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The New York Dispatch,
MOT A SECOND EDITION, containing the latest news
fr fviß all Quarters, published on Sunday morning.
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Refugees from KicUmona—Accident on the
Washington and Alexandria Railroad—
Prisoners of War—Arrest of Desperate
Guerrillas- Levee of Speaker Colfax—
The National Land Transfer Company
of Missouri.
Washington, Feb. 0,1864.
To-day three women, four boys and one girl presented
themselves at the Provost Marshal’s office as refugees
from Richmond. They were poorly clad, and reiterate
the tale of destitution in the rebel States, but could give
no information relative to rebel military affairs. Capt,
Todd dismissed them, with permission to remain in the
city, upon taking the oath prescribed in the President’s
The following are the names of the killed and wounded
by the accident at Long Bridge, on the Washington and
Alexandria Railroad :
Levayre C. Perkins, Co. M, 2d Vt Vols, seriously in
jured, died after being taken to the hospital. Wm. West
nreyer, Co. B, 61st Pa., nose and mouth badly smashed.
Chris Roesnen, Co. B, 61st Pa., right leg badly smashed
amputation necessary. Wallace A. McKinstry, Co. E, 3d
Vt, leg badly crushed, amputation necessary. Wm. Mer
riman. Co. C ,61st Pa., arm broken. Sergeant W. Gorman.
Co. C, 61st Pa., leg badly bruised. Jonathan Young, Co.
C, 61st Pa., face bruised and wrist sprained. Thos. Best,
Co. B, 61st Pa., arm and bre'ast bruised. Adam Keisler.
Co. C,€lst Pa., thigh bruised. J. P. Gage, 3d Vt., badly
bruised internally. Matthew Hopkins, 2d Vt, shoulder
Six prisoners of war arrived in this city yesterday after
noon from the army. They were sent up by Gen. Patrick
Provost Marshal General of the Army of the Potomac.
•Capt Todd committed them to the Old Capitol.
A number of citizens of Minnesota, at present sojourn
ing in the city, propose giving a dinner to night at the
National Hotel to the Ist Regiment Minnesota Volunteers,
who are now on their way home on furlough, they hay
ing re enlisted.
Mr. Callfax’s mansion, on 4>< street, was thronged last
evening, it being his weekly reception night. The Speak
er’s hebdomadal levees have already become immensely
popular with ladies and gentlemen of high position, social
and official, and one is sure to meet there every Friday
evening an intellectual and brilliant assemblage.
Caleb S. Shaw, who is better known by the men of our
cavalry as Black Hawk, was arrested near Fairfax Court
House a day or two since by an officer of General Tyler’s
command. This man was a captain in the rebel army,
was at the first b'attle of Bull Run ; was conductor of the
' election at Arundel for the ratification of the ordinance of
Secession of the State of Virginia ; acted as a guide for
Stuart’s rebel cavalry ; is considered the most dangerous
character in the part of the country whfcre he lived, and
is known to be thoroughly disloyal. He has never taken
the oath of allegiance, but is said in the statement made
by parties who know him he would take it so as to be set
at liberty. This account of his past career has been glean
■cd from the statement by the officers who arrested him.
He was sent to this city, and is now in tlie Old Capitol.
The bridges of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, re
cently destroyed by the enemy, have beeen repaired, and
travel has been resumed.
The National Hand Transfer Company of Missouri, ask
the aid of the Government to promote the emigration of
skilled laborers and make an Interesting exhibit of facts
showing that iron workers and other laborers receive
from 2to 300 per cent more in Missouri than in England,
for their labor.
Simpson E. Marshall, a fanner, who lives on the Ox
road, near Occoquan, was sent to this city yesterday,
from Gen. Tyler’s headquarters. This man has taken the
oath of allegiance, which lie says was modified to suit his
views. He was a member of the noted Black Hawk’s
company of Virginia Militia, and was at the first battle of
Buil Run. His house is said to be a resort for rebels, and
he is said to be disloyal to the fullest acceptation of the
term. He was committed to the Old Capitol prison.
Washington, Feb. 6,1864.
A train of care ran into the Maryland draw of the Long
Bridge, to-day, at about noon. It is said some lives were
The accident at Long Bridge occurred at about 11 o’clock
to-day. At that hour a boat was about passing the bridge,
and the slide of the bridge, usually moved on one side to
allow the bridge to be opened, was already open, the
usual red flag was displayed upon the watch box at the
end of the bridge, but the train was seen approaching far
up Maryland avenue. Leigh Whitney, of the Invalid
Corps, who was on duty with the guard at the time, ran
up the road a distance of oyer 200 yards, and waved a flag
there, also. At this point the engineer, W. H. Sadler, re
versed his engine, but the grade is exceedingly heavy, and
the train slid down the grade despite the reversal of the
engine. The draw, at tins time, had been opened nearly
half way, and the engine went over its whole length, and
pushing the draw back anl mashing tins end considera
bly. went down wheels first, and nothing now is seen of
her but the top of the smoke stack.
The tender, of the engine, in falling, apparently broke
its couplings and doubled over upon the engine, and it
was followed by one*of the cars, the end of which is
completely smaslied, the front wheels lying upon the
tender. The car immediately behind this ran under it,
.and caught the leg of a soldier between them, smashing
his leg. The engine was the Chauncey Vibbard, and the
train consisted of five cars loaded with lumber. There
were on the train several soldiers of 61st Pennsylvania
Volunteers, who were ox their way to the front, all of
whom were more or less injured. Four of them, it is
known, bad broken limbs. Ali of the wounded were
■conveyed te Armory Square Hospital, and we have not
been able to obtain the names of any except the follow
ing : John Yoqng, -wounded in the cheek, and arm
sprained ; Thomas Best, arm badly bruised ; Adam Keis
ler, thigh bruised ; Reesler, leg badly smashed ;
Hugh Gorman, leg broken
The engineer was never seen after going on the bridge,
And there is no doubt but he went down with his engine.
One soldier, who was taken out of ufte water badly
wounded, says that while he was under .the water, his
hand touched the head of a man, which appeared to be
hanging by the ncek, threat cut. This was, doubt, the
hl-fated engineer.
Sadler has been running on this read but two months,
but was heretofore a trusted engineer on the Baif/viore
And Ohio Railroad. Isaac Cobell, the fireman, saved
thC!fn ' ler Just a, it was pass.-
wg upon the triage. He, however, sustained braises by
jumping, but nothing serious
Workmen are r.ow engaged clearing away the wreci,
and efforts being made to recover the body of the engi
neer. The accident will probably prevent the use of the
bridge for a day at least, as considerable injury was done
to the draw.
Rebels Driven out of Western
Baltimore, February 6.
News is scarce to-day. There are no rebels on the line
of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad anywhere. It is be
lieved they have those in arms that have been driven out
of Western Virginia
Gen. Kelly had a signal victory and captured a large num
ber. Those who escaped made their way back, or were
endeavoring to do so, to the Shenandoah Valley.
The Baltimore American has a communication which it
says comes from a respectable gentleman in Westminster,
Carroll county, Md., charging that the release of C. W.
Webster, State Attorney of that county, who had been a
prisoner in Richmond some seven months, was procured
by him (Mr. Webster.) divulging to the rebels a plot by
which some seventy Union prisoners were about making
their escape.
The writer asserts that Webster confessed having pro
cured his release in this way, and declares if so it is con
temptible. Great preparations are making by the ladies
in view of the Great National Sanitary Fair. Very large
TBe cow that run through our streets yesterday, and
dangeously injured several persons, was not mad, but
only made so by being more frightened than those who
ran from her. She belonged to Ellinger, the showman
and manager.
A grand Union concert takes place to night for the ben
efit of Mr. Horner, the great Baltimore ballad singer.
A young man named Barnard Forrester, a conductor on
the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, was instantly killed
this morning by being crushed between two cars.
Appointment of Hon. J Sum
merfield Berry.
Washington, Feb. 6, 1864.
Hon. J. Summerfield Berry, Ex-Speaker of the House of
Delegates was yesterday appointed Adjutant General of
the State by Governor Bradford.
A soldier named W. Thompson, Company K 18th New
York Cavalry, committed suicide last night by cutting his
throat. He was unmarried, 25 years of age, and born in
Scotland. The act was committed at Camp Stoneman,
Gilsboro Point
A letter from Hilton Head, 31st ult.,
says: “From information derived from a variety of
sources, we learn that our fire upon Charleston is doing
considerable damage both to persons and buildings.
Shells drop in and explode at intervals of five minutes,
day and night, in that part of the city to which the resi
dents about the battery removed when we first opened on
the town. The place of refuge has ceased to be regarded
as perfectly safe. People who moved their effects from
down town to the upper wards, and fondly imagined that
they were secure from all visitations from Yankee shells,
have long since had that illusion dispelled. Houses in a
certain area are terribly shattered and perforated by our
shells, and rendered untenable. So another hegira oc
curred, and people now live in tents, slab shanties, barns,
stables, cotton houses, clear in the outskirts of the city,
and are by no means as comfortable as they could de
While a Union soldier was bathing
in Elk river, five of Bragg’s soldiers camel to the bank
and took aim at him, one of them shouting, “ Dome here,
you d d Yank, out of the wet.” The poor folio v felt
quite sure he was done for, but obeyed the order. “ You
surrender our prisoner, do you ?” “ Yes, of course I do.”
“That’s kind. Now we’ll surrender to you!” And the
five stackeharms before him, their spokesman adding :
“ We’ve done with ’em, and have bid old Bragg good-bve.
Secesh is played out. Now you surround us, and take* us
into camp.”
A few days since, while a steamboat
was lying near Bolivar Landing, on the Mississippi, seven
men, with nine mules, and horses and wagons, were sent
ashore on a foraging expedition, and had scarcely got out
of sight, when they were set upon and surrounded by nine
guerrillas, who leaped from the bush with shouts to sur
render. The animals and the prisoners were taken to the
interior, and have not since been heard of.
Admiral Lee has forwarded to the
Navy Department a detailed statement of the destruction
of the rebel salt works at St. Andrew’s Bay, by Acting-
Master Brown, of the bark Restless. An immense quan
tity of works, boilers, kettles and buildings were de
stroyed by our men, whereupon the rebels set fire to other
works in our advance, and saved us the trouble of destroy
ing them.
The Fortification bill reported from
the Committea on Ways ana Means last week appropriates
over five millions of dollars, including the following sums:
For Fort Schuyler, $25,000; Willett s Point, $150,000; ano
ther fort in New York harbor. $100,000: battery near Fort
Hamilton, $75,000; Fort Richmond, §20,000; Fort Tomp
kins, $150,000; battery at Staten Island, $75,000; Fort at
Sandy Hook, $125,000.
A gentleman returned North, after
traveling extensively throughout the Southern States, re
ports that the railroads in Dixie arc in a badly dilapidated
condition. No train can be run over eight or nine miles
an hour, and the rolling stock is getting so much worn out
that it is thought that one-half of the roads must be aban
doned hi six months, in order to concentrate the working
locomotives and cars on the most important lines.
The Richmond TWp of Wednesday
last has a sj nopsis of the report of the rebel Secretary of
•the Treasury, in response to a resolution of the Senate.
The funded debt is $297,871,000; call certificates, $89,000 -
000 ; interest-bearing Treasury notes, $102,000,000 ; non-in
terest bearing Treasury notes, s72o,ooo,ooo—less the num
ber of Treasury notes on hand, $297 000,000.
Hon. William Whiting, Solicitor of
the War Department, has decided that aliens, who are
subjects of foreign governments, having voluntarily en
liEtt d in the service oi the United States as substitutes tor
drafted man, are not entitled to be discharged from such
service by reason of alienage.
At Mattoon, Illinois, recently, a
drunken soldier attempted to force a citizen named Ste
vens to take the oath of allegiance. The latter denied his
authority, when the soldier shot him dead. The soldier
had served two years in the rebel army, and enlisted in
the Union sendee to get the bounty. He will immediately
be shot.
Owing to the failure of a previous
contractor, the Navy Department has taken precautions
to have the work ot raising the sunken vessels at Norfolk
and vicinity faithfully performed. The wrecks are the
■Cumberland, CongresSj Merrimac, Raritan, the Columbia,
the small steamer Whitehall, and the line-of-battle-ships
Pennsylvania, Delaware and Columbus.
A copy of an extraordinary address
circulated among the rebel soldiers in Tennessee, has
come within our lines. It declaims against the gross ty
ranny of forcing them to remain beyond the allotted
period of three years in the rebel army, and urges them
to return to their allegiance, and accept Lincoln’s par
don, ratfier than submit to such injustice. The authenti
city of this document is beyond question.
The Western Freedmens’Aid Com
mission of Cincinnati has shipped, during the past week,
about eight tons of supplies to Memphis, and nearly nine
tons to Nashville, to be distributed through its agents to
the freed people Some five thousand volumes of school
books were also sent forward.
Governor Letcher' stated in his ad
dress at Canville, Va , that the late “Stonewall” Jackson
was in favor of conducting this war under the black flag
and so expressed his sentiments to him seven days after
the secession of Virginia, proposing to set the example
himself by first carrying that flag in the face of the
A young lady from Pennsylvania
enlisted at Oswego, in this State, a few days since. Her
sex was discovered by a fellow-soldier, who gave infor
mation to the authorities, and she was arrested and
placed in confinement. She is “only sixteen years of
age, pretty, intelligent, and modest, and determined to
go to the wars.”
It came out in a debate in Congress,
on Wednesday, that the results of the draft last Summer
were as follows : Exempted for disability, 75,000; exempt
ed for other causes, 74 000; paid commutation, 41.000; pro
cured substitutes, 34,000; drafted and served, 11,000.
A Richmond paper records, for the
sake of posterity, as it says, the current prices in that
city for making and repairing boots : For making ordi
nary boots, $225; footing, $l4O ; making cavalry boots,
$250; gaiters, $110; and soon.
The firemen in Richmond will not be
exempted from the rebel conscription The law provides
that cities, fortheir protection, must organize fire com
panies of men over forty-five. The fire brigade of Macon,
Ga., has been ordered into camp.
An enterprising individual has erect
ed a tent on the summit of Lookout Mountain, and is do
ing a fine business in taking photographs of such as are
willing to pay a good price on account of the associations
connected with the locality.
The streets of Chattanooga are here
after to X»e cleaned daily at 12 o’clock, by persons con-
victed of petty offenses, whether civil or military. A
“post fund” is also to be levied upen sutlers, pedlers, and
others living by traffic.
Among the articles comprising the
carpoof the prize steamer Minna, sokl at Boston, a few
days since, were thirteen cases containing seventeen
thousand four hundred and three Bibles, Testaments and
psalm books.
The chief of the military detective
force of Washington reports, that during the month of
January, sixty-two commissioned jofficers were arrested
for various offences, and six hundred and twenty enlisted
The Albany Argus says that the 993
extra men in that city, demanded by the call of 200,000
additional troops, can be raised in a month if the bounty
of S3OO is paid—as it will be.
The Springfield, Mass., armory
turned out twenty-five thousand seven hundred muskets
last month—the largest number ever made in a single
month. There are two hundred thousand on hand.
Army mules are going to Grant’s
department in large numbers. They are to be used as
pack mules for supply trains, for East Tennessee, as the
roads are impassable for wagon-trains.
Over 40,000 negroes are concen
trated in the various towns in the interior of Texas,
hundreds of whom are now dying of disease and starva
A company of cavalry, commanded
by Captain Bennett, of Scott’s 900, has been appointed a
body guard to the President. They are quartered on the
grouds south of the President’s mansion.
The bill reported on Tuesday by Mr.
Stevens for the support of the army for the year ending
with June, 1865, appropriates $529,600,000.
The new call for troops will necssi
tate an additional appropriation of two hundred millions
of dollars.
Lieut. Semmes, of Stuart’s cavalry,
and cousin of the pirate Semmes, was captured on Mon
day, in Maryland, near Fort Washington.
The cotton burned at Columbia, S.
C., it is now ascertained, was valued at $3,000,000. There
was about $650,000 insurance upon it.
Ohio brings in a bill of $223,825 37
against the Government for damages incurred by Mor
gan’s raid into that State.
The rebel government has been
greatly inconvenienced by a strike of the telegraph ope
rators for higher wages.
Marshal Kai e, of Baltimore, and a
large number of Confederate officers, have arrived at
Halifax, N. S. They escaped from Johnson’s Island.
The Provost Marshal of lowa has
telegraphed to the President that the State will fill its
quota by volunteers, rendering a draft there unnecessary
———, . •
City nfld
An Amorous Merchant and an Un
faithful Wife —How a Philosophical Benedict took
his Revenge.—A Vesey Street Tradesman in a Tight
Spot.—These columns last week contained a detailed ac
count of how a brokenhearted husband took the life df
his wife’s paramour in Grand street, and the following de
tails of actual incidents are given in contradistinction, to
show an entirely different style of husband. There is,
doing business in Vesey street, in this city, a mammoth
bachelor ot large wealth, who enjoys the rather unenvi
able notoriety of being a little too susceptible to the bland
ishment* of female loveliness, when tne charms are ac
companied by the immemorial freedom of manners
which characterize the demi-monde. He answers to the
name of S , and himself and brother are each supposed
to be worth over half a million of dollars. S sports,
or rather did sport until quite recently, a heavy hunting
case gold watch, valued at S2OO, a diamond pin, SBO, fine,
and generally carried a pretty large sum of money with
him. From time to tune, he has been an occasional
caller upon the fair wife of a young book-keeper,who does
double entry within gun shot of the City Hall. 8 is
very insinuating, and the young wife proved forgetful of
her marriage vows at a time when she should
have most respected them. The old story succeeds;
stolen interviews, hasty kisses, intoxicating dadianee,
diurnal assignations and nocturnal sweetnesses, alter
nated until the bewildered woman ceased to think
of her liege lord, except as a terrible bar in the way of
her happiness. An experience of six months, with grad
ually increasing coldness, served to open the watchful
eyes of the book keeper, ano he became satis fled that the
odor of an overgrown “ mice” was saluting his nostrils.
Ledger Dosted his accounts an 1 kept thinking. He is none
of j cur high-pressure geniuses, who, under the Influence
of burning wrongs, get up all sorts of theatrical situations.
His dark eye flashed, his chf ek paled, as he became con
vinced that the wife of his bosom, the mother of his child,
was false to him. He reflected long, and finally organ
ized a stratagem, which was carried out as follows, to all
the victory possible under the circumstances : About the
last of January the husband announced that business
would take him to Washington that night, and keep him
absent for over a week. His wife declined the invitation
to accompany him, and supplied with a carpet-bag of
clothing, he left the city, accompanied to the boat at the
foot of Courtlandt street by the attentive S . The next
night, at a little past 10 o’clock, a man entered his house
in Thirteenth street through the basement door, and
made his way to the bed room usually occupied by him
self and wife. The door was locked, and it was some time
bef ore the wife replied to his summons by opening the
bar to his progress. The husband entered, and the wife,
much excited, requested him not to turn up the gas, as it
hurt her eyes. Complying, he began to disrobe, and when
all ready for retiring, sudoenly remembered that he must
see L on 16th street, as he was going away again early
in the morning. He therefore began to dress, taking from
a chair a pair of pants not his own, and was soon outside
the house All this time the burly S lay sweltering in
the bed with his head covered, and scarcely daring to
breathe. But no sooner had the husband disappeared
thsn he sprang from his coudtant position, and seizing the
remaining pair of pants, regardless of all exceptspeed, he
robed and vacated on an accelerated double quick, leav
ing the wife thankful for her escape, and not at all aware
that her lover had departed minus S6OO in money,’§2oo in
a watch, and the SBO diamond pin which had been re
moved previous to retiring. The husband could not keep
the occurrence secret, but detailed it as occurring ti a
friend: his flush pockets, elegant timekeeper and glitter
ing first water cluster, however, betokened the real actor,
and thus this case of philosophical revenge came out.
S makes no inquiries, dodges his friend whenever he
sees liim, and gives the wife all her time to repent. His
friendshave a sarcastic way of asking him for the time
which places him in such a position that he feels as badly
as when smothered in the sheets in 13th street The book
keeper has won a partial victory and his child need
never blush for its mother, unless she again proves her
self not all her husband’s fancy painted her.
Union Central Committee. —The reg
ular monthly meeting of this committee was held at
Headquarters, corner Broadway and 23d street, on Thurs
day evening last, Wm. A. Darling, Esq., in the chair. In
the matter of the contested seats in 13th Ward, the Com
mi itee decided to admit the delegation headed by Henry
A. Smith. This establishes the regularity of what is known
as the “Ellery Association.” This being a test case, the
Committees appointed on the 19th, 21st, and 22d Wards
w< re discharged from the further consideration of the
alleged difficulties in these several Wards.
Mr. Milliken of the 12th Ward offered a resolution dep
recating as premature any discussion of the merits of can
didates for tbe Presidency. On this he made an able and
patriotic speech He was replied to by Messrs. Wakeman,
Kelly, and Chas. S. Spencer. Mr. Milliken’s resolution was
regarded by the Committee as a fling at the President, and
notwithstanding his eloquent speeches, the obnoxious pas
sages were expunged by nearly a unanimous vote. The
Union Central Committee of New York is on record in
favor of tlie renomination of Abraham Lincoln, and its
members can’t be induced to take the back track just vet.
A resolution was passed allowing reporters from the
Tribune, Daily Timet, and Evening Post, to be present at the
regular meetings of the Committee
The Committee having been regularly and fully organ
ized. the Chairman announced the Executive Committee
for the coming year, as follows :
!st Ward, Henry Smith. 12th Ward, Abram Wakeman,
el c --r° rd J}. all V W “ Henry A. Smith,
3d Sheridan Shook, 14th “ John Fitch,
4th “ Henry G. Leask, loth “ John L. Taylor.
i 09 , T . 8^ Taylor ’ 16th “ John Lindsey,
Brenimn, 17th “ John Lalor,
Hi! « Y- 18th “ James Kelly,
Bth “ And. Bleakley, 19th “ a. J. Williamson
iS n ine^? USey ’ “ C.H.Tucke? ’
gavjd Miner, 21st • E. C. Johnson,
‘ Sea. Johnson. 22d “ J as. E. Coulter.
Chairman Corresponding Committee, Wm. Laimbeer ir
Chairman Printing Committee, Chas S. Spencer ’ ’
The regular meetings of the Committee are held on the
first Thursday of each month.
Death from Eating Ham. —On Wed
nesday last Coroner Naumann made a thorough investi
gation of the circumstances attending the death of Mary
Flaig, aged 2 years, daughter of Mr. Flalg, of No 45 Eliz
abeth street. For three weeks past the family, consisting
of the grandmother, father, mother aunt and child, had
been afflicted with illness for which they were until last
week unable to account ; but on the 21th ult. they sum
moned a physician, and then learned that they had been
poisoned by a ham of which they had eaten. Mrs. Eliza
beth Werkmeister. the grandmother, stated that after
eating a piece of a seemingly sound ham which Mr. Flaig
had purchased at a grocery in Grand street, she experi
enced griping, and on again tasting the ham like »ymp
toms were manifested. The child’s parents made like
statements, and a Dr. Valllere, who could upon ordinary
inspection discover nothing wrong in the appearance of
the ham, made ft microscopic examination, and found
that it was alive with minute animalcule, known in the
medical world as “ trichimos.” Dr. Joseph Schnetter be
ing called to ccnsult with Dr. Valliere, inspected the ham
and thought it fresn and sound; but on applying the mi
croscope found it full of minute insects. Drs. Wooster
Bea .£ b ’ J £A£ cl i ne ? tcr and who made a postmortem
on the child’s body, gave their opinion that she died of
poison from the diseased ham, and the Jury so rendered
and exonerated the merchant who sold the ham, ag from
its appearance he could not have known it to be unfit for
Terrible Conflagration —Loss about
S2oo,ooo.—About 6 o’clock last evening a fire broke out in
the large building owned by Samuel Leggett, located be
tween Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth streets, near
Avenue A, and occupied by various parties for manufac
turing purposes. The flames spread rapidly, and not
withstanding the energetic conduct of the firemen con
sumed the entire structure, extending through the whole
lowest estimate of the damage done is about
$200,000. Our reporter could not asce - tain the amount of
! insurance on any of the premises The building, which
is damaged §40,000, is insured for $20,000.
Fearless and Independent
Aug. 27. George W. Adams, Co. D. 122 Ohio.
“ “ Hasen Stilling, Age, 22, F, 26 N. G.
“ 28 Francis M. Sapp. 19, F. 8 Ala.
“ “ William 11. Shattock 19, A, 53 Mass.
“ 29 A. Hamill, 30, H, 11 N. C.
“ “ Beverjy D. Young, 33.1.11 Miss.
“ “ Lieut. A. 11. Good, I, 7 Va.
“ 31 W. L. Bird. 26, G, 2S. C.
“ “ David Wilson, 21, D, 11 Ga.
“ “ J. S. Camden,2o. H. 27 Va.
G. E L Duffus,l9, D, 1 S. C.
“ " Martin Haller, 39, C, 6 Conn.
Sep.. 1 P. C. Cashj4o, E. 47 Ala.
“ “ John A. Eime, 39. D, /b Penn.
“ 2 Chapman Rose, 36, I 103 Penn.
“ 3 Henry L. Jones, A, 150 N. Y.
“ “ Simion Bullis, 24. C. 26 N. C.
“ 4 D. McDonald, I. 28 Maine.
“ “ Martin K. Boyes, 19, A, 2 j Mich.
5 John Dick. A, 5 Mich.
•« “ Williams. Prisoner of War.
“ William Wood, 20, D, 11 N. C. .
“ 6 James Robinson, 22, G, 126 Ohio.
“ “ J.S. Dunlap, 26, E, 12 S.C.
“ “ A. J. Hallibinton, 24, M, BS. C.
“ W. A. Fisher, 24, C, 6 La.
“ 7 John Welsh
“ “ James Foley, A, 9 Conn.
“ '• Maj. Amos T. Beach, G. 152 N. Y.
“ 8 AJ. Woodal. 33. D, 24 N. C.
“ “ Edmond Longley, 23, C, 27 Maae.
•• 9 Timothy McCarty, 28,2 Battery mf.
“ “ T. C. Logan, 52 1,18 Miss.
“ “ John Stouebrook, 19 H, 126 Ohio.
•• 10 Daniel McHarley, 45, E, 47 Ala.
“ “ Gabriel E. Moore. 30, G, 1 Ten.
“ 11 Sumner Place. 2 Vt.
“ “ Simon Long, 27, K, 5 La.
“ “ John S McCurry, 22, 1,14 S. C.
“ “ Thomas Stevens, 48 A, 11 N. Y.
“ 13 Christopher Bellinger, C, 152 N. Y,
“ John A Swarts, A, 162 N. Y.
“ 14 Burg’n C. A. Chapin, 25. 6 Vt.
“ 15 John OW. Roberts, G, 11 Ga.
“ “ W. J. Bair, 23. A, 1S 0.
“ 16 Andrew Red, 32. 1,126 Ohio.
“ “ John Burns. L, 14 N Y. Cav.
“ “ Isaac Tibbits, 31, K, 3N. H.
“ 11 William Kinsel, 32, D. 26 Mich. Inf.
“ 21 George R. Palmateer, 20. 28 N. Y. Bat
“ 20 J. W. Joners, 19. H, 43 N. C.
“ “ A. Russell, 55, K, 33 N, C.
•• “ Enoch E. Murphy, 19, E, 15 S. C. .
21 R. E. A Loller, 29, K, 18 N. C.
“ “ T. C. Robertson, 35, F, 18 Miss. t
“ 20 Ist Lieut. RF. Allen, 35 C, 38 N. C.
“ 21 Jonn Taylor, I, 6 Inf.
“ John Roberts. 48, K. 2b Mich.
“ 27 Loroy Anderson, 22. F, 1 Maryland.
“ “ Oswald Mueller, B, 173 h. Y.
“ 28 Henry Shultz, 40, t>, 26 Mich.
“ 30 Peter Carl, 25, 1.107 Ohio.
“ “ James Clark. 37, H, 69 N.Y.
»« «• Billey, Choctaw Indian, prisoner of war.
Oct. 2 Dennis Cady, F, 14 U. 8. Inf.
“3 W. A Smith, 20, B, 11 N. C.
•• “ Charles W. Miner, 22, B, 118 N. Y.
“ “ Frederick Ingerson, 19, A, 7N. H.
“ 4 Ch ar les Olmsted. 32. a substitute.
“ “ James Mason, K, 4U. S Inf.
“ “ Phineas Moody, 28, Conscript.
“ “ Solomon Eldridge, 18, 12 U. S. Inf.
“ 5, William W. Snelling, 32,
“ 7, Corp. Alfred Butler, 30,1,117 N. Y.
“ “ J. I. Fuller, 20, D, 5 Conn.
“ “ John Wells.
“ “ Pratt Day, H, 4 Inf.
‘‘ “ Simion Prentice, 49, 2 Ind Corps.
“ “ Philip Meng, 56, A, 100 N. Y.
“ 8, Henry Armstrong, 44, A, 11 N. Y. Art.
“ “ George W. Brooks, 31, D, 26 Mich.
“ “ E. P. Hatch, C. 37 Mass.
“ 9, Charles W. Soder, E, 152 N. Y.
“ “ George W. Riggs, 22, E, 42 Miss.
“ “ William F. Geary, 19, E, 10 Conn.
“ “ John F. Ramsdell, 31, B, 11 Me.
“ “ Harvev Borrer, 53j K, 56 N. Y.
“ 10 Edward Wilder, 24, K, 3 Mich.
“ “ Lewis Dye, 33, K, 100 N. Y. •
‘‘ “ John Moore, 27, 1,142 N. Y,
“ “ Chauncey Hanford, 25, C, 144 N. Y.
“ “ Mandelburt Palmer, 23. E, 169 N. Y.
“ “ William Akerst, 33, G. 37 Mass.
“ 12 Hiram S. Nyce, A, 4 Wis.
“ “ Theodore Richardson, 22, I, 26 Mich.
“ “ Jacob Christman, 1,152 N. Y.
“ 13 Sergt. Reese L. Weaver, 21, G, 97 Penn.
“ “ H. E. Brown, 24, B, 13 S. C.
“ “ G. McCarley, 24, B, 2 Miss.
“ 16 JR. Duggans. 32, M, 21 S. C.
“ 14 Corp. Win. Watkins, 25, 15,1 Bat Inv. Corp.
“ “ William Harrington, 31, B, 157 N. Y.
“ 18 Joseph Warner, 33, I, 7U. 8. Inf.
“ “ Darius Vanblus, 37, C, 112 N. Y.
“ 18 Tilston D. Smith, B, 52 Penn.
“ 16 James Burnett, 26, E, 26 Mich.
“ “ Chester L, Craver, 19, H, 169 Vol.
“ 18 Daniel B. Thayer, 38, E, 112 N. Y.
“ “ Albert M. Edwards, 41,1, 40 Mass.
“ “ Harlen J. Merrill, 21, B, 40 Mass.
“ “ Corpfl Joseph Johnson, F, 2 N |Y.
“ 20 Martin Brow? L, 14 N. Y. Cav.
“ “ Herman Storck, 22, Reid’s Mounted Rifle
“ 21 Aug
“ “ Carlton Ackley, 22,1, 62 Ohio.
“ 23 William A. Sale, 40. G. IS. C.
“ “ John Meagher, 43, K, 4U. S. Inf.
“ “ Thomas Martin, 34, K, 13 N. Y.
“ 26 George W. Bailey, 39, A, K7 N. Y.
“ “ Conrad H Morey. 41, 11, 112 N. Y.
“ “ Lewis Hartman, B, 2 Inf.
“ “ Patrick Cronan, A, 7 Inf.
“ “ Levy B. Brundage. 28, C, 169 N. Y.
“ “ Thomas A. Carr, 19, D, 26 Mich.
“ 29 Jesse H. Ulegg. 22, G, 110 Ohio.
“ “ John Ward, 20,1, 97 Penn.
“ 30 John Richardson, E, 8 Inf.
Nov. 4 Thomas Gartland, 87 N. Y. Vol.
“ “ George <’. Jefferson, 19 D, 3R. I. Art.
“ “ Jame< McGnan, .39, F, 7N. H.
“ “ Charles E. Barry, A, 9 Vermont.
“ 5 George L. Grant, 34, K. 19 Me.
“ 6 William Scott, 18. E, 7N. H.
“ 4 c. A. Donnelly, BN. Y. Cav.
“ “ William Thomas, C, 99 NY.
“ “ Frederick Martin, 13 N. Y. Batt.
“ “ James Gard. 19, A, 147 N. Y.
“ 5 James Hughes, 35, A substitute.
“ “ Joseph Bostwick, 40, C, 69 N. Y.
“5 Owen, Foley, IN. Y. Cav.
“ 7 Robert Scott, 24, B, 176 N. Y.
“ “ Serg. Horace Clinton. 26, 7U. S. Inf.
“ 10 Michael Roah, 50, E, 3N. Y.
“ “ John Bullard.
“ 12 G. A. Burdick, A, 176 N. Y.
“ “ Franklin Graves. H, 176 N. Y.
“ 13 Orris Clark. 24, H, 86 N. Y.
“ “ James Maxim, D, 6U. S. Inf.
“ “ Harrison Bennett, 23. A, 67 Ohio.
“ 14 George IL Banker, 25. K, 118 N. Y.
“ “ A. B. Haffterling. 19. B, 10 N. Y.
“ “ Corp. Geojge H. Hackett, 22, G, SN. H,
“ “ Charles Berry. 54, K, 14 Me.
“ 15 Abram Newcomb, 20, u, it v. s. inf.
“ 16 William P. Gardner, G, 176 N. Y.
“ “ William N. Smith, 18, K, 111 N. Y.
“ 17 John R. Brooker, 150 N. Y.
“ 18 M. P. Moore, H, 2N. C.
“ “ Thomas Do jvns, 20, I,9th Vt.
“ 20 David Witherell, 18,1.18 N. Y. Cav.
“ 21 Seneca H. Foot, A, 176 N. Y.
‘ ‘ 23 William Fraitor, I, 20 Ga.
“ “ Theodore Sweister. 1 La. Cav.
“ “ Pat’k Morgan,'G, 11 Penn.
“ 24 William Radcliff. Substitute.
“ 26 Charles Shafer, 20, K, 75 N. Y.
“ “ James Thornton, F, 71 N. Y.
“ “ John Finerty, 21. H, 99 N. Y.
“ “z H. H Perry, E. 16 Georgia.
“ 27 James Brewster, H, 10 Invalid Corps.
“ 30 Edwin L. Drake. 32 A, 161 N. Y.
“ “ Charles Powell, 40, G, 10 Invalid Corps.
“ “ Decation Burrell, 23, H, 147 N. Y.
“ Patrick Flaherty. 47, A, 69 N. Y.
Dec. 2 Thomas Kean, 2d Bat Independent Corps.
“ “ Patrick G. Brady, 55. G, 10 Indiana.
“ 4 James Carl. 1,18 N. Y. Cav.
“ “ A Riggs, K, 2 Miss.
“ “ Alexander Skelton, A, 53 Virginia.
“ “ Samuel Baxter, 17, A Volunteer.
“ 8 Henry Piitsley, 21. C. 147 N. Y.
“ “ Francis Finet, 35, 39 N. Y.
“ 4 Peter Galloway, 40, D, 6N. Y. Artillery.
“ -10 Felix Kenedy, B, 10 Vt.
“ “ Edwin B Foster, B, 17 U. S Inf.
“ “ Charles Voght. 26, C, 13 N. Y. Artillery.
“ “ John Ott, 158 N. Y.
“ 11 George Dalton, F, lU. S. Artillery.
“ “ William H. Powers, K, 13 Maine.
“ “ John Johnson, G, 67 N. Y.
“ ‘ James Harvey, 20, G, 128 N. Y.
“ “ Joseph Weeks, 28, G. 12 Ct
“ 13 William Butler, 56, E, 10 Inv. Corps.
“ “ Daniel Beede, 4 Mass Batt
“ 14 Martin Beesmcr, F, 111 N. Y.
“ 16 Henry T. Ackley C, 110 N. N.
“ 17 Hiram Crommett, 28 G,SU, S BArtill.
“ 21 Geo. Chin, B 20. Colored Regt..
“ “ James Hill, D, Recruits.
“ “ Chas. Campbell, 47, A, Tammany.
“ 29 Jeremiah Dailey. 22, K. 2 Mass.
“ Thomas Sullivan 24, H. 92 N. Y.
“ 31 E. McDonald, I, 13 Conn.
Jan. 7 James Caldwell, 35, C, 99 N. Y,
“ “ Daniel Vanwinkle, 5 Artill.
“ 13 Josepn Steuber, M, 12 N. Y. Cav.
“ “ Michael McGuire. 28. K, 4 U. S Inf.
“ “ Andrew Callins. G, BU. S. Inf.
“ 12 Christian Miller. A, 58 N. Y.
“ 13 John Drew, K, 10 U. 8. Inf. Corps.
12 John Johnson, Unassigned.
“ “ Christian Flugge, F, 3 Batt
“ 13 Alex. Prince, 43,1, 20 U. S. Colored Troops
“ “ Christopher Wells, 4s, B, 20 US.C. T.
“ 15 John Blckley.
“ “ Albert Olenhimez, Contract Nurse.
“ 17 Barney Quinn 10 US. Inv. Corps.
“ 19 John McDonald, 28,13 N. Y. Artill.
“ “ Amos Banks. 39,1, 20 U. 8. C. T.
“ “ George Newby. 18, E. 26 “ “
“ “ Alex Neeoris, 17. G, 20 “ *•
“ “ Wilson Daran, 20 “ “
“ “ Leonda Pearsall, 22. A, 35 N. C.
“ “ Abram Wynkoop, 19, G, 20 W. S. C. T.
22 Martin Boole, 5, Heavy Artill.
“ “ George W. Carter, 24. 2 Batt. Ind. Corps.
“ “ W. Shriner, H. 14 U. S. Inf.
“ “ Peter Dunn, 156 N. Y.
“ “ Henry Wilson, 23. G, 106 N.Y.
“ “ David Judson. 32, A, UN. Y.
“ 24 David G. Griffin, 19. N. C.
“ “ William H. Taylor, 23, D. 20 U. S. C. T.
“ “ Charles L Johnson, 23 G, 20 “ “
“ 25 Orrin W Howe, K, 67 Ohio.
“ John Wagner, A, 169 N. Y.
“ “ Wm. Davis, p. 144 “
“ “ Alfred C. Corey. B, 157 “
“ 26 Corp. Chs. Black, 18, 11, 20 U. 8. C. T.
“ 27 Dillon Patrick, 29 G, 154 N. Y.
28 Hiram K. Lusts, 25, A, 115 “
“ “ Orville White, 142 “
“ “ Edward Mulligan, 131 u
“ “ Monroe R Reed, 55 Penn.
29 Solomon Groomes. 181,26 U. 8. C. T.
“ 30 Wm Whitehead, 24 A, 89 N.Y.
“ “ Edward C. Roberts, 31. F, 117 “
“ “ Henry Kaznor, 19, E, Scott’s 900.
“ “ James Burrell, 22, G, 97 Penn.
“ “ Caleb Horn, D, 97 “
“ • • Lorenzo N. Pettit, 43, J, 118 N. Y.
“ “ Wm. Townsent
(Written for the New York Pispatcn.i
Competed in England in the gear 1862.
By T. Nield.
Northmen, on in Freedom’s cause.!
Save your coutry from their claws
Who would desecrate her laws—
Friends of rum and slavery I
Now’s the time to strike the blow,
Lay the vaunting rebels low,
Be not cowardly or slow,
On with dauntless chivalry 1
Who would slumber at his ease,
Wnile such ruthies? herds as these
Rob and murder as they please
With infernal revelry ?
Shall they like a tiger growl?
Will you as their victim howl?
On, and show you have a soul—
Crush the base Confederacy I
Lift your spangled banner high,
Let your thunders rend the sky
Till the daring tyrants fly •
In tumultuous anarchy.
Wrong may triumph for a day.
Justice bears the palm away,
Failures, though they seem delay,
Speed the march of victory.
On, then, clothed with dreadful might,
Arms well nerv’d and armor bright,
Nobly battle for the right—
Unity and Liberty !
*»• Entered according to Act of Congress. in the year 1864, by
Amor J. Williamson, in the Clerk's Office of the District
Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New
08, THE
One morning in May, 1863, a man emerged
from a hut standing between Tolome and the
National Bridge, on the Jalapa road, a few
leagues west of Vera Cruz.
He was about twenty-five years of age, shab
bily attired, and a representative of that class of
Mexicans called leperos, or vagabonds.
He appeared robust and capable, but had a
sinister visage and all the characteristics of an
indolent and dissolute fellow.
He was Don Ignacio Gorro, a creole, whose
lineage had possessed wealth and respectability
in its past generations, but which had now near
ly run out, both morally and numerically, as so
frequently happens in transplanted families of
the Spanish-American republics.
He was followed out of doors by an old woman,
his mother, who set herself to kindling a fire in
a little shed beside the cabin.
He yawned and rubbed his eyes.
“ I am tired of this sort of life,” he observed,
“ and have been thinking half the night of tak
ing service with the invaders. lam tired of
rags and empty pockets. The French general is
paying gold to all who join him, and if I can get
a position among the allies,” and his dark eyes
gleamed viciously, “ I can pay off outstanding
grudges, build a fine house in the place of this
hen-roost, and advance to dignity and power.”
The old dame’s eyes brightened.
“ Well, why don’t you make the effort ?” she
demanded. “ You have been in the army a year
and must have learned enough to be an officer—
a colonel or a corporal, something of that kind.
But how can you recommend yourself to the
French ?”
“ Oh, easy enough—by cutting somebody’s
throat. The greater the scoundrel the better
will be his treatment. Look at Margnez.”
He referred to General Margnez, then com
mander-in-chief of the Mexican traitors in the
service of France—one of the most infamous
cut-throats in existence, who has recently been
decorated by Napoleon with the cross of the Le
gion of Honor.
“ Since every thief and assassin in Mexico is
welcomed as an ally,” pursued Gorro, “there
must be a good chance for me. If I could cap
ture that mysterious Hugo, who is making the
French so much trouble, or if I could unmask
any of the patriotic leagues which have been
formed against them, my fortune would be made.
The question is how to do it.”
He washed himself at an adjacent spring,
brushed his boots and clothes, and continued the
discussion with his mother, while she baked a
few tortillas for their bieakfast.
No remark as to the dishonor of taking service
with the French passed between tjiem.
They were too base to even bale any scruples
about the proposed measure.
“I’ll shoot some birds for dinner,”remarked
the vagabond, when their repast was finished,
“and try to think of some course of action.
There must be a change in our lot. Doha Lona
has rejected my addressee. Everybody deems
me a vagabond, as I undoubtedly am. We are
out of money and everything else. All this must
be changed. Money shall flow into my hands.
I will obtain a position of authority and profit.
Doha Lona shall yet smile upon my suit, or re
ject me at her peril.”
An ugly look appeared on his face as he made
these allusions to “ Doha Lona.”
He was evidently sore on that point.
“Go ahead, Ignacio,” responded his mother.
“ This war’s going to be a grand thing for us, if
you will only get a commission in it. Those who
have always been beggars can roll in wealth
now. As to that girl, I’m dying to see her.
There’s something about her worth knowing.
She ain’t playing hermit in the woods for noth
ing. What’s the mystery of that family? I’m
dying to know it.”
“ Well, you just live a little longer,” replied
Gorro, “ and I’ll enlighten you on that subject.”
He took down a double-barreled shot-gun from
its hooks on the wall and prepared for a hunt.
-Addressing a few additional remarks to the old
dame, he left the hut, sauntering toward the
bridge, and soon disappeared from her gaze in
that direction.
He was thoughtful as he walked on, too busy j
with his schemes to think of hunting.
The district through which he was strolling
forms the boundary between the barren plains of
the coast and the wooded hills and valleys of the
interior. Its vegetation is dense and plentiful.
It Is here that palm trees, cactuses, and entire
races of tropical plants and flowers show them
selves, vines twining and climbing, huge leaves
glistening and quivering, flowers yielding rich
perfumes, and birds reveling in a wilderness of
floral beauty.
For a few minutes Gorro walked on, com
pletely absorbed in his projects. He finally per
ceived the body of a man lying by the roadside,
a shoit distance ahead of him, and hastened to
examine it, first noticing that it was in the uni
form of a French major.
The officer was dead,
A card pinned to the breast of the corpse here
these words:
“ Hugo, the Scourge I”
The vagabond thrilled with fear.
That appellation was known only too well to him,
It had become the terror of the invaders, from
Vera Cruz to Puebla.
Again and again had it occurred, when some
Of them were commiti ing outrages, that they had
been stricken down by this mysterious and ter
rible enemy, whose knowledge and resources
seemed unlimited.
Whole companies of chasseurs had been de
aohed to hunt him, and large rewards offered for
his capture, but all in vain.
No one had obtained any other clue to his per
sonality and whereabouts than that afforded by
the bodies of his victims, and the cards upon
It was only known that the French had an im
placable foe on the national road, now striking
here, and now appearing there, with a secresy
and swiftness that defied detection.
“ This is coming too near home 1” muttered
Gorro, as he wiped the cold sweat of terror from
his brow. “Last week he was in Verra Cruz, and
the week before in Jalapa I”
He looked nervously around. The ground
near him was much trodden by hoofs, showing
that a combat had taken place there between
horsemen. A broken sword lay on the edge of
the adjoining bushes. A horse, saddled and
bridled, was grazing near by. There were deep
footprints in the sand, as if the combatants had
been unhorsed, and finished the deadly struggle
on foot. More suggestive than anything else,
there were prints of small slippers in the sand—
a woman’s so scattered and blended as to show
that she had watched the combat with the most
intense excitement.
Gorro smiled understandingly. He realized
that the officer had been caught abducting a
Mexican girl, and been justly punished.
The wound by which death had come to the
offender was a sword thrust through the body.
Searching the pockets of the dead man, the
vagabond found a costly watch and a purse filled
with French gold, which he examined with many
a grimace and ejaculation of delight, and then
secured them on his person.
Suddenly he started. 1
“I was just asking myself what I could do to
commend myself to the French,” he mused.
“ Here is an opening for me! This officer was
clearly a person of consequence. I must take
the body to the French General. Fortunately he
is in Vera Cruz. I could not have a better intro
duction to him I”
He chuckled to himself wickedly. The puzzle
of the morning approached solution.
“ I must make all the capital I can out of this
event,” he thought. “If I could make a pretense
of hunting the assassin, and so put myself in
the way of a commission, even a lieutenancy, or
if I could obtain a hold of that haughty Dona
Lona through this affair -”
He checked his musings, a villainous scheme
appearing to dawn upon him.
A baleful light came to his eyes.
Seizing the body, he drew it into some bushes
by the roadside and concealed it, removing the
explanatory card.
“ Why not ?” he asked himself, in a hoarse
whisper. “ The thing’s feasible. The man has
met his death near the residence of those peo
| pie, and it’s easy to take the ground that they
are concerned in his death. The proud Lona
herself can be implicated.” He fairly raved in
his infernal joy. “Who knows to the contrary ?”
and he tore the explanatory card in pieces, and
ground it into the sand I’hder his hOOI. 11 Porx
ida ! if she does (not accept my renewed atten
tions, I’ll mix her up in this business, as true
as I am living.”
His face looked like a demon’s, as he hurried
In a few moments he came to a mule-path
crossing the road at right angles, and struck into
its southern branch, which led him toward a
densely wooded plateau. Proceeding in this di
rection half a mile, he turned into the bed of a
rill trickling down the hillside, and ascended to
ward its source.
“If I should fP'y find Eer at home 1 ” he ej acu
lated, “and if her faul- aa <l father should be
; absent——” An awful look finished the
The wildness of the scene increased at every
step, the ground becoming more and more
broken, and at length presenting an almost im
penetrable jungle of trees, vines and flowers.
The vagabond at last came in sight of a house,
evidently a temporary structure, which stood
deep in these solitudes. It was of wood, one
; story in bight, with small windows, and ap
| peared to be strong and comfortable in its rude
Here Gorro halted, and his face suddenly
lighted up with a villainous smile.
At one side of the clearing surrounding the
building, and only a few rods from him, the
scheming intruder beheld a young girl of sur
passing beauty seated in a rustic chair, and
thoughtfully tying up a bouquet, and at the
same time weaving happy day-dreame, as was
evinced by the sunny expression of her face. She
was apparently twenty years of age, with a tall
and graceful form, and one of the most perfect
proportions. Her complexion was a clear olive,
but sufficiently dark to show that she belonged
to a native Indian race. Her eyes were large
and soulful, expressing blended strength and
tenderness ; her features regular, and of a noble
cast; and her every glance revealed unusual in
telligence and refinement.
She was the Dona Lona, of whom Gorro had so
repeatedly spoken. She had lived in this retired
place, to the vagabond’s knowledge, but little
more than a year. Nothing had been known
about the house and its occupants until a hunter
came upon the building unexpectedly, in the
Spring of ’62.
It had arisen, as in a night, under unknown
hands, on a spot where there had previously been
a cave. Gorro had, soon after, encountered the
mysterious beauty on the neighboring road, and
found occasion to converse with her in rendering
her some trifling service.
As strict as was the retirement in which she
lived, he had managed to intrude upon her occa
sionally thereafter, ahe living much out of doors,
in the midst of sunshine and flowers. Report
had told him that she had a father and brother
who lived with her, but he had never seen them
they being much absent.
Where did they reside before coming to this
retreat ? Who were they ? What were they do
Gorro could not answer these questions, which
kept recurring to him, and yet he had gone so
far as to propose for the maiden’s hand in mar
riage. These mysteries, joined with her beauty
and evident wealth, had rendered him fiercely
enamored of her.
“ There she is,” whispered the vagabond to
himself, with the air of a half-maddened devotees
more beautiful and bewitching than ever."
The dress of Dofia Lona was composed of 3
skirt of heavy crimson silk, a vest of delicate In
dia muslin, covered with exquisitely dainty en>
broidery, and a crimson silk jacket, richly em
broidered with seed pearls, to match a similar!
trimming on the skirt. A string of large andl
splendid pearls was passed two or three timea
around her waist and tied carelessly at one side,'
the ends reaching nearly to the hem of her short
dress. Her small and highly arched feet wera
encased in snowy silken hose and a pair of dainty
crimson silk boots, embroidered with seed pearls
and edged at the ankles with a string of target
jewels. She wore a magnificent diamond neck
lace, with bracelets to match, and a string of
pearls confined her dark, straight hair. The
whole formed a rare and brilliant picture, such
as an Indian princess might bo expected 1 0 pre
A half audible sigh came from the maiden as
Gorro thus regarded her; and she looked through
the adjacent woods as if hoping and half expects
ing a familiar form to appear therein.
A pang of fierce jealousy stirred the soul of the
observer, and he mused:
“ She is expecting a lover, and is decked out
in all this spendor to receive him. But she shall
be mine— mine or death's! She can take hes
Looking searchingly around, andcongratulaCi
ing himself on the absence of the girl’s relative#,’
the plotter advanced toward her. She sprang
to her feet, as the sound of his footsteps fell on
her hearing, and pronounced his name,
ing him with a cold and inquiring gaze.
“ Pardon this intrusion, Dona Lona,” he Saidy
bowing,.as he leaned on his gun ;“I have been
hunting, this morning, and have just found &
corpse in the road, and I fear that your father OK
“ A corpse ?” she interrupted. “ Where is it ?”
“ Upon the main road, a short distance. I will
show you the exact spot.”
His conduct seemed to her like simple friend
ship, so well did he conceal bis villainous pro
jects. He had never shown her the slightest dis
respect. For reasons of her own, which Will
hereafter be apparent, she feared such a calamity
as Gorro had suggested. These facts secured
for his communication the fullest attention.
“ What sort of a man is he ?” she asked.
The question puzzled the vagabond, as he had
never seen her relatives.
Instantly bethinking himself, however, that
the brother of such a girl must partake of her
characteristics, he replied:
“He’s young, tall, noble-looking and com
manding, of a dark complexion——”
“Enough,” she interrupted, with much anxi
ety ; “ I will avail myself of your guidance."
Taking a rebozo (a sort of mantilla) from the
back of the seat she had been occupying, the
maiden toned away with the overjoyed schemer.
He did not presume to offer her his arm, but
walked at a respectful distance from her, having
resolved to do nothing that could arouse her
suspicions. A brisk walk of twenty minutes
brought them to the scene of the late conflict.
“ This is a French officer,” she said, on viewing
the body. “A major—l do not know who.”
She regarded her companion with a half
formed suspicion, adding :
“You might have mentioned that he was a
Frenchman, and so spared me this journey.”
“I should have done so,” he replied, “if you
had not interrupted me. You appear to know 8
French major at sight. And your readiness to
come with me,” he added, with considerable
shrewdness, “shows that your relatives are in
the war, and liable to be killed at any moment.
On which side are they ? Do they oppose the
invaders ?”
“ There’s no harm done,” said Lona, ignoring
his questions and turning away. “ 1 wish yoq
good morning, sir.”
Gorro had looked up and down the * n( j
seen that no one was near. His manner toward
the maiden suddenly changed, and, j le pi acei j
himself in front of her, saying :
“ See here, Senorita are alone.”
“ Well, sir ?” And her eyes rested sternly upon
“ Xpu have seen fit to reject my suit. This is
a good i ’ ne and ocoas i° n t 0 renew it.”
He set‘his te?* h hard to ® ether ’ fairi V glaring
upon her. A look of aud defiance
over her face. ,
‘II you don’t promise to be my went
on, vehemently, “I’ll hand you o>
French. As sly as you and your relatives Iu
is getting to be understood that you and
are opposed to the invaders. In what are youK
father and brother employed ? Where are they?
Why are they almost continually absent ? Why
do they shun the honest neighbors among whom
they have thrust themselves ?”
“ You had better ask them.”
“ There’s no necessity for asking them. It is
enough that they are opposed to the French, and
that I am about to take service with General
“You had better,” interrupted Lona, scorn
fully ; “ the role of a traitor ie the one that best
suits youl”
• “Impudence! But I’ll show you that I aM
not to be trifled with. Promise to be my wife, Ofi
I shall be driven to desperation. I have repeats
edly told you that I love you, and I do. I fairly
worship the ground you walk upon.” And ha
sank upon his knees before her, seizing hen
hand. “I cannot live without you. Be mine,
and let a life of devotion ”
She started away from him.
“No more of this, I entreat and command
yon,” she said. “ I can only repeat what I haya
said before, that I cannot be your wife.”
Her tone was kind and gentle, but decisive.
Gorro sprang to his feet in a fury, and caught
her by the arm, exclaiming :
“I cannot accept this decision! Promise to
be my wife, or I will denounce you and your
brother as the assassins of this Frenchman 1”
The maiden appeared to be momentarily ap -
palled at the awful depth of baseness revealed in
this threat. Recovering her self-possession, she
drew herself up haughtily, and said, with a 1001 l
of unutterable scorn:
“I begin to see your real character, Senor
Gorro, and would sooner die than become your
wife. No death could be so terrible as a life with
“Very well, Senorita”_and he dropped his
gun; “we will soon see who is master.”
A sharp straggle followed.
Lona was armed, and promptly drew a pistol
from her bosom, aiming it at his head; but ha
strack up the weapon, eo that its fire was harm,
less. His superior strength, nerved by his wrath,
enabled him to secure her hands and bind them.

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