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THE ARMY OF THE
An officer in this army writes :
" I can not refrain from giving you an idea of the feeling existing in the army
regarding the recent Chicago Convention. Curses not loud but deep greet the ear
as the boys talk of the traitors who talk of compromise, etc. But when your
Weekly of the 3d made its appearance in our camp excitement knew no bounds, and
the members of this Company (C) to a man requested their officers to petition
President LINCOLN to stop their pay; that they
could fight to the last if he
would only hang the traitors who talked of compromise. They did not want any
more pay ; if Uncle Sam had no money they would fight for nothing; only no
compromise. We did not begin the war, and have suffered too much to compromise
with traitors when the infernal rebellion is tottering on its last legs. I know
such is the general feeling in all our organizations throughout Minnesota, and I
cordially indorse them."
FROM THE ARMY BEFORE RICHMOND.
WE quote from an officer's
letter, dated " Near Petersburg, September 5 :"
"I speak for a majority on the
army when I say, don't vote for him [McCLELLAN]. You could not do the army
greater harm than by electing him. He is the last hook the rebels have to hang a
FROM THE ARMY OF THE
"AN Old Soldier of the
Shenandoah" writes as follows of Mr. NAST'S picture, and adds some very
agreeable remarks upon the Weekly:
The Blessings of Victory' have
not come too soon; just in time to represent the great and glorious victory of
the Army of the Shenandoah. Nothing could better represent the feelings of the
soldier—a glorious victory, and an honorable peace will soon follow. The true
soldier is sure and confident; while the weak, ' at home,' are despondent. The
soldiers are proud of your noble paper, as it takes such high and bold stand for
the ' Union now and forever,' and the integrity of our Government. ' All honor
to the elegant sheet !' You have won an enviable place in the hearts of the
soldiers. You are doing your duty as an editor, while the soldier is fighting in
the field. I wish we could say this of every editor in the land. But how
different while we are fighting her 'battles,' many unholy articles are penned
against our cause and us. ' Shame' on such men, if we can call them such!
" The soldier knows his friends
at home; and Harper's Weekly, which has always defended him, receives the
enthusiasm of his heart, and he can never forget that good old friend in these
trying hours of our republic.
" God grant you the success you
deserve in battling for your country's good!
" The vote for McCLELLAN in the
army will be small; and ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 'the soldier's friend,' will be their
almost unanimous choice. The intelligent will vote for him, and victory will
finally crown our patriotic efforts."
A WORD FROM THE NAVY.
THE letter of an officer
commanding in the waters of North Carolina gives a new view of the rebel
conscription. It has now reached the women. The earnest adjuration of the
gallant officer not to fail to re-elect LINCOLN shows that the cause and its
representative are well understood by the sailors as the soldiers :
U. S. GUN-BOAT, ALBEMARLE
" I manage to distress the enemy
occasionally even here in the waters of the loyal State of North Carolina. I had
a splendid time up at a little place called Columbia some two weeks ago. It
averages about three a day of refugees that come off to us. Davis and his
followers are scouring the whole country, taking men, horses, in fact every
thing, and even conscript women and send them to the hospitals to attend to
their sick and wounded. We have always been under the impression there was
enough patriotism in them to attend to those things. I had a conscript woman to
come on board, which proves the fact. She was conscripted because her husband
joined the ' Yanks.'
"We are perfectly healthy here,
excepting occasionally we are troubled with a 'ram' fever. You will hear
something some of these days unless I am mistaken. Keep the army full a little
longer, and the rebellion will collapse. Nothing can prevent it. They are on
their last legs ; and don't fail to re-elect LINCOLN."
GENERAL DIX'S POSITION.
THE noble speech of General DIX
at Sandusky is in the key of his order, " If any man haul down the
flag, shoot him on the spot." He was received with three rousing cheers, and
said, in response to a serenade:
"FELLOW CITIZENS,—I am very
thankful to you for the honor you have done me. As I arrived here late tonight,
am engaged in public business, and shall depart at an early hour in the morning,
I know you will excuse me if I limit what I have to say to a simple
acknowledgment of your kindness and courtesy.
"I will say one word, however, on
the subject which lies nearest the heart of every loyal man—I mean the
rebellion. It has been my conviction from the beginning that we can have no
honorable peace until the insurgent armies are dispersed and the leaders of the
rebellion expelled from the country. [Loud cheers.] I believe that a cessation
of hostilities would lead inevitably and directly to a recognition of the
insurgent States; and when I say this, I need hardly add that I can have no part
in any political movement of which the Chicago Platform is the basis. [Renewed
cheering and applause.] No, fellow citizens, the only hope of securing an
honorable peace--a peace which shall restore the Union and the Constitution,
lies in a steady, persistent, and unremitting prosecution of the war [Great
applause]; and I believe the judgment of every right thinking man will soon
bring him to this conviction.
"With these few remarks, and
renewing the expression of my thanks for your kindness, I bid you all
BISHOP SIMPSON AND THE
AT the late session of the
Pittsburg Annual Conference of the Methodist Church Bishop SIMPSON, one of the
most eminent and apostolic divines, and
most eloquent orators in the
country, made a speech upon the four questions :
" Shall our Government be
destroyed and swept from the earth? Can we be divided into two or more
Governments? Shall we have a new form of Government? Is not the Nation to rise
out of its present troubles better, firmer, and more powerful?"
The effect of his discourse is
described as very remarkable. Toward the close an eye witness says :
"Laying his hands on the torn and
ball riddled colors of the Seventy-third Ohio, he spoke of the battle-fields
where they had been baptized in blood, and described their beauty as some small
patch of azure, filled with stars, that an angel had snatched from the heavenly
canopy to set the stripes in blood. With this description began a scene that
DEMOSTHENES might have envied. All over the vast assembly handkerchiefs and hats
were waved, and before the speaker sat down the whole throng arose, as if by a
magic influence, and screamed, and shouted, and saluted, and stamped, and
clapped, and wept, and laughed in wild excitement. Colonel MOODY sprung to the
top of a bench, and called for ' The Star-Spangled Banner,' which was sung, or
rather shouted, until the audience dispersed, as it had to disperse."
THE NEW LOAN.
THE Secretary of the Treasury
announces that he will receive Proposals, until October 14, for forty millions
of 5-20 Bonds. The 5-20s have always been so popular that a liberal premium is
expected, and a considerable amount will probably be taken on foreign account.
The 7-30 loan will not be interfered with, and remains the most convenient
investment at par that is now in the market, while the "Proposals" may be
desirable for banks and capitalists. The subscriptions to the 7-30s have already
amounted to over forty-five millions. Full particulars in relation to both these
loans will be found in our advertising columns.
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
THE KISS IN SCHOOL.
A DISTRICT school not far away,
'Mid Berkshire's hills, one
winter's day, Was humming with its wonted noise Of threescore mingled girls and
boys—Some few upon their tasks intent, But more on future mischief bent; The
while the master's downward look - Was fastened on a copy-book
Rose sharp and clear a rousing
smack! As 'twere a battery of bliss
Let off in one tremendous kiss.
" What's that ?" the startled
master cries, " That, thir," a little imp replies, " Wath Willion Willith, if
you please—I thaw him kith Thuthannah Peathe !" With frown to make a statue
thrill, The master thundered, " Hither, Will!" Like wretch o'ertaken in his
track, With stolen chattels on his back,
Will hung his head with fear and
shame, And to that awful presence came, A great, green, bashful simpleton, The
butt of all good-natured fun.
With smile suppressed and birch
upraised, The threat'ner faltered, "I'm amazed That you, my biggest pupil,
should Be guilty of an act so rude!
Before the whole set school, to
boot--What evil genius put you to't ?"
"'Twas she herself, Sir," sobbed
the lad, "I didn't mean to be so bad
But when Susannah shook her
curls, And whisper'd I was 'fraid of girls, And darsn't kiss a baby's doll,
I couldn't stand it, Sir, at all
But up and kissed her on the
spot; I know—boo-hoo--I ought to not,
But somehow from her looks—boo-hoo--
I thought she kind o' wished me
WILLIAM PITT PALMER.
A Love LETTER.—" Och, Paddy !
swate Paddy, if I was yer daddy, I'd kill ye wid kisses intirely; if I was yer
brother, and likewise yer muther, I'd see that ye went to bed airly. To taste of
yer breath, I wud starve me to death, and lay off my hoops altogether; to joost
have a taste of yer arm on me waste, I'd larf at the manest of weathur. Dear
Paddy, be mine, me own swats valentine —ye'll find me both gintle and civil ;
our life we will spind to an illegant ind, and care may go dance wid the divil."
When Carter, the lion king, was
exhibiting with Ducrow, at Astley's, a manager, with whom Carter had made and
broken an engagement, issued a writ against him. The bailiffs came to the
stage-door, and asked for Carter. "Show the gentlemen up," said Ducrow ; and
when they reached the stage there sat Carter composedly in the great cage, with
an enormous lion on each side of him. "There is Mr. Carter waiting for you,
gentlemen," said Ducrow; "go in and take him. Carter, my boy, open the door.
Carter proceeded to obey, at the same time eliciting, by a private signal, a
tremendous roar from his companions. The bailiffs staggered back in terror,
rolled over each other as they rushed down stairs, and nearly fainted before
they reached the street.
The old theologians presume, with
no little show of reason, that all women, with the exception of Mary, will rise
on the last day as men, in order that no anger, or envy, or jealousy may exist
WHAT WE LEARN IN FOREIGN
PARTS.—When last we were in Paris we strolled into the Patois de Justice, and
soon found ourselves wandering in the famous Salle de, Pas Perdus. On inquiring,
we discovered that the Salle des Pas was not intended as a companion refuge to
the Champ de Mars ; and we also learned that the Pas Perdus were in no way
paternally related to the Enfants Trouves. These facts were no less new than
pleasing to us, and so accordingly we have made a note of them.
Marriage is love personified.
Books in these days are generally
like some kind of trees —a good many leaves and no fruit.
DIFFERENT WAYS OF TRAVELING.—Man
travels to expand his ideas; but Woman judging from the number of boxes she
invariably takes with her—travels only with the object of expanding her dresses.
An Irish wake---a spree du corps.
ON A GENTLEMAN NAMED HEDDY.
In reading his name it may truly
You will make that man dy if you
cut off his Hed.
Why is a gentleman enjoying a
snooze, and refreshed by it, like a hunter who goes at a jump with a number of
others?—Because he takes his (s)leap with the rest.
A young lady once married a man
by the name of Dust against the wishes of her parents. After a short time they
lived unhappily together, and she returned to her father's house, hut he refused
to receive her, saying, "Dust thou art, and unto Dust thou shalt return."
"THE UPPER TEN THOUSAND."—The F—s
and B—s in Lodging House Bedrooms.
" So you are going to keep house,
are you?" said an elderly maiden to a blushing bride. Yes," was the reply.
"Going to have a girl, I suppose?" The newly made wife colored, and then
responded that she "really didn't know whether it would be a girl or boy."
DOMESTIC CONUNDEUM.—What's the
difference between sixty minutes and one of my sisters? Give it up, do you?
--Why, one's an hour, and the other's "our Ann !"
Universal love is like a mitten
which fits all hands alike, but none closely; true affection is like a glove
which fits one hand only, but sits closely to that one.
Marble is a hard substance, often
used as a tablet for hard lying.
The life preservers most
frequently used in the battle-field are long legs.
A cook may not have as many boils
as Job, but then they are as big as kettles.
"How much do you ask for that
goose?" inquired a customer of a market woman. " Seven shillings for the two,"
replied the woman. "But I only want one," said the customer. "I can't help it,"
said the woman; "I ain't a-goin' to sell one without the other. To my certain
knowledge them 'ere geese have been together for more'n thirteen years, and I
ain't a-goin' to be so unfeelin' as to separate 'em now."
Somebody says that the oldest
husbandry he knows of is the marrying of a widower in clover with a widow in
A little fellow going to church
for the first time, where the pews were very high, was asked, on coming out,
what he did in church, when he replied, "I went into a cupboard, and took a seat
on the shelf."
We confess, says a contemporary,
that poetry permits her votaries to indulge in all sorts of metaphorical ideas,
but this takes them all down :
"With eye of fire majestically he
And spoke divinely through his
double barreled nose."
A drunken fellow got out of his
calculation, and was dozing in the street, when the bells roused him by their
ringing for fire. "Nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen," cried he ; ''
well, if this isn't later than I ever knew it."
ON THE FOUR GEORGES.
George the First was always
reckon'd Vile—but viler George the Second;
And what mortal ever heard
Any good of George the Third?
When from earth the fourth
God be praised, the Georges ended
A traveler who met a countryman
in mourning made the observation, " You have loot some of your friends, I see."
"Yez, Zur," was the reply. "Was it a near or a distant relative?" "Well, purty
distant—'bout twenty-four mile."
A man may declaim about religion
without having much of it. It doesn't follow that one's stomach is full of food
because he talks with victuals in his mouth.
What is the difference between a
person transfixed with amazement and a leopard's tail?—The one is rooted to the
spot, the other spotted to the root.
A Dundee journal circulates the
following story: On one occasion a beggar wife, on receiving a gratuity from the
Rev. John Skinner, of Longside, author of "Tulluchgorum," said to him by way of
thanks, " Oh, Sir, I hoop that ye and a' your family will be in heaven the nicht."
"Well," said Skinner, " I am very much obliged to you, only you need not have
just been so particular as to the time."
A gentleman anxious to hear a
celebrated West end preacher, found himself in such a crowd that to get a seat
seemed impossible. He watched the pew owner's eyes looking very inquiringly at
the hands of the applicants for seats, and he thought to himself, " Oh, oh, a
fee is expected!" So taking out half a crown he held it most invitingly between
his two fingers, and it was not long before it had the desired effect. He was
quietly beckoned into a seat, whereupon he slipped a half-penny into the woman's
hand. Presently, when the singing commenced, she came bustling round to him with
a hymn-book, whispering, as she handed it to him, " You made a mistake, Sir, you
only gave me a half-penny." "All right," he answered, " I never give less."
The motto which was inserted
under the arms of William, Prince of Orange, on his accession to the English
crown was, "Non reput, sed recepi" (I did not steal it, but I received it). This
being shown to Dean Swift he said, " The receiver is as had as the thief."
Hopkins once lent Simpson, his
next door neighbor, an umbrella, and having an urgent call to make on a wet day
knocked at Simpson's door. "I want my umbrella." "Can't have it," said Simpson.
"Why? I want to go to the East End, and it rains in torrents; what am I to do
for an umbrella?" "Do?" answered Simpson, passing through the door, " do as I
did, borrow one."
Theodore Hook once observed a
party of laborers sinking a well. "What are you about?" he inquired. "Boring for
water, Sir," was the answer. "Water's a bore at any time," responded Hook;
"besides, you're quite wrong ; remember the old proverb—' Let well alone.'"
Taking babies to church is
rightly termed a crying sin.
A Jew who was condemned to be
hanged was brought to the gallows, and was just on the point of being turned off
when a reprieve arrived. When informed of this, it was expected he would
instantly have quitted the cart, but he staid to see a fellow prisoner hanged;
and being asked why he did not get about his business, he said, " He waited to
see if he could bargain with Mr. Ketch for the other gentleman's clothes."
A Scotch clergyman preaching a
drowsy sermon asked, " What is the price of earthly pleasure?" The deacon, a fat
grocer, woke up hastily from a sound sleep, and cried out, lustily, "
Seven-and-sixpence a dozen !"
" Well, Sir," asked a noisy
disputant, " don't you think that I have mauled my antagonist to some purpose?"
" Oh yes," replied a listener, "you have—and if ever I should happen to fight
with the Philistines I'll borrow your jaw-bone."
An affectionate Irishman once
enlisted in the 75th Regiment in order to be near his brother, who was a
corporal in the 76th.
A comedian who had been almost
lifted from his feet by the pressure at the funeral of a celebrated tragedian,
ultimately reached the church door. Having recovered his breath, which had been
suspended in the effort, he exclaimed: "And so this is the last we shall ever
see of him! Poor fellow! he has drawn a full house, though, to the end."
An East-India Governor having
died abroad, his body was put in arrack to preserve it for interment in England.
A sailor on board the ship being frequently drunk, the captain forbade the
purser, and indeed all in the ship, to let him have any liquor. Shortly after
the fellow appeared very drunk. How he obtained the liquor no one could guess.
The captain resolved to find out, promising to forgive him if he would tell from
whom he got the liquor. After some hesitation he hiccoughed out, " Why, please
your Honor, I tapped the Governor."
A boy being asked what was the
plural of " penny," very promptly replied, "twopence."
THE VIRGINIA CAMPAIGN.
SHERIDAN has reaped the fruits of
his great victories in the Valley. After the defeat of Early at
on the 22d of September, Sheridan pursued the flying rebels all night. The
enemy's rear guard was overtaken 35 miles south of Winchester at Mount Jackson.
About 300 prisoners were captured, and stragglers were continually giving
themselves up. Taking the Keezletown Road, Early left the Valley on the night of
the 24th. Sheridan captured 800 rebel wounded at Harrisonburg. The cavalry
advanced immediately on Port Republic and Staunton. In the pursuit to Port
Republic seventy-five wagons and four caissons were destroyed. Torbert entered
Staunton on the 26th " and destroyed a large quantity of rebel property,
harness, saddles, small arms, hard bread, flour, repair shops," etc. Proceeding
to Waynesborough, he destroyed the iron bridge over the south branch of the
Shenandoah, seven miles of the track, and a large amount of property. Sheridan
believed that the remnant of Early's army had passed through the mountains to
Charlottesville. Kershaw's Division it appears had been recalled to Richmond,
but so closely was Early pursued that it was necessary to send it back again. A
great amount of forage will be lost to the rebels with the loss of the Valley.
Sheridan says: All the grain and forage in the vicinity of Staunton was retained
for the use of Early's army ; while all in the lower part of the Valley was
shipped to Richmond for
Lee's army. He denies that the Nineteenth Corps was late
in coming to the
battle of Winchester.
General Grant's army is also in
motion. On the 29th the Tenth and Eighteenth Corps crossed the James at Deep
Bottom. Before daylight the Eighteenth Corps started out on the Varina Road,
drove in the enemy's pickets, and at a distance of eleven miles from Richmond
encountered the first line of works at Chapin's Farm. Stannard's Division, which
was in the advance, moved boldly up to an earth work mounting two 100-pounders
and two other heavy guns. This being carried by assault, General Ord was
directing the troops to capture other fortifications when he was put out of
combat by a slight wound. The men, undaunted by the loss of their commander,
captured the entire works at this point, with sixteen guns and 300 prisoners.
Only two divisions, Heckman's and Stannard's, were engaged. General Burnham was
killed, and General Stannard was wounded. Paine's Colored Division operated with
the Tenth Corps on the Kingsland Road, and was in the advance. An engagement
occurred near the junction of the Kingsland and New Market roads, a short
distance from Deep Bottom. Here a line of works was captured with considerable
loss; and Birney advanced on the New Market Road toward Richmond. The advance
was checked at the junction of the Varina and New Market roads. The
fortifications at this point were attacked unsuccessfully. The loss in the
colored division was very great. Kautz's cavalry in the mean time made a
reconnoissance as far as to the toll gate, two miles from Richmond. On the 30th
General Lee brought up Heth, Hoke, Field, and Wilcox to reinforce his left. At 2
o'clock P.M. the rebels, thus strengthened, made an attack on the Eighteenth
Corps, whose right was now connected with the left of the Tenth. Major-General
Weitzel commanded the Eighteenth. The enemy was repulsed with great loss. A
heavy rain on the night of the 30th impeded the advance in this direction.
While Butler's army was engaged
north of the James Meade's attacked the rebel right on the 30th, and gained an
important position at Poplar Grove Church, near Southside Road. The troops
engaged at this point were chiefly of the Fifth Corps, with two divisions of the
Ninth. The next day General Ayre's division of the Fifth Corps was attacked by
the rebels, who were repulsed with loss. There was also a
between Wade Hampton's force and Gregg's on the Vaughan Road, on our left :
Hampton was driven back.
General Hood, at the last
advices, was intrenched on the West Point and Montgomery Railroad, twenty miles
south of Atlanta, and near the junction of the West Point with the Macon Road.
What Sherman's plan of future operations may be has not yet transpired.
In the mean time General Forrest
is again raiding on Sherman's rear, with a force estimated at seven thousand
men, with twenty guns. Advancing across the Tennessee he captured Athens, in
Northern Alabama. The town was surrendered by Colonel Campbell, after a fight of
two hours, the garrison consisting of 500 men. 300 more Federals were captured
who were on the way to reinforce Campbell. Athens is a town on the Nashville and
Decatur Railroad. This road was considerably injured between Athens and Decatur
by the rebels, who immediately advanced on Pulaski, seventy-five miles south of
Nashville, on the same road. They succeeded in driving the force posted at Elk
River, and in destroying the Sulphur Spring trestle. The Nashville and
Chattanooga Railroad is a short distance east of this road. On the 28th the
telegraph wires on both roads were cut, cutting off all communication with
Nashville. Rousseau on the 26th took the field and met the enemy at Pulaski. No
battle occurred, however, as Forrest withdrew toward the Chattanooga Road, which
Rousseau immediately took measures to guard.
INVASION OF MISSOURI.
Price is again moving into
Missouri with a force estimated at from ten to thirty thousand men. On the 27th
the main portion of this force was at Fredericktown in the southwestern part of
the State. There was great excitement, and it was thought that a raid was
contemplated on St. Louis.
General Rosecrans is actively taking measures to meet
the emergency, and General Mower is expected to move upon Price's rear from the
south. The forces in the district of Central Missouri have been withdrawn from
other points and concentrated at Jefferson city. General Ewing, commanding at
Pilot Knob, was nearly surrounded. Several attacks have been made on his
position, all of which have been repulsed. General Ewing has three thousand men,
and at last accounts had succeeded in with drawing his force from Pilot Knob.
Price was advancing on Rolla.
News has reached England of the
fall of Atlanta, which the London Times says " may fairly be regarded as
crowning with success the campaign of the southwestern army of the Union."
Muller, the alleged murderer of
Mr. Briggs, has arrived in London. The excitement on the occasion was
unprecedented in court annals.
A disastrous fire recently
occurred in London, involving a loss of two millions and a half dollars.
The Danish question begins again
to wear a threatening aspect, in consequence of the refusal of Denmark to agree
upon terms of peace. Sweden takes sides with Denmark.