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I. vking from my chamber window,
In lie distant western sky
- r.v :i star of beaming brightness
Am angel's lamp in heaven high.
i 4 thou work at wasting sorrow,
Post thou laugh at one forelorn?
(h -can I learn from thee a lesson
T heal a heart with sorrow torn?
A 1 pondered in my sadness,
Vs I thought of days gone by,
Thought of loved ones once so dear
That now in cold and darkness lie,
My aching heart of life grew weary,
And I turned from earth to drear
i. tiud relief Irom weighty sorrow,
Hut could find no solace near.
1 1 en came beams of light so joyous,
t'x ams of light so pure and true,
I rom that star in lovely grandeur
In the sky so dark and blue,
That my soul r.o longer weary,
No longer dreaming o'er the past,
Was lifted from the earth aud sorrow
Into Christian faith at last
For Mircly He who decked the skies,
Who tilled the wide expaoee of
With jewels of transcendent beauty,
The Southern Cross, and Pleiads
Who could change the dreary dark
ness That envelopes sombre night
I:. to a robe of peerkss beauty,
Decked with jewels pure and
Sui tly He to mortals weary.
Who5e poor hearts are sad aud
Could hi love and wendrcus mercy
dive some precious healiug token.
lit could life's dark sorrows lightei
With the jewels of his Grace,
A::1. life's weary journey over,
Maka us to see his glorious face.
I I. u come evil and disaster.
Tl.ei. come anguish, sorro.v, pain,
(): . fortune's smiles Le o'er us,
It we follow in her train.
Ti y bright beams, O star, shall
An ha needed lesson Uach:
W't.ate'er good or ill betide us,
Title's a home we all may reach-
HlVM ni llATK CHIKFTAfN IF.AI.
M:v K -Pieileiit Ilel al w Or
leiiM Friday Morning.
Niav Orleans, IK'C. 0. Jeffer-j
.-m Davis doted his eyes in death at i
minutes before one o'clock this
l.i.'.i.ii i:, surrounded by his friends
ami lvkitius who were within call.
The handsome residence of Air.
.1. II. Pavne at the corner of ciist
a;. d Can. p streets is at present the!
e! j ct of interest to every friend of
Mr. .htferson Davis, because it is in
th- pleasant guest chamber of this j
el- -ant home, that the beloved old
t 'unfedevate Chieftain passed away.
WIIKitt HE DIED.
The residence, built by Payne, is
i. '.f of the most comfortable and
artistic in all the city ; it is of brown
-j ne, stucco, two stories high, with
l:o;.d verandas and set iu lovely
titids, where camel ia bushes are
i , bloom, and oranges hang in
el i-'e'.s o.i trees. The house has a
u hall running through the centre
with drawing rooms on one side, a
library on the other; and in the
r-ar onicr of the house is a lovely
ai! cheery apartment, into which
ti e southern sun streams nearly all
i .v. where lay the patient and dis
ti L'uished invalid. It is a woude;
f illv pretty room with rich-toned
l'-v.-ian-hued carpet on the floor,
.-.a-; and delicate lace curtains at
f .ii r windows, two fronting the East
ami two to the South. Pictures are
i. a t lu. walls, and there are lounges,
ey Turkish chairs, pretty carved
tables, and a huge carved oak Vic
toria bedstead, on which the ex
l'; s'dent of the Confederacy lies in
the embrace of death.
His constant attendant has been
Mr-. Davis, who has never left his
i. ' suice h's illness began. In
;. e..:i:fortahle home wrapper of gray
a ; black, this gentle minister was
: av. at the invalid's side; and if
- i. left him for a moment, he asked
i her, and was fretted or uneas.v
i:util she returned. Friends con
'.itlv sent btautiful flowers of
v. ii Mr. Davis was very fond, but
' , e were not allowed to remain in
:. sick man's room for any length
f time. At the outset jellies, fruits,
'1 all manner of invalid's del'ca
(V -. were profered until Mrs. Davis
v.;; - compelled to decline thorn. The
.-k man's food was only milk, ice,
I ' f ;-.!, and rarely, a broiled chop.
Mr. D.,vis rema;ned in bed all the
' in. , mid was never left alone, be
ii'tr guarded lovingly by bis wife and
'i.-capable quadroon hired nurse
hy.lia, and Mrs. Davis's own little
I'i-ov. u eyed hand maiden Metric, who
all times had entree to the sick
ia. ill's room. But little talking "was
alloueo. and newspapers, letters, and
b 1'grams were tabooed.
MRS. DAVIS "WAS HOI'KFIL.
On Wednesday afternoon a report
'i had a few moments conversation
with Mrs. Davis. She was worn and
denied with service at the sick bed,
hut which she would not allow to
miy ot her, and her steps were lag
VOL. II. NO. 47.
ging as she came into the dining
room. She was very hopeful, how
ever, of her husband's ultimate re
covery. "Mr. Davis has always been an ex
ceedingly temperate man," said Mrs.
Davis. "He has never abvsed his
physical powers, and no one could
have lived more moderately than he.
Of course, all this is in his favor. I
do not mean to say that there would
be no danger if a door were left
open or the fire in his room allowed
to go out; he is as frail as a lily, and
requires the most attentive care;
that he has. I believe he would not
be alive today had this ill come up
on him at Beau voir, where he could
not possibly have had the constant
care of such physicians as Dr. Bick
ham and Dr. Chaille, and the intel
ligent, love, tenderness, and luxury
that surrounds him in this home."
HE RALLIED IX THE MORNING.
V r. Davis seemed much better
during the early part of yesterday,
and his improved condition was
remarked by the doctors and his
family, lie had pain in the bowels
during the day hut the serious fail
ure appeared just a few minutes be
fore six o'clock. Then the illustri
ous patie.it was stricken with a se
vere congestive chill. The doctors
were not present at the time, but
Judge Fenner') family and Mrs.
Davis did everything to soothe the
lt'was 7 o'clock before Dr. Bick
ham and Dr. Chaille, two of the
most famous practitioners in the
South, arrived, and consulted over
the condition of the patient. His
change was a surprise to all, and un
expected to those in constant at
tendance They continued with the
patient until his death, however,
and made every possible effort to
avoid the inevitable.
Mr. Davis remained in a com
atose condition and the attendants
could see no signs of consciousness.
Mrs. Davis said she occasionally felt
the return of the pressure of the
hand she held, although he could
neither speak nor make any sign.
THE HOUR OF DEATH.
This was the scene in the sick
chamber as the hours passed. The
only variation was the arrival of
Edwii: II. Farrar, the husband of
Mr. Davis's neice, and of Judge and
Mrs. Charles E. Fenner who had
been sent for at the opera.
The lamp of life waned lo as
the hour of midnight arrived, nor
did it flicker into the brightness of
consciousness at any time. Eagerly,
yet tenderly, the watchers gazed at
the face of the dying Chieftain, his
face always calm and pale, gained
additional pallor, and at a quarter
of one o'clock in the morning of
the Cth day of December, death came
to the venerable leader.
There was nothing remarkable
about the deathbed scene. The
departure of the spirit was gentle
and utterly painless. There were
no dry eyes in the little assembly
about the bed, and every heart bled
with anguish, which found vent in
Mrs. Davis's sobs and cries.
MRS. DAVIS PROSTRATED.
Immediately after death, Mrs.
Davis was led upstairs to (he bed
room of Mrs. Fenner, where the la
dies tried to assuage her grief. She
bore the awful blow bravely, but
her breathing was labored, and her
condition so weak that two doctors
were called in. They pronounced
her weakness to be that only conse
quent on strain and grief, and said
that nothing was to be feared.
I.exnl Don'ls About Will.
Don't have anything uncertain iu
Don't mention people by their
Don't let a person interested be a
Don't make a will without two
w i t nesses bet ter t h ree.
Don't neglect to declare it to be
your last will aud testament.
Don't make a new will unless you
revoke or destroy the old one.
Don't make a will that does not
provide for children that may be
Don't try to force a wife to accept
certain property instead of a dowe-.
Don't neglect to make your wit
nesses write their full names and
Don't fail to specify which one is
meant when two bear the same nan.e.
Don't add a codicil unless you
execute it in the same way as the
Don't forget that, if a woman,
your marriage will invalidate a will
Don't allow a minor to will away
personal property unless 18 if male
aud 16 if female. Minneapolis Tribune.
The University of Kortb Carolina.
To the exclusion of editorial mat
ter, in part, we give place to the
following interesting letter from
President Battle. He refers to a
statement made in our editorial of
some weeks since in which reference
was made to the taint of infidelity
which at an early period and for a
short time was attached to some one
or more members of the faculty.
That we explained as due to the
influence of the French opinions of
the day, fostered largely by a politi
cal sentiment which favored every
thing Erench and hated everything
English ; for it was at the period
when grateful feeling for the aid
given by France in our distress was
still fresh and warm, and, when the
memory of the long cruel war for
our subjugation by England Was
still lively and bitter. But this
cloud of infidelity was a small and
passing one, leaving the University
to emerge again in all its shiuiug
steadfastness to christian truths. And
with this exception the University
has been continuously under the
control of men eminent for their
piety as well as the'.r learning, aud
also the nursery of learned divines
as well as f statesmen. The fol
lowing list embracing clergymen of
all denominations will prove how true
the University has been to its Chris
tian trusts and what noble gifts
she has made to religion as well as to
temporal service. Surely animosity
of prejudice will be disarmed, when
to the University is due the equip
ment which fitted ministers of the
gospel of so many different denomi
nation to be reverned for their piety,
loved for their goodness, admired
for their learning, and rewarded for
Among its professors, the Univer
sity has been adorned with such
able divines as Wm. Bingham, the
elder Dr. William Hooper, Dr.
Elisha Mitchell, Drs. James and
Charles Phillips, Bishop Green, Dr.
Deems, Dr. Wheat, Dr. J. J. Rob
erts, Dr. Hubbard, Dr. Shipp, and
in the present faculty, Dr. Mangum
and Dr. Hume.
Among the graduates, the f..meof
some of whom is national, such able
divines appear as Dr. Andrew Flinn,
Dr. A. W. C.'opton John Ban
dolph's favorite preacher Dr. Wm.
Hooper, Dr. John Witherspoon, Dr.
Robert Hall, Dr. James Morrison,
Dr. Francis L. Hawks, Bev. Charles
Applewhite Hill, Bishop W. M.
Green, Bev. Robert Hall Morrison,
Bishop James II. Otey, Rev. Thomas
B. Slade, Rev. Joseph II. Saunders,
Thomas F. Davis, Rev. Elias M.
Andrews, Dr. Samuel J. Johnston,
Dr. Wm. Norwood, Rev. Phillip B.
Alsioi), the poet, Bishop Cicero S.
Hawks, Rev. Thomas R. Owen, Dr.
W. W. Spear, Dr. John Haywood
Parker, Rev. W. X. Mebane", Dr.
J. J. Roberts, Dr. Jarvis Buxton,
Rev. A. M. Shipp, Rev. W. W.
Pharr, Rev. SamT B. McPheeters,
Dr. J. C. Huske, Dr. S. A. Stan'ield,
Dr. S. M. Frost; and this is only a
Could enumeration more splen
didly illustrate Christian training
than an array of names, embracing
all the leading denominations,
trained without sectarian bias, going
forth each and all of them armed
with the same armor of piety aud
character, equipped with the same
weapons cf tra;oing and learning,
going out on their several ways to
work on their own chosen fields, but
all alike bearing the ineffaceable
and unmistakeable impress of the
same Alma Mater? To the Uni
versity of North Carolina they all
owe' their learning, their character,
their success and their fame.
Here is President Battle's letter:
Chapel Hill, N. C, Nov. 25.
Editor Citizen: In an interesting
and instructive editorial lately pub
lished in your paper, you mention
the fact that certain professors of
this University of the olden time
were imbued with infidel principles
As this is the only taint on the re
ligious character of the institution I
wish to show its extremely limited
The professors, concerning whom
the allegation is -made, are Rev. Dr.
David Ker, (lie so spelt his nan.e),
Mr. Charles W. Harris and Mr. Sam
uel A. Holmes.
The doors were opened for the
reception of students in January,
1795. Dr. Ker served only one year.
When elected, he wa3 a Presbyterian
minister in good standing. I find
no charge that his religious views
were changed while at Chapel Hill.
After leaving, in 1796, he studied
law, and was appointed by President
JeiTerson, district judge of the Mis
sissippi Territory. He had a high
character as a man and as an officer
While it is probably true that he
CONCORD, N. C, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13,
partook of the free thinking then so
prevalent, it is altogether unlikely
that he ventilated such views in the
year when he was a Presbyterian
preacher at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Charles W. Harris was pro
fessor only two years, 1795 to 1797.
He was a worthy member of the ex
cellent Cabarrus couuty Harris fam
ily. He was an intimate friend of
Dr. Joseph Caldwell, and it was
through his influence that the latter
was induced to accept the professor
ship of mathematics in the infant
University. In Caldwell's eyes in
fidelity was a crime, aud this inti
macy is proof that Harris' aberra
tions came after they parted. I
have read many of Harris' letters
written from Chapel Hill. They
show him to have been an able- and
well-read man, a high-toned gentle
man, a faithful and inspiring in
structor, but extremely desirous of
escaping from the drudgery of teach
ing and the anxieties of dicipline.
But they do not contain expressions
implying that" he held infidel opin
ions. If he had them I am quite
sure that he lid not attempt to win
others to his way of thinking. There
is no charge or suggestion that he
did. It is impossible to imagine the
uncle of the late noble Christian
gentleman, Shakespeare Harris, per
verting the youth placed under his
charge. If he had not been cut off
by consumption, he would have been
a conspicuous figure in our legal
history. The tradition is that he
became a faithful Christian before
Samuel Allen Holmes is charged
by Dr. Caldwell with holding aud
endeavoring to propagate principles
incompatible with Christianity and
good citizenship. From the high
character of the accuser we must
conclude that Holmes' head was
turned by the French Revolutionary
ideas, but he was not allowed long
to poison young minds. He ceased
to he professor iu 1798. We can
only conjecture that his resignation
was hastened by Dr. Caldwell's
charges. He was quite young at the
time, obtaining his degree of A. B.
in the following ear. I do not
know his subsequent history, except
that he became a minister of the
I think it clear that neither Ker
nor Harris' influence on the students
was against Christianity, and that
Holmes' evil counsels only continued
a few months. All bad influences
ended in the last century at the close
of the third year after the opening
of the institution. Since 1798 the
faculty of the University has been
always strongly on the side of
Christianity. At present alls its
members are members of a religious
denomination, and I challenge the
world to show a set of students with
higher moral tone and more correct
habits than ours. Yours truly,
Kemp P. Battle.
"Bonble-L" Polk, of 9f. C.
From St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Dec. 2d.
Mr. u L. Tolk, State Secretary of
the North Carolina Farmers' and
Laborers' Union, arrived in town
last night, and was heartily greeted
a3 "Donble-L" Polk by his fellow-
brothers of toil. Mr. Polk makes
the gray matter sizz as editor of a
paper called the Progressive Farmer.
In speaking of the mauy advantages
results obtained in his State by the
Farmers' Union he said : " The
benefits are couspicuousty seen in
the matter of education. The farm
ers in my State have been slumber
ing along, aimlessly, yon might say,
and have not been thinking for
themselves. They have heretofore
been hiring or allowing other people
to think for them.' Now they have
been awakened, and they read and
think for themselves. They are
studying their conditions aud sur
roundings, and especially everything
that embraces the economic pro
blems. This will have a telling ef
fect on their ballots, for it will give
a clearer idea of the best way to
vote. The Farmers' Union has fur
nished the spittle to remove the cat
aract from their eyes, and there are
many things that they will no longer
go at blindly. Yet our organization
can remain non-partisan and still
exert a powerfal influence in politics.
Our farmers have been improved
morally, socially and intellectually
by the union. We now have 82,000
members in the State. The Western
idea that the North Caoliua farmer
raises sweet potatoes and yams and
ekes out an ignorant existence will
soon be dispelled."
Mrs. Logan did not open a pri
vate school for young ladies, as
was reported but has assumed
the management of the Home
Magazine of Washington. She
returned from Europe last week.
A Womnn Willi Pluck.
Washington, D. C, Dec. 7.
There is at least one woman in thi3
city who worships the memory of
ihe late Jefferson Davis, and who
has courage of her convictions. She
lives at 235 Second street, southeast,
and her name is Mrs. Frederick
Fairfax. The shutters are closed
and the bell pull was obscured by
crape. It would be easy for an ob
servant passer to imagine that" death
had visited some one whose residence
had been within. Draped from
three windows of the upper story
the wide strip of black stuff was
evidence of mourning of a high
order. In the centre of each of the
window sills, just where the black is
fastened, is a rosette. If the ; ro
settes were also black they would
have excited less comment but they
are not black. Two of them, one at
each end, are red, the one in the mid
dle is white. The hues and manner
of their arrange combine to form
colors of the dead Confederacy and
their display at this time made it
evident that some one was sorry Mr.
Davis was no more. To a Star re
porter who called upon the lady, she
described herself as Washington
born, and said she put mournii.g on
her house because cf the death of
Jefferson Davis, whom she admiredj
and loved. The Star says : Mrs.
Fairfax is the wife of Frederick
Fairfax, and to be a gentleman of
wealth. Mrs. Fairfax is the daugh
ter of the late Lieutenant Cooke, of
the United States army, who died a
great many years ago, leaving to his
daughter the house in which she and
her husbaud reside. Fairfax was
not actively engaged in the Confed
eracy, but .Mrs. Fairfax's relatives
were all Confederates, so she said
this morning. It was suggested to
her by one of the newspaper men
who called on her this morning that
some one might try to tear the
mourning emblems dowu. If any
one entertains any such idea he only
needs first to see Mrs. Fairfax as she
appeared when that suggestion was
made. He will at once abandon his
project. A number of colored peo
ple gathered on the sidewalk oppo
site the house this morning and
loudly criticized the action of the
inmates, but they went no further,
aud at a late hour this afternoon the
dismal drapery and red, white and
red rosettes were still in their place,
fluttering in the cool breezes and
reflecting their colors in the windows
of the Lincoln school building.
which happens curiously enough to
be precisely opposite 2o. 2'.io.
The Ilninnu Family.
St. Louis Bepublic.l
Did you ever make a calculation
of the number of people that have
inhabited this globe since the begin
ning of time? No doubt you will
say that calculations involve loss of
time and are, after all, barren of
results; but, as we are engaged in
giving curious readings and odd
calculations, let us take a few min
utes' time and approximate, with a
certain degree of accuracy, at least,
the number of souls that have been
ushered into aud out of this sinful
world since the time when it was
not good for Adam to be alone. At
the present time it is believed that
there are 1,400,000,000 human be
ings on our globe; but let us sup
pose there has been but an average
of 900,000,000 living at one time
since the creation. To give room
for any possible doubt as to the
average length of life, we will put
it down at fifty years. (It may have
been longer than that during Bible
times ; it has been much shorter,
since.) With the average length of
life, reckoned as above, we have had
two generations of 900,000,000 each
every century for the past 6,000
years. Taking this for granted, we
have had about 55,627,813,257, 075,
266 inhabitants on this globe since
the beginning of time.
Admitting that there is a great
deal of guess-work about this spec
ulation, and that it has been hastily
and perhaps inaccurately done, it
will be perceived, nevertheless, that
our earth is a vast cemetery. On
each rood of it 1,283 human beings
have found a burial-place. A rood
being scarcely sufficient for 10 graves,
each grave must contain the remains
of 129 persons. The whole surface
the globe, if all people bury within
the earth as we do, has beeu dug
over 120 times to get room for burial
Oritlus of Tboait bt.
Every vice fights nature.
Might is not always right.
Reckless youth makes rueful age.
Life is but the vestibule of being.
It is hai'der to listen than to talk.
A man is only as old as he feels.
Try to forget as well as forgive.
Humor is the solid enjoyment.
Old Jones' Philosophy.
When I was a boy we had a big
yallcr dog that hadn't as much sense
as a sheep or as much pluck as a
chipmunk. That dog wouldn't have
fought a canary bird. We knew it
and he knew it, but he kept up an
awful sight of bluster an' blow just
the same as if we didn't all know
just what it was worth. Every day
a big black cur, as cowardly as ourn,
used to go by with a butcher's cart
and them two dogs would run up
an' down on different sides o' the
fence barkin' fit ter kill an' just as
if they would tear each other up if
it wasn't fer the fense.
One day the two got after each
other an' it happened some one had
left the gate open so all of asuddent
they came opposite each other, with
nothing between. Well, sir, those
two dogs just stopped an' looked at
each other for a minute, then they
put their tails between their legs an'
cut sticks in different directions, as
if the Old Nick was after 'em.
There's piles an' piles o' men that's
a heap more anxious for a fight w'en
there's a fence between 'em than
when they're on clear ground.
How She Took Ihe Onlh.
Many, indeed, and various are the
anecdotes told in cennection with
oath-taking. A very pious and
painfully guiltless old lady was once
called as a witness before Mr. Ten-nyson-D'Eyncourt,
the Bow street
"Is it a fact, your honor," asked
the lady, "that I must take an oath."
"Certainly, madam," replied Mr
"But I don't like to do sol" ex
claimed the ladv.
"You must do so or go to prison,"
said Mr. D'Eyncourt. "Every wit
hess has got to swear.
The lady was hard to be persuad
ed. For i long time she held out
against what she termed a cruel in
justice, but finally consented to
comply with the magistrate's orders.
She then took the book, and to the
surprise and amusement of the whole
court rapped out a tremendous oath,
after which she covered her face and
cried in pitiful tones: "Heaven for
give me, but I had to do it." Pitts
Josh Biiniix' Philosophy.
New York Weekly.
Human bappines iz like the Hot
tentot language; enuybody kan talk
it well euuff, but thare ain't but
phew cau understand it.
Gravity is more evidence of wis
dom than a paper collar is ov a
Whatever Providence has given us
the faknlty tew do, he has given us
the power tew do.
There iz a grate menny folk in
this world who are like little flies,
great bores, without meaning or
Grate iniquity seems to baptize
themselves. If the devil had only
been guilty of petty larceny, he
wouldn't have bin heard ov agin.
The hardest thing that etiny man
kan do iz tew fall dowu on the ice
whet it iz wet, and get up and praze
All the good in j tins die young.
How menny men tbare are who
argy, just az a bull diu, chained tew
a post; they heller and paw, but
they kant get away from the post.
I hev herd a grate deal ced about
"broken hartes," and thare may be
a fu ov them; but my experience iz
that next tew the gizzard, the heart
iz the tuffest peace ov meat iu the
I have fiuaUy kum to the kouklu
sion that a good reliable set ov bow.
els iz wurth more tu a man than any
cpuautity ov brains.
A man with one idee alwus puts
me iu m;ud ov an old goose a try in'
to hatch out a paving stun.
Thare is just about az much real
humor in the best ov genuses as
thare is juse in a lemmon ; one good
squeeze takes it out, and thare iz no
thing but seeds and skin left.
Az in a game of cards, so in the
game ov life, we must play what iz
dealt tew us, and the glory consists,
not so much in w;uning,-as in play
ing a poor hand well.
I hev koowu folks whose calibre
was very small, but whose bore was
If a man begius life bi being fust
lieutenaut in his familee, he never
need to look for promoshnn.
A pet lam alwus makes a kross
No man is so high that the law
is not above him.
Broken promises do more harm
than fulfilled threats.
Vanity hurts more people than
"WHOLE NO. 99.
To tho People or North Carolinn.
Unsolicited and unexpected on my
part, I have been elected by the Ex
ecutive Committee of the Confeder
ate Veterans' Associaton" of North
Carolina an agent to make a canvass
of the State in behalf of a Soldiers'
Home. Now, I am aware that I
have untaken a big job.
I wane your endorsement; I want
your sympathy; I want a small
amount of your means. I hope no
one will say "it is not convenient for
me to give now." If we are not vvil
liug to make some sacrifice, if not
willing to sacrifice some luxury for
this cause, but must wait until it is
convenient to give the aid, then let
the cry at once be made in all North
Carolina. "To your tents, oh, Israel."
This call is a broad one, it is not
bound by religious or political lines,
but appeals to the humane of every
sect or political party. "We do not
despise the day of small things."
Small sums will be appreciated.
"There is that scattereth and yet
increaseth; and there is that with
holdeth more than is meet, but tend-
eth to poverty." Let the home have
one-half of what you intended for
It has been reported to the com
mittee that there are at least 28 ex
Confederate soldiers now in the
poor houses in North Carolina, and
they have not received repSrts from
all the counties. These things
ought not to be.
Might not these 28 and others say
"we are here in obedience to the call
of North Carolina made in 1861-5?"
May it not be true that these 28
were iu the charge on many battle
fields iu those days that tried men's
May it not be true that some at
least of the 28 were seen by us in
those dreadful charges made at Get
tysburg in July, 1863?
Will North Carolina let them suf
fer for scant necessary comforts as
their sun is going down the western
hill of life? I think not.
Now, I appeal to every man of
soul in North Carolina to help us in
some way. Especially do I appeal to
the ladies of North Carolina for
help. If you can't give mo.iey, give
kind words and show iu other ways
your interest for the cause.
In order to make the canvass with
as little expense as possible, all re
duction in fare at hotels, boarding
houses, or in transportation from
one town to another, will be greatly
The plan is broader than for the
mere establishment of a Soldiers'
Home, when circumstances admit of
its being fully carried out The
agent will make a full explanation
when he comes.
If the measures proposed differ
from what any wish, let us agree to
work the plan that is now adopted,
and after we get the money and bona
fide subscriptions, then all the nec
essary improvements can be added
thereto. The soldiers' Home is un
der the charge of the Executive
Committee of the Confederate Vet
erans' Association, incorporated by
act of Assembly, etc.
I hope all papeis in the State fa
vorable to the cause will publish this
appeal at least ouce in their papers
M. O. Sherrill,
Agent, etc., Newton, N. C.
To Pay III 1'ebtN.
Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 22.
Col. D. P. Porter, Assistant Secreta
ry of the state of Mississippi, and
Secretary of the Davis land Compa
ny, a joint stock company formed by
State officers aud other leading citi
zens of Mississippi, is iu the city,
The object of the company is to pur
chase 5,700 acres of wild laud in
Arkansas, owned by Hon. Jefferson
Davis, as an investment and enable
Mr. Davis to pay a debt of more than
40,000. It is purely an enterprise
directed toward relieving Mr. Davis
of the burden of debt which is
pressing him down in his old age
Wealthy men who followed the lost
cause have importuned him to ac
cept of their means, but he declined
any and all gifts from every source
His need of money at length became
so great that Gov. Lowery, of Missis
sinni. and other leading citizens, de
termined to take the matter in their
own hands. They found out that
he owns the land in Arkansas refer
red to above and decided to organize
a stock company for its purchase,
the proceeds to be applied to the
payment of his debts. The stock, it
is said, w ill have some value, but the
projectors of the movement are
frank in the appeal to ex-Confederates
that thev subscribe, not in the
hope of financial reward, but as a
matter ot sentimenr, anu to ieuec
the last days of their old leader. A
well-attended meeting was held at
the Commercial Club room here to
night, aud steps taken to interest
old Confederates in the work.
WE DO ALL KINDS OF
WE A TES T MA NNEM
V In Ilcr Line.
There are more than tws newspa
per men living in Woodsburgh, L.
I., and of one of them the boys told
the Rambler a good story. It seems
the newspaper man in question had
been annoyed by a persistent book
canvasser. She was young, pretty
and talkative and had for sale a
gaudily covered book entitled "How
to be Good." The newspaper man
was busy when she first called on
him and he told her to drop in when
he had more time. She did not suc
ceed in selling the book on the first
attempt nor on the secoud. Her
visits, however, became so frequent
that the newspaper man told his wife
of the matter. She was struck with
the title of the book and told her
husband that he ought to buy it, as
he needed instruction on the subject
treated. The book agent called the
next day as usual and the newspaper
"Well, I'll take your book, but I
would not buy it only my wife has
taken a facy to the title."
The lady canvasser had not closed
her purse on the $2 which she receiv
ed for the book before she learned
where the newspaper man lived, and
that afternoon found her in Woods
burgh, where she sold a second copy
of the book to the newspaper man's
He reached home earlier than us
ual that evening and with lighted
pipe was enjoying the comfort de
rived from roomy slippers which
adds to the prospect of dinner when
his wife said: "I forgot to tell you
I bought that book, 'How To Be
"The compositor, yon did," said
he. "Now we've got two copies. I
bought one of the book agent today."
"Well," said his wife, "we can."
"No we can't. That's selling
books on false pretenses and I'll
have that woman arrested. The
train is just getting in, but I have
my slippers on. There's Lyng go
ing to the train now. Say, Lyng,
stop that book agent at the station
until I see her."
"What do you want to see her
about?" asked Lyng.
"Never mind now. She'll be off
if you don't hurry. You just keep
her talking until I get there."
Lyng reached the station as the
fair book agent was hoarding the
outgoing train. "Excuse me," he
said, "but Mr. Dash wants to see
"Mr. Dash wnts to see me?" said
the book agent, demurely standing
on the car platform. "Oh, yes, he
wants to buy one of my books. I
must have cash for it, though. The
price is $2."
Mr. Lyng, happy to oblige his
friend Dash, paid the money, took
the book "How to be Good," and the
train started as Dash, out of breath,
reached the station.
"Don't hurry, old fellow," said
Lyng. "I've got the book for you,
How to be good'"
"By thunder," said Dash, as ho
sat on the baggage truck and shook
his fist at the train.
ranl, Lee and tbeir Annies.
It is quite true that by the end of
the campaign Gant's doggedness had
produced a certain effect upon the
Confederate soldiery. All acknowl
edge it. But what was the effect?
Undoubtedly they had begun to rea
lize that, if the North would allow
its soldiers to be exposed to such
frightful butchery, the North might
at that price triumph. But not for
one moment did it modify the con
fidence of the Southern soldiery in
their own great leader; and not even
at the fatal moment of the surren
der at Appomattox did a Southern
soldier doubt that everything that
any general could do for his army
had been done by Iec I fancy that
if at Cold Harbor the proposal of
the Irishman after the battle of the
Boyne, "to swap leaders and fight it
over again," could have been put to
the two armies, there wotdd not been
one hand on the Southern side held
up to accept the offer. Would there
have been one on the Northern? I
fancy few of the Northern general
who knew all the circumstances
would like much to put the question
of the greatness of the two leader
to any such test Of course the
opinion of the armies is uot always
a fair one as to the capacity of gen
erals. It is, however, a very impor
tant element in the actual power and
effectiveness of a general in com
mand. Iu this instance the opinion
of the hour has been confirmed by
the careful and critical examination
of many able soldiers.
No sweet withoutf some sweat; no
pains without some gains.
Humility is that low sweet root
from which all virtues shoot.