OCTOBER 20, 1861
THE DAILY TRUE DELTA (LA)
find the following account of a most singular prophecy in a late issue
of the Mobile Tribune:
Nostradamus was a physician of Provence, France, known as an astrologer,
in the time of Catherine de Medici. He composed “Seven Centuries of
Prophecies” in enigmatical rhymes, some of which are admitted to have
been most exactly fulfilled. Among others, his prophecy (one hundred
years before its occurrence) of the execution of Charles I, of England;
and, still more surprising, of the exact date of the French republic, in
1792. He died A.D. 1565. (Cyclop. of Biography.)
following is translated from the Courrier des Etate Unis of the
many of the predictions made by Nostradamus (especially those concerning
the deaths of Henry IV and Louis XVI of France) have been completely
verified, they are generally discredited in our times. But in the Prophetice
et Vaticiations, of that great man, vol. 2d, (edition of 1509,) we
find the following, which would seem to deserve attention:
that time (1861) a great quarrel and contest will arise in a country
beyond the seas (America). Many poor devils will be hung, and many poor
wretches killed by a punishment other than a cord. Upon my faith you may
believe me. The war will not cease for four years, at which noine should
be astonished or surprised, for there will be no want of hatred and
obstinacy in it. At the end of that time, prostrate and almost ruined,
the people will embrace each other in great joy and love.”
period of four years, it will be observed, comprises the
exact term of Lincoln’s administration. At the close, a new era, it
seems, will commence, of harmony and peace. Well, if we are to go
through this fiery ordeal we must make up our minds to bear up manfully
through the conflict, and acquit ourselves like men. The more signally
the Hessians are thrashed and humbled by our arms, with greater joy and
love will they embrace us when the quarrel and contest have ceased.
“Hells” of Richmond—The
city of Richmond is full of the vilest licentiousness. Among all the
loathsome vices imported into it by the harpies who prey upon the army,
that of gambling has become so prominent and brazen as to defy public
decency as well as law, intruding its allurements on the most frequented
parts of our most public streets. This infection . . . and abuse of the
public decency appears to be easily winked at in the license and
corruption of the times, to which an inefficient police does all in its
power to contribute. The painted dens of San Francisco and “hells”
of the old Federal city were not a whit more diabolical than the
“saloons” on Main street, Richmond. These resorts are presided over
by elegant gambling adventurers, who may be seen any day on our street
corners, in the dainty affectation of semi-military costume, staring
ladies out of countenance, or enticing young men into their company.
There is said to be now in this city a sufficient number of gamblers to
form a regiment. It would be an excellent idea to impress these
“soldiers of fortune,” giving them the alternative of the war or the
Duration of the War—The
Albany (Ga.) Patriot, in a late article, thus warns the southern
people in regard to the final end of the war. It says:
south has reason to congratulate our army in their repeated success. Our
cause is the cause of liberty and truth, and must finally triumph. Let
us not deceive ourselves, however, as to its final end. From the present
tone and sentiment of the north, we do not believe it will close short
of five years—it may last ten. It is therefore “prudent to be
wise.” We should “put our houses in order,” and study economy.
Should Lincoln follow the precedent advocated by some for a third
term, he will have served at its expiration twelve years, and during
that period of time we can have but little hope for peace. We may sneer
at the financial condition of the north; we may plead in defense for
peace the starving condition of their power; yet Lincoln and his cabinet
with these pictures presented before them, are united in their firm
determination to prosecute the war to the hilt and to the very last
his cabinet and his party have taken a solemn oath, and pray to God that
the war may continue until the people of the south are swept from the
earth. With their oath sealed, their prayers to Heaven, and regardless
of a time-honored precedent for two terms, a deviation
from which may retain him in office for the next twelve or twenty years.
We can have no reasonable assurance but that the war will continue that
full length of time. The signs of the time may change, and the dark
clouds may disappear, but at present each day that passes shows them to
be more daring and determined.
us then be prepared to meet them face to face, and when the end comes,
we will ever have a noble triumph, a glorious country, and an honored
Arrival of Yankee Zouaves—Twelve Yankee
prisoners, members of the 11th New York (Zouave) regiment,
were yesterday brought to this city, by the York River railroad, from
the Peninsula. They were captured on Saturday last, while on a foraging
expeditions. The prisoners, who are said to belong to Ellsworth’s
Zouaves, are, perhaps, the most villainous and rascally looking soldiers
ever offered as food for gunpowder. They were properly secured.
of Small Arms—The
Richmond papers state that the manufacture of small arms will soon be
commenced at the arsenal at Fayetteville, in North Carolina. The armory
buildings at Fayetteville are also to be enlarged to them commodious
enough for the reception of all the machinery and to add to tehm a rifle
factory. A large force is now engaged in altering old flintlock guns to
percussion, making very efficient weapons. Some of Hall’s
breech-loading rifles have been altered to carbines. They are said to
make an excellent gun for cavalry service.
OCTOBER 21, 1861
ST. ALBANS (VT) DAILY MESSENGER
Committee on Education reported adversely to the passage of the bill
providing for the entire support of schools on the Grand List.
Pingrey argued in its favor—thought the present law, inasmuch as it
allowed the wood and board to be raised upon the scholar, operated in
many instances to deprive the children of poor parents of a chance to
obtain an education.
Ranney said the committee did not intend to report any opinion as to the
abstract principle involved in the bill, but thought it expedient to
pass the bill at this time, and especially in view of the fact that our
school law was in its infancy, and we are trying to nourish it so as to
keep it alive. The bill was laid on the table.
bill providing that the homestead should be subject to attachment and
levy of execution for the expenses of building division fences, was
Reynolds contested that this bill strikes at the principle embodied in
the homestead law, the design of which was to protect the weak against
the strong. Pass this bill and the poor widow with a large family of
children, who is unable to fence her homestead, may have it attached and
taken away from her.
Noyes desired consistent legislation. Why is a debt for building a fence
better than any other debt? Why should the boards which keep out the
storm and cold be exempt from attachment, and the boards in a fence be
subject to it? He disliked that kind of legislation which sets a trap
for one particular man, in hopes he may put his foot in it. He supposed
that there must be a case at the bottom of this bill.
Pingrey admitted that there was a “case,” and stated what it was. He
supposed many defects in law were discovered by finding cases for which
the law made no adequate provision. He liked the homestead law,
did not think this bill would work any injustice as had been
Gardner said it never occurred to him before that the law exempted a
man’s homestead from attachment, and compelled his neighbor to fence
it. His property should sustain the same relation towards the community
that is sustained by the property of others.
bill was advocated and opposed by others upon substantially the same
grounds, and passed the House by 135 yeas to 38 nays.
Baker’s bill to prohibit certain enlistments, spoken of yesterday,
passed the House with but one dissenting voice.
Morgan introduced a bill annexing part of Elmore to Morristown. As this
measure has followed the Legislature for years, it may be called
“standing matter.” I don’t think the House will spend much time
Syracuse, Oct. 20th—It is reported that
Brigadier General Wyman left Rolla several days sine with about 2500
men, and has arrived at Lynn Creek, where he dispersed a body of rebels,
killing a considerable number, taking over 200 prisoners and capturing
18 loads of goods belonging to McClurgh & Co., whom the rebels had
OF EUROPEAN POWERS
Butler, in his speech at Montpelier the other day, said, “What if
England, what if the European powers, should interfere and recognize the
Confederacy? Being myself a citizen of the United States, I can give
answer: God help the people of the South, if England or any other
foreign nation does interfere! We are now carrying on war against them,
as if they were brothers. When they bring any foreign power into the
war, they would make themselves, what it would almost seem they wish to
be—foreign enemies. But when the freemen of the North are called upon
to fight against foreign enemies, we will arm every man upon the
continent, be he black, white or gray.”
the war progresses the feeling in England undergoes a great change. Even
Russell, of the London Times, who a few months ago doubted the
power of the North to put down the rebellion, is now of the opinion that
the South will be obliged to yield in the end. Notwithstanding the
strong sympathy expressed for the South by some of the English papers,
we believe the people freely sympathize with the North.
do not believe England or any other foreign power will interfere with
our troubles, much less that they will aid the rebels. If so, it would
be the dearest aid that the South could procure.
of Elias Blair—Elias
Blair, Esq., died at Fletcher, on the 15th inst., aged 85
years. Mr. Blair was one of the earliest citizens of Fletcher. He took
up a new farm in the town 65 years ago, on which he continued to live
until the day of his death. His fixed habits of industry and prudence
secured for him prosperity and influence. He possessed a mind of great
clearness, and a judgment of remarkable correctness. He enjoyed the
official honors of his town in a large degree, having been chosen
representative to the State Legislature from time to time and having
discharged the duties of town clerk and selectman for a long succession
of years, with credit and fidelity.
is estimated that the war is costing the Government one million and half
of dollars per day.
of powder and thousands of shells, canister, &c., are sent to Fort
Monroe weekly. Refugees from Norfolk, Va., who have recently arrived at
Fortress Monroe, state that active measures are being taken to make a
combined attack on the Fortress both by land and water. The refugees say
that the condition of things in the rebel army is daily growing worse,
and that, although they may not attack the federal main lines, they will
make some bold strokes in other quarters.
the Rebel Army—Alvin
Graham, formerly of Springfield, Vt., is a Captain in the Rebel Army.
Whether from choice or not is not stated.
whole number of West Point graduates from 1802 to 1860 was less than two
OCTOBER 22, 1861
(ME) DAILY ADVERTISER
DUTIES OF WOMEN
is important that the women of America should understand that the War
Department has edit made a demand for their services. Their aid is
summoned in the defense of their country. They have, indeed, already
given their sons, their brothers, and their friends in the ranks of the
national army; and it may be asked, can they bestow much more? It seems
there is yet one important duty they may perform—to furnish with
needful comforts those who may have surrendered to their country’s
call. The secretary of war has supplied them with arms, tents, and
uniforms, but none of these are a protection against the pinching cold
of the coming winter. The after-horrors of the battle-field, too, have
yet to come when tens of thousands of the gallant sons of the North may
crowd the comfortless hospitals of war. The question that we conceive to
be now put before our country women is, whether their sons, their
brothers, and their countrymen shall into our exposure in the cold, the
winds, and the rain, or the pains of disease and of wounds, without the
comforts necessary to alleviate their condition. The gathering together
of 260,000 men in a few short weeks has created a demand for camp and
hospital comforts beyond what our manufacturers can at once provide, and
if the soldiers of the Union are to be supplied with certain of the
necessaries of comfort and health, there is no resource but to make a
draft upon the homes of the nation. What the stores cannot furnish the
wardrobes must. What the looms and the workshops cannot supply must be
forthcoming from the industry and the generosity of the domestic circle.
We can conceive of no appeal speaking more directly to the noblest
sympathies of womanhood. An opportunity is given to the daughters of
America for expressing their appreciation of the chivalry of their
defenders. Their contribution of a few blankets or sheets from their
surplus stock will at the same time show their devotion to the cause of
freedom and cheer the noble fellows who have volunteered for its
preservation. The articles specified as most wanted in the camps and
hospitals are blankets, sheets, and socks. Unless these are supplied
from private sources there is reason to fear that the troops may suffer
from their want, as it will be impossible, in the short time afforded,
for government to secure them from ordinary sources.
can be no doubt that contributions of this sort will be forthcoming in
the amplest abundance. But the great desideratum is that they should be
forwarded without delay. It would be serviceable, for expediting the
matter, that ladies’ associations should be formed at once for
collecting contributions and forwarding them to the proper authorities.
There are thousands of noble-hearted women who may be prevented from
tendering their gifts simply through ignorance of the medium through
which to forward them. The formation of district associations would
speedily accumulate all the supplies that the army needs, while it would
excite the patriotic sympathy through all the homes of the North.
extraordinary pressure of business upon the lakes ad the high rates of
freight have had a “striking” effect upon the seamen in that trade.
Large gangs of them have been parading the streets of Chicago, and
driving from the wharves all who were inclined to ship at the customary
rates. The price demanded is two dollars a day, not requiring “roast
beef,” however, and the strike somewhat delayed the shipping at a time
when every hour, with such high freights, counts out of the pockets of
the owners or shippers.
close of the lake trade will throw a large number of seamen from the
lakes into the national navy. Some of “the boys” from the lakes may
be found in all the armed vessels fitted out at New York. They were
enlisted westward for only one year instead of the usual term of three
years, and are said to be generally of a far better class than the
seamen commonly enlisted in Atlantic ports.
Armies of Europe—The
army of Austria consists of a grand total of 788,344 men and 1,088 guns;
that of Prussia contains 719,092 men and 1,444 guns; the army of Russia
about 860,000 men and 1,100 guns; the army of France 6226,482 men; and
that of Great Britain, in all parts of the world, 534,537 men.
problem how to effect an exchange of prisoners without a virtual
recognition of the Confederacy as a belligerent power, it seems to be in
a fair way to solution. The Richmond Junta having returned to Fortress
Monroe, under a flag of truce, fifty-seven of our worst wounded at Bull
Run—hard cases that they did not care to treat—our Government seizes
the opportunity to let loose and equaled number of their prisoners. It
was hardly a fair swap, this exchange of well man (or nearly so) for
cripples, but it settles a point; and there will probably be no
hindrance to further acts of “comity” on both sides, until each
shall have received its own. The rebs have not attempted to conceal
their desire for some arrangement of this sort, less, probably, for the
recognition it involved, (which is a humbug,) than to be relieved of a
serious burden. We have never regarded the objections of our Government
as at all important. But now that a back door has been opened, let us
hope that the prisoners on both sides will be permitted to pass through.
The settlement is what would be called in governmental parlance,
“honorable to both parties.”
The Case of Capt. Gordon—The trial of Nathaniel
Gordon, captain of the slave brig Erie, commenced in the Circuit
Court of the United States, at New York, yesterday, Judges Betts and
Shipman presiding. District Attorney Smith has prepared the case with
great care, and is confident that if the prisoner escapes, it will be
through no loop-hole afforded by the prosecuting officer of the
government. Gordon is a native of Portland, and the fact of his
engagement in the slave trade is undeniable.
HAMPSHIRE PATRIOT & STATE GAZETTE
think it very likely that the government will have to resort to drafting
in New York, Pennsylvania and the New England States; and we are in
favor of drafting all the Republicans, and especially the Abolitionists,
who had been so loud-mouthed in reference to conducting the war, and yet
have hung back, like whipped spaniels, when called on to back up their
commend to all men who have the future as well as the present welfare of
the country at at heart these editorial words from the Boston Courier:
“Stewart’s remark, that a free press is, or maybe, important as an
antagonist’s power to the influence of popular eloquence, is sagacious
and novel; and if it be true, it is in times like these, when the
liberty of the press is really most assailed, that it ought to be no
zealously defended and protected, at all hazards, by thoughtful and
patriotic command. Good to writers are not always, by any means, good
speakers; and good or writers are more likely to take dispassionate
reviews of things than men who have exclusively cultivated their powers
of speech. When the newspapers of the country become the mere passive
instruments to register and the decrees of a majority—inflamed to
madness by poisonous eloquence—it will be a day as disastrous to
American Liberty as was that of Chæronea to Grecian.”
is a singular report of some financial troubles of a very remarkable
sort among the Southern merchants. When they seceded and repudiated,
they expected to keep all that they did not pay to Northern creditors.
To their astonishment and consternation, they are now put upon oath,
required to disclose what they owe at the North, and to pay the amount
over to the rebel treasury under the “sequestration” act. They
bargained for private emolument, not for public gains, and this demand
drives them into close quarters.
it served them right. If we had means of communication with the rebel
authorities, we would point out to them a score of two-penny knaves who
have refused to pay their indebtedness for the Patriot, on the ground
that if they paid us the money it would go to aid in the prosecution of
the war. Such small-potato swindlers ought not to be allowed to pocket
their petty stealings.
That We Don’t Like—We
don’t like to hear it charged that everybody who voted against the
Union ticket is not loyal to the Government. First, because it is not
true, and, second, this kind of talk, from the professed friends of the
Government, puts hope in the rebels that the disloyal element, so
charged, in the North, will more than sympathize with them after a
time—in fact, encourages them to hold out. We think these charges
ought to cease. There is a way of arousing patriotism of the people at
the North, if it is in any way dormant, without such a course.
above sensible and manly paragraph is from an Ohio republican paper.
Nothing is so base, and at
the same time so impolitic, as to charge Democrats with being peace-men,
and Secessionists! And the people of Pennsylvania, or the 150,000
Democrats of Ohio, traitors or sympathizers with secession? They are
knaves who say it; and their knavery does more harm to the Union cause
than aught else!
seems to be a pretty easy thing to “run the blockade,” of the
principle Southern ports. The latest important case is that of the
steamer Nashville, a 1200 ton the privateer, which were and the
blockade of Charleston, having on board the late Senators Mason and
Slidell, who go out and as Ministers from the rebel government to
England and France. The Nashville is one of the fastest steamers
afloat, and is commanded by Lieut. Robert. B. Pegram, late of the U. S.
Navy. Two or three days after she had escaped, our government sent a
gun-boat in pursuit of her!
Hartford Times states that resolutions sustaining the President
and the Government in the constitutional stand taken against the mad
schemes of the abolitionists for the conversion of the war into a
crusade against slavery, were Tuesday (Oct. 15th, 1861,) in
effect, voted down by the republican majority in the Connecticut House
of Representatives. After unsuccessful motions from the leading
republicans of that body to kill the resolutions outright, by
indefinitely postponing them, they were finally tabled, by a vote of 113
was a straight party vote. The Democrats voted No, the republicans voted
Yes. Among the latter there were only found four, out of a total of
nearly 160, to vote for sustaining the Government, and against
is a strange spectacle, adds the times, and one of the many singular
results developed by the existing state of public affairs in this
country, that the action of the President in sustaining the Constitution
and Laws, is repudiate it by his own party in a Connecticut Legislature;
while his position, so far as he abides by the Constitution and the
Union, is sustained by the Democrats, in opposition to the Republicans.
Berry of New Hampshire has received word from the Secretary of War that
no more horses or wagons will be wanted, as the Government has now an
The reason given why no
more horses and wagons are wanted, is not the true one. The truth is,
the contractors, speculators, plunderers and thieves who swarm in
Washington want the “job” of furnishing horses and wagons; and the
Secretary of War being in their interest and in fact one of them, has
resolved to gratify them. They horses and wagons they furnish will be
dear ones, we predict. For example, one of them purchased a horse for
$15, and charged Government $95, we learn from an exchange; and the
wagons they supply will not hold themselves together, probably.
Sawyer, at the Eagle Hotel stables, has five of the best looking and
well-conditioned hogs we have seen for a long time. They were a year old
last spring, and will now wave from five to six hundred, probably. They
are the oldest of a family of thirty-two.
OCTOBER 24, 1861
ORDERED FROM EUROPE BY GOVERNMENT
understand from an entirely authentic source, that immediately after it
was known that the government had dispatched an agent to England to
purchase closed for the army, the Board of Trade took the matter into
consideration, and as in their judgment the effect would be very
injurious, they appointed a committee to confer with the War Department
either personally or in writing. This
committee true up a memorial setting forth the great evils likely to
result from such a course, and clearly showing that before supplies
could be obtained from abroad our own manufacturers could furnish cloth
sufficient to close at least four hundred thousand troops, and that they
could repeat this every six weeks afterwards.
The committee immediately telegraphed the Department, requesting
a suspension of orders, and then sent on their memorial by a gentleman
well versed in the capacity of our woolen mills, and who could explain
the whole matter. They also informed the Department that large quantities of
goods were already manufactured and on hand, waiting for the government
to receive them; and also others which are ready for delivery when the
government had paid for previous contracts.
Committee received a telegram from General Meigs stating that the
Secretary of War was absent, that they had only ordered supplies for the
immediate necessity of the troops, and that it was intended to have the
goods made up here, and that the Department and his own Bureau or
altogether in favor of using home manufactures.
the Committee have received information from their agent that he had had
an interview with Gen. Meigs, which was quite satisfactory, except that
he could not be induced to countermand the order, but stated that the
quantity ordered (1,200,000 yards) should be held by the government
merely as a reserve, provided that are owned manufacturers could
supply the actual demand.
appears to be gross mismanagement somewhere.
Large quantities of goods are already on hand, and others to a
large amount have been delivered, and those who have furnished them
cannot get their pay, and yet the troops are suffering for want of
clothing. It is to be hoped
that the subordinate agents of the Government will be sharply looked
after, and the abuses be reformed at once and forever, and that the
government will not seek to supply the deficiencies of their own agents
by importations from Europe, to the great detriment of our own people,
the ultimate injury to the government itself, and the great chagrin of
all patriotic citizens.
to be Guarded Against--A
person lately arrived from the South warns the Louisville Journal
thus--great preparations are in progress in North Carolina to resist the
contemplated Federal invasion. It
is said to be designed to impress the government at Washington with the
idea that the Federal troops can make an easy conquest of North
Carolina; to inveigle them a considerable distance inland, and, at the
proper time, to pounce upon and annihilate them.
They flatter themselves that they have all the preparation made
necessary " to entrap the Federals"; but they will probably
find that their method of tactics has been studied by our officers to
Economy and a Small
Imports--In their circular for
yesterday's steamer Messrs. Samuel Hallett & Co,. It gave our European friends some more sound doctrine on the
financial strength of the North. They
anticipate great economy in the consumption of foreign articles of luxury,
and the dependence mainly upon domestic manufactures, a high tariff aiding
in accomplishing this result. The
imports at New York since July had been only at the rate of $75,000,000,
instead of a $240,000,000, as formally.
Should the rebellion be so far crushed as to bring out the cotton
crop, beginning with the first of the year, the exports of domestic produce
for 1862 will exceed our imports of foreign merchandise by at least
$150,000,000, to be paid for in gold! Should
the crop failed to come forward, it is hardly possible to estimate the loss
and suffering that would be caused in foreign countries, or the consequences
to which it might lead, while, if the crop should be relieved, the enormous
amount of gold required to pay for the crop " would probably create a
disturbance in commercial circles abroad fully equal to the disturbing
cause, which has a magnitude on equaled in commercial experience.
We have passed through the crisis in this country, and have emerged
on firm ground. Which ever
alternative may happen, we shall be ready for it and low profit by it."
QUAKERS SUPPORTING THE WAR
Quakers who live on the Maryland western shore and in the neighboring parts
of Pennsylvania and Virginia, have just had their yearly meeting, and have
adopted an address giving to the members of the society the following hold
in the present condition of civil society government is indispensable for
the security of life and the preservation of property, and, therefore, all
who enjoy the benefits of government should contribute to defray the
expenses of its administration, the ocean of conducted in such way as those
selected for that responsible duty shall think it right and proper to
administer it. If every one were to contribute to the expense of those acts
only which he approves, the government could not be maintained, and anarchy
and confusion, with all their hurtful consequences, must necessarily ensue.
There would be a great difficulty, too, if not an impossibility, in
consistently making the refusal, inasmuch as duties on many articles in use
are laid for precisely the same object.
The true position of Friends in the civil community is, to be quiet,
peaceable citizens, cheerfully obey all laws with which they can
conscientiously comply; and as they are found to do this, greater respect
will be paid to their scruples for noncompliance with those laws which they
cannot obey, and against which the rounds of their testimony can be made
more obviously manifest."
excellent resolution, not to fight, but to pay the war taxes, reminds the
New York Evening Post of a story: " friend!" said a Quaker,
addressing an individual who had insulted him, " my belief forbids my
striking a thee, but it does not prevent my shaking thee!"--whereupon
the vigorous Friend and minister to shake that set the culprit's teeth
FEDERAL VICTORY IN MISSOURI
following is the official dispatch in the St. Louis Republican:
reliable parties who witnessed he fight at Fredericktown on Monday, I
gather the following particulars. Col. Carlin, with parts of the 21st,
33d, and 38th Illinois, 8th Wisconsin Regiments, Col. Baker’s Indiana
cavalry and Major Scofield’s battery, reached Fredericktown at 9
o’clock in the morning, and at 1 p.m. were joined by the 11th, 17th
and 20th Illinois regiments, and 400 cavalry from Cape Girardeau. They
then advanced in pursuit of the rebels under Jeff Thompson and Col.
Lowe, who had left the place 24 hours before and were expected to be
rapidly retreating south. But a mile from the city they discovered the
entire force of the enemy drawn up in line of battle, partly posted in
an open field and partly in an adjacent woods, with four iron 18
pounders well planted in their front. Major Scofield immediately opened
fire, and at the 4th round silenced one of the rebel guns.
The engagement then became general and lasted about two hours, bt after
the first half hour the rebels left the field in disorder and took to
the woods closely followed by both our infantry and cavalry. Before
leaving he field, the rebel Colonel Lowe was shot in the head and
instantly killed. Major Gavitt received five bullets while leading a
charge 300 yards in advance of his command. Capt. Higman fell in the
loss is reported to be five killed, five mortally wounded, and twenty
slightly. The enemy’s loss is not ascertained, but it is supposed to
be considerable. At the last accounts the rebels were in full retreat
with their baggage train, and our troops were in pursuit.
rebel surgeons came into Fredericktown for Col. Lowe’s body. They
acknowledged a loss of over 20 killed and wounded, but it must have been
larger, as 25 dead bodies were counted in one stubble field. Their
cannon were badly managed. Jeff Thompson got information of our
movements by capturing a bearer of dispatches from Colonel Plummer to
will be seen by a letter from the 3d regiment, which we publish upon our
first page, that the soldiers want wool and mittens and gloves.
We have no doubt a pair of old fashioned striped mittens would be
acceptable to almost any of the boys.
Steel is proverbially cold.
Let the stocking committee divide their force and have some
knitting mittens for the soldiers.
dentist writes the following story: “A fellow came up to me the other
day, wanting to have some cavities in his teeth filled up. I examined
his teeth carefully, and told him that I did not see any cavities; but I
must needs look again, for he was confident there were several. But I
again told him that I could find none, and he went away. A week or two
after, I met him and asked him about those teeth. ‘Oh,’ said he,
“what’s-his-name, over here, filled them for me; he found four
holes—pretty large ones, too. I knew they were there.’ ‘Ah,’
said I, ‘I looked very carefully and did not see any.’ ‘Well,’
was the reply, ‘he didn’t find’em till after he’d drilled a
Cold Weather—Though long delayed,
Winter seems to be upon us. The Danville hills were white this morning,
and the accelerated step of pedestrians warns us that cold weather has
come. There has been a large quantity of rain since October came in, and
the ground is well soaked.
TO GET ARTICLES TO THE SOLDIERS
have had numerous inquiries by letter as to how articles can be sent to
particular regiments, companies or individuals in our army; and we take
this public way of answering them all. There is no association or
committee at this place that will take the responsibility of forwarding
articles to the Vermont 3d or any other regiment. There is an
association here, of which H. C. Newell is treasurer that will pack and
forward all articles sent in, suitable for hospital use, which are given
in response to the appeal of the Sanitary Commission—such articles to
be sent to the Boston commissioner, Dr. S. G. Howe, who then takes all
the responsibility of forwarding and delivering then at headquarters at
Washington. This Sanitary Commission is a charitable association,
supported by contributions from the patriotic and humane, who do this
labor for our sick and wounded for the love of it. It is worthy [of] the
countenance and contributions of every one. Persons who wish to send
boxes of clothing direct to particular individuals or companies can do
so through the express companies those so sending becoming responsible
for the freight charges, which can usually be procured at a reduction.
We think the boys who receive such boxes will gladly refund any money
thus expended, if desired.
Wants of the Second and Third—The
following dispatch was printed in Walton's Daily of Tuesday:
Gen. Smith to Gov. Fairbanks:
men of the Second and Third Vermont are suffering from the want of
clothing. They need immediately about 850 blue uniform coats and 1600
pants--also one hundred tents are needed.
Please furnish them without delay in charge to the government.
I call your attention to the quality of tents.
Those the Third have are of no account, and if you cannot furnish
the regular army tents do not send any.
The government cannot be present furnished clothing and tents for
beauties of spiritualism are shown in the case of two young married men
of Searsburg, who left for California some years since and returned home
recently to find their wives remarried, who having heard nothing from
then since their departure applied to a young lady spiritualist, who was
very exact in describing to them the death and burial of their husbands,
the date of the funeral, and the disease of which they died. Their wives
supposing this to be reliable, remarried, and there was a funny time
when the long absent husbands returned.
Wisconsin farmer wrote urgently to his son, a minor, who had enlisted,
that he must at least return home till harvesting was finished, as he
could not get help at any price, ad he had a large amount of threshing
that must be done. To this Young America replied: “Dear Father—I
can’t come home at present. I should be very glad to help you, but
Uncle Sam has got a mighty sight bigger job of threshing on hand than
you have, and I’m bound to see him out of the woods first.”
BOSTON DAILY ADVERTISER
IN A NAVY YARD
workmen in the Portsmouth Navy Yard have determined to give the amount
of one day’s work for each man, to the Maine and New Hampshire
soldiers now at the seat of war; the money to be appropriated to the
purchase of blankets, stockings, &c., for those who have left all
the comforts of home, and gone forth to lay down their lives for the
country’s salvation. The sum thus appropriated will amount to about
$3500. Capt. Pearson, the Commandant at the Yard, has informed the
foreman that all the officers will also contribute toward the fund. It was stated at the beginning of the operations, that this
movement was not to be understood as aiding a needy government—but
only to conduce to the immediate comfort of the troops from New
Hampshire and Maine, and show the loyal and patriotic feeling of the men
at Portsmouth Navy Yard.
gentleman who has called our attention to these facts says that the
example will doubtless soon be followed by our Boston Navy Yard, as
Massachusetts boys were never known to lag behind in any patriotic
movement. And we are glad to see that the sailmakers here have already
taken the same action. If all the workmen should do so, the sum realized
would be about $5000.
was it that deranged the machinery of the "Manassas," the
ram with which the rebels pounded a hole in the side of the Richmond? At first it appeared from the rebel accounts that it might
have been the shot from our vessels that this disabled her; and this is
still possible from the statement that the Richmond saw nothing
of her after firing into her, although she would have been seen from the
Richmond the next morning and cheap and there, as was said in the
are disposed to think, however, that the "tremendous shock"
produced by her collision with the Richmond had quite as much to
do with the derangement of her machinery as the shots fired by the Richmond
in the dark. It is not only
possible but likely, that, north of ram under way, aided by the powerful
current other for, the blow and sudden stop, occasioned by meeting the Richmond,
was felt in every part of the frame of the Manassas, and was too much
for some of her machinery. There is a great difference between using a common tugboat as
a ram, and a ship of such vast mass as the iron-plated rams if projected
by England and France. The
latter are of such enormous weight and momentum that they might run an
ordinary vessel down altogether, and yet feel no more shock and crushing
an egg-shell. But a boat
like the "Manassas," well it can inflict a serious
wound, can do no more, and the effects of the collision must be even
more sensibly felt on board of it than on board a two thousand ton war
steamer like the Richmond. We strongly suspect and therefore, that in piercing the side
of the latter the "Manassas" smashed her own machinery.
horses and mules of the army have been put on short allowance, as it is
not possible for the railroad to keep the forage department supplied.
A remedy is talked of for the threatening evils of a short supply
of hay and oats, by the construction of a railroad two Nottingham, on
the Patuxent, a distance of 20 miles.
complaint is made of the suppression of special dispatches by the
government, and of the manner in which the authorized dispatches are
made up--their concealments, their inconsistencies, and they're too
late. Moral lectures are
addressed to the government by the column, on the just indignation and
impatience of the people, their right to know certain things, and
the impolicy of resorting to deception for any purpose.
have no intention of saying that the dispatches to which the government
has of late given its sanction have always been entirely truthful.
Neither will we affirm or denying that the people have a right
to be told about any particular thing, or to know it today rather them
tomorrow. The result alone
can determine that point, by showing us the circumstances under which
the government was compelled to act.
But we will say, that it is our belief that the press and the
public--and also the rebels--are altogether on the wrong scent, that
they have been purposely misled for reasons which will soon appear, and
have conceived an entirely wrong idea of what is now in progress.
We suspect that the weather and some untoward events have delayed
the plans of our generals, but in this we may be wrong.
The circumstances attending some of the government dispatches,
however, and private information from well-informed sources, if lead us
to the belief that the public and the rebels both are now on the wrong
track, and likely to be on deceived simultaneously.
is almost as painful to read about our vessels at the Passes of the
Mississippi been fired at by an enemy whom they could not reach with
their own guns, as it is to read about Massachusetts man fighting with
smooth-bore muskets against an enemy armed with rifles.
We are somewhat apprehensive that our government has not use the
same activity in rifling by heavy guns already on hand, that the rebels
have shown. Every account
has indicated that the Tredegar works at Richmond, those in Tennessee
and those in New Orleans have been kept busy casting and rifling cannon
ever since the war broke out. We
have facilities for turning out three guns to their one, and for
surpassing the ordnance in the week and range at every point.
But we still see too many cases like this at New Orleans, which
seem to show that in this particular they may have shown the most
industry in improving the advantages.
schooner Eliza Jane, Capt. Athearn, sailed from New Bedford on
Thursday on the sealing voyage in the vicinity of the Falkland Islands.
The business has been prosecuted from New London and other ports,
that is a New Enterprise to New Bedford.
Curtin, of Pennsylvania, has issued his proclamation recommending
Thursday, the 28th of November, to be observed as a day of thanksgiving
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