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Page) is idle. To cringe to a riot is to betray the cause of good
order. Therefore, if you can not command it, say nothing. No mob was ever
blarneyed down. Except for the true and tried soldiers, and the batteries in
position in the city, the well-meant blandishments of the prelate would have
been as a few drops of sweet oil to arrest Niagara.
BARBARISM AND CIVILIZATION.
BY the light of the burning
Orphan Asylum we read the following illustration of the hopeless inferiority and
degradation of the African race.
Mungo Park, in the year 1795,
traveled in Africa to find the source of the Niger, if possible, and to explore
the hidden interior of the continent. One morning he had reached almost the
furthest point of his journey. He was entirely alone, for his faithful servant
had been stolen for a slave by a Moorish prince. Solitary and sad he was
directed to a village—and he continues: "I found, to my great mortification,
that no person would admit me into his house. I was regarded with astonishment
and fear, and was obliged to sit all day without victuals in the shade of a
tree, and the night threatened to be very uncomfortable, for the wind rose, and
there was great appearance of a heavy rain; and the wild beasts are so very
numerous that I should have been under the necessity of climbing up the tree and
resting among the branches. About sunset, however, as I was preparing to pass
the night in this manner, and had turned my horse loose that he might graze at
liberty, a woman returning from the labors of the field stopped to observe me,
and perceiving that I was weary and dejected, inquired into my situation, which
I briefly explained to her; whereupon, with looks of great compassion, she took
up my saddle and bridle, and told me to follow her. Having conducted me into her
hut she lighted up a lamp, spread a mat on the floor, and told me I might remain
there for the night. Finding that I was very hungry, she said she would procure
me something to eat. She accordingly went out, and returned in a short time with
a very fine fish, which, having caused to be half broiled upon some embers, she
gave me for supper. The rites of hospitality being thus performed toward a
stranger in distress, my worthy benefactress (pointing to the mat, and telling
me I might sleep there without apprehension) called to the female part of her
family, who had stood gazing on me all the while in fixed astonishment, to
resume their task of spinning cotton, in which they continued to employ
themselves great part of the night. They lightened their labor by songs, one of
which was composed extempore, for I was myself the subject of it. It was sung by
one of the young women, the rest joining in a sort of chorus. The air was sweet
and plaintive, and the words, literally translated, were these: 'The winds
roared and the rains fell.—The poor white man, faint and weary, came and sat
under our tree.—He has no mother to bring him milk; no wife to grind his corn.
Chorus: Let us pity the white man: no mother has he,' etc., etc. Trifling as
this recital may appear to the reader, to a person in my situation the
circumstance was affecting in the highest degree. I was oppressed by such
unexpected kindness, and sleep fled from my eyes."
This was the hospitality of black
barbarians in the interior of Africa to a civilized stranger of another color on
the 21st of July, 1795. On the 13th of July, 1863, white civilization in the
great city of America repaid the debt.
MR. CHARLES MACKAY is an English
verse-writer, and the author of the rub-a-dub song called "A good time coming."
Some half dozen or more years ago he came to this country to deliver lectures
upon English poetry. His manager was "Colonel" Hiram Fuller, not unknown in the
city of New York and elsewhere. Mr. Mackay's introductions were to literary
circles in this country, by which he was kindly received. But the public were
obstinately deaf to the charming of his lectures. They were described by those
who heard them
as the most appallingly dull performances of
which the oldest auditor had any experience. The
"Colonel" carried him through the
land, but every where the verdict was the same, and his lecturing tour was a
melancholy failure. But through all the disappointment and chagrin it is
possible to imagine the baffled author grimly humming:
"There's a good time
A good time coming."
And it has come. He is taking
exquisite revenge for all his wrongs. Mr. Mackay arrived again last year, and
proceeded to settle his account with this country by writing weekly letters to
the London Times. He gloats over our misfortunes. His pen reels and trips along
the paper as he describes our war and our overthrow. He evidently regards this
civil war as but a proper
retribution for a nation which would not stand his lectures. He glories over
every defeat and disaster of the national cause, and one could imagine the
gentle bard in the full delight of conscious vengeance, scribbling his columns
of Copperhead news for the London Times, and humming as his pen flew and flashed
along the page, and he foresaw with British eyes our commercial ruin:
"There's a good time coming,
A good time coming."
His latest letter, dated June 26,
on the eve of
Lee's defeat and retreat, of the fall of Vicksburg and Port
Hudson, with the opening of the Mississippi, and the capture of immense forces,
and arms, and stores, and the dispersion of the rebellion in the Southwest, and
of the total disappearance of Bragg before the triumphant advance of
contains such rollicking passages as these, "The belief that * * the South will
indubitably achieve its independence, and that it is better for all parties that
it should do so without further bloodshed, spread rapidly from the lower grades
of the working classes upward until it has pervaded the whole mass of society
except the contractors, the preachers, and the newspaper editors * * In fact,
the Federal Government seems to be tumbling into perdition."
Mr. Charles Mackay's fiction is
much livelier than his lectures and more imaginative than his verses; and the
quality and quantity of his performances of this kind in the London Times only
show what deep and direful vengeance he has sworn against us. For it includes
two nations. He elaborates these columns of sneering misrepresentation and abuse
of this country and its condition, and John Bull gravely reads it and believes
it. What a scolding we should have saved ourselves if we had only gone to Mr.
SONG OF THE BORDER.
A FRIEND in Maryland, whose
"heart is with the Union," sends the Lounger the following song:
To the heart of the nation the
booming guns spoke,
While the true flag went down in
the fire and the smoke;
And the grim walls of Sumter yet
echoed the fray
When the loyalists rushed where
the Stars led the way.
Chorus.—Then fight for the
Stripes, boys, and fight for the Stars!
Confounded be treason! torn down
be the Bars!
Let foul traitors tremble, and
rebels grow pale,
As the Banner of Union floats out
on the gale!
Though the land of the cypress
its Vandals sends forth,
They are met in the path by the
hosts of the North:
Toward the troopers that spring
from the cotton-banked stream,
With the fires of just vengeance
our bayonets gleam.
Chorus.—Then fight, etc.
They may flaunt in the breeze
their famed rattlesnake flag;
They may sneer at the Banner, and
call it a rag;
But by all we hold sacred, above
We solemnly swear that their flag
shall lie low!
Chorus.—Then fight, etc.
They may boast of their chivalry,
boast of their blood;
We stand by our fathers' faith,
bow but to God:
Let them come in their pride;
they shall grievously feel
The firmness and keenness of
Chorus.—Then free let the Stripes
wave, bright shine the Stars!
Confounded be treason! despised
be the Bars!
The false hearts of rebels shall
falter and quail,
As the Banner of Union floats out
on the gale.
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
"DID you not observe the scraper
at the door, Sir?" exclaimed an offended spinster, "staid, tidy, and discreet,"
to a gentleman who had entered the house without scraping his boots. "Yes'm,"
said he; "and I intend using it when I go out!"
THE SOUTHERN REBELS' EMBASSADORS
TO PARIS AND LONDON.
SLIDELL SENT TO PARIS.
"Is cotton king?" The Emperor's
mind to feel, They shrewdly send to Paris a sly de'il; And, as a slight disguise
may do as well, Their missionary has the name Slidell. As slight a change gives
us his Master's name—Jeff Davis and old Davy much the same!
MASON SENT TO LONDON.
To England, where their nobles
The toil that makes their wealth
from day to day,
They send a Mason, who can build
By endless toil of men not paid
As teaching Britons morals does
Virginia his native State and
So call'd from England's honor'd
By error, all the future
Alas, 'tis by that name the
For there a colored virgin ne'er
Each planter makes his children
slaves, 'tis true,
A horrid color'd crop that meets
He lashes them to toil, or bids
A picture of "Free State"
design'd in hell!
A GREEN OLD AGE.—A statistician,
writing in a weekly paper, says: "In grinding grain and making flour, one man
can do one hundred and fifty times more work than he could perform a century
ago." We should rather have supposed that "one man" who could have performed any
kind of work a century ago, when he must have been comparatively young and
strong, could hardly get through so much more now that he figures in the
character of a centenarian.
A young lady, whose name was
Mayden, having married a man named Mudd, gave rise to the following:
"Lot's wife, 'tis said, in days
For one rebellious fault,
Was turned, as we are plainly
Into a lump of salt.
The same propensity of change
Still keeps in woman's blood,
For here we see a case as strong—
A Mayden turned to Mudd!"
Two tourists observing a pretty
girl in a milliner's shop, one of them proposed to go in and buy a watch ribbon
in order to get a nearer view of her. "Hoot, mon," said his northern friend,
"there's nae occasion to waste siller. Let us gang in and speer if she can gie
us twa sixpences for a shilling."
It is asserted that a certain
eminent medical man lately offered to a publisher a "Treatise on the Hand,"
which the worthy bibliopole declined with a shake of the head, saying, "My dear
Sir, we have too many treatises on our hands already."
When the press-gang was
patrolling London they laid hold of a well-dressed man, who pleaded that, being
a gentleman, he was not liable to be pressed. "Why," said a sailor, "you're the
very man we want, for we've pressed a number of blackguards, and want a
gentleman to teach them manners."
A Dutchman, summoned to identify
a stolen hog, being asked if the hog had any ear-marks, replied, "Te only
ear-mark dat I saw vas his tail vas cut off."
Here lies old Father Gripe, who
never cried "Jam satis;" 'Twould wake him did he know you read his tombstone
When you see a dwarf you may take
it for granted that his parents never made much of him.
An Irishman, by way of
illustrating the horrors of solitary confinement, stated that out of one hundred
persons sentenced to endure this punishment for life only fifteen survived it.
Man may be said to be going to
destruction apace when he abandons any sober walk of life for the de-canter.
Said a thief to a wit, "There's
no knowing one's friends
Until they've been tried and
Said the wit to the thief, "All
yours, I presume,
Have been tried and found guilty
The individual who "stood upon
his own responsibility" is to be indicted for infanticide.
"Harry, I can not think," says
"What makes my ankles grow so
"You do not recollect," says
"How great a calf they have to
A man who had been fined several
weeks in succession for getting drunk coolly proposed to the judge that he
should take him by the year at a reduced rate.
New PROVERB.—A thorn in the bush
is worth two in the hand.
LABOR LOST.—An organ-grinder
playing at the door of a deaf and dumb asylum.
A female teacher of a school that
stood on the banks of a quiet stream wished to communicate to her pupils an idea
of faith. While she was trying to explain to her pupils the meaning of the word
a small covered boat glided in sight along the stream. Seizing upon the incident
for an illustration she exclaimed—
"If I were to tell you that there
was a leg of mutton in that boat you would believe me, would you not, without
even seeing it yourselves?"
"Yes, ma'am," replied the
"Well, that is faith," said the
The next day, in order to test
their recollection of the lesson, she enquired—
What is faith?"
"A leg of mutton in a boat," was
the answer, shouted from all parts of the school-room.
DO YOU GIVE IT UP?
Why do young ladies in love like
Because they have an itching for
What letter in the alphabet is
necessary to make a shoe?
THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.
A CAVALRY reconnoissance went out
to Front Royal on 20th. Our whole force is now across the river. The rear-guard
General Lee's army left Martinsburg at two o'clock on the morning of 18th, a
few cavalrymen picketing the other side of the Potomac. The river is falling
rapidly. General Lee is retreating his main force by Strasburg and Staunton, not
by Culpepper as was supposed.
General Meade is said to be in hot pursuit.
GENERAL ROSECRANS AT WORK.
Rosecrans is doing finely with
his army, driving the rebels before him. Dispatches from Memphis, dated on the
17th, say that General Hurlbut's scouts had just arrived at Corinth, from
Decatur and Jacksonville. They report that Bragg was retreating precipitately
into Georgia, followed by Rosecrans's forces. General Rosecrans's advance was
reported to be at Rome, Georgia.
THE FALL OF PORT HUDSON.
The particulars of the fall of
Port Hudson have reached us by way of New Orleans. It appears that General
Gardner, on the 8th inst., sent out a flag of truce asking for terms of
General Banks replied that
ner twenty-four hours to consider
the matter. At seven o'clock A.M. on the 9th the terms were complied with, and
our troops took possession. The moment the surrender was completed the rebels
sent a request for six thousand rations, as they had eaten their last mule—which
was found to be literally true. The trophies are five thousand prisoners, fifty
pieces of artillery, and small-arms in proportion. The loyal citizens of New
Orleans had a torch-light procession and general jubilation on the night of the
ANOTHER ATTACK ON CHARLESTON.
General Gilmore informs the War
Department that up to the 12th instant he had captured the whole of Morris
Island, with the exception of about a mile of the north end, on which were
Wagner and the Cummings Point battery, mounting fourteen or fifteen heavy guns.
On the morning of the 11th an attempt was made to carry Fort Wagner by assault,
but it failed. Our losses had been about 150 killed, wounded and missing. The
enemy's loss would not fall short of 200. We had captured eleven pieces of heavy
ordnance and a large quantity of camp equipage. After the failure of the attack
on Fort Wagner, which was caused by the hesitation of the supports of the
storming party after the parapet was gained, General Gilmore commenced
engineering approaches, and it was expected that it would soon be captured. All
the fortifications on James Island, as far as Secessionville, were also in our
possession. During the operations a rebel steamer attempted to land
reinforcements on Morris Island, but she was driven off and destroyed by our
gun-boats, the troops on board barely escaping. The attack was renewed on 17th.
General Morgan is
faring badly with his raid into Ohio. On 18th his forces were overtaken near
Pomeroy by Generals Hobson and Judah, who had formed a junction. Morgan, finding
himself in close quarters, and learning that the ford at Buffington Island was
well guarded, broke up his band into small squads in order to escape. One squad,
with six pieces of artillery, made for the crossing at Buffington. Our gun-boats
drove them back, with the loss of one hundred and fifty killed and drowned. Our
cavalry charged and captured the battery, killing a number of the rebels.
Colonels Wolford and Shackleford succeeded in capturing one lot of five hundred
and seventy-five, and another of two hundred and seventy-five, besides numerous
squads. On 20th General Shackleford and Colonel Wolford chased the enemy for
fifty miles, and at three o'clock sent a flag of truce demanding a surrender.
After a consultation of forty minutes Colonel Coleman, on behalf of the rebels,
surrendered. Morgan, with a small squad, contrived to escape; but our troops are
in pursuit, and hope to catch him.
GENERAL SHERMAN'S ADVANCE.
Rebel accounts of the late
General Sherman's corps against Jackson, Mississippi, show that
the fighting was terrific, that the city was partially destroyed by the shelling
from our batteries, and that the loss on both sides was very severe. General Osterhaus, one of our finest cavalry generals, is reported to have been killed
by a cannon-shot on the 12th inst., and that his body was met by one of General
Pemberton's staff on its way to Vicksburg. The news of this conflict is
contained in dispatches from Jackson to the papers of Mobile, Montgomery,
Augusta, and to the Richmond Enquirer. They comprise information from the scene
of action from July 10th to the 16th. On the latter date it is stated, in the
dispatch to Richmond, that "the enemy made a heavy demonstration on our right
and centre this afternoon; but Walker's and Loring's divisions repulsed them
handsomely. The artillery fire was incessant, and our batteries replied gun for
gun. The enemy sought shelter in the woods. Heavy reinforcements for Grant
continue to arrive, who are pressed on our right for the purpose of crossing
Pearl River above and flanking us. The enemy are planting siege-guns on their
redoubts. It is supposed that to-morrow the remainder of Jackson will be
On the previous evening our
troops were shelling the city tremendously.
CAPTURE OF YAZOO CITY.
Yazoo City, which was held by
about eight hundred rebels, was captured by the Union troops under General
Herron on the 13th. Two hundred and fifty prisoners were captured. The gun-boat
DeKalb, which accompanied the expedition, was blown up by torpedoes and sunk in
shallow water, but no lives were lost. The rebels burned three transports lying
above the city, and some eight or ten large steamers up the Yazoo.
A CAVALRY FIGHT.
An obstinate fight took place on
17th, between Shepherdstown and Martinsburg, between the cavalry of General
Gregg and the whole force of General Stuart, upward of ten thousand strong, who
are protecting the rear of Lee's forces. The conflict lasted several hours, with
heavy loss on both sides, our troops holding their ground heroically. It is said
that General Gregg was for six hours cut off from communication with the main
army, but that he finally relieved himself, and, in a gallant charge, capturing
a number of prisoners, three stands of colors, and four pieces of artillery.
A REBEL CONSCRIPTION.
Jeff Davis has issued a call for
every man between the ages of eighteen and forty-five at once to repair to the
NORTH CAROLINA WAVERING.
The tone of the newspapers, as
well as the testimony from various quarters, all indicate that North Carolina is
about tired of rebellion, and would gladly proffer her allegiance to the old
Richmond papers are terribly
doleful over the recent disasters. The Enquirer says: "The fall of Vicksburg,
the retreat of Bragg, the repulse of Lee, and the advance on
Charleston, are all
serious disasters—the most serious that have attended our arms since the
beginning of the war."
REBEL VIEW OF OUR RIOTS.
The news of the New York
disturbances had reached Richmond, and the papers are exultant over it. They
hail them as the beginning of a great Northern revolution, styling it a "good
work" and "an excellent outbreak."
THE AMERICAN QUESTION.
THE American question is being
widely discussed, both by the papers and in Parliament. Lord Palmerston
requested Mr. Roebuck to drop discussion on the question of the recognition of
the South, as it was not desirable to resume it, or to bind the Government to
pledge themselves as to future action. Roebuck postponed his answer till the
13th, but thought a better answer than his would be heard before that day.
ANOTHER ANGLO-REBEL PIRATE.
The rebel steamer Gibraltar, late
the Sumter, has sailed from Liverpool for Nassau, N. P. She had been well
repaired and strengthened, and took out the "monster guns" which caused her late
temporary detention by the English authorities. It was thought that she would
resume her operations as a rebel privateer.
PROGRESS OF DIPLOMACY.
The notes of the three allied
powers on the subject of Poland have been laid before the Emperor of Russia, and
are reported to be of a conciliatory character. The preparations for war
continue in France and Russia. The expectation of immediate or speedy
hostilities diminished daily. In connection with Poland Lord Palmerston replied
in Parliament to Mr. Warner that England had made no prospective arrangements to
fight for Poland, but that she would wait as occasion required.
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