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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE.
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GEORGE E. LEMON & CO.,
Washington, D. C, January, 1873.
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This National Tribune, has reason for con
gratulation on the larsco additions made to its
subscription list in the last month.
"We feel that all that we have received is de
served, but we do not want to stop short of a
brilliant and overwhelming success. It is our
desire to make this the pajyer for all persons in
terested in pensions, bounties, and other claims
against the Government arising from the war
of the rebellion. We want to be the mouth
piece and organ of the scattered individuals
who once constituted the solid bulwark of a
nation's defense. "We devote our columns to
J articles upon tneir rights to the assertion of
which we stand pledged and to the relief of
their wrongs wherever they "appear. To us no
Office or officer is too elevated to be the sub
ject of just and fair criticism. Any plan of
vany kind, offered under any auspices, which is
designed or likely to affect the pensioners, shall
receive impartial and rigorous examination;
and no excuse of necessity, no allegation of
economy, shall blind us to the real effect of
We start out upon the clear proposition that
the pension law was made and intended to
benefit the pensioner that all other considera
tions are subordinate to this. "When a change
is proposed, we ask, firsts will this change be
justice or injustice, an advautage or disadvan
tage to the invalid soldier, his widow or orphan ?
If it will, we reject it at once, whatever prom
ises it may make in other directions.
We know that we work at a disadvantage
here at the seat of Government. We know
that our friends and patrons cannot combine nor
make themselves felt by way of organization.
We know that there is a vice in legislation here,
growing all the time, which deals with the Gov
ernment and its bureaus as something separate
and apart from the people.
People here, and especially high officials, have
a fashion of talking about the "interest of the
Government" as if it were possible that there
should or could be air interest in the' Govern-
Equalisation of Bounty.
Neither the Senate nor House Committee on
Military. Affairs has as yet taken any action on
this bill. Everybody pretends and professes to
be for its passage, but no man hurries it for
ward. All the time of this House committee
seems taken up in writing circulars to subal
terns in the Regular Army, inviting their criti
cisms on their superior officers, and in studying
out how few bones they will leave in the skele
ton of our military force. They take "tithes
of mint, anise and cummin," and neglect justice
and mercy, the weightier matters of the Jaw.
The delay is simply inexcusable. The bill
should have been reported back within ten
days and pressed for passage. Every provision
in it has been thoroughly debated, and there is
no measure more completely understood and on
which QYQry member's mind is long since made
It looks as if the pretended friends of the
measure proposed to strangle it in committee.
The session is rapidly advancing. Other
measures of national importance will come be
fore Congress. Days, weeks and months of
wrangling and discussion are probable, over
banking, tariffs, silver remonetization and all
manner of money questions, and each in its
turn gets ahead of and hinders the soldiers' bill
Once more we warn the soldiers of the couu-'
try that they must make themselves felt by
their Representatives ; that their Members must
be made to feel and take an interest in the im
mediate passage of this law. And we further
warn them that if they do not actively and
boldly look after their own interests, no one
else v. ill, and this bill will be allowed to perish,
blasted by neglect in the house of itspretended
Times are hard, very hard. This cry conies" "'
from all parts of the land.
Paralyzed industries eyewrwhere, unenmlovod .
ment distinct, separate from, and antagonistic j labor everywhere, work called for and not found,
to the " interest of the people." J capital locked up, enterprises stopped, great un-
The machine sets itself up to be of more con- dertakings of all kinds, public and private,
halted indefinitely; shrinkage in value of real
We invite correspondence from surgeons and
others on matters of general or special interest.
Yiews and suggestions of practical men are
We of course can pay no attention to anony
mous communications ; but shall always hold
all communications addressed to us as strictly
confidential, unless the writer permits the use of
If you have made application for Pension
and. it has been delayed in settlement, The Na
tional Tribune explains the trouble and suo-.
gests the remedy. Subscribe for it.
Won't it help you if the Equalization Bounty
Bill passes ? Join hands with us in our work,
and we can secure it.
A kind friend wrote us : "On my way" to the
Post Office I picked up the following subscrip
tions, and enclosed a postal-card for $2,5 0."
How many more will secure as large a list for
u$ on the way to the Post Office ?
sequence than the owner the creature than the
creator. It is natural enough for officials to feel
and think thus.
To them the Government means place, reputa
tion, and power.
But " the body is more than raiment," and
the people, for and by whom Government was
instituted, are of far greater real value and con
sequence than the Government.
Their interests cannot in any true sense be
separated; for that which benefits or injures
the people must in the end benefit or injure the
And' thus all schemes which profess to 'be
based upon, merely saving expense to the Gov
ernment need watching to be sure that under
this plausible device they do not usurp upon the
rights and advantages of the people.
Of this class of cases is the bill of the Com
missioner of Pensions to abolish local examin
ing surgeons and create special boards, few com
paratively in numbers and necessarily incompe
tent for the prompt discharge of their duties.
It claims to save expense to the Government,
but it increases vastly and intolerably the ex
pense and the hindrance to speedy hearing 'of
the just claims of the people, for whose benefit
laws should be made.
We have spoken of this bill heretofore, and
may again ; for we consider it a dangerous in
novation, whose slight alleged advantages are
overbalanced by maififold deficiencies.
It nevershould become a law, and never will,
if the people to be injured by it mako their
voices heard in opposition.
estate, downfall of prices of all things for sale?
All these are signs and proofs of hard times., .
Now if any good genius would at once powr
out all over the country, in small amounts;
twenty to thirty millions of dollars, scattering
his gifts carefully and discreetly where they
were most needed, all the wheels would begin
to turn again, little -debts would be paid, and; '
these in their turn pay larger ones, and the im
pulse thus communicated would throb through?
the whole community, like a flood of new life,
and times would soon cease to be hard. "
. The good genius is at hand in the person of
our excellent " Uncle Sam" the only solvent ...
person we know of.
The money is ready; the way to distribute 'I
it is by the Bounty BilK, dispersing all over the
country in small sums the money admitted to ..
be justly due to oitr soldiers.
A scheme agreed upon by each cf the politi-' ft
cal parties, recommended by State legislatures, ' ';
conforming to justice and gratitude, and at
this day the best political economy ever known,
the best measure of relief to the general tight
ness pf money ever devised.
People are excited over the Silver Bill, and "
that bill in itself is right, but as a measure of'
relief it is nothing compared with the Bounty :
The soldier who receives his fifty or -one hun- s
dred dollars pays it out at once in his own
neighborhood, anfl, as they are in all the neigh- -.
borhoods of tho country, the whole mass is pub
iu motion and becomes active capital
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