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HT,V0L.nNo.l. WASHINGTON, D. 0., JANUARY, 1880. "gSSSLSl
Entered according to Act ofCongret; in the year of our Lord, tS7B;in the Office of the Llhrat ianofCongru, at WatMngton, D. O.
The Long .Ago.
Thoro's n. beautiful Isle In tlio long ago,
All flooded with golden light,
And u rlvor that llowa by tho margin grocn,
Whoso waters uro wondrous bright I
Thoro's a bark that elides with snowy sail,
And tho music of silver oar,
'That carries us back to tho shining gates
Of that beautiful past onco more.
Ah ! ovory ho irt holds some sweet dream
Of a beautiful long ago !
Thoro woro bright hopes nursed in tho long ago,
Swcot ilowors wo gathered there,
And tho walls of this beautiful past is hung
With many an imago fair I
And oh I thoro Is room for tho foot to tread
This path of the by-gone years ;
Thoro are joys that bloom In memory's Holds,
And a fount for our bitter tears.
And that fount holds many a hallowed tear
We've wopt In tho long ago.
Thoro are happy dreams that tho heart holds dear,
Bright dreams of tho long ago ;
.And sacred tears for perished liopcs
That will return no more.
And thus in tho tangled web of life
We weave our smiles and tears. y ' ,
Yet tho soul has holy memories
That clings to departed years.
Ah I drop tho sllkon curtain now
Of tho beautiful long ago.
Shut out tho light of thoso perished ycarsv .
Close tho d tor of the past again: , ,,"-;,
And hush tho yearning thoughts that fill "'"
Thy soul with so much pain : .'
Then roll tho heavy stono against
Tho sepulchre tho heart !
Whv should these buried forms again
To life and boauty start!
Tho future may hold soino dream as bright
As thoso of long ago!
CaKUIE BK&n StSQLXlR.
promotion, saying that ho preferred to remain where he
The brave soldier mot his death in an action at Aber
hausen, in Bavaria, in 1800, and tho simple but oppressive
scene at roll-call in his regiment was commenced and con
tinued by the express command of tho Emperor himself.
A Kansas Scene Stockton vs. Ellis.
The 3?irst Grenadier of Prance.
For man y years there was a-touching .and beautiful
custom to be witnessed in a certain regiment of French
"grenadiers, and which was meant to commemorate the
heroism of a departed comrade.
"When the companies assembled lor parade, and the roll
heroic resolution to defend the tower alone against the
There were some things in ins favor in such an under
taking. The pass was steep aud narrow, and tho enemy's
troops could enter it only in double files, and in doing
this would be fully exposed to the fire from the tower.
The original garrison of thirty men could easily have held
it against a division, and now one man was about to at
tempt to hold it against a regiment.
It was dark when La Tour d'Auvergne reached the
tower, and ho had to wait for the enemy. They were
longer in coming than ho had expected, and for a while ho
was tompted to believe that they had abandoned the expe
dition. About midnight, however, his practiced ear caught the
tramp 01 lect. Jbivery moment the souud came nearer, i
and at last he heard thorn entering the defile. Immo- j
diately he discharged a couple of muskets into the dark
ness to let them know that ho knew of their presonco and I
intentions, and ho heard the quick, short command of the j
officers, and from tho sounds ho supposed that the troops j
were retiring from tho pass. Until the morning he was i
undisturbed. Tho Austrian commander, feeling assured j
that the garrison had been informed of hir movements, '
and was prepared to receive him, saw that he could not I
surprise tho post as he had hoped to do, and deemed it I
prudent to wait until daylight before making his attack, i
At sunrise he summoned tho garrison to surrender. A j
grenadier answered the summons. I
"Say to your commander," he said in reply to the mes-1
sengor, "that this garrison will defend this post to tho
Tho officer who had borne the fl ig of truce retired, and
in about ten miuutes a piece pt artillery was brought into
the pass and opened on the tower. But to offect this the
piece had to be placed directly in front of the tower, and
within easy musket range of it. They had scarcely got
the gun in position when a rapid fire was opened on it
from tho tower, and continued with such marked effect
that tho piece was withdrawn u&er the second discharge,
with a loss of five men.
This was a bad beginning, so half an hour after the gun ' you, for two weeks past,
was withdrawn the Austrian colonel ordered an assault, couldn't it would have been
As the troops entered the detile thoy were received with and besides T knew husbands, at
A young man of Stockton had very long paid atten
tion to one of tho fairest daughters of Ellis, lately vis
iting here, and had been onguged to her, when suddenly,
for some reason or other, she concluded to marry some
one else. The unsuspecting young man went to call on
her at her friend's house on Cedar street last week, and as
she drew back her ruby lips when he prepared to greet her
with a loving kiss, he at once thought there was some
thing up, and glancing at her agaiu he noticed that she
wore none of his gifts, which he conjectured were in an
oniiuous looking parcel on the sofa. This, conjecture was
subsequently proved to be correct.
"Mr. So-and-so," she said she had been wont to address
him as "dear" and "darling" "Mr. So-and-so, I have
consulted my heart seriously and discovered what I so
often suspected that we are not fitted to make each other
happy. It is better that we should part our engagement
is at an end. "
Her words sank into him like blue pills, and he felt a
deadly tugging at his heart-strings, but he instantly com
posed himself and settled upon a plan of action. Bound
ing joyfully from his chair, ho dauced lightly round the
room, shouting, "hurrah ! You're tho bulliest girl in the.
universe. I feel as though the whole Randall house had
been lifted off my manly bosom."
The beautiful girl gazed at him for a moment, as if
she thought he had bidden a long farewell to all his gray
brsin-matter, and said : " What does this mean?"
"Mean ! " cried the young man, walking on his hands
up and down tho sumptuous drawing-room: "it means
I'm freo. I've been trying to muster up courage to ask
to cancel our engagement, but l
oing back on my word,
this period of commer-
was called, thoro was one name to which its owner could Ta rapid and accurate fire, so that when thoy had passed ; cial depression, wore hard to get.'
nob answer it was that of La Tour d Auvergno. j over half tho distance th3y had to traverse they had lost i "S-i-r-? " said she, glaring at hit
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When it was called the eldest sergeant present stepped a i fiftcou men. Dishoartened by this thev returned to the
pace forward, and, raising his hand to his cap, said proudly: mouth of tho defile.
"Died on the field of hoior." Three more assaults wore repulsed in this manner, and
For fourteen years this custom was continued, and only the enemy by sunset had lost forty-five man, of whom ton
ceased when tho restored Bourbons, to please their for
eigu masters, forbade everything that was calculated to
presorvo the spirit of the soldiers of France.
La Tour d'Auvorgue was not unworthy in life the honor
thus paid him after his death. He was educated for the
army, entered it in 1767, and in 1.781 served under tho
Duke do Crillon at tho siege of Port Mihon. He served
always with distinction, but constantly refused oilers of
promotion, saying that ho was only fit for the command
of a company of grenadiers; but finally, tho various gren
adier compauios being united, ho found himself in com
mand of a body of eight thousand men, whilo retaining
only tho rank of captain. Hence ho was known as tho
First Grenadier of France. But it was of one particular
exploit of his that we wish to write, more than his career
"When ho was over forty years of ago he went on a visit
to a friond not far from a section of tho country that was
.soon to bccom& the scone of a campaign. While thoro ho
was busy with acquainting himself with tho features of
the country, thiukiug it not unlikely that this knowledge
might bo of use to him some day, and whilo bore tho
bravo grenadier was astonished to learn that tho war had
rapidly shifted to this quarter ; that a regiment of Aus
trians was pushing on to occupy a narrow pass about ten
miles from where ho was staying, and tho possession of
which would give thorn an opportunity to prevent an im
portant movomont of tho French which was then on foot.
Thoy hoped to surprise this post, and wore moving so rap
idly upon it that thoy wero not moro thau two hours dis
tant from tho place whero ho was staying, and which thoy
would have to pass in their march. It matters not how
he hoard tho uows. It is sufficient to say that ho dotor
anined at once to aot upon it.
Ho had no idea of being captured by tho enemy in their
advanco, and ho at onco set off for tho pass. He know
that the pass was defended by a stout towor and a garrison
of thirty mou, and lie hopod to bo able to warn the men
of thoir danger.
Ho hastened thoro, and arriving thoro, found tho towor
in perfect condition. It had just boon vacated by the
garrison, who had heard of tho approach of tho Austrians,
and had boo seized with a panic thereat and had fled,
loaving their arms, consisting of thirty oxcollont muskots.
La Tour d'Auvorgno guashed his teeth with rage as ho
discovered this. Soarching in tho building ho found sov
eral boxes of ammunition which tho cowards had de
stroyed. For a moinont ho was in. despair, but thou with
a grim smilo ho bogan to faston tho main door aud pile
against it such articles as ho could find. When ho had
dono this ho loaded all tho guns ho could find aud placed
thorn, togothor with a good supply of ammunition, uuder
tho loopholes that commanded tho road by which tho ouo
my must advanco.
Ho ato heartily of tho provisions ho had brought with
Jhim and sat down to wait. He had absolutely formed tho
him like a tiger cat, "your
presents are all in this package. Take them and return
mo mine. This painful interview had, p'raps, better'be
brought to a close."
! "III send you all of 'em I can find, but I guess our cook
; carried off your Tennyson with the marked passages in.it
1 lout it to her and your locks ot hair and pressed rose
buds, and things I burned them when I was cleaning up
my room the other day, aud as for your ring, I don't think
Cora will give it to mo."
"Aud pray, who may this creature 'Cora' bo? Is she
the cook at your boarding-house?"
"0, bless you, no she's the girl I'm in lovo with, and
that I'm going to propose to this very oveuiug, as soon as
you give me that package of presents and let me go. I
hopo you didn't forgot to put in the diamond ear-rings I
gave you, into it. I'll give thorn to her and be 5200
Tho bcauiiful girl's cheeks glowed so that vou could
have lighted a match at thorn if you weren't afraid of hav
ing your fingers burned by the glare of her eyes.
"Toll mo about this 'Cora' of yours. Is she good look-
Good-looking!" said the young man, excited ; " hold
The firing from the tower had been rapid and accurate,
but the Austriau commander had noticed this peculiarity
about it every shot soomed to come from the same place.
For awhile this perplexed him, but at last he came to the
conclusion that there wero a number of loopholes close to
gothor in the tower, so constructed as to command the
raviuo porfeotly. At sunset tho last assault was made
and repulsod, and at dark the Austrian commander sent
a sooond summons to the garrisou.
This time the answer was favorable. Tho garrison
offered to surrender at sunrise the next morning if al
lowed to maroh out with their arms and return to the
army unmolested. After some hesitation the terms wero
Meantime La Tour d'Auvorgue had passed an anxious
day in the towor. Ho had op-aned the fight with an arma
ment of thirty loaded muskets, but had not been able to
dischargo them all. He had fired with rapidity, but with
surprising accuracy, for it was well known in the army ! on till I show you hor picture. No, I must have left it in
that he novor throw away a shot. Ho had determined to
stand to his post until ho had accomplished his end, which
was to hold tho place twenty-four hours in ordor to give
tho French army timo to complete its maneuver. After
mv other coat. Well, never mind, she's abeauty. I used
to think you were pretty fair looking, but
you Hair is so long that she stops on it when
it is let down, and she tries to walk : eyes that
that ho kuow the pass would be of no consequence to the make you feel as if you wero getting back a $10 bill you
enemy. When tho demand for a surrender came to him i had never expected to seo again ; a waist very much like
after tho last assault ho cousoutod to it upon tho conditions j yours, only much smaller, and as for her feet why you
namod. could not get 40 per cent, of your toes into ono of her
Tho next dav at sunriso tho Austrians troons lined the boots. Well, good-night. Miss What's your name, I told
v . -. i - - " . ... . t
her I'd bo 'round to-night if I could. I'll trouble you for
you go out ot tins liouso Dotoro one ociock co-morrow
moruiug I'll scream. And L watit you to understand cnat
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UlV LlUlloaUiVU tUUU', A U SHU JUU lUl uUii. v. yimuwu,
laying the damages at 500,000 ; and I've got letters from
you that'll make a jury find for tho plaintiff without loav
ing the box. And if you name that wretched creature's
name to mo again tho longest day you live, I'll shoot you
and soratoh your eyes out sf), there I don't care for you
ono bit, but I'm goiug to marry you out of spite."
Sho buried horsolf in his arms liko a whirldwind and
pass in two files, oxtending from tho mouth to tho tower,
loaving a space botweou them for tho garrison to pass out.
Tho heavy door of the tower opoued slowly, and in a " Mr. So-aud-so," she hissed in alow, concentrated tone,
few minutes a bronzed and scarred grouadior, loaded down j putting tho package bf presents away undor hor chair, " If
with muskets, camo out and passed through tho huo ot
troons. Ho walked with diflioultv undor his hoavv load.
To tho surprise of the Austrians, no ono followed him ! our engagement is to hold, and if you don't marry mo b'
from tho towor. j tho first day of January, which will bo as soon as I can' get
la astonishment tho Austrian colonel rodo up to him
and asked in Fronoh why tho garrison did not come out ?
"I am tho garrison, colonel," said tho soldier, proudly.
"What !" exclaimed the colonel, "do you moan to tell
mo that you alono have hold that towor against rao?"
"I have had that honor, colonel," was tho reply.
"What possossod you to mako such an attempt, gren-
Thoy are to be married on Christinas night.
"Tho honor of Franco was at stako." ; sobbed upon his shoulder. Ho smoothed her hair and
Tho colonel gazed at him for a moment with undisguised ! called hor a largo and varied, assortment of pot names, and
admiration. Then raising his cap ho said warmly : i observing his imago in tho glass over tho mautel-piece,
"(ironadior, I salute you. lou havo proved yoursoli ' winked at it rapturously.
tho bravest ot thu bravo.
Tho oilieor caused all tho arms which La Tour d'Au
vorgno could not carry to bo colleoted, and sent thorn all,
with tho grenadier, into tho Fronoh linos, togothor with a
uoto relating tho whole affair. When the knowledge of
it camo to tho cars of Napoleon ho offered to promote La
Tour d'Auvorgno, but tho lattor declined to accopt tho
You can novor get ahead of Stockton.
"Bedad! Look at thobasto, wid his
stiokiu' out or his moutl" was how tho
olephant affected Bridget Muldoou.