A scene in the House.
On Thursday night a stranger, wondering his way through Capitol Square, encountered a good- natured news-seeker, and informed him that he was going to the President's house
with an official dispatch of the great battle at Bowling Green
, where 700 Federals were killed, 1,000 made prisoners, and the rest driven into the river.
This news, he said, was strictly true, and it was his proud office to communicate it in person to the President
The listener rushed into the Capitol
, wrote it all down, marked it ‘"official,"’ and sent it immediately to the officers of the House of Delegates.
It was silently read, then passed from one to another, until finally a member arose and asked that proceedings might be suspended for the purpose of acquainting the House
with some highly favorable news.
The dispatch was then read out, and its ‘"official"’ character explained.
Instantly the hall resounded with a shout of joy, and the members gave full license to their expressions of congratulation.
They were, however, somewhat mortified the next morning, when they need that the much-abused newspapers failed to confirm the story of the great victory at Bowling Green