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Page) of two delegates was dispatched to find them. Suddenly an
inspired member moved that our friend of the table should be sent for the two.
It was a vote. He went and sought them in vain, and the Convention had peace.
Suddenly he returned. At the first opening he rose and shouted " Mr. President."
The President and the Convention heard, and sighed within. He stated that the
Committee asked leave to report that it had been unable to discharge its duty,
and asked to be relieved from further service. He sat gravely down, and another
member jumped up and moved that the Committee be discharged with the thanks of
the Convention : when from quite another part of the hall came a clear voice. "I
move you, Sir, that the motion lie upon the table." There was a chorus of
laughter, and the motion was put and unanimously carried. After which there were
no more motions to lie upon the table.
There was a Lounger in the
gallery who remembered that Emerson used to call Mrs. Abby Folsom "the flea of
Conventions," and he could not help smiling to see that all Conventions might be
troubled with fleas.
THE EVENT OF THE HOUR.
THERE is general expectation of a
the Potomac. Before this paper is printed it
may have taken place. It is even said that on Saturday last several persons went
from New York to see the fighting. If it be so, let us hope that they each took
a rifle, and meant to see the fight from the ranks and not from the rear.
If there be a battle, has every
man considered the effect of its result? We shall beat, or we shall be beaten.
In July we did not put the case so. In July we were to beat, and we had
Bull Run. At this time, if there be an
engagement all along the line of the Potomac, it will be the greatest of the
war. The rebels, at least, are not likely to assemble so strong an army again.
Suppose we fight, and that they are beaten.
In that case they will doubtless
withdraw from Virginia, and the campaign will close by the advance of our lines
and the occupation of the foolish State that permitted itself to be made the
battle-field. Meanwhile naval expeditions will have given us the commend of a
long reach of coast. The occupation of Virginia will strengthen and secure
Kentucky, and Fremont's task in Missouri will be easier. With our advance the
tone of England, which loves success, will be modified. The rebels will feel
pinched by a thousand discomfitures : and they will cast up the year's accounts,
and try in vain to find a balance in their favor.
But suppose we fight and that we
are beaten. Are we likely to give it up ? Is a strong Southern party likely to
be developed at the North ? Will England and France at once recognize the rebel
For France and England none of us
can speak very confidently; but we may assume that we know something of
ourselves. And, far from giving it up, disastrous as the defeat may be, we shall
rather nerve ouselves for the remaining struggle. We are by no means aroused as
we can be. We are not yet as grimly in earnest as we shall be if defeated.
Unquestionably we believe that we shall finally conquer ; but every man does not
yet feel that the time has come for him to go. If we are beaten upon the Potomac
every man will feel that the time has come; he will see that this Government is
gone unless he and all his friends hasten to its rescue. He will agree that
self-defense knows no law, and that every weapon that can harm the foe must be
hurled at him. We shall have no more squeamishness about the military necessity
of emancipation, nor will the people suffer their Government to protect any
farther the system from which treason springs, and has always sprurg in this
country. Nor will the responsibility rest upon us. The rebels have seized the
sword; they can not complain if they fall by it.
Fort McHenry. But the line of Pennsylvania
would be a line of flame, and New York would move as a giant to the rescue.
If not, if this surmise is wrong,
then we ought not to risk another battle. If we are so light of faith in our
cause and ultimate victory that, with all our conditions and advantages known to
us, we are willing to put our Government, and constitutional liberty, and
civilization to the test of a single battle only, we are poltroons and
murderers, and the sooner we shout aloud the surrender that is in our hearts the
clearer will be our consciences hereafter.
THIEVES UPON "TREACHERY."
BRIGAND-GENERAL FLOYD and his
friends began their exploits, as history relates, and will relate forever, by
stealing. They stole guns, money, forts, arsenals, navy-yards, hospitals, ships,
mints, postage-stamps ; whatever, in fine, they could lay their hands on, they
stole. But if the Government, the rightful owner of the property, proceeded to
take it or to try to take it, without informing the thieves, how, when, and
where the effort was to be made, those virtuous gentlemen made the welkin ring
with their cries of Treachery! treachery!
If the upright Floyd, in the
intervals of pilfering, could find time to recreate his mind with light reading,
we should recommend to his attention that pleasant passage of Gil Blas, in which
the Brigand-General Rolando tells his experience of treacherous interference.
"Meanwhile I committed all kinds
of debauchery, in the company of other young men of the
same disposition ; and as our
parents did not supply us with money sufficient to support such a delicious
life, every one pilfered what he could at his own home; but that being also
insufficient, we began to rob in the dark; when, unfortunately, the corregidor
got notice of us, and would have caused us to be apprehended, had we not been
informed of his treacherous design. Upon which we consulted our safety in
flight, and transferred the scene of our exploits to the highway. Since which
time, gentlemen, God has given me grace to grow old in my profession, in spite
of the dangers to which it is exposed."
ALTHOUGH Clarke, the comedian,
has gone, Hermann, the prestidigitateur, remains. If any intelligent man or
woman wishes to know what that means, the Academy of Music is the place to
ascertain. Mr. Hermann is a magician, a conjuror, a medicine-man, a professor of
sleight-of-hand, a wonder-worker. He brings foreign testimonials which certify
his great excellence in his way, and as there is always a peculiar interest in
really admirable conjuring, and as it is long since we have had a master of
magic, Mr. Hermann will probably find crowds who are anxious to forget for a
moment the harassing cares of the times.
HUMORS OF THE DAY.
DISINTERESTED ADVICE TO LADIES OF
A LITERARY TURN.
—Never marry an author. He is
sure at some time or other to put you in his books, and the consequence is, you
will come out, like those rare botanical specimens similarly preserved, as flat
and as dead as possible. Not a fraction of color will there be left in you!
There will only be the withered outline, by which you will be able to trace your
original beauty. In fact, a wife to an author is only so much book-muslin to
enable him to dress up his characters with. To clothe others the wretch does not
scruple to cut up his own wife.
A HOPEFUL SENIOR.—"Eh ? by Jove,
Sir, a new lease!" Such was the exclamation of a sanguine old buck, who, before
his toilet mirror, discovered, by the aid of a double eye-glass, one black hair
among his white whiskers.
AN ATMOSPHERIC FACT.—Meat will
not keep in this hot weather, not even in a lodging-house. Though we have seen
the meat safe overnight, and were pleased to think it was so full of hope, and
looked so promising for the morrow's dinner, yet the next day every scrap would
be found to have gone, and gone, too, beyond all hope of recovery. Meat never
goes so quickly as at the sea-side. In fact, it goes infinitely quicker than it
comes. Husbands who are fond of hot dinners should go to a marine lodging house,
for they will never see there by any chance a bit of cold meat for weeks and
As Edwin lounged on the pier to
get a relish for his dinner after swallowing two monstrous bloaters for his
breakfast, he said to his Angelina, "Tell me something funny, dearest, and so
excite the cachinnatory muscles of my diaphragm, for I have been told that
laughing is provocative of appetite."
Thus bidden, as in duty bound,
the wife of his fond bosom peered for a brief moment to the seaward of the pier,
and receiving inspiration from the freshening breeze that blew there, whispered,
" Canst say, love, why the pleasant island of Ceylon is so favorite a resort for
marriageable ladies ?"
Edwin, thus appealed to,
scratched his nose and stroked his whiskers, but not finding his wits sharpened
by either of those processes, was forced to let his wife explain that the answer
to her riddle was, that the island she referred to was full of Cingalese.
Observing his blank looks, she added in compassion, "Now, dearest, don't be
stupid; can't you put an 'h' in, and pronounce it ' Single he's ?' "
Feeling it expected of him, Edwin
tried to laugh, but, alas ! he could do little more than get up a faint giggle.
Whereupon his placens uxor made another daring effort to excite his risibility,
by asking, " Who is the most dangerous young lady in a ball-room?" and adding in
the saute breath, "Why, of course, dear, a Lucinda."
Conscious of his density, Edwin
tried his best to look as though he understood her ; but, struggle as he might
for it, the giggle would not come until, patting with her tiny hand his sorely
puzzled brow, said Angelina, " You are sadly dull, dear love, this morning.
Can't you divide that Christian name, and call it a loose-cinder!"
THE HEIGHT OF A WARM IMAGINATION.
—Throwing open the windows—lying gracefully at full length on the sofa (having
previously put a plate of shrimps on the table before you)—and listening to the
gentle trickling of the watering-cart as it paces slowly up and down the street
; with the happy combination of so many luxuries, it becomes as easy as lying on
the beach, and throwing pebbles into the sea, to fancy that one is doing the
dolce far niente at the sea-side. We beg of the reader, who has any thing of a
tropical imagination, to put on only a suitable costume, and to try it just for
a couple of hours.
THE PURSUIT OF JOKING UNDER
DIFFICULTIES.—The Painters inside the house and the
Paviors hammering away violently outside! The two senses of smell and hearing
being attacked, beyond all power of stoppage, outrageously at the same time. On
our word, it is enough to make a Bright swear!
SEVERE TRIAL OF TEMPER IN HOT
A CHOLERIC OLD GENTLEMAN.
A COOL Y OUNG PARTY.
Scene :—A Richmond Railway
Carriage. Time : -About 12 noon. CHOLERIC OLD GENTLEMAN (panting, puffing,
perspiring). "Hot, Sir, tremendously hot."
COOL YOUNG PARTY. "It is warm."
C. O. G. "Warm, Sir ! I call it
blazing hot. Why the glass is 98° in the Shade!"
C. Y. P. "Really! is that much?"
C. O. G. "Much, Sir! Immense!"
C. Y. P. "Well, then, the glass
is perfectly right."
C. O. G. "Right, Sir! I don't
understand you. Sir. What do you mean by saying it is right, Sir ?"
C. Y. P. "I mean that the glass
is quite right to be as much in the Shade as it can in this warm weather."
[CHOLERIC OLD GENTLEMAN
DO YOU GIVE IT UP?
What tree pinches the Jews? The
Twice ten are six of us,
Six are but three,
Nine are but four of is,
What can we be?
Would you know more of us,
I will tell you more—Seven are
but five of us,
Five are but four.
The number of letters contained
in each numeral.
Why is the letter A like twelve
o'clock? Because it is the middle of day.
Why are undergraduates like
Because they live upon the
commons, they are crammed, they are plucked, and when they are plucked they are
What do ladies look for when they
go to church? The hims (hymns).
Why is an egg overdone like an
egg underdone? Because it hardly done.
THE REBELS FALLING BACK.
BALLOON reconnoissance made on
Washington developed the fact that not only had the rebels who made the
dash upon the Union pickets near the
Chain Bridge fallen back, but that also a
very large portion of their main force had done likewise from the positions
formerly occupied by them.
RECONNOISSANCE AT LEWINSVILLE.
A reconnoissance party started
from the Chain Bridge on 11th at seven o'clock A. M. under the charge of Colonel
Stevens, of the Seventy-ninth New York State Militia. As the skirmishers
advanced the rebel pickets retired beyond Lewinsville, which is situated at
about seven miles from the starting-point. The object of the party having been
accomplished, they began to retrace their steps, but the rebels were determined
they should not do this without some suffering. They therefore sent a far
superior force of infantry, with cavalry and artillery, to cut them off, while a
line of battle was formed by the remainder of their forces. Their battery opened
with shell, to which Captain Griffin replied. Several rounds were fired on
either side, when our troops ceased firing so as to allow the rebels to advance
out of the woods in which they were concealed if they dared, in order to have an
open field fight. But to this the rebels would not agree, therefore a thirty-two
pounder was brought into action, the shell from which soon silenced the rebel
battery. Captain Griffin next gave the rebel cavalry, which had made their
appearance on the road to Fall's Church, a specimen of his skill, and soon sent
them flying, some with empty saddles, as the shells burst in their midst. The
command then withdrew, and reached the Chain Bridge in good order.
A SPEECH FROM GENERAL McCLELLAN.
Governor Curtin presented colors to the Pennsylvania Regiments last week at
Washington, in presence of the President and a number of officers. The Herald
correspondent thus describes an incident of the affair:
" For some minutes at this place
the troops were allowed to gratify their desire to shake hands with
McClellan, and the General, desiring to become acquainted with his men, and to
have them know him, gratified them, and the liveliest of scenes were enacted.
The President, Cabinet, Governors, and even the ladies, were lost sight of.
General M'Clellan never took an officer by the hand at the expense of a private.
He talked little, bowed to each man, and looked him straight in the eyes. Each
man had something cheering to say to the General. One man said, ' General, we
are anxious to wipe out
Bull Run; hope you will allow us to do it soon.' ' Very
soon, if the enemy does not run,' was the prompt response.
"At last Captain Barker, of the
Chicago cavalry corps, composing the escort, appealed to the troops not to crowd
the General too hard, or shake his hand too much, as before he slept he had a
long way to travel, and much writing to do with the hand they were shaking. He
promised if they would fall back that the General would say a few words to them.
They instantly complied, when the General, removing his hat, spoke as follows:
"' SOLDIERS!—We have had our last
retreat. We have seen our last defeat. You stand by me, and I will stand by
you, and henceforth victory will crown our efforts.' "
THE EMANCIPATION QUESTION IN
The following letter front the President to
General Fremont has been
WASHINGTON, D. C., Sept. 11,
1861. "Major-General John C. Fremont:
SIR,—Yours of the 8th, in answer
to mine of the 2d instant, was just received. Assured that you, upon the ground,
could better judge of the necessities of your position than I could at this
distance, on seeing your proclamation of August 30 I perceived no general
objection to it; the particular clause, however, in relation to the confiscation
of property and the liberation of
slaves appeared to me to be objectionable in
its non-conformity to the act of Congress, passed the 6th of last August, upon
the same subjects, and hence I wrote you expressing my wish that that clause
should be modified accordingly. Your answer just received expresses the
preference on your part that I should make an open order for the modification,
which I very cheerfully do. It is therefore ordered that the said clause of said
proclamation be so modified, held, and construed as to conform with and not to
transcend the provisions on the same subject contained in the act of Congress
entitled 'An act to confiscate property used for insurrectionary purposes'
approved August 6, 1861, and that said act be published at length with this
" Your obedient servant,
KENTUCKY THOROUGHLY LOYAL.
On September 12, both Houses of
the Kentucky Legislature passed the following resolutions:
"Resolved, That Kentucky's peace
and neutrality have been wantonly violated, her soil has been invaded, the
rights of her citizens have been grossly infringed by the so-called Southern
Confederate forces. This has been done without cause; therefore-
"Be it resolved by the General
Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, That the Governor be requested to call
out the military force of the State to expel and drive out the invaders.
"Resolved, That the United States
be invoked to give aid and assistance, that protection to invasion which is
granted to each one of the States by the 4th section of the 4th article of the
Constitution of the United States.
"Resolved, That General
Anderson be, and he is hereby requested to enter immediately upon the active
discharge of his duties in this military district.
"Resolved, That we appeal to the
people of Kentucky by the ties of patriotism and honor, by the ties of common
interest and common defense, by the remembrances of the past, and by the hopes
of future national existence, to assist in repelling and driving out the wanton
violators of our peace and neutrality, the lawless invaders of our soil."
MAGOFFIN TRIES TO BETRAY THE
On 13th Governor Magoffin vetoed
the resolutions. They were, however, immediately passed over his veto, and the
Governor was directed to require the withdrawal of the Confederates from
Kentucky. Accordingly Governor Magoffin issued the following proclamation, in
obedience to the resolutions:
"The Government of the
Confederate States, the State of Tennessee, and all others concerned, are hereby
informed that Kentucky expects the Confederate or Tennessee troops to be
withdrawn from her soil unconditionally."
REBELLION TO BE PUNISHED.
On 14th Mr. Huston reported a
bill to punish rebellion in the State. It was made the special order for 16th.
The bill will make it felony to
aid the war by enlisting troops for the Confederates, or inducing any one to do
so, or by joining or parading with any company with the intent to join the
Confederates. The invasion of Kentucky by any citizen as a Confederate soldier
is punishable by death. This Act to go into effect in ten days, and will not be
applicable to those who return to their allegiance within sixty days.
THE REBELS DEFEATED IN WESTERN
General Rosecrans succeeded in
engaging the rebel forces under General Floyd on Tuesday last, and after giving
them battle caused them to follow the same course as that pursued by
Wise—namely, to make a rapid flight—which they did under the cover of darkness.
The engagement was a brisk one, the rebels having the advantage of position, and
also of greater numbers both of men and artillery. The Union loss is fifteen
killed and seventy wounded. The rebel loss of men can not be ascertained, as
they removed their dead and wounded, but their loss of material and baggage was
heavy, all of which fell into the hands of General Benham's brigade. Twenty-five
of the prisoners, taken at the time that Colonel Tyler's force was attacked at
Cross Lane, have been recaptured. Floyd's forces are said to be entirely driven
from their stronghold and routed.
REPORTED WRECK OF THE "SUMTER."
Another pirate, the notorious
Sumter, is reported to have been wrecked on the island of Trinidad, near Port of
Spain, on or about the 20th of August. No further particulars have been
received, and it is not known whether any of the crew were drowned or not.
PLAN OF THE HARBOR OF BEAUFORT,
As naval expeditions are now
leaving every few days to operate on the Southern Coast, we present above a Plan
of a harbor which will certainly receive some attention—Beaufort, North
Carolina. This is one of the best harbors on the coast; there are fifteen feet
water on the bar. At latest dates there were, it is said, four United States
men-of-war off the month of the harbor. Fort Macon, which protects it, is very
strong, and a large force of North Carolinians have been assigned to its
ANOTHER BATTLE AT BOONVILLE.
Intelligence has been received at St. Louis of a battle fought at Boonville,
resulting in a victory for the Union. The rebels, 1000 strong, were driven back
by the Home Guard, with a loss of twelve killed and thirty wounded. The Union
loss was only one killed and four wounded. Among the rebels killed were Colonel
Brown and Captain Brown, both virulent secessionists.
AFFAIRS AT HATTERAS.
We learn from Fortress Monroe
that all was quiet at Hatteras on 13th inst. The Susquehanna and Pawnee were
still there. The defenses had been put in complete order, and the guns spiked by
the rebels were ready for service. Four Southern vessels, under British colors,
had run into the Inlet with merchandise for the rebels, not knowing of the
change of sovereignty. They were, of course, captured.
DISORGANIZATION OF THE REBEL
There seems to be a little trouble among the rebel troops. A whole
Mississippi regiment is reported to have revolted on Saturday last, broken their
muskets to pieces, and started for home. A complete demoralization of the army
is apparent. Thirteen rebel regiments have left for their homes since the
capture of the forts at Hatteras.
THE UNION AND REPUBLICAN STATE
The People's Convention at Syracuse, on 11th, adopted a brief
declaration in favor of sustaining the Government in its efforts to quell the
rebellion, and nominated the following ticket for State officers:
Dickinson, of Broome. Secretary of State-Horatio Ballard, of Cortland.
Controller—Lucius Robinson, of Chemung.
Treasurer—W. B. Lewis, of Kings.
Canal Commissioners—F. A. Aberger,
of Erie, long term ; F. A. 'I'allmadge, of New York, short term.
State Prison Inspector—A. B.
Tappan, of Westchester. State Engineer—W. B. Taylor, of Oneida.
Judge of the Court of Appeals—W.
B. Wright, of Ulster.
The Republican State Convention
met at Syracuse the same day, and nominated the ticket for State officers, with
the exception of their candidate for Canal Commissioner, Tallmadge, of New York.
The name of Benjamin F. Bruce, of Madison, was substituted for that of Mr.
Jefferson Davis is not dead. The
silence of the Rebel organs on this subject has been broken by positive
contradictions of the reports of his decease.
Parson Brownlow and his son, of
Knoxville, Tennessee, are still under arrest, by order of
MORE TROOPS FOR CANADA.
THE announcement is made that
three more regiments are ordered to Canada. They start about the middle of
September, and will leave in the Great Eastern, which goes to New York, as
The Times, in an editorial, says
that the Government may have private reasons for the movement, but that there
are none apparent. If it is purely a defensive movement and a mere declaration
of identity between England and Canada, it hopes that Canada will not take it
for more than it means, but hold herself ready, if it should be needful, to
protect herself. It is regarded as a wise guarantee against all complications,
and calculated to strengthen her frontier.
A FORTHCOMING SPEECH FROM THE
EMPEROR. Among other on dits in Paris, was one to the effect that, on the
occasion of the Emperor's approaching visit to Bordeaux, a speech may be
expected from him calculated to remove any fears entertained of warlike
intentions on the part of his Majesty.
PROGRESS OF EVENTS.
The resignation of Mingettie,
Minister of the Interior, had been accepted. Baron Ricasoli had been nominated
to the vacancy with the charge ad interim of Foreign Affairs. Victor Emmanuel
had informally received M. Benedict, the new French Minister. Additional
successes were reported over the Neapolitan brigands. It was alto reported that
some collisions had occurred between the Piedmontese troops and the Papal gens d'armes.
SPAIN WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THE
Mr. Tassara, the Spanish Minister, has called to assure the Secretary of
State that the report from
Charleston that the Captain-General of Cuba has
issued a proclamation recognizing the
rebel flag is untrue. What has happened
is, that vessels from any port of the United States in possession of the rebels,
coming into a port with irregular papers, are admitted ex necessitate, without
notice of their irregularity, just as they have been admitted in all other ports
since the rebels obtained possession of the custom-houses in the insurgent
States. It is needless to say that no such vessels can be abroad without
escaping the blockading force. There is no recognition of a rebel flag in
Spanish ports or in any other ports.