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' . ' V t % % VOLUME III CAMDEN, SO. CA., F11IDAY. NOVEMBER 27, 1863. NUMBER 5 l)c Qifluibni it en t ci?cr lit f \ AT THREE DOLLARS A YEAR, * PAY A RLE INVARIABLY HALE-YEARLY IN ADVANCE Terms i'or Advertising: - i , For ouo Square?twelve lines or less?TWO 'Dollars for the first insertion, and ONK dollar and FIFTY" ckxs lor each subsequent. , Ouituauv Notices, exceeding ono Square, charged *o at advertising rates. / Transient Advertisements and Job Worx MUST 13K 'AID FOR IN ADVANCK. No deduction made, except to our regular advertisin patrons. i i i j .r. T. HEHSHMAN, Editor. I The French Spy System, Among tli<^ many families which rose into O * notice under the empire of the first Napoleon, few held a more distinguished position in the Parisian society of the day than that of the Countess 1? . Iter house, at the period of which we speak, was the rcndcavous of all the I celebrities of the time?marshals of Franco, statesmen, artist", men of letters, alike crowded to her saloons. The Baron M was one , of her most frequent guest's und had the reputation of being as witty and amusing a personage as could be met with; in consequence, } his company was very generally sought, even | by the highest circles, in which, though but little was known of his family or connection, he 'had found means to obtain ail excellent foot- . ng. One evening in tbe winter of 1805, a brilliant party was assembled in the gay saloons of the Countess of B , when a gentle- , man well known to all arrived in breathless ] haste, and apparently much excited, lie made his way as quickly as possible to the Countess, : , and all crowded around to bear what great | piece of intelligence he had to communicate. i "We arc all, 1 think,'' he said, "well acqnaiir | toil with Baron M , who is so constant a visitor here. I regret to say that I have , just, learned, in the most positive manner, that . he is undoubtedly a spy; ho has, in fact, been ^ seen to enter and leave the cabinet of Monsieur Fondio.'' Tiie assembled guests were thunderstruck at . the unexpected announcement, each one en- , deavoring to recollect what indiscreet cxpres- . sion might have passed his lips in the presence />r flin ti-inii-licfiMK Itm'iMi and all naturallv i v" - 1 J t enough, fouling extremely uneasy at the possi- t bility of being called upon to answer for some long-forgotten words spoken, as thought, in the security of private society. The hostess, of j course, was most indignant at the insult which v had been put upon her, and conld hardly he- y lievc in the truth of the accusation. I However, something must he done; the Baron was momentarily expected; and unless he v were able to clear himself from this serions im- ( putation, lie must he at once expelled from the ( society. After some discussion, therefore, it | was decided that, upon the arrival of Baron M j , the Countess should request a few minutes private conversation with him; that she should take him into another room, and hav- j jug told him of what he was accused, should ( task if he had any explanation to offer, as oth- j. crwise she should be obliged to sigmfy to him ^ that he must discontinue his-visits. ^In the midst of the invectives which were |, poured forth on the head of the unfortunate r Baron, that worthy niado his appearance. Immediately all was silent, and though he ad- v yanccd to greet Iiie friends with Jus customary easy assurance, lie evidently saw that- all was t not right, as his most intimate associates of yesterday, avoided speaking to him, or, at * most, gave him the slightest possible saluta- ^ tion. q Not being, however, very easily abashed, v Baron M proceeded, as usual, to make his bow to the hostess, who at once, as had been ^ J, agreed, said to him : c, "Monisieur lc Baron, may I request the favor of a few words with you in private V* t "Certainly, madamc," replied the Baron, of feting hi* ann, which she declined to take, and led the way to an ante-chamber. The Countess, feeling naturally very nervous at the part she had to perforin, at length said, with some hesitation. llI know not whether vou ate iruiltv. M. lo l?a ~ "" " J D / w ron, of 1 lie serious accusation which hangs over y.ou; ami which unless you can remove or explain satisfactorily, must forever close my ?loors against you." Tho Baron was all attention, as the Countess continued : "I have Ween informed, upon what appears to be undoubted authority, that you are in the pay of Monsieur l'ouche j ?'that you arc, in shorV.a ?py?" "Oh," replied the Baron, "is that all ? I will not attempt to deny; lothing can l?e more true; I am a spy." "And how," exclaimed the lady, "have you dared to insult me and my guests by presuming to present yourself night after night at my house in such an unworthy manner?" 41 repeat." said the Baron, with all possible coolness, "that 1 am in the pay of Fouehe; that 1 am a spy, and in this capacity, upon some subjects, I ain tolerably well informed, of which Madame Ic Countesse, I will give you a proof. Ou the last pay day, at Monsieur Fouchc's you received your pay for tho information you had brought him immediately alter I had received mine." "What!" cried the Countess; "dare you inunuate anything so infamous ? 1 will have you turned out of the house instantly." "Softly, inadame," atiswctcd the Baron; "that I am a spy, I have not attempted to deny; that rou are likewise a spy, I have long known, and uan readily prove. We are in the same boat ? we sink or swim together. If you proceed | Lo deriouee mo, I shall denounce you ; and i more is an emi ot noin ot us. n you upnom ine, I will uphold you, and wo shall go oil as before." "Well," said the lady, considerably embarrassed at finding that her secret was known 'what is to be done ? I am in a most dillieult position. ".Not at all, niadamc," replied the llaron* 4 J will toll you what to do ; take my arm* ind we will return together to the drawing00111, where you will announce that my explanation has been satisfactory." The Countess, seeing that there was nothing dse to be done, determined to make the best >f it, and as she advanced into the room said, vitli one of her sweetest smiles: "1 am delighted to toll you that Monsieur le daron has been able to give me an explanation vhich, though I cannot divulge it i?^ in all repects perfectly satisfactory to nie, and, tliercbie, I am sure it will be so to you." The guests were at once relieved from a v'c'ght of anxiety, the evening passed off with he utmost hilarity, ami the Huron regained he good opinions he had lost. It. was not till ong afterwards that the facts of this singular listory became known. - - - Lkttkus uy Flag ok Tri ck.?For general aformation, we publish the following regulaions laid down by the Federal commander at fortress Monroe, in regard to letters 'passing o and from the South. "First. No letters must exceed one page of a utter sheet, or relate to other than purely donestic matters. "Second. Every letter must be signed by the vr.iter's name in full. "Third. All letters must be sent with fi\'c cnts postage enclosed if to go to Richmond, and en cents if beyond. "Fourth. All letters must be enclosed to the Commanding General of the Department of /irginia and North Carolina, at Fortress Monoc, marked on the outside " For Flag of Cruce." No letters sent to any other address nil be forwarded." The same rules will be applied by Gen. J I. Winder to all letters sent from the South o Fortress Monroe for parties in the United Itates. All letters to go North should be addresse" o Gen. Winder, at Richmond, Va., endorsed Flag ofTrncc." Tin- SirKC-Oiie llim<lrc<l un?l TliirlyFoui'lta Pay. The military operations on both sides continue to increase in interest and importance. At our last accounts ilie enemy was engaged in a vigoious shelling of Fort Sumter, which ' has since been kept up with but little intermission. During Friday night one hundred twentylour rilled shots were lired by Gregg, of which forty-one passed over without exploding. Private Thomas llornhucklc, Company C, 4J8d Georgia, was killed Friday by the explosion of i a shell. The other casualties were as follows: Private C. Hanks, Company K, 17th S. C. wounded slightly in the spine; Private W. P. Grown, Mathews* Artillery, wounded in the shoulder, severely ; Private A.Stewart, Company 1>, (5th Georgia, wounded in the scalp, slight. A limit Hvr* r?'??lf?i?L- '"i'ltni'.l.iv .. l.?v .. . V v V..X/V.* .UlUIVKU I 11 VI II I IIV <1 UIUken arch of tlic gorge wall was struck by a Parrott shell, and fell in, killing two negroes and wounding six ; also wounding Private C. Bthcridge, Company K,0lh Georgia, fraeturep. Privates James ami Cotte Thayer, Company II, Oth Georgia, in spine, slight. The number of rifled shots lircd at Sumter Saturday from Gregg was twenty-throe, of which seven missed; and the number of shells from the mortar battery two handled and thirty-eight, of which ninety-nine missed. Saturday night one hundred and forty-nine rilled shots were tired, forty live of which exploded after passing the fort. jMiring Saturday the enemy again opened on the city, and threw ahout twelve shells. .Between twelve and two o'clock Saturday the tiring on the city was renewed, and eighteen shells thrown, doing comparative little 'injury. The. first and only victim of the Yankee bombardment, thus far, w as an old negro woman belonging to a Mr. Lindsay. She was killed Saturday forenoon. Battery Simkius Saturday night opened on the gun bearing on the city, and it is reported succeeded in silencing it. The shelling of the city was not renewed Sunday, nor up to the hour of closing our report. There were no casualties in Fort Sumter Saturday, nor any serious damage to the work. a spintou uglit took place Sunday afternoon between 1 d'egg and Wagner, on the enemy's side, ami Forts Moultrie ami Johnson, wi/li Batteries Bee and Simkius, on ours. Gregg opened hcavily-on Moultrie, and Wagner on Johnson and Simkins. Our batteries did some remarkably accurate shooting, frequently compelling the enemy to retreat under cover. The i engagement lasted several hours and ceased at dark. During the light the bomhuidincnt of Sumter was discontinued. There have been no further, indications of an assault on the part of the enemy.?Mercury of Monday. A Warning. ruder this head, the Augusta Constitution alist relates, that a shoemaker in that city, convicted, of charging more than 75 per cent., profit, was taken as a conscript, and is now pegging away at the Yankees at $11 per month. In commenting on this paragraph the Petersburg Register makes the following facctions and pertinent remarks: If that test was applied to other localities that every body knows of, a very numerous battalion would be soon under marching orders. The son of St. Crispin would not monopolize all the glory to themselves; but butch ers would l>e slaughenng Yankees instead of oxen ; dry goods dealers would handle a musket instead of a yard stick, and tailors would have their own measures taken for a suit of deathless glory,in place of measuring their customers.! How would some of our eating saloon keepers, I who charge a soldier three dollars for two potatoes and a stale mutton chop, like to he boarding on " hard tack" with rusty bacon, and short commons at that? If some of our flour dealers had to charge the enemy instead of their fellow-citizens, our country would be bet tor off and tliey would have less cash but more honor. If the 7"> per cent., test was inflexibly enforced druggists would have to use "mortars" filled with compounds not in their phurroacopiav &ud thus kill by wholesale instead of retail, as at present, while brokers would be too busily engaged in breaking the enemy s ranks to have time to break down the currency. A battalion of patriots, whose high aspirations made them despise a profit of 75 per cent.,- would be an over match, lor a brigade of Yankee pedlers; and as volunteers, for a raid on a sutler's wagon train, their services would be invaluable. They might be organized as the " seventy-five per cent., skinflints," and as such would render themselves famous. We have no hesitation in stating our conviction that if the gallant "ski 11- ^ flints" charged the enemy's lines of entrenchments in the field, with the same spirit that they charged in their line of business at home,tliat Iloseerans would be driven out of Chattanooga, and Meade would find Washingtou City too hot for comfortable quarters. * I.OKigstrccl in l^ailTcnncsiev. The Knoxville Register of Saturday morning snvs: The campaign of General Longstreet in East Tennessee, thus far, justifies all the expectations which have heen entertained of that (lashing officer, and bids fair to add a sequee to the farfamed Valley campaign of Stonewall Jackson in the Old Dominion. The down train this afternoon at o'clock brought 130 Yankee prisoners, comprising a pert of Burnside's rear guard. We have conversed with some of them. They say that Knoxville is another Harper's Ferry trap, and that the stampede from East Tennessee must he speedy, or their whole army will be bagged. They represent that the condition of Burnside's armv is critical. We have also conversed with a person who professes to have coine direct from Knoxville. lie says that the enemy disappeared as our cavalry charged through the streets. We cani not vouch for the statement, but have no doubt that the city is ours. An officer who left London on the night of Wednesday last, reports that the main body of our armv has taken 1GOO prisoners, while the captures of Wheeler's cavalry will exceed 600 more?making in all 2300. In their retreat I froni Loudon, the Yankees abandoned great j quantities of subsistence and munitions of war. including the larger part of their transports- ' tion. They were panic stricken in the extreme. The pontoon bridges over the Little Tennessee, which lead into Blonnt county, arc being rapidly repaired. The country to which these pontoons lead has been little desolated by foraging parties, and will furnish considerable supplies for our troops. Hcwspapcm. The Richmond and Petersburg papers keep going up. The former are $10 for six months, $8 for three months, and $3 for one month. The Petersburg papers are $12 for six months, $8 for three months, and $3 for one month, or a good weekly paper at $3 per year. \Yc sometimes hear complaints against the increase in the price of newspapers. A few men will grumble at paying 15 and 25 cents per copy for a good daily paper, when they buy their grog at 81 50 per drink, their cigars at 25 cents apiece, or pay $500 for a cloth coat, $120 for a pair of boots, or $3.50 per pound for butter; 870 for a cotton hat, or $30 for a hickory shirt; and that, too, when publishers of newspapers are willing to pay them their own price for old rags. Only think of it. Some women paint their face and then weep because it does not make them beautiful. They raise a hue?and cry.