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""- "irrin i ii i ' . .-."i ; - '41 My VI vj; -A. "Weekly IFamily. Jour devoted; aute; Education' e,; J.cUicatloii and NT w of ."h Tio c 1 c- VOLUME XIII. ra LEIGI-I, 2STORTI-I CROLIISr, AUGUST S8S 1861. 'IP- A C0U8IN IN NEED.. On a dreary autumn day, more than a hun dred years ago, a heavy trarcllina'carriaee was r ,,wy lumbcriiiR alon? the mudy road from PotRdam to JJerlin. Within it was one pcreon only, who took no heed to the slow iuhs or the travelling ; but leaning back in a corner, wa arranging a multiplicity of papers contained in a FmaJI portfolio, and makine note- in a pocket-book. Since he was dressed in a plain dark military uniform, it was fair to iif,poso that this gentleman belonged to the IVuiwian army, h.jt to which grade of it nolKMly could determine, as all token of rank had been avoided. A dreary November eve. mug was closing in ; and, though the rain had for a time ceased, yet dark masses of cloud flying through the sky, gave warning that a " weeping darkness" was at hand. I he road grew heavier and heavier at least fco it .should have Kerned to a foot traveller who was ploughing his way through its mire and so, doubtless, it did seem to the carriage hordes, who at last floundered along so slow ly that the pedestrian, whom they had over taken, kept easily by the side of the coach though at a respectful distance, certainly, af ter the first bucketful of mud that it splashed over him. The gentleman inside the coach, when he could see no longer, shut up his portfolio and returned the pecketbook to its place in the breast lining of his coat, lie then roused himself to look out of the window and judge from the mud and darkness, how far it might be to IJerlin. For the first time ho perceived that a muddy young man was walking at a little distance from his horsos. 1 hough more than reasonably traveled-stained iuj iruugcd on as n ins limbs were strong as his heart light. Through tho drizzle and darkness, all that could be seen of his face was tciMiblo and good-tempered. He had just finished a pipe as he attracted the traveller's attention, and was in the act of shaking out the ashes and replacing the pipe in a wallet slung over his buck, when he heard himself addressed in the manner following, and in a rather auihoriutive tone of voice : "Hollo 1 young man, whither are you bound this stormy-looking night?" "That is mote than I cun tell you, not be ing at home in this part of the world My wish is to reach Iterlin; but if I find a rest ing place before I get there to that I am bound, for I am weary." "1 should think you must have a two hour's walk before you," was the unsatisfac tory remark that followed. The young man made no reply, and after a short pause, tho strangcrsaid : "Hit pleases you to rest on the step of tho carriage for a few moments you are wel come so to do, llcrr what's your name." "My name is ileinrich Meyer," replied the young man ; " one of those who never refuse tho.srnallest benefit, because tha larctr on is not to be obtained." He thankfully ac cepted tho not very clean place allotted to him. From inside the window tho next question put to lleinrkh was: " What are you going to Berlin for ? "To hunt for some Cousins," was the answer. 'And pray who may (hey be?" asked the unknown. "Well, to tell you the truth, I have not an idea who they are, or where tolookfor them. Indeed, it is moro than doubtful whether I have so much as an acquaintance in Berlin, much loss a relation." Tho questioner who should have been an American colonel looked amused and as tonished, as he suggested: "Surely there must bo some other motive for your going to Berlin; or what could have put this idea into your head?" "Why," replied Heinrich. "I have iusr become n clergyman, without the smallest chance of getting anything to do in my own neighborhood, I have no relative to help me, and not quite money enough to find me no ccfsaries." "But," said the Prussian, " what on earth has this to do with cousins in Berlin ?" "Well, now, who knows? Many of my fellow-students have got good appointments, and whenever I asked them to let me know how it was done, the answer always was, 'A cousin gave it to me, or I got it through the interest of a cousin who lives at Berlin.' Now, as 1 find none of these useful cousins live in the country, I must go without their help, or else hunt for them in Berlin." This was all said in a comical dry way, so that his listener could not refrain from laugh ing, but he made no comment. However, ho pulled out apiece of paper, and began to writo upon it. When he had finished, he turned round to Heinrich, saying that he ob served he had been smoking, and that he felt inclined to do the same, but he had forgot ten to bring tinder with him. Could llerr Meyer oblige him with a light ? 'Certainly, with great pleasure," was the prompt reply; and Heinrich, taking tinder, box out of his wallet, immediately began to strike a light. Now, it has been said that the evening was damp, that there seemed little enough prospect of the tinder's light ing; moreover, the wind blew the sparks out almost before they fell. " Well, if your cousins are no mdre easily to be got at than your light, I pity you, young sill" was the sole remark to which the stranger condescended, as he watched Hein- riclis laborious endeavors. Nil desnerandum' is my motto, answer ed tho young man ; and when the words were scarcely uttered, the light had been struck. In his delight at succeeding, Hein rich jumped on the carriage-step, and lean ing through the window, thrust the tinder eagerly in tho direction of the gentleman's face, saying 'Hurra, sir, pufTaway!" After a short pause, durin ; which time the stranger had been puffing at his pipe, ho re moved it fiom his mouth, and addressed Ilein- ich i.i this way : I have been thinking over what you have been telling me; and, perhaps, in an humble wav. I might be able to assist you, and thus act the part of the cousin you arc seeking. At all event, when you get to Berlin, take this note," handing him tho slip of paper on which he had been writing, 44 take this note to Marshal (Irumbkow, who is somewhat a friend of mme, and who will, think, be glad to oblige me. But mind Ida exactly as he bid you, and abide strictly by his advice, If he says he .will help you, rely upon it he will keep his word ; but he is rather eccentric and the way ho sets about uoing a Kindness, may perhaps seem 6trange to you. And now," h continued. " as tho road is improved, I must hurry on tho horse, and so bid you Rood evening, hoping you will prosper in your new career." As Heinrich began to express his thanks for the ircod wishes of his unknown fiicnd, lhe signal was given to increase the speed of tho horses, and. before he had time to make any acknowledgements, he found himself aione again. The young man was no little astonished at what had taken place; and as he gazed on the fclip of paper could not help wondering whether any good would come of it. These were the only words written ".?,,, MlMHU ; If Ton can forward the views Irleud "eur,ca -oieyer, you will oblige jrour Let me know the result of your interview with 44 Time will prove this, as it does all other things," thought Heinrich, as he proceeded on his way. Some how or other the road appeared less wearisome, and he felt less tired and foot-sore since receiving the mys terious bit of paper. Hope was stronger within him than she had .been for many a c'ay ; and on her winga he was carried pleasantly along, so that he reached Berlin by night fall. The noise and bustle of the capital was new to him ; and he found some little diffi culty in making his way to the gasthaus, to which he had been recommended by the pas tor of his parish. The pastor having been once in Berlin, was considered, in his part of the world, an oracle in matters connected with town life. The inn was, however, found at last; and alter afrueal sunner and n nnrA riKf'0 -.r,- lend arose, ready to hope and believe v,v,Jk,i,g uom me mysterious note, which be started forth to dolivon breakfast Obliged to ask his way to Marshal Grumb kow s he was amused astonishment depicted on the countenances ui inose persons ot whom he made the in quiry, as if they would say, " WThat business can you have with Marshal GrumbkowV" The house was, however, at last gained, and having delivered his missive to a servant Heinrich awaited the result in the hall. In a low minutes the servant returned and requested him in tho most respectful manner, to follow him to the Marshal's presence. Arrived there, he was received most courte ously ; and the Marshal made many inquiries as to his past life and future prospects requested to bo told the name of the vil lage or town in which he had been last resid ing : the school in which he had been ed ucated ; at what inn he was living in Berlin and so forth, But still, no allusion was made either to the note or the writer of it. 1 he interview lasted about twenty minutes at the end of which time the marshal dismis ted him, desiring that he would call aain that day fortnight, Heinrich employed the interval in visiting the hons of the town. There was a grand review of the troops on the king's birth-day and, like a royal subject, our friend went to have a reverend stare at his majesty, whom he had never seen. At one point of the re view the king stopped almost opposite to Heinrich ; and then was suggested to him, as the reader probably suspects, that, after all he must have seen that face somewhere be fore. Was it the fiiend who hailed him in tio muatsy-roacrT lmpossioternowsnouia a king be traveling at that time of the day ? At any rate, it vexed him to thiok he had not treated the gentleman in the coach in a very ceremonious manner. He had thrust tinder at his nose, and cried to him "puff away !" At last the time appointed for his second visit to the marshal arrived. His reception was again most favorable. The marshal beg ged him to bo seated at the table at which he was sitting, and proceeded at the same time to business. Unlocking a drawer, and bring ing forth a small bundle of papers, he asked Heinrich, as he drew them lorth, one by one, if he knew in whose handwriting the vari ous superscriptions were ? Heinrich answered, that to the best of his belief, one was that of Her Mudel, his for mer school-master ; another that of Doctor Von Hummer, tho principal of such a col lege, and so on. "Quite right," answered the marshal, and perhaps it mav notsurnrise vnn in h that I have written to these different gentle men to inquire vour character, that I mnv know with whom I have to deal, nnd nnt be working in the dark." As he" said these words, the marshal fixed his evra nn TTo.-n. rich to see what effect thnv Hart K.if tua j j l4 1 V younc man's countenance was nnhnchod he evidently feared no evil rpnnrr " T fool bound," continued the marshal, " to tell vou mut bu iney say oi you is most favorable, and I am equally bound to believe and act upon their opinions. I have now to beg of you to follow me to a friend's house." rn t m . xne marshal descended a private staircase leading to the court-yard, crossing which. ne passed through a gate in the wall into a narrow side street, down VrhifVi hn nrr,AntaA Heinrich, till they are arrived at a private vuimnce 10 me paiace. Heinrich, began to get exceedingly nervous ; the conviction that bis idea was not a mere trick of imagination became stronger and stronger. Could he have bad his own wish, Heinrich Meyer would at that moment have been forty miles from Berlin. At last, as he found himself following Grumbkow even into the palace, he could not refrain from exclaiming, "Indeed, llerr Marshal, there must be some mistake." No answer was vouchsafed, as the Mar shal continued to lead him through the various galleries and apartments ; until at least they reached the door of ono situated in a corner of a wing of the palace, where the Marshal's knock was answered by a short " Come in." As the door opened, one glance sufficed to convince He nrich that his friend in the mud, and his king, were one and the same person! lhe poor cousin-seeker, greatly confused, knelt before Frederick William, and becan imiviiuij uui comriie apologies. " Rise young man," said the Kinr. "you nave not committed treason. How on earth could you guess who I was? I should not travel quietly if I meant to be everywhere recognised." Alter reassuring Heinrich, the King told him that he was preparing to do what he could to push him forward in the profession ho had chosen. - 44 But first," ho said, " I must hear how you preach. On Sunday next, therefore, you shall preach belore me; but mind, I shall choose the text. You may retire." By the time Heinrich Meyer reached his own room in the inn, he ' had fixed in his mind the fact that he was to preacji to the king. The fact was only too clear, and all he could d was . to set about bis sermon as soon as he should' have been furnished with the text. For the remainder of that day he never stirred out; every step on the stairs was to his ear that of tho bearer of the text. What was to be done? There was only tw o days before Sunday ! He must go and consult the marshal, but the latter could ive him no further information nil h rnuld - .. , do was to promise that if the king sent the text through him, it should be forwarded with the utmost possible dispatch. That day and the nest passed, and yet Heinrich heard uothing from either kin or marshal. Only an official intimation had been sent, as was customary, that he had been selected as the preacher on the following juuuajr at me cnapei royal. If it had not been that Heinrich knew he possessed no mean powers of oratory, and mat ne could even extemporise, m case ' of emergency, he would have certainly run ay irom Aenm, and abjured his discover v.uUaui. as it was ne aoided the course of events, and fortified himself by prayer and pmiufcopny ior tne momentous hour. Sun day morning arrived, but no text Heinrich went to the church appointed, and was conducted to the seat set apart for the preacher of the day. The king, with the ryal family occupied their accustomed place. The service commenced ; but no text! The prajers were ended, and whilst the organ pealed forth its solemn sounds, the preacher was led to the pulpit. The congregation were astonished, not only for at youthful ness, but at his being an utter stranger. The pulpit steps were gained, and the thought dashed across Heinrich's mind that possibly he should find the text placed for him on the desk. But, as he was on the point of mounting the stairs, an officer of the royal household delivered to him a folded piece of paper say ing "His Majesty sends you the text" After having recited the preliminary pray er, the preacher opened the paper and lo 1 it was blank not a word was written on it What was to be done ? Heinrich deliberate ly examined the white sheet, and aaer a short pause, held it up before the congrega tion, saying, "His Majesty has furnished the text for my sermon. But you may perceive that nothing whatever is upon this sheet of paper. "Out of nothing God created the world. I shall therefore, take the Creation for the subject of my discourse this morn ing.' in accordance with this decision, the preacher went through the whole of the first chapter of Genesis in a masterly way, his style being forcible and clear, and his fluency of language remarkable. His audi enpe, accustomed to the king's eccentricities, were far more astonished at the dexterity with which the preacher had extricated him self from the difficulty than at the dilemma in which he had been placed. At last the sermon was ended, the congregation dismiss ed, and Heinrich found himself in the sacris ty, receiving the congratulations of several dignitaries of the church, who all prophesied for him a brilliant future. Heinrich ventured to express his amaze ment at the singular proceeding of the king, but was told that he only could have arrived recently from the provinces, if he did not know that such vagaries were quite common to his majesty. In the midst of the conver sation, a messenger arrived to conduct him to the royal presence. Being totally unaware what impression his Sermon might have made upon tne King, the cousin seeker rather oreaded the approaching audience. BntTTfin. rich had scarcely crossed the threshhold of 11 n ftnti f VTI1 C f O Trvl1 rF rn nr.. up, and thrust a roll of paper into the young man s hand, exclaiming, "Hurra, sir 1 puff away ! take this light for the light you gave tug t Throwing himself back in a chair, he laugh ed heartily at the'young preacher's look of surprise and confusion. The latter scarcely knew what reply to make, or what to do ; but just as he had got as far as "Your majes ty, ," the king interrupted him, saying, ''Make no fine speeches ; go home quietly and examine the contents of the paper. You came to Berlin to seek a cousin ; you have found one, who, if you go on steadily, will not neglect you." It is hardly necessary te add that the' roll of paper contained a good appointment at the University of Berlin, and made Heinrich Mey er one of the royal preachers. Telling Tales. Mrs. Wylie was dusting the books on the centre-table in her parlor. The house was perfectly quiet. She thought, 'Why where can the children be ? I have not heard them for some time.' She listened but heard nothing but the ticking of the clock in the next room. Just then she beard a rushing of feet. The door flew open, and two children burst into the room, both talking at the top of their voices at the same time. '0, mamma ! Lizzie knocked all soldiers ' myt 'No, mamma ! he broke my dolly's 'No, I didn't, on purpose.' 'Yes, he did,' mean. I didn't do it said Lizzie, half cry- inor. 1 'You did !' she persisted. Their clamor increased, so that Mrs. Wylie did not trust her voice to speak, took them both by the hand and led them up stairs. The children ceased quarrell ing and went quietly along. 'Now, Eddie, you go into your room, and stay there till I call you., Lizzie, you can stay in ray room.' The children did as they were bid, and Mrs. Wylie went down stairs. After she had finished dusting and arranging the parlor, she went up to see about the children. Lizzie was perched up on a chair cutting paper dolls, and Eddie she found asleep on the floor. She raised him up to place him on the bed, but the motion aroused him, and he jumped up wide awake, and stood looking at his mother as it trying to remember some thing. " 'Come, Eddie, I want you in my room. '0, yes ; I thought there was some thing I was to do.' Mrs. Wylie sat down, and the children stood at her side. Lizzie immediately began-- ' ' ' " . . j 'Now, mamma, I will tell yoa all about it ' Eddie ' 'Hush, Lizzie. Now, before you tell me tales of each other in regard to what you have done that is wrong, I want you to tell me of something that8 is pleas- ant .Lizzie : tell me ot somethmo' vnnr brother has dono that deserves stead of blame.' o J praise in- Lizzie hung down her head. She still angry with Eddie. was I don't remember anything.' Til tell you something she did,' said her brother, more frankly for then he had slept off some of . bis bad humor. lost my ba.U wy new ball to-day, and she gave me her's ; because, she said boys liked balls more than "girls do.' Well, bat mamma, it was my fault that "he lost his ball. I told him to fling it at the pine trees, and he said he: was afraid he woud lose it i coaxed hiir, too, and to!J him he wonldnt, ; so he threw it, and sure enough he lost it. So wan't it right that I should give him mine for it?' 4Yes, perfectly. Now you may tell me about the doll and soldiers.' The children looked to each other. 'Mamma, I don't want to tell it now for it was my fault, partly,' said Lizzie, quite softend towards her brother. But it was my fault, too said 'Eddie. - Well, now mjtlitHe?; children, if you both feel that you were to blame, I am sore you can forgive each other.' Eddie flung his arms around his sis ter's neck. Yes, indeed, we can.' 'Hereafter, Lizzie and Eddie,' said their mother her eyes filled with tears 'wln you tell tales of each other, let them be of each other's good behavior -something that will please your parents, not grieve them.' Sunday-School Banner Ladies of North-Carolina. We are glad to see that Gov. Clark has ssued the following circular tn tho f cj .v uuviius the State. 'We haw ladies will j - ouu yiuLuuuy to the call. Already they are responding as we are glad to know. To the Sheriffs of the several Counties of It is deemed roLonly aesrable bnl kn imperative duty, that early measures be taken to accumulate a supply of winter clothing for the Noth Carolina troops now in the field. The scarcity of material for sale in this State, and the uncertainty of procuring supplies from abroad, force ub 10 reiy on our domestic resources. It is thought that every family can spare one or more blankets without personal inconvenience, or a pair of woolen socks, and it is believed that for such a purpose a call wonld be responded to with alac rity. - , It has therefore been concladed that, an appeal tor this purpose be madft t.n th great body of the people, and with that view I have to request the sheriffs of the verai counties to act as agents of th e otate. to Solicit, ft pnntriKntin f this kind. To this end they are requested to circu- late this notice, and employ ao-ents i. V. . i . J ln mf mauer. All contributions of this kind mav bfl boxed and forwarded to the nearest Rail road Depot and due information thereof sent to the Governor. Tha Shersffs are further requested to furnish to the Governor a list of the donors. The transportation of these donations wilJ be at the expense of the State and ' the bill for such service should be duly . forwarded for payment. " HENRY T. CLARK. Governor of North-Carolina. Virginia. We copy the following unanswerable state ment from the Richmond Examiner, as well for the strong and just light in which it places the action of Virginia, as for the com pliment it pays to North Carolina: "The State of Virginia has furnished the Confederate service $"0 companies, uniformed and equipped, according to law. The aver -age humber of men in these companies, is 75 to each. They make an aggregate of 55,250 volunteer soldiers from the State of Virginia, now in the ranksof the Confederate army and actually in the field. Besides this corps, this State has furnished the temporary service of large masses of militia, many thousands of men for home defence, and a great number of persons who have employed themselves in guerilla warfare, and in tending the wounded, who are not numbered on the rolls of the army. The actual numbers of Virginia troops on those rolls, we repeat, are neither more nor less than 55,250 privates and officers. " So much of manhood. In money the State has not been less liberal. The Conven tion appropriated the sum 7,000,000 of dol lars to the public defence, and 6,000,000 of dollars have been actually advanced by the State Government to the Confederate service. Such is the official statement. The contri butions of the various counties and of pri vate individuals cannot be stated with the same accuracy. But . they are sufficiently well known to enable us" to say with authori ty, that they exceed 4000,000 of dollars. "But while the State of Virginia has thus magnificently justified her great renown, and made these munificent contributions to the Confederate service, they are the least of her sacrifices to the war. This State deliberately made itself the chopping-block of the North and the South, the cock-pit of contending na tions, the Flanders of America. The scenes of wars are always scenes of desolation ; the countries over which armies march and fight are ever reduced to misery ; in all wars the fields will ever be ravaged, ths cattle and wealth of the land will always be seized and used by both parties, the houses be plunder ed, the towns burnt, the poor be harrassed, the rich ruined. Such is the experience of all time. The proverbs of every people express these truisms, and every man, woman and child, in this State of Virginia," was well aware of the ttrrible fact, that when she left the Northern Union and placed herself be tween it and the Southern Confederacy, her soil must be the battle-field of a Continent and that all the real sufferings the war would cause must be bornc&yr devoted citizens. They have borne them. They do endure them. And if the Southern farces prove the weaker, a catastrophe will befall the people of Virginia unknown to modem times. The al ternates were before the eyes of all to stay in the Union and share the security an i the infamy of Kentucky, or to leave it and encounter these certain evils and this sombre chance. With this knowledge, at the first threat of the Northern usurper, this old and haughty nation, proud in arms, stept boldly into the place of danger and the post of honor. From that moment the weight of the war fell on Virginia's shoulders. Her sister States of the Southern Confederacy were at once delivered from all the horrors that ren der war a curse. They have not heard a gun fired ; they have not seen cottage maze ; not one citizen is a refugee from his home; no planter is robbed of his proper ty, uu unnappy city is the barrack of the enemy. Until the havoc of war has render ed V irgmia quite a desert they have naught 5?-T? 18 nly a sPleQd'd game to them. Beyond the contribution of men and money to the army, they are untouched by the iron hand of war. .In men and money they have all made large contributions to the public de fence; but not one of them, with the excep tion of North Carolina W vLT the mark of Virginia. The noble State of North Carolina has furnished thirty reei S!f UnsurPassed by any troops in the w orid, and has neither blustered at other states or bragged of her own gallant gen erosity It is unfortunate that a similar Bpim has not been manifested ia all. parts uuicueracy. xce indulgence of an unnecessary vanity in any quarter, or even unfounded pretensions, would never have in auced V u-ginians to present the unanswera ble fact of the case to public view, did not reasonable self-respect compel them to do so. We all well know that modesty and silence are the best heralds of grand actions, and w'1ing1y leave the part taken by the btate of Virginia in this memorable strug gle to the justice of history. But a system ot mean viliification and misrepresentation a- j State' created by some ill-begotten individuals, has become so common, is doing so much mischief among the ignorant, and is producing so much irritation and pain to ourselves, that it is quite impossible to bear it longer. Rich. Examiner, mh. " In a subsequent article the Examiner says that Louisiana, with a population of 700, 000, has 17,500 troops in Virginia, Missouri, Flor ida &C and 5000 in the State, organized and under arms 22,500in all. A Humorous Statement from a Prisoner of War-Old Scott Takes the Oath. The New Orleans Sunday Delta publish es the following from Asa Hartz : War is a big thing ; and I have a good right to say it. For haven't I been to the war ! Didn't I fight, bleed, and have the narrative of my coat violently, ruthlessly, and murderously abbreviated by the san guinary aword bayonet of a bloody New York Fire Zouave ? Wan't I taken prison er by the same Zouave, at Bull Run, and unceremoniously ushered into the presence McDowell ? War is a big thicg, and I desire to stand to the assertion. It matters not how Klubs and I chanced to be at the battle of Bull Run. Wo were there, on business of mv Uncle Davy and that is sufficient. Whilst Klubs and I were seated in a tree, and indulging in loud huzzahs of gen eral glorification at the defeat of the-Federalists and the triumph of our army, we were surprised by the of the " pet lamb" style, who presented uwiw.ttwujl their pieces, and gave us choice of 44 coon ing it" down the tree, or having our de scent to terra firma accelerated by the ad ditional weight of three ounces of lead. We cooned it down ; and it was then I iost the appendage to my coat, which the Zouave kept as a trophy. Klubs was ferociously and cruelly sepa rated from me, and taken I know not where. In utter defiance of all military rule, I, Asa Hartz, was forced to step 30 inches at each stride, for a distance of four miles, until, with my captors, I reached the quarters of the puissant McDowell, who backed the Federal troops in their at tack and led them in their retreat. The McDowell then asked me who I was. I told him I was Asa Hartz. He dismissed my captors, and told me he would be compelled to send ine on to Washington, as he had been instructed to seoure me, dead or alive, and at the haz ard of his entire division. In view of the vast importance of the affair, I kindly ad vised him to rip ahead. I was immediately sent to Washington, under a guard of fourteen Zouaves and two bottles of brandy, and was ushered into the presence of Gen. Scott, who happened to be taking the oath of allegiance at the time. The old General was delighted to see me, (he is a son of Malta,) and immediate ly informed the Lincolns of my capture. They lost no time in coming to Scott's headquarters Old Abe, Mrs. Ln and the veritable Bob, (all sons of Malta.) My status in the order gave me a passport di rect to'their best feelings, and I was not only allowed to go at large, but was invi ted by Gen. Scott to make his home mine. He also assured me that this grand army would immediately inarch on to Manassas, and that I should be the first rebel, not in the Confederate army, to hear of the de feat of my countrymen. " Bully !" said I. And old F. & F. was soft enough to think I didn't know some thing. With the pious ejaculation, "Oh I my country 1" he immediately proceeded to take the oath of allegiance again. I left the General and took a stroll with Bob. Bob talked freely about the nation al troubles, and wound upbv telling me he didn't care a continental how things went, so long as the old woman had the run of the old man's rhino; and if Jeff Davis wanted totake possession of .Wash ington, ail he asked was that the family be permitted to leak out before the Confeder ates got in. Then I was allowed to go where I pleas ed until Sunday morninar, the 21st July, when I was summoned to the presence of Scott. . 44 Asa," said he with his foot in a buck et of ice water, 44 look at the dispatch which I have just received from our brave General McDowell. Don't you think yonr Jeff. Davis, (here a horrible pain seemed to strike the old man,) and your Beaure gard, and your Johnston had better sim mer down I Do you think they can stand before our brave 60,000 I didn't have any better sense than to tell old F& F. I thought they could. r read the dispatch, however, which was as follows : .. . Just This Side Stoxr Bridge, 8 a. m. To Gen. Scott : We are moving along slowly and surely, taking masked batteries wherever we can pick them np. We ex pect to be in Richmond 165 miles this afternoon, in time to adjourn the Confed ate Congress. Fifty members of the Uni ted States Congress are with me. They pleaded so hard for permission to see the rebels run that I have concluded to let them enjoy that privillege. (Signed) IRYI!, McDowell. Gen. Scott had just finished cursing Gen. Wool, and taking the oath of allegiance, when his messenger brought him the sec ond despatch, which was as follows : Just This Side Stone Beidge, 0 a. m. To Gen. Scott : Just took a masked battery and captured two wheelbarrows. On this capture I think a series of events will turn. Scoutsreport to me that there is a large force of rebels just ahead. If this be true, you may tell that rebel, Asa Hartz, that he will have a sight at the scalp of his General, Beauregard, in Wash ington, bv 9 o'clock to-morrow mornino- (Signed) McDowell." Gen. Scott grinned audibly at this des patch, and took the oath again. He had not finished before the following despatch was received : Stone Bridge, 9 J a. m. To Gen. Scott The scout's report is true, we have opened fire with our cannon on the rebels. They have not returned it. I calculate they will surrender. If you have no objection, I shall stipulate the terms of surrender. (Signed,) McDowell. P S. In answer to my demand to sur render, Beauregard says he will' see me d d (dead) first. They have opened fire too, and would you believe it, General, the enemy actually put balls in their guns; a proceeding on their part to which my men seriously object. (Signed,) McDowell. Stone Bridge, 10 a. m. To Gen. Scott A drummer belontrino to the Confederate Zouaves has deserted to our side. He says the rebles have a force now against us of about 675,000 men. He is quite an acquisition to' our ranks. (Signed,) McDowell. Gen. Scott pursed his lips and asked me if our Zouave drummers had anv very very general reputation for truth. I told him that not one of them had over been known to tell a lie. Where did I suppose Davis could have mustered up 675,oOO men ? I answered that over two million men in the Confederacy had offered their services to President Davis, who wouldn't receive thern, because they had offered the govp.imflnrr.xpensesandqnjy SJ1 the Federalists they killed. Gen. Scott drank some sherry and proceeded to take the oath again, when the messenger ar rived with the following despatch : Stone Bridge, 1 P. M. Gen. Scott : Senator Wilson is fixing up a big dinner at Centreville, to which I am invited with my staff officers. He has some twenty-four baskets of champagne on hand to wash down the savory viand?. Shall I send you a " hasty plate of soup ?" Expecting to take breakfast and dinner in Richmond to-morrow, I have bills of fare for the meals printed. The dishes are ex clusively French, and will be the best to be found in this rebel State. (Signed) McDowell. Gen. Scott shed tears when he came to that part of the dispatch which spoke of the dinner. But he stifled his sob?, took the oath again and received the following: Stone Brige, 3 P. M. To Gen. Scott : That Zouave drummer has played us a mean trick. The scoun dred has originally deserted from our side. The Confederates wouldn't have him, be cause he was filthy. As he had the seven years itch, they gave hira eighty-five cents to come on our side again and give the disease to our soldiers. After mixing with my men, and giving the itch to two whole regiments from Connecticut, he managed to pass our lines, and escaped. As a con sequence of this, the regiments above named have taken to the woods at full speed, and are scratching and rubbing themselves against the bushes as they run. Nor is this all. The itch ha3 spread throughout ray entire force, and the army is becoming demoralized; so much so that I should not be surprised if my entire force should be taking to the woods before night. I regret also to inform yon that the rebels got hungry and captured Sena tor Wilson's dinner, just as he was about to send for me to help him eat it. (Signed) McDowell. "Orderly ! bring me another tub of ice water, immediately!" thundered the old General, as he threw down the despatch. 44 Bring me my oath, too I" be added, and again Lwore to support the Federal Gov ernment, Bob Lincoln laughed all over. Another despatch came in Just Outside Alexandria, 7 P. M. To Gen. Scott : The enemy is run ning; but we are before them. My division is making splendid time and long tracks, with the prints of their heels towards the rebels. The Zouave drummer has raised the devil with ns. I have got that infer nal itch myself. 1 ' (Signed) McDowell. . Words cannot give an idea of Gen. Scott's wrath as he manifested on this oc cation. ! He ordered me from his quarters, and doubtless would have had me confined if Bob had not taken me away speedily. I am still in Wrashington,and although no one but Bob will talk with me, I can gather a good deal that's going on. Jeff. Davis is expected here every moment. Lincoln has got Lowers balloon all ready, with that Herring Patent Safe attached to it" The first Confederate bayonet; that shows itself in Alexandria will be tho sur- nai 10 cuitne ropes and Old Aba will swing off into space. Mrs, Lincoln has gone to Utah, and Seward hasn't been seen to-day, -i . , , i I am informed that some Coufodeiate colporteurs got into the ranks of the Fed eral army and distributed among the sol diers tracts containing the Parable of tho Prodigal Son. It raaek be if z am lowed to judge by tho number of Yankee ; skiers ho have suddenlykcovered that they have fathers, and are willing to re- -turn to ther homes. " ' Asa Hartz. A Drunken Father. A correspondent and agent of the Chil dren's Aid Society rdaUs some revolting cases of degradation and inhumanity, result ing from intemperance, which he ha witness. . ed in the dens of that Sodom and Gomorrah of America-NWTork-afy.WS hTvTbut room ibra single picture, that of a "Drunken Father." It is enough to make the blood boil and stir the heart of humtnity to iti core to read the recitals of the abject mise ry and brutalized degradation of the helpless wife and worse than orphined children of the once loving husband and kind parent, trans, formed into a brute by the mad passion for strong drink. When will the people a wake to the necessity of driving oui from their midst the men whose trade it is to destroy happiness and blight integrity ? A Ion- L grogshops ire allowed to exi so long will be chronicled the recurrence of this sad hu man picture. Look at it : 44 1 meet too many cases of poverty caused by intemperance. Deserted wives and chil- Smt ?hccrueIt of" of these men W?off?0,extfnuation- In house on Pitt street I found a poor woman with a fam dyof six ch.ldren.all pretty littfe girls -There was an expression of intense and sct Oed sadness m her pale feature, as sh ld -hntrTTJ7ly h-d i a tailor," but alas, g,r he loves the dram more than T . 119 always have the .uutwuwbq ins work-table. IU hard man in linuor an.i i.t, e is a vcrv that I fear he will kill mc one day in his ger. 1 w ouldn t mind that fru- so badly an- a release but what would the poor children do? He beats them without the least feelimr be lurmeir age, or the tie that should make him protect them. It was only three days ago he struck Emily (afairhaired girl of e even years) with the bottle ah e brought empty from the corner store. When ho is very drunk we have to fly from the house f i W,tA-thG. --ghborg. Sometimes I go to .he station-house for protection, and the children have been driven to take ref uge in a low dance-house in the next street ; but that was in winter, and they thought! poor things the dance-house was not a bad place to shelter them, for there was a good fire thee, and they could warm themselves." "-"iter ,0In.e !WZmKiP&Ubtk l..y;--'jaa.'cnitaren ; on the following Sun- uay luuer.muy appeared at the Sunday school with two of her sisters, and enjoyed the exercises very pleasantly. Her clothes were .bad, but I provided her with better and furnished her sissers with dresses I expected them next Sunday, but I saw them not Calling at the house in which they lived, I found that their father had deprived them of their new clothes, pawned them, and bought rum with the money he had .'ot 1 persuaded him some time after to send .mily and four of her sisters to the Children's Aid bociety.andwe have had excellent letiers trom the rescued and now happy girl She is doing well and in a pleasant home. JLhoughtsof her poor Cither, who is a con firmed drunkard, and of her mother, the victim of his frenzy, sometime dim her pleasures, but she has leirned that God or ders all things for the best, and hopes tHat in his mercy he will save her parents as he has saved herself." FOB THE SPIRIT OF THE AGE. Prof. York's Series of Grammars. Mr. Editor : Permit me to call tho attention of the public generally, and of " Teachers in particular, to the above series of School Books. I regret exceedingly to seem officious in a matter of so mnch im portance ; but I do think that Prof. York's books really deserve the special attention of all Southern Teachers who deserve to give their pupils a thorough knowledge of the English Grammar. I am aware that old fofyism js not prepared to use these as Text-books; and, consequently, it wjll make a mighty effort to supply our Southern Schools with a book of its own, filled with learned displays upon philology and obso lete terms which have long since been ex ploded by our grand-fathers. Some will write a Grammar just to be called an c- ihor; others will write because they con ceive themselves to be exceedingly smart ; while a third class will write one npon the score of necessity. Now, my experience is, that no man up to the present time, in the Confederate States, has written as good a grammar as York's ; and I a;a weli satii- " fied that no man now upon the soil of North , Carolina, can write a better one. t'York's books are already written ; and any . school can be supplied by informing him of their, wants by dropping him a line, at ? 44 York Collegiate Institute " P. 0,'X. C, and the books will bo forwaided. It is confidently hoped that Southern teachers will take this matter into consid eration. Prof. York has made himself , blind in aiding the great educational schemes of the State, and now it would be the basest injnstice to throw away his book for one of less merit, and thus expose himself and helpless family to want. . Let it be known to all that Prof. York is a poor man, and depends solely upon the sale of his books for a living. Besides, he is a Minister of the Gospel, who preaches a great' deal without the least pecuniary -return. These facts, while they account " for some very strange and unchristian con duct towards the Professor in certain quar ters, thould enlist the sympathies of the . Clergv and people in his behalf. : INCOGNITO. ' Oca Fkxali Schools. The Greensboro, Tinuiy says: -.. : 4TheFall Sessions of Edgeworth Female v Seminary and Greensborough Female Col ' lege have resumed with very flattering prom ise. These schools ar desert edly poptilar, and we are glad to know that the Religious - Denominations which they represent, ap preciate and ae nobly sustaining them,"V J