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The New York Dispatch*]
jj@- A SECOND EDITION, containing the latest new®
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Importamt Modification of
Circular No 44
War Department, Provost-Marshal General’s Office,)
Washington, D. C., July 18, 1863. )
tfiThe fourth paragraph of Circular No. 44, issued from
this office, July 12th, is hereby modified so as to corre
spond with the following opinion of the Hon. William
Whiting, Solicitor of the War Department, which will
hereafter be enforced in all cases where it is applicable :
A person drafted Into the Military of the United States
under the provisions of the Act of March 3d, 1863, Chapter
75, for enrolling and calling out the National forces and
for otiler purposes, claiming exemption from draft by rea
son of any disability, as provided in said Act, has the right
to have the question definitely settled.
Meade Determined to follow
Dee and Fight him.
Baltimore, July 18.
ISpecial Correspondence from Berlin, Md.. 17th.]
The army is again in motion. There is evidence that
Xeei-is not to be allowed to quietly retrace his steps to
wards Richmond and resume at leisure his fortified posi
tions along the Rappahannock. Gen. Meade has the in
side track for any point this side of Gordonsville, and will
hardly give it up without a new trial of strength. Our
•cavalry have been making active reccnnoisances over the
river on the flank of the retreating rebels, and their po
sition is well ascertained. After crossing, “Lee pushed
directly up the Valley towards Winchester. Ills line of
retreat would probably be through Front Royal, and
thence by Culpepper to Gordonsville. His trains had
already gone in that direction. After crossing the river,
Hie rebels are represented to have more resembled a mob
Vian an army. Their retreat will no doubt be as rapid as
possible, not only from pursuit but their own necessity, to
reach a point at which they can obtain supplies,
They meet Stuart’s Caval
ry an d Defeat them
Our Doss only Twenty-two.
From the second edition of the Washington Star of this
afternoon we take the following :
A detachment of the Seventh Michigan Cavalry, com
prising about three companies returned last evening from
scouting service on the Alexandria Railroad.
They-encountered and skirmished with the enemy,
thought to be a portion of Stuart's cavalry, at a poiht on
the road, and routed them, with a loss on our side of 22
They report our cavalry at Culpepper Court House.
Philadelphia, July 18,12 M.
Tl- ere is no danger of disorder in this city in consequence
< f the - draft, if ample provisions to enforce the laws and
.preserve the peace can accomplish their object. There
are already between 4,000 and 5,000 men under arms in
■Various parts of the city, aud this number is receiving re
tnforcenients from abroad. We have now here the 34th,
Hie regiment of Col. McLean, the Provost Guard, the
Pana Troop, the First City Troop, Starr's and two other
batteries, two or three companies of country cavalry, and
the Police company. Besides this formidable force, all
the police of the city, numbering about 600 men, are regu
larly drilled and accustomed to the use of arms. There
are also numerous organized bodies of minute men, who
could be brought into requisition at very short notice. It
is in contemplation to establish a mounted patrol for the
The citizens’ bounty fund, at a special meeting held yes
terday, appropriated $15,000 for the purpose of supplying
horses, the advance guard being already partially n/ount
•Cd, and it is supposed will be detailed for the patrol duty,
juid will toe furnished with the remainder of their horses
for the above amount.
Maj. Gen. Dana arrived In this city this morning. Maj.-
Gen Geo Cadwalladcr ateo arrived, and by order of the
War Department, assumed command in this city.
Baltimore, July 18.
The Union Relief Association of this city are still busily
Employed in relieving the wants of the wounded daily ar
jiving here from the late battlefields in Pennsylvania,
and in il is patriotic and benevolent work they are fur
nished with means by the charity of our citizens. Every
sick and wounded soldier on arriving here receives an
abundant supply of food, has his wounds dressed, and, in
many instances, is supplied with under-clothing before he
is taken to the hospitals of the government by the Belief
Associations formed for this purpose. •
Washingti n July 18,181'3, Midnight.
It fe now clearly understood that our army is once more
in Virginia, and that Lee is rapidly retreating towards
Culpepper. There are of course hundreds of idle stories
•f all kinds afloat, one among them that Lee intended to
threaten Washington byway of Maiiassas. Our observa
tion, however, seems to point only to the fact that he is
keeping the mountains between himself and Meade.
A sensation yarn Is also afloat, that Gen. Meade, after
file successful retreat of Lee, had tendered a conditional
Designation to the President, and which resignation was
Senator Foote at the Na
tional Capital.
His Interview with, the
Washington, March 18.
Senator Foote, of Vermont, who arrived in town on
Thursday night, had an interview of two hours long with
the President.
He urged him to declare martial law in New York, and
assign Gen. Butler to command.
The President made similar replies to those which he
gave other gentlemen who urged him to adopt this course,
: namely, that for the present the authorities of New York
seemed competent to the work of suppressing the riot.
Until it got worse, the General Government would not in
•In connection with the wide-spread opinion that Gen.
Butler is the man for New York in this exigency, his re
, quest and prophecy not many weeks after his return from
New Orleans, are brought to mind. Gen. Butler asked the
i President to give him th 3 Department of New York, con
i sidering it one of the most important commands in the
' country. He said that disturbances were to be appre
j bended whiefi it would ba necoeeary to dhieover in their
} infancy and crush out with an iron hand. He believed
, that a wide spread affiliation with rebellion existed in the
• city which would seize the first opportunity for an out
break. New Orleans taught him New York.
' “ A person ctrartea intv the military of the- Vnitua.states
under the provisions of the act of March 3d, 1863, chapter
75, for enrolling and calling out the national forces and
for other purposes, claiming exemption from draft by
reason of any disability, as provided in said act, has the
right to have the question of his disability submitted to
; and decided upon by the Board of Enrollment, whose de-
I cision there is final. If the board shall have decided that
the claimant is liable to serve lie has the right after such
decision against him to pay his commutation money or to
furnish his substitute within such extended time as may
be fixed by the order of the Board of Enrollment for his
appearance for duty.
Signed, Wm. Whiting,
Solicitor of the War Department.
James B. Fry,
Provost Marshal General.
Washington, July 18.
The Star of this afternoon says : “ Seven hundred and
twenty four prisoners, captured at Falling Waters on the
15th inst, reached here this morning, in charge of a guard
under command of Col. Gates, of the 20th N. Y. 8. M.,
from the Army of the Potomac, and were committed to
the Old Capitol by Provost Marshal Todd. Among them
were twenty-eight officers and one officer’s servant, col
ored. _
From the Army of the Potomac—The
Whereabouts of T»eels Army—General
Gregg Extricates Himself from a Peril
ous Position—Hore Captures.
Washington, July 18.—A letter from the beadquarters
of the army of the Potomac says that a few shots were
heard on Friday afternoon, in the direction of Vestal’s or
Gregory’s Gap, resulting, it is believed, from small parties
reconnoitering tnose places and being dispersed by our
cavalry and light batteries.
Several paymasters have arrived, and the officersand
troops attached to General Meade’s headquarters arc re
ceiving pay up to the first of July.
No definite information can be obtained of the move
ments of Gen, Lee.
About cavon hnnHrnil pyioo.»*vu arilicd —al me TTUUCT 4
quarters on Thursday night More have been forwarded
by other routes.
Anon-commissioned officer, who arrived in Washington
to-day. says, on Thursday General Gregg crossed at Fall
ing Waters, and was cut off at Shcpardstown, for six
hours, from communication with our army.
Gen. Gregg, however, finally relieved himself, accord
ing to the same authority, by a gallant charge upon the
rebels, capturing a large number of prisoners, three
stand of colors and four pieces of cannon.
Late i l .
Washington, July 18.—Trustworthy information has
been received here that Lee’s army is going down the
Shenandoah Valley instead of coming through the Gap
towards Manassas. Gen. Couch is in this city. Over one
thousand prisoners have arrived from the army of the
Potomac to-day.
Gen. Fitzhugh Lee and Capt. Winder to
Be Executed if Capts. Sawyer and Flynn
Fortuess Monroe, July 17.
Yesterday afternoon the rebel General Fitzhugh Lee
and Captain Winder were removed from the McClellan
Hospital to Fbrtress Monroe and placed in a case-mate
under guard, and notice was sent to the rebel govern
ment that if they executed Captains Sawyer and Flynn,
whom they.now have in close confinement and under
sentence in Richmond, that General Lee and Captain
Winder will be executed in retaliatlm.
Nothing Important from Washington.
Washington, July 18—1 P. M.
There fe not a word of news to telegraph. All the
“ specials ” are dry to-night.
Further Army Promotions.
Washington, July 18 —Major W. Fainter, of the Regular
Army, has been appointed Chief Quartermaster of the
First Army Corps, to rank as Lieutenant-Colonel. He
was appointed upon the request of the late General Rey
nolds, and endorsed by Generals Hooker and Ingalls.
Bcath of Major Massett.
Memphis, July 16.—Major Massett arrived from Vicks
burg last evening, and died at the officers’ hospital with
dysentery at nine o'clock.
The Philadelphia Thieves in New York.
Philadelphia, July 18.
ff[lt is now ascertained that over one hundred and fifty
thieves, pickpockets, <tc., left Philadelphia on Tuesday
aad Wednesday last, to plunder in the New York riots.
Seme of them are returning The police are on the
watch.— Cor. Express
Gen. Grant and Gen. Meade.
Washington, July 18
An officer of staff says it is reported that Gen. Meade
will be relieved from the command of the Army of the
Potomac, and Gen. Grant appointed in his place.— Cor.
The transport steamer Fulton arrived here yesterday
from Port Royal, bringing news to the 15tb instant, but no
confirmation of the capture of Charleston, as reported last
week from rebel sources. The news of the general move
ment of our land and naval forces against Charleston is,
however, fully confirmed by this arrival. On the 10th in
stant five iron-clads and the troops under Gen. Gilmore
made a united attack upon the rebel works. They have
taken, as reported elsewhere, all the batteries on Morris
Island, except Fort Wagner. Gen. Gilmore had com
menced mining that fort, and it was expected that he
would take it in af ew days, as the siege was going on fa
vorably. Gen. Foster has taken all the fortifications on
James Island as far as Secessionville.
The Boston 7/craM's correspondent writes :
On the morning of the 11 th of July the Sixth Connecti
. cut and Ninth Maine regiments made a furious attack
upon the Cumming's Point battery, got possession of it,
and hoisted the American flag. At daylight Fort Sumter
opened upon them, when a Pennsylvania regiment cow
ardly deserted them, retiming to stand by their comrades.
The other regiments held the battery until they were
badly cut up, and then abandoned it, and the rebels again
took possession of it These two regiments shown
themselves heroes in this campaign. At 10 A. M. the Mon
itors proceeded to the Cumming's Point battery, and at 12
o’clock three of the wooden gunboats opened fire on the
battery at long range and threw their two-hundred pound
shots directly into the works Fort Suqiter has been
throwing shell on to Morris Island without any damage to
our sice. The cannonading ceased at 4 P. M, The iron
clads, it is reported, rendered efficient services. Wher
ever their shots struck they told with fearful effect. In
maiiy niacpg about Fort Wagner the iron was ripped up
and the guns dismounted.. At one time the firing was so
rapid that the rebels were compelled to leave their guns
and seek refuge in the casemates. The Monitors have
been supplied with fresh crews from the different ships.
The iron-clad Montauk has just arrived from Port Royal,
and Lieutenant Boomer of the Housatonic will take com
mand ot her. She is over the bar. making, with the gun
boats, fourteen vessels in front of Morris Island and Sum
ter. We shall recommence the attack to-morrow morn
ing, when we are sure of silencing the Cumming’s Point
battery and Fort Johnson Everythin/is working well.
The ball is opened in earnest. Tlic Memphis has just
brought in a rebel side-wheel steamer loaded with cotton,
captured while trying to run out of Bull's Bay last night.
P. S.—Our troops will have their battery done in two days
more, and then they can shell Sumter.
Another account says:—
“ Gen. Gilmore, intending for some time to land his
force on the Southern front o f Morris Island, sent for sev
eral nights a working party from Folly Island to that
point tor the purpose of erecting a battery, behind a clus
ter of thick foliage This vas effected by the bra ve sol
diers, by landir g at dusk and working through the night
and retiring the next morning at dayoreak. Concealed
by the thick wooo, the rebels never knew anything of the
existence of that battery until at a quarter before 4 on the
morning of the 7th inst, when they werb awakened by
the shells of the Federate flying into their camp. The
rebels, thus surprised, ran to their rendezvous in their
shirts and there dressed. The shelling was keot up until
midday, when General Gilmore landed a force from Folly
Island and drove the rebels back. The Monitors at this
time also opened fire on the enemy, and thus attacked
from two sides, the rebels retreated and gave our
forces possession of two-thirds of Morris Island.
The Monitors, on the same afternoon, commenced an at
tack on Fort Sumter and kept it up for three days. At
times the effect of their heavy lb e was visible. Large
breaches had been made in the walls of the fort and near
ly every shot from the fleet sent up clouds of dust and
sand from the shattered walls of the fortress. On the 12th
inst. Gen. Gilmore ordered the storming of Fort Wagner
bp the 7th Connecticut, 9th Maine, and 47th and 48th New
York Volunteers, and the two first named regiments had
actually reached the top of the parapet, when a murder
ous fire from the enemy drove them back. The 76th Penn
sylvania. which were to support the assailing party, did
not come up in time, and our troops,
The cause of the failure ot* me 76th 1 ennsylvama is
ascribed to the fact that Colonel Strawbridge and the
Lieut.-Colonel were in the hospital sick, and as the Major
■rv-nt, ehot in bvtir legs early in the day, the command de
volved upon a captain, in whom the men had no confi
deuce, and thus faltered at the time thev were wanted.
The 47 th and 48ih New York regiments, and the 7th Conn,
and 9th Maine, were cut up shockingly, losing, probably,
300 men in the attack. Hostilities then ceased, and Gen-
Giluioro oiitranohed hhnself near the fol'V. The fleet,
however, kept up their lire against Fort Sumter. The fol
lowing named “ Monitors,” beside the New Ironsides and
several wooden vessels, were engaged :
« lonzuq/e Guns
New Ironsides, Capt. Thus. Turner 3486 18
Montauk, Capt, 881 2
Weehawken; Capt. John Rodgers fS4. 2
Nahant, Capt John Downes 884 2
Katskiil, Capt G. W. Rodgers 884 2
Patapsco, Captain Daniel Ammon 884 2
Nantucket, Captain McN. Fairfax 881 2
The armament of the Few Ironsides is sixteen 11-ineli
guns and two 200 pound rifled Parrott guns All of the
Monitor class have each all meh and ala inch gun. Tne
11-inch guns throw a solid shot weighing 180 pounds *, the
15-inch guns a solid shot weighing 4.6 pounds. The total
v eight of metal which can be thrown at a single dis
charge, sums up :
25 11-inch guns 4,500 pounds
7 15-inch guns. ...*•*■ 3,332 “
2 200-pounders 400 “
34 guns' " * 8,232 “
The frigate Wabash, left Port Royal on the 13th for the
scene of action, but the Weehawken returned at the same
time to Port Royal, with three shots through her smoke
stack, and other trifling injuries. It is believed in military
circles that the city of Charleston will not be taken for
some time, but that it is not impregnable to a strong com
bined effort of both branches of the service. On the
morning of the 14th, Port Royal was alarmed by the re
port, that the iron ram Palmetto State ’was in sight, she
having evaded the blockading fleet off Charleston Capt.
Lamb, of the Quartirmaster’s Department, Immediately
directed all steamers to fire up. while the Ver
mont (frigate) run out her guns, aud the prize ship Fingal
was also cleared for action, butthe report turned out false,
no vessel like the rebel ram having hove in sight. The
rebel iron-clads are reported to be all anchored in thd
rear of Fort Sumter, so as to protect tne city, in case the
first be taken. The steamboat Cosmopolitan arrived at
Port Royal on the 14th. with one hundred and thirteen
rebel prisoners and a number of our own wounded in the
fight on Morris Island. The mortality in Port Royal and
adjacent posts is said to be quite large, the malarious fever
of the country ktlling about nine men a day. It was sta
ted at Port Royal that the rebels intended attacking our
forces at the same time we attacked them.
The escape of Lee’s army into Virginia produced great
disappointment, last week, among all classes. Gen.
Meade briefly announced the lact. A brigade of infantry
1,500 strong, was, however, captured by our cavalry, be
sides two guns, two ca'sons, two battle flags and a large
number of small arms. The rebels appear to have crossed
at two points—Falling Waters and Williamsport At the
former place they had a pontoon bridge, and at the latter
place a bridge of fiat boats The flat-boats are said to
have been built of timber taken from the houses at Wil
liamsport. A dispatch from Washington says : “The suc
cess of Gen. Lee in escaping across the Potomac from be
fore a largely superior orce, is attributed in high military
circles here to the fact that Gen. called a Council
ot dissuaded him from forcing the rebels into a
uh n o„j, „ 4u.nnnfir.ders were equally divided, four
in favor ot and four against iLThe latest advucessay that
the main body ot the rebel army is at Winchester, and
moving rapidly down the valley toward Culpepper, where
it will be joined by reinforcements from Richmond. The
most ot Bragg's army is said to have arrived there, and
aho some troops from Mobile and Eastern Tennessee. The
rebels are believed to be strengthening their works
around Richmond, mounting them with guns brought
from the sea-coast fortifications. The chances of Meade
getting a fight out -of Lee’s army before it reaches Cul
pepper are, of course, daily diminishing.
By an arrival at this port yesVrday, we have dates
from New Orleans to the 11th inst. '1 he Era of that date,
announcing the surrender of Port Hudson, says :
The moment the surrender was completed, the enemy
sent out a request tint six thousand rations should be im
mediately sent in, as the garrison had eaten its last mule.
This was found to be literally die tact, fhe last mule at
Port Hudson had been devoured. The good old ship
Hartford and the noble Albatross came down below Port
Hudscn at ®nce, -and were greeted with much enthusiasm
alter their glorious work.
Tee Era is of course exultant over the good news.
Among other things it says :
‘•The sweet and self-complacent smile of the men who
knew that Port Hudson could not be taken is missing in
our streets. It L eithe; lost, strayed or stolen, and a lib
eral i cy\ ard wili -be paid for the recovery tuereot •” The
glorious event was celebrated in New Orleans on the
night ot the 11th instant by a grand torchlight procession
and other indications of rejoicing.
The New Orleans Era publishes some late information
from Brownsville. The rebel conscriptic n was rigidly en
forced in Brownsville, and everybody, except the privi
leged few, was compelled to join the ranks. It is said the
fresh conscripts are to stand guard over public property
during the sickly season, while the older and more valua
ble soldiers are to be sent to healthier places. The Mexi
cans, though UefeatcU at Puebla, .»ro in and.
say that hunger, and not the French army, caused them
to surrender. They declare they will continue to light
the invaders. Refugees arrived at Matamoras daily from
Texas, aud the number now amounts to over s,otf) which
have arrived during the past fifteen months. Many of
them are still in Matamoras, and in destitute circum
stances. They ape mostly poor men, dependent upon their
labor for means of existence. Goods are continually being
carried acioss the river into the State of Texas.
Governor Tod, of Ohio, under date of July 17th, tele
graphs to Washington that Morgan’s means of exit from
Ohio are cut off, and that his capture, therefore, is very
probable. A dispatch from Cincinnati, dated July 17th,
says:-“ Colontl Rourke, with 1560 men. encountered
Mcrgan's forces at Berlin, Jacksori county. The enemy
lost four kilk d; w e lost none. Morgan moved oft’ in an eas
terly direction, and it is supposed he is making for Pome
roy, or the ford below Buffingion island The roads lead
ing to Pomeroy arc blockaded with trees for fifteen miles.
General Hobson's advance reached Piketon, twelve hours
after Morgan left, a Portsmouth Cispatch says the re
bels burnt a steamer, saw mill and bridge across the canal
at Jasper, and a bridge across the Scioto, above Pikefon.
They burnt a flour mill and the railroad depot at Jack
son, completely sacked the town, and carried off all the
horses they cculd find.
Col. J. H. Almy, the efficient state agent of Connecticut,
has just received a dispatch that Major Charles Farns
worth, of the First Connecticut Cavalry, and twenty-five
of bis command, have been captured by the rebels on
n ednesday last at Bolivar Hights, Harper s Ferry. The
men fought their captors bravely, and when nearly ove.-
powered by superior numbers, the Major’s horse was shot,
and his command refused to leave him.
The United States transport Emilie, Captain Ashcroft,
from Newbern, N. C., 17th inst.. arrived at this port yes
terday. She brings several cabin passengers, the United
States mails, and twenty discharged soldiers from General
Foster’s army. There was nothing new at Newbern Gen
Foster is to take command at Fortress Monroe in place of
Gen. Dix, tranferfed to this city.
The office of Military Governor of
Norfolk having been abolished, Gen. Viele is relieved from
duty in that Department. He is to have charge of a camo
of instruction for colored soldiers at Annapolis, Md.
"Aortas oh fnh£pnhoL”
[Written for the New York Dispatch.]
By Francis B. Murtha.
In homes of affiuer.ee and wealth,
’Mid joy and gayety.
Where Jive the poor and lowly,
In haunts of misery.
In city, town and village,
On mountain hill and dale,
Where sunshine is, or nature blooms,
Is heard the low sad Avail.
The young wife anxiously watches,
From morn ’till close of day,
Praying and weeping the whole day long,
For a husband far away.
In vain she sobs his dear loved name,
Tho’ hope hath nearly fled,
But still she weeps, and hopes and sighs,
Nor dreams that he is ecad.
The mother thinks of her only boy,
Her joy, her ’tope, and pride,
And pictures scenes of happiness,
Her darling by her side.
But far away from friends and home,
On the dreaded battle plain.
Regardless of all c ire and strife,
He numbers with the slain.
And fathers, mothers, sisters, all
Sigh, aud weep, and mourn
For brothers, lovers, kindred dear,
Friends that will ne’er return.
Our country calls for great rejoicing,
Wc've.gained a victory.
But who can stay those sighs and tears,
This grief and misery.
* Entered according to Act of Congress.
TIE yifEHffl
08. THE
Fortunes of Ihe Clere'a.ids,
Capt. Oakfield was seated in his room at the
hotel, about half-dressed, and engaged in tak
ing an inventory of his effects.. He had just
ordered up his bill and settled it, and had
carefully counted a pile of money which lay on
the table, besides looking over his wearing ap
parel. From tbe data thus obtained, he was
calculating how long the money he had ob
tained on his arrival in the city would permit
him to indulge in his present style of living.
The result was not very satisfactory, to say
the least.
‘‘ I shall have to replenish my purse at an
early day,” he muttered. “How can it be
done ? I wonder if Cleveland keeps any money
in the house, in his trunks or bureaus, or in a
safe ? Here is a question of importance that I
must settle at the -earliest moment possible.
Perhaps Alice will know something about his
household habits, in this respect, aud I must
apply to the discovery of the facts in the case.
The plate of the Clevelauds is really elegant,
and would not be beneath my notice, if I had
a good opportunity to bag it! ”
It must not be thought that this soliloquy
betrayed all the secrets of the crafty plotter.
As placid as be was to the eyes of the family
he had devoted to destruction, there were mo
ments when he raved in his own room, when
his mind was lashed into the most frenzied
state, and when bitterness and fury character
ized his every thought aud act. These moods
were nothing more nor less than the safety
valves of his over-wrought mind. After smil
ing and bowing an hour or two with Alice
Cleveland, it was perfectly natural for him to
return to the secresy of his own apartment,
aud give way to the stormiest expressions of
unrest and desolation, and to. boimd to and fro
like an imprisoned tiger.
“Well, I can live a few months longer,”
was the concluding soliloquy of the plotter,
and in the meanlimemy fingers shall make the
acquaintance of Cleveland’s strong box. The
sooner I pursue this idea to a definite conclu
sion—in the form of gold eagles—the better!”
He proceeded to dress himself, in his usual
tasteful and elaborate style, and was soon on
bis way to the residence of the Clevelands.
Au hour later, he was seated cosily in one of
the elegant parlors of that mansion, with Alice
by bis side. Mrs. Cleveland had gone out for
an hour or two, and the destroyer aud his in
tended victim were left quite to themselves.
Capt. Oakfield bad assumed a sad and thought
ful air, on presenting himself to Alice, and she
was now beseeching hint to tell her the cause
of his sadness.
‘ ‘ I have received another letter from my
father’s physician,” he finally replied.
“ Alas ! is he dead? ”
“No, dearest; but his health is surely fail
ing, the physician writes, and he is anxious to
have me return home at once. He does not
see wbat there is to detain me here, unless I
am entangled in a love affair, and he accord
ingly demands my instant appearance in En
gland. What is worse, be declares that if I
many in America, he will disinherit me ! It
is this latter blow that unmans me,” he added,
appealing to be deeply affected, “ for I can
never think of separating myself from you ! ”
He gave Alice the letter containing these
sad news, and she read it with much emotion.
“Oh, what can we do?” she murmured, her
grief almost choking her utterance.
“We must continue to be all the world to
each other,” ti>« capiain replied, returning the
letter to bis pocket. “You are aware, of
course, that the law of England does not allow
a man to disinherit his eldest son, and that my
father’s threat is nothing more than an indica
tion of the ill feeling that would follow any
offence I might give him. ’ ’
Alice breathed more freely.
“ Far be it from me to rise by his death”
added Captain Oakfield, “ but in the course of
nature he. must die in a few weeks or months,
more or less, it would be foolish for me, for us,
dearest, to embitter his last days by a hasty
The girl readily comprehended this fact,
and expressed her assent by bowing her head.
“We must wait, dearest, in patience !” con
tinued the Captain. “It is probable that I
shall have to return to England before we can
be openly married, but our nuptials shall be all
the more splendid through the delay. Looking
at the whole aspect of the case, I think I shall
succeed to my father’s title and estates jvithin
two or three months, aud then how proud and
happy 1 shall be to claim you as my bride.”
“Are you sure, dear Leonard, that your
feelings toward me will never, never undergo
any change ?”
“ Quite sure—that is, the only change they
can undergo is for the better ? I shall love you
more and more every day, and in that sense
alone can they change.”
“Thunks thanks, dear Leonard,” said Alice,
much gratified by the assurance. .“I often
realize how much greater attractions you can
find elsewhere, and fear ”
“Hush!” and he placed his hand tenderly
over her mouth. “ You must not permit any
such thoughts to find a dwelling-place in your
breast. Not one of the titled ladies of my ac
quaintance can for one moment vie with you.
They are all ignored and forgotten.”
“ You can hardly appreciate the disadvan
tages under which republican ladies labor,”
declared Alice “We are in every way shorn
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of the incans and conditions which make so
ciety so attractive and magnificent in your own
land. Our husbands and brothers arc entirely
devoted to business, and hav.e no time for the
elegancies and enjoyments of existence. We
cannot even obtain the means to dress well.
Under these afflicting circumstances I realize
how incapable we are—how powerless I am to
vie with the beauties of the society in which
you move at home.”
She made a pretense of being sadly disturb
ed by the rivalries and disadvantages she had
painted—or rather quoted from one of the
popular writers of the day. But the Captain
promptly assured her. over and over again,
that she had nothing to fear from any quar
ter, and that he should remain her own as
long an life ___
“Well, I will dismiss all anxieties,” she re
plied, as she saw that her suitor had every
appearance of being in earnest. “ Still it
dees annoy me to realize how I am neglected
and ill-treated by my father. Sly mother
dees all she can to supply me with the com
forts and luxuries demanded by our wealth
and station, but she does not more than half
succeed. It was only day before yesterday
that father refused to let me have three thou
sand dollars to buy a set of diamonds I wan
ted !”
“Is it possible?” asked Captain Oakfield,
with an air meant to intimate that he was al
most stunned by Mr. Cleveland’s cruelty.
“Itour family jewels were in my possession
as they soon will be—what exquisite delight
I should feel at placing them in your hands !”
“Noris that all,” continued Alice, giving
zest to her complaining spirit,under the impres
sion that her lack of means would excuse any
lack of graces her companion might have dis
covered. “He does not permit me to dress
decently. Can you believe it? I have to
wear the same dress twice, in the most dressy
circles of our set, anrrT feel as ir I c-rul.l drop
through the floor ! And all this when mV
father has thousands upon thousands of dol
lars locked up in a safe in his bed-room !”
“Ah!” ejaculated the Captain. “How
The last sentence of the girl’s complaint
had interested him far more than he had
been disgusted by the sentences preceding it.
“ Perhaps you are mistaken about your
father’s resources, for the time being,” he
added, after a thoughtful pause. “ Men who
aie in business frequently expend their entire
capital, in a favorable moment of the market,
and are thus obliged to be careful of their ex
penses, for a brief season'. Perhaps such are
the circumstances under which Mr. Cleveland
has denied your requests I”
“Oh, no,” said Alice, quickly. “It is
downright meanness that causes him to keep
me on such a'scanty allowance. I have seen
with my own eyes, or at least heard with my
own ears, that he always keeps a large amount
of ready money in a safe which stands in his
“Then, it is really too bad that he should
deny your modest demands,” responded Cap
tain Oakfield. “ But you must not care about
it,” he added, taking her in his arms with an
air of love and devotion. “This state of
things shall not long continue. You shall
soon be in possession of everything you can
wish for, whether diamonds or laces, dresses or
money !”
“ Can we travel in Italy and the East when
—when we are married ?’ ’ asked Alice, as she
again burled her in tKo rjt.pfoiix’e booom.
“Certainly; in Italy and elsewhere, wher
ever you please,” was the reply. “ When I
come into the possession of our family rent
rolls and moneyed resources, we shall not be
confined to a few paltry thousands, but can
every year spend an ordinary fortune.”
“And shall I be presented to the Queen and
the nobility of the Court ?”.
“Of course—of course. That is one of the
common incidents of the station to which I
shall raise you !”
Alice Cleveland reclined motionless in the
embrace of her lover, occupied with the bril
liant promises of her future. She felt the
arms supporting her tremble strangely, and
complacently reflected that he must love her
most deeply to be thrilled so visibly by such
contact with her.
“You are older in years than I am, dear
Leonard,” she finally murmured, “ but it ap
pears to me that you are youngsi' in spirit.
How pleasantly your whole life must have
passed, to leave you at the age of thirty so
I railing and so gentle. In what beauty and
sunshine your days must have been passed !”
“Yes, dearest,” he replied, in a low and
tuneful voice. ‘ ‘ Existence has been to me a
very heaven ! No want, no darkness, no
grief, nothing uncongenial ; but all the luxu
ries and refinements of a princely rank and
fortune ! And you shall soon share this feli
city with me, and our days shall rise as grandly
on the scale of time as the notes of an exquisite
organ rise through the vaulted spaces of one
of t hose glorious old cathedrals of the llhine or
The listener was enchanted—carried away by
the lofty calmness and gentleness with which
these words were uttered.
“ In flic meantime,” added Captain Oak-
i field, “to return to present considerations, I
' am sorry that I cannot bestow upon you imme
diately a portion of the wealth which will soon
fall into my hands. I brought only a few
thousand dollars with me, as I did not intend
to remain but a few days, and a part of this
sum is expended; but if I could presume on
our proposed marriage sufficiently to offer you
the remainder, I should be most happy to do
so. It’s but a trifle—say a couple of thou
sands ; but it would be worth tens of thousands
to me if you would only accept of it as a pre
“Are you in earnest?” exclaimed Alice,
starting up. “0, how noble you are ! Would
it be proper for me to accept it ?”
‘ ‘ Perfectly. Besides, no one but yourself—
or your mother, tit uic must — hcuh
thing about the matter. lam daily expecting
a few thousands from my father, to come home
with, and can let you have the sum now in my
possession as well as not. Nothing could give
me so much pleasure as its acceptance by you—
not even the possession of millions for my own
personal use.”
Alice Cleveland had a dozen different chan
nels in which she was anxious to disimburse
the proposed loan, and she nestled closer to
her suitor's breast, as she murmured :
0, how good you are. I know not how to
express my thanks for your kindness.”
Capt. Oakfield took these observations as an
indication that the proffered loan was accepted,
and he accordingly placed the greater part of
bis capital in her hands, with the remark :
“ Would that it were twenty thousand dol
lars instead of two. But it may not be long
before I shall be in a position to express, as far
gifts can express it, the love and esteem I bear
As Alice Cleveland had stated, her father
bad not been particularly generous and
considerate toward her, for a man of his
means, and the sight of two thousand dollars
in her own hands, to do as she pleased, ren
dered her affectionately enthusiastic, the re
sult of which fact was that she caught the
captain around the neck, and hugged and
kissed him in the most lavish manner.
“ I shall tell mother about it,” she said, not
only to show how generous and good you are,
but to shame her into influencing father to
give me five or ten thousand dollars imme
The interview was quite prolonged, and
when Capt. Oakfield finally bade her an affec
tionate adieu, Alice Cleveland was more com
pletely under his influence than ever. The
instant he turned the first corner, and was be
yond her observation, a change came over his
smiling countenance, and he suddenly looked
as ugly as a fiend, muttering curses upon the
scene he had left behind him, and all the act
ors therein.
“That money was the price of the blood of
my poor Ellen,” he muttered, “but it shall
burn like fire in her soul before she gets
through with it. Bah! the simpering and
shallow idiots. I’ve made a great point, how
ever, in obtaining that information about
Cleveland’s safe and its contents, and the time
is not far distant when I will make an explor
ation in that quarter.”
When Captain Oakfield returned to his
hotel, he encountered Rodney Moxon in the
passage, who sain
“Ah, my dear Captain, I have just been
looking for you. Where have you kept your
self lately ?’ ’
“Ihave been quite busy,” replied Oakfield,
coolly, as he endeavored to pass by his former
Moxon permitted him to pass, and followed
him to the door of his room, with the inten
tion of paying him a friendly visit. This de
sign was frustrated, however, by Oakfield,
who, after unlocking his door, turned and
“ You really must excuse me to-day, Mr.
Moxon. lam quite busy, and have no lime
to spare.”
Moxon bowed to conceal his discomfiture,
and walked away toward his own apartment,
while Oakfield locked himself in his room.
“ I call that a decided cut,” muttered Mox
on, as he seated himself in his easy-chair.
1 ■ Let that be a lesson to me in future These
Englishmen are unbearable. They combine
all the arrogance and self-conceit allowed to
the whole human race. lam getting tired of
that Oakfield since he has begun to visit Alice
Cleveland so much. And that reminds me
that I must call there again to-day. I must
propose to Alice and marry her, for, of course,
there’s no question about her accepting me,
unless her old father is down on me. I must
propose in style—the manner in which a pro
posal is made often influences a woman, I
have no doubt. And, now I think of it,
tbeies a very pretty style of proposal in a
novel I’ve got somewhere, and I’ll learn it by
Mr. Moxon searched his trunk and discov
ered a tattered volume, minus the cover, which
proved to be the object of his search, and he
devoted half an hour to studying its pages.
When he felt that he could repeat the passage
he had learned without hesitation, he began to
dress himself for his visit with all the care that
a lady usually bestows upon her toilet. He
curled his fragrant locks over a heated curling
iron, combed out his scanty eyebrows, brushed
his long and silken lashes, whitened his hands
and touched the finger nails with a delicate
pink, and finally curled his sickly mustache in
a manner he thought specially effective. He
then donned a handsome evening suit, and
giving himself an approving glance as he saw
his reflection in the mirror, he took his cane
and started on his way.
When he reached the mansion of the Cleve
lands, and saw that neither wind nor dust had
marred his toilet, and that his boots shone
like a mirror, he rang the bell with more than
his usual assurance. He inquired for Alice,
and was shown into the parlor, where he im
proved the time spent in awaiting her entrance
by admiring himself and withdrawing one of
his gloves, thereby displaying a handsome seal
Alice kept him waiting an unusual length of
time, but finally entered, as perfectly cos
tumed as himself. They exchanged saluta
tions, but it occurred to Moxon that the girl’s
manner was extremely cold. This idea he
soon rejected, and began to con over in his
mind the lesson he had recently learned. A
favorable opportunity soon occurred, and he
began :
“Miss Alice, you must have observed how
deeply I am interested in your society and how
often I have visited here of late ’ ’
He hesitated, and Alice made some inaudible
reply. Her manner was almost frigid, and
would have completely discouraged any one
who sought her for herself alone, but Moxon
was looking to the fortune she would bring
her favored suitor, and then began anew : "
“Dear Alice, need I say I love you ? Have
not my actions and looks showed plainly to
you that you have made a conquest of my
heart.? Since first I beheld your beautiful
face, it has been shrined in my heartas the im
age of my worship! Smile on me, Alice;
will you not be mine ? The star of my life—
the ruler or my destiny !”
He paused for a reply.
Alice was looking steadily at him with a
somewhat amused expression on her face, and
yet wore a look which showed that she felt
flattered at being the object of such passionate
devotion, and that her vanity was gratified at
being declared beautiful.
Moxon was encouraged to proceed.
“Alice,” he said, hesitatingly, unable to
remember what the lover next said in the
novel to which he had referred. It struck him,
however, that it would be eminently proper
for him to kneel to the object of his affections,
and he, therefore, gracefully sank on one knee
and took Alice’s hand in his own.
“May I have this little hand?” he whis
pered. “Will you be mine, Alice, mine, for
ever ?’ ’
“ Rise, I beg of you,” exclaimed Alice, in a
tone that showed her annoyance at this last
proceeding; “you needn’t kneel to me, Mr.
“ Will you not smile upon me?” urged the
youug xxiivu.
Alice uttered a faint shriek, and Moxon
sprang to his feet as Mrs. Cleveland, who had
entered the room noiselessly, observed :
“ Hadn’t you better tell Mr. Moxon, my
dear, that you are already engaged to be mar
ried ?’ ’
‘ ‘ Engaged I Alice engaged to be mar
ried!” ejaculated Moxon. “It can’t be pos
sible !”
“I hope you don’t think it impossible that
I should have other suitors, sir,” said Alice,
haughtily. “ Why is it not possible that lam
engaged to be married to some one beside your
self?” Moxon looked bewildered.
“ I meant no offence, Alice,” he replied,
“ but jou have encouraged me in every way,
Lave accepted my escort everywhere, aud have
treated me with the greatest friendship.”
“ I may have done so, heretofore,” re
sponded Alice, “ bur it was with no intention
of becoming your wife! lam engaged, sir,
to a gentleman of rank and wealth, aud shall
probably be within a year a Viscountess of En
gland !”
Alice Cleveland was too vain of her con
quest over Captain Oakfield to refrain from
communicating tbe news of her engagement to
him, even to her discarded suitor. In this
lack of generosity, or even of common polite
ness, she betrayed her selfish and heartless
But Moxon neither wept nor fainted at this
announcement as she half hoped he would do,
nor stormed and raved as she half feared he
might do. On the contrary, he retained his
self-possession, and, save that he looked some
what chagrined, could not have been taken for
a discarded suitor, who was being mocked at
by his lady-love.
‘‘ My daughter prefers aristocratic England
to republican America,” observed Mrs. Cleve
land, smiling blandly, and with an attempt at
pleasantry. “ You must excuse her if she car
ries her preference still further—and marries
an Englishman, Mr. Moxon.”
Moxon bowed and said :
“I suppose the Englishman referred to is
Captain Oakfield, whom I first introduced to
your notice. lam sorry to say, madam and
Miss Cleveland, that I know nothing of his
previous history, and that he may be an im
postor for all I know.”
“I know his previous history,” said Alice,
quickly and with considerable hauteur. “I
am perfectly satisfied that he is all that is true
and noble by nature and by birth, and that is
“He has shown us ample credentials,” said
Mrs. Cleveland, coldly, “and we all know
positively that he is all he claims to be. I
have examined his commission, letters from
his' father and other friends, from the govern
or-general of Canada, and from many other
titled people, besides other credentials that I
need not mention. It is enough to say, Mr.
Moxon, that if every gentleman who gains ad
mittance to the best society here could present
such unexceptionable credentials as Captain
Oakfield has done, it would be better for pa
rents with young and beautiful daughters.”
She bowed as she concluded, in a manner
that convinced Moxon that her words were a
personal insult to himself
He replied, angrily :
“ If your last words are a hit at me, I wisli
to assure you that I have plenty of proofe that
lam all I claim to be—a wealthy heir! Of
course, if Alice had accepted me I should have
produced them and convinced her father and
yourself that I was worthy of her hand.”
“I've heard enough,” said Alice. “I’m
sure I’m obliged to you, Mr. Moxon, but I
wouldn’t marry you under any circumstances,
provided I could find any one else to have me!
Good morning.”
She laughed lightly and tripped from the
room, with an affectation of childish grace,
leaving Mrs. Cleveland and Moxon together.
“lam sorry for your disappointment,” ob
served Mrs. Cleveland, on whom his false
statement that he could produce proofs of his
wealth had had due effe«t. ■ “Alice is a young
and giddy girl, Mr. Moxon ”
“Twenty-two, at least,” was his quick re
ply, “and plenty old enough to behave in a
lady-like manner. I wouldn’t accept her as
my wife under any circumstances, now that I
fully understand her miserable coquetry and
falseness of character.”'
He bowed and left the room, while Mrs.
Cleveland uttered various angry exclamations
at his unparalleled insolence, and hastened to

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