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VOL. 1.} HOMER, LA., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1877. 1 N. 9
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August 9, 1I77.
THE SPIRIT SUIlDE.
ST At Ot'TA LARNY.D.
Far in the realm of Arctic night,
Where asmes the weird auroral light,
And icebergs loom on every hand,
Enchanters of that lonely land,
The patient, dark-skinned Esquimaun
A little grave shapes in the snow.
And o'er the Ice-plain, bleak and wild.
The mourning mother beae her child,
In furry garment, Isoftl rolled,
Who ne'er again hill feel the cold,
And lays him on the fty breast
To take his last and final rest.
And there beside the little mound
The father slays his fleetest hound.
A creature of unerring skill,
of keenest scent and docile will,
To trace far haunts of seal and bear
That 'tock the little ice-hut there.
He lays the faithful beset and brave
Luw down beside his baby's grave,
And says: 'The little one will stray.
Thrugb mnht and darkness far away;
Ilij tender feet have never trod
And cannot find the path to nod.
"Now guide him sfe from night and cold
Far out to realms of purest gold,
Where dow'ry msads sad crystal streams
Are smiligl in t sun's glad beams,
Where rim abodes of jo} and mirth
And feasting ills the happy earth."
Consoled the parents homeward wend,
And leave their baby to the friend
Who for protection and defense
Has proved sgentle Providence,
Sure that thelog so true and wise
Will find the gates of Paradise.
O love that would outrm the tomb
And light yor darlings through the gloom,
Ssimple faith that deems love's care
Can e a joy and solace there,
Ye eltg to seMk untutored soul,
And bind the tropics to the pole.
The Late Admiral Somms.
P'ersonal Resiniaienraces-His Corw
asnd of the fSmter and the Ala.
bamu-lSinking of the Hatteras
Fight writh the Ksearge-Disad.
ran wender whieA the Alabama
t-Coolness of the Commsand
er-&srnes as a Lawger.
(New York Tribune.]
A gentleman who daring the war
served for a short time on board the
Confederate steamer Alabama, and
afterwards on the Georgia. which
cruised in company with the
Alabama, is now in Washington, andt
relates some interesting reminis
cences of the late Admiral Bemules.
The last vesel of the United States
navy which 8emmes ootpmadded
wasthe Somers. This was the frigate
upon which, previoustohisoommand
ofit, two young midshipmen, one of
them a son of the them secretary of
the navy, were hanged by McKenzie
Hlidell for mutiny. Semmes com.
mandedherduring the Mexican war,
and while at Vera Ores she was
capsized I a squall. The loes of the
earsel was a source of much satisfic.
tiou to all oleers of the navy at that
time. She was very unpopular, on
aeount oft the superstitions which
existed it tregard to her; the men
'er e osatantly deserting, and of.
"N were unwilling to be assigned
to duaty pon her. After this, Ad.
ainl ~asmma entered the practice
ef the law ain Cleletl, ad wans
thee at the time the war broke out.
Going South he tendered his er
'ims to the Confedercy, saed rsat
e-Jamd the Sumter, wbleb, at
tr a short eruies, was bloekaded in
G wier, sasoabsed sad afterward
eld. It is am latere el res
ab that Cape. 1.TO, Nte who
h- sies bees somewbat notedas
c: eas deitertive deIah ag o.
simialtsdeasn, Joined the
U hs im e re e rthe swvses
'hm the mair io am
"triS Am se the ub Ubsi
Alhal ha m ta m
gagements with United States yes
selsofwar;, the frstwith the lateras,
off Galveston, and the second with
the Keararge, in which she was
worsted. The officer already re
ferred to describes the tactics em
ployed by Semmes oft Galveston as
very "sharp." About 4 o'clock one
afternoon he steamed up in sight of
the blockading fleet, carrying -the
British flag. He then turned about
and began to sail away, burning
bituminous coal and making an ia
meouse cloud o smoke, his object
being to create the impression in the
Federal fleet that he was a blockade.
runner, making the best time pos
sible to get beyond their reach.
Admiral Semmes expected that the
Federal commander would send
after him his fastest vessel, and
that this would be one of the light.
est in the fleet. In this conjecture
he was not mistaken, for the list
teras was dispatched to overtake
and capture him.
One of the larger vessels would
have been more than a match for
the Alabama. When she came
alongside of the Alabama the cap.
tain of the Hatteras hailed her, but
for a time received no answer;, when
at length he ordered her to lie to
and give an account of herself, or he
would fie into her. Semmes hauled
down the British flag and threw out
the Confederate flog, which was
already at the peak, tied up in a
bundle with small ropes. Then
shouting defiantly, "This is the Cown
federate steamer Alabama," he
opened fire. The battle that eno
sued was a very brief one, lasting
only about twelve minutes, but at
the end of this time the Hatteras
was sunk. The gentleman who de
scribes the fight says that the officers
and crew of the Hatteras fought
most gallantly, and did not abandon
her until her guns were level with
The circumstances of the fight
between the Kearsarge and Ala.
bama are too well known to need
repetition. The gentleman already
referred to was a witness of this
fight, but did not take part in it,
being at the time on board a French
tug. He says that Admiral Semmes
made a great mistake in going out
of Cherbourg to meet the Kearsarge
at all. He said the immediate cause
of his going out was a threat of
Winslow to go into port with the
United States flag flying over the
inverted confederate flag, and to
sail around the Alabama as an in
suit. 8emmes sent back word that
if lie would not do that he would go
out and fight him. The Alabama
had been at sea two years, and her
copper hung in "elbows" all over
her bottom, which was also very
dirty. When in good condition she
could sail twelve or fourteen knots
an hoar, but at that time she could
not have made over six knots at the
best. Besides this, the power that
she used was some that had been
condemned by the British govern.
ment, and to make it still worse, a
portion of the condensing apparatus
of the vessel used for producing
fresh water was in contact with her
magazine, so that much of her pow.
der was wet. The result was that
the heaviest shells fired by the Ala
barma failed to perforate the sides of
the Kearsarge, and some of them
were seen to drop in the water be
fore reaching her enemy, although
the vessels were at the time not
over 300 yards apart.
The same gentleman expressed
the opinion that Admiral Semmes,
in his book describing the cruise of
the Alabama, does himself great in.
justice when be ascribes his failure
to disable the Kearsarge to the fact
that the latter hnng chain cables
upon her sides. These cables were
only phaced upon her bows. and had
the powder of the Alabama been in
good condition he expressed it as his
opinion tbh she would have sank
the Kear e in spite of all such
protection. Oe of the shells of the
Alabama hlich lodged in the stern
post of the Kearsarge, but did not
explode, is now in this city. If it
had exploded, it would andoubtedly
have destroyed Wlaslow's vessel.
emmes displayed the greatest
eoolnesa In the handling of bhis ves
sel during "the whole of the fight
with the eareage, and when the
Alabam was about to sink, be was
the last rea to leave her. A sailor
named Mans, who had shown very
great bravery during the combat,
and who had pleked up a shell ftom
the Keararge that fall oa the deeoLk
of the Alsbema sad thows it over
hoaud-iteploded bebre it asehbed
i pt it s, oSeme sse d rssd
to ea Md tl tea sler thasl -
bws weeth as mash to ima s
ita~me si. sEeh labhhame te
*els eha is
hegm h* e
- .1 e a
quently, some of the officers and
sailors persuaded Semmes to use a
life preserver. Miurr was picked
up by one of the boats of the Kear
sarge, but jumped overboard. He
was pioked up a second time by one
of the Kearsarge's boats, and a
second time leaped into the water,
and was finally rescued by a French
boat, saving the papers which had
been committed to his care.
Senopes was a very strict disci
pliimfian. When an American vessel
was captured, if it had on board an
American cargo it was burned. If
the cargo Iwlonged to foreigners,
the captain was made to sign a bond
for the value of the vessel. No
officer or member of the crew of the
Alabama was allowd to t take any
article from a prize. The gentleman
a ho describes this acavice says that
he was once very severely punished
by the captain of the Georgia for
taking from the cabin of a vessel
that was captured a sewing-bird,
worth only a few cents.
By a law of the confederate ('on
gress the officers and crew of the
Alabama were to receive frpsm the
confederate government one-half the
value of all American vessels de
stroyed and the whole valnueof all
that were bonded, but their claims
were, of cotlise, never paid. The
reason why prizes were destroyed
was. that the Alabama was not
allowed to take vessals which she
captured into the ports of any for.
eign country to be condlemned. The
officers and crews of all captured
vessels were very kindly treated
while on board the Alabama. Dur
ing the day balfof them were allowed
to be on deck at all times, mingling
with the crew, while the remainder
were kept below. At night all of
them, of course, were confined. The
officers and crews of captured ves
sels were also allowed to take with
them all of their private property,
lit none of them belonging to the
The gentleman already referred to
saya that a very erroneous idea pre
vails in the North that the crew of
the Alabama was composed of Eng
lish and Southern men. On the
other hand, during the most of the
time they were almost exclusively
Yankee sailors from captured ves
sels. In some instances the enttire
crews of whalers desired to enlist
under Admiral. Semmes. The ad
niral was accustomed to tell them
that the I'nited States would hang
them all if they were caught, but
the reply generally was that they
did not care, they would take the
chances of that. When the Georgia
ran the blockade at New Orleans an
officer who was on board of her says
she hail only aline Southern men on
board, and the remainder of her
crew of between fifty and sixty was
made up almost entirely of Yankee
The admiral was rather insignifi
cant in personal appearance, abhort
in stature, quite erect, with a small,
sharp grey eye, and hair and beard
that would have been grey had it
not been dyed: The latter con
sisted of a fierce moustache and im.
perial, which, with his overhanging
eyebrows, gave to him rather a
ferocious aspect. He was dressed
in loose, light costume, and his wide
pantaloons did not hide the tact
that lihe was very bow-legged. .p
convertmtion the admiral was couYte
enus and pleasing.
I do not thinlk the admiral was
very sumccessf'ul as a l:awyer. (Gen
tlemen who practiced at the bar
with him in Mobile told me that,
while in private lie was verb genial
in his intercourse with lawyers in
court, and iu the transaction of busi
ness generally, he displayed too
much of the imperious quarter-deck
demeanor to make him popular. He
was very extreme in his politics,
did not approve of the liberal tea
dlencies of some of the Democrats of
Alabama, and was, on one or two
oecasions, the caudidate of the
Bourbon wing of the party for local
The 8alt Lake Tribune publlshes'
a list of the dlvotes granted by the
Probate Court of that place, and it
foots up in the tbousands. It is
estimated that qugaite 5,000 divorear
bhave been granted by the twenty
prohbate eoerts of Utah, and most of
them were to parties in the States
and some ain Osaeds. Among them
is Brick Pomeroy, whose istril
moenil venture seem to hase bea
afortnuata. It has been iig on
several yeams, sad b eea t
sites, whk edthe Use l
eeemsetes is Uta, thate pei
had ase kowleds of tihe w
The Mexican pear is gradually
ripehing, and the madness which
precedes destruction is becoming
more and more aPlprent among the
rulers of the Aztec laud. Things
can not long continue as they are.
We must have pease, even if we
are compelled to enforce it at the
bayonet's point. The punic faith
and chronic misrule which have so
long obtain:ed in the neighboring so.
called republic, have made Mexican
diplomacy a by-word and Mexican
government a r.proach among all
nations. It is solely through a
spirit of generous forbearanee that
the repeated wrangs indicted by
Mexican bamlits, with or without
the coonnivaice. of the Mexican ai-
tilpritiea, have not been follcedhby
that reckoning ghltch aggrieved
might is sometiilts compelled to
administer even to presumptuous
But forbearance in the case of
Mexico has about ceased to be a.
virtue. Something must be done,
and that -right speedily, to pat a
stop at once and forever to-the out
rages so persistently indulged in to
the prejudice of our people and the
disquiet of our border. If the Itio
tirando hits proved itself unfitted
'or a boundary, then must the bound
ary be retmovedl to the monntain
range beyond, and the river be thus
changed from a nursery of hostili
ties into a peaceful artery of com
mnerce. Through that right of emi
nent domain by which nations are
compelled to provide for their own
security and the peace of their bor
ders, the United States will be
obliged either to extinguish the
Mexican government altogether, or
forcibly remove the border to a line
along which peace and neighborly
comity may be maintained.
Of course, the first of the alterna.
tives here suggested could not be
carried into ettffectual execution, ex
cept after the arbitrament of war
haid rendered it absolutely neces.
sary, as well for the good of the
Mexican ipeole and our own, itas for
that of "the whole boundless conti
nent." The other is one to which
even the Mexican authorities shou!d
not object. Of course, a removal of
the line, if peacefully assented to,
would imply pay3uent for the terri
tory thus obtained, but as our
claims upon Mexico are large, the
finuancial part of the question could
be easily disposed of.
Assuming, however, that Mexico
will continue, in utter disregard of
international faith, to violate her
treaty stipulations, insult our flag,
and encourage her cattle thieves in
their raids upon our border, the
necessity of employing fotrce in the
settlement of our vexed questions
with that country must become ils
What then t Will an increase in
our standing army be necessary t
By no means. Texas, Louisiana,
Mississippi and Arkansas would
speedily furnish all the volanteers
which the exigency demands, with.
out the interference of more distant
States. The question of raising a
sufficient volunteer force for the oc.
casio uneed, therefore, not trouble
the general government.
As to the policy of changing our
existing relations with-'Mexico the I
whole country is agreed. A peace
ful border anist be secured, and
M.exico must be compelled to per.
form her international obligations,
or be extigunished as a separate
governmental entity.-Citp Item.
Pregres of itn N. Orleas Pesllc.
Mr. D. H. Garland, one of the civil
engineers etinected with the New
Orleans Pacile railroad, arrived in
Alezadria one day last week. He
bailed directly from the scene of
operations at Hes iower bayou,
Avoyelles parish, thirty miles from
Alexandria, where i lorce of two
hundred men is employed by the
road. Orading is being pushed in
the direction of the Atchafalaya
river, at which point conneetion
will be made with the Louisalna
Central Stem, or the Boyce grade as
it i generally eelled. The Letocete
reed, whieb will be used by the
New Orieas Pait, jdelas the
Boyee Grade iasters miles em
hra This r Uemelon, it l thought,
will be elbetnd-b the tenthi o
aest month. The Nateebslgang
is shkifs .things ap on the other
die of me, sad I thirty days hem
thin time will by eho uL s the
gradg toea pilet the im his
wmhiekh.eeest wi tthe JIenria
braml. One hedmdme will be
msalmd to week ast La Psgeagl
-lte mat of the a, ---
to -mgh ggea
The ett Register.
RICHMOND, Oct. 3, 1877.-The e.
timate made two weeks ago that the
revenue from the sale of liquors
through the medium of the Moffett
register would raobh $100,000 for
this city and $300,000 for the State
per annumI, is verified by the ofmcial
results of last month's sales. This
insures the Moffett register as a
permanent source of revenue.
The liquor dealers held a meeting
here to-day, at which they resolved
to discontinue further prosecution of
the salit in the United States Conrt,
on the alleged patent iutringement,
upon conidition that the Attorney
Genecral will agree not to proceed
against the ound given to iudemnify
the manufacturer of the registers
for damuages caused by the late
intjunction. They decided to organise
a campaign all over the State against
the register, and pledged themselves
to support all candidates who are
opposed to the Moffett liquor law.
An anti-Mollett ticket will be nomi.
nated in this city, ad perhaps in
every county and city in the State.
The (lovernors of Louislana and
Arkausas have written for a sample
of the register, a copy of the law and
an explanation of how it works, with
a view to the introduction of a simi.
lar law in those Sates.
The Boy and the Boatmen.
A young man was once rowing
me across the Merrimack river in a
boat. Some boatmen, going down
with lumber, had drawn up their
boat and anchored in the spot where
the boy wished to pass.
"There!" he exclaimed, "these
boatment, have left their boat right
in my way!"
"What did they do that for?" I
"On purpose to plague me," said
he; "btt I will cut it loose and let
it go down the river. I would have
them know I can be as ugly as they
"But, m3n lad," said I, "yon should
not plague thenm because they plague
you. Because they are ugly to you
it is no reason why you should be
to them. Besides, how do you know
they did it to vex and trouble you?"
,"But they had no business to leave
it there-it is against the rules,"
"True," I replied, "and yon have
no business to send their boats down
the river. Would it not be better
to ask them to remove it out of the
"They will not comply if I do,"
said the angry boy, "and they will
do so again."
"Well, try for once," said I. "Just
run your boat a little above, or a
little below theirs, and see if they
will not favor you, when they see
you give way to aooommodate
The boy complied; and when the
men in the boat saw the little fellow
quietly and pleasantly pulling at his
oars, to run his boat ashore above
them, they took hold and helped
him, and wheeled their boat around
and gave him all the chance he
Thus, by snubmitting pleasantly to
what he believed was done to vex
him, the boy prevented a quarrel.
Hadl he cut the rope, at that time
antd plane, and let the boat loose, It
would have done the boatmen meeuh
damage. There would have been a
fight, and many would have been
drawn into it. int the boy, who
considered hiniself the injured party,
prevented it all by a kind and pleas.
ant submission to the injury.
The RAllg Passion I Sleip.
Iust night the wlfe of Justiee
MYges was aroused frohem a sond
uleep by a stern volee: "Are yoa
ready for trial, I say P "HIaih
don't make a noise, or else yo'
wake the baby," she replied e
deavoring to soothe him. "
talk back to this coart," he resiM
rated; "if you've egt my witasmes
king 'em oo, but le ' j lawyer d.
the tadlkilg "Wh, Tom, bw ye
sake el What'/s eaterP "I1
mend yea up Shrmity syq that'h
what' the matter. fe, Eadme
teke her away. Now Pm rteady fr
that petty lem y eas-btrag up
bed he started t.wsrd the rmtrer.
to mmmor a jry, bet Ml one a
geeklia eoar, ktd his k.
woke up and sd his wiLL it
the devm ws e time mute a~ w,--I
emrr t eimnmiJ
It is generafly.
IBaptisa are the mut o mi t:i
people in rerensee toeemnM
andl exehbanglng witht e .a
tians. But the High i
of the Luthebra de.l.Iglma boe
fart beyond the thlepib tL a4 p
a taw ptorhlbbitlngleshd_ psi.
pits with miaimeteRiot o llU
uons. The Rev. Dr. KI ti
Church of the 84Hoy y
city lass incurredl the
his Lutheran bremehg
this law. He aers t
olosivenem is eatray M
of the present ea
done away with. Os the
hand, the e;olselve, hsLat h
to do away with htm, aeesId ng
a man with such beelsA ethuek
has no place in the Luthaelen *uu
--N. 1. BSe.
One of the qgest l
school, yet opened Is thai
connected withb the P1 Osre
tiounal Society in le1 I
Instead of readi r is the a
the opening s vioere, the
of various relillo use rlaige
used, Pagan, Buddhst,
wise, according to prp rem e
class studies book.keslmr
drawing, and another tt e
Shakpeaere. Free, o
hammedanism, and ph"l.auz.
gage the' attentionu of "sot s ,
scholars. The Bible l pised ins
the rsae level as the os or dp
works of Coulboius, aed p o
not a regular part of the
The number of pupils in thslle uk.
able Sunday school is shest se -
hundred.-~. Y. aWL
A tall, "elr,
gentleman recent west l te
postomee in a rur qlem I
land. Hlaked some -
tire to the regUlterlgt a
and was very sharplyri.md1,
woman to atteedsaer. H
her if shabe tbeaghttthas was ai
way to we an awern lis
oie. 81 said she a
she had been quite eivlv u e
him. He asked her, w$ith
ously increasing mildesst
if she would hver him wlr t
name. Ike emphtsefe
to do si. Heo I mid t 1e suss
he would tell her his mm.s,
however, hbe deMnlsi te1
log that'bhi name w as M
hers He amil rIlý tmae s I
thought it was, Jnee Was*
John Manner, am ih ew
osotma r.stesGe r -l
Don't lidowa sadm iat
Dutch." Do ike thoe GoSet
and go to work. ii c ist
lively enough, put'eyr iea s tw
the wheels of eemmeres sad tMs
and aid in getting the rel ips
of old idtIogylam ot to I
Hitch the mule of elt I
shafts, take the whip of
in rour hand, and make the
alone the rod of p
dod lest your asy. aIvI e.
your busiuess, let popl
the coountry know wh y o
whabt sYou'e gut to uS, o
word for it, you'll have
els to do and think abshes
than to sit aio eE l a weld
busines to aoma to aoeu Muel
the IDuth.-- Nw.Jip.s
te wh tea brae peh ru
=sy over the ldo aem8tibr
ree os ·govers vaam m
man othem have the lso
little heme d nl o i
g oroY i ra to I ^