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"V—e —t. Vet." What does it mean
Upon yon soldier's faded coat?
His hand is hard and rough and brown,
I see a scar along his throat.
His eyes seem looking far off still,
His close-shut mouth is grim.
" Mother, Avhat means that little word,
Upon a sleeve so Avorn and dim ?"
Jt means my child, that rugged hand
Has wielded musket long and well;
Has sent the iron thunder home,
And tuned the song of screeching shell.
It means—that steady, staunch and true
He fairly won that ragged scar,
While you and I sat safe at home,
And read the news about the Avar.
What wonder if the mouth is grim,
That said so many swift "good-bye's!"
Life's common words are idle breath,
Beside those earnest battle cries.
What wonder if the gaze is dim,
And yonder strangely lingers yet;
The eye that has looked straight at Death,
His image may not soon forget.
And this is what it means to earn
The title " Veteran " on a coat:
To march through flood and field, or lie
Where rebel rifles sweep the moat;
To serve the guns in rifle-pits ;
To sleep beneath the silent sky ;
To dream of home and wake to war;
To see a comrade drop and die.
To hear and heed tho fearful song,
Which whistling Minie bullets sing;
To faint and fall, and longing lie
For the cool draught from rocky spring.
And this, my child, is Avhat it says,
That little word of letters three!
Go clasp his hand, and giA'e him thanks,
For battles fought for you and me.
A Good One.
An anecdote Avorth laughing over is told of a
man who has an infirmity as an appetite for fish.
He was anious to keep up his character for hon
esty, even while making a bill Avith his mer
chant as the history goes, and when his back
was turned, the honest buyer slipped a codfish
up under his coat tail. But the garment was
too short to cover up the theft, and the merchant
" Now," said the anxious customer, anxious
to improve all opportunities to call attention to
his virtues, "Mr. Merchant, I have traded with
you a great deal, and have paid you promptly
and honestly, haven't I?"
" <)h, yes,*' answered the merchant. " I make
"Well," said the customer, "I ahvays insisted
that honesty is the best of policy and the best
rule to liAe and die by."
M That's so," replied the merchant.
And the customer turned to depart.
" Hold on friend," cried the merchant, "speak
ing of honesty, I have a bit of advice to give
you. WheneA'er you come to trade again, you
had better wear a longer coat or steal a shorter
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How truly an old man said, " When I Avas
young I was poor; when I was old I became
rich, but in each condition I found disappoint
ment. When the faculties of enjoymont were, I
had not the means ; when the means came, the
faculties were gone." ]
A Remarkable Article.
We commend the careful consideration of the
following to every reader. It was published un
der the above title in the Charlottsville (Va.)
Review, in April, 1861, before Virginia had passed
her ordnance of secession. In the light of pres
ent events, the writer's views seem almost pro
THE FIRE AND BLOOD OF REVOLUTION.
That is the cue. They propose to give you a
taste of Mr. Yancey's medicines. It will bo a
nice little operation. Sowing wheat is nothing
to marking time and walking sentry at two
o'clock in the night under a drizzling rain.—
Shucking corn is flat compared to a charge of
You will also make your arrangements to have
your barnyards lit up at night with the fires of
revolution. Set your boots at the head of the
bed, for at any moment the same fires may be
sputtering and crackling on the roof of your
Glistening bayonets on the south bank of the
Potomac in front, burning straw ricks and burn
ing houses behind you—something worse than
that, perhaps, in the shape of death, produced
by invisible and unconfrontable agencies—the
State deprived of its labor, those laborers escap
ing by hundreds, or sold at half their value in
the South, your fields unploughed, your public
works ruined, land depressed to the lowest fig
ure, State stocks, insurance stocks, bank stocks,
railroad stocks, hawked at a mere song, these
would be the immediate effects of the "fire and
sword," which Governor Wise proposes in his
speech at Norfolk.
A peaceable dissolution of the Union is some
Let us allow that the result could be affected
The next thing we would want would bo a
standing army. The John Brown affair cost us
three hundred thousand dollars. Make the cal
You would maintain a line of posts all along
t your frontier.
You would also want a navy, though Norfolk
only produces a few fishing smacks, except the
vessels built there by order of the Government.
You would pay a Southern President—with
, all the ordinary Government officials. You
l would pay a diplomatic corps.
I You would have to pay for an independent
Senate and House of Representatives, and for a
i new judiciary.
i Perhaps you think all this would be readily
i managed. They tell you you are rich. We tell
you that no purely agricultural people ever
was rich. Tho wealth of Philadelphia alone is
i equal to tho entire wealth of the State of Vir
Suppose, however, the civil war disposed of. —
Suppose the new Government established. Sup
pose us with our army, our navy, our fortifica
tions. Suppose us to have survived the shock
with some slaves left, and our depreciated lands.
1 What then ? We belong to a Southern Confed
eracy. The cotton States begin an agitation for
the re-opening of the slave trade, or some Coolie
system. Our remaining negroes are to compete,
if they succeed in their schemes, with the new
labor. At all events, we are still to be a section —
a section as regards the cott on States, which has
no trade with the other section. We are still
Jto have sectional quarrels. There are still to be
charges and counter-charges—aggressions and
counter-aggressions. We havo not conquered
We have noAV two sections to plague us. Oh
the frontier we havo to guard against the North.
On the South we have to meet the extreme views
of the Gulf States. After a while, perhaps, Vir
ginia would have lost her slaves, and she, with
Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri, Avould b*
an anti-slavery section in the Southern Repub
If any one can find a remedy in a Southern
Confederacy, we see with different eyes.
Incidents of the War.
A feAV months ago a part of a regiment in Sher
man's army was captured, and on their Avay to
Andersonville passed through the town of Meri
dan, Ga. As they passed along the streets th*
women of a certain hotel came out, addressed
them in the most abusive language, pulled them
by their coats, and even—incredible as it may
seem, spat in their faces. These prisoners were
soon afterwards exchanged, and, as it happen
ed, again passed through the toAvn of Meridan.
But they were Avith their regiment this time,
and General Sherman was at the head of our
forces there. They recognized the hotel, report
ed the story of their treatment to head-quarters,
and with others, were detached to pay a visit to
the women who had insulted them months be
They found them all just preparing to sit
down to dinner. Acting as if they were obeying
disagreeable orders, they stated the cause of
their visit, to reduce the hotel to ashes ! With
out further ceremony, they heaped chairs and
other furniture in the centre of the room, and set
fire to the pile. The women plead with them to
help them save some of tho furniture. " Oh,
certainly." So, Avith mock alacrity and graA'ity
the soldiers carried out the feather beds and
bedding first, placing it as carefully on the
ground as if it were crcckery or glass. Thie
done they carried out the mirrors and crockery,
and pitched them against the fence. Meanwhile
the flames were rapidly filling the house. Af
ter it had burned down, the soldiers coolly car
ried off the bedding to their tents, and when
they left the town they burned it. But the
broken glass and crockery they left behind*
The property of Captain Hamilton, the forev
er infamous leader of tho band that committed
the massacre of the Merais-de-Cuyque in Kan
sas, met a somewhat similar fate. A Kansas
regiment encamped on thegrounds; but the ele
gant shrubbery and the fine, house are perma
nently disfigured now. A fight had occurred
near it, and made a Avreck of the place. The
old woman left, like a barnacle on it, told the
Kansas men how the old boss had been a cap
tain in Kansas, and was now a Colonel in the
trans-Mississippi Rebel army. Ido not think
tho stay of the Kansas regiment helped to re
vive the old glories of the homestead of the mur
derer of the Merais-de-Cuyque.
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Georcie Selwyn once affirmed in company
that no woman ever wrote a letter without a
postscript. "My next letter shall refute you,"
said lady G. Selwyn soon after received a letter
from her ladyship, when, after her signature,
stood: " P. S.—Who is right now, you or I? "
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A Brother of Gen. Grant, who recently visited
the General at his headquarters, asked him,
" Ulysses, bow many men have you T" "Ihave
a good many ! " replied the Avise man.