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past twenty-five, and still faithful to my vocation of listener and confidante; I had classified all my female acquaintances into Hebes, Venuses, Cleopatras, according to their size, style, and complexion.". Many of the Hebes and goddesses had settled down into very matter-of-fact matrous, and were the happy mothers of little roly-poly pledges. One of my Cleopatras had married a widower for his money, and had become a sickly, disappointed, slatternly housekeeper, whom I invariably found, if I chanced to make a mornmg visit, with her hair uncombed in curl papers, lounging on a sofa with the last new novel, or lamenting over her ill-health and the trials of housekeeping. The old love tales were interspersed now with complaints of the dishonesty of servants and the woes of an ill-regulated and ill-kept household; and, the most painful of all, the want of sympathy and appreciation on the part of him who before marriage had been so enraptured, but who now failed to perceive the surpassing charms of this, his euslaver; aud in fact I could not wonder at his disenchantment, for she invariably gave me the impression of a wornout waxen doll, whose limp and bedraggled finery, faded checks, and despoiled flaxen ringlets could no longer attract the admiration of the juveniles of whom it had once been the crowning joy—for which they had quarreled, fought, and straggled, and had cast idly by, after the brief delight of possession had passed away.
These angels and goddesses had been so often reproduced that they were stereotyped on my brain. I felt as if I could manufacture and turn them off by the gross; and yet, by some infatuation, I was unable to break the spell that compelled me to listen.
The moment a lover approached me I was spell-bound, and as much compelled to hearken as if to the tale of the Ancient Mariner. Something in his glittering eye exereised a sort of power from which I could not withdraw myself, and I listened with my bodily ears, without any personal interest, until the tale was done.
Once—ah! that well-reinembered once! —did the kindling eye and burning words of love and passion stir my sluggish pulses, give to my benumbed and half-wakeful seuses the impression that I myself—pretty little, quiet, comfortable, well-to-do "fore-handed," as the country people called me—Laura Simms, was the object as well as subject of all these confessious. It was some time before I was fully awake to the marvelous fact, and longer still before my sluggish pulses throbbed with auswering joy to the blissful assurance of being at last truly loved. It stole upon me under the guise of friendship, gratitude, brotherly affection. The low-breathed tone of sympathy—the softened glance of the dark, piereing eyes—the gentle pressure of the hand, at first almost uupereeived—the kindly, winning voice that whispered only, but in neverto-be-forgotten cadences—"My sister!"
Ah, that awakening! How can I describe the fluttcrings of the newly-aroused cousciousness, the faint glimmerings, the dawning of the
broad gleam of suushine and happiness that lit up my whole existence!
I had never been aware of the sombre clond that had surrounded me, but now I awoke to another life. I pondered over my newly-found felicity, but had no disposition to bestow my confidence on another; but I felt that the leaden dullness of existence was gone, and I could listen with living ears, with a soul to the outpourings of a nature stirred to its inmost depths as mine was now. I had not long to wait. I was aroused from my pleasing reveries by the entrance of a charming young friend whom I knew, by the sweet flutter of her address, had come to make me the depositary of another love secret.
There was no particular depth or strength of character, in fact nothing remarkable about her, except her beauty and the sweetness of her disposition; but I saw that something had touched a new spring, and she found revealed in her soul the strange and mystic lore which has puzzled wiser and more philosophic heads than her own. dainty little one that drooped so tenderly under the wand of the mighty magician whose spell she owned. It was the old, old story.
"He was so noble! so good! so true! she could trust him with all her heart—she was so sure of his love; he could never deceive her. But there were obstacles; he had not told her what they were. Ah! she did not ask, she did not wish to know; she could trust and wait— her dear, dear Jabez!"
Jabez! Jabez! that was the name of my beloved. It wasn't a very romantic or poetical name, and it had an uupleasant significance which occurred to me broadly at that precise moment—" One whe causes pain!" but Jabez! Jabez! it rang in my ear; it was Jabez who had shed a light and lustre on my hitherto uneventful life, and I could readily believe and sympathize with the young creature before me there might be another Jabez who could shed light and lustre on another life; so I lent a keener ear to my pretty Minny's sweet avowals of his plighted faith, her own deep, confiding love.
I saw how her gentle life-threads were entwined with his who had become the centre and light of her existence. She reminded me of a little bird who sits poised upon the swaying bough and pours out its sweet love-notes, and hails with rapturous song the coming season of happiness and hope. I could not find it in my heart to dim one joy by doubt or painful thought of the obstacles he mentioned, and so I listened as she caroled forth her little lay of blissful anticipatious, until both were startled by a sudden and impressive ringing of the door-bell.
Minny sprang up, her face suffused with blushes, as if she thought her secret might be divined, and with a hasty kiss and "I'll come soon again and tell you all about him, and his name," made her escape through the back poreh.
The door opened, and Emma Clifton, a young widow and a dear friend of my school-days, entered.
'1 Why, Laura, I need not ask you how you are this morning, for you look as though you had discovered some elixir that can rejuvenate, almost recreate, you seem so fresh and young. You appear to have found out some new iuner life. Heigh-ho! you are to be envied, you are always so quiet and happy, and never tormented with love affairs, and doubts and difficulties. Heigh-ho!"
She sighed again so drearily, and threw herself down into a large easy chair with a pettish, dissatisfied, yet really troubled air that made me feel sure there was something more than usual the matter.
"What's the trouble? what's amiss now?" I inquired, with more interest apparent in my manuer than was my wont. She opened her eyes as much as to say, "Why really you are wide awake for once," but went on.
"That's just what I've come to talk to you about; but I can not begin," she said, coloring slightly with embarrassment. "Well," I said, "another love affair, I suppose; come tell me all, and you will be relieved."
"No, telling isn't the thing that will relieve my present dilemma. I have promised to marry one man, whom I do not love, to please my relations, and I wish to marry another, whom I do love, to please myself."
"But," I said, "why did you embarrass yourself thus to please your friends? You, who are rich and independent, might surely have suited yourself in a matter of such vital consequence. Ah! did I not know and realize for the first time of how much consequence?"
"But then you commence with mistakes Nos. 1 and 2. I am not rich, you pereeive, but am dependent upon the bounty of these friends. The estate of my late husband has yielded me, as yet, nothing but the eclat of being a rich widow, which I have found a most inadequate means of keeping up the style and state of former times My adorer, whom you must know, I shrewdly suspect of being more attracted by the fame of my fortune and expectations than enamored of my personal charms, I said, au commencement, must take his chancc; if that is his object, he must run his own risks. My dear relations," she added, scornfully, "will not allow me to reject ' so fine an offer'—' surft a rising man'—'so good a match !' for a little high-flown sentiment, 'and a widow too! it is altogether too absurd.' And, on the other hand, I have a secret inclination to punish his double-dealing, for I more than suspect, in fact I know he loves another who is not rich, and he intends to sacrifice his love, and perhaps her peace of mind, to his avarice and ambition, so that I do not feel that he is entitled to my respect or forbearance, and do not hold myself in honor bound to tell him his mistake. But again, he whom I really and truly love has no fortune, and I have told him that / have none; but he loves me all the same, and offers me an humble home, and an honest, faithful heart. To him my friends will not listen, I am sure, and indeed I have not spoken of him; they only surmise his love, and have endeavored
to hasten forward the marriage with my first admirer, 'to prevent' my 'making a fool of myself,' as they politely and emphatically express themselves."
"But," I asked, "how could you, Emma, give your promise, loving one man, to marry another of whom you have such suspicions as you express to me?"
"Why, what a dear little inuocent it is!" she replied, turning around and smoothing my cheek with her soft little palm.
"Can you not divine that I did not learn all this in a moment? In the first place, I didn't know that my Edward loved me; and the next, I was tired of dependence; and in the third, I did not know so surely that I despised my adorer."
"And what makes you so sure of that now?" I asked, half-amused at her distress.
"Oh! you matter-of-fact little Pagan, can not your imagination furnish any fads? Must I go through with all the vows of eternal devotion, the enchantment of my transcendental charms? Take it for granted that one and all were specified (except the length of my purse, which I believe he ought in honesty to have confessed was the chief and sole attraction); and being at the time under an especial attack of the blues—having had a stormy interview with my uncle in regard to my extravagance, and the number of my debts being duly paraded—and as I told you, in worse than doubt of the state of Edward's affections—so to save my adoser from despair and snicide, etc., I said yes—but repented in dust and ashes before the expiration of the next half hour, and with hitter lamentations and sorrow when I learned by an accident the secret of Edward's heart—how he had long and tenderly loved me before my marriage, but would not offer his poverty to the rich heiress lest his truth and devotion might be questioned.
"Distracted by a thousand conflicting emotions, I resolved to tell the truth and ask a release from my engagement; but scareely had I opened my lips, when I was met by such an avalanche of protestations—such vows of love and despair, as a boy of nineteen might put into a sonuet—and before I had time to collect myself my uncle entered the room, looked at me sharply through his spectacles as if he suspected my intentions, and coolly took his seat and commenced a conversation in his blandest tones.
"Of course I had visions of uupaid bills, dependence, and the pleasing prospect of beggary before me, and retired discomfited.
"But the crowning point is yet to be told.
"Last night, at Mrs. Darlington's soiree, I had an interview with Edward; and my head and heart both aching, I made my escape to the dressing-room, and threw myself upon a couch, and held my throbbing temples to still the pain.
"I had not remained long when the sound of familiar voices arrested my attention. I heard the warmest vows of affection and devotion answered by low-breathed murmurs of answering love. He told his love; she confessed hers, lie spoke of obstacles; she answered of her faith and trust, and all was at last sealed with a kiss long and fervent enough to plight a hundred
"How could you listen, Emma Clifton?" I began.
'' All very well for you to ask, my dear little inuocent Laura; but I must own I felt slightly interested and curious to know how it would end, when I heard my affianced husband, Jabez Cressington, sealing his vows so convincingly to pretty little Miuny Stafford."
"Jabez Cressington! Miuny Stafford!" I repeated, in a tone so explosive that Emma started out of her scat with surprise at the unwonted empressement of manuer so foreign to my quiet nature. It was the name of my own Jabez, dear reader, and I assure you the sudden shock startled me from my propriety.
I looked up from the complete overthrow of my chateau d'Espagne quite overwhelmed and bewildered, as one might amidst the dust and mortar of a more substantial fabric. I was in truth entirely swept from my resting-place, and can not adequately convey the impressions which possessed me at that moment. There was a ludicrous resemblance to the airy and baseless visions of the unwary milkmaid, and an odd commingling in my imagination of green gowns (not chosen with any special reference to my complexion it must be owned), eggs, unhatched chickens, spilled milk, and lost Jabezes that was certainly very confusing to a person of my quiet, uuromantie, unimaginative temper, and systematic habits.
Emma's look of intense astonishment recalled me to myself. I had presence of mind enough left, and tact enough to so far control my scattered senses as to evade her evident curiosity by strong expressions of sympathy for Miuny.
The rest of Emma's confidence I heeded not. I relapsed into my old way, and was simply the listening machine again, and she could not detect my secret in my mauner.
That one delusion of my not very youthful fancy swallowed up all the romance of my life, and I quietly watch the advent of the gray hairs, and trace the crow's-feet upon my temples without flinching; and though the widower over the way has several times made feeling allusions to his own desolate state, and touchingly depicted the helpless, piteous condition of his four motherless children, I have always turned my listening ear (I mean the one on the machine side), and his words were so mixed up with the general confidences that I was ever after unable so to separate them as to make any particular application of them to my own case.
I shall die an old maid!
Emma Clifton arranged her affairs satisfactorily to herself, I suppose, for she married Edward.
Poor little Minuy deserved a better fate than to become the wife of the selfish Jabez Cressington, and lose her identity in the shadow of his supreme vanity; but »s women, like verbs, are made to do, to be, and to suffer, I believe she has fulfilled her mission. She is a pale, meekeyed wife, having only the joys that such a woman could glean at the side of such a man.
THE Thirty-seventh Congress met in extra Session on the 4th of July. In the Senate, from the Border States were present Messrs. Bayard and SauUburv, from Delaware; Breckiuridge and Powell, from Kentucky; Keunedy and Pearee, from Maryland; Polk, from Missouri; and Johnson, from Teunessee. The following new Members appeared: From Kansas, Messrs. Pomeroy and Lane, the former of whom drew the long, and the latter the short term; M'Dougall, from California; and Browning, from Illinois, chosen in place of the deceased Senator Douglas. At the opening of the session 43 Senators were present. Sir. Wilson gave notice that he should the next day offer a series of bills, the titles and main provisions of which are as follows:
1. aTo confirm certain acts of the President for the Suppression of insurrect>on and rebellion'' This bill confirms and ratifics all the acts of the President In cnllfug out the militia, increasing the military and naval foree, nnd all the acts and proceedings incident thereto, rendering them as legal and valid as if done under the express authority of Congress previously conferred. It also authorizes the Pre"ident, if during the recesa of Congress hereafter, any dangerous combinations should arise, to call into the service of the United States such military and naval forees as he may deem necessary.
2. u To authorize the employment of Volunteers to aid in enforeing the laies and protecting public property." This bill authorizes the President to accept the services of volunteers In such numbers as he may deem necetwary, for the purposes set forth In its title; and appropriates
$309,000,000, or as much thereof as may be necessary, for this purpose. It prescribes the organization of these volunteers, the number of officers, and the pay of the men, which is In general to be the xame as in the regular army, each volunteer also, when honorably discharged, to receive one hundred dollars, those wounded to be entitled to pensiona, and the heirs of those killed to receive one hundred dollars, besides all arrears of pay and allowances.
3. u To increase the /yresent Military Establishment of the United States." This bill provides for the addition to the present regular army of nine regiments of infantry, one of cavalry, and one of artillery; the numbers of which are definitely proscribed. The enlistments In the regular army during the years ISOt and 1S62 to be for three years, afterward for five years; the men enlisted to be entitled to the same allowances as those of the volunteer foree.
4. "For the better organization of the Military Establishment." This bill provides for the appointment of an Assistant Secret try of War, and for various additions to the Adjutant General's, Quarter - master's, Engineers', Ordnance, and Medical departments of the «rmy; for the appointment of Cadets in the Military Academy, and various other details of army regulations.
&. "For the organization of a Volunteer Militia foree, to be called the Rational Guard of the United States." This important bill provides for a volunteer militia foree of '2-10,0ii0 rank and file, apportioned among the States in the proportion of their Representatives in C"mgress. It is to be composed of citizena, and those who have declared their intentions of becoming citizens, between the ages of 21 and 35. The Guard, or any part of it, may be called into the service of the United States by the President, in case of invasion or insurrection. Every member of the Guard to take an oath to defend the Constitution and laws of the United States, and obey the orders of the President. They are to be exempt from all other military duty, and from serving on juries, during their continuance in service. A member may, after six years* service, receive a discharge, which shall exempt him from military service in time of peace. The uniform of each arm of the Guard to be the same throughout the United Stntes, one suit to be furnished to each member. Of these 240-000 men, 80,000 are to be enrolled within one year, a like number in two and three years. The bill makes minute provisions for the eurollment and discipline of the Guard.
6. "To promote the efficiency of the Arm,u." This bill provides that any commissioned officer who has served forty years may, at his own request, he placed on the retired list, with pay and allowances; and that any officer who shall become disabled or incapable of discharging his duties may, upon his own request or by direction of the President, after due medical investigation, be placed on the retired list, with pay and allowance as specified in the act.
Mr. Chandler gave notice that he should introduce a bill to confiscate the property of Governors, Members of Legislatures, Judges, and Military Officers above the rank of Lieutenant, who should be guilty of treason, or of aiding and abetting it; disqualifying them from holding any office of trust or emolument.
In the House 159 Members were present, including five from Northwestern Virginia. The Clerk called the names of the members elected from South Carolina, Arkansas, and Florida, who of course were not present For Speaker, Messrs. Colfax, Blair, and Grow bad been named on the Republican side. Mr. Colfax declined before the ballot commenced, being unwilling to delay the organization by a triangular contest. As the first ballot advanced it appeared that there would be no majority, although Mr. Grow had a plurality. Mr. Blair then requested his friends to change their votes from him to Mr. Grow, so that a choice might be made at once. This was done, and the result was that Mr. Grow was elected by a vote of 99; for Mr. Blair 11 votes were given; for Mr. Crittenden 12; the remainder were scattering. Hon. Emerson Etheridge, late Member of the House from Teunessee, was elected Clerk.
The President's Message is brief, confining itself wholly to the matter on account of which the extra Session of Congress was called. It begins by explaining the position in which the Administration found itself upon coming into office. In six States the functions of the Government, with the exception of the Post-office Department, were suspended. Forts, arsenals, arms, and public property in these States had been seized; (fie Confederate States had organized, and were invoking recognition and aid from foreign powers. The Administration had to prevent, if possible, a dissolution of the Federal Union, and a choice of means was to be made. The policy chosen was developed in the Inaugural Address. It looked to the exhaustion of all peaceful measures before resorting to stronger ones. The proceedings relating to Fort Sumter are clearly explained. The Government wished to retain it, not for aggression, but merely to maintain visible possession, and thus to preserve the Union from actual and immediate dissolution, trusting to time, discussion, and the ballot-box for a final adjustment The enemy assailed and reduced the fort for the reverse object, to drive out the visible authority of the Federal Union, and foree it to an immediate dissolution:
"Then and thereby,*' says the President, "the assailants of the Government began the conflict of arms without a gun in sight or in expectancy to return their fire, save only the few In the fort sent to that harbor years before, for their own protection, and still n*ady to give that protection in whatever was lawful. In this act, discarding all else, they have forced upon the country the distinct issue—immediate dissolution or blood. And this issue embraces more than the fate of these United States. It i to the whole family of man the question whether
a constitutional republic or democracy, a government of the people, by the same people, cun or can not maintain its territorial integrity again-t its own domestic foes. It presents the question whether discontented individuals, too few in numbers to control the administration according to the organic law in any case, can always, upon the pretenses made in this case or any other pretenses, or arbitrarily without any pretense, break up their government, and thus practically put an end to free government upon the earth. It forees us to aak, 'Is there in all republies this inherent and fatal weakness?' Must a government of necessity be too strong for the liberties of its own people, or two weak to maintain its own existence
No choice was left but to call out the war power of the Government to resist the foree employed for its destruction. The President proceeds to explain I and justify the responsibilities which he assumed in j calling out the volunteer army, declaring a blockade, and in certain cases suspending the writ of habeas corpus. Nothing, he thinks, has been done which exceeds the constitutional power of Congress to sanction, and he confidently anticipates a full indorsement of all his acts. The paragraph setting forth the means which the Administration asks to be put at its disposal, is as follows:
uIt is now recommended that you give the legal means for making this contest a short and decisive one; that you place at the control of the Government for the work at least 400,000 men and $400,000,000. That number of men is about one-tenth of those of proper ages, within the regions where, apparently, all are willing to engage; and the sum is less than a twenty-third part of the money-value owned by the men who seem ready to devote the whole. A debt of $(500,000,000 now is a less sum per head than was the debt of our Revolution, when we came out of that struggle, and the money-value in the country bears even a greater proportion to what it was then than does the population. Surely each man has as strong a motive now to preserve our liberties as each had then to establish them. A right result at this time will be worth more to the world than ten times the men and ten times the money. The evidence reaching us from the country leaves no doubt that the material for the work is abundant, and that it needs only the hand of legislation to give it legal sanction and the hand of the executive to give It practical shape and efficiency. One of tha greatest perplexities of the Government is to avoid receiving troops fuster than it can provide for them; in a word, the people will save their Government, if the Government itself will do its part only indifferently well."
Some space is given in the Message to an argument against the right of a State, as such, to secede from the Union, and other points of interest, which our space will not allow us to epitomize. The following paragraph developes the policy proposed by the Administration after the suppression of the insurrection:
** Lest there be some uneasiness in the minds of candid men as to what is to be the course of the Government toward the Southern States after the rebellion shall have been suppressed, the Executive deems it proper to say it will be his purpose then, as ever, to be guided by the Constitution and the laws, and that he probably will have no different understanding of the powers and duties of the Federal Government relatively to the rights of the States and the people under the Constitution, than that expressed In the Inaugural Address- He desires to preserve the Government, that it may be administered for all as it was administered by the men who made it."
The Report of the Secretary of the Tivasury is devoted to an elaborate exposition of the sum required to be raised and of the means of procuring it. The general result is that for the ensuing fiscal year the sum, in round numbers, of 320 millions of dollars must be raised. Of this 80 millions, representing the ordinary expenses of the Government should be provided by imposts and taxation, and the remaining 240 millions should be provided for by loans. The existing tariff will fall far short of producing this 80 millions, and the Secretary proposes certain modifications, the most important of which are a tax of 2 J cents per pound on brown sugar, 3 cents on clayed sugar, 4 cents on refined sugars, 6 cents per gallon on molasses, 5 cents per pound on coffee, 15 cents on black, and 20 cents on green tea. Ho estimates that with these modifications the tariff will produce 57 millions; from sales of public lands 3 millions will accrue, leaving 20 of the 80 millions to bo furnished by taxation. A tax of one-eighth per cent, on the real and personal property of the whole country—of one-fifth per cent. on this property in the States not under insurrection—or of threetenths per cent, on the real property alone in these States, would either of them produce more than the 20 millions required to be raised by direct taxation. The Secretary also suggests that the required sum may be raised by moderate taxes on stills and distilled liquors, on ale, beer, tobacco, bank-notes, carriages, silver-ware, jewelry, and legacies; and still further suggests that both methods—a tax on all property, and a special one on these luxuries may be combined. He also suggests that " the property of those engaged in insurrection, or in giving aid and comfort to the insurgents, may be properly made to contribute to the expenditures made necessary by their criminal misconduct." He further suggests a reduction of 40 per cent- on salaries, the abolition of the franking privilege, and other retrenchments. In suggesting these various modes, whether singly or in combination, to the choice of Congress, the Secretary urges the paramount and absolute necessity of "making such full provision of the aunual revenue as will manifest to the world a fixed purpose to maintain inviolate the public faith by the strictest fidelity to all public engagements."—To supply the 240 millions required for extraordinary- expenses, the Secretary recommends that a subscription be opened for "a national loan of not less than 100 millions to be issued in the form of treasury notes or exchequer bills, bearing an interest of 7-;3y per cent., to be paid half-yearly, and redeemable at the pleasure of the United States, after three years from date." He says that " as the contest in which the Government is now engaged is a contest for national existence and the sovereignty of the people, it is evident that the means for prosecuting it with energy to a speedy and successful issue should be made, in the first instance at least, to the people themselves." The proposed rate of interest, besides being equitable, is convenient for caleulation, being one cent per day on fifty dollars, so that it is only necessary to know the number of days since the date of a note, or the last payment of interest, to determine at a glance the amount due upon it. The Secretary further recommends the issue, if necessary, of bonds for a sum not exceeding 100 millions, at an interest not exceeding seven per cent., payable after thirty years in London or at the Treasury of the United States. These, he thinks, will be easily negotiable at home and in foreign countries. In addition to the foregoing, he proposes an issue of treasury notes for $10 or $20 each, payable one year from date, to an amount not exceeding 50 millions, bearing interest at the rate of 3 65-100, exchangeable for Treasury notes; or, if found more convenient, issued without interest, and payable in coin. In cither form, these notes would prove useful, if prudently used; but the greatest care will be required to prevent the issue from being degraded into an irredeemable paper currency. The increase of the
public debt is thus stated by the Secretary: Julv 1, I860, it was $64,769,000; Jan. 1,1861, $66,243,000; Mareh7,1861,$76,455,000; July 1,18C1,$90,867,000.
In view of the embarrassments to the collection
of the revenue from the insurrection, the Secretary recommends that, when necessary, duties may be collected on shipboard or beyond the reach of obstruction from insurrection; and that the President be empowered to determine by proclamation or other notification, within what limits insurrection has attained such an ascendency as to compel the total suspension of all commeree, and to establish by license such, exceptions to that suspension as he mar deem expedient.—The Secretary urges the passage of laws to carry into effect the various recommendations embodied in his Report.
The Report of the Secretary of War gives a list of the seizures made by the seceding States previous to the inauguration of the present Administration. It embraces revenue cutters betrayed by their commanders or overpowered by disloyal troops; the Government arsenals at Little Rock, Baton Rouge, Mount Vernon, Apalachicola, Augusta, Charleston, and Fayetteville; the ordnance depot at San Antonio, and all the other Government works in Texas, which served as the depots of immense stores of arms and ammunition; forts Macon, Caswell, Johnson, Clinch, Pulaski, Jackson, Marion, Barrancas, M'Kee, Morgan, Gaines, Pike, Macomb, St. Phillip, Livingston, Smith, and three at Charleston; Oglethorpe Barracks, Barrancas Barracks, New Orleans Barracks, Fort Jackson, on the Mississippi, the battery at Bienvenue, Dupre, and the works at Ship Island; the Custom-houses at New Orleans, Mobile, Savannah, Charleston, and oiher important points, containing vast amounts of Government funds; the branch Mints at New Orleans, Charlotte, and Dablonega; the marine hospital at New Orleans; the public property in Texas, handed over by General Twiggs, who deprived the loyal men of his command of the means of transportation from the State. In contrast with this conduct of General Twiggs, honorable mention is made of the course of Major Anderson at Fort Sumter, Lieutenant Slemmer at Fort Pickens, and Lieutenant Jones at Harper's Ferry.—The proclamation of the 15th of April, calling for 73,391 men, was responded to by more than 80,000, who are now under arms, notwithstanding fhe refusal of the Governors of several States.—Under the proclamation of the 4th of May, calling for volunteers to servo during the war, 208 regiments have been accepted. The total foree now ill the ficld is thus stated:
Regulars and volunteers for three months and for the war 238,000
Add to this fifty-five regiments of volunteers for the war, accepted and not yet in service. .50,000
Add new regiments of regular army V5,000
Total foree now at command of Government 810,000
Deduct the three-months' volunteers 80,000
Foree for service afl*r the withdrawal of the three-months' men 230,000
For the maintenance of this foree, in addition to appropriations already made for the year ending Juno 30, 1861, the following are the estimates:
Quarter-master's Department $70,28°,200.21
Subsistence Department 27,278.781.50
Ordnance Department 7,468,172.00
Pay Deportment 67,S4o,402.1S
AdJutant-GcHeral's Department 408,000.80
Engineer Department 6S5,000.00
Topographical Engineer Department.... 50,000.00
Surgeon-General's Department l,971,S41.00
Due States which have made advances for
troops , 10,000,000.00
By the advice of the General-in-Chief one half of