TIFE OF GORDON.
ton had over the American troops. This intrinsic
talent to lead and conduct public affairs, grew with
his growth and strengthened with his strength, de¬
veloping itself at every stage of his boyhood and
manifesting itself in all his conduct, with but a single
exception. Like a "chip of the old block," he would
fight before he would be imposed upon, at any time
or in any place. This, however, is regarded by those
who know Charles Gordon, to be one of those in¬
herent dispositions that came down through the
trace of a hundred years of ancestry, and is still a
living impulse of Charles—to respect every person's
rights, and to demand respect from them in return.
In the fall of the second year, they housed one hun¬
dred and fifty barrels of corn and twelve bales of
cotton, besides greatly increasing their supplies of
meat, peas, potatoes, beans, &c.
The same fall a brother of Charles', who had
been living in the North, seeking rest and finding
none, came home. Charles, however, concluded to
take him as a partner; so they divided the spoils,
the former partner being only a brother-in-law.
Charles and his new partners' labors were attended
also with great success. During these years of ru¬
ral life, Charles was studying his books as attentively
as ever. He would, after working hard in the day,
walk three miles at night to attend night-school.
This he kept up regularly until the leisure season,
then he would go to school in the day, thus making
every edge cut that would cut, and such as would
not cut he made them bruise. The young men of