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A woman for the Times.--A lad of less than sixteen, named Darling, from Pittsfield, Mass., recently enlisted in Captain Cromwell's company, in the Northern Black Horse Cavalry. On learning that he had a sick mother at home, who was sadly afflicted by his departure, the captain discharged the youngster and sent him home, as the brave lad supposed, on a furlough. He has received the following acknowledgment of his kindness from the sister of the “bold soldier boy.” It is good:

Captain Cromwell--dear sir: My brother, David H. Darling, a lad of sixteen, left home and joined your command without the consent or even knowledge of our parents. I went from school to see him last Thursday, and stated these facts to your second lieutenant. Our young soldier returned home Friday, on furlough, as he supposed, and seeing the effect of his conduct upon my mother and a sick sister, gave his [57] consent to remain. But he is very much afraid you will not think that he did not promise to return in good faith, or, to use his own term, that he has “backed out;” so he made me promise, before I returned, that I would explain it to you.

This, then, “is to certify,” gentlemen, that the young Darling aforesaid has not abated his desire in the least degree to serve his country under your especial guidance, although he has consented to devote himself in the more humble capacity of staying at home and minding his mother. Having reached the advanced age of sixteen, he possesses the strength of Hercules, and sagacity of Tacinaque, Agulier's bravery, and the patriotism of Washington, whom you have probably heard mentioned before. Would that he could add to these a few of Methuselah's superfluous years, for youth, though no crime, is very inconvenient in his case. Of course, the advancement of the Black Horse Cavalry is materially retarded, and its glory dimmed for a season; but wherever you are at the end of two years, he is determined to join you. If thou wouldst take me in his place, I would be very happy to go. I believe not only in this war, but fighting in general, and think that if women were permitted to use “knock-down argument,” it would civilize not only their mutual relations, but also their treatment of your much-abused sex.

Meantime, awaiting thy orders, I am respectfully thine,

P. S.--If you are married, please hand this over to your Second Lieutenant.

J. D.

--Cincinnati Press, Dec. 2.

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