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the first few nights. While the tail of the for- war, war. And the same I judge is the case mer, speaking as children would, seemed only down east, from the tenor of all the letters I two or three yards long, this one seemed to receive. Alas, for our darling country that it measure forty rods and over, while even be- should be so. And yet, I am pleased at one yond that distance there was a luminous track.thing ; though all that write to me are enNiglt after night, I stole out of bed and went thusiastic in their patriotism, willing to sacriout upon the prarie to look upon it. Had I fice their last dollar, and last friend, and last been superstitious, I should surely have be- drop of blood for the Union, not one expresses lieved this was the one of which I had been the least ill will towards our Southern brethtold in my childhood, that should come with ren, for brethren they are, though they have out note or warning, and striking the earth, sworn themselves off from us. They cannot set it on fire, and leave it to roll through break their birth-ties. The prodigal was as space, a burning ball. It did seem as though much the son of his father when he eat the dry it would be an easy thing for this one to curl husks of swinedom, as when he revelled on its immense tail in serpent folds about our the fatted calf. I hear pity and sorrow exglobe, and envelope it in a winding sheet of pressed for them and their nnloyalty, and flame.
while their acts so often excite indignation, Whence came it. If but lately created, what there seems no revengeful spirit harbored may we not look for next? If as old as crea- against the actors. This is well, and speaks tion, where has it been roaming all these eloquently for the Christianity of the north. thousand years. Is space so illimitable that But what shall I say of the terms which the there are others like it wrought by God's South and its friends make use of towards us. hand at the same time, who after travelling all They are barbaric in the extreme. You must the lifetime of creation, have not yet come in know that though we live in the central sight. Heavens! What a thought! It so counties of one of the most loyal States in the crowds the measurement of eternity into my Union, we are yet in the midst of secessionism. soul that I grow faint and dizzy.
It makes my heart ache to write it, but so it is. To go back to women. I was glad, very | The early settlers of this county were origglad, to see that Miss Davis was to be one of inally from Virginia, the Carolinas, and Tenthe associated editors of the Repository. Ever nesse, and Kentucky, emigrating first to Insince her advent amongst us as the author of diana, and thence working westward to Iowa. “Marion Lester,” I have been watching her and they have brought with them all those literary course and with intense satisfaction. traits by which we recognize the low whites of Well and nobly has she fulfilled the promises the South. They do not hesitate to say openly of that volume. Her tales, while they are and with oaths that would make your hair sprightly, original and beautifully written, are stand straight, that “they hope the South will totally devoid of that sickly sentimentalism conquer and send its troops north, and make that so often characterizes the efforts of young slaves of all the Yankees and Abolitionists.” writers. I rejoice that you have now secured If they dared, if the Union feeling in the surher best efforts for the Repository, and trust rounding counties was not too strong, they that her health will be such as to enable her would not hesitate to hang every patriot, man to favor us with a communication every and woman, amongst us.
How dreadful is month.
such a state of things. How fearful to hear Perhaps you will think I ought to say a women say, as they did, when one little comword of your western editor. Really the poor, pany marched out of our town on its way to dyspeptic thing does need a word of encour- Missouri, they “ hoped every man amongst agement, but what can I say for her, or how them would have a bullet lodged in their can you expect much of her, with poor health, heart.” Bro. T., it's very hard to be a ChrisDo help, hard times and all the trials of an iian amongst such people! I assure you it is. emigrants’ life for her portion. Knowing her It's hard to keep down the angry tides that will to be a conscientious little body, I will venture at such times swell within one's bosom. I thank to promise, though, that she will do what she heaven they have never talked so in my prescan for you, and trust that can will not mean ence. I have said again and again that no the occupying of one half a number, as was secessionist should ever breathe a word of his unfortunately the case in June !
treason in my house. It's an humble one, but, Do you ask me for the news? It is war, it shall never harbor a traitor, never, NEVER.
Were it my dearest friend or neighbor, I acts which have marked this war, and not would put him out, at the first disloyal word. long to see how tight I could draw a rope It's little that I can do for my country, be about a traitor's neck! But I'll stop here and sides giving it my prayers ; but that little do what too many of us forget to do in these shall be done thoroughly.
perilous times, rend a page or two in that old “The war need not trouble you much,” said fashioned book which tells us that, “ blessed a lady to me the other day, “your boys are all are the peace-makers.” too young to go into the army, while mine are But first I must tell you, that my boys, all stout, able-bodied men.
•though too young to fight for their country, “That is 'my great trouble,” said I, with are not too young to love it dearly. Even little tears in my eyes. “My great trouble, that Sumner, when he hears the Tribune read, will though the mother of four sons, I have not seize his little bow and arrow, and exclaim one old enough yet to fight for his country.” wildly, "if I had been there, this is the way “ But would you let them go ?”
I'd let them hd it," and then he will tighten “ Would I let them stay !”
one string and pick out a plumb arrow and let “ Then you believe in war.”
it fly far off into the prairie. “No, I don't; not as a general thing. Were
“If Jeff Davis and his troops should conthis a war for the invasion of a foreign land, quer, what would they do with us, mother ?” for the acquisition of more territory, I would asked Frank one day, when the news from the be down upon it; but it's a war, holy as the seat of war was unusually discouraging. Revolution, a war for the defence of our
“Make, slaves of us all, probably,” I ancountry and our constitution, and I would be swered carelessly. proud to have my boys, even as common
“ Slaves, mother; slaves of us !” and his soldiers, engaged in it.”
eyes flashed. “I tell you what now, there'll “But how would you feel to have them sent be some fighting done before ever they do that. home to you dead."
I can take down prairie chickens, and wild “If their wounds were anywhere but in ducks on the wing, two at a time, and it's a their back or heels, I should be happier and pity if I can't shoot a few of those rebels. proudler than when I first clasped them to my Slaves ! mother, they'll never make slaves of bosom. Every blood-stain which they bore
us Iowa boys." would be a glory-spot to me.”
I don't believe they will, Bro. T. “And you'd as lief they'd be killed as not !"
Adieu, till the next time. “No, indeed,” said I fiercely. “I love my boys as truly as you love yours, but somebody's sons must die on the battle-field, and
COUNTRY MUSIC. why not mine. Somebody must sacrifice and ' How is it possible," writes a friend, " for fearfully too. Some heart's dearest idols must you to live contentedly, happily, where you be torn from them before this war is closed. have no music? You who once lived and Shall not I, who was born under the stars and luxuriated in sweet sounds and deemed no stripes, be willing to do something, to lose pleasure so delightful as that afforded by a something ?”
noble orchestra or a sweet singer? And now 0, my friend, isn't it hard to be calm, when to be absolutely deprived of all music !" one thinks of the orphans and widows and ten My friend, God never gave human being a thousand domestic ties, which this war will greater proof of His love than when He con-. break up forever. I can be patient with the ferred upon them that certain adaptability masses of the South, because I believe them which enables them to fit, body and soul, into misguided, but I cannot be patient with the whatever niche claims their presence. This ring-leaders of this trouble, and though I pro- adaptability explains a great many mysteries. fess and mean to be a Christian in all my deal. It would explain the one into which you inings with humanity, yet I am free to say, that quire, were there not another which renders if Davis, Floyd, Wigfall, Beauregard, Toombs, this explanation unnecessary. The fact is, you and the rest of the leaders of the rebellion were are mistaken in your premises. What! no in my power, they would think old Nero had music in the country? got hold of them. Can I think of the Pratt
“No soft winds murmuring as they pass,
Locusts singing in the grass, Street massacre, of the Ellsworth assasination,
Rivers through the meadows rushing, and the hundred other dastardly and guerrilla Fountains in the woodland gushing,
Insects humming 'mid the flowers,
But we have wandered so far from music, Sudden falls of sunny showers,
that our discourse has culminated in anatomy, Blackbirds singing in the glen, Songs of sturdy, bravest men !".
and so we take leave of it to touch upon a
subject that is cousin-germain-dancing : Did you ever spend a summer in the country, and were your senses open to the thous
BALL-ROOM ETIQUETTE IN THE MIDDLE AGES. and melodies of nature? Did you ever hear To those familiar with the elegant etiquette the rain pattering on the trees close by your of the modern ball-room, it may be interesting windows or on the roof just over your head ? to have an inkling of that which prevailed in Have you listened to the chorus of birds at Continental Europe three or four centuries early dawn, and the song of the robin and ago, and the state of civilization in the most bob-o-link all day? Were you ever wakened elevated and illustrious circles. We present by the sparrow twittering on the eaves, or the certain rules and regulations drawn up by stirring reveille of chanticleer as he sounded Frederic William, Grand Duke of Saxony for bis bugle to call up his sleeping wives? No the government of a ball-room at a court-ball, music, forsooth! Did you ever listen to the called in the German language Helilstanz. grand orchestral anthem of a choir of bull. This tanz was held annually in various cities frogs, when, with ten thousand voices, from of Germany and lasted always three days. the sublimest bass to the shrillest treble, they As its name purports it was strictly a dance gave sudden and inspired expression to their of the nobility, and was a time-honored gathmusical enthusiasm? Were your ears ever ering, or two centuries before the one for bombarded by the strident and warlike fan- whose management Duke William felt it necesfaronade of a belligerent musquitoe? and did sary to provide such stringent checks, it was you ever wonder where so insignificant an already old. The following are the articles insect got so musical a voice? By eating ani- which are authentic as they are curious. mal food. All great singers are carniverous Article ist. It is hereby commanded, for by system and the musquitoe is no exception. the management of this tanz, that the MasterThey are horrid eaters, and the most terocious of-ceremonies, either the evening before, or on of known animals. “If they were the size of the day on which it shall commence, shall first a pigeon they would eat or rather drink up proceed to the church, and listen to the word the human race in a single summer.”
of God, after which, having received the exOh, how cruelly nature has armed them ! pected nobles, he shall peaceably conduct How they will fasten themselves upon your them there also, thereby insuring that this skin! Did you ever study the anatomy of a tanz shall be begun and ended in the fear of musquitoe? From a sheath which it wears on God. its head, precisely like a surgical instrument Article 21. When the Mayor shall have case, or the arsenal of an executioner, it peaceably opened the council chambers, the thrusts out and elongates five or six arms,- Master-of-ceremonies shall collect the young cutting, piercing, sawing, tearing, barbed, ladies and noble matrons who have arrived at dentated arms-arms which are a fac simile his own house, and thence led by the music of of every instrument of torture which succes- the harp, shall march with them in grand sive generations of the wicked have been able order to the council-house. to invent; and these arms it mercilessly bur- Article 3d. It is strictly forbidden, that any ies in your flesla at every convenient juncture. one shall take any “ Torgische” beer from Through each of these instruments which are the cellar of the council-house on credit, before hollow, it breathes and drinks your blood, as the commencement of the tanz, but shall pay long as its intestines can receive it, and these for it on the spot. intestines are of a surprizing elasticity, capable Article 4th. It is strictly enacted that any of being distended to three or four times their persons having a quarrel together shall defer natural capacity. Now mark the consequen- it to another occasion. It is forbidden under ces. This blood intoxicates it ; it remains in a penalty of twenty-five gulden to tear each temporary apoplexy upon the wound, or re- other's clothing, to challenge or fight with tires a little from its victim to sleep off its naked weapons, thereby doing mischief and drunkenness, like Polyphemus, in a convent. terrifying the ladies. Now is the time, if you are wise, for you to Article 5th. It is ordered that every noblefall upon and put it to death.
man who intends to take part in the tanz shall,
eight days previous to the same, pay to the against them, or being delivered up to the
foregoing regulations and hereafter sedulously
AN OLD MEMORY. propriety, not throwing off his coat, not running or screaming, not abducting matrons or
A very amusing mistake was many years young ladies, or otherwise behaving uncourte- ago perpetrated one Sabbath in a certain pulpit, ously or unseemly towards them, such as
or'a character which, if report speaks truth, is using indecent gestures or words, or other- not altogether without a parallel in other pulwise behaving indecently, not crowding or pits. We have never seen it in print and think springing into the dance, or using other light it quite too good to be suppressed. The conduct towards the ladies such as pulling off preacher was a venerable old man, an extemtheir caps and the like.
poraneous speaker after the old style, and Article 7th. It is freely allowed to com
withal a conscientious supporter of the doctrine mence the tanz as early as is desired, but it of the Trinity. This doctrine having been shall in no case continue after eight o'clock in irreligiously called in question by certain unthe evening.
devout sects, the good man had devoted several Article 8th – As it is necessary that the
sermons to its triumphant substantiation. nobles take lodgings with the citizens, it is or- Strangely enough, however, it was pretty louddered that they pay their bills honestly and ly whispered among his congregation, that his peaceably, and if the host shall accuse them proofs were not irrefragable, and those whisrightfully, of any misconduct, they shall pay pers coming to the old man's ears, he determinthe sum of tive dollars as fine, and whenever ed to make one great effort that should set the they do any damage, such as breaking windows, matter right forever. Much were the research overturning stoves or the like, they shall pay and the midnight oil that he consumed in for it.
searching for a text that none might gainsay, Article 9th-All gay and unrestrained youths and his efforts were at length rewarded. On are forbidden to make an uproar in the streets the Sabbath in question, he entered the pulpit at night, under penalty."
so radiant with satisfaction, his congregation Article 10th-Any Knight or Baron guilty of felt instinctively that some great and welcome public or private indecency, shall be imprison- boon had been vouchsafed their beloved pastor. ed four weeks.
After the usual preliminary exercises were finArticle 11th-Although it is impossible for ished, the venerable man arose and stated his any noble and honorable lady to behave in- fears that his former proofs, sufficient to him, of decently or improperly, yet, as it is, also no
the great and holy mystery of the Trinity, had torious that there is here and there a young not been sufficient to establish its truth in their lady who is wild, bold and unrestrained in her minds. Now, however, blessed be God, whose conduct, all such are hereby warned, and every divine interposition had directed his dim eyes ! honorable father of such is warned to restrain he was able to offer them a proof which, so far his daughter or ward, and see to it that they as he knew had never been advanced before. behave quietly, modestly and reservedly at the Every Bible in the church was opened to the dance, not giggling, romping or holding su- passage, Psalms xviii. 33, “He maketh my perfluous gossip with the men persons, thereby feet like hinds' feet,” but the pastor's eyes were setting a bad example to other noble ladies dim and he read, "He maketh my feet like and mortifying other dear young girls. But hen's feet, and establisheth me in high places.” should, by any oversight, any such improprie- “In this humble bird, my friends,” said he, ty be manifested, it should be the duty of the “I find a mysterious but triumphant expression Master of ceremonies to warn and restrain of the holy doctrine I seek to establish; mark them, as such conduct will not be endured. the wisdom of the Psalmist, as the hen's foot
Article 12th-All noblemen are forbidden to has three toes, so the Divine body of the Trinity drive rapidly with coaches or puns in the city, is made up of three persons and would not be or to shout and make uncommon noises, shoot perfect with a less number. Mark the wisdom of in the street, or similar “ luxurious acts," un- the Psalmist again, as the hen's foot with its der penalty of having the city gates shut three toes scratches the earth for the mainte
nance of her young, so the three persons in the lighted the ear of the world. Not so, certain Godhead labor evermore for the salvation of other martial figures which, all along the enthe world. Again, as the hen calls her tire length of that warlike procession, here and chickens by the sound of her voice, so the God- there made their appearance, and attracted head calls on mankind by his Word.”
universal attention. These were the pets of the As the good old pastor proceeded in this in- Zouaves, all clad in uniform; little animals of genious strain, he could not fail to observe the various kinds, that had been fondled and caruneasy stir among his auditors, the telegraphic ed for through long campaigns, by those signals flashed from eye to eye throughout the rough and seemingly unfeeling men, carried house, and the curious expressions stretching with them wherever they went, sharing their down the corners of the mouth, especially food and their soldiers' bed, and furnishing in among the younger members; but though their turn, mapy an hour of pleasure, innogrieved at the untimely mirth of his lambs, cent as that of childhood. Among the most the dignity of his subject would not permit him prominent of these pets was a little dog that to seem to observe it; nor did he, until after had, for some service, long been the favorite the completion of a really ingenious discourse, of the whole regiment. It marched gravely in and his deacon had whispered in his ear, dream the ranks, dressed in a Zouave blanket, with a that he had made his text as well as his sermon. little rapier and some other implements of war
The foregoing recalls a mistake of a similar buckled at its side, and, with all the propriety character of which we overheard.' It occurred of a well-drilled soldier, looked neither to the in the deacon's desk, however, instead of the right nor left. pulpit. At a Sabbath noon prayer meeting, It was a pleasant sight, and suggestive of the deacon, according to custom, read the les- softening thoughts. Those little living playson with which the service commenced, ex- things cherished and protected and loved amid patiating as he went on. The following pass- Scenes of carnage and death, told a tale of g
genage occurred in it, “And Aaron made atone- tle-hearted moments and sweet humanities. ment for the people's sins,” while the good very touching incident connected with this deacon read it in this way, “And Aaron made love of pets, is related by Mons. R. P. Dumas, ointment for the people's shins.”
the French soldier and writer, in one of his ZOUAVE'S AND THEIR PETS.
touching latters from the camp of Sebastopol,
and it furnished one of the few pleasant epiWe have just been reading an account of the sodes in that fearful war of the Orient. bravery and gallantry of our gay, young Zou
“Do you wish,” he inquires, " that I should aves, in a recent engagement with the rebels. We should be surprised to hear of anything of a little animal, worthy to figure among the
amuse you for a moment, by relating the story that was not brave and gallant, so that they celebrities of its species? A Zouave had a kitwere concerned in it. There is something in the very name, suggestive of the bold, brave ten of which he was extremely fond. He had and dashing. There is something also sugges
brought it from Africa, perhaps from France, tive of the tender and true, and could the dif- perhaps from the paternal hearthstone. Be it ferent incidents of this character, in which
as it may, the kitten had become the inseparathese gay young soldiers have figured, be re
ble companion of the joyous soldier. In his corded, they would furnish a very charming its master. At his meal-times, the kitten re
hours of repose, the kitten slept by the side of volume. We remember reading an account of the entrance of the African Zouaves into Paris, ceived exactly its rations, subtracted from his after the Crimean war. They had been many
own dish; and during marches it rode upon years in Algiers, where they were long engag
the knapsack of the trooper, whose patient and ed in fighting the battles of Napoleon III. unwearied submission to the burden, it repaid Most of them, unlike our own Zouaves, were
by a thousand playful frolics when they came
to a halt. scarred and weather-beaten veterans, many of whom had seen a hundred fields, and all bronz
“ There came for the master a day of battle. ed with the fierce suns of Africa. Their
His regiment was to face the Russians at Alma strange costume and wild aspect, together with The bugle sounded, the Zouave ran to arms and their active and elastic tread, seemed in won
placed himself in the line: the kitten was at its derful keeping with the tales of their ferocious post. The cannons poured their grape-shot indaring and almost superhuman feats of valor lo the Zouave ranks, but the kitten was not diswhich had for so long a time startled, yet des mayed. The melee commenced; the soldier