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THE SMOKY HILL AND REPUBLICAN UNION.
"WE JOES' OUESELVES TO NO PARTY THAT DOES NOT CARRY THE, FLAG, AND KEEP STEP TO THE 'MUSIC OF THE UNION."
3By G-. W. Kiiigsb-oi
JIJjSrOTIOlSr, DAVIS CO., k-atstsajs, THIIRSDXy, OCT. IT, 1861'.
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"LAST TO FASJEOS:' AEE IS FJLKCY
Day by day old sorrows leave u,
Leave us, while new sorrows come,
Come like shadows, ever length 'n in ;,
LeiiguVmng 'round the spuits hoTnc.
Day by day fade friendship's flowers.
Flowers that flourished in the past
Past! oh, past; mice bright and glowin:
Glowing once, bnt dimmed at last.
Last to fade of all is fancy,
Fancy ever young and gay,
Gay sttKjvheu young love was dreaming,
.Lrcaining, dreaming, dav by da
A JV5GE2T ASTS lURIS.
,rJJY A XOiqriTKIlX KASOEK.,
I was invited by a soldier of the regi
ment of the " Fire Zouaves," to accompany
him iu oue of thoe piivatc adventurea
whicu were so common amonir the men of
Lis corps during our ie cut movement up
on the bauks of the Potomac.
This kind of expedition always canies
with it a chnim which inflames the im:i"iu
ation of the volunteer to a degree unknown
in the more picci&e movements of a regulai
force. The individual com age if the man
seems lost in comjrarihon among a concen
trated mass, which depends for its succor
not so much up .n peiaonal prontss as upon
a mechanical exactitude iu its evolutions.
Men of the description of my adventur
ous friend, are generally de.-pisei of still
collated coats and dose diill, and c-pceiul
admirers of a louse jacket,, and a " free
fight." Wi:h them a maitiuet, unL-ss lu
proves a lighter, is tLnply an abomination
In a few v'oida, accompanied by some
piysteiious gesture, my fiiend fi in
formed me that thiough the disclosures of a
deserter, who had just anived ftom the reb
el lines, he had learned that a quantity ol
ammunition, combating of sevcial thou.-a;ul
ball cartridges for musket iiae, had been
couccaled in an upper room of a house be
longing to a noted secessionist and suspect
ed b)y, This house was distant about
three miles from our encampment, and the
cartridges which were concealed therein,
were packed iu small canvass b.igs ; these
bags the daring fellow proposed, with the
assistance of myself, to capture or destroy.
His plan was this : We weie to obtain, by
some means, a horse and wagon, to be
ready at n ccitain point a short distance
from the camp, at sunset, and each proceed
by different routes, in oider tho,rbettcr to
avoid observation, aud as soou as daikuCss
fell upon the scjuc, diive cautiously within
a few hundred yards of the dwelling con
taining the contemplated plunder. Then
biding the wagon in a neighboiing clump of
trees, some distance fiom tho road, we were
to proceed in such a manner as circumstan
ces would admit. In answer to my enquir
ies as to the feasibility ot procuring a wag
. on, and the possibility of our ever being
able to load it even if we succeeded in com
ing in coutact with the coveted bags, I was
greeted by a siguitieaut wink and two or
three slow successive nods of the head,
which if not productive, of. much intelli
gence, were quite indicative of the Zouave's
determination to cany out his desigu.
Tho sun was decliuing when I started on
iny journey, taking a somewhat circuitous
path to the place ofreudczous, and walk.ing
in an irregular, strolling manner the better
to escape the observation of the comrades
of iny friend, who were always on the alert
for any adventure. Behind a lising and
well-wooded piece-of ,grpuud, I ,rpoa dis
covered my friend U , cooly seated iu
a one-horse wagon, smoking a short pipe,
and at iutervals philosouhicallv lecturing a,
ragged son of Africa, upon the propriety of
mo u'cvuug us at mis same spot on me lot
lowing night, in order to receive bis horse
and vehicle, and the desired remuneration
for the use of them. After many doubtful
scratches of hu wooly head, aud a singular
expression oi uissausiaction all of which
wercA met with great disgust -and heavy
threats on the part of the Zouave of a mar
vellous punishment to be dealt out to the
" niuiicoua "darkey," if he presumed to
dog our path he permitted us to depart,
and we left him, evidently in athick fog as
to tbefate of the property so inconsiderate
ly entrusted to the salt-keeping ot a stran
ger. - ,. ,u .
After a short- driye,jJunug which but
few words were spoken, wo arrived at the
snot where we had agreed to conceal the
horeb and wagon. This operation effectsdf
wciuxt p-coecded to calculate chances,
After a few parting puffs, H shook the
ahes from his pipe, thrust it into the pock
et of his jacket and drawing forth from the
wagon a coil of fine rope, which he hung
r)und his neck, gave the word to advance.
It was now pitch dark; the distance from
our place of destination was two hundred
yards, nccoiding to my, comrade's estimate.
A solitary light, gleaming red amid the
daikncss ahead of us, betrayed the spot
wheie stood the building which contained
the object of our expedition. "With this
light for our guide, we cautiously advaucs-d
in silence, unbroken save by the occasional
snapping of dried twiirs beneath our feet,
band the muttered malediction bestowed up
on it by my companion.
At length we came into close proximity
with the house. Everything seemed to be
buried in a deep stillness. Not a sound did
we hear., Not the warning growl of a dog
gave notice of our approach. No light was
visible but the one which had hitherto been
our guide and this still shone from the half
closed casement of an apartment on the
ground-floor. The windoff-sill was about
as high from the grouud as the ordinary
height of a man, and under this we crept
and listened for any sounds that might es
cape fiom the interior. Directly over this
place II told me our intended prize was
concealed, lie was thoroughly informed as
to the relative positioi d of the difficult pas
sages necessaiy to pass thiough iu Older to
gain the desired treasure. The darkness of
the night was so dense that it was with dif
ficulty we could discern the presence of each
other as we lay aud listened.
Suddenly there was a bustle within and
the sound, of sc.cral voices. The warning
produced by the low, hissing l hush" of iny
bcouira'dc, prevented a half-uttered exclama
tion of surprise from fully escaping my
lip.-. This uoise of men and voices was ev
idently caused by a laige party collected in
the room in which the light was burning.
They must hate entered the house fiom the
other side, aud the clang of aims as we dis
tinctly heaid the men carelessly lay aside
iluir weapons, assuied us they weie no
ueutrals in the btiuggle going on betweea
our divided countrymen.
From U igue, arising from the constrain
ed position in which I lay, I made a sudden
mevoment which caused me to fall against
ui3' companion, at the same time making
the giavel beneath my feet send forth the
grating sound peculiar to it when suddenly
and violently distui bed. In an instant the
pounds within ceased, (silenced by tho sus
picions caused by my unfortunate stumbl
ing,) the casement was dashed open, and
iiaif-a-dezeu heads wcro thrust out iuto the
gloom. A movement now, if no loudei
than that the linrd makes amongst the
guy-, or a single sigh forced from our beat
ing hearts and eompicssed hieath, would
have, been the foicruuuer of ccitaiu death.
.Nothing could s:;ve us from the fate of the
spy. For several minutes we remained
motionless, and heard various conjectures
among the men as to tho cause of their sud
den alarm. Ltttle did they imagine that at
that moment, withiu a few feet of their
knives, which more than oue grasped in his
hand unsheathed, lay concealed in the daik
ncss, two of the hated invaders. But we
would have been found no easy sacrifice.
Each of us covered with the muzzle of his
revolver the breast of a foe, and the first
intimation given of our discover', would
have? coit them at least two lives thatuight.
At length they withdrew their heads into
the apartment, half-closed the casemeut as
before, aud we wcro again alono. Whether
they retired perfectly satisfied as to tho
result of their blind inspection or not, we
could not tell. It was at this momcut that
II , grasping uie by the arm, whis
pcred mo to follow him closely. In
crouching attitudes we crept round the
building; each step taken with peculiar
care, lest any unlucky sound on our part
should again arouse suspicion, which in all
probability were still unallayed.
After many cautious pauses and anxious
straining of eye and ear, we reached the
other side of the house, .where after pro
ceeding a few steps, my leader halted and
began exploring with his hand, until it
lighted upon the latch of a door in the wall.
Placing his mouth close to my ear, ho again,
whispered me that it was of vital import
ance we should cast off our shoC3 and carry
them in our hands, as by leavingtheui be
hiud they might bs found by the enemy and
thus become the- means of bctra-iug us.
Accordingly, in a few seconds, we stood in
our stockings, ready to pursue to the last
limit the windings of the adventure
Noiselessly liftiug the door-latcli, H
led the way into a passage, if possible dark
er than the outside gloom from which we
Groping cur way we carefully advanced
and reached the foot of a flight of stairs,
which, at a sign from my.companion, we as
ceuded, as swiftly as tho imperative neces
sity for a perfect silence, permitted. We
readied tho landincr. whoso extent-was hid
den in tho same impenetrable darkness,!
traversed ir for the distance of several teet,
andatlengtharrived'ata door, which H
attempted to opep but found locked. This
he assured me was the-room "which contained
the cartridgc;bags, and not lo gain , an en
trance into it would render ajl the risk ewe
liadhitherto ruu useless, assail further at
tempts wc might make wouldgpro?e una
At this crisis of our proceedings we dis
covered within a few feet of us a small win
dow, which, oa gently .opening, we found
led out upon the rocf of tfie piazza thai ran
along all sides of the house. To step out
upon this roof, closing the window after us
as geutly as-we had opened it, was the work
of a few seconds. Here we lay down at full
length, for several minutes to listen ; but
no sound reached us, excepting an indistinct
clamor proceeding from the room beneath
in which was a-sembled the'rarty of rebels
llelinquishing our recumbent postures, we
crept on our hands and knees until we
reached tho next win low;, which belonged
to the room we were so anxious to explore.
To our great satisfaction, we round it not
only unfastened but opened wide, and one
after the other we passed through into the
interior. Again we paused in motionless
silence, and again we listened inteutly, but
nothing beyond the sounds already men
tioned met our car?, and we proceeded to
search in darkness for the bags of ammuni
tion. We came upon them simultaneously
in one corner of the room, piled into a heap.
We commenced our work at once by passing
them out two at a time, through the win
dow upon the piazza roof. .Silently and
swiftly was the task accomplished, until not
a bag remained. We searched every foot
of the floor, . traversing its length aud
i breadth, until we were thoroughly convinc
ed oursetvos were the sole objects, animate
or inanimate, it contained.
Passing out, our next movement was to
carry round the bags to tho extreme end of
the piazza. This involved the necessity of
traversing the full length of one sido of the
building. With much labor and anxiety,
as we had to proceed more warily than ever
at each step, v.eat last accomplished it.
Aud now we held a consultation, whether it
were better to lisk the attempt of carrying
off our pike bj' degrees to the spot where
we had concealed the wagon, or destroy it
at once by lowering bag after bag into a
deep well, 11 informed me was directly
beneath us as we leaned over the balcony of
the piazza. We concluded the latter plan
was the best, and accordingly my compan
ion, uncoiling the rope he still carried
round his neck and fastening one end of it
to the balcony, rapidly descended, after tell
ing me to haul up the other end again, at
tach it to the bags (three or four at a time)
and lower them to him, when he would
drop them singly into the well.
We had nearly -finished this part of our
tak, when rendered reckless by the appar
ent cecuiity with which it was continued
the splashing of each bag iuto the well ex
citing no suspicion pn the part of our dan
gerous neighbors at the other extremity of
the dwelling II flunir down into its
depths tho last three at once, instead of
dropping them singly as he had hitherto
done. At this moment the close proximity
of approaching footsteps along the roof, made
me turn in the direction whenco the sound
they caused proceeded, and instantly I was
engaged in a deadly struggle with an an
tagonist. The scene now became one of the wildest
confusion. The rush of hostile feet along
the roof bespoke the rapid advance of foes
whose numbers it would be madness to con
tend with. Ueneath, a desperate encounter
was going on between my comrade and oue
or more of the rebels, as many a fierce oath
testified. 31 y left hand was firmly fastened
ou the throat of the man with whom I was
contending, yet he clung to me with mad
deuing tenacity, llefleciion and action were
the twin-born of an urgent second. With
my right hand I had managed to draw aud
cock my revolver. My life aud liberty were
in the hands of a grasping foe. Theio was
no compiomise here; my life or his ! Press
ing the muzzle of ui' pistol to his head I
fired, and he fell with scattered brains at
my feet. The next instant I dropped from
the balcony to the ground where II was
battling in clcse quarters. Here I stum
bled over a fallen man. In the act of re
gaining my feet, my hand came in contact
with his breast or side and was instantly
bathed in a warm gush -of streaming blood.
" Where are you, II V I shouted.
The response came from within a yard pr
two of tho spot where I stood. I found iny
companion struggling on the" ground, in
savage fury, with a fellow evidently of much
superior muscular'power to himself. Quick
as thought my strength was united to his,
and with one concentrated, determined and
despe'rate'effort, we flung our herculean foe
headlong 'down tho well.
" This waj," cried H , and keeping
close together we quicbly reached our con
cealed wagou. To "sprihg inside., was the
work of a "second, nhd away'we' went'for the
camp. The Zouave drove, and his drivin"
was, like the driving of Jehu !
" I guess it would have been all up with
iiie,J "he said at length, "if you hadn't
come in as you did. There were two .of
them on me befofeI knew where I was.
when I found I'd lost my Colt; sol gave
one a dig with the full length. of my Tjowie,
and went in for a wrestle with the fellow we
treated to a drink."
We reached camp unpursued. The wag
on was returned punctually next nigh, as
promised, to the astonished and "grateful,
dkrkcyi butVhether or not he received any
farther remuneration for the lcVdf-'hi3'
property than the safe return of-it,-learn J
unable to state. A'. X Lvtning Fozt.
&l)t U rt x 0 n .
JUXCTIOX, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1661.
For the Union.
LETTER FROM 31 A DURA.
Madura, Clay Co., Oct 3, 1861.
3Tr. Edilor : I have been requested by
oueof your friends to open a correspon
dence with your paper. I'cannot make any
large promises, bat perhaps ycu may hear
from me occasionally.
Your readers may wish' to know where I
can be found. Madura is the name we have
given to the settlement on Hunter's Creek,
about fifteen miles above your city, on the
southwest bank of the Eepublican river.
The settlement was commenced more than
four years ago. Like most new places, wo
have had man3' comers.aud goers. At pres
ent, we have eight families and one single
man, all of whom (with one exception) have
farms on which they have made more or
loss improvement. Most of our houses are
built of logs one is of boards and one of
stone. Hunter's Creek runs through sev
eral of the farms, furnishing an abundant
supply of water for cattle ; and on its banks,
tree.? enough for fuel. Among us arc found
carpentors, masons and a blacksmith. We
form a compact settlement. An unusual
amount of first rate land here lies in a body.
Wc think we hae a beautiful location. If
any one doubts it, let him come and see.
Last summer we had a school of five boys.
Wo are now erecting a stone school-house,
thirty feet long and twenty feet wide. "Wc
hope, ere long to have a school, not only for
our own children but for other's, also, who
may wish to attend and board with some of
us. Wc usually have one religious service
each Sabbath. Wc are laboring to lay the
foundations of a well ordered, intelligent
aud religious community. Around us there
remains much land to be possessed. Wc
should be happy to receive additions to our
number. We mean to treat those who come
among us with- due courtescy.
Yours,- - WM. TODD.
For the Union.
KOTES BY THiE WAY.
Emporia, October D, 1SG1.
Jit'. .Editor Since leaving your city, I
have attended the courts of Judge Safford's
district. At Manhattan wc had the pleas
ure of excellent quarters at Coleman's, the
Manhattan House a hotel well-finished,
furnished, and admirably conducted. The
session of the court was short, the business
of the term being promptly dispatched.
Few criminal cases only one for trial -the
case of Monroe being disposed of on
motion. The bridge across the I31uc h a
great investment, and must become a pay
ing institution. It is certainly a great con
venience to the town and the travelling
public Mr. Humphieyj the Mayor of the
city, and successor of Mr. De Vivaldi, is
instilling, as you will perceive, new life
and energy into the E.cprcss,
St. George was tho next point of justice
and pleas. The docket for Pcttawattomie
count' detained the court for a whole week,
disposing of some important cases, among
which were the celebrated larceny indict
ments, and the mandamus case of tho peo
ple of St. George versus the Probate Judge
of Pottawattomie, involving the interests
of Louisville and St. George in the county
seat matter. In the former, two of the
prisoners were convicted for ten years,
and nolle as to the balance, but all were
noally released upon a motion in arrest of
judgment, defects appearing on the face of
the indictment. The mandamus case was
decided adversely to the interests of St.
George, leaving the next contest between
Louisville anil Mt. Union. The matter
was argued with ability on both. side. Here
I had the pleasure of listening to an able
and eloquent war sermon from the Itev.
Mr. White, of Ashland. Mr. White was
zealous. He reasoned forcibly, and his
Bible argument was overwhelming, demon
strating that our war was purely of defense.
From St. George the Judge went to
Wabaunsee, where the, Grand Jury was
cmpannelled, who retired under the usually
able charge of the Court There were not
cases enough on the docket to Tequire the
presence of the' petit jury, and it was ac
cordingly dismissed. Thus far on: the cir-
cuitthe Court displayed much, promptness
and decision.. Judge. Safforu has given
great satisfaction. He will be above party
or -other biasr an4.be regarded where he t is
best known as the tc upright Judge." , , '
From Wabaunsee to Council Grove I
passed to the head of Mill Creek, along a
beautiful little jalley, extensively and well
cultivated by intelligent Germans, among
whom is Mr. Copp, at the head of th"
creek; from which we drove in a south
westerly direction for Council Grove oyer
a beautiful prairie, until we arrived at the
head of the cast branch of tho Neosho,
when we.came to another beautiful valley,
gradually widoning as we proceeded, as fa
down as this place.
Council Grove was the first town, after
leaving Wabaunsee, and is on the Santa Fe
road, at the crossing of the Neosho. It is
already a thriung town. It has some fine
buildings, and a large hotel, the Gilkey
House, which is creditable to the town.
A large Union 'meeting was hold there dur
ing my stay, and much interest' manifested.
We next passed AmcricuSj the former
county-seat of Breckinridge county, situated
on a high and rolling prairie. Emporia,
the place from which I write you, is a
flourishing town, in which are many good
managers, has succeeded in getting away
the county scat. Emporia is at thejunc
tion of the Cottonwood with the Neosho,
lias the advantage of large bodies of tim
her in (he vicinity, i3 beautifully located,
and sunouaded by a fertile and wealthy
country. It is destined to make a place
ot importance. There arc three churches
here, and are said to be in a flourishing
coudition, an excellent hotel, the Emporia
House, by N. 3. Storrs, 'formerly of the
Keniek House, Leaveuworlh. He knows
how to keep a first class hotel. flhe town
is a place of considerable business.
In accordance with the provisions of the
Constitution and laws of the State, an elec
tion will be held on the FIFTH day of
NOVEMBER next, for the election of the
following oflicers, to-wit:
HEPUEsE.NTATlVES TO THE STATE LEGIS
LATURE. 1st District, Doniphan County, four mem-
2d District, Atchison, and Brown Counties,
3d District, Nemaha, "Washington aud
Marshal Counties, two members.
Ith District, Clay, Riley and Pottawatto
mie Counties, four members.
5th District, Dickinson, Davis and Wa
baunsee Counties, three members.
Gth District, Shawnee, Jackson and Jeffer
son Counties, eight members.
7th District, Leavenworth County, nine
8th District, Douglas, Johnson and Wyan
dot t Counties, thirteen members.
9th District, Miami, Liuu and Bourbon
Counties, nine members.
10th District, Allen, Anderson and Frank
lin Counties, six members,
11th District, Woodson and Madison Coun
ties, two members.
12th District, Coffey, Osage and Brecken
ridge Counties, six members. ' "
loth District, Morris, Chase' and Butler
Connties, two members.
14th District, Arrapahoe, Godfrey, Hunter,
Greenwood, Wilson, D6rn smj McGec
Counties, one member.
TO FILL VACANCIES IN THE SENATE.
2d District, two Senators, in place of II. II.
Dutton, appointed treasurer, and J. A.
Martin, appointed to office under the Fed
4th District, one Senator, in place of S. D.
Houston, appointed to office by the. Pres
ident of the United States.
Gth District, one Senator, in place of H. W.
Farnsworth, appointed to office.
8th District, one Senator, in place of Josiah
Miller, appointed to office.
Oth District, one Senator, in place of J. C.
Burnett, appointed to office.
10th District, one Senator, iu place of P. P.
Elder, appointed to office. '
State Treasurer, 'in place of "Wm. Tholen,
who failed to qualify.
Attorney General, in place of B. F.
Fifth District, Osage, Coffey, Woodson,
Greenwood, Madison, Breckenridge, Morris,
Chase, Butler and Hunter Counties, a
District Judge, in place of O. E. Learn ard;
absent.from the Stater ' N '
DISTRICT 4TTJORX1ES. "
A District Attorney will be elected "for
each Judicial District ia the State, who
shall hold his ofEce for two years.
There jvill be elected, in each county,
one jSheriff, one Coroner, three County
Commissioner one County Clerk, one
Connty Treasurer, ?one Register of Deeds,
one County Surveyor and ,one County As
An electipo-for the peranent location of
the State Capital, will bo held at the same
tube, and place?.'
Sec. 2. The voting at said election shall
be by ballot, and on each 'ballot shall be
written or printed the words, " lor Stit(:
Capital" and the name of the place voted
Sec. 3. The judges of election, at each
precinct, shall keep a separate tally list for'
the votes cast for the situation of a perma
nent Capital, and the election herein provi
ded for shall be conducted in accordance
with the general election laws of the State,'
in force at the time of holding said election
respectively, as far as the same shall not bo
inconsistent with the provisions of thfs act '
AMENDMENT OF THE C0NST1TUTI0X.
A vote will be taken for or against tho "
proposed amendment to Section seven, Arti
cle thirteen, of the Constitution, as publish
ed by the Secretary of State. The election"
to be governed, and returns made, in all re
spects, in accordance with tho laws pcrtaiu
ing to election of Representatives. Tho
ballots used shall bo written or printed, as
follows : " For amendment of Section $cv
cn Article thirteen," or, "Against amend'
ment of Section seven , Article thirteen" as
the case may be. J
At the same time and places, a vote will
bo taken for or against the Banking Law,'
as published by the Secretary of State. Tho
ballots used shall be writteu or priutcd, as'
follows: "For Banking Law" or,
"Against Banking Laic" as tho case may
be ; and the returns shall be made in ac
cordance with the election law of this State.
The Election Laic provides :
Sec. 5. That it shall be the duty of tho
Sheriff, and he is hereby required, fifteeu
days at least before the holding of any gen
eral election, or ten days before the holding
of any special election, to give public notico
by proclamation throughout his county, of
the time of holding such elections, and the
officers at that time to be chosen, ono copy"
of which shall be posted up at cachiof tho
places where the elections arc appointed to'
be held, and inserted in some newspaper
published in the county, if any be publishod
Sec. G. That at all elections held under
this aet, the polls shall be opened between
the hours of eight o'clock in the morning,"
and closed at six n the evening'cf the same
Given under my hand and tho great seal
of the State, at Topeka, this 30th day of,
September, A. D. 1801. '
By the Governor,
J. W. ItOBINSON, Sec'y of State.
It may not be a mere supposition that
the rebels have fallen back from the Poto
mac, opposite Washington, to their strong
position of Manassas, for the purpose of de-
taching a part of their forces for active ser
vice in a new field Kentucky. The want
of efficient prcpartion to resist attack on thd
Federal camps in that State, and the im
pregnability of McClellan's earthworks at
Alexandria and Arlington, seem to invito a
change of the' rebel plan, and a transfer of.
tho scat of war to the fertile regions of tho
West. That such a change is practicablo
and easy, is appa eat when we remember
that iu the fortified camp in Manassas, half,
of their army, if it 13 as large as rumor
makes it, could defy any force that we could
send against it, while the forty or fifty
thousand cleaved off, and sent by rail to
Tennessee and the border of Kentucky,'
would ba an overmatch for anything we
have in that Commonwealth, or that could
be got there before infinite mischief"' was
done. If such a movement as this 13 out
foot, we shall first hear of it by Bcaure
gard'a advance toward Lexington at tho"
head of a column of 70,000 to 100,000
fighting men, threatoniug Cincinnati, Lou
isville and all other places within his reach.
Rattlesnakes vs. Rebels. A "West
ern Virginia paper perpetrates the follow
ing: "The' bet: piece of satire upon tho
licnency observed by tho authorities in
reference to rebels found committing dep-'
redations is in the shape of a story, which
is told, we bcHevc, by Governor Picrponti
As the story gjoes, some of the soldiers in
General Cox's camp down in( Kanawha
recently caught a large rattlesnake. Ther
snake manifested a most mischievous dis
position, Snapping and thrristing, out it&
forked tongue at all wkd came near it.
The boys at last cot tired of the reptile;
and as nobody wanted such a dangerous
companion, the question arose, '-what shall
we do with hip V This question was pro
pounded several times, without an answer,
when a balf-drunken'so'die'r, who was lying
upon his back, rolled upon his side, and
.relieved his companions by quietly remark
ing: D n it, swear im and let lmgo".
EST There is now no choice but civil war
or anarchy. Tha first cannot endure, the
last is endless. The first has horrors indes
cribable, but the last comprises all the woes
of the vearth to civilized man. With the
plain issue before the American people, they
have left no alternative. We most consent
to an obliteration of aationality to an ig
noble confession of imbecility to the civil
ized world to a brand of shame mad paer
ility upon onr ancestor's head- or cist a?
sert the power of our g079re2attttMtitf
enemies, at home as well as abroad.- Sfn
alor Latham. ' ' -'J