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A WIFE OUT OF TOWN.
Of all the insidious
Contrived by the devil for pulling men down
There's none more delusive,
Than the snaro to a man with a wife out o
He feels such a delightfulness,
I own it with pain!
A bachelor rakishness,
Next day's headache-ishness,
None can explain!
His wife may be beautiful,
Tender and dutiful,
'ris not that her absence would cauc him
But the cursed opportunity,
Scatters his scruples as day scatters night.
He feels whisky-and-waterful,
To his toes' ends;
With wicked friends.
[New York Life.
A PLUC~KY PRLMilER1
THE EXPERIENCE OF A YOUNG 311N
ISTER ON A 3ISsIssIPPI ItIvER.
From the Alkansaw Travelier.
"Nearly every man who evei
travelled on the Mississippi River i1
the old days can relate an interest
ing experience," said the Rev. Mr
Jackson, a minister whose reputa
tion as an impassioned pulpit ora
tor has gone beyond the boundarie.
of Arkansas. "There was some
thing about a Mississippi River ex
perience that tended to aid in vivic
reproduction. The grand floatins
drawing-room, the wealth displayei
at every turn, and the studied po
liteness and conventional ceremon
of a supposed good breeding whicl
you everywhere met, all came up a
once in reportrayal of a characte
which, thus surrounded, you hav
contemplated. Rut all of this po
liteness and exibition of gooc
breeding, I must say, was but thi
white foam on muddy water. I
was the courtesy that could gras
the hand of a new acquaintance o:
shoot an old friend.
"-In the spring of 1830 1 boardet
a grand steamer at New Orleant
bond for up the river. I was:
very young preacher at that time
and was under orders to repair to
small community and assist in con
ducting a revival. There was some
thing of a war being waged betweeI
two chujrches, and it stood ou;
phurch in hand to concentrate fo.
ees or lose ascendancy in the
peighborhood. Those were the day:
of political and religious vigor, ani
avowed opposition in religious con
tests was 'regarded as being n<
more out of place or in ill-keeping
with the faith than the fierce strug
gles engaged in by the Whiigs ani
pemperats. I was tod at head
qtuarters that another young preach
er would be sent to assist me, and
that if I needed more, help t<
make my demands known at once
When I boarded the boat I looked
around for. my companion-in-arms
whose name I even had not learned
The closest search failed to dis
cover my assistant, and concluding
that he had either preceded oi
would come after me, I dismissed
the matter and settled down to th<t
quiet enjoyment of the occasion.
'iTher.e wvere quite a number os
board, and although I was opposed
to gambling. I could not refrait
from looking on and contemplating
with what serenity of countenance
the players alternately p)arted with
thousands of dollars.
'-Won't you take a hand?" asket
one of the players one evening, ad
dressing a you.ng, pleasant-hoking
gentlema~n who stood near,
S-I never play,' he remarked.
'"Won't do you any harm.'
"I kn~ow it won't, for I don't in
tend to play.'
"'The gentleman is rare joker,
replied a tall map, who handle<
cards vTith an ease and lost with:a
good will that almost challenge
"'Yes,' replied the young gentle.
man, 'a rare joker, because it is
rare that I joke,'
"'Ah, and a punster,' said the
tall man, relinquishing $1,000 with
,-'It makes little difference to
you what I am, I came here to
r quietly look on, not intending to
engage in the game or the conver
sation, and especially not to be the
butt of any jokes that might arise
from ill-luck or success at the table.
Regardless of the business you fol
low, I hope that you are well enough
acquainted with the manners of a
gentlemen to treat an unobtrusive
looker-on with civility, if not with
"'You speak well,' exclaimed the
tall man, 'I hope that I am a gentle
man of good birth and education,
and I hope that I have not insulted
you. If I have, I sincerely beg your
pardon. Grant it willingly, and all
will be well; reluctantly, and, as a
gentleman, which you undoubtedly
profess to be, you know your re
": 'But for your last remark I
would have heartily forgiven you of
any intention to insult me. As it
is, I do not grant pardon, realizing
that a gentleman is not expected to
have dealings with such a man as
you. And, furthermore, let me say
that I regard you as a cowardly
"The tall man sprang to his feet
and drew a bowie knife. The quiet
man did not even look at him.
"'Take that back, or I'll rub your
heart over your face!'
'-Every one arose, but no one
. felt disposed to prevent blood
- "'I said that I regarded you as a
- cowardly villain. Keep cool and
I'll tell you why. While we were
- engaged in insinuating conversa
- tion I saw you steal a roll of bills
I from that man,' pointing to one of
the players. 'Until then, and but
! for the remark you made, trying to
- compel a cheerful granting of par
r don, I was disposed to pay little
1 attention to anything you might
t say. Now, sir, I have made my
r statement. I have been led into
this, and I may regret the conse
quences-din't hold him-but I
l shall make no concessions.'
"The tall man's eyes actually
glared. '1 have killed five men,
and all for less than this,' he ex
r claimed. 'Get out of the way ! I'll
cut him in two !'
I "'Get out of the wayv!' said the
quiet man. 'It would greatly please
I me if he were to sit down and con
,duct himself less dangerously, but
he is determined upon a wicked
- action, let him be under no re
I " -You are ftoolishi . exclaimed
one of the gamnblers, turning to the
quiet man. 'You are not armed,
and even if you were Captain Aicle
would kill you. I am the man from
whom you say he purloined the
- bills. I saw the action, but did
not dare to interpose.'
"'So this is Captain Aidle?' said
- the young gentleman. 'I have
heard of him, Hie has a very un.
- savory reputation in New Orleans.
- If well-constructed reports be true
he is not only a thief, but a mur
- - "'Get out of my way !' howled
I the Captain, and, struggling, he
threw his companions aside and
- sprang forward. Like a sudden
- revolution of a wheel-like an ac
tion whose quickness cannot be
contemplated-the young man drew
a derringer and senf a ball throuigh
the Captain's b,rain, killing him in.
"'Gentlemen,' said the quiet man,
beginning to talk ere the smoke
lifted, 'I had more than one reason
for committing this deed; I was in
sulted, as you saw, and was in
danger. as you know; but, worst of
all, that man murdered my father.
I did not contemplate killing him;
but, as I said, I woqld have granted
. pardon for- his insnlting taunts,
From the first, though, I.contem
plated his arrest, which I should
have accomplished had he not at
tempted to take my life. I am
sorry that I have caused such con
fusion, and I hope that you will all,
as I know God will, forgive me.'
"He walked away, gracefully
bowing to- some'one who hurried to
j the scene of the tragedy. The
boat was soon landed. The can.
that Sheridan was moving on t<
Richmond. General Stuart divided
and placed his cavalay on thre<
roads leading to Richmond, with
directions to watch ie movements
of the enemy and engage him al
all hazards in order to prevent his
entrance into the city, and with the
understanding 'hat the Confederate
cavalry should unite at Yellow
Tavern. Stuart accompanied the
march of the brigade. Upon reach.
ing the neighborhood of Yellow
Tavern he found a strong picket of
the enemy, which he succeeded in
driving before him. At best, but a
temporary success, as he shortly
fell upon two brigades of the Fed
erals drawn up in line to support
the picket. It was morning and the
fighting continued incessantly until
noon with varied success. At noon
there was a complete lull.
It could be seen by the Confed.
erates that the enemy had been
reinforced, and the one hope was
that their own cavalry were occupy
ing him upon the other two roads.
From high noon until 3 o'clock the
fighting, which had been severe,
seemed to stop by common consent.
The field hospitals were established
and the men rested. At 3 o'clock
it was announced that the enemy
was advancing in stronger force
than had hitherto been seen. Th<
artillery was immediately placed
upon an eminence, by Genera:
Stuart's order, for the purpose of
commanding the approach of the
Federals. The cavalry was hur
riedly mounted and moved to the
support of the artillery.
It was upon this eminence thai
so many brave men were lost. II
was upon this eminence that the
star of a great and glorious officei
went down. Sheet after sheet of
flame poured from the enemy's
guns and swept away like straws
men who were striving masterfully
to emulate the example of their
chief-men who faced death defi
antly whilst he- led. As soon as
the artillery opened fire the enemy
could be distinguished by the naked
eye preparing to charge in full
force. Every effort was made by
the little brigade to meet thi
charge, but it was thrown baclk
again and again by ovewhelminb
numbers. Stuart held his position
by the artillery, never leaving his
post, except to rally the men oi
lead them back to the charge witi
flaming sword. Nothing could hav<
surpassed the supreme courage dis
played by him. He alone was
cool and calm, and his commands
went forth clear and determined.
He fought without reference t<
numbers until a cruel shot cut hin
down where he stood battling foi
the guns. Crash on crash peale<
forth, and some malignant shot hes
itated not toatouch the "bravest and
the tenderest." The first intimatioi
that the men received of the fata
truth was seeing him dismount fron
his iron-gray horse, hold it by th<
reins, his black plumes tilting t<
one side as he staggered and fel
quietly down among the enemy
The enemy seemed entirely uncon
scious of the presence of the cavalry
hero who had been a target foi
their bullets, and who had met then
with such daring upon so man)
contested fields. In the meanwhil<
another brigade of the divisor
moved to the support of the little
brigade. and it was made known
for the first time along the line, at
a fact, that General Stuart had beer
shot, and was, perhaps, dead and
in the hands of the enemy. The
effect of these certain tidings upon
a body of men already overpowered
by continuous hard fighting can
hardly be imagined. Grief, deep:
grief and despair were pictured up.
on the face of every living man. The
command was rallied and formed
to make a final charge for the re.
covery of the body, alive or dead.
Captain Dorsey, commanding a
company of Maryland cavalry, re.
quested that he might have the
honor of leading the charge. It
was granted. The charge was made
amidst a fierce storm of bullets.
General Stuart was found lying
by the side of his horse, prostrate
perfectly rational, but entirely dis
abled by a gunshot wound througi
the centre of his body. Every eye
moistened as it fill upon the grace
ful form outstretched, his goldei
hair all stained with blood, his long
waving p1nhes. which had nerel
tain's acquaintances took charge of
the body and went ashore. We
were soon on our way again, and
but for certain little influences that
hung around no one would have
known that a tragedy had been en
acted. Our band of music a com
mon steamboat feature in those
days, struck up a lively air, and
the only suggestive remembrance of
the captain's death was the wet
carpet where a boy had mopped
away the blood.
"It was late at night when I
reached my landing. Alone I
made my way to the nearest house,
where after my business was known,
I was kindly received. Next day
I attended church and was at once
escorted to the pulpit, behind which
some half-dozen preachers were
seated. A well-known minister arose
and said that two preachers from
New Orleans had arrived. Brothers
Jackson (myself) and Mableson,
and that Brother Mableson would
first address the congregation. The
gentleman arose, and imagine my
surprise when I recognized in the
preacher the quiet young gentleman
who had killed the captain. He
delivered an eloquent, powerful
sermon, and after services ap
proached me and extending his
hand, said :
"You must excuse me for not
making myself known to you. I
kept my identity under a cloak of
caution. When I boarded the boat
I recognized my father's murderer,
and I thought if I revealed my
identity my plans might be frus
trated. As I said, I only intended
to follow and arrest him at the
next town, but you see how it re
"Years have passed since then,
years of intimate acquaintance be
tween the quiet young man and
me. Some time ago, after a suc
cessful life, I closed his eyes in
death. He 'smiled with sublime
willingness, went without a groan.
I never knew a truer or kinder
HOW STUART DIED.
THE LAST MOVEMENTS OF THE
GREAT CONFEDERATE CAVALIER.
J. E. B. Stuart was the Prince
Rupert of the Confederacy; the
great cavalry leader was a part of
the history of a spasmodic age,
which dazzled the world for a short
space and then went down and out
in utter darkness. It has been said
that "Lee was the brains of the
Confederate army, Jackson was the
arm, but Stuart was its soul." The
graceful carriage of a noble person,
the winning manners of a kind
heart, 'awakened enthusiasm wher
ever he was seen. All that was
chivalric clustered around his name.
His deeds, his exploits were gleams
of electric light which animated the
gloomy scene of war. In the sad
die Stuart looked the picture of a
perfect warrior, Out of the saddle
he was at times devout and full of
prayer, at others, gay and light of
heart, full of song, full of music,
which was a passion with him.
He fell in a skirmish near Yellow
Tavern in May, 1864. At Spottsyl
vania one brigade of Confederate
cavalry, commanded by General
Lomax, was stationed in front of
Johnson's division, as videttes to
the infantry. This was the noted
salient on the line of work which
was afterward so often charged by
the Federal forces. While occupy,
ing the above position and before
the fighting along the line had be
gun the brigade was ordered to
join the division on the right, which,
with the rest of the Confederate
cavalry,- was opposing Sheridan.
It was then learned that General
Sheridan had passed around to the
right of the brigade and was mov
ing in its rear, followed by the
Confederate cavalry, The brigade
took u~p the line of march and soon
caught up with the Confederate
cavalry, commanded by General
Stuart in person. Almost imme
dtately the rear of the enemy were
engaged at Garrett's Mill, but al
though driven on the main body
and many prisoners captured, it
had 'no effect whatever upon Sheri
dBn's rapid march.
On the second day the Conf'ed
erate cavalry reached Ashland after
severe marching and fighting. At
Asahland they were led tn believe
been lowered by danger or despair,
trailing low beside him. All en
treaties to induce hi4m to leave the
field were useless. He iegged to
be allowed to die where ne had fal
len, within hearing of the roaring of
the guns. But his faithful men
could not leave him; he was first in
their hearts. So "true of heart and,
limb" they lifted him gently up and
laid across the saddle, and sorrow
fully bore him away from the scene
of terrible conflict.
OUR NEW YORK LETTER
From our own Correspondent.
THE BRIDGE DISASTER-THE LAW
VULTURES ALREADY ON THE SPOT
-THE PASTIMES OF A NEW YORK
HOLIDAY - THE SPORTS IN A
QUANDARY-OPENING OF THE SUM
MER SEASON-VANDERBILT'S RE
TURN-THE "FINEST" ON PARADE
-THEIR POWER OVER THE
NEW YoRK, June 11, 1883.
The nine days' wonder has al
ready ended in disaster. The trag
edy on the East River Bridge is a
disgrace to both cities. The grand
structure' is all right; not a blot
rests upon the meanest mechanic
connected with its construction, and
yet the bridge is cpen to traffic on
ly six days and twelve human lives
are sacrificed, and the bones of a
hundred more human beings are
broken, shattered perhaps without
repair. Tiis is the fault of the
governments of the two cities, of
their representatives known as
Trustees, who have, apparently, not
the least idea of managing or con
trolling the government of this
great highway; hence calamity,
hence the loss of life.
The newspapers give the list of
killed and wounded in the same
manner as if a battle was fought
and every hour adds to the list of
missing. Already ,the ever-alert
lawyers come to the front like vul
tures and offer their services to the
relatives of the victims, and tell
them that under the laws the
"bridge" or rather its owners Brook
lyn and New York are "liable."
This then is a novel question which
must be settled by the Courts, es
pecially where the two cities charge
a toll over their great highway.
This disaster was a very sad end
ing to the great holiday which New
York had just so enthusiastically
observed. The whole city was out
of doors to witness the parade of
veterans and of the G. A. R., which
was the finest ever seen here.
What is more, New York now
knows how to keep a holiday. Such
a variety of out-of-door attractions
are provided, that very little rum
selling indoors can take place. The
pastimes in the afternoon, ball
games, yatch races, horse-races and
what not, were so numerous that
every one really enjoyed himself in
his own peculiar manner. But af
ter the Bridge Day of last week
and Decoration Day of this week,
oh, what a tedious, hot, dry Fourth
of July must we not anticipate !
Numerous Coney Island, Long
Branch and other Summer hotels
are opening to-day, the 1st of June,
but as yet the rush is not great.
Neither will it be until the weather
becomes warmer and the Metropolis
itself has so many attractions.
Quite a number of people, however,
went to Coney Island yesterday to
take a bath, not in water but in
beer, which is of peculiar quality on
the Island, and sold at very short
measure, in imitation of the clams
that abound there. For some reason
or other I hear that nearly all the
Summer hotels round about here
have reduced their scale of prices,
probably owning to the fact that so
many people are going to Europe
By-the-bye, I hear that Vander
bilt, who only left the other day
for England, is already on his way
back. That man's millions bother
him a great deal. He has no rest
nor comfort anywhere. The only
place where he actually seems to
enjoy himself is behind his fast
trotters. Sometimes he runs over a
man or two, then sends his doctors
after them, pays the bills, and, as
to the rest he don't care a snip
for anybody. You know, I heard a
story, the other day, which looks to
me a if it migrht be trae,namely
and ee for eaeh
Notices of metags,obftsites
S l Notces in Loca
beror inserdoms w IM eps
and ebargd ace a;;y
Special contracts made w
tisers, with liberal dedu ad
JOB P,S, Y
DONE WITH Ne a
that Vanderbilt has apr
tective in his employ whp
him wherever he goes;.
watches over him at an i
distance, to be ready to h
on any man who should
pounce upon the milliona r
You ought to have -
lice parade we had last
They are nicknamed "the
but, really, I do not believe-t
a finer police force inati e
London included, than te
York force, so faras& -
pearance is conernd
plaf of these men in
through our treets, some i
sand strong, made every
every man of property.fse
safer. They are constanty
and yet take them as a wbee
are great municipal
protection. RAD -
Oold on to your t o .
you are just ready toswear
Hold on to your hand whe.>
are on the 'point of
scratching, stealing or
Hold on to your foot.w
are on the point of kicking,
from study, or pursuing the,
error, shame or crime.
Hold on to your temper
you are angry, excited or
upon, or others are angry
Hold on to your heart whe s
associates seek your company
invite you to join.in their
games and revelry.
Hold on to truth, for it wil
you well, and do you goodtic
A girl, seven or eight yaw
slipped down.om WoodwMd
the other day. As shewa~
herself up a pedestrian said:
cry, sissy." "Whos goIn~
she sharply demandedl,:s~
up. "I guess when a girlihas
her mother's shawl on she abf~t e.
ing to let anybody know W
hurt !"-De, oit Free Press. A.
A flve-yeat-old who went $
school for the first time can e hm
at noon, and said to his
"Mamma, I 'jont think that
knows much." "'Why not, dept .
"Why, she kept asking quei
all the time. She asked where t&
Mississippi river was."
Lightning struck a cnrbto
plate in a Western church joit
the deacon was passing it arnes'
"This is the first time anythn si
struck this plate for three motk"
said the deacon, thoughtfully. .
Careful housekeeper at brea4
fast: "Bridget, Bridget, there's %
fly in the room."' "Yis, inad
ma'am, I know there is. It got in
this morning, when me back was
Over forty young ladies of th
Augusta Female SeminaryStanutniQ
Va., have recently professed re
gion, seventeeuioo whom have coin
nected themselves with the various
churches of the city. 1
A man lately married, was askt
at the ciub about his bride. "Is'
she pretty?" "No," replied he
"she is not, but she will be whean
her father dies."
An apt quotation is like a lamp.
which flings ,its light over the whole-v,
A relic hunter-A ,fellow en
deavoring to capture a widow.
Thieves are always willing to
"take a hand" in'any business.
A sound education can only be
obtained from a music master.
Spring fashions prevail all the
year round at the circus.
Mioral courage is the the raret.
qualities and often maligned,
What appear tg be caa1 ie s
often the souroes of fortne.
'Every- mn desires to
bMtnomaa.would be old.