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tfHE MTIOML THIBWE: WASffflQlftfflt & 0.. THURSDAY, JUNE-25, 1806.
'ht. Gen. Custer, with a letter stating
ihat the country was indebted to her
igollant husband more than to any other
person for the glorious event of that
day. 1 cut a small piece from the truce
of surrender, then pave it to Gen. Cus
ter. . Bis widow informs me that she
has provided in her will that at her
death one-half of the towel is to go to
West Point and the other half to me.
It was through the efforts of Gen. Sims
,io cet possession of this relic that led to
a correspondence between us just after
Gen. Custer's death, which I have for
tunately preserved. I say fortunately,
"because I find that in Gen. Gordon's
lecture and in Gen. Longslreet's book
they both omit all reference to the inler
tjcw with me, and the real, uncondi
tional surrender of Lee's entire army by
the ofiicers then in command of it at 9
o'clock in the morning, in response to a
Semand made through me by Gen. Custer.
In conclusion, let me say that of all
'the battlefields of the war of the rebel-
wn v f il Jago ues
&7 Georges Renafo..
C v 1
J. B. GOEDON.
lion photographed on my brain Appo
mattox was the most magnificent. The
eloping, open fields, glittering for miles
with moving armies, in the sunlight of
that glorious Sunday morning, seemed
designed by nature for the last scene in
a great play of war. And it is my be
lief that the men who met on that field
of .battle were the flower of two of the
finest armies that were ever marshaled
pn the earth.
, Door Pnrlc and Berkeley Special.
Commencing Monday. Juno 15th, the B. & O.
B. B. will place jn scrrico a special fast csprcss
train for the accommodation of those desiring
to visit the Summer Resorts Along the main
lino of tlio road. Tho train will bo equipped
-with Orst-class coaches and Buffet Parlor Car,
find will rnn on the following schedule: Leave
Baltimore 11:40 A. M Washington 12:35 P. M.;
arrive jMartinsburg 2:30 P. M., Hancock 3:07 P.
M., Berkeley Springs. 3:35, Cumberland 4:30 P.
2L, Keyset 5:12 P. M Piedmont 5:25 P.M.,
Deer Park 6:12 P. IT., Monutain Lake Park
6:18 P. M., Oakland 652 P. M., Grafton &00 P.
Cartridges for Cheese and Oranges.
Imagine a party of Spanish eoldiers on an
expedition into the country. They are
gambling about the rations. "One meal a
day a Jitlleliaeon, a handful of white beans,
a scrap of bread. All irom Spain, all of in
ferior quality. The Government has paid
enough Tor pood" food, and plenty of it, God
inows, but the contractors give us only this,
and they are growing rich ont of the -war."
Then they come upon a criollo (i. e., intensely
Cuban) settlement, and the natives, feigning
dietress.nin out to meet them, crying: "Por
the love of God, give us something to eat.
"We are Btarviug." "Kbtliiug for you, doge
of Cubans," is the response, and the disap
pointed soldiers march away. But then the
Cuban bands, hovering in the rear, waiting
for opportunity to strike, come to the same
destitute peasants. "Do they being all pa
triots, though of many colore, lack food?
Will they deign to accept hospitality?"
They are led into a peasant's but, the bed ia
shoved aside, a pit is disclosed that the bed
had hidden, and in thiB pit is a store of
sweet potatoes, and of pork cured in the
smoke of guayabo leaves. That is good food
for the insurgents. The meat thus cured
can scarcely be regarded as a dainty bit, but
it holds its own ; it does not deteriorate for
And meantime the invading column has
probed on to an encampment, where peas
ants come in, offering fruit and new cheeses
' How much for this little cheese?" a hun
gry soldier asks.
"That's too much. rapcal.w
"Wei', nobody is looking. Suppose I say
Another toldier to another countryman:
"How much for an orange?"
"Well, when the officers aren't around,
Sn, more or less on the sly, the exchange
is cflVctcd, and when the peasants withdraw
they have capsulas with which to slay their
That is oneway in which ammunition has
been secured bj the inhurccnls. Ou a larger
itcalc and by force it has been obtained from
time to time.
Hcrtucfid ItateH to Washington.
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Endeavor will hold their Annual Meeting in
Washington, 1). C, July 7 to 13.
Por this occasion the B. & O. E. E. Co. will
nell tickets from all poiuts on it line Eastof
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valid for return passage until July 15, inclusive,
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A gout at Washington.
Ticket will also he on sale at stations of all
Delegatus should not lose sight of tho fact
hat all JJ. &. O. trains run via Washington.
WIimi the Joko Wr on Kill ye.
Au English paper tells a story about Bill
Kyc and a little boy on a Staten Island
Jerry-boat, who got chocolates out of an
automatic machine by blowing down the
slot, as often as any stranger came along, and
thon oUVrcd to bet them 50 cents that they
could not do ihe name.
Nye took the bet, and after puffing for a
quarter of an hour, paid up, and offered to
make it a dollar if the boy would tell him
bow he managed it.
41 Why," said the boy, " it's as easy as
possible; you just put a nickle in your
Odds and JHuds.
Servant Please, sir, don't yon think I
iad hcttcr go for ihe Doctor j Master Johnny
ays he feels so bad ?
The Governor O, that's nothing; he's
felt bad before this, hasn't he, and got over
Servant Yes, sirj but not on a half
I was on my way to the village, toiling up
the old, paved road on a slope known for
miles around as the stillest climb in the
As I stopped to take breath, old Sauvage,
the owner of tho "Kising Sun," an inn most
discreetly perched at the top of its thirsty
summit, came up behind me and accosted
me with a cordial "Good day ! " We went
on together, glad of each other's company,
and at last arrived at the very steepest part
of the way, a sheer incline abutting on a ra
vine, at tho bottom of which flowed tho
river; aud bordered by a green hedge, the
only protection ajraiost a fall over its Bide.
Right in the very middle of this hedge was
a gieat gap, which seemed as though some
massive weight had crashed through it.
"Has there been an accident hero?" I
asked my companion.
"Better than that," was his answer.
" That hedge wears still tho scars of war,
like a disabled warrior. A terrible thing
"Tell me about it," I begged; and, as we
advanced slowly under tho burning sun he
"It was the 17th of December, in the year
of misfortune, 1S70, a date I have good rea
son for remembering.
"On the afternoon of the day before a
troop ef German soldiers had arrived among
us. .No one thought much about it at first;
we had grown accustomed to such visits by
them, for our village is on the road to Ger
many, and for the last three months, heaven
knows we had 6een nothing but Prussians
and Bavarians, uhlans" and artillerymen,
cuirassiers and foot soldiers passing through
a never-ending stream.
"This time it was only an infantry battal
ion. It halted up there in front of our pluce
by the church. But evidently something
extraordinary had happened.
"Tho Buldiers stood at attention; their
officers were in a group, gesticulating, shout
ing, swearing. I could hear them at it from
the house. The Commandant vras the most
furious of all.
" While he was raging up and down a
Captain pointed out to him the house oppo
site to ours. And at onoe ho seemed over
joyed; he called out some order in his lingo;
four men came outof the ranks,and followed
by them and the Captain he marched forth
with to the house pointed out to him, looked
at its signboard, and read aloud: 'Jacques
Brulefert, engine and machinery mender; '
then he opened the door and entered with
" I wondered what the Prussians could be
wanting with Jacques, and said to myself:
'Look out for squalls! ' for I must tell you
Jacques hated the Prussian?, and he was n
hot-beaded fellow. He had served -with the
army in Africa, and though now ho was well
past 40 he was agile as -a cat and dextrous
as a monkey.
"So I eaid to myself, when I paw the two
Prussian ofiicers going in to friend Jacques:
PThere'll be a row, I warrant,' And I
wasn't far out, as you'll see.
" They had hardly been inside for three
minutes when I heard a great uproar of
doors banging and shouting. Then out
came the Commandant, as red as a cock's
comb, and shouted out some rigmarole to the
four men who had stayed outside; they
rushed into the workshop, and I knew that
they mnst have had orders to fetch out
"I saw a man suddenly leap, out of the
loft and run for dear life along tjie road. It
was Jacques, and he went like a runaway
horse; but a few minutes after a Prussinu
showed his ngly face at the very window
Jacques had jumped out through.
" He didn't jump out (it was too far from
the ground for that), but he rushed down
the staircase with his men, called up the
others, and set them like dogs on the track
of the runner. Ah, so he did but there
was no Jacques to be seen! Every trace of
him had disappeared !
Everyone knew already -what had hap
pened. My wife had been up to Jacque's
bouse to eee what had been done, and she
has a tongue of her own, you know, a regular
"It seems that the Commandant had
wanted Jacques to go with him at once,
without a moment's notice. He wanted
him to repair a great steam-engine he was
escorting with bis battalion, and that he had
had to leave behiud a mile back. The night
before the engineer had been killed as they
came through a wood by a fraactircur, and
he wanted fcoineone to replace him in bring
ing along the machine which was htuck
there. The machine was dragging along a
great cannon destined for the bombardment
"He had come to the wrong shop this
time. Jacques got white as a sheet, and
said: 'Supposing 1 won't do anything of the
kind?7 The Commandant told him, with a
aneer, ' Then you'll be forced to,' for bespoke
Fiench like a schoolmaster, the great lankv
lout. Jacques, with one bound, skipped J
through the door behind him aud, once out .
oi sigul, got away as I told you.
"A few minutes after the Commandant
announced to the Mayor that he would now
spend the night in the village; and soon wo
each had our share of Prussians to lodge.
"Up at the inn, of course, we had the
Commandant and two Captains to provide
for gratis, and didn't feel particularly flat
tetcd by the honor. The Commandant was
striding up and down, and looking very
furious. Suddenly I s.nv him stop aud rub
his hands. 'A bad sign,' thinks I. And,
sure enough, he call3 his men and talk3
away to them, poiuting every now and then
to Jacques's bouse.
" I didn't know yet what he was up to,
but I hadn't long to wait. Outside in the
street we hear a noise, loud laughs, and the
cries of a woman and a child ; then our door
is pushed roughly open, and a woman is
just thrown into the room by four great
ruffians, who push aud drag aud hustle her
"She struggled until she was in such a
dishevelled state you wouldn't have known
her, screamed insult alter insult at the Com
mandant. "He cared no more than if ho had been a
log, but said quietly, Come, come, behave
yourself! You shall be set free when your
husband returns. If he doesn't come back
so much the worse for you. You will be
our prisoner aud will have to come with us.'
"I was serving at the bar when Jean La
croix, the mason, came in. He made a sign,
and I pretended that I had to go down to
tho cellar, and went into tho kitchen with
" 'I've seen Jacques' he said Eoftly.
"' Quite close. He has hidden under the
road. I found him crouched up in the little
tunnel that takes off the rain water in bad
weather. He wanta nnnili!nir tn cnm
sort of wrap, and a little money, then he is
Children Cry for Pitcher's Castoria.
going off to his uncle Francois who lives
three leagues off. What am I to do?'
" I told him the Prussians had arrested
his wife aud meant to lako her off with them,
aud that she was up there iu the dining-
room, aud that we mustsomehow let Jacques
know. Then I thought of the boy, who was
bold enough for anything; he could creep
along and hide himself in tho ditches more
easily than a man.
"'He can't be far away,' I said to Jean
Lncroix. We must find him and send him.'
" It Fcemed tho best thing to do, sir, aud
yet I have often thought, since then, that
without meaning to, I was doing just what
that old wretch of a Commandaut wanted;
he t hough t he would get at the father through
"The Prussians had done their dinner,
and were smoking like a faclory chimney.
But on the stroke of 7 Jacques's wife mi up
straight, and gave a loud cry. Her husband
and her little hoy were being brought in hy
"When tho Commandant said, with a
"'I knew wo should catch you, myfino
fellow,' he replied, looking straight into his
'"I was not caught at all. I knew that
you had arrested my wife, and that she
would be set free if I camo hack ; so hero I
am. But all the same, you ha?e acted liko
" The Commandant grew quite white, then
quite red, as if he were nearly choking; his
hand felt his sword, and I thought he was
going to fall upon Jacques, who stood before
him with folded arms. Ah! if they had not
had need of Jacques Brulofert and his skill
the poor fellow would have hnd a bad time
of il. At last, when the Commandant could
control himself snflicicntly to speak, ho said:
'"You are going to sleep here, yon dog of
a Frenchman. Your tools will bo brought
to you, aud lo-morrow off you go with us.
The least attempt to get away and you'll be
shot at once.'
"Jacques did not flinch, ne sat down
quietly at a table in the corner, while four
great Germans settled themselves at the
next table with their guns charged and
" The next day at dawn a whole company
stood at attention in front of our door, sent
to fetch away Jacques. He chaffed and
joked his four guardians, who would not let
him out of their night for a single moment,
but seemed afraid that he might vanislf up
About 8 o'clock ms wife aud the child
came to see him. The poor woman was cry
ing so that she was pitiful to 6ee.
"'LiBtcn, Catherine, he said; 'you must
promise me to leave- the village at once and
go to Uncle Francois. You see, J. mean to
try and escape on the way. But if you arc
still here they will arrest you again to get
"He kissed her affectionately, almost
cheerfully, toinspirit her a little, and pushed
her toward the door. The boy strayed lie
hind sobbing, naturally enough. But
Jacques caught him between his knees and
"'Litlle man, you must be bravo, nnd not
cry; those cads are only too pleased if they
see you cry. Think that I am going off to
ihe war, and shall be coming back again.
If, by chance, though, things go badly with
me, and I never come back any more, you
must love your mother, my boy. You must
love her for two.'
"The Commandant had jnsfc come out
from his room, and he was no sooner down
stairs than ho gave the word, 'March!'
Jacques took his box and followed him out
"The column began to march. Jacques,
who was placed in the middle, walking
along quite gayly, called out to us:
"'iBhall see you again soon! You'll he
having news of mo before long.'
"But I knew my man, aud could have
sworn he had in his head some trick to play
them and their machine.
"The place where the PruBsiaus had left
it was not half a league away, upon tho
plateau above us; and, faith, we were curious
to see this engine which had come from so
"Soon, in the middle of the road, we saw
a great black object, guarded by a little de
tachment that had to camp dllt around it.
It was that brute of a machine; a traction
engine it was called, I think; and behind,
on two great earls, themselves a mass of
iron, was the gun and the carriage.
" ' Ah,' we said to each other, ' what a pity
Jacques got taken prisoner! If only ho
could damage its inside a litlle so that it
couldn't be got to move! '
"Butuothingof the sort; hejust.gavo a
look to its works, and in a few minutes had
put everything right, for be was a rare
workman, I can tell you. Then, while they
were getting up steam, we heard him giving
a heap of explanations to the Commandant.
"The old man was afraid of the incline it
had to descend. But Jacques reassured him :
he understood quite well how to manage it;
he would slow dowu at the entrance to tho
village; he would put on the brake; he
would shut off the steam; if necessary, he
would reverse the engines.
iucvuiHumuuiiui, uunGter, uiu iiol yci
feel quite safe about him. At the moment
of starting he called a Lieutenant, and said
something that I could not understand,
though 1 heard him plainly. Tho Lieu
tenant answered: 'Ja, Commandant. Jn,
Commandant.' Then I saw him lake a re
volver from his belt, and climb up on to tho
locomotive by Jacques.
"For greater security tho Commandant
had a double file of men posted alongside
to the right .and left of the machine; then
he himself went to the head of the column,
calling out first something in German, and
then iu French for Jacques: 'Forward
"The machine panted and snorted and
tugged with all its might; the cannon
jerked off with n clash of iron, and between
the two rows of soldiers who accompanied it
it all proceeded slowly along the level high
way. "We had run on to tho village to an
nounce the approach of the wonderful ma
chine, and all our folk, men, women, and
children, were out in the road to see it pass
by. Soon were heard cries of ' It is coming!
It is comiiig!' and there it appeared, clearly
outlined against the sky, all black and
"At that moment the Commandant, who
was prancing along ou horseback, turned
around to Jacques, and called out: 'Atten
tion!' "Don't be alarmed,' sings out Jacques;
I'm going to pnt the brake on.'
"Ah, sir, if I live to be 100, 1 shall never
forget what bnpponed then; no, nor will
anyone who was there, aud snw it all. Then
I understood why Jacques had sent off his
wife and the little one. Such a sight would
have driveu them crazy.
"Instead of lowijag down, h put on all
possible speed, jumped at tho Lieutenant,
twisted his arms, sb'thht the revolver fell
out of his hands, nnd kept him fastened to
the spot, shouting vMl "the time, 'Vivo la
France!' " '
"And the machineflegan to rnh on down,
leaping over the paving stones; nnd the gun
rushed after it, gunjoirijugoand all, making
a very deuce of ;i nyise. ,
"The machine sped straight on, liko a
flash of lightning, j Jncfjues, clinging to his
Prussian, lookd a Regular demon. Onco
more we heard hinj spout, ' Yive la France! '
"Then, at tho turn. of the road, in a singlo
bound through thq hedge, everything rolled
over into the raviup below. Jtwasau awful
crash. And then jmincdiately there canio a
great silence. No quo could speak; the
women covered their heads with their
aprons; "we felt sick at heart.
" Well, lo cut a long story short, the Prus
sians were more than six weeks over fishing
1 up their big gun. When at last it was all
got up out of the debris, it was too late to ho
of any use in the bombardmeut the siege of
Paris was raised.
" Good old Jacques ! That was what he
had wished. And to think that wo could
nover even give him a hero's funeral.
"lie had been so completely crushed that
nothing of him was fouud bnta t'&w mangled
scraps of flesh some days alter one couldn't
even tell if they belonged to him or the
Prussian. Wo put a little headstono over
the grave, with the inscription, 'Died for his
cou titty,' under his ntuno, thcu the dale, aud
that was all.
"The wife is dead, tho housosold, the boy
has gone for a soldier now he is a Sergeant
in the line, nnd the Prussians will catch it.
pretty hot if ever he has a chance of getting
at them. But he doc3n'fc very often get
back to his old home, and with the excep
tion of himself nnd a Tew old folk liko nic,'
who will remember Jacques Brulefert?
"And now, sir, I've been talking long
enough. I must got to my work. Your
health, sir! "
"Ala sante de la France, pere Sauvage,
and the memory of Jacques Brulefert, I
promiso you to writo his story. Strand
(Continued from lirst page.)
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SAVED A COMRADE'S LIFE.
Ir. IJ. F. Stovonsi.n IIus tlio Satisfaction or
Having Dono a Noble Deed.
Editok Nation ai. Tkiiiun'k: Herewith
I send you two letters addressed to mo hy
two members of the lGth Ohio. I was Sur
geon to tho 22d Ky., which was brigaded
with the lGth and 42d hio and 54th Ind.
After the surrender of Vicksburg and the
abandonment of Jackson, the brigade was
detached from the Army of the Tennessee
and ordered to tho Dapnrtmcnt of the Gulf,
then under command of Gen. N. P. Banks.
Early in October,' 1863; Gen. Banks's forces
started up the Teche. a will leave it for the
letters addressed to me to detail tho events
as they happened.i Comrade W. IJ. Lcidleigh
gives a correct statement of the affair as I
remember it. I Iknow' that I surrendered
my herse to himr, and that I walked into
camp, some four or live miles. I thought I
was only doing ail ordinary act of humanity
and of duty to a comrade. The transaction
brings to view tho bond of union between
soldiers, the patriotic ilovo of "liberty and
Union, one and .inseparable, now and for
ever." B. F. Stetknson, South Norwood, O.
W. IT. Leidleigh.ofTilla Ridge, 111., says:
"I was most pleasantly surprised upon tho
receipt by mail of your book " Letters from
the Army." It was ipdecd a surprise, for I
was not aware there was such a Work in ex
istence. Richard M.' Johnson aud I are the
only members of the old Do Courcey Bri
gade iu this part of the country.
"When encamped at Berwick, La,, just
before starting toward Opelousiw, La., there
were quite a number of us who wero suffer
ing, as I remember, with a kind of swamp
fever, and before starting wore examined,
and some not being considered fit for that
kind of duty, were ordered hack to the hos
pital at New Orleans. I was opposed to
going back, and by the aid of the commander
of our company, at that time Lieut. IT. S.
Wood, 1 managed to' go on the march. My
recollection is that the 10th was iu front on
that day, and the 22d in the rear of the line
of march of the brigade, but am not sure on
that point. At any rate, I managed to keep
up with the command pretty well until
about the middle of the day, when I did
what I had never done before or afterward
while in the service, I simply had to give it
up, and lay down under the shade of a largo
tree near a sugar-house.
"Most of tho troops had passed by me, and
it seejned (he ambulance hnd gone on by.
Finally you came along aud found me lying
there and gave me eomc medicine, and got
me up onto your horse and I rode it into
camp that evening, and my recollection is
that you walked moat, if not all, the way
into the camp that hot afternoon.
"I had got some little distance from tho
roadway, and there was a fence that rather
hid me from view, which I suppose is the
reason that most of the troops passed with
out notice, nnd had you not lmppened to
fl'nd me, I expect I would have fallen into
tuo Hands of the rebels. Just at that time
I was in a condition lo care but little what
befell me; but many times when 1 look at
our five large, robust, hearty boys and three
iiue, grown daughters, I think had it not
been tor Dr. Stevenson they might not have
been here; so you need not wonder that it
is with feelings overflowing with gratitude
that I write you."
The other letter is from Enos Pierson,
Wooster, who informs Dr. Stevenson that
the man he had inquired of him about was
Comrade Leidleigh, and speaks of tho lat-
ter's gratitude for Dr. Stevenson's act.
Arthur You ought to know better than
to give money to I hat tramp. He will go
immediately now, and ppeud it for a drink.
Madge Oh, but, A'rthur, ho dfdn't want
it for a drink, die told me expressly that
ho needed it to buy stamps to put on a
manuscript that ho is going to Bend to tho
, . t .
She "Viim Privileged.
City Man (spending tho day in distant
suburb) Didn't it ever strike you that
your servant is impertinently inquisitive?
Subberbs My dear fellow, it's only tho
way of a privilegdd old family retainer.
Why, would you believo it, that girl has
been with us over .sixwecks!
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H H j
You should purify, onrich and vitalize your
blood to avoid the debilitating effects of hot
weuthor. I'uro blood Js tho safeguard of hoalth.
la the heatIn fact tho One True Blood Purlflor.
uro tlio only Fills to tnlco
with Hood's Sftrsftp&rlllft,
A liKAI. KSTATE IXVCSTMKXT.
000. I then made a contract with tho
builders, Keyser & Brown, to erect n
three-story brick building", with finished
basement, for about 850,000. This
made SS2.000 instead of $50,000, but J
thoiiffht ilr. Lucas could stand it and
would approve, which lie did, though it
resulted in a loss to .him. After the
civil war he told me he hnd sold the
building for 8-10,000, about half its cost,
but luckily gold was then 250, so that
lie could use the 840,000 gold as the
equivalent of 8100,000 currency. The
building was erected ; I gave it
my personal supervision, and it wa3
strongly and thoroughly builj-for I
saw it two years ago, when several
earthquakes had made no impression
on it; still, the choice of site was unfor
tunate, for the city drifted in the oppos
ite direction ; viz., toward Market street.
I then thought that all the heavy busi
ness would remain toward the foot of
Broadway and Jackson street, because
there were the deepest water and best
wharves, but in this I made a mistake.
Nevertheless, in the Spring of 1854, the
new bank was finished, and we removed
to it, paying rents thereafter to our Mr.
Lucas instead of to Adams & Co. A
man named Wright, during the same
season, built a still finer building just
across the street from U3 ; Fiochc, i5ay
erque & Co. were already established on
another corner of Jackson street, and the
new Metropolitan Theater was in pro
gress diagonally opposite us. During
the whole of 1854 our business steadily
grew, our average deposits going up to
half a million, and our sales of exchange
and consequent shipment of bullion
averaging 8200,000 per steamer. I
signed all bills of exchange, and insisted
on Nisbet consulting me on loans" and
discounts. Spite of every caution, how
ever, we lost occasionally by bad loans,
and worse by the steady depreciation of
real estate. The city of San Francisco
was then extending her streets, sewering
them, and planking them with three-
inch lumber. In payment for the lum
ber and the work of contractors, the city
authorities paid scrip in even sums of
8100, 8500, 81,000, and $5,000. These
formed a favorite collateral for loans at
from 50 to 60 cents on the dollar, and
no one doubted their ultimate value,
either by redemption or by being con
verted into city bonds. '
The notes also of H. Meiggs, Neeley
lliompson & Co., eta, lumber-dealers,
were favorite notes, for they paid their
interest promptly and lodged large mar
gins of these street-improvement warrants
a3 collateral. At that time Meiggs wa3
a prominent man, lived in style in a
large house on Broadway, was a member
of the City Council, and owned large
saw-mills up the coast about Mendocino.
In him Nisbet had unbounded faith, but,
for some reason, Ifeared or mistrusted him,
and remember that I cautioned Nisbet
not to extend his credit, but to gradually
contract his loans. On looking over our
bills receivable, then about 8600,000, 1
found Meiggs, as principal or indoEer,
owed us about 880,000 all, however,
secured by city warrants; still, he kept
bank accounts elsewheie, and wa3 gen
erally a borrower. I instructed Nisbet
to insist on his reducing his line as the
notes matured, and, as ho found it in
delicate to speak to Meiggs, I instructed
him to refer him to me; accordingly,
when, on the next steamer-day, Meiggs
appeared at the counter for a draft on
"Til ! 1 1 T i i Ann nnn f 1
i'liuaueipma, oi auout szu.uuu, lor wmen
he ofTered his note and collateral, he was
referred to me, and I explained to him
that our draft was the same as money ;
that he could have it for cash, but that
we were already in advance to him some
$75,000 or 880,000, and that instead of
increasing the amount I must insist on
its reduction. He inquired if I mis
trusted his ability, etc. I explained cer
tainly not, but that our dtity was to assist
those who did all their business with us,
and, as our means were necessarily lim
ited, I must restrict him to some rea
sonable sum, say, 825,000. Meiggs
invited me to go with him to a rich
mercantile house on Clay street, whose
partners belonged in Hamburg, and
there, in the presence of the principals
of the house, he demonstrated, as clearly
as a proposition jn mathematics, that his
business at Mendocino was based on cal
culations that could not fail. The bill
of exchange which he wanted, he said
would make the last payment on a pro
peller already built in Philadephia,
which "would bo sent lo San Francisco,
to tow into and out of port the schooners
aud brigs that wero bringing his lumber
down the coast. I admitted all he said,
but renewed my determination to limit
his credit to 825,000. The Hamburg
firm then agreed to accept for him the
payment of all his debts to us, except
the 825,000, payable in equal parts for
the next three steamer-days. Accord
ingly, Meiggs went back with me to our
bank, wrote his note for 825,000, and
secured it by mortgage on real estate
and city warrants, and substituted the
three acceptances of the Hamburg firm
for the overplus. I surrendered to him all
his former notes, except one for which
he was indorser. The three acceptances
duly matured and were paid ; one morn
ing Meiggs smd family were missing, and
it was discovered they had embarked in
a sailing-vessel for South America. This
was the boginning of a series of failures
in San Francisco that extended through
the next two years. As soon as it was
known that Meiggs had fled, the town
was full of rumors, and everybody was
running to and fro to secure his money.
His debts amounted to nearly a million
dollars. The Hamburg house, which
had been humbugged, were heavy losers
and failed, I think. I took possession of
Meiggs's dwelling-house and other prop
erty for which I held his mortgage, and
in the city warrants thought I had an
overplus; but it transpired that Meiggs,
being in the City Council, had issued
various quantities of street scrip, which
was adjudged a forgery, though, beyond
doubt, moit of it, if not all, was properly
signed, but fraudulently issued. On this
city scrip our bank must have lost about
810,000. Meigg3 subsequently turned
up in Chile, where again he rose to wealth
and has paid much of his Sun Francisco
debts, but none to us. He is now in
Peru, living like a prince. With Meiggs
fell all the lumber-dealers, and many per
sons dealing in city scrip. Compared with
others, our loss was a trifle. In a short
time things in San Francisco resumed
their wonted course, and we generally
laughed at the cscaj ade of Meiggs and
the cursing of his del tided .creditors.
Shortly after our arrival in San Fran
cisco, I rented of a Mr. Marryat, son of
the English Capt. Marryat, the author, a
small frame house on Stockton street
near Green, buying of him his furniture,
and we removed to it about Dec. 1, 1853.
Close by, around on Green street, a man
named Dicker was building two small
brick houses, on ground which he had
leased of Nicholson. I bought one of these
houses, subject to the ground-rent, and
moved into it as soon as finished. Lieut.
T. H. Stevens, of the United States Navy,
with hi3 family, rented the other. We
lived in this house throughout the year
13o4, and up to April 17, 1855.
LTo be continued.!
A Veteran TotU What It Seems I.lko
Youth's Companion. t
An old soldiar, who hnd seen service for
many a year in the Crimea, India, China,
Africa and Eypt, was asked one day in a
London club whether he remembered the
first time he was under fire.
" Certainly," he replied. " No soldier ever
forgets that experience.
"Did you feel like a hero at the time?"
"2no, indeed. It was in one of the great
battles of tho Crimea. I was a young offi
cer who had run out of the military school
ahead of time to fill a vacancy. I had hardly
been in camp a week before the regiment
wa3 ordered to chargo a Russian battery,
which was posted in a commanding position.
"We went forward on the gallop through a
dense cloud of smoke, swooped down on
the battery, sabered tho artillerymen, and
captured the gnn5. "We lost many of our
men, but it was a very brilliant charge.
Yet there was at least oue hussar who ac
knowledged himself to he a coward from
beginning to end."
''Then yon wereterribly frightened by
your first battle?"
"Yes; that is the Irnth. I went ahead
With the others, but I wa3 trembling with
fear xnd excitement. I Bhut my eyes and
made no attempt to guide my horse. I
thought of my good mother at home, nnd
woniered how I had ever been so foolish
aa to think of the army, -when there -were
comfortable professions, like the ministry
and the law, which I might have followed.
"Tho charge occupied ouly a few min
utes, but it seemed an endless time before
we were behind those murderous guns and
had the cannoneers at oar mercy. I was
among me lirst to be with them, and I
svraggered -with my saber, while the florae
rode down and killed a gnuner. But my
heart was like a ball of ice. A gTeater cow
ard never scrambled over an iutrenchment.
All tho time I was repeating texts from
the Bible and sentences from the Lord's
Prayer, and wishing myself thousands of
The veternn laughed heartily over his
reminiscences of tho But battle.
"The funniest part of it," he added, "wa3
that they considered it a great exploit, and
insisted upon giving me a medal for mv
heroic and courageous conduct, when I was
a white-faced, mean-spirited coward from
first to last, and my horse did all the fight
ing for me, trampling tho gunner under
Probably the veteran exaggerated his boy
ish trepidation and panic. He could have
afforded to do so, for he was a seasoned sol
dier whose courage, and even recklessness,
were well known; but he was not far from
the truth when he declared that no soldier
ever felt like a hero when he was first under
i - - . . m, ,
The London Daily 2fail publishes a dispatch
from Madrid sayinp that tho Spanish Govern
ment feels great uneasiness ou account of tlio
platform adopted by the St. Louis Convention,
nnd 19 purchasing ironclads at exorbitant prices,
fearing a conflict with tho United States over
Correctly Iteportcd. 4
"Mikc,"snid the Superhilcndnt, "thcra
is a dead dog reported in the alley botween
Illinois and Meridian streets. I waub you
to look after its dfapostion.'"
An hour later the iulalligant ofBear tele
"I havo inquired about the dog, and fiad
that he had a very snvnve disposition."
2?CW3 comes from Georgetown, British
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River, within tho territory claimnd by Great
Britain. Work by tho parly was stopped on
Jnne 35, and later, on advico3 from Cnrnca", the
Venoznolun troops took Harrison to tho Vene
zuelan stntJon opposite Urnan. Tho risjht to
arrest foroucuors on tho loft bank ef tho Ctiynni
Rivor Is claimed by the Venezuelan Govern
ment. Tho Kritkh colony In British Gniana
demands that Groat Britain taka immediate
action. London pflpors say reparation mast ba
demanded at once.
Sir Ann3tns Harris, tho wolt known actor
and theatrical manager, diod in London, Monday.
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