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VOL. 1. SHREVEPORT, LA., SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1861,. NO, 33.
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English Opinion o1 the War.
By-the mails of the Great Easterns
European advices to the evenibg of
the 1st came to hand" The London
Times, of the morning of the lst,has:
the following on the war in this coun
If wishes were weapons, and if the
trumpet blast of 'ortlhern dlefiance,
could thllrow down the walls do every
Southern tort, then the campaign, no
doubt, would besh zort oough. But this
ctthulisi:asm ofthe north only leadutl ts
to believe that a tierce amnd lasting.
struggle may possibly be begun. The
Statestc faithful to aMr. Lincoln have
now adopted the ioctri,,e that seces
sion is treason, and that the sectdi'ng
States may legitimtately be conquerted
a• Id held by tlht victors. But the itn
telligence whiut reaches s tirotn thLu
-South seems to shlw tlhut thie C('onfed
erate States are equally determined
on maintaining their indetendence.
hl'he ardor of new York or even BoRs
ton, cannot he greater than that of
New Orleans. The Southerners, in
deed, may he expected to he event
nore resoluttt than their opponents.
They know very well that there is
now a gulf between theta and th!h
North which time and quiet may till
up, but which the shook of war will
wildn until it is impassile tforeve'r.
'T'hey know what the :Northernier's do
not seem sutliciently to consider--that
the recapture of the, Southern ftorts is
nothing in itselft but merely symbol
ises the subjection of thet recusant
States to ix. , government at Washing
tou. She may well ask the North
erners what they intend to do, when
they have recaptured Fort Sumter,
and what next,-ansd next? The
Southerners know full well that the
central lgoverunlnllt canlnot rest con
tent with "retaining the publit prop
erty,"and that as long as thev, the
secessionists rLtflso to acknowledge
President Lincoln, acts of hostility
must take place between the sections;
the southern posts must be blockaded,
and the southern States subjected to
the inroads of northern, and even ab
olition bands. Therefore, th'ough we
have no such dttailed accounts from
the confederate States, yet from what
we are able to- publish to day, it is
easy to see that the enthusiasm in the
North, was more than equaled by the
the zeal of thie Southerners. -
Further on the Times says:
Something-like a levy in mass may
be expected among the population of
the South, who are easily made into
soldiers,and who from their skill with
the use of'the rifle, must always be
formidable antagonists; In fact, as
far as-can be judged frnom the some
what scanty intelligence received,the
Confederate States are preparing to
defend themselves to the. last, assert
ing that thair right to secede from the
Union, is as clear as the right of the
thirteen colonies to throw of. allegi
ance to George the III;. and more so,
since the British government only vi
olated a traditional maxim respecting
taxation, while the North, according
to them, has violated a written con
stitution, by restricting the right to
hold persons to labor. throughout the
Had the border States, however,
remained firm, it would have been
difficult for Mr. Lincoln to have carri
ed on such a war as he meditates. A
warch srotn the North through the
States of Virginia and North Caroli
na to Charleston, seems an enterprise
beyond the power of the Federal for
ces. The country would be almost
that of an enemy, for the sympathies
of the slave owners would be every
where with their brethren of the
South. It is ditficult to conceive that
this project has ever been seriously
entertained. WVe must believe that
expeditions by sea are the means by
whilc the president intends to bring
the rebels to obedience.. Now opera
tions of this sort are not only dilficult
in the face of a strong and vigorous
enemy, but they take time in prepra
tion. Whatever may be the result,
when the Fedtiral-forces attempt to
land at Charleston orrepeat the British
enterprise against New Orleans, we
must expect that transport and com
missariat will occupy a month or two
and that with the whole southern
population in arms, it will not be con
sidered prudent to send small or ill
armed expeditions against the lead
ing cities of the enemy.
The Ricer at LVickslburg.-The
Vickslurg Sun of Monday the 1:3th
says :-"Trhe riveropposite this point
has receded during tlhe last twenty-.
four hours. up to eight o'clock last
evening, two inches, and is still on
the decline,. This is indeed cheer
itng river news. The bottom. lan
ters, we think, can now safely, lay
aside all fears of an overflow. T:he
river at Memphis has. fallen nearly
ten feet since the decline commoien
ced at that point, and boats report
the Mississippi falling all the way
down. The O)hio is rising rapidly,
but the decline of the "D)adulv of
Waters" is too great and too much
in advance of this one, to materially
al'ect the recedouce of the Mis issip
pi.- -atchez Free Tradtr.
CON'TRAnBAND OF WTAIRt-fle Li
coin (overnlllent has declared the fl
lowing articles conutrband of war:
Gold and silver coin, chinks or bills
of exchange for money, aliticles of
food, clothing, and materials for the
manufacture of clothing, rifle, pistol,
musket and cannon balls and shells;
gunpowder and all materialsb used ini
its manufactur,. ; anIumunrit ion and mn
nitioins and implements of war of
every dtescriptionl; hooks.of milit:try
e(due:atioii ; saddles, ha:rness and trap
pings for flying artillery, field and
stattf'oiiers and cavalry troops; houses
gun carriages, timber for ship build
ing, anId all kinds of. naval stores, en
gines, boilers and maclhinery for boats,
locomiotive engines and cars for rail
roads, and goods and commoditii-s
which might be useful to the enemy.
Let Not Any Troubles Vez You.
Let not any troubles vex you,
Life is full enough of cares
Sore and grevious; he's the wiser
Who most ills most patient bears,
Keep an even mind uniruffled,
Inward peace makes all the man,
Health imparts to. soul and body,
Spleen but shortens life's short span.
Anger he who'a wise defereth,.
And 't is truest wisdom's part;
Where, to passion, seemed sore wounding,
Calmness fails to find the smart.
"But," wy some, 'It.wounds our.k opr,'
With a pin, I grant it friends;
Then the microscopic puncture
Rage its rankling poison lends..
Half the sum of human evils
Out of sand-grain grief consist ;
Major woes come few and seldom ;
To fate's will we bring most grist.
Were a topling oak above you,
Wisely stand not where you stood;
Babes but mind the bramble's scratching,
Frightened by a bead of blood.
To this frail and fleshy structure,
Hand in hand with time, comes age;
But the bloodless, care-proof spirit
Claims, unsere, youth's heritage.
A Moving Story.
Leirt was a man some forty years
old, with, an income of: fifteen: thou.
sand francs, fond of pictures, and
painting landscapes himself in a very
remarkable manner. He lived in
Rue de Provence, in an apartment in
the third story, where he was often
visited by his friend Decamps, the
distinguished painter who has recent
ly died in Paris, was very fond
of Lefort and of sitting to talk in his
rooms. They passed long evenings
in chatting and smoking together be
fore an open window, which over
looked the vast gardens of the Hotel
Latitte and the Hotel Rothschild.
One day, Lefort arrived at the cafe
with a ibong thee and an air of great
"What is the matter? " said, De
"The''le matter is, I am wretched at
having to move from our apartment."
"Are you going to leave it ?"
"Yes, my landlord wanted to raise
my rent. I resisted-he insisted. I,
grew angry and gave up the rooms..
"Ah. well take back your lease."
"You are right, I will take it.
The nmet. day Lofort had still the
long ftcee and the grieved air of the
previous d;y. He lhad wished to
resume his le'asc. But it was too
late. 'Phi' alrmrtlrent was let for a
terml of ltlle years.
Lefort muss mltove in the month of
October, His landlord intjrmed him,
however, in an obliging manner,
that the persons who was to succeed
himln would not arrive from the coun
try till the middle of November. and
that he had ail. that titme to seek an
masartmrent to suit him ; only Lefort
iust leav', empty a part of the suit
of rooms to store the furniture of his
successor. Letort consented to this
joytfuly, and the furniture of the new
tenanlit was lbrought in.
Meantime 1)eic:anps, who saw him
still so sorrowtil at having to quit
his rooms, said to him otne dal;:
'"l'here is, perhaps, some 'ay to
;rra2'ame with your inew succLssor."
"'I do not know hint, and donll't
wish to try to make a bargain."'
"Show ime his furriture," said D1e
camps, "and I can. guess what sort
of a iman he is."
Lefort conducted Decamps into
the room whi.re the furniture of the
Inew tetta:tt -wa.s placlcd.
"fullm, hlumtn" said Dec aps, on
casting his tees over tlhearticles, ":all
this is simplh, comfortable, in good
tast:e-frnitiure for arn income ol
twt'nlty thousand francs, lately ro
movedl. It is the right sort of man,
or rather it is a wonut; here is a
woman', f'urniturc-this toilet, this
wash table, this book stand of inland
"But the hnshand r'
"L don't seea any. hnabandin the
matter, no' masculine furntute: a
single bed, no bureau ;: WodylWp t.
to know if she is a widow, a young
girl, or an old maid.",
"How. shall we fidl'out that 1"
He opened the toilet-table. Theo
was a shell- comb, to which was at
tached two magnitcet hairsof gol-
'O*ood! this hair does not belong
to an old woman.; let us look farther."
He perceiveda portrait turnd dagainst
the wall. He turned the canvas. . It
was the portrait' of a womhan-blond,.
very pretty, painted in 1825 by Hor
"It is. the portrait of.- a married
woman; the dress indicates it. This,
woman was about twenty when it
was painted. Shenmust be still very
pretty. She is an intelligent woman
-loviang art,. I judge, by, the seleo-.
tion of the hooka. in.thlaibrar y,.by.
the music on the piaun.7 fy:frie,
you will not quit your apartm4',
"I must ask this lady to give it uop
to me, then." "
"N o, you must ask lher to share it.
with you ; you must marry her."'
"You are mad; you. are laughing
"I speak, very seriously... Your
furniture seems made to go with 'than
of'the lady. The suite of r6iiris r:T
to large for one of you alone; it is
exactly, what is wanted for. you two.",
•"But I don't wish to marry."
'You are wrong. You are forty
years old; this lady suits you in
every respect. She pleases me, this
woman, and I wish you to marry her.
Let me manage."
Lefort gave him leave. Whben the
lady came from the country, she was
surprised to find her rooms occupied
and her furniture doubled. Decamps
awaited her. He showed the lady
the rooms arranged by himself, and
the portrait of LIefort hung up op
positd her own.
"See, madame," said he, "what
wonderful" harmony between these
articles of furniture. See how well
the portrait matches your own. It is
certainly the portrait of the man who
should be your husband."
The lady was sensible and kind.
She was not angry, and laughed
heartily; and as he was an intelligent
man, distingue, a very good fellow.
with a suitable fortune he was accepr
ed.. -Ie merried the widow, and dil
leave the rooms
lHe naver left them till last year
at the death of his wife, whom' he
adored and whom he rendered happy
till the lost moment. Decampas re
mainf d their friend, and both, .'hben
evetr they saw him, thanked him tor
having made the nlarri:ige of their.
Te.as.-T'l'e Galveston Civilian,
of the 15th inst. gives the following
extract of a letter trom Laredo, WcVbtL
county, T1'ex.s, NMay, 1861:
'hiS-; seet.can of country is per
fectly quiet at present, lbut our pro
tection, in caiod. of a descent upon us
by the red man, is slight indeed.
'l'hIe Iangers have all left here for
Fort Brown. to reinforce Col. Ford.
VWe. ar e one company of Mexic.w,
volunteetr rangers, under comnlland of
Capt. Don Santos Itenevidas, 'a he
'Joretut on the road between Eglie i':nass
and this plahce. No India:t!.s Laiver
he1ard of for scnue time past. (-itll, r
on this or tlhe Me1xican side of the
Rio Bravo. * * * Money ex
tremely tight. We, havel an tix'l
lent prospect f~r au abundant crop
'he Civilian says:
Ot.x T'exas exchanges, without
exctrtion, give otLd alci.OUnItS tIi
erojis in thttir rtspiective neighbor
hot(ds. 'I'The wheaot hav-rvest is' still
ill active progrtess; corn is out of il2
dangmer;. and the proptAects for (',r
ton and sugar is +xcellhnt. All the
uinorclir u-p, are (equally good. TI.e
s,,a~on.h.s been flue fior graziingu and
the prairies teem with fit cattle.
horss and sheep. The necessaries
of life are supl)erahundant in Texas
this year; and will doubtlesit draw
a heavy immigration. We shallhave
food for half.a. million. new settlets.