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VOLUME XIX.
The New York Dispatch,
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[tv THK INDEPENDENT LlS®.]
Change in tlie Surgeons of the Army of the
PotomacA Bunsby Opinion on Senator
Bayard’s Course in the Senate—Speaker
Colfax’s second Levee— The Ounboat
SassaeusMedical Examiners appointed
by the Commissioner of Pensions—Brest,
dentiai Commutation of a Beath Sen
tence—Beserters sent to their Regi
ments John Henry Arrested for Re.
crultlhg Negroes to go North.
Washington, Jan. 232, ISGI.
The /?<jiu&'/can has the following;
We learn that the Medical Directors of the Army of the
Potomic who have been longest in the field, are being re
lieved and placed in positions where they may recover
from the exhausting effects of their arduous duties at the
front, their places being supplied by surgeons who have
heen on duty in cities and towns. Dr. Sims, Medical Di
rector of the Third Army Corps, has been ordered to Bal
timore, as Medical Director of that Department.
Senator Bayard will either take the oath proposed in
the Senate, or he will not take it. Should he refuse he
will not be allowed a seat in it, and if on the other hand
betakes the oath, he will be compelled to swallow his lite
apeech upon the subject, a dose that would be fatal to any
mortal, therefore, in any event the Senator’s seat will
inevitably be vacated.
The second levee of Speaker Colfax, at his residence,
]ft?t evcßtog, was thronged by ladies and The
highest civic official circles and the army, were tepifc
rented by distinguished gentlemen, accompanied by beau
tiful and attractive ladies. No stiff formalities werepfr*
served, and the company was as pleasant and genial as
it was brilliant.
The Star has the following: “The splendid gunboat
Sdssacus which has been at the Navy Yard for some days
left yesterday for duty on the coast”
The Commissioner of Pensions has made the following
appointments of Medical Examiners: Dr. Robert W»
Earle, at Columbus, Ohio; Dr. N. Monroe Dodson, Berlin,
Ohio; Dr. John D. Pope, Fairfield, Illinois.
President Lincoln has commuted the sentence of John
May nardier, convicted and sentenced to death by a
Court Martial at Baltimore, to imprisonment for life.
This morning thirty* deserters were sent from Forrest
Hall prison to Camp Distribute!!! to be returned to
their regiments.
Last night Captain Schutz, detective, arrested John
Henry for recruiting negroes to go North. The officers
received information that Henry had several negroes
locked up in a restaurant on Ninth street, and on going to
the place designated, they found three nogroes locked up
in a room, who identified Henry as the man ?o/m> had tn
r.aged them.
The prisoner was taken to the office of Captain Schutz
and locked up for trial.
Mrs. Lincoln’s reception this P. M., was largely attend"
ed by citizens, Ac., Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
‘Senators and Representatives and their families were
present, and many officers of the army.
MOSEBY ON A NEW GAME.
Me lias an Electrician who Is to copy Tele
graphic News to and from the Arnv of
the Potomac.
Baltimore, 2:45 P. M.
The Evening American has the following letter from one
•of its correspondents, dated Harper’s Ferry, 22d :
It appears from the following letter found upon the per
son of Captain William R. Smith, who was killed in the
recent fight with Coles’ Cavalry, on Loudon Heights, that
Moseby had an “Electrician” attached to his command for
the purpose, I infer, of copying the Telegraph Hues of the
Army of the Potomac.
Danville, Ya , Dec 13th.
f 'aptain TT»i. R. Smith, Moteby's Partizan Rangers :
Caitain : Yours, dated “Evcigreen,” November 24th,
this day received, which is the only one I have received.
Please ask Major to send me an official order to proceed to
his command as his electrician. I will in the meantime
prepare my self, and be in readiness on its receipt. Accept
my thanks for the many acts of kindness which you have
shown me. I also desire to renew my kindest and best
Vi ishes lor youi future success. Truly, your friend,
(Signed; W. W. Woodhouse.
GEN, ROSECRANS TO COMMAND THE DE
PARIMENT OF MISSOURI.
«E5. SCBOFIELB ORBERBD TO REPORT TO
<;em. crlvt.
Philadelphia, Jan. 23.
A special dispatch to the Bulletin, dated Cincinnati, Jan.
23, says :
“It is officially announced that Gen. Rosecrans has
been assigned to the command of the Department of the
Missouri.
“ Gen. Schofield has been ordered to report to Gen.
Grant, who will probably assign him to a command in
East Tennessee.”
MR. LINCOLN RENOMINATED BY THE MARY
LAND HOUSE OF DELEGATES,
Baltimore, Jan. 23.
Jn the Maryland House of Delegates yesterday. Mr.
Jones offered a series oc resolutions endorsing the admin
istration ef Abraham Lincoln, and renominating him for
the Presidency.
The resolutions were adopted, and a disloyal one de
nouncing the Administration was laid over under the
rules.
Mr. Murphy, of Baltimore, submitted a resolution pro
viding for the expulsion of any member using disloyal
Jai gunge.
The Speaker declared this resolution out of order.
FROM BALTIMORE.
„ . „ Baitimoris, Jan. 23-
Major. Henry z. Haynor, recently appointed Provost
Marshal tertlio Middle Department, In place of Colonel
William 8. Fish, of the Connecticut Volunteers, entered
upon his duties ki this city to day,
'The Story of Indiana Troops ¥reezlng to
Death, False—The New York Sixty-
Fifth Re-enlisted and on their wav
s
CmciJiNATi, Jan. 23.
Several despatches from Indianapolis' say tliat the re
cently published statement that one hundred and fifty of
the Indiana-. < ix-months soldiers died from exposure while
on their way from Tazewell, Tenn., is false, as they have
arrived here.
Xhe Sixty-fiitlt New York veterans arrived at Indiana
polis yesterday.
From two to three regiments pass through Indianapolis
daily.
PUBLISHED BL A. J. WMIAMffI.
FROM BALTIMORE.
BALL W FAVOR OF GEVERAL McCLELLAV.
B. G. HARRIS SENT TO DIXIE.
ANOTHER RIDICULOUS RUMOR ABOUT GEN. BUTLER.
PAROLE OF A BLOCKADE RUNNER.
Baltimore, Jan 23,1864,
The grand complimentary hop in honor of Maj.-Gen.
Geo. B. McClellan came off last night at the Maryland
Institute. The hall was decorated very elaborately and
beautifully with the national flags, and at either end
were hung full-sized portraits of Franklin, Washington
and Scott. The hop has been gotten up by a number of
public-spirited citizens, with several officers of the army,
and the whole affair passed off with great eclat. About 8
o’clock guests'began to arrive, and for two hours there
was a continual rush at the doors—at oue time they were
almost impassable. At 9 oiclock tlie dancing commenced,
and was kept up until 3 this morning.
Mr. B. G. Harris, of the firm of Neale, Harris & Co.
No. 26 Commerce street, whose arrest by Gen. E. B Tyler
was first mentioned several days ago, was this morning
ordered to go across the lines to the South, not to return
during the war under the penally of being treated, as a
spy. He is to go byway of Fort Monroe.
J. M. Hook, arrested several days ago upon the charge
of being a blockade runner, was this morning paroled to
report daily a’ Provost Marshal’s office.
A dispatch is understood to have been received here
tliis evening from Annapolis, stating that Gen. Butler, ac
companied by the rebel Commissioner of Exchange, ar
rived there from Old Point, and passed through to Wash
ington, the object of rheir mission being connected with
a proposition from the Confederates to negotiate tor peace
prior to the opening of the Spring campaign. Such is the
rumor, but it must be taken with many grains of doubt.
Most likely Butler’s quick return to the Federal capital is
in regaril to the exchange of prisoners, which he fully
hopes will soon be recommenced.
Gold soeculations in the full interest are much taken
aback by the decline, and many have lost heavily.
There is growing a general impression money will grow
easier, and that the Southern rebellion is a very* sick man,
soon to die of his own weakness.
There is very little general news here to-day. Every*
political indication in our legislature shows eman
cipation in Maryland must be speedy anil certain. We
have delightful weather.
FROM SYRACUSE.
Acceptance of the Colonelcy ot a Negro
Regiment by an Kikitor—Onomlagua Salt-
Works—Government Tax on Whisky—
Sudffen Reath by Chloroform—Volun
teers entering the service without draw
ing Bounty—Quota nearly Full.
Syracuse, January 23d.
Col. Henry Barnes, formerly of this city, for some years
editor Detroit Adcertiser and Tribune, lias accepted com-
of the First Regiment colored troops raised in Mich
igan.
amount dnondagua salt on which taxes were
paid during the year was 413,378,419 pounds and boxes at
4c. per 100 pounds, amounted to $150,961 50.
Government taxes paid oil whisky in 23d district during
tlie year amounted to $263,043 70.
Jno. B. Sissons, an employee of the N. Y. C. R. R, died
suddenly to-day from an overdose of chloroform adminis
tered by himself to allay pain.
Up to this morning tlie Volunteer Committee have given
orders for the county to 580 recruits. Quite a
number enlisted have not drawn bounty. Enlisting is
going on rapldiy, and the quota nearly* full.
FROM BOSTON.
Arrival of British Steamship Columbia.—.
Arrival aud Reception of Troops The
New York and Boston Steamship Com
pany.
Boston, January 23.
The British steamer Columbia, Capt Leitch, arrived at
this port to day, having left Galway on the sth of January,
and St. John, N. F.» on the 18th. Her passage from the
latter port was prolonged in consequence of encountering
vast fields of ice, in wl ich she was detained fifty-four
hours. She brings the mails and nineteen cabin, and one
hundred and. seventy-nine steerage passengers, but no
cargo.
One companythe Ist Massachusetts Cavalry arrived
in this city at boon to day. They were received by the
Lancers, and escorted through the principal streets to
Faneufl Hall, where a collation was given.
A bill was introduced in the Senate this morning to in
corporate the New York and Boston Steamship Company,
with a capital of one million of dollars.
THE FIVE-TWENTY BONDS.
A TAX ON GOLD PROBABLE.
•Special Dispatch to tlie Evening Post.]
Washington, January 23.
Mr. Chase will fill all orders for Five-Twenty bonds
received before notice was given that no more could be
furnished. About fifteen millions of excess have been
subscribed. Mr Chase will in future repurchase this
amount, if he can at any time do so at par, as he is deter
mined not to issue more than five hundred millions of
this security,
The Ten-Forty bonds will be issued in about six weeks.
It is tolerably certain that a tax will be imposed on all
holders of gold, say about one per cent, a month.
FROM PITTSBURGH,
THE STRIKE OF THE FACWEERS VOT VET
SETTLER.
Pittsburgh, Jan. 23.
The Engineers' strike on the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne
and Chicago Railroad, inaugurated on Tuesday, is still
kept up, the road doing nothing, and it is estimated losing
not less than $ 20,100 per day.
froTphiladelphia,
De&tb of Mts« Stcybeas the Actress.
Philadelphia, January 23d.
The Arch street Theatre is,closed this evening in conse
quence of the death of Mrs. Stevens, formerly Miss Kem
ball, sister of the manageress, Mrs. John Drew.
Ship Gciaem Kagle Wrecked.
Boston, January 23.
The Ship Golden Eagle, from Liverpool, September 19th,
from Buenos Ayres, was wrecked off the Rirer Platte
about November 20th.
The Kentucky Senatorship.
Cincinnati, January 23.
The Kentucky Legislature took two ballots for United
States Senator, to day, without result.
Health of Mr, lAttlejohn.
Oswego, January 23.
Hon. D. C. Littlejohn still remains quite ill at his resi
dence in this city. His physicians say he must not resume
his seat in Congress for a month to come.
Death of an Ohio Merchants
Dayton, Ohio, January 22d.
James Perlar, an old and well-known merchant of Day
ton, died this evening after a brief illness.
The Canadian Parliament.
Toronto, C. W., January 23d.
The extra official Gazette calls for the meeting of the
Canadian Parliament on the 19th instant.
Mr. C. R. Christie, for nine years Superintendent of the
Grand Trunk Railway, died last night
The Sloop-of-War ino.
Belfast, Me , January 23d.
The United states sloop-of-war Ino sailed to day for
Hampton Roads.
NEW YORK. SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 1864.
MISCELLANEOUS WAR ITEMS.
An army correspondent of the Ra«
leigh Progress gives an account of a raid by hungry rebel
solders upon some of their own sutlers. He says :“ On
the night of the 24th of December there was quite an ex
tensive raid made by detachments of men irom oens.
Perry’s. Wilcox’s and Wright s brigades, amounting to be
tween five and six hundred men, upon sutlers at Orange
Court House. One sutler named A. bcherzinger, lost
SSS.GOO in money, some S6OO of which was in gold, and all
of his clothing, even to his boots, which he had just pulled
off. Another one, A. Grier, lost slo,<loo. They also re
lieved a one-armed sutler of about SI,OOO.
guard very promptly turned out to suppress th; Wilders,
and succeeded in doing so after they had woundea severa;
of them. . One of them was killed.”
Henry Cadwell, a recruiting agent
of Jfew Brittain, Conn., was found brutally murdered.
Mondav morning, about half a mile east of that village,
in a swamp lot, His skull was knocked in—a large hole
being made in the side of his head—and there were other
marks of the brutality of the outrage. He had S3OO in
cash with him. of which he was robbed. Prints in the
snow showed that there had been a scuffle, and that two
men had made the attack. It was also evident from the
tracks that the murdered man had broke away from his
assailants atter the first attack, and ran tor some dis
tance.
When our war broke out we had no
cannon that could bombard charleston from Fort Sumter
—a distance ot three and three eighth miles. Now we
have guns that can reach the city from Morris Island, end
go a distance of a mile beyond—-a distance of five miles.
Guns have been invented that will carry enormous mis
si es nine miles. One of these on a ship could bombard a
city without being seen itself, for at seven miles distance
the curvature of the earth renders a ship Invisible. Such
is the progress of modern gunnery.
The war has produced strange ali
enations. Two Kentuckians, father and son, were on a
railroad train in Indiana last Sunday. The father was a
rebel prisoner, the son was a Federal guard on the plat
form of the car. The old man seeing his son. presumed
to take more liberty than the rule allowed, and put his
head outside the door. His son hastily advanced, pia;e
at the shoulder, with a sharp “Get back there, yon old
rebel!” Respectful that.
A detachment of the 11th Penusyl
vania cavalry, report that they found the body of a sol
dier hanging at Smith Mills, East North Carolina, on the
14th instant, with the following words nlacarded upon it:
“ Here hangs private Samuel Jones, of the sth Ohio regi
ment, hung by order of Major General Picket in retallia
tion for private David Bright, of the 62d Georgia regi
ment. hung December 18tn, by order of Brigadier Gen
eral Wile.”
The hospital and ambulance flags of
the army have been established as follows : For general
hospitals, yellow bunting, 9 by 5 feet with the letter H, 24
inches long, of green bunting in the centre. For post and
field hospitals, yellow bunting 6 by 4 feet, with letter H. 14
inches long, of green bunting, in centre. For ambulances
and guidons to mark the way to field hospitals, yellow
bunting ; 14 by 28 inches, with a border, one inch deep, of
green.
The following bill, having passed
both Houses, now only awaits the President’s signature to
become a law: “Articles of clothing being manufactured
of wool, cotton or linen, and compressed in a package not
exceeding two pounds in weight, addressed to any non
commissioned officer or private serving in the armies or
the United States, may be transmitted in the mails, at
the rate of eight cents, to be in all cases prepaid, for every
lour ounces.”
It ought to be generally known that
Government will furnish each soldier who loses a limb in
its service with another one, free of expense, and take
care of him while the limb is being fitted. There are sol
diers about town soliciting funds to enable them to get an
artificial arm or lejj, who need only make their wants
known to the medical director, No. 458 Broome street,
New York
Admiral Lee has officially reported
the destruction of the new first-class rebel steamer Dave.
This was the vessel’s first trip, and, on the 7th inst., find
ing it impossible to escape falling a prize to our block
ades off Wilmington, her captain ran her ashore, when
she bilged, becoming a total wreck. The rebel papers
state that her cargo was a very valuable one, consisting
9f jjiilitarj' Shejs Ulf tffsptWth steaiuef gj-
I stroj'ca of ciptureu ou ,»aiiiington since uii.y
Late intelligetice from Sandusky,
Ohio, is to the effect that one of our scouts has j list return
ed from a thorough reconnaissance toward Point Pelee,
Canada. He reports two or three thousand rebels at Point
Pelee, preparatory to a dash upon Johnson’s Island. The
strictest vigil Mice is maintain don the Islind, a f »d several
batteries are in position. Pvint Pelee is thirty miles from
Johnson’s Island.
The first consignment of supplies,
under the recent regulations for furnishing them to the
destitute citizens of Virginia within our lines, was sent on
Tuesday last. It is prooosed to allow the disposition of
such supplies to citizens as far out as Harwood Church,
which is some distance from our lines.
Two New Yoik newspaper corres
pondents, Messrs. Hendricks and Hart, have arrived at
Fortress Monroe, under flag of truce, from Richmond, hav
ing been paroled for 9U days They report the other New
York newspaper correspondents still in Richmond—Messrs.
Bulkley, Richardson and Browne—are all well.
A fire at Camp Butler, near Spring
field, 111, on Sunday, destroyed all the officers’ ouarters.
Capt. Dimon and Lieut. Bennett, of the 38th Illinois caval
ry, were burned to death. Two other lieutenants were
bardly burned in their faces and hands. A large • i uantity
oi quartermaster’s stores were destroyed.
There were at the dinner table of
a cabinet officer in Washington, the other evening, one
Vice President, one Searetary of the Treasury, three
Senators, three ex-Senators. two ex-Major Generals,
three ex-Representatives and six ex Governors, and yet
there were only six persons in all. The persons were
Messrs. Hamlin, Chase, Sprague, Morgan, King and Ram
sey.
A telegram from St. Paul, Min.,
says General Sibley has received a dispatch from Pembi
na, stating that the British authorities nave succeeded in
inducing the Sioux to leave Selkirk settlement. They
have supplied them with toed, and sent them to Turtle
Mount. They were on the Prairie during the terrible cold
snap, and a large number of them must have perished..
A chap at the South proposes to
launch into the upper regions what he calls a “Bird of
Art,” er flying machine, with which lie intends to cruise
about, above cannon range, and drop shells into Yankee
camps and ships. Who wi)l invent an iron clad hat ?
The Connecticut Legislature has ad
journed sine die. The constitutional amendment, allowing
soldiers to vote for State office rs, in camp, passed by a par
ty vote. It gees before the next Legislature, when, if it
gets a two-third vote, it will be submitted to the people for
approval.
The Secretary of War has ordered
the discontinuance of the payment of a premium of $2 to
or for at cepted recruits for volunteer regiments No pay
ments oi this premium to veteran volunteers, or recruits
for volunteer regiments, will in future be paid.
The Chicago Workingmen’s Associ
ation have passed unanimously a resolution to expel from
their society, all who may have appealed tor and obtained
exemption papers.
Mis. Gaines, of Gaines Will notorie
ty, has sent a dispatch to Washington, from Martinsbiirg
\ a., asking for a pass to come to Washington. She came
through the lines from North Carolina.
The rebels have lost twenty-two
steamers attempting to violate the blockade off Wilming
ton ti ithin the last six months—an average of nearly one
steamer every eight days
The gunboat Dragon, of the Potomac
flotilla, exploded her boiler on Wednesday, kihi«-g two
men and wounding several. She is at the Washington
Navy Yard for rep airs.
Gen. Butler, it is said, is hopeful of
being able to effect the exchange of all prisoners now pin
ing m the Libby and Belle Isle prisons within a month, i?
not interfered w Ith.
Great activity prevails at the Naval
Sepol at Cairo, and it is said that an evM.Uii,>n -n ™
Hod rh er is being fitted out VorkmeuTre engaged day
ana night in preparing tne boats. cusngea nay
A riot occurred ia Seymour, Indiana,
between some drunken s&Kiers and the guard, which re
sulted in the death of of tne rioters add the wounding
oi several others. ' 8
Two trains run through daily from
Chattanooga to Nashville, making the trip in nineteen
hours. The mortality in the Chattanooga hospital is aoout
ninety deaths per week.
The quota of the Twenty-fourth Con
gressional District. New York, composed of the counties
or Cayuga, Wayne and Seneca, under the las: call for
3CO.CW men is more than full.
Forty barrels of common whisky,
seized by Government, were sold on Wednesday, in Nor
I folk, Va., at auction, at an average ot eight dollars per
gallon.
Major French, Commissioner of Pub
lie Buildingg and Grounds at Washington, recommends
that the I resident’s house be abandoned as a residence on
account of the bad condition of the basement.
Gen. Schofield is ordered to relieve
Gen. Foster In the command of the Department of the
Ohio, and has left Washington for Knoxville.
The quota of Oowego county, New
York, is more than full. Genesee county is also “out of
the draft,” with some thing to spare.
The Albany Evening Journal pub
lishes a letter from a soldier in tne Lioby Prison which
was brought home in a plug of tobacco.
Several rebel officers recently es
caped while in transit be tween Louisville and Camo Cha=e
Some have been recaptured.
Mr. N. C. Trowbridge, whose corre
spondence with the rebel Lamar has lately been pub
lished, is now at Fort Warren, Boston harbor.
The only rebels now in West Ten
nessee are a few roving bands in the canebrake near
Island No. 14.
By order of the Secretary of War
the hospital on Bedloe’s Island, New York harbor is dis
continued. MVI.WUIS-
John Brown’s daughter is teaching
freedmen at Forkess Monroe.
auii Jnhjrnlitiif.”
(Written for the New York Dispatch.}
LINES
On the Death of Lieutenant George Lynch, 63d Regi
ment, Irish Brigade, who fell at the Battle* or Antie
tam.
By a Comvatle.
The sun was in its zenith glow,
One bright, autumnal day,
When fiercely met each kindred foe,
In battle’s close array.
“ ’Bove cannon-roar, and bullet-hiss,
Rose like a thirg that cheers,
Dear Erin s future hope of bliss.
The Green ot by-gone years.”
The hill was won ; the battle o’er,
What havoc reigned around ’
•Many a youth died in his gore,
Upon that bloody ground.
Mai y a veteran s chilly corse.
Was tht re all ghastly grown,
Whose blood, slow oozing from its source,
Mingled his steed’s, unknown.
Amidst this wreck of hope and pride,
A youthful hero lay :
A ball had pierced his pulsing side,
To draw his life away,
A comrade s hand was in his gasp—
True was his parting word,
“Ah ’ friend,” the soldier faint did gasp,
“ Bear home this trusty sword.
“It is a swerd which never knew,
One feu’, dishonored stain :
Since first its polished blade I drew,
For Fi eed<'m’s noble fame.
Perhaps a f uture day may sho w
Its bright, electric glance.
When time arrives for sternest blow
Cross Atlant’s grand expanse.
“A brother’s lian.l will wield it then,
For dearest native soil—
OI would this life blood dyed some glen,
In Erin’s trampled isle
Yet broad Columbia claims a space
Within each Celtic soul:
For ’>is the refuge of our race,
And Freedom’s envied goal.”
A vision came of presence fair—
Tlie form of one most dear—
Tlie soldier spoke an inward prayer,
Then drew his friend more near.
“ Give ht r,” he said, »this parting gift—
The ring in tears she gave,
When hopes and fears ran high and swift,
And tel; her, George was brave I’’
His hand relaxed, his eyes grew dim,
His voice was deathly still:
Oh 1 oft my soul doth fancy him,
And ali Viat scene so chill.
That touching picture from my mind,
bhall never, never fade.
Where honor, truth, and love combined,
Died on the crimsoned glaie.
%* Entered according to Act of Congretm, in the year 1863. by
Amor J. Williamson, in the Clerk's Ofice of the District
Court of the United States, for the Sourthern District qf Xew
York.
BEiTHA,
BY WILLIAM H. BUSHNELL,
AUTHOR OF "LEFT ALONE,” "WASH WILBUR,” “THU FLOAT.
JNG IXATHER,” ‘ F.STBLLK, THE VIVANDIF.RE,” “ PRAI
RIE FIRE,” “THE OUTLAWS OF THE WA
BASH,” “O-MK-ME,” <tC., 1C. S iIQ.
CHAPTER XXII.
ure ST SIS AS 19 Ki—o9?lE ward bound.
SHirVimcs.
Bill Saoii ivas right wlpjU he tpld Bertha that
her husband would, soon return, for sUeh a ino C 5
Mabel and ho lei couid not long be eon‘inued
without an open rapture, and it same when they
met after a night of dissipation on the part of
both, unexpected it is true, but violent in the ex
treme. With nothing to restrain their tongues,
and with passions inflamed, it is not at al! to be
wondered at that bitter truths were told and
biting sarcasms uttered, or that they entirely
forgot themselves in the whirl of the conversa
tion. It mattered not whether Mabel had been,
false in reality or not, he believed her so, and
she knew that he was, and it was a ground upon
which they could readily quarrel even if there
had been no other. But the prime cause of the
difficulty this morning was money. He squan
dered his as fast as it was remitted to him from
America, and she did the same with all she could
get possessicwvof, so that both were ever in want
of it.
“I want some money,’" she said, as she came
into his apartments ready dressed for visiting
abroad ; for they occupied and kept up different
establishments.’
“ What lover are you going to meet now ?” was
his sneering question in reply.
“So one. You had better twit me of such
things when yon publicly keep a mistress and
me but a little mere than, a month a wife.” And
her eyes flashed fire.
“ Well, whose fault is it if you. are ? You fol
lowed me—not I you. You did the courting, not
I. You asked me to marry you.”
“1 didn’t!”
<: You did the same thing, at all events, and
never rested until you got me fast. And now
you have a dozen lovers tagging at your heels all
the time. It’s a notorious fact, and you can’t
deny it.”
“ You know it is false/’ replied Mabel, her voice
trembling with anger. “But give me money
enough, and I will go back to my father. He, at
least, will not insult me.”
“Insult you? Bah! Anybody that has sunk
as low as you have, cannot be insulted. But I
have no money for you to throw away on your
lovers. Go to them—get money of them.”
“You’re a brute! Oh! why did I ever marry
you i”
“To satisfy your devilish ambition. You drove
me mad at home—you followed me here—you
never gave me any peace until I married yon;
and since then, you have made the house a very
hell. I tell you, Mabel, yon brought all this on
yourself, and now you are reaping vour re
ward.”
“ Reward ? A drunken, gambling husband 1”
As sou say, so it is. Ido not deny it; but is
he not a fit one tor you, whose name is common
property, coupled with infamy ?”
“ If I was what you say, to whom am I indebt
ed for the teaching ? Who was it that brought a
mistress into this house, and would have ma-’,
her a comnanion for me '’ tS
’I 11 . 0 -* as cell for rffina to be here
as <?l v.w lto i ? - 3 tliat ot ' G'eilfcr men ?”
arm ’ Oh ’ God! thal 1 had but such a «
that of Harry Lawton to protect me.”
nd she could no longer restrain her tears.
“ Well,” he replied, after a pause, for he was
not wholly unmoved by her weeping, “ well,
here’s some money—take it, and stop your sniv
eling. You want to go home, do you? Well,
you shall. What a beautiful name you will boar,
and how well you will be received in society!
Won’t you be proud of your husband ? Ah 1 how
much you will be envied in Broadway 1”
His sneering words stung her pride far more
than his reproaches had done, and she shudder
ed at the thought of going home. Would her
father receive her? And her gay companions,
whom she had domineered over, how they would
point their fingers at and shun her 1 Ob 1 it was
mental gall and wormwood to her, and she dared
not brave it. And yet how could she live as she
was doing? Every day her husband was be
coming worse—every day his means being ex
hausted, and her supplies more scant and uncer
tain, and she becoming disgusted with the life
she was living. It was the crisis of her fate—the
turning point of her destiny, and unless some
good angel stretched out its hand to eave her,
she would sink, beyond redemption, into the foul
pool of crime and misery.
For him, there appeared to be neither hope or
stay. He drifted on farther and yet farther from
all that was pure or even respectable, and his
very home became the resort of the most aban
doned. Mabel wrote to her father, but his letter
was short, stern, and bitter. “ She had disre
garded all his advice—she had squandered the
money he sent her—she had disgraced both the
name of her father and her husband, and never
more should she set foot under his roof, or would
he call her daughter.” That letter was the
crowning stroke to her misery, and she gave wa v
publicly to the shame she had before kept secret,
oi' at least attempted to do so., And when a wo
man does fall utterly—when she cuts loose from
all the restraint of pride, society, and relation
ship, deep indeed is the bottomless hell of shame
into which she sinks. There are times, it is true,
there are better moments when she abhors her
self, and her very soul shudders for that which is
yet to come ; and if she does not destroy herself
then how much mere madly does she plunge into
excess, and in the vain hope of relief, drain the
bowl that fires the blood and maddens the brain?
It were almost impious to paint the scenes that
had nightly occurrence in their abode, for it was
but the orgies of beasts and the carnival of lust 1 '
But a day came when even they were forced to
stop—a day when they could not drive away re
flection—a day when the purse yielded no sup
plies, and then sunshine friends forsook them,
and they were left alone and to thoughtl It
was a fearful awakening from their guilty dream
of pleasure! Want, absolute want was knock
ing at their door for admission, and for once
they quietly sat down and talked together.
Not but that the husband was still rich—not but
that he had landed property at home, but of
what avail was that to him in a land of stran
gers ? It would be months before he could re
ceive another remittance, and what was to be
done in the mean time? Borrow they could not
—beg they would not, and starve they must, un
less something was speedily done. Yes, for
once necessity gave them self command enough
to talk calmly, and they resolved to return to
their native country. Surely they could not be
worse off than they werq now; and then, could
they not go to some distant city where they were
unknown, and force a place in society by their
wealth ? They flattered themselves that they could
forget the past, and when entirely removed from
temptai ion, live a life of decency at least. The
resolution was good, no matter what had been
the cause, and at once they proceeded to act
upon it. The foolish luxuries of art they had
gathered were sold, and these, with horses and
jewelry v supplied them with sufficient money to
leave for ever Borne and its, to them, guilt.
Paris, too, they fortunately fled from as if it had
been Sodom, and embarked on shipboard, they
were speeding home at the very time Bertha
was being informed of her husband’s marriage
and crimes.
How the brave ship, not one loaded to almost
sure destruction in case of accident with ma
chinery, but a very gull with snowy canvas pin
ions, dashed aside the briny waters and sent
their foam beads leaping high into the sun-light I
How the starry flag spread to the breeze from
top-mast and floated its triune huss of glory un
dulating above ’ How the white-winged gull
floated like a feather on the crests of the waves
—how the dolphin “ bared his back of gold,”
the porpoise rolled lazily along, and the whale,
in the distance, flung up his tiny, silver’ foun
tain of spray I Ah, it was an afternoon of rare
beauty upon ocean’s wide and never stilled bosom,
and one to make the heart love its inimitable
grandeur and ever changing glories. But
a fickle mistress is the ocean and one not to be
trusted, and when the sun went down that night
who of the gay party on deck thought of storm ?
When the stars shone in all their beauty, and
reflected themselves in the glassy surface—when
the good ship, though scarcely moving, left be
hind a wake of phosphorescent silver—a thread of
lambent light coiling amid the deep blue—when
the soft fingers of the breeze as they played
amid the slender cordage were answered, but by
a low rustle and ear-cheating music—when the
watch stood idly upon the deck, and the tiny
steamer clung to the fore,who would have thought
that the wrath of storm could follow, sudden
and terrible? Truly it was a night to awaken
holy feelings, and even such a heart as Mabel’s
was freed from base passions, for a time, and
turn* d to song.
Seated Oh the quarter deck the passengers had
long talked gaily, and when milSiu Was proposed
and where is it ever so sweet as upon the wa
ters ? —she was the first to respond to the call,
and singing with much of her old time impress
ment and abandon, throwing her whole soul into
the words, she chained and charmed every ear.
It was none of the grand compositions of world
. *2Pied masters—none of the note-complicated,
labored, difficult to be appreciated songs she
Sftßg. tiose tJuphtrusive
heart and home melodies that all not only un
derstand, but feel.
And is it not in this that lies the chief charm
and true power of music? Is is not such.lyri.6s
as “ Home. Sweet Home,” and “ Annie Laurie”
that thrill the heart, though they do not the
ear, and are forever remembered? Are not such
simple melodies as our mothers sang—our cradle
tongs, sweeter than any foreign strains, or thrills,
than crashing of band, or thundering pf organ ?
Ah, yes.
Give the warrior the anthem of battle, the grand
Music roar of the tempest and wave,
The fierce, rocking earthquake—the thunder’s deep bass.
To quicken the pulse of the brave'.
Yet. Lady, they’ll ne’er claim a tear for the past,
Though matchless in power and art,—
Niagara appals with its roar—hut
Sinys its way to the depths of !
And ait never give to birth anything that
compares Jll.BV>eetneßß to the human voice, when
the soul sings in unison with it.
Mabel was not only gifted in this respect, but
I once it had been her pride, and study and culti
j valion had added all that it was in their power to
give. It was not strange, therefore, that as she
! in reality felt, so also should those who listened.
If they were charmed, so also was sho bettered,
and for the first time in many long months sho
laid her head upon her pillow with something
like a feeling of purity and peace.
Eight bells chimed, and how all was changed!
The sky was black as inky waves, the moon was
hid, and the stars could not peep through the
dense storm clouds. The billows were running
high and breaking over the swift-speeding ship.
The fiends of the tempest were out on a holiday,
and the rattling cordage sang a strange, wild
song. Creakingly tho ropes ran through the
blocks, and anon, with a report like an over
loaded cannon, sail after sail blew front the bolt
ropes. One moment all was blackness, and ikg
next the lightning’s glare dazzled the eye, as the
flashings streaked the ebon sky with fire and lit
the murky air with flame. For a moment, too
there was a fearful stillness, a calm that could bo
felt, and then the bellowing, shrieking, mad
dened winds blew again with all their fury, and
the storm-struck vessel started like a epur-strufik
horse, but only to reel beneath the shock and full
into the trough of the.sea, a disabled wreck.
“ Oh, night and storm and darkness, ye are won
drous strong,” and make but playthings of the
works of human hands, tossing them about like
feathers.
.. “ Clear away the wreck! Cut clear, for your
fives 1 ’ rang from the lips of the strong-hearted
captain, even above the tvailings of the storm
groaning ot the struggling vessel.
Ay, ay, sir!” came back the cry of the bravo
sailors, as they sprang to do his bidding.
“ Cut—cut with a will, men I”
“ Cut it is 1” And the axes flashed in the light
ning’s glare for a moment, until their blades
seemed phosphoric fire, and then descending,
urged by sinewy arms, the overstrained ropes
snapped with a sharp twang.
Wheel ahoy I” again shouted the captain.
“ Ahoy it is, sir.”
‘ ‘ Hard a port! Keep her away 1 ”
“ Port it is, sir 1”
“Port! Jam it down I”
“ Hard a port it is !”
“By Heaven! she does not mind yet.”
The billows were breaking over the decks and
sweeping them from bow to stern. There was
but one alternative left—the heavy masts must
lighten the ship or roll out of her. It was a dan
gerous experiment in such a sea, but done it
must be and done it was, and the mainmast
trembled like a stout man beneath a blow when
the keen ax found its heart, shook, tottered, and
then with a mighty crash fell over the side.
Again and again the axes fell, and released from
its confining ropes, it drifted astern, and was lost
to the eye forever. But still there was neither
head or steerage way gained. Tho captain him
self took a place at the wheel and soon satisfied
himself of this.
‘ • Clear away the foresail! Up with it quick!
Up jib and topsail!” came from nis lips, ringing
like their doom upon the ears of the sailors.
T|ie topsail split beneath the strain, and flut
tered in huge ribbons about, but the jib and fore
sail held beneath the mighty pressure. For a
moment the strong vessel bowed, and the tall
mast bent like a reed, but the next she lifted
herself, shook, as it were, the billows from her
sides and sprang forward.
“She feels it! she feels it!” came cheerily
from the lips of the commander. ■
“ If the canvas but holds all may yet be well,”
said the mate.
“ Hold ? It is new and ”
A staitling report, clear and well-defined, put
an end to his speech, and the next moment frag
ments of canvas fluttered by them.
"Forward, there! The jib and foresail ?”
“ AU gone—not a rag left!”
“ Then God have mercy on usl”
To have bent new sails in such a tempest
would have been simply impossible, and all that
now was left was to relieve the ship of the fear
ful strain of her remaining masts. Mizzen and
foremast followed the fate of the main, though
carrying with them jnore than one peer seaman
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into that boiling, bubbling, hissing hell of waters
and to death, uushrived and unprepared. Then
like a log the hull floated, drifted, rocked at the
mercy of the elements, while strong men bowed
and sat unnerved and benumbed,
“ Yes, God have mercy on us I” repeated the
captain, solemnly, as the lightning oolts shot
around and the lurid flame appeared to glance
along the cable chains.
“ W He have mercy ?” asked a faint voice by
his side.
He turned and saw Mabel standing near him,
just as sho had arisen from her bed.
“ He rules the wave, and we are in His hands.
But go below; hatch and companion-way must
both be battened down or we shall founder.’
And he forced her to obey him, much against
her will. ,
Oh ! the long hours before morning light, ana
oh 1 the long day that followed, as they lay roll
ing like a log. But the evening brought some
comfort. The wind appeared to be sighing itself
to sleep and the waves to have run their race.
By midnight—just twenty-four hours from the
time of the commencement of the storm—all was
quiet again save the long rollers that told of the
fearful upheavings of the past few hours, and for
the first time the passengers were allowed to
como on deck, and such refreshments as could
bo most easily procured served out.
“Are we safe now?” was the question that
burst from every lip.
“ Yes,” replied the dauntless captain, “yes, I
bust so. We are in the track of the liners, and
will probably be relieved soon.” _
The mate called him aside when he had fin
ished speaking, and whispered in his ear. Both
hurrted forward, and it could not long be dis
guised that the ship was leaking badly. Pumps
were rigged and worked bravely—worked with
the desperation of men whom death is staring in
the face. But it was without avail. The water
gained constantly upon them despite all their
efforts, and the commander and seamen knew
that their hours were numbered, for boats they
had none. All had been either stove by the sea
or crushed by the falling masts and spars. Still,
rafts could be built, and tho tired mon set them
selves about it, while many of the passengers sat
in mute terror. And well it was that they worked
with a will, for when the morning light again
broke upon the scene, and they were ready to
leave their sinking vessel, she had settled so low
that it was an easy task to get upon the frail
structures which were now their only hope.
Everything had been provided for their comfort
that the water in the hold enabled them to reach,
and yet scant indeed were their supplies. But
they'dare linger no longer. The women and
children were lifted gently down, the men took
their places, and all was ready.
“ Shove off 1” came in hoarse tones from the
captain. They obeyed, and had reached bub a
few cables’ length from the side when the vessel
appeared to be lifted from the waves—a hollow,
gurgling groan reached their ears—and then,
with a mighty plunge, it buried itself head fore
most, churning the sea around into foam.
The waves lifted their rafts for a moment with
a sudden surge, and then they were floating on
the fathomless ocean with but a plant; between
them and eternity!
CHAPTER XXIII.
SHABPSTIiBL AND CLAIMALL—THE GHOST—PLOT
TING,
The lawyer, Claimall, retired to his office with
the dawning of day, and, locking it fast, threw
himself, without undressing, upon his sofa, that
was a seat by day and bed by night, when at
home, and slept off, as well as ho was able, his
excessive intoxication. It was, therefore, into
when lie ilrose, and, after bathing his bead for a
long time under the cool running hydrant, and
putting on clean linen, adjoined to the scene ol
his debauch to get something to eat, as well as
to re-etimulate. The former was soon done, but
the latter was the work of some time, and neces-
I sa-ry to be accomplished previous to the other.
I But the proprietor was an adept in his profes
i sion, and, oy the aid of curiously-compounded
! cocktails and a bottle of iced congress water, at
. length restored the system to a sufficient equiJi
l brium to enable him to swallow a reasonable
amount of salt fish and coffee and rolls, buttered
i to an intense thickness.
j “ That will fix you, squire I You’ll be right as
j a trivet in a little while, and all the better for last
i night. Nothing like a bender now and then to
clear the stomach of bile. Come in after a while
and take a bowl of turtle with mo. We had a
right gay time, didn’t we ? ’
“Yes’’was the only answer Claimall deigned
to make, for the reason why he had so far ex
ceeded his usual limits—wide though they were—
arose in his mind, and made him more that usu
ally taciturn. The powerful stimulant had driven
the murder from his mind for a time, by numb
ing ail his faculties, and now it returned with
double force. But with it came another thought,
and that was that Sharpsteel had promised him
five hundred dollars more, and that it would ma
terially assist his treasury, which had been
largely depleted the night before. He must see
the state of mind also he was in—get Bertha and
her child again in his power—pocket the reward
and then gather all other moneys that he possi
bly conld and leave the city, for he was fully de
termined to do so at the first possible oppor
tunity. For the present, he was surfeited with
rascalities; and, had it not been that money was
to be gained, would have cut loose at once from
his present associations, and in the far West
' - on f i,', a vr.?ed to have made for himself a homo
i 'i i,lived a life of tranquillity.
wheie he Couu. have ■-'steel in a state of in-
Ho found Abraham Shaij,. ’"aU was rather
tense nervous excitement, and w.._. -- lne ' f Ol .
increased than diminished by his press-.. ’
tho lawyer entered freely upon the murder—u o
plan and execution. He told, also, that he hud
to pay an. additional sum, enlarging the amount
for his own gain, and without difficulty secured it,
for Sharpsteel would then have given anything for
peaee. Indeed, he would have sacrificed all ho
possessed, if by so doing he could have restored
the' old woman to life, even though it were to en
act again the fearful scenes of the night when
she was maddened by delirium tremens. But
this could not be done; and now, he, like the
lawyer, was aiming to secure all the wealth pos
sible, and leave for some place where he was un
known.
“ Claimall,” he said, “ I feci as if I never could
forget tliis deed. Why was I fool enough to en
ter into it ? But you were the devil that tempted
me to do it.”
“ Not I,” replied the lawyer.
“Who, then ? Who whispered such a damna
ble thing in my ear—who suggested mur—der ?”
The last word came from his bps as if it had
been fairlv shaken out by terror.
"Gold !”
“ That was the object; but you suggested the
means. You can’t deny that ?”
“ ’Twas fear.”
“Fear, yes, and I would like to know what Wo
have gained by it. Poor Mag! She askod me
once if I believed in hell I Ugh! I can see her
now as she stood before me that night.”
“ Where
Even the lawyer started from his seat and
looked about him, as if she might indeed have
been present bodily in the room. And much in
deed he wished that might be the case, for his
object had been obtained when he received tho
money, and now, with the superstition of men of
his class, he was more fearful of the ghost of the
dead than he could possibly be of the power and
presence of the living. Sharpsteel also looked
about suspiciously before he replied.
“ Not here, thank Heaven, except in fancy,
but oh, how I wish she was in reality. Every
thing reminds me of, and I dare not go into the
other part of the house for fear of meeting her.
I heard noises there just before you came in, but
I dared not go to see.”
“ Raps, probably.”
“ Not it. It was the sound of footsteps, and I
heard them just as plain as I can hear your
voice. I tell you the house is haunted, and lam
not going to stay here. I wouldn’t sleep here
again for all the money in Wall street.”
“If you had seen what I saw last night you
wouldn't sit here so quietly now.”
“What was it?”
And Sharpsteel started to his feet in terror.
“ The old woman’s face.”
“ Oh, is that all! I thought that ”
“ That would have been enough I”
And Claimall described minutely all the hor
rors that had so frightened him when the Jew
and Scott were preparing for the removal of the
woman.
“Stop! By Heaven! don’t tell me another
word. I shall dream of it forever. Horrible 1
And she looked at you thus and tried to speak ?”
Suppose you do dream ?”
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“ I tell you I can’t stand it. No, out of this
house I go. Hark I theie are the footsteps again.
Don’t you hear them? They are in her room—
shuffling around just as she used to do when she
was about half drunk. She is corning this way
and ”
“You're drunk or crazy, Sharpsteel.”
“I tell you it is Mag! Mag, whom I ruined
and murdered.”
“ There is some one there. Let us go"and
see.”
“Go into her room ? Not for all the wealth of
Astor. Hark! what a noise.”
“ Ghosts don't wear heavy shoes and go about
tumbling down boxes,” said the lawyer, with a
sickly attempt at a smile. “ No, nor trot around
in the daylight. Come, let’s go and see.”
“ Not 1.”
“ It may be thieves.”
“ There’s nothing to, steal there.”
“ No, but there is here.”
“ Let them come, I’m not afraid of thieves.
But dead folks, ghosts, murdered women, is
what I don’t like, and I ”
A deep, terrible groan rang from the apart
ments lately occupied by the old woman—then it
increased into wild shrieks, and then sank into a
low moan. Great sweat drops stood on the
brows of both listeners, aud their very teeth
chattered with fear.
“It is her voicel” whispered Sharpsteel. '“God
have mercy upon me but she has come back
from the grave to haunt me. Oh, that I was but
innocent of her blood.”
And the cowardly wretch sank into his chaic
completely overcome.
It was a terrible retribution they were paying
for crime, and all their usual shrewdness was
lost in fear. For their lives they would have fled,
but dare not; dare not stir for fear something
worse would befall them, and thus they sat until
more than hour after all noise had ceased, and
they becoming whisky-proof against fear again,
became tranquil enough to converse and plot to
secure themselves for the future.
“ The girl and her child,” suggested Claimall.
“ Yes_their property.”
“ What do you mean ?”
“ Why, to take all the ready money, force tho
sale of the stocks—you could easily write her
mime—ditto with the mortgages, and le ive.”g f,
“ I write nobody’s name but my own, I can tell
you.”
Forgery left too plain a trace to suit his dainty
ideas of crime. There was far too much of cer
tain detection and State prison in prospective to
suit him. les, strange as it was, the hand that
scrupled not, shrank not from taking a fellow
creature’s life, hesitated to trace another’s
name. But so goes the world. It is not the
sin we shrink from, but the exposure the law
and the prison of the present, not those of the
hereafter.
“ Well,” continued Sharpsteel, after a pause,
during which he had been reflecting seriously
upon both the means and the ends, “ Well, then
tho game is up with us at least. We have had
the trouble of years for nothing, and all that is
left for us is to pack up and bo off with whatever
we can lay our nands on, and that will not be
much after the curse J drain of the past month.
I was a fool not to have done it before instead of
paying out thousands for nothing.”
“ The girl is left yet.”
“ What do you mean by that?”
That she is alive and well.”
“Alive? alive? You told me that sho was
frozen to death.”
“ I thought so. There was a woman and child
died in the station house that night, and I was
informed that it was them.”
“Then where is the money I gave you for the
burial ?”
“Used up.”
“Of course it is. I might have known that.
You just now played very honest about writing
her name, and now you don’t scruple to own
yourself a thief.”
“Don’t call me hard names, Abraham Sharp
steel.”
‘ 1 Names ? Bah ! you took my money and used
it without any return. What is that but steal
ing?”
“Don’t repeat that word. It would not be
safe.”
“ Aha 1 Tho beggar I took from the gutter
and have made a man of, threatens. By George 1
but it is the old fable. Put a frozen snake in
your bosom and as soon as it gets warm it will
strike you to the heart.”
“ More like that of the worm—trample on it
and it will turn, at least, and sting you. Be
ware how you tread on it!” Tho face ot the law
yer was livid with rage, even though his words
were uttered in his usual calm, methodical man
ner.
Sharpsteel saw this, and dared not, completely
as he was in his power, tempt him too far, and
forcing a laugh, he continued :
“ Well, well, George Claimall, tliis is rici—Jteu
and I quarreling when we are both fqxes in one
trap.”
,f Then we had better bi; thinking of our
necks,”
“ Well, about this girl, who has been a stum
bling-block all my life. She has blowed the whole
matte r long before this, and no doubt the in
fernal bloodhounds of the law are on our track.
She will have friends in plenty when they find
out that she has money—the artful minx, and
she knows how to do it, I’ll be bound.”
“You intend to let her do it, then, without a
struggle, do you ?”
“If I had her in my hands, I’d soon show
you.”
“ Why not get her ?”
“ I forgot. As you say you know she is alive,
you must also know’ where she is to be found.”
“ I do—th at is those I employed to hunt her
up do, and they are the very men to bring her
here, if well paid. And there is where the money
—>nt that you accused me of stealing.”
'’-ot go. We have better things to talk
“Let it.. -'<«h quarrels. Bring her here,
about than lorn. them up. Yes, I think I
will they ? Then hurij ' »
must furnish money for that. •• Tou g e t her ?
“ What will you do with her when. %ay de-
Secrete her you may’ for a time, but yo<. -about
pend there will be a hue and cry raised .. -
your ears. Marry you she will not—murder
you dare not!”
“ No, by Heaven, I have done my first and last
deed of that kind.”
“ Then what good will it da ?”
“ What do I pay you for?”
“ Advice.”
“ Then give it. If ever a man needed it, I
need it now.”
‘ ‘ It seems very plain to me. She will do almost
anything in reason to get out of your power, and
she was of age but a few days since. Have you
ever thought of that?”
“ No ; and so she canlegally actindependent of
me_her guardian ?”
"Yes, with the consent of her husband.”
“Husband? A good joke that, they are mar
ried and don’t know it.”
“ I don’t think he will trouble us much. He is
in France, and has married again.”
“ How’ did you find that out ?”
“ With the money I stole from you I”
“ Pshaw 1 George, will you never forget that
foolish speech ?”
“ Perhaps.” The word was plausible enough,
but the accent and the look that accompanied it
would, had Sharpsteel noticed them, have con
veyed a different meaning. But he did not, and
proceeded:
“ Well, what am I to do, then?”
“ First get her.”
“The French rule for cooking fish—‘first
catch them’—but go on.” Sharpsteel was getting
in a. good humor at the prospect of some relief
where all had looked so dark.”
“ When you get her in your power it will be
easy to make her sign a power of attorney, for,
as I eaid, she will be stilling to do almost any
thing to get out of your hands.”
‘ ‘ So she will, and then stocks, mortgages and
real estate, too, will be easily converted into cash,-
and I’ll be off for safer quarters.”
And me ?”
“ Why, you know enough to take care of your
self, and it will be very strange to mo if you
haven’t already thought of that. But when cars
we get hold of Madam Bertha ?”
“Very soon. The same men—at least one of
them, that carried off old Mag, knows all about
her, and they will do the job.”
“ For money, of course ?”
“ Yes, they would sell themselves to tho devil
for that.”
“ Well, you must see them at once, for there is
no time to be lost.”
“ I will; but the means. It is pay in advance
with them.”
“How much, do you suppose ?”
“It is a dangsrotis job, and they will charge
accordingly.”

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