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THE BATTLE OF BRISTOE STATION.
Oct. 31, 1863.
To the Editor of Harper's Weekly:
In Harper's Weekly of November 7,
1863, is a representation of the
battle of Bristoe Station. Your correspondent,
Mr. Waud, says: "On a hill in his rear (Warren's) Arnold's Battery held a
commanding position behind General Webb's Brigade—seen beyond the wind-mill
pump, in front of a deserted camp."
That position was held by
Ricketts's (Pennsylvania) Battery, Captain Arnold being ever half a mile further
down the railroad, and with the First Division, which brought up the rear. He
did not get into position until the enemy's lines were broken.
Your correspondent doubtless did
not intend to misrepresent the facts of the case, but has done evident injustice
to Captain Ricketts.
I am, Sir, yours respectfully,
C. B. BROCKWAY,
First Lieutenant, Battery F,
First Artillery, P. R. C.
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
"I DON'T see," said Mrs.
Partington, as Ike came home from school and threw his books into one chair, and
his jacket into another, and his cap on the floor, saying that he didn't get the
medal—"I don't see, dear, why you didn't get the medal, for certainly a more
meddlesome boy I never knew. But no matter, when the adversary comes round again
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Cardinal Alberoni had a large
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salt-cellars, wrought in the form of different animals. A friend of his eminence
borrowed a salt-cellar made in the shape of a tiger, but forgot to return it for
some time. At length, after the lapse of some six or seven mouths, he sent it
back, requesting at the same time the loan of another in the shape of a
tortoise. The Cardinal desired to see the person who had brought the message.
"You are sent," said he, "by the signor to borrow one of my salt-cellars?" "Yes,
your eminence; I am his steward. "You will be good enough to tell your master
that I lent him one in the form of a tiger, which is one of the swiftest animals
on the earth, and it has been more than six months in returning; were I to lend
him the tortoise, which is the slowest of animals, I fear it would never
Many proverbs admit of
contradiction, as witness the following: "The more the merrier" Not so—one hand
is enough in a purse. "Nothing but what has on end." Not so—a ring has none, for
it is round. "Money is a great comfort." Not when it brings it thief to the
gallows. "The world is a long journey." Not so—the sun goes over it in a day.
"It is a great way to the bottom of the sea." Not so—it is but a stone's cast.
"A friend is best found in adversity." Not so—for then there is none to be
found. "The pride of the rich makes the labor of the poor." Not so—the labor of
the poor makes the pride of the rich.
A gentleman who had married a
second time indulged in recurring too often in conversation to the beauties and
virtues of his first consort. He had, however, barely discernment enough to
discover that the subject was not an agreeable one to his present lady. "Excuse
me, Madam," said he, "I can not help expressing my regrets for the dear
deceased." "Upon my honor," said the lady, "I can most heartily affirm that I am
as sincere a mourner for her as you can be."
SENSITIVE.—A gentleman observed
an urchin who had a large slice of bread in his hand, and who was crying very
bitterly. "My son," he exclaimed, "what are you crying about?" "Mother
won't—boo-hoo-oo—put any butter on my bread—boo-hoo-oo!" "Oh, is that all?" said
the gentleman. "Come, dry up your tears and be a man." "It ain't so much the
butter," retorted the little urchin; "it's the disposition of the old woman."
"How is Europe bounded?" said a
teacher to one of his little pupils. "I, thou, he, she, it," was the reply. "For
shame, Johnny! Try again." "Oh, please, Sir, I remember now; that is the answer
to one of my grammar questions, and I thought I was to be heard my grammar
"You say, Mr. Jay, that you saw
the plaintiff leave the house. Was it in haste?" "Yes, Sir." "Do you know what
caused the haste?" "I'm not sartin; but I think it was the boot of Mr. Stubbs,
the gentleman he boards with." "That will do, Mr. Jay. Clerk, call the next
"I'll take the shine out of you,"
as the eclipse said to the moon.
"You be hanged," as the
washer-woman said to the clothes.
"I am transported to see you," as
the convict said to the kangaroo.
"We prey for meat," as the foxes
remarked when they jumped into the poultry yard.
"What blessings children are!" as
the registrar observed when he took the fees for registering them.
A judge in India is reported to
have thus addressed a person convicted before him, prior to passing sentence:
"Prisoner at the bar, Providence has given you a good degree of health and
strength, instead of which you go about the country stealing ducks."
Women should remember that men
would often ring their tender fingers only to wring their tender hearts.
It is said that the pig ran away
from the butcher because he had heard that prevention is better than cure.
Two boatmen were talking at
Brighton the other day, when one asked the other whether the Prince of Wales
ever went to church. "Lord bless you!" said he, "what should he go to church
for? We, poor souls, are obliged to pray for ourselves, but there are enough to
pray for him."
Joannes Scotus, being in company
with Charles the Bald, King of France, that monarch merrily said, "What is the
difference between a Scot and a sot?" Scotus, who sat opposite the King, said,
"Only the breadth of the table."
A person who looks at the world
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it was that people must grow old. "Hard as it is," replied the veteran composer,
"it seems to be the only means yet discovered of enjoying long life."
A Yankee has invented a rat
exterminator, consisting of a sort of powder snuff. The animal jerks his head
off at the third sneeze!
"Why don't you wheel the barrow
of coals, Ned?" said a miner to one of his sons. "It's not it very hard job;
there's an inclined plane to relieve you." "Ah!" replied Ned, who had more
relish for wit than work; "the plane may be inclined but I am not."
What commodity is always afforded
at cost?—The law.
In what circumstances is a woman
that wears stays?—Straitened circumstances.
The young fellow who makes
engagements with the ladies only to break them oft is a beau of promise.
A LEGAL OPINION.—It is not
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ADVICE TO Boys.—Don't steal your
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A wonderful story-teller,
addicted to humming an air, beginning "Strike the Lyre," was much surprised when
one of his acquaintances, taking him at his word, knocked him down.
At a spiritual circle the other
evening a gentleman requested the medium to ask what amusement was most popular
in the spiritual world. The reply was, "Reading our own obituary notices."
A gentleman who was in arrears
for several weeks' board and lodging, complained one morning that his coffee was
not settled. "You had better settle for the coffee and then complain," said the
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