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MTO Bl 1 J. WILLIAMSON.
VOLUME xvm.
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[BY THE INDEPENDENT LINE.]
Important Conjecture Rela
tive to Lee’s Army.
CONTROVERSY BETWEEN DAVIS AND LEE.
[From the Washington Evening Star.]
Washington; Aug. 8,1863.
Wo have information from Dixie satisfying us that on
Wednesday last Lee’s whole army, with the exception of
a brigade or so around Fredericksburg, and five thousand
Mfantry, with his cavalry, with which he is making a
fliowef holding Culpepper county,was concentrated south
•f the Rapidan in the vicinity of Gordonsville.
He is now engaged in a rather bitter controversy with
Jeff. Davis, on the subject of reinforcements. Davis avows
his inability to furnish them, and Lee replies that if that
her© Davis must prepare to see him (Lee) give up all of
Virginia south of the James River, as it will be madness
on his part to risk what iorce he has left north of that
river as matters now stand on the Rappahannock.
M 0 SEBY’S RA IDS.
CASE OF COLONEL BELGER.
CONSCRIPTS JOINING MEADE’S ARMY, ETG.
Washington, Aug. 8, P. M.
The jßepuMicaw of this evening says Moseby’s gang has
made some rich hauls of sutlers goods in the last few days
Within our own lines. This is eminently disgraceful to
Somebody.
Mie country between this city and the Army of the Po
tomac ought to be cleared of every man, woman and
thildjif necessary, in order to put a stop to the move
ments of this predatory gang. The reason why Moseby
kas succeeded so well in robbing Union men is, that his
Band is composed ostensibly of farmers and citizens who
Are allowed to pursue their avocations in the field by day,
*ud plan their raids at night Information is conveyed to
them by women and children of the proximity of sutler’s
teams. They rendezvous quickly for a raid, and are found
Mending a fence torn down by themselves for that pur
pose immediately afterwards. It is time that some means
Were taken to destroy Moseby’s gang.
Jn the case of Col. Belger, tried for frauds on the Oov
eminent, it is understood the court-martial have returned
8 finding ®f “Not Guilty.” It was intimated at the close of
•to proceedings that such would be the finding of the
••art.
ihe Navy Department has received the following :
U. S. Gunboat, Owasco, )
Sabine Pass, July22d, 1863. )
To Hon G. Welles, Secretary of Navy :
Sir.—l have the honor to report that yesterday I sent
into Calcasu two boats trom this vessel, two from the
Cayuga, on a reconnoissanee in regard to what appeared
10 be small vessels at anchor up near the lake. There-
Sult was the capture of a schooner, the “ Revenge” of
3<ew Orleans, she being several miles from the bar and
Aground. It was determined, to destroy her by scuttling.
Her cargo consisted of 18 hhds. of sugar, 200 hides, and a
Small quantity of mineral salt. The beats having des
froyed the schooner and cargo, returned without acci
dent or resistance, leaving the inhabitants of the vicinity
Undisturbed.
I am Respectfully, Your Ob’t Serv’t,
L’t Commander, J. Mudigan, Jr.
Comd’g Owasco., Sabine Pass.
Col. Thomas, Collector of the Port of Philadelphia, is at
Willard’s. Col. Thomas, having returned from the seat of
War with the regiment of volunteers he organized, has
Leen highly commended for his energy and promptness
fcy the Secretary of War.
One of the enrolling officers of the District was arrested
to-day, charged with making false returns.
Commissioner Lewis has decided that billiard tables
Sept for the use of the public, are charged with the spe
cific duty ot ten dollars each, in addition to the license
duty prescribed in section 64 of the act for raising revenue,
etc. The decision recently published was unofficial.
The ranks of Gen. Meade’s army are being filled with
•onscripts. Three hundred were sent to the Fifth Corps a
ilay or two since.
Hon. G. A. Grow, late Speaker of the House of Repre
sentatives is at the National Hotel. His health, somewhat
Impaired during the late session of Congress, is fully re
stored.
CeL J. P. S. Whilom, Editor of the Philadelphia Daily
Wewa, but more recently Chief Clerk of the War Depart
ment, and now of the U. S. Army, attached to one of the
Bew regiments infantry, is in the city uoon business con
nected with his command.
$29,530,000 have been forwarded to the National Armies
Jfcr the payment of troops for the months of May and
June.
A eewhiding affair came off at Camp Barry yesterday,
we are informed, but the particulars are so highly excit
ing in their character and details that we forbear making
fibem publie. Ti\e belligerents are a Major and a Colonel.
The Rev. P. Harrison, arrested ten days since on a
tharge of having held communication with Confederates
Md 8 At to Fort McHenry, was yesterday evening sent
bej oifu the Federal lines byway ot Harper’s Ferry.
A Cemetery at Gettysburg.
Gettysburg, Aug, Bth—lo P. M.
David Mills,, Esq., of this place, acting as agent for
Got ernor Curtin, has been for some time past engaged
arranging a general place for a National Cemetery in
©ettysburg, near the battle ground. He has just returned
firem a consultation with Gov. Curtin and a number of
gents of other states at Harrisburg, where the Retails
Bave been concluded and the project really started. The
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will furnish the ground,
and invite other states to participate by taking lots in the
Cemetery, and join ia the removal of the dead and ap
propriately ornamenting the grounds. This plan will be
earned out immediately.
Items from Washington.
Washington, AugustS.
While tl ere is no difficulty in procuring other officers
Ur the eolored regiments, there is such a scarcity of sur
fjeens that the Surgeon-General is compelled to advertise
lor them.
John Blake, of the United States Navy, who was or
dered on duty in June last, cannot be found. His last offi
cial address was New York. Fears are entertained for his
safety.
Lieutenant Commander Johnson, of the gunboat Katha-
On, reports the capture off San Louis Pass. July 13th, of
Sm schooner Excelsior, and Lieutenant Madigan, com
pounding the gunboat Owasco, reports the capture on the
31st ult of the schooner Revenge, of Orleans.
Owing to the schooner being aground at the time, she
Was scuttled. Her cargo consisted of sugar, hides, and
mineral salt
Trom Santa Fe.—The Indians Pilfering
—A Fight—Rumored Abandonment of
Mexico by the French, dkc.
. Leavenworth, August 7.
The Santa Fe Mail has arrived.
A large number of Indians were seen on the route, but
they did not molest the coach.
A large lot of mules were stolen from Fort Craig by the
Indians, but they were recovered after a sharp fight, in
which quite a number were killed and wounded on both
Sides.
The Santa Fe Gautic learns by’ the Southern mail that
the French have abandoned the city of Mexico.
A Hoax—No Riot of Sugar Pa.
Buffalo, August 8.
The report of a riot at Sugar Grove, Pa., is a hoax.
There is no truth in it whatever. The draft has not com
menced in Warren county.
Naval Orders to-day.
Washington, August 8.
Lie nt.-Commander Chas. H. Cushman ordered to the
Crondage; Lieut. Roswell H. Lamson detached from the
North Atlantic blockading squadron and ordered to com
mand steamer Nausemond; Lieut. James A. Doyle, de
tact ed from duty as a member of court-martial in session
at Philadelphia, and granted a leave of absence.
—i
The Safety of the Steamship Pacific. '
St. John’s, N. F., AugustS.
The steamship Pacific went ashore at Mistaken Point’
but got off and bore up for Trepassey, and arrived here
tills morning. Her fire compartment is full of water. The
cargo is not Injured, and is discharging to day. She will
be repaired here.
Jehu Morgauis Officers.
Cincinnati, August B.—One hundred and twenty-three
of John Morgan’s officers have been sent from Johnson’s
Island to Harrisburg to be confined in the penitentiary
there.
Four hundred and fifty rebels from Kentucky reached
Camp Chase yesterday.
Sale of the Columbus, Pltiua, and Indian
apolis Railroad.
Cincinnati, August B.—The Columbus, Piqua, and Idian
apolis railroad, was sold on Thursday under a decree of
the Franklin county court, to the trustees and bondhold
ers of the road, for reorganization.
NAVIGAIioToFTHE MISSISSIPPI.
Robert C. Gist, Special Agent of the Post Office Depart
ment, in charge of the Memphis Post Office, writes to the
Hon. George W. McClellan, Second Assistant Postmaster-
General, that steamboats are arriving and departing al
most daily to and from New Orleans, without molestation
from guerrillas. He adds :
“I am now making up a mail daily for New Orleans. I
have consulted the Surveyor of the Port, Master of Trans
portation, and other officials, all of whom express a de
cided opinion that the Eastern and Northern mails for
New Orleans can be sent with more safety and expedition
via the Mississippi river than by the ocean steamers, so
long as rebel piratical vessels continue to infest our coast,
and commit depredations. Gen. Grant has established a
mounted patrol between Vicksburg and New Orleans, I
understand, and I have no hesitation in saying that the
transportation of the mails will be as safe hence to New
Orleans as to Cairo. The guerrillas, who infest some por
tions of the river at times, have generally no artillery.
Musketry can do no damage to the boats. The prospect is
that they will be cleared out if they make any further de
monstrations. Transports, with coal barges, are being sent
below every day, destined to New Orleans. I can send a
mail now at leas! twice a week, and I hope soon, when
the restrictions on trade ar«x removed or modified, to be
able to send a mail daily.”
FROM THE ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND.
Bragg still at Chattanoega*
Gapt. McGonigle, of the Second Indiana Cavalry, arriv
ed in Indianapolis on Aug. 4th, directly from Rosecrans 1
army, which he left on Sunday morning. He says Bragg
is still at Chattanooga, and our forces on this side of the
Tennessee River waiting the repair of the railroad bridge.
The rebels are doing nothing, and so are we. He was with
the cavalry division that took Huntsville, Ala., but says
there was nothing in it when it was taken. From present
appearances the Army of the Cumberland is likely to have
an easy time of it for a month or two, except in the way
of raids which are much feared by the rebels. An At
lanta (Ga.) paper says that “ a big raid from Rosecrans is
at Whiteside..” and expresses the oninion that Gen. Rose
crans was moving jupon Selma. Extensive preparations
were being made m (Georgia to oppose his movements.
The Nashville Union, of the 2d insL, says that a gentleman
who had just arrived there from Chattanooga states that
the rebels are making no preparations to defend that
place, and will fall back on Atlanta in a few days.
LATEST FROM NEW ORLEANS,
We have advices from the Crescent City to the Ist inst,
The weather was hot apd the city dull but healthy. The
steamer Iberville arrived from Vicksburg on the 23d ult,
with the report that an important militajy and naval ex
pedition was being fitted out there. General Grant was
also organizing negro regiments there. General Banks,
accompanied by five other generals, went to Vicksburg on
the 27th of July. The rebels had cleaned out everything
from Brashear City, including the heavy siege guns, be
fore it was re-occupied by our troops. A force of three
thousand rebels, at Camp Bisland, still control the whole
Teche country, from Berwick Bay to Red river. It was
expected that Admiral Farragut would come north in the
United States sloop-of war Hartford, and Admiral Porter
would command the Gulf in his absence. A vessel had ar
rived at New Orleans from Vera Cruz, bringing the report
that no American or English vessels were on the coast, as
the French vessels were seizing everything, English or
American. A French steamer had arrived at Vera Cruz
with an English schooner in tow, captured in the Rio
Grande with a cargo of arms valued at $300,060, intended
lor the Texas rebels, but probably seized under the suppo
sition that they were intended for tho Mexicans.
■ —■ ■ ' .
THE LATE INVASION OF KENTUCKY.
The Louisville Journal, has it from the best authority
that Pegram has not recently been in Kentucky. The late
invading force was led by Scott, who is believed to be at
this time safely back across the Cumberland. Scott owes
his safety and that of ihe mass of his force, to Lieut-Col
Nixon, of the Confederate service, who, at the head of
200 men, gave our troops battle, and exposed himself to
certain capture to give Scott time to escape. Nixon (who
was formerly editor of the New Orleans Crescent) and
eight or nine other captured officers were taken to Louis
ville, and thence sent to Johnson’s Island.
MISCELLANEOUS WAR ITEMS.
A dispatch from Leavenworth says :
“ Captain Harvey, at Westport, learning that it was the
inter tion of the guerrillas to attack a large train which
leit Kansas City for Santa Fe in the latter part of July
started in pursuit with one company of Kansas volun
teers He overtook the train, and. finding that it had
been robbed, started in pursuit of the robbers, when he
came up to Captain Colegan with a company of the 9th
Kansas regiment, who had come from Santa Fe to meet
the train. Each supposed they had found the enemy.
Captain Colegan drew up his men in line of battle, or
dered a charge, and a severe fight ensued, in which many
were killed and wounded before the mistake was discov
ered.”
A general order published by Rose
crans, declares the rebels to have been expelled from Mid
dle Tennessee. His object is to bestow upon Tennesseeans
freedom under the Constitution and tlie Law. He directs
the infliction of punishment upon all thieves, pillagers
stragglers and marauders separated from their commands
without authority. He requires from his army the exer
cise of forbearance and mercy. Deserters, conscript agents
and prisoners desiring to become loyal, may be paroled
Citizens are Invited to unite iu restoring law and order’
v hile those who persist In rebellion are to he compelled
to leave the State ; but those who desire to vote mav do so
after taking the oath of allegiance.
Col. Spear’s late expedition into
North Carolina was comparatively successful. He crossed
the Chowan river at Winton, and proceeded to Jackson,
twelve miles from Weldon, where the rebels were dis
covered in strong force. His advance made a charge on
the rebel advance, by which the enemy were driven back
and in which seventy prisoners were captured; our loss
being two men killed and three wounded. Sixty bales of
cotton and one hundred horses were also captured. A
large cotton factory and some bridges were burned. In
cessant rams prevented the entire success of the ex
pedition.
While a steamboat containing a
number of drafted men and substitutes was going down
the Delaware, on her way from Pniladelphia to Washing
ton, a substitute jumped into the river. The boat was
stopped, and the deserter told to return, or he would be
shot He persisted however, in swimming towards the
shore, when a rifle was fired at him, which did not alter
his course. A number of shots were then fired at him at
the same time, when his body disappeared, and was not
seen to rise again.
Gen. Richardson, the guerrilla, has
ordered all men in West Tennessee, between 18 and 45 to
report to his camps under the rebel conscription law. He
says, “ If a man should absent himself from home to avoid
this order, burn his house and all his property, except
such as may be useful to this command. If a man resists
this by refusing to report, shoot him down and leave him
dying. If a man takes refuge in his house and offersre
get out” Bet 1116 house 011 fire and guard it so lie may not
The English blockade-running steam
er Eagle, recently captured near Hole-in the-Wall, arrived
at this port on Wednesday last, in charge of a prize crew
from her caotor, the Canandaigua. She is about 160 feet
in length, with a breadth of beam of not over 25 feet; sits
very low in the water, and has a decidedly rakish appear
ance. She was evidently built for the trade, and is said
to have made a dozen successful trips from Charleston to
Nassau and back. Her cargo consists of salt and assorted
goods.
On Tuesday night the steamer Ruth
was burned on the Mississippi a few miles below Cairo
boat and cargo being a total loss, including two and a half
millions of Government funds. Paymaster Greenwall
and three clerks were lost, and several other Paymasters
barely escaped with their lives. The funds lost were for
the payment of Gen. Grant’s men, who will thus be
forced to “ wait a little longer ” for their greenbacks.
Late Richmond papers contain maj
ters of great significance Following and emphazingthe
appeal of Lee lor the return of absent soldiers, one has
also been issued by Jeff Davis. He calls upon Confederate
officers and soldiers to return immediately to their vari
ous camps and corps, and promises pardon to deserters
Lee is said to have massed his troops, and to be ready for
another battle. The Exviminrr thinxs it possible one inav
be fought on the line of the Rapidan. J
Yazoo City has been stripped. The
hostile attitude of the people in planting torpedoes in the
river, the destruction of the De Kalb, and the firing of
up ? n °^ r W 1 * thLs retaliation.
About 2,000 bales of cotton belonging to the Confederate
States Army, a large quantity of merchandise and steam
boat furniture stored in the town, with two steamboat
loads of contrabands, were taken away.
Advices from Vicksburgh informs us
that in the recent advance on Jackson, letters were cap
tured confirming the treason ef Ex-President James Bu
chanan, and proving Gen. Scott’s accusations against him
to be true. Gen. Sherman’s losses in his campaign against
Joe Johnston amounted to about a thousand men. That
rebel General, al 100 l account; was at MArhiian wif>» iho
bulk of his force. Some of his army, it is supposed, have
been dispatched to Charleston and some to. Mobile.
At Camp Wyndham, near Washing
ton, cn Monday n’ght, some of the soldiers attempted mu
tiny. The guard was quickly called, and the rioters fired
upon and dispersed. Some ten or twelve were wounded.
Bad liquor procured from the numerous sutlers’ shops
around was the real author of the riot
Philadelphia has got through with
the'draft. Out of a population of 567,000, there have been
18.000 men drawn. This ratio applied io New York would
call for about 30,000. The draft in Washington has also
been completed. It gives an aggregate of 3,700 white and
1,253 colored conscripts Among the drawn are several
persons named George Washington.
After Poit Hudson was in Gen. Sher
man’s hands, hundreds of deserters from the rebel army
began to pour in. They said the struggle was no longer a
hopetui one; that there was no chance of success remain
ing. and that they were glad to get to the Federal army,
and would fight against the old flag no longer.
A negro conscript of Boston wrote
to the Provost-Marshal General, asking him the price de
manded to exempt a colored conscript, as S3OO would ex
empta white man, but a negro would not be received as
his substitute, therefore colored exemption should be less.
He was told in reply that all, not otherwise exempt, must
pay S3OO or serve.
The Charleston Courier gives an ac
count of a dash of a small party, under the command of
Capt Kirk, upon Barnwell, or Big Island, which is divided
from Port Royal only by a small creek. The party suc
ceeded in surprising and capturing thirty-three negroes,
five of whom were members of Montgomery’s brigade.
The Fifteenth New Hampshire and
Twenty-sixth Maine regiments arrived at Albany last
week, on their way home from Port Hudson. The Twenty
first and Twenty-fifth Maine regiments also arrived at
Boston from Port Hudson, en route for their homes.
The resignation of the rebel Gen.
Sterling Price ot Missouri, is credited by the Montgomery
(Ala.) Mail. Dissatisfaction with Jeff. Davis and other
causes are assigned for the act. We should not be sur
prised to hear that “ Daddy Price ” had followed the ex
ample of his son and become loyal again.
Out of one hundred and sixty horses
lately inspected by a board at Washington, convened by
Gen. Heintzelman, one hundred and forty were rejected
as unfit for service. Some of them had already been con
demned, and were again being passed off on the Govern
ment.
The commutation money paid by
those drafted will amount, it is supposed, to some forty or
fifty millions of dollars throughout the country. The
United States Collector at Lancaster, Pa., has received
$79,000, and exempted two hundred and sixty-five men in
consequence.
Dispatches from Washington con
tradict the assumption that the articles in the journals
there, representing a war with Great Britain as immi
nent, are authorized by the government, or are made
upon any knowledge of its views.
The new gunboat Neosho, of the
Monitor pattern, built at St Louis, has arrived at Vicks
burg. The Osage, of the same pattern, is expected at Ne w
Orleans. The Choctaw and Pittsburg are blockading Red
River.
The ravages of war have at last de
prived the people of Richmond, Va., of their street rail
way. The rails have been torn up, and are now being
rolled into plates for a new gunboat.
Eight Butlers' wagons, while return
ing froir the front of the Army of the Potomac, were cap
tutfd on Thursday by Moseby T s cavalry, this side of Fair
fax Court House.
Some were disposed to sneer at Ma
jor-General Banks nine months ago, because he said to the
nine months’ men that they should, return home by an
other route than that of the ocean. Those same men ar®
now coming home byway of the Mississippi river.
The loss to the enemy, caused by our
expedition last month up the Yazoo, comprised all the
guns left on that river, SBOO,OOO Worth of steamers, $550,000
worth of cotton, and as much more In stores, Ac., neces
sary to the maintenance of an army.
Adjueant-General Thomas has start
ed for Vicksburgh, to organise negro regiments for main
taining the free navigation of the Mississippi. He expects
to have a large army under arms soon.
Twenty-nine millions five hundred
and thirty thousand dollars have recently been forwarded
to the National armies for the payment of the troops for
the months of May and June.
On Monday, about 200 mules, accom
panied by several teamsters, sent out to be used in hauling
wood to Alexandria, and between that place and Fairfax
Court House, -were gobbled up by the Confederate guer
rillas.
Gen. Robert H. Milroy is to be tried
by a military general court-martial for an oftense speci
fied in an order of the General-in-Chief. Gen. Halleck
has detailed officers to constitute the Court.
Trenton, New Jersey, by an unanim
ous vote of its Common Council, has offered a bounty of
two hundred dollars to fill up its quota.
The rank and file of the Third Army
Corps are having a splendid phaeton built for Gen. Sickles
in anticipation of his early return to his old command.
It is reported that Union Leagues
have been formed in several counties in MississippiTsince
the surrender ot Vicksburg.
The lists of names of prisoners pa
roled at Vicksburg filled a box about three feet long and
two feet in width and depth.
F. B. Murtha to a “Subscriber.”—
In the last number of this paper a “ Subscriber ” intima
ted that Mr. Murtha was a plagiarist, basing the charge
upon the use of a line which had appeared Tn the Waver
ley Mayazine, of July 2. Mr. Murtha replies to the accusa
tion as follows: “ Some person under the title of Sub
scriber, in th® Dispatch Of August 2, would seem to accuse
me of plagiarism. By referring to the original copy of
my poem, I believe you will find the tide, Never trouble
troubte, marked with the usual quotation points, which I
think is all that is necessary. The saying, ‘ Never trouble
trouble’ and ‘Never borrow trouble,’ are old as the
hills. I heard them years ago, have frequently read them
in the weekly and monthly periodicals, .and often thought
what an excellent subject either of them would be for a
poem. The words, ‘ Never trouble trouble ’ have never
appeared to my knowledge, in any verse or line of poet
ry, as the words of Subecriber would infer, except my own.
over the Waverley Magaaba, however, I find in
v 01. 27, No. 5. July 2. under * Facetious Table Talk,’ the
phrase Never trouble trouble,’ etc., appearing even after
my verses were composed.”
W. J. Belshaw.— 11 What is the legal
weight of one ton of iron, as recognized by law, and at
tlie same time adopted by the trade ?” The statute on
W eights and Measures declares that the “ Avoirdupois
pound, which bears to the Troy pound the ratio of seven
thousand to seven thousand five hundred and sixty, shall
be divided into sixteen equal parts, called ounces : the
hundred weight shall consist of one hundred Avoirdupois
pounds, and twenty hundred weight shall constitute a
ton.” A ton. therefore, in the eye of the law, consists of
two thousand Avoirdupois pounds; and when a dealer
contracts to deliver a ton of iron, he is required to give
two thousand pounds and no more... .“What is the orlg-
term ‘ boss,’ as applied to an employer?”
“Boss” is the English word for the Dutch fcw*—master.
This word originated among the Dutch settlers of this
city, but is now used generally in tlie Middle. Western and
Eastern States W. J. B.’s third question will be an-
swered in our next, if possible.
Subscriber.— “ I am a member of the
"Ist N. Y. S M„ and have served In the war twice, three
months each time. lafo.-m me if lam exempt from the
draft by reason ot said service t If not exempt, what
benefit is derived from being a member of the State mi
litia t” You are not exempt from the draft ; but it is un
derstood that allowance of time will be made in favor of
those who have served as militia in the United States
army. The benefits a citizen derives from serving in the
organised mlliti.% are precisely the same to-day they
were anterior to tlie breaking out of the rebellion. He
who serves seven years in the militia has certain taxes re
mitted him during service ; and on being honorably dis
charged is, while a resident of the State, relieved from
jury, militia, fire and other onerous duties.
A Foreign Farmer.— There are many
works in existence devoted to the American system of
agriculture and horticulture, among these we can recom
mend to this correspondent the HoTticuHwiM. published by
y <^ d ?y r<^wa^’JT arkß<>w s and the Farmer,
to be had at No. 126 Nassau street Very fair land can
be purchased within fifty miles of the city, on Long Is
land, at from $25 to SSO per acre. A good farm iu the in
terior of New Jersey within reasonable distance of New
lork city can be obtained at even less prices.
J. P. Wicks.— lf you enlisted for
nine months, and th® record of enlistments shows it, you
can at the expiration of that time claim your discharge
The authorities are bound to grant it on application being
made by tlie colonel of your regiment Only those
who have been disabled in the service by wounds in bat
tle or by hard and honorable service, are permitted to en
ter the Veteran corps. If you are desirous of entering
this corps you ®an enlist at the office of any provost-mar
shaL
A Sufferer.— We know nothing what
ever of the mental acquirements or practical abilities of
the physician named in your note of August 9. You had
bettor apply to a regular physician.
A statue of Augustus, eight feet
high, has lately been discovered near the Villa Livia,
which lies seven miles outside the Porto del Popolo at
Rome. It is in remarkable preservation, having only lost
the fingers of one hand, and is perhaps the most inter
esting and certainly the most highly finished portrait
statue of the Roman school which has yet been discov
ered. The Emperor is dressed in a cuirass covered with
figures executed in bas relief, and of beautiful workman
ship, and on his arm hangs his mantie. His head is very
like that of the young Augustus in the Vatican, although
much older.
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NEW YORK, SUNDAY, AUGUST 1863.
[Written for the New York Dispatch.]
THE PALISADES*
By ’William J. McClure.
There rolls a stream to Ocean’s surge,
Adown Columbia’s eastern side ;
From Adirondack’s peaks emerge
Its drops, to spread in glory wide.
Its wave is not the only charm—
For sweetly rest the plains and glades
Around, and rise o’er flood and farm
The high and lordly Palisades.
Their feet are laved within the stream,
Like fortress walls the dark rocks rear ;
Sublime they are, and proud they seem.
With brows that awe-strike as they cheer,
Unshaken by relentless storms,
Full brilliant are the crowning shades
As morning’s gleam the landscape warms
And lights the caverned Palisades.
Reflected in the stream they link
When earth with Sol’s clear beam is blest,
Their giant shadows pall the brink,
As sunshine wanders farther west.
’Tis ever peaceful by that shore,
Not yet the clang of war invades ;
And wild birds unregarded soar
Above, around, the Palisades.
The Teuton’s bosom thrills w th joy
At mention of his lovely Rhine ;
For mem’ry makes him still a boy,
And pictures scenes that always shine.
Grand Hudson rolling to the main,
In recollection never fades ;
The minstrel wakes a patriot strain,
It echoes down the Palisades !
* A high, precipitous range of rocks extending along the
western shore of the Hudson river.
* Entered according to Act of Congress.
the lifirms
OR, THE
Fortunes of llie Clevelands.
A ROMANCE OF THE EMPIRE CITY.
BY CAPT. WBBEL.ER, TJ. S. A. /
AUTHOR OF “BUXWIKG THB BLOCKADK,” (PBIJJTEB IM THB
“ SUB,”) “ THE WEB OF FATE,” (PUBLISHED IN THE
“ NEW YORK LBDGBR,”) ETC., BTC.
CHAPTER XXXV.
A STRANGE BANQUET!
“ go, Tooley will put Mrs. Cloats out of my
way to-night, will he ?” muttered Mrs. Cleve
land to herself, as she paced to and fro in her
chamber. “It is time for me to think of get
ting rid of him ! I’ll go to one of these vile
hags, the self-styled fortune-tellers of New
York, and obtain a deadly poison. When he
comes, I’ll invite him to a little collection
and quietly give him a dose that will leave
him dead in his bed before morning !”
With a stern and hardened face, which at
tested how rapidly she was advancing iu her
downward career, Mrs. Cleveland disguised
herself in the same garb she had worn when
visiting the Wilsons, and was soon in the
presence of one of the feminine panders to
which she had alluded.
“I do not want any of that mummery!”
said the veiled visitor, almost sternly, as the
hag produced a greasy pack of cards. “I
have been told,” she added, in a low voice,
“ that you furnish a deadly poison to those
who have occasion to use it. To be frank
with you, my husband keeps a filthy dog
which I am anxious to get rid of, as it is a
great nuisance tome!”
“Very well. I can furnish you the article
you require,” replied the hag, in a voice quite
as hard and cold as that of Mrs. Cleveltnd.
“Something that will kill a man (or a dog) in
a day, a week, a month, or in a few' hours,
just as you may prefer!”
“ I want a poison that will kill in about
eight hours—something that, if administered
at ten o'clock to-night, will leave the—the
dog dead in the morning !” .
“ I have just the article you need.”
The hag left the room a moment and re
turned with a small vial containing a colorless
fluid.
“ Here it is,” she said. “ The price is fifty’
dollars ! _ Put ten drops into a glass of water,
and it will kill in the time you desire it to
operate!”
“ Is that all that is necessary?”
“All, all!” -
Mrs. Cleveland paid the hag the money she
demanded, and returned home as quietly and
rapidly as she could.
“I wonder what makes the old woman so
nervous, to-aight?” said Capt. Oakfield to
himself, after he and his wife had retired to
their chamber for the night. “ The old dan
has gone to bed, but she still lingers around
the parlor as if expecting a visitor. My busi
ness is to learn all the secrets of this family
and I am bound to do it.”
He waited till his young wife, happy in his
pretended love, had fallen asleep, and then he
quietly arose and dressed himself, making a
few magnetic passes over the face of Alice, in
order to assure himself of her continued slum
ber. He then stole out of his room and crept
down the stairs toward the parlor. For a long
time he listened to the movements of Mrs.
Cleveland, as she moved about the parlor, and
at last he had the exquisite pleasure of seeing
her go down to the kitchen, and bring up a I
few dishes. The second time she went down
his curiosity and interest mastered all appre
hensions of consequences, and he stole noise
lessly down the stairs and concealed himself
behind the large sofa which stood at one side
of the room.
“Dishes,” he muttered, as he saw plates
and food on a small table near. “ There is a
mystery in these preparatins for a supper, and
I’ll take good care to know what it is, if she
doesn’t cume searching for me here.”
He had no time to observe more, for Mrs.
Cleveland again made her appearance.
Tlie »teps of Tooley Priggsley were a little
more stealthy than usual, as he crept toward
the residence of the Clevelands. He occasion
ally cast a hurried glance over his shoulder, as
if his conscience was not altogether easy under
the murder he had committed, or under the
discovery Gertrude Everley had made of his
crime. The time was at least two hours later
than the time he had agreed to meet Mrs.
Clevelnad and inform her of his success, and he
was half afraid that she would have retired for
the night, and that he would not immediately
obtain the price of his iniquity.
To his great joy, on nearing the house,’he
saw that a faint light came from the windows
of the front parlor. He paused a moment un
der the window, making a pretence of fasten
ing his shoe, and was gratified in seeing the
curtains move slightly at one of the windows,
and at seeing a shadow gliding away on them,
as if his accessory were moving away to the
entrance to give him admittance.
In another moment he had ascended the
steps and found the door ajar ready to receive
him without delay.
“ Is it done, Tooley ?” whispered the woman
in a tone barely loud enough to reach his ears.
“Yes. I’ve sunk her in the river!”
The woman’s eyes sparkled with a visible
gleam of joy, as dark as was the hall.
“Come in,” she said. “Do not make the
slightest noise. Everybody is a-bed, but I
want you to come in and tell me all the par
ticulars of the deed. I wish to judge for my
self whether you have done the job well or
not.”
PRIGGSLEY HOLDS AN IMPORTANT CONFERENCE.
She led the way into the parloi,
a chair for Priggsley, enjoining hioi to speak
in a low tone. He noticed that sb. was more
smiling than usual, more friendly, more re
spectful in her demeanor towards hiir ; bat he
referred this change in her conduct t > the ser
vice he had rendered her, and to th new tie
with which their fortunes had been connected
by it.
“ In the first place,” whispered Mrs. Cleve
land, “ tell me if all is safe ? if no one has seen
you ? if no trace has been left for the police to
track us ?”
“Make your mind easy,” was his reply.
“You know, Mari’, I do not stop at any half
way measures in an affair of this kind.”
‘‘ I know—l know ; but I have been terribly
anxious during the last three or four hours.
Give me all the particulars. I’m so afraid that
you have left something undone. ’ ’
Priggsley proceeded to narrate all he had
done, with the exception of two important
features of the night’s operations—the discov
ery of his guilt by Gertrude Everley and her
consequent seizure, and the horde of specie he
had found in Mrs. Cloat’s cellar. When he
had finished, Mrs. Cleveland bowed her head
approvingly, and said :
“I dare say that we are rid of her forever.
I have had some .suspicions that you might
claim the reward without doing the work.
But I see from your manner and the details,
that you have really done the work, and I ac
cordingly give you the money.”
She produced a roll of bank b.lls from her
pocket, and Priggsley proceeded to count them
at his leisure.
“All right,” he finally muttered. “I see
that the amount’s here—three thousand dol
lars. This is merely the first instalment.”
“Well, that’s so, I suppose, Tooley,” re
sponded Mrs. Cleveland, still treating him
with unusual friendliness ; “ but you must not
be hard on me. You have enough to last you
a few months, at least, and I want you to cut
all low company—to see if you can’t learn to
look and talk more like a gentleman. Your
appearance in our circle has created a most
disagreeable sensation. If Mr. Cleveland knew
just what has been said and done, in conse
quence of the countenance I have extended to
you, he’d do something dreadful.”
“Where is the old fellow now?” asked
Priggsley, in away which showed that he did
not stand much in awe of him.
“ Abed and asleep.”
“ Then we can be as cosy as we please, can’t
we, Mari’, eh?” said Priggsley, as he stowed
the money away in his pocket and leaned back
in his chair. “I tell youAvhat it is, Mari’,
since I’ve seen you in all this wealth and
show, 11 emember that you and I were once—”
“ Hush! even the walls have ears ; and you
must say and do only just as I want you to, or
I shall break off all connections with you.”
“ Oh, you will?”
“ I certainly shall. After what I have been
through lately, you need not expect me to
snivel. We are getting along very well to
gether just now, but don’t do anything to kick
it all over. ’ ’
“Well, it’s just as you say, Mari’. I was
merely going to say that I occasionally envy
that old chap of yours, as is abed and asleep,
and I also thinks how mighty nice it would be
for me to roll ’round in his carriage.”
“Well, who knows what the future may
bring forth, Tooley?” said Mrs. Cleveland,
with another smile, and in a more confidential
tone of voice than she had before used. “You
know he can’t live forever.”
“Would you look at me, Mari’, if you was
a widow?”
Mrs. Cleveland gave him another smile, as
she replied :
“ I should be free to do so, if such was my
desire. In the meantime you need have no
fears that I will forget you. You have money
enough for the present ?’ ’
“ Oh, a plenty!”
“ Very well, we’ll leave the rest to the fu
ture,” and she arose ; “ you have rendered me
a service which lam not likely to forget. I
have paid you so well that you will not soon
come to want. Before you go, will you take a
bite of something, or a glass of wine ?”
“ Certainly, certainly,” replied Priggsley,
whose eyes had been repeatedly directed toward
the little table and the collation upon it.
“I thought you might want a mouthful
after your labors,” continued Mrs. Cleveland,
“ and knew that I should, if you did it. Draw
your chair up with me and help yourself; only
do not make any noise!”
Mrs. Cleveland commenced eating and drink
ing in such a natural way, that Priggsley did
not even suspect that sinister motives were un
derlying the unusual treat she had prepared
for him. She continued to talk with him on
common-place subjects, apparently careless and
indifferent, and not seeming to notice whether
he was eating or not..
“Will you have some wine or some water ?”
she finally asked. “ I brought up some ice
water an hour Or two ago, but the ice has pret
ty much melted.”
“ Give me a little wine,” said Priggsley, as
he arose, with an air of complacency and sat
isfaction, walked noiselessly to and fro on the
heavy axminister carpet. “The life you’ve
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introduced me to, Mari’, is one worth having.
| Such rooms to live in—such pictures and car-
I pets—such chairs and sofas—such nice things
to eat and drink ! Yes, give me a few drops
of your best wine, and I will drink to your
health!”
“ You do me too much honor,” replied Mrs.
Cleveland, in a hollow voice which fell with
startling effect upon Priggsley. “ There,
what work I’ve made of it!”
Her hand had trembled so much that she
spilt some of the wine on the carpet.
“Pour out some for yourself,” said Priggs
ley, still walking to and fro, as he glanced at
his reflection in a mirror at one end of the
room. “ I want you to join me! Ah!”
That careless glance at the mirror had as
sisted him to a discovery which filled his soul
with horror. He had seen Mrs. Cleveland pro
duce a small vial from her bosom with the
quickness of a flash, and pour a few drops
therefrom into the wine she had .poured out
for him ; yet he had self-possession enough not
to betray the secret he had so suddenly and
unexpectedly gained.
“Tho truth is,” continued Priggsley, re
turning to his chair, ‘ ‘ such old friends as you
and I, Mari, ought to be sociable. Here’s to
your health and happiness forever.”
Despite all her efforts at self-possession, the
face of Mrs. Cleveland became rigid under the
effect of her anxieties, and her glances fell be
fore the look Priggsley bestowed her. As ter
rible as "was the wrath and fury in the soul of
her visitor, his voice was calm, as he held the
glass between the table and his lips, and said :
“What has come over you, Mari? You
look as pale as a corpse, and as excited as
though you had been visited by a ghost?”
“Do I? It’s nothing—a momentary ill
ness. ’ ’
“ Take some wine,” he instantly responded,
raising his glass to her lips. “Take a good
swallow of it. Nothing can be better. ’ ’
“Oh, no, no, no! Take itaway,” she cried,
pushing it from her. “ The smell of it makes
me sick."
“ Well, I’ll change glasses with you, then,
since you’ve poured out more in this one than
I need.” And he suited the action to the
word. “As to your sickness, that is all stuff
and nonsense! Just raise your glass, Mari,
and drink to the toast I am about to give you,
or I shall be tempted to think that your wine
is poisoned.”
CHAPTER XXXVI.
A COOL PROPOSITION.
A look of singular import came over the
face of Tooley Priggsley, as he marked the in
creased pallor of his companion’s face, and he
again thrust the glass toward her, pouring the
rosy wine over her neck and bosom.
"Drink it,” he commanded, in a hoarse
whisper, giving way to the wrath produced by
the discovery of her attempt to poison him.
“ Take it, or I'll pour it down your throat.”
The very fierceness with which he uttered
the threat warned Mrs. Cleveland that he had
detected or suspected her guilt, and seemed to
dissipate the emotions to which she had been
on the point of yielding. The desperation of
her situation caused her to recover her self
possession and strength of will, and she said :
“Very good, since you insist on it. Give
me the glass."
Priggsley.extended the glass toward her,
and she reached out her hand with the appar
ent intention of taking it from him. As if by
accident, she struck the glass from the hand
of Priggsley, and the wine was spilled upon
the carpet.
“ Never mind,” she said, the color returning
to her face, and her self-possession being quite
restored by the event. “I can fill the glass
again.”
“ Yes, I see,” muttered Priggsley.
While Mrs. Cleveland was filling the glass,
he sprang upon her with the suddenness of a
lion’s leap from his covert, and took the vial
of poison from her bosom before she had even
comprehended the purpose of the assault.
“ After you have filled your glass,” he then
said, with a sardonic smile, “we’ll put in a lit
tle of this seasoning !”
The face of Mrs. Cleveland became deathly
pale again, but more from the effect of anger
than of fear.
“ If you think, Tooley Priggsley,” she said,
in a voice quivering with passion, “ that I am
to be treated in this way, in my own house,
you are much mistaken. Begone this instant’
or I’ll have you arrested.”
Priggsley merely laughed at this threat,
without caring to bestow so much as a look
upon her.
“Is that your dorg, Mari’, eh?” he asked,
as he stirred up a poodle which had been sleep
ing quietly on the hearth.
“ None of your business!”
“ Oh, p’raps not! Here, Tige ; here, Bull,”
he added, as he held a piece of cold meat to
wards the animal. “Just fasten your teeth
into that, and say that you love it.”
The dog swallowed the meat the instant
Priggsley dropped it, and then wagged his tail
for more.
“You see, Mari’, that this ere dorg knows
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what’s good for him,” said Priggsley. “You
can see, with half an eye, that that bit of meat
has done him good ! You can see it in the
very curl of his tail!”
Mrs. Cleveland uttered an expression of rage
and menace.
■“ N ever you mind, ’ ’ added Priggsley. “Now
look at another side of the picter ! You see
that I take another piece of meat—thus,” and
he suited the action to the word; “and I puts
a few drops of this ere fluid on to it—just so,”
and he poured some of the poison on the meat;
“ and now you sees that this ’ere dorg’ll keel
over, dead as a door nail, in about three quar
ters of a second.”
Mrs. Cleveland uttered a shriek, and made
an attempt to intercept the movement of
Priggsley—but she -was too late. The dog,
having the taste of the first piece of meat in
his mouth, did not pause to consider any pecu
liarities about the second, but swallowed it in
an instant.
“There! you see!” exclaimed Priggsley,
with the look of a triumphant demon in his
eyes, as the dog commenced whining. “ You
see he’s a little feller, and can’t stand it as
well as Ido ! Over he goes!”
In fact, he had scarcely uttered the words
before the dog with a quick and sharp bark or
two, rolled over on the carpet and was dead.
Mrs. Cleveland became terribly excited at
this demonstration of her guilt, and glared
upon Priggsley a moment, as if tempted to
attack him on the snot. Her companion ap
peared to understand her emotions, for he
shook his head, with a grim smile, and mut
tered :
“You’d better not try it, Mari’ ! I’ve
fixed out a better woman than you are to
night, and you’d better not tempt me to fin
ish another ! You see lam ready for you,”
and he exhibited the handle of a revolver.
“ I’ve been acquainted with you too long to
place myself in your power!”
f: Mrs. Cleveland sank into a chair, and cov
ered her face with her hands.
“Will you go now, Tooley?” she asked.
“ Excuse my temporary madness. Be gener
ous and leave me—that’s a good fellow !”
“ You can save your soft sawder!” said
Priggsley, as he planted himself firmly in a
chair by her side. “If I leave you again till
I get ready,” he added, with blazing eyes,
may I sink through this floor into hell!”
“ The woman trembled anew at the violence
of the emotions she had aroused.
“ No, Mari’, I won’t leave you,” continued
Priggsley, waxing fiercer and fiercer in his
wrath, the longer he had time to think upon
the attempt which had been made against his
life. “ You’ve made an attempt to murder
mein cold blocd, and you shall not escape the
penalty for your deeds! Do you know what
I’ll do with you ?” and he took her by the
arm and shook her fiercely. “Do you know
what is to become of you ?’ ’
“ Let me go,” she responded, struggling
with him, “or I shall scream for help! Take
your hand off from my arm 1”
“I used to treat you to a little of this
amusement,” he said, as he seized her by the
hair and dragged her down upon the floor,
boxing her ears smartly. ‘ ‘ There! take that 1
and that!” he added, with a blow at every
woid. “You are in your own grand house,
my lady, and can easily scream and yell, if you
wish, and arouse your husband and all the
neighbors. Come, why don’t you do it ?”
“Oh, Tooley, do not kill me!’’ pleaded
Mrs. Cleveland, as meek as a whipped slave
could possibly be. “Do not make any noise !
My husband will certainly hear us! Hark!
I think somebody is coming down the stairs!”
“Let them come,” said Priggsley, who for
the last minute or two had been completely
under the domination of a brutal anger.
“ Just let them come and inquire what’s the
matter. No doubt you can explain to your
dear Jared what is going on here at this hour
of the night. If you like, I’ll call him for
you.” And he moved toward the hall door.
“ No, no ! Stop, Tooley !’ ’ cried Mrs. Cleve
land, as she threw herself at his feet and clung
to his knees. “Let this scene end where it
is. Why should our affairs become a scandal
to the town?”
“ Very well, madam,” responded Priggsley,
beginning to regain control of himself, • ‘ you
can return to your seat. But I want you to
know that I’m master! A word from you,
Mari’, and I’ll have you in the Tombs before
daylight to-morrow!”
“Say no more, Tooley,” said Mrs. Cleve
land, in a low tone of entreaty, as she resumed,
the seat from which he had dragged her, and
commenced arranging her dishevelled tresses.
“ I will do as you wish.”
“Oh, you will? Well, the first thing I
want you to do is to pay me handsomely for
the risk I have this night run. You shall pay
for this vial of poison, orl’ll pour it down your
throat!”
“Oh, Tooley!”
" Say one word, and I ll do it,” he ex
claimed, as he drew nearer to her. “ I’m
strong enough and ugly enough to do it, as
you are well aware, now that you have stirred
up all the old Adam in me.”
“Oh, spare me, Tooley! I will not attempt
to deny my guilt; but I ask you to consider
how terribly I was tempted. Be merciful, and
remember ’ ’
“ There’s no use of whining,” he interrupt
ed, in a voice as harsh as his face had become
stern, “The solidest kind o’facts is all that
you need talk to me now ! You did come pret
ty near selling me, I confess, but you never’ll
do it again.”
“ Be merciful, Tooley, and leave me for the
present, until I can have time to collect my
ideas.”
“Yes, you want to collect ’em for another
design on my life, eh!” replied Priggsley.
“I’m sorry I can’t doit. I don’t leave this
house until you’ve paid me handsomely for the
danger I’ve encountered, and the grief I’ve
suffered. Come down, and don't be long about
it, or you’ll wish that I w r as a lion big enough,
to eat you.”
“ Come down ?” she replied, with a moan of
despair. “ I haven’t a dollar in the world!
I’ve already given you all the money I had in
my possession.”
“Who says anything about monay? I’ll
take diamonds instead.”
Mrs. Cleveland fairly reeled in her seat, as
her eyes encountered the fierce gaze of her
companion.
“ Diamonds ?” she gasped.
“ Yes, di’monds. They’re as good as gold,
any day. I’ll take that set you wore to the
party t’other night; that set which was so
much admired. I heard Alice say they cost
ten thousand dollars ”
“ Oh, dear!”
The groan which came from Mrs. Cleveland
could not have been more terrible if it had
been caused by the separation of soul and
body.
“ I mean just what I say,” continued Priggs
ley, in a quiet but determined voice. “If I
don’t possess those shiners in less than a min
ute I’ll pay your dear Jared a visit in his bed
room, and tell him ”
“ Oh, stay,” moaned Mrs. Cleveland, as her
implacable enemy arose, with the evident in
tention of executing his threat.
“Thedi’monds, then !” he declared.
There was an awful pause, and then he
broke away from her.
“ Yes, you shall have them,” she cried, “ if
you’ll leave the house the same minute.”
“ It’s a bargain.”
She crept to her chamber, and returned in a.
moment with the jewels—bracelet,

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