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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE.
A Gala Day iii Hartford, Conn.
wntiqn of the country, by hundreds if nob thousands
and through tho use of money, by intimidatjiou-frind
other moans control voters in tho interest of-.the
party in power. Those-who are posted as to'tlfo
ways and means of winning votes can readily! un
derstand how all this hnrrin of ftrivniMimnnf nffim'nla
il rti i . .. i ----"viwviwmv wiipiiw?-
tnc state avioro tnan oignt thousand soldiers, were j would bo ft ,6vep of vaSfc y tQ Hffc
in line, while the streets Of the city were thronged ; int0 tUo Prasideiitiai clmil, Thn filvtv R1JP
Tho 20th of September, 1S79, will long be remem
bered at the capital of Connecticut, for on that day
the battle (lags of the veterans of tho war of the re
bellion wore deposited among the sacred archives of
with multitude , of people, citizens and strangers. atUl their hundreds , of sdtelites would be, so
We are indebted to our friend B. W. Sperry, Esq., mnn .Ex &omrmnes bMrhlD. nft1it,,nl f1nni
of Hartford, for an account of the ceremonies, which ments tb . ... , . an. hhh TT . n . -
ostly fought for what they esteemed to be tlioir
rights, ,wo fr6cly,adinit.itr,, iindithQy juiy illso bo en
titled to our sympathy, but we are not so charitable
as to believe that men of culture and education, the
jnost prominent of whom wore nurtcred at West
Point, directly under tho flag and all its patriotic
teachings, are thus entitled to our respect. Oft, in
deed, must have been the bitter reflections of such a
soldier as Gen. Leo : " What has this Government
done against me that I should seek to destroy it?
Educated and honored by it, I now command an
army lighting under another flag and against my
country." Wo arc led to these reflections by re
cently perusing an admirable letter, written by
Gen. W. T. Sherman to parties in North Carolina,
who invited him to attend a re-union of Union and
and Rebel soldiers. In his letter of declination he
,, . - . . , ,vr. ; flags from their temporary resting place to their imal The Peculiar Case of a. Man in tho Amyir
" There is no use of my mincing terms. Whenever and , home, in this now and beautiful Capitol. For the great ' '
wherever the honest men of North Carolina meet to allav tinnnr nnd nlonimro nd-ho. ,Vav wn nm m-nnfui t.n thn (inn. ' ' ..-h
sectional and party animosities, and to cultivate feelings Cral Assembly, to you tho Chief Magistrate, and to the There are now on tile at the War Department;
ui iruuu-iui.y umi icspuut lur wioir iwww uiukuhs ui uie great coiicoursoot citizens who have testified their extreme
United Slates, it will be to me most tempting to come to I good will in many wayB. Wo shall mako many pilgrima
Salishury. I would far prefer to como alone than as he- j tres to tho shrine where those standards are to rest. We
fore with a vast army, leaving desolation behind, but I shall often recall, nswn dn to.ilnv. fclin pomradfis who dared Urn rnn,.s 'n TK om.c KW1 t.Qr,,mCf Me'ira.
must not be construed as assenting to the proposition that ; to die in following these emblems of dutv and glory, and , , 7,' L P , ,;.-.
. Confederate and Union men were alike worthy of celebra- 8ball revive tho innumerable memories of four years of chfire trom the army on-acco tint-of a physical disa-r
Hon for the terrible history of 1801-'65. All soldiers in ' marvelous national exaltation. I bilitv, growing outpf injuries received in the service,
their social reunions glorify their deeds of heroism, and But it is quite certain that wo shall never again be sum. Wuvdemnn s fl th " VPfirs ftml ,iv month dlirino.
this reunion will hardly be an exception. It would bo a m0ned as battalions, with trumpet and drum, banner and ' u uulcmari set v eel thiee yeais and six month during
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a luu wnuy LU Fmi , IUn. u uen i.ne vuieruus mv ami th(i ;, wmiifi un unA rtnf . Tr . ,,
were massed the assemblage was called to order, flny pension ym must gQ wth om. ,
and Grand Marshal General Joseph R Mawley ad-ono so dumb ng nofc tQ obserre that fchis .g ejA Qf
dressed the Governor of the State as follows : j the pur030s of tho bilK Therc Are bufc two obJ9ctfe.
Youn Exobijjbncv: We are eight thousand citizens, i n fc tha-ondisto 'cheat the soldiers' out of their just
who wore soldiers from Connecticut in tho late war for j dues and the other is to retain political poiuerv
union and liberty. We came in obedience to an invito- t i .
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j wuu ui uur uuiovou commouwcair.il, to onug uiesu eigiity - ... a , .iKid"
papers in the ease of a private United States soldier;
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v. rx. wiu'cieman, wnoeniisteu irom mis city auouu
voj.j ouiuujjuoifjiiuiwi ucu.ciiuiunui wioi kuu viutuiies canuon, lor even a noDio noiiaay nice tins. .Let cue nags tiie war, ana omy re-ennsiea two years ago out or
of his enemies and respond to the claim that because the rest. In a few years these men will no longer be able to nipqcitv TTr ; nmv in thl hnnifnl nt AV!11pH4
soldiers of North Carolina were bravo and true to their bear arms for the land they love, but these weather-worn necesslt0 Ue is now in the hospital at illett s
btate and section, their cause was as sacred as was ours, and battle-torn folds sh.all rnnmin t.hronrrh tho itenturies ! Point. ISew York, where he has been for eleven
which finally triumphed and made our Union more glori- testifying that Connecticut was true to free government, 'mnntk
nnconii mnrn rictlnnrtnnr tlian nnfiwn ' i i i..i . 1 i.-j r.iii. t ; u.. ) "wulu
vv. ...v. .ww ww1,,.....w..v vuu K,my,m. t uuu muuifiuir uur impure uueiitv. xu can never uruia uv
doubted that the great republic can find millions of de
fenders in a day of troublo, and millions of blest women
to sustain them. These poor shreds and humble staves,
to bo glorified in the eyos of future generations, have wit
nessed the dedication of a continent to Justice, Equal
Soldiers Prepare for Action.
Within seven weeks, from now, Congress will ! Bights, Union, and Liberty. We bid them good-bye.
again assemble, and it becomes yoji, and we call
upon you, to prepare for action. A great battle is
to be fought, to secure the passage of the Equaliza
tion Bounty Bill. You have but to say, with unan
imity, all over this Bepublic, that you will it to go
through and your will Congress will obey. Go to
work, then, now, at once, immediately, and get up
petitions, for the prompt passage of the bil. Have
them ready by December first, and then forward
them for presentation by your Senators and Repre
sentatives. Let there be a constant flow of these
petitions. Let there not be a county in the Union,
but from whence one will not be sent. Do not wait
till a hundred soldiers sign a petition send it on
with twenty names if you cannot do better. We
impress it upon you again, to goto work vow, at
once , immediately. The following form of petition
may be used :
IPo the Honorable Senate and House of Represen
tatives in Congress assembled:
The petition of tho soldiers who served In "the Union
Army, during the War of tho Rebellion, respectfully rep
That, whereas, it is conceded that the passage of what
is known as the Equalization Bounty Hill, is a measure of
justice recognized already by its passage several times m
His company commander and the5 post
surgeon both recommend his discharge, buttBost
Commander Abbott declines to approve their rQcomj
mendation. Wurdeman, it seems is a mechanical sur
gical instrument maker and repairer of great genius',
and during his term in the hospital has done, a great
deal of work in that line for riot only the surrebut
of his own post, but for those stationed, elsewhere,
! instruments being sent to him on account Of his su
perior workmanship. Post Commander Abbott,, ifi
ted up a shop for Wurdeman to work in, and? claims
that he did so at great expense, and he tliinks there
fore it would be detrimental to the service if Wur-
i Thanks be to God, abundant' and exultant thanks to the j
Almighty Father, that wo lived in those days, and were
permitted to do something toward seeing that the Gov
ernment of, by. and for the people shall not perish from
Governor Andrews responded as follows :
Gexekal Havltst and Veterans dp Connecticut:
In the name and on behalf of the State I accept these flags
from the hands of the mon who carried them in war. For
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the hardest, wherever the siege was the -fiercest, wherever i deman oe discharged, wurdeman receives no aucu
the march was the longest, wherever the fight was the , . , nonmensation for this work,, drawimr only the
sorest, they were always to be seen, ror an tnat period, i A . ,. ,
private soldier's pay, 13 per month, which goes to
ward supporting a blind daughter andia.SQn.in vr
case will 'be laidbefore
blasting winds, through summers and winters and all the
alternating seasons, they were at all times unfurled. They
come back to us riddled by shot, tattered and torn, black
ened and grimed with tho smoke and powder of battle, but
they bring us no word of flight or dishouor.
They speak to us of the many displays of manly and
heroic virtue which, amid the duties of war, have illus
trated the character of the sous of Connecticut. With a
pathos at which every heart softens and" every eye grows
diur; they tell ns of the many thousand soldiers from our
State who, counting not their lives dear, willingly laid
them dowu for the honor of their country.
That sacred and mysterious sympathy which goes out
I state of consumption.
the Secretary of War.
The Philadelphia Address
The discourse of John A. Bentley, Commissioner
of Pensions, recently, at Philadelphia, before the
I Grand Army of the Republic, contains. such unwar-
I from almost every fireside within our borders to all the i rantedto use no stronger expression statements
UUM.W utuub ui uiu ieuBiiiuM uuuei ui uiac iauu vuaigua ; tuac QUQ IS amost startled at the audacity wita
its dearest and its intensest expression ; ,1 ' " '
Lovingly then, and tenderly, let us lay them away in which he announces them,
the motherly arms of tho State whose trophies they now I Leavi"."- out his stereotyped crv against claim,
become, that thoy may teach these lessons of patriotism j .. .,. " .,. Q,i n
and of duty to all future generations. ! agents, who are respectable lawyers, scattered aji
' over the. eountrv. ensraored in looking after the inter-
Frequent applause was given to the speeches and j ests of their soldier clients, ho boldly, brazenly' as-
the House of Representatives, and that the present is the ! hearty cheers given for tho speakers as they closed. I cmg that j infamous Sixtv Surgeons Bill has no-8"-
su'i,ips'!:iio,;i!!i SffiSTL'i ,sz i s v. f vs aass ;Dnonents thes;att0l:neys.
flowing with funds, which could be devoted to no nobler
purpose than to discharge an obligation to the men who
in its hour of need stopped forward to save it from de-
respectfully yet earnestly and without delay to pass this f
bill and thus perform an act for which you will ever merit j
our thauks ami gratitude. And your memorialists will
KAMKS. VQ8F OygJCK. 1 STAT?. 1 COM 1' AX V. 11KQIMKKT
:' Oh forwarding stamp, , we i will aencl:y'ou!6nQ of
these forms printed. - , '
You all want our beautiful little nickle-plated
clock, and you can secure it and the paper for $1.75.
Remember that if you are already a subscribor you
can have it on sendimr $1.25. Wo have sont out
in the Capitol, was intensely dramatic and atlectmg, ; -0W hat are the facts' in the' case, as well
without any apparent effort to make it so. It was ! j.a0W11 10 Mr. Bentley, as he is posted in. the multi
a drama that had had no previous rohearsal, nor j piiGatioir table ? Why, that when he was proposing
did it need any; in fact it was executed in the sim- j t0 drve hs pet measure through Congress last
plist manner possible, but it was emotional to the j SpVing, the Grand Array of the Republic, by a unan
last degree, and stirred the feelings more deeply f imou$ vote, repudiated it, aud petitioned Congress
! than any other event of the day. Those on the 1 10 re:ect jt
stand and around it, who had had no share in their rphe f0n0wing is the ' resolution passed by the
defense as soldiers, gave evidence of deep feeling, ; Qrana Armv : ' - ' '
but could only imagine what must have boen those j
in the bosoms of tho soldiers, many of whom now
saw their old flairs for tho first time since the war,
and realized that they were probably looking upon into sixty districts and the "PPff ?B8?iJSfc?d
J A o nini.L- n n Pnnsion Court, in each district, is impracuca-
them for the last time now. ; blo in j details, wrong in principle, aud must of neces-
sity expose applicants for pensions to grievous delays, to
A qnonifil Political Consid oration ! protracted and unnecessary expenditures, to ruinous costs
A Special Fouticaa uonsiaexauoru ; v exnenso amounting in many cases to the denial of
That -ica are tnerejore opposea to "" """'
-n. .-.. .j mui- j i-un. i,,ffmnnf nf t.liiR Knwtmnmont.
I iho scheme v-roposed by the Commissioner of PeuBions in
i tt i.:n xt oTi'irt fi-k. fii rlivitiinn nf t.lm United otates-
viaiih:i . iiiii. M..r m. m- uu . & a r -vr ---
I justice. Thai ice are tnerejore ojrpusvu w - - ww.
From a recent report of li speech made by Com-; ng a law, and that a copy of theso resolutions oo sont to
hundreds of these clocks from Maine to California, j missiouor Bentley at Philadelphia, wo pevcievo SPmlr
and they give universal satisfaction. Every huiiso j has not abandoned that ridiculous monstrosity.
with oven three roofos could well afford to have two; known as the Sixty Surgeon Bill, and again pro-; In the Senate, through which he cunningly ex
ofthoni. Don t forget that if you send us fifteen posos to bring it before Congress, hence it pocted to push it without discussion, mot withho
subscribers wi(h $7,50, you will be presented with becomes tho party now out of power, but who so! most strenqus opposition. That late noble old soldier,
this little gem. There may be a littlo delay in send- ardently seek to gain it, to observe the vast patron- and statesman, Gen. Shields, donounqed it as a be
ing these clocks. They are being made at the rato j ago foroleotioneortog purposes, whicji this bill will faced attempted swindle upon the soldiers, and said,,
of one thousand ,pcr day at the .factory, aha , orders afford. Tho Sixty Surgeons named, are butthe mi ! "Its author deserves a leather medal, and I, hope,
are filled as received. : ' Lloiis of a body of officials., who will penetrate every i the soldiersof the country wilKgiye him oue, -