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the building in every direction. The crash | mained out of the


of the ene of the beams, the roar of the flames, and the shower of fragments of the fort, with the my's fire till after the surrender; blackness of the smoke, made the scene in when he returned as he came. describably terrific and grand. This contin

Meantime, the boom of heavy ordued for several hours. Meanwhile, the main gates were burned down, the chassis

nance and the telegraph had borne of the barbette guns were burned away on far and wide the eagerly awaited the gorge, and the upper portions of the towers had been demolished by shells.

tidings that the war for which South ** There was not a portion of the fort | Carolina had so long been impatient where a breath of air could be got for had actually begun; and from every hours, except through a wet cloth. The fire spread to the men's quarters on the side thousands flocked to the

speca right hand and on the left, and endangered tacle as to a long expected holiday. the powder which had been taken out of Charleston herself was drunk with the magazines. The men went through the fire and covered the barrels with wet cloths; excitement and joyous exultation. but the danger of the fort's blowing up be- Her entire white population, and her came so imminent that they were obliged to heave the barrels out of the embrasures. gay crowds of well-dressed' visitors, While the powder was being thrown over- thronged her streets and quays, noting board, all the guns of Moultrie, of the iron the volume and resonant thunder of floating battery, of the enfilade battery, and of the Dahlgren battery, worked with in- | the Confederate cannonade, and the creasing vigor.

contrasted feebleness of that by which “All but four barrels were thus disposed of, and those remaining were wrapped in it was replied to. That seven thoumany thicknesses of wet woolen blankets. sand men, after five months of careBut three cartridges were left, and these ful preparation, could overcome sevwere in the guns. About this time, the flag-staff of Fort Sumter was shot down, enty, was regarded as an achievesome fifty feet from the truck; this being ment ranking with the most memothe ninth time that it had been struck by a

rable deeds of Alexander or Hannibal, shot. The man cried out, “The flag is down! it has been shot away!'

In an

Cæsar or Napoleon. Champagne instant, Lieut. Hall rushed forward, and flowed on every hand like water; brought the flag away. But the halliards were so inextricably tangled that it could thousands quaffed, and feasted on the not be righted; it was therefore nailed to richest viands, who were ere long to the staff, and planted upon the ramparts, regard rancid pork as a dainty, and while batteries in every direction were playing upon them.”

tea and coffee as faintly remembered The fleet from New York, laden luxuries. Beauregard shot up like with provisions for the garrison, had Jonah's gourd to the altitude of the appeared off the bar by noon of the world's greatest captains; and “Damday on which fire was opened, but nation to the Yankees !” was drunk made no effort to fulfill its errand. with rapture by enthusiastic crowds To liave attempted to supply the fort whose heads were sure to ache towould have, at best, involved a heavy morrow with what they had drunk cost of life, probably to no purpose. before. Already, in the ardent imaIts commander communicated by sig. gination of her Chivalry, the Connals with Major Anderson, but re- federacy had established its independ

• The New York merchants who sold the "The bells have been chiming all day, guns costly fabrics are still waiting for their pay.

firing, ladies waving handkerchiefs, people * A Charleston dispatch, dated April 13th, says:

cheering, and citizens making themselves geno

rally demonstrative. It is regarded as the great"Had the surrender not taken place, Fort

est day in the history of South Carolina." Sumter would have been stormed to-night. The men are crazy for a fight.

-Such it undoubtedly was.

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