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j AUGH and the world laughs
. Weep and you weep alone."
In Indianapolis there is at
least one exception to this
old and time-honored adage.
The whole family cannot laugh even
|£ the whole world were to split its sides
with merriment. This Indianapolis fam
ily could do no more than make a feeble
attempt at smiling 1. No hearty laughter
would escape the lips and such a thing
as merriment that brings tears to the
eyes would be a thing althogether impos
The victims of this unenviable situation
are the members of a prominent Indi
ana family, many of whom are residents
Generations ago a forebear indulged
himself in a hearty, ringing laugh whose
echoes have sounded down the vistas of
the passing ages to bring tears instead
of mirth to the eyes of fair maids and
frowns Instead of the wrinkles of laugh
ter to the foreheads of stanch men. It
was a laugh to vex the lives of scores of
people still unborn.
The family afflicted wjth the strange
malady which prevents their laughing
bears the name of Tinsley—a family
proud of Its ancient lineage and not un
properly proud of its ancestors. To the
latter, however, there is one exception—
the forefather, the echo of whose too
hearty laugh still sounds dismally in the
ears of the Tinsleys of the latter days.
The senior members of this strange
household still living are the Rev. Charles
Tinsley of Evansville, Mr. Thomas Tins
ley of Chicago, Mr. Harvey Tinsley of
Crawfordsville, Ind., and Mrs. Jennie
Waugh, a missionary in India. The other
members of the family are the children
of the Rev. Charles Tinsley—the Rev.
Charles W. Tinsley of Terre Haute, Miss
Luella Tinsl&y of California and Dr.
Frank Tinsley, Dr. Edward E. Tinsley
and Mrs. Hubert Glossbrener of Indian
: Th 6 grandfather, William Tinsley, years
ago, was a resident of Cincinnati and
was the designer and architect of the
famouß Fountain-square of that city.
The history of the Tinsley family goes
tiack so far Into the past that only dim
tradition remains beyond the point fn
the days of Cromwell, when the laugh
that made the Tinsleys famous rang out
on the clear air of an autumn day in a
little village of England.
Many traditions become often times for
gotten as they travel from generation
down to generation. But this tradition of
the Tinsley family has remained intact
over two centuries and the reason of its
long life lies in the fact that nearly every
descendant of th? famous laughing Tins
ley of old Is daily reminded of that an
cestor's over-strenuous merriment. Since
the days of Adam and Eve people havo
laughed and enjoyed it. But most of the
Tinalfcys cannot laugh and fhey do not
enjoy trying It.
The whole blame rests on tTie shoulders
of the English ancestor. This Tinsley
lived in the days of Cromwell and between
the years of 1640 and 1650, he gave vent to
the paroxysm of laughter that has come
down the years to make his descendants
mute 3 to all the expression that is one of
the two features which scientists declare
distinguishes man from beast. For man
Is the only animal that laughs and weeps.
In the days of the ancestral xinsley
Cromweirs iron hand rested heavily upon
the fair countryside of England. Through
out the realm the gallows stood and cap
ital punishments were frequent. Lord
Nartw's Death Ship That Was Found tAfter Century of Vain Search
Better the greedy wave should swallow all;
Better to meet the death-conducting ball; .. r ■
Better to sleep on ocean's oozy bed, •
At once destroyed and numbered with the dead,
*%han thus to perish in the face of day,
Where twice ten thousand deaths one death
—Freneau's^ong of the prisoners on "Old Jsr
>'•**■•■''■ • *':' ... _
~ | ENEATH the waters of
"is "^ Wallabout bay, beneath the
B Wallabout beneath the
rearing structure of the new
\ 16,000-ton . battleship Con
. " necticut, building at" the-
Brooklyn navy yard, lies the
ghost of "Old Jersey," the notorious
prison ship of revolutionary times. Lost
for almost a hundred years; searched for
In vain by government authorities and
' historical societies, the remains of the
ship which brings a flush of shame to
the English cheek whenever it is men
tioned, today were found accidentally by
the laborers who were driving spiles upon
which to build the modern warship. • It Is
as if it were a fulfillment of a prophecy
that upon the ruins of the wooden hulk
of the enemy shall rise the iron struct
ure of a man-o'-war 'of the infant coun
try it sought to crush. : > '/'- .■ , '-"'
' On solid earth, away from the sea, the
"Old Jersey" lies today where' the wind
.or the tide or the blood of patriots will
trouble her no more. Buried as deep as
the ■ breach has been between the two
# countries, but it is still there, a grim
monument to the fact that while the past
Is forgiven yet it is not forgotten. Six
teen feet of soil have been thrown in on
top of the British vessel, more deeply in
terred than were the bones of the mar- .
tyrs who died within her sickening sides
and were afterward left bleaching on the
eands of the shore, washed by the tide.
"■. The massive oak and teak timbers of
the prison ship, preserved by the water,
are still in as good condition as when she
first slid from her ways into j the waters
- of the harbor of Glasgow. But now. that
she has ' been found, there is little prob
ability that she will be raised for several
■ years, if at all. In order to get her out of
her grave it would be, necessary to dig ,
up a large area of the ground she occu
pies In the navy yard, | which ;■ would
greatly hamper the work of. laying the
foundation for tho keel of the Connecti
cut .■■„'.■ '■ ..
It Is altogether likely that the work of
the pile drivers will go on,. in which
event the "Old Jersey" would be pierced
In a hundred places and , practically '
broken up. Civil Engineer Bellinger, who
has charge of the foundations, experl- •
enoed •- considerable difficulty .' in driving
the long piles wherev he /wanted them.
Everywhere he went along the track laid :
down ; tor the' ways' ho came in : contact
"with heavy timbers at a depth of sixteen
feei So persistent was the obstruction
that It seemed as 1/ there were a wooden
floor laid down under the earth.^^^^^
I". No particular Importance was attached
I*. . '■'-■■' ''.-'" "'' ■ ' " ■•.'■'. V '
the members of this Family Never Laugh.
Squires Issued death warrants and while
the jails weFe yawning for prisoners the
hangmen were the busiest men in all
All would have been well in the Tins
ley family had not this ancestral Tins
ley with the ungovernable mirth set him
self forth one fair bright day to witness
the execution of a notorious thief. Tra
dition says this thief had entered the
home of the Tinsleys and divestfed it of
many of its richest treasures. Therefore,
this witness of the execution, at least, had
no compunction in observing the details
of the death of the law's victim.
Gathered round the gallows were the
constables, the hangman and the priest
who attended the condemned man. The
execution occurred upon the commons and
the people crowded forward for places of
vantage wherefrom they might witness
to best purposes the thief's struggles in
the paroxysm of death.-
The culprit's hands were tied and the
noose adjusted about his neck. The
priest lifted the crucifix before his eyes
and begged a final time for a confession.
The victim made no answer. The rope
was stretched and drawn taut; the feet
lifted from the floor and the body dangled
in the air.
Hero it was that a great laughing fit
seized Tinsley. A boisterous and grating
laugh forced itself from his lips. There
was a moment's foreboding silence in
which there was naught to disturb the ■
stillness save the faint noise made by
the struggling man hanging to the gal
lows and the boisterous, unmerciful laugh
of this ancestral Tinsley.
It fs related that the face of the sood
man who was attending the victim in his
last agony paled at the sound of the un
sanctifled merriment. Then a heavy frown
to this, because it was well understood
that timber obstructions were to be en
countered under the "made" ground of
the navy yard. It was not until the pile
drivers had actually felt about under the
soil and marked out the length and shape
of the timbers that it was known that
the hull of a large ship was lying there.
The timbers ran for a distance of 250 feet,
with a pointed bow toward the land and
a flat stern near the water front.
The vessel, on account of Its huge bulk
—huge for those days—could not-fee an
ordinary sailing vessel of olden times, be
cause the merchantmen were always
smaller, being handled by a moderately
large crew. But this vessel was so large
that it would have required a crew of
seventy-five or a hundred to brace her
yards. Therefore it was evidently a Brit
While the engineers were wondering
what historic frigate they had discov
ered, an old man, leaning upon a cane,
appeared upon the scene. He inquired
into the cause of the trouble and, when
told of the shape and size of the ob
struction, declared that it was the hull
of "Old Jersey" which they had discov
"For, when I was a boy, some sixty
years ago," he said, "I remember seeing
the remains of the old frigate lying sub
merged about at this point. It was all
water here then, but at low tide you
couM make out the sides of the hull sunk
in the mud."
Further'investigation revealed the fact
that the old resident was right. After
the close of the revolution the British,
having no further use for the' unsea
worthy "Old Jersey," left her where she
was, anchored In Wallabout bay. She
was moved in out of channel, and no
further attention was paid to her. De
serted and left alone, full of yellow fever
g-erms and small-pox, which had killed
imprisoned patriots by the hundreds, she
was shunned by all men, so that nobody
would.go near enotigh to her to set her
on fire. One day she opened a leak and
settled Into the oozing mud of the bank
and the quicksand opened up to receive
When the government took the prop
erty for a navy yard, It filled the marsh
lands. The soil had collected around the
hull, drifting over her like a shroud
under the Influence of the changing tide,
and- an island had formed above the spot.
Then the historical societies of New
York awoke to the fact that a valuable
old relic was lying somewhere In Walla
uobt basin. They instituted a search for
Her, but the wind and the tide kept fhetr
sad secret, and the whereabouts of the"
dread old ship remained a mystery until
the searching fingers of the piles found
her oat. *
About Oct. 20, 1776, the first prison
ship was anchored in "Wallabocht" bay,
now the -Brooklyn navy yard basin. She
was the only prison ship in the bay until
May, 1777. In that year two more ships
came, and the sickly prisoners In the
Whitby, the first ship, were transferred
darkened his features and with, arms
uplifted he descended with stern- mem
and dignified tread from the scaffold plat- 1
form and, the people making way for him
from left and right, he passed down to
where Tlnsley stood. Already the latter
had realized how utterly out of place was
the sound of his laughter, tfut the realiza
tion came too late. "When the priest
reached Tinsley/s side he raised aloft the
crucifix and, gazing heavenward^ said
sharply and concisely:
"No Tinsley shall ever laugh again."
The crowd dispersed in silence; the in
cident of the priest and Tinsley was. for-
to them. During October, 1777, one of
these vessels -was burned .and many pris
oners perished in the flames-. A second
was set on fire by the despairing prison
ers in February of the following year.
The Good Hope, the Scorpion, the Prince
of Wales and the Old Jersey took their
But of all these terrible prison ships
the "Old Jersey"—the "Hell" as she was
called—was the most notorious. She- was
originally a sixty-four gun ship, but had
become unfit far actual war service.
After a battle with a French fleet, in
which she was much injured, she was
dismantled, her spars and rigging were
removed and her figurehead was taken to
repair another ship.
Thus, without ornament, an old, un
sightly hulk, wJfose dark and filthy ex
ternal appearance fitly represented the
death and despair that reigned within,
she was anchored, in April, 177R, in the
"Whallabocht Bay" for the rece^on of
For the purposes of a prison ship she
was stripped of everything, and tho bow-
The Cooney Habits of Creatures of the Reptilian World
"I didn't go over to see Jack Henderson
during my trip through the Big Coon
country," said John Gilbert, the traveling
groeeryman. "I was willing to take the
landlord's word for It. The subject of
snakes came up, and the landlord safd
that if I liked to see snakes Jack Hen
derson would please me. He said there
probably wasn't another such collection
of snakes on earth as Jack had. The last
time the landlord was over there there
were more than 600 rattlesnakes, and he
didn't know how many moccasins, whis
tlera, and other kinds of snakes in
" 'All alive and kickin\ too, I tell yott!'
said the landlord. 'And full o' music.
All but the cow moccasins. There ain't
much music in a cow moccasin. But then
he has p'lnts."
"And of course I couldn't help asking
what a cow moccasin was.
" 'Cow moccasin?* said the landloW.
'Don't.you know what a moccasin is? 1
"I said I didn't.
" TVell,. the cow moccasin is a very
pleasing snake,' said the landlord. 'Coma
to think of ft, though, I reckon it ain't
heerd much on outside o f the Big Coon
country. It gets the cow part of its name
it follows the oows around in the
pasture and sucks their milk. It has an
amusin' way o' flattenin' itself on the
ground when it's skeerd or ketched
milkin' a cow, jest in the shape of a moc
casin. I reckon that's why it's got the
name o' moccasin. It's a pleasin' sar
pent. Then' I 'spect you don't know the
whistler snake, either?'
"The whistler snake was likewise a rep
tile strange to me.
** That's 'cause you hain't traveled In
the Big Coon country,' said the landlord,
"and hain't seen Jack Henderson ylt. The
whistler snake kin pucker up its mouth
as proper as ever was and make a whis-
gotten with the rise of the next day's sun.
One day, however, the stork came- to the
Tinsley homestead and a son was born.
It was a baby boy whose blue eyea
looked wonderingly upon the world and
yet there lurked in their depths a sinister
seriousness that boded none knew what
until passing years brought back again
the recollection of the execution on the
commons of the old England town. For
the babe, unlike his playmates, never
wreathed his;face in sunny baby smiles.
Then the curse of the Tinsleys was re
Two centuries and more have passed
sprit, which|was used as a derrick for
taking in suspires, was all that was lert
on deck, except a flagpole amidships for
signaling. Her portholes were closed and
securely fastened, and groups of four
holes, about|tw]enty inches square, were
cut in her sfeeS for the admission of air
at distances of every ten feet The
apertures were secured by strong iron
bars, crossing each other at right angles,
but their arrangement did not permit a
free current of air between decks, where
the prisoners were confined.
Her position was nearly "opposite the
mouth of the old millrace and about
three hundred yards from the shore."
Southeast of her. distant about two or
three hundred yards, lay the so-called
hospital ships, Faieoner, Good Hope and
Hunter. It is said that the sick were
seldom removed to them until past all
hope of recovery, and then the moving
was an aggravation.
In fact, the idea of hospital ships was a
mockery- They were kept in the bay
probably for the sake of a historical rec
ord, but the dry bones of the thousands
tlin' sound you kin hear clear 'cross a
" 'The whistler and the cow moccasin
Is sort o' pardners. The cows in the Big
Coon country Is _ watched by dogs, and
them dogs la dead sot again' cow mocca
sins. ..obody knows, unless it's Jade
Henderson, and I'll bet he does, jest how
the whistlers and the moccasins come
to their undstandin', but they must a
come to it somehow, and the dogs don't
seems to be .able to get the hang of It.
" 'When a"tnoceasin wants to milk a cow
and a dog is in the way, the whistler
snake in cahoots with that moccasin jest
slips down to t'other side o' the field and
whistles for the dog. The dog answers
the call, and by the time he don't find no
body there "and ~gtts back to his watch
wonderin' what it meana the moccasin
has filled itself} with milk and pulled- out
for home. •' I
" 'What the Whistler gits put of the deal
I don't Jest exactly know. The fun o''the
thing, I guess, is all he wants. But Jack
kin teH you, LTou ask Jack. Toa've heerd
o' snake ltetchsrs, and seen, 'em too, I
"I said I.^ad,
" Tou think you have, you mean,' said
the landlords They all ketched tfito rat
tlesnakes by_ shovtn' a forked stick over
their heads so* they couldn't bite, and
then run 'em Into a bag, didn't they?*
"I said they did.
" 'That's what I though,' said the
landlord. "You think you've heerd on and
seen snake-ketchers, Trat you never have.
And you never will until you go see Jack
Henderson. He don't use no crotched
stick nor no bag. When Jack started in
to ketch snakes he argued that if nator*
intended them to be ketched she had fixed
up sometin' to ketch 'em with, and he
found it in a plant that grows in the Big
Coon country. When he goes out on a
snakin' picnic Jack carries a handful o'
the leaves o' that plant with him. Ha.
calls It the wild mesmerizer & the Big
since that child was born and still no
Tinsley laughs. Among the later mem
bers of the family there are some who
" can. laugh, but it is a cultivated laugh.
It Is imitation and bears: on its surface
only too evidently the marks of its un
Dr. Frank Tinsley, the resident of In
dianapolis, says that those-of the family
who can laugh have taught themselves to
do so by constant practice.
"It is a sort of artificial laugh," he said.
"I have studied the faces of the Tinsleys
when they laugh or try to laugh and have
found that, instead of the usual expres-
pf men which have been dug up near by
prove their uselessness.
The "Oid Jersey" was the receiving
ship in this death recruiting station, and
the hospital ships were the places where
prisoners were sewn up in blankets and
taken ashore for burial.
The appearance of toe "Old Jersey" as
she lay in Whallabocht bay is graphically
described by Capt. Drlng. Leaving New
York with 130 prisoners, brought in by
the British ship Bellsarius, he proceeded
to the place of their imprisonment, un
der the charge of the notorious David
Sproat, commander of the prisoners.
"We at length doubled this point," he
says, "and came in view of the Walla
bout, where lay before us the black hulk
of the 'Old Jersey,' with her satellites,
the three hospital ships, to which Sproat
pointed In an exulting manner, and said:
" "There, rebels, there is the cage for
"As he s^bke my eye turned to the
hulk. A multitude of persons were mov
ing on her upper deck. Some of them,
seeing us approach, waved us away as if
Coon mountains. When he corrala a
rattler or a whistler or a cow moccasin
he fastens a mesmerizer on to the end o'
a stick and shoves it under the sarpent's
smeller. The sarpent recognizes natur'3
plan at once and don't lay back and Rick
ag'ln it, but rubs Itself on the mesmerizer
and sniffs it, and by and by drops off into
a sleep as sweet and Innocent as a little
babe's. When the snake does that Jack
picks it up and puts it in Ms basket, same
as he would a 'tater, and goes on to look
up some more.
" 'Now,, every snake ketoher you ever
seen or heerd on- dumped his serpents in
a box and lugged 'em about the country
to show 'em at a nickel a peep, didn't
"I admitted that such had been the cus
tom 'of most of the snake catchers I had
" 'Of course,' said the landlord. ' 'Causo
they ain't real snake ketcher* Now
Jack Henderson don't carry none o' his
snakes about the country. He left other
folks do that. Folks come from all direc
tions and distance* to git them snakes a'
Jack's and carry 'em 'round the country.
Half o' the Big Coon district is carrym'
'em 'round with: 'em now every day in;
the year and they pay Jack well for
lettin' 'em do It, too.'
"It would have been rude In me not to
ask the landlord why.
" 'Cause Jack makes them snakes Into.
shoes,' said the landlord. 'He tans their
skins in, a way that makes calfskin, seem
no use o' bein' born. That snake-skin'
leather is alive,, as you mowt say, 'cause
Jack peels the skins off o-' the llvln'
snakes. Jack mesmerizes 'em with that
natur's plant that he dlektvered, and the
snake don't know it's bein' peeled, and it
dies happy, besides. Jack says. It takes
'weeks and weeks to tarv-the skins, hut
qa Jack has hundreds of 'em In the vata
all the time lie don't never ran out o*
stock to make Into snake-skin shoes,"
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sion, a peculiar frown resnlts. Some of
our family have presented this peculiarity
to an extent more conspicuous than the
others—my uncle and sister particularly.
"The tradition has been in our family
for a long time, but so far as I am per
sonally concerned I have but little faith
in it. It might, of course, have occurred
and the effect of the priest's words might
have been such, as every physician
knows, as'would have: exercised a peculiar
prenatal influence. But I take no stock
In this theory^at all. I think that possibly
some one observed the effect and then
Invented the cause. They observed that
in warning. It was nearly sunset, and
before we wore alongside every man. ex
| cept the "sentinels on the" gangway' had
disappeared. As we went up the gang
plank the ; croaking voice of a wretched
prisoner called to us from one of me
■ Iron barred holes: . . • - : : '.
;. " 'It is a lamentable thing to see so
many young men in full strength,; in the
; flush: of health, about to enter this in
fernal abode. Death has", no relish for
such skeleton carcasses as we, but now
he will feed fat upon you rosy newcom
1 In. 1782 when Alexander , Coffin was sent
a j prisoner on board- the old Jersey, he
5 found about eleven - hundred prisoners
■there, many of whom during the severity ■
of the winter were without clothing to
I keep them warm. To escape freezing it
was even . necessary to walk the decks
Briskly or to stay below. Only by using
I great ; effort " could Ihey keep j from freez
ing, ; and many of the prisoners, wasted
by sickness, had not the strengtn for the
. effort. They, escaped small-pox. and yel
' low feveV ; only to fall vicums to the cold.
,In his i memoirs Mr. Coflln says . tho
prisoners were fed on ptitrld '•■ beef (and
pork and worm-eaten bread which had x :
been condemned on the English warships.
It was so full of vermin that they had
to : beat it against the hull before they
could eat it. : On the upper gun deck hoga
[ were kept in pens for the use of the \ of
ficers. >'i When vie hogs were fed bran :
the prisoners ' would ; steal it from the
trough. '^:;'\ '-'":-: /■"'.,;'. .V'-'-'i ..: ':■ ■ '.
Sometimes - the prisoners ■ were denied
the use of fire for several days in succes- •
sion and had to eat their meat raw. When
■ fire - was-." allowed |it was : confined to ,: a.
large copper boiler, which was corroded
by the use of salt water. The men were ,
compelled to ,;. put their " meat into this
green boiling water and take it out again
at ; a particular time, ' whether :; it was
cooked: or, not ■'.To the use of this poison-'
ous boiler and the filthy bilge water they |
drank Capt. / Dring : attributed much of
their sickness. :.,.-. ■ ' ;
._■': Light was not permitted at night, and r
the hulk I was 'so crowded that : the pris
oners ! could not ~ move without " falling;.
over each : other. ;- Their rest was - broken i
by the groans of the sick and dying and
by the men who went , crazy; and cursed >
their : inhuman ;,keepers.' xne dying. In
their • last convulsive - agonies ; frequently ;
fell I across the f bodies ;of ; their sick com
panions-/ and as the?- sick..; were unable to
remove them they had |to lie there until I
morning, when the ' death ; patrol came '■■ In'
Bearch of '■■- those • wno had died in the
night. .;":"~';'. ':■'.'■ .':''.:■■ ;~,"
"Turn" out your dead!" the patrol would '
cry, coming out of the sunlight Into the
stench of . the black hulk below. And the-;
dead were turned out from the living. "it
being \ necessary to awaksn. some of . theT
prisoners to ask them if they were ; dead,
because " * movement, '- not 'i '•: appearances," •
could be trusted only. . '"-_ - - - - '
w.i The ": fortunate ones • were sewn, up In i
their blankets and carried by I their com-;^
panions, under a guard,, to the shore and '
there burled. X Sometimes the ; succaeding. %
tido washed out the remains and their
bones • were, exposed '..■ along '? the beach» -i,
the Tinsleyg were unable to laugh, and,
finding no explanation convenient, sup
plied one wholly from the warp and wool
of their Imagination. When I was young,
it was said that I had 'the Tinsley laugh,'
but £ Relieve that I have trained my sell
so that I am now able to laugh without
attracting undue attention. All of us—
even those of us most expert—certainly
present funny and queer expressions
when we give vent to our merriment. A
frown overspreads our countenances—ln
other words we frown when we laugh."
Our position is certamly one wilhout
: bleaching in the sun. The whole shore,
from. Rcnner's; point to Rensen's door
yard, . and from his barn jto Repelje's
farm, and the slopes- of the hill, and tha
sand island between the flood gates and
the mill dam that urnd. to be there, were
filled with remains of the martyrs.
.--; ', It Is estimated ; that eleven thousand
: perished vin=' the okl Jersey: alone. The
. matter was frequently brought to the at
tention of Gen. : George Washington .by
returned prisoners, and he wrote this let
ter to Lord Howe, under date of Jan. 13.
1777: .y.;.'.. :- :' ■ - .-•■
"' "I am sorry that I am under the dis
agreeable, necessity to trouble your lord
ship . with a letter almost wholly .on the '
-subject of the cruel treatment which our
officers and men in the naval department
who .; are I unhappy enough to fall into
your hands receive on board the prison
ships" In the harbor of. New- York. With
: out descending^ to particulars I under
stand that thousands have perishfKi ln^the
old Jersey alone. The matter contained in
the enclosed ! paper,' which ;Is an : exact
copy of ' the usage of the; prisoner ,vdeliv
' ered to congress by one Capt. Gamble,
i lately 1 a prisoner himself in ■ New York..
;; "If this account be true, of which I
have no reason to donbt, as Capt. Gamble
is a man of veracity. I call upon your
lordship to say, whether aay treatment ;
of. your officers and seamen ha 3 . merited
so severe a j retaliation. : I am | bold to
; say It has not. *:*• • And I hope upon
■ making the proper inquiry you will have
.the matter so regulated that the unhappr
: persons in j captivity may! not in the f u<
: ture have the miseries of cold, disease
and famine ad ded to their other misfor
tunes. ' . < ;S:-~\^:': -'/'- -
. .'."Tou may call us rebels,, and. say. that
we deserve no better treatment: but re
member, my lord, that 'supposing ua
rebels,, we still have feelings equally keen
and; sensible ras ■■ loyalists, : and .will, If
: farced ' to * it, ■■ most assuredly retalla
upon.' those upon -whom we look as the ■
unjust ' invaders of our rights, ! liberties
and propeijties; ' -_... ._. \ ". "
"I should, have not said so much, b*:t
my injured countrymen have long, called •
upon, me to endeavor to obtain: redress cf
~ their grievances;faiid I should think nty
self as culpable as those who inflict such
severities upon them, were I to continue
idlenfc.;.'-?, ."-•. GEORGE WASHINGTON.""
% Although the ; letter ofiGen. ? Washlng
ton received no attention, , ha, It said to
the credit of the American army that it -
did not retaliate witlt like Indignities.
! t In: ; ISOB the Tammany i society of / New
York , gathered such Vof " the ; remains as
could be ■ found,"' filling ; eleven % hegsheada,.
"and ; Interred them with lmposlnjf: mili
tary and civic ceremonies in a tomb near
the navy yard. Theace. In 1573, they w<?ra=
removed to a vault prepared for them on _
, the high ground of the saluting Datterjr
of : Washington (PL Greene) park. •>
- After the close of the revohrtionary war
tha prison ship was : abandoned ■ where- .
she lay and finally aanlt from Bight. unOl ;
the C engines o£ the "rebels," laying \ th» '■
keel of the warship in the heart \of i the V
uecondr city in. the world, rfonnd 1 her ghost.
la the mud of the East river. v