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EDGEFIELD, S. C., MARCH 18, 1863.
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VOLUME XXVI1I.--RO. ll
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BY MISS CLARA V. DARGAN.
Fast Day.
Friday, thc 27tb, is appointed by our Chief
Magistrate as a day of fasting, humiliation,
and prayer. It has been frequently proposed
that certain hours of certain days he set apart
for special prayer bv tho Women of the South
in behalf of our suffering land. We believe
-tve, we lenoir-that these periuds have bc:n
scarcely observed by some, at least, if not by
all : and none can deny the efficacy of "faith
ful prayer.*1 On this day therefore, Friday,
the 27th of March, at three o'clock in the air
ternoon, will not the Mothers, Sisters, and
Daughters of this Confederacy unite ia earn
est petitions for a speedy nail honorable peace, j
! rod will be with us.
u If two of you shall agree on earth as j
touching anything that they shall ask, it shall j
be ?one for them of my Father in Heaven."
" The Substitute.?*
The reader wili be involuntarily attracted
to this striking poem, which we copy, from
the Richmond II! i struted News, hs subject
is one o? those instances of grand bero'stn
which tell us that man is not yet altogether
lost to the god-like attribute of his original
nature. Pei haps no incident of the war has
challenged the poet's genius, having so high
a grade of moral beauly in its toni ensemble :
And, for one, we are satisfied with the dasie
purity and dignity with which Mr. IIAY.VK
has committed it to verse, and, we may add.
to immortality.
The lirace?e?.
A STORY FOR THE CHILDREN.
Uv CLARA V. DARGAN.
''Uh. Mamma, Annie Lyman is going to j
Rive a party: Grace and Marv Fuller, and '?
Lizzie Truman and Bessie and ull the girls ,
tue going. On, Mamma,,mayn't ? go?"
H Always in a glee. See, how your cheeks i
glow, and your curls am all tossed ! Be gea- i
tier, my child.'"
" Hut, Mamma, how can I be gentle wLoa
I'm talking , about the party. Please say 1
ninv ?rr. ! ?tl] "my ttrarr^t Matnrro, fayre?. !" h
The little .?peaker threw her plump white
anns around ber mothers neck, and kissed I
h.*r vigorously. Mts. Merton smiled.
" Oh, Maysie, von are a sad leazer ! A nd :
Vt hy do you wish logo to Annie Lyman's'
p :rty'.' 1 thought you did liol ?ike her."
'.oh, that was Song ago. She us.? t?> !>..
proud and not notice us girls at school ; but j
si e bas ?rown quite pleasant now. /'" !av
yrs !''
lt was not tue mother's rub- ti) refuse con
Bent unless justified by some good reason ; au
after settling the preliminaries, and finding
that the party would not interfere with school- j
dutiesbeingonFriday night, tin-little girl was
sent away to see if Polly had "done up" thc
pretty white swi-s ber Grandmamma sent
her for the last May parly.
Thc importan! evening arrived, and May
Merton stood before the great cheval glass in
her mother's dressing room viewing ber grace- j
ful little figure. The folds of muslin fell like ?
tie? ry clouds from the slender waist clasped
by a blue silk zone: a wreath of rosebuds 1
confined the wayward curls ; and then her
fairy feet, with their tiny slippers, and the j
amber necklace-Cousin Fannie's Christmas j
gift-which lay upon her fair throat as some- \
body has said '' like sunset upon snow"- ?
you may be sure it was a pretty picture. But '
. the little lady wr.s not quite satisfied.
In a velvet-lined casket beside ber mothers
jewell case lay a bracelet which May bad of
ten covetted. It was very delicately plaited'
of her dead father's hair ; and tho' destined j
as a gift to her only child, Mrs. Merton very
properly fjrbadc her to wear it till she was
old enough to appreciate its value, and take
due care of what was so precious.
" I wish I could wear it to-night," May
murmured to herself ; "None of the girls
have bracelets except Annie, and they would
admire it so much. I am MHO 1 shouid not
hurt it this one night.''
Sb"! turned lound. The dressing-case was
open, and the casket iu it The maid Lad
inst gone up stairs together cloak for she
was lo walk with ber little mistress as tl
night was clear ; and no one was near, it was
a great temptation.
" 1'wonder why Mamma always refuses to
let me wear it. Annie Lyman wears a gold
one with rubic-s in it, ard she is no older than
J am. Any how it would be no barm to fry
it on."
Thus soliloquising she moved towards the
bu-eau, and lifted the li I of the casket with
a trembling hand. There it lay with ?is
richly-chajed cl.isp gleaming in the gas-light.
It was a decidive moment. Oh, children, >,t
such a l ine as this, when you feel tuc pow
erful ?Vm|t r in yt ur heart and bear him
whisper, '*Do!'' think of thc blessed Savior
in thc wilderness when all tue powers of earth
and hell combined to lure bim from bis Fath
er ; think oi your guardian nriL'el who flut
ters lils bright wings above yon. und is ever
near lo guard tho1 you cannot see him ; think
of th'rie things, and clasping your little bauds
pray cai neatly " God IK lp me."
May stood quite still for a moment, aud
I then-tho Tempter conquered ! She too'
bracelet from its velvet bad, and clasp
on her fair, round arm. Just then a
t was heard on the stairs, and hastily shu
! the box, rhe little girl caught up her cl
i and met Ellen as she opened the c
; " Your Mamma wishes you to wear this,
j Muy,"' said the maid, holding a beautifu
J mine mantle ; "She says it may be
when we are coming linnie, and she cai
I send thc carriage for you as one of the he
is lame.'' ' .
And herc was the second temptation. '
could not drop her cloak for fear Ellen wi
see the bracelet ; but wear the ermine n
tie she must. Deception comes easily,
there was but one way.
" Ellen," she said, "I wish wry raui
ha d boquet of some kind. Can you not
me one ?"
" There are some beautiful roses in the j
den, aud that bush of-what-ever-you-ca
-all white blossoms, you know, is bloom
but your Mamma tobi you not to pull tb
without her leave."
" Oh," returned May, " she will not ca
I can explain it. Ruu down quickly, Ell
and get me a pretty bunch-that's a ge
girl."
Away went the maid, always read}' to
her little misticss' bidding; and May hast
threw aside her cloak, and wrapped the
mine mantle around her pretty white sho
ders. ' Afraid to go down to the parlor 1
her mother should wVh to inspect her dr
-as was quite natural-she stood by the w
dow aud watched tho passengers hurryi
along the street below. Once somethi
whispered to ber to take off the bracelet, I
she put thc ?rood angel off with " Just tl
oue night;'' and soon Fdlcn returned braal
less with the stolen Howers. For wbatei
is taken secretly and without leave is certa
ly stolen. But poor lit;le May did no1: ?hi
about it in this light ; she only kn.'W thats
was determined to wear the bracelet, a
uerer once dreamed of the many sins
would lead to. They went down togetbi
and leaving the boquet on the table in t
hall, May entered the parlor to bid her mot
er good-nigh". Der heart beat guiltily,
Mrs. Merton looked tip from ber netting at
said with a smile
,; Dressed at last ; And quite tastefully
have no doubt. Throw aside the mantle, ai
VT me'see yrm,"May?n>'."
'.Oh, Mamma, Ibave on just what y?
?aid ont for m.* : the dress, and sash and nee
lace, and-and, besides it is so late.
The mother looked at her child; tbesm't
faded from ln-r tacp N'ot the words a!oi
pained her, bul Ihe tone was decidedly imp
lieut, and May had not been accustomed :
speak thus. Alas! bow one sin leads to ai
(.thor! .Mrs. Merton turned to the mai
.. Ellen, take good catv of your mistress, nr
see that she is well wranped-np before ri
goes into the night air. You may go, ni
daughter, I hope you will enjoy yourself
The tears started into .May's eyes at thof
words. A good resolution rose in ber hear
but tit that moment tin- door bell rang, an
she beard Crace Fuller's voice enquiring
.-be were ready, lt was too late now, sb
thought. " Good-night, dear Mamma," sh
whimpered throwing ber arms around be
mother's neck, and kissing ber, '. Forgive m
impatience !"' and she ran to meet race.
The large drawing rooms of Annie Lyman
princely home were blazing with light, an
gav with bright - faces and merry voices a
Grace and May reached the door. They wer
greeted with great enthusiasm for both wer
general favorites. All eyes fell upon May'
new bracelet, and many were the enquiries a
to who gave it, and whose hair it was, ani
why ?he bad not worn it before. To all thes
questions the little lady replied with dignity
anil reserve ; so much so that some of thc en
vious went oil declaring May Merton hai
grown very vain and haughty. The eveuinj
passed pleasantly. Annie Lyman the onb
daughter of wealthy and injudicious pareuts
moved about among ber little guests in al
the glories of a llounced tarleton and the rii
by-bracelet. I have not time to tell all tha
happened on that wonderful night long re
membered by the girls and boys who partied
pated in its pleasures ; nor how May laugbee
and danced and played till Elleu came to tel
her it was after ten. But in all her uiirtr
and lightness the bracoiet was never forgot
len ; and all thc admiring glance? cast upor
ir, and all thc complime nts paid ber by the
young beaux in -oiind-jackets and white
pants did not.case the aching pain in hei
! heart. She bad never deceived her mothei
; before, and the thought of her gentle face
land its painful surprise cankered in May's
heart till she almost cried. Sbo left ll:<
: bright scene and her merry companions, anc
sought thc room where a few of the girls wert
putting on their cloaks and hoods. Good
' natured Lizzie Truman was there, and insist
ed on May's*riding with her as she was alone
in the large family-conch. So Grace ant
May, dismissing their maids to walk un, wait
; ed a little for Lizzie to finish marking the les
i suis for Annie. Lyman who bad nut J>een t.
: school for several days, aud the three thc
; b ide good night to all, and entered the car
! Hage. In a few minutes they reached May':
; hume, and after many promises to meet earlj
at Seb-.ol on Monday, the little girl jampee
! out and ran up the t?U p<. lier Mamma wa:
i not yet gone to bed but sat netting by th?
! lump as if she had not moved.
" Come in, m j daughter I" she said, as ii;
stood hesitating upon the threshold. " Ha
you enjoyed the evening ?" Thc gentle ton
fell upon tLe miserable child's heart lil
oil on troubled waters." She burst into teai
and fell at her mother's ??et.
" Mamma, Mamma," she cried, " doc
speak so kindly to me ! I do not deserve i
-indeed, I do not."
As she spoke she took the bracelet fro:
her ann, and phced it in ber mother's ham
" There, Mamma, see how wicked I ha-*
been ?"-and tho' choked with sobs she toi
thc whole story of her sic, from the first di
ception to the last. It wt s a great relief t
tell the whole without a ningle excuse, an
May poured ont all her guilt and vanity int
that dear, kind mother's sympathizing hear
And what did that mother do ? She took th
little wanderer in her arnie, and forgave her
Just, my dear children, as God forgives a
those who turn from their sins and seek hi
love. May you learn like this bule girl t
acknowledge your faults, and come to you
Heavenly Father's feet, to implore bis for
givencss. Ile will never refuse it.
Little May grew up to 1)2 a noble and beau
tiful woman. Years after this incident bap
pened she would recall il to preserve ber fron
temptation ; and now, as ber own cbildrei
gather arouud ber knee, their sweet-facc<
Grandmother still netting by the lamp, an<
Ellen a portly old Mourner rocking the bab]
in the corner, she warns t ?ein to beware o
vanity, and tells them the story of " Tbi
Bracelet."
Fi-uu thc " Illuttrattd New*."
The Substitute.
BY PAUL H. IIAV.SK.
(Note.-The infamous crime of McNeil, perpe
trated in one of our Western States has now me
with the shuddering reprobatiou of Christendom
Uut at tho time the following verses-cast, as lil
reader AV i il perceive, in a partly dramatic mould
were composed, nothing was kouwn of tho Trago
dy, excepting the nuked fact that rea Confeder
ates had been hastily and ignominiously murdered
hy order of a Federal Commander, on a chargt
afterwards proved to have been false, and Ibui
mic of these unfortunate victims (a mere youth),
voluntarily sacrificed his life to rescue his friend,
:i man advanced in years, and with a large family!
In tho Poem this latter individual is represeu
ted as unaware of the youth's resolve until it hud
been executed.
lietwein the l-i and 2nd part* of the phve,
ubiiur twrutu-fottf A our? are supposed lu Lave
el*psed.F- ' -**- - -, ? r ~ ''' '
PAP.T I'll: 1.
(Phet:-A Federal Prism,-A Confed?rate
chained, and a Viritor, hin frU'ud.)
t '
*. How say's! thou? die to-morrow? Oh! my Friend!
Thc hitter. Litter doom !
Whai /..!?./ thou done to tempt this ghastly end
This death of s-huiuc und gloom ?"
II.
Whut done? Do Tyrants wail for guilty deeds,
To ?iud, or prove a crime
They who have cherished Hatred's flory seeds
Hot for the Ila:vest lim??
irr.
j "A snn-r ! a smile ! vallie trifle? lighl as air- .
j Some foolish, false surmise
Lead to tin-, harrowing Drama .'.f d.- pair
Wherein-the victim dies !
IV.
" And I shall perish ! Comm ie, head me not !
For thus my teurs must start-?
Not for thu ndsery of my blasttd lot,
Hut ber's who bolds my hean !
' V.
And there's tho flowers that wreathed ray bum
ble hearth
With roseate blush and bloom,
To-morrow eve they stand alone on earth,
Beside their Father's tomb !
XL
" There's Blanche, ?ray serious beauty, lithe and
tall,
With pensive eyes and brow,
There's Kate, the tenderest darling of them all,
Whose kisses thrill mo now !
VII.
" And little Rose 1 the suushino of our days
A tricksy, gladsome spright
How vividly como buck her witisonic ways,
Her laughters und delight !
VIII.
"And my brave boy-my Arthur! Did his arm
Second his will nud brain,
I ihoutd not groan beneath this iron charm,
Clashing my chuins in vuiu !
* IX.
" Oh ! Christ ! and hath it come to this ? Wi']
none
Ward off the " ghastly End ?"
And yet methinks I heurd the \oice of One
Who culled the old man-" Friend !"
X.
"May all thc curses caught from deepest Hell
Light on thc blood-stained knave,
Who laughs to beor tho Patriot ? funeral knell,
Blaspheming o'er" his grave !
XL
" Away ! Such dreams are madiess ! My pule lip?
Had best besiege Heaven's car;
But in the turmoil of my mind s eclipse,
No thought, no wish is clear '
XII.
'. Dear friond, forgive mo ! Sorrow, frenzy, ire
My bosom's raging guests
By turn have whelmed mo in their floods of fire
Fierce passions, swift unrests !
XIII.
"And now, farewell ! Thc sentry's warning hand
Tap? at my prison bars !
Wu part, but not forever! There's a Land,
Comrade, beyond the stars!"
XIV.
" Yea !" raid thc youth ; und o'er his kindling fae?
A enint-liko glory came
-T~.?V
As if somo prescient Aiiijld, breathing grace,
Had touched it into ?'fme !
PAET;^ECOND.
(Place: The same P??*ov. Penoni : The Con
federate Priioner- tqjSB?r inti AfcNci.l and th
Jailor.) jj* . .
The Hours siuk slow tuffeunset ! Suddenly
Rose a deep, gathering hum !
And o'er the measured ??id.e of soldiery,
Rolled out the mu file';, dr um !
Thc Prisoner started ! ctoshed a stifling 6igh,
Then rose erect and proud !
Scorn's lightning quiver^ in his stormy eye,
'Neath the brow's thu?ler-cloud !
I And girding round his iiribs and stalwart breast
Each iron chain and1
Ho stood sublime, impotj?d, self-possessed
And haughty as a Kin ? !
I
Tho " dead-inarch" watf,fjwithout the Frison gate.
Up tho calm cven?n?*ky ;
Aud ruffian jesling.?, boin of ruffiau bato,
Make loud, unmeet r?Wy ! .
The "dead-march" wafJs^without the Prison wall,
Up the calm eveninWmr^
And timed to tne dread;dirge's ?se and Tall,
More thc fierce Murderers by !
vi
The hired Bravoes, whew pitiless features palo
In front of armed vnqa
Eut whose magnanimous courage will not quail
Where-none can stritte again !
Ttl.
They passed ! and wondering at his doom deferred
The Captive's lofty frije
Suuk id his breast by tdjrtunng memories stirred
Of Husband, and of .?ire !
Vdlt
But hark ! the clash of bolt and opening door !
The tramp of hostile heel !
When lo ! upon the dattening prison floor,
(Hared the falso hound-McNeill !
And next him, like a ban-dog scenting blood,
Roused from bis drunken ease
The grimy, low browed Jailer glowering stood,
Clanking his iron keys!
" Quirk'! sirrah I iSrfi-e y?m*^RdbcI's fetten otT,
And-Ut 1 tlC Cid fool /rO
What ransom, iwith a low anj bitter r?o?T)
Wbat ransom -ieta bini t're.e !
Xl.
..A glorious Luaio&sa ! by the Pieud, I think
hold Butler's put to shame !
I mark his lui! 1 hun ur? pule nod ?ink
Bvfure my rrimson fame!"
XU.
As the night Traveller in a land of foes,
Tho Huming instinct fuels,
Timi through the treacherous diurne?* und repose,
A shrouded Horror steals !
XIII.
So, at theto veiled words, the Cuptive's soul
Shook with a solem dread
And ghostly voices prophesying d?Ie,
M ..at;e-I fuinllv over head!
XIV.
His limbs ure freed ! bis swarthy, scowling guide
Lends thru' tin: silent town.
Where from dim casements-black with wrath
and pride
.Stern eyes gleam darkly down !
XV.
They bolted where a dense wood showered around
Dank leaflets on thc sod,
And thc live air seemed vocal with the sound
Of wild appeals to God !
XVI.
Heaped as if common carrion in thc gloom,
Nino mangled corpei lay,
All speoehless now !-but with what tongues of
doom
Reserved for Judgement Day!
XVII.
And ne.ir them, hut apart, one youthful form
Profecd a fair upland slope,
O'er whose white brow a sunbeam flickering warm
Played, like a heavenly hopo !
XVIL
There, with tho sume grand look which yesternight
That face ut parting wore,
The self-mado martyr in the sur..ot-ligbt
Slept on bis coucb of gore!
XIX.
Thc sunset wnncd ! tho wakening forest waved,
Struck by the Xortb-wiud's moan,
While He whoso Life this matchless death had
saved
Knelt bv the corse-Mono !
Poor PERCIVAL I His only grief was the
early blight of a first and only love. His
was a broken heart : and all the u forms and
? shows of things " in the world had DO attrac
! tion in his eyes. It wa? in a spirit such as
; this, that he wrote these exquisites lines:
I saw, on tho top of a mountain high,
A gem that shone like fire by night;
It seemed astar that hud left the sky,
And fallen asleep on that lonely height.
I ..limbed the peak, and found it soon,
A lump of icc. in the clear cold moon :
Wouldst thou its hidden sense impart?
'Twas a cheerful look and a broken heart."
Separation.
i lu any caT, a feeling of sadness will come
: over the heart, at the reflection that a friend
I whom wc have loved will be with us no more.
; Tho word, Farewell ! has in it something
' dirge-like, which all more or less feel-so
; many things may occur to prcveut the alter
! meeting of those who part; or they may
\ meet with altered feelings. Oh 1 wo would
? rather never, never again see those we have
loved, and whose remembrance is twined
around our heart, than meet the averted eye
of changed affection. We would rather kneel
above the graves of those with whom we
parted in friendship, than read, within those
eyes whose every gleam and glance ia stamp
ed upon our memory-change !
AN ACT TO ORCANIZE AND SUPPLY NEC.RO
LABOR FOR COAST DEFENCE, IN COMPLI
ANCE WITH; REQUISITIONS OF THE GOVERN
MENT OF THE CONFEDERATE STAES.
I. Be it enacted by the Senate-and House of
Representatives now met and Fitting in Gen
eral Assembly and by the authority of tho
same, That from and after the passage of this
Act this State shall be divided into four Ter
ritorial Divisions, as follows, to wit :
Division No. 1. The Jndical Districts of
Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson,
Union, York, Chester, Laurens, Abbeville
and Newberry to constitute the first divi
sion.
Division No. 2. The Judicial Districts of
Lancaster, Kershaw, Chesterfield Marlboro,
Darlington, Marion, Sumter, Clarendon, Wil
liamsburg and Ilorry, including Upper All
Saints, to constitute tho second division.
Division No. 3. The Judicial Districts of
Fairfield, Richland, Lexington, Edgefield,
Barnwell and Oiangebnrg, to constitute the
third division.
Division No. 4. The Judicial Districts of
Charleston, Colleton, Beaufort, Georgetown,
including Lower All Saints, to constitute the
lourth division.
II. That the negro labor hereinafter re
quired shall be furnished by the several dis
tricts aforesaid, as follows, to wit : first, by
Division No. 2 ; next, by Division No. 3 ;
next, by division No. 1 ; and last, by Division
So. 4.
III. That as soon as the Governor shall
kave received from the Confederate Govern
ment, tkrongh tho proper officer authorized
thereto, written assent and agreement to the
terms and conditions hereinafter set forth,
he shall call for such labor ns may be de
manded by the Confederate Military Au
thority from the several divisions in the or
der aforesaid, to be furnished by the slave
holders thereof, in proportion to the slave
population, as specified in the last cousus re
turn of thi3 State:
.kt. Trhat't4wv?laven liable lo th*? rill -hall !
lie the same that are liable io road duly in !
(his State:
2d. Thal it shall be the duty of the Com
missioners of Hoads, and the Authorities of
incorporated'eities, towns and villages not
subject to the jurisdiction of the Commis
sioners of Roads in the performance of road
duty in thc several districts to summon the
owners to furnish their respective quotas
of slave labor which the Governor shall re
quire :
'.'A. That e::ch levy under the call shall
serve for one month, and until relieved, in
turn, by thc next levy. And if the said Com
missioners of Roads, or any of them, shall
neglect or refuse so in summon such slave
owners to send their ?aid slaves in pursuance
of the rii|uisition afore-mid, such Commis
sioners or Commissioner shall sutler for each
and every such neglect or default, the same
pains and penalties and in the same manner
as now prescribed by Statute Law in this
State. And that the Boards of Commission
ers shall have power to appoint Commission
ers in such divisions as are uow vacated by
the absence of Commisioners in the present
war, for the ensuing year from citizens of any
age :.
4th. That such notice shall be given by the
Engineer or other officer of thc Confederate
Government of all requisitions for negro la
bor except thc first, as will enable the owners
of slaves to have thirty days from the time ot
summons to the time of furnishing their res
pective quotas of slaves. That the first re
quisition ?nay be made with such notice as
; thc urgency of the case will permit.
5th. That the Confederate authorities shall
! furnish transportation by railroad from the
' depot, nearest the owner's residence, the own
! er to trani-port his or her slaves at his or her
I own expense to such depot, irrespective of
I the distance of such depot from his or her
residence :
Gth. That rations shall be supplied by the
Confederate authorities to the said slaves from
the time of their arrival at such depots until
their return to the homes of their owners;
7th. That the pay of each slave be eleven
dollars per meath, to be paid by the Confed
erate Government, and to be sheltered and
receive all proper medical attendance in case
of sickness :
8th. That the Confederate Government
shall be liable to thc owner for any loss or
damage of or to the slave or slaves during his
or their service, or from disease contracted in
service, such liability to commence on the
arrival cf such slave or slaves at the railroad
depot for transportation, and to continue un
til his or their return to the 6ame ; and the
value shall be assessed as hereinafter pro
vided.
Y. That a State agent shall be appointed '
by the Governor, who t>hall receive for his
services the.pay of a Lieuteuant Colonel of
infantry, as allowed by the Confederate Gov
ernment, during his employment, to bo paid
to him monthly by the Confederate Govern
ment ; und there shall be also one overseer
?or every one hundred slaves, mi overseers
to be selected by the owners or their agenl
and to receive euch fifty dollors per mon'
during his employment, to be paid month
by the Confederate Government, ' these sa
overseers to be, during their employment, sui
jecttothe orders and the jurisdiction of tl
Confederate military authorities.
V. That it shall be the duty of the Stai
agent to visit all ::he camps of the laborers, I
examine their condition, to observe* the
treatment and discipline, to axamine the
food, both as to quantity and quality, and sc
that it is thc proper ration for each as is a
lowed by law, and particularly to inform hin
self as to their medical and surgical attendant
aud care, and whenever required, to repoi
the same to the Governor, and especially s
the conclusion of the tour of service <
each levy, it shall be his duty to make sue
a report to the Governor, in whose possessio
it may be open for examination by the owe
ers of the said slaves.
VI. That it shall be the further duty of th
State agent to collect and receive the slave
as they shall be called into service, at th
several railroad depots where they are to b
delivered, to give receipts therefor to th
owners or their agents at such depots, and sent
forward the paid slaves to their points of desti
nation ; and he shall also be present at tb
assessment of thc slaves hereinafter provided
and see that the same is made in duplicate am
certify the same, s.nd one copy to be given U
the owner and the other to bc retained bj
the Confederate authorities.
VIT. That it sha.ll be the duty of said Stat?
agent to certify the bills for the pay of tb?
said slaves for their respective owners, specify
ing the number of the said slaves the ti mt
they have been employed, and the names ol
the owners, which bills so certified shall enti
tle the owners by themselves or their ordei
endorsed thereon, ta receive the same from
Confederate authorities.
VIII. That in case of any attack by the
enemy the slaves..{?ball be immediately re
moved to Home place of safety, and it shall
l>e the duty of the .State Agent and overseers
tn carry this provision promptly into execu
tion-subject to the order and direction of
the Confederate commanding officer, at the
time and place wherp the slaves ard em
ployed.
IX. That hefora the slaves shall ba em
ployed in labor, hy the. Confederate authori
I ??fl tbrty ?IntiI Oe rtiiSV'rteil \ty au Aane*SdF, t>
be chosen by said authorities, and an Asses
sor selected by the owner or State Agent
The assessment shall be in writing and con
tain the name of the owner, the name or
uames of the slave or slaves, and his or their
respective value or values ; to be takeu in
duplicate itt presence of the State Agent who
shall certify the same, one copy to be deliv
ered to the owner, and the other to be retain,
ed by thc Confederate authorities, and such
assessment shall be conclusive of the value of
said slave or slaves.
X. That it shall lie tte duty of the Con
missioners of Roads to .see that one or more
of their number bo pr?sent?t the respective
Railroad Depots, where the said slaves are
delivered to the State ngiut by the owner to
verify the quota which each owner is bound
to furnish under the call, and in dvfuult Lere
of they shall bc liable lo the same penalties
as now provided by law, fur ?ot summoning
bauds to work on the ror.ds in their several
districts.
XI. That if any owner of slaves shall neg
lect or refuse to send hi* slave or slaves lia
ble to the call hereinbefore mentioned, after
the notice herein provided shall have been
giveu him or her by the Commissioner so to
do, such owner shall be liable to the same
tines and penalties now, provided by statute
law for default in the performance of road
duty, of which default the Board of Commis
sioners shall have full jurisdiction.
Xii. That no slave owner shall be exempt
from supplying slave labor for such requisi
tions by reason of bis slave or slaves being
employed at the passage of this Act in manu,
fiicturing or on Railroads, or in the boiling
of salt'or itt any government contract, but
in such case the owner may commute for
such service, by paying into the Treasury a
6um of-money to be computed at eleven dol
lars per month for each of such slaves for the
time their labor would have been required
under this Act
XIII. That in the apportioning of the levies
in the said several divisions, slave owners
who have already furnished the slave labor
shall be credited therefor, in the requisitions
to be made under this Act, and no more la
bor shall be rt-quiaed from Buch owners than
may bc sufficient with the labor already lux?
nished by them respectively, to make up their
respective quotas.
In the Senate House, the eighteenth day of
December, in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and sixty-three,
and in the eighty-seventh year of the sov
ereignty and independence of the State of
South Carolina.
W. D. PORTER,
President of the Senate.
A. P. ALDRICH.
Speaker House of Representatives. !
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J?3l" The Empress Eugenie dressed in the
most gorgeous style while at Cotnpcigne.
She appeared on oue occasion with quite a
collection of tropical humming birds about '
her person. Hut, says a letter writer, they
Were, however, arranged with good effect, '
She bad a dress of some very fl i m ay pink ma
terial, which looked so light that one would
bc in no way surprised to see it floating in
the air like a pipe blown bobble. The skirt
Would have been perhaps as long as the train
of a court dress, were it not what 13 techni
cally called " looped up" w;th bunches of
roses, so fresh, so lair, and so like those which
grow in a well-cultivated garden that the
tropical bumming birds which fluttered on
them seemed as if attracted there bj their
beauty. Fireflies also gleamed out from be
neath tho green leaves,' and on the sider of a
wrei th of roses and rosebuds a very long tail
ed bird of paradise had the privilege of be
ing perched the whole evening.
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Confederate Finances.
?
Our exchanges groan with learned essaya
on finance-the object being to show how the
Government can arrest ?fee depreciation of a
redundant currency, maintain the public
credit, and finally pay its debts. We have a
supreme contempt, for words when great and
prominent facts stand oat to challenge uni
versal attention, lt is a waste of breath, of
paper and of common sense to beat the bush
for impossible ways to do impossible things,
when it is clear to every intelligent mind
there is bot one way to accomplish the end
sought, and that aa simple as the commonest
sum in arithmetic, and as obvious as the
evil to be corrected. What is the difficulty ?
It is that the Government is paying lavishly
out of the treasury for the support of the war
and nothing is coming into it. An empty till
and depreciation of Government paper to
worthlessness are the inevitable results of
such a process in a given time. What is the
remedy ? There is but .oue earthly remedy.,
and Congressmen, Treasury Clerks and Edi
tors may scratch their beads, and exhsust
the finance libanes and fiscal references and
experiences of the Governments of the world,
in a vain effort to find another. Taxation is
the only resource, to keep down the interest
upon, and keep up the value of, your paper
money, and finally to sink and absorb the
principal of your debt. And while it is an
inexorable truth that taxation ia the. tnie and
only salvation of Confederate credit, it is- al
so true that the sooner it is resorted to the
better. Are our Congressmen afraid to ap
proach the duty ? Then, they ?re not the
men for the limes. Are they conscious- nf an -
incapacity to master the subject of finance v
Then, in mercy" to'the country, let t bern re
sign and give place to those who bav? both
the ability.and the courage to do their duty.
The people are ready to pay the tax, and
they are able to bear it. They expect* it.
They know that their safety, property-, and
liberties depend upon the public credit bebg
sustained-that the army moat be disbanded
unless it is, and they must become vassals to
Yankee lords and their women the slaves of
Yankee passions. If they have given -their
ans and brothers and their own blood to
Avert th-? horrid doom, will they not give their
mbstauce ? Tax ! that is the cure of the
financial malady. Tax heavily enough to
meet the public ex;gencics during the war,
iud wheu peace is restored it will require on
ly a little courageous statesmanship to wield
the immense resources of the Confederacy to
:he speedy extinguishment of its debt. We
bave several King staples besides cotton. The
Mitside world may be made to pay royal tri
bute to them, ll we succeed in this war,
?vc shall have saved these Kings of commerce
to the world. It is but right that the world
mould help bear the burden of the struggle,
ay footing thc bill of costa. All this when
?ur ports are opened. Until then, taxation
3 the only panacea.-Mobile Register.
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The True Spirit. , ,
The Natchez Courier relates tb? following
incident : " At oue of the places burnt by the
1 Queen of the West,' owned by a lady who
had been thus villainously left homeless, the
valiant commander attempted to CJDverse
with her on the bauk from the deck of lu's
boat. She proved true pluck for him. He
asked her :
" Madam, have you a father, brother, or
any relations in this war?"
" The lady was quite young, a widow, with
two young boys of five and seven j ears of
age by her side. She answered, in sight of
the smouldering ruins of her home :
" I have two brothers in the army ; and if
you keep ont his war twelve years longer (pres
sing the beads of ber boys,) I shall have
two sons to fight you WI their death .'-I ex
peet nothing better than murder and arcon
from any of your tribe."
Noble woman ! The mother ol the " (rrac
chi? could not have answered better. Wheo
we hear of men, Southern men, talking about
reconstruction* our indignation know* no re
straint. Let all audi think of tb? response
of the noble widow, and remite, if the War
continues for " tvfelve years longer* to fight it
mit I Let them expect nothing better than
" murder and arson," save the liberty and
independence of the South. Failing to se
cure the latter, let VJ welcome the former with
our face to the foe, the drawn sword and the
glittering bayonet in our hands I-Atlanta In
telligencer. . ? ,
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J?3r A stick thrown ara-dog in front of
the Washington Hotel, Boston, bit five Briga
dier Generals. Hit 'em again, good stick ! ?
Dtotrust ail abs> Uniter iou. Take }
counsel of your own heart, and be careful lett
you find a flatterer ?fe? t?*re?

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