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BY G: B. SWEAKINGEtf.
""Westward tie Star of Empire takes its "Way."
VOLUME I, NUMBER1 XVftl
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MAJRYSVEDIjE, KANSAS, SATUEDAY, JTJXY 26, 1862-
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"Still, in thy Drcam-laml. Pocy,
Oh what a Heaven of beauty hea ;
fairer than the blended glories
Of a thousand sunset skies.
Meada and vales of tempe stretching
('Neath soft side of changeless blue,)
O'er whose velvet sod are clustered
Floral Gems and Pearls of dew."
THE BITTER CUP.
The prayer of Ajax was for light;
Through all that dark and desperate fight,
The blackness of that noonday night,
He ask'd but the return of sight,
To see his foeman's face.
Xet cur unceasing, earnest prayer
Be, too for light for Btrength to bear
t)ur portion of the weight of care,
That crushes into dumb despair
One half the human race.
O suffering, sad humanity I
0 ye afflicted ones who lie
Steep'd to the lips in misery,
Longing, and yet afraid to die,
Pati ent though sorely tried,
1 pledge you in this cup of grief,
W ere floats the fennel's bitter leaf;
The Battle of our Life is brief,
The alarm the struggle the relief
Then sleep we side by side !
Weary of perfidy, weary of wronjf,
"Weary of hate where love should belong,
"Weary of falsehood, weary of strife,
Weary of tenderness struggling for life,
Weary of words that meaningless flow,
Weary of bosoms as cold as the snow,
Weary of waiting in darkness alone,
Weary of decking an empty throne,
Weary of friendships measured by gain,
Weary of longings but fruitful of pain,
Weary of selfishness strengthened by years,
Weary of sighing, weary of tears,
Weary of callousness, weary of guile,
Weary of treachery veiled in a smile,
Tearfully, fearfully, weary of breath,
Tearlessly, fearlessly, waiting for death.
THE POOL AND THE BROOK.
How silently itslumbereth,
The deep and lonely pool,
Without a ripple on its face
To make its shadows cool. .
While from it trills a noisy brook,
With wavelets sparkling bright,
Whose shallow, waters waste and dry
, When summer's at its height.
The one, like great emotion, deep
' Within the silent heart;
The other, trifling feelings, which
Dry up as they depart
Warm with a rapture not its own,
The heart of woman feels !
A she who by Samaria's well
The Saviour's erraad sought,
As those who with tie fervent Paul
And meek AquOla wrought;
Or those meek enes whose martyrdom
QauM Alpine home
w vfwtfSw. trembling, .heard,
Tkrouf han its Tale of death;" "
.tosief triamphpoured ?
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To those obstinate and weak-minded
enough to question the duty and right of
the Government to put down the re Demon
of Jeff. Davis and hi3 guilt-stained fol
lowers, little that could he said at this
time would have any weight. It would
appear quite as futile to present arguments
in justification of the Government's act
ions to those patriotic loyalists whose
hearts tell them that the Union must be
preserved at every cost and sacrifice.
There is -much to be said concerning the
present aspect of affairs that may do us
good to reflect and ponder deeply on.
The past with its sad record of blunders,
temporizing, indecisive deeds and useless
bickerings, should be put behind us, ex
cept as a chart of the shoals and quick
sands we ought now to shun. That the
people are in earnest, and appreciative of
the task before us, is made manifest by
the alacrity with which they have respond
ed to every call the government has made
No nation ever put forth such efforts.
No people ever so utterly ignored self and
individual personal interests for their
country's safety. Yet we must ask, if the
South has been misled and imposed upon
by its leaders, and drawn into a fratracidal
strife to end in suicide, have not we been
trifled with by our rulers ? That far-seeing
sagacity which ought to hae enabled
us to prepare at once for the emergency
has certainly been wanting, and murderous
experiments have well-nigh exhausted the
nation's strength and buoyancy of spirit.
Reckless promises, and assurances of cer
tain success, when delay and disaster have
followed, have rendered the people tim
id, suspecting, almost despondent. "Wea
ry months of laborious effort and patient
suffering, in which we were told that the
end was nigh, have ended in the startling
announcement that the army is not large
enough, that time is yet to be given the re
bellious traitors to perfect their arrange
ments for the defense of their last strong
hold, while three hundred thousand more
troops are being raised nd equipped by
us. While Generals and soldiers in the
field having seen the uselcssness of con
ciliation and the necessity for quick deci
ded action, and the absolute necessity for
making war as war ; and while the peo
ple have given every assura
ernment of their support i
measure adopted for i
find the Tulers far b.
means placed in ounHHHFstriking a
death-blow at treason as though almost by
Divine injunction, are 'unused and almost
ignored. At whose door lies the blame ?
Who is responsible for the nation's tears?
Grief fills nearly every house for loved
ones snatched from life and usefulness by
black-hearted traitors, whose property
thsy were protecting ; whose right to the
labor, lives and souls of men in slavery
they are made to waste their energies and
to pour out their life's blood to maintain.
Must this nation be sacrificed, and the
temple our forefathers reared be laid in
ruins that the " fair chivalry" of the South
may raise aloft their accursed edifice, ded
icated to traffic in human blood, and say
If the country can be preserved without
destroying the institution of slavery, the
people of the North have said, let the foul
blot remain to curse us. But they have
never yet become so debased and groveling
as to consent to the destruction of the Re
public that slavery may live. Yet the ac
tion of some of our Tulers would seem to
say not "the Union, it must' and shall T)e
lpreserved,vbut"wewiilCsaye the institu
tion of negro. slavery totbur ort titers of
the South even atithe sacrifice of life, hon
.or'and country1" ; TT
'slavery go hand" Ink4ind the, proud
people .who hwe . matheir. imtt Jht
their land should ever be the home of free
dom yield to the one, that the other may be
made imperishable. Let us be done with
temporizing and conciliating measures.
Let us strike with a 'quick, fierce hand and
determined hearts. Let us cease to lop
off branches and "waste our energies in
pruning the twigs about the outer edge
of the deadly upas, and let us lay the axe
at the root, then the branches must fall too.
'"Why dam up the minor arteries and suffer
the great canals to convey the life blood of
the heart back and forth? Still the bear
ing of that heart and see if every artery
does not stagnate.
Let the government arouse itself!
Throw off the devilish bonds that plausi
ble treason has placed about it, and, ris
ing to the dignity of the people, carry on
this'war as it deserves to be justly, but
in that very justice mercilessly. Let it
protect the lives of Unionists and patriots
by taking the lives of rebels and traitors.
Let it save the feelings of loyalists by dis
regarding the susceptibilities of disloyal
ists. Let our military authorities banish
from our midst insolent, arrogant and in
decent families of rebels, and preserve in
tact the virtue and good breeding of Un
ion families. And if slavery stands in the
way let it be put out of the way. If the
negroes are to be used against us let us use
them against the traitors in arms.
" Let us be up and doing,
With a heart for every fate,
Still achieving, s- ill pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait,"
And the event will surely find us stronger,
purer and prouder than before. Mot
Peppxb tor Soldiers. An exchange
says : A gentleman who saw and convers
ed with several of the wounded soldiers
who arrived from Newborn a few days
since, says that they told him that pepper
would be one of the most acceptable and
best things that could be sent by friends to
the soldiers, and one that has not been
thought of. Pepper is ah excellent pre
ventive of diarrhosa, which is prostrating
large numbers in the warmer climate.
Ono of the soldiers was a veteran in the
rMexican war. He stated that a liberal
use of pepper had been found very useful
to prevent this disease, and that he had
wholly escaped by the use of it in North
arolina. It is not provided by the gov
ernment, and can only be obtained of the
sutlers at exorbitant prices. The soldiers
advised all who send articles to soldiers to
put in a supply of pepper. It is put up
in tin boxes holding a quarter or half
pound each ; the soldiers punch holes in
one end and thus make pepper castors.
The Nashville Union says: The so-called
Democratic Buchanan and Valla n dig
ham Democrats, we presume Conven
tions, which are now actively engaged in
giving aid and comfort to the rebels, by
passing traitorous resolutions, uniformly
tell us that the country prospered until
Mr. Lincoln got into power. This single
assertion convicts those pretended Demo
crats of the falsehood and sympathy with
the rebels. The country suffered more
harm under Buchanan's than any other
previous administration. 'That adminis
tration was owned and controlled by
Southern Iraitors, who had but two ideas
self-agrandizement and slave propagand
ists To pronounce such a wicked, rot
ten and treasonable administration bene
ficial to the republic, is to betray either ig
noranceor a sympathy with traitors.
In the Senate proceedings on the 5th
inst., we Jind the following: ,
Mr. Lane, of Kansas, submitted the
following resolution, which was considered
by unanimous consent, and agreed to :
Resolved.-Thar, the Presidon nP h
United'States be reauestedto communis
i i it?j. y . . - . r- .
ij lotoeoeaate. tne aaouota -due me
,w -Adnata in weaeTerir, JJepart
ifientitwifch'a Tiew of applying the same
rupee the taxesdlifrom atiitaU-U-4he
General Gtrtrnment. " '. -ur - . i
Plain Talk to the Democracy.
Emancipation and Negro Equality ms
viewed hy Col Forney of tht Philadel
In the campaign that is about to be open
ed against the Administration and the
war, powerful emphasis is to be laid upon
the empty accusation that the friends of
Mr. Lincoln favor unconditional emanci
pation and negro equality. Contempti
ble as this accusation is, it is frequently
repeated by men who, in their heated par
tisanship, forget that they are intelligent
and reasonaDie beings. As usual, the
name of " Democracy" is to be invoked as
cover to this arrant demagogueism. In
other days, before the people of the Uni
ted States were educated bv a sreat war.
vhich overturned old expectations and des
troyed old theories, such a " divertisse
ment'' as this might have passed current
But unless our masses are indeed sunken
into the deepest slough of ignorance, this
attempt to seduce them into wrong paths
will be fearfully avenged. I have a very
low estimate of the leaders who bullied
and coaxed the majority of the Democrats
of Pennsylvania into the support of Breck
inridge in 1860, and who, with all the
treacheries and corruptions of Buchanan
revealed to their eyes and cars, refused to
denounce these crimes. The bloody har
vest of the seed thus sown should admon
ish them against another experiment upon
the supposed credulity of the American
The men in the free States who advocate
unconditional emancipation are very few
in numbers. In the Republican party
they do not number one in five hundred.
There is not a traitor anywhere who does
not know this to be true, evenas he repeats
the reverse. As to negro equality, a sti'l
more conclusive reply might be made to this
silly falsehood. The practical amalgama-
tionists are not in the free States. The
most infatuated Abolition fanatic rarely
carries his free thought into free love.
It is only in the atmosphere of rebellion
that negro equality, in its worst phase, has
been accepted and illustrated. The social
distinction between the races of white and
black, in the free States, is as broad and
clear as it is in England and France,
where, in the face of laws that make no
distinction as to political right, the one
preserves its relations wholly 'independent
of the other.
But why continue a reply to an argu
ment not even believed by those who
make it ?
This war is productive of great nd
new issues. While it adds to the responsi
bilities of the Executive, it reduces the re
liance of the demagogue upon popular ig
norance, and to this extent reduces the
weight of these responsibilities. It would
have been worse for slavery if treason had
taken up arms against a Democratic in
stead of a Republican Administration.
Then the ingratitude of the slaveholders
would have been more keenly felt, and
more mercilessly punished. The Demo
crats, who clamor for compromise now,
and are "blind to' the atrocities of the reb
els, in that event would have discarded ev
erything but the sword, and believed any
thing but rebel humanity. Mr. Lincoln's
Administration is doing only what that of
Mr. Douglas would have done, and less,
had Douglas been chosen President
Results, have sadly proved that if
Breckinridge had beea elected, four years
would have found the Free States without a
country save that which was controlled by
the institution 'of JSlavery. ine rebellion
of 1861-62 is the voice of the devil pro-
.claiming that, in-the event of tht election
of -iSreclannage in xooujuur years woui
haye found a slavenenarchy ! ; ;.
Thpsnsrft DlainieS50Oi.ri ratr need nit
rfietorie to adorn and no witnesses to eon.
firm, them. They, are factiVajsi, facta are
better tba Juiwrj.
The Gravea of the Soldiers on tht Battle
field of Shilob.
Tho graves of many of the deceased
patriots are adorned with running ivy, ev
ergreen and wild flowers, and some few of
them are inclosed in small' log cabins.
A wooden slab denotes the resting place of
many a comrade. Upon tho slabs at tht
graves one often perceives appropriate in
scriptions. The Illinois dead seem to bt
all entitled to this consideration, ' whilt
many of the graves of Indiana soldiers ex
hibit proofs of the frequent visits of
friends. The following is inscribed upo
a slab at the grave of Frank Larmeri,o!
an Indiana regiment:
" Llstc Viator ; Heroem calcas f "" "
Upon the grave of an Indiana soldiei
named H. C. Markham:
"No sound can awake him to glory again."
Four soldiers from Illinois were hurie4
in a romantic vale, and upon their grave a
slab informed me that reposing there weit
In close proximity I saw a grave taste
fully fitted up j a rack fence protected it,
and the epitaph described the remain! at
being those of Henri Muller :
"He died for his beloved coaatry."
Snatches of poetry I discovered apov
many of the grave stones, neatly and ap
The graves of many of the Iowa, Wit
consin, and Ohio regiments are tastefully,
made, but generally unaccompanied by epi
taphs. r. Phila. Press.
Geo. F. Train in a recent speech hat
some hard hits on Brougham :
"The fact is, Lord Brougham is a good
illustration of wisdom gone to seed. Ht
wrote himself out ten years ago and talk
ed himself out before I was a schoolboy.
His range of thought is limited his style
is stiff his mannerisms are painful. Ht
is an intellectual cucumber gone to seed
to ripe for our age we liked him better
when he was green." laughter
u A dozen children may seem a large
family to some folks who are moderate,"
remarked Mrs. Partington, "but my poor
husband used to tell a story of a woman
in some part of the world, where he stop
ped one night, who had nineteen children
in five years, or five in nineteen years,'I
don't recollect which, but I remember it
was one or t'other."
On a tombstone near San Diego, Cali
fornia, the inscription reads thus : Thit '
yere is sacrid to the memory of William
Henry Snakaraken, who caim to his deth
by bein shot by a Colt's revolver one of
the old kind brass mounted, and of suck
is the kingdom of heven."
A tutor lecturing a young man for 'ir
regular conduct, added with earnestness:
" The report of your vices will bring your
father's gray hairs in sorrow to the grave. .
" I beg your pardon, sir," interposed tht
incorrigible, " the old cuss wears a wig."
Why are young ladies kissing each oth
er an emblem of Christianity ? Answer:
Because they are doing unto each other as
they would men should do unto them.
That answer's a libel !
The everlasting pains of the lost cotnt
from a sense of the infinite 'dignity "of am
offended God. The eternal bliss of tht
elect results from the wonderfal goodies
of the Lord, who has crowned mem witk
" I am very much troubled, madam, with
cold feet and hands." " I should suppose,
sir. that a vounsr gentleman who has had
so many mittens given him hy the ladies.
mignt at least Keep nis Hands warm."
1 ' Keen awav from ma.' or -vou'll set mt
on fire." said a follow ta a red-headed eirl.
" No danger of that: you're too greea to
Durn, sne replied. The teliow aieatooei
Mrs. Partington says: "It is a confed
erate shame for the Cabinet people .at
Washington to permit our men-of-war em
die Potomac to hug Hary Land Short at
k nTinnlmnster in -Ireland-adrartiaai
that he will keep Sunday'aehool twice
week Tuesdays ana-fcatturdayt. i
L The safest and machftbe commonest way'
to steal is to Day ana sot pay. '
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