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days, until the arrival of the Portsmouth content to remain at home and receive to the relief of the garrison, receiving on their nightly visits without some adequate board a number of the families, as a night return. Accordingly, on the morning of attack was constantly expected. Their the 6th, the enemy appearing more scatoffers of assistance, and the formidable tered, a considerable force being to the appearance they presented, were well cal northward of the cuartel, while at the same culated to reassure the citizens, who had time a strong party, posted at the lower felt much uneasiness at the smallness of end of the street, kept up an annoying our force. A few days later a corvette fire; judging this a favorable moment for and store-ship arrived, when the garrison a sortie, and taking with him twenty-five was reinforced by the addition of two more men, he charged upon the latter party, discarronades, an abundance of ammunition lodging them and driving them into the and provisions, the quarters strengthened, hills, and then returned to the cuartel and an additional force of ten marines and without the loss of a single man. sixteen seamen landed.
Again, on the morning of the 7th, he On the 8th of December, by a commu issued forth and rescued some property nication from Lieutenant Heywood to the belonging to the Californians who were in commander of the squadron, it appears the mission house; and the same day, that the main Mexican force had retired hearing that some rice and tobacco were from before La Paz, and established their stored in a house three hundred yards dishead-quarters at San Antonio, while the tant, in the main street, he sallied forth outpost of sixty men under Angulo was with thirty men to secure it. In this atat Media Flores, about twenty-five miles tempt some sharp fighting ensued, in which distant, the main body at San Antonio one of the volunteers was killed. Chargconsisting of three hundred and fifty men. ing down the street, the enemy was driven On the 21st of January he again writes to the cover of a corn-field in the outskirts that the enemy is hovering around his po- of the town, where they were reinforced, sition.
and commenced a hot fire. The sallying That day, or the next, a party consisting party returned to the cuartel, having in of two officers and six men, in attempting part accomplished their object; but the to communicate with a schooner, was sur enemy had previously forced the building rounded by a force of one hundred and in the rear, and carried off a part of the fifty of the enemy's cavalry, and taken contents. prisoners. After this capture, Lieutenant On the 10th the enemy, having entire Heywood writes that his force consisted possession of the town, had perforated all of twenty-seven marines and fifteen sea- the adjacent houses with port-holes, occumen, (five of the latter sick,) besides some pying a church in the rear of the mission twenty Californians. From that date the on a high and commanding position. Their enemy was constantly in sight, intercept- flag was displayed on a building ninety ing all communication and cutting off yards distant, from front, sides, and rear whatever supplies might have been ob- of which they were enabled to throw a tained from without the garrison. “Em- raking fire, which they kept up incessantboldened by their success in the capture ly, the least exposure of our persons drawof the small party, and no longer deterred ing from them numerous discharges. by the presence of the corvette, and having Their rifles appeared to be excellent, and been baffled in their demonstrations upon were skillfully used, the balls continually La Paz, they again resolved to attempt the entering at the port-holes of the cuartel. reduction of San José with such an over On the 11th, the same course was purwhelming force as to place the result be- sued by the enemy, and it was seldom that yond a doubt.” With three hundred any in the garrison could get an opporcavalry they contracted their lines, and tunity of returning their fire, they kept so by the 4th of February had completely closely under cover. On this day, the closed around the little garrison, firing at second in command, Passed Midshipman all who showed themselves at the posts or M’Lanahan, was wounded by a ball in the on the parapet.
neck, on the right side, a little below the Lieutenant Heywood, now feeling some thyroid cartilage, the ball lodging in his what better prepared, and having, as it left shoulder. He expired in about two were, felt the enemy's pulse, was no longer | hours. This was a severe loss to Lieu
tenant Heywood and to the navy. He five days—during eleven of which they were was an officer of great promise, intelligent, closely hemmed in, and subjected to incesenergetic, and brave to temerity. “ He sant annoyance, requiring the closest, unfell with one hand clasping the flag-staff ceasing vigilance-resisting many deterthat upheld the colors he had so intrepidly mined assaults, and making several dashing defended, and died in the hour of victory, and successful sorties. Yet their position an early but enviable death.” This left had become eminently critical, and withLieutenant Heywood with but one other out speedy relief their well-defended flag officer.
could not have long retained its proud poOn the 12th, at daylight, it appeared sition. that the enemy had raised a breast-work, On the afternoon of the 14th, the one hundred and fifty yards to the north- United States corvette Cyane arrived and east of the cuartel, entirely commanding anchored. It was truly a joyous sight to the watering-place. The cannon of the the besieged ; but some doubt was entergarrison were turned upon this, but with no tained of their being able to render any effect. Some water was obtained at night, immediate assistance, the enemy being so but at considerable hazard, the enemy vastly superior in numbers. Yet had the keeping a close watch upon the garrison. disparity been much greater, the noble The means of obtaining water being thus commander of that vessel would not have cut off, it was determined to sink a well in hesitated an instant in hastening to the the lowest ground in the rear of the second relief of the garrison. The report of artilhouse. The work was immediately com- lery had been heard by them on board; the menced, and during the 13th and 14th the American flag had been seen still waving men worked industriously and cheerfully, over the heads of the little band; and it there being, with the greatest economy, was evident to them that the post was but four days' water in the garrison. The closely besieged; therefore, preparations commander, and one other officer, with were immediately made for landing all the fifty-eight persons, including the sick and force that could be spared from the vessel. wounded, and twenty of the enrolled na Lieutenant Heywood passed a night of tives, now constituted the entire force of extreme anxiety, lest, in landing at that this little band; and with the buildings late hour, they might be drawn into an crowded to excess with women and chil- ambuscade. He therefore, with much foredren, who were to be fed, provisions be- thought, though hard pressed by the enemy came scarce. The bread was entirely gone, during the night, as he had been for eight and all that remained was salt-meat for a nights previously, refrained from using his few days, at half-allowance.
artillery, though he might have done so “In such an emergency, surrounded by with much advantage, that the commander nearly ten times their number, less un- of the Cyane might remain in ignorance daunted spirits might reasonably have suc- of the contest going on. cumbed to the perils of a siege which was At daylight, on the 15th, a force of one hourly becoming more straitened. But hundred and two-namely, eight officers, the little garrison, though a small band, (all the commissioned officers, except one were true to themselves. There were lieutenant and the purser, being of the neither murmurs nor thoughts of surren- party,) eighty-nine seamen, and five mader. They still vigilantly guarded the de- rines, under the command of Captain Dufenses, with but limited rest or food, while pont, landed, formed in two companies, the bullets or shot of the enemy flew in and commenced their march for the garby the loop-holes, or plunged through the rison. From the moment of leaving the walls. Yet there was no flinching. Ever beach, and during their entire progress, on the alert, they incessantly watched the they were subjected to a sharp fire on their enemy," taking the opportunity of every flank and rear from every cover along the or any exposure on their part, to send the road. Whenever an enemy was seen, he leaden messenger with unerring aim among was greeted with a shot; and wherever the them.
fire appeared concentrated and was espeThis gallant little band had now, under cially annoying, both companies would face their most heroic and determined leader, to the right or left, and pour a volley in since the return of the Mexican force from the proper direction : cavalry threatened La Paz, sustained a close siege of twenty- | in front, but were driven back, and retired
under the steady progress of the two col fire to which they were exposed; on that
“ On approaching the mound of of the enemy the loss was known to be San Vincent, it was found occupied by the thirteen, which report swelled to thirtyenemy in force, presenting a formidable five. The number of wounded could not array; but the Americans pressed steadily be ascertained. on, (still annoyed on the right,) and, rising In the several attacks on the garrison, the hill, a discharge from a field-piece, the enemy had fifteen killed and many followed by a well-directed volley, drove wounded, while the loss on the part of the the enemy before them into the bushes.” | Americans was but thirteen killed and four After passing the hamlet, the enemy closed slightly wounded. in on their rear, reoccupying the mound The garrison having been relieved and and huts, whence a brisk fire was kept up, provisioned, Lieutenant Heywood still and again in passing a field of well-grown retained command of the port until the sugar-cane, and still further on, from the 20th of April, when he was relieved by shelter of a long row of plantains and Captain Naglee, who arrived with one bananas. The fire of the enemy was well hundred volunteers of the New-York sustained throughout, but fortunately not regiment. The presence of the Cyane as well directed, most of the balls passing being deemed no longer necessary, Lieuover the heads of the Americans.
tenant Heywood and his party embarked in The gallant little band in the garrison that vessel and were conveyed to Mazatlan. watched with much anxiety the progress Such was the defense of San José by of their friends, appearing to them more Lieutenant Heywood; and the encomium closely pressed the nearer they approach- passed upon it by the commodore of the cd; though they derived much confidence squadron in his report to the navy departin witnessing the effect of their fire upon ment, that “the annals of no war can the enemy-and, as there was a strong furnish instances of greater coolness, force still occupying the town, Lieutenant more indomitable perseverance, more con Heywood, at the head of his whole party, spicuous brarery, and sounder judgment," sallied forth and drove them from the cover was surely well merited. We have felt of the houses, from which they had been that some appropriate tribute was due to annoying him; and, having cleared the the memory of that distinguished officer: way, advanced to join the party from the not that we need to make known to the Cyane, who were then quite near.
navy, or remind them, that such deeds After cordial greetings, the two forces marked the progress of the late war on the united, and marched into San José, the western coast, for the events described are enemy retreating before them.
well known to them and justly appreciated; A few detachments of the enemy being nor that we would, at this late day, call seen by the officer in charge of the Cyane, for honors or rewards to him who has gone separated from our party, and lingering where worldly distinction can no longer about, a few well-directed discharges of reach him. The scene of his exploits shell from that vessel entirely dispersed was too remote from the capital, and the them, and opened the communication with officer too modest and unobtrusive in his the vessel. The Mexicans then fell back manners, to command the just notice of the to their camp at Las Animas, and at night executive. Less brilliant deeds have met retreated to San José Viego, two leagues with ready advancement, and, even in the up the valley.
navy, in some cases, with temporary and The march of this force from the Cyane, gratifying commands. In the army, where through an enemy so vastly superior in all were brave and many greatly distinnumbers, well mounted, and having every guished, brevets were thrown wide-cast, advantage in knowledge of the ground, and promotion readily granted.
We are was certainly an intrepid exploit, credit far from envying our brother officers of ably, skillfully, and boldly planned, and the army the reward they receive, and gallantly executed : and well worthy did would rather rejoice that brevets, with they prove themselves of the great honor their baneful influences, are not entailed of bringing relief to the brave defenders of upon our corps; but as the navy claims to San José. On the side of the Americans have done well the work which fell to their there were but four wounded, which is lot, we feel that individual acts of gallantry, truly wonderful, considering the incessant such as those of Lieutenant Heywood,
should have met with something more
THE GARRET REVISITED. tangible, more substantial, than bare complimentary expressions.
A dashing charge on the artillery of an that poets dwell in garrets, and simple enemy, the skillful maneuvering of flying people believe it. And others, neither sarartillery, a well-timed and well-directed castic nor simple, send them up aloft, among broadside on the ocean,--these and other the rubbish, just because they do not know brilliant deeds, in the heat and excitement what to do with them down stairs, and of action, turning the scale and securing a “among folks;" and so they class them victory, are all worthy of commendation: under the head of rubbish, and consign and thus heroes are made, and for these them to the grand receptacle of dilapidated heroes are rewarded. It is well; but the “has beens” and despised “ used to bes," defense of San José must take a higher --the old garret. stand : it bears less the character of an The garret is to the other apartments of impulse than of a principle—a settled the homestead what the adverb is to pepurpose. The flying artillery, the dashing dagogues in parsing : everything they do and imposing charges, and the heavy bat- not know how to dispose of is consigned tery, were not within the scope of his to the list of adverbs. And it is for this resources; but a spirit which no peril, no precise reason that we love garrets, because circumstance could move; a sense of duty, they do contain the relics of the old and which would not allow him to hesitate the past; remembrancers of other, and or waver while life lasted.
happier, and simpler times. Officers of our navy have been made They have come to build houses now-aheroes for one solitary act of successful days without garrets. Impious innovagallantry - M'Donough on Champlain, tion! Perry on Erie, Decatur, Hull, and others. You man of bronze and “bearded like No praise was too great to express the the pard,” who would make people believe, grateful satisfaction of the country. It if you could, that you never was “a weo was well. These have gone to their toddlin' thing;" that you never graves, honored far and wide, throughout “ rifle dress,” or jingled a rattle-box with the length and breadth of the land, and infinite delight; that you never had a their names will be handed down as watch- mother, and that she never became an old words and incentives to deeds of heroism woman, and wore mob-caps and spectacles,
and, may be, took snuff: go home once But how with poor Heywood? What more, after all these years of absence, all benefit accrued to him? What appropriate booted and whiskered, and six feet high as notice was ever taken by the executive of you are, and let us go up stairs together his conduct on this occasion? The hum- into that old-fashioned spacious garret ble station held by Lieutenant Heywood at that extends from gable to gable, with its the time of his death is evidence that his narrow oval windows with a spider-web of claims were
overlooked. Well might a sash, through which steals “a dim religCommodore say, as he introduced ious light” upon a museum of things unLieutenant Heywood to the Honorable nameable, that once figured below stairs, Secretary of the Navy, on the occasion of but were long since crowded out by the his visiting the Saranac previous to her Vandal hand of these modern times. departure for Brazil : “In any other coun The loose boards of the floor rattle somelry he would have been knighted." what as they used to do-do n't they ?
Yet the name of Charles Heywood is when, beneath your little pattering feet, not lost to the navy. While the flag which they clattered and clattered, when on a rainy he so bravely defended at San José, torn day, mother, wearied with many-tongued and disfigured by the shots of the enemy, importunity, granted the “Let us go up remains at the Navy School at Annap- garret and play.” And play? Desperately olis, the young midshipmen will proudly little of play have you had since, we'll point to it; and, while they narrate to each warrant, with your looks of dignity and other the noble deeds of that little band, your dreamings of ambition. their fresh young hearts will beat with Here we are now, in the midst of the enthusiasm, and respond in healthful garret. That old barrel---shall we rumtribute to his memory.
mage it? Old files of newspapers---dusty,
in after years.
yellow, a little tattered! 'T is the “Western | A crown is resting on his cherub brow ; Star.” How familiar the type looks! How and her robes are spotless in the better it reminds you of old times, when you looked land. over the edge of the counter, with the But we must not tarry longer now, but “ letters or papers for father!" and those will return some other day; for that old same Stars, just damp from the press, garret is more nearly like a human heart, were carried one by one from the fireside, full of gentle and tearful memories, than and perused and preserved as they ought aught else on earth but human hearts themto be. Stars? Damp? Ah! many a star selves. God keep that garret with all its has set since then, and many a new-tursed treasures safe, though fame may prove a heap grown dewy and damp with rain that vision, fortune an idle dream, and the asfell not from the clouds.
pirations of men fruitless. Dive deeper into the barrel! There! A Let the reflections upon the past be tembundle—up it comes, in a cloud of dust. pered with a spirit of humility and subOld Almanacs ! - Almanacs, thin-leaved mission to the Divine hand; for the relics ledgers of time, going back to-let us see of nature as well as art must be laid aside how far-184-, 183-, 182-,-before our to waste by the corroding touches of the time,-180—,—when our mothers were chil- finger of time. dren. And the day-book - now blotted and blurred with many records and many
A REPROOF OF FOPPERY. tears! There, you have hit your head against
EAN SWIFT was a great enemy to that "plate !” Time was when you ran extravagance in dress. Of his mode to and fro beneath it; but you are nearer of reproving this folly in those persons for to it, now by more than " the altitude of a whom he had any esteem, the following copine.” That plate is filled with forgotten | instance has been recorded:—When George papers of seeds for next year's sowing; a Faulkner, the printer, returned from Londistaff, with some few shreds of flax re- don, where he had been soliciting subscripmaining, is thrust into a crevice of the tions for his edition of the dean's works, rafters overhead; and tucked away close he went to pay his respects to him, dressed under the eaves is “the little wheel," that in a laced waistcoat, a bag wig, and other used to stand by the fire in times long gone. fopperies. Swist received him with the Its sweet, low song has ceased; and per same ceremony as if he had been a stranger. haps she that drew those flaxen threads " And pray sir,” said he, “what are your but never mind—you remember the line, commands with me?" "I thought it was do n't you?
my duty, sir," replied George, “to wait * Her wheel at rest, the matron charms no more."
upon you immediately upon my arrival
from London.” “Pray, sir, who are Well, let that pass. Do you see that you ?” “ George Faulkner, the printer, little craft careened in that dark corner? | sir." “ You, George Faulkner, the It was red once; it was the only casket in printer ? Why, you are the most impudent, the house once, and contained a mother's barefaced scoundrel of an impostor I ever jewels. The old red cradle, for all the met with! George Faulkner is a plain, world! And you occupied it once ; ay, sober citizen, and would never trick himgreat as you are, it was your world once ; self out in lace and other fopperies. Get and over it—the only horizon you beheld- you gone, you rascal, or I will immediately bent the heaven of a mother's eye, as you send you to the house of correction." rocked in that little barque of love, on the Away went George as fast as he could, hither shore of time, fast by a mother's and having changed his dress, returned to love to a mother's heart.
the deanery, where he was received with And there, attached to two rafters, are the greatest cordiality.
“My friend the fragments of an untwisted rope. Do George,” said the dean, “ I am glad to see you remember it, and what it was for, and you return safe from London. Why, here who fastened it there? 'Twas "the chil- has been an impudent fellow with me just dren's swing." You are here, indeed; but now, dressed in a lace waistcoat, and he where are Charley and Nelly? There would fain pass himself off for you, but I hangs his little cap by that window; and soon sent him off, with a flea in his ear." there the little red frocks he used to wear. Workingman's Friend.