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Poetry for the Hour.
THE BATTLE AUTUMN OF 1862.
BY JOHN G. WHITTIER.
Th flag of war like storm-birds fly,
The charging trumpets blow ;
Tet rolls bo thunder in the sky,
Jo earthquake strives below.
And cali and patient, Nature keeps
Her ancient promise well,
Though o'er her bloom and greenness sweeps
The battle's breath of hell.
And still she walks In golden hours.
Through hon est-happy farms,
And still she wears her fruits and flowers
Like jewels on her arms.
What mean the gladne" of the plain,
This joy of eve and morn,
The mirth that shakes the beard of grain
. And yellow locks of corn.
Ah! eyes may well be full of tears,
And hearts with hate are hot ;
But even-paced come around the years,
And Nature changes not.
She meets with smiles our bitter grief,
With songs our groans of pain
She mocks with tint of flower and leaf
The war-field's crimson strain.
Still In the cannon's pause, we hear
Her sweet thanksgiring-psaim ;
Too near to God for doubt or fear,
She shares the eternal calm.
She knows the seeds lie safe below
The fires that blast and burn ;
For all the tears of blood we sow
She waits the rich return.
" Shs sees with clearer eye than ours
The good of suffering born
The hearts that blossom like her flowers.
And ripen like her corn. - .
Oh, give to us, in times like these,
The vision of her eyes ;
And make her fields and fruited trees
Our golden prophecies !
Oh, give to us her finer ear!
Above this stormy diu,
We, too, would hear the bells of cheer .
King peace and freedom in 1
Of the following, which was contributed to
that paper, the Louisville Journal says: "This
little song will pass into the heart of patriots
like a breath of inspiration
HOLY LAND. I.
Is there a Holy Laud no more
A land nnsmitten by the shame
Of Kings, and craft, from shore to snore
Where Manhood is the sovereign name ?
Oh ! thon wild eagle of the crag !
If suA a land was ever known,
Her symbol is a Btarry flag
It is our own it is our own! .
Our Own ! there is no land like thee!
And never; never was of yore ;
On field, and flood, the soul Is free
Forever, and forever more ! -
The dearest boon that thou canst give,
Oh Father under Thy blue sky,
Is in a land like this to live
And in her sacred cause to dia !
LONGFELLOW'S NEW POEM.
Tan following fme poem by Prof. Longfellow
appears in the December uuiuber of the Atlantic.
It is the first published by him since the sad ac
cident which brought such mourningto his house.
At anchor ia Hauiptou Koada we lay
On board of the Cumberland eioop-of-war ;
And at time from the Fortress across the bay
The alarum of drums swept paft,
Or a bugle's-blast . .
From the camp ou shore.
Then fur away to the South uprose
A little feather of snow-white smoke,
And we knew that the iron ship of our foes
Was steadily steering its course
To try the force
Of our ribs of oak.
Down upon us heavily runs,
Silent and sullen, the Honing fort ;
Then comes a puff of smoke from her guns,
And leap the terrible death.
With fiery breath,
From each open port.
We are not idle, but send her straight
Defiance back m a fall broadside !
As hail rebounds from a roof of slate,
Rebounds our heavier hail -From
each iron scale -Of
the monster's hide.
Strike your flag !" the rebel cries.
In Ms arrogant old plantation strain,
" Ncrer !" our gallant Morris replies ;
' " It is better to sink than to yield I". . .
And the whole air pealed
With the cheers of our men. .'
Then, like a kraken htige and black, ."
She crushed oar ribs in her iron flrasp ! ... .
Down went the Cumberland all a werck,
With a sudden shudder of death.
And the cannon's breath
For her dying grasp.
Next morn, as the sun rose over the bay,
Still floated our flag at the mainmast head.
Lord, how beautiful was the day 1
Every waft of the air ;
Was a whisper of prayer,
Or a dirge for the dead.
Ho ! brave hearts that went down in the seas !
Te are at peace In the troubled stream.
Ho ! brave land I with hearts like these,
Thy flag that is rent in twain,
Shall be one igain,
And without a scam !
All Sorts of Good Reading.
A Salt Miner's Life.
We extract the following sketch from
J. Ross Browne's " Poland Over-ground
and Under-ground," in Harper's Month
ly for December. Mr. Browne gives a
deeply interesting account of the Polish
Salt Mines, illustrated with admirable
pictures. This alone is worth the price
of the December Harper :
I was greatly impressed by the pro
found silence of these vast caverns.
When we stood still, the utter absence of
sound was appalling. Not even the
faintest vibration in the air was percep-
tible. No desert could be more silent
no solitude more awful. I stood apart
from the guides and lamp-bearers in a
separate vault, at the distanco of a few
hundred feet, in order that I might fully
appreciate this profound inertion, and it
really seemed as if the world were no
From some of these tunnels we emerg
ed into open caverns, where a few work
men were employed at their dreary la
bors. I was surprised that there were
not more to be seen, but was informed
that they are scattered in small parties
through miles of earth, so that the num
ber is not apparent to the casual visitor.
As we approached the places where they
were at work the dull clicking of the
picks and hammers produced a singular
effect through the vast solitudes ; as if
the gnomes, supposed to inhabit pits
were busily engaged at their diabolical
We came suddenly upon one group of
workmen under a shelving ledge, who
were occupied in detaching masses of
crystalized salt from a cleft in which
they worked. They were naked to the
middle, having nothing on but coarse
trousers and boots, and wrought with
their crowbars and picks by the light of
a few grease-lamps held by grimy little
boys with Bhaggy heads members, no
no doubt, of the same subterranean fain
Some of the men were lying on their
backs punching away with tremendous
toil at the rugged masses of salt over
head, their heads, faces, and bodies glit
tering with the showers of salt grit that
fell upon them; while others stood up to
their armpits in dark holes delving into
the the lower crevices. Seeing our
lights, they stopped to gaze at us. Was
it possible they were numan Deings,
these beaded, shaggy, grimmy-looking
monsters ? Surely, if so, they well re
presented the infernal character of the
place. Never upon earth (the surface of
it, I mean) had I seen such a monstrous
group ; shocks of hair all powdered with
salt; glaring eyeballs overhung by white
lashes flashing in the fitful blaze of
lamps; brawny forms glitteiing with
crystal powder, and marked by dark
currents of sweat? No wonder I stared
at them with something akin to distrust.
They might be mousters in reality, and
take a sudden notion to hurl me into one
of their infernal pits by .way of pastime;
in which case the only consolation would
be, that, where there was such an abun
dance of salt, there would be no difficul
ty about the preservation of my remains.
After all there was something sad in
the condition of these poor wretches
shut out from the glorious light of day,
immured in deep dark pita hundreds of
feet underground ; rooting, as it were,
for life, in the bowels of the earth. Sure
ly the salt with which other men flavor
their food is gathered with infinite toil
and mingled with bitter sweat 1
Yet, strange as it may seem, I was in
formed by the guide that these workmen
are so accustomed to this kiDd of life
that they prefer it to any other. By the
rules of the directory they are divided
into gangs as on board a ship. The
working gang is not permitted to remain
underground more than eight hours ; it
is then relieved. The eurrent belief that
some of them live in the mines is not
sustained by the facts. , In former times
it is quite probable such was the case.
At present the administration of affairs
is more humane than it was at an early
period in the history of the mines. The
operatives are free to quit whenever
they please, as in any private establish
ment. . Plenty of others are always ready
to take their places. The pay is good
averaging from thirty kreutzers to a flo-
rin a day. Wherever it is practicable
the work is done by the piece. Each
man receives so much for a specified re
suit. Good workmen can make two or
three hundred florins a year. The salt
is gotten out in various forms, according
to the depth of the stratum. Where it
is mixed with an amalgum of hard earth
it is cut into cylindrical blocks and ex
ported in that form to Russia. The finer
qualities are crushed and packed in bar
rels for exportation to various parts of
Prussia and Austria.
How little do we reflect upon the tre
mendous aggregate of toil by which the
commonest article of human food is pro
cured ! Thus, as we sit at our pleasant
breakfast table the sunshine shedding
its cheerful glow through the curtains up
on the social circle ; the white cloth, the
clean knives, the buttered toast and boil
ed eggs, so invitingly spread before us
with what charming unconsciousness of
labor we dip a little salt and sprinkle it
upon our eggs and butter ! how merrily
we chat over the topics of the times ! To
be sure there is no good reason why we
should make ourselves miserable because
what we relish so highly cost labor; but
would it not bo instructive to dwell a mo
ment even upon a pinch of salt? Not to
go into a history of the silver-mines, which
have served to garnish our table ; the iron
mines, which hare furnished us with
knives and forks ; or the coal-mines which
afford us fuel with which to cook our food
what a world of salt seas, and brine
springs, and crystal caverns what an ag
gregate of human toil, commerce and en
terprise that pinch of salt suggests ! Tet
so common is the use of this mineral that,
like the air we breathe, we are scarcely
conscious of ita existence.
" We next visited the stables in which
the horses are kept for hauling the salt on
the subterranean railways. Many of these
horses, it is said, never see daylight from
the time they enter the mines, in the
course of a few weeks they lose their sight.
4 Aim gradually grows over the eyes
from what cause I could not ascertain.-
It may be the effects of the salt or long
continued darkness though it docs not
appear that the miners suffer any incon
venience in this respect. I remember
reading of some fish without any eyes at
all found in the Mammoth Cave in Ken
tucky. Possibly having but little use for
sight ' the horses of Wieliczka go blind
from a natural disposition to accommodate
themselves to circumstances.
The New Dome of the Capital at Washington.
" The magnificent dome of the Capitol, de
signed by Thos. U. Walter and now in course
of construction under his direction, is rapidly
progressing to completion. The principal
frame oi the structure has been completed, the
ribs of the cupola have been put in place, and
the plates, which constitute the outer cover
ing, are being pet, and will be finished belore
the close of next month. After this shall have
been done nothing will be left to complete the
exterior of the dome but the construction of
the lantern and the placing of the ornaments
on the upper windows and around the spring
of the cupola. These ornaments are now be
ing cast, and one of them, representing a
honeysuckle, has been placed in position, and
presents a very handsome appearance. The
castings of the inner dome are in course of
preparation, and will soon be ready.
" The present height of the iron work above
the basement floor of the Capitol is two hun
dred and fifteen feet, and the height of the
portion yet to be constructed, including the
crowning statue, is about seventy feet. About
two hundred and seven thousand pounds of
ron have been received during the past year,
and in the same period about one million one
hundred and eighty-Sve thousand pounds of
the same material have been put up. The
whole quantity of iron received from the be
ginning of the work up to the present time
was about seven and a half millions of pounds,
and, according to the estimates ot the archi
tect, about eight hundred thousand pounds
more w ill be needed to complete the work.
"The dome will be crowned with Craw
ford's gigantic and imposing statue of Free
dom which is nineteen and a half feet high,
and weighs about fifteen thousand pounds.
This statue is made entirely of bronze, and is
composed of five sections, the weight of the
heaviest of which is about five thousand
pounds. It may now be seen on a temporary
pedestal in the east grounds of the Capitol.
The screw-bolts which now blemish it will be
removed when it is put in place, and a rich
and uniform bronze tint will be imparted to
it. Tbe entire cost of the statue was about
$25,000. Tbe sum of $700,000 has been ap
propriated by Congress for the dome, the most
of which has been expended. The original
estimate of the cost of the dome was $945.
000; but the distinguished architect, by rig
id economy and a redaction of the weight of
the structure, has been enabled to bring down
the whole cost, including that of the crown
ing statue, to about ?900.000." National In'
leUinmcer. - - -
From the 45th Ohio.
Ws have received a very lenghty letter
from this regiment, giving an account bf its
' travel and adventure" from the day it left
Camp Chase., We have only room for the
concluding portion, this week. Tbe writer
after giving an account of the regiment's ffrst
march to Lexington, and its somewhat hasty
return to Covington, on orders to fall back
before Kirby Smith's advance, much to the
regret of the boys, says of their second march
to the interior, &c:
Camp Ella Brsnop )
Lexisgton, Nov. 28th, 18G2. J
Os the 8th we left for Benton, at which
place we went into camp. 1 mile below that
place there was a bridge to build and we hav
ing the man in our regiment to do it Major
Hill every one knows he is one of the best
engineers in the army in a few days he had
the road open to Falmouth. After building
two bridges, the regiment moved down to
the latter named place and arrived iu the af
ternoon about 3 o'clock. We crossed the
river and went iuto camp and remained until
Major Hill had built the bridge there and one
between Falmouth and Cynthiana, when we
received orders to move to Lexington. On
the 25th and 26ih we started on eur long
journey, and that eveniug about dark we
went into camp in a meadow, pitched our
tents and then some started after water which
was scarce in that section. It was 1$ miles
to where they had to go after it, and then had
to dip it out of pools where it was stagnant.
Through that section large streams had dried
up and not a drop of water had been running
since last June, and the citizens say that they
have not had enough of rain to wet the ground
one inch deep since last may. Coffee was
made and supper ready. At daylight
the next morning, 27th, we were on our way
towards our former field ot battle (Cynthiana.)
During that day's march we traveled over
enough hills to do us through our term of en
listment, and that evening we camped up
along side of our old camp (Tod) and passed
between it and our stockade. ' It looked as
proud as the day it was built, but the camp
look rather "negative."' We halted, divided
the company into platoons, and then the
next thing was to mike a display. Tbe mar
tial music played some national airs, " Star
Spangled Banner" &c, and the old Stars and
Stripes floating proudly over the heads of tbe
sealant 45th, we passed through the principal
street and we could see some faces that look
ed cheerful and some that looked blacker than
midnight. We crossed the river and camped
on the rebel Perm's farm, who has aided tbe
rebels so much through '.hat country.
Tbe next morning found us winding our
way towards our place of destination. This
day's travel showed us that Kentucky was
net exactly like the day previous, as the
country looked much pleasanter as we near
ed the county line of " Old Bourbon." That
night we brought up at fans. Here we
made preparations to make a display, also,
and as we passed through the street the ladies
made a great display in showing their loyalty
to the Government by waving small flags and
other emblems. We marched out to the Fair
Grounds where we pitched our tents and
made preparations for supper. The next
morning we started to finish our journey; we
were detained several times through the day as
the Colonel mustered us for pay it being the
last day of the menth, but we made a march
of 18 miles and came into Lexington at an
early hour in the aftsrnoon. We halted in
the street, stacked our arms and were wait
ing to know where we were to camp, Dut it
was not long, as the Colonel got orders to
march to the Fair Grounds, where we are en
camped at present.
The next day there was a grand review of
all tbe troops around the city. It was a grand
thing. Our Regiment was said to be the best
in the Division, and moreover they are the
pride of both Brigade and Division. Our Col
onel is the ranking Colonel and I think it
wont be long before he is Brig. Gen. It is
well known throughout both county and
state that he is a fighting man and will make
a fighting General.
It would do you good to see us out on drill
or dressparade; you would take us te be a
regiment of Regulars. In fact, the regiments
around us thought we were until they learn
ed better. The discipline cannot be much
stricter than it is with us, but all that is ask
ed of us is to obey and do our duty. Our
Lieut.-Colonel got excited and resigned on
the strength of it, and gave our Major a
chance tor promotion. He (the Major) is one
of the finest officers in the field and will make
a good Lieut-Colonel. He is beloved by
everybody ; is mild and sociable with all. I
can say that much for all of our field officers.
Since I have commenced to write, it has
blown up and getting cold. It has snowed
enough already to give the ground a winter
ish apperance, but It is too cold to snow
much ; but if it moderates it will make it dis
agreeable to those that never experienced
such a life. It would make them think of
their homes; but soldiers must not let such
ideas trouble tbeir minds at it is the worst
thing they can do. They must forget that
they ever had a home, and imagine that they
always were soldiers. - v . ;
Major Hill wa3 called away last week to
look out a new camp where wood is more
plentiful, as it is rather scarce in these parts;
we hardly get enough to cook with. The
Major has selected a camp down some where
in the neighborhood of Big Springs, near
Midway, Ky., and we expected to move )ast
Wednesday, but have not received any orders 1
to that effect. Two Batteries passed our camp J
last Tuesday; they were the 9th Ohio and
21st Indiana ; they had the large rifle guns;
they were splendid batteries, and I think if an
opportunity affords them they will make ter
ror ring in the rebels ears. Drill time has
come and the command is fall in, which has
to be doDe promptly as we had a general or
der the other day that every man bad to be
in the ranks, and if be was tardy he was to
be drilled in a squad from one drill time to
another which is not very healthy to those
that are not fond of sport, and the boys have
come to the conclusion that it is much better
to be prompt, as it always decides in their
(avor. Guard duty is very heavy on us just
now as there is so many points to guard, but
the Colonel has taken a plan to make it light
er and that is every man who has got the
cleanest rig gets clear of doing guard duty in
camp, and you can pass along the tents and
every fellow is hard at work cleaning his
gun. In fact, they are better off as it is not
pleasant this kind of weather, it being raw
and cold, and they feel it much more now
than heretofore, it being then like summer
than autumn and such a sudden change will
naturally make them feel it more than if it
had come on them by degrees; but it wont be
long before they become hardened; I think
another application or two will make them
all right. Thanksgiving day was with us
yesterday and we did nothing but clean up
our quarters." The sun raised this morning
with all its splendor casting its rays over
tbe dark and bloody soil of Kentucky.'
hope the day is not far distant when Ken
tuckians can hold up their heads and say that
Kentucky is free from being polluted by
rebels and the destroyers of the noble old
Stale and Government There are as good
Union men in Kentucky as there are in Ohio
and just as strong secesli. Tou can pass along
the streets of Lexington and meet with the
different classes of society and you will run
against some aristocrats that will give a look
that you will never forget; and if there is
ever a day of reckoning it ought to com
mence at Lexington and end at Covington;
and those that have aided the rebellion ought
to have their property taken from them and
and turned over to the hands of the soldier
who has given up home and all its comfort'1
and placed his life on the altar ot his country
to save it from the foul grasp of these demon?
of H 1, if I may call them so. I'm think
ing they will get sick of the Yankees be
fore another twelve months roll around. It is
my prayer before that, the disease may get
contagious among them and they will have
to fly to old Abraham's bosom for a cure.
: - '''' I cannot see
why we are troublesome as we don't disturb
their property we come here to protect not
destroy, and moreover no soldier or officer 's
allowed to go into a private house whatever
and if he does and is found out he is confined
and put under arrest. To day we were re
viewed by Gen." Wright and it was a grand
affair. Major Gen. Granger, Brig. Gen. Gil
more, Brig. Smith, Brig. Gen. Judah and
Brig. Gen. Beard; it is a grand sight to see all
of them and their Staffs it is a good deal of
labor and amounts to nothing but it is one of
tbe forms that the different departments baa
to go through.
I will tell you how our camp got its name.
(It was named after a young in Lexington.)
When the rebels came here they destroyed
every emblem that favored the Union, and as
they can.e pass the Court House there was
a large flag hanging from the steeple. They
tore it down, and were trailing it at the head
of their columns when this young lady. (Miss
Ella Bishop) stepped up and very politely ask
ed them for it thej gave it to her and did not
ask her in regard to her sentiments whether
she was loyal or disloyal. She took it and
passed up the street when she met some se
cesh Ladies and they told the soldiers that
she was a Unionist. The soldiers demanded
the flag back, but in the place of giving it up
she wrapped it around her person and told
them that the first man, that undertook to
seize it she ivould lay him out, and the flag
she has yet, and she says she is going to keep
it. Bully for Miss Ella Bishop! What do
you say, reader ? - C. H. R.
A Victory for the Guns.
New experiments, more important in their
results than any that have preceded them,
have been made in England with shot and
shell against iron plates. At last the victory
is indisputably with the guns. The Whit-
worth shell has pierced armer-plates, backing
and inner skin, and what Sir William Arm
strong failed to do with solid shot. Mr. Whit-
worth accomplishes with a more terrible mis
sile. The grand trial took place at Shoebury
ness on Thursday, November 13. Mr. Whit
worlh superintended the experiments in per
son, and among the spectators were tbe Duke
of Somerset and the officers of the Ordnance
Department, Sis William Armstrong, ' Mr
Scott Russell and a large nuuber of eminent
civil engineers. The range was fixed at eight
hundred yards, and the target was construct
ed as follows: Three solid iron armor-plates,
without breaking or porthole in any of them,
were fastened to the timber backing, with
two-inch bolts let in at the edges, so as not
to have the same source of weakness as has
been heretofore occasioned by taking them
through the centre of the plates. The two
lower plates were five inches thick (within
half an inch of the thickness of the plates with
which the Iron frigates now building are to be
coated) and the upper plate was 4J inches,
the thickness of the Warrior's armor. There
was a very general impression, however, that
if the upper plate was 4i inches, the govern
ment had given very good measure in the
thickness of the lower plates, which were
nearer 6J inches than 5." The plates were
made at the government dockward, and were
perfect as regarded material. '. These plates,
were lined with a teak becking of, transverse
timbers of 12 inches and 6 inches thick respec
tively, and an inner skin of wrought iron plate,
five-eighths of an inch thick The sides and
top were also enclosed, so as to make what is
termed a box target, like the between-decks
of a ship, in order that the explosive effects of
the shell, if it got inside, might be fully seen.
The first shell which was fired struck the
thickest plate, (5 inches,) pierced it, complete
ly bursting in the passage through, then
smashing the wood, and, tearing througli, the
iron skin, scattered 27 fragments of the shell,
pieces of the skin and of the plate in every
direction. Several bolts weie started, and
large bits of wood were hurled some distance
behind or through the deck of the target
The appearance of the hole in the ship's ide,
as seen from the inside, was as if the skin as
it was burst through had been stuffed with
old brooms or thatch, so completely shredded
was the strong oak.
This shot was made with the largo gun
forged at Woolwich upon the coil-hoop plan,
rifled with a hexagonal bore, the diameter of
which U seven inches, as all the Whiiworth
guns are ; 'it is called a 120 pounder, but the
shells fired were 150 pounds, and its weight
is about 7 tons, the charge being 27 pounds of
powder. The bursting charges of the shell
were 5 pounds. The shell was flatheaded,
and similar in form to that which was tried
with such remarkable results before. An im
portant improvement, however, had been
made by Mr. Whitworth, in making the cen
tre of the head as hard as the outer edge, and
allowing it to project a little beyond the peri
pheral portion. By this means the punching
or piercing power of the projectile is vastly
A series of experiments, similarly success
ful, wound up with the greatest feat of all ;
shell of one hundred and thirty pounds going
completely through the t-xrget with a burst
ing charge of three and a-half pounds of pow
der. The increased velocity of this' smaller
projectile produced a terrible scene of des
truction ; the whole target having been smash
ed. J':.-- : L , . : -r .
It is said that Air. uitwortu himselt was
astonished at the unexpected power of these
projectiles; and as for Sir Willani Armstrong,
the English journals unanimously snuff him
out. 'The iron men are at their wit's-end, and
the controversy which has raged so bitierly
for a year is, for a time at least, stopped by
this extraodinary victory of guns over plates.
How a Lawyer Headed off a Draft Commissioner.
Sats the Reading (Ta.) Times: It is well
known that Commissioner Kupp was very
precise and exact in his' proceedings ; always
keeping an eye to the interest of the country,
while dealing honorably with all. ' Now it
happened that among the able-bodied men
drafted from one ! of the Heidelbergs, there
was an obese specimen ' of ; humanity, but
whom the changes hit as one of the elect
When he received his " ticket for soup," he
hastened to Reading, and, knowing where
lived the cutest specimen of a lawyer, he went
straight to his office. Says he: -
" I'm drafted !"
" The deuce you are ; it must have been a
strong man that drafted you."
" Well, I'm drafted, and I want to get out.
Can't marck I'll pay well.
" Very well."
The twain proceeded to the office of the
" Here," said the lawyer, s' Commissioner,
I have got a substitute."
Commissioner look at the wheezy specimen
for some time. " He won't do ; can't march.
" But he must de," blustered out the law
yer; and you know ne win.
'' He can't march ; he won't &? ; and I can t
take him." - .
This was what our smart friend wanted.
" He won't do, eh ?"
" Well, then, scratch his name off the list;
he is drafted and wants to be exempted I"
The Commissioner looked at the lawyer for
about a minute ; then regarded the fat draft,
and without speaking a word, scratched ofl
A Good Word for Burnside.
Some impatience has been expressed that
Gen. Burnside has not already brought on an
action. Do allow the General time to turn
round, after assuming command, before re
ciuirinqr a battle. He will do hi3 best to meet
all reasonable expectations, and do his work
well when he gets at it He has a gallant
band of officers and men-loyal, earnest, fight
ing men men willing to endure any sacri
fice for the good of their country fatigue,
disappointment, death itself. With such ma
terial and such a leader, no mistrust should
exist of the result . It is the cause which
holds the Army of the Potomac together, like
a wall ot adamant, against the foe, and will
hold it so long as foe to that cause stands
forth in resistance. This army is not fighting
for individuals, for party, or fanatics, but for
country. Its devotion to its late commander
is the best evidence of its Fidelity to his suc
sessor, and while it keenly feels wrongs, it is J
equally sensible of duty and true to iu per- j
formance. . Personal matters can be settled
when the war is over, and a pretty severe ,
reckoning it will be in many cases, no doubt;
but now McClcllan's sentiment is the one
that animates every patriotic heart " SUC
CESS TO TIIE ARMY OF' THE POTO-
MAf." ' ' ' ;' ": - .
Oliver Wendell Holmes , has a
highly interesting sketch ia the A.tlantio
Monthly for December, entitled "My'
Hunt after the Captain," (his son.) from,
which we male the following extract,,
showing its quaintness, humor and ps-;
thos. Captain Ilolmes was wounded at
THE LOST IS FOUND.
The time approached for the train to
arrive from Ilagerstown, and we went to
the station. I was struck, while waiting
there, with what seemed to me a great
want of care for the safety of the people
standing round. Just after my compan
ion and myself had stepped off the track,
I noticed a car coming quietly along at a
walk, as one may say, without engine,
without visible conductor, without any
person heralding its approach, so 6ilent- "
ly, so insidiously, that I eould not help'
thinking how very near it came to flit-,
tening out me and my match-box worse
than the Ravel pantomimistand his snuff
box were flattened out in the play. The
train was late fifteen minutes, half an
hour late and I began to get nervous,
lest something had happened. ' While I
was looking for it, out started a freight
train, as if on purpose to meet the cars I
was expecting, for a grand smash-up.
I shivered at tbe thought, and asked an
employe of the road, with whom I had
formed an acquaintance a few minutes
old, why there should not be a collision
of the expected train with this which was
just going out He smiled an cfhcii-.l
smile, and answered that they arranged
to prevent that, or words to that effect. ' "
Twenty -four hours had not passed from
that moment when a collision did occur,
just out of the city, where I feared it,
by which at least eleven persons were
killed, and from forty to sixty more were
maimed and erip pled I ' '
To-day there was the delay spoken of,
but nothing more. The uxpectcd train
came in so quietly that I was almost'
startled to see it on the track. Let us
walk calmly through the: ears, and look
around us. " ' '
In the first car, on the fourth scat to '
the right, 1 saw my Captain ; there saw I
him, even my first-born, wheni I had
sought through many cities. : -
' " now arc you, Boy ?" -
" How are you, Dad ?'' - " ' '
Such arc the proprieties of life, as they:
are observed among ns Anglo-Saxons of .
the nineteenth century, decently disguis-!
ing those natural impulses that made Jo
seph, the Trime Minister of Egypt, weep
aloud so that the Egyptians and the house
of Pharoah heard nay, which had' once
overcome his- shaggy old uncle Esan so
entirely that he fell on big brother's neck ''.
and cried like a baby in the presence of
all the women. But the hidden cisterns
of the soul may be filling fast with sweet
tears, while the windows through which.
it looks are undimmcd by a drop or a film .
Scene in a Police Office.
The prisoner in this case, whose name was
Dickey Swivel, alias " Stove Pipe Pete." was
placed at the bar and questioned by the judge
to the following effect :
Judge " Bring the prisoner into court"
Pete " Here I am, bound to blaze, as the
spirits of turpentine said when he was all
" We will take a little fire out of you.
How do you live ? .
" I ain't particular, as the oyster said when
they asked him if he'd be roasted or fried."
u We don't want to hear what the oyster
said, or the spirits of turpentine either. What
do you fallow ?" -
"Anything that comes in my way, as the
locomotive said when he ran over a little nig
ger." . "Don't care anything about the locomo
tive. What it your business ?'
" That's various, as the cat said when she
stole the chicken off tha table."
" If I hear any more absurd comparisons,
will give you twelve months,"
"I'm done, as the beefstake said to the
"Now, sir, your punishment shall depend
on the shortness and correctness of your an
swers. I suppose you live by going around .
" No, sir I can't go around the docks with
out a boat, and I ain't got none."
" Answer me, sir, How do you get your
" Sometimes at the baker's and sometimes
"No more of your stupid nonsense. How .
you support yourself." '
"Sometimes on my legs and sometimes on
cheer." (chair.) " "
" How do you keep yourself alive ?" f ,
"By breathing, sir."
"Ijjrder you to answer this question cor
rectly. How do you do ?"
"Pretty well, I thank you, judge. How
you do?" ' ,
" I shall have to commit you." ; " .
"Well,' you've committed yoarself first,
that's some consolation. -
The Ubbasa Usioa should be in the hands
every family in Champaign crninfy.