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It was a little boy of Portsmouth, Va., who saved the splendid dry dock there from destruction at the hands of the Federal vandals. These had placed the powder for blowing up the dock, and laid a train for exploding it. When they fled, they lighted a fuse connecting with this train. Our little hero, who had been watching them from a place of concealment, turned over a plank over which the train had in part been laid, and thus “broke the connection,” and saved one of the most valuable naval works in the United States or in the world.--Raleigh (N. C.) Register.

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