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Page) consoling to remember, as some of her really fine points passed
unrecognized, that la diva, Grisi herself, had endured the same reception in the
Between the first and second acts
Mr. Gottschalk prestidigitated upon the piano; and between the second and third
Mr. Hermann upon handkerchiefs and huge rings. Each was a most perfect and most
elegant legerdemain. Certainly neither Thalberg nor Liszt could do such wonders
at the keyboard as Gottschalk; and in the simpler passages there is a clear,
sonorous precision in his playing which almost rivals Thalberg. It is
inconceivable that any one should do more with the piano than he does. Yet
doubtless we always interpret the character of piano-playing by our knowledge of
the player. If we know him to be imaginative, generous, creative, simple, we
find these qualities in his performance. if we think him shallow, conceited,
sensual, then that is all heard at the instrument. The mere skill of the two
players may be almost indistinguishable; but the spirit and effect of their
performance are as different as simplicity and conceit.
Hermann is a master. He ought to
wear a red skull-cap with a cock's feather. Then he would look the mysterious
Mephisto he is.
THAT a nation entirely unused to
war should make mistakes was most natural. But we have made but one serious, and
that by no means irretrievable, mistake in ours. That was in declining the
service of any man who offered. We have never had men enough. Perhaps we have
had as many men as arms. But we might have had large reserved camps of drilled
soldiers to supply the vacant places of the various divisions; and arms can be
procured easier than skilled men, many and willing as they are.
It is not that we have not men
enough to defeat the enemy, but we want to defeat them overwhelmingly and
McClellan should have been reinforced without
weakening Banks. His retreat, although masterly in itself and in no way
disastrous, still lengthens the war. Hunter may capture
Charleston, but more men would have made it
easier. McClellan will probably take
Richmond, but with fifty thousand more men the
immediate capture would have had a moral effect in weakening the rebellion and
in shortening the war, which it can not now have.
Of course it is easy to say "more
men." But we shall be reminded that armies cost money. That is true; but in war
speed is cheapness. A man will readily pay a dollar more fare if he can go to a
place, transact his business, and return the same day, for he saves a dollar in
his lodging. The nation is ready and willing to put down the rebellion speedily,
at any cost, because it knows that cost now is saving in the end. Vallandigham
and Co. talk about the extravagance of the Government because they want to
paralyze our milltary operations by frightening people with the expense already
incurred. The truth is, as a friend expresses it, "The People meant to finish up
this war in one campaign, and they are ready to do every thing that is required
for the purpose, and it will be the fault of our generals (political as well as
military) if it be not done."
IN their late eagerness to
prejudice the public mind, the newspapers which think that the valuable and
lovely thing in American institutions is not liberty but slavery incessantly
spoke of Mr. Collyer as Doctor Collyer or the Reverend Mr. Collyer. The
intention was to make him appear a penniless missionary, a needy clerical
adventurer, or impracticable visionary.
The truth is that Mr. Collyer is
an artist of this city of great repute as a crayon draughtsman among all who are
interested in art. His penciled female heads in past Academy Exhibitions have
been justly among the most noted and admired. Just before the beginning of the
war made upon this Government in the interest of slavery, Mr. Collyer, who is
richer than many of his brethren of the pencil, was proposing to visit Europe
with his family. But fortunately his wealth is not of one kind only. Hearing the
call of his country upon all her children, and looking to see how he could most
effectively serve her, he resolved to devote himself to the care of the
It was in pursuance of this
humane and patriotic duty that he was in North Carolina. The instruction of the
friendless colored people was a service not less humane and patriotic, and he
readily united that with his other cares. Like the noble Colonel Howland, of the
16th regiment of this State, who willingly turned away from all the ease and
delight which wealth, cultivation, taste, and a generous soul secured, and whose
late gift of a thousand dollars to the Sanitary Commission was but a single drop
in the ample offering he has made to his country, Mr. Collyer is no fanatical
enthusiast, or well-meaning inefficient brother, but an American gentleman, who
gives his time, his labor, his talent, and his money, to the great cause of
human liberty and enlightenment to which this Government was consecrated, for
which it is struggling, and which is instinctively the cause of every gentleman
in the land.
THE SANITARY SHIP.
THE noble work of the Sanitary
Commission is deeply appreciated by the country. Its services to our soldiers
have been invaluable. Its energy, faithfulness, and comprehensiveness in doing
its work are among the most grateful and hallowed events of the war. Nor has the
practical public recognition been either slow or niggardly. A great many
thousand dollars have been gladly contributed, while loyal hands of innumerable
women and children have been busily toiling to aid its work.
In expectation of the increased
sickness of the season and of the crowds of wounded and suffering
whom the imminent battle before
Richmond will throw into its charge, as well as to provide still ampler
accommodation for those already under its care, the Sanitary Commission has
fitted up the first-class clipper ship St. Marks as a floating hospital or a
transport for the sick and wounded, to be stationed in York River or Hampton
Roads. The experiment of the hospital ship Florence Nightingale has been so
entirely satisfactory that there can be no doubt of the wisdom and beneficence
of this act.
It is another indication of the
fidelity and sagacity of the Sanitary Commission.
ANOTHER TROLLOPE UPON AMERICA.
MR. ANTHONY TROLLOPE, the
pleasant and shrewd novelist, has been writing a book about us. It was known
that he was here last year, and he did not disguise his literary intention. The
work comes at last, and with a peculiar interest as the view of an unusually
good-tempered Englishman, who has seen us and chatted with us during the war.
The book is evidently thoroughly
English and really friendly. There is a blunt honesty in it which will not
surprise those who have read his "West Indies and the Spanish Main," and there
is that total want of enthusiasm which marks the true Briton. Mr. Trollope
constantly talks of the war, and he understands much more than most strangers
who write of it. He makes some capital social criticisms, and all he says is
said with that easy, genial humor which disarms all suspicion of bitterness or
satire. The work is very entertaining, as every thing he writes must be.
We speak from a taste here and
there in various parts; but the flavor is excellent, and will go far to take the
taste of the earlier Trollope book out of our mouths. Published by Harper &
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
OLD PROVERBS IN MODERN LIGHTS.
THE early bird goes to bed the
The wise child dies the youngest.
The rolling stone sees most of
To be poor in purse and proud in
heart is the highest proof-of gentility.
Maidens—a present, young
ladies—must be cool and forward; the want of ears to be made amends for by the
length of tongue.
Would you be a great man in the
world's estimation, never hesitate to tell a lie or be dishonest when you are
pretty sure of not being found out.
Never pay what you owe; it is the
height of snobism.
The gift of a slippery tongue
makes a man more admired than a tenpenny income-tax makes him disliked.
Jones thinks that the adoption of
crinoline has tended to keep marriageable young men on the outskirts of female
society. No doubt, while the fashion lasts, milliners' bills must continue to be
a good round sum.
ALL THE DIFFERENCE.-What is the
difference between man and his mother earth? The latter shows its furrows in
spring, the former his in autumn.
GREAT CONFEDERATE LOSS.—We fancy
by this time that it must be loss of heart.
Any sort of lecture is a bore
that tells you nothing but what you knew already, and if every preacher bore
this in mind no congregation would ever be bored with a sermon. Some gentlemen
denounce as a bore any speech or writing which informs them of what they don't
want to know, and which, making them no wiser than they were, they ironically
call didactic. What is one man's bore is another man's hobby. What a bore is
music or poetry to a man who has none in his soul—that is to say, in his animal
nature! Dancing is as great a bore to one man as moral philosophy is to another.
Small talk bores some men worse than metaphysics or even than theology. The most
insufferable of all bores are wife to husband and husband to wife, between whom
the most ardent affection does not exist; but when it does they are tormented
with anxiety on one another's account, and that is a bore.
NOTES BY A HORRIDLY SATIRICAL
Women first resorted to tight
lacing to prove to men how well they could bear sqeezing.
Time works wonders on the faces
of Mrs. Tittyvate's friends, but Time never touches Mrs. T.
How beautiful is woman when
adversity frowns upon her sister! It is touching to behold the resignation with
which a woman sees her best friend compelled, by circumstances, to put down the
carriage and suppress her lady's maid.
Widows' Weeds are easily got rid
of by planting a late variety of the Seringa—perhaps better known as
Love at first sight often leads
to marriage with the eyes shut.
When I see a bee in the cup of an
orange-blossom, he reminds me of the day when the confectioner called for his
bill for a certain wedding breakfast.
We are told that "Use is Second
Nature." This may be the case with many, but we think with a rare number of
people, inasmuch as our enemies generally exceed our friends, it should be,
"Abuse is Second Nature."
A woman living up in Jackson
County has lost, within eighteen months, two husbands. The first was a common
farm hand, able to earn ten dollars per month—the latter, a mill-wright, who
earned two dollars a day, but was killed the second week after he had got a
steady job for a year. She said to a consoling friend the other day: "It seemed
so hard to lose him, just after he'd got a good job, too!"
NELLY GWYNN'S FIRST LOVE. — "My
first love, you must know, was a link-boy." "A what?" "'Tis true," said she,
"for all the frightfulness of your what; and a very good soul he was too, poor
Dick! and had the heart of a gentleman. God knows what has become of him; but
when I last saw him he said he would humbly love me to his dying day. He used to
say that I must have been a lord's daughter for my beauty, and that I ought to
ride in my coach, and behaved to me as if I did. He, poor boy, would light me
and my mother home, when we had sold our oranges, to our lodgings in Lewkenor's
Lane, as if we had been ladies of the land. He said he never felt easy for the
evening till he had asked me how I did; then he went gayly about his work, and
if he saw us housed at night he slept like a prince. I shall never forget when
he came flushing and stammering, and drew out of his pocket a pair of worsted
stockings which he brought for my naked feet. It was bitter cold weather, and I
had chilblains, which made me hobble about till I cried; and what does poor
Richard do but work hard like a horse, and buy me these worsted stockings. My
mother bade him put them on; and so he did, and his warm tears fell on my
chilblains, and he said he should be the happiest lord on earth if the stockings
did me any good."
A lazy fellow begged alms, saying
that he could not find bread for his family. "Nor I," replied an industrious
mechanic; "I am obliged to work for it."
The following epitaph is on a
tombstone in Berkeley church-yard. The subject of it died in June, 1725, aged 63
Here lies the Earl of Suffolk's
Men called him Dicky Pearse:
His folly served to make folks
When wit and mirth were scarce.
Poor Dick, alas! is dead and
What dignifies to cry?
Dickys enough are still behind
To laugh at by-and-by.
Why can not two slender persons
ever become great friends? Because they will always be slight acquaintance.
A man may be called
poverty-stricken when knocked down by a beggar.
"What was the matter with Brown
who died yesterday?" "Oh, he drank too much beer; that's what aled him."
We are told to have hope and
trust, but what's a poor fellow to do when he can no longer get any trust?
Why is a man who beats his wife
like an exquisitely formed dog? Because he's a perfect brute.
When is a boy more than a boy?
When he is a lad-der.
A young man who was desirous of
marrying the daughter of a well-known Boston merchant, after many attempts to
broach the subject to the old gentleman, in a very stuttering manner commenced,
"Mr. Owen, are you willing to let me have your daughter Jane?" "Of course I am,"
replied the old man; "and I wish you would get some other likely fellows to
marry the rest of them."
The individual who broke the ice
by his speech was drowned by applause.
A countryman recently came to
town to purchase an article of household necessity, and in passing a music-shop
observed ''All sorts of wind instruments for sale here." He forthwith stepped in
and asked for a pair of bellows.
ON Tuesday, June 10, in the
Senate, a resolution was adopted calling for information as to whether any
claims have been made by citizens of the United States for property destroyed by
the Federal army, and whether any measures have been taken to ascertain the
actual damages in such cases; and if so, what. The treaty with Great Britain for
the suppression of the African
slave-trade, together with the correspondence on
that subject, was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. A memorial from
citizens of Utah, asking admission into the Union as a State, under the title of
the State of Deseret, was referred to the Committee on Territories. The bill
making additional appropriations for civil expenses, including the Haytien and
Liberian missions, was passed. The Naval Appropriation bill was reported back by
the Finance Committee with amendments. A motion to take up the bill amending the
Fugitive Slave Law was agreed to by a vote of 25 to 10, and the Senate
adjourned.—In the House, a bill to punish fraudulent government contractors was
reported by the Judiciary Committee. The bill transferring the Western gun-boat
fleet from the War to the Navy Department, was passed.
On Wednesday, June 11, in the
Senate, a resolution admitting Messrs. Cannon and Hooper, Senators elect from
Deseret, to the floor of the Senate, was laid over, as was also a resolution
declaring null and void all acts or ordinances of secession passed by any
Legislature or convention, and that loyal citizens of seceded States are
entitled to all the privileges guaranteed and conferred by the Constitution of
the United States. The Judiciary Committee reported a bill to establish
provisional governments in certain cases. The bill amending the Fugitive Slave
Law was postponed, and that for the construction of the Pacific Railroad was
taken up. Senator M'Dougall explained its provisions, when it was postponed.—In
the House, Mr. Stevens, from the Committee of Ways and Means, reported a bill
authorizing the issue of $150,000,000 of Treasury notes, not bearing interest,
of a denomination not less than five dollars. It was ordered to be printed. Mr.
Bingham, of Ohio, presented a preamble and resolution declaring that information
has been received by the Government that Hon. Benjamin Wood, a member of the
House from New York city, has been engaged in communicating, or attempting to
communicate, important intelligence to the rebels in arms against the
Government, and directing the Judiciary Committee to investigate the subject and
report upon the facts. After some debate, during which Mr. Wood favored the
adoption of the resolution, it was adopted.
On Thursday, June 12, in the
Senate, Senator Davis, of Kentucky, offered a resolution that the rebel General
Buckner, captured at Fort Donelson, and now a prisoner at
Fort Warren, ought to
be transferred to the civil authorities to be tried for treason, whereof he
stands indicted, in the Kentucky District Court. After some discussion, during
which Senator Davis said Buckner ought not to be exchanged, but taken to
Kentucky and hanged, the subject was laid aside. The bill for the relief of
General Grant was passed. The Pacific Railroad bill was then taken up and
discussed, and, after an executive session, the Senate adjourned.—In the House
the Tax bill was reported back from the Committee on Ways and Means. Mr. Stevens
recommended a general non-concurrence in the Senate's three hundred and fourteen
amendments, and a committee of conference on the points in dispute between the
two Houses. This was agreed to by a vote of 80 against 58. The bill defining the
pay and emoluments of certain army officers, conferring citizenship upon all
volunteers who serve and are honorably discharged on proving one year's
residence, and punishing fraudulent contractors by court-martial with fine and
imprisonment, and bringing all contractors under the Articles of War, was
passed. The report of the Conference Committee on the bill appropriating five
million dollars for bounties for volunteers was accepted.
On Friday, June 13, in the
Senate, a bill to carry into effect the new treaty for the suppression of the
African slave-trade was reported by the Committee on Foreign Relations. The bill
provides for the appointment of United States officers at mixed courts at New
York, Sierra Leone, and Cape of Good Hope; each of the three Judges to receive
$2500 per annum; also, for the arbitrator at New York to receive $1000 per
annum, and the others $2000 each; also, for the clerk of the court at New York
to receive the fees pertaining to the office. The appropriations for the
Academy, temporarily located at Newport, Rhode Island, and for repairs to the
Academy buildings at Annapolis, Maryland, were, after considerable debate,
adopted, thus indicating that the Academy will again be restored to
Annapolis.—In the House, the Committee on Foreign Affairs made a report that no
exigency seems to exist to require the interposition of the Government in behalf
of the suffering people of Ireland. The bills to secure more prompt payment of
officers and volunteers, and adding 40 surgeons and 120 assistant-surgeons to
the army medical corps, was passed; also the bills indemnifying the citizens of
Delaware for war expenditures, and prescribing an additional oath to grand and
petit jurors serving in United States courts.
On Saturday, June 14, in the
Senate, a message was received from the President calling attention to the
subject of enlarging the Erie and Oswego canals and locks, so as to admit of the
passage of gun-boats. The House bill providing for the more prompt payment of
the volunteers was passed. An executive session was then held, and the Senate
adjourned.—The House was not in session.
On Monday, June 16, in the
Senate, the Naval Appropriation bill was taken up, and Senator Wilson's
amendment, that no slaves shall be employed in the navy-yards, dock-yards, etc.,
was rejected, by a vote of 17 yeas to 18 nays. The appropriation for repairs at
the Naval Academy buildings at
Annapolis was adhered to, and the bill passed. A
joint resolution authorizing the President to purchase Jones's improvement for
operating heavy guns
was presented. A debate ensued
relative to changing the hour of meeting, and it was resolved that the Senate on
and after the 19th instant, meet at eleven o'clock.—In the House, the Committee
on Elections reported against the claim of Charles Henry Foster to represent the
Second Congressional District of North Carolina. A joint resolution was
introduced creating the grade of Lieutenant-General of the army, to be filled,
on the restoration of peace, by such eminent Major or Brigadier General as may
be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, the grade to continue
only during the life or service of the person appointed. Resolutions were
adopted directing inquiry as to whether our wounded soldiers at Port Republic
have been subjected to unnecessary neglect; whether rebel prisoners at Port
Royal have been treated better than our own troop; and whether
while on his retreat, provided transportation for negroes, making our sick
soldiers walk; also requesting the Secretary of War to inform the House by whose
orders the rebel
General Lee's house, near
Richmond, is guarded and withheld
from hospital purposes. The bill to establish and equalize the grade of line
officers of the Navy was then taken up and passed. By this bill admirals take
rank with major-generals, commodores with brigadier-generals, etc. The Senate
bill reorganizing the Navy Department was also passed, and the House adjourned.
THE FLIGHT OF BEAUREGARD.
dated on Thursday the 12th, state that spies and deserters from
army represent the whole force to be greatly disorganized. Several of the
regiments had mutinied, and refused to serve any longer, as their term of
enlistment had expired. These troops had accordingly been disarmed, and numbers
of them shot for mutiny. A large amount of valuable stores had been destroyed by
the retreating rebels. Locomotives and cars in a half consumed state have been
found at various points, all showing that the enemy had made a precipitate
flight. The whole country south of
Corinth has been completely devastated by the
rebels to such an extent that the population are in a starving condition.
At latest dates General Pope had
reached Okelona, and reports that Beauregard is still retreating.
was with him, and Jeff Thompson was at Grenada. General Hindman was said to have
gone into Arkansas.
THE BATTLE OF CROSS KEYS.
Jackson's army attacked
General Shields's advance on Monday morning, near Port Republic. The conflict was
maintained for four hours by about two thousand of our men against the main body
of General Jackson's army. The enemy's force became to overwhelming in numbers
that our advance was compelled to fall back, which it did in good order, until
it met the main body of General Shields's command, near Conrad's store. As soon
as this was effected the enemy in turn retired.
The subsequent advance our army
from General Fremont's head-quarters to Port Republic, Virginia, ascertained the
fact that none of the enemy were in the way except the wounded, who lay in every
house. The dead found in the road shows that the rebels lost five hundred in
that fight. Ambulances and wagons, arms and accoutrements were strewn along the
route. A dispatch received at the War Department puts our loss at 125 killed and
500 wounded. Our own loss in officers was severe.
AFFAIRS AT MEMPHIS.
The condition of
Memphis at the
latest accounts was most satisfactory. The people generally seem rejoiced to
enter once more under the protection of the Government. The stores are being
opened, and many of the merchants are starting for the Northern cities to buy
goods in the old fashion, and applications to ship 6000 bales of cotton have
already been made to our authorities; while at the same time the rebel cavalry,
who are scouring the country in the vicinity of Grand Junction, are wantonly
destroying as much of the staple as they can. The people of Memphis treat our
soldiers with kindness and cordiality.
The Post-office and Adams's
express office have been opened and business resumed. The state of affairs in
the city were thus much improved.
AT NEW ORLEANS.
New Orleans seem to be
progressing satisfactorily. The New Orleans Bee, which was previously suppressed
by the General for its advocacy of cotton-burning, has reappeared with an
apology and explanation, assuring
General Butler that it never intended to
recommend the destruction of the crops of the Southern people. Upon this
assurance the Commanding General has permitted the issue of the paper.
The Union feeling in Norfolk is
progressing. Trade is reviving there, and the sentiments of the citizens in
favor of the flag is becoming manifest in public meetings and processions.
General Viele has been offered and has accepted a fine house for his
THE REBEL LOSS AT FAIROAKS.
The Richmond Dispatch gives a
terrible record of the rebel loss of officers at the
battle of Fairoaks. While
it puts down the killed in the aggregate, on their side, at only 8000, which
doubtless, considerably below the mark, it says that they lost a vast number of
officers, including five generals, twenty-three colonels, ten majors,
and-fifty-seven captains, either killed or captured. The same paper makes the
important admission that our army can at any time cut off the retreat of the
rebels South by seizing the railroads at Petersburg, and intimates that a
retreat to Lynchburg and the mountains was the only one left to them.
REACTION AGAINST JEFF DAVIS.
The Charleston Courier says that
men in high official positions in the South are at present engaged in a crusade
Jeff Davis and are calling for a convention of the Confederate States to
depose the rebel President and put a military dictator in his place.
ANOTHER SLAVER PUNISHED.
The jury in the case of Appleton
Oaksmith, whose trial at Boston, upon the charge of fitting out a slaver, has
been in progress during the past week, on Friday, after thirty minutes'
deliberation, rendered a verdict against the prisoner on eight out of the ten
counts in the indictment. The penalty for the crime is imprisonment for five
years, and five thousand dollars fine, and one year's imprisonment for each one
thousand dollars of the fine not paid.
MORE STEAMERS TO RUN THE BLOCKADE.
STEAMERS running the blockade
were insured at Lloyds at from thirty to forty guineas.
THE WAR WITH MEXICO.
The Paris Moniteur of the 7th of
June notifies the blockade of the Mexican ports of Tampico and Alvarado by the
Emperor. A French protectorate for the republic was spoken of.
The Spanish documents relative to
the affairs of Mexico have been submitted to the Cortes. The impression is
reported as unfavorable to General Prim.
THE DEFEAT OF THE FRENCH.
The papers publish some very
important news from Mexico, fully confirming previous reports of the defeat of
the French on the 4th and 5th of May last. The battle was a sanguinary one, and
the French Zouaves, who must have fought with great gallantry, suffered
severely. The French were only 4000 strong; but the numbers of the Mexicans are
not given, though they may be computed at from fifteen to twenty thousand men.