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ARMSTRONG'S MILLS AND REBEL WORKS ON HATCHER'S RUN,
CAPTURED BY THE SECOND CORPS, OCTOBER 27, 1864.--SKETCHED BY C. H. CHAPIN.—[SEE
The door of a small hole. Is
breathlessly questioned by the traveler.
" Train leave ? Eight minutes,"
responds shirt sleeves, pointedly, and buries himself in the hole. And now the
ticket-window is thrown up with a loud squeals, a few people appear, an engine
leisurely enters the depot and attaches itself to a car. Some one gives the
wheels a ringing bang. somebody else, remarks "all aboard," and the stirring
city of Middletown is left behind. All wearied out, John re-enters his home, and
perceives Sam sitting at a well spread table, eating what he calls a heavy tea,
and relating his adventures to his admiring family.
`Hollow, John !" cries he, "
where to next, my boy?"
" Hasn't Mollie come yet ?" gasps
" Lost your Mollie ? Capital
joke, " says this unfeeling man, taking a great swallow of coffee. " She is
somewhere in Hartford," returns John, grimly. " I'll go to every house in town—"
"Wait a bit. Sit down and eat some supper," returns Sam, composedly. " Then I'll
help you. Be calm. We must learn to regard these matters philosophically."
Philosophically !" began John,
angrily, but swallowed the rest of the sentence with a bite of hot buttered
muffin. Then he discovered how hungry
he was; for since breakfast he
had eaten nothing but the peanuts.
"I came up in the Spread Eagle
myself," said Sam, " but didn't see Mrs. Popkins, not expecting the pleasure,
you know. Besides, I was occupied with a forlorn little miss going to boarding
school, or something of the sort. By George, what a smile she had! and such a
jolly little hand. She was in a terrible state of mind. Expected somebody to
meet her who didn't. I made myself as useful as possible, but didn't dare too
much. I'll see her again though. But what is the use ?" and he ended with a
sigh, thinking of China.
A little after 9 o'clock there
came a rap at the door
of No. 46 -- House, rousing
Mollie from a distressed doze, and after it John Popkins victorious. " My
brother is waiting for us," says John ; "he
he is very impatient to see you
(?) Come, Mollie."
Then Sam sees John proudly
approaching with a little creature clinging to his arm.
"This is my brother Sam,"
introducing Mollie's polite acquaintance of the morning. "And this," with
illconcealed satisfaction, " is Mrs. Popkins."
On which the elder brother for
the first time in his life lost countenance, blundered in his greeting, but
finally recovered himself with a desperate attempt at festive welcome—" Long
live Mr. and Mrs. Popkins I"
GENERAL CRAWFORD CONDUCTING REBEL PRISONERS TO HIS
REAR, OCTOBER 27, 1864.---SKETCHED BY C. H. CHAPIN.—[SEE