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BY ETHEL LYNN.
'Tis I, little brook, only stopping to look
If the water Is silent and deep,
If the lily-pads lie too tangled and nigh .
In-shore, for one venturesome leap.
Down out of the strife of this horrible life,
Down, down, from its buffet and sneer,
To quench in the dark this wearisome spark,
Which the happy and good hold so dear.
I know, little stream, how the rushes will gleam,
Whon something goes down out of sight:
But the bright evening star, looking on from afar,
Above me will chaplet its light.
Then still as you go to the village below,
You will sing the same song at the door;
They never will know what burden of woe
You are trying to wash evermore.
" Evermore—Evermore," how I whispered ito'er,
What will this " evermore " be to me;
Is there never a way a sinner may stray,
From this dreaded to-morrow to lice?
Hark.' soft through the dell sounds a church-going
I remember—'tis prayer meeting night;
I used to go there, welcome them everywhere,
Now I creep out of everyone's sight.
And father might see and sorrow for me,
And Nelly—Nay, am I so weak
As Just for a look ere I leap in the brook,
To bring up a blush on her cheek.
Nay one, only one, ere the service is done,
Little brook, you must wait me awhile,
Till I see them once more through the wide, open door,
Father, Nelly, pew, pulpit and aisle.
* * * * • * * * *
riain words were the prayer of tho Good Shepherd's
Seeking tenderly still for the lost;
Sweet echoed the hymn, through night shadows dim,
Tho proffer of Life without cost.
But when in the light of the still, starry night,
Came the woMhippeffi <>.il, one by one,
■ They topped a* they .gduwe't at a tl«u»-c downcast,
\t the . ound oi a pra ci Hud a moan. • .
" Father, Nelly, 'tis I—forgive me—'tis I!"
One touch blessed the dew-christened head,
< >ne pitying kias.
To yon world from this
The sad soul of Magdalen sped.
Flow on, little stream, no dark, troubled gleam
On the face of thy beauty shall die,
But the fast-sinking star, shining over the bar,
Flings a cross on thy waters to lie.
The Slaveholders' Rebellion;
Olironicle of* tlie "Wai*.
FRO-t THE TRIBUNE ALMANAC for 1862-63-64-65.
The great Rebellion of the Slaveholders, fore
shadowed and threatened by the South, came
into active existence immediately upon the an
nouncement that Abraham Lincoln had been
elected President of the United States.
Nov. 10, 1860.—8i1l introduced in South Caro
lina Legislature to raise and equip 10,000 volun
teers James Chestnut, Senator from South
Carolina, resigned South Carolina Legislature
ordered the election of a convention to consider
the question of Secession.
Nov. 11.—Senator Hammond, of South Caro
Nov. 14.—Alex. H. Stephens spoke at Milledge
ville, Ga., in opposition to Secession, but favored
a State Convention.
Nov. 15.—Senator Toombs spoke for Secession
at Milledgeville, Ga Gov. Letcher, of Virginia,
called an extra session of the Legislature Sen
ator Toombs spoke in opposition to Mr. Stephens,
and Mr. Stephens in a few days after gave in his
adhesion to rebellion Great public meeting at
Mobile, and adoptibn of the famous Declaration
of Causes tor Secession.
Nov. 17.—Great Secession meeting in Charles
Nov. 18.—Georgia Legislature voted §1,000,000
to arm tho State, and ordered the election of a
convention Major Anderson ordered to Fort
Moultiie, to relieve Col. Gardiner, ordered to
Nov. 19. —Gov. Moore ordered an extra session
of the Louisiana Legislature.
Nov. 20, 22, 23.—General bank suspensions in
Richmond, Baltimore, Washington, Philadel
phia, Trenton, and the Southern States.
Nov. 24. —Vigilance Associations organized by
citizens of Lexington district, S. C. [This move
ment extended all over the South, and thousands
of northern men and women were driven out of
the country with threats, and often with personal
Nov. 29.—Vermont Legislature refuse, 125 to
58, to repeal the Personal Liberty bill Missis
sippi Legislature voted to send commissioners to
confer with tho authorities of the other slave
Dec. I.—Florida Legislature voted to elect a
convention Great Secession meeting at Mem
Dec. 3.—A John Brown anniversary meeting
in Boston broken up Meeting of Congress ;
President Buchanan's message denied the right
of Secession; it was fiercely attacked by Senator
Clingman, of N. C, and defended by Crittenden,
Dec. 4.—The President sent Mr. Trescott to
South Carofina to ask a postponement of action
until Congress could decido dpori remedies
Mr. Jvertpo, .>' ' ' ;,. .
the Senate, predicting the Secession of five if not
eight States before the 4tfi oT ~l&l_itbr
Saulsbury, of Delaware, spoke for the Union,
and reproved Iverson.
Dec. s.—Election for Delegates in South Caro
lina. All the candidates were immediate seces
Dec. 6.—John Bell, of Term., published a letter
in favor of the Union Democratic State Con
vention in Maryland. Resolutions passed de
ploring the hasty action of South Carolina The
committee of 33 announced by the Speaker; it
was 16 Republicans, 17 opposition.
Dec. 10.—Howell Cobb, Secretary of the Treas
ury, resigned. Senator Clay, of Alabama, also
resigned Louisiana Legislature met in extra
session, voted to elect a convention, and appro
priated $500,000 to arm the State General de
bate begun in Congress on tho state of the nation.
It very soon became apparent, from speeches by
Iverson, Wigfall and other Southerners, that the
Secessionists did not want and would not have
any compromise Senator Clay, of Alabama,
tendered his resignation.
Dec. 13.—Great Union demonstration in Phila
delphia Extra session of the Cabinet on the
question of reinforcing Fort Moultrie; the Pres
ident opposed it, and carried his point.
Dec. 14.—Lewis Cass, Secretary of State, re
signed because the President would not send re
Dec. 17.—South Carolina convention assembled.
Gov. Pickens took ground for immediate Seces
sion Speech cf Senator Wade, foreshadowing
the policy of the new administration.
Dec. 18.—The famous Crittenden Compromise
introduced. It was this: to renew the Missouri
line of 36° 30'; prohibit slavery north and permit
it south of that line ; admit new States with or
without slavery, as their constitutions provide;
prohibit Congress from abolishing slavery in
States, and in the District of Columbia so long
as it exists in Virginia or Maryland ; permit free
transmission of slaves by land or water in any
State ; pay for fugitive slaves rescued after ar
rest; repeal the inequality of commissioner's
fees in Fugitive Slave act, and to ask the repeal
of Personal Liberty bills in the Northern States.
These concessions to be submitted to the people
as amendments to the Constitution, and if adopt
ed never to be changed Jacob Thompson, Sec
retary of the Interior, went to Raleigh to per
suade the North Carolina Legislature to vote for
Dec. 19.—Senator Johnson of Term., made a
strong Union speech on Crittenden's bill Gov.
Hicks, of Md., refused to receive the Mississippi
commissioner; tho commissioner addressed a
Secession meeting in Baltimore.
Dec. 20.—South Carolina Convention unani
mously adopted a Secession ordinance [for which
see Tribune Almanac of 1861, page 35], the news
of which was hailed with enthusiasm throughout
the Southern States The committee of 13 ap
pointed in tho Senate Caleb Gushing reached
Charleston with a message from President Bu
chanan, guaranteeing that Maj. Anderson should
not be reinforced, and asking the Convention
respect the Federal laws. The Convention re
fused to make any promises, and Mr. C. returned
after a stay of five hcurs.
Dec. 22.—North Carolina Legislature adjourn
ed. A bill to arm the State flailed to pass tho
House The Crittenden proposition voted down
in the committee of 13. jttk ..^
Dec. 23.—The robbery Trust
discovered at Washing: < nS
I>*»c. '__.- ' nc*sPp%'of Pittsburgh revised" W(P '
permit the shipment of ordnance from the arsenal
to southern forts.,.....Sotith Carolina Convention
adopted a "Declaration of Causes" for Secession,
and formally perfected the withdrawal of the
State. An address to the slaveholding States was
adopted Governor Moore ordered a session of
the Alabama Legislature Convention election
in Alabama; majority for Secession over 50,000
South Carolina members of Congress present
their resignation ; the Speaker would not recog
nize it, and their names were called through the
Dec. 25.—South Carolina Convention adopted
resolutions to form a Confederate Government
of slaveholding States.
Dec. 26.—South Carolina Commissioners ar
rived in Washington Major Anderson left
Fort Moultrie, and with his band of about 80
men, established himself in Fort Sumter.
Dec. 27.—Governor Magoffin called an extra
session of the Kentucky Legislature .Major
Anderson's movement created intense excite
ment ; troops were ordered out in Charleston,
and aid was tendered from Georgia and other
States Revenue cutter Aiken treacherously
surrendered by Captain M. L. Coste to the South
Dec. 28.—South Carolina seized the Custom
House, Postoffice, and Arsenal at Charleston,
and occupied Castle Pinckney and Fort Moul
Dec. 29.—John B. Floyd, Secretary of War, re
signed, charging the President with trying to
provokecivil war, by refusing to withdraw Major
Anderson The South Carolina Commissioners
formally sought an audience of the President-