The Old Flag. (Tyler, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 1, Ed. 1 Page: 2 of 4
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A WELD is here; he’s u Soldier tho’/ And not a Blacksmith as we know,/ We have a Fox, and yet no Geese./ They say he’s weak about the knees!/ Richard the IIId was no worse off than me,/A RIDER we have, but no Horse you see./ Our houses are open at any o’clock,/ We’ve a KEY, but alas, no LOCK./ And now dear friends, the fact is this,/ We have DUNN and so,/ FINIS.
I wish through the columns of your paper to notice a nuisance which is doing much to corrupt the morals of the youth in our vicinity. Having been lately bound in the holds bonds of padlock, I feel an
(Page is torn with the note describing tear: This enclosure was unavoidably torn out in recovering it from under my shoulder straps, having been wet through! W.M.)
degree of interest in These/that you will you/e towards abolishing/no doubt you are/owling Saloon – an/y gambling halls, spring/idst. I am sure the/ildren, as well as/to those, will join./ther.
The attention of the public is called to the numerous bogus lotteries which have come off lately. Not only is this the most complete species of gambling, but there is not even the usual degree of fairness exhibited; Those who give the articles, in two thirds of the cases, draw the prizes themselves. If these swindlers are not stopped, they will most assuredly be exposed.
Allow me to return thanks through your columns to SERGENT Jones for his very handsome present of one-half of the Pig “JIM,” given by him to the old prisoners of CAMP Ford.
One OF THE “OLD 72.”
WANTED! 500 Chine-bones _ beef preferred _ at my SOAP MANUFACTORY
H. HAY LEY
An establishment for Bathing and laundry purposes is much needed, and we have wate-power sufficient. A hint is enough to the countrymen of WASHING-Ton!
From the “Tyler Reporter”, 10th Feb. 1864.
We have valuable information of the departure of BANKS and his minions from the sacred soil of Texas. It now appears that a squad of Richardson’s Cavalry were bathing within sight of the Yankee pickets, who, being frightened at the sight of the gray-backs, gave the alarm, upon which BANKS and his Army embarked on board a flat-boat and three skows, and there can be no doubt but we are rid for the second time of Lincoln’s murderous hords.
ATTENTION! – We would invite the attention of our readers to the Advertisement of Senor Hay Ley, to be found in another column. It is with pleasure that we announce the return of our friend Hay-Ley from South America, he having lost the bulk of his fortune in the late political troubles there.
We are pleased to announce, however, that he has built an extensive Soap Manufactory, and we trust will retrieve his fallen fortunes. We recommend our friends to give his soap a fair trial. Brother H. is a staunch Republican and a Patriot- has three sons in the army, and has himself thrown up a lucrative position in our army, feeling he could better bleed his aiding country by furnishing a superior article of Army Soap, at reduced price!
Peace be to his ashes – and to his hurth-stone.
We copy the following list of enactments of the Confederate Congress, from the Shreveport Fire-eater.
An Act in addition to an Act relating to an Act entitled An Act to prevent the enlistment of men over 55 years of age, except as Nurses, Cooks and Blacksmiths.
The Congress of the C.S.A. do enact that no person above the age mentioned shall be admitted into the active military service of the C.S. of A., having already furnished a substitute over the exemption age, which by Act of Jan. 21sh, is extended to 75 years.
Approved, Feb. 1st, 1864
An Act in addition to an Act to organize all able-bodied male citizens into the military service of the C.S.
The Congress of the C.S. of A. do enact that able bodies male slaves, between the ages of 25 and 50 years shall be enrolled into the military service of the C.S. to the extent of 500,000 but this act shall now be so construed as to deprive aged and indigent females of their only support by taking the only remaining servant of the plantation.
Thus is the last obstacle to the exchange of prisoners removed, and our brave officers and men will soon be able to join their commands.
CHESS PROBLEM BY LYON AND LOGAN
WHITE TO MATE IN 3 MOVES.
[A hand sketched chess problem is here]
Signs of improvement in our thriving borough increase rapidly. Real Estate continues in demand, and extensive building operations employ the labor and capital of our community. A new block is rising opposite the Fifth Avenue Place, occupied by our distinguished Peliory citizen, Captain J.D. We learn also that Col. B. of 42nd Street has contracted for an extension of his mansion, and that Lt. McFinnigan contemplates the addition of capacious dormitories to his suburban residence.
The pleasant toil of planting already enlists the energies of our agricultural population. Major A____ and Captain W have enclosed their broadfields with a substantial fence, and may be daily seen engaged in the peaceful and productive pursuits of husbandry. Nothing is more cheering than to witness the graceful ease with which our heroes of Army and Navy retire like Cincinnatus to their farms, deserting Mars for Ceres, and relinquishing the field of glory for that of garden vegetables. Long may they wave!
A proper encouragement of the fine arts should not be neglected in our midst. The wile et dulce may always be mingled with advantage to us, and it is therefore with great pleasure that we notice the beautiful model of wood-sculpture lately executed by Capt. Johnson of Fifth Avenue in the form of an arm chair for presentation to Capt. Crocker. In strength of back and durability of bottom this work of art may be esteemed a master-piece.
Among the inventions and discoveries of our age, Senor Hay-Ley of S.A. deserves a high place for his success in the perfecting the manufacture of Soap. ‘Ashes to ashes’ is his motto, and like Byron, he deals with/ “The isles of Greece 0 the ilos of Greece,/ Where burning Soap-fat melting sung.”/ We trust he will be liberally sustained by a community which, as we all know, is badly off for soap.
CHESS On dit _ that a Chess Tournament is in contemplation between the Commandant of Camp and a noted abolition officer, to decide the question of exchange between black and white combatants. Not a bad move, gentlemen! We await your opening with anxiety.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE OLD FLAG,
Sir. Allow me through the columns of your paper to call attention to the want of care for the public welfare as shown in leaving uncovered and unguarded a trench between “private residence and the “Home of the Unfortunate Sons of Massachusetts.”
The most masterly piece of work it has been our fortune to behold since our stay at Ford Borough is a complete set of CHESS-MEN made by Lt. John Woodward. They are of holly-wood finnished in splendid taste. He has already been offered us fair as $50, in good money – ie: Lincoln Green.
Our aged and much esteemed friend, Buikley, we are pained to announce has lately met with a bad accident in the shape of “putting his foot in it,” that it being in this case a bed of live coals. The foot is doing well, however, and will soon be as good as “any other mans” foot.
Our next number of the “OLD FLAG”, which will be issued MARCH 1st, 1864, will be in an entire new dress, we having received new Types from the Foundry of J. CONNOR & SON, of N.Y! This number is printed with “secesh” ink, which does not appear to “take” well upon Yankee paper.
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May, William H. The Old Flag. (Tyler, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 1, Ed. 1, newspaper, February 17, 1864; Camp Ford, Tyler, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth312472/m1/2/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.