Newspaper Page Text
THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: "WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1882.
tho first timo, at tiie forks of tho Grisvrold
road, seven miles from Slaoon. Leaving a
picket at this point, I moved forward with tho
balance of niy .command to tlic left of the Geor
gia Central Railroad, -with orders to follow it
up in tho direction of Macon, destroying tho
road and all public property, and report to Gen
eral Stonemau licfore the city.
On noftriug tho city evidence accumulated of
tho terrible panio which our approach occa
sioned. Train after train of cars came rushing
along loaded to their utmost capacity with
costly furniture, printing presses and type,
private carriages and horses ; in fact every con
ceivable form of movable property. These were
intercepted bj our forces, and in the procoa of
destroying tho railroad and rolling-stock wore
necessarily swept out of exist race by the use of
the torch. It is painful at this period to look
bock upon the terrific de.trnetiott of valuable
property, bat wo wtre obeying ordew, and I
take credit to myself that in eviy way in the
oxeentioM of such orders my beet effort wen
t relieve it from the barbarities which eo
eAe followed in the wake of tbeee nude by
Vetfi parties te the cootce. I
The bridge which apanned the Oeowlne
River at Macon having bora destroyed, d
than beiMg no pontoon train attached U this
ferce, GewenU Sumeman mm compeUed to con
jkMe hk operations to a hriak sbcliia of the
twM from the eppoaite batik.
At thnte p. m. on the 30th the cohrara was
wdettd to take ttp its line of march to return,
my brigade in Ue advance. When General
StMtoNiatt first moved out, the eolanui was
headed in the dinvlion of Athens, Hut before
it was fully in motion a counter-march was
ordered, and the attempt was to be made to
fight our way out on the line of our advance to
the city, Moving forward oil the Clinton road
with my command in tho advance, we halted at
the crossing of tho Mllledgcville road, formed a
line of battle, rested an hour, then resumed our
march. When within one and a half miles of
Clinton we struck a line of the enemy. These
we drove before us through the town, liberating
thirty-three of my own men who had been
captured while out foraging. "We also recap
tured their horses and burned tho jail in which
they had been confined, capturing their guard.
It was now late in the night of the 30th. Tho
light of the burning jail lighted us on our way
for a long distance. Continuing our lino of
march on the Hillsboro road, some three miles
from Clinton, we struck a strong advanced
guard of the enemy, which we drove before us,
advancing with a squadron deployed in line of
battle. This was continued until wo met a
heavy force drawn up behind barricades. I
sent forward the Eighth Michigan cavalry to
dislodge them, which was promptly done and
followed up, the "enemy falling hack from ono
position to another until they reached tho main
body about eight miles out from Clinton, near
Hillsboro. It was still too dark for us to form
an estimate of the force opposing us, or the
ifaturo of their defenses. When day-light
dawned on the 31st, General Stoneman ordered
me to advance with my brigade and drive tho
enemy from their position. Our charge was
successful in dislodging thorn and forcing thorn
back about ono mile and a half, when Ave came
upon their niain force, drawn up in line of battle.
MEETING THE KXEMY.
This force was composed almost exclusively
of infantry and artillery. At the sound of
their heavy guns General Stoneman came to
the front aud found an undefined force in line
of battle, an intervening wood preventing an
accurate estimate of its strength. General
Stoneman threw his whole force into line of bat
tle, with Colonel Silas Adams's Kentucky bri
gade and the Eighth Michigan regiment of my
brigade in the centre; Colonel Riddle's brigade,
with ono piece of artillery, on the lftft, and tho
remainder of my brigade on the right of the
line. Between 9 aud IP a. in. a forward move
ment was made by tho onemy, and firing on
both sides was for a time quite brisk, but ww
discontiuued without bringing on a general
engagement. During this skirmish an orderly
by the name of J. C. Hall, of company K, Four
teenth Illinois cavalry, rodo up to deliver an
order from General Stoneman, and placing his
hand upon the pummel of my saddle, the moro
readily to deliver the order amidst the tumult,
a ball from the enemy's sharpshooters no
doubt aimed at me struck his arm and passed
into his body, thus saving my lifo.
It appeared that neither commander was fully
satisfied of the strength of his opponent, tho
woods preventing observation. This first move
ment of the rebels was partially intended to
develop our strength and to draw us fonvard
within range of their artillery, which appears
to have been placed in battery.
This movement on tho part of the enemy
being checked, General Stoneman at once re
formed his line in some respects, and ordered
every spare man into action. My position be
ing on the right flank was more opposed to
flank movements. Being on rather elevated
ground, commanding a clear view of our entire
line, I was still unable to see that of the enemy.
The road entering on my right rear, on which,
in part, my line was formed, exposed me to an
attack from that direction, and a force of the
enemy's cavalry had been reported as feeling
about, as if preparing for an attack upon me as
soon as tho battle should open. To protoct my
self from a surprise by this force, I had posted
one squadron of the Fourteenth Illinois cavalry,
Captain Sanford, about one mile out on this
road. Tho firing had scarcely begun in the
first advance of tho enemy, when my attention
was called to Fan ford's command coming down
the road, closely followed by a rebel force. To
check this was the work of a few minutes. I
had kept mounted for an emergency liko this
a small body of men, and leading them in per
son wo charged upon the rebel force. Sanford
seeing the movement for his relief, wheeled his
command in an open field on the full run, and
by a dashing counter-charge completely routed
them. The brive Lieutenant Mayo and several
men were lost in this skirmish. I then re
placed the picket by a battalion, and placed
Captain Lord in command.
Everything now being in reaoiness, General
Stoneman gave the order for the whole line to
advance. The men moved forward in apparent
confidence at first, and several volleys were
exchanged, when, upon a sudden, tho rebels
charged with determination. To my amaze
ment, I saw Colonel Adams's brigade break for
their horses. There was no sufficient cause.
Tho Eighth Michigan retained its position, its
loft only being borne back by the sudden break
in the line. Not a man of Adams's brigade re
mained on the field, not one of that brigade
was wounded, and the whole of that command
reached Marietta without the lose of a man or
ahorse. Kaclt a omial the horflicrodc. Tho
sudden retreat of Adams's brigade opened a
wide gap in our line, through which the enemy
plunged in a wild rush toward our rear, where
our horses were. Just at this moment Major
Mix, of the Eighth Michigan cavalry, on tho
staff of General Stoneman, rode up to me with
a message from the General to the effect that
he should make no farther attempt to cut his
way out. but if any oilicer determined to do so,
they had his permission. There was no fur
thor reason for delay. The final result of tho
engagement wa3 determined when Adams's
brigade loft the field; and it is possible that
the same order having been given to Colonel
Adams had caused tho movement that had
bo surprihed me. The men of my brigade for
a few minutes maintained their alignment,
meanwhile casting wistful glances toward their
horaes. The rush of the enemy towards tho
spofwhere tho horses wore held was moro than
they could stand. The distance waa about
equal, as before my line broke the enemy had
gaiued their ilank through the gap caused by
Adams's flight from the field. A foot race and
rough and tumble fight for the possession of
the horses ensued.
Nothing is so demoralizing to a cavalryman
lighting dismounted as to find his horse in
danger of capture. In the race for their pos
session every man had opportunity to notico
his pitiable condition, encumbered with heavy
cavalry boots, as the nimble-footed infantry
man passed him in tho race. When he re
flected that he was a hundred miles in rear of
the enemy's lines, with an immense army in
terposed between him and freedom, he wanted
his horse, and many a man lost his lifo in try
ing to get it.
"XV KXNGDOX FOn A nORSE."
The battle wiw now over; tiring had almost
entirely oeaewl. General Stoneman had sur-rcuder.-d.
and with him the grcaUr portion of
Bi jdh's eommawd. The reuiaiwdr was a con
fused mass struggling for jwecsesaion of thoir
bonrs, and tho who were successful living in
auy direction that offered a chance for safety.
Turning my eyas in the direction of Captain
Lovel's picket. I saw a confused and continu
oos line of horsemen galloping away into the
dcUauce. 1 had relied upon Captain hovel's
little command, which had not been engaged
in the battle, as a nucleus upon which to rally
the fugitives now scattering in ovury direction.
This was all the force that I had mounted and
intact, and it was gone. The sight was morti
fying, and to some extent paralyzing, and for
an mutant I thought of surrender. But I was
well mounted, aud my eyes at that moment fell
upon my youngest son. eighteen years of ago
tho youngest of throe who had taken up arms for
their country a private in the ranks, before
whom, incase of capture, yawned the sepulchre
of Audersonville. As this thought flashed
tlwough my mind, my resolution was at onco
taken. I called to him to keep me in sight and
follow me. Drawing around me about ono hun
dred of the fugitives who had succeeded by a
hand-to-hand fight in regaining their horses, wo
made a dash for the open field on our right.
As we wcro the Inst to leave, the enemy had
timo to mount a considerable body upon our
horses, who imm dintcly turned their atten
tion to us. A hot pursuit followed, bullets
whizzed thickly around our heads, but wo pre
ferred the chances of rebel bullets to rebel
prison-pens, and spurred on.
A RACE FOP. LIFE.
Now commenced one of the most fcarfitl
rides for life ever undertaken in the history of
the war. Every incident of this battle and re
treat must remain indellibly impressed upou
my mind during my life, if it should be ex
tended to a hundred years. After leaving tho
battle-field we 'rode rapidly across fields fur
rowed by deeply-washed channels, encumbered
by briars and brambles, and at last struck tho
Edenton road. Tho enemy followed in constantly-increasing
numbers. It was out of my
power to oppose or check them until some
miles out, when soveral detachments of our
scattered forces joined us, and with them two
companies under Captain Lord and a squad
ron commanded by another son of mine, Lieu
tenant Capron. This acquisition to my lit
tle force enabled me to throw out a rear
guard and check the pursuit for a time,
enabling us to halt aud rest our nearly ex
hausted horses. In the strugglo to regain pos
session of their horses many of tho men had
lost their arms; some had thrown them away
while on the retreat, others were falling out of
ranks through wounds or exhaustion. In
bringing this disorganized body into somo
shape for a more orderly retreat, I placed those
who retained their arms in front aud rear
sections, the best mounted in .the rear, as
being better able to recover their positions
in the column when called upon to faco
about and check our pursuers. I judged
that by this time I had collected a force
of about three hundred men. Moving on rap
idly, crossing Murder Creek, I bore off towards
Madison, avoiding Edenton, as I learned from
fugitive negroes that a body was collecting at
that point to intercept and capture us.
Marching all night, leaving Madison to the
loft, on tho next morning we were joined by
Major Davidson with hid detachment of 126
men, who, it will bo remembered, had been de
tached from my command before we reached
Macon, and not having been engaged in tho
battle or retreat his men were armed and men
and horses wore comparatively fresh. lie had
fulfilled his orders thoroughly, and destroyed
an immenso quantity of public property. We
moved forward without rest, riding through
corn-fields, where the men pulled an ear for
themselves and a few for their horses, never
halting during this entire day. At Ponder'a
farm, soven or eight milos from Rutlcdgo,
Adams's brigade and a small force under Colo
nel Riddle joined us. With these additions to
our force confidence was restored, and being
the ranking officer I at once assumed command
We continued our march, but indulged occa
sionally in short rests, not exceeding two hours,
when tho rear of tho column was not being
THE DEVII. TAKE THE JIINDMOST.
Our rapid march had now been continued
through two days and nights. On tho 2d of
August we approached tho Oconee River, and
on Hearing Athens, where there was a bridge, I
halted the command where a road branched off
to a suppobed passable ford, somo two miles be
yond the town, and sent Colonel Adams into
the town with hi3 brigade to ascertain the con
dition of the bridge and whether fortified
against an approach. His instructions, dis
tinctly given and understood, were that if lie
found the crossing could or could not be made
without a detention, to report the fact to me by
courier at once. In the latter case he was or
dered to meet me at the ford with his command,
sending a guide to pilot me to that point. The
balance of the command, most of them ununited
and many wounded, all exhausted by loss of
sleep and the tremoudous mental and physical
straiu to which they had been subjected, threw
themselves upon tho ground to await tho result
of Colonel Adams's rccounoissanco. Six weary,
anxious hours we were left in our defeuselejs
condition, while the brigade to whom our deliv
erance was entrusted was marching away from
us on its way to our lines. 1 can find no words
of condemnation sufficiently strong in which
to express my abhorrence of this cruel and uncalled-for
desertion of my worn-out command.
Six precious hours were wasted in tho endeavor
to hear from Colonel Adams. Scouts were
sent in at intervals, who, as thoy never
returned, were probably murdered. I hes
itated to leave, as Colonel Adams might
need even such support as I could give him.
The thought that he had deserted my com
mand never crossed my mind, although I after
wards recalled the fact that he chafed under
the control which, as ranking officer, I had as
sumed in tho direction of the march.
At length a citizen put in un appearance,
offering to guide us by the nearest road to tho
ford. He treacherously took us far out of our
way. The time thus lo3t enabled tho pursuing
enemy not only to come up on our rear, but to
cairy intelligence ahead, which caused detach
incuts of thoir cavalry to bo thrown upon tho
column after weciossed the rivor. Aware that
larger forces of cavalry were following us, with
a full knowledge of every cros3-road by which
they could gain upon us or intercept us, from
this time forward I gave no time for rest, but
moved rapidly on by the Uog Mountain Road
to Jugtovvn, eighteen miles, without dismount
ing or resting. Tho troops by this timo were
eo completely exhausted that I was compelled
to halt and feed. But one hour was allowed.
and when tho huglo sounded to horse, I was
obliged to go among tho men with my officers
and arouse them from tho death-like sleep into
which thoy had fallen with tho point? of our
sabres. Moving forward, still upon the same
road, wo crossed the Jefferson and Lawrence
villo Railroad. Interruptions from small hands,
coming in on our front by cross-roads, grew
more frequent as wo advanced, and gave assur
ance of a concentration of more formidable
forces. Thus far wo had beou uble, by a tlnsh,
to drive them away, but not without a passing
To he continued.
Introduction to the Hospitalities or that Priion
lloll. To the Editor National Tribune:
I have for the lfct eight months been one of
tho many careful readers of Thk National
Teihune, (tho soldier's friend,) and having
lxfn a prisoner of wnr I have been particularly
interested in reading that portion of tho paper
written by those who suffered with me in those
prison hells, and after reading all I can find
upon the subject, it has occurred to my mind
that the half will never be told. If I had not
been there myself and seen tho awful suffering
attd experienced the tortures, I should think,
as many do, that there was a great deal of color
Now. if there is a vacant corner to be found
in your friendly paper, with your consent I
would like to tell a little of my experience in
two of those prisons, viz., Audersonville and
Florence. 1 was captured at Atlanta about the
20th of August, 1S61; was taken to Andorson
ville with a number of Stoncmau's raiders: was
robbed of coat, hat, and all tho little treasures
I had on my person ; was told by my captors
that I would not need my coat and hat, as I
would have good quarters in the prison. One
man took my rubber coat, another traded hats
with me and gave me one of much less value.
Soon another camo and traded also. Thoy kept,
on trading until I was hntless and coatless, and
in this situation was turned into that slaughter
pen at Andorsonvillo. It would bo useleo3 for
me to attempt to describe my feelings as I on
tcred tho gate of that prison and looked upon
the ghastly corpses of some seventy-five prison
ers, naked as when they were bom, bloated
and dirty, many of thorn covered with filth ;
eyes staring wide open, and limbs drawn tip.
This was my first introduction, this wits the
first sight that met nry gazo. I firmly believe,
and shall till my dying day, that my hair rose
on end and the blood curdled in my veins as I
beheld that sight. There crowded around me
living skeletons, with sunken cye3 aud long
matted, tangled hair, dirty and filthy, many of
thorn with not enough clothing to cover their
nakedness. I find that language is too weak to
picture the horrid scene. Had I tho tongue of
an angel I could not do it. None can under
stand what I write only those who witnessed
the same. Those Southern prison hells are in
one respect liko religion. To understand it,
you must have an experience Every survivor
of Audersonville that was there in the fall of
'61 will know whethr I am writing truth or
fiction. As those sickly, starved, and grimy
looking beings crowded around me, so eager to
hear the news from the army, I looked upon
them and grew sick at heart. That scene will
hant mo while I live. For a littlo while only
I gave up in despair, and made up my mind
that I, too, would soon be as one of them. I
beliovo that if ever I offered an earnest prayer
it was at that darkest of all dark hours.
I prayed fervently for grace to sustain mo.
for I Baw no ray of hope or spark of light from
the dreary scene around, and, like one of old,
I can truthfully say God heard aud answe'rfcd
my prayer. Had I at that timo given way to
that awful feeling of despondency that was
creeping over me, like many otbera 1 would
have been carried out and my dust be mingled
with that of thousands of others in South
Georgia. This prison pen being situated in a
pine forest, and having a stockade-wall twenty
feet high, it was impossible to havo any circu
lation of air. Taking this into consideration,
together with the fact that there were 35,000
prisoners there in that enclosure of eighteen
acres of ground, you can have some idea of tho
awful stench that struck me as I entered the
prison. If I had not breathed it for eight
montlis and am still alive I could not beliovo
(knowing what I do about it) that anyone could
breathe it for twenty-four hours and live. 1
was turned into the prison about four p. m., as
near as I can recollect, the 2-ith of August,
lb(il, and was placed in a detachment. I then
had time to think and look around, and wonder
where tho good quarters were that my captors
told mo I would have; so good and comfortable
that I would not need coat or hat. While I
was looking and wondering, my name was
spoken, and looking buhiud mo 1 saw on of
my company boys Charley Heath), who was
captured at Chickamauga. Ilo invited me
home with him. I asked him where he lived,
aud he led tho way to his abode, which was a
hole in the ground. I remained with him as
long as prison life lasted. It seemed they had
just drawn their rations. As ho was ready to
dine, he asked mo if I would share his hospi
tality. His bill of fare consisted of corn-meal
gruel, quite thin and saltless. I tasted thereof,
and came near heaving Jonah. lie remarked
that 1 would come to it before long.
Now, if you will bear with me, T will give
a little of my first night's experience at Auder
sonville, and close for the present, and by your
permission will continuo to give a sketch from
timo to time, as space may bo had in your valu
able paper. After wo had conversed together
in the darkness and gloom of that prison until
the sentinels had called out "tn o'clock and
all is well," Heath said: "I gifsswehad better
retire," and we hot h crawled into tho hole which
ho called his home. Then commenced the bod
ily torture of being eaten up alive. I had been
a soldier for over two years and a half, and
thought 1 knew something about graybacks,
but my pen fails me when I attempt to describe
how they tortured mo that night and all the
following nights of my prison life. Tho whole
pen wits literally alive with crawling vermin.
I lay about thirty minutes, but could stand it
no longer; got up and attempted to walk
around, but the darkness was so intense that I
could not see where I was going: so I had just to
stand and stamp and shake myself for hours, and
each hour seemed an age. I thought morning
would never come. That night seemed longer
than the two and a half years of active soldier
life on tho battle-field. All through those
hours of intense suffering I thought of homo
and loved ones, of wife and sweet babies, won
dering if I should ever see them again. Morn
ing came at last. Weary and exhausted with
the sufferings of the past night, in which 1 had
not slept ono wink, I began to look around me,
and the horrorn that met my gaze that day will
haunt mo while I livo. W. W. Jemjfon,
Co. E, OOtii 111. Vols.
--- -' a. ,. ,. , ..
Whet Physicians Sny.
San Lkandro, Cat..
Dr. It. V. Pierce, Buffalo, N. Y. : Dear Sir
I have employed your " Pleasant Pttrgativo
Pellets" in my practice for the last four years.
I now ttso no other alterative or cathartic
medicines in all chronic derangements of the
stomach, liver, and bowels. I know of nothing
that equals them. J. A. MI LLKR, M. D.
Characteristics of a rich man Tho elegance
of his carriage and the loftiness of his gate.
A NATURAL-BORN FLIRT.
Gladys Floyd's Little Plot; and how
By Emily Lennox."
Pretty Mrs. Floyd vym standing at the gato,
in a marvelous morning-robe. A charming
black-lace fichu was draped acrosi her breast;
her beautiful hair flowed in heavy curls down
to her shoulders ; and she wore the most bo
witching littlo breakfast-cap you ever saw. In
short, sho was a jierfect vision of loveliness.
Sho goenttMl to be all ribbon and lace, aud sho
should have been all smiles, as bhe uxually was.
But then her lieiro lord had just gone off in
high dudgeon ; and she ftood looking down tho
avenue alter him, with a half-rueful counte
nance. Yet what a pretty picture sho mado,
with tho trees and sky for a background.
"How perfectly absurd," she exclaimed. "I
wonder why it is that American husbandrtiire all
so unnecessarily exacting. In Europe the mar
ried women arc the charm of society, and I don't
see that the proprieties suffer in consequence.
But here ono is censured for appearing natural.
One cannot be at case in gentlemen's society,
but must be prudish to the last extreme. The
idea of my having flirted with Kenneth Gray!
Why, I am sure I never dreamed of such a
thing. I hope I havo more regard for my
reputation. Lester ought to know that, too."
Whether Mrs. Floyd v.'us more sinned against
than sinning, in this matter, i3 rather difficult
to decide. To be sure, Lester, who loved ber
after tho manner of few husbands, was some
what prone to bo jealous; but then Mrs. Floyd
had certain little coquettish ways, which,
while very becoming to her beauty, were not
at all conducive to Lester's peace of mind. On
the whole, they were about equally culpablo, if
go strong a word can be used.
In the particular case of Kouncth Gray, Mrs.
Floyd may havo been unusual!; provoking; for
that handsumo young physician had once been
her fiance, and she might have known that Les
ter would eye him with disfavor. But she had
taken no pains to avoid a misunderstanding.
She bad danced with Kenneth Gray at Mrs.
Lathrop's lawn-party; sho had talked to him
on numerous occasions, aud once or twice, when
she had met him on tho street, sho had allowed
him to walk homo with her. But tho crowning
oflenso, in Letter's eyes, had been tho accept
ance of a beautiful basket of flowers from the
To be sure, this was only the payment of a
hot; but Lester argued that a married woman
had no right to make bets with a marriageable
young man ; and in particular, Mrs. Floyd
should not do such a thing with Kenneth Gray.
Now the truth of it was. that as tho rupture
of her engagement with this msu had occurred
under circumstances which lelt her in a rather
disagreeable position, Mrs. Floyd was bout upon
showing him that ho had passed entirely out of
her regard, and that sho could meet him on a fa
miliar footing without the slightest concarn.
But Lester could not appreciate this motive;
hence the stormy scene after breakfast, and Mrd.
Floyd's indignant soliloquy.
"A man who is so unreasonably jealous," she
said, as she stood listlessly at the gate after her
husband's disappearance, "ought to have somo
thing to bo jealou-i about. I think that if Les
ter were made thoroughly miserable about mo
for once in his life, and were to find out that
there was no occasion for it, it might cure him
of this uncomfortable weakness. 1 have thought
of it frequently, and I've half a mind to con
coct a schemo of some sort that would bring it
to pass." ,
Her thoughts were running in this channel,
when she saw Lester's brother, Terenco, coming
up the road. Instantly her faco was wreathed
in smiles, and archly smelling at a flower she
held, sho said, half coquottibhly:
" I am so glad you came Teddy. I am just
briinfull of a project, and I must tell it to
somo ono. I hope you are a safe confidant? "
"Tho best in tho world," was the reply,
thinking, as he said it, how pretty his sistor-in-law
looked. "It is one of my accomplish
ments." " Well but come into tho houso. You know,"
she began, when thoy wore there, and with a
little hesitation, "you know Lester and 1 have
just had a "
"Row? No, I didn't know it. But I might
have supposed as much. That is the conven
tional thing between married peoplo, I beliovo."
Teddy was a bachelor.
" It wasn't a row." Mrs, Floyd explained.
" Bows are vulgar. This wits a difference, a
misunderstanding; but it was very disagreeable
all the same. Lester went off, this morn tug,
terribly angry. Would you believe it, Teddy?
He accused mo of flirting with Kenneth
"Of course I'd believe it," Teddy replied,
promptly. "You are just thoughtless enough,
and Lester is just jealous enough, for you to get
up tho semblance of such a thing between you.
Why, there are times when you are tho very
impersonation of Longfellow's 'She gives a
side glance and looks down.' If I were not
your brother-in-law, I should say to myself:
' Beware,' as Longfellow did. Tho fact is, you
are a natural-born flirt."
Mrs. Floyd pouted, and almost changed her
mind about telling Teddy;' but sho was molli
fied when ho added :
"Of course I know there's nothing in it; it's
only you r way ; it comes from your sympathetic
nature. You and Lester aro ton fond of each
other for you to flirt seriously. But sometimes
people are mado very miserable by what is
really and substantially nothing at all."
"Lester is so terribly jmlous," Mrs. Floyd
said, by way of apology. " But I have made
up my mind to cure him. I think that if I
allowed him to sttpposo there was really occa
sion for jealousy, and ho wore to get pretty
well worked up over something that would
prove a tri lie after all, he would seo tho folly of
" Very likely," Teddy answered.
" It occurred to me that to-day would be a
particular opportunity for carrying out such a
plan. Lester is quite angry with me, and will
be ready to credit anything; so I am going to
make him believe that there is something very
Fcrious between Kenneth Gray and myself. In
fact, I shall leavo a nolo on the bureau where
ho can find it when ho conies homo. It will
tell him that I have eloped with my lover. I
havo written one already. Hero it is."
Mrs. Floyd handed him the note, which was
gotten up to give tho impression of precipitancy
and mental distraction. It read:
"When your eyes fall upon these lines, Les
ter, I shall be beyond your bitter reproaches.
I would not have left you, had you not pursued
mo with your jealous doubts; hut you havo
made my life intolerable, and I shall seek my
happiness in the love of a man who will not
torture me with constant upbiaidiugs.
" Gladys Fr.ovi."
"I trieduot to tell a story," alio observed, as
ho was reading this. " I made my statements
equivocal, you see. I am sure I am seeking my
happiness in tho love of such a man as I have
described, and as I hope Lester will bo after lib
has learned this lesson."
Teddy laughed uproariously.
"So you aro going to leave this on tho bu
reau?" he inquired. "By Jovol I belibvo I
will como homo to dinner with Letter, jt to
see the denouemeut."
'Do." Mrs. Floyd urged. "I shall bide ia
the bay-window behind the pertUn, and shall
listen to every word that' is said."
"What schemers yon are, Gludya yon
women." Teddy observed this an be vw going
away; but Mrs. Floyd only laughed in great
glee over the plot aho had produced.
It was six o'clock when lister came borne to
dinner. Teddy returned with aim, m h bad
said he would. Mrs. Floyd, having discovered
their approach, flew to the bay-window, eon
oealing herself behind the heavy Persian drap
ory that shut off the alcovo from the bed-room.
Teddy lingered in the iibrary, aa was proper.
But Lester, after calling hia wifo in vain, oamo
upstairs to look for her.
Mrs. Floyd had arranged the portiere so ri to
allow herself a littlo peep-hole, and through
this 3ho watched him intently.
He entered the room with an unsuspicious
air, and called her name several timc3. In
passing the bureau, tha noto caught his eyo,
and ho picked it up.
It so happened, that as he 3tood there read
ing it, his back was turned toward the window,
and Mrs. Floyd could not see his face.
But sho saw him reel as though someone had
struck him a deadly blow; sho saw him crush
the note in his lingers; and she beard a low ex
clamation that bttr3t unconsciously from his
lips. Then oh, heavens!
She never know how it was done. It seemed
that this discovery of her supposed elopement,
made at a timo when ho was already deeply
depressed, had driven him to desperation. But
before she had dreamed of such a thing, he
drew a pistol from his pocket, placed it di
rectly over hid heart, and fired.
There was a loud report, a gurgling cry from
Lester's lips, and he fell to tho floor.
The next instant Teddy wa3 in the room. He
had come up stairs three steps at a time, and
found Gladys standing like ono paralyzed; her
face as pale as death, and her eyes wildly di
lated. Lester's pistol had fallen beside him, and at a
glance Teddy grasped the horrible truth.
He sank on his knees at his brother's aide,
and lifted his head.
"Miserable woman," ho cried, in a voico of
horror. " You have murdered your husband."
His words seemed to break the sp?-ll that
bound Gladys. Her hands sank nerveless at her
sides; a moan escaped her pallid lip? ; and with
the bitter cry : " Oh, my God ! " sho sank in
oenible at Teddy's fejt.
When she opened her eyes again, alio was
lying on the bed. There was a dim lisrht in tho
room, and standing by the window the figure
of a man.
Mrs. Floyd raised herself, with a heart on
which the weight of the whole world seemed
resting. The horrible truth flashed upon her
recollection, and pierced her like a thousand
Then, in tho dim light, aho saw tho figure
turn toward her. It was not Teddy, as sho had
supposed ; but oh, merciful heaven it was
A cry of Hgony burst from her lips.
"Oh, my God!" she cried. " Already al
ready ho has come back to haunt me."
In a passion of grief and horror, she buried
her faco in tho pillows: and for a fow momenta
sho was wholly insensible to the light touch
that fell upon her shoulder.
But at tho words that wore whispored in her
ear, she started up wildly.
Lester waa standing beside her; and the
next moment he seated himself on the edge of
" Gladys, my darling," he murmured, " I ajn
not dead. Look at mo."
" You are dead," she cried, passionately. " I
killed you God pity mo. But I did not mean
to I did not mean to."
" Little wife," ho whispered, gently, "touch
me feel my hands let me kiss you. I am
here real, palpable, in the flesh. Yon hear
my voice, and I tell you, Gladys, I am alive."
" You aro dead," sho answered, wildly. " I
know it. I killed you you, my husband, whom,
I loved better than my own life oh, my God !"
" Darling," he said, gathering her up in his
arms, "do you feel my embrace? Do you feel
my kisses? Do you hoar me say I love you?"
" Y'es," she answered, in a dazed way, at last,
putting her hand to her head, " yes, I do."
"Listen to me, Gladys," he continued, turn
ing up the gas brightly. "This tragedy was
all a farce. 1 did not shoot myself, dear. See!
I am not oven wounded ; for, Gladys, the pistol
contained nothing but powder. I was paying
you in your own coin, you see. I knew all the
time that tho note was a deception. Teddy
told me all about it."
Slowly the facts presented themselves to her
understanding, and with a cry of hysterical
joy she flung her arms about Lester, her hus
band, alive and unhurt, aud sobbed wildly.
"Darling," she murmured, brokenly, "for
give me, forgivo me."
" Wo will mutually forgive, little wife," he
answered, tenderly. " Henceforth, I will try
and not be so jealous, and you "
"I will hold your feelings sacred, Lester,"
sho said, solemnly. " If at any time you should
be jealous, it will bo without reason; but, even
then, the mere fact that you are so shall govern
" That is more than enough," he said, sealing
the compiet with a kisd. " I am wholly satis
fied, now and forever."
"And I, too," she answered. " Oh, Lester, I
thought I had lost you."
Her arms were about his neck, aud she clung
to him passionately. Looking into her sweet,
devoted face, Lester Floyd thought and swore
that he would never doubt her aain.
Ho kept his oath right faithfully, too; for
his "never" was moro than a " hardly ever."
But, after all, what a scamp Toddy was for
telling. His excuse now is that it cured
Gladys of even the suspicion of flirting.
"She's as charming as over," he says to him
self, " only not quite so coquettish in manner."
And then he hums to himself:
" Beware, beware." Peterson's.
pew York Graphic
? O'DOKiiTim Itasca's Ojuitlcn.
O'Dottovan Rossa, speaking of tho Great
Gcrmau Remedy to a friend, said : " Mrs. Eossa
has been cured of a very severe attack of neu
ralgia by St. Jacobs Oil, as sho will gladly
tell you, if you call at my residence, S70 Bush
wick avo., Brooklyn, N. Y."
Tko Little ilannaa Feci.
By Robert J. Jhtrdttle.
Like a bar of the tKHiten gold
I gieaiu In the summer' a sun;
T am little, I know, but I think I cau Ihrovr
A man that will weigh a ton. f
1 send out no uballungua bold,
I blow me no vaunting horn,
But foolish is lie who trendeth on me,
lls'H wish he had never been born.
Like tho ilower of tho field vain m&a
Uooth forth at Use break of day,
But when he shall feel my rip on Ida hcol
I.Ike the stubWo he fudelb away;
For I lift him hijh hj in tho air,
'.Villi his hurW here his head ought to be;
"With a iluwn-uoiniiiir criibb he inaketh hit mush,
And I know hu'a elaur youe upon mo.
I urn .'corned by the man who buyt mo;
I am modtiMt and quiet and meek;
Though my talents are few, yet the work that I do
Has oft mndo the cellar-doors creak.
I'm n blood-red Kepublivan bum,
And a Nihilist fearless 1 Ihi;
Though tho bead wear a crown, I would bring Ita
If it tiet iUt proud heel upon mo.
OF THE BEST PAPERS FOR HEARLY
THE PRICE OF
The Rural New-Yorker,
Uis Ort XatUaI ?an aa4 CUrdes "WMklr of
Amrrlc. wjih a C4labratd Frtt 84 nd ?Unt
IHMrl buttons, and
Tlje National Tribute,
ALL ONE YEAR FOR $2.75!!
Send tot free speclraam. Judge for jouhcIth.
34 Park Kov, Xew York.
The KcnAL New-Yokxeh la original from tejtnntnj fc
end, and costs more in Its mtfcp-up than anv tl.r Rural
j'liinml published. It nsnt ; IlliMinitjor.s yearly
from naturi'. Jt is the ftrt u have pwt.it!ftieiS txpert
tueiit U rounds; tin ttrst to tiac distributed vljn".!
?e'i-ani! plai.t free among its sutiribers; ibe iisi to
have en.v.Nd the b-'rt tarm and garden writers in ths
wnrld ; the i.rst to present accurate portraits of fc-n
animals traits, ceroil, and other farm, plants and ec L
whkh are carefully t- s'ed in its Kxperinient f .rerun '.3
and impartially reported, the arat, to comblna ia
Truo Interest of tho Farm, Garden, Orchard,
und Country IIosiic, with the Kdltoriul
i.abur or a Kami Jourmil.
Thus It Is that the Rfral Xf.w-Yorker has jalnd iU
present acknowledged position as the
FIRST Ajrricuttural and Horticultural
Journal of America.
It has Introduced many of ths beat plant in cnI:iT
tion. 'She Rural Xew-Yokker is conducted byrc Jtorv
er.f, (hird'turx. SttxZmen, '-ml Sorti.itUuritU. It Js con
scientious alive, progicrtlvo. Inquire of tlf.? wLo
know. Special department deioied to Women, t! t
Household, Original Farm Stones, blendincr wuu.d prr -tie
and the romance tf country life. Th Cvjd.Vjj
Journal fer Country Metne.
TH0USA3HS OF TESTIXOXIALS FUOH TK3
FIRST XEX IS TMK COUNTRY.
Prof. V. J. Heal, of the Michigan Agricultural Coller.
say: " The Ribaj. is tfae bt parer.'
..,rori.E- yl-'nt-l'-' ne K-u-.-us Agricultural College:
The Rvxal has imrr lUiuence and is more quvteu tuan
al I'te rest put i. zvi.irt."
" My Tjit to your Uitm jre rday w nwnt initru -
tire one, and I do nrt know wher man touia go tu ihls
wintrv to got nre ralimM irifrrmariou un ?- err I
sericulture. I fri that yon are &! a errat ii". ri
worlc. ana ita rf u!:s nm4 tw d v kt benem to fj hL" s
cciintry. I hope vwnr kealU: wHl t,e 4pjrd un;!1 vc 'r
Htfi!et bof- are realtMd in Uu wrt ,-..u havtt soMi
at!inrt Ytir, trulr, J. K t;rlvLL,
'i."n:,ry ot u" American Agricuiiurai AuocUUsa
and tflitr of Its Journal."
ITS PRESENT FREE
to be ent free to thk tubsorlberj of Scth Jtmer Is. la
brief, a? follow?:
Thk Uiant Whkat, the blat.k-bearded Centenutil, fcr
Spring or fall sowing; 74 pounds to the bushel. Tha
larv! grain kciwu.
Tub BtuH 1'otato. A new Intermedial, droagLt
resitiitg variety unsurpassed in quality. In heciig
quuHtlti nnd yfeid.
si-Bix or tue Gkeat Niagara GftArs. The u.ii.j
grape for the million. A larjee amount in preieLtsT.l
tie otlensi for the best seetilmjri. A new era in Beedi
grape culture in which we hope all Natio.val Trjuosil
rur.tlteU will enthnia.ticaHv unite.
i:iE Rvkaj. MrSEn Gakdex Treasdres. A trarA
trait or tA laltea. rhrub, tree, anri'ial sad perer.n.!
plants of the fintwt Itinds and $traiu3. Flftv diuri.t
The i'EHF-BenoK Watzkmslo.h. In quality uneijusled
by any other. Shapely, Early, Heavy, Productive,
Send for Free Specimens and carefully compart thiq
with other farm papers befort selecting for 1&53 and
judge for yourselves.
34 Park How, Xew York.
S CHEAPEST AND BESTIS
JANUARY NUMBER NOW READY.
Great Offers for 1883 1
LARGE INCREASE OF PAGES.
3A supplement will be tfiveu ia every liurebe
lor l:-?:?, cotitaiaiiis a full-ize puttt-ra For n
lady's or chilli's drj. Uery subscriber will
receive, during the year, twelve- of these pat
tern?, worth more, aloae, than the kUbcriptlon
Peteuson'3 JIaoazine la the best and cheapest of
the ladies' books. It gives more for the money, aud com
bines greater merits, than any other. But in IsaS It will
be greatly improved; thougn'a: ready it has tha
KliST STKEL ENOUAYTN'ttS,
IJiisT COLORED FASEIOXS,
BEST miESS PATXEHNS,
BEST ORTGFNAl. STOKIE5,
BEST WOiUt-TA BUS PATTEKXS,
UEsT 31USIC, ETC., ETC.
Its Immense circulation and long-established reputa
tion enable its proprietor to distance ail competition. A.
new feature has recently been introduced in a oerUi of
SPLENDIDLY ILLUSTRATED ARTICLES.
The stories, novelette. c, in " Peterson's" are admit
ted to be the best published. Ail the most pupalar
female writers contribute to it. The superb
COLORED STEEL FASHION PLATES
In "Peterson" are ahead of all others. These plates ara
enenived on steel, twice tub use il size. A!so House
hold und other wipes; articles on Art, Embroidery,
riowur Culture everything interesting to ladies.
TERMS (Always In Advance). 2.00 A VEAR.
23-lTNPARALLnLED OFFERS TO CLUBS-TSS.
GREAT CHOICE IX PREMIUMS
With the unparalleled Steel Engrav
ing, "Christ Before Pilate." ux'.T
inches or a handsome l'Uot.i;rarh, cr
Illustrated Album, for setting up tha
S Copies for J3.50
3 " " $4.50
a fi.a s.- r v ( With an extra copj
4 Conies for .50 I fi,r . , '
o JfS.u lstitiuMiptheCltib.
copy of the Magasins
mm, to me person
(With both an extra copy of the Msg
aziu" for ls.vt, und the large steel a
gruvi'ig, or either .if the Aluiimj, te
tUe person getting up the Club.
Fur L.arjrer Clubs Still Greater Inducements.
CHARLES J. PETJEHSON,
306 CHESTNUT ST., PHILADELPHIA, PA.
Specimens sent gratis. If written for, to get upcluLs wlta.
THE ALBUM WRITER'S. FRIEND,
Containing 300 Choice Gems of Poetry and Proas for
writing lii Autograph Albums, ftl pages, paper covers.
We will send tills book on receiptor 15 cents in stamps.
J. S. OGILVIE & CO., 31 Rose St., Xew Yori.
RMiififnf Rfi? fif Rhp Sfa.
a f fionery, Jsweiry, and Other
a Useful A:1IK6S. ..
C-anui-.? I . u'l i '- !. 1 ;e 1 Irtslde Bt Iline. lnt
ihimautt- oi 'tuin vii cw it Is utt airi&.. t-i-tti. wc .iic tLa
fi.lowln? aaiireolii'a"ff-r: LOHr'reire onIy Twentj
Cvo CeittH tnpo'toj'at ': wetriii seud Tho tlre.ldc at
Home f'r Three .11utiUt, J ' to tver$ tutcrber tet k.H
fiiii, Fret- ami i ml jaiJ, an el .; tat liux of t hie Mntloa,
prr Jewelry, c i!e cou'ruti of -Kit oru a fo.'i
Tiiriit Shi'ts of but f)jlUy Tinted Xta Pnyr , TVs.-.i'a-ptrior
Lu eloms to match ; Ouefc.iaut C'jrniiuit Finytr F.nf,
irilh grtld-pUwd tip aud linnH.-plaw; Un EK-gkul jJifi Jet
Broach, vufT haujavme nbc! f. li.-h; One Fui SUztr-FUitti
TSimWe, of n.l ult;j ; Bvztntr's Mueal C!l t, br t!e 11
ef biufc ny at cm leant v j-uy Uu. ; uuo r oran ta a few
tours; Ti'Htytir. Smi raider y aud Soeill Hor eyns, alt
new w it Lvlir oulious, and a Lr. collection of Vatuu&t (Aoi:
and olUct Hecriis. All the a nte. la a nets an J hai-dnms box,
will be sent Fn-e t3 all Kho teui twi-ntj-Cre oeau far c thrr
months' trial subnptlun to Tun Kikisiij at !t"U- A't Ihe'a
SwWare rrautixi euuloe unit anl-cli In errj rapecl. 7
eSr noobeiipor trashy arucles Tits KtHSstbx vr Ileus U av
lira's and banil'Miite uiajaiin, containing 4b Urge (acs 108 cot
emus, in' I tilling cover, prufmely illustrated, auJ tilled w'.lll
splenitis! ."ia) -tcil tbort Ktrlea y tim biat iuth rs, pinu, cap
ful ku wle'le, ifciii'tica of irate! aud aUmiure, rm-i. tortus
tmid;, frpi, eardci, and hus-!i 1 rev;-, wit and 'icuor eta..
etc. A -: p'.. ui ami elegant furtiiy an.v'u; In n"try reipwrt.
tn.1 gib of ttiJ pu-t Ti..ible si.ti lntrt-'i'n tu hhi-it Villi
vou cot s'tid i5 ctu'.i '.xx 1 $et it tl nss n'u i . i-!itr wi'h sue
beautiful Ks of e iu.mi lUoise-v, JeTt'.rr, ai t at! t!m other use
ful Article dauuul above I Krowiubor, a'.! ihe-te useful j-v ! are
tenfrct jou merely pay f .r the ina.;zl'. Thi grea' tl rl
taada .Imply to Introduce the tuavuiiue 1'ito new boom. Tk
advantage of it note it oncd. VVe guarantee evvry oalrs
roaet (As value of mon-v gnt I If you ." uot lanre than aUs
fisd, wo will cheerfully rufaul tho amount. Jts towrre.ii.l.t:7.
we refer to any puiilMhrr ia Sew York, tlKewle to lb" orrruer
clal Akdc!m, asweitra auolil established house, well BonanX
rellai le. ?io stib.crpttens to the uiugniiae, wMb ate botes ol
th premiums, tor vl M. Thuj, j trotting ur of your frleutle
f,nl.i hyno. vou trill aaeurayiurtusi frr. Addrs,
h 2L J-UlTO.., l'ublUber, ? Ittrk I'luoeicwYorfe,
BETTER THAN CANDY. inTRSU:
ufuinps forn set of Chrotno Cards (tho handsomest and
latest outV and nrlce list of Presses.
' nif.sf!' t. nn .. --.
v.w.v . .., juiuttmorci 30