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POETRY BY GEN. LANDER.
The following stanzas were written by Brig.-Gen. Lander, on hearing that the Confederate troops had said that "Fewer of the Massachusetts officers would have been killed if they had not been too proud to surrender."
We trust that the suggestion in the last stanza will be promptly met, and the Twentieth Massachusetts be at Once recruited to its full complement.
Aye, deem us proud! for we are more
Than proud of all our mighty dead;
Proud of each rock, and wood, and glen,
Of every river, lake, and plain; Proud of the calm and earnest men
Who claim the right and will to reign.
Proud of the men who gave us birth,
They traced in blood upon its sod;
Proud, that beneath our proudest dome, And round the cottage-cradled hearth, There is a welcome and a home
For every stricken race on earth.
Proud that yon slowly sinking sun
Saw drowning lips grow white in prayer, O'er such brief acts of duty done As honor gathers from despair.
Pride 'tis our watchword, "Clear the boats!"Holmes, Putnam, Bartlett, Pierson-here!" And while this crazy wherry floats,
"Let's save our wounded!" cries Revere.
Old State-some souls are rudely sped-
It only asks," Has Sparta more?"
AN INCIDENT OF THE WAR.
There are bright spots in the darkness of war. Deeds of mercy by an enemy shed lustre on our common humanity. They have been commemorated in the heroic song of Homer, and have been eagerly caught and honored in every age by the human heart. They bid us hope, too, that the present contest grows, in part, out of mutual misapprehension of the purposes and spirit of the two sections of the country arrayed against each other.
The following lines were written by a lady of Stock. bridge, and commemorate an incident very touching and beautiful, which rests upon the best authority, and which ought to be known.
Colonel Mulligan refused his parole at Lexington, and his wife resolved to share his captivity. Accordingly she left her infant, fourteen months old, in the care of one of the strongest secessionist women in the town. That woman assumed the charge of the little child, and dressed it in the captured American flag.
The fight had ceased! The cannon's roar
The leader and his band so brave
Had turned from walls they could not save
When voice was heard of sore lament,
'Thy father yields his post and sword, But rebels shall not have his 'word;' In prison rather ling'ring lie, Than yield the right to fight and die!
"And faithful love shall follow there,
"To pine in loathsome, poisoned air, To dwell in dungeon damp and bare
They raised the arm, they struck the blow,
And gloried in the deed,
That first of all they met the foe,
But not without a saddening word
The message flew as on the wind
Then came again the cry, "To arms!
Unless ten thousand valiant men
At once ten times ten thousand rose, Who had not armed before;
A million men were ready, then,
To march through Baltimore.
E'en those who once had striven in vain
And sought a poor, precarious peace,
One heart, one hand, the North-men stand, And swear they will be fre
They battle for their native land,
For life and liberty.
Look, England, who art wont to sneer! And Europe, now behold!
See here the patriotic zeal
That fired the men of old.
The blood that coursed the father's veins
Now call our Government a dream,
That taunted lack of loyalty!
Was ever such a loyalty
Bestowed on any throne? Can such a country ever fall,
Where such a love is shown?
Ah, no! America shall rise Above the dismal cloud; This is her resurrection morn! She casts aside the shroud!
Harp of Columbia! there is still
Hast thou forgot the songs of yore
Respectfully inscribed to the loyal ladies of Kentucky, and especially to Mrs. Nannette Smith and Mrs. Bland Bullard, of Louisville, Kentucky, by a private in Captain Van Trees' company, Sixth regiment of Indiana Volunteers, Col. T. T. Crittenden commanding.
BY W. S. G.
We left our homes and firesides,
And those who love us dearly—
We heard the call-responded, too, Though bitter was our parting; We joined the gallant Crittenden,
As with one heart upstarting. We gave a hasty brief adieu,
With hearts somewhat dejected; But every Hoosier vowed to see Kentucky's fair protected.
And have we proved false to our trust,
That's proudly streaming o'er us!
Won by blood-wrought election ;And we, their humble progeny,
Will die for its protection.
And, sons of old Kentucky's soil,
Till North and South's united.
The same bright stream that laps your State
Twined with Kentucky's flowers.
Ye loyal ladies of this State,
Who scorn Disunion's faction,
Your eloquence can touch their hearts;
Ladies! we hail your grateful acts
Kentucky's loyal women.
CAMP INDIANA, HARDIN Co., KY., Oct. 28, 1861.
WHISKEY AND ICE SCARCE AT RICHMOND.-The New Orleans Picayune thinks whiskey and ice must be growing exceedingly scarce in Richmond. A "friend just returned informs the editor, on entering a fashionable drinking saloon in the Confederate capital, he saw this placard posted over the counter: 'Drinks fifteen cents each. No bills changed except at heavy discount. Gentlemen will please refrain from eating the ice in their tumblers after drinking.'"-Cincinnati Gazette, Nov. 14.
A LITTLE COUNTY WITH A BIG HEART.-Ritchie County, in Western Virginia, is a very small county, but she gave seven hundred votes for the Union, and out of these seven hundred voters, five hundred have
gone to make good their ballots with their bayonets, and others are getting ready to do the same.-Philadelphia Bulletin, Sept. 19.
PICKET COURTESIES.-A night or two ago, a German picket-guard stationed outside of Arlington, in Va., heard their own language spoken by the rebel scouts opposite them. A few words were interchanged, and the parties on both sides, finding themselves fellow-countrymen, proceeded to meet each other in perfect confidence. So well pleased were they with their interview that, after posting a sufficient number of guards along the prescribed lines, the majority returned to the neutral ground, and, building a fire, passed the best part of the night together, on the warmest and most amicable terms.N. Y. Tribune, Sept. 25.
PRINCE NAPOLEON AND THE UNION.-The Mining Register relates that while Prince Napoleon was at Copper Falls, in Lake Superior region, the following incident occurred:
While returning from the stamp mill, the Prince proposed to drink (it being quite warm) from a spring by the wayside, and, taking an empty powder can used by the miners for the purpose, he drank-" The land of Washington-one and inseparable." The compliment was handsomely returned by Mr. Burnham, in—“France-the friend of America," which was received by the whole party with much enthusiasm.
DAN RICE, the showman, is stumping the Western States, outside of his menagerie, in favor of the Union cause. He addressed a meeting at Oshkosh, Wis., on the 28th ult.-Louisville Journal, Sept. 12.
MAJOR LYNDE, the officer who surrendered Fort Fillmore to the rebels in New Mexico, has been arrested by two of his subordinates, (Captains Gibbs and Potter,) who have taken the responsibility of conveying him to Santa Fé for trial. The old man was very indignant at this treatment, but the two captains were young and active, and held him fast.— N. Y. Evening Post, Sept. 11.
MAURY'S "OBSERVATIONS."-A curious discovery was made at the national observatory at Washington, from which Lieut. Maury seceded. On attempting to use some of the instruments for observation, it was found that a large tree had grown up in front of them so as to completely obstruct the view-thus giving conclusive evidence that the instruments have not been used for years! A striking commentary on the manner in which the seceding superintendent discharged his duties. Workmen are now cutting away the mute but unimpeachable witness against him.N. Y. Tribune, Sept. 11.
IMPRESSMENT OF WOMEN IN MEMPHIS.-The Memphis (Tenn.) Appeal of the 5th of Sept. has a long account of the action of the Common Council of that city in relation to the want of nurses for the soldiers. It gives a deplorable account of the condition of the hospitals, and that the women refused to do any thing to aid them until it absolutely became necessary to appeal to the Council to force women to work in the hospitals. The Appeal heads its Common Council report "Impressing Women," and says:
By permission, Dr. Keller was allowed to state to the Board that the washing of the sick soldiers had