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The New York Dispatch,
A SECOND EDITION, containing the latest news
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s«tot WfcgrapW gm
Debate, on the Whisky Tax
Washington, May 28.
The debate on the whisky tax, in the Senate, has at
tracted crowds of speculators and others to the galleries.
Jt appeals highly probable that the Senate’s amendment
Of the rates will be adopted.
It is rumored that the Committee of Conference on
Banks will adopt the recommendation of Secretary Chase
taxing National Banks, but appropriating the proceeds to
the payment of the National debt.
■The friends of Mr. Sanford are jubilant over the cer
tainty of his promotion to the rank of a Minister Pleni
Our Wounded Removed to
Washington, May 28.
The sietmers Keyport-and Lizzie Baker arrived here
Uhte morning with five hundred wounded, being all that
■were at Fredericksburg. The wounded brought up in
khese boats are the most serious cases that have reached
Mere, nearly all of them having lost limbs.
Some of these cases were found to be so dangerous that
It was impossible to remove the unfortunate men from
Mie litters on which they were brought up in the boats,
and as tney would not bear the jostling of the ambu
lances, detachments of the Reserve Corps were engaged
for several hours m carrying them from the wharf to the
hospitals. Six died on board of the Keyport on the up
ward trip, as did also quite a number on the Lizzie Baker.
Five died on the wharf while waiting to be removed, and
Others breathed their last while being conveyed from the
whaif to the hospitals.
Washington’s Gold Medal Presented to
Lkut.-Gen.ral Grant.
Philadelphia, May 28.
The gold medal presented to General Washington by
Congress, on the evacuation of Boston by the British, and
ihe only gold cnc ever presented to him has been por
ch, sed by a few gentlemen of Delaware, and will be pre
ft nted to Lieutenant General Grant.
The sum paid for the medal is over $5,000.
General Hunter to make a
Forward Movement.
Wheeling, Va , May 27,1864.
An fcffcer from General Hurter’s army fays that his
army is no longer at Cedar Creek. Everything calculated
to impede its progress has been sent to the rear, and only
one wagon to a regiment allo wed. General Hunter has
iesued a gcnerel order, stating that the army was to live
ui on tbe country through which it passed, and if neces
i ary, horses and mules were to be butchered for meat.
General Sigel and General Stahl are at Martinsburg.
Fortress Monroe, May 27.
The steamer United States, from New York for Wash
ington, went ashore on the Wolf Trap in the Chesapeake,
at one o’clock this morning. Assistance has been sent
to her, and she will probably be got off at the next high
t:ce. _
Cairo, May 27.-
The steamer Hitlmsn, which arrived here yesterday
from Memphis, reports that the rebels fired into her when
•ff Island No. 16.
©The steamer St Loup, while on her way to New Or-
Jeans, was fired into at Tunica Bend. The rebel shells
strjiek her and exploded near her boiler, but fortu
nat4 ly no one waj injured.
The rebels are eaid to have twenty five steamers up the
Red River, shove the farthest point marched by our army.
General McArthur’s command returned to Vicksburg on
she &'th inst. He had had no engagement with the rebels
♦f any importance.
Great excitement existed at Vicksburg on the reception
4f the news from General Grant’s army.
The schooner Flash, which arrived here this morning
■from fif. Martins, reports that, while on tire passage from
■St Martins to Baracoa. and when off Isabella Bay, a ves
sel hove -.in sight and fired two blank guns, when he
immediately hove to. The sail came up, and proved to be
a Spanish man-of-war. While nearing us, she began
shortening sail« but never hailed us. They next fired four
musket shots at ns, the ball of one of which whistled close
to Cfipt. Grey’s ears, and went through the mainsail near
the deck. The Isabella was then boarded by an officer
4 and marines from the steamer, who examined her
papers, ajid afterwards gent them on board the man-of
war to be examined by her commander. The papers
•were sent back without comment, and the vessel allowed
ib nomd.
Fortress Monroe, May 27.
The steamer Thomas Powell, from Bermuda Hundred,
has arrived here. She brings twenty-five rebel prisoners,
captured during the recent skirmish, and reports indica
tions of active movements on the part of General Butler.
Colonel Woolen’s officers captured
on Saturday night week, in the Chesapeake, near An
napolis, two men named William H. Rogers and John
Fahey, in a vawlboat. attempting to cross from Virginia
into Maryland, with a rebel mail of about two thousand
letters, half of them addressed to persons in Baltimore, the
residue to New Ycrkers, Philadelphians, Bostonians,
Washingtonians, and various individuals throughout the
country. These captives also bad nearly four thousand
dollars in s2c gold pieces, besides five hundred dollars in
silver, and about two thousand dollars in greenbacks, be
sides large quantities of Southern coupon bonds. Some of
the letters convey much highly important information.
They speak of the scarcity of food and of awfully high
price s. Rogers and Fahey are in the military prison, and
are Baltimoreans.
A few years ago, says the Nashville
Ttnie.9. a Rev. W. P. Reed officiated in the Summer street,
Cumberland Presbyierian Church in this place. When
the rebellion broke out fie raised a regiment, and entered
the rebel service. Persons just returned from the South
state that the monster died a lew days ago at Jackson,
Misa, from wounds received at the massacre of Fort Pil
low, where he was actively engaged with Forrest in dash
ingout the brains of wounded Union prisoners, nailing
Union officers to the walls ot houses, and then setting
buildings on fire, so that the crucified persons might roast
alive in the flames, and cutting the throats and ripping up
the bowels of colored women and children.
The Washington Republican of.
Thuredav, savs : ‘ A letter was received in this city to
day from the*notorious female spy, ‘ Bell Boyd,’ forward
ed to the Secretary of the Navy from Boston She is the
•Mrs. Davis’ captured on board the Greyhound. She
says she was allowed to leave the South for a foreign
land to recover her health, which had been much im
paired by former imprisonment, that she was on board a
British ship (the Greyhound) when captured, and was
intending to go to Canada to settle until ‘ this cruel war is
over,’ in order to be as near to her mother, who lives
somewhere in this vicinity, as possible. Sne says she as
sumed the name of Davis, *in order to escape newspaper
notoriciy.’ ”
Duiing the recent battles, as our
troops lay behind their fortifications on James River, and
the continuous crack of thejenemy’s rifles was heard on
our front, a soldier began the patriotic song. ’ Rally
round the flag, boys,” and almost instantly thousands
joined, und as
“The Union forever, hurrah, boys, hurrah,
Down with the traitors and up with the stars,”
ang out upon the night air, the wildest enthusiasm was
excited all along the line.
Sunday, a captain of artillery who
, was wcunded in the late battles, was taken from the
‘ wharf to Armcry Square Hospital, Washington. His rigut
elbow was shattered and bls left foot shot off. Whilst en
terii g tbe hospital, he laughingly said that there was one
consolation anyhow, and that was that a pair of boots
would last a great deal longer, and would only have to be
made rights and lefts. This jesting when suffering from
such severe wounds, excited the wonder and admiration
of all persons around him.
Intelligence has been received at
St Paul of ihe first murder by Indians this spring. Two
soldiers stationed at Spirit Lake, which is just over the
State line in lowa, were out on a scout on the I6th, and
were attacked by ten Indians. They killed three and
wounded one, ano then managed to make their escape,
though one soldier was severely wounded The next
night a boy was killed in the neighborhood ot Spirit Lake.
He v as shot two bullets and an arrow.
The total number of Generals in the
regular army since the commencement of the war is 29,
viz.: 1 Lieutenan Genera), 6 Major Genorals, and 22 Briga
dier Genera la And 18 of all grades are now in the ser
vice, viz.: 1 Lieutenant General, 3 Major Generals and U
Brigadier Generals. In tbe volunteer force lu3 have been
appointed Major Generals and 477 Brigadier Generals, ot
whom 207 are now acting as such. There are 70 Major-
Generals at this time in the service.
The Chicago Tribune relates that
seventeen black men presented themselves for enlistment
in the army of the United States, according to the invita
tion ot its authorities, at Lebanon, Ky., on Tuesday last.
Certain persons there took them into a room for the al-
It ged pl rp< se of paying them bounties. Having got them
in their power, they stripped the black fellows, and ad
ministered to each ot them one hundred lashe?, and then
turned them loose.
When Geiitral Heckman arrived at
Richmond, he was seized by the prison guards, and his
person searched for money and valuables. He remon
sirated with his barbarous captors at such treatment,
when they threatened him with incarceration in u the.
• blackhole.” This conduct contrasts widely with the
kind treatment extended Lo the rebel Generals Johnson
and Stewart, who were r e.ntiy captureo by our troops
Tbe poor Union refugees, from Ply
mouth and Washington, whose houses were burnt over
their heads, are at Newbern in g-eat numbers, in a very
destitute condition. They are mostly women and chil
dren. lest without bedding or proper clothing, who are
worthy objects of Christian charity.
About 3,000 bales of cotton have
been accumulated at Cairo, 111., and its public sale, under
tbe direction of the United States Marshal, will soon take
place. Some of the cotton ,is the prooerty of private
owners but the most of it is held as a prize to certain gun
An arrival from Charleston the 17th
instant, reports that there was no fighting going on there
at that time The only attack made was by two Monitors
going up aid shelling Fort Sumter. The New Ironsides
has teen in action lately.
General McClellan has written to
one of his friends in Washington, that, in his opinion, un
less Grant has underrated Lee’s strength, the only contin
gency in which bis campaign is likely to prove a failure
is a failure to receive sufficient supplies.
Advices from Melbourne, Australia,
of March 24th, state that a suspicious-looking steamer,
supp< sed to be a rebel privateer, had been seen off Cape
Otway. The fact had served to discredit tonnage in that
A large Lumber of Sheridan’s men,
whose horses were worn out in the recent raid, have ar
rived in Washington for fresh horses, and are to bo imme
diately fitted out.
It is officially known at Washing
ten that Beauregard and Forreft and Governor Isham G.
Harris have recently paid U. 8. taxes on real estate in
The draft at Newark, N. J., was
c< ncluded on Friday. Intense interest prevailed, but no
undue excitement was apparent
Richmond papers of the 19tR in
etant announce the arrival at Libby Prison of 1 100 pris
Frcm the Richmond papers of the
20th we glean the following report The dispatches rela
tive to Banks has no foundation in fact, as the account of
his escape published recently is authentic:
Authentic news from Brookhaven says that Banks es
caped to New Orleans with 5 OuO men, and ihat Alexan
dria surrendered to Taylor, with 8,000 prisoners au<t»2o
guns. 1,2< 0 mules, 50 boats, 20 in good order, the rest dam
aged, but can be repaired. Baton Rouge has been evacu
ated by the enemy, and is now in possession of the Con
federates. Natchez is burning. Two squares are gone,
and the fire is still raging. The engine house and hose
have b< en destroyed.
News Hom Alexandria up to the 14th states that Banks
has been fourteen days cut off from all communication.
ItissuppofCd he will attempt to cue his way through by
way ot Marksville A large flotilla of gunboats went up
the river yeefcrday. Heavy firing was heard in the
direction cf our batteries at Fort de Bassy. -The result is
not known.
Steele has retreated with the remnant of his army to
little Rock, pursued by MarmaduKe and Price.
Col Scott attacked the transport Mississippi yesterday,
at the mouth of the Red River, striking her twelve times.
a gunboat was shelling our forces at the time. The dam
age done is unknown.
A cavalry dash wAs made on Sunday to a plantation
near Port Hudson, capturing a stockade garrisoned by
negroes. 65 mules some horses and clothing w-ere cap
tured, a mill was burned, and 20 of the garrison killed
The iron clad gunboat Granite City, gunboat No. 45, and
a transport were captured by the Confederates at Sabine
Pass on ihe 6th inst
Thus far the vigilance of General Johnston has foiled
every enortot the foe, and ho has lost no opportunity to
punish bis assailants.. The respective casualties up to last
night ere estimated as follows: Confederate loss 2,500:
Yankee loss, frcm 12.000 t>ISCOO. Yesterday afternoon
sharp skirmishing was going on at 4 o’clock, three miles
above AdairsviLe. The enemy was severely punished.
He was also repulsed about fifteen miles from Kingston
yesterday. Our army meets every new development of
the enemy with admirable spirit and implicit confidence
in General Johnston. No apprehensions are entertained
by any one for the result.
A Richmond 'paper publishes the
following affecting incident of the death of a Union sol
dier, which the Brooklyn papers will please copy:
On the person of one of the Yankees killed in the fight
atihe Yellow Tavern, was found a b t of paper twisted in
tbe button hole Gf his jacket It was a wretched pencil
scrawl, evidently written after his fall, and while death
was putting film in his eyes. It commenced: “I, Jonn
Wllheimer. Second New York Cavalry. I am shot and
-dying Whoever finds me, tend this to Sarah Wilheimer,
Brooklyn Post-Office, New York She is my sister, and
only relative in the country. Oh. my poor sister! do not
break your hr art; but I am shot through the breast and
d) iiig, and they have gone atd left me here. * * ;i
vf hat followed in this paragraph is obliterated by blood.
Ihe next genic nee reads: “Write to Conrad Vitrnare, of
our company ; he owes me fifty dollars which he will pay
you Oil. mv dear sister, farewell 1” The paper was
taken nom the body, and has been forwarded North by r
nag oi truce.
Mrs. H. G. Guinness, wife of the
.weU.known pre»Cher. recently delivered a sermon to the
Friends’ Meeting Howe m Limerick. Ireland, to a crowded
congregation of ladies. She took for her text Romans
eighth chapter and fourth verse. She is said to have
spoken wilh great volubility and animation for nearly an
The Union State Convention. —The
Union Convention of the State of New York assembled
Syracw-e on Wednesday last, and organized by the ap
pointment of Hon. Lyman Tremaine of Albany as tempo
rary Chairman. Had it not been foY the presence of a
bogus delegation from the City of New York, headed by
Rufus F-. Andrews and Richard Busteed, Hon. Chauncey
M. Depew of Westchester would have been selected. As
it was, the vore stood 149 for Depew to 155 for Tremaine
without the 51 votes from New York. The election of
Mr. Tremaine secured the appointment of a Committee
on Contested Seats favorable to the bogus delegation from
this City, who, notwithstanding the forcible arguments of
Messrs. Raymond and Wakeman in favor of the Regular
Delegation, reported fifteen to one in favor of admitting
both delegations from New York, with the right to cast
but one vote. Mr. Weed of Albany made a minority
report in favor of the regular delegation, clearly showing
that they were entitled to their seats, that reg
ularly elected in accordance with the call of the Union
State Committee, and that no charge of unfairness or
irregularity was alleged against their election. The Con
vention, however, voted by a large majority to adopt the
majority report. Henceforth, therefore, any half dozen
of sore heads in any part of the State may get together aud
send delegates to a Union State Convention. Party or
ganization has been entirely ignored. We shall not be
surprised to find half the assembly districts in the State
contested in the next State Convention. The men who
perpetrated this outrage on the Union party in New York
may hereafter find themselves in like difficulty, and share
the tame fate they meted out to New York City.
The character of this bogus delegation from New York
may be clearly demonstrated by the report published in
last week’s Dispa?ch, as to the manner in which these
pretended delegates were manufactured. When the roll
was called, only 28 or these bogus delegates and four al
ternates responded to their names. An attempt was made
to rope in other Peter Funks to fill up their ranks, but the
Convention, by an almost unanimous vote, decided not to
recognize any but the Delegates, whose names were
on the pretended credentials. This, to a great extent,
neutralized the wrong done to the regular delegation, as
these spurious delegates did not have votes enough to
elect but three of the twelve delegates to the Baltimore
Convention, viz.: Simeon Draper, Sanford L. Macomber
and Rufus F. Andrews. Andrews, as will be seen in ref
erence to the list of Delegates, could not be elected in his
own district, but had to foist himself on the people of the
Seventeenth and Eleventh Wards,to the exclusion of John
Lalor,’ who was the choice of the District, and to whom
tbe Delegation was pledged. But, unfortunately for the
District and Mr. Lalor, his delegation was made up of
Cuslom House men, who, when Andrews demanded the
place lor himself, preferred to sacrifice Lalor instead of
losing their places. These fellows recollected the fate of
Thos. B. Asten, of the Twenty first Ward, who was uncere
moniously kicked out of the Custom House, because he
could not secure the election of the Surveyor as a Delegate
to the Regular Union Central Committee last year.
Senator Bell, was made permanent Chairman of the
Convention, together with a string of Vice Presidents and
Secretaries. In the permanent organization New York
City w£s < ntirely ignored. It was all fixed up before the
report ot the Committee on Contested Seats was acted cn.
A resalution was unanimously passed in favor of the re
nomination of Abraham Lincoln. It is a singular fact
that men who but a few months ago were doing all they
could to oppose Lincoln’s renomination, turned up in this
Convention and its lobbies, as his particular champions
and defenders. They discovered that it was impossible
for them to thwart the will of the people, and now they
mean to try to make it appear that they are the men who
brought about his nomination in order that they may get
the President’s ear and feather their nests at the expense
of the country. A resolution of thanks to the army and
navy was also passed. The following is a list of the dele
gates and alternates selected to attend the National Con
vention to be held at Baltimore on the 7th vf June next:
Henry J. Raymond, George R. Babcock,
Daniels. Dickinson, J. S. T. Stranahan,
Lyman Tremaine, Tnoxnas Hillhouse,
Preston King. Noah Dayis.
I. George W. Curtis, George Huntington,
Jo an A. King. F. A. Potts.
IT. Charles L. Benedict, Henry Hill,
A. M Blies. William M. Thomas.
111. William A. Cobb, George Record,
A F. Cobb. John Casbaw.
IV. Joseph B. Taylor, O. W. Brennan,
Sheridan shook. B.F. Weymouth.
V. David Miller, Reuben C. Mills,
S. L Macomber. John F. Seymour.
VI. Simeon Draper, Hugh Gardner.
John Keyser. H. Van Schaick.
VII. William E. Duryea, John Lalor,
R. F. Andrews. Lewis J. Kirke.
VIII. Thomas Murphy, R Busteed,
William R. Stewart. J. D. Ottiwell.
IX. Abram Wakeman, James E Coulter,
Amor J. Williamson, Ira A Allen.
X. Wm. H. Robertson, S. D. Gifford,
John W. Ferdon. A. Rader.
XI. Wibiam J. Groo, David Clements,
E. M. Madden. Ezra Farrington.
XII. John Cadman, John 8. Ray,
John B. Dutcher. R. Peck.
XIII. William Hasten, William 8. Kenyon,
Reuben Coffin. John S. Donnelly.
XIV. George Walford, Alexander Greer,
Clark B. Cochrane. Hobait Krum
XV. Asa be 1 C. Geer. J. Thomas Davis,
John T. Masters. Dennis P. Ney.
XVI. George W. Palmer, Byron Pond,
W. W Ruckwell. Orlando Kellogg.
XVII ‘ W S. Dickinson, Hiram Horton,
William A Dart C. T. Huriburd.
XVIII. Charles Stanford, H. Baker,
R. H. Ay les- J- S Landon.
XIX. L. J. Walworth, D. H. Clark.
R. S. Hughton. Harman Bennett,
XfX. O. Donnell. E. A. Brown,
H. M. Burch. A. H. Prescott
XXI. Ellis H. Roberts, D. B. Danrorth,
Samuel Campbell. J. 8. Avery.
XXII.-L. H. Conklin, H. K. W. Bruce,
Charles L. Kennedy. Harvey Palmer.
XXIIL J. B. Fitch, D. McCarthy,
R. H. Buell. O. F. Longstreet.
XXIV. 8. B. Gavitt, J. K. WHliams,
Wm. Burroughs. J. K Webster.
XXV. M. H. Lawrence. S H Torry.
william H. Smith. George N. Wilson.
XXVI. M M. Cass, W. Schuyler,
W. S. Lincoln. George Bartlett. •
XXVII. Asher Tyler, G. G. Harrowell,
E. D. Loveridge. A. B. Hull.
XXVIII. D»n. H. Cole, H. H. Sperry.
John V. Voorhies. A. M Ives.
XIX. Harvey Wilbur, A. W. Haskell.
Hiram Carpenter. M. C. Richardson.
XXX. Rufus Wheeler, Jacob Beyer,
O. J. Green. J. B. Youngs.
XXXI. Henry Van Aernam, John Manley,
G. W. Patterson. O.E. Jones.,
Our Reporter’s Apology.—Your re
perter is compelled to defer the account of the doings of
the Conglomerate Consolidated Custom House Sim Dra
per and Unconditional Committee this week. He took
his usual weekly tour around the haunts of this disorgan
izing crew, and discovered that they had departed for the
Syracuse Convention. We learn that Brigadier Busteed
entered Syracuse in lull uniform, booted and spurred,
mounted on a richly caparisoned charger, which had
been brought at great expense by-special train, at cnce
tbe admiration of the fair and the envy of the males.
Surveyor Andrews was greatly indebted to his barber for
his gay and festive appearance. By a marvellous achieve
ment of the tonsorial art, his luxuriant side whiskers
were removed,which had the effectof dhguising him com
pletely. Omnibus Bill Haw is said to have amused him
self in endeavoring to defeat Mr. Amor J. Williamson for
delegate to the Baltimore Convention. He received a
signal discomfiture and became suddenly unwell, and af
ter partaking bountifully of Epsora salts disappeared,
and has not been heard of since. He will probably turn
up in Cleveland. Ass’t. Assessor Milliken bored tne Con
ventfon to such an extent th at the rural delegates were
forced to clap an extinguisher on him Heinade himself
supremely ridiculous by moving to substitute the name of
Guy R. Pelton for Mr. A. J. Williamson for delegate to
Baltimore. Milliken would not have made siich an ass ot
himself, if he had not been bolstered up by Revenue As
sessor Walker. We are informed that Simeon Draper
was present, but a careful examination of the proceedings
fails to furnish evidence ot the fact. The published report
of the Siamese twins, Ashman and Kirke,from the Survey
or’s office, appropriate d their time in perfecting a scheme
to defeat their friend Mr. John Lalor. As the attain’ t
Droved so successful, it is supposed that the Surveyor will
see that they receive a merited reward. Dr. Alex
ander Wilder, Collector of Canal tolls. Assistant Health
Warden, late Clerk to the Committee of Ways and
Means, reporter of the Po>-t anti Sword Bearer for the
Twentieth Ward Loyal League was not present. Assis
tant Revenue Assessor Walker like an animated pendu
lum.issaidto have oscillated between Shakspere Hall and
the Syracuse Douse; Reuben C. Mills from the Survey
or’s Office, attempted to palm himself upon the Conven
tion as Dr. Snodgrass, but the Doctor's personal appear
ance being well known throughout the State, the imposi
tion was discovered. Reuben had a narrow escape from
being ejected. Adam C. Ellis failed to obtain an entrance
in the Convention as a substitute, and contented himself
by closely observii g the proceedings from a safe distance.
Hon. Guy R. Pelton was on hand but except airing him
self on the corridors of Shakspere Ha l, did nothing re
markable to chronicle. Your reporter learns tiiat toe
bar rooms of Syracuse suffered severely from the assi lai
ties of the irregular delegates from this county. If the
large cargo of whisky brought to New York by this set
doesnot prevent them from meeting during, the coming
week, your reporter will endeavor to furnish an account
of their doings for the next Issue of tbe Dtspatch.
Correction.—Assistant Revenue As
sessor Baker desires us to contradict the statement that
he acted as teller at the irregular primary' election held
at No. 41 Carmine street on Friday evening List. Your
reporter regrets that the individual who performed that
interesting ceremony bore so remarkable a resemblance
to Mr. Baker.
gw# anti
Returned Volunteer.—“ To these dis
charged soldiers, readers of the Dispatch, you will confer
a great favor by informing them through its columns how
they are to proceed to obtain the one hundred dollars
bounty promised to each as soon as discharged. We served
—the first, ten months, the second, ihirteen months and
the third, fitteen months: and all received honorable dis
charges on account of disability. We have not yet recov
ered our strength, and cannot, in consequence, makeover
three quarter time at our trades. When we enlisted we
were strong, healthy young men, and were broken down
by overwork and lor g marches. We need the money,
which we think our due We are not alone in thi J . There
are other j oung men whose constitutions are weakened
by fatigue while in Uncle Sam’s service, to whom tbe
bounty would be a blessing.” The Secretary of War de
cidedsometime since that under the terms of the act of
Congress,he could not award a bounty of one hundred dol
lars to any soldier who had not served two or more years.
That, however, all discharged soldiers mav be correctly
informed of the temper of the government on tnis sub
ject, application should be made to the office of the Pro
tective War Claim Association, No. 35 Chambers street,
where information is freely and gratuitously given to ap
Doctor.— “ When were the States,
for the first time, divided into Congressional Districts ?”
When the Constitution was adopted. That instrument
declares that “Representatives and direct taxes shall be
apportioned among the several States which may be in
cluded Within this Union, according to their respective
numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the
whole number of tree pers ms, including those bound to
service for ft term of years, and excluding Indians not
taxed, three-fifths of all other persons.” “I notice
in late foreign papers that Maximilian has appointed
ministers,.without portfolio. What is meant without
portfolio The phrase is diplomatic, and means without
distinctive powers—holding no defined office.
G.— “l have served in the army as
captain for eighteen months. My regiment was consoli
dated and I mustered out. Am I liable to the draft? It
was not my fault that I did not serve mv full term. I
have an honorable discharge. Is there any law which
makes it incumbent on government, in case I am dratted,
to give me the same position I before held?” You are
liable, not having served t* oor more years. Should you
at any time, in the luture. be drafted, it, will be to tne Gov
ernor of this State, and not to the national authorities,
you must look lor the renewal of your commission.
Frank H. Demorest. — “If a person
Seeing his name in the list of drafted men published In the
newspapers, should enlist in the navy before receiving
official notification that he had been drafted, could he be
arrested as a deserter from the army if his term of servsee
in the navy expired before the war was ended?” . We
should say not The “person” is not supposed to know
that he has been drafted until he is officially informed of
the fact, and if then in the public service, he can not be
looked upen as a deserter.
Inquirer.—“ How do you calculate
the. rate of exchange ? e. </., when gold is at a premium of
eighty per cent., whftt is tne rate of exchange on Lon
don? Upon what basis do you proceed? What is the
rule?” Rates of exchange, in their price, depend on sup
ply and demand. Sometimes exchange rules lower than
at other times. The difference at this time is about Jl)£
per cent., which, added to the premium on gold, makes
the price ot gold, payable in London, somewhere in the
neignborhood of 91% per cent.
Broad Street. — “B. bets that General
Scott never was a Lieutenant General of the United
States Army. A. bets he was. Who wins?” A, of course.
In 1855, lor brilliant services in the field, Major General
Scott, by a special act of Congress, had the rank of brevet
lieutenant general conferred on him This rank was ex
pressly revived in his honor, and the act being so formed
that the office should not survive him.
Stockholder. —“ Is John 0. Fremont
a West Point graduate, or net?” General Fremont is not
a graduate of the U. S. Military School at West Point. He
was appointed from civil lie to a Second Lieuteaantcy
in the Topographical Engineers, by President Van Bu
len, the commission bearing date July 7,1838; and was
immediately after urderc d on a survey of the Des Moines
Several Friends.—“ How many men
have been called for in the army and navy of the United
States since the bieaking ent of the rebellion, including
all volunteers and those lor short periods. What is the
aggregate number?” It is rot possible to give the exact
aggregate number; but it may be roughly estimated at
one million three hundred thousand.
Lonesome —“ lam anxious to make
friends with a young lady v ith whom I am not on speak
ing terms at this time. Interna me how I can do i ?”
The only answer we can givo you is ‘Make friends” with
the “youi'g lady,” by'suet-king to her and explaining
away the cause of the coldness existing between you.
Port Richmond Reader.— For the
“ name, indication of rank and duty of each officer in
ther-avy,” see “Navy Register of the United States for
the year 1864.” This work contains 289 octavo pages, all
of which we should be necessitated to copy, if we at
tempted answers to your questions.
Anna. — It wou’d not be improper,but
on the contrary, it would show good feeling, if you were
to speak to the gentleman with whom you have a “little
falling out ” Generosity and forgiveness are not quali
ties which should be wholly confined to man.
Returned Sailor.— There are dozens
of volumes in print on etiquette, which can be obtained
at miscellaneous bookstores, that will instruct you how
to depert yourself when in the presence of refined ladies
and gentlemen.
Arlington. — “ Inf orm me where the
new navy yaid is to be built?” We can not, as the site
has not yet been definitely determined on. '
Latest European News.—By the
steamer Asia we have received, ria Boston, later files of
English newspapers, which are largely occupied with the
debate in the House of Commons on the subject ot’ the
rebel ateamer Georgia, which had suddenly appeared at
The subject was opened by Mr. T. Baring, of Baring
Brothers, who called the attention of the House to the
tact that an armed steamer was now in the portof Liver
pool, which having been originally manned and equipped
from British ports, had prey, d upon the commerce of a
friendly nation, and had nt ver been in any port of the
belligerent under whose flag she sails, and he asked the
Government if they thought that the admission of such
vessels to British harbors was consistent with our interna
tional obligations, our prot< ssions of neutrality, and the
preservation of British interests. The Honorable member
complained in strong terms of the inefficiency of the For
eign Enlistment Act, and urged that some steps should be
taken on the part of Her Majesty s Government to amend
The Attorney General, m reply, said that the Govern
ment had endeavored to preserve s : rict neutrality. He
denied that the vessels whn h had been fitted out in this
country could be regarded as British pirates With re
gard to the visit of the Georgia to Liverpool, she had been
admitted under the Order of Council of 1862, which
enabled ships of belligerent powers to put in for the pur
pose of ordinary repairs: ai.d, as it was understood that
she would be dismantled and sold, the Government had
not considered it their duty to object to such a proceed
Mr. Cobden called the attention cf the House to the re
sult which our policy had produced, and expressed a tear
that it Lad created a gigantic sense of grievance in the
minds of the American people, which it would be difficult
hereafter to disabuse. Bcti re the commencement of the
American war the value cf the American marine was
between £20,(00,000 and £3c-,000,000; and now, what with
the high rate of insurance a rd capture, that vast property
was virtually rendered valueless. If Her Majesty’s Gov
ernment had helped the Cor federates by bombarding tho
accessible poitsof the Northern States, they would hardly
have done more harm to the Federal States than by per
mitting these few cruisers to leave British ports. He
asked what would be the position of our commerce if we
should become belligerents, and the Americans were to
retaliate? He believed that it would be paralyzed and
destroy ed; and he hao no doubt that the Americans would
deem it an act of patriotism to lit out cruisers to prey
upon it. He contended that the Florida, Georgia, and
Alabama were not men of war. but cruisers, unfitted ro
make war upon armed vessels, but going about destroy
ing merchant vessels; and tiiat under the Declaration of
Paris, on the breaking out of the Crimean war, they
ought to be excluded from our ports.
Lord R. Cecil believed we must make up our minds, if
ever we were at war heieafier, to see the ocean swarm
ing with hostile ships We must, therefore, be prepared
to protect our mercantile marine in a better manner than
we had in bygone years. W ith regard to the subject now
under the consideration of the House, lie askcu if there
was cue side oily io the picture? Had no one dmie in
jury tu the Corlederates? and had they no sense of the
wrongs which had been heaped upon them? In 1852,
rifles and muskets to the value ot £516 (NX) were exported
to the Federal States from tills country, and nearly
12,Oil),GOO percussion caps.
Mr. Shaw Lefevre expressed deep regret that Govern
ment were not prepared to exclude these Confederate
privateers from British poits
After some observations from Lord R Montague and
Mr. Aiderman Rose, the motion for adjournment was
agreed to.
Ou. National capital was the scene
of rather a severe conflict on Sunday afternoon last, be
tween several hundred white and colored boys, m the
absence oi more deadly weapons, stones were freely used.
Tbe police interfered, but vane compelled to retreat; and
it was not until some time had eUosed, and strenuous
measures used, that the c< ntestwas terminated by the ar
rest of some of the oelligereute. The disturbance coca
xnenced near the old contraband camp, where a colored
SuDfluy school 18 now he: u . vary Sunday atternoon, bo
tween some o! the colored children ana some B waite
boys who weie passing at the time.
In St. Louis, last week, the corpse
of a Mrs. Meir was found in a room in Vine street, four
months after her death. A-sc rap of melancholy rhyme
in Mis. Meur’. handwriting, and signed with her initials,
was found iu ihe room, one verse reading thus :
“ The world at best is selfish, cold;
Gold is the luring ray:
Then let me die oefore I’m old,
Before my locks are
A San Francisco dispatch states that
the imports of general mercbandi.e both from foreign and
domestic ports continue to pour in at a tearful rate of in
ciof-se. filling cur bonded and privats warehouses to re'
pl’tion, rendering markets for the most pa-t dull, and re
ducing prices far below the price of importation.
On the light of the 25th of May, t' e’
Tioga County Bank of Pennsylvania was robbed of s2j,-
725 83. in United States Bonds, gold, greenbacks, and re
tired currency of the bank. No clue to the burglars
A severe shock of earthquake, on
Thursday evening last, shook the bouses and fr’gh.eaed
the people ot San Franci?co, but did no damage.
for the New York Dispatch.)
lama Soldier of the North,
A follower of the Flag,
And I am proudly marching forth
To plant it on the crag ;
That mountain peaks may lift on high
The Banner of the Free.
And in the blue Columbia’s sky
i Wave stars oi Liberty*!
I am a Soldiar of the States,
Which own this good old Flag,
I’ll wave it round Rebellion's gates,
Who would this ensign drag, •
And from its field obliterate
The gems of glory bound,
In bondt oi azure, true as late,
Which the wide earth surround 1
I am a Soldier tor the Right:
That glory leads me on
That leu our fathers forth to fight
Wnen they their triumphs won ;
And fixed this Flag as firm as ro:k
On every s?aff and mast—
Our faith is firm I ’twill stand the shock
Of war’s o’er passing blast!
I am a Soldier of the Great
Republic of the West;
And in this war's tremendous weight
I’ll meet the fearful test;
Brave swords unsheath’d shall drive
Base traitors to confess
That Union’s ever bound to thrive
When kept in righteousness I
I am a Soldier, and the Fame
Is fast and <.eep engrav’d.
Attaching to a loyal name
Who for his country brav’d
The toils and dangers of fierce war
Her honor to uphold,
That lu r renown on every shore
May by Our Flag be tola!
for the New York Dispatch.!
. OR,
Burnham now bade adieu to his dear South
ern and New York friends, and hastened, traps
in hand, to the steamboat, that was to convey
him to his stony, barren “ hum.”
“ I soon shall see, and embrace my. dear old
mother, and lovely Sally, the pride of old
Haddam,” and he smacked his lips, and patted
his forehead, as he thought of the pumpkin
pies, the apple, and the huskin’ bees of the
coming fall and winter nights.
“Five thousand dollars on this trip,” said
Burnham, “ two of which is all clear gain
from Victor, and three made in trade, with
what the old gal has, will set me up, give me
a hum, and Sally, a good settin’ out in’ our
start, arter marriage.”
As he stepped on board the old Common
wealth, bound for Hartford, he heard a voice
behind him calling his name lustily. We
turned round, and beheld an old Southern
“Wai, now,” said Bumham, this ain’t
you, Dixon 1 and all the way from New Or
leans, eh?”
“ Yes, Bumham, it’s all there is of me.”
“Agoin’ tu Boston, eh? fur shoes?” said
Burnham, inquiringly.
"Yes, I thought, I’d go this time, by the
way of Hartford.”
“Glad on’t, I’ll have you for company,
then. But what’s up, Dixon? you look so
bleuw ; been at the old business —faromonte ?
“Only lost three thousand, at Jo's, last
night, and night before.
“ IFAeuw / I’ve told you, Dix, that would
lay you out, one on these yer days.”
The ringing of the steamboat bell, the clang,
clash and noise of baggage-masters, coming
and leaving the boat, the hurry, bustle and
the noise of the steam-pipe, and the coming
and going of crowds of people, with the hoarse
voice of the captain, preparing to depart, and
the last words “ haul in the plank,” attracted
their attention, and cut short the conversation
and away the boat glided out of her wharfage
into the stream, and steamed np the East
Sundry potations by Dixon, but slightly in
dulged in by the cautious Burnham, rendered
both very loquacious, and they now sat down at
the supper table, along whose elongated out
line a large company of ladies and gentlemen
were ranged.
Two ladies of uncertain age, with choker
necklace dresses, frilled, ruffled, pomatumed
powdered and attired in green satin dresses,
sat directly opposite Burnham and his friend ;
and as they were as loquacious as their oppos
ite partners, it soon became known the whole
four were sympathizers, in a state of single
A lady and gentleman, and their children,
sat next to the ladies, and a short pantaloon
legged, high coat-collared, and broad-cravated
“ downeast er” sat on the other side of the
green satins.
There was on the table before them a large
shad, with abundance of salads of various
kinds, highly seasoned, and a good sized tur
key, and a pair of chickens, all well stuffed,
and browned.
“ Neighbors,” said Burnham to the broad
cravated gentleman, “jest be kind o’ per
lite, and cut up that ere shad, as yer the near
est tu it, and hand it tu the ladies, will yer ?”
“0, sartainly. I’m mighty fond o’ shad ;
this is atarnationed big one”—and he went to
Carving it with a will.
Cutting it in two equal halves, he put one
half on his own plate first, and then cut the
other half into just nine parts, weighing each
piece on his knife so he might not be charged
with injustice, in as cool a manner as if weigh
ing gold dust.
The ladies glanced at each other, and then
looked at Burnham.
“Neighbor,” said Burnham, dryly, yer
told us yer kind o’ liked shad, didn’t yer ?”
x “Sort o’, ” rejoined the broad collared
“ I thought so,” said Burnham, coolly.
The bread-collared man began handing the
fish around.
“ Thank you,” said Dixon, as his moiety of
the fish was about falling off the knife on his
plate, “ I’m not of the canine tribe, and don’t
like bones. ’ ’
“ Nuther am I, o' the feline species,” said
Burnham, as the same piece was about to fall
on his plate.
“ Neighbor, give your cuttin’ and carvin’
to the youngersters thar,” continued Burn
“ I don’t think they’ll violate the old rule of
leaving much on their plates, when done with
the supper,” said’ one of the green satin
The fish carver seemed oblivious of all else,
save his fish, which he seemed to relish exceed
ingly. finishing it in a brief time.
“Wai, now,” said Bumham to the com
pany, “we’ll take the turkey, as the back
woodsman said to the Indian, when they had
got a wild turkey and a turkey-buzzard to
divide between them.”
“ I’m not much of a carver—not so good as
my friend over thar, but here goes.”
“Hal, there’s the drum-sticks”—and the
legs fell on the table-cloth, outside the dish—
“ who’ll have ’em, ladies ?”
The wings in turn flew afrer the legs, and
Burnham with his fork on the breast bone,
now began to cut, saw, and tug in the dissec
tion of the turkey. But whether he had not
learned the art, or .was embarrassed in the
presence of the green satins, or had i mbibed
too freely at the stewart’s bar of the s eam
boat, with his Southern friend, or all these
I difficulties were combined, he made sorry work
of the carving.
' The knife would not go through the bones;
the joints were always in the wrong place, or
he could not see them ; and in his desperation
he gave the knife a plunge into the turkey,
and pluuged turkey, gravy-dish and stuffing
into the lap of one of the green satins directly
opposite him.
A roar of laughter ensued, but was quickly
succeeded by a wailing cry of despair by the
lady, and all jumped to their feet, not relish
ing a deluge of gravy.
The table was in a roar at Burnham’s ex
pense, while the ladies, far and near, in half
sympathizing, half ludicrous tones, cried :
“O, dear 1 O! O ! O!”
Burnham stood coolly surveying the table,
hearing their laughter, and ' imperturbably
said :
“ Madam, I’ll thank you for a leetle o’ that
ar turkey,” on the supposition she was about
imitating the fish carver.
“O, you monster, you ill-bred fellow, you
ignoramus I” said the lady ; and she seized the
turkey and hurled it at Burnham with the
fury of a giant, and hastily left the tabla, cov
ered from head to foot with the stuffing and
gravy of the turkey.
Burnham, nothing daunted, finished his
supper, coolly remarking :
“ Sha’n’tpay fifty cents for nothin’, I guess,
any heow.”
Dixon and Burnham rose from the table, en
tered their state-room, and repaired to their
berths. The heavy, rolling waves of the Long
Island sound, and their hearty meal, with the
somnolency induced by the liquors of the bar,
soon lulled the travelers to sleep.
Tingle, tingle, went the pilot’s bell about
twelve o’clock, stopping the machinery of the
boat, while the heavy tread of feet and the
noise and confusion of the preparations to land
waked the travelers out of their sound sleep.
'“What place is this?” shouted Dixon to
“Hadlyme, I believe,” replied Burnham.
‘‘Yes, that's it,” continued Burnham, as he
heaid the man calling that name out to such
passengers as were to land there.
Dixon fell back on his pillow and was soon
Tingle, tingle, went the bell again.
“ What place is this ?” shouted Dixon again.
“ Bast Haddam,” responded Burnham.
“ Humph I” said Dixon, and turned over in
his berth and composed himself a second time
to sleep.
Tingle, tingle, went the bell for the third
“And what do you call this landing?”
shouted Dixon, provoked at being again dis
turbed in his slumbers.
“ Old Haddam,” rejoined Burnham.
“ They’ve got enough Haddams about here,
I reckon,” said Dixon, muttering to himself,
and drew the curtains of his berth closer than
ever, to shut out intruding noises from his
Tingle, tingle, went the inevitable bell
once more, and up started Dixon.
“ What in thunder do you call this place ?”
said Dixon, with the growl of a wolf, broke off
from his slumbers so often.
“ Haddam Neck,” said Burnham.
“ I hope it’s the last place with a Haddam
for its name,” murmured Dixon, and laydown
once more, satisfied he had run the gauntlet of
all the Haddams. •
Dixcn had now fairly got into a sound sleep,
for the distance to the next landing was greater
than between the two previous ones. '
But tingle, tingle, went the bell yet again.
“For Heaven’s sake!” screamed DixOn,
“what is the name of this landing, Burn
ham ?•
“Middle Haddam," mildly responded Burn
ham, who was now up, preparing to leave the
boat here.
■‘l wish the deni had ’em !” shouted Dixon,
“for it has been nothing but East Haddam,
Jfadlyrae, Old Haddam,-Haddam Neck and Mid
dle Haddam for these three hours past.”
This was the destination of the peddler and
also of his friend, who had engaged with Burn
ham to spend a few days with him on his way
to Boston, to see a little of Yankee country life.
A carriage was soon obtained at therhotel at
the landing, and away they rode through the
village in tne darkness of the early morning,
not a soul stirring in its quiet streets.
Two hours’ ride brought them to the
“ Neck”—a narrow strip of land, dividing the
Connecticut river at [this place into two une
qual halves, the Neck being midway between
East Haddam and Middle Haddam.
On the brink of the river the widowed mother
of Burnham lived. The house was at the foot
of a large hill, the road to which ran in a zig
zag course, and was very narrow and rocky,
steering between or by the side of immense
granite quarries, the chief support of the in
habitants. Over this road a horso end car
riage rarely ventured, for the' venture was at
the peril of life and limb; and only an old
stager, with a yoke of lazy oxen and a short
country cart, attempted a passage over it.
Burnham’s former occupation and knowledge
alone induced him to undertake the task ; also
he wished to do all honor to his southern
As they came to the brow of the hill, at the
foot of which his dear, old homestead stood,
and the commencement of the most tortuous,
zig-zag part of the road, and where the deep
est quarries were located, his horse stopped,
drew a long breath, and gave evident signs of
“What on airth is the matter, Banny,
shouted Burnham, jumping out and peer
ing out directly in front of the horse.
Horse and carriage stood on the brink of a
quarry, fifty feet deep, and one step further,
would have precipitated them into its abyss.
He drew the horse's head in the opposite di
rection, and wound around the quarry.
Jumping into the carriage, they drove on,
and i ext landed at the bottom of a huge
quarry sogie forty feet in depth. In the de
scent the carriage turned them out, and when
they fell, they found themselves in a pool of
water, which saved their lives by preventing
their fall on the rocks. Horse and carriage
were dashed to pieces, but the water kept them
from dashing their brains out.
When Burnham had sufficiently recovered
from the shock to speak, he cried :
“ Are you hurt, Dixon ?”
A sepulchral voice, as from an underground
cave, answered :
“Am I dead, eh ? I reckon not.”
Burnham arose to his feet, for the water was
not deep, and wading along toward where the
voice came from, he stood on the brink of
another smaller quarry and heard the splash
ing of his friend down in its depths.
“Speak, Dixon, are you dead or alive?”
shouted Burnham.
“I ought to be dead,” answered Dixon,
“for I reckon I was nearer the other world
than ever I was before.”
“Wai, I guess,” said Buimham, finding
neither were materially injured, “ this is like
the speliing-book story of riding to h—II in a
coach and four.”
Daj light soon revealed the extent, of their
accident. The carriage was broken into a
thousand fragments, and the poor horse lay
dead, and both legs broken.
The early quarryrnen, to their astonishment,
found Burnham, whom all the people knew
frcm childhood, and his friend at the bottom
of the quarry, and drew them up with the first
1< ad of stone to the top of the ground, and
fife- n minutes walk brought them to the door
of his mother’s house.
His old mother’sjoy was unbounded, both at.
his escape and return home, and her delight waa
only equalled by the joy of a throng of old
r eighbors, who soon learned of his arrival, and
who clustered around, asking a thousand
questions about his troubles down South.
Sally, his own dear Sally, was soon among
the crowd of questioners, and helping his old
mother to prepare and then wait on him and
his friend at the breakfast.
“These are darned good slapjacks, and this
'lasus is about as good as the raal genawine
New Orleans,” said Burnham, as with great
gusto he successively put four well buttered
slapjacks, dripping with ’kaus, into his capa
cious maw at one' time.
The company increased as the news spread
of Burnham’s return from the South, and two
weddings of four of his cousins had been post
poned until he should return, they hoping he
and his Sally might make the third double
cousined marriage.
As this announcement was made, Burnham
gave a wink and a significant nod to his friend
The weddings were now arranged to take
place on the following evening, at Burnham’s
mother’s, partly in compliment to Burnham’s
Southern friend, and chiefly because Burnham
had returned.
The auspicious night of the double wedding
came. Sally and Burnham’s mother were the
caterers for the wedding parties, who were all
cousins, double and twisted so often by mar
riage, and among themselves, that a stranger
would conclude they were all one family.
Brainard was the original name contracted
to Burner, for short, as they always expressed
it, and elongated with Burnham, by .the ped
dler abroad.
All the cousins were there, male and female.'
There was Cousin (the whole neighborhood
were cousins) John Burner, Cousin ’Paphr.,
Cousin Copic, Cousin Art., Cousin Lig. third,
Cousin Sig., second, and Sig. first. There
was Cousius.Didoret, Tim, senior and junior.
All these, with their wives and children
—an endless genealogical tree of twisted
and intertwined branches. Of the females
there was Cousin Hepsibah. Jerush’, Kesiah,
Polly,£ Dorothy, Tabitha and Artemesia, tha
leading female spirits in the * 1 Dorcas Society,’ *
the minister’s' 1 ‘daination visits,”as the younger:
folks dubbed their minister’s annual donation
visit. These cousins were the tons of fashion,
took charge of the minister’s wife, family and
household affairs, and superintended the affairs
of the little community in general.
Sally Burner, a tall, thin, wiry girl of some
thirty-four summers, and the idol of the ped
dler’s heart, moved about in stately tread, now
in the kitchen, now in the great front room,
helping the new comers to unpack the crying
children, unrobe their mothers, and laying
away their surplus clothing, hushing and
quieting the noisy elder children, and pre
paring chairs, sofas and improvised seats for
the grand gathering.
There was a terrible clatter all around of
sundry cooking utensils, and a savory odor of
all sorts of edibles; while the ladies, cooks and
servants, like so many fire-flies, flitted hither
and thither, emitting sparks of wit and merri
The minister’s arrival lowered the tone of
excitement somewhat, and all prepared for tha
marriage ceremony.
Every one pushed, crowded and squeezed, sa
as to get the best view possible. Sally and the
1 peddler sat close to each other ; while’ Dixon,
his Southern friend, was laid siege to by Cousin
Lavinia Burner, despite of some thirty negroes
of which he claimed the ownership, and at
which announcement she cried :
“ Du tell—how shocking!”
“Are the parties ready?” said old Parson
. Willis, with his blandest smile.
“Bring them out,” said Cousin Dorothy
Burner, one of two maiden ladies, each with
enormous high-crowned head-dresses, and gray
ringlets dangling about their ears like the cau
dle extremities of the quadruped species. As
this appeal was made' to no one in particular, a
deep silence was the only reply.
Whether to relieve Cousin Dorothy’s embar
rassment, or because she felt she must speak
from the fullness of her heatt, she broke forth '
in suppressed tones, but sufficiently audible fol
all to hear :
“ Solemn thing—wonder if they realize it—•
like gwan to the grave !’ Wonder how many
children ’ill be brought up right. Wondeif
how many they’ll have on ’em ! WondeE
when Sally and the peddler’s a cornin’ on the
“Humph!” whispered Cousin Lavinia, to
■ Dixon and Burnham, “what does she know
about matrimony and bringing up young
ones ? Why, there’s little Cousin Tim,
the second ; she brings him up smart, for'the
young varmint keeps a pinching off the enda
of his nut cakes all meetin’ time, and crunches
them or throws them at the other young ones,
while she sits up asleep all sermon time as if
she’d a been fed on ramrods all her life.”
“Hush, 'Vine 1” said her mother, “tha
minister will hear you.”
A commotion was now heard, and in came
four cousins to be married.
The first couple—of cousins—were tall, lean,
and certainly old enough to have considered
well the step they they were about taking ; but
the second couple of cousins were of the oppo
site extreme, the girl being only fourteen years
and the boy but seventeen. The girls were
dressed in white, but the youngest was so viced
in the waist that the flesh bulged out like the
wrist of an overgrown babe, while her ankles
fell over her tight shoes in folds. She hobbled
in like a goose, and seemed in great misery.
‘ 1 Dearly beloved I’ ’ began the minister, book
in hand. .
“ Awful words !” interrupted Cousin Doro
“We are gathered here in the presence of
God- ”
“Aint Sally and the peddler gwan to stand
up, tu ?” whispered Cousin Dorothy, so that
all heard her.
“ What an old fool!” cried Cousin Lavinia.
“ Before these witnesses,” continued the
minister, paying no attention to his interlocu
tors, “ to join together this man and—these
persons, I should say,’” said the minister, cor
recting himself, “in the holy estate of-”
The younger bride here gave a peculiar kind
of snort,’evidently produced hy the pressure
her waist and feet were under, and she seemed
about fainting. The young bridegroom mys
teriously rushed througli the crowd in great
haste, and was gone some seconds, leaving
minister, bride and company in amazement.
Presently, he returned, with a large cotton
handkerchief, saying:
’ ■ ‘ There, Keziah, wipe yourself with that,
and yru’ll feel better.”
In his excitement he had thrust his big fin
gers through the ends of his white cotton
gloves, and now, with great energy, brushed
up his bristly hair. But, in his return and
haste, he now stood on the left side of his
bride, and was as likely to be joined to one
oousin as the other.
“Wilt though have this woman to be thy
wedded wife, to ”
“I guess so, sir; that’s what I kum fur,’*
he drawled out.
“ To live after God’s holy ordinance ? ’ said
the minister, continuing the ceremony. “ And
wilt thou,” addressing the bride, “ have ”
She turned her side face to the minister,
gave her second hand to the bridegroom (he
held the other hand in his), and, with a child
ish laugh and a nod of her head to him, said :
“ To be sure, I will 1”
They were now facing each other, theis

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