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Page) of free speech ? Are the papers that speak of
Mr. LINCOLN as
the Aurora used to speak of General WASHINGTON really deprived of their "
liberty ?" Yet all these men and these papers labor for the election of
General McCLELLAN. Is that the company a good Union-loving citizen wishes to keep ? Is
that the candidate the true friends of free speech wish to vote for ?
Straws show how the tide is
IF any nation is anxious to see
the overthrow of the American Government it is the English. The British
aristocracy has said and done all it could to aid the rebellion ; and its organs
cheer lustily for General McCLELLAN and Mr. PENDLETON. Some weeks ago the London
Post, the organ of Lord PALMERSTON, the British Prime Minister, under the
heading, "American Union passing away," said :
"The institutions of the American
Republic were, in the fullest signification of the term, liberal, and in no
country in the world has more keen regret been felt than in free England that
those institutions should be, to all appearances, on the point of extinction."
The spirit which thus
complacently chuckles over what it calls tile prospect of our national ruin,
instinctively works and prays for the defeat of ABRAHAM LINCOLN and
JOHNSON, whose careers from the poverty in which they were born to the
distinction they have reached are noble illustrations of the operation of
THE late Colonel LOWELL, whose
portrait Is upon page 733, and of whom we spoke last week, was buried on Friday,
October 28, at Mount Auburn, in Cambridge, near Boston. His commission as a
Brigadier-General had been signed, and was on the way to him when he fell.
A letter from one competent to
speak says : " I do not think there was any officer in all the army so much
beloved as LOWELL."
" We all shed tears," said
CUSTER, "when we knew that we had lost him. It is the greatest loss the
corps has suffered."
" I do not think there was a
SHERIDAN," which I would have added to LOWELL."
Mr. NAST and Mr. BELLEW have done
admirable pictorial service in this paper for the Union cause. The grave and
poetic designs of Mr. NAST, and the clear, comic pungency of Mr.
BELLEW'S caricatures, have brought home the issues of this canvass to many a
mind more forcibly than any argument or speech.
This week Mr. NAST shows us the
significance of the scene at the ballot-box. Surrounded by illustrations of the
various persons and classes who decide at the polls the fate of the country and
of free popular institutions, the figure of Peace, with drooping head and
clipped wings, as if prostituted to a hateful purpose, with her hands manacled
behind her, stands before the sacred urn, while the twin Satans of secession and
sympathy with it push their ballots into her hand. But opposite to her—calm;
erect, and majestic, the consciousness of victory in her heart and its Fire
bearing in her eye—the ripe and noble figure of the Country, American Union and
Liberty, drops her ballot into the box. You can read upon it the name of ABRAHAM
LINCOLN, whom the heart of that Country desires to see the next President of the
AN UNANSWERABLE QUESTION.
CORRESPONDENT in the interior of New York asks :
"Can you explain the present
anomalous position of the so called
Democratic party? If a large portion of the
Democratic party are, as they claim, truly loyal, why do they so pereistently
oppose every attempt of the constituted authorities to suppress the rebellion ?
They cry out and call aloud for fair play, and yet constantly pervert and
misconstrue willfully every act of the Government. They have long prayers for
our 'bleeding country,' and yet offer nothing but hyssop and vinegar to soothe
it in its hour of agony. What judgment will be meted out by coming generations
to these would be creed makers ?
"'As they sew so shall they
A SOLDIER'S VOTE.
A SOLDIER forwards us the Union
National and State ticket, and writes ; "I go this whole thing without any
repugnance of conscience. Woe unto traitors ! We will whip them."
A MILITARY BLISTER FOR
IN the United States Military
Hospital at Jeffersonville, Indiana, a thorough canvass of the inmates in
September showed the following result.
Lincoln and Johnson .... 50
McClellan and Pendleton 2
The veterans add that the
Copperhead vote is givers in aid of "the despicable aristocracy" which is trying
to overthrow the Government, and they say of the party which can not heartily
cheer for the victories of
FARRAGUT : "They should
be remembered as long as they live for their treachery, and be forever denied by
their outraged countrymen the privilege of holding any office of honor, profit,
or trust; and so far as our knowledge of them and our votes and influence will
effect it, they shall be."
OUR " PATTERNS."
THE following letter comes from
two gentlemen who, beyond any doubt whatever. intend to vote for General
McCLELLAN and Mr. PENDLETON ; who confide reverently in Mr. VALLANDIGHAM ; who
denounce the "Abolition war," and "ABE LINCOLN'S despotism ;" who wish well to
the rebellion, and desire, as faithful supporters of the
Chicago platform and
candidates, to confess that the American people are conquered, and to implore
the gracious pardon of JEFFERSON DAVIS. For all these reasons the two gentlemen
do not like this paper. We should be heartily ashamed of ourselves if they did:
"PLAINFIELD, O., Oct. 21, 1864. "
Ed. of Harper's Weekly:
"DER SIR,—You will much oblige
your Patterns at this office if you will pleas keep your dam Blagard Sheet at
home, or Send it to them that can Stumic it. We can not gow it any longer."
DIED THURSDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER,
SOUTHWARD to unearth a secret
Kept six thousand years Onward,
onward, one of England's
One with high determination Held
in perfect drill ;
Working out a fixed purpose
Grappled by the will.
Up the highway of a river, Coming
With a broad, mysterious volume
To the Syrian Sea.
Girt with courage of the Saxon
Strideth on a man,
Breaking down great wails of
As a Briton can.
Type of an immortal precept
That bath ever stood
As a beacon to the nations--
Tracking down the Ethiop stream
Resolute to win
Access to the hidden chamber
Of its origin.
Throwing back great waves of
Rising in the way Out upon the
sea of venture Valiantly he lay.
Captured by the fierce SOMALI,
Wounded, scorched, and bound,
By a lance his very muscles
Nailed to the ground.
Still the storied, bull-dog valor
Of the island race
Taught him how to dash his
In his captor's face.
Up be springs to tear the cordage
From his swollen hands;
Girds him for escape—his bold
blood Dripping on the sands.
Manly, sun-burnt features settled
To an infant calm
Lo ! he sleeps beneath the heavy
Shadow of the palm.
Head upon his arm—the north land
Visited in dream
While the shafts of tropic fire
Tremble on the stream.
Home ! from many a close, locked
wrestle Where grim death did press
Hard upon him as he journeyed
Through the wilderness.
Home ! to meet the grip of
From an English hand;
Home ! to find his deeds of
Famous in the land.
Home ! his triumph by a people
Countersigned and sealed;
Home ! to find the spoiler
On an English field.
From the gable of a farm-house
Curl the wreaths of smoke;
Through a copse the sunlight
quivers On the browning oak.
Past the underwood and flowers
Murmureth the burn ;
Past a shattered body lying
On the tangled fern.
HUMORS OF THE DAY
THE following is related as " the
President's last story" In dismissing a party of hungry place-seekers who had
often wearied him, and finally exhausted his patience, Mr. Lincoln said they
reminded him of the story of the school master who told one of his pupils to
read the third chapter of Daniel. The boy began, but when he came to the names
of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, he stumbled. The master required him to
proceed. He tried again and failed. Pedagogue then tried a flogging, but still
no go. Relenting, the master told the boy he might read the preceding chapter,
and let the present one go. The boy brightened up and took hold with a will.' He
got on famously until he reached the last verse, when, pausing, a look of
consternation overcame his countenance and he dropped the book, exclaiming in a
doleful voice, " Why Isere are them three rascally fellows again !" The trio
sloped, and some of their friends say it was a fair hit.
"This is the last rose of
summer!" exclaimed a wag, as he rose from his bed on the 31st of August.
Let a man do his best, and the
world may do its worst.
JACKSON BOOTS AND SEYMOUR
SLIPPERS. ONE of our patriotic clergy of this city lately said that he had
looked with great hope to the Chicago Convention, thinking that they might start
a patriotic movement that would unite the heart of the nation and break down the
old party walls. But he was bitterly disappointed. All that was necessary was to
build a hickory platform, raise the old flag over it, and hang a pair of Andrew
Jackson's old boots on the flag-staff. Instead of hickory, we had at Chicago
only saw dust; instead of the old flag, there was a banner that was so dim and
uncertain as to puzzle the looker on to tell whether it was the Stars and
Stripes or the Stars and Bars ; instead of Andrew Jackson's old boots, there
were Horatio Seymour's bran new slippers–slippery enough they were too.
THE ONION AND THE UNION.
Dr. Osgood gave the Agricultural
Address before the Fairfield County farmers at Norwalk, Connecticut, September
30, and spoke of the duty that the great farming
interest owed to the country, and the immense power of patriotic farmers in
the old Revolutionary times and in the whole of our national history. He said he
had heard of a few mean Connecticut farmers who disowned the flag when the
present rebellion broke out, because the price of onions fell in the first war
panic. The true farmer, he said, is above such baseness, and cares not only for
his crops, bet for his country. He likes to sell his onions, but he will not
sell the Union. He may think that great is the Onion, but he is quite sure that
greater is the Union.
Lord Brougham told the following
anecdote at the late meeting of the Social Science Congress ; Horne Tooke was
sitting in a room by himself one day when in rushed a lunatic, flourishing a
large bladed knife in his hand. The lunatic said, "You are Mr. Horne Tooke, are
you not?" "Yes," was the reply. "Then," said the lunatic, " I will soon put an
end to you." Horne Tooke answered, " If you do you will suffer for it." "Oh,"
said the madman, "I came out of Dr. Shipton's asylum t'other day, and they can't
punish me." Horne Tooke rejoined, with great fact, "Then I suppose you don't
know that a law was passed only t'other day saying that all lunatics should be
hanged?" "No, I didn't know that," replied the madman, instantly throwing down
the knife in a tremor and slinking out of the room.
A bull is good eating in any
land. Here is a fine one produced by the Independence in a burst of fine
writing. "A hundred thousand hearts were beating as they witnessed the ascent of
Nadar ; a hundred thousand eyes were watching the movements of the balloon"—thus
showing that each possessor of a heart was either shutting one eye or had but
one eye--a singular Belgian race.
Lord Norbury was celebrated
equally for his wit and his severity as a criminal judge. At one time, as a
special commissioner appointed to try the culprits in one of the Irish
rebellions, he had in course of a sitting convicted a great many. "You are going
on swimmingly here, my lord," said a counsel for the prisoners. "Yes,," answered
his lordship, significantly, "seven knots an hour."
THE TOPER'S AUTUMN SOLILOQUY..
Leaves have their time to fall,
And so likewise have I:
The reason, too, is the same.
Both comes of getting dry,
But here's the difference 'twixt
you and me, I fall more harder and more frequently.
Why is a lucky billiard-player
like an anchor?—Because he holds his ground entirely by flukes.
"Sambo, am you posted in natural
sciences?" "Ob course I is ; sartingly." " Then you can tell me the cause of the
great blight in potatoes for the last ten years?" "Oh! dat's easy enough. It's
all owing to de rot-tater-y motion of the earth."
A Parisian advertises photographs
giving to the physiognomy the effects of the full moon shining on the face. He
says the softness that the moon produces is remarkable. There is no doubt of it.
A poor Frenchman being aroused
from sleep by his wife, with the cry, "Get up, Baptiste, there's a robber in the
house," calmly answered, "Don't let us molest him. Let him ransack the house,
and if he should find any thing of value we'll take it away from him."
A company of French players were
giving one of Racine's plays, in which it became necessary to have is number of
German Soldiers on the stage to represent the Greek army. Not one of these men
understood the French language, with the exception of a non-commissioned
officer, who knew it a little, and was therefore appointed to interpret the
prompter's orders. At the most solemn part of the, tragedy the prompter gave the
order to go off. " Sortez," said he, but the German sergeant, knowing nothing of
the play, mistook the word for"Sautez," whereupon all the soldiers began dancing
forthwith, to the astonishment as well as mirth of the audience, and, it is to
be presumed, to the disgust of the actors, who easy their efforts to move their
auditors to tears rendered abortive by the blunder.
When is a candle likely to be
angry?—When it's put out, to be sure.
An old Irishman who had witnessed
the effect of whisky for many years past, said a barrel labeled whisky contained
a thousand songs and fifty fights.
" George, do you know that Mr.
Jones has found a beautiful baby on his door-step, and is going to adopt him?"
"Yes, papa; he will be Mr. Jones's step-son, won't he?"
A young lady has discovered the
reason why married men, from the age of thirty years and upward, are more or
less bald; they scratch the hair off in dismay at their wives long milliners'
If is a curious fact in the
grammar of politics that, when statesmen get into place, they often become
oblivious of their antecedents, but are seldom forgetful of their relatives.
Tom Hood says nothing spoils a
holiday like a Sunday coat or a new pair of boots. To have time set easy, your
garments must set the example.
Henry Erskine happening to be
retained for a client of the name of Tickle, began his speech in opening the
case, thus: "Tickle, my client, the defendant, my lord"—and upon proceeding so
far was interrupted by laughter in court, which was increased when the Judge
(Lord Kaimes) exclaimed: "Tickle him yourself, Harry you are as able to do so as
I am. "
A gentleman afflicted with
rheumatism consulted a physician, who immediately wrote him a prescription. As
the patient was going away the doctor called him back. "By-the-way, Sir, should
my prescription happen to afford you any relief, please to let me know, as I am
myself suffering from a similar affection, and have tried in vain to cure it."
"What's fashionable, I'll
Is always right," cries sprightly
Jane; "Ah, would to Heaven !" cries graver Sue, " What's right were fashionable
A traveler coming up to an inn
door, said: "Pray, friend, are you the master of this house?''--" Yes, Sir,''
answered Boniface, "my wife has been dead these three weeks."
During the riots of 1780 most
persons in London, in order to save their houses from being burned or pulled
down, wrote on their doors, "No Popery!" Old Grimaldi, the father of the
celebrated "Joey," to avoid all mistakes, wrote on his, "No Religion!"
REASON FOR THICK ANKLES.
"Harry, I can not think," says
Dick, "What makes my ankles grow so thick." "You do not recollect," says Harry,
"How great a calf they have to carry."
Mr. Reynolds, the dramatist, once
met a free-an I-easy actor, who told him that he had passed three festive days
at the seat of the Marquis and Marchioness of — , with-out any invitation. He
had gone there on the assumption that as may lord and lady were not on speaking
terms, each would suppose the other had asked him, and so it turned out.
When ladies wore their dresses
very low and very short, a wit observed that "they began too late and ended too
A gentleman gave a friend some
first rate wine, which he tasted and drank, making no remark upon it. The owner,
disgusted at his guest's want of appreciation, next offered some strong but
inferior wine, which the guest had no sooner tasted than he exclaimed that it
was excellent wine. "But you said nothing of the first," remarked his host.
"Oh!" replied the other, "the first required nothing being said of it. It spoke
for itself. I thought the second wanted a trumpeter."
Mrs. Smith, hearing strange
sounds, inquired of her new servant if she snored in her sleep. " I don't know,
marm," replied Becky, quite innocently; " I never lay awake long enough to
THE VIRGINIA CAMPAIGN.
ON Thursday, October 28, General
Grant moved his entire army for the purpose of finding on either flank some
vulnerable point in the enemy's lines. The movement in, neither direction had a
On the left the Second, Fifth,
and Ninth corps advanced in three separate columns. The Second Corps by a
circuitous march moved along the Vaughan Road, and thence northwestwardly to
Hatcher's Run, three miles beyond our extreme left. Here they met the enemy,
driving in his pickets, forty of whom, including a major, were captured. From
this point the corps moved westwardly, and struck the Boydton road, along which
the enemy has been transporting supplies since the seizure of the Weldon
Railroad. The Fifth Corps advanced by a more direct route, also striking the
Boydton road on the right of the Second. The third column consisted of the Ninth
Corps, which moved up to the right of the Fifth. The position taken was one
which, if held, would prove of great advantage to us, as it secured possession
of a road of considerable importance to the enemy, and seriously threatened the
South side Railroad. The rebels, watching their opportunity, and discovering a
gap in the Federal line between the Second and Fifth corps, attacked with great
vigor at this point. This attack was made at 4 o'clock P.M. by Mahone's Division
of Hill's Corp. Forming under cover of the woods, this division advanced and at
first gained an advantage, and inflicting on the Second Corps a considerable
loss. But the attack was finally repulsed, though Grant was compelled to
withdraw. As the rebels were driven back nearly a whole brigade of them was
captured by the Second Corps. The rebel cavalry followed the Federals as they
withdrew, but inflicted no injury. Our loss was about 1500. We took 828
prisoners and four
The same day
Butler's army north
James co-operated with the advance on the left by as movement on the
extreme right. In the morning the Eighteenth Corps, with Kautz's division of
cavalry, pushed across from the Darbytown to the Charles City Road, having
orders to avoid an engagement, but to ascertain the exact situation of the
enemy's left flank, and to turn it if possible.
The Tenth Corps, in the mean
time, took a position on the Darbytown Road, facing toward Richmond, Foster's
division in the centre, and Ames's on the right. The rebels were a little
distance in front, under cover of the woods. Skirmishing was kept up nearly all
By 4 P.M. Weitzel, with the
Eighteenth Corps, had advanced beyond the Charles City Road, and reached the
Williamsburg Road, not far from the "Seven Pines" battle-field. The enemy's line
at this point appeared to be weakly defended, and two brigades were ordered to
attempt it by assault. As they moved up to the breast works they became exposed
to a terrible cross-fire. Some of the column made good their retreat, but the
greater part of the two brigades were captured. Four miles farther to the right
Holman's colored division captured, at the same time, a redoubt mounting two
guns. Orders were then given for the entire command to return to their
THE WESTERN CAMPAIGN.
assumed command of the military division of the West. In an address issued on
that occasion he says:
"'The army of Sherman still
Atlanta. He can and must be driven from it. It is only for the
good people of Georgia and the surrounding States to speak the word, and the
work is done. We have abundant provisions. There are men enough in the country
liable to and able for the service to accomplish this result.
"To all such I earnestly appeal
to report promptly to their respective commands, and let those who can not to
see to it that none remain who are able to strike a blow in this critical and
decisive hour. To those soldier's, if any, who are absent from their commands
without leave, I appeal in the name of their brave comrades, with whom they have
in the past so often shared the privations of the camp and the dangers of the
battle field, to return at once to their duty.
"To all such as shall repot to
their respective commands in response to this appeal within the next thirty days
an amnesty is hereby granted. My appeal is to every one, of all classes and
conditions, to come forward freely, cheerfully, and with good heart to the work
that lies before us."
General Hood, after an
unsuccessful attack on Decatur. Alabama, is reported to be crossing the
Tennessee. General Meridith, commanding at Paducah, has received intelligence
from General Sherman that Forrest was meditating an attack on that place.
Paducah is being put in a thorough state of defense.
General Gillem a few days since
gained a victory over, a portion of Breckinridge's forces in East Tennessee. He
captured M'Clung's battery and 500 prisoners.
General Price still continues his
retreat southward. Pleasanton, who has been engaged in pursuit, was injured a
few days since by a fall from his horse.
THE REBELS ARMING THEIR SLAVES.
The editor of the Southern
Confederacy, a Georgian paper, in writing home to his paper, from Richmond,
says: " The pressure brought upon the authorities here, favoring the arming of
the blacks, has been to strong to resist. Hence it is with gratitude that I am
able to state officially that arrangements are now being made to arm, for the
spring campaign, three hundred thousand slaves, whose masters are to be
compensated by the Confederate Government. The slaves thus armed are to have
their freedom and fifty acres of land each, which insures them permanent homes
in the South."
THE NEW STATE OF NEVADA.
The Territory of Nevada, which
has just been admitted to the Union as a State, by proclamation of President
Lincoln, was organized in March, 1861. For this purpose about ten thousand
square miles were appropriated from the northern extremity of California, and
about seventy thousand from Western Utah.
At the time of its organization
the Territory possessed a population of very nearly 7000 white settlers. The
development of her mineral resources was rapid and almost without parallel, and
attracted a constant stream of immigration to the Territor;y. As the population
has not been subject to the fluctuations from which other Territories have
suffered, the growth of Nevada has been rapid and steady. At the general
convention election of 1863 nearly 11,000 votes were cast; during the present
year great accessions to the population have been made.