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THE NATIONAL TBIBUNE: WASHINGTON, -D. C, SEPTEMBEB 24, 1881.
I sing the Yankee, latest human growth.
A hero seldom stupid, slow, or flat,
But often over-sharp, or fast, or both
A self-willed, many-titled democrat.
Squire in New York and captain in the West ;
A judge on California's golden strand ;
In the sunny South a colonel, at the least;
But deacon in the true old Yankee land.
A rapid traveler to walk with,
Alike through thorns and flowers hound to get on;
Easy to trade, or smoke, or drink, or talk with,
But very hard for any one to sit on.
Who storms a battery like an old crusader;
Gives freedom to a race some careless minute ;
But would buy Satan's homestead, as a trader,
And ardently aver: " There's millions in it."
To whom equality's a precious gem,
Though sometimes he may kick Chinese or darkies,
And in his secret bosom doth contemn
All foreigners lelow the rank of marquis.
In Maine who ranks in Calvin's fire-proof class;
In Kansas worships God with strapped revolver;
Blythe dances, in New Orleans after mass;
In Brooklyn sols a tear-o'erflowed dissolvcr.
Who thinks a school-house is a sacred place,
And education cures all moral phthisics;
But looks askance on high scholastic grace,
On Greek and Latin, French, and metaphysics.
Heedless what charm on painted canvas glows ;
Indifferent oft to strophe and to stanza ;
But listening with loving ears when blow
The western wind from newly-found bonanza.
Yet who. though willing after gold to dash
Through sea and fire, and gloomy ore-lined cavern,
Not often hoard his hardly-gathered cash
But nobly builds a fourteen-story tavern.
Such is the subject of these brief remarks ;
A lawless, piou, free-souled money-maker ;
Who his cigar would light at Pluto's sparks,
And then try buying Heaven by the acre.
A BEWILDERED TOURIST.
To the right of the stage road leading from
Glenbrook to Carson, at a point on the old over
land route in the valley, are the ruins of a mill,
including two boilers, which lie side by side.
Last summer as the veracious Henry Monk was
tooling his four-in-hand with a full load of tour
ists past the old mill, a venerable English gentle
man, who sat by his side on the box, inquired :
"Aw, Mr. Monk they said your name was
Monk, I believe?"
"Yaas." drawled Hank.
"And you once drove Horace Greeley?"
"They say so, but I never b'lieved that ere
""What is that object in the valley that looks
like an enormous opera-glass?" continued the
inquisitive tourist, who was a baron in his own
country, and likewise here of ideas.
"Them is an opery-glass," replied the Mun
chausen of Tahoe, "and the finest glasses you
ever see. They're out of repair now : but I've
known the time when you could look through
'em at Saint's Rest and see Elliott and his China
men piling lumber in the Carson yard."
" Bless my soul ! Is it possible ? "
"Yaas," resumed Hank "steady there, Doc:
you Frank, git," as he touched lip the leaders.
"That was a powerful fine invention of Rigby's
same principal as an opery-glass with a reflecting
mirror. Them things vou saw were the tubes.
They were mounted on stilts just below the
Saints'. Old Baxter used to keep the hotel, and
you bet the Pilgrim's Progress was slow after
sampling his refreshments."
"Wonderful," said the Englishman. "This is
a great country. I am rather inquisitive about
these things, and have a curiosity to see the fa
mous crooked railroad."
"We'll soon be there," said Hank, "and I'll
introduce you to a conductor who likes nothin'
better than answerhr questions."
"Aw, guard, they tell me this is a very crooked
road," said the tourist when he boarded the local
"Well, rather," was the reply. - "'There are sev
eral places between here and Virginia where a
passenger can hand a cigar to the engineer."
" By Jove, that's astonishing. I must watch
out for those curves, you know."
He watched, and, though snaked around pretty
well between the tunnel and scales, failed to
swing such a tremendous circle.
" Look here," said he to Follet, when the' ar
rived at Virginia, " where was the place where a
passenger in the rear car could hand a cigar to
" Why, one point was Mound House. There is
a good saloon there, and there is plenty of time
for any passenger to get a cigar and hand it to
Even an Englishman can appreciate a joke
sometimes. He treated all hands and acknowl
edged the sell. The Californian.
A PUZZLED HOTEL-KEEPER,
One of our Portland hotel-keepers was not long
since victimized in the following manner: A. B.
-went to him and engaged board by the week at
$10 per Aveek. "Xow,"said A. B., "I may be
absent occasionally; Avhat deduction will you
make for that?" "Fifty cents a meal and fifty
cents a lodging," replied the landlord. Time
Avore on, and A. B. Avas sometimes there and
sometimes not. After a Avhile the landlord pre
sented a bill for three Aveeks' board, $30. In a
short time A. B. appeared, with a counter-bill of
deduction for meals and lodging missed. Meals
eaten, three. $1.50; lodging, seven, $3.50; meals
missed sixty, $30: lodgings missed, fourteen, $7;
balance in favor of A. B., $2. The landlord, of
course, was a little astonished at the result of
the reckoning, and therefore said not a word, for
the best reason, that he couldn't think of any
thing that would do justice to the subject.
Whereupon A. B., to relieve the landlord's per
plexity, remarked with cool urbanity: "Well,
never mind the $2; I'll take it out in board."
The landlord couldn't see Iioav to keep even with
such a boarder, and so the connection between
him and A. B. as landlord and boarder came to an
end. Portland Orcgonian.
The anpetite of cross dogs should be cultivated
until they lose their taste for little children, even
if the dogs have to be clubbed to death. Few
Every human -being carries his life in his face.
On our. features the fine 'cliisclV1 of "thought and
emotion arc eternally, at work. '. , " '.. ...
He was a husky -voiced and very inaudible
man, but he was deeply in earnest when he un
wound the cotton handkerchief from his neck
yesterday, and said to the magistrate in the
Tombs Court, "I want my Lillie sent up."
"What has she been doing?" asked his Honor.
"Bin actin' mean, very mean. Forgets I'm a
husband and a father, and oughter hev my fam
ily's respect. See ! "
"Has she been in any reformatory institution
"I guess not. Lillie's not strong on the reform,
and none of 'em would do her a powerful heap o'
"You shouldn't give her up so quickly," said
the magistrate ; " little girls will be little girls."
"But she ain't little, Lillie ain't, and she kin
wollop any one of her inches on our block."
"Evidently a little wild and head -strong,"
soothingly muttered the magistrate. "She can't
be positively wicked."
"She can't, eh?" said the applicant, and he
brushed back his hair. "See that scar ? She did
that with a soup-ladle." Then he lifted his sleeve,
"See that un? 'Twas the saucepan lid she dug
that one out with." He pointed to a yellowish
patch under his left eye. " She used a rolling-pin
to do that."
"Phew! She must be a dreadful child. Why
havn't you corrected her?"
The applicant looked bewildered.
"I tell you, judge," he said, "it takes a man
with grit and muscle to correct Lillie. When she
gets busting around on our premises, most people
hev to light out."
"Have you tried advice ?"
"Yes, I have, and a barrel stave ; but nothing
short of a cjirt-rung would touch her."
"She must be vicious."
"She is; but I wouldn't mind that if she didn't
get drunk so often."
"Drunk! Does she drink?"
" Like a fish. She can stow away more light
ning in less time than any being in the lrvin'
business that I ever stacked up against."
"This is dreadful."
"But her strong suit is cussin'. When Lillie
gets in a seoldin' condition there ain't enny one
in the diggins cares about facin5 her. She swears
longer, stronger, and tougher than a pilot in a
"She must be a terror."
"She is. You oughter see her swing a wash
board last week when a neighbor she didn't like
came in. She'd have chawed the woman's ear off
only her teeth's false, and they went back on her."
" My gracious ! Does she go to school ? "
Again the applicant looked perplexed.
" Go to school ?" he asked.
"Yes; how old is she?"
"Well, there you have me. Lillie's age is some
thin' I've never got onto."
"What! don't you know your own daughter's
"Darter!" said the applicant, and the puzzled
expression passed away. "Darter! Why, judge,
Lillie's my wife."
A summons was granted. Xeic York Herald.
TALL MEN OR A TALL STORY.
Professor Silliman, in a lecture delivered some
time ago, spoke of giant skeletons Avhich have
been exhumed at different time?. If they were
specimens of the men of olden time, man has
Avoefully degenerated. One brought from Arabia
to Rome in the reign of Claudius Caisar, was ten
feet high. One slain in the time of Charlemagne
measured twenty -eight feet in height. Those,
however, were so far back that we might be ex
cused for doubting the word of the historian.
But as late as 1850 a skeleton was found in
Rouen measuring nineteen feet, and whose skull
held a bushel of corn. In 1814 within the
memory of our fathers was found the tomb of
the giant Isorant, who was thirty feet high. In
1823, near the castle Dauphine, a tomb was found
on which was carved "Kintolochus Rex." The
skeleton within was entire, and measured twenty
five feet in length, and ten across the chest. The
professor, Avho is no Munchausen, gives Miese as
facts. Why did the past have all the giants, and
we none? for our seven or eight feet men, whom
we (or Barnum) dignify with the name of "giants,"
are dwarfs beside these French skeletons, if the
measurements are given in sober earnest.
THE EAR OF DIONYSIUS,
In the neighborhood of Syracuse, in Sicily, is a
cave of great depth, Avhich is said to have been
built by Dionysius the Elder, a tyrant, or usurper,
Avho was born about B. C. 430, and died in the
sixty-third year of his age, and the thirty-ninth
of his rule. The cave Avas two hundred and fifty
feet long and eighteen feet high. It Avas fash
ioned in the form of a human ear, and the faint
est sounds Avere carried from all parts to a central
chamber, Avhich corresponded to the tympanum
or drum of the ear. In this remarkable Avhisper
ing gallery Dionysius imprisoned all who Avere
the objects of his suspicions, while he himself Avas
in the habit of passing entire days in the inner
most chamber, listening to the conversation of
his Arictims, in order that he might ascertain for
himself avIio were really his enemies. Ancient
Avriters tell us that the workmen who construct
ed the cavern were put to death to prevent them
divulging the use to Avhich it Avas to be put, and
that Avhole families Avere sometimes confined in
it at once. Modern travelers relate that, even at
the present day, notwithstanding the changes
Avhich have been Avrought by time, the echo is
such that the tearing of a sheet paper at the en
trance can be distinctly heard in the remotest
part. Pieces of iron and lead haA'e been found in
making excavations, and they are thought to be
the remains of the chains and staples by Avhich
the prisoners Avere confined.
'HE COULD NOT BEAR SO MANY,
A citizen named John Worth, Avho had been J
hunting-in the Avicinity of Fort McKinney, Wyo
ming Ter., for Pome time, Avas brought into the
Post Hospital on the 20th inst., having been at
tacked by nine bears about sixty miles from there.
He was at once placed under the skillful treat
ment of the Post Surgeon (A. A. Surg. Jinrnitz,
U. S. A..), and is at present able to be out. He
Avas' badly" bruised and bitten by the bears, and
will ahvays. bear scars for his adventure.
A lady noticed a boy sprinkling salt on the
sidewalk to take off the ice, and remarked to a
friend, pointing to the salt :
" Now, that's benevolence."
"No it ain't," said the boy, somewhat indignant,
So when the lady asked her servant girl if the
hired man cleaned off the snow with alacrity, she
"No, ma'am, he used a shovel."
The same literal turn of mind which we have
been illustrating is sometimes used intentionally,
and perhaps a little maliciously, and thus be
comes the property of Avit instead of blunders.
Thus Ave hear of a very polite and impressive
gentleman who said to a youth in the street :
"Boy, may I enquire Avhere Robinson's drug
"Certainly, sir," replied the boy, very respect
fully. "Well, sir," said the gentleman, after waiting
aAvhile, "Avhere is it?"
"I have not the least idea, yer honor," said the
There Avas another boy Avho Avas accosted by an
ascetic middle-aged lady Avith :
" Boy, I Avant to go to Dover street."
"Well, ma'am' said the boy, "Avhy don't you
One day at Lake George, a party of gentlemen
strolling among the beautiful islands on the lake,
Avith bad luck, espied a little fellow Avith a red
shirt and a straAv hat, dangling a line over the
side of a boat.
"Hello, boy," said one of them, "Avhat are you
" Fishing," came the ansAver.
"Well, of course," said the gentleman, "but
Avhat do you catch ?"
"Fish, you fool; Aiiat do you s'pose."
"Did any of you ever see an elephant's skin?"
inquired a teacher of an infant class. '
"I haA'e," exclaimed one.
"Where?" asked the teacher.
" On the elephant," said the boy, laughing.
Sometimes this sort of Avit degenerates or rises,
as the case may be, into punning, as Avhen Flora
rjointed pensively to the heaA'y masses of clouds
in the sky, saying :
"I Avonder Avhere those clouds are going?" and
her brother replied :
"I think they are going to thunder."
Also the folloAving dialogue :
"Hallo, there! how do you sell your wood?"
"By the cord."
"Hoav long has it been cut?"
" I mean how long has it been since you cut
" No longer than it is iioav."
And also Avhen Patrick O'Flynn Avas seen Avith
his collar and bosom badly begrimed, and Avas
indignantly asked by his officer :
"Patrick O'Flynn! Iioav long do you Avear a
"Twenty-eight inches, sir."
This reminds me of an instance which is said
to have occurred recently in Chatham street,
NeAV York, Avhere a countryman Avas clamorously
besieged by a shop-keeper.
"Have you any fine shirts?" said the country
man. "A splendid assortment. Step in, sir. Every
price and ever' style. The cheapest in the mar
"Are they clean?"
" To be sure, sir."
" Then," said the countryman, with great graAr
ity, " you had better put on one, for you need it."
NOT LIKE AMERICANS.
The other day, in Kensington Gardens, London,
fifty "strongly-built and Avell-dressed English
men" stood around the "basin" and "deliberately
Avatched a little girl of four years droAvn in tAvo
feet of water." So says the Paul Mall Gazette,
Avhich is moved to astonishment and disgust at
the disgraceful circumstances. The only reason
the Gazette can find for this cruel inaction Avas
that the men did not care to " wet their boots."
A dog did the best he could, but Avas unable to
get the child out.
The loA'e principle is stronger than the force
principle. Dr. A. A. Hodge.
The aristocracy of mind and heart is the only
aristocracy that none wish to destroy.
The flowers Avithin our reach Ave tread down
Avithout so much as even looking at them ; the
liny exotic, which is i'ar less beautiful, we covet,
because it is difficult of attainment.
Better be in shame now than at the day of
j u dgm ent. Moh a m m ed.
Nothing is a greater sacrilege than to prostitute
the great name of God to the petulancy of an
idle tongue. Jeremy Taylor.
Life is like a pack of cards. Childhood's best
cards are hearts ; youth is captured by diamonds;
middle age is conquered with a club, Avhile old
age is raked in by the insatiable spade.
There is nothing in the Avay of Avisdom, Avhich
is to be obtained in any of the books of the old
languages, which at this moment may not be
equally attained in the books of our oavh litera
ture. John Bright.
The true pilot is the man avIio navigates the
bed of the ocean even more than its surface.
Architecture is a hand-maid of devotion. A
beautiful church is a sermon in stone, and its
spire a finger to Heaven. Schajf.
A man's daily conduct prevails to stamp his
character Avith the impression of truth. Quietly
does the clear light, shining day after day, refute
the ignorant surmise or malicious tale Avhich has
thrown dirt on a pure character.
There is nothing so sad as happiness to the
sight of the unhappy.
Novelties please less than they impress.
I conquer provinces, but Josephine Avins
There is a past Avhich is gone forever; but
there is a future Avhich is still our own.
F. W. Pohcrtson.
When fish are rare, even a crab j?, a fish.
NAPOLEON AND THE LETTER M,
Maibceuf Avas the first to recognize the genius
of Napoleon at the military school. Marengo
Avas the first battle gained by General Bonaparte,
and Melas opened the Avay in Italy. Mortier
Avas one of his first generals; Moreau betrayed
him, and Marat was the first martyr to his cause.
Maria Louise shared his high destiny Avith him.
Moscow Avas the crowning disaster of his life.
Mctternich vanquished him in diplomacy. Six
of his marshals Massena, Mortier, Marmont,
Macdonald, Murat, Money, and twenty-six of his
division generals bore names commencing Avith
the letter M. Marat, Duke of Bassano, Avas the
counselor in whom he most confided. His first
great battle Avas that of Montenotte, his last that
of Mont St. Jean. He gained the battles of
Millesimo, Montmirail, and Montereau, and then
came the assault of Montmartre. Milan Avas the
first enemy's capital and Moscow the last that
he entered victorious. He lost Egypt by the
fault of Menon, and employed Miollis to make
Pope Pius VII prisoner. Mallet conspired against
him. Murat Avas the first to abandon him; then
Marmont. He had for his ministers Marat,
Montalivet, and Mallien. His first chamberlain
Avas Montesqueiu, and his last resort Avas Mal
maison. He surrendered himself to Captain
Maitland, of the Bellerphoron, and had Montho
lon for companion at St. Helena, and Marchand
The same letter predominates in the history of
his nephew, Napoleon III; and it is said that
the captive of Wilhelmshohe attached more im
portance to it than did his uncle. The Empress,
his Avife, Avas Countess of Montijo, and his greatest
friend was Morny. The capture of Malakoff and
the Mamelou-Vert Avere the principal exploits of
the Crimean Avar Avhich Avere especially due to
the French. His plan in the Italian campaign
Avas to open the first battle at Marengo, but it
did not take place until after the engagements
of Montebello and Magenta. McMahon received
for the important services rendered iu that battle
the title of Duke of Magenta, as Pelissier for a
similar service obtained that of Duke of Malakoff.
Napoleon III made his entry at Milan, and re
pulsed the Austrians from Marignano. After
the terrible battle of Solferino he came before
the Avails of Mentone. Subsequent to 1S69 the
letter M seems to have been for him an un
fortunate omen. Not to mention Mexico and
Maximilian, and beginning Avith the Anglo-Prussian
Avar, in Avhich he placed vain hopes in three
M's Marshal McMahon, the Count of Montau
ban, and the Mitrailleuse. Mayence Avas in
tended to be the base of operations of the French,
but, driven first to the Moselle, their iate Avas
decided on the Meuse, at Sedan. All these dis
asters are due to . another M, and this is the
capital M Moltke. Transcript.
PRETTY WELL ACQUAINTED,
"Are you acquainted Avith this lady ? " asked a
Little Pock lawyer of a witness in court.
" Yes, I used to know her pretty Avell, but I've
lost track of her for several years."
"Were you intimately acquainted Avith her?"
"Can't say that I Avas so powerful intimate.
'Bout as intimate as two people ought to be."
"You A'isited her at one time didn't you?" and
the laAvyer, Avho in a sly Avay Avas trying to im
peach the character of the Avoman, looked at the
jury and Avinked.
"Well, she used to come to niy house occasion
ally." "Will you allow me to ask," and again he
looked at the jury, "whether or not this.Avoman
A'isited you in the da' time or at night?"
"Sometimes she Avould come in the daA'-time
and stay all night."
"Would there be any one else in the house?"
"That settles it. Gentlemen, you observe that
this Avoman "
"Hold on a minute," said the Avitness, "there's
one other fact that you should know before you
are too hard on the Avoman."
"What is that sir?"
"Nothing much; only she used to be my wife."
Little Pod: Gazette.
HE KNEW WHEN TO QUIT,
Stock speculators k iioav the chances of their
being ultimately ruined are as ten to one. But
the possibility of making money by lucky ven
tures appeals to their gambling instinct, and so
they go on speculating with a determination to
stop at the right time. But few ever find the
right time, unless it sounds loudly, as in the fol
lowing case: "I think I may be excused for a
little show of pride in saying that I kneAV Avhen
to stop speculating and quit Wall street,' he ob
served as an elevated train carried them over
that great thoroughfare. "So you used to specu
late, eh?" "Yes; I Avas on the street for seven
years." "Made your pile, I suppose?" "Yes;
I made and lost money the same as the rest. At
one time I could draw my check for $93,000, and
that isn't bad for a man Avho Avent into Wall
street Avith only 540 in his pocket." "And you
knew Avhen to quit?" "Yes, sir." "That Avas
Avhen Avhen ?" "That Avas Avhen I had enough
left to pay my fare to Elmira and hire a boy to
carry my satchel up to my father-in-laAv's house.
A DOMESTIC IDYL,
She put the paper in the sto'e
And laid the wood upon it ;
Then she put on her summer shawl,
Likewise her big sun-bonnet, .i
A can she grasped in her fair hand
And forth, with modest mien, -
She tripped to hang the grocer up ,
For a quart of kerosene.
Anon returning to the house,
She lifted up the can
And held its'nozzle o'er the wood,
While forth the liquid ran.
And now her lingers grasped the match
And struck it? Not so green.
First in the wood-shed she bestowed
That can of kerosene.
And then the match she struck. The wood
At once was in a flame;
The kettle sang, the steak was cooked -
Before her husband came.
And is that all ? Of course it is,
"What further Avould you know, man?,,
1 merely wished to show to you
A level-headed woman.
This Claim House Estab
lished in 1S65!
GEORGE E. LEMON,
OFFICES, U15 Fifteenth St., (Citizens' National Bank,)
WASHINGTON, I. C.
P. O. Draaver 325.
If wounded, injured, or have contracted any disease,
however slight the disability, apply at once. Thousands
"Widows, minor children, dependent mothers, fathers,
and minor brothers and sisters, in the order named, axe
War of 1S12.
All surviving oflicers and soldiers of this Avar, Avhethex
in the Military or Naval service of the United States, who
served fourteen (14) days; or, if in a battle or skirmish,
for a less period, and the Avidows of such who have not
remarried, are entitled to a pension of eight dollars a
month. Proof of loyalty is no longer required in these
Increase of Pensions.
Pension laws are more liberal now than formerl, and
many are now entitled to a higher rate than they receive.
From and after January, 18S1, 1 shall make no charges
for my services in claims for increase of pension, where no
new disability is alleged, unless successful in procuring
Restoration to Pension Roll.
Pensioners Avho hae been unjustly dropped from the
pension roll, or whose names have been stricken there
from by reason of failure to draw their pension for a pe
riod of three years, or by reason of re-enlistment, may
haA'e their pensions renewed by corresponding Avith this
from one regiment or A-essel and enlistment in another,
is not a bar to pension in cases where the wound, disease,
or injury was incurred while in the serice of the United
States, and in the line of duty.
Survi-ors of all Avars from 1790, to March 3, 1855, and
certain heirs are entitled to one hundred and sixty acres
of land, if not already received. Soldiers of the late war
Land Avarrants purchased for cash at the highest mar
ket rates, and assignments.perfected.
Prisoners of War.
Eation money promptly collected.
Amounts due collected without unnecessary delay.
Such claims cannot be collected without the furlough
Horses Lost in Service.
Claims of this character promptly attended to. Many
claims of this character have been erroneously rejected.
Correspondence in such cases is respectfully inited.
Bounty and Pay.
Collections promptly made.
Property taken by the Army in States
not in Insurrection.
Claims of this character Avill receiA'e special attention,
provided they Avere filed before January 1, 1SS0. If not
tiled prior to that date they are barred by statute of limi
tation. In addition to the above we prosecute Military and
Naval claims of every description, procure Patents, Trade
Marks, Copyrights, attend to business before the General
Land Ofiiee and other Bureaus of the Interior Depart
ment, and all the Departments of the Government.
"We invite correspondence from all interested, assuring
them of the utmost promptitude, energy, and thorough
ness in all matters intrusted to our hands.
GEORGE E. LEMON.
As this may reach the hands of some persons unac
quainted Avith this House, we append hereto, as speci
mens of the testimonials in our possession, copies of let
ters from several gentlemen of Political and Military
distinction, and widely known throughout the United
Belatdere, TjAj., October 24, 1S75.
I take great pleasure in recommending Captain Geokgb
E. Lemon, now of "Washington. D. C, to all persons who
may have claims to settle or other business to prosecute
before the Departments at AVashington. 1 knoAV him to
be thoroughly qualified, well acquainted with the laws,
and with Department rules in all matters growing out
of the late war, especially in the Paymaster's and Quar
termaster's Offices. I have had occasion to employ him
for friends of mine, also, in the soliciting of Patents, and
haA'e found him very aeti'e, well-informed and success
ful. As a gallant officer during the war, and an hon
orable and successful practitioner, I recommend him
stronglv to all avIio niav need his services.
S. A. IIUKLBUT, Jr. C.,
Fourth Congressional District, Illinois.
Late Major-Gcneral, U. S. Vote.
Citizens' National Bank,
AVashington. D. C, January 17, 1S79.
Captain George E. Lemon, attorney and agent forth
collection of Avar claims at Washington city is a thor
ough, able, and exceedingly Avell-informed man of busi
ness, of high character, and entirely responsible. I be
lieve that the interests of all haing war claims requiring
adjustment cannot be confided to safer hands.
JNO. A. J. CKES"WELL,
"W. F. ROACH,
House ok Kepresentatiaes,
Washington, D. C, March , 1S75.
From seA'eral years acquaintance with Captain GEORGE
E, Lemon of this city, I cheerfully commend him as a
gentleman of integrity and worth, and well qualified to
attend to the collection of Bounty and other claims
against the Government. His experience in that line
give him superior advantages.
AV. P. SPKAGUE, M. C,
Fifteenth District of Ohio.
JAS. D. STKAWB RIDGE, M. C,
Thirteenth District of Pennsylvania.
House of Beprksentatia'es,
"Washington, D. C, March 1, 1S78.
"We, the undersigned, haing an acquaintance Avith
Captain George E. Lemon for the past few years, and a
knowledge of the systematic manner in which he con
ducts his extensive business and of his reliability for fair
and honorable dealings connected therewith, cheerfully
commend him to claimants generallv.
A. V. KICK,' Chairman,
Committee on Invalid Pensions, House Reps.
"W. F. SLEMONS. 31. C,
Second District of Ark.
"W. P. LYNDE, M. C,
Fourth District of Wis.
K. W. TOWNSIIEND, M. C
Nineteenth District of HI.
Jt3 Any person desiring information as to my stand
ing and responsibility will, on request, be furnished with
a satisfactory reference in his vicinity or Congressional
ORIGIN OF "A FEATHER IN HIS CAP,"
Among the manuscripts of the British Museum,
says an English writer, there are two copies of a
curious description of Hungary, Avhich appears to
have been Avritten by a military adventurer of the
Dalgetty tribe, in 1593. This Avriter, speaking of
the inhabitants, Avhom he describes "of stature
and complexion not unlike the poor Irish," says :
"It hath been an ancient custom amongst them,
that none should Avear a feather but he avIio had
killed a Turk, to whom it Avas lawful to show the
number he had killed by the number of feathers
in his cappe ! " Does not this account for the ex
pression. "That Avill be a leather in his cap!"