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How-qua. Alabama's Launch.
CAPTURE OF THE BLOCKADE RUNNER "ANNIE," OCTOBER 31, 1864.--[SKETCHED BY CHARLES
THE LATE MR. JOHN LEECH.
JOHN LEECH, celebrated as the
best humorous draughtsman of Punch, died on the 29th of October, at the age of
forty-seven. The record of his life is short and simple. He was born in London
in 1817, and was educated at the Charter-house. His first efforts as an artist
appeared in Bell's Life in London, with which he was connected for two years.
Among these early works the best was a series of sketches of the droller aspects
of Parisian life. His first sketch in Punch, entitled " Foreign Affairs,"
appeared in 1841, and from that date to his death he has contributed almost
every week to its pages. These weekly sketches, with etchings in Bentley's
Miscellany, a few illustrations of works of fiction, and a yearly installment of
Christmas Sketches, have reflected to the world the graceful thought and hu
mor of this wonderful artist for
more than twenty years. His sketches of English social life his pictures of
balls, dinner parties, mess rooms, bachelors' chambers, Rotten row, gardens,
parks, streets, watering places, shooting parties, hunting fields, boating,
fishing, and we know not what else, make up such a history of his time as to the
future historian will be invaluable.
Mr. LEECH was a careful, patient
workman ; and there is no doubt that his incessant brain work exhausted too far
his nervous organization, which was as delicate as his fancy was exquisite and
refined. Toward the last of his life he suffered greatly from sleeplessness. He
was much affected by noise, and was literally driven from his house in Brunswick
Square to Kensington by street music. Less than a year ago he stood by the grave
of THACKERAY, his school fellow and friend, overcome with uncon-
trollable grief. Now be himself
has been called, and the news of his departure will quench the Christmas mirth
of thousands of loving friends.
THE BLOCKADE OFF WILMINGTON.
WE illustrate on this page the
capture of the blockade-runner Annie, October 31, off Wilmington, by the launch
of the United States steamer Alabama. This launch, mounting a 12-pound rifled
howitzer, was doing picket duty off the her at New Inlet, one of the two
entrances to Wilmington. About half past seven, on the night of the 31st, a
steamer was seen coming out, and heading directly for the launch. Fire was
immediately opened on this vessel, the seemed shot taking effect in her port
ter; when the gun-boats
Wilderness and Niphon gave chase, and soon signaled back to the launch that the
vessel was captured. The prize proved to be the Annie, laden with 550 bales of
cotton and 40 tons of tobacco, and having on board a crew of about 60 persons.
This is the first vessel ever captured under the guns of Fort Fisher. The launch
which effected this capture is the only vessel of the kind in the fleet.
We give also on
page 772 two
illustrations representing the two inlets to Wilmington harbor, and our
blockading fleets at each of these inlets. The rebels have lately been extending
their fortifications along the coast, placing a battery at every available
point. The Cape Fear River has also been filled with obstructions. The
approaches to Fort Fisher, the most formidable of the defensive works, are
protected be heavy shore batteries.
THE LATE MR. JOHN LEECH,
THE GREAT TUNNEL UNDER PITTSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA.—SKETCHED BY DAVIS.--[SEE