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While worn and wounded thus he slept,
Gored, pierced, and trampled in the strife,
The Old Knickerbocker to his Readers.
The Old KNICKERBOCKER wishes a sands who are now fighting the battles Merry Christmas and a Happy New of their country turn their swords into Year to all his friends. It is more than plough-shares, and the gates of the thirty years since he first had the pleas. South are again open to peaceful comure of making the same kindly saluta- merce, that many of the friends who tion to his many readers, but he is happy have gone will return once more and to say that he is still in the enjoyment of gather round this same old Table. a vigorous existence, and that no symp- In view of the series of victories which toms of old age have yet made their ap- have crowned the National arms, let us pearance, for he is one of those favored hope that the consummation so devoutmortals who never grow old, and hely to be wished will have taken place hopes the only 'sere and yellow leaf'ere another New Year overtakes us in he will ever put on will be that of his our journey to the grave, and that the monthly cover. He flatters himself that wise policy of negotiation may prevail his old flow of spirits has not diminished over further appeals to force both North its volume, and that he is no less genial and South. But of this we have little a companion now, both for young and expectation for a long time to come. old, than he was in the long ago — the The South is still resolute, and appardays that are no more.
ently determined not to surrender as Contact with the bright intellects and long as there is 'a shot left in the lockkeen wits of his time has left its polish er.' But the superior resources of the round the name on his door-plate, and North make its ultimate conquest inevhe can point to a tremendous antecedent itable. Conquest, however, is not what which no other magazine in America, or any but a few extremists desire. It is perhaps the world, has equalled. But simply reunion that we want, and if the he is not content to shine by reflected great object for which we are shedding light. His life is creative, and by his the nation's blood and expending its works alone, past, present, and future, treasure is kept steadily in view at the does he ask to be judged.
North, and every thing else made subAs he did not receive a government ordinate to that one end, and the South contract on the outbreak of the rebellion, will consent to set aside passion, and the war has hardly been favorable to his appeal to reason, such negotiations may worldly fortunes, but he has the price- be commenced as will lead to the restorless blessing of a clear conscience to ation of the Union without the alternaconsole him for the loss of the privilege tive of fighting the war out to the bitter to supply the army with shoddy, and end; for it is highly probable that a large he prefers a moderate income combined portion of the Southern people would with an honorable calling to a large one prefer returning to the Union under cercoupled with dishonest purposes. All tain conditions regarding slavery which persons who sustain him in this view we can very well afford to grant, to the of the case, may testify their approba- alternative of continuing the struggle tion of his course by forwarding a sub- till their armies are exterminated, their scription to the Magazine for the ensuing government overthrown, and their propyear.
erty destroyed or confiscated. But he is sanguine, that, when the Having delivered himself thus briefly war is over and the hundreds of thou- upon matters of state, the old KnickVOL. LXIII.
ERBOCKER trusts the magnates at Wash- The hundreds of thousands of brave ington and Richmond will be guided by men who lie in premature graves on the his good advice, and that the counsels of nation's battle-fields are all but forgotwisdom will be heard in the halls of le- ten, and the memory of the terrible gislation.
past is as much as possible buried with But the war has lost its novelty; it is them. National tragedies, unlike dono longer a sensation, and the public mestic griefs, come home to none of us. mind runs upon trifles. People hardly The incubus of a debt of a few hungive a second thought to a battle, but dred or thousand millions, more or less, talk continuously about a new play. is a matter which gives the public mind They care very little about the Message no trouble whatever. of either President Lincoln or President Meanwhile we display our freedom Davis. The late advance and retreat of from care by crowding theatres, conthe army of the Potomac neither raised cert-halls, opera-houses, and drawing. enthusiasm nor caused disappointment. rooms, and spending our money as freePeople gave themselves little or no con- ly as we make it easily. And the huge cern about it. The sinking of a gun- hotels have their carnival, for the counboat in Charleston harbor is a far less try seems emptying itself into the large interesting topic of conversation than cities, and the cry is ‘still they come.' skating in the Central Park, and the House and hotel accommodation is quite capture of the Chesapeake by rebel pi- inadequate to the demand in all the great rates than the high price of diamonds, centres, especially New-York and Washboth black and Brazilian.
ington, and the tendency at all points is The progress of the war is most at- towards centralization. tentively watched by those who have a
What will happen to us next, and pecuniary interest at stake, particularly how all this will end, the old KNICKERstock and gold speculators, whose mo- BOCKER, having due regard for his reputives are purely selfish, and who would tation as a seer, will not venture to prosell their country for profit as readily phesy. But while the sun shines, let as Esau sold his birthright for a mess those make hay who can. There is a of pottage. The highest object of the dark cloud yonder. lives of many of these men appears to be to buy and sell •Erie,' 'Fort Wayne,' * Rock Island,' 'Mariposa,'' Pittsburgh,'
Our soldiers seem to be at no great and the other shares on the list, and loss in making themselves at home untheir greatest anxiety to watch the mar
der difficulties, if we may accept what ket, whether it be sick or buoyant. follows as a real experience. But we They think stocks and talk stocks all may rest assured that it is not every one day in William-street, and adjourn to who could keep such a Yankee hotel in think stocks and talk stocks all the Dixie as the tenant of the barn herein evening in a pestiferous cellar under described succeeded in doing : the Fifth Avenue Hotel, for which lat
A Yankee Dotel in Dixie. ter privilege they each pay twenty-five cents nightly to the man at the door,
When General Banks's army moved on who is doubtless making a small fortune up the Shenandoah Valley from New-Market, by the operation. There they smoke, of Cochran's New-York Battery, had to be
Quartermaster-Sergeant REUBEN W. OLIVER, and drink, and gamble in the fortunes temporarily left in a barn on account of inof their country till within an hour of juries he had received. Soon after our demidnight, when they probably go home parture he made application at the lady's and dream of stocks. That they ever house adjoining for board, for which he ofthink of any thing else worth mention- fered to pay liberally, but he was informed ing is highly improbable.
in true Virginian style, “That she did n't board Yankee barbarians. Very well,' re- but it learned her a valuable lesson, and no plied OLIVER, 'if you wo n't board me, I Yankee soldier ever thereafter applied to shall keep hotel in your barn, but shall her in vain for food or shelter. They always probably draw upon you occasionally forgot what they wanted, she evidently not supplies ;' and he hobbled back to the barn. relishing the Yankee hotel system. OLIVER was every inch a soldier, and he went to work at once. Taking his revolver,
A CORRESPONDENT out West tells a not he shot madam's finest young porker, which his assistant speedily dressed. His able as
improbable story of a justice of the sistant next went to the apiary and took peace in his neighborhood, illustrative up' a hive of bees, and transferred the of the glorious uncertainty of the law:' honey to the barn; he then went to the lot
FRIEND KNICK: 'Squire M-, who was and inilked a pail of milk from her lady for many years a justice of the peace in ship's cows; then going to her servant's this neighborhood, was a wealthy though house, he made a 'requisition for a quanti- somewhat ignorant farmer. ty of fresh corn-dodgers' that had been
One day, in the most pressing season of prepared for her supper. The addition of harvesting, he was summoned to attend at these articles to his ordinary rations placed the trial of some petty dispute between his him far beyond the point of starvation. neighbors. The evidence was long and True to his Yankee instincts, he invited the somewhat tedious, and the 'Squire bad lady to take tea with him, at the new hotel
more than once exhibited symptoms of imacross the way, at which she became spite patience. At length, when it was finished, fully indignant; but Oliver was as happy and REUBEN WING, Esquire, the village lawas a lark, and for the time almost forgot his
had risen and delivered a preliminary injuries. Soon he had several sick soldiers hem or two, he burst forth : added to his list of boarders; and in due
"I do n't want none of your pleading time a sheep, and another young porker, about it. I know how it is now jest like a and a second hive of bees were gathered book; besides, it 's getting late, and I want under the roof of his hotel ;' and further
to go home and do my chores. I can demore, not a cock remained to proclaim cide it now as well as I can any time.' when the morning dawneth. By this time
On being convinced that such a course her ladyship thought she could see it,' and would not be exactly according to the due sent for OLIVER, who, as promptly as the na
form of law, he reluctantly yielded. The ture of his injuries would permit, reported arguments evidently did not tend to edify at her door,
him much upon the subject, for when they 'See here, young man,' said she, “I per
were finished he exclaimed: ceive that it would be cheaper for me to
"There, it is jest as I knew it would be ! board you in my house; and if you will ac
The thing was jest as clear as daylight becept it, you can have board and a room
fore, and now you have gone and mixed the free.'
tarnal thing up so I will be darned if I know *Thank you, madam, thank you,' replied how to fix it! OLIFER, removing his cap and bowing politely; 'but I prefer boarding at a firstclass Yankee hotel to stopping at any secesh A Young lady sends us a few sensible house in Virginia, at the same price. You lines on an important subject — intelwill, therefore, be so kind as to excuse me
lectual, aesthetical, and moral culture for declining your generous offer, as it comes
and neglect: too late ;' and back he hobbled to the barn, and actually remained there for about two DEAR KNICK: In a small gathering the weeks, taking in and boarding every sick other evening, I overheard a gentleman ask and straggling soldier that came along, mak- another why it is we sou seldom meet in ing frequent requisitions' upon her for society with what can be called sensible supplies.
young ladies, and in the course of the conHer ladyship was mightily pleased when versation, he further stated that out of a OLIVER'S Yankee hotel was discontinued; considerable number of lady friends, there
BY 1. A. BLOOD.
was not one with whom he could spend an There is another (I am afraid one of the evening, and after he had left, say that he lost arts) accomplishment — the art of exfelt edified. That this remark was made pressing one's ideas beautifully and well. as a piece of affectation I do not believe, It is not a synonym with what is called nor do I think the gentleman intended to be 'small-talk,' than which nothing can be hypercritical; for many a man out of even a more dreary. very large circle of lady friends will ac
I could say more, but I am afraid to knowledge there is not one of them he
trespass further on your patience. would marry. This is perhaps the reason
JENNY MILLER.' why so many matrimonial advertisements find their way into our newspapers, a bad
Those who delight in the fantastic plan, no doubt, of making acquaintances, and the legendary will like the oddity but still an exponent of a notorious fact.
of the following verses, entitled The gentleman did not mean to say there were no sensible young ladies, but that they
Fantasie. were very few, and doubting as he was, he wanted some ocular proof of feminine good It is a melancholy fact that out of a
I had come from a distant land by sea
To the magical realm of Fantasie ; population as large as New-York, very few
Brightest of kingdoms under the sun; young ladies care to make themselves fit
Fairer than empires of lilies and roses; companions for the highest type of humani.
Wilder than half which the Dreams have ty, a cultivated gentleman. I was almost
done startled by the thought suggested by the For the wonderful land where Sleep reposes : author of the ‘Plurality of Worlds,' that The loveliest region of all that be every thing in nature tended to one grand Is the magical realm of Fantasie. conclusion — the development of man. Do
All on the borders grow those flowers, we in our daily walks fully recognize this Those crazy and-oh! those crazy flowers fact? Does the boarding-school miss, whose Most known to immemorial story, ambition goes no higher than attending so While down from above in all their glory, many soireés, and receiving the usual Down from above dear Fantasie, amount of flattery? Does the merchant,
With a white and silent masonry when he chuckles with inward satisfaction
Gloom and glimmer the moonshine towers,
And over those towers impalpable at the result of some rather questionable
The Whimsies flit, when the moon is full. bargain? Does the broker? Does the sharp practitioner in any profession? Alas! no.
The slender Caprices dwell here together, All of us need to keep this great cardinal
In the midst of a very uncertain weather, fact in view, that we are not living altogether Where it rains and it shines every hour of
the day; for ourselves, nor is it our mission to impose And some look so pensive and some look upon our fellows by affectation, show, and pride. An old country minister that I once And they smile or they frown, alway, alknew used constantly to pray to be delivered
way : from self. That prayer should be constantly Fickle as wind, these people be, repeated by us all, for were there less of Yet over them all with a wand rules he selfishness, and more of high-toned morali. Who is known as the Monarch of Fantasie. ty, honor, and cultivation among us, there Once, I remember, in midsummer heats, would be no complaints about the dreariness I saw the half-naked, dainty Conceits, of society. What a misnomer now-a-days is Voluptuous as a troop of Kisses, a 'sociable'! An inhabitant of another Fly over one of those wildernesses planet would suppose that he had fallen Of clambering and depending sweets in with a company of enthusiastic gymnasts,
Where the Ivy and Vine with each other vie each striving to outdo his neighbor. Can it To be the coquette of the forestry; then be said that one who dances well is a
And some on the cups of the flowers alit,
But they perked at the odors and spilled the fool ? Far from it. Dancing, music, chess
wine, playing, and the like are all aims towards ac.
And some on the banks of a stream did sit, complishing one grand result — sociability. Complaining of all which they saw in it.