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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE.
Fob Thk National, TnmoKK.
Una addxcescd to the Ohio 100th Volunteer Infantry.
pWTolcome! weleoraol hark tha greeting.
ovinoh iromcacn lovoa voice now cornea,
Amid the soanding of the trumpets,
JFAud tho ro) line of tho drums.
Welcome home from Holds of gory, -
Sscred evormoro hi story,
Wen by you in battle gory:
, Welcome home. f ' ,f
Welcomo J welcome 1 up the rlvor
Over mountains, down tho coasts,
Your mission ever to deliver,
f Marched your patriotic hosts.
. . .At tho Vattle now just baiting, .
V Over strong entrenchments vanltixig-
Who can stand your flevco assaulting?
' Welcome 1 welcome ! God who kept yo'
All these weary days agone,
Though of comrades he bereft you,
Ho but gathered up Ills own.
May Ho guide you by Ilia power,
When death shall upon you lower,
And illume the darkest hour
Welcomo I wolcomol for the Bleeplnjf
Heroes, In their distant graves,
We tho silent tears are weeping,
' " For these loved departed braves.
But tho Stars and Stripes, ye never,
i Shall to traitor hands deliver
They shall float o'er us forover.
December 8, 187B.
JuAORA, A. X.
Findley's Lake, Chatauqua County, N. Y.
November 80, 1879i
Editor of tite Tribune :
Dear Sir : You have dono -well in -warning soldiers
"Who they shall vote for, and telling them to support tbeir
friends and not their enemies. Now, we would like you
to do more. "We wish you would give the list of the men
who, during this winter in Congress, stand by the soldiera,
aojthat we may know whom to support and whom to
Yours truly, S. P. Cloud,
We will endeavor to carry out Mr. Cloud's request and
publish tho yeas and nays at times upon bills afleeting; the
soldiers' interests. Particularly shall we note the actions
and votes upon tho Equalization Bounty Bill, which all
soldiers ardently advocate, and Bentley's infamous fSixty
Surgeons Bill, which all soldiers ' vehemently oppose.
Carefully will these votes be noted, and those who oppose
soldiers' interests may calculate on some other residence
than "yVashington during the winter. Ed. Tribune
Ashland, Grafton County, N, H.
November 25, 1879.
Mr. Editor : I ofttimes hear it remarked that 'there is
something wrong in our Government in regard to paying
our soldiers their pensions. The question is, who is to
blame ? Is it the President, is it Congress, or is it tfuo Com
missioner of Pensions ? If the latter, ho is to blame; if he
does not abide by the laws of tho Government, hj should
be removed at once from the office he holds, and the one
who gave him the power to hold the office has the power
to remove him. Who shall take his place? "Why, an
honorable man, and if he has but one arm, one leg, or one
eye, the other being lost in the service, with a jyood head
and good heart and warm sympathy with poor soldiers, he
is the man for the place. Boys, go for good meia. As for
the man who now is at the head of the pension office, he
is so close he will keep a poor, blind soldier from getting
a dollar if he can help it. Mr. Hayes, we think you are
a good President, but the soldiers want some man who
was a soldier in tho Pension Office.
Respectfully, W. W. Hakriman.
Smyrna, Iowa County, Michigan,
December A. 1879.
' Editor Natioaii TunmNa :
y, I am a soldier who enlisted in 1862 and sorved fifteen
rmpntha, when I was discharged on surgeon's certificate Of
disability. My disease was brought on by a double quick
'march, after, which I took cold, which sottled on my
lungs and run mo into consumption. I was sick throe
years after my diachargo befbre I got able to work any,
and my lungs aro yet very woak. 'According to present
laws I am not entitled to any bounty, whilo tho soldior
that was wounded has his bounty though his health may
be far better than mine. Now I would like to ask the
members of our present Congress if there is anything
right or just about this. Tho soldier who lost a fincrer re
ceives a pension therefor, I ruined my health and got
Respectfully, A Soldier.
Offerle, Edwards 'County; Kansas.
December G, 1S79.
Editor of the Tribune :
Dear Sir : In reading your worthy paper I notice that
.much is said in regard to tho Equalization Bounty Bill.
I hope it may spoedily pass Congress, and then the poor
soldiers who so nobly turned out to save our country will
have some recompense. My husband went into tho army
from Delaware with the rest of tho poor boys in 1861, for
tho small sum of $11 por month. He was sound and
hearty when ho started, but returned broken down in
health. Hearing so much about soldiers gotting 100 acres
of land here through occupancy, we came here and took
our homestead. But crops failed and now wo hfivo noth
ing to sell and scarce anything to livo on. Thero aro
thousands all over Kansas in our situation, and never was
the time when this Equalization Bounty money would do
tnore good than now. I hope, Mr. Editor, that you will
do all m your power to urge the passage of tMs bill this
winter by Congress
M. K. G., a Soldiar'3 Wife.
Editor National Tribune :
To givo you an appreciation of tho manner of working
at the Pension Office, I beg leave to refer to a case at
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. In 1802 one Samuel McLaugh
lin enlisted in the 17th Regiment "Wisconsin Yolunteors.
On the night before the regiment started south a portion
of the barracks took lire and burned down. Some three
or four soldiers were badly burned, and among thorn Mc
Laughlin, who was so severely injured that ho died soon
afterward.' At the clooo of tho war his widow applied
Make Home Oheovful.
Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois,
November 28, 1879.
Editor Tribune :
It really seems to me that Bentley is keeping back all
the claims he possibly can. I know a soldier whose
claim has been pending four years. He has jn his posses
sion' a letter from the Department informing him that his
evidence is complete, and yet, his claim is still pending,
and many others are in about the same condition. There
seems to be injustice somewhere, and we soldiers charge
it upon Mr. Bentley for keeping back thoso claims. If
the business is more than they can attend to, why not
work at night to keep it up ? Soldiers had to go day
and night if required, and so should the Government ser
vants at Washington. We read in history it took one
hundred thousand men forty years to construot one of the
pyramids of Egypt, (Cheops) and it looks as if it would
take Bentley the rest of the nineteenth century to get
ready to commence the settlement of the already sanc
tioned claims. Por his benefit I will quote tho words of
Lorenzo Dow :
k Thero is a worm about to glow,
There Is a rose about to blow."
A Union Soldier.
s , Belgrade, Washington County, Missouri.
November 28, 1879.
Editor National Tribune :
I have been taking your paper for several months and
find it to be very interesting. It constantly advocates and
contends for poor soldiers' rights, and is their be's't and
strongest friend, and has done more for thom than any
other paper yet published. I am in favor of all tho stops
and measures it has advocated. E think thero is one olass
of cases which has never yet been viewed in a proper
light. I refer to the poor, invalid pension claimant. He
k in a bad condition. Thousands are waiting for the ad
justment of their claims. They are very poor and needy,
and are not able to support themselves by manual labor.
They are whiling away thoir lives iu misory and want.
Congress has recently, in passing tho arrears bill, been
good to the soldiers, but only one olass wore benefitted,
viz ? those who were already receiving pensions. Nowj
tnore attention should be given to those men who have
pension claims ponding, and who have been exceedingly
Yours tmlv. T. V. Twnrcv.
' ' - - Zeds 14th Mi&seuri Cavalry, I
A lady correspondent in tho Detroit Free Pmt says :
I know boys who have gono astray and saddened tho
hearts of parents, and yet tho fault was with "the parents.
Tho only way to Wp your bOys froe from crime and stnia
is to keep thom as closo to Our hearts as possible. Tho
bOy who is "tied to his mothor's apron string" seldom
goes wrong. I liko that kind of hoy he is honest,
kindly polito and manly to a fault, "When wo can make
homo the happiest1 spotfon earth for husband and childron,
wo will have little cauie for heartache.
Whon I hear a wife comnlam. about hor husband's club
and his constant attondanoa upon it, I always desiro to see
her at supper-time, I have an idea thai sho sits at tho
ovoning meal in a dirty calico, with slippers down at tho
heol? clothes-pin pinning her dress at the collar, Ho signs
of ribbon or bow, and hor hair as frowzy as the tout en
semblc of a political primary, J fancy that hor face wears
an air so ioy that her husband catchos cold overy time fye
looks at hor. A slouchy, untidy, frowning wife cannot
compete with a club or a billiard room to save hor life. If
sho wants her bettor-half (in this instance) to stay at
home, let her wear tho old smiles, neat dresses and tasty
coifiure sho wore whon ho was courting her. Let tho
room be clean and tho firo brightly burning. Let her
commonce an honest ondoavor to mako homo a brighter,
sunnier spot than tho club and tho saloon, and she'll soon
get ovor hor heartaches.
If a boy is wanted to grow up a lover of homo, homo
must bo made worth the loving. Don't crowd him down ;
don't keep telling him that boys aro to be seen, not hoard;
don't make him sit on a certain chair in a certain place
until ho is on tho verge of paralysis, and don't make him
road "Baxter's Saints' Rest," whon Jules Verne's and J.
S. C. Abbott's books aro what he wants. Don't refuse
him a cookie or an apple, either, just before bed-time,
tolling him it is unhealthy. If the stomach does not want
fruit, it will not ask for it, and tho physician who says
otherwise should not doctor a sick pump or a deceased
ironing-board for me. And further, don't send your boy
to bed at half-past seven o'clock. I've known boys raised
as above, nine out of the ton, grow up rascals, and tho
tenth was an idiot. Such boys run off tho first chance
they get and try to become circus clowas and Indian
fighters, I do not blame them, either.
for a pension through attorneys in Wisconsin. At that
time tho proof and evidence called fen were easily attain
able, and Mrs. McLaughlin's agents encouraged her by
saying they expected hor pension every day, but still it
came not. The lady emigrated to Minnesota, and heard
nothing of hor case for several years. At length sho put
it into tho hands of an, attorney at Rochester, Minn,, who
secured all tho evidence asked for, from Rochester and
Beaver Dam, but all his efforts to secure the pension
were fruitless. Another attorney in Rochester then agreed
to aid Mrs. McL. Ho took a greai, deal of trouble, and
went to much expense to help the old lady, who is sixty
four years old, and very poor and feeble. To get evidence
now was very difficult, many of Mrs. McLaughlin's old
neighbors being dead, and many having moved away to
parts unknown. The third attorney became discouraged
and gave up tho case. Mrs. McLaughlin as a last resort,
employed an attorney at Washington, and he is laboring
to secure her justice. Here is & case which has been pend
ing since 1865 now fourteen yeafs, and the proofs and
evidences which have been sent to tho Pension Office to
establish it would fill a bushel basket. "Nuf ced"
A, B. E.
Rochester, Minn., Dee. 8, ISM.
Stevens' Point, Wis., Dec. 5, 1S79.
Editor National Tribune :
Dear Sir : I would like inqulve through the columns
of your paper, why tho Equalization. Bounty bill does
not pass, as I consider rank injustice is done to the volun
teer soldiers who enlisted in 1801, without the passage of
Por instance, J enlisted 1801, (.which I considered a duty
1 owed to my country,) and tried to get my acquaintances
to do the same; but many of my neighbors said, "No, we
will not go' and they stayed at homeTIn 1801; but I
closed out a thriving business 2md went into tho Army to
answer the call of my country, During my services in the
army I received serious injuries; (beforo serving quite two
years) and was therefore discharged, and returned home as
near dead as alive and have noi seen a well day since, nor
received any recompense for seiryices. All I ever got was
monthly pay while in the service, on the other hand my
neighbor, who stayed at homo in 1801, enlisted in 1805 to
avoid the draft, and to socuro tiua several hundred dollars
which he received, was gono but a short time, having a
pleasant trip as it were, and sooing no service, not oven
as much as to load a gun, and returned home as sound as
oyer; whercab I was unable to go with him then on ac
count of being disabled previous to this time, while serv
ing for my country without compensation.
Now, 1 ask if this is justice between man and man?
I remain yours, respectfully-! a Wisconsin volunteer sol
dier of 1801.
James R. Luce.
The End of the World.
Camillo Flammarinun, the Frenoh soientist, thus er
presses himself in Da Correspondence iSaientifique, regard
rag the ultimate fate of our globe : The earth was born ;
sho will dio. She will die either of old age, when her vi
tal elements shall have been used up, or through the ex
tinction of the sun, to whoso rays hor life is suspended.
She might also dio by accident, through collision with
some celestial body meeting her on her route; but this end
of the world is the most improbable of all,
She may, we repeat, die, a natural death through tho
slow absorption of bor vital elements. In'fact it is proba
ble that the air and water aro diminishing Tho ocean,
like tho atmosphere, appears to have been formerly much
more considerable than it is in our day. Tho terrestrial
crust is penetrated by waters wrhich combiuo chemically
with the rocks. 1$ is almost certain that tho temperature
of the interior of the globe reaches that of boiling water
at a depth of about six miles, and prevents the water from
descending any lowor; but the absorption will continue
vith the cooling of tho globo. The oxygen, nitrogen and
carbonic acid which composes our atmosphere also appears
to undergo absorption, but slower. The thiukor may fore
see through the mist of ages to come, tho epoch, yet afar
off, in which the earth, deprived of tho atmospheric aque
ous vapor which protects hor from the glaoial cold of space
by preserving the solar rays around her, will become chill
ed in the sleep of death. As Henri Nivarox says: " From
tho summit of the mountain a winding sheet of snow will
descend upon tho high plateaus and the valleys, driving
beforo it life and civilization, and masking forever tho
cities and nations that it meets on its passage." Life and
human activity will press insensibly toward tho intertropi
cal zone. St. Petersburg, Berlin, London, Paris, Vienna,
Constantinople and Rome, will fall asleep in succession
under the eternal shroud. During very many ages equa
torial humanity will undertake Arctic expeditions to find
again under the ice tho place of Parie. Lyons, Bordeaux
and Marseilles. Tho sea coasts will have changed and
the geographical map of the earth will have' been trans
formed. No one will live and breath any more except in
the equatorial zone up to the day when the last family,
nearly dead with cold and hunger, will sit on the Bhore
of the last sea in tho rays of the sun which will thereaf
ter shine here below on an ambuient tomb revolviug aim
lessly around a useless light and a barren heat
Fowler, Clinton County, Michigan,
December 4, 1879,
Editor National Tribune :
It has often occurred to mo that a soldier may be
regarded as a faithful dog. When tho master or his
property is in danger, tho dog flies at the enemy or crim
inal and secures their safety and protection. Now, what
would j' good master do for this dog V He would feed
and caro for him well. Ho would not givo him a few
crumbs from his table, but ho would have abundance of
good food. Now, if this noble dog had been wounded
and sorely beaten, his master would feel for him far more
Are wo, the ex-soldiers of tho rebellion, not entitled to
the consideration a kind master gives his dog? Very
many of us have serious wounds, and it appears we cau
got no "pension or have no caro taken of us in our old age.
We received .these injuries while fighting to save our
country from destruction. I am glad that I have been a
soldior and have done my share of fighting to save our
country. May God bless America and preserve hor free
dom, and all the ex-soldiers who 'fought the good fight
and finished the work given them to do."
Yours, truly, Ajs x-8oldies.
It is1 claimed that tho now paper flour barrels aro not
only cheapor but,raore tight and durable, as well as lighter,
than thoso of ordinary construction. By an improved
method of manufacture, thqso barrels aro composed of
straw, paper pulp, which is run into a mould made into
the shape of one half of a barel cut vertically. The pulp
is subjected to a powerful hydraulic pressure, and when
reduced to tho required thickness, the onds of the halves
aro out off; tho pieces are then placeddn a steam drier,
tho sides aro trimmed evenly and tho substance thoroughly
dried. It comes from the drier ready for making up into
barrels. Thero aro tliroo heavy wooden hoops and two
hoops fastened together; and into grooves cut Jn tho
staves, tho paper halves, which have an a veragQ' thickness
of threo-sixteenths of an iuoh, aro slid. The ends of tho
barrel are made of paper of a similar thickness, con
structed on the samo principle as tho sides. The harrels
aro manufactured entirely by machinory, and the halves
are,out so true that two pieces of the samo size will read
ily fit together.
A grekn sprig from tho Emerald Isle entered a boot
and shoe shop to purchase himself a pair of "bgans."
Alter ovemaiuing uis stook m trade without bemg aula
to suit his customer, tho shopkeeper hinted that lie would
mako him a pair to ordor. Tho price was named. Tho
Irishman ilemurrod; but after "bating down," tho
thing whs a trade, Paddy was about leaving the shop,
when tho other called after him, asking, ! But what ska
shall I make thom, sir?" Och," cried Paddy, prompt
ly, " niver mind about tho size at all 1 Mako thsm as
large & ye convanieiitly can for the money.1'