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tudo, nmdo ready to welcome the boat that would be sent
to save them. But this ship also drove on, and loft these
men staring their unutterablo surprise and dismay into
each other's ashen faces. Late' in the day still another
ship came up out of the distance, but the men noted with
a pang that her course was one which would not bring
her nearer. Their remnant of Ufo was, nearly spent j, their
lips and tongues were swollen, parched, cracked with cigiit
days' thirst ; their bodies starved ; and hero was their" last
-chance gliding relentlessly from them ; they would riot bo
alive when the noxt sun rose. 3Tor a day or two past the
men had lost their voices, but now Captain RouncevUlo
whispered, "Let ns pray." The Portuguese, patted him
m the shoulder in sign of deep approval. All knelt at
.the-base of the oar that was waving the signal-coat aloft,
4ind bowed their heads. The sea was tossing; the sun
rested, a red, rayless disk, on the sea-line in the west.
When the men presently raised their heads they would
have roared a hallelujah if they had had a voice; the
ship's sails lay wrinkled and flapping against her masts,
rshe was going about! Here was a rescue at last, and in
the very last instant of time that was left for it. No, not
rescue yet only the imminent i)rospect of it. The red
disk sank under the sea and darkness blotted out the
'ship. By and br came a pleasant soundoars moving in
41 boat's row-locks. , Nearer it came, and nearer, within
thirty steps, but nothing visible. Then a deep voice :
" Uol-fo ? " The castaways could not answer, their
swollen tongues refused voice. The boat skirted around
mid round the raft, started away the agony of it I re
turned, rested the oars, close at hand, listening, no doubt.
The deep voice again: "Hol-Zo Where are ye, ship
mates?" Captain Kouncevillo whispered to his men,
-saying: "Whisper your best, boysl now all all at
once I " So they sent out an eightfold whisper in lioarse
concert : "Here I " There was life in it if it succeeded ;
death, if it failed. After that supremo moment Captain
Rouncevllle was conscious of nothing until he came to
himself on board the saving ship. Said the reverend,
" There was one little moment of time in which that
raft could be visible from the ship, and only one. If that
-one little fleeting moment had passed unfruitful, those
men's doom was sealed. As close as that does God shave
-events foreordained from the beginning of the world.
When the sun reached the water's edge that day, the
captain of that ship was sitting on deck reading his
prayer-book. The book fell; he stooped to pick it up,
-anti happened to glance at the sun. In that instant that
iar-ofi raft appeared for a second against the red disk, its
needle-like oar and diminutive signal cut sharp and black
against the bright surface, and in the next instant was
thrust away into the dusk again. But that ship, that
captain, and that pregnant instant had had their work
appointed for them in the dawn -of time and could not
iail of the performance. The chronometer of God never
errs I "
There was deep, thoughtful silence for some moments.
Then tho grave, pale young man said :
"What is the chronometer of God?"
Tho following epitaph appears on a tombstone in Con
necticut: "Here lies the body of Jonathan Richardson,
who' never sacrificed his reason at tho altar of supersti
tion's god, and who nevor believed that Jonah swallowed
"It vas amj a. Hoaqs." Tho bloodthirsty duelists,
43lppcl and Linneraann, wore arraigned In tho Police
-Court this morning, and tho whole affair found to be a
joke on Sippel. Gaskln, the gigantic Teuton whoso
humorous brain originated the job, mounted the stand,
and in fearfully mutilated English told all about It. "It
vas all tarn foolishness, Shudge; nothing but a hoags."
4 A which?" said tho prosecuting attorney, "Afioags;
ome chokes. Vo vaa all trinkln peer In der saloon, und
to vos dinkin off ve could kit dem doo fellers to fide a
iool, vy ve vould kit a ride out in & nice vagon und haf
ome fun. I vent to a putcher und got a llddlo pladder
und filled It mlt plud, and Llnnemann vas goln to preak
it von ho got shot, und Sippel vould dink he voa murdered
Slim. Dot vos all, m helb me Moses !" Ss Francisco
An old raUVsplltter in Indiana put the quietus upon a
young man who chaffed him upon his bald bead, in these
words : " Young man, when my head get as soft as yours,
I can raise hair to soil."'
" Do you drink? " said one of tho ladles of the Women's
Christian Temperance Union to Weber, the bookbinder,
whpu he wont with a rummy breath to the ladles to do
liver somo of his work. " Yell, I don't caro oph I takes a
leotlo," said 'the good-natured Gorman, misunderstanding
tiio question of surprise for an invitation.
' ' The' Bounty Aot. ",1, '
TUK TIlLIi MQUALIZINO THE UOUOTIKS OP SOLDIBUS WHO BKTtVKD IN
TJ!K.IATK'lWtytFOItl'nUi UNION. " '
A MKA80IIK TIU,T,;RV?ftY ?,r(1V A1P EVKUY, .S0Un6Il8 mtEND
18 INfiuK8TKD IN MARINO A LAW.
The following Is the bill equalizing bounties, as it passed
the -House .of Representatives 'of- the- last Congress :
An act to equalize i7ictbguniics,of soldiers who served, in the
late war for me Union.
Be it enacted bythe Senate hndJIousC of Representatives
of the United States of America in Congress assembled.
That there shall bo alld wetland paid to each and every
non-commissioned ollicer, musician, artificer, wagoner,
and private soldier, satior, and marine, Including those
borne upon the rolls as slaves, and Indians, who faithfully
served as such In the inilitaiy service of the United States,
who have .been honorably discharged from such service,
the siim of eight atid one-tmrd dollars a month for all the
time which such non-commissioned officer, musician, arfc-
! iflcer, wagoner, and private soldier, sailor, and marine
eighteen hundred and sixty-one, and the ninth day of
May, eighteen hundred and sixty-five. And the provis
ions of this act shall extend to all soldiers who were mus
tered into the service of the United States and were sub
sisted, clothed, ant paid by the Government of the United
States. . ' ' - " r
Seo. 2. That in case of the tkjatty, either before or after
thd passage of 'this act, of any such non-commissioned offi
cer, musician, artificer, wagoner, or private soldier, sailor,
oi' marine, the allowance and payment shall be made to
his widow, if she has' uoremarrjed, or if there he no
widow, or she has remarried, then to the minor child
or children of such decoded non-commissioned ( officer,
musician, artificer, wagoner, or private soldier, sailor, or
Seo. 3. That in computing and ascertaining the bountv
to bo paid to arty non-commissioned dfficer, musician art
ificer, wagoner, or private soldier, sailor, or marine, or to
his proper representatives, under the provisioris"6f this
act, there shall be deducted thqrefrom any and all boun
ties already paid under theprovisioiisbf the United States
Seo. 4. That no bounty tinder the provisions of this act
shall be paid to or on account of any soldier who served
as a substitute in the army, or who was a captured pris
oner of war at the time of hjs enlistment, nor to any one
who was discharged, on his own application or request,
for other cause than disability incurred in the service,
prior to the nineteenth' djfy of April, eighteen hundred
and sixty-five, unless suchjdischarge was obtained with a
view to re-enlistment, or d accept promotion in the mili
tary or naval service; of the United States, or to be 'trans
ferred from one branch of the military service to another,
and such person did actually so re-enlist, or acedpt pro
motion, or was vso transisJsSldU 3nd no. bounty shall be
paid 'to any soldier discharged on the application or athe
request of, parents, guardians, or other persons, or on the
ground of minority.
Seo. 5. That every petition or application for bounty
made under the provisions of this, act shall disclose and
state specifically, under oath and under the pains and
penalties of perjury, what amount of bounty has beeu
paid under the provisions ol any United States laws
to the non-commissioned officer, musician, artificer,
wagoner, or private soldier, sailor, or marine, by whom or
by whose representative the claim is made.
Seo. 6. That any attorney or agent who shall receive
ironi any claimant a sum greater than ten dollars for the
prosecution of any claim unSer the provisions; of this act,
upon conviction thereof, shall pay a fine not to exceed
one thousand dollars, or imprisonment for a term not less
than one year, or both, as, the court or jury may adjudge,
and shall forever thereafter be excluded from prosecuting
claims pf any nature whatsoever against the Government
of the United States.
Seo. 7. That it shall not be lawful for any Soldier to
transfer, assign, barter, or sell his discharge, final state
ment, descriptive-list, or other paper, for tho purpose-of
transferring, assigning, bartering, or selling any interest
In any bounty under the provisions of this, act And all
such transfers, assignments, .barters, or sales lieretoforc
made are hereby declared null and void, as to any rights
intended to bo so conveyed by any such soldier.
Seo. 8. That in any case Where a person entitled to
receive payment of bounty under the provisions of this act
shall make application therefor, or yucro such application
shall bo made by the proper representative of such person,
being deceased, and the discharge of such person has been
lost, it shall be competent for the accounting officers to
receive, in lieu of the actual production of such discharge,
proof of the actual loss of the same, and secondary proof
of Its issue and contents, together with proof of tho iden
tity of the claimant or person, deceased, under such rules
defining tho character and form of the evidence as the
Secretary of the Treasury shall prescribe.
Seo. 0. That no adjustment or payment of any claim
of any non-commissioned officer, musician, artificer, wag
oner, or private soldier, sailor, or marine, or ids proper
representative, under tho provisions of this act, shall be
made, unless tho application be filed within five yoars
from tho passage of tho sarao.
Passed the House of Represontatlvss Juno 20, 1870.
Attest: Geo. M. Adams, Clerk
The following Is the report of tho Committee on Military
Affairs of tho Houeo of Representatives, presented by
General Cook, of Georgia, an ex-Confedorato soldier,
accompanying tho bill for the equalization of bounties to
soldlors who served in the late war for the Union :
To aoQompauy bill H. R, 53.
The Committee on Military Affairs to whom have been re:
end sought to bepbtained. s They therefore report, with a
recdmraenualion Wat it tlo passbill BS8, as'fa substi
tute for all the otliers, and as an answer to tho prayers of
In making this recommendation the Committee beg leave
to add that the equalization of bounties is eminently proper
and just, an'd a denial of it operates as a groat hardship
upon thousands who served their country with great fidel
ity. Gross inequality of compensation for services ren
dered has fallen heavily upon several classes, viz, upon
those who were first to respond to the call of duty ; those
who vere at any time honorably discharged from service
before tho expiration of their term of enlistment; and
upon those whose enlistment was Intermediate between
calls for troops.
Among many dthersv bounties have been refusedin
such as the following j "Where, by reason of disability con
tracted in the line of duty, the soldiers were prevented from
serving out their full term of enlistment, or where they
'were promoted during their terms ; where, by failure of
the mustering officer correctly to date their enlistment,
and where in some of the States the enlistment was for
a period less than twelve months ; and where, though in
service at the date of a particular call, they were not mus
tered In until afterward. That such discriminations are
unjust is manifest, and should be corrected, and It rests
with Congress to furnish a remqdy. The rule of construc
tion adopted by the Department, perhaps, as a qucstipn
of law, cannot be denied, that no matter for what cause
the soldier failed to serve out his fidl term of enlistment,
,a loss of bounty was the consequence The object pf the
bill reported by the Committee is to relieve against this
4hardhip, and equalize the benefits of the bounty system,
by giving to the soldiers who were honorably discharged
bounty at the rate of $100 per annum, -which Is evidently
the object of the laws providing bounties for the period
actually served, without reference to the term of 'enlist
ment. It is true that the embarrassed financial condition of the
country, and tho paralysis in business, may weir'cause
Representatives to reflect seriously upon all measures in
volving large appropriations of money, but this fS not a
sufficient argument against ho, passage of this bill. The
Government, in rdspect 'to these boliiitiesj Is a debtor ; and
while she may fairly examine into the justice of particular
cases, yet duty and good faith require her to pay them.
The Government is better able to pay these just demands
than those entitled thereto are to lie out of them. -Ali-of
which is respectfully submitted.
The late President Fii.ney's prayer on the Franco
German war, is now appropriate. He lifted up his voice
and said: "O X.ord, how long? how long? Bring this
war to a speedy close. O Lord, they goon killing women
and children, and burning villages; and they calPthis
clvfi, warfare; 0Lord, did you ever hear.of anything so
ridiculous?" V 'V
. . x.
A yourJg lady'sentfa poem to a British newspaper,-enti-tled
"I cannot make him smile.?' ,rThe editor ventured
to express an opinion that she would have succeeded had
she shown him the poem.
, There is a te mpest in a teapot at Salt Lake City, caused by
a public knowledge of the fact that John W. Young intends
to be sealed to a Miss Cobb, a voluptuous-looking girl of
sixteen, a stepdaughter of his father, and granddaughter
of Mrs. Augustus L. Qobb, one of Brighaiq's mistresses,
known ih'Mormondom as the woman who desired to be
sealed to Jesus Christ. The contemplated ceremony has
caused John "W. Young's wife to desert him and return to
her father, a' Mr. Canfield, who is a railroad engineer,
living in Philadelphia.
Secretary,Thompson says his wife greatly enjoyed the
jokes made about him when he was appointed Secretary
of tho Navy, until one was at last made at her own expense.
" You know," he explained, " that tho New OrleansTtmes
told a story that when Mrs. Thompson heard of my ap
pointment she said : 'The idea of making my husband
Secretary of the Navy 1 "Why, Dick can't swim' Could
anything be more absurd? If there is any one thing that
I can do better than another, it is swimming, f have
always been a capital swimmer." ' s
jerreu sunury uuis a my.ny j)caaqnsx numeruumy.
signed asking for an eyufilizatiori of bountic to UiuW
soldiers in the (ate war. Adve fulhi considered the same.
and beg 7eave to report i
That mau.v of these hills are identical hi their provisions,
and in the opinion of tho Committee, accomplish fully the
John Brougham, the actor, tells, in his peculiar vein,
of humor, of a real-estate speculation ho once had in ChU
cago. He purchased, before the war, about twentyacres
of land thoro, at $000 an acre. During his absence ia
Europe at tho time of the war, he was strongly advised by
a friend to sell. Ho did so, through his agent, realizing
$20,000 for the property. On his return home, and while
en route for San Franoisco, ho stopped over at the Sher
man House, whon one of tho Gage Brothers incidentally
asked about tho property. "Why," replied Brougham,
" I sold it eight years ago." aTho devil!" said Gage
looking astonished ; afor how much? " "Twenty thou
sand dollars." "Why, man, It's worth $200,000 to-day,
and In five years it will bo worth half a million." "Ah,
me," remarked tho gay old actor, "if I had quarreled
with misfortune, I should have been dead long ago.
"Deeds are the pulse of time, his boating aife,
And righteous or unrighteous, being done,
Must throb in after-throbs till time itself
, ' Bo laid in stillness, and the universe " ,'
Quiver and breathe upon no mirror more."
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