Newspaper of The Weekly Ottumwa Courier, July 14, 1864, Page 1

Newspaper of The Weekly Ottumwa Courier dated July 14, 1864 Page 1
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i 1 I E W 8 E I E 8 V O 9 N O S i wr. MORRIS,Proprietor $ ®&t dDttumtoa Couriit &• £3. ts p-t'BMsnEn evert thcrsday i* POST OFFICE JBUIL.DTNO. CORNER Or^ECOSI) AND MARKET STREETS, tQTTUMWA, WAPELLO CO., IOWA W. NORItlS, Editob. E S JNVAR1AHLY IN ADVANCE On*copy,peryear 11,76 Four copies" A'„„ 15,00. Twenty" B0,00. Per*on(i wlchlngtoanhacrlbe fera le»* time thaj one year, can do go by remitting the amount they wish to be so appropriated. In no case will we ?pter new name* unless they are S accompanied will 1 c«fh. J. W. N0BIU8. T. CHARLES HOTEL. BY JOHN N. SIMONS. Corner of Coort and Second Sli., OTTUMWA, IQWA Good eating, ciean beds, good company and rea sonable charges. ryilnuie refitted and fornUlied newly through put May 18,1664-a 1«. jgOOT AND SIIOE MAKER. N. WACHTLER, Main street, one door eagi of the Express Office. Keeps constantly on hand a good assortment of feather, anl Ik always ready to accommodate cus­ tomers with good work In his line. ES^Ilrpairing done on short notice. JUy It, lStU. apr« ISM. KRANER & MILLER, Dealers in STOVES, TIN, COPPER, JAPAN AND SHliET-IKON WAKE, Corner of Front and Market Street*, PTTIMWA, IOWA. March Hi, 1864-tf r. S. It. MITCIIEI,, OTfUnAVA, lOlfA, Office—over Temple's Clot lilug Store. jifesldence—At Mr*. MidgeV, Front 8treett'---.*^ J.~S~.~W ALKER, Wholesale and Retail Denier in DRVCOODS, GROCEHtES, ('lolliiniri llnrdivarc. QiicriiKwarc, HATS, CAPS, BOOTS, 8HOE8, GUM GOODS, KITRS, NOTIONS, Ac,,*C. Directly opposite the Ottumwa House 4ND WOTARV PiDLI^ -Jrffcprofesslonal business entrusted to him will be fi«mntly attended to. Special attention will be given to collections, ex amination of Titli's and conveyancing. {J^Oilice at. Court llou* e .in Ottuniwa, Iowa. OMaiuwu, Iowa, Oct. 'i'.lih, 1MUi. tfSt-15 f. 1 Front8t-eet, Ottuwwa, Iowa. Aug. 80,1882—2ft 14-|r J7T. irACKWOUTli ATTORNEY AT LAW B. J.BOULTONT BAKtili AND CONFECTIONER r*OST STRKKT, roua BOORS KArtT OF TH* FOT1 Bk UOU81 OTTUMWA, IOWA. Machine Crackersand Confectionery of every*arte y at Wholesale and Jtetall. Partlemnd Ballsjupplledon IhuhtrtM letlee. 5-11—ch.8-12. JCUWARD II. STILES, attorney & Counselor at Law Ami Solicitor in Chancery. Office over Walker's store, opposite the Ottnwa ftoese, Ottfmwa, Iowa. fJT Is now well prepared to procure the flOO ltouiity and back pity of soldier*, and all just claims against the Uovernment. Charges moderate, and awUuug unless ulaiiao *fc nlXoVfit. Aug^2p,W§. H. SISSOIST, DKK'risr, a»A*IN0 PKItM AN K.NTLV LOCATED IM *»IB ±1 i ty, offers his servipt to tlie citizens of town and vicinity. All work w«rratcl. ^a^ies wafted on at lieir residences, if deoired. Teeth inserted from one to an entlresgtt. "Itfrf ri«ans of springs or atmospheric pressure. hlsrejldeace,on Marketstreet* Feb.6. 1861. .a WILLIAMS &. HAMILTON, A TOil E Y S AT l^W, OTTPMWA.IOWA. 0^Orrio» over |C. V BettslC a.4»—J-4 JF\ WTSMITH, E A N i A (First door eaft of the Qt^pmwa llopse,, FRONT STREET, OTTUUWA Ast Ii Ij kinds of work doneln**' uiosuashlonabla style, mil at theshoi lest notice. Cuttiui dnneto order. NovM,'«0-y OTTUMWA MAL^ AND FE ^—^MALK SEMINAR?. Par. J. M. McKLKOY.i Mr. II. L. M. iilMTIE, prlnelpab. Miss M.C. II AI.LOWAT, Miss M. K. WILSON, Assistants. Miss MATT IK LAS WELL, Teacher of Music. The Sixth vear coinioences on Monday, 8BPTEM fJKit 7th, ISii^atthe Presbyterian Church androoms attached. Four terms often weekseachln the year. Tnltlnnfrom iHto Ifi.accqrdiogtQ'branoheiatadled Piano, Meloileon or Guitar, $S per Term. Specialfacllltlesoffered to persons wlshlngto qual ify themselves for teaching. Pupild ailmltted at any time, and charged from rtate of entrance. No reduction, however, will be made for occasional nhncnce, unless by speclalagree ment or in caae of sickness. Boarding can tye obtained a prices to suit thet 1 me No admitted for 1«m tbaa half a teras' Ftone urther particulars call on or addrea* either pf the Principal*. Aug. 6. 1KA9. MARSH A KETC HAM Distillers, Rectifiers & whole- 8ALJB DEALER# fXfOJlEIOJr AND #OMESTfP LIQP0&8. 0TTlJM\yA» IOVA. qf^OCK, WATCH ft JEIV^|,HV E A I E r|llIK undersigned,having located In Ottumwa, A. willcarry on thefql)owlngbusiness,and(ollcit2 ^liberal s l|»re of the public patronage: Repairing allkindsofVVatchus ,C!ooks,Je welryand Music al Instruments. Also—Gold Hlngsinadetoorder .lettering and en graving d«3II«. lielias a flue assortment of Clocks,Oatches^Iewel ry, VIusIchI (nstruinents, ttoldllreast Pins.Kar-rlngs JPinger-rlngs, Lockets, Chains, Keys .Slides, Pens,a ad ^variety of notions fqr sale. Please calland see. Place ofbuslness plje door west of Ottumwa lionae U.NUNA 1 AHEK A«f Uh.'M-tl-ll-Cp THE Pr,AC|i TO BUV LI'.ft HER, SHlftGLFS, Ac., ISA! LIIMRER YARDS 41Burlington,Mt.Pleatant,Fairfiflfl,^ ?««cy,attd O U W A WIIRRKI willbefound thel argeststoelrevero ered n the west, and which wl I lbeioll lower ha i at anr point onthe Mississippi. Alsothnne%l khi )gIe|)of»qr manufacture,fnllcount .eVtrySMn 'e #«»f*Ct. K. D. RAN 1) A CO. pO }t.2^ !35^nS8-11 tf RBHSHAW HOUSE, Corner of Lafayette a ad garrison Streets OKKAI.OOX4. IOWA. •—HI... From the Union Banner* Moore the Rct^, BT a e. MEAD. Attached to tbe First Cor pi of th« Army of Virginia, commanded by General Fran* Sigel, was a scont or more than ordinary dar ing, who was always connected with some deed of desperate valor. George P. Moore —originall}' a private in the 1st Connecticut Cavalry Volunteers—is the scout to whom we refer. We will not call him a hero, but he was most certainly a reckless dnre-devil, and had not the most infintcssimal partical of such ao element as fear in hht composi tion. His manner when in situations of ex treme peril, never betrayed the slightest ex citement or hesitancy. Calm, cool, and collected he appeared tinder fell circumstances —not particularly brilliant, hut subtile, craf ty and politic full of ingenious artifice and wiley as a fox. Moore was difficult m*n for enemy to, capture, and a dangerous prisoner to retain when captured. He could outwit guards and break jail* almost at pleasure. M^ny a time and oftv the Oonfe derates h^vo, found him like the 'Irishmanvs ftea'—'somewhere else when they looked where he was.' When out on one of his solitary raids in August 1862, he was so closely pressed by Captain Harness with a squad of confederate cavalry, thut he was actually driven into Madison Court by his pursuers. He was a stranger in the town, and did not know where to seek a hiding place. But trusting to chance, he abandoned his horse and en tered a garden in the rear of what proved to bean hotel. lie was seen, however, dark as was the night, and they followed him.— He entered the hotel by a back stairway, and soon found himself in the bed chamber of what proved tq be a man peeping soundly, as his loud snoring testified. A glance at the sleeping man's clothe*, in the dim rays of the lamp, convinced him that he was a rebel officer of no moan rank. Our scout waB not a man to hesitate long under such circumstances a* now environed him, so he threw otf his own clothing and put on that of the sleeping officer. He was just in tho act of drawing on (he heavy top boots of the Confederate, when he heard the voices and footsteps of his pursuers in the hall below. Hastily buckling the sleeper's sabre belt ahmit his waist and putting on his cap, he stepped out of the room the very instant a party of the rebels were rushing up stairs. Assuming a lordly flm'n, he strutted down ihe stairs, loftily returning the defer ential salutes of the soldiers in passing. He walked out upon the broad verandah of the hotel, and immediately before his eves stood a number of horses, deserted by their ow ners in their haste to capture the Yankee spy. Moore sprang into the saddle, and was nlout to hasten away, when his attention was drawn to the sound of loud and angry conversation in the chamber ha had ao re cently quitted. ^Vhy, do you mean to donht tny word, gentlemen fo ired an apgry voice. .'-w-i.'ss 4I am Col B.. of Jack«on's staff, and if you con tinue these indignities, will have esery rascal of you hung—I will demme 'Get up, you Yankee scoundvel and dress yoorseK,' roared another voice. 'Youse can't fool with your Yankee tricks. A splendiferous looking Colonel yon is—get np, I tell you!' •What in the devil's nmc do jrtm take me for?' thundered the first voice again. 'For a Yankee spy! Cuss your importance,' returned another 'you'r caught and can't get away, you our blue bellied, wooden nut meg maker. There's the svqe hat. I'd S*ear *o that hat among a million Gentlemen gentlemen said the first voice in accents of astonishment, {that ia not my coat neither are thoge my pants and that old slouched wool hat, I solemnly pro test I have never seen before. There is not money enough ip the who'e confederacy to induce me to wear such a miserable apology for a hat, gentlemen, he continued persua sively, 'it is quite impossible for this to be my fiat. Pletsecall on the landlord, and he will clcar me from the disgraceful imputation of wearing such a superanuated hat' The scout had heard quite enough, so he spurred his horse down tbe deserted street, and in ten piinuteg time he was out of the town and had forded the river without en countering any opposition. He now followed a narrow forest' road jp the direction of Craigersville. As soon as ha struck this road he felt perfectly safe, for it led through deep and dark forests of pine and hemlocks, and to a man like himself, who was inured to all kinds of danger apl awake tq all the subtile artifices of the enemy, capture under •he circumstances was almost impossible— fit least so he thought. For severa! miles he rode rapidly and cautiously, p*§sing over high and rough hills, then again through deep vales, where the dense and mist like dews dampened his long locks as they waved ip the evening breeze, like the spray of the ocean. At times the thick (tranches of the trei8 were so netted and interlaced overhead as to exclude every paiticleof light fron his path leaving him in Siberian darkness. At such times his progress ww of neceasitj slow, although his horse had but little appa rent difficulty in following the l^oely and unfrequented road. It was one of those (lark and sultry pass* es, when he was groping along almost at random, that a voice suddenly broko the solemn stillness of the night with tha omi nous challenge, 'Who goes there Who could it be that challenged him on the dark forest road He was aware that the rebels hod no force nearer than Culpep per Court House, with the exceptions of the cavalry, outposts at Midison, and he aty knew that the Federal lines did not extend beyond Sperryville, pr Little Washington, distant fifteen Qiilos,—so the challenge came altogether unexpectedly, and ho halted very promptly, qt£' exactly wptprttandiQ^ mat ters. rnf'-^m t"»H •H" •Who goes there?' cried the voice in the darkness again. A tr^nd replied Moore, hot baldly know ing what answer to make to the sentinel, since he was by no means satisfied on tho very essentia! point of whether it was friend or foe who intercepted him. 'Dismount^ disarm, and fdvance friend and give the countersign,' aaid the ominous yoice. 'A very cordial invitation, indeed,' mut tered the scout, 'but really I have some scruples about availing myself of it, not withstanding its apparent heartiness. 'To what regiment do you belong V he inquired, hoping to ascertain who the party was before venturing any closer. 'Advance and give the countersign thun dered the voice angrily. 'What for do youte question teete for?' 'All right, my lada, »B Hffct,1 replied Moore, noting the elegant pronunciation of the plural pronouns ytm and we, 'I'll ad vance, but where the devil am youse all, I reckon it's a heap dark about yer, and a right smart of a chatiee of breaking one's neck agin the trees.' lie had wheeled his horse around and was about to dash away, when a band was laid upon his bridle, and a voice commanded him to surrender. The sharp clank of arms on all sides showed him how vain It would be to offer any resistance against such supe rior numbers. He was a prisoner, indeed, and his capturers were guerillas ne was not in the least disconcerted at being a pris oner. He had been taken too many times and escaped, to feel very serious about it so with the greatest apparent candor and good nature, he assured them that he was a confederate officer engaged In the secret ser vice, and was now on his way to Sperry ville, where he Intended to penetrate the Yankee lines and spy his nakedness—per forming in the interim deeds of martia' re nown that would have reflected honor on the 'Knights of the cid.' He represented to them the extreme value of his time, and di lated at large the immense injury they were doing 'the just and holy cause,' every instant they detained h,m- the fpilowt* were sharp, and required something more sub stantial and convincirg than his word to sat isfy them of the propriety of allowing hini to ride about the country at pleasure. The guerillas took the scout nway from the road to the west ward, through the forest, and from the manne in which they followed the narrow »nd Pfooked pa*h they must have been well acquainted with the locality. They jed Moore to the base of a mountain stand ing between Madison Court House and Sperryville, known in that part of Virginia as the 'Old Rag,' belonging to what is call ed the Pine Range. Some distance up the steep $i(V- of this mountain, at the bast: of a gigantic pricipicc, is a cavern of consider able magnitude, partly natural and partly artificial, and into this oir scout was con ducted. In the cavern he found a large numlter of gi^erillas assembled, who crowded around him, loudly swearing vengeance on his devoted head if they discovered him to bo a Yankee spy, wfiich they strongly sus pected. Moore entertained the fiorce and inotlfy assemblage with the same story as when he was first captured. His conduct was apparently so simple and unaffected, and his effrontery was so consummately skilful, that the major portion ef the bush whackers were quite convinced that he was what he styled himself—a rebel spy. A few, however, of the most cautious thought it ad visable, under the circumstances, to keep him under partial surveillance until morning, at which time, if they discovered nothing suspicious in his conduct, they would let him proceed on his mission. After they had informed him of the conclusion, which he listened to with an air of stoical indifference, he informed them with a sleepy 3 awn that he had ridden a long distance, and was very tired, $nd would pass the night with them as best he could. A blanket was brought him, and the scout rolled himself up and lay down upon the cold rocky f)oor a$ hit guards thought, to slumber. He did not sleep, howeyer although his deep and heavy respirations indicated a pro found slumber. I|e lay intently watching every glance and motion of tbe guerrillas, and marking every word they uttered. For awhile, several of the most cautious of the gang kept a pretty sharp watch of the scout, but as he appeared so utterly indifferent, and slept so soundly, they were fully con vinced of the truthfulness of the statement he had made in regard to himself. As the night waned, one by one guerrillas lay down upon the rougt} fjoor of the cave to $lpep( till finally no one, save the guard at tha en trance of the grot, was moving about. The scout lay peacefully quiet maturing a plan of escape, the while watching every move ment of the sleepy guard as be leisurely paced up and dotyq the subterranean pas sage. After awhile, the sentinel stopped, yawned and stretched himself lazily, then leaned his shoulder against the side of the cave as if disposed to take a quiet nap while standing at his post. Here was an oppor tqnity not to be ueglected by the scout. He cautiously rais .i himself to a sitting posture and listened. The heavy breathing and loud, discordant snoring of the men about him assured him that they were sleeping soundly. With movements as noiseless as a panther approaching its prey, Moore arose to his feet and advanoed towards the unsus pecting sentinel, whose back was fortunate ly turned toward him. 'What shall I do with the felon?' thought the scout. 'If I knock him down h® will soon recover and alarm tbe band, and they may leave the cave before I can bring a force here of sufficient strength to gobble them. To attempt to take him prisoner would be absolute foolishnosa. He must be put otjt of the way quietly.' Drawing a bowie-knife, he planed himself immediately behind the doomed seotinel.— For an instant the fcout looked at his victim i. ,ntw-v:v'I "•. OTTUMWA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1864. in pity mingled with shame, thinking how cowardly and unmanly it was to stab even a guerrilla in the back. But he knew very well that a guerriNa was not entitled to the same treatment that a confederate soldier deserved, being no whit better fchan'an as sassin, for at the period of which we write the guerrillas would give quarter to nene who was unfortunate enough to fall into their hands. The scout thought the act da«tard ly, but his lifc vyaa at stake, and be must not hesitate. With the quickness of light ning Moore seized the acton Ishod guard by the throat, at the same time plunging the glittering knife to the very hilt in the vic tim's breast. For an instant the doomed man straggled to caU for help, but all in vain. Tbe strong hand of the scout clutch ed and compressed his throat like a vice of ateel. When tha aetmt was mre the sentinel was really dead, he released his throat and rais ed the body in his armc, and hastily quitted Erety precaution had been taken not to alarm the guerrilla*, and so quietlv had each arrangement beon made, a speculator might haqo thought the dark and indistinct fortes moving about in the sombre shadows of the trees and mountains were phantoms flitting to and Vo in the darkness. Guided by the wily scout, the soldiers crept into the cave and secured a pile of arm* near the en trance. One of their guns was accidentally discharged, and a scene ensued which haf flef description. The guerrillas drew their knives, but resistance was now useless.— They sopo surrendered, and a considerable quantity of arms and ammunition were found hidden in the cavern. These with the prisoners, some forty in number, were promptly removed to Sperrvvtlle and placed in the hands of the profer authorities and Moore, the Scout, has become a by-ward in the Union army of that section. rtiv •. %VHa4 a Soldier laM« Along one of the most crowded streets/at noon, an old gentlemen in a genial state of mind was asked by a stalwart youth in Un cle Sam's suit a direction to a place not far off. As the old man turned to point the way to the soldier, he noticed with pleas ure his stout fn}me, honest (ace, and manly bearing, and a feeling of pity thrilled him for the hitch in that right leg of the bold boy, as he stood there leaning on a cane. "What part of the country do you come from?" asked the old man. '•Rhode. Island sir." "How long have you beenthe a*myfM "Three years in th* Rhode Island th, and never knew what it was to be sick an hpur." You walk km*" "Shell, sir, ripped up right leg at Spott sylvania, 16th of May bat I was taken car$ of almost tho minute was knocked over caught up in arms, carried away, never asked was I wounded? or, where was I wounded? but they took me and put me right straijh£ through like men, did thorn Sanitary boys, and I thank God I learned in little Rhody the sense of being grateful when I ought to be. I tell you what, sir, you've doue big things in Philadelphia in a big-hearted way, and your Refreshment Sa 1 ons and this big Fair you're carrying on now for the bpys are piling up *a crop of good feelings for you all over the Union." "Have you got any monev?" asked the ld gentlemen, slightly excited. "No sir. and don't ^«ve occasion (brany. They have done everything for me, and give me everything I wanted since I left, wounded. Besides I have money due me, which I can draw in a few days." The old gentleman deposited a greenback in the waistcoat pocket of Uncle Sam's, with the remark, "Take it my boy it's al ways a good thing to have about yon.*1 "Well sir, since you will have it, I will take it. It's just one proof more of what Philadelphians will do when they take it into their head They shook hands and parted. TBCK AND GOOD. .Aityrgeon. at qne of the Beau ford (S. C.) hospitals relates the cue of a soldier who was given over to die disease and despon dency combined had robbed him of all en ergy and hope. In changing his bed, a Sanitary Commission patchwork quilt was put in place of the ordinary bedspread. It arrested his attpntipn, which for days nothing had been able to excite there was evidently something familiar in it he be came thoroughly aroused, examined it more carefully, and presently discovered his wife's name written in one oorner. Hi# interest in life returned, and he rapidly recovered. The chanccs that this quilt would be put on the right bed were not one in ten thous and, the housewife who dedicated, perhaps one of her treasures to the Koldiers could scarcely have dreamed that it would be the means of restoring her own good man to health. The story seems almost too de lightlul to be true, yet true it ceftainly is, on the word of an artny surgeon, and any bq}y who presumes to doubt it 8ha|l bp fined a dollar, (after worthy Jacob Grimm's fashion of punishing unbelivers,) and the proceeds added to the Sanitary fund. A certain minister in Davenport proached from the (Mowing text on (ho day after bis wife presented him with aobeur. "OwwUh el man that I am.'" wrwiM A I: -Motiiwfii#' iwr»* «o i j'nin&iti O Xs r»r!j i.'T" ', I i l!» 8 At i •an't THE YANKi:i: FIXED IT vtFfuN's mm mrmv rims, Ft is truly astonishing, that'the biexhauta- Coal has been exhumed from lhe "earth, ondjburned in forges-and grates in Europe, frof» time immemorial, we think, yet we distinctly-remember when a few canal boats only were engaged hi transporting from the few mines that were opened and worked along the Schuylkill, the comparatively few tons of anthracite coal consumed in Phila delphia or sent away. As far back as 1820, there was but little, if any coal shipped to Philadelphia from the Seuylkill at all. the dangerous cavern. He soon mounted Our venerable friend, the stilf vivacious you drove up." his horse and rode away at a break-neck and clear headed Colonel Davis, ofDela-! "Yeou don't say ao! well he was pesky pace towards our lines at Sperryviile, where I vvare, gave us, a few years ago, a rather about somethln.' What on airth ails he arrived in due time. He reported the amusing account of the firsjt successful at- the fellei? occurrence of tha evening at his corps head quarters, and a detachment of cavalry was ordered into saddle immediately to got the Old Rag, and if possible, capture the whole party of rasoals in their kennel. Moore led the cavalry, and an hour before day.break they had dismounted and surrounded the cavern, and had their game completely housed. tempt of a very distinguished old gentle man, Gov. Miflin, to ignite a pile of stone coal. The date of the transact? on [more's the pity] has escaped us, but the facts of the case are somewhat after this fashion. Gov. Miflin, of Pennsylvania, lived and owned a fine estatg in Miflin County, in which county was discovered, from time to time any quantity of black rock, as the ftr mcrs commonly called the then unknown authracife. Of course, the old Governor knew something about stone-eoal, and had a slight inkling of its character. At hours of leisure, the Governor was in the habit of experimenting upon the black rocks by sub, jecting theiu to woo fire upon his hearth but the hard, almost flint like anthracite of that region resisted with most qbdnrate per tinacity the repeated attempts of the Gov. to set it on fire. It finally became a joke among the neigh boring Pennsylvania Dutch farmers, and others of the vicinity, that Governor Miflin was studying out a theory to set his hills and fields on fire, and burn out the obnox ious black bowlders. But despite the gibes and jokes of his dogmatical friends, the old Governor stuck to his experimeits, and the result produced aa most generally it does, through perseverance and practice, a new and useful fact, or principle. One cold and wintry day, Gov. Miflin was cosily perched up in his easy, chair be fore the great roaring, blazing hickory fire, overhauling ponderous State documents, and deeply engrossed in the affairs of the people, when his eye caught the outline of a big black-rock bowlder upon the mantel piece before him—it was a beautiful speci men of variegated anthracite, with all the hues of the rainbow—beaming from its lac quered angles. The Gov. thought "a heap" of th s specimen of the "black rock but droping all the documents and State papers pell meJl upon the floor, he seized the piece of anthracite, and placing it careftilly upon the blazing cross-sticks of the firj, in the most absorbed manner watched the opera lion. To his great delight the black rock was soon red hot—he called fQr his servant man, a sable son of Africa, ox some down south Congo— "Isaac." ktv.fJ "Yes, sah, I'se fceah,Mkw "Isaac, run out to the carriage-huuse, get a piece of that black rock." "Yes, sah I'se gone." In a twinkling tbe negro had obtained a huge lump of the ^nthraefte, and handing it over to the Governor, it was placed in a favorable position alongside of the first lump, and the Governor's eyes fairly danced polkas as he witnessed the faot of the two pieces of black rock assuming a red com plexion. "Isaac!*' again exclaimed the Qorpnror.t' "Yes, pah'" "Run out, get another lamp.'* "Yes, sah." A third lump was added to the fire.— The company in the Governor's private parlor was augmented by tbe appearance of the Governor's lady, and other portions of the family, who PfjQtng Jsaac lugging in the rocks, came to the conclusion that the Gov ernor was going 'clean crazy' over his ex periments. It was »n vain Mrs. Miflin and the daughters tried to suspend the functions of tho "chief }pagisirate" over the roaring Are. -s 1 "Go -away, womea «ehat do yea know about mineralogy, igniting anthracite? go aw«.y, close the d°or, I've got the ropks on fire—I'll make them laugh t'other aide of their mouths at my black-rock fire!" In the midst of t^e e^citerpent, aa the Governor was perspiring and exhultingover his fiery operation, a carriage drove up, and two gentlemen alightod and desired an im mediate audience with Gov. Miflin, but so, deeply engaged was tbe Governor, that he refused the strangers and audience, and while directing Isaac to tell the strangers that they must "come to-morrow," and while continued t$ pile on more rocks brought in by Isaac, in rushed the strang ers. "Good day, Governor, you must excuse us, but our business admits of no .delay," "Can't help jt, can't help you—see how it biases, see ht»w it burns!" cried the ab stracted. or mentally Mid physically ab gorhed Governor. "But, Governor, the man may be hanged, if— "Let biio be hanfed. Ljvrrsl tee how it hums call in tho neip$»hirs, fct them see my hlack-rortc fire. I knew I'd surprise them!" ble beds of anthracite coal, *fcich extemls! down to the village, like a madman, leaving along tho Schuylkill River, and stretch through the valleys and mountains of Penn sylvania, from old Berks County to the mountain* of Sliamckin, were not Fnnd oat and applied to domestic uses, full fifty years, before they were noticed! 1 But Governor. Nirill yon pleatg delay this—* *J' 1 "Delay? No, not for the President of the United 8tate*. Fve now succeeded— see, see how it httiwsl Run, Isaac, over to Dr. —tell him to come stop in at Mr.S 's, tell Mr. to come, come everybody—I've got the black rocks in a blaze!" And clapping on his hat, out ran the Governor—through the storm, the stranger* and part of his household as spectators of his fiery experiments. Just as the Governor cleared his own door, a ped dler-wagon "drove up," and the peddler, seeing the Governor starting out in sweh dooble quick time hailed him. 41 I Bel lo! sa a a y, yeou heold 00, fwv the I rumtrf Dismounting frnqo his wagb*, and mak ing his appeirttfnfe at the front door, where he encountered the two rather astonished I stranngers—legal gentlemen of some cmn I nencfl, from Harrisburg, with a petition for the respite of execution. "Hallo! which o* jmr hike guvWKi?" says the peddler. •*Neither of us," replied the gentlemen —"that was the Governor you spoke to as an't say, was the response", **but here he comes again." "Now, now come in, and Me Ibr1 yn«¥» selves," cried tha excited Governor of the great Keystone State "there's a roaring fire of burhMg, blazing, biiek-rock anthracite coal." But alas! the eros* sticks hatfng given away in the interum. and the coal being thrown down upon the ashes and stone hearth—tea* all $ufl "Well," says «nr migratory Yankee, who followed the crowd into the house, "I guess I know what yeou are at Guv'ner, but I'll tell yeou now*, yeot^ can't begin to keep that hard stuff burning, less yeou fix it up in a grate, like, gin it air, and a pow erful draft yeou see, Guv'ner I've been making experiments a long while with it." The l^u^h of the Governor's friends sulk sided as the peddler went into a practical theory on burning stone coa' the respite was «igned hospitalities of the mansion ex tended toa\l present, and in the course of a few vtoy* our Yankee and the Governor rigged up a grate, and soon settled the question—Will black coal burn?-[E.3- Major Merrlt, formerly holding the posi­ tion of Engineer-in-Chief in the United States gunboat service, baa fallen heir to an estate valyed at $2,500,000. Tne circum­ stances under which the patriotic Major met his good fortune are very peculiar. It ap peara that having resigned his position, he was tendered another by the English Govern ment as constructing engineer in one of their Navy-yards, at a salary of $1,500 per an num. His uncle, Hon W. II. Merrit, mem ber of the Legislative Council of Canada, ur ged him yery hard to accept the position, in opposition to the wishes of another nncle. Charles Merrit, of Portland, Maine, who had always taken a deep interest in him. The Major seeing then a prospect of a war with England, promptly decided against accept ing the proffered position. This action, while It gnye offense to his Capacja uncle, it seems pleased his Portland relative so well that he made him his sole heir to an estate amounting to the handsome suti} of two ait 'lions and a half of dollars. Lord Sumftiervilie, in a party of ladies and gentlemen, propounded his plan for cul tivating-tbc wastes of Africa, when a witty old maid present whispered, loud enough to be heard, that she thought it a most un charitable idea, while so many r®* tnajned unimproved at hotqe. Henderson, the $ctor, was seldom known to be in a passion. When at Oxford, he was one day debating with a fellow student, who, not keeping his temper, threw a glass of wine in the actor's face, when Henderson took out hj§ handkerchief, qtiped hi* lace, and coolly said: "That, sir, was a digres sion now for the argument." ^AifoRsi S*q*y.—Near Bermuda Haft- dred there is a large corral, where all disa bled and worn out horses—brought here by Gen. Sheridan by his famons raid—^re con fined. The poor beasts havo apparently but little of their original vigor left. That was what we thought a week or more since. Now we have changed our opinion. Dur ing the heavy firing on our right a short time since, these worn out equine warriors pricked up their ears, straightened their sore (}nd stiff limbs tossed their mane*, formed in squadrons, and with a loud snort charged on a number of inoffensive mules. Two mules were instantly killed, and the others fled in tbe wildest disorder. The horses again formed to rhe music of Gil more's artillery, and charged on a high rail fence, which they at once broke down. Thejr did pot desist from their warlike dem onstrations until the artillery firing ceased. Tallyrand not only said, but didL, many witty things. On the death of Charles he drove through Paris fcf a couple of days, wearing a white hat. He carried a crape in his pocket. When he passed through the Fauxboutg of the Carlists, the crape was in stan'ly twisted round his hat when he came into the quarter of the Tuileries, the crape was instantly slipped otf and put into bu pocket fgain. ^uTSwt 1 i w Now AND Tusn.—In 184I» there were 152 votes cast in this county for Governor. In 1863, the county polled over 3,OQ0 yotes, in cluding the ballots of the Soldiers. The whole vote of the State in 18it» was 10,150. In I860 it was 158,8011. What State is able to show a more rapid increase.—fitate Ifey. General George P. orris, the poet, and eo-bditor with N. P. Willis of the Home Journal, died in New Yoik, on the 6th, ^d as much pmie ar 6-i vears. I anv n»«*nil»tr of Xa Kile Htf/M O S E I E S V O 1 6 N O I rEB.K»-tt|T6laAdYaacc A lauhec Hotel in Dixie. When Gen Banks' army moved on np the Shenandoah Valley from New Market, Qtiar termaster-Sergeant Reuben W. Oliver, of. Cochran's New York Battery, had to be temporarily left in a barn on account of in juries he had received. Soon after our dv parture, he made, application at tbe 'adv's for board, hut he was informed in true Vir ginia style, that *he di^ not ^oard|"Yankee barbarians." "Very well," replied Oliver, "if you won't, board tne, 1 shall keep a hotel in your oarn, but shall probably call upon you occasion ally for supplies j'^ttid he hobbled back the barn. Oliver was cvtrv vpch a soldier, anl he went to work at once. Taking his revolye^, he shot luadam's finest vounj* porker, which his assistant speedily dressed. His able assistant next went to ^be apiary and 'took, up" a hive of bees, and transfcrr^ the honey to the barn he then went to the lot an^ milked a pail of milk fronj her ladyship'a, cows then going to her servant's house, he made a "requisition" for a quantity of fresh corn dodgers that had been prepared for tho supper. The addition of. these articles to his ordinary rations placed him far beyond the point of starvation. True to his Yanke^ instincts, he invited the lady to take tea with him, at the hotel across the way. at which she became spitefully indignant but Oliver was as happy as a lark, and for thc\ I time almost forgot his injuries. Soon he had I sevt ral sick so'^liors sdded to his list of boa-ders and in due time a sheep and on other young porker and a second hive of bees were gathered under the roof of his 'hotel aid furthermore, not a cock remain ed to proclaim when the morning dawned. By this time her Uutyship thought she "could see it," and sent for Oliver, who, an promptly as the nature of his injuries would permit, reported at her door. "See here, young man," said she. "I per ceive tbftt it vfould be cheaper for me to board you in my house and if you will ac cept it, you can have board and a room fieef "Thank you, madam, thank you," replie^ Oliver, removing his cap and bowing polite ly, "but I prefer ^K)|rdi(\g at a first-class Yankee hotel to stopping at any secesh house in Virginia at the same price. You will, therefore, be so kind as to excuse mq for declining your generous offer, as it comes too late and back he hobbled to the barn, and actually remained there for two weeks, taking in and boarding every sick ar.d strag ling solJier that come along, making fre quent "requisitions" upon her for supplies. Her ladyship was mightily pleased when Oliver's Yankee hotel was discontinued but it learned her a valuable lesson, and no, Yankee soldier ever thereafter applied to her in vain for food or shelter. They al ways got what they wanted, she evidently not relishing the Yankee hotel system. A Female Yolimteer—Her Trl fits and Exposnres. On Saturday last a female, pretty, weU dressed, appeared at the Second District Station House, and applied for lodging. She had just arrived from Springfield, Mass., and was on her way to Rochester. She gave her name Ift'ary Louisa Clayton, aged 2*1 years, ^nd a native of Germany. Among other property which sho left for safe keep ing. wa« two daguerreotypes of herself, one in female attire, and the other in that of a volunteer soldier. This excited curiosity, as soon as she was discovered, when she gave a brief history of tlie few years of he{ life. When the rebellion broke out she was re siding with her husband at St. Louis. Hef husband enlisted in the 15th Missouri cav alry. She was attached to her husband, and preferring to share his fate rather thari that of a grars widow. procured a soldier's uniform, and went with her husband. The Captain of the company was made acquaints ed of the fact that she was a female, and the wife of Clayton, but outside him and her husband, no one knew or even dreamed thjit sho was a woman. She acted just as a servant to this captain, but when operations became more active, she cave her whole at tention to her husband. It was to look af ter and care for him that she went out, but acted as servant for the commander only to avoid suspicion. Sho has seen twenty-two months hi^d service in the Army of the West, under Gen. flosecrans. Eighteen months of this tim^ she was attached to cavalry, and thre$ months to heavy artillery. She participated in two general engagements—Shiloh and Stone River—and some eighteen or twenty skirmishes. After the battle of Shilo men were scarce, and she volunteered to do any duty assigned her, and day after day, and night after night, she was detailed by the Sergeint, and stood her trick of guard »S welt as the hardiest of them. At the battle of Stone river her husband was killed twen ty feet in advance of her. She was the| mounted and engaged in a charge upon th||. enemy by her regiment. She saw her hus band fall, and was at once cwieeived that the wound was fatal. During the fight %b* received ihrae wounds, on th^ knee, thigh, and arm. The two first frotn bal|§ $nd ihe latter from sabre. The first named has crippled her for life, ami she s now com pelled to hobble through the world li]^e hun, dreds of wounded males. Mrs. Clayton is a masculine looking woman. She possesses large blue eye*, high cheek hones and a very narrow face. Tbe expression is fuil of determination, qrnl her features bronaed from expost^re and the son. She wears a jncky hat and b!uo veil, bit# delain dress, and sort of blue jacket, whic|| allows her to exhibit a beautiful shirt bosoiift set with stqds. She we^rs a garrot or stand i^p collar, yf ith a small neck tie, and as mudt resembles a man, and yet not Im» one, as any person possibly co^ld. Sht is a woman ef considerable experience, and converses fre ly on nil subjects, and relate* war incidettte nl feeling as ever diU m's Old Guard,

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