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Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), Pocket morality — war for Trade. (search)
it thinks upon, the first of January it thinks for the first of January, and by no means for the second. Its avowed business is not to speak the truth, but to bull this stock and to bear that. This being understood, why should we be angry with it? All that can be said of it is, that it follows its instincts, and that its instincts are commercial. It does a wholesale business in a retail way. Who blames it? Who blames the Calmucks for eating raw horse-meat? Who blames the cannibal of Sumatra for eating cooked man-meat?--not because he likes it — for he is very careful to tell the traveler that he does not like it — he only devours it as a religious duty — only that he may propitiate the god of war by masticating, swallowing and digesting the slain. He does not quarrel with the flavor of the tid-bits, from the deglutition of which he anticipates such immense advantages. It is in the same bold and devoted way that this Times newspaper swallows Slavery on Monday, rejects it on T<
Charles Congdon, Tribune Essays: Leading Articles Contributing to the New York Tribune from 1857 to 1863. (ed. Horace Greeley), Mr. Davis proposes to Fast. (search)
of their ability to fast, in a genteel, orthodox and acceptable manner, we advise them, before the 27th of March, which is the day appointed, to take a few lessons of their niggers. Many of these are great adepts, through sad and involuntary experience, in the ascetic art of fasting; many of them are living monuments of the ability of man to exist upon next to nothing; and most of them have quite as much religion, to say the least of it, as their masters. Let Mr. Davis and his friends apply at the quarter-houses of the men-servants and maid-servants, as brother Davis calls them, for all necessary information. There are scrupulous persons who might object to the prayers of Rebels, as, to a certain extent, blasphemous. But we do not. Let them pray. The cannibals of Sumatra pray. The greasy and mud-smeared savages of Central Africa pray. There is said to be no heathen without a religion — all the other heathens pray,--and pray why should not the Confederates? March 11, 1863
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Foote, Andrew Hull 1806- (search)
Foote, Andrew Hull 1806- Naval officer; born in New Haven, Conn., Sept. 12, 1806; entered the navy as midshipman in 1822; was flag-lieutenant of the Mediterranean Andrew Hull Foote. squadron in 1833; and in 1838, as first lieutenant of the ship John Adams, under Commodore Read, he circumnavigated the globe, and took part in an attack on the pirates of Sumatra. He was one of the first to introduce (1841) the principle of total abstinence from intoxicating drinks into the United States navy; and on the Cumberland (1843-45) he delivered, on Sundays, extemporary sermons to his crew. He successfully engaged in the suppression of the slave-trade on the coast of Africa in 1849-52. In command of the China station in 1856, when the Chinese and English were at war, Foote exerted himself to protect American property, and was fired upon by the Celestials. His demand for an apology was refused, and he stormed and captured four Chinese forts, composed of granite walls 7 feet thick and
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mayer, Brantz 1809-1879 (search)
Mayer, Brantz 1809-1879 Author; born in Baltimore, Md., Sept. 27, 1809; was educated at St. Mary's College, Baltimore, and made a trip to the East Indies, visiting Sumatra, China, and Japan, returning in 1828. He was admitted to the bar in 1829; was appointed secretary of legation to Mexico in 1841, and afterwards published two important works on that country. He was an accurate and industrious writer, and issued several valuable publications, besides numerous occasional addresses. During the Civil War and afterwards, he held the office of paymaster in the army, and resided in California a few years. He was one of the judges at the Centennial Exhibition in 1876. He died in Baltimore, March 21, 1879.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Peacock, the (search)
afety on May 1, 1814. the Peacock reached the same port on May 4. This capture produced much exultation. Congress thanked Warrington in the name of the nation, and gave him a gold medal. In another cruise to the shores of Portugal soon afterwards, the Peacock captured fourteen vessels, and returned to New York at the end of October. In 1815, after parting with Biddle, Captain Warrington pursued his cruise in the Peacock, and on June 30, when off Anjer, in the Strait of Sunda, between Sumatra and Java, he fell in with the East India cruiser Nautilus, fourteen guns, Lieut. Charles Boyce. Broadsides were exchanged, when the Nautilus struck her colors. She had lost six men killed and eight wounded. the Peacock lost none. This event occurred a few days after the period set by the treaty of peace for the cessation of hostilities. Warrington was ignorant of any such treaty, but, being informed the next day of its ratification, he gave up the Nautilus and did everything in his po
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Spotts, James Hanna 1822-1882 (search)
Spotts, James Hanna 1822-1882 Naval officer; born in Fort Johnson, Wilmington Harbor, N. C., March 11, 1822; joined the navy in 1837; took part in the two battles with the natives on the island of Sumatra occasioned by piratical acts against American ships about 1839; served in the Mexican War; was promoted lieutenant in 1851. When the Civil War broke out he sided with the North and proved himself a capable officer; was promoted rear-admiral in May, 1881, and placed in command of the South Atlantic Squadron. He died in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, March 9, 1882.
South-East trades and the monsoons the Alabama arrives off the Strait of Sunda, and burns one of the ships of the enemy runs in and anchors under the island of Sumatra. When Bartelli awakened me, at the usual hour of seven bells—half-past 7 A. M.,—on the morning after the events described in the last chapter, the Alabama was thunder and lightning. My intention was to make for the Strait of Sunda, that well-known passage into, and out of the China seas, between the islands of Java and Sumatra, cruise off it some days, and then run into the China seas. On the evening of the 26th we spoke an English bark, just out of the Strait, which informed us that tthrew its grim and ominous glare to the very mouth of the Strait. The next day we ran in and anchored under Flat Point, on the north side of the Strait, in seventeen fathoms water, about a mile from the coast of Sumatra. My object was to procure some fruits and vegetables for my crew, who had been now a long time on salt di
our direction, but it was only to take shelter for the night. She was a Dutch bark from Batavia, for the west coast of Sumatra. The next morning, we got under way, at an early hour, to pass through the Strait of Sunda into the China Sea. We hoon of this latter strait, and forestall such as might happen to be on their way. By daylight we had steamed the coast of Sumatra and Java out of sight, and soon afterward we made the little island called the North Watcher, looking, indeed, as its nan. Batavia, Sourabia, and other towns are rising rapidly into importance. The Dutch are overrunning the fine island of Sumatra, too. They have established military stations over the greater part of it, and are gradually bringing the native chiefs the south-west. This current, as it strikes the peninsula of Malacca, is deflected to the eastward toward the coast of Sumatra. Impinging upon this coast, it is again deflected and driven off in the direction of the island of Borneo. This island
he earth, from the remote East and the remote West. Singapore being a free port, and a great centre of trade, there is always a large fleet of shipping anchored in its waters, and its streets and other marts of commerce are constantly thronged with a promiscuous multitude. The canal—there being one leading to the rear of the town—is filled with country boats from the surrounding coasts, laden with the products of the different countries from which they come. There is the pepper-boat from Sumatra, and the coaster of larger size laden with tinore; the spice-boats from the spice islands; boats with tin-ore, hides, and mats from Borneo; boats from Siam, with gums, hides, and cotton; boats from different parts of the Malay peninsula, with canes, gutta-percha, and India-rubber. In the bay are ships from all parts of the East—from China, with silks and teas; from Japan, with lacker-ware, raw silk, and curious manufactures of iron, steel, and paper; from the Phillippine Islands, with suga<
n the afternoon after leaving the Strait of Malacca, we overhauled another American ship under neutral colors —the Bremen ship Ottone. The transfer had been made at Bremen, in the previous May; the papers were genuine, and the master and crew all Dutchmen, there being no Yankee on board. The change of property, in this case, having every appearance of being bona fide, I permitted the ship to pass on her voyage, which was to Rangoon for rice. For the next few days we coasted the island of Sumatra—taking a final leave of the North end of that island on the last day of the year 1863. A court-martial had been in session several days, settling accounts with the runaways at Singapore, whom we had arrested and brought back. Having sentenced the prisoners, and gotten through with its labors, it was dissolved on this last day of the old year, that we might turn over a new leaf. Clearing the Sumatra coast, we stretched across to the Bay of Bengal, toward Ceylon, overhauling a number of
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