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THEY come from blood-washed fields of strife,
Where hung the battle's angry cloud,
And rolled from out the cannon's throat
The battle anthem long and loud;
From fields where rained the hissing lead,
And leaped the scorching flames of hell;
Where many a noble deed was wrought,
And many a hero fought and fell.

They come from many a toilsome march
O'er rugged roads and untrod ways,
That echoed to the tramp of feet

From morn to night through weary days.
They come from crowded camps, where shone
The white tents in the noontide glare,
Where with the golden morning pealed
The shrill reveille on the air.

They come from loathsome prison pens, Where Famine held her ghastly reign, And fated Pestilence stalked at noon

With tottering step and face of pain. They come, now that the shock is o'er Which shook the Nation's pillared dome, Some with deep wounds of battle scarred,

And ask for bread and work at home!

How boldly they went forth to meet
Armed Treason in the bloody fight!
How boldly went they forth to die
In battle for the cause of Right!
They triumphed, and once more returned.
With empty, waiting hands they stand,
And ask for work that they may live

Who battled to redeem the land

Is there no work for them to do,

Now that the blasts of War are stilled, Now that the reign of Peace is come? Are all the posts of duty filled? Is there no work for these brave men Who grappled Treason in its might, And set their feet upon its neck,

And crushed it in defense of Right?

No work for them! Must they in vain
Ask work now that the strife is done,
Now that the glorious cause is saved,
Now that the victory is won?
Oh, people of the valiant North,

Make answer to their earnest call,
Bid them come in, the field is broad,

There's room, there's food, there's work for all!


other hand, it is complained that the former masters UR Record closes on the 5th of September. are unwilling to recognize the altered state of the

different questions involved in the re-construction be actually slaves as much as of old. Instances, of the Union. The only event of considerable im- almost without number, are put forward sustaining portance is the action of the Mississippi Convention, each of these propositions; but the general drift of which met on the 17th of August. It passed an information evinces that both whites and blacks ordinance declaring the ordinance of secession null are endeavoring, in the mass, to accommodate themand void; prohibited slavery or involuntary servi- selves to the new state of things. It is especially tude, except for crime; made it the duty of the next notable that the soldiers and officers who did most Legislature to provide by law for the protection of to uphold the Confederacy are foremost to recomthe person and property of the freedmen of the mend prompt and cheerful acquiescence in the reState, and to guard them and the State against any sults of the issues which were decided on the field of evil that may arise from their sudden emancipation; battle. Thus General Joseph E. Johnston, who and appointed the first Monday in October for the will, when the whole history of the war comes to be election of State officers and members of Congress. fairly studied and written, prove to have been the They also adopted a memorial urging the President ablest Confederate commander, writes, the date beto remove the colored troops from the State. The ing August 17: "We of the South referred the members, acting apparently in their individual ca- question at issue between us and the United States pacity, not as a Convention, united in a petition to to the arbitrament of the sword. The decision has the President for the pardon of Jefferson Davis and been made, and it is against us. We must acquiesce Governor Clark. The Constitutional amendment in that decision, accept it as final, and recognize the providing that "Neither slavery nor involuntary fact that Virginia is again one of the United States. servitude, otherwise than for the punishment of Our duties and our interests coincide. We shall crime whereof the party shall have been convicted, consult the one and perform the other by doing all shall hereafter exist in the State," was adopted by we can to promote the welfare of our neighbors and the decisive vote of 86 to 11. Mississippi, next to restore prosperity to the country. We should at after South Carolina, is the State containing the once commence the duties of peaceful citizens by largest proportion of slaves. These are the only entering upon some useful pursuit, qualifying ourStates in which the slaves outnumber the whites. selves to vote, if possible; and at the polls our votes In South Carolina there were, in 1860, 402,000 slaves should be cast for Conservative men-men who unand 291,000 whites-a little more than four to three; derstand and will maintain the interests of Virginia in Mississippi, 436,000 slaves and 353,000 whites as one of the United States. This is the course a little less than four to three. In absolute num- which I have recommended to all those with whom ber of slaves Mississippi stood third: Virginia ex- I have conversed on the subject, and that which I ceeding it by 54,000, and Georgia by 26,000. The have adopted for myself as far as practicable." interests of Mississippi were more deeply involved General Wade Hampton, who was among the in the slave system than those of any other State. last of the Confederate commanders who surrenderIf emancipation can be effected here, it can be ef- ed, has published a letter in reply to inquiries adfected more easily in every other State. Some por- dressed to him by persons who proposed to emitions of the action of Governor Sharkey have been grate. He dissuades his correspondents from any disapproved by the military authorities and Gov- general emigration: advises them to remain at ernment. He ordered a State militia to be organ-home and devote their energies to the restoration ized in every county; this was forbidden by General Slocum. The Governor also complained that the military authorities refused to obey writs of habeas corpus issued by local judges. To this the Secretary of War replied that the grant of a Provisional Government did not affect the proper jurisdiction of the military courts, and that this jurisdiction was still called for in cases of wrongs done to soldiers, whether white or colored, and in cases of wrong done to colored citizens, and where the local authorities were unable or unwilling to do justice, either from defective machinery, or because some State law declared colored persons incompetent as witnesses. Mississippi was to a considerable extent still under military law, and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus had not been revoked. To a similar remonstrance the Secretary of State replied that the State was still under martial law, and the military authority was supreme.

The efforts to adjust the relations between the two great classes of Southern society-the white and the colored population-meet with innumerable obstacles. On the one hand, it is alleged that the freedmen are indisposed to labor, and throng to the towns and military posts, expecting to be supported in idleness by the Government. On the VOL. XXXI.-No. 185.-Yr

of law and order, the re-establishment of agriculture and commerce, the promotion of education, and the rebuilding of the dwellings and cities which have been laid in ashes. To accomplish these objects he urges that "all who can do so should take the oath of allegiance to the United States Government, so that they may participate in the restoration of civil government to our State. A distinguished citizen of our State," he says, 66 'an honest man, and a true patriot, has been appointed Governor. He will soon call a Convention of the people which will be charged with the most vital interests of our State." He urges that the delegates elected to this Convention should be men "who have laid their all upon the altar of their country." He himself should pursue the course which he recommends to others, "devoting himself earnestly, if permitted to do so, to the discharge of these obligations, public and private;" but in the mean time he should obtain all the information desirable in the establishment of a colony in case they were obliged to leave the country.

The policy of the Government is clearly expressed. It will, as far as possible, protect them from outrage or injury; but will not maintain them in idleness. The rations given to whites and blacks will be withdrawn as rapidly as possible.

Applications for pardon by persons belonging to the excepted classes are very numerous, but as yet only a very few have been granted. It is officially announced that counsel and brokers in the case of those applying for pardon will retard instead of advancing their object.-Governor Perry, of South Carolina, writes to William Porcher Miles, formerly a member of the Federal Congress, and subsequently of the Confederate Congress: "If you take the oath of amnesty and apply for a pardon, it is to be assumed, after approval by me, that it is granted, and you are entitled to vote or serve in the Convention, although your pardon may not have been returned or received by you."-Governor Payne, of Alabama, announces the manner in which those who are entitled to pardon under the President's proclamation must proceed. They must take the oath before some competent authority, and then, in order to qualify themselves for voting, must repeat the oath, and have it registered before some county magistrate. No one is eligible to a seat in the Convention who is not a loyal citizen of the United States," and as those who, like Mr. Miles, are excluded from the general amnesty are not citizens of the United States, they can not be voters or members of the Convention

States required all its members to submit to their ecclesiastical interpretation of the doctrine of State Rights and Slavery. This changed a religious body into a political meeting, necessitated the withdrawal of the Southern part of the Presbyterian Church, and the continued political character of that professedly ecclesiastical body prevents a reunion."

Authority,' as it stands in the Book of Common Prayer." The Bishop, however, says that "it is the duty of every citizen to render faithful allegiance to the Government under which he lives, and as an oath of fidelity to the Government is only the formal and solemn acknowledgment of an already existing obligation, if therefore the oath of allegiance should be lawfully required of all citizens, there is no good reason why it should not be taken, provided that all things be done 'in justice, judgment, and truth.' All false swearing is an abomination." Civil union, the Bishop says, does not necessarily involve ecclesiastical unity. Whether the Church in the South shall reunite with that in the North is a question for future ecclesiastical determination.--At the recent Convention of the Episcopal Church in the diocese of Georgia it was resolved that the diocese would resume its connection with the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, whenever the Bishop shall consider such course consistent with the good faith which this diocese owes to the bishops in the late Confederate States. Another resolution provides that deputies shall be elected to the General Council of the Church in the Southern States, with the understanding that, if in the judgment of the Bishop, any Some of the ecclesiastical bodies at the South contingency shall arise to render necessary a reprehave assumed positions of apparent hostility to the sentation in the General Convention of the United return of good feeling. Thus, Bishops Andrew, States, the same deputies shall attend that body.Paine, and Pierce, of the Methodist Church South, The Presbytery of Lexington, Virginia, adopted, at in a pastoral, while urging their people "to adjust a meeting on the 10th of August, a report, declarthemselves, as citizens of the United States, prompt-ing that "The General Assembly in the United ly, cheerfully, and in good faith, to all their duties and responsibilities, whatever may have been the opinions, positions, or prejudices of any of them concerning the political changes which have occurred in the Government," bitterly oppose the reunion of the two bodies of the Church. They declare that "a large proportion of the Northern Methodists have become incurably radical. They teach for doctrine the commandments of men. They Henry Wirz, late commander of the Confederate preach another Gospel. They have incorporated military prison at Andersonville, Georgia, is on trial social dogmas and political tests into their church before a Military Court, of which General Lew creeds. Without such a change as we see no im- Wallace is President. Wirz, who is a Swiss by mediate prospect of in their tone, temper, and prac- birth, resided for many years in Louisiana, and entice, we can anticipate no good result from even tered the Confederate army. Having been disabled entertaining the subject of reunion with them."- for service in the field, he was placed in command Mr. Wilmer, Episcopal Bishop of Alabama, in a of the prison at Andersonville in April, 1864. Pastoral Address, says, "The lapse of the Confed- indictment consists of two charges. By the first crate Government requires of necessity the omission Wirz was charged with conspiring with Robert E. of the prayers for the President of the Confederate Lee, James A. Seddon, then Confederate Secretary States, and all in civil authority; but the immedi- of War, John H. Winder, Lucius D. Northrop, Richate substitution of another form of prayer does not ard B. Winder, Joseph White, W. S., Winder, and follow of the same necessity." To pray for "all in others, to injure the health and destroy the lives of authority," he says, "is a duty;" but the mode of Union prisoners in violation of the laws and customs it must be determined by ecclesiastical authority. of war. The specification under this charge is long "The Church in this country has established a and elaborate. The principal points are confining form of prayer for the President and all in civil the prisoners in small and unhealthy quarters; negauthority. The language of that prayer was selecting to provide proper shelter; depriving them lected with careful reference to the subject of the of their own clothing and blankets; refusing to prayer-all civil authority;' and she desires for furnish food sufficient in quantity and quality to that authority prosperity and long continuance. sustain life, and to provide fuel for cooking and No one can be expected to desire a long continu-warming; compelling them to subsist upon filthy ance of military rule. Therefore the prayer is altogether inappropriate and inapplicable to the present condition of things, when no civil authority exists in the exercise of its functions..... My conclusion is, therefore, and my direction, which I hereby give, that when civil authority shall be restored in the State of Alabama, the elergy shall use the form entitled 'A Prayer for the President of the United States and all in Civil


and unwholesome water; permitting the bodies of the dead to remain unburied, thus poisoning the atmosphere; refusing medicines and medical attendance; inflicting cruel and unusual punishments; setting up a "dead line," always indistinct and often imaginary, and causing prisoners who crossed or even touched it to be shot; employing bloodhounds to hunt down prisoners who had escaped; and using poisonous matter for the purpose of vac



A few days passed, and the missing securi

This charge was subsequently modified | firm. by omitting the names of Lee and Seddon.-The ties not being replaced, Swan and Belknap wrote second charge is for "Murder, in violation of the Under this charge are laws and customs of war." thirteen distinct specifications, all relating to murders and outrages committed by himself or by his express order. Wirz protests his innocence of these charges. He denies that he ever personally misused a prisoner, and affirms that for the rest he acted under the orders of his military superiors, and should therefore not be held responsible. He also affirms that he was included in the surrender by General Johnston, and so should not be held to answer for what he had done.

According to the official report of the Secretary of the Treasury, the public debt, on the 31st of August, was as follows:

Debt bearing interest
in coin
Debt hearing interest
in lawful money...
Debt on which interest

has ceased...

Debt bearing no interest


$1,108,310,191 SO

1,274,478,103 16

1,503,020 09 373.398,256 38


$64,500,590 50

73,531,037 74

..... $2.757.68,571 43 $138,031,620 24 Total, Aug. 31. 139,262,468 28 2,757,253,275 86 Total, July 31....... Henry B. Jenkins, the paying teller of the Phonix Bank, is a man past middle age; had been many years connected with the bank in various capacities; was supposed to live within his income; and was not known to have engaged in speculations. But something more than $300,000 in his He was arrested, and it keeping was missing. came out that he had engaged in stock speculations, and being unsuccessful, had from time to time appropriated the bank funds to cover his losses. He was, moreover, a frequenter of "concert saloons" and other disreputable haunts, squandering large One of these, named sums upon loose women. Genevieve Lyons, with sundry aliases, he had established in apartments as his mistress, making her considerable presents in money. This woman had a paramour named Brower, once a butcher, but describing himself as a "merchant," who also received large sums of money from Jenkins, who asserted that it was extorted from him as "black mail," under threat of exposing him. Brower, however, asserted that the money was lent to him by Jenkins out of friendship, they having met at places of public resort, and contracted a close intimacy. Another person implicated was James H. Earle, who acted as the agent of Jenkins in his speculations. He was arrested, and shortly after committed suicide in prison.

to young Ketchum, on the 4th of August, to the
effect that unless the deficiency was made good by
the 15th they should expose him. Two days after
the expiration of this term it was announced that
Edward Ketchum had disappeared on the previous
day; that the firm of which he was a member had
suspended payment; and that forged "gold checks"
to a large amount were in the hands of banks and
brokers which could be traced to him. These "gold
checks" are a contrivance instituted by prominent
money-dealers to conduct their business without
making an actual transfer of gold bought and sold.
The Bank of New York was selected as the place
in which the gold was to be deposited. The bank
agreed to receive the gold, keep it, count it, and
pay it out as demanded, upon certain conditions.
Each dealer, upon the payment of $1000, received
a check-book filled with a certain number of blank
checks for $5000 each. These, when filled out with
the signature of the drawer, the registrar, the tell-
er, and of the indorser, pass in the market as equiv-
alent to the corresponding amounts in gold. Ed-
ward Ketchum purchased one of these books of
checks, filled them out with the forged signatures
of established firms, and deposited them as security
for loans which he required to carry on his opera-
How many of these had
tions. The book contained 500 blank checks, rep-
resenting $2,500,000.

The Dis-
been actually negotiated is unknown.
trict Attorney, in making his charge, estimates
the number at 300, representing an amount of
$1,500,000. Ketchum remained undiscovered for
nearly a fortnight; then he was found at lodgings
in New York, which he had all the time occupied
under the assumed name of C. R. Lowry, of Cin-
He had with him about $60,000. The
abstracted securities belonged partly to the firm of
Ketchum and Company, and partly to others. The
former, amounting to $1,300,000, were replaced,
and the remaining assets of the house were declared
to be $3,093,000, and its liabilities $3,985,000, leav-
ing a deficit of nearly $900,000. The total amount
of abstractions was stated by the senior partner to
be "not less than $2,800,000." It was probably
quite $3,500,000. In addition to this were the forged
gold checks, amounting possibly to $1,500,000, the
loss of which must fall upon the banks and brokers
who held them: a probable total of $5,000,000.

Within the eight months from January to September 130 "accidents" have occurred to trains on the different railroads in the United States, by which about 300 persons have been killed outright, and The firm of "Morris Ketchum, Son, and Com- about 1200 wounded. Every one of these was the pany" was one of the wealthiest private banking- result of gross carelessness. There is a general dehouses of New York. The "Son" was Edward B. mand that the guilty persons shall be held to crimIn a few cases coroner's juries Ketchum, a young man of about five-and-twenty, inal prosecution. who was esteemed one of the shrewdest financiers have approximated to their duties in this respect. on 'Change. About the first of August Mr. Swan, Thus, on the 15th of August, on the Housatonic one of the junior members of the firm, discovered Railroad, 13 were killed and 20 wounded by a locothat securities to the amount of nearly a million motive, which was making a trial trip, running into He a train. The coroner's jury found a verdict censurdollars had been abstracted from the firm. communicated his discovery to Belknap, another ing Charles Hunt, the President, Henry L. Plumb, partner. Various circumstances enabled them to the Superintendent, as well as the engineer and confasten the abstraction upon Edward Ketchum, who ductor of the locomotive.-On the Long Island Railacknowledged the fact, but said that the securities road, August 29, 5 persons were killed and 18 woundwere still under his control, and that he could re-ed by collision between two trains, one or both of He promised to do cover them in a short time. this, and to abandon the speculations upon his own account in which he had been engaged. The matter was not revealed to the senior member of the

The which was recklessly running out of time. jury differed as to the culpability attached to the conductors of the two trains-some charging it upon both, some upon one, and some upon the other; but

the insulation was increased by the pressure of submersion in deep water. An examination of the defective part of the cable which had been cut out showed that the "fault" was of the same nature as that of the 24th; a piece of wire had been driven through the covering into the centre of the cable.Tenth Day, August 1. At noon 946 miles had been run; 1081 miles of cable payed out; there remained 717 miles to be accomplished. The soundings varied from 1975 to 2250 fathoms.-Eleventh Day, August 2. At 5.35 A.M. it was discovered that there was another "fault." The tests indicated that it was not far from the ship. The work of picking up was resumed. The cable is payed out from the stern, while the machinery for picking up is at the bows. To transfer the cable from one end of the ship to the other required some hours. At 10 A.M. the work of picking up commenced. An hour and three quarters was spent in taking up a mile. Then several accidents occurred to the machinery, and the work was suspended. The steamer having been stopped could not be kept steady, but veered around with the shifting wind; the cable chafed against the projecting rims of the hawse-holes, and finally broke, the end flying overboard, and in a few minutes was lost in the ocean. This took place at 35 minutes past noon, in latitude 51° 25', longitude 30° 6', 1062 miles from Valentia and 607 from Heart's Content, the American terminus; 1312 miles of cable had been payed out. A little more than five-eighths of the distance had been accomplished. About one-half of the entire length of the cable was overboard. Still it was hoped that it might be recovered, although the depth of water was 2500 fathoms, almost three miles. The Great Eastern steamed back a dozen miles and threw over a grapnel, at

ten of the jurors united to "censure Oliver Char- the cable grew stronger and stronger, showing that lick, the President of the railroad, for the careless and irregular manner in which the trains are run, and consider that he is indirectly responsible for the catastrophe."-On the Oil Creek Railroad, August 24, 7 were killed and 8 wounded by a collision between two trains. The jury found the conductor and engineer of one of the trains guilty of culpable negligence, the president and directors of the road guilty of culpable negligence, and requested the coroner to issue his warrant for the apprehension and trial not only of the conductor and engineer, but also of the president and directors of the road. The attempt to lay the Atlantic Telegraph Cable has been unsuccessful. The heavy shore end, 26 miles long, was laid on the 22d July. On the next day, the splice with the ocean cable on board the Great Eastern made, and at a quarter past 7 in the evening the work of paying out began. The following is a condensed journal of each subsequent day's operations up to the time when the cable parted:-Second Day, July 24. At 3.15 A.M., when 84 miles had been payed out, it was discovered that some "fault" existed in the cable, which interfered with its insulation. The whole day was taken up in endeavors to discover the nature and location of the "fault," and in picking up the cable, which was a work of great difficulty. The final conclusion was that it was not more than ten or eleven miles from the Great Eastern.-Third Day, July 25. At 8 A.M., when a little more than ten miles had been picked up, the "fault" came on board. A crooked bit of wire, about the size of a straw, two inches long, had somehow got into the coils of the cable, and been forced through the coating till it came in contact with the conducting wires, tapping the electric current. The ten miles of cable which had been hauled in, being strained was cut out, and the work of pay-tached to a wire rope, capable of supporting a strain ing out recommenced a little before 3 P.M. A mile and a half had hardly gone over when communications from the shore grew fainter, and at length ceased. Preparations were made to "pick up" again, but in the mean while the signals recommenced, and the work was resumed. The cause of this temporary interruption has never been ascertained. At 4.15 P.M. paying out was resumed.— Fourth Day, July 26. By 8 A.M. the steamer was 150 miles from Valentia, having payed out 161 miles of cable, at the rate of about six miles an hour. In the course of the day deep water, 2000 fathoms, was reached.-Fifth Day, July 27. At 8.30 A.M. 302 miles from the shore had been run; every thing went on successfully during the day.-Sixth Day, July 28. At noon 476 miles had been made, 531 miles of cable having been payed out; every thing going on well.-Seventh Day, July 29. All went well until noon, when 634 miles in all had been run, leaving 1020 to be made. An hour after all signals suddenly ceased. Electricians reported not merely a "fault," but "dead earth;" that is, a total loss of insulation. It was ascertained that the trouble lay in some part of the cable which had been payed out, and was not far from the ship. This was picked up, the defective portion cut out, a splice made, and the work of paying out was to be commenced at dawn.-Eighth Day, July 30.-At 8.10, after some accidents, the cable was fairly running out again, the insulation tests being excellent. By noon 650 miles had been run; 745 miles of cable payed out. Every thing went well during the afternoon and night.-Ninth Day, July 31. All went well. At noon 753 miles had been run, 903 miles of cable payed out. The signals passed through

of ten tons; and the vessel steamed back and forth across the line in which the cable must lie. At 4 A.M. next day, August 3, it was evident that the grapnel had caught the cable, and the rope was hauled in. The strain of course increased with every foot of cable that was raised. In six hours 1150 fathoms had been brought on board, when the rope parted, and cable and grapnel and rope sank again to the bottom. But the experiment showed that it was possible to fish up the cable from the bottom of the ocean. During the next four days the weather was unfavorable, and nothing was accomplished. Just before noon of the 7th another grapnel was flung over, and after dragging until 6 P.M. the cable was again caught, and at 8 the hauling-in was begun. At 7.50 next morning 1000 fathoms had been brought in when the rope broke. The 9th and 10th were spent in unavailing attempts to grapple the cable. In the afternoon of the 11th it was again caught by the grapnel, which was now attached to a rope composed of 1600 fathoms of wire, the remainder of hemp. In three hours, when 760 fathoms had been hauled in, the rope broke, leaving 1750 fathoms overboard. The Great Eastern having no more rope on board for grap pling then returned to England. The managers of the Cable Company appear to consider that this experiment demonstrates the practicability of the enterprise. They expect to fish up the line. If they succeed in doing this, and find it uninjured, the work will be three-fifths accomplished. But the necessary repairs to the Great Eastern, and the construction of proper grappling machinery, can not be performed in time to renew the attempt the present season.

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