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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE.
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said, rushing back to tlio window. Come, Boso, hurry, or
all will bo lost "
Tlio follow now wishotl to insist on my going first ; but
ho saw Unit time was wasting and glided down tho rope,
gradually disappearing in tlio heavy shadows.
Tho fall of ono of their number had caused otriy a mo
mentary lull, and I hoard them rcnow tho assault with
tenfold fury.
I dared not lire again, for I fey. that every bullet would
bo needed whon affairs wore more pressing.
It seemed an ago before I felt tho signal from below
hat tho rope was ready for mo ; but it came, and I lctmy
olf down ; pausing an instant, as my eyes gained a level
villi tho sill, to take a last look into tho room.
As I did so tho door gave way, and tho bloodthirsty do
notis poured over tho threshold.
I knew that T had no time for deliberate movement,
lhey would instantly discover tho mode of escape, and
ithor cut tho rope or else ilre down on me.
I had taken tlio precaution to draw on my heavy riding
gloves, and my hands, thus protected, did not suffer as
might havo been expected.
With my oyes fixed upon tho window, I slid rapidly
down, and struck the earth with a jar that wrenched every
bono in my body.
Quick as lightning I was soizod by Boso, dragged some
paces on one side, and close against tho faco of tho cliff.
Not a second too soon, for down came a volley, tearing
up tho earth about tho foot of tho rope, whoro, a moment
before, I had stood.
" Thunder, they will escape 1 After them, down tho
rope 1" yelled a voice almost inarticulate with rage.
And I saw a dark form swing out and bogin the do
scent.
"Now, Mas'r Ralph," whispered Boso, significantly,
and with a quick aim I fired at tho swaying figure!
Without a sound the man released his hold, and came
down like a lump of lead, shot through the brain.
Another had started in hot haste, and was more than
halfway out tho window, when suddenly tho scene above
was brilliantly lit ap by the glare of a torch.
Again tho warning voice of tho watchful black called
my attention to the figure now struggling desperately to
regain tho room, and, as before, I throw up my pistol, and
covoring tho exposed side, drew the trigger.
With a convulsive effort tho wretch, springing far out
into the empty void, turned onco over and came down with
a rushing sound upon the jagged rocks that lay at the loot
-of tho precipice.
A single look to see that the window was clear we
know there could be no path loading down for a long dis
tance either way, or they would never have attempted tho
rope, and we plunged headlong into tho mountain side.
Wo got clear, it is true ; but with the loss of our ani
mals and baggage ; for the next day, when we returned,
with a party of regulators, wo found the place a heap
of smouldering ashes, and no living soul to tell whither the
robbers had fled.
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The East River Bridge.
The bridge now in process of construction connectin g
the cities of New York and Brooklyn will have the longest
siiiprlo snan of anv bridno in the world. The main swan
will bo 1,593 feet six inches, and the land spans 930 feet J
each.
The bridge was designed in 18G7 by John A. Roebling,
but ho died in 1809, before any work on it had begun, and
it has been built entirely undor the guidance of Washington
A. Roebling, tho present chief engineer.
Tho bridge extends from the junction of Sands and
Fulton street, in Brooklyn, to Chatham street, in New
Yorka total length of 5,980 feet, the Brooklyn approach
being 971 feet, the suspended part 3,450 feet, and the
New York approach 1,502 feet.
The approaches will consist of a series of brick and
-granite arches, which, when finished, will be ornaments
to tho two cities. It has taken nine years to complete the
towers and anchorages, construct the cables, and get
everything ready for tho suspension of the floor.
Preparing tho foundation for the towers was one of the
most difficult parts of the work. Ilugh timber caissons,
each 175 feet long, 102 feet wide, and twenty-live feet
high, containing over 1,009,000 feet of timber, were sunk
below tho bed of the river until they rested on rock or on
an unequally firm statum. On the Brooklyn side this was
reached at a depth of forty-five feet below high water ;
but it was necessary to go seventy-eight feet below high
water on tho New York side. The pneumatic method of
sinking caissons is not new, but the operations here sur
passed by their immensity everything of this kind that
had ever been done before. The towers are 278 feet high.
The anchorages aro 129 feet by 119 feet at the base, 117
by 104 at the top, and 89 feet high.
The total quantity of granite and limestone in the tow
ers and anchorages is 140,000 cubic yards, and it required
the continuous for four years of over twenty quarics in
Maine, Masschusetts, Rhode Island and Now York to
furnish tho necessary supply. In tho summer of 1870 the
masonry was completed.
On tho 29th of May, 1877, tho first wire for tho cable
was stretched across the river. There are four cables,
each consisting of nineteen strands, each strand, contain
ing 280 galvanized cast steel wires, No. 8 gauge. These
cables aro fifteen and three-quarter inches in diameter.
For wrapping the cables galvanized annealed wire was
used. March 1, 1879, the four cables were completed, just
twenty-one months after they were commenced.
The platform of the bridge, which is five foot wider
than Broadway, is sustained by the iron cross-beams,
and stiffened by six longitudinal trusses. It is divided in
to five parts, two outer parts intended for horse-cars and
general vehicle traffic, two intermediate divisions intended
to accommodate the rapid transit passenger cars, and a
nnntrftl nromenade. a little above the level of the main
floor, and intended for pedestrians. Tho stiffening trus-1
ses will be iron, six m numoer, tue outer ones nine and
a half feet high, tho other four sixteen feet in height.
The total weight of the bridge will be 18,000 tons. It is
proposed to move tno cars on the bridge by means of wire
ropes and stationery enginos. This method is considered
as preferable to that of locomotives on account of tho steep
grade of tho bridge.
It is estimated that the bridge, whon completed, will
haw cost $13,500,000, of which $9,500,000 will bo spent
on tho bridge itself, and $4,000,000 in acquiring the neces
sary real estate. It is hoped that in 1881 the bridge will
bo opened to tho public.
Written for Tit National Tiuno.vu.
Arohy Moore, of Tennessee.
Would you wish to hoar mo toll you,
Of bravo old Arohy Mooro,
Of Arohy More, of Tcnhossoo,
A hunter of lour scoro ?
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wWcll, 1 will, for Arch wns over,
' A hero lu tho strife, i"
Ana his nll'ootion for his dogs,
.Lout a charm unto his life
Wo woro fighting now in Tonnossoo,
Whoro tho Stars and Stripes woro banned,
And Arohy then was captured,
By some of Bragg'a command.
A prls'ncr wounded nigh to death,
Ills life term nearly o'or.
Unto tho Rohol General's tont,
On a strotchor ho was boro.
Then, said Bragg, with an Impatient volco,
'Old follow, why should you
Ho fighting against tho South, to which,
All Southron's should bo truo?"
Up fcobly spake tho soldier :
"My namo Is Arohy Mooro,
I now am dyon, GIn'ral,
.My life will soon be o'er.
Throe months ago I owned two dogs,
With which 1 run tho doer,
Upon these mountings they were known,
By all both fur ami near.
An, yore men, twuztho devil's work,
And that thoy know full well,
Kilt them dogs 1 loved, GIn'ral,
Moro nur airy tongue can toll.
I say that them ar dogs an mo,
J 1st loved each other so,
That thar klllon wuz to mo, Oh! God,
Well nigh a fatal blow.
1 had roared up them ar puppies,
O! worn'fc they full of fun,
An 1 trained 'em fur to hunt tho doer,
Kruui tho timo they lust could run.
And menny, menny avuz tho hunt,
With them ar dogs o' mine,
With good old Rover, dead and gone,
And his mate, Angolino.
Walo, GIn'ral, twuz ono summer day,
At my cabin door I stood,
Won two shots wuz ilrod over thar,
Jist heant tho wood.
And then I hears a how Ion,
And a deep, mournful whlno,
Scz 1 that howl Is Rover's,
And that whine's from Angellno.
I grabbed from o'er tho mantle shelf;
My trusty, truo old gun,
And over to the cedar wood,
With all my speed I run.
And thar I soed them dog's o' mine,
A gaspen out their breath,
And not fur oll'yoro soldiers,
Who 1 knew had been their death.
X raised my trusty rifle quick,
To shoot yoro Southorn men,
Fur I tell you fierce and bloody thoughts,
Woro bllen in me then.
Yit my dogs wuz dyen ,Gin'ral,
To them I now must see,
Death I know would soon let Rover
And good Angellne be free.
So I fust drew up old Rover's head,
And on ray breast it laid,
My eyes did swim with burnln tears,
That could not all bo stayed.
And Rove that greater, better.
Nur airy other houn,
Looked as if to say : "I'll meet you
In the happy hunting groun."
I turned now to Angolino,
Fur Rovo had breathed his last,
Sho struggled longer, but that moan,
Proclaims her life Is past.
But fore she died she soemod to whine,
"Oh! dear old master Mooro,
I'll meet you? mastor Arohy,
On tho tother huntln shore.
Then I tuck them dearest frens o' mine,
In death now lyin still,
And I buried em up yander,
On that llttlo rounded hill.
And at their graves, I madlv swore,
Fur vengeance on tho foo,
Who had kilt tho dearest things to mo,
That lived on arth below.
I jlned the Union army,
And I fit as fight tho brave,
But now death comes upon me,
I shall enter soon tho grave.
And, GIn'ral, whon I die, pleaso,
Jist promise, of yor will,
To bury mo wld Rovo and Lino,
On that llttlo rounded hill."
Tho mornlug came and in that tont,
A form llos cold and still,
And soon old Arohy Mooro will sleep,
With his hounds upon tho hill.
And If porohanoo there's hunting ground;
Upon tho other shore,
You'll there find Rovo and Angolino,
With bravo old Arohy Mooro.
t Major
KNOXVILUt, Tknn,, Sept. 3, 1879.
Solbicvs' tfiomspembence.
A Bemfnisoonco of Chickarnauga. Gen. Stoad
man's Division.
New CuMiiKniiAKii, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio,
September 2, 1870.
Mr. Editor: In order that your readers may havo a
more perfect understanding of tho surroundings, I will
make a brief statement with regard to tho forcos engaged
and tho disposition of tho several commands. Mnj. Gen.
Geo.IL Thomas' corps occupied tho left of the lino; Maj.
Gen. Crittenden's joining him on tho right, Maj. Gen. Mc
Cook joining him, forming tho oxtremo right of our lino,
while dotached four miles to tho northeast lay the reserve
corps commanded by Maj. Gou. Gordon Grangor. Tho
caijy forenoon of Saturday, September 10, generally known
as tho first day of the battlo of Chickarnauga, passed with
out forewarning of tho approaching conflict, but shortly
before 11 o'clock the storm that had been browing all the
morning on the rebel side, burst forth. At that timo a largo
mass was scon advancing upon Brannan's division, on tho
extreme left. First, it oamo upon tlio second brigade, Col.
Croxtou commanding, and soon forced it back,, despite its
determined resistance. The othor two brigades of tho di
vision at once camo to its assistance, and succeeded in
checking tho progress of tho rebels and driving them back,
but their column bonnr in turn strongly reinforced, they
came forward again with wild yells. So powerful was tho
momentum of tho assault that it pushed Brannan back
to and beyond his position in the lino, thus uncovering the
left of Baud's division, which at onco becamo fiercely on
gaged. Tho storm rolling from left to right fell next upon
Johnson, and almost simultaneously upon Reynolds, who,
wavering at times, but again securing their firmness, gave
back a little, bit again advanced until the troops of Bran
nan and Baird, rallied by their leaders, came up once moro
to the work. Then tho order was issued for tho entire
lino to forward, and nothing in military history exceeds in
grandeur tho charge of that powerful corps. Longstrcet's
men from tho Potomac were directly opposed by the troops
of General Thomas, and although thoy fought with stub
born determination, they could not for a moment check
the steady march of those veteran battalions. They had
already pushed tho enemy before them for three-quarters
of a mile, recovering all the lost ground and most of the
material of war lost in the morning, and Longstreet was
threatened with annihilation, when a new danger caused
Thomas to halt.
While our left was driving Longstrcet's corps, Polk and
Hill threw themselves impetuously upon Palmer and Vau
Clove, of Crittenden's corps, who, failing to advance, left
a gap between himself aud Thomas. These divisions were
speedily broken in pieces, and their complete rout was
imminent, when Davis' division came to their support,
aud for a timo restored the fortunes of the day. But tho
enemy, kuowiug that all depended upon his making a di
version in favor of the defeated Longstreor, massed nearly
tho whole of his available force aud hurled it against Vau
Clove and Davis, driving tho former to right and the latter
to tho left, and entered "boldly the opening thus made. In
this juncture General Rosecranz called up the divisions of
Wood and Negley, and threw them into the gap. After a
brief contest, the rGbels found themselves matched, aud
an advance was ordered, and by sunset the original posi
tion of the morning was gained. Tho second day of the
battle was the blessed Sabbath, the day appointed for rest;
but there was no rest for that weary army on that sacred
day, for at nine o'clock in the morning its stillness was
broken by the euemy repeating the tactics of tho previous
day. For two hours tke contest raged, when through
some mismanagement there was a gap left in our line, of
which the enemy took advantage, routing nearly one-half
of our whole force. Thomas' corps was all that was left
to contend with the rebel hordes, already elated with suc
cess. It was certain that unless assistance should speedily
come from some quarter, it must at length f uccumb, for
the enemy was gathering his hosts to hurl them in a latt
mighty effort.
At this crisis General Thomas' attention was attracted
(for the whole command now devolved upon him) by a long
line of dust rising above tho tree tops in his rear. lie
now prayed for Granger, like Wellington at Waterloo
prayed for Blucher. O! what must have been tho feelings
of Pap Thomas. Fifteen minutes without relief, aud the
Army of the Cumberland is lostl Hark! What aro those
cheers after cheers rising above tho roar of battle? They
aro from Granger's men. The corps rushes madly into
tho fight. They have doublo-quicked four niilea without
orders. Tho fight now raged with redoubled fury; to our
left was a brigade, and in their front the brave Longstreet
was hurling his legions of picked Virginians. Forward
and backward went that thin and constantly thinning line
of bravo boys, when suddenly appeared a man, mounted
upon a steed, riding down the line. A train of tho most
stirring memories of my life starts at the name of Stead
man, for it is indelibly associated with a sight such as a
man is privileged to look upon but onco in a lifetime. At
this most critical moment of the battlo of Chickamauga,
when evory man was in the line, and it was swaying back
ward and forward, and would inevitably soon give way if
something extraordinary did not Bpoedily take place, Stead
man turned his horse, and snatching tlio colors from tho
color-bearer of a regiment, rushed his horse towaids the
rebel line. I saw him go one-third of the way to the rebel
lino, waving the Stars and Stripes over his horse's head.
This act of bravery although somo think it was not called
for I believe saved tho Army of the Cumberland from
destruction,
George 0. Maqee,
Co. II, 9Sth O. V. I.
Sayannah, Mo, Aug. 10, 1879.
Mr. Editor: Now if we do not got our just bounty be
fore the election of a now President, I hope tho soldiers all
over the country will discourage, by all honorable means
in their power, ths nomination of a candidate by either
party who is opposed to tho equalization of bounties, as a
moro just and deserving law was never offered in tho halls
of Congress. As you deserve success at the hands of sol
diers, I shall bring your paper to tho notice of many fellow-soldiers
fin my vicinity. Yours truly,
O. S.
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