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Savannah daily herald. (Savannah, Ga.) 1865-1866, February 23, 1865, Image 1

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SAN AM AH' DAILY HERALD. VOLUME I.\ No. 37. f |htbannal; ©ailg^erali) PUBLISHED BTKKY EVENING, SUNDAYS EXCEPTED, KY 6. W. MASON «fc CO. At 111 Bay Stbeet, Savannah, Georgia. TERM St Per Copy.- Five Costs. Per Hundred $3 50. Per Year .• $lO 00, ADVERTISING : A limited number of Advertisemeets will be re ceived at the rate of Twenty Cents per Line for first insertion,and Fifteen Cents per Line for each sabeequen* insertion; invariably in advance. Ad vertisements should be handed in before noon of each day. JOB PRINTING f In every style, neatly and promptly done. HIGHLY IMPORTANT FROM THE GULF. Additional Details of the Evacuation of Mobile by the Main Force of the Enemy. REPORTED DETERMINATION TO DESTROY THE CITY. [Correspondence of the New York Herald.] New Orleans, La., Feb. 2, 1865. MATTERS AT MOBILE. In my last I stated that Mobile was being evacuated by the enemy. Though no official news has arrived at head quarters announcing the fact, there is no doubt but that it is true. lam informed from very high authority that there is nothing but a strong provost guard left in the city. The order to evacute Mobile arrived from Richmond on the 14*h ult.,and pre parations were at once made to carry die order into effect, with as much se cresy as possible. By the 22d it was a secret no longer ; everybody, high and low, rich and poor, knew of the intend ed evacuation, and the greatest excite ment was the consequence. Troops, ar tillery, powder, stores and cotton were shipped to Selma by rail and in wagons. About eighteen thousand bales of cotton were in Mobile when the news lor evac uating the city arrived. There are now about fifteen thousand bales stored in the government buildings, the majorty of which belongs to. private parties. DETERMINATION TO DESTROY THE CITY. The authorities in Mobile have deter mined on its destruction should our forces advance upon the city, and it is said tur pentine and powder have been stored within it, with trains leading thereto, ready to be fired a* any moment. Gen. Maury superintended the evacuation.— The citizens who own the cotton protest against its destruction; and as nearly all th.e influential citizeis are in favor of sav ing it, the probability is that it will not be destroyed. There is considerable Union sentiment in Mobile, but the parties are afraid to show it. Rebel money is becoming more worthless every day. and the citizens show their estimation of it by getting rid of it in large quantities for a small consideration, and by paying thirty, forty, and even fifty dollars for a one dollar greenback. ~■■ - - Errors op Speech. —People say they shell peas when they unshell them; tliat they busk corn when they unhusk it; that they dust the furnittre when they undust it, or take the dust from it; that they skin a calf when unskin it; and that they scale fishes when they un scale them. I have heard many men say they were going to weed their gardens, ■when I thought their gardeite were weedy enough already. SAVANNAH, GA., WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEB. 23, 1865. FROM WILMINGTON. The Herald has despatches ajrom Cape Fear river to the llthinst., fujp which we learn that on that mornina a recon noissance in force was made by the troops of General Terry. Preparations have been in progress for several days, and the soldiers were eager for any change which would relieve the monotony of sand, surf and salt waiter which characterizes the surroundings of Fort Fisher. \ The line of battle was formed with the division of General Ames on the right, and that of General Payne on tbe lett. In other words, General Ames |ield the position with the ocean on his right bank, while General Payne hacfthe river on his left. The pickets or videttes of the enemy were encountered within a few hundred yards of our lines of •utposts. They were in small force, and gave way with out offering much resistance* !, On the right they fell back to the main body or reserve of the picket line, which was ensconsed behind a breastwork, in a swampy place of ground, at the souther ly extremity of Masonboro’, or Myrtle Sound. Here a charge was ordered,and the line was carried with slight loss, some fifty of the enemy falling into our hands. They belong to the 17th North Carolina regiment, of Kirkland’s brig ade, which seems to have been ip the rebel front during the day. They say that Clingman-s and Colquitt’s brigades are in the rear, occupying the - main line of works defending the approach to Wil mington. . V* On the left the colored troops, Gen, Payne, pushed the effemy with great gallantry, driving them from every stump and tree where they sought to make a stand. On this part of the line it was a sort of running fight, in which the colored soldiers seemed to pursue their enemy with relentless animosity, driving them at last to the cover of their main works; the skirmishing throughout the day was most bravely, and the vol leys at times very heavy. The brunt of the fighting was with our (the attacking) side, the enemy manifesting litile inclina tion to oppose our progress. The loss does not exceed (up to this time, 3p. m.) some 60 or 70, mostly of General Payne’s Division. In recompense for this we took nearly a hundred prisoners. The Late Capt. Gilliss. —The death of Capt. James 11 Gilliss, Superintendent of the Washington Observatory, is a se rious loss to the country. His scientific services were of long continuance and very valuable. In 1838 he organized the first working observatory ip the United States, and his volume of observations for five years following is still a standard work. In 1842 he prepared the plans for the erection of the Naval Observato ry. In 1849 he started on an expedition to Chili, for the determination of the solar parallax, remaining there three years, and not only preparing his own most interesting series of observations, but contributing to establish a good na tional observatory in that country. In 1858 he went to Peru to observe the to tal eclipse of the sun, and to Washing ton Territory in 1860, for the same pur pose. On the flight of the rebel hum bug, Maury, from the Washington Ob servatory,. Capt. Gilliss was appointed to succeed him, and his administration has been most successful and satisfactory in all respects. To his scientific merits he added a thorough loyalty as a citizen of the Union, to whose armies he gave all three of his sons, who have proved use ful officers. A VALENTINE. The tiirtte-doxcs they bill and coo; The hen goes cluck-cluck-cluck 1 The cock cnee ‘‘Urcarooraroo Tne drake quacks to the duck. The gander cackles to his goose; Compliance hisseth she; The lark—the lark were flymen's neoee, Old Fright, for you and me. INCIDEJTT9 OF THE LIFE OF A PHYSICIAN. , One morning about 11.401 inquired of my servant somewhat anxiously how many patients remained still to toe seen, as I had to be at a consultation in the neighborhood preprecisely at noon. ‘There’B only one gentleman left,” said he. He arrived an hoqr ago; but he is so very polite, that he has hitherto declined to take his turn.” I was sorry to hear this; for, accord ing to my experience, such an individual was likely to be in a critical state of health, or perhaps only postponed his interview till last, so that he might pro long it without interruption. ‘‘l hope everybody does come in in proper order, James,” said I. “You know what an objection I have to any favor itism” “Ob, dear, sir! I am sure I never took a shilling from any gentleman or lady in my life, in order that they might be ad mitted earlier.” “ Really, James, I never said you did,” replied I .severely. “Show the gentle man in. ” The patient whose acquaintance I now had the pleasure of making for the first time, had the appearance of a country gentleman. He was well dressed, but there was an absence of that undefinable smartness and completeness in his attire which is only found in town-made gar ments; moreover, his eye wandered all over the room with an expression very unlike the incurious gaze of a well-bred Londoner. His very politeness had prob ably arison from an erroneous idea, that it was the fashion in good society to make little self-sacrifices in giving way to other people. “I am afraid, sir, you have been de tained a considerable time,” observed I. “Not at .all,” returned he briskly. “I was in no particular hurry. I have plenty of leisare here in London, away from all my usual country avocations, and there were several people in your ante-room . who, I am sure, had more urgent need of your advice than I. In fact, I feel that I have scarcely any right to intrude upon your valuable time all; but I have been good deal bothered’ with a cough at night, and I should like to be cured of it.” ‘Take a seat, sir. Any pain in your chest ?” “I don’t think it will be necessary to examine me,” observed he nervously; <“I can tell you my symptoms, such as they are.” t How curious it is, that those who are apparently the strongest and most healthy are often the most morbidly ap prehensive ! I could not help smiling at seeing this, respectable fox-hunter, as lie seemed to be, hugging his coat together, as though my stethoscope hadbeen a dagger seeking* entrance into his heart. “My dear sir,” said J, sll is little in-- strument will not hurt you.” At this moment, a very singular thing took place : the clock upon my mantel piece struck the three-quarters past eleven, and I seemed to hear the sound repeated from the clock in the next room. It was a muffled sound, but the wonder was how it could have arrived at all through two wooden doors and a baize one. I was so convinced that I did hear it, however, that I immediately strode forward to see for myself whether any of the doors of communication were open. They were all closed. When I re turned, my. patient had unbuttoned his coat, and assured me that he had no silly objection to being stethoscoped, if I thought it worth while, but that there was nothing,the matter with him beyond a troublesome cough, for which he want ed a prescription. His lungs &eeifned sound enough in deed, and I need not have been so long in examining them but for a certain reason. Very different from most hypo chondriacal folks, my new friend seemed sf very anxious to cut short our inter v ew, that he began to awaken my sus p cions as to whether he "was a bona-fide pitient at all. I knew that I should dis cpver this if I could only detain him a quarter of an hour, and therefore I pro longed, my stethoscopic investigations. At last he jumped up, and throwing down a sovereign and a shilling, with no little ostentation, upon the table, ex pressed himself as perfectly satisfied. “But, my dear sir,” said I, “you have not got your prescription.” It wanted then one minute to the hour of noon, but I was still writing very slowly, when the clock on the mantle- piece began to strike; I thought it Would never have done, so eagerly was I watching for the stroke of its compan ion time piece, which.l felt sure by this time was concealed somewhere about my patient’s person. He had waited until he had been lett alone in the afate room, to make a clean sweep of every thing valuable he could lay his hands upon, the clock among the rest. He had stuffed this at first, I fancy, into his breast-pocket, whence arose his origi nal objection to the use of the stethos cope, but had transferred it, while I went to look at the doors, to some other part of his attire. Sagacious as heffiad been, however, he had omitted, or bad not had the opportunity, to silence tire voice of my faithful dial: I heard its whisper, its faint “tick, tick,” all the time, and now I was waiting lor Its full voice in accusation of the Robl>er. At last it came.. Onejcan scarcely imag ine a aituatidn raSl’e embarrassing than that of my polite patient with his stolen clock striking, twelve very distinctly in the pocket of his coat-tail, and in tbe hearing of its rightful proprietor. “I have found out what is the matter with you, my friend,” said I, pressing a hand-bell, which brought in James upon the instant. “You are troubled with the Tic Douloureaux. Yoi r syrntoms are ex ceedingly striking. This prescription muet be made up at once, and my ser vant will run out for it, while you remain here a minute or two.” Never was a prescription so short; — Jam. let a pol. im- Or without abbreviation, as Iliad writ ten it,— James, fetch a policeman immediately. The Wrong Mm— The rebel papers are circulating the following extract from a letter, written before the war to a dele gate to the Charleston as emanating from Sherman, who is now trying to subjugate the South : Fort Ridgely, March 20, 1860. Now, my dear fellow, I am glad you are going South, and all we ask qlyou, ig, «giye us a good President. Stop this damnable negro heresy of the country ; frown upon every abolitionist you meet; and, as you pass down through Old Vir ginia, see that the remnants of that raid of Brown's, ‘yet unhung, are properly brought to the halter. And, in the mean time, if you will take a few of our most v distinguished sons o(|be devil (Republi cans) now in the Minfresota, Legislature, along with you, and let them see Vir ginia justice, you will benefit our com munity. Y ours, truly, and in baste. ; <v T. W. Sherman. [The Sherman who is succeeding quite admirably in his task of subjugatirg the South is W. T. and not T. W. Sherman.} Many years ago there lived a rich baker at Reading. On ah occasion of a subscription being got up, the list as usual commenced with 8.A., M.A., M.D., D.D., Esq., &c. The baker put down his guinea and his name, Wm. Phelps, M.R. When the printer received the list he sent it to the baker to know what M.R, meant. “Call on me to-mor row and you will find me the Master of the Rolls,” was the reply. < PRICE (Five Cents.