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FITZHUGH LEE'S ESCAPE.
BULLET FROM REPRESENTATIVE
JENKINS' MUSKET PLOUGHED
THROU GH HIS HAT.
Thrilling Occurrence of the Civil
War-Confederates Made Three
Desperate Charges In Blinding
Midnight Thunder Storm.
W. M. Wooster.
One warm summer evening in 1895, I
sat smoking with Judge Jenkins, of
Wisconsin. who is now ably represent
ing his State in Congress.
We were watching the oncoming of
a heavy thunder storm, and the conver
sation had turned, as it often did, to
the time of his youth when he entered
the Union army and was, by the stir
ring events of the war, transformed
into the fearless, iron-manhood that
has s, ie characterized him.
"It was just such an evening in the
summer of '62," he remarked. "that I
nearly killed Fitzhugh Lee."
"We were down in Virginia. and I
was in charge of an ammunition train
which was on its way to McClellan's
We had been halted by a brief or
'der from headquarters, and directed to
remain where we were-near a little
village about thirty miles south of
"No reason was given for the delay,
though some of the boys thought it
was for the purpose of enabling an
escort of cavalry to join us. Others
said they guessed 'Mac' didn't have
any further use for powder. How
ever, we were mighty glad to go into
camp, as many of the raw men were
about 'bushed' by the long and hot
marching, besides it gave us oppor
tunity to forage and get better rations
than hard-tack and maggoty bacon-so
lively that it followed us around camp.
"We pitched our tents in an open
.eld, a short distance to the east of
a high road which stretched away to
ward home. About a quarter of a mile
to the south was a thick piece of tim
The Old Pie Woman.
"The third day we were In camp a
,woman came through selling pies. We
thought nothing of her visit, other
than that her pies were home-made
and tasted awfully good.
"It was just such a day as this,"
continued the Judge, "and in the af
ternoon the heat became very oppres
Eive. As the evening wore on we
observed thunder-heads piling up in
the southwest; and the boys prophe
sied that we would have a break in
the hot spell.
"I became uneasy as the night wore
on, and walked about the camp watch
ing the flashes of distant lightning and
the dark masses of drifting clouds
which seemed to be flanking us on
GEN. FITZRTUGH LEE.
I realized that the open field offered
the more safety for the ammunition in
case of severe lightning. Still an un
accountable sense of impending danger
possessed me; and, acting upon what
appeared to be a foolish impulse, I
ordered the boys to move all of the
ammunition into the timber just below
the camp. This was done without
lights; and the tents and other equip
age were allowed to stand where they
were. Camp fires were lighted as
"'The more I thought of the pie-wo
man, the more suspicious it made me;
and feeling ill at ease, I spoke to some
of the boys about her visit. They joked
about it and suggested that her pie
had given me indigestion.
"-'Why,' my orderly said. 'there ain't
a JTohnnie reb niowheres around here.
They're all down there with "Mac"
keepin' him busy.'
'-That's all right,' said another, 'but
why were we halted here, if there's
Doubled the Pickets.
"No one voluntered an answer to
his question, and I decided it would be
wise to double the pickets.
The men who were detailed for the
extra duty grumbled some, and as they
started for their posts one 'guessed'
we were afraid the storm was 'going
to charge us.' Another was sure the
'Cap'n' was afraid of his shadow after
"About ten o'clock word was brought
that the pickets on the west had ob
served a small force of cavalry, but
thought they were 'Union men.
"An hour later a force of two or
three squadrons was reported passing
some distance to the south of our po
sition and going in a westerly direc
tion. Again, the pickets were not pos
itive but thought they were our cav
"The expected storm seemed to have
passed off to the north, though the
staggering half-moon showed the
southwestern quadrant still dark and
'"The camp had settled down for the
night, but I was uneasy, and sat near
my tent trying to pursuade myself that
the reported cavalry was the supposed
escort which had missed the road to
our camp and would probably pick us
up in the morning. However, I did
not feel reassured. and walked over to
the post covering the road 'to the west.
'"Scarcely had I reached the picket
when we heard the tread of a horse
walking slowvly up the road.
'We'll take him if it's a Johnnie.'
"We stepped into the deepe:: shad
ows, and soon a mounted Confederate
officer emerged from the dark bend of
the toad, and was silhouetted against
the sky. In a moment or two he reach
ed the point commanding a view of our
camp, drew rein and sat not fi:ty feet
away, peering toward us.
"I cautiously took the picket's rifle,
and we sprang out into full view. The
officer started as he saw us, and wheel
ed his horse to escape.
" %Hal.' I cried, and a:s he dashed on,
with a riuick aim, I pulled the trigger.
Simultaneously with the report. the
pick-et struck up the gun, exclaiming,
'My God. Cap'n, you're shooting one
of our men.'
Bullet Ploughed Through Aat.
"I saw the officer's hat twitcL sharp
ly as the heavy bullet tore through
t. For an instant he swayed as though
HON. JOHN J. JENKINS
hit, thcn spurred up the road -efore I
could reload. The quick blow of the
picket had saved his life.
"With the sound of his galloping
horse, we heard shots on the north,
and soon afterwards our pickets were
driven in by a force of the enemy's
"The camp was hurriedly aroused,
and our boys were ready for the at
tack. Bayonets were fixed. The men
were ordered to reserve their fire un
til the horses were almost on them.
"It had become very dark, and from
the flash of the lightning we saw that
the expected storm was at last upon
us. In a few minutes it broke over
us in all its fury, and as it did so
the enemy charged, yelling like devils.
On they came, riding as mad, and led
by the very officer I had so r arrowly
missed.- I recognized him instantly.
The Midnight Charge..
"We held our fire until they were
almost on top of us, and then along
the whole front of our triple li:le, blaz
ed our guns full in their faces.
"The crash was terrific. Troopers
reeled in their saddles. Horses stag
ered and went down with their rid
rs. The others broke in confusion and
dashed wildly past on our flanks.
"It was worse than nightmare-the
orrents of rain, the total darlkess. in
ensfied by the crashing, -olinding
ightning, and the cursing, yelling
roopers, charging along over us,
"The flashes showed us the killed
nd wounded strewn along our front;
nd I took a dismounted captain pris
"Three times they charged us tha
ight, and as many times were driven
Rf. the last time retreating south
a hen the morning came, we bur
ed our killed side by side with the
"My prisoner told me that the charge
as led by Fitzhugh Lee in person and
hen I knew who it was that I so
early killed with the picket's rifle.
"Do you know," said the Judge af
er a long silence, as he withdrew to
he house to avoid the heavy gusts of
ain, "I've always been thankful to
hat mistaken picket."
helede o aflir Thieko Canaa
eese. On come the longe-need wild
owl from their northern hunting
round. They stream across the sky
much in the form of the flying weda(e
formerly use d in football tactics
Gradually the wedge closes together,
makn gone homogeneous mass of
black and brown, with sprinklings of
white. Usually the Canadian geese
stop flying about sunset. feeding on
eel-grass, sedges, roots of watt r plants,
and occasionally on small Lsh and
insects, Even at times they w-ill eat
the corn, wheat or other grains
dropped by the farmer in the stubble.
Supler over, they return to the water,
sleeping with heads tucked under
wings, waking only- to start out again
in search of breakfast. These two
fights are so habitual with thtee geese
that hunters can easily reckon when to
take position in the pit in wait of the
Strangely- enough, these birds, while
throw i~ ntote of nanic at tle an
THE POWER OF SONG.
AN IXCIDENT OF LIFE IN LIBB
PRISON DURING THE C1VIL
How the Prisoners Sang the -Sta
Spangled Banner," and Therewa
Cheering In the Streets of Rich
Taken prisoner while in charge o
the rear guard, on StoneMan-sb11:8
raid, near Richinoid, Vu., a:
old captain o' the cavairy, ald aft
Various adven-tres, 1, v:*ta 2i of 1a
pr.isojners taken L'. nne'usv!
was sent to Libv pr.ison. T '
excess of prison-r o.. the Confed.iat
side prucured us, a]st unay
exchange- in a very .ort tiLc. aU
within a month oi ::. I participated ii
another raid under Clonel Spar- c
the 11th Pennslvani' Cavalry ov
the same ground wvhere I had be&
jately led a prisoner of. war.
We had passed but one Surday
Libby-93 officers confined to an up
most story. About the middle of tha
afternoon I chanced to loodk aroun<
the room. A half dozen 1mrt.
were playing cards, mavny were sleep
ing, several were lying on the floo:
pretty sick, whil" one squad of a doz
en or more had organized a praye
meeting. Not being a saint and per
haps not muTh. of a sinner, I was sim
ply a "Looker on in Venice." Th
leader was a captain of a Massachu
setts regiment. The meeting wa,
e Midently dragging, the great heat an,
perhaps hunger and our position no
proving conducive to much thanks
The National Anthem.
Suddenly the captain started up, an(
taking his place near the centre of th
room, exclaimed in a voice lou<
enough to attract immediate atten
tion, "Let us all sing 'The Star Span
LIBBY PIUSON, R ICHMOND, A
gIed Banner,'" and commne-cd in .an
exceptionally fine baritone, "Oh; say.
can you see."
Cards were dashed aside, the shp
rs awoke, the sick leaped to their
eet, and like magic every one of the
etire 93 officers crowded to the cen
tre, singing with the greatest enthi
~iasm. At least two dozen of the men
ad fine voices, and never did the
rand old words seem so like a mighty
Waved the Old Flag.
Louder and louder swelled the sound
mtiL the chorus of the last verse was
eached, when a member of a New
ork City regiment, a regular Tam
any thoroughbrcd, reached his hand
n his breast and produced a small silk~
flag, which he had, in some way, con
ealed when searched by the guiards~ on
tering, and with a wild shout waved
t to and fro. Again and again was
the chorus repeated, and thea sud
enly the captain changed to "T[he
Army and Navy Forever," "TI- ree
poch of a man, are not in fear o:
cos; this fact has often led hiu ter.
to train oxen to wailk stright int'
flocks of them, the hunter hiding _be
hind the animal until within guns5Io
of the flock.
And yet, notwithstanding their wil'
nature. Caniadian geese a r" 01w
domesticated and crossed with ti
common barnyard goose. Sotme-:ime:.
wounded birds are allowed to ruan winl
he domiesticated birds. until some n
:gratory flock passes over tlhe head witi
its cry of "honk, honk." Th. e call o
the wild is on again and the nurse:
bd once more in a state of heallt:
rejcing his companions. A wotundet
bird is often known to dive beneai
the water's surface, exposing only i:
nosrils, until all danger has passed
Surprised, a flock rh es suddenly an
aparently in great confusion. tl'
largre birds get ino one another
way, so that the marksman nas exe
lent opportunity to bag a brace. Witl
the typical "honk, honk" they ris
against the wind until they are- one
more in orderly array, the wedges 113
lnur on to other parts.
Cheers for the Red, White and Blue."
Veritable cheers they were. Tears
streamed down the veterans' cheeks,
the boys in the room below took up
the shouts, and three times' three
Hearing some cheering on the out
side I moved cautiously near the
rwindow-it was dangerous to go too
ne-a-and saw all the guards in line
- with their muskets pointed toward the
but, massed up and down
:c street.S, were Iundreds upon hun
r!s o1 -people, four-lith lis of them
wome.-n, clapifng their hands and wav
iteir handkerchiefs, showin'g by
ti: -ir approval a most remarkable ib
: h- powr of song, and that lo'e
for O Glory still held a war:a place
n teir ecarts and memri .
SP ME GRE AT D)ISC--; ,t 9TE IES.
The Chicago Univcrsity Szcres Strne
important Achic verncnts.
Almost every day ore of the pro
fessors of the U1niver .Ly of Chicago,
the finan.-ial machinery of which is
oiled by John D. Rockefeller, breaks
into print with some new dis::overy.
They keep the world s tar:1ed and won
Dur.ng the past few years, for in
stano, the following epoch-making dis
cnvenes, among a host of others, have
been listed by a Buffalo newspaper as
Chicago University discoveries:
'That kissing causes lockjaw.
That a dog never follows an unedu
That t'.( Pennsylvanians are turning
That Ireland was once a lake.
That primeval man had a gizzard.
That music is antiseptic.
That Adam caught fish with a -;lub.
Tat love is a disease of the Medulla
That a cabbage contains more nour
- ishment than twelve eggs.
- '[hat Bocaccio was a Swede.
IT L o D Dt'ING THE WA R.
That the American negro is gradual
y becoinng yellow.
That Clumbus was a grafter.
That George WasLinson likel on
iCts and tr ipe.
IThat John I . Roc-kefeller is u. greater
man than Shailospcare.
That the Junebug has seven stom
That Arabia produc'es more bullfrogs
That marriage is a form of insanity.
It will take the world a generation
to ponder over the few propositions
here nientioned. The countless others
promulgated by the Chicago savanms
would keep a thousand scientists busy,
even if they worked day and night, in
three shifts, for fifty years.
Certainly, sir. Rockefeller's money!
is being well spent. The fact that the
public laughs at the oil-born profes
sors and regards them as low come
dians is of no significance. The world.
it will be remembered, laughed at
Copernicus. Galileo and Sub-Lieut. Na
FORTUNES FOR BALL PLATYERS.
Frieindiy Rivalry in the Two Great
The great baseball battie which oc
curred a short tine ago between the
pennant winners of thec National and
American League' s for the sea son's
playing recalls to mind that it was but
a few years ago that these two rival
baseball asso;-iations were clashing
tooth and nail in a deadly war of ex
termination and survival. It was then
that the American League, under the
leadership of Ban Johnson, made in
roads into the ranks of the National
League, capturing its star players and
enlsting them in irs cause through a
rainbow of big salaries. Rival teams
were placed in Chi:-ago. St. Louis. Bos
ton, New York and Philadelphia and
princely salaries offered to the players
of ability. There were, of course, suins
at law, and injunctions were sought re
straining the contract jumpers. One
particular instance of this is remem
bered &- c case of Lajoie, Delehanty,
Wolverton. Orth and Townsend, one
time members of the Philadelphia Na-'
tionals, wvho jumped to the rival team
in that city. WVhen injunctions were se
curedl preventing their playing in the
Quaker town, they were transferred to
the Cleveland and Washington teams.
The injunction, of course, prevented
their playing in Philadelphia, and
when ocmasion rc'quired that their team
should go through that city, these play..
ers were always switched over on an
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players in each, and schedules are pr(
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for as few conflicting dates as possibl
New Yor'-> r.rd Philadelphia in Octobe
were the scenes of notable battles fc
su:remav-y between the teams repr
son:ing these cities, t!.at of New Yor
having von the bannpr in the Nation
and Philadelphia's that in the Amer
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In accordance with an agreemen
mad~e before the playing of the worldi
.hampionrhip series, 60 per cent of th4
gate receipts from the first four game!
pl%.yed wa:: divided among-- the players
i5 per cent.- of this going to the win
ners, the New York Giants, and th(
remainiag 25 per cent. to the losers, the
A~thlet.ics. This netted each individual
on the former team nearly $1,200 anc
approximately $500 to each of the lat
ter. In addition to this the manage
men'. of the Philadelphia aggregatior
bas divided among its players its snar(
of the gate receipts-nearly $9.000-a.
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