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lewis m. grist, proprietor. I a .j'nmiln Jleurspnper: jjfor (he promotion of the political, Social, Agricultural and Commercial Interests of the South. [ TEIisiNGLEToivYTHKEE ^vre!CE' VOLUME 41. YOEKVILLE, S. C., FltiDAY, APRIL 10, 1895. 3STUMBER 20. - CHICKAMAUGA A SEQUEL TO CHATTANOOGA. BYCAPT. F. A. MITCHELL. [Copyrighted 1891, by American Press Associa tlon.] CHAPTER XXVIL THE CHOICE OF A POST. Caroline Fitz Hugh had watched ove: Corporal Ratigan every day since hii avis? Aoi<ofn1 nnrcincf Vinf WUUiiUiii^, auu %JJ vuiviu* MM. doubtless saved bis life. It was not fo: the oorporal to fall in love with hii nurse, for he had loved her ever sinci the day he first met her. When th< visiting party had left the house, sh< went back to her charge, and after i - few words of sympathy at the loss o: his brother, putting out her hand frank ly, and with a smile: "Arise, Sir Hugh," she 6aid. "Yot have been on your back long enough. You must get used to sitting up anr prepare to go to Ireland and to admin ister your estate." "Darlin," he said, looking up at he: wistfully. "It's time you were breaking yourseli of calling me that. You must forget th< Confederate 'telegraph worker,' go hom( and marry one of the daughters of th( neighboring gentry and settle down t< become 'a fine old Irish gentleman, on< of the rare old stock.' " "That's a fine piotureye're makinfo: me, and what'll ye be doin meantime?" "Working for my country." "And haven't ye promised ye woulc do no more telegraph workin?" "Oh, that duty has come to an abrupi ^ T ?1 11 V terminauuu i x suxtxx hoc* aumui^u > again. How con 1(1 I after the sacrifice you and Colonel Maynard have made for me? Besides, if seen within the Fed' eral lines, I should be recognized, and ] v would then deserve my fate." "Ye'd better abandon tho cause." "Never, so long as it is a cause. Sc long as my brothers continue the strug gle I will be with them." "Then so long as the Union array is flghtin ye Oi'll be in its ranks." "You'll do no such thing. You will go home, where your presence is mor( needed?to your mother, to your ten ants. Ireland needs all her landowners such as you at home. That is your conntry. You have no interest here." "And tho United States is your country. Yon have no othe^'' "Rats!" "Darlin!" There was a silence between them foi some moments. Ratigan laid his hand on hers while she was looking, with a pained expression, out of the window. Tt? Vifvr avpk -was a far look. Her com -SPl! "Darlin," he said. panion had strengthened certain donbtf ? which had at times come np to trouble her as to the ultimate success, the real motives which underlay her cause, and with her intense, devoted nature had led her to feel that all this vast effort put forth by her people might in the end avail nothing or would only, if successful, perpetuate a wrong. Her lover saw her troubled expression. He did not attempt to comfort her by recalling whal he had said. He pushed on further. "Darlin," he said, "ye're right when ye say Oi'm needed in Oireland. Go with me, darim. Be me wne. Bee an tnu intense effort, this sacrifice ye're puttin into a cause, which Oi foresee is doomed, be given to me tenants. The estate is a large one, and there are hundreds of people for ye to befriend. There ye can wcrk to a purpose. There yer efforts in behalf of a really downtrodden people will be for good." "And leave my brothers in the midst of this horrid Btruggle? I will stay here till the last gun is fired, till the last blow of the hammer has riveted our ohains." Born and bred in the south, Miss Fitz Hugh had never seen except with sonth? em eyos. Here was a man who was giving her views never before open to her. _ She had a mind capable of grasping them and saw the strength, the solid sense, beneath them when properly presented. "Darlin," said the young baronet, "the world moves on quickly. If yer people succeed in this war, in less than p quarter of a century ye'll either free yer slaves or be a blot on the face of the earth." "Oh, Rats," she exclaimed, "why T ni.Q* Yymat- rnn0 V/anN'n coTartar! flic U1U X f m U1VVV JUU. AVU v~v strength I possessed for my work. I can nover again do my duty as I have done it thus far." "Darlin," he said, drawing her nearei to him, "Oi'll replace what Oi'vo taken. Oi'll give yo other duties, the duties that belong to tho mistress of a fine estate, tho duties of a woman of high degree in a country where birth is respected far more than here. With yotu vigor, your strong impulses"? "Guided by your moro steady light." "Ye may become one of the most influential women in the three kingdoms." In her eyos came that humorous twinkle he had once seen before wlier 6he stood in her buggy in tho road uj in Tennessee and tantalized him for his stupidity in having Deen duped Dy ner. n "It would be nice to be"? w . "To be what, darlin?" m "Lady Rats," and she hid her blushes in the pillow on which his head rested, tc * et The sun setting over Lookout moun- it tain shone directly in tho faces of May- n< - nard and his party as returning from Ringold they rode into Chattanooga. It g< was a glorious Ootober evening, and the " heights towering them, covered by un- b< r seen Confederates, reposed about the tt s town like huge lions watching a wound- p] 1 ed animal, confident that at last it must se f fall into their power. ei s Dismounting before his tent, Maynard di 3 entered it, and there found a letter V 3 from his wife. She begged him to come st J to her if it were possible, and if not to ai ? write to her. He read and reread the it f letter again and again, and then made rc an attempt at a reply. After writing h< half a dozen, all of which be tore up, h: i he abandoned the task in despair. His position was too uncertain. The sen- tl I tence of the court martial hung over di him like a sullen cloud. What could he h< say to her to comfort her? He well r knew that the only comforting she li needed was to know that he was not m f miserable, and of that ho could not as- w J sure her. pi And so matters hung for a weeic. ra 5 Having no duties to perform, the time 111 3 passed all tko more slowly. The Coh- j* 3 federates were sending occasional shells 1E from Lookout mountain, and as they 111 were harmless the reports were some- er thing of a relief to Maynard, breaking 6t the monotony of the 6ilence. He spent 01 1 much of the time thinking of what he 83 would do in case the sentence of the 6 court wero approved and carried into w k effect He formed many plans, which 01 3 were all abandoned. At last ho settled d< 3 down to the resolve that he would go to hi ' the army in the east, enlist under an d( assumed name and await the coming of r some missile to end his career, as he T had intended at Chickamauga. Si 3 One morning an orderly rode up to cc him and handed him an order to report I in person at General Thomas' head- <? ' quarters. Calling for his horse and for 8i his own orderly, Jakey, to follow, he aI mounted, and in a feverish mood darted te 3 away to obey the order. te What did the summons mean? Some- cc 5 thing definite in his affairs had come about; that he felt reasonably sure of. he Perhaps the papers of the court in his hi case had bean found. Perhaps they had aI been made out in duplicate. The latter w supposition was the most likely. His th offense could not be ignored. Indeed he I 1^1 M/vf fn Uorn if innnvn/1 TKA W ^ sentence mnsfc be either set aside or car- re k ried into effect. Dismissal would be far te more desirable than living in suspensa All these matters rushed through his mind while he rode to respond to the Ti summons. The nearer he drew to headquarters the less hopeful he became. After all, was it not absurd to expect m .anything except that new papers had y( been made, the sentence forwarded "ap- th proved," and he was now to be inform- er ed that he was no longer in the army? 01 General Thomas could do much for him, BC but there was not a general in the army Bc who had a high.er sense of a soldier's obligations than he. How was it possi- w ble that so great a leader, so rigid a disciplinarian, one with such high concep- 01 tions, could do aught in his case but A approve the sentence? And now he was P1 sending for him to inform him of his I degradation. ^ I Following this reasoning, by the time w I he arrived at headquarters his expecta- *>' [ tions were at the lowest ebb. He dis- m 1 mounted, and so preoccupied was he that 86 ; he left his horse standing without fasI tening her, but Jakey rode forward and seized tho rein. Maynara gavo his name to an orderly and in a few minutes stood before the man whose Very presence was quite sufficient to strike terror of into the heart of a delinquent. ec But the first face on which Maynard's h< eyes rested was not that of the general. tc Another was there to greet him, one tl who, ho knew, whether ho wore honor- m ed or disgraced, would never love him T. the less. It was his wife. The thought b< flashed through his brain, "She is here se to comfort nie when the blow falls." He wanted to fly to her embrace. The fii impulse was checked. He saw that she ?1 burned to fly to him, but she, too, re- is cfrT?inod hprcplf fnr there. between W i them, towered the figure of the general. ti i Maynard gave him a quick glance, but tii could discover nothing in his counte- to nance to indicate what his fate would of i be. These glances, these surmises, last- to ed but for a moment, for the general th spoke: "I have sent for you to inform you of ar ' your status in the army." to . Maynard bowed his bead and waited. w "The offense for which you were tried," the general spoko slowly and tl impressively, "was too grievous to be overlooked. It would have pleased me 01 i in the case of so brave a man to set it M > aside, but such a course would have con- to doued that which, if it should go unpun- Ci ished, would strike at the very founda- w tion of militarv discipline. In liberating of i t-. > a spy intrusted to your care you vioias- ** i ed a sacred trust aud assumed an au- ta > thority such as is not accorded to any one save the president of the United States." fa Maynard did not raise his eyes from b< > the ground. He knew what was coming, tc and a shiver passed over him. Si "A new set of papers were prepared and sent to me. I forwarded them"? Maynard's eyes were almost starting fr from their sockets. tc "With my approval." at "Oh, general!" gasped the stricken Bi man, catching at the tent pole for a sup5 port. Laura could with difficulty keep i her seat, so eager was she to fly to him. y< ) "They have also been approved by the s president, and you have been dismissed om tne service or the "United States, ith forfeiture of all pay and emolulents." Maynard tried to speak. He wished > say that he could not complain of the intence?that, considering the offense, was merciful?but his tongue would at obey him. "So much for your punishment," the meral went on after a slight pause. There aro other matters, however, to i considered. These <*re your youth, le circumstances under which you were laced, the voluntary sacrifice of yourilf made to save another and in obediA?tr?? i?foHnti nf rnnr nty in repaying a sacred obligation. 7hile these considerations do not deroy the act or its pernicious effect as 3 example, they show conclusively that did not spring from base motives, but ither in obedienco to a strong sense of mor, which a soldier should hold in ighest esteem." When the general began to speak of lese palliating circumstances, Maynard id nut hear him. As he proceeded, jwever, his attention was arrested. "Furthermore, there are your brilant services, both as a scout and yet ore recently in tho battle through hich we have just passed. I have taken iins to learn of your services in the inks on tho 19th of September and was yself a witness to your gallantry on 10 ridge on tho 20th. I cannot find it i my heart to fail in my acknowledgeuts to any man, however ho may have red. who encaged in that desperate ruggle, which was a turning point in ir fortune and may be said to have ived us all from rout or capture. "Besides for more than a year I have atched your career with interest. I n suro that you are possessed of unmbted military talents, perhaps of a igh order. I believe it to be true wisjin on the part of the government to itaiu those talents for the country, berefore, in tho interest of the United ;ates and for gallant and meritorious induct at the battle of Chickamauga, have suggested your name to tho presimt for tho appointment of brigadier meral of volunteers. A batch of such jpointments, including yours, was yesrday sent to the senate, and I have a legram announcing that they were all infirmed." Suddenly it seemed as if there had ien a loosening of invisible cords that id been holding husband and wife >art In the fraction of a second they ere locked in each other's arms. Tears, ie usual mode of expression of deep feelg in woman, did not como only to the ife. Yet in a measure tho sexes were versed. Laura was more smiles than ars. Maynard only wept. S<">ou remembering in whose presence ) stood, Maynard disengaged himself, arning to General Thomas: "General," he said in a broken voice, [ cannot?thanks are nothing?time ust show how well I appreciate what >u have done. Is there another man in ie army who could afford to take so ilarged a view in such a case? Is there ie with so farseeing an eye, 60 keen a use of a soldier's duty, tempered with > kind a heart?" Maynard paused for a moment. Then ith a sudden burst of enthusiasm: "But who shall reward the man who 1 that terrible day held together the rmy of the Cumberland? Can the Ant/l/vnf V?Apfrt*Tt o *1 nrlfinnnfo **0 T"1 Lr 9 I ,UOlUCUb UCOIUYY UU au^uuvv &uuat fould the title of full 'general' avail? ol It is for the people to reward you ith a title, not given by an individual, it by the common consent of vast asses?not only for a day, but so long i there 6hail be a history of this war? ie Rock of Chickamauga." CHAPTER XXVIII. A SINGULAR CEREMONY. Laura Maynard, after a long period ' solicitude as to her husband?detainI at homo by a temporary illness of 3r child?bad at last found it possible i go and seek him. She had arrived on ie morning of the news of his appointent and at once sought General bomas' headquarters. There she had sen informed of the status, and a mesnger was at once sent for her husband. Leaving the tent where Maynard had est been plunged in despair only to be evated to a condition of mind borderig on ecstasy, the two sought a hotel, here Laura could be made comfortable II tho next day, and there passed the me in going over the period since they id parted and rejoicing at the outcome the singular complications which fate id beon pleased co bring down upon ie husband. But all meetings must have an end, id at last the husband, departing, rode his tent. There ho found a messenger aiting for him. " 'Flag of truce' wants to see you on ie picket line, sir." Without' dismounting, the newly eated general rode in the direction of ission ridge and met "the flag" at its ise. There stood a mounted party of onfederates, one of them bearing a hite flag, headed by an officer, a 6on ' the south who spoke every word as lough it were of momentous impornco, never omitting the word "sir." "Are you Colonel Maynard, sir?" "I am, or at least 1 was. I hardly low what I am just now. I should not ) surprised to be informed that I was command all the armies of the United Sates." The officer looked puzzled. "I am the bearer, sir, of a messago om Corporal Sir Hugh Ratigan. He is be married at 7 o'clock this evening ; General Bragg's headquarters on Mison ridge." "The devil he is!" "That is his intention, sir. He desires iur presence." "Whom does he marry?" "Miss Caroline Fitz Hugh." "1 have been more surprised at other announcements, I confess. I don't wonder he invites me to his wedding, since I helped him to a wife." "Shall I transmit your acceptance of the invitation, 6ir?" "On one condition." "Please name it, sir." "I fear it will be unacceptable to Colonel Fitz Hugh, who will doubtless be the host or one of tho hosts. He will not likely yield in a matter of etiquette which I must insist on. " "Colonel Fitz Hugh cannot be present, sir. He is now in your rear with onr cavalry completing the starvation of your army in Chattanooga by destroying your lines of supply." "H'm. I was not aware of any hunger in our ranks. Indeed my request is, knowing that your own larder in the Confederacy 1b not exactly abundant; that the horn of plenty is not burying you like Herculaneum under the ashes of Vesuvius; that the blockade"? "The blockade is not effective, sir," interrupted the officer stiffly. "Has somewhat reduced your wine cellars, my condition is, I say, that I may be permitted to bring half a dozen cases of ohampagne for tho weddiDg feast." "I assure you, sir, that it is not necessary. We are getting cargoes of wine from Havre by a regular line of steamers. It is your own mess tables at Chattanooga that are doubtless bereft of beverages, owing to the fact that our General Wheeler is circus riding in Tennessee. leaving no road or railroad open to you " "Do you consent that I shall bring the w:ne?" "I do, sir, but shall claim for the host, a general officer related to the bride, the privilege of supplying an equal number of cases." "Agreed. I will meet you here at 6 o'clock this evening, when you can conduct mo and my party to the place where the ceremony is to take place. You may bow a9 trATi nlaoeo fhof T cVtall pntlQlflor Ot*J f XX JVU kUUV A UUM?* \JVMU*X4V. the invitation extended to my wife, whom I will bring with me." "Wo shall feel highly honored, 6ir, at Mrs. Mayuard's presence. Am I to infer, sir, that yonr wife has been able to roach you over the burned bridges and trostlework in your rear?" "She has found no difficulty whatever in joining me." Maynard failed to add that Laura had only como a few miles to meet him. "Good day, sir," said the officer, raising his hat. "I shall expect you at 6." "Good day. I will be on time." And each rode away in the direction of their respective camps. Maynard's offer of the wine had coir e about in this wise: Jakey, during the previous week, had been investigating such empty houses as he could find in Chattauooga and had loaded himself down with knickknacks, such as china ornaments, pictures, crockery, outlery, including even daguerreotypes. On one occasion he thought ho had discovered a box of muskets. This he reported to Colonel Maynard, whom he persuaded to go with him to a cellar near by and n, Knareh for concealed arms. The muskets were found, besides half a dozen cases of champagne, which had doubtless been there 6iuce the beginning of the war. Upon leaving tho picket line Maynard rode to tho house where ho had seen the wine and secured it for the evening, placing a guard over it. Then he went to tho botol and bade Laura get ready to attend a wedding. There was consternation in tho Confederate camp when the < .licer returned with tho information that tho Yankee had tried to bluff him by claiming the privilege of bringing champagne with him, and that ho had claimed tho right for tho hosts to furnish an equal amount The tolegraph was set in motion at once, directing search to be made in all the neighboring towns for the required beverage. Dalton, Cleveland and other points were ransacked without success. About 2 o'clock in the afternoon, as despair was settling on the Confederates, a telegram was received that some champagno had been found in Atlanta The authorities there were directed to send it by special locomotive, marking it: "Ammunition. Forward with dis' patch." At 7 o'clock Maynard, accompanied by Laura and Jakoy, who was always with him, besides a wagon containing th'e case of wine, were at the appointed place on the picket line, where they were met by the Confederate "flag." Transferring tho wine to the backs of pack mules, all started up the side of Mission ridge to General Bragg's headquarters. As they approached the crest a body I .1 i._ ?QC-?? ? on<rtoIno^o I OX V>0QI0Cl6rUH6 ULLLUUrD, n uaYa*vMuw | in gray and gold lace, rode out to meet them. They were received by the relative of the bride?an uncle?referred to by the officer who brought the invitation. He was an oldorly man, of a dignified and serious mien. The party were conducted to a large marquee set up for the wedding feast. There they alighted, and the wine was unloaded and carried inside. A few minutes before 7 o'clock the guests were conducted to a knoll, on the summit of which had been erected a canopy of flowers, and where stood a group of Confederates of high rank. On the eastern horizon stood the full moon. Below to the east was the battlefield of Chickamauga. To tho west, the Army of tho Cumberland, besieged in Chattanooga, on half rations. As the guests approached, the groom, still in his uniform of a corporal, attended by his best man?a Confederate noncommissioned officer of good family, detailed for tho occasion?was seen moving from tho north toward the knoll. At the samo moment the bride, attired in a dress made of acoarso wliito stuff, mauufactured in tho Confederacy, and attended by several bridesmaids, who had come from a distance to officiate, approached from tho south. Tho two met on tho knoll under tho canopy. An officer of high rank, who was also a bishop in tho church, stepped forward, and Corporal Sir Hugh Ratigau and Carolino Fitz Hugh were made one. The only lamp to light the nuptials was tho round moon in tho east. Tho only canopy, save that composed of flowers, was tho broad .ilmrp. in which the stars had only just appeared for tho night. The only wedding bells wero occasional booms from gun9 on Lookout mountain. Tho ceremony over, tho bride and groom repaired to tho marquee, lighted with candles, where they took positiou to receive the congratulations of tho company. All gave way to Colonel and Mrs. Maynard, who offered theirs first. "We must give you up, I suppose," said Laura to the bride, "just as we would like to know you better. You go abroad, I suppose." "No, I remain here." "But Sir Hugh will go?" "Yes, as 6oon as he can get his discharge. He goes to Virginia from here, where he will pass through the lines to Washington and will put his case in the hands of tho British minister. He anticipates no trouble in gotting a discharge from the Federal army and hopes to sail within a month for Ireland." "And you?" asked Laura, in some surprise that the bride could bear to part so soon with her husband. "I? I remain with my people till the last gun has been fired. We have argued that question, and such is my decision." "Moi decisions," observed thegroom, "aro a thing of the past" Leaving the newly married pair, Colonel Maynard approached the master of ceremonies, the bride's uncle. "General," ho said, "I esteem it a privilege that you have waived your right to furnish all the viands for the wedding feast and have permitted me to contribute. There," pointing to the boxes of wine he had brought, "are six cases of champagne, which I beg you to accept as a contribution from the Army of Chattanooga." At a signal from the officer addressed a negro removed a blanket covering a dozen boxes in a corner of the tent, which had come a hundred miles and naa not Deen in position tea iuhjuicb. "I see your six coses, general, and go you six cases better." "Having no further resources at ^hand," saidMaynard, bowing, "I retire from the game." "Hannibal," said the Confederate, "you may advance the force in the first box to a position in line on the table." "Yes, sah, " said the person addressed. And seizing a saber standing in the corner he unsheathed it with a flourish and pried open a box of the wine. In a moment a dozen bottles were standing on the table like a platoon of soldiers. "Now, Hannibal, you may fire the opening 6hot." Hannibal broke the wires, and a "pop," a far more welcome sound than those that had been so recently and frequently heard by all present, announced that the feast was not only set, but begun. "I must apologize for our glassware," said the master of ceremonies. "Our champagne glasses were all shattered by the concussions at Chickamauga." And well be might The array consisted of tin caps, "wooden cups, glass cups and tumblers, all either cracked, broken or dented. And as a circle was formed to pledge, the bride and groom one Confederate screened himself behind his comrades to avoid being seen drinking from a gourd. When the contents of 18 cases?a regiment of "dead soldiers"?lay on toe table, the guests prepared to depart The last words had beon spoken by General and Mrs. Maynard and by Sir Hugh and Lady Ratigan. Jakey, who had thus far wandered about unobserved, though not unobserving, stepped up to the bride and groom. Though ho had not tasted the wine, his eyes glistened with intoxication at the union of his two friends, whose attachment he had noticed from the first "Miss Baggs, air you uns 'n Sir Rats goin ter ride roun Tennessee some more In the chicken coop?" There was a burst of laughter from the party, and Lady Ratigan, with a blush, informed Jakey that the chioken coop was broken in pieces. "I didn't know nuthin 'bout that Reckon Sir Rats'd find it handy in Ireland. It's kind o' funny you uns startin out way up by th' mountings 'n fetchin up down hyar, nigh outer th' Georgy line." And Jakey surprised the company by giving the only "ha, ha" that had to this moment ever been heard to issue from his serious lips. As the guests descended the side of the mountain a cheer was heard in the direction of Chattanooga. They stopped and listened. A man rode out from the Union picket line to meet them. "What's that cheering?" asked General Maynard. "Ole Pap's in command of the Army of the Cumberland." THE ENT>. fiST Mrs. Fogg always tries to say the proper thing, but does not invariably succeed in saying it. Her husband had been very ill all the winter, and her pastor had visited her several times. As spring approached the sick man grew better and on one occasion, while the reverend gentleman was in the house, he took occasion to congratulate the woman on the condition of her husband. "Yes, John has been pretty sick," said the wife mournfully, "and I was afraid he wouldn't see no more hot weather this side of eternity.' sjtlisrcllanraus ratling. THE TONE OF VOICE. It is not so much what you say, As the manner in which you say it; It is not so much the language you use, As the tones in which you convey it. "Come here!" I sharply said, And the baby cowered and wept; "Come here!" I cooed and he looked and smiled. And straight to my lap he crept. The words may be mild and fair, And the tones may pierce like a dart; The words may be soft as a summer air, And the tones may break the heart. For words but come from the mind, And grow by study and art; But the tones leap forth from the inner self, And reveal the state of the heart. Whether you know it or not, Whether you mean or care, ttontlnnouu kmdnPMs love, and hate. Envy and anger are there. Then would you quarrels avoid And in peace and love rejoice, Keep anger not only out of your words, But keep it out of your voice. Do We Ever Keally Forget Anything??The brain of mankind has been defined as a kind of phonographic cylinder, which retains impressious made upon it through the medium of the senses, particularly through the eyes and ears. If this be true, memory must depend for its intensity or retentive qualities upon the degree of observation with which the record is made. Nor is this all. If memory's record is kept in the shape of indentations upon the folds of brain matter, are they ever entirely effaced? In other words, do we ever really forget antbiug? May it not be that in the inner depths of the brain memory has stored up recollections of things which are never again purposely returned to, perhaps, but which instantly spring into being and flash through the mind whenever we hear or see something which recalls them ? There are several well-known mental phenomena which strengthen the theory. We know that memory often brightens during the last moments of life, and there are cases on record where Germans, French, Spaniards and others, who, upon falling sick in this country, scores of years after having entirely forerotten their native languages, recovered and used them upon their death-beds. There is a theory that in all such cases the braiu folds have relaxed, just as do the muscles and cords of the limbs and body, and that by so doing they expose to the mind's monitor indentations (recollectiousj which were long since folded up and put away as material that could not be of any particular use. Think of these things. Flag of Truce.?It would be hard to find a more amusiug instance of the beggardly condition in which soldiers of the field are sometimes found than that given years ago by General Gordon, in an account of the various scenes connected with the surrender of Lee's army. When General Gordon determined to send a Hag of truce to General Sheridan, he summoned Major Hunter of his staff, and ordered him to carry a flag of truce forward. "General, I have no flag of truce," replied Major Hunter. "Get one," said the general, curtly. "General," he replied again, "we have no flag of truce in our command." "Take your handkerchief and put it on a stick and go forward." "T hnvp nn handkerchief, treneral." "Borrow one, and go forward with it." "General, there is no haudkerehief in the staff'." "Then, major, use your shirt." "You see, general, that we all have on flannel shirts." At last one man was found who still had a white shirt; a part of it was torn off, and with this remarkable emblem tied to a stick, the major went forward toward the enemy's line. Can This he True ??A preacher came at a newspaper man in this way : "You editors dare not tell the truth. If you did you could not live: your newspapers would be a failure." The editor replied, "You are right. And the minister who will at all times and under all circumstances tell the whole truth about the members of his church, alive or ueaa, win nor occupy rne puipit more than one Sunday, and then he will find it necessary to leave town in a hurry. The press and the pulpit go hand in hand with the whitewash brushes and pleasant words magnifying little virtues into big ones. The pulpit, the pen and the gravestone are the great saint-making triumvirate." And the minister went away, very thoughtful, while the editor turned to his work, and told about the surpassing beauty of the bride, while, in fact, she was as homely as a hedge fence. 60" Father?Now, see here! if you marry that young pauper, how on earth are you going to live? Sweet Girl?O, we have figured that all out. You remember that old hen my aunt gave me? "Yes." "Well, I've been reading a poultry circular, and I find that a good ben will raise 20 chicks in a season. Well, the next season that will be 21 liens, and as each will raise 20 more chicks, that will be 420. The next year the number will be 8,400, the following year 168,000, and the next 3,3G0,000 ! Just think ! At only 50 cents apiece we will then have $1,680,000. Then, you dear old papa, we'll lend you some money to pay ofT the mortgage on this house."?New York Weekly.