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.L.n. 1 VouT, No. .4. WASHINGTON, D. 0., APRIL, 1880.
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TERM S, FIFTY OBNTB PEB YEAR.
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A NBW SONd.
SnldlsrF, rally, soldiers, froo,
Rally ov'ry yeoman ;
'Gnlnst the man, whom now you see,
Yours, the soldiers' I'botnan.
Tig John A. BcntleVx
Ho must go, ho must go,
FOr ho 18 the soldiers' foo.
From East and West o'er till tho land,".
The soldiers' shouts aro awolllng,
Thoy all as a united band,
Tholr wrongs are loudly tolling,
'Gainst John A. licntlcy
lie nnut go, ho must go,
For he is the soldiers' foo.
Tho BOldlors all with one accord,
Demand In ilorccst manner, '';
Did this man over-wield tho sword? s"
Or bear tho starry banner 1 " " " '
Hot John Ai Bentlcii -'
ilo must go, ho must go,
For he is tho soldiers' fbo.
those six hundred men would be to aid in tho Pres
idential campaign just coining on ; what millions of
documents they could circulate, and how many
perjure yourselves, if necessary, to obtain for this
man his pension and tho Government must secure
some one in your stead who will not do the deeds
thousands of poor soldiers they might tempt from of which you are guilty." jNow in regard to these
Tho Substitute for the Sixty Surgeon Bill.
their convictions of duty as voters by bulldozing and
promises of putting their cases successfully through.
This is one of the big rats in this meal-tub, Messrs.
Congressmen, which you must evidently see.
Under a Republican administration there will
likely be threo hundred red-hot Republicans and
three hundred milk-and-water Democrats, and under
Democratic administration threo hundred red-hot
Democrats and three hundred milk-and-water Re
publicans. Now, in regard to these new Surgeons we ask any
intelligent person, " Do you believo they are as ca
pable of giving as truthful an account of any disa
bility existing in a pensioner, upon a cursory exam
ination of his case as could his local examining sur-
THE ARCH ENEMY OF THE SOLDIER,
It may now bo safely affirmed that the original
Sixty Surgeon Bill is dead. That Upas tree which
has cast its blighting and poisonous shadow over
our soldiers for years, has been hewn down ; but
scarce a day has elapsed since its fall, and John A.
Bontley is watering tho stump of the tree, and be
hold! a sprout of the same pestiferous nature. It
is called the substitute for the Sixty Surgeon Bill.
JNow, we propose to present to the attention of Con
gress, the peoplo of the country, and our readers,'
the prominent and most convincing reasons why
this bill is deserving of their reprobation, and should
never become a law.
In Section 1 it is provided that there shall be
appointed in each of the congressional districts a
pension examiner and a pension surgeon, and said
examiner and surgeon shall be adherents of different
political partios. This section is known as the
"sugar coated " part of the bill ; it is intended to so
sweeten the pill as it proceeds down the throat of
Democrat and Republican as to disguise the real
bitterness of the ingredients of which it is com
posed, "Oh! hero is a chance for an office the
Democrats have been so long craving a position, I
know they will eagerly bite at my bait, and as for
the Republicans they have always a quantity of
office seekers on hand ready for any vacant posi
tion," chuckles tho Commissioner.
This portion of the bill, in addition to its being
in tho nature of a bribe for congressional favor, is
one of the richest specimens of a burlesque on the
Civil Service Reform over presented before tho
American poople. There arc some six hundred mon
to bo appointed to the offices of surgeons and exam
iners, positions requiring omincnt medical and legal
knowledge and training, but a sine qua non exists
that thorc shall be three hundrod Republicans and
threo hundred Democrats. There is to bo no com
petitive examination in which five hundred Repub
licans and one hundred Democrats or vice versa
might be chosen. Oh, uo I thoro must bo exactly
half of each party. Well,. wo bog leavo most re
spectfully to suggest to tho Hon. Commissioner a
plan whorcby ho may readily secure these surgeons
and examinors without any annoyance to himself or
expense to tho Government, provided ho can gain
the consent of the representatives of Democratic
or Republican districts to tho plan. It is well
knowu that tho Eastern medical and logal colleges
turn out every year hundreds of graduates, each
seeking positions of profit and honor, and if tho
Commissioner will send an order to two or three
professors of medical and logal colleges for threo
hundred young Republican doctors and threo hun
drod young Democratic lawyers, wo havo no doubt
tho young Esculaplans and Blackstonos will soon
report to him for duty. Oh ! what splondid tools
Tho Man who Cannot bring himself to Believe
the testimony of the Soldiers.
geon who has known the man for years and been
his family physician before and since the war ?"
These now Surgeons know nothing of tho physi
cal history of tho man, they seo him perhaps not fif
teeu minutes and yet upon such a momentary, im
perfect and oft prejudiced opinion will hang the
question as to whether the claimant shall receive or
be debarrod from his pension. "We ask in all caudor
and earnestly desire a candid answer from all intel
ligent men : Will tho opinion of thoso new Surgeons
as to tho merits of any spocific case be as reliable as
that of a neighborhood physician and surgeon of
the highest standing, constantly brought into asso
ciation with tho ponsioncr and who fully under
stands his entire physical system ? Prom which of
these physicians, wo ask any unprejudiced party,
would tho most truthful statement of this man's case
como ? Who for a moment doubts that ninoty-nine
.persons in ovory hundred would say from tho local
examining surgeon. But says Bcntlo', " thoso local
examining surgeons may bo in complicity with the
pensioner." Admitted for tho argument; but might
not tho Bontloy examining surgeons through igno
rance of tho case, or desiring to curry favor with
tho Govornmout, or (this might happen) because ho
could not black-mail tho pensioner, report his case
unfavorably,and cut off his pension? This now
Sixty Surgeon Bill, as was tho old, is an indirect,
but terrible slur and slander upon every local exam
ining surgeon in tho United States, It says in re
ality " you aro unworthy to bo trusted you will
examining surgeons we must quote the language of
Senator Thurman on the Sixty Surgeon Bill:
Sir, I know somo of those oxamining surgeons in my
State, and every one of thorn whom I know is a man of
high honor, of high stauding in his profession. Thoro is
not one of thorn that would give a false certificate, much
less one .of thorn that could bo corrupted to give a false
certificate. They aro just as good mou as thoso sixty mon
would bo under this bill, and that, Mr. President, I take
it is a much more economical plan if I am right. Hero
aro to bo sixty lawyers and sixty doctors, and they are to
receive 2,500 apiece each year. That makes $5,000 for
tho two in each district. Multiply that by sixty, tho num
bor of districts, and you have $800,000 to bo annually
paid to thoso lawyers and these doctors. It may bo that
that would be a wise expenditure, it may bo that it would
result in economy, but ifc docs not look so to me.
Will Senators! and Representatives in Congress,
by sustaining this crude project of John A. Bontley,
cast a stigma upon tho honorable gentlemen con
nected with the medical profession residing in the
States they represent ? Mombors of Congress pos
sessing any State pride, or desirous of guarding the
interests and character of each ono of their constit
uents will hurl back with indignation this imputa
tion upon the honor and integrity of eminent pro
fessional gentlemen of their districts. Another con
sideration will surely press itself upon the minds of
members of Congress before thinking favorably of
thisbill. What will the cry of all advocates of reform
and economy, and justice to our soldiers be? For
what purpose have you created these six hundred
new officers ? What motives actuated you in thus
increasing the expenses of the Nation ? Were you
personally interested in securing your favorites a
feeding place at Uncle Sam's crib? How will you
explain the necessity of thus wasting probably mill
ions of dollars to carry out the whim of one man ?
Has not the business of the Pension Office heretofore
been carried on without such expensive and strangely
devised plans ? Do the soldiers of tho country ad
viso its adoption ? Have they been consulted at
all in tho matter ? These and many other Ques
tions of like character will salute the ears of Con
gressmen who advocate successfully tho passage of
this bill. There is ono point in connection with
section 1, wo must not fail to allude to. Thoro is
no requirement of moral character on the part of
these surgeons and examiners, neither is there any
penalty for acccepting a bribe for fraudulent collu
sion between boards and claimants and pensionors.
The reports of these boards are to be deemed con
clusive either for or againt the pensioner and it will
be readily seen that if a surgeon and examiner
without character have tho range of an entire Con
gressional District, they can add thousands to their
fees by levying black-mail and other surreptitious
This section also roquires tho examiner and sur
geon to together visit tho county-seats three times
each year. Suppose any ono coiinty-soat is visited
at a stated time, which fact is publicly made known.
The claimants with their witnesses at great ex-
penso congregate at tho county-seat.only'to find
that through the illness or other causeSf Absence
of ono member of the board no session can bo held.
There is no provision made for a substituto for an
other member of tho board in such cases. More
over the attendance of tho board is not compulsory.
They may comply with tho letter of the law and
visit tho different localities tho specifiod number of
timos and only bo in session one hour or ono day.
Both tho oxaminor and surgeon may havo profession
al calls promising much hotter compensation than tho
foes providod by this bill and in tho absence of any
ponalty for thoir not doing their whole duty, tho
intorosts of not only tho pensioner, but thoso of tho
Government may bo jeopardized Tho cost to
claimants for transportation of themselves aud wit
nesses to the place of mooting, cost of subsij