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3ST. O December: 1, 1862. No. 15 .. m -- IL "'WS(H(,t'wVi'Vi',i',i,''MH'i,ti'in.ni(Si FOR TUB SPIKIT OF THE AGE. THE YOUHO DRAGOON. "So you leave us today, cousin Willie, to enter the service of your country and to protect tbc loved ones at home from the erne! enemy, who seek to invade our fair land, despoil our homes and degrade us as a people. I part from you with a sor rowful pride sorrow, because we shall miss thee so much in our homes and hearts, and pride, because I know you will reflect honor upon yourself and us, if And the beautiful Cecil Clare hesitated to finish the sentence as though some dread foreboding impressed it as prophecy upon her troubled heart. 44 And arc you really sorry I am going, Cecil ?" The large brown eyes, with their silken lashes, were raised to his own, and Willie gazed into their depths and read 41 Can you doubt it !" . They were a beautiful pair of eyes so Willio thought as he stood gazing thro them into the depths of the little heart below that was testing so close to his own. 'Twas a heart few could read save him. M But that significant, dubious 44 if what wouldst then have said to complete your sentence, eweet Coz ?" " Pardon me, dearest Willie, -while I mako one request of you." You know I can refuse you nothing, ray own sweet cousin, he said, as he took her slender fingers between his own. Willie do you love me f Dearer than life itself.' ' Then by your love for rae I entreat you never to touch the intoxicating cup ? Keraeraber the fate of Archie, my own darling brother, and do not break my heart. You will be exposed to many temptations and allurements in the camp and elsewhere, but 1 feel you will pass through them all, if the cursed Circean cup shall never press thy lips. Dost thou promise dearest one?' Cecil, my own sweet cousin Cecil, I swear it I will nevor touolr thfi ".rloe cup from th hour 1' and mounting tn horso he rode away. Months passed away. William McClure vows of love, aud that of abjuring the in- A 4 vi Aa.ar ' I ' r- n li I -v ' ... . n . m n l L I WAItUHU Clip. X 11 U UlUn T13 tUU L1JUIU !)$? If ($1 If i or ner ra constitution, and for many weeks sue bas been confined to toe sick chamber, where she seemed lingering on , the confines of eternity. . But no letters from her faithless lover, advised of his whereabouts, either tq Cecil or his Richmond lady betrothed. Both had begun to mourn him among the slain at the fearful carnage of South Mountain. After many weeks of dissipation and profligacy bloated so as scarcely to be' recognized a drained purse forced him to return to the army. But on reaching his Company, he found that his conduct was well known. He was broken of his commission and banished from the army in disgrace. We will not follow this recreant Son of. Mars through the wild course of folly that ensued. ' Let us visit the invalid chamber of Cecil Clare in her far-off . mountain home in North Carolina, months after he has disappeared from the ranks of the gallant defenders of his country. As we enter we can but ask, who is this that is smoothing back the soft golden tresses from Cecil's pure cheek, and gazing so intently into her eyes ? Nay, start not, 'tis Willie I Cecil opened her large dreamy eyes and placed them on the sunburnt face before her. Surely she was dream ing ; that couid not be her own beautiful cousin. She placed her thin hands before her eyes to shut out the vision. 4 Cecil,' said a musical, though deep voice in her ear, look up ; 'tis Willie come for you to save him ; take back the of all that ia true and noble. If I lose I eyes in sleep, that night, he had informed . ... v .c - " uiaru 01 nis i mention, to axiom Alice. , , wmr . k 9 and assured the happy lover that now broken vow : and I swear bv the holv powers above never to touch, taste or han dle again. 4 Willie, the time was once when I would have wished to live for your sake; but 'tis past now. The fountain has been broken; the lamp is waning; I cannot live, but I will die for you.' 4 You shall not die, Cecil ; you are too pure, too beautiful, too good to die ; you must stay to redeem me.' 4 'Tis better as it is, Willie ; I could never marry one whose freshness of feel ing was gone, one who had broken his loved any save you. 4 Willie, listen to me : go and sign the never loved her, never had won honors and distinction in the gal- Temperance pledge ; return to the defence of your country ; take it with you and get every one to sign it you can. If I am living when you return I will be yours ; if not, may angels bless you.' Most bitterly did the truant and faith less one repent of his folly ; and resolving to redeem his name and character, he join ed his fortunes with the th Reg., as they were joining the army of invasion lant corn of which he was the beloved Commander. Ho was wounded iu one of the great battles around Richmond and was carried to the elegant and hospitable mansion of Dr. , where he received all the attention that skill and kindness could suggest. His generous host had a lovely daugh ter, who was not sparin in her attentions to the wounded North Carolina Captain un-1 into Kentucky. Most gallantly and brave- der her father's hospitable roof. Softly she ly did he valliant service at the battle of dressed the shattered arm and beguiled Perry ville; but in a heavy and perilous his weary hours with songs and reading charge he fell pierced by a musket ball through the head. Cecil recovered from her dangerous ill ness, but never heard from Willie but once: then a piece of blood-stained pa- of his from her favorite authors. Weary weeks passed by, and the inva lid had been restored in a great measure to his wonted health, and his strong right arm wai ready to wield the sword again in per was handed her by a comrade defence of u country and the fair one, who, now was his aflianced bride. Alas I forjnan's constancy ! And was sweet Cecil so soon forgotten ? No ; at the dim twilight hour, when other memories were busy at his heart, when the large brilliant eyes of his betrothed were no longer fixed on his, ho could hear the soft sweet tones of Cecil murmuring Do you love me, cousin Willie?' And then he would fly and banish memory in the smiles of the beautiful Kdney Belmont. To morrow, and he was to leave, to join his betrayed Virgi his command in Northern Virginia ; and "broken vow" doubtless sealed his to-night wo find the fashion and beauty of life and that of his early beloved. Ti! 1 I ' .1 . 1 - I ! t . I T 11 1 JH 1 1 t in arms, on which was written in trem bling characters 44 Willie dies for his country,remembering Cecil and his vows 1" Cecil's frail and injured constitution sunk under this terrible blow, and she dov sleeps quietly under the balsam fir trees of her native mountains ; while Willie rests become of me. But. Alice. , unsay those words. Your image is blended with all my golden dreams of the future. Why ook so gloomily at my prospects ? Tis rue," said he sadly, looking at his woun ded 1 mb, " I can never raise this arm again : but is not one arm. strengthened ' - w & with a firm reliance! on that God who 4 hears the young ravens when they cry.' sufficient to screen yon from the cold blasts and uncertain storms f this world ! Think, Alice, before you conaigH to despair one who loves you with so passionate a devo- lon. Let the talisman, Love, act as a charm against. those dark dreams you will conjure up. Let us, and in hand,' tread life's pathway, loving and beloved. You wm De my inspirer, my good genius. I will be your shield and protector." What girl who loves can resist such pleading and Alice placed her hand in his as she replied : , 44 W illard, you have chosen, God grant you may never have cause to regret the decision of this hour ! I have laid before you freedom and slavery. You have cho sen the latter. You think me cold and unroraantic. I confess to the latter, for I was ever painfully alive to the stern real ities of life. However, w .en your bright hopes meet with a glad fruition, when your 4 golden dreams' are realized, I am yours. - Willard looked up to meet the earnest, determined gaze of his betrothed, and saw it was useless to remonstrate 44 Well, good bye ! Alice," said he, rising, 4 ! hope when I come again you will be in a more cheerful humor," and stooping he kissed her pure white forehead, bounded over the stone wall, and left her to dream away the soft hour of the deepening twilight;- bball I describe her ? Ah ! Alice Lin ton is gifted jivith a rare beauty. Her large brown eyes which wear a dreamy look are doubly beautiful when lit with the warm sunshine of love, or sparkling with uncon trollable mirth. Lips which seem formed only to breathe holy and beautiful thoughts, seem to have stolen from the coral its ru by hue. And ever aidinon A bright glow and you wonder which is the more beauti ful, that or the delicate rosy tint it leaves behind. Heavy braids of midnight hair add a gentle dignity to her otherwise child ish contour. But not more lovely is this casket, than is the jewel within. She is the only child of a widowed mother, and beauty and in tellectual worth are her only endowments. Suitors she had, many ; but from them all s,he turned coldlv. awav. until Willard poured his tale of love into her too willing ear. And indeed he was well calculated to awaken all the love of such a nature as hers. Young, handsome, talented, his on ly fault was his lack of this world's goods. And his talents were not such as to win fortune, for he was a poet, and although he could bv a stroke of his pen cause heart of Alice to throb with emotion, he was doomed, as all poets are, to a life of toil. But she loved him, and for a time she gave herself up to the full enjoyment of 44 loving and being beloved. But, alas! for human felicity! When our country's rights were threatened, he was the first to offer life and fortune in her there would be no obstacle to their union. They were married.1 In the little vil-" lage church there assembled to witness the ceremony a crowd of loving aud ad miring friends for all loved the gentle Alice, and none but rejoiced in her good fortune. If we could peep into the man sion of Mr. Lawson, now no longer gloomy, but' radiant with the sunshine of joy, , we would see a happy trio. If ever a feeling of regret steals into' Alice's heart, as she glances at Wi 1 lard's left arm, it is quickly dispelled by aook into his radiant faceT and the remembrance that she is so necessary to his happiness. F.S. Henderson, N. C. , How I Lay Me Down to Sleep. " Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my aoul to take." Who aro you, man or woman, for whom this prayer has not old associations ; who hearing its words, hear not too, the 4 memory bell,' ringing up from the golden plains of your childhood, and feels not the soft gales from the morning land of your life sweeping over your soul ? You may be a man now in the pride and strength of your years; you may have carved out for yourself an honorable name, and destiny in this world mayhap you are the owner of broad lands, and proud homes, and your heart has grown hard in its battle with the world. ' But stop a moment, and listen to this little verse, so simple that the merest babe who learns to lisp the words can compre hend them, and so grand- in its sublime significance and faith, that the wisest shall only have learned the true lessons of life when the soul utters them as it did in its infancy; Let us see ! How many, years ago was it! twenty, thirty ; no matter, at-the sound of 4 Now I lay me they have roll ed their massive doors, and you go down through them to the old red one story hg." rou ' "see the little" wintioV online right side, close under the rafters ; ah you slept' a sounder slumber, and dreamed sweeter dreams in that old garret, than you ever did in your lofty chambers, with their gilded ceiling and snowy draperies ; and what matter if vour bed was a straw one, and your coverlet was made of red and yellow 4 patches' of calico, you never snuggled down so contentedly under your spring mattrasses and marseilles counter panes. 4 Now I lay me ;' how softly sleep would come and weigh down your eyelids, as you repeated the words after her : ah ! you can hear her Yery tones now stealing across your heart though it is so many years since death silenced them ; you feel i the soft touch of her hand on your pillow, the j .u .. i i i: : r l ., auu luu muuui iiugeiiug ui ucr &isa upon your lips you break down here, proud as you are the memory of your mother is more than you can bear. If she had had only lived, you would not have been what you now are ; but thanks be to Godv she left you something that cannot grow old and dim, not even in the 1 unspeakable brightness beyond Uhe shining gates the cnnsiian . Beautiful Extract. It Was night. Jerusalem slept as quietly amid her hills as a child upon the breast of its mother. The noiseless sentinel stood like a statue at his post, snd the philoso pher's lamp turned dimly in the recess of his chamber. But moral darkness involv ed the nations in its unenlightened shad ows. Heason shed a faint glimmering over the minds of men, like the cold and insufficient shining of a distant star. The immortality of man's spiritual nature was unknown, bis relations unto heaven undis covered, and his future destiny, obscured in a cloud of mystery, " It was at this period that two formS of etherial mould hovered about the land of "God's chosen people. They seemed like sister angels sent to earth on some em bassy of love. The one of majestic stature and well-informed limb, which her snowy drapery hardly concealed, in her erect bearing and steady eye, exhibited the high est degree of strength and confidence. Her right arm was extended in an impress ive gesture upward, where night appeared to have placed, her darkest pavilion, while on her left reclined her delicate compan ion, in form nd countenance the contrast of the other, was drooping like a flower moistened by refreshing dews,aud her bright but troubled eyes scanned them with , ar dent but varying glances. Suddenly alight like the sun flashed out from the heavens, and Faith and Hope hailed with exulting songs the ascending star of Bethlehem. : Years rolled away, and the stranger was seen in Jerusalem. He was a meek, un assuming man, whose happiness .seemed to consist in acts of benevolence to the hu man race. There were deep traces of sor- u: .i i - ruw ou ma countenance, inougu no one knew why he grieved, for he lived in the practice of every virtue, and was loved by all the good and wise. By and by it was rumored that the stranger worked mira cles, that the blind saw, that the dumb spake, the dead leaped, the ocean modera ted its chafing tide, the very thunder ar ticulated, He is the son of God. Envy assailed Him to death ; slowly and thickly guarded, He ascended. the hill ,cf Cavalry. jjaluT'leanea on uis arm, and nope, co ping her pinions in His blood, mounted to the skies. if ! : : a ...:u , ueieuce. A..ee, iiispacu tu memory 0f a loving, rkatfirvticr vat tromh hri(T with annrp.hpn I junguj, jv v. , ri i mother 1 1 I'll- I 'II i 1 I ' - sion, iiaa ma mm go. j wm noi aescnoe their parting. Its semblance is too vividly Reader, it may be that in the din and remembered by every woman in our land. fln(Ahat n:J&ht aftftr allt von i j a o j on the battlefield where he consecrated his devotion to love and duty by his own life-blood. we know not whether anv ancuish or necks, muinus u u, uu uc , nra , ., , mn n vnnr -Un evil was carried to the home and heart of returned, his lett arm hanging useless at fchinlr:n nf th( R)x-.n-'& ran4ta nf ftnyfti n,s 8lde- . that. CinA'e. morp.u stationprt fttvmnil o Poor AHce to crown her troubles, she thanki -him fothe d of thc Camp near Winchester, Va Nov. 24. Dear Spirit: It is, at this day, a common saying, that a few months camp 1U UCOtl KJJ O U IU C3VS1VA 11 OU bUW IVbJ love of religious society, and interest for the prosperity of Zion, which Ihey in days of peace seemed to cherish. This saying is, in a degree, I have the pleasure to as sert, unjust. I know of no better way of arriving at facts, and detecting falsehoods, than by testimony. My fellow soldiers may tell rae they love their country, yet this is not such evidence as to see them fighting in her defence. Should the wea ry soldier fail to keep the Sabbath under an order from his commander, or in dread of threatened punishment is rubbing up his musket, it is no evidence that the duties he owes to his God are forgotten. But his deportment, his deeds, constitute the most reliable testimony. It was my privilege, a few evenings ago, to call on the few that remain in my Company to contribute something to the support ot the VJuurch to Keep in motion the great Gospel chariot ; and I must confess I was myself surprised, not at thc amount given, but at the willingness to own Richmond in the brilliantly lighted draw ing rooms of his reverenced host. During the evening his intended presented him with a glass of wine, saying 44 Let us pledge eternal constancy to each other, in the bright ruby wine I" 'Only for once,' as he whispered his vow never to touch. He could not re fuse and the glass was drained to the bottom. .. Did cot something whisper in your car, Willie, of Cecil and the broken vow ? Methinks so, elao you would not have started and colored so. Morning came, and with it partings and vows of love and contanoy. But instead of hastening to his regiment, ho took lodgings at a Hotel in the city, and was soon surrounded by wild, dissipated, com panions. Having broken his vow of to tal abstinence, it was easy for him to be Let all his fellow-soldiers bo warned from a similar fate. FOR THE SPIRIT OP THE AGE. ALICE LINTON. 44 You know I love you, Willard," and the voice of the young girl was low and ten der, 14 none the less now that you have lost health and strength in your country's cause, than when we first plighted our troth But, Willard, we are both poor, and in the dim future I see you are struggling with this cold world, weak, dispirited with tho sad disappointments which will come, and I fear when the romance of love's young dream shall have worn away,you will say : If Alice had loved me less selfishly, she would have bid me seek a higher, no- biertate vio. Willard, 1 love vou too bachelor, who, to do him justice, was well worthy of her affection. Her friends had urged in vain for his acceptance. But now her mother, whose heart was set on seeing her darling enjoy the luxuries that wealth alone can afford, interfered her au thority, and bid her forget him. Brave girl ! not to tell her lover of the cora niriud, and thi s exonerate herself ; and j tears fill her beautiful eyes as she remem bers his noble reply. But there was an unnoticed witness of his interesting scene. Herbert Lawson, passing, heard his name cauea, ana invol untarily paused to hear from the lips of Alice thc blasting ot his own hopes. From that moment he resolved to crush out from his heart the love that could never r meet with reciprocation. As he persuaded to repeated .draughts of the dearly to burden your future with the care damning fluid. of me. Nay, do not look so sad. . In af- For weeks and weeks he lingerod around ter years, when fortune shall have crowned tho gambling hells and place of lower re- your efforts, and the past is remembered pntc, scrupulously avoiuwg an contact only as a troubled dream, you will thank with any of the family of thc kind friend who had so faithfully nursed and tended him. But what of poor Cecil all this time ! She had heard of Willie's wound, of the fair ooo who had nursed him. She had heard of his faithless betrayed both of his me iur me ucui&ivu ui tui& uui. "Alice, if another had spoken those words, I should disbelieve them, for many have tempted me to think that the gold of Herbert Liwson has won from me my promised bride. But I will not believe them, for you are to me the personification But come baok, we beseech you, to the old prayer of your childhood. You can not have outgrown that no matter if your hair is frosted with "the snows of life's December, and if your years are three score and ten, kneel down by your bed side, and utter these words, see if some thing of the old peace and faith of yonr childhood does not come back to you, if something of its dew and blessing fall not upon yonr slumber. j And Temember that sooner or later, you must 4 liedown and sleep, when thisprayer will be all your soul can take all that will avail of yonr rank, or wealth, or fame, whatsoever you most prije in this world, which is hut the shadow of eternity. Ah I we shall pass the ' Green threshold of oar common grave proceeded homeward to his grand yet J but the little prayer, the first, it maybe, gloomy mansion, a happy thought struck J that we took opon our childish lips, as we an angel might not nim, for twas one blush to own. 44 And why not!" mused he. "I am old, rich, and childless. If Alice cannot be ray wife, if she cannot bestow on rae the priceless worth of her love, perhaps she may learn to regard me with the af fection of a daughter. " "His resolve was taken, and with such a man as Herbert Liwsor, to resolve was but to perform; and ero he closed his sail out under the solemn arches of the River of Death follows us, a faint, ten der air, from the shores, and when we cast anchor, . . . M The Lord our soala $hall Uke." A dispatch from Fairfax C. H., says th rebel force which destroved the stores and bridges near Manassas numbered 80001 When their approach was discovered a panic ensued among the soldiers. A Wisconsin and a N. Y. regiment threw away their arms rn n I give. The loiiowing is a list : Capt W U tlarrelson 10 ; 1st Incut. M C Davis 5 ; 2nd Lieut, P D Carpenter, 5 ; 1st Sergt. D M Taylor 1 ; Scrgt. George CJauble 2 ; Sergt. W S BUckburu 1; Sergt. EmanuelHouser 1. Corpls. M A Holly and M P Finger i.00 each ; Privates Pinkney Edmond 5 ; W B Bcs, J . F Bess and D H Hus3 2, each ; G J Conner, Jas Keever, John Jonas, Abel Hartzog, Matthew Rey nolds, Lemuel Pendleton, Charles Shall, M L Withers G W Robeson, J R Dellin- ger, C S Martin, Abraham Kaker, Joseph Baker, Jesse Reep, R A Taylor, John La- master, J ; Y, Cavin : M M Hull, L. each ; Turner Cody, Samuel Hoyle 50 cents each; George Hudgpeth 1 ; M A btroup, Co. r9 1 ; The amount raised we send lo lue Rev. A R Bennick, (Jatawba Circuit, Lin coln District, S. C. Conference. We believe it our duty, notwithstanding we cannot join our friends in devotion at their several places of worship, to givo to those who are called as embassadors for Christ, that they may go into all out coun try and break unto our mothers and Bis ters, and our aged fathers the bread of life. While we fight the battles of our country, we hope Brother Bennick with all who are wielding the Gospel sword, may have energy to battle with the powers of dark ness, until the glorious day spring from on high may shine into the hearts and around the fire sides of all for whom we to-day en. dure the privations of a bloody campaign. The health of the S4th is very good. I must close and prepare for a picket of five days. M. C DAVIS, 34th N. C.