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BY L. W. KITSSEI.L.
[The following stanzas a c the result of the inspira
tion created by the bell-< hinie with which the late
celebration of Washington's birth-day was inaugura
ted in Boston, Mass. Composed beneath the shadow
of the monument erected to commemorate the valor
and patriotism of the _ 3roes of Bunker Hill and
Charlestown, they partake much of the same liberty
love with which our foref ithers were animated in the
work of establishing the government which their
dons, actuated by similar motives, are now laboring to
Heard ye the peal, the Joyous peal
That every church-bell gave
In memory of the birth of him,
Who did our Country save ?
We greet you here, from Bunker's height,
The ground where Warren fell,
And sacred mem'ries thronging round.
With joy my bosom swell;
Joy for the heroes that God gave
In that old battle time
Of Concord and of Lexington,
Aye, and from Southern clime:
For Charleston, Cowpcns, Eutaw Springs,
Did then boast patriot sires—
The very soil, alas, which now
Is lit with traitor lires.
The race of heroes is not dead,
Nor patriot glory lost!
For worthy sons of Washington
Our country now doth boast.
For this we humbly thank our God,
And pray with earnest soul,
The victor's wreath may soon be ours,
The cloud away may roll.
And we, who in our quiet homes,
Unharmed by wasting war-
List to the cry from battle-fields
That's wafted from afar;
Will work with head, and hand, and heart
For those who suffer there,
And reach o'er this great land of ours
The hand of loving care.
Charlestown, Mass., Feb. 22nd, 1864.
BY T. 8. ARTHUR.
My neighbor Growler, an excitable man by
the way, was particularly excited over his " In
come Tax," or, as he called it, his " War Tax."
He had never liked the war—thought it unneces
sary and wicked ; the work of politicians. This
fighting of brother against brother was a terrible
thing in his eyes. If you ask him who begun
the war ? —who struck at the nation's life? —if
self-defence were not a duty?—he would reply
with vague generalities, made up of partisan
tricky sentences, which he had learned without
comprehending their just significance.
Growler came in upon me the other day, flour
ishing a square piece of blue writing paper, quite
moved from his equanimity.
•' There it is! Just so much robbery! Stand
and deliA'er, is the word. Pistols and bayonets !
Your money or your life!"
I took the piece of paper from his hand and
Philadelphia, Sept. —, 1863.
Richaro Growler, Esq.,
To John M. Riley, Dr.
Collector of Internal Revenue of the 4th District of
Pennsylvania. Office 427 Chestnut street,
For Tax on Income, for the year 1862, as per
return made to the Assessor of the District, 843,21
John M. Riley, Collector.
" You're all right," I said, smiling.
" I'd like to know what you mean, by all
right!" Growler was just a little offended at my
way of treating this very serious matter —serious
in his eyes, I mean. "I've been robbed of for
ty-three dollars and twenty-one cents," he con
tinued. "Do you say that it is all right! A
minion of the Government has put his hand
into my pocket and taken just so much of my
property. Is that all right ?"
" The same thing may be set forth in very dif
ferent language," I replied. "Let me state the
" Very well—state it!" said Growler, dumping
himself into a chair, and looking as ill-humored
" Instead of being robbed," said I, " you have
been protected in your property and person, and
granted all the high privileges of citizenship, for
the paltry sum of forty-three dollars and twenty
one cents as your share of the cost of protec
" Oh, that's only your Avay of putting the case,"
retorted Growler, dropping a little from his high
tone of indignation.
" Let me be more particular in my way of put
ting the case. Your income is from the rent of
" What would it have cost you to defend that
property from the army of Gen. Leo, recently
drivon from our State by national soldiers ?"
" Cost me?" Growler looked at me in a kind
maze, as if he thought me half in jest.
"Exactly! What would it have cost you?
Lee, if unopposed, would certainly have reached
this city and held it; and if your property had
I been of use to him, or of any of his officers or
soldiers, it would have been appropriated with
out so much as saying—By your leave, sir?
Would forty-three dollars and twenty-one cents
have covered the damage ? Perhaps not. Pos
sibly, you might have lost one-half or two-thirds
of all you are worth."
Growler was a trifle bewildered at this way of
putting the case. He looked puzzled,
" You have a store on South wharves ?" said I.
" Whit has kept the Alabama or the Florida
from running up the Delaware and burning the
whole city front ? Do you have forts and ships
of war for the protection of your property ? If
not, who provides them? They are provided,
and you are safe. What is your share of the ex
pense for a whole year ? Just forty-three dol
lars and twenty-one cents! It sounds like a
Growler did not answer. So I kept on.
" But for our immense armies in the field, and
naA T y on the water, this rebellion would have
succeeded. What then? Have you ever pon
dered the future of this country in such an event?
Have you thought of your own position ? of the
loss or gain to yourself? How long do you think
we would be at peace with England or France,
if the nation were dismembered, and a hostile
Confederation established on our Southern bor
der? Would our war taxes be less than now?
Would life and property be more secure ? Have
you not an interest in our great army and navy,
as I and every other member of the Union ?
Does not your safety as Avell as mine lie in their
existence ? Are they not, at this time, the con
servators of everything we hold dear as men and
citizens? Who equips and pays this army?
Who builds and furnishes these ships ? Where
does the enormous sums of money required come
from ? It is the nation's work —the people aggre
gate in power and munificence, and so irresisti
ble in might—unconquerable. Have you no
heartswellings of pride in this magnificent ex
hibition of will and strength ? No part ih the
nation's glory ? No eager hand helping to stretch
Growler was silent stilli
" There was no power in you or me to check
the Avave of destruction that Avas launched by
paricidal hands against us. If unresisted, by
the nation, as an aggregate power, it would have
SAvept in desolation over tho Avhole land. Trai
tors in our midst, and traitors moving in arms
against us, would have united to destroy our
beautiful fabric of civil liberty. The govern
ment, which dealt with all good citizens so kind
ly and gently, not that one in a thousand felt its
touch beyond the weight of a feather, would
have been subverted; and who can tell under
what iron rule we might have fallen for a time,
or how many years of strife would have elapsed
before that civil liberty which ensures the great
est good to numbers would have been again es
tablished ? But tho waves of destruction was