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The New York Dispatch,
aar- A SECOND EDITION, containing the latent news
ttota all quarters, published on Sunday morning.
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Washington, May 21.
Private advices from the Army of the Potomac confirm
previous statements that Lee’s army is smaller than was
estimated, having been greatly reduced by the recent
The appointment of General Hunter to command of the
Department of Western Virginia gives much satisfaction
Washington, May 21st.
It is now expected that the new Tariff bill will be report
ed to the House by the Ways and Means Committee on
Moi day.
A proposition '’or the final adjournment of Congress
will; o nbe made, fixing the day on the 25th of June.
Philadelphia, May 21.
’ The United States steamer Massachusetts, Lieutenant
Welsh, has arrived here from the South Atlantic Squad
ron, byway of Hampton Roads, She left Charleston on
lhe evening on the evening of the 17th inst.
She reports that tßere is no fighting going on at Charles
The only attack made was by two monitors going np
ftnd shelling Fort Sumter.
The New Ironsides has not been in action lately.
The Massachusetts has nearly four hundred passengers,
comprising officers, invalids and discharged men.
fgShealso brought up two monitor smoke stacks, some
deck-plates, one torpedo from St. Johns river. Florida,
broken shots from the decks of the iron c’ads, and various
other curiosities, for exhibition at the Sanitary Fair to be
held in this city.
Cincinnati, May 21.
The correspondents of the Commercial write that
Crook’s forces are slowly tailing back, after accomplish
ing their object most thoroughly. They have destroyed
large amounts of supplies, damaged the East Tennessee
J aiiroa l beyond repair for fully three months. General
Jenkins, who was wounded and captured, has since died.
Cincinnati, May 21.
General Kilpatrick arrived here this morning.
Lovisvlle, May 20.
Travel between here and Nashville which has been sus
pended for the past few days by the military occupation
cf the railroad, has been resumed.
BSenoral Kilpatrick arrived here this morning on his
w ay to New York, and left at noon.
A Knoxville letter says : “ The guer
rilla Reynolds was, a day or two s.nee, confronted in
prison here by a man whose under jaw had been shot
away by a buket The prisoners were drawn up in a cir
cle, and the wounded man waked straight up to Rey
nolds, and, in dumb but terrible significance, pointed him
out as the person who committed the deed. He was one
of the three Union men whom Reynolds took out of the'
hands of the rebel guard and deliberately shot with his
own hands, not long since- He thought they were all
dead, but this man survived, and now, Use one risen
from the grave, confronts the murderer in his cell. Rey
nolds, it is said, turned very p ale. He stands a chance of
turning paler before long.”
Information, said to have been for
ward d in a letter from an officer on an American war
vet sei, dated Dover, England, Al ay 4, contains the follow
ing important h formation: “It has been known to us,
thn ugh Confederate naval officers, that the Alabama was
coming here, and that the combined Confederate pirates
are to make a demonstration on our Northern coast, so
soon as they can get ready. The detention of the Rappa
haono k, and non arrival of the Alabama here, postponed
it for over a month This comes direct from Confederate
officers aboard the vessels, through our spies.”
The number of wounded during
Grant’s present campaign, as shown by official state
ments, is not twenty thousand; that those requiring op
erations had the benefit of the anaesthetics, and that all
of the wounded have been brought in from the camp hos
pitals and the field at Fredericksburg. The ambulance
system has worked admirably, removing the wounded
Irom the position where they embarrassed military opera
at ions, and the hospital arrangements are as nearly per
fect as circumstances will permit.
Gov. Cui tin, in his proclamation on
the 18th Inst., states that as the President of the United
Htates may, and probably will, within a short time, call
upon the State ot Pennsylvania for volunteer militia to
serve one hundred days, he therefore requests the people
of the Commonwealth to form military organizations
without delay, and that commanding officers forthwith
report the condition of their respective commands, so
that when the call is made the State will not be unpre
A company of the 21th New York
Cavalry, having taken possession of a newly-constructed
breastwork thrown up by the Rebels near Spottsylvania,
prepaled to build fires out of some rails in the embank
ment. On pulling out the rails a portion of toe bank
caved away, leaving exposed tier upon tier of bodies of
rebel soldiers slain in the vicinity, which had been used
by their living comrades in erecting fortifications to pro
tect them from Burnside’s shells.
A private in one of the New Jersey
®egiments, named Robert Katos, arrived in Philadelphia,
recently, among the wounded from General Grant’s army.
His left arm is horribly shattered. At a former battle he
was shot in the mouth, the bullet carrying away his ton
sils rendering it difficult for him to speak. Since enter
ing t'Le service he has lost his father, brother and sister,
At home, by consumption.
The Harriet Lane, which was cap
tured by tbe rebels in Galveston Bay, ip January, 1863,
has succeeded, we learn, in escaping from that port with
a cargo of-exitton for Havana, where she is now lying.
Her armament has been removed, and she has been em
ployed in running the blockade. Several other blockade
runners from Galveston, with large cargoes on board,
had also reached Havana in safety.
An interview took place on Satin
day* pie Hth inst., between President Lincoln and the
schoolmaster who taught him the rudiments when a little
toy. Mr. Lincoln gave a warm grasp to the hand that
once wiorded the birch acres,' bis juvenile trowsers. The
j uf 0 ] ° 3atter about ten yevs alder than his former
The British prize steamship Grey
hound, Acting Ensigns. W. Hardinge commanding, ar
rived at this port last week, haying been captured on the
16th inst. by the gunboat Connecticut, while on her. way
from Wilmington to Bermuda, with a cargo of 8W bales
of cotton, 35 tons of tobacco, and 50 barrels of turpen
The British steamer Young Re pub
lie. 558 tons register, built in Brooklyn (N, Y.) in 18&1, ar
rived at Boston (Mass ) last week, having been captured
off Wilmington (N. C.) on the 6th inst. by the United States
steamer Grand Gulf. Her cargo consists of 600 bales of
cotton and about 70 tons of tobacco.
Gen. Hunter has arrived in Wash
ington from New Orleans. He does not make a very sat
isfactorv report of the military condition of Gen Banks
Depertmeat. The report that Gen Fessenden was billed
is untrue. Gen. Hunter saw him in the hospital at New
“ From the portico of my house,”
says John Minor Botts, of Va.. “I and my family have
seen nine battles fought on my own fields, and just betore
my own door, between hostile troops who but . yesterday,
as it were, boasted of a common history, a common na
tionality, and common destiny. ”
Four military posts in the North
west, by general orders of the War Department, have
been r.pmed in honor of Generals Wadsworth. Hays,
Stevinson and Rice, j-lain in the recent battlei in Virginia.
Thirty six have been killed in battle, curing the rebellion,
and fifteen died of diseases contracted in tbe service.
At the very moment when General
Wadsworth fell on the field of battle extensive prepara
tions w ere being made in Troy to celebrate the marriage
of his only ton with one of the most accomplished and
beautiful ladies of tbat city.
The Washington Hepvblican gets off
the following: “ The rebel capital is in a carpet bag, is in
Jeff. Davis’s hand, and Jeff. Davis is usually, during ac
tive operations; in a special car on a railroad. M her ever
Jeff, and the carpet bag are, there is the rebel capital.”
The Navy Department has received
information of the capture recently off Mobile ot the
schr “Judson,” with 40 bales of cotton She had run out
of Mobile during the night The master and crew profess
to be Union men.
In Seceesia they give a man liable to
do military duty so many days’ furlough for every recruit
be brings in. One conscript went to w ork and procured
erough men to entitle him to a furlough from Gen. Lee of
8,210 cays, which is over 22 years.
Gen. Palmer, who defended New
bern so successfully last February against a formidable at
tack of the enemy, is now in command of that strong
hold. If the navy will take care of the rebel ram, Gen.
Palmer will take good care of Newbern.
The prize steamer Minnie, 300 tons
burthen, arrived recently at Boston. Her cargo con
sists ot 200 bales of cotton, 30 barrels of turpentine and a
lot of tobacco. She was captured by the gunboat Con
necticut, off Wilmington.
Dr. Read reports to the Sanitary
Ccmmission from Nashville that preparations are making
to build army hospitals on Lookout Mountain, and that
Gt neral Thomas recommends the planting ot a garden
on the tup of the mountain.
The eloop Oscar, bound from St.
Marks to Havana, was captured on the Ist inst by the U.
8. schooner Fox. at sea. She had 93 bales of cotton on
board, but no papers or flag, the captain averring th it he
had thrown the two latter overboard.
Captain J. M. Moore, Assistant
Quartermaster of Burial Record of Hospitals, had issued
a circular letter, forbidding exhumation of bodie i from
the Soldiers’ Cemetery at Washington, until October 1,
The prize steamer Greyhound, cap
tured off Wilmington, arrived at*Boston. The famous
rebel spy, Belle Boyd, was a passenger.
Tho arrival of Commander Maury, of
the confederate privateer Georgia, at Richmond, is noted,
alter an absence ot 16 months
The Greyhound is a screw steamer,
of 280 tors burthen, British register, 200 horsepower en
gines, and about seven months old.
A battalion of artillery has been of
fered to the War Department from Pittsburgh, Pa., lor one
hundred davs. The department has accepted it.
By order of General Sherman, no
. person not connected with the military will be allowed to
proceed south of Nashville.
The Buffalo Express has the follow
ing watchword and prayer for these momentous days:
•‘God-Grant—Vic toiy.”
The whole number of Union officers
reported in Libby Prison, Richmond, on the 11th, was 2Q.
Beimuda advices to the 12th inst.,.
report the pirate steamer Florida at that place.
titg and jhtlntrte.
Court of Special Sessions. —The
Grefn lyed Monster—The Cost of Board on the Five
Points—Summary Justice—A Sensation Teuton—A Wid
ower Seduced—Bullock, the Shoplifter, Up Again—An
Amorous Policeman—Death’s Doings.—Emma Bird, an
oily-faced mulatto matron, of about forty-five, was
charged with paying a belligerent visit to No. 46 Sullivan
street, and there and then—as an indictment would read
—the said Emma Bird did violently assau't, without
provocation, Mary E. Maxfield, another daughter of Ham.
When the was struck, of course she struck, back, and got
the worst in the melee. One had a finger chawed up and
the other had an eye nearly gouged out. The defence sat
up showed that the difficulty was all about a male nigger
with whom defendant had lived in marital bliss for tti teen
wiihout resorting to the usual marital bonds. But
the nigger, sighing lor a change, icund another affinity in
Mias Maxfield, and this Leing more than Mrs. Bird could
stand, to hafe satisfaction, she gave her a happy appli
calicn ol rawhide, followed up with a charge with her
bunch of fives. The Court sympathized wiih her in her
domestic tioubles and dealt very leniently with her.
The trial of Michael Hanman, a Five Points’ boarding
house keeper, for assaulting one of his lodgers, Ann
Fiizgerald.brought to light the cost ot board in that Demo
cratic locality. The c< mplainant said he kicked her,
beat her. pulled her by the hair, and nearly left her scalp
bare of that adornmest which women prize so highly.
Alter having put aim hors de cambat, and her husband
Dick to flight, he thrust his hand in reticule,
ar.d robbed her of all she possessed, $3. Having done
that, in the struggle he bit her ear, dragged ner by
the hair to the door, then threw her out on the street
The husband said he seen the prisoner whip tne
money out of hi 3 wife’s bosom, and when he com
menced to beat her he fled to save his lite. He didn't owe
prisoner anj thing for board. He paid him fifty cents a
week for board,«and every cent that was due him was
paid. For the deiense a female lodger, who also paid
fifty cents a week for herself and son, was brought up,
who tv ore to being present at the time of the difficulty,
but [fhe said she didn't see any difficulty. The Court
thought her eyesight, memory and hearing were very de
fective, and gave very little credence towhat she had
said Michael was found guilty, and lor the next six
months ids Democratic triendswill lose slghtiof him in Bax
ter street.
Nummary justice was dealt out the other morning to
one of those brutes in human f. rm who prowl around our
public parks and corrupt the morals of our children. Tne
prisoner, James Gallagher, did not seem to be ovar twen
.ty five. His aucusers were children apparently about
twelve, thirteen and fourteen years of age. They were in
ihe habit of playing in St. John’s Park, where for a week
past he bad made mem the spectators of his beastly prac
uces. W hen others than children approached him he
civertd fiis operations with a newspaper. One of the
girls said that he wanted her to go to Hoboken with him,
whue lie would give her a nice home and $2 a week.
This, no doubt, was only talk He was eventually caught,
tried, ctnvicted, and* sent to the Penitentiary for six
months and fined ssu. When taken back to the Tombs he
attempted to commit suicide by cutting bls throat Tne
gash he made, however, was not sufficient to rid the world
of a monster—it was insufficient to take life.
Frederick Cordes, a German, was charged with assault
ing Theodore hellwig, a brother Teuton, and fresco paint
er, of viry sensitive temperament. Complainant said :
He (prisoner) insulted me with language and hit me with
his fist; fie pushed me with his fist. I ordered him out
of my room. I was decorating a house in the Fifth av
enue, and had advertised for fresco painters, and he
came and asaed for work I told him 1 did not want
him. He asked me why ? I said, because you don’i want
to work. I knew him. I had discharged him for being
iole. 1 said to him. Ise wissen ein this dreck dafon I then
went up and ordered him out of the room, and I took hold
of h m to put him out, but he got the best of me, and but
lor my workmen I wouldn’t be sitting here to-day. Alex:
tsbelo er, a journeyman fresco painter, said : I was stand
ing on the scaffold when Cordes came. He says, “How
do you do f” “Very -well,” says I. Finally I said, “Any
work? Mice weather;” and he said“ No ” Thenhesaid
he understoon Hellwig wanted help, and I replied “ Yes ”
Coides said. “ Have you got a job for me ?” Hellwig said
“No.” Coidis said “Why not?” Hellwig says, “Be
cause ycu don’t suit me.” “WTio says tnat?” says Cordes,
hellwig says, “ I say so.” I saw Hellwig rising from the
table and point to the door and tell him to leave I did
not see further r roceedtngs. as there was a blank (proba
bly he meant plank); Out when I looked down irom the
setffold, Cordes had him on the floor between his knees.
I stparau d them, and after that Cordes drew a knife and
threatened to cut Eellwig’a ears off; but he didn’t. Cordes
was Ruud guilty and fined $2
Mr. August Rosendale is a very virtuous, verdant wid
ower of five and forty, and Elizabeth Hessey is a buxom
German lady some years his junior Unfortunately, Mr.
Rosenaale, some six months ago lost his better-naif, and
took for his housekeeper this spinster. In the winter
months, it teems they occupied the same bed ; but wheth
er she slept in his bed, or he in hers, does not appear All
the light that Rosendale threw on the subject was that ne
found himself so situated th it he could not help himself,
and probably he didn t want to. After she left she took a
lot of Rosendale’s linen, on the supposition that she had a
right to it considering the relations that had existed be
tween them for several months. Miss Hessey was arrest
ed for larceny, ana here is the proceedings in the case.
Rosendale : 1 can’t tell all that was taken from me—some
bed clothes, linen, towels, and shirts. They were taken
out of my trunk. Q Wherein? A. A room. Q. Where
is jour room? A. No 432 Tenth avenue. Q. In the city
of New Yoik? A. Yes. Q. How do you know she took
tnem? A. She was housekeeper for me. My wve died,
ana I got her to keep house for me I had her four or five
n.onts. Q. When did you miss these things ? A. A couple
of days alter st c left Q. What made her leave you? A.
1 would not keep her any more. Q Did she c'me back?
A. No. Q. Did you pay her up? A I paid her every
month. Q. Lid you miss the things before she left? A.
No. Q Have you found them
this w< ma n’s house Prisoner : We slept together while I
was with him. Court to complainant: Did you live wish
this woman? A. No. Q. You slept together r a. Yes ; the
last time I could not helpmyselt [Laughter J Q. What do
you mean by the ,att time ? Did i i you sleep ali:lie time ?
A. No ; on>y a coui le ot times ; the last time I cou d not
au d a Jay® a■witness that saw me jump 3ut
Ci bed. (Laughter.) Q.-VVhat do you mean? A.—She
wouldn’t let me be. (Renewed laughter.) Q —Why didn’t
you go to the police court and get a warrant ? To this
complainant vouchsafed no reply. In discharging the
prisoner, the Court admonished her to be careful here
after how she played the part of Potiphar’s wife with
verdant widowers, for whom she acted as housekeeper.
Mary Bullock, the fashionable shoplifter, who was con
victed last week of two charges of theft, and upon whom
judgment was suspended, was arrested the evening of the
same day, charged with stealing a castor from the saloon
of Mr. Samuel Felter, corner of Broadway anl Houston
street The evidence was, that she went into box No. 11
of the supper rooms, at 5 in the afternoon, and had friend
oysters and one or two Bourbon cocktails, and remained
there till 7 in the evening. During that time she stood
peaking out of the.door. and once she stood in the entry
way. She was told if she was waiting for anybody she
must go back to her box—it was against the rules of the
house to stand in the passage-way. She said she was
waiting for a man named “Jim.” but Jim did not come
that night. At 7 o’clock she left the house, and shortly
after her taking off the caster was missing. At 11 o’clock
she returned to the supper-rooms, probably for another
castor, when she was arrested. She was acquitted on
this charge, but sent for four.months to the Penitentiary
on the supposed cases of shoplifting. Her man Jim will
find her on the Island, and her Marbleheud friends of the
Bay State will so address their correspondence.
William Corrigan, a stalwart sprig of the Emerald Isle,
was charged with assaulting his wife Bridget. The hus
band was guilty of the assault, and the wife wanted to
withdraw the complaint, but to get at certain facts a for
mal plea of not guilty was entered and Bridget was sworn.
She said the prisoner is my husband, but I want to forgive
him. Counsel—l know that, I don’t want to punish him,
but I want a few facts from you. Has the officer that
made the arrest been to see yon ? A. Yes, several times.
1 gave him §5 and he said he wouin’t go again my hus
band. The vviie then retired from the stand, and William
Corrigan was arraigned on the second charge of assulting
Thomas A. Reese jr., a member of the Metropolitan police.
He said. The lady (wife) of prisoner, called me to arrest
him. (prisoner) for assaulting her I complied with her
request and he threatened to throw a pitcher at my
head. I told him he had better not do it He was drunk
and not answerable for what he did. He caught ho dof
me and said he would not that I haa better get
four officers to help me. He tried to hit me but I tapped
him i n the head to show him that I had the best of him
so far as weapons w r ere.concerned. He then said he
would walk quietly with me. But some of his friends,
lam told, folio wed him and gave him a revolver. That
I did not see. I charge him witn seizing me by the col
lar when I made the arrest and attempting to strike me,
but I warded of the blow with my eloow. Cross exam
ined. Q. How often have you been at his house? A.
Twice Q. Were you there last Friday night? A I can’t
say. Q. Didn’t you stay there last Friday night till 12
o’clock? A. I believe it was 12 o’clock. Q. Did not
that woman ask you several times to go away? No
answer. Q. Did vou attempt to take any im
proper liberties with her? No answer. Didn’t
you tell her you could tell as well a doctor what was ?
A. 1 don’t know. Q. Didn’t you take $5 from her? A.
She told me she considered that it was little enough for
my 7 expenses. The further examination of the witness ac
cording to his testimony was that he had received five
dollars from the w ite to hunt up evidence io convict her
husband of being connected with a larceny. A very im
probable story iudeed. A summary of the case is this :
Husband and wife nave a blow out. Husband punches
his wile utder the eye and makes temporary spots of
beauty. Police is called, and an M. P. comes up and at
tempts to do the agreeable. Husband somewhat rtled,
tells the M.P. who is somewhat on his “pucty” that he
had bet'er telegraph to the station house fo? four more
swells like him to help take him there, he can’t do it
alone. Policeman with the politeness or a Creighton,
gives him a tap on the knowledge box, after the fashion
of starting the bung of a lager bier keg. Husband, crest
fallen, succumbs ; |is locked up over night, and in the
morning wife makes a charge of assault and battery, so
does policeman lor refusing to accompany him when or
dered on the march. Meantime while husband lies locked
up in statu quo, policeman visits disconsolate wife as late
as twelve at night, and it is charged makes amorous over
tures. She repels them, and to get her husband.out of
the fix in which he is placed gives policeman five dollars
not to prosecute him. He agrees, but the Court compels
him to appear on the witness stand. Defence is short
memory and says that the money was given him by the
wile to get hot victuals for himself while he was working
up a ca'se that would send husband to Sing Sing, while she
says it was paid to prevent him from going on the Island
lor assault and battery. These are the facts—what should
be the verdict?
This week death has caused a nollepros to be entered in
two cases,in one instance the witness for the people has
met with an untimely end, and in the other the defend
ant has been called upon to shuttle off this mortal coil in
a summary manner. Death’s processes are as definite as
they are summary, and no practitioner or law or surgery
can discover a flaw in them sufficient to bring about a de
feasance in the summons. In one case a Mr. and Mrs. Marks,
charged with keeping a house of bad repute, were placed
on the calendar for trial. Between the arrest and day ot
trial Mr. Marks died, and as Mrs. Marks claimed no con
trol over the premises, and having made preparations to
squat in some other portion of the city, the case has been
indefinitely postponed. In the other case Bernard Skelly
and Patrick Churchill were charged with having commit
ted a larceny by George W. Duryea. Tbe case had seve
ral postponements, and was to Jiavc been tried on Tues
day last, but on Monday officer Duryea, while in the dis
charge ot his duty, was assassinated by a thief in the
presence of nearly fifty people, and yet the prisoner es
caped. Mr. Duryea was an efficient officer, well liked
and krown in ihe nineteenth ward That he has been on
the police, through all its changes since 1817, is a sufficient
guarantee'of his past life had been. His untimely
c i ath ends the against Skelly and Churchill.
The Bogus Proclamation” —Biscov-
key and Apprehension of tub Perpetrators—Tuty Are
Sent to Fort Lafayette—He was Private Secretary ro
R>v. Henry Ward Beecher.—The perpetrator of the
‘ Proclamation’ lorgery, Mr. Joseph Howard, Jr., the
city editor cf the Brooklyn Farle was arrested on Friday
alternoon. The proofs ot Mr. Howard s guilt were so con
clusive that, on being arrested, he at .once confessed his
guilt. Thi affair, by the-criminal's confession, was a
stock exchange manaiuvre. A communication made by
him to Mr. Kern, of the firm of Clapp & Kent led to the
discovery. Mr. Kent, on the appearance of the bogus
proclamation, at once recognized it as that which had
been previously exhibited to him by Howard, and forth
with apprised Gm. Dix of tbe fact. On being ap-
Drehended, Howard made a full confession. He also
confessed the authorship of the bogus dispatch sen 1 ; to
the Brooklyn papers last April, and which appeared
in all of them, except the Brooklyn Times. Mr. Howard
is a young man of fine personal appearance—tall, slim,
ol fine complexion, black wiiiskeied, moustached, slough
1 atted, white shirted and gold studded ; anything, in
short, but a literary “dead beat.” His style is Parisian,
light, flashy, and bizarre. In society he appears to be
continually in a state, of morbid excitement strongly
suggesting a doubt of the existence of the mens sana in
corpore sans. He was a member of the Rev Henry Ward
Beecher’s church, a fact to which some attribute his men
tal alienation, as exhibited in the perpetration of this
great Iraud. Indeed, it is said that he was at one time
the private secretary ot tho Rev, gentleman Yesterday
a little after the arrest of Mr. Howard, the Rev. H.
Ward Beecher, while presiding over a praver meeting,
was “suddenly called away.” Why? Well, why do
you ask us ? Howard’s confession involves others in the
affair. Yesterday morning, F. A. Mallison, one of the
Eagle reporters, was arrested. No one, however, believes
in Mr. Mallison’s complicity ; or, if they do, only believe
that he was Implicated innocently, or in a very small
degree. He, too, has been sent to Fort Lafayette. We
sincerely regret that members of the Press have been so
tar forgetful of the respect they owe to themselves and
the craft. But they are in the hands of the law. If
guilty, let them be punished according to their deserts.
We patiently await the decision of the law.
The Fish Story. —The “ John D.
Lewis colspiracy to murder” case is at last disposed of.
Mr. L , one of the heaviest dry-goods merchants in this
cry, it will be remembered, was recently arrested and
taken be! ore Justice> Shand ley, on a charge of conspiring
withseveial other parties, to do bodily injury to a Mr.
Andersen, formerly a clerk in his employ. The magis
trate very properly dismissed the case, and subsequently
the matter was taken before the Grand Jury, by tne con
sent of District-Attorney Hall. and the Grand Jury fol
lowed the example cf the Police Justice, by throwing it
out. This is one of those phenomenas in the annate of
jealousy which fortunately lor the intended victim, has
ended in his thorough exoneration. The Dispatch char
acterized the conspiracy as a fish story at the beginning.
Justifiable Homicide. —Yesterday,
Coroner Wildey held an inquest on the body of Patrick
McGee, who died on the 19tn inst. from the effects of a
gunshot wouLd received on the 2d inst, at the hands of
Lieut -Col. Horace P. Rugg, of the 59th Regiment, N. Y.
S. M., near Sheep’s Head Bay. After listening to the tes
timony, the jury almost immediately rendered a verdict
of justifiable manslaughter, and the accused, who ap
peared by his counsel, Robert D. Holmes, was dis
f tern
The St. Louis Running Races.— The
Spring meeting of the Laclede Association commenced on
Saturday, May 14th, and the course was attended by about
3060 persons, a large number being ladies As was the
case at tbe Saratoga and Paterson race meetings, it ap
pears that a reform has also taken place at St Louis,
where no gambling or rowdyism h-is been allowed. The
meeting continued for seven days.
First Day, Saturday, May IL—The first race on the card
was a mile dash tfor all ages, for a premium of S2OO, for
•which the entries were Abu Beker, 4 years old, Mamona,
6 years, Zigzag, 4 years, Breeze, 5 years, in which order
the horses eame over the score, Abu Beker winning in
1:47. Prince of Wales was withdrawn Before the start.
Second Race —Boatmans’ division post stake. Purse
and slake, $4,750; four mile heats; nine entries.
Mr. McGrath named ch. 8. Rlnordlnc, 5 years old, by
Waggoner, dam Ann Watson, by imp. Glencoe.. ..11
Mr. Alexander named te, m. Bay flower, 5 years old,
by Lexington, dam by Bayleaf 2 2
Mr. Hogan named g. s. Thunder. 5 years old, by Lex-
ington, dam Blue Bonnet 3 dis
1 Mile. 2 Miles. 3 Miles. 4 Viles.
First heat 203 . 359 551 7:41
Second heat 1:49X 3:44 5:41 7:46>£
Bay flow er, who had won the four mile race last Fall,
was the. favorite. Thunder next, and Rinoxdiue last; but it
w T as evident that Thunder was not in condition, and it
was as much as Gilpatnck (his jockey) could do ti save
him from being distanced in the Hist heat, after which,
by permission of the judges, he was withdrawn
First Rinordine, Thunder, and Bay flower, ran
as they are named, with but a length between them, tid
the first half of the fourth mile was passed, when Thun
der showed evidence of f atigue, 'and notwithstanding the
whip was freely plied Bayflower took second place,
Thunder falling off to nearly the distance stand asßinor
dire passed the judges’ stand about three lengths in front
of Bayflower.
Second Heat.— Rinordlnc led by a length from the start,
and kept that position to the back stretch on the fourth
mile, where Bay flower challenged for the lead, but failed
in her object, as Rinordine won the heat by a couple of
Second Dav’s Races, May 16-h.—First Race—Premium
of s3l*o, mile heats, free for all ages.
John McClay names s. f. Skedaddle, 4 yrs. 01d.... 4 11
J. B Kelly names b. f. Monson, 4 vrs. old 1 2 2
B. F. Hutchinson names b. h. Laclede, 4 yrs. old.. 3 4 3
Dr. Weldon names b c Leather Lungs, 4 vrs. old.. 5 3 4
Barnes & Barry name b. m. Rainy Night, 4 yrs. old 6 5 d
W. B. Renfrew names b in. White Eye, 4 yrs. old. 2 dis.'
J. T. January names b. c McChestney. 4 yrs old dis. ’
Time—l;43^-l;48 z ’.{—l;49&
anir gii&tptniunf.”
The race was well .contested by Skedaddle and Mon
soon, who were about equal in the betting
First Heat.— White Eye took up the running, with Mon
soon well up to her at the half mile, and passing her on
the last turn—the two being well together on the home
stretch, but Monsoon winning the heat by a length.
Second Heat.—This was only contested between Skedad
dle and Monsoon, the latter leading into the last turn,
w hen she was passed by Skedaddle, and Monsoon was
pulled up to save her for the
Third When a sharp struggle took place for the
lead, which was taken by Gilpatrick on Skedaddle, from
Monsoon at the half-mile pole, from which point a sharp
race only ended in favor of Skedaddle by a length.
Second Race.—Sweepstakes sl,3s9—mile heats for 3
year olds, nineteen nominations.
Only six entries came to the stand? —Mr Alexander’s
bay colt Norfolk, by Lexington, cam Novice, who won
both beats: Mr, Ward’s b. c. Tipperary, by Ringgold 2d;
ar(l Loadstone, Star Davis filly Scotland and Neutrality
distanced in the first heat
Time—l:46? 4—1:47.
Third Dav’s Races, May 17 —First Race—Association
Premium sso)—mile hetts free for a’l ages.
W. li. hentro names b. m. Mamofia. 6 years old 11
Col, McLaren names b. m. Vignette, 6 years old 3 2
Dr. Weldon names b. h. Mat Davis, aged 2dis
Some idea was promulgated that Mamona would not be
allow ed to win, which was indignantly repudiated by the
judges and owners of the other horses; the result proved
the maliciousness of the insinuation, as she won the first
heat by three lengths, and ti e second heat by only half a
length, after a sharp struggle. Gilpatrick rode the win
Second Race, Premium SSOO, two mile heats, free for
all ages.
J. Harper, names s h. Bowi n, 5 years old, by v an-
dal dam sister to Venture 11
J. Kelly, names b. h. Legal Tender, 5 years do. by
Sovereign dam, the dam of Idlewild 2 2
Morton and Simms, named br. h. Capt Allen, 6
years old, by Imp Sovereign 3 3
First Mile. Second Mile. Ttoo Miles.
First he at 1:54 1:55 3:49
Second heat 1:48 1:58 3:46
First Tfrat.* This was a very pretty contest, the horses
run well together, and Bowen only passing under the
string a length in advance of Legal Tender.
Second Heat. The Legal Tender led to the first quarter
pole as on the first heat, where he was passed by Bowen,
who entered the second mile three lengths ahead. Legal
closed up a little of this gap, but was finally beaten by
ladies premium of SI2OO, 3 mile heats, for all ages
was run for on Friday, and Rinordine won both heats,
changed hands on his victory in the four mile race on
Saturday, May 14th.
Trotting on Fashion and Union
Courses.—Notwithstanding the excitement and anxiety
attending military movements in Virginia and elsewhere,
trotting must go on among the turfmen, as well as other
amusements for other people; and, consequently, no
sporting event on the turf is put off except on account of
a rain-storm. Several trotting matches, &c., have taken
plate during the past w’eek ; but, oiftside the parties im
mediately interested and the sporting men, there has
been but a limited attendance of the general public.
Fashion Course, May 17th—Match of SI,OOO, mile heats,
best 3 in 5.
Mr. Little names b. m. Widow’Wilson 11 1
Mr. C. Brooks names blk. g. Black Warrior 2 2 2
This was a match between the owners of twm well
known road-horses, beginning at SIOO, and finally swelled
up, under the excitement and badinage between the par
ties and their friends, to SI,OOO ; both to go as they liked.
Black Warrior went in harness the first heat, and under
saddle the second and third heats, and lost; Widow Wil
son went in harness, and won cleverly.
Fashion Course, May 17th—Match of SI,OOO, mile heats,
best 3 in 5, in harness.
Carl Burr names gr. g. Dutchman 1 2 1 2 1
John Lovett names b. g. Dr. Thomas 2 12 12
Time—2:55—2:59—2:57 —3:01—2:54%.
Both the horses were well known roadsters, and had
enthusiastic admirers, who speculated with great anima
tion on the result; the doctor was the favorite before
starting, but proved a bad breaker, and finally lost the
match, after an exciting contest in which as much tac
tics were shown on botn sides as might have served the
purpose ot a civic or mill!ary aspirant for future fame.
Fashion Course, May 18th—Purse and Stake sso9—miles
heats, best 3 in 5 in harness:
H. Woodruff names b. g. Dexter 11 1
D. Mace names b. g. Shark 2 2 3
K. Walker names gr. m Lady Shannon 3 3 2
Tlme-2 31-2:33—2:30.
The following entries were withdrawn: Jones Humble
tonian. Ptifer’s Empress, and Gen. Grant; and Dexter had
the call in the betting before the startats-to3 against
Shark, and Lady Shannon out of the question. Shark had
shown such admirable trotting qualities last year that his
friends had great confidence in his ability to do some
thing better tnan the result proved he could do, and Dan
Mace’s melodious notes had not the desired effect in dis
turbing the equanimity of either Hiram or Dexter, and
the latter added another victory to his name by winning
in three straight heats.
Fashion Course May 19th ; Match SI,OOO, two miles and
repeat in harness.
Biram Woodruff names s. m Minnie 1
Dan Mace names s. m. Young Litchfield ,2 2
Time—s:2 23,
Wiis was ft match between Mr Turnbull's favorite mare
Minnie and Dan Mace’s Young Litchfield, and was a very
even contest both in the betting and race. It resulted as
above in favor of Mi- Turnbull.
Union Counc, May 14; Sweepstakes S2OO ; mile heata.
Shackleback, (a pacer), young in harness. The rest (trot
ters) to wagon.
J. M’Goldrich names s. g. Shackleback 11
H. Bolfer names Napoleon 4tn ..2 2
J. McLaughlin names Brown Stallion 3 3
Owner names gr. m. Lady Gattrey drawn.
. Union Course, May 17th, Match SIOOO, mile heats, best 3
J nsin harness.
. J..McMann names b. g. Jimmy Lynch I 1
H. Wcodruti names gr m Lady Ella 2 dr
This was a very even match to the home stretch on the
first heat, when the mare cut herself so badly that she
had to be withdrawn Jimmy won the first heat in 2:51.
Union Course, May 17th, sweepstakes S3OO, mile heats,
best 3 in 5, in harness.
'lbis was a trial of speed between three road horses,
M. Briggs sorrell mare, Sally Come Down, a black mare.
Lady Keever, and the chestnut gelding, Dobb’s Ferry, and
was won cleverly by Sally, who is an own sister to ‘ Sally
Come Up.”
Time, 2:54, 2:51,2:51.
Urion Course, May 19th, match S2OOO, mile heats, best
3 in 5.
D. Pfifer names b. m. Lady Clifton to wagon... .0 11 1
M. McKeever, names b. m. Village Maid in
harness 0 2 2 2
Quarter Mile. Half Mile. One Mile.
First Heat 0:39% 1 18% 2:35
Second Heat 0:39% 1 18 2:53%
Third Heat 0:39% 1:19 2:40
Fourth Heat 0:40 1:20% 2:49%
Lady Clifton is owned by M. Truesdale, and was the
favorite by slight odds, and the heals were as finely and
squarely trotted, as in any race we have ever witnessed :
The first heat was a dead heat; tne second heat wa«only
won by ahead ; the third heat was won by a short Jeagti,
and the f ourth by about the same, and tne match afford
ed great satisfaction to those who were present
Union Course, May 20th, purse and stake S3OO, mile
heats, best 3in 5, in harness. M. Alley’s bay gelding, Dex
ter, received forfeit from owners of Lady Ella, Laily Col
lins, and M. Doty’s mure.
Base Ball and Cricket. —Everything
has been remarkably quiet among the base ball and crick
et players during the past week Some practice has taken
place on the different grounds, for exercise. We hear that
the Enterprise club will jointly occupy the Capitoline
ground with the A tian tics (Enclosed grounds are getting
quite in favor, as they tend to keep out the roughs and
idle boys ) The Mutuals are getting.a splendid case made
for numerous trophies, in tae way 01 balls won in matches,
and a glorious time will take p’ace when it is inaugurated.
There are an immense number of compartments in it for
additional balls, hereafter to be won.
The Excelsior Uase Ball Club opened the season on
their ground loot ot Court street. South Brooklyn, by a
practice game among the members, of whom a large
number were present. Sides were chosen about four
o’clock, and a merry and lively game was kept up for a
couple of hours with varied fortune. Almost all the
leading players were present and it was a very pleasant
reunion, the genial presence ot Dr. Jones the President,
adding to the general good humor Tne club is not very
anxious to play public matches, and will take part in no
scrub matches outside their club.
Si. John’s College, Fordham, m. Seton Hall College,
South Orange, N. J.—A home and home base ball match
was played at Fordham between the Rose Hill Club of
St. Johns, and the Alert Club, ot' Seton Hall. Some very
good play was shown by tue students, but the result was
in favor of Rose Hill by 26 to 14.
Yachting.—Annual Regatta of the
New York Yacht Club.—This yachting event will take
place on Thursdoy, June 2d, when five prizes will be sailed
lor, valued at from $159 to S2OO each, to be contended for
by the first, second, and third class schooners, and first
and second class sloops. A large number of gentlemen
were admitted members at the meeting held at the Bree
vort House, on May 19th. am- ng t> em several yacht own
eis from this city, Boston, and Philadelphia. The schoon
er Widgeon, formerly owned by the Messrs. Edgar, makes
her appearance again in the squadron She has been
thoroughly overhauled, and widened four feet, and will,
no doubt, give a bet.er account of herself than she ever
did before. The Norma, also, will reappear; and the
CharloVe has taken unto herself the romantic name of
“Geraldine.” Ihe coining regatta will no doubt be a very’
exciting affair.
8 The Brooklyn Yacht Club are actively engaged in re
fitting their y achts for the coming season ; sevWil large
and fine ones have been added to their squadron, which
will materially advance its importance.
The Sparring and Gymnastic Ex hi
bition, for the benefit of the widow and orphans of the
late Chas Phillips, who was shot at Albany some time
since, took place at Stuveysant Institute, on Friday night,
and was largely attended by tbe pugilistic fraternity, and
was a pecuniary success. We think it would help the
ii.terestof this class of our ccsmtfpoliran population, if bet
ter order cculd be kept at their exhibitions; and that a
pv.g police should be organized to remove at once any
small roughs who want to talk big and make large bets
(sans the circulation), to the g-eai annoyance of those who
go to see the exhibition of a little of the science of the
manly art of self def ence. If this is not done, they can
not expect the non combative part of the community to
patronize their exhibitions, at the risk of a broken head,
bullet in the vizen or pocket picked in a general row.
Such might have been the ca?e on Friday nigh; but for
the exertiqus of some right-minded persons.
A complimentary dinner was given
to John J. Snediker, last week, by a number of gentlemen
who have for many years been entertained by that well
known and genial host, at his hotel on the Jamaica Plank
Road. Everything went off in the most pleasant and con-
Vival manner, and. the reunion of the many turfmen and
others, and the complimentary sdeeches on the occasion,
was a source of much gratification to them as it was com
plimentary to John J.
[Written for the New York Dispatch.l
By J. Henry Hayward.
Can I forget thee ? Tell me, can the sun
On this fair earth forget to shine ?
Can it forget to sip morn’s glist ning dew
From the green scented grass and vine?
Can the wi’d songster at Aurora’s dawn
Forget its joy song to resume ?
Can ihe gay bee forget the sweet-lip’d flower r
Or can that flower forget to bloom ?
Can the full moon’s pale jays forget to dance
With light step o’er the rippling stream?
Can it forget to ’lame night s sparkling gems?
Or can Digit’s gems forget to beam ?
Can the rivulet's flood the ocean’s tide,
Forget ite constant flow and swell ?
Can the fierce waters of the Alpine fall,
Forgetite course adown the dell?
Can nature vast for jet its time of change ?
Or fleeting time ite just record ?
Can faith be by the soul divine forgot ?
Or can that soul forget its Lord ?
If these unchanging truths could thus forget
By some revulsion their first law,
E’en then would my fond heart remain unchanged,
And love thee, dearest, evermore.
[Written for the New York Dispatch. 1
None knew of the absence of Clementine
from _ the house. The gay assemblage aug
mented every moment—the crowds of .men
and women almost trod each other down —and
the hour was approaching rapidly for imme
diate entrance on the marriage ceremony.
Lieutenant Slausson and his lady, who were
with two other couples to perform the office of
groomsmen and bridemaids, now came in two
splendid carriages, alighted, and were shown
upfstairs. A flutter and buzz by those imme
diately in their vicinity, as they passed by
them, was communicated to all in the par
lor, and every eye was strained in the direc
tion whence the bride and groom were to
Edward was by the side of his friend Slaus
son in a moment, radiant with joy, full of
hope, and rallying him on his bachelorhood.
“Never mind,” said Slausson, "my turn
will come next; you have only got a little the
start of me.”
The bridemaids and the groomsmen were
soon ranged, with Elsie at their head, leaning
on the arm of Edward, and standing in front
of Clementine’s room door, about to enter it.
Elsie gave a gentle rep, a second, a third,
each one louder than the preceding one, but
there was no response.
“Strange,” she murmured. “She must
have lain down and fell asleep, poor thing, as
she’s been under so much excitement lately.”
A loud, heavy rap was now made by Ed
ward, but no response.
Elsie gently opened the door, to surprise her
supposed sleeper, and the rest followed on tip
“A pretty bride, to be sure,” cried Elsie,
aloud, “ to be asleep on her wedding night,”
and began to look around the room for Clem
entine. “Mercy! where is the girl?” she
continued, as they all, utterly confounded, be
gan to search every nook and corner of the
room for her.
“ Clementine, where are you ?” shouted El
sie, but silence was the only answer.
“ She must have gone into some other part'
of the house,” said Slausson..
The servants were called, but no one had
seen or heard of her for over an hour.
Elsie seated the ladies —the gentlemen clus
tered around Edward —and sought Clementine
in every room where there was no company,
and gliding down the back stairs to the yard,
sought her in the flower garden and out
houses, but came back almost paralyzed with
the thought of her ineffectual effort.
“No Clementine,” said Edward, in deep,
guttural tones, half frantic with excitement,
as he saw in the woe-begone looks of Elsie and
the non-appearance of Clementine the fruit
lessness of the search. He hastily seized the
arm of Slausson.
“Come,” said he, “ we will find her,” and
left tho room, trembling with excitement.
They went into every room, and every nook
and corner of every room, in every part of the
house, up stairs, in the yard and the stables,
and even in places never thought of, and un
known to them before, but found’her not, and
came back looking still more horrified than
The father was brought in, Mr. Bliss, Victor,
Cordelia, and even the Yankee, for counsel
and advice. Search was made again, and yet
again, but to no purpose, ami at last the terri
ble truth settled down in each mind—she was
gone, but where, and whether by force or at
her own pleasure, no one could tell.
Ten o’clock came, and the crowd below be
gan to be uneasy and restive at the delay of
the ceremony.
Edward sat down, totally unmanned, silent,
mortified and amazed.
Elsie, always the foremost in. counsel and
planning, was confounded.
Gloom and sorrow overspread the hearts of
all. No one seemed for the time capable of
any solution of Clementine’s disappearance, or
any feasible way out of the present embarrass
“Something must be done for the sake of
appearances and our good name,” said the
elder Ransom, “ but what I'm really at a loss
to know,” turning to Mr. Bliss with an im
ploring look.
Mr. Bliss in his courtly formal manner shook
Ips head.
“I’ll tell you what it is now,” said the
Yankee, “ef I had the managing of that air
business, I’d say the young gal was taken
mity sick,, and on a sudden —that’s what I’d
The idea seemed to strike every one favor
“But who will make the announcement ?”
said the elder Ransom, looking at the Yankee.
“ Wai, I guess Mr. Bliss, as he’s the most
perlite man I know on, and then he’s no rela
tion of the farmily as yet”—turning round
and eyeing Elsie quizzingly. After much
persuasion, the millionaire consented.
It was eleven o’clock os Mr. Bliss, accompa
nied with Slausson, descended the stairs,
and stood in the centre of the parlor.
Clearing his throat with a faint little cough,
and raising bls trembling hand to his fashion
able wig, which in his embarrassment, he
pushed on one side of his head, revealing a
part of his hairless scalp, he began:
“Ladies and gentlemen, it becomes my
painful duty, on behalf of this most noble,
. but now deeply afflicted family-to inform you,
that in consequence of the sudden, unexpect
ed, and overwhelming sickness of the bride,
the ceremony must be postponed on the pres
ent occasion. ’ ’
A murmur of disappointment, astonish
ment and sympathy ran through the as
Several of the ladies shed tears,some of them
were greatly disappointed, and a few ventured
the remark with a significant nod, “ there was
something wrong” about the affair.
A thousand questions were propounded to
the millionaire he had never dreamed of pre
paring answ.ers for, occasioning him the utmost
embarrassment. But as Slausson came to his
aid, he got through with the business as speed
ily as possible, and retired.
“ Come, come, let us go,” said a young fop
to a simpering belle on his arm, “the play is
over—the play of Hamlet, with the principal
character left out.”
The company began to disperse, and by
twelve o’clock all were gone, and the brillian
cy, gaiety and anticipated happiness of many
hearts were turned into the midnight gloom of
blank disappointment.
Two thoughts now occupied the mind of
the elder Ransom, to which he gave utterance,
as he seated himself by the side of his son,
who was now plunged into an abyss of incon
solable grief. The first was, “ where was
Clementine, dead or alive,” for a vague sus
picion had already crossed his mind, she might
have been foully dealt with, and the second
thought was, concealment of the matter for
the honor of the family, should there be any
thing connected with it, compromising the
family dignity or standing in society.
Victor, Cordelia and Burnham retired to
their hotel, while Mr. Bliss and Slausson re
mained —the former as counsellor to. the family,
and the ladies and Slausson to sympathize
with Elsie and Edward.
Edward and Slausson now entered the late
dressing room of Clementine and sat down.
Casting his eyes around, he beheld a thousand
evidences of her recent presence, which over
whelmed him with sorrow'. There stood her
toilet table, covered with the various memen
toes of his affection he had given her at differ
ent times, and lying there was their likenesses
in every variety of modern art —ambrotypes,
daguerreotypes and- card de visite. and hang
ing on the wall over her toilet table, a large
likeness of each of them, and in the finest
style of modern painting.
He gathered up these little pledges of his
affection, looked at them, one by one, mourn
fully, and at last broke out into loud lament
“ Gone, gone forever, I fear, by the hand of
the robber, and the assassin,” he exclaimed,
“ and I am left like a blasted oak, despoiled of
the tender vine I had hoped would ever sur
round me.”
Elsie had heard the loud wailing of her
nephew, and entered so that she might console
him in his great bereavement. She sat down
by his side, gathered up the little treasures he
had accumulated, and upon which through
his tears, he still gazed, opened the toilet ta
ble drawer, and was about throwing them into
it, when her eye fell on two envelopes, which
she hastily picked up, and concealing them
adroitly put them into her pocket for future
perusal, hoping there might be some clue
found in them to solve the absence of
Clementine’s disappearance.- Cutting short
a few words of rebuke, rather than consola
tion, she quietly glided out of the room, en
tered her own chamber, lit up the gas,
closed and locked the door, and sat down to
examine the letters.
The first letter was one addressed to “Clem
entine,” post-marked Richmond, Virginia.
She read it in almost breathless haste. It was
the letter Tabitha had handed Clementine.
She read it once more, stopping aocasionally,
at the end of a sentence, to take in the full
meaning of its words. When she had finished
the reading, she examined the envelope, and
again looked at the superscription.
“I never knew of Clementine’s receiving
such a letter,” she said, folding it up and re
placing it in the envelope.
The second letter was a copy of the one sent
by Tabitha in answer to the former one. She
read it. It was an acknowledgement of the
receipt of the former letter, with a graphic de
scription of her escape on the night of the gen
eral attack, and by what means, where. she
now was, that she was about being married,
and to whom, with a history of her courtship
in brief, commenced clandestinely, for which
she besought her father’s pardon; and con
cluded with an ardent hope he would be pres
ent when she was married, and hoping, also,
she might be able to put it off, although sire
feared she would not be able to, as she h“d
already postponed it, until he should be pres
ent. ' In a postscript, she noted that while in
Washington she had seen Matt Steely, and
also that “dear old Tabitha” would give this
letter to him. She also urged an immediate
“The whole mystery is out.”
“To be sure it is!” Elsie triumphantly ex
claimed, folding the last letter up and placing
both in her bosom. “ She’s a false little jade,”
she exclaimed, referring to Clementine, “and
as artful as a fox. Who would have thought
that there, was such cunning in that little
head? And that Tabitha, too, after all my
religious training and moral instruction about
telling .truth and placing confidence in her su
periors, to think she should deceive me !”
She rose up hastily, put her light almost out,
I and rushed to the door, unlocked it, opened it,
but stopped suddenly, struck with a new
thought. At first she intended to reveal the
whole matter to her brother and Mr. Bliss, but
the thought struck her that family pride re
quired more secrecy, and she awaited the com
ing moiTow.
In deep, troublous thought, which no lethean
sleep could charm or conjure, Edward lay on
his couch.that night restless, sorrowful, and
thinking of the future. That he must make
diligent search fpr Clementine, was an estab
lished conviction, and that detectives mu.it
also be put on the search ; and that Clemen
tine was as true to him as he knew he was to
her, was as firm a conviction as the former.
That she was not dead either by her own
hand, or by the hand of any assassin—a
thought he had indulged in for a -while—he
was firmly convinced of; and that either Matt
Steely or some of his infernal gang had robbed
him of her in some mysterious, some unac
countable manner, he fully believed. Clem
entine’s absence was wholly inexplicable,
shrouded in impenetrable darkness, yet his
thoughts, whichever way they might turn, in
endeavoring to solve his difficulties, always
returned to these first, most impressive
Sitting moodily brooding over his misfor
tunes in his room early next morning, Elsie,
accompanied with his father, Mr. Bliss, and
Slausson, entered his room! They sat down
in silence, Edward scarcely recognizing them.
“ I have changed my mind,” said Elsie,
looking at Mr. Bliss and Slausson, with a half
averted glance, “and have concluded in such a
crisis—one requiring so much council and de
liberation—to invite these friends to meet mq
this morning here in your room and presence,
thus early, dear nephew,” turning to Edward
and drawing forth the letters.
Edward, either not hearing or indifferent,
gave no sign of attention.
“Here are two letters of Clementine’s,” said
Elsie, fixing her eyes intently on Edward,
“which, I think, will go far to explain mat
“Letters of Clementine?” Edward exclaim
ed, fully roused from his lethargy, and looking
at his aunt with great surprise, while he stretch
ed both hands eagerly to receive them.
She handed them to him.
He tore open the envelopes, and with trem
bling hands, his face ashy pale, and his. whole
frame deeply agitated, began their perusal.
Bewilderment, doubt, perplexity, and des
pair, were alternately depicted on his counte
nance, and seemed striving for the mastery By
tun s.
“This letter,” said he, in a soliloquising
tone, “is in Clementine’s own hand-writing;
but this one, I know not whose it is ; but both
letters seem genuine.”
He read them again; but was unable to
come to any definite conclusion in solving the
mysterious disappearance of Clementine. That
Clementine was most anxious for the presence
of her parents at her marriage, or their con
sent to it, he well knew, and he was now fully
persuaded the sudden disappearance of the
slave woman, Tabitha, was the work of Clem
entine in pursuance of that anxiety ; and there
was evidence, also, in Slausson’s report of the
condition of her father in Washington, in the
letter from her father ; but the enigma as yet
unsolved was, her not freely relating all this
to him, her not awaiting the return of Tabi
tha, and her consent to the marriage on that
evening, and her sudden disappearance at the
moment the ceremony was about to take place.
He handed the letters back to Elsie, with a
perplexed countenance.
“Now, nephew, what do you think?” said
Elsie, in a determined tone, as if she had ended
her thinking in a fixed conclusion on the whole
Edward shook his head, indicating His per
“You have no objection to having these let
ters read aloud, and by one of these gentle
men ?” said Elsie, to Edward.
He remained silent.
“Silence gives consent,” said Elsie, as she
handed the letters to Mr. Bliss, with a request
he should read them aloud.
Mr. Bliss read the letters in a slow, distinct
and impressive voice.
Edward covered his face with his hanad dur
ing the reading.
“What is your conclusion?” said Elsie, to
the millionaire, when he had finished the
‘‘ A lady’s judgment is always safest on these
affairs of the heart, and of the conduct of fe
males,” said the millionaire, in reply.
“Then,” said Elsie, in a decided tone of
voice, “ my fixed conviction is, she has either
gone to Washington, to her father, impatient
of Tabitha’s return, or—or—or —she has eloped
with that fellow she refers to in the letters.”
Edward gave her a look of withering scorn
as she uttered the last part of the sentence.
Slausson shook his head, and asked :
“Miss Elsie, I never could believe that,
from all I know of Clementine and the man
you refer to.”
“ 0, you men are so easily deceived by de
signing females ! And love is blind, you
know,” pointing to Edward.
“That she has gone toWashington,” said
the millionaire, 11 is quite probable ; but, whe
ther with that gentleman referred to, or alone,
it is impossible to say.”
A gentle tap at the door startled Elsie, no
one else hearing it. She hastily arose and
opened the door.
“Shure, now, mistress,” said Kate, one of
the domestics, in the greatest possible wonder
ment, “ an’ the blackey’s ghost is after corn
in’ into the basement, an’ inquirin’ fur the
young lady, Clemetine.”
“Bring her up instantly, Kate; and I’ll
wait for you and her, here, in the lobby.”
And she closed the door and awaited the ap
pearance of Tabitha and the domestic.
Presently, Kate made her appearance, fol
lowed by Tabitha, who now stood confronting
her late mistress, in her cross barred bandan
na, erect in form, tall of stature, coarse in
form and feature, and with an anxious coun
“Gor a’mighty ! whar’s de youug missa,
Missa Elsie ?” said Tabitha, in a frightened
and eager tone.
“I should think you ought to know best,
you runaway, you,” said Elsie, in a reproach
ful voice. “ But, come, we will sift this mat
ter to the bottom.”
And so, advancing a few steps, she opened
the door she had just closed, and, taking Tabi
tha by the shoulder, literally pushed her into
the room, and followed her.
If the ghost of the departed mother and wife
of the Ransoms had suddenly appeared,' there
could be no greater surprise depicted on each
of their countenances,
Elsie stood at a short distance from Tabitha,
the back of her hands placed on her sides. The
whole company stared at Tabitha ; while Tabi
tha, drawing herself up to her full hight, her
little bundle in one hand, and a knotted stick
in the other, she stood looking at each of them
in turns, like a defiant criminal at a bench of
“ Whar’s my young missa ?” cried Tabitha.
“ Sit down, and tell us where you have been
to,” said Elsie, in a soothing tone, with the
design of worming out of her whatever she
might know of Clementine’s disappearance, or
whatever bearing it might have on it.
“No, missa—must see young Missa Clema
tin fust; den Tab sit down. ’ ’
“ Clementine is gone, and, I fear, gone for
ever,” said Slausson.
“0, Gor a’mighty ! Gor a’mighty!’’ said
Tabitha, ringing her hands, and twisting and
wriggling her heavy frame in horrible contor
tions. And such was her deep distress, her
agony of mind, and tears, and wailings, that
there was no doubt on the minds of all who
saw her, but Elsie’s, she knew nothing of Cle
mentine’s whereabouts.
“ A woman’s trick,” muttered Elsie.
“But you took a letter to Washington, to
Clementine’s father,” said Elsie, designing to
entrap her if possible.
“ Yes, missa—took de letter to master.”
“And you saw Mr. Rossou there, did you
not ?’ ’
“No, no, missa ; he not dare.”
And she began to weep bitterly afresh.
“And you saw Clementine when she left
here, did you not ?” continued Elsie.
“ Ger a’mighty! no, missa; wish Tab had
see de poor chile,” her sobs and cries choking
her utterance.
In an abstracted manner, she arose from her
seat, crying bitterly. She picked up her little
bundle, adjusted her bandanna, and ran out of
the room, crying :
“0, de poor chile, de poor chile—must go
fur her.”
Elsie followed her to the basement door, and
the servants and Elsie stood watching her as
she ran down the street, wiping her eyes and
crying aloud :
“Must find her, de poor chile !”
The mystery seemed profounder than ever,
and the only resort now was to the detective’s
office by Slausson and the millionaire, who de
tailed the circumstances from the commence
ment to the ending of the affair, which with
numerous questions put to Bliss and Slausson
by the chief of the office, elicited many new
particulars, which were all minuted down in a
little book and handed over to one of his fra
ternity for his use.
The whole affair, through the medium of the
domestics, was soon spread abroad, and in a
•few days several of the daily journals spread it
before their readers the chief particulars of the
whole affair.
This was the finishing blow to the catas
trophe in the mind of the elder Ransom. The
respectability of the family was compromised,
and the shame, mortification and chagrin of
Edward intensified his great bereavement.
A letter was also found under the door by
one of the servants, addressed to Edward,
from Clementine, in -her own handwriting,
almost illegible within by blurs and tear-stains,
which read as follows :
Deaeest Edwabd—if I may call you so—we
must part, and part forever. That I love you,
God only knows how dearly; but f»te, eternal
fate, separates us forever. Our love was a dream,
too visionary to be enduring, and the stern re
alities of fate has dissipated it suddenly and for
ever. When this letter reaches you I shall bo
•far from you, in a region of peace, I hope, wherq

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