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VOLUME XVIII.
The New York Dispatch,
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LATEST NEWS FROM CHATTANOO3A. ,|
Washington, Sept. 26, 1863.
The Star wt this evening says : “ The telegrams received ;
from Ch, ttaaooga indicate that the rebel army continues
to refrain from essaying to molest Rosccrans In his pre
sent position. This fact tells forcibly of the damage
sustained by Bragg in the actions of Saturday and Sunday
lash Our best-informed general officers there are clearly
ef opinion that the rebel loss was considerably larger : .
than ours. We regard the prospect of another attack on ■
Rosecrans in a brief season as being substantially over,
and expect rather to learn In a few days that he has
again commenced to press them back on Atlanta.”
MOVEMENTS "pF BURNSIDE.
Cincinnati, Sept. 36. !
Yesterday’s Nashville Union says: " General Burnside
hue reaehed the point where he was expected to prevent
>he flank movement of the enemy.”
FROM GENERAL ROSECRANS.
Washington, September 26th.
Adviers have been received from General Resecrans
repres< nttng that everj thing is quiet.
Bwning of the Steamer Champion.
Cincinnati, September 28th.
A special despatch to the Oomniercinl says:
•• The steamer Champion was burned at Memphis on
2he23d inst She had on board six hundred bales of hay
and $20,000 worth of quartermaster’s stores.”
Mehel Officers Captured at Cumberland
Gap.
Cinoinnaw, Sept. 26th.
Biigadier General Frazier and one hundred and sixteen
•bel officers, captured at Cumberland Gap by General
®nnjside, have arrived at Johnson’s Island.
FROM THE POTOMAC ARMY.
Washington, Saturday, Sept. 26.
A band of flftv of Moseby's men made a descent on the
Orange and Alexandria Railroad last night above Fairfax,
tearing up the track, firing Pope’s Bridge, and cutting the
telegraph.
The bridge was but partially consumed. They forced a
rtsident to pilot them. They left numerous tools behind,
allowing careful preparation for, but a failure to finish the
♦ontemplated destruction.
The damage will be repaired, and trains running again
today.
A steamer has just left for Point lookout, loaded with
Confederate prisoners.
Nothing of importance from the front.
Another Dispatch.
Washington, Sept 36.
The Army of the Potomac is in motion ; transports are
loading with great activity at Alexandria ; and it is ex
pected that a considerable body of forces will embark
with as little delay as possible. Their destination can
only be conjectured.
Meantime there is equal activity shown in the forward
ing of troops in another direction. The Government has
taken possession oi the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, and
no more travel for civil purposes is allowed upon it.
•ome important movement is contemplated on the line of
this great thoroughfare.
It is currently said here—and sueh, in fact, is the !>ur
pert of the information that we receive from various
sources—that the reinforcements sent off to the help of
Bragg against General Rosecrans, have left Richmond
almost defenceless. There is but a handful of troops re
maining for the security of the rebel capital.
TWO DAYS LATER FROM EUROPE.
’t he u Anglia U at BMUn.
DATES TO 15TH.
Boston, Bept. 20th.
The steamship Anglia, from Galway, on the 15th Inst.,
arrived at this port this afternoon. Her dates are two
days later than those already received.
Advices from Cherbourg in the ChMrrier da jHowr<t, state
that the Confederate steamer Alabama will probably visit
Wiat port, and a letter, addressed to Captain Bemmes,
gives some foundation for the rumor.
The Paris Pays believes that the maritime Prefect of
Brest has opposed the seizure of the Florida, in eonso
qnence of an order from Paris, issued with the object of
ju-eserving the inviolability of the harbor as a military
post. The London 2#zraZd states that Earl Russell de
spatched, by written message, a positive order 1® the
Messrs. Laird, to prevent the steam rams from leaving
their yard, without an ample explanation of their desti>
ration.
ITEMS OF INTEREsFfROM BALTIMORE,
Balt’hork, Sept. 36.
To-day, at noon, the members of the City Council ae
•cembled at the old City Hall, for the purpose of presenting
General Schenck with the series of resolutions recently
passed by them during the absence of the General from
Bie city.
These resolutions approve the policy which he has
developed in the Middle Department, and declare that in
the recent period of anxiety caused by an invading host
into the States of Maryland and Pennsylvania, bis
jjrempt and vigorous preparations to meet the Con
federates entitle him to the thanks of the citizens.
S/he resolutions also stete that the Councils express the
hope that he may long continue to command the Mid
dle Department, and ord r r a cjpy of them, signed by
A fin M*y< ? and the Presidents of the two branches, be
ranxnr.vMtd to t F.e General, the President of the United
States anut-the Secretary of War
The memoers proceeded to the head-quarters and naide
he piesentution to the General in u brief address which
was nchiiow.edgca in a few appropriate remarks.
Rev. Dr. d. H. Hobart, of Trinity Church, New York,
has accept* a a call front the vestry of Grace Church of
o*e city, ana enters upon his duties on the Blh of Novem
ber
District-Attorhey Price has filed in the U. B. District
Court a libel of information against certain lots of ground
in South Baltimore, belonging to Isaac R. Trimble, a rebel
General, now a prisoner, who figured in the l?th of April
movement as Gen. Trimble commanding.
Samuel, Joseph and John Warren were yesterday ar
rested upon the charge of having several times crossed
the Federal lines, and being unable to give a satisfactory
account of themselves, were sent to Fort McHenry, to be
liried by court marital os spies.
The steamer City of New York, whoee arrival on Thurs
day in this port has been stated, ie t last evening for For
tress Monroe with three hundred nnd fifty-nine rebel
prisoners, who on their arrival In this city will be ex
changed for an equal number of UnloiNoldierH.
The steamor Cecil reached this ci y yesterday afternoon
from Cambridge, Md., having ou board over 120 negro re
cruits for the regiments ot colored troops now quartered
at Camp Belger, to which place they were marched by
Site oflicers in command.
About one hundred rebel guerrillas made an attack ou
Monday last on the Government revenue cutter Her
cules, Lieut. Parker commondiug, when she was aground,
about oue hundred yards from the Virginia shore of the
Patomae. The rebels fired about one hundred rifle shots
at her, hitting her several times. The cutter was soon
gotten afloat, when she poured volleys of grape and can-
PUBMED BY 1 J. WIILIAMSON.
ister, and Sharp’s rifles into the rebels, making them
skedaddle. Several rebels arc believed to have been
killed and wounded. None were hurt aboard the Her
cules.
The Government has issued orders to newspaper spe
cial correspondents here to send off by letter, or other
wise,'no movements of Federal troops. I merely say,
therefore,' things look active and encouraging. There axe
no apprehensions for the safety of Rosecrans. What ac
counts we have roin Gen, Meade’s army are altogether
satisfactory.
THE BATTLES IN "NORTHERN GEORGIA.
Since our last issue, intelligence has been received and
recorded of the occurrence of two great battles in North
erp Georgia. Tlje following is as clear and comprehensive
an account of them as we have been enabled to peruse.
It throws every necessary light on all important point.%
and reveals some important facts hitherto unsuspected.
It Is evident, in the first place, that Chattanooga was
deliberately abandoned by Bragg. The stragetie merits
of the position have been overestimated, for thecoip*' 3 o p
the river renders it helplessly liable to bq by a
fferce crossing to the South and West, aj>* exposes its gar
risoning army to capture. Whether Bragg would have
chosen to evacuate it entirely rather than tight it its vicin
ity it Ins eastern re-eiiibrcements had arrived earlier may
be a question, but it Is clear that Its abandonment resulted
greatly to the advantage of the Rebels, and brought on a
conflict somewhat prematurely tor us. Yet it is by no
means to be interred that General Rosecrans was out
generaled in the conduct of the campaign. But lor
the sudden re-onforcement of Bragg, that General
would have been compelled to pursue ,hi«i retreat
belore the advancing columns of Rosecrans, and
The strategy by which the latter compelled his
first movement was perfectly sound in reference to the
rebel force with which he had first to cope. It was only
when Longstreet appeared upon the scene, and the rebel
lerci from being inferior became superior, that ftwe
tn bb’ purpose became uncertain and his position peril
ous ; and i >r the appearance of Longstreet he was in no
mamn r responsible, because powerless to prevent it
Tne first battle (Saturday; was uut a victory on our side.
The rebel attack was. indeed, in a measure, repulsed; but
iu such a manner, and with such serious losses to our
truiy, that the enemy had no sort of hesitation in renew
ng the battle the next day. The effect of a fault in the
original formation or General Rosecrans’ lines m ly be
traced difustrously throughout the fortunes of the day.
\ et be cannot be denied the credit of ready and effective
liai filing of his shaken forces auuof finally arresting the
i regress of w hat threaten- dto be, even ou the first day,
atoa 1 d isaster. '1 hit it ended in a drawn battle seems to
: beck any due to his generalship. .
Batui uay night w as spent m preparation for the cxpect
«d attack ot Sunday. Here, as in the first battle, its di
, r< ction was rightly anticipated, and better than at first
i General Rosecrans arrayed his troops to meet it. But his
j line was again broken, and in two successive instances
from precisely the same cause. The experiment of mov-
• ing ircops by’ the flank unuer fire, always dangerous even
j With hurt pton armies was twice tried and twice tailed
The lecond tailure decided the day. Lett and right were
i broken, forced back, and utterly routed. *’ Streams of
• demoralized, uncontrollable men, fleeing toward the
! r<-ar. were all that remained o f a large portion of the
I army.” And the line of battle was not reformed during
; the day. The disorganized fragments of this noble army
• fell back to Rossville, some of them still fighting but
’ iiehtmg with no other hope than to secure their retreat.
One considerable portion of the army, nevertheless still
I maintaited its organisation, and apparently deserves the
credit of rescuing the remainder from further disaster.
Ti e divisions ot Baird, Reynolds. Negley, and Brannon,
and Harker’s brigade of Wood’s division formed across the
road by which the Rebels were pursuing. Tney were uot
more than ten or twelve thousand in all, but they kept in
check and finally defeated and pursued the whole of
Folk’s corps, and even captured several hundred pri -
oners. With a single exception we discover nothing in
the whole battle that helps so much to redeem its losses
That exception is the conduct ot General Tnomas himself,
to whose corps most of those divisions belonged Beside
this final service, he showed from tne beginning, and os
pt cially after General Rosecrans was obliged to leave the
field, such courage and capacity as are ascribed to no
©.her commander.
The killed, wounded and missing, in the two battle’, will
reach ten thousand Fifty pieces of artillery were lost
Ammunition and supplies in great quantity tell into the
hands of the enemy, being abandoned in the retreat on
Sr nday. Yet the Rebels seems unable to pursue their ad
vantage by a direct attack on General Rosecrans, in ills
m-w position, at Chattanooga. The question remains, bow
er er, whether a fiank movement may uot compel a re
treat across the Tennessee, anti the resumption of the Tul
lahoma line.
MAJOR-GENERAL GEORGE H. THOMAS.
Major-General George Henry Thomas, whose corps ap
pears to have borne the brunt of the recent battles in
Northern Georgia, was born in Southampton County, Va.,
July 31,1816. He was graduated at West Point in 1810,
aid commissioned Brevet Second Lieutenant in the
Third artillery, and joined bis regiment in Florida. For
his services in the Florida war lie was breveted First
Lieutenant in 1841, served at Fort Brown during its bom
bardment by the Mexicans, won .the brevets of Captain
at Monterey and Major at Buena Vista, and in 1819 was
again sent to Florida, to serve against the Indians. From
Ihal to 1854 he was Instructor of Artillery and Cavalry in
the Military Academy. He was then ordered to Califor
nia, w here he comniandeu Fort Yuma until 1855, when tie
was promoted to be Major of the Second cavalry. From
1856 to 1860 be was on duty in Texas, commanding his reg
ime nt for the last three years of that time against the In
dians and on exploring expeditions. In 1861 he was or
dered to Carlisle Barracks. Pennsylvania, was promoted
■ to bo Colonel of the Fifth cavalry, May 1, and ordered to
report t« Gen. Patter.-on.
He was then assigned to a brigade, and retained that
command until August 26,1861, when he was appointed
Brieadier-Generol of Volunteersand < rdered to Ken
tucky. He commanded at the battle of Mill Spring, Jan
IP. 1862, when the rebels were completely defeated. His
division was then ordered to Nashville, where it arrived
on March 1, and, as soon as supplies could be obtained,
marched to Pittsburgh Land ing; but being In the reserve,
did not arrive in time to take part In the battle of Shiloh
He was appointed Major-General of Volunteers April 25,
1862, and assigned to the command of the rght wing of
the army of the Tennessee, under General Halleck. The
forces in the West being subsequently reorganized, he
vas transferred to the Department of the Ohio, (General
8ue11,.) and appointed commander in the field of all three
corps embraced in that Department On September .'ll,
he was ordered to supercede General Buell in the chief
command, but on the remonstrance of himself and other
elllcers that General was fur the time reinstated. Gon
Thomas enjoys the distinction of being the successor to
the rebej General Lee in the Regular army.
When Robert E. Lee was in the United States service
he was Colonel of the Second cavalry, and General
Thomas was Major in the same regiment. Both the Col
onel and Lieutenant-Colonel resigning to enter the rebel
service. Major Thomas became Colonel of bw regiment
by res ular promotion. Under the new arrangement in
the army, by which the cavalry, dragoons, and mounted
rifles are consolidated, the Second has now become tho
Fifth cavalry, of which General Thomas remains the
Colonel, w hile he holds the additional rank of Major-
General of Volunteers.
CHARLESTON.
At last accounts, the preparations of General Gillmore
for shelling the city of Ciisrieeton, were in a forward state,
and can be undertaken at any time. A steamer from this
port lately took to General Glllmore 80 of she’ll con
taining Greek fire. The iron-clads wore not firing; and
there is reason to believe that the navy will not recom
mence the attack upon the rebel position until General
Gillmore’s new-batteries are ready to co-operate. The
work of mounting guns on Battery Gregg was very slow
in consequence of the annoyance received from the rebel
batteries, by shot and shell, which were fired at intervals
•f about 20 minutes. The Richmond papers state that
Gen. Gillmore s works at Morris!.-land are rapidly increas
ing in strength and extent The Charleston papers after
describing the severity ot the recent storms in the harbor
el the beleaguered city, bears testimony ta the unharmed
condition of the Union fleet The monitors, as well as the
gunboats and transports, were all in safety, and one of the
former had made a reconnolssance toward Cummings’
Point and the upper xoadstead.
An official attached to one of the iron clads off Charles
ton, Septewl er 15th. speaking of the gallant conduct of
the monitor Weehawken, when she got aground tn tie
harbor, says: The bartie with Moultrie was the best we
have had. If the Ironsides had not run out of ammuni
tion we should have nearly destroyed the fort The mon
itors have lest throe killed ana a number wounded.
Three were severely hurt in the Weehawken by a shot
knocking in the top or the turret during the fight of the
7th. The Ironsides has been under steam for over a year,
and has never needed repairs The iron Dialing, dented
as it is, is still as sound as ever, the utmost damage bei»<
a port shutter or two knocked away—which are easily
n placed. I have seen balls strike her and spin vertical
ly up in the air from her slanting Mides. We should have
more of just such vessels. The sick list of the Ironsides
is not larger than that of a woocen frigate, and she has
never had a man killed or wounded. The navy will co
operate with the army on all possible occasions, but we
must reserve the fire of our heavy guns in order that we
may be ready for any critical emergency. as these places
are unsafe after a certain number of discharges, and we
bare jdrtady exhausted one third of their reaSuinf
. power.”
ROSSVILLE.
| RoMVlile, to which the army of Gen Kotacrans retreat
ed after the battle of the 19th and 20th, is a small post
village lying directly ou the line separating Tenncmte and
Georgia. Ituat the foot of a mountainous ran;e sone
seven miles south of Chattanooga, and between the East
and We.*t Chickamauga Rivers. From this place two
roads lead to the scene of the late bloody engagements.
It may be necessary for Rosecrans to fall back atlll fur
ther. to avoid being flanked on his left, by the road Lead
ing from Ringgold (Taylor s Gap) across the West Chicka
mauga to Chattanooga. Rut. at Rossville, ha with
stand any direct attack. He can at any time withdraw to
the rorth ride of the Tennessee and. save his army.
THE TEXAS EXPEDITION.
By the arrival of the fctaannhip Cahawba from New Or
leans, intelligence is received thattlie troops which were
•ngaged in the Sabine Pass expedition havebc<n dlsem
i barked, and arc to ccmpri.<e a part of the expedition over-
■ land io Texas. The troops were, on the dAparture of the
I s eejuor moving toward Braabear City and Berwick Bay
a-Tbpidlyas by the railroad transportation between Al
?iers dnd those points, they could be sent forward. The
O’.cewliieii originally was to go by that route will thus
b so much strenrtboned as to render the expedition a
: formidable or.e. It is stated on good authority that our
forces were crossing Berwick Bay, with their trains, and
I that a part of the troops are already on their march west
; ward. The occupation of Texas by onp troops U regarded
i In JTew Oriean? p-s a fixed fact.
MOVEMENTS IN NORTH CAROLINA.
A late arrival from Newbern, N. C., reports that there
has been no important movements on the part of our
troops, and General Foster’s efforts are directed princi
pally to the strengthening of his positions, so as to meet an.
attack of the rebels, should they advance. It appears that
they have massed their troops near our positions, whether
tor attack or menace is not evident General Foster’s
land force is larger than is generally supposed, and he has
in addition the aid of a number of gunboats.
THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC IN MOTION.
There seems to be no doubt that General Meade’s cav
alry and a portion of his infantry arc South of the Rapi
dan, and that our cavalry have penetrated as far aw
Orange Court-House, without meeting with any signs of
the rebels in force. If the rebels have retired upon Gor
donsville. there must cither be a battle there soon, ora
retreat of one or other of the confronting armies.
MISCELLANEOUS WAR ITEMS.
The editor of the Savannah liepuWi
can wrote from Charleston on the 29th ult. as follows:
“Hie captured negroes, who were turned over to the
State by the military authorities a few weeks ago, wore
brought up for trial under the laws of South Carolina, on
Monday. The cases were postponed until next Tuesday
week. Abie counsel have been assigned the prison
ers, and other steps taken to secure them a fair and im
partial trial. Public sentiment here is against a rigid en
forcement of the law, and I shall not be surprised it a plea
in detence that they were acting not of their own tree
will, but under compulsion, should avail i-n securing a
verdict of acquittal.”
Recently a body of White’s cavalry
crossed the Potomac river, at the Eight Mlle Level, Into
Montgonu ry county, Maryland, and intercepted a canal
boat going to Harper s Ferry, taking therefrom fifty bags
o’ salt and other merchandise, amounting in value to
about $1 Uoo These they curried over the Potomac in a
scow taken from the canal It is reported that they also
iincicepivd a tanner at -Medley s Station returning home
witn the proceed* of the sale or his wheat crop, and
robbed him oi s<ot> to sl,u 0 but some of the gang know
ing ’he larmer to be poor, succeeded in having the money
returned to him.
Major-General Schofield hasrecieved
a dispatch from Brigadier General McNeil, announcing
ibut he had attacked uie combined forces of UoftcC and
Bioau, one mile west of Enterprise, hi the Seneca Na
tion Reserve, at the mouth of Buffalo Creek, and com
plete.y routed them ulUr a two hours’ eng igemeot The
fighting <><•• urred in a dense grapevine thicket, miking
h luipotrible io estimate the enemy s loss. Five were
known tu be killed, including Captain M R Johnson.
The guerrillas were much superior in numbers to our
forces.
Un the 22d a body of rebel cavalry,
estimated at 500, crossed into Maryland about four miles
irom Koi kvilie. They proceeded about a mile and a half,
v h. n they were met by Scott s 9UO, and an Infantry force,
pumbering in all about 1,100. A fight ensued, and 35 of
the Coiflederates were killed and wounded. Among the
kill, d was Capt. Frank Kilgore, who had been tn the re
bel service two years, and who was in command of the
force. Findii.g our numbers superior to theirs the rebels
sktdaddlea.
In f ort Wagner a sick rebel was
found, holding a string in his hand connected with a fuse.
I lie rebels had so placed him, telling him that he could
not live, and that, after the fort should be full of Yankees,
he must pull the string, and so send them all, himself in
cluded, into eternity. But the wounded rebel, although
almost dead when our men entered the fort, had a faint
hope that be might live if attended, and gave
that as a reason tor n-t prnling the string. He died while
being taken to a hospital.
Col. Wier Bends a dispatch from
Pleasant Hill, Sept. 16, to Gen. Ewen, that in his pursuit
ofQuantrell, Capt. Coleman, of the 9ifi Kansas, attacked
on that morning Quaiurell’s own camp, completely sur
prising him, killing two of his men, and capturing forty
horses with all their equipments. The bushwhackers
took to the bush and scattered in every direction
A general exchange of all prisoners
taken prior to September Ift has been effected, excepting
negro soldiers and their officers. Atu-r all our own sol
diers are exchanged there w ill be a large balance against
the rebels. The new cartel was agreed on at City Point,
on bunday last, between Gen Meredith and CommWoncr
Guld.
The steamer Jupiter, a noted block
ade runner, from Nassau to Savannah, was captured on
the night of fcepten ber 14, in Warsaw Bound, by the gun
boat cimerone There was a full cargo of medicines and
liquors . n board, and among the passengers two English
naval officers and an agent of the Confederate States.
An arrival from Bermuda informs us
that the contraband traffic between those islands and va
rious ports in the rebellious States is very brisk. Tne (Pi
.tette publishes a list of steamers that keep a regular com
munication between Wilmington and other Confederate
ports.
The bushwhackers in the border
counties of Missouri arc preparing for a march into Texas
through Kansas. Colonel Weir has organized an expedi
tion to cut them off. The intelligence has created great
excitement in the threatened counties in Kansas, and the
people are all under arms.
General Grant had so far recovered
from the injury which he received on the sth instant at
New Orleans by bis horse coining in contact with a car
riage, that he w a.- enabled on the 11th to take passage for
ViCKSburg, aic uipaniod by General Thomas and their
rt spec live staffs.
I rovost-Marshal-General Fry ofli.
cially informs Gov. Yates of Illinois that that State is cre
oited witii an excess o’ 44,851 men on all calls up to June
II 18(3. The quota under the present call being 36.700,
there will be no dra't, and the balance,B,lsl, will be cre
dited in any future call.
About 280 rebel cavalrymen, who
were captured at Gettysburg and have since taken the
oath of allegiance, have arrived at Baltimore. They are
to join the 3d Maryland Among their officers is Captain
A. J. Pemberton, a brother of the rebel General Pem
berton.
Intelligence from Newbern, N. C.,
announces the arrival of a large force ot the enemy at
Kinston, the main body consisting of Imboden’s cavalry,
from Virginia. It is thought the object of their presence
is to keep down all opposition among the North Carolin
ians to ibe Richmond dynasty.
Captain Ridgley, commanding U. S.
steamer Fhenandoith, reports, under date of the 17th in
stant. off New Inlet, N. C., that a blockade runner at
tempted to come out on the 15th but was driven back,
and now lies a «v reck at the mouth of the bar bor.
Twenty-one hundred prisoners, taken
at. Cumberland Gap, arrived at Lexington on Monday,
and were expected to proceed to Louisrille, and thence
probably to Camp Morton.
The piivateer Georgia has bonded,
for twenty thousand dollars, .the ship Prince of Wales
bound to Antwerp from Callao. The vessel is owned by
James 11. McClellan, of Boston.
The reward for the apprehension
and delivery of deserters is to be increased to S3O, which
intepdf d to include all expenses incurred by the party
making the arrest.
A general order is out taking out of
the hospitals every enlb-ted man, except hospital stew
arc's, who is fit for duty. Several • thousand fighting men
will thus be speedily obtained.
Gov. Buckingham, of Connecticut,
has decided that a person who has been exempted from
the oj>< radon ot the draft is still liable to be called on to
do tcrvice in the State militia.
Seven companies of the Pennsylva
nia Cavalry have lust returned to Fortress Mouroe frbm
an expedition to Franklin and Zani, and roport that there
are only 70u rebel troops on the Blackwater.
The Richmond Dispatch sayt? that
“the CoDfedreate Government has effected a loan of
1(0.000 000 irancs from parties in France, ba-ed upon cot
ton now in this country.”
General Grierson was lately pre
sented’with a five-hundred dollar sword, by the officers
of the 6th and 7th Illinois Cavalry, near Memphis.
The United States steamer Vander
tilt at Rio Janiero on the 22d of last mont h. No teal’s are
now entertained that she has been destroyed.
It is understood that the draft is
contributing mire men proportionally <o the army from
New York city than from any other part of the ejuotry.
The rebel Moseby is once more in
the saddle. Be led a raid near Washington only throe
days ago.
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Fair of the Mechanic’s Institute for works of
art, there were awarded to those eminent pho
tograph. rs, J. Ginsi.r & Son, No. 707 Broad
way. a first premium for the beet life size oil
pic-.ur s, also 1 rs: prtm ums were bestowal on
them for tho beet water-color photographs, the
beet retouched Imperial photographs, and the
most finished cartea de visile. This is, indeed,
a triumph for these great artists. Although
there were many competitors, none in their pro
cl ctions approached those offered by Gurney &
f on, and perhaps for this reason, no manipula
tor in this city, or indeed country, has had the
expei fence of the senior of the firm. He was
the first to introduce daguerreotypy is our
citizens, and he (has followed closely ita im
provements, introducing many himself. Now
that the American Institute has pronounced
upon the merits of Messrs. Gurney i Bon, the
public will not be at a loss to know on whom to
call when photographs are desired.
anb Inb^nibniL' 7
NEW YORK, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 37, 188.3.
JWritten for the New York Dispatch.
NATIVE HILLS, HOW I LOVE YE!
A SONG.
By Wmiam .Jl. MeClure.
Matlvo hills, how I iovc ye,
High over the river ;
With you. green erowns above ye,
Ae 1 rilliant as ever.
’Mong your woodlands and waters,
bwect beauties recline :
And the smiles of your daughters,
Seero ever divine.
On your brows of fresh glory,
I gaze long admiring,
Ver ye tell me the story
My heart was desiring.
A mute story of sweetness,
Of love and trpq
MHO (ff bright years ot fleetne.ss,
When I was a boy-
Cold Boreas may sear ye,
Yet summer will gladden,
0. ’tin joy to be near ye,
Though all the world sadden!
For an innocence blesses
Your sweet-scented wild,
As each zephyr caresses
The fiow’rets unguiled.
Native hills, how I love ye,
So noble and blooming.
With yoar green crowns above ye,
Wide grandeur assuming.
Fall of love is my greeting,
Fra in my heart lifts the pall,
As it beat, ’tisbeating,
Freud hills, for ye all I
!E*ae>». -t»
V Entered accordirg to Act of Congress, in the ye«»r 1863
by CISRISTINK H. C’ARFKNTBtt in the Clerk’s Office of the
District Court of Hie United States, for the Southern
District of New York.
A WOMAN’S iCRBT;
OK,
THE HISTORY OF A LIFE,
BY CHMSTHIK W. CARPENTER.
CHAPTER VII.
There was a rush at the C ,to learn what
intelligence the Count might have brought re
specting his missing wife, and the news of his
disappointment was rapidly circulated. There
was yet another hope—another letter, that had
arrived during his absence. Di VAtazio hur
riedly broke the seal. It was in substance, that
at Mitridge the dead body of a woman had
been found in a small stream or creek, running
through a dense piece of woods,near the village.
It was much decomposed,but upon examination,
no one in the vicinity could recognize or give a
clue to the identity of the deceased. Since the
finding of the corpse, a hired man had testified
to having heard, or thought he hoard a cry of
distress, a shrill wailing cry, as he was returning
home at night, some weeks previous, through tho
outskirts of the woods, seeming to come from
the direction of the stream, but not hearing it
repeated, and being a little the worse for his
potations at a neighbors, he had concluded it a
fancy, or perhaps the cry of an owl his imagina
tion' had distorted into a human voice, and
thought no more about it until the finding of
the body. 'The Count had broken the seal of tho
letter without any very vivid hopes, it is true,
but what he read filled him with dismay. He
covered his face with his hands, to shut out tho
scene that presented itself, tho lonely woods, the
running stream with its dismal gtirgle, tho
night made hideous with a foarftn crime, a
helpless woman at the mercy of fiends in human
form, that hopeless, despairing cry raised for the
e.id that never t ime, the stifling of tho wail
ing voice forever, the dull plash in the dark wa
ter, the end of that life— her life perhaps. A
' dull sense of forboding was knocking at his
heart. However terrible the task, he had no
resource but to proceed, to go to Mitridge,and see
if in those unfortunate remains, he could identi
fy the wife he was seeking. Several who had
seen the Countess at the C , offered their
services to relieve him of his painful task, but
he would entrust to no one this sad duty—he
could not have endured the suspense of waiting
the motions of another. Ho was indebted to
one of the village authorities at Mitridge for
the information relative to tho corpse, and upon
his arrival, after stating his errand, was imme
diate Iv taken to seo the body which had been
kept for his examination. Previously he was
informed, however, that tho clothing, such as
had been found upon the deceased, was so mu
tilated and other rise injured, that no name
could be diecovcrcs I upon it, even if one hail ex
isted. Nothing h.id remained upon the body
but the under garments, the murderers having
appropriated the rest to themselves. Tho body
presented evidences of having been in tho water
from four to five weeks; it was impossible to de
termine the exact period. As had been stated,
decomposition had set in, defacing the once fair
lineaments, rendering recognition almost im
possible, but the dull forbodings of the Count
settled into a conviction—a conviction that this
was the body of his murdered wife.
The long tangled black hair, that had once
been so waving, so glossy, and beautiful, was
hers, the teeth white, regular, and small like
pearls, and one of the hands still preserved en
tire,with slender tapering fingers and long filbert
shaped nails, were hers—tho finger upon which
tho wedding-ring had been was disfigured, as if
the latter had been rudely twisted off—there
were dark marks around the once delicate and
slender throat, as if ruffian hands had fastened
there to still i he cries that might have aroused as
sistance to defeat their crime. Just below the
light car was a soar that must have existed in
life; it was-darker, and more discolored than
the rest of the skin; the Count remembered
that the Countess had such'a scar, from an aoci
dent that hod occurred in childhood. Strangu
lation had made it vivid upon the dead body, in
shape and position, it corresponded to that upon
the neck of his missing wife. He shuddered to
think lhat this made his conviction a certainty.
There could bo no doubt—the Countess hai
been in some manner secretly and mysteriously
abducted, and murdered for' her jewels—it was
evident, plunder had been the sole object for
the crime. The jewels, and a portion of the
money drawn from tho bankers ujxm tho day
of her disappearance, was all that was missing
from her effects. Who were the assassins?
There was no clue evident to Grose who sought,
. by which to discover them ; there was no resort
but to trust to chance to reveal the criminals.
Such a stir as this episode created in the usu
ally quiet village of Mitridge! such wender, such
awe and epecmation, and there were the strang
est stories set afloat. No one would venture near
the woods after nightfall; and as for tho stream,
it was deserted. Mitridge assumed a solemn air
of importance from the lamentable tragedy—the
idea of a real countess having been abducted to
Mitridge to be murdered—a very unenviable no
toriety for the precincts; but nevertheless the
villagers harped upon it, and no traveler passed
beyond its limits without having heard the sad
story.
The Count, with his search thus sorrowfully
terminated, had the corpse conveyed to New
York, and averse to making his misfortune » pub
lic snow, the remains of his lost wife were pri
vately interred. The news became rapidly circu
lated. People who had scandalized the memory
of the unfortunate dead, secretly upbraided their
mischievous tongues; tho gentlemen who hai
admired and adored her in life, lamented tho un
timely end of such irresistible beauty ; the ladies
were profoundly shocked, maintained a strict
silence over their malicious gossip, and were
loud in their expressions of sympathy for the be
reaved husband. All those who had so anxiously
waited for the denouement ot this strange drama,
were thrilled with horror at this unlooked-for
end. What an awful solution to tho mystery of
her disappearance.
Hawkeston, De Vaustrey, and Altamont, were
smoking in the bar-room of the M , when
Darcie came in with a friend. He crossed over
to them, as he caught sight of them.
“Have you heard the news? Tho dead body
at Mitridge has proved to be that of the Count
ess 1”
Before they eould ask a question he had darted
hack again,
Hawkeston turned pale; a dark shade passed
for a moment over Altamont’s face; but whatever
he might have felt, De Vaustrey remained un
moved.
“ Terrible,” said Hawkeston at length, with a
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shudder. “What evil tongues men have! Do ,
you remember, Altamont, what yon thought o
her?” . . .
“God forgive me. I didn’t dream or tors.
Poor Corinna! she loved me ones, Hiwkjstm
Heigho! what a pity that i am fickle and in: in
stant— but it doesn’t matter much to her now.”
“Doyon think it did when she was living?
asked De Vaustroy, suddenly, looking a-. Alta
mont with a strange, searching, sidelong glance.
“It was a subject that never troubled me. 1
have an easy conscience,” said he with a slight
sigh.
“ You fall into great errors about women, Alta
mont,” said Mawkeston. “ Just because one
mysteriously disappeared, you are the one so
start the idea she has eloped.”
“It is tho case in nine instances out of ten.
• Off wi’ tho old love, and on wi’ the now.’ I think
that is how I got my easy conscience in these
matters. My idea was no: so unpardon ably un
fair in this instance. Tho Count is ill-favored,
and hardly the subject to win the exclusive krvo
of a beautiful woman, who very naturally is fond
of flattery and admiration. When was her heart
proof against it ? My own experience is briefly
given—’ Kent, I’idi, ITci.’ It wa, not very pre
posterous to fancy I might have had a succes
sor.”
“What a grievous pity it is that women are
auxiliary in forming such opinions--false once,
false, false forever.”
De Vaustroy had listened silently. Ho talked
away a few paces and gazed out of the window,
Eale and white as the shadow of himself. He
ad shivered at the words as if they had struck
home to some hidden sore spot in his heart.
“ V/hat does it matter ?” said he, bitterly, turn
ing toward his companions again. “And how
comes it they are auxiliary ? Because men, cov
etous and insatiable, steal»eason away with ser
pent smiles and honied words, and the fond fools
who are their victims, have confidence and be
lieve, and would risk their hopes ot heaven for a
smile. That is why, and howl”
“ Upon the stool of rcpei tanoe as I live 1” cried
Altamont.
“I have had a slab in my day, Monsieur, that
has never healed.”
“ A flippant wife, perhaps ?”
“ No,” returned he, sternly.
“A sister.”
“ Monsieur, my gallantries have exposed to me
many sorrows.”
“ And yet you have contributed yonr share to
the misery.”
“ I have, like yourself, an easy conscience,
when no arrow strikes homo to the heart.”
“That man of ice has a hidden history tho
eyes of the world may not read,” thought Hawko.4-
ton. “ The ice is his armour of defence.”
The finding of tho corpse at Mitridgo, suppos
ed io be the body of ihe missing Countess, was
the theme of conversation with nearly every one
in the room. Hawkeston hoard some snatches
of conversation between two gentlemen, standing
near him.
“ Tho Count contemplates remaining in New
York some time. Ho has a portion of the suite
of rooms tho Countess occupied at the 0 . Ho
is devoted to her memory, goes abroad rarely, is
very qniet and gentlemanly, and quite oblivious
to the fact, that he is the particular attvaction of
all the representatives of the fair sex within his
vicinity.”
“ Dear creatures and exhaustless sympathizers
they will never let him escape, without a sec
ond time slipping his head into the noose of
matrimony. If you have any doubts, watch and
wait.”
His search thus abruptly terminated, the
Count had indeed secluded himself in those
rooms, hallowed to him by theirjassociation with
the memory of his lost wife. There seemed to be
a strange charm for him in their precinote, a’
subtle invisible power, a spirit in the air- to allure.
Several days hud elapsed,and yet the detectives
who had been deputed to seek some clue to tho
perpetrators of the tragedy, returned tidings
their efforts were vain.
The Count received acquaintances with whom
he was upon intimate terms in his own rooms;
usually the subject of the murder was mutually
avoided, but one evening Di Valtazio himself in
troduced it, deploring the ill succecs, that so far
had attended the efforts of the officers. The
theme became general. It was tho last subject
discussed, ere the departure of his friends.
When they had gone, he lit a fresh cigar and
sat down by the open window wakeful and de
grossed ; tho blue smoke curled lazily away into
re room, lighted only by the reflection from tho
street lamps. The recent conversation recurred
vivi ly to his mind, together with memories of
the lost, such as wo ore wn>* to have oi' loved
or.es gone from our sight forever.
It was as a dream—the sad misfortune, until
with a sudden recollectii n of the stark, cold
face of the murdered dead, he shivered with hor
ror.
A low sigh near him roused him from his rev
erie. lie turned quickly and saw, or thought he
saw within the darkness of the room, a face,
Eale, haggard, yet beautifi I—a woman’s—that of
is lost wife.
It was Ike the embodiment of his recent
dream. Involuntarily, his lips pale with sudden
awe, he gasped :
“ Corinna 1”
There was no sound—no answer, but he con
tinued to tee, and with a vividness that seemed
to preclude the possibility of the vision being sim
ply in imagination. Phantom .spectre, whateverit
was, it was motionless ; but for tho rigid ghast
liness of tho features, it hadthe look of life. The
Count realized with a feeling of renewed horror,
it was the face alone, be saw. The figure, if it
possessed one, was hidden by the deep shadow
obsenr ng the apartment.
Di Valtazio was not cowardly or superstitious,
and a parlor in a busy, bustling hotel,was scarce
ly the place to be troubled by a ghostly visitant,
but it requires iron nerves to meet a'u illnsion
1 such as tcis, at that bonr—midnight, unmoved.
I The phantom still lingered, and, impelled bya
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THE COUNT.
strange, wishful impulse, the Count rose to move
toward it. With his first ston it receded, gliding
noiselessly away as he advanced, and pausing iu
its soundless retreat, as he stood still.
“ Corinna,” he whispered again, his voice
sounding harsh and husky in the profound, quiet
reigning about him.
As before, there was no response.
Undoubtedly the Count would have laughed,
before this experience, at the relation of sudh a
scene, believing the narrator to have been trick
ed by his own fancies, but now the popular
superstition respecting such marvels took posses
sion of him. That this mysterious visitation
was for some important purpose, perhaps for
that of betraying the secret involved in her un
happy fate; old stories of souls that could not
rest peacefully, until their wrongs were avenged,
came thronging to his mind—the tales that had
been the terror and delight of his boyhood.
He began a third time.
“ Speak to me, Corinna, if it is thee. Why do
yon come to me at this hour’, in the semblance of
death ?”
No sound, save a repetition of that thrilling
sigh. *
“ Tor vengeance ?” continued the anxious ques
tioner.
“For vengeance,” repeated a voice, whose chill
tones struck upon his startled nerves, like the
filing of steel.
“ Upon whom. ?”
“Altamont!”
The voice died out, while the illusion was slowly
receding, melting into thin air. A sudden
draught blew in upon his face, and almost invol
untarily he hurried after the fading vision. To
his surprise, he found the door of his room wide
open. Ho remembered having shut it without
locking it, after the departure of his guests.
While be was yet thinking of this, lip was sure ho
heard a faint distant rustling of garments, and
through the misty light issuing from his room
info tho passage beyond, a dim shade flitted be
fore his eyes. Ho went out into the hall in pur
suit, but in the darkness obscuring tho lower
end the figure disappeared. Tho Count hor
ridly followed, bringing up suddenly against the
door of the room with which the passage ended.
A sharp click like the bolt of a lock slipping into
its socket reached his ear, and he caught me
chanically at the knob and turned it. Tire door
was fast. A voice from within called:
“ Who is there?”
It aroused him to the strangeness of his posi
tion, and of tho incident which had induced it.
Men are very apt to smile at stories of spectral
illusions, and very few care to relate their expe
riences in this line to strangers, who have no sym
pathy or interest in their lives. At a loss what
to reply, the Count maintained a confused si
lence. It seemed to him but a moment, when a
key turned in the lock, and the door was flung
open.
CHAPTER VIII.
Before the Count stood a gentleman iu dress
ing-gown and slippers, while a flood of light from.
the room beyond dazzled and bewildered him.
It shone upon a richly furnished apartment, with
lounges and fauliils of velvet, a ceiling elabo
rately frescoed and gilded, and tinted walls hued
with pictures ; a centre-table beneath the chan
delier was piled with books and magazines,
thrown down iu careless confusion—not a ghostly
looking retreat by any moans.
The gentleman at tho door, with his eyebrows
elevated slightly in surprise, seemed waiting an
explanation tor this untimely visit. The Count,
sensible of his awkward embarrassment, rau
over his vocabulary of phrases to find one suita
ble to begin his apology. Before he had decided
upon one, however, tho stranger asked :
“To what, Monsieur, am 1 indebted for the
honor of this visit? Will you eome in ?”
He was probably induced to extend this invita
tion to Di Valtazio from some sudden impulse
awakened by the latter’s look and manner. Tho
Count entered mechanically.
.“Ibelieve I owe you an explanation for this
midnight disturbance,” said he, at length. “My
intrusion must strike you as being rather
strange ?”
His companion bowed slightly, making a goa
lure toward a chair.
“ I have been the victim of a singular hallucin
ation,” returned the Count, accepting the prof
fered hospitality. “Iwill narrate the particu
lars briefly, to excuse my mysterious interrup
tion, although tho subject is a delicate one.”
“ Monsieur’s explanation is already sufficient if
he chooses,’ said the other with a smile, reveal
ing teeth white and glistening as pearls, “ or if
he chooses to proceed, his confidence shall be sa
cred."
The Count was pleased with the elegance of
his companion’s manner, the delicacy perceptible
in his address, and the entire lack of vulgar in
quisitiveness common to the generality of human
beings, whin occasion calls for it. Di Valtazio
■ thought this adventure at midnight, at an utter
stranger’s door, quite a sufficient occasion, but
he admired the absence of it. Probably if it had
been exhibited he would not have formed his
present conclusion to narrate the entire particu
lars to his temporary host.
“ I have been tho victim, as I have told you, of
a strange hallucination. My rooms are situated
upon this floor_the first suite.”
“Then I have the pleasure of addreseing the
Count di Valtazio ?”
His visitor bowed and proceeded :
“Within the last hour a singular vision has
presented itself to me. Rumor perhaps has made
you aeouainted with tho mysterious disappear
ance oi my wife, my ineffectual search, and tho
final discovery of her murdered remains at Mit
ridge. That vision was the face of my dead
wife. I spoke to it twice, receiving no answer,
but at length, prompted by some wild fancy,
asked the purpose of this supernatural visit—
whether it was for the reason shades are said to
i revisit earth ? The answer to my question was a
| call for vengeance.”
■ The Count paused in his narrative, glancing
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toward his companion. The latter was leaning
his face upon his hand, so that his features were
shaded from the light—an attentive listener.
He continued:
“I pursued my inquiry, desiring to know
against whom this vengeance should be directed.
The voice of the dead answered but one word,
and that was ‘Altamont.’ ”
“ ‘ Altamont,’ repeated the other, looking up,
yet still keeping his face shaded from the direct
rays of light. “ Have you ever hoard.the name
before, monsieur?’ ’
“ Yes, I remember it well; a gentleman of
that name visited at my residence in Philadel
phia, last year.”
“ Do you attach any significance to this ?”
“lam in a maze of doubt. I believed the vi
sion to be a spectral illusion; but when it was
receding from view, I attempted to follow it. My
door stood open, and I heard a faint rustle of gar
ments, seeming too real to be imaginary, and
saw a misty shadow of a form in tne darkness of
the h all. This appeared like reality.”
“ You were strangely credulous, when you had
seen the dead body at Mitridge, and become con
vinced of its identity.”
“ I pursued tho phantom until it disappeared
iu the carkness, in the vicinity of your door. I
heard a bolt grate in the lock.”
“ Yes ; I recollect locking my door at the mo
ment, as I generally do before retiring. It was a
coincidence.”
“ I turned the knob involuntarily, and with the
sound of your voice awoke to a conviction that I
was tho foolish victim of my own imagination—
the spectre existed only in my own fancy.” .
“As such are very apt to do,” smiled tho
stranger. “ You had been thinking of the mur
der?”
“And talking of it to some friends.”
“The conversation has unnerved you, Mon
sieur. Doubtless, the name you fancied you
beard was mentioned during the interview.”
“ No, I have not heard it for nearly a year, nor
thought of it.”
“ That is singular—why it should have then
presented itself. I have an acquaintance with
a gentleman of that name.”
. “ Can it be the same ? What is his personal
appearance ?”
“ He has a fair face, with blue eyes, and golden
hair_a face that fascinates women, and a man
ner that wins their hearts.”
There was a spice of bitterness in the speaker's
tone the words did not seem to warrant.
“ I think it is the same,” said the Count. “ Br
nest Altamont.”
“ Do you know the character of the man ?”
“ He moved in tho best society, was presented
to me by a gentleman of unimpeachable honor,
and was considered irreproachable.”
“ Yes, he is the very prince of good fellows in
society—wealthy, brilliant, and distinguished.
But,” added the speaker, with a short., sharp
laugh, “ men have some failings the world loughs
at, and encourages. Altamont has a resisttese
admiration for beauty.”
“That is a failing many possess.”
“ But not in so dangerous a degree.”
‘' But what could this character have to de frith
the vengeance of the dead ?”
His companion shrugged bis shoulders non
chalantly :
“ Monsieur, that is for you to determine.”
The Count thought a moment, and then
asked:
“ Can you tell me where Altamont was the
night of the disappearance ?”
“I did not arrive in the city until some days
subsequently, nor make the gentleman’s ac
quaintance until some time after ; but there was
a report that he had a little difficulty with a per
son upon the night of the 27th of ; that, I
believe, upon which rumor states the Countess
to have vanished. Tho difficulty occurred at a
gambling-saloon—a kind of duel. Altamont,
wounding his adversary, found it convenient to
put a safe distance between himself and the
scene of his exploit. He had just returned a day
previous to my meeting him. You see, Mon
sieur, I have but little information to impart.”
“ I think I shall endeavor to learn where Alta
mont spent tho remainder of the night in ques
tion, to satisfy my conscience respecting this su
perstitious fancy ci' mine.”
“ As you please,” returned his hearer, care
lessly. “ Some more intimate friend than myself
can probably inform you.” -
The Count arose, and his companion did like
wise, for the first time turning his face to the full
glare of the light.
Di Valtazio’s glance rested directly upon his
illuminated features, and for a moment he looked
startled, perhaps by some peculiarity they pre
sented to him.
The stranger did not seem to mark the. intent
ness of her visitor’s gaze, until the Count said,
abruptly:
“Do you know you have a resemblance te the
Countess ?”
His listener looked into his eyes with a rare,
brilliant smile.
“ Have I ? Truly, monsieur, you are affected
with odd fancies to-night, and this is one of
them.”
“ Yon have indeed a slight jesemblanee, but it
is only in a certain expression. No one except
the keen eyes of affection would detect it. We
are acute to detect likenesses to lost friends.
You are of fairer complexion, and your hair is a
shade or two darker than hers.”
“ Jfadame la Comlesse was Italian. I am a
Frenchman.”
j The Count resumed:
“I should bo happy to continue this acquaint
j vuce so strangely begun.”
i “ I shall feel honored, monsieur,” returned tho
i other, handing the Count his card.
j The laiter glanced at tho name inscribed
! thereon—it was “ Raphael De Vaustrey.”
| Di Valtazio said good night, and disappeared
i in the darkness of the hall. A smile of dork sig-,
nificance crossed Do Vaustrey’s lace, as he closed
the' door after the retreating visitor.
“That murdered stranger has served thee
well, Corinna,” said he—“ the Countess Di VaJ
tazio is dead to the world forever.”
CHAPTER IX.
Ashton Rigeau hurried from Altamont’s room
down into the street, taking the direction of his
own heme. People catching sight of his pale,
frowning visage, the fixed eyes, seeing nothing
but the pavement as he strode along, turned to
gaze after him with a vaguo wonder as to what
stern purpose he could in view—a desperate
madness was written upon his face. He brushed
brusquely past the footman, as he opened. the
door in answer to his violent summons, and
meeting his sister’s maid in the hall, savagely
demanded the whereabouts of her mistress.
“ Mam’selle ordered the carriage an hour ago
it would be impossible to say when she would
return—it might be in another hour. Has Mon
sieur As-hton any commands ?”
Ashton was out of hearing on his way io his
own room, at the conclusion of the last sentence.
Fanchon shrugged her shoulders emphatically.
“ Monsieur is a bear— im sauvage. He gnash
his teeth, when I merely tell him Mam’selle Vio
lont is away. He has one horrid temper—one
great rage.”
Tho subject of her comments spent the next
hour pacing his room, watching from tho win
dows, and working himself into fearful additions
to his passion.
“ Vile, corrupt, unworthy I” muttered he, run
ning his fingers through his hair, as if the press
of thought overtasked him. “To resort to that
miserable subterfuge to save a villain, to screen
this detested lover—to scare me from my pur
pose, with that story of predisposition to mad
ness. Her own hand has fired tho pile—it blazes,
burns, consumes me—but I shall not fall alone.
Madmen often have method iu thoir madness
if this burning, humiliating sense of shame and
dishonor she has cast upo’n. ma is insanity, I
shall crush her to the earth with my reproaches,
until the memory of them, shall become a never
ceasing scourge to her oomoience. Ob ; my God!
I had rather she had died a hundred times, than
to have become that polluted thing it scorches
my very brain to think of.”
The rushing sound of wheels without, attract
ed his attention, and from the window he caught
a glimpse of Violant alighting from her carriage;
a lady friend accompanied her, and they entered
the houso together. He gnashed his teeth in
despair, at the thought or another hour to be
spent in suspense, in battling with tho fury in
his heart. Presently from the drawing-room, he
heal d the echo of gay laughter, and merry con*
versgtior—the doors were open,so that the sound
reached him plainly ; and then Violant went to
the piano. She sang pretty love songs from the
operas, arias and ballads, every tone grating
upon his nerves, like a combination of discortk

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