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Page) successive forts, saluting as
usual by blowing the steam-whistle. After getting beyond the range of the last
gun she hauled down the
rebel flag and hoisted a white one."
"Robert Small," continues
Commodore Dupont, with an apparent extraordinary forgetfulness of the fact that
he is speaking of a piece of property, "the intelligent
slave and pilot of the
boat, who performed this bold feat so skillfully, informed me of this fact (that
one of the guns on board had belonged to
Fort Sumter), presuming it would be a
matter of interest to us to have possession of this gun. This man, Robert Small,
is superior to any who have come into our lines, intelligent as many of them
have been. His information has been most interesting, and portions of it of the
utmost importance." He concludes by recommending to the Department the claims of
"the man, Small, and his associates."
Now all this is not to be
endured. As this war, according to the learned Phelps, of Missouri, is a "white
man's war," he will strenuously object to availing ourselves of the assistance
of black men, and he will, of course, insist that the Planter shall be returned,
with compliments and regret for the inadvertence of her capture, to the
excellent rebels at
Charleston. While the patriotic Vallandigham, whose gentle
soul sighs in concert with the amiable B. Wood's for peace, will find in this
another occasion which "demands the reorganization of the
Democratic Party," in
order that these fugitives from a patriarchal and Christianizing system may be
returned to it at once to complete the sanctification of their souls.
The patriotic Vallandigham
probably remembers going to Charlestown, Virginia, in the autumn of 1859, with
his friend, Mr. J. M. Mason, late of the
Trent, now of Europe, to see one John
Brown, and to try to extort from that old man something that might implicate Mr.
Giddings or any member of the Republican Party in the trouble at
and that he did not succeed. He may further remember that upon his return to
Ohio he is reported to have said of Julio Brown: "He is the farthest possible
remove from the ordinary ruffian, fanatic, or madman." Does he also know what
this man once said of black men?—"They behaved so much like folks he almost
thought they were so."
Robert Small's conduct certainly
favors that theory. What theory does the gentle Vallandigham's conduct in this
NOT THEY WHO CRY LORD! LORD!
IT is an interesting fact in our
political history that the men at the South who, two or three years ago,
vociferated the most loudly that they had no platform but the Constitution and
the Laws, immediately, upon the election of a President under the Constitution
and according to Law, sheered straight into rebellion. The person named Henry,
who during the canvass was hawked through the North as a Southern Union man of
the purest kind, is a prominent member of the Rebel Congress. John Bell, the
candidate for President upon the "Union, the Constitution, and the Laws"
platform, is or was member of some Committee of Safety to secure the overthrow
of the Government; and among many others, Kenneth Raynor, of North Carolina, now
turns up with a proposition to make it penal for any citizen to show favor to
the cause of his country.
How true it is, and how well to
remember that those who cry most loudly "Lord! Lord!" are not necessarily the
JOHN LORENCE AND THE NEW JERSEY
IN the last Weekly the reader
will have remarked a poem called "John Lorence," and reciting in honest rhyme
the fate of a corporal of the New Jersey Ninth at the battle of Roanoke, who had
both his legs shattered by a cannon-ball. Dr. Thompson, of Twenty-third Street,
New York, writes that he was obliged to amputate both legs just below the knee,
and that the stalwart soldier, as fine a man as he ever saw, is thus terribly
crippled, and the future of his family imperiled. "But with all his sufferings,
never once has a murmur escaped his lips, nor do I believe the thought entered
his mind that he wished he had never gone to the war." When the news of the
victory was brought to the hospital where he lay the morning after the battle,
John Lorence raised himself upon his elbow and called for three cheers for the
We are all debtors to John
Lorence as we are to Worden. Dr. Thompson proposes to get him a pair of
artificial legs, that he may follow his business of shoemaking. For this purpose
about $200 are required, and a little more to give him a start. Let us help him,
wisely says the Doctor, that he may help himself. Whoever will do so may send
his contribution to J. B. Bomar, Esq., Mayor of Jersey City.
"He longs to go, though on his
And serve his country more:
Brave Lorence! well your country
Your fighting days are o'er."
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
THE BARE IDEA!—A lady and
gentleman were looking down into the bear-pit at the Zoological Gardens, when
the lady (Mrs. Jones, of Camden Town) exclaimed quite impulsively, "Oh! look at
these dear little bears. Why, what a darling lot of 'em!" "Yes, my dear,"
answered the gentleman (Mr. Jones, of the same locality), "I declare it's quite
an-ursa-ry—almost as full as our own!" The lady agreed with her husband, and
even laughed, though it was morally impossible she could have understood the
wretch's joke. We envy Mrs. Jones her ignorance.
Several of our clashing young men
of fashion have, it is said, lately adopted the plan of having their clothes
made without pockets; and, as their tailors allege, for the best possible
Lost, a new silk umbrella,
belonging to a gentleman with a curiously-carved ivory head!
Why when a chick emerges from the
shell does it resemble a strike for freedom?—Because it throws off the yoke
SPECULATIONS ABOUT MONEY, AND
WITHOUT ANY MONEY.
The only speculations we allow
ourselves are mental ones, because they are perfectly safe, and can always be
indulged in without the expenditure of a single penny. Besides, if they do
occasionally turn out badly, you are not compelled to put down your horse, or to
drink two glasses of wine per diem instead of three, or to exchange lump sugar
for moist, in consequence of the result. Neither insanity nor suicide were ever
known to grew out of a confirmed indulgence of the practice. Mental speculations
may be called the art of speculating with profit and security without any money.
Among other harmless things, we like to launch into the wildest speculations
about money. It is a kind of consolation for not pssessing any one's self. You
feel all the richer at the moment, and are none the poorer when it is over. For
instance, here are two little speculations in which we recently invested a very
agreeable quarter of an hour while smoking a mild cigar:
First Speculation. What is a
Circular Notes? At first we thought it might be a milliner's note for a lady's
crinoline; but we soon discarded that absurd idea, and, taking another puff at
our Havana, came to the conclusion that a circular note must have been
originally so framed for the purpose of holding a good round sum.
Second Speculation. What is a
"Shin-Plaster?" We had often heard of shin-plasters, but never having seen one
we could not very well make out what they were like. A fancy struck us that they
might be plasters for the special relief of persons who had itching palms; but
as the "shin" was plainly indicated, of course that notion instantly fell to the
ground, as well as the succeeding one that they were probably intended to
relieve persons who were laboring under a complaint of the chest. Puffing away
again, we could only solve the difficulty by supposing that a shin-plaster was
nothing better than a kind of poor man's substitute when he couldn't get the
real "golden ointment," and was an ingenious specific invented in the first
instance by a weak government that was on its last legs, and was obliged to
resort to this quack remedy with the view of maintaining any thing like a
footing in the money-market. The above speculation is, we confess, a most
elaborate one, but the extreme ingenuity of it amused us, besides enabling us to
finish in a most agreeable frame of mind our delicious cigar.
Such speculations are exceedingly
harmless, and moreover they have this great merit, that they are never likely to
be the ruin, much less the death, of any one. For instance, we ourselves, after
the above profitable investment of a quarter of an hour, felt as happy and as
contented as if we had just been making a handsome little coup of fifty thousand
pounds on the Stock Exchange.
A woman lately made a pound of
butter from the cream of a joke, and a cheese from the milk of human kindness.
Why are sheep the most
dissipated, reckless, and unfortunate of creatures?—Because they gambol in
youth, frequent the turf, think it no disgrace to be black-legs, and are often
To discover the shortest distance
between two places, jump into a cab and pay the driver in advance. To ascertain
the greatest distance between two places, reverse matters, and pay him when you
"Fare well," as the host said to
his guest when dinner was served.
What bird tells of a tempestuous
time at sea?—A night-in-gale.
Nature preaches cheerfulness in
her saddest moods: she covers even forgotten graves with flowers.
Why is the labor of a mill-horse
not so hard as it is represented to be?—Because it is done by turns.
AN EXHAUSTED RECEIVER.—A
pawnbroker out of breath.
Many a person in a fine suit of
clothes is but an ugly maggot in a good-looking nut-shell.
A SIGN OF RAIN.—To see dry-goods'
dealers festoon their door-posts with cheap umbrellas.
Why is a man in difficulties like
an ostrich in wet weather?—Because he can't find the dust to cover his bill.
Mrs. Partington wants to know
what sort of drums conun-drums are. She thinks some hard to beat.
A late traveler says it is so
cold in the northern part of Greenland that it freezes the fire out.
Where is happiness always to be
found?—In the dictionary.
CHAOS.—A woman entering your room
to put your papers "to rights."
They say that love is like the
measles—all the worse when it comes late in life.
CURE FOR DYSPEPSIA.—Close all the
outer doors of a four-story house, open the inner doors, then take a long switch
and chase a cat up and down stairs till she sweats. These directions faithfully
followed daily for three months have never failed to effect a cure.
DO YOU GIVE IT UP?
What is that which is a cat, is
like a cat, and is yet not a cat?
Why are three couples going to be
married like penny-trumpets?
Because they go to, to, to (two,
ON Tuesday, May 20, in the
Senate, Senator Sumner gave notice that he should call up the resolution for the
expulsion of Senator Stark, of Oregon, who is charged with disloyalty. The
Pacific Railroad bill was then taken up, but before the reading of it was
concluded the morning hour expired, and the debate on the Confiscation bill was
resumed, and Senator Davis, of Kentucky, made a long speech in opposition to it;
but without concluding his remarks the Senate adjourned.—In the House, the
Senate bill declaring that negroes shall not be disqualified from carrying the
mails was reported back, with a recommendation that it do not pass; but without
taking the question the House proceeded to the consideration of the Confiscation
bill, and several speeches were delivered on the subject.
On Wednesday, May 21, in the
the Census report was presented. A joint resolution giving the thanks of
Flag-Officer Farragut and the officers and men under his command was
adopted. The Military Committee were instructed to inquire into the expediency
of granting bounty lands to soldiers enlisted for three months and one year;
also for pensions for the widows of soldiers who die in the service. The Tax
bill was taken up, and several amendments proposed by the Finance Committee
agreed to. The Senate held an executive session and then adjourned.—In the
House, a bill providing for raising sunken vessels-of-war in Hampton Roads was
referred. A resolution that Congress take a recess from Wednesday next to June 2
was laid on the table by a vote of 78 yeas to 46 nays. The Senate bill removing
all disqualifications of color in carrying the mails was also laid on the table
by a vote of 83 against 43. The House then resumed the consideration of the
Confiscation bill, and the debate continued till the adjournment.
On Thursday, May 22, in the
Senate, petitions from citizens of Maryland, asking for the better enforcement
Fugitive Slave Law in the District of Columbia, were presented and
referred. Senator Sumner offered a resolution directing inquiry as to what
legislation is necessary to protect negroes from unconditional seizure, or
seizure by disloyal persons. At one o'clock the Senate was organized as
a high court of impeachment for
the trial of Judge Humphreys, of Tennessee. The Senators were duly qualified,
and the managers of the trial on the part of the House read the articles of
impeachment. The managers were then informed that the Senate would take proper
order in the case, and that due notice would be given of the same, whereupon the
court adjourned till the 9th of June. The Senate then proceeded to discuss the
Tax bill, and several amendments were adopted. A resolution was adopted calling
on the President for information relative to the condition of Mexico, and the
alliance of European Powers as regards this country.—In the House, the bill to
secure the speedy transmission of the mails, by requiring railroad companies to
enter into contracts with the Post-Office Department—the rate of compensation,
in case of disagreement, to be settled by the Court of Claims—was passed by four
majority. The debate on the Confiscation bills was then resumed and continued
till the adjournment.
On Friday, May 23, in the Senate,
the resolution directing the Judiciary Committee to inquire as to what
legislation is necessary to protect negroes from unconstitutional seizure was
adopted. A bill providing hat appointments on the army staffs shall be sent to
the Senate for confirmation was passed. The Tax bill was then taken up, and on
reading the seventy-fifth section the Senate adjourned.—The session of the House
was devoted to debate on the Confiscation bills.
On Saturday, May 24, in the
Senate, a bill was introduced to legalize and confirm the act of the President
accepting volunteers under the act of the 22d of July, 1861, and to authorize
the acceptance of two hundred thousand additional to those under that act.
Referred. Senator Wilson introduced a bill to amend the Fugitive Slave act. The
consideration of the Tax bill was then resumed, and having reached the one
hundred and eighth section the Senate adjourned till Monday.—In the House, Mr.
Wickliffe, of Kentucky, rose to what he considered a privileged question, and
presented a preamble and resolution rehearsing the main facts respecting the
recent collision of the civil and military authorities on the subject of the
execution of the Fugitive Slave Law, and providing for the appointment of a
select committee to investigate all the circumstances. The Speaker decided that
the proposition was not a privileged question. The debate on the Confiscation
bills was then resumed, and continued till the adjournment.
On Monday, May 26, in the Senate,
Senator Sumner offered two resolutions in relation to
slaves—one calling on the
Secretary of War for information as to the execution by our Generals of the act
of August, 1861, freeing slaves employed in any manner by the rebels to assist
the rebellion; the other extending a general invitation to all persons, without
distinction as to color, to come forward and aid the Government in putting down
the rebellion. Senator Sumner also offered a bill to repeal the Fugitive Slave
law and to prohibit
slavery in the Territories, forts, arsenals, dock-yards, and
all other places under the special jurisdiction of the National Government.
Senator Howe introduced a bill, which was referred, providing for a more
effective mode of procedure with obstinate rebels in places taken possession of
by the Union armies. A discussion took place on the subject of the transfers of
troops from some of the army corps to give strength to others, and especially
with reference to the recent weakening of
General Banks's army, thereby
necessitating his retirement to the Potomac. The Tax bill was taken up, and
several amendments were adopted. Pending the vote on an amendment to reduce the
tax on tobacco from twenty to fifteen cents, the Senate adjourned.—In the House,
the Confiscation bill was taken up, and some discussion ensued. The bill was
somewhat amended, and finally passed, by eighty-two yeas to sixty-two nays. The
bill to give freedom to slaves employed in the rebel service was next taken up,
and a debate on it took place. Various amendments were offered and rejected, and
finally a vote was taken on the passage of the bill, and it was defeated, by
seventy-eight nays to seventy-four yeas. The Senate bill for the relief of the
colored seamen who recently ran the rebel steamer Planter out of
harbor, and delivered her to our blockading fleet, was then passed, when the
THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.
General McClellan's army has
crossed the Chickahominy, and is within five miles of Richmond. Skirmishes are
occurring hourly. Our advance is at Mechanicsburg. The railroad bridge to
Fredericksburg has been destroyed by our troops.
ADVANCE OF GENERAL McDOWELL.
General McDowell on 26th advanced six miles beyond Fredericksburg. The rebels
evacuated their camp on 24th, and withdrew their pickets on the morning of 25th.
The Harris Light Cavalry scoured the country on that day, for fifteen miles from
the Rappahannock, and found none of the enemy.
THE REPULSE OF BANKS.
General Banks has retreated back
into Maryland. He had got as far as Harrisonburg, 20 miles from Staunton and the
railway, when he received an order from the War Department directing him to send
15,000 of his troops, under General Shields, to reinforce General McDowell at
Fredericksburg, and to fall back upon Strasburg, some fifty miles in his rear.
The moment he began to retreat in obedience to this order Jackson followed in
pursuit. General Shields passed through Manassas Gap safely and joined McDowell.
Colonel Kenly, who commands a Maryland regiment, was started over the same route
and had reached Front Royal, which lies about ten miles east of Strasburg, on
the road to Manassas Gap, when he was intercepted by the rebels, and, as General
Banks states in his brief dispatch, "repulsed with considerable loss," the
rebels occupying Front Royal, and thus breaking his communication over the
railroad with Eastern Virginia, and compelling him to fall still further back
with the remnant of his force.
Our latest intelligence from him
is contained in the following dispatch:
May 26—4 P.M.
To the President:
I have the honor to report the
safe arrival of my command at this place last evening at ten o'clock, and the
passage of the Fifth corps across the river to-day, with comparatively little
loss. The loss of men in killed, wounded, and missing in the different combats
in which my command has participated since the march from Strasburg, on the
morning of the 24th inst., I am unable now to report; but I have great
satisfaction in being able to represent that, although serious, it is much less
than might have been anticipated, considering the very great disparity of forces
engaged, and the long-matured plans of the enemy, which aimed at nothing less
than the entire capture of our force. A detailed statement will be forwarded as
soon as possible.
My command encountered the enemy
in a constant succession of attacks and in well-contested engagements at
Strasburg, Middletown, Newton; at a point also between these places, and at
Winchester. The force of the enemy was estimated at from 15,000 to 20,000 men,
with very strong artillery and cavalry supports. My own force consisted of two
brigades—less than 4000 strong, all told—1500 cavalry, ten Parrott guns and six
smooth bores. The substantial preservation of the entire supply is a source of
gratification. It numbered about five hundred wagons on a forced march of
fifty-three miles, thirty-five of which were performed in one day, subject to
constant attack in front, rear, and flank, according. to its position, by the
enemy in full force. The panics of teamsters, and the mischances of river
passage of more than 300 yards, with slender preparations for ford and ferry, I
lost not many more than fifty wagons. A full statement of this loss will be
forwarded forthwith. Very great commendation is due to Captain J. B. Holabird,
A. Q. M., and Captain E. G. Breckwith, for the safety of the train. Our troops are in good spirits,
and occupy both sides of the river. N. P. BANKS, Major-General Commanding.
HALF A MILLION MORE MEN READY TO
The call of the President for additional troops from the Governors of the
different States was responded to by nearly half a million of men, who offered
their services within twenty-four hours after the proclamations were issued.
Colonel Lefferts, of the 7th New York State Militia, only received the order of
the Governor at eleven o'clock on Sunday night to march next day, and at nine
o'clock on Monday night he started for Washington with a full regiment,
thoroughly equipped, amidst the enthusiasm and
plaudits of a vast multitude.
Several other regiments of the militia will follow them with equal promptitude.
THREATENED RIOT IN BALTIMORE.
The report of the reverse to
Colonel Kenly's command, which was principally recruited in Baltimore, created a
great excitement in Baltimore, and the rebel sympathizers there were so impudent
as to show their satisfaction at the reverse. The consequence was great
indignation against them on the part of the Union men, who are now much in the
ascendant there. An excited crowd collected in the streets, and many known
secessionists were very roughly handled, one of them barely escaping hanging. At
last accounts, however, the crowd had thinned down, and matters were assuming
their wonted quiet.
MORE NEW YORK MILITIA TO TAKE THE
ALBANY, May 25, 1862.
The Governor has ordered the
Fifth New York Volunteer Artillery, Colonel Graham, and the Seventh Regiment New
York State Militia, Colonel Lefferts, to leave for Washington to-morrow.
The Eighth, Eleventh,
Thirty-seventh, end Seventy-first regiments of militia, of the city of New York,
and the Twenty-fifth militia regiment of Albany, and others, will follow without
RUMORED CAPTURE OF RALEIGH.
Rumors reached Fortress Monroe
from Newbern on Saturday that Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, had been
captured a few days previous, and that the United States flag was then floating
over the city. No particulars, however, had been received.
JEFF WILL NOT GIVE UP VIRGINIA.
The Richmond papers contain a
highly interesting correspondence between
Jeff Davis and the Virginia
Legislature in reference to the last backward movements of the rebel army, in
which Jeff Davis says that he had never entertained the thought of withdrawing
the army from Virginia and abandoning the State; that if, in the course of
events, the capital should fall, the necessity of which he did not see or
anticipate, that would be no reason for withdrawing the army from Virginia. The
war could still be successfully carried on and maintained on Virginia soil for
SUFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE OF
Some gentlemen who fled from
Petersburg describe the condition of things there as fearful. They state that
the sufferings of the people are almost beyond endurance. The scarcity of
provisions was so great that every thing was seized for the army, and even the
soldiers have been on half rations for a week past, with no prospect of even
this supply continuing for any great length of time. The work of conscription
was progressing, and the roads to Richmond were thronged with unarmed men, old
and young, being driven along under strongly armed guards. These gentlemen
represent that no people in modern times have suffered more than the people of
Virginia are now suffering, every household being in fear of an approaching
NORFOLK STILL SULKY.
The Mayor and City Councils of
Norfolk, it appears, are still indisposed to take the oath of allegiance, in
consequence of which General Wool has ordered the stoppage of what little trade
they have heretofore enjoyed with the outside world. He has issued another
proclamation, notifying the people that the matter is entirely in their own
hands; that by acknowledging the supremacy of the Government they can enjoy its
fostering care, and the advantages of trade and commerce, and assuring them that
no contingency is possible whereby
Norfolk will again be given lip to the
control of the rebel Government. Those who entertain Union sentiments, he says,
can give expression to them with ample assurance of protection. A Union meeting
was held in Portsmouth on 22d, at which not less than eight hundred persons were
present, including many from Norfolk.
A VICTORY IN WESTERN VIRGINIA.
A National force of 1300 men,
under Colonel Crook, stationed at Lewisburgh, in Greenbrier County, on the
Greenbier River, was attacked on 23d by a rebel force of 3000, under Colonel
Heath, and after a severe fight the rebels were defeated, and completely routed.
Our loss is ten killed, forty wounded, and eight missing; that of the enemy is
much greater. We captured four cannon, two of them rifled; two hundred stand of
arms, and one hundred prisoners, including several officers.
COMMODORE FARRAGUT AT VICKSBURG.
A dispatch dated Vicksburg,
Mississippi, May 21, states that the commander of our flotilla from below had
ordered the removal of the women and children from the city within twenty-four
hours, and that the Mayor had asked until Friday, the 23d. There were then
reported to be ten of our boats below the city.
WASHINGTON, May 25, 1862.
Ordered—By virtue of the
authority vested by an act of Congress, the President takes military possession
of all the railroads in the United States, from and after this date, until
further orders, and directs that the respective railroad companies, their
officers and servants, shall hold themselves in readiness for the transportation
of troops and munitions of war as may be ordered by the military authorities, to
the exclusion of all other business.
By order of the Secretary of War.
M. C. MEIGS,
CAPTURE OF A REBEL TRANSPORT.
Dispatches from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, inform us of the capture of a rebel
steamer named the E. D. Miller, bound down the St. Francis River, laden with
stores for Memphis, and carrying a company of rebel troops. Her passage was
arrested by Colonel Daniels, at Camp Lagrange, who riddled her with a six-pounder
gun, killing Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis and wounding several others. The soldiers,
numbering sixty, were taken prisoners.
CAPTURE OF BRITISH STEAMERS.
The gun-boats Mercedita and
Somerset have brought into Key West two British steamers—the Bermuda and
Circassian—laden with arms and munitions to the value of a million and a half of
dollars, intended to be run into some Southern port for the services of the
rebellion. The Bermuda had a full cargo of arms and munitions of war. Her
manifest occupied some four pages of foolscap paper, and the quantity on board a
vessel of her tonnage is surprising. Besides pistols and cutlasses in any
quantity, there was a number of six and a half and seven and a half inch rifled
guns, together with several complete field-batteries, nearly fifty thousands
pounds of powder in barrels, besides cases of cartriges, fixed ammunition, and
shells. The steamer Circassian was captured by the gun-boat Somerset, Captain
English, on the 4th inst., twenty miles east of Havana, and was nominally coming
from that port via St. Thomas. She was heavily laden, and although the exact
contents of her cargo has not been ascertained, there is little doubt that she
carries arms and provisions for the rebels.
DEFEAT OF THE GOVERNMENT.
LORD PALMERSTON'S Government has
been defeated in the House of Commons by a majority of one recorded against
ministers on the second reading of a bill for the abolition of church rates.
DISTRESS AMONG THE WORKMEN.
The subject of the distress of
the artisans and workmen of Lancashire has been brought before the British House
of Lords, without any reference to the American question.
M. MERCIER'S VISIT TO
The Opinion Nationale of
Paris—Prince Napoleon's organ—says that M. Mercier's visit to Richmond had
reference merely to a French tobacco stock. The affair was still, however, the
cause of much political speculation in Paris.