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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.37 (search)
hand of time and the march of improvement, most of them are still well preserved and in good condition. In the vicinity of the proposed park are many other points of notable interest. At a meeting of the common council of Petersburg, Feb. 6th 1906, Mr. Quicke offered resolutions appropriating the sum of $1.000 to the fund to be raised by the Mahone Monument Association for the erection of a monument in memory of General William Mahone, and granting permission to erect the monument in Central Park. The preamble to these resolutions sets forth in eloquent terms the record of General Mahone as a soldier and the deeds of his heroic men, especially in 1864-65 in the glorious defense of Petersburg, and at the battle of the Crater, the most astounding victory of any war waged during the nineteenth century, General Mahone's famous brigade was composed in large part of soldiers from Petersburg and immediate surroundings, many of whom are still here, and all of whom, with the people of the
Jula Ward Howe, Reminiscences: 1819-1899, Chapter 20: friends and worthies: social successes (search)
bred in New York city, I found myself able to enter into the intellectual life of Boston, and to appreciate the high thinking of its choice spirits. I have sat at the feet of the masters of literature, art, and science, and have been graciously admitted into their fellowship. I have been the chosen poet of several high festivals, to wit, the celebration of Bryant's seventieth birthday, the commemoration of the centenary of his birth, and the unveiling of the statue of Columbus in Central Park, New York, in the Columbian year, so called. I have been the founder of a club of young girls, which has exercised a salutary influence upon the growing womanhood of my adopted city, and has won for itself an honorable place in the community, serving also as a model for similar associations in other cities. I have been for many years the president of the New England Woman's Club, and of the Association for the Advancement of Women. I have been heard at the great Prison Congress in England,
Thirty-five thousand Federal troops are at Cairo. Active preparations are going on to put in speedy operation the great Mississippi expedition. Twelve passenger trains are daily run between Washington and Baltimore. A great meeting was held last night at Fanniul Hall, Boston, to institute measures for the speedy release of Corcoran. The weather has been very cold at the North. In New York, skating, sleighing, &c., is all the rage. Twenty-five thousand people visited Central Park on Tuesday, and over five thousand at night, when the park was brilliantly illuminated. Secretary Chase is urgent in his request for immediate action of Congress upon financial matters. He represents the Treasury to be nearly empty. He has been obliged to draw the last instalment, to meet the November loan demands. He expresses fears that the banks generally will refuse to receive Treasury notes. The times are very squally. A battalion of seacoast artillerymen is being forme
Merchant Gamblers. --"Burleigh," the New York correspondent of the Boston Journal, tells the following story in a recent letter: "Two merchants of New York met for a game of chance — in other words, to gamble. Both are well known. Both of them have been very rich, and one is so still, But reverses, and perhaps gambling, has brought one down to $150,000. The game run on. The $150,000 man held a high hand. He proposed a game of bluff. It was accepted if the stakes should be the full sum of $150,000 Confident of winning, it was accepted. The game was against him, and he went out a beggar. He came in the next day and paid up like a man. His generous antagonist, in consideration of his honorable conduct in paying this debt of honor made him a present of $50,000 to begin the world anew. The fortunate winner can be seen any pleasant afternoon with his spanking team on Central Park."
of the 150,000 young men who are exposed to the temptations and besetments of this great city." It is an "attempt" which might well appall any one acquainted with the "temptations and besetments" of that city. If any foreign journal or Southern newspaper were to utter one tenth part of the statements contained in the address, or expose a moiety even of the misery and rank rottenness in which the sub society of New York fairly stews, there would be one universal burst of indignation from Central Park to the Battery that the fame of the metropolis should be so blotted and belied. Nevertheless, a New York young Christian, addressing his associates, speaks of "the surpassing sinfulness of the city, not so much to feed curiosity as to stimulate missionary zeal," and, with the same laudable motive, we note a few of the fields for missionary labor presented in the address and existing in the city. And here is the directory: In a resident population of nearly 900,000 souls (and bod
The Daily Dispatch: April 20, 1864., [Electronic resource], Later from Europe — the rebel rams building in France. (search)
lated currency gives an apparent gilding to everything. Every man has more money (greenbacks) in his pockets than ever he had before. It comes so easily — therefore he spends it lavishly. Oxtail trade is stimulated to an extravagant degree. Never before was there such a glitter and show, and bustle, and pleasure seeking in New York. Mansions outliving the magnificence of European palaces are going up on Fifth Avenue.--Five thousand showy equipages stream through the broad pathways of Central Park every afternoon. The great thoroughfare, Broadway, is a jam of omnibuses, carriages, and wagons; the sidewalks are a confused crush of pedestrians; the shop windows dazzle with their splendor. A dozen theatre, a score of lesser shows, and a host of underground "concert and pretty waiter girl" saloons, are crammed to suffocation. Grand balls follow each other nightly, where, as well as at the Italian Opera House, the ladies blaze with diamonds and precious stones, and are gorgeous in si
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