--A person calling himself J. M B. Ruttedge
in the Texas
cavalry, has mysteriously disappeared from the Globe Hotel
, in Augusta
, Ga, and has probably committed suicide.
In the room which he had occupied were found two empty envelopes, one of which was directed to ‘"Hon. J. P. Benjamin
, Secretary of War
,"’ and had on it the following words:
‘"The acc't for $95.50 will be paid by Q. M. Gen
't at Richmond
, or Maj G. W. Clark
at Ft. Smith
On the other side of the envelope were these words:
‘"will the members of the M. E. Church
have me buried?
J M. B. Rutledge
, Augusta, Ga.
, April 8th, 1862."’
The other envelope is one of the Southern Express Company's by which Mr. Butledge
seems to have forwarded to Savannah
, for collection, a bill on the Confederate States
for $846-17, which was returned to him with this endorsement: ‘"Quartermaster refuses to pay the enclosed bill; March 31st, 1862"’
On the blank side of the envelope are the following words:
"How foolish it is for man to deprive himself of that life granted by the Almighty for useful purpose, but when (an illegible word) becomes misery — my life for the last few days has been a most miserable one.
In debt, too proud to let strangers know my situation, no resource left but running away or dying.
‘"It may be necessary to mention that the latter I received for delivery in Arkansas
was forwarded to Arkansas
, enclosed in one to a friend of mine, who will do the best in the promises."’
‘"My last act was a one--may God bless the kind friends I have made in Augusta
‘"The die is cast — may God have mercy on my . Please write to Mr. N. Lawrence
island; or Mrs. George H. Stean
, of Charleston
, S, C., st. J. L. Randolph
, of Sherman, Grayson county, Texas