A hard case.
--The editor of the Charlestown (Va.)
Free Press says, in his issue of August 2d:
On no other spot than Charlestown
are the citizens more peculiarly situated.
They are, in fact, between the devil and the wide ocean.
If you get up early in the morning to go to your daily occupation, you are met at your threshold by a sentinel, who cries out, ‘"Vere you go? "’ If you answer, about your business, a bayonet is presented, and an exclamation, ‘"Go pack — go in the house."’ At every cross-road, almost, you are hailed and detained.
How long will this infernal interference prevail?
Alluding to the invasion of Charlestown
by the Hessians, the editor says:
"The field upon which old John Brown
and his confederates were hung, was visited by thousands of the army, and a locust tree under which, some waggish boy said, 'John Brown
made his last speech'--and which, by the way, was not within a hundred yards of the place of the gallows — was chopped down, and pieces large enough for a plough-beam carried away.
Not a vestige of the tree is left — stalks of the growing corn were also taken, together with pebbles and earth.
We name these things as exhibiting human curiosity, if not depravity."