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Bai, : tu.it bwoUfuI la fif-r ipJ Gulwl br .! m n Ai4 iK-arUo4 Lf M. HAM'S ESCAPE. rri i9rrifrr'i jiiix h.m.' Aijhn Prr.f, Mr IVron Bi.Jdtilj.li (n Kr.pHh lurcnit) m Kivlmrd W.!c (ho lrl! die orjf) are rc- ' turning arruA lh i!in from Cali fornia, li n tlipy me'l wiib - Ham " un'l-r tlie following circum.tanre : Winter dialed ug clwe. It was full DwmW wlit-n the plains left u, I'tU bm-k, d1 beaclil us tion the Outer tJge of civilization, at Indepen dence, Missouri. The mudJjr Mi."-ouri wni running drcun. Sleambortta were tired of nkii'ping from and-bar to sand-bar. Engineer bad reported to Captain, that Kai'gnroo, No. 5, would bust, if be didn't lop trying to inuke her lift herself over the damp country by her braces.' No mere st amboating on the yellow d till till ihere wan a rise; until the I'luttC M.'lit down Mind three nnd water o; c, cr the YdWsicne inud tlroc and water .no, or the Mi oo ri proper g'i' ihrce and wattr one. We must tir.vt 1 by hind to .St. Louis und inilroaJj. We could go wiih our horsea ni fast ail by slagc-co.K he. So wo fold our pock beaut nnd continued our gallop f three across Missouri. Halfway across, we stopped one evening at the mean best tavern in a mean town n frow?y country town, with a dusty public Kpnire, h boxy church, and a pilty court-house. Fit entertiinmeut for beast the tav ern offered. ' Shall we go into the fpittoon ?' Mi'id liiddulph. 4 Certainly,' wiid lirent. ' The bar room I am orry ta hear you speak of it with foreign prejudice is an institution, nnd merit study. Argee, ujHn the w hich the bar-room is based, is also an insiiiution.' 1 Well, I came to study Amerimn institution.. Lei us go in nnd take a whiff of disgust.' Fit entertainment for brute the bar room offered. In that club-room ' we found the brute class drinking, swearing, spit ting, mpinbb'iog over the price of nig gers,' nnd talking what it called ' pol itics.' One tall, truculent Tike, the loud est of nil that blatant crew, seemed lo I5rent and en self an old acquaintance. We had seen him or his double some where. But neither of us could fit him with a pedestal in our long gal lery of memory. Saints one takes pains to rt member, and their scenes ; but s.ityis one endeavors lo los-c. Hare you had enough of the spit toon T I asked ltiddulph. 'Shall we go up ? They've put us nil three in the same room ; but bivouacs in the same big room out-door$ are what we nre bct used to.' Two and a half beds, one broken backed chair, a walntHiid decked with an ancient fringed towel and an aban doned tooih-lrush, one torn slipper, nnd a stove-pipe hole, furnish- d our btd-chnriibcr. We were about to cat lots for the half bed, when we heard two men en ter the next room. The partition was ; cnly paper pasted over flnj cu, i i jmr;j jot ,)iey arCi T'cpreserita op as if a Larder KuCn member of;tive brutes! Ccngre,g jiad pracikcd at jt !, a Iara getting a knowledge of all bowie-knife bttore a street fight. 'classes on your continent,' said Bid- F.very word of our neighbors came to us. They were talking of a slave bargain. I eliminate their oaths, though well filtration do them in justice. 4 Light hundred dollars, said the fust .-.tker, and hW voice startled us as if a dead ruan we knew had spoken. Light hundred that's the top of fny pile for Hunt boy. Kf he warn't so tdd and hadn't one eye jxked out, I agree he'd be wutb a heap more.' 4 Waal, a trade's a trade. I'll lake j Terstunjn, Count out jer dimes, and i i I'll 11 out a blank bill of sale. Murk - i er, tie boy's your'n.' ! 4 Murktr f We s:ar!cd at the ; iamt. This ' its satyr e had observed ia the lar ria. Had Ful - 1 ro' victim en t from undi-r his cairn f in Lugg"f-M'l Alh y, ai che l o to lkc ' h here and harm u again. I Fulano, Wade' horse. Lad trampled i io (ie.itli a villain vi that mme who attacked ll.ero to the riaiti. The liken s, 1mA, voice and r.smc wi re j rcnilr aeeosjnti-d fur. Your're locking fur your br:her out fro n Saeraroeiiter "boot now, 1 reckon,' aid the trader. ' He wur comin' cross hits with a man named I.rrup, a psrduer of his'n. Like enough they've stayed overwin ter in Salt Iake. They ought-r rake down a most moun'ainious pile thar.' ' Mormons is flush and sasy with their dimes sence tho emergration. Now thar's yer bill of sale, all right.' And thar's yer money all right. That are's wut I call a screechin' good price for an old, one-eyed nigger. Fourteen hundred dollar an all-lireJ price. 1 Eight hundred, you mean. ' No j fourteen. Yer see yer nut up (er taime on the nigger question. 1 know m like a church steeple. When I bought that boy, now comin' three years, I seed he wuz a sprightly nigger, one er yer nmbishus sort, what would be mighty apt to get fractious, an' be makin tracks, unless I got holt on him. So, sex I to him, 'Ham, you're a sprightly nigger, one o' the raal nmbMius sort, now aincher?' He allowed he warn't nothin else. Waal,' sez I, 'Ham, how'd yer like ter buy yeiself, an be a free nigger, an' hev a house o' yer own, an' a wom an o'yer own, nil jess like white folks?' Lor,' sez he, 'Magsa, I'd like it a heap.' ' Waal,' sez I, 'you jess scrabble round an' raise me seven hundred dollars, nu' I'll sell yer ter yerself, an' cheap at that.' So yer see he began to pay up, an' I got a holt on him. lie's h handy nigger, uu' a pop'lar nigger. He kin play on the fiddle like tnime-pooty nigh a minstrel is that are nigger. lie kin cut bar, an' fry a beefsteak with nyry man. He kin drive team, an do a little jiner work, an shoe a mule when thar niu't no reg'Iar blacksmith round. He made these ytr boots, an regular stompcr they is. He's one o' them chirrupy, sniiliu' niggers, with white teeth and gmlecl manners, what critters and foaks nat'ially takes to. Waal, he picked up the bits an' quarters right smart. He's been at it,lammin' ahead raal nnibi-hus, for 'bout three year. Last Sunday, after church' he plunk ed up the lasj, ten of the six hundred. So I allowed 't us come time to sell him. He wus gitlin his bead drawn, an' his idees set on freedom very on healthy. I didn't like to disap'int him to the last, so I allowed 'twus jess as well to let you hev him cheap to go down river. That's how to work them fractious runaway niggers. That are's my patent. Yer kin hev it for nothin'. Haw ! haw !' Haw ! haw 1 haw ! Y'ou nre one cr ther hoys! I'm dum sorry that are trick CHn'tbe did twicet on the same nigger. I reckon he knows too much for that.' Waal, suppose w e walk round to the calaboose, 'fore we go back to bed, an' see ef he's chained up all right.' They went out. iliddulph spoke first. Shame ! Yes,' said Brent ; do you wonder that we have to run away to the Rocky's and spend our indignation on grizzlys ?' What are we going to do now T 4 Try to abolish slavery in Ham's ca-e. Come; we'll go buy him a file.' 4 We teem to have business with the Murker farnily,' said I dulph. 'Some I I ke In-tter than oth- ers T 4 Don't be too harsh on us malcon tents for the sin of slavery. It is an ancestral taint. We shall burn it out lefore many decades,' 4 Tou had Itftler, or it will Met your Oirn houte on firt P 1 W 9-6' . It was late as we walked along the j streets, channels of fever and ague j now frozen op for the winter. We j saw light through a shop door, and j hammered away stoutly for admission. A clerk, long-haired and frowzy, 1 opened ungraciously. In the back sK.jp were three men, j also lorg-hairexl and frowzy, dealing card and drinking a dark compost ; frora tumblers. 'Putt trint' whifperod lirent. ' Fine old Indn Ih:k Fort is the die. favorite leverage, when the editor .the i 'Can't we show fiht ?' said Bid lawyer, the apofht ary and the nu-r- dulph. chant meet to play euchre in Mis-j 4 There'll be a dozen tn the hur t, souri.' , It is one of the e ntertainments herea- We IxKight our files from the surly ! bouts. Besides, they would raise the clerk, and made for the r!aboie. It ' posse on us. You forget we're in a was a stout log structure wiih grated slate Slate, nn enemy's country.' windows. At one of theie, by the j lied Fulano to the brink. He low moonlight, ws m w a negro. It 'stood motionless, eyeing me, just as was cold and late. Nobody was near. We hailed the man. f 'Ham.' 4 Thai's ine, massa.' 4 You're sold to Murker, to go South to-morrow. If yon wato get frie, catch r Brent tossed him up the files. ' Cutch again,' said BiJdulph, and up went a rattling purse, England's subsidy. Ham's w hite teeth nnd genteel man ners appeared at once, lie grinned, and whispered thanks. 4 Is that all we can do?' asked the Baronet, as we walked off. 4 Yes,' said Brent, taking a nasal lone. 4 Ham's a pop'lar nigger, n handy nigger, one er yer raal nmbishus sort. He kin cut bar, fry n beefsteak, nnd play on the fiddle like, a mlnstril. He kin shoe a mule, drive a team, do a little jiner work, and make stumpers. Yes, Biddulph, trust him toknaw him self free with that Connecticut rnt lail.' 4 Ham against Japhet ; I hope he'll win.' 4 Now,' said Trent, 4 that we've put in action Christ's Golden Rule, Jeffer son's Declaration of Independence, nnd All-lhe-wi.sdom's l'n amble to the Constitution, we can sleep the sleep of well-doers, if we have two man-steul-ers nnd one the brother of a mur derer only papered off from us.' The following morning they resume their journey. Tho day, nftcr the crisp fro.stiness of its beginning, was ft belated day of Indian summer; mild ns the golden mornings of that culm, luxurious time. We stopped to noon in a sunny spot of open pasture near a w ide, muddy slough of the Missouri. The reser voir for the brcwage of shades for Pikes had been re-tilled in some au tumn rise of the river, and lay a great stagnant lake n'ong the roadside, a mile or so long, two hundred jards broad, We camped by n fallen cotton word near the slough. The atmosphere was hopeful. We picnicked merrily, men and beasts. 4 Three gentlemen at once ' over a chicken soon dissipat ed this and its trimmings. We light ed the tranquil calumet, and lounged, watching our horses at their corn. Presently we began to fancy we heard, then to think we heard, at last to bo sure we heard the baying of hounds through the mild, golden air. 4 Tally-ho,' cried Biddulph, 4 what a day for a fox-hunt I This haze w ill make the scent lie almost us well as the clouds.' 4 Music, music,' cried he again, springing up, as the sound, increasing, ro.ie and fell along the peaceful air that lay on the earth so lovingly. 4 Music, if it were in merrie Eng land, where the hunt are gentlemen. A cursed uproar here, where the hun ters are men-slealers,' said Brent, 4 No,' said Biddulph. 4 Those are fables of the old. barbarous days of the Maroons. I can't believe in dogs after men until I see it.' 4 I'm ufraid it's our friend Ham they are after. This would be his liue of escape.' At the word, a rustling in the bush es along the slough, and Ham burst through. He turned to run. We shouted. He knew us, and flung him self, lurid with terror, and panting with flight, on the ground at our feet ' the pop'lar nigger !' 4 0, nmssu,' he gasped, 4 dey's gone ... , ... u-i.,.,1 i ) .'amot beautiful black colt a grow in' set the dogs on me. rial II I tio r j b 4 Can you swim T said I ; for to me he was kneeling. 4 No, massa ; or I'd bin cross this yer sloo 'fore dU.' 4 Can you ride Y 4 Reck'n I kin, massa." A burst of baying from the hounds. The black ibofk with terror. I sprang to Fulano. 4 Work for you, old boy V said I to him, as I flung . ... , i. . - tbesMi:e over ms n. 4 Take mine. said my two friends at a brea'b ! ai a nreaui. 4 No ; Fulano undenstands this hurt-! ' fee,. Chase or flight, all on to him, ! so be baffle the brutes.' ! j Folano neighed and beat the ground with eager biX'f a I buckled tie Is;- he eyed me in that terrible pause in Luggernel Alley. 4 Here, Ham, lip with you! Put across the slough. He swims like nn alligator. Then make for the north star, nnd leave the horse for Mr. Rich ard Wade at theTremont House, Chi cago. Treat him like a brother, Ham !' 4 Ixr' bress you, massa! I will dat.' He vaulted up, 4 like a sprightly nigger, one of the raal nmbishus sort.' The baying eamo nearer, nearer, ringing sweetly through the gulden quiet of noon. I launched Fulano with an urgent whisper. Two hundred yards to swim, nnd then all clear to Freedom 1 Fulano splashed in and took deep water magnificently. What a sight it is to see a noble horse nobly breast the flood to see his shoulders thrust aside tho stream, his breath come quick, his eyes flash, his hatmches lift, his wake widen after him 1 And then Act 2 how grand it is to see him paw and struggle with might and main upon the farther bank to see him rise, nil glossy and reeking, shako himself, nnd with a snort go galloping freo and away! Aha ! a sight to bo seen ! We stood watching Act 1. The fugitive was half across. The baying came closer, closer on his trail. Two thirds across. The baying ceased. The whole pack drew u long wail. 'They see him,' Baid Biddulph. Almost across 1 A dozen more plunges, Fulano ! A crowd of armed men on horseback dashed up to the bank two hundred yards above us. It was open where they hailed. They could not see us among the bushes on the edge of the slough. One of them it was Murker sprang from his saddle. He pointed his rifle quick nnd steady. Horse and man, the fu gitives were close to the bank and the thicket of safety. Ping! Almost over, as the rifle cracked, Ham had turned at the sound of his pursuers crushing through the bushes. Fulano swnm high. He bore a proud head aloft, conscious of hi brave dj ty. It was but a moment since he had dashed away, nnd the long lines of his wake still rippled against the hither bank. We heard the bullet sing. It mis sed the man as he turned. It struck Fulano. Blood spirted from a great artery. He bounded forward. Ham caught the bushes on the bnnk, pulled himself a-shore, and clutched for the bridle. Poor Fulano ! He flung his head nnd pawed the surface with a great spasm. He screamed a death scream like that terrible cry of anguish of his comrade martyred in the old heroic cause in Luggemel Alley. We could see his agonized eye turn back in the socket, sending towards us a glance of farewell. Noble horse! again a savior. lie yielded and sank slowly away into that base ditch. But Ham, was he safe? He had disappeared in the thicket. His pur suers called the hounds, and galloped off to chase him round the slough. Ham wa$ safe. He got off to free dom. From his refuge he writes to me that he is 4 poplar ;' that 4 he has sot up a Livery Institution, and has up for me.' Ham was saved; hut , Fulano gone. Dead by Murker' ri fle. The brother had strangely aveu gea ins urotner, irampieu 10 fleam in the far away canon of the Ro. ky j Mountains. ... . , ... , ,. A lady asked a pupil at a public ..,,.,,.,, i examination of the .Sunday School : . . . r'.i t.i i 4 hat was the nn of the I ban- t . , ii. i .11 s sees .F.aiin Ca.n.ds. m.' o.i.-kl ,he chilJ Sh(J j,a,j .j . . ti . . . . , ,jl8t piian.8 traincJ at gnats,' , .-ii, ' i ' The bow a ship is not ti 'dene of it politeness. K IM'OH T Ol' fltl.. 1MHTOX, Ki'Utirg ts) tbr Ynr.tg &f Ie lrt.'a umti! ia I hi- !! li-! Hoa un lr th I'ricr i.f iht UiritoUsl (fO, Mitchell. We have bsd a full report of that pHrl of the expedition which wa. un der the immediate direction of Gen, Brannan and Gen. Terry. It a a whole, an unfortunate and c.mtly expedition on our part. The enemy had timely knowledge of the movement, nnd were fully pre pared for it. After o;ir troops had landed, the ground was found to bo quite advan tageous to the rebels, while the ad vance of our columns over a narrow causeway, was exposed to the fire of artillery from the opposite side or-nd of the bridge. It wus while repairing this road or bridge here, nnd making their way over it, that our troops were excised to a deadly fire; and here the greater pai t of tho casualties oc curred. The loss was very incorrect ly stated w here it was said to amount lo 100 killed and wounded. By com paring the published reports of the various regiments which took part in the fight, any one could see, by the long list of names, that the number must be a great deal larger than that. Yet many of the papers published that error in giving an necoun't of the ex pedition. But after n while, n letter reported to come from an officer at Hilton Hea l, and who saw the men ns they returned, put our loss at 1000 men. This was another error. The whole of the killed, woun led and missing, was about 300. Of these, about 20 were wounded, nnd from 10 to 50 killed. This was a scvi re loss, consideiing 1icw II 1 1 lo wn accomplished by the expedition, li it the detachment un der Col. Barton sce:n to have been more favored, and though but partial ly successful, yet performed their part with great courage and intrepidity. In the recent attack on the Charles ton and Savannah railroad, while (Jen Braunnn was operating nt Pocotali go, a smaller force under Col. Barton landed near Coosahntehie and destroy ed a portion of the railroad there. Col. Barton has made his official re port of the atfii'r, of which the follow ing is the important portion: ' Throwing a few shells into the woods, I disembarked with my infant ry and engineers as expeditiously as possible, taking with mc the boat how itzer, in charge of Cnpt. Gould, 3d Rhode Lhind artillery, and a detach ment of twelve of his men. The swampy nature of the ground ren dered landing difficult, but losing no time, I advanced toward the main road, sending a request to the officer in command of the Patroon, the gun boat nearest to me, nnd about a' mile and a half astern, to cover tho road in my rear ns I advanced. I should s'ate here that both of the gunboats were unfortunately aground and were thus prevented from taking a position nearer to the Planter. My advance reported squads of cavalry in sight, ns tho main body of my forces enter ed the road, which it did at right an gles to the point of disembarkation. The road proved to be an excellent one, hard and firm, nnd evidently re paired but nn hour or two before, the dirt being still fresh, and the tracks upon it showed plainly that artillery, infantry and cavalry had just passed over it. I continued my advance toward the town, driving in - the ene my's pickets and skirmishing the country ns thoroughly as jxSblble. When about one mile from the vil lage the whistle of a locomotive was heard. I was infoirned by the con traband who had been furnished us ns a guide lint it was the dirt train, which always passed at that hour, and w hich, he said, wus well on its way to Savannah. A few moments,ho ever, proved that he had misinformed me, for, when the main body of my forces' arrived at a point within a few bun- ,jrt.(j yj, of-town, and when the skirmihers had already reached the railroad track and telegraph line, the train wa, jearj atlj,cen r,,illy com- in., j0 rafi, J quickly placed ny jatia!ion, in position, and as the train approached, I directed a rapid H . ,, , and heavy fire upon it with grape and ' 1 ,? canialer and musketry. This fire was 1 .. ,i,... .:.. ti... , .i ed of eight cars, six of which were platforms crowded with men, and two cars tiiiei with officer. There were a!, Uhl I''"-' " lrtL Many were seen to fall at the firvt fire j (among t'.em the engineer,) and !w?ti- j ty-fiv e or thirty jumped from tLe train, I m t of whom were maimed or killed. and the rrt, with ne tirrption, ) taking thrnist lies lo the wnnd nd swamps en the other idc (( ihe track. We carried away tr destroyed tr about thirty stand of arms, mostly rirtes, and secured one irttlcer's sword and cap, and t st.-lnd of coh'r belong. i2 to the 44 Whippy Swamp Guard." We left number of the enemy's dead and wtKundcd tm the track. 1 have since learned front Savannah pfljers, of the 21th nr.! 25th int., that aiiicmg the kill.-d at this point was Major Harrison, of tho 11th Guorgi regi ment, whieh regiment, with the guards named atiovc, w-rc on tho Irwin. Immediately nficr the train had parsed. Captain Eatoit, by my direc tions, set vigorously at work tearing up the railroad track, and continued thus until the retreat was sounded. After ibis occurrence, I concluded if possible to push my way rapidly into tho town and attack the troops there, while in tho confusion of disembark ing, and I marched forward for thai purpose. I ha I proceeded but a short distance, however, before I came in full view ofthcatrnemy's forces, advan tageously posted on the other shlo of tho public road bridge, between that and tho railroad bridge. They were flunked on their left by the liver, and on the right by a thick swamp, wiih three pieces of artillery commanding tho bridge. They immediately open ed fire ujion us with their artillery and infantry. Fortunately for us the firing was too high. I fired a few rounds in return whun.ns it was now nearly night, and the enemy's rein forcements above were double my en tire force, I marched slowly back to my boats. During my retreat the skirmishers frequently observed and encountered small bodies of tho ene my's cavalry, who were, however, easily driven off I directed Capt. Eaton of tho engineers to destroy tho bridges on the road in my renr, which he did thoroughly, thus in a measure hindering the pursuit. The enemy, however, made his npparrtnee and attacked us wiih infantry mid artillery several times during my embarkation, but on each instance we drove them off wiih serious loss, as they were di rectly under the guns of the Planter and Pntrooli. As soon as the steamer again flonltd we returned toMaekajr'a Point, by order of Gs . Brnnnan, and thence by way of Hilton Head to this port. I regrei to report that durinjr the lust attack of the enemy, Lieut J. M. Blanding of the Rhode Island ar tillery, nt that time in charge of tho Planter, was dangerously wounded in tho left arm and side. He is now, however, do'ng well. This was the only casualty on our side during the day. I'roin I lie 1 1 Hi Hrglraritf. Camp Vkkuont, Va., Nov. 14, 1862. f Dear Journal: Having a fewspnre moments this morning, I can no better dispose of them, perhaps, than ly giv ing your readers a little information concerning the preset well tx ing of tho 14th Regiment, and' more particu larly that of Company C. I shall necessarily be very brief,- for the want of time. We are still at Camp Vermont, where we expect to remain this win ter, as we have received orders, and arc making all neces-a ry preparations to go into winter quarters ht-re. Tho five Vermont regiments of nine months' men are encamped here, but rumor has it that two of them will go to Washington lo do patfof duty this winter. Which two, if any, I am un able to ascertain. The general health of the regiments is good. Company C, with four other com panies, were ordered out on picket lust Sabbath morning. We remained out two days, but did r.ot have the pleasure of seeing the enemy. We were stationed iibout two tndes from Mount Vernon, on the estate of the late rebel John A. Washington. I can assure your readers that Virginia rail fence make gond camp Arcs, and that rebel chickens are excellent eat ing. The heahh of Ccmijwny C is good, there being but a few on the sick liat, and none in hospital. The good health of the troops may be owing in part, perhap", to the fset that we are build ing three fort here, barracks foe win ter quarters, and doing oon.iderable guard duty, which furfiishee us with fltuiy of good healthy exercise. It being nearly lime to 44 fall in" fir Battalion Drill, I will close. From vour irrnjuhir correspondent. O.