Topic Proportions

Topic Percent
weather
72%
death notices
6%
trade
2%
military campaigns
2%
groceries
2%
second-hand news
2%
military--often from Western Theater
2%
humor
2%
hospitals
2%
casualties
2%
accidents, particularly fires
2%
military recruitment
2%
poetry and patriotism
2%
From the Sat., Mar. 16, 1861 issue


When heaviest lay the winter snow,
The hidden leaves were green;
Above, the bitter blast might blow,
But little cared the floweriet low,
Beneath its ample screen.

The old oak, round its shoulders bare,
Its tattered mantle drew;
Grim relic of the year's despair—
While, hopeful in its sheltered lair,
The budding violet grow.

Under blue skies and sunlight, mild
March, with its balmiest breath,
Upon the snow-drifts breathed and smiled,
And through them looked the winter's child,
Life in the arms of death.