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MAEYSVILLE, IKANB-AS, SA.TXJKDA.TT, MAY 24, 1862
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"Still, in thy Dream-land, Poes
Oh wha t a Heaven 01 Deauty ivtt ;
Fairer than the blended glories
Of sjthouund sunset skies.
Heads and vales of tempo stretching
('Neath soft skies ot changeless btae,)
O'er whewe Velvet sod arc clustered
Fiord Gems and Pearl of dew."
SONG OF THE CAMP.
Give us a song 1" the soldier cried,
The outer trenches guarding,
'When the heated guns of the camp .allied
Grew, weaiy of bombarding.
'The dark Redan in silent scoff,
Lay, grim an I threatening under,
And the tawny mouth of the Mnlakoff"
No lomger belcfeed its thunder.
There was a pause. The guardman said;
" We storm the forts to-morrow ;
i5ing while we may, another day
Will bring enoagh of sorrow."
They lay along the battery's side,
Below the smoking cannon
Brave hearts from Severn and from 'Clyde
Aid from the banks of Shannon.
They sang of love and not of fame
Forgot was Britain's glory;
Each heart recalled adifferont lame,
But all sang "Annie Laurie."
Voice after voice cattght up the song,
Until its tender passion
"3tose like an anthem, rich and strong
Their battle eve confession.
JDear girl her name he c'ared not speak
Yet, as the song grew louder,
Something upon the soldier's cheek
Washed off the stains of powder.
.Beyond the darkning ocean burned
The bloody sunset's embers,
"While the Crimean valleys learned
How English love remembers.
And once again a fire of hell
Rained on the Russian quarters,
TVith scream of shot and burst of shell,
And bellowing of the mortars,
Aad Irish Nora's eyes are dim,
For a singerdumb amd gory!
And English Mary niourns for him
Who sang of " Annie Laurie."
.JUi ! soldiers to your honored rest
Your truth and valor.feearing,
The bravest are the tenderest
The lev ing are the, daring.
1 Bayard Taylor.
tilfnanittf thee, I dream of, thee, ,
All through the.traiiqH hours of night;
And murmured tones 'of melody
My bosom fills with sweet delight
Oh, could I gaze in' thy dark eyes,
'Bright as the stars that roll above,
Then woald swsetsongs of joyiarise,
Attune to notes of peace and love. .
- r My. heart, ssy heari, is all .thine owm
Oh," take it in life'sT joyous hours,
Ire alits golden desasas have flows,
Ertit lies erusheijMSMl the bowers.
'To slasp thy lily kaad in mint
To hear thy vv i sweetest song
Oh, tkia ware Mjimm Jirise
For-which my weary heart, doth long !,
Of-ievs to bless Ja life's triad day I
kafikybrsMeljssfUg.wardto me, .
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COST Or THE REBELLION,
Washington Mat 11 j
In the whirl and excitement of putting
down the Rebellion we are apt to forget a
few things'that ought to he remembered.
We have an army of about 750,000
men. The estimates of the Sanitary Com
mission give an annual mortality of about
5 per cent of those men from sickness
alone. In the Mexican war the loss in
battle was about one-eighth that from
Taking that as the ratio in the present
war, and we have :
Annual mortality by sickness 37,500
Annual mortality in battle 4,687
This is perhaps the lowest estimate ev
er made for an army in like circumstances,
and is on the supposition that sweeping
epidemics be escaped. The mortality in
European armies has ranged from ten to
thirty per cent, and in many instances
much higher. In the British army in the
Crimea the annual mortality was twenty
per cent by disease and three percent by
wounds. Should our army be obliged to
spend the approaching hot season in South
ern camps, the ratio of mortality from dis
ease will probably exeeed that in the Cri
mea, while from the experience of the
last few weeks and the immediate prospect
before us, that from the battle-field will be
much greater- That ratio would give:
Aunual mortality from disease 150,000
Killed in battle . 22,500
Total annual mortality i. . 172,500
Assuming the very low ratio of only
one married man in ten among our sol
diers, and allow but two children to each
family, and we have according, to the first
Number of families annually oiphatied 4,218
Number of children made fatheiless 8,436
According to the second estimate :
Number of families annually orphaned 17,200
Number of children made fatherless 24,400
Add to these estimates the number who
will return unable to provide for their fam
ilies in consequence of wounds (at a low
estimate,) twice as many as those killed in
battle, and at least an equal number brok
en down with disease from hardship and
exposure, and we have according to, the
first estimate as above, 12,1S5; and ac
cording to the second estimate, 52,440
children of soldiers annually orphaned or
impoverished by the war.
Now, by the lowest estimate we have
12,185 children of soldiers aanually or
phaned. By the closest estimate yet made of the
expenses, thus far, every laboring man
must pay indirectly and directly in taxes,
in substance, one day's woik out of every
twenty during the remainder of his life.
The Rebellion tax will be particular 'y
bard on western farmers who are owing a
portion of their farms. In fact, it is be
lieved that thelarms of many of the poor
er farmers will be virtually confiscated by
our Government for taxes ; and the ques
tion narrows down to whether the proper
ty of loyal or disloyal men shall be confis
cated to pay the expenses of the Pro-Slavery
Rebellion. Many of our conservative
politicians see constjtutUnal objections to
confiscating the property of rebels, though
they are mot m anxious about the loyal.
Dawes, of Mass., id oae of those anxious
conservatives, and his anxiety is shared by
Yallandigbam of Ohio tad other creatures
of that ilk. Nevertheless Congress will
undoubtedly past an aet confiscating a
portion of the'prtptrty of the rebels ; but
in spite of all that can be done loop holes
will be provided by the conservative pro-
slavery members in any 'confiscation law,
throMgb wMch their friends, the rebels,
will slip tujlfh io' great extent un
harmed, jv - ,
If the people will send these conserva
tive friends of rebels to Congress thej
must expect that rebel interests will be
considered first andtnose of Jdyal men afr
terwards. Setting a thief toTcatch a thief
maybe the best policy j butrjputting pro
slavery men at the bead of tMarny, and
allowing ultra pro-slavery men to dictate
the course of the Government- daring this
pro-slavery rebellion, does not seem the
cheapest, quickest or best way to end the
war. But I need not speak more of the
detestable and ever -present rule or influ
ence of Slavery. You know what it is in
Kansas. But it eometimes overdoes it
self. Tame and spiritless as the friends
of freedom are, they would nardly pef
mit ti e administration to retain in his ap
pointment the murderer Emory. But it
certainly would not do to-" irritate the
South" by turning him out of office, so he
will probably be rotated from his present
berth intoa better one. There is no
chance for anti-slavery men in the army
above the position of Lieutenant, One
fact is comforting, however, that no one
can help the rapid conversion of many
pro-slavery generals and leaders into good
The Supreme Court stands ready at the
first opportunity to pronounce the recent
act of Congress abolishing slavery in the
District of Columbia unconstitutional, as
everything must be in their eyes that in
any way favors freedom.
Ex-Secretary of War, Cameron has
thrown a shell into the semi-rebel ranks in
the shape of a thorough and triumphant
defence of his course while Secretary of
War. It is a stunner, perfectly unanswer
able, and all that the pro-slavery negro
phobists can do is to gnash their teeth
and howl. C.
WHO GO TO THE WAR?
The Detroit Tribune gives a list of the
Supervisors chosen in two-thirds of Mich
igan, summing up 268 Republicans and
144 Democrats, showing a small Republic
an gain, ine iaitor says :
It is an interesting question for consid
eration what effect the enlistments for the
army have had upon the Republican vote.
The statistics upon this subject have not
been generally collected, but wherever
they have been collected they show that a
very large proportion- of the volunteers
are Republicans, and that the result of the
April elections has been influenced on this
account. We will add a few instances :
We lose a Supervisor in Georgetown, Ot
towa County, where we had a majority last
year, and a canvass shows that 30 Repub
lican voters of this town have gone to the
war. In Livingston County, where we
lost this year, in two towns where canvass
es were made, the result concerning en
listments stood : Green Oak, 54 Republic
ans, 1 Democrat. Hauland, 23 Republic
ans, 3 Democrats. We only lost 7ir6eSu
vervisors in this Countyi The Republic
an, in commenting on the result in this
county, says it has " yet to hear of a single
instance wherein a hitherto avowed Re
publican has renounced his creed or for
saken his party." In the town of Sparta,
Kent County, where the Republican ticket
was elected, out of 40 voters gone to the
war, oy are nepumicans. -in uaKiana
County, the Republicans also lost Super
visors. .We have the canvass of a couple
of towns in this county. In Highland, eut
of 78 volunteers. 70 are Republicans ; in
Blooafield the ratio is about the same;
and throughout the county, whenever a
canvass of this kind has been made, the
Republicans have been found to be greatly
in the majority. We do not intend to make
any invidious distinctions between patriotic
men in giving the above facts, but simply
present them as a true and just way of
r .' i i vxr, v:i i
solving pojincai rsuus. it q uu. equal
ly well of a Democrat or Republican who
risks hie life on the battle.-neld tor the
preservation of the tJiion.
' Doubtless, there are States and districts
which skew a different state of facts j but
there has been so mach underhand effort
by Democrats to keep their men from en
listing, that such a contrast as is .above
shadowed forth must be morji general than
is currently ifelieved, Wt regret. ibis, for
wja . i .. t ,
we are molt anxious that the great body of
the Northern Democrats should hare a
new view of Slaverjpi its practical work
ing and inevitable elects. Only let them
see what Slavery is, and they cannot be
impelled longer to vote for its champions
';v A Omrl Cutoff with an Ax.
M Do yon see this lock of hair V said in
6ld nan to me.
" Yes ; but what f it? It is, I suppose
the curl from the head of a dead child
l6ng sinee gone to God."
11 It is not ; it is a lock of my 6wn harf :
and it is now nearly seventy years since it
was ent from this head."
" But why do yea rise a Jock f your
" It has a story belonging id it, and1 a
strange one. I keep it thus with care be
cause ic speaks to me more of God and of
his special care than anything else I pos
sess." "I was a little child of four years, with
long, early Itfeks, which, in sun or 1 am, or
wind, hung down my cheek's uncovered.
One day, my father went into the ffottfe to
cut a log, and I went with him I Was
standing a little way behind him, or rather
at his side, watching with interest the
heavy strokes of the ax, as it went up and
down upon the wood, sending off splinters
with every stroke, in all directions.- SonVe
of the splinters fell at my feet, and I ea
gerly stooped to pick them up. In dting
so, I stumbled forward, and in a moment
my curly head lay upon the log. I had
fallen just at the moment when the ax
was coming down with all its force. It
was too late to stop the blow. Down came
the ax. I screamed, and my father fell to
the ground in terror. He could not stay
the stroke, and in the blindness which the
sudden horror caused, he thought he had
killed his boy. We soon recovered ; I
from my fright, and he .from his terror.
He caught me in his arms and looked at
me from head to foot, to find out the dead
ly wound which he was sure he had in
flicted. Not a drop of blood nor a scar
was to be seen. He knelt and gave thanks
to a gracious God. Having done, he took
his ax and found a few hairs upon its edge.
He turned the log he had been splitting,
and there was a single curl of his boy's
hair sharply cut through and laid upon
the wood. How great the escape! It was
as if an angel had turned aside the edge
at the moment when it was descending up
on my head. With renewed thanks upon
his lips he took up the curl, and went
home with me in his arms. That lock he
kept all his days as a memorial of God's
care and love. That lock he left me on
his death bed.1
An exchange contains the following
neat hit at the New 'York Ledger's " an
swers to correspondents :"
( Jenhie :Ministere are not more ad
dicted to dissipation than the men of oth
er professions. A few of the Kalloch
type take gin toddies and liberties with
females, but the Majority of them are as
good as lawyers and- doctors, ii you
want a true christian, marry an editor.
An Old Bachelor's Maxim. As people
sprinkle the fleors before they sweep them,
so some ladies sprinkle their husbands
with tears in order to sweep the cash out
of their pockets.
One of the neatest and sharpest things
.ever said by Sheridai, is this: "The gen
tleman is indebted ta his imagination for
his facts, and to his memory for ,his wit.'
The Louisville Democrat thinks Bean
regard's premise to water his hone in the.
Tennessee river must be a very dry jee to
God washes the eyes with- tears until
they can behold the land where tears shall
come no more.
Sharp stomscha make short graces,
J ttaalth si Cows.
Gosd health in domestic animsjlr . h &
ways a matter af primary impoft4$g.
As bad health ia parents transmit ft- .
dency to disease in offspring, it It lt'-
tant that every kind of animal we $mkt
to continue on our farms should $ k$, '
vigorous and healthy. - '
As domestio animals are asottZc6)ct
man food, it is a matter of grtal iffefor
tance to preserve them in a heaj thy $&-
tion. Diseased meat carries k 4t$
into the stomach of the consumers It g?
a serious objection which vegetarian !f$t
against the use of animal fool, $fea $&
bad treatment they receive renter gkmy.
As an unhealthy animal cannst ssjiie&mgr
food to as good advantage as a well sj&s,fg
is again economical to avoid disease
Each of these circumstances k Ktft&e&l
reason for guarding with scrupiloi i&t)
the health of the animals wt feed: &is'-.
when we derive milk, from aaimals, g fe
doubly important that they ba kpt fm'
from every objectionable taiat A si&lj
cow not only yields a diminished prolm
she yields sickly milk, and lickly &g ;
nigher degree than her flesh.
If A cow eats Anything that has a s&teg c
or disagreeable odor, it appears in ie?
If she eat? anytnin lAwsical, it &mU:
out in her milk.
If ajie is feverish, her milt shews ftb
Ii she has sores about htr, fUr iRftft
found in her fltfilk.
If she is fed upon decay's ? J3tt
food, her milk, since it is torralfreai lit
feod, will be imperfect It Ii sis imfffft
ble to make good milk from b4 fotdj $g
to make a good bmilding from tcdHM &gs
If there is anything wToaf afott lfert
it will appear in the milk; as that 31 gfe
fective source of casting filth frag b-r-ganism.
" How is it that you raise 99c $mg
and nice onions ?" I asked if an f &
farmer, as I was sitting at table with h
and observing some on the table.
"Well," said he, "we spremted &,
seed with boiling water, tad then pJaifcftl
it early and in good ground."
" Sprout the seed in boiling wmterf9 I
exclaimed, inquiringly. "What 4J.
mean, sir, by that? Won't kalilf 1&
kill the seed?"
"Not at all," he replied; "hut it ttfl
sprout them, in one minmte'e time."
"It will? Ic looks inereniMe," I Im
plied, with surprise.
"Well, you toy it," he rtflied, wfesi
the time comes to plant, a jesjftltji'&
just as I tell you."
And, sure enougn, whta'syijftg cam,
and my neighbor was plttif Ml &
seed, being present, I said :
" Jewell, last winter, thera vm mk
in Iowa told ma that to tear WMsm waste
on black onion need would sprtwt it &
minute. Supptse you try it)"
" Very well.' said he. And ag JsW
teakettle from the stove, he yawed &C
boiling water on the seed, which kt hd m
a saucer. Looking closely at it let tie
menc, ha exclaimed; " Yau have taut fjgfe
ly Only look thert."
Hooked, and behold, the littm jjimj
aUmtaa large as horse haiia weta &
ing oat of the opened ends f ssW jwitS
He did not retain the watt trntW Mti.
above three seconds, and im leas than g&D
half minute after it was peart &, thf)
sprouts were projecting from the seeds.
My Iowa friend assured alt thtt if&Q
process would advance the growth of a
onion two or three weeks heyond the ordi
nary method of ptatiag without sprtafc
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