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Text for Page 054 [01-10-1861]

	Hither and thither.
into and had given three cheers, though there
was nobody to hear them.      To �Courier� Of-
fice, saw Carlyle and Bird.          Returned to
the hotel after a ramble about East Bay
and its vicinity.   Writing in my room, W.
Waud drawing in his, I at work on a
letter for the Post.     Supped together, found
Woodward in the throng in the hall afterwards.
With W. W. to the British Consulate � Bunch
out.      To the Telegraph and Courier Offices,
gossiping at the former, reading and looking
over exchanges at the latter.     Turned out
with Carlyle, strolling to the Telegraph of-
fice again and finally to a rere-supper and
at the hotel and the inevitable drinks.    Here
is the letter I wrote this day to the Post.

[newspaper clipping: first column]
The Reception of the Star of the West�Excitement 
     in Charleston�What was Said and Done.
	     {From an Occasional Correspondent.}
  CHARLESTON, S. C., January 10, 1861�10 P. M.
  Yesterday was a day of excitement second only
to the memorable Thursday subsequent to the
evacuation of Fort Moultrie.  You have learnt the
particulars by telegraph, delayed, however, by a
dozen hours, the wires being out of order.  South
Carolina has, to all intents and purposes, com-
menced war against the United States�commenced
it in perfect keeping with her whole headstrong
and precipitate course, without a word of declara-
tion beyong the unauthorized fulminations of the
newspapers.  She has fired upon an unarmed ves-
sel bringing stores and reinforcements to a brave
and loyal officer of the federal government, vilified
and menaced in consequence of the faithful dis-
charge of his trust.  She exults in the deed, and her

[newspaper clipping: second column]
Governor, questioned by that officer, endorses �an
act without a parallel in the history of our country
or any other civilized government.�  It now 
behoves her only to accept consequences.  As yet
unaware of the tremendous responsibility, she
hourly expects them, and makes preparations for
the contest of a character befitting her bad cause
and fratricidal quarrel.
  Your �Occasional� (and accidental) correspond-
ent was prevalent throughout the day, an interested
and not unsympathetic spectator.  He made one of
those summoned forth to the wharves and battery
by the booming of the guns at early morning, and,
like others, strained his sight in vain in the direc-
tion from which the ominous sounds proceeded.
He heard the many-voiced conflicting rumors, as-
serting with exultant boastfulness that the Star of
the West had been sunk, �badly hulled,� com-
pelled to lower the national flag, so severely crip-
pled that she must run ashore, necessitating an en-
gagement by land (or rather by sand), when the               
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