« PreviousContinue »
The old gentleman groaned and moaned. At last he bethought him of one final stratagem. He raised his head as well as he could, turned his haggard face full upon Shadrach, and glaring at him from his hollow blood-shot eyes, said,
Shadrach, I am going to die, and it's because I can't get any water. If you don't go and bring me a pitcher of water, after I'm dead I'll come back and HAUNT you! I'll HAUNT you as long as you live!"
"Oh Lordy! Master! You shall hab de water!" cried Shadrach; and he rushed out to the spring and brought it. The old man drank and drank,—the pitcherful and more. The next morning he was decidedly better, and to the astonishment of all, soon got well.
JOHN REUBEN THOMPSON.
JOHN REUBEN THOMPSON was born at Richmond, and educated at the University of Virginia. He studied law, but practised little, and in 1847 became editor of the "Southern Literary Messenger." This position he filled with great success for twelve years and he exerted a fine influence on the literary taste and effort of his times. In this magazine first appeared the writings of Donald G. Mitchell (“Dream Life" and "Reveries of a Bachelor"), the early pieces of John Esten Cooke, Philip Pendleton Cooke, Paul Hamilton Hayne, Henry Timrod, and others.
His delicate health induced him to resign his place in 1859 and to go farther south to Augusta, Georgia, as editor of the "Southern Field and Fireside." In 1863 he travelled in Europe and his descriptive letters are very bright and in
teresting. He later became literary editor of the "Evening Post," N. Y.; in 1872 he went to Colorado in one last but vain effort to restore his health. He died in 1873 and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery at Richmond.
His writings, consisting of poems, letters, sketches, and editorials, are found mainly in the "Southern Literary Messenger" and "The Land We Love."
To the brave all homage render,
Lies our bold dragoon.
Well they learned, whose hands have slain him,
Never fought with Moor nor Paynim,
Rode at Templestowe;
With a mien how high and joyous,
'Gainst the hordes that would destroy us
Went he forth we know.
Never more, alas! shall sabre
Gleam around his crest;
Fought his fight; fulfilled his labour;
All unheard sweet Nature's cadence,
Earth that all too soon hath bound him,
Linger lovingly around him,
There, throughout the coming ages,
And his deeds in classic pages,
Mindful of her trust,
MUSIC IN CAMP.
Two armies covered hill and plain,
The summer clouds lay pitched like tents
And each dread gun of the elements
The breeze so softly blew, it made
And the smoke of the random cannonade
And now, where circling hills looked down
O'er listless camp and silent town
When on the fervid air there came
With day's departing splendor.
Down flocked the soldiers to the banks,
Till, margined by its pebbles,
One wooded shore was blue with "Yanks," And one was gray with "Rebels."
Then all was still, and then the band,
The conscious stream with burnished glow
Again a pause, and then again
The trumpets pealed sonorous,
The laughing ripple shoreward flew,
Loud shrieked the swarming Boys in Blue Defiance to the Rebels.
And yet once more the bugles sang
No shout upon the evening rang-
The sad, slow stream its noiseless flood
No unresponsive soul had heard
Or Blue, or Gray, the soldier sees
The cottage 'neath the live-oak trees,
Or cold, or warm, his native skies
As fades the iris after rain
In April's tearful weather,
But memory, waked by music's art,
And fair the form of music shines,
That bright celestial creature,
JABEZ LAMAR MONROE CURRY.
DR. CURRY was born in Georgia, but his father removed to Alabama in 1838, and he was reared in that State. After graduation at the University of Georgia and at the Harvard Law School, he began the practice of law in Talladega County, Alabama. He served in the State Legislature and in Congress, and in 1861 entered the Confederate Army.
After the war he was ordained to the Baptist ministry and became president of Howard College, Alabama, and later, professor of English, Philosophy, and Law, in Richmond College, Virginia, which latter position he filled for thirteen years. From 1881 to 1885 he was agent of the Peabody Educational Fund; in 1885 he was appointed minister to Spain, and on his return to America resumed the agency of the Fund. His wise administration and his well-directed efforts have done much to further the cause of education; and his ability and effectiveness as a speaker and writer have given him national fame.