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"My Tricksy Spirit."
"Fine apparition, my quaint Ariel!
Hark, in thine ear."-Shaksptare.
Oh! darling da- ghter of the hour.
Sweet Fancy, at a moment horn.
That bring'st of every clime the flow'r,
And wnk'st of every day the morn.
Creature of love, and life, and air.
Of dewy dusk jmd starr}* bright,
Come with the sunset in thy hair.
And glimpsing gold of wing in flight.
Tiring memories of the pebbly brooks,
From forests deep that green the shade.*'
"Where every flower that upward looks,
Beguiles some tear-drop Co the glade.
And lift the silence from the grove,
And crown it with a voice to spell
The wandering heart: of those who love,
And sorrow that they love too well.
"Weave for some sadder wings than thine
A winding pathway through the woods,
And spriuk with buds ot gracious shine
The bank . of dark and sullen floods.
And shake thy wl.igs upon the air,
That seeds of beaut}-, suun'd by mirtb,fc
Shall spring around the steps of care, T
And'bide with blooms the scars of earth.
Catch up the songs of happy birds,
And for the sullen home of thought.
Shape the glad airs to fitting words.
That glide into the breast untaught.
Music and mirth, and blooms of flowers,
And haunting tones -*f love arc thine,
And ?till, through all the changing- hours,
Some soothing spell for hearts that pine.
Steal to thc porch, where sorrow broods
And sees no blooms and hears no song.
And people all his silent woods, T
And win him-forth to join the throng.
-And bring the tripping elves to elide,
With each a grace, or trick of art,
"To pluck his sl<:eve, and. by his side,
Make fond appeal to touc'n his heart.
And summon Ariel, Oberon.
Titania, Puclc, ntid, in a tric?s
Each with his magic girdle on.
Unfold some dainty dear device.
Thine is the charm which, wed to Thought,
From o'ut lier shoulder calls the wings,
And with a whisper, from thee caught.
The Care lorgets herself and sings.
Sing thou for me and mine, thronjh hours,
When native song denies to come.
Anil bring for us thy foreign flowers.
When none in all our gardens bloom.
Tho? only hast the ch and, of all
Who feed the soul with fruitage rare,
To burst of time the dreary thrall.
And sing forgetlulness tu car;-;
To couch the sealed and vacant sight,
Till skies unfold with stars, while soon,
To soothe the raven breast of night.
Comes forth, with sickle bent, the moon,
lier gol.leu shield above the hills
. She hangs, and points ber glittering
"While sudden, all the ocean thrills.
And heaves his billows up to hear.
And rush the winds idong the waves.
And glow tbs woods in glad array.
While, trooping forth from ancient graves,
The myriad memories grow to sway.
Yet, but for thee, wbat ear would list.
What e-e behold the matchless bright,
The music of that melodist,
That shapes the ft rms and songs of
THOU (ind'st the soul for common things,
That darken on the common eye;
For thee, the bird of midnight sings.
And wings take color from thy sky.
Thou, at the choir, the leader art,
And with a single flash, thy strain
Makes joyous way to head and heart,
That kindle, ne'er to drowse again.
Each feather shredded from thy plume,
And floating down on evening airs,
l3 as a sun-glance through the gloom,
To lighten up a patti of tears.
Each note of whisper, soft at dew,
At ?lawn or dusk. is. as a breath,
Melodious, like a carol new.
Ol' wakening, from the damps of death
The conscious sense perceives thee nigh,
Era yet the thought ia touch'd, or vision
And. from the deep. s'D'ls up a cry
Of rapture, as at sight Elysium
Be nigh, forever nigh, to soothe,
When memory mort lier sorrow mea?
And bring to ago the pulse of youth,
'?Vinn first it throb? with new found
pleasures. W. (J. S.
CAPTO OF MB. DAVIS.
Preparation for Flight-Desertion of
I hisrEscort - Threatened Attack of
Guerillas-Betrayal by a Ferry?
man- The Flight and Capture
Arrival in Macon, <?c, dre*.
When the armistice agreed upon by
Gen. Johnston, of '.he Confederate
anny, and Maj. Geo. Sherman, com
manding the Federal army, was corn
municated to Mr. Davis, and all hope
of farther resistance on this side of the
Mississippi thus vanished, he deter?
mined to escape to Texas. "What
were his intentions after arriving thee
are not known to any one save his
A strong cavalry escort, consisting
of Fergurson's, Vaughan's, Duke's and
Breckinridge's brigades were selected
to accompany and protect Mr. Davis
and his family, and immediate personal
friends, in their flight. The men and
officers of all these brigades were con
sidered of the Lruest Southern chivalry,
and it was known that they had each
faced death a thousand times during
the sanguinary conflict which bas just
The whole party, consisting of Mr.
Davis, John H. Revgarj, Ex-Governor
Lubbock, of Texas, A. D. C., Burton
If. Harrison, Private Secretary to Mr.
( Davis, Col. Wm. Preston Johnston,
and the brigades above mentioned,
".arrived at Abbeville. S. C., on tbe^tli
of April, without anv particular mci
dent having occurred along the route
"7 When Mr. Davis arrived at Abbe?
ville, which was on thefe?tfaj^Ajtril,
he discovered that there wfiJumvWsa
! disaffection among his escort, and thej
were determined to make no resistance
in the event they were attacked, n<
mat4er how great or small the attack
ing force might bo.
But little or no effort was made t<
induce them to follow the fortunes o
their chosen and once revered leade
further. They all chose to rernaii
behind, except six noble Kentuckians
of Duke's brigade, who manfully re
mained by him.
The following are the names of th
soldiers who refused to leave Mr. Day ii
They all belonged to the 2d Kentuck;
cavalry: Lieut. Baker, privates Sac
ders. Smith, Heath, Walbert, an
Mr. Davis had, several davs befor
leaving Charlotte, sent off his familj
consisting of his amiable lady and fon
sweet little children. They were ar
companied by his wife's sister, Mi:
Howell, of New Orleans, aad he
brother, Midshipman Howell, C. ?
Navy, Lieut. Hathaway, C. S. Arm;
and perhaps one or two other ind
Mr. Davis arrived at Washingtoi
Ga., on the 4th instant, and much t
his chagrin, found that only eight me
of his escort came up with him; an
to still farther aggravate the case, ui
pleasant rumors reached him of tL
probabilities of au attack upon h
family, who were one day yet in a(
vance, by guerillas. Passing th rou g
Washington, ho took the Sand?rsvil
road, almost due South, but for certai
reasons left the village to the right.
At Irwin's Cross Roads, in Washin?
ton County, a band of desperado
made a demonstration upon the ca
riages and ambulances containing M
David* family, and again at Dubli
but after hearing who the distinguish*:
occupants were, and being nssun
they could not rob the party witho
first shedding blood, they desisted ar
drew off. At Dublin they amounb
lo at least thirty men, and consisted
deserters from both tho Federal ai
Confederate annie, banded, togetii
for the purpose of highway robbery.
Mr. Davis had, at midnight, on t
Cth, overtaken and rejoined his fami
six in'.lcs Not th ot Dublin, and p
before the desperadoes organized thc
intended to make the attack. In jv
tice ;r> thom, however, it may he s;
I that they, vilhins ibough they we
upon learning who the party was, di?
vided in opinion, and finally deter?
mined to respect the distinguished
statesman the South had honored as
its chosen leader during the war. He
parsed them unmolested.
Leaving Dublin, or the camp in the
woods near that miserable little vil?
lage, on the morning of the 7th, the
whole party traveled leisurely along
until tliey reached the Ocmulgee river
at Abbeville, Wilcox County, on the
9th. But before reaching there Mr.
Davis had again separated from his
family, 'retaining only a few persons
with him. His lady crossed before
him, but coming up on the same night
ho was recognized by the ferryman,
who made haste to tell his pursuers a
few hours afterwards, whom he set
across the stream.
At Abbeville the party learned from
citizens that the Federal cavalry vere
at Hawkinsville, and at midnight left
tlieir encampment and took the Irwin
ville road. Arriving within one mile
of that place at a late hour in- th?
afternoon, they went into camp, from
which they were destined to leave as
"When Gen. Wilson received orders
from Washington, to take measures to
arrest, if po>sible, Mr. Davis, Col.
Pritchard, of the 4th Michigan, in
command of one hundred and fifty
men of his own rooj'ment.and perhaps
fifty of the 2d Wisconsin, were dis
I patched down the Ocmulgee, to watch
Going directly to Hawkinsville, in?
formation was there received through
unknown agencies, that Mr. Davis
would cross, or bad crossed at Abbe
vi ile. Going to that ferry, the ferry
man a*, once offered 'to bet $100,00C
that he had set Jeff. Davi? and hi.'
family over the river.' Such was
indeed the fact, and from thence tc
their encampment was a straight ano
Mr. Davis had posted two vidette:
respectively, on the Hawkinsville ant
the Abbeville road, but from utter ex
haustion they slept instead of watch
ing, and were either captured or passet
by before they were aroused.
As a consequence, Co!. Pritchard':
advance came up to the very catii]
without being observed. The 2d Wris
cousin made a detour and gained tin
road in advance, whilst the 4th Michi
gan came directly up to the camp
whose inmates were all sleepiug, am
perhaps dreaming, underneath greei
oaks and beneath their own nativt
blue Southern sky.
i i "Grey-eye.I morn,
I With one bright star upon her foreheai
! Stood blushing in the Orient;
Ami twittering birds came forth
To carol out r.he day."
Then giving the signal, the 4th Wis
cousin charged into the camp, am
captured all its inmates. Col. John
ston and one or two servants wer
alone awake at the time. They a
first, thought that they had been at
tacked by the hated and detested gut
rillas; but the truth soon became know
that they bad fallen into other hands.
Leaving a guard over Mr. Davis, hi
family and escort, the remainder of th
4th Michigan, supposing that a larg
force of Confederate cavalry must b
on ahead, went forward to attac
.them. At a short distance they me
the advance of the 2d Wisconsin, an
firing at once commenced. Many vo
leys were exchanged, Mr. Davis assui
ing the men with him that they wer
killing one another, and that he ha
no men out upon that road. Aftf
the firing ceased, it was ascertain
that four men out of the 2d Wiscoi
sin were killed and two wounded, an
that of the 4th Michigan two wei
killed an.I two were wounded, arnon
whom was one officer.
An official despatch was fir warde
ythat morning, tho 20th dav of Ma
'back to Macon, containing "a brief a
count of the expedition and its result
! and ai'nour.cing that as tho captui
took place seventy-five miles from the
city, it would take three days to enter
Nothing worthy of note occurred on
the road from Irwinville to thi3 city.
Mr. Davis? and his family were treated
with the utmost civility by their
captors, and meny tokens of affection
and esteem were shown them by the
people along the road.
Going down the Houston road at
noon yesterday, the reporter took a
1 position two miles from town, and
I there awaited the arrival at 2 o'clock.
Tbe advance guard came in sight, and
quickly the whole party came up.
First after the advance came a fine car?
riage, containing Miss Howell, Lieut.
Hathaway and two others. Next an
ambulance drawn by .four splendid
mules, containing Mr. Davis, his lady
and little daughter. The sweet little
girl occupied a seat in front and looked
ont upon tho vast throng of soldiers
and citizens, who crowded each side of
the road, with a pleading smile. Per?
haps the little girl thought that it was
one of those pageants she had often
seen assemble to do reverence to her
At every step the crowd increased.
When the carriages crossed the Macon
and Western Railroad, so vast had it
become that it was necessary for men
to clear the way with drawn swords
and pointed rifles. From all parts o
the city men, women and children, sol
diers and negroes, flocked to the side
walks and blocked up th? way. Pass
ing the Brown Hotel, the throng mover,
directly fnrward to Mulberry street an<
from thence up to the Lanier House
In front of that hotel the crowd ha<
grown so dense that it was with diffi
culty the way could be cleared. A
last the carriage and the ambulane
were stopped and the party'alighted
They were received by Gen. WriIson'
officer of the day, and taken to room
prepared for them by Messrs. Logai
and Mears, the proprietors.
Gen. Wilson's steward says that h
is a personal friend of Mr. Davis, th
latter having partaken of many
good meal with him at his restauran
in Washington in the olden timt
and therefore, he is determined t
cater well for him while here.
Not a shout or token of exultatio
was manifested during the whole tim
by the Federal soldiery,' while tb
citizens looked on with countenance
generally expressing regret.
Mr. Davis, his family, and th
gentlemen captured with him, wer
sent forward by special train to At
lanta. He is in feeble health.
There are private individuals wb
seem fated to fall in with adventure
there are works of art the history an
mystery of which never come to a
end. Who would have conceived
possible that a new romance copeen
ing Mozart's Requiem should turn uj
Yet Herr Jahn's new 'Life of Mozart
? (which may be noticed when it
I completed) contains something of th
I kind; detail of a frightful passage <
the composer's last years, during whicl
1 it was already known, his iirfidelitic
to his Stanerl were many and reckles
The heroine was a. young, beautifi
married woman, whose jealous hu:
hand committed suicide, after bavin
maned his wife!s beauty forever i
presence of tho composer. To tl
horror of this scene is ascribed tl
dejection which notoriously darkenc
the closing months of Mozart's life, an
''The Requiem" is now stated to faai
been in part undertaken as an expi
tory by one who was as superstitioi
as he was affectionate and sensual,
should he added that, by those wi
have gone the deepest into tho subje(
lien Jahn is accepted as a writer
research and credit.
I fy^S- [London Aihenoum.
Knowledge, economy and labor a
the virtues of a civilized man; tin
form tho mc?t durable bas? ofsociet
Woe. An Apologue. *
A voice was heard crying from tba
wilderness, and it came, saying: 'My
name is Woe! Fain would I maks
my home among the rocks! There
would I find fellowship-there, by the
lonely, ever-sounding sea-in the deep
tracts of the wasted desert! Eut a
will beyond mv own, sends me abroad
among the habitations ot men. I
traverse the highway's-I pafs ipto
the cities-I must still seek the dwell- .
ings of man-I must dog his foot?
And the people of the cities strove
in terror when they heard the accents
of that hollow-sounding voice, A
deep fear fell upon all hearts, thorne
crossed the seas in flight, some fled up
into the mountains where the grey
bird, among the sharp bald cliffs,
builds his eyrie, and fancies himself
secure. Others again luok (shelter
among the cave?, where the adder
hides and hisses. But the voice went
with them into the cave", and upon
the mountains, and it followed thc
fugitives upon the great highway of
And thus, once more, ilia voice was
heard to complain: 'Sorrowful and
sleepless is this toil! Fain would I
return to the wilderness; fain would I
rest me beside the ever-sounding shore
-on the'sharp crags of thc black icy
mountain-hearkening to mournful
winds that traverse the prey desert
without rest; I would dwell only in
dark and silent places! I am of the
brood of the unlovely aud the un?
loving! I seek the cloudy and tho
sad! Give me voices from the .--lorm.
and from the starless night! These
better suit me than the crowd and the
Then, another voice was heard,
feebler and sadder than Lia own. It
rose sudden beside him, even where
he sat, crouching by a hearth where
the fire had gone out in ashes, and
there was no mare beat. The voice
was human like his own! aud she who
spoke rose-a woman, gaunt and
wretched-and she crawled from be?
neath the grey folds of his mantle,
where she had lain unseen; and she
stood up before the shape, looking
him boldly in his blank visage. Theso
were her words: 'And wherefore
shouldst thou yearn "for the loneliness
of the rocks and seas; the pathless
desert, and the many-sounding shorel
Thou hast brought hither a deeper
loneliness. Thou hast made the city
a likeuess unto them. From sea, rock,
and de=ert, the desolation all fled when
thou didst take, thy departure. The
loneliness belongs only to thee.
Wouldst thou fly from thyself! Thou
canst not fly from mel Thou has:
made me thine. Thou hast wedded
me with a fearful sign; the earth bears
proof of oiir bridal! Henceforth thou
art mine for ever. Thou hast left me
none other than thee. Thou shalt
never leave me more!'
And she crawled once more beneath
the grey folds of his heavy mantle;
and, in silence, with his iron staf:,
Woe stirred the duli ashes upon the
hearth; and he no longer yearned for
the loneliness of -the sounding sea, t^ie
bald rock, and- the pathless desert, for
he felt that a greater loneliness waa
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