Savannah daily herald. (Savannah, Ga.) 1865-1866, March 15, 1865, Image 1
SAVANNAH DAILY HERALD. L ) > T o. 3*>» ' pe ytJRLJSIIKP RY3SY EVENING, SUNDAYS EXCEPTED, F.Y \V. MASON & CO., Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia, t k r m s: „ Five Cents. per^ear advertising: » Krnited number of Advertise meets will be re r , V eciat the rate of Twenty Cents per Line tor «rs» Insertion, and Fifteen Cents per Line tor each tr A,non* insertion : invariably in advance. Ad vertiSmcnts should be handed ia before noon of each daj'. JOB PRINTING ln eV cry style, neatly and promptly done. _ pliOM CHARLESTON. The Charleston Courier, published by our friends WhUtemore and Johnson, has been enlarged and is printed on good Jvhite paper. We make the following extracts from a late number : f Adventures of a Conscript.— We had the pleasure Saturday of meeting Mr. N. l) Parker, an undeviation loyalist, who has iust arrived within the Lnion lines f rom rebeldom. Mr. Parker s narrative q? bis adventures is highly interesting. \Vthe commencement of the rebellion, y r . Parker was connected with the Charleston Hotel, and for some time avoided the rebel enrolling officers. He, however, openly avowed nis Union senti ments, and expressed a determination under no circumstances to serve in the rebel ranks. As the demands of the ser vice became more and more imperative, and his detectives proportionately in creased. He was compelled to conceal himself, and by the aid of friends suc ceeded in escaping detection about six months longer, being all that time con fined to the house. By some unfortunate occurrence cor respondence between another Union man and Mr. Parker was discovered, which led to his arrest. He was thrown into jail, where he remained till within a few days of the evacuation of Charleston During the two last months of his im prisonment he was ordered to be kept in solitary confinement, which order was strictly carried out. Before the evacua tion an order came for his removal © Columbia to the camp of instruction.- With the order was a note from Captain R. 0. Gilchrist, A. A. G, cautioning the rebel commandant of conscripts to keep a strict watch upon Parker's movements, with a statement of his disloyal senti ments and openly expressed determina tion not to serve and to escape on the first opportunity. On his arrival at Columbia he was al lowed the privilege of selecting the arm of service or regiment to which he wou and be assigned. He again promptly de clined and refused to shoulder a musket or even perform light duty for the rebel cause. Finding neither threats nor per suasion of any avail, he was sent, with about thirty other conscripts, in advance of Beauregard’s evacuation and retreat, from Columbia. They stopped at various towns and villages on the route, includ ing Spartanburg, York, Chester, Cam den, S. CL, and Shelby, N. C. Before reaching the latter place all but one or two of the conscripts sank from exhaus tion, and were lelt on the road. At length the guard who were thor oughly worn out from their long loot marches and fatigue, became less and less watchful, when Parker resolved to make the attempt to escape. Watching a favorable moment he seized his blan ket and slipped off, and succeeded in eluding pursuit. Since his escape, Mr. Parker, in order to reach Charleston, has traveled day and night a distance of nearly four hun dred miles, mostly on foot. He passed SAVANNAH, GA., WEDNESDAY EVENING, MARCH 15, 1865. through a great portion of Fairfield* Kershaw, Greenville and Orangeburg Districts, stopping one day at Columbia, S. C. In Fairfield District the inhabi tants, and particularly the large plant ers, have suffered dreadfully from the passage through both Union and rebel troops. The town of Camden was burned. Mr. Parker left Columbia last Tuesday. He represents the whole "bf Main street destroyed, the State House up to what is known as Cotton town, only a small shanty having escaped. The squares on each side of Main street are also des troyed. The public buildi lgs, depots autt all public property, with the excep tion of the new State House, were all burned by General Sherman’s orders. A majt r.ty of citizens were t r .wing a daily ration, consisting of a pound ol "beef and a quart of com meal, from the commis sary stores left by Gen. Sherman. Not a horse, mule or wagon was left behind by the Union troops. Mr. P. states that there is not a rebel soldier between Charleston and Columbia. While in Chester Mr. P. learned, that General R. S. Ripley had been tendered and accepted the appointment of Chief of Artillery in General Jos. E. Johnston s army. He also saw General N. G. Evans, who was in citizen’s dress, apparently without any command. Both of these officers stopped at the Charleston Hotel at intervals during the first and second years of the war, and were well acquaint ed with Mr. F, but refused to grant him any aid or relief whatever. Gherman's army, be learned, had turned off six miles from Charlotte, N. C. The rolling stock of the South Carolina Railroad, as also that of the Charleston and Savannah Railroad, it vva3 reported, had been safely removed to Sumter, S. C. Tiie Adams Express Company. —This popular Company have recently estab lished a branch office in the building on Broad-street formerly occupied by Shing ler Brothers, Brokers. Tne entire busi ness of the Company in thfi Department of the South is conducted under the man agement of Mr. A. A. Rice, a gentleman whose industry and active enterprise has won for him a world-wide reputation. The immediate charge of the office in Charleston devolves on Mr. William W. Elmendorf, who is looked upon as an in dispensable man about the establishment. In connection with the Adams’ Express Company’s coming among us we are in formed that the flag-staff which is run out of their building was the first one on which was hoisted the rebel flag in this city. The staff shows marks where it has been struck in two places- The Company are now ready to receive and deliver goods. / Another Range of Offices Destroy ed.—-Last evening, between seven and eight o’clock, fire broke out in another range of unoccupied offices on Central Wharf, between Fraser’s and Accom modation Wharves. The offices were formerly occupied by G. A. Hopley & Cos., Hall & Cos., J. B. Latitte & Cos., Thomas Howard and others. Tim en tire range, together an adjoining warehouse, were consumed. The pro perty belonged to the house of John Fraser & Cos. The fire occurring so soon after the destruction of the range of offi ces on Fraser's Wharf, places it beyond a doubt that both fires have been toe work of a rebel incendiary. It was re ported last evening that an incendiary nad been arrested, but we could not verify the truth of the report. We trust our military authorities will be able .to ferret out the rascals or villains fire, and make of them such an example as will deter others, doubtless bribed by absent rebel property holders to turn ana destroy all their real estate in the city. The Union Commission at New lork will send an agent to Charleston to re lieve the necessities of the people there. Klopemania.— This is the name Wor cester gives to “an irresistible propensi ty to steal.” The local editor of the Chicago Times has an article upon the subject, but changes the orthography of the word, ou some authority unknown to us. \We extract the following •• A few days ago the newly married wife of one of our wealthiest citizens, resid ing in a handsome villa on the v&st side, entered a store on Lake street. She is herself the daughter of wealthy parents, and was previous to her marriage one of the gayest and most fashionable ladies in Chicago. She inspected the stock of silks, but was exceedingly fastidious in her choice. Piece after piece' was turned down and submitted to her. She could not be pleased, and at last she took her departure,, without purchasing. When she was gone a piece was missing. A boy was immediately despatched after her with the account, to whom she haughtily handed the missing silk, tell ing him it had been left at her house by mistake. Had the lady happened to be poor, and to have stolen the silk from necessity, she would have been appre hended as a thief, and been accommo dated with lodgings in Bridewell. As she was wealthy enough to have bought the whole stock in the store she must be considered an unfortunate kleptomaniac, and be pitied accordingly. There are scores ot "women holding fiist-class positions, and Having wealthy husbands, who are so afflicted with this disease that they cannot abstain from appropriating whatever they can touch. sey*go to a jeweler s they will steal Brooches or lings. If to a drygoods store, siiks, laces or ribbons. At tne poulterer's they will, surreptitiously slip a goose or turkey beneath their shawls. They will pilfer potatoes or turnips, it they can get at nothing else, and they would find it almost impossible to puss through a coal yard without endeavor ing to slip into their pockets a lump of coal. Many of these are known through out the principal stores, and are strictly watched. One portly lady receives the attention of three or four clerks in every store she enters. If she is noticed steal ing anything, the account is promptly forwarded to her on her reti rn home, and-upon all occasions is as promptly paid. She has pretty daughters, so that it is earnestly to be hoped the disease is not hereditary. Common humanity might make any one wish that her sons and husband are ignorant of her weak ness. It makes one shudder to think of the risk that one has to run in venturing upon matrimony, when he is made aware of his additional frailty of woman. It takes some courage under auy circum stances, but few would calculate on run ning the risk of such a staggerer as late ly met a young gentleman who had but a few weeks before returned from bis wedding tour. His wile went out shop ping, and, among other places, visited a grocery store, where she gave an order for some provisions. While the grocer was writing down the order, she managed to slip a pound of butter into her pocket. Her husband then took her to visit a friend. The day was cold, and there was a blazing fije in the stove. Near to this in r loving !ord, as well ai their friends, insisted on her sitting. She for got all all about the butter, and was only reminded of it when a thick o I7 stream was to her horror seen to flow gently down her silk dress, and a deep pool of the same substance was noticed beneath her on the carpet! The book stores frequented by elderly gentlemen who stand and read a half page of a volume here and there, as they examine the stock, suffer a good deal from kleptomaniacs. These gentlemen are distinguished generally by looks ot more than ordinary benevolence, and speak in tones of exceeding softness. The disease prevails, in short, to an alarming extent, reaching even, iu some instances, io the pulpit itself. One cannot help pitying auy fine lady or venerable-look- II \?. whom he knows to be afflicted with the complaint, but some times it will suggest itself that many of the poor people who are brought up at tle Jail or and spatched to Bridewell, might in reality not be thieves, but, like the wealthy pilferers, only kleptomaniacs. Shrewdness in Old Times.—A Wash ington letter writer indulges in some reminiscences of the olden times, in re gard to the President’s Message: 1 ime was when a sharp and enter prising newspaper man could, by a little strategy familiar to the craft, get ahead ol all cotemporaries, aud publish the message, or its contents, before it was read in Congress. But all the tricks of the trade have been exhausted, and.they are of such a character that they can not be successfully repeated. I* heard some old newspaper men, the other day, tell a laughable story of how one of the New York papers managed to get this interesting document in advance. The message was printed in the Globe office at the time.— Strict orders had been issued to the printers against communicating informa tion to the Bohemian enemy, and every compositor was searched before leaving the type-room, to see that he did not conceal any “proof-sheets” about his person. Journalistic iugenuity whs put to the test, but it proved equal to the occasion. A Washington correspondent bribed one of the typos to wear a pair of white overalls, to watch his chauce, aud ho got a favorable opportunity to ink the type, and then scat himself upon it. This done, he left the office for a few moments, and appeared in an alley near by, where a faithful scribe was in readiness to copy the words print ed on the rear of the white breeches, and sent them instantly to New York by telegraph. A squad «f deserters who came over to ojr lines a few nights ago were fired upon furiously, but strange to tell, not a man of them was injured. After they reached a place of safety, some of our meu in quired how it was that they all escaped. “Oh*” said the spokesman of the party, “them fellers fired too high to hit us!”- “Yes, yes,” returned the picket officer, but why did they fire so high ?” “Oh l why, don’t you know ?” answered the rebel; “well, it's because they are com ing over themselves to-morrow night! ’ Disgusted with State Rights —The Richmond Enquirer, tor fif.y years the advocate of State rights, as expounded by South Carolina, has at last had enough of them. Thh thing of States’ rights, it now declared, is “ the weak ness of our cause.” The theory is beau tiful, “ but in practice it is utterly defec tive.”* Governor Brown, of Georgia, has been giving those Richmond philosophers a dose of State rights which has taken the conceit entirely out of them. They are disgusted with State lights.—A”. Y Herald, 10 tli. We have despatches from Key West, Florida, dated to the* 2d inst. A .force under command of General Newton let* there on the L ; 4th ult. with the design of c ipturing St. Marks. Information trom it had not been received. Two addition al captured English rebel blockade run ners had been brought into Key West - Three or four vessels were reported wrecked on the coast in that vicinity.— N. I’. IJvrald , 10/A. Hereafter no ladie3 will be permit ted to visit the Army of the Potomac without special perm t from headquar ters. All ladies who are now in the army will be required to ieave within, forty-eight hours. , S PRICE \FTve CBnts.