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The Republican.
Saturday Morning, May 4, 1861.
THE LATEST NEWS.
BY TELEGRAPH TO THE REPUBLICAN.
THE PROGRESS OF THE WAR.
Treacherous Maryland.
     The act to create a committee of public safety will pass the Maryland legislature. The governor has no veto power. The Union men are without arms, and already feel the reign of terror upon them. Their only hope is in the strength and vigor of the federal government.
     A later dispatch states that the Senate adjourned without final action, on Friday night. The Union members contended bravely by means of amendments.
Strict Blockade of Virginia.
     Dispatches from the commander of fortress Monroe and the commander of the naval squadron in that vicinity, state that the mouth of James river and Hampton roads are already under a strict and impassable blockade.
A March Upon Baltimore.
     Rumors were current, Friday night, that the United States troops had crossed the Maryland line and were moving toward the city.
Latest News from the Capital.
     The special correspondent of the New York Evening Post confidently asserts that the federal government will commence offensive operations against the rebels on Monday next, when their twenty “days of grace” expire.
     Gen Butler arrived at Washington from Annapolis on Friday morning.
     The federal troops are better fed and accommodated than they were a few days ago. The war department is actively engaged in promoting the comfort of the troops. The chief clerk, Mr Sanderson, is giving his person attention to secure the distribution of proper supplies of rations of good quality.
     The Providence artillery has arrived, and with the Rhode Island regiment will be stationed at Arlington H[e]ights.
     Considerable complaint is made relative to jobbery in the contracts for supplies of clothing, etc., for the troops.
     The war department has concluded to contract for rifled cannon under James’s patent, as made by the Ames company at Chicopee, Mass.
     Colonel Ellsworth’s regiment of fire Zouaves had a merry time in the capitol, Thursday night. The discipline, enthusiasm and carelessness of consequences that characterize these troops prove that they are well named, and indicate that they will do credit to the peculiar drill they have adopted. The Zouaves will be great favorites. It is probable they will soon see service in Virginia.
     One of the daughters of the Rhode Island regiment, Sarah Beasley, was married to Charles Tibbetts of the same regiment, Thursday night, by Chaplain Woodbury. The bride wore a vivandiere uniform of white satin. The band discoursed sweet music on the happy occasion.
Movements in Virginia.
     On Thursday, 1500 secession troops left Alexandria for a point some fifty miles in the interior, leaving only sixty there. The people are anxious for the federal troops to make their appearance, as the rebels seize all kinds of property, giving only Virginia scrip in payment.
     About 5000 Virginians are erecting a battery at the entrance of Hampton Roads opposite Fort Monroe, and exercising constant vigilance; but the commander of that fortress feels secure.
     Rebel camps have been formed at Lynchburg, Richmond, Norfolk, and near Alexandria. Dissensions in the rebel camps are frequent; the troops from the gulf states demanding an immediate attack, while the Virginians discreetly oppose such a movement.
     Roger A. Pryor has organized a regiment in Virginia, (probably armed with his favorite weapon, the bowie knife.)
     A picket of Virginia state troops were driven back Thursday night near Alexandria, by a small party of federal volunteers, who were reconnoitering.
Missouri Legislature in Session.
NEUTRALITY HUMBUGGERY.
     The Missouri House of Representatives has re-elected all its old officers excepting speaker pro tem; Mr Harris is chosen to that post instead of Mr Boyd.
     Gov Jackson’s message bears down severely on the federal administration for calling out troops. He justifies the secession of the rebel states, but does not openly recommend Missouri to follow suit at present. He says:—“Our interests and sympathies are identical with those of the slaveholding states, and necessarily unite our destiny with theirs. Missouri has no war to prosecute, but must make the most ample preparation for the protection of her people against aggressions by any and all assailants.” He therefore recommends the appropriation of a sufficient sum of money to place the state in a complete posture of defense, and appeals to the people to avoid all tumult, and obey implicitly the constituted authorities.
Union Ward Meetings in Baltimore.
UNCOMPROMISING RESOLUTIONS.
     Union ward meetings were held Friday night, throughout the city of Baltimore; they were fully attended and enthusiastic. Delegates were elected to the city convention, to meet next Monday. These delegates will meet Saturday, to take action relative to the public safety bill before the legislature. Resolutions were adopted in all the wards, upholding the constitution and laws of the United States, and promising to defend them against rebellious assaults, condemning the murder of Massachusetts soldiers, and expressing strong abhorrence of the scheme for a military despotism under the guise of a committee of public safety.
Equipment of Delaware.
     Gov Burton of Delaware has called on the secretary of war for 1000 rifles, which, when added to the 8 or 900 already at Wilmington, will fully arm the Delaware volunteers for the defense of the Union.
     A Union meeting will be held at Georgetown, in the secession end of the state next Tuesday.
     The loyalty of the secretary of state is suspected.
Fort Pickens in Good Condition.
     Capt Meigs returned to Washington, Friday from a recent expedition to Fort Pickens, which he says is now reinforced, strengthened and provisioned so as to make its reduction utterly impossible for six months, by any force, which the rebels can bring to bear upon it.
Military and Naval Movements.
     Several companies of federal troops occupied Havre de Grace on Friday.
     The 5th New York regiment has been detailed to guard the railroad between Washington and Annapolis.
     All travel south from Philadelphia was stopped on Friday, by order of Gen Patterson.
     The steamer Coatzacoalcos, from Washington, Thursday evening, has arrived at New York. She spoke the steamer Quaker City cruising off Hampton Roads. Off Cape May, she saw the steamer Harriet Lane and Star of the South.
     It is reported that Wilson’s shoulder-hitting regiment and Ellsworth’s Zouaves will be detailed for active duty in Virginia next week. Let the “first families” lout out; they will not be handled very gently by the b’hoys.
     About 2000 federal troops are quartered at Elmira, one of the rendezvous for New York state; 400 arrived on Friday. Some of the companies are quartered in churches.—A company left Ithaca for New York city, Friday evening. Ten thousand dollars have been subscribed for the families of volunteers.
     Five war vessels passed within two miles of Long Island shore at Easthampton, bound South, about 5 p.m. on Wednesday—probably a blockading fleet from Boston.
     Another requisition has been made upon Pennsylvania for troops to proceed immediately to the camp at Washington.
     Two first-class steamers are now plying between Perrysville and Annapolis, by order of Mr Felton, president of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore railroad company.
     The first Maine regiment was mustered into the United States service Friday, but has not yet received orders for marching.
     The New York 69th regiment arrived Friday night at Washington, during a drenching rain.

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The President’s Second Call for Troops.
OFFICIAL PROCLAMATION.
     By the President of the United States—A proclamation. Whereas, existing exigencies demand immediate and adequate measures for the protection of the national constitution and the preservation of the national Union, by the suppression of the insurrectionary combinations now existing in several states, for opposing the laws of the Union and obstructing the execution thereof, to which end a military force, in addition to that called forth by my proclamation of the 15th day of April, in the present year, appears to be indispensably necessary, now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States, and commander-in-chief of the army and navy thereof, and of the militia of the several states when called into actual service, do hereby call into the service of the United States, forty-two thousand and thirty-four volunteers, to serve for a period of three years, unless sooner discharged, and to be mustered into service as infantry and cavalry. The proportion of each arm, and the details of enrollment and organization, will be made known through the department of war. And I do also further direct that the regular army of the United States be increased by the addition of eight regiments of infantry, one regiment of cavalry, and one regiment of artillery, making altogether a maximum aggregate increase of twenty-two thousand seven hundred and fourteen officers and enlisted men, the details of which increase will also be made known through the department of war. And I do further direct the enlistment, for not less than one nor more than three years, of eighteen thousand seamen, in addition to the present force, for the naval service of the United States. The details of the enlistment and organization will be made known through the navy department. The call for volunteers hereby made, and the direction for the increase of the regular army and for the enlistment of seamen hereby given, together with the plan of organization adopted for the volunteers and for the regular forces hereby authorized, will be submitted to Congress as soon as assembled. In the meantime, I earnestly invoke the co-operation of all good citizens in the measures hereby adopted for the effectual suppression of unlawful violence, for the impartial enforcement of constitutional laws, and for the spe[e]diest possible restoration of peace and order, and with those of happiness and prosperity throughout our country. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this third day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-fifth. (Signed,)
                                 ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
     By the President—
          WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State.
Rules of the Southern Blockade.
     On application by some of the diplomatic corps to the federal government, as to the rules of the southern blockade, the following points were ascertained:—First, that vessels in blockaded ports, when the blockade took effect, will be allowed a reasonable time to depart. Second, vessels bringing emigrants will not be allowed to enter blockaded ports, as it will be better for emigrants to enter a country through an open port, rather than encounter casualties incident to the revolutionary condition of the Gulf states.
Position of Kentucky.
     The Louisville common council has appropriated $200,000 for arming the city, subject to ratification by a vote of the citizens.
     The Union feeling is gaining ground in western Kentucky, where disloyalty has been most marked.
     Gov Magoffin has issued a proclamation ordering an election of Kentucky representatives to Congress to be held June 30th.
Impotent Rebels.
     Passengers at Cairo, Ill., from the lower Mississippi, report that large bodies of rebel troops are assembled and drilling in the disloyal towns, but they lack arms.
Failures and Suspensions.
     The Boston Commercial Bulletin’s list of business changes in the United States gives 32 failures and suspensions in New York, 12 in Boston, 5 in Cincinnati, 3 in Baltimore, and 17 in other places; a total of 69 for the week.
The Latest Markets.
     At New York, 3d, stocks were quiet and firm; Chicago and Rock Island 38 1/8, Galena and Chicago 58 [fraction unreadable], Illinois central scrip 61 ½, Cleveland and Toledo 23 [fraction unreadable], Michigan central 46, New York central 72 1/8, Pacific mail 70 ¾, Erie 20 [fraction unreadable], Reading 31, Virginia sixes 45 ½, Tennessee sixes 43, Missouri sixes 40, Kentucky sixes 80, California sevens 71 [fraction unreadable], United States fives 1874 76 ¼, ditto sixes 1881 registered 88 ½, Treasury 12 per cent notes 101 ½.
     Cotton is heavy and lower, 13 ½ @ 13 ¾ c for middling uplands; flour rather dull and lower, supertine state 5 @5 15, extra 5,20@5,30, Ohio 5 50 @ 5,60 wheat dull and heavy for common grades, choice qualities wanted at full prices; corn a shade firmer, new mixed western 67 ½ @ 68c; beef dull and unchanged; pork firmer; lard heavy at 9 @ 9 ¾c; rice firm at 5 1/8 @ 6 ½; sugars steady at 4 ¾ @ 5 ¼ for Muscovado; coffee quiet and without material change.
THE REMAINS OF THE GOSPORT NAVY YARD.
     According to Virginia accounts the destruction at the Gosport navy yard was not as thorough as was intended, and the rebels find much worth moving. A letter from Norfolk to the Baltimore American confirms a previous statement that the attempt to blow up the magnificent dry dock failed. The marine barracks, sail lofts and spar houses were destroyed, with all their valuable contents, but the remaining buildings of the yard, comprising scores of lofty store-houses, joiners’ and plumbers’ shops, mast-houses, machine buildings, together with the new ship-house, officers’ quarters, &c., have all been preserved untouched. The chief destruction was in the burning of the seven or eight ships of war which were moored at the yard, or were on the stocks at the time. Of these the loss of the magnificent steamer Merrimac, the pride and boast of the American navy, will occasion the deepest regret. This noble vessel was fired at the wharf where she was being prepared for sea, and burned to her copper’s edge; her body from that line down is said to be untouched, and will furnish the foundation for a most sturdy and powerful steamer of a lighter grade than was the original. All that is visible now of this once splendid ship is her iron ribs and her smoke stack, which rise many feet above the tide, a suggestive and melancholy monument of the ruin which they mark. The battery of the Merrimac, comprising five very heavy guns, will, it is thought be saved, as will also five hundred pounds of powder stored in her magazines which are water tight. The sloop of war Germantown was scuttled and can be saved without material injury. Preparations for raising her are now being made. Her battery, a valuable one, was saved. The renowned old frigate “United States,” or, as she is affectionately termed the “States,” was unharmed. It is said the marine to whom was confided the task of burning her became alarmed and fled, but it is possible that the officer who presided over the work of destruction could not, or would not, doom to destruction this proud relic of several of the most glorious achievements of our gallant navy. She now lies at a wharf in the yard, and a large force of workmen is busily employed in re-caulking and refitting her up for the reception of a heavy battery. When thus furnished she will be towed some distance out from the harbor, and used as a floating battery for the protection of the city.
     The most important acquisition which Virginia has gained by the possession of the navy yard consists of the large number of guns now at her command. It is estimated that upwards of 2000 cannon of the heaviest calibre, and of the most approved pattern, have been acquired. A very large number of these are nine and eleven-[i]nch Dahlgron guns, from which the spikes have already been removed. A number of heavy columbiads are also among them. Light field pieces and carronades for boat service are here without number. Scores of the heaviest guns have already been conveyed to the several harbor defences [defenses], and several have been shipped to North Carolina and other points where they are much needed. The guns, which are systematically arranged around the yard, and in the enclosure on the opposite side of the river, were all spiked, but so loosely that the wrought and cut nails used for the purpose were easily picked out, many of them by visitors, who carried off the spikes as souvenirs of the affair.

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Matters at the South.
     The secret doing of the Virginia convention leak out little by little. It appears that the convention elected delegates to the Montgomery congress, to hold their seats till the people of Virginia make an election. The Richmond Examiner is not pleased with the delegates, and declares that with one exception they are all original submissionists. Those it abuses by name are Rives and Brockenbrough, who were delegates to the peace convention at Washington, and Mr Staples, and Mr Camden. Senator Hunter is the fifth, and the only one acceptable to the Examiner, which is disunion of the most violent type.—Gov Letcher’s volunteers having gone into the business of stealing horses in the name of the state, he has issued an order fobidding the practice and commanding the return of the horses to their owners. The Virginians on the eastern shore, who were mostly dependent on the oyster trade, are suddenly impoverished by the war, which ruins their business at once.—The city of Fredericksburg, Va., has voted to issue shinplasters, running as low as fifty cents, to the amount of fifty thousand dollars. Richmond and Norfolk have already done the same thing, only Richmond to six times the amount. There is no specie in Virginia. The Richmond Whig, now that the truth is known about General Scott, thinks the grapes are sour. It says,--“we have reason to believe that the convention of Virginia did not, as Mr S. Arnold Douglas stated at Belair, invite old Fuss and Feathers to take command of the military forces of the Old Dominion. An ordinance was adopted and published, inviting all worthy Virginians in the federal army to retire therefrom; but as General Scott did not deem himself embraced in this invitation, he, of course, did not heed it.”
     In confirmation of other accounts of loss of life among the rebel forces in the attack on Fort Sumter, is a letter written by Asabel Brocket, one of the soldiers in Fort Moultrie. He was in that fortress while the bombardment of Fort Sumter was going on. His account differs materially from that of the chevaliers. There were forty men in the fort killed, and one hundred wounded. He says: “When we heard a gun at Sumter, we knew what was coming; and sure enough, in about a minute one of the major’s compliments would come into the fort and raise a considerable muss. Men would be sent up in the air by one of his shells to see how things looked outside, but when they came down they could not see at all. It was hot work, and the major made every gun tell.” Mr Brocket was among the wounded.
     A letter form Charleston, dated April 25, says: “Say to your citizens that there are yet Union men in this headquarters of sedition. They dare not show themselves yet, not even to each other. But when you have put the rascally rebels to rout in the first engagement, then march the stars and stripes down this way; call on all Union men to cluster around them, and assure them that they shall have their protection, and I tell you that thousands will flock around them, and show the truth of what I have always told you, that secession was crammed down the throats of people.”
     A letter from the lady in Wilmington, N. C., gives a melancholy view of affairs. She says the people there did not fear war as much as they did famine. Salt pork was selling at 25 cents a lb. and butter at 50 cents, and other articles of food in proportion.
     An Irishman in Memphis, who was so rash as to express his determination to fight for Lincoln, was thrashed on the spot, and then taken before the recorder, who sentenced him to the chain-gang for twenty-three days.
     A patent for an improved mode of training horses was granted at Washington on Thursday to Commodore Daniels of Barnwell Court House, South Carolina. The thing was done as expeditiously, and with no more trouble, than if he had belonged to New England.
     The Montgomery Mail says that “Judge Harris, of the Ocmulgee circuit has adopted a plan of reducing his dockets of assault and battery cases which is not a bad idea.” He remits the punishment on condition that no culprits enlist in the confederate army.
     Says the Philadelphia North American: “Southerners who come up here on business errands, are utterly dumbfounded at the overwhelming unanimity of the people, their calm, settled, resolute air, the coolness with which they go about their preparations for a general war, and the visible evidence that they neither expect a compromise nor will put up with one. One Alabama man, who has been looking at things here, sat down in a Market street jobbing house and shed tears. Another south-western buyer said that he had never dreamed of such a state of things as he saw here. All who come from the South agree that no adequate idea of what is the real nature of the case exists anywhere in that section.”
     SYMMETRY MARS EXPRESSION—A writer in the Crayon for May asserts that a high degree of symmetry weakens expression, and that this is alike true of human faces and architectural forms. He claims that irregularities which do not amount to deformity are not blemished in effect, but greatly h[e]ighten the force of individual character, and he illustrates this fact by a discovery made by himself in a Pagan temple in China:—
     “Some four years ago, when I was in China, just after the capture of Canton by the allied troops, my friend, the doctor, and several other gentlemen, determined to ascend an old pagoda near the city. They had great trouble in so doing, for there was a staircase only in every alternate story, the intermediate ones having to be ascended by means of the tiling on the outside of the tower. At length, however, they reached the top story of all, and there they found, seated in solemn conclave, twelve images of Buddha, life size, made in clay. The dust was thick around them, for no one had ascended the tower beyond the first story, within the memory of man. There, for thousands of years, had sat these patient gods, waiting, never wearied, for the grand solution of all questions, their sightless eyes looking into futurity, with that same mysterious, inscrutable gaze, that same sublime expression of past pain and future hope, that we see in the Egyptian Sphinxes, memorials of a mightier civilization and a wiser race than ours, which yet is now buried in chaos.
     “Of these idols one had lost his head, which was lying on the floor. My friend, the doctor, was determined to show something for his expedition, and being, moreover a resolute and active man, he brought away his trophy with infinite danger to himself, for the upper stories of the tower had been so long exposed without repair that they were almost crumbling to pieces. Some days after, I saw this head, and I never beheld more force or beauty than in this rough clay figure. It was very rudely executed; there was no regularity in the features, which were of the Indian type; the artist was evidently no Chinaman. In that face I saw the purest melody. The eyes were closed, and in the whole countenance there was an air of repose, of past pain and suffering, which was indescribably touching. If this man, this artist, had been born in Greece, he might have been equal to any Grecian sculptor; but I do not know if this rude clay face was not superior to any Jupiter or Apollo. This face had a Christian expression, if I may so call it. The resignation, sweetness and purity which mark the Christian character were there; no fierce defiance or stern endurance of pain was there, but a gentle peace and hope for the future, the sublime expression of the Christian martyr who sinks to rest, knowing that his agonies are over, and that glory and everlasting life await him. It was a face, which on seeing, would immediately suggest to you, ‘How much that man has suffered.’”
     FEAR OF THE SLAVES.—John Brown, Jr., who was reported to have a corps of free negroes in camp near Harper’s Ferry, intended for a raid into Virginia, was in Boston on Friday.—There are many evidences of the fear of insurrections at the South, although the southern papers are very close on the subject. In the interior of South Carolina fears of slave insurrections are exciting much alarm. Men sleep with guns at their bedsides; women refuse to be left alone on the plantations. In one neighborhood forty miles from Charleston it is certain that an attempt at insurrection was put down, ten days ago, and seven negroes were hung.—The New Orleans Crescent says the free negroes from up the country employed on steamboats, have been visiting that city and associating with the slave population, under the pretense of being slaves themselves. The Picayune lately complained that the up-river parishes of Louisiana were very slow in furnishing their proportion of troops for the rebel army, and for the “defense of the state,” but a gentleman who has returned from a journey through Louisiana, says that this hesitation does not arise so much from any preponderance of the Union sentiment, as from the general fear entertained by the planters and farmers of a rising of the slaves. Almost every plantation is doubly guarded, everywhere the slaves are watched with the utmost vigilance. Planters refuse to let any

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of their white employe[e]s enlist, but arm them, and keep them as a private guard. One planter, the owner of the three hundred negroes, expressing his fears to this gentleman, said—“D—n the niggers, they know more about politics than most of the white men. They know everything that happens.”
ORIGINAL POETRY.

WAR.
Oh! My country, fair and broad!
What just curse has fallen from God,
That before thy pleasant gates
Anarchy, the demon waits?
Towards thy bosom point the guns
Of thy own rebellious sons;
High their reptile ensign waves
O’er thy fallen patriots’ graves,
While thy flag, by hands unjust,
Torn, dishonored, lies in dust,
Trampled by insurgent tides
Of relentless fratricides.

Freemen of the awakening North!
Rise, and come by millions forth!
Wear your manhood like a crown,
Strike the rebel standard down!
Woe to him who longer stands
Looking on with folded hands!
Even my heart, a woman’s, heats,
My dead sire bequeathed to me
Blood that leaps for Liberty!

For the sons of kindred sires
Thus to light war’s reeking fires,
Well might seem a thing accursed!
‘Tis not strange ye paused at first,
Lest your foreheads you should stain
With the infamy of Cain.
But ye need no longer doubt;
God has marked your pathway out!
On, right on, through War’s Red Sea
As of old, your steps must be.
Strike, then, ere the invasion spreads!
Be their blood on their own heads!
State Line, Mass., April 28 MARY E. WILCOX

Consolidation.
BY M. MCNARY SPENCER.
Not in Grief’s deepest streams alone, O Lord,
               Our need of grace is;
But in the shallow pools we daily ford,
               Earth’s commonplaces.

Each Alpine sorrow as a sequence brings
               Commiseration;
And Death’s dark angels, from departing wings,
               Drop consolation.

Still more than grief are Life’s vexations small
               For patience calling;
The hopes we’ve nourished, and our castles, all
               Air-builded, falling.

And half-relenting, slow of heart, we brave
               Each evil doubled;
Unwilling to believe God’s angels have
               The waters troubled.

Nor in our giant labors need we most
               God’s kind sustaining;
But at each humble and distasteful post,
               Where with complaining,

We falter o’er our minor tasks, and, where
               We should be hoping,
Through the lone night of faith, we feebly are,
               Like blind men, groping.

Our souls take courage at some great demand,
               Self-sacrificing,
But when the motive power is low, thy hand
               Lend energizing;

So that we lose not heart and purpose quite,
               But feel rather,
Though walking ‘neath the cloud that makes the night,
               Thou are Our Father.
Collinville, Ct.
Honoria’s Child.
BY CAROLINE A. HOWARD.
Dark, dewy eyes,
Wherein a slumb’rous shadow lies,
As on twin violets at set of sun,—
I see from your far depths arise
The smile, all pensive tenderness, of one
Whose day went down the western skies
Ere half its golden hours their course had run.

Soft, shining hair,
Parted athwart a baby brow,
Less thoughtful haply, scarcely though less fair,
Than hers whereon is beaming now
Love’s light eternal, in a Kingdom where
Cometh no grief nor pain to bow
The spirit, new-born to its native air.

Low, tender tone,
In words or laughter gushing o’er
Two rosy lips, which, as they meet my own,
Electric thrill my heart once more,
As ere Death left that heart an empty throne—
O voice of Love! from that far shore
Thou speakest yet! I am not all alone.

Wee, tot’ring feet!
Still in life’s way as undefiled
As now, would I might keep you from its heat,
Its dust, from error’s thorny wild
Forever free, till hand in hand we meet
The loved; I too, as thou, a child
Led upward to the Soul’s communion sweet.
          April, 1861

The May-Wine.
I taste a liquor never brewed,
     From tankards scooped in pearl;
Not Frankfort berries yield the sense—
     Such a delirious whirl.

Inebriate of air am I,
     And debauchee of dew;—
Reeling through endless summer days,
     From inns of molten blue.

When landlords turn the drunken bee
     Out of the Fox-glove’s door,
When butterflies renounce their drams,
     I shall but drink the more;

Till seraphs swing their snowy hats,
     And saints to windows run,
To see the little tippler
     Come staggering toward the sun.

     UNEXPECTED VITALITY.—I have doomed people, and seen other doom them, over and over again, on the strength of physical signs, and they have lived in the most contumacious and scientifically unjustifiable manner as long as they liked, and some of them are living still. I see two men in the street, very often, who were both as good as dead in the opinion of all who saw them in their extremity. People will insist on living, sometimes, though manifestly moribund. The captain of a ship was dying of scurvy, but the crew mutinied, and he gave up dying for the present to take care of them. An old lady in this city, near her end, got a little vexed about a proposed change in her will, made up her mind not to die just then, ordered a coach, was driven twenty miles to the house of a relative, and lived four years longer. Simon Stone was shot in nine places, and as he lay for dead the Indians made two hacks with a hatchet to cut his head off. He got well, however, and was a lusty fellow in Cotton Mather’s time. Jabez Musgrove was shot with a bullet which went in at his ear and out at his eye on the other side. A couple of bullets went through his body also. Jabez got well, however, and lived many years.—Dr Holmes.
PRAYER IN THE ARMY.—On that Sabbath morning on which the battle of Lake Champlain was fought, when Commodore Downie of the British squadron was sailing down on the Americans, as they lay in the bay of Plattsburgh, he sent a man to the mast head to see what they were doing on Commodore McDonough’s ship, the flag-ship of the little American squadron. ‘Ho! aloft,’ said Downie, ‘What are they doing on that ship?’ ‘Sir,’ answered the look-out, ‘they are gathered about the main mast, and they seem to be at prayer.’ ‘Ah!’ said Commodore Downie, ‘that looks well for them, but bad for us.’ It was bad for the British commodore. For the very first shot from the American ship was a chain shot, which cut poor Downie in two, and killed him in a moment. McDonough was a simple, humble Christian, and a man of prayer, but brave as a lion in the hour of battle. He died as he lived—a simple-hearted, earnest Christian.

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