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-V r * -' A#?' ?fo ialnwttu ierall Pv W "" '-.L, . ' y ^ : ! .. " ' -?-+% ? - - ? ^ *" * } PORT ROYAL, S. C? THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 1864. THE PALMETTO HERALD IS 1*1 HUSHED BY 8. W. MA80X & COEVERY THURSDAY MORNING, AT PORT ROYAL, 8. C. Ofiee Sett South qf the Sew Theatre Bviiding. | Terms: . Single Copy Five Cents. One Hundred Copies ^3iKi Per Annan to any Address $ J 00 Payment invariably in Advance. A limited number of ADVERTISEMENTS re. celved at Twenty-live Cents per Line. JOB PRINTING executed neatly and promptly. ? LOVE AND ENTERPRISE. So small a thing as the scratch of a nail sometimes affects the history of a life time. We had ridden ail day at a smart pace, pausing only now and then in the shade of wayside wrest stretches to breathe our horses, Jaded and worn by long travel. We had set out, with high hopes and resolute purpose, to inflict a blow at the very vitals of the Confederacy; and under Grierson's gallant lead we had, so far, swept everything before us, scattering in dismay the bands of rebel troopers marshaled to resist our progress, and leaving on every side the evidences of our avenging presence. Inspired by success, running over with the love o( adventure, we dashed- along?past thrifty field, past scattered houses with affrighted inmates tieering from door and window, past villages too contemptible for our notice? singing, laughing as we rode, careless of present danger, indifferent altogether to the probable liazards of the future. While, however, we had so for been 1 - ?? - successiui ai an pom us, wc uau uui encased conflict and slight loss. At several points. in our excursion we had been sharply engaged; and while many of the enemy had been made to bite the dust, a few of our own gallant riders had been left to keep them company on the field. But notwithstanding all this we swept gayly forward, spreading terror everywhere, even with smiles on our faces and' laughter on our tongues. We had ridden smartly all day, and now in the twilight a detachment of us were sweeping into Enterprise, Mississippi, to the left of the route pursued by the main column. We knew the enemy had concentrated there in some force; but that only heightened onr interest In the place, and with firm and steady columns we chained straight into the town. Before the stars had come out we had fought and vanquished the rebels, and, with our horses picketed in the streets, were foraging for such cheer as we could obtain trom the inhabitants. In the ma'n, thev were by no means the hospitable people we had expected to find them; but we managed, notwithstanding their coolness, to make ourselves very comfortable, taking some liberties, it must be confessed, which probably a strict construction of army regulations would hardly have permitted. But we could not loiter long?it was a long way yet to Baton Rouge?so, alter resting on our horses and refreshing ourselves, we prepared to mount and t>e off. *1 had taken supper just on the edge of the town, with an old man anu his daughter, occupying a neat little house, and had been treated with great kindness. I sakl my adienx, therefore, in my very politest style, and started for my horse, most of mv comrades haviDg already mounted. But I was to ride no more, that time, under Griereon's brave lead. As I leaped toward my horse, in my u lAln mI. nnmisidna A null niYllpPt- ' I1UMC Ml JUIU in J wimiumvi^ -j. ing from the side of the gate caught my coat. Stooping hurriedly and with "a sort of blind impatience to extricate myself from the annoying duress, another sharp point struck me straight under the eye, and with a howl of pain I fell back stunned and bleeding, being blind indeed, for the moment, from the agony of my hurt. m ? An hour after,- opening qy #6yes, I found myself in a pleasaflt little room, lying on a faded lounge, with the old man whose hospitality 1 had shared sitting by me. A candle, standing on a table, gave a feeble light, which made my iace seem spectral in the little look-glass just opposite. In a moment I comprehended the " sit ' - 1 uation, ana tnquireu, nervuueij, ^ "Where are my comrades? Hsvf they all gone ?" " Tea, an hour ago." "And left me here all alone?" Then in a moment I added, bristling, "A^d among enemies ?" / "All alone, Sir, but not among enemies. They didn't know, perhaps, you were not with them. It was dsfk, and they didn't move in much order." Theu, as it'to reassure me, he continue#; " But you needn t be afraid, Sir; we'll lake care of you." \ "But my horse," I said; "what -has become of him ?" "I cut him loose and let him go some time ago; it wouldn t have done for any of the neighbors to have found him picketed before my door. No doubt he has followed the others." Here was a fix indeed. Left alon?, blind, with a stinging pain in my face and eyes, with not a loyal man, probably, in all the town, liable at any moment to he taken out bv some gang'of rebel cannibals, and hung up, or quartered, or buried alive. I had started to ride through the bowels of the Confederacy to Baton Rouge,' but I was likely only to ride into the bowels of some rebel Hades. The old man evidently comprehended my thoughts. "Don't give yourself any uneasiness," .he said. " We haven't forgotten the old , flag in tfn's house f and a glow came over ! his face, "and we will be glad to keep all harm from one of its defenders! | Jane!" "Here, father!" and a moment after the daughter stepped into the room. 1 looked at her more carefully now that I was likely to be her guest for a season. She was a round, rosy little body, with clear black eyes and thick wary hair falling over face, and a soft, cheery tone in her voice that was like music. . "Jane," the old man said, as she came into the room, " where is the flag ? n She slipped out a moment, and then, coming shttly back, held oat to the father a little 'flag with all the stare upon it. He fondled it a moment "We have kept it 8ir, be then said, "hidden away out of sight for two long years. I look at it every morning before I go out; it keeps fresh in my heart the ? 4Un ma/vl /\1/1 1 KaIami UJCUiUI y Ul i LLC vuuu mu miiva uviwiu treason bad tried to blot out itf stars. You see, friend, you will be safe with us if you will only koep out of sight. Well, I teas safe for a time?safe from the rebels, civilians and* soldiers, swarmI ing all round us, but not safe from the little minx, Jane Weston, who sat with me every afternoon in the little upper room where they had stowed me away. My eye was too'much inflamed to permit [ of my reading, so Jane read to me an ! hour or so every day. Of couree I very soon fell in love. I hadn't any thing else to do, in fact; and if I had been ever 90 busily employed, I couldnt have kept my heart from making what 44 raids" it pleased on its own account Jane saw at last what state I was in, and jp-ew shy ?anu rescrvea. out i wan iw uiu u u;?iupaigner to be alarmed at that. I just took her one day in my arms,. told her I loved her from the crown of lier head to the sole of ber foot; that I wouldn't ever fight another day for the Union if she did not consent to be my wife; and, strange to $ky, the shy little creature, overcoming her reserve, accepted me right out, saying. roguishly, 'Not foryonrown sake, John?I only take you on patriotic grounds, so as to secure you to the countTy?for no other reison, I assure you." Of course I had my revenge for this hqpertinenee: but that is neither here ntr there. Late one afternoon the old man?his name was James Weston?came hurried?ly home with a troubled face. \[ ^Somehow," he said, "it has been i fond oat that you are here, and they i>a<m tKwMiAnorl tn hitrn the house over Mr. head for giving you shelter, and to JMg yea forthwith." I had always expected to be-discovered sooner or later, and the old man's communication did not startle me. "All we have to do, then," I said, "is to leave at once." "That is easier said than done," he regKed. "Pickets are every where, and will be impossible to get away." But I thought differently, and so after a time, with many tears, the father and daughter determined to attempt with me to reach oar lines. How much it cost them to ahandon their home and all the precious belongings, to turn their faces toward a strange land and people, only those, who have suffered as they have dbne can ever know; but life was more than estate, and that was In peril every hour they remained. I That night we stole oat under a starless sky, and with such light effects as we could carry, set our faces Northward. Patrpls were all round us, but I dodged ! them all, how I can not tell. For days we traveled on, following unfTeauented roads, sleeping often in forests and fields, telling such tales as we could to avoid detection; and at last, foot sore, weary, j with poor Jane half wild with fever, reached the Tennessee, crossed over in a scow found ready toonr hands., and in the midst of the thunder-storm, that rolled with the noise of a thousand guns along the heights of Lookout, came into Chattanooga. There, very soon, kindly hands soothed our weariness, nursed Jane into health, and rubbed from our lives all the grime and pain of our lqng journey. Then, one rtav I said to Jane. " We are under the old flag now, darling; I am ready, to become its defender again; shall we be married ?" With a blush she said Tea; and a week after we stood up before a chaplain, and with tough General Thomas looking on Ji a- witness, were married; the flag Changing over us, Its stars seeming to 'shine down royal benediction upon our , union. Thus it was that the scratch of a nail got me a wife, and as fair and sweet a wife as any soldier ever won. Three months ago, when Sherman dashed into the heart of Mississippi, putting his hand on its veins and arteries, and one day paid his compliments to the town of Enterprise, I rode with others in the van. Old James Weston's house 1 found standing unmolested still, though weeds were growing thriftily about its door, and disorder appeared every where. They told us a rebel colonel occupied it now as his own; but 1 managed to save it tW?m flpotmnLinn thinking that perhaps some day, when Mississippi is wholly redeemed, the rightful owner may return and set up his altars afresh, with grandchildren of the name of Smith prattling to him as the years grow old. Already one grandchild is his, for last week he wrote me from the home in Vermont, where my dear ones abide, u A fat, bouncing boy dropped into Jane's arms yesterday; and she says his name is to be Enterprise Smith." Mif name is John Smith. But Enterprise and a rusty nail gave me a wife ; ?od it is only fair that my boy, crowing jn his mother's arms away up there in iFermont, should be called Enterprise <4taiUi, -in memory of the day that brought me my fate. Besides, the name may serve him as capital when he comes to j man's estate. The Beacfokt Post Office.?Among the improvements in our town lately, , none, perhaps, is more noteworthy than the change in the post office. Some weeks ago the location was removed from Eyle's corner to the building nearly opposite, on Bay street, between Douglas & Co.'s Military; store and Adams' Express Office. This building has been titted with every convenience to facilitate the prompt disttibution and delivery ot" mail matter. There are 36 lock boxes." "Ol! nnMlurn^ llAVAO olarv DphftTOlA auv& UUIUUUH'U apertures for the box and genial delivery. Dae attention has also been given to arrangements for regimental and hospital mails. ? In the large front room of the office are kept on sale the various newspapers and periodicals of the day; maps, military books, novels, stationery, &c., &c. We commend our worthy postmaster, J. C. Alexander, Esq,,' and his able as-. sistants, Messrs. Candee and Logon, for t heir, taste and enterprise. And their efforts OrO appreciated.?Fne South. . t . * ; 11 ReadinghOld Ana's Phoculmation.? Brigadier-General Morgan informs me of an incident that occurred on his line of operation that is too good to be lost.. While his brigade occupied the ga^ be tween Oak Knob and Rocky Face, a corporal of Co. I, OOtli Illinois, broke from the line, and under cover of projecting ledges, got up within twenty feet of a squad of rebels on ths summit. Taking shelter fipm the sharpshooters, he cried out: " I say, rebs, don't you want to hear Old Abe's amnesty proclamation." "Yes, yes!" was the unanimous cry,. " gi?e us the Ape's proclamation ?" " Attention!" commanded the corporal. and in a clear and resonant voice he read the amnesty proclamation to the rebels, beneath the cannon planted by rebel hands, to destroy the fabric of government established* by our fathers. When he arrived at those passages of the proclamation where the negro was referred to, he was interrupted by cries of " none of your d?d abolitionism. Look out for rocks!" and down over his hiding-place descended a shower of stones and rocks. Having finished reading, the corporal asked: "Weil, rebe, how do you like the terms! Will you hear it again ?" " Not to-day, you bloody Yank. Now crawl down in a hurry, and we wont fire," was the response, and the daring corporal descended and rejoined his command, which had distinctly heard all that passed. I regret to say I could not learn the name of the corporal, for he must get promotion at the hands of Father Abraham and Govern Dick Yates. Queen Elizabeth's Last Lover.?The ill-tavored Anjou pleased Elizabeth more than he did the people. The pulpit echoed with objections made to unnatural alliances; and pamphlets were published of so offensive a nature on this subject that that stationers who put them forth got their hands chopped off for their impertinence. And vet the people, pulpit and pamphlets had their influence, notwithstanding. Anjou came a second time, and tarried several months here, till his patience was worn out, or his power of simulation was at an end. They dallied, and Douted. and caressed, and exchanged tokens, and caused much jealousy, and seemed to be mutually smitten, and finally parted forever. The queen accompanied Anjou stage to stage' to Canterbury; she returned to write sonnets descriptive of her imaginary miseries. And all for a hideous fellow whom his own sister loathed, and to whom his most intimate companion, Bussy d'Amboise, once said, " If I were Alencon and you were Bussy, I wouldn't heve you for a lacquey."? Coart md dety from Elizalxth to Ame.