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Page) the fairy king; but strong, round, muscularly firm, compact,
and energetic as a young Ajax. He makes his conventional bow of obsequious
sweetness to each side of the house, then touches Gabriel's shoulder and alights
upon the platform. Advancing to the point over the edge of the stage he bows
again; then steps rapidly along to the ladder, mounts it, and stands upon the
stool in front of the balcony of the second tier.
Do you observe, then, the
trapezes hanging from the high dim roof of the theatre, four of them, with the
cross-pieces; and can you, through your glass, see the marvelous breadth of the
child's hands? There is a little natural apprehension, as you think, of the
height, and see the mattresses, suggestive of falling, and then look at the
clear-eyed, handsome boy. But here is Gabriel trying each trapeze to be sure
that it hangs firm and true, and now he stands facing the boy and swings toward
him the first one, which the boy catches, and, grasping stoutly with both hands,
faces Gabriel, who holds the second ready. He nods; he draws it back; it swings
far forward. Once, and the boy sees the range. Twice, and holding his own
trapeze, he launches himself upon mid air, as smoothly, noiselessly, and
perfectly as a swan takes the flood when she moves from shore. He catches the
second, the third, and so with effortless grace swings from end to end of the
vast space, leaving upon your mind the impression of a long reach of exquisitely
swaying waves. From that moment the blithe aerial game goes on. He turns back
from one to another, he hangs by his feet, he folds his body over the thin bar
of the trapeze; he turns a somersault in the air and alights upon the swinging
bar; he vaults backward and descends upon the platform, making his conventional
bow; he climbs to his place again, and once more sweeps forward into space and
revolves and darts swiftly amidst the steady swaying of the ropes. You fear for
him no more than for white doves tumbling and sailing in the air. The whole
scene is soft, and smooth, and noiseless. It has the effect of exquisite music.
It is the utmost triumph of skill.
This wonderful young acrobat is a
New Yorker by birth, but from his tenderest years has been trained by Gabriel
Ravel. He is a bright, sweet, well-mannered boy, whom you can not think of as
devoted to this career without sympathy and compassion, but whom you can not see
without the utmost admiration. For a performance so perfect that it destroys all
sense of peril, while it inspires new wonder for the capacity of the human
BURNSIDE REBUKING PARTY-SPIRIT.
WE all have our favorites in war
as in politics. We all believe that our own men are the best men, and our own
way the best way. But this is a tendency which it is dangerous to indulge under
the circumstances in which we are now placed. You may prefer one guide over the
glaciers to the summit of Mont Blanc and I another. But we can not stop long to
quarrel about them. We must do our best to get the best, then trust what we
have, and push on. If you know the guide does not know the way, or is not strong
enough to stand the work, you may give up the journey if you choose. But to give
it up and dismiss the guide you have, because you had made a point of honor to
take the other, is never to reach the top of the mountain and to stay a great
fool in the valley.
Vehement partisanship about
Generals is disheartening and dangerous. Have the people of this country taken
up arms to exalt
McClellan, or are they in Virginia and the West
to save their government and the civil liberty of which it is the guarantee? Has
the feeling for any General superseded devotion to the cause and the country?
Would any man break his sword because Fremont was removed or McClellan is
relieved? Then, in the name of Heaven, let him break it. Let us discover how
many are of a like mind. And if there are many, and a majority, let us confess
the contemptible contest in which we are engaged, and mourn over a people which
prefers any man, however successful, however illustrious, however masterly he
may be, to the welfare of the country and of all the citizens. And while we
mourn, let us not fail to despise that people if its preference should be based
not upon great and noble and conspicuous character and service, but upon
The dignity and spirit of
General Burnside in dealing with an individual
case of this kind is recorded to his lasting honor. Upon the removal of
McClellan a young Rhode Island officer—and it is the first blot upon the story
of that noble State in this war—said that "After this we may as well give up and
acknowledge the rebels." General Burnside sent for him and charged him with the
remark. The officer confessed it, and urged that he said more than he meant.
"You have now an opportunity to retract it," said Burnside; "but if I were not
personally acquainted with your antecedents and loyalty you would have been
instantly dismissed. Neither you nor any other officer, high or low, can utter
such sentiments and remain in this army." The offender made an ample apology.
The General showed that he perfectly understands his position.
WITHIN THE REBEL LINES.
THE war has occasioned no more
interesting work than the one to which we have hitherto alluded—"Thirteen Months
in the Rebel Army." It is a short and simple story of a New Yorker who was
impressed into the rebel service, and who served with his eyes and mind open. If
it could be read by every man in the loyal part of the country it would inspire
such resolution in the defense of the Government that the world would see what
it has not yet seen—that this nation means to save its own life by the
annihilation of the conspiracy against it.
There is one thing which the
author mentions, and of which we have often spoken. It is an evil which
increases every day, and which all faithful citizens should do their best to
evil is the furnishing
information to the enemy under the guise of giving news. The papers of yesterday
and to-day, for instance, teem with important intelligence for the enemy. If the
Government can not remedy the difficulty, why does not the loyalty of individual
editors prevent it?
Hear what the author, who has
been thirteen months within the rebel lines, says:
"I may here state that the
Confederate authorities have complete control of the press, so that nothing is
ever allowed to appear in print which can give information to the North or
dishearten their own men. In this it appears to me that they have an unspeakable
advantage over the North, with its numberless papers and hundreds of
correspondents in the loyal armies. Under such a system it is an absolute
impossibility to conceal the movements of the army. With what the correspondents
tell and surmise, and what the Confederates find out through spies and informers
of various kinds, they are able to see through many of the plans of the Union
forces before they are put in execution. No more common remark did I hear than
this, as officers were reading the Northern papers: 'See what fools these
Yankees are! General A— has left B— for C—. We will cut him off. Why the
Northern Generals or the Secretary of War tolerate this freedom of news we can
not imagine.' Every daily paper I have read since coming North has contained
information either by direct statement or implication which the enemy can profit
by.....Sure am I that if a Southern paper would
publish such information of their movements as do the Northern of theirs,
the editor's neck would not be safe an hour."
The testimony of this work to the
desperate hatred of the rebellious section toward the country is most valuable:
"The force of public opinion in
Selma was such that no man able to fight could remain there. The unmarried
ladies were so patriotic that every able-bodied young man was constrained to
enlist. Some months previous to this a gentleman was known to be engaged for an
early marriage, and hence declined to volunteer. When his betrothed, a charming
girl and a devoted lover, heard of his refusal, she sent him, by the hand of a
slave, a package inclosing a note. The package contained a lady's skirt and
crinoline, and the note these terse words: 'Wear these or volunteer.' He
Contemplating this spirit, which
is universal and not exceptional, the author vehemently exclaims:
"When will the North wake up to a
true and manly patriotism in the defense of their national life, now threatened
by the tiger grasp of this atrocious rebellion?......The North is asleep, and it
will become the sleep of death —national death—if a new spirit be not speedily
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
SCENE AT THE SESSIONS.
RECORDER (to prisoner). "How do
PRISONER. "I ain't particular, as
the oyster said when they asked whether he'd be roasted or fried."
RECORDER. "We don't want to hear
what the oyster said. What do you follow?"
PRISONER. "Any thing that comes
in my way, as the locomotive said when he run over a man."
RECORDER. "We care nothing about
the locomotive. What is your business?"
PRISONER. "That's various, as the
cat said when she stole the chicken."
RECORDER. "That comes nearer to
the line, I suppose?" PRISONER. "Altogether in my line, as the rope said when
choking the pirate."
RECORDER. "If I hear any more
absurd comparisons I will give you twelve months."
PRISONER. "I'm done, as the beef
steak said to the cook."
"Can you tell me how the word
saloon is spelt?" was asked of a Cockney by a Philadelphian. "Certainly," said
the Londoner, with a look of triumph; "there's a hess, and a hay, and a hell,
and two hoes, and a hen."
A physician, in speaking of the
frail constitution of the women of the present day, remarked that we ought to
take great care of our grandmothers, for we should never get any more.
PIL-GRIM.—Are you fond of hymn
singing? Take a note of a few. The first is the hymn we heard at chapel the last
time—"Oh, take a pil, oh, take, oh, take a pil, oh, take a pil-grim home!" The
hymn Brown heard—treble and soprano by the fairer portion of creation—"Oh, for a
man, oh, for a man, oh, for a mansion in the skies!" The one Plunkius heard the
base singer at—"Oh, send down Sal; oh, send down Sal; oh, send down Sal-vation!"
"Pray, Madam, what makes you so
sedate?"—"Oh, I have taken a sedative!"
An attorney before a bench of
magistrates, a short time ago, told the bench, with great gravity, "that he had
two witnesses in behalf of his client, and they would be sure to speak the
truth, for he had no opportunity to communicate with them."
Three boa-constrictors were
recently landed at the docks, and one of the sailors of the ship which brought
them from Africa says, "They are the most affectionate creatures he ever
saw—always ready to embrace any body."
A good-natured fellow, who was
nearly eaten out of house and home by the constant visits of his friends, felt
very poor one day, and was complaining bitterly of his numerous visitors. "Shure,
an' I'll tell ye how to get rid of 'em," said an Irishman. "Pray how?" "Lind
money to the poor ones, and borrow money of the rich ones, and nather sort will
ever trouble you again."
THE following General Order has
been issued respecting the observance of the Sabbath day in the army and navy:
EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON,
Nov. 16, 1862.
The President, Commander-in-chief
of the Army and Navy, desires and enjoins the orderly observance of the Sabbath
by the officers and men in the military and naval service. The importance for
man and beast of the prescribed weekly rest; the sacred rights of Christian
soldiers and sailors; a becoming deference to the best sentiments of a Christian
people, and a due regard for the Divine will, demand that Sunday labor in the
army and navy be reduced to the measure of strict necessity. The discipline and
character of the national forces should not suffer, nor the cause they defend be
imperiled by the profanation of the day or the name of the Most High. At this
time of public distress, adopting the words of Washington in 1776, "Men may find
enough to do in the service of God and their country without abandoning
themselves to vice and immorality." The first General Order issued by the Father
of his Country after the Declaration of Independence indicates the spirit in
which our institutions were founded, and should ever be defended: "The General
hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as
becomes a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and privileges of his
THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.
The Army of the Potomac is moving
from its position near Warrenton toward
Fredericksburg, sixty miles from
Richmond. The line of march was taken up on 15th and 16th. Warrenton was
evacuated on 18th, and General Burnside took up his head-quarters at Catlett's
Station. The base of supplies will be at
Aquia Creek, which is only nine miles
from Fredericksburg, and connected with it by a railroad.
THE WAR IN THE SOUTHWEST.
Our advices from the southwest
indicate the likelihood that a battle will be fought soon between the national
General Grant and the rebels lately at Holly Springs,
notwithstanding the retreat of the latter from that position. A dispatch, dated
the 14th, states that five regiments of rebel cavalry advanced on the previous
evening from Lampkin's Mills to within two miles of Holly Springs, and that
skirmishing was continued for some time, during which the rebels lost six men
killed and seven commissioned officers captured. The Cincinnati Gazette of the
14th says, "The fact that the rebels retreated from Holly Springs without a
battle may be regarded as evidence that their force is not as large as had been
represented. Advices of the 9th stated that Price had been re-enforced by
Pemberton from the south, but even then they were not willing to make a stand.
General Grant has a formidable and excellent army, large enough, undoubtedly, to
drive the rebels. Whether he will get them 'against the wall' is a question; but
he will certainly sweep through the country, carrying out the plan of this
particular campaign, which is an important one, and will bring forth fruits with
which the country will be satisfied."
General McClernand is now at
Columbus, Kentucky, organizing his expeditionary force. The following Indiana
regiments have either arrived at
or are on their way to join General McClernand's "Castor Oil Expedition" to open
the Mississippi: Eighty-third, Ninety-third, Ninety-seventh, Ninety-ninth, and
One Hundredth. The fifty-fourth, Colonel Mansfield, and the Sixty-third, Colonel
Williams, will leave in a day or two for Columbus, and will also form part of
the same expeditionary force.
THE UNION ARMY.
The Union forces, consisting now
of over seven hundred thousand men, are distributed and commanded as follows:
General Burnside, with the whole Army of the Potomac, aided by Hentzelman and
Sigel, is to take care of
Richmond; General Cox is making a rapid march toward
the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad; General Peck and General Foster are to look
after the Southern communications of Richmond.
General Banks and General Hunter
are to look in at some of the Southern ports now held by the rebels;
Rosecrans is moving through Central Tennessee, General Granger through Kentucky,
General Grant into Mississippi; General Schofield defends Missouri, and
Curtis is below him on the West side of the river; and General McClernand will
soon be on his way down the Mississippi River.
THE BATTLE OF LABADIEVILLE.
We have details of the expedition
under command of General Weitzel. Our forces encountered the enemy in
considerable strength at a place called Labadieville, and defeated them after a
brisk fight and a brilliant display of generalship on the part of General
Weitzel. Upward of two hundred of the enemy were killed, wounded, and taken
prisoners, and one piece of artillery was captured. The rebels were pursued in
the direction of Berwick's Bay, where Governor Moore was supposed to be.
THE TEXAN COAST IN OUR
The officers of the gun-boat
Connecticut report that the entire coast of Texas is now in possession of the
United States forces. The effect of this occupation is seen in the recent
capture of numerous vessels while attempting to run the blockade. Contraband
trade, through Texan ports, is now effectually choked off.
THE NEW GOVERNOR OF TEXAS.
Hon. A. J. Hamilton has been
appointed Military Governor of Texas.
AFFAIRS AT RICHMOND.
The Grenada Appeal in its
Richmond correspondence says that
General Lee is about to go into
winter-quarters within a few miles of Richmond. The condition of the city is
represented as frightful. We are told that "garroting, burglary, drunkenness, in
spite of the Provost Marshal, and all manner of villainy are on the increase
most alarmingly, and provisions are constantly advancing in price. Flour is $25
a barrel here, in sight of the largest mills in the world, and butter is
difficult to obtain at $1.50 per pound; that Richmond is worse than Naples,
worse than Baltimore was when Winter Davis was the Wilkes of the Plug Ugly swell
mob of that lawless city. No one thinks of going into the Cimmerian streets
after nightfall without arms. A large and well-organized gang of cut-throats has
'taken the town.' They lie in wait at almost every corner, well provided with
slung shots, billies, brass knuckles, and all the other devilish implements of
mischief which the city highwayman uses to disable his victims, and they attack
every body that walks alone, oftentimes gentlemen when attended by ladies."
GOVERNOR VANCE A REBEL.
The correspondence between
Governor Vance (Rebel) and Governor Stanly (Union), of North Carolina, relative
to a friendly conference, appears to have been brought to an unfavorable
termination. According to latest accounts Governor Vance declines any meeting
between himself and Governor Stanly. He also declines a conference of
Commissioners. He writes, in a defiant tone, that North Carolina will fight to
the last drop of blood, and refers Governor Stanly, if he has any propositions
to make, to treat directly with the Confederate authorities at Richmond. This,
of course, settles the question of any amicable arrangement with North Carolina,
as far as Governor Vance's influence bears weight.
General Bragg, in his official report to the Confederate Government, says that but 1500 Kentuckians joined him
in his late raid into that State; that the people hesitated to take Confederate
scrip; and that he was charged three prices for supplies.
A SPEECH FROM McCLELLAN.
To a crowd who waited upon him at
Trenton, on 13th, General McClellan said:
"MY FRIENDS—for I feel that you
are all my friends—I stand before you, not as a maker of speeches, not as a
politician, but as a soldier. I came among you to seek quiet and repose, and
from the moment of my arrival I have received nothing but kindness. Although I
appear before you as a stranger, I am not. I am not altogether unacquainted with
your history. Your gallant soldiers were with me in every battle from the
of Yorktown to the
battle of Antietam, and here I bear witness to their devotion
to the cause for which we are fighting. [Here the uproar compelled the General
to cease for a few moments.] I also have to speak of the ever faithful, ever
true Taylor; the dashing, intrepid
Kearney—men who have given their lives for
the maintenance of our government. And before bidding you good-night I have this
piece of advice to give you: While the army is fighting, you as citizens see
that the war is prosecuted for the preservation of the Union and the
Constitution, for your nationality and your rights as citizens."
ARREST OF MEMBERS OF M'CLELLAN'S
Two members of General
McClellan's Staff—Lieutenant-Colonels A. P. Colburn and J. C. Duane, of the
Engineer Corps—were, on 13th, sent to Washington, from Trenton, under arrest.
The Washington Star explains the arrest by stating that they are not members of
his personal staff, and consequently had no right to leave their places in the
army to accompany General McClellan to Trenton.
ENGLISHMEN IN THE PIRATE
THE London Times of November 6
denies that any blame can attach to the English Government relative to the
fitting out operations of the
privateer Alabama. England, the Times says, does
not furnish ships of war, but "her ship-yards are open to all," and she sells
the "component parts" of war vessels "to all comers."
A SPEECH FROM MR. COBDEN.
Mr. Cobden, M.P., has addressed
an important speech to his constituents in Rochdale, in which he emphatically
condemns the idea of English intervention in the American war. He said that such
a movement on the part of the Cabinet would do injury instead of good, and would
not bring out cotton; a war with the North was certain to ensue, and this
struggle would cost Great Britain more money in six months than would feed all
the distressed Lancashire operatives for ten years.
CAMBRIDGE FOR THE REBELS.
The famous debating club of
Cambridge University (the Union) debated the American war subject during two
evenings. The question was put thus: "That the Cause of the North is the Cause
of Human Progress." The proposition was negatived by a vote of one hundred and
seventeen to thirty-three—Earl Russell's eldest son speaking with the majority
GARIBALDI COMING HERE.
The Independance Belge of the
18th October, writing concerning
Garibaldi, says that he has full confidence in
the successful results of his medical treatment. He has decided to go to England
for a short time, and thence proceed direct to America.
Several of his officers have
already left for New York.
MR. GOBBLER.—"Ain't you going to eat any thing?"
MRS. GOBBLER.—"No, I ain't going to fatten myself up for other people's
MR. GOBBLER.—"Why, you fool, you're only injuring yourself; you'll be sold for
12 cents a pound, that's all. But I see what will be the end of you—you'll be
eaten in a boarding-house, that's what you'll come to."