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Like a grim and surly watch-dog
Stares forth each deep-mouthed gan; And plumes, and helms, and burnished steel
Are gleaming in thic sun.
To the entrance of her lair;
She turns upon us there. And loudly rings the war-cry,
And wide the flags are cast, And Mexico will make this hour
Her proudest, or her last;
And all of burning hate,
Are at the Belen Gate.
Along the wasted van;
That does not love that man!
And it is a glorious sight
But his brow is dark as night.
Who sleep the eternal sleep, Among the slaughtered enemy,
On yonder bloody steep. He is thinking of the succors,
That should have come cre now; Such thoughts may dim the brightest eye,
And cloud the fairest brow. But he gazes o'er the causeway,
And he hears the foeman's cry; And the old stern look is on his face,
And the fire is in his cyc. 666“Forward !' and at the signal,
Beneath the general's glance, With dauntless mien and measured tread
The lengthened lines advance. “There comes a blazc of lightning
From gnto, nnd wall, and spirc,
A girdlo all of fire !
As though the teeming earth
O'er some sulphurcous birth! There comes a pattering shower
Of iron down the pass,
'Neath which the solid masonry
Is chipped like broken glass !
Had risen 'gainst our plan,
Upon tho march of man!
That stood so proudly there? llas it all so soon been swept away?
las it melted into air ? No: far beneath the arches,
At the signal of command, Protected by the friendly stone,
Behold each little band.
No time to pause or doubt!
Bespeak thic storm without.
We can count thcir sicrco array, The bayonet now must do its part,
And end the scarful fray. "1" Charge!" and we break from cover,
With thc panther's spring and yell! Cannon and musket from the gato
l'enl back the challenge well. And now a bullet strikes mo,
And I stagger to my knee; While past me rush, in hcadlong race,
The champions of the frco. I risc and toiter forward,
Although with failing brcath; For who would follow such a chase
So far, and miss the death? The smoke has covered all things
In its darkest battle-shroud, Save where yon living line of firo
Lights in the murky cloud; And there our gallant fellows
Are raging in the strisc, Before that stern and dangerous Gate,
Whose toll is human life!
Upon a midnight shore,
And a wall of rock before ! " "I sco our gallant chicftnin
In the hottest of the fire ;
Like cliildren 'round their sire;
I see him at the portal,
Still calling on his men:
Has blinded me again.
As though to rend the skics;
The blood-gouts from my eyes.
And shout with joy elate;
Above the Belon Gate!'"
BY JOIN 8. MURPIIY.
“On the morning of the battle of Monterey it was observed that Gen. Quitman was the only field-officer of the army dressed in full uniform. A friend remonstrated with the general, and said he would bo a conspicuous mark for the Mexicans. The writer of this heard the reply, and challenges the pages of ancient and modern history for a more heroic expression:
"The more balls aime at me, the less will be directed at my men.'”- Brandon Platform. “Where Sierra Madre's summits sublimely raise their head,
And cast their mighty shadow athwart San Juan's bcd,
The bugle of the Northman a band heroic calls.
Speak to the Aztec chieftain of vanquishment and blood.
• Gen. Taylor's troops encamped at Walnut Springs the night before the battle of Monterey,
“Within thy moated bosom, O splendid Monterey,
Shall 'lumc with Luna's silver the ghastly of that fight.
E'en as the courtly warrior on holiday parade.
Though civic honor's laurel has circled it ere now;
The splcndors of the banner that guides her in her wars.
When conflict's din is ended, and dott'd tho soldier's casquc,
Now promising from glory her most effulgent ray-
That though we've slain his hundreds, in you we've lost a host.'
“ As thus, with lips expanded, and battle-blade upraised
(Though oft death's leaden missive his glitt'ring person grazed), The chieftain brief responded, “T'is well at me they aim The thickly-flying bullets that many braves might maim: Depart! ambition 's sated, when on this gory field Your Quitman is at once to you a leader and a shield ! “'Twas said; and, onward dashing, the city's rear is won; The strong redoubt is captured, and silenced is each gun; And still, in trappings gorgeous, conspicuous appears, Where hearts with joy o'erflowing, the astral standard rears, That stately chief whose bosom had breasted many balls
That grief might be diverted froin Mississippi’s halls. “Oh! mother of the soldier, perennial bay enweave!
Thou daughter of the riflcman, with laurel crown the brave!
SPEECTI OP JONN A. QUITMAN, OF MISSISSITTI, ON THE POWERS OP
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITH REGARD TO TILE TERRITORIES: DELIVERED DURING THE DEBATE ON TIE PRESIDENTS ANNUAL MESSAGE, IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DECEMBER 15TH,
When I rose on yesterday it was my intention merely to explain my position on two points of the pending discussion ; bat since I have the floor this morning, by the courtesy of the house, and have had a night to reflect upon the snbject, I shall avail myself more fully of the opportunity, and devote the allotted liour to such notice of the various questions involved in this debate on the President's annual message is my limited time will permit.
The most striking feature of this debato consists in the differences of opinion which exist, not only between the several political parties represented on this floor, but, to some extent, even between members of the same party, on the subject of the relations which the Territories and their inhabitants bear toward the federal government and toward the states. This arises sometimes from erroneous conceptions of the theory of our government, and more frequently from the attempt to apply rules of action to particular cases without reference to any thoory whatever. It is my purpose, therefore, to go back to the fountainhead and source of these differences of construction and opinion. While I shall endeavor to present my views of the true theory of our political system, I know that I must do it briefly, and contine myself to a mere glance at the subject.
* And here let me premise that, although desirous of hastening to the consideration of that subject, I feel it proper to notice in passing one or two other points of this debate. The first is the declaration of the