistance on their part, and hard fighting on our
own, before the
Stars and Stripes will float in triumph over Sumter's walls.
There has been a good deal of
skirmishing between our forces and those of the rebels, resulting in our
success. The rebels have been on the aggressive since we ceased to advance, and
have given us one or two very pretty fights. They are in very strong force upon
James Island, and have a large reserve in Charleston and on neighboring islands.
The failure of Colonel Christ to destroy the railroad bridge at Pocotaligo, and
thereby sever the main artery between Charleston and
Savannah, has enabled the rebels to concentrate
a very large force in and about Charleston, with ample means to increase it at
short notice. In this they have the advantage of' us. They can move troops with
greater rapidity and concentrate more easily than we. Still we have managed thus
far to get a little ahead of them, and would to-day have been in Charleston if a
little more transportation could have been procured. One brigade failed to be on
the ground assigned it in consequence of lack of transportation, and the moment
which found Charleston nearly unprotected on that approach was forever lost, and
when the movement was finally attempted the avenue of approach was found almost
impregnable. The cause of the failure of the movement, I presume,, will be
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