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to the use of the said reaited States of the goods, chattels, lando, and tenment of the said partus respectively. The conditions of this recognizance is much that of the sand Jefferam Davig shall in the proper person well and thrilly appear at the Circut brust of the renited States for the District of engine to be held at Aclimond in the sand Deatret on the ocean monday of November rent as the opening of the bount on that day and then and there off car from day to day and sharda ahde and perform whatsoevee shall be then and their entered on adquaqua en respect to handby the mand bours and not depart from the sand bount without the love of the sand bouit in that behalf first had and oftanned; then the said ognizances I hecome rich otherurse it remains in full force.
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* a Barycent THE DAVIS BAIL BOND, It will be noticed that two of the parties made their mark, which was duly attested This was owing to the faot that one of the gentleinen had nearly lost his eyesight; and tho other was sick in bed, unable to sit up.
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“We found Mrs. Davis awaiting us, with Hon. George Davis, Attorney-General of the last Cabinet, and a few others.
“Mr. George Davis and I just fell into each other's arms with tears in our eyes.
“But Mr. Davis turned to me: Mr. Minnigerode, you who have been with me in my sufferings, and comforted and strengthened me with your prayers, is it not right that we now once more should kneel down together and return thanks ?' There was not a dry eye in the room. Mrs. Davis led the way into the adjoining room, more private; and there, in deep-felt prayer and thanksgiving, closed the story of Jefferson Davis's prison life.
“Ah, this earth in more senses than one continued a prisonlife for him; a feeling from which few of those advancing in life are wholly exempt. But Mr. Davis murinured not; did not ask to be taken away. He stayed and worked and studied and wrote in his home at Beauvoir till the Lord called himtook his servant home who had tried to serve Him amidst danger and trials, wind and storms. He has gone to his reward.
“And thou, oh, land of the South; oh, thou beautiful city of Richmond, thank God that such a man has been given to you, loved by you, and in his memory is blessed to you. He loved the truth; he served God and his country. Let us go and do likewise."
RELEASED ON BAIL.
There was a desperate effort to “hang. Jeff. Davis" on some trumped-up charge.
First, it was the charge of complicity in the assassination of Mr. Lincoln, but they could find no evidence, even with a pack of trained perjurers at their call, on which Stanton and Holt dared to go into trial even before a military commission.
Then he was charged with cruelty to prisoners, but the Confederate records were searched in vain, and stories of swift witnesses were canvassed in vain, to "make out a case" against him on which they could hope for a conviction. Poor Wirz, on the night before he was hung, was offered a reprieve if he
u would implicate Jeff. Davis in the cruelties of Andersonville;" but he bravely replied: “Mr. Davis had nothing to do with me, or with what was done at Andersonville, and I will not, even to save my own life, give false testimony against an innocent man."
One of the most scathing replies which Hill made to Blaine, in the memorable debate to which we bave before referred was, when quoting this reply of Captain Wirz to the tempter, he said: “And what poor Wirz would not do to save his life, the honorable gentleman from Maine does as a bid foi che Presidency."
Utterly failing in these charges they had to face the question . of trying him for "treason," and a partisan judge packed a mixed jury (the first jury of wbites and blacks erer empanelled in this country) who found an indictment of treason" against Jefferson Davis and R. E. Lee.
General Grant "quashed” the indictment against Lee by holding that his “parole” protected him, but Judge Underwood had a mixed petit jury empanelled to try Mr. Davis. [Our pictures of these juries are from original photographs, and are historic.]
The authorities at Washington, however, and Chief-Justice Chase himself, decided, after full consideration, and the consultation of the ablest lawyers in the country, that the charge of “ treason" could not be maintained, and so the distinguished prisoner, who was anxious to go into trial and vindicato himself and his cause before the world, was admitted to bail, and finally a nolle proscqui was entered in the case.
We give a fac simile of the bail bond with the autographs of the bondsmen, except that two of these gentlemen were unable to sign their names on account of sickness.
And our artist, W. L. Sheppard (himself a gallant Confederate soldier), was an eye-witness of the scene, and has given us a picture to the life of “Mr. Davis leaving the court-room.”
Throughout the Confederacy there was general rejoicing when it was announced that “the caged eagle” was once more free; but this rejoicing was mingled with deep regret that he had not been allowed his coveted opportunity to vindicate the Confederate cause in the courts of the country and in the hearing of the world.