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Butler's Succesigor.Major-General Ord, the successor to Butler, is a native of Maryland, a Catholic, a graduate of West Point, where he was a classmate of General Halleck, and his residence is Carlisle, Penn- sylvania. Previous to the war he served in California, and was ultra pro-slavery in his views, believing the negro to be little above the brute creation, and going so far in his notions as to entertain the rather novel idea that the scratch from a negro's nail was poisonous to the white man. In person he is tall and spare, his head covered with a thick growth of iron-grey hair, and his wild, grey eye, taken in connection with some eccentricities of manner, conveys to many persons who approach him the impression that he may be slightly insane. Dummy with a Co.-ij uror. -A good story is told of the elder Matthews and the late Mr. Yates, who, when travelling together, once found tr.emselves at a provincial inn without any means of amusement for themselves, though no persons were more highly calcu- lated to amuse others. A game of whist would suit exactly, but where were they to obtain partners ? On consulting the landlord, he knew of one person, a good player, who was then actually in the house. A polite invitation being sent through the waiter, the stranger joined the two comedians; preliminaries were at once settled, and they sat down to play, the stranger taking dummy. There never was such bad luck on one side and good on the other. Dummy won every game; till at last the stranger, consulting his watch, said that he must cease playing, as he had an important engage- ment to attend. "Bat," exclaimed the others, you surely will give us our revenge-some chance of re- gaining our losses." "Certainly," replied Dummy, "I will, either at a later hour to-night, or to-morrow." "And pray," said Yates, "what pressing business can you have now at seven o'clock in the evening?" "Oh!" replied the stranger, with a shrewd twinkle in his eye. I am a professional like yourselves, gentlemen; I am G- the conjuror, and T am now going to perform." The stranger bowed himself out of the room; and though neither Matthews nor Yates could detect any malpraetices in his play, they unanimously agreed to waive any farther proceedings regarding winning their money back feom the conjuror.—Eottens History oj Playing Cards. k

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