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	Ramsay�s Charleston Letters.
lumbia, after his scare from Charleston; the
people set Shuber the detective watching him and
the Courier people told him not to come loafing about
that office; only Carlyle goodnaturedly stood his
friend � in return for which Ramsay was, all
the time, ridiculing �his tall friend in the remark-
ably sw short coat� in the Tribune, as I know,
from reading his letters.  He wrote anything which
he thought would suit the ultra-tone of the paper
and, I think, contributed not a little to help the
readers of the Tribune and New Yorkers in general
to totally misconceive the movement, representing
the Charlestonians as braggarts and bullies, in-
tent on a gigantic game of brag.      He knew
scarcely anybody and drew unscrupulously on his
imagination for sensation items.   When arrested,
Bunch freed him and got him off by sending
him to Washington with a nominal dispatch to
Lord Lyons.    I wonder whether that amusing con-
sul knew the nature of the enterprizing young
Britisher�s employment.   Salter met Ramsay
or Buckstone in Washington afterwards, the latter
being introduced to him by a third name, when they
both burst out laughing.      Salter thought there was
a mystery about the fellow, asked me if I 
supposed he might be a London detective.  I said
not.     He gossipped, was indiscreet and preferred               
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