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THE MAJOR'S STORY.
"Tell us of that adventure of yours in
Germany," said Clayley. '
" Ayo, the adventure in Germany," cried
a dozen voices.
A few weeks found me traveling up the
Rhine, with a large yellowmoustajie.upon
my lip, a staff in my hand, and on my
back a knapsack, such as is worn by all
German students and persons who, in that
country, for business or for pleasure, make
journeys a foot.
When I at rived at Intorlachen, I had
another specimen of my usual luck. The
only public houses in the place were filled
to repletion, while every spare bed in the
village was similarly pre-engaged. In this
state I was told by the landlord that he was
willitigjhat I should occupy a room in a
crumbliug ruin which was attached to his
premises, provided I could put up with a
bard pillow, and was not afraid of spirits.
I accepted Lis offer gladly, and went to
The fatigue of the day had not been
without their efiect upon me, and I was
aoon deeply enwrapped in sleep. From this
I was aroused by the sound of voice3 dis
coursing together in earnest tones, and
raising myself on my arm, I prepared to
listen. The first voice that reached my
ear was that of the postillion who had
.brought us that day to Interlachen. With
Aho second I was unacquainted, but it after
wards proved to beloug to the proprietor of
a rival hotel.
'Josef," said the voice of the postillion,
" do you think all is safe that wo may
now accomplish this deed without fear of
" Certainly ," replied mine host of the
riral hotel, "else I had nut ventured hither
at all. I have not the least notion of put
ting my person in jeopardy, as thou well
"But must the poor devil be killed,
then ?" again asked the postillion, as I
thought, with some tremulous in his voice.
41 To bo sure, or where would be our
revenge ?" rejoined the publican. " I tell
thee, Carl, if I have received one injury
from this bully of the Kaven, I bae re
ceived fifty. And shall I not have repara
" Yes, but I have no injuries to redress,"
" Dost not get well paid for thy trouble,
friend Carl? And if the -shedding of a
little blood be disagreeable to thee, think
'tis Lut the life of ape that thou tnkest,
nnd all thy qualms of conscience will pass
I confess that my blood began to boil
when I heard myself distinguished by this
odious epithet, and nothing but the desire
of hearing these worthies to a close pre
vented my rushing in between them in
vtfhich case one or the other must surely
have fallen. In the meantime, the conver
" But how will we dispose of his body ?"
resumed tho voice of my amiable friend
" Oh ! that is, doubtless, an easy task.
Wo can convey it between us to the old
water-course, hard by Hcinrich Scblosen's
mill, and then it will appear that he has
wandered there during the night and fallen
Oh !the villains, I thought, with diffi
culty holding my breath. A pretty jplace
for lodgers 1
" Do you .know the zoom ?" asked the
voice of Carl.- t.
"Kckito a certainty, but 'tis easy found.
Aud-just at the moment when! was
anticipating an attack, I heard, to my inex
pressible delight,, their footsteps gradually
retreating down the passage., . Before I
could collect my thoughts, there -was a
horrid yell from another part of the build
log, andrthen I became convinced .thatl
was hot tWonly tenant'iflhVrained build
ing. - - . ' -.--
"TheTmarder is aceomplinhed,"w I thought,
r,"aijiow they will coma after me. But
r i will foil you, villains."
' Quick as the thought,! leaped fa ny
"$5 n( efian groplng for my clothes,' bat
thajJjjjerenot there they had undoubtedly
been-abstracted from the apartment daring
rnjr sleep. 'There was no ties e for re&eetiba ;
their tbbt'steps were already echoing upon
the staircase. I rubbed to the window, I
looked from it, and finding that it was only
a few feet from the ground, I dropped not
exactly upon the ground, but into a briar
bush, in the centre of which was located an
enormous hornet's nest. You may laugh,
gentlemen, continued the Major, good, hu
moredly, but to me 'twas no laughing mat
ter, I assure you. Indignant at this un
warrantable invasion of their stronghold,
the hornets mustered their forces, and forth
with fnstened themselves upon all the more
exposed parts of my person.
Frantic with rage and half-maddened
with pain, I scrambled throueh tho briars
as well as I was able, and ran as fast as my
legs would carry me to the house of the
magistrate where I arrived in a few min
utes, covered with scratches
at every pore, from the javelins of my di
The justice was a-bed, and my appear
ance, ' accoutred as I was," before bis
astonished maid-servant, frightened her out
of her senses. She ran un stairs, ssreamin"
" murder thieves !" &c, as loud as she
could bawl. Her master, not being of the
bravest possible disposition, and fancying
that there was just grounds for her conjec
tures, sprang a huge family rattle, and
launched at me from the top cf the staircase
the contents of a washbasin, which had
upon me tho effect of a showerbatb, and
considerably assuaged the pain of my
I turned to flee, .but all escape was cut
off; armed with pokers, shovels and tongs,
brooms, and what not, the household 'hem
med me in, and obstructed my passage. A
monster blunderbuss, considerately pointed
at, me by the master of the house, did not
greatly contribute to my comfort during
this trying scene. At length, overcome by
the accumulation of my miseries, I fell to
the ground, and immediately became obli
vious. When I recovered my senses, which was
some fifteen minutes afterwards, I found
myself lying upon a settee, bound down
with cords and ropes, and still surrounded
by my enemies, who had not relinquished
their weapons, but seemed only waiting the
moment of my recovery to again assail me.
At length, however, (.believing myself al
ready a dead man, I managed to make my
self heard, and recounted to them my ad
venture at the inn. The magistrate now
condescended to descend the stairs, and to
question me in person with regard to my
late mishaps, my answers being taken down
in writing by a notary who lived in the
house, and the whole being conducted with
all the solemnity of an auto tie ft.
By this time they were well convinced
of my veracity, and it being now broad
day-light, my wounds were dressed, some
comfortable clothing was afforded me, and
a party was eotten an for the purpose, of
instituting a search, which I, of course,
The awful moment arrived. All Inter
lachen was astir. We approach the mill
race, and, looking around, I perceived that
not only the inhabitants of the place were
there, but the numerous foreigners were
also abroad at a much earlier hour than
their wont, and were intently gazing info
the water, where a dozen laborers were
dragging the race. -
For some moments "there was an Intense
silence. At length a voice cried out, " We
have.it!" and. the men attached to one of
the boats began to pull up their drags, in
a manner, .which, showed, that some heavy
body as attached. ' A
The crowd "drewi nearer not a syllable
was uttered the magistrate and his func
tionaries were perspiring with agitation.
The drags had reached the surface of the
water there was a cheer from the boat, as
a large .dark body was drawn into rojie of
them; and this was succeeded by a univer
sal roar, a 'perfect screen of laughter, t
The body thus exposed to view was only
that of a landlord's monkey.
This animal a heavy muscular creature
of the Chimpanzee species had been a
great favorite of mine host of the Raven,
and had drawn more than one customer to
his house by, his .antics. , This excited the
jealousy of his rival, 'and hence the bloody
result which followed, r
Major Blossom was greeted at his con
clusion by a hearty peal of mirth, not less
than that which had saluted the discovery
of the monkey, and he was voted on all
bands a capital fellow.
Water fob Hogs. Water for fattening
swine is about as essential as iood. Until
a man learns to do without water himself
he should" not compel his pigs to do with
out such an essential of his life and health.
-Some farmers feed swill liberally: fre
quently hot, but never think of giving
water. Lei 6uch try it, and see how greed
ily the animals 1'willf3rink1 the J pur cold
water after satisfying" hunger upon semi
liquid food. In hot weather, although the
food of pigs is milk, they will reveKin a
trough of jcold water. W e believe that a
fattening hog, Tornisbed-'with plenty of
water and salted liberally, will fatten upon
twenty-five per cent, less corn -than one
deprived of these two essential condiments
oLbisjdryfood. Will farmers try this ex
'r" w ' r' y . j j, $1
Geo. Grant declined Btoppingat the
hotel in: ;Washinton to n receive visitors,
saying, " I am here on business. T want
to finish it up and be off."
EXTRACTS FROM A REBEL MAIL BAG.
Prayers for Peace Terror of Guerrillas Despond
ency of the 'People, &c, fcc.
A correspondent of the Cincinnati Ga
zelle writing trom Ularenden, has had ac
cess to a Confederate' mail Bag of about two
hundred letters, recently captured fn Ar
kansas. He says :
From these I make the following extracts,
trom which it occurs to me that you may
judge of the prevalent condition of affairs
in Arkansas better than I can describe iU
Being from home to relatives' in tho army,
they contain no military interest. -I perus
ed over one nunclred of them, and terror of!
guerrillas., disgust at the continuance of the
war, and prayers for peace, pervade them
all. Most of them are illiterate, many
humorous, some touching, and a few ration
al ; space aliow's brief extracts only.
THE WIFE OF A HEBEL
Officer writes to ber-husband, u Poor 'dear,'
this terrible war has reached ajcrisis, and
must soon be over. Our aspirations were
noble, but, dearest husband, when will we
learn that the South has failed ? I cannot
advise am powerless to help you. Oh how
my heart aches when 1 reflect how vou
must su(Lr for lack of clothing and, all
comforts. If I could weave my heart into
garments for you, I would, gladly, oh how'
cueenuiiy, ao it ; Dut, alas, J. am neipiessj
I can do nothing but pity'you and love you.
It is a reignof terror in Arkansas; I have
less fear, of the Federals than the lawless
guerrillas. I can only love" you and pray
for you. X join nightly and hourly- in fer
vent prayer for peace, and the return' of
the loved ones to the loving ones at home!"
Writes to her truant.in somewhat different
style, but .to 'similar effect : , " i wish yoo
culd cum hoom jim and cee my-noo baby I
had, sense yoju left, ways sten pouns. we
hov the 2 purtest children in Arkansaw. i
named the noo baby missouri ann roberts.
i tell you its a nice, wun. , Our niggers is
all run off to, the bluff: the three boys is
jined Linkin s nigger army. Lord, 'Lord,
how long is these things going tu last.
You an't doin enny good feiten at all, en I
think you orter cum horn en help me with
the baby. I don't think we'll make euy
crap this year then what's pore mee tu
doo. Sally sends howdy. The., hogs is
gone intU'tbe swamps fur 2 wekes."
A PIOCS SISTEat
Writes to a soldier brother : " Parson No
lan is our serkut rider, now. He says that
God has planely promised to be on our side,
and drive the accursed Yankees, 'from off
our soil. Parson Nolan is a splendid preach
er, but it don't look to me as if God was
drh in the Yanks any too much outer Ar
kansas just now. There's one thing I don't
like at all, and that Is this gorilla bisness.
They don't do any good at all, but just rob
everybody. Parson Nolan prayed' agin em
at our house last Sunday, and I was right
glad of it, for that sneaken thief Robinson
was there, and pa says be is nigh onto ,tbe
meanest white man in Arkansas. May
you Jive happy, die" happy, and get into the
everlastin kingdom above."
A FATHER'S OPINION.
" I tell you, my son, this country is gone
up, and the sooner things get righted up
the better for all of us. The citizens that
have taken the. oath have not suffered near
as much as those who have not. In my
opinion General McRea has done ten times
more harm than good, and oply makes the
Teds worse ; botli sides emulate each other
in robbing, iilhng and destroying. What
ever you do, my son. do not come home;
your safest place .now is with the regular
army. The reports you. hear about South
ern soldier being about here are all false.
Celiac's men are no better than gangs of
robber. The Feds are showing them no
A BCSIXESS MAN
At West Point writes to a friend :
" Cotton is selling for.58c. We've made
a good thing of it. But Lord, Ed., you
would think the whole world had gone
crazy .with cattle on the brain. ' Nothing
but greenbacks go now. Con federate money
is not worth a dam. 1 think the whole
Confederacy scheme is exploded, gone'up'.j
. " The Feds. do not regonizo" McRae as
anything but a guerrilla, and show bis men
no quarter for the last few weeks. I tell
you, Hid., its getting to ne tignt papers.
The election, to readmit the State, comes off
next "month, the '14tli, and I expect the
Teds are bound to have it all their own
way. Everybody in this country is taking
the oath." - Lots of the boys have returned
homej and swear they intend to remain
there and, fdoifi blame tbem. 'I advise
all who want to fight to stay with the regu
lar army, for I'll swear the Feds aVe bound,
sooner or Iafer, to' kill every damnedlast
man they 'catch in arms about here.""-
. ' X
A SWEETHEART , .,
To her-lover inquires :
,('Ofc, dear, dear; whentwill this hateful
war be over ? Ii-acem. forever since you
were here; and I tell you, Charley, there's
Iota, more girl tired of it besides me. The
Yanks treat us -.very well, but they make
othinr of: me.I speak up to them," I tell
jo. , L have a sweetheart, one brother, and
two.ctiBs. jui renew, ana x ,im., a. reoei.
auarrel With them every time we. meet,' but
iher oly laugh at Everybody" round
l - xrit .C TV .tr'.Jt-
Charley, the war is most over ? .All jour
fighting is for noting, I think, but ruin and
disaster. Is may be all very well to talk ;
but, oh ! Charley, how happy we might
have been but for tbe war. Ma says tbat
nothing will ever repay us for the suffering
and desolation of hearts and homes. You
wouldu't.know Little Rock now. It seems
like a strange city to me."
AW 1XDIGXANT WIFE
Says: "Yoo had best kum home for all the
good yoo are doin follerin that ole fool Price
about, be never did hev no cense ennv
how an' his follerors hev less yoo had
better a 'grate sight be looken after yore
wife and children."
' A mother's coxclcsiox.
" My dere Sun : You bed better beleve
yore pure ole mother things is come to a
orful pass in Arkansas ; suthcrn rites is.no
more, everybody abut Brownsville has tuk
tbe oath an i think it is high time you were
home follerin there example."
-1 -have many others to the same effect,
but as the thing grows tedious I will close
A CHEF D'OCVRE
Of Mrs. Foley, who writes to Isaac, her
patriotic husband of " price's infantry."
u I speckt yu almoste must bev dide this
winter the kold hes been orfuller then i ever
see in my life beefour, and previsions is
mity scace, l just wish yu wood come home
and to rasin yore off spring, previsions ant
beer to be gott, i spin fur evry mouthful
me and yore innercent babes get to eat. no
body wont take Confed munny no more fur
nutbin. - now ike ile jest give you a pese
of mind and that is fur'yu tu kum home
an tend yore famly befour 'they starve, yu
jest let tbe seceshers fite it out ef they want
tu, i hev wnt.tu yuefore times and aint
herd buff worist i bhuldentwuhdcr ef you
was killed now at this time uv ritin, evry
boddy is goiur over to the feds, Yu jest kum
borne, they all take the oath and git borne-
sarise rite of tu ete, ef al tbe fules that's
left tbare-fimilise an fitin wud kum home
then pese wud kum rite off."
; But enough of this to enable you tc jndge
of the genera tone of sentiment and spirit
among the people of Arkansas. It is evi
dent' tbat they are tired of, the war. ' '
THE XlQUOB SELLER WHAT HE BECOMES.
I would not want to say a word against
a liquor-dealer, as a man. I am sorry to
say tbat I have some very good friends who
are yet engaged in the business. I know
tbat such ,meu arc frequently benevolent,
free, open-hearted, noble men, naturally;
but behind their counters, engaged iu the
traffic, they are necessarily mousters; and
all tbe harm I wish to do them, is to be
permitted to assist in lifting them away
from their present position, and placing
them in front of their couuters, where their
moral faculties may have full play, and
they may become tbe men which the God
of nature intended them to be.
At this late day everybody knows and
acknowledges that liqnor drinking is injur
ious, and liquor selling is necessarily dele
terious to society ; therefore, every liquor1
vender " sins against light and knowledge';"
he knows tbat the legitimate fruits of bis
traffic are moral and physical disease and
death. He knows that bis traffic cannot
exist without taking from all its supporters
their money, and from at least a portion of
them their btrength, health, wealth, happi
ness and life. -
What, tbebj.is really the difference be
tween the rutmeller and the highwaymen ?
Tbe latter, with pistol at tbe breast of bib
victim, exclaims: "Your money or your
life !" while the former, with his seductive
bottle and tumbler, says: "Your money
and your life !" and he gets both.
Everybody knows this is so, and yet,
strange to bay, there are men voters in
our land, who, having tho power to destroy
this unjust and unholy monstrosity, .will
twist and dodge, and whine and cogitate,
and wonder if it is not "arbitrary" to
make a law to prevent this murder of one's
neighbors and friends for tbe sake of the
rum profits ! Wbat a commentary is this
upon the 'common senso of American citi
zens ! Exchange.
MARRYING TJHDRR DIFFICULTIES.
Not long since, a Confederate soldier re
tamed from the war to bis home near the
State line diriding Kentucky and Tennes
see. The first business that he attended to
was that of marrying' the girl that het had
left behind, when he first went out, to seek
the bubblereputatton at the canaou's mouth
A large party was gotten up by -the bride's
familv, aud a man, who was conceded to be
a Justice of the Peace, because he bad held
tn'e' office for. twenty years before the .cruel
war4 commenced, performed tbe ceremony
that united two loving hearts that bad but
a single! thought. After- these rites had
been: observed, there was a feast of kogtand
hominy, roast turkey, pumpkin-pie,netc,
ird several, gallons- of forty;rqd wbbky to
discussed. In the course of human
affairs tbe newly-wedded pair were put to,
bed, according to that custom still in vogue
anonz'ine rural population.
Tbey had scarcely began to realize the
(l situation,-? -before there was a great 'rat
tling at their cfcaraber-door, aad an imper
ative demand for them to, arise, oope
prying people had-just discovered that the
aanstrate was not 'm regularly-elected offi
cer, and was not a Justice at a!!. Alarm
took themvall,' and another Justice was sent
for who lived eooie miles distant Bsfoffl
midnight the knot was tied again, aud the
anxious couple was suffered to retire for
the second time.
Tbe first contretemps was discussed freely
by those who had not gone home, and tbe
various contingencies of the matter discuss
cd thoroughly. All at once it was found at
that the last justice lived in Kaintuck,
whilo the ceremony had been performed
just over tbe hue in Tennessee. There was
a burned ruh up stairs, and another arous
ing of the bride and groom. They came
down stairs somewhat dissatibfied with tbe
turn matters had taken, and then the whole
party .went down tbe road three quarters of
a mile till they got into the State where the
squire lived, and there the wedding rites
were performed for the third time. The
bride's mother, not satisfied with al) thi
comedy of errors, bad some time before dis
patched a swift messenger for a stated
preacher, and when they got hack to the
paternal mansion, to make all things safe,
the knot was tied for tbe fourth time by the
man of God. By this time the first glimpse
of daylight was streaking the eastern sky.
t Wearied out by the experiences and anx
ieties of tbe night, they were at last suffered
to retire in peace. Half an hour had not
elapsed before there was another confusion
in tbe bouse, a thundering knock at tbe
chamber door of the young couple made tbe
groom thoroughly mad. He swore he
would nut get up again for all the mistakes
in the world. He would whip tbe first
man tbat disturbed him again, he didn't
care who it was. A gruff demand to opeu
the door if he did not wish to have it beaten
down, and the rattle of a musket decided
him once more to submit to the imposition.
On opening tbe portal he was confronted
by a Federal officer, and the words, " You
are my prisoner, come along with me.
Vainly did he plead to have the privilege
of giving bail for bis appearance, and all
of bis offers of bribes were as useless as the
idle winds. The officer charged, with his
arrest was inexorable ; and now tbe chap
is spending his share of the honeymoon at
Columbia, in the guardhouse, whilo tbe
disconsolate maid, his. bride, weeps for him
at home. Memphis Bulletin, rr ,
THAD. MOBRICB, THE SPEAKER'S PAGE.
No one who has been accustomed to at
tend the sessions of Congress during the
past fifteen years, has failed to notice, at tbe
right of the Speaker, a tall, slim, pale-faced,
bright-looking lad, who gradually grew up
into "manhood, and still retained his posi
tion and title which was that of "Speaker's
page." No niatter wbat party was in pow
er in Congress, Thad. Morrice was retained.
Every now Speaker found him an indispen
sable assistant. Standing just at tbe
Speaker's elbow, with his arm leaning upon
tbe desk and bis chin resting upon his hand,
which was between tbe Speaker and tbe
audience in that attitude of whispering to
the Speaker, the faithful Thaddeus has
stood during many sessions of Congress,
the prompter of Boyd, Banks, Orr, Pen
nington, Grow, and Colfax. It is said he
knew more of parliamentary law than any
man in America. And ne knew every
member of tbe House in all these Con
gresses it was his especial business to
know them. No speaker could get along
without such an assistant, at first. When
Pennington was Speaker, a good portion of
all the words he uttered were literally put
into bis ear bv Thad. He did not know
one quarter of the members even by sight,
and was sadly deficient in Parliamentary
law. When any member arose, he would
say, " the gentleman from," generally with
outhe least idea, wbat State hei was to
name, but soprompt was 1 bad. to give it,
and so unobserved in doing so, tbat not one
in a hundred who was not cognizant witb
tbe process would imagine but what Pen
nington knew all tbe members. And many
and many a time tbe old man would com
mence, the statement. of a question, not
knowing how he was to finish his sentence,
which was furnished and finished by the
youthful parliamentarian at bis elbow. No
Speaker tbat ever presided over the House
was so well able to dispense with the scr-
ices' that Thad. Morrice performed as
Schuyler Colfax, who is the most success
ful Speaker ever elected by an American
House of .Representatives ; yet Mr. Colfax
cannot fail to mias greatly the " Speaker's
page," and many old members, amid the
bustle and hurry of legislative affairs, will
find, time to indulge in a retrospective
glance at the services, and pay a tribute to
the memory of, the ever faithful Thaddeus
Morrice, whose prompt and timely needful
words will never be whispered into the ear
of another Speaker. Washington Corres
pondence St. Louis Democrat.
t& When Whitfield preached before the
seamen at New York, be used tbe following
bold apostrophe : " When, my boys, we
have a' clear 6ky, and are making a fine
headway over a smooth sea before a light
breeze, we shall soon lose sight of laud.
But wbat means this sudden louring of the
heavens, and that dark cloud, arising from
beneath the western horizon ? ..Hark J don't
you hear the distant thunder? Don't you
see thoe flashes of lightning? A. storm is
gathering 1 Every man to his duty ! How
tbe waves rise and -dash against the ship !
Tbe air is dark! -Tho tempest'rages ! Our
staiU ara jeoe L -The ship U.ob her beam
ends! Wbat next?" Tbe unsuspecting
tan twddsnly arose, and exslaimed, '. Take
BED BITEK EXPSQiriOJr.
The- expedition left Vickaburg on the
10th ; landed at Semmespdrt, Louisiana, on
the IStfi ;' "marched to Bayou Glace, where
Geo. Scurry's Tebcl brigade had been en
camped, but which fled on the approach of
our transports, leaving cousiderable camp
equipage and commissary stores.
Smith pressed forward to Yellow Bayou.
where btrong fortifications bad been erected,
but the rebels again fled as we came up.
The enemy were pres&eJ, and some skirm
ishing occurred, resulting in the capture of
several prisoners, and a small wagon train,
at daylight yesterday.
The entire command started for Fort De
Rossy, twenty-eight miles distant, and at 4
o'clock, p. m , the Third and Ninth Indiana
batteries opened on the fort, which replied
vigorously with three of its heaviest guns.
The caunonade continued an hour, when
General Smith ordered the First and Sec
ond Illinois, Sixteenth Corps, under Gen.
Mower, to charge the enemy s rifle'pita and
storm the fort.
The 53ih, 119th and 89th Indiana and
24th Missuri regiments charged over the
deep ditches and thick abatis amid a galling
fire, and within twenty minutes after tbe
order was issued the Color Sergeant of tho
58th" Illinois planted tho American flag up
on the enemy's works.
The victory was complete, and resulted
in the capture of 355 prisoners, including
twenty-tour commissioned omcers, two 9
inch Diblgren guns, two 4 pounders,, four
32-pounders, two G-poundcrs, a lot of arms,
2,000 barrels of fine powder, an immense
quantity of assorted ammunition, and sev
eral thousand dollars' worth of commissary
Fort De Russey is a most formidable
work, quadrangular shape, with bastions
and boom proofs, covered with railroad iron.
A powerful water battery counccts with
tbe Fort, casements of which are capable of
resisting shot and shell of the heaviest cali
bre. Tbe position of the guns was capital
for rapid and effective fire on all boats at
tempting to go up or down the river.
About 800 negroes were employed for a
year, in constructing tbe earthworks.
Gen. Smith will superintend the thorough
destruction of the fortifications to-morrow.
It will take 3000 ,mcn two or three days to
News may be expected from Generals
Banks and Smith within two weeks.
Their designs, strength and position, are
contraband at present. Among the artillery
captured, are two guns belonging to tbe
schooner Morning Light, two rifled guns
from the Harriet Lane, captured list spring
off Sabine Puss, and one heavy gun from
the Indianola, sunk in the Mississippi last
year by tbe rebel ram Webb.
v EIGHT TO SIXTEE5.
Lord Shaftsbury recently stated in a pub
lic meeting in London, that from personal
observation be bad ascertained that of adult
male criminals of that city, nearly all bad
fallen into a course of crime between tbe
ages of eight and sixteen years ; and that
if a man livedan honest life up to twenty
years of age, there were forty-nine chances
in favor and only one against him, as to an
honorable life thereafter.
This is a fact of startling importance to
fathers and mothers, and bhows a fearful
responsibility. Certainly a parent should
secure an absolute control over the child
until sixteen ; it cannot be a difficult matter
to do thi, except in very rare cases, and if
that control is not wisely and efficiently
exercised, it must- be tbe parent's fault ; it
is owing to parcnti) neglect or remissness.
Hence the real source of 98 per cent, of the
crime in a country such as England or tbe
United States lies at the door of the parents.
It is a fearful reflection ; we throw it before
the minds of the fathers and mothers of our
land, and there leave it to be thought of in
wisdom, remarking only as to the early
seeds of bodily disease, that they are in
nearly every case sown between sundown
and bedtime, in absence fiom the family
circle, in the supply of spending money
never earned by the spender, opening the
doors of confectionaries and soda fountains,
of beer, tobacco and wine-shops, of the
circus, negro minstrel, tbe restaurant, and
dance; then follows the Sunday excursion,
tbe Sunday drive, with the easy transition
to tbe company of those whose ways lead
down to the gates of social, physical and
moral ruin. From eight to sixteen ! in
these few years are the destinies of children
fixed in forty-nine cases out of fifty ; fixed
by the parents ! Let every father and
mother solemuly vow, "By God's help I'll
fix my destiny for good, by making borne
more attractive than the streets."
A Poetical Editob. Th editor of tbe
Fall River iVetM has taken to writing poetry
as the following will show. It contains
more truth than poetry :
Breathes there a man with soul so dead
who to himself hath never said -l will say
county paper take both for my own and
family's sake? If such there be let hint
repent and have tbe paper tobimsent
sad if he'd pass a ksppy, winter he, U
advance, will pay the printer. - -
sjssT'Tbe irrepressible and religions rebels
of Char lesion, SoatkCareJiae, having sig
nally failed ia tacit efserts .to bail .iron
clad raahoats.to keep of the Yaakeeey are
now giving their atteatwa toJwMtafaa
iron clad church ! -