An Independent Family Journal?Devoted to Politics, Literature and General Intelligence.
HOTT & CO., Proprietors.
ANDERSON, S. C, THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1869.
VOLUME 4, -NO. 51
A Starfttag Narrative of Real Life.
BY ANNIE ROBERTS,
I was oh a visit to Columbus, Missts
aippi. I bad four or five friends there,
schoolmates of mine; for in those days
we Southerners used to form parties, and
a number of us leave our homes, and go
together to the far North to be educated.
A great mistake I have since thought;
for I have had occasion, often, to regret
not having received instruction in my
. At the time of which I write, was at
the house of my moat intimate friend,
' She was lovely in disposition, not re?
markably beautiful; but I never saw any
one with so sweet a face.
Her skin was-, purely white, and her
eyes a dark gray that many mistook for
black, because c f the long dark lashes
She had always a beautiful color and
looked healthy; yet, I don't know why,
ghe never seemed strong to me.
At school, I have seen her tremble and
grow pale at little incidents that scarcely
affected me. That very nervous weak?
ness, so opposed to my strength of nerve,
endeared her to me, and I came to watch
over her as if she were a younger sister.
I had been spending the winter with
Hier, and it had been auch a happy one.^"
One evening she came into my room
just as I was getting ready for a party ;
she held a note in her hand, and her face
was so ghastly that I thought she was ill.
She seemed perfectly unnerved, and with?
out a word dropped in a chair, near the
feureau, where I was standing.
'-Sue, what is the matter 1" I said at
She put her bands to her face, and wept
aloud ; but calming herself, she sobbed :
"Oh, Lucy, poor Lily is dead !"
I uttered an exclamation of horror.
"?It can't be! It can't be! We only saw
her this morning, and she was perfectly
"Yos, bnt a few minutes after wo left
?he was taken ill, and died about an hour
ago. Read the note." *
I took it and read a short statement of
what she had told me.
. We wept together; for Lily was our
schoolmate and dear friend.
She was the only daughter of one x>f
the wealthiest men in Columbus; her dis?
position so kind and amiable, that she
was petted and caressed by all.
I bad never lost a friend before, nor
bad Sue; and we felt this bereavement
I put off my party dress with the
saddest heart I had ever known, and la?
ter in the evening we went around to the
house of mourning.
She bad been laid out In the parlor,
and there we went to look at her.
Two evenings before, we had danced on
the spot where the still form of the dead
"Sweet flower! cutoff while you yet
'budded new V"
She was the most life-like corpse I have
over seen. A smile rested on her coun?
tenance and her skin still retained a
slight roseate hue.
We sat up with her several nights.
On Friday she was to be buried; but her
father's grief was so heart-rending, and
ahe still remained so life-like, that at his
earnest request she was kept some days
At first we had many friends to share
our nightly vigils; but the last night all
were tired out, and only two others be?
tide Sue and myself remained.
We were much fatigued and very sad;
for the next day Lily was to be consign?
ed to the tomb, and we had hoped we
hardly knew what.
Two hours passed slowly. There were
two parlors, with folding-doors between
them. They were handsomely furnished;
the most luxurious velvet carpet, chairs,
soiai, and mirrors of rare value. The
body was in the front parlor, resting on
a bier, in the middle of the room, length?
wise between one of the mirrors and the
folding-doors. On each side of this mir?
ror were candles. We sat in the adjoin?
ing room, and several times during tho
night, two of us, together, went in and
snuffed the candles.
About twelve o'clock this night, the
other two girls complained of headache,
and laid down to get a little sleep, so on?
ly Sue and I were left
Seme hours afterwards, Suo said to me,
"I feel a perfect horror creeping over
me. The sight of poor Lily inspires me
"Yes," I replied, :'I feel wretchedly,
too; but I attribute it to loss of sleep,
and our long and tedious watch over our
As Sue passed mc to go into the next
room to snuff the candles, she hesitated,
as if about to ask me to accompany her.
Would that I had ! But I was reclining
in my chair, and, in a half-dreamy state,
watching her as she unfolded the doors
and entered the next room. As I sat I
could see everything. There were six
candles, I think. She went from one to ,
the other, leaving tho two on the mirror
stand, at the bead of the dead body, for
She trembled so, that she could scarce?
ly accomplish her task.
I saw her resolutely turn her head away
as she approached the mirror; but as she
stood in front of it, some feeling prompt?
ed her to glance up.
I was wide awake now, and I could see
the reflection of her terror-stricken face,
and?great God! The corpse was mov?
ing ? i
First one hand was raised, then fell j
then the other; then one of the limbs,
and the body became so convulsed that
the drapery covering it, fell to the floor.
Sue had seen it all in the glass, without,
a word, her face stony.
As the pall fell she tottered forward and
fell over the body.
I uttered shriek after shriek, and soon
the room was filled with our friends and
I did not think of Sue, I only said :
"LilyI Lily! Save her! Save her!
She is alive !"
It was a long time before the restora?
tives were effectual in arousing her from
her trance. Her father knelt by her,
weeping and praying* Just as we were
giving up in despair, he suddenly uttered
an exclamation of joy.
The eyelids quivered and opened, and
the sweet mouth smiled. There was
nothing to fear now; and the room echoed
our rejoicing. ' >
"Come, Sue, and see her," said one of |
the girls, going to the sofa on which they
had laid her when she was taken up so
"Sue! Sue!" she cried, in alarm, bend?
ing over her. "What is the mutter?
Oh, come here and see ! Look at her I"
Alas! our neglect of her fainting-fit
had proved fatal.
In her weak, nervous state the start?
ling fright had been too much for her,
and I had regained one friend but to lo6e
another, the most beloved I have over
Lily is a matron now, living \n Colum?
bus still ; and this incident is well re?
membered by the older inhabitants of J
this beautiful Southern town.
The Famous Gaines Mill Case.?The
New Orleans Times relates that twenty
five years ago, when the case of Mrs.
Gaines first came up for trial in that city,
her counsel having withdrawn because of |
a difficulty with thejudge, General Gaines
himself claimed, as an admitted mombcr
of the bar to represent his wife's inter?
ests. Unfortunately, when he studied
law in Virginia, it was under a very dif?
ferent sj'stem of jurisprudence, and he
felt very much out at sea in the courts of
a civil law State. He wonld, therefore,
ask that the lady dofendant, who was
better acquainted with the remarkable
fuels of her history than any one else,
should be allowed to address the jury in
her oase. The judge stated that the lady
had the right to argue her own case. Then
the General, with that grand old dignity
for which he was so distinguished, lod for?
ward Mrs. Gaines, who proceeded to ad?
dress the jury at grout length, reading
numerous documents bearing upon her
cbso. Whilst reading these documents,
the Judge, who was a high-spirited man,
interfered, and notified her that she could
not bo allowed to read documents which
wore not in evidence in the case. The
lady still persisting, the Judgo again in?
terfered, and a disagreeable wranglo arose,
in the midst of which Mr. Gaines charged
the Judgo with having an interest against
her. Judgo Buchanan retorted with tem?
per, and notified General Gaines that he
was expected to control his wife in court,
where no persons were privileged.?
Whereupon the stately old General arose
to his full attidude of six feet three, and
assuming the position of a commander of |
grenadiers, and gracefully touching the
bolt belt of his sword, responded : "May
it please your Honor, for everything that
lady shall say or do, I hold myself per?
sonally responsible in every manner and
form known to the laws of my country
or the laws of honor." This reply and
the accompanying action and the appear?
ance of the general in his military garb,
aroused to a still higher pitch the Irish
fire of thejudge, who quickly answered:
"Gaines, this court will not be overawed
by military authorities." "Rest assured,
your Honor, that when an attempt of |
that sort is made, the sword which I wear
in conformity to the regulations of the
service and out of respect to this honor?
able court, will be quickly unsheathed to
defend the rights and dignity of your
Honor and of the civil tribunals of my
country." After these explanations peace
and order were restored.
Overwork?There was William Pitt,
dead at forty-nine, carrying the British
Empire on his shoulders for a quarter of ]
a century, and attempting to carry a pint
of port wine daily and a pinch of opium
in his stomach, and foundering in mid
ocean from this over cargo. What a
wreck "was that when J3rinsley Sheridan
went to pieces on the breakers of intem?
perance and overwork ? There, too,
was Mirabeau, that prodigy of strength
and health, of versatility and splendid
talent, killed by the overwhelming labors
and excitomcnts of the tribune and the
Cypran hells. Sergeant S. Premiss at?
tempted the double task; and if over
man might with impunity, he could, with
leonine health and marvelous mental
gifts. Said a distinguished Mississippi
lawyer to me, "Prentiss would sit up all
night gambling and drinking, and then go
into court next day and make a botler
plea in all reBpectB than I could, or any
body else at the bar of our State, even
though we studied our case half the night
and slept tho rest." He tried it, and in
the trying burned to the socket in forty
one years the lamp of life that had been
trimmed to last fourscore A draft upon
tho constitution in behalf of appetite is
just as much a draft as in behalf of work ;
aud if both are habitually proforred to?
gether, bankruptcy and ruin are sure and
? A colored lady, boasting tho other
day of the progress made by her son in
arithmetic, exultingly Baid, "Ho is in de
From the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Vice Presidents of tho United States.
With the Presidents of the United
States, with their characters and history,
almost every well-informed man is famil?
iar, but it is otherwise with tho Vice Presi?
dents, the second officers of the Govern?
ment. There are few who can over name
them in order in which they wereelectod.
A few reflections upon them may, there?
fore, be both inteiesting and instructive.
The first two Vico Presidents, John
Adams and Thomas Jefferson, were both
afterwards Presidents. They were sign?
ers of tho Declaration of Independence,
on the committee that dratted it, and
were leaders of their respective parties.
The third Vice President, Aaron Burr,
is also a great historical character, who,
in this connection, we may pass without
notice, save tho remark that his selection
over the distinguished Revolutionary gen?
erals, statesmen, and orators, at tho early
ago of forty-one, attests the remarkable
talents of the man, and the impression
they made upon public opinion.
Tho fourth Vice President was George
Clinton, of New York. Ho held the office
for eight years, undor tho second term of
Jefferson and of the first of Madison, and
died in it, the first instance of death in?
vading the great positions of the Govern?
ment. He had been tho Governor of New
York for eighteen years, during all the
war of the Revolution, and for a long time
before and after it. Ho was the great op?
ponent of tho adoption of tho Constitu?
tion of the United States, and, by his in?
fluence, came near defeating it in tho New
York Convention. Ho was the uncle of a
still nioro celobrated man, Do Witt Clin?
Tho fifth Vico President was Eldridgo
Gerry, of Massachusetts, one of tho im?
mortal fifty-six who signod the Declara?
tion of Independence. Mr. Geny was a
Democrat, who maintained the faith of
the party in tho darkest hours in Federal
Massachusetts. He had been a Demo?
cratic Governor of that State, and from
his name political nomenclature has arisen.
A Democratic Legislature, under his ad?
ministration, districted tho State for Con?
gress. Of cpurse'they regarded political
linos oven more than contiguity of terri?
tory. Party advantage was the great
aim. The Federalists denounced the bill
as a ''gerrymander," and from that day
?more than half a century ago?the
phrase has always been applied to politi?
cal Congressional and legislative appor?
tionments. Mr. Gerry, like his predeces?
sor, Mr. Clinton, died in office, and was
buried in the Congressional Burying
Ground, in the first year of his term.
Daniel D. Tompkins, of New York, was
the sixth Vico President, twice elcctod,
holding tho position through all theoight
year administration of James Monroe.
He acquired his reputation as a war Gov?
ernor in 1812. On one occasion, during
that struggle, the credit of the nation had
sunk so low, under the Federal opposition
of New England, that when the State of
New York put its bonds for $400,000 up?
on tho market there were no takers. It
was not until Governor Tompkins, who
was a very wealthy man, endorsed them
personally that the capitalists stepped for?
ward and took them. He was a man of
such popular and pleasing manners that
it was said that a refusal from him was
more highly prized than an acceptance of
ins great rival, Do Witt Clinton. It is gen?
erally believed that the death of Vico
President Tompkins was produced by an
immoderate indulgence in tho use of spir?
Tho seventh Vice President was a man
well known to us in middle life who have
taken any part in politics;?John C. Cal
houn, of South Carolina, tho ablest man,
with the possible exception of Jefferson,
who ever held tho place. He was Vice
President under John Quincoy Adams,
and also under General Jackson. Before
his term was out he resigned, in order to
take his seat upon the door as United
States Senator, to combat what he con?
sidered the Federal heresies of Daniel
Webster in regard to the respective rights
of the States and tho Federal Govern?
ment. He was the great apostle of State
rights, and when he arose to address the
Senate his salutation was not "Mr. Presi?
dent," but always ''Senators." He con?
sidered the Senate a mere convocation of
The eighth Vico President was Martin
Van Buren, of New York, who was after?
ward elected President. Ho was a vory
successful man, who, by his Talloyrand
address, occupied in succession every high
position in the Government?Governor,
United States Sonator, Minister to Kng
land, Secretary of State, Vice President,
and President. Of all his friends there
wcro none in whom Andrew Jackson re?
posed so much confidence.
Colonel .Richard M. Johnson, ol Ken?
tucky, was tho ninth person who filled
tho Vice Presidential chair. Until he was
chosen, in 1836, no Vice President had
ever beon selected west of tho AlFcghany
Mountains. He was a gallant soldier of
tho war of" 1812, and with his own hand,
as established by incontrovertible testi?
mony, killed Tceumseh, the celebrated In?
dian Chief, at tho battle of the Thames,
in 1813. He was then colonel of :i Ken?
tucky regrment. His civic distinction
arose from his celebrated report, early in
Jackson'B Administration, against discon?
tinuing the Sunday mail service, which
wasdomandod by the religious sentiment.
In 1840. John Tyler of Virginia, was
chosou the tenth Vice President. By tho
death of General Harrison ho became
President in one mouth alter tho latter's
inauguration. He had been Governor of
Virginia, a Unitod States Senator, and
WAV a man of more than ordinary talent.
It has been charged that he was a traitor
to his party; but it is not true. He was
always an anti-United Slates Bank and
anti-protective tariff man, and opposed to
internal improvements at tho expenso of
the General Government. It was with
that understanding he was .nominated
and ^elected. When he vetoed those
measures he was no apostate.
Tho eleventh Vice President was
George M. Dallas, ofPcnnsylvania. The
Convention nominated Silas Wright, of
New York, but he declined it, and Mr.
Dallas was substituted. Tho first tele?
graphic despatch that ever passed over
the wires was from Baltimore to Wash?
ington, acquainting Mr. Wright of his
nomination, and requesting his accep?
tance. Mr. Dallas had been Minister to
Russia and United States Senator previ?
ous to his election. He was an able and
dignified man. He gave the casting vote
in tho Senate for the free-trade tariff of
1846 against a howl of remonstrance from
his own State.
The twelfth Vice President was Millard
Fillmore, of New York, who had been
for years a distinguished member of Con
fress from that State. It was during his
residency of tho Senate that death again
visited the Executive Mansion removing
General Taylor, making him President.
It was fortunate for tho country. Had
Taylor lived the war of 1861 would bave
ensued in 1850. It was a curious fact
that Taylor, the man of the extreme
South, was controlled by the men of the ex?
treme North; while Fillmore, a Northern
man pursued a moderate, conservative,
and national course
Tho next Vice Pre6idont was William
R. King, of Alabama. He was dying.of
consumption whon elected, and took the
oath of office before an American Consul
in the Island of Cuba, where he had re?
paired for his health-. He died a little
more than a month after tho beginning of
his official term. . Ho had been thirty
years a Senator from Alabama, and was a
gentleman of tho "old school" of polish?
ed and urbane manners. Without great
ability, this fact, combined with his known
integrity, gavo him position and promi?
The fourteenth Vice President was
General John C. Breckenridge, of Iven
tuck\T, tho only civilian on tho Southern
side who may be said to have distinguish?
ed himself in -the late war. Able and elo?
quent, a man of splendid address, with a
lino person and carriage, it is safe to say
that tho office was never adorned by a
more distinguished character. Hiscareer
in tho war was that of a brave and chival?
rous soldier, who won the respect even of
The fifteenth vice President was Hanni?
bal llamlin, of Mainu; and the sixteenth
was Andrew Johnson, of Tennesso. It is
unnecessary to speak of these gentlemen.
Mr. Hamlin is a very ordinary man; per?
haps tho most so, with the exception of
the present incumbent?Schuyler Collax
?who ever filled the position. Andrew
Johnson was really a superior character,
whom death, for the third time, designa?
ted as tho controller of the Executive
Mansion. Severely denounced and bitter?
ly assailed, he may rely with confidence
upon posterity doing justice to tho great
measures of his administration. The man
man who without any advantages in
early life, could riso from a village al?
derman to bo President of the United
States, passing, in the meantime through
all the grudations, could not but have
possessed sterling qualities and a vigor?
Tue Negro Postmaster at Columbia.
?The Augusta Constitutionalist says:
"We understand that Wilder, tho negro
postmaster of Columbia, has finally con?
cluded that his aspirations have been far
above his abilities, and has actually im?
portuned Mr. Samuel Leaphcarc, who
formerly held the position of chief clerk
in the office (under Mr. J. C. Janney, suc?
ceeded by Wilder) to relieve him of' his
b?rden? agreeing to accept any part of
the salary of the position which Mr. Leap
hart's liberality may see proper to allow
him. Mr. L., in accordance with tho ex
press wishes of the citizens, had concluded
to accept tho proffered offer of Wilder,
when the latter found a littlo hitch in tho
1 transfer, growing out of the fact that
Governor Scott was one of tho endorsers
of his official bond, and it would bo nec?
essary to consult him with regard to the
execution of the manoeuvre. The black ne?
gro endorser on Wiidcr's bond acquiesces |
in the purpose of his principal to transfer
his office, and there are hopes expressed
that Governor Scott, from a little circum?
stance of recent occurrence, in which he
was personally inconvenienced, may yield
his assent to Wiidcr's abdication, it
seems that the Governor has been in
Charleston for the past week, and iound
it essential for his personal or part)'' psr
posos to order a remittance from the cap?
ital. A check was enveloped and dispatch?
ed to his anxious Excellency through
mail. The check failed to reach Charles?
ton, and the Ohio Gubornator of South
Carolina returned to the capital to inves?
tigate the obstructions which interposed
to shut off his anticipated supply of funds.
He succeeded in finding the check, to his
great chagrin, (because Southern Gover?
nors, in these degenerate days, must have
cash at command to grease their machin?
ery) quietly resting in the Columbia Post
office it is hoped that tho pcoplo ot
Columbia may reap some substantial good
from this reported 'riling' of Governor
Scott, and that the good sense exhibited
by Wilder may bo allowed to prevail."
? When tho enterprising butcher's
clerk 'set up on his own hook/ did he
find a comfortable seat?
? What gives a cold, cures a cold, and
pays the doctor 1 A draught.
Comiuj in couples,
Smiling so sweetly,
Up the long aisle
Tripping so neatly;
Nodding at neighbors,
Peering at faces,
Heeding no sermon;
What they go there for ?
Hard to determine;
On all around them,
Don't suit their whims ;
Plain they assemble
Just for the "himSi'1
Mechanics Needed in the Reconstruction
of the South.
From a woll considered article in the
last Abbeville Banner, we make the fol?
lowing extracts. The writer shows the
folly and stupidity of the policy hereto?
fore pursued in depending upon the North
for superior mechanical labor, and pro?
ceeds to urge Southern parents to devel
ope mechanical genius whenever found in
th eir sons. Ho then administers a just
rebuke to tho falso pride and narrow prej?
udice against mechanics always existing
to a greater or less extent in Southern
society, and upon this point wo desire to
have our readers bencfitted by his illus?
trations and sound reflections:
Experience teaches that we should fos?
ter the mechanical arts, at least, to the
extent of supplying our own wants, and
cease to bo so entirely dependent upbn
tho Northern States. Such a change in
our policy and practice cannot be wrought
in a day. This is no reason why an effort
should not bo made to introduce a change.
As a means to this end, we suggest, that
parents should study closely the charac?
ters of their sons, aud direct them to
those pursuits, for which they seem to
have greatest aptitude. It seems to have
been taken for granted, heretofore, that
all mechanical ialent and inventive genius
had been monopolized by the Yankees.
The history of the late war put an end to
this fallacy. A vast amount of mechani?
cal talent has been buried at the South.
Our.;; presont necessitous condition de?
mands that all such talents should be de?
veloped and applied for the benefit of so?
A very strong and a very general preju?
dice lies in tho way. Employment in the
workshop has been regarded in this State,
especial!}' as degrading. In our early
years, nothing was more shocking to the
members of the old families of the State,
than the idea of one of them learning a
trade. It was too decidedly plebeian.
It might be known that they were gam?
blers, imtemperato and licentious; but,
they did not lose caste. To handle the
trowel or tho jack plane, however, was
death to character. An intimate fiiend
of our boyhood, belonging to an old-fam
il}', whoso estates had dwindled away,
not willing to live poor, in order to feast
pride, determined on becoming a brick
mason, having noticed the great success of
the father of one of our classmates, who
belonged to this class of citizens. His
eldest brother remonstrated vehemently
against this determination, and said to
him: "Do you suppose that, if 1 meet
you in King Street, (the fashionable
promenade) with a trowel in }rour hand
and mortar on your shoes, I shall speak
to you"? He replied calmly, but firmly:
"The day will come, when you will be
glad to have a room in my fine brick
house." This as wo happened to know,
was literally fulfilled; This incident serves
to illustrate the feeling that has prevailed
in this State with regard to boys learning
a trade. Wo confess, that to us, it has al?
ways seemed very silly. We havo known
a man to affect superiority over the me?
chanic, who built his nice mills, though his
own father laid tho foundation of his vast
fortune in selling half pints. Mixed
liquors was decidedly more aristocratic
than mixing mortar. Different eyes cer?
tainly require different glasses. Parents
should teach their children that
"Honor and slulrae from no condition rise.'*
Even in this State numerous cases could
be adduced to show that mechanics share
a pretty fair chance for wealth and posi?
tion. Let a few suffice. Jonathan Lucus,
who amassed a fortune and was made a
Baronet by George III. for introducing
rice mills into England, was a millwright.
His next neighbor, Thomas Bennett, who
became very wealthy and was mado Gov?
ernor of the State, was also a millwright.
Old Mr. Schnierlo was a carpenter, and
acquired riches by his industry; but this
did not prevent his son, tho General,
from filling the Mayoralty of Charles?
ton for years. Many more such cases
we could cite, but it is unnecessary.
These servo to show that despite tho
strong prejudice against mechanics, many
have risen superior to it, and have
compelled tho respect of thoso who,
in early lifo, may havo regarded them
with disdain. Wo havo Buffered in this
State on account of this prejudice. Our
present condition demands that common
sense .should govern. Our youth should
be taught that there i6 dignity in labor;
and they should be encouraged to lay hold
of the trowel, the plane, tho slodge, the
loom, or any instrument of art employ?
ing tho wants of society. They should
be encouraged to regard manual labor, as
not adverse to tho acquisition of fame, as
weil as riches. Sir Christopher Wren
was an architect. Stephenson was a ma?
chinist. Franklin was a printer. Hugh
Miller was was a stone masen. Elihu
Bun-it was a blacksmith. What man is
there in South Carolina who, how^ter'fee
fuddled with notions of caste^ would not
be exhilarated at the prospect of his son
securing a reputation similar to that of
these mechanics ? And to what does this
thing of caste amount? Weknow a very
aristocratic family in which is commingl?
ed the blood of a tailor, a tallow chandler^
and a dealer in peltry. But they are non?
tho worse for their humble beginnings.
In the reconstruction of things among
us, mechanics are very much needed/
We must have all sorts of shops, and all
Borts of workmen. Let the beys among tIS
that have an aptitude for mechanics, be
encouraged to learn some trade. Let
proper attention be showed to them. Let
them not be excluded from society, be?
cause they handle tools. Let reading rooms
and libraries and evening schools be es?
tablished, so that, like Miller and Burnt
and Franklin, they may improve their
minds, and be fitted to occupy high posi?
tions at home, as abroad. We hope yet
to see the day when South Carolina sbaHl
not be dependent on Yankeedom for a'xs
helves and broom handles.
MajIly Sentiments.?The. New York
Herald but expresses the sentiments of
all, save the extreme (torch and turpen?
tine) Radicate, when, in reference to the
mean and very doubtful conduct of certain
parties at Washington in preventing the
decoration of Confederate graves,,it asks:
"Is it possible that we cannot see how
to be patriots without being brutes? Is
it possible that our respect for a great
cause requires us to exercise a mean sti?
pe rvision over the actions and thoughts
of those whose sorrows differ from ours
in their direction ? Is this horrible tyran?
ny of a majority to go into the sacred do?
main of the grave, too, and shall no one
bo grieved over, if he happened to be
wrong ? Shame on the zeal that pursues
a quarrel beyond the grave. In the TJni
?ted States of America freedom has been
much cramped for some time, but we have
always desired to believe that it was only
necessarily so. Permit us, men in author
ity, to believe that there is still freedom
for a woman to go to the grave of her son
or her lover and cast upon it a token of
remembrance. If there is not what bet?
ter are you than the brjjtal despots that
made Austria a byword among nations t
Mark Twain's Experience?Mark
Twain writes as follows from Ylcksburgi
At dinner yesterday I helped myself to
a piece of pumpkin pie. The gentleman
who bad been so obliging to amuse me at
an expense of $75, observing me eat the
pie, rose from tho table with a heavy
frown on his face. When I had finished
my dinner and walked forward to the so?
cial hall, he approached with a drawn
Bowie-knife and sternly demanded of me
where I was from. I told him, after a
slight hesitation, that 1 was born in Albe*
marlo county, Va., and that I was a
nephew of Colonel-. He then saidt
"If that is the case, sir, you may eon*
Lin ue to live; but, sir, I thought you must
be a d?d Yankee from the way you ate
that pumpkin pie, and in that case I
should have regarded it as a duty to cut
your thront I"
I thanked him very politely for the high
regard he manifested for the place of my
birth and my family connections. He
then asked mo if I took part in the rebel?
lion. I said yes. He inquired on which
side. I replied on both ; that I was visit?
ing a relative of mine by the name of
John M. Botts at the time the war broke
out, and that I remained there until the
war closedi He seemed satisfied with my
answer, and asked me to introduce him
to Gen. Blair.
He told the General that he was the
first man ho ever voted fbr that ho had
fought against; that the South could never
have been conquered if he, Col. Jay Haw*
ker I think he called himself, had been in
command, or if they had all been like him.
Ho had lost very heavily by the war. I
think he said he had lost an uncle, a nig*
ger, a watch and thirty dollars in Confed?
? A lad, narrating a street fight in
which he had been engaged, said: 'Til
tell you how it was. You see, Bill and
me went down to the wharf to fish; and
1 felt in my pocket and found my knife,
and It Was gone; and I said, Bill, you
stole my knife; and he said I war anoth?
er; and I said go there yourself; and he
said it was ne such thing; und I said he
was a liar, and could whip him if I was
m'gger'n him; and he said he'd rock me to
sleep, mother; and 1 Baid he was a bigger
one; and he said 1 never had the measles;
I said lor him to fork over that knife, or
I'd fix him fora tombstone at Laurel Hill;
and ho said my grandmother was no gen?
tleman; and I said he dufscn't take itupj
but he did. you bet; you never?well, you
never did; then I got up again, and he.
tried to, but ho didn't; and I grabbed him
and throwed him down on top of me like
several bricks; tied I tell you it boat all?
and so did he; and my little dog got bo
hind Bill aud bit him, and Bill kicked at
the dog and the dog ran, and I ran after
the dog to fetch him back, and I didn't
catch him till I got clea.- home; and I'll
whip him more yet. Is my eye very
? It is an exquisite and beautiful thing
in our naturo, that when oar heart is
touched aud softened by some tranquil
happiness, the memorv of the dead comes
over it most powerfully and irresistably.
It would almost seem as though our bet?
ter thoughts and sympathies were charms
in virtue of which the soul is enabled to
hold some vague and mysterious inter-*,
course with tho spirits of those whop* *re>
dearly loved in life. Alas! how often and"
how long may those patient angels hover
above us, watching for the spell whicb is
so seldom uttered and ecoa forgotten.
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