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STATED Meetings on the 2n l and 4thW ednes days of each month. Also M isonie gather ing? on every Wednesday Evening, fur wcrk and practice, at their llall4n Comlersport. D. C. LARRIBEE, W. M. * XT. W. McAlabnev, Sec y. JOHN S. MANN, ATTORNEY AND COUNSELLOR at LAW. Coudcrsport, Pa., will attend the several Courts in Potter and M'K< ;.n Counties. All business entrusted in his care will receive prompt attention. Oilice corner oi est and Third streets. I- ARTHUR (*■ OLMSI ED, ATTORNEY k COUNSELLOR. AT LAW Uoud sport. Pa., will attend to all business , y r • ii-s care, with prcmptnes and -ji" i n SotVi-west corner of Main / v an k \ 1$ EN SON ATTORNEY AT . UvV. Coudersport. Pa., will attend to all business ntru-ted to him, with care and promptness. O.See on Second St., near the Allegheny Bridge. F. W. KNOX, ATTORNEY AT LAME Giudrrsport Pa., will regularlv attend the t e.urts in 1 otter an. tk. adyoiniag Counties. • *O. T. ELLISON, PRACTICING PHYSICIAN, Coudcrsport. Pa., respectfully it farms the citizens of the til lage and nttsity lie v. :,i piGui[ ■ pond to a\t ca£s fer professional services. Office oil Xait St.. it building formerly oc cupied ky C. IT. Ellis. Esq. C. S. t E. A. JONES, DEALERS IN DREGS, MEDICINES, PAINTS Oils. Fancy Articles, Stationery, Dry Good:, Groceries, Ac.. V>A st . tksr.d err port. Pa. ~ I>. E. OLMSTED, DEALER IN DRY GOODS, READY-MADE Clothing, Crockery, Groceries, Ac., Main St., Coudersport, Pa. COLLINS SMITH, DEALER la Dry Goods, Groceries, Provisions. * Hardware, Queens ware, Cutlery, and all Goods u sb ally iVisad is a couatry Store.— Ceudercport, Nov. *7, 1861. " COUDERSPORT IIOTEL, 9. f, GLASSMIIIE, Proprietor, Corner o- Main and Second Streets, Cocdersport, Pot ter Co., Pa. A Livery Stable Is also kept in connect tioa with this Hotel. * H. J. OLMSTED, DEALER IN STOVES, TIN & SHEET IRON WARE, Main St., nearly opposite the Court Hoase, Coudersport, Pa. Tin and Sheet Iron Ware made to order, in good style, on short notice. WS. H. MILLER J- C. MALABKBY. MILLIIU & McALiUNKY, ATTORNEYS- AT-LAW, HARRISBURCt, PA., AGENTS for tbe Collection of Clan s against the United States and State Go - ernments, such as Pension, Bounty, Arreai • of Pay Ac. Address Box 95, Harrisburg, Pa. Pension Bounty and War Claim Agency. PENSIONS procured for soldiers of the present war who are disabled by reason of wounds received or disease eontractracted while in the service of the United States ; acd . pensions, bounty, and arrears of pay obtained for widows or heirs of those who have died or been killed while in service. All lette* : of inquiry promtly answered, and on receipt by mail of a statement of the case of claimant I will forward the necessary papers for their j aignature. Fees in Pension cases as fixed by j law. Rbfbresce3.—Hon. Isaac Bessok, Hon. A C. Olmbtkd, J. S. Mass, Esq., F. W. Kxox, Eiq. DAN BAKER, Claim Agent Couderport Pa.- Jnne 8, '64.-ly. HOWARD ASSOCIATION, PHILADELPHIA, PA. DISEASES of the Nervous, Seminal, Urina ry and sexual sj stems —new and reliable treatment—in reports of the HOWARD AS SOCIATION—sent by mail in staled letter envelopes, frae of charge. Address, Dr. J 3KILLIN HOUGHTON, Howard Assacia'.ion Mo I Sooth Xiata Sweet, Philaußkmia, Pa. pjj mi. j Tlie Federal Chameleon. One evening an hour after the sun had gone down, a couple or men dressed in soiled rebel uniforms,aod each holding in his hand a good Austrian rifle, rapped at the door of a small frame building near the C road in Virginia. The knock was answered by an old woman whose face was almost concealed by the tangled mass ;of her gray, uncombed hair. "And what may ye want here ?" she exclaimed, as her deep set eyes flashed upon the two men. "I faavo't tbe small est bit of Jonny cake to offer ye, for it , was all—" it "No, no," interrupted one of the sel -1 diers, "we don't waut anything to eat,but we want you to tell us, and that in quick time, too, whether you have seen a slight , but strong looking slip of a mau go by i here of late." j "Dressed in blue and carrying a double barrelled rifle," added tbe other. "Iley ! hey !" cried tho hag, lifting her hands and speaking in a sharp angry voice. "If ye hadn't interrupted me I reckon yuo'd heard me speak of him before now as that was the very man who came here and bought all my cakes. It was about , two hours ago, and—-' "Which way did he go after he left you?" inquired both men, eagerly. "Before I answer that question you, must tell mc who he is," said the old wo man with the curiosity natural tober sex. I "lie's a celebrated Uuion scout whom we call the '"Federal Chameleon,' because he changes his uniform so often. Some times it is blue, at other times gray,and and he has even been seen wearing tbe ! disguise of an old farmer. He has shot more of cur men-than is at ail pleasant, and we have a roving commission from our coloucl to go on a hunt after him and capture him if we can, either dead oi alive. And a.s we have replied to you." continued the speaker a little impa tiently, "we demand that you answer our. question and—" "Demand*, interrupted the hagin shrill piercing tones. "Is that tbe proper way to speak to a woman, and an old woman ! at that?" "Couie, come; answer us if you please cried tbe soldier in a milder tone. "Ij mean no harm—it is my way of speaking." "Well perhaps I may forgive you and perhaps not," saiuthe old woman shaking her head. "How far is vonr camp from here?" "What is that to you ? What has that to do—" "There vou go again with your aceurs .ed incivility!" shrieked the old hag, fiercely, "but you shall answer my ques-i tiou Lefjre YOU get a single word out of mc. Now then, how far from here is your camp, and how many men have you in and around it ? I intend to carry your fellows some corn cakes, d'ye see, arid I want to know the number of mouths that I have to cook for." "Oh in that case," said the rebel. "I do not see any reason why I shouldn't satisfy you. Our camps, then, are about # five miles from here uear tbe cross roads, and our number may be about five thousand." "That will uo," cried the old woman with a grin of satisfaction —"yes,that will do. And now you are sure that the man who came here to buy a supper is the one you * e after 7" "We are sure of it, for although we have never seen the man's face we'd know him by his dmble barrelled rifle, as no body else in tbe Yankee army carries a weapon of that kiud." "Ay, ay, it's the right one then," said the hag. After he had finished and paid fir his meal, he says to me: "Friend, I should like to put up here for tbe night if you have DO objection." But as I did not like the idea of accommodating a Yankee any more than I could help I j told him there was no room for him as I expected visitors before many honrs. "Well, then, said he, can you tell me of any place whece I can pass the night a httle comfortable. You see, he added, looking toward his big double barrelled rifle, "I don't liko to camp out, as it looks like rain, and this piece might be : hurt by it," ~"I don't know of any place, I answered,"short of four miles from here —an old barn which is tight enough I think, to keep off the rain." "Four miles is a long distance,said he, "and as I have been tramping about considerably today I don't feel much like carrying this heavy jload so far," poiuting to his knapsack as he spoke. "Will you be kiud enough to let it remain till morning?" "Well yes," said I, hesitating a little and throwing a significant glance at the well filled pocket book in his hand. He understood the look and gave me a green dollar. "All right," said I, and be then departed, saying he'd call for his luggage in the mining, after he should waken , from his sleep in the barn. "Now tben, continued the speaker, which will ye do —go after him at ODce or wait in ambush | for him until morning ?" j The two boldrers drew back a few pacjs j iQebofeD lo of Jh(e gr)D L)* iDissctyiiwliop of Jliicirgtiii'e fietr>s. COUDERSPORT. POTTER COUNTY, PA., WEDNESDAY JULY 12, 1865. acd held a short consaltation,after which they egain advanced to the the side of the old woman. "We will go now," said the one who had spoken first, "that is if you can de scribe to us the exact position of the barn." "I don't think I-could describe it so that you could find it in the dark." replied the bag, "but as I am willin' to do every thing in my power for the confederacy, I will go with you and show you tho place, "That is right," answered the rebel,and we'll see that yon are rewarded for your zeal. "I don't want any reward for helping my countrymen, - ' replied the old hag. I aai always ready to help along the cause - " With these words she disappeared into an inner room, but came forth in a few minutes with a gray blanket thrown over he shoulders. "I took this out of aY'ank's knapsack' said she with a short, day laugh ; "don't you think it becomes me?" "Aye, aye,my good woman,very much. But lead on, if you piease,for wo have no j time to loose." The hag then closed the door of the house* , "Forward march I" she exclaimed imitating the voice of a man with stroDg iungs. "Forward march ! Close up I road at the elow,totteriDg pace natural tu a person ot her age. The Diglit by this time had become very dark. The sky was obscured with thick driving clouds,and the wind scream ed and roared among the tall pines that towered upon each side of the road. — I Occasionally a heavy branch torn from its native trunk would fall ioto the road with a terrible crash, and more than once the rebels startod back and cocked their pieces in, the belief that tbe din was caused by the discharge of some Yankee rifle. "Ha! ha! ha!" laughed tbe old hag upon one of the occasions, "it seems to ;ne that you are easily startled. Don't you think your commander might have | picked out a pair of bolder hearts than j j yours for this expedition ?" "You'd better keep a silent tongue in your head, my good woman,until you've had an oppertunity to witness as maDy battles as we have," answered one of the men ; "a good soldier is always on his guard." "Aye, aye!" replied tho old woman ; but he should know how to distinguish between the crashing of a dry branch and the ring of a rifled musket. Tbe rebel nid not relish the noise made by the loud, sharp tones cf the female guide, and, in order to put an end to the I conversation, he controlled himself euffi ! ciently not to reply to her hist remark. The party then continued their way in silence—whieh was not broken by either ; of them until they had gone about three miles, and a loud clear challenge suddeD-j ly started the rebels. 41 Halt ! who comes there 7" "Friend answered the old woman in a, clear ringing voice ; "friend with prison ers !" 41 We are betrayed !" yelled her com panions and, even as the words passed' their lips they were surrounded by a dozen Federal soldiers, one of whotn car ried a lantern. As the rays of lisrht flashed upon the hag the rebels saw the gray bair the blan ket, and the female apparel dropped to' the ground, revealing the slight but iroD like frame of a Uaiin soldier in prime of iife. "It is be, by—" exclaimed the prison ers, simultaneously, as they glanced to the long double barrelled rifle which he ! now held in his hand ; "it is he—the scout —the Federal Chameleon !" "Aye, aye!" answered the latter, as he leaned upon his weapon, with a quiet smile. "You are trapped, sure enough thanks to raj disguise, which is only one of many that I carry in my knapsack.— allow me to express my thanks to you for the information you gave me regarding the position of your camp and the num ber of your men. I bavo already sent a message to my colonel in relation to tbe matter, and I perceive that he has com menced to act upon it." And as he spoke he pointed down the road where the dark outline of troops forming into line might be faintly distin guished. They were soon in motion, and in the course of half an hour the booming of cannon the rattling of musketry, and the scheers of the Federal troops proclaimed that the combat had commenced. The din continued for about an hour, when the prisoners learned from others who were brought to share their quarters,that the Southern troops had been surprised and tofUliy routed. Gen. Logan gays that "although he was formerly a strong Democrat, he is now an Abolitionist, and would "give bis 'mules' to se6 Jeff. Davis hung—which he has uo doubt will bo the fate of tho arch tiaitor." -------- , Battle Field of Cliiekamauga. A correspondent of the Cincinnati Commercial has just visited the battle field of Chickamauga, and gives, in a well written letter, his impressions of its ap pearance. He left Chattanooga on the morning of the 27th ult., and entered the field by the famed Rossvillo Gap. He says: As soon as we entered the gap, our eyes met unmistakable signs of the skir mishing which took place through the narrow defile, as the rebels fell back slowly toward tbe final line of battle. A squad of tired rebel soldiers, on their way to their homes, sat by the road side as we passed, eyeing us with glum stolidity, evidently debating the risks of an encoun ter with the well filled holsters that huDg ;on our saddles. We came upon the ,-scene of the first day's battle—September 19th —on the left of the Lafayette road. ■ Uere it had beoa falsely represented that 'a rebel brigade was yet this side of Chickamauga creek, without sjpport, and | that a rapid movement might succeed in | capturing them. A division was quickly hurried into the woods and ran against, instead of a "demoralized" brigade, Long street's corps, in good fighting condition, and the conflict soon became fearful. It wav on opened ground, neither party having time to do anything more than throw up in a few places, rails or logs to the height of two or three feet. Our loss was very heavy, General Brannan's divis ion alone losing, in a few hours, over 2,500 meo. Our lines were forced back to the road and badly shattered. THE EVIDENCES OF CONTENTION AND DEATH. The ground was not lacking in evi dences of the bloody work which had been enacted upon it. Although Nature had, for two years, been undisturbed in her kindly efforts to restore and to heal, yet the whole surfaco was strewn with ghastly proofs of the mighty wreck which had been made there. No army had be fore passed through there, the farms were quiet and prospering; the cattle were in the fields, and as tbe destroying columns swayed madly to and fro, crushing the fences before them, many of them met death, and in all directions are scattered, heaps eff bones that show where they fell. The ground is rolling, aod about equally divided between field and forest, and through these lines were formed, with regard, maioly, to the Ctcess ef the posi- ! tion, and little to its clearness, or other wise. As we rode over the field, it was plainly evident where the rebel dead had been buried, and where our own, tho few of them that were granted that poor boon. The rebel soldiers had been placed in graves, howevershallow, and decently covered with earth or stoDes, and the spot marked by a neat bead board, labelled, j and the whole often surrounded by a square pen of rails. Our own boys bad the hard fate of being left on the field, and when the rebels vouchsafed to bury them, they were collected ic rows, or in groups of two or three, upon the ground, md a few epadefula of earth thrown over, them. I do not suppose that one-half of our dead were buried, even thus slight ly, and before spring the rain had exposed ihe extremities of these. At one end of me of these little mounds lay a pair of skulls, bleaching in the sun, and, at the other, two pair of ehces, full of bones.— Better that they ihoald have lain in the open air, wrapped in their blood stained blankets, thau to have them subjected to this mockery. In one of those skulls tbe; wa j ps had built their nest, and flitting to and fro with busy wing, they were hiving i their little stores, and would defend them with boldness against any who intrude upon their straDge dwelling place. In another place, at the foot of a tree, lay a little heap of human bones, where some soldier bad perished, and remained unburied. Here, mortally stricken, he bad, perhaps, painfully dragged himself, a few paees from the place where be fell, j and leaned heavily against the friendly trunk of the great tree, while the route of battle raged fiercely about him, and his hard pressed comrades were driven back step by step, till at last the "breathless darkness" gathered thick about him, and he bowed his head in "stern agony," and the soul escaped from its prison house. After surveying thiß part of the field we rode away towards Crawfish Springs, near the second day's fighting, with a view to discussing, by the aid of its cool waters, the collation we had brought. On the way I dismounted, reverently, to pick up a battered bullet lying by the wayside. Crawfish Springs should be visited by all who go to the battle field of]Chickamauga. The water flows out in a broad, noiseless sheet from the foot of a hill about fifty feet in elevation, and is said to be always clear and of the same proportions in whatever weather. Here, during a part of the time on the memorable 19th and 20th of September, our soldiersrsougbt in vain to slack their raging thirst; for, though neither party were in psseesbion of the Spring, the rebels knowing tbe locality, shelled it so that it was dangerous to approach. On the hill which was rendered immortal by the final rally made by General Thomas, culminated the in terest of the whole field. Here the car nage in the rebel ranks was very great and in the cleared fields which lie around its base, our horses tread at every turn upon the little tuft covered heaps, whioh cumber all the ground. No ruins of earthworks remain to show tho positions of the forces ; only here and there a slight barricade of logs, hastily thrown together in broken lines, marking the place where a regiment or a few companies still clung together, and shoulder to shoulder, breasted the storm. On three sides the waves of the rebel hosts surged ; and were broken upon that hill like tides against'a rock bound coast. Forming in the fields, they charged across them with a fury whioh threatened to overwhelm all in ruin; but, from among the trees which covered the sides and summit, there came so deadly a hail of bullets and cannoD shot that they withered and senk to the earth before it. Nearly one half of the trees have been broken off by the shells, and among the fragments of flint, which thickly cover the ground, the relic hunter may gather bullets yet, scattered ou the surface, like acorns after a storm in an oaken forest. But here, as in all places where man his passion ka3 made such wreck, db ! lare has displayed her kindly power in healing her own wounds, and her ucwii j lingness to perpetuate the bloody foot prints he leaves behind. Even this bar ren soil, wonderfully enriched by the libatians of blood poured cut upon it, blossoms with flowers, and the vines creep over the rugged ground, covering it 3 hideousness and the bleaching bones from our sight, or wind about tbe shat tered trees and lend their verdure to con ceal the jagged rents which yawn among the branches. Fragrant roses, self planted, bloom above the graves, as if set by the hand of affection, and the wood bine and the tender morning-glory trail over the rude worm fences built by the men over the lowly dust of a comrade. Casualties of the War. Official statements at the War Depart ment compute the number of deaths in the Union armies since the commence ment of the war, including the starving prisoners, at three hundred and twenty tive thousand. There has doubtless been ; fully two hundred thousand Southern! soldiers removed by disease and the cas- ; ualties of battle, so that not leas than five hundred and twenty-five thousand lives have been sacrificed in this unholy; contest, begun and prolonged by the South in their vain effort to build up a republic and strengthen the slave power, j Our greatest losses during any one' campaign occurred at Gettysburg, when 23,267 Union soldiers were killed, wound ed and taken prisoners. Hooker's cam-! paign of 1563 in the Wilderness ranks next to Gettysburg as far as regards Union losses, they having amounted to twenty thousand, though generally re- ! ported at only ten. Burnside lost 1,200' in tbe battle of Fredericksburg, McClel lan 11,426 at Antietam, Porter 9,000 at Gaines' Mills, Rosencrans 12,085 at Murfreesboro and 16,851 at Chickamauga; and Sherman about 9,000 in the two; day?' battles around Atlanta. The official reports of Gen. Grants' j L >Bses from the time he crossed the Rap idan until receiving the surrender of Lee compute them at ninety thousand. Iu j the various engagements fought by Geo.! Grant in the West he lost 13,573 men at, Pittsburg Landing, 9,875 in the severe ] contests around Yicksburg, and in the attack on Missionary Ridge about 7,000. i Though our losses in many of the cam-j paigns have been heavy, they yet fall below those incurred ia some of the, European wars. This has beeD due, to a considerable extent, to the efficiency of the medical department and the lavish amount cf supplies, at least one-third greater than those furnished to aDy European army. A report recently made to the Imperial Academy of Medicine, by Cbcnu, Physician of the French army, estimates the losses of the Crimean war as follows: killed on the field of battle or missiog, 10,240; lost in tbe Semilante, 702; died cf various diseases at Alma, 3,084 ; died of cold, apoplexy, Ac., before Sevastopol, 4,342 ; died in the field and general hospitals, 71,247; total, 95.615. Thus, of 389,264 men sent by Erance to the Crimea, about one-third found a soldier's grave. The siege and reduction of Jerusalem resulted, eays Josephus, in the loss of 1,000,000 Jivec. 00,000 Persians were placed hors de combat at tbe battle of Arbela, and 100,000 Cartbagenians in the engagement of Halermo. 12,000 infantry and 10,000 cavalry perished on the fatal field of Issue. Spain lost 2,- 000,000 lives during the persecution of 1 the Arabians, and 800,000 in expelling the Jews. Frederick tbe Great inflicted. TERMS.- $1.50 PER ANNUM. a loss of 40,000 on the Aastrians in tlio conflicts of Leutben and Leignitz. The battle of Jenna, and the lesser engage raents immediately folowing, cost the Prussian army over 80,000 men. At tho battle of Leipsic, the French suffered casualties to the number of 00,000, and the Swedes and their allies 40,000 more. 50,000 French and Russian soldiers lay dead and dying on the field after tho battle of Muskowa, and Napoleon again lost 47,000 men at Watorloo, and tho Duke of Wellington 15,000 more. —A T . Y, Commercial Advertiser. Gail Hamilton, in her direct and fore ible, but not always elegant, style, sotno tirues advances sentiments which we can not approve; but the following practical viisw of religion commends itself to every one who desires to live a truly Christian life : "We want a religion that softens tho steps, and tunes the voice to melody, and fills the eye with sunshine, and chech*3 the impatient exclamation and harsh re buke ; a religion that is polite, deferential to superiors, courteous to inferiors, and considerate to friends; a religion that goes into a family, and keeps the husband from being Bpiteful when dinner is lata —keeps tho wife from fretting when tho husband tracks the newly washed floor with his muddy boots, and makes tho husband mindful of the scraper and tho door mat —keeps the mother patient when the baby is cross ; amuses the children aa well as instructs them; promptly lcoka after the apprentice iu tho shop, and tho clerk behiud the counter, and the student in the oface, with a fatherly care and motherly love, setting the solitary in fam ilies, and introducing them to pleasant and wholesome society, that their lonely feet may not be led into temptation. Wo want a religion that shall interpose con tinually between the ruts and gullies and rocks of the highway of lifo, and tho souls that are traveling over them. "We want a religion that bears heavily, not only on the exceeding rascality of ■ lying and stealing—but a religion that banishes[short measures from the counter, small baskets from the stalls, pebbles from the cotton bags, clay from the sugar, ! chicory from the coffee, otter from butter, beet juice from vinegar, alum from bread, strychnine from wine, ,water from inilk cans, and buttons from the contribution I box. The religion that is to save tho world will not make one half a pair of shoes of good leather and the other of poor leather, so that the first shall re dound to the maker's credit, and the second to his cash; nor if the shoes be promised on Thursday morning, will let Thursday spia out till Saturday night. It dees not send the little boy who has come tor the daily quart of milk, to the barnyard to see the calf, and seize tho opportunity to skim off the cream ; nor doe 6 it surround stale butter with fresh, and sell the whole for good; nor.eell off the slack baked bread upon the stable boy; nor 'deacon' the apples. "The religion that is to sanctify tho world pays its debts. It does not borrow money with little or tjo purpose of repay ment, by concealing or glossing over the fact. It looks upon a man who has failed in trade and co itinues to live in luxury as a thief. It loeks upon him who prom ises to pay fifty dollars on demand, with interest, and who neglects to pay fifty dollars on demand, with or without in terest as a liar," A FREAK OF THE TELEGRAPH. —Of ! all the freaks of telegraph, the following ;is the most laughable which has caaao under oar personal knowledge. Not long ; since a graduate from one of our eastern ; theological schools was called to the pas : toral charge of a chnrch in the extreme Southwest. When about to start for his j new parish he was unexpectedly detained by the incapacity of his presbytery to ordain him. Ia order to explain his non arriral at the appointed time he scut the following telegram to the deacons of t!:o church : "Presbytery lacked a quorum to ordain." Ia the course of its journey the message became strangely metamor phosed, and reached the astonished dea cons in this shape: "Presbytery tacked a worm on to Adam The sober church officers were greatly discomposed and i mystified, but after a grave consultation concluded it was the minister's facetions way of announcing that he had got mar ried, and accordingly proceeded vide lodging 9 for two instead of one 1 A tornado passed through La Crosse, Wis., prostrating fifty dwellings iu the town and vicinity, aud doing other dam age to an immense amount. During a storm iu Chicago,a few days ago, the iightuiog played some curious freaks. It took poscssiou of the rails on the passenger railways, and ran along 'them back and forth, to the great flight of passengers. It also cut6ome lautusuu j tricks on the telegraph wire 3.