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The New York Dispatch,
A SECORD EDITION, ccateiaing the latest neirs
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from army.
Hkaxkxii ARf>Rs Army c? the Potomac, Nov. 11.
On Wednesday evening, about seven o’clock, a force of
the enemy was discovered massing in front of our lines.
Bear Fort Steadman, when the guns of the fort opened
lire, driving them to their works to seek shelter.
The rebel batteries replied briskly for a time, but they
were soon silenced by our shellsand mortars.
A force of about one hundred and fifty rebels shortly
afterward made a sortie from their lines and attempted to
penetrate our lines; but being met by a salute from our
pickets, were not lona in finding their way back and put
ting themselves under coyer.
A lieutenant in the Bth New York Heavy Artillery, was
fatally wounded yesterday, when behind the breast
works. A sharpshooter watched a chance to retaliate,
and in less than an hour a rebel who appeared above
lh«jr works afforded him an opportunity to do so. In an
instant he.fell pierced by a bullet,
As the enemy seem determined to pursue the policy of
shooting at everyman they see, our men are forced to
■retaliate accordingly.
The .pickets in front of the Second Corps were briskly
engaged most of last night, and the repoi ts of musketry,
at times, was almost continuous.
Tlde mcrniDg all is quiet.
Papers to Thursday Last.
Richmond papers of Thursday have been received at
The rebel editors are greatly exercised at the re-elec
tion of Mr. Lincoln, and the tone cf the leading articles is
The journals are almcst unanimous in censure of the
proposition to arm the slaves.
Hood is announced as marching upon Chattanooga;
and the rebels are confident that Grant is preparing for
another battle.
ft Mr. Quid, Rebel Commissioner for the exchange of pris
oners, with the assent of the Secretary of War, has asked
permission of Gen. Grant to have thirty thousand pairs
cf blankets purchased in Ne v York for the use of the
rebel prisoners of war. He also requests permission of
♦ur government to pay off these goods with a cargo of
•etton, to be shipped from Wilmington.
The Enemy Repulsed.
One of the editors of the Philadelphia Bulletin, just ar
rived from the front, reports that on Monday morning at
daylight the rebels attacked our pickets south of Atlanta,
killed one and -wounded two of the 3d Indiana, but subse
quently they-fell back.
On Wednesday morning the rebels made three attacks
<n Atlanta, shells being thrown as far as Rolling Mills.
The most desperate attack was made on the Rough and
Ready road. The rebel artillery was within one hun
dred of our works, and their infantry and dis
amounted cavalry within two hundred yards.
Our men were aroused from their slumbers, and quickly
manned the defenses, and soon drove the rebels off.
The rebels were part of Young's command, and they
jCnally retreated toward Macon.
Our army is in excellent spirits, and well supplied with
The election in Sherman’s army has gone largely for
Fort Smith, Arkansas, Nov. 11.
General Price turned westward from Cane Hill, Ark ,
<n the 4th inst.
On the 6th, General Thayer moved a force up the North
vide of the river, from here, for the purpose of attacking
Price ; but, fearing that General Cooper would move
toward Fort Smith with a rebel force of seven thousand
Men, be thought it best to return there.
Gfeaeral Thayer can hold Fort Smith against Generals
Price and cooper united, having plenty v r »u PF H e ®, R rtn
tery, and ammunition.
Washington Nov. Li.
A gentleman who returned from the Valley to-day
slates that the larger part cf Gen. Sheridan's army is in
lhe neighborhood of Winchester, while the enemy is at
}«ew Market, receiving reinforcements.
There have been no active military movements re
cently. _
Washington, D C., Nov. 12,1864.
It is officially announced that the efficiency of the army
in tae field requires the furloughs of all regimental ofiic2rs
and enlisted men lit for duty shall terminate on the 14th
*»*-. Provost Marshals are required to take measures to
have such officers and soldiers relumed to tbeir proper
The United States Christian Oammis-
? < J/w* , H?VX r^i P J aadelpfc "* feven delegates well sup ■
itv, fl vr ; ti, A €^P{ la^s^ore 8« medicines and clothing, with
It is estimated that during the last
r^ftpL-°i liiere awi left Wssb-
PWU® BI A 1 VlUflm
An account cf the capture of a train
on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, by Mosby’s guerril
las, on the 14th ult., was published recently, and it will
be remembered that two Union paymasters, whowere
on board the train, were robbed of about $200,000. A
small portion ot the money has been recovered. Apr.
Kline atd two female relatives, of Loudon county, Vir
ginia, have been arrested in Baltimore, and about $1,600
cf the missing money was in their possession. $330 ox
this amount was in postal currency, and was still done up
as it had been prepared at the Treasury Department, and
was positively identified by the clerk who paid it to the
paymasters. Kline claims that he borrowed the money
from two of Mcsby’s guerrillas, but it is believed that
he is a rebel officer. The trio have been committed for
The Macon Confederate says : “ A
home for exiles has been located in Terrell county, Ga.,
and is said to be working admirably The State pur
chased a large tract of land, in the miost of which it is sit
uated, ar.d the location is a most delightful and healthy
one. a tent town has been built up, in imitation of the
primitive mode of man. Spacious streets are observed
between the rows of tents, and the sidewalks are kept
neat and clean. Order, gentility, morality and religion—
indeed, all the characteristics of a Quaker settlement—
lend their attractions to the place. A rigid system of
moral discipline is enforced. No loose or doubtful char
acters are permitted to remain in.the institution.”
The little steamer Michigan, five
cuns. our only naval representative on the lakes, which
has performed so much valuable service ot lite in check
mating the raiding parties from Canada, was built in Erie,
Pa. Her hull wa* commenced in 1342, and she was
launched in 1844. She cost the United States about $165 -
OCO. She has always been on the lakes, and is the only
vessel allowed by treaty to represent the United States
in those waters Since the rebellion she has been most
actively employed in protecting the frontier, and her pres
ence has frustrated numerous plans of the Confederates,
which, if carried Into execution, would have resulted in
serious damage to life ana property.
On Sunday last, GCn. Burbridge,
commanding in Kentucky, executed two guerrillas, in re
taliation for the murder of a Union soldier, under the fol
lowing circumstances: A gang of rebels, on the night of
the 18th ult., enteied a house near Green river, Ky.,
dragged from his bed Matthew Murray, a soldier of the
13th Kentucky, and took him away a prisoner. The next
morning his body was found in a sink hole, shot through
the The two guerrillas above mentioned were
taken from the military prison In Louisville, and shot by
by a squad of soldiers on the very spot where the murder
had been committed.
Twenty notorious counterfeiters of
government currency, two of whom are women, arrived
in Washington on Thursday f) om the West, in charge ot
an officer, and were committed to the Old Capitol Prison.
These persons are said to be the leaders cf gangs who
have made Ohio, Indiana, lowa and Missouri tne princi
pal fielas of their operations. With ihese counterfeit
ers were seized presses, plates, and a large quantity of
material ustd in the manufacture of the base issue,; and
n is thought that by these captures the nefarious busi
ness in the Mates named has been pretty completely de
It has been decided by the War De
partment to make remuneration to the owners of the
hacks carriages, horses, <tc.. which were taken posses
sion ot on the field at the first Bull Run battle, by the
military, to bring in the wounde t There are about fifty
owners of such, the property of some of whom were lost
or much Injured. The allowance is $6 per day for a ve
hicle, horses and driver, with which some are not satis
fied, and intend appealing to Congress, as they w ere not
able to use their horses for some days after by reason of
The military authorities at Mobile
have issued an order enrolling the free men of color. The
following order is also published: All persons between the
ages of eighteen and forty five, not belonging to the army
or navy of the Confederate States, and within the county
of Mobile, whether State or county officers or foreigners,
and all bonded agriculturists between these ages, are
hereby ordered to report themselves to Capt. J. M. Taylor,
at the old State Bank at Mobile, for organization, on or
before the Ist day of November next, or they will be ap
prehended and treated as deserters.
It is reported, on apparently good
authority, that George N. Sanders and Clement CT Clay,
the noted rebel emissaries, have had an interview with
Lord Monk, Provincial Governor of Canada, and have
laid bet or© him what they allege to be the saiu basis or a
secret agreement between tne rebel government and the
Emperor Maximilian. This agreement is a covenant by
which the two governments are allied for mutual de
fense and protection, and it is stated that it is fully In.
dorsed by Napoleon Lord Monk referred both the rebel
agents and their new scheme to the British Government.
Iu many of the county towns of Illi
nois a day has been set apart for the farmers to bring in
their vegetable offerings to our brave boys. Large pota
to and onion processions have been inaugurated, when
the farmers have come to the shire towns, from all parts
of the county, with wagons heavily laden with vegete
files, apples, and pickles, and have beten received with
gratefui cheers, aid music and speeches. These vege
tables have been forwarded with dispatch to the North
western Commission, who have hastened them to the
Chaplain Harris, of the Thirty-fourth
Colored Regiment, when about leaving Florida for Beau
fort, was entrusted with $5,000 by the. men of that regi
ment, to send to their friends at home. On the Chap
lain’s arrival at Beaufort, he thought that tne establish
ment or a savings bank for the soldiers would be of great
service, lhe suggestion was made to General Saxton,
who approved of the measure, and two armv officers
were appointed President ano Treasurer, and‘Chaplain
Harris, Secretary. In three days $7,U00 had been col
Lieut. James Hewison, formerly of
the Fifth Connecticut regiment, and who has received
honorable wounds in the service, was killed in a singular
manner at New Haven, Conn., on Saturday, the sth inst
He was walking under a large flag hung across the street,
when a sudden gust of wind detached a six-pound iron
weight suspended from one corner of the flag to keep it
down, and the weight-falling on his head crushed his
skull, killing him instantly. Be leaves a wife and three
children in Bridgeport.
A private letter lately received from
a well-informed gentleman in New Orleans, has the fol
lowing rumor: “ We have intelligence here that indicates
a bargain with Maximilian on tne part of the rebel lead
ers, tending, perhaps, to a purpose of the rebels to fly
from the country to Mexico, carrying what stores they
can, and assist Maximilian to establish a filibuster power
to abtorb Texas and countries further South. Pierre
Soule is now in Vera Cruz, on his way to the city of
Prominent men from the Northern
States are at Quebec, nrgingthe Canadian government to
energetic co operation with the American authrities to
preserve the peace of the frontier. Efficient measures on
the part or the Canadian government has baen taken.
The examination ot the witnesses ot the «t Albans ra’d
case at Montreal, proceeds slowly. It is said that no ap
peals can be made to the English Courts, as tt e act of
ihe English Parliament emits the writ to the Uniied King,
The Vicksburg Herald says : “ There
is at Davis’ Bend a great experiment in progress of what
the freedmen may ue expected to do hereafter. There
are about seventy five farmers working laaa on their own
account, and making about 1.200 acres of cotton, beside as
much more corn. This trial is a success. Ttiev will make
on an average from $2,000 to $5,01-0 each this year. There
is fctrcely one failure among the seventy-five lessees,
many of whom were slaves three years ago.”
The horse of the late Gen. Wells is
DOW at Boston, under treatment tor his wounds. Un-
IhiKlnrg y he bore tos rider through tne severest ilght-ag
in V irgu.ia. from the first Bull Kun battle until Gen. Welfi
wis transferred to the Shenandoah Valley. Henasuassad
thrr-ugh twelve battles in th. Shenanuoah since Anri I
At Cettor Creels, alter receiving two wounds, the horse
S’lll bore his brave rider until he fell pierced by the fatal
lhe following paragraph appears in
an Alabama paper: “A young woman by the name of
Miss Jones was arrested iu Selma yesterday, charged with
being a Federal spy. She had about her peifon a number
of papers, the nature of which we were unable to ascer
tain, and a large amount of greenbacks She ackoowl
edged having two accomplices. Our authorities are on
the alert, anu they will hardly escape. ”
Fifteen enlisted men, under sentence
of conn martial, were taken from the Old Capitol
Prison, Washington, and sent to Gen. Dix, at New York,
who will forward them to the Dry Tortugas, to serve out
the terms cf their sentences. They are principally* de
serters, who had been sentenced to be shot, but whose
punishment was commuted.
The Sandusky (Ohio) Register says
four mere of the rifled thirty two pounders, for the Cedar
Point Banery, arrived on Thursday on the Mansfield and
Newark Railroad, and were shipped to their destination.
It also s.ales that ot the sixteen suspicious characters ar
rested week beiore last in that city, nine volunteered to
join tne army, and did so on Johnson’s Island.
Tbe reports that Gen. Sheridan is
falling back have not the slightest foundation i» fact Hfa
army was never in better condition than it is now, and he
niGy prepped to meet and dispose most effectual!v nf
tetter car y out his supposed design of
?henardoS t v e alley? inpt W achieve the mastery iu tne
One of theunexploded shells at Pilot
few daTS ? g0 £ alne ir ‘ to Poweteion of a tarty
or four cbiidrer., one ot whom attempted to extract the
w" v U Si Wlt £. a hatu >ner. He exploded the
shell in his eflort, tailing himself and two of his u'aymatS
instantly, and mortally wounding the other one y
United States Sanitary Com
mission sent an agent and a stock of its supplies with
each vessel of the fleet gone to Savannah to bring our
paroled men North Combs, handkerchiefs, towels niri
n Vs lurnish . ed Iby 1 b y the government, will
be distributed among the men in large quantities.
The Spanish brig Vestal arrived at
Porto Rico on the 26th ult. from Mortevideo, with three
captain* two metes and five sailors, put on board bv the
puate Florida, lhese men belonged to the vessels Snow
Equal!, Mondamen and Ocean, captured and burned bv
the con air. J
Mi>jor-Gen. Barlow, one of the truest
heroes cf our war. beginning as a private, and now at the
head ot a division lias sailed for Europe. Repeated
woundsi. sharp disease and deep fatigue have rendered ab
sence and rest absolutely necessary.
i ! Further paiticulars of the capture
by the rational vessels of Plymouth, N. C., on the 4th
inst., show that the town was entirely destroyed by the
shelling of the fleet. Tne place is still held by our gun
boats, there being no troops there.
The United States steamer Calypso
fits just arrived at this port from Beaufori, NO
tow i» g the blockade runner Lady Sterling, captured on ’
the 28ih of October while running out pf SVilnflngton. N. I
C„ with a load cotton, ° * 1
Capt. Green, of the California Vol
unteers, with eighteen men, has within the last month
recaptured 5,000 stolen sheep from the Indians in New
A substitute broker in Concord, N.
H., Fays that, since the war commenced, he has put 2,000
men m the United States service.
Three hundred millions of dollars,
b ave been paid to soldiers for bounties, so far, during the
The death-watch (Anobium straitum)
is a very common inmate of houses. Among those who
are unacquainted with the habits of insects, there is a
common superstition that the strange ticking sound often
heard in old houses is a sign of approaching death. The
noise, however, is caused by a small beetle, which, dur
ing its boring operation, rubs the neck and thorax (chest)
together, by which means this, to some persons, terrible
omen, is produced—a fact which, if more generally
known, would save a world of causeless anxiety and un
easiness. In the larva state these insects do great injury
to furniture and the woodworks of old houses, which
they gnaw continual!} 7 . When captured, this little Beetle
feigns death with the strangest pertinacity, preferring, it
is said, to suffer under a slow fire rather than to betray
the least sign of vitality. The death-watch, on account
of its retired habits, minute size, and dark color, is very
seldom seen ; and as there are often several individuals
working at the same time in their boring operations, the
sound seems to proceed simultaneously from opposite
directions, thus adding to the superstitious error where
with by some persons it is regarded. The greatest evil,
however, to be dreaded from it is the injury it does
through its excavations in the woodwork of houses. It is
not larger than a good sized flea.
Lvther used to say that he was once
whipped fourteen times in a forenoon The old German
schools were frightful dens of barbarism. An obituary ia
one of their school journals, as late as 1782, contains the
following singular statement of educational exertions;
“Hanberie assistant teacher in a village in Suabia. Dur
ing the fifty-one years seven months cf his official life, he
had, by a moderate computation, inflicted 911,527 blows
with a cane, 124,010 blows with a rod, 20,989 blows and
raps with a ruler. 136.715 blows with the hand, 10,535 blows
over the mouth, 7,805 boxes on the ear, 1,115,800 raps on
the head, and 22 783 nofabenas (i. e., knocks) with the bible,
catechism, singing book, and grammar. He had 771 times
made boys kneel on peas, and 613 times an a three-cor
nered piece of wood ; had made 5,001 ‘ wear the jackass,’
and 1,707 hold the rod up; not to enumerate various
more unusual punishments which he contrived on the
spur of the moment He had about three hundred expres
sions to scold with, of which he had found two-thirds
ready made in his native language, and the rest he had
It is announced as a curious fact by
naturalists, that the animals and vegetables of the Old
World, supplant those of the New. According to one the
ory, this is to be attributed to the longer period during
which the denizens of the Old World have been engaged
in tho struggle for life, and the consequent vigor acquired
by them. European weedshave established themselves
abundantly in North America and Australia, The rapid
propagation of European animals is no less remarkable.
The pigs which Capt Cook left at New Zealand, have in
creased so largely that they monopolize vast tracts of the
country. Another interesting tact is the appearance of
the Norwegian rat. It has thoroughly extirpated the na
tive rat, and 13 to bo found everywhere growing to a very
large size. The European mouse follows closely, and
what is more surprising, where it makesits appearance,
it drives, to a great degree, the Norwegian rat aw&y.
The European house fly is another importation—repels
the blue-bottle of New Zealand, which seems to shun its
A society has lately been formed in
Bordeaux to put down the superstitions of evil omens.
As ever} body knows, it is accounted bad luck to begin
anything on a Friday, or to sit at table with thirteen, or
to balance a chair on one leg, or to spill salt between
yoe.rself and friend. The new 7 society proposed to have
regular dinners on Friday, to have thirteen guests, to
turn chairs on one leg, and spill sale around before com
mencing. In the whole year, during which bad luck had
been thus defied, no single fatality has as yet occurred to
any member. Tho croakers firmly believe, however,
that before they are through with their freak, some start
ling catastrophe will ensue to the reckless unbelievers.
At a distribution of prizes for acts
of devotedness and courage, made at Brussels a short time
ago.’a medal was awarded to a boy named Tassel, five
years of age, for the following act of intrepidity: A fire
broke out in the house in which he resided with his pa
rents, and on seeing the room invaded by the smoke, the
child ran panic-stricken into the street; but a moment
later, remembering that he had left in the room his bro
ther, an infant aged six months, he rushed back through
the smoke, and snatching the child from the cradle car
ried him off in safety.
A paper substance, to be used for
bookbinding, has just been invented in England. It ap
pears to receive gilt impressions with the distinctness o'
morocco, and, as it can be washed with soap and water
when dirty, it nfay be surmised that the phrase “musty
literature” will fall into disuse. It is said that its cost will
be something like one-half of the present price of emboss
ed cloth.
The first turnpike in England was
constructed between Highgate and Smithfield, by a her
mit of means named William Phelippe. Ho exhausted
his fortune in the enterprise, but the king came to the
rescue with the decree, “ That in order that the new way
might be maintained and kept in repair, he, the king,
licensed William Phelippe to take toll and keep the road
in order and himseli in comfort and dignity.”
An actress of the Palais Royal
Theatre, Paris, during the last season at Baden, deter
mined to try her luck at the gaming table. At the expir
ation cf three-quarters of an hour she w r as so fortunate as
to find herself a winner of 37,000 francs. She was wise
enough to cease operations at that, and left for Paris the
same day, the tetter most probably to resist temptation.
Tee wells that have hitherto been
been d scovered in the ruins of Pompeii have been dry.
but one has been lately found in a house supposed to be
that of a marble dealer, containing fresh and limpid
water. It is circular, very deep, and in good preserva
tion, tbe water being of a temperature three degrees be
low that of the external atmosphere.
In Murray’s “ Han'bbook for Paris,”
it is stated thaMhe number of horses in harness passing in
one day throu* the Boulevard des Italiens was counted,
and found to be 10.7C0. The number of vehicles crossing
London Bridge between 8 A. M. and 8 P. M. was 18,(M0,
which would give probably 28,060 horses in harness.
A recent decree of the Queen of
Spain, promoting all officers below colonel in the armies
of Spain one grade, causes quite a sensation at Havana,
and is regarded as a political move to gain the favor of
the army in the event of political troubles, which are
menacing the Government
There is in California a colony of
Mormons who reject polygamy. They have just hold a
meeting in San Francisco, under the title of the “Con
ference of the Reorganized Church of Latter-Day Saints.”
Their largest membership ig in San Bernardino. Pala
tum a and Sacramento branches next.
Cavaillon, a town in Vaucluse, sent
a deputy to Alexandre Dumas to request a oontribation
to its public library. Tho place is chiefly noted for its
melons. The author gave them 300 volumes of his works
on condition that they should pay him a life rent of one
dozen melons a year.
Statistics published in the latest
Liverpool papers, show that forty seven vessels are now
on the way to England from the East Indies with cargoes
of cotton ranging from eighteen hundred to seven thou,
sand bales each. The aggregate amount i 3 no lets than
,221,864 bales.
We would respectfully call the at
tention of Ute public to the fact that the Riding Academy
of Sakusi Lowly, corner of Thirty ninth street and Fifth
avenue, is now open for pleasure and instruction. For
further particulars see advertisement ij another column.
Another ‘ tercentary” is talked of
that cf the creed cf Pope Pius IV., which tails on the 9‘h
of December next The articles of this creed were add«d
to the Nieene Creed by the Council of Trent on the B.h of
December, 1564, in the Pontificate of Plus iv.
Children affected with the whooping
cough in Sweden, arc sent to the gas works to Inhale the
air from the purifying apparatus. It la pronounced to be
very benelleigl to the .
anli Unittjtntat.”
Ir is rumored that Lord Palmerston
will retire from the Premiership in the Spring, and that
he will be succeeded by Earl Granville.
There is to be exhibited at the sail
or’s fair in Boston a steam-engine only fourteen inches in
The Perils of the Police Force.—
We have again to chronicle the death of a brave
officer while in the discharge of his duty, and the
serious wounding cf another. On Monday
morning last, officer Joseph Nuletot the Twenty
ninth Precinct heard cries for help proceeding
from the disreputable house No. 77 West Twen
ty-fourth street, kept by Jenny Meadows. On
reaching the place, he found two men attempt
ing to force an entrance. He ordered them to
leave, and as one of them was rather impudent,
arrested him. While passing through Twenty
ninth street, on the way to tho station houee,
and when near Fifth avenue, the prisoner
wrenched himself, away from the officer, and
drawing a revolver, fired twice at him, the sec
ond ball taking effect in the head, and lodging in
the brain. The scoundrel then fled. Search
was made for him, but up to this time without
avail. The wounded officer was conveyed to the
station house, and the best medical aid procured,
but in spite cf all attention, he died soon after
his entrance. Deceased resided at No. 61 West
Twenty-ninth street, where he leaves a wife and
two children. He was aged twenty-seven years,
and respected as a good citizen and faithful and
efficient member of the force. The bereaved
widow, in accordance with a rule of tho Depart
ment, has received the sum of SI,OOO from the
sum set apart for such purposes. The funeral
expenses were borne by his late comrades of the
Twenty-ninth Precinct. The other case was
that of officer William P. Teller, of the Eleventh
Precinct. On Tuesday afternoon last, officers
Teller and and Smyth, of the above Precinct,
arrested a man who had attempted to vote ille
gally at the election district at No. 410 East
Tenth street. While proceeding with him
through Avenue D, and when near Fourth street,
they were attacked by a crowd, and about a
dozen shots fired, one of which took effect in the
left ear of officer Teller, and lodged in the back
of his head. The villains then made their es
cape, accompanied by the prisoner, who had
freed himself in the melee. The wounded officer
was conveyed to the station house, where the
ball was extracted, and at last accounts he was
considered out of danger. Capt. Mount has the
names of several of the party who were promi
nent in the rescue, and should they return to
the city they will be arrested and punished.
This habit of attacking officers has gone about
far enough, and not until some of those ruffians
who are so prominent in these attacks meet
condign punishment on the spot, will it be
Row at a German Ball, and What
Camb of It.— Officer Ferdinand Jomlien, of the
Fourteenth Precinet, was complained of before
the Police Commissioners by Joseph Heyneman,
of No. 377 Eighth street. The complainant
states that while at a ball in the Metropolitan
Booms, Nos. 154,156,158 and 160 Hester street,
on Friday evening, Oct. 21, he heard a row in the
bar-room, and left the ball-room to ascertain the
cause. He saw some confusion and loud talk,
and a moment alter was seized by the above of
ficer, who struck him twice on the head with his
club, inflicting severe wounds. The officer after
ward came to him and told him it was a mistake
—that he did not intend to hit him—and offered
to take him to a neighboring drug store and
have his wounds dressed. Afterward, by the ad
vice of friends, the officer concluded to take him
to the station-house, where he preferred a charge
ot disorderly conduct against him. A number of
witnesses were produced by him, but their testi
mony was very conflicting, each endeavoring to
make the case against the officer look as black
as possible. One of them, to clinch the matter,
swore that the officer drank twice at the bar, but
his testimony was so outrageously conflicting
that he was requested by President Acton to take
a back seat. Subsequently, for disorderly con
duct, he was turned out of the court-room. Of
ficer Keegan stated that he heard there was a
row in the place, and hurried down there, and
on the way down was joined by officer McGuire.
On entering the place, they found a crowd of
about thirty persons around officer Jomlien, who
told them that he had arrested the complainant,
who in the struggle had torn his coat and struck
him; that he then clubbed him, and that he was
subsequently rescued by his friends. They then
re-arresti'd the complaintnt and took him to the
station- houee. Officer Jomlien repeated to the
Commissioners the statement he had made to
the officers on the night of the arrest, and added
that the prisoner, before his arrest, had applied
to him most abusive epithets. On the morning
after his arrest he was taken to the Tombs Po
lice Court, where he was fined $lO. Mr. Elsas,
the floor manager of the ball, stated that the
party making the disturbance had come there
with the avowed intention of breaking up the
ball, and that the complainant was one of the
ringleaders in the movement. President Acton
commended the defendant for his action in the
ma tter, and dismissed the complaint. The ehop
fallen complainant left the court-room, accompa
nied by a crowd of sympathizing and indignant
Charged with Intoxication.—Officer
Emil Pfeiffer, of the Seventh IPrecinct, was before
the Board charged with intoxication. The de
fendant, a few nights since, reported himself at
the station houee as sick, Police Surgeon Blivin'
was sent for. On his airiral, ho examined the
case, and reported that tie man was intoxicated.
Sergeant Buckman also thought he was intoxi
cated, but could not smell any trace of liquor.
The defendant produced his family physician,
who stated that he had some time siijce given
him a prescription for a tincture of valerian and
opium, to counteract nervous fits, to which he
was subject since his return from the army, and
that an overdose would operate in such a manner
as to lead one to suppose that the person who
had taken it, was intoxicated. The Board was
no reason to doubt the truth of the statement,
and the complaint was accordingly dismissed.
The Police Courts. Extensive
changes have lately been made in the officers
attached to 'the Police Court squad. In two in
stances, the sergeants in charge have been re
lieved of their commands, and transferred to
Precinct duty, and others appointed in their
place. Many little abuses which crept in through
long usage, have been promptly repressed under
the new regime.
Change of Hour.—Hereafter the po
lice trials at Headquarters, No. 300 Mulberry
street, on Wednesdays, will be commenced at 11
o’clock, A. M. On Thursdays they will coxn
jneuce at 9 o’clock, A. M,, as heretofore.
[Written for th© New York DispatefiJ
By uu Marion, n
Firm as a mountain in the land he stood,
God made him Ruler for the country’s good—
His every step was trod with Eve intent
On Heaven. “ God bless our noble President”
Like David, raised Ircm humble life he came
To rule a lar.d in the Almighty’s name ;
Planted by God upon the Union battlement
Ho stood. “ God bless our noble President! ’
Disunion’s fiends came hurtling down wi;h flame,
And ehot and shell, but still the same
He stood above them all with form unbent,
Unscathed. •• God bless our noble President
Treason her snaky coils unrolled, and sped
Her sting at Union’s breast The Copperhead
Down under foot prone in the dust was sent
By him. “ God bless our noble President!”
Through our Columbia’s fathers, from afar
God spcke. •• All men born free and equal are.”
This was God’s fiat, its accomplishment
Was his. “God bless our noble President 1”
No praise he courts from man, his duty he
Bas done and nothing more ; he bends the knee
And asks God’s blessing on his government
And him. “ Goa bless our noble President!”
God bless him ! Aye, the millions of the earth
Cry blessings on the man who first gave birth
To Freedom for all men ; magnificent
Reward. “ God bless cur noble President!”
Ye growling malcontents who rail at him.
The star of your existence now is dim—
Bow at your eountiy’s shame, and penitent
Cry out, *• God bless our noble President!”
God bless him !—Down thro’ ages yet to come,
Rolling thro’ Hist’ry’s halls in thunder tone,
His name will ring while all the world consent,
And cry, ‘ God bless thee, noble President /”
Entered according to act of Congress in the Clerk’s Office
of the Dis'rict Court of the Southern District of the State
of New York, by Amor J. Williamson.
At an early hour the following morning the
two strangers, Frank Livingston and the mid
dle aged gentleman "Mr. Westcott, who had
been so highly pleased with the turn events
had taken, at the wedding of Roebuck’s
daughter, met as if by appointment, in a re
spectable hotel up town.
11 It works’well,” said the younger of the
two after the usual morning’s greeting and
hand shaking had taken place.
The little gentleman replied with a very
faint smile, and inclination of the head, but
whatever he meant to say was wafted with the
whiff of smoke in silence as he took the cigar
from his mouth and knocked the ashes at his
“Wo are but beginning, my friend,” was
the cold reply of the little gentleman to the
enthusiastic remark of his young compinion.
“ We are but beginning, sir,” he repeated in a
colder and still sterner voice. “ His sufferings
but begin,” and he modulated his voice to a
milder tone, gazed intently, it seemed on some
vision that appeared to rise up in space before
him. “ She must not, will not stand in the
way,” and his brows contracted, and he pressed
his firm lips together, and thus sat smoking
for a few minutes in an abstracted manner.
Turning suddenly round to his young com
panion he resumed the conversation. “ Two
acts or rather scenes as laid down in the pro
gramme by me, have been attended with sat
isfactory results. The first was to him like
the gentle prick of a needle ; the second was
a sting, but Sir. Livingston, the third in pre
paration is a stab. X can deal that any time,
and I think we might trust to give" him a
breathing spell, leaving him in suspense, for
what he knows is in store. lam aware of his
every thought and every movement. Ha
would be a dangerous ehemy to cope with,
but he has taken for an advisor a fool and a
knave named Blascom, in whom he has eve
ry confidence. Well, the work goes bravely
on. Every thief has a confident or a confess
or, I am none the worse for this weakness.”
“ I’m opposed to long delays, Mr. Westcott,
we may as well deal the blows thick and fast
when we are at it.”
“ You do not know, as I know, Mr. Living
ston, the mental sufferings of Roeback. It is
always so ; pile misfortune on misfortune, and
they fail eventually to strike terror. Let there
be proper pauses, sir, and you give it effect.
The sufferings on the gallows are nothing ;
they are all embraced in the mental agony
that precedes the final scene. Give him time
to recuperate, and you strike your victim
with a two-edged sword. The man that sees
danger coming feels less than the man that
knows it exists, but cannot see where it comes
from and knows not how to evade it. By the
by do you mean to call on Wilson to-day ?”
“ Yes. I think I shall go there in the after
noon when Roebuck has left the office.”
“He won’t be there to-day. He has gone
to consult his oracle, and his oracle, shall ad
vise as she has been instructed.
“ Then I shall go there now.”
“ If that is the case, yon might bring about
an introduction, say this afternoon. Meet me
as it were by accident; there is a nice, quiet
basement, a French resort in Fulton street, I
will be there in the afternoon. In his present
mood he will be glad to enjoy a social hour
with you. For the present, home to him is
Mr. Westcott read both Wilson and Roe
buck, as he would a book, and that reading
was improved by a master in physiognomy.
Nor was he idle. Wily and wealthy, he had
created a sort of bogus organisation for the
benefit of the more common thieves in this
city, who were in a measure controlled by this
stranger. He started it, put it in working or
der, paid ail the expenses, was liberal in the
extreme, arid the organization seemed prac
tical to this most practical of all the great
members of society—those that prey on the
over-reposed confidence, honesty and faith of
others. He inaugurated the institution, pre
sided over it, drew up the by-laws, and inaug
urated all trie paraphernalia of this vast ma
chine. There were honorary members attached
to it, men who profited by crime. Their word
of honor that nothing that they saw should be
revealed enabled them to be.spectaiors of the
scenes of the evening, and among others Roe
buck. At the head of this organization sat
the stranger Westcott as president, the presid
ing genius over this organization, that had
been organized for their especial benefit.
So much for the counter-plotting in this
great suit.
Carelessly strolled in Frank Livingston to
the law office of Roebuck & Wilson, and beside
the abstracted clerk he took a seat. Glad to
see him was Albert Wilson, who sat in the
private office which he had so often viewed
horoscopically from his upraised seat in the
other room.
“ Glad to see you, Frank,” said the son-in
law of Roebuck in return. “ Too sick alto
gether to get up to welcome anybody. Wish
the day was closed. Terrible day this. Awful
headache. Cleared out thia morning without
seeing anybody; and fact is, I don’t know how
to go back to the house.”
As the bridegroom said this he threw him
self back in his seat and inclined himself to
“ Short honeymoon, that of yours, Wilson,”
said Frank, catching up the morning paper
and pretending to read it.
“ Very,” was the only response given.
“Didn’t expect to find you here,” contin
ued Frank.
“ I didn’t mean to be here to-day, but it
was my best and safest retreat. That unfortu
nate affair of last night has all but tempted me
to commit suicide, and it has quite broken the
heart of Alice. She can't show her face in the
street, much less go on a wedding tour. She
thinks, poor thing, everybody knows as much
and more than herself. I wouldn’t, for her
sake, have had that happen for an income of
millions. What was your opinion of this un
fortunate thing ? I saw you there, but I felt
myself so stupid I couldn’t get over to you.”
“ I can’t exactly say that 1 have formed an
opinion. It was curious, that’s all I can say.
It was unfortunate, and if I were you, the
sooner I set to work to forget it the better.”
“ Forget it 1 certainly I would. So far as I
am concerned, I don’t care a straw, but Alice,
you see, felt it keenly. She is too sensitive for
the opinion of that buzzard aristocratic stock
that flutter around her, find pretend to faint at
the sight of a plucked turkey before it reaches
•the table dressed up for the stomach by the
cook. By-the-bye, Frank, you seemed very
shy last night—you seemed as little at home
as I did myself.”
“ And why shouldn’t I ? There was nobody
there that I knew, and everybody seemed so
stuck up that they seemed to speak only by
some special dispensation. What says Mr.
Roebuck about this ?”
“ A queer father-in-law he is. He has never
alluded to the subject. I have not seen liitn
since. I expected him here to-day, but he
hasn’t shown his face. I have no idea what
he thinks of it, and I don’t care—there is the
truth of it.”
“ He is a strange sort of a man, that father
in-law of yours.”
“ I know it.”
“ Very wealthy?”
“ Yes, he owns considerable.”
“ Did he make it all by his law practice ?”
“ Not exactly. He dabbled some in stocks,
and was lucky. That’s all.”
“Well, I declare, Wilson,” said Frank
assuming an innocent air of surprise, and
changing the topic of discourse, “ don’t
you never find anything to amuse you in these
musty law papers of yours ? I should think
there would be some things often very amus
ing in the papers in these dusty pigeon holes.
There, for instance, is the case of Livingston
against Livingston, a divorce suit. There must
be something very interesting in that, and
then again there is another—Roebuck against
Livingston, and I presume there will be some
other brief with the title of Livingston against
Roebuck. Law is such a curious thing, that
sometimes one can’t tell whether it is the
plaintiff or defendant that is on trial. I would
like very well to be a lawyer’s clerk,” and as
he said this, he shoved the papers he had been
looking at with unconcern back into the
pigeon hole, but as he did so there was a speck
of dust on the inside cuff of his coat sleeve
which he quietly brushed off and resumed the
conversation. “ I suppose you know some
thing about that Livingston suit, Wilson ?”
“ There is a sort of half romantic tale con
nected with that suit. I believe that fellow
Livingston murdered somebody, and was hung
or died in the State Prison, and that was the
power of attorney given Roebuck to administer
on the estate. The other paper is the applica
tion that the woman Livingston makes for a
divorce. It is altogether a very complicated
I case. 0, what a headache I have, Frank 1”
said Wilson, pressing bis forehead on the desk;
“ I can’t stand it.”
“ Indeed,” said Frank, as he eyed the
pigeon hole in an abstracted manner. There
might be other papers of equally vast import
ance immured in dust. “ Indeed 1” he again
remarked, but suddenly recovering himself,
he assumed a light air and asked his young
companion to accompany him on a’short walk.
He recommended a lounge of half an hour or
so along Broadway.
The stroll was acceptable, and the business
of the firm of Roebuck & Wilson was left to
take care of itself for the time being.
‘ ‘ That cool breeze striking the brow feels
pleasant,” remarked Wilson, as the keen
wind struck the burning brow of the distracted
“ You want an hour or two of quiet enjoy
ment to cool you off, you will then be able to
look upon last night’s mishaps with a more
philosophic coolness. Come this way, Wilson,
a better glass of wine can’t be found in the
city than in this Frenchman’s down here.”
Moments grew into minutes, and minutes
merged into hours, and still these young men
sat, sipping their wine, each trying to make
the other as happy as possible by jest, anec
dote, incidents, and reminiscences of the past.
In a corner, partly in’the dark, sat the myste
rious stranger, a quiet looker on, and only
when they seemed about prepared to leave did
he get up and join them. By this time, Wil
son had become light-hearted, felt jolly, didn’t
care for Roebuck or anybody else; if the world
didn’t like him, they could let him alone; as
for his wife, she would get over it soon, the
well of grief would soon run itself dry, aAd
she would feel like himself, independent of all
outsider’s opinions.
The day darkened into sombre twilight, and
twilight into night, and Wilson found in the
pleasant little gentleman a jovial companion.
“Come,” said the little gentleman, rising
and taking the arm of the young lawyer, “ I
want to introduce you to our club to-night. It
will be a relief to you. Seems that home is so
unpleasant, you may as well spend an hour
among some jovial fellows. It is a secret club,
but there is a romance in it; but I don’t think
you will regret knowing something about it.
Frank, my boy, good night; call and see me
to-morrow. Mr. Wilson, come along.”
Mr. Wilson was easily led. When he went
forth from that saloon, he was indifferent as to
his destination, the bridal couch or the grave.
“ Ho, ho 1 my young friend,” said the mys
terious stranger, giving Wilson a familiar slap
on the shoulder; “ don’t you wish you were a
member of our club ? Such a membership
will do you a vast amount of good and bring
you immense law practice-just the thing for
a young lawyer starting life. Go where you
will, travel where you may, it will fetch you
friends, where in fact you least expect them.
Of course the ordeal through which you pass
is rather severe, but a brave man like you can
easily stand it. I know you can.”
“ Well, for the sport of the thing. I’ll try it
on,” hiccuped Wilson, sis he tightened his
grip on the little gentleman’s arm. “ There’s
an old adage of a fellow—what’s it? he may
as well die for a hog as a sheep. I went it
last night and I didn’t intend it; I’ll go it to
night and take the responsibility. Go it, old
boy. Lead on old fellow, let’s have a jolly
time of it.”
“ Bravo, young man, you’ve the ring of the
true metal in you; I admire such pluck as
And he again gave him a familiar slap on
the shoulder.
“ Not quite so hard, Mr.—Mr.—what’s your
name ?”—don’t exactly like such rough famil
iarity ; ain’t quite used to it. Well, they say
I’m an adventurer, p’haps I am. I’m on one
to-night. 'What’s the use me going home?
Testy old father-in-law, knows his own busi
business, and I know some of it; crying wife ;
can’t say anything to stop her. Go ahead, old
gent, I’m in for a spree to-night—a bully,
jolly, rousing spree.”
“ And a jolly’ spree we’ll have, but we may
see some rough customers.”
“Eh! don’t want no fighting, no crying,
no closing up of daylights, Mr. West—l for
get your name—l came out on a spree, but if
there’s to be fighting count me out; I’d rather
make homeward tracks and face the house of
“ Oh, no fighting, no such thing as that,”
said the stranger, very quickly, disabusing his
mind of all danger of violence. “But, per
haps it is better,” said the stranger, loosening
his arm, and in a quiet, sarcastic toae, “ that
you should go home to your—well, I shall not
say it”—and he lowered his voice to a whis
per loud enough to be heard— 1 ‘ maiden wife.
You started to set out and see life, and for
once show your independence of your indiffer
ent father-in-law; if you have changed you”
mind, and mean to be Ids subject while he
lives, and at the same time a henpecked hus
band, then we separate as we met, in friend
ship. I was only about to show you the sights
of the city to drive off melancholy, for your
friend Frank’s sake.”
The gauntlet was thrown down. An appeal
was made to his courage, and unfortunately he
had not the courage to brave the charge of
cowardice, and thus yielded to the tempter’s
“Go on stranger,” said Wilson, “where
two dare venture count me in.”
The stranger took Wilson’s arm, and steady
ing him they finally reached a celebrated sport
ing house in the lower part of the city, wnich
was most appropriately christened “The Sun
set and Sportman’s Home.” The sun of hope
set on all who once darkened its doors.
It was within the sound of that great boom
ing bell at the City Hall, almost within voice
hail of that great laboratory of crime and cor
ruption—the Tombs—where felons are turned!
out by the manufactured to ac
count, and the greedy receiver stands all but
by the gate of the prison ready to employ the
thief at a regular weekly salary, or purchase all
he brings to him at the fixed tariff of prices for
stolen property.
“ The Sunset” was a sort of Kerrigan’s Hall,
and those that have seen that establishment in
th <i Fifth Ward of this city will appreciate the
arrangements o| “ The Sunset and Sportsmen’s
Hall.” Designed originally by the architect
for a private mansion, it subsequently wag
changed into a boarding school. In the course
of time the house changed ownership and oc
cupants, of course, for without tenement or
landlord or occupant where would be the value
of real estate ?
A new landlord came, and it again changed
in appearance externally and internally, audit
became in time an eyesore to the rank and file -
of the honest plodding citizen, as well as the
uprising aristocracy of the neighborhood, who
were annoyed at the squallor and want that
encompassed them, the every-day scenes of
vice denuded, and more than all, the men of
doubtful repute that lounged around their
The proprietor of this establishment was a
man named Tom, the Dreamer, a native of
Baltimore, who afterward attached himself to
the police of that city; though not a thief
himself was little better, for the manner in
which he covered crime when the officers of
the law sought its detection, and after having
given the robber protection, was paid his fee
from the proceeds of wrong. In the organi
zation of his establishment, it was nicely ar
ranged to suit the wants and fancies of sports,
fast men, and professional thieves. Those who
have seen a certain sporting house in Walker
street, can have a faint idea cf “The Sunset
and Sportsmen’s Home” of Tom, the Dream
er. The large amphitheatre could be trans
formed into a rat-pit, cock-pit, or a pit for dog
fighting and bear-bating; sometimes amateur
fights took place in this ring, and sometimes
genuine prize-ring fights took place there J
Thief met thief and robbed each other, and
the knife and the pistol were frequently
brought into requisition. Besides the amphi
theatre there was the skittle ground, where
many a victim was hocussed out of his money
by that übiquitous creature “Aunt Sally.”
But this amphitheatre had lately been con
verted into another use. A man of intellect
and means had turned up among the thieves,
and at his suggestion, for the hundredth time,
had started a secret and mutual benefit asso
ciation. He furnished the funds with an un
stinted hand to procure the advancement
of the “ professional.” Again and again have
the depredations on society attempted here
and elsewhere to advance their interests, secure
presei vation and help each other when in trou
ble, by startling society’s of their own, but all,
sooner or later, have fallen through; this,
however, promised to be successful, and met
with every encouragement. Who their new
leader was they knew not, nor did they care
to inquire ; and the inquiry would have been
attended with anything but satisfactory re
sults. Mr. W estcott, the mysterious stranger,
the friend of Frank Livingston, now the ap
parent friend of Albert Wilson, was the presid
ing genius over this new organization. It had
only been in working order but a few weeks,
yet in numbers it was very strong. Thieves
joined it, as many did the Sons of Malta, for
sport, or to penetrate the secrets therein hid
den, and a few of the more unfortunate of the
fraternity through selfish motives.
To-night, a regular meeting was to be held,
and Westcott, no doubt, knew this when he
took Wilson under his patronizing protection.
It was to “ The Sportsmen’s Home” that the
mysterious stranger conducted his unsophisti
cated friend, Albert Wilson.
When they arrived at the headquarters of
undisguised rascality, it was at an early hour
in the evening, and not more than a dosen
strangers sat at the little accommodation ta
bles, each with a mug of “ arf-and-arf ” before
him —some smoking, some reading Bell’s Life,
or Bunch. In choice of literature, their prefer
ence was for everything English, and some
were in conversation on topics that interested,
themselves —and the police.
The entrance of the stranger with his novice
was merely noticed by a general and slight
nod of the head ; and, as they took their seats,
mugs of ale and pipes and tobacco were called
for two. The mixture of drinks made Wilson
stupidly careless, recklessly careless, and none
saw it quicker than the stranger.
“ Look’e here, young ’un, you’ll see rare
jovial associates, to-night,” and as the stranger
said this, he exercised considerable familiarity,
giving Wilson a friendly tap on the shoulder,
and winking slyly as he raised the glass to his
lips. But this raising of the glass was not to
drink, but merely to afford him the opportun
ity of scrutinizing the young man more closely,
and see how his approaches were received.
“ Right again,” muttered the little gentleman
to himself, and, turning round to his com
panion, he addressed him rather abruptly.
“Nobody’s nobody here ; ain’t it funny? A
little republic within a bigger one. All equal
ity here. Nobody asks what his neighbor
does—nobody asks his neighbor’s name. Here
they call me Joe the Jumper ; that's all they
know about me, and I suppose they call me
that supposing I have been a counter-jumper
at one time. What sort of a name would you

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