Skip to main content
Hide Articles List

5 articles on this Page

EXTRACTS FROM MANHATTAN. .

News
Cite
Share

EXTRACTS FROM MANHATTAN. Our friend "Manhattan" appears to have re- covered the effects of his fall, for we find our con- temporary again publishing his lengthy letters, which are written in the same rollicking style as formerly; and without pledging ourselves either for the accuracy of his statements, or to the opinions oxpressed in them, we take the following extracts from his last communication:- M'Clellan Saved from Ridicule. The ridiculous contribution of peanuts or cents to M'Clellan has been abandoned. It was bur- lesqued by proposals to get up subscriptions for Pope, Burnside, and fighting Joe Hooker. The Government forbade any such demonstrations, and all are given up. Thus has M'Clellan been saved from the most scorching ridicule. War Defences. Our merchants are very busy about the harbour defences. It is all stuff. It will amount to nothing. When we had a prospect of a war with England about the Trent matter sensible old Governor Morgan purchased a million dollars' worth of timber, had it made into immense rafts, and floated them into the vicinity. Had war broken out England would have found the lower bay filled up with timber, and utterly impossible to pass with iron-clads. That is what we have to do now. Axe our immense forests in this State, raft them to the Narrows, and then ask the French just to put their noses into this harbour. The Adamic Origin of the Negro, Mr. John Hogg, of Westminster College, Lon- don, has had great success in this city in delivering lectures upon the Adamic origin of the negro. He has crowded audiences, makes money at twenty-five cents a ticket, explodes all the old theories about white people, and proves conclu- sively that Adam was a well-built six foot buck neo-ro. He proves it by the climate in the latitude where Adam was born. He asserts boldly that Eve was a bright intelligent mulatto girl, and proves it by a lock of Eve's hair, which is very black and crispy. I presume he is English from the college name. He is a very learned man, and negro stock under his lectures will go up fifty per cent. By the way, none of the negro mur- derers during the riots have been tried yet. A Newspaper Correspondent Scared to Death. The other day every paper in New York city had a full editorial about a speech Frank Grund made in Philadelphia on Monday night. The telegraphic portion of each paper contained the news of his sudden death. He was M'Clellan- ised to death. Grund was one of our most noted newspaper correspondents or writers. He was a German by birth, but had been twenty-five years in America. He had received several appoint- ments from different administrations. He was consul at Antwerp in the time of President John Tyler. Presidents Buchanan or Pierce gave him the consulship at Havre. He was a Democrat, but recently turned Union man. His speech pitched into Mr. Lincoln on Monday night.. On Tuesday night a crowd passed his house on their way to serenade M'Clellan. They hissed Mr. Grund. He was scared, went out at a back door, and ran to the nearest police-station. He begged for a physician to bleed him. Ere he came poor Grund was dead. He was a great scamp, as many politicians are necessarily. Still he was clever. The Antwerpians did not like him much in 1844 and 1845. He could write a clever article, and could also make a good speech. Curious enough, I know the complexion of Grund'& mind so well that I can safely say he would really have enjoyed this notice. Lotteries and Gambling. A relation of Nicaragua Squires killed himself recently at his lottery office, No. 476, Broadway. He had four hundred dollars' worth of lottery tickets stolen from him a week ago. He could not make it good to the lottery manager, so he killed himself. He was an only son, and was engaged to be married to a lovely young girl in this city. His name was Francis L. Squire. He was twenty-six years old. That young man was honest, but ex- tremely verdant. His letter to his poor mother is a gem:- Wednesday, Sept, 30. My dear Mother,-Forgive your poor erring son; his last prayer is for your welfare. Although in life he did not think what he was doing, now he feels the bitter pang of remorse. Pray for him, that God may have mercy upon him. I have written to Jane (his sister) why I have committed the terrible deed. I know you will think of me kindly; but I cannot live and feel the way I do now. Sell the furniture, and put the money in the bank. God grant that we may meet hereafter. Oh! mother, once more I ask your forgive- ness and blessing!—From your affectionate son, FRANK." Don't worry, dear mother." Lotteries are forbidden in this city. It is a State Prison affair to sell tickets, and yet it is done openly at nearly 1,600 high and low Ex- change-offices." These lotteries are drawn every day in Kentucky or Missouri. The price of tickets is from four dollars to twenty dollars, and they are sold in shares down as low as an eighth. Thousands buy daily and get ruined; but this class of lottery dealers are not a circumstance to the tens of thou- sands that are spent daily in policies based upon these lottery drawings. The great backer is Ben Wood. Thousands are ruined by these policy shops. Negroes venture their three cents, and ladies of the highest respectability venture and lose hundreds of dollars. It is an evil of the greatest magnitude in this city, but there is pro- bably a mode of arresting it now. Tickets in the Royal Havannah lotteries are also sold openly in every part of the city. War News. It is quite silly to attempt to write about the war news. The telegraph lies in the most infamous manner. There is no relying upon it. It is whis- pered around that there is very bad news from Chattanooga, but then it is kept back. We know that Rosecrans is fortifying his position, and is using his best efforts to keep the connection open and not to be cut off from his supplies. Still there are doubts whether he will succeed. Troops are being sent to his relief from all quarters. Twenty- five thousand have gone from Meade's army. Recently three regiments started from Jersey city for his relief. One hundred thousand men, if obtained before the 15th of October, it is said will save Rosy from total destruction.. We may as well deal in stern facts as to try to humbug the world. Gold has gone up ten per cent. within a few days. The reason is that the old financiers are making their calculations upon the surrender of Rosecrans and his entire army, if his connection is cut. It will have a very bad effect upon the cause of the North. It will lose Tennessee from the Union, and restore it to the South, never to. be recovered by us again. Should Rosecrans, with the 100,000 additional troops that are now going forward to him, be able to hold his present position, advance upon the enemy, and defeat him, the rebel cause will be the sufferer, and it will shake the con- fidence of the Southern people in their cause. This is a see-saw sort of business, that has now lasted a long time. Now we go up, up, up; Now we go down, down, downey!. has been our fate for more than two years, or since the defeat at Bull Run. Missouri. Reports are in town that Missouri is nearly ready for a civil war between the two- Northern factions. President Lincoln has been appealed to, and a committee of eighty of the best men in Missouri have asked him to remove General Scholefield. He has refused. We may expect to see the flames burst out in this State. New Orleans. From General Banks, at New Orleans, bad news has come, and much more is expected. I shall not be surprised if news comes soon that Banks is entirely defeated, or that New Orleans is regained. I have said from the beginning that it was the height of madness to take a civilian like Banks, who never had all hour's military experience, make a major-general of him, and to place him in com- mand of 50,000 men. This Sabine Pass business has made. my words good. Before the Southern generals get down with Banks he will be the most disgraced general that the North has yet had. Charleston. At Charleston things look extremely dusty. Gilmore seems to have used up his tether, and it is not long enough to let him get into Meeting- street. The indications to my mind are (I judge from the troops being sent south from Richmond) that the rebels intend to attack Gilmore, and if they do he will have about as much as he can at- tend to without throwing any more Greek fire into Charleston. It does not have the appearance as though this gallant city would be captured just now. There is very little hope expressed in the streets of New York just at present, consequently if it is taken it will be a pleasant surprise North. Virginia. From the grand army of General Meade in Vir- ginia there is the usual news. There stands the rebel army within a few hours' march of Wash- ington city, as it has stood, to the disgrace of this Government, for over two years. There is the back-bone to be crushed or hit, and yet the back- bone never was so strong as now. We have no general that dares attack Lee, who will eventually capture Washington city. Perseverance will ac- complish everything. At present General Meade is waiting patiently for the time to come when Virginia mud will be six feet deep, and when no wagon can be dragged a rod, and then he will make a great tune about attacking the rebels. Thus the winter will be spent, unless the rebels should attack us. People begin to despair of any practical result. It certainly cannot be reached as we are going on now. The civil war is only killing off, on an average, 50,000 men. A foreign war is our only salvation now. If the President is wise he will plunge us into it as speedily as possi- ble. It cannot harm, and it may save us. These are the down, down days." How long they will last is quite uncertain. It may be that there will be an up, up before long. The Nine Days' Wonders in New York. The commercial city of New York, one would think, ought to be solid and dignified in the most continuous manner, and not kick up its mercantile heels on any other occasion than the 4th of July, when we issued our great charter of liberty and independence from Great Britain, although it is getting extremely doubtful whether in the long run we shall find that we made much by the sepa- ration in 1776, and I am of opinion that before the one hundred years are up we shall have a domestic Sovereign. We do not adhere to our great and lawful holiday: we get crazy and go wild every now and then, and act more like lunys than sane people. Some new dodge is started, and we all turn out to see the show, and get as crazy as bed bugs about it. In my time I have seen some such outbreaks and mad fits on the part of this great city. They come on suddenly and unaccountably. When Kossuth, the Hungarian, and his tail came here in 1853, we all went mad about him, though nine in ten could not have told in what part of the world Hungary was located. He was received like a god, or Gen. Jackson. The city was stark, raving mad. Arches were erected. Then again we had the fever about Jenny Lind. She was clever, and it was not so bad. Then the city went mad again at Bill Poole's funeral. Bill was a leading Know-Nothing, a gambler, a prizefighter, and had his followers. His funeral was grand, almost equal to the Kossuth reception. Bill Poole, though dead, kept the city alive for three days. Then we had another idol, who had a reception equally grand. I allude to the Cyrus W. Field Atlantic cable celebration. The city went mad for a week. Cyrus, as he rode up Broadway, was gazed upon with wonder. Our people would have gone out into the street and lay prostrate at the feet of him and his gorgeously caparisoned horse, but the police would not allow it. Then the closing scene was the burning of the upper part of the City-hall, and then our city madness ended. There was but one sentence in the mouths of angels who looked down upon the scene-" What infernal fools those people are." Again the city broke out about the Japanese we were all stark, staring mad; we fairly wor- shipped those ugly devils, including two or three No Kamis, and Japan "Tommy." There is no pen capable of describing the mad and disgraceful scenes connected with the reception of those Japanese; ladies of the highest respectability went crazy to get a kiss from dirty Tommy. He received as presents portraits set in diamonds of hundreds of our best females, and a thousand ordinary photographs. He sold them at good prices, and a person who has recently returned from Japan told me that these likenesses were on exhibition in some of the worst dens. Co-operation with Russia. I will not place in the same catalogue the recep- tion of the English Prince of Wales; that was an event sanctioned by the best of our citizens and approved by all. Still, it brought out the crazy elements that would make an equally strong de- monstration to receive a white elephant from Siam, if Barnum should import one. The reception of the Prince was well calculated to redeem the city from the disgrace of Japan and kindred receptions. I skip them all to come to the last and most curious of all receptions-that of the Russians the other day. It was abrupt, unexpected, and yet it was very effective. We are all Russians, and shall be for a month. The Russian vessels of war, numbering eight, were undreamed of a month ago. It is possible that the Government at Washington had information that Russia wouldsendallhervessels of war to our ports, previous to the breaking out of war between Russia and France and England, which was evidently expected when the orders were given. But with this reception Government has had nothing to do. It was spontaneous. It was owing to the general belief that the Russians are to be our allies in the coming foreign war. In the late war between France and England on one side, and Russia on the other, the sympathies of the American people were clearly with Russia. I need only refer to the excitement occasioned by the enlistments on the part of the English minis- ter and Consul Barclay to prave what I write. This friendly feeling is now revived more power- fully than ever, ami the last seeeptioa proved our [ madness and c-rferavagajiee- without a cause. I will not attempt to give you any idea of the excited crowds following every squad of the most common Russian sailors. They are cheered in the streets by spontaneous crowds, as though they had just descended from the sky. I heard the shouts all night. Contrast Between the Reception given to the English and Russian. Authorities. The reception and enthusiasm of the city autho- rities of the, Russians is in striking contrast to the conduct of the mayor towards the English Ad- miral Milne, who also reached here last Wednes- day, and called upon the mayor at midday. He was accompanied by the British consul, Mr. Archi- bald. The mayor would not see them. It was reported that he was not in, but he was not out of the City-hall; it was done for political effect. Nor were the English officers now in this port invited to take any part in the great reception of Russians the other day. The feeling of the city is likely to be changed towards these Russians, should it leak out that their appearance here is accidental, or merely for their own convenience, and not, as is generally supposed, to protect this harbour against English or French vessels of war, or to engage in alliance with us in a war against those powerful nations.

[No title]

EXTRACTS PBOH " PUNCH " &:…

THE PRINCE CONSORT MEMORIAL…

THE CRURCH CONGRESS.