--We once heard an anecdote to the following effect.
We know not whether it is to be found in Joe Miller
or not. A British ship of war, in the West Indies
, was so terribly stricken with the yellow fever, and the dead and dying men increased so fast, that the captain ordered the surgeon to pass around as they fell down, and feel their pulses.
If they were dead, they were instantly thrown overboard by a body of men appointed for that purpose.
Among these latter was an Irish sailor, whom the captain saw struggling with a man, and attempting to put him overboard.
‘"I am not dead, I am not dead,"’ vociferated the victim.
‘"Be the powers,"’ replied Pat
, ‘"and do you think you know better than the doctor?"’
The reporters of the New York Herald
are as obstinate in their faith as the Irish sailor.
, by his public acts, assures the world every day that he is not dead.
But the reporters will not believe him. ‘"Do you think you know better than the telegraph?"’ say they, and they repeat the story.
The following is the last, dated from Washington
, September 7th:
"The Reported Death of Jefferson Davis.
--The statement by the Press Reporter
that the Government
had had no reliable information of the death of Jeff. Davis
, and placed no credit in the reports of his demise, is not the special dispatch received by your correspondent on the evening of the 5th inst., announcing Davis
's death, which was shown to the President
and members of the Cabinet
; and the former, knowing the author, at once announced his confidence in the dispatch, and said it was the first reliable information that the Government
The Press Reporter is too apt to pronounce positive declarations as only unreliable reports, simply because he is not smart enough to obtain the information first.
There is not the slightest doubt of Davis
himself has his doubts about the truth of this story.
But he is unwilling to shock the great Yankee mind by a sudden declaration.
He therefore softens the matter down after the usual fashion of men imparting unwelcome intelligence.
The rumor of the death he acknowledges is not verified; but, by way of consolation, he assures the Yankees
that President Davis
has been in bad health for several years.