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CHARLES G. GUNTHER, THE MAYOR ELECT.—[PHOTOGRAPHED
Page) was done. How, would take more space than I can give.
"The color-sergeant of the
Seventy-ninth Indiana, Henry C. Lawrence, carried his colors far in advance of
his regiment, which was the first to commence the ascent. The whole army are
"Such a quantity of prisoners
came into the keeping of the provost marshal of the corps, Captain Kaldenbaugh,
that it was thought at one time another corps would have to be ordered up to
take them in hand."
CAPTURE OF ORCHARD KNOB.
Mr. Davis writes:
GORDON GRANGER, Nov. 27, 1863.
"On Monday afternoon, the 23d
inst., the division of General Wood was ordered to make a reconnoissance toward
Orchard Knob—a commanding position held by the rebels within range of the guns
of Fort Wood. The division formed outside of our fortifications, General Hazen
on the right, Willich in the centre, and General Beatty on the left. The
division advanced with the Fifth Kentucky, Ninety-third Ohio, Eighth Kansas, and
Eighty-ninth Illinois as skirmishers. These carried this important position with
THE LOSS OF THE "ISAAC NEWTON."
WE illustrate on this page the
burning of the Hudson River steamer Isaac Newton, which took place on the night
of 5th inst., off Fort Washington. The following account of the catastrophe is
condensed from the Herald report:
It appears that the Isaac
Newton—one of the finest steamboats running on the Hudson River, between this
city and Albany—left her wharf, at the foot of Cortlandt Street. about six
o'clock on Saturday evening, under the command of Captain Peck. She had between
150 and 200 passengers on board at the time, besides the usual quantity of
freight and her ordinary complement of firemen, deck hands, etc. She went along
very smoothly and quietly for about an hour, when suddenly a tremendous
explosion occurred on board, and in an instant all was confusion and alarm. The
large boiler had exploded, scattering an unlimited amount of pent-up steam and
boiling water into every exposed portion of the vessel. The furnaces, which were
in close proximity to the boiler, were blown into pieces by the tremendous force
of the explosion, and the red-hot coals and burning wood were in consequence
cast about the steamboat, setting fire to it. and thereby adding tenfold to the
horror of the situation. The luckless vessel was in a few minutes under the full
control of the fiery element, and to attempt to describe the scene would be a
Fortunately very few of the
passengers were on the open decks, where they would have been exposed to the
horrible dangers of death by scalding or burning. It was just
about the time when most of the
passengers were at their supper, or preparing for a comfortable nap in their
berths, expecting to wake up all safe and sound in Albany. The lady passengers
were cozily settled in the cabin, and the men were either in the after portion
of the vessel smoking, or, as stated above, eating their suppers in the
In the mean time the signals of
distress were answered from the shore at each side. A propeller, called the
Daniel P. Miller, and the tow-boat Herald soon got near the burning steamer and
took off most of the passengers half dead from fear and excitement. Several
canal-boats also came
up in good time, and did good
service in rescuing the passengers. A number of row-boats put out from the
shore, and it is said a few of the passengers availed themselves of these light
barks to reach the friendly land once more.
Four person are known to have
been killed and fifteen others injured perhaps fatally.
HON. CHARLES GODFREY GUNTHER was
born in New York, on 7th April, 1822, and with his father and one of his
brothers carries on a large fur business there. Before he was of age to vote he
was an active working member of the
Democratic party, and subsequently became a
member. of the Young Men's Democratic General Committee, of which body he was
several times chairman. In 1855 he was elected a Governor of the Alms-house, and
became afterward President of the Board. In 1861 he ran unsuccessfully for
Mayor, Mr. Opdyke winning the day. On the 1st of the month he ran a second time,
and was elected over the Republican candidate, Mr. Blunt, on the one hand, and
over the nominee of Mozart and Tammany, Mr. Boole, on the other.
Mr. Gunther is greatly respected
as a high-toned, honorable merchant. In politics he has hitherto been a
Hard-shell Democrat. We believe, however, that he has been unjustly classed with
the peace party.
SOWING OF THE AGES.
STEADILY the Ages sow
And the flowers come and go,
Though the blinded generations
Scorn them as the weeds.
Seeds of truth and seeds of
Strong perennial seeds—
And the harvests ripen bright
Though the generations count them
Not among their needs.
They are beaten down in wrath—
Madly beaten down—
Vainly beaten down;
And they spring up in the path,
Prickly, of the generations
That their growth disown.
Sharper leaves from tougher
Growing bloomless fast—
Growing carless fast;
Till a crop of steel upshoots,
Spearing through the generations
Prone upon it cast.
And this last crop of the seeds
Surely must be good—
Must be wondrous good;
Precious crop for sorest needs,
For the prostrate generations
Water it with blood.
DESTRUCTION OF THE HUDSON RIVER STEAMBOAT "ISAAC
NEWTON" BY FIRE, DECEMBER 5, 1863.