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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: AYASKDfGTfJN, D. 0., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1882.
SOUTHERN PRISON LIFE.
Free Lance Free-Home Again From
xvi i r.
HiLtnousn IIospitaj, WiiariXGTOX, Mardi
17lh. I have been very sick. I will begin my
story over again, for I did not half writo it.
Our bivouac at Goldsboro vr.is in Hie woods,
and vc suffered very much from the cold, for
a chill rain was falling all the while wc were
there that is, from the 20th to the 25th of
February. Wo had no shelter and no fires,
and many died. Uuiiscy, of my regiment,
went insane, and would havo been killed but
for mc. lie started to wander across (he dead
line, and a guard had levelled his musket to
fire, when I Kin between them with my right
hand thrown up and begged tho rebel not to
shoot, "Tho man is perfectly crazy," I ex
claimed, and I grabbed ftunsey and dragged
him back to safe ground. For the first time
since my capture 1 began to grow utterly dis
heartened. Our rations consisted of corn
meal and pickled beef, and were somewhat
more liberal than we had been accustomed to.
A citizen also gavo me a nice lunch ono day.
Too much food did not agreo with mo, and my
health failed rapidly. On tho 25th wc were
all ordered to sign parole papers, but refused
to do so, believing that wc were merely to bo
humbugged again. The night our division left
Florence, after we had marched out of tho
stockade, a rebel co'.oiiol got upon a stump,
and commenced to read u- ,t dispatch from
Richmond ordering us ah . be sent to the
Yankee lines, but wc drovned his voico with
hoots and yells, and, with an oath, ho rolled up
his document and got down from the stump.
So, at Goldsboro, we were again skeptical, and
not until a skirmish lino drove us up to the
tables, at the point of the bayonet, would we
sign. One month from that day Sherman
was in Goldsboro with his whole army. Wo
marched down to the railroad, in the evening,
in the midst of :i drenching rain. As wo
crossed some stream, walking on the railroad
ties, a member of our mess dropped through,
and, although he shrieked for aid, he was left
to drown. At tho depot we were crowded
upon platform cars. Nobody believed we were
going to Wilmington. We believed that
dreaded Salisbury was our destination. When
the trains finally started perfect silence pre
vailed. For a long time we watched with in
tense eagerness to see what road we wero
taking. When we at last perceived that we
were really moving toward Wilmington, wild
cheers rent the darkness of night. Tho feeblest
invalid made an eilbrt to express his joy. We
had a cold, miserable journey, however. The
trains moved .-iowlv and often stopped. Many
men were dead in the morning. On the after
noon of February 2Gth we passed through a
rebel line of buttle. Tho soldiers shouted to
us that wo were actually on our way home,
and bade us tell the people of the North that
the soldiers of the South were siek of the war
and wanted peace. At about sunset we reached
the Union picket-line near tho North Fast
River, about ten miles from the city, but not
until we plainly saw General Terry sitting on
his horse in full uniform, with about twenty
armed soldiers in lino behind him, did we really
believe that there was no deception in our
promised liberation, lie rode out to meet us,
and said that ambulances would soon arrive to
take away all who were unable to inarch. All
of us who could possibly tra,veJ hpwever, got
oiF the cars with iinincuse alacrity. We pro
posed to take no chances on any hitch in nego
tiations which might possibly occur. , I started
at once for tho picket-line, and never halted
till 1 got well inside of it, and had both
hands full of hard crackers which the pickets
gave no as I passed. I admired their bright,
clean uniforms, and thought they were the
most magnificently attired soldiers I had ever
seen, and felt almost tempted to borrow a
musket and take a farewell shot at the rebels
who had brought us down from Goldsboro.
How differently those strong, robust Union sol
diers looked from us! They seemed like men
of another race. The moment we bivouacked
in the military camp, countless negroes passed
among us, dealing out hot coffee, the best of
cooked rations, and whisky by tho bucketful.
Rlaukcts were also freely distributed. 1 drunk
about three tablespoon fuls of whiskj', but it pro
duced no apparent effect on mc. My system
seemed to rcqnirca stimulant. What a gorgeous
banquet, and what an excellent time wchad that
night! I can't describe it. Like weary children
we went early to bed. I slept well. The next
morning, on waking, I arose to my feet, but,
much to my surprise, found myself prostrate
on the ground in another instant. A soldier
came up and told me that I was very sick, and
had better lie still on 1113- blanket. Soon after
wards I was carried on board a beautiful steamer
and became insensible. When 1 next became
conscious we were at the Wilmington wharf,
which was black with Union soldiers, and a
brass band was playing :
" We'll nil drink s-tono blind
When Johnnie comes marching home."
I was brought to this hospital, and for days
was delirious with a brain fever. Then J be
gan to mend rapidly, and, although 1 am still
very weak, T consider myself all right, and re
turn earnest thanks to tho unseen Power that
preserved me from a prisoner's grave in Dixie.
Adieu to Georgia 'crackers" and the "clay
eaters" of South Carolina.
March '20th. The surgeon and chaplain pro
hibited us fiom leaving the hospital grounds,
but we aro rebellious, and go down town when
we please. Wo havo been prisoners long
enough. Great numbers of tho prisoners who
came in with us have died. Poor fellows!
They die so easily that they Are gone before we
know it. Tho man who lay on my left last
night was found dead this morning, and there
is a boy in our ward who will probably die to
night. These unfortunates expire quietly, and
without apparent pain. Every morning at ten
o'clock each of us receives a pint of mild milk
punch. This morning a member of our ward
deceived the waiter, and secured and drank two
cups of punch, and was dead lcfore three hours.
Prison hardships have taken all tho vitality
out of many of our comrades, and the slightest
thing kills them. Ono of my acquaintances
Jjcre entered Andcrsoiivillc with 115 comrades,
only eleven of whom lived to reach the Union
lines. Of a batch of 2,000 Union troops cap
tured on the Wcldon Railroad, somewhere be
low Richmond, only twenty-eight survived
their imprisonment. This hospital is a pleas
ant place, and is the mansion of a departed
lebel. The rooms arc large, airy, and well fur
nished; the roof is surmounted with an ob
servatory that overloolcs a considerable portion
of the city ; the garden is shaded by majestic
trees, and its walls are covered with wild ivy
and flowers. To our serious disappointment,
wc have drawn no clothing yet, and sigh, O
how deeply, for clean shirts. Wc are well fed,
having a superabundance of fresh bread, boiled
pork, mackerel, onions, potatoes, butter, sugar,
tea, coffee, and milk. In addition, wc " flank " on
a quartermaster down town, and draw raw ra
tiousund trade them on" for oysters, tobacco, pea
nuts, and gingerbread. We were in Wilmington
as prisoners on February 10th, and on that day
Terry's forces approached the rebel lines, and
next day flanked them, and captured two
guns and three or four hundred prisoners. It
was the beginning of that fighting that wc
heard, and that is why we were run off so has
tily to Goldsboro. On tho night of February
21st the rebels burnt millions of dollars worth
of cotton, turpentine, naval stores and block-ado-running
vessels, and evacuated. The next
day our troops entered the city, capturing
thirty pieces of artillery and hundreds of pris
oners. This was tho great blockade running
port of the south. Tho last division of prison
ers that left Florence for this point found tho
way barred by a Union line of battle, and the
rebels took them back to Florence and put them
in tho bull-pon again. They found quite a num
ber of dead prisoners lying among the huts.
They wero finally paroled and sent to Terry's
lines. Wo were all paroled, because the rebels
couldn't keep us any longer. If old Winder
had been alive, it would have broken his heart
to have given us up.
March 21 si. We arc still busy writing to our
friends, who think wo are dead. Wasn't it
lucky the rebels never found my journals? I
guarded them well. To-day our hospital re
ceived a large invoice of whisky, soda crackers,
condensed milk, preserves, canned goods straw
berries, and other luxuries, forwarded by the
Sanitary Commission. Wilmington is a beauti
ful city; at least, it seems beautiful to us.
Every evening wc go down- town to view the
splendid vessels of war at anchor in tho river,
or watch the veteran troops at dress parade,
which arouses once more our martial fervor.
There arc some negro troops here. Tho colored
people of the city are very kind to us, and often
give us fresh oysters by the pint or quart.
Oysters arc very abundant here. I never re
corded the fact in my journal that a plot was
formed at Florence for the capture of Colonel
Iverson, and I w:i . m idled among the fighters.
Our plan was fi iinuhI resolute men to
arm themselves v : i lubs, and gather near the
gale at the designated lime, and then, when tho
gate was opened for tho purpose of allowing the
wood details to march out, we wero to rush
i thn.n-di and seize Iverson in his log cabin,
a'. in thirty yards from tho gate, and either
make him order the surrender of tho post and
prison, or kill him. Tho chances were that the
scheme would havo been partially successful
at least, for tho various bands wero composed
of desperate men. and wc believed that death
certainly awaited us in tho stockade. The
sudden removal of prisoners carried away our
leaders and broke up the conspiracy. Many
also believed that our exchange was about to
take place, although most of us did not believe
MarcJi 21th. I was weighed to-day, and
turned the scale at 100 pounds. I weighed 125
pounds when captured, and I havo now been in
the Union lines a month, lacking a day. The
great mortality among the liberated prisoners
has about ceased. All who havo been lough
enough to survive tho ordeal are now rapidly
gaining strength. This is tho native State of
General Leonidas Polk, who was killed in front
of tho Union lines at Kenesaw. He was first
an Episcopal Rishop and then a rebel general.
The number of rebels captured during the
whole war, not including those paroled on the
field, was 227,570. Of these, 20,771 died. The
number of Union soldiers captured during the
whole war, was lb7,'R6. The records show that
30,G71 of then died, but no records were found
for tho prisons at Danville, Yn. ; Rlackstonc,
S. C. ; Cahawba, Ala.; Tyler, Tex.; Montgom
ery, Ala., Mobile, Millen, Marietta, Atlanta,
and Charleston. The records of Florence and
Salisbury are incomplete.
off Ton tiii: -south.
College Gj:een Raukacics, Mi., March
aOlh. While wo were quietly devouring our
dinners at the Ilillhouso Hospital on tho 25th
inst. we were electrified by the order to "Pre
paro to leave for tho North Report to, Surgeon
Rlank on Front street!" We pitched our
rations out tiie windows, danced, yelled,
slapped one another on the back, and got into
line in the yard as quickly as possible. At the
office of tho United States Sanitary Commission
we drew blankets, shirts, drawers, and stockings,
and robed ourselves in them as we stood in tho
street. Just think of putting on the first clean
shirt you have had for eight months ! Some- of
the boys hadn't had a clean shirt for a year. To
the sacred soil of North Carolina their own
native soil wc committed our "graybacks."
Then about 500 of us embarked on tho steamer
Peril for Fortress Monroe. Of course we were
crowded into the hold, for that is military. We
anchored at the mouth of Cape Fear River that
night, and in the morning struck boldly out
into the great blue ocean. When we lost sight
of land, many became sea sick, but I was not
of the number. I had never been on the ocean
before, nor ever seen it, and my raptures were
correspondingly immense. On the night of tho
2Gth Ave had some rough weather, and more
than ono row occurred as we pitched around
together. On the evening of the 27th avo came
to anchor in tho harbor of Fortress Monroe. 1 1
Avas filled Avith transports and vessels of Avar.
One of the latter displayed the flag of Great
Britain. On the morning of the 23th avo landed,
and a largo party of us Avandered along the
beach to inspect tho granite fortress, Avhich
formed such a contrast to tho more formidable
earth forts aa'o haAe been accustomed to build.
On the 15th of May following, Jell' Davis av:is
captured at Irwinsville, Ga., clad in his wife's
morning Avrapperand cloak, hooded, and 'cilcd
and playing the role of his Avife's " poor old
mother." Jle was immediately taken to Fort
ress Monroe, Avhcic he Avas imprisoned for a
year or Iavo, but his rations consisted of more
than a pint of meal a day, and half a teaspoouful
of salt. On the cA'ening of tho 2blh avo re
cmlmrkcd on the steamer Fannie and aAVoke the
next morning on the calm waters of Chesapeake
Hay, Avhich Avas dotted here and there Aith
sailing vessels of every description. At noon
yesterday Ave readied Annapolis. A brass band
met us at the levee and discoursed stirring
National airs at tho head of our column as avo
marched to this camp. Here aa'o immediately
received new uniforms, knapsacks, blankets,
canteens, harersacks, and iicav under-clothing
throughout. After getting our hair cut close,
and passing through capacious bath houses,
abundant with soup and hot Avaler, avo dressed
ouiselvcs, and once more presented the appear
ance of soldiers of the Union army. The trans
formation was so complete that it was almost
necessary for us to havo introductions to ono
another. Wc Avere then assigned to clean and
comfortable barracks. Our food here is of the
best quality, and avc are distressed at its abund
ance. Special representatives of tho various
loyal States haA'o overwhelmed us Avith sour
kraut, onions, apples, cigars, tobacco, fine
combs, fancy soap, postage samps, and station
ery, and everything else imaginable, and for
all these avc have nothing whatever lo pay.
They are free gifts from the people of the
North. I have written to the regiment, Avhich
is now campaigning in North Carolina. One
transport loaded -with returned prisoners was
burnt at sea, and another ono struck a torpedo
left by the rebels, while leaving Capo Fear
River, and was blown up Avith all on board.
Ajiril 1st. To-day avo Avero paid the value of
tho rations Ave Avould havo consumed had avo
not been captured. My share amounted to
$51.75. 1 am messing Avith an IoAa lad and a
loyal Georgian, and avc arc luxuriating on eggs,
cheese, pies, fried chicken, and sutler trash of
all kinds. We aro endeavoring to atone for
Florence and Andersonville.
Benton Bakkacks, St. Louis, April 8th.
We left Annapolis on tho 2d inst. in box can?;
whirled along tho classic Potomac, down tho
rallies of mountainous West Virginia, and on
through patriotic Ohio; took first-class passen
ger coaches at Indianapolis, and crossing Indi
ana and Illinois, reached our old stamping
ground at this city. In this very camp I re
ceived my musket from tho hands of the
United States Government in the spring of
1SG2, and from hero our regiment marched to
embark for the blood field of Pittsburg Land
ing. In the latter part of April, 1155, a detach
ment of Union caA-ahy visited Andersonville,
and there found about 250 Union prisoners,
Avho, General Wilson stated, " Avere nothing
but shadoAA's ivho could not be moved without
endangering their lives, and many of Avhom
died on being brought into tho Union lines."
Soon afterwards, Wire, Avho Avas still living
near tho stockade, addressed a letter lo General
Wilson, from Avhich tho folloAving is an extract:
"Tho duties I had to perform Avere arduous and
unpleasant, and 1 am satisfied that no man can
or Avill justly blamo mo for things that hap
pened here, and which AA-re beyond my poAver
to control. I do not think that 1 ought to be
held responsible for the shortness of rations;
for the overcroAvded state of the prison, which
AA'as in itself a prolific source of the fearful
mortality; for the inadequate supplies of cloth
ing, Avant of shelter, &c. Still, I hoav bear the
odium, and men who Avero prisoners here seem
disposed to wreak their vengeance upon me for
Avhat they have su'fered. I Avas only tho
medium, or I may say the to'd, in the hands of
iy superiors. This is my condition., I am a
man Avith a family. I lost all 1113' properly
Avhen the Federal army besieged Vicksburg. J
haA'o no money at present to go any plaee, and
even if had 1 Iciioav of no place Avhere I could
go. My life is in danger, and I most respect
fully ask of you help and relief. If you -will be
so generous as to giA'c mc some sort of a safe
conduct, or Avhat I should greatly prefer, a
guard to protect myself and family against
violence, I shall ho thankful to you, and you
may rest assured that your protection aaH1 not
be gi-en to ono aa'Iio is unworthy of it. My
intention is lo return Avith my family to Europe
as soon as I can make arrangements." Wire
Avas arrested on May 7th, and on May 20th left
Macon under guard, bound for Washington
city. His life was attempted many times on
the routo by liberated prisoners. At Chatta
nooga and Nashville only tho most strenuous
efibrls of a strong body-guard prcscrA'cd him.
At Louisville it aa:is deemed necessary to com
pletely disguise him, and the remainder of his
journey Avas performed Avithout incident. He
A'as brought lo trial on tho 21st of August; on
the G'lh of November the court-martial an
nounced its verdict and pronounced its sen
tence; and on tho 10th of November, at quar
ter past ten o'clock a. m., he Aas hanged. He
Avas five feet ten inches in height; his com
plexion Avas dark; and his hair, beard, and
mustache AA'ero black mixed Avith gray.
Daventokt, Ioava, April VJth. I am home on
furlough, and having tho gayest of gay times
maids, music, revelry, love-making, and good
cigars. Richmond has been taken, Leo has sur
rendered, and the corn-meal confederacy has
gone to tho bad.
April 15th. An emissary of the late rebel
government assassinated President Lincoln last
evening a fit deed for tho A'illains Aiio plan
ned the atrocities of Andersonville.
April 17th. Bells aro tolling and minute-guns
arc booming to-day in sad honor of the dead
Hay lilh. I am back at St. Louis again.
That Avas a gay, gay furlough. Who should I
meet here yesterday but Jones, my old Florence
prison chum, and other prison-pen comrades.
We determined to duly celebrate old times.
Being refused passes to town, avo smashed a
hole through tho roof of a stable, got on the
roof, and dropped to tho ground outside of this
military enclosure. We then took the cars for
the city, and, Avith many a floAving bowl, made
merry of tho gloomy scenes of tho past.
May VJlh. To-day, whilo a party of us Were
doAvn in the city, a lot of Avom-out cavalry
horses avc re being sold at public auction. A
soldier, Avho had been discharged, and had his
pockets stuffed Avith greenbacks, Avas surprised
to discover his old A-ar charger among thoso
offered for sale. Ho AA'ent beside himself Avith
delight, out-bid all competitors, and secured the
faithful animal, Avhich recognized him in many
undoubted Avays. " You'll get plenty of oats
now, old boss," exclaimed tho happy soldier,
leading off' his prize.
May 2Qth. Hundreds and hundreds of re
turned prisoners havo died in Northern hos
pitals. I learn that Joe Hammer, 1113' old-timo
" partner," is now a lieutenant. I f c AAas ahvays
a lucky rat. About an hour before our regi
ment AA'as captured he Avas sent oil" somoAvhero
on a detail to build breastworks, and the rebels
tailed lo get him. 1 Avroto about fourteen let
ters home Avhilc a prisoner, putting on each a
Union and confederate postage stamp, and often
sold part of 1113' rations to do so. U11I3- tA-o of
these letters ever got through, and tho envelopo
of ono of them bore a personal appeal, in dog
gerel, to Robert Ould, confederate commissioner
of exchange. These two letters Avere respect
ivcly dated Andersonvillo, August 21st, 1SG-1,
and Millen, November 7th, IbGl. The Union
prisoners corraled at Tyler, Texas, Avere taken
from Banks's army in the Red River expedi
tion. There AA'ero about 5,000 of them. They
were treated as avc all were.
J IO NO i: A 11 LY "D ISCIIAttG E I).
May 22d. Many Union soldiers hero aro en
rolling for service against Maximilian in
Mexico. I Ikia'0 been urged b3' a largo number
of 1113 companions to organize an independent
company of scouts, and command them in a
Mexican campaign. I Iua'c had enough of Avar,
and will indulgo my spirit of adA'enluro no
farther. The boys are having ga3' times in tho
cit3', and, under the pressure of vinous com
pounds, occasionally grow a littlo riotous.
Many libit ions arc being poured to the mem
ory of times, the like of which few of us Avill
ever see again. Every rebel army has dis
banded. The remainder of my talo is soon told. At
Clinton, loAA'a, on tho 8th of June, 1SG5, 1 re-ceiA-cd
my second honorablo discharge from the
United States Army. Tho great conflict Avas
over, and a reunited country began onco more
its march to collossal power and prosperity.
"The neighing troop, tho flashing blade,
Tho bugle's stirring blast,
The charge, tho dreadful cannonade,
The din and shout wero passed,
Nor war's wild notes, nor glory's peal
Now thrill with fierce, delight
Those hi casts that never more may feel
The rapture of the light."
f Kntered according to net of Congress in tho vear
JKS2 by Tho National Tribune in the ollieo of the
Librarian of Congress nt Washington.
The Priiict) Impirnr.s Statue at Woolmcli.
From tho Lonon Times.
The erection of the monument on the green
in front of the Royal Military Academy at
Woolwich to the memory of the Princo Impe
rial is being proceeded Avith. The larger of the
two blocks of polished granite on which the
statue will rest bears the following inscription:
"Napoleon, Prince Imperial, born in Paris,
March 1G.185G; killed fighting in South Africa
Juno 1, 1S79. Gentleman Cadet, Royal Mili
tary Academj', from November 18,1872, to Feb
ruary 15, lb75. Erected by upward of 25,000
officers and men from all branches of 1 ler Majes
ty's forces." The statue Avill bo of bronze ami
rather larger than life-size. The granite blocks
Avill also bear four bronze eagles and four
Avrcaths inclosing the letter "N," the avIioIo
being surmounted 1)3' a croAvn and four copies
of the motto of the Royal Artillery. The statue
Avill be unveiled soon after tho reassembling
01 me gentlemen cauols alter thn imrmnii
STRIKING IT RICH;
Or, From Kitchen to Parlor and
By Ethel Allen.
Just as T am startin' back to the parlor, Jim
comes in the dinin'-room.
"What, yi the namo of common sense, Sallie
Miller, havo 3rou got on 3-ourface!" he sa3'S,
as if ho AA'as aAvful mad.
" Why Avhy, nothin', Jim. What's the mat
tor Avith it?" and I runs to look in the glass.
Sure enough, there was a big streak of poAvder
across 1113- forehead, and another on 1113- nose,
and a dab on one cheek, for 1 hadn't put it on
a bit CA'cn. I felt dreadful ashamed, but I
couldn't help laughin' to save mo, I looked so
"I reckon you'd better wash 3-onr face before
3'ou come in tho parlor again. What did you
AA'unt to put it on for, anyhow? It just serves
"Well, I guess I didn't know it showed, did
I? The gas Avas so low I couldn't half see, and
I AA'as afraid to turn it up because of Avakin'
"You might know better'n to put pOAderon
in tho dark. 1 AA'as ashamed to death of 3-011.
Hurry, hoav, and como back lo the parlor. 1 ex
pect they've- been havin' a good time laughin'
So I g'r.'es 1113' faco a good washin', and then
I goes and asks 'em to Avalk out to supper, and
avo all seats ourselves at the table. I was
mighty glad Mr. Raymond AA'as way doAvn by
Jim, 'cause didn't enjo3" talkin' to him, ho
used such big Avords all the time.
"Miss Ebbs, you must have some of this 'ere
cotlage-checsc. It's a great dish down in
rcnnsylvany, 3-011 knoAV. Didn't you never
buy an j' of it at tho Spring Garden market?"
says Jim, lookin' her right in tho eA;es.
" No, I belicA-e not," she replies A-ery Ioav.
"1 think Philadelphia butter isjust elegant!"
says Mrs. MeCaflbry. "I couldn't get enough of
it Avhen I Avas at the Centennial. It makes me
aeho now though, lo think Iioav tired 1 used lo
get cverA; day tramping around on tho Exposi
tion grounds. We Avero 011I3- there a AA-cek, so
a'0 couldn't take time to ever get fairiy rested.
I heard of one woman from Iowa Avho was on
the grounds only a single day, and she AA'enfc
home and said she had seen everything actu
ally everything ! What a comprehensive mind
she must havo had!"
"What comprehensive feet!" puts in Jim.
"Capital ! capital ! " shouts Mr. MeCaflbry.
"Miss Ebbs, did 3-011 go to the Centennial?"
Jim goes on.
" Yes, indeed ! I Avas there nearly a month."
"Then you s:iav all 3'our old friends, didn't
3-011 ? "
"I didn't have time to visit much," she sa3's,
"Mrs. MeCaflbry, do haA'o some more fried
oysters. You ain't eatin' nothin' at all."
" O 3'es I am, Mrs. Miller! I'm obliged to be
a little careful Avhat I eat at night, as I'm very
inuch troubled Avith dyspepsia,"
"Now, that's somethin' I ncA-er had," Jim
has to say. "It must bo might-unpleasant
not to be able to cat mince-pies and fried 03s
ters and everything nice. WI13' don't 3ou take
medicine for it?"
"O, 1 havo! I'm taking medicine all tho
lime. I'm a great deal better hoav than I used
to bo. 1 AA'as East all last summer at a Sani
tarium, and I camo home nearly well."
" Where did 3-011 sa3 3-ou aa-jis, ma'am?"
"At a Sanitarium, Mr. Miller a medical
institution, 3-011 know, where- they make you
eat very plain food, and A'alk CA'eiy day, and
"Why couldn't 3-011 have done so at home
without go-in' aAvay just for that?"
" Just as I said ! just as I said !" Mr. McCaf
feiy sings out. "She AA'as down there two
months, and 11103- didn't giAe her as many as
threo doses of medicine that I could find out,
but they charged a big price all the same. I
told her she might as avcII have staid at homo
and lived ou oatmeal and 'gems' and such sluif,
and taken a good, long ride CA'ery dnj It's a
Avonder, too, she camo back all right in her
head, for there Avas as many as half a dozen
crazy people in tho house. They're just tho
ones to go. Sensible persons sta3r aAA-ay."
'Jnsanitariuni Avould bo a good name for it,"
"Tip-top! lip-top!" roars Mr. McCatlery.
"Rut, Mrs. McCaireiy, AA-as it not your im
pression that 3-011 derived considerable ben
efit from your sojourn at tho Sanitarium.
of Avhich 3-011 arc speaking?"
"Yes, indeed, Mr. Raymond ! Rut I think
myself that tho most I needed was a good, long
rest, and I don't blame Mr. MeCaflbry for mak
ing fun of the institution a little."
" Well, I haven't been sick for prctt3' near
threo years," begins Jim, "and then I had tho
small-pox awful bad. I was dreadful afraid
I'd catch it, 'cause it av.is all OA-cr tho eity, and
I made it a point to Avalk mighty quick Aiicn
I Avas passin' a certain house, just above- us,
Avhere I heard the' all had it. Rut one da3' I
found out that I'd been huriyin' past the Avrong
house and Avalkin' sIoav Avhen I got to tho place
Avhere it really avus, so after that 1 thought I
Avouldn't Aorr3' no moro about catshin' it. 1
managed to get it somehow, though, and I tell
3-011 1 Avas most awful sick. Sallie, g'n'o Mr.
Ra3moud somo moro cotlee
nono at all."
Ho hasn't got
" Really, Mrs. Miller, your coileo is so ex
cellent that 1 cannot refrain from indulging
to a greater extent than is 1113- usual custom.
Only half a cup, if 3011 please."
" Upper half?" puts in Jim.
"Capital! capital!" shouts Mr. MeCaflbry.
"Sha'n't I givo 3011 somo more coffee, too?"
I sa3rs lo Miss McCaflbrj', Avho Avas sittiu' next
"It's been a beautiful day, hasn't it?" I goes
on, tr3rin' to bo mighty sociable.
" Yes, ver3"
"Have 3'ou been out Avalkin'?"
" 0,no! I don't enjoy walking
I get tired
"That's too bad. Ain't 3011 very avoII?"
" O, 3es ! Rut I prefer riding."
" Well, now, I like a good walk. I can walk
two or three miles and not feel ono bit tired."
"Two or three miles!" she saj's, lookin' at
me as if 1 had said something Avonderful.
"Yes, indeed! I don't think nothin' of
Avalkin' as far as that."
" You must be very strong. I couldn't walk
farther than half a mile, I am sure."
"Couldn't you? You look right healthy,
" O I'm never sick ! Sometimes I get a littlo
run doAvn 1)3- the end of tho season, so that I'm
glad Avhon Lent comes."
"1 tell Belle she has been going out entirely
too much this Avinter," sa3's Mrs. McCaileo-.
"I don't approve of such dissipation."
"It hasn't hurt me at all, mother. I can
dance all night and not feel ono bit tired."
"Why, I should think dancin' would bo
moro tirin' than Avalkin'," I can't help sayin'.
"O, no it isn't! lam passionately fond of
" Well, 1 used to like it first rate before I-AA'as
married. The policy's nice, isn't it?"
" 1 uovcr dance it."
" Don't 3-011 ? It's right easy to learn. Jim
can polky just beautiful. You em schottisclie,
can't 3-011 ? "
"I noA-er danco any round dance but the
"That's somethin' neAV, ain't it? I never
heard tell of it. Ma3"bo Jim knows it though.
Jim!" I calls across the table, "can 3-ou dance
"What kind of a dance is that?" he says, "is
it a jig? 'cause if there's an3 jigs I don't knoAv
I'd like to learn 'em. I can dance pretty near
all of 'em."
" Then you frequently indulge in tcrp
sichorean pleasures, Mr. Miller?"
"Yes, I like 'em first rate. Annie, get Mr.
Raymond somo more AA-atcr."
So Annio picks up his glass and fills it Tight
full, and starts to put it down again by his
plate ; but just that minute Mr. MeCaflbry, avIio
is sittin' next to him, leans back in his chair,
and his doin' so jogs Annie's clboAv and the
biunblcr slips out of her hand and ever3- drop
of the AA'ater goes doAvn Mr. Rajmond's neck !
I tell 3rou AA'hat, he jumps up mighty quick and
begins usin' his napkin to sop up as much of
the Avatcr as he can get at, and his face gnvws
as red as a beet, and I do believe from his looks
that ho Avouldn't havo minded chokin' Annie,
or shakin' her, or somethin', and I don't aa'oii
der much either. I aams half scared to death,
and poor Annio come prett3" near cr3"in', but
the rest had to just bite their lips to keep from
laughin' right out. Jim tried to bo aAvful
polite, but I could see he AA'as enjoyin' it all tho
"Terrible cold water, wasn't it?" ho says;
"but it's luek3' it wasn't boil in' hot coflbe.
Annie, don't 3-011 go and do that again this eAen
in'.'" When, at last, avo go back to the parlor, Miss
Ebbs sits doAvn in a big, easy chair in the
corner, and prctt3' soon Jim goes OA-er besido
her, and tho3' gets to talkin' and laughin' real
gay like. I AA'as wishin' I could 011I3- hear
Avhat they Avas sa3in', so after a whilo I asks
Miss MeCaflbry to play for us, and then I slips
across the room to tho sofa and pretends to be
Iistenin' very intent to tho music, but, to tell
the truth, I was tr3"in' to hear AA'hat Jim was
" Miss Ebbs, them are just elegant earrings
of3-ours. I alwa3's liked big diamonds. They're
mighty becomin', too, seems to me."
" Do you think so, Mr. Miller? Father gave
them to me hut Christinas. I'm so fond of
"Thcro Avas some nice jewelry at the Centen
nial, wasn't there?"
"O, perfectlj lovclj-! I couldn't get away
from it. I enjoyed looking at the jeAvelrA
about as much as anything, I believe, only I
Avantcd it all."
" You said you wasn't in Philadelphy very
long, didn't you?"
" Then 3-011 didn't havo time, most likely, to
go up to Montgomery county and see your old
" Hoav did you know I had friends in Mont
gomery count-?" she says, pretendin' to be
surprised, but you could see it Avas all put on.
" Why, that's Avhere I'm from, and I'm pretty
near sure I used to knoAV your father when you
liA'cd down there."
" Did you ? "
" Yes, I knoAv I did. You don't remember
liA-in' in Pcnnsylvany, do you ? You was only
a child then, I think you said?"
"Well, your father was a first-rate friend of
mine, nis stall in tho market Avas right next
to ourn, and"
"O, don't speak so loud, Mr. Miller!" sho
says, her faco groAvin' real red, "I think I re-Tiiemb'er-on'noAA
I wasn't suro beforo that I
kncAV -ou. I suppose you -will say I am foolish,
but I can't hear to think of the timoAA'e liA'cd
doAvn in Pennsylvania. You knoAv my father
has made lots of money out here, and I AA'ould
rather forget that ho used to bo only a
"Rut it don't make no difference hero who
-ou arc if 3'011'ro rich, so I shouldn't think
3-011'd care so much about your father's standin'
in the market when 3-ou aams a child."
"Rut I do care, 3ou see. There's no use in
every one's knowing it. I hope, Mr. Miller,
3-ou Avon't think I haA'e been tiying to cut 3ou,
for indeed I wasn't at all sure till to-night that
I had CAcr seen 3-ou before."
" O, it's all right ! It's all right ! If I Avasn't
a mil-lee-on-airo myself uoaa-, I Avouldn't havo
said nothin' about bein' an old friend."
" I'm suro I'm A-er3 glad I happened to meet
you, Mr. Miller. I have had a delightful even
ing." " I'm right glad to hear it. You must como
over again before yon go home."
"Thank you. I Avill if I possibly can. I
think I should havo knoAvn you the night you
called at Mrs. McCaflbry's if it hadn't been for
3-our mustache, Mr. Miller. You knoAr you
used ahvays to Avcar side Avhiskers."
" So I did, that's a fact ! I'm foreA'er talkin'
iioav about shavin' off 1113' mustache."
" O, don't, Mr. Miller ! It's so becoming."
" Do you think so ? Then I Avon't."
"I liko so much to sco a heavy mustache
liko yours. When it's gre3' it Avill bo just
" I'm afraid, though, it won't bo grey for a
good many 3ears, secin' I'm not thirty yet."
" O, I didn't mean that you looked at all
"I didn't suppose you did ; but I'm not
ashamed of 1113- age. My market's made."
"Havo you ever been to MilAvaukee, Mr.
"No, but I'm going somo da-."
"Then you must bo suro and come and seo
us. Father Avould bo so glad to seo you again.
Can't 3'ou como next summer?"
" Well, I shouldn't Avonder."
" O, do ! I'll driAc you all over tho city."
"Treat me to beer, too?"
"Then I reckon I'll havo to go."
Just that minute Miss McCaffer3' stopped
playing, and I had to go over and talk to her.
" You must havo taken a Avholo lot of lessons
to learn to phi' so fast," I said.
"Oh, es! I've been taking music lessons
since I AA'as eight years old."
" Don't 3ou ncA-er get tired playin'?"
" Yes, indeed ! I hardly OA'er touch the piano
iioav excepting to pla3' for company. I havu't
learned a new piece in an age."
"I'd learn some if I Avas you."
"Oh, I haven't time!"
"Do you scav all day?"
"Merc-, no! I hate to scaa. I don't knoAV
Iioav to make anything."
" Why, that's a pity. I don't mind seAA'in' at
all. Do you liko cookiu' and sweepin' better?"
"Oh, I never do either!"
" WI13-, Iioav do 3-011 put in tho time from
mornin' till night?"
" O, vcr3' easil3 ! I ncA-er haA'o breakfast be
fore oloA'cn o'clock, and then I nearly alAA'a3-s
haA'o somo shopping to do, or else I make
"I am sorry to interrupt you, Relle," says
Mrs. McCatlery, com in' up to us, "but reall3',
Mrs. Miller, Ave must be going, I think."
"WI13-, its right early yet," puts in Jim.
"What's your hurry? Do stay a Avhilo
"Indeed, Mr. Miller, avo really must go.
These young ladies havo been out so much
lately that they ought to have one good night's
So I goos up stairs Avith 'em, and they puts
on thoir things, and then avo shako hands AA'ith
"Mrs. Miller the evening has been one
of exceeding enjoyment," says Mr. Raymond
" All of yon come over again ! " calls ont Jim
as they go down the step3. "Miss Ebbs, remem
ber your promise ! "
" Indeed, I Avill ! " she screams back.
"What is it she promised, Jim?" I asks him
when ho has shut the door..
"Yes, it was somethin', too!"
"Well, nothin' of any account."
" They all said they had a real nice time,
" 'Course they had ! We gavo 'em every
thing good for supper, didn't aa'c? I'm afraid,
though, Mr. Raymond didn't enjoy himself as
much as he might. He's such a stiff sort of a
chap. I never Avanted to laugh AA'orso in my
life than AAiien Annie spilled the AA'ater doAn
his neck ! Miss Ebbs looked right Avell to-night,
"Why I don't know. She's not what
you'd call pretty.''
"Yes she is, too!"
" Rut her hairs nearly red, Jim !"
"What if it is?"
"And she's got such an awful big mouth, and
her e-es are so small."
" Noaa-, that's just like a woman ! You're al
AA'.iys pickin' each other to pieces. I suppose
you aro mad 'cause I Avas AA-ith her about half
an hour this CA-enin'."
" No I'm not, cither! "
" Yes you are, too. You know you are."
"Well I'm not, then!"
"All right! Rut, I tell you, Miss Ebbs is a
mighty fine-looking girl."
"You told mc you didn't like her, Jim."
"When did I OA'er say so?"
" Why, the night avo Avas over at Mrs. McCaf
fery's." "I didn't used to like her when I knew her
down in Pcnnsylwiny, that's a fact; but sho
was right pleasant to-night."
" Yes, I thought you was haA-in' a nice timo
together. I Avouldn't shave my mustache off
if I was you, Jim."
" O, you Avas listenin', Avas you!"
"'Course I wasn't! Rut I couldn't help
hcarin' tAvo or three things she said."
"I don't care if you heard every Avord. Rut
there's no sense in your gettin' jealous so easy.
You don't expect me to talk to nobody but you
when AA'o're in company, do you?"
"Who said I did?"
"Well, then, what's the use of your actin' so
I didn't say nothin' to this, but I just walked
out of tho parlor and up tho frout stairs,
a-Avishin' eAery step I took that Miss Ebbs hid
staid in Milwaukee instead of comin' down
to Chicago to make trouble between me and
To be continued.
Cruelty or Enslish Soldiers.
Cairo Correspondence of the Cologne Gazelle.
Herr Janson, the correspondent of the Stock
holm Darjblad saAV with his OAA'n eyes Iioav tho
Egyptians A-oundcd in the trenches of Tel-el-Kebir,
half an hour after the attack, Avere killed
b- English soldiers. He counted eight Avoundcd,
incapable of offering any resistence, Avho Avero
shot in his presence, and ono Avho was stabbed.
Lieutenant-Colonel Thurneisen, a native of Aus
tria, and one of those officers in tho Egyptian
service who, by way of taking part in the ope
rations, Avere attached to the English head
quarters, also Avitnessed the slaughter of tho
Avoundcd in a helpless condition. He saved tho
lives of several. Two other persons have told
me the same story, but begged me, for fear of
jeopardizing their liA'elihood by conflict with
the Engl jsh, to wi thhold their names. Ry nono
of the numerous English officers AA'ith AA'hom I
haA-o spoken on the subject has the killing of
the wounded been contradicted. Many admit
ted it, saying, however, that they could do noth
ing to prevent it. Colonel Methuen, to Avhom,
I spoke recently at headquarters, admitted it,
but strove to tone it doAA'n, and frowned when
I spoke of "murder." He ironically remarked
that the soldiers could not ask eA'ery wounded
man whether he Avould perhaps fire at a better
opportunity. The soldiers Avere carried aAvay
by the heat of the fight, and spared nobody.
This explanation is only partly correct, for only
a small portion of tho wounded, judging from
what I have heard, Avere killed in the heat of
tho battle, the greater part being murdered long
afterAird b3" plundering English soldiers.
The English people and English Parliament
AA'ould do Avell to look into the subject.
A Tramp's Second Sishr.
From the San Francisco Chronicle.
The boys aro telling a good story on ono of
tho conductors on the Southern road. On that
run the knights of tho punch are not wont to
dress in broadcloth or intervieAV a razor every
day. On ono of his trips Foster there, tho
namo is out caught a tramp stealing a rido
on tho front platform of tho baggage car.
Yanking him in the car, the tramp was sub
jected to a perfect broadside of invecties.
Looking up at his abuser the tramp, after a
careful glance, taking him in from head to foot,
remarked: "Cheese it, cull; tho conductor
"will hear you and put us both off!" Tho
tramp was led back into a passenger coach and
carried to his destination, and now that con
ductor blacks his shoes and dusts off his clothes
at least once a day.
roTertv and Distress.
That povert3 Avhich produces the greatest
distress is not of tho purse but of tho blood.
Deprived of its richness it becomes scant and
AA'atery, a condition termed anemia in medical
AA'ri tings. Given this condition, and scrofulou3
swellings and sores, general and nervous de
.bility, loss of flesh and appetite, weak lungs,
throat disease, spitting of blood and consump
tion, aro among tho common results. If you
aro a sufferer from thin, poor blood employ Dr.
Pierce's "Golden Medical Discovery," which
enriches the blood and cures these grave affec
tions. Is more nutritive than cod liver oR, and
is harmless in auy condition of tho system, yet
poAverful to cure. Ry druggists.
The will of President Fillmore's widow is
being contested in Ruffalo by cousins.
From the Pioneer Register.
Hear the laughter of the girls
"What u fund of merriment each ruby lip unfurls 1
How they chatter, chatter, chatter.
In the balmy air of nihi!
"While tho stars that over-spatter
AH the heavens hear their clatter
In a soft and mild delight;
To the tintinnabulation that, increasing, ever purls
From the girls. Kirls girls, girls,
Girls, girls, girls,
From the Avild, capricious, saucy, jaunty girls.
See tho flirting of the girla,
ITow tho lover's softened brain Avildly whirls
Through the mazes of the ball,
Up and down the stately hall I
How he skips to and fro
And perspires !
Would that wo could tell the idiot all we know
Of the tires
Into which the false ones hurl
Each HCAA" Avhim see the flame how it SAvIrls!
Hoav it curls!
How it curls!
Better far that they were churls,
Than full victims to the girls;
To the prattle and the rattle
Of the K'ris-, Ktrls, Kirls,
Of the girls, girls, girls, girld,
Girls, girls, girls
To the sacking and heart racking of tho girhjl