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Page) hours, or it might have been days, I continued to hold his
lifeless body in my arms. Of food I had none, and my only support was a sip of
spirits taken at long intervals.
Still the water continued to
rise, till I felt it touching my feet. I spent the time in sleep mostly, and
when I lay awake, I had just life enough to wonder how long it would be before
the water rose above my head. I did not now feel any particular dread of this
happening; I had got so familiarized with the idea that I only speculated in a
dreamy kind of way on what the sensation would be like when it took place. From
what I heard since, I believe I must have slept many hours at a time. I know
that when I woke once I felt that my feet were no longer in the water. I
stretched them out, still without touching it, and I had to push myself forward
some distance before I could reach it, and then I knew they must have got the
engine at work, and were pumping out the water; consequently, the fire was
extinguished. I suppose it is nothing unusual in such cases; but no sooner had I
found there was a chance of being saved than the resignation or indifference,
whichever it was, left me, and instead of being able to sleep as I had done
before, I became keenly alive to my situation, and sat with the soles of my feet
just touching the water. It sunk so slowly that hours, as I judged, passed
before I could say with certainty that it had sunk any more. This was about the
most dreadful period of my imprisonment. When I lost my poor boy, I was
expecting every hour to join him, and painful as it was, it seemed as if we were
only separated for a little while. Now my thoughts were busy with home. What
would my wife say when she saw me like one risen from the grave? What would she
be doing when I got home? These and a thousand other wondering surmises passed
through my mind as I sat there in the darkness; till at last I got weary, and
began to despair of getting out after all, the water sunk so slowly. I tried to
forget time in sleep, but I found this was not half so easy now. Not to spin out
my tale any longer than I can help, I will say nothing more of what I felt and
thought, nor what resolutions I made for the future, if I only reached the
surface of the earth once more alive.
At last the time came when the
water barely reached my knees at a distance of several feet in advance of the
heap on which I had bean lying, and I decided on trying to reach the shaft,
which I succeeded in doing, though it took me a long time, owing to my weak and
exhausted condition. Close to the shaft I found two of the overlookers and
several of the miners at work in repairing it. They were as much startled at
seeing me as though I had been a ghost, and, indeed, as far as appearance went,
I might with good reason have been taken for a skeleton. When I came down into
the pit I had left the ground hard and frozen; the next time I saw it the grass
was green, there were leaves on the trees, and a bright and warm sun was
COLORED TROOPS IN
WE publish on
page 133 two
illustrations of THE
FIRST LOUISIANA NATIVE GUARDS, from sketches
by our special artist, Mr.
It is now some live months since
General Butler's attention was called, by
free colored men in
New Orleans, to the fact that they held
commissions from Governor Moore, of Louisiana, as duly enrolled officers of the
Confederate army, and requesting to transfer their services to the United
States. General Butler, with that keen perception for which he is so remarkable,
at once saw the bearings of this important matter, granted the request of his
applicants, and issued his order mustering the regiment into our service, under
the command of Colonel (then Lieutenant-Colonel) Spencer H. Stafford, one of his
Although ready and anxious for a
brush with the enemy, that opportunity has not yet been afforded them. They have
hitherto been employed down in the Lafourche District, under the command of
General Weitzel, guarding the bridges over important bayous, in a circuit of
some thirty miles, and forming the base of Weitzel's late expedition into the
Teche District. That affair being over, and the General returned to his
encampment at Thibodeaux, the Colonel of the Native Guards reported to the
Department Head-quarters for further orders. On the evening of the 21st,
pursuant to orders, eight Companies (comprising 800 men), embarked upon the
Laurel Hill to join the garrison of Forts Jackson and St. Philip—four Companies
to each fort—the remaining two Companies—A and D —being sent to Fort Macombe, on
the Chef Menteur Pass, connecting Lakes Borgne and Pontchartrain.
The point selected by our special
artist for illustration is the disembarkation from the steamer J. D. Brown, at
Fort Macombe. The special New Orleans correspondent of the New York Times tells
the following story of these men:
"You see my men can work, Sir,
though people say they can't fight," said the Colonel, triumphantly. "We don't
trouble our heads much about transportation. Put me down in a forest with those
same fellows, and I'll build you a city; for I have every useful trade
represented among them."
At this moment a Captain came up
to the Colonel, saluted him very respectfully, and, after receiving his order,
"I understood you, Colonel," said
I, " that all your line officers were colored men: there goes one, at any rate,
who is white." The Colonel turned to me with a sarcastic smile:
"And do you really think him
white? Well you may, Sir; but that man is a 'negro'—one who carries the
so-called curse of African blood in his veins."
I was literally amazed. Often as
my senses had been deceived in this matter, they never had been so completely
before. This officer, Captain E. Davis, of Company A [his portrait is given in
our group.—Ed.], was a fine-looking young man, not unlike General M'Clellan in
mould of features, with light blue eyes, ruddy complexion, soft, silky hair, and
a splendid mustache, of a sandy color, nearly approaching red. I would have
defied the most consummate expert in Niggerology, by the aid of the moat
powerful microscope, to discover the one drop of African blood in that man's
veins. Still there it was upon the record against him.
During this voyage, and after our
arrival at the fort, I not only had the best opportunity for observing the
general demeanor of these soldiers, but I made a point of conversing with
several of the line officers, in order to come at some just conclusion as to
their mental calibre, manners, etc. Truth and honesty compel me to state that,
as far as the privates were concerned, a more decent, orderly, obedient, and
soldierly set of men I never saw; while, as regards the officers, had I come in
contact with the same number of white men, taken at random, I could not have
expected to find more general intelligence, education, and refinement.
We present our readers, on the
same page, with a group of portraits of five of the line officers of Companies A
and D of these Louisiana Native Guards. The central figure, Lieutenant L. D.
LARRIEU, is very nearly white; Captain E. DAVIS, as before stated, is to all
appearances perfectly so. The other three bear, more or less, marks of African
origin. These officers all long to prove their loyalty and assert their manhood
in the field; and, should this infamous rebellion continue, it is to be hoped
their desires will not be long ungratified.
SOMETHING WORTH HAVING.
To have the sure esteem
Of those whose worth we know,
The heart will oft redeem
From many a doubtful throe;
The anxious soul declares
Some good must be in us,
Or by such souls as theirs
We were not valued thus.
When brimming cups go round,
When friendly faces meet,
Where jest and smile abound—
Oh, if we there may meet
Such long-tried friend of years
To share with us the wine—
'Tis nectar then—and cheers
With influence divine!
Or, if oppressed with care
Or sickness, low we lie,
What med'cine can compare
With friendship's love-lit eye?
One fond plain English word
More cheers our suffering man
Than all the pomp absurd
Of doctor's Latin can.
Oh, bliss how bright, how rare,
Where friend like this appears,
With smiles our joy to share,
Or share our grief with tears:
To have this, is to win
From out our earthly strife
The brightest jewel in
That crown of thorns—called life!
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NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE
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Massachusetts Treasury Note.—Devices of South Carolina and Maryland
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A CALIFORNIAN IN ICELAND.
(Concluded.) ILLUSTRATIONS. — The Hrafnajau. — An Artist at Horne.—Effigy in
Lava.— Lava Fjelds, — The Tintron Rock. — Bridge River. — Shepherd and Family. —
The Strokhr.—Side-Saddle. — Great Geyser and Receiver.—Strokhr and
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Miss Hawley and her Friend.—"You shan't Kiss Me!"—Shaking Hands.—The
Resignation. ROMOLA. By the Author of "ADAM BEDE." CHAPTER XXXIII. Baldassarre
makes an Acquaintance. CHAPTER XXXIV. No Place for Repentance. CHAPTER XXXV.
What Florence was thinking of. CHAPTER XXXVI. Ariadne discrowns herself. CHAPTEa
XXXVII. The Tabernacle unlocked. ILLUSTRATIONS.—In Florence.—"You didn't think
it was so Pretty!"—Escaped. MUSICIANS OF FIELD AND MEADOW. FOR BETTER, FOR
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