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"And blessed be our country-our flag of the free! Though dimmed be thy light, thou art sacred to me; Soon, soon may'st thou cast off thy fetters, and rise, As the sun scatters clouds in his course through the skies."

The sentinel's pacing his dull, weary round;
His soul now is free, though his body be bound;
But hark! through the darkness some sound strikes

his ear;

He stops, as some object doth dimly appear.

MRS. DOUGLAS.-Very few people indeed have been placed in a more trying position and sacrificed more for the sake of the Union than has Mrs. Douglas. She has persistently refused to entertain the proposition forwarded to her by a special messenger under a flag of truce from the Governor of North Carolina, asking that the two sons of the late Senator Douglas be sent South to save their extensive estates in Mississippi from confiscation. If she refused, a large property would be taken from the children, and, in her present reduced circumstances, they may thereby eventually be placed in straitened circumstances. Here, then, was an appeal made directly to her tender regard for them, which, if she should refuse, would work disastrously against them in after

It tells of a country that's dearer than life,

And his arm feels the stronger for freedom's own years. But her answer was worthy of herself and

strife.

of her late distinguished husband. If the rebels wish to make war upon defenceless children, and take away the all of little orphan boys, it must be so; but she could not for an instant think of surrendering them to the enemies of their country and of their father. His last words were, "Tell them to obey the Constitution and the laws of the country," and Mrs. Douglas will not make herself the instrument of disobeying his dying injunction. The children, she says, belong to Illinois, and must remain in the North. Illinois and the North, we take it, will see to it that they are not sufferers by the devotedness and patriotism of their mother.-Louisville Journal, Dec. 20.

"Halt!" cries he; "who comes?" speaks the sentinel now;

"A friend with the countersign," 's answered him low;

"Advance with the countersign!"-now it is given His home is now earth, but before it was heaven.

The bright dream has vanished-his home's far away; The night-breeze is speaking that round him doth play;

It tells of a foe that would pluck the bright stars
From a flag so triumphant in peace or in wars;
That would make it a by-word-an object of shame,
And he says, "I will die for its glory and fame."

And blessed is a country with stout hearts like these;
The tramp of her army is swelling the breeze;
They rush to her rescue-their lives freely give-
'Twere better to die, than in bondage to live.

God bless thee, O Sentinel, pacing thy round!
Safe may'st thou return with the victor's wreath
bound;
When the dark clouds of war shall have passed from
the skies,

And rebellion is hurled down-never to rise.
-Boston Advertiser, Dec. 11.

THE IRISH WIT ALWAYS READY.-It is now known that the surrender of Lexington was rendered a necessity by the want of ammunition, as well as by the want of water. A few of the companies had one or two rounds left, but the majority had fired their last ON the 9th of December, the Confederate States bullet. After the surrender, an officer was detailed Court at Richmond, Va., decided in the case of Elken by Price to collect the ammunition and place it in & Bros., of Mobile, that no change of citizenship safe charge. The officer, addressing Adjutant Cosafter the commencement of hostilities can protect the grove, asked him to have the ammunition surren property of an alien enemy from sequestration.dered. Cosgrove called up a dozen men, one after Buffalo Courier, Dec. 19. the other, and exhibiting the empty cartridge-boxes, said to the astonished rebel officer, "I believe, sir, we gave you all the ammunition we had before we had stopped fighting. Had there been any more, upon my word, you should have had it, sir. But I will inquire, and if by accident there is a cartridge left, I will let you know." The rebel officer turned away, reflecting upon the ious victory of having captured men who had fired their last shot.

An Irishman from Battle Creek, Michigan, was at Bull Run battle, and was somewhat startled when the head of his companion on the left hand was knocked off by a cannon-ball. A few moments after, however, a spent ball broke the fingers of his comrade on the other side. The latter threw down his gun and yelled with pain, when the Irishman rushed to him, exclaiming, "Blasht your soul, you owld woman, shtop cryin'; you make more noise about it than the man that losht his head !"-Chicago Post.

GENERAL HEINTZELMAN has a peculiar way of dealing with slave-owners who come into his camp in search of fugitives. He not only refuses to let the slaves return with their masters, but he will not allow the masters to return to their homes.-Idem, Dec. 20.

A PAIR of stockings, sent by the ladies' committee for the use of some gallant volunteer, was accompanied by the following verse:

fully arranged in layers. It is provided with straps by which the weight may be supported by the shoulders. Sewing silk is one of the articles most needed, next to quinine, in the South. This is the second attempt at smuggling the article into Dixie by women that has been discovered.-Cincinnati Gazette, Dec. 20.

Brave sentry, on your lonely beat,
May these blue stockings warm your feet;
And when from war and camps you part,
May some fair knitter warm your heart.

THERE is a petticoat at Washington, taken from a she secesh, that weighs fifty pounds. The garment is apparently a quilted one, but instead of the usual filling, it is thickly wadded with the finest quality of sewing silk of assorted colors, the skeins being care

A CONNECTICUT soldier writes home that the commissary at Annapolis has given the boys so much

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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, HEAD-
QUARTERS, May 24, 1861.

TO CAPT. STEPHEN ELLIOTT, JR.-DEAR SIR: In reply to yours of the 17th to the Governor, I am directed to say that the reason why the Sea Coast and Parish companies have not been called into service here, has been because it was distinctly understood to be the desire of the Parishes that their companies should remain to guard and protect their coast, and to keep up a strict police where the negroes were so numerous; for this purpose sabres were given to them-the cavalry-and not given to the up-country companies. Your local companies were required for immediate protection. The Governor begs me to assure you most positively and distinctly, that that was the only reason the Parish companies were not called into service here, and as a matter of course you will at once see the justice of the reasons. Governor would have most readily called upon you, had this not been the case. Respectfully yours, F. J. MOSES, JR., Aide-de-Camp and Private Secretary.

The

AN ANGEL OF MERCY.-Amid the desolation and sadness of war, there is a beautiful angel of mercy which spreads her healing wings above the most desolate scene. Before this angel, the iron tramp of serried hosts breathes a softer music, and the unrelenting heart of vengeance and hate beats slower and calmer. This angel is gentle woman. Although not wanting in true patriotism, not backward in making

This Prophecy was published generally throughout the United States, Canada, and some parts of England.

| sacrifices for her country's honor and welfare, yet is her ear ever opened to the call of distress, and her heart quick to bleed at the aspect of suffering humanity. These remarks have been called forth by facts just presented us in regard to the last hours of our young friend Mr. A. C. Lane, member of the Thirty-eighth regiment Indiana Volunteers, whose death we announced as having taken place in Louisville, Ky., last week, and whose parents reside in Lockport. Mr. Lane was taken very sick with malignant fever, and was sent immediately to the hospital in Louisville, where he would have remained and died, perhaps, without the knowledge of his friends, had it not been for an angel of mercy, in the person of visiting the hospital to administer to the wants of of a young lady. This young lady was in the habit the sick soldiers. The condition of young Lane attracted her attention, and she ordered him removed to her own father's house, where the most assiduous the hour of his death. We wish we could write the care and the kindest attention were paid him until name of this young lady. She was the daughter of loyal parents, whose hearts beat for the Union and serve to strengthen the cords of tenderness and symhumanity. Such touching incidents as these must pathy which bind the Northern patriot's heart to those loyal spirits in the South who are still true to the Stars and Stripes.-Lockport (N. Y.) Journal.

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THE SPIRIT OF '76.-While the Senate of Maryland were in session in the State House at Annapolis, a number of soldiers entered the ante-room and inquired if the Senate Chamber was not the place where Gen. Washington once stood? An employee of the House answered that it was, and showed one of them as near as he could the spot where Washington stood when he resigned his commission. The young man reverently approached the spot, and standing for several minutes apparently fixed to the place, hastily turned and left the chamber, exclaiming that he could stand it no longer, for he "felt his Fourth of July rising too fast."-Baltimore Ameri

can,

Dec. 12.

ONE of the Beaufort (S. C.) negroes advertised his runaway master in the following clever travestie :

ob dis month, my massa Julan Rhett. Massa Rhett
$500 REWARD.-Rund away from me on de 7th
am five feet 'leven inches high, big shoulders, brack
face. He make big fuss when he go 'mong de gem-
har, curly shaggy whiskers, low forehed, an' dark
men, he talk ver big, and use de name ob de Lord
all de time. Calls heself" Suddern gemmen," but I
suppose will try now to pass heself off as a brack
man or mulatter. Massa Rhett has a deep scar on
his shoulder from a fight, scratch 'cross de left eye,
made by my Dinah when he tried to whip her. He
neber look peple in de face. I more dan spec he
ob Jarsey, whar I magin he hab a few friends.
will make track for Bergen kounty, in de furrin land

I will gib four hundred dollars for him if alive, an' five hundred if anybody show him dead. If he cum

back to his kind niggers widout much truble, dis chile will receive him lubingly. SAMBO RHETT.

BEAUFORT, S. C., Nov. 9, 1861.

A REBEL OPINION OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN'S MES

headache.

SAGE OF DEC. 3.—This document, which we spread before our readers on Saturday, came as near perfection, we conceive, as possible, in the art of deception. The Message was doubtless drawn up by Seward, (the cunning old fox,) who uses the English language to conceal his thoughts. We think our readers have, ere this, come to the conclusion that they gained as little insight into the affairs of the Yankee nation by perusing that document, as they would have gained by reading a proclamation from the King of the Fejee Islands. Six mortal columns to conceal from the world that the boasting Yankee dynasty has been whipped in every battle they have undertaken, and would like to back out of the scrape if a decent pre-game, or if any member of the regiment object. text were to offer, is not such a bad production in silk underclothes, cosmetics, and all other rations, to Kid gloves, gold toothpicks, cologne, hair-dressing, these war times, with cotton at thirty cents a pound, be furnished by the Government. and anarchy and starvation staring them in the face, and the almost certainty of having their own ports blockaded by an English fleet during the winter.Norfolk Day-Book, Dec. 9.

In case of a forced march into an enemy's country, two miles a week shall be the maximum, and no marches shall be made except the country abound in

OUR TROUBLES.

The haunting B and double B,
The perjured, thieving F. F. V.,
The foreign bugbear, LL. D.

The sources of all our real distress, The official A and double S. -Cincinnati Commercial, Dec. 13.

JENNISON'S PRACTICE.-Jennison is administering rather severe doses to the traitors down in Jackson Co., Mo. He shows them no mercy. He had a member of the Legislature sawing wood for him, and a Judge husking corn for his horses. He says that they do very well, and that he means hereafter to have secessionists and "contrabands" do all his camp drudgery. As a general thing, we like Jennison's "style," and think rough practice is needed with the traitors; but from all accounts, his operations too frequently partake of the cruel and heartless. He may have good and sufficient reasons for some of his transactions, with which the public are acquainted; otherwise, they will not add any to his reputation.—Kansas Chief.

A MODEL BODY GUARD.-"Brick" Pomeroy, of the La Crosse (Wis.) Democrat, on being invited to assist in forming a body guard for President Lincoln, after due consideration decided to " go in," provided the following basis could be adopted and rigidly adhered to throughout the war:

The company shall be entirely composed of colonels, who shall draw pay and rations in advance. Every man shall have a commission, two servants, and white kids.

Each man shall be mounted in a covered buggy, drawn by two white stallions.

Under the seat of each buggy shall be a cupboard, containing cold chicken, pounded ice, and champagne, a la members of Congress and military officers at Bull Run.

The only side-arms to be opera-glasses, champagneglasses, and gold-headed canes.

The duty of the company shall be to take observations of battle, and on no account shall it be allowed to approach nearer than ten miles to the seat of war.

ranged as to be converted into a first-class boardingBehind each buggy shall be an ambulance, so arhouse in the day time, and a sumptuous sleeping and dressing room at night.

Each man shall have plenty of cards and red chips to play poker with.

and guitars, played by young ladies, who shall never The regimental band must be composed of pianos play a quickstep except in case of retreat.

Reveille shall not be sounded till late breakfast

time, and not then if any one of the regiment has a

Each member of the regiment shall be allowed a reporter for some New York paper, who shall draw a salary of two hundred dollars a week, for puffs, from the incidental fund.

Every member shall be in command, and when one is promoted all are to be.

Commissions never to be revoked.

THE Norfolk Day Book of the 12th Nov. says:Fifty or sixty of the Federal prisoners confined at New Orleans have taken the oath and joined the Confederate army for the war. There were five hundred

in all.

GEN. FREMONT attended service at Henry Ward Beecher's church, and the congregation rose en masse as the General and Mrs. Fremont entered. Mr. Beecher's discourse was on "Greatness." After the service, the people made a rush for the General's pew, and detained him half an hour with hand-shaking; and when he was seated in his carriage, at the churchdoor, they crowded the street and gave him three cheers.

CAIRO, Dec. 5.-A special despatch to the Memphis papers of the 2d December, gives an account of a great battle at Morristown, in East Tennessee, between the Federal forces, under Parson Brownlow, and a rebel force sent in pursuit of him. The battle was fought on the 1st of December, in which Parson Brownlow was completely victorious. The rebel despatch calls it the first Union victory of the war. Brownlow had three thousand men. The rebel force was not ascertained, but their rout is admitted to have been total.

ONE OF THE JAPANESE SWORDS RECOVERED.-It is well recollected that, whilst the Japanese Embassy was stopping at the Gilmore House, two of their swords were stolen. Colonel Kane offered a reward for their recovery, and the police made a diligent search for them, but were unable to find them. A few days since Deputy Marshal McPhail, acting upon some information imparted to him, sent a posse of officers to the house of a citizen, which was searched in the hope of finding the weapons, but it was unsuc cessful. Receiving additional information, however, he sent for a young man who was said to have one of the swords in his possession. The party appeared

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and afterward produced the sword which was taken from the well-remembered Tommy. It seems that a member of the Maryland Guard was in company with Tommy on the night of the arrival of the Embassy, and, after both had drank to excess, he carried off the weapons. There is no doubt that the sword recovered is one that was stolen; and if there be any curious to know the name of the party who committed the theft, they can apply at the Marshal's office. The young man is now enlisted in the Confederate ranks. The sword will be returned to Japan through the State Department. There is a great desire felt for the return of the other, and it is hoped that it will be returned forthwith.-Baltimore American, Dec. 6.

YANKEE INGENUITY.-We have seen a curious and ingenious specimen of handiwork, executed by William Henry Baldwin, Jr., a prisoner of war, who was wounded in the battle of Manassas. It is a pipe, made of mahogany, and richly carved with imitations of leaves and flowers, while the mouth-piece and mountings are wrought of beef-bones, polished like ivory. The only instruments used in this extraordinary specimen of carving were old steel pens, which the prisoner managed to pick up. He has presented it to Dr. Higinbotham, surgeon of the post, as a token of gratitude for kindness shown him during a long period of suffering.-Richmond Dispatch, Nov. 28.

BUCHANAN NO MORE.-A town named Buchanan, in La Crosse County, Wis., recently petitioned to have its name changed to Washington, on account of the disgrace attached to the name of Buchanan, and their petition was unanimously granted.-Cincinnati Gazette, Dec. 11.

A YANKEE PROPOSITION.-Messrs. Ellis, Britton, and Eaton, of Springfield, Vt., make the following proposition to the Administration:

1. If they will confiscate the estates of rebels near Port Royal, to the extent of ten thousand acres, we will lease the land from them, and take five thousand contrabands as apprentices to work it, on the following terms:

1. To the Government we will give, for the use of the land, one-fourth part of each crop, or its market value in specie.

ring that if the floating battery now moored at our levee be only half as good as Capt. James O'Hara and his command, Company 2, Pelican Guards, in the fighting line, Commander Hollins will have no reason to be ashamed of its performance. Speaking of naval operations reminds us of the disappearance from that arm of Capt. Higgins, and his translation to some other service, where his versatile talents are no doubt in active requisition. He is the kind of blue jacket we want about this river-the sailor man who, in conjunction with the ever-ready Colonel J. K. Duncan, will give the Yankee boys a belly full of hard knocks should they try the Port Royal operations about the mouth of Old Muddy. The Pelican lads are, too, the kind of stuff such leaders as their own captain and those we have named will be worthy and proud of. Hurrah for the floating battery !— N. O. True Delta, Nov. 17.

The Government shall guaranty us protection against armed bodies of rebels, and lease the land for a term of ten years, and we will give good and sufficient sureties for the faithful performance of our part of the contract.

THE NEW ORLEANS FLOATING BATTERY.-We do not affect much knowledge of things nautical, and confess to a full-developed skepticism regarding all extraordinary invention by way of destructive experiment-nevertheless we think we are safe in aver

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DECEMBER IN VIRGINIA,
CONTRABAND, loquitur.

De leaves hab blown away,

De trees am black and bare;
De day am cold an damp,
De rain am in de air.
De wailing win's hab struck

De strings ob Nature's lyre;
De brooks am swollen deep,

De roads am mud an mire.
De horses yank de team,

De wheels am stickin thar;
De Yankee massa yell—

De Lord! how he do swar!
De oafs dat he do take,

De nigger disremember;
De Dutch, De Deuce, De Debbil,
De-all tings dat am ebil-
DE-CEMBER!

One of the girls, shot gun in hand, took her position a few paces off, while the other stepped up and laid her hand on him and said: "By the authority and in the name of the United States Army, I arrest you as guilty of treason." The Colonel submitted with

2. To the negroes we will give three months' attendance at school each year for all those over five and under thirty years of age, with good teachers and a sufficient supply of books, both for school and "for reading during their leisure hours," and will provide them with comfortable dwellings, food, clothing, furniture, and care during sickness, for them-out resistance, but said: "Gentlemen, in the name selves and families, and at the expiration of their ap- of God, what have I done?" The reply was that prenticeship will give them each a new suit of clothes he would learn that, and have all things satisfactorily and twenty-five dollars in money. The term of ap- explained at Camp Chase, which caused the Colonel prenticeship to be ten years for all those over fifteen to turn very white; and they all walked to the house, years of age, and until twenty-two years of age for where the children were all posted in the matter, and got into a titter, which caused a loud burst of laughter from all hands except the Colonel, who was very belligerent when he found that he had actually been arrested by two small young ladies, his daughter and niece.-Louisville Journal, Dec. 7.

all those under fifteen.

A REBEL ARRESTED BY TWO YOUNG LADIES.-A

Cynthiana (Ky.) correspondent of the Cincinnati Commercial says that the daughter and niece of Colonel H-, concluded, recently, they would have a little fun, and to carry out their plan, dressed themselves in men's apparel, procured an old shot gun, and proceeded to the field where the Colonel was at work.

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Captain W. N. Angle, Company B, Thirty- | And Johnston in Kentucky will whip the Yankees fifth Regiment New York State Volunteers, gave it

the name.

too,
And start them to the lively tune of "Yankee Doo-
dle-doo."

Captain Angle still occupies the place, which has been strengthened by our folks by digging a line of rifle pits of eighty to one hundred rods, and the building of field works to mount five guns. The name was given on account of the rebels leaving before they even saw a Union soldier or heard the click of a lock.

Respectfully yours,

Sergeant J. C. OTIS, Co. B, Thirty-fifth Regiment N. Y. V. -N. Y. Evening Post, Oct. 26.

That the terms used by soldiers may be better understood, I will give you two words much used by And them: "Skioute," to go ahead, pitch in, &c.; "Skadaddle," to run away, vamose, slope, &c. The rebels skadaddled out and we skiouted in!

'Twas out upon mid-ocean that the San Jacinto hailed
An English neutral vessel, while on her course she
sailed;
Then sent her traitor Fairfax, to board her with his
crew,

And beard the "British lion" with his "Yankee Doodle-doo."

The Yankees took her passengers, and put them on their ship,

SONGS OF THE REBELS.

DEATH OF THE LINCOLN DESPOTISM.
AIR-"Root, Hog, or Die."

scum

The following stanzas were written soon after the Shall own our independence of "Yankee Doodlearrest of Messrs. Mason & Slidell, but from reasons unavoidable their publication has been delayed:

dom."

-Richmond Dispatch.

And swore that base secession could not give them the slip;

But England says she'll have them, if Washington must fall,

So Lincoln and his "nigger craft" must certainly "feel small."

Of all the "Yankee notions" that ever had their birth,

The one of searching neutrals affords the greatest mirth

To the Southrons; but the Yankees will ever hate

the fame

Which gave to Wilkes and Fairfax their never-dying

name.

Then down at Pensacola, where the game is always
"Bragg,"

Throughout the North their Captain Wilkes received
his meed of praise,
For doing-in these civilized-the deeds of darker
days;

But England's guns will thunder along the Yankee
coast,
And show the abolitionists too soon they made their
boast.

The "Stars and Stripes" will be pulled down, and in
the dust be dragged;

Fort Pickens can't withstand us, when Braxton is the

Then while Old England's cannon are booming on

the sea, Our Johnston, Smith, and Beauregard, dear Maryland will free,

cry,

there you'll see the Yankees, with their usual
speed will fly.

On the coast of Dixie's kingdom there are batteries
made by Lee,

And covered up with cotton, which the Yankees want

to see;

But when they go to take it, they'll find it will not
do,

And start upon the "double-quick" to "Yankee
Doodle-doo."

Then Evans and his cavalry will follow in their track,
And drive them in the Atlantic, or safely bring them
back,
And hold them till Abe Lincoln and all his Northern

WHAT THE SPIRITS OF THE FATHERS OF
THE FIRST REVOLUTION SAY TO THEIR
SONS, NOW ENGAGED IN THE SECOND.

BY HENRY LOMAS.

We are watching that land where liberty woke!
Like beams of the morning, through darkness
broke;

Then up from the mountain the bold eagle sprung,
And wide to the breeze his broad pinions flung!

Rise! Rise, ye sons of the South, and be free!

The mighty have fallen, yet death cannot chill
Those noble emotions the soul ever thrill;
The grave hath no confines the spirit to hold,
While back to its kindred it flies to unfold
Truth! Truth! safeguard of the South and the
free.

Shall Washington rest, while a wail of discord
Reminds him the North is forgetting the Lord?
Will hero and statesman, the country's bright light,
Look down without pity from yonder far height

On this Land of Hope for the brave and the free?

That same noble spirit now watches above,
With thousands of others, to guide and guard you
with love;

For here, true, earnest, and brave men are found,
With hearts uncorrupted, to their native land bound.
Awake! Awake, O ye sons of the South, and be
free!

Down with the hireling that seeks now to rend
The homes which your ancestors fought to defend;
Rekindle the beacon ere the last spark is fled,
And light up the camp-fires round Liberty's bed!
Ye sons of the sunny South, strike to be free!

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