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TO LITTLE AGNES S .
There rests a child, a gentle spirit,
Where the weeping willows wave;
One that will a crown inherit,
When she rises from her grave.
It is well she went to Heaven,
Ere her life was stained with sin,
\nd 'tis well that back was given
The young heart the crown to win.
Her short life was like the flower
Which expands in morning fair,
But before the twilight hour,
Withered leaves are scattered there.
Roughly blew the winds of Heaven,
Round the blossom pale and light;
And too frail to last till even
It " was sadly touched with blight.
Thus was freed the gentle spirit,
Freed by death's unerring hand;
And it went, life to inherit,
Upward to the better land! »*•
The room is dark, the light grows pale:
Am I struck with deadly all;
Money—honor—yes, I know,
There they go!
All upon a single card]
Oh, but it is very hard I
Life-long hopes at one fell blow.
There they go!
Oh my love! my brow is wet
With her tender kisses yet;
None again shall she bestow-
There they go!
Boyhood's hopes of future days.
Place and honor, fame and praise,
Paths of Joy and peace below,
There they go 1
THE PKRIiTs OF A. SCOUT.
Among the scouts sent out during the battles
of the Potomac, was Dick B. r of Ohio. He had
seen some perilous and thrilling adventures
among the rebels, which cannot be better told
than in his own words.
I was out scouting with three or four others,
when we got separated, and on turning a bend of
the road, suddenly came upon a party of rebel
cavalry. They commanded me to halt. I re
plied by firing my revolver at the foremost and
then putting spurs to my horse, galloped away;
could get near enough. Presently I discovered
a pathway in the wood that led off from the main
road. Into this path I turned my horse, as I
thought the trees would afford a better chance to
escape them and their bullets. My horse was
fleet and used to brush, and I gained on them a
little. I began to think my chance was tolera
ble, when I came to a large tree that had been
blown down directly across my path, and when
I attempted to leap it, my horse stumbled and
I fell, throwing me off. Before I could re-mount
i they were upon me.
" Surrender," shouted a sergeant, "surrender,
you d d blue-bellied Yankee, or I'll blow
your heart out," and he pointed his revolver at
| me—which motion was followed by the rest of
" See here, old covey," said I, " Put up your |
pop gun, and take me prisoner, if you like ; but J
don't murder a fellow in that manner."
Of course I was a prisoner, and thought it the
better part of valor to fall in and trust to chance
j and strategy to get me out. So I was toted in
line up to the rebel camp, and brought before the
notorious Stonewall. The General eyed me close
ly about one minute, and then said :
" They tell me you are a Yankee spy." Whewl
thought I, this is more than I bargained for.—
But I was determined to put a jolly face on the
matter, and said:
"Yes, General, that's what they say; but you
rebels are such blamed liars there's no knowing
when to believe what you say. I thought the
Yankees could outlie any other nation, but I'll
be hanged if you fellows can't beat us."
"Ah," said the General, "you don't seem to
have a very exalted opinion of your brethern."
" Why should I have. I've lost and suffered a
great deal in that same Yankeo nation."
" That's strange; don't the officers treat their
soldiers well ?"
" They're like all other officers, good and bad
among them; but that's not where the shoe
pinches. To make a long story short, I live in
Virginia. I was favorably disposed to the Union
cause, but the beggarly Lincolnites wouldn't be
lieve it; so they fed their troops on my granary
and cupboard till I was ruined, and when I wan
ted pay they told me I was a fool, and said if I
was a good Union man I ought to be glad to help
the Government. One day one of the officers
told me if I would enlist they would think better
Of me, and instead of destroying my property
would protect it. So the upshot of it was, my
loyalty was doubted, and I was compelled to en
list to save my proporty."
" That's a plausible story, but not a very pro
bable one. Why didn't you come into our lines
at once, if you wanted protection."
" That' just what I'm coming at. I was sent
out with a scouting party, and so kept on scout- I
sternly, " I understand you tried to escape."
This was a poser, but as I got under way, I
thought I must try and make the ripple. I felt
tolerably streaked about the result, too, but I
said earnestly, "Of course I did. Who wouldn't
with half a dozen horses and bullets after Mm?
I hadn't time to surrender, and besides, the offi
cer cursed me. I don't like to be cursed; it's
I against my principles; and then I was so mighty
I mad to see such beastly cowards that I had made
up my mind to get away from both armies and
get to Canada?"
The General looked at me and then at his staff,
and they all smiled, while I looked as sober as a
deacon. I had heard that the General was a
pious old fellow, and I thought that this would
" Are you willing to take the oath of allegiance
to the Southern Confederacy, and fight In our
"To be sure. I told you before that I had been
trying to get into your lines. But I don't want
to fight for you unless I am protected In my
rights. I want my property respected ?"
" Where do you live?"
"At Phillippi; and I've got a nice property up
there, and I want it taken care oV
" Well, we are going up that way shortly, and
whether you go with us or not, we will protect
' your property. In the meantime, I will think
of your offer, but for the present, as evidence is
against you, you will be placed under guard, for
you Yankees are too slippery to be trusted with
much liberty. Events show that you don't know
After this I was kept under guard, and Was
treated perhaps as well as they were, and noth
ing to brag of at that. The next day there Was a
I great battle, and there was much commotion in
the rebel camp. For fear that I should be recap
tured, a guard was detailed to take me to the
rear. We could distinctly hear the rumbling of
the cannon, and we knew the battle had com
menced. I overheard the guard chuckling at
the idea that they were exempt. This pat a ilea
lin my ear. I knew they were cowards, and I
determined to manage them accordingly. My
canteen was not taken from me, and as good luck
would have it was half-full of tolerable rot-gut
whiskey. I also had a large powder of morphine
which the Surgeon had given me a few days be
fore to take occasionally. This I slipped into the
canteen. After this was accomplished I appear
ed to take long swigs at the canteen; At last the
bait took; the boys got a smell ot the whiskey,
and one of them said:
"Look here Yank, that whiskey smells mighty
good. Let us help you drink it, or you'll be »o
drunk that soon we shall have to carry you."
I "All right boyß, help yourselves," said 4,