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Commodore Dupont is one who, though past what is usually termed the prime of life, is yet possessed of all the vigor, bodily strength, and ambition which usually characterize younger men, and these qualities, joined to his experience, pronounce him to be the man we need. In his personal appearance the Commodore is a person that would at once attract attention, having all the easy grace of a finished gentleman, together with a commanding look that betokens perseverance and a determination to successfully carry out any undertaking that he may be engaged in.
Commodore Dupont, in command of the largest fleet ever seen in American waters, gave his broad pennant to the breeze from the United, States ship Wabash, with Gen. Sherman in command of the land forces on board transports, and set sail from Fortress Monroe, under secret orders, for Port Royal, South Carolina, about the 25th of October last. The fleet, which consisted of about fifty vessels, was subjected, for three days and nights, to one of the most terrific gales which has visited our coasts within the past thirty years; but, surprising as it may seem, only two transports were lost. The foremost ships of the fleet reached the mouth of Port Royal on the 2d November, and on the 7th fifteen ships and gunboats opened fire on the forts Walker and Beauregard, and after five hours' cannonading, the rebel flag came down, and its defenders fled with the most undignified precipitation, leaving camp furniture, clothing, watches, money, letters, food half cooked, and meals half eaten.
This is regarded as one of the most brilliant naval victories the world has known. The fact of ships approaching within five hundred yards of powerful land batteries, composed of columbiads and rifled cannon of the most powerful description, was a feat of successful and audacious bravery which will astonish the world. It is really wonderful that only eight men were lost on board the fleet, and, with the exception of the burning of one gunboat, no vessel was disabled; while in the forts a perfect shower of bursting shells was poured from the fleet. Beaufort, a beautiful village of several thousand inhabitants, and a place of summer resort, was deserted, except by the colored people, who refused to follow the fortunes of their fleeing masters.-Amer. Phrel nological Journal.;
(PART SECOND.) His Trial by a Jury of all the Children. From raging waves, so milky white, We dragged him forth, and held him tight. Then wiping dry his dripping skin, We brought a cage and popped him in. All gathering round then looked at mouse Peeping from out his little house. No one of us could claim the prize, Now caught and caged before our eyes. Gravely we thought, and questioned long, To whom Sir Mousey might belong. All hands had grabbed, all feet pursned, While every eye the chase had viewed. All wanted him, so sleek and brown, The bravest mouse about the town. But then no one had caught him, quite, But pan of milk, so snowy white. As round his cage poor mousey run, We sat and talked of all our fun. How grand the chase! How hotly pressed Yet none could tell who did the best. Some were a-mind to let him go; But others said "No, no! oh, no!" To try his case, and judge bim there, All were agreed would be but fair. So up spoke one, and said that he, Against the mouse, would witness be; That oftentimes whole troops of mice Would eat into great bags of rice; Would spoil the sugar, gnaw the cheese In spite of bolts, and locks, and keys; Their Christmas pies and sugar plums Were often left a heap of crumbe; He hated all the nibbling race, And looked at mouse with scowling face. Another said, though all amiss, They did much more, and worse than this; That not content such things to ent, They ate the stockings off his feet! The red and white ones Grand-ma knit, So soft and warm, 80 nicely fit, One winter night, hung up to dry, Were nibbled so he could but cry. In sister Mary's nice blue hood They nested—a whole neighborhood! Not long before, one, brown and big, Had dragged away Grandfather's wig.
19 Col. Ellett, in command of the Ram Fleet at Memphis, is the Charles D. Ellett, Civil Engineer, whose pamphlets criticising General McClellan and urging the construction of the steam rams and iron-clad vessels some time ago, gained him considerable notoriety..
mer Col. Geo. F. Shepley of Maine, who is at present Military Commandant of N. O., has upon the recommendation of Gen. Butler, been appointed Military Governor of Louisiana.
Such things, he said, should not be done
When all the world should be asleep
Tho Haro. There are two varieties of hares in Wisconsin: The Grey Rabbit, (Lepus Sylvaticus), and the Varying Hare, or White Rabbit, (Lepus Americanus.) The Grey Rabbit, (which is the most common in the southern portion of the State) when full grown, is about sixteen inches long; color, above, yellowish grey mixed with brown; below, whitish.
The White Rabbit is considerably larger than the Grey Rabbit: color, in summer, reddish brown above, and white beneath. In winter, its color changes to white, except a portion of the ears which remain dark. Rabbits have large eyes; ears large and long; tails
He said they were a wicked race,
entirely covered with hair. The fore legs are short and weak, the hind ones long and muscular, which gives them great strength. Rabbits always travel by making leaps or bounds; sometimes clearing as much as twelve or fifteen feet at a bound; but they usually make short jumps, of from one to two feet.
They never trot, like a dog or a fox; nor do they move by a regular walk; always moving their hind feet both at a time. When running, they place their feet in a very singular position; making tracks which appear as though they ran backward; the fore feet being put down close together ; sometimes so near as to make only one track; while the hind feet are spread far apart, and are put down so as to track forward of those made by the fore feet. Rabbits are crepuscular; that is, they move about to obtain food or for amusement, in the twilight. In the day time, unless disturbed, they usually remain quiet, in some thicket, or by the side of an old log, or a brush heap. In very cold and stormy weather, they sometimes take refuge in some hollow log or tree; seldom going into holes in the grounds. The White Rabbit seems to avoid the habitation of man, but the Grey Rabbit rather prefers the vicinity of improvements. When unmolested, it will become quite tame. Several years ago a number of them made their abode in a hay-stack. They cut a passage entirely through the stack, and near the centre, made a burrow nearly as
large as a bushel basket.! In the evening they times escape by going into a hollow log, or a would come out into the garden and door-yard, hollow tree, where it may be easily caught, by where I placed cabbage and turnips for them cutting a hole, or by punching with a stick, or, to eat. In a short time they became so tame it may be “smoked out.” as to come and sit on the door-steps, and if Rabbits do not bite, nor in any way defend any one went out, they would not seem to be themselves. They do not have any “call,” or frightened ; merely moving a short distance. make any vocal sound, except when in distress, It was very amusing to watch them while eat- they sometimes make a sharp, plaintive, wailing, or playing about. But after awhile, they ing cry. The rabbit has several natural enebecame mischievous. Before I was aware that mies, such as foxes, wild-cats, weasels, hawks they were anything more than harmless, inno- and owls. Probably the owls are the most decent little creatures, they had gnawed the bark structive on account of being, like the rabbit, , from a large number of choice pear and plum
of crepuscular habits, which gives them a good trees, entirely girdling them. So I became
opportunity to secure them for their prey. In
the winter, rabbits may be easily caught in their enemy, and declared war. In the even
almost any kind of trap, when baited with any ing, when they came into the yard, I stood,
of the below mentioned vegetables. When with gun in hand, ready to take summary ven
taken young, they are easily tamed, and make geance. I killed two at the first fire, and there
nice pets. They may be fed with clover, cabwere three left. I reloaded and shot another, I bage, turnip, carrot, parsnip, &c., and they when the other two scampered off. The next are particularly fond of sweet apples, and they evening, I killed one of the two, and the other will eat milk.
UNCLE WILLIAM. seceded from the premises. The Grey Rabbit
Geology. does not have any nest or bed; nor does it ap
. pear to ever lie down, like squirrels, and other
A PEEP BEHIND THE CURTAIN.-NO. 2. animals of that class; although the female
Here is a piece of Iron Pyrites, (Py-ri-tes)
which is sulphuret of iron, crystalized or formmakes a nest for her young, which is always
ed in the shape of erystals. Sulphuret of iron, in some place, convenient to food, and consists
is a mixture of sulphur and iron. These crysof leaves and grass, and sometimes a portion tals look like blades or spears of shining steel; of fur from her own body, and is generally in sometimes the crystals look like particles of & slight hollow. In this, the young, usually gold, the resemblance being so perfect as to four in number, remain till they are capable of deceive those not acquainted with minerals, taking care of themselves. Whenever the old and cause them to secure it supposing it to be one leaves her young ones, while in the nest, gold. On account of ignorant persons being she carefully covers them, so that they are en deceived so much with it, it has quite properly tirely concealed. The rabbit evinces much been called “Fools Gold.” But these two cunning and ingenuity in eluding the pursuit
pursuit minerals can easily be distinguished, gold alof a dog; that is, it shows or acts out a good
ways being soft, while the other, iş always
| hard, sometimes so hard and solid as to strike deal of dexterity and ability in escaping or
fire with steel. I know a lady who has a piece keeping away from a dog. It will turn sud
of iron pyrites which she considers very valudenly aside and stop and wait till the dog able, when in
till the dog able, when in reality it is not worth much of passes, when it will return to its track, which anything except as a specimen. The sulphuret it will follow back for some distance, and then of iron is so abundant in some places, that it again turn off as at first, usually taking an is used to manufacture sulphur, by seperating elevated position, sometimes upon a log. Some- the sulphur from the iron. When exposed to times it will sit erect like a woodchuck, or a the air and weather, for a long time, it underbear, so as to have a better view. And some-goes a chemical change which produces or times it will pass through shallow ponds of forms other substances from which alum is water. When closely pursued, it will some-manufactured.