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KNOXVILLE, TENN., WEDNESDAY, MAY II, 1S70.
Llll 1 .1
A hi N
Suicide ofii Well Known Cltlr.en.
Kenson Assigned fur lliel'ntnl Step.
I'ull I'nrllculnrH of the Unforf uiiiilo
On yesterday afternoon, Mr. Samuel Mc
Carthy, an old citizen of Knoxvillo, died from
the effects of a vial of laudanum, taken during a
fit of despondency, nt a moment when frail
human nature crushed by the- enros of life
yielded to tho voice of the tempter nnd (sunder
ed tho tics that hind mortals to enrth.
Taounfortunnto gentleman who committed
the rash net, which left liin wifo ft widow and
hls.childrcn orphan, ws well known to this
community, and considcred by lili fricridu us
possessing extensive information on most sub
jects, and many years ago was tho acknowledg
ed leader of the working men ofthU city, being
chosen to preside at their meeting and as thocx
ponent of their particular iviowkt
THK I1KOIKINO OF TUK JiXD.
On Friday night, Mr. McCarthy retired 'and
abouttcn o'clock was hoard by members' of his
family In earnest prayer, which was not re
marked at tho time, but, taken in' connection
with the letter we giro below, shows that
THE ACT W.A8 mKMKPlTjLTKD,
ancl tho 'last fcrvenf supplication to thcHhrone
o'f grace was asking pardon for the crime
goon to bo committed, which was to pond n soul
unbidden to tlic? presence of Us. Gdd.
Nothing-was fiipcctcd until yesterday moru
ingi'CXWvono of his cTUldfcntcoliiijfoomi
and found him breathing heavily, and seeing
tho fatal vial, gavo tho alarm.
His reasons for tho dreadful resolve so detcr
termincdly carried out arc given in the follow
ing letter, from the date of which it. will be. seen
that ho had long' intended currying Jn's purpose
into execution. Wo publish it not to gratify a
sentiment of nowsmongering, but that all who
read may judge as leniently of tho dead as possible-:
KnoxvilUJ, April 23, 1870, 1
At Homk. j
Mil Dear Ohildreil:
I havo taken the idea into "my head, or rather
have arrived at tho conclusion to end-my life,
and risk tho consomiouco in my future condition
with my God. This conclusion and determi
nation is not nrrived at by mo hurriedly and
without prayerfully considering the future. 1
leave my caso in tho hands of a kind father, who
will deal as leniently to us mortals, who are hi
children, or of his- creation, as wo -would deal
with our children.
What earthly parent would consign his child
ren to everlasting torment? My condition' in
this world is unsupportablo. My health U rap
idly declining to consumption.
My matrimonial alliance with your step-moth
er, as you nro won aware, nas proven uisantrous
to you and me, and on account of her violenco
ottcmpcrnment, and also, more especially, her
her, with any degree of satisfaction or pence,
and equally impossible to get sundered with or
separated from her, except in tho way that I
havo adopted, which is tho last resort. Another
causo is that I have, on account of extreme so
licitude for tho comfort and welfare of you both,
placed myself in a condition which deprives me
of any means to opcrato with in tho yayof busi
ness. "What small means your schoolings, tho
war, and other misfortunes hasleftmo is tied up
in law, so that I am unable to usy it,- und I can
not work on account of .ill-health. 130 that con
sidering ovcry thin'g'connocted with'piy Situation
and condition in lite, I do not wish Wliveany
When you get tills letter I will bo- a corpse
my soul in tho other world, I wih to be buried
along Eido of your mother.
Oct Samuel Newman to pinko me n plain cof
fin, nnd pay him as soon as you can, from the
rent of the house,.
I wish your cousin, JohptCruxe, .to bocome
your'guardian,.nnd to sep'hie buried. -My de
sire is that the suit Ih.'tlfo Supreme' Court "shall
bo prosecuto'd,-and" tlfe." house' and lot sold for
your benefit, and you pay everything I owe
Say to Captnin Thomas O'Connor, that I hope
ho will remain security in the suit ; and I enjoin
upon you that you do not sutler him, nor any
body else, to loso by cither you or mo.
I wish you to writo to your uncle, Michael
McCarthy, to Norwich, Connecticut and tell
him your situation, and that you wish him. and
it is my dying request, that ho shall send you
tho ono hundred dollars which I loaned to him
years ago, when hejvas nloviug from "Washing
ton, I. 0., to Norwich,. Connecticut, soma nino
or ten years ago. Shy him that you . .need it,
which you do, nnd-jto 'send to you the principal,
if ho will not; the "interest. Attond to this mat
ter, as you ought to havo it. Tho last time I
heard ironi Jiim lib was in theabove place. Mr.
Callahan, across tho railroad, will assist you in
iindinir him. Ho knows him and his nconlc-in
law, lie told me but a short tinio ago that ho
was living in Norwich, Connecticut, and that
he had seen his mother-ili-law, who is a Mrs.
Seaewison. in "Washington. D. C. wheru hu
(Callahan) was recently on a visit, Mr. O.J
Knows your uncie, as aio (iocs -Mrs. j;ane j o
ky and her husband.- I wish you to state, both
t )gethcr, to the Clork of the County Court, tliut
1OI the monoy that I havo received, as guardiaii'
for you both, from tho time 1 became up to
the present date, and more bosidos, I have ux
pended uponyuu for boarding, clothing and iii
rideiual expenses thntmy securities .aro en
tirely clear of nny 'liilmrrassment on that score
Mr. "Wnbhburhc, my lawyer has in the Su
premo Court two cases to uttond to forme, viz:
'no for tho sale of tho property on "Water street,
for your bcncHt, nppented from Chancery,
which case ho undertook to lummgo for twcuty
fivo dollars; another case in which 1 api con
cerned, amounting to thirty-live dollar, as
tru'toe between Dr. lirandeaii and Nicholas
Eiflor, for whicji. there- U jm,l'eevt' 1 employed
him in another, which was tho obtuiniiig of a
divorcd front Hanorah McCarthy, but I do not
think ho will havo much trouble with that case,
and wi)l not charge much. Pay attention tu
tho taxes on the property. Thero aro tho coun
ty and Stato taxes for 18G8 and 18y0 unpaid a
strong argument in favor of soiling the property
as soon us possible, to save it front being con
sumed by taxation; and another argument is,
that it is depreciating n value froifi the want of
necessary repairing such a housa requires. I
forgot to include in the abovo statement tho
corporation taxes, which aro also unpaid.
1 know full well what ofl'ect (hi will have
upon you j hut, my dear children, I am not
afraid to meet my God. I havo livod an honest
and irtuous lite, ami in that I bopo you will
imitate me He virtuoiu, kind, mid charitable,
as was your dear mother,
Never suffer yourselves t stray from the
linflis of virtuo and religion. wlitMi m-n tlm mil,.
things that will conduct you safely through life,
and guido you safely to Heaven.
I wish you to copy this document with pen
ami wk, anu proservo it in order to vindicate
my conduct in tills, my last and saddest act of
1 wish your Cousin Sam to advertise tho
house for rent, and put it to tho best advantage
for you until it is sold, and I wish it sold as soon
as possible. I stipposo you will havo to llvo out
with some of your kinfolks until tho property
is sold, There is no encumbrnnco on it, except
taxes of last year and this. Take charge of nil
my papers,' and ingnin I enjoin, as soon as you
tan, tho payment of every debt 1 owe.
When you receive this and. rend this epistle,
como down to my room you will find nobody
there but my lifeless corpse, ns I induced your
step-mother to sleep out of thn house, under tho
pretence that I was going away on business, to
keen her from thwarting my purpose or design.
I havo no fear of tho future, as I rely with
unfaltering hope, and trust in my Creator, and
thcrcfqroioxpcctr, a' .! union in, Heaven 'with
my children and their'dcar mother. "
Farewell, until wo meet in h better world:
1 our Dear, Dear Father,
t, T , , Sam' 1, McCarthy.
1 I wish your guardian, if it can bo
jnnnaged, would dismiss tho suit in tho. Su
premo CoUrt, and apply for, the sale ;of tho pro
perty in tho County Court, for your- relief and
.benefit, and also for tho payment of whatever
debts I owe, which I especially enjoin and re
quest you to discharge. If you havo any re
spect for the memory of your father, you will
ci imply with my request.
You will find amongst my papers some ro
I'eiptj and transactions with Seymour, who was
appointed Solicitor by Temple, nnd which will
bo of usq to Mr. "W ashburno in conducting tho
case before tho Supremo Court.
WhntCVCr OXnOllSO VOllr llneln mtiv ilinni- In
my burial, I want you to pay with interest, if
you have to live oiit until it'is pnid.
i wish to bo interred in tho clothes that I
commonlywcar oir Sunday, without obtaining
My last and dying exhortation to you both is
bo virtuous, bo amiable in your deportment,
sinccro in your religion, arid truthful In every
relation of life nnd its transactions.
Adieu, until we meot ln the next world.
Youn Deau Fathek.
Homier In Hnrlem Lnno-iDcxtor Put to His
Xew York Correspondence Boston Journal.)
T saw Bonner oil the road the other dny.
It is- ono of the nights ofXcw York. It'is
interesting to watch the Hcnsation ho pro
duceH, though lie appears every day. He
comcH Into on the road, hut his coming is
watched for witli the greatest eagerness by
all classes. Hu is very systematic, and can
usually he seen turning into the gate from
Kighth avenue about ! o'clock. His pleas
ure never interferes with business; his
day's work is squarely done brfore he
leaves the stable. He has a rig which he
puts on when he prepares for the business
of tho road. Dexter Is the fnvoritc with
the public. And thev are usuallv-iirntifled.
rejmeciany 011 a pleasant afternoon. Other
MJJrses have had their brush, and have been
led oil foaming to the shed. The piazzas
of all the hotels that line the road are
crowded with horsemen, tmd tho windows
with lady friends. Spcetuters. with their
teams, drawn up on the side of tho road to
await the grent event of the day. During
the meeting of the two conferences of the
Methodist Episcopal Church in New York
last week it was estimated that two-thirds
of the clergymen went out 011 Harlem lane
to get a sight of Dexter and his famous
owner. Bonner makes his appearance at
a slow pace, appearantly inditVerent to the
impression produced. He watches to see
that tho coast Is clear. By common con
sent, when Boiiner appears the road is
cleared; A Dakota Indian might take les
sons of Bonner in his yells. Ah Dexter
starts on his.course his driver can be heard
half a mile off. The excited throng shout
"That's Bonner," and all come to their
feet. The team rushes by with lleetness of
the wind, and is out of sfght in an Instant.
There aro sonic things that can not be de
scribeda panic in Wall street, the inside
of St. Peter's, the harmony of an Indian
organist, the' coloring of the great masters
in tho Pitti Talnce, the trotting of Dexter.
He moves as no other horso moves; he is
the poetry of motion. Hu docs not sprawl,
throw his feet out, or fling them around,
but seems to slide out of himself, giving
the idea thnt nny amount of speed can be
obtained. He is never exhausted, there is
no exertion, there is a reserve of speed that
is peculiar. Go as fast as he will, his hoofs
can be as distinctly seen as when he is on
a slow trot. Horsemen Hay that his speed
has never been known, and without con
troversy the palm is awarded to him on all
A very exciting scene,, took plnco the
other day. A. gray horso appeared on' the
rpad a strnger to every one. The speed
of the unimal was marvelous, "Where the
horse came from or to whom he belonged
nobody seemed to know. The driver
wiitchc(l for Bonner. After a sharp con
fest he actually distanced Dexter. The
thrill of excitement was indescribable.
Bonner turned his horsq into the (died and
had him blanketed; Will 'street was
scarcely ever more excited than was tho
rpad that afternoon. In a short time Dex
horsemqu Inipw, mnkjcs'h great, ilitlbrcnco
In speed. The white horse came tearing
along at a marvelous gate. Bonner sprang
to ids feet and gave 11 scrcvoh that might
have been heard in "Westchester cothity.
Dexter heard and understood' tho signal,
buckled down to his work, and left the
White horso so far behind that ho was not
to be mentioned the same afternoon.
Thunders of uppiauso attended Bonner on
his course, and as tho king of the road
enmc back thoro were hundards that
would Imvo crowned him with laurels.
The feat of that afternoon nduced horho
men to say that Dexter Is capable of any
thing. 1 m t. ....
The news Is telegraphed from Utah thnt
the Mormons aro arming and drilling,
though Brigluini Young says his empire,
like Napoleon's, means pence. AVe would
not bo surprised if wo had trouble witl that
people yet, for, by tearing up railroads and
Iniiamlng tho Indians, they havo It In their
power to do a great deal of mischief.
ter reappeared, jnd bero his pale autngo
nist was reiulyvffir',tl!e5c()nTtit'nJ Bonnoi
put up theW&t Miis-TvauVmvhTeh. n;
LATEST BY TELEGRAPH.
Forney's Testimony Keganling Bullock.
Suppression of Four Paris Journals.
The Supreme Court Continuations.
Southern Hotel, New York, on Fire.
A Cuban General Tried and Executed.
The Tariff Reduction in England.
A Colored Man Killed on the Railroad.
Fomej;"H Testiuiouy ItrRnrdliiK Unllork
So Quorum, Ac.
Adjournment or thn Uoiiho Morrill's
Speech on tuo Tiirtir Hill.
Washington, May ".No session, of
"either House of Congress to-day.
Forticy testifies that the money, received
from Bullock waa'-for prihtlng jobs,.pam
phlets, speeches, etc.
Washington-, May 9. The House ad--journed.
until, to-morrow, withoiit trans
acting any business.
Mr. .Morrill, of Vermont, by unani
mous consent, is delivering a long speech
on (ho tariff question.
Washington, May 0. The Legislative,
Executive and Judicial Appropriation bill
'an considered, ThoBenato Committee
offered an amendment, increnstng appro
priations to tho oillces of Assistant Treasu
rers at Xew Orleans and Charleston the
former to SI, COO and the latter to 52,600.
Tin; Vole on llio l'lcblscidiui Cautions
Pakis, May 8. This city vott'd 44,000
against Pleblsate in the departments as far
as heard from. Great majority in the af
firmative; Tho precautions against outbreaks have
havo been doubled. Great agitation, but
Baius, May 8, C i. Mi Iteturns foot up
yeas 17,120,288, nays 1,485,844 votes. Army
Vote, as far as heard from, yeas 219,200,
The excitement is Intense, but no dis
turbances. A council of Ministers was held to-day,
the Emperor presiding. Tho- reported re
sults of tho deliberations arethat minis
ters of war order resignations to-morrow,
and Oliver will be changed. Also the for
mation of a new cabinet.
Victor Hugo has been cited to appear
before the T ribuiial for articles in tho Hap
pel Inciting hatred and contempt for tho
A C'liliuu (aoucrnl Captured, Tried by Court
Xnrtlnl und Executed.
Havana, May 8. A Spanish steamer
an-ired last night,bringing the Cuban Gen
eral Golcouria, under a strong guard of na
val ofilcers. He was immediately taken to
jail, where a verbal court martial assombled
for the purpose of trying him. The court
sentenced him to be garrotcd, and ho was
accordingly executed at Principe fort at
eight o'clpck this nrornlng.
An immense concourse of people assem
bled on the heights of Principe.
Tho General remained perfectly serene
and firm to the last.
Destructive Hull Storm Nursery and
Phildeh'iha, May 8. The papers this
morning are tilled with the details of the
damage done by tho hail storm. McKen
zie & Munstng had 4,000 panes of glass bro
ken, and are damaged to the amount of
S10.000. St. Mark's, New Birth and Eden
churches had their valuable j-taincd gl'asq
windows shattered. Half the street lamps
Were shattered. The largesthnil stone was
eleven inches, in circumference unuf weigh
ed seven .puncoH. Many serious accidents,
occurred from runaway hors.es.-
.Washington. May 5. To Enos Hop
kins. Gen. T. J. Harrison has been nomi
nated and confirmed United States Mar
shal vice Blackburn, removed. Puosskii.
Gen Harrison is from Indiana, and was
u Brigadier General In tho Federal army,
hi tho'Department of the Southwest du
ring tho war. In tho Stato whenco ho
came ho bears an irreproachable character
for integrity, etc. He won n good reputa
tion in tho army jis i gallant othcer and
high-toned gentleman. Since tho war ho
has been a resident of this State, having
located at Lester's, near Pulaski, in Giles
county, where he has been actively en
gaged In Industral pursuits as an encrgetio
man of business.
An Agricultural and Immigrant Con
vention warf convened In the Academy of
Music, at Augusta, Georgia, on May 3d
The chief object of tho Convention was to
devise 11 system of immigration which will
secure reliable foreign labor for the South.
ASLEEP AT HIS POST.
An Incident of II10 I.atc War.
'Mr. Owen, a pious farmer in Vermont,
gavo his eldest son, Benjamin, to tho Fed
eral cause in the late fearful struggle. One
day a message arrived which fell like a
thunder-bolt upon tho anxious, yet hopeful
family. The lad had been found asleep at
his po9t, and was condemned to bo shot.
Tho terrlblo news snread In thn vlllitiw.
and tho good minister, Mr. Allen, came at
once 10 sec 11 it were not possible to ad
minister comfort to the broken-hearted
"Oh ! sir." cried tho sorrowing old man,
"Such a dear, precious, noble boy I I
thought, when I gaVc him to his country,
that not a father in all this broad' land
made such a precious gift no, not one.
God forgive me If my grief Is a sin. Mr.
Allen, the dear boy only slept a minute,
just one little minute, at his post. I know
that vtoh all, for Bcnnic never dosed over
duty. How prompt nnd reliable he was I"
and Mr. Owen's eye wandered over the
green Holds with a perplexed, wanderiug
"I know he only fell off onelittle second;
he was so young and not strong, that bov
of mine. Why, he was as tall as I and
only eighteen, and now they shoot him
because he was found asleep when doing
duty." 1 -
Xlr. Owen repealed these words very
slowly; as If endeavoring to Und out their
" Twenty-four hours the telegraph said
only twenty-four. Wherc'ls Bonnie now ?
" We will hope with his Heavenly Fa
ther" said Mr. Allen soothingly.
"Yes, yes: let us hope. God Is very
merciful, and Bcnnic was so good I do
not mean holy," he said, correcting him
self, sharply "there is none holy, 110, not
one ; but Jesus died for sinners. Mr. Al
len, tell me that. O, Bonnie ! Bennie!"
The mother raised herself as she heard
his name called, and turning, said witli a
smile, "Don't call so loud, father, Bennie
is not far off, he will, soon come."
"God has laid his hand on them both,
you see," said Mr. Owen, Without making
any direct reply. " She has not been just
herself since. It is a merciful tiling she is
sort of stunned, it seems to me. She makes
Mr. Allen looked in astonishment at the
bowed man, as' he now cahieand stood be
fore him. These few hours had done the
work of years. The sinewy frame was tot
tering now, the eyes were dfmmed, and the
sudden sorrow had written itself In deep
wrinkles all over his manly face. " God
have mercy on you ; he is trying you In a
furnace seven time heated!" he exclaimed
The daughter, a fairy young girl Blos
som, they called her at near them listen
ing with blanched cheeks. She had not
shed a tear that day, and the terror in her
cheeks had been so very still that no one
had noticed it. She had occupied herself
mechanically in household duties, which
her mother's condition devolved entirely
upon her. Now she answered a gentle tap
at the door, opening It to receive a letter
from a neighbor's hand. "It is from him "
was all she said.
'Twas like a message from the dead.
Mr. Owen could not break the seal for
his trembling lingers, and held it towards
Mr. Allen with all the helplessness of a
The minister opened it, and obedient
to a motion from the father, he read as fol
"Dkah Fathi:k: When this readies
you I shall bein eternity. At first It seem
ed awful to me, but I have thought about
it so much that now it has no terror. They
say they will not bind me nor blind me,
but that I may meet my death like a man.
I thought, father, it might have been on
the battle-field of my country, and that
when I fell It would be fighting gloriously:
but to be shot down like a dog for nearly
betraying it to die for neglect of duty !
Oh, father! I wonder tho very thought
docs not kill me 1 But I shall not disgrace
you. T am goingjto write'vou all about it,
and when I am gone you may tell my com
rades. I can't now.
"You know I promised Jemmy Carr,s
mother that I would look after her boy,
and when he fell sick, I did all 1 could for
him. He was not strong when he was or
dered back into the rauks, and the day bo
fore that night I carried all his baggage,
besides my own, on our march. Toward
night we went in a double-quick, and the
baggage began to feel very heavy. Every
body else was tired too, and as lor Jemmy,
if I had not lent him unarm now and then
ho would have dropped by the way. I was
all tired out when I went into eamp, and
then it was Jemmy's turn to bo sentry, and
I would take his place ; but I was too tired,
father. 1 could not havo kent awake if I
had had A gun at my head. But I didn't,
know until well it was too late!"
"God be thanked !" interrupted Mr. Ow
en, roverntly. "I knew Bennio was not
the boy to sleep carelessly at his post."
"They tell me to-day that T have a short
reprieve given tome by eircnmstaUces
time to write to youf our good Colonel
says. Forgive him," father he only does
his duty He would gladly save nie.lt he
could. And don't lay. niy death against
Jemmy. The poor boy Is broken-hearted,
and does nothing but beg and entreat them
to let him die in my stead.
"I can't bear to think of mother mid
Blossom. Comfort them, father. Tejltho'in
that I die as a bravo boy should, and that
when tho war Is over they will not be
ashamed for me arf they must bo now.
God heli) mef it is very hard to bear Good
bye, father, God seems near and dear to
mo not at all as If ho wished mo to perish
forever, but as if ho felt sorry for his poor,
sinful child, and would tako mo to bo with
Him and my Savior, In a better, better life,"
A great sob burst from Mr, Owen's heart.
" Amen I" ho said solemnly, " Amen I"
" To-night In the early twilight, I shall
see tho cows all coming home from pas
ture Daisy and Brlndle, and Bettj old
Billy, too, will neigh for his stall, and
precious little Blossom stand waiting for
1110, but I shall never, never come. God
bless you all. Forgive your poor, poor
Late that night the do"6r oponcd'softly,
und a little figure glided out-und dowu
tho foot-path that leads to tho road by
tho mill. She seetued rather Hying thnh
walking, turning her head neltlier to the
r ght or left, starting lis tho full moon
sketched queer fantastic shapes all around
her, looking only now and then ta heav
en, and folding her hands as if In prayer.
Two hours later tho same young girl
stood at the Mill Depot, watching tho corn
lug of the night train, and the conductor,
as he reached dowu to lift her in wondorcd
at the sweet, tear-stained face, that was
upturned toward the dim lantern held in
A few questions imd ready answers told
him all, and no father could havo cared
oro tenderly for his own child than he
did for Blossom.
She was on her way to Washipgton, to
ask President Lincoln for; her brother1)
life. She had stolen away, leaving only n
noto to tell her father where and whv she
had gone. Sho had brought Benuio'a letter
with her ; no good, kind heart like the
President's could refuse to bo, melted bv
The uoxt morning they reached Now
ork, and the conductor found-suitable
company for Blossom, and hurried her on
to " ashington. Every minute now might
be a year in Iier brother's life.
And so, in an incredible short time,
Blossom reached the capitol and was hur
ried at onco to tho Wlslto Houso. The
President had just seated himself to his
morning task, of overlooking and fligning
Important papers, when, without one
Word of announcement, the door softly
opened, and Blossom, with eyes cast down
and folded hands, stood before him
"Well, my child," he said In his pleas
ant, cheery tone. " what do you want &o
bright and early in the morning?"
"Beunie's life, please sir," lultered out
" Bennie? Who is Bennio?"
"My brother, sir. They are going to
shoot him for sleeping at his post."
"Oh, yes;" and Mr. Lincoln ran his
eye over tho papers before him. "I re
member, it was a fatal sleep. You see,
child, it was a time of fatal danger.
Thousands of lives might have been lost
for his culpable negligence."
" So my father said," said Blossom,
gravely, "but my poor brother Beunle
was so tired sir, and Jemmy was very
weak. He did the work of two, and it
was Jemmy's night, not his. But Jimmy
Was too tired; and Bennie never thought
about himself, that he was also too tired."
"What is this you say, my child? Come
here, I don't understand," and tho kind
man caught eagerly as ever at whot seem
ed to be a justification of an ollence.
Blossom went to him; he put his hand
tenderly on her shoulder, and turned up
the pale serious face towards his. How
tall ho seemed; and he was President of
the United States, too. A dim thought of
this kind passed for a moment through
Blossom's mind; but she told her story
simnh-andstaiglitfoward, and handed Mr.
Lincoln Benuie's letter to read.
He read It carefully; then taking up his
pen, wrote a few hasty lines and rang the
Blossom heard this order given:
"Send this dispatch at once.'1
The President then turned to tho little
1 irl and said:
"Go home, my child and tell that father
of yours who could approve his country's
sentence, even when it took tho life of a
eiiuu ime unit, Auranum Liineoln thinks
the life far too precious to be lost. Go
back, or wait until to-morrow. Bennio
will need change after he has faced death.
Walt and he shall go with you."
"God bless you, sir," said Blossom; and
who shall doubt that God heard and reg
istered that request?
Two days after this interview the young
soldier came to the White Honse with his
sister. He was called into tho President's
private room, and a strap fastened upon
the shoulder, when Mr.Lincoln said "that
the soldier who could carry a sick com
rade's baggage, and die for" the good act
uncomplainingly deserved honor."
Then Bennie and Blossom took their
way to the Green Mountain Home, and a
crowd gathered at the Mill Dejiot, to wel
come them back, and Farmer Owen's head
towered abovo them all, and .as his hand
grasped that of his boy, Mr. Allen heard
him say fervently, as the best blessing he
could pronounce upon his child:
"Just and true are thy ways, thou King
"That night Daisy and Brlndle and Bet
came bellowing homo from pasture, for
they heard a well-known voice ealliug
them at the gate, and Bennie, us ho pats
his old pets und looks lovingly In their
ureal brown eves, catches throuuh the still
evening-air his Puritan father's voice, as
ho repeats to Ills happy mother theso jubi
lant, words, "Fear not, for I am with tliee:
I bring thy seed from the west; I will say
to the north, Give up( and to the south,
Kcej) not baek: bring my sons from afar,
and my daughters from the ends of the
earth; even every one that is called by my
name: for I havo created him for my glory.
I have formed him, yea I have made him."
Collision on tlie Noiilli Cnrollun-Itnllrond
Colored 3I1111 Killed.
CiiAitLKsroN, May 8. A collision oc
curred this afternoon on the- Charleston
BiUlroad, about 0 miles from the city, be
tween the- regular passenger train and a
train with several hundred colored people
aboard, bound for camp-meeting. Ono
colored man was killed, and several others,
Gov. Scott has ordered an election on
tho 15th May, to fill the Congressional va
cancy caused by Whittemore's resignation.
Regular party nominations will bo made,
and Whittemore's only opponent will be
S, C. Dunn, an officer of the Navy, who
rilus as 1111 Independent Republican candidate.